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Weather forecast shows increased wildfire risk

Apr. 22, 2014
Firefighters use blowers to etch a fire line in the smoky woods near Midnight Lane in Woodville Monday afternoon. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) have advised that upcoming weather patterns increase the risk of wildfire across Virginia.
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Medicaid expansion would cover 25,000 Va. veterans

Apr. 22, 2014
Capital News Service

As Virginia legislators continue to debate whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in the state’s two-year budget, some Medicaid expansion supporters claim more than 25,000 Virginia veterans and their spouses could receive health care coverage if the General Assembly allows expansion.
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Zindel: Rural Americans not defined by animal cruelty

Apr. 19, 2014

In a letter published in The Washington Post last week, Realtor and longtime Rappahannock County resident Butch Zindel objected to a fox-preserve proponent's comments in an earlier Post story about Virginia's decision to restrict and eventually ban fox-penning operations in the state.
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Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 17)

Apr. 17, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Four-cent tax increase proposed • Town's rising visitor revenue . . . submerged? • Technical ed scores higher, board hears • The Rapp for April 17 • Editorial: Opportunity for tax reform • Wild Ideas: The spring weather rapport • and more.
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The Rapp for April 17

Apr. 17, 2014
Thornton Hill's annual point-to-point is this Sunday (April 20).

New places open (and old ones return), Thornton Hill holds its point-to-point, Smithsonian Chamber Players return to the Theatre, Pantry Day preparations are underway, UUBridge tries to go green and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Careers to-be

Apr. 17, 2014
Photo by Robin Bolt

Rappahannock County High School students recently attended the school’s annual career fair.
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Photo: Blue State meet-and-greet

Apr. 17, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Those at the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee’s annual Blue State Bluegrass Brunch got an introduction to two men on the Democratic ticket in November.
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Photo: Pitching in

Apr. 17, 2014
Photo by Francie Schroeder

A small brush fire was spread by gusty winds Tuesday afternoon (April 8) along Long Mountain Road near Eastwood Nursery.
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Photo: Burned out

Apr. 17, 2014
Photo by Cody Dodson

Volunteer firefighters from Castleton and Amissville were able to quickly extinguish a fire that started in the kitchen of a home before it spread to the rest of the structure last Saturday morning (April 12).
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Senate budget reinstates Marketplace Virginia

Apr. 11, 2014
Capital News Service

The battle for a passable Virginia budget continues in the General Assembly after the Senate passed a budget bill Tuesday that the House of Delegates likely will reject, replacing Medicaid with Marketplace Virginia.
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Flint Hill woman charged in Springfield robbery

Apr. 10, 2014
Ericka Miller

Fairfax County Police say a 32-year-old Flint Hill woman robbed a McDonald’s in Springfield just before midnight on March 31.
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The Rapp for April 10

Apr. 10, 2014
Learn more about the attempt to bring this horse back from extinction this Friday.

RAAC’s library series covers SCBI’s attempts to save an endangered horse, dulcimer virtuoso Madeline MacNeil performs at Flint Hill Baptist, “Rappahannock Creates” opens at RDA, PEC honors Belle Meade’s garden and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for April 10

Apr. 10, 2014

Rappahannock and WCDS sports updates, and a list of 4-H workshops and camps offered this summer in this week's School and Sports column.
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Photo: Overturned

Apr. 10, 2014
Courtesy photo

Sperryville Fire personnel work to clear a wreck just after noon Tuesday (April 8) on Rock Mills Road near Rudasill Mill Road.
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Photo: ‘One’ plus one

Apr. 10, 2014
Photo by E. Raymond Boc

The RAAC Community Theatre recently presented the one-act “Company of One” by Jane Dewberry (and directed by the playwright’s niece, Deverell Pedersen).
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Photo: Python meets Robin Hood at WCDS

Apr. 10, 2014
Courtesy photo

Wakefield Country Day School students took to the stage last weekend to showcase “The Mostly True Tale of Robin Hood.”
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Photo: Scientifically minded

Apr. 10, 2014
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Twelve Rappahannock County Elementary School students joined 385 other participants in the University of Virginia’s largest-ever science fair last month in Charlottesville.
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Letter: A berry successful band fundraiser

Apr. 10, 2014

A big thank you to all who purchased strawberries during the recent RCHS Band Booster fundraiser, which was a big success! All funds raised by the Band Boosters from this and our other fundraisers assist in purchases of new uniforms, annual uniform cleaning, summer band camp expenses, annual spring trip expenses, need- and merit-based...
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Letter: Pushing our luck

Apr. 10, 2014

In last week’s editorial, Walter Nicklin asks plaintively what we can do in response to earth’s degradation. “Don’t we have some kind of obligation to do more than simply observing?” The short answer — indeed the only answer — is yes. We are the most blessed of all generations. Through our appetites and ingenuity,...
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Letter: Returning to the ‘Virginia Way’

Apr. 10, 2014

Recently many Virginians have been left to wonder what takes place in Richmond. They ask: “What happened to the Virginia Way?” Sadly, Washington style politics have infiltrated Virginia. With a single vote in the Senate, encouraged by an executive branch with its own agenda, the General Assembly is at an impasse. The Virginia Way...
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Breathing with relief

Apr. 10, 2014

Getting out for a breath of fresh air is a springtime joy. It’s the very symbol of aliveness and freedom, writes Liza Field. So it surprised her to hear the EPA’s latest clean air rules described as “tyranny” and clouded by misinformation. This commentary looks at some big-money sources, along with some rarely-noticed payoffs...
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Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 10)

Apr. 10, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: County wants less salt • ‘One amazing Saturday’ at Ben Venue • Baltimore man pleads guilty to having sex with 14-year-old • RCES lockdown turns up nothing, no one • The Rapp for April 10 • Editorial: At home abroad • Wild Ideas: Black bear hibernation, part 2 •...
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Clean-up on Middle Street

Apr. 5, 2014
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Have you seen The Washington Post's Home section feature on how Inn at Little Washington midnight custodian Jack Judd and others keep the Inn's famous kitchen looking clean and new every day, and why chef Patrick O'Connell likes it that way?
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The Rapp for April 3

Apr. 3, 2014
Detail of a work by Wayne Paige in Middle Street’s April exhibit.

