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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 20)

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This week's headlines include: Community reacts to People Inc. apartment proposal • Local budget back on track, board hears • Wood is state champ by far, Rapp runners second by inches • Clean water awards to Lessards, Willises • Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food • Telling stories of her ancestors' stand against Civil War savagery •...
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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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Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food

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Nov. 20
File photo by Kathy Eggers

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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Affordable apartments at former Emporium site?

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Nov. 13
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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
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
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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A report card for area hospitals

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Culpeper Hospital earns an A for safety. See how nearby hospitals scored in a study by the Leapfrog Group on safe health care.
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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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School & Sports News for Nov. 13

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In in this week’s school and sports news, Rapp’s girls cross country and volleyball teams bring home trophies, the Scholastic Bowl gets underway and RCPS’s Farm-to-Table program is highlighted in Virginia Living magazine’s “Top High Schools” feature.
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Editorial: That time of year

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Nov. 13
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

This year’s spectacular fall foliage brought great beauty, but also great noise pollution, as leaf blowers are taken up to manage the fallen leaves.
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Culpeper officer running for sheriff

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Nov. 13
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Culpeper police Sgt. Anthony E. “Andy” Berry isn’t waiting until the last minute this time to throw his hat in the ring to become Rappahannock County’s next sheriff as he did in 2011.
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Timber theft jail term begins

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Nov. 13

Her Virginia Supreme Court appeal unsuccessful, a former tenant of of a Sperryville property begins serving her eight months in jail after she was convicted in 2012 of stealing timber.
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Jed’s Eye View: Shop local

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Nov. 13
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Need a part replaced on your car? Jed Duvall finds it pays to call the guy down the street.
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150 Years Ago This Week: Lincoln re-elected

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This week 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected president of the United States, with Andrew Johnson of Tennessee as vice president, while the Second Congress of the Confederate States met in Richmond for what was destined to be the last time.
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 13)

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This week's headlines: Apartments at Sperryville Emporium? • Editorial: That time of year • Culpeper officer running for sheriff • Report card for area hospitals • The Rapp for Nov. 14 • Timber theft jail term begins • Big News a-brew at Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works • and more
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Walton joins Rappahannock Media as partner

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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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Spethmann resigns council post

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Washington Town Council member Daniel Spethmann resigned this week by letter to Mayor John Sullivan and the rest of the council, a letter in which he said his business has recently required him to spend “more time away than in town.”
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The garden club’s long, happy history with holiday greens

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Nov. 6
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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Rappublican county

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Nov. 6
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How Rappahannock County voted in the Nov. 4 election.
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Leaving a happier planet

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Nov. 6
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Money does grow on trees — along with health and high spirits. Don’t lose yours as autumn dwindles.
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The Rapp for Nov. 6

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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Editorial: We want to believe

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Nov. 6
By Bas Lammers via Wikimedia Commons

Screeches and screams reportedly heard rolling across the hills and vales of Rappahannock were not wails of disappointment from residents whose favored candidates did not win on Tuesday. But could it really have been, as someone said, a mountain lion?
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Jed’s Eye View: Six million people 

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Nov. 6

Six million people — Jed Duvall says that's the number of people in the United States that we should be thinking and talking about more often.
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School & Sports News for Nov. 6

RCHS’ cross country girls pose with their RRC trophies, including (back row, from left) Kathryn Fisher, Elizabeth Fisher, Emma Endre, Kayla McGhee, Caragh Heverly and Katelyn Fisher, and (front) Emily Allen, Savannah Stephens, Kelsie Strobel, Brooke Athelli and Julia Wood.

Rappahannock and Wakefield sports updates (including athletics awards plus volleyball, theater and cross country successes); CCLC wins accreditation; RCHS works hard on upcoming career fair.
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Inside this week’s News (Nov. 6)

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This week's headlines: Rappublican county (local voting results) • Spethmann resigns from town council • Walton joins Rappahannock Media as minority partner • Editorial: We want to believe • Countryside: The garden club's long, happy history with holiday greenery • 150 Years Ago This Week: A terrible scene at sea • Wild Ideas: This autumn's gold-medal foliage • and more
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Theatre getting a new, like-minded owner

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Oct. 30

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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Tanker crash closes down 522

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Oct. 30
The region's emergency management chief inspects the spill of an overturned tanker Monday morning on U.S. 522 in Boston.

Police are investigating the cause of a tractor-trailer crash and spill early Monday morning that closed both lanes of Sperryville Pike (U.S. 522) in Boston for about six hours.
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The most important election . . . that no one knows about

The Hebron Lutheran Church, still standing in Madison County, served as the background for one of the most important (and largely forgotten) elections in American history.

Stiles, for the convenience of churchgoers who arrived by horse or carriage, still stand outside the Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison County, which played a part in one of the most important elections in American history.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 30)

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This week's headlines include: Theatre gets a new, like-minded owner • Tanker crash closes down 522 • Tuesday is Election Day • 50 artists, 7 galleries, 2 days: This weekend's tour • The Rapp for Oct. 30 • The most important election . . . that no one knows about • Front Royal, Flint Hill men sentenced
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Election Day is Tuesday

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Oct. 30
Michael Brown of Washington says his name and address aloud for poll workers Jay Brown and Ellen Mustoe at the Washington fire hall Tuesday morning. Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Rappahannock County voters cast ballots next Tuesday (Nov. 4) in three races — for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat, for the Fifth District’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and for the county treasurer’s post. There is also a constitutional amendment referendum.
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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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Editorial: Of time, elections and roadkill

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Oct. 30
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At 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 2, daylight savings time ends — and deer will again be appearing in commuters' headlights across the land. So be mindful, and be pragmatic — and, publisher Walter Nicklin writes, consider doing the same on Nov. 4, Election Day.
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School & Sports News for Oct. 30

After School students wait for the chance to check out the rocks at Patricia Lessard’s geology presentation last month.

The Panthers late-season successes, and an after-school geology lesson with Patricia Lessard at RCES.
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50 artists, 7 galleries, 2 days: This weekend

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Oct. 30
Detail of a work in Arches paper and watercolor by Sperryville artist Margot Neuhaus, from her “Light Motives” series.

The hills and byways of Rappahannock will be alive with art this Saturday and Sunday during the Rappahannock Association for Arts and the Community’s 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour.
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Stonyman can stay through January

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Oct. 23
Stonyman Gourmet reached an out-of-court settlement that allows it to remain at its Gay Street quarters until Jan. 15.

Stonyman Gourmet Farmer cafe/cheese shop owners Alan and Susan James say they can remain in business at their Gay Street mercantile store location through January, according to the terms of an out-of-court settlement reached this week.
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Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1

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Oct. 23
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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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Investigation at Flint Hill Post Office

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Oct. 23

An investigation into unknown allegations of wrongdoing involving the mail is underway at the Flint Hill Post Office, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
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A headmaster looks back at an era of change

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Oct. 23
Bill Dietel answers a question after his talk at the library.

Before a packed audience at the Rappahannock County Library Oct. 10, longtime Rappahannock resident and influential philanthropic consultant Bill Dietel shared stories of how he took one of the foremost independent girls’ schools in the nation from the Eisenhower Era into the Age of Aquarius.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 23)

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This week’s headlines: Stonyman can stay through January • Hurt: Private sector jobs are Job No. 1 • Investigation at Flint Hill Post Office • A headmaster looks back at an era of change • The Rapp for Oct. 23 • and more.
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