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

July 27, 1978

Try as one may, it's dif­fi­cult to keep a good thing quiet, as many na­tives have dis­cov­ered as they watch the con­tin­u­ing car­a­van of tourists who wind their way into Rap­pa­han­nock each week­end.

Seek­ing the county’s most avail­able com­modi­ties, nat­u­ral beauty and re­lax­ing at­mos­phere, they come look­ing for a tem­po­rary niche of their own. For some, that place is Piney River Camp­ground, lo­cated a mile east of Sper­ryville on Route 612, bet­ter known as Old Hol­low.

Man­aged by Cindy and Ed­die Way­land, the 70 acre camp­ing area is a vir­tual melt­ing pot for tourists.

Though vis­ited most fre­quently by res­i­dents of the Wash­ing­ton D.C. area. Dutch, Ger­man and French campers are not un­usual, ac­cord­ing to Cindy.

Or­ga­nized about 10 years ago by Me­dreck Bell, the camp con­sists of 55 sites most of which are lo­cated in an ap­ple or­chard form­ing part of the grounds. Aside from bath­house fa­cil­i­ties, the only other struc­tures there are a shel­ter for ping pong, horse­shoe pitch­ing equip­ment and a small store which ad­joins the house where the Way­lands and their eight-mon­thold daugh­ter, Sarah lives.

For Cindy, a Rap­pa­han­nock High French and English Teacher, and Ed­die an em­ployee with the postal ser­vice, man­age­ment and main­te­nance of the camp­ground is an al­most never end­ing job.

“We love liv­ing here — but it can be con­fin­ing,” say the young cou­ple who must be avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from May un­til Oc­to­ber.

As a re­sult of a rul­ing from Judge Carl­ton Penn on Mon­day, the Rap­pa­han­nock Board of Zon­ing Ap­peals is faced with de­fend­ing the county’s zon­ing or­di­nance in le­gal pro­ceed­ings be­tween the BZA, the Board of Su­per­vi­sors and the Rap­pa­han­nock Ski Cor­po­ra­tion. At a pre­trial con­fer­ence in the Lees­burg court­house on Mon­day, Judge Penn al­lowed that the Ski Cor­po­ra­tion could chal­lenge the va­lid­ity of the Rap­pa­han­nock zon­ing or­di­nance in writ of cer­tio­rari pro­ceed­ings cur­rently be­fore the court.

In the cer­tio­rari pro­ceed­ings, the Ski Cor­po­ra­tion has asked the court to re­view the BZA’s de­nial of the Ski Cor­po­ra­tion’s spe­cial use per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion for a snow­less Alpine Slide, ski­ing and other sup­port fa­cil­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, Ski Cor­po­ra­tion at­tor­ney Doug Baum­gard­ner has ar­gued that the or­di­nance’s stan­dards for is­su­ing a spe­cial use per­mit are ar­bi­trary and capri­cious and amount in un­law­ful con­fis­ca­tion of prop­erty.

March 8, 1979

Elec­toral Board mem­bers, county gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees and friends feted Mrs. Mary Clev­er­ley with a re­tire­ment party in the Health De­part­ment of­fices last week.

Jack Car­ney on be­half of the elec­toral Board pre­sented her with a pen­dant en­graved with her ini­tials and on the re­verse “Reg­is­trar 3-1-71 to 2-28-79.” He praised Mrs. Clev­er­ley, who served two terms as Gen­eral Reg­is­trar for Rap­pa­han­nock County, for her ded­i­cated ser­vice.

A self-de­scribed “damn Yan­kee” (she was born, raised and mar­ried in Mas­sachusetts near Cape Cod), Mrs. Clev­er­ley will re­tire to a home in the vil­lage of Flint Hill. The house it­self is a tes­ti­mony to “Yan­kee in­ge­nu­ity.” A full year of plan­ning went into the de­sign of the house, which is es­sen­tially bar­rier free to al­low free­dom of move­ment for even some­one con­fined to a wheel­chair. She does not need the spe­cial fea­tures her­self.

Mrs. Clev­er­ley de­scribes her house as an ex­am­ple of how liv­ing quar­ters can be con­structed to ac­com­mo­date hand­i­capped and el­derly per­sons.

If all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, the Rap­pa­han­nock Farm­ers Mar­ket will be­gin op­er­a­tions on May 1 next door to the new site of the Farm­ers Co­op­er­a­tive on Route 211, just out­side the town of Wash­ing­ton.

Or­ga­niz­ers of the mar­ket cul­mi­nated months of ef­fort by reach­ing ten­ta­tive agree­ment on oc­cu­pancy with Flat­wood Trust, own­ers of the prop­erty. A lease is be­ing worked out and will have the be ap­proved by both the Farm­ers Mar­ket and Flat­wood Trust rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­fore ar­range­ments are fi­nal­ized, ac­cord­ing to Farm­ers Mar­ket pres­i­dent Tru­man Keesey.

“In the com­mu­nity, en­thu­si­asm about the mar­ket is run­ning high, and ev­ery day more pro­duc­ers and crafts peo­ple in­di­cate in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing,” said Keesey. “Like­wise, as start­ing time ap­proaches, there is in­creas­ing con­sumer in­ter­est both in Rap­pa­han­nock and out­side the county.”

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