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New county administrator John Egertson who has been serving as Interim County Administrator since Ernie Hoch’s departure in January was named Culpeper’s County Administrator Tuesday. Egertson has worked for the County of Culpeper nearly 30 years starting as the County Zoning Administrator and then named Director of Planning in August 1991. John Egertson said that Egertson he will consider next steps soon in the replacement of a planning director. For many years Egertson worked closely with longtime county administrator Frank Bossio who retired in 2015. “I am so pleased that John has taken the helm. I can think of no better prepared, more talented, or perfectly suited individual to take, "Team Culpeper" to the next level. He is genuine leader and lover of people who possesses not only great vision but the innate drive and knowledge to achieve it,” said Bossio Tuesday.


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New county administrator named In the county chatter box for several months, Rappahannock County Administrator John W. McCarthy announced Monday his retirement, effective June 30, 2016, after 30 years of service to Rappahannock County. McCarthy was hired as Zoning Administrator and Administrative Assistant to the Board of Supervisors in 1986, becoming Rappahannock’s first County Administrator in 1988. He also currently serves as Chairman of the RappahannockRapidan Regional Commission and the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs (VMLIP), positions he will resign effective May 1, 2016. Deputy County Administrator Debbie A. Keyser will succeed Mr. McCarthy as County Administrator effective on May 1, 2016. Ms. Keyser was hired COURTESY PHOTO by Rappahannock Rappahannock’s County in February 2015 as Deputy County Assistant County Administrator Debbie Keyser Administrator, will assume the before being named as Deputy role of County in July 2015. She Administrator May 1. has previously served as County Administrator in Jefferson County, West Virginia.


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BEHIND THE BADGE Mack's presence shines over the Culpeper County Sheriff's Office His voice booms across the Sheriff’s Office, “Good morning everybody!” It’s a daily ritual for Chief Deputy James Mack, who strides across the office floor a force larger than life. He clearly exuded that presence even at a young age playing football at Culpeper High School both for the defensive and the offensive line. “Whereever the best player was – I was in front of him,” Mack said. It didn't matter which position Mack filled - only the challenge before him mattered to he and his coach. The burly Chief Deputy, commonly known as “Mack,” says it was that attitude which has guided his career since he began law enforcement 29 years ago: it’s not the position within the office that matters - only that the job gets done. After high school Mack went to work in the new jail in 1987 under then Sheriff Robert Peters. From there he moved to patrol before

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Chief Deputy Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Married: 3 Children, 3 Grandchildren Pastor: Divine Life Ministries, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Hobby: Auto mechanics being promoted to night shift Sergeant for the road deputies. In 1996 he went back to jail duties under a new sheriff and in 2000 he moved to the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). He spent 12 years in CID before finally ending up as Chief Deputy under Sheriff Scott Jenkins. The two men had worked together and more importantly became friends over the years. “It was a natural match,” Mack says of the position under Jenkins. The two men share the same moral outlook and both men put “God first,” according to Mack. His dual calling in law enforcement and ministry began in 1986

when the 21-year-old Mack announced to his pastor that God had summoned him to the pulpit. In December of that year Mack preached his first sermon at St. Stephens Baptist Church. In 1989 the then ordained minister began pastoring at Shiloh Baptist Church in Rixeyville, beginning a second career that carries on today. “We must live under the law and be obedient to Christ,” Mack said. As a result he says the two roles combine for a more effective ministry and job performance in law enforcement. “People come to trust you,” he said of his dual role, “they know I am a man of my word.” Mack does not force his beliefs on anyone, he says, but “when the door opens” he is ready to minster to the spiritual needs of others. “It’s been a blessing to be trusted by my co-workers,” he said. “Mack is my Chief Deputy for a reason. He is a man of integrity


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that I can trust. We share similar views about how a Sheriff’s Office should operate and that too is essential for a Chief Deputy. I am fortunate to also be able to call him a friend,” Sheriff Jenkins said.


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The challenge of living fully FROM WHERE I SIT

I’d like to share a story. It’s about a young boy, a toddler really, a doctor, and his daughter. It’s a story of heartache and hope but mostly about lots of heart. It’s one of collaboration, commitment, caring and perhaps most importantly connection. It’s one of those stories worth sharing,not only because it involves a local surgeon, but because it speaks to a spirit in all of us. And since we are entering another spring, seen by many as a season of renewed life and energy, it’s good to be reminded that what connects us is more powerful than what separates us. A little over five years ago, a boy was born in Afghanistan. He had one good leg. The other was crippled with a rare birth defect assigning him to perhaps a cruel fate. A little over 70 years ago, another little boy was born in the United States also with one good leg and the other distorted by the same birth defect. That little boy who was surrounded by ranchers and men who worked in the fields suffered with the affliction until at age 16, surgeons amputated a portion of his right leg and gave him a prosthetic one. For him a life changing experience. He decided to become an orthopedic surgeon. Decades later, well into his practice, his daughter takes on a job in Afghanistan where she is working on an economic development project. She learns that one of the security guards has a small son. A little son with a deformed leg who has sores on his body from dragging himself around. As soon as she sees this little boy her thoughts and heart fly to her father, to pictures of him suffering from the same fate,

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but with the faith that he might be able to help. Could she connect the two? Was it possible? Corresponding, sharing x-rays, raising funds and finally the journey to America and the care of surgeons, nurses, and therapists and you have that same little boy in Afghanistan now working his way down the hallways at the hospital with a walker shouting in his native tongue to “get out of the way.” It took him no time to fly with a new wing. One given to him by a team of dedicated doctors. When he returned to his home, joining his siblings he left behind a family in heart in Culpeper. The connection made was powerful and empowering. For this surgeon, a way of giving back and confirming for him, that his deformity, was a blessing in disguise. It inspired him to become one of those surgeons who had helped him and now he could help others. *



