Meetings and notices for Nov. 11

The following will be closed today (Nov. 11) in honor of Veterans Day: Rappahannock County government offices; Union First Market Bank; BB&T in Flint Hill; and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Washington Town Council voted to move its regularly scheduled Council meeting on Nov. 8 to Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Highlights from the agenda include: a wastewater update; authorization of a public hearing on Dec. 13 on a subdivision application by the Childhood Care and Learning Center; the withdrawal of the Wooten/Ray Tourist Home special use application; consideration of an amendment to the Town Hall use policy, the appointments of a Planning Commission member and an ARB member, the announcement of an additional Planning Commission vacancy, and reappointment of Planning Commission members; fall barrel planting and Town Christmas decorating and Town party funding.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17 the Rappahannock County Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 p. m. at the county courthouse on Gay Street. Highlights on the agenda included: AT&T Boston cell tower.

The Town of Washington is seeking letters of interest from residents who want to be considered for nomination to the Planning Commission or the Architectural Review Board. The Town Council will consider these appointments on Nov. 15. Letters of interest will be accepted at Town Hall, 485 Gay St., Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or faxed to 540-675-1742 or e-mailed to washingtonva@earthlink.net or mailed to P.O. Box 7, Washington, VA, 22747. All letters of interest must be received by close of business on Nov. 12.

Hearthstone School will cut your Norway spruce or blue spruce Christmas tree to order. Give the school the height and width you want, and they will cut to order, which can be picked up at the school (11576 Lee Hwy., Sperrvyille). Cost for Norway spruce is $40, blue Spruce is $10 per foot. Hearthstone needs to have your order by Nov. 26, and trees will be available for pickup Nov. 29. Sales benefit Hearthstone School. The school extends a special thank you to the O’Mearas of Moose Hill Farm for their kindness and generosity. For more information call 540-987-9212.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a consolidated November and December meeting on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Courthouse in Washington, if necessary.

Master Gardener volunteer training will be held in Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties starting Jan. 11 and continuing each Tuesday until mid-April from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training will rotate between the local extension offices. The first class will be held at the Culpeper Extension Office, 101 South West St. For more information or to register call 540-341-7950 ext. 214 or e-mail tohlwile@vt.edu

Wreaths, garlands and centerpieces ordered in advance from the Garden Club to provide scholarships for local children attending nature camps and other programs can be picked up at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Washington Firehouse. Call Fawn Evenson at 540-675-1424 for a copy of this year’s brochure of offerings.

Rappahannock County tax bills for 2010 have been mailed and must be paid or postmarked on or before Dec. 5, to avoid penalty. Failure to receive a bill through the mail does not relieve the taxpayer of any additional charges that will accrue under law for failure to pay within the prescribed time. Treasurer’s office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call Frances A. Foster, treasurer, 540-675-5360.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s artisans market during the Christmas in Little Washington festival on Sunday, Dec. 5, contact Kim Nelson at luluqq@aol.com or Kevin Adams at kevin@gaystreetinn.com to apply for space or call 540-675-3288. Include a representative photo and description of the type of work you would like to sell. The annual artisans market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two locations – RAAC Community Theater and Town Hall. There is a $35 fee to participate, payable when you are notified of acceptance. Applications are accepted until the markets are full. Participating artisans are showing handmade baskets, iron work, stained glass, pottery and jewelry.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club announces its 2011 Nature Camp Scholarship Program. Any child who lives in Rappahannock County is eligible to apply. The only requirement is a genuine desire on the part of the child to attend the camp. Since 1950, the Garden Club has been providing scholarships for local children to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Va. The camp, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, seeks to provide hands-on natural history and environmental education to boys and girls currently enrolled in fifth through 12th grades.

Interested parents and students can learn more about Nature Camp on the Web at naturecamp.net. For more information, contact Louise Bondelid at 540-987-8693 or louisebondelid@earthlink.net. Scholarship applications are available starting today (Nov. 11) through the guidance departments at the high school and elementary school.