Down Memory Lane for Feb. 27

July 26, 1973

All buildings of the Amissville Fire Company were condemned this year to make way for the U.S. 211 dual-lane highway scheduled for construction in the future. After settlement of the property with the Virginia Department of Highways, construction on a new facility is about to begin. Wednesday morning the drilling of a well began on the carnival grounds, where the new firehouse will be built. It will be necessary to construct a new fire house and community hall, as well as carnival food concession, and game stands.

Mrs. Alice Pullen has hosted the annual picnic of the Flint Hill Homemakers Club for a number of years, and this was no exception. Her hospitality, along with Mr. Wade Pullen’s, was enjoyed last week by a large group. Though members all bring covered dishes, Alice provides much and her homemade pies and the southern snap beans made quite a hit this year.

A “consensus” in favor of searching for a solution to Sperryville’s pollution problem that might be less costly than the collector system and treatment plant originally recommended, developed at a well-attended meeting Monday night at the Rappahannock County courthouse. A collection system and secondary — perhaps tertiary — treatment plant might cost $500,000 or more to serve 104 houses or approximately 416 people, and some homeowners from the area made it clear they thought that was ridiculous.

May 20, 1982

Bill and Lois Fitzsimons marked two years of marriage with the traditional champagne toast, but the bottle of bubbly was the only standard ingredient in their anniversary celebration last week. Instead of sitting down to a candlelight dinner, the couple soared up and away from their Huntly home in a hot air balloon supplied by United Balloon Ventures. It may be a strange way of observing an anniversary for most folks, but to Bill Fitzsimons, it was practically a busman’s holiday. A former parachutist and skydiver, he thrills and chills audiences at the Bealeton Flying Circus every weekend with his balancing act on the wings of an airplane.

In circuit court on Monday, Judge Shore Robertson lifted a restraining order he imposed last week, but warned Carson Johnson that if he proceeded with building the auto repair and storage business authorized last year by the Board of Zoning Appeals with a special-use permit and variance, he would do so at his own peril. Issuance of the permit and variance is currently being challenged in a legal suit by Mary Edna Schaefer and other neighboring landowners in the vicinity of the old Sperryville co-op building, which Johnson plans to renovate for his auto repair and storage operation.

Miss Rappahannock Maxie Clark waits for the judge’s final decision in the last Friday’s beauty pageant. Maxie was chosen first in the running for Miss Rappahannock, followed by Cathy Wingfield and Kim Williams. The pageant was held for the benefit of the Sperryville Rescue Squad. Maxie was sponsored by Mrs. D. Lyle Miller.

March 31, 1993

Jim Clark IV is one of two grand prize winners of the Piedmont Regional Science Fair, which was held at Piedmont Virginia Community College on March 12. Clark will join Zee French IV of William Monroe High, the other top winner, at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Mississippi Beach May 9-15. Clark, 15, a ninth grader at Rappahannock County High School, is the son of Ellie and Jim Clark. His science project, “The Traveling Salesman Problem,” also won a special award from the Army and first place in the computer science division. Winning first place will enable Clark, like others who place first and second, to enter the state science fair competition at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College on April 17.

Rappahannock County Democrats took time last weekend to honor three people who have contributed their time and effort to county politics for decades. More than 50 people crowded into the Flint Hill Public House last Saturday to pay tribute to three lifetimes of work for the party. Honored were Aubrey “Buster” Keyser, Ed Bailey and the late Howard Butler.

V. Kay L. Scruggs has joined Centura Bank in Durham, N.C., as an assistant vice-president and branch manager of the South Square office. An Amissville native, Scruggs received a bachelor’s degree in history from Bluefield College. She also received her master’s in business administration from Campbell University. Scruggs is married to Mark Scruggs, a partner with Spears, Barnes, Baker, Wainio, Brown and Whaley in Durham.