Roger Piantadosi

Roger Piantadosi Roger Piantadosi, editor and web director of the Rappahannock News since 2010, was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years before retiring (or so he thought) in 2008. He and his wife, Charmaine Lee, have lived near Washington, Va., full-time since 1999.


Single-stream recycling starts soon

1:30 p.m. Jan. 22
Recycled cans, by Tom Morris via Wikimedia Commons

If the weather cooperates, Rappahannock County should be offering single-stream recycling — glass, metal, plastic and office paper in one container — by sometime next month.
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The county in court

12:45 p.m. Jan. 22

The county government — or, more specifically, attorneys for the school board and supervisors whose fees are paid by government liability insurance policies — has been spending more than the usual amount of time in circuit court these last few past months.
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School board declines cell tower lease

1:30 p.m. 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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Town attends to planning, plant

1 p.m. 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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School board declines cell tower lease

10:46 p.m. Jan. 13
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

Rappahannock County School Board votes against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures, the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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Late Sunday, early Monday roads could be icy

5:28 p.m. Jan. 11
Ice in Gid Brown Hollow after this week's storm.

With freezing rain forecast for this evening and early Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing its equipment and materials and asks the public to closely monitor road conditions before traveling.
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School Board pressed on cell details

1:01 p.m. Jan. 8
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A Sperryville resident files a civil action (to be heard Jan. 12) to force the county school board to respond to a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request for all its cell tower-related communications. Update: The school board asks for 7 more days and $400.
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Some snow, some salt, more brine

11:45 a.m. Jan. 8
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Rappahannock's supervisors are told that VDOT studied the alternatives to rock salt — as a resolution passed by the supervisors in April had requested — but that no major change to snow and ice removal policies is planned.
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Appointments and transitions

11:15 a.m. Jan. 8

David Konick appointed to BZA, retiring Weinbergs (both former BZA chair Robert and longtime Theatre owner Wendy) and RRCSB representative Sandra Maskas honored by board of supervisors.
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Washingtonian: Just being ‘honest’

11:51 a.m. Jan. 7
An illuminated Inn at Little Washington brightened the night.

Washingtonian restaurant critic Todd Kliman posted a take-no-prisoners response today on the magazine's blog to Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell's statement last week implying the magazine was seeking attention rather than being ethical when it dropped The Inn from No. 1 to No. 22 on its annual top-100 "Very Best Restaurants"...
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Slow down!

8:19 a.m. Jan. 6
Driving in snow in Rappahannock, 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2015.

VDOT's reporting slippery conditions on I-66 and other primary and secondary highways in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties this morning, and drivers in Rappahannock and elsewhere apparently aren't paying attention.
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The Rapp for Jan. 1

10:15 a.m. Jan. 1
The cast and director of RAAC's "Wizard of Oz" production take their bows.

Washingtonian bites The Inn, plus a “100 Foot Journey,” a wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” beekeeping classes, RAAC’s spring film festival and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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County hires assistant administrator

9:50 a.m. Jan. 1
Debbie Keyser in 2012, when she was appointed  Jefferson County, W. Va. county administrator.

Rappahannock County has hired Debbie Keyser as assistant county administrator.
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Reminder: No paper this week (Dec. 25)

9:16 p.m. Dec. 24, 2014

Important news: Rappahannock News will not be published on Thursday, Dec. 25.
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What’s all the digging?

12:27 p.m. Dec. 18, 2014
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Projects underway in Rappahannock County will bring about single-container recycling next month, and possible higher-speed mobile broadband at some future date.
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Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase

11:30 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014
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Police chased a man in a pickup truck this morning from Flint Hill into the center of the county's commercial area, where the driver veered across the median, crossed two more lanes and continued across a lawn and straight into a house.
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Town council adds Aichele

11:20 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014
The Washington Town Council appointed Gay Street Inn co-owner Gary Aichele to fill the seat left vacant by Dan Spethmann’s resignation in early November.

The Washington Town Council appointed Gay Street Inn co-owner Gary Aichele to fill the seat left vacant by Dan Spethmann’s resignation in early November.
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Zoning board approves B&B, tourist homes

11:10 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals approved special-use permits for two tourist homes, a B&B and a mental-health professional office and tabled a variance request.
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There may be room at the Inn for a post office

1:01 p.m. Dec. 11, 2014

Negotiations between the U.S. Postal Service and The Inn at Little Washington are reported to be focused on keeping the post office in the same building at Main and Middle streets that the Inn has leased to the postal facility for more than 25 years.
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Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

1 p.m. Dec. 11, 2014

Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

noon Dec. 11, 2014
The back patio at the Blue Rock Inn still has one of the best westward views in the county.

