Inside this week’s News (May 22)

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What you will find in the May 22 edition:

Heroin: It’s here, and there are consequences

Today, heroin is cheaper and easier for addicts to obtain than prescription painkillers. And the consequences are not just making headlines across the country and in the neighboring counties and cities of Virginia’s Piedmont. They’re here.

‘Everything sounds better on the banjo’

The first ever — but certainly not the last — Rappahannock Americana Festival took place over the weekend, as organizers Ben Jones and Alma Viator brought multiple live music acts to the Avon Hall grounds and Theatre at Little Washington.

The Rapp for May 22

Our Fourth (Estate) Friday resumes tomorrow at 9, the Castleton Festival’s artists need homes away from home, Sperryville gears up for its July 4 fireworks, Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre, Janet Davis’ Hill House opens its gardens and more in this week’s Rapp column.

Parsonage opens its doors

The Inn at Little Washington recently opened the Parsonage, the most recent addition to its 16-building campus, bringing the total number of guest rooms to 24. With chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell leading the way, the Rappahannock News toured the new facility Monday afternoon (May 19).

Editorial: I have traveled widely in Amissville

With respectful apologies to Henry David Thoreau, I have appropriated what he famously said of his hometown in Massachusetts: “I have traveled widely in Concord.” Meaning that if you look closely enough at your surroundings, you’ll discover the whole universe in microcosm.

Wild Ideas: Of turtles and dragonflies

This week Pam Owen headed into the forest near her house, where she found a box turtle and dragonfly that led her to contemplate how different species perceive the world and how much we can learn by slowing down and just watching nature unfold.

150 Years Ago This Week: The world is on fire

As of the middle of May 1864, there was fighting on all fronts of the Confederacy. In Virginia, the armies of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lt. Gen. Ulysses Grant were engaged in some of the most savage fighting of the war in and around Spotsylvania Courthouse.

And more . . .

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