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School and sports news for June 18

A parent and student-generated initiative at Rappahannock County Elementary School this spring culminated in a homemade plastic and aluminum recycling effort at the annual end-of-the-year DARE Day festivities at RCES.
Our million-acre backyard commons

By Chris Bolgiano There’s no grill in my big backyard, no swing set and no swimming pool, unless you count the rock-bottomed bowls along Reedy Run as it cascades to the Shenandoah River. They’re mainly trees here in the George…
The Rapp for April 23

Fourth (Estate) Friday The still-standing staff of the Rappahannock News will once again be seated at Washington’s Country Cafe at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 24) for our monthly Fourth (Estate) Friday community story conference — your chance to suggest,…
The Rapp for April 9

Another big weekend in Rappahannock • Working Woods Walk coming up at Montpelier • Virginia's climatologist speaks in Warrenton • RAAC Theatre's May comedy • Give Local Piedmont gears up • Appreciating the Book Barn • Belle Meade trail ride this weekend

By Tom Horton We’re all familiar with the problem-solving technique of simply shifting the lens. Viewing the same thing differently. Glass “half full” instead of “half empty” is an example. When it comes to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the “glass”…

For assistance with the maintenance, repair or replacement of septic systems, Virginia and the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District offer a grant-based cost-share program for significant portions of Rappahannock, Culpeper and Madison counties. Homeowners in the eligible watershed areas…
Virginia deer harvest down 22 percent

Wildlife biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), after compiling the preliminary figures for the 2014-15 fall/winter hunting season, reported significant declines in deer and turkey harvests this year.
Stop taking ’cides

Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Writer Liza Field has a few antibiotic-free ideas.