Down Memory Lane for Oct. 9

May 2, 1974

A new type of logging operation is underway on Rappahannock’s Long Mountain. In only 12 working days, 35 acres of pine woodland were cleared and the entire crop of trees converted into chips. Dick Dost, from the Vienna-based equipment firm of Needham and Dost, is overseeing the project. He estimated that it’ll take two and a half months for his 12-man team to complete chipping the 200 acres assigned to them on the property of the late Frank McGee.

“Rappahannock County farmers who have been unable to find fuel for agricultural production through regular channels may contact this office,” said Mrs. Mary V. Updike, program assistant in charge of the Rappahannock County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Washington residents will vote Tuesday for mayor and council members. Dorothy Davis, a former mayor, is running unopposed for that office. There are six candidates for the six council seats. Incumbent council candidates are Mrs. Edna Wayland and Mrs. Dorothy Hawkins. Peter Kramer, June Jordan and Charlie Jenkins are running for council for the first time. Mrs. Virginia G. Miller, who has served as acting mayor since former Mayor Andrew Kozik moved, is running for treasurer, a position she held prior to serving as acting mayor.

Feb. 17, 1983

Summer in the snow? Tuesday’s unseasonably warm weather sent rivulets of water pouring off roofs as the two-plus feet of snow dumped on Rappahannock in Friday’s storm began to melt. Temperatures in the 50s prompted strollers in the town of Washington to doff their coats. Lud Stetka went one step further, discarding his shirt as he shoveled snow from Peter Kramer’s shop.

With the opening of Creations in Washington, owners Frances Robinson and Becky Burke feel that they are addressing several long-standing needs of the Rappahannock community. “First of all, we were tired of having to travel long distances to find Christian books and supplies,” Becky said. “We were sure that others felt the same way.” Another need the women saw was for an outlet for Rappahannock-made crafts. Frances had spent years making her hand-crocheted items for gifts and special orders. She knew of many others who would be glad for the extra income from craft sales at a local store. Creations is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m (9:30 to 3 Saturdays) in the Old Post Office building in Washington.

Two Rappahannock women are included in the 1982 edition of “Outstanding Young Women of America.” Sheila Fritts Estes of Washington and Darlene Jett Green of Hume are two of the 23,000 outstanding young women from across the United States in the annual awards volume. In addition, they are both being considered for one of the 50 state awards to be presented to those women who have made the most noteworthy contributions in their individual states. The program is designed to honor and encourage exceptional young women between the ages of 21 and 36 who have distinguished themselves in their homes, their professions and their communities.

Nov. 18, 1992

The Washington Town Council returned yet again to Ms. Fredette Eagle’s claim to a portion of Wheeler Street at its meeting last Wednesday night. Mayor Dean Morehouse, his frustration obvious, said, “I do not want this to drag on. It is now November and so far we have not done squat.” Newbill Miller, his chair pushed away from the table, provided the lone voice counseling a slower pace. “Why are we in such a hurry to sue?” he added. Ms. Eagle owns two lots at the corner of Gay and Wheeler streets. Talking about the plat itself, town attorney Frank Reynolds said, “it creates confusion in the court records.”

Ted Pellegatta is a country paparazzo. He creeps along a fence row at dawn, trails the sun through hollows in the afternoon and slips through the forests at twilight — all to catch Rappahannock in her private, unguarded moments. Over the past year and a half, he’s taken more than 4,000 photographs of the county. In those images is the real Rappahannock. For two decades, he was a visitor, out to ride with the hunt or stay with friends for the weekend. Then, a switch in jobs — from the wholesale food business to wine importing — left him free to switch residency as well. “I no longer had to be in D.C. every day, and where else does anybody want to live?” he asked rhetorically. Inspired by Rappahannock and ensconced in a cottage on the outskirts of Washington, Pellegatta began his quest to capture the county on film.