Food Pantry

Annual ‘Pantry Day’ combines food and fun for a good cause

That’s just the cash. The pantry also received 146,654 pounds of food last year. Using the standard valuation for food donations, that’s over $250,000 worth. The bulk of the contributions came in year-round from the chain groceries; Waterpenny and Sunnyside Farms also delivered fresh local produce in season. […]


Counting down to caucuses, Cockburn returns to fire hall

“My campaign started in this room,” Cockburn began, recalling the 2017 Virginia House of Delegates’ race that brought Democratic hopeful Tristan Shields to the Washington Fire Hall. A campaigner with a guitar, Tristan sang “Stand by Me,” and Cockburn did just that, deciding that night to run for Congress. […]

Food Pantry

Pantry launches cooking classes

A $10,000 grant from the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation was the facilitator for the classes. New equipment, counters and shelves transformed a staging area into a commercial kitchen that meets health standards, and lessons began with a soft opening in November. […]


Read me a river

At the annual field day sponsored by RappFLOW, high schoolers in the morning and sixth graders in the afternoon went from station to station, soaking up resource appreciation and protection. […]

Letters to the Editor

Thanks, but no thanks

Right on, Roger! Re: last week’s editorial-page column, well said and well worth saying. I stopped being a RappNet subscriber when the sludge and muck got too deep to slog through to reach the community […]

Features & Columns

Introducing Ted the Troubadour, Balladeer of the Blue Ridge

Ted Pellegatta is reinventing himself . . . again. Now, he’s done with capturing, and instead he’s creating, motivated by a muse with rhythm, rhyme and a country twang. His first single, “Never is a Good Time for a Broken Heart,” is hot off the CD press, he has eight more songs written and ready to record, and his mind just won’t stop singing. […]

Awards and Honors

Citizen of the Year: Mimi Forbes

Mimi Forbes is a force of nature. The director of the Rappahannock Food Pantry has a welcoming smile so bright and so real that she can create sunshine on a cloudy day for customers and volunteers alike. The Rappahannock News’ Citizen of the Year for 2015, she blows away worries with hurricane force, floods troubles with sympathy, washes away despair with care and warms hearts with compassion. […]


Rae’s back in her place: Rappahannock

Rae Gadke, serial creator of welcoming community centers/cafes in Rappahannock, has returned from a five-year sojourn in Florida — and, appropriately, her arrival is just in time to deliver her trademark sandwiches and soups (including her famous Hungarian mushroom soup) to River District Arts for this weekend’s studio and gallery tour. […]


Future conservationists get their feet wet 

On the banks of the Thornton River in Sperryville last Thursday (Sept. 26), more than 200 young people were brought together by Rappahannock Friends and Lovers of Our Watershed (RappFLOW) for hands-on learning about water resources and watersheds in Rappahannock County. […]