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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 11)

Sep. 11, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Central absentee voting OK’d; vehicle stickers on the way out • Heroin charges among grand jury indictments • The Rapp for Sept. 11 • The goal: a good turnout • Grown, picked, crafted, aged roasted (and more) in Rapp • Galleries gear up for 10th annual art tour • and...
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The Rapp for Sept. 11

Sep. 11, 2014
A family of Rough Riders signals their readiness for last year’s event (from left): Sabrina, Sherry, Madeleine, Ava and Chris Hayes.

Second Friday at the Library features a talk by Cliff Miller, the annual Rough Ride is Sept. 20, CAST performs “Much Ado About Nothing,” RCHS hosts a trivia night, CDSMP discusses how to manage chronic diseases and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photos: Troop movement

Sep. 11, 2014
Photo by Don Audette

Reenactors marched into the town of Washington as part of the third annual Rappahannock County Civil War Heritage Days event.
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Photo: Tomato time  

Sep. 11, 2014
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Some fruits of the heirloom tomato harvest at Goat Hill Farm near Washington await buyers at the farm last weekend.
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Photo: Scouting out the steam train

Sep. 11, 2014
Photo by Roger Pierson

Seven Boy Scouts and five adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 36 travelled to West Virginia and the Cass Scenic Railroad Labor Day weekend.
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Headwaters hires Next Step and Starfish directors

Sep. 4, 2014
Next Step director Kathryn Habib.

Headwaters, Rappahannock County’s education foundation, announced the hire of two new program directors for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
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Governor endorses Dominion pipeline

Sep. 4, 2014
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week endorsed the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, an up to $5 billion, 550-mile proposal to build a natural gas pipeline through West Virginia to North Carolina.
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The Rapp for Sept. 4

Sep. 4, 2014
The cast of “Salt & Pepper” includes (from left) John Lesinski, Mimi Forbes, Gary Grossman, Petrina Huston, Geoff Gowen, Barbara Black and Donna Chabot.

The third sesquicentennial Civil War celebration starts this weekend, “Salt & Pepper” debuts at the RAAC Theatre, new running and walking clubs meet soon, jazz guitarists return to the Theatre, Mullany Art Studios offers two new classes and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Sept. 4

Sep. 4, 2014
Shannon Kelley’s photo, “Rising Up,” took first place in the youth wildlife category.

Rapp sports notches a few wins to open the season, RCES spotlights a new reading program and Amissville’s Shannon Kelley wins big in the Audobon Nature Photography Contest in this week’s school and sports news.
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Photos: Table-to-farm talk

Sep. 4, 2014
Piedmont Environmental Council

About 50 participants in the Piedmont Environmental Council’s "Food for Thought" dinner, talk and tour got a firsthand look at what it means to support local farmers Aug. 23 at two Sperryville farms.
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Photo: Another adoption

Sep. 4, 2014
Photo by Ronda Gregorio

Huntly photographer and horsewoman Ronda Gregorio’s niece Chloe Porter, 8, appears to have been adopted as a friend by Viggo.
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Letter: Remembering Pres Pulliam’s poetic soul

Sep. 4, 2014
Letter: Remembering Pres Pulliam’s poetic soul

I was a latecomer to Preston Pulliam’s circle of friends, and the friendship we formed was a great joy and addition to my life in Rappahannock. Among his many charming attributes, including being a Virginia Gentleman par excellence, was his poetic soul that he shared with me a year ago. It took the form...
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Letter: The question of Washington, Va.

Sep. 4, 2014

In March of 2005, the Town of Washington’s comprehensive plan update listed, in its vision of the town in 25 years, a population that had either stabilized or slightly increased. In 2000, the town’s population was 183 people, which further decreased to 135 in 2010. The declining population during that decade has not yet stabilized...
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Letter: When towns do and don’t grow in population

Sep. 4, 2014

When towns grow, particularly through an increase in population density, they can — and quite rightfully should — seek to expand. However, before an expansion is warranted, a town needs an increase in residential population above and beyond what warrants the creation of a town in the first place. Without an adequate number of...
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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 4)

Sep. 4, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Bee health remains fragile • Gov. endorses pipeline to the west • Meet the artists: Ben Mason and Christina Leigh • The Rapp for Sept. 4 • Headwaters hires Next Step and Starfish directors • Homes away from home • Editorial: We’re special, aren’t we? • and more.
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The Rapp for Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2014
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Panther football kicks off tomorrow night, the Democrats host their annual Dog Days Yard Sale, RCHS and the RCSO plan fall fundraisers, RAAC screens “American Hustle,” local Richard Viguerie speaks on the future of the Republican party and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2014
Varsity football kicks off its season tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Panther football season kicks off tomorrow night, JMU welcomes the Class of 2018 to campus and RCHS offers more college credit courses in this week’s school and sports news.
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Free Clinic expands dental care

Aug. 28, 2014

The Fauquier Free Clinic has received $51,000 to hire a part-time dentist who will offer pediatric dental services and enable the dental clinic to expand its hours of operation.
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Photos: Fantastic night

Aug. 28, 2014
Photo by Don Audette

Children, staff, and medical volunteers from the National Institutes of Health mingle in the crowded pavilion at the annual Camp Fantastic.
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Photo: A Washington for Washington

