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The Rapp for March 23

The News hosts its monthly Fourth Estate Friday discussion at Sperryville Trading Cafe & Market Friday morning, Kid Pan Alley is featured in Julie Andrew's new Netflix series and more in this week's The Rapp.
Shenandoah Park eyesore

This unsightly dump — 10 tires and other assorted garbage — is found next to the headwaters of the Thornton River, adjacent to the Pass Mountain Trail parking area on Route 211.
Flynn named Shenandoah superintendent

Jennifer Flynn has been named the new superintendent of Shenandoah National Park and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Flynn, who has been Shenandoah’s deputy superintendent since 2009, succeeds Jim Northup.
Virginia took the land, not the feds

"When the park took the land . . .” which implies that either Shenandoah National Park or the National Park Service took land for the park. This is an inaccuracy that seems to have a life of its own.
Board says yes to memorial, no to heavy equipment

This month, the board’s actions eventually reflected what the citizens who stood up said they wanted — with the possible exception of those who stood mostly to tell the board that they were untrustworthy and/or headed for disaster.
Outback to the future

Retiring Shenandoah National Park superintendent Jim Northup comes full circle in his 36-year national park adventure.
‘Don’t kill the golden goose’

Asked what he considers to be the greatest threats to the future of Shenandoah National Park, retiring Superintendent Jim Northup points to his faded copy of the National Park Service Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service and the National…
Park to implement hunting season night closures

Shenandoah Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced this week that portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night during hunting season. He stressed its importance in reducing illegal hunting activity within the park during Virginia’s hunting season outside the park.
Multi-use trail starts out uphill

In Rappahannock, where residents fiercely defend the county’s rural and scenic nature, who could possibly object to a trail connecting the county’s villages, schools and recreation area? But several attending the Oct. 19 planning commission meeting did.
The Rapp for Sept. 22

It’s Farm Tour weekend, plus a bluegrass benefit for Gary Jenkins Jr., Chester Gap VFD's open house, a Starry Nights Festival, Jane Dittmar at "the donkey barn," River District Artists' open house, a Kid Pan Alley concert and PEC’s photo…
The Rapp for Sept. 15

The Rough Ride and the Bard this weekend, plus a Kid Pan show and a Q&A with Post Executive Editor Marty Baron following a screening of "Spotlight."