FROM THE RAPPAHANNOCK NEWS

Inside this week’s News (Aug. 14)

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This week's headlines include: School board OKs talks with tower company • Spectra suspends pipeline project • The Rapp for Aug. 14 • Permit postponed, transparency defended • 10 years, 50-plus artists: Art Tour gears up • Editorial: Eerie parallels • and more.
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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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Editorial: Eerie parallels

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Exactly 100 years ago this summer commenced World War One, now universally acknowledged as a totally unnecessary catastrophe. It didn’t have to happen — eerily analogous to the climate change situation Rappahannock County finds itself in now.
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EMS study gets go-ahead

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Aug. 7
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The possibility of paid emergency medical services in Rappahannock County inched closer to probability Monday afternoon (Aug. 4), as the board of supervisors awarded the contract for an in-depth study of the county’s current volunteer-based EMS program.
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Scouting’s global service

Kashmir Boy Scout leader Nazir Khan speaks to Troop 36 and guests Monday at the Washington fire hall.

Scouting lessons and inspiring stories from the other side of the world were met with rapt attention by Rappahannock County’s only Boy Scout troop and a dozen or so interested citizens who came by the Washington fire hall Monday night (Aug. 4).
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Bill Walton joins NPCF board

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Harris Hollow resident Bill Walton is one of the newest members of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s board of directors, continuing his trend of positively impacting Rappahannock.
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Bus route changes in Tiger Valley

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Aug. 7
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The estimated six-week closing of Tiger Valley Road (Route 626) by the Virginia Department of Transportation while it replaces a bridge over the Rush River is affecting the road’s residents and two of the school system’s bus routes.
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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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Editorial: Summertime, and the livin’ is dangerous

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Rappahannock County may not have deadly rockets, roadside bombs or Ebola virus, but we do have ticks. Already transmitters of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, now comes word of a sometimes fatal food allergy.
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School & sports news for Aug. 7

WCDS students, including Owen Youngquist, Douglas Griffin, Aaron Corbett and Joe Dowell, march with the Virginia Delegation at the recent NJCL Latin convention.

Panther athletes return to the field (and gym, and track, and practice courts), while WCDS students win big at the VJCL Lation Convention in this week's school and sports news.
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Sponsored content: Vet’s Corner, July 2014

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One of the most common injuries in the dog causes damage to the cranial cruciate ligament. Sprains, strains and tears often occur in this ligament of the hind limb when dogs are running, turning and jumping.
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Inside this week’s News (Aug. 7)

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This week’s headlines include: EMS study gets go ahead • Bus route changes in Tiger Valley • The Rapp for Aug. 7 • Scouting's global service • Bill Walton join NPCF board • Editorial: Summertime, and the livin’ is dangerous • Wild Ideas: Celebrating the underappreciated moth • and more.
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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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Once an English teacher

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July 31
Chester Gap author Sheila Lamb’s first novel, “Once a Goddess,” hit store shelves on July 29.

Tuesday (July 29) was a big day for Chester Gap author and high school English teacher Sheila Lamb, as her first novel, “Once a Goddess,” was officially published.
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Deputies arrest second fugitive

Cesar Enrique Garcia

Cesar Enrique Garcia, who police say is the brother of a man arrested and held for extradition to California on July 14, was arrested last Friday (July 25) on a fugitive warrant.
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Put out by bridge out?

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July 31
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A two-lane bridge scheduled for replacement by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) starting next week will likely cause some school bus route complications.
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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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Editorial: Shaping the future

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July 31
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While ever-growing tourism dollars are welcome, they may not provide the painless panacea that many of our leaders seem to be counting upon. For in becoming simply a “tourist destination,” will we be selling our soul? And what’s the alternative?
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Inside this week’s News (July 31)

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This week’s headlines include: Put out by bridge out? • Rock Mills grapes, Bull Run wines • The Rapp for July 31 • Once an English teacher • Recovery continues, say forum speakers and recent sales • Editorial: Shaping the future • Wild Ideas: Some frogs are landlubbers • and more.
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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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Guilty plea in Sperryville credit card fraud

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July 24
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A Culpeper man chose to forgo his scheduled trial and instead pleaded guilty to two felony charges in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Thursday morning (July 17).
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Breakdown, not stakeout, nabs fugitive

Victor Manuel Garcia

A team from the U.S. Marshals Service arrived in the county on July 14 in search of a fugitive from San Diego County, Calif., staking out his house in Sperryville but failing to find him.
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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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Editorial: In Memoriam: Listening to the landscape

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July 24
Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

Eulogies have poured forth from around the world upon the death of Lorin Maazel the weekend before last. But for us in Rappahannock County, acquainted with the Maestro’s musical genius in ways uniquely ours, any attempted homage must express his love of the land here.
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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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Inside this week’s News (July 24)

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This week’s headlines include: Authority will address jail’s rocky start • The unburied treasurer’s office • The Rapp for July 24 • Breakdown, not stakeout, nabs fugitive • Guilty plea in Sperryville credit card fraud • Editorial: In Memoriam: Listening to the landscape • and more.
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Castleton’s Maestro is gone; the show goes on

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July 17
Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

Maestro Lorin Maazel, a force of nature who 25 years ago set down roots with his family amid the kindred forces of nature found in Rappahannock County, died Sunday morning, July 13. But, as he would have wanted, the show went on.
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Company wants to build, lease cell tower at high school, other sites

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July 17
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In a 30-minute informational meeting Tuesday night (July 15) attended by fewer than 10 people, the Rappahannock County School Board heard a presentation outlining Community Wireless Structure’s proposal to place a monopole cell phone tower on high school property.
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Town seeks slower pace

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July 17
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At a spirited and unusually well-attended Washington Town Council meeting Monday night (July 14), a dozen residents, neighbors and business owners offered up eyewitness testimony of speeders along Main Street and elsewhere in town.
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Mohsin’s exemplary adventure

A large group of Mohsin’s classmates and friends, from RCHS, Goucher and the Rappahannock community, attended last Saturday’s celebratory dinner.

To residents and weekend escapers, Rappahannock County is about blue horizons, ponderous cows and glorious summer produce. But for Mohsin Ahmad, who arrived in 2006 as an exchange student from Peshawar, Pakistan, Rappahannock is the place that helped distill a new role in life.
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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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Editorial: Sex and consequences

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July 17
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A few miles away as the crow flies, just across the Blue Ridge, comes word of a male version of the TV-made-notorious “Octomom.” Fortunately, thanks to an inclusive sex education curriculum, no such problem exists in Rappahannock.
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Inside this week’s News (July 17)

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This week’s headlines include: Castleton’s Maestro is gone; the show goes on • Rappahannock Media acquires Culpeper Times • Company wants to build cell tower at high school • The Rapp for July 17 • Mohsin’s exemplary adventure • Editorial: Sex and consequences • and more.
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County opposes pipeline

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July 10
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The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors became one of the first local governing bodies in the Northern Piedmont region Monday to say “no” to a natural-gas transmission line proposed by Spectra Energy.
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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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Rapp’s PTO goes above and beyond the bake sale

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July 10
The PTO's twice-weekly RappFit classes have proven remarkably popular.

There are many notable charitable organizations working diligently to improve Rappahannock County, many of whom choose willingly to fly under the radar and let their works speak for themselves, including the Rappahannock County Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
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After a banner year, Swindler looks forward to his 4th

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July 10
Panther athletic director Jimmy Swindler just completed his third year on the job.

Rappahannock County Public Schools’ athletic director Jimmy Swindler just completed his third year as the Panthers’ AD — one that also happens to rank as one of the most successful in the schools’ athletic history.
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