Down Memory Lane for April 17

Sept. 27, 1973

Stone House Hollow, the cozy stone house owned by Dr. and Mrs. R.B. Allen near Flint Hill, will be opened for the annual fall house tour and dried arrangement sale Oct. 20-21. This event is sponsored by the Episcopal Churchmen of Bromfield Parrish. The house has many interesting furnishings collected during extensive traveling done by the Allens.

Charlie Thomas, a high school cross country sensation for the past few years who is now attending Pensacola Junior College in Florida, is still on the run. Charlie has participated in several meets since the season opened and in a Labor Day meet at the Naval Air Station’s four-mile course he placed third in the field.

It’s apple harvest time in Rappahannock and Florida laborers are working their way north harvesting crops as they go. Through there was some frost kill in the orchards, a good crop is being harvested and prices are better than usual with the processors. James Manuel of Leesburg, Fla., picks as many as 200 bushels of apples a day when there is a heavy crop of fruit to harvest. He is one of the many migrant laborers who work their way up the east coast harvesting crops in season. His average day’s work in the Eldon Farms orchards near Woodville is about nine bins per day with each bin holding 20 bushels.

July 15, 1982

Julie Burke is singing her way to stardom. The pert, vivacious 15-year old has been chosen as an all-state act to perform with Virginia’s Young Dominions after competition at 4-H Congress held at Virginia Tech from June 21-25. Julie sang “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely?” from “My Fair Lady” before an audience of 3,000 at Tech’s Burruss Hall.

Boy Scout Troop 123 of Washington spent last week at the Shenandoah Area Council’s Camp Rock Enon in Gore under the leadership of scoutmaster James Shaw and junior assistant scoutmaster Michael White. Scouts who attended the week’s summer camp were Fred Ausberry, Adam Clatterbuck, Brendon Finnery, Bobby Jenkins, Wesley Jenkins, Ricky Shaw, Greg Smith and Mark Wiley.

Barbara and Stan Thompson came to Rappahannock County in 1973 as weekend residents seeking peace and quiet. The quest for silence led them to the residence on Oventop Mountain, which borders Shenandoah National Park. It was not until 1977 that the Thompsons became permanent residents. It is with regret that the Thompsons have left Rappahannock County for a new home that seems to be “just right,” a home in Eugene, Ore., near their son and all their grandchildren. The Thompsons are probably best known for their outstanding efforts in preventing a proposed land exchange that was to take place between Shenandoah National park and private landowners. It was the Thompsons’ curiosity that pushed them to find out about the logistics of the trade. They discovered that a piece of Oventop Mountain in southern Page County, which is parkland, was to be traded for a piece of non parkland in Greene County.

May 28, 1992

There is just no place in Rappahannock County like the Flint Hill Public House. Nowhere else in Rappahannock County serves 22 different Virginia wines, including their house wine. Nowhere else offers a pub-type atmosphere for an evening drink or appetizer. And there is nowhere else that offers formal evening dining on one side and comfortable afternoon lunches and dinner meals on the other. “There is just no place else like it,” said owner and new proprietor Robin Koneczny. Mrs. Koneczny and her husband, Conrad, opened the new restaurant on U.S. 522 in Flint Hill — previously the site of the Schoolhouse Restaurant — on May 5 after a month of redecoration. The Hume couple, owners of White Eagle Vineyards in Fauquier County, moved to the area four years ago in hopes of opening a gourmet deli shop.

Pam Rosak’s first-grade class is pleased to announce the opening of Room 6 General Store. The students have stocked the shelves with containers, cans and cereal boxes from home, a great recycling idea. They make price lists, inventories and create coupons, which of course they double. They also post their daily specials on their door. The checkers check the math with the cashiers’ totals. The project is part of the Cooperative Learning Curriculum,. which includes math, money skills, addition and subtraction, language, writing and social skills. And the kids have a great time doing it.

This marks the final issue for two staff members at the Rappahannock News. Editor Mark Scolforo and reporter Lisa G. Currie are leaving the paper after this week and will be working at other publications. Mr. Scolforo has been hired as a copyeditor for the York Dispatch and York Sunday News in York, Pa., an 80,000-circulation daily paper. Mrs. Currie will be working at the Shenandoah Valley Herald in Woodstock as a part-time reporter.