Meetings and Notices for Nov. 8

The following will be closed on Monday (Nov. 12) in observance of Veterans Day: Rappahannock County government offices; Union First Market Bank; BB&T in Flint Hill; the Rappahannock News; and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

The Washington Town Council holds its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (Nov. 12) at Town Hall. Highlights from the agenda include a public hearing on Washington School Gym Adaptive Re-Use by People, Inc.; consideration of fee increases for zoning permits and ARB applications; a website update; and Town Hall Christmas Party and town holiday decorations.

The Rappahannock County School Board meets at 6 (closed session) and 6:30 p.m. (public session) on Tuesday (Nov. 13) in the RCHS Band Room.

Due to an expected lack of a quorum, the Washington’s Nov. 8 Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting is cancelled.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services holds its regularly scheduled board meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 13) at 15361 Bradford Rd., Culpeper. Contact Kimberley Martin at 540-825-3100, ext. 3146.

Applications are now available for the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance Easement Grant Program, which provides one-time grants for assistance with administrative fees associated with a conservation easement. For these grants, the easement must be donated to an Accredited Land Trust, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) or a conservation-related state agency (such as the Department of Forestry). This is a one-time grant of 50 percent of easement administrative fees for up to $5,000 per recipient. Funds will be dispersed in the last quarter of 2012 for easements recorded in 2012 or scheduled to be recorded before the end of the year. Applicants must have already met the standards of the land trust, VOF or other state agency accepting the easement. If we receive more applications than we are able to fund, the easement committee will determine the grant awards based on expenses incurred and conservation value of the land (size and composition), giving special consideration to farm and forestland. Applications are due Nov. 15. For information or to request an application, please email info@rccava.org or call 540-987-9118.

The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee invites youths to enter its annual essay competition in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Awards in several categories will be presented on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. during the 22nd annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at The Theatre at Washington. This year’s essay theme is: “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King: Life and Legacy Live On.” Students (public, private and home-schooled) in grades 1-12 are eligible. Nominations must be postmarked by Dec. 10 and mailed to MLK Essay Competition, c/o Box 356, Sperryville, VA 22740 or emailed to jeboddiescholarship@usa.com. Nominations should include a cover sheet with the student’s name, age, grade, school, home mailing address, telephone and email. All entries should be no more than 250-300 words, typewritten, double-spaced. Winners will receive gifts, awards and certificates. For more information, contact Lillian F. Aylor, committee chair, at 540-987-8064, or Nan Butler Roberts, celebration program chair, at 540-661-2013 or nb_roberts@msn.com.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Culpeper Chapter 73, invites students of Rappahannock County to participate in their annual essay contest. Categories for high school, middle school and elementary age students; private and homeschooled students are encouraged to enter as well. Prizes for each grade category, including $50 for first place. Essay rules and checklist available at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School and the Rappahannock County Library. Entry deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or strmrgr@copper.net.

Thanksgiving is early this year but the Rappahannock County Garden Club has handmade-to-order wreaths, garlands and centerpieces for sale with several new and beautiful items this year. All profits go to sending county children to nature camps or providing scholarships. Items will be available for pickup at the Washington fire hall from 3 to 6 Wednesday, Nov. 28 and again from 9 and noon Thursday, Nov. 29. All orders must be placed before Nov. 21 to insure availability. All previous supporters will be contacted in late October; early ordering recommended. Visit laughingduckgardens.com to see the promotional piece and then call Pam Rubin at 540-987 9459 to order.

Piedmont Softball Association is accepting registrations for all area girls interested in its fast-pitch fall programs. Girls born 1992 through 2006 are welcome, as well as any skill level from beginner through very experienced. Games are played at the home field on U.S. 211 in Amissville as well as in surrounding counties. Registration is $40 with a $5 discount for each additional player from the same household; no girl will be refused because of inability to pay. For more information, email mauri@bpauctions.com or call 540-522-3675.

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