Down Memory Lane for Aug. 28

Feb. 28, 1974

Approximately 80 five-year old children will enroll in Rappahannock’s first kindergarten program in September , 1976, according to a report submitted by the County School Board to the State Department of Education.

The report “investigates various aspects” of implementing the kindergarten program, according to School Board Chairman I.R. Kilby.

The State Standards of Quality Act, passed by the legislature in 1972 requires all Virginia Counties to set up a kindergarten program by 1976 or lose state funds. Rappahannock will receive no additional money  from the state to fund the kindergarten program.

This tractor-trailer spilled its cargo of flamingo (cement) over the banks of the Covington River at Rediviva early Thursday morning when it overturned. According to Trooper W. A. Buntin, the driver said he was forced off the road by another vehicle, lost control of the rig and turned over. The 1971 Diamond Reo was driven by William Allen Anderson of Riverton and was owned by Duncan Transportation, Inc., also of Riverton. Anderson received minor scratches.

For the first time since the establishment of the Rappahannock Farmers’ Co-operative, its volume of business topped the million dollar mark in 1973.

This was disclosed in a report by the local Co-op manager, Gordon Thornhill at the annual membership meeting Monday evening at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria. Total for the past year stood at $1,012,703.67, said Mr. Thornhill.

Dec. 23, 1982

At last Wednesday’s meeting, the Rappahannock planning commissioners gave the go-ahead to a five-lot subdivision near Amissville and tabled a request for approval of a single five-acre lot near Flint Hill, pending legal advice.

The commissioners authorized Zoning Administrator David Konick to give preliminary plat approval to Wallace Judd for five lots on Route 637 near Amissville.

Initially, Knock said, Judd proposed six lots but the layout didn’t meet ordinance requirements that each lot be served by a 50-feet right-of way and have 2580 feet of road frontage. Accordingly, Judd revised  the preliminary plat, eliminating one lot to ensure that each of the five acre plus parcels had the necessary road frontage.

At its December meeting, the Rappahannock County School Board decided not to honor the request of Robert Judd, a California contractor, who proposed to demolish the old Scrabble School building for materials to be used in building a Rappahannock retirement home. The board id so on the advice of Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Baumgardner who advised them that the rights to the property were in dispute.

Rappahannock County merchants experiencing the ups and downs of seasonal business report an encouraging trend this Christmas shopping season.

A combination of good weather, new marketing techniques and appeals to local customers has resulted in many shops experiencing their best Christmas sales to date.

“We’ve had a dramatic increase in our shop sales,” reports Cheri Woodard of Faith Mountain Herbs in Sperryville. “Our catalog sales are way up too. — 110 percent over last year.”

Cheri said that, indirectly, the catalog has boosted her store sales. “This was a surprising reaction,” she said. “People come in, catalog in hand, asking to buy items that were offered by mail order. I think that with the catalog, they plan to stop by here on their next trip.” Cheri said that the most popular Christmas items this year were her herb wreaths, corn husk wreaths and herb jars.

Oct. 1, 1992

Two local businesses are happy to met the challenge and make their contribution to the youth of the community.

For decades the all American pastime and business have had a close relationship. Youth baseball shirts all over the nation have Tony’s Pizza or Fred’s Garage on the back. Business sponsorship  of baseball teams is one of the ways youth baseball leagues finance this sport. In Rappahannock County we have a unique problem in the fact we do not have a lot of businesses and most are small.

To help raise much needed funds the Rappahannock Athletic Association (R.A.A.) would like to challenge for the month of October, all businesses in the business community to send a check for $25 to the R.A.A. to help us keep this league growing and thriving.

R.A.A. president Richard Pentecost, receives a check for the R.A.A. challenge from Kerry Grigsby, owner of Grigsby Repair Service.

Jeff Foster, son of Randolph and Lilo Foster of Washington, has been playing the banjo ever since he was a child. Last week this life — long passion paid off in a major way when the 32 years old engineer now living in Bristol, as part of a unique band called Special Delivery, won the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown in Owensboro, Ky.

The four — piece band had placed first in the Mid-Atlantic regional finals this summer and competed against five other bluegrass bands in the contest.

Foster who grew up in Rappaannock, graduated from Rappahannock High School and VPI with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has only been with the band only four months.

Mrs Flinchum’s first grade class celebrated Grandparent’s  Day last week. Grandparents were invited to join the class for a snack, made by the students, and then could share stories about their school days. The students prepared for their students by making chocolate and vanilla pudding and learning proper manners about being polite and serving guests first.

Nineteen first graders sat spellbound while listening to stories ranging from Nathan Corbin’s grandmother getting into trouble for laughing at another student’s antics to Bobbie Jo Brown’s grandmother reminiscing about when Mrs. Flinchum’s mother (Mrs. Lazvinia Barron) caught her children.

Hope Jacob’s grandmother and grandfather (89 years old) explained how they drank water from a dipper.

It was a heartwarming day which made Room 9’s school family much closer.