The Rapp for Jan. 21

Help your neighbors through the storm

As this edition of RappNews goes to press, no one knows for sure what the weekend’s storm will bring us. Feet of snow? Power outages? The apocalypse? Whatever is in store, Rapp at Home wants to remind everyone that winter storms can increase isolation—for you and your neighbors. Rapp at Home is a rural village bringing community resources together to help seniors, but everyone needs help from time to time. During the storm, a neighbor may need firewood, shelter, water, food, or companionship. Lend a hand or ask for one. Richie Burke, the county’s emergency coordinator, also advises that if you lose heat and want to know if there is a warming station open, call the sheriff’s office at any time of day or night at 540-675-5300.

Historical Society presents internment camp views

The Rappahannock Historical Society will host speaker Craig Rains, son of the assistant project director of Rohwer internment camp, where George Takei (“Star Trek”’s Mr. Sulu) and his family were detained during the World War II. Rains will speak about his memories and images of life in the camp. Plus, Rains will discuss his recent reconnection with Takei at the latter’s New York musical, which featured internees’ perspectives on their location camp experiences. The program is at 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 24) at the Washington Town Hall, 485 Gay St. Admission is $10.00 (cash or check).

Fourth Estate on the fifth Friday

Thanks to New Year’s Day, this month’s Rappahannock News Fourth Estate Friday gathering will technically be on the fifth Friday of the month. Join us next Friday (Jan. 29) for coffee and conversation about local issues and the things your local newspaper should be covering. See you at 9 a.m. at the Country Cafe in Washington.

Time to register for softball

Believe it or not (especially this weekend), spring — and softball — is just around the corner. The Piedmont Softball Association in Amissville is registering players now. Any girl from Rappahannock and surrounding counties born anytime from 1997 through 2010 is welcome to join us.

PSA offers every opportunity to develop all fastpitch softball skills – beginner through advanced – while having fun: local-league through tournament play; weekly dedicated pitching/catching practices; and individual attention for every player. Teams will be available in all age groups for which there is enough interest.

The registration fee is $55.00 or less and covers the entire year (spring and fall). Player and equipment scholarships are always available.

Girls may register in person Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the ballfield (inside) at 10 Maddox Lane, Amissville. You may also go to, print out the registration form and mail it in.

For questions, check out the website, email,, or call 540-522-3675.


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