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Inside this week’s News (March 26)

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This week's headlines include: Town beautification gets uglier • Planner’s okay Castleton’s year-round events • Scammers hit local victim, are (mostly) foiled • The Rapp for March 26 • Discover Rappahannock’s ‘Mountain Heritage’ on April 11 • Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering • Wild Ideas: Peepers, clackers and the sounds of spring • and more.
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Editorial: Bad news, good works

Aging Together's 2015 "Five Over Fifty" (including Linda Dietel, top row center).

Reports of disagreement and dispiriting behavior by humans around the world — including right here in Rappahannock — are ever harder to avoid. Which is one reason why those doing good works ought to be recognized — emulated, even.
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Stickers, no. Assessors, yes.

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Two quick reminders from your county government: You don't need a vehicle sticker any more, and assessors will be visiting your property soon.
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The Rapp for March 26

A few of the eggs created by students at Studio School’s last Pysanky workshop in Flint Hill.

It's Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, plus a free Kid Pan Alley concert, "Birdman" April 3, a serious egg decorating workshop, fantastical "Elementree Stories" at Middle Street, a MADD startup and more in The Rapp.
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Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering

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Authorities arrested Shamaila Tanweer, 30, of Culpeper, described by police as a member of the family that operates the Hillsdale Country Store on U.S. 211 near Washington. She is charged with lottery tampering, a felony.
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Letter: In South Africa, an ‘awe-inspiring’ children’s home

Tracy King, left, one of the King safe house’s Xhosa nannies and Kay Wilson hold three of the home’s 24 babies during Wilson’s visit.

Earlier this month, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a "safe house" for abandoned and abused babies found and rescued in the rural coastal area south of the Transkei.
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Your Next Best Friend: Lemon

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$12.56 school budget sent to supervisors

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March 19

The Rappahannock County School Board adopted a $12.56 million 2015-2016 budget Monday night that would increase the county’s share of school-division expenses by about $94,000 — or just over 1 percent.
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The Rapp for March 19

Elementary students sing at Kid Pan Alley’s last songwriting program and concert at RCES.

Kid Pan Alley circles back to its Rappahannock home for a songwriting residency and concert, and Narmada Winery takes a "giant step" in Richmond in this week's The Rapp.
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On Common Ground: Tempests in Paradise

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March 19
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Whether your family has been here for generations or just arrived, we all have a sense of being connected to this place. Let's stop defining what is and is not "authentic" Rappahannock, and welcome the diversity that helps define us.
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The News Feed

Full stop

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Governor orders training for ABC agents

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March 26
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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Empty house destroyed

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March 19
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Actor, musicians, activism

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March 19
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Fighting fire with . . . training

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March 19
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A damper on the library

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March 19
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Out of the Attic

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March 19
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Newly approved powdered alcohol banned in Virginia

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March 13
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The federal government this week approved a powder that can turn a glass of water into an alcoholic drink, but it’s unlikely that Virginians will be enjoying instant margaritas...
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I-66 east reopened

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The tractor-trailer crash that closed Interstate 66 eastbound at mile marker 38 has been cleared, VDOT reported 10:45 a.m.
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VDOT, 4:30 p.m.: Snow-covered roads, hazardous driving

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March 5

Motorists are cautioned that road conditions are changing quickly in central Virginia as heavy, wet snow moves in from the northwest.
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Wild Ideas nature column

The tiny spring peeper is rarely seen but often heard in late winter and early spring, peeping in chorus with others of its species in search of a mate.

Wild Ideas: Peepers, clackers and the sounds of spring

Peeps, clacks and peents signal the start of the breeding season for some animals...

Pollinators such as this perplexing bumblebee (Bombus perplexus), feeding on a native purple coneflower, will be the focus of a new research project in Shenandoah National Park.

Wild Ideas: Pollinator, bird count updates

In this week’s Wild Ideas column, Shenandoah National Park announces a new research project...

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Wild Ideas: Sorting out the raptors

With the tough winter, hawks have been showing up at bird feeders looking for...

During the Great Backyard Bird Count, citizens are invited to submit counts of birds they see, even those found at bird feeders, such as these common winter residents.

Wild Ideas: eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count

This year Pam Owen joined other Rappahannock County residents in the Great Backyard Bird...

 
 

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