Letters to the Editor

Letter: The heroines of healthcare

I offer three cheers for the Heroines of Healthcare at the Rappahannock County Health Department! My daughter, who was to enter sixth grade at Wakefield Country Day School on Aug. 22, was scheduled to receive a required tetanus booster the day before, as part of a well child visit. But we were caught in...
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Letter: Camp Fantastic: corrections

Re. the front page story in last week’s Rappahannock News: Lanise Waites and I the originators of Camp Fantastic? No. First off, Cathie Shiff did not speak to me before writing her history of Camp Fantastic. Here’s the story as I remember it: Camp Fantastic began in 1983. It was a labor of love by Tom and...
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Letter: Thank you, good samaritans

Hello, Rappahannock County! Two damsels in distress have found one of your secrets – namely that you have “good samaritans” living in your midst. On Aug. 11, as we returned home from a family birthday celebration in Harrisonburg, my niece Theresa’s car overheated. As we approached Ben Venue, she pulled into the parking lot...
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Letter: Thanks for the introduction(s)

I would like to thank Mr. Miller for mentioning Wakefield Country Day School in his letter to the editor last week. We are proud of the 12 students in our class of 2012 who earned almost $830,000 in merit scholarship offers and of our unbroken tradition of 100-percent four-year college acceptance. As...
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Letter: Another ‘Fantastic’ success, thanks to . . .

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in this year’s “Bonkers” Rappahannock Night at Camp Fantastic. Once again, it was a huge success! (See story, page 1.) The committee – Sandra Jenkins, Marie Davis,, Jan Makela and Jim Blubaugh – were invaluable in planning this event. Charlotte...
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Letter: It’s a special place, weather or not

I’m sure others shared my disappointment when I tackled your editorial in last week’s paper, presuming that “Rappahannock exceptionalism” would convey something truly exceptional about Rappahannock County. Instead, the piece is a lament on the unusually hot summer. For Rappahannock exceptionalism, just look around. On pages 1 and 10 you identify something truly exceptional...
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Letter: Rappahannock lends a big hand to Hazzard County

It has been my experience that in rural America there is a tradition of “pitching in to help out one another”, and no folks on Earth exemplify that ethic more than the natives of Rappahannock County. That spirit manifested itself again during our recent Hazzard Homecoming festival at Ben Venue. We needed a lot...
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Letter: Lions: service, and then some  

When I joined the Rappahannock Lions four years ago, I was aware the club was involved in sight and hearing projects, along with an annual event for young cancer patients called Camp Fantastic.   Since then, I have seen that the Lions do ever so much more. My first-hand experience has shown me that...
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Letter: Rough Ride helps smooth the way for Free Clinic

I would like to pass on some information of interest about the Rappahannock Free Clinic and the organization’s annual Rough Ride fundraiser this coming Sept. 15. The Rappahannock Free Clinic is a satellite site of the Fauquier Free Clinic Inc., and serves uninsured patients of both Rappahannock and Fauquier counties. The clinic in Rappahannock...
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Letter: Become a 4-H leader

We are looking for new 4-H leaders! A 4-H leader can be anyone from 19 to 100 years old who enjoys working with youth, wants to make a difference in a person’s life and the community as a whole, and who enjoys donating their time and efforts to a worthy cause. If this sounds...
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Letter: Yes, let’s cooperate; the evidence says we have to

Just because we all peacefully decide to drive our car over a cliff doesn’t mean the force we call gravity won’t pull us to our death.
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Letter: From Flint Hill VFR, thanks to all

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Aug. 9

The officers and members of the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company would like to thank all those people who helped us with our carnival last week.We had good volunteers running stands, cooking burgers and fries, selling baked goods, running the bingo game and a host of other activities. Thanks to all those...
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Letter: Missing Annie Cooke’s big heart

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July 19

I just returned from a funeral. It was uplifting, positive, and the standing-room-only crowd was almost joyful. Joyful because they loved Annie Cooke, and knew just where she was going! I first knew Annie as a customer at our store, later as the guardian of one of my students when I was teaching, and...
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Letter: Thanks for a great year, and keep in touch . . .

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July 12

To the Rappahannock County community that has raised me as a son and loved me as a brother, I sincerely apologize for my actions. And I am sorry for leaving you so abruptly after such a wonderful year as your reporter at the Rappahannock News.
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Letter: Rappahannock made proud

Yea! Yea! And hooray! The Independance Day celebration was again a great success. Thanks to the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department led by Gary Settle, Richie Burke, Greg Williams, Larry Grove, Mike Leake and the rest of them. Wow! What a great, fun time, and without a hitch. We all owe them our deepest appreciation...
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Letter: Thanks to all who made the Fourth possible

Independence Day 2012 was celebrated in a spectacular fashion again this year at Thornton Hill Race Course on July 4th. Friends of the community attended the sixth annual Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department event from all corners of Rappahannock County and abroad to celebrate our country’s independence. A large American flag furnished by B&B Signal...
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Letter: ‘School trees,’ county ‘forest’

Last week’s article by Roger Piantadosi discussed formation of the new “work group” to study health insurance equitability for county employees. The thing that struck me was that, as is very often the case, a motion apparently made by Chris Parrish for the composition of this group (which negated one made by Ron Frazier)...
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Letter: Safety Fair, Silver Award — thanks to you

I am a member of Girl Scout Troop 628, and we recently completed our Silver Award, the second-highest award in Girl Scouting. We held a Safety Fair for the community, where expert presenters gave lectures on different safety topics. Our troop (Virginia Arthur, Hannah Bennett, Kathleen Forrest, Megan Kelly and myself) would like to...
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Adventures in Caregiving: How to build a strong local healthcare workforce?

