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A Roadmap to Estate Planning


with Katherine Charapich

Calendar Oct 10, 2018 at 10:30 am, runs for 3 weeks

Legal issues often seem so complicated or confusing that we neglect dealing with them. Questions arise surrounding the key estate planning documents known as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, or advanced medical directives. The questions range from the basic to the more complex:  What is a revocable trust? What if I don’t have a will in place when I die?  Can I keep assets in my bloodline?  Do I have to leave assets to my children?  Do I need a power of attorney if I have made my adult-child joint owner with rights of survivorship on my bank account?  Attorney Katherine Charapich’s classes will address these questions and more, and will aid in understanding estate planning documents that can help provide protection for persons as well as their financial investments. Ms. Charapich will discuss protecting individuals’ interests and well-being should they become incapacitated and protecting assets for their care. She will also address ways to ease the transfer of remaining assets to beneficiaries.

Katherine Charapich, a lawyer with the Estate Law Center based in Culpeper, Virginia, focuses on estate planning, elder law matters, and business formation and contracts. Ms. Charapich obtained her Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Liberty Legal Journal. She earned a reputation for excellence in client service during her 20 years of prior business experience in the Commonwealth of Virginia that she continues to build upon in her practice today. For more information, please visit

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American Politics: Big Issues, the 2018 Election, and Judicial Confirmations


with Brooks/ Regnery

Calendar Oct 19, 2018 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks

Two politically knowlegable gentlemen, the liberal Stephen Brooks and the conservative Al Regnery, will have an intelligent, rational--and friendly--discussion of the major American political issues of the fall: the midterm elections and the Supreme Court nomination. 

Note: In addition to the four Friday classes (October 19, 26, November 2 and 9), a fifth class will be scheduled in mid to late September to discuss the Kavanaugh nomination.

Stephen Brooks is a retired attorney who lives full-time in Rappahannock County with his wife. He practiced law in New York from 1971 to 2011, at different times, in public interest, private and governmental settings. He served as staff director for the Minority (Democrats) in the New York State Senate and was president of a Reform Democratic Club on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Currently, he is a member of the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Family Court and a board member of Rappahannock’s Foothills Forum. Stephen is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and George Washington University.

Al Regnery has been in the Republican political fray for more than 40 years.  He is a lawyer, was counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the late 1970s, served in the Reagan Justice Department, was president and publisher of a book publishing company that published many political books, later publisher of a political magazine.  He has written one book on U.S. politics and hundreds of op-eds and articles, given many lectures and interviews, and still believes the system works.

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Chess: The Basics and Beyond


with Tac Tacelosky

Calendar Sep 24, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Have you ever watched people playing chess and thought "I'd like to be able to play"?  Or maybe you know the rules and how the pieces move but aren't sure what to do next?  This class is for you.  You'll learn (or review) the rules, then move to how to coordinate the pieces, with a smattering of tactics, strategy and opening theory.  By the end of the class, you'll be able to confidently sit across the board and say "Let's play!"

Note: While participants may bring any chess set, a tournament chess set is recommended: $17 on Amazon (green roll-up vinyl chessboard).  

Tac Tacelosky co-hosts a Monday Night Chess Meetup in Dupont Circle, where he lives during the week.  He's been enjoying chess for more than 4 decades.

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Introduction to Forest Management


with Joseph Rossetti

Calendar Oct 2, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 5 weeks

Students will be exposed to basic concepts of forestry such as tree identification, forest ecology and succession, forest and wildlife management, timber harvesting, and common forest needs.  A combination of classroom and field work will be included. 

Note: Participants will need two books which they may purchase at the first class for $5.00.  The books are Common Native Trees of Virginia and Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia.  Alternatively, they can download the books and print them at home from

Joe Rossetti is the Senior Area Forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry in the Northern Virginia Work Area.  Joe has been working in Rappahannock and surrounding counties since 2007.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management from West Virginia University. 

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Invasive Plants in Rappahannock County: Understanding, Identification, Control, and Replacement


with Mike Wenger

Calendar Sep 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Whether it’s Oriental Bittersweet devouring forests or Autumn Olive taking over pastures or Garlic Mustard squeezing out forest wildflowers, non-native invasive plants have rapidly become a severe threat to Rappahannock County. This course is appropriate for anyone interested in learning how to understand and address that threat. The course will address invasive plants with a particular emphasis on a Rappahannock view. It will cover an overview of the problem, plant identification, the importance of native plant alternatives, and the various control methods. Course participants will also have a chance to meet and interact with multiple subject matter experts; to engage in practical, hands-on plant identification; and to outline and begin to develop their own invasive control and replacement plan. Landowners, property managers and anyone interested in preserving the environment will find this course of value. The course will include two local field trips to practice identification and observe actual control efforts.

Instructor: Mike Wenger is a Certified Master Naturalist with the Old Rag Master Naturalist Chapter, and he has worked with a variety of public organizations on invasive plant control and replacement.  He will coordinate a variety of experts and moderate a series of panels addressing invasive plant  identification, control methods, native plant alternatives, and development and implementation of a control plan.

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Knit a Hat


with Rebecca Abecassis

Calendar Oct 12, 2018 at 3 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Each participant will learn the knit and purl stitches, how to cast on, and how to bind off.  The instructor will provide needles and yarn that participants can take home and practice the stitches.   Students will learn how to knit a hat on circular needles and how to use double point needles as well as how to read a pattern.  

Note: Participants will pay a materials fee for needles and yarn.  The cost will vary depending on the yarn chosen and the class project which will be chosen by the group.

Rebecca Abecassis grew up in the area and has owned the Knit Wit Yarn Shop in Sperryville for 10 years. She learned to knit Icelandic sweaters in 1988 while living in Iceland and has enjoyed knitting ever since. 

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Learn to Play Golf


with Miller/ Schiffman

Calendar Sep 24, 2018 at 10:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

This class is for beginners and those who haven't played golf for a long time and would like to take it up again.  Classes will include basic instruction and basic rules and golf etiquette while playing.

Class 1 will cover putting and how to read a green.

Class 2 will cover chipping and the use of different clubs when your ball is near the green.

Class 3 will cover pitching - how to get the ball in the air using a pitching wedge.

Class 4 will cover hitting the ball in the fairway (and in the rough).

Class 5 will cover hitting off the tee.Students must have and must bring to class the following clubs: putter, pitching wedge, nine iron, five iron and driver (for the last class only).

A lightweight carry bag is also helpful.

Cliff Miller is the owner of several Sperryville-based businesses including the Schoolhouse Nine Golf Course.  He is an avid golfer and student of the game.  Cliff has a BA from Dartmouth College in mathematics and an MBA from the Darden School at UVA.

Doug Schiffman has been playing golf for over fifty years and still hasn't gotten a hole-in-one . . . . . but there is still time.

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