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Inside this week’s News (July 17)

Jul. 17, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Castleton’s Maestro is gone; the show goes on • Rappahannock Media acquires Culpeper Times • Company wants to build cell tower at high school • The Rapp for July 17 • Mohsin’s exemplary adventure • Editorial: Sex and consequences • and more.
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Rappahannock Media acquires Culpeper Times

Jul. 17, 2014
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It was announced Friday (July 11) that the Culpeper Times, a local weekly under the umbrella of the Virginia News Group, was sold to Rappahannock Media.
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The Rapp for July 17

Jul. 17, 2014
Tom Nash, executive chef of Tula’s Off Main, takes a break in the restaurant’s newly opened bar.

Tula’s off Main enters “phase two” with the opening of its new bar, while Russell Paulette returns to the RAAC Theatre to direct “The Real Inspector Hound” in this week’s Rapp column.
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Castleton’s tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel

Jul. 17, 2014
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and pianist Bradley Moore performing George Gershwin's "Summertime," the finale of Wednesday night's tribute to Maazel.

The family of Lorin Maazel, and staff and artists from the Castleton festival, hosted a memorial at the Castleton Theater on Wednesday night, July 16, to mark the passing of a great artist and teacher.
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Scammers continue to target REC members

Jul. 17, 2014

Posing as representatives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), potential thieves have attempted to scam members by calling to demand immediate payment of bills.
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Maestro Maazel has died

Jul. 13, 2014
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The Castleton Festival announced today the passing of its founder and artistic director, the conductor, composer, musician and mentor Maestro Lorin Maazel. Maestro Maazel died on July 13.
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The Rapp for July 10

Jul. 10, 2014
The winery as it appears now.

Gray Ghost Winery celebrates 20 years this weekend, Kevin Adams (and two RCHS Panthers) paint a mural for CCLC, Laurel Mills reopens under new management and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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8 Va. fatalities during Fourth weekend

Jul. 10, 2014

Preliminary reports indicate that eight people died in separate crashes during the 2014 Fourth of July holiday weekend, one more than were killed in traffic accidents over the 2013 four-day holiday weekend.
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School & sports news for July 10

Jul. 10, 2014
Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington competes in Reston for a National American Miss state title this week.

Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington, 7, has been chosen as a state finalist in this weekend’s National American Miss Virginia Pageant.
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Photos: Land that we love . . .

Jul. 10, 2014
An aerial view of the SVFD Fourth of July festivities. Photo by Robin Burke via Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue

Rappahannock County’s Fourth of July Celebration spread out Friday among the green folds of the Thornton Hill Racecourse near Sperryville.
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Photo: Hiking in his footsteps

Jul. 10, 2014
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Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection president Rick Kohler gets ready to head out on RLEP’s first Paul Farmer Hike in Shenandoah National Park.
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Letter: Say no to wireless companies

Jul. 10, 2014

AT&T/Community Wireless/other proxies have again entered the picture and are approaching private landowners about erecting cell phone towers on their properties. Disregarding the 24/7 propaganda on the airwaves; the rigged, unconstitutional laws forbidding people to oppose these towers on health grounds (they know it is dangerous to people’s health and don’t want the liability); the...
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Letter: Doing God’s work

Jul. 10, 2014

I want to thank the crew from Impact of Virginia for all the wonderful work they did at my home. They were so kind and considerate; they just blew me away. I am more than pleased for what they did. Special thanks to pastor Bill Welch. Also to pastor Jon Heddleston and the ladies...
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Letter: To all who made the Fourth spectacular . . . 

Jul. 10, 2014

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department sponsored their eighth annual Rappahannock County July Fourth Celebration at the Thornton Hill Hounds Racecourse last weekend. Independence Day was celebrated in spectacular fashion as the American flag flew high over the event, reminding everyone of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. A good time was had...
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Deeper fractures

Jul. 10, 2014

Are we cracked in the head? The proliferation of natural gas exports–and the wake of increased U.S. fracking–expose deep fault lines in the land, U.S. communities and plain old logic. Liza Field suggests a look beneath those fissures for deeper solutions.
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Inside this week’s News (July 10)

Jul. 10, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: County opposes pipeline • Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center • Schools rehire Matthews, rethinking cell tower • The Rapp for July 10 • Rapp’s PTO goes above and beyond the bake sale • Editorial: The show must go on • and more.
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Skydiving into Sperryville for the Fourth

Jul. 8, 2014
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Video of 3rd Dimension Productions's skydivers jump down to the Rappahannock County Fourth of July Celebration on Friday (July 4) at Thornton Hill Racecourse in Sperryville, Va.
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The Rapp for July 3

Jul. 3, 2014
The Turkey Ridge String Band performs at the Culpeper State Theatre.

