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November 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Local boy wins $12,000 toy spree

November 1992: A TV cameraman follows Grace Miller Elementary School second-grader Daniel Davila on his 15-minute shopping spree at Toys R Us in Manassas.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Nov. 20, 1992

Bealeton boy makes most of toy shopping spree

Daniel Davila, a 7-year-old second-grader from Bealeton, filled nine shopping carts Sunday morning at the Toys R Us store in Manassas.

Daniel in September won a drawing for the Toys R Us/Fox Kids Network Totally Toy-Rific Sweepstakes. That entitled him to the 15-minute shopping spree.

Grabbing electronic game cartridges, movies, books, dolls (for his baby sister), Legos, baseball cards, stuff animals, a Supersoaker water gun and Batman, G.I. Joe and Ninja Turtle paraphernalia, Daniel raked in $12,718.84 worth of loot. His register tape measured more than a yard long.

Top planner leaves to mixed reviews

For two decades, Richard E. McNear has walked the tightrope as Fauquier’s chief planner.

His most caustic critics painted the deputy county administrator as a “no-growther,” securely tucked away in the hip pocket of those who would like to shut the development door on Fauquier and throw away the key.

At the other extreme, the Rappahannock resident, who’s retiring at the end of this month, ran the risk of being pigeon-holed as a public planner in bed with the development industry.

“I feel that we’ve been able to do some decent planning in Fauquier County, and I think it shows up when you ride around the county,” said McNear, a former Army officer who will turn 55 on Monday.

SPR bankruptcy filing no surprise

Steve Parlagreco’s Warrenton-based SPR Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from debt collectors — mostly financial institutions — to whom he owes $9.5 million, according to court documents.

SPR in the last decade has been the most aggressive commercial builder in Fauquier. Besides the new Human Services Building on Hospital Hill, the company has developed three large projects in Warrenton — the SPR Building at 70 Main St., the 98 Alexandria Pike office building and the adjacent Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles office.

SPR borrowed $6.4 million for construction of the Human Services Building from Warrenton-based Liberty Savings Bank, which federal regulators seized in July.

Two die crossing Broadview Avenue

Two elderly tourists made a fatal mistake Monday night: Attempting to walk to cross Broadview Avenue, the busy Warrenton strip that carries 29,000 vehicles a day.

At 6:40 p.m., a 1991 Ford sedan, driven by Warrenton resident Elizabeth Allen, 72, struck and killed Benjamin and Delberta Jordan of Ganesvoort, N.Y.

Mrs. Allen “had no chance to stop,” Warrenton Police Chief Dale Koglin said. “She couldn’t see them until the last instant.”

Mr. and Mrs. Jordan, 81 and 75, attempted to cross Broadview, heading back to the Rip Van Winkle Motel after eating at the Frost Diner. They had crossed three lanes of traffic and two turning lanes before getting struck in the outside southbound lane.

Board approves 911 position

If everything goes as planned, the county could hire a 911 communications coordinator by April.

The supervisors Tuesday approved the new positon, with a salary of $37,898 to $56,847. Interviews will start in February.

The coordinator will design, establish and operate the joint dispatch center and oversee the countywide emergency communications system, expected to start operating by July 1, 1994.

Motorist’s friend “Business Person of Year”

The Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce has named Ruth Bower, president of Warrenton Auto Service Inc., as its 1992 “Business Person of the Year.”

The award recognizes Mrs. Bower’s generosity, exceptional customer service and community involvement.

Founded in 1966, her family’s business has grown to 18 employees.

Marshall Manor opens wing

After two difficult years, Marshall Manor nursing home appears to be turning the corner toward business success.

The 67,000-square-foot facility open a previously unused, 32-bed win Wednesday, bringing useable capacity to 90 beds. (The state has licensed Marshall Manor for 128 beds, but Wakefield School occupies one wing of the large facility, built in 1988.)

Since buying the unopened home and its 50-acre site for $5.1 million in July 1990, MMAC of Centreville gradually has altered the marketing emphasis to special needs care for Alzheimer’s disease patients and wellness services for assisted living residents.

Residency has risen to 41 — from 11 in June 1991.
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