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October 2016

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for September, 2016

Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Todd Howell, Vice President of Professional Services and W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented George Baskerville, Facility Engineering Maintenance Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for September.  There to congratulate George was Archie McCartney, Director of Facility Engineering.  George has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 37 years and resides in Brodnax, VA.  His dedication and work ethic are just two of the qualities that make him a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.   

The nomination form submitted on his behalf stated, “George always goes above and beyond for the hospital and staff.  He is always pleasant and hard working.  Recently, he helped a doctor move heavy boxes to his vehicle even though, he was off the clock.  George is very caring and considerate to others and always has a positive attitude. George receives many “Team Member of the Month” nominations because he is very caring and a hard worker.  He goes out of his way to help anyone who needs it.  He is very deserving of this recognition.”

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

Learn About Pond Aquaculture/Aquaponics

Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program will hold its 29th annual Aquaculture Field Day on Oct. 20 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick.

Participants will learn about pond aquaculture and aquaponics production, marketing and harvesting.  

A $10 per person registration fee includes lunch. To register for this event, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link, or contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 or email dbjones@vsu.edu. If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Debra B. Jones at (804) 524-5496 dbjones@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-5496 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

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.

William F. “Bill” Whitehead, Sr.

William F. “Bill” Whitehead, Sr., widower of Audrey Allen Whitehead passed away Friday, October 7, 2016. He is survived by a son, William F. “Billy” Whitehead, Jr. and wife, Shirley of Prince George; daughter, Kathie W. Little and husband, Allen of Skippers; grandchildren, Shirley Yeary and husband, James, William F. “Will” Whitehead, III and wife, Tracey, Corey Whitehead, Kimberly Hafey and husband, Brad and Megan Jones and husband, Ryan; great-grandchildren, Kelsea Roussell, Christian Roussell, Caila Aluisio and husband, Jordan, Bryannah Whitehead, Miranda Whitehead, Wyatt Whitehead, Rachel Kidd and Ethan Kidd; one great-great-grandson, Cayson Grant Hudgins; a brother, Walter C. “Bubba” Whitehead and wife, Carolyn; a sister, Audrey Doenges and husband, Gary and special friend, Bernice Childress. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia where the funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 11. Interment will follow at Greensville Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lakewood Manor, 1900 Lauderdale Dr., Richmond, Virginia 23238. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Field Day Focuses on Pastures and Forages To Help VA Small Farmers Meet High Demand For Goat and Sheep Meat

Pastures and forages will be the focus of Small Ruminant Field Day scheduled on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Virginia State University’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. Sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and VSU’s Small Farm Outreach Program, the educational event will inform goat and sheep producers about forages to plant and how to best manage and maintain them. Forages are bulky grazing animal foods such as grass or hay. "Forages and pastures are important when considering nutritional requirements but are just as salient to parasite control," said Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, VSU small ruminant extension specialist.

The program is $10 per person, which includes lunch, as well as hands-on hoof-trimming, drenching and vaccination demonstrations. Participants are encouraged to bring weeds from their property to have them identified by an on-site pasture weed specialist. “By identifying weeds, ranchers can employ safe, targeted methods of reducing a pasture’s weed load to maximize the nutrient-dense forage their animals need,” said O’Brien.

There is large and an unfilled demand for goat and sheep meat in the major cities of the United States, including metropolitan areas in Virginia. It is a staple of many ethnic groups, with about 60 to 70 percent of the world regularly eating goat meat. According to North Carolina State University, since 1991, the United States is a net importer of goat meat. In 2014, 43,188 million pounds of goat meat were imported for a total value of $94.7 million, compared to 2,994 million pounds in 1990 for a total value of $1.9 million. As populations from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean increase, so does the demand for these meats, with goats and sheep of all ages often fetching premium prices.  Because goats and sheep can be raised on relatively small amounts of land, this lends an opportunity for many of Virginia’s smaller farmers to fill this niche. Virginia Cooperative Extension at VSU focuses on providing Extension assistance to the Commonwealth’s small, historically underserved and limited resource farmers and ranchers.

This year’s Small Ruminant Field Day is part of VSU’s interdisciplinary pilot program called “Goatober.” The program aims to grow Virginia’s goat industry through the month of October by helping goat farmers tackle their two major business obstacles: consumers’ lack of knowledge on how to find local goat farmers and their products, as well as their unfamiliarity with how to prepare goat meat. This initiative aims to introduce goat meat to Virginia consumers by raising awareness on how to prepare tasty goat dishes, as well as, where to find local producers.

To register for this event, visit http://www.ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link, or contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-6960 or email mklein@vsu.edu.