Dr. Ben Allen walks with a slight limp helped by a cane. For more than three decades he has worked as an orthopedic surgeon. His work at Children’s Hospital in Boston, done years ago, helped him and his colleagues as they looked at the xrays of a young boy named Yahya Mohammed whose right leg was deformed from a rare birth defect known as Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency. It was the same affliction that he dealt with as a little boy. An affliction that led him on a path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon himself. “He had no actual knee...his foot was rolled under..he’d never walk,” says Allen who works at the Virginia Orthopedic and Spine Center in Culpeper. He learned of the boy’s plight from his daughter Amanda Jane, who was working as a consultant in Afghanistan. Yahya is the son of Dawod Mo-


Dr. Ben Allen shares a special connection with his daughter Amanda. When she contacted him about a young boy needing help he didn’t hesitate. hammed, a security guard where Amanda was working. Amanda was determined to connect this boy with her father. It wasn’t without challenges - would the family let him come to America, getting VISAS, raising funds, making it all happen. It was in the fall of 2014, when Yahya was three, that he and his father Dawod arrived at Dulles International Airport. Amanda was there to greet them. They stayed at the Allen’s home in Culpeper while preparations were made for his surgery. A gracious hostess, Allen’s wife Mary prepared a Thanksgiving feast and made them feel like family. Lasting several hours, the outcome was good. Fitted now with a prosthetic, fashioned from the same group in Charlottesville that has helped Dr. Allen, Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics, Yahya was soon to be off and running. “It was exciting,” says Allen. “Yahya was smiling.. he’s a special kid, very outgoing and optimistic.” “I have to emphasis that none of this would have happened if it hadn’t been for my daughter and the team approach that was necessary between myself, other surgeons, physicians, nurses and therapists.” “My father and I have done a


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lot of special things together,” said Amanda, “but making this connection happen with Yahya has been the most powerful.” For Allen, it was the same. “I have to say that next to being married to Mary and having three wonderful children, this experience has been the most special event in my life.” Allen does not speak Dari but during the time that Yahya and his father were with them, it didn’t matter. They established a bond much like a doting grandfather with his beloved grandson. “We had a lot of knowing eye contact,” says Allen, “we became fast and famous buddies.” The Allens continue to communicate with Yahya and his family through shared videos. “Yahya actually wore out the first foot from playing soccer,” says Allen who said that additional extensions were being sent and that he hopes one day to be able to visit Yahya in Afghanistan. “For me personally, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to give to someone else what someone had given to me so many years ago and come “full circle,” says Allen who has no immediate plans to retire. “I love what I do.”



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A story worth telling By Anita Sherman STAFF WRITER

Stephanie (Dee Dee) Slewka is an accomplished television producer and writer. She’s got a nose for news and her list of documentary films is impressive. Her daughter, Roxie, is no stranger to what it takes to put together a story and be able to tell it visually. “She’s been around me making films since she was little so some of this is osmosis,” says Slewka. Roxie, age 10, is in fifth grade and attends Grymes Memorial School in Orange County. One of her classmates is the son of Dr. Khalid Athar, an anesthesiologist at the Culpeper Surgery Center. Through conversations, Roxie and her mother learned of Dr. Ben Allen, an orthopedic surgeon with the Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Center who was born with an orthopedic birth defect crippling one leg. Years later, his daughter Amanda Jane, is working in Afghanistan on an aid project and learns of the son of one of the security team, Yahya, who suffers from the same affliction. What happens next is a string of events that brings the boy and his father to the United States, to the home of Dr. Allen, and eventually under the care of a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists including Allen and Athar. The end result is a fiveyear-old boy who is now running and playing soccer in the streets of Kabul with the aid of a prosthetic leg. For more than three years, he crawled everywhere. He couldn’t stand upright and couldn’t walk. “It’s a story that needs to be told,” said Slewka and the timing for sharing that story coincided with the upcoming 4-H Youth Hour at The Film Festival at Little Washington.


Yahya Mohammed, seen here around age 3, was born with a rare birth defect leaving one leg considerably shorter and ill formed.

On the day of the interview, Roxie, came prepared with a list of questions. “I like your cane,” she said to Allen who uses a novel saw shaped handled cane made by a friend. He has been wearing a prosthetic leg since he was 16. She handled the interview like a pro. “She’s has been writing since she was tiny - the script comes from talent,” says her proud mother. As part of the Rappahannock 4-H Film Club, Roxie has also produced a very short video poem. Roxie story-boarded the piece which includes narrative from Dr. Allen, his wife Mary and daughter Amanda. She conducted the interviews, wrote and narrated the script and helped decide what images to put where. The video titled Prostheses will screen this Sunday, April 10, from 3-4 at the Theatre at Washington located at 291 Gay Street. The 4-H Youth Hour includes short films from youth ages 9 through 18 from Rappahannock County and is free to all. Anita Sherman may be reached at anita@

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Things are clearer at the top of the mountain By Anita L. Sherman STAFF WRITER

