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Vol. 2, No. 1

‘Ringing’ in the New Year see page 4

Spotlight on: Cumberland Girls Basketball. See page 10

For new supervisor, reining in spending is first priority By Roslyn Ryan

(Editor’s note: Over the next several months, Cumberland Today will be conducting interviews with all four newly elected Cumberland County supervisors, inquiring about their motivation for seeking office and the issues they feel are most important for the board to address.) Make no mistake about it, Cumberland supervisor Lloyd Banks is a busy man. Between his work as the Graduate Financial Aid Operations and Fiscal Manager for the University of Virginia

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and his new duties as the representative of District 2—not to mention being a father to 11 children—Banks stays on the go. But he did manage to carve out a few quiet moments last Saturday evening to reflect on his first week in office. Banks said he has already earned a new appreciation for the overabundance of data county leaders must wrestle with. “It’s a lot of information you don’t get until

„ CALENDAR: Murphy’s Paws visits Cumberland library. P3 „ OPINION: New blood good for county board. P2

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Tips on avoiding sky-high energy bills this winter. See page 12

„ HUMOR: Mystery of the Girl With the Wood-Turning Lathe. P5 „ SCHOOLS: CUCPS honors Actor of the Year. P4


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When it comes to positive change, new board has an advantage

Like so many others, I am approaching this New Year the same way I have approached every New Year since I was old enough to ring one in. I have made promises to lose weight, be more organized, keep up with friends and not procrastinate. I have vowed to write more letters and fewer e-mails, and visit with the people I love rather than dash off hasty text messages while watching the latest episode of Dancing With the Stars. Speaking of dancing, I have made it a goal to learn some-

thing new this year, maybe take a dance class or learn to love some form of heretofore unexplored form of exercise. Sadly, if tradition holds, just about all of these lofty goals will have hit the proverbial dust bin by the time the February edition of Cumberland Today hits the stands. Sure I may make a few improvements – I will have written a few letters and organized drawer or two – but I have come to understand that there is one impediment that upends all the best of my intentions year after year: me. Specifically, the fact that I wake up on Jan. 1 of every new year pretty much the same person I was when I went to bed. For better or worse, at the age of 32, I have come to terms with the fact that I am naturally disorganized and hopelessly unable to fall in love with any kind of exercise. I have been told I have a number of good qualities, but the unfortunate

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ones seem destined to remain just as much a part of me. Taking this view, I suppose it’s all for the best that communities – while they typically retain the majority of their residents – have the good fortune to get a new crop of leaders in every once in a while to run the show. Nothing against the old guard, but it likely won’t hurt to get some fresh blood and some fresh ideas – at the helm. Different isn’t always better, but the four new leaders elected to Cumberland’s Board of Supervisors have the advantage of being able to view the county’s issues with fresh eyes. It will take time for them to adjust, certainly, but once they do they will not be shackled by the old chains of “we’ve always done it this way.” On behalf of the staff of Cumberland Today., we wish them all the best as they work to ensure a prosperous future for our beloved community.

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you are on the inside,” said Banks, a native of Newport News who moved to Cumberland from Northern Virginia four years ago. “One question seems to turn into another and another. There is a huge learning curve involved, but I’m looking forward to it.” Banks said he decided to run for office because he was concerned about what he perceived as the county’s excessive taxes and excessive debt. His goal now that he’s been elected? Work to rein in costs, particularly those associated with personnel. “The vast majority of the costs with any county involve personnel,” explained Banks, “so the question is: how many personnel do you need to function? We are going to be looking at how every aspect of the county is funded—the overall picture.” Banks says he also wants to help bring

more basic services to Cumberland, including shopping and medical facilities. He doesn’t want to change the overall rural nature of the community, he insists, just offer residents a way to get what they need without having to leave the county. Despite winning his race, Banks says he has no political aspirations beyond serving as a county supervisor. Another thing he doesn’t plan on doing? Staying quiet while he’s in office. Though he agrees diplomacy is important, “People who are representing voters have to be outspoken,” said Banks. Just because you may not have the votes to get a particular goal accomplished “is not an acceptable reason for being quite on certain issues.” “People want a representative with an opinion,” Banks continued. “And I want to make sure my opinion is heard.” For more information on Lloyd Banks, please visit www.CumberlandVoters.com

SPOTLIGHT ON LLOYD BANKS Hometown: Newport News, Va. Degrees earned: Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, master’s degree in Business Administration, and a master’s degree in Theology. Work history: Over 25 years of finance, accounting, contracting, and budgeting experience. Retired from the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security. Currently employed at the University of Virginia.

grocery store, major restaurant chain, or basic medical services. 3. Limited business revenue has burdened individual residents with excessive local taxes. 4. Reduced state funding will warrant further cuts in spending to avoid tax increases. 5. Managing excessive debt that will be a liability on the budget for decades to come.

