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Roy’s Orchard Produce & Pie Availability


Mother’s Day Weekend


Asparagus, spring onions, collard greens, kale

Roy's Orchard

PIES (more Saturday & Sunday morning):

Cherry, strawberry rhubarb, cranberry, blueberry

Roy's Orchard

Roy’s Orchard & Fruit Market 
Address: 64 Old Hollow Rd, Sperryville, VA 22740

Missing Sperryville Man

Missing Sperryville Man
Missing Sperryville Man

Wallace Anderson of Sperryville has been missing since Saturday, April 30. Officials and volunteers have been searching nearby areas and the Shenandoah National Park, as Anderson is an avid hiker. Rescue efforts have been temporarily scaled back due to rain and safety concerns. Additional search and rescue crews are due this weekend.

For more information contact:
Shenandoah National Park

May 9, 2016 – Town of Washington Council Meeting

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The Town of Washington will hold its regularly scheduled Council meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m at Town Hall.

Highlights from the agenda include:

  • Continued discussion of marketing and sale of Avon Hall, possible consideration of a formal offer to purchase a portion of Avon Hall and authorization of a public hearing as to whether a portion of the Avon Hall property should be sold on stated terms and conditions as set forth in a formal offer
  • Public hearing on the FY 2016-2017 Budget
  • Discussion of the Meals and Lodging taxes
  • Consideration of Country Water Systems proposal to repair the water level indicator
  • Possible repair proposals to the Wastewater  Treatment System.

Council may enter into closed session in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.2-3711.3 to discuss and consider the disposition of publicly held property, namely all or a portion of the Avon Hall property, where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position and negotiating strategy of the Town Council; and further in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.2-3711.7 for consultation with the town attorney regarding a specific legal matter, namely contract matters relating to Avon Hall, requiring the provision of legal advice by the town attorney.

Town Hall

485 Gay Street

Washington, VA 22747


“There are lies, there are damn lies, and there are statistics”


“There are lies, there are damn lies, and there are statistics”. I think Benjamin Disraeli said that, but I’ve seen it attributed to Mark Twain and to Everett Dirksen. The case of the Rappahannock News and the long ballyhooed Foothills Forum survey could be exhibit A for whoever said it. First of all, a good local newspaper, rooted in this small community for many decades, has become the province of escapees from the Washington Post, and the new approach to local reporting reflects the worst of the Post while almost entirely missing the feel and the pulse of Rappahannock County.


There is only one way to interpret the very expensive data that has filled the News for several weeks now. It is a non-story. There is nothing in the numbers that hasn’t been discussed around here for years. Nothing. Nada. Squat. And there is nothing in the numbers that hasn’t been discussed in our cafe’s and restaurants, or at the Mini-Mart, or at Settle’s, or Baldwin’s, or at our churches and clubs, or on Rappnet.


One lady wrote to say that she had never been so proud of the paper. She said that almost half the households in the County had responded. That she thinks 42% is “almost half” should be alarming to those who are paid to educate young people here. Perhaps one could argue that 42% is “almost 43%” but if you get 42% in an election, you have had your clock cleaned.


And what of the opinion of the rest of the household, the other 5,000 folks who live here?


This week Mike Mahoney picked nits about Richard Brady’s column in last week’s paper. Mike, claiming to be a statistics whiz, argued that the numbers showed that most people want change. But that isn’t what Brady was arguing. The change people want is better internet and cell phone service. Well, improved internet service is do-able. Cell service is about at peak coverage, given the economics of that. What Mike missed is that none of this, not a bit of it, is news. It may be news to the newbies at the paper, and some of the would be movers and shakers who just fell off the latte truck from NOVA, but it ain’t news to most of us.


Once these folks convinced themselves of the importance of this expensive charade, it became impossible for them to admit that it is the Emperor’s New Clothes, a waste of money, a waste of time and newspaper space, and a drain on the really needy local charities.


My advice would be for them to claim victory, have a big celebration, congratulate each other, take a lot of pictures and write it up on the front page, and then quit while they are behind. Of course they won’t. Its their paper, their money, and their faces that needs to be saved.


The master journalist A.J. Liebling wrote that “People confuse what they read in newspapers with news.” Thomas Jefferson said, “The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”


And Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes advised, “The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it.”


Ben J.

May Roadwork in Rappahannock

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Route 231 (FT Valley Road)From Madison County line to Route 522 – Monday – Friday, 7 AM to 5:30 PM, one-lane traffic with flaggers.

Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway)Bridge rehabilitation over Wilson Branch – Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5:00 PM, intermittent lane closures with flaggers.

Route 629 (Bean Hollow Road) – Bridge replacement over Jordan River – One lane at bridge.  Closed to ALL vehicular traffic May 10 & May 19 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.  Anticipated completion June 2.

Route 637 (Jericho Road)Bridge replacement over Big Indian Run – Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5:00 PM, intermittent lane closures with flaggers.


Pavement Patching:  Routes 608, 612, 616, 621, 646

Gravel Road Maintenance:  Routes 619, 626, 630, 631, 637, 638, 649

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