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Inside this week’s News (Dec. 18)

1 p.m. Dec. 18

This week's headlines include: NPCF awards $75K to local nonprofits • Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase • Town council adds Aichele • What’s all the digging? • Castleton announces 2015 season • Editorial: A Charlie Brown Christmas tree • Wild Ideas: Of Gaeaf, Golda and birds • 150 Years Ago This Week: Battle of Nashville...
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County hires assistant administrator

12:55 p.m. Dec. 18
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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Governor announces $2 million Copper Fox Distillery in Williamsburg

12:50 p.m. Dec. 18
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces the Williamsburg distillery project; Copper Fox's Rick Wasmund is at left.

As part of a $2 million partnership with the state and city, Sperryville's Copper Fox Distillery will open its second malting, production, aging and tasting facility in the city of Williamsburg.
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The Rapp for Dec. 18

12:25 p.m. Dec. 18
Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal  in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Jan. 2 at The Theatre at Washington.

Rappahannock News takes a break over Christmas, RAAC kicks off its winter film season, and guest bartenders help raise money for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Castleton announces 2015 season

11 a.m. Dec. 18

Dietlinde Turban Maazel, artistic and executive director for the Castleton Festival’s first season without its founder and maestro, her husband, Lorin Maazel, last week announced plans for the festival’s seventh season in 2015.
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Santa chat

9 a.m. Dec. 18
Photo by Shealah Craighead

Dryden Whitson has a heart-to-heart with Santa Claus at the town of Washington’s Christmas potluck party.
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Conservationists of the Year

2:01 p.m. Dec. 11

Courtesy photo Several members of the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District were recently recognized by their peers at the Virginia Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society as Conservationists of the Year. The annual award recognizes an individual or group for its exceptional service in advancing the science and art of good...
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Letter: Big Christmas in Little Washington

10:17 a.m. Dec. 11

It takes not just a village but a whole county to make Christmas in Little Washington come to life — a whole county and months of work and a multitude of volunteers. The heart of the celebration is the parade — and what a parade it was! The person who made that happen —...
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Democracy award to Rappahannock’s own Ben Goddard

10:01 a.m. Dec. 11
Ben Goddard is presented with the IAPC Democracy Medal by Ilkka Ahtokivi, president of IAPC, last month in Rome, Italy.

It was a career highlight for Rappahannock County resident Ben Goddard when he was awarded the prestigious Democracy Medal by the International Association of Political Consultants last month.
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The Rapp column for Dec. 11

10 a.m. Dec. 11
Old Rag Master Naturalists inspect the terrain on a geology field trip at Stony Man lookout in Shenandoah National Park.

Holiday concerts, local arts grants, a Constitutional advocate at Gray Ghost, a run/walk fundraiser for the “Shop with a Deputy” program, holiday-related art workshops and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Gift-Rapp’d for Christmas  

9:01 a.m. Dec. 11

A donated 25-foot spruce tree from a Rappahannock County tree farm becomes this year's Capitol Christmas tree in Richmond.
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Little Washington’s big Christmas

9 a.m. Dec. 11

A whole bunch of photos from Sunday's Christmas in Little Washington parade and town-wide celebration.
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School and sports news for Dec. 11

8:30 a.m. Dec. 11

Winter sports are in full swing, and several Rappahannock sports teams have already begun to rack up the wins.
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The telling bell

8 a.m. Dec. 11
Courtesy photo

A restorer's photo of the Rappahannock County courthouse tower’s bell corroborates other evidence that the courthouse was built between 1833 and 1835.
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Letter: In such situations, someone will be disappointed

8 a.m. Dec. 11

We are responding to Chance Liscomb’s letter to the editor in last week’s paper about his recent experience with the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL). We are sorry that he felt he was not treated properly with regard to the application process. RAWL strives to make the adoption experience a pleasant one. As part of...
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Meetings and notices for Dec. 11

