Down Memory Lane for June 4

Jan. 15, 1975

A New Year rash of larcenies has plagued Rappahannock County, with incidents occurring in all areas. Since the drug thefts which were reported last week, a theft was reported by B. E. Schumacker of Flint Hill. A McCulloch chainsaw and two stereo speakers were taken from his property.

The Sheriff’s Department is also investigating an incident in which about $80 was missing from the home of Vernon Leake in Sperryville and auto parts, wheels and tires were taken from a vehicle stored in a barn at Huntly. Bill Welch, the owner, estimated the value of the missing items at $400.

Miriam B. Reeve, Secretary for Shenandoah National Park’s Protection Division, was presented a 20-year U.S. Department of the Interior Length-of-Service Emblem by Superintendent Robert R. Jacobsen at a recent staff meeting. Mrs. Reeve’s government service began in June 1944 and includes positions with the Air Force, the Farm Security Administration, an Army Recruiting Station, the Civil Service Commission, and, beginning in August of 1957, with Shenandoah National Park. Mrs. Reeve, a native of Alabama, is now a resident of Sperryville. She is the wife of Roy L. Reeve, former Sperryville Postmaster.

Rappahannock may be forced to borrow money this June, auditor Daniel Cox told the Supervisors last Thursday. At this point, Cox estimates the county will have a working balance of around $35,000 this coming June. When the budget for the current fiscal year was drawn up, the county was expected to have a much larger working balance by the end of the fiscal year, Cox said.

The supervisors had little comment following Cox’s presentation. They gave no indication as to how the “tight money” would affect their outlook as the annual round of budget hearings and requests begins.

April 12, 1984

“I like working with older people. I really like them — their honesty and their spirit,” Jeanie McNear says of the people she meets in her new job. McNear was appointed about a month ago to be the Community Services Center Volunteer Coordinator for Rappahannock County.

In the new part-time job, McNear recruits and places volunteers and helps them help others. According to RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) director Carolyn Szabad, there are currently 38 RSVP volunteers in Rappahannock. RSVP volunteers are age 60 and older. There are also 11 younger community services volunteers in the county. Together they have spent more than 3,100 hours helping others in the county since July, according to Szabad. Jeanie keeps herself and daughters busy with hobbies, too. Favorites are horseback riding, skiing and gardening.

Sursum Corda, the Child Care and Learning Center, “provides a lot more value to this community than a lot of people realize,” announced Supervisor Clarence Baldwin after listening to a presentation at April’s board meeting.

“I know mothers who would be on public assistance but instead are able to work because they can take their children there. I’ve seen children before they’ve gone to Sursum Corda and then after they’ve been there a while and the difference is like night and day,” Baldwin said, maintaining that the day care center starts youngsters in the right direction towards good citizenship. In addition, he said, Sursum Corda provides jobs for local people.

“It has a lot more benefit to the community — both short and long term — than a lot of people realize,” the Hampton District supervisor repeated.

At a work session in the high school library Tuesday, the Rappahannock supervisors gave their blessing to a $3,000 addition to their emergency repair authorization for the roof in the county elementary school’s north wing, raising the total cost to $30,000 to $31,000 and adding a pitched roof. In opening the joint session with the supervisors, School Board Chairman Beverly Massie said, “This is a real first for us . . . an important meeting, not just for this budget but for future budgets.”

July 6, 1994

Paul and Cucie Baldwin, owners of Baldwin’s Store on Business 211 in Washington, are planning to build a new store with gas pumps outside of Washington. It will be located on U.S. 522-211 next to the Rappahannock Farmers’ Co-op.

Construction is due to begin this month and should be completed by late fall.

According to Mr. Baldwin, the business might be named “211 Quicke Mart” and will be similar in size to the Q-Stop at Clevenger’s Corner, the intersection of U.S. 211 and 229 in Culpeper County.

The store will be open 24 hours a day and will offer three fuel islands. The Baldwins also plan to have a deli counter, with sandwiches, salads and other fast foods.

The Inn at Little Washington announced recently that David Shannon Jr. has been promoted to the position of Executive Sous Chef. Mr. Shannon has been with The Inn for seven years. A native of Richmond, he is a graduate of The New England Culinary Institute. The Inn at Little Washington was once again this year honored by Mobil and AAA as the only 5-Star, 5-Diamond Inn in America. In its 17th year of operation, the Inn has been rated top in the nation by The Zagat U.S. Hotel Survey.

Camps for all interests were in session in Rappahanock this past week. The camp began on June 27 and will finish up this Saturday. The head counselors, Robin Purnell and Karen Henderson, have worked hard to set up an interesting and educational daily schedule for the 25 participants. Five counselors are assisting with this year’s camp: Adam Haase, Jamie Harris, Julie Bankston, Forrest Rogers and Daliah Macon. Each camp day ended with an assembly which included a program. On the last day of camp, the kids had a field day which included water balloon races and “catch the flag.” They then cooled off in the 4-H pool for a couple of hours, playing games and enjoying free swim time.