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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 26)

4 p.m. Feb. 26

This week's headlines: Transparency, legality of town ‘beautification’ questioned • Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw • Up in the Hollow: 'They Paved Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot' • The Rapp for Feb. 26 • Wild Ideas: eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count • and more
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The Rapp for Feb. 26

11 a.m. Feb. 26
Ben Affleck stars in "Gone Girl" at the Theatre March 6.

Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, ragtime at the Theatre at Washington, "Gone Girl" next weekend, the Rappahannock Historical Society's annual Antique Appraisal coming up and more in The Rapp.
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Magic white-carpet ride

10 a.m. Feb. 26
By Molly M. Peterson

Aine, working border collie at Sperryville’s Heritage Hollow Farm, works off any lingering effects of cabin fever after this weekend’s snowfall — which she conquered in short order.
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The Rapp for Feb. 19

1 p.m. Feb. 19
Belle Meade’s Equestrian Club sponsors a fundraising trail ride April 12.

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds move their race to warmer times in April, 10 more Forbes Travel Guide stars for The Inn at Little Washington, a musical art competition for Rappahannock visual artists, ragtime at the Theatre and more in this week's The Rapp.
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School and sports news for Feb. 19

12:45 p.m. Feb. 19
Members and coaches of RCHS’s varsity wrestling team gather for the traditional grapplers’ version of a group hug, celebrating their runner-up trophy at last week’s regionals tournament. More important: All six medalists are headed to the state wrestling tournament this Friday and Saturday in Salem.

RCHS wrestlers and quiz bowl teams head for state championship tourneys, WCDS students tackle history and break a basketball scoring record and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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Your Next Best Friend: Wilford

12:20 p.m. Feb. 19

Hi, everybody. My name’s Wilford and I’m a 9- or 10-year-old beagle, a perfect little gentleman and love fun, people, other dogs and even cats.
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Circles of ice

noon Feb. 19
Photo by Paul Shumate

Paul Shumate says he and his wife Randi have never before seen anything like the three-dozen ice circles that covered their three-acre lake when they awoke Sunday morning (Feb. 15).
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Letter: All we need is love

9 a.m. Feb. 19

I really enjoyed last week’s editorial about love. Indeed, love of the land is what does unite us all out here, and is the reason those of us who have been around for a while have stayed and those who are the “newbies” have come. Sometimes there are those who want to profit from...
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Presidential summit

8:56 a.m. Feb. 19
By Raymond Boc

Before a standing-room-only crowd at the Washington Town Hall Sunday (Feb. 15), George Washington (Travis Brown) spoke about his leadership of the Continental Army and led a reenactment of the discussions during the Constitutional Convention.
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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 19)

12:01 a.m. Feb. 19

This week's headlines: Storm-free budget season ahead? • Draft school budget starts by holding the line • RCHS wrestlers and Quiz Bowl teams headed for states • Editorial: Let it snow • The Rapp for Feb. 19 • Wild Ideas: $3.2 million to restore monarch butterfly habitat • and more.
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VDOT: Conditions improving on interstates, primary roads 

11:21 a.m. Feb. 17
courtesy photo

Roads in central Virginia range from clear and wet to completely snow-covered, making it essential that drivers check conditions before traveling.
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Castleton founders receive Outstanding Virginians award

1:30 p.m. Feb. 12
At the governor’s mansion in Richmond Tuesday following the General Assembly’s recognition of Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel as Outstanding Virginians of 2015, are (from left): Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Dietlinde Maazel, County Administrator John McCarthy (rear), First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Orson Maazel.

Lorin and Dietlinde Maazel, founders of Rappahannock County’s annual Castleton Festival, were honored Tuesday (Feb. 10) by the Virginia General Assembly as the “Outstanding Virginians of 2015” at a ceremony on the floor of the State House in Richmond.
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A Rappahannock Romance

1:08 p.m. Feb. 12
Rappahannock resident Denise Chandler says her husband, Donald, carved this into a tree in Great Falls while she took a nap. That was in 1995; they go back every few years, she says, to visit “our tree.”

Their love twinkled, and their initials in a tree along their favorite hike was more than an idle description. A Valentine's poem by Char Duguid.
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The Rapp for Feb. 12

1 p.m. Feb. 12
Percussionist and 21st-century one-man band Tom Teasley performs this Sunday at Castleton.

A "Decisions and Consequences" Library lecture, two abstract artists seeing "I" to "I" at Middle Street, percussionist Tom Teasley at Castleton and more in this week's The Rapp.
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School and sports news for Feb. 12

noon Feb. 12
Good Answerers: Rappahannock County High School’s Scholastic Bowl team (front row, Tatyana Yates and Jacob Sheffield; back row, Coach Naser, Virginia Wyatt, Coach Weeks; middle row, from left, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, James MacLeod, Jon Streu, Henry Mason, Savannah Stevens and Jane Purnell) last week won the regional trophy as well — and are headed to the state tournament in Williamsburg Feb. 28.

