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June 2016

LAKE GASTON LION’S CLUB TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL RIGHTEOUS CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

The cornhole craze comes to Lake Gaston when the first ever LAKE GASTON LION’S CLUB RIGHTEOUS CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT is held on SATURDAY JULY 9. The profits from the event will benefit the local Lions Vison Screening program and other activates that the Lions support in the community. It will be held on the Lion’s den grounds on Stanly Road rain or shine.

Young whippersnappers and old fogies can compete in this game. The tournament will be a double elimination tournament with two person team event with prize money based on the total numbers of entries. The entry fee per team is $25 and half of the entry fee will go toward the prize money. The more teams the

more the prize amount. The prize money will be distributed 60% for 1st   ;

30% for 2nd; 10% for 3rd.  We hope to have at least 20 entries which would make the first prize $150. You can go to the Lake Gaston Lions Facebook page or the website at http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/lakegastonnc to download a registration form. For questions or additional contact Lions Arsend Seymour @

252-586-3980 or Rich Thomas @ 856 – 981 -3331.  A late entry fee of $35 will be charged after June 30th The action starts at 9 AM with late entry registration at 8 AM. This is planned as a family day event and spectators are welcome. There will be a small spectator fee for non-team members of $3 for adults and $1 for children

12 & under. Hot dogs, Fries, funnel cakes; soda and water will be available for nominal price. Your hand will be stamped so you can leave and re-enter at any time. No alcohol will be served. Come out and watch your favorites compete or just watch the competition and learn how this popular game is played. Bring your lawn chairs and shade awnings and make a day of watching this awesome fund raiser for the Lake Gaston Lions and support the local community.  #1 rule of playing Cornhole is “HAVE FUN”.

A “Berry” Good Opportunity for Southside Virginia Farmers

Extension specialist Dr. Reza Rafie welcomes a farmer to Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm to learn more about growing blueberries in Virginia.

Virginia State University Cooperative Extension Specialists are looking for Southside Virginia farmers, especially those who formerly raised tobacco, who are interested in trying their hand at growing blackberries, blueberries or strawberries. Extension specialists believe the region has potential for satisfying the high demand for locally-grown berries.

"Locally-grown produce, especially berries, which are known to have significant health benefits, have experienced a sharp increase in consumer demand," explained Dr. Raza Rafie, VSU horticulture extension specialist. "We’ve done extensive research throughout central and southside Virginia, and we feel confident that the growing conditions are right for local farmers to help meet this demand.”

Identifying and assisting the new potential berry growers is part of a three-year Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission grant-funded project to promote berry crops as an alternative farm enterprise in the region. The $292,930 grant is the second phase to the successful $300,000 grant from the Commission in January 2011.

This second phase of the project will identify a total of 13 farmers who will each receive an acre of either blackberry, blueberry or strawberry plants (depending on the conditions of his/her farm), mulch, drip irrigation lines, a trellis system (for blackberry crop only), a temporary spreader, technical assistance and management information. The duration of this grant project is three years.  During that time project team members will provide educational assistance to each farmer in growing and marketing his/her berry crop.

To apply, farmers can obtain an application from their local agriculture and natural resource Cooperative Extension agent. A list of agents is available at http://www.ext.vt.edu/offices. For more information on the project farmers can also contact Jonathan Bobby at 434-9418471 or jonbob2629@gmail.com. Applications are due Thursday, July 30, 2016. 

Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.

Michael Leonard Herman

Michael Leonard Herman, age 63, of Littleton, NC, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, UT.
 
He was born March 27, 1953, in Williamston, NC. Mike graduated from Greensville County (VA) High School and graduated from Richard Bland College, where he studied business. After working as a life guard and as a drug store supervisor, Mike moved to Pinetops, NC, where he opened a retail clothing store with his father.

Mike also was a dedicated public servant to his community working as a volunteer fire fighter and with the rescue squad. Mike served as the mayor of Pinetops from 1983-1987, and also served as a member of the Edgecombe County ABC Board. Mike served a year as President of the North Carolina ABC Board.

Mike moved his family to Garner, NC where he worked for several years at the North Carolina ABC Warehouse in Raleigh, NC. This position started Mike’s career in transportation, distribution and logistics. Mike worked for Long Transportation in Raleigh, before accepting a position with Best Cartage in Raleigh, NC in 1991. He managed the Raleigh office for Best Cartage for several years before moving to their home office in Kernersville, NC

 
Mike Herman worked for Best Cartage (later became Best Logistics Group) for over 24 years before retiring as President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015. Mike became a full time resident on Lake Gaston after retirement.

