Letters to the Editor

Letter: Oppose the ‘Airbnd bills’

I ask that you oppose the proposed Limited Residential Lodging Act.

Years ago, in choosing to live on agricultural property bounded by similarly zoned neighboring properties in rural Rappahannock County, my family and I chose the bucolic over the expedient, foregoing the trappings and intrusiveness of commercial activity in favor of simple country living. I submit that having made this choice, we are vested with an expectation of peaceful possession, control and enjoyment of our property… […]

Betsy Brooker

The Blizzard of 2016

Even the geese saw this one coming, as flocks of a dozen or so merged into strings a hundred strong, fleeing the white wall of snow that had faded the Blue Ridge to the West on Friday by about 10:30 a.m., soaring high over frozen ponds in Washington. […]

Don Olson American Antiques & Folk Art
Features & Columns

Manuscript art of the Pennsylvania Germans

The fraktur artist held several positions within the Pennsylvania German community. As the representative of learning, he was often the schoolmaster as well as clergyman. With his skills in drawing and writing, he performed such services as illustrating books and hymnals and drawing up important documents. […]

Poor’s Manual of Railroads for 1891

Missing the train

Rappahannock County failed to get a railroad link to the outside world six times in the 1870s and twice in the 1880s. Now, in the spring of 1890, the giant Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway Company was contemplating a railroad along the Blue Ridge that would pass through Rappahannock County. […]

Larry Sherertz
Features & Columns

Wild Ideas: Wildlife in the snowpocalypse

After Winter Storm Jonas, Pam Owen was eager to get out and see how our local wildlife fared up on the mountain where she lives but also found navigating the deep snow a challenge, in this week’s Wild Ideas column. […]

Alex Sharp

Profile: Turning scraps to treasures on Chester Gap

Cathy Wolniewicz collaborates with her husband Mike — who’s been designing, building and finishing custom furniture for nearly 30 years — to upcycle scraps of wood from furniture projects to create “spirit boxes” with fired clay tops crafted by Cathy in her pottery studio above Mike’s woodshop. […]

Piedmont Environmental Council

Is there hope for historic Waterloo Bridge?

The Warrenton-based Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is asking similar questions as little seems to have been accomplished to rehabilitate the bridge, one of about a dozen metal truss bridges left in Virginia. The bridge, which before closure carried 680 vehicles per day across the Rappahannock River, is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). […]


Please help the babies

Last year, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. I hand delivered donated funds to this home for abandoned and abused babies from Trinity Church, individual parishioners, family members, and many other Rappahannockers. […]


Whited of Washington, for Congress

At the Washington Fire Hall before about 40 local residents dressed in layers, Joe Whited, a Republican, announced his intention to run for the Fifth District congressional seat in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 8 general election. […]

Richard Brady
Clark Hollow Ramblings

The Blizzard of 2016

Well, we can’t say they didn’t warn us. I checked my favorite weather site on Monday before the storm, and they were already talking about a significant weather event for Friday and Saturday. As I write this, it’s about midday on Saturday. Just judging by what is on the picnic table out the window, it looks like we already have about two feet of snow. […]