Inside this week’s News (Jan. 21)

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Castleton Festival goes on ‘hiatus’

The Castleton Festival, created by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, announced Wednesday (Jan. 20) a “temporary hiatus” of its summer 2016 season, citing the need to “build a solid financial foundation for the Festival for continued growth in future years.”

“In view of our financial challenges we have come to realize that it is the right moment to regroup and work toward a stable future while adapting our offerings for this season,” said Castleton CEO and Artistic Director Dietlinde Turban Maazel.

By C. Scott Willis via Castleton Festival
The late Maestro Lorin Maazel founded the Castleton Festival in 2009.


Revisiting a Dream

A dream is a feeling, an understanding and perception that the impossible is possible.

That, according to this year’s 2016 MLK “DreamKeeper” Award winner Col. (Ret.) Samuel Glasker, who received his honor at Sunday’s 25th-annual observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Theatre at Washington. His acceptance speech followed a hair-raising, tear-jerking rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Marie Davis Roman.

In Person: I worked with Dr. King

Longtime Ben Venue resident Pat Saltonstall was sent to Selma, Alabama, by the FBI in September 1963 to gather information about the racial injustices taking place in the deep South.

All hands on deck: VDOT, EMS prepare for storm

This is the first big one, according to VDOT officials, in reference to the winter storm system that will move in tomorrow (Friday), when over one foot of snow is predicted to fall in about 24 hours.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Wednesday morning that included Rappahannock and the bordering counties of Madison, Culpeper, Fauquier, Page and Warren, among many others. Hazards expected are heavy snow and wind, with the potential for over a foot of snow accumulation. The winter storm watch remains in effect from Friday morning through late Saturday night. The heaviest snow and strongest winds will be Friday afternoon through Saturday night, during a blizzard watch.

District Court: Instructions and procedures figure in sentencing

The busy morning sessions of Rappahannock District Court on Tuesday (Jan. 19) saw cases finalized, charges amended and sentences imposed.

Wild Ideas: Nature Notes

Citizen science projects for 2016, thriving weeds and migrating bugs indicate climate change and a new strain of honeybees spells hope for future colony health, in this week’s Wild Ideas.

The 2016 election in Rappahannock

We’re still months away from the Big Vote this fall, but several key election-related events will happen in February and March. A rundown from Rappahannock County Director of Elections Kimberly McKiernan.

Larger tax breaks for land easements

Action taken by Congress last month making federal tax incentive for conservation easements permanent could spur lower-income landowners or farmers to apply.

Land owners can now deduct up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income as a charitable contribution for 15 years rather than 30 percent for five years.

Plus: Richard Brady, the Washington and Sperryville columns, Events, the Crossword and more.

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