Liz Johnson greets you warmly. You immediately feel at home especially when her small kitten Mittens prances in for a quick cuddle and nuzzle to let you know she’s happy to see you as well. Liz loves cats and couldn’t help but rescue this two-month old feral from a local dump site. “She was very under nourished but she’s doing fine now,” says Johnson who is a recent addition to the board of directors for RappCats, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping stray, abandoned and/or injured cats in Rappahannock County. “I’ll be helping them with fundraising,” says Johnson, an enthusiastic animal advocate. Johnson laughs with a broad smile as she talks about her love for horses and cats. Her can-do attitude had her working at a stable when she was 10 to help pay for show fees. She knew if she wanted that world

of being around horses that she’d have to work for it. “I learned a lot of valuable lessons from that experience...if you want something, you have to make it happen,” says Johnson who has been doing just that for more than three decades. Taking businesses to new heights is what her business is all about from strategic planning, branding or rebranding, marketing, advertising, web design, social media and promoting but all with a gentle and compassionate hand. Hailing from Wheeling, West Virginia, Johnson spent much of her early career working for an international company where she managed large staffs with very large budgets. “I realized that I was out of touch with local businesses and the local market and felt that I could make a difference so I started my own business,” says Johnson who has been the owner and principal consultant for Mountain View Marketing for the past 13 years.

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Spring peepers, Lyme Disease and another hole in the ozone layer? WILD IDEAS

Is spring on the way? Recent unseasonably high temperatures suggest that this winter not only entered like a lamb but may go out like one, too. Although I have yet to hear a spring peeper in Rappahannock County, a sure sign that spring is on its way, a few reports of their chorusing have drifted my way. As February came to a close, I saw a lone one making its way across Thornton Gap Church Road after the thunderstorms. That started me thinking about the health of our local frog populations. News of upcoming training for a frog-monitoring program and more dire news about our planet — a newly discovered cause of Lyme disease, and a potential ozone hole opening up above the Arctic — landed in my inbox recently.

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MUSIC: Claire Sukley will will join James 3 and Ransom Harmony at the State Theatre April 16 bringing back the tunes of Johnny Cash and June Carter. • Details, Page 13


Winemaker Wednesdays returns at Culpeper Cheese Company

FUNDRAISER • “Living the Dream” Walk in memory of Ben Long and for support of individuals and families affected by substance abuse, depression or suicide. Yowell Meadow Park from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Donations are appreciated (Make checks payable to Living the Dream Foundation/RRCS, Attn: Alan Rasmussen, P.O. Box 1568, Culpeper, VA 22701). Water, lunch and music provided. For more information, contact Alan Rasmussen, RRCS Prevention Specialist, 434-825-8913.

CONCERT • The State Theatre

presents Roomful of Blues. Come hear this 5-time Grammy nominated blues band and their amazing combo of jump, swing, blues and soul. You’ll want to dance. Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $30/$25/$20. 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper. 540-829-0292.


MUSIC • The Salem Volunteer Fire

FUNDRAISER • The Jefferson

Ruritan Club together with the Jeffersonton Community Center will hold its monthly all-you-can-eat Country Breakfast from 8-11:00 a.m., (and every 2nd Sat.), at the Jeffersonton Community Center, 5073 Jeffersonton Rd., Jeffersonton (Rts. 802 & 621 off Rt. 229). Menu will include eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, fried apples, biscuits & gravy, pastries, orange juice & coffee. Cost for the breakfast is $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and under 6 is free. Carry-out available. All proceeds go to scholarships, local public service organizations & charities and maintaining the Community Center. All are welcome. For info, call 937-5119 or go to


• Lignum Ruritan Spaghetti Dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the Ruritan Building, 20489 Gibson Lane (Old Lignum Rd), Lignum VA. For more information call 540-399-1107, 540-4231005.

ages are welcome to visit with the dogs. No registration necessary. Contact (540) 825-8691.


Head winemaker at Boxwood Winery will kick off the return of Winemaker Wednesdays at the Culpeper Cheese Company April 13. Stop by for four tastes of Virginia wines paired with cheese. Reservations recommended.

FUNDRAISER • Culpeper County High School Soccer Boys Soccer program will be hosting a Parents Night Out Fundraiser! Enjoy a relaxing night out on the town while the CCHS Soccer Coaches (certified teachers) and players host a fun mini-soccer camp for the kids! Runs 5-9 p.m. $25 for one child, $10 per sibling. Available to children 3 and up. Children must be potty trained. Dinner provided by Cheese Pizza. Held at highschool,14240 Achievement Drive, Cul-

peper. To reserve, contact Franco Calabrese @ fcalabrese@culpeperschools. org.

STORYTIME • Read to the Dogs at the Culpeper County Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Join the Welcome Waggers Therapy Dogs for another fun Saturday of reading. Dogs are specially trained to “listen,” and do not correct or criticize. Perfect for beginning readers! Children of all

and Rescue Pickin Party will be held from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. located at 13428 Scotts Mill Road Culpeper, VA. This month’s musicians are James Tamelcoff "James 3," Austin Boggs and Ransom Harmony. Doors open at 5 p.m. Kitchen at 5:30 p.m. Come out for an evening of great music and food. There is no admission charge. Please help support the Salem Volunteer Fire and Rescue!

FILM • Tenth International Film Sym-

posium at the State Theatre. Event is free and starts at 8 p.m. Partnered event with the Library of Congress. 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper. 540-829-0292.

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Community Church's Sermon Topic: "No Wonder They Crucified Him - Rend Unto Caesar." Join us at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Located at 16088 Rogers Road, behind Bruster's Ice Cream. Small groups also meet throughout the week. 540-7270297

FAMILY FUN • Funday Sunday starts at the State Theatre. Entertainment for the whole family. Boomers can bring their millennials to share in classic film favorites. Debuts with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets $5. 305 S. Main Street in Culpeper.


MEETING • Culpeper Chess

Club. Meetings are each Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Culpeper County Library. Next meetings April 20 and 27. All ages and all skill levels welcome, even those who have never played. Come learn a new skill! For information about this and other programs, please feel free to call the Library at (540) 825-8691.


