Down Memory Lane for Dec. 5

April 26, 1973

Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Zinn and their grandson.
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Zinn and their grandson.

April showers bring May flowers — and tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and many other plants. Busy in their greenhouse near Amissville are Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Zinn and grandson Brett Nicholas, who are planting, transplanting and making extra efforts to keep abreast of orders constantly coming in each day. The Zinns developed the small nursery business after retirement to supplement their income and find there is no end to the requests for their products. Mrs. Zinn gets special satisfaction in procuring new varieties of begonias and unusual potted plants.

The Rappahannock News will run a pictorial feature of the youngsters in this area as “Citizens of Tomorrow.” In the near future this newspaper will feature free pictures of all children who are brought by their parents or other guardian to Trinity Episcopal parish hall in Washington on Monday. An expert children’s photographer will take the pictures to assure uniform quality and size for best reproduction. Appointments may be made by calling Mrs. Pat Giles. While appointments are not necessary to have your children photographed, they could avoid having to wait.

Village Beauty Salon, Amissville, is now offering the latest hair styles for spring. Mrs. Betty Baldwin has just returned from Richmond after completing two days of classes on the latest hair styles for spring given by the famous guest artist “Mr. George,” whose work is well known throughout Europe, Canada and the U.S.

March 4, 1982

The Rappahannock supervisors received the first installment in budget requests for 1982-83 at Monday’s meetings when Sheriff W. A. Buntin put in a bid to have three county police cars replaced. Buntin told the supervisors that he’d asked for two new deputy positions in his budget request to the State Compensation Board. He added that he had also requested four dispatch positions to man a county communications system for police and emergency services and will repeat both requests in person at the compensation board session scheduled for March 25 in Warrenton.

Town council member Dorothy Hawkins has made a habit recently of picking up nails off town streets. The nails, a flat type used in flooring, have plagued residents of Gay Street and Mount Salem Avenue, causing flat tires and much speculation as to their origin. Mrs. Hawkins said that they may have been scattered intentionally, although she added that the council certainly “hopes they weren’t.”

Judging by the state of candidates who filed for Washington’s town elections by the March 2 deadline, the 1982 campaign will be no contest. Only the incumbent mayor and council members have indicated they’ll be running in May. That’s seven hopefuls seeking seven seats. Seeking reelection when Washington’s voters go to the polls on May 4 will be Mayor J. Newbill Miller and council members Bradford Fisher, C.E. Giles, Jr., Dorothy Clater, Dorothy Hawkins, Taylor Updike and Charlie Jenkins.

Dec. 30, 1992

The Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year for 1992 can be found every year on the Fourth of July on Gay Street in the town of Washington. There he cajoles passers by for a dollar, which becomes part of a ribbon of bills headed for the bank. If the ribbon gets too close to the bank too soon, it is wound up to keep the cash flowing for the Washington Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department is just one of the many organizations the Rev. Jenks Hobson has helped out in the nearly 20 years he has been rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. His hobby for many years has been working on cars. One result of that hobby has been a close friendship with Mike Brown of B&B Service Center in Sperryville. When asked about his friend, Mr. Brown said, “I am not even a member of his church, but when my mother died, he came by and said, ‘Let’s talk.’ He has helped so many people in this county, and has done so much it is hard to single any one thing out.”

The county’s board of zoning appeals again turned down a variance request last Wednesday, but by Monday the issue was moot. According to County Administrator John McCarthy, John and Helen Dixon had requested a variance from the zoning requirement that construction for a pond not disturb land within 100 feet of a property line without the neighboring landowner’s written permission. The Dixons’ property is off Route 642 near Viewtown. William Parish, the neighboring property owner, had not given written permission. However, the pond was already under construction, including earth disturbing activities within 100 feet of the property line, Mr. McCarthy said. Mr. Dixon testified that the pond, as originally planned, was well back from the 100 foot line and its construction would not have required disturbing earth within that line and testified that the original contractor “bungled the job.”