Storms

Late snow closes down Rappahannock

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March 17
Pond in Castleton. File photo.

Last night and today's late-winter storm dumped another six- to 10 inches through Rappahannock County and the Piedmont region. Rappahannock's schools, county government and courts are closed today.
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Photos: It’s a (frozen) jungle out there

Photo by Shawn Walters

After the storm

Cattle make their own path through the 10 to 16 inches of snow that fell in Rappahannock Wednesday night and Thursday.

Weather lengthens school board session, shortens spring break

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Feb. 13

The Rappahannock County School Board spent most of its time Tuesday night (Feb. 11) focusing on making up the nine days that this winter’s weather has so far cost students.
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Your snow-day newspaper

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Thursday's print edition delivery could be slowed by the snowstorm. Get the details here.
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Roads still snow-covered in Central Virginia

A male goldfinch adds color to a Monday breakfast. Photo by Betsy Brooker.

A good day to stay home, if possible. VDOT says I-64, I-66 and primary highways in its nine-county Culpeper District are still snow-covered, and secondary roads are mostly in what VDOT calls "severe" condition, with deep snow accumulated and in some cases packed down on the road surface.
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Central Virginia roads are snow-covered as storm continues

Monday morning (March 25) along Hope Hill Road in Castleton. Photo by Gary Anthes.

Travel is expected to be difficult overnight Wednesday and Thursday as a significant winter storm drop heavy snow across Central Virginia.
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VDOT prepares for possible freeze

VDOT operator Charles W. Jenkins Jr. at the Rappahannock yard. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Rain and freezing rain is forecast to move into Central Virginia early this evening. With surface temperatures predicted to be at or near freezing many roads may be slick Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.
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Travel will be hazardous overnight

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Although the snow is expected to end within the next several hours motorists will still face winter driving challenges on most roads in Central Virginia.
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Power restored to 7,200-plus REC customers

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) restoration efforts are under way as we assess damage and have crews working to repair broken lines and equipment from a winter storm of sleet, freezing rain and snow.
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Christmas Parade cancelled

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Dec. 8, 2013
Jude, with Ronda Gregorio in the saddle, were among the Parade’s costume winners. Photo by Barbara Auchter.

Word this morning: The Christmas in Little Washington parade is cancelled, but other festival activities (artisans markets, performances) are still on.
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The tree is ready; the parade is on, provisionally

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The tree is ready, and the Christmas in Little Washington parade is on — but check back after 7 a.m. Sunday.
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Letter: Civil (and crucial) disobedience

Fun? Oh, no. Intense and meaningful? Yes. What a day. First a rush into the building of an environmental services company and a bit of chanting in the lobby. Then the police. Then the handcuffs and paddy wagon. All that went by pretty quickly. Then came the waiting in the precinct holding cell while...
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Photos: Spring is here! (Or maybe not.)

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March 26, 2013
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

Another March snowstorm interrupted, or at least covered up, the greening of the countryside Sunday night and Monday. People took photos. Here are some of them.
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Update: More spring snow

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March 25, 2013
Horses on a farm along U.S. 522 in Sperryville as snowfall began Sunday (March 24). Photo by Gary Anthes.

The early-spring snowstorm passing through central Virginia and the Piedmont has left 4 to 6 inches of wet snow so far. In Rappahannock County at 1 p.m. Monday, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was reporting about 460 customers without power. Most roads in the county were reported clear.
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VDOT mobilizes for another winter storm

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March 17, 2013
VDOT operator Charles W. Jenkins Jr. at the Rappahannock yard. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation will report to work at 8 p.m. in the Culpeper District to prepare for the winter precipitation that is forecast to fall across Piedmont Virginia on Sunday night and early Monday morning.
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Photo: Cooped up

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The Inn at Little Washington’s chicken coop weathered this week’s late-season winter storm in colorful style. Wind-whipped snow piled up quickly throughout the county, beginning in the early morning hours of Wednesday. By 7 a.m., already seven inches of wet, heavy snow had fallen in Amissville, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly 2,500...
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Late-season snow takes out power

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March 6, 2013
Late-season snow takes out power

It was a heavy, wet snow and it took down trees, limbs and power lines. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday (March 6), more than 1,700 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) customers in Rappahannock County were still without power.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A-hunting we will go

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Nov. 29, 2012

I hope you have recovered from the big hurricane. We lost shingles and siding, and had water in the house in several places. I didn’t bother to turn the damage in on my insurance. I was able to fix it myself. I’ll save the insurance for the big one. We only lost power for about 24 hours, so, all...
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Letter: Hurricane help needed

Satellite image of Mantoloking, N.J. from Oct. 31 courtesy of NOAA.

