Meetings and Notices for March 8

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 8), the Washington Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets at the Town Hall on Gay Street. Agenda includes: Patricia W. Weinberg, installation of new 26-gauge double-seamed metal roof on 262 Main St.; new guidelines passed by council Feb. 13; election of officers.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportation services will not operate on Friday, March 9 due to a Staff In-Service.

The Town Council of Washington holds its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Monday (March 12) at Town Hall. Agenda includes updates on the Natural Habitat Area, the town website and Town Hall repairs, considerations of a proposed increase in the Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority contract, a Rapphannock Food Pantry Day on May 12, a Comcast franchise agreement and setting a date for the April budget work session.

All children who will be five years old by Sept. 30 may enter Kindergarten this August.

Registration for new Kindergartners is at Rappahannock County Elementary School is 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 17-19 (and 1 to 3 p.m. by appointment). For more information, contact the school at 540-227-0200.

A School Board budget public hearing is 6 p.m. Tuesday (March 13) at Rappahannock County High School auditorium for public comments on the proposed 2012-2013 school budget. The School Board will hold its regularly scheduled meeting immediately following the public hearing.

The deadline for the eighth annual Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour, sponsored Nov. 3-4 by the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community (RAAC), is March 31 for all new artists and returning open studio hosts and galleries to contact Robert Ballard at 540-675-1411 (or or Nancy Raines at 540-937-5693 (or if you are interested in participating. Artists wishing to host an open studio will be scheduled for visits April 2-13.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Culpeper Chapter #73 invites the students of Rappahannock County to participate in its annual essay contest. Public, private and home-schooled students are encouraged to enter. Prizes, awarded in six grade categories spanning first through 12th grade, are $50 (first-place) $35 and $25. If you have an interest in history, essay rules and checklist can be found at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School and the Rappahannock County Public Library. Entry deadline is April 6, 2012. For details, contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or