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New Rappahannock Food Pantry welcomes first clients

The Rappahannock Food Pantry opened its doors for the first time June 27 at its new location in the Town of Washington and is already seeing a small increase in clientele.

“After all of our hard work, we were so happy to finally open our doors for our clients,” said Penny Kardis, food pantry president. “[Our clients] found the wide and spacious aisles very pleasing. The two-story open ceiling and windows filled the space with Rappahannock sunshine.”

Final hearing is Monday on town-county boundary proposal

State officials from the Commission on Local Government (CLG) will meet with the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors and Washington Town Council on Monday for a public hearing on the town boundary line adjustment.

County and town officials will give a joint presentation to the commission at 3 p.m. at the county courthouse before opening the floor for questions from the public. A public hearing to hear comments on the proposed agreement will be held at 7 p.m. at the courthouse.

Town of Washington board approves Rush River Commons signage, ponders packing shed’s future

The Town of Washington’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) unanimously approved plans for signage at Rush River Commons at its Monday meeting, despite some concern over the prominence of the signage detracting from the town.

Previously, the plans were in front of the town’s Planning Commission, where engineers on the project were petitioning for a special use permit. At a March meeting, a clerical error on the part of the

Rush River Commons’ signage plans move forward

The Washington Town Council and Planning Commission voted unanimously Monday to refer plans for signage around Rush River Commons to the Architectural Review Board for further review.

At the joint meeting, Planning Commission Chair Caroline Anstey said errors made by the Rush River team were found in the signage application that was approved by town staff.

Two directory signs should not have been included in the initial proposal because they are part of the residential side of the project, which falls under a different zoning district, according to Anstey.

Rush River Commons shows off new food pantry at ‘topping off’

Rush River Commons creator and backer Chuck Akre addresses a crowd of residents gathered at the project’s “topping off” ceremony Tuesday afternoon. To his left are project spokesperson Betsy Dietel and former Food Pantry director Mimi Forbes. Washington Town Council member Bradley Schneider is to Akre’s right.

“It’s a no-frills building,” Rush River Commons creator and backer Chuck Akre said at the ceremony, which was attended by contractors and engineers who worked on the project, along with nearly 100 residents. “All of you have played a role in getting it to this point.”

Washington Town Council, planners table Rush River Commons’ signage proposal

Developers delete project sign from plan –
The Washington Town Council and Planning Commission voted Monday to table a proposal for signage in and around the Rush River Commons’ development near the entrance to the historic town, and will meet jointly later this month for a final vote.

The Rush River Commons’ team, known as Black Kettle LLC, submitted an application for a special use permit in order to display signs larger than the 15-square foot maximum per building, as laid out in the town’s Zoning Ordinance.