When I see the challenges faced at home by members of our Rappahannock County family caregiver support group or by families I visit as part of Connections, the free in-home support program for families coping with dementia, I am reminded again and again how important it is to have skilled, caring local people committed to...
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Letter: Thanks for 37 pints on June 27

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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Letter: Snake report good; transporting not

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

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?

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

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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Letter: Liberty and justice for . . . nine?

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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Letter: Mom’s ‘quiet service’; our gratitude

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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Letter: What the Scholarship Awards made clear

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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Letter: Local VDOT heads off Attack of the Cones

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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Letter: ‘I hear a salutation of gratitude’

I hear it every Memorial Day and Veterans Day and the Fourth of July from those who never served or even got close to combat, expressing thanks in word for the said sacrifice of service to the country, fighting so others could be free and enjoy the fruits of said freedom.  From the graves...
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Letter: Business Link: The credits

Many thanks to Carl and Donna Henrickson of Little Washington Winery for hosting our May Business Link Networking Social. In spite of the uncooperative weather, we had more than 35 supporters of the Rappahannock business community in attendance. The views from the winery, even on a stormy evening, were spectacular. The Rappahannock NonProfit Center...
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Letter: You made Miss Rapp a huge success  

Tiny Miss Rappahannock category contestants last Saturday were (from left) Theodora Harper Kensy (second runner-up), Candace Settle, Jaidyn Kenzie Mullins (the winner) Mackenzie Jayden Mardeusz (first runner-up), Kierston Taylor Lillard and Ava Elizabeth Jenkins.

The Miss Rappahannock pageant May 19 was a major fundraising event for the Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad. It could not have been such a huge success without the participation of the wonderful children and adults of our community and the surrounding communities. We thank each and every one who participated. You are all beautiful...
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Letter: Pantry Day’s spectacular success

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May 24

Last week’s editorial in the Rappahannock News talks about Rappahannock Food Pantry Day’s “dazzling success.” Walter Nicklin noted that the amount of money raised (about $30,000) and the amount of food donated (almost 2,400 pounds) were dazzling. He went on to say that there were other less easily quantifiable rewards. Jan Clatterbuck in her column cites...
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Letter: Serpent ejected; Paradise appreciated

I would like to commend the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office for their prompt and courteous response to my call regarding a large black snake in my bedroom on a recent Sunday afternoon. I am 92 years old and blind; luckily a friend came and saw it. The dispatcher sent over the deputy, and even...
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Letter: Grateful for the gift of flags

Washington Masonic Lodge No. 78 A.F. and A.M., family and friends of loved ones buried in Washington Masonic Cemetery and citizens of Rappahannock County would like to express our sincere and deepest appreciation to the American Legion Post #53 in Front Royal for their kind donation of the flags for our veterans’ graves and...
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Letter: Support our schools: an alternative

Like so many residents of Rappahannock, I watched the unfolding annual story of the debate about whether or not we should have higher property taxes to pay for the increasing cost of services, especially education, in the county. Again the center of the discussions focused on increasing or cutting the school budget. I was...
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Letter: Attention, Rappahannock youth!

The next Rappahannock Youth Group event will take place from 3 to 6 this Sunday afternoon (May 20) at Meadowbrook Farm, the home of Greg and Julie Vaught at 18 Meadowbrook Lane, about two miles north of Flint Hill. The afternoon of fun includes a devotional, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, basketball, and picnicking. If you...
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Letter: Thanks for making After-Prom possible

We would like to thank the following local businesses for donating to the 2012 Rappahannock County High School After-Prom Celebration: The Inn at Little Washington, Union First Market Bank, Wegman’s, Oak View National Bank, Country Chevrolet, Rappahannock Electric Co-Op, Shenandoah Ford, Warrenton Toyota, Rose Hill Vet, Maloney and Ward Insurance, Costco, Flint Hill Methodist...
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Letter: What is . . . truth?

Individually and collectively, we appear to put a lot of emphasis and importance on the term “the truth.” Most parents try to teach their children to tell the truth; our courts and justice system requires an oath of truth; scholastic tests often use true and false questions; in our daily conversations, we often use...
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Letter: A ‘joyful evening’ at Montpelier

Letter: A ‘joyful evening’ at Montpelier

The Belle Meade School community would like to thank all those who attended our fundraiser at Montpelier on Saturday evening (May 12). We are especially grateful to to Sarah and Jim Wildasin for opening their beautifully restored, historic house and grounds. The combination of the spectactular setting, Sylvie Rowand’s (Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery)...
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Letter: Opponents take jail fight to Richmond

On April 30 two other Shenandoah County opponents of the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) regional jail project and I met with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s director of policy development and deputy counselor, Jeff Palmore, regarding budgetary concerns and the RSW project. A 30-minute meeting extended to 90 minutes as we painted a bleak picture for...
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