If you need further information or are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at mklein@vsu.edu or call (804) 524-6960 / (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.

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.

SBA Announces $18.8M to Support Small Business Trade Growth

2016 STEP awards support Virginia investments in small business export programs

RICHMOND – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), today announced $359,461 to support export growth among small businesses in Virginia.  The funding was awarded through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

“Exporting provides tremendous opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power can be found outside of the United States, but only about one percent of America’s 28 million small businesses are reaching customers beyond our borders.  Exporting is an important growth opportunity for small businesses ready to expand their reach into new and increasingly borderless global markets.  These STEP awards, in addition to SBA's export loans and U.S. Export Assistance Centers, help small businesses across our nation have the tools, resources and relationships they need to take their businesses global.”

“Small businesses in the Richmond District Office are increasingly engaging in the ever evolving global market place,” said SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.  “Through our STEP awards, Virginia can transform more small businesses to become exporters and expand their export sales. In the process, these small businesses create jobs and strengthen communities.”

STEP awards were created to advance key priorities identified in the President’s National Export Initiative, namely to expand the base of small businesses that become exporters and to make the exporting process as easy as possible for small businesses.  Recipients of STEP awards in the first three rounds (FY 2011, 2012, 2014) reported a strong return on federal taxpayer investment, generating $22 in U.S. small business export sales for every $1 awarded.

These awards are granted to U.S. states and territories to support programs that help small businesses expand their export-related activities.  This includes participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services for access to international markets, as well as the design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, export training workshops and more.

STEP funds allow small businesses the opportunity to meet foreign buyers face-to-face at trade shows or on trade missions, and complement SBA’s export loan guaranty programs, which can finance the working capital needed to complete export orders and in turn help finance the expansion of production facilities due to export success.  Loans are available up to $5 million.  More information can be obtained from SBA’s Export Finance Mangerslocated at 21 U.S. Export Assistance Centers across the country.

An Extraordinary Member of the Jackson-Feild Team Retires

After nineteen years of loyal and dedicated service to Jackson-Feild, Ann Chaffins is retiring on September 30. Ann gave her heart and soul to our mission, and it’s virtually impossible to accurately and effectively convey just how important she’s been to our organization.

Ann has a special place in her heart for children. As a former administrator for mental health services in Martinsville, she saw up-close and personally the complex issues that are involved with mental health disorders and the toll it takes on children and families.

In her role as Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Jackson-Feild, Ann went above and beyond the call of duty every day, in everything she did. Whether reaching out to donors, attending convocations, speaking to church groups, or training interns and new employees in the Richmond office, Ann put people at ease and let them know how important they are and how much she – and Jackson-Feild – appreciated them. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the development operations met expectations and fulfilled its goals.

Ann took special pride in our golf tournament – a monumental effort that she coordinated from its inception. Because she wanted every golfer to have a good time, no detail was overlooked. Ann often woke up in the middle of the night remembering a task or issue that needed attention. She kept lists and checked them twice… and often thrice. She followed up on promises of support. She personally thanked each and every player for spending their day to help raise funds for special projects the benefited our children.

Bill Northen, former member of the Board of Trustees and long-time Co-Chair of the Golf Committee tells us, “Ann has been a great friend and mentor. She’s been the voice of calm reason for as long as I can remember, and her determination and professionalism have been something I have tried to emulate. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I wish her every continued success in her next endeavors.”

Ann tells us that while she will miss the relationships she’s established with donors and co-workers, she’s looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband Dave, her children Katherine and Winston and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. We have it on good authority that things she will not miss include straightening up the storage room and defrosting the freezer in the Development Office!
Ann’s “can do” attitude and her devotion to Jackson-Feild will be hard to replace, but our wish for her is that every day of her retirement is filled with joy and happiness.

 

L-R: Katherine Crawford, Ann, Dave Chaffins, and Winston Chaffins help celebrate Ann’s retirement at a luncheon at Stella's in Richmond

Brunswick Academy Honor Roll Grades 3-8

All “A’s”

Grade 3- Bayne Carroll, Ricky Grassel

Grade 4- Aiden Powell

Grade 5- Natalie Hall, Savannah Nunnally, Chris Parrish, Nick Parrish, Dava Turner

Grade 6- Rahilly Abernathy, Laura Betlack, Grayson Bottoms, Eric Crane, Meredith Greene, Katelyn Lambert, Cassidy Smith

Grade 7- Harrison Harper, Matthew Moseley, Sydney Paul, Bryson Poarch, Lydia Smith, Jacky Zhu

Grade 8- Tyler Creedle, Austin Dornak, Hunter Greene, Brady Talbert

“A & B”

