The Rapp for Aug. 4

Candidate update

Photo by Camden Littleton

Attorney and Rappahannock farmer Bill Fletcher, shown here on the porch of his home near Sperryville with candidate Art Goff (right), had a crowd of more than 50 on the lawn last week for some barbecue from High on the Hog, some lemonade and some words from Goff, who is running (as yet unopposed) for the post held by longtime Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke, and from Michael Webert, a Fauquier County farmer who is running for the 18th District delegate seat in Virginia’s General Assembly.

“I can’t replace Peter Luke,” Goff told the crowd, “but I think I can succeed him, and hopefully come close to the great job he has done here for so long.”

Over at Rappahannock County Library Tuesday night, Mary Leigh McDaniel announced to the Rappahannock County Democrats that she would be leaving the race to represent the 18th District in Richmond. McDaniel was expected to be the key speaker at the meeting.

A certified public accountant and partner at Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel in Warrenton and Leesburg, McDaniel said one of the firm’s partners was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease., and that her first responsibility is to the commitment she has already made — the business — which will consume the time she had planned to fill in running for office.

McDaniel emphasized that she hopes to run for public office in the future. — Roger Piantadosi and Alisa Booze Troetschel

Photography contest focuses on Shenandoah National Park

The Rappahannock County Office of Tourism has partnered with Old Rag Photography to host a photography contest in commemoration of Shenandoah National Park’s 75th Anniversary.

“With scenic views at every turn in the county, this should be a cinch for local photographers — both amateur and professional, youth and adult — to join in the competition,” said Ray Boc, a member of Old Rag Photography (see the story about the reconstituted photo cooperative on page 3). Boc and fellow members Francie Schroeder, Joyce Harman, Bob Metcalfe, Jesse Von Fange, Carl Zitzman, and Beverly Hunter will judge the entries.

There will be a prizes including gift certificates for photography-related products and businesses. For entry rules and other details, see the Web page at The deadline to submit pictures is Aug. 29.

Communities in the Piedmont Region and Shenandoah Valley have been invited by Shenandoah National Park’s 75th Anniversary Planning Committee to host similar competitions. The winning photographs will be displayed in an exhibition in Shenandoah National Park. Winning photographs will also be posted at

For more information contact Boc at or 540-987-9706.

Departing couple honored

Courtesy photo

Ted and Renate Chapman, pictured here, are moving from their home, September Song in Washington, to Lexington. They have been pillars of the Rappahannock community — particularly the church community — since moving here about 20 years ago.

Ted Chapman was a parishioner at Trinity Episcopal Church and on the finance committee there. Ted has been involved in numerous charitable activities, but he is best known for driving those who need transportation to the doctor, post office, grocery store and pharmacy.

At St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Renate Chapman sang in the choir, oversaw counting and depositing collections each Monday, provided flower arrangements from her own garden for Mass each week, and conducted a weekly bible study.

The Chapmans donated the land (25 acres) on which St. Peter’s was built.

St. Peter’s hosted a party honoring the Chapmans July 23. More than 60 people attended, including Trinity parishioners and Rev. Phil Bailey of Washington Baptist Church. Father Paul Dudzinski gave the Chapmans a formal blessing for departing parishioners.

In June, Trinity Episcopal had a party honoring the Chapmans. More than one person noted that the Chapmans’ leaving was the end of an era. — Kathy Eggers

Roger Piantadosi
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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.