From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Nov. 1, 1973

The build­ing trades class at Rap­pa­han­nock County High School has un­der­taken and com­pleted a build­ing project which in­cludes a stor­age build­ing and a num­ber of dog houses. The work is un­der the in­struc­tion of Mr. Stoltz­fus and class mem­bers are Don­ald Comp­ton, James Free­man, Charles Grigsby, Roger Hitt, Barry Hud­son, Earl Lilly, Jeff Scrog­gins, Wil­liam Smoot, Wil­liam Southard, Alan Vest and Andy Dwyer. The class wishes to sell the build­ing and dog houses at cost and rein­vest the money in more trade projects.

The Rap­pa­han­nock var­sity girls bas­ket­ball team, the Pan­therettes, were vic­to­ri­ous in Mon­day night’s game with Wil­liam Mon­roe in Green County. High scorer for the lo­cals was Sharon Fos­ter with Mol­lie Den­nis toss­ing in six. Ch­eryl Pol­ing added two and Rosa Jordan clinched the game with a foul shot. The fi­nal score was 16-13.

Classes in de­fen­sive driv­ing will be held Nov. 5-9 in the par­ish hall of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, in Wash­ing­ton. The classes will con­sist of two hours each night from 7 to 9 p.m. Ot­tie Ralls of War­ren­ton will be the in­struc­tor. The classes are spon­sored by the Safety Com­mit­tee of the Rap­pa­han­nock Lions Club and are for li­censed driv­ers only.

Aug. 12, 1982

Un­til 1963, black chil­dren in this area at­tended a school lo­cated on Pied­mont Av­enue. The still-stand­ing school is now owned by Ed Bai­ley of Wash­ing­ton and pro­vides two large apart­ments. Mrs. Lilly Pey­ton of Wash­ing­ton oc­cu­pies one of these, and she re­mem­ber when she started in school there. In spite of the hard times, Pey­ton said that the chil­dren had fun in school: “We had May Day, with games and singing, we played ball there. Most of us had work to do at home, but we al­ways tried to do our home­work. I re­mem­ber my school days well,” Pey­ton said. “Those were happy days for me. Of course, I never ever thought then that I’d be liv­ing here.”

In spite of frosts late last spring that vir­tu­ally wiped out peach crops fur­ther south, Rap­pa­han­nock County peach grow­ers re­port sat­is­fac­tory yields from lo­cal or­chards. “We’re not see­ing huge peach crops in the county,” said Rap­pa­han­nock County ex­ten­sion agent Rap Owings. “But grow­ers are pick­ing good- qual­ity peaches and the fail­ure of south­ern peach crops means that lo­cal fruit should com­mand a good price.” Owings said that peach or­chards in Rap­pa­han­nock are mostly small commercial con­cerns with­out the large- scale pack­ing and ship­ping of the later ap­ple har­vest.

The Louis Moore fam­ily of Flint Hill also grows peaches, har­vest­ing “10 or 11 va­ri­eties,” ac­cord­ing to Mrs. Moore. The Moores mar­ket their peaches lo­cally but do not of­fer a pick­y­our- own ser­vice. Some va­ri­eties avail­able are Ge­or­gia belle, Madi­son and sun bright, as well as red haven. Mrs. Moore said that they also have plums for sale. She said that the peach har­vest is “not as heavy as last year, but they have done all right.”

June 18, 1992

The county li­brary has a new com­puter for pub­lic use. It was pro­vided by the Vir­ginia Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice and is on loan for at least six months. Li­brar­ian Nikki Lynch hopes use of the com­puter will help older pa­trons over­come their fears of com­put­ers. She said chil­dren are al­ready com­fort­able with it. Mrs. Lynch hopes hav­ing pa­trons com­fort­able with com­put­ers will help when the li­brary has its pub­lic ac­cess cat­a­logue. The li­brary also was awarded a $23,850 grant from the state li­brary to de­velop a com­put­er­ized cat­a­logue for pub­lic use, with a copy of the in­for­ma­tion go­ing to the state li­brary.

Sper­ryville has a mini-mall of­fer­ing items for sale that are far more un­usual than those found in the malls of North­ern Vir­ginia. Roberta Gray brought her “An­tique Mall and Folk Hand­i­crafts” busi­ness from Lu­ray to Sper­ryville in time for the Me­mo­rial Day weekend fes­ti­val. She was busy set­tling in that weekend and now is re­ally look­ing for­ward to the ap­ple fes­ti­val in the fall. The shop, in a for­mer gen­eral store build­ing on Main Street across from the Ap­petite Re­pair Shop, in­cludes con­sign­ments from 16 deal­ers.

This spring, Joe Du­na­gan set a very am­bi­tious goal for him­self: To raise $3,600 so he could spend five weeks this sum­mer in Rus­sia in an ex­change pro­gram with Youth for Un­der­stand­ing (YFU). He put in money he had earned at his part time job, do­ing yard and con­struc­tion work for He­len and Howard Holschuh at their home near Rock Mills. He got a schol­ar­ship from YFU, and had funds from the pro­gram for gifted and tal­ented stu­dents in the schools and from the ed­u­ca­tion foun­da­tion. The Rap­pa­han­nock News matched the funds from other sources.

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