Down Memory Lane for Nov. 26

July 3, 1980

The cosmetic surgery is finished, the bandages have come off and the operation leaving Washington with a new look for its town square is an unqualified success.

Dr. Werner Krebser supervised the facelift on the old building that once housed Merrill’s Garage and Ford dealership, turning the worn and dilapidated structure into shiny new quarters for Nature’s Foods. Hayseed Antiques, the Beauty Box and photographer Pali Carolyn Delevitt.

Krebser’s remodeled building has provided two town businesses with room to expand and encouraged two new enterprises to located in Washington.

Students will miss the sound of her rapid step in the corridors of Rappahannock County High School. After twenty-four years in public education, Jean Moffett is retiring. She came to Rappahannock County in 1944, a young graduate with a BA in English from Mary Washington College, and a degree in Library Science from the College of William and Mary. The prospect of living in a small community appealed to her, so Mrs. Moffett responded to the recruiting efforts of the State Superintendent of Education at that time, Dr. G. Tyler Mill, and applied for her first position as an English and History instructor at Washington High School — one of two high schools in Rappahannock at that time.

Her greatest satisfaction over the years, she says, has come in seeing progress made in the lives of the many students with whom she has had contact. “You gain a sense of satisfaction in feeling that perhaps some little thing you’ve said may have help them along the way,” says Mrs. Moffett. And the honors and awards that she received at a school honors ceremony, and at graduation — from students, faculty, and parents — seems to confirm the fact that Jean Moffett’s influence upon those with whom she’s worked has, indeed, been a positive one.

Michael White of Washington pursues his final project on the road to becoming an Eagle Scout. He is replacing the signposts in the town and setting them in concrete. Many of the street signs have been damaged and have never been permanently placed. He is assisted by Ricky Shaw and by Dale Cameron, both of Washington. Dale is also working toward Eagle with a project  at the schools, erecting railings into the modular classroom units.

May 7, 1987  

After listening to hours of testimony at Monday’s public hearing, the supervisors issued a special exception permit to Alex Sharp for an expansion of their migrant workers’ camp in Harris Hollow.

The Sharps, who farm about 400 acres of orchards, most rented, also own and operate the apple packing house in Sperryville. “We’re probably the second largest employer of local people in the county,” Mr. Sharp said, adding that he employs up to 40 men and women at the packing house and orchards in the fall.

Airman Larry W. Sisk, son of William E. and Jayne T. Sisk, both of Sperryville, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force ground communications radio specialist course at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss.

Graduates of the course learned to install and maintain high-powered ground communications equipment, and earned credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

Airman Sisk is a 1983 graduate of Rappahannock County High School.

Rappahannock County School Superintendent Robert Estabrook’s office announced Tuesday that the official groundbreaking for the expansion project at the county High School will be held Monday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m.

The in-fighting — if there was nay — came at last Wednesday night’s work session, because at Monday’s board meeting, the supervisors presented a front as they trimmed $213,235 from the proposed 1987-88 school budget. The reduction leaves projected school spending with a modest five percent more on the real estate levy.

Chairman Hubert Gilkey reported that the board had decided “by consensus” to approve school spending by categories to show “the places we would like to see the School Board make the cuts.” (The supervisors also have the option of approving simply a total figure for educational programs, which would leave the School Board free to transfer money between categories, the  only restriction being that spending must stay within the bottom line.)

June 21, 1995

After working out of a studio at her home in Old Hollow since 1981, Patti Mullan has branched out and opened Sundance Stained Glass Studio on Gay Street in Washington, sharing space with Cabin Fever Books.

She first learned to make stained glass 17 years ago while she was living in Boulder, Colorado. She worked in a studio there for a year doing reproduction work and has been making stained glass on her own ever since.

She sells several pieces in the store and does a lot of commission pieces. All of her designs are original. In the store she has her beautiful and colorful soap dishes, night lights (a very popular item), business card holders, candle holders, and several pieces to hang in windows.

Mrs. Mullan has sold her work in many craft shows over the years, including the 4th July celebration in Washington. This October 14 and 15 she will exhibit at the Blue Ridge Heritage Wine Festival, a juried exhibition, which will take place at the 4-H Center in Front Royal.

Katie Lynn, a 1995 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, was recently awarded a fulbright Grant to study in Italy.

A former studio art major, Miss Lynn wil study sculpture at private studios in Pietrasanta, Italy, beginning in October this year.

With over 2,000 applications received, Miss Lynn was ecstatic to be one of only 27 to be assigned to Italy, her first-choice country.

She is the daughter of Pamela Lynn and the late William E. Lynn of Washington.