With a $50,000 grant from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, and additional funding from The Musser Family Fund, Sacharuna Foundation and Culpeper Wellness Foundation, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) rolls out its summer milk and egg donation program this month, beginning the week of July 12.
Rappahannock County’s Eldon Farms, one of the largest undivided landholdings in the mid-Atlantic, was sold this week to Washington resident Chuck Akre, founder of Middleburg-based Akre Capital Management, and his family. The sale closed on Wednesday, June 30.
Whatever your interest in or aversion to white-tailed deer, you may eventually see fewer of them sprinting across the road, eating your cabbage or magnified in your rifle scope. The reason: chronic wasting disease, a fatal, incurable affliction that continues to spread in the mid-Atlantic.
Torney Van Acker, vice chair of the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority and champion of the county park’s International Dark Sky designation, is facing a Class I misdemeanor charge after he allegedly trespassed on property owned by the park’s neighbors, Leslie and Jeremy Proper.
Summer is here, and we just faced our first hot, sticky weekend, with many more to follow. Even though the Virginia Piedmont is much closer to New York than to New Orleans, we often experience the sultry days familiar to our neighbors to the south.
The word “orchid” evokes visions of far away jungles and exotic discoveries; the prize of the botanist, found only in distant lands or tucked away in affluent greenhouses. While not totally incorrect, this idea of these mysterious flowers hides the whole truth...
Until the end of September, all residents of the Upper Hazel River watershed are eligible to be reimbursed for between 50 and 80 percent of the expense of pumping, maintaining, repairing and replacing on-lot septic systems.
VIRGINIA BEACH — New legislation in Virginia will soon give some power to local governments and help environmental organizations and businesses combat plastic pollution.
The shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline caused long lines at gas stations across the region on Tuesday. The artery which supplies oil to many states in the eastern U.S. purportedly shut down on Friday because of a ransomware cyberattack by the Russian group Darkside.
Washington, Virginia — home to the celebrated Inn at Little Washington — is known for meals and memories so beautiful they can’t be forgotten. The difficulty involves the leftovers — wastewater, sludge and a 10-year-old town structure of pipes, tanks and grinders that has proved too expensive and too divisive to manage easily.
The Sperryville Community Alliance is announcing a campaign to raise $60,000 to enhance, maintain, and expand the network of walking trails throughout the community. These walking trails seek to connect the village from the River District to the Route 211 corridor. They provide a space for seniors and families to walk and exercise as well as an opportunity to enjoy nature along the historic Thornton River.
Around midmorning on Tuesday, a young woman in a long white dress and a young man in a suit posed for a photographer at Big Meadows on the Skyline Drive. Less than 200 yards away, Dave Robinson was briefing his fire management team on the plan for the day’s prescribed burn. “Expect the unexp…
Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) springs into action awarding thirty-five grants in thirty days during June for environmental improvement projects. The 30 in 30 Green Grants Program is open to businesses, schools, counties, towns and service organizations looking to make a positive environmental impact in their communities.
They’ve lived underground for 17 years, waiting. The last time they surfaced was in 2004, the year Lance Armstrong won his sixth consecutive Tour de France and Ken Jennings won a whopping $2.5 million on Jeopardy!, seizing the record for highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.
The National Weather Service is cautioning Virginia residents in the central and northern regions of the state, including Rappahannock County, of high winds tomorrow. A high wind warning is in effect in the westernmost parts of the county from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Carney brothers have a bold vision for the new home of Pen Druid Brewing: “to turn the whole property into a synergistic permaculture garden.” Last Saturday, they invited community members to help realize that vision by planting a riparian buffer along the small tributary that runs through the parcel off Route 522 in Sperryville. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Forestry and Friends of the Rappahannock, a regional nonprofit dedicated to the health of the Rappahannock River, volunteers planted rows juvenile sycamore, river birch, red osier dogwood, gray dogwood, redbuds, buttonbush, indigo bush and black cherries.
The Piedmont Environmental Council estimates there are fewer than 40 bridges left in the state of Virginia that are as old as the pony truss over the Jordan River on Rappahannock County’s North Poes Road. Now, the community is rallying to preserve it as a historic landmark.
RICHMOND — From vermicelli bowls to crispy chicken, Pho Luca’s, a Vietnamese-owned Richmond restaurant, uses plastic foam containers to package takeout meals. That may soon change after the General Assembly recently passed a bill banning such packaging.
A 62-acre property deep in Harris Hollow west of Washington was recently entered into conservation easement, the only such parcel of Rappahannock County land to be preserved in 2020.
RICHMOND — For a second year in a row, a bill that prohibits food vendors from using plastic foam containers is up in the air as the General Assembly hashes out a Senate amendment.
The Shenandoah National Park Trust, working alongside the Commonwealth of Virginia and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) through the DuPont Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration settlement, acquired the rolling woodlands in Page County to be donated in the near future to Shenandoah Park.
Rapp Nature Campers of all ages are once again planning for their summer of exploring the habitats around Singing Creek in southern Rappahannock. Due to uncertain pandemic conditions, the summer sessions during this 36th year of camp in 2021 will be greatly modified as follows:
The Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority (RCRFA) is embarking on a feasibility study for an ADA-compliant accessible pedestrian path looping around the perimeter of the upper half of the Rappahannock County Park and among the recreational facilities.
It’s been a tough couple of winters in Rappahannock County for anybody who makes a living plowing snow. But that could change in the coming weeks, as atmospheric scientists tell us the polar vortex over the North Pole continues to split in two, potentially unleashing blasts of bitter arctic air and paralyzing snowstorms over the mid-Atlantic region.
Powhatan referred to the Manahoac tribe as Anchanachuck — “those who hunt in the mountains.” The small band of Native Americans — barely a thousand strong when wiped off the map in the early 1700s — are among the proclaimed “indigenous peoples” of Rappahannock County.
Shenandoah National Park has announced projects that will be funded in 2021 by its philanthropic partner The Shenandoah National Park Trust.
Foothills Forum and the Rappahannock News look back on 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 as well as several key issues – schools, broadband and cellular, business, housing -- we have reported on throughout the year.
Do you enjoy watching birds at your bird feeder or in the field? Can you identify the species you see or hear? Do you live within a seven mile radius of the corner of Long Mountain Road and Tiger Valley Road? If so …
The bad news: A portion of the Rush River that runs through the Rappahannock County Park had earned a failing grade for recreational use for having unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria, which can lead to illness and infection in humans.
Have you visited or driven past the Rappahannock County Park lately and seen all the people taking advantage of everything it has to offer?
For the artist, tourist or weekender, the land needs to be a beautiful and evocative backdrop. Not so for most farmers and owners of substantial parcels. For them, the landscape is also an economic asset. It doesn’t only have to be protected; it also needs to generate income.
Autumn brings many great things to Virginians this time of year: cooler temperatures, sweater season, apples, pumpkins — and stink bugs. These little critters can be found crawling or flying into homes from late September to mid October as they search for warm places to overwinter.
All residents of the Upper Hazel River Watershed continue to be eligible for reimbursement of 50 to 80 percent of the expense of pumping, maintaining, repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.
"Some species can sting or irritate the skin if touched,” the poison center warns, pointing out that several of the dangerous varieties are crawling around these very foothills and mountains of Virginia.