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The Rappahannock Rough Ride, a one-day bike tour, is back and better than ever this year! This annual tradition, which went virtual last year due to COVID-19, is a chance for people to escape the crowds and explore the backroads of the county. ​Proceeds will benefit the Fauquier Free Clinic, which also serves Rappahannock residents.

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Those of us who feed birds tend to do it for two reasons: to enjoy observing and learning about birds, and to help them survive. But birds that congregate at feeders are also running the risk of sharing diseases and parasites; finches, for example, can spread a form of conjunctivitis. This spring, when common backyard birds started dying in several mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia, the issue of feeding wild birds once again came into focus.

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I had the opportunity to review Ted Pellegatta’s previous works of art, he is a fellow former Marine and his first his book, “Lyric Words on a Page” captured his gifted use of words to leave lasting poetic imagery of America and especially Rappahannock County, Virginia, and thus celebrate with grace and dignity those live in such a unique place:

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I always think that summer is finally winding down, farmers getting their last cut of hay, Halloween displays are already in some of the stores! Last week was a harbinger of fall, if not a teaser, with the blue sky and white fluffy sheep clouds in the sky and cool temperatures early in the mornings. For some people I am sure that summer has just started for them, but for me I always think of fall just around the corner when I see Roger Jenkins’ stand open in Sperryville. I’m sure there will be some more hot days in the forecast, for example this week. Overall, I am ready to switch gears here to welcome the autumn weather, shorter days and cooler nights.

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The school hallways were bustling once again as RCPS welcomed students and families for Meet the Teacher Day on Monday, Aug. 9. Warm embraces, high fives, and smiles were exchanged as students excitedly reunited with classmates and were greeted by teachers and administrators. 

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This week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement amending its July 9 guidance for schools. “CDC recommends that everyone in K to 12 schools wear a mask indoors, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky during a press call on Tuesday. 

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Aug. 8, 1974: Tom Lee and his brother John Lee are still raising sheep in Rappahannock, and have one of the largest flocks in the county. Tom agreed that sheep farmers are getting scarcer and he wasn’t sure why, but he was ready to talk about raising sheep, to take a little time off from picking peaches.

Join the Sperryville Community Alliance and Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community for the next show in Sperryville’s summer concert series today, Thursday, July 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bobby G and Friends will be back on the stage at Sperryville’s River District next to Copper Fox Antiques and Copper Fox Distillery. 

The Sperryville Bicentennial Plus One celebration will culminate in a Community Potluck on Sperryville’s Historic Main Street on Tuesday, July 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The potluck is open to all Sperryvillians and Friends of Sperryville. We encourage participants to bring a salad and/or dessert to share. Free ice cream will be on offer and sandwiches, pizza and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors.

For those of you who have been asking why I haven’t had a column in our paper recently, I thought maybe I should tell you. For the last 15 years or so, the Rappahannock News has printed just about every column I have sent them. And I want to say publicly that I very much appreciate that. The reason you haven’t seen any of my columns lately is because I haven’t submitted any to the paper. 

The Headwaters Foundation hosted a Summer Chorus concert Friday night at Rappahannock County High School, welcoming more than 200 students, parents, school staff and community members. Highlights included “History Has Its Eyes On You” from the Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton” and a playful ma…

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The folk music is really going to rock out on Sunday, July 11 at 7 p.m. during Kid Pan Alley’s free livestream concert series, Because We Have Music. The program features the Nields, the Kennedys and the Reislers — an evening of family duos.

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It’s been several years since locals and visitors last rubbed elbows at the Blue Rock Inn on Route 211, but with new ownership and crisp modern wallpaper, the inn will soon welcome back tourists and county residents alike. Dowling said he hopes to open the five-bedroom guest house sometime in July, along with a full-service restaurant and a tasting room serving wine, beer and spirits.

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