The Rapp for Oct. 7

Cattle sale moves to Culpeper

While preliminary findings indicate the fire that destroyed most of the Fauquier Livestock Exchange last week in Marshall resulted from an electrical problem, the Exchange has arranged to hold its first post-fire sales session at the Culpeper Agricultural Exchange on Tuesday.

Exchange cattle manager Lindsay Eastham said a regular sale is scheduled at 2 and a graded sale at 7:30 p.m. at the facility on U.S. 29, where he said the Exchange is temporarily “setting up shop.”

Insurance investigators believe the fire was started by an electrical malfunction, Eastham said Wednesday, although police and fire investigators say the case is still open.

“Everybody wants to build it back,” Eastham said, after an Exchange board meeting Tuesday. “We’re just waiting for the insurance company.”

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger L. Foster

Harvest time at the jail

Sheriff Connie Smith says the Rappahannock County Jail’s first vegetable garden was “very productive” this year, an experiment that worked out well. She said “trustees” (or trusted jail inmates, including the one shown here picking beans this week) worked hard and took in an impressive harvest: 900 pounds of potatoes, 150 pounds of sweet potatoes, 13 bushels of green beans, 52 cabbage heads more than 300 ears of corn and lots of beets, onions, lettuce, mustard greens, lima beans, tomatoes, zucchini and more.

A different mix of vegetables may be planted next year, said Smith, who noted that all of the vegetables grown this year were used at the jail.

“We were able to save money in the budget and the inmates ate fresh vegetables,” said the sheriff.

Ride, romp, run at the Link

Rappahannock parents of children ages 5 and younger who are looking for a place for their kids to play are invited to join a new “Rappahannock Ride and Romp” group in the gym at the Link in Sperryville.

Twice a month, parents can visit while their kids “just be kids.” Bring your push toys, bikes or other toys, activities and gear for your babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

The first gathering is set for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 11). The group plans to meet the same time every second and fourth Monday through the school year.

The cost is $2 per family (to cover the rental of the Link). If you’re interested, contact Nikki Brady at 540-675-3736 or

The health care act, decoded

How will the new Affordable Health Care Act law affect those on Medicare? Recent college graduates? Owners of small businesses? Prescription costs? Doctors? Insurance companies?

Come to The Theatre in Washington at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 to hear a non-partisan report on what’s in the health bill. Christopher Lillis, a Fredericksburg physician and monthly columnist for the Free Lance-Star, has read the entire bill from start to finish (more than 2,000 pages). Lillis will deliver a straight review of the facts of the law — what’s in it and what’s not — and answer questions.

Admission to the event, sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church and Rappahannock Medical Center, is free and open to all.

Lillis graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He has been a member of Doctors for America ( and has a full-time private practice as an internist. — Jed Duvall

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