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Inside this week’s News (Dec. 18)

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This week's headlines include: NPCF awards $75K to local nonprofits • Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase • Town council adds Aichele • What’s all the digging? • Castleton announces 2015 season • Editorial: A Charlie Brown Christmas tree • Wild Ideas: Of Gaeaf, Golda and birds • 150 Years Ago This Week: Battle of Nashville...
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What’s all the digging?

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Projects underway in Rappahannock County will bring about single-container recycling next month, and possible higher-speed mobile broadband at some future date.
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The Rapp for Dec. 18

Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal  in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Jan. 2 at The Theatre at Washington.

Rappahannock News takes a break over Christmas, RAAC kicks off its winter film season, and guest bartenders help raise money for the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Editorial: A Charlie Brown Christmas tree

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Dec. 18
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It may get no respect, but in Walter Nicklin’s mind, the Eastern red cedar is the most authentic of Christmas trees — and the one that is most identified with Rappahannock County.
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Driver crashes into house after midmorning chase

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Dec. 18
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Police chased a man in a pickup truck this morning from Flint Hill into the center of the county's commercial area, where the driver veered across the median, crossed two more lanes and continued across a lawn and straight into a house.
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Castleton announces 2015 season

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Dietlinde Turban Maazel, artistic and executive director for the Castleton Festival’s first season without its founder and maestro, her husband, Lorin Maazel, last week announced plans for the festival’s seventh season in 2015.
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There may be room at the Inn for a post office

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Dec. 11

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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Football praised, cell tower decried, board delays deciding

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Dec. 11

Rappahannock County Public Schools got an excellent turnout for football Tuesday night — which delayed an excellent turnout for (or actually, against) cell towers on school property.
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Blue Rock restaurant will close

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Dec. 11
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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Democracy award to Rappahannock’s own Ben Goddard

Ben Goddard is presented with the IAPC Democracy Medal by Ilkka Ahtokivi, president of IAPC, last month in Rome, Italy.

It was a career highlight for Rappahannock County resident Ben Goddard when he was awarded the prestigious Democracy Medal by the International Association of Political Consultants last month.
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The Rapp column for Dec. 11

Old Rag Master Naturalists inspect the terrain on a geology field trip at Stony Man lookout in Shenandoah National Park.

Holiday concerts, local arts grants, a Constitutional advocate at Gray Ghost, a run/walk fundraiser for the “Shop with a Deputy” program, holiday-related art workshops and more in this week’s The Rapp.
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Editorial: Recommended reading

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The tranquility of Rappahannock County in winter invites reflection and reading. Some recommendations from the Rappahannock Philosophical Society.
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School and sports news for Dec. 11

Winter sports are in full swing, and several Rappahannock sports teams have already begun to rack up the wins.
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Inside this week’s News (Dec. 11)

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This week's headlines include: There may be room at the Inn for a post office • Football praised, cell tower decried, school board delays deciding • Little Washington’s big Christmas • Blue Rock restaurant will close • Editorial: Recommended reading • Gift Rapp’d for Christmas • Democracy award to Rappahannock’s own Ben Goddard • Wild Ideas: Are...
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The multifamily issue: postponed

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

The supervisors remove a zoning amendment that would have allowed People Inc. to proceed with its affordable housing proposal in Sperryville, passing the issue to the planning commission.
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Citizen Jenks

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III, the 2014 Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year.

Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III has been around Rappahannock County long enough that nothing surprises him, and just about everything delights him, including the fact that Rappahannock News has named him their 2014 Citizen of the Year (for the second time).
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Sperryville to be a two-brewery town

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

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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Jed’s Eye View: The gray wave is here

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Dec. 4

Rappahannock is in the midst of a type of growth that cannot be controlled by zoning, or any other way: The numbers of gray-haired folks are zooming upwards.
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Editorial: A modest proposal

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Dec. 4
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Last week’s Thanksgiving editorial touched on some of the countless things for which we here in Rappahannock County should be thankful. But perhaps that for which we should be most thankful are the very things we do not have.
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Unpaved Roadshow: In search of Staffordshire portrait figures

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Dec. 4
The Staffordshire figurine “Turkey England France,” dated 1854, was made to commemorate the Anglo-French Alliance. Queen Victoria is flanked by Sultan Abd-ul-Medjid (left) and Napoleon III.

Like many antique collectors, Michelle Galler’s penchant for collecting Staffordshire portrait figures comes from a desire to connect to the past, a sense of history and the thrill of the hunt, in the debut of our Piedmont-centric antiques column, “The Unpaved Roadshow.”
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The Rapp column for Dec. 4

Last weekend's "Wizard of Oz" dress rehearsal.

