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April 11, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Jobs hard to fill in recovery

1994: Midland excavation contractor William Walls received only one application for a recent truck driver’s position.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of April 15, 1994

Unemployment halved since 1992

Two years ago, hiring a truck driver presented no problem.

But, this spring, just one person answered Midland excavation contractor William Walls’ newspapers ads for drivers.

“It’s pretty bad the last couple of years,” Walls said. “It used to be we’d run an ad in the paper and get covered up.”

In February 1992, unemployment in Fauquier reached an all-time high of 7 percent, with 1,989 residents out of work. Two years later, the jobless rate has been cut to just more than 3 percent, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Battalion leaves Vint Hill

Three hundred members of the 201st Military Intelligence Battalion conducted a ceremony Friday, April 7, to honor the unit’s contributions during 11-1/2 years at Vint Hills Farm Station.

Soldiers from the battalion served in the Persian Gulf conflict and more recently in Somalia and Haiti.

The unit will move to Fort Gordon, Ga.

The Army, which still has 400 soldiers and 1,000 civilian employees at Vint Hill, will completely abandon the 700-acre property by September 1997, under the Pentagon’s base closure program.

The Army bought Vint Hill in 1942 for a Signal Corps base and radio “listening station” to monitor enemy communications.

Wakefield School seeks to raise $1.5 million

Wakefield School this weekend will launch a campaign to raise $1.5 million for construction of a building on its new campus near The Plains.

The independent school, housed in a wing of the Marshall Manor nursing home, purchased 50 acres of the Archwood Farm, just off Route 245, last May.

The new building will have 25 classrooms for students K-12 and a gym. Long-range plans include a separate secondary school building, a library, a field house and a bus garage.

Wakefield has an enrollment of 226 students.

Warrenton’s proposed budget increases

Town Manager John Anzivino has proposed a 6.8-percent increase in Warrenton’s budget for 1994-95.

The $8.7-million spending plan would require no increase in town tax rates or utility fees. Real estate owners would play higher tax bills, however, because of the countywide reassessment that will be created this year.

Warrenton’s taxable real estate has increased 13.2 percent in value, to $431.5 million in the last five years, according to Anzivino. Much of that increase has resulted from new development and he’s uncertain how reassessment will affect the average homeowner’s bill, Anzivino said.

Countywide, reassessment will cost taxpayers an average of about 7 percent.

Christiana Studio has new partner

Bill Piacesi, a staff photographer since 1986, has become a partner in Christiana Studio of Catlett.

An experienced photographer in the metropolitan Washington area, Tony Christiana founded the studio on a 25-acre farm in 1977. The studio’s services include wedding coverage, portraits, commercial photography and digital imaging. It is one of the few studios in Virginia to operate its own full-time lab.

Christiana and Piacesi, a Culpeper resident, recently received 11 awards at the Professional Photographers Association of Virginia’s 96th annual convention in Virginia Beach.

Local playwright launches “Captains Courageous”

Local playwright will debut his first full-length musical, an original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel Captain’s Courageous, Saturday night at The Loft in Warrenton.

His day job as Fauquier Hospital’s public relations director helped prepare him to produce the tale of courage, humor and romance, Fakoury said. “I know how to script quotes and write for other people. I’m not that far off turf.”

His musical aptitude also shines in 17 original songs featured in the production. The numbers range from lively sea chanteys to tender ballads.

The production relies heavily on Fauquier Community Theatre members, including Director Martha Lynch. Barbara Stinson is the show’s musical director.
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