Rappahannock County coordinators are collecting hurricane relief items in Sperryville and at the schools this week. Details in Ron Henslik's and Loren Swannick's letter.
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Wild Ideas: Condos for wildlife

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Nov. 8, 2012
Before being blown down, this dying ash tree had served as a wildlife condominium; its bottom half, now lying on the ground, will serve other, more-earthbound wildlife. Photo by Pam Owen.

When superstorm Sandy ripped up the East Coast, it caused devastation to many human communities, but it also destroyed habitat for wildlife, including a lot of standing dead trees, also known as “snags.”
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‘Super storm’ cuts us a break

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Nov. 1, 2012
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Chainsaws came in handy in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as neighbors pitched in to clear secondary roads while rescue crews cleared the rest. Power outages were widespread, but the damage wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.
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Storm updates

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Check here for updates on Hurricane Sandy-related news throughout the day Monday and Tuesday. We're also asking readers to post any of their own news as comments.
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Adventures in Caregiving: It takes a community

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July 26, 2012
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When, without warning, the derecho knocked out most of the electrical power in Rappahannock and our neighboring counties, no one was more vulnerable than the many older couples where one spouse is caring for another with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Wild Ideas: Big storm, little moments of resilience

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July 12, 2012
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While we humans struggled in the aftermath of the storm to deal with losing the technology most of us have come to depend on, wildlife seemed to accept this as just another day in the great outdoors.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Safely home and the straight line windstorm

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July 12, 2012

I hope the derecho didn’t treat you too badly. It pushed my favorite apple tree over and blew off a shingle or two, but otherwise we fared pretty well. With a strong rope and the bucket on my tractor I have the apple tree standing up straight again. So far, the leaves haven’t wilted,...
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The Washington column for July 12

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July 12, 2012
Washington Postmaster Yvonne Jarrell waits on a customer; after 24 years, she’s retiring from the U.S. Postal Service at the end of the month.

Washington's postmaster Yvonnel Jarrell is retiring; a house burns on Warren Avenue, a facelift for Trinity Episcopal and a Little Washington Winery picnic.
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Weather or not, county business goes on  

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July 5, 2012
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Rappahannock County’s five supervisors, two of whom still had no electricity at home after last week’s storm, spent a couple of hours at the (air-conditioned) courthouse for their regular monthly meeting Monday (July 2), devising ways to maximize limited space and state-reduced budgets.
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With power knocked out, volunteer power kicks in

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July 5, 2012
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Though surely neighbors aided neighbors throughout the huge swath of mid-Atlantic infrastructure that had its plug pulled Friday, the stories of what happened in Rappahannock County during and after the storm prove that coping is one of this county’s top local industries.
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At Castleton after the storm, the show very much went on

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The first hint of trouble came in the intermission of “The Barber of Seville.” The house lights in the Castleton Festival Theatre had dimmed, so we assumed the second act was about to begin. It wasn’t.
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Trees, powerlines are worst casualties

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July 5, 2012
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Friday’s storm started in the Midwest and took about 12 hours to reach and ravage Rappahannock County. Along the way, millions of people were left without power.
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Editorial: The Castleton spirit

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July 5, 2012
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At the Castleton Festival, there apparently is no obstacle that cannot be overcome, including the most damaging (non-tropical) storm in Virginia’s history.
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Sperryville column for July 5

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July 5, 2012

Welcome to Sperryville co-columnist Robane Beroza, and a few more thanks for the neighbors who helped others during the storm and power outages.
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Southern Lights

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Rappahannock photographer Forrest Marquisee, 24, said he was driving through Woodville at about 9:30 p.m. Monday night (Oct. 24) when he saw what he first thought was the reflection of brake lights in the light fog – until he realized the red and green glow was coming from the sky. He pulled over and,...
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Photos: Pole down in Little Washington

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Aug. 28, 2011
View from Main Street. Photo by Joanie Ballard.

Joanie Ballard sent these photos along, taken this morning at Main Street and Warren Avenue in Little Washington, of a power pole leaning precariously over the roadway. At 10 a.m., Joanie said there hadn’t yet been any loss of power.
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