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The Rapp for Aug. 21

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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Photos: Fantastic night

Photo by Don Audette

The Rapp for Aug. 14

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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Michael T. Brown joins Walker Jones

Michael T. Brown joins Walker Jones

Walker Jones is pleased to announce that Michael Brown has joined the firm as a member and is managing its new Rappahannock County office in Washington.
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Photos: Rooftop restoration

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Letter: Headwaters thanks Union First and local restaurants

On behalf of the Headwaters Foundation and all the Rappahannock County Public Schools staff, we thank our local restaurants for providing a fabulous meal for the teachers, administrators and support staff of our public schools, and we thank Union First Market Bank for underwriting the luncheon. On Aug. 6, after a morning of speakers...
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Chester Gap column for Aug. 14

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Aug. 14

Spend a few hours with Lisa and Scott Jenkins, the current owners of Mountain Home Bed & Breakfast in Front Royal, across from the entrance to Lake Front Royal, in this week’s Chester Gap column.
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The Rapp for Aug. 7

“The Rangers,” a local indie web series, shoots in Rappahannock later this month.

PEC hosts a Pollinators Walk through Bruce Jones’ nature preserve, the Panthers cook up a spaghetti dinner football fundraiser, Rappahannock doubles as Andrasil for “The Rangers” and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Photo: Building ‘Earth Allegiance’

Photo by Larry “Bud” Meyer

Photo: Cannery show

Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Washington column for Aug. 7

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Aug. 7
Family and friends gathered for the memorial service for Herbert Wayne Jenkins last Saturday (Aug. 2) at the Washington Masonic Cemetery.

Tula’s off Main is the new place to be in (this) Washington, the RCSO cracks down on speeders and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Video: Cannery show

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Nevill Turner of Virginia Chutney in Flint Hill celebrated his birthday with a tour and lunch for the Lunch Bunch at the chutney maker's cannery, which he said hopes to increase production this year to 400,000-plus units of the family's famous chutney.
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Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines

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July 31
Vineyard owner Jonathan Hickox says his 3-year-old daughter Delaney is quickly being outpaced in height by the vines.

Innkeepers, artists, musicians and others have sunk roots in Rappahannock County, and now so has Jonathan Hickox — literally, in his case, as he’s recently planted grapevines on part of a 115-acre parcel of land he bought along Rock Mills Road.
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Recovery continues, say forum speakers and recent sales

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July 31
Pie charts and graphs proliferated as speakers presented views on the housing market and economy in Warrenton last week. Here, GMU researcher David Versel offers his interpretation of data to an audience of realtors and public officials.

There’s reason for those who make their living in real estate to feel better about the nation’s economy, and by extension the economy of the state of Virginia and the Piedmont area.
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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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School & sports news for July 31 

Summer school attendees try their hands at some improvisational techniques.

Panther football practice kicks off, Castleton Alive! enriches students at WCDS and in Headwaters’ summer school sessions and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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Spectra vs. Rappahannock County

Spectra, a $6 billion company proposes to force a pipeline through Rappahannock County, which would carry natural gas from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to Duke Energy in North Carolina. Say no!
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Washington column for July 31

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July 31
Jerry Burke retired on Friday (July 25) after 14 years of service.

Jerry Burke retires (and moves to South Carolina) after 14 years at Flatwood, the Book Barn’s August sale begins and Gadino hosts a fundraiser for RLEP in this week’s Washington column.
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Chester Gap column for July 31

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July 31

A tour of Chester Gap Cellars (and its fine tasting offerings), looking out for triathletes in training and the fire department’s monthly meeting in this week’s Chester Gap 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

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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
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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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