The Rapp for Oct. 14

Quiz Bowl team gets to work

“Focus is our challenge,” said Malcolm Perry when asked what he thought this year’s Rappahannock High School Quiz Bowl Team needed. The senior captain of a famously successful team has a ton of pressure going into the 2010-2011 season, but he is preparing.

The team has much to anticipate this year. Fundraising is one focus, and these Panthers are ready. On Nov. 18 at RCHS, the community is invited to a 7 p.m. viewing of “It’s Academic,” the TV show that featured RCHS players in last June’s airing. Quiz Bowl will offer concessions, accept donations and sell copies of DVDs.

Practices are underway at RCHS. Coach Dave Naser said, “In our first match we face the perennial George Mason. It’s a tough way to open because we have a rather young team and some new seniors.” The team’s home opener is at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 against George Mason, Clarke, and Madison.— Melissa Delcour

Front to back: Malcolm Perry (captain), Clayton Hatcher, Adam Carter, Austen Cloud and Brad Weeks (assisting teacher and team coach Dave Naser). Photo by Melissa Delcour.

From left field to our field

Tom Mullany’s cartoons have appeared before in this newspaper — but not since the Rappahannock County artist made it into the final five of The Washington Post’s America’s Next Great Cartoonist contest this past summer — which is clearly why we called him up and took him to lunch. (Okay, we offered him coffee, but he didn’t want any.)

Mullany grew up in the D.C. metro area and has lived in Rappahannock County with his wife, Kerrie, and their two sons, since 1996. The couple met while studying at the Corcoran School of Art and have been working in the fine and decorative arts since 1985. Tom shows his art locally at R.H. Ballard here in Washington, and it was his unique and offbeat cartoon series, titled “Forever Endeavor,” that won him this summer’s honors and which begins running today on page 4. The Rappahannock News, in its new role as a trendsetter for the Mainstream Media (though we call ourselves the Mainstreet Media) is the first newspaper in the nation to carry this cartoon as a regular feature.

Courtesy photo

Artists meet the River District

More than 100 artists and fans visited River District Arts’ open house Oct. 2 to check out the new artist studios while enjoying the sensual Brazilian duo Beleza Brazil. Visitors were able to see in person how months of construction transferred the former apple warehouse into modern studios and gallery space. The Confluent Gallery of Art had its first show with acclaimed Charlottesville artist Matt Kleberg, who brought refreshing and larger than life portraits and animals to Rappahannock County. Artists were able to learn about the different membership types and obtain an application form. The application deadline for 2011 is Nov. 7, 2010. For details and application forms visit River District Arts’ updated Web site at

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger L. Foster

The Broyles’ late-night fire

Nancy and Charles Broyles have resided at 6 Peola Mills Road for the past 41 years, and last Sunday at about 2 a.m., Nancy Broyles said she was awakened by a bright light. She woke her husband, who thought the light was coming from the moon. Peering outside, she realized that the outbuildings were on fire. Volunteer fire crews from Sperryville, Madison, Castleton and Washington responded to her 911 call — and Broyles suffered burns to his hands and lower arms while he saved the couple’s many dogs housed near the buildings (all animals were rescued except for one rabbit, Nancy Broyles said).

The Broyles lost outbuildings that contained Charles’ tools, farm supplies, animal feeds, fuel and household items.

When the Broyles returned from Culpeper Memorial Hospital late Sunday, she said, they found that their neighbors from Sharp Rock B&B had left 50 pounds of dog food for their dogs. Other neighbors brought barrels for the dog food, Nancy Broyles said, and Michael Jenkins and Lee Witscher are constructing a four-section cage for their rabbits.

“The Lord was so good to us,” said Nancy Broyles. “He kept the fire away from our house and kept our dogs from burning up, and gave us such good neighbors.”

Cause of the fire is not yet determined. —Roger L. Foster

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