Meetings and notices for Nov. 14

The Washington Architectural Review Board (ARB) meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 14) at town hall. Agenda includes: Jackie Meuse, by Fred Naramore, contractor (convert existing front first-floor windows to bay windows and close in the front entryway with a new front door) at 261 Main St.; Carl and Donna Henrickson, lessees (new sign at former Goodine shop) at 353 Main St.; Robert and Joanie Ballard (new sign) at 307 Main St.

The Washington Town Council meets at 7 p.m. this Monday (Nov. 18) at town hall for a public hearing on Jean Goodine’s special-use permit, consideration of parking in town, a planning commission vacancy and the town’s Christmas party and holiday decorations funding.

The November meeting of the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals is cancelled.

A representative of Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) will be at the Rappahannock County Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 19) to meet with any needing assistance with a federal agency or to pass along a concern to the senator.

The Rappahannock County Department of Social Services sponsors Cherub Trees again this year. If you have a child who needs Christmas gifts, contact the Department of Social Services from Nov. 11-22 to complete your application. The trees will be placed at Trinity Episcopal Church and the Rappahannock Library by this Monday (Nov. 18); gifts need to be brought to the office (354 Gay St., Washington) by Dec. 9. For more information, call DSS at 540-675-3313.

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 Nov. 21. For more information, contact Danny Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

The Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance is accepting applications for its program to provide one-time grants for assistance with administrative fees associated with a conservation easement. Easements must be recorded in 2013. For these grants, the easement must be donated to an Accredited Land Trust, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) or a conservation-related state agency (e.g.: the Department of Forestry). Applicants must have already met the standards of the accredited land trust, VOF or state agency accepting the easement. For more information or an application, email

The Virginia Cooperative Extension office is offering a workshop on managing parental stress Thursday (Nov. 21). The workshop, “Children and Stress: Training for Childcare Providers,” runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. it the Culpeper Police Department conference room (740 Old Brandy Rd, Culpeper). There is a registration fee of $5. For more information, contact Becky Sheffield at 540-727-3435 (ext. 344) or

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).

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. on 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

The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Committee will present the Dr. Martin Luther King “Dream Keeper” awards at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Theatre. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 13; email to nominate someone. Nominations must include a name, address, telephone and email address for you and the nominee, as well as a description (250-300 words, typed, double-spaced) of the nominee’s work and two references (with contact information). For more information, contact Lillian Aylor (540-987-8064) or Nan Butler-Roberts (540-661-2013 or

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 classmates, spouses and significant others are welcome. For more information, contact Frank Moffett at 540-675-3374 or