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Inside this week’s News (Jan. 29)

3 p.m. Jan. 29
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This week's headlines include: Planners make mandated zoning amendments • In court: firearms, oxycodone, probation violations • Is it Washington — or Little Washington? • The Rapp for Jan. 29: Jake Schepps, "Boyhood," Bland Music Contest and more • Editorial: What’s in a name? • Photos: Saved by a seatbelt • Wild Ideas: Are robins...
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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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VDOT: Snow will affect central Virginia through Tuesday

9:50 p.m. Jan. 25
Pond in Castleton. File photo.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is making preparations for winter weather forecast for tomorrow and into Tuesday, and advises motorists to consider altering their travel plans accordingly.
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CCLC hires new director

12:30 p.m. Jan. 22
Fred Catlin, the new executive director of CCLC.

Fred Catlin, a Washington resident with a background in school management as well as marketing and fundraising, is the new part-time executive director of Washington's Child Care and Learning Center.
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The Rapp for Jan. 22

noon Jan. 22
Learn to make out-of-the-ordinary chocolate from Joy Bliss Raw’s Thu Hoang Feb. 14 at Narmada Winery.

Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz on Saturday, chocolate on Valentine's Day, a Benevolent Fund dinner on Jan. 31 and more in The Rapp.
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School and sports news for Jan. 22

11 a.m. Jan. 22

Winter weather continued to rearrange Rapp’s sports schedules, but even last-minute game changes couldn’t prevent the Panthers from bringing home some wins in the past week.
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Gourmet farm-to-table

10 a.m. Jan. 22
Photo by Edwin Remsberg

Susan and Alan James of Stonyman Gourmet Farmer (who closed up shop in Little Washington last week) host a cheese tasting at the opening banquet of Future Harvest CASA’s blockbuster “Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed” Conference last week in that other, bigger Washington.
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Letter: Shining a light upon truth

9 a.m. Jan. 22

John Kiser’s opinion piece in last weeks’ Rappahannock News couldn’t be timelier in the aftermath of the recent horror in Paris. John brings forth a shining example of an Islamist emir who, after fighting the French for the right reasons, losing, and then being imprisoned and terribly mistreated, was able to “turn the other...
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Letter: No pain, no gain

9 a.m. Jan. 22

I heartily support raising the gas tax. As pointed out in last week’s editorial, the state of our transportation infrastructure is abysmal and we are doing nothing about it. While no one enjoys paying taxes, I think most people are willing to share the burden of cost for services provided them. The gas tax...
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Letter: Gratitude for Rapp’s first-responders

9 a.m. Jan. 22

We, the family of the late Stevens Edward Butler, who passed away Dec. 21, would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks for emergency services provided on Dec. 2 to the following responding organizations: Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company, Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue. In our time of need, the emergency response...
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For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show

8:30 a.m. Jan. 22
Among the more than 100 guests (from left): Phil Irwin, Gary Schwartz,  Wendy Weinberg, Nancy Raines, Bob Weinberg and Rev. Jennings Hobson.

More than 100 guests gathered in the Washington Town Hall on Sunday evening for a tribute to Wendy Weinberg — a surprise to the former owner of the Theatre at Washington, but no surprise to anyone who's spent any time in Rappahannock over the last 25 years.
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Letter: A request for our man in Richmond

8 a.m. Jan. 22

An open letter to Del. Michael Webert (R-18th): As residents of Rappahannock County, we urge you to do all you can to ensure the protection of our lands and landscapes; supporting the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit is one meaningful and effective way. With the human presence increasingly felt and seen throughout the world,...
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Your Next Best Friend: Beezie

5 a.m. Jan. 22
Beezie the Beagle

Beezie the Beagle here. I’m just 10 months old and have long legs for a beagle, which contribute to my overall good looks. I’m ready for my walk, but not without my human.
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Meetings and notices for Jan. 22

