Down Memory Lane for Nov. 16

April 28, 1999

Edmund Kavanagh of Jewelry by Edmund in Washington is one of the foremost practitioners in the world of the ancient art of repousse — the art of transforming thin sheets of silver or gold into ornaments by tapping out a design from the reverse side of the metal.

Edmund and his wife, Bridie, have conducted their business in the United States and abroad and they joined us in Rappahannock last year after spending nearly 30 years at work in Westbury, N.Y.

Edmund brought a career studded with honors and achievements — he was voted Westbury’s Business Man of the Year in 1996; he has created works for the Shah of Iran and Haile Selassie of Ethiopia; he fashioned a rose bowl to commemorate the golden wedding of President and Mrs. Eisenhower and a replica, shown at the New York World’s Fair, of the ruby encrusted Dali heart; he made a sterling silver drum set for the Zambian army and ceremonial maces for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Marine Corps Band.

On May 3, 1999, Edmund Kavanagh will receive more well deserved recognition. At a White House reception for Keizo Obuchi, the Prime Minister of Japan, the Air Force Band will be conducted using a silver ceremonial mace designed and created by Edmund.

In honor of his contribution, Edmund and his wife will be in attendance at the reception.

In other news, at its regular monthly meeting on April 21, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission discussed a report presented to them from the Ad Hoc Committee on Mountainside Development, and the telecommunications/PCS tower issue.

In addition, they acted on three family apartment requests. All members were present with the exception of Dr. Werner Krebser. Also absent was county administrator John McCarthy.

The committee, appointed by the Planning Commission last year, has five members: Audette, Saltonstall, Joe Oliver, Bob Dennis and Chris Parrish.

The committee is concerned that unrestrained development in forested areas and on the mountains would harm agriculture in the county.

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.

In addition, he attends two seminars a year. Study areas covered include orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine pediatrics, and dermatology.

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

Finally, Virginia’s pastures are traditionally 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 1970’s, according to Parrish.