Down Memory Lane for June 18

Jan. 29, 1976

The Rappahannock County Library has announced the appointment of Mrs. Edward F. Hufstedler as librarian. Mrs. Hufstedler, a two-year county resident of Amissville, is thoroughly qualified for this position through library science studies and years of varied professional library experience.

The Library Board of Trustees feels most fortunate in Mrs. Hufstedler’s acceptance of the librarian position because they believed it would be next to impossible to find a person already equipped to take over from Ruth Blackwell the regular library practices and book processing as well as the initial phases of the librarian’s work and especially by the first of 1976 when Miss Blackwell was called to be the full-time Clerk of the District Courts of Rappahannock.

Charles E. Sutphin of Charles E. Sutphin, Inc., Washington, has won a trip to Cologne, Germany, in a national contest conducted by Deutz Corporation, which markets Deutz tractors and Deutz-Fahr implements in the U.S.

While in Germany they will be the guests of Klockner-Humboldt Deutz AG, manufactures of Deutz air-cooled diesel tractors, and its subsidiary, Maschinenfabrik Fahr, AG, manufactures of Deutz-Fahr implements. In addition to sightseeing from Cologne to Munich, the Americans will tour various manufacturing plants of the companies, including the new automated engine plant in ULM. They will also visit the KHD museum, which houses the world’s first four-stroke engine which was invented 100 years ago this year.

The camels didn’t seem to mind the heat last week when a grass fire burned over about 150 acres of the Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center near Front Royal. Sparks from a welding torch ignited the blaze and a high wind fanned it furiously over the hillsides. Motorists lined Route 522 watching the spectacle, and several fire departments responded to assist. Using all methods and equipment available the blaze was brought under control in a little over an hour.

April 26, 1984

Smiling ladies of Sperryville auxiliary present fireman Steve Leake with a $1,000 check for the volunteer firefighters. The women who raised the money through a series of community dinners include Janet Clater, Charlotte Jenkins, Laura Ann Whorton, Betty Lou Walters, Mildred Leake, Josephine Jenkins, Marie Atkins and Joyce Lillard.

Sam Snead, local partner in the proposed Rappahannock Center For Independent Living, has scheduled an informational meeting tonight at 7:30. State and local officials will be on hand to answer questions regarding the sewage disposal system intended to serve the group home for the elderly planned for the old ski area site in Harris Hollow. In a letter dated April 20 and addressed to neighboring landowners n the hollow, Snead explained that the meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss what is being planned and voice what concerns you may have about waste water disposal.”

Rappahannock’s FHS (Future Homemakers Association) president Debbie Pullen says the recent convention in Roanoke was good because “basically you get ideas from other people. All the schools from the state got input from other schools — what they’re doing (that we can do) to make ours better,” she said. There were workshops to get ideas and Pullen says the local representatives brought back several good ones. Faculty advisor Betty wood drove Debbie and treasurer Wendy Burke to Roanoke on April 5. They stayed overnight at the Hotel Roanoke during the two day session. The concept Debbie brought back that she’d like to try here is something called “Start.” It’s a competitive event during which students participate in mock job interviews. Winners go on through state and national contests.

July 13, 1994

The Lombardy restaurant on U.S. 211 in Amissville quietly reopened on June 6 under new management, after being closed for several months. People are beginning to stop in again, and it is well worth the visit. All of the food is fresh and homemade.

George Pullen, a native of Rappahannock County and resident of Viewtown, is the manager and one of the cooks. Mr. Pullen said that his restaurant offers good service, good meals and good hospitality. He welcomes comments from customers, and hopes they will speak up if something is not right, or if they have a compliment.

Julie Coon and Vincent Day of Venus Jones have recently released their very first CD, entitled “Somebody Like You.” The CD contains their original rock and roll music. They have been writing music and performing together since 1983. Other members of the group Venus Jones have come and gone, but Mrs. Coon and Mr. Day have always remained. The two longtime residents of Rappahannock have included all original songs on the CD, most of which were written by Mr. Day.

Because they both have families, the idea of producing a CD and cutting down on the time performing, along with late hours, was desirable, said Mr. Day. Mrs. coon lives in Castleton with her husband, Howard, and their four children. Mr. Day lives in Sperryville with his wife, Dinah, and their two children.

Both school officials and Kenbridge Construction agree the project for the elementary school addition is on schedule. Walls are up for most of the addition, and starting last week and continuing into this one, roof trusses were being set in place. Mike Harmody, construction superintendent for the project, said, “The project is going good so far. We haven’t had any real problems. Superintendent David Gangel said he was pleased to see the trusses going up because he can see the new roof line.

“It looks very good,” he said.