Sperryville column for Feb. 23

Janet and Eric Tollefson's enterprise the Sperryville Trading Cafe and Market, in what used to be the Emporium, now houses the Briar Patch, a welcoming bookstore owned by Alma Viator and Ben Jones.
‘Arguing with God’ on tour

The Stone Hill Theatrical Foundation of Flint Hill recently staged a performance of "Arguing with God" at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Flint Hill's Hugh Hill not only played Moses but also directed the performance.
Washington column for Feb. 23

Walter Nicklin will be speaking at a Scouts breakfast on March 11; smiling faces at the new CCLC playground; and clergy are distributing ashes at the fountain across from the Inn on Ash Wednesday.
Rough landing

A two-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle occurred around 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Highways 211 and 522 in Sperryville. The rider on the Harley-Davidson was medevaced by helicopter, which touched down at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department.
Three cheers for Boots ‘n Beer

“Done,” now writes Garrick Giebel of the Warrenton-based Boots ‘n Beer Hiking club, which descended on the trash heap on President’s Day. The Park provided trash bags, equipment and a truck to pick it all up.”
It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature

This week’s April-like temperatures have certainly confused Mother Nature. Kathy McNitt of Castleton was enjoying a leisurely winter stroll earlier this week and came upon this beautiful budding wild rose.
Recess doesn’t mean disappear

We read Congressman Garrett’s letter in last week’s paper and would like to discuss some points. Unfortunately he has not held nor has he committed to holding a live town hall meeting with his constituents during this recess week.
You call this February?

A balmy President’s Day holiday weekend brought larger-than-normal crowds to Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, where a long line of vehicles crept through just one lane of the Thornton Gap Entrance.
School news for Feb. 23

Big congrats to Rapp Varsity Wrestling, coming home from the state tourney in Salem with one new State Champion and seven other state placers; and Saturday (Feb. 25) the Scholastic Bowl teams travels to Williamsburg for the State finals.
Pave paradise?

I love Rappahannock. It suits my soul....We stopped in Gainesville a few days ago. Amazing how fast that community developed. Blazing lights replace the stars; the American need for shopping and entertainment evidenced everywhere.
The easy way out

Mr. Garrett’s lack of willingness to address the questions sent to him via Facebook and his avoidance of real answers shows me that this type of town hall meeting is a cowardly way to address the issues of his constituents.