The Rapp for Nov. 16

The survey says . . .

The findings of the recently completed broadband survey of Rappahannock County residents will be presented this evening to the Rappahannock County Broadband Initiative Committee by the Center for Innovative Technology.

There will be an explanation of the findings at 7 p.m. at the county library. Everybody is welcome to attend, ask questions and comment.

“We’ll be getting a comprehensive data dump and recommended next steps from the CIT,” says county Supervisor John Lesinski..

The CIT is a nonprofit organization that works to create tactics for bringing broadband services to rural areas such as Rappahannock. The CIT also works to improve technologies and services that are already in place.

One of the most desirable characteristics of the CIT, according to the broadband committee, is the fact that its services are free and bring an array of benefits that can assist with private and public partnerships.

Turkey Trot

Residents of Rappahannock County it’s time (before you eat) to lace up your sneakers: This Saturday, Nov. 18, is the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot, hosted by Commit to be Fit.

This unique pre-Thanksgiving 5K race, which begins at 9 a.m., will be held across the street from Rappahannock County High School (12576 Lee Highway just outside the town of Washington) on the RCHS Cross Country Course.

The 5K is free for everybody. Advanced registration is required via the Turkey Trot website:

Five over Fifty

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Let’s tip our hats one last time to the 2017 awardees of Aging Together’s “Five Over Fifty”: (left to right) Robin Corum of Madison, Hortense Hinton Jackson of Culpeper, Bev Atkins of Rappahannock, Dorren Brown of Orange, and John McCarthy of Fauquier (and arguably Rappahannock).

And with that worthy acknowledgment, December 1 is the deadline for 2018 recipient nominations — honoring one individual each from Rappahannock Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Fauquier counties who have gone beyond the norm in giving time and talents to make our community a better place.

These individuals are all over 50 years of age and contribute through their professional work, volunteer efforts and/or community service, often behind the scenes. Aging Together’s “Five Over Fifty” celebration will take place in the spring of 2018.

If you know somebody who fits the above description, please email with the person’s name, a short summary of his/her background, and contact information for you and your nominee. Call 540-829-6405 for more information or to obtain a paper nomination form.

Dogs and bowls

One of Carole Pivarnik's watercolors.
One of Carole Pivarnik’s watercolors.

River District Artists is welcoming a new artist group — Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle — to its gallery. Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle will showcase different artists within their group. Currently, Carole and Mike Pivarnik are displaying their works — Carole is well-known for beautiful dog watercolors, most of which are family pets, as well as other paintings; her husband, Mike, is a wood carver who creates wonderful wood bowls out of different varieties of beautiful woods. Another a newcomer is DeEtte Axelson, who specializes in animal and human portraits.

Visitors are invited to drop by River District (next to Mountainside Physical Therapy on Lee Highway) to see the new art, as well as the ever-changing work of resident artists: Mary Allen (watercolors), Marilyn Armor (watercolors), Bonnie Dixon (oils), Sally Mello (weaving), Michelle Soderman (pottery), and Jennifer Webb (glass).

Hot Club and coffee

Linda Heimstra and her jazz band the Nethers Hot Club will be performing this Sunday evening at 7 at Sperryville’s Central Coffee Roasters as a part of their fall series of evening concerts.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $10 for the musicians. So come on out for an entertaining evening of jazz, blues and latin favorites by this popular local band, while sipping on your choice of freshly roasted coffees from around the world.

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