Meetings and notices

The Town of Washington’s Planning Commission will meet on Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Items include adoption of bylaws, appointment of secretary and vice chair, consideration of a new ARB application form, and consideration of an amendment to the Historic District Ordinance regarding small signage.

There being no business to come before the commission, and after consultation with the chairman, the August meeting of the Rappahannock County Planning Commission has been canceled.

There being no business to come before the board, and after consultation with the chairman, the August meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals has been canceled.

The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking input from constituents, stakeholders and agency partners to develop the next strategic plan. See the Web site at culpeper.vaswcd.org and click on the tab for Strategic Planning. There are links to several supporting documents and a link to a six-question survey on Survey Monkey. Public input is greatly appreciated.

Ice House Gallery is presenting a new exhibit, “Piedmont Vistas & Our Town.” Featured are new watercolors and oil paintings of scenes in the town of Washington and surrounding countryside. The exhibit runs through Sept. 26. The gallery is located at 291-B Main St. in Washington and is open Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 10 a. m. to 6 p. m., or by appointment, 540-675-3039.

Rappahannock Athletic Association/Rappahannock-Culpeper Baseball (RAA/RCB) fall baseball registration is now open online. All practices are at Stuart Field in Amissville. Children ages 4 to 15 (as of May 1, 2011) are eligible to participate. New registrants should upload the child’s birth certificate for the RAA/RCB Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball. The league Web site is rappculpbaseball.com and the phone number is 540-937-7900; league e-mail is amyrappnews@aol.com. Registration fees are listed on the home page along with the fall schedule information.

Chester Gap Volunteer Fire and Rescue is looking for men and women to join the fire department. No experience is needed, training provided. Company 9 is in need of people who want to serve their community by helping with fundraisers, running calls, assisting the public and more. Call Stephanie Crawford at 540-635-5091 for more information. See a Chester Gap Fire Department member to apply or pick up an application at The Chester Gap Store. Monthly meetings held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Warrenton Wolfpack Club is looking for U13 players for its youth rugby and football travel teams. Football practice begins next week and rugby teams will start in September. Sponsorship is available for players who are interested in joining the Wolfpack program and in need of financial assistance. The Wolfpack football program was 6-2 last season and placed second in the state championships. The Wolfpack rugby teams were successful in the summer season with a U13 New Jersey championship and a North Carolina runner’s up trophy. For more information contact Greg Hicks at 540-359-0933 or wolfpack08@comcast.net, or visit warrentonwolfpack.com.

Singers from Rappahannock County are sought for the Blue Ridge Chorale’s fall season. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Road, Culpeper. Call 540-948-4573 for more information.

Rapidan Better Housing is accepting applications for its Indoor Plumbing/Repair program assistance. The IPR program provides zero-percent interest loans and grants to homeowners whose homes lack modern indoor plumbing or have a well or drainfield that’s failed. The program provides financial assistance and complete project management from start to finish. Rapidan Better Housing is a service organization that provides loans and grants to qualifying homeowners to pay for major housing repairs. Call 540-948-3274 and ask for an IPR program application.

Sponsors and/or donors at any level are sought to help with the cost of the Rappahannock farm tour. Interested individuals or organizations should go to the Web site: http://farmtour.visitrappahannock.com) to check the levels and benefits of the 2010 sponsorship or call Katie Pricer at 540-364-0065. Deadline is Aug. 23. Also sought are vendors/exhibitors: crafts, food, plants, farm products (Made by hand in Rappahannock or by Rappahannock residents) as well as non-profit organizations with a tie to agriculture/farmland preservation to participate at the “All Thing Rappahannock Market” to be held at The Link (the tour headquarter). Contact Sylvie Rowand 540-675-3725 or Sylvie@LaughingDuckGardens.com. The 2nd annual Rappahannock County Farm Tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday Sept. 26. There will be 20 venues that will be open to the public.

Rappahannock Historical Society will host a Road Rally and annual meeting on Oct. 2. More details to come!

Registrations are now being accepted from all girls (any skill level) interested in Piedmont Softball Association’s 2010 fall fastpitch season. Girls born anytime from 1991 through 2003 are welcome. Practices are conducted at PSA’s home field on U.S. 211 in Amissville (in front of Bill Payne Auctions); games are played there, as well as on neighboring counties’ fields. PSA’s fall registration fee is $25. To register or for more information, call 540-937-5595 or e-mail mauri@bpauctions.com.