Valerie Lamb

Valerie Lamb, Culpeper County Finance Director, was recently awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Culpeper Finance Director gets budget award

The Government Finance Officers Association recently announced the presentation of its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Culpeper County Finance Director Valerie Lamb.

The award represents a significant achievement by Culpeper County, reflecting the commitment of the Board of Supervisors and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to a news release.

In order to receive the award, Lamb had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation assessing how well it serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

More than 1,600 localities nationwide participate in the Budget Award Program of The Government Finance Officers Association, which his headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, D.C. Award recipients and their budget documents are posted quarterly at

Lee-Jackson Dinner

Rapidan Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 28th Annual Lee-Jackson Dinner 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at the station house, 9729 Locust Dale Rd. in Rapidan.

On the menu will be pork tenderloin, baked apples, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, beverages and desserts. Adults eat for $12 and $6 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds will benefit the fund for a new tanker.

Virginia Genealogy Sources with Julie Bushong

Local History Specialist will be leading various free sessions at the Culpeper Library on how to research your Local Ancestors. This session classes will look at a selection of Virginia record groups useful for genealogical research. Records discussed will include tax records, land records, and court chancery files, which can show how your ancestors lived here in Virginia.

The sessions will be held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, Saturday, Feb. 7 & 21 and Saturday, March 7 & 21.

Bushong is a Culpeper native who served as the Local History Specialist for the Culpeper County Library for more than 20 years. She manages the Library’s Local History Room Collection and has enjoyed assisting scores of local history and genealogy researchers searching for their Culpeper, Virginia ancestors.

Chittlin’ & Chicken Dinner

Madison Rescue Squad will serve a chittlin’ and chicken dinner 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the station house on Bus. 29 across from the Madison Post Office.

Also on the menu will be mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls, beverages and dessert. Cost is $18 for a chittlin’ dinner (boiled or fried), extra order of chittlin’s for $10, fried chicken $10 and a chittlin’ and chicken combo dinner for $25. For information, contact 540/923-4707.

Medicaid application and resource fair

A free education event for Medicaid eligible adults will be held 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.

Novant UVA Health System is hosting the program in partnership with the Department of Social Services in Culpeper, Madison and Orange and Change Healthcare. Application assistance and healthcare resources will be provided to support participation among Medicaid eligible adults in the Culpeper Medical Center region.

Non-eligible adults are also encouraged to attend to be connected to valuable, local resources and learn about community resources. Community members will have the opportunity to meet healthcare providers from Novant Health UVA Health System medical centers and receive free adult health screenings, including prediabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. Spanish translators will be onsite and education and literature will be available in both English and Spanish. There will be door prizes, computer access, refreshments and free childcare provided by Kid Central.

Enrollment in Medicaid is open to Virginia residents – ages 19 to 64 – who meet income requirements, which vary by household size. Once enrolled, individuals will have coverage for services including doctor visits, hospital and emergency room services, prescriptions, labs and X-rays, mental health care, rehabilitation services and more.

Participants should bring a picture ID, proof of citizenship (if not US born) and their Social Security card for advancing enrollment. For information, see,, or call the Cover Virginia Call Center at 855-242-8282.

Winter Recreational Activities

Culpeper County Parks & Recreation winter Recreation Guide has been mailed out inside The Culpeper Quarterly publication. Be sure to check out the numerous offerings of fun activities: Adult Volleyball, Adult basketball, kids Sunday Funday, Karate, Zumba, Hot Hula Fitness, Preschool art, adult drawing, homeschool drawing classes, Dog Obedience, and many more. Discounted Massanutten Ski / Snowboard packages are still on sale until Friday January 11th. For more details visit or call 540-727-3412.

Auditions upcoming for Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousestrap’

The Lake of the Woods Players will host auditions at 2 p.m. on Jan. 20 and 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 for an upcoming production of Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery, “The Mousetrap.” Auditions will be held in the Lake of the Woods Community Center, 110 Sweetbriar Park Rd. in Locust Grove.

Directed by Barbara Cochran, the play will be performed for two weekends, April 5-7 and April 12-14. For an audition form and information, see

Free training for caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients

The Piedmont Dementia Education Committee will hold a free workshop on caregiving for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Culpeper Library.

A video by nationally acclaimed dementia educator Teepa Snow will be screened as well as on-site demonstrations by Diana Bright, a Snow certified trainer. For information, contact 540/825-8691.

28th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

The Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Community invites the community to the 28th Annual celebration of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 in the Little Washington Theatre, 291 Gay St. in the town of Washington, Rappahannock County.

The theme of the free event will be, “MLK: Status of the Dream; Where do we go from here?” and will feature a “3C”—“Courageous Community Conversation” to be moderated by Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, the first African American to receive a full professorship at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton.

Youth and adult community leaders will lead a panel discussion focused on Dr. King’s Principles for the “Beloved Community” followed by a question and answer session with audience participation. Music will be provided by native Little Washingtonian, Ms. Marie Davis/vocalist, and renowned musician/vocalist, Mo Safren, of Culpeper.

A free will offering will be taken for the Julia E. Boddie Scholarship Fund; the scholarship is open to Rappahannock County public school high school seniors that wish to continue their education. Donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible.

For information, contact, Nan Butler Roberts, MLK Birthday Celebration Program Director, at 540/661-2013 or

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