Meetings and Notices for Jan. 19

Piedmont Softball Association, a girls’ fast-pitch league based in Amissville, is now accepting registrations for its 2012 spring season. All girls residing in Rappahannock and surrounding counties born in 1993-2006 (5 to 18 years old as of Jan. 1) are welcome, as are skill levels from beginner to experienced. Sign-ups are 9 to noon Saturdays, Jan. 21 and Feb.  4, at Bill Payne Auctions (10 Maddox Lane) on U.S. 211 in Amissville. The fees are $50 for girls playing 12 and under and $55 for older girls; there is a $5 per girl discount for the second and subsequent player registered from the same household. A copy of each new player’s birth certificate needs to be presented at the time of registration. Scholarships are available for any girl unable to pay the fee. For more information, contact Mauri Payne at 540-522-3675 or mauri@bpauctions.com.

On Wednesday (Jan. 25), the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the courthouse on Gay Street. Highlights from the agenda include: Zoning administrator conducts; Planning Commission representative; vice-chair; chair; re-adopt rules of procedure; Fort Bed and Breakfast.

The Town of Washington’s Architectural Review Board’s regularly scheduled February meeting has been changed from Feb. 9 to Feb. 16.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Culpeper Chapter #73 invites the students of Rappahannock County to participate in its annual essay contest. Public, private and home-schooled students are encouraged to enter. Prizes, awarded in six grade categories spanning first through 12th grade, are $50 (first-place) $35 and $25. If you have an interest in history, essay rules and checklist can be found at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School and the Rappahannock County Public Library. Entry deadline is April 6, 2012. For details, contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or strmrgr@copper.net.