Down Memory Lane for Aug. 8

Nov. 23, 1972

Dr. William H. Young, Jr., of Alexandria and Castleton in Rappahannock County, recently reappointed by Gov. Holton to the Professional Advisory Board on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, has been elected chairman of the board as of Jan. 1, 1973. Dr. Young was formerly psychiatrist-director of the Alexandria Mental Hygiene Clinic (now the Alexandria Community Mental Health Center) and chief of the department of psychiatry at Alexandria Hospital. A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Young took his M.D. at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

The only way to get 30-foot steel towers into place for a new chair lift at the Rappahannock Ski Area near Washington, was by “skyhook,” so a H-58 Sikorsky helicopter was called in to do the job. Blackie Corning of Perkasie, Pa., had to fight crosswinds of up to 50 miles per hour in getting the job done Monday, and only dropped one. Robert Palmer, manager of the ski area, didn’t mind — he remembered worse things, like last year’s snow-less, frostless winter. He’s hoping for better things this year on Rappahannock slopes. The ski area is under new management this year.

Oct. 29, 1981

Beset by inflation and a steady but very real decrease in the traffic through Sperryville, two businesses there have turned to mail order catalogs to help even out the ups and downs of rural sales. Martin and Cheri Woodard of Faith Mountain Herbs and Jimmy and Phyllis Swindler of Country Manor have recently published catalogs offering selections by mail from their Rappahannock stores. Both Cheri and Phyllis have bought mailing lists — not just any random list of mail order shoppers but names that are likely to buy the kind of specialized, country-flavored products that both shops offer.

Denise Eidson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Eidson of Amissville and a seventh grade student at Rappahannock County Elementary School, was the first-place winner in the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District’s poster contest in the school’s competition. She placed fourth in a district that included art from Madison, Orange, Greene and Rappahannock counties, and attended last Thursday’s dinner meeting at Graves Lodge in Syria, where she was given a cash award.

The Act-Virginia program originated by Del. Gerald Baliles as a comprehensive effort to seek our local recommendations on solving the crime problem in all areas has established a chapter in Rappahannock. Headed by Carson Johnson of Sperryville, the program is composed of Mrs. Dorothy Butler, also of Sperryville; supervisor Hubert Gilkey of Chester Gap; Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Baumgardner and Sheriff W. A. Buntin. Baliles said each team will determine the nature and scope of crime in its locality; analyze the causes of increase in crime and recommend actions for the locality and state consideration. Baliles will review the recommendations from all the state’s teams and, if elected in November, will present them to the 1982 General Assembly.

Sept. 3, 1992

Kinsey M. Wharton, of Amissville, was recently recognized for 20 years of service with the Virginia Department of Transportation. His service certificate was presented to him by Warrenton resident engineer Bob Moore during a special meeting held in the Culpeper district auditorium. Mr. Wharton is a mechanic at the Warrenton residency shop in Warrenton. During his VDOT career, Mr. Wharton has been recognized for his safety and work record.

Sheriff John Henry Woodward said Tuesday that a fire that destroyed two cars Aug. 23 appears to have been set intentionally. Woodward said that when a sheriff’s deputy and the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the Peter Neilsen residence on Route 630 about 10:50 p.m., they found two vehicles, a 1989 Lincoln and a 1989 Jeep Cherokee, fully involved in flames. Both were destroyed.

Rappahannock County celebrated the 10th anniversary of Camp Fantastic, Special Love’s hallmark project held at Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center in Front Royal on Aug. 18 with a birthday party, complete with balloons, streamers and presents for each camper. For the last several years, Rappahannock County has sponsored an evening at the camp. This year 87 campers, camp doctors and counselors attended the event. Sheila O’Brien, former owner of the School House Restaurant, headed up the Rappahannock effort. Her committee consisted of Helen Smith, Maybelle Gilkey, Bev Atkins and Beverly Warrick.