In Brief

 

“Please don’t forget”

On Tuesday, The Salvation Army launched a major “Please Don’t Forget” Christmastime campaign to bring joy into the homes and hearts of an estimated 2,000 local children and families in urgent need.

“Even with so much attention on the election, this is one ‘campaign’ we think people of every political stripe can endorse,” says Lt Martin.  “Our goal is to meet human need in Culpeper and Warrenton without discrimination, to make sure boys and girls who have frequently gone without receive meals, warm clothing, gifts, and other vital resources.”

Lt Martin cited a number of alarming area trends that make this year’s effort especially critical:

  • The local economy remains in a difficult position, with many people unemployed, underemployed, or out of the workforce altogether. Meanwhile, prices continue rising for commodity goods and services.
  • Food insecurity is a growing challenge in our community, especially for single mothers. “No one should ever be hungry on Christmas, especially not children,” says Lt Martin.
  • Home foreclosures are still painfully high. Lower-income families that have saved patiently can see modest nest eggs wiped out by a single illness, accident, or layoff.

With those factors in mind, Lt Martin has a simple request to people of good will in Culpeper and Warrenton: “Please Don’t Forget” your neighbors in need.  You will never give a more meaningful gift — or one that provides more joy.”

For more information about Christmas programs and events planned by The Salvation Army, call 540-349-8076. To support this effort, look for a Salvation Army bell ringer with a red kettle or give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. If you or someone you know needs help this holiday season, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to learn more about available resources.

Brandy Road concrete medians to be removed

The Town of Culpeper will remove segments of the concrete medians located on Brandy Road at the intersection of Brandy Road and Montanus Drive on Thursday, Oct. 27. Crews will begin after 8 a.m. and should be completed by 3 p.m. weather permitting. The modification of the concrete medians at this location will facilitate the addition of a new left turn lane from Montanus Drive onto Brandy Road that will be delineated with new pavement markings and signage. The new left turn lane will help alleviate peak traffic congestion that occurs at this commercial intersection. “Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to changing conditions within the safety work zone,” said Assistant Public Works Director Gary Wise.

Paving at Yowell Meadow Park

Superior Paving Corporation will be performing asphalt paving operations on the Yowell Meadow Park trails and parking lots beginning Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. During this time, segments of the trail will be closed to the public with work zones established by the contractor for allowing safe vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Weather permitting, this project should be completed by mid-November 2016.

Town of Culpeper Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule

Town Offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Trash and recycling schedule will be as follows:

Monday 11/7/16: Regular refuse collection cardboard pickup

Tuesday 11/816: Regular refuse schedule

Wednesday 11/9/16: Regular refuse schedule

Thursday 11/10/16: Thursday and Friday’s refuse collection

Friday 11/11/16: Holiday, no refuse collection

Carts need to be out by 6:30 a.m. on your day of collection.

Clore-English sponsors Culpeper Toy Chest

Clore-English Funeral Home is excited to announce that they will continue to sponsor Culpeper’s 18th annual toy collection project for those less fortunate families under their new name, “Culpeper Toy Chest,” formerly Toys for Tots, Culpeper.

As in the past 17 years, all toys collected will be distributed locally, in conjunction with the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program, Inc., S.A.F.E. and C.C.D.C.

Look for their new boxes in 50 locations throughout Culpeper with their new label, “Culpeper Toy Chest” Nov. 1 through Dec. 12. This year, since they went as an independent entity, they only had 50 boxes and labels printed in attempt to place them in fewer locations and keep their cost down.  This may change in the future, as more funds come in, however, their goal is to provide for the children not spend money on more boxes.  If businesses want to collect, they will be happy to pick up your toys.

As in the past, Clore-English Funeral Home and Culpeper Toy Chest is NOT responsible for qualifying any of the families that receive the toys collected.  This process is handled directly through the Culpeper Community Christmas Basket Program (Sue Jenkins-825-7768), S.A.F.E. (Services to Abused Families- 825-8891- Karen) and C.C.D.C. (Culpeper Community Development Corp.-825-7434- Cheryl Carter) These agencies work closely with Social Services of Culpeper to ensure that those families in need get food, shelter and this time of year, gifts for their children. It is through these agencies that all toys collected stay in Culpeper.  Questions, visit them on Facebook at “Culpeper Toy Chest” or call Kristen Johnson 825-2361.

Monetary donations can be made payable to Culpeper Toy Chest, Inc., 13953 Eggsbornville Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Schools implement new format for extracurricular activities

Culpeper County Public Schools has adopted a new format for extracurricular activities. All student athletes and their parents are required to attend an informational meeting once a year before their student athlete is allowed to tryout for any VHSL sport. Culpeper County High School will be holding their fall meeting on Nov. 3 starting at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

All potential winter athletes are required to attend and spring athletes are encouraged to attend.

Students looking to attend out of season conditioning or practice are also required to attend one of these meetings before they can participate.

All information regarding athletics will be discussed as a potential participant on an athletic team. You will be expected to sign in, receive a CCPS Student Athlete Handbook and return the acknowledgement page the night of the meeting.

Eastern View holds their meeting on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Hunters—Be safe in the woods and wear your blaze orange

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) would like to remind hunters that an enjoyable day in the woods begins with hunting safely. First and foremost, DGIF wants to stress to sportsmen/women and persons accompanying a hunter that during the muzzleloader deer hunting season blaze orange must be worn at all times when moving to and from a stand location. During the general firearms season, every hunter or person accompanying a hunter must wear blaze orange at all times. Blaze orange must be visible from 360 degrees and display at least 100 square inches of solid blaze orange material.

In addition, all hunters are encouraged to strictly follow three basic rules for hunting safety:

  • Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  • Control the direction of your muzzle at all times, only pointing at what you intend to shoot.
  • Before         shooting, identify your game and what is beyond.

Hunters using tree stands should follow this advice:

  • Always use a full-body harness to secure yourself in the stand and while climbing/descending. Maintain three points of contact while climbing.
  • Use a haul line to get your unloaded gun or bow into and out of the tree stand. Never climb with equipment.
  • Keep portable tree stands in good working condition and inspect permanent tree stands thoroughly before using. Home-made stands are not recommended.
  • Stay alert and awake. If you start to nod off, get back to the ground.

Online Hunter Education courses are now available for ages 12 and above. Parents often attend their children’s hunter education class so they can spend time together while getting ready for the hunting season. The Hunter Safety Education program emphasizes hunting ethics, safety, and individual responsibility. Specific seasons and bag limits are outlined in the Hunting & Trapping in Virginia 2016-2017 regulation booklet available at no cost from license agents and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The regulations can also be viewed on the Department’s web site, www.dgif.virginia.gov.