Down Memory Lane for July 24

Jan. 17, 1974

Harry Jordan topped 1,000 points in his career for the Rappahannock County High School basketball team Tuesday night. Rappahannock, the smallest school in the Skyline District, has had a rough time without a win this season. At the end of the first school session, a change in coaches was necessary, compounding the problems of the team. For the first quarter, Jordan was held scoreless, but his game total was 23 and he pulled down 24 rebounds.

In September, 1973,  the county signed a new three-year, $20,000 a year contract for trash removal in Rappahannock. This is $8,000 more than the county payed for this service in 1971. The 1971 contract provided for removal of 74 cubic yards of trash. The current contract calls for removal of 164 cubic yards of refuse. Also, on a monthly basis, the removal of large appliances, tires, furniture and other bulky items that can not be compressed in the refuse removal truck. Although the container volume has been more than doubled, trash is still being thrown all over the ground.

Sperryville businesses have been granted new health permits on a six-month “provisional” basis, according to Rappahannock supervisor Pete Luke. Thier permits will be renewed every six months as long as district health officer Dr. R.S. LeGarde finds “continuing evidence or progress toward expedition an approved sewer system for the Sperryville problems.” LeGarde had notified the businesses in December that the health department would not renew permits in January since the businesses were discharging sewage directly into the south fork of the Thornton River.

Nov. 4, 1982

Col. and Mrs. Robert Dickey and Mrs. Lelisa Lucas were named the Rappahannock Soil Conservationists of the Year for their work at Wakefield Manor, their 1,000-acre farm near Huntly. At a banquet held last Thursday night at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, the Dickeys and Mrs. Lucas were honored, along with four other winners from the Soil and Water Conservation District, which includes Culpeper, Madison, Green, Orange and Rappahannock counties. Wakefield Manor has been in the same family for six generations and includes 205 acres of open land and 811 acres of timber. For over 50 years, the farm was rented. In 1959, Mrs. Lelia Lucas took over the management of the run-down and grown-up operation.

Architect Don Chandler and his children Charlie and Cathryn will again host an open house this Saturday, Nov. 6, at Spectra. Activities will begin at 2 p.m. and center around exchanging ideas on what form the innovative architectural school, still in the organizational stage, will take. Chandler is extending a special invitation to county teenagers to join in the planning process. Spectra is located on U.S. 522, just north of Flint Hill.

Sharon Genebach Luke was named to Rappahannock’s Board of Zoning Appeals on Friday by the circuit court. Judge Shore Robertson announced the appointment after hearing public comment last Wednesday on the vacancy created by the resignation of Josef Gardiner. Christopher Parrish, nominated to the slot by the county board of supervisors, withdrew his name after Luke was proposed as the Jackson district representative. Citing his existing responsibilities as a member of the county’s electoral board, Parrish noted that he would have to resign from the body if appointed to the BZA.

Aug. 27, 1992

Mike Massie of Massies Corner will sponsor a Virginia Cattlemen’s Association Region IV meeting at his home, Hampton Stock Farm, on Sept. 3. The workshop marks the first time that an Association workshop has been held in Rappahannock County. Mr. Massie, a member of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors, agreed to have the meeting as his home after he was contacted by the local Feeder Cattle Association and asked to host it. The Rappahannock Farmer’s Association will cater the dinner after the meeting.

His favorite composer, Ludwig Beethoven, would certainly “roll over” as the popular song goes, if he could see Rappahannock composer Carl Coon at work. Tucked away in his studio in the woods, a few yards from his home, Mr. Coon writes his music on a Macintosh computer. Modern technology merges with the creative process and the result is a written score that can either be played on the two synthesizers that are connected to the computer, or actually printed out in written form. Mr. Coon’s lifetime passion for music culminates on Sept. 5 at the Theatre in Washington, where his concert, “Rappahannock Variations, String Quartet 1988/89” and other pieces will be played by live performers. Mr. Coon moved here with his wife Jane in 1985 to finally settle in one place after years of traveling the world as a diplomat.