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The Rapp for April 30

11:45 a.m. April 30
One of the intricate drawings by visionary artist Fred Kahler on view at River District Arts.

Art, music, movies, play, dance and more this weekend, plus the RCHS Band's upcoming Coffee House fundraiser and a talk by PEC president Chris Miller in this week's The Rapp.
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Vienna Virginians

9 a.m. April 30
By Ryall Smith

A group of Rappahannock County friends met up, partly by design and partly coincidence, last month in Vienna, Austria.
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The Rapp for April 23

2:30 p.m. April 23
By Steve Eastham

Fourth (Estate) Friday The still-standing staff of the Rappahannock News will once again be seated at Washington’s Country Cafe at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 24) for our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday community story conference — your chance to suggest, criticize and discuss stories and coverage, past and future, with the people who put...
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School and sports news for April 23

noon April 23
On the set of NBC-4’s long-running “It’s Academic!” show in Washington last Saturday are Rappahannock County High School Scholastic Bowl teammates (from left) Henry Mason, James MacLeod and Jon Streu — who bested four other teams in two rounds to win the Central Virginia Championship.

A Rapp Quiz Bowl team victory on "It's Academic!", more RCHS updates, and honors for Burnett at Virginia Tech.
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Rappahannock Youth Basketball League

11 a.m. April 23

RYBL held its annual championship tournament recently. Photos of the winning and all-tournament teams and most valuable players.
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They’re here!

10:45 a.m. April 23
By Larry Sherertz

Larry Sherertz of Gid Brown Hollow came across this — not the first, but his first "merkle" of the season.
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Tribal passage

9 a.m. April 23
Photo by Roger Pierson

Five Scouts cross the bridge from Cub Scout Pack 123 to Boy Scout Troop 36 during the ceremony held at Wakefield Manor last Saturday.
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Letter: The culture of community / community is culture

9 a.m. April 23

As a rarified denizen of the American Kennel Club world (self-described and perhaps appropriate) and a resident of Poe’s Road, I feel qualified to discuss the issues presented by my neighbor Charlene James-Duguid in her letter of April 9. I must agree, no one wants a lifestyle disrupted or placed in disarray. No one...
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Letter: Thanks for taking on tomorrow’s filmmakers

8:45 a.m. April 23
Courtesy of Rappahannock 4-H

Twenty-three 9- to 15-year-olds participated in the 4-H Youth Filmmakers’ workshop on April 10. David Frey from Mac Business Solutions taught the participants how to use iMovie on Virginia Cooperative Extension-provided iPads. Participants were then divided into small groups, with each group being assigned to interview people in the community who were involved with...
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Amissville’s top responders

5 a.m. April 23
Courtesy photo

At Amissville Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s annual awards banquet earlier this month, awards were given to the responders who answered most of the 600 calls to which Amissville VFR was dispatched in 2014.
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Fire and rescue calls for April 23

5 a.m. April 23

Tuesday, April 14 7:15 a.m.  — F. T. Valley Road, Sperryville, medical alarm, companies 5 and 7 Wednesday, April 15 10:08 a.m.  — Doodle Bug Lane, Sperryville, back pain, companies 1 and 7 12:53 a.m. — Warren, mutual aid, company 9 Thursday, April 16 5:48 a.m. — F. T. Valley Road, Sperryville, general illness,...
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Rappahannock County Public Schools Honor Roll 2015 3rd Semester

4 a.m. April 23

4th Grade All A: Maeve Ciuba, Austin Clem, Katie Cournan, Sarah Dodson, Emma Jenkins, Nicholas Plaksin, Landon Pond, Sam Reed, Samuel Vandrey, and Claire Young. 4th Grade A-B: Ryan Atkins, Alex Bailey, Celestia Beach, Angelle Campbell, Ryan Campbell, Caitlyn Clark, Olivia Devening, Hezekia Jenkins, Parker Jones, Lorena Keyser, Isabella Knighting, Savannah Loving, John McKelvey,...
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Letter: High school pep rally or town council meeting?

