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Down Memory Lane for March 21

May 23, 1985: Wednesday, May 15, was not a regular school day at Rappahannock County High School. On that day, 255 students left their classes and participated in a walkout to demonstrate their disapproval of the board of supervisors’ decision to cut $120,000 from the proposed 1985-86 school budget. […]

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Washington column for March 14

This past Sunday afternoon at Trinity Church, more than 100 people had the most memorable experience listening to Lin Barnes and Allison Hampton playing Celtic music; Country Cafe is having St. Patrick’s Irish-inspired food March 16.; Washington VFD All You Can Eat Ham and Oyster Dinner on Saturday March 30; and remember, Spring just around the bend! […]

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Washington column for March 7

Gay Street Gallery’s newest exhibition opens Saturday, March 23. Featured at the Washington gallery will be paintings by Staunton-based Elizabeth Geiger; Jeffrey Cooper, a Maryland-based artist who has chosen to work in wood; and Kevin Adams, the gallery’s resident artist, who unveils new work from Virginia and his travels elsewhere. […]

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Down Memory Lane for March 7

Jan. 24, 1963: Sperryville has no public library, but it does have a modern barber shop, owned and operated by John Eubank. As in all barber shops, John’s customers frequently must wait for their turn. While waiting they look around for something to read to pass the time away. […]

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Washington column for Feb. 28

Ecumenical Community Lenten Series, will begin on Wednesday evening, March 13, and continue through the next four Wednesday evenings; Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton present Celtic Music, “Celebrating St. Patrick” on Sunday, March 10 at Trinity Episcopal Church; and Game Day at Fellowship Hall at Washington Baptist Church Saturday, March 2. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 28

Jan. 16, 1975: When trustees of the Rappahannock Library assume charge of the Helen Fuller estate in March, they will receive less than half of what they had originally expected. Receipts from a public auction of Miss Fuller’s personal belongings amounted to $28,000 in October of 1972, when the sale was held. […]

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Washington column for Feb. 21

The Rappahannock Historical Society and Happy Camper Equipment present Wonders of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the Sperryville Fire Department. Come hike with Lauralee Bliss as she takes you along the 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia and Shenandoah National Park. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 21

May 25, 1961: Dr. Howard Berger of Arlington and Washington, Va. has established a dental office in the basement of the Washington Elementary School. He donated the office equipment to the county to aid in the County Dental Clinic, which has enabled many children to have corrections made. Most of these students would not have otherwise had this service. […]

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Washington column for Feb. 14

Don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is today. Some adore this holiday, while others dread it, but whatever your inclinations are, I hope everyone has a nice day and the ladies receive their red roses — the traditional Valentine flower (and don’t forget the box of chocolates). Remember: Love doesn’t make the world go round — love is what makes the ride worthwhile for everyone. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 14

Dennis’ Store in Scrabble is a tiny building at the junction of routes 626 and 680. It is a family-run business, begun by Clifford R. Dennis 70 years ago. His son Robert Dennis Sr. and his wife Doris have run the store half of that time, since 1960.  […]

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Washington column for Feb. 7

Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow last Saturday, which means we’re in for an early spring; Rappahannock Historical Society is hosting author and museum curator Terry Miller for a talk and book signing on Feb. 17; and check out the Valentine’s Day sales in town. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 31

Dec. 31, 1981

By late spring, sedentary secretaries, lawyers, clerks and other office workers in the town of Washington will be able to chin-up, push-up, squat, jump and jog their way through lunch hour on the new one kilometer fitness trail that will be part of the county’s first park. […]