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Lillith Smith created a new topic ' (Fauquier) County bans outdoor fires until further notice' in the forum. 3 years ago

Because of dry, windy conditions, Fauquier County on Monday afternoon banned outdoor burning until further notice.

“After consultation with our area forester, we have decided to implement a ban on open burning,” county Fire Chief Darren Stevens said in a press release. This will go into effect immediately and remain in effect until the dangerous conditions subside.

“I have made arrangements to meet and review with our local forester on Friday to asses if we can lift the ban before going into the weekend.

“This does not prohibit outdoor cooking with a grill or other cooking device approved for outdoor use.”

Chief Stevens urged those who deep fry turkeys or do other outdoor cooking for Thanksgiving to take extra precautions.

“Please, have a fire extinguisher or garden hose readily available.”


Found in downtown Sperryville about 12:30 this afternoon: Older Chocolate Lab, male, neutered, white nose and feet. Call 987-8083 if you know him. Very Sweet. (No picture was given...)


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' The BZA Meeting Scheduled for tonight has been cancelled' in the forum. 3 years ago

From Debbie Keyser "The BZA Meeting scheduled for this evening at 7:00 p.m. at the court house has been cancelled."


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' Please take care of yourself this week! (My own PSA...)' in the forum. 3 years ago

Between the time change and the impending election, this is going to be a tough week for many. Please take extra care of yourself. Here are some awesome herbal remedies to help you make it through. <3
(While these are Amazon links, many of these items can be found in your local health food store, or even in a drug store.)

Magnesium is amazing, and we're all lacking in it! It will help you sleep and will take the edge off of things.

There are many types of magnesium. This brand you can make into a nice, warm, soothing drink right before bed. Trust me, you'll sleep VERY well and wake up refreshed. This is a great way to ease yourself into this nut-so time change.

Bach's Rescue Remedy is an excellent way to de-stress.

Cayenne Pepper (40,000 h.u.) can stop a heart attack or stroke in its tracks. It will also help knock any bug out of your system that is trying to get a foothold.

And lastly, THIS STUFF is amazing!! If I feel any sort of run down, tickle in my throat, stuffy nose, ANYTHING and take a dropper full it kicks ass and takes names in a good way.

It seems to be available only in capsule form on Amazon, which will work too.

Here's to your health!


This is a GREAT service!

"This free and confidential service will allow anyone in the county who acts as a primary caregiver for a loved one who needs continuous care or monitoring to ask for a break from their duties and to have an adult sitter stay in their home while they do whatever they wish to do … go shopping, take a walk, hike or fish, go to sleep, visit with friends, play cards or anything else that gives them time off.

The group of 18 volunteers began meeting at the library and spent time discussing the best way to attack a very real and growing need in Rappahannock County: caregiver burnout."


"But where do the greens come from? And how do they get to the fire hall? It all begins with the generous Rappahannock residents who open their yards, woods and fields to the women who collect the greens. These community members have been so important to the garden club over the years, providing the freshest, most fragrant and perfect materials at no cost to the club, increasing the amount given in scholarships. From the smallest garden on U.S. 211, to the widest field outside Flint Hill, all yield their treasures for the undertaking.

Whether it is on a windy ridge near Castleton, or in the woods up the hill off Viewtown Road, club members, armed with clippers and big plastic bags, are ready to cut and bag in all kinds of weather and conditions. Flying snowflakes, freezing rain and soggy ground are very familiar to these hardy folks, whose only goal is to fulfill the quotas given them by the greens cutting chair, who for the past few years has been Aleta Gadino."


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' FOOD PANTRY THANKSGIVING' in the forum. 3 years ago


We have a great tradition here in Rappahannock of making sure our neighbors enjoy Thanksgiving, too. As part of that tradition, the Food Pantry provides turkeys and the fixings for almost 200 families in our county. To do this, we need your help both with preparations and on the give-away days.

Prep Day is Saturday, November l9 from 9am to l pm
Join the fun on the assembly line

Give-away days are Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22
Two shifts each day: 9 a.m.-12:30 and 12:30-4 pm

PLEASE NOTE: both prep and give-aways will be at the new Pantry at 11763 Lee Highway (Rte 211) west of Sperryville. (It's the old Blue Moon Cafe).

