DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

Rappahannock News - - COM­MENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLAT­TER­BUCK

March 24, 1999

Peo­ple like the con­ve­nience of cell phones. But they don’t like the idea of out of town­ers whizzing through the county in fast cars, chat­ting away as they drive.

And peo­ple like clear views of the un­spoiled moun­tains and hills. But they don’t like the idea of those moun­tains in­ter­fer­ing with the abil­ity of lo­cal po­lice and res­cue teams to talk to each other on the ra­dio when they need to.

It is con­flicts like these that are giv­ing county res­i­dents pause as they mull over re­quests from Sprint PCS, a cel­lu­lar phone ser­vice provider that wants to set up shop in Rap­pa­han­nock.

Un­for­tu­nately, Sprint’s main goal is to erect a num­ber of 250-foot com­mu­ni­ca­tions tow­ers through­out the county, an idea that does not sit well with many lo­cal home­own­ers.

“You’re ask­ing us to trade off our beau­ti­ful views and the place that we cher­ish for the con­ve­nience of your cus­tomers who are just pass­ing through,” said Sper­ryville res­i­dent Jim Gan­non. “I think that a ter­ri­ble trade-off.”

Oth­er­wise, Con­ner Miller of Washington qual­i­fied for the South­ern Re­gional Wrestling Tour­na­ment this past week­end at the District Wrestling Tour­na­ment in Manas­sas.

Con­ner won the sil­ver Medal in the 52 pound Ban­tam Di­vi­sion.

He com­piled a re­spectable record over the sea­son. His tour­na­ment record for the year was: 2nd Stu­art’s Draft Tour­na­ment, 1st Or­ange County Tour­na­ment, 2nd Culpeper County Tour­na­ment, 1st League Cham­pi­onship.

The District Tour­na­ment held this past week­end in Manas­sas had over 500 wrestlers from North Carolina, Vir­ginia, West Vir­ginia and Mary­land. This district is one of the largest and tough­est wrestling districts in the United States.

March 13, 1980

Su­per­vi­sor’s E. P. Luke, Clarence Bald­win and Hu­bert Gilkey joined forces at last Thurs­day’s board meet­ing to vote down pro­posed or­di­nances aimed at con­trol­ling il­le­gal road hunt­ing in the county.

The two laws would have pro­hib­ited car­ry­ing a loaded ri­fle or shot­gun in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle on a pub­lic right-of-way, or car­ry­ing a loaded ri­fle or shot­gun while walk­ing on a pub­lic right-of-way with­out per­mis­sion to hunt from landown­ers on both sides of the road.

The vote came after a pub­lic hear­ing held the night be­fore, March 5, and con­sul­ta­tions in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion with com­mon­wealth’s at­tor­ney Dou­glas Baum­gard­ner, sher­iff W.

A. Buntin and game war­den Jim Bankston.

Lee Bird, Washington landowner and pa­tron of the or­di­nances, main­tained that a pas­sage of the new reg­u­la­tions would help to en­force ex­ist­ing laws that make it il­le­gal to shoot from the high­way. “Houses have been hit. An­i­mals have been hit. Both dogs and cat­tle have been shot. It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore a per­son is shot,” Bird said. “I think the gen­eral pub­lic has the right to feel safe from hunt­ing on pub­lic roads.”

Cit­ing the dan­gers posed by hunters who shot from the road, of­ten onto prop­erty that is posted, Bird noted that a ri­fle bul­let has a killing dis­tance of at least two miles, maybe more.

Hunt­ing aside, after 38 years of ser­vice to the pub­lic as post­mas­ter of Castle­ton, Ray T. Can­non has re­tired ef­fec­tive Fe­bru­ary 29.

“I de­cided I couldn’t be the Lone Ranger and was con­vinced I should quit,” he said.

In a more serious vein, Can­non ex­plained that he had been in the of­fice long enough, since Novem­ber 1940, and would have more than enough to keep him busy with his ap­prox­i­mate 500 acres of farm­land and some more which he rents, and his real es­tate firm, too.

Castle­ton Post of­fice was es­tab­lished in May 1878 with James Wright as the first post­mas­ter, and was lo­cated in a small build­ing across the road from Can­non’s Store. The pop­u­la­tion of Castle­ton at that time was 40.

“Wright was fol­lowed by sev­eral oth­ers and from 1914 to 1940. My fa­ther, James F. Can­non, held the post mas­ter’s po­si­tion,” said Can­non. “Then my mother, Nena B. Can­non was in charge for a few months un­til I was named and as­sumed my du­ties in Novem­ber 1940. Guess it’s a fam­ily tra­di­tion, and back then pol­i­tics had a lot to do with it,” he con­tin­ued. In 1953 the post of­fice moved into the Can­non’s home, where it re­mains.

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