Community Briefs for Oct. 7

DMV extends drought waivers

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles have extended temporary waivers of registration and license requirements along with normal weight and width restrictions for carriers transporting emergency supplies of hay or animal feed.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) requested the exemptions because of the continuing effects of drought conditions.

The exemptions, which became effective on Aug. 6, have been extended through 6 p.m. Dec. 6. They extend to transporters carrying feed, hay or other relief supplies anywhere in the Commonwealth.

Several state agencies — Agriculture and Consumer Services, Motor Vehicles, State Police and Transportation — worked with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to notify affected haulers of the exemptions.

For specific exemption details and other information, see the VDACS Web site at

Lt. Colin Skowronski

Lt. Skowronski assigned to training

Lt. Colin Skowronski, the grandson of Frank and Marilyn Skowronski of Rappahannock County, is training in aerial warfare at Fort Rucker, Ala.

His assignment follows a graduation ceremony at West Point, where he was among several cadets granted a meeting with President Barack Obama. The select group of cadets excelled in academic and other curriculum requirements besides assisting staff with training and serving as leadership role models to the rest of the student body.

The West Point evaluation agency, the Center for Enhanced Performance, acknowledged Skowronski as “a model of leadership, selfless service, and skill in tutoring.”

Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, center, visited Cheryl and Al Kellert at their Gray Ghost winery last week, after Mrs. McDonnell announced Governors Cup wine competition winners to kick off October Virginia Wine Month in Charlottesville the day before.

Gray Ghost, Gadino win Governor’s Cup honors

Gray Ghost’s 2009 Adieu took Gold at the Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition and Gadino Cellars received a Silver Medal for its 2009 Barrel Select Chardonnay and a Bronze Medal for its 2009 Viognier.

The Governor’s Cup is Virginia’s premier wine competition, receiving 200 white wine entries from across the state (red wines are judged in the winter).

Gray Ghost’s Adieu was one of only 16 Gold medals awarded.

Both of Gadino’s winning wines are available at the winery, which is open 11 to 5 Friday, Sunday and Monday (and until 6 Saturday). Call 540-987-9292 or visit for more information.

Gray Ghost Winery is located at 14706 Lee Highway in Amissville and can be reached at 540-937-4869. The tasting room is open from 11 to 5 Friday through Sunday.

It’s a girl for Scheulen couple

Jennifer and Brian Scheulen of Chester Gap are pleased to announce the arrival of Emily Page Scheulen. Emily was born at Fauquier Hospital Sept. 14. She weighed seven pounds nine ounces and was 21 inches long.

Big sister Olivia, 7, and big brother Isaac, 4, are extremely excited and proud to welcome Emily to the family.

Maternal grandparents are Wayne and Linda Spellman of Warrenton. Paternal grandparents are George and Barbara Scheulen, also of Warrenton.

Angus bulls from county on fall list

Bulls owned by four Rappahannock County farms are among those listed in the 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.

J. Newbill Miller owns two bulls listed; also listed were one bull each owned by J. Newbill Miller Jr., Randall Updike and by D. Brooke and Ann H. Miller, all of Washington.

Issued in both the spring and fall, the report features the latest performance information available on 5,871 sires, and is currently accessible at

“This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd,” says Bill Bowman, the association’s chief operating officer and director of performance programs. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the Angus association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association’s Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program.

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