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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 20)

Nov. 20, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Community reacts to People Inc. apartment proposal • Local budget back on track, board hears • Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches • Clean water awards to Lessards, Willises • Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food • Telling stories of her ancestors' stand against Civil War savagery •...
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The Rapp for Nov. 20

Nov. 20, 2014
On a late fall-early winter hike in Shenandoah National Park.

A sing-along and a music concert to benefit the Food Pantry, RLEP’s annual gathering, seasonal changes at Shenandoah National Park and Amissville winery festivities are in this week’s The Rapp column.
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A report card for area hospitals

Nov. 13, 2014
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Culpeper Hospital earns an A for safety. See how nearby hospitals scored in a study by the Leapfrog Group on safe health care.
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The Rapp for Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2014
From left: Wendi Sirat, Smiggy Smith and Lorraine Duisit of Mandalele.

R.H. Ballard Gallery opens a holiday-themed art show, the Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase is at River District Arts, Mandalélé performs at the RAAC Community Theatre, jazz musicians perform at the Theatre at Washington and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2014
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In in this week’s school and sports news, Rapp’s girls cross country and volleyball teams bring home trophies, the Scholastic Bowl gets underway and RCPS’s Farm-to-Table program is highlighted in Virginia Living magazine’s “Top High Schools” feature.
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Letter: Why Rappahannock rocks (and rolls)

Nov. 13, 2014

Election Day is always a long one for poll workers, from 5 in the morning until 9:30 or 10 at night. Our chores were made a little easier at the Sperryville fire hall last week when Margaret Rogers, proprietor of Central Coffee Roasters, arrived with canisters of hot and delicious coffee. Thank you, Maggie!...
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Letter: But who ratified the Constitution?  

Nov. 13, 2014

I enjoyed your long article of Oct. 30 about the James Madison vs. James Monroe election for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1789. However, the author of the article is in error in twice stating that in Virginia the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788 by the Virginia...
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Letter: Big changes, hardly addressed 

Nov. 13, 2014

Thank you, Rappahannock News, for recently publishing a letter from John Sullivan, mayor of Washington, defending his town’s status given the dwindling population and ongoing business preferences. I wish he had granted you access for an actual article, as he afforded The Washington Post, one that might have posed serious questions and received honest answers...
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Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

Nov. 13, 2014
Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

This week I had the rewarding and entertaining experience of watching the Rappahannock County Panthers defeat three other regional schools — Strasburg, William Monroe and Warren County — at the Scholastic Bowl held at Rappahannock County High School. I enjoy and respect most sporting events, but nothing has made me more proud to be a...
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Your Next Best Friend: Minnie

Nov. 13, 2014
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Hi, I’m Winnie, a young Labrador retriever mix, with a shiny black coat and warm brown eyes. I’m curious, easygoing with people and other animals, love companionship and am looking for a home.
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Meetings and notices for Nov. 13

Nov. 13, 2014

Washington’s Nov. 13 Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting has been cancelled; no applications were received. Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 19) at the county courthouse on Gay Street. On the agenda: Eastham tourist home, Eugster tourist home, Regnery bed and breakfast, Pen Druid Brewing Company, People Inc. multi-family housing and...
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 13)

Nov. 13, 2014
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This week's headlines: Apartments at Sperryville Emporium? • Editorial: That time of year • Culpeper officer running for sheriff • Report card for area hospitals • The Rapp for Nov. 14 • Timber theft jail term begins • Big News a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works • and more
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News briefs for Nov. 6

Nov. 6, 2014

Sheriff’s Office asks landowners to call first before burning brush or debris; two hospices merge; the number of turkeys raised in Virginia is up this year.
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

Nov. 6, 2014
A scene from a Salzburg Marionettes performance.

