Culpeper in Brief

Culpeper in Brief

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Food Closet shares needs

Food Closet “Needs of the Week”: Any canned vegetables (no green beans please), pancake mix/syrup, single serving cereals, pop tarts or other small breakfast foods. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 115 N. East Street, Culpeper, VA 22701. Phone: 540-825-1177.

Culpeper County Schools â?? Back to School Updates 2014/2015

Back to School Updates: Culpeper County Public School students will return to school on Monday, August 18, 2014. All ten schools will be open on Friday, August 15th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., to allow parents and students the opportunity to meet with teachers and obtain information about the school year.

Class schedules: All high school students should receive their class schedules by August 11th. Once schedules are received, please review them and compare them with he courses that were requested. If there is an error, please call 540-825-8310 for CCHS or 540-825-0621 for EVHS. All middle school students should receive their class schedules by August 11th. Please call 540-825-4140 for CMS or 540-829-6894 for FTBMS to speak with a guidance counselor to correct a schedule error.

Textbooks: Culpeper County Public Schools continue to provide textbooks to students free of charge. Before receiving textbooks, the parents or guardians of any new or transfer student must sign a Culpeper County Public Schools Textbook Agreement form. All returning students who have previously lost or damaged textbooks, and who have not paid the school system for damages incurred, will not be issued textbooks for the 2014/15 school year. Completion of the CCPS Textbook agreement form by a parent or guardian, and, if necessary, payment to the school system will enable all students to receive textbooks on the first day of school.

General Information


Culpeper County High School, Jeffrey Dietz, 540-825-8310
Eastern View High School, E. G. Bradshaw, 540-825-0621
Culpeper Middle School, Cathy Timmons, 540-825-4140
Floyd T. Binns Middle School, Sherri Harkness, 540-829-6894
A.G. Richardson Elementary School, Sue Bridges, 540-825-0616
Emerald Hill Elementary School, Renee Wootten, 540-937-7361
Farmington Elementary School, Gail Brewer, 540-825-0713
Pearl Sample Elementary School, Kristin Williams, 540-825-5448
Sycamore Park Elementary School, Valeri Meza, 540-825-8847
Yowell Elementary School, Susan Campbell, 540-825-9484

Attendance Zones/bus routes:

If you are unsure of the attendance zone where you reside, please call the transportation office at 540-825-5446. Bus routes will be published in the newspaper on August 15th and on the Culpeper Schools website,, on August 13th.

Piedmont Softball Association â?? Accepting Registrations for Girls for Fall 2014

Piedmont Softball Association is accepting registrations now for ALL area girls interested in its fastpitch programs for this fall. Girls born anytime in the years 1995 through 2008 are very welcome, as well as any skill level from very experienced through basic beginner (regardless of age). Games are played at the home field on Rt. 211 in Amissville, as well as in surrounding counties and farther.
The registration fee for players who did NOT play with PSA this past spring is $40.00 for a girl playing on a team 12 and younger AND $45.00 for a girl 13-18 years old ($5.00 discount for each additional player from the same household). No girl will be refused because of inability to pay. For more information and registration forms, email or call 540-522-3675.

New Voter Photo ID Requirements â?? Effective July 1, 2014

To vote in the November election, voters much present identification that contains a photograph. The new law, effective July 1, 2014, requires voters to present acceptable photo identification to vote in the November election. Acceptable forms of identification include the following: Valid Virginia Driver’s License, Government-issued photo identification card, DMV-issued photo identification card, Valid Employee photo identification card, Valid United States Passport, New Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card, Valid college or university student photo identification card. If you do not have an acceptable form of photo identification, please contact your local Voter Registration office to obtain a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card. If you do not possess your photo identification when voting, you may still vote a provisional ballot. Virginia Voter Registration Lists Checked Against Other State Databases and Post Office Addressees Voters are strongly encouraged to open and respond to mail from the Department of Elections (Richmond, VA) or from the Culpeper County Voter Registration Office. Voters are reminded that it is their responsibility to see that their voter registration is current so that they remain eligible to vote. The registration deadline for the upcoming 2014 November Federal Election is Tuesday, October 14 at 5 p.m. Voters can check their voter registration online and, if needed, also upgrade their voter registration online at

