Down Memory Lane for March 19

April 10, 1975

The projection screen at Hillsdale Drive-In Theatre on Route 211 east of Washington was downed by last week’s heavy winds. TV antennas, trees and roofs sustained heavy damage and one farmer said it would take him a week to get his farm straight again. Highway crews were kept busy clearing debris from roads while utility companies repaired poles and wires to keep service going. Route 729 from Ben Venue to Flint Hill seemed to receive much damage from the gusty winds from Thursday through the first of this week. Tree limbs and trunks which fell in the cemetery on the T.V. Williams property damaged fences and overturned cemetery markers. All up and down this road wind damage was visible.

A special use permit was granted William Carrigan, Patrick O’Connell and Reinhardt Lynch by the Town Council of Washington following a hearing Tuesday night. Application had been made requesting that the former elementary school be used for office purposes, food service facilities, guest quarters and auditorium for organized groups. The permit was granted the three applicants with the condition that if and when it changed hands it would be subject to consideration again at that time. Lengthy discussion hinged on the possibility of a change of ownership or lease resulting in an undesirable business for that residential area.

Mrs. Mozelle W. Carver of Washington and Mrs. Ethel Ramey of Woodville were members of an AARP tour to Nashville where they attended the Grand Ole Opry. There were 40 members who took the tour last week, leaving Friday and returning Sunday.

Dec. 15, 1983

 The county’s Board of Supervisors will play a part in responding to local disasters in the future.

At last week’s board meeting, held Dec. 5 at the courthouse, Deiter Knuepfer, coordinator for the county’s emergency and disaster planning, asked the supervisors to appoint representatives from the five magisterial districts to a damage assessment team which will work with an emergency board. That board includes Knuepfer, VPI agent Birgitt Thornhill and officials from the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, Soil Conservation Service, State Forestry Division and Farmers Home Administration. This group will estimate damage caused by disasters such as windstorms, floods and droughts. For even a single house damaged by a tornado, the team will conduct a survey. H. B. Wood’s suggestion that the supervisor from each district serve on the damage assessment team was unanimously endorsed.

Walter O. Day of Washington, will be working with small businesses throughout Northern Virginia as a newly appointed SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) counselor. Day says his area will go from Winchester and Luray to Manassas. Day will work with people who want to start or improve their small businesses, he says. The free counseling service is the biggest form of aid now offered through the Small Business Administration.

Florence Vickers, Rappahannock ‘s new home demonstration and 4-H agent with VPI’s extension programs, is no stranger to country life. A native of West Virginia, Vickers grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Martinsburg, a junior partner in the business of milking the herd of 110. With three years of teaching and a masters degree in home economics behind her, Vickers obviously has the experience for the half of her job that entails working with the country’s home demonstration clubs.

Jan. 12, 1994

The Walt Disney Co. and its opponents prepared this week to shift their focus to Richmond as the Virginia general Assembly considers the company’s request for state aid to fund transportation improvements.

The Disney Co. and “Disney — Take a Second Look,” the primary opposition group, are communicating by mail, representatives of both groups confirmed Tuesday. “We are in both direct and indirect communications,” Second Look manager Christopher Needels said. Though the two organizations haven’t yet met, “Our calendar is wide open for them,” he said. Disney America spokeswoman Jane Adams also confirmed the two groups are in contact, though she said she had no details about the communications.

Ruby Leake, 76, lives in Sperryville with her husband, Buster, who is 81. Mr. Leake suffered a stroke in 1976, and up until a few years ago. Mrs. Leake cared for him by herself. Now she has help from four different people. “My energy is fading now,” she said . She is recovering from congestive heart failure, which sent her to the hospital last fall. The Leakes have lived in the same house since they were married 59 years ago. “When anyone mentions a nursing home to Buster, he would just scream. As long as I am able to take care of him, with help from others, he will not go into a nursing home.”

Connie Owens is one of the care providers for the Leakes, and visits them four times a day, Monday through Friday. At 9 a.m., she gets Mr. Leake out of bed and into a wheelchair, at 12:30 he goes back to bed for a nap, at 4:30 she gets him up again and into the wheelchair, and at 8 p.m. she puts him back into bed. Sometimes she will help out with a few other chores, such as light housework.

Financial help from the community is desperately needed in order to hire care providers like Connie Owens to help the elderly population in our own community.