Piano and 'strings' at Castleton, "Chef" and then piano and soprano at the Theatre, a Kid Pan Alley benefit concert at Coterie, Veterans Day at RCHS, chamber music, Lester Brown at the library, Mandalele's CD release and more in this week's The Rapp column.
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Gallery central

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Supporters and friends of the annual Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC) tour of artists’ studios and galleries gather for an opening reception last Friday.
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Off-street treats

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann

At the Washington Fine Properties office along Washington’s Main Street, a scary jack-o-lantern and a less scary, candy-bearing Realtor greet one of the Halloween night trick-or-treaters who filled the town’s streets last Friday.
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Salsa Halloween

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A visit to the first-ever Rappahannock Latin Disco Night last weekend at El Quijote in Sperryville.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 6

Nov. 6, 2014
RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood.

Rappahannock and Wakefield sports updates (including athletics awards plus volleyball, theater and cross country successes); CCLC wins accreditation; RCHS works hard on upcoming career fair.
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Rappahannock County Public Schools Honor Roll

Nov. 6, 2014
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RCHS Honor Roll First nine weeks, 2014-2015 All A Honor Roll 12th Grade: Gary Jenkins, James MacLeod, Henry Mason, Stephanie Nicholson, Amanda Pullen, Jane Purnell, Robert Sidrow, Julianne Stonecipher, Sara Streightiff 11th Grade: Kayleigh Flanagan, Julia Wood 10th Grade: Jasmine Arismende, Kimberly Dellinger, Devyn Hitt, Jacob Love, Tyler McDowell, William Montgomery, John Norris, Michelle...
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Letter: To all who made the fall festival a success . . .

Nov. 6, 2014
The barrel train rolls, singer Ryan Jewel rocks and Nathaniel Moore enjoys his caboose ride at the Oct. 19 RCHS Fall Festival.

We would like to thank everyone that came out to the Rappahannock County High School Fall Festival Oct. 19. Once again, the county came through for our fundraising event. There are so many people to thank, from the teachers and class sponsors to the students and volunteers, that to name them all would take...
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Turkey run?

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

A handful of turkeys heads down Bryans Lane into Sperryville Monday afternoon.
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Letter: What Rapp Fit did for me (and can for you)

Nov. 6, 2014
Sara Kleppinger before she began getting fit, right, and in a recent photo.

I have wanted to write for some time to reach out to the community and encourage anyone and everyone to come to Rapp Fit. Rapp Fit started in March 2014 at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s gymnatorium with two fitness instructors who donate their time two nights a week to teach a by-donation-only, hour-long fitness...
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Faith, charity . . . pantry

Nov. 6, 2014
Photo by Kathy Eggers

Volunteer Daphne Hutchinson and Father Tuck Grinnell, pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Washington, stock shelves after the Rappahannock Food Pantry received 959 pounds of food from St. Peter's.
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 6)

Nov. 6, 2014
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This week's headlines: Rappublican county (local voting results) • Spethmann resigns from town council • Walton joins Rappahannock Media as minority partner • Editorial: We want to believe • Countryside: The garden club's long, happy history with holiday greenery • 150 Years Ago This Week: A terrible scene at sea • Wild Ideas: This autumn's gold-medal foliage • and more
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The most important election . . . that no one knows about

Oct. 30, 2014
The Hebron Lutheran Church, still standing in Madison County, served as the background for one of the most important (and largely forgotten) elections in American history.

Stiles, for the convenience of churchgoers who arrived by horse or carriage, still stand outside the Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison County, which played a part in one of the most important elections in American history.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 30)

Oct. 30, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Theatre gets a new, like-minded owner • Tanker crash closes down 522 • Tuesday is Election Day • 50 artists, 7 galleries, 2 days: This weekend's tour • The Rapp for Oct. 30 • The most important election . . . that no one knows about • Front Royal, Flint Hill men sentenced
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The Rapp for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014
Mennonite writer and teacher Kirsten Beachy speaks Nov. 9 in Huntly in a Rappahannock Historical Society program.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is at the Country Cafe, the movie “Chef” and a classical recital are coming to the Theatre in Washington, plus a whiskey-paired dinner at Skyland, an Aging Together Expo in Culpeper and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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Letter: Bullets: Get the lead out

