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Inside this week’s News (March 26)

1:09 p.m. March 26
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This week's headlines include: Town beautification gets uglier • Planner’s okay Castleton’s year-round events • Scammers hit local victim, are (mostly) foiled • The Rapp for March 26 • Discover Rappahannock’s ‘Mountain Heritage’ on April 11 • Hillsdale clerk charged with lottery tampering • Wild Ideas: Peepers, clackers and the sounds of spring • and more.
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Editorial: Bad news, good works

noon March 26
Aging Together's 2015 "Five Over Fifty" (including Linda Dietel, top row center).

Reports of disagreement and dispiriting behavior by humans around the world — including right here in Rappahannock — are ever harder to avoid. Which is one reason why those doing good works ought to be recognized — emulated, even.
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The Rapp for March 26

11 a.m. March 26
A few of the eggs created by students at Studio School’s last Pysanky workshop in Flint Hill.

It's Fourth (Estate) Friday this week, plus a free Kid Pan Alley concert, "Birdman" April 3, a serious egg decorating workshop, fantastical "Elementree Stories" at Middle Street, a MADD startup and more in The Rapp.
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Full stop

10 a.m. March 26
Courtesy photo

Traffic stopped, for about a half hour in both directions, along U.S. 522 between Massies Corner and Flint Hill on Monday.
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Letter: In South Africa, an ‘awe-inspiring’ children’s home

9:02 a.m. March 26
Tracy King, left, one of the King safe house’s Xhosa nannies and Kay Wilson hold three of the home’s 24 babies during Wilson’s visit.

Earlier this month, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a "safe house" for abandoned and abused babies found and rescued in the rural coastal area south of the Transkei.
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Letter: What are the town’s priorities? 

9:01 a.m. March 26
The hydrant, since painted black.

When will common sense prevail? I am writing this letter because I am simply out of options and tired of the Town of Washington’s inability to make respectable, rational decisions. Several years ago, I returned home on Piedmont Avenue to discover a garbage bag on a fire hydrant located in front of our home....
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Letter: Climate change: denial, anger . . . acceptance

9 a.m. March 26

“I care so deeply about climate change, but I don’t know what I personally can do about it. I feel helpless, stalled and disconnected.” There were the words of someone who recently came to me for help. As a longtime spiritual coach, I’ve learned that certain ways of interacting with Nature can assist people...
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Your Next Best Friend: Lemon

8 a.m. March 26
Lemon

Lemons are sour but I certainly am not. The RAWL people named me Lemon, though (go figure). I am sweet as they come actually — sassy, adorable and fun.
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Help for septic system maintenance

7 a.m. March 26

For assistance with the maintenance, repair or replacement of septic systems, Virginia and the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District offer a grant-based cost-share program for significant portions of Rappahannock, Culpeper and Madison counties. Homeowners in the eligible watershed areas of the upper Hazel River watershed are eligible for the assistance, which includes reimbursement...
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School staff learns mental health first aid

7 a.m. March 26

Rappahannock County Public Schools are leading the state of Virginia in addressing the critical area of mental and emotional health of their students, according to the Mental Health Association of Fauquier, which has recently expanded its role to serve Rappahannock and entered a first-in-Virginia partnership with the local school system to offer the evidence-based...
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The Rapp for March 19

2 p.m. March 19
Elementary students sing at Kid Pan Alley’s last songwriting program and concert at RCES.

Kid Pan Alley circles back to its Rappahannock home for a songwriting residency and concert, and Narmada Winery takes a "giant step" in Richmond in this week's The Rapp.
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Empty house destroyed

11:11 a.m. March 19
Photo courtesy of RCSO

A long empty small frame house on Piedmont Avenue, about a half-mile from Washington’s Main Street, burned to the ground Sunday night in a fire authorities first thought might have been deliberately set but later judged to be accidental.
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School and sports news for March 19

11 a.m. March 19

The latest on Rappahannock athletics, plus winter sports awards.
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Actor, musicians, activism

11 a.m. March 19
Photo by Luke Christopher/LukeChristopher.com

Actor and animal-rights activist Alec Baldwin was among those on stage at the Castleton Festival’s “A Time to Break Silence” Saturday night for a moving evening of music, video and talk.
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Fighting fire with . . . training