Grade 3- Bryce Abernathy, Aubrey Corum, Olivia Evans, Riley Griffen, Cali Pegram, Mankirit Singh

Grade 4- Natalie Allen, McKenna Bryant, Dawson Clary, Jake McAden, Lily Grace Coleman, Landon Edwards, Emma Jones, Abbie Grace Lucy, Caitlyn Moore, Vidhi Patel, Raleigh Pierce, Megan Ramsey, Alaina Jane Roberts, Jourdyn Roberts, Collin Wray, Marshall Wray

Grade 5- Jason Capps, Drew Daniel, Berkeley Jones, Sara King, Bryn Montgomery,

Parth Patel, Charlie Pope, Lane Whitehead, Denver Wright

Grade 6- Madison Baugus, Garrett Cobb, Cullen Corum, Ian Fajna, Matthew Gullivan, Ashton Phillips, Noah Sadler, Ashleigh Sasser, Allison Short, Madeline Tripp, Noah Waller, Davis Whitehead, Mayzie Wrenn, Zachariah Wright

Grade 7- Brett Allen, Colby Elliott, Shana Love, Everett Lynch, Trey Mitchell, Alyssa Rivas, Emily Roberts, Matthew Woyer

Grade 8- Brysen Diefert, Kennedy Greene, Meredith Lucy, Andrew Myrick, Cole Owen, Kyle Powell, Naomi Sadler, Kaitlyn Waller, Christian Williams, Claire Wright

"Which Eye Is Closed"

We're tearing down monuments and pulling down flags
So we can forget what used to be
Yet we spend millions on a slavery museum
So our young and newborn can see.
 
If one would open both eyes
They could see this isn't right
You may lay ground for the future
But the past is out of sight.
 
So many know so little
Of what happened way back then
They make up stories to suit their cause
Yet don't know why or when.
 
We're forgetting our poor and homeless
For complaining makes more news
It;s not good to destroy unity
But that is what so many choose.
 
Another day shall pass on by
And from light to dark it'll turn
Yet we;ll still have people on our streets
The facts of life will never learn.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Library wants Yearbooks

The Meherrin Regional Library System is seeking donations of local school yearbooks to include in a yearbook digitization project. Working with the Library of Virginia, MRLS is looking to the public to donate yearbooks especially from the years 1977 and before. Local public and private schools of Brunswick and Greensville counties may be included in the project. Donations are needed before October 26th and may be dropped off at the Brunswick County Library, Lawrenceville or the Richardson Memorial Library, Emporia. The books will be used for digitization and then added to the library’s permanent reference collection. For more information or questions call 434-848-2418 ext. 301 or 434-634-2539.

William Stratton Finch

William Stratton Finch, 60, of Emporia, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Barbara R. Finch; two sons, Anthony W. Finch and wife, Devin and Jordy Finch; daughter, Leigh Ann Lewis and husband, Nick; three grandchildren, Bryce, Steven and Camryn; brother-in-law, James J. Rawlings and his faithful canine companion, “Snickers”. Mr. Finch was preceded in death by a son, Lynn S. Finch. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 at Zion Baptist Church, Skippers, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Greensville Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

Subway Holds Sub Cutting

    

    

    

On Friday, CornerStone Market BP and Subway had its Ribbon Cutting with the Emporia Chamber of Commerce but in celebration of the business, it was actually a Sub Cutting.  A string of 12 subs was assembled for the home baked Sub Cutting.  Following the cutting, CornerStone Market BP and Subway hosted a reception for the Chamber representatives and guests.

This week the attention of CornerStone Market BP and Subway will be the two Grand Opening events scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 5th and 6thCornerStone Subway will be hosting the first event on Wednesday with CornerStone Market BP hosting on Thursday.  During the Wednesday Subway Grand Opening, everyone will be able to purchase a $5 Footlong Sub from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM (Limit one per person).  Also with any purchase, you will get a free fresh baked cookie.  “We are glad to celebrate having Subway back in our community and our Grand Opening is a special thank you for the overwhelming support since our opening,” said Jill Slate, CornerStone Subway owner.

In celebration of both events, there will be a Grand Opening Registration on Wednesday and Thursday that will include but not limited to:

  • 48” LED Samsung TV
  • Monster Energy Drone
  • Ray Ban Sunglasses
  • Rockzilla Monster Truck
  • LP Gas Grill
  • Grizzly Cooler
  • BP Gift Cards
  • $50 Outback Gift Card
  • Sundrop Wireless Speaker
  • Gift Basket

One registration per person for these prizes can be made in the CornerStone Market BP.  You do not need to be present to win. 

