Meetings and Notices

Rappahannock County government offices will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, in observance of New Year’s and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.

Rappahannock County Public Schools will reopen Jan. 3.

Union First Market Bank will be closed, Saturday, Jan. 1. and will reopen Monday, Jan. 3.

BB&T in Flint Hill will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 1 and reopen Monday, Jan. 3.

The Rappahannock News will be closed Friday, Dec. 31. It will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3.

On Monday, Jan. 3 Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors will meet for a 2 p. m. session and again at 7 p.m. for a public hearing. Both meetings will be held at the Rappahannock County Courthouse on Gay Street. Highlights on the agenda include: Election of officers, 2011 (conducted by County Administrator), appointment of Planning Commission representative, Rappahannock Regional Commission representative, Rappahannock River Basin Commission representative and alternate, Public Safety Committee (2), and Fire Levy Board representative; economic recovery advisory committee; farm pilot program conference J. Clifford Miller; use value taxation, open space category draft ordinance; VCE blueprint for the future; county-owned property report; tourism program report by Laura Overstreet; line of duty benefits insurance; Civil War sesquicentennial local committee; locality aid to the commonwealth; Kevin Almond, community policy and management team (CPMT), as a provider representative; closed session for a discussion/negotiation of real estate and personnel. For the 7 p.m. meeting: AT&T Boston cell tower.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Rappa­hannock County Water and Sewer Authority will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County courthouse on Gay Street.

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center closed 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 St. 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@VisitRappahannock VA.com; or call 540-675-5330.

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.

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 its 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.

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