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Roger Piantadosi is the editor of the Rappahannock News. He was an editor, staff writer and information architect at The Washington Post for almost 30 years before retiring (or so he thought) in 2008. He and his wife, Charmaine Lee, have lived in Washington, Va., since 1999.


Town’s route explained; county chooses bypass

Oct. 9, 2014
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Though listed as an “informational” item, no one really expected the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to take any official action on recent challenges to the town of Washington’s right to govern itself. And it didn’t — though it did express doubt that it ever would.
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Pond news is good news

Oct. 9, 2014
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After a brief discussion of recent challenges to the town’s charter and government the Washington Town Council listened at its monthly meeting Monday night to an update on the Avon Hall pond by RappFLOW founder Beverly Hunter and others who’ve helped with recent efforts to clean it up.
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Photos: Life on the hill

Oct. 9, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Several thousand visited the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s normally closed campus in Front Royal last weekend for its two-day Autumn Conservation Festival.
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Rappahannock in the news

Oct. 2, 2014
Bill Williams of Slate Mills posed with his model of the Chinquapin house for The Post’s John Kelly.

Of course Rappahannock is in the News. We’re talking about the news. Herewith, a quick rundown of attention paid to various Rappahannock County businesses, artists and others in the D.C. and national media world over the last month.
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News briefs for Oct. 2

Oct. 2, 2014
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The RSW Regional Jail Authority appoints a new superintendent; the planners and BZA approve a family apartment; the town ARB accepts Rare Finds’ and Ray Gooch’s projects; and three rabies cases were reported in Rappahannock last year.
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Tourism numbers, funding on the rise

Sep. 25, 2014
A table-to-farm dinner put on by the Outstanding in the Field company, which produces such on-farm events around the country for foodies, brought 100 diners to Sperryville last weekend from as far away as Colorado, Texas and Australia.

Meals and lodging tax revenue, traditionally Rappahannock County’s best indicator of the health of the local tourism industry, has risen steadily since 2012.
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Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home

Sep. 18, 2014
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After three months of delays, the Washington Town Council held a public hearing on a special-use permit application Monday night at town hall that would allow White Moose Inn owner Jim Abdo’s hotel staff to book and manage an occasional tourist home at 199 Main St.
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Stickerless shock?

Sep. 18, 2014
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In this year’s personal property tax bills, county residents will notice an increase meant to compensate for the discontinuance of the flat $20-per-vehicle tax collected in exchange for a county windshield sticker these last 30 years.
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Central absentee voting OK’d; vehicle stickers on the way out

Sep. 11, 2014
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At holiday-delayed sessions last Wednesday (Sept. 10), the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors discussed several ordinance changes, including doing away with county motor vehicle stickers creating a central absentee voting precinct.
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Photo: Bridge open

Sep. 4, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

The Tiger Valley Road (Route 626) bridge over the Rush River just off U.S. 211 is open.
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Photo: Crossed paths

Aug. 29, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Three people were treated at Fauquier Hospital, none for serious or life-threatening injuries, after this three-car crash just before 10 a.m. Friday on U.S. 211 near Washington.
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Old business, new business in town

Aug. 28, 2014
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More changes are afoot in the town of Washington, as the town council now promises that a thrice-delayed public hearing will definitely happen at its Sept. 15 session and Eve and Stew Willis’ Rare Finds plans a return to Main Street.
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ARB likes Mt. Prospect redo, Kramer Building signage

Aug. 21, 2014
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Though it issued none of its coveted certificates of appropriateness Tuesday night (Aug. 19), Washington’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) liked most everything brought before it at its latest monthly meeting at town hall.
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Miller plans to fill Schoolhouse with antiques

Aug. 21, 2014
The (new) view from outside the Sperryville Schoolhouse complex. Photo by Don Audette

Cliff Miller IV, owner of the Sperryville Schoolhouse, has notified three retail tenants in the complex’s main building that starting early next month he will be taking over the entire building, primarily for what he says is expansion of his burgeoning antiques business.
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Permit postponed, transparency defended

Aug. 14, 2014
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After postponing a public hearing on a special-use permit for the third time in as many months at its regular meeting Monday night (Aug. 11), the Washington Town Council found itself hosting an unscheduled public hearing on a related subject.
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Scouting’s global service

Aug. 7, 2014
Kashmir Boy Scout leader Nazir Khan speaks to Troop 36 and guests Monday at the Washington fire hall.

Scouting lessons and inspiring stories from the other side of the world were met with rapt attention by Rappahannock County’s only Boy Scout troop and a dozen or so interested citizens who came by the Washington fire hall Monday night (Aug. 4).
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Photo: Cannery show

Aug. 7, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Nevill Turner of Virginia Chutney Co. celebrates his birthday last week with a quick tour.
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Video: Cannery show

Aug. 2, 2014
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Nevill Turner of Virginia Chutney in Flint Hill celebrated his birthday with a tour and lunch for the Lunch Bunch at the chutney maker's cannery, which he said hopes to increase production this year to 400,000-plus units of the family's famous chutney.
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VDOT: Rt. 626/Tiger Valley closed for 6 weeks

Aug. 2, 2014
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VDOT says Tiger Valley Road/Route 626, which 600 vehicles use daily, will be closed for six weeks for a bridge replacement.
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Put out by bridge out?

