Down Memory Lane for Jan. 21

Nov. 13, 1980

Daphne Hutchinson and the Rappahannock News were recognized for service by the American Cancer Society and received the print media award from this organization at its annual meeting held this year in Norfolk. The enterprising news and feature material and public service advertising support of the Rappahannock News was the outstanding example from among all print entries of excellence in communications about cancer. Submitted for consideration in judging was the series of feature articles by Daphne published in this newspaper in August.

The animals Geneva Welch paints are not endangered species or even rare in rural counties like Rappahannock where the wildlife artist gains inspiration for the backgrounds of her work. But in Richmond’s West End where the Welch’s make their home, subdivisions have pushed raccoon, bear, deer, fox and other native Virginians out of their natural habitat.

“I have a special feeling for wildlife because I can see the day coming when they will be rare. Maybe not out here, but in Richmond, it’s happening,” said Geneva in an interview Monday. The artist, daughter-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Welch of Flint Hill, was in the county to deliver paintings of owls, etchings of foxes and aprons with silk screened raccoons to Mary Schumaker’s Corn Crib Gallery.

Bob Dennis is a hunter and he’s afraid — afraid that the days of public hunting are drawing to an end. He’s watched as more and more “no hunting” and “no trespassing” signs go up on private property, a reaction from landowners to abuses by outdoor users.

In an effort to combat the ever shrinking land base open to hunting, Dennis and other like-minded sportsmen in Virginia have organized “Operation Respect.”

“It’s a sportsman-based effort working in close cooperation with the Game Commission to persuade outdoor users to clean up their own act,” Dennis explained in an interview this week at his family farm in Flint Hill.

Nov. 10, 1988

County Treasurer Frances Foster sounded the fiscal alarm at Monday’s board meeting, and the board of supervisors responded by authorizing short-term indebtedness should a loan be necessary to meet the county’s payroll and pay the county’s bills.

“We need money! We’re running out of money!” Mrs. Foster announced, reporting that with the $80,274 in tax payments received last week, funds on hand total $168,004.

On the debit side of the ledger, bills to be paid with approval of accounts will write an additional $75,193 worth of checks drawn on the general fund at its meeting on Tuesday night, she told the supervisors. That works out to a deficit of $127,189 on Wednesday.

“We need to borrow some money,” Mrs. Foster concluded.  

“I think we should slow checks before we borrow money,” countered John McCarthy. The county administrator pointed out that the treasurer’s office has received $80,000 in the last seven days and should get in at least that much or more next week as the Dec. 10 deadline for paying local taxes draws nearer.

Washington’s Thrift Shop is closing.

The shop, operated by the Washington VFD Ladies’ Auxiliary, must move from its quarters in the Town Hall. That request came from the town council, which has been told it cannot get fire insurance on the building until the thrift shop’s inventory is removed.

The council has also made plans to renovate the building and needs the space cleared so that work can be done.

As part of the agreement between the council and the ladies’ auxiliary, the shop inventory has been purchased for $1,000. That suggestion was made by Mayor Morehouse during October’s council meeting, and on Monday he confirmed that the deal has been finalized.

According to council member Nan Thomasson, who is coordinating the volunteer cleanup, the shop will be open Friday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers will be at the shop packing the goods into boxes.

Scorekeeping is easy with the high school’s new scoreboards, donated by the Rappahannock Lions Club. The club’s annual auction, held in May, realized enough money to present RCHS principal John Toth with a check for the $4,395 scoreboards. The additional $557 from the auction will be applied to the Lions’ scholarship fund.

The RCHS industrial arts students are making a commemorative plaque to recognize the Lions Club gift.  

May 22, 1996

The 10th District Democratic Convention chose Robert L. Weinberg of Rappahannock County to oppose incumbent Congressman Frank Wolf in the November contest for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mr. Weinberg faced no opposition at the Saturday afternoon convention at the Warrenton Middle School. He previously ran against Rep. Wolf in 1988 when the 10th District was made up of Arlington, Alexandria, Loudoun and part of Fairfax County. Rep. Wolf won that contest, and Mr. Weinberg said Rep. Wolf beat him by “half a million dollars.”

Mr. Weinberg and his wife Wendy bought property in the county in the Slate Mills area in 1968. They built a house on the property in 1970 and used it as a second home while living in Arlington and practicing law in the Washington, D.C., area.

When he worked at a local restaurant, John Cloud used to scribble ideas on the backs of napkins for people who asked him, “What’s to do in the county?”

He saw that city people have tremendous interest in not only Rappahannock’s natural beauty but what the county residents also have to offer. To help promote the county’s many talents and talented people, he has devised a brochure entitled “Rappahannock — Experience the Magic,” which invites tourists to choose an outdoor adventure, take a class to learn a craft or go the cultural route.

Rappahannock County will be designated “Scenic County” in the proposed revised Comprehensive Plan.

The suggestion, put forth by Stonewall-Hawthorne District representative Sharon Pierce and Hampton District representative Susan Babcock, will lead the “Goals, principles and policies” chapter.

Their suggestion reads “Central to Rappahannock County’s definition of itself are the mountains, among the oldest on earth, and its intact ecosystem.

“A scenic county shall mean: One in which preservation and enhancement of the natural and historic beauty and cultural value of the countryside shall be respected as being of foremost importance…and in which conditions for a sustainable agricultural and tourism economy not be dependent upon traditionally defined growth patterns.”