3 a.m. April 23

The council meetings of the Town of Washington are turning into the equivalent of a high school pep rally. Article 3.7 of the town’s charter states that, “. . . the council shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, for rules of procedure necessary for the orderly conduct of business . . .,”...
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Your Next Best Friend: Paulie

12:04 a.m. April 23

My name is Paulie and I’m what’s called a “designer dog.” I’m a cock-a-poo (the lazy way to say cocker spaniel/poodle mix).
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Inside This Week’s News (April 23)

12:01 a.m. April 23

This week's headlines: Konick: No vendetta, just violations • Cooter's scraps outdoor music plan • Rappahannock, Culpeper go metro • Rappahannock at Home: new senior support program • Panthers headed for Academic Super Bowl • The Rapp for April 23 • and more
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The Rapp for April 16

noon April 16
The finish of one of last year’s first-ever Stick Horse Stakes at the THFVH races last year in Sperryville.

Steeplechase races at Thornton Hill in Sperryville, Burgers N Things is back, Audrey Andrist's piano recital at the Theatre, a Reagan dinner, solar info session and Indian classical dance in this week's The Rapp.
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Play ball!

10:44 a.m. April 16
Courtesy photo

Lorraine Early throws out the first pitch Saturday to begin the Rappahannock Culpeper Baseball league’s season at Stuart Field in Amissville.
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School and sports news for April 16

10 a.m. April 16
Dylan Hitt

CEP Joins Headwaters The Headwaters Foundation announced this week that it is adding the Curriculum Enrichment Program (CEP) to its services that support Rappahannock County school children. After several months of meetings, representatives of Headwaters and the public schools’ CEP merged the application guidelines, form and funding streams of CEP with those of Headwaters’...
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Letter: ‘I want to extend my hand in fellowship’  

9:10 a.m. April 16

Hello Rappahannock County! I’d like to introduce myself and my family. I am Billy Gorodner and my family includes Precious, Rubi, Soup, Bliss, Betsy, Paulie, Tony, Happy (all cocker spaniels, dachshunds or Japanese chins) and Robin, my cat. I retired from my business and will be relocating to Rappahannock County. Imagine my surprise to...
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Letter: Miss those cool drinks of Walter

9:05 a.m. April 16

I have keenly missed Walter Nicklin’s editorial page essays these past two weeks. We in Rappahannock need his gentle — but powerful — voice. These are tumultuous times for our county. Come back, Walter! Clay FulghumWashington
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Your Next Best Friend: Reilly

9 a.m. April 16

My name’s Reilly. I came to RAWL in a lot of pain and was really scared. Once I got to RAWL, my story got happy.
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Letter: The Inn’s ‘desperate’ distraction

9 a.m. April 16

The article under the front-page banner headline in your paper last Thursday (April 9) seems to be the result of behavior that harks back to an old saying dating at least to the early 20th century: “If the facts are against you, hammer the law. If the law is against you, hammer the facts....
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Letter: A big band and boosters thank-you

8:55 a.m. April 16

A huge thank you to all who supported the RCHS Band and the Band Boosters by your participation in our strawberry sale this spring, and the fruit sale last fall. The money raised goes towards the fees necessary to participate in competitions, to assist those students who cannot afford to go on our yearly...
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An era ends/begins

8 a.m. April 16
Scott Turnmeyer/

In his last game with the Rappahannock County High School varsity boys basketball team, senior player Bradlee Frye eclipsed RCHS’ all-time boys’ scoring record of 1,238 points.
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Fire and rescue calls for April 16

5 a.m. April 16

Tuesday, April 7 9:45 p.m. — Fodderstack Road, Flint Hill, difficulty breathing, companies 1 and 4 3:05 p.m. — Mill Hill Road, Huntly, brush fire, companies 1, 4 and 9 8:10 p.m. — Johnson Farm Lane, Sperryville, general illness, companies 1 and 7 Wednesday, April 8 1:40 p.m. — Gay Street, Washington, electrical fire,...
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Inside this week’s News (April 16)

12:01 a.m. April 16

This week's headlines include: Draft county budget would mean 2-cent tax hike • Council hires lawyer, hears opinions, legal and otherwise • What's recyclable in Rapp? • McCarthy: Reports of race being over are premature • and more.
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4H Young Filmmakers Workshop Videos

5:49 p.m. April 12
Courtesy of Rappahannock 4-H

Videos made by the two dozen young participants in the Young Filmmakers Workshop as part of the first annual RAAC Film Festival at Little Washington, thanks to Rappahannock 4-H, Newsgroup Communications, Mac Business Solutions and Stephanie Slewka.
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The Rapp for April 9

noon April 9
The cast of YCTIWY rehearses at RAAC Theatre, including (seated, from left) Sam Clifton, Mimi Forbes and Howard Coon, and (standing, from left) Bob Hurley, Andy Platt, Mike Mahoney, Brendan Martyn, Lakota Coon, Gary Grossman, Stephanie Mastri, Patty Hardee, Dontez Harris and Carolina Leonard.

