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2015-7-21

Reader Responds to Editorial About Auditorium

I complement you on a well-written and informative editorial regarding the pending proposal to tear down the old Emporia Elementary School auditorium. Assuming that your alleged historical facts leading up to that proposal are correct, then I find nothing in your opinion piece with which I disagree.
 
I am one who has fond memories from having grown up attending various assemblies in that facility, of having been there several times when my sons attended school there, and of having participated in and being in attendance at various other functions there over the years.
 
The one thing that stands out in my mind from a trip to Rome, Italy many years ago, was how so much of that city's buildings and infrastructure had been maintained and preserved for many decades, and even centuries.  Here in America, we--and particularly our governments--regular demonstrate a preference and even a fondness for tearing down the old and building new from the ground up.
 
One suggestion during this period of time pending a supposed final vote about how to proceed would be to appoint a citizens' committee of persons not only simply interested in preserving the structure, but who would have expertise and knowledge appropriate to the situation from a practical standpoint.
 
As a county resident with no legitimate right to have input in this matter, I nevertheless would further suggest that such a study not be done by using taxpayer's dollars to pay for professional opinions, but by persons willing to study and make recommendations that are both practical and in the best overall interest of the city as well as the entire community.
 
Keith W. Mitchell  

Editor's Note:  The subject of the Auditorium will be debated by the Emporia City Council at this evening's City Council Meeting.  Also on this evening's agenda is a public hearing about the change of the Polling Place for City District 5.  The public hearing begins at 6:30 and the regular meeting will begin immediately after.

Dominion Virginia Power Offers Tips to Save Energy on High Heat Index Days

The comfort and safety of our customers are a priority in the next several days as temperatures will average about 5-8 degrees hotter than a normal late July day in Dominion Virginia Power’s service area statewide. High humidity is making conditions feel like 100+ degrees. As temperatures soar, we are asking our media partners to help inform and prepare the public for the extreme temperatures ahead. Take special precaution when caring for the elderly, pets and anyone who is vulnerable to the heat.

High temperatures outdoors can also translate into high energy bills. To help conserve, Dominion suggests the following energy-saving cooling tips:

• Set your thermostat to the highest comfortable temperature. Dominion and the U.S. Department of Energy recommend 78 degrees for maximum efficiency.
• Use programmable thermostats to save money by automatically turning up your AC while you're away.
• Close blinds or drapes during the day to keep out the sun’s heat. Highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by as much as 45%.
• Turn off and unplug everything possible when not in use or you are on vacation.
• Turn off ceiling fans when leaving the room. Ceiling fans don't cool spaces, but cool people by creating a wind chill effect.
• Replace or clean forced air cooling system filters monthly.
• Keep the water heater set at 120 degrees and insulate the heater and adjacent pipes to prevent heat loss.
• Using an outdoor grill during hot weather lowers cooling costs.

 

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