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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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Photo: In-house firefighter

Joey Sandy presents Dot Jones with her certificate of appreciation.

Sarah “Dot” Jones of Sperryville, who works at Washington’s Blue Rock Inn, smelled smoke during the intense heat of one of those pre-storm afternoons last week; she tracked down the source and found that a smoldering area of mulch around the restaurant’s rear deck had spread to the deck itself. She ran for buckets...
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Photo: Fourth rite

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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Truck’s shortcut cuts power

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June 28

Detour signs forbidding commercial truck traffic from Sperryville’s Main Street while the U.S. 522 bridge is under construction were missed or ignored early Friday by a tractor trailer operator, whose failed, illegal right turn from Main Street onto eastbound U.S. 211 tied up traffic and turned off power to the village for about an...
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Photo: Wreck on 211

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’

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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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Photos: DARE to have fun

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

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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Photo: Ready for some summer reading

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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Photo: Baked good deed

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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Photo: Mulling about

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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Photos: Onward and upward

Photos: Onward and upward

Twenty-one Rappahannock County High School seniors garnered 47 scholarships worth $62,000 at the recent Scholarship Awards assembly held at the high school. Jason Gochenour, RCHS’ director of college guidance, and Dr. Paula Howland, director of the Headwaters Foundation’s Next Step program, organized and officiated at the ceremony that recognized and lauded the students for...
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Photos: Chelsea’s first graduates

Photos: Chelsea’s first graduates

At Chelsea Academy’s first-ever graduation on Friday (May 25) at St. Peter’s Catholic Mission in Washington, the seven graduates of the four-year-old Front Royal school celebrated by tossing their graduate caps in the air. Two of the grads are Rappahannock County residents, including Emily Little of Boston and salutatorian Maria Lee of Woodville (shown...
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Photo: Sperryville’s healing waters

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May 31
Project Healing Waters guides and veterans on the Thornton River.

Project Healing Waters founder and president, Navy Capt. Ed Nicholson (far right), and several fly fishing guides and veterans, stand by the banks of the Thornton River, where they spent a Friday last month fishing for rainbow trout and smallmouth bass on Cliff Miller’s Mount Vernon Farm in Sperryville.
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Don’t call it a gun store!

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May 24
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Proprietor George Rosenbaum (behind the counter) prefers to call his newly opened shop on U.S. 211 in Washington a “weapons history museum.”
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Photo: To remember . . .

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Phyllis Swindler of Sperryville and daughters Bobette Swindler and Natalie Hathaway place a wreath at the Veterans' Memorial in the Sperryville Cemetery.
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Photos: Tale of two villages

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It is often alleged that the town of Washington and the village of Sperryville are different sorts of places, attractive to somewhat opposite ends of the diverse spectrum of folks who, together, make Rappahannock County such an interesting place. Rarely, however, is there photographic proof. These photos, taken at roughly the same time last...
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Photo: Ruritan scholarships

Photo: Ruritan scholarships

Amissville Ruritan Club President Jerome Mallory (center) presents the 2012 Ruritan Build-Your-Dollar Scholarship to Adam Ryan Carter (left) and the 2012 Ruritan Memorial Scholarship to Matthew Scott Murphy (right). Carter, a senior at Rappahannock County High School, will be attending the University of Virginia this fall. Murphy is a student at George Mason University.
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Photos: City boys, ‘Rappahannock Girls’

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After a tight-lipped, high-stress Sunday afternoon of editing, the film “Rappahannock Girls,” was submitted to the judges with one minute to spare.
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Photo: Going ‘Womanless’ for a good cause

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The organizers of the April 28 Womanless Beauty Pageant at Flint Hill’s fire hall, a benefit for Carolyn’s Live, Love, Laugh Relay for Life team, say it was a successful event, both in terms of raising funds for cancer research – and in terms of fashion. See for yourself by checking out (down front,...
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Photos: Surprise witness

Capt. Gary Settle and Peter Luke

Virginia State Police Capt. Gary Settle presents Peter Luke with a plaque honoring Luke’s nearly 30 years as Rappahannock County’s commonwealth’s attorney. (Luke remains the county attorney, so Settle knew he could surprise him at Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.) The award was given on behalf of the Virginia State Police to thank...
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Photo: Her secret — years of yoga, and friends

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May 3
Photo: Her secret — years of yoga, and friends

Lilo Foster (front row, fourth from the the left) celebrated her 85th birthday last week with a few friends – many of whom got to know her during the decades she’s taught yoga in Rappahannock County (which she continues to do, Mondays and Thursdays at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington) – at Jennifer Manley’s...
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Photos: The fruits of cooperation

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April 26
Photos: The fruits of cooperation

Rappahannock fruit growers meet with visiting agricultural scientists from Senegal.
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Fodderstack 10K: Winners and pictures

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Winners, and photos, and Jean Lillard's report, from Saturday's Fodderstack 10K, the traditional spring race from Flint Hill to Washington.
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Osprey cam up and running at Smith Mountain Lake

DCR's osprey web cam at Smith Mountain Lake.