Jul. 31, 2014
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A two-lane bridge scheduled for replacement by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) starting next week will likely cause some school bus route complications.
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Video: Camp time at Belle Meade

Jul. 30, 2014
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A cool summer camp video made for Belle Meade School by camp counselor Joshua Lyons.
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Authority will address jail’s rocky start

Jul. 24, 2014
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The technical, logistical, staffing and training issues that have dogged the new Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail during its opening days and weeks are being addressed and corrected, says the Front Royal facility’s superintendent.
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Castleton’s Maestro is gone; the show goes on

Jul. 17, 2014
Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

Maestro Lorin Maazel, a force of nature who 25 years ago set down roots with his family amid the kindred forces of nature found in Rappahannock County, died Sunday morning, July 13. But, as he would have wanted, the show went on.
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Town seeks slower pace

Jul. 17, 2014
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At a spirited and unusually well-attended Washington Town Council meeting Monday night (July 14), a dozen residents, neighbors and business owners offered up eyewitness testimony of speeders along Main Street and elsewhere in town.
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County opposes pipeline

Jul. 10, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors became one of the first local governing bodies in the Northern Piedmont region Monday to say “no” to a natural-gas transmission line proposed by Spectra Energy.
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Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center

Jul. 10, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors gave its blessing to Narmada Winery’s proposal to build a 2,800-square-foot weddings-and-events center Monday night (July 7), but not without significant pre-nuptial agreements.
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Mower-truck crash victim flown to U.Va. hospital

Jul. 10, 2014

A pickup truck driven collided with a zero-turn mower operated by Floyd Grigsby on Long Mountain Road near Ridge View Tuesday afternoon, after which the victim was flown by medical helicopter to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
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Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

Jun. 26, 2014
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As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.
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Residents react to Abdo plans at council meeting

Jun. 19, 2014
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Unsurprisingly, what dominated public comment at the Washington Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday (June 16) was the controversy over a recent Washington Post profile of Jim Abdo, a developer known best for his neighborhood-rehab work in Washington, D.C.
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Community forum tonight: development in Washington

Jun. 19, 2014
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Do you have something to say, or ask, about development in the town of Washington? Be at the Theatre at Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, for a "Rapp Live" community forum with all the current players.
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Photos: Jail time

Jun. 19, 2014
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Officials from three counties cut the ribbon for the new Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail Tuesday morning (June 15) at an opening ceremony.
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Little Washington is big news in Big Washington

Jun. 18, 2014
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The phrase "Washington correspondent" seems to be taking on new meaning in the nation's capital.
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Two chases end in arrests

Jun. 12, 2014
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In separate incidents, police chased two drivers Saturday — one of them with an infant and toddler in his vehicle in Amissville, the other on a motorcycle traveling at speeds surpassing 120 mph.
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Big news?

Jun. 12, 2014
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A profile in The Washington Post’s Business section last weekend of well-known D.C. developer and longtime Rappahannock County weekender Jim Abdo caused a bit of a stir this week.
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Photo: From porch to ‘Torch’

Jun. 12, 2014
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

More than 300 parked in a field and sat before the granite amphitheater carved out of a hillside at John Henry and Ann Crittenden’s Stone Hill Farm near Flint Hill Saturday afternoon.
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Approved: uncertain budget, drier golf course

Jun. 5, 2014
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Facing a full agenda and a not-so-full courthouse, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met Monday (June 2) for about two hours in the afternoon and less than an hour in the evening, during which the board passed its $21.99 million budget, among other matters.
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Sperryville sewer rate increase proposed

Jun. 5, 2014
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The Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority plans a public hearing at 7 p.m. next Thursday (June 12) at the county courthouse on its proposed increase to wastewater system rates for residential and business customers in the village of Sperryville.
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Webert meets with Bunch over lunch

May. 29, 2014
Virginia Del. Michael Webert (R-18th) second from left, talks with Lunch Bunchers and others Tuesday on the patio at Tula’s in Washington.

Virginia Del. Michael Webert (R-18th), Rappahannock’s man in Richmond, met the informal, itinerant, five-day-a-week gathering known as the Lunch Bunch this Tuesday (May 27) at Tula’s off Main to discuss the county’s LCI and state budget situations.
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Our phones are down

May. 22, 2014

The landline phones at the Rappahannock News are out of service, if you've been trying to call since midafternoon.
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Heroin: It’s here, and there are consequences

May. 22, 2014
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Today, heroin is cheaper and easier for addicts to obtain than prescription painkillers. And the consequences are not just making headlines across the country and in the neighboring counties and cities of Virginia’s Piedmont. They’re here.
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