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Staff at the entrance to the Shenandoah National Park will resume checking identification for annual park passes starting today, Thursday, April 1. Annual passholders will need to show a form of identification matching their passes when they enter the park. 

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When Ann and Larry Wohlers of Amissville joined Rapp at Home in October 2020 they became the organization’s 200th and 201st members. Today, the nonprofit’s membership is at 211, far exceeding the reach envisioned in 2015 when Rapp at Home was formed. 

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Join the PATH Foundation next Wednesday for a virtual community conversation with author Heather McGee about her recently released book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.”

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Don’t forget this evening’s (Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 to 7 p.m.) Scrabble School Black History Month Zoom presentation with Terry Miller, curator of the Carver Center's 4-County Museum in Rapidan. 

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“So happy for you, but it’s a large loss for the community.” One Rappahannock resident’s response to this newspaper sums up the many heartfelt reactions to word this past week that Rappahannock County High School Principal Jimmy Swindler will be retiring at the end of the academic year. 

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Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles — and now Patrick O’Connell. The chef proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington will join impressive ranks tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 15) in receiving an honorary degree from the College of William and Mary.

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Worthy praise that is seconded by dozens of Rappahannock County residents — and from all corners of the community. The Rappahannock News would be remiss in not joining the resounding chorus, albeit going one important step further — hereby proclaiming Sallie Morgan as Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year 2020.

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As 2020 mercifully winds to a close, we think of celebrations missed or postponed, unimagined cancellations, and time missed with friends and family. So many people have faced painful situations like illness, loss, economic instability, and mental health concerns. In short, 2020 has offered anything but clear vision.

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For decades, Rappahannock has been able to preserve its natural beauty and stunning views. But more challenges are on the horizon.