The May 5 Rappahannock News

Supervisors OK school budget

Most energy-related renovations at school moved forward
Supervisors unanimously approved the $11.69 million budget to operate Rappahannock County schools in 2011 and 2012 during their regular monthly meeting Monday (May 2).

As usual, the school’s budget comprises the major part of the county’s overall budget – 65 percent of $22.12 million for fiscal year 2011-2012, counting the $1.4 million from the county’s general fund that is being used this year to pay for energy improvement projects. As County Administrator John McCarthy has noted, the school budget in recent years has ranged from 58 to 65 percent of the county budget.

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Brown named to school board

The school board selected Rappahannock County native and businessman Paul Brown to represent the Stonewall-Hawthorne district on the board until December. Brown fills the seat left vacant by Beth Hilscher, who resigned last month to move out of the county for business and family reasons.

Aline Johnson, vice-chairman of the school board, announced the appointment at the board of supervisors’ regular monthly meeting Monday (May 2). Johnson said the school board made the decision in a closed session meeting April 26.

“While we had two excellent candidates, and literally couldn’t lose with either one, we did decide to select Mr. Brown to fill the seat through the end of this calendar year,” wrote Wesley Mills, chairman of the school board, in an email.

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Pantry benefits: Good fun, food for a good cause

On Saturday, May 14, the public will have two opportunities to help others while enjoying fine Virginia wine. First they’ll get the chance to sample wine and appetizers while listening to musings about etiquette and art. Then, a couple hours later, they can help further by enjoying more wine and local cuisine, while celebrity sommeliers judge some of the region’s finest wines.

All this is to help the Rappahannock Food Pantry, located on Mt. Salem Avenue in Washington. The Pantry serves county residents who need assistance in obtaining food because of financial or other hardships.

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Local color

Artist hits Sperryville for some ‘serious play’
Ask Larry Chappelear about color theory, and watch intensity grow in his face as the artist and teacher of 44 years explains the theory’s origins. The focus of his artistic process is creating color, and placing colors next to each other by following a scientific approach. In this way he creates his vision of beauty.

“When you start with a scientific approach, you know it will be attractive,” Chappelear said.

More than 20 of Chappelear’s landscape paintings and assemblages comprise the first-ever exhibit at River District Arts. The gallery and studios rented by local artists are part of Rappahannock Central, a scaled-down, Sperryville-based version of Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory (with an adjacent restaurant and natural food cooperative store due to open soon).

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Roger Piantadosi
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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.