DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

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

Aug. 16, 1984

Hunt Har­ris, in­struc­tor for RRA-spon­sored ten­nis clin­ics, talks with pride about his first stu­dent. “I was 10; he was 6,” he chuck­les.

“He turns out to be Hunt's younger brother, Hank, now Vir­ginia State Cham­pion and third-rated re­gional ten­nis player.

Har­ris was a boy in Franklin, Va., where he at­tended a YMCA clinic. Af­ter a few lessons, he was hooked. By 11, he wa play­ing in tour­na­ments, go­ing on to the fi­nals of the Vir­ginia State Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

At Ham­p­den–Syd­ney Col­lege, Har­ris be­came the top rated ten­nis player and re­tained that honor for four years.

He was at this time he first be­came ac­quainted with a side­line that was to in­crease his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the game. He played in the grass court tour­na­ment cir­cuit in Bri­tain, and came away with a fond­ness for this ver­sion of the sport as well as an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the gen­tle­manly, so­cial ap­proach to ten­nis that he found over­seas.

Har­ris finds the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of ten­nis to be a great thing. “Ten­nis is such a life-long sport,” he ex­plains. “You can play on some level from very early child­hood to old age. It works ev­ery mus­cle, pro­vid­ing long term con­di­tion­ing as well as quick, en­er­getic bursts. It’s an in­di­vid­ual as well as a team sport, and re­quires lit­tle in­vest­ment and no ex­pen­sive equip­ment.”

Char­lotte Turn­meyer of Flint Hill has been get­ting bet­ter at soft­ball these days — thanks to her son Scotty, an Amissville Lit­tle Lea­guer.

“She throws the ball like a shot put­ter,” he says of her early field­ing. “Ev­ery­thing else is pretty good.”

“I kept wor­ry­ing about my throw­ing (at first),” his mother re­calls. “He’s my best critic.”

Scotty has been play­ing sec­ond base and short­stop for Amissville for the last three years, af­ter spend­ing his rookie Lit­tle League sea­son with Rap­pa­han­nock’s Lit­tle League.

Un­happy with Rap­pa­han­nock’s or­ga­ni­za­tion, he opted for the Amissville teams and the Fauquier Re­cre­ational League — which al­lows teams from Rap­pa­han­nock and Fauquier coun­ties to play on its Amissville mi­nor Midget and Pee­wee teams.

July 24, 2002

A turn-of-the-cen­tury gen­eral store fi­nally closes its doors — to re­open shortly as a place for an­tique toys.

Built in the early 1900s by Ge­orge John­son, Burke’s Gro­cery has been in the Burke fam­ily since 1945 when Richie Burke’s grand­par­ents, Wel­don and El­iz­a­beth Burke, bought the store. El­iz­a­beth Burke was in charge for twenty years. When she died, Myr­tle and Jimmy Falls (aunt and un­cle to Richie) man­aged the store fol­lowed by sec­ond cousins, Wil­son and Jean Burke who ran it un­til 1986. Af­ter putting in sev­eral years him­self, Richie Burke turned the store over to his mother, Ma­bel Burke, who was there day and night un­til Sun­day, July 14, when the doors closed.

Over the years Burke’s Gro­cery was Woodville’s gath­er­ing place. Gro­ceries, fresh meats, dry goods, news and gos­sip, gaso­line pumps, and later the Lotto could all be found there. The gas pumps were re­moved about five years ago — too ex­pen­sive to run with too lit­tle traf­fic; the lot­tery ter­mi­nal was pulled out about a month ago.

Richie Burke is plan­ning to give the old store a new lease on life. Burke’s Gro­cery will be­gin its trans­for­ma­tion shortly and will look much like a coun­try store from the ’30s — with a twist.

BY RICHIE BURKE

Richie Burke gave the old store a new lease on life. This is the store to­day: Burke’s An­tique Shops & Con­sign­ments, they buy, sell and trade.

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