9:45 a.m. March 19
Photo by Bruce Geisert

Volunteers pause for a group shot during a break at last weekend’s practical-training exercises, part of a three-month basic firefighting course at Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue.
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A damper on the library

9:30 a.m. March 19
Photo by Vickie Miller

After a steam pipe ruptured at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s library last week, flooring, ceiling tiles and an undetermined number of books were damaged by the leaked moisture.
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Out of the Attic

9:22 a.m. March 19
Courtesy of Lucia Kilby

This photo was found at Mont Medi and thought to be the school on Hazel Mountain with Hugh Hite as teacher.
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Fire and Rescue Association names 2014 awardees

9 a.m. March 19
The Rappahannock County Fire and Rescue Association’s 2014 award winners included (from left) Frank Huff; Walter Jenkins; Judy Reidinger; Meagan Smith (accepting the award for Sheila Smith) and Deborah Miloslavich.

The Rappahannock County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association held its annual awards banquet and dance at the Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall last Saturday.
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Troop 36’s Scouting veteran

9 a.m. March 19
Photo by Doug Cochran

Rappahannock Boy Scout Troop 36 Scoutmaster Roger Pierson receives the 25-Year Veteran Unit Award on behalf of Trinity Episcopal Church, the troop’s official chartered organization.
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Letter: An unforgettable evening at Belle Meade

9 a.m. March 19
The cast of Belle Meade’s “Addams Family” musical on stage last weekend.

Last Friday and Saturday the big yellow schoolhouse, just a few miles from Sperryville on F.T. Valley Road, was transformed into a swanky dinner theater. It was there the students and staff from Belle Meade School presented their version of the Broadway musical, “The Addams Family.” I was amazed by the talent displayed by...
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SNP Trust seeks help for historic camp renovation

9 a.m. March 19
The Pinnacles Research Station at milepost 37 in Shenandoah National Park is the only remaining barracks-style CCC-era building surviving in the park.

Pinnacles, the only CCC-era barracks-style building left in Shenandoah National Park, is in dire need of repair to continue its service as housing and workspace for researchers and volunteers.
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Letter: A pay raise for school board members?

8:55 a.m. March 19

They say public service can be a thankless job. Well, the burden should be a bit lighter for members of our Rappahannock County School Board if their proposed 2015-2016 budget is adopted. Buried in the 38-page “Working Document” unveiled Tuesday evening are increased pay and new benefits that amount to a 700-percent pay raise...
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On the alert for seniors

4 a.m. March 19
On the alert for seniors

A recent letter to the editor spoke of the importance of medical alert devices for many of our senior citizens, citing a recent story of someone who had fallen and was helped by a postal carrier. Sad to say, these types of incidents are encountered fairly often by our six volunteer rescue squads.
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Fire and rescue calls for March 19

4 a.m. March 19

Tuesday, March 10 8:55 a.m. — Water Street, Sperryville, public service, company 7 12:46 p.m. — Blue Ridge Road, Chester Gap, general illness, companies 4 and 9 3:03 p.m. — Lee Highway, Amissville, chest pain, companies 3 and 4 3:44 p.m. — Black Locust Lane, Sperryville, chest pain, companies 1, 4 and 7 5:31...
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Inside this week’s News (March 19)

12:01 a.m. March 19
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This week's headlines include: Town complies with FOIA request • $12.56 million school budget sent to supervisors • Empty house destroyed • The Rapp for March 19 • More early election notes • Fire and Rescue Association names 2014 awardees • On Common Ground: Tempests in Paradise • Actor, musicians, activism at Castleton • and more.
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The Rapp for March 12

10:15 a.m. March 12
Give Local Piedmont participants and volunteers shout (or at least show off) this year’s online fundraising campaign date from the rooftops.

A spring-like late-winter weekend of events, Give Local Piedmont gears up, St. Patrick's treats, a hospital open house, changes at CCLC and a celebration of cello in this week's The Rapp.
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Editorial: Hello?

