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RappCats Cat of the Week

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April 10
TC

TC is a grand older gal, with ‘cattitude’ to spare.
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RappCats Cat of the Week

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March 20
Cotton

Cotton is a ball of fun and loves everybody!
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RappCats Cat of the Week

Pebbles

Pebbles is the softest and most snuggable 10-month-old kitten.
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RappCats Cat of the Week

Freddy

Freddy is a soft and lovable 10-month-old, but still a kitten.
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RappCats Cat of the Week

Colby

Colby is a sweet ginger tom who loves to cuddle.
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The Rapp for Feb. 20

Photo by Liz Callar

Guest bartenders compete for tips for RappCats, Thornton Hill kicks off the point-to-point season, RAAC’s studio tour is accepting applications and Stonyman’s Susan James chairs a program on backyard farming in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Feb. 13

Photo by Mary Ann Kuhn

Smithsonian chamber players perform Bach’s sonatas at the Theatre, “Pride and Perseverance” benefits the Scrabble School, “Makin’ It in Virginia” opens at RDA, SNP opens for Presidents Day and celebrity bartenders invade Griffin Tavern (for RappCats’ benefit) in this week’s Rapp column.
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RappCats Cat of the Week

Dolley

Dolley is a petite tortoiseshell cat who is loving, playful and curious.
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RappCats Cat of the Week

Houdini

Houdini is a beautiful big tomcat who is affectionate to people and good with other cats.
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RappCats Cat of the Week

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Jan. 23
Joffre

Joffre is a beautiful young male tabby who is affectionate and playful.
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RappCats’ Cat of the Week

Kooper

Kooper is a beautiful young male tabby — a sweet, playful teddy bear looking for a home through RappCats.
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The Rapp for Dec. 19

Smiths and sisters Debi (left) and Megan reunite, as the folk-singing Smith Sisters, this Sunday at the Birchmere in Alexandra.

Rappahannock Media packs up and moves, renowned pianist Bill Harris joins Ben Jones’ “RappHappy Holidays Concert,” the RAAC movie season begins again with “MUD,” the folk-singing Smith sisters reunite for the first time in a decade and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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RappCats Kittens of the Week

Meow! These lovely kittens are looking for their "forever homes."

We are three brothers and one sister, looking for our forever homes.
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Photo: A sheltering celebration

Photo by J. Robert Kramer II

Last Sunday (Nov. 3) was a banner day for RappCats, as Sheriff Connie Smith (left) and organization president Pat Snyder cut the ribbon and open the Flint Hill shelter.
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The Rapp for Oct. 31

Photo courtesy of F&E Schmidt Photography

A busy weekend includes the ninth annual Studio & Gallery tour, the return of the Six Pack Gallery and the official opening of the RappCats shelter; Mikhail Yanovitsky brings his piano talents to the Theatre; get vaccinated against the flu at RCES; and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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The Rapp for Oct. 24

Washington’s Foster Harris House already has its creep on, in anticipation of Oct. 31′s costumed visitors. Photo by Roger Piantadosi.

Details on our (and that other) Fourth Friday, several Halloween and Christmas parties come to the town of Washington, RappCats opens Nov. 3, Ben Jones and friends throw a Rally in the Hollow, Naoko Takao returns to the Theatre and more in this week’s Rapp column.
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RappCat of the Week: Bernie

Bernie

Hi, I am Bernie — one handsome, friendly fellow, if I do say so myself. I am an 8-year-old and looking for a new home.
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RappCats Kittens of the Week

The "Fodderstack Four."

These motherless kittens are called The Fodderstack Four.
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Photo: RappCats Kittens of the Week

Photo by Cindy Lou Willson

Calico kitten Patch and her black-and-white siblings, momentarily semi-stationary, survived their first few weeks in the wild and have been hand-raised since. They're now about 9 weeks old.
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6.5-percent increase in budget: done

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June 6, 2013

After working quickly through a final round of $158,747 in cuts, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved a $22.24 million budget for 2013-2014 at their monthly meeting Monday afternoon (June 3).
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Letter: The case for cats

Letter: The case for cats

Recently, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors granted zoning approval for the cat rescue group, RappCats, allowing them to open the first county cat shelter. But the board did not recommend funding for it in this year’s budget. Before its final vote on Monday (June 3), we ask the board to reconsider and to...
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Board works on reducing tax rise to 4 cents

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May 23, 2013

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors considered a $158,747 reduction in its proposed $22.5 million budget for 2013-2014 at a work session last Wednesday night (May 15) – cuts that would shave another cent off what would otherwise be a 5-cent increase in the real estate tax rate.
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Covered: Cats, costs of roads and rescue

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May 9, 2013

Three things that will be covered, or recovered, in Rappahannock County soon: stray cats, secondary roads and the cost of emergency medical transportation, as the board of supervisors approved all three at its evening meeting Monday night.
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Planners recommend cat shelter

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April 25, 2013

County planners unanimously recommended approval of a special-use permit for the RappCats cat rescue organization that would allow them to use the northeast corner of the old Flint Hill packing shed as the county’s first cat shelter.
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Letter: But how to help RappCats?