Rappahannock’s holiday season kicks off with Christmas in Little Washington, “The Wizard of Oz” opens, Nol Putnam's book on National Cathedral iron work, a picturesque birthday, a RappCats Christmas and lots more this week in The Rapp.
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Inside this week’s News (Dec. 4)

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This week's headlines: Citizen Jenks • The multifamily issue: postponed • The Washington Post Office loses its lease • Sperryville to be a two-brewery town • Editorial: A modest proposal • Unpaved Roadshow: In search of Staffordshire portrait figures • Wild Ideas: Becoming the animal • Jed’s Eye View: The gray wave is...
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For Heimstra, the set’s the thing — or one of many

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Nov. 27
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When the cast of RAAC Community Theatre’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz” sets off next week for the Emerald City, they’ll be following a yellow brick road made possible by Linda Heimstra — and most of a gallon of yellow latex.
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Elder financial abuse a growing problem

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Nov. 27
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With the high incidence of financial scams directed at senior citizens in the region, Aging Together in Rappahannock held a roundtable discussion recently to discuss elder financial abuse.
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Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding

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Nov. 27
The cab driven by Allante Strother after it was towed from the accident scene in December 2013.

Last December, 24-year-old Allante Tobias Strother of Culpeper crashed a taxicab after he was chased at high speed by a deputy. This December he'll be in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to felony eluding of a police officer.
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Supervisors will decide if housing project goes  forward

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Nov. 27
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: Thankful for the many blessings of Rappahannock

Veterans Day at the high school, Mark Raiford snapped a shot of his dad saluting while his son, with fellow Troop 36 scouts, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whenever I tell people from outside our region I’m from Rappahannock they inevitably ask, “Is that near Fredericksburg?” I reply “no” and give them the geographic location and an explanation. Inevitably, their next question is, “What’s there to do there — what’s it like?” I admit I am most always at a loss for...
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The Rapp for Nov. 27

The Griffin’s Mary Frances Bywaters accepts her Restaurant Employee of the Year award from Virginian Hospitality and Travel Association president Eric Terry, right, and chairman Owen Matthews.

Fourth (Estate) Friday is cancelled this week because of the holiday; help the free clinic by buying a raffle ticket; and Mary Frances Bywaters wins statewide honors for her work at Griffin Tavern, in this week’s The Rapp.
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Sperryville column for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27
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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Editorial: A Rappahannock Thanksgiving

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Nov. 27
Photo by Molly M. Peterson.

It is that time of the year to pause and, instead of complaining, give thanks for our blessings. We here in Rappahannock County, especially blessed, can give singular thanks for many things too numerous to mention, but here’s a sampling.
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 27)

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This week's headlines: Supervisors will decide if housing project goes forward • ’Tis the season . . . to scam: Elder financial abuse a growing problem • Crashed-cab driver pleads guilty to eluding police • Editorial: A Rappahannock Thanksgiving • For Heimstra, the set’s the thing — or one of many • The Rapp...
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Local budget back on track, board hears  

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Nov. 20
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In a budget work session Monday afternoon, the supervisors learn that the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is back on track — at least for now — due to sheriff's office changes, but could still suffer from budget-based caution in Richmond.
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Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches

RCHS cross-country, with the girls’ 1A runner-up trophy at states, are (front row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Katelyn Fisher, Emma Endre and (back row) Rapp boys’ top finisher Gavin Jenkins, Elizabeth Fisher, Brooke Athelli, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly, Kelsie Strobel, Emily Allen, Julia Wood and coach James Sharpe.

Julia Wood takes her second state cross country championship, and Rapp girls comes within two points of bringing home the Virginia High School League team runner-up trophy in the 1A state tournament.
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The Rapp for Nov. 20

On a late fall-early winter hike in Shenandoah National Park.

A sing-along and a music concert to benefit the Food Pantry, RLEP’s annual gathering, seasonal changes at Shenandoah National Park and Amissville winery festivities are in this week’s The Rapp column.
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Letter: Sawyer, you will be missed

The late, great Sawyer.

Sawyer McCool Loth, 14 (or so) years old, beloved dog of Henry, Fiona, Bruce and Missy, was released from his mortal coil on Nov. 13 with the help of the compassionate folks at Rose Hill Veterinary. He was on his favorite bed in his favorite spot in the back of the car. Rescued as...
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Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food

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Nov. 20
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While climate change, Ebola and politics may make it hard to enjoy the holiday season, here in Little Washington and environs, the world keeps right on spinning on its axis — offering hope and appreciation to its inhabitants.
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Today’s topic: ‘Affordable Rappahannock’  

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Nov. 20

The issue of whether Rappahannock County needs affordable housing was debated at this week’s when the county’s board of supervisors considered a special-use permit application to build apartments on the former Sperryville Emporium site.
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Clean water awards to Lessards, Willises

Bay Friendly Farm Award recipients Rick and Dorothy Lessard are flanked by CSWCD board chair Lynn Graves (left) and Rappahannock directors Evelyn Kerr and Monira Rifaat (right).

Rappahannock farm owners Rick and Dorothy Lessard and Stephen and Annette Willis received awards for conservation stewardship at the annual Clean Water Farm Awards dinner in Culpeper Nov. 6.
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Telling stories of her ancestors’ stand against Civil War savagery  

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Nov. 20
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Kirsten Eve Beachy tells the stories of Brethren and Mennonite women in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.
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