Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUC­K

Nov. 29, 1973

The Town of Wash­ing­ton has a new mayor, and you guessed it — the mayor is a woman. Mrs. Vir­ginia Miller was elected at the Novem­ber meet­ing of the town coun­cil. Mrs. Chris­tine John­ston, a coun­cil mem­ber for many years, was named trea­surer to suc­ceed Mrs. Miller. The elec­tion came about fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer mayor Andrew Kozik, whose move to Sper­ryville cre­ated the va­cancy. Mrs. Miller had been trea­surer for a num­ber of years. Mr. Kozik was the only male mayor since the women took over in 1950. The coun­cil also presently has one man, Ker­mit Weak­ley, among its mem­bers.

Wash­ing­ton Bap­tist Church will cel­e­brate its 100th an­niver­sary on Dec. 2. Dr. Gary Gru­ber, a for­mer pas­tor, will con­duct the 11 a.m. wor­ship and ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice. The church, lo­cated on Gay and Proc­tor Streets, is con­structed on two lots, one given by Miss Mary Long and the other pur­chased from her for $100. The two-story brick struc­ture was es­tab­lished as a branch of the Mt. Salem Church whose mem­bers helped with the fi­nanc­ing of the build­ing, along with the Wash­ing­ton Ma­sonic Lodge, which owns the up­per story. The Ma­sonic group aids with the main­te­nance of the main build­ing.

Mr. and Mrs. Char­lie Rutherford of Sper­ryville cel­e­brated their golden wed­ding an­niver­sary on Nov. 18 with a buf­fet sup­per at the fire hall in Sper­ryville. Fifty rel­a­tives and friends were present to ex­tend best wishes and con­grat­u­la­tions on their 50 years of mar­riage. The Ruther­fords were mar­ried Nov. 23, 1923. She is the for­mer Mamie Jenk­ins. They have six chil­dren — three of whom were present for the oc­ca­sion — 24 grand­chil­dren and 13 great­grand­chil­dren. A tiered wed­ding cake was served fol­low­ing the buf­fet.

Sept. 16, 1982

In a move that should spark lower un­em­ployed in Rap­pa­han­nock County, the Aileen gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Flint Hill re­opened its cut­ting room this week, cre­at­ing jobs for about 20 lo­cal work­ers. The cut­ting room closed two year ago in re­sponse to a de­crease in or­ders that left em­ploy­ees at both the Flint Hill branch and the plant in Wood­stock work­ing well be­low ca­pac­ity. “We closed due to lack of prod­uct sold,” ex­plained man­ager Wayne Walker. “We didn’t need it. We didn’t have enough work,” he said. In ad­di­tion to the 20 old em­ploy­ees called back to work this week, Walker ex­pects to hire 30 to 40 more people when the oper­a­tion goes into “hand spread” (as op­posed to “ma­chine spread”) in about a month.

“It ap­pears now that we’re go­ing to have our com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment be­fore we have a place to put it,” Don­ald Gore told the board of su­per­vi­sors last week, reporting that the county-wide po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem will be ready for in­stal­la­tion in mid Novem­ber. Gore, who is pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Fire and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion, said that ra­dios, an­ten­nas and tower have been or­dered through the state pur­chas­ing of­fice. A site in the jail for the tower must be de­ter­mined, he added. “We want to put it up be­fore the cold weather hits.”

Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Crews have good news for lo­cal people who are tired of driv­ing 30 miles for a spool of thread or a card of but­tons. They have opened Ice House Fabrics in the lit­tle ice house build­ing on Main Street in Wash­ing­ton. The Crewses, who live out­side of Wash­ing­ton at Pey­ton Farm Es­tates, de­cided to open a Rap­pa­han­nock shop af­ter clos­ing their shop, The One Stop Sewing Cen­ter in Front Royal. They’re ex­pect­ing more win­ter ma­te­rial — wool, cor­duroy and velour — in the next week.

July 16, 1992

Rap­pa­han­nock Wa­ter and Sewer Author­ity sec­re­tary­trea­surer Jimmy Swindler an­nounced last Thurs­day that Sper­ryville sewer plant op­er­a­tor Tim Falls had been placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave un­til a fi­nal de­ci­sion is reached on his em­ploy­ment sta­tus. Mr. Swindler said the WSA had con­tracted with En­vi­ron­men­tal Sys­tems Ser­vice (ESS) of Culpeper start­ing last Wed­nes­day to “con­duct plant op­er­a­tions and all re­quired test­ing at the waste wa­ter plant” un­til other ar­range­ments can be made.

Ned Bit­tinger’s easy-go­ing man­ner and boy­ish good looks be­lie the stereo­typ­i­cal con­cep­tion that artists must have rum­pled hair, paint splat­tered clothes and a gen­er­ally tor­tured de­meanor to pro­duce great art. This new­comer to Rap­pa­han­nock County ap­pears to be any­thing but tor­tured, in fact. Bit­tinger, 41, whose suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a por­traitist, artist, au­thor and mu­ral­ist has earned him na­tional recog­ni­tion, ex­udes a cer­tain laid­back qual­ity and a wry sense of hu­mor, of­ten di­rected at him­self.

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