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The Rapp for July 31

Grass Fed’s Brian Chafin, Dan Mudge and Colin Chinsammy.

Gadino Cellars hosts an RLEP benefit to “Stop the Pipeline,” Hearthstone and Belle Meade offer their final day camp sessions and Living Sky celebrates its new home at RDA with a two-day fundraiser in this week’s Rapp column.
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Authority will address jail’s rocky start

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July 24
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The technical, logistical, staffing and training issues that have dogged the new Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail during its opening days and weeks are being addressed and corrected, says the Front Royal facility’s superintendent.
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The unburied treasurer’s office

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July 24
Treasurer Debbie Knick, right, poses with her chief deputy Lisa Dodson, center, and part-timer Karen Bear. (Missing that day was deputy treasurer Deanna Wayland).

It’s only two months into Debbie Knick’s tenure as the treasurer of Rappahannock County, but the treasurer’s office has undergone dramatic changes — in physical appearance, technology and other areas.
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The Rapp for July 24

Great Falls artist Jill Banks painted this while in town earlier this month for RDA’s first Plein Air Paint Out.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Cafe, painter Nedra Smith is featured in the AIS National Art Exhibit, RAWL raffle tickets are still available, BizRapp starts a new membership year, Skyland Resort celebrates blackberries and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Don and Me: Chronicles of a Castleton walk-on

Gus Edwards

Lifelong opera lover Gus Edwards' (now complete) five-part series chronicling his journey from humble auction bidder to walk-on in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the 2014 Castleton Festival.
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Letter: Farewell, and thank you

As many readers are aware, I am leaving gorgeous Rappahannock County and the beautiful town of Little Washington, which I have felt privileged to call home for the last three years. Although I eagerly anticipate rejoining my family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, it is with a heavy heart that I am departing without the...
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Letter: Every minute counts

On Monday, June 9, my brother had to be transported via air ambulance from the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue station to the U.Va. Medical Center. He had sustained second- and third-degree burns across 30 percent of his lower body while working on a tractor at our grandfather’s house. Our father placed his first...
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Washington column for July 24

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July 24
Rose Ann Smythe, seen here with her husband Jon, is retiring from CCLC after more than 25 years.

Rose Ann Smythe retires as CCLC’s executive director after 25 years, the Inn wins a Grand Award from Wine Spectator and it’s officially berry season in this week’s Washington column.
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Sperryville column for July 24

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July 24
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Creekside Bakery will open its doors (and ovens) in August, while Cherl Crews’ Living Sky Foundation finds a permanent home (and accompanying mural) in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Rappahannock Media acquires Culpeper Times

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It was announced Friday (July 11) that the Culpeper Times, a local weekly under the umbrella of the Virginia News Group, was sold to Rappahannock Media.
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The Rapp for July 17

Tom Nash, executive chef of Tula’s Off Main, takes a break in the restaurant’s newly opened bar.

Tula’s off Main enters “phase two” with the opening of its new bar, while Russell Paulette returns to the RAAC Theatre to direct “The Real Inspector Hound” in this week’s Rapp column.
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School & sports news for July 17

RCHS valedictorian Shelby Burnett received one of 12 Wells Fargo Citizenship Award scholarships.

Shelby Burnett, Rappahannock County High School Class of 2014 valedictorian and Rappahannock News Scholar Athlete of the Year has received another honor —- this one at the state level.
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Washington column for July 17

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July 17
Doug Baumgardner in his office in 2010.

Doug Baumgardener’s office closes its doors, area churches sponsor a community picnic, ORMN hold a butterfly count, Trinity offers a Food Pantry drop-off box, WVFR holds its monthly buffet breakfast and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center

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July 10
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors gave its blessing to Narmada Winery’s proposal to build a 2,800-square-foot weddings-and-events center Monday night (July 7), but not without significant pre-nuptial agreements.
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The Rapp for July 10

The winery as it appears now.

Gray Ghost Winery celebrates 20 years this weekend, Kevin Adams (and two RCHS Panthers) paint a mural for CCLC, Laurel Mills reopens under new management and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photos: Land that we love . . .

An aerial view of the SVFD Fourth of July festivities. Photo by Robin Burke via Virginia Airborne Search & Rescue

Photo: Hiking in his footsteps

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Letter: To all who made the Fourth spectacular . . . 

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department sponsored their eighth annual Rappahannock County July Fourth Celebration at the Thornton Hill Hounds Racecourse last weekend. Independence Day was celebrated in spectacular fashion as the American flag flew high over the event, reminding everyone of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. A good time was had...
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Washington column for July 10

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July 10
Artist Jill Banks paints along Main Street.

