Down Memory Lane for Nov. 5

April 24, 1980

Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly recently completed continuing education requirements to retain active membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association of family doctors.

The Academy’s requirements call for members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical study every three years. Dr. Krebser meets this requirement by taking an examination once a month for six months out of the year.

Dr. Krebser operates the Rappahannock Medical Center in partnership with Dr. Jerry Martin.

June Jordan carried the first load of newspaper to the recycling center’s new location on the Washington Volunteer Fire Department’s carnival grounds this week. From paper and aluminum collected over the last 18 months, Jordan has raised over $600 for the fire department. Area residents can help by bringing bundled papers and aluminum cans to the center for recycling.

Traditionally, Virginia’s pastures are dotted with the red of Hereford and the black of Angus, the two most popular breeds among cattlemen in the Commonwealth. Chris Parrish hasn’t broken completely with that tradition. The calves running around the fields on his family’s Castleton farm are black but they’re the result of an innovative approach to cross breeding — a mix of Angus mothers with a Chianina bull that has produced giant-sized youngsters.

Chianinas are still relatively rare in the U.S. The huge Italian breed, the largest cattle breed in the world, was introduced into this country in the early 1970s, according to Parrish.      

Jan 16, 1986

Hemmed in by the rolling hills of Rappahannock, in an old hay barn, lies the battered relic of a once-proud ocean-going sailing yacht. Pigeons cooing high in the oaken rafters overhead have replaced the gulls which once cried as the boat cut through the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the North Atlantic.

John Cadwalader’s life changed considerably when he left he sea and returned to a life of agriculture near Woodville. The son of a Naval officer, John spent many years of his childhood in and around boats. His interest in boats culminated in the purchase of the 31-foot yacht Altair, which now nestles in a sea of hay, surrounded by assorted carriages, an ancient Case tractor and various farm machine.

The last ocean-going cruise of the yacht was in 1974, when John decided to spend the month of September with the spectator fleet at the America’s Cup races off Newport, Rhode Island.

Ivan and Hazel Hall, who are suing Rappahannock County over adjoining property, must wait to have the lawsuit considered, said Judge William Carson during the Rappahannock Circuit Court’s Term Day Jan. 13. Jude Carson said that he needs more time because of the constitutional issues that are raised in the lawsuit.

“I don’t have anything to report today,” he said.

Attorney David Konick, who is representing the Halls, told Judge Carson, “I hope you’ll have an advisement during the March Term.” Judge Carson replied that he could make no guarantees; he also stated that he has “not had it under advisement very long.”

May 10, 1995  

Cathie Shiff returned to Rappahamnock last Monday night after spending a week working on the rescue in Oklahoma City.

She is a firefighter and paramedic with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and lives in Amissville.

They used heavy hammer drills and sledgehammers to break up the pieces of concrete so that cranes could remove them. Sometimes they could see pieces of concrete waving around in the breeze; it was an extremely dangerous operation. Mrs. Shiff said that three or four cranes would be working at once to lift away pieces of concrete. One of them weighed 200,000 pounds and the workers named it “Mother.”

Mrs. Shiff said they could tell what floor of the building they were working on clearing out when they found desk name tags in the rubble. They also found some bodies, and they were usually found near desks, she said. Near the end of their time there, she said that they began finding toys and other items that were part of the daycare center. She said that was the hardest part.

Tai Chi Chuan is becoming more popular all the time, and is taught locally by Kathleen Maier. Tai Chi Chuan, also spelled Taijiquan, is many things. It is an exercise which promotes the body and mind working together. It helps the body maintain balance, improves circulation and strengthens joints and muscles. The movements are graceful and deliberate, and develop flexibility, energy, and stimulate the internal organs, Ms. Maier says. Serenity and self-control can also be gained through the movements of Tai Chi Chuan.