12:15 a.m. Dec. 11

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 12, in observance of an in-service training. Washington Town Council meeting: Due to the lack of a quorum Dec. 8, a special meeting of the Washington Town Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 15) at the town hall. The agenda includes the appointment of...
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Inside this week’s News (Dec. 11)

12:01 a.m. Dec. 11

This week's headlines include: There may be room at the Inn for a post office • Football praised, cell tower decried, school board delays deciding • Little Washington’s big Christmas • Blue Rock restaurant will close • Editorial: Recommended reading • Gift Rapp’d for Christmas • Democracy award to Rappahannock’s own Ben Goddard • Wild Ideas: Are...
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Letter: Cell phones and lifelines

10:56 a.m. Dec. 4

The fuss over views and possible health hazards of cell towers seems small and petty when the power is out, the phones are dead and your house is on fire — no phone, no power, zero temperatures. (The view is very grim.) A short time ago, a man working with a bladed weed whacker...
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The Rapp column for Dec. 4

8:45 a.m. Dec. 4
Last weekend's "Wizard of Oz" dress rehearsal.

Rappahannock’s holiday season kicks off with Christmas in Little Washington, “The Wizard of Oz” opens, Nol Putnam's book on National Cathedral iron work, a picturesque birthday, a RappCats Christmas and lots more this week in The Rapp.
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Eagle, eyed

8 a.m. Dec. 4

At about 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Dave Batchelder spotted this mature bald eagle, with its distinctive white head and tail, flying over U.S. 211 just west of Ben Venue.
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Thanksgiving crash

7:55 a.m. Dec. 4
RCSO photo

A single car ran off Main Street south of Harris Hollow Road just after 7 p.m. last Thursday, Thanksgiving day, snapping a utility pole in half.
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Letter: Thanks for the peek behind the scenes at RAAC

7:35 a.m. Dec. 4

What a nice surprise to open the Rappahannock News last week and see your story about Linda Heimstra, the painter who creates sets for RAAC Community Theatre productions. For our holiday shows — such as this year’s “The Wizard of Oz” — we employ a series of folding panels to change sets. Linda paints...
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Letter: Much help, and Howard, make ‘Oz’ possible

7:34 a.m. Dec. 4

We have just completed painting the sets and getting ready for this year’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Many thanks must go to everyone who has lent a hand to create the magic in the theater, especially to Darien Reece, Barbara Heile, Davette Leonard and Ralph Bates for the countless hours they...
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May all your Thanksgivings be…

7:30 a.m. Dec. 4
By Gary Anthes

As a few inches of wet white stuff fell on the Wednesday morning before Thanksgiving, photographer Gary Anthes went for a memorably monochromatic walk.
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Page turners

7:15 a.m. Dec. 4
By E. Raymond Boc

Members of the Literary Ladies book club show off a few of the three boxes’ worth of new hardcover books they donated recently to the Headwaters Foundation’s READ program.
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Giving Thanksgiving

7 a.m. Dec. 4
Photo by Bruce Geisert

Pre-Thanksgiving volunteers at the Rappahannock Food Pantry.
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Letter: Raw after RAWL experience

6:55 a.m. Dec. 4

Recently I made an attempt to adopt a dog from the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. I realized finally that I was in a place in my life where I could care for an animal well. My job had changed, and it affords me the opportunity of keeping a dog with me constantly. I was excited...
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A ‘Tree-o of Owlets’

5 a.m. Dec. 4
By Denise Machado

Denise Machado’s photo of young barred owls getting ready to fledge from a hollow-tree nest near Sperryville won first prize in the Native Plants and Wildlife category of PEC's fifth annual photo contest.
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Inside this week’s News (Dec. 4)

12:01 a.m. Dec. 4

This week's headlines: Citizen Jenks • The multifamily issue: postponed • The Washington Post Office loses its lease • Sperryville to be a two-brewery town • Editorial: A modest proposal • Unpaved Roadshow: In search of Staffordshire portrait figures • Wild Ideas: Becoming the animal • Jed’s Eye View: The gray wave is...
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Letter: Thankful for the many blessings of Rappahannock

