Feb. 3, 1972

The Rap­pa­han­nock Polo Team will play against the Val­ley Forge (Pa.) Alumni All Stars in the in­door arena at Val­ley Forge on Feb. 13. Mem­bers of the lo­cal team are John Lyle of Wal­nut Hill Ranch, Wash­ing­ton; Jim Houra­han of Moun­tain Shad­ows Farm, Wash­ing­ton; and Bill Fan­non of Castle­ton. Fan­non, how­ever, will be un­able to make the trip and sub­sti­tut­ing for him will be Neale Boone of Po­tomac, Md.

Wil­liam Lee Set­tle of Castle­ton es­caped in­jury Fri­day morn­ing when his car skid­ded on an icy bridge at Estes, crashed into the guardrail and went down an em­bank­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Trooper W. A. Buntin, Set­tle was oper­at­ing a 1969 ply­mouth Bar­racuda on Route 729 when he ran up on the icy bridge, skid­ded onto the left guardrail and dam­aged the un­der­side of the ve­hi­cle.

Rap­pa­han­nock League for En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion (RLEP) is co-spon­sor­ing a “fact-find­ing sem­i­nar” in Fredericks­burg on March 18 about the pro­posed Salem Church Dam. “The ques­tion of whether the Rap­pa­han­nock and Rap­i­dan Rivers should be pre­served as scenic rivers or backed up into a huge lake by a Salem Church Dam near Fredericks­burg has been a con­tro­ver­sial is­sue for many years in North­ern Vir­ginia,” noted Phil Ir­win of Flint Hill, pres­i­dent of RLEP.

Jan. 29, 1981

At a spe­cial meet­ing called Thurs­day, Jan. 22, the Rap­pa­han­nock School Board an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Robert Slade Estabrook as the new su­per­in­ten­dent of the county’s pub­lic schools ef­fec­tive July 1, 1981. Re­turn­ing to open ses­sion at the noon meet­ing af­ter 45 min­utes in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion on dis­ci­pline and per­son­nel, the five mem­ber board voted unan­i­mously to hire Estabrook for a four-year term at an an­nual salary of $31,000.

Miriam Reeve of Sper­ryville, Ranger Division Sec­re­tary at Shenan­doah Na­tional Park, re­tired Jan. 17 af­ter more than 25 years of gov­ern­ment ser­vice. Miriam and Roy plan to continue liv­ing in Sper­ryville. Miriam says she plans to travel, play bridge and spend a great deal of time with her four chil­dren and 10 grand­chil­dren.

Jan. 30, 1992

Eighty-nine Rap­pa­han­nock El­e­men­tary seventh graders be­came the first class in the school’s his­tory to grad­u­ate from the Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s Drug Abuse Re­sis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion (DARE) pro­gram dur­ing cer­e­monies at the school Fri­day. All of the school’s seventh-graders com­pleted the pro­gram in the first se­mes­ter. The fifth grade will be tak­ing the course be­tween now and the end of this year.

Frank Fish­back of Amissville has taken his Blue Ridge neigh­bor at­ti­tude far be­yond the bor­ders of Rap­pa­han­nock County. His spirit has ex­tended be­yond this community to Louisa County on­ward to small com­mu­ni­ties in Mex­ico, dis­as­ter stricken towns in South Carolina and even to South Africa. A handy­man by trade, Mr. Fish­back uses his nat­u­ral tal­ents to help those in need. Us­ing his own money as well as funds do­nated by the Amissville United Methodist Church, Mr. Fish­back has taken his tal­ents in roof­ing and re­pair yard work and car­pen­try to places where in­door plumb­ing is a lux­ury, cars are nonex­is­tent and food is cooked on open-air fires and stirred with sticks.

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