The Rapp for July 22

Paul Poling, 1923-2010

Amissville ‘cornerstone’ Poling dies

We are saddened to hear of the death, after a long battle with leukemia, of Paul Poling, 87, dedicated to his family, friends, church and the art and craft of saving lives by fighting fires — the last for nearly 70 years. Poling, member and trustee of Amissville United Methodist Church and most recently active with the Amissville Fire Department, is survived by his wife, Gertrude, and daughters Judie Graham and Cheryl Taylor.

Small club, big results

Rappahannock County’s 4-H Club isn’t big — it currently has seven members — but the group made an impressive showing at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show held July 6 through 12.

Brooke Woodward of Flint Hill made a first place showing in the rabbit category with her Holland Lop rabbit dubbed “Brownie” (see photo).

Brooke Woodward of Flint Hill made a first place showing in the rabbit category with Brownie. Photo by Caroline Walker.

Brooke was tops in the novice showmanship class and the Best in Breed category.

Other standouts from the Rappahannock 4-H were Taylor Yowell of Etlan, who placed third in the swine show market classes and second in the medium weight steer category; Kourtney Yowell of Etlan with a fourth place in swine and she had a grand champion winner with her lightweight reserve entry in the beef show; Allie Yowell of Etlan, who placed third in the swine show and earned a second place with a medium weight steer in the beef show; Tiffany Wayland of Sperryville, had second and third place showings in the champion breeding gilt category in the swine show; and Courtney Dodson of Sperryville, placed second in two entries with breeding gilts in the swine show. The swine and beef contests had competition in various weight categories.

The show was “the culmination for the kids who had livestock projects,” said James Massie, who directs the Rappahannock County 4-H’s livestock program. “They’ve worked diligently with them, some since the weigh-in in January . . . . It’s their coming out for their projects.”

The youngsters get to show how well they’ve managed their animals, Massie said.

The group attends monthly meetings at the cooperative extension office where they learn about animal husbandry, vaccinations and “different aspects of raising livestock,” he said. They then “put together what they learned in the front half of the year” for the farm show.

“They’re able to reap some of the rewards for their hard work and effort.”

Not all of the kids have farm backgrounds, Massie noted.

“It’s a wonderful experience but it does take parental supervision,” he said, so it’s not like dropping the kids off to participate in a sports program.

Involvement in 4-H “makes them responsible for something besides themselves,” Massie said.

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‘Festa’ benefit kicks off new ‘Artisanal Wineries Trail’

Five Rappahannock wineries will celebrate the launch of the new “Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock” wine trail at “Festa Rappahannock” July 31 and Aug. 1 at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntly.

The celebration, a benefit for Hospice of the Rapidan, goes from 11 to 5 both days at the winery at 14437 Hume Road. Tickets at the gate are $22; early bird registration online is $18. For more information, visit or call 540-635-9398.

The Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock “coming out” party is a celebration of Viognier and Cabernet Franc wines and “slow” local food. Featured will be locally raised beef provided by Briarmead Farms, and chicken raised locally by Beatrix Farms, both of the Northern Valley Pastoral Guild, along with local produce, all creatively prepared by the chefs of Marriott Ranch in Hume. Live musical entertainment will round out the day.

The Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock include the Jung family of Chester Gap Cellars, the Gadino family of Gadino Cellars, the Patil family of Narmada Winery, the Delmare family of Rappahannock Cellars and the East family of Sharp Rock Vineyards.

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