Mike was involved with numerous organizations throughout his life. Mike was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, and was an active member of Littleton United Methodist Church for the last several years, serving on numerous committees and as a Sunday school teacher. He was also active in the Heart of Carolina Emmaus community for numerous years, and participated in C12, a Christian roundtable organization for business leaders, for over a decade leading up to his retirement from Best.

Mike Herman was a friend to everyone he met in life. He was always willing to help anyone in need, and always offered words of encouragement. Mike loved to travel, especially to St. Thomas, loved living on the lake and loved spending time with his family and friends.
Michael Leonard Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Elizabeth Herman, and by his younger brother, Jim Herman. Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kaye Herman; his son, Joey Herman and his wife, Kim (Kernersville, NC); his son, Tim Herman and his wife, Dana (Garner, NC); his older brother, Steve Herman and his wife, Joan (Clarksville, VA); his uncle and aunt, Erik and Becky Gummesson (Asheville, NC); his father and mother-in-law, Jimmy and Jean Clay (Emporia, VA); and by his step-mother, Clyde Herman (Pinetops, NC). Mike is also survived by four grandchildren that brought him abundant joy, Claire Herman (Garner, NC), Avary Anne Herman (Kernersville, NC), Jasper Herman (Garner, NC) and Ainsley Herman (Kernersville, NC).

A funeral service will take place on Thursday, June 30, 2016, 11 AM at Littleton United Methodist Church in Littleton, NC. The family will greet visitors immediately following the funeral in the Littleton UMC fellowship hall. Michael Herman will be laid to rest the same day at 4 PM at Independence United Methodist Church in Emporia, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to Littleton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Littleton, NC 27850.

Check Your Mailbox

Coming to a mailbox near you!!!! The Fall 2016 Printed Semester Schedule from Southside Virginia Community College is coming back to your mailbox. There is much information contained in this 20-page booklet to explain how to register for classes, what is being offered, special events, orientation, workforce training, CNA, Power Line Worker Training, nursing, HVAC, and much much more. Be on the lookout for your personal copy or stop by an SVCC location to pick one up!!!! Register Now. Classes begin August 22, 2016.  For more information, call 1 888 220 SVCC or visit the website at www.southside.edu  Success Starts Here!!

Ethel P. Taylor

Ethel P. Taylor, 87, of Emporia, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016. She is survived by one daughter, Esther Hirschberg and husband, Andy; three sons, Gerald Taylor and wife, Tricia, Donnie Taylor and wife, Donna and Robbie Taylor and companion, Terri; six grandchildren, Keith Driver and companion, Pam Allen, Megan Miller and husband, Ryan, Loren Allen and husband, Kevin, Kellen Taylor, Kirk Taylor and wife, Nancy and Michael Harrington; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, George Powell and wife, Irma and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St. Emporia, Virginia 23847. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com

SVCC Graduates Nurses

The Associate Degree Nursing Program graduates from the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College are (First Row, Left to Right) Instructor Leigh Moore, Haley Wilborn-Crewe, Ashton Paul- Lunenburg, Dawn Poythress-Lawrenceville, Kristen Wilkinson-Blackstone; Second row, l to r; Joanna Baird- South Hill , Sydney Brumbelow-Boydton Kelli Powell-Emporia; Third Row:   Kathy Davis-Brodnax, Savanna Barker-Victoria, Jennifer Bradley-Valentines, Meaghan Frick-Dinwiddie, Amanda Earp-Emporia; Last step up: Amanda Matthews- South Hill, Melissa Hoefer-Lunenburg , Polly Carr-South Hill, Alexandra Orrell-Dinwiddie, Victoria Lewis- Blackstone

May You Rest in Peace

A year has passed in memories
Of my wife for fifty-four
She was my lover and companion
Until they opened heaven’s door.
 
Now Lory was somewhat quiet
But she had a humorous side
It was in February of nineteen sixty one
That I took her for my bride.
 
We raised four children through these years
Yet they too have gone away
Yes they for an unknown reason
Or if there was; they failed to say.
 
For many years we did travel
Far across this nation wide
Yet each time you saw one of us
The other would be alongside.
 