Piedmont is May 3, 2016. Northern Piedmont Community Foundation presents training session. Board’s role in fundraising. Help your board understand and embrace their role as advisors, ambassadors and fundraisers. Great chance to get your questions answered and share ideas with other nonprofits. 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Culpeper Town Police Training Center, 740 Old Brandy Road. GLP participants $15/all others $30. Contact Andrea Flynn at (540) 349-0631 or or

WINE • Winemaker Wednesday

returns for its 6th season at Culpeper Cheese Company. Nothing formal, just a chance to meet a Virginia winemaker and taste their wines on 10 selected Wednesday evenings. Meet and mingle with the winemaker. Sip wine. Savor cheese. Winemaker Wednesday incorporates a price fixed wine cheese tasting ($ 34.95 value) paired with selected Virginia Winemakers wines. Guests will receive four tastes of selected Virginia wines each specially paired


Children and those young at heart will enjoy the Virginia Repertory Theatre’s puppet production of The Frog Prince showing at The State Theatre April 19.

with cheeses and accompaniments. To celebrate the return of WineMaker Wednesday, discounted pricing is being offered for the first two events at $ 19.95/pp + tax. Josh Gerard of Boxwood Vineyard up first in the return of this popular event. Seating is limited– reservations suggested. (540) 827 – 4757.


MEETING • The Culpeper

Women's Club monthly meeting will be held in the Culpeper Library Meeting Room. Socializing begins at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 10 a.m. Speaker is Toni Browning of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services and she will be speaking about the programs they have available for people 60 years and older, the book "Five Wishes", and also will bring with her a nursing home advocate. Contact Diane McFarland at

FILM • A screening of the awardwinning film “Koyaanisqatsi” will be the center-piece for the next informal community discussion group scheduled for the conference room in the Culpeper County Library at 7 p.m. The film has been described as a tone poem and addresses “man’s use, and misuse, of his environment

annual Open House. Doors open at 5 pm. All welcome. Learn about joining the club, swimming and having fun this summer. Beer and Brats for sale at social. Look forward to seeing everyone. Located at 13163 Recreation Rd, Culpeper, VA. Call (540) 825-8269 for more info.

HISTORY • Join Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and explore the legacy of Hunter’s Island with its owner, local architect and history enthusiast Mary Ellen Wheeler from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We’ll meet at the FOR home office and ferry over to the island in canoes. Learn more about Capt. John Smith, who explored the Rappahannock River in 1608, and the Native Americans who greeted him. There are ruins of old mansions on the island which make for great photo opportunities. Bring a bag lunch and water bottle for a scenic picnic. Minimum age is 8 years. The backup date is the next day. The cost is $30 per individual and $90 for families, or $24 and $72 for FOR members. For more information call (540) 373-3448. Please pre-register at

in a haunting and surrealistic way.” Koyaanisqatsi is the Hopi Indian word for “life out of balance.” All are welcome to participate in this thought-provoking experience and join in the discussion immediately following. For further information, contact the McBrides at 540-8122670 or

CONCERT • Cash Unchained at the State Theatre. The songs of Johnny Cash and June Carter are enduring classics. Hear them evoked on stage by James 3 and Clare Sukley and Ransom Harmony. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30/$20/$10. 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper. 540-829-0292.



hosted by ABATE of Virginia, Culpeper Chapter. Sign up starts at 11 a.m. at Athenean's Restaurant, 612 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA. Approx 100-mile scenic ride leaves at 11:30 am, ending back in Culpeper. $20 per hand, cash prizes! All enthusiasts welcome! Proceeds to benefit motorcyclists' rights efforts in Virginia. Questions: call 540-397-3924

Support Group. Support group for those that are affected by the unique grief associated with the loss of a loved one to suicide. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at the Culpeper Library from 7-8:30 p.m. The support group is sponsored by Team Jordan and facilitated by Alan Rasmussen, Prevention Specialist for Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services. This group provides a safe place for those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide to talk about their grief and get support from those that can understand. Contact Alan Rasmussen for further information at 434-8258913 or by email atarasmussen@

FUN • Motorcycle Poker Run MEETING • Survivors for Life

FUNDRAISER • 22nd Annual Scholarship Monte Carlo Night from 6-11 p.m. held at Daniel Technology Center at Germanna Community College. Check out this year’s new online auction site. For tickets, see foundation@germanna. edu or 540-423-9060. OPEN HOUSE • The Culpeper

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CONCERT • Put it all together for A Roomful of Blues at the State

Theatre April 8. Blues, swing, soul and jump we’ll leave you feeling fine. Starts at 8 p.m.

APRIL 19 HEALTH • Free oral cancer

screenings. The dental hygiene students at Germanna Community College will offer free oral cancer screenings at the Locust Grove Campus at 2130 Germanna Hwy from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Contact Marlana Thomas at mthomas@germanna. edu or 540-423-9833.

PLAY • State Theatre presents The Frog Prince. Virginia Repertory Theatre’s beautiful production showcases an amphibian ensemble created by acclaimed puppet master Terry Synder. Showings at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets $6. 305 S. Main Street, Culpeper. 540-8290292.


MEETING • Culpeper County Human Services Board, Social Services Board and the Head Start Board hold regular meeting at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Culpeper DSS at 1835 Industry Drive. 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 Ms. Clatterbuck no later than one (1) week prior to the meeting. The public is invited to attend.


