Down Memory Lane for Aug. 27

Jan. 13, 1977

Misty Hitt of Woodville and a group of friends were sleigh riding last weekend when they discovered a snake lying in the snow nearby. They excitedly summoned Mr. Corker, father of one of the youngsters, who could hardly believe the three and half foot snake was real.

Conjecture is that the reptile crawled out of a groundhog hole and froze to death. Tracks in the snow toward a hole nearby substantiated the theory.

For a variety of reasons, many adults who have been unable to complete a regular high school program can make considerable educational progress through a variety of experiences encountered in everyday life.

It is the purpose of the General Educational Development (GED) Testing Program to provide a means by which such educational experiences can be evaluated and recognized.

Lester Deal of Sperryville recently received his GED Certificate, having earned a high school equivalency diploma at Piedmont Technical Center in Culpeper.

The long-term solution to the lack of space at the Rappahannock County Courthouse would be a new two-story addition with a basement, according to the study received from the University of Illinois National Clearinghouse for Criminal Justice Planning.

If Rappahannock decides to go forward with the idea of an addition, the report maintained, the county “should embark on the planning process” and hire a professional architect, working closely with the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Any proposed addition should be done with respect for the existing design of the old Courthouse and should be compatible in materials and scale, the report concluded.

Rappahannock is under no obligation to accept any of the proposals outlined in the report and may decide to adopt part, none or all of the recommendations.

May 30, 1985

Ivan and Hazel Hall, with legal counsel from David Konick, have filed a lawsuit against the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Supervisors, and Oscar and Stella Lozano of Culpeper.

The suit lists five counts and requests a judgment in the amount of $250,000 in addition to attorney’s fees. The Lozanos are named as defendants only because their property rights may be affected in the case; the Halls seek no damages from them.

The suit is in response to the BZA’s decision on April 24 to grant a special use permit to the trustees of the Sperryville Assembly of God Church. Because the present site of their 62-member church is too small, the trustees have planned to build a new church on a tract of land adjacent to the Hall’s property, which is one mile east of Sperryville on Route 612. The trustees have contracted to buy the property from the Lozanos.

A special use permit request submitted by Eric Kvarnes was approved with a condition by the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, May 22. The permit will allow Kvarnes to establish a crafts village on Route 211 near Sperryville.

Kvarnes had originally applied for a special use permit to add a wall to a building so that it could be used as a shop by potters. A decision on that application was postponed a month so that the request could be advertised.

“I decided to go ahead and apply for the crafts village because it looks like I’ll need to build a wall in another building, and rather than do it permit by permit by permit I thought that I would submit the whole plan to take care of whatever permits may be required,” Kvarnes said.

Jan. 18, 1995

High school students, particularly those in Beth Gall’s earth science classes, are enjoying their new weather station.

Bob Ryan, weatherman with WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., arranged for the local school to be included among the 90 schools that are part of the 4-Winds network of weather stations. The station can call in on the school’s modem and download information directly. The information is constantly being updated.

Principal John Toth installed the station itself, which consists of a pole with a variety of measuring instruments attached. Technology teacher Ron Vickers, librarian Beth Scott and science teacher Brion Patterson helped install the software.

It was a busy weekend at Country Manor, time to do the fashion photography for the summer catalog.

At Phyllis and Jimmy Swindler’s County Manor, that is a family affair with daughters Bobette Swindler and Natalie Hathaway and granddaughters Sara and Emma Hathaway serving as models. Other models are Peggy Stephenson, who is also in charge of catalog production, Kay Miller and Heather Young.

Mrs. Swindler said the catalog will launch a major promotion of the Sperryville store as an outlet store for the catalog. Over the years the catalog has changed, but it keeps many of the elements it had when it was launched. It still contains line drawings by Rex Slack of Washington, and Mrs. Swindler said it always will, but more and more of it is photographs.

Burke’s Grocery on U.S. 522 in Woodville still retains many products and advertisements from the early of this century.

The store first opened in the 1920s and was owned by George Johnson. Lizzie Burke purchased the business in 1945 and ran it until she died in 1975. Lizzie’s daughter, Myrtle Falls, along with her husband Jimmy, were storekeepers until 1982.

The next proprietor was Wilson Burke, Lizzie’s nephew, from 1982 to 1986. Since that time, Mabel Burke has owned the store along with her son Richie Burke. Both are natives of Rappahannock County. He works during the week as the Rappahannock County Building Official, so he mostly helps out on weekends.