Truck loads of trash were picked up along Rappahannock County roadside during Saturday’s concentrated clean up effort. The trash detail in the town of Washington produced youngsters with a sack almost as large as themselves. Jill Kramer, Jessica Plotnick and Packy Kramer trudged along the streets doing their bit for the county’s spring cleaning while their parents were busy in the Washington Country Store taking care of the horde of customers who arrived to see the Ukranian Easter Egg demonstrations. Demonstrations in two rooms were continuous all day to accommodate the crowds eagerly seeking information. When egg kits were sold out, orders were taken along with names for mailing. NBC new photographers were present Saturday and took pictures for the 6 p.m. news Friday on Channel 4TV.
VMI Research Laboratories, the research arm of the Virginia Military Institute, has added the position of research coordinator. Appointed to this part-time position is Fanning M. Baumgardner, of Washington, who will assist the VMI faculty in seeking research grants and contracts. He will assist in the preparation and submission of research proposals. Baumgardner, a native of Pulaski and graduate of Virginia Tech, is a registered professional engineer. He recently retired as Deputy Chief of Plans, Research and Systems in the office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
When Jimmie DeBergh opened his Harris Hollow Frozen Fruit Company in the old Washington post office building last month, friends expected that he’d have plenty of raspberries, strawberries, cherries and peaches on hand. But Debergh doesn’t even have a freezer in the little one room office — much less any fruit. His tools of trade are the telephone and friendly relationships he’s developed with packers throughout the Northwest and California.
Kim Jacobsen uses a drop spindle as women have done for centuries to turn fleece into wool thread. The Rappahannock weaver has recently formed a partnership with Candy Coombs, proprietor of the Country Store in Washington, where the two plan to open a textile business, complete with a line of fine yarns and lesson in spinning, weaving, vegetable dying, needlepoint and knitting.
While the highest unemployment levels in years have sent a line of new clients to the welfare office, the Rappahannock welfare department’s proposed 1982-83 budget shows only an 8-percent increase over total spent this year for social services. In addition, the local share of the budget presented by acting director Nancy Reeve at last Friday’s board meeting is $48,221, two-percent less than the $49,506 in local money requested last year. (The supervisors cut last year’s budget by $4,000, bringing the amount of local money actually spent down to $45,790, five percent less than Rappahannock’s share of this year’s proposal.)
The Rappahannock Loan Closet isn’t what it sounds like. So the volunteers who staff this vital service for the community have decided to change its name to Rappahannock Convalescent Aids. For more than five years, a small group of volunteers has been collecting all manner of things to help those recovering from serious illness and then lending them out at no cost. “We loan things like hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers and the like that people need,” said Dot Mank, one of the dedicated volunteers. “People really need these things and we have people who have had to keep some of our aids for two years,” she said.
A much smaller and completely different crowd showed up for the public hearing on school expansion Monday night than showed up last January, and most speakers this time supported building a middle school. Following the public hearing in January when speakers had asked for alternatives to the middle school, the school board hired a consultant who said the space problems at both schools could be solved temporarily by modular classrooms at a cost of $651,000. Superintendent David Gangel said he saw no evidence that the crowding is the result of a temporary problem, and so he could not recommend modular classrooms.