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

Aug. 4, 1999

Sun­ny­side Farms owner and AOL ex­ec­u­tive David Cole has re­cently con­cluded an agree­ment to pro­vide eq­uity fi­nanc­ing to Wal­nut Acres Or­ganic Farms of Penns Creek, Pa., a lead­ing or­ganic prod­ucts cat­a­log re­tailer. The $4,000,000 deal will give Cole a ma­jor­ity stake in the firm, and will pro­vide Wal­nut Acres with the cap­i­tal and ex­per­tise to ex­pand its in­ter­net-based op­er­a­tions (visit www.wal­nu­ and se­cure ad­di­tional sources for or­ganic veg­eta­bles, fruits and meats.

“With over 53 years of or­ganic ex­pe­ri­ence and 300,000 cus­tomers, Wal­nut Acres is the undis­puted leader in cat­a­log sales as well as a grow­ing force in whole­sale dis­tri­bu­tion,” said Cole.

Cole’s Rap­pa­han­nock based Sun­ny­side Farms and his Vir­ginia or­ganic farm net­work will also ben­e­fit from the deal — Wal­nut Acres will draw upon both the prod­ucts and the pro­duc­tion plan­ning ca­pa­bil­ity of the net­work and will thus create, said Wal­nut Acres pres­i­dent Bob An­der­son, “the largest and most di­verse or­ganic farm net­work on the East Coast.”

The sub­ject of trash was a topic of lengthy dis­cus­sion at this month’s su­per­vi­sors meet­ing.

John McCarthy pre­sented the board with a plan of the new county pub­lic con­ve­nience site, to be lo­cated on Rock Mills Road south of U. S. 211 near the high school. The new site, which will take the place of the Huntly and Scrabble dump sites, will have s seven foot board fence with trees in front for screen­ing and a seven foot chain link fence with green plas­tic coat­ing around the perime­ter.

The site will also have four con­tain­ers for trash dis­posal, con­tain­ers for re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als, a sep­a­rate en­trance and exit for garbage trucks and a man­ager’s sta­tion. The ac­cess road off of Rock Mills, which in the fu­ture will con­nect to the high school, will be paved. The site, how­ever, will not have a paved sur­face. The su­per­vi­sors voted unan­i­mously to name the ac­cess road Flat­wood Road

Oct. 9, 2003

Ap­plause filled the court­room Monday af­ter­noon as Rap­pa­han­nock’s Board of Su­per­vi­sors voted to look into the creation of a park­ing or­di­nance for the county.

The de­ci­sion was made af­ter Peggy Ralph of Flint Hill spoke dur­ing the pub­lic com­ment ses­sion re­gard­ing what she per­ceived as a park­ing prob­lem at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 647 and Route 522 in Flint Hill.

“It’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen,” she said.

She told how she feared that some­one would be hurt due to park­ing in the town of Flint Hill in ar­eas which were clearly marked with signs pro­hibit­ing park­ing.

“The big P with the line through it, that means ‘No Park­ing,’” said Ralph.

She said she was up­set that there were no park­ing laws in the county and that noth­ing could be done about these cars, adding that some in power had told her to sim­ply wait it out for an ac­ci­dent af­ter which things would improve.

Bob Den­nis of Flint Hill said he re­mem­bered dis­cus­sion on the is­sue years ago and how happy he had been when the no park­ing signs were in­stalled.

How­ever these signs were to no avail, as law en­force­ment agents in the county are un­able to pun­ish il­le­gal park­ers.

No or­di­nance ex­ists for that in the county, ex­plained Sher­iff Larry Sher­ertz. Thus, he said, po­lice of­fi­cers are only able to ask for vol­un­tary com­pli­ance, and only if they see the vi­o­la­tion take place. He added that he has ad­vised his deputies against wait­ing around to watch for such vi­o­la­tions, or go­ing into nearby restau­rants to speak with poor park­ers.

He said that while work­ing in other coun­ties he had seen park­ing tick­ets work well.

Ac­co­lades abounded for Gwen Hays and her hus­band

Clyde Humphrey at the Rap­pa­han­nock County Board of Su­per­vi­sors’ meet­ing Monday for their ini­tia­tive in re­search­ing and re­vi­tal­iz­ing the dor­mant lighting or­di­nance.

The or­di­nance, which had been tabled by the board since spring of 2002, fi­nally found its way back on the agenda this month, as the su­per­vi­sors de­cided to fur­ther ex­am­ine it and send it to Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Peter Luke for re­vi­sion.

“We thank you very much,” said su­per­vi­sor Bryant Lee, one of many who ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to the cou­ple for their ef­forts in bring­ing the or­di­nance back to life.

Phil Ir­win, a long time sup­porter of the or­di­nance added, “I am not ask­ing you to ap­prove it. I’m not ask­ing you to dis­ap­prove it. I’m ask­ing you to think what the county will look like in years to come.”

He is among many who hope to keep the skies dark and to con­tinue en­joy­ing the sights over­head. In or­der to do this, he feels that an or­di­nance is nec­es­sary.

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