The jury is out on how much Hurricane Florence will impact Rappahannock County, if at all, but nobody is taking any chances.
“With the ground already saturated, additional heavy rain and strong winds could result in widespread, prolonged power outages,” Rappahannock Electric Cooperative warned this week. “REC’s crews are mobilized and stand ready to respond as quickly and safely as they can.”
Meanwhile, numerous county government proceedings and events have either been canceled or postponed, including the Rappahannock Circuit Court docket for Friday. Also canceled unfortunately is the annual Rough Ride charity bicycle fundraiser. In addition, tonight’s [Thursday’s] Foothills Forum’s “after-hours” forum at Headmasters Pub and Saturday’s Kid Pan Alley “FunRaiser” are both postponed, with new dates to be announced shortly.
And hikers take note: Shenandoah National Park says it will close at noon today (Thursday) in anticipation of the unpredictable hurricane, although the latest forecasted track takes the monster storm further south and west than originally anticipated away from Virginia.
Rick Davis, the director of “Luther’s Trumpet” scheduled for later this month at the outdoor Stone Hill Amphitheatre in Flint Hill, said he will be assessing the overall weather situation with playwright James Reston, Jr. and stage manager Megan Smith on Monday, when long-term effects of the hurricane are better known.
“At this point,” he said, “we’re full steam ahead and planning to launch the play as scheduled on September 22. We’re hoping Mother Nature will be kind and understanding.”
Remember to visit RappNews.com for any breaking county news associated with Florence.
West via east
If you haven’t noticed, a new traffic pattern will surround construction on the westbound Route 211/522 bridge over the North Fork Thornton River between Waterpenny Lane and Mt. Vernon Lane bordering Sperryville.
Don’t expect a quick fix, either. Construction won’t be completed until July 2019.
With the westbound bridge closed, westbound traffic will use the eastbound bridge’s left lane, with eastbound traffic proceeding through the work zone in the right lane.
Apple butter season
One of our county’s most reliable signs that fall is here is stopping by Quicke Mart to see the Rappahannock Lions Club members selling their (almost world famous) apple butter.
Make plans now to stop by Quicke Mart starting one week from Saturday, Sept. 22, to stock up. Lions Club members will be happy to sell the tasty spread — $6 per pint; two for $10. The Lions will be slicing apples next Thursday at the Co-op on Lee Highway (stop in if you want to see a spectacle) and cooking it up low and slow at the community kitchen in Keezletown the following day.
Visit the Lions sales trailer at Quicke Mart on weekends this fall while supplies last. While there, you can also pick up some Virginia peanuts, upgrade your good old-fashioned brooms, or acquire a fine Rappahannock County T-shirt.
Proceeds benefit Rappahannock County causes throughout the year. Apple butter makes a great holiday gift, too. Contact Bud Meyer at 675-3629.
Learn about planning for long term care with Rick Gow, a certified senior advisor, who will be at the Culpeper County Library (weather permitting, so call ahead) this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to present a long term care plan with a focus on long-term care considerations, Medicaid, reverse mortgages, legal forms, and more.
Gow is a seasoned wealth management advisor, a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, facilitator of the Meaningful Future Process, and a nationally recognized speaker on senior related long term care financial planning topics. He was nominated by his peers and selected for Northern Virginia Magazine’s Top Financial Professionals in 2015 and 2016 for both insurance planning and employee benefits.
The free talk is being sponsored by the Piedmont Dementia Education Committee.