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EGRA Baseball & Softball registration deadline EXTENDED until Friday, March 6 at 5:00 PM. Registration forms may be printed from the website, or picked up and returned to the UPS Store.  Late fee will be added after 5:00 PM, March 6. No registrations will be accepted after March 15.  www.egra.org

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A black male, King Charles small breed dog. He was found on Halifax Street in front of Picture Perfect.
 
The Emporia-Greensville Humane Society has the dog and will hold until the ownerIs found.
 
Please call 804 731 8987

Utility Work on West Atlantic

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UTILITY REPAIRS

There will be temporary lane closures on West Atlantic Street from North Main Street to Market Drive due to utility repairs.

Appropriate traffic control will be established to facilitate vehicular movement.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 634-4500.

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Crystal Cutz Celebrates Grand Opening

The Mayor and Members of the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of Crystal Cutz on South Main Street on Monday.

Crystal Lucy, owner of Crystal Cutz and Mayor Mary Person at the opening of the Salon.

    

    

New Electoral Board Members Sworn In

New members of the City and County Electoral Boards were recently sworn by Bobby Wrenn, Clerk of the Circuit Court.  In the top photo, Ann Thomas, accompanied by her husband Earnest, was sworn for the County.  In the bottom photo, Dr. Wynn Legrow was sworn in for the City.  Both Mrs. Thomas and Dr. Legrow were nominated by the Emporia/Greensville Democratic Committee as state law requires that the majority on Local Electoral Boards should be of the same political party as the Governor.

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Annual CoCoRaHS “March Madness” Contest Begins

The National Weather Service in Wakefield, VA is currently looking for volunteers to join the CoCoRaHS program during the annual “March Madness” contest.

What is CoCoRaHS?

CoCoRaHS stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network and was established in 1998 in the aftermath of the Fort Collins, CO flash flood that occurred in July 1997.  This program consists of a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers who take daily weather measurements in their backyards and record the information on the CoCoRaHS website at www.cocorahs.org.  Observations are then immediately available in map and table form for the National Weather Service as well as for natural resource, education and research applications.

What is the CoCoRaHS March Madness Contest?

CoCoRaHS March Madness is a friendly recruiting contest between all 50 states to see who can recruit the most new volunteers during the 31 days of March.  The contest is broken down into two categories:  "Traditional Count"…the state that recruits the greatest number of new observers in March.  The second category is "Per Capita*" or population weighted…the state that recruits the greatest number of new observers per one million of its total population.  The winning state in each category receives the "CoCoRaHS Cup" to keep and exhibit for a year until next year's contest (in the tradition of the NHL's Stanley Cup).  Contest information can be found at http://www.cocorahs.org/Content.aspx?page=marchmadness15.  

Why become a CoCoRaHS Observer?

There are several counties throughout Eastern Virginia that have less than five observers actively reporting, and nine counties and three incorporated cities that have no observers at all.  We need your help to expand this beneficial observing network!

By becoming a CoCoRaHS observer, you will provide crucial precipitation information that helps fill in the data gaps among other observation networks.  Weather enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join CoCoRaHS.  Help us by recruiting a friend or relative during our contest.  Just go to www.cocorahs.orgto learn more about the program and to sign up.

If you have any questions about CoCoRaHS, please contact Bridget De Rosa, Dan Proch, or Lyle Alexander at (757) 899-4200.

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Have you heard!?

There was a meeting on Friday Feb. 20th with the Lawrenceville Mayor, Town council Members, and others with a company called O.A.T.S.  What is O.A.T.S. ? Watch this 5 minute video: http://youtu.be/z8GEgDd1lko

Plans are underway for O.A.T.S. to occupy the old Southern States complex located at the intersection of West 4th Ave. and West 5th Avein Lawrenceville, Va.

Equine services and therapy have become the world’s leading methodof resource in a host of different areas: Executive groups – Day Retreats for communication, team building, and relaxation Hospitals for ground work based therapy; Veterans for resolving a host of issues (service offered at no cost to veterans); Schools – both secondary and higher learning for truancy issues; grade improvement; life skill application; employment training; and more; Churches-unique method to present applicable materials using the horse as a model of behavior.  And really, the list is endless.

O.A.T.S. will offer daily sessions and equine activity on site. Off site services will also be available through the only mobile equine team inVirginia called “Hoofprints to Footprints”.

Over the coming weeks, the staff of O.A.T.S. will make numerous trips to this region as they make presentations for hospitals, prisons, civic groups, churches, government entities, executive groups, and many others who are signing up for this unique service. The next appearance for O.A.T.S. in Lawrenceville is March 6th.

O.A.T.S. is an equal opportunity employer and has plans to employ staff and volunteers equally 400 in the next 5 years.

For more information, please visit http://oatsinva.com.

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Senate OKs Limits on Use of License Plate Data

By Kevin Lata, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would limit police retention of license plate data to seven days in an attempt to restrict government stockpiling of personal information.

Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, proposed Senate Bill 965 as part of a broader effort to clamp down against government overreach into personal lives, an area he has targeted the past two legislative sessions.

“The state should not use surveillance technology to collect information on its citizens where there is no discrete reason to do so,” Petersen said.

Under current law, there is no limit on how long government agencies can store passive data collected by license plate readers.

LPRs are typically mounted to police vehicles and standing structures such as traffic lights and bridges. They work by rapidly taking photos of license plates – at a rate of one per second, according to an LPR manufacturing company’s website. The technology can capture the data when vehicles are moving as fast as 100 mph.

The devices help law enforcement agencies track down stolen motor vehicles and people connected to criminal investigations, including theft and kidnapping.

Some police departments store their LPR data for up to a year. Civil liberties organizations believe that poses the potential for abuse. Supporters of the legislation included the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation and the American Civil Liberties Union – unlikely bedfellows who disagree on many issues but share concerns about unwarranted government surveillance.

“The issue here is the limitations of the Fourth Amendment,” Petersen explained in a Facebook status. “It was written for a low-tech agrarian society, not today’s data heavy internet age.”

He warned citizens to be careful because “we’re one click away from being watched.”

Petersen received input from law enforcement agencies when drafting the legislation but encountered what he called a “philosophical difference about limits on state power.” The Virginia Sheriffs Association, the State Police, the Prince William County Police Department and other law enforcement groups opposed his bill.

Petersen said he believes SB 965 strikes a balance between personal liberty and public safety.

“This bill will protect Virginians from unnecessary and indiscriminate police data collection and retention,” Petersen said.

A companion bill, HB 1673, was introduced by Del. Rich Anderson, R-Prince William. The House Militia, Police and Public Safety endorsed the measure on a 17-4 vote Friday. It is now before the full House of Delegates.


 

Assembly OK’s a 2-Song Solution

By Cort Olsen, Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The House of Delegates joined the Senate on Tuesday in approving both “Our Great Virginia” and “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as official state songs. But will Gov. Terry McAuliffe sign the legislation into law?

The House voted 81-15 in favor of a bill to designate:

  • "Our Great Virginia” as “the official traditional state song.” The song combines the melody of “Shenandoah,” a ballad from the 1800s, with words by New York lyricist Mike Greenly. This song is the preference of House Speaker Bill Howell.
  • “Sweet Virginia Breeze” as “the official popular state song.” This is an up-tempo pop tune by Richmond musicians Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett.

The measure designating the state songs is Senate Bill 1362, which was approved 37-1 by the Senate on Feb. 10. It represents a compromise: Originally, SB 1362, sponsored by Sen. Walter Stosch, R-Henrico, included only “Sweet Virginia Breeze.” But it was amended to incorporate SB 1128, which sought to designate “Our Great Virginia” as the state song.

A third song – “Virginia, the Home of My Heart,” by Richmond singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum – had been in the running. But the bill promoting that song died in the House Rules Committee two weeks ago.

Greenbaum said she is still hopeful for her song. “It isn’t over, from what I have been told,” Greenbaum said. “The governor still hasn’t signed any of the songs into law yet.”

Virginia has been without a state song since “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” was retired in 1997 for its racist lyrics.

When it comes to the songs, the votes at the Capitol don’t exactly mirror the votes on social media.

On YouTube, for example, “Sweet Virginia Breeze” has been played more than 42,000 times, with about 200 likes and three dislikes. The folksy “Virginia, the Home of My Heart” has been played about 12,000 times, garnering 140 likes and five dislikes. “Our Great Virginia” also has been played about 12,000 times, with 50 likes and 21 dislikes.

About 4,800 people responded to an online poll in which Capital News Service asked, “What’s your No. 1 choice to be Virginia’s next state song?” About 56 percent preferred “Sweet Virginia Breeze”; 41 percent, “Virginia, the Home of My Heart”; and 2 percent, “Our Great Virginia.”

The remaining 1 percent of the respondents suggested other songs, like “Virginia Pride” by David Tuck, “Rolling Home to Old Virginia” by The Press Gang and even “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

Several people who took the unscientific poll criticized “Our Great Virginia,” saying it evokes Missouri rather than Virginia. A plurality of the comments extolled “Virginia, the Home of My Heart,” calling it heartfelt and dignified. Many other people said they enjoyed “Sweet Virginia Breeze” because it is upbeat and catchy.

Some respondents said Virginia voters should decide the issue. “Please put this on a ballot and let the PEOPLE NOT THE POLITICIANS decide what their state song should be. After all it’s THEIR state song isn’t it?” one person wrote.

But a few respondents supported the two-song solution. One person commented, “Why not two state songs? I vote for ‘Sweet Virginia Breeze’ for the fun one and ‘Our Great Virginia’ for the one to play at funerals.”

 

 

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