Meetings and Notices for Jan. 6

Blue Rock Inn is closed through Wednesday, Jan. 19.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Rappahannock County Water and Sewer Authority will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County courthouse on Gay Street.

The Town of Washington’s regularly scheduled Council meeting for Jan. 10 has been rescheduled to Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall due to the lack of quorum.

The Rappahannock County Visitors Center has closed for the winter season. The center will be open for both Martin Luther King Day weekend, Jan. 14-17, and Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-21. Tourism staff will continue to stock the kiosk outside the Center with County Visitors Guides. Fliers on events of interest to Rappahannock visitors may be taken to the Office of Tourism, County Administration Office, 290 Gay St. during regular business hours. Staff will review the information for possible inclusion at the kiosk. The Visitors Center will reopen for the spring season in March. For information on tourism-related matters: or email info@VisitRappahannock; or call 540-675-5330.

The Rappahannock County School Board will hold a public comment session on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the RCHS Band Room. The purpose of the session will be to solicit comments from the public prior to development of the 2011-2012 school budget. Individuals and organizations with suggestions for the 2011-2012 school budget are encouraged to speak at the meeting. It is not necessary for speakers to request placement on the agenda for this portion of the School Board meeting. The budget development timeline calls for the board to hold a series of public comment sessions prior to final budget adoption at the end of March. The date for that meeting will be set in February. For further information, contact Mel Paratore, clerk of the School Board, at 540-987-8773.

Master Gardener volunteer training will be held in Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison and Orange counties starting Jan. 11 and continuing each Tuesday until mid-April from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The training will rotate between the local extension offices. The first class will be held at the Culpeper Extension Office, 101 South West St. For more information or to register call 540-341-7950 ext. 214 or email

Spring 2011 soccer early bird registration will run to Jan. 31 at a fee of $55. Registration continues until March 2 at a fee of $80. Games are slated to begin the last weekend in March. Registration and more information can be found at

Registration is now open for Piedmont Softball Association’s 2011 fast-pitch softball programs. Girls are eligible if born from 1992 through 2002 and reside in Rappahannock and surrounding counties. The registration fee is $50 for girls 12 years old or younger and $55 for girls in the age 13 and up group. The fee covers both spring and fall 2011 seasons if paid by March 19. Late registrations will be accepted until April 1 with a penalty. Also, there is a $5 discount for two or more players from the same household. No player will be refused, however, due to inability to pay. Register or get further information by email ( or call Donna Sheffield at 540-937-5595. Piedmont Softball Association’s teams are based in Amissville and offer programs from beginner-level through tournament play.

The Warren County Girls’ Softball Association, Virginia Babe Ruth, has an eight-week winter clinic that began Jan. 2 and continues until Feb. 19. Sessions are being held at Skyline High School Gymnasium, Front Royal. Girls 4 to 18 years of age are eligible. The cost is $45 per player with discounts available to households with more than one player. Sign-ups for the WCGSA 2011 spring league will take place on the day of the second clinic. Birth certificates are required for spring league registration. Any questions, contact John Ritter at 540-323-2917 or 540-635-2417 or Mike Haffer at 540-551-2320.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club has a Nature Camp Scholarship Program for Rappahanock children. The Garden Club provides scholarships for local children to attend Nature Camp in Vesuvius, Va., where they participate in hands-on natural history and environmental education. Boys and girls currently enrolled in fifth through 12th grades are eligible. There is more information about Nature Camp on the Web at For more information, contact Louise Bondelid at 540-987-8693 or louisebondelid@ Scholarship applications are available through the guidance departments at the high school and elementary school.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Culpeper Chapter #73, invites Rappahannock students to submit entries for the annual essay contest. There are categories for high school, middle and elementary age students. Private and home schooled-students are encouraged to enter as well. Prizes will be awarded for each grade category. There is a $50 prize for first place, $35 for second place and $25 for third. A copy of the essay rules and checklist can be obtained through the Rappahan­nock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School, and the Rappahannock County Public Library. The deadline for the essay is April 15. Any questions may be answered by contacting Cheryl Taylor at 987-8026 or email