About Mrs. Moore, optimist

When she caused a private bank in Perrysville, Ohio, to fail in 1911, the Cleveland Ohio Press, did not call her the “only female railroad promoter in the United States,” they simply called her, “Mrs. Moore, an optimist.”
The Rapp for Dec. 22

Need a break after Christmas? There's at live bluegrass and beer for Boxing Day at Pen Druid. Still need New Year's plans? First Night in Warrenton features 40 family-friendly live indoor performances in and around their downtown.
To GrandDriver’s lecture we go

Aging Together is pleased to host the Virginia “GrandDriver” program Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Rappahannock Library. The free program addresses early signs of driving difficulty and the new laws that impact senior drivers.
School and sports news for Dec. 22

Wakefield Country Day School students earned nine awards in the Samuels Public Library’s 38th annual Holiday Writing Contest; Updates on Owls' basketball, swimming and Panthers' basketball, wrestling and Quiz Bowl teams.
Christmas kitchen

Staff at the Inn at Little Washington focus on the job at hand — which includes, as always, the Inn being open for business both on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Washington column for Dec. 22

Washington gets a new president, of the Old Rag Master Naturalists that is. Gail Swift heads the group dedicated to outreach, education and citizen science projects to help conserve and manage natural resources and public land.
Meetings and notices for Dec. 22

The Rappahannock News will be closed next Monday through Friday for the holidays, reopening the following Monday (Jan. 2). There will be no newspaper published next Thursday (Dec. 29); all editorial submissions the next issue are due Monday, Jan. 2.