For the past seven years, only visitors to Smith Mountain Lake State Park’s Discovery Center could view nesting osprey live via a closed-circuit camera system. Now everyone can watch the growing osprey family.
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With honors . . .

Courtesy of Amy Hitt Twenty-seven Rappahannock County High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society at the 2011-2012 NHS ceremony on March 24. The inductees – the highest number in recent years – were recognized and awarded an NHS pin. Qualifications for membership into NHS are “Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character,” and...
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Down but not out

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Steeplechase photographer Douglas Lees took this sequence during Saturday’s Old Dominion Point-to-Point races at Ben Venue in Rappahannock County of jockey Annie Yeager’s alarming fall at the last fence in the Novice/Amateur Hurdle Race.
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Stick figures

Wakefield Country Day School wood carver's visit

Master woodcarver Chris Lubkemann plays rhythm sticks with kindergarten and pre-K students during a visit last month to Wakefield Country Day School (where Lubkemann has a grandchild in first grade). Lubkemann taught the students about wood and demonstrated his whittling skills, displayed a table-full of his carvings and showed the group how different sizes...
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Photos: Irish, aye!

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If it’s March, we must be Irish – if recent events in Rappahannock are any indication, at least. Irish Step Dancers of Warrenton prepare to enter, stage right, at the Lions Club’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Sperryville fire hall March 10. On St. Patrick’s Day afternoon, members of the Gold Top County...
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Photos: Youth basketball stars

Tan champs


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Valentines gone to the dogs

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Led by the 4-H Community Club, the 4-H Cloverbuds and Crafts with a Cause clubs last month made Valentine treats for the dogs at the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL). After a brief presentation on RAWL by community club president Shelby Burnett, many of the children asked questions and shared stories about their own...
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4-H club students step up to the Capitol

STUDENTS AND chaperones with the 4-H Community Club on the Capitol steps in Richmond.

On Feb. 7, the 4-H Community Club organized a charter bus trip to the Virginia State Capitol for a “4-H Day at the Capitol.”
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Antiques at Middle Street

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Partners at the new Antiques at Middle Street shop, next door to the Inn at Little Washington in the space long occupied by Middle Street Gallery, include (front row from left), Lee and Bonnie Cole of Culpeper, and (back row) Monica and Al Harris of Amissville, and Jo Tartt Jr. of Warrenton. The five,...
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Photos: Ikebana artistry

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Sperryville resident Linda Taylor, in pink, demonstrates during the first of three special classes in Ikebana flower arranging last week at the county library. Participating were members of the Rappahannock County Garden Club, including Judy Segaar, in green, shown watching while Taylor discusses this traditional Japanese art, and Monica Olsen, in blue with gloves...
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Photos: Deputy doings

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Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy James “Ronnie” Dodson, left, holds the certificate he received Dec. 8 upon graduation from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy; and Deputy Lee Settle, who grew up in the county and was most recently employed by the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, rejoined the Rappahannock department earlier this month.
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Photos: A glimpse of winter

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Kevin Adams, co-owner of the Gay Street Inn, caught a full moon settling over Massies Mountain just west of Little Washington at 7:30 Tuesday morning, the ground still white from an unexpected storm that began Monday afternoon (when the photo below of the county courthouse was taken), and which produced more than two inches...
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Slideshow: Last Night Rappahannock

Photographer Gary Anthes took some pictures at the Rappahannock Historical Society’s second annual “Last Night Rappahannock” New Year’s Eve celebration along Gay Street in Little Washington, and we’re just the guys to put them into a slideshow and post them online.
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Photo: Bald eagle at Rose Hill

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Claudia Ross at Rose Hill Farm, on U.S. 211 not far from the town of Washington, took this telephoto shot on Wednesday (Jan. 4) of a bald eagle checking out the meadow nearby. Ross said the bird was “easily three feet tall” and, when she tried to get closer, “he vanished in such a...
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Photos: Winning — with bells on

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At the 4-H Community Club’s first-ever Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk in the town of Washington earlier this month, early leaders among the field of nearly 140 included (from left) August Lutkehus (No. 737), Donnie Sobanko (No. 741), Julia Wood (the race’s overall female winner) and Danny Collins (No. 728, the overall  male winner). Also...
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Photos: Holiday spirit, continued

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That spirit grabbed the illustrious Lunch Bunch as they last week honored Gene Farmelo (seated, center) who is going through difficult times, with a gathering at Thornton River Grille in Sperryville. Seated (from left) are Hans Gerhard, Carl Coon, Bob Weinberg, Farmelo, Peter Kramer, Ben Jones, Butch Zindel and Hank Gorfein.  Standing (from left)...
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