10 a.m. March 12
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As part of a renewed mission to provide solutions-oriented reporting and writing, the Rappahannock News is working to make it easier for readers and community members to keep in touch with us online. If you're interested in participating, we would love to hear from you.
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School and sports news for March 12

10 a.m. March 12
In the center of this photo taken March 3 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery, Kat Carter, recipient of Wakefield Country Day School’s Leonard Cowherd Scholarship, and Anna and Lucy Clark, whose grandfather served in the honor guard at the Tomb memorial, present arms during the playing of  “Taps.”

Rapp's athletic director update — including on his own move to facilities director — plus sports awards at Chelsea Academy and memorable trips by students at Wakefield Country Day School and members of the 4H Livestock Club in Rappahannock.
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Letter: Paradise or purgatory?

8 a.m. March 12

Rappahannock — with its mountain vistas and magnificent sunsets — appears to be paradise. Unfortunately, some are trying to make it purgatory for others.
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Out of the Attic

8 a.m. March 12
Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society

Taken in the late 1890s, this photo shows the Bernard and Ruby Bolen homestead near Sperryville, in what is now Shenandoah National Park.
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Your Next Best Friend: Grizzly

7 a.m. March 12
Grizzly

I don’t know why the RAWL people decided to call me Grizzly. No way I’m going near any bears! I’m too busy with my tennis balls.
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Fire and rescue calls for March 12

5 a.m. March 12

Tuesday, March 3 6:27 p.m. — Botts Lane, Woodville, general illness, companies 5 and 7 7:04 p.m. — Waterford Road, Amissville, injury, company 3 Thursday, March 5 9:02 a.m. — Culpeper, mutual aid, company 5 9:18 a.m. — Lee Highway, Sperryville, motor vehicle accident, companies 2 and 7 12:38 a.m. — Botts Lane, Woodville,...
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Youth Conservation Corps positions open

3 a.m. March 12

Shenandoah National Park is now accepting applications for its summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program. The YCC program provides gainful employment and an educational experience in the conservation of the park’s natural and cultural heritage. YCC enrollees work to maintain park trails, roads, buildings and campgrounds while learning about Shenandoah National Park. This year’s...
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Inside this week’s News (March 12)

12:01 a.m. March 12
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This week's headlines: Town will take ‘second look’ at its beautification-project actions • Former fire chief jailed on sexual abuse charge • Late cold brings livestock losses • The Rapp for March 12 • Editorial: Hello? • Point-to-point season: The sure cure for cabin fever • Unpaved Roadshow: Storage solutions in early homes •...
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VDOT, 4:30 p.m.: Snow-covered roads, hazardous driving

4:46 p.m. March 5

Motorists are cautioned that road conditions are changing quickly in central Virginia as heavy, wet snow moves in from the northwest.
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The Rapp for March 5

11:15 a.m. March 5
Flint Hill stone connoisseur John Henry speaks at the Library at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13.

John Henry talks about his stone obsession, there's bluegrass at the Theatre, Alec Baldwin headlines a human- and animal-rights program at Castleton, the Flint Hill Public House goes southern, a healing workshop for those with movement disorders.
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Up in flames

10 a.m. March 5
Photo by Matthew Black

A historic two-story frame house in Slate Mills burned to the ground Monday morning in a fire authorities say was likely caused by an electrical problem.
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Your Next Best Friend: Bear

10 a.m. March 5
Bear

Hello, my name is Bear. I’m a senior dog looking for a retirement home with an endless supply of tennis balls.
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Lights, camera . . . Rappahannock!

10 a.m. March 5
A scene from "Almost Alpine," a mockumentary by Rappahannock natives Chad Heddleston, Jesse von Fange and Jeremy Tooley.

A preview (and schedule) of RAAC's first-ever Film Festival at Little Washington, coming to Rappahannock County April 10-12.
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School and sports news for March 5

8 a.m. March 5
RCHS’s state-champ Scholastic Bowl team poses in Williamsburg, including (standing, from left) John Riedel, Jacob Sheffield, Savannah Stevens, Joe Gold, Gabe Hernandez, Jacob Love, Virginia Wyatt and (seated, from left) seniors Jane Purnell, Henry Mason, James MacLeod (captain), Nick Riedel and Jon Streu.

Rappahannock County High School's Scholastic Bowl team are state champions!
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