What do you think will be the greatest Family: Wife of 18 years,Tracy. We have 11 challenge of serving as a Supervisor? children (6 boys and 5 girls). Identifying what expenses to reduce in an effort to balance our budget and avoid Community service: I serve on the Board raising taxes. of Visitors at Norfolk State University and pastor a local church in the area. At the end of this term, what will you need to have accomplished to feel as though Why did you decide to run for office? you have been successful? I had concerns with excessive local taxes I want to remain a loud and vocal voice for and debt. I want to bring professional the citizens who entrusted me with their expertise to the BOS, reducing local spend- representation. ing, and promoting improved efficiency I want to reduce the County debt without within our local government. raising taxes. What do you think are the biggest issues facing Cumberland County today? 1. Limited employment opportunities within the County. 2. The absence of retail services such as a

What is the best piece of advice you have received about serving in political office? Always listen to the people you were elected to represent.


COMMUNITY CALENDAR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11  WWII Round Table Meeting on Wednesday January 11, beginning at 7:00 PM in Father Val Hall of Saint John Neumann Catholic Church located 2480 Batterson Road (behind Flat Rock Shopping Center) in Powhatan. Marine Joe Perrin of the 6th Marines is among the small group of survivors of combat for the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa and a Purple Heart recipient. The division suffered high losses during each of the campaigns and especially for the assault of Sugar Loaf on Okinawa.  All meetings are followed by a social and are open to the public. For more information, visit the website www.ww2rtcva.com.  Cumberland Library STORY HOUR. Come join us at the library from 11:00-12:00 on Wednesdays.  Murphy’s PAWS. Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11:00am to lend a friendly paw & ear for Preschool Story Time, led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison. Cumberland County Public Library Children’s Area 804-492-5807  Please come attend the monthly meeting of the Friends of Bear Creek Lake at Beat Creek Hall on 08/10 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. This group, like groups at other state parks coordinates and performs volunteer activities at the park. It also raises funds for projects that might otherwise remain unfinished. At Bear Creek Lake State Park, members also manage our archery range, which is unique in Virginia State Parks. Celebrate state parks 75th anniversary by becoming a friend. Contact the group at friendsofbearcreek@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12  Rotary Club of Farmville Meeting at 12:00pm at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street, Farmville, VA.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17  H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Prepare for Eternity is a Ladies Group that meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall at Cartersville Baptist Church. All women are invited to join us. H.O.P.E encourages Christian development of ladies in our church and community through missions, spiritual outreach, community involvement, and Christian fellowship. We take our name to heart and work hard to do God’s will on many levels, supporting local, state, national, and international missions on a regular basis. Please join us.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18  “TAX TIPS” Free Seminar – at the Farmville prince Edward Community Library, 1303 West Third Street, Farmville on Wednesday January 18 from 9:00am until 11:00 am. Bring your questions and join a lively discussion with ken Copeland, C.P.A, and the Director of Economic Development for Longwood University. Ken will bring us up to date on recent tax changes, as well as cautionary tips, that will benefit your business. This is an important tax seminar that you will not want to miss. To register: (434)395-2086 or email baldwinjr2@longwood.edu. Seating is limited and registration is required. Sponsored by Small Business Development center.  Cumberland Library STORY HOUR. Come join us at the library

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Cumberland Middle School students in Mrs. Ronda Jones’ art class participated in a poster contest sponsored by the Virginia House of Delegates. Students were asked to create an original two-dimensional work of art that illustrated the theme “An Idea of Law.” In addition to illustrating a law and/or its effect, students had to write an explanation of the purpose of the law. Ideas from students included use of a special device required on all cars to detect alcohol use of the driver, putting a time limit on daily Internet usage, banning “super size” choices at fast food restaurants, revising motorbike helmet rules, and allowing earlier ages for driving permits. Students receiving awards from CMS are as follows: Front Row - Victoria Stockner. Middle Row - Wesley Marshall and Dakoda Boyles. Back Row - Carlos Campos, Nik Ratliff, Marya Elasha, and Chase Grubbs. from 11:00-12:00 on Wednesdays.

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 Murphy’s PAWS. Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11:00am to lend a friendly paw & ear for Preschool Story Time, led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison. Cumberland County Public Library Children’s Area 804-492-5807

 Rotary Club of Farmville Meeting at 12:00pm at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street, Farmville, VA.

