Library volunteer Simon Phillips distributes construction materials to Illiana Disbrow (left) and other students in the Culpeper County Library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) class at the library on a recent Saturday afternoon. The third- through fifth-grade students used the materials to construct a device to protect hard-boiled eggs which were dropped from a ladder at the end of the one-hour class.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony

The Department of Veterans Affairs at Culpeper National Cemetery has partnered with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration in holding a ceremony to honor all Vietnam Era Veterans at noon on March 29 at the cemetery on U.S. Avenue in the town of Culpeper.

Culpeper National Cemetery’s mission is to connect with every Vietnam Era Veteran around Northern Virginia to honor and provide them with a sincere welcome home, according to a news release from cemetery director Matthew Priest. At the upcoming ceremony, Vietnam Era Veteran lapel pins will be issued to Vietnam Veteran veterans as well as other commemorative information.

William “Hal” Halevy, CW5 US Army (ret.) will be the day’s guest speaker. Chief Halevy served for more than 40 years as a helicopter pilot and in conflicts from Vietnam to Iraq. He was shot down over Vietnam multiple times and has earned valor metals such as the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. Even though he is retired, Chief Halevy still spends his days helping Veterans with their benefit claims through the VA as well as transporting Veterans to and from VA hospitals.

‘A Dog’s Purpose’

free movie event

A free screening of, “A Dog’s Purpose,” will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at Culpeper Baptist Church worship hall, 318 West St. in Culpeper.

Refreshments will be offered and attendees can visit with rescue pets from the Orange Animal Shelter beginning at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome for this free movie showing sponsored by AARP Virgiina. Registration is appreciated by calling 1/844-418-2281 or

Park Day volunteers needed April 6

Volunteers throughout Virginia are teaming with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of 25 Virginia battlefields and historic sites as part of the nationwide, hands-on preservation event known as Park Day happening April 6, according to a news release.

Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities. It’s when when Virginia volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states.

Activities are chiefly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the unique role of the site in our national story. Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Virginia volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites.

Here’s a look at what’s happening locally and beyond:

Brandy Station - Graffiti House, Brandy Station, 10:00 a.m. Contact: Eugene Hankinson at Volunteers will help with clearing brush and fence line. Water will be provided.

Cannon Branch Fort and Park, Manassas, 9:00 a.m. Contact: Monica Boehringer at Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trash removal, tidying outdoor areas and organizing materials. Water and snacks will be provided.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Middletown, 9:00 a.m. Contact: Patrick Kehoe at Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, trail maintenance, trash removal and erosion repairs. A brief presentation on the Battle of Cedar Creek will be given at the end of the day. Water will be provided.

Cedar Mountain Battlefield, Rapidan, 8:30 a.m. Contact: Diane Logan at Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, trail maintenance, trash removal and tidying indoor or outdoor areas. Water and snacks will be provided.

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Spotsylvania, 9:00 a.m. Contact: Kevin Hunt at Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, installing markers/interpretive signs, landscaping, painting, trail maintenance, trash removal and gardening. Ellwood will be open with interpreters offering tours of the building after Park Day activities. Refreshments will be provided.

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, 9:00 a.m. Contact: Henry Elliott at Volunteers will help with building or repairing fences, clearing brush, landscaping, painting, trail maintenance, trash removal and invasive plant removal. Water and snacks will be provided.

Mine Run Battlefield (Payne’s Farm), Locust Grove, 10:00 a.m. Contact: Christopher ODonnell at Volunteers will help with clearing brush, trail maintenance and trash removal.

For a complete list of Park Day sites and information, visit Volunteers can share their Park Day participation online using#ParkDay2019.

Paint & Sip Farm Show fundraiser

Create a painting of a rooster and sip wine at this special fundraiser happening at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 in The Carver Center community room, 9432 James Madison Highway in Rapidan.

The cost is $30 per person with proceeds to benefit the Culpeper Madison Rappahannock Farm Show. Limited seating available. To register, contact Tiffany Clatterbaugh Terry at 540/718-2686 or through Facebook messenger.

VSU ag programs at The Carver Center

Virginia State University College of Agriculture and Virginia Cooperative Extension will host upcoming classes at The Carver Center in Culpeper County.

At 5 p.m. on March 21, a class on Agricultural Business and Financial Planning will be held. Register at or contact or 804/524-3292.

At 5:30 p.m. on March 25, a class on Good Agricultural Practices Introductory Training—Packhouse and Traceability will be held.

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