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Inside this week’s News (April 16)

4 p.m. April 16
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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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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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Your Next Best Friend: Reilly

9 a.m. April 16
Reilly

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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An era ends/begins

8 a.m. April 16
Scott Turnmeyer/scottytphoto.com

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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4H Young Filmmakers Workshop Videos

5:49 p.m. April 12
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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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Kids’ musical energy unleashed

10:45 a.m. April 2
By Molly M. Peterson

Paul Reisler has made his Kid Pan Alley songwriting program known throughout the nation, but its home and heart is still right here in Rappahannock County — as last Friday's concert at RCES demonstrated.
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Letter: The fool, the jester and the scold  

9:20 a.m. April 2

Every little town in the world has its fool, its jester and its village scold — and Washington, Va., is no exception. Over the past three years our quiet, lovely town has been plagued with a barrage of nasty, hateful attacks on our mayor, our business owners and our town government. You can’t pick...
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Letter: Stickers, yes!

9:15 a.m. April 2
Stickers, yes!

While it is understandable that it is more cost-efficient for the county to collect the vehicle tax without issuing stickers (“Stickers, no. Assessors, yes,” March 26), many are proud to display our county’s name on their cars. I suggest that a worthwhile charity sell similar stickers. I would enjoy being among the first in...
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Capital briefs

9 a.m. April 2
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Governor vetoes redistricting bills Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week vetoed six redistricting bills, saying they would weaken citizens’ trust in government. Speaking on 1140AM WRVA, McAuliffe questioned the constitutionality of the bills, which sought to adjust the lines for about 20 legislative districts in seven counties. The six vetoed bills are: SB 1237, affecting...
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Letter: Focused on the positive side

9 a.m. April 2

Nancy and I got our Red Oak Mountain land 33 years ago. Last year Nancy took over the theater in town. (I told her she was crazy, but do you think she listened?). Does this make us “locals?” Probably not. Does it mean that we love this county and admire the people here? Definitely....
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Letter: ‘Awed and humbled by your generosity’

8:45 a.m. April 2
Photo by Matthew Black

On March 2, our home on Slate Mills Road was totally destroyed by fire. We want to thank all the fire companies and fire company personnel as well as the rescue squad folks who came to our aid. I would name them all, but won’t lest I leave someone out. You did an amazing...
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Fire and rescue calls for April 2

3 a.m. April 2

Tuesday, March 24 10:00 a.m. — Valley View Drive, Chester Gap, general illness, companies 4 and 9 11:10 a.m. — Water Street, Sperryville, medical alarm, companies 1 and 7 Wednesday, March 25 5:39 p.m. — Fodderstack Road, Washington, difficulty breathing, companies 1, 4 and 7 7:05 p.m. — Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, general...
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The nine-pounder

2 a.m. April 2
By Dennis Brack/Rappahannock News

Lewis Foster of Flint Hill was happy enough when he caught a 6½-pound trout in early March, but less than two weeks later, he reeled in this nine-pounder.
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Inside this week’s News (April 2)

12:01 a.m. April 2
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Among the week's headlines: Retirement rumors premature, McCarthy says • Herring told mental health, drugs top police concern • Swindler: A tough choice for his next team • Council to hire counsel• The Rapp for April 2 • Kids’ musical energy, unleashed • Wild Ideas: Gobbling season begins • 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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School and sports news for March 26

11:30 a.m. March 26
From left, Shannon Kelly, Eva Parios and Elizabeth Burns enjoy a brief snack with Ethan Frost at WCDS’ Medieval Faire.

The latest from Rapp athletics, plus a Medieval Faire at WCDS, a strong showing by Rapp middle-schoolers at the regional science fair and more in this week's School and Sports News.
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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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Inside this week’s News (March 26)

12:01 a.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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