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Vol. 3, No. 7

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HIGH State park clinic offered local kids a chance to try their hand at archery By Michael Schoeffel Staff Writer

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own in the heart of Cumberland County, past rough gravel roads with quirky names such as Coon Club Way and enough “NO HUNTING” signs to scare off even the most aggressive poacher, rests an idyllic oasis by the name of Bear Creek Lake State Park. It’s hard place to miss, really. Big brown signs crop up as far away as Anderson Highway and point you in the direction of the park until, before you know it, you’re surrounded by lush green forest and the meditative sound of continuously flowing water. Congratulations. You have arrived. Bear Creek Lake State Park is by all accounts beautiful, tranquil and stunning. It plays host to a number of recreational activities, running the gamut see Archery > 8 Photo by Michael Schoeffel

Bear Creek Lake State Park interpreter Evan Spears chats with one of the younger campers, who holds a recurved bow nearly taller than he is.

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 CALENDAR: See what’s happening in your community P14  SCHOOLS: Fuqua School names Founder’s Award winners P5

Cumberland High School hosts volleyball camp. See page 8

Students raise funds for Cumberland Food Bank. See page 4 Area Lions Club honors members for work in the community. See page 6  COMMUNITY: Lions Club elects new officers P13  HONORS: Hospital earns award for excellence P10


FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

A taste for country life By Roslyn Ryan Editor

As I have mentioned in these pages a time or two before, I will occasionally get the chance to talk to old friends who have either never enjoyed the pleasures of country life or who have long ago exchanged their rural childhood homes for life in the big city. Trying to be a sport about it, I don’t usually brag about the lifestyle we enjoy a few dozen miles outside the city limits -- one where we don’t have to worry about traffic snarls or late-night sirens wailing. And it’s not as though city life doesn’t have some perks (a few of my urban-dwelling friends probably couldn’t relate to having no 24-hour pharmacy nearby or not being able to use the bathroom when the power goes out). Still, there is one aspect of country life that—and I am not ashamed to admit this—I have embraced at least as much as the unspoiled landscape and friendly neighbors. I’m talking about the food. Please don’t think I am trying to say that I had never had good food before moving to Powhatan: Growing up with Italian roots, after all, means never having to say “I’m hungry.” But it was not until I moved to Powhatan more than a decade ago that I came to understand what it truly meant, as a verb, to eat.

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Now that summer is fully underway, I know you know what I’m talking about. Go to even the most modest of family gatherings around these parts and you are likely to see a spread fit for 10 kings: mounds of homemade potato salad, casseroles of every color, and meat — so much meat! I recently went to a birthday party that featured sausages, hamburgers, steak and chicken, a carnivore’s delight, all in addition to a dessert table that I actually feared might collapse under the weight of one too many homemade pies. (I have to admit I did not know what a trifle was until I moved to the country. Now I am seriously thinking about starting a petition to change the name -- something that delightful, I believe, deserves a more fitting moniker.) Some might say that we over-indulge, that we eat too much and don’t appreciate the bounty we’ve been given. To them I would say “phooey” — provided my mouth wasn’t full – and then point out that food is perhaps the best way I can think of to gather together and celebrate all we do have, particularly our friends and our family. So here’s to all of us, as we continue to crowd our tables and enjoy each other’s company. And if you happen to be reading this from outside the confines of our happy country locale, have no fear: I’ll save you a plate.

Cumberland man charged in fatal July hit and run By Ben Orcutt Staff Writer

A Cumberland County man is scheduled to appear in Louisa County General District Court next month on two charges of felony hit and run that resulted in the deaths of two Spotsylvania County residents. Kenneth G. Wadford, 30, of the 2000 block of Anderson Highway, is being held without bond in the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. on August 6, in Lousia County General District Court. Wadford also is charged with a class 1 misdemeanor for operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked driver’s license. “The case remains under investigation,” Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty E. McGuire said Tuesday. The hit-and-run charges against Wadford are Class 5 felonies and carry a range of punishment from one to five years in prison, McGuire said. The charge of operating a

motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked opera to r ’s Wadford license is a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail and or a $2, 500 fine, McGuire added. Wadford is being represented by court-appointed attorney John R. Maus of Louisa, McGuire said. Authorities were called to the scene of the crash at Zachary Taylor Highway and Days Bridge Road shortly before 9:30 p.m., on June 22, according to Sgt. Thomas J. Molnar of the Virginia State Police, who are handling the investigation. Wadford is alleged to have been driving a 2003 GMC Savana 3500 van when he crashed into the rear of a 1988 Kawaskai 1000 motorcycle driven by Oneal F. Newman, 50, of the 12000 block of Plantation Drive, Spotsylvania and passenger, Joyce A. Herriot, 53,

of the 8000 block of Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania. Newman and Herriot died at the scene after being ejected from the motorcycle and then being struck by the van as Wadford drove away. Wadford is said to have continued traveling southbound on Zachary Taylor Highway before the van broke down and he fled on foot into a heavily wooded area. A search for Wadford was conducted with the assistance of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. At the time, he was considered dangerous and was last seen wearing a white tank top, red shorts, and flip flops, police say. Wadford was taken into custody about 9 a.m. on June 24, by deputies from the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office who responded to the 5000 block of Zachary Taylor Highway after the Sheriff’s Office received a tip from someone who recognized Wadford from media reports. In an unrelated charge, Wadford also was wanted for failure to appear in court in Charleston County, S.C.

