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‘We’ are not amused

After the misbegotten Bike Trail was no longer on the table and the VDOT grant rejected by the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors, the Rappahannock News proclaimed with unflinching courage that “This newspaper has not taken a position on the merits of the Schools (sic) Connector, and we will not.” […]

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Building bridges

Both sides offer valid perceptions of this question. But does this issue represent a deeper question in our community? Does it illustrate the search for an answer of how to remain the same, how to keep the charm of Rappahannock and not stagnate from lack of growth . . . how to integrate the old with the new? […]

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We all benefit

Think about our public schools here, supported by our tax dollars. Do all living here benefit? Do all living here have children, grandchildren, attending? Why have some stated that they do not want more students in our schools, ‘because our taxes would increase’? That type of statement seems to acknowledge that not all would be benefiting from any growth in our schools. And, by the way, how shortsighted is that line of thinking? […]

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A summer of stories, lessons and the power of listening

And so I’ve come back a few times to Rappahannock because it’s not a place with just one story. It’s not just a place of come-heres and been-heres, or even, really, a place with people that embrace those labels. It’s a place that is dynamic and ever changing, a place with people who are fighting for its future in their own way and recognize the importance of that change. […]

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Rappahannock, remainder of Virginia vulnerable to gutted ESA

As a state report tells us, these hundreds of species are “imperiled by the ongoing loss or degradation of their habitats,” and accelerating climate change sharpens the threat. Many populations “are already critically impaired, and their long-term survival is in doubt.” Most of those species at the brink receive little help from our underfunded state natural resource agencies. […]

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Serving all of Rappahannock

I’m pleased to serve this year as the Rappahannock Lions Club’s president. It’s a privilege to work with men and women who give hundreds of hours of their time each year to help our best and brightest, our young and old and everyone in between. […]

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Classic McCain

Like many, I’ve spent the time since his passing on Saturday reflecting on John McCain’s lifetime of service and what he has meant to our country. As I thought about the senator, I found myself drawn less to the personal anecdotes — though those are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life — and more to the last speech he gave on the Senate floor and the farewell note he left to the American people. […]

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All hat and horse, gentleman to all

His affection for his native Rappahannock was truly evergreen and seemed to be part of his DNA. No matter if he resided in Alexandria, Warrenton, or Winchester, he would make weekly trips to Sperryville, Woodville, or Little Washington to satisfy his need to “go home.”  […]

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Rapp Schools support bike path ‘wholeheartedly,’ will be ‘game changer’

Our charge in emergency situations is to work with emergency personnel to yes, first neutralize the threat, but also to properly account for and reunite parents with their children as expediently as possible. This kind of a trail can be a game changer when planning for emergencies. […]

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When the sky wasn’t falling

History tells us this is nothing new for Rappahannock County, which has one of the smallest governments in the state and, like the county and its citizenry, tends to move at a slower pace than the rest of Virginia. […]

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Farming for the future

The sustainable farming business is growing, and we are building a network, small farm by small farm, that has great potential to be key to a positive future for many productive careers in farming and food here. […]

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Conserving viewsheds for future generations

Virginia landowners have been permanently preserving and protecting their rural land with conservation easements since the late 1960s. As a result of 50 years of collective action, the Commonwealth can now boast that over one million acres of private land have been protected with easements. […]

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A ‘time-out’ on Airbnb approvals

I have no fight with the concept of Airbnb for any interested citizen of Rappahannock, but in my judgment the county is not ready to vote on allowing any more or offer zoning variances for Airbnb-types of tourist homes. This entire issue must be addressed quickly with full transparency. […]