2 a.m. Jan. 22

  Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 28) at the courthouse. Agenda includes: election of officers; Mills House location; draft BZA annual report; draft amendments BZA rules of procedure; discussion of Fort decision. Piedmont Softball Association’s registration are now open for the spring season in Amissville. All area girls...
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Fire and rescue calls for Jan. 22

1 a.m. Jan. 22

Wednesday, Jan. 14 5:23 p.m. — Lee Highway, Washington, public service, companies 1 and 7 5:29 p.m. — Mutual aid, Warren County, company 9 Thursday, Jan. 15 7:52 a.m. — Crossmolina Farm Lane, Washington, chimney fire, companies 1, 2, 3 and 4 11:18 a.m. — Mountain View Road, Flint Hill, public service, company 1...
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Inside this week’s News (Jan. 22)

12:01 a.m. Jan. 22
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This week's headlines: Single-stream recycling starts soon • The county in court • CCLC hires Catlin as new director • Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz Saturday and more in The Rapp • Editorial: Where there’s smoke • For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show • Wild Ideas: Deer are down, but the sky is not falling • and more
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The Rapp for Jan. 15

1:15 p.m. Jan. 15
Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in education workshops in Havana, Cuba, 2010.

Distinguished diplomat speaks on Gay Street Sunday, good press for The Inn, jazz luminaries at Castleton (in a season that also brings Alec Baldwin to town), pianist Bill Harris plays the Theatre, the Relay for Life campaign kicks off and a working woods walk in this week's The Rapp.
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Winter (1/10/15)

9:30 a.m. Jan. 15
Crow Moon, by Felicia via flickr.com

A poem laced with the icing of winter, by Rappahannocker Char Duguid.
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School and sports news for Jan. 15

9 a.m. Jan. 15
WCDS history finalists (from left) Abe Nolan, Joe Dowell, Aaron Corbett, Shane O’Heir, Rahmet Rahimi, Max Lilburn and Monica Marciano.

Scholastic Bowl leads the way through Old Man Winter at Rappahannock County High School, history finalists at WCDS and more.
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Meetings and notices for Jan. 15

9 a.m. Jan. 15

  Architectural Review Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 21) at the Washington Town Hall. Agenda includes: application by Sunny View LLC, owner, and Bradams Ridge LLC, for modifications to 337 Gay St. (former Stonyman Gourmet); election of officers. Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 21) at the county courthouse....
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Evening view

9 a.m. Jan. 15
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In Sperryville, Heritage Hollow Farms cattle graze on a misty late-afternoon this week in Gid Brown Hollow.
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Letter: Thank you for your donations

7 a.m. Jan. 15

We would like to thank all of those who came to the Washington fire hall on a very cold and blustery Jan. 7 to donate blood for the Red Cross Bloodmobile! The Red Cross can always count on Rappahannockers to deliver, and they were able to get 29 usable pints of blood. Thanks go...
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Ms. Virginia Senior America orientation

6 a.m. Jan. 15

On Feb. 11 in Staunton and Feb. 25 in Falls Church, the Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant holds free orientations on how to become a contestant and prepare for the event. Past winners will provide guidance on how best to showcase your talent and tell your story and will share how participation can create...
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Inside this week’s News (Jan. 15)

12:01 a.m. Jan. 15
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This week's headlines: School board declines cell tower lease • Town attends to planning, plant • The road leads to indictments for four • The Rapp for Jan. 15 • Editorial: Consume or invest? • Wild Ideas: Where are the squirrels? • and more
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‘Artists and Friends,’ Middle Street’s annual variety show

1:02 p.m. Jan. 8
Ronda Gregorio

This month and next, Middle Street Gallery in Sperryville puts on its annual “Artists and Friends” exhibition, in which members of the artists’ cooperative show their works alongside those of selected guests.
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The Rapp for Jan. 8

10 a.m. Jan. 8
From left: Roger Welch, Mike Biniek, Geneva Welch and Harold Beebout cowboy’d up last January (the Old West being the theme of last year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner).

