Down Memory Lane for Sept. 5

Jan. 4, 1973

After almost seven years of spending four hours a day commuting back and forth between Washington, D. C., and Amissville, Mrs. Marjorie Vetter finally called it quits. This winter she is among those hearing about traffic jams, not being a part of them. For, after 20 years of working for the U.S. government, she has retired. When Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Vetter moved to Amissville 25 years ago, it was to rebuild the old Kines “homes place,” making it a home for later retirement. At that time there was no road, no telephone, no electricity.

Amissville Ruritan Club elected Farrell Nicholas to serve the group as president for 1973. In the vice president’s position is George Lawrence. Named to secretary is Stanley Settle with Gilbert Lawrence as treasurer. Elwood Dean was named a three-year director. Certificates of perfect attendance for 10 or more years were presented to ten club members by Percy Rogers, zone governor. He issued the club a special invitation to attend the national convention in Atlanta this year.

Jim Trepp of Duchess County, N.Y., has assumed duties as manager of the Rappahannock Ski Area. He succeeds Bob Palmer, who tendered an “amiable resignation” because of policy difference.

Nov. 26, 1981

Mary Jamieson, the state’s Library Trustee of the Year, missed receiving her prestigious award at the Virginia Library Association’s 1981 Conference and Exposition in Hot Springs, so her fellow members of the Rappahannock Library’s trustee board got together and arranged a special luncheon in her honor at Flint Hill’s Corner Post on Monday to present her with a pewter Jefferson Cup in recognition of her years of service. In the 11 years she has served a chairman of the  board of trustees, Mary has been instrumental in helping the library meet the needs of the people of Rappahannock.

When wooly worms gather do they discuss the weather? The caterpillars are used to forecast winter weather in three different ways: by how many of them are about, by the thickness of their coat, and by the width of their brown part compared to their black part.

The first deer of the 1981 season brought by the Rappahannock News office on Monday’s opening day was a ten pointer shot in Gid Brown Hollow by Robert Baldwin. His hunting partner Jack Baldwin estimated that the big buck tipped the scales at about 200 pounds before the carcass was dressed.

Oct. 1, 1992

The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance from side setback requirements for Tony and Fransi Danagan to add a two-story addition to a house they are renting from Bernard and Gillian Sinkman near Boston. The Danagans, acting as agents for the Sinkmans, requested a 10-foot variance from the 50-foot setback requirement to add on two bedrooms. Mrs. Dunagan said they could not add on to the back, because the house was already within 40 feet of that property line. The other side of the house has a stone chimney and the septic tank, and the front has the entrance and two large trees they want to leave alone.

Jeff Foster, son of Randolph and Lilo Foster of Washington, has been playing the banjo ever since he was a child. Last week this life-long  passion paid off in a major way when the 32-year-old engineer, now living in Bristol as part of a unique band called Special Delivery, won the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown in Owensboro, Ky. Special Delivery took home a contract with Pinecastle Records of Orlando, Fla., new banjos and guitars, some strings, a professional photo session, several major bookings for 1993 and a chance to talk with agents at the trade show.

There’s bears in them there hills and in them there orchards, cornfields, backyards, back porches and carwashes. The bare fact is there are bears just about everywhere this year, keeping Game Commission trapping specialist Jerry Blank on the road continually. “This is a cyclic thing,” said Mr. Blank. “Last  year, we didn’t have any bear sightings or bear damage complaints and this year we have numerous ones.” Mr. Blank, who traps bears in six counties, has trapped somewhere around 90 bears this years, 24 of them here in Rappahannock. The only other year he recalls trapping more was two years ago when he trapped over 100.