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Lillian Aylor receives ‘DreamKeeper’ award at annual MLK celebration

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation (SSPF) awarded Lillian F. Aylor the “DreamKeeper” award at an observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Sunday, an award meant to recognize the efforts of local individuals who aspire to the ideals that King spoke about. Read more

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Shenandoah National Park unveils Old Rag ticketing system details

Shenandoah National Park will begin its Old Rag Mountain ticketing pilot project in March in an effort to control the number of hikers and … Read more

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Snow storm, omicron surge stretch regional emergency rooms thin

In December, a crew from the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to a call. They picked up a patient and headed for Fauquier Hospital. There, they waited to transfer care of the woman, but the Emergency Department’s staff was clearly overwhelmed.  Read more

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Rappahannock Supervisors approve campsites behind Flint Hill vineyard

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved an application for two campsites at the Chapelle Charlemagne Vineyards i… Read more

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Slowing pace of boundary change discussions, Rappahannock Supervisors to request further details from Town

Before moving forward with its own deliberations, the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors agreed to draft a letter to the Town of Wash… Read more

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Rappahannock restaurants struggled to meet demand amid autumn tourism rush

Rappahannock restaurants this past fall reported experiencing shortages in both labor and supplies, paired for some with inflationary concerns, that strained them during the most critical tourism season of the year. Read more

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Down Memory Lane, Jan. 20

October 29, 1959: When movie-lovers go to Hillsdale Drive-In on Sunday and Tuesday (and you will be sorry if you don’t) to see “Ask Any Girl” they will be interested to know that the grandmother of Shirley MacLaine, star of the show, also a star in “Around The World In Eighty Days” and in “Some Came Running”, was born and reared at the old Partlow Home Place on Battle Run, just a few miles from Hillsdale. Read more

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The Rapp for Jan. 20

After taking a year off due to COVID-19 in 2021, the decades-old steeplechase event is scheduled to resume on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at The Hill, 13257 Durantes Curve (off Rt. 522) in Boston, with a post time of 1:00 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Featuring six races, the day officially kicks off the much-anticipated Virginia Steeplechase Association season, which runs into May. Tailgating and picnics are welcome and concessions and food vendors will be on site. Read more

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Washington column for Jan. 13

Can loved ones send us messages from heaven? Yes, I believe they can indeed! I lost my granddaughter on Aug. 10, 2021. She always was fond of rainbows and butterflies. She loved those bright colors in the rainbows. Read more

Opinion

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Letter: Cleaning out my friend’s apartment

Those limp brown medical patches in the Amazon envelope

Are they — What are they? — Sensors? Stickers? — into the trash.

What kind of education in his diseased body

Prompted him to get them and what in the end did they sense? Read more

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Letter: Educators must strive for equality, not equity

Since we now are into the first weeks of 2022, it’s more than time to address our educational system. Specifically, the use of equity instead of equality. Read more

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Commentary: Youth mental health crisis advisory: a wake-up call

For us at the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County, it underscores the decline in overall mental wellness we have been seeing in Rappahannock and Fauquier counties since before the pandemic began and is an urgent call to action to bolster programs and resources in our community, not only for youth but for all our residents. Read more

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