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On the way to Chardonnay

Gadino Cellars assembled an enthusiastic volunteer crew early Saturday morning to pick this year’s Chardonnay grapes. The crew got instructions from Bill Gadino (at 7:30 a.m.!) before fanning out into the vines. The harvest delivered 3,750 pounds to the vineyard’s crush pad. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for Sept. 21

The town readies for this weekend’s Farm Tour; Rappcats kicks off Cause for Paws raffle; silk scarves that elegantly emulate “All Things Rappahannock” will be available at The Inn’s special market on Sunday. Get there before noon to be eligible for the Inn’s gift basket giveaway. […]

School/Education News

School news for Sept. 21

Panther teams notch up more tallies in the win column, with updates on volleyball, cross country and football and remember the Homecoming game is today, Sept. 22; and WCDS learn the gravitas of their Honor Code. […]

Letters to the Editor

Epitomizing ‘Swampdom’

Garrett, a tea party Republican, joined the House Freedom Caucus as soon as he got to town. That cabal of conservative and libertarian Republicans is committed to voting no on “every good idea” that might cost something, starting with the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. […]

Letters to the Editor

Quite the ‘Taste’ 

This year, the Rappahannock teachers and students, including the culinary students, the band, the Honor Society and the Quiz Bowl team all provided their time and talents with Dave Naser as point person and led by Rappahannock County Schools Superintendent Shannon Grimsley. […]

Letters to the Editor

Went Bonkers

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who played a part in this year’s “Bonkers Night” at Camp Fantastic. Once again, it was a huge success! The committee — Sandra Jenkins, Marie Davis, Jan Makela, Jim Blubaugh — were invaluable in planning this event. […]

Letters to the Editor

Bringing volunteers to laughter

On September 7th, Aging Together and Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services celebrated and thanked their volunteer drivers from Culpeper, Rappahannock, Fauquier, Madison and Orange counties. Fifty-seven people had lunch, heard a comedy routine by Shirley Workman of the Madison Senior Center and enjoyed socializing with other drivers. […]

Letters to the Editor

Family and church search

While the project is well on its way, I’m still in search of more subjects for interviews and portraits. I’m particularly interested in people whose family have been in the county for multiple generations and community groups/initiatives (churches, high school sports programs, local businesses, etc.). […]

Letters to the Editor

Bike Trail: Happiness or sorrow?

I am not against expanding recreational opportunities in the county, but I do have misgivings about the new bike trail. While the sources for funding its construction sound like they’re pretty well locked down, I have not heard a word about how and by whom the trail will be maintained.

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Sat 23

WCDS Fun Run/Carnival

Saturday, September 23 • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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1000 Faces Mask play

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Balalaika Society Orchestra

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