The RCHS Scholastic Bowl team is headed for States, and more winter-sports successes in this week's School and Sports News.
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Your next best friend: Diesel

11 a.m. Feb. 12

I’m known as Diesel because I’m a fairly big guy, a boxer/pitbull mix. The RAWL people call me a “good time dog”; being just a year old, I love playing and retrieving toys and tennis balls but also like my down time.
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Letter: Virginia’s domestic violence solution: Get your own gun

10 a.m. Feb. 12
Woman with smoking gun via Wikimedia Commons

According to the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, victims in domestic disputes in Virginia should purchase a gun, sleep with one eye open for months, waiting for an ex to launch an attack. And if said attack ends in a shootout in front of kids, that’s okay, as long as the...
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Wildfire season begins Sunday

9 a.m. Feb. 12
Firefighters use blowers to etch a fire line in the smoky woods near Midnight Lane in Woodville Monday afternoon. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

The 75-day spring wildfire season in Virginia begins this Sunday (Feb. 15), when the 4 p.m. Burn Law (which allows burning only between 4 p.m. and midnight) goes into effect.
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Letter: Medical alert program can help, at no charge

6 a.m. Feb. 12

I was disturbed to read that Sperryville resident Oscar Dodson had fallen in his home and had to be helped by postal carrier Chasiti Foster. Residents of Rappahannock County who are disabled or older than 60 should know they can obtain a medical alert device through the Emergency Medical Alert Program (EMAP) from Rappahannock-Rapidan...
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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 12)

12:01 a.m. Feb. 12

This week's headlines include: Castleton founders receive Outstanding Virginian award • School budget tonight — but first, some appreciation • New home, new gallery, familiar names on town’s agenda • The Rapp for Feb. 12 • Editorial: Happy Valentine’s Day! • Beat the winter blues: Keeping fit healthy and happy in Rappahannock • Twin...
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NPCF begins search for new director

1 p.m. Feb. 5
Cole Johnson celebrated the NPCF’s first Give Local Piedmont fundraising tally last May, a one-day event that raised more than $675,000 for 107 local nonprofits.

As its executive director moves on to a new post with SCBI, the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation bids her a fond farewell and sets a steady course for the community foundation’s future.
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The Rapp for Feb. 5

1 p.m. Feb. 5
With vocalist Tracy Walton and conductor Peter Jaffe, Paul Reisler and school kids perform last month with the Stockton Symphony in California.

The Inn’s looking for your snapshots from their first year (yes, 1978); Kid Pan Alley performs with a California symphony; the founders explain themselves on Presidents Day in Little Washington; Bel Canto auditions and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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First impressionists

noon Feb. 5
Rappahannock County Elementary School student Robert Jenkins gets to know the heart of impressionism during a tour last month of the National Gallery of Art and other museums in D.C. Photo by Jane Bowling-Wilson.

Rappahannock County Elementary School student Robert Jenkins gets to know the heart of impressionism during a tour last month of the National Gallery of Art and other museums in D.C.
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Benevolence, Hawaiian-style

10:30 a.m. Feb. 5
Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III, somewhat out of uniform — like all the guests at last weekend’s Hawaii-themed Benevolent Fund Dinner — addresses the crowd at what was by most accounts an extraordinarily successful annual fundraising event.

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III, somewhat out of uniform — like all the guests at last weekend’s Hawaii-themed Benevolent Fund Dinner — addresses the crowd at what was by most accounts an extraordinarily successful annual fundraising event.
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School and sports news for Feb. 5

10 a.m. Feb. 5
Belle Meade science teacher John Glass, right, works with students on the school’s Kilby Run stream quality assessment project.

STEAM and stream at Belle Meade, and more late-season wins for Rapp’s winter athletes.
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Meetings and notices for Feb. 5

2 a.m. Feb. 5

Staff members from Rep. Robert Hurt’s congressional office are at the Rappahannock County Library from 10 to noon tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 6) to meet with constituents who need assistance with federal agencies. Washington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 9) at town hall. Agenda includes authorization of a joint town council/planning commission public hearing...
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Fire and rescue calls for Feb. 5

2 a.m. Feb. 5

Wednesday, Jan. 28 11:15 a.m. — Lee Highway, Amissville, chest pain, company 3 10:09 p.m. — Mountain View Road, Flint Hill, injury company 4 Thursday, Jan. 29 2:28 p.m. — Peach Orchard Lane, Washington, injury, companies 1 and 4 2:47 p..m. — Valley View Drive, Chester Gap, general illness, companies 4 and 9 4:59...
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Inside this week’s News (Feb. 5)

