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.
Virginia is one of 41 states to have a net metering policy in place. In March, Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, pledging to create 30,000 new solar jobs by 2030.
“With humans indoors, animals go wild,” reads one recent COVID-19 related headline, and you can add reptiles to that list of wildlife exploring empty places. “The other day walking along Gay Street . . . I was surprised to spy a large turtle ahead on the sidewalk,” writes Washington resident Constance Bruce.
As solar homeowners, we are proud of the contributions our family is making to our energy grid and our environment. Our decision to "go solar" was made, in part, by our ability to recover a majority of our investment via the process of net metering.
The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District currently has funding available for restoring and stabilizing eroding stream banks through its funding for the Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost Share Program (VACS).
Old clothes can create new and fashionable looks. The Flatwood Fashion Show on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. at the RAAC Community Theater will showcase new outlooks on old outfits.
It’s not every day that you can say you know three folks from your community that made it to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
A new 35-foot span bridge across Cedar Run is now open, offering hikers and nature-loving community members improved access to the popular Whiteoak Canyon trailhead and opening up three miles of stream habitat to native fish for the first time in decades.
One of meteorologist Bob Ryan’s favorite quotes is from Nobel Prize winning chemist Sherwood Rowland. Known for his expertise surrounding ozone depletion, Rowland’s words continue to inspire scientists around the world:
Keep Virginia Beautiful, which is awarding its annual “30 in 30 Green Grants” daily during the month of June, has announced that Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities will receive a grant of $1,000 for its Beautification project.