FROM THE RAPPAHANNOCK NEWS

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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The Rapp for Oct. 23

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Oct. 23
A character from a previous 1000 Faces performance at Stone Hill.

Fourth Friday moves to the fifth Friday this month, festivities and people in masks head for Stone Hill’s annual spectacle and folks on horseback for Flint Hill’s annual trail ride this weekend, plus worthwhile art exhibits, Molasses Creek at the Theatre, free chamber music and another distinction for The Inn in this week’s The...
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Editorial: That scary time of the year

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Oct. 23
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There’s plenty to worry about these days, but one truly scary discovery went largely under-reported and unremarked-upon — because, as an an abstraction, it doesn’t trigger the primitive fight-or-flight response: This past September was, on average, the hottest September on record for planet Earth.
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School & sports news for Oct. 23

Photo: Middle school, top slot | By Susanna McNear Members of Rappahannock County’s Junior Panther cross-country team — first in the Valley Middle School Conference regular-season point total and VMSC tournament champs — pose with trophies and coaches James Sharpe (left) and Mark Ramey (right), including (seated, from left): Luke Ellis, Nick Barnes, Savannah Hensley and Skylar Culbertson, and (standing between the coaches) Sam Barnes, Cassia Gainer, Mackensie Haunold, Danielle Frye and Lillian Jenkins. More school and sports news on page 9.

Rappahannock and WCDS sports teams head for the postseason, a close volleyball win, a RCES trip to Big Meadows and an important accreditation at Belle Meade School in this week’s School & Sports News column.
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County revisits, sheriff defends budget

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Oct. 16
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Near the end of last week’s monthly supervisors session, County Administrator John McCarthy had asked Sheriff Connie C. Smith to be present for a follow-up discussion of the sheriff’s office budget after the RSW Regional Jail had been open for three or four months.
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Settlement for Stonyman?

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Oct. 16
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Stonyman Gourmet Farmer owners Alan and Susan James are negotiating a settlement with parties involved in the pending sale of the property they’ve leased on Gay Street since 2008.
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Culpeper man charged in four-car crash

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Oct. 16
Police said a pickup truck rear-ended a PT Cruiser heading north on U.S. 522 Saturday afternoon in Scrabble, driving it into the path of a southbound GMC Yukon, which ended up in the brush.

A 40-year-old Culpeper man faces DUI and hit-and-run charges after police said he caused and then fled a four-vehicle wreck on U.S. 522 in Scrabble on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 11).
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Three artists, three mediums

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Oct. 16
Printmaker Maggie Rogers’ eye-catching designs utilize the complex 15th century “intaglio” process.

Interested in finding out how an artist finds passion in different mediums? Then you’ll want to visit the studios of Linda Tarry, Hans Gerhard and Margaret “Maggie” Rogers during the 10th annual Artists of Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour (Nov. 1-2).
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The Rapp for Oct. 16

One of the glass-on-glass works made at Candace Clough’s last workshop at Mullany Studio School.

It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend, as “No Ordinary Person” returns to the RAAC Community Theatre with a two-night show, while Gilbert & Sullivan return to the Theatre and much more; meanwhile, Gray Ghost increases its medal count and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Centennial close to home

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Oct. 16
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This year marks the centennial of the start of World War I. But this year also marks the centennial of a powerful idea hatched here in the United States demonstrating a better side of human behavior — a simple idea hatched by Frederick Goff.
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School & sports news for Oct. 16

Winners from the eighth annual WCDS 5K Fun Run pose at the finish line Oct. 4 with their respective medals.

A complete Panthers sports update; Wakefield athletes of the month, 5K finishers and sports recaps; Chelsea Academy news; and a new grant helps the Owls "Keep Virginia Beautiful" in this week's school and sports news.
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Town’s route explained; county chooses bypass

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Though listed as an “informational” item, no one really expected the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to take any official action on recent challenges to the town of Washington’s right to govern itself. And it didn’t — though it did express doubt that it ever would.
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At RCHS, connection is spelled P-R-I-D-E 

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Oct. 9
Students wait their turn to sign up for PRIDE Clubs early in August. Photo by Matt Wingfield.

Rappahannock County High School has deployed a new program this fall that is not designed to raise math and reading test scores, at least not directly. It is meant to ensure every student feels connected — both to a teacher and to fellow students with similar interests.
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Artists explore dreams and inner music

Photographer Matthew Black is working on a new series that grew out of powerful archetypal dreams.