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WHAT’S YOUR TAKE? Staff writer Ben Orcutt recently caught up with six county residents to find out what they love about life in Cumberland (and what they think needs to be fixed).

Shelia Hardy, 47, has lived in Cumberland all her life.

“Brittany Harris, 17, has only lived in the county for eight years.

Clarence Willis, 83, has lived in Cumberland for about 30 years.

Mike Hunter, 42, has lived in Cumberland for most of his life.

Lloyd Crenshaw, 56, has only lived in the county for six years.

“It’s a nice county. I never was a city person.”

“Because there’s some good people and I like my house. It’s not close to the road and I love my animals.”

“Just because it’s in the county – in the country.”

“Because it’s in a rural area. I don’t like the city.”

“Well, basically this is my wife’s home. I’m from Mecklenburg County. So she moved back home.”

“A grocery store.”

“Grocery stores... We don’t have [a] grocery store up here.”

“I would like to see a grocery store and a McDonald’s.”

“Probably land taxes and the school system.”

“I think the taxes, personal property tax – too high.”

“I grew up in a small town and I know they didn’t want to see growth and I have an idea that that’s what it is here.”

Why do you like living in Cumberland?

What does Cumberland need most?

“More grocery stores.”

“Something for the kids to do like a bowling alley, movie theater – something.”

What is the “There’s nothing most important around here to do – no stores, no nothissue facing ing, nothing for the Cumberland? kids to do.”

“Probably I think the dump where it’s right beside us. We don’t want to smell a dump right beside our house.

“Just a grocery store.”

“Debt.”

Opal Clater, 82, moved here in May from Northern Virginia.

“I’m glad I’m not in the traffic anymore.”

Church offering free health checks to Cumberland residents By Ben Orcutt Staff Writer

Area residents who wish to monitor their health can do so free of charge the first Monday of each month at the Cartersville Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The church, which is located at 2294 Cartersville Road in the Old Cartersville Medical Building next to Central Virginia Bank, began offering the health screening program in April from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., said church member and volunteer Pearl Mayers. “We were happy because we didn’t do any mailings and really do much for advertising,”

she said. “We were happy with the turnout just from the community – the people that we knew by word of mouth.” The health screening includes taking blood pressure, calculating BMI – body mass index – weight, glucose level, height and a cholesterol reading. If “anything alarming,” shows up, participants are encouraged to follow up with their doctor, Mayers said. Also offered at the monthly health screenings are tips for healthy living, such as how to quit smoking and the eight Biblical laws of good health, Mayers said.

Upon arriving at the church, signs are posted to let participants know where to go. They complete a registration card first and are then directed to the various screening stations, Mayers said. Participants are given a card with the results of their screening and the church keeps the results as well to compare them with the results of successive visits, Mayers said. The idea to provide the health screenings was a church-wide endeavor, Mayers said, with about five or six volunteers scheduled to be at each screening session.

“We’ve had health seminars and cooking classes before and I guess it was just something we decided that might be nice to do to offer to the community,” she said. “Being an EMT and running on the Cartersville Rescue Squad, I see a need for something like this in the community.” People from surrounding counties are welcome to take advantage of the service and socioeconomic status is not taken into account, Mayers aid. “It’s open for everybody,” she said. For more information, call Mayers at (804) 375-9850.

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SCHOOL NOTES

Alumni of the Month stayed busy at CHS Justin Reid says his high school days helped instill a love of travel, learning Contributed report

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Margaret Korrow, left, receives a check from Raising Hope members Allison Gilbert, Shakiera Branch, and Kaylah Paras. The money will be given to the Cumberland Food Bank.

