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Washington column for April 3

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SNP launches its own quarter, Trinity hosts the last Ecumenical Lenten service, WVFR throws a special Easter breakfast, county decals are due and Relay for Life kicks off soon in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for March 27

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March 27
This set of corbels (the brackets holding up the shelf) is still for sale at Ginger Hill Vintage Finds and Antiques.

Ginger Hill makes it on “American Pickers,” Trinity welcomes its new members, Ecumenical Lenten Services continue and spring is finally here in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for March 20

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March 20
With some help from purple paint and cardboard (and a dozen roses), RCHS junior Mikey Mitchell asked fellow junior Kellie Baker to prom March 12 before school.

One RCHS junior gets ready for prom in a very special way, Lenten services continue, the Lyme Disease Network resumes its monthly meetings and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for March 13

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March 13
Davis' election and all-woman council were big news.

Remembering Dorothy Popham Cox Davis, the first woman mayor (and head of an all-woman town council) in the country in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for March 6

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March 6
The sunrise over a horse farm on Tiger Valley Road on the morning of March 4, the day after Monday’s (March 3) most recent snowstorm.

March comes roaring in, Relay for Life meets Tuesday, Gadino celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, the WVFR throws a ham and oyster dinner and Lenten services rotate through the area’s churches in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Feb. 27

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Feb. 27
Andrew Haley and Keir Whitson at the American Birkebeiner ski marathon in Wisconsin last weekend.

Andrew Haley and Keir Whitson complete the American Birkebeiner, Aging Together's caregiver training begins March 5, "Friends and Neighbors" continues at the Inn, the Book Barn offers a DVD sale and Ecumenical Lenten services rotate through area churches in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Feb. 20

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Feb. 20
Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III attempts to heal Trinity’s ailing copier with a laying on of hands.

Spring is (almost) here, Trinity is in need of a new copier, Bob Dennis' legacy carries on and there's still time to register your team for Relay for Life in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Feb. 13

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Feb. 13
The Wine Loves Chocolate Tasting Room is sporting an exclusive tasty treat from Cocoa Mill Chocolatier in Lexington.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with Wine Loves Chocolate and the WVFR, the Ladies Auxiliary hosts another $5 Bag Sale, Zachary Huff is named an RA at UVa and the Trinity playground is open for use in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Feb. 6

The tree of hearts now on display in R.H. Ballard’s front window was created by Joanie Ballard for Valentine’s Day.

Two Washington artists are on display in the Members & Friends show (through March 2), Girl Scout Cookies are now on sale, Trinity shows off its talented needlepoint work, R.H. Ballard preps for Valentine’s Day and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Jan. 30

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Jan. 30
A group had its Education for Ministry class last Friday morning (Jan. 24) at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Trinity goes back to Haiti and offers Education for Ministry classes here at home, the Thrift Shop gets you outfitted for winter with a Bag Sale, Biz Link gathers at Gadino, R.H. Ballard begins a Valentine’s sale and two new babies enter the world in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Jan. 23

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Jan. 23
A crowd of 75 attended the Town of Washington’s bonfire Friday night (Jan. 17) at Avon Hall.

A hugely successful surprise party for Anna Clatterbuck, the Christmas Tree bonfire finally takes place, the Inn receives Five Diamonds for the 26th time, Stonyman starts its winters hours and Aging Together hosts a workshop in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Jan. 16

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Jan. 16
Nancy Weitz prepares individual bowls of fruit for the women of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Ruth Anna Stolk’s rescued dog Chester debuts in the “Members & Friends” show, Trinity hosts two book clubs for the community, “Mostly Bach and Mendelssohn” returns to the Theatre, the WVFR hosts a buffet breakfast, details on two workshops to help plan for the future and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Jan. 9

The Living Nativity was sponsored by the United Methodist Churches at the red shed next to the county library.

Welcome in the new year with the town’s Christmas tree bonfire, healing services at Trinity and piano lessons with Wendy Aichele; meanwhile, Antics & Antiques opens in the Sperryville Schoolhouse in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Dec. 26

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Dec. 26, 2013

Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones . . . and at R.H. Ballard with a holiday sale, and then come out Jan. 5 for Civil War stories with Kirsten Beachy in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Dec. 19

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Dec. 19, 2013
The Inn at Little Washington is decked out with Christmas lights.

