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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 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. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 17

Once again, the old toll house on U.S. 211 is abustle with merchant activity. An interest in firearms is in the blood of the McCoy family. John, his brother, Downing and their father Quentin needed little encouragement from a relative to begin a shop. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 10

Jan. 9, 1975: The Rappahannock Medical Clinic opened Monday under the direction of Dr. Jerry Martin of Flint Hill and Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly. The clinic is located in Washington, in a new brick building, which was designed for the specific needs of a clinic. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 3

Aug. 17, 1994: “We are just like family, and it really hurts.” That was just one employee’s reaction to the announcement at the Aileen sewing plant in Flint Hill last Thursday. Bob Fadely, vice president of manufacturing for Aileen, broke the bad news to employees that the plant would definitely be closing on Oct. 12. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 13

April 27, 1972: Joseph J. Scherschel of Flint Hill captured the White House News Photographers Association “Photograph of the Year” award, adding another top honor to his 22 years as a photojournalist. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 29

April 12, 1979: L. V. Merrill, owner and operator of Merrill Motor Company, can qualify as an historical monument in the town of Washington. His business at the corner in the center of town has been around for as long as most of the under-50 generation can remember. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 22

Aug. 3, 1978: Statistics compiled by the Department of Agriculture in a Rappahannock land use study and data gathered by the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection show that over 50 percent of the county’s property owners are absentee. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 15

March 8, 1979: Electoral Board members, county government employees and friends feted Mrs. Mary Cleverley with a retirement party in the Health Department offices last week. Jack Carney on behalf of the electoral Board presented her with a pendant engraved with her initials and on the reverse “Registrar 3-1-71 to 2-28-79.” […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 1

Feb. 15, 1979: “It was just such weather as this, only worse. You’ve heard of the blizzard of 1899, that’s the year I was born. Father sent for the doctor who rode horseback cross country over the fences where the drifts were so high,” said Miss Annie Miller Almond, who celebrated her eightieth birthday Monday. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 1

June 22, 1978: Heavy rains, hail and a twister assaulted the Amissville area Monday afternoon resulting in damage to buildings and trees and cutting off electric service for five hours. The first storm occurred about 3 p.m. with heavy rain and winds. Shortly after 4 a howling twister blew in. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 18

May 25, 1978: Mt. Salem’s church pews came home on Sunday. After months of work by the Restoration Association and Commonwealth Attorney George Davis, the 154-year old benches were returned from a church near Virginia Beach where they had been “on loan” for almost eight years. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 11

May 11, 1978: There is a brand new trophy in the trophy case at RCHS. It has a statue of a girl running on it and it says “Skyline District Champions 1978.” The Rappahannock Varsity girls track team brought good news back with them from JMU. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 4

May 4, 1978: On a summer afternoon in 1969, Greg Bright celebrated Christmas in August by tossing a glass bottle with a message sealed inside into the Thornton River at Sperryville. Nine Years and 100 miles later, Greg’s message reached its destination. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 27

Nov. 17, 1966: The annual awards dinner sponsored by the Culpeper Soil Conservation District was held Monday evening at Graves Lodge in Syria. A. Y. Stokes of Sperryville was the Rappahannock farmer recognized as the Conservation Farmer of the Year. […]