Please let Jane Coon or Mimi know if you can help. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
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Lillith Smith created a new topic ' Board of Supervisor's Agenda - Monday, November 7, 2016' in the forum. 3 years ago

Monday, November 7, 2016
Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting and Public Hearing
Rappahannock County Courthouse
250 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
2:00 PM Regular Meeting
7:00 PM Public Hearing
A. Call To Order
1. Pledge of Allegiance
2. Moment of Silence
B. Minutes
C. Adopt Agenda
D. About Our Schools ­ Dr. Matthews, Superintendent
1. Report
E. Public Comment ­ 30 Minutes
F. Accounts
1. Treasurer's Reports
2. November 2016 Accounts Payable
3. Appropriations
G. Social Services presentation ­ Bev Dunford, Director
H. Culpeper Soil & Water District presentation ­ Monira Rifaat, Director
I. Old Business
1. Finance Committee Report ­ Debbie Keyser
2. Expansion of Finance Committee ­ Ron Frazier
3. Blue Ridge Heritage Monument ­ Peter Luke
4. Fire and Rescue Services Agreement Update ­ Debbie Keyser
5. EMS/MC Cost Recovery Contract Approval ­ Peter Luke
6. Emergency Ordinance Re­Adoption
7. Broadband Committee Selection ­ John Lesinski
8. Adaptive Use Zoning Text Amendment ­ Peter Luke
J. Appointments
K. New Business
1. Commonwealth of Virginia/Rappahannock Health District ­ Debbie Keyser
2. Lucy Ficklin Property Resolution ­ Peter Luke
11/6/2016 BoardDocs® Pro 2/2
3. Agenda Policy ­ Debbie Keyser
4. Appointment to Boards and Commissions ­ Debbie Keyser
5. FY17 Budget Scheduling
6. County Attorney: Proposed Salary Adjustments ­ Chris Parrish
L. County Administrator Update
1. Community Out­Reach Qtrly Meetings: Next Meeting
2. "Watch ­ Children At Play" signs
3. Amissville and Flatwood Refuse & Recycling Centers ­ Proposed New Hours
4. RAAC Theatre ­ Restrooms/Building
5. County Attorney Position
6. Permitting Tracking Sheet
M. Correspondence
N. Information
1. October 2016 Building Permit Report
2. VDOT Monthly Report
3. RRRC Annual Report
4. One Call Transportation Center
O. Closed Session ­ Subject matter(s) as follows: Potential improvements at the Landfill ­ COV 2.2­3711
P. 7:00 PM Public Hearing
1. Supplemental Appropriations
2. Code Section 95­7 Amendment
Q. Adjourn
1. Next Meeting: December 5, 2016


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' CULPEPER DISTRICT: Traffic Alerts for Nov. 7-11' in the forum. 3 years ago

Rappahannock County

(NEW) Route 211 (Lee Highway) – Paving operations in both directions. Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., traffic reduced to one lane. Use caution in work zone.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.


"Hi everyone. I'm Gabriel Hernandez of Rappahannock County High School. I'm working with my two friends John Riedel and Tyler McDowell to fix up our county's park as a service project.

We wanted to fix the trail and picnic area up a bit, so that it works, and looks, so much better for its visitors. We will be working on this project throughout the 2016-2017 school year, but it can't really start until we get money for supplies, like wooden stairs for the path leading down to the stream. That's where you come in! With your help, we can make the park look as good as you remember it was, so that any and all visitors can appreciate the park for its full value. Remember, it's for the community!

John will be withdrawing the money donated, as he is the only one of us over 18.

All excess funds at the end of the project will be turned over to the Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority."


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' CULPEPER DISTRICT: Traffic Alerts for Oct. 24-28' in the forum. 3 years ago

Rappahannock County

(NEW) Route 628 (Fodderstack Road) – Rehabilitating the bridge over the Rush River. Road closed to through traffic. Northbound motorists will travel east on Route 211 Business (Warren Avenue), left on Route 211 (Lee Highway) and left on Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway), which carries traffic back to Fodderstack Road. Southbound motorists should reverse the detour. Anticipated completion November 11.

(UPDATE) Route 636 (Schoolhouse Road) – Pavement marking from Route 9917 (Rappahannock County Elementary School) to Route 211 (Lee Highway). Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., traffic reduced to one lane controlled by flagging and pilot truck.

Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.



Lillith Smith created a new topic ' HEADWATER STREAM INITIATIVE' in the forum. 3 years ago

"If you have property on a river or stream in the Rappahannock River watershed and are interested in helping to protect clean water, we want to help! This is a completely free program designed to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Please let us know if you would like to learn more."


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today after a federal judge ordered that Virginia’s voter registration process be extended until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 21, 2016:

“I am pleased that the court has agreed with the request to extend Virginia’s voter registration period after unprecedented web traffic prevented many people from completing their registrations online before the original deadline. The Commonwealth will fully comply with the court’s order and extend our registration process online, in-person and through the mail.