International High School Exchange Students Seeking Host Families in Warrenton

Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Warrenton for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member. Hosting an international student is a great way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure. “Every year Virginia plays host to many talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” reports Emily Rolin, iE-USA’s Area Director. Emily adds, “Virginia’s spirit of hospitality and focus on academic enrichment makes it an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level.” iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. IE-USA is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines. Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and full health insurance coverage. To learn more about how to make the dream come true for an international high school exchange student, contact iE Virginia representative, Joe Bissell at, or phone 517-388-8948. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at Families interested in hosting this year must apply by August 15, 2014.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups

The support groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Culpeper County Library, 271 Southgate Shopping Center, Culpeper, VA 22701. Held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Culpeper Regional Hospital Conference Room, 501 Sunset Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter. You can also call 434-973-6122 or 1-800-272-3900 or see the website For more information contact Kathi Walker, 540-825-3100 ext. 3416 or

USDA 2014 Summer Food Service Program Returns to Culpeper

Monday, June 16th, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will begin serving breakfast and lunch each weekday at two locations within the Town of Culpeper. Kid Central along with the Culpeper Human Services has been selected to manage the program from June 16th to August 8th. The SFSP was created to ensure that children can continue to receive nutritious meals during extended school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast. Participation in this program will benefit residents of Culpeper County by providing breakfast and lunch meals for residents (18 years and younger) free of charge. The program will be held Monday through Fridays (breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) at Yowell Meadow Park, located in downtown Culpeper and in the Belle Court subdivision. The program will also be available to children attending Kid Central’s Summer Day Camp held at Culpeper Middle School. The school site will be considered a closed-site for camp attendees only. More information explaining the USDA’s Summer Food Program is available at

Bluemont Summer 2014 Concerts

The Bluemont Concert Series is proud to announce its 2014 season of Saturday evening concerts in historic Warrenton beginning on Saturday, June 28th. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Bluemont’s popular concerts bring world-class performers on Saturday evenings to the Warren Green lawn, located at the corner of Culpeper and Hotel Street in Warrenton. In the event of bad weather, concerts will be moved to Taylor Middle School, located at 350 E. Shirley Ave., Warrenton, VA 20186. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, and a picnic to enjoy before the show. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont friends and seniors, $2 for kids under twelve. Proceeds go to support our Artist-in-Education program in Fauquier schools. As at all Bluemont concerts, no pets, alcohol or smoking are allowed.

Concert schedule is:

Saturday, August 2 â?? Silver Tones Swing Band (Jazz and Swing)
Saturday, August 9 â?? Matuto (Appalachian Brazilian Funk)
Saturday , August 16 â?? Hot Seats (Old Time String Band)

For more information call 540-955-8186 or go to the website: You can also send an email to:

FWOM 2014 VBS Olympics

Come out and bring out the winner in you at Fresh Wind Outreach Ministries’ Vacation Bible School. It will be held Monday, August 4 until Friday, August 8 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The FWOM 2014 VBS Olympics promises to be lots of fun with games, prizes, activities and an encouraging back-to-school message for the youth. Youths ages 5 to 18 are invited and dinner and snacks will be provided each night. VBS will take place at 15532 Montanus Drive, Culpeper, VA 22701 and it is absolutely FREE. Call 540-829-9373 for more information and to register.

Fastpitch Softball Tryouts

The 12U Fauquier Freeze Travel Team will beholding tryouts for the 2014/2015 season on Saturday, August 2 and Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m. Registration for both days will be 9:30 a.m. Tryouts will be held at Fauquier High School, 705 Waterloo Street, Warrenton, VA 20186. For more information or questions contact Mark Rodier at 540-905-5586 or email:

Jefferson Ruritan & Community Center Breakfast

The Jefferson Ruritan Club together with the Jeffersonton Community Center will hold its monthly all-you-can-eat Country Breakfast on Saturday, August 9 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Menu will include: eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fried apples, biscuits & gravy, pastries, orange juice & coffee. Cost for the breakfast is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-12 and under 6 is free. Carry-out will be available. All proceeds go to scholarships, local public service organizations & charities and maintaining the Community Center. Breakfasts will be held each month on the 2nd Saturday. All are welcome. For information call 540-937-5119 or go to Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Road, Jeffersonton, VA 22724.