When you visit the shared studio of Matthew Black and Darien Reece on Fletchers Mill Road, you will find a special space. Located in a wild flower field, it is used in many creative ways: for photography, painting, sculpture, meditation and movement classes.
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Amissville of old, brought to life

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Oct. 9
The Spindle House, still sitting quietly at Indian Run Road (Rt. 730) and U.S. 211, was a recruitment point for local men to join the 49th Virginia Infantry early in the Civil War. Later, the house may have been the headquarters of Union Gen. Armstrong Custer’s Michigan Brigade and Cavalry during the summer of 1863. Photo by Cathie Shiff.

It’s easy to think there’s not much to Amissville. Yet once there was a real town which, in 1900, was home to more than 150 people served by four merchant stores, five physicians, a jeweler, a cobbler, two grist mills, a large sawmill and a blacksmith named Jackson.
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Pond news is good news

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After a brief discussion of recent challenges to the town’s charter and government the Washington Town Council listened at its monthly meeting Monday night to an update on the Avon Hall pond by RappFLOW founder Beverly Hunter and others who’ve helped with recent efforts to clean it up.
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News briefs for Oct. 9

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Stonyman Gourmet’s suit against the sale of their property continues; SNP files first fall color report (updated weekly) and announces facilities’ closing dates; deer migration begins and drivers are urged to be more alert; fall wildfire season begins; and the SNP Trust gives the park $200K.
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The Rapp for Oct. 9

Kit Habib, whose mugs are pictured here, is among the artisans you can meet at Coterie this weekend.

Play some corn hole or get a helicopter ride at the RCHS fall festival, celebrate Craft Week with Coterie, win a lifetime membership to the Schoolhouse Nine course, view the photographs from SNP’s first artist-in-residence and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: In search of clarity

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Oct. 9
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Early Sunday morning, for many Rappahannock residents, brought the season’s first frost. And with it comes a certain clarity of vision — it’s the perfect time of year to reacquaint yourself with your favorite poems.
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School & sports news for Oct. 9

High school CTE teacher Scott Schlosser uses a lathe while students (from left) Blake Haunold, Nick Hitt and Davyn Hitt wait their turn.

CTE teacher Scott Schlosser becomes an RCHS celebrity, Champlain College welcomes the class of 2018, and the Panthers and Owls continue their march to the postseason in this week’s school and sports news.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 9)

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This week’s headlines include: Town’s route explained; county chooses bypass • At RCHS, connection is spelled P-R-I-D-E • The Rapp for Oct. 9 • Artists explore dreams and inner music • Amissville of old, brought to life • Pond news is good news • Editorial: In search of clarity • and more.
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Grant will help Rapp schools upgrade security

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Oct. 2
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Rappahannock was one of 373 Virginia schools that received a security grant from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office last Thursday (Sept. 25). McAuliffe awarded $6 million total, of which Rappahannock County Public Schools received $13,488.
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Rappahannock in the news

Bill Williams of Slate Mills posed with his model of the Chinquapin house for The Post’s John Kelly.

Of course Rappahannock is in the News. We’re talking about the news. Herewith, a quick rundown of attention paid to various Rappahannock County businesses, artists and others in the D.C. and national media world over the last month.
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Grand, dramatic, cozy: the 2014 tour

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Oct. 2
Castleton’s Twinbrooks is open to light and air on all four levels.

This year, Trinity Episcopal Church will do what it has been doing for 57 previous years — host the House Tour and Dried Flower Sale (Oct. 18-19) to raise monies for its local, state and national charities.
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Potter, painter, more: Back on the tour

Painter Benita Rauda Gowen returns to the RAAC studio and gallery tour this Nov. 1-2.

In addition to the new artists on the Rappahannock Artists and Gallery tour this year (Nov. 1-2), several popular Rappahannock artists will be returning, including painter Benita Rauda Gowen and potter Susan Dienelt, who’s hosting guest artists Jeanne Drevas and Davette Leonard.
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News briefs for Oct. 2

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Oct. 2
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The RSW Regional Jail Authority appoints a new superintendent; the planners and BZA approve a family apartment; the town ARB accepts Rare Finds’ and Ray Gooch’s projects; and three rabies cases were reported in Rappahannock last year.
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The Rapp for Oct. 2

RCHS athletic director Jimmy Swindler promises to give a big kiss to a mule Friday night if enough folks come out to support the volleyball girls’ Dig Pink rally.

