Down with the lights

By John McCaslin

New projects and initiatives, including encouraging more Rappahannock residents to reduce outdoor lighting and designating a “dark sky park” in the county for interpretive events, were announced at the annual meeting of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) on Saturday evening.

By John McCaslin

In addition, the RLEP unveiled a new educational pamphlet (inset) explaining why it’s both smart and neighborly to install downward-shielded lights (all replacement costs will be paid for by RLEP and supporting organizations). Rappahannock County is one of the few places left on the East Coast where the Milky Way is still visible. Seen here is RLEP president Rick Kohler ( addressing the meeting, hosted this year by Gadino Cellars in Washington.

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