Meetings and Notices for Dec. 23

The offices of the Rappahannock County Commissioner of Revenue and Treasurer will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23; Friday, Dec. 24; and Monday, Dec. 27 due to the Christmas holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office and Combined District Court will be closed, Thursday, Dec. 23 and Friday, Dec. 24 and will reopen Monday, Jan. 3.

The Rappahannock County Public Schools will reopen Jan. 3.

Union First Market Bank will close at noon Friday, Dec. 24, and reopen Monday, Dec. 27.

BB&T in Flint Hill will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 and reopen Monday, Dec. 27.

The Rappahannock News will be closed Friday, Dec. 24. It will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27. Also, there are early deadlines for the Thursday, Dec. 30 edition due to the holiday. All items for publication should be submitted no later than noon Friday (Dec. 24).

The Rappahannock County School Board will hold a public comment session on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the RCHS Band Room. The purpose of the session will be to solicit comments from the public prior to development of the 2011-2012 school budget. Individuals and organizations with suggestions for the 2011-2012 school budget are encouraged to speak at the meeting. It is not necessary for speakers to request placement on the agenda for this portion of the School Board meeting. This meeting will allow the board to hear suggestions prior to development of the school budget. The budget development timeline calls for the board to hold a series of public comment sessions prior to final budget adoption at the end of March. The specific date for that meeting will be set in February. For further information, contact Mel Paratore, clerk of the school board, at 540-987-8773.

Christmas trees are for sale at Hearthstone School, 11576 Lee Highway, Sperryville. Norway Spruce are $40 and Blue Spruce are $10 per foot. Trees are in the parking lot, self-serve, until Christmas Day. Stop by anytime during the day. Trees are donated by Moosehill Farm. All proceeds benefit Hearthstone School. For more information, call 540-987-9212.

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 email tohlwile@vt.edu

The Rappahannock County Garden Club has a Nature Camp Scholarship Program for Rappahanock children. The Garden Club provides scholarships for local children to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Va. The camps provide hands-on natural history and environmental education to boys and girls currently enrolled in fifth through 12th grades. There is more information 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 through the guidance departments at the high school and elementary school.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Culpeper Chapter #73, invites Rappahannock students to submit entries for the annual essay contest. There are categories for high school, middle and elementary age students. Private and home schooled-students are encouraged to enter as well. Prizes will be awarded for each grade category. There is a $50 prize for first place, $35 for second place and $25 for third. A copy of the essay rules and checklist can be obtained through the Rappahan­nock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School, and the Rappahannock County Public Library. The deadline for the essay is April 15, 2011. Any questions may be answered by contacting Cheryl Taylor at 987-8026 or email strmrgr@copper.net

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center will close for the winter season beginning Christmas Day weekend. The center will be open for both Martin Luther King Day weekend, Jan. 14-17, and Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-21. Tourism staff will continue to stock the kiosk outside the Center with County Visitors Guides. Fliers on events of interest to Rappahannock visitors may be taken to the Office of Tourism, County Administration Office, 290 Gay Street during regular business hours. Staff will review the information for possible inclusion at the kiosk. The Visitors Center will reopen for the spring season in March. For information on tourism-related matters: VisitRappahannockVA.com or email info@VisitRappahannockVA.com; or call 540-675-5330.

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