Meetings and Notices for March 14

The Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority meets at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 14) at the Rappahannock County courthouse on Gay Street.

The Washington Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, March 14) in the town hall on Gay Street. Agenda includes: John and Diane MacPherson, modifications to 189 Main St., and Jackie Meuse; sign at 261 Main St.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at the courthouse on Gay Street. Agenda includes: Miller barn adaptive use; Krasic tourist home; Butler-Roberts house setback; Comp Plan Forum Schedule (April 17 at Amissville VFR; June 19 at Flint Hill VFR).

The Washington Town Council is accepting letters of interest from residents wishing to be appointed to the Architectural Review Board until close of business on Friday, March 29. For more information call the town hall (540-675-3128).

Windmore Foundation for the Arts is again giving a $1,000 scholarship to at least one high school senior from Culpeper, Rappahannock, Orange, Madison or Fauquier counties. To qualify, the college-bound student must be majoring in visual art, music, creative writing, dance, theater or other art-related field. The deadline for submission of applications is tomorrow (Friday, March 15). Applications are available from the guidance counselors at the high schools; information has also been sent to home school coordinators. For more information, call 540-547-4333 or email info@windmorefoundation.org.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club is awarding the Francis J. Leonard Scholarship to a resident of Rappahannock County with financial need who is graduating high school and will be attending a two- or four-year college or trade school. The award is $1,000 for each of the first two semesters. Applicants are required to complete the Common Application for Local Scholarships 2013 and complete two essays of about 250 words each. The first essay describes why the student needs the scholarship and what other methods are being used to finance their education. The second essay requests that the student describe themselves, their achievements, and goals for future study and work. RCHS students can get an application from the guidance office; others may call Sandra Antony at 540-675-3707. Applications are due by April 2.

RAAC’s Claudia Mitchell Arts Fund extends its first formal grant application cycle from March 31 to April 30. The Fund was established to encourage artistic talent in the Rappahannock community by providing financial assistance to both established and emerging artists. More information about the program, its guidelines and application is available at raac.org or by calling 540-675-3193.

Spring 2013 Rappahannock County Soccer Association (RCSA) registration is open. All registration is online at rappsoccer.com (U6 players are $40, U8 are $80). Practices begin in late March.

Piedmont Softball Association is looking for interested girls ages 7-12 wanting to play fastpitch softball. Any girl – beginner through experienced – is welcome to join with the opportunity to learn the game and advance her skills. A full season of games is played both at the home field on U.S. 211 in Amissville, as well as on fields in neighboring counties. A competitive tournament season is also offered, for those girls wanting to play after regular spring season. Registration for 2013 is $50 and includes both spring and fall seasons. PSA accepts all girls, regardless of a family’s inability to pay this fee. A copy of the player’s birth certificate is required from each girl, too. For more information, email piedmontsoftball2002@gmail.com or call 540-522-3675.

All children who will be five years old by Sept. 30 may enter kindergarten this August. Formal registration for new kindergartners is at from 9 to 11:30 and 1 to 3 p.m. (appointment only) April 9-11 at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Call the office (540-227-0200) to schedule an appointment.

The ninth annual Rappahannock Open Studio and Gallery Tour is scheduled for Nov. 2-3. All artists and gallery owners in Rappahannock County who are interested in participating this year should ask for an application by sending an email to Robert Ballard (robert@rhballard.com) or Nancy Raines (nanhraines@gmail.com) by March 28. Art tour committee members will visit the studios of new artists in early April.

Hospice of the Rapidan’s next series of four Volunteer Training classes start April 18. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hospice of the Rapidan (1200 Sunset Lane, Suite 2320, Culpeper). No prior experience is required and the program is free. Anyone seeking more information or an application can contact Ruth Pavlik (540-825-4840 or rpavlik@hotr.org) or visit the website, hotr.org.

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center is only open on holiday weekends from January to March. The center is open during  St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 15-18). The center reopens with its regular weekend schedule April 5.

The 50th reunion of the Rappahannock County High School class of 1963 is planned for June 22  at the Flint Hill Public House. Class members who haven’t been contacted are asked to get in touch with Dorothy Payne Clater (540-987-3137), Sally Latham Haynes (480-947-4824), Judi North Burke (540-631-6103) or Mary Norman Wiley (540-937-7535).

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