Well we shared our hopes and wildest dreams
Then in Virginia we settled down
Yes in a small place called Emporia
Now a city, but then a town.
 
We joined St. John Lutheran Church
Where I’m still a member today
Yet the pew beside me is vacant
For the Lord took my Lory away.
 
Yes he took her to a better place
In the Heavens High above
Still I treasure all the memories
And each day send her my love
 
-Roy E. Schepp

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard

May 24, 1936 - June 24, 2016

Visitation: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 1:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 26, 2016, 2:00 PM at Capron Baptist Church - 23174 Main Street; Capron, Virginia

Burton Edward “Hawk” Grizzard, 80, of Capron, entered into the arms of Jesus Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was the son of the late Ollie and Sarah Hall Grizzard and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Zimmerman and Louise G. “Tudie” Bryant and a brother, Robert O. “Bobby” Grizzard. Mr. Grizzard is survived by his wife, Joanne Briley Grizzard; daughter, Joanne Elizabeth Grizzard; two sons, Edward Lee “Eddie” Grizzard and wife, Amanda of Chesapeake and Russell Timothy “Tim” Grizzard and wife, Julie of Capron; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Grizzard Crafton; a brother, George A. Grizzard and wife, Ruby of San Juan, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at Capron Baptist Church where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Capron Baptist Church, P.O. Box 273, Capron, Virginia 23829. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

BREAKTHROUGH DEVICE AT HALFAX REGIONAL OFFERS NEW HOPE TO PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE SUFFERERS

Avinger Ocelot Catheter System Treats Totally Blocked Arteries Using Light Waves For Navigation

Roanoke Rapids, NC (June 23, 2016) –Halifax Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and South Carolina, to currently use a new catheter system to restore blood flow in  patients suffering from the painful symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The new technology is part of Halifax Regional’s commitment to improving the health of residents of the Roanoke Valley region.

The Ocelot catheter allows physicians, for the first time ever, to see inside an artery. The procedure, called optical coherence tomography (OCT), uses light waves to produce high quality images of the insides of blood vessels. OCT allows physicians to more accurately navigate through totally blocked arteries without damaging healthy artery walls. The procedure also avoids the need to rely on x-ray and feel to guide catheters through the vessel.

Haile Jones, MD, interventional cardiologist at Halifax Regional, was the first physician in North Carolina to use the new Ocelot system, with the first procedure performed on May 24, 2016, on a 72 year old male patient.

“This is a game-changer for patients with 100 percent blockages,” said Dr. Jones. “We are excited to have more opportunities to treat patients in a lot less invasive manner.”

The procedure, performed at Halifax Regional Cardiac and Vascular Lab, has been used on four patients since May, and the Lab expects to perform about 50 per year.

Peripheral artery disease, caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that blocks blood flow to the legs and feet,greatly impacts quality of life. Patients with PAD regularly experience painful cramping, numbness, or discoloration in the legs and feet. Frequently dismissed as normal signs of aging, symptoms of PAD can become so severe and difficult to treat that patients often undergo invasive bypass surgeries that result in greater health risks and lengthy, painful recoveries.The Ocelot system allows severe blockages to be treated in a minimally-invasive manner, and requires less exposure to x-rays and dyes compared with traditional treatments.

“The Ocelot system allows us to go beyond what we used to do,” Dr. Jones said. “I am finding a higher success rate for patients with a complete blockage that, before, I would have sent straight to surgery.”

To learn more about the Ocelot procedure or other services at the Cardiac and Vascular Lab, call (252) 535-8159 or visit http://www.halifaxregional.org/cvc/

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for May 2016

(Left to Right)W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Mildred Waye, LPN and Care Partner on West Wing, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for May.  There to congratulate Mildred was Mellisa Black, Acute Care Nursing Director, and Ursula Butts, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

Mildred has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 36 years and this is her sixth time receiving this honor.  Her dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Mildred showed professionalism in her job.  She was knowledgeable in knowing my health problems.  She showed excellent personal care and showed good workmanship while working with her team.”  “Mildred and all of our nursing assistant team demonstrate professionalism and compassion.  This is especially meaningful remarks coming from a patient noting excellent service.”  “Mildred is an advocate for teamwork. She is dependable, hardworking and always has a good attitude toward patients, staff, and visitors.  She cares about doing her best to help patients and others.  I never have to worry about finding help when Mildred is on the floor.  Mildred is the best to work with.”

