Meetings and Notices for March 10

The Washington Town Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 14) at Town Hall. On the agenda: appointment of a planning commission member; a wastewater update; a REC streetlights meeting update; a RHVA meeting update; and consideration of a meeting date for the 2011-2012 budget work session.

The Rush River bridge 2.5 miles from Main Street on Route 622 (Harris Hollow Road) will be closed on Monday (March 14) by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for an estimated 30 days while crews replace its wood-and-steel superstructure with a cast concrete structure. Traffic will be detoured through Gid Brown Hollow Road.

Vacancy on the Town of Washington Planning Commission: The town is seeking letters of interest from residents who wish to be considered for nomination to the planning commission. The Town Council will consider the this appointment Monday (March 14). Letters of interest will be accepted at Town Hall, 485 Gay St. from 10 to 3 weekdays, faxed to 540-675-1742, emailed to or mailed to PO Box 7, Washington, VA 22747. All letters of interest must be received by close of business Friday (March 11).

On Thursday (March 10) the Washington Architectural Review Board (ARB) will meet at 7:30 p.m., in the Town hall on Gay Street. Guest speaker John McCarthy, zoning administrator, speaks on “Minimum Maintenance Requirements for the Town of Washington” as laid out in the guidelines, and the practical and realistic aspects of enforcing them in the town.

There being no new business to come before the commission, and the Census Bureau having not provided any new detailed census information from which to commence a Comprehensive Plan review, and after consultation with the chairman, the March meeting of the Rappahannock County Planning Commission has been canceled.

There being no new business to come before the Board, and after consultation with the chair, the regular March meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals is canceled.

Personal property tax forms have been mailed. If you have not received one or have any questions, call 540-675-5370.

Registration is now open for Piedmont Softball Association’s 2011 fast-pitch softball programs. Girls are eligible if they were born from 1992 through 2002 and reside in Rappahannock or surrounding counties. The registration fee is $50 for girls 12 years old or younger and $55 for girls 13 and older. The fee covers both spring and fall 2011 seasons if paid by March 19. Registration will be accepted until April 1 with a late fee. Also, there is a $5 discount for two or more players from the same household. No player will be refused admission if unable to pay. E-mail 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 Rappahannock County Extension office has begun taking camper names to register for the 4-H Day Camp and 4-H Overnight Camp. Call the Extension office at 540-675-3619 to have your child’s name included on one or both of these lists. The 4-H Day Camp will be held the week of June 20, Monday through Friday. For $50, campers, who must be 6 to 13 years of age, will travel by bus to the 4-H Ed Center in Front Royal. There are three morning workshops (there are many to choose from), daily swimming, an afternoon program, and snacks. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.

The 4-H Culpeper-Shenandoah-Rappahannock Overnight Camp will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at the 4-H Ed Center. Campers must be 9 to 13 years old (or turning 9 before Sept. 30). They will spend five days and four nights swimming, attending workshops such as canoeing, ropes course, cooking, tie dye, and first aid. There will be a dance and other evening program. Those who are 13 to 19 years old may be counselors-in-training (CITs) or teen counselors (more experienced counselors) at one or both of these camps. CITs and teen counselors do not pay a registration fee to participate in the 4-H Day Camp, and pay a reduced fee for the 4-H Overnight Camp. These teen helpers assist at each workshop and play with the campers. For more information, call the Extension office at 540-675-3619.

The Warrenton Wolfpack Rugby Club is now holding open registration for the 2011 spring season for ages 9-16. For more information, contact Coach Greg Hicks at 540-341-7101 or

Come join the Culpeper Adult Co-Ed Soccer League for ages 18 and up. All skill levels welcome. Online registration for the spring season is currently open at or for information. call 703-798-8712.

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 540-987-8026 or email

Skyline CAP Head Start is a preschool program for 3 to 5 year old children. Applications for the 2011-2012 school year are now being accepted. Children must have turned at least 3 years of age by Sept. 30, 2011. Children with special needs are encouraged to apply. Skyline CAP Head Start is a free program for income-eligible families. The only cost to the parents is a small amount of time each month. Skyline CAP Head Start works closely with the public school system to help insure adequate preparation for a smooth transition into kindergarten. The program is located in Rappahannock County Elementary School.
For more information, call Becky Thorpe at 540-987-8817.