“The Virginia Department of Elections and the Virginia Information Technology Agency have been working overtime since Monday night to expand the capacity of the system that allows Virginians to register to vote online, and I am confident that the steps we have taken will provide an improved experience to people who use it.

“However, I do want to urge Virginians who are interested in registering to vote to act as quickly as possible and, if they are able, to take advantage of all of the available ways to register to vote during this period, including visiting a local registrar’s office or a Department of Motor Vehicles office.

“Additionally, in the event that there are unexpected technology issues, we urge Virginians to contact the Department of Elections and indicate that they are attempting to register, so that staff can follow up and ensure that they make it through the process.

“The right to vote is one of the most sacred tenets of our democracy and we should do everything we can to make it accessible to as many people as possible. I am pleased that we are able to offer the individuals who were unable to register another opportunity to make their voices heard and we are working hard to ensure that this process, as well as the remainder of this election cycle, is smooth and easy for everyone who participates.”

For more information on how to register to vote, please visit


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' BZA Meeting October - Cancelled' in the forum. 3 years ago

"After consultation with the Chair, the BZA Meeting is cancelled for the month of October, as there are no applications.
Debbie Keyser "


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' Join us on Sunday! Rapp@Home' in the forum. 3 years ago

Join us for a showing of Old Friends.

Sunday, Oct 23 @ 3 p.m. @ THE LITTLE WASHINGTON THEATRE.

Old Friends is a documentary about friendship, depression, falling in love, getting older and finding happiness. It's a film about what matters.

Admission is free and a panel discussion with the filmmaker and others on aging will follow.
(We will happily accept contributions to Rapp at Home)
Watch the movie trailer here!
Information about our other upcoming events can be found here.


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' Bragg vs. supervisors vs. docket' in the forum. 3 years ago

From the Rapp News:

"Judge Swersky heard another five minutes of argument before he decided to give both sides at least 21 days to have everything and everyone ready. The case was postponed to 9 a.m. Nov. 28."


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' Route 628 Bridge Replacement Begins Oct. 17' in the forum. 3 years ago

VDOT will replace the Rappahannock County bridge; motorists detoured

CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Route 628 (Fodderstack Road) bridge over the Rush River in Rappahannock County for approximately four weeks for replacement.

The bridge, located 0.4 mile north of Route 1101 (Gay Street) and 3.8 miles from Route 606 (Fodderstack Road), will be closed beginning Oct. 17. Weather permitting, the road is expected to reopen to traffic on Nov. 11.

A posted detour route will direct northbound motorists east on Route 211 Business (Warren Avenue), then left on Route 211 (Lee Highway) and left on Route 522 (Zachary Taylor Highway), which carries traffic back to Fodderstack Road. Northbound traffic will reverse the detour. Driveway access will be maintained for local traffic.

The existing Rush River bridge, which was built in 1958, is posted with a 12-ton weight restriction. The existing timber deck superstructure will be replaced. After construction, the bridge will be open to all legal-weight vehicles.

The bridge carries approximately 334 vehicles daily, according to a 2014 traffic count.

Message boards will be in place to notify the public of the closure.

For more information about VDOT’s bridge and VDOT’s bridge inspection program, including current conditions of the state’s bridges, FAQs and video of a bridge inspection, visit


Lillith Smith created a new topic ' Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Planning Commission Meeting' in the forum. 3 years ago

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Planning Commission Meeting
Rappahannock County Courthouse
250 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
7:30 PM
A. Call To Order
B. Adopt Agenda
C. Minutes
1. Minutes of September 21, 2016 meeting -- NOT YET AVAILABLE
D. Presentation
1. Bike and Recreation (walk/jog) Path Proposal - Cliff Miller, IV and Jane Whitfield
E. Public Comment
F. Old Business
1. Adaptive Use
2. Transient Occupancy Definitions
3. Comprehensive Plan discussion - if time allows
G. New Business
1. Schedule Workshop
H. Informational
1. Building Permit Report
I. Adjourn
1. Next meeting: November 16, 2016 at 7:30pm


Community Out Reach Session

There will be a community out reach session on Monday October 17th at the Washington Fire Hall. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end no later than 8:30 p.m. Four Board of Supervisors will be present: Chair Roger Welch, Ron Frazier, Mike Biniek, and John Lesinski. All citizens are invited to attend. The event is casual dress. Any change in meeting time, venue or cancellation due to weather will be posted on the front page of our website at This will be a public forum where you can speak regarding issues that are important to you and receive feedback from a Board member.

The attendance and participation at this meeting will determine frequency of future meetings. It is the Board’s intent that should there be enough citizen participation, these meetings will rotate between voting districts.