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“Pesky Varmints”

A mole has a very hard nose
to help it burrow underground
leaving those ugly ridges
which in our lawns are found.
Moles tunnel beneath the surface
searching for grubs and insects too
in a way not too well thought of
but they do it for me and you.
They help aerate the soil
which for so long has been packed
leaving their trails everywhere
looking like the dirt was stacked.
Then they’ll travel through the freeway
or thru the tunnels if you will
eating grubs and other insects
until they get their fill.
Yes they eat the grubs that eat the roots
of the grass seed we have sown
they also eat many of the insects
that chew the leaves from the plants half grown.
Now the vole is so much different
in oh so many ways
they will jump around like a kangaroo
and can make you laugh for days.
The humor in their presence
won’t last for very long
just take one look at your flower beds
and you’ll wonder what went wrong.
Yes voles eat the flower bulbs you plant
leaving open spaces galore
your flower garden won’t shine so bright
unless you plant some more.
Now the moles a pest to say the least
but they’re mainly just passing thru
yet the vole will take up residence
and spend many months with you.
Under thick mulch beds; or mounds of leaves
they can for long survive
making sure that they are present
when your first spring bulbs arrive.
You can catch a vole with a mouse trap
and for the mole , just dig a deep hole
just don’t give up on the first try
it takes patience don’t you know.
          Roy E. Schepp

Richard Peyton Bloom

Richard Peyton Bloom, 81, of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away on February 23, 2019. “Richie” was born on May 2, 1937, in Norfolk, VA to the late Charles and Alice Bloom. He graduated from Greensville County High School in Emporia, VA.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Cohen Bloom, and his brother, Larry.  He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Sue Green, of Boynton Beach, FL.  Richie and Lois were married on November 18, 1961. A long-time resident of Emporia, VA, Richie also lived over the years in Las Vegas, NV, Virginia Beach, VA and most recently in South Palm Beach, FL.  Richie and Lois were married for 56 years and had three children, son Charles Bloom (Cindy and grandchildren Lindsey and Maxwell Bloom) of Blythewood, SC; daughter Sari Bloom of Lake Worth, FL; son Jared Bloom (Sandy and grandchildren Jordan and Maddux Bloom) of Longwood, FL. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations sent to either the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County ( or the Democratic Party of Palm Beach County, Fla. (  A family-only celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

Effort to Remove Unlawfully Appointed Member of School Board Falls Short

The question of Miss Marva Dunn’s unlawful appointment to the Greensville County School Board seems to be answered.

After a heated debate, fraught with accusations of “personal vendettas,” and the inference of improper spending, the motion to remove Miss Dunn failed on a vote of 5-1, with one abstention.

Miss Dunn, whose term was to expire on December 31, 2018 was reappointed at a called meeting of City Council on December 27, 2018. This special meeting was called just days before the newly elected City Council was to be seated.

The newly seated Council, with the first ever Black majority in the history of Emporia took exception to the appointment when it was discovered that Miss Dunn’s appointment was unlawful, given her membership on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Miss Dunn’s appointment to the Redevelopment and Housing Authority was also unlawful because of her membership on the BZA. It was disclosed during the conversation that Miss Dunn’s appointment was discussed in a closed session at the January 15th meeting.  Miss Dunn submitted her letter of resignation for both the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Redevelopment and Housing Authority on the 16th of January, even though the matter was, apparently, not discussed publically.

During the debate Council Member Jim Saunders (District 3) was concerned about the cost of the outside attorneys engaged to deal with the issue. He felt that, given the other important issues facing the City, such as water line replacements, this expenditure of public funds was wasteful.

Saunders was also concerned that if this were to proceed to the Circuit Court, that the cost could, possibly, double.

Council Member F. Woodrow Harris (District 4) questioned who had authorized Mayor Person to contact an outside attorney and accused the Mayor of having a “personal vendetta” against Miss Dunn for running against the Mayor.

Council Members Saunders and Harris have championed saving taxpayer funds, both with the issue involving Miss Dunn and with the Transportation System.

Council Member Yolanda Hines (District 7) countered that we are only in the position of calling outside attorneys as the current City Attorney was unable to advise Council on this matter at the Closed Session on the 15th of January. Council Member Hines also asserted that it was important to undo this unlawful appointment, regardless of the cost.

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