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Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

May 29, 1986

Traf­fic stopped and crowds gath­ered at the cen­ter of Town last Wed­nes­day for the big­gest show – nay, the only show – in Wash­ing­ton on a lazy spring morn­ing. Ev­ery­one gawked while The Inn moved out, out to the side­walk and park­ing lot in front of the restau­rant for a staged pho­to­graph for the cover of the 1987 calendar pro­duced by the Rap­pa­han­nock As­so­ci­a­tion for the Arts and the Com­mu­nity. Pho­tog­ra­phers Char­lie Tomp­kins and Henry East­wood be­gan or­ches­trat­ing around 10 a.m. af­ter Sher­iff John Henry Wood­ward oblig­ingly set up the road­blocks on Main Street. With the 1987 calendar off to the print­ers and ex­pected back in time for Fourth of July sales, work has be­gun on the 1988 edi­tion. The tra­di­tion and spirit of that first Me­mo­rial Day was re­mem­bered and con­tin­ued in a ser­vice con­ducted by the Rev­erend Jenks Hob­son at the Epis­co­pal Ceme­tery in Woodville on Mon­day. At the close of last Wed­nes­days pub­lic hear­ing on the an­i­mal shel­ter, Su­per­vi­sor Nel­son Lane hud­dled with lo­cal Hu­mane "So­ci­ety mem­bers on the benches at the rear of the court­house. "He asked us to with­draw our suit," re­ported RCHS of­fi­cer Pa­tri­cia Sal­ton­stall. "He wanted us to de­lay so the shel­ter and the land­fill can be on the same site, with same per­son tak­ing care of both the shel­ter and the land­fill."

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