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Inside this week’s News (Jan. 22)

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This week's headlines: Single-stream recycling starts soon • The county in court • CCLC hires Catlin as new director • Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz Saturday and more in The Rapp • Editorial: Where there’s smoke • For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show • Wild Ideas: Deer are down, but the sky is not falling • and more
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The Rapp for Jan. 22

Learn to make out-of-the-ordinary chocolate from Joy Bliss Raw’s Thu Hoang Feb. 14 at Narmada Winery.

Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz on Saturday, chocolate on Valentine's Day, a Benevolent Fund dinner on Jan. 31 and more in The Rapp.
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Editorial: Where there’s smoke …

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Jan. 22
Fireplace by Francisco Belard via Wikimedia Commons

Where there’s smoke, there’s not only fire but also concern: Visible smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning as efficiently or cleanly as it could, and air quality — and thus your health — are at stake.
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School and sports news for Jan. 22

Winter weather continued to rearrange Rapp’s sports schedules, but even last-minute game changes couldn’t prevent the Panthers from bringing home some wins in the past week.
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On Common Ground: Don’t tax away gas price relief

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Jan. 22

Let people take advantage of the price-of-oil breather while they can, writes Bill Walton. Instead of the gas tax, let them invest in themselves.
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Going green? You should probably walk there.

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Jan. 22
Via Pixabay

Beneath the Keystone XL debate and our current oil glut, a low-impact, forgotten carbon fuel remains buried. In us.
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Your Next Best Friend: Beezie

Beezie the Beagle

Beezie the Beagle here. I’m just 10 months old and have long legs for a beagle, which contribute to my overall good looks. I’m ready for my walk, but not without my human.
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School board declines cell tower lease

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Jan. 15
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board Tuesday night (Jan. 13) voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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The Rapp for Jan. 15

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in education workshops in Havana, Cuba, 2010.

Distinguished diplomat speaks on Gay Street Sunday, good press for The Inn, jazz luminaries at Castleton (in a season that also brings Alec Baldwin to town), pianist Bill Harris plays the Theatre, the Relay for Life campaign kicks off and a working woods walk in this week's The Rapp.
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Town attends to planning, plant

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Jan. 15

The Washington Town Council filled a planning commission seat and decided to monitor what's going into the wastewater plant from a dozen non-residential buildings around town.
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The News Feed

VDOT: Snow will affect central Virginia through Tuesday

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Jan. 25
Pond in Castleton. File photo.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is making preparations for winter weather forecast for tomorrow and into Tuesday, and advises motorists to consider altering their travel plans accordingly.
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Senator calls for marijuana decriminalization

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Jan. 24
Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would make simple marijuana possession a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.

A senator from Northern Virginia is urging the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession, as about 20 other states have done.
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Senate limits out-of-state access to gun permit records

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Jan. 23
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The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would prohibit certain out-of-state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued by the commonwealth of Virginia.
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Gourmet farm-to-table

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Jan. 22
Photo by Edwin Remsberg

For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show

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Jan. 22
Among the more than 100 guests (from left): Phil Irwin, Gary Schwartz,  Wendy Weinberg, Nancy Raines, Bob Weinberg and Rev. Jennings Hobson.

Lawmakers seek to curb heroin overdose epidemic

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Jan. 21
Carolyn Weems, who lost a daughter to heroin, speaks at a heroin overdose legislation conference in Richmond Tuesday.

Attorney General Mark Herring and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are seeking passage of four bills addressing the heroin and prescription painkiller abuse epidemic in Virginia, including one that...
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Bill denying in-state tuition to immigrants fails

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Jan. 20
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The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill to deny in-state tuition to so-called “DREAM-ers” – young adults who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as children.
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Ethics is a key issue for 2015 assembly

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Jan. 19
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With a former governor heading to prison for corruption and his successor calling for a cap on gifts to politicians, ethics reform is high on the agenda for the...
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Lawmakers seek to restrict drones

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Jan. 18
Richmond lawmakers consider regulation of drones this session.

Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including one that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.
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Coalition seeks more open state government

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Jan. 18
Ben Greenberg, legislative coordinator of Virginia Organizing, an advocacy group for low-income people and a member of Transparency Virginia.

Seventeen organizations that support open government in Virginia have formed a coalition to increase transparency in the General Assembly and foster greater citizen participation.
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Wild Ideas nature column

Acorns collected on Aaron Mountain, Castleton.

Wild Ideas: Deer down, but the sky is not falling

When fewer deer were spotted this fall, fingers pointed to coyotes, disease and more...

Fewer gray and fox squirrels were spotted in 2014, but are they disappearing?

Wild Ideas: Where are the squirrels?

Fewer squirrels were sighted this year, so are they disappearing? At the heart of...

The tiny and properly named wintergreen plant.

Wild Ideas: Scatological ramblings

While wildlife watching is more limited during the winter, you can discover who has...

TC is among the cats available for adoption at RappCats.

Wild Ideas: Gaeaf followup

After Pam Owen’s Wild Ideas column about helping a stray cat engendered a few...

 
 

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