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Happy Camper(s)

Happy Camper Equipment Co. officially opened its doors in Sperryville last Saturday with a festive cutting of the ribbon. The store offers all manner of camping and outdoor merchandise, from must-have batteries, compasses, and trail guides to backpacks, clothing, even bricks of hunting soap. […]

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Drought buster

Rest assured, the drought has ended. Day after day — after day after day — of steady rainfall brought much needed rainfall, as in many inches, to Rappahannock County, where flood warnings were in effect through last Saturday. […]

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On the count of three . . .

Hats off to organizers of the annual Relay for Life, held Saturday at Rappahannock County Elementary School in honor of those who have battled cancer. Participants were treated to a full day of events and entertainment, not the least being the Bus Pull. […]

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Mini horses for WCDS . . .

Last Friday, Mini Whinny Therapy Horses of Sperryville visited the young students at Wakefield Country Day School; and several Belle Meade equestrian students and their teacher Alex Forte participated in the recent Bull Run Hunt Hunter Pace in Madison. […]

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Settling for seeds

This curious black bear didn’t find any picnic baskets to rummage through while lumbering around the Fodderstack property of Donald and Denise Chandler, but bird seed is always a flavorful second option, especially when provided a choice of dispensers. […]

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Food Pantry gala to remember

Raffle tickets were plucked from a bucket by St. Peter Catholic Church Father Horace “Tuck” Grinnell, and true to his signature generosity host John Anderson — the lucky ticket holder for dinner for two at The Inn at Little Washington — immediately asked for another ticket to be drawn. […]

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Why did the cows cross the road?

Three cows jumped their fence and crossed Ben Venue Road to stake a claim to greener grass, which called into action Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Leilani Stanley and Ben Venue resident Bob Mann to round them up and steer them home. […]

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First Responders Building

The youth group of Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville is wrapping up the impressive renovation of the tiny wooden building next door to the church, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind First Responders Building. […]

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Exercise in history

In Shenandoah and other national parks, removing fallen trees from trails has been described as an exercise in living history, as no chainsaws are allowed: just old style, human-powered tools like axes, two-person crosscut saws, and wedges. […]

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Beekeeping it in the family

With the weather warming, nine-year-old Sarah Johnson and her dad, Tom, who live in Woodville, have been busy tending to their honey bees and hives. “Looking pretty good,” Tom says at first glance into the supers. “We should have a fair amount of honey.” […]

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Spectacular Plant Sale

The 17th Annual Rappahannock Spring Plant sale at Waterpenny Farm had yet to open its gates on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning and already anxious buyers lined up to select from a wide assortment […]

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A fine day for golf

The weather was nothing short of spectacular, even with the challenging breeze, for last Friday’s Second Annual “Home in One” golf tournament in support of Rapp at Home, the local nonprofit that serves as a resource for those 50 and over. […]

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Earth Day on the Thornton

Rappahannock residents and visitors alike, the majority donned in rubber boots and hip waders, set foot into the Thornton River rapids in Sperryville last Sunday — Earth Day 2018 — to clean up a century’s worth of industrial pollution and litter:. […]

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Volunteer service and sacrifice

Fifty volunteers of the several outstanding Rappahannock County fire and rescue companies, as well as their guests, gathered at the Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company to celebrate service and achievements during 2017. […]

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Hot and windy to cold and snowy

A special weather statement issued last Friday warned of an enhanced threat for the spread of wildfires due to low humidity values, strong gusty winds, and hot and dry conditions. Sure enough, this several acre brush fire broke out around 3 p.m. behind the large horse barn at Whitemud Crossing Farm in Castleton. […]

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Ava had a little lamb, and another, and . . .

Ava Genho of Woodville says she has a new appreciation for Friday the 13th. After all, twin lambs arrived that morning to join her small flock. And given it’s spring, Ava has since welcomed six additional little lambs — eight babies in five days, including three sets of twins. […]