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 Welcome Campfire at Bear Creek Lake. Campground ‘A’ shelter. At this free “Glad to meet you” program, Park staff will introduce you to Bear Creek Lake and the surrounding area. Learn local lore and history, as well as tidbits about the critters that live here. For more information check bearcreek@dcrvirginia. gov

 Rotary Club of Farmville Meeting at 12:00pm at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street, Farmville, VA.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21  “Christian Motorcyclists Association Powhatan” chapter LIVING WHEELS meets the third Saturday of each month at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to join us at Company 1 Fire station, Old Buckingham Rd. and Mann Rd. Come find out what we’re doing, and where our next ride or event will be. For more information call 598-1834 or 357-6730 or 512-8835

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25  Murphy’s PAWS. Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library AT 11:00am to lend a friendly paw & ear for Preschool Story Time, led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison. Cumberland County Public Library Children’s Area 804-492-5807

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1  Cumberland Library STORY HOUR. Come join us at the library from 11:00-12:00 on Wednesdays.  Murphy’s PAWS. Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11:00am to lend a friendly paw & ear for Preschool Story Time, led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison. Cumberland County Public Library Children’s Area 804-492-5807  Books Over Coffee: Join us for our new book club AT 10:00am at the Cumberland Library. Bring your favorite recent reads to

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SCHOOL NOTES

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CHS Conducts Junior Ring Ceremony On December 9, 2011, Cumberland High School held the annual Junior Ring Ceremony. During the ceremony, eleventh grade students who had purchased rings were officially presented with their rings by assistant principal Cora Harris. After receiving their rings, students proudly placed the rings on their fingers, sometimes with the assistance of parents and classmates. This was an important part of the ceremony, since custom dictates that the insignia should face the wearer when his/her arm is outstretched before graduation, and reversed after the wearer has graduated. Then many of the ring recipients engaged in the “ring turning” rite, having friends and teachers turn the ring the number of times equal to the last two digits of the class year. Above, Ms. Cora Harris, with assistance from the ring representative, presents Kayla Langhorne with her ring.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 continued from > 3  Fiber Arts Group. Whether you create with

discuss and share with the group. Coffee and dessert will be provided by the library. Cumberland County Public Library Meeting Room. 804-492-5807

yarn, thread, needles, or hooks, you are welcome to join our new Fiber Arts group at the Cumberland Library meeting room at 10:00am. Bring you work-in-progress and meet with others who share your creative spirit! For more information call 804-492-5807.

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 Rotary Club of Farmville Meeting at 12:00pm at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street, Farmville, VA.

 Cumberland Library STORY HOUR. Come join us at the library from 11:00-12:00 on Wednesdays.

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County welcomes new School Board members

CHS Receives James River District Acting Recognition

On Monday, December 12, 2011, a reception was held for outgoing School Board member, Mrs. Doris Seal, who had decided not to seek reelection. Mrs. Seal was the original chairman of the first elected School Board for Cumberland County. At the reception, she was praised for her hard work, dedication, and service to school and community. She was presented with a plaque by the School Board and CUCPS administration to honor her commitment to the students of Cumberland County. Also honored at the reception was Mrs. Delma Branch, who had served as Deputy Clerk for the School Board for the past four years. Mrs. Branch, who also declined to serve another term, was awarded a certificate of appreciation at the School Board meeting. Mrs. Jamerson, Clerk of the School Board, remarked on her efficiency, attention to detail, and professionalism in her role. The seat vacated by Mrs. Seal will be filled by Mrs. Eurika Tyree, a parent and former graduate of Cumberland County Schools. She will assume her position as a School Board member as of January 1, 2012. Returning to the School Board will be Ms. Ginger Sanderson (District 1), Mr. Lee Dowdy (District 2), Mr. George Reid, (District 4), and Dr. Christine Ross (District 5). All five members took the Oath of Office on December 15, 2011. Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent of Cumberland County Public Schools, stated, “I would like to thank Mrs. Seal and Mrs. Branch for all that they have done for CUCPS. I welcome Mrs. Tyree to the Board and look forward to continued progress for the division.”

The Cumberland High School Theatre Team placed second in the James River District festival held at Randolph Henry. Cassidy Phillips, Chris Pence, and Alyssa Merkle were recognized as all-district actors. Sam Woodfin received the James River District Actor of the Year award. He was recognized at the December 2011 School Board meeting for this accomplishment

 WW2 Veteran’s Meeting. Second Wednesday of each month at St. John Neumann Catholic Church located behind Flat Rock Village Shopping Center at 7:00pm. Meet five Battle of the Bulge veterans who will share their stories in a round table.

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 Murphy’s PAWS. Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11:00am to lend a friendly paw & ear for Preschool Story Time, led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison. Cumberland County Public Library Children’s Area 804-492-5807

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Sam Woodfin was honored at the December 2011 School Board meeting for being named James River District Actor of the Year.

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Cumberland Today Sports Spotlight on: Cumberland High School Girls Basketball Cumberland Today photographer Kenny Moore recently checked in on the Cumberland Girls Basketball team as they took on Goochland .

