Spelling Bee

Grymes Memorial School held a spelling bee Jan. 10 at the school in Orange. It was a very competitive year but everyone demonstrated great sportsmanship. Seventh grader Parker Giles won the bee followed closely behind by seventh grader Gauthier Gasparini and in third place, Chase Bullard (5th grade), Caroline Brand (5th grade), and David Johnson (8th grade). At back from left are Johnson and Gasparini. At front from left are Bullard, Brand and Giles.

Day of Remembrance for the Enslaved People of Culpeper & Fauquier

A black history event will be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 17 at the Kelly’s Ford Bridge over the Rappahannock River, on Route 620, to remember the enslaved people of Culpeper and Fauquier counties.

The event is intended to honor a different legacy on Lee-Jackson Day. It will include the calling out of names of the locally enslaved, when known, and inviting participants to honor and remember all of them by throwing yellow roses in the river while vowing to never forget.

Human Services boards to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Culpeper County Human Services Board, Social Services Board and the Head Start Board will be held at 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the conference room at Culpeper Human Services,1835 Industry Drive.

The meeting is being held at a facility believed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Any person with questions on the accessibility should contact Doris Clatterbuck, Secretary to DSS Board, at 540/727-0372 ext. 360. Persons needing interpreter services for the hearing impaired and / or vision impairments must notify Clatterbuck at least one week prior to the meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Master Gardener training starts today

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host two master gardener training course options starting today, Jan. 14.

Tuesday training will be held 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays with the first Thursday class happening this week, Jan. 16. Both classes will cover the same material and will meet once per week. For information, contact Culpeper Extension at 540/727-3435 or ashawn6@vt.edu.

Lee Jackson Day pork tenderloin dinner

Rapidan Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 29th annual Lee-Jackson Day Pork Tenderloin Dinner 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday, Jan.17 at the stationhouse, 9729 Locust Dale Rd. in the village of Rapidan.

Besides the main dish, the menu will include baked apples, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, beverages and dessert. Adults eat for $12 and $6 for children 12 and younger. Takeout meals will be available with proceeds to benefit the department’s building fund for a Light/Air10. For information or to order takeout, contact 540/672-5744.

Deadline Wednesday for donations to help the homeless

The Culpeper Police Department and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, members of Foothills Housing Network, are asking the community for help in assisting local homeless people.

The law enforcement agencies are now accepting donations through this Wednesday, Jan. 15 of basic needs items that will be distributed locally by FHN during its Point-In-Time Count on Jan. 22. The regular count attempts to number local homeless in the five-county region.

Donations can be dropped off in the Culpeper PD lobby at 740 Old Brandy Rd. in Culpeper or the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office lobby at 78 W. Lee St. in Warrenton. Needed items are: bus tokens (Virginia Regional Transit), hand & foot warmers, blankets, book bags, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, nylon rope, toilet paper, gallon size plastic baggies, wipes, paper towels, trash bags, razors, feminine hygiene products, underwear (men and women—all sizes), laundry detergent pods, quarters for the laundromat, Chapstick, MRE (military meals ready to eat) can be purchased through amazon, pop top canned food, granola bars/breakfast bars and hats and gloves.

Holiday wreath clean-up in Culpeper National Cemetery

Volunteers are needed starting at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 18 in Culpeper National Cemetery to help clear away nearly 8,000 holiday wreaths placed on graves in December as part of Wreaths Across America.

Dumpsters will be available on site for wreath disposal. All participants are encouraged to bring gloves, rakes, and materials to help carry multiple wreaths. For information, contact 540/439-5059.

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