The Rapp of July 14 | The Rap


Hackley’s Store is rented out for new business

211 Country Market in Amissville, known colloquially as Hackley’s, has been leased to two men who plan to start a business after the former tenant closed his restaurant with window service.

New tenants, whose identity could not be known, will rent the building while the Hackley family will still own the store. Jan Makela, whose mother owns the building, wrote in a post that the tenants plan to change the name of the business, but the ‘Hackley’s Store’ sign will remain on the building because, Makela wrote, ” I’m sentimental, and that’s historic.”

Makela did not return multiple requests for additional comment on who the new tenants are, when they plan to reopen and what type of product they will be selling.

School board approves school lunch price increase

The Rappahannock County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a 10-cent increase in school lunch prices, in line with a recommendation from the United States Department of Agriculture.

This upcoming school year marks the first in two years that many students will have to pay for meals, ending a pandemic pause on practice.

Lunch at Rappahannock County Elementary School will cost $2.25 and lunch at Rappahannock County High School will cost $2.75. Parents wishing to register their child for a free or reduced lunch can do so at

The city council pays tribute to the former vice-mayor

The Washington City Council on Monday honored recently resigned vice mayor Mary Ann Kuhn, who resigned in late June after moving out of town because she could not find a place to live.

The body’s most senior member, Patrick O’Connell, also chef and owner of the Little Washington Inn, remarked on Kuhn’s years of public service in the city. “To just say she has her finger on the pulse of this city would be an understatement. If you ever want the latest scoop on what’s happening in Little Washington, Mary Ann will have the answer,” O’ said. Connell about Kuhn, a former journalist who once served as editor of the Rappahannock News.

Recently resigning Vice Mayor Mary Ann Kuhn was honored by City Council for her service.

“She also knows many colorful characters who have been part of the city’s past history,” O’Connell said. “But through the many controversies and sometimes divisions, Mary Ann has always managed to maintain a balanced and diplomatic outlook and keep her sense of humor intact. She will be missed by many of us, but we are confident that ‘a few minutes away, she won’t go away.

The body presented him with a framed picture of Washington City Hall.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve with each of you as well as former administrations and mayors – one of them is sitting here – and for the opportunity to play a role in this city, this beautiful historic city and preserving its heritage and our way of life,” said Kuhn, who also served on the Washington Planning Commission.

Member Joe Whited was nominated by the body to serve as deputy mayor in place of Kuhn beginning in July.

City Council appoints new member to fill vacancy

The Washington City Council on Monday unanimously approved the appointment of Drew Beard to the body to fill the remainder of the term of recently resigned Vice Mayor Mary Ann Kuhn.

Beard, secretary of the Washington Planning Commission and co-owner of the Gay Street Inn bed and breakfast, was the only candidate to take the seat from Kuhn, who resigned in late June after moving out of town since ‘she couldn’t find accommodation.

Beard intends to seek re-election to the seat in an uncontested race in November’s general election. According to Planning Commission Chair Caroline Anstey, Beard will remain on the Planning Commission but will step down as secretary. He will also serve as a liaison between the planning commission and the municipal council.

Beard, who was not present at the meeting, did not immediately return a request for comment on his nomination. “I have invested in the future of this city, both as a citizen and as a business owner,” he previously said in an interview.

Belle Meade Announces New Principal

Belle Meade Montessori School in Sperryville is gearing up for the next school year with new leadership. Pam Mandigo joins the school as the school principal, with her husband Jonathan Saylor teaching high school math and science.

Mandigo comes from a public school, where she taught the language and

Performing Arts for nearly a decade, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Detroit, Michigan.

Castleton summer camp for kids is coming up

Registration is open for the inaugural Castleton Festival summer camp, in partnership with

Synetic theater and world percussionist Tom Teasley. The week-long program for children ages 5-7 will take place July 25-29 at 617 Castleton View Rd. in Castleton.

Participating students will work as a team through active play and physical coordination to create their own twisted fairy tales. No story will ever be the same and each session will feature different fairy tale characters to play with.

Students will also have the exciting opportunity to work with Teasley, an award-winning multi-dimensional sound artist. Plus, campers will discover how rhythms from around the world often have one thing in common. This awareness makes it possible to use the rhythmic traditions of one culture to become aware of another culture.

Next Week in Sperryville: Gold Top County Ramblers

The Gold Top County Ramblers, Sperryville’s Bluegrass string rock band, will take to the River District stage on Thursday, July 21 at 6 p.m. This is the second of four performances in the Sperryville Summer Concert Series, presented by the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC) and the Sperryville Community Alliance.

Band members include: Adam Rogers on mandolin and vocals, Jesse Rogers on bass, Tucker Rogers on resonator guitar, Matt Davis on banjo and James Reid on drums.

The concerts are located near the confluence of the North and South branches of the River Thornton, at the end of River Lane (accessible from Water Street) next to Copper Fox Antiques and Copper Fox Distillery. GPS address: 7 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740.

Annual Butterfly Count in Warrenton

The Clifton Institute will host its 27th annual butterfly counting event on July 23 and will provide data to the North American Butterfly Association for the 20th year.

NABA counts bring people of all ages and skill levels together to observe butterflies. Butterfly count participants will meet at the Clifton Institute, located at 6712 Blantyre Rd. in Warrenton, at 9:00 a.m. and split into groups to cover various sites within a circle 15 miles in diameter. Teams will be led by an experienced volunteer.

Butterfly counts collect information about the size and distribution of butterfly populations. The results help scientists monitor the response of North American butterflies to climate change, year-to-year weather differences and habitat loss.

Besides being beautiful to look at, butterflies are an essential part of the ecosystem as they pollinate both wild and agricultural plants; they are a staple food for birds and other insectivores; and they are sensitive to changes in their environment, so they can act as early warning signals about changes in the environment.

The non-profit area will host a festival dedicated to women filmmakers

Lunafest, the fundraising film festival dedicated to women filmmakers, will be held at the Strangeways Brewing Company in Fredericksburg on August 5.

Girls on the Run Piemont, a non-profit organization in the Piedmont region, will host the event and receive a portion of the proceeds, along with Chicken & Egg Pictures, a non-profit organization that supports female non-fiction filmmakers.

Lunafest offers a program of short films aimed at empowering and inspiring. This year’s stories are told from a variety of perspectives that champion women and gender non-conforming people, highlighting their aspirations, achievements, resilience, strength and connection.


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