Christmas is officially here, as the town holds its annual holiday party, lights and decorations adorn the Inn, the Food Pantry is accepting canned donations, Santa stops by the WVFR and the Living Nativity returns to the library in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Dec. 5

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Dec. 5, 2013
Bring the four-legged kids for photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Rose Hill Veterinary open house this Sunday (Dec. 8).

The Christmas season begins in earnest, the Tree of Lights goes up at Stonyman, Rose Hill hosts an open house (with Santa), Merrill Strange’s annual holiday open studio moves to Gordonsville and it’s not too late to register for the Jingle Bell 5K in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 28

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Nov. 28, 2013
Both adults and children enjoyed singing at Trinity Church’s singalong last Friday (Nov. 22).

A gentle reminder to take some time and be truly thankful this holiday season, and, for those who may not feel like cooking, how to get a delicious Thanksgiving meal (or pie) at the Inn in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 21

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Nov. 21, 2013
Serra Stone from Maryland repaved the Trinity Episcopal Church parking lot last week.

The parking lot is paved, Merrill Strange and Donna LaPre are holding open houses, Brittani Dodson is holding a bake sale to help send her back to Panama, “Shop with a Deputy” begins Dec. 14 and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 14

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Nov. 14, 2013
The essay winners of Joyce Wharton’s fifth-grade essay contest were (from left) Jackson Pond, first place; Lana Rudenko, second place; and Matthew Paratore and Sydney Wharton, third place.

Turkey Day comes a little early to RCES, Trinity Episcopal readies its Thanksgiving services, the Senior Angel Tree arrives next week, the WFVR hosts another buffet breakfast and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Nov. 7

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Nov. 7, 2013
Owner Carl Henrickson (left) and Logan Jones get ready for the opening on Nov. 11 of the Wine Loves Chocolate Boutique at the former Goodine’s shop on Main Street.

The Wine Loves Chocolate Boutique opens its doors, the Cause for Paws raffle is already nearly sold out and Cherub Trees are once again in season in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 31

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Oct. 31, 2013
Professional photographer Gordon Kreplin presented a program on the practical and philosophical aspects of portrait photography outside Geneva Welch Gallery.

Master photographer Gordon Kreplin conducts a workshop, Toys for Tots makes its (Rappahannock) debut, the Inn is voted best hotel restaurant by Saveur magazine’s readers, a Daylight Savings Time reminder and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 24

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Oct. 24, 2013
Cashiers at last weekend’s highly successful 57th annual House Tour & Dried Flower Sale included (from left), Lois and Itty Bitty Snead, Peggy Ralph and Margaret Baumgardner. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

The 47th annual House Tour and Dried Flower Sale was a huge success; the WVFR preps its Texas Hold ‘em tournament; the Garden Club gets ready for its greens workshop; and lots of news from Harris Hollow in this week’s Washington column.
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Letter: Thanks to the Washington column . . .

Thank you very much to Jan Clatterbuck and her Washington column  for having made us feel like true members of this community. Now you have also convinced our daughter and her family, the Hanlons of New Canaan, Conn., that this is where they belong — and they have decided to make Rappahannock their...
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Washington column for Oct. 17

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Oct. 17, 2013
Ralph and Gwen Bates on their Alaskan cruise (with McKinley Mountain in the background). Courtesy photo.

The Food Pantry’s collections begin next month, local business owners weigh in on the shutdown’s impact, the Hair Gallery helps out Look Good Feel Better, Lions Club apple butter sales begin and more in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 10

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Oct. 10, 2013
Mary Ann Kuhn and her cat, Fuzzy, were blessed by Rev. Jenks Hobson last Sunday (Oct. 6) in honor of St. Francis Day. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

Harmony Manor celebrates a year in business, improvements are underway on the town square, Trinity's "blessing the animals" ceremony was the cat's meow, the Artisan Trail is ready for to be named and Rappahannock Little League girls softball is recruiting in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Oct. 3

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Oct. 3, 2013
Some of the women hard at work preparing for the Dried Flower Sale and House Tour sale are (from left) Nancy Weitz, Molly Hobson, Helen Williams and Jo-an Getsinger. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

