A miserable day all around

Art Candenquist arranged for the American Red Cross to assist the Matthew Fewell family with their loss, while a GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the family. It was the second occupied home gutted by fire in the county in as many weeks. No cause of the fire has been determined. […]

Fire and Rescue

Through her commitment, young EMS captain aims for change

Calls come in unexpectedly and someone always needs to be at the ready — for anything. The not knowing used to be the hardest part about the job for volunteer Angelica Vittitow, the 25-year-old captain of Chester Gap’s emergency medical service (EMS). The greater challenge for her now, perhaps, is finding a way to make a job she does out of devotion to her community into a career. […]

Letters to the Editor

Eric Kvarnes: A remarkable life remembered

We are all shocked by the sudden loss of such a remarkable man who has touched so many lives. In his lifetime he was a professional clown, a firefighter, a unicyclist, a Master Glassblower and teacher, Rappnet ListDad, and helper to the community with all things Mac/Apple, to name just a few of his roles. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for July 19

The Inn at Little Washington is preparing for its next two 40th anniversary celebrations: Innstock over Labor Day and Vaux le Vicomte in France later in September; and an educator from the Smithsonian Conservation Biological Institute presented at CCLC’s Animals of the World summer camp. […]

Youth Programs

Plowing the way forward

Through the 4H projects, kids learn to track feed amounts and outlays, calculate monthly costs and monitor market values for livestock. The goal is to learn about budgeting and money management as well as how much work and expense farming involves. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 19

Sheriff Compton presented Sgt. Matthew Cody Dodson with a special lifesaving commendation; PATH Foundation awards two additional grants totaling almost $47,000; Lions Clubf BBQ celebrates incoming Lions President Dave Shiff; and RAAC Theatre reads“Arsenic and Old Lace” on Sunday, August 5. […]


Ben Venue quite the venue

Ben Venue Farm provided scenic space and then some for a spectacular 12th Annual Fourth of July, organized once again by Sperryville VFR. Thousands flocked to the daylong festival, and by the rockets red glare at dusk the thermometer had cooled down to where it was downright comfortable. […]

Work In Progress

A Fraught Future?

Farming in Rappahannock is going through a transition. What challenges does the community face in holding on to its agricultural core? Part two of a four-part series of a Foothills Forum and Rappahannock News feature on the county’s economy: past, present and future. […]

Work In Progress

Picturing America

Lange’s most recognized portrait is “Migrant Mother,” taken at a temporary camp in California. But Lange and other notable photographers came to capture Rappahannock County in the Depression for the Farm Security Administration. […]

Washington Column

Washington column for July 12

Washington VFR members teamed up to add a new look to their station — a flag pole; Caroline Roth explains her monoprint and monotype presses at Quievremont Winery July 21; and Kate Anderson’s art reception at Middle Street Gallery July 14. […]

The Rapp

The Rapp for July 12

Iranian-American guitarist, Shahin Shahida, and his band perform at Castleton this Saturday; RAAC Film-TalkBack make-up date for “The Post,” on Aug. 11; Congressional candidates Leslie Cockburn and Denver Riggleman political debate set for Sept. 5; and get details for this Second Saturday’s events. […]


Collecting the artwork of children

A middle or upper-class girl was expected to grow up, get married, have children, and take care of a home. Proficiency with needle and thread was not a hobby back then, it was a necessity. As part of her preparation for the responsibility of sewing clothes and linens for her future family, most girls completed at least two samplers. […]