News briefs for Sept. 26

Dr. Eastham’s new post at Vanderbilt

Shannon Eastham, M.D., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Eastham Jr. of Amissville and a graduate of Rappahannock County High School, has been appointed assistant professor of surgery for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s trauma and surgical critical care division.

Shannon Eastham, M.D.
Shannon Eastham, M.D.

The announcement was made by R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., Naji Abumrad, M.D. and Richard S. Miller, M.D., as Eastham joined the surgical faculty after completing her fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Vanderbilt. Her clinical interest includes nutrition and abdominal wall reconstruction, and her research focuses primarily on ventilator-associated pneumonia and resuscitated endpoints of initial trauma.

In 2011, Eastham received the Excellence in Trauma Care Award at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she completed her general surgery residency after receiving her medical degree in 2006 from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1999 and a Master of Science degree in biophysics and physiology at Georgetown.

Voters appreciated and assisted

The month of October is Voter Appreciation Month in Virginia, and the Rappahannock County Registrar of Voters Office is hosting a voter appreciation event at the 211 Quicke Mart on Tuesday (Oct. 1). From 8 to 3, voters can stop by for the most current information on Election Day, to register, check current registrations, update an address/name, pick up an absentee ballot application or just say hello!

The last day to register to vote before the Nov. 5 general election is Oct. 15. The registrar’s office next to the courthouse on Gay Street in Washington will be open until 5 p.m.

With the implementation of online registrations, the deadline for online voter-registration applications is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 15. To be eligible to register online, applicants must have a DMV license or identification card. (If the application is printed and hand-delivered to the office, it must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 15.)

A request to vote absentee by mail must be postmarked by Oct. 15, if you are requesting a ballot be mailed to you. In-person absentee voting at the registrar’s office, which is open 8 to 4 weekdays (and on the last two Saturdays before the election, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2). Be sure to bring identification.

Fencing program offers 100 percent funding

Virginia’s Upper Hazel River TMDL watershed, which runs through Rappahannock, Madison and Culpeper counties, has several updated programs that provide significant new incentives to livestock producers in the watershed.

Previously, the cost of livestock stream exclusion fencing could be reimbursed up to 85 percent, but a new tool offers to reimburse producers 100 percent of the cost to install the fencing and other components of a rotational grazing system. Program specifics include: exclusion fence set back 35 feet from streams; water troughs and the pipe needed to supply clean water to livestock; cross fence to divide fields into more manageable units; spring development; and the drilling of wells for livestock use if no other water sources are available.

The state has guaranteed to fund this practice at 100 percent for the next two years, according to an announcement from the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, after which it will be reduced to some lesser level. The program also has no maximum amount of funding for a qualifying project, so if you have a large stream exclusion project you have been putting off, now is the time to seek cost share funding for it. Updates to tree-planting programs also significantly increase the reimbursement rates to producers for converting crop, hay and pasture land to forest.

The CSWCD anticipates that these programs will be very popular but as with all of the district’s programs, funding is limited and supplied on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested should contact Evan Blumenstein or David Massie at CSWCD’s Culpeper offices at 540-825-8591.

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