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Photos: The bridge goes on

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July 19
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Don Audette's photos of the replacement Sperryville bridge being hoisted into place over the Thornton River on Thursday (July 19).
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REC requests voluntary energy reduction

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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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Crime and Courts for July 12

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July 12
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Two more sentenced in Grand View Arson; four indictments handed down by Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury.
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The Rapp for July 12

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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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Wild Ideas: Big storm, little moments of resilience

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July 12
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While we humans struggled in the aftermath of the storm to deal with losing the technology most of us have come to depend on, wildlife seemed to accept this as just another day in the great outdoors.
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Mop up continues on Neighbor Mountain Fire

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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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Weather or not, county business goes on  

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Rappahannock County’s five supervisors, two of whom still had no electricity at home after last week’s storm, spent a couple of hours at the (air-conditioned) courthouse for their regular monthly meeting Monday (July 2), devising ways to maximize limited space and state-reduced budgets.
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With power knocked out, volunteer power kicks in

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Though surely neighbors aided neighbors throughout the huge swath of mid-Atlantic infrastructure that had its plug pulled Friday, the stories of what happened in Rappahannock County during and after the storm prove that coping is one of this county’s top local industries.
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At Castleton after the storm, the show very much went on

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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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Trees, powerlines are worst casualties

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July 5
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Friday’s storm started in the Midwest and took about 12 hours to reach and ravage Rappahannock County. Along the way, millions of people were left without power.
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The Rapp for July 5

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July 5
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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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Editorial: The Castleton spirit

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July 5
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At the Castleton Festival, there apparently is no obstacle that cannot be overcome, including the most damaging (non-tropical) storm in Virginia’s history.
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Wild Ideas: Bunnies everywhere

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July 5
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Lately I’ve been observing numerous eastern cottontails, large and small, in the yard at dawn and dusk. It’s that time of year when our native rabbits are reproducing like, well, rabbits – big bunnies, little bunnies, bunnies everywhere in open spaces and along forest edges.
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Hazzard Homecoming: a special reunion

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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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No jail time but $65K owed by coin embezzler

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June 28
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Thirty-seven-year-old Stuart Williams Kasin of Charlotte, N.C., will not serve jail time for embezzlement involving a locally owned coin collection. He was instead handed a five-year suspended prison sentence, five years of probation and must pay $65,238 in restitution.
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Editorial: Remembering Agnes

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June 28
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Rappahannock County derives its name, of course, from the eponymous river, whose headwaters arise within our jurisdictional borders. So we should take some stakeholder interest in what happens downstream, particularly to the Chesapeake Bay, into which the Rappahannock’s waters ultimately empty.
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The Rapp for June 28

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

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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

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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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Close, but no regrets at 2012 Derby

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June 28
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Not all victories are achieved at the finish line. Twelve-year-old Gabe Beroza of Sperryville came up just .032 seconds short of winning the super stock division of the 2012 Culpeper Soapbox Derby Championship on Saturday (June 23), losing to his new friend, 16-year-old Adam Miller.
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The Rapp for June 21

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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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The serpent’s role in paradise

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June 21
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Few local creatures (except perhaps the eastern mountain lion) are shrouded in more myth and fantasy than snakes. While some are indeed dangerous, experts say many are beneficial and a lot less mysterious than you might think.
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From backyard to barn: woodworking the old-fashioned way

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June 21
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Massies Corner resident Ron Soldo is living a dream that was honed in his backyard and continues in a barn.
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School News: RCHS Commencement 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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Last arsonist pleads in Grand View case

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June 14
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The final suspect in the Grand View arson case, 20-year-old Julious Caesar Lucas of Boston, pleaded guilty to 10 charges in Rappahannock Circuit Court Friday.
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The town’s hats off to you, Gene Leggett

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June 14
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Gene Leggett is probably already working toward consensus among the various camps of angels in Heaven, if what he did on Earth is any indication. That’s how one could see the legacy of Eugene Sheldon Leggett II, who died at 86 on June 8 at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton with family at his bedside.
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High-speed chase leads to a 21-month sentence

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June 14
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A high-speed chase, stolen weapons, rape and assault on a VDOT worker – last Thursday (June 7) was an eye-opening day in Rappahannock County Circuit Court. The crime wave that former Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke described before passing the torch to Art Goff continues.
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Two charged in alleged starvation of child

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June 14
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A Castleton couple is being held in the Rappahannock Jail on charges of child abuse, after at least one of them allegedly attempted to starve their two-month-old baby to death.
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The Rapp for June 14

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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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Virtual office, cafe in the works along Gay Street

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Many Americans may still have to go out of their way to find encouraging economic news, but certain Rappahannock County entrepreneurs are going about quietly making their own.
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Supervisors adopt 2013 budget of $21.8 million

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June 7
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Not everyone supported this year’s budget. That includes Piedmont district supervisor Ron Frazier, who voted against Hampton district supervisor Bryant Lee’s motion to approve the 2013 fiscal year county budget.
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On June 16, it’s a tuneful ‘Evening View’

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June 7
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Dawn Landes, the singer-songwriter who has recently graced the stage at Wolf Trap and Lincoln Center, is coming to Rappahannock to perform at the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance’s (RCCA) eighth annual Rappahannock Evening View on Saturday evening, June 16.
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The Rapp for June 7

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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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A love for polo and a knack for training

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June 7
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Martin Maldonado may be one of the best riders and trainers in the area, possibly the state, but he’s a quiet man when it comes to his equestrian talents.
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Failed breath test equals DUI conviction

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June 7
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Judge J. Gregory Ashwell pointed out to a young defendant in a DUI case that drivers in Virginia are not required to submit to field sobriety tests, including the roadside breathalyzer. If they do, however, the results can be damaging.
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The (virtual) Rappahannock Library

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June 7
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Just in time for summer travel reading, Rappahannock County Library has announced a new download service.
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Passing the torch, at RCHS’ Baccalaureate

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June 7
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On a warm Sunday evening (June 3), Rappahannock County High School seniors donned their caps and gowns for their first formal farewell ceremony – the 62nd annual Baccalaureate service.
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Sperryville VFD keeps on truckin’

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A sense of purposeful, controlled energy pervades the walls of the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department, based on U.S. 211 just west of Sperryville. And those walls are expanding.
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Test-driving the future of farming

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May 31
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Farming isn’t just a job. For most farmers, it's a way of life, a family enterprise, a connection with the land and a means of making a living Five local farmers spent last year analyzing those motivating forces, and in many cases altering their farming operations to improve profitability, sustainability and the quality...
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The Rapp for May 31

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Talent from "America's Got Talent" in Amissville, mutts and mingling at Flint Hill Public House, lots of art in Sperryville and bowling for seniors in Culpeper.
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