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November 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Katzen unseats Del. Wood

November 1993: Jay and Paddy Katzen react to his victory in the 31st District Virginia House of Delegates race.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of November 5, 1993

Katzen wins with shoe-leather campaign

Jay Katzen had vowed to meet every voter in the 31st Virginia House of Delegates District.

A Republican from Markham, Katzen estimated he knocked on 12,000 doors in the campaign to unseat Del. Jerry Wood (D) of Warrenton.

It worked. Katzen got 57 percent of the vote Tuesday in the district that includes all of Fauquier and Rappahannock counties and half of Warren.

The winner also benefited from a Republican tide that included George Allen’s election as governor and Jim Gilmore’s as attorney general. Don Beyer’s victory in the lieutenant gubernatorial campaign provided the only bright spot for Democrats.

“I found that a lot of people were rather upset by that us-versus-them thing,” Katzen said of a Wood campaign mailer that tried to depict him as an outsider. “The question is: Who’s us and who’s them?’ ”





Minister’s gender ends community Thanksgiving worship

For as long as anyone can remember, five Remington churches have held a joint service the night before Thanksgiving.

But, that won’t happen this year because of a disagreement over the proper role of women in religion.

In July, Remington’s Trinity United Methodist Church welcomed A. Catharine Bealor as its new minister, the first female to head the congregation.

For that reason, two other churches have withdrawn from the annual Thanksgiving prayer and song service, scheduled for Nov. 24.


United Way far short of goal

With two weeks remaining in its 1993 campaign, the regional United Way has reached less than 40 percent of its goal.

The campaign has collected only $75,600 toward its $205,000 goal, Executive Director Betty Roberts reported Monday.

The Piedmont United Way helps fund human services organizations in Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties.

“We remain hopeful because several businesses are still working hard and getting closer to the finish line, while others have not kicked off their campaigns but promise they will,” Ms. Roberts said.


Survivor to speak about Pearl Harbor

Roger A. Derby of Warrenton will share what he experienced at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The Fauquier Historical Society will host his presentation Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the John Barton Payne Building in Old Town Warrenton.

Derby was U.S. Navy civilian employee working as a degaussing engineer for the protection of ships against magnetic mines in the Hawaiian port on the day of the greatest military and naval disaster in the nation’s history.

He served as a commission officer in the Navy aboard ships in Pacific from 1942 to 1946.


Dr. Simpson joins Fauquier Hospital

William L. Simpson has joined the medical staff of Fauquier Hospital.

Dr. Simpson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Virginia and a master’s in health services administration at George Washington University. He graduated from medical school at U.Va. and completed his residency and internship York Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Simpson has special interests in preventative medicine, home care and travel medicine.


Local thrift sets $5-million offer

Warrenton-based Southern Financial Federal Savings Ban in the next month hopes to raise as much as $5 million with a new stock offering.

Southern Financial would use some of the capital to help pay for a new branch it plans to build on Broadview Avenue in Warrenton, according to Chairman and CEO Georgia Derrico. The institution also recently purchased the assets of a Commonwealth Savings Bank branch in Fairfax.

“We’re looking for opportunities,” Mrs. Derrico added. “When the RTC (Resolution Trust Corp.) gets funding and can sell some other assets, there are some other properties we’re interested in bidding on.”

Ms. Derrico and other founding members raised $4 million in 1986 to launch Southern Financial.


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