Down Memory Lane for Oct. 31

March 15, 1973

Maureen Day, a sophomore at Rappahannock County High School, has been notified that a forthcoming publication by Scott Foresman will contain one of her original poems. She submitted her work as a project from an English class instructed by Mrs. Linda Toth, and was one of several thousands of entries. Maureen will receive a monetary honorarium and a complimentary copy of “Typog,” the magazine which will publish her work.

Phil Irwin and Pat Gates are the very popular hosts of the Voice of American “Breakfast Show,” and are just as familiar to VOA listeners as the man with the booming voice, Willis Conover of the VOA “Jazz Hour,” who was in India last year. Phil and Pat are in Bombay in the course of their 32-day tour of 10 nations in Africa and Asia. Their tour began on Feb. 18 and ends in Washington on March 22. They have already been to Accra, Lagos, Kaduna, Nairobi, Karachi, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, and will visit Madras, Colombo, Dacca, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta before flying home to Washington.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Washington Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad will soon be opening its Thrift Shop in the basement of the post office. The Auxiliary will appreciate any donations of used clothing and household items.  The Ladies Auxiliary was reorganized this past July. Its primary object is to raise money for the fire department and rescue squad.

Jan. 21, 1982

Virginia State Trooper C.A. “Chuck” Moore of Washington was presented with the superintendent’s Distinguished and Extraordinary Act Award in special ceremonies held Jan. 25, at state police administrative headquarters in Richmond. Moore was named recipient of the department’s highest honor for his response to an incident on July 21, 1981, when, with disregard for personal safety, he responded quickly and appropriately in an attempt to save the life of a fellow human being.

Helping people in trouble, being his own boss, living here in Rappahannock County and working near his home: This is why Mike Brown established and operates his own business, B&B Service Station, on U.S. 211 between Washington and Sperryville. For several years, Mike worked at his place nights and weekends while holding down a full-time job in Culpeper. Eighteen months ago he decided to give up the steady income of his foundry job and live with the ups and downs of a small business.  Mike grew up with the intention of someday owning his own service station. His father, Robert W. “Buck” Brown, ran a gas station where the school bus shop is now, and moved to Mike’s present location a few years before his death in 1969.

Coordinator of the free cheese distribution, Mrs. Lyle Rector, has begun sending out authorization slips to Supplemental Security Income and food stamp recipients. Experienced in this type of program, she worked with the welfare department’s commodities distribution before it was discontinued. The processed American cheese, to be given away in five-pound blocks, has been accumulated by the federal government through price support programs.

Nov. 25, 1992

Wilma and James Burke won approval to build an addition to their Sunnyslope Home for Adults at the planning commission’s meeting last Wednesday night. Mrs. Burke said she wanted to add five bedrooms, a kitchen and dining room to the west side of the building, bringing the total capacity to 19 residents. One of the existing bedrooms will be used as a game room and the existing kitchen will become a recreation and refreshment area. The addition also will include two full bathrooms and one half bath; there will be a porch wrapping around the addition.

County Administrator John McCarthy told the planners that the building code has been changed and now facilities offering more than three rooms for transient rental have to meet institutional requirements for plumbing and lighting. He said he mentioned the change because the county allows special-use permits for operating B&B businesses for up to five rooms. He asked the planners if they felt the zoning ordinance should be changed to limit B&Bs to no more than three rental rooms.