Inside this week’s News (March 20)

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What you will find in the March 20 edition:

Board rejects extending school year

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday night (March 11), the Rappahannock County School Board debated at length whether to add two more days to the school calendar, eventually deciding against it.

Snow vs. spring

Spring starts today, March 20 — most (but not all) of the way through the snowiest March on record hereabouts, according to the National Weather Service.

Castleton plans to bring music to schools

The Castleton Festival is a favorite destination of classical and operatic music lovers as it enters its sixth year. This year, however, the festival organization has plans to reach out to schoolchildren in Rappahannock and surrounding counties.

Planners reconsider golf course

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission once again considered Cliff Miller’s proposed nine-hole golf course in Sperryville at last night’s (March 19) meeting.

The Rapp for March 20

Pianist Audrey Andrist returns to the Theatre, RAAC presents two comedies later this month, Heritage Hollow Farms is “Outstanding in the Field,” Lion Jim Blubaugh is honored by the organization and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: When money talks . . .

Even here in Rappahannock County we recognize the truth in the notion that “we all live downstream.” Which makes the Farm Bureau’s ongoing war against the EPA’s  “pollution diet” all the more disquieting.

Wild Ideas: Not an angry bird, but a clever grackle

When a great photo from Larry Sherertz appeared in Pam Owen’s email inbox, she realized that she hadn’t thought about grackles for a while. That’s no surprise, since she doesn’t live in the bird’s ideal habitat.

150 Years Ago This Week: The Red River campaign

President Abraham Lincoln received word from Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler at his headquarters on the Peninsula below Richmond that two ladies had appeared there with a request to pass through the Union lines and go to southern Maryland.

And more . . .

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