Month: October 2016

THEY HAVE THE NUMBER !

  RappRespite is now in action… The telephone lines are open and operators are standing by to take your call. Yes, RappRespite is in business. RappRespite (which is described elsewhere in The Gazette, here) is an informal group of neighbors around the county.  It has been formed around the simple idea of neighbors helping each other.  That is, one or two persons giving a break to someone who is a caregiver, someone who is in the home day and night tending to someone who, for the most part, cannot be left alone.   This leaves the caregiver needing a break now and...

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A CHRISTIAN NATION ?

Mark Russell Comments at the Little Washington Theatre… Comedian Mark Russell filled the house this past Saturday night at The Little Washington Theater.  He makes it a habit to visit Rappahannock in the Fall and not only fills the house, but brings down the house with his unique act playing the piano and talking about politicians. As usual, Mr. Russell was very funny and the Rappahannock crowd enjoyed it immensely.  As is his practice, at the close of the evening, he conducted a presidential-election poll by way of applause, and Trump appeared to earn all of two votes. That’s right: only two...

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AN IMMIGRANT’S TALE, PT 2

The Memories of Emery Lazar: Journey Towards a New Life… [Editor’s note: If you have not read Part 1 of this saga, you may wish to do so first.  It can be found here.] My parents, brother and I fled Hungary from the advancing Soviet Army in the spring of 1945.  My brother was 15 years old at that time, and I was eight.  We lived as refugees in a Bavarian village called Gergweis, under very poor conditions.  But high school education was free, and I attended the Oberrealschule in nearby Passau. By the end of 1951, my brother Attila was...

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JAMES D RUSSELL

Growing up Black in Rappahannock… James D. Russell, the great-grandson of a slave, was born in a little house in Sperryville in 1921 and lived until five years ago.  In 2003 his memoir was published: “Beyond the Rim: From Slavery to Redemption in Rapphannock County, Virginia.” The book is about, and is dedicated to, his great-grandmother Caroline Terry, a slave on at least two different plantations in Rappahannock County. After telling Caroline Terry’s story, James Russell tells of his own youth in and around Sperryville. Here is an excerpt from that book, as recorded by the noted journalist Jim Gannon: Bertie May...

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OTHER TOUGH ELECTIONS

Peter Luke’s talk on political history… Can you name the two Presidents of the United States who, long before they were elected to the highest office in the land, ran against each other for a seat in the Congress? Would it help you toward the correct answer to learn that the seat they competed for is the Fifth District?  The same district that includes Rappahannock County today? Ponder that while we tell our story and perhaps you will find the answer in one or two of the final paragraphs. This curiosity arose in the talk delivered by Peter Luke on...

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