STORYTIME • Itsy Bitsy Baby Storytime (Ages birth-23 months) 1st and 3rd Thursdays 10:30 a.m. Bouncing, hugs and kisses, tickle time, lots of rhymes, and one book at this fun storytime. Followed by a half an hour play time with Infant to Toddler Connection. No registration necessary. Contact Laini Bostian or 540-825-8691


DINNER • The Brandy Station Foundation Annual Business Meeting & Dinner will be held at the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Department Hall, 19601 Church Road, in Brandy Station. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the social reception and silent auction. This year, the guest speaker is Glenn Stach, the Preservation Landscape Architect of STACH pllc in Ashville, NC who prepared the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields State Park Feasibility Study for the Civil War Trust. Included in the feasibility study is the letter from BSF President Joe McKinney to Mr. Mark Coombs, State & Local Relations Manager for the Civil War Trust. Joe summarized the Brandy Station Foundation’s position in this way: “ We strongly support the establishment of a Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefields State Park in Culpeper and believe it is an important step forward for our organization, Culpeper County, and visitors

DINNER • Mitchells Presbyterian Church will hold its Spring Steak Dinner from 5-7 p.m. Adults, $12 and Children 6-12, $5. Children under 6 eat free. Proceeds used to renovate church building which is designated as a historical landmark. For more information and carry-outs, please call 825-1079. YARD SALE • Blue Ridge Chorale's Big Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 14445 Glen Verdant Drive on Rt 226, the Rixeyville Rd, north of Culpeper at the second right past the Emerald Hill Elementary School. Special sale - some items never used.used. Local authors Alex ter Weele and Rob Stone will be there to visit and sign their books. Proceeds of the sale help support the Blue Ridge Chorale.If you’d like a table, contact


MEETING • Culpeper Astronomy Club. Amateur astronomer Myron Wasiuta will lead fellow night sky watchers at the meeting of the Culpeper Astronomy Club. Myron will be discussing your favorite celestial objects. Meeting from 7-9 p.m. At 8 p.m. club moves to the outside to observe night sky through telescope. For information about this and other programs, please feel free to call the Library at (540) 825-8691.


REUNION • CCHS Class of 1971 Reunion planning. The second planning meeting for our 45th class reunion will be held 6:30 p.m. at 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701. Contact Jo Backe English at, Selene Lewis Matthews at, or Doug Settle at

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MEETING • Survivors for Life Support Group. Support group for those that are affected by the unique grief associated with the loss of a loved one to suicide. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at the Culpeper Library from 7-8:30 p.m. The support group is sponsored by Team Jordan and facilitated by Alan Rasmussen, Prevention Specialist for Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services. This group provides a safe place for those grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide to talk about their grief and get support from those that can understand. Contact Alan Rasmussen for further information at 434-8258913 or by email atarasmussen@


CONFERENCE • Teepa Snow,

one of America's leading educators on dementia care, will be the featured speaker at an all-day conference to be held at Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. Ms. Snow has a unique, interactive teaching style that uses role playing and handson demonstrations in a humorous, entertaining manner. Other speakers include Dr. Jonathan Evans, a geriatric physician. The conference is brought to the community by a coalition of organizations led by Aging Together. Registration is $20 and includes lunch. Limited scholarships and respite care are available for unpaid family caregivers. For more information, visit www.agingtogether. org or call 540-829-6405.

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HEALTH • Warrenton Derma-

tology & Skin Therapy Center is hosting a free, open house event from 4-6:30 p.m. Goodie bags for all attendees, door prizes and light refreshments. Attendees can learn more about all of the products and services offered. Live Demonstrations of two injectable therapies: Botox at 5:30 p.m., and Kybella the NEW treatment for double-chin at 6 p.m. Go to or call 540-341-1900 for more information.

FILM • RAAC Film Festival at Little Washington. An exciting weekend of entertaining and thought-provoking films by Virginia’s independent filmmakers. A nonstop parade of features, shorts, and documentaries are followed by Q&A and opportunities to mingle with filmmakers.

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PLAY • Fauquier Community Theatre teams with Rappahannock Association for the Arts and Community to present The Odd Couple. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults. Seniors and Students $14. Rappahannock’s Patty Hardee directs. 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton. Order tickets at www/fctstage/org.



“Naturescaping: Using Native Plants to Create Healthy Landscapes” and Native Plant Sale at 6 p.m. Janet Davis of Hill House Farm and Nursery shares ideas about adding layers of diversity to gardens and how native plants add enhanced livability to our world. Beckon birds, befriend butterflies and pamper pollinators by incorporating these concepts and plants. Plant sale to follow. Virginia Cooperative Extension Office (24 Pelham St., Warrenton, VA). Free.. RSVP to the Fauquier County Master Gardener Help Desk at 540-341-7950 ext. 1 or email


MEETING • “Alternative Energy – Is it Finally a Good Investment?” will be the subject of the third annu-

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Myron Wasiuta is currently a member and past president of the Rappahannock Astronomy Club in Fredericksburg. Consider joining the Culpeper Astronomy Club where he shares his knowledge of the night sky and his telescope. Next meeting April 25 at the library.

al Earth Day Talk sponsored by the Warrenton Climate Change Group, in conjunction with The Fauquier Chamber. Local solar and geothermal businesses, and those using the systems they sell, will share information about the value and costs of a more climate-conscious lifestyle. Cliff Hamal, an energy expert with Navigant, will preview what tomorrow’s energy mix and costs may likely be. Starts at 7 p.m. at Fauquier High School. Contact Judy Lamana at (540) 270.2950 Or judy.lamana@



ing Class at Hobby Hill Farm. Learn to make your own fresh mozzarella in this fun and interactive class. $25 per person includes glass of Desert Rose wine and homemade snacks. Class times at 12 p.m./2 p.m./4 p.m. Call 540-635-3200 or email at info@ for reservations. Be sure to include class time.