11:02 a.m. Nov. 27
Veterans Day at the high school, Mark Raiford snapped a shot of his dad saluting while his son, with fellow Troop 36 scouts, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whenever I tell people from outside our region I’m from Rappahannock they inevitably ask, “Is that near Fredericksburg?” I reply “no” and give them the geographic location and an explanation. Inevitably, their next question is, “What’s there to do there — what’s it like?” I admit I am most always at a loss for...
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Letter: Thanks to all our Linked businesses

11:01 a.m. Nov. 27

Our recent quarterly Biz Link event, planned under the umbrella of Businesses of Rappahannock, was great fun and a tremendous success! Hosted by Magnolia Vineyards (Tina and Glenn Marchione), the hoards of business professionals in attendance enjoyed Magnolia wines and were fed delicious treats by co-underwriter Rudy’s Pizza (Andy Thompson) and our sponsor Triple...
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The Rapp for Nov. 27

11 a.m. Nov. 27
The Griffin’s Mary Frances Bywaters accepts her Restaurant Employee of the Year award from Virginian Hospitality and Travel Association president Eric Terry, right, and chairman Owen Matthews.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled this week because of the holiday; help the free clinic by buying a raffle ticket; and Mary Frances Bywaters wins statewide honors for her work at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Letter: Sponsors, thanks; see you all on court Friday

11 a.m. Nov. 27

The Rappahannock County Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization (RCPS PTO) would like to sincerely thank the following local team sponsors for their generous support of our upcoming Alumni Basketball Tournament: A&E Excavating, Andy Berry, B&B Signal, Griffin Tavern, Miller & Smith Home Builders, TC Robey Construction, Union First Market Bank and Williams Tree Service...
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Rapp music

8:30 a.m. Nov. 27
Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann

More than 100 Rappahannockers showed up to sing (and sometimes dance) at Trinity Episcopal Church's annual pre-Thanksgiving sing-along in Washington.
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Fall freeze

8 a.m. Nov. 27
Castleton resident and photographer Gary Anthes said last week was the earliest in the season he’d ever seen his farm pond freeze over.

Castleton resident and photographer Gary Anthes says that last week was the earliest in the season he’d ever seen his farm pond freeze over.
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Meetings and notices for Nov. 27

12:20 a.m. Nov. 27

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets at 2 and 7 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 1) at the county courthouse. On the agenda at 2: Brian Duncan, executive director, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services (RRCS), on Crisis Intervention Teams; Culpeper News distribution complaints; resolution on zoning amendments: floodplain; resolution on miscellaneous zoning amendments; theater basement rental...
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 27)

12:01 a.m. Nov. 27

This week's headlines: Supervisors will decide if housing project goes forward • ’Tis the season . . . to scam: Elder financial abuse a growing problem • Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding police • Editorial: A Rappahannock Thanksgiving • For Heimstra, the set’s the thing — or one of many • The Rapp...
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Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches

12:45 p.m. Nov. 20
RCHS cross-country, with the girls’ 1A runner-up trophy at states, are (front row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Katelyn Fisher, Emma Endre and (back row) Rapp boys’ top finisher Gavin Jenkins, Elizabeth Fisher, Brooke Athelli, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly, Kelsie Strobel, Emily Allen, Julia Wood and coach James Sharpe.

Julia Wood takes her second state cross country championship, and Rapp girls comes within two points of bringing home the Virginia High School League team runner-up trophy in the 1A state tournament.
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Your Next Best Friend: Jay

12:25 p.m. Nov. 20

I’m Jay, a I’m a Lakeland/Jack Russell terrier who’s friendly, easy to train, fairly low-energy and looking for an “adults only” home.
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The Rapp for Nov. 20

12:01 p.m. Nov. 20
On a late fall-early winter hike in Shenandoah National Park.

A sing-along and a music concert to benefit the Food Pantry, RLEP’s annual gathering, seasonal changes at Shenandoah National Park and Amissville winery festivities are in this week’s The Rapp column.
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