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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 4)

This week's headlines: Whited of Washington, for Congress; Mercy mission; District Court: good news and bad news; Film Festival: Big plans for its second act; Unpaved Roadshow: Manuscript art of the Pennsylvania Germans; Letter: Oppose the ‘Airbnd bills’
Letter: Oppose the ‘Airbnd bills’

I ask that you oppose the proposed Limited Residential Lodging Act. Years ago, in choosing to live on agricultural property bounded by similarly zoned neighboring properties in rural Rappahannock County, my family and I chose the bucolic over the expedient,…
The Blizzard of 2016

Even the geese saw this one coming, as flocks of a dozen or so merged into strings a hundred strong, fleeing the white wall of snow that had faded the Blue Ridge to the West on Friday by about 10:30…
Missing the train

Rappahannock County failed to get a railroad link to the outside world six times in the 1870s and twice in the 1880s. Now, in the spring of 1890, the giant Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway Company was contemplating a railroad…
Wild Ideas: Wildlife in the snowpocalypse

After Winter Storm Jonas, Pam Owen was eager to get out and see how our local wildlife fared up on the mountain where she lives but also found navigating the deep snow a challenge, in this week's Wild Ideas column.
Profile: Turning scraps to treasures on Chester Gap

Cathy Wolniewicz collaborates with her husband Mike — who’s been designing, building and finishing custom furniture for nearly 30 years — to upcycle scraps of wood from furniture projects to create “spirit boxes” with fired clay tops crafted by Cathy…
Is there hope for historic Waterloo Bridge?

The Warrenton-based Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is asking similar questions as little seems to have been accomplished to rehabilitate the bridge, one of about a dozen metal truss bridges left in Virginia. The bridge, which before closure carried 680 vehicles…
Please help the babies

Last year, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. I hand delivered donated funds to this home for abandoned and abused babies from Trinity Church, individual parishioners, family members, and many other Rappahannockers.
The Blizzard of 2016

Well, we can’t say they didn’t warn us. I checked my favorite weather site on Monday before the storm, and they were already talking about a significant weather event for Friday and Saturday. As I write this, it’s about midday…