Inside this week’s News (March 3)

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Avon Hall, in negotiations

Town Attorney John Bennett, the selling agent for the 12-acre Avon Hall property, has entered into negotiations with an undisclosed party who has expressed “serious” interest in the six-acre portion that includes the main house, its two rear cottages and the front acreage including the pond.

“The Town is currently in negotiations with a party who is seriously interested in the main house and the two rear cottages and the front acreage, including the pond. Not under negotiation is the corner parcel of half an acre adjoining Leggett Lane and the rear portion of the property consisting of approximately three acres,” Bennett said Monday.

The Virginia Primary in Rappahannock

The results are in: Trump trounces; Clinton edges Sanders by 5 votes.* Plus, meet the person who has to run the county’s elections:

Kim McKiernan likens herself to an event planner — with one important distinction. “I plan huge events at seven locations simultaneously, I get no RSVPs and have no idea how many people will ‘attend.’ I program and maintain equipment, print all needed materials myself, am responsible for all the training and for submitting and overseeing certification of ‘event’ results. And if I do any of that wrong, I can go to jail.”

* unofficial results

Nature lessons are life lessons

What we learn from the woods and the rivers, from the animals and the insects, are lessons that last us the rest of our lives.

So says local arborist and wildlife expert Lyt Wood, who is hosting the 31st annual Rappahannock Nature Camp June 13-24 on his 11-acre Singing Creek Farm, at the Hazel River’s edge two miles west of Rt. 231 in Sperryville. Convening Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. over two weeks, campers 8- to 12-years-old will explore the forests, rivers, meadows and ponds of Singing Creek and surrounding areas.

Sunnyside goes solar

Once the Sustainable Technology Institute crew out of Richmond finishes the 10-day installation, the sun’s power will generate around 49,000 watts of electricity, enough to cover the farm’s entire energy use, which includes a large cooling system for apple storage, a bunkhouse for five seasonal harvest employees, and six farm houses for Sunnyside’s full-time employees. Legislation that passed in the Virginia General Assembly last year now allows farm net metering, which means that each residence on the farm does not need its own solar panels, and can pull from the barn panels.

The Rapp for March 3

“The Odd Couple” is one of Neil Simon’s funniest and most loved plays. Running on Broadway for 964 performances, it’s spawned countless productions around the world, as well as film and TV adaptations. Simon even wrote a female version of the play. For three performances, April 1, 2, and 3, the RAAC Community Theatre will be home to neatnik Felix Ungar and the slovenly Oscar Madison.

Plus: As part of its philosophy of Together Filmmaking, the Forge Studios at the Washington School is offering an acting seminar on Saturday, March 26. Led by Forge co-founder Ron Newcomb and professional actor Ken Arnold, the seminar is designed for both new and experienced actors who want to learn the basics of acting in film.

And Castleton in Performance will present Traditional Appalachian Music by Wayne Henderson and Helen White on Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m.

The Film Festival at Little Washington announces this year’s selections

Viewers will once again be entertained, challenged, and impressed by the depth of talent exhibited by Virginia filmmakers at The Film Festival at Little Washington, a Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community sponsored program, April 8-10. The Festival released this year’s film selection this week.

Continuing the conversation on the Care of Our Common Home

All are invited to join “The Conversation,” with the next scheduled for Sunday, March 13, at the Washington Fire Hall, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sponsors include the environmental group RappFlow, as well as St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, The Green Team of St. James Episcopal in Warrenton, and the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge.

Wild Ideas: Frogs and a new cause of Lyme

News of upcoming training for a frog-monitoring program and more dire news about our planet — a newly discovered cause of Lyme disease, and a potential ozone hole opening up above the Arctic — is in this week’s Wild Ideas column.

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

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