Authors talk Friday at the library, Washingtonian responds to The Inn, a raffle to benefit the Free Clinic, celebrity-waiter dinner raises funds for the Benevolent Fund and more in this week's The Rapp.
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A peas-ful New Year’s Day

9 a.m. Jan. 8
Jenks Hobson gets ready to eat a helping of black-eyed peas served by Brenda and Peter MacMurray.

Laurel Mills Store owners Brenda and Peter MacMurray, who took over the historic store last year, happily continued the store’s 26-year tradition of an annual New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas Fest.
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Letter: The end of it

8 a.m. Jan. 8
Pink plastic made the letter writer see red.

Recent actions by Chris Parrish, supervisor for the Stonewall-Hawthorne district, only elevated my appreciation of the individual and the dedicated work an elected official will do for the citizens of this community. Several weeks ago I attended a Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting which discussed an objectionable littering problem in the county, that...
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Letter: School cell tower concern

8 a.m. Jan. 8

I am very concerned about the Rappahannock County Public Schools’ plans to lease property for a communications tower and cannot find information anywhere. There is nothing on the school’s website about this and I surely do not see anything on the county’s website. My concerns extend beyond the issue of possible radiation. Yes, I...
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Letter: Dark skies, bright spirits

8 a.m. Jan. 8
Dark skies star cluster photo by Filip Lolić via Wikimedia Commons

Have you noticed more lights at night around our county? I have. From where I sit on a farm in the F.T. Valley, the number of field and garage beacons illumined in the valley at night has increased, or so it seems.
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Lions share

7 a.m. Jan. 8
Courtesy photo

Rappahannock Lions deliver a donation check to the Rappahannock Senior Center before Christmas.
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Inside this week’s News (Jan. 8)

12:01 a.m. Jan. 8
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This week's headlines: School board pressed on cell tower details • Some snow, some salt, more brine • Flu: A tenfold increase in and around Rappahannock • The Rapp for Jan. 8 • Editorial: Land preservation under attack • Appointments and transitions • Wild Ideas: Scatological ramblings • 150 Years Ago This Week: Debate on abolition of...
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The Rapp for Jan. 1

10:15 a.m. Jan. 1
The cast and director of RAAC's "Wizard of Oz" production take their bows.

Washingtonian bites The Inn, plus a “100 Foot Journey,” a wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” beekeeping classes, RAAC’s spring film festival and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Copper Fox Distillery expands to Williamsburg

9:59 a.m. Jan. 1
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces the Williamsburg distillery project; Copper Fox's Rick Wasmund is at left.

Rick Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, opened in 2004 in Sperryville’s River District, will build its second malting, production, aging and tasting facility in the city of Williamsburg, Va.
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Rest period

9:57 a.m. Jan. 1
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Goat Hill Farm owner John O’Malley Burns pretty much said it all when he shared this after-Christmas snapshot: “Winter has set in, and we are hibernating. First seeds will go in Jan. 21, onions and leeks. Happy New Year to all.”
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Holiday prep

9:56 a.m. Jan. 1
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Some 60 volunteers in four shifts helped the Rappahannock Food Pantry complete another big Christmas distribution the Saturday before Christmas.
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Christmas chorale

9:40 a.m. Jan. 1
Courtesy photo

The Blue Ridge Chorale and Youth Chorale performs their “Gloria” concert Dec. 5 the historic Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville.
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Your Next Best Friend: Peaches

8:55 a.m. Jan. 1
Peaches

I’m Peaches, a very social 3-year-old, 60-pound female yellow Labrador retriever who would be happy living with other dogs, cats or both.
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Coverage expanded for fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers

6:30 a.m. Jan. 1

Greater protection is now available from the USDA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for specialty crops.
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School and sports news for Jan. 1

6:20 a.m. Jan. 1

Rappahannock’s winter sports teams took a winning percentage into the holiday break, looking to resume their seasons with more victories as the new year unfolds.
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