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Business

Dinner is served

Between raising 7-year-old son Finn, and running a B&B and a seasonal bicycling-and-dining tours for most of the last decade, John and Diane MacPherson don’t get out very to dinner very often. Now, however, they have a plan to solve that — by bringing diners to their B&B. […]

This 22-inch channel catfish was caught by the author in his Washington farm pond, two years after stocking it with 100 three- to five-inch catfish from the Fish Wagon. Courtesy photo.
Environment/Conservation

The care — and feeding — of your pond 

As part of an Arkansas-based fish hatchery’s two-week Virginia road trip, the Fish Wagon — a semi truck loaded with more than 20,000 live fish — posts up in the Rappahannock Farmer’s Coop parking lot for an hour every month year-round, and local pond owners line up to replenish their fish populations. […]

Living space at Swan Lake includes a red leather sofa and an antique Portuguese fireplace. Courtesy photo.
Art

A place where swans, and friends, are welcome

The newest house on the tour this year is Swan Lake Farm, a 13-year project of owner Lynn Sullivan, who has lived part time in Washington for the past 25 years. She first built the blue barn for her horses and now delights in the open spaces and sweeping views of her finished home. […]

Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum has named Inn at Little Washington chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell as its Grand Visionary this year. Photo from “Washington Monuments,” courtesy of Melanie Dunea.
Entertainment

The Rapp for Sept. 26

It’s Fourth Friday again in Sperryville, the annual Farm Tour and Civil War Heritage Days intersect this weekend, RAAC screen Ron Maxwell’s “Copperhead,” chamber music returns to the Theatre, the Lions prep their annual ChiliFest, Patrick O’Connell is named a Grand Visionary and Gray Ghost wins more awards in this week’s Rapp column. […]

Shannon Eastham, M.D.
Agriculture

News briefs for Sept. 26

Shannon Eastham receives her doctorate; the Voting Registrar hosts a voter appreciation event at the 211 Quicke Mart; and Virginia’s Upper Hazel River TMDL watershed has several updated programs that provide significant new incentives to livestock producers in the watershed. […]

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Appreciation

Washington column for Sept. 26

The Lions gear up for their annual apple butter sale, raising awareness in Domestic Violence Awareness Month, details on the RCHS fall festival and accompanying cornhole tournament, and an update on Alex Baumgardner’s quest to complete the Appalachian Trail in this week’s Washington column. […]

The white-marked tussock moth is easily distinguished from similar-looking caterpillars by its red head. The setae on this caterpillar take various shapes, including ones on its back that look like cotton balls.
Nature

Wild Ideas: Strange ‘cats’ are eating my plants

The cavalcade of bugs around Pam Owen’s yard have been a joy to observe, photograph and wonder about this year. Some of her favorites have been the larvae of butterflies and moths, better known as caterpillars — or “cats,” as Lepidoptera enthusiasts call them. […]