HISTORY • Working Woods Walk at James Madison’s Montpelier from 2-4 p.m. Located at 11407 Constitution Highway in Montpelier. Explore the Mansion and the lawn to the woods of Montpelier on a twohour hike. Hike led by Virginia Master Naturalists. $10/person or $5 with admission to the Mansion tour. Children under 6 free. For more information, see: visit. In case of inclement weather, call (540) 672-2728, ext 141 or ext 252 for further information.



• Orange County Parks & Recreation Chess Tournament at Prospect Heights Middle School. The tournament will run approximately 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (play begins at 10 a.m). This tournament will be US Chess Federation sanctioned, but rated and unrated


PLANT SALE • Rappahannock

Plant Sale from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is the perfect time to start planning for your garden. As in past 14 years, this sale has a wide selection of native and cultivated plants offered by local growers. But some great plants, discuss plants with experts and your plant-loving neighbors, swap gardening stories and enjoy some refreshments. At Waterpenny Farm, U.S. Route 211, Sperryville, rain or shine.

MADISON COUNTY APRIL 13 AGRICULTURE • Agritourism Grant Workshop & Networking Session. The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Tourism Committee will host an Agritourism Grant Workshop and Networking Session at Prince Michel Winery & Vineyard from noon - 4 p.m. The workshop is free and a boxed lunch is provided. Registration required and open until April 11. Register online at rrrcagritourism. Jenny Biche at


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Wine and food shouldn't be intimidating Starting today, I’m writing “Epicurean Muse,” a monthly column encompassing Kim Kelly all things wine, food and entertainment related. While I’m no stranger to wine, I’ve been in the business for more than 15 years, the last 8 as the owner of Vinosity, and I still find it immensely satisfying. It’s an industry filled with passionate people who thrive on sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm and wine of course. There are endless opportunities to continue learning and growing and that’s one of the primary reasons I’m still very invested in this fascinating world. One of the most important things I’ve learned along the way is that wine or food should not be intimidating. I like to view it as just a part of daily living, I eat dinner and I have a glass of wine, simple. There are many choices, none of which need to be complicated, always eat and drink what you enjoy and never make any apologies for it. So as the adventure continues, I’m excited to contribute my experiences in this column and always welcome your feedback. Going right along with the debut of this column, Rosé is also making its debut. Early spring marks the release of fresh, new vintages from all over the world. It’s a tradition that signifies warm weather is just around the corner and often inspires spring wine dinners and festivals. If you’re just tuning into Rosé, don’t let the pink color influence your opinion. No question, it looks a lot like white zinfandel, pink and sweet, but that’s the only comparison. Rosé is typically produced as a dry wine and the pink color is a result of minimal contact between the juice and the grape skins during the crush phase of the


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Board denies request by Islamic Center of Culpeper By Anita L. Sherman STAFF WRITER

Dorothy Ritenour Clem Dorothy Ritenour Clem, age 89 of Manassas, VA passed away at her residence on March 31, 2016. She was born on October 22, 1926, daughter of the late Lucy Botts and Victor Roy Ritenour. She was preceded in death by her husband William Henry Clem and is survived by her daughter Gail Hansen and husband Kenneth, SR of Manassas, VA; her grandson Kenneth Hansen, JR and wife Jessica of Gainesville, VA; her sister Viola Westlake and husband Dick of Warrenton, VA; a great grandson William Kenneth (Will) Hansen and a niece Lucia Coffey and husband Greg of Warrenton, VA. The family received friends at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Funeral services were held at Gainesville United Methodist Church, 13710 Milestone Court, Gainesville, VA 20155 on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Interment Henry McInturff Cemetery, Fort Valley, VA. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of flowers or a contribution can be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Dorothy Clem.

Most monthly Culpeper County Board of Supervisors meetings are not well attended by the public at large. That is, unless there is a topic that has caught the attention of enough residents that they will take the time to come. Such was the case Tuesday morning as supervisors arrived to a filled meeting room. The first item under general county business was for the board to consider a request by the Islamic Center of Culpeper for a pump and haul permit on a parcel of land, about an acre, located on Route 229 at 14434 Rixeyville Road. Planning Director John Egertson reported that all was in order with the application. He also stated that the applicant does have a contract on the property but that it hadn’t gone to closing.


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The property in question has an uninhabitable structure. Egertson said that he and his staff had met with the applicant who intended to demolish the building and construct a prayer center where they planned to meet perhaps twice per week for a couple of hours. Egertson also said that a pump and haul request was not subject to a public hearing. In the past, the board has considered 19 pump and haul requests, approving 18 and denying one. Supervisor Bill Chase quickly broached the subject. “I’m dead set against this,” he said emphasizing that his decision was not based on religion but on use. Chase felt that these types of requests were for emergency situations which this is not. Clapping and cheers accompanied his comments quickly subdued by Chairman Alexa Fritz who said later that she had received many unsettling phone calls and was particularly disturbed when a sign appeared in her district painted in red

clearly against approval and seemingly against her in particular. Supervisor Sue Hansohn said that she had also received many emails and calls. Supervisor Jack Frazier said they had been faced with a challenging decision. For him, it got back to the hardship situation. “If there is a situation where there is no other alternative, I see that, but in this case there is not a hardship...they’re buying this property at a cheap price and stand to enhance their situation by doing this. They can walk away from this property and look to another [that doesn’t have these issues].” With the majority against approving the request, it died with a vote of 4-3. Those voting in favor were Brad Rosenberg, Sue Hansohn and Alexa Fritz. Those against were Steve Walker, Gary Deal, Bill Chase and Jack Frazier. Anita Sherman may be reached at

