RAWL Dogs: Dillon

Does it look as if I am in good shape? You bet I am! Hey, if you took rigorous walks as we do here in scenic Landfillville, you would be tight and toned, too. I’m […]

Fire and Rescue

Washington: Emergency squad comes to the rescue

Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue had a busy month in July. Statistics were reviewed at the monthly meeting last Saturday. There were 38 EMS calls in July. The squad responded to five fire calls, including a whole house fire. Other incidents included giving CPR, transporting a patient with severe fractures after being kicked by a horse; helping a child who broke an arm and needed 32 stitches after a bicycle accident; and several vehicle accidents. […]


Sperryville: Rock, paper, scissors and more at art camps

These were only some of the ingredients in a fun-filled week of clay and fiber camps on Main Street. Four separate groups at Sperryville Pottery were shaping clay, throwing pots on a wheel and glazing their cups, butter dishes, dinosaurs and other interesting creations. […]


RAWL Dogs: Abby

Hello, my name is Abby. While I am just arriving at four months of age, I have already learned one of the most important lessons of life. That is, an ounce of loyalty is worth […]

Chester Gap Column

Chester Gap: Work detail a huge success

The Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department’s work detail over this past weekend to replace the retaining wall in front of the station was a huge success. The turnout from the membership was inspiring to see and allowed multiple tasks to be accomplished at the same time. […]


A hot July; a very cool Castleton

The Castleton Festival ended last weekend with a bang. Actually several.

One was related to the weather. A microburst — or, as one of technical director Terry Robey’s crew put it, “the world’s biggest dust devil” — approached the 400-seat Festival Tent between performances Sunday afternoon as a “cold” front arrived, following a spate of 90-degree-plus days that roughly coincided with the four-week festival itself. “There was a loud pop — the pressure inside the tent just reacted to the pressure drop outside,” he said. “Nothing bad happened.” The front continued on, and wound up taking out much of the electric power in an unnamed cultural center 70 miles east of here. […]


Flowers and houses and tea, oh my!

Like it has since 1955, the Trinity Episcopal Church community in Washington is preparing for its annual Dried Flower Sale and House Tour. Flowers are growing in gardens from Amissville to Boston for later drying and the three houses for this year’s tour are being readied for visitors. […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

Gone fishing, and . . .

I wrote an article several years ago about fishing in Canada, and received some nice phone calls from readers with similar experiences. Well, I did it again. A lot of my friends think I’m crazy […]


Sperryville: A Bolly good time at Narmada

Laughter and fun quickly energized the group that went to Narmada Winery in Amissville last Saturday for the first Bollywood dance and exercise class held in the tasting room. Led by Kumud Mathur, who is trained in Kathak and folk dances of India and has taught for more than 30 years, young and old alike quickly responded to her infectious spirit as they were led into the world of Indian movement and low-impact exercise. […]


RAWL Dogs: Gunny

I am only three years old, but have already learned the secret to making a successful long-lasting relationship. It comes from the great 20th century American philosopher Henny Youngman. It is to have dinner out […]