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February 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday: New center for The Plains

1993: Grace Episcopal Church will renovate this recently-donated house in The Plains for a community center, named to honor former Mayor J. Page Turner.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of Feb. 5, 1993

The Plains gets a community center

The Plains has a new community center — in the rough.

Andrea Currier-Squires last week donated a two-story Main Street house to Grace Episcopal Church, which will renovate it for community use. The center will be named for J. Page Turner, a former mayor who died at age 70 in September.

“Page Turner had the kind of public spirit that can restore this house and have it serve as a centerpiece of the community,” Ms. Currier-Squires said.

Tentative plans call for the center host community meetings. “Also under consideration is a proposal to move The Plains Public Library, now housed in the town’s former one-room jail, to larger space in the Turner House,” said the Rev. Zachary Fleetwood, rector of Grace Church.

Board reduces dumpster hours, saves $150,000

Fiddling with one of Fauquier’s most popular public services, the board of supervisors this week agreed to cut operating hours at the county’s drop-off dump sites.

While the supervisors voted, 3-2, to keep all five container sites open, they also decided Tuesday to trim operations to 36 hours a week — less than half the current schedule.

The sites have been open seven days a week, 12 hours a day. The new hours will take effect April 1.

Contract with county wins fire/rescue approval

A proposed contract with county government, resulting from the 1989 Catlett fire truck-train accident, should guarantee Fauquier fire and rescue volunteers more legal protection and consistent funding.

Despite providing emergency care and aid, local volunteers never had a contract that spelled out exactly what the county expected from them and vice-versa.

The supervisors will discuss the agreement next month. All 13 fire and rescue companies have approved it.

By agreeing to the contract, County Attorney Paul McCulla said the companies keep their separate identities but can use sovereign immunity as a defense against lawsuits alleging negligence in responding to emergencies.

After the September 1989 collision of an Amtrak passenger train and a Catlett fire truck, Fauquier officials claimed the volunteers were not covered by the county’s insurance. In that accident, two Catlett firemen died, 81 people were injured and a slew of lawsuits followed.

The county also attempted to distance itself from the company, emphasizing its claim that the fire company is “a separate, incorporated private entity.”

Library to close for renovations

To accommodate its renovation, the Fauquier County Public Library in Warrenton will close temporarily Feb. 15.

The Children’s Room will move to the lower level and reopen Feb. 24. The adult section will remain closed until mid-March.

Once completed, the project will double the library’s overall useable space to 16,000 square feet.

The branch library in the Bealeton Village Shopping Center will be open as usual through the main library’s renovation.

Physician James Dellinger dies

Dr. James Lyle “Doc” Dellinger, 71, died January 22, 1993, at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Dellinger practiced medicine in Warrenton from 1948 until 1986.

After working with another physician, he established his own practice here in 1949. Dr. Robert W. Iden joined the practice in 1958, and together they built the Fauquier Professional Building at Culpeper Street and Shirley Avenue in 1963. During much of his practice, Dr. Dellinger also served as the Fauquier County coroner.

Realtors Gloria Beahm & Charles Ebbets Honored

Rainbow-V.I.P. Real Estate congratulates:

• Gloria Beahm, Top Producer Agent of the year

• Charles Ebbets, Most Improved Agent

The Real Estate Center
211 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton
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