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REC requests voluntary energy reduction

Jul. 17, 2012
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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is asking all members throughout the Cooperative’s service area to voluntarily conserve electricity in their homes and facilities by turning off all non-essential appliances and machinery until further notice.
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The Rapp for July 12

Jul. 12, 2012
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Castleton Festival's upcoming weekend and beyond, historic doings in Chester Gap, a show-saving piano donation, a deal for Shenandoah National Park visitors, fighting invasive plants and lots more.
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Rappahannock reporter sentenced on drug charge

Jul. 12, 2012

Alex Sharp VIII, 23, a frequent Rappahannock News freelance contributor and then full-time reporter starting last August, pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge last Thursday (July 5) in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
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Mop up continues on Neighbor Mountain Fire

Jul. 6, 2012
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Crews are now focused on mop up around the entire perimeter of the Neighbor Mountain Fire within Shenandoah National Park in Page County, a fire estimated at 2,138 acres as of 4 p.m. Thursday, July 5.
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VDOT traffic alerts, July 9-13

Jul. 6, 2012

Excerpted from the Virginia Department of Transporation (VDOT) weekly bulletin of highway work scheduled, weather permitting, in VDOT’s Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones. Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) – Bridge restoration. Road closed at bridge over Thornton River, April 30-August 27. Motorists...
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At Castleton after the storm, the show very much went on

Jul. 5, 2012
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The first hint of trouble came in the intermission of “The Barber of Seville.” The house lights in the Castleton Festival Theatre had dimmed, so we assumed the second act was about to begin. It wasn’t.
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The Rapp for July 5

Jul. 5, 2012
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It's a Saturday of art openings and more in Sperryville at Old Rag Photography Gallery, River District Arts, Middle Street Gallery and more; RAAC awards its Mitchell Fund honors to Wakefield graduate Amanda Carroll of Castleton.
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Letter: Thanks for 37 pints on June 27

Jul. 5, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to come out to the Washington fire hall on June 27 to donate blood for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. There was a great turnout of 51 people attempting to donate, and 37 pints of blood were collected, which put...
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Photo: Fourth rite

Jul. 4, 2012
Wednesday's patriotic reading at Washington Baptist Church.

Steve Kerchner, Lillian Aylor, Jim Manwaring and Kaye Kohler read the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights Wednesday morning at Washington Baptist Church.
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Hazzard Homecoming: a special reunion

Jun. 28, 2012
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If the ace mechanic who kept Hazzard County rolling is correct, a weekend in August in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is going to be a turbocharged delight for the faithful fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
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The Rapp for June 28

Jun. 28, 2012
Fireworks went off without a hitch.

Ready for tailgates, food, music and fireworks in Sperryville on Wednesday? July 4; the Amissville carnival and parade; Flint HIll's 24 Crows is Roadfood-worthy; successful 4-H camps; SNP's Neighbors' Day; Wakefield's poker tournament; online help for caregivers.
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Norm’s smile, and enthusiasm, were truly one of a kind

Jun. 28, 2012
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Though he is gone from this world, it just isn’t possible for me to remember Norm Getsinger without a smile on his face, and thus on mine.
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Neighbor Mountain fire forces trail closures

Jun. 28, 2012
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The Neighbor Mountain Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 200 acres. Firefighters are on the ground working to contain the fire. 
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Letter: Snake report good; transporting not

Jun. 28, 2012

I would like to compliment the Rappahannock News for publishing an informative article about living with snakes. However, there is one point in the article that needs further clarification. Not only is it illegal to kill a snake in the state of Virginia it is also illegal to capture and transport a snake to...
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Letter: More than baby steps

Jun. 28, 2012

In his editorial last week, the publisher said: “We have two choices in the face of environmental degradation. The first is to feel like we humans are all hospice patients just waiting for the inevitable, apocalyptic end. The other is to take action – countermeasures, albeit small but still meaningful to try to combat...
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Letter: REC’s board — cooperative?

