Letters to the Editor


It was sad to see my office of 19 years closing its door but I’m happy to see it’s going to get a much-needed makeover. By the way, doesn’t it look more like a gingerbread house? Just sayin’. […]

Letters to the Editor

Rapp noise statute for Tannerite?

I was appalled and disturbed when I heard loud [Tannerite] explosions from the scenic beauty of our farm in Huntly. Please do not let this issue die. Rappahannock County needs to protect our environment and our serenity here. I can’t even believe that Warren County has much better and more reasonable statutes than Rappahannock. […]

Letters to the Editor

Social Security: Now or later?

For older ages at retirement, the lifetime benefits would be: age 63, $326,400; age 64, $339,072; age 65, $342,000; age 66, $336,000; age 70, $316,800. These lifetime benefit dollar amounts are not significantly different from each other, and thus it doesn’t really matter whether you begin Social Security at age 62 or at older ages. […]

Food and Drink

Huge turnout for ‘Yeaster’ feaster

Several thousand festival-goers emerging from winter hibernation into bright sunshine descended on Sperryville last Saturday for spectacular Yeaster celebration offerings of roasted lamb and oysters, grilled veggies and breads, spicy brats and fermentables — and of course barrels of craft beer and other libations. […]


Angels usher in Easter

“Those clouds are angels’ robes,” observed 19th century clergyman Charles Kingsley, which would mean God’s messengers were floating everywhere in Rappahannock County on Easter Sunday. Sunrise (through the clouds) services were held from Gid Brown Hollow to Red Oak Mountain, followed by parish breakfasts and Easter egg hunts […]


Duckie distribution

Yellow rubber ducks, numbered 1 to 250, can now be purchased for $10 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Sperryville beautification, in partnership with Businesses of Rappahannock and Sperryville Business Owners. The duck race will commence on Saturday, April 28th. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for April 5

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro is hosting an exhibition by our resident artist Kevin H. Adams, featuring his paintings from his 2017 residency in Shenandoah National Park. The opening reception is on Saturday; upcoming Dark Skies events hosted by RLEP; and memories from Easter. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for April 5

The 46th running of the Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point is all set for this Saturday at Ben Venue; Rapp Nature Camp is holding a series of nature education outings for adults this year; and the “Portrait of Wendi” has found a home at the library. […]

Meetings and Notices

Meetings and Notices for April 5

The Town of Washington’s Town Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Highlights of the agenda include consideration and possible authorization of a public hearing of an ordinance to address P to P (Nee Air BnB’s). […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for April 5

Dec. 1, 1999: Elizabeth Lee-Harris went before the Rappahannock County Planning Commission on Nov. 17 with an application to change a 36.4 acre plot of land near the town of Sperryville from agriculturally zoned to rural residential. The commission decided not to approve the application. […]