Aug. 28, 2014
Photo by Russ Collins

Washington Ladies Auxiliary volunteers present a framed print of Gilbert Stuart’s iconic portrait of George Washington to the Washington Town Council.
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Photo: Welcome to WCDS

Aug. 28, 2014
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Wakefield Country Day School mascot Leonidas poses with the school’s three new teachers.
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Photo: Choice cheese

Aug. 28, 2014
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Stonyman Gourmet Farmer joined an all-star cast of culinary leaders earlier this month at “Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience.”
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Photo: The sunflower rises

Aug. 28, 2014
Photo by Megan Smith

Bart Ciuba, Deverell Pendersen and Peter Hause pose in the shade of a giant sunflower photographer Megan Smith grew.
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Letter: Glad we settled in the mountains

Aug. 28, 2014

Last week, my wife Carol took a terrible fall at our home. I’d like to take this time to thank everybody who was involved in helping us. I’m proud of my daughter, Mikayla, for keeping it together and making the 911 call. Mikayla also said the 911 dispatcher at the sheriff’s office was really...
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Letter: Pipeline has a positive side

Aug. 28, 2014

Our son is a geophysicist, and after working in the oil services industry in Houston for 20 years (10 of which were for a Norwegian company), he was able to find employment in western Pennsylvania and move back with his family to work for a natural gas distribution company (not Duke Energy) that had...
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Letter: A cell tower on school property: ‘appalling’

Aug. 28, 2014

The Aug. 14 school board story on “opening discussions” with cell companies to erect yet another needed tower in the county and its placement location should be a real concern to the people of our great county. The high school as one of the named possible locations is appalling. How could the officials of our county allow...
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Courthouse Row for Aug. 28

Aug. 28, 2014

Home/land transfers No home or land transfers were recorded at the Rappahannock County Circuit Court Clerk’s office this week. Building Permits Deana Goldstein, Woodville, electric service on pole, estimated cost $1,500 Doris Vest, Flint Hill, upgrade electric, estimated cost $2,000 Jean Clements, Flint Hill, temporary tent, estimated cost $2,293 Susan S. Fitzgerald, Amissville, foundation...
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 28)

Aug. 28, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Old business, new business in town • Newcamp to undergo mental evaluation • The Rapp for Aug. 28 • ‘The Rangers' rove into Rappahannock • Comp plan’s revision postponed for deputy’s arrival • Editorial: In memoriam • and more.
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Castleton adds Marsalis-led jazz academy session

Aug. 21, 2014
Lorin Maazel, left, and Wynton Marsalis talked about their collaboration in an interview in January.

The Castleton Festival announced this week that it has extended its season next summer to accommodate a two-week Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy.
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Deal gets more time for evaluation

Aug. 21, 2014
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Judge Jeffrey Parker granted Judy Deal another six months of analysis to determine whether she was mentally competent to stand trial for the alleged first-degree murder of her estranged husband.
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Driver charged in head-on crash

Aug. 21, 2014

Virginia State Police this week charged Kenneth Lee Bruske, 29, of Boston, with failure to maintain proper control and driving without a license after his pickup truck collided with another Aug. 11.
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The Rapp for Aug. 21

Aug. 21, 2014
Ella Schultz of Amissville in “The Tempest” at American Shakespeare Center’s summer-camp performances at Staunton’s Blackfriars Playhouse.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled, Tula’s hosts a tomato-themed dinner, tickets are going fast for this year’s Taste of Rappahannock, two local students spend their summer performing Shakespeare and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 21

Aug. 21, 2014

Last week Rapp Sports opened their fall season with some home scrimmages. More are scheduled this week as we prepare for our regular season openers on Aug. 26.
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Letter: Privileged to be a Pre-K teacher

Aug. 21, 2014

Last Tuesday (Aug. 12), I spoke to the Rappahannock County School Board and shared my feelings of gratitude concerning the efforts to build a Pre-K program for our students. I would like to share my comments with the community and extend my thanks to all who have assisted to make this program a reality....
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Bright green bug proves bad as its billing

Aug. 21, 2014
The emerald ash borer is small but its potential for damage is great.

The emerald ash borer, a visitor from Asia, is steadily eating its way through our forests. Environmental officials ordered quarantines, but the orders were ignored. Perhaps we should heed such notices, writes Tim Rowland.
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 21)

Aug. 21, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Castleton adds Marsalis-led jazz academy session • ARB likes Mt. Prospect redo, Kramer Building signage • The Rapp for Aug. 21 • Miller plans to fill Schoolhouse with antiques • Deal gets more time for evaluation • Editorial: Mystery at the manor • and more.
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Spectra suspends pipeline

Aug. 14, 2014
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Spectra Energy says it has suspended work on the proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Rappahannock County.
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The Rapp for Aug. 14

Aug. 14, 2014
Bel Canto during a June performance.

RAAC performs “The Real Inspector Hound,” Bel Canto holds open singing auditions, “En Plein Air” opens at RDA and Knights of the Vine visit Narmada in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Aug. 14

Aug. 14, 2014
School & sports news for Aug. 14

Rapp sports kicks off its fall seasons with a football game tomorrow night, RCHS hosts two guest speakers for Convocation Day and RM-A hands out its end-of-year awards in this week's school and sports news.
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PRACEP honors graduates

Aug. 14, 2014

Thirty adults are set to graduate from Piedmont Regional Adult & Continuing Education Programs (PRACEP) with a GED on Aug. 27.
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