The Rapp for July 28

New slogans (or maybe not), an Angus Show award for a young Sperryville woman, Ballard's summer sale ends Saturday, amazing vegetable-growing news, pretty good peach-growing news, and the Piedmont claims another Soap Box Derby champion.
Editorial: Slick operator

No major engagements in the Civil War, the sesquicentennial anniversary of which is now being celebrated, took place here in Rappahannock County. But in what is today’s not-so-civil conflict in Big Washington, our very own congressional representative is leading the…
River of rocks

Though it’s the season for low water levels, those levels — illustrated here by the meager flow of the the Thornton River Wednesday in front of the Glassworks Gallery on U.S. 211 in Sperryville — are the subject of a…

Update: In a July 28 email to the county administrator, a VDOT spokesman now says the bridge will be closed into September, and also that scheduled repairs this summer to the Route 624 (Sunnyside Orchard Road) bridge will be delayed…

An alert reader sent in this link to a Local Kicks story about Alexandria publisher Peter Labovitz’s guilty plea in the IRS and Justice Department’s case against him for failing to pay $940,000 in employment taxes. Labovitz represents the trust…
Free shows Sunday at Castleton

Between its final two formal performances this weekend, the Castleton Festival is offering two more free concerts Sunday, July 24: noon at the Manor House Cafe, a Steven Sondheim-inspired cabaret featuring singers from the Castleton Festival; and 2 p.m. at…
The Rapp for July 21

• Kudos to the Castleton Festival, which ends its one-month program this weekend. • Heat-related warnings, and good wishes, to this weekend's First Battle of Manassas reenactors, including a couple from Rappahannock.
The chihuahua vs. the hogs

I just posted something about this earlier today on Rappnet, Rappahannock County’s late-model (but still running) email list-serve, after I saw an urgent notice about a lost chihuahua in Sperryville Friday afternoon — and then another notice today that the…
Sustainability: The dance goes on

As if it wasn’t enough of a challenge to follow all the rules and guidelines necessary to have your products designated as “organic,” Nick Lapham has also tackled . . . biodiversity. Certain newspapers that would attempt to cover certain…
Wolfpack wild over new girls’ team

Girls may be made of sugar and spice and everything nice. They may wear pink fingernail polish and refuse to leave the house without mascara on. And heaven forbid if they can’t text their BFF night and day. But in…

Photos from the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s annual 4th of July Celebration at Thornton Hill Race Course south of Sperryville on Monday, July 4.

“Liberty means responsibility. That’s why most men dread it.” George Bernard Shaw’s famous quip came to mind this Fourth of July weekend as our elected representatives in Big Washington struggled to become fiscally responsible. Or at least pretended and postured…