Oct. 30, 2014

With hunters getting ready to hit Rappahannock’s fields and forests in pursuit of deer, I wanted to encourage everyone to consider replacing their lead bullets with copper ones. Getting the lead out of gasoline and paint are universally considered milestone achievements with clear, demonstrable benefits for human health and the environment. Yet we have...
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Letter: Elect Gillespie, release the Senate’s chokehold

Oct. 30, 2014

Americans have been battling back from the recession only to see an underwhelming rate of economic recovery. Businesses and workers labor each day to rebuild our nation’s economy; however, little help has come from Washington. This November, I ask you to consider the message Virginians can send to Washington. Virginians are tired of “business...
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Letter: ‘I believe Mr. Nicklin has missed the point’

Oct. 30, 2014

Publisher Walter Nicklin says, “there’s been a lot of vocal criticism about the governance of the county seat . . .” and “no serious effort to present alternate town council candidates.” I believe that Mr. Nicklin has missed the point entirely regarding the government of the county...
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Letter: Why Sen. Mark Warner is your man

Oct. 30, 2014

On election day, the voters of Rappahannock should not hesitate in sending Mark Warner back to the United States Senate for a second term, because you don’t fire a guy who is willing to do the heavy lifting. By heavy lifting, I mean a senator who is willing to roll up his sleeves and...
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School & Sports News for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014
After School students wait for the chance to check out the rocks at Patricia Lessard’s geology presentation last month.

The Panthers late-season successes, and an after-school geology lesson with Patricia Lessard at RCES.
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Photos: Burning . . . Mask

Oct. 30, 2014
By Joy Lorien

Photos and a video of the annual Halloween outdoor costume spectacular Saturday at John Henry and Ann Crittenden’s place in Flint Hill.
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Photo: It’s a wrap

Oct. 30, 2014
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St. Peter's Knights of Columbus Council members present Rappahannock County's social services department with 24 winter coats for local children.
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Your next best friend: Mickey

Oct. 30, 2014
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I’m Mickey, and I’m a “feist,” a breed developed in the U.S. to hunt squirrels. I love to play, especially to fetch stuff, and get along well with other dogs and cats. I’ve given up hunting, and RAWL is looking for a good home for me.
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Meetings and notices for Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2014

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meets 2 p.m. Monday (Nov. 3) at the courthouse. (There is no 7 p.m. meeting.) Agenda includes: sheriff’s office budget discussion; household hazardous waste pick up; EMS cost-recovery program; crisis intervention teams (CIT); RRCSB term of Sandra Maskas expires on Dec. 31; CDC guidance re: Ebola. The Knit Wit Yarn...
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522 reopens after early morning tanker crash

Oct. 27, 2014
After a tanker crashed on U.S. 522, steam rises from a spilled asphalt compound in the Boston area of Rappahannock Monday morning.

Authorities reopened U.S. 522 in the Boston area of Rappahannock County at about noon today, after a tanker overturned early this morning, causing a spill of emulsified asphalt and closing the two-lane highway between Sperryville and Culpeper for close to six hours.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 23)

Oct. 23, 2014
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This week’s headlines: Stonyman can stay through January • Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1 • Investigation at Flint Hill Post Office • A headmaster looks back at an era of change • The Rapp for Oct. 23 • and more.
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School & sports news for Oct. 23

Oct. 23, 2014
Photo: Middle school, top slot | By Susanna McNear Members of Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther cross-country team — first in the Valley Middle School Conference regular-season point total and VMSC tournament champs — pose with trophies and coaches James Sharpe (left) and Mark Ramey (right), including (seated, from left): Luke Ellis, Nick Barnes, Savannah Hensley and Skylar Culbertson, and (standing between the coaches) Sam Barnes, Cassia Gainer, Mackensie Haunold, Danielle Frye and Lillian Jenkins. More school and sports news on page 9.

Rappahannock and WCDS sports teams head for the postseason, a close volleyball win, a RCES trip to Big Meadows and an important accreditation at Belle Meade School in this week’s School & Sports News column.
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Photo: Sperryville ace

Oct. 23, 2014
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Foxcroft School junior Kathleen “Kat” Forrest of Sperryville overcame recent struggles with her serve in a big way in a game last Tuesday against Wakefield Country Day School.
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