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SCBI lecture series resumes Oct. 1

Sep. 26, 2014

Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals resume a free Wednesday-night lecture series at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) new Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, which is cosponsoring the series starting Oct. 1.
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VDOT Traffic Update

Sep. 26, 2014
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VDOT's summary of highway work scheduled in Rappahannock County during the upcoming week.
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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 25)

Sep. 25, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: ‘Tourism numbers, funding on the rise • A 101-mile hike for park charities • The Rapp for Sept. 25 • Salt & Pepper’ makes for a tasty meal • Through the Tiger Valley looking glass • Editorial: Beyond the here and now • and more.
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Upcoming lane, road closures

Sep. 25, 2014
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VDOT plans overnight work Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on a failed drainage pipe that runs under U.S. 522 near Fletcher’s Mill Road (Route 620), just south of the village of Sperryville.
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The Rapp for Sept. 25

Sep. 25, 2014
1000 Faces brings its magnificent masks to Stone Hill on Oct. 25 for a Halloween performance.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Old Hollow Store, RAAC screens “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 1000 Faces returns to Stone Hill, Mark Russell performs at the Theatre, “No Ordinary Person” preps for its 16th season and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Sheriff’s report

Sep. 18, 2014

Last Wednesday (Sept. 10), while conducting a checking detail on Lee Highway, Deputy Christopher. Koglin arrested Julian Maurice McDowell, 21, of Culpeper.
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The Rapp for Sept. 18

Sep. 18, 2014
A Gary Anthes photograph of Japan on exhibit at Middle Street.

The fall season brings a slew of events this weekend, Middle Street hosts a new all-photography exhibit, R.H. Ballard debuts Viviane deKosinski’s “View with a Room,” the Historical Society explores the history of Amissville, the new ping pong club is already a success and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for Sept. 18

Sep. 18, 2014

Rappahannock and Wakefield Country Day School sports updates in this week's school and sports news column.
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Photo: The Leo lineup

Sep. 18, 2014
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Members of the 2014-15 Rappahannock County High School Leo Club, sponsored annually by the county’s Lions Club.
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Photo: Constitution Week

Sep. 18, 2014
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The national celebration of Constitution Week, petitioned for the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955, began Sept. 17.
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Letter: An excellent ‘Taste’ 

Sep. 18, 2014

Many thanks to all our community for your amazing support of this year’s 17th annual Taste of Rappahannock! Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students and businesses who donated time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible. Thanks go out to the following...
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Letter: Support governor’s Medicaid plan

Sep. 18, 2014

On Sept. 9, Gov. Terry McAuliffe put forward a proposal for limited  Medicaid expansion which may affect up to 20,000 uninsured Virginians with mental illness. In doing so, Gov. McAuliffe acknowledged that the House and Senate had stymied his efforts to: • expand Medicaid to the 400,000 uninsured Virginians who fall into the Medicaid...
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Letter: Gaughan: the clear choice

Sep. 18, 2014

In the past two years voters have endured both a contentious presidential and governor’s election, so it is no wonder so few people have expressed much, if any, enthusiasm for the congressional elections coming up on Nov. 4. But much is riding on this election: Our very dysfunctional House of Representatives is up for...
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Letter: ‘Get a bigger tank’

Sep. 18, 2014

About this time last year, I was wrapping up a 10-year stay in Georgia and planning a return to the pastoral splendor of Rappahannock. The entire process only took two months: Jobs fell into place quickly, we found a great house right next door to family and my boys were very pleased with their...
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Letter: Un-chartered territory, unmentioned last week

Sep. 18, 2014

I would like to add some information that wasn’t noted in last week’s report of the September board of supervisors’ meeting. First, a note about process. It would be useful for someone to know in advance, when taking advantage of a public comment portion of the agenda, that apparently there is no requirement after...
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Letter: It’s Headwaters that should be thanked

Sep. 18, 2014

Headwaters held its annual Taste of Rappahannock on Saturday (Sept. 13) at Mount Vernon Farm. Among the many guests and donors were numerous behind-the-scene planners and laborers who pulled off another spectacular event to benefit the many children of Rappahannock County. Headwaters is well-renowned in the community for its dedication to fostering education and...
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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 18)

Sep. 18, 2014
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This week’s headlines include: Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home • Rapp schools fully accredited • The Rapp for Sept. 18 • RCHS’s project-based environment • Coming in the mail, stickerless shock? • Editorial: Autumn’s changing ways • Wild Ideas: Sorting out the sumacs as summer subsides • and more.
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The goal: a good turnout

Sep. 11, 2014
Democratic hopeful Lawrence Gaughan.

An interview with Lawrence Gaughan, the Democrats’ choice to face second-term incumbent Republican Robert Hurt in the Nov. 4 election for Virginia’s 5th congressional district.
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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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School & sports news for Sept. 11

Sep. 11, 2014

With summer giving us a (hopefully) final blast of heat last week, Rapp athletics matched the weather, turning in some red hot performances and bringing home some wins.
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New online tool brings farmers and chefs closer

Sep. 11, 2014

In an effort to strengthen the agricultural economy and get more local food into area restaurants, the Piedmont Environmental Council has created and launched Farmer-Chef Express, an interactive website that connects local food buyers and sellers.
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Organizers promise pumpkin chuckin’ blast at first Harvest Fest

Sep. 11, 2014
Remi Frazier selects a pumpkin at Cows-N-Corn, one of the vendors for the upcoming Piedmont Harvest Fest in Fauquier County.

The first Piedmont Harvest Fest, a new festival at the Fauquier Fairgrounds, will treat guests to barbecue, farm fun and pumpkins hurled from a catapult.
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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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Letter: A fantastic Rappahannock Night, thanks to . . .

Sep. 11, 2014

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in this year’s “Outer Space Tacky Tourist,” Rappahannock Night at Camp Fantastic. Once again, it was a huge success! The committee — Sandra Jenkins, Marie Davis, Jan Makela, Jim Blubaugh and Frank Raiter — were invaluable in planning this event. Charlotte Turnmeyer and Sarah Ames...
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Letter: A balanced Washington, Va.

Sep. 11, 2014

Over the past several months, I’ve read many negative comments about the town of Washington. Some of the accompanying suggestions in those comments as to how to resolve those negatives seem misplaced. The main issue in much of the discussion is the population of the town. We have been in the midst of a...
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Letter: Rapp’s own, moving forward at VMI

Sep. 11, 2014
Evan Hitt (third row, center) among the VMI freshmen in New Market last weekend.

Last Sunday (Sept. 7), three of Rappahannock’s own took the Virginia Military Institute oath on the Field of Lost Shoes in New Market, Va.: Evan Hitt, Ben Estes and Bill Hogan, all Rats (as freshmen are called at VMI), who have survived the nine-day period of immersion into the VMI way of life known...
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Letter: Sincere sesquicentennial thanks

Sep. 11, 2014
Sesquicentennial committee members (and weekend participants) included, from left: Ron Frazier, Art Candenquist, Sandra Maskas, Rudy Segaar and Jim Massie. (Missing in action: Sam Foreback and Tim Ayers.)

Thank you all for your wonderful support and help to making this last Rappahannock County Civil War Heritage Days event a success. Despite the heat on Saturday, we had a wonderful parade and “pass-in-review” ceremony in town. Sunday’s skirmish was a lot of fun and the weather was much more cooperative. Throughout the weekend...
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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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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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