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Descendants of the displaced

A uniquely bonded crowd turned out for Saturday’s dedication of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project’s Rappahannock Memorial near Sperryville, honoring those County families displaced during the formation of Shenandoah National Park.
Soap Box Derby sale

The sixth-annual Rappahannock County Driver’s Soap Box Derby yard sale, held on the grounds of the Old Sperryville Schoolhouse, offering everything from antique furniture to locally grown spring herbs and flowers, was a huge success.
‘Pull’ for Life

A spirited crowd came out Saturday to support the Rappahannock County Relay for Life against cancer. This year’s Mardi Gras style event featured the 1st Annual Bus Pull, as well as other activities, games, raffles and live music.
Flash flood uncovers Civil War period canteen

He spotted this Civil War period canteen protruding from the sandy bank. “Civil War artifacts [are] still being found in Rappahannock County, Virginia,” the Visitors Center wrote of the unique find, which follows recent flash flooding.
A wet and wild weekend

By mid-morning Friday this suspension bridge over a swollen North Fork of the Thornton River behind Pen Druid Brewery was practically floating atop the rushing rapids.
Much needed facelift

The Washington monument in the “first Washington of them all” is being repointed — like the taller obelisk in D.C. that underwent restoration in 1999, albeit far less scaffolding and workers are required for this ongoing project on Gay Street.
Muggy weather doesn’t dampen garden tour

At 3 p.m. Saturday the temperature in the town of Washington reached 93 degrees, with a heat index of 103. But that didn’t stop well over 700 visitors from flocking to the county seat for Historic Garden Week in Virginia.
Garden tour a huge draw

The historic town of Washington rolled out the welcome mat last Saturday for its first-ever Historic Garden Week in Virginia tour with high attendance, officials said some 780 people — not including those who held statewide Garden Tour passes.
Off to Kansas City!

RCHS Personal Finance teacher Linda Petty accompanied her students to Richmond for the prestigious Governor’s Challenge in Financial Literacy and Personal Finance. When the competition ended, the team captured no less than first place honors as state champs.
Spanish immersion

Wakefield County Day School students, while living and dining with local families, spent their days studying Spanish at a local school, canoeing and hiking the river gorges, and exploring the city's historic cathedrals and castle.
Bottles and hubcaps

Rappahannock County Lions Club enlisted the Rapp high school’s Leo Club to clean up Rock Mills. Lions and Leos picked up 37 bags of litter, according to Lion Larry Grove, “and 4 various car parts.”
A ball of vine?

From a distance it resembles a giant ball of twine, but upon closer inspection groundskeepers of the Inn at Little Washington obviously got creative while clearing vines from The Inn’s expansive gardens.
Behold the Rappahannock headwater

Huntly area resident James "Mac" McGrail and Rappahannock News Editor John McCaslin hiked deep into the woods last week to pinpoint where on McGrail's land, he calls the origin of the Rappahannock River — a bubbling spring.
Herman calls shotgun

Cathie Shiff of Witts End Farm in Amissville had to transport one of her lambs but a trailer wasn’t available. ”He wouldn't stay lying down, so I let him stand there and I kept a snug halter rope on him."
Easter in Rappahannock

The Rev. Horace “Tuck” Grinnell is seen here sprinkling holy water over the St. Peter Catholic Church congregation, who couldn’t help but laugh when the priest quipped that their singing almost rivaled the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.