The Rapp

The Rapp for June 27

All-female musical group Túumben Pax from Mexico perform in the “9th Choral Festival” at Castleton; Middle Street Gallery in Washington extends show, “Summertime,” through August 11; and join the Rapp News for coffee and conversation at the Country Cafe Friday morning. […]

School/Education News

School news for June 27

Wakefield Country Day School’s Life Skills Program has been honing its students for almost a decade, a practice recently adopted at Harvard University; and Virginia state policy boards for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education have approved 53 new teacher preparation programs and 25 new degrees that will allow graduates to become teachers by earning only four-year degrees in education. […]


RAWL Dogs: Meet Ramey, your new best friend

I am a Beagle/Border Collie mix, about 1-2 years old. I came to RAWL as a stray and the RAWL staff call me a “ready to move in” dog. They say I have really good manners. And another good thing: I love cats and dogs. I need to mention my eye. My vet has checked it out and thinks that it was injured early in my life or that it’s a birth defect. It doesn’t hinder me in any way. […]

Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for June 27

Sept. 14, 1950: The Keystone Attractions carnival now showing in Little Washington. The carnival has a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and a kiddie train as well as the numerous midway attractions of a carnival. The “eats” booth will be run by the ladies of the Auxiliary, with the different communities furnishing the food on different nights. […]


Reflections on War and Peace . . .

My father joined the Army as an 18-year-old because he didn’t want to milk cows on his rural Minnesota farm any longer. Not long after joining, and surviving the beach assault (his family nickname later became “Lucky”), he found himself at the gates of the Nazi-held Buchenwald Concentration Camp. […]

Crime & Courts

Frazier attorney admonishes News, county attorney in Bragg 1 dispute

A Tysons Corner attorney providing legal counsel to Rappahannock County Supervisor Ron Frazier is accusing the Rappahannock News of being “biased” against his client, says Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff is “caustic,” and warns the Board of Supervisors that if it refuses to pay his client’s legal bill of $19,365 for 48 hours of work the matter may be appealed to the circuit court. […]


Sperryville spire to remain ‘Sky Blue’

“The topic of the Sperryville tower color was on the May 6, 2019 Board [of Supervisors] meeting agenda,” Rappahannock County Administrator Garrey W. Curry noted this week. “While there was no formal action taken by the Board, there was general consensus to take no action to alter the color, believing that the color would fade with time.” […]


Derby day

Butch and Jan Zindel with Seri Blair, who drove the Lunch Bunch car at last Saturday’s annual Piedmont Area Soap Box Derby, one of 10 Rappahannock County drivers who participated. “I’m so proud of the activity we have in Rappahannock County with all of our drivers,” said longtime committee member and Soap Box booster Thom Pellikaan. […]


REC must commit to ‘fair election’

We’ve written previously how the REC board’s unusual and unfair election practices allow the incumbent board members to all but control election outcomes. And that no doubt plays a significant role in why handsomely paid incumbent board members tend to stay on the board for decades, if not life. […]


Happy Camper the happening place

Sperryville’s Happy Camper Equipment Co. celebrated its first year in business Saturday as an outdoorsy outpost for hiking, camping and cabin living goods. As part of the celebration, proprietor Robert Archer paid tribute to Lucky and Eileen Yilmaz, who earlier operated Apple Hill Bakery and later Creekside Bakery in the same building. […]