Down Memory Lane for March 7

June 1, 1972

Every Tuesday and Saturday, the old Washington School House is open from 11 to 4:30 p.m. to receive donations of things to be sold in the Rappahannock Library’s Super Flea Market.

“We beg everyone in the county to get his and her things to us just as soon as possible,” said Mary Jamieson, chairman of the Fourth Program. “It takes a lot of time to make them ready for the sale. Already we have a functioning stove, some house columns, a mother-of-pearl and lace fans, oodles of clothes for men and ladies and sporting types. You name it – we’ll take it and like it!”

Cadet Glenn Colt Hourahan of Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pa. has been given the superintendent’s award as Outstanding Plebe of the Year.

He has been an honor roll student, maintained A’s in military science and courtesy, been elected to membership in the Honor Legion, earned a certificate in the National Educational Development Tests and received a medal in marksmanship form the National Rifle Association. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Hourahan of Mountain Shadows Farm, in Washington.

Some principal requirements in set-aside acreage provisions of the 1972 farm programs have been outlined by a local farm program official in response to continuing questions from farmers.

“Farmers in Rappahannock County signed up in the feed grain and wheat programs have a vital interest in knowing and complying with set-aside rules in order to earn full farm payments,” said T.R. Taylor, chairman of the Rappahannock County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation (ASC) Committee.

“The purpose of set-aside in the feed grain and wheat programs under the three-year Agricultural Act of 1970 is to help reduce the potential American agriculture has for excess crop production. Farmers in the set-aside programs give up the use of some of their productive acres in order to help achieve an effective balance between supply and demand.”

May 21, 1981

“Here’s a young man who wants to start a business in the county. What’s wrong with that?” said supervisor chairman E.P. Luke in support of an application from Carson Johnson for a special-use permit which would allow his son to operate a body and paint shop in the old Sperryville Co-op building.

“If it fits within the zoning ordinance, if it provides a way to make a living, if it’s not objectionable to the whole community, it’s a good thing,” Luke told the Board of Zoning Appeals at last Thursday’s hearing on Johnson’s permit. “I support the request.”

Besides the applicant himself, the supervisor chairman and representative from Piedmont District was the only speaker in favor of the special-use permit. Despite opposition from neighboring landowners, local restrictions against development in a flood plain and questions over the property’s zoning designation, the BZA voted unanimously to issue the permit, adding controls on parking hours of operation and discharge of pollutants into the Thornton River.

The Washington Town Council signed a contract to purchase the new town well site at its regularly scheduled meeting May 13. Meeting for the closing of the agreement to buy a portion of the Updike farm just outside Washington were the council members, Mrs. Clara Updike and her attorney, Douglas Baumgardner.

Baumgardner and mayor Newbill Miller repeated the terms of the agreement for Mrs. Updike and the town council. Baumgardner said that if the well is dug and does not meet the town’s needs for water, it will be capped and the property restored and there will be no purchase. The purchase price is $5,000. Miller said that work would begin on the well as soon as two bids for drilling were received.

Allison Best of Chester Gap was third runner-up in the apple pie baking competition held early in May in conjunction with the annual Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester. She was competing with girls from Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Allison, the daughter of Mrs. Mary Lowe, received a silver plate.