The Rapp for July 29

iPhones in paradise?

We hear that AT&T has had preliminary discussions with the county about building cell towers in Rappahannock County — and possibly raising the height of two existing Sprint cell towers in Ben Venue (currently nearly invisible against the mountain opposite the former ECow, soon to be Greg Williams Tree Service) and at the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company’s headquarters.

County Administrator John W. McCarthy says it’s true — but that the discussions were just that: preliminary.

“No. 1, there may be changes since no applications have yet been filed,” McCarthy said. “And, No. 2, there may be a decision at a higher level at AT&T to decide they’re going to spend their money somewhere else this year. Plus, as the planners say, cell towers are a LULU — a locally unpopular land use — and the fact that AT&T might want to build cell towers may be supported by the community more than it was, say, a decade ago, but those who live near these sites might not feel the same way. It’s by no means a done deal.”— Roger Piantadosi

Mark Reinhardt and Laurie Smith of Local Flavor help Food Pantry manager Mimi Forbes, center, load a freezer.

Stocking the Pantry

Thanks to Oliver Brown and his son, Michael, of Culpeper, the Rappahannock Food Pantry has three freezers full of pork, lamb and goat meat.

The Browns, who are active in Culpeper’s 4H Club, had in the past tried without success to facilitate the donation of livestock raised for 4H projects to area food banks. Oliver Brown’s call to Mimi Forbes, Rappahannock Food Pantry’s manager, set the meat donation in motion. Forbes contacted Hal Hunter, who worked out the details with Brown: If the Pantry paid for processing, it could have the meat.

The gross animal weight of 2,075 pounds netted a lot of sausage, chops, roasts and ground meat. Mark Reinhardt and Laurie Smith of Amissville’s Local Flavor farm club volunteered to pick up the meat from Rollins Meat Processing in Orange in their refrigerated van.

Local Flavor took some of the meat to the Piedmont Community Partnership for distribution at the Community Food Bank in Warrenton, then headed for Ninie Laing’s home, where they, Laing and Forbes filled her freezer to store it temporarily for the Pantry. Mark and Laurie’s final stop was the Rappahannock Food Pantry, where Forbes, and Fred Eggers helped fully unload the van into the Pantry’s two freezers.

The Rappahannock Food Pantry, which serves about 300 households, has received generous donations of beef and pork from county farmers in the past, but this was its largest meat donation. — Kathy Eggers

Eagle Scout awards go to Austin, Tyler Burdick

Austin and Tyler Burdick, the twin eagles from Troop 36, learned last week that they were each awarded $1,000 Hall/McEwain Merit Scholarships from the National Eagle Scout Association. “This recognition is particularly meaningful to our family because Scouting has had such a positive impact on their development,” said Jane Burdick of Flint Hill, the students’ mother. “And, of course, the financial support is most appreciated as they begin their studies at the University of Virginia next month.”

Flournoy on UK Dean’s List

Morgan Elizabeth Flournoy, a sophomore from Washington, was among the 28 students from Virginia named to the University of Kentucky’s Dean’s List for the spring 2010 semester.

To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester.

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