Meetings and Notices for Nov. 15

Thanksgiving closings: All Rappahannock County government offices close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, and reopen Monday, Nov. 26. Rappahannock County Public Schools are closed Wednesday-Friday (Nov. 21-23) and reopen Monday, Nov. 26. Union First Market Bank and BB&T are closed Thanksgiving day (Nov. 22) and reopen Friday, Nov. 23. The Rappahannock News is closed on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 22-23) and reopens Monday, Nov. 26.

The Rappahannock News also has early deadlines for the Thursday, Nov. 22 edition. (Newspapers normally delivered by mail on Thursday will be delivered Wednesday, Nov. 21). All items for publication should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 16).

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation will not operate next Wednesday-Friday (Nov. 21-23).

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 call Pam Rubin at 540-987 9459 to order.

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 homeschooled) 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.