Jun. 28, 2012

The June issue of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) magazine, Cooperative Living, describes electric cooperatives’ annual meetings, where members “make decisions about their customer-owned utility” and “vote on changes to the bylaws that govern the utility they own.” This, the editorial says, is “an old-fashioned exercise in democracy that’s both refreshing and resilient, a living...
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Letter: Drinking, driving — astonishing

Jun. 28, 2012

The June 10 edition of the Rappahannock News contained a story that described how Heather Ann Dibble of Warrenton was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) after a breathalyzer test showed her blood alcohol content was in excess of .08 percent (the per se limit that defines intoxication). The astonishing part lies not in the actions of the...
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Girl Scouts help you stay safe July 4

Jun. 28, 2012

Girl Scout Troop 628 is holding a Safety Fair at the annual Rappahannock County 4th of July Celebration. The fair is being held as a community service for the county where the small but hard-working troop is based, as part of its Silver Award Project. From 2 to 6 p.m. in the shade of...
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The Rapp for June 21

Jun. 21, 2012
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It's the Fourth (Estate) Friday of the month, so we'll see you in Sperryville; lots to do, including theater auditions and the start of the fourth annual Castleton Festival this weekend; a butterfly outing next month; local Eagle Scouts get their wings.
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Letter: Liberty and justice for . . . nine?

Jun. 21, 2012

I expected last week’s issue of the Rappanhannock News to be especially thick. Surely it would be filled with numerous letters from the spirited Friends of Liberty scribes who would be taking the board of supervisors to task over excesses in the county budget. Coming off a concerted effort to blast the school board,...
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Photo: Wreck on 211

Jun. 21, 2012
Wednesday wreck on U.S. 211

An injured occupant of one of three cars involved in an accident Wednesday (June 20) on U.S. 211 at Gid Brown Hollow Road is carried into a Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue ambulance early Wednesday afternoon.
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Photos: RCCA takes the long ‘View’

Jun. 21, 2012
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Last Saturday (June 16), the eighth annual Rappahannock Evening View was hosted by longtime Rappahannock County residents Martin and Cheri Woodard at their appropriately named Longview Farm. Photos and a report.
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School News: RCHS Commencement 2012

Jun. 21, 2012
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On June 9, Rappahannock County High School’s 45 seniors – one of the school’s smallest graduating classes in recent memory, but one that boasts four of its members about to enter U.Va. – received their diplomas at the school’s 62nd annual Commencement Ceremony. Photos and a report.
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Photo: Rappahannock Old Guard: the Black Flag Company

Jun. 21, 2012
The 6th Virginia CWT marker.

A new Civil War Trails marker commemorates the Confederate army's Company B of the 6th Virginia Cavalry, which was recruited exclusively from Rappahannock County citizens.
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Photos: DARE to have fun

Jun. 14, 2012
Photos: DARE to have fun

For the annual DARE Day expo at Rappahannock County Elementary School, the Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education organizers put together a well-attended mix of law-enforcement demonstration and education booths, fire and rescue displays and plain old fun and games – the latter including Headwaters’ egg walk, above. At least two young attendees were...
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Photo: Making the cut

Jun. 14, 2012
Photo: Making the cut

John Stacey Clark lucked into an usually cool spring morning Wednesday for the season’s first cutting of hay in Harris Hollow near Washington.
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The Rapp for June 14

Jun. 14, 2012
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This weekend's events and beyond, a Community Day at your local Visitors Center, a call for items to sell at the Democrats August yard sale, a culinary tour and an artists and studio tour lineup.
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Photo: Ready for some summer reading

Jun. 14, 2012
Photo: Ready for some summer reading

Headwaters Starfish mentees (from left) Kayla Butler, Colin Kelly and Mahlet Yonas-Yirgu enjoy sharing gift bags full of summer reading for 12 Rappahannock County Elementary School students.  The Headwaters Foundation’s Starfish Mentoring Program’s mentors and mentees selected and packaged the books for other children ages 6-12 as a community outreach effort to “make reading...
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Letter: Mom’s ‘quiet service’; our gratitude