In addition to the award certificate, Mildred received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Library Kicks off Summer Reading Program with Carnival

            The Meherrin Regional Library invites you to step right up and be a part of our Summer Reading Program: Read for the Win on Thursday, June 30th.  We will have fun indoor carnival games and much more.  The event will be held at 10:30 am at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville, and 2:00 pm at the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. 

            Events begin promptly and seating is limited to a first come basis.  For more information contact the Brunswick County Library 434-848-2418, ext. 301, the Richardson Library at 434-634-2539, or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Hyppolite Recognized by VCU School of Social Work

Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’ s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work’s most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.````````

Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

KAINE APPLAUDS INAUGURAL CLASS OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine addressed the first class of 20 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Presidential Scholars, who were recognized for their outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in CTE fields. In 2014, Kaine, founding co-chair of the Senate CTE Caucus, led a successful bipartisan effort to expand the Presidential Scholars program to include fields in CTE.

“For too long, CTE has been stigmatized as a second-class educational field, but today’s CTE Presidential Scholars demonstrate the current renaissance of interestin career and technical fields,” said Kaine. “I applaud the Administration for highlighting the inspiring work of some of our country’s brightest students in both CTE and other academic fields. America’s future success depends on how well we invest in the education of our next generation of leaders, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress on ways to increase access to CTE programs nationwide.”

In addition to successfully urging the Obama Administration to recognize CTE as a Presidential Scholars field, Kaine authored various CTE-related provisions that were included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind. Some of the provisions added CTE as a core academic subject and called for integrating CTE into school curriculums and teacher professional development.

This year, 161 Presidential Scholars, including three Virginians, were also recognized for their outstanding work and achievements in various educational fields. Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of the nation's top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

Halifax Regional Delivers First Triplets in More Than 105 Years

Kaiden; Kaleb; Ke’Ashlee Taylor; Korey

Halifax Regional medical Center recently delivered three boys, born on Thursday, June 9, believed to be the first triplet birth in the Medical Center’s more than 105 year history.

Any pregnancy is a major event, but when you learn that you will be bringing not one, but three children into the world at the same time, it takes on a whole new meaning.  “I was like, ‘Three? Really?’” said Ke’Ashlee Taylor, mother of Kaiden, Kaleb and Kory.

For Taylor, the night before the scheduled delivery held a lot of excitement and very little sleep.  “We had to be at the hospital at 5:00 am and I didn’t start to get nervous until we got there,” she said.  “In the delivery room, I asked when they were going to start, and then heard Kaiden crying.”

The news that Ms. Taylor was carrying triplets was discovered during an ultrasound on November 25th, 2015, the day before Thanksgiving.  “I can still remember the look on my ultrasonographer’s face when she asked me to look at the scan,” said Dr. Kelly Holder, OB/GYN at Rural Health Group.  “The mother already had some significant life changes in terms of first being diagnosed with pregnancy, and then finding out she was pregnant with triplets.  But she has taken all of those things in stride.”

From that time on, The Birthing Center and surgical suite staff, pediatricians, respiratory therapy and laboratory staff at Halifax Regional and Rural Health were focused on preparing for the historic event. A multi-disciplinary team was created early in her pregnancy for an emergence if she was to preterm and we were unable to transfer her.  The average age for triplets is 32-33 weeks.  The goal was always for her to have the sagest delivery possible, whether that was stabilizing her for transfer of delivering her at Halifax Regional.  Ke’Ashlee wanted to deliver close to home in her community.

Dr. Holder and the team met early on to make sure they had the resources that might be needed.  Respiratory and nursing staff conducted a walk-through to make certain everything was ready.  The Vice President of Nursing, Karen Daniels, RN, said the entire multi-disciplinary team was committed to ensuring the best outcome for Ms. Taylor and her sons.

Beth Harrison, BCCT; Stephanie Heath, RN; Ke’Ashlee Taylor; Nikki Harris, RN; April Clay, RN. 

Inset above left: Tony Walker, RN; Dr. Kelly Holder

Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.

Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.

Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR NEW CONVENIENCE STORE/IHOP RESTAURANT AT EXIT 4 IN GREENSVILLE COUNTY

Ground has been broken at 683 Moore’s  Ferry Road in Skippers (Exit 4 off of I-95) for a new state of the art Convenience Store and Travel Center, as well as a 65 seat IHOP “Express” restaurant.  The convenience store will feature SHELL petroleum products, and the “Express” concept for IHOP will feature dine in and carry out services, as well as other traveler amenities such as flat screen TV’s.

