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May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Push for better drinking water

1993 — Dorothy MacDonald wants the county supervisors and WSA officials to taste the water that flows from the kitchen faucet at her home near New Baltimore.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of May 21, 1993


Homemaker crusades for better water in New Baltimore

Dorothy MacDonald thinks the county supervisors need a good, stiff drink.

And she plans to set ’em up all around for the supervisors and Fauquier Water and Sanitation Authority officials at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9.

Mrs. MacDonald has organized the meeting at P.B. Smith Elementary School — her third session this year — to discuss New Baltimore’s troubled water supply.

She believes that discolored, foul-smelling water has made her 6-year-old son chronically ill since December and wants local officials to try some from a big jug in her kitchen.

“I’m from Louisiana, and I thought we had the worst water in the states until we moved here last year,” Mrs. MacDonald said.

The determined homemaker claimed this week she “will get answers” about the diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and other illness her family and Cedar Knolls subdivision neighbors suffer.


Inspectors ensure carnival ride safety

With little hesitation, Stacy Stephens and her 8-year-old daughter lined up last week to ride the Ferris wheel at the Remington Firemen’s Carnival.

“Come on, Mommy,” Kim said, racing ahead of here 31-year-old mother to get in line. “I can handle it.”

Like most, the two Sumerduck residents gave little thought to safety.

But, county Building Inspector Rodger Boswell and Plan Reviewer Val Negley know about the statistics, including an average of five deaths per year nationwide in amusement ride accidents.

Mrs. Negley spent four tedious hours before the start of the carnival last Wednesday testing and retesting all 12 rides. Stopwatch in hand, she’d first check to make sure the rides moved no faster than the manufacturer’s specifications.

Then, she’d pull on the straps, buckles and other equipment, making sure nothing went unchecked.

Only then would Mrs. Negley hand a permit to the Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad and Cole Shows of Covington.


School board vacancy draws intense interest

Six Lee District residents have filed for the upcoming school board vacancy.

David Hight, president of a Fairfax-based bridge and road construction firm, announced he will step down from Fauquier’s school board when his term expires June 30 because of his work days that often stretch to more than 10 hours.

Lee District residents Gene Dew, Hayden Eicher John M. Green, Serf Guerra, Donald Mason and Charles Trude have applied for the position, which pays $3,500 a year.

The board of supervisors will conduct a June 1 public hearing to hear citizen comments about the applications.


Wakefield School to build near The Plains

Wakefield School hopes to move into a new 20,000-square-foot building near The Plains by September 1994.

Wakefield has operated in a previously-vacant wing of the Marshall Manor elder care center since 1991.

The private school’s leaders announced Tuesday that they have signed a contract to buy 50 acres of Archwood, a 529-acre farm at the northeast quadrant of Route 245 and Interstate 66.

For tax purposes, the county assesses Archwood and its 30 buildings at about $3.5 million.

School officials refused to disclose the purchase price of the 50-acre parcel.


Katzen challenges Wood to 24 debates

Jay Katzen can’t get enough of Jerry Wood.

But Wood, the canny Democratic incumbent for the 31st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, wants to play hard to get.

The Republican nominee for the 31st District seat, Katzen last week challenged Wood to 24 debates — one in every district precinct — leading up to the Nov. 2 election.

“I think 24 debates is ridiculous,” said Wood, a Warrenton pharmacist who narrowly won his first, two-year term in 1991.


Wallace to play in state all-star basketball game

Fauquier High School basketball standout Kendra Wallace has earned an invitation to play in the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Wallace will play for the West squad in the annual game July 12 in the Hampton Coliseum.

With 1,092 career points, the 18-year-old Wallace ranks as the second-leading scorer — male or female — in FHS history.


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