Jun. 14, 2012
Letter: Mom’s ‘quiet service’; our gratitude

Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of support and caring following the death of our mother, Alice King. Although we know the impact she had on our lives, it was truly touching and humbling to realize how she affected so many others. Mom wrote her own obituary and as...
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Wakefield holds 33rd commencement

Jun. 14, 2012
Wakefield holds 33rd commencement

On June 3, upper school students, faculty, families and friends of Wakefield Country Day School gathered in the senior garden to congratulate the school’s 12 seniors on their accomplishments at Wakefield’s 33rd commencement ceremony. The program began with a procession of the faculty and graduates to Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major.” Honoring a...
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Photo: Baked good deed

Jun. 14, 2012
Photo: Baked good deed

Father Christopher Murphy, center, presents a check for $1,125.50 from St. Peter Catholic Church’s bake sale to Rappahannock Food Pantry director Mimi Forbes and Bette Mahoney (right), president of the Pantry board. Fred Eggers, left, and Carol Little served on the committee that planned the hugely successful bake sale to coincide with last month’s...
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Letter: What the Scholarship Awards made clear

Jun. 14, 2012

It was my pleasure recently to attend the Scholarship Awards ceremony at Rappahannock County High School. When I arrived I was impressed, though not surprised, to find the auditorium full and abuzz with fresh-faced and bright students, dressed for an important occasion, eager with anticipation and full of accomplishment. With the good leadership of...
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School and Sports News for June 14

Jun. 14, 2012
School and Sports News for June 14

Volleyball, soccer camps at RCHS Besides a football-related meeting June 21 for players and parents (see Meetings and Notices on this page), there’s other sports-related goings-on at the schools: A James Madison University volleyball camp for rising eighth- to 12th-graders is June 21-22 at Rappahannock County High School’s auxiliary gym, noon to 7 both...
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Poem: Sunset

Jun. 14, 2012

The scythe – the scythe – the scythe whose life cannot be denied when cutting mean and clean through the briars of life – and –   let us not forget the sweet smell of hay on a summer morn and yet – alas! honest sweat in the ghost orchards in ghost orchards yet...
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Whorton named master agent

Jun. 14, 2012
Whorton named master agent

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Services named Pat Whorton as a 2012 Master Agent during its annual sales conference in Richmond. The Master Agent title recognizes agents for excellent overall performance in every aspect of their job. Whorton, who works out of the Rappahannock County office, has served as an agent with Virginia Farm Bureau...
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Photos: Bridge up, but not out

Jun. 7, 2012
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Contractors remove the steel span of Sperryville's soon-to-be-replaced U.S. 522 bridge -- and a local Realtor-farmer snatches it up (but very carefully).
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Photo: Mulling about

Jun. 7, 2012
Photo: Mulling about

Bears – some of Rappahannock County’s earliest settlers – have been active this spring, including this youngish black bear who perched, contentedly and periodically over two days earlier this week, in a mulberry tree beside Mayhugh’s store in Amissville.
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The Rapp for June 7

Jun. 7, 2012
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An amazing 4th coming up preceded by Soap Box Derby. Art in Little Washington and National Get Outdoors Day - time for an outing!
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Letter: Local VDOT heads off Attack of the Cones

Jun. 7, 2012

Susan McCarthy, Eve Willis and I want to publicly thank David Cubbage and the whole local VDOT crew for coming to our aid recently. In case you haven’t noticed (joke), they are replacing the bridge from Sperryville to U.S. 211 near the old Schoolhouse. Since that was a main route to our shop, Monkey...
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Mosby and Sneden: The Gray Ghost and the Artist

Jun. 7, 2012
Mosby and Sneden: The Gray Ghost and the Artist

New York City native Robert Knox Sneden was an architect and engineer who enlisted in the 40th New York Volunteers in 1861.
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