News briefs for Oct. 27

4-H thanks Jim Massie

Rappahannock County 4-H wanted to recognize and thank Jim Massie for more than 26 years of service to the Rappahannock County 4-H Livestock Club. As the leader of this 4-H club, Massie worked with numerous youth, teaching them to raise and care for livestock. In addition to being a 4-H leader, he donated numerous hours to 4-Hers at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show, helping kids show and sell the animals that they learned how to raise in 4-H clubs.

Jim Massie turns over the reins of the 4-H Livestock Club, whose members gave him a going-away jacket and plaque recently.
Jim Massie turns over the reins of the 4-H Livestock Club, whose members gave him a going-away jacket and plaque recently. Courtesy photo

At the last meeting of the 4-H Livestock club, which is now being led by Tim and Sandy Falls, in thanks for all he’s done, Massie was given a 4-H jacket, a plaque and a framed picture of the current Rappahannock County 4-H Livestock club members.

“We will miss Mr. Massie and are thankful for the many years of service he has donated to Rappahannock County 4-H,” said Jennifer Kapsa, 4-H coordinator at the Rappahannock Extension office.

Elder Jason Dean Adams is Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church's new pastor.
Elder Jason Dean Adams is Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church’s new pastor.

Thornton Gap congregation has new pastor

Elder Jason Dean Adams was called to be the new pastor of Thornton Gap Primitive Baptist Church at their business conference recently. Elder Adams had been serving the church since the passing of Elder Richard Cox back in December.

Elder Adams was born in Smith County, Virginia in May 1974, and united with the Primitive Baptist in 1997. He was ordained to the full work of the ministry in 2002 at his home church, Old Carroll, near Baltimore, Maryland. Adams, wife Kimberly and their four children live in Ruckersville. He works in northern Virginia, and is also pastor of Robinson River Primitive Baptist church in Brightwood and Alma Primitive Baptist church near Stanley.

Septic system funding available

All residents of Rappahannock County are now eligible for reimbursement of 50 percent of the expense of pumping, maintaining, repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems. The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District has just received a two-year Virginia Department of Environmental Quality grant to expand their current septic system program to all areas of the five-county conservation district encompassing Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties.

This grant is focused on reducing any existing or potential impacts on local ground and surface water quality. E. coli bacteria in some local streams has long been identified as being higher than expected by state water quality standards. An additional benefit to the property owner is the assurance that their system is up to standards and functioning properly — a win-win for both water quality and property value.

Program participants are eligible for several different payments depending on their system’s actual needs. Reimbursement payments are typically 50 percent, but low-income qualifiers can receive as much as 75 percent. Maximum payments to property owners with average income levels are $150 towards a pump out and inspection; $3,500 towards a repair; $4,000 towards a conventional system (or $4,500 if a pump is required to move the liquids to the drain field); and $10,000 towards an alternative engineered system.

Pump outs and inspections are encouraged by everyone; such preventative maintenance extends the life of a system and prevents higher costs later on if the systems fail. If further repairs are indicated by the inspection, the owner is still eligible for the additional repair payments. Applications are required and need to be approved prior to the work being done or funding can be declined. Free assistance with initial assessments of individual system needs is available. The program is entirely voluntary and assistance from the CSWCD is free of charge.

For more information, call 540-825-8591 or 540-948-7531.

New RappCats president thanks supporters

Joseph Galeone, RappCats' new board president.
Joseph Galeone, RappCats’ new board president. Courtesy photo

Joseph Galeone, newly elected president of the RappCats board of directors, offered his thanks to the local community as he looks to continue to secure the RappCats Adoption Center as a sustainable community cat shelter. “The community is the foundation of RappCats,” said Galeone. “Without your financial support and collaboration, it would not be possible for RappCats to do the important work we do to rescue Rappahannock County’s stray, abandoned, injured, and neglected cats, and to help our citizens with cat spay and neuter, vaccinations and other care. You have our sincerest thanks.”

Galeone also extended sincere thanks to outgoing president Katharine Leggett, who will continue to serve on the RappCats board.

RappCats, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is funded solely through donations, and receives no government financial assistance. RappCats operates the only state-licensed cat shelter in Rappahannock County. It relies on volunteers to run its operations, including management of the adoption center, which  Galeone has identified as a high-priority need for RappCats.

“Operating a full-time, licensed facility for the care of animals is a substantial undertaking,” said Galeone. “Securing sufficient funding to hire a shelter executive director will be a big step toward ensuring the viable, long-term sustainability of the RappCats Adoption Center and toward helping RappCats improve and expand its services to the community. This is one of our most pressing goals for the coming months.”

Galeone also plans to work with the RappCats board of directors to expand volunteer outreach. “Volunteers are needed to help care for the cats at the Adoption Center 365 days a year,” said Galeone. “Fortunately, it’s fun and rewarding work. A commitment of as little as an hour and a half a week from volunteers is a big help.” RappCats also needs volunteers to help with cat rescues and adoptions, fundraising efforts and occasional office duties.

“RappCats is dedicated to continuing to serve Rappahannock County. We are thankful to be part of such a wonderful community,” Galeone said, noting that anyone wishing to help RappCats can contact the group at or 540-987-6050, or him directly at or 540-937-4858.

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