Down Memory Lane for Aug. 7

Jan. 31, 1974

A resolution supporting “Line A” to just widen U.S. 211 through Sperryville, instead of building a bypass, was approved by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District Commission last Thursday. The Planning District Commission, which includes representatives from Rappahannock, Fauquier and Orange counties, was asked by the state highway department to comment on the Sperryville bypass plans. The highway department plans to four-lane U.S. 211 from the Page County line either through or around Sperryville. Commission member Peter Luke said it all was a question of where the “bottleneck” should be. He said if the Sperryville bypass is built, the bottleneck would be in the national park, but if it’s not built and the road is just “improved” through Sperryville, the bottleneck would actually benefit Sperryville’s tourist business.

The arrival of a house which came in two sections created interest near Washington Tuesday. Each half of the structure arrived on a lowboy, which delivered it right to the home site and deposited it over the basement which had been dug and walled in preparation. This house was delivered to the property of Clarence Baldwin for his daughter Mrs. Susan Jenkins and her family.

Two hundred and forty-two cadets have been named to Virginia Military Institute’s first semester dean’s list, an academic honor which requires a cadet to have a weighted average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all subjects, with no grade below 2.0. Among those named to the honor list is Cadet John M. Baumgardner, of Washington. A civil engineering major, he is enrolled in the field artillery branch of the Army ROTC program. Cadet Baumgardner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Baumgardner, of Washington.

Nov. 18, 1982

“Mr. Luke, Mr. Bowers, we bit the bullet,” announced chairman A.Y. Stokes as the planning commission agreed last week to put a request to allow shooting ranges by special-use permit into amendment form. Support for the zoning ordinance amendment, which would permit ranges in agricultural zones, has been less than enthusiastic on the part of the planning commission. Charles Estes seemed to speak for his fellow commissioners when he noted at last Wednesday’s continued public hearing that an outright refusal to allow ranges anywhere in the county was not defensible.

Marie Davis and Nancy Frye will serve as reporters this year for the weekly Rappahannock County High School column, “Panther Tales.” Nancy is a former cheerleader and a member of the student government at the high school. Marie is a member of the girls’ track team, manager of the soccer team, a member of the chorus and the student government. Both girls are juniors at RCHS.

It’s our serve! Rappahannock County High School has started a girls’ volleyball team. When asked who would be interested in  playing, girls appeared from doors all over the school. The girls are in the midst of fundraising projects, with a goal of $2,000.

Sursum Corda has made a quantum leap toward raising the money necessary to build or buy a new school building. The Greve Foundation, a New York based organization, has agreed to support Sursum Corda’s new building expenses through a matching grant of up to $75,000 of total cost. The school has already gotten $10,000 in pledges of work and materials towards the new building. A building committee, chaired by Lois Manookian, is still researching site location and building design, or the possibility of purchase and renovation of an existing building.

Sept. 10, 1992

Twelve of the school system’s buses will apparently be involved in a recall. Navistar International Transportation Co. of Chicago, which makes the International buses that the school system has bought for several years, announced last week that all bus chassis built since Sept. 1, 1978, will be affected by the recall. Assistant superintendent Robert Chappell said that he expects to be notified in September of modifications to be made to the buses. In the meantime the buses will continue to be used. Mr. Chappell said he expects to receive parts and instructions for making modifications to the cage this fall. Navistar has said it will pay for all parts and labor needed to make the modifications.

Walt Longyear, elected to the board of directors of Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly this summer, has been named vice-chairman of the board for 1992-1993. A resident of Rappahannock County, Mr. Longyear is vice-president of Viguerie and Associates in Falls Church. In the summer of 1991, he served as president of the committee that established Wakefield Country Day School.

The Aileen plant in Flint Hill is going through a slow period now, but manager Charles Currence expects work to pick up by mid-September. The plant has been cut to eight hours a day, four days a week. Normally it runs nine hours a day, five days a week, Mr. Currence said. The cutting room was closed this summer, he said .The change was part of a move to consolidate cutting to the Woodstock plant where computerized Gerber cutting machines cut the fabric into all the pieces that will be assembled into a garment. The Flint Hill plant has 239 employees, 204 machine operators and 35 who do other jobs. Most are women, about half from Rappahannock County and about half from Warren County.