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Let’s Volunteer Day

We hope this great momentum can keep growing. There are more than 140 organizations registered on our online Volunteer Hub, www.letsvolunteer.org. Visit the site to learn about many ways to get — or stay — involved. Taking an active interest in our community leads to real and lasting impacts. […]

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The fight to stay housed

Why are so many families struggling? The short answer is that while the cost of living continues to rise, wages have lagged behind. Families living from paycheck to paycheck are going without savings needed for emergencies. ALICE households are working households; they often work two jobs, pay taxes, and make up the majority of services needed to keep Virginia’s economy thriving. […]

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31 Rapp graduates of LFCC

Upon further examination, we find that there were actually 31 Rappahannock residents who received a credential from LFCC (certification or academic degree). I find it heart-warming that so many people are taking advantage of the wide variety of LFCC programs to advance their careers, enhance their skills, or pursue academics. […]

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Prefers a tree tower

I’d like to register my opposition to the cell tower proposal in the Woodville/Sperryville corridor. Along with Massies Corner there is no more sensitive view shed in our county. A fake tree at the edge of the woods would be far more preferable but I’d bet CWS is all about profits and less than sensitive to our scenic vistas. […]

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‘We need more supply’

Rappahannock has successfully, in the last 30 years, with the 25-acre minimum, eliminated the possibility for most middle class families to locate in the county. They can afford the 3-4 bedroom home, but not the 25 acres to put it on. Plus, does everybody need or want 25 acres? […]

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AARP-Virginia — plain and simple

With over 1000 members in Rappahannock County, AARP is actively working with a variety of organizations in the county to address wide-ranging social issues and concerns including housing and livability, hunger, social isolation, wellness and health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment. […]

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A solution in search of a problem

Everyone wants to pay lip service to the idea that we should somehow have a ‘viable’ community that offers housing to those two professions at the very least, if not everyone else. But no one has ever taken the time to investigate whether or not we already have such a community. The truth is we do. We have a viable and thriving housing market at all market segments. […]

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Mother’s Day gifts

My mom loved her gardens and had the most beautiful backyard, a mosaic of color and texture with new life emerging throughout the spring, summer and fall. She wasn’t a religious woman but she found her connection to God through nature. Tending to her gardens with her hands in the soil was an act of love and worship for her. It was her meditation. […]

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Godspeed, Dr. Bob

During the years 1981 through 1983 I roamed the same Rappahannock County High School hallways with Dr. Robert Chappell, although I did my best to steer clear of him. You see Dr. Bob was not always the gentle ‘grandfatherly type’ we all came to know and love. […]

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Many to thank for Historic Garden Week

The Garden Club of Warren County spotlighted the town of Washington on Saturday, April 27, as part of Historic Garden Week for the second time. The Garden Club of Warren County would like to express our appreciation to those who made Historic Garden Week in the town of Washington possible. […]

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An apple as a reminder

We need families and children to provide for our future as a viable community, one we had a while ago and one we can have when most of us living here gather together with that common goal. There are other resources we need to move forward in the 21st century while still preserving the spacious open landscapes many enjoy. […]

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Affordable housing. Not shutting up

What direction do we take? Do we agree to pay much higher taxes in order to import the services that we are no longer able to provide, or do we make well thought out and controlled changes that will allow an increase in our population of individuals that can fill that void? Our Planning Commission is in a position to chart a course that will move us in a direction that can solve this crisis. […]

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Washington Graded School

I received a call from an alumni of the Washington School that asked if we could do something about putting on the marker the name that it was back in the day. Maybe could say something like Washington Graded School — A Rosenwald School. […]

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Littering at the dump

What could be more important than to make a gesture to show that one cares for the environment in general and specifically for the physical beauty of Rappahannock. When I’ve suggested to people that they can recycle in designated bins at Flatwood I’ve gotten responses like a belligerent “mind your own business,” well it is my business, it’s everybody’s business. […]

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Rappahannock event overdose

Instead of having to prioritize and then miss out on a multitude of events scheduled on the same day, wouldn’t it be more sensible for the leaders of these events to meet early in the year (a ‘County Events Committee’?) in order to schedule their events so that there’s a minimum of overlap on the same day? […]