Month: June 2016


That’s the size of our congressional district (the 5th).  A gerrymandered wonder.  It is not only Virginia’s largest district, with an area of 10,181 square miles, but it is larger than either New Jersey or Vermont. And Rappahannock is almost at the top.  Small wonder that we practically never see our representatives up here, or even their staff members. But hope springs eternal.  This election cycle, there will be no incumbent.  Our current Congressman, Robert Hurt, has decided to retire, so a spirited race is underway. The Republican nominee is Thomas A. Garrett Jr., who is currently the state Senator from...

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The folks who have been displaying their works of art in Sperryville at River District Arts are now moving on. On Saturday, the 25th of June, a group of the artists, four folks who work in clay under the name of the Rappahannock Pottery Collective, sat down in the morning to talk about where to go next. Owners of the River District building, Lucille and Jerome Neissen have tried, without success, to sell the place.  As was reported here last week, they are taking the building off the real estate market and will, in the words of their real...

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Artists Told To Move Out The River District Arts building in Sperryville, home to a large portion of the Rappahannock arts community, is to be mothballed, according to real estate agent Wayne Dickson, who has been representing Jerome and Lucille Niessen. One of the artists whose work is on display in the building told the Old Rag Gazette today (June 20th) that the artists have been given until July 10th to move out. The nearly two dozen members of the Middle Street Gallery, whose works are in the building but under a separate lease, have been told that they...

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The Fifth and Final Conversation   “Volunteer at the Child Care and Learning Center.” “Help bring a refugee family to Rappahannock.” “Deepen your mystic connection with nature.” “Join the rescue squad.” “Come to our artisan festival in October.” Now there are a dozen ideas and plans for specific actions. After monthly “Conversations” that began in February of this year, folks around the talking circles have arrived at clear and solid calls for action, ones that range from Alpha to Omega. (You’ll see the list a bit later.) The fifth and final — for now — of the Conversations drew...

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It was our first child’s first year at school, and Monica was her kindergarten teacher. We were probably the typical anxious parents, visiting school frequently. But as a result, we got to know Monica well, and grew to like her greatly. Monica was devoutly religious and a true evangelical. She didn’t push her religion much. But I knew from what she told us that she sometimes found herself at her church speaking in tongues and shaking incoherently. She said she never knew what caused her to do these things, and she didn’t remember much about them. After the school...

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