Meetings and Notices for April 19

The Town of Washington’s Planning Commission meets Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Highlights from the agenda include the start of the Zoning Ordinance review and a general discussion of Boundary Line Adjustments.

The Town of Washington is looking for letters of interest from Town residents interested in being appointed to the Town’s Architectural Review Board. Letters must be received by May 14, by close of business, at Town Hall to be considered for appointment at the May 14, Town Council meeting.

The Town of Washington has set up five task forces to address issues of importance for the future. These tasks forces address Infrastructure (water, sewer, roads, lighting, sidewalks, etc.); Business Development (to attract and retain businesses); Tourism Development (to attract and enhance visits by-non-Town residents); Housing (as a step towards meeting a more stable population in the Town); and Finance and Administration (to assess administrative needs, finances, and interact with various state and local administrations.) The Town Council will be holding an Organization meeting of the joint task forces on Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Thereafter each task force will meet independently in public session to be published in the Rappahannock News. All meetings are open to the public.

The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission meets at 1 p.m. on April 25 at the Commission offices located at 420 Southridge Parkway, Suite 106, Culpeper. The agenda and associated materials are available one week in advance of the meeting at the RRRC offices and online at

The Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads will be holding a Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations class at the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and registration visit or the Flint Hill Facebook page.

2018 Personal Property Returns have been mailed and are due by May 1, 2018. If you did not receive a return, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at (540) 675-5370.

Fauquier Hospital will host a new support group called Helping Hands at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be on May 2. All sessions will be held in the hospital’s Chestnut Room. The group is for those 18 and older who suffer from a life-limiting illness or chronic pain. The intent is for the group to be educational, but also offer an opportunity for participants to talk about feelings and issues. For more information, call Fauquier Health’s Community Link at 540-316-3588.

Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services meets on May 8 at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend and participate should contact Laura Wohlford at 540-825-3100, extension 3146. RRCS is an equal access and opportunity organization.

The Rappahannock Extension office invites all to attend a series of in-orchard meetings scheduled for May, June and July. Meet at the host orchard at 11 a.m. for a tour of the orchard, followed by a discussion of current orchard management recommendations. The meeting will adjourn at 2 p.m. For more information call 540-675-3616: Orchard schedule: May 9, James Jenkins, 355 Yancy Road, Woodville; June 13, The Farm at Sunnyside’s Sunnyside Orchard, 27 Sweetwater Lane, Washington; July 25, Graves’ Mountain Farm, Jimmy Graves, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Syria.

Attention Rappahannock County High School classmates! Plans are underway for an “all class” reunion to be held on June 23 at the Flint Hill Fire Hall starting at noon. Please bring a covered dish to share. A head count is needed, so please email if planning to attend: Jean Lillard,, or call 540-675-3670.

Rappahannock County Public Schools are looking to identify students from birth to age 21 who have or are suspected of having educational disabilities. If you have concerns about the development of a preschool aged child, please call the early childhood/VPI coordinator at 540-227-0200 to arrange for a screening. If you have concerns about a school aged student, please call the principal at the public school the student attends or would attend, or if the student is currently home-schooled or enrolled in a private school.

Based in Amissville, Piedmont Softball Association (PSA) offers fastpitch softball for all girls ages 5 through 18 years old (born anytime in the years 1999-2011). Teams will be available in all age groups for which there is enough interest. Experienced players — as well as beginners — are welcome. Teams play games in Amissville and beyond. Tournament play is also offered. Details at

Volunteer drivers needed for Aging Together’s local transportation services. Join volunteer teams in Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fauquier, Orange and Madison counties. Be a compassionate driving force, transporting your neighbors to their healthcare, legal or other urgent appointments. Training and support provided. Flexible hours and destinations. Must be a safe, licensed Virginia driver with at least five years’ experience; must be compassionate and interested in working with seniors and those with disabilities. Compensation is thanks and gratitude. Please call Lola Walker at 540-825-3100, ext. 3358, for more information.

The Caregivers Support Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon at a new location (the Rappahannock Public Library) and on a different day (the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month). This group, started over 6 years ago, is free and open to all caregivers, whether they provide direct or long-distance care, and regardless of the reason that care is needed (e.g., dementia, long-term illness or disability, etc). Because we promise to guard each other’s confidences, group participants find a place to share and to support each other’s sorrows and joys. This support group is sponsored by Aging Together and the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional information, please contact Danny W. Wilson at 540-547-4126 or

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St., Culpeper, offers three Holy Communion Services each week: Sunday at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Childcare from 9 a.m. to noon. Wednesday Centering Prayer at 11 a.m. followed by Healing and Holy Communion at noon. Please call 540-825-8786 or email

Join St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 115 N. East St., Culpeper for Centering Prayer Group, an hour of reflection and prayer each Wednesday at 11 a.m. followed by Healing and Holy Communion service at 12 p.m. For information: | 540-825-8786 | |

Art of Living Together at 5 p.m. Thursdays in the meeting room of St. Peter Catholic Church. The ongoing one-hour discussions each cover a chapter of John Kiser’s 2003 book, “The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria.” Anyone interested in the art of living harmoniously in community can learn something from the monks ( Those interested in understanding better what is happening in the Muslim-Arab world today can learn something from the complex history of Algeria, its descent into Hell during the 1990s, and its recovery — without Western help. For more, contact Father Tuck Grinnell at

Cub Scout Pack 316 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, Sperryville (ages 6 to 11). For more information, call cubmaster Will Spear at 540-937-4149.

Photography MeetUp Group “Documenting Your Experience” meets once a month, every fourth Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Loft Studio & Gallery, 107B East Davis St., Culpeper. Email or phone 540-717-0647 ahead of time to let us know you are planning to participate.

The Relay For Life of Rappahannock needs your help! If the 2018 event does not show growth, the event will no longer take place in Rappahannock County. Help save the Relay For Life of Rappahannock County. Register today by logging on to to start a team, join the leadership team, host a fundraiser, participate in the kids’ walk, and attend the event on May 19.

Culpeper County Parks and Recreation is still accepting registration for Spring Activities: Painting class for homeschoolers; one-day flower painting class; preschool art class; child and babysitting safety class for teens; fitness classes: tai chi, zumba, hot hula, gentle yoga, and transform; Little Tigers karate (ages 6 and up). Registrations also being accepted for overnight August trip to Lancaster, Pa., summer swimming lessons and summer camps. For details visit or call 540-727-3412.

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