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Schools select Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year The 2016-17 Culpeper County Public Schools Teacher and CCPS Classified Employee of the Year will be named at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the School Board Meeting held at Eastern View High School forum. All 10 public schools and the TRIER Program in Culpeper County selected a Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year. Classified Employees of the Year were also chosen from the maintenance and transportation departments and the central office. The County Teacher of the Year will represent the school division in the 2016-17 Virginia Teacher of the Year competition. This annual program honors teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth. Selected as Teacher of the Year at each school are the

following: Culpeper County High School - Ashley Crago Eastern View High School - Alana Harding Culpeper Middle School - Brandon Adam Hughes Floyd T. Binns Middle School - Khaled El-Nemr TRIER Alternative Program- Dylan Dwyer A.G. Richardson Elementary - Sheri Leddy Emerald Hill Elementary - Janine Morrison Farmington Elementary Hilda Isabel Williams Pearl Sample Elementary - Heather Wallace Sycamore Park Elementary - Lawyer Johnson Yowell Elementary School - Sheri Nicholson Selected as Classified Employee of the Year from each school and department are the following: Culpeper County High School - Debra Tricarico

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Culpeper County Sheriff's Office: March 30-April 5

Following are the county police reports from March 30-April 5. Reports are provided by the law enforcement agency listed and do not imply guilt, however are the charges placed by the CCSO.

Woody Lee Evans Age: 50, Black/Male Hgt./Wgt.: 5-9/150 Hair/Eye: Black/Brown Last known: 12221 Riverton Ct., Remington, Va. Wanted for: Fail to Appear.

Nathaniel Robert Fitts Age: 37, Black/Male Hgt./Wgt.: 5-7/175 Hair/Eye: Black/Brown Last known: 1805 Picadilly Circle, Culpeper, Va. Wanted for: Fail to Pay Fines, Costs or Penalties.

March 30 Ronny Lee Sanders, 52, 500 block Second St., Culpeper, assault and battery Michael James Bradford, 27, 10000 block Jann Court, Culpeper, DUI March 31 Christopher Rudy Marsh, 32, 200 block Queen St., Culpeper, probation violation on felony charge (four counts) Joshua Mackenzie Bacot, 24, 7200 block Endless View Lane, Rixeyville, defeating drug and alcohol screening test John Francis Hitt III, 29, 1400 block Hitt Lane, Amissville, VA, fugitive from justice

Age: 38, White/Male Hgt./Wgt.: 5-8/160 Hair/Eye: Blonde/Blue Last known: 210 Battlefield Rd., Locust Grove, Va. Wanted for: Fail to Pay Fines, Costs or Penalties.

Jason Ray Price Age: 33, White/Male Hgt./Wgt.: 6-0/200 Hair/Eye: Brown/Hazel Last known: 1300 Friendship Way 101, Culpeper, Va. Wanted for: Fail to Appear.

March 28 Mackenzie O'Bryant Richards, 30, Garr Ave., Culpeper, defeating drug and alcohol screening test Randolph Charles Davis Jr., 52, 25000 block Rapidan Road, Rapidan, trespass after being forbidden to do so, resisting arrest Jose Bobby Lopez, 23, 800 block N. Aspen St., Culpeper, violate protective orders March 29 Shah Edward Lightfoot, 20, 13000 block Eggbornsville Road, Culpeper, breaking and entering with intent to commit felony, grand larceny Ruth Gonzalez, 42, 600 block N. East St., Culpeper, contributing to the delinquency of a minor Lara Miguel Amaya, 23, 500 block Woodruff Lane, Culpeper, contributing

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April 2 Timothy Lee Harkleroad, 29, 600 block Sedgwick Court, Stafford, possession of schedule I, II controlled substance Danielle D. Harkleroad, 25, 600 block Sedgwick Court, possession of schedule I, II controlled substance April 3 Jesse Lee Dyer, 36, 4000 block Crossgate Road, Chester, assault and

battery - family member

April 4 Samantha Jean Applegate, 22, 2000 block Taylorsville Road, Barboursville, failure to appear Melissa Mae Newman, 43, 11000 block Tearoom Ct., Culpeper, assault and battery - family member John Weir, 51, 2700 block Wilwood Circle, Amissville, contempt of court Marvin Vaundell Smith, 41, 100 block W. Williams St., Culpeper, failure to appear, possession of schedule I, II controlled substance

April 5 Andrew Maurice Puller, 30, 600 block Yancey Street, Culpeper, sale, distribute marijuana, felony by prisoner, assault and battery - police officer or firefighter, obstruct justice with threats/force James Edward Ross, 37, 4000 block Sherbourne Lane, Fredericksburg, driving with suspended or revoked license

Culpeper Town Police: March 28-April 3

Following are the police reports from March 28-April 3. Reports are provided by the law enforcement agency listed and do not imply guilt, however are the charges placed by the police department.

