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Thanks­giv­ing edi­tion

Next week’s Rap­pa­han­nock News will be de­liv­ered to sub­scribers and news­stands on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 21, in ad­vance of Thanks­giv­ing. The ed­i­to­rial and ad­ver­tis­ing dead­line is 5 p.m. this Fri­day, Nov. 16. Have a won­der­ful hol­i­day!

Slipped into win­ter

At the be­gin­ning of last week the leaves were still turn­ing on Sky­line Drive. By week’s end it was win­ter.

“Just had some in­com­ing Mid­dle­ton [Inn] guests call from Shenan­doah Na­tional Park to apol­o­gize for be­ing late,” Wash­ing­ton innkeeper Mary Ann Kuhn re­layed Sun­day evening, “but said they are stuck in the tun­nel near Thorn­ton Gap en­trance and there had been an ac­ci­dent. Been there for past hour and a half.

“I called our sher­iff’s dis­patcher who said ice had ac­cu­mu­lated to the point that they had to bring in equip­ment to de-ice it.”

Macy’s marchers!

The James Madi­son Univer­sity March­ing Royal Dukes — in­clud­ing Kelsey Parker of Amissville and Daniel Schlosser of Huntly — will be march­ing in the 92nd an­nual Macy's Thanks­giv­ing Day Pa­rade, its fourth ap­pear­ance in the hol­i­day clas­sic.

March­ing 535 strong, the March­ing Royal Dukes are the largest march­ing band in the pa­rade and one of only three col­lege bands in­vited.

When not march­ing, Parker is ma­jor­ing in In­ter­dis­ci­plinary Lib­eral Stud­ies, Schlosser in Bi­ol­ogy.

Board to Burg

The Rap­pa­han­nock County School Board “will have a lot of time to­gether this week,” notes mem­ber

Rachel Bynum, as they head to Wil­liams­burg to­day (Thurs­day) for the an­nual VSBA (Vir­ginia School Boards As­so­ci­a­tion) con­fer­ence.

“The con­fer­ence gives us a per­spec­tive on the state of ed­u­ca­tion in Vir­ginia and fea­tures a lot of fas­ci­nat­ing break-out ses­sions,” she says. “It also will give us the chance to meet peo­ple from other dis­tricts, and talk about up­com­ing goals and projects.”

100 tons of food

Rap­pa­han­nock Food Pantry Man­ager Mimi Forbes says she al­ways looks for­ward to Catholic Char­i­ties de­liv­er­ies from St. Pe­ter’s Catholic Church in Wash­ing­ton be­cause “they con­tain items that we don’t pur­chase and I love to give our clients more choices.”

In 2011, Catholic Char­i­ties be­gan the St. Lucy Project to pro­vide food for fam­i­lies of all faiths in the western coun­ties of the Ar­ling­ton Dio­cese. To make de­liv­er­ies to lo­cal food pantries, Catholic Char­i­ties en­listed the lo­cal Knights of Colum­bus of St. Pe­ter’s.

The Rap­pa­han­nock Pantry, for one, has re­ceived 17 tons of food, mak­ing Catholic Char­i­ties one of its top five con­trib­u­tors.

All told, St. Pe­ter’s Knights, parish­ioners and oth­ers have made 255 de­liv­er­ies to food pantries in eight coun­ties — more than 100 tons as of this month.

Walk and Ride

A fun time was had by all at the 1st An­nual Rap­pa­han­nock Trails Coali­tion’s Fall Fam­ily Fun Walk and Ride held on Satur­day.

The 4-hour event, with start and fin­ish lines in Sper­ryville, fea­tured a 4-mile loop for walk­ers and 9-mile course for cy­clists.

Cody Weller, a 5th grader from Wash­ing­ton, was the kids’ T-shirt de­sign con­test win­ner, and his en­tire fam­ily, in­clud­ing his “Great Gramma” and great aunt, were on hand. Cody’s prizes were a $100 Head­mas­ter's Pub gift cer­tifi­cate and hav­ing his win­ning de­sign fea­tured on this year's in­au­gu­ral T-shirt.

Rap­pTrails says it will host the Fall Fam­ily Fun event ev­ery year.

Madi­son plays Mozart

This Sun­day, Nov. 18th at 4 p.m., the Madi­son Cham­ber

Cody Weller, win­ning de­signer of the 1st an­nual Fall Fam­ily Fun Walk and Ride T-shirt, poses here with Rap­pTrails or­ga­nizer Cliff Miller at Head­mas­ter's Pub in Sper­ryville. Play­ers in­vite res­i­dents to en­joy their free per­for­mance at Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church in Wash­ing­ton. The Play­ers will per­form a string quin­tet by Mozart, a quar­tet for strings and harp­si­chord by Han­del, and one of the Bran­den­burg con­cer­tos, also for strings and harp­si­chord, by Bach.

The small en­sem­ble of Play­ers is com­prised of in­stru­men­tal­ists from a di­ver­sity of back­grounds. The group orig­i­nally was formed in Madi­son County and gave con­certs at Pied­mont Epis­co­pal Church. They’ve played in and around the Big Wash­ing­ton and Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton.

Daniel Pier­son, vi­o­lin, has been a mem­ber of the U.S. Army Band “Per­sh­ing’s Own” since 2004; Sergey Proko­fyev, vi­o­lin, grew up in New York City, but was born in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia, and is a mem­ber of “Per­sh­ing’s Own”; Michael Hansen, vi­ola and harp­si­chord, is a teacher at St. Al­ban’s School in Wash­ing­ton; Richard Skarnes, cello, lives in Mid­dle­burg and is a soft­ware en­gi­neer; Al Reg­n­ery, vi­ola, is an at­tor­ney and res­i­dent of Rap­pa­han­nock County; and An­gela Sny­der, vi­o­lin and vi­ola, who grew up in Saska­toon, Canada, now lives in Front Royal.


Tom Wool­man (cen­ter) and Jim Ha­ley de­liver 527 pounds of food to Lois Shaf­fer, di­rec­tor of the Page One Food Pantry in Lu­ray.

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