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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 27)

Nov. 26, 2014
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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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The Rapp for Nov. 27

Nov. 26, 2014
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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Rapp music

Nov. 26, 2014
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

Nov. 26, 2014
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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Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches

Nov. 20, 2014
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

Nov. 20, 2014
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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

Nov. 20, 2014
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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Letter: Sawyer, you will be missed

Nov. 20, 2014
The late, great Sawyer.

Sawyer McCool Loth, 14 (or so) years old, beloved dog of Henry, Fiona, Bruce and Missy, was released from his mortal coil on Nov. 13 with the help of the compassionate folks at Rose Hill Veterinary. He was on his favorite bed in his favorite spot in the back of the car. Rescued as...
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Letter: Local is just better

Nov. 20, 2014

I smiled in recognition as I read Jed Duvall’s recent “Shop Local” column in the Rappahannock News. Newer cars seem to be more difficult to work with. Computers run everything now, and things that used to be pretty matter of fact on older vehicles seem more complicated than they should be.   Just before I...
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Clean water awards to Lessards, Willises

Nov. 20, 2014
Bay Friendly Farm Award recipients Rick and Dorothy Lessard are flanked by CSWCD board chair Lynn Graves (left) and Rappahannock directors Evelyn Kerr and Monira Rifaat (right).

Rappahannock farm owners Rick and Dorothy Lessard and Stephen and Annette Willis received awards for conservation stewardship at the annual Clean Water Farm Awards dinner in Culpeper Nov. 6.
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Holidays on the Trail

Nov. 20, 2014
Geneva Welch Gallery, also on the artisan trail, offers note cards, prints and ceramics created with Geneva’s original artwork “Mom with Lambs.”

This holiday season follow the Rappahannock Artisan Trail to shop for gifts created by 100 local craft, fine art or agri-artisans.
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School and sports news for Nov. 20

Nov. 20, 2014
Col. John Lesinski, USMC (retired), and Del. Michael Webert attend a Veterans’ Day presentation hosted by Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters.

In this week’s school and sports news, RCHS varsity girls cross country team brings home the state runner-up trophy, the varsity theater troupe is crowned Region 1A East champions, Rappahannock County Public Schools’ Band Boosters honor our veterans, and more.
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Eye savers, Elks funds

Nov. 20, 2014
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Dennis Henline, right, exalted ruler of Front Royal Elks Lodge #2382, presents Rappahannock County High School technology and engineering teacher Scott Schlosser with one of the 100 pair of Elks Safety Glasses the lodge donated to the school last month. The glasses were purchased with funds from a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National...
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 20)

Nov. 20, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Community reacts to People Inc. apartment proposal • Local budget back on track, board hears • Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches • Clean water awards to Lessards, Willises • Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food • Telling stories of her ancestors' stand against Civil War savagery •...
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A report card for area hospitals

Nov. 13, 2014
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Culpeper Hospital earns an A for safety. See how nearby hospitals scored in a study by the Leapfrog Group on safe health care.
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The Rapp for Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2014
From left: Wendi Sirat, Smiggy Smith and Lorraine Duisit of Mandalele.

R.H. Ballard Gallery opens a holiday-themed art show, the Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase is at River District Arts, Mandalélé performs at the RAAC Community Theatre, jazz musicians perform at the Theatre at Washington and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2014
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In in this week’s school and sports news, Rapp’s girls cross country and volleyball teams bring home trophies, the Scholastic Bowl gets underway and RCPS’s Farm-to-Table program is highlighted in Virginia Living magazine’s “Top High Schools” feature.
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Letter: Why Rappahannock rocks (and rolls)

Nov. 13, 2014

Election Day is always a long one for poll workers, from 5 in the morning until 9:30 or 10 at night. Our chores were made a little easier at the Sperryville fire hall last week when Margaret Rogers, proprietor of Central Coffee Roasters, arrived with canisters of hot and delicious coffee. Thank you, Maggie!...
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Letter: But who ratified the Constitution?  

Nov. 13, 2014

I enjoyed your long article of Oct. 30 about the James Madison vs. James Monroe election for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1789. However, the author of the article is in error in twice stating that in Virginia the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788 by the Virginia...
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Letter: Big changes, hardly addressed 

Nov. 13, 2014

Thank you, Rappahannock News, for recently publishing a letter from John Sullivan, mayor of Washington, defending his town’s status given the dwindling population and ongoing business preferences. I wish he had granted you access for an actual article, as he afforded The Washington Post, one that might have posed serious questions and received honest answers...
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Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

Nov. 13, 2014
Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

This week I had the rewarding and entertaining experience of watching the Rappahannock County Panthers defeat three other regional schools — Strasburg, William Monroe and Warren County — at the Scholastic Bowl held at Rappahannock County High School. I enjoy and respect most sporting events, but nothing has made me more proud to be a...
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Your Next Best Friend: Minnie

Nov. 13, 2014
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Hi, I’m Winnie, a young Labrador retriever mix, with a shiny black coat and warm brown eyes. I’m curious, easygoing with people and other animals, love companionship and am looking for a home.
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Meetings and notices for Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2014

