Washington Column

Washington: Jail trustees keep garden growing

Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith decided in April to start a garden on the Carrigan property behind the courthouse that is now owned by the county.

“The work is being done by the trustees of the jail,” said Smith. “The whole effort will save money on the food cost for the inmates, but it will also teach some skills to the inmates. The inmates have been incredibly excited to be working in the garden and watching it grow.” […]

Clark Hollow Ramblings

REC communiques give readers a jolt

I suppose by now you have seen the fliers and advertisements welcoming you as a new “owner” of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Congratulations, all around. Pretty nice ads, don’t you think? Here is some free advice: When someone welcomes you as a new owner of something you didn’t shop for, didn’t want, didn’t buy and had no hand in deciding that you were going to be a new owner, you might want to be a wee bit skeptical.

Have you received and read your new Residential Membership Service Contract with REC? I just did, and I have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. […]

Books

Book Review: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

After reading the latest novel by Man Booker Prize winner and prolific author Margaret Atwood I know that the natural food movement has arrived! “The Year of the Flood” offers the reader a dystopian society in the future when all our worst tendencies, from genetically engineered plants and animals to overconsumption and overmedication, reach their logical conclusions.
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RAWL Dogs

RAWL Dogs: Hank

Hello, I’m Hank, and you’ve seen me before, right here in these pages. I’m in for a second go-round because I’m a beagle who qualifies for senior discounts. More than that, I am planning to get my babyhood back. You see, I need a child, a youngster of your sort to play with. That’s me in the photo with Lucas DuMez, one of my young friends. As long as there’s a kid around, I am a kid, too. Yes, I need a kid. Bring one with you and we’ll go home together! […]

Art

The Rapp

A senior prank, a junior who’s headed to Boston for a summer theatre program, John Jackson’s Rappahannock blues and a RappFLOW cleanup along the Thornton River at the Link. […]

Art

Filmmaker from Woodville makes splash in Big Apple

Funny thing: The documentary feature chosen at this spring’s Tribeca Film Festival as “Best New York Documentary,” a critic’s pick at both the Village Voice and New York magazine, was pretty much made in Woodville.

And (though the Tribeca folks didn’t know about that) had its “world premiere” in Amissville. […]

Art

Sperryville collective to nurture artists

River District Arts is a new artist collective planned for this summer in Sperryville’s River District. Like the well-known Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, RDA’s goal is to provide local artists of all media with studios where they can work in an inspiring environment, promote and sell art, and organize events, classes and workshops. […]

Art

Middle Street Gallery offers own stimulus

The Middle Street Gallery, a 15-person, nonprofit artists cooperative based in Rappahannock County, will mount its own “economic stimulus” initiative next month. Affordable paintings, photographs and sculpture by its members will be on sale from […]

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Books

Book Review: WWII spy yarn has local angle

On a bluff overlooking the Hazel River, a couple of miles below its confluence with the Hughes, sits Longlea. In the figurative middle of nowhere, just across the Rappahanock line in Culpeper County, this grand manor house on a large estate is a witness to some of the most tantalizing happenings in 20th century history.
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Washington Column

Washington: Compliment earns one in return

On my daily walks through town each week, I pass by the Inn at Little Washington and I see these two awesome ladies, Sharon Starr and Linda Cole, working away, Starr cleaning on the outside of the Gift Shop and the Norman House and Cole sweeping off the front entrance of The Inn. Last Wednesday, I took the time to stop and tell Starr what a great job she was doing.
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RAWL Dogs

RAWL Dogs: Lea

When they created the word demure, they were thinking of someone like me. I am only a year old, and my parentage is mostly Boxer. But I am far from the Mike Tyson pattern — […]

The Rapp

The Rapp

Buy a reproduction of a Rappahannock County courthouse desk and help the Food Pantry and Free Clinic; an antique and garden show worth a visit this weekend. […]

RAWL Dogs

RAWL Dogs: Bailey

I’m a medium-size, five-year-old dog and I am part Hound, part Lab. That’s a deep, rich, chocolate brindle coat that I wear. My name is Bailey, but I don’t really need a name, because you hardly know that I am there. Some people think I am part cat, because I am so clean and so quiet that I blend into the background.
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