Cumberland Schools earn Excellence in Education Award Each year, the Virginia Tech School of Education honors outstanding programs that support students, families, and communities. This year, Cumberland County Public Schools took home the top honor with a $1,000 monetary award for the Education for Sustainability program. The Education for Sustainability program integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning Griffin with Career and Technical Education, providing students with opportunities to cultivate their environmental, social, and economic awareness. This dynamic, affordable, innovative, cross-cultural program targets students in all demographic areas grades 9-12 and provides cross-cultural experiences that make education relevant. Students receive instruction in renew-

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able energy and sustainability concepts critical to thriving in the 21st Century. The program originator is Angela Whittaker at Cumberland High School. Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent of CUCPS, accepted the award on behalf of the school division. Cumberland Students Raise Money for Food Bank

Raising Hope group raises funds for county food bank Student members of Raising Hope, a Cumberland Middle School service organization, have spent the last two years raising money for the Cumberland Food Bank. For the 2012-2013 school year, the girls raised a total of $294. To raise the money, they conducted various fundraisers, including selling Duke Pride items (such as beads and hairbands), conducting a 50/50 raffle, and making and selling Candy Cane Grams for Christmas. At the end of the school year, they presented a check to Ms. Margaret Korrow, the Director of the Cumberland Food Bank.

Justin Reid, who graduated from Cumberland High School in 2005, was the definition of “active,” participating in everything from Governor’s School to yearbook to FBLA, SCA, track, and cross country. He recalled playing tenor sax in both middle school and high school and thought he Reid would be the next John Coltraine. He has other interesting memories of CHS as well. “I remember losing Prom King by one vote to my cousin,” said Reid. “That’s one of those funny things that only happens in Cumberland.” He also remembers riding in an airplane for the first time his junior year and touring France, which he says was a life changing event. After high school, Reid attended and graduated from The College of William and Mary. He reported being a student activist in college: “I spent a lot of time working with administrators and admissions to improve campus diversity and student financial aid, which we did. I also mentored and tutored in local schools, and worked as a history teaching assistant.” Reid has traveled overseas several times. In college, he spent two summers studying abroad, first in southern France and later in South Africa. He also spent two winter breaks

working in Tanzania (East Africa). Currently, Reid is the associate director for museum operations at the Moton Museum in Farmville, a position he has held since April, 2012. As part of his job, he oversees the programming, tours, and outreach of the Moton Museum. The museum is Virginia’s sole National Historic Landmark of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. It explores Prince Edward County’s leading role in producing the 1954 Brown decision (the Supreme Court ruling that desegregated U. S. public education) and the 1964 Griffin decision. Reid remains active with the Youth Ministry at Sharon Baptist Church and volunteers with the Buckingham and Cumberland 4-H. His hobbies include water sports, fishing, “Cumberland traveling, studying history, County has and spending so much time with close potential. I friends and family –especially really hope his six nieces to see more and nephews. young people He had return to this to share with others: the area and “Cumberland invest in our County has so community.” much potential. I really hope to Justin Reid see more young people return to the area and invest in our community – raise their families here, start businesses, take on leadership roles in local government. I think the future of Cumberland really depends on young people with deep roots in this community branching out and bringing back the best of what they’ve learned.”


SCHOOL NOTES

Fuqua School presents Founders’ Awards for 2013 Contributed report

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science, social studies, and English. Those recognized include Jake Jackson, recipient of the Taylor Social Studies Award; Tara Bauer, recipient of the Wall English Award; Caroline Wiles, recipient of the Pearson Foreign Language Award; Chelsea Dandridge, recipient of the Redd Science Award; Abby Hatley, recipient of the Hargrove Fine Arts Award; and Clyde Crone, recipient of the Glenn Math Award.

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Winners of the Fuqua School Founders’ Award were honored at a recent ceremony at the school. Pictured, from the left, are Morgan Anderson, 2013 Commencement Speaker, Jake Jackson, Tara Bauer, Caroline Wiles, Chelsea Dandridge, Abby Hatley, Clyde Crone, and Ruth S. Murphy, president of Fuqua School.

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High school students stage ‘Poe-Dunked’

Middle school artist takes third place in state-wide competition Contributed report

Cumberland Middle School student Isaac Drummond was the third place winner of the 2013 CVC Poster Art Contest this year. The theme of the contest was “Virginia Is for Givers.” Sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, the poster contest was open to students in Grades K-12 in Virginia public and private schools, as well as students who are home-schooled. Isaac was presented with his award at the Middle School awards ceremony at the end of school. Isaac is in the sixth grade and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Drummond of Farmville.

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Cumberland drama students, under the direction of Carlie Duncan, recently presented a play entitled PoeDunked, by Burton Bumgarner. The play was comprised of a series of short scenes depicting events in the life of Edgar Allan Poe as well as vignettes of some of his literary works. However, the events and stories were presented as they might have occurred in modern times. For example, “The Tell Tale Heart” became a police investigation and “The Cask of Amontillado” was turned into a Jerry Springer-like episode. Other

He was recognized at the June 10, 2013, School Board meeting for his accomplishment.