Washington’s Nov. 13 Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting has been cancelled; no applications were received. Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 19) at the county courthouse on Gay Street. On the agenda: Eastham tourist home, Eugster tourist home, Regnery bed and breakfast, Pen Druid Brewing Company, People Inc. multi-family housing and...
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 13)

Nov. 13, 2014
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This week's headlines: Apartments at Sperryville Emporium? • Editorial: That time of year • Culpeper officer running for sheriff • Report card for area hospitals • The Rapp for Nov. 14 • Timber theft jail term begins • Big News a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works • and more
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News briefs for Nov. 6

Nov. 6, 2014

Sheriff’s Office asks landowners to call first before burning brush or debris; two hospices merge; the number of turkeys raised in Virginia is up this year.
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

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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Gallery central

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Supporters and friends of the annual Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) tour of artists’ studios and galleries gather for an opening reception last Friday.
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Off-street treats

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann

At the Washington Fine Properties office along Washington’s Main Street, a scary jack-o-lantern and a less scary, candy-bearing Realtor greet one of the Halloween night trick-or-treaters who filled the town’s streets last Friday.
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Salsa Halloween

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A visit to the first-ever Rappahannock Latin Disco Night last weekend at El Quijote in Sperryville.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 6

Nov. 6, 2014
RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood.

Rappahannock and Wakefield sports updates (including athletics awards plus volleyball, theater and cross country successes); CCLC wins accreditation; RCHS works hard on upcoming career fair.
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Rappahannock County Public Schools Honor Roll

Nov. 6, 2014
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RCHS Honor Roll First nine weeks, 2014-2015 All A Honor Roll 12th Grade: Gary Jenkins, James MacLeod, Henry Mason, Stephanie Nicholson, Amanda Pullen, Jane Purnell, Robert Sidrow, Julianne Stonecipher, Sara Streightiff 11th Grade: Kayleigh Flanagan, Julia Wood 10th Grade: Jasmine Arismende, Kimberly Dellinger, Devyn Hitt, Jacob Love, Tyler McDowell, William Montgomery, John Norris, Michelle...
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Letter: To all who made the fall festival a success . . .

Nov. 6, 2014
The barrel train rolls, singer Ryan Jewel rocks and Nathaniel Moore enjoys his caboose ride at the Oct. 19 RCHS Fall Festival.

We would like to thank everyone that came out to the Rappahannock County High School Fall Festival Oct. 19. Once again, the county came through for our fundraising event. There are so many people to thank, from the teachers and class sponsors to the students and volunteers, that to name them all would take...
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Turkey run?

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A handful of turkeys heads down Bryans Lane into Sperryville Monday afternoon.
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Letter: What Rapp Fit did for me (and can for you)

Nov. 6, 2014
Sara Kleppinger before she began getting fit, right, and in a recent photo.

I have wanted to write for some time to reach out to the community and encourage anyone and everyone to come to Rapp Fit. Rapp Fit started in March 2014 at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s gymnatorium with two fitness instructors who donate their time two nights a week to teach a by-donation-only, hour-long fitness...
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Faith, charity . . . pantry

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by Kathy Eggers

Volunteer Daphne Hutchinson and Father Tuck Grinnell, pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Washington, stock shelves after the Rappahannock Food Pantry received 959 pounds of food from St. Peter's.
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 6)

Nov. 6, 2014
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This week's headlines: Rappublican county (local voting results) • Spethmann resigns from town council • Walton joins Rappahannock Media as minority partner • Editorial: We want to believe • Countryside: The garden club's long, happy history with holiday greenery • 150 Years Ago This Week: A terrible scene at sea • Wild Ideas: This autumn's gold-medal foliage • and more
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The most important election . . . that no one knows about

Oct. 30, 2014
The Hebron Lutheran Church, still standing in Madison County, served as the background for one of the most important (and largely forgotten) elections in American history.

Stiles, for the convenience of churchgoers who arrived by horse or carriage, still stand outside the Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison County, which played a part in one of the most important elections in American history.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 30)

Oct. 30, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Theatre gets a new, like-minded owner • Tanker crash closes down 522 • Tuesday is Election Day • 50 artists, 7 galleries, 2 days: This weekend's tour • The Rapp for Oct. 30 • The most important election . . . that no one knows about • Front Royal, Flint Hill men sentenced
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The Rapp for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014
Mennonite writer and teacher Kirsten Beachy speaks Nov. 9 in Huntly in a Rappahannock Historical Society program.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is at the Country Cafe, the movie “Chef” and a classical recital are coming to the Theatre in Washington, plus a whiskey-paired dinner at Skyland, an Aging Together Expo in Culpeper and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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Letter: Bullets: Get the lead out

Oct. 30, 2014

With hunters getting ready to hit Rappahannock’s fields and forests in pursuit of deer, I wanted to encourage everyone to consider replacing their lead bullets with copper ones. Getting the lead out of gasoline and paint are universally considered milestone achievements with clear, demonstrable benefits for human health and the environment. Yet we have...
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