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Suspect apprehended after shots fired The Culpeper Police Department apprehended a juvenile male after reports of shots fired April 1 in the area of East Williams Street. On April 1, 2016, at around 12:50pm, officers immediately responded to the

to the delinquency of a minor

March 30 Jose Bobby Lopez, 23, 800 block N. Aspen St., Culpeper, abuse and neglect of children Eber Aurelio Morales, 27, 400 block Hill St., Culpeper, abduction by force, intimidation or deception, assault and battery - family member giving false identity to law enforcement officer William Kitts, 41, 100 block Park St., Orange, probation violation

March 31 Djibrine Baba Idriss, 35, 100 block E. Piedmont St., Culpeper, failure to appear on felony charge Troy Lee Lewis, 37, 17000 block Terrys Run Road, Orange, non-compliance with VASAP April 1 Francisco Hernandez-Almendra, 34, 600 block Mountain View Drive, Culpeper, possession of marijuana, giving false identity to law enforcement officer

area. Witnesses on scene provided a description of the suspect that was reported to have discharged the firearm. There were no reported injuries related to this incident. Law enforcement personnel from the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded with the Culpeper Police Department, and set up a perimeter to locate the suspect. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

David Wayne Rider, 34, 13000 block Dowdy Lane, Unionville, failure to appear April 2 Jimmy Allen Kennedy, 56, 200 block E. Williams St., Culpeper, concealment, price alter merchandise Joshua Jamal Ravenel, 26, 2000 block Forsythia Dr., Culpeper, monument: unlawful damage, no intent to steal, drunk in public, profane language Tyeisha Nicole Simpson, 26, 2000 block Forsythia Drive, Culpeper, assault and battery - family member Dillon Trollinger, 21, 2000 block Rutherford Lane, Amissville, assault and battery - simple April 3 Nathaniel Nicholas Jones, 28, 500 block Fourth St., Culpeper, driving with suspended or revoked license Valerie Denise Nelson, 54, 600 block Highview Ct., Culpeper, larceny: third or subsequent offense

The juvenile was also wanted on additional charges by the Culpeper Police Department. Detectives with the Culpeper Police Department and Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of the shooting. "This is an excellent example of how local law enforcement works together to provide a quick response to apprehend a dangerous felon," Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins said.

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Athlete of the week: David Laird

View's baseball team maturing behind senior Editor’s note: Throughout the local high school sports season, Culpeper Times will recognize an “Athlete of the Week” from one of the sports. This week we are featuring baseball. At the end of the year, the Times will select a male and female athlete at both Culpeper County and Eastern View high schools and recognize them as “Athlete of the Year” at their respective schools. By Marshall Conner TIMES CONTRIBUTOR

Last week when most high school students were taking it easy on spring break the Eastern View Cyclones traveled to play baseball in South Carolina for the Green Wave Tournament held in Easley. There the Cyclones finished 2-1 defeating two quality teams before wrapping up play and driving home last Friday. They played hard, bonded as a team and even enjoyed a little southern cuisine. In the tournament’s final game Eastern View’s senior left-hander David Laird earned a three-hit shutout over Pickens High School of South Carolina. Laird walked one batter and struck out six in the 3-0 victory. “We went 2-1 in the tournament, we beat two good teams and lost to a team that really wasn’t one of the better ones we faced,” said Laird. “I think we played down to our com-

petition slightly in the loss. It was a great experience though and we played well.” The Cyclones learned a few things from its two victories and one defeat in tournament. “We learned that we need to play more consistently at a higher tempo,” said Laird. This Tuesday, the Cyclones returned to action with a 7-0 win over Courtland at home. The Cyclones (6-2) appear to be maturing as a team. They are manufacturing runs and shutting down opposing hitters with quality pitching. “A well-located fastball is my best weapon,” said Laird. “Being in command of my pitches is the best feeling.” Laird also plays centerfield when he is not on the mound. He’s optimistic about where this Cyclones team will finish this season. He sees lots of promise in his teammates and he thinks that the younger players will gain experience as the season progresses. “We’ve been in the conference championship consistently over the years, seven-of-the-eight years EVHS’s been around. We are building a tradition here,” said Laird. “I try to be a leader who leads with my play, but I also try to be an example for our younger players.” Laird is an outstanding student by all accounts and a three-year starter for the Cyclones. “I’ve committed to Radford University,” said Laird. “I’m going to play baseball there and major in nursing. I liked the team and coaches when I visited last year. The area also appealed to me. Radford had a very good season and it seemed like a good fit.” Laird has been devoted to baseball since the fourth grade. He lives

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and breathes the sport. “I just really like to play baseball. I really fell in love with the sport since I moved to this area with my family from Germany,” said Laird. “My father serves in the Air Force.” When he is not playing ball Laird enjoys following his favorite Major League team and watching highlights. “I like the Red Sox,” said Laird. “My favorite player is David Ortiz.” The support of his family and his coaches has been essential to Laird’s success as a student athlete “Head coach Daniel Nobbs really is an outstanding motivator who really cares about all aspects of our game and character,” added Laird. “My family has helped me so much over the years, they’ve supported me in travel and high school baseball - it can get expensive. My family has been there for me the entire way.” Laird added one more thing about his recent trip to South Caro-


Senior left-hander David Laird is a three-year starter for the Cyclones.

lina. “The barbeque was amazing,” he said with a smile. Marshall Conner is a freelance contributor with the Culpeper Times. You may reach him at


PARKS & RECREATION THE USES OF WILD PLANTS Come join local Naturalist, Ron Hughes, in the fun and fascinating discovery of wild plants and their traditional uses. Explore which plants can be eaten, used for tea, used for survival, taken for medicine, used for fiber, and more. Terminology, identification, collection and much more will be covered in this hands-on workshop which includes a nice, long walk in the field to identify plants and even try a few. You’ll also get hands on experience extracting and twisting plant fiber to make cordage while trying a great spring tonic - sassafras tea. You’ll finish the class making bark berry buckets to take home. Ages 12-adults welcome (Ages 12-15 must be accompanied by a registered adult.) Spilman Park Shelter, 3453 Colvin Rd, Amissville Register By: 4/12

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