Wild Ideas: Nature stays freaky, readers stay in touch

My recent columns on a bobcat sighting and hummingbirds at the feeder brought the biggest response in email since I started the column. I really appreciate readers’ sharing their own observations and knowledge, but the bobcat-sighting stories made me envy those…
The Rapp for Aug. 30

An update on the bridge in Sperryville, details on the Taste of Rappahannock, an art studio's opening, a church effort to help out in Haiti, a park fundraiser, a local man's Olympic honor and ORMN's newest members.
Photo: Republicans of note

Among the crowds at Saturday’s tri-county Republican Committee barbecue at Stuart Field in Amissville were (from left) Forrest Whorton of Castleton, with his horse Zeke and everpresent American flag, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate George Allen, Rep. Robert Hurt…
Rappahannock Night: It’s Fantastic and magic

Having already dressed up appropriately for “Bonkers Night,” aka Rappahannock Night at Camp Fantastic, campers line up for the kid-approved food.[/caption] Special Love’s annual Camp Fantastic adventure, held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal for more than…
School and Sports News for Aug. 30

Lady Panthers off to fast start From scrimmage into regular season play, Lady Panther volleyball has started the year with five consecutive wins. This Monday (Aug. 27), Rappahannock County High School traveled to confront Fresta Valley Christian School for a…

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted unanimously Wednesday night (Aug. 22) to approve a special use permit allowing Susan Hager to use an Old Hollow property as a tourist home. Hager, the proposed manger of the tourist home, and…
Washington column for Aug. 30

Masonic Cemetery The Rappahannock News has had several walk-ins over the past few weeks who wanted to talk about the Washington Masonic Cemetery’s upkeep. I was told that in some areas the grass was much too tall, so I decided…
Sperryville column for Aug. 30

The renaissance continues If change and diversification are a sign of health in a rural economy, Sperryville has plenty of it happening. While we were away on an extended vacation, you read about the grand opening of Coterie at the…
Amissville column for Aug. 30

Expanded paper recycling: win-win An Amissville friend told me how Rappahannock County residents can recycle several types of paper currently not recycled at our county trash transfer stations while supporting the larger recycling program next door in Fauquier County. Doing so…

I think my favorite book is “The Forest,” by Stewart Edward White. In that book, the author has a chapter titled something like, “On Lying Awake at Night.” In it, he talks about the night when sleep just will not…
Editorial: How about them acorns

The end of summer is descending upon Rappahannock, presaged by almost imperceptible changes in the natural world around us – of which we, despite humankind’s most arrogant efforts, remain a part. The days are longer, the nights cooler. Plants are…