Down Memory Lane for Jan. 8

Aug. 15, 1974

Peter Kramer, recently elected to the town council of Washington, was elected by his fellow members to the seat of vice mayor at the Tuesday evening meeting of the council.

A proposal was made for the purchase of new street signs for the town and Mr. Kramer agreed to check on these. The council acted affirmatively on a motion to update the town playground and a first step is to provide a large sand pile for the youngsters.

Benson Clatterbuck has assumed the position of custodian and maintenance supervisor at Rappahannock County High School. He succeeds Alvin Atkins, who retired. Mr. Clatterbuck was last employed with Keller Manufacturing in Culpeper and prior to that time was with the Arlington School System as a custodian for 12 years, so this situation is not new to him.

Roger Smoot is among the Rappahannock young people who have obtained summer employment through the Neighborhood Youth Corps. He has worked at the local high school doing summer chores. Tuesday he was intent on his bus washing detail. He has helped to maintain the school grounds and buildings. There is always much between-sessions work to be done. Eight Rappahannock young people have been involved in the employment program.

June 9, 1983

Supervisor H. B. Wood confirmed this week that he will not be a candidate for the Stonewall-Hawthorne seat in the November 8 elections.

Instead, the contest will pit Sean Kilpatrick, who plans to make improvements to the county’s educational system a central focus of his campaign, against Nelson Lane, a member of the Rappahannock County School Board for the past three years.

After turning in his resignation as substitute judge, Washington lawyer Peter Luke announced this week that he will be a candidate for commonwealth’s attorney of Rappahannock County.

He joins David Konick in a two-man field vying for the top law enforcement position. Incumbent Douglas Baumgardner has said he will not seek re-election.

“My decision came after discussion with many people whose opinion I value highly,” Luke stated. “I believe that my service as a former prosecutor for the Air Force, my six years in private practice and three years as a substitute judge has given me the knowledge, experience and judgement to serve the people of Rappahannock as commonwealth’s attorney.”

Time is running short for submission of materials to be sealed in the vault of Rappahannock County’s time capsule on July 4th, 1983.

The idea for sending a message to future generations grew out of plans for commemorating the county’s 150th anniversary.

What will be in the pyramid-shaped vault to be constructed at the rear of the courthouse?

Who will provide the information?

The people who live the story of Rappahannock County.

“All are invited to contribute,” emphasized William Carrigan, one of the organizers behind the effort. “We want letters and pictures from the school children of today to the school children of 100 years from now, telling them what they think about school, studies, sports, and what it’s like to live in 1983.

March 17, 1993

It snowed. Boy, did it snow!

People who have been in Rappahannock County for a couple of decades can tell you it has snowed longer and harder in the past and the drifts have been deeper and wider. But this certainly was enough snow to last the rest of the year. Sperryville’s weather observer Dennis Wingfield reported that about 16 inches of snow fell during the storm, which began late Friday night and continued until Sunday morning.

The School Board adopted a $5.4 million budget for the coming school year Tuesday night. The budget total and the county’s share was increased by $11,500 over the original proposal. At last week’s meeting the two speech therapists recommended that the second speech position be made full time. They said that, while the workload does not exceed state mandates, it does exceed state recommendations based on a point scale for evaluating severity of speech problems.

At that meeting School Superintendent David Gangel said that while it would be desirable to have two full-time speech therapists, there were other things that also would be desirable which had been cut from the budget. He specifically mentioned that he had hoped to include a full-time art position but had cut it to 40 percent.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Darby of Woodville, will welcome a new “daughter” in August 1993 — Maike Christine Fruehling, a Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange student from Germany. Maike, who will be a student at Rappahannock County High School, will live with the Darby family for an academic year.

As a member of the Darby family, Maike will participate in all family activities, from vacations to household chores. While sharing the culture of Germany with her host family and schoolmates, she will learn about U. S. culture.