The project is being done by CHN, LLC, owned by Hermie and Angie Sadler of Emporia.  Projected completion date is Christmas 2016.

“We are thrilled to bring this project to Greensville County and Southside Virginia”, stated Co-owner Hermie Sadler.  “Shell is a strong brand that provides great products that will benefit travelers as well as our local customers, and the IHOP brand has a great reputation for the food and service they provide customers all over the country.  To have those two brands together at a location like this is once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The convenience store will also feature a large Walk In “Beer Cave” designed to keep beer at or below 30 degrees Farenhiet, as well as heated toilet seats in the women’s restroom facilities.

CHN is now accepting applications for this project.   You can apply in person at the UPS Store in Emporia.

Who's Who at SVCC

Each year, Southside Virginia Community College recognizes a select group of students to accept one of the most prestigious awards an academic community can bestow.; that of being selected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  Among those chosen who attended a ceremony recognizing the accomplish from the Christanna Campus are Left to Right Wade Bagley, Monica McMillan, Faith Merricks, Kaylin Weise, Derrick Carpenter, Jr., Richard Watson, Cade Hamm and Kathy Drummond. 

VCU Health CMH Hospice Hosts Annual Memorial Service

South Hill - VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Hospice Department hosted its annual Memorial Service at MacCallum More Gardens in Chase City, Virginia on June 1st, 2016.

The event is part of the department’s bereavement services and is an opportunity for bereaved families to celebrate the lives of loved ones they have lost over the past year. The evening service was filled with tears, laughter, and most importantly a unified feeling of love.

Activities during the service included an opening prayer, music, poem readings, slideshow featuring photos of loved ones lost, a sand ceremony and a butterfly release. Families in attendance enjoyed refreshments after the service.

As part of VCU Health CMH’s Community Hospice program, bereaved families are supported for 13 months after a patient passes. This support can come in the form of cards, mailings, phone calls, home visits, grief support group and the annual Memorial Service. Families can rest assured that our staff which consists of nurses, volunteers, a social worker, a chaplain, and aides are only a phone call away.

If you or someone you know would like more information about VCU Health CMH Community Hospice feel free to contact Bonnie Kelly, RN/Director or Megan Neal, RN/Hospice Clinical Coordinator at (434) 774-2457.

Upcoming Events at the Virginia Cooperative Estension

All workshops FREE unless noted. Take note, many events have registration deadlines. If you have any questions or wish to sign up for a class, contact the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 434-348-4223.

*NEW:Jul 5, 12, 19, 26: 1:00-3:00PM: Master Gardener Help Desk. The Master Gardeners will be at the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia every Tuesday in July

Aug 8th: 4-H Jr. Summer Camp. The 4-H Jr. Summer Camp will be August 8th-12th at the beautiful Airfield 4-H Educational Center in Wakefield, VA. 4-H camp is open to all youth ages 9-13. The cost of camp is $210. A non-refundable $40.00 deposit is due at sign-up. We accept check, money order and cash in the exact amount (we do not keep change in the office). Scholarship applications are available in request. For more information, call 434-348-4223 or stop by the Greensville/Emporia Extension Office at 105 Oak Street in Emporia.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments.

Greensville Elementary School Celebrates Accelerated Readers

Greensville Elementary students participated in the AR program again this year. The Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that tests reading comprehension. Students select books on their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer. Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level.  Students were recognized each marking period based on the points they earned. We encourage our students to continue reading this summer and join the Meherrin Regional Library's summer reading program. We also encourage families to join us as we partner with Nehemiah Community Outreach to launch their Literacy Campaign on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Veteran's Memorial Park.

    

Highest AR points in Kindergarten - Joshua Smith; Highest AR points in 1st Grade - Ayden Taylor

    

Highest AR points in 2nd grade - Royalty Plum; Highest AR Points in 3rd grade and earned over 200 points - Alejandro Zaragoza

25 point Club

50 point club

75 point club

    

Highest AR Points in 4th grade - Donovan Smith; Highest AR Points in GES - Davis Robinson

100 point club

Ice Cream Party

 

CNA Recruitment Fair Set for June 23

Patricia Boyd, CNA Preceptor, Lyriack Ingram, CNA Preceptor and Ashley Stokes, CNA are excited for other dedicated CNAs to join the VCU Health CMH team.