Blandy Experimental Farm â?? “The Poetry of Earth”

On Sunday, August 10 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Kristin Zimet, Jerry Tracy and Nancy Ticknor will present “The Poetry of Earth” at Blandy Experimental Farm. Revel in the beauty and transforming power of nature through the written and spoken word. Three performers will bring to life poems that celebrate, respond to, and advocate for the natural world. Cost is $10 FOSA members, $12 non-members and $20 family. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or register online at Reservations are recommended. This program is sponsored by the Foundation of the State Arboretum and is part of FOSA’s public program series. The State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.

Blandy Experimental Farm â?? “Reading Trees: An Introduction to Identification”

On Tuesday, August 12 from 9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Carrie Blair from the Virginia Native Plant Society will present “Reading Trees: An Introduction to Identification” at Blandy Experimental Farm.
Learn to identify trees using simple keys, books, and memory tools. Wear comfortable shoes and bring cameras, notebooks, field guides, and hand lenses if you have them. Cost is $10 FOSA members and $12 non-members. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or register online at Reservations are recommended. This program is sponsored by the Foundation of the State Arboretum and is part of FOSA’s public program series. The State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.

Elk Run Baptist Church â?? Annual Homecoming Service and Revival

Elk Run Baptist Church will celebrate its Annual Homecoming Service on Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m. Guest preacher is Rev. Augustus Henderson, Pastor of Christian Way Baptist Church in Falls church, VA. Homecoming will kick off two night revival services, beginning at 7:30 p.m., nightly. Monday, August 18, Guest preacher is Rev. James Brown, Pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Madison, VA. Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Haywood, VA will render the music. Tuesday, August 19, Guest preacher is Rev. Stanley Holmes, Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Ruckersville, VA. Shiloh Baptist Church, Standardsville, VA will render the music. For more information contact Barbara Evans, Church Secretary/Clerk at 540-717-2268.

FREE Cooking Activities for Children – Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market

Georgette Yates, family nutritional educator, has put together an exciting FREE educational opportunity, “I’m SOW Healthy”, for area children. Georgette will host cooking activities on the 4th Saturday of each month starting May 24 and ending September 27. The cooking activities are offered in three convenient, 30-minute sessions. The goal of this program is to promote healthy eating to area youth, the local farmers market, and the use of SNAP benefits at the market. Saturday, August 23 will be the fourth activity. Session 1 is 9 a.m., Session 2 is 10 a.m., Session 3 is 11 a.m.
For this activity, children will make Rainbow Pasta Salad. Children will have fun making this pasta salad which is bursting with bright colors and bold flavorful veggies. This week’s activities sponsored by: C&T Produce. For more information call 540-825-4416 or go to the website

Blue Ridge Chorale â?? “Fall/Winter Season 2014-2015”

Blue Ridge Chorale will soon start its Fall/Winter Season. New and returning singers welcome. Come sing with the Blue Ridge Chorale, under the direction of our new music director Bob Burnett.
Our rehearsals for the fall will begin August 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Open Door Baptist Church, 754 Germanna Highway in Culpeper. For children 7 and older, our Youth Chorale, under the direction of Catherine ter Weele, will meet on Mondays, 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., starting on September 8, also at Open Door Church. If you love to sing, join us. If you know others who love to sing, please spread the word. For more information, visit our website at

CLC to offer “ESOL Writing Skills Workshop”

The Culpeper Literacy Council is offering a new ESOL Writing Skills Workshop that is for Intermediate ESOL students who want to work on their writing skills. Writing will be the main focus of this class, but soft skills, conversational skills and reading skills taught. The class will start on Saturday, September 6 and will be held weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., at the CLC, 415 S. Main Street, Suite 204, Culpeper, VA 22701. This is a closed class and all students must pre-register by August 21st. Call Luba in the office at 540-825-5804.