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Town will take ‘second look’ at its beautification-project actions

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March 12

Washington Mayor John Sullivan says that the town council will take a second look at the measures it adopted in 2013's town-center beautification partnership with Trinity Church and the Inn. Meanwhile lawyer David Konick is filing a petition in circuit court to force the town to release related emails.
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Rural America: It’s complicated

By Brian Depew There are two closely held, widely believed narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much...
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The Rapp for Feb. 19

Belle Meade’s Equestrian Club sponsors a fundraising trail ride April 12.

Thornton Hill Fort Valley Hounds move their race to warmer times in April, 10 more Forbes Travel Guide stars for The Inn at Little Washington, a musical art competition for Rappahannock visual artists, ragtime at the Theatre and more in this week's The Rapp.
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Windows on Gay Street

Kevin Adams gallery and studio plans approved by ARB.

On Common Ground: Don’t tax away gas price relief

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Jan. 22

Let people take advantage of the price-of-oil breather while they can, writes Bill Walton. Instead of the gas tax, let them invest in themselves.
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Sperryville column for Jan. 22

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Jan. 22
Valley Green Naturals owner Cindy Devore.

Single malt . . . soap! Cindy Devore, founder of Sperryville’s Valley Green Naturals, announced recently that she has partnered with River District neighbor Copper Fox Distillery to produce two exclusive products: Bathtub Gin Soap, blended with steam-distilled botanicals and Copper Fox Single Malt Vir-Gin; and Smoked Applewood Whisky Soap, blended with smoked sea...
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Lawmakers seek to restrict drones

Richmond lawmakers consider regulation of drones this session.

Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including one that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.
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Governor outlines ‘opportunity’ agenda

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In a move he said would boost the state’s economy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking legislators to remove the requirement that Virginia women get an ultrasound before having an abortion and to “create a more inclusive environment for LGBT Virginians and business owners.”
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A peas-ful New Year’s Day

The crowd in the parking lot at Laurel Mills store on New Year's Day.

The Rapp for Jan. 1

The cast and director of RAAC's "Wizard of Oz" production take their bows.

Washingtonian bites The Inn, plus a “100 Foot Journey,” a wonderful “Wizard of Oz,” beekeeping classes, RAAC’s spring film festival and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Copper Fox Distillery expands to Williamsburg

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces the Williamsburg distillery project; Copper Fox's Rick Wasmund is at left.

Rick Wasmund’s Copper Fox Distillery, opened in 2004 in Sperryville’s River District, will build its second malting, production, aging and tasting facility in the city of Williamsburg, Va.
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NPCF awards $75K to local nonprofits

With Lykes Fund checks in hand, funding celebrants include (from left) Pat Snyder of RappCats, Ray Parks of RRCSB, Chris Miller of Aging Together, Judy Tole of Rappahannock Historical Society, Carol Johnson of RCPS, Cheryl Toth of Kid Pan Alley, Jane Wilson of Headwaters, Dietlinde Maazel of Castleton Festival, Donna Matthews of RCPS, Lisa Pendleton of CCLC, Kelly Kuhn of CASA and Lily Dunning of Bluemont.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation recently awarded $75,357 in grants to local nonprofit organizations from the Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund.
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Zoning board approves B&B, tourist homes

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Dec. 18, 2014

At its Dec. 4 meeting, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals approved special-use permits for two tourist homes, a B&B and a mental-health professional office and tabled a variance request.
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Sperryville column for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014
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Industry rankings — from Guide Michelin, Zagat, Saveur, to name a few — are often coveted awards. And then there is Southern Living’s list, the South’s Best Bed and Breakfasts. In the most recent edition of the magazine, Sperryville’s own Inn at Mount Vernon Farm is among the eight B&Bs listed. “The most important...
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There may be room at the Inn for a post office

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Dec. 11, 2014

Negotiations between the U.S. Postal Service and The Inn at Little Washington are reported to be focused on keeping the post office in the same building at Main and Middle streets that the Inn has leased to the postal facility for more than 25 years.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

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Dec. 11, 2014
The back patio at the Blue Rock Inn still has one of the best westward views in the county.

The Blue Rock Inn is closing down its restaurant on Dec. 28 but will keep open its five-room B&B and its wedding-and-event trade, although the whole property has been for sale since last summer.
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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

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Dec. 4, 2014

In the final step of the special-exception permit sought by the Carney brothers to build and open a brewery and brewpub in Sperryville’s River District by next spring, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the plan.
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Washington Post Office loses its lease

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Dec. 4, 2014

The Washington Post Office is losing its lease on Main Street; both the lessee and lessor say it wasn't their idea.
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Supervisors will decide if housing project goes  forward

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Nov. 27, 2014
A People Inc. spokesman describes the community action organization's Sperryville project Wednesday night.

As it turns out, allowing apartments in a highway commercial zone — the zone along U.S. 211 west of Sperryville where community-action organization People Inc. has proposed to build a 28-unit affordable housing complex — is in the hands of the county supervisors after all.
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Letter: Thanks to all our Linked businesses

Our recent quarterly Biz Link event, planned under the umbrella of Businesses of Rappahannock, was great fun and a tremendous success! Hosted by Magnolia Vineyards (Tina and Glenn Marchione), the hoards of business professionals in attendance enjoyed Magnolia wines and were fed delicious treats by co-underwriter Rudy’s Pizza (Andy Thompson) and our sponsor Triple...
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Sperryville column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27, 2014
Triple Oak Bakery owner Brooke Parkhurst and her right arm, Katie Long, go over orders.