SOUTH HILL, VA– VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital will be hosting a Certified Nursing Assistant Recruitment Fair on Thursday, June 23 from 4:00PM-7:00PM at the CMH Education Center located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

As VCU Health CMH grows, so does the need for dedicated CNAs. Benefits of becoming a CNA at VCU Health CMH are as follows:  new CNA starting salary, VCU Health CMH will cover the cost of the initial CNA Exam and generous benefits as well as education assistance. There will be giveaways and refreshments during the fair.

To learn more about VCU Health CMH, or to view and apply for current opportunities, visit vcuhealth.org/careers/start-your-career-search or contact Terri Coker at 434-447-3151, ext. 3471 or terri.coker@vcuhealth.org.

At VCU Health CMH, we are building a healthier community, together.

Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that the nomination period for farmers and ranchers to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture, to get involved in this year's elections. We have seen an increase in the number of qualified nominees, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues.”

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016.

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the local county office via mail or in person by Dec. 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.

Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected by eligible producers, and members serve three-year terms.

To learn more about county committees, contact your local FSAcounty office or visit http://offices.usda.govto find a county office near you.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

USDA Provides Targeted Assistance to Cotton Producers to Share in the Cost of Ginning

One-time Payments to Begin in July to Assist with 2016 Ginning Season

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide an estimated $300 million in cost-share assistance payments to cotton producers through the new Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, in order to expand and maintain the domestic marketing of cotton.

“Today's announcement shows USDA continues to stand with America’s cotton producers and our rural communities,” said Vilsack. “The Cotton Ginning Cost Share program will offer meaningful, timely and targeted assistance to cotton growers to help with their anticipated ginning costs and to facilitate marketing. The program will provide, on average, approximately 60 percent more assistance per farm and per producer than the 2014 program that provided cotton transition assistance.”

Through the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, eligible producers can receive a one-time cost share payment, which is based on a producer’s 2015 cotton acres reported to FSA, multiplied by 40 percent of the average ginning cost for each production region. With the pressing need to provide assistance ahead of the 2016 ginning season this fall, USDA will ensure the application process is straight-forward and efficient. The program estimates the costs based on planting of cotton in 2015, and therefore the local FSA offices already have this information for the vast majority of eligible producers and the applications will be pre-populated with existing data. Sign-up for the program will begin June 20 and run through Aug. 5, 2016 at the producer’s local FSA office. Payments will be processed as applications are received, and are expected to begin in July.

Since 2011, cotton fiber markets have experienced dramatic changes. As a result of low cotton prices and global oversupply, cotton producers are facing economic uncertainty that has led to many producers having lost equity and having been forced to liquidate equipment and land to satisfy loans. The ginning of cotton is necessary prior to marketing the lint for fiber, or the seed for oil or feed. While the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program makes payments to cotton producers for cotton ginning costs, the benefits of the program will be felt by the broader marketing chain associated with cotton and cottonseed, including cotton gins, cooperatives, marketers and cottonseed crushers and the rural communities that depend on them.

The program has the same eligibility requirements as were used for the 2014 Cotton Transition Assistance Program, including a $40,000 per producer payment limit, requirement to be actively engaged in farming, meet conservation compliance and a $900,000 adjusted gross income limit.

To learn more about the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/cgcsor contact a local FSA county office. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

Since 2009, USDA has worked to strengthen and support American agriculture, an industry that supports one in 11 American jobs, provides American consumers with more than 80 percent of the food we consume, ensures that Americans spend less of their paychecks at the grocery store than most people in other countries, and supports markets for homegrown renewable energy and materials. USDA has also provided $5.6 billion in disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; expanded risk management tools with products like Whole Farm Revenue Protection; and helped farm businesses grow with $36 billion in farm credit. The Department has engaged its resources to support a strong next generation of farmers and ranchers by improving access to land and capital; building new markets and market opportunities; and extending new conservation opportunities. USDA has developed new markets for rural-made products, including more than 2,500 biobased products through USDA's BioPreferred program; and invested $64 billion in infrastructure and community facilities to help improve the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/results.