Also on Wednesday, CornerStone associates will be at the dispensers showing each customer how to IMMEDIATELY SAVE UP TO 50¢ PER GALLON on their gas or diesel purchase and how to register going forward for the BP Rewards program.  For the first 90 days on the BP Rewards program, you will average saving 24¢ per gallon for each $32 spent on gas or diesel.   That is almost $3.00 off each transaction of 12 gallons.  After 90 days, the BP program offering will be 10¢ for every $100 purchased ongoing.  The BP Rewards program is the largest major oil company promotion over the last 30 years and to get registered, you need to come by in October and see the staff.  To make this very simple, on Thursday, there will be onsite registrations being done by the CornerStone staff.

CornerStone Market BP was recently recognized by BP for the most new BP Rewards registrations in a week in the state of Virginia.  CornerStone Market BP will be celebrating this event on Wednesday and Thursday by breaking their current registration record.  Come be part of history and enjoy the fuel savings every day.

CornerStone Market BP and Subway will continue the Grand Opening festivities on Thursday with a number of specials starting at 10:00 AM and going until 5:00 PM:

  • On Wednesday and Thursday, everyone will be able to win up to 50¢ per gallon on their gas and diesel purchases.  Our CornerStone staff will be helping you with your savings.
  • Something new on Thursday will be onsite live BP Rewards registrations done by CornerStone staff.  Getting set-up with your own loyalty number will take less than a minute.
  • Everyone will get a complimentary (Limit one per person while supplies last):

o   Grilled Hot dog

o   Slice of Hunt Brothers pizza

o   Soft serve Ice Cream samples

  • All soft serve ice cream, Razzles and milk shakes are BOGO for the day.  Milk shakes are a new addition to the soft serve and Razzle program.  The soft serve ice cream comes in 8 tasty flavors.
  • Everyone will also get a complimentary spin on the SPIN-N-WIN wheel loaded with prizes.  Everyone is guaranteed to win a prize (one spin per person).
  • In the Grand Opening, over $3,000 in prizes and savings are available to the community as a Thank You for your overwhelming support of the CornerStone project.

CornerStone Market BP and Subway is located at 501 West Atlantic Street and is opened 24 hours a day.  It is a new local company owned by Clint Slate, Chris Slate, Billy Slate and Stratford Ward.  Clint, Chris and Billy Slate are the owners of Slate and Spivey Inc., a third generation family owned general contractor.  Slate and Spivey was founded in 1944 and is the general contractor for this project.  The other partner, Stratford Ward, is the owner of Little Oil Company of Richmond, Virginia, a family business operated for 95 years.  Little Oil Company is a third generation oil distributor that supplies fuel to over 100 convenience store owners in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. 

CornerStone Market and Subway will be the Slates’ first venture into the c-store and fast food industry.  “We have owned these lots for years.  The lots have always had great potential for commercial development and we are glad that the timing has worked out to move forward with this project that will create additional jobs and tax base to the City of Emporia,” said Clint Slate.

Little Oil Company is currently celebrating their 95th year of business distributing fuel.  “It is very interesting that in our 95th year, we are venturing back into the retail side of the fuel industry, c-store and fast food that we have not done in more than 18 years,” said Barry Grizzard, Sales Manager of Little Oil Company.  Little Oil distributes BP, CITGO, EXXON, MOBIL, PURE and VALERO brands of gas and diesel fuel.

The West Atlantic street area is part of the Emporia Enterprise Zone that is currently being revitalized.  In this general area, many businesses have relocated to other sites or have closed.  The Enterprise Zone is a successful project of the City with recent improvements to the area.  Currently tourists coming off I-95 northbound currently go out to the bypass to be able to enter the City business area.  With the opening of CornerStone Market, a new traffic pattern will be forming as cars enter Emporia from West Atlantic Street.

Arthur Wyche Allen

Arthur Wyche Allen, 80, widower of Shirley Prince Allen, passed away Saturday, Oct 1, 2016. He was the son of the late Bernie Beck Allen and Carrie Taylor Allen and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Irma Lee Allen and Ida Wrenn and four brothers, Milton Allen, S.T. Allen, Luther Allen and John Allen. He is survived by a son, Dale Allen; daughter Anita Wong; two grandchildren, Jason Wong and Kevin Allen and fiance’, Tonia and her children, Zoe, Makayla, Payton, Owen and Ethan, a great-granddaughter, Alyssa “Sugar Girl” Allen; two sisters, Josephine Covington and Esther Allen; a brother, Alfred A. Allen and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 3 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 4 at Forest Hill Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.owenfh.com.

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