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Down Memory Lane for June 20

Oct. 10, 2002: Walking into Mimi Forbes’ house, there is a presence of flowers everywhere, especially lilacs: strewn in print across upholstered furniture, gracing the collection of dessert plates hung on the walls, on pillows and in frames, as artwork. […]

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Down Memory Lane for June 6

Feb. 14, 1980In response to threats of legal action made six months ago by the state Department of Housing and Community Development, the Rappahannock supervisors finally took steps at last Thursday’s board meeting to provide a building inspector as required by state law. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 30

May 3, 1995: Hackley’s Store in Amissville billed itself as “the country store for the ’90s, from feed to fax.” It’s true. The store is much more than just a place to pick up groceries. Besides groceries, owners Jan and Ron Makela offer Purina feeds, UPS shipping services, work pants, flannel shirts, womens’ denim jumpers, boots, straw hats and much more. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 23

Dec. 25, 2003: When the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that al Qaeda operatives may be plotting attacks in the United States in major cities, it also cited remote areas such as Rappahannock County as a target of terrorists. The story went on to say that “pieces of intelligence cite such obscure locales as Rappahannock, a rural Virginia county with several government facilities” as a target. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 16

March 28, 1974Bomb threats Sunday night and early Monday morning kept several hundred Aileen Inc. employes away from their jobs at Flint Hill. Sheriff John Walker Jenkins and chief deputy Everett Estes checked the plant after being notified that an Aileen employee had received a call Sunday night. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 9

May 23, 2001: At a meeting of the Sperryville Gateway Committee last week, committee members approved a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors “approve and authorize the Pedestrian Bridge and Gateway Sidewalk Improvements Construction Project for final engineering, bidding, and construction.” […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 2

Feb. 14, 1980: In response to threats of legal action made six months ago by the state Department of Housing and Community Development, the Rappahannock supervisors finally took steps at last Thursday’s board meeting to provide a building inspector as required by state law. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 25

Jan. 21, 1960: Sunny skies Sunday lured 14 hikers out to tackle the Devil’s Stairs, a rocky gorge in Harris Hollow, which defies description. The steep climb was a test of endurance as hikers scrambled over the hugs boulders. Many times the winding trail crossed a stream that was completely underground in several places and came gushing to the surface in others. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 18

April 23, 1997: When Grady Vest of Flint Hill woke up last Thursday morning he didn’t know it was his lucky day — literally. Vest had managed to do what others dream of every day, he won the lottery — to the tune of $13.5 million. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 11

Feb. 3, 1999: The specter of 200-foot telecommunications towers with warning lights being built on mountaintops elicited a lively discussion at the board of supervisors meeting on Monday. County Administrator John McCarthy suggested a public meeting to determine public sentiment for cellular telephone service. […]

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Down Memory Lane for April 4

Aug. 2, 1973While Rappahannock County remains primarily agricultural and recreational territory, light industry is filtering into several areas, with Sperryville receiving the most recent activity. Established by Witold Kuncewicz, the Virginia International Equipment Corporation has located in the building which formerly housed Blue Ridge Fruit Growers, next to the co-op. […]

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Down Memory Lane March 28

March 29, 2000: In response to the Planning Commission’s village planning process, an unsolicited “draft” commercial development plan for Amissville has been forwarded by Robert Lindquist of Amissville. Lindquist and other longtime citizens of the Amissville area spent about a year preparing this plan to provide their perspective to the planning process. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Down Memory Lane for June 7

July 29, 1965: The relocated Post Office at Flint Hill was officially dedicated in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon with U.S. postal, state and federal officials and a large number of friends present. […]

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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. […]