And the Golden Apple Award Goes to Leasa Roach

Gloria Robinson, President of the PTO at Greensville Elementary School, presented the Golden Apple Award to Leasa Roach. Mrs. Roach was chosen based on nominations received from parents at GES. Mrs. Roach was rewarded for her dedication to her students and her initiative to revamp the Accelerated Reader Program at GES. She was presented with a $100 gift card, flowers, and a winner's sash.

New Garden at Belfield Elementary

Pineview Greenhouse recently donated marigolds to beautify the front of Belfield Elementary School. Pictured in the garden are volunteer gardeners Gabriel Brown, Rodney Chandler, Mrs. M. Geist, Chandler Newsome, Michael Atkins, and Jessica Yoder from Pineview.

Marie Wright Morgan

Marie Wright Morgan, 87, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Douglas Ira Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, John Peebles Wright and Irene Brewer Wright of Valentines, Virginia; a sister Rebecca W. Browder of Dolphin, Virginia and two Brothers, Robert Wright and Willie Wright both of Valentines, Virginia.

Marie is survived by five children: Johnny Morgan and wife Paige of Emporia, Sylvia Allen of Dolphin, Virginia, Michael Morgan and his wife Anne of Midlothian, Virginia, Julian Morgan and his wife Susan of Petersburg, Virginia and Martha M. Belmonte and her husband Vince of Wake Forest, N. C .; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Marie was a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Emporia, Virginia where she served as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and the Friendship Class.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3 p. m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 North Main Street, Emporia, Va. 23847. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Echols Funeral Home and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.echolsfuneralhome.com.

KAINE, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL MAKE CASE FOR COMMISSION TO RECOGNIZE 400 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine testified in support of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, bipartisan legislation introduced last February that would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to recognize the arrival and influence of Africans in America. Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships and Science at the Department of Interior, also testified in support of the commission. Her testimony can be found here.

 “Every dimension of American life—business, academics, law, military, spirituality, culture, diplomacy, government, medicine, social justice, innovation—has been profoundly influenced by countless generations of African Americans,” Kaine testified.  “And it is important that we tell that story – in all its pain and triumph—as we approach 2019. Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our English roots matter.  Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our Hispanic roots matter.  I have introduced this bill in the belief that Congress should also affirm through the creation of a federal commission that our African roots matter.”

This commission would be charged with recognizing and highlighting the resilience and contribution of African Americans since 1619, as well as acknowledging the painful impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination have had on our nation’s history. Similar commissions have been established to recognize English & Hispanic heritage, including the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida.

The bill is supported by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Virginia Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), as well as members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA). It has also been endorsed by the NAACP and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Kaine’s full testimony, as prepared for delivery:

I appreciate the opportunity to be here today. The year 2019 will mark 400 years since the arrival of twenty Africans at Point Comfort, Virginia (current day Hampton, Virginia).  These Africans were forcibly sold into slavery, captured by the English from a Portuguese slave ship and brought to Virginia.  Their arrival was the beginning of the slave trade in America, which led to a total slave population of nearly 4 million by the Civil War.

The history is a tragic and painful one, but also a history of triumph over adversity.  For nearly 250 years after Point Comfort, most African Americans were held in slavery and even free blacks were not accorded basic legal rights of citizenship.  For the next 100 years, from the end of the Civil War to the passage of major civil rights legislation in the 1960s, free African Americans were burdened by second-class citizenship in voting, housing, employment, education, access to public accommodations and other basic areas of life.  It has only been in the last 50 years that African Americans have enjoyed full legal equality as American citizens, though huge social disparities exist to this day.

Despite this tragic history, the contributions of Africans and African Americans to who we are as a nation are remarkable.  Every dimension of American life—business, academics, law, military, spirituality, culture, diplomacy, government, medicine, social justice, innovation—has been profoundly influenced by countless generations of African Americans.  And it is important that we tell that story – in all its pain and triumph—as we approach 2019.

When I served as Governor of Virginia, we held a major commemoration of 400 years of the English roots of America, recognizing the founding of the Jamestown Colony in 1607.   Congress passed a resolution establishing a federal commission to assist in events and educational materials appropriate to that important anniversary.  And last year, as Honorary Chair of the U.S./Spain Council, I participated in events commemorating 450 years of the Hispanic roots of America, recognizing the foundation of St. Augustine, Florida in 1565.  Again, Congress passed a resolution to establish a federal commission to assist in events and educational materials appropriate to that important anniversary.

