Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (Oct. 31)

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What you will find in the Oct. 31 edition:

The zoning board vs. the neighbors?

There’s an old saying that the best compromises leave everyone unhappy, and despite (or perhaps because of) the four hours of acrimonious testimony, no one seemed happy at the conclusion of last week’s Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

Delivery made

It took six months and nine days for 32-year-old Washington resident Alex Baumgardner, a.k.a. Mailman, to hike 2,180 miles and reach the summit of Katahdin, Maine, and touch the sign marking the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.

A Rappahannock son rises on Richmond’s musical landscape

You may not have heard of Girls With Depression, the one-man, self-proclaimed “indie pop” band fronted by former Rappahannock County resident Cy Brazanthr — but if he has his way, you soon will have.

The Rapp for Oct. 31

A busy weekend includes the ninth annual Studio & Gallery tour, the return of the Six Pack Gallery and the official opening of RappCats’ shelter; Mikhail Yanovitsky brings his piano talents to the Theatre; get vaccinated against the flu at RCES; and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Editorial: Vote for best costume!

Is it a mere coincidence that Election Day is the first Tuesday after Halloween? For zombies and vampires invoke far less fear than the governmental dysfunction gripping Big Washington nowadays; and last year’s best-selling trick-or-treat masks were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Wild Ideas: The (extra)ordinary junco

While many birds go south for the winter this time of year, others are just arriving, including a small flock of juncos now foraging in Pam Owen’s backyard. They arrived from their northern breeding grounds the same week a fascinating new film about juncos arrived in her mailbox.

150 Years Ago This Week: A rare night battle at Wauhatchie

In an effort to supply the besieged Army of the Cumberland in the environs of Chattanooga, Maj. Gen. Ulysses Grant and Maj. Gen. George Thomas conducted a personal inspection for a proposed supply line between Chattanooga and the railroad at Stevenson, Ala.

And more . . .

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