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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.

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A few words about Dr. Robert Crane, a humble Rappahannock and world citizen, deceased at 91. Bob Crane had an amazing life. I was fortunate to be included  in his later years, thanks to a book I wrote about a once famous but mostly forgotten Arab warrior called Emir Abd el-Kader al Jazairy. 

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My paternal grandfather, Kazimierz Eitner, after whom I was named, was killed with a single bullet to the head on the night of April 6, 1940 in the city of Tver, Russia, in the basement of the local headquarters of the Soviet Secret Police.

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July 30, 1959: E. M. Jones of Washington, Va., has been elected chairman of the Virginia State Apple Commission. He succeeds the Hon. E.Blackburn Moore of Berryville, who retired from the Commission.

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The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation invites the community to the 2022 Celebration of the 31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance in Rappahannock County to be held virtually on Jan. 16. The free event, to be shown at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at www.culpepermedia.org, will be taped at The Little Washington Theatre on Gay Street and presented in cooperation with Culpeper Media Network.