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Harvest Festival Fundraising Concert & Dance Set for Oct. 1st

SOUTH HILL, VA– En’ Novation, featuring the extremely popular former members of Casper, is set to perform live on October 1st at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.  This is a joint venture between VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Foundation and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.  Also performing as the opening act is The Big Eddy & Blue Trio featuring artists from Redneck Pool Party.  All proceeds from this concert will benefit programs and services at the new VCU Health CMH (that is currently being constructed) and the South Hill Chamber. 

To purchase tickets visit the South Hill Chamber or Brian’s Steak House, or call the CMH Foundation at (434) 774-2575.  Tickets for adults are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  Children 10 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  There are a limited number of table reservations available on a first come, first served basis.  Refreshments/concessions will be available for purchase at the event.  Coolers (and food) are not allowed and a photo I.D. will be required for alcohol purchase. 

The event is sponsored by the following:  Gold Sponsors-Benchmark Community Bank, “Beth & Beth” Exit Town & Lake Realty, Biggs Construction, Peebles, Pine View Assisted Living/M.C.’s Kids, Rent-E-Quip of South Hill and Vulcan Materials; Silver Sponsors-American Buildings Company, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, First Citizens Bank, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, South Hill Auto Glass, Inc., and Watkins Insurance Agency;  Marquee Sponsor-Town of South Hill; Venue Sponsor-Boyd Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of South Hill; Signage Sponsor-Xtreme Signs & Graphics; Ticket Sponsor-Crowder & Holloway Insurance; Libation Sponsors-Blue Ridge Distributing, Lawrence Distributing, Pecht Distributing, and Rosemont of Virginia; Media Sponsors-Lakes Media US 98.3 WLUS & Rewind 101.9 WKSK and Bobcat 93.5 WBBC .

Armenians Seek Aquatic Advice from VSU

As part of an eastern U.S. tour agenda, a three-member Armenian delegation will visit Virginia State University’s aquaculture facilities on Sept. 15 to learn about best management practices used to help limited-resource fish farmers utilize water resources more efficiently.

Armenia is a nation and former Soviet republic located in Western Asia. Under the auspices of a PEER (Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research) grant supported by USAID (United States Agency for International Development), project staffers are working with approximately 20 small fish producers growing trout and sturgeon in Armenia’s Ararat Valley. Fish farmers there are using inefficient water technologies and experiencing a depletion of artesian water resources. Project objectives include developing an educational outreach program and fostering sustainable fisheries that use water resources more efficiently.

Dr. Brian Nerrie, VSU aquaculture extension specialist who will direct the tour, cites distinct similarities between VSU and Armenian aquatic programming efforts and considers fish farmers concerns to be universal. Nerrie said VSU has worked with more than 300 fish farmers across the state who grow hybrid striped bass, catfish, trout, tilapia and freshwater shrimp.

The Armenians realize they’re wasting water and experiencing water quality issues, so they seek enlightenment on successful strategies we’ve implemented to address many of the same concerns, said Nerrie. We’ll not only share our accomplishments with them, but demonstrate how they might apply some of the same strategies to address their current dilemma. For more information on the Armenian visit or VSU’s Aquaculture Program, contact Nerrie at (804) 534-5903 or email

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