12:01 a.m. Feb. 5

This week's headlines: Stickers gone; flat-rate vehicle tax is back • 2015: A ‘big’ local election year • NPCF begins search for new director • The Rapp for Feb. 5 • Editorial: At one with the earth, at last • Clark Hollow Ramblings: Vanishing deer and invisible smoke • Wild Ideas: When food is plentiful,...
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Restored habitat brings fields of dreams to Sperryville

1 p.m. Jan. 29
Fletcher cut back his cattle operation, then converted this section of marginal pastureland to quail habitat. The wooded riparian buffer strip provides woody escape cover between this field and the field border and crop ground on the other side. This is how you arrange quail cover.

It is a fact that the underlying cause of the plight of the bobwhite is habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. A recent Sperryville example proves the “if you build it, they will come” philosophy can work to help recover this once-familiar Prince of Gamebirds to sustainable population levels.
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Saved by a seatbelt

12:39 p.m. Jan. 29
Sheriff at accident U.S. 211 near Massies Corner.

Sheriff Connie C. Smith, who was first on the scene after the driver of a Toyota pickup truck crashed on U.S. 211 near Massies Corner last Thursday afternoon, says the seatbelt worn by the driver probably saved him from more serious injuries.
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Windows on Gay Street

12:34 p.m. Jan. 29
Kevin Adams gallery and studio plans approved by ARB.

Architectural plans approved last Wednesday by the Washington Architectural Review Board for the former Stonyman Gourmet Farmer building on Gay Street mostly included artist Kevin Adams’ and husband Jay Brown’s plans for a few more windows.
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School and sports news for Jan. 29

12:28 p.m. Jan. 29
RCHS’ Scholastic Bowl team and coaches pose with their Rapp River Conference trophy after the Panthers defeated the other Rappahannock (Richmond County’s Rappahannock High School) to win the tournament last week. The team heads to Colonial Beach for the region 1A East tournament Feb. 7.

Snow, ice and dire forecasts continued to challenge our Rapp athletic schedules the past week, but our Panthers continue to make the most of the opportunities they had to bring home more wins.
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The Rapp for Jan. 29

noon Jan. 29
Jake Schepps (center) and his quintet perform Feb. 7 at the Theatre at Washington.

The Jake Schepps Quintet coming to the Theatre, "Boyhood" on Feb. 6, Bland Music Contest on Feb. 8, Nature Camp signup time and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Your Next Best Friend: Shae

11:52 a.m. Jan. 29

I’m enjoying myself here at RAWL but it’s time to start nosin’ around about a new home. My name is Shae.
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Letter: Thanks to all for helping honor the life of Dr. King

10 a.m. Jan. 29

Thank you to the Rappahannock community, family and friends for your attendance and support during the 24th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance held at The Theatre at Little Washington on Sunday, Jan. 18. A special thank you to all of the Town of Washington and Rappahannock County officials who took...
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Letter: Sam O’Connor’s passing

10 a.m. Jan. 29

On Jan. 16, we lost one of the grand ladies of Rappahannock, Cornelia Kissam Dickinson O’Connor, affectionately known to her friends and family as “Sam.” She was 100 years old.
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Letter: Look after energy, economy and environment, please

9 a.m. Jan. 29

An open letter to Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-26th) and Del. Michael Webert (R-18th): The Unitarian/Universalists of the Blue Ridge (UUBRidge) congregation located in Sperryville wishes our state to expand the use of solar and wind energy sources instead of fossil fuel. We wish to promote alternative energy to replace fossil fuel wherever possible. Thus,...
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Park modifies fee increase proposal

4 a.m. Jan. 29
Shenandoah National Park is closed until further notice.

Officials at Shenandoah National Park announced this week that they will modify a proposal, first announced in November 2014, to increase park entrance fees.
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Meetings and notices for Jan. 29

12:33 a.m. Jan. 29

  The Democratic Committee meets 7 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 2) at the county library. All are welcome, you don’t have to be a member to participate. Contact Ross O’Donoghue at 540-987-8019. Board of Supervisors meets at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 2) at the county courthouse. Agenda includes: introduction of assistant county administrator...
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Courthouse Row for Jan. 29

12:08 a.m. Jan. 29

Home/land transfers The following home and land transfers were recorded at the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Jan. 16-22: Hampton H. Seymour Hall Jr. to Robert E. McKee and Alexandra McKee, husband and wife, 24.1830 acres, $193,440, general warranty, tax map 39-29E John O’Malley Burns to Robin L. Schmid, 11.751 acres, $285,000, general...
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