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Inside this week’s News (July 31)

Jul. 31, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Put out by bridge out? • Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines • The Rapp for July 31 • Once an English teacher • Recovery continues, say forum speakers and recent sales • Editorial: Shaping the future • Wild Ideas: Some frogs are landlubbers • and more.
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The Rapp for July 31

Jul. 31, 2014
Grass Fed’s Brian Chafin, Dan Mudge and Colin Chinsammy.

Gadino Cellars hosts an RLEP benefit to “Stop the Pipeline,” Hearthstone and Belle Meade offer their final day camp sessions and Living Sky celebrates its new home at RDA with a two-day fundraiser in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Eyewitness: Devastated

Jul. 31, 2014
Photo by L. Todd Spencer for the Virginian Pilot

The tornado that touched down last Thursday (July 24) at Cherrystone Campground near Cape Charles, Va., left a Rappahannock County family with some seriously traumatic memories.
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Photos: Flowing funds to teens

Jul. 31, 2014
Photo by Richard Gill

Carolyn Thornton RappFLOW hands a donation check to Paul Kearney of Trout Unlimited in the Thornton River in Sperryville recently.
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Breakdown, not stakeout, nabs fugitive

Jul. 24, 2014
Victor Manuel Garcia

A team from the U.S. Marshals Service arrived in the county on July 14 in search of a fugitive from San Diego County, Calif., staking out his house in Sperryville but failing to find him.
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The Rapp for July 24

Jul. 24, 2014
Great Falls artist Jill Banks painted this while in town earlier this month for RDA’s first Plein Air Paint Out.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Cafe, painter Nedra Smith is featured in the AIS National Art Exhibit, RAWL raffle tickets are still available, BizRapp starts a new membership year, Skyland Resort celebrates blackberries and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Don and Me: Chronicles of a Castleton walk-on

Jul. 24, 2014
Gus Edwards

Lifelong opera lover Gus Edwards' (now complete) five-part series chronicling his journey from humble auction bidder to walk-on in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the 2014 Castleton Festival.
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Chafuen wins Walter Judd Freedom Award

Jul. 24, 2014

On Monday (July 14), Dr. Alejandro Chafuen, a resident of Rappahannock County since 1991, was awarded the Walter Judd Freedom Award for his leadership in founding and nurturing think tanks around the world.
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Photos: Farm show success

Jul. 24, 2014
A very photogenic goat at last weekend's CMR Farm Show. Photo by Ian Chini.

Rappahannock’s 4-H Livestock Club had a fine showing last week at the Culpeper Madison Rappahannock Farm Show, taking home a slew of awards from the annual fair at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises July 10-14.
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Letter: In Memory — Maestro of All Maestros

Jul. 24, 2014

the riderless podiumthe empty potthe open scorebrilliantly lit in the darknessbut minus the maestrothe notes were but fly specksupon the pagenot the music we stoodwe clappeda thunderous tributeto geniusit would have gone onfor hourshad they not turned on the lightshad they not started to playas best they couldwithout himbut not even hoursnot even daysnor...
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Letter: Farewell, and thank you

Jul. 24, 2014

As many readers are aware, I am leaving gorgeous Rappahannock County and the beautiful town of Little Washington, which I have felt privileged to call home for the last three years. Although I eagerly anticipate rejoining my family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, it is with a heavy heart that I am departing without the...
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Letter: Why I welcome additional cell service

Jul. 24, 2014

I read, with great concern, C. Price’s letter several weeks ago, “Say no to wireless companies.” Living in rural Castleton, I already contend with no cell phone service in my area. Currently, I must drive three to five miles from my home for cell phone reception. Ms. Price may say, “So what? Use the...
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Letter: Every minute counts

Jul. 24, 2014

On Monday, June 9, my brother had to be transported via air ambulance from the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue station to the U.Va. Medical Center. He had sustained second- and third-degree burns across 30 percent of his lower body while working on a tractor at our grandfather’s house. Our father placed his first...
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Letter: A local alternative to cell towers