Preparations continue for the 57th annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour, where and when to get your pets blessed, the McNears head north for a Canadian vacation and RAAC’s “No Ordinary Person” begins next weekend in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 26

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Sept. 26, 2013

The Lions gear up for their annual apple butter sale, raising awareness in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, details on the RCHS fall festival and accompanying cornhole tournament, and an update on Alex Baumgardner’s quest to complete the Appalachian Trail in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 19

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Sept. 19, 2013
Washington column for Sept. 19

Inside Washington’s busy upcoming weekend, one resident celebrates his 100th birthday and Rev. Hobson announces his retirement (in 2015) in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 12

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Sept. 12, 2013
Brian Wayland and Nita Tauteoli’s exquisite (and hand-made) stone wall “castle.” Photo by Jan Clatterbuck.

Examining the natural beauty of Brian Wayland and Nita Tauteoli’s rock wall, Trinity elects new members, the WVFR throws another buffet breakfast and the Blue Ridge Heritage Project moves forward in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Sept. 5

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Sept. 5, 2013

Remembering 9/11, outlining Trinity’s busy September schedule and planning for the Christmas in Washington festivities (it’s closer than you think!) in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 29

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Aug. 29, 2013

An update on (and from) Rev. Phil Bailey and his wife Karyl, the reason for all the activity at the Kramer building, the Norman family reunion went well and there are still great finds at the fire hall in this week’s Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 22

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Aug. 22, 2013
Washington column for Aug. 22

Jay Ward is named the Media Lawyer of the Year over in that other Washington, the WVFR's latest buffet breakfast is a success, where (and how) to learn more about the Blue Ridge Heritage Project and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 15

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Aug. 15, 2013
Becky Sheffield, the new extension agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Courtesy photo.

A new agent joins the Extension Office, the school year (and its safety concerns) begin again and the WVFR has another fundraiser breakfast in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 8

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Aug. 8, 2013
School board clerk Mel Paratore, who retired on July 31, poses with Amy Lilly, who, along with her big smile, stands ready to take over the position.

Mel Paratore retires after 20 years as the school board clerk, several Harris Hollow residents journey to see Cooter's Garage Band live and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for Aug. 1

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Aug. 1, 2013
These gold-leafed teardrop tea light candle holders are among the deals to be found this week at R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery. Photo by Joanie Ballard.

Meteor showers in the sky, a sale on Main Street at R.H. Ballard's and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for July 25

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July 25, 2013
Ben Jones and Lisa Meadows performed last month at The Nashville Palace in Nashville, Tenn. Courtesy photo.

Clarissa Pintado graduates law school, the dog days of summer begin, two missionaries return, Ben Jones hosts a "Shenandoah Jamboree," Washington Baptist plans its homecoming and someone is taking hibiscus plants in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for July 18

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July 18, 2013
Some of the volunteers at the Ladies Auxiliary $5 Bag Sale last week were (from left) Shirley Franey, Louise Bondelid, Loretta Brazill and Mary Collins. Photos by Jan Clatterbuck.

The Thrift Shop's hard-working ladies organize a $5 bag sale, the Masonic cemetery has been kept clean, and the Food Pantry needs volunteers and school supplies in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for July 11

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July 11, 2013
Chuck and Nancy Weitz hosted a picnic on June 10 at their home in Gid Brown Hollow. Photo by Ruthie Windsor-Mann.

Welcoming new members to Rapp, readying the next WFVR breakfast, a Christian/Muslim dialogue, a Washington artist is honored by the American Impressionist Society, the Weitzes host a community picnic and more in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for July 4

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July 4, 2013
The Class of 1953 poses at their 60th reunion, which was held at the Washington fire hall June 22. (For the names of those in the photo, see the story.) Photo by Kim Novak.

The Rappahannock County High School Class of 1953 is reunited for its 60th anniversary, while America celebrates 237 years in this week's Washington column.
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Washington column for June 27

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June 27, 2013
Washington column for June 27

An update on Alex Baumgardner's ongoing quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail (all the way to Maine), Rose Hill welcomes its newest associate and the Ladies of the Auxiliary plan their $5 Bag Sale in this week's Washington column.
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