SNP launches a special quarter, Leipzig String Quartet visit Castleton, Bach and Sinatra share a weekend at the Theatre, Middle Street open a new show, the Taste of Rappahannock is scheduled and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for April 3

Apr. 3, 2014
The Rappahannock County High School Band and its escorts posed for a group photo during its trip last month to New York.

WCDS sports updates, both RCHS bands win big in the Big Apple, R-MA fields another state geography bee contestant and more in this week's school and sports news.
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Photo: Not horsing around

Apr. 3, 2014
Photo by Marion Sharp

Katie Sharp, a seventh grader at Rappahannock County Elementary School, was part of the first-place winning Golden Horseshoe 4-H team.
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Photo: Newly elected

Apr. 3, 2014
Courtesy photo

The Rappahannock County Republican Committee held its mass meeting March 27 at the county courthouse.
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Of wilderness and water

Apr. 3, 2014

The streams that eventually bring drinking water to millions begin in the cool woods of the George Washington National Forest. But US Forest Service is under intense pressure to open the woods to fracking for natural gas. Chris Bolgiano writes about one effort to protect one small part of the big woods.
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Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 3)

Apr. 3, 2014
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This week's headlines include: Taking the scenic root • Rapp programs make VSBA 'showcase' list • Roy's Orchard: A farm store with more • Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea • The Rapp for April 3 • Editorial: Lucky us . . . • Wild Ideas: Do black bears hibernate? • and more.
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Missing clues found!

Mar. 31, 2014
Crossword for March 27

The crossword in the March 27 print edition left out the last 10 Down clues, so we’re posting them here.
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U.S. Mint launches Shenandoah National Park quarter this week

Mar. 30, 2014
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Officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service will be visiting Rappahannock County and Front Royal this Thursday and Friday for the official launch of the Shenandoah National Park quarter.
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Rappahannock’s Facebook Top 20

Mar. 27, 2014
By Dennis Brack/Rappahannock News

Though the web might not be as big a fact of life within Rappahannock County as it is elsewhere, certain organizations and businesses located in the county have built impressive fan bases on Facebook.
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The Rapp for March 27

Mar. 27, 2014
Paul Reisler (third from right) and Howard Levy (left) perform at A Thousand Questions’ concerts April 5 in Charlottesville and April 6 in Little Washington.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday takes a month off, Piedmont Softball’s Chili Bowl 2014 is open to entrants, RAAC screens “Captain Phillips,” Paul Reisler and A Thousand Questions perform two local concerts, the Master Naturalists guide visitors through Montpelier’s forest and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for March 27

Mar. 27, 2014
Volunteer painter Nicholas Plaksin and project coordinator Rachel Bynum pose on the finished map.

The RCES playground gets a new (painted) map of the world; WCDS winter sports award winners in this week's School & Sports column.
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Photo: Ahead, a spring of service

Mar. 27, 2014
Photo by Beth Gall

The new spring semester service learning group at Rappahannock County High School.
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Legislation restricting fox pens awaits governor’s signature

Mar. 27, 2014
Capital News Service

Anyone erecting or maintaining an enclosure for the purpose of pursuing, hunting or killing fox or coyote with dogs will face Class 1 misdemeanor charges if Senate Bill 42 is signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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Letter: Orson Maazel’s inspiring vision

Mar. 27, 2014

As an artist, I’ve always thought that the purpose of art was to make you think. Last Saturday, I attended “A Time to Break Silence” at Castleton for a concert exploring the connections between art and human rights. There was music from SALT Opera and some speakers from Sudan and North Korea. Due to...
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Letter: Virginia deserves a clean budget

Mar. 27, 2014

Del. Webert said last week that we have seen the disastrous effects of the Affordable Care Act. While the implementation has had problems which are slowly getting resolved, what is disastrous about folks finally get health insurance with a pre-existing condition? College age children on their parent’s policy for a few more years, ensuring...
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Letter: Cancer: ‘Just a bump in the road’

Mar. 27, 2014
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My name is Tammy Smith Martin and July 1, 2010 changed my life forever. That was when I first heard the words, “You have breast cancer.” I was just 39 years old; this couldn’t be true. My life was perfect: A great husband, family, job and a sweet little 3-year-old boy who’s the light of my life. But...
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Letter: Bob Dennis’ permanent mark

Mar. 27, 2014

Humans inhabited our unspoiled mountains and valleys 12,000 years before Christ. We know this from archeology. Erosion long ago erased our great ancestors’ footprints. Today, thankfully, we have permanent footprints — little green spots on the Piedmont Environmental Council’s map of Virginia’s Piedmont. If footprints are allowed in the big environment in the sky,...
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