In February, I introduced the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, S. 2548.  This legislation would establish a commission to plan programs and activities across the country in 2019 to recognize this historic moment.  A companion measure was introduced in the House by Congressman Bobby Scott.  The bill has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.  The House measure is supported overwhelmingly by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including Rep. G. K. Butterfield and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.  The bill also received support from the National NAACP, the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights and the National Urban League.

Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our English roots matter.  Congress saw fit through the creation of a federal commission to affirm that our Hispanic roots matter.  I have introduced this bill in the belief that Congress should also affirm through the creation of a federal commission that our African roots matter.

I urge the committee to consider this legislation swiftly so it can be brought before the full Senate.  The year 2019 is fast approaching, and this legislation needs to be enacted into law this year.

The Good News about Shoulder, Knee and Hip Joints

Community Out-Reach Education

Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD

South Hill – Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases or injuries.  Arthritis or simply years of use may cause the joint to wear away.  This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.  When something goes wrong with the shoulder, hip and knee joints, what are the options for treatment?  Can joint injections help?  What can joint protection exercise/therapy do for you?

If you are seeking answers to questions like these you should attend June’s C.O.R.E. (Community Out-Reach Education) Program at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Rehab & Exercise Therapy Center to learn more about shoulder, knee and hip joints.

This FREE program will be on Thursday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. in the CMH Rehab and Exercise Therapy Center is located at 750 Lombardy Street in South Hill.

Patti Turczany, PT, LAT, MS, CDT/MLD will be the speaker for the program.  Patti received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Athletics from Fort Hayes State University in Kansas and a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy.  She holds an oncology certification, complete complex decongestive therapy certification in lymph drainage and has pediatric specialty.  She is McKenzie trained in treatment of spine therapy, has manual skills training in therapy, orthopedic training and is a certified licensed athletic trainer. 

Reservations are not required for this program; however, they are recommended.  For more information or to register to attend, please call (434) 774-2506.

McEachin and Wade Will Face Off in November

The polls have closed, the votes have been counted and the race for the Fourth Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives is on.  Henrico Senator A. Donald McEachin won the Democratic nomination with 11,837 votes to Dr. Ella Ward's 3,981.

Dr. Ward ran against J. Randy Forbes for the seat in 2012 and earned 43% of the vote.  She declined to run in 2014.

In the Republican Primary, Henrico County Sheriff Michael Wade won the nomination with 4,988 votes over Jackee Gonzales' 2785.

Incumbent Congressman J. Randy Forbes decided not to run in the Fourth District after the Courts found that the Third Congressional District had been illegally Gerrymandered based on race and redrew the boundaries of that district when the General Assembly refused to abide by their decision.During the redistricting process at the beginning of the decade, former Governor Bob McDonnell had a plan for redistricting that was fair and balanced, but the General Assembly rejected that plan.  When voters in the Third District sued and won, the General Assembly continued to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars defending their illegal Gerrymandering in court.  After the General Assembly conceded defeat and the boundaries were redrawn, several members of Virginia's Legislative Delegation (including Forbes) appealed the case to the Supreme Court of the United States; the court found that they had no standing to bring the appeal.  The Gerrymandering in the Third District made all of the surrounding Congressional Districts easier for Republicans to win.

Forbes decided to run in Virginia's Second Congressional District and lost his Primary bid to Delegate Scott Taylor.  Taylor made Forbes' carpetbagging an issue in the campaign, going so far as to call Forbes a "coward."

Taylor said "Once the fighting got a little bit tough, he's running to save his own butt," during the campaign.

Given the results of the Primary in the Second District, J. Randy Forbes, who sponsored no meaningful legislation in his 15 year career in the House, will not return to Congress.  With the boundaries of the Fourth District redrawn to more closely represent the demographics of the area, it is highly likely that State Senator McEachin will win the General Election in November.

INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER WALLS ON I-95 Bridge Replacement PROJECT over the Meherrin River

Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have scheduled road work southbound on I-95 over the Meherrin River. For the next two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016, until Friday June 24, 2016 crews will begin the installation of the concrete barrier walls. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane closures north of the Exit 11 (Route 58)ramp. This single-lane closure will start Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and extend until Fridays at 5 a.m. No work will take place on weekends. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the single-lane closures. 

The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities.  All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. Please drive with caution at all times through the work zone.

During construction there will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i95_bridge_replacement.asp

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 

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