Down Memory Lane for Oct. 17

Feb. 22, 1973

Commissioner Vern L. Hill, of the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Cecil B. Baldwin as the Sperryville license agent, effective Feb. 12. The location of the new license agency is at the Shell Station, west of Sperryville. All types of Virginia license plates and titles will be available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

T.R. Taylor, chairman of the Rappahannock County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, suggests that it is a good time for farmers to bring up to-date farm records, which are maintained in the county ASCS office. Records are kept on farms participating in government programs administered by ASCS. A farmer who was in any program in 1972, and who has bought, sold, leased, rented or otherwise acquired or disposed of farmland should visit the county ASCS office to report the transactions. The committee chairman commented that current farm legislation is expiring with 1973 crops and Congress is expected to take up proposed new farm legislation in the next few weeks. Whatever farm programs we have, farmers will want to be sure their farm records are accurate and complete when the programs go into effect.

Rappahannock County Elementary School has just completed its annual magazine sales campaign and high sales personnel have been name. Craig Smoot was the proud owner of a wristwatch, a gift presented to him for being the highest magazine salesman in a recent sales campaign.

Jan. 7, 1982

Washington cabinet marker Peter Kramer played Santa Claus to the county the day before Christmas, offering the board of supervisors a new courthouse clock. If accepted, it will replace the old Coca-Cola timepiece that was hung over the scales of justice in the upstairs courtroom since time immemorial.

County dog tags for 1982 must be purchased by Jan. 31 and this year, dog warden Jack Bruce warns that he’ll begin issuing summons after that deadline if the tags aren’t dangling from the collars of local canines. “All the wardens in this area are having one heck of a time getting people to buy licenses,” said Bruce. In the past, Bruce noted, he’s been hesitant to write summons but warned he’ll take enforcement actions this year, requiring dog owners who do not purchase a license to appear in court. If convicted of failure to comply with local law, which calls for all dogs — regardless of whether they are confined on their owners property or not — to be licensed, the negligent owners must pay a fine of $10 plus $13 in court costs. They must also buy a license, whether or not the dog is still alive.

Nov. 18, 1992

In an effort to make walking a more prominent part of physical education, RCHS faculty member Renee Leake, and 50 enthusiastic students, have decided to find their way south, as pedestrians, to a southern vacation spot. Throughout the school year, active members of her physical education class will be walking laps on the school track, clocking their mileage and recording their progress on a map posted with pride on the gymnasium bulletin board. Their goal, some 800 miles away, is Daytona Beach, Fla.

Ted Pellegatta is a country paparazzo. He creeps along a fence row at dawn, trails the sun through hollows in the afternoon and slips through the forests at twilight — all to catch Rappahannock in her private, unguarded moments. Over the past year and a half, he’s taken more than 4,000 photographs of the county. In those images is the real Rappahannock. His country landscapes and townscapes are friendly and inviting, conveying the sense of community that is as much a part of Rappahannock’s specialness as the county’s beauty.