David Luke stays hydrated during the recent Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Youth Summer Soccer Camp at the sports complex on Greens Corner Road. About 370 youngsters registered for the soccer camp. A baseball and softball camp is taking place this week.

Brandy Station Park & Ride lot closing July 24 for expansion project

Commuters using the Brandy Station Park and Ride lot at the intersection of U.S. Route 15/29 (James Madison Highway) and Route 663 (Alanthus Road) in Culpeper County will need to find an alternate parking location when the Brandy Station Park and Ride expansion project begins next week.

On July 24, VDOT will close the entire lot including the spaces on the south side of Route 663 for construction. The lot will be closed through Nov. 25, according to a news release. Commuters are advised to use VDOT’s interactive park and ride map to find an alternate parking location.

VDOT reminds commuters that the Warrenton Park and Ride lot in Fauquier County is also under construction, but is open for parking. Some parking spaces closest to Route 15/29 are closed.

The new Brandy Station lot will be accessible from Route 663 and Route 685 (Fleetwood Heights Road) with all vehicles exiting onto Route 685, according to VDOT.

The project team will soon place project information letters on vehicles parked in the lot to inform owners about the upcoming work. About 12 hours before towing begins, a tow warning notice will be placed on all vehicles parked in the lot. Any vehicles in the lot on July 24 will be towed.

Under a $627,928 construction contract, VDOT contractor Tavares Concrete Co., Inc. of Lorton will increase the capacity of the park and ride lot to about 95 spaces. For information, see

Shenandoah Artist-in-Residence program

A nomadic plein art painter from New York City, who is the July Artist-in-Residence at Shenandoah National Park, will give a public presentation at 1 p.m. this Saturday, July 20 at the Byrd Visitor Center.

Lisa Lebofsky, of Brooklyn, specializes in collaboration between nature and people, finding inspiration in her travels around the world, often to remote places, for immersion in different environments and cultures, according to a park news release.

Lebofsky is currently in the midst of a multi-year mission to travel around North America painting en plein air, to better know the changes happening in our environment and the people it is affecting. Her three-week residency in Shenandoah National Park will run through July 26. For information, see:

Veterans Information Seminar

The Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of Disabled American Veterans is hosting an information seminar for veterans 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27 in the Fairfax County Government Center-Board Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

Veterans are invited to attend to learn more about their rights and benefits as well are receive free, professional assistance with claims, according to a news release. During the seminar, veteran will learn facts to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the benefits and services they have earned. For more information about DAV outreach programs, contact 540/597-1731.

Scanning sessions for historic Culpeper photo book

The Culpeper Star-Exponent is pleased to announce a new community book project on the Greater Culpeper area. The newspaper is interested in publishing a heirloom-quality, pictorial history book that will feature images of life in Culpeper, Madison, Rappahannock, Fauquier and Orange counties, from the mid-1800s to the 1930s.

The newspaper is asking community members to share their photos for this unique project including street scenes, celebrations, community groups, people, industry, agriculture, and businesses, etc., all taken from the mid-1800s to the 1930s in the Greater Culpeper county area. The project requires original photographs; no newspaper clippings please, but postcards will be accepted.

Anyone attending the the Culpeper County Library scanning session will have an opportunity to have their historical or genealogical items of historical relevance to Culpeper County added to the library’s online collection. Come by with up to five of your best items, and they will digitize your items on the spot. Digital copies can be made with a flash drive.

The first scanning session will be held 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, July 20 in the Wilderness Branch Library, 6421 Flat Run Rd. in Locust Grove. Other sessions will be held 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, July 21 at the Culpeper County Library; 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the Rappahannock County Public Library, 4 Library Rd. in Washington; 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 at Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation, 4110 Winchester Rd. in Marshall and 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the Madison County Historical Society, Arcade Building, 124 N. Main St. in Madison

To expedite the process, participants are asked to fill out our brief photo submission form prior to the scanning session. Forms can be downloaded at Please fill out one form for each photo with a limit of 10 photos per family. Private collectors interested in participating can call 360/723.5800 to set up an appointment.

Annual Butterfly Count

Join the Old Rag Master Naturalists this Saturday, July 20 for the Annual North America Butterfly Association Butterfly Count.

Participants should meet at the Rappahannock County Park at 8:45 a.m. for sign-in and instructions before carpooling with count leaders to various locations within Rappahannock County to conduct butterfly census. Attendees should bug spray, sunscreen and water and wear sturdy shoes. Binoculars are encouraged for this public event. The fee is $5 per person. Register at

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