Meetings and Notices for Jan. 13

All Rappahannock County government offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 14, in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. They will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Union First Market Bank will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

BB&T in Flint Hill will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Blue Rock Inn is closed through Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Washington Town Council’s regular monthly meeting was rescheduled to Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Highlights from the agenda include the appointment of both a planning commissioner and ARB member.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Rappahannock County Planning Commission will meet at 7:30 p. m. at the Rappahannock County High School auditorium. Agenda includes: election of officers for 2011 (conducted by zoning administrator); AT&T’s Rappahannock County High School Tower and AT&T Elizabeth Jones property (Sperryville) Tower.

There being no business to come before them, and after consultation with the chairman, the Jan. 26 regularly scheduled meeting of the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) has been canceled.

Registration is now open for Piedmont Softball Association’s 2011 fast-pitch softball programs. Girls are eligible if they were born from 1992 through 2002 and reside in Rappahannock and surrounding counties. The registration fee is $50 for girls 12 years old or younger and $55 for girls in the age 13 and up group. The fee covers both spring and fall 2011 seasons if paid by March 19. Late registrations will be accepted until April 1 with a penalty. Also, there is a $5 discount for two or more players from the same household. No player will be refused, however, if unable to pay.

Registrations will be conducted Saturdays, Jan. 22 and Feb. 19, from 9 a.m., to noon at Bill Payne Auction Gallery on Lee Highway in Amissville; a copy of each player’s birth certificate should be provided at this time. You may also register or get further information by email: mauri@bpauctions.com or call Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595. Piedmont Softball Association’s teams are based in Amissville and offer programs from beginner-level through tournament play.

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center has closed for the winter season. 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.

Spring 2011 soccer early bird registration will run to Jan. 31 at a fee of $55. Registration continues until March 2 at a fee of $80. Games are slated to begin the last weekend in March. Registration and more information can be found at www.rappsoccer.com.

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., where they participate in hands-on natural history and environmental education. Boys and girls currently enrolled in fifth through 12th grades are eligible. 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. Any questions may be answered by contacting Cheryl Taylor at 987-8026 or email strmrgr@copper.net

Master Gardener volunteer training in Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties began Jan. 11 and will continue each Tuesday until mid-April from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training will rotate between the local extension offices. For more information or to register call 540-341-7950 ext. 214 or email tohlwile@vt.edu

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