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Town vs. Konick update
As the Rappahannock News went to press Wednesday, lawyers for the town of Washington and the Inn at Little Washington were still negotiating a possible settlement with attorney David Konick, whose lawsuit challenging the town’s and Inn’s actions in a 2013 “Town Beautification” project has stalled in circuit court — although even the stalled suit could be revived today, June 18 being the court-ordained deadline for Konick to amend his original petition.
Sheriff makes run official
Two-term Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith made her official announcement last week of her intention to seek a third term, and a former teacher and nurse announced her intention to seek an otherwise candidate-free seat on the school board in the Hampton district.
Grants fund two Rapp projects
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Wednesday that Rappahannock County had won a $20,000 planning grant through the governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to help the county (and Fauquier and Culpeper counties, who are partners in the project) study the feasibility of a “woody biomass aggregation facility” on the site of the former landfill at Rappahannock’s Amissville recycling and trash collection center.
Meanwhile, the Fauquier Health Foundation has given its largest grant of the spring cycle to Rappahannock at Home, a $39,800 planning grant to study the feasibility of a continuing “village” program, which coordinates business and volunteer services that allow senior citizens to remain in place — at home — as they age.
Alice in Avon-land this Saturday
The plans for the Child Care and Learning Center’s “Alice in Wonderland” summer garden party fundraiser at Avon Hall (5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday at the town-owned estate) seem to keep growing, mushroom-like — now including tours of the historic house (with featured, decorated rooms), “Alice” characters joining the crowd, good food and an excellent assortment of games (croquet, bocce and badminton, plus extreme golf and corn hole games).
Little Washington: the DIY reality show?
Have a passion for renovation? Do you love to remodel historic or old homes, furniture or fixtures in your area? Are you enthusiastic about your neighborhoods real estate market? Do you look good in sawdust? A New York production company is apparently considering the town of Washington — among other fetching small towns and villages around the country — as a possible site for a reality-TV series featuring “passionate real estate fanatics based in charming and unique locations.”
Headwaters exec to head community foundation
Jane Bowling-Wilson, an experienced education and nonprofit leader, has been chosen to serve as executive director of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.
A Q&A with the new novelist of Flint Hill (RAAC Theatre’s Peter Hornbostel); a visit with the “Michelangelo of Iron” Nol Putnam as he readies to sign books in Sperryville this weekend; a visit home from a Chester Gap 18-year-old as he makes his way on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and more . . .