Washington hosts 14 plein air artists, the WVFR hosts its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast and the Fourth of July was another successful show in this week's Washington column.
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Pipeline resources

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July 8
Flickr user rickz (www.flickr.com/photos/rickz/); licensed via Creative Commons

A resource guide for information and opinion on natural gas pipelines.
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After safety debate, BZA permits B&B

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July 3
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Building permits and bed and breakfast safety were the primary concerns last Wednesday night (June 25), as the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals considered — and ultimately approved — a request to operate a B&B in Amissville.
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The Rapp for July 3

The Turkey Ridge String Band performs at the Culpeper State Theatre.

A busy weekend of concerts and fireworks begins today (July 3), the Public House is accepting nominations for a surprise party and the Turkey Ridge String Band heads to the Culpeper State Theatre in this week’s Rapp column.
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Castleton Chamber Players’ stellar launch of the 2014 festival

Photo by Sarah Cohn

At the intimate Castleton Theater, tucked into a flowering rural hillside, violinist Eric Silberger, cellist Daniel Lelchuk and pianist Bradley Moore performed three contrasting chamber music pieces.
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Photo: Your tips to God’s ears

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July 3
Photo by Matt Wingfield

Letter: Appreciating Rappahannock

From the time I first climbed Bald Mountain as a kid in the Adirondacks in New York, I have wanted to live in the mountains. In 1987, I bought five acres with a shack and no running water on a no name road on Oventop Mountain and in 1995 bought a small log cabin...
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Washington column for July 3

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July 3

Trinity’s busy weekend, Tula’s new hours (and bar), the county’s July Fourth celebrations and the Caltterbuck family’s picnic in this week’s Washington column.
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Pulse taken

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June 26
Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there has had the town and county buzzing.
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Public speakers

Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

A selection of the comments from the June 19 "Rapp Live" public forum, with an emphasis on those of the audience members rather than panelists’.
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Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

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June 26
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As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.
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Planners OK Narmada expansion

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June 26
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval of both plans before it last Wednesday (June 18) — including a 2,800-square-foot conference and wedding center at Narmada Winery.
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The Rapp for June 26

From left, Old Rag Master Naturalists volunteeers Charles Fortuna, Jenny Fitzhugh, Caroline Watts, Dee Dee Lyon and Ed Dorsey take a break Monday at Washington’s Nature Trail.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . .

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June 26
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If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News.
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Photos: Out and (volunteering) about

Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Letter: Astounding beauty vs. toxic ugliness

I was somewhere between here and the West Coast when I read the thread on Facebook’s Rappnet group about Jim Abdo’s properties in Little Washington. I made one comment and then stepped out of the fray because the tone and language being used appeared to be a repeat of how many residents here respond...
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Sperryville column for June 19

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June 26
Senior center manager Darcy Canton (right), bus driver Ronnie Dennis (left, across from Canton) and a group of seniors dined at the Headmaster’s Pub as part of their bimonthly day trips.

Chris Doxzen had the privilege of meeting some of Rappahannock's seniors while they were lunching at the Headmaster’s Pub and shopping at the Sperryville Schoolhouse retail establishments — part of their bi-monthly day trips.
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Washington column for June 26

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June 26
Former Rappahannock News editor (and jack-of-all-trades) Sarah Latham (right) and her daughter Sally Haynes stopped in last Friday to share their fond memories of the Linotype machine.

The town of Washington is abuzz with news of Washington, D.C. developer Jim Abdo's long-term plans for the town, while a former Rapp News editor gets reacquainted with the Linotype machine she helped run in this week's Washington column.
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Audio and Transcript: ‘Rapp Live’ community forum

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Stream or download the audio (or download a transcript) of the June 19 "Rapp Live" community forum on the subject of development in the town of Washington and surrounding Rappahannock County.
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Residents react to Abdo plans at council meeting

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June 19
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Unsurprisingly, what dominated public comment at the Washington Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday (June 16) was the controversy over a recent Washington Post profile of Jim Abdo, a developer known best for his neighborhood-rehab work in Washington, D.C.
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Community forum tonight: development in Washington

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June 19
Little Washington from above by Laurie Smith and Mark Reinhardt

Do you have something to say, or ask, about development in the town of Washington? Be at the Theatre at Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, for a "Rapp Live" community forum with all the current players.
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The Rapp for June 19

Little Eldon Farm is the site of CCLC’s Summer Solstice Garden Party fundraiser this Saturday.

Castleton and Sperryville’s 4th of July celebrations, the Virginia Equine Artists Association’s new RDA exhibit, CCLC’s summer solstice party, RLEP’s house and garden tour, Artifacts-on-Main’s opening and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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