Owner Brooke Parkhurst plans to expand her gluten-free Triple Oak Bakery into a tea and coffee shop, in this week’s Sperryville column.
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Washington Column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27, 2014

A time of remembering and giving thanks, birthday wishes to Lois McFarland, Donna LaPre’s annual Christmas studio sale and the Town of Washington’s Christmas party, in this week’s Washington column.
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Affordable apartments at former Emporium site?

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Nov. 13, 2014
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County supervisors and planners are heading into the holidays with their plates already full, with decisions about a proposed apartment at the former Sperryville Emporium site, the sheriff’s budget and a proposed new brewery.
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Big news a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works 

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Nov. 13, 2014
Hopkins Ordinary B&B owners Sherri Fickel and Kevin Kraditor pose with Ale Works brewing partner David Litaker (right) behind the bar of the Sperryville nanobrewery last week.

Sperryville innkeepers Kevin Kraditor and Sherri Fickel, along with their partner, David Litaker, are deliberately starting small with the Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works — but the important point is . . . they’ve started.
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Town council approves White Moose permit extension

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Nov. 13, 2014
Manager of the White Moose Inn can continue to live up the block.

The Washington Town Council approved everything on its agenda, including a special-use permit allowing the White Moose Inn’s manager to live off-site, and also passed a resolution to open up nominations to fill former council member Dan Spethmann’s seat.
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The Rapp for Nov. 13

From left: Wendi Sirat, Smiggy Smith and Lorraine Duisit of Mandalele.

R.H. Ballard Gallery opens a holiday-themed art show, the Piedmont Virginian Artist Showcase is at River District Arts, Mandalélé performs at the RAAC Community Theatre, jazz musicians perform at the Theatre at Washington and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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New roots in Sperryville

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Nov. 13, 2014
By Cathie Shiff

Sperryville column for Nov. 13 

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Nov. 13, 2014
Valley Green Naturals’ new home in Sperryville’s River District.

Sperryville continues its journey into Destination-ness, with the opening of Valley Green Naturals and lots more happening around the village.
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Washington column for Nov. 13

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Nov. 13, 2014
New flags were raised high last Sunday at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.

A gift of flags, Trinity's Sing-a-Long, a Christmas parade preview, a seasonal concert at Washington Baptist and more in this week's Washington column.
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 13

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Nov. 13, 2014

June 20, 1974 Dr. Jerry Martin and Dr. Werner Krebser plan to open a full-time medical clinic in Rappahannock’s seat in Washington. If their request for a use permit is approved by the Town Council next month, which seems likely, construction on the new building will begin about the middle of July. The doctors hope the...
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Walton joins Rappahannock Media as partner

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Nov. 6, 2014
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Rappahannock Media LLC, which owns this newspaper along with the weekly Culpeper Times and quarterly Piedmont Virginian magazine, has taken on Bill Walton as a minority owner.
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The garden club’s long, happy history with holiday greens

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Nov. 6, 2014
A recent example of the wreaths produced by Rappahannock County Garden Club volunteers.

How long have people been making wreaths? The history of wreaths goes back far into ancient times, when the first ones were worn on the heads of kings, emperors and military heroes. Hanging them on doors came much later, and the first recorded ones celebrated the harvest, not Christmas. But wreaths were prevalent enough...
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News briefs for Nov. 6

Sheriff’s Office asks landowners to call first before burning brush or debris; two hospices merge; the number of turkeys raised in Virginia is up this year.
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

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Nov. 6, 2014
A scene from a Salzburg Marionettes performance.

Piano and 'strings' at Castleton, "Chef" and then piano and soprano at the Theatre, a Kid Pan Alley benefit concert at Coterie, Veterans Day at RCHS, chamber music, Lester Brown at the library, Mandalele's CD release and more in this week's The Rapp column.
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Salsa Halloween

Photo by E. Raymond Boc

Theatre getting a new, like-minded owner

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Oct. 30, 2014

Theatre at Washington founder and owner Wendy Weinberg announced this week that she will be selling the theater to longtime Rappahannock resident Nancy Raines.
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The Rapp for Oct. 30

Mennonite writer and teacher Kirsten Beachy speaks Nov. 9 in Huntly in a Rappahannock Historical Society program.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is at the Country Cafe, the movie “Chef” and a classical recital are coming to the Theatre in Washington, plus a whiskey-paired dinner at Skyland, an Aging Together Expo in Culpeper and more in this week’s The Rapp column.
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Photo: It’s a wrap

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Sperryville column for Oct. 23

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Oct. 30, 2014
New Old Hollow Store proprietors Kathy Settle (left) and Christie Ralls (right) are planning a grand reopening this Saturday.

Conyers House celebrates 33 years and Old Hollow Store announces changes and gets ready for a grand reopening celebration this Saturday (Nov. 1).
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Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1

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Oct. 23, 2014
Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5th)

Jobs: That’s the No. 1 issue Republican Rep. Robert Hurt says he is hearing about from constituents across Virginia’s vast North Carolina-to-Northern Virginia 5th District. A Q&A with the congressman who is campaigning for a third term.
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