Down Memory Lane for May 14

Nov. 27, 1975

A familiar scene in Rappahannock for the past few weeks has been great trailers loaded with tall pine trees lumbering along the highways. The delicate long-needled branches blowing in the wind appear to be waving a farewell, and indeed they are, as they make their way to a new home.

These specimen pines are a gift from Mrs. Paul Summers of The Shade near Washington, to the LBJ Memorial Grove on the banks of the Potomac in Washington D.C.

She has contributed about 250 trees for the grove, which will cover 15 acres in the Lady Bird Park on Columbia Island. The grove will contain some 900 white pine trees when completed.

The result of months of work by homemakers across Virginia was revealed in Washington D.C., recently when members of the Virginia Extension Homemakers Council presented their Bicentennial tapestry to the Extension Division of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The tapestry is eight feet, eight inches high, weighs nearly 50 pounds and contains 104 12-inch needlepoint squares depicting historical, geographical and other themes. More than 22,000 hours went into the project, a combined effort of some 1,300 Extension homemaker clubs around the state.

Attending the fall conference from Rappahannock Extension Homemakers Clubs were Mrs. Mary Priest, County Chairman; Mrs. Corinne DelGrosso, Vice County Chairman; Mrs. Violet Cooley, Mrs. Flo Duvall, maker of the Rappahannock County square and Mrs. Llewellyn S. Allison.

Brown Eye II, a fox hound owned by Misty Hitt of Woodville, was judged second HGA Derby hound at the Maryland State Fox Hunters Association field trial and bench show held at Point Lookout, Md. recently. Misty’s fox hound placed first in endurance and speed and drive, second in hunting and tenth in trailing.

March 8, 1984

With correctional officers ready to leave for the training that will qualify them to oversee inmates and dispatchers hired to take over operation of police, fire and rescue communications, there remains only one obstacle to the newly renovated jail becoming fully operational. Who is going to feed the prisoners?

Sheriff John Woodward told the supervisors on Monday that he has received two bids for catering jail meals: $10 a day from the Hampton Inn and $9.90 a day from Nature’s Foods and Cafe, both Washington restaurants. He added that the offer from Hampton Inn also requires a guarantee for a minimum service to three prisoners per day. “I’ve got to pick up the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from the Hampton Inn; Nature’s Foods will deliver,” Woodward added.

“It looks like it will run more per day than what the state thought we should get by on,” the sheriff said, reporting that a representative from the state Department of Corrections in Richmond had advised holding the cost of catered meals to $6 per prisoner per day.

The Rappahannock Woman’s Club will be presenting its annual fashion show on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at the Rappahannock Elementary School. This years show will feature fashions with “A Touch of Class” from Frank’s and Warren Quality Shop of Front Royal and Jack and Jill of Culpeper.

Some of the models with “A Touch of Class” for this year shows include: Eileen Day, Lois Manookian, Margaret Lee, Dawn Welch, Heather Blevins, Peter Luke, Arthur Smith, Butch Zindel, Chris Ralph, Britton Wood, Sarah Wayland, Diane Estabrook, Van DeBergh, Kelly Brown and Elaina Thornhill. Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit the club’s annual scholarship and help provide new playground equipment for the elementary school.

Most subscribers to the Rappahannock News don’t get 17 copies each week, but most subscribers don’t use their papers in as many different ways as Bobbie Brochu does at the elementary school reading lab.

The county weekly as well as the daily issue of the Star Exponent incite sixth- and seventh-grade students to debates on all manner of events ranging from the extinction of the dinosaur to the defeat of the Redskins. The pupils avidly follow Rappahannock sports, supervisors races and controversial issues.

June 15, 1994

The hoopla about the fountain is finally over. It was installed at the corner of Middle and Main Streets Thursday morning following last Wednesday’s Town Council meeting.

After hearing arguments from Town Attorney Frank Reynolds, appellant Robin Purnell’s attorney Doug Baumgardner, and several other speakers, the Town Council voted on the issue of whether Mrs. Purnell was allowed legally to be an “aggrieved party.” They voted that she was not. That decision ended the controversy of the fountain, which cleared the way for its installation.

The recently lowered speed limit in Flint Hill has provoked the wrath of at least one driver who apparently sent out anonymous letters to the businesses in the town. The letter attacks the business community, VDOT and the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office. It claims the business community banded together to impose a “25 mph radar trap” on the town, and that VDOT did not do the necessary traffic study before lowering the speed limit in town.

That is not so, Robert Moore, VDOT resident engineer, saId. The request to study a lower speed limit came from an elected official who was apparently passing on a request from one business. When the department received the request, it did a traffic study, he said.

In Flint Hill there is frequent parking on both sides of the road with drivers opening doors into the road. There are also pedestrians in the road. Because of these factors VDOT decided to have a 25 mph section on U.S. 522 in the center of town. Traveling north from Massies Corner as a driver approaches Flint Hill, the speed limit is reduced to 35 mph, then in the center of town to 25 mph and leaving town it increases to 35 mph before going back up to 55, Mr. Moore said.

Last week’s Washington Town council meeting was the last for four of the seven members. At the meeting’s end, it was an emotional goodbye for outgoing Mayor Dean Morehouse, Treasurer Brad Fisher and council members Susan Parrish and Mark Bailey.

Mayor Morehouse presented all members of his council with a plaque containing a poem entitled “And Then Some,” and Ray Gooch read it aloud.

A lot was “cleaned off the plates” at this last meeting. The 1995 town budget passed easily. A public hearing had been held on the budget one week prior to this meeting.