The Blue Rock Inn is closing down its restaurant on Dec. 28 but will keep open its five-room B&B and its wedding-and-event trade, although the whole property has been for sale since last summer.
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Guilty pleas, DUIs, drug charges

10:30 a.m. Dec. 11, 2014

In a case in which the defendant was accused of filing a false insurance claim with the Virginia Farm Bureau for a zero-turn mower he never owned, Delmas Dean Dotson, 48, of Huntly, pleaded guilty in Rappahannock County Circuit Court to three felonies last Thursday (Dec. 4): forgery of a public office seal, impersonating...
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The multifamily issue: postponed

1 p.m. Dec. 4, 2014
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

The supervisors remove a zoning amendment that would have allowed People Inc. to proceed with its affordable housing proposal in Sperryville, passing the issue to the planning commission.
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Citizen Jenks

11:50 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014
Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III, the 2014 Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year.

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III has been around Rappahannock County long enough that nothing surprises him, and just about everything delights him, including the fact that Rappahannock News has named him their 2014 Citizen of the Year (for the second time).
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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

11:01 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.
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For Heimstra, the set’s the thing — or one of many

1 p.m. Nov. 27, 2014
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When the cast of RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz” sets off next week for the Emerald City, they’ll be following a yellow brick road made possible by Linda Heimstra — and most of a gallon of yellow latex.
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Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding

12:45 p.m. Nov. 27, 2014
The cab driven by Allante Strother after it was towed from the accident scene in December 2013.

Last December, 24-year-old Allante Tobias Strother of Culpeper crashed a taxicab after he was chased at high speed by a deputy. This December he'll be in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to felony eluding of a police officer.
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Not the greatest travel day

12:30 p.m. Nov. 27, 2014
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Along U.S. 522 in Woodville at midday Wednesday, traffic in the wet falling snow is heavier and slower than anyone would like on the day before Thanksgiving.
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Supervisors will decide if housing project goes  forward

12:20 p.m. Nov. 27, 2014
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

As it turns out, allowing apartments in a highway commercial zone — the zone along U.S. 211 west of Sperryville where community-action organization People Inc. has proposed to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex — is in the hands of the county supervisors after all.
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Local budget back on track, board hears  

1 p.m. Nov. 20, 2014
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In a budget work session Monday afternoon, the supervisors learn that the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is back on track — at least for now — due to sheriff's office changes, but could still suffer from budget-based caution in Richmond.
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Today’s topic: ‘Affordable Rappahannock’  

11:29 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014

The issue of whether Rappahannock County needs affordable housing was debated at this week’s when the county’s board of supervisors considered a special-use permit application to build apartments on the former Sperryville Emporium site.
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Planners delay affordable housing permit

10:42 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

People Inc.’s application to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex at the site of the vacant Sperryville Emporium was tabled until January by the Rappahannock County Planning Commission Wednesday night.
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Sheriff’s Report for Nov. 20

8 a.m. Nov. 20, 2014

Drug, DUI arrests As a result of a traffic stop Nov. 12 by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy W. Ubben at Sperryville Pike and Johnson Farm Lane, Michael Edward Jackson, 40, of Haywood, Va., was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession with intent to distribute.   That same day, Deputy M. Dodson responded to...
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Affordable apartments at former Emporium site?

5:20 p.m. Nov. 13, 2014
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County supervisors and planners are heading into the holidays with their plates already full, with decisions about a proposed apartment at the former Sperryville Emporium site, the sheriff’s budget and a proposed new brewery.
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Big news a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 

4 p.m. Nov. 13, 2014
Hopkins Ordinary B&B owners Sherri Fickel and Kevin Kraditor pose with Ale Works brewing partner David Litaker (right) behind the bar of the Sperryville nanobrewery last week.

Sperryville innkeepers Kevin Kraditor and Sherri Fickel, along with their partner, David Litaker, are deliberately starting small with the Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works — but the important point is . . . they’ve started.
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Town council approves White Moose permit extension

2:02 p.m. Nov. 13, 2014
Manager of the White Moose Inn can continue to live up the block.

The Washington Town Council approved everything on its agenda, including a special-use permit allowing the White Moose Inn’s manager to live off-site, and also passed a resolution to open up nominations to fill former council member Dan Spethmann’s seat.
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Walton joins Rappahannock Media as partner

6:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 2014
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Rappahannock Media LLC, which owns this newspaper along with the weekly Culpeper Times and quarterly Piedmont Virginian magazine, has taken on Bill Walton as a minority owner.
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Spethmann resigns council post

6 p.m. Nov. 6, 2014
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Washington Town Council member Daniel Spethmann resigned this week by letter to Mayor John Sullivan and the rest of the council, a letter in which he said his business has recently required him to spend “more time away than in town.”
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

11 a.m. Nov. 6, 2014
A scene from a Salzburg Marionettes performance.

Piano and 'strings' at Castleton, "Chef" and then piano and soprano at the Theatre, a Kid Pan Alley benefit concert at Coterie, Veterans Day at RCHS, chamber music, Lester Brown at the library, Mandalele's CD release and more in this week's The Rapp column.
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Theatre getting a new, like-minded owner

6:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2014

Theatre at Washington founder and owner Wendy Weinberg announced this week that she will be selling the theater to longtime Rappahannock resident Nancy Raines.
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