Meetings and Notices for April 4

Washington Mayor Fred Catlin will be holding an informal meeting at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. Please come by and have a cup of coffee and to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

The Town Council meets Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Agenda highlights include a joint public hearing with the Planning Commission to consider amending Yard Regulations of the Town Zoning Ordinance to provide as follows: In all areas, the front, side and back yard setbacks for Structures to be used for a post office, postal services, mail and package distribution and similar uses may be reduced by the Governing Body to any distance of at least five feet or more; OSHA items to be completed at the wastewater treatment plant; streetlights update, and authorization of a public hearing on the FY 2019-20120 Budget.

The Rappahannock County School Board meets on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school band room.

Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services meets on Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at 15361 Bradford Road, Culpeper. Individuals with disabilities who require special assistance to attend should contact Jeanette Nord at 540-825-3100, Ext. 3146. RRCS is an equal access and opportunity organization.

A letter from the Town Zoning Administrator will be read at the meeting of the Architectural Review Board on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. confirming that the Town has received no offers to purchase the structure at Warren Avenue and Leggett Lane or to reuse the structure or any portion of it and absent such offers or proposals will remove the structure so as to facilitate the construction of the new post office. The Town remains open to proposals that would insure the timely removal of the structure as required by the construction of the new post office.

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee meets on Saturday, April 13, at the Washington Town Hall, 485 Gay Street, Washington. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation, meeting starts at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The Rappahannock Extension office invites all to attend a series of in-orchard meetings scheduled for April, 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: April 17, Tommy and Eddie Williams, 3 Williams Farm Lane, Flint Hill, May 15, James Jenkins, 355 Yancy Road, Woodville; June 12, F. T. Valley Orchard, Alan Clark, 403 F. T. VAlley Road, Sperryville, July 24, Graves’ Mountain Farm, Jimmy Graves, 3626 Old Blue Ridge Turnpike, Syria.

2019 Personal Property Returns have been mailed and are due by May 1, 2019. If you did not receive a return please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 540-675-5370.

For everybody who has seen the ugly light bulbs installed by the Town of Washington, they are only temporary! The town, with the help of REC and the Dark Skies Initiative, is testing replacement lighting for all the fixtures. Please bear with the town as it takes the time to find the most appropriate bulbs.

All children who will be five years old by Sept. 30, 2019 may enter Kindergarten this August. Formal registration for new Kindergartners will be held at Rappahannock County Elementary School on April 10-12. Hours are 8:40 a.m.-11:40 a.m. and 1 p.m.-2:40 p.m. by appointment only. Please contact Christy Taylor at 540-227-0200 to schedule an appointment.

Women in Worship (WIW) Ministries is pleased to announce the 2019 “EXCEL” Honors are open for nominations. After the Nominations process is completed and the 2019 Honorees have been named, an Honors Luncheon will be held on Oct. 26, at the Daniel Center, Culpeper. Nominations are open through June 1, 2019. Tickets for the Honors Luncheon on Oct. 26, 2019, are available by mail to: WIW Ministries, 11801 Gardenia Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 and online at the website later this spring. Adult tickets are $45/person and $25/school age students (college included w/ID).

Lucy Russo will be facilitating a monthly meeting of writers who want to learn about new publishing information. The group will also share helpful information about resources or social media sites, offer editing tips, list resources to check out and places to post their works. All meetings are in the conference room at the Culpeper County Library. The evening meetings are the second Monday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m. and the morning meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to attend. For more information call 540-547-4333 or visit www.windmorefoundation.org.

Culpeper County Parks and Recreation has opened registration for 4 day trips. There’s a charter bus to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, April 13. Watch the Cherry Blossom Parade or just enjoy touring the city. On Friday, April 26, it’s on to the Virginia Safari Park for a private 1-hour tour. Saturday, May 11, it’s a spring trip to New York City. Finally, on Friday July 12, the bus heads to Busch Gardens. We also have a few spaces left in the Endless Pasta — learn to make homemade pasta — class on March 16. Looking for something new to do with your furry family member? Come out for our “Teach your dog to Read” obedience class . . . not read a book, but read your body language. For more details visit our webpage at www.CulpeperRecreation.com

Culpeper County Parks & Recreation has numerous fun and exciting activities open for you and your family to participate in! Beginning Guitar Lessons (ages 6 – adults); Beginning Horseback Riding lessons (ages 4-adults); Introduction to Polo, Little Tigers Karate Level 1; Karate for Homeschoolers; Color Academy for Homeschoolers; Funky Flower & Fun Florals painting workshop (ages 8-adults); Cake Decorating with Buttercream; AARP Smart Driver; Stack n Whack Quilt; French 102; Dog Obedience: Puppy Kindergarten, Beginning Manners; Canine Good Citizen & Pet Therapy; Community & Urban Canine; Sit Stay & Say Hi workshop; Come & Loose-leash walking workshop. Several summer camps are open for registration as well as Swimming Lessons for ages 6 months-adults. For more details on the above and more activities visit www.CulpeperRecreation.com follow us on Facebook.com/CulpeperRecreation or call 540-727-3412

Amissville Community Prayer at Paynes Auction Gallery, 10 Maddox Lane, Amissville, on the first of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Calling all Christians to a time of prayer for our families, neighbors, volunteers, churches, troubles, government, soldiers, and enemies. Feel free to join us every first Tuesday.

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.

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 concerned 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.

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 feel free to contact Danny W. Wilson at 540-547-4126 or rapplander@gmail.com.

Fauquier Hospital will host a support group called Helping Hands at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. 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.

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 ssec@ststephensculpeper.net.

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