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Flu season has arrived. Lasting from late autumn to as late as May – and peaking between December and February – the season typically brings millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of thousands of deaths. This 2022-23 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expecting flu viruses to circulate along with variants of COVID-19. This makes it as important as ever that we each do what we can to minimize our risk, protect our health and protect the health of those around us. Getting vaccinated against the flu is a vitally important way to do just that. 

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This past Saturday dawned sunny and cool here in Rappahannock County. High on a hillside, sheltered by brilliantly colored fall trees, two foxes sat, appraising the view below of an enthusiastic crowd, both on horseback and on foot, plus dozens of hounds eagerly awaiting their huntsman’s horn and signal to explore. 

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Rappahannock Weather

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  • Humidity: 72%
  • Cloud Coverage: 20%
  • Wind: 0 mph
  • UV Index: 2 Low
  • Sunrise: 07:12:34 AM
  • Sunset: 04:51:26 PM

Today

Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 52F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight

Cloudy with occasional light rain after midnight. Low 41F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tomorrow

Mostly cloudy with rain ending in the afternoon. High 62F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

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Christopher Connell’s story in the Sept. 22 issue of the Rappahannock News does a marvelous job of explaining why dark skies are such an integral part of Rappahannock County’s rural character. The article clearly describes many of the benefits of down-shielded light fixtures, which focus illumination where it needs to be yet minimize light pollution directed up into the sky.

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What's all the buzz about heat pumps lately? Well, the efficiency of heat pumps has improved tremendously in the last ten years, so whether you currently burn gas or oil, or even if you have an older heat pump, switching to a state-of-the-art heat pump can save a lot of energy. Or, thinking about it another way, it can save you a lot of dough.

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Anyone remember a Letter to the Editor about the importance of attitude, Rappahannock News, Sept. 10, 2022? Replacing an “I don’t want this” and “You can’t do it” with “How can we make this work in a positive way to benefit our county community?” can provide the focus to get on the best path so our residents and our county can thrive. 

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Passion ran high during the public comment portion at the Sept. 7 Board of Supervisors evening session, echoing that perception, demonstrating the love and respect many citizens have for the current historic courthouse. Understanding hopefully dawned during the presentation which, it was stressed, was only an initial concept. The work, which has been going on for a while, has included study on the condition of the current building and its capabilities concerning functionality, safety. 

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From my point of view, it was an attempt to fulfill the entire Christmas wish list of the judges, the Commonwealth Attorney, and County workers, and then some, and somehow tie it up in a barn of a building. As an afterthought, perhaps in recognition of what an eyesore they’ve created, they tried to gussy it up with a column here or a half-round window there in the lamest attempt to give it some “historical” elements. 

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In the bygone days of my youth the golden-throated poet Joni Mitchell sang: “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Ain’t it the truth. In hopes that we might avoid that pitfall here in Rappahannock, I would like to set down a few words regarding the historical and architectural significance of our old courthouse — a building whose fate now teeters precariously between posterity and the wrecking ball.