Down Memory Lane for Sept. 11

March 21, 1974

Ukrainian Easter eggs will be the center of attention at free demonstrations by Linda Gruber Saturday, April 6, at the Country Store of Washington. These intricately decorated eggs have been made by the Ukrainians for centuries. Many of the designs have religious significance and the eggs themselves symbolize the Resurrection and the rebirth of spring. Traditionally, people exchange these eggs after Easter services as a gesture of friendship.

William L. Sharp of Washington and Chevy Chase, Md., has received a fellowship in the High School Heart Research Program of the Washington Heart Association. The award was made through competitive examination among selected D.C.-area students. This summer, Sharp will participate in a research program sponsored by the National Institute of Health.

H.L. Manwaring of Rappahannock was one of the speakers at the Northern Virginia Forage Conference held at Middleburg on March 14. The Woodville cattle farmer appeared on a panel with V.M. Dupont of Loudoun County and Ed Gentry of Madison to describe his experiences with what VPI extension specialists called “large hay packages.” Manwaring, who uses a round baler with a cow calf operation, said he’d had excellent results. Rappahannock cattle farming is entirely a matter of grass and hay, he said, so year-round grazing techniques are of special interest there. “We’re working toward having to feed hay only when snow covers the fescue,” said Manwaring.

Jan. 13, 1983

The lanes are filling fast in the race for Rappahannock’s sheriff. This week, Martin Orfila joined the parade of candidates that already include former sheriff John Walker Jenkins and former deputy Mark E. Wittl. “The hats are dropping fast so I thought I’d better get up here,” Orfila said, in announcing his candidacy to the Rappahannock News on Monday. Orfila served first as corrections officer under Jenkins and was then promoted to road deputy. When Jenkins was defeated by current incumbent W.A. Buntin in 1975, the new sheriff retained Orfila on his staff. In 1978, Orfila resigned from the sheriff’s department to join the Virginia State Police. After a week of instruction at the State Police Academy and probationary training in Campbell County, he graduated in December, 1978, and was assigned to Fairfax until 1981, when he was transferred to the new Arlington area.

Rappahannock’s firefighter of the year for 1982 has smoke in his blood. Carl James, who received his award at the county Fire and Rescue Association’s annual party Friday night, is the son of Lester “Brax” James. “My father was a volunteer with Amissville for almost as long as I can remember. He was chief for eight years. I doubt if I would have kept up my involvement without his leadership and example,” James said. “He and Paul Poling started the county’s fire and rescue associations and the fire school. I just more or less followed in his footsteps.”

Mary Frances Fannon has been named campaign chairman of the American Heart Association’s 1983 fundraising campaign in Rappahannock County. As chairman, Mrs. Fannon will coordinate volunteers who will seek contributions and distribute information on how the American Heart Association spent its money in support of research, education and community service programs. She reports that this year’s local campaign goal is $5,000.

Oct. 22, 1992

A farmhouse on Mrs. Roland Welch’s farm outside Flint Hill was destroyed by a fire Oct. 20. Sheriff John Henry Woodward said his office received several reports that someone might have been trapped by the blaze, but added that a thorough search of the debris turned up no evidence that anyone was inside the house when the fire started. Woodward said firefighters from Flint Hill, Washington, Chester Gap, Sperryville, Amissville and Castleton battled the blaze, which was reported at 9:39 a.m. The house, which had been rented to seasonal farm workers, according to Woodward, was gutted by the time firefighters arrived on the scene. The cause of the fire had not been determined Tuesday evening.

Tammy’s Family Hair Studio of Culpeper would like to welcome Christine Timbers of Sperryville to its staff. She will be working on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Mrs. Timbers recently graduated from a two-year course in cosmetology at Piedmont Technical Education Center. She was previously employed with John’s Barber Shop in Sperryville.

Another suit has been filed against the county for an assessment — this one by Thomas Massie, who filed an appeal of his assessment as set by the Board of Equalization. Mr. Massie’s assessment on 441.9 acres was set by the board at $1.3 million. The equalization board raised it to $1.6 million. The assessment on 297 acres of pasture was raised from $2,000 to $3,000 per acre. The assessment on 101 acres of woods was raised from $2,000 to $2,500 per acre, and the assessment on 40 acres of tillable land was raised from $2,500 to $3,000. Another suit, by Richard Settle, relates to the original reassessment.  Following an executive session with attorney John Bennett during the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Oct. 5, County Administrator John McCarthy announced, “The county is defending all lawsuits against it on assessments.”