The Rapp for August 12

Mark your school calendars!

Entering students at Rappahannock County Public Schools are invited to orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Kindergarten orientation is 6:30 p.m. at the elementary school. Eight grade orientation is 7 p.m. at the high school. The next day, Thursday, Aug. 19, is “Meet the Teachers” Day, when students and parents can visit classrooms from 2 to 5 or 6 to 8 p.m.

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi

Know your local herbs

Teresa Boardwine will hold a three-day Native Medicinal Plant Workshop this weekend (Aug. 13-15) at her place near Rock Mills. Participants can forage and harvest their own native plants for food and medicine and learn methods of preparing herbal teas, elixirs, tinctures, oils and salves with those plants. For more information: 540-937-4283 or GreenComfortHerbSchool.com. The feature story is here.

And the weekend of Sept. 25-26 brings Rappahannock’s annual Farm Tour. Story here.

Hay, feed haulers get relief

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles have granted temporary waivers of registration and license requirements along with normal weight and width restrictions for carriers transporting emergency supplies of hay or animal feed.

The action comes as a result of the severe drought that is affecting most of the Commonwealth this summer. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is working through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to provide relief from shortages of hay and animal feed products.

The exemptions became effective at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 and will remain in effect until 6 a.m. Oct. 6 or whenever the drought crisis has abated, whichever comes first.

In the words of Matthew J. Lohr, VDACS commissioner, “The drought of 2010 is turning out to be one of the worst in years, and farmers need these waivers to ensure that feed, hay and other emergency supplies are transported to them as quickly as possible.”

Courtesy photo

Hey, wasn’t that . . . ?

Yes, it was indeed actor Michael J. Fox, spotted at R.H. Ballard in Washington on Aug. 5. He is shown here with his wife Tracy Pollan and Joan Ballard. It was, according to Joan, their very first trip to Little Washington.

Fun times in Flint Hill

The Flint Hill Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company will kick off its annual carnival Aug. 18 on the grounds next to the fire house at 945 Fodderstack Road. It concludes Aug. 21. There will be rides and games and food and bingo every night.

The big parade starts at 6:45 p.m. on Friday night of festival week. Barbecue chicken dinner plates will be available on Friday and Saturday night. There will be a dunk tank and kids can enjoy the rides as much as they want on Wednesday and Thursday nights for one price.

Raffle tickets for a new Ford pickup truck will be sold for $1 apiece. Other raffle tickets, also for $1, will be sold for a live black Angus. You can raise it for a pet, or stock your freezer. The winning raffle ticket for the Angus will be drawn at 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. The winning ticket for the new truck will be drawn at midnight. The carnival kings and queens will be announced at 10 p.m. Saturday.

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