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July 6, 2017

Throwback Thursday: The summer school blues

July 1992: Caroline Cox takes a break during government class at FHS summer school.
25 Years Ago
From The Fauquier Citizen edition of July 10, 1992

The summer school blues

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.

But, not if you’re 16-year-old Erik Schalburg or 15-year-old Cindi Lacy, who respond to talk of typical summery things — relaxing by the pool or whiling away a day at the movies — with a cold, hard stare.

That’s because Erik and Cindi won’t be putting their brains or books aside this summer. They’re just two of nearly 300 seventh- through 12-graders attending Fauquier County Summer School, a no-frills program that offers no bus service, no lunch and demands strict attendance and a $90 fee per three-week, lightning-fast session.

Volunteers want more support from county

Fauquier’s 460 fire and rescue volunteers want more money and more support from county government.

Representatives of the 13 volunteer companies this week lobbied for a contract clarifying their relationship with the county and for a taxpayer-funded pension plan. The board of supervisors conducted an unprecedented meeting with the volunteers Tuesday night.

“Everybody in this room feels we needed to be recognized by the county,” Warrenton Fire Chief Steve Ross told the supervisors. “Since the Catlett accident, we’ve wondered, ‘Are we part of this county or no?’ ”

In the aftermath of that September 1989 collision between a passenger train and a fire truck, the county has denied any responsibility for defending the Catlett Volunteer Fire Department in resulting lawsuits. But, the supervisors directed their attorney to work on a contract outlining local government’s relationship to the volunteer companies.

Farley buys HoJo’s, targets new market

Warrenton attorney Guy O. Farley Jr. plans to renovate and improve business at the town’s oldest chain motel.

Farley’s Gateway XIII Ltd. Corp. last week bought the 29-year-old Howard Johnson Motel, adjacent restaurant and 2.7-acre Broadview Avenue site for $1.275 million.

York (Pa.) Federal Savings & Loan Association took over the motel Jan. 15, after North Carolina residents James L. and Carol P. Vance, formerly of Edinburg defaulted on a $3 million loan. The Vances’ New Warrenton Properties Inc. had owned the business since 1986.

County probably will buy $1 million building in ’92

To ease crowded government offices conditions and cut the county’s rental costs, Fauquier’s board of supervisors probably will add a $1 million piece of Warrenton property to its growing real estate portfolio.

In two recent closed sessions, the board discussed the wisdom of buying the 78 W. Lee St. office building toward the end of the year, when county coffers brim with new tax dollars.

The purchase price for the three-story, 14,500-square-foot building would be a “little over $1 million,” Supervisor James Brumfield (Center District) said.

Full page ad: Furniture store opens

Rankin’s Waterloo Station presents the relocation & reopening of . . . Rankin’s Furniture Store.

“Everything you need to furnish your home at affordable prices.”

Clearance Sale on Back Room Merchandise to make room for new shipments.

10% off New In-Stock Items with this ad.
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Thursday, November 23
1992: County’s top planner retires, SPR Corp. files Chapter 11, two killed on Broadview, 911 coordinator OK’d, chamber honors Ruth Bower and Marshall Manor opens wing
Wednesday, November 22
Commission recommends Warrenton Town Council approval of McShin 14-bed home for recovering addicts
Wednesday, November 22
Marshall volunteers’ breakfast, Bluegrass music and equine art exhibit also among weekend options around Fauquier
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