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April 25, 2013

We were thrilled to see your front-page coverage of RappCats’ efforts to rent the packing shed space in Flint Hill for a cat shelter the county so badly needs. We have contacted RappCats to pledge ourselves as one of their 12 monthly rent sponsors, but it occurred to us that it would be really...
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Town helps RappCats, hears pond plan

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April 18, 2013

The Washington Town Council heard two presentations on new possibilities last week: a petition for the council’s support of a RappCats cat shelter, and plans to clean up and further transform the pond at Avon Hall.
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Board weighs recycling, not reorganization

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Jan. 17, 2013
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At its monthly meeting Monday afternoon (Jan. 7), the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors elected its officers, discussed plans for the money gathered from a donation form attached to county tax bills and debated the overhaul of the county’s recycling method.
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Letter: Gratitude for our community

Letter: Gratitude for our community

On Friday, Nov. 16, we welcomed a new “family member,” a tiny, frightened rescue dog named Ebie. On Saturday morning, I opened the door for our other dog and Ebie bolted. My heart sank. Very scared and skittish, and having no idea where “home” was, she gave chase for six long days and five...
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Washington column for Nov. 29 

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Nov. 29, 2012
Washington column for Nov. 29 

A hike up to the old Bowen Place, Christmas plans through Little Washington,, former postmaster Lee Morrison's stamp collection and a breakfast with Santa in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 22

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Nov. 22, 2012
Washington column for Nov. 22

Artist Linda Tarry's open house, Angel Tree at Union First Market Bank, Cause for Paws raffle winners and counting your Thanksgiving blessings in this week's Washington column.
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Letter: Community support is the cat’s meow

Letter: Community support is the cat’s meow

RappCats, a volunteer county cat rescue group, would like to thank the Rappahannock community for its support of our fifth anniversary celebration and fundraiser, Catstravaganza, on Sept. 21 at Little Washington Winery. Proceeds will be used for our ongoing work to help the homeless cats of Rappahannock County through our spay/neuter, foster and medical...
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The Rapp for Sept. 20

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Sept. 20, 2012
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RappCats, Rapp Dogs, local artists and music lessons, a new comic strip, a fancy dinner and hazardous waste make up this week's Rapp column.
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Washington column for Aug. 30

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Aug. 30, 2012
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Masonic Cemetery The Rappahannock News has had several walk-ins over the past few weeks who wanted to talk about the Washington Masonic Cemetery’s upkeep. I was told that in some areas the grass was much too tall, so I decided to go there and check it out for myself. On my visit, I found...
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Photo: House arrest

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July 26, 2012
Photo: House arrest

Deputy Lee Settle, normally on duty catching criminals for the Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office, caught two cats – well, actually, he rescued two starving, sick kittens.
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The Rapp for March 22

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March 22, 2012
Beatles-themed show at Hearthstone

Community editorial meeting Friday, meet the Beatles, learn improv, get political, and/or see a movie! All happening this week in Rappahannock!
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Editorial: Dog days

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March 15, 2012
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Republicans or Democrats: that’s probably not the way most Rappahannock residents would categorize themselves. Rather, we’re either “cat people” or “dog people.” And so-called political Independents, it could be said, like both cats and dogs equally. But whether dog or cat, Rappahannock is the place to be. Here we have articulate advocates and fine...
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RappCats Cat of the Week: Shelley

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Shelley is a playful and lovable two-year-old female who enjoys going outside but is also happy as an inside cat. Shelley will tolerate other felines but clearly wants to be the star of a household; she would likely do better as an only cat. She plays with everything and runs around the house like crazy. Her adoptive...
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The Rapp for Oct. 3

The double-page spread of chef Patrick O'Connell from "My Last Supper: The Next Course" by Melanie Dunea.

Maazel auctions his 1873 violin to endow the Castleton Festival; The Inn receives The Post's top restaurant rating again; a Soap Box Derby film event in Culpeper, an RCHS drama encore performance, a Rappcats raffle, "Sudarium" authors at the library and more.
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RappCats: Heming

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March 24, 2011
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Heming is still looking for a home. He is a one-year-old-plus male with a terrific, understated personality who loves to chatter while walking about. He is polydactyl (has mitten-like extra toes) and is named for Ernest Hemingway, who especially loved cats with this unusual anomaly. Heming wants more than anything to be a lap...
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RappCats: Smokey

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Though the photo shows Smokey in a pensive mood, the pose is somewhat misleading as Smokey is a very active and friendly five-month-old male kitten. He interacts very well with other cats and is oh-so-anxious to visit with his human companions as well. Smokey would be a fine addition to the life of any...
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