Down Memory Lane for Oct. 3

Feb. 8, 1973

Mrs. Frances Foster of Washington has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of treasurer Robert L. Brown of Woodville. His resignation becomes effective Feb. 28. The appointment was made by Circuit Court Judge R. V. Snead. Named to the position of deputy treasurer is Mrs. Judy Black Armentrout, who will make her home near Woodville after living in Culpeper where she was employed with Second National bank. Mrs. Armentrout was a previous employee in this office a number of years ago.

Miss Rhonda Morris was introduced to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors at their February meeting as the county’s new extension agent for home economics. A native of Pennington Gap in Lee County, Miss Morris attended Radford College and spent her training period as an extension agent in Roanoke County. The post she fills has been vacant since last August, when Kay Webb went to Front Royal. Miss Morris says she intends to concentrate, as did her predecessor, in the “family resources” field.

Paul Poling of Amissville was named the most outstanding fireman of 1972 in Rappahannock County. The citation was made at a recent meeting of the Rappahannock County Fireman’s Association and a trophy was presented Mr. Poling by H.S. Barksdale on behalf of the association. The selection was made from names submitted by members of the various companies in the county. Mr. Poling is a state fire school instructor and is president of Amissville Fire Department.

Dec. 24, 1981

When prospective guests call the Conyers House for reservations. the proprietor of the new country inn at Slate Mills tells them the worst first. “I tell them that they can’t be sockless preppies here, that it’s a big, drafty old house and they’ll need to wear several layers of sweaters,” Sandra Cartwright-Brown reported. “I tell them there’s no heat in the bedrooms (except for fireplaces and space heaters) and if they’re still interested, they’re the kind of people we want.” Sandra and her husband Norman, an executive with Aero-Maritime Investment Corporation, had focused on Pennsylvania and Maryland in their search for a country home. “Distance brought us out here,” Sandra said.

Thursday was probation day in circuit court as Judge Shore Robertson suspended sentences for lawbreakers convicted for the first time of felony offenses. Albert Wayne Gatewood, 24, of Washington, was placed on three years’ supervised probation with concurrent sentences of six years for breaking and entering and five years for grand larceny, suspended on the condition that he obtain and keep a job. Gatewood pleaded guilty in October to charges which arose from the theft of two guns from the Washington Cash Store on May 28.

“Rappahannock as we know it is gone,” if the county can’t continue to exercise development controls recently held invalid by Virginia’s attorney general, maintained planning commissioner Newbill Miller last week. In an opinion issued June 4, and released two weeks ago by Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Baumgardner, Marshall Coleman ruled that the county’s residential subdivision district (RS-1) “serves only as a device for conferring legislative discretion on the county governing body where no such discretion is authorized by statute.” Under the current RS-1 regulations, a subdivision of more than five lots, any one of which contains less than 25 acres, can’t be approved until the entire area of the proposed development is rezoned to residential subdivision. The ordinance also prohibits any resubdivision of land that has been zoned RS-1.

Oct. 28, 1992

Seniors Susan Payne and Kevin Jolliffe were elected king and queen of homecoming and recognized during halftime activities at last Saturday’s soccer game. The Rappahannock club team lost 2-1 to the team representing the Warrenton JCs. Rappahannock’s goal was scored by Tim O’Meara on a penalty kick. Another apparent Rappahannock goal did not count. Referees said that to count as a goal the entire ball has to pass over the goal line, and in this case the ball did not.

Rappahannock’s hills abound with apples, and where there are apples there is bound to be cider. Family, friends and employees at William Orchard near Flint Hill put the squeeze on bushels of various kinds of apples last week to produce gallons and gallons of the tart juice for sale to thirsty customers. Fate of the fruit begins with picking, of course, then a trip to the Williams’ crusher, where the apples are mashed. The mash is pumped onto trays that are stacked on a press in racks. Under pressure, 20 bushels of apples makes 60 gallons of cider. The Williams crush red and golden, delicious, stayman, winesap and York apples.

The Planning Commission last Wednesday voted 5-2 to revise expansion plans at the Blue Rock Inn. The new plans call for a two-story lodge with 10 rooms for overnight guests to be built onto an existing farmhouse to the north behind the present inn and a new building holding a banquet hall for 100 guests and office where the stables are now. The three buildings would be joined by a covered walkway. There are also plans for a tennis court, new stable and additional parking. In March the planners first took up plans for the Blue Rock expansion to include 12 additional rooms for overnight guest and a banquet facility seating 160 people. Owners Jean and Bernard Campagne weren’t present for the meeting, but since the public hearing had been advertised, the planners offered those in attendance the opportunity to speak on the proposal.