A busy weekend of concerts and fireworks begins today (July 3), the Public House is accepting nominations for a surprise party and the Turkey Ridge String Band heads to the Culpeper State Theatre in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Don and Me: Chronicles of a Castleton walk-on

Jul. 3, 2014
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Lifelong opera lover Gus Edwards chronicles his time as a “walk-on” performer in the production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at the 2014 Castleton Festival.
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Castleton Chamber Players’ stellar launch of the 2014 festival

Jul. 3, 2014
Photo by Sarah Cohn

At the intimate Castleton Theater, tucked into a flowering rural hillside, violinist Eric Silberger, cellist Daniel Lelchuk and pianist Bradley Moore performed three contrasting chamber music pieces.
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School & sports news for July 3

Jul. 3, 2014
The WCDS Class of 2014.

On a glorious Saturday afternoon, the 18 members of the Class of 2014 graduated Wakefield Country Day School.
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McAuliffe announces 25 new jobs in Charlottesville

Jul. 3, 2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today in the City of Charlottesville that Relay Foods will expand its corporate headquarters and Charlottesville fulfillment center.
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Photos: It’s officially summer in Amissville

Jul. 3, 2014
Photo by Carl Zitzmann

Amissville Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s annual summer carnival took off last week.
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Photo: Double rainbow?

Jul. 3, 2014
Photo by Molly Peterson

Sperryville photographer and farmer Molly M. Peterson would hate to miss a moment like this after a rain shower.
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Photo: The ‘Butterfly’ effect

Jul. 3, 2014
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Ekaterina Metlova sang the central role of Cio-Cio San in the Castleton Festival’s opening-night production of “Madama Butterfly” Saturday (June 26).
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Photo: Runner aboard

Jul. 3, 2014
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Rapp All-Stars first base coach Brian Scheulen leans in to give advice to Tyler Bolton.
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Photo: Soap Box heroes

Jul. 3, 2014
Photo by Dan Clark

Thom Pellikaan of Woodville, the Piedmont Area Soap Box Derby’s chief fundraiser and longtime supporter, poses after last month’s Soap Box Derby.
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Photo: Ruritan recognition

Jul. 3, 2014
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Plaques went to outstanding public safety employees as part of Salem Ruritan’s “Public Safety Recognition Program” last month.
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Letter: A successful Bloodmobile, thanks to . . .

Jul. 3, 2014

Thank you to the 43 people who came out last Wednesday (June 25) to the Washington fire hall to donate blood for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. That was a record turnout! A total of 35 pints of blood were collected, surpassing our goal of 27! Thank you for taking the time out of your...
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Letter: Thank you, quick responders

Jul. 3, 2014

We would like to thank companies 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9 for responding to our shed fire on June 18. Companies 2 and 7 (Sperryville Fire and Sperryville Rescue, respectively) got there first and kept our house from burning down. The shed was lost with all the contents, but they can be replaced....
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Letter: You could’ve lived in town. But you don’t.

Jul. 3, 2014

There has been so much talk lately about how the people of the town of Little Washington are dictating to the county residents what should happen in the county seat that I feel I need to point something out. You have always had the opportunity to be residents of the town — to raise...
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Letter: RCCA joins the Krebser Fund

Jul. 3, 2014

After months of study, legal inquiry and deliberation, the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance Board (RCCA), has decided to close its doors and combine with the Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation. Many county residents and supporters may have wondered, “What has happened to RCCA?” Our most noticeable absence from community life in the last...
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Letter: Appreciating Rappahannock

Jul. 3, 2014

From the time I first climbed Bald Mountain as a kid in the Adirondacks in New York, I have wanted to live in the mountains. In 1987, I bought five acres with a shack and no running water on a no name road on Oventop Mountain and in 1995 bought a small log cabin...
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Inside this week’s News (July 3)

Jul. 3, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: 18 years and $1 million later, CCLC’s ‘Fab Five’ get a limo ride • After safety debate, BZA permits B&B • The Rapp for July 3 • Bragg sentenced to two years • Editorial: Town, to be or not to be • and more.
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Pulse taken

Jun. 26, 2014
Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there has had the town and county buzzing.
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Public speakers

Jun. 26, 2014
Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

A selection of the comments from the June 19 "Rapp Live" public forum, with an emphasis on those of the audience members rather than panelists’.
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The Rapp for June 26

Jun. 26, 2014
From left, Old Rag Master Naturalists volunteeers Charles Fortuna, Jenny Fitzhugh, Caroline Watts, Dee Dee Lyon and Ed Dorsey take a break Monday at Washington’s Nature Trail.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Crime in Rappahannock and surrounding counties

Jun. 26, 2014

Overall crime statistics for Rappahannock and surrounding counties in 2013, per the Virginia State Police's annual report.
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Photos: Out and (volunteering) about

Jun. 26, 2014
CCLC's "Fab Five" got a well-deserved limo ride.

Child Care & Learning Center executive director Rose Ann Smythe (left) welcomes the “Fab Five.”
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Letter: We’ve all been down ‘This Road’ before

Jun. 26, 2014

This song has been stuck in my head since the town hall meeting hosted by the Rappahannock News last week. I thought it might give some perspective about what seems to have drawn all of us, on all sides of the debate, to the county. I’d almost moved to Rappahannock County in the early...
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