FROM THE RAPPAHANNOCK NEWS

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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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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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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Schools rehire Matthews, rethinking cell tower

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July 10
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As chairman John Lesinski informed the small crowd at Tuesday night’s meeting (July 8), the Rappahannock County School Board has been offered a deal by Community Wireless Services to place a monopole cell phone tower on high school property.
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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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Editorial: The show must go on

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July 10
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The danger of living in Rappahannock County is that we might begin to take its natural beauty for granted. A noiseless, reverent silence reinforces that beauty. When the silence is broken, that, too, is beautiful — for the sounds most likely emanate from the Castleton Festival.
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Inside this week’s News (July 10)

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This week’s headlines include: County opposes pipeline • Supervisors restrict, approve Narmada events center • Schools rehire Matthews, rethinking cell tower • The Rapp for July 10 • Rapp’s PTO goes above and beyond the bake sale • Editorial: The show must go on • and more.
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18 years and $1 million later, CCLC’s ‘Fab Five’ get a limo ride

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July 3
CCLC's "Fab Five" got a well-deserved limo ride.

It’s not easy to surprise five hard-working women volunteers an hour before a fundraiser. But, after almost 20 years and nearly $1-million in fundraising, the Friends of CCLC’s “Fab Five” finally got to relax.
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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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Bragg sentenced to two years

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July 3
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A Strasburg man charged with sexual battery and aggravated sexual battery against a minor was sentenced to two years in jail in Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Tuesday morning (June 24).
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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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Editorial: Town, to be or not to be

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July 3
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Besides an occasion for celebrating our Declaration of Independence from Britain over two centuries ago, July Fourth presents an especially appropriate time to examine and/or re-examine the way that We the People currently govern ourselves.
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School & sports news for July 3

The WCDS Class of 2014.

On a glorious Saturday afternoon, the 18 members of the Class of 2014 graduated Wakefield Country Day School.
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Inside this week’s News (July 3)

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This week’s headlines include: 18 years and $1 million later, CCLC’s ‘Fab Five’ get a limo ride • After safety debate, BZA permits B&B • The Rapp for July 3 • Bragg sentenced to two years • Editorial: Town, to be or not to be • and more.
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Pulse taken

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June 26
Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

The “Rapp Live” forum hosted June 19 by the Rappahannock News filled the 218-seat Theatre at Washington with folks wanting to be informed rather than entertained — though what brought them there has had the town and county buzzing.
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Packed house: Panelists and public talked for more than two hours at the Theatre Thursday.

A selection of the comments from the June 19 "Rapp Live" public forum, with an emphasis on those of the audience members rather than panelists’.
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Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged

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June 26
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As of today, Rappahannock’s 181-year-old local jail, one of the oldest still operating in Virginia, is expected to be empty. As of July 1, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office will likely be just four officers shy of its current staff.
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Planners OK Narmada expansion

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June 26
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission recommended approval of both plans before it last Wednesday (June 18) — including a 2,800-square-foot conference and wedding center at Narmada Winery.
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Berry gets 52 months for sex crimes

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June 26
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In Rappahannock County Circuit Court last Thursday (June 19), a 42-year-old Amissville man was sentenced to 52 months in jail for committing various sexual offenses.
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The Rapp for June 26

From left, Old Rag Master Naturalists volunteeers Charles Fortuna, Jenny Fitzhugh, Caroline Watts, Dee Dee Lyon and Ed Dorsey take a break Monday at Washington’s Nature Trail.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday moves to Sperryville, the Nature Trail officially opens, the Amissville carnival returns, Middle Street gallery shows off “Photos, Fiber and Stone,” the CMR Farm Show starts July 12 and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . .

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June 26
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If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News.
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Inside this week’s News (June 26)

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This week’s headlines include: Pulse taken • Crime is down; jail is closed; budget unchanged • The Rapp for June 26 • Planners OK Narmamda expansion • Berry gets 52 months for sex crimes • Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . . • Wild Ideas: Life goes on • and more.
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Residents react to Abdo plans at council meeting

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June 19
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Unsurprisingly, what dominated public comment at the Washington Town Council’s monthly meeting Monday (June 16) was the controversy over a recent Washington Post profile of Jim Abdo, a developer known best for his neighborhood-rehab work in Washington, D.C.
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Sperryville sewer rates to rise July 1

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June 19
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After two hours of presentations and heartfelt public comments, the Rappahannock County Water & Sewer Authority voted to raise wastewater treatment rates for its 200-plus customers in the village of Sperryville by 18-percent, effective July 1.
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Bail bondsman’s story doesn’t convince jury

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June 19
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In a rare appellate-court trial for a misdemeanor assault, it took a seven-person Rappahannock County Circuit Court jury less than 20 minutes last Wednesday (June 11) to deliver a “not guilty” verdict in favor of an Amissville man accused of assault and battery last August.
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Community forum tonight: development in Washington

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June 19
Little Washington from above by Laurie Smith and Mark Reinhardt

Do you have something to say, or ask, about development in the town of Washington? Be at the Theatre at Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, for a "Rapp Live" community forum with all the current players.
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The Rapp for June 19

Little Eldon Farm is the site of CCLC’s Summer Solstice Garden Party fundraiser this Saturday.

Castleton and Sperryville’s 4th of July celebrations, the Virginia Equine Artists Association’s new RDA exhibit, CCLC’s summer solstice party, RLEP’s house and garden tour, Artifacts-on-Main’s opening and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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