Meetings and notices for Oct. 10

Rappahannock County government, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services transportationUnion First Market Bank, BB&T Bank, Virginia DMV centers and the Rappahannock News will be closed on Monday (Oct. 14) in observance of Columbus Day. The Rappahannock News will have an early deadline for the Oct. 17 edition. All items for publication should be submitted no later than tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 11) at 3 p.m.

The Washington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 14) at town hall. Highlights from the agenda include a review of wastewater pump stations emergency response procedures and education of property owners, the consideration of a Halloween bonfire and 2014 music festival at Avon Hall, and consideration a live-in on site manager at the Pullen house.

The Blue Rock Inn is closed this Saturday (Oct. 12) due to a private event.

The Washington Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Oct. 10) in the town hall on Gay Street. Agenda includes: John and Beverly Sullivan, by Racer Construction; screen-in existing front second-story porch at 260 Porter St.; Courthouse complex drainage improvements at 262 and 274 Gay Street.

The Rappahannock County School Board hosts a “meet the superintendent” public forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Sperryville fire hall. The public is invited to meet and ask questions of superintendent Donna Matthews. Call 540-227-0023 for more information.

The Rappahannock County Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 16) at the courthouse on Gay Street. The agenda includes: Comprehensive Plan chapter 5 discussion  continued until November meeting; Harmony Manor Bed & Breakfast; proposed zoning amendments (golf course).

Rappahannock County’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) holds its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 17) at the high school library. SEAC is a team of parents, family members, teachers and community members who meet several times each year to discuss current issues in special education, as well as plan for improvements that can be made to the program.

Caregivers Support Group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at Reynold Baptist Church in Sperryville. The next meeting is Oct. 17. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

The NAACP Culpeper Branch has its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 17) at the Galbreath Marshall Building (1401 Old Fredericksburg, Rd. Culpeper).

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Service offers a ServSafe Food Handler Class from 9 to noon Oct. 21 and Nov. 11 at the Fauquier and Culpeper County extension offices, respectively. The class ($12 per person) covers why food safety is important, personal hygiene, controlling time and temperature, preventing cross contamination and cleaning and sanitizing. For more information, contact Becky Sheffield at 540-727-3435 or

Hospice of the Rapidan’s next series of volunteer training classes starts today (Thursday, Oct. 10). Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hospice of the Rapidan (1200 Sunset Lane, #2320, Culpeper). No prior experience is required and the program is free. Anyone seeking more information or an application can contact Ruth Pavlik (540-825-4840 or or visit

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission meets at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at its offices (420 Southridge Parkway, Suite 106, Culpeper).

Rappahannock Little League Girls softball is recruiting girls from 4 to 16 for the 2014 spring season. For more information, contact Carl Payne (540-987-8148) or Karen Ellis (540-987-7212). There will be an organizational meeting to establish a Little League program in Rappahannock County on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the elementary school cafeteria. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a board of directors and ratify a constitution. If you are interested in getting this program established, you are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Carl Payne.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy’s annual essay contest is open to all students of Rappahannock County, including home-schoolers. There are a categories for high school, middle and elementary age students, with cash prizes awarded for each. A copy of the essay topics and rules can be obtained at Rappahannock County Public Schools, Wakefield Country Day School, Hearthstone School and the Rappahannock County Public Library. The essay deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, contact Cheryl Taylor at 540-987-8026 or

The Christmas in Washington Artisan Fair has openings available. The parade and fair are 10 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. This is a juried fair and the fee is $50 for six feet of table space. For more information, contact Berni Olson at 540-987-8440 or

LFCC Workforce Solutions offers summer courses in leadership, human resources, career enhancement, computers, healthcare, business applications, construction, industry trades and more, including hundreds of online classes to learn anytime and anywhere. More information can be found online at

The Rappahannock County High School Class of 1964 is planning its 50-year class reunion. John Anderson, owner of Jessamine Hill Farm, has offered to host the gathering on May 16-17, 2014. All classmate, spouses and significant others are most welcome. For more information, contact Frank Moffett at 540-675-3374 or email at

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Culpeper offers a range of activities for grades one through 12, including Revelation (grades 9-12), middle school youth (6-8) and elementary (1-5). All youth programs have a contemporary vision and dynamic approach in learning about Jesus and increasing faith. For more information, call the parish office at 540-825-8786 or visit