Another big weekend in Rappahannock • Working Woods Walk coming up at Montpelier • Virginia's climatologist speaks in Warrenton • RAAC Theatre's May comedy • Give Local Piedmont gears up • Appreciating the Book Barn • Belle Meade trail ride this weekend
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Letter: Beautification, development and conversation

noon April 9

Rappahannock is a beautiful and unique, special place. Letter-writer Stanley Reynolds reminds us to get involved, and to work together to keep it that way.
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Rappahannock’s first film festival: this weekend

noon April 9
A scene from "Red Dot on the Ocean," on screen Saturday at RAAC's first-ever Film Festival in Little Washington.

Tomorrow night (Friday, April 10), the first-ever Film Festival at Little Washington kicks off, and 13 films with Rappahannock County connections will light up the screen through Sunday at the Theatre at Washington.
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Easter sunrise

11:05 a.m. April 9
By Ruthie Windsor-Mann

About 100 Trinity Episcopal Church congregants celebrated a sunrise service Easter Sunday (April 4) on Massie Mountain, near Washington.
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Crowded field

11 a.m. April 9
Sara E. Collette's Wahoo, ridden by Jacob Roberts, trained by Neil Morris, takes the lead from Celtic Venture Stable's Prima Facie, Jeff Murphy doing the honors, to prevail by 1/2-length in the Leeds Manor flat race for Virginia-breds.

For Saturday’s Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races at Ben Venue Farm’s rolling race course, a finally spring-like weather forecast attracted an overflowing entry box for the day’s nine races which were run under sunny skies but with chillier-than-expected winds.
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School and sports news for April 9

10 a.m. April 9
Fourth graders pause on the steps following their tour of Scrabble School last month with teacher Kelly Estes and SSPF President Bob Lander in back row.

Rapp AD's update, fourth-graders visit Scrabble School, Old Dominion University honors for RCHS grad Trey Swindler.
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Letter: Community — a precious commodity

9 a.m. April 9

I live on South Poes Road, a winding, seemingly undistinguished, quiet, two-lane thoroughfare at the east end of the county. “National Geographic” isn’t going to show up anytime soon to train their cameras on our exotica, nor is Vanity Fair going to chase us down to document our chic, trendy lifestyle. On the surface,...
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Letter: Hydrant vs. parking lot

9 a.m. April 9

Regarding William Metcalf’s letter March 26 pointing out the repeated failure of the town of Washington to respond to the safety needs of the Piedmont Street residents of Washington, it is indeed curious that the town council could afford to spend $20,000 for parking lot beautification, yet finding $5,000 to repair a fire hydrant...
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Shifting the lens

9 a.m. April 9

By Tom Horton We’re all familiar with the problem-solving technique of simply shifting the lens. Viewing the same thing differently. Glass “half full” instead of “half empty” is an example. When it comes to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the “glass” I want to talk about, that technique may work better for those who never...
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Fire and rescue calls for April 9

3 a.m. April 9

Tuesday, March 31 1:56 p.m. — Rollins Ford Road, Amissville, power line down, companies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 2:38 p.m. — Lee Highway, Washington, cardiac, companies 1 and 7 Wednesday, April 1 7:57 a.m. — Lee Highway, Sperryville, injury, companies 1 and 7 10:35 a.m. — Lee Highway, Amissville, motor vehicle accident,...
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School and sports news for April 2

11:45 a.m. April 2
RCHS’ concert band, shown here on last week’s spring trip to the Kennedy Center in Washington, brought back a “Superior” rating from March’s VBODA competition.

Rapp spring sports get going (or is it late winter?), the RCHS band is "Superior" again, and honors for Rappahannock County college students.
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Dietel is one of 2015’s ‘Five Over Fifty’

11:02 a.m. April 2
Linda Dietel

Aging Together honors local citizens who have a history of contributing to their communities on Saturday, April 11 at the State Theatre — and one of their 2015 “Five Over Fifty” to be recognized is Rappahannock County’s own Linda Dietel.
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The Rapp for April 2

11:01 a.m. April 2
Six Pack artist Janet Brome’s “Turtle Screen & Wire” sculpture.

The Six Pack gang returns to Rappahannock for a show at R.H. Ballard, the Inn’s Patrick O’Connell puts out his first design book and a wellness author signs books at Mountainside Physical Therapy in this week’s The Rapp.
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