VDGIF biologists Mike Isel (back) and John Odenkirk surge low levels of electricty into the Avon Hall pond, netting the stunned fish that float to the surface.

Shocking developments at Avon Hall pond

Fifteen years ago, the dock leading into the middle of Avon Hall pond in Washington was lined with children dangling fingers into the water in hopes of snagging one of the thousands of sunfish just beneath the surface. Now, the town and select local environmental organizations are working to revive the pond. […]

Mary and Brad Williams (and their dog and store mascot, Digger) are closing Chester Gap Grocery after more than a decade in business.

‘Gone fishin’ for good’ 

Chester Gap Grocery, which has graced its mountainous namesake as an alternative to the bigger corporate grocery stores in nearby Front Royal for 64 years, closed its doors on April 12, as owners Brad and Mary Williams decided to officially retire. […]

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Fill ’er up?

Despite being at their lowest point for this time of year since 2011, gas prices are on the rise nationwide — just in time for summer vacation. And Rappahannock County’s not immune. […]

RCHS performs "The Music Man" this weekend.

The Rapp for April 24

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday returns to Tula’s off Main, El Quijote opens its doors, the Fodderstack 10K gets underway, RCHS performs “The Music Man,” Frances Foster is honored with an outdoor social, Larry “Bud” Meyer speaks at RAAC’s last Second Friday and more in this week’s Rapp column. […]


Editorial: Earth Day reflections

From a distance, they looked like gigantic Easter eggs. Oval and colored bright orange, these “eggs” dotted the shoulders of a short section of South Poes Road, at intervals of every 100 feet or so. But as the distance decreased, their true identity became clear: Trash bags! […]

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School/Education News

School & sports news for April 24

We had some interesting “spring” weather last week, but our Rapp Athletes got most of their games in and once again brought home some victories. Meanwhile, WCDS eighth grader Douglas Griffin tries to qualify for the National Geography Bee in May. […]

Troop 2329 leader Beth Gainer surveys the results of a recent mask-making day with the girls.
Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thank you, Troop Leaders

On April 22, the Girl Scouts of Rappahannock County honored their volunteers on Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day, which falls during National Volunteer Week. Our dedicated leaders give of their time on a monthly basis […]

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Asking great things of us

If we were to face our children in 50 years, and account for the Earth we left them, would they be pleased? Nina Beth Cardin, a rabbi in Baltimore, writes that it is time for us to ask ourselves that question, and to rise to meet a great challenge. […]