The Rapp for April 28

Upcoming events: Poetry to make the Civil War personal; all the "Proof" you need at RAAC Theatre; another Sperryville "Renaissance"; and a two-course Food Pantry benefit in Washington.
Few voices at county budget hearing

“Thirty-four minutes and 52 seconds,” said Circuit Court Clerk Peggy Ralph, after Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Welch adjourned the public hearing for the 2011-12 Rappahannock County budget Monday evening (April 25) at Rappahannock County High School. That is: A…
Photo: Sunrise service

Some 60 people came to the Easter sunrise service of Trinity Episcopal Church, held on Jane Batchelder’s property above Washington, which was one of several sunrise services throughout the county on that lovely morning.
Adventures in caregiving

Family caregiving is tough work, and caring for someone with dementia involves its own special frustrations. Too often, people with dementia spend their waking hours in a passive fog; too often, the caregiver is overworked and frustrated. For both the…
Plant sale: 10 years and growing

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Rappahannock Spring Plant Sale. Local and nearby growers will be gathering at Waterpenny Farm in Sperryville, again this Saturday (April 30) from 9 to 3, rain or shine.
Road funds go from $179K to ‘nothing’

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has allotted Rappahannock County $28,188 for road projects during fiscal year 2011-12. At this month’s board of supervisors meeting, County Administrator John McCarthy described this amount as “nothing.” Furthermore, VDOT’s estimated annual allocations through…
Editorial: Blame the bears

From all accounts, the Earth Day litter cleanup, sponsored by the local Democratic Committee, was a great success (see Jed Duvall’s letter this week). Apparently there is now much less litter on Route 211. But is that a good thing?…
Photo: Don’t try this at home

Participants from Amissville, Flint Hill and Sperryville fire and rescue squads attended a propane emergencies class at Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department recently, where they learned in a clearly hands-on way how to handle propane emergencies involving leaks, fires and accidents…
Washington column for April 28

Good eggs (and egg-hunting) at WVFR's Easter weekend; another Hazel River Poet dispatch; Frantic the cat's incredible journey; special services at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Kelley seeks seat in Va. 18th

Kevin P. Kelley expected someday to run for elective office. But the 52-year-old long-time youth sports volunteer, former Prince William County Chamber of Commerce board chairman and small-business owner couldn't be certain whether he'd pursue a local or state position.…
Clark Hollow Ramblings: The spring of the blind hog

I am sorry to report that the news from WCORN is not the best. The Wild Critter Observation and Reporting Network reports that, for whatever reason, our friends, the red-shouldered hawks, have abandoned their nest in the big maple tree…
Amissville man apprehended after I-66 chase

Fauquier County deputies and Prince William County police assisted with the apprehension of a Rappahannock County man who allegedly led state police on a half hour-long chase last Thursday night (April 21) into Fauquier County.
RAWL Dogs: Porter

What is the measure of time? How to gauge the depth of devotion? When loyalty is offered, how much of it is received? I am only seven months old; a mixture of elk hound and beagle, and only 40 pounds.…