Jul. 24, 2014

In response to Paul Hagstrom’s letter last week, and an as an FYI: Piedmont Broadband is a locally owned and operated company that has been operational for more than six years and at present provides internet service to more than 200 clients. We also have maintained a “green philosophy” in building this business, meaning...
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Letter: The real riches of Rappahannock

Jul. 24, 2014

I came to Rappahannock County 45 years ago as a weekender for the same reason most people do: It’s beautiful, but also easy, quiet living and just far enough away from D.C. People are friendly, I don’t need to lock my car, local folks don’t honk their horns, parking is not an issue and there...
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Nutrition and health, investigate and learn

Jul. 24, 2014

This essay has its origin in a seminar which I had to prepare for the UUBridge congregation some earlier this summer. To promote a whole food, plant-based diet approach to health, I needed toshow that the Standard American Diet and the AMA and Big Pharma’s approach to disease needed criticism, and needed to be...
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Inside this week’s News (July 24)

Jul. 24, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Authority will address jail’s rocky start • The unburied treasurer’s office • The Rapp for July 24 • Breakdown, not stakeout, nabs fugitive • Guilty plea in Sperryville credit card fraud • Editorial: In Memoriam: Listening to the landscape • and more.
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Mohsin’s exemplary adventure

Jul. 17, 2014
A large group of Mohsin’s classmates and friends, from RCHS, Goucher and the Rappahannock community, attended last Saturday’s celebratory dinner.

To residents and weekend escapers, Rappahannock County is about blue horizons, ponderous cows and glorious summer produce. But for Mohsin Ahmad, who arrived in 2006 as an exchange student from Peshawar, Pakistan, Rappahannock is the place that helped distill a new role in life.
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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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‘Madama Butterfly,’ and multi-generational moments of magic

Jul. 17, 2014
A scene from the Castleton Festival’s production of “Madama Butterfly.”

My 13-year-old daughter and I were sitting at a table on the crowded patio of the Castleton Festival tent during intermission of “Madama Butterfly,” drinking iced tea. It was a clear, balmy night.
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School & sports news for July 17

Jul. 17, 2014
RCHS valedictorian Shelby Burnett received one of 12 Wells Fargo Citizenship Award scholarships.

Shelby Burnett, Rappahannock County High School Class of 2014 valedictorian and Rappahannock News Scholar Athlete of the Year has received another honor —- this one at the state level.
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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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Letter: ‘A star watches over us’

Jul. 17, 2014
Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

July 13, 2014: Rappahannock County and the world lost a great patron and benefactor. We arrived at the Castleton Festival for a delightful afternoon of music and storytelling, and were stunned by the announcement of Maestro Lorin Maazel’s passing. Our breath was taken. The performance would be given in his honor, and the house...
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Letter: Maestro Lorin Maazel: Keeping his legacy alive

Jul. 17, 2014
Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

All of the lights in the Castleton Festival auditorium were off, allowing the brilliance of the spotlight on Maestro Lorin Maazel’s podium to be the symbolic recipient of the standing ovation. Not many people knew, when they arrived at the box office to pick up their tickets to the “Story in Music” symphony experience,...
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Letter: ‘Let the towers rise!’

Jul. 17, 2014

Today I did some research as to wifi availability across the globe: South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Latvia, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium are ahead of the United States. Finland and the United Kingdom trail the U.S. in the top 10. Citizens of Albania, Ukraine and Estonia have superior Internet service than the residents of Rappahannock County. Here we...
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Letter: Lions: Filled with pride

Jul. 17, 2014
Outgoing Lions Club president Spots Williams (left) goes over club duties with incoming president Gordon Axelson at the club’s July picnic and induction.

As we move into our 56th year of service to Rappahannock County, it gives me tremendous pleasure to share with you how the Rappahannock Lions Club supports the unique needs of this wonderful place we share. Over the years we have sponsored numerous local activities and events, as well as various individual needs. This...
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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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Maestro Maazel has died

Jul. 13, 2014
Maestro Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014

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
Courtesy photo

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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