Meetings and Notices for Jan. 20

There being no business to come before it, 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 admission 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 the 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 Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-21. Tourism staff will continue to stock the kiosk outside the Center with County Visitors Guides. Fliers about 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 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 540-987-8026 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.

The Rappahannock County Extension office will begin taking camper names to register for the 4-H Day Camp and 4-H Overnight Camp on Feb. 1. Call the Extension office at 540-675-3619 to have your child’s name included on one or both of these lists. The 4-H Day Camp will be held the week of June 20, Monday through Friday. For $50, campers, who must be 6 to 13 years of age, will travel by bus to the 4-H Ed Center in Front Royal. There are three morning workshops (there are many to choose from), daily swimming, an afternoon program, and snacks. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. This camp fills very quickly, so if you’d like to have your child attend, call the Extension office on Feb. 1.

The 4-H Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock Overnight Camp will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at the 4-H Ed Center. Campers must be 9 to 13 years old (or turning 9 before Sept. 30). They will spend five days and four nights swimming, attending workshops such as canoeing, ropes course, cooking, tie dye, and first aid. There will be a dance and other evening program.

Those who are 13 to 19 years old (13 before Jan. 1, 2011), may be counselors-in-training (CITs) or teen counselors (more experienced counselors) at one or both of these camps. CITs and teen counselors do not pay a registration fee to participate in the 4-H Day Camp, and pay a reduced fee for the 4-H Overnight Camp. These teen helpers assist at each workshop and play with the campers.

For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

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