Support the volleyball teams’ annual Dig Pink campaigns, learn the history of Amissville, get a glimpse inside SCBI, view Old Rag Gallery’s new tree-inspired photo exhibit and listen to Bill Dietel recount running the nation’s oldest all-girls boarding school in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Lessons from up north

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Oct. 2
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Maine and Cape Cod would seem to have very little in common with Rappahannock. But recent policy studies reveal the three distinct geographic areas have similar challenges — namely, youth out-migration and the cost of housing.
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School & sports news for Oct. 2

Panthers’ Quiz Bowl team members (from left) Henry Mason, James MacLeod and Jane Purnell came up just short in the recent trivia tournament.

A (complete) Rappahannock and WCDS sports’ update, the Democrats’ team wins the RCHS trivia tournament, Belle Meade is fully accredited and more in this week’s school and sports news.
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Inside this week’s News (Oct. 2)

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This week’s headlines include: Grant will help Rapp schools upgrade security • Rappahannock in the news • The Rapp for Oct. 2 • Grand, dramatic, cozy: the 2014 tour • Potter, painter (and more) back on the art tour • News briefs for Oct. 2 • Editorial: Lessons from up north • and more.
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Tourism numbers, funding on the rise

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Sept. 25
A table-to-farm dinner put on by the Outstanding in the Field company, which produces such on-farm events around the country for foodies, brought 100 diners to Sperryville last weekend from as far away as Colorado, Texas and Australia.

Meals and lodging tax revenue, traditionally Rappahannock County’s best indicator of the health of the local tourism industry, has risen steadily since 2012.
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A 101-mile hike for park charities

Jennifer Davis hiked all 101 miles of the Shenandoah National Park portion of the Appalachian Trail to raise money for two local charities.

Local biologist Jennifer Davis showed just returned from hiking the 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail within the Shenandoah National Park to raise money for two charities: the Shenandoah National Park Trust and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.
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Through the Tiger Valley looking glass

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Sept. 25
Ruthie Windsor-Mann’s “Odd Man In” is just one of her “nest obsession” series on display during this year’s art tour.

In a conversation with Ruthie Windsor-Mann, her artistic energy is palpable. The charming, genteel artist is happily slated for her first appearance in the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s upcoming 10th annual studio and gallery tour Nov. 1-2.
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‘Salt & Pepper’ makes for a tasty meal

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Sept. 25
The cast of “Salt & Pepper,” posing for a photo at Sunday’s cast party, included (seated, from left) Mimi Forbes, Petrina Huston, Judy Podlesney (also stage manager), Gary Grossman and (standing, from left) Barbara Black, John Lesinski, Brendan Martyn, Donna Chabot, Patty Hardee (director) and Geoff Gowen.

Anyone who believes they have to travel to that other Washington for quality drama clearly hasn’t been to one of the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s (RAAC) off-off-Broadway performances — the latest of which was Robert Benjamin’s “Salt & Pepper.”
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Four drug cases, four sentences suspended

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Sept. 25
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Four people received suspended sentences for possession charges this week in Rappahannock County Circuit Court.
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Upcoming lane, road closures

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VDOT plans overnight work Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on a failed drainage pipe that runs under U.S. 522 near Fletcher’s Mill Road (Route 620), just south of the village of Sperryville.
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The Rapp for Sept. 25

1000 Faces brings its magnificent masks to Stone Hill on Oct. 25 for a Halloween performance.

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to the Old Hollow Store, RAAC screens “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” 1000 Faces returns to Stone Hill, Mark Russell performs at the Theatre, “No Ordinary Person” preps for its 16th season and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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Editorial: Beyond the here and now

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Sept. 25
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Almost 100 marchers in the People's Climate March came from Rappahannock County! Only kidding! For, blessed as we are to live here, Rappahannock’s demographics are precisely those associated with American citizens who view climate concerns as not serious.
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Inside this week’s News (Sept. 25)

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This week’s headlines include: ‘Tourism numbers, funding on the rise • A 101-mile hike for park charities • The Rapp for Sept. 25 • Salt & Pepper’ makes for a tasty meal • Through the Tiger Valley looking glass • Editorial: Beyond the here and now • and more.
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Town weighs ‘balance,’ approves tourist home

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Sept. 18
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After three months of delays, the Washington Town Council held a public hearing on a special-use permit application Monday night at town hall that would allow White Moose Inn owner Jim Abdo’s hotel staff to book and manage an occasional tourist home at 199 Main St.
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