This week’s Rappahannock News

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Permits and a postponment

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors approved two zoning permits at its regular monthly meeting Monday (Oct. 1), accepted the gift of a skateboard park and the reality of pending courthouse building repairs, and postponed action on health-care benefits changes for county and school employees in Rappahannock County . . .

Douglass: duty bound, determined

John Douglass, retired Air Force brigadier general, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy and current Hume hay and grape farmer, says he has not received much in the way of either funding or advice from higher-ups in the Democratic Party in his bid for the 5th congressional district seat held by first-time Rep. Robert Hurt.

He doesn’t say this as if he’s admitting something terrible, though, instead delivering it with a grin and a shrug. “It’s been great,” he says. “They’ve pretty much been leaving everything to me.”

A cynic might say – keeping in mind that, as we all know, there are no cynics in politics – that the lack of attention is because Douglass’s chances of unseating his Republican opponent are not terribly good. Informal and in-house polls tend to bear this out, with one early survey putting Hurt some 18 points ahead of Douglass. But Douglass promises he won’t be returning to his favorite place in the world – his barn – without a serious fight . . .

Caledonia 1812’s continuous history

The houses on this year’s Trinity House Tour span three centuries and highlight much of our history. The second oldest is Caledonia, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, the 56th year of the Dried Flower Sale and House Tour. Learn more about the perfect fieldstone home that Revolutionary War veteran Capt. John Dearing built in 1812, and what’s happened to it since . . .

Head north; meet more artists

Two of the six new artists on RAAC’s eighth annual Studio and Gallery Tour are located in the lovely countryside of northwestern Rappahannock County.

Raised in upstate New York, Mike Wolniewicz (pronounced like “wool never itches,” he jests, or wool-neh-vich) began by throwing clay as a “meditative practice, to keep my sanity.” But by the end of his third year at Buffalo State University, he says, “I knew I was going to be a full-time artist.” . . .

The Rapp column for Oct. 4

An evening of fine music – plus news of British movies, charity haircuts, awards for two local celebrities, SCBI’s annual fall festival and details on the Library Series featuring Joneve Murphy. Also: “No Ordinary Person” opens, Amissville honors its firefighters, and the shows go on at the Theatre House in Castleton . . .

Plus . . .

Quibbles & Quark, episode 3 || the latest Wild Ideas column, in which Pam Owen saves a turtle || an “Old Ways in Rappahannock” feature on Castleton ceramist Libet Henze || a full page of events || Art Candenquist’s “150 Years Ago This Week” column on that other Jefferson Davis || Jan Clatterbuck’s Washington column || school and sports news, including a riverside watershed workshop for students and lots of 4-H opportunities || and a feature on Amissville author Blaine Pardoe.

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