Culling deer to feed the hungry

There are too many deer in Rappahannock County, and across the state – so many that in 1988, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) introduced its Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), which allows qualifying landowners or hunt…
The solace of Christmas past

I was a middle child, growing up, with sufficient space between my older sisters and younger brother that I enjoyed my own experience of the world. I was neither the object of vigilance by inexperienced parents nor the focus of longing…
Editorial: A new year

Two years ago, this newspaper’s longtime publisher, the late Arthur “Nick” Arundel, who loved the Rappahannock News because he loved Rappahannock County, decided it was time to sell. At about the same time, he sold another rural, county-seat-based paper, the…
The Rapp column for Dec. 29

Virginia's First Lady awards the Castleton Festival one of her "Opportunity Seal of Approval" awards; RAAC's Friday night movies resume Jan. 6 with "Midnight in Paris"; the Visitors Center prepares for winter hibernation.
Give a great cheer! Here comes a new year!

Ho! Twenty-twelve, here we come!With horns a-blarin’ and a greeter’s poem. From out here in our rolling green heavenWe bid adieu to twenty-eleven. We float this salute o’er sceptr’d hillsAnd hope you feel a holiday thrill. Assembled here are faces…
Preserving food, preserving traditions

There are lots of tasty foods at Sylvie Rowand’s home in Harris Hollow. Though she has to buy such items as coffee and olive oil from other regions, most of the food Rowand utilizes comes straight from her farm, from…
Letter: Arrestingly lovely

I have been visiting relatives in the Sperryville area for holidays for the past five years. I am told of how Massies Corner, where you get from Lee Highway to Front Royal, has had a high number of car accidents.…
Washington column for Dec. 29

The New Year: start it off right! Well, it’s the end of the year again. I can’t believe how fast it’s flown by. Time for those New Year’s resolutions! Jan. 1 starts a year of new beginnings, new hopes and…
RappCats Cat of the Week: Shelley

Shelley is a playful and lovable two-year-old female who enjoys going outside but is also happy as an inside cat. Shelley will tolerate other felines but clearly wants to be the star of a household; she would likely do better as…
Photos: Winning — with bells on

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…
Photos: Holiday spirit, continued

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…

Words to remember for New Year's, a night to remember at Cafe Indigo (and another one this week), and gathering and chatting at Sperryville's breakfast venues.
Wild Ideas: The grapes of repast

Winter keeps coming in fits and starts, and our migratory birds here in the Blue Ridge seem in no rush to keep moving south. Some of these lagging migrants have been taking advantage of a late-fruiting vine that’s festooning the…
Meetings and Notices for Dec. 29

All county government offices will be closed Monday (Jan. 2) in observance of New Year’s Day and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 3 The Rappahannock County Public Schools will reopen Monday (Jan. 2). Union First Market Bank and BB&T will be closed Monday (Jan.…