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The Rapp for July 28 

Celebrate dark skies at the Park’s Night Sky Festival, meet the reporter who's working on the three-part series on Rappahannock’s digital challenges and more in this week's The Rapp.
Give Local, get local

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation traveled to Rappahannock County to award community nonprofits their checks for donations raised in the third annual Give Local Piedmont campaign.
Man down

Medics attend to motorcyclist Wayne L. Katz, 48, of Harrisonburg, at midday Saturday before he was flown to U.Va. Medical Center with a broken leg and unknown other injuries, after his motorcycle collided with a SUV on 211.
What does it take to slow the traffic?

For the past seven months, I've respectfully advocated, through emails and in-person requests at four of the last seven supervisor meetings, a reduction of the speed limit in the village of Woodville from 35 mph to 25 mph.
Down Memory Lane for July 28 

Settle’s Grocery and Garage in Flint Hil has grown over the years and Rose Hill, for more than a century a historic and gracious landmark in the county has been sold.
Grazing along

In an effort to increase his farm’s profitability and reduce environmental impacts such as runoff and soil erosion, Flint Hill farmer Mike Sands began working with The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) in 2013.
Your Next Best Friend: Sophia

I was named for Sophia Loren; the folks at RAWL wanted me to feel beautiful. I was abandoned, lost almost half my normal weight of about 80 pounds, and had some nasty eye problems.
Hospice appoints new CEO

The board of directors of Hospice of the Piedmont has announced the appointment of Ronald Cottrell as the organization’s new president and CEO.
Washington column for July 28

Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington announce new rector. Vacation Bible School celebrates Pilgrimage. Prayers needed for Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Gary Jenkins Jr.
Courthouse Row for July 28

Home/land transfers The following home and land transfers were recorded at the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office from July 14-21: Hawthorne James L. Jones Jr., trustee under the James L. Jones Jr., revocable trust, to Robert Blair and Talya…
Fire and rescue calls for July 28

Tuesday, July 19 11:10 a.m. — Rush River Lane, Washington, fire alarm, company 1 12:03 p.m. — Swindler Hollow Road, Sperryville, stroke, companies 1, 3, 4 and 7 3:27 p.m. — Dearing Road, Huntly, general illness, companies 1, 4 and…
Motorcycle speeders sentenced

Three northern Virginia men on motorcycles pleaded guilty to reckless driving by speed and were sentenced in District Court and alcohol-related cases top the July 12th docket.