Olympic horses, Rappahannock roots

Competing in the London Olympics eventing runs this Saturday through Tuesday (July 28-31) are not one but two horses owned by the Wildasins of Sperryville: Twizzel (with Will Coleman of Virginia) and Mystery Whisper (with Phillip Dutton of Pennsylvania). The…
The Rapp for July 26

Fourth (Estate) Friday, a drop — in traffic, and of a multi-ton new bridge — in Sperryville, and the many instances of village life going on around Rapphannock County in this week's paper.

Along with its summer-break renovation of energy-related infrastructure at the elementary and high school, Rappahannock County Public Schools will also sport a new array of administrators when school resumes in about a month.
Photos: Farm songs

A contingent of singers and musicians – including on this most recent visit the festival’s world-famous founder, Maestro Lorin Maazel, and general manager Nancy Gustafson — sing for Sperryville farmer/innkeeper Cliff Miller's livestock.
Driving out (or holding off) the invaders 

The enemy goes by deceptively pleasing names: Tree of heaven, autumn olive, mile-a-minute, multiflora rose, wineberry . . . but in the war on invasive species, harsher terms describe what it takes: Hack and squirt. Kill it first. Go after…
Starfish: A summer camp report

It was a surprising sight at 7:30 in the morning. On a wintry February day, in the Peter Kramer building in Washington, a line of 15 adults waited patiently on the stairs leading up to Rappahannock’s Cooperative Extension office, each…

Wreck leads to DUI arrest A 34-year-old Amissville woman was charged with driving under the influence and refusal (to take blood- or breath-based alcohol tests) after her car wound up in a ditch near the Laurel Mills Store in Castleton…
Amissville column for July 26

Amissville's postmaster, like two other postmasters in the county, says goodbye; Amissville Methodist Men are making the best breakfasts even better.

50 years agoNovember 1, 1962 Mrs. W. H. Moffett was hostess to the Washington Bridge Club and additional guests at her home Thursday evening. Those playing were Mrs. Harry Lee Smith, Mrs. T. C. Lea, Mrs. Rayner Snead, Mrs. George H.…
The nature of songwriting

Just this week, a remarkable love affair between a four-foot crane and her human keeper was discovered by young campers attending the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) Summer Camp in Front Royal.

Deputy Lee Settle, normally on duty catching criminals for the Rappahannock County Sheriff's Office, caught two cats – well, actually, he rescued two starving, sick kittens.
Editorial: Pretty yet practical

The 2012 Castleton Festival may be over, but the Rappahannock hills remain alive to the sound not only of music but also of the enduring impact that music and other arts brings to the county. The economic echoes linger.
Sperryville column for July 26

A video shoot at the Wootens' Sperryville farm for a commercial for SAIC, which rumor has it will run during the Olympics; and Ed Johnson's furniture works in found wood.
Photo: Family visit

This mama black bear and her cubs came to visit at the Collins place in Huntly last Saturday (July 7) – and, fortunately, Charlene Collins was ready with a camera.