Top: Annesha Harris (left) and I-Mecka Anderson (right) of Cumberland jump into the double trap and try and force the turnover

Mackenzie Parker of Cumberland (white) scraps for the ball on the floor and knocks it away from Dana Rodriguez of Goochland.

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Bottom: Kamren Gilliam #12 of Cumberland tries to dribble around Khayla Leabough of Goochland to get an open shot.


Clockwise, from top left: Cumberland Coach Omar Liggins shouts out instructions from the sideline as his team goes on a scoring run. The Cumberland Varsity Cheerleaders perform for the crowd at half time. Cumberland’s Annesha Harris brings the ball down court and runs the Dukes Offense. Ivy Arbaugh of Cumberland #13 tries to post for position on with Tammara Traylor #23 of Goochland.

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YOUR HOME

Get wise about lowering energy costs By Peter Bacqué

Heating a home in winter uses more energy — and costs more energy dollars — than any other system in the home. Almost half of the typical residential utility bill goes for heating, including heating water. And, unfortunately, for most residential energy customers, “for every dollar spent on heating … up to 40 cents of it is being wasted,” said Charles H. Martin III, sales manager with Woodfin energy-service company in Richmond. Happily, ending that waste is not high science. Electric and gas subscribers can take simple no-cost and low-cost steps to save energy — and money — during the cold winter months. Bill Greenleaf of South Richmond figures he’ll save $300 to $500 a year just from having added insulation to his attic and crawl spaces and sealing leaky heating ducts. “Those little things add up,” said Greenleaf, who is in the energy-efficiency business himself. “People don’t think about it, but they can make a difference.” Here are ways home-energy experts recommend to save energy during the winter: Lower your heater thermostat to 68 degrees during the day, and 10 degrees or more at night or when no one’s home. That alone can save 10 percent on heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. “I have a programmable thermostat,” said Courtney Gilbert, energy-conservation analyst with Dominion Virginia Power. “I keep it on 68. My husband hates it — it’s probably too cold for him in the house — but we keep it on 68.” Many homes have programmable thermostats, which allow home temperature to be automatically dialed back at nighttime or when residents are out of the house. “A lot of people don’t realize they have one,” Martin said. “Most customers, when you go visit, have them set on ‘hold,’ “ overriding the energy-saving programming. Water heating can account for 14 to 25 percent of a home’s energy consumption, so while you’re adjusting thermostats, turn down your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees. “Every study shows there’s a lot of wast-

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ed energy around water,” said Chris Griffin, manager of customer efficiency programs for Columbia Gas of Virginia. Although some manufacturers set waterheater thermostats at 140 degrees, most households usually require them set at only 120 degrees. For each 10-degree reduction in water temperature, you can save 3 to 5 percent in energy costs, the federal Energy Department said. Beyond that, as little as six seconds of exposure to water heated to 140 degrees can scald a person, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow the sun to heat your home, and close the curtains to keep the heat in after sundown. “Take advantage of that natural light and natural heat,” Gilbert said. “That doesn’t cost anything.” Much of the energy you’re paying for simply leaks out of your home. The solution is to seal those air leaks in ductwork, around doors and windows, through piping and wiring holes, and out-of-use fireplaces. Sealing ductwork with foil-backed tape or silicon caulking is the No. 1 way to conserve energy, Dominion Virginia Power said. And if you can see daylight around a door or window frame, then those openings need sealing. You can seal air leaks with caulking or weather-stripping. Oh, by the way, close the windows: “We’ve gone into homes where the people left the windows open a little bit,” Martin said. “They don’t realize the windows aren’t shut tight, and there’s air moving right through.” Get your heating system checked and tuned up at the beginning of the season. “One of the biggest things (residential heating-energy users) need to do is have regular maintenance on their system,” said Ralph Wellons, Richmond branch manager with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. For instance, dirty, clogged filters are the leading cause of problems with heating furnaces, experts said. “It’s preventing the free flow of air across

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Charlie Martin, L, the energy home performance manager for Woodfin Oil changes an air filter during a home energy audit in Richmond.

that filter and back into the room,” said Bob Innes with Columbia Gas of Virginia. “That means your furnace is working that much harder to get warm air through the filter and back into the room.” Changing the filter every month, or at least when it’s dirty, will forestall that problem and help you stay comfortable in winter’s chill. Keeping sofas, chairs and curtains from blocking your air vents will allow them to direct air to warm your living spaces — and not the bottom of the couch or the back of the curtains,

Innes said. To stay warm, bundle up your house with good insulation. “Only about 20 percent of homes built before 1980 have the proper amount of insulation in the attic, unless they added more over time,” Gilbert said. Ensuring the attic and crawl spaces are properly insulated to hold heat in is critical to reducing energy bills. Water pipes coming from the water heater should be insulated.


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