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The revised school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year was approved at the June 10, 2013, meeting of the Cumberland School Board. According to the new calendar, students will start school on Monday, August 12, 2013. New teachers will report to the New Teacher Workshop,

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OBITUARIES David Karl Pedrick David Karl Pedrick, 77, of Cumberland, passed away after a long illness on Friday, June 14, 2013 in Farmville. He was born March 4, 1936 in Hackensack, N.J., to the late Raymond M. and Anne White Pedrick. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from the trucking industry after working over 50 years. Mr. Pedrick loved golfing and cooking. He loved watching football and was an avid Virginia Tech fan. He also loved watching old movies and collecting antique cars. He was survived by his wife, Patricia Anne Pedrick of Cumberland; his stepson, Charles Thomas and spouse, Robin, of Prospect; his stepdaughter, Tammy Harman of Cumberland; brothers, Raymond M. Pedrick Jr. and his wife, Karin Gauvin, of Ware, Mass., and Martin Pedrick and wife, Deanna Putnam, of San Angelo, Texas; his sisters, Brenda Eyles of Whiting, N.J., and Sharon Herelehy of Honesdale, Pa.; his grandchildren, John Luker Jr. and Sarah Harman, both of Cumberland; and his special friend, Rosie, a Penbrook Welsh Corgi. He was preceded in death by his sister, Gail Wood. A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 22,

2013 at Payne Memorial United Methodist Church in Cumberland. Memorial contributions may be made to Payne Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 323, Cumberland, Va. 23040, Cumberland County Public Library, P.O. Box 98, Cumberland, Va. 23040, or to Ama Nyame Memorial Medical Center Inc., c/o K. Donkor MD, P.O. Box 353, Farmville, Va. 23901, make checks payable to ANMMC. Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family.

Massie C. Stinson Massie C. Stinson, Ph.D., of Farmville, Va., passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at his home. He was born October 28, 1935 in Madison Heights to the late Massie C. Stinson Sr. of Buckingham and Eva D. Whitmer of Eagle Rock. Massie attended Bluefield College located in southwest Virginia, where he received an Associate’s Stinson of Arts Degree in 1959. In 1961, he received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in History, and in

1965, he earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in English Literature, both from the University of Richmond. In 1974, he received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. From 1961 to 1973, Massie taught at Brookland Junior High, Midlothian seventh grade, Phillips Business College in Lynchburg, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of South Carolina, and Bluefield State College in Bluefield, W.Va. In the fall of 1973, he moved his family to Farmville, where he joined the faculty at Longwood College (now University). At Longwood he taught English for 27 years, during which time he also served on numerous academic committees and as chairman of the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages for six years. He retired in the spring of 2000. Once, in later years, while stopped in front of the stoplight at the intersection of Griffin Boulevard, Appomattox, and High Streets, Massie looked wistfully across at Longwood and said, “You know, I taught there for almost 30 years, and I loved every minute of it.” Massie devoted himself in total to his family, friends, colleagues, students, church and community, all of which he truly loved. He was preceded in death by his parents; his only son, Massie George; and

nephews, Douglas and Randy Buckelew. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Jane; daughters, Kimberly, Gayle and Susan; sonsin-law and daughter-in-law (respectively), James Crowl, Robert Webber and Mary Beth Dunkenberger; grandchildren, Tom Noehren, Jack and Charlotte Crowl; stepgrandchildren, Caroline Wachtman (Rick), Diana Webber, Will Dunkenberger, Alex Dunkenberger and Jack Dunkenberger; sister, Barbara Buckelew (Conrad); niece, Stuart Buckelew; greatniece, Joyce Gilmartin (Jim) and her children, Morrioghain and James; great-nephews, Michael Buckelew and Sean Markowski; and his many and much-beloved cousins, other kinfolk and friends from “Hogtown” and beyond. The family received friends at Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home in Farmville. Funeral services were held at Johns Memorial Episcopal Church, with interment in Westview Cemetery in Farmville. Memorial contributions may be made to The Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School of Richmond, Va. 804-822-6610, http:// annajuliacooperepiscopalschool.org/ or Bluefield College of Bluefield, Va., 800-8720176, http://www.bluefield.edu/. The family is being served by the Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home.

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Cumberland Today Sports College coach offers tips during volleyball clinic Contributed report

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Archery continued from > 1 of traditional outdoor sports such as hunting, fishing, cycling, hiking and archery. It was that last sport in particular – archery – that took center stage last Saturday morning, as Park Interpreter Evan Spears hosted an informative tutorial on the ins-and-out of all bow-related matters. The clinic was well-attended, and while it was geared mostly towards children (of the 15 or so people in attendance, approximately 12 were minors), Spears was well-versed enough in the art of bow sports that even the adults in the group likely left the 90-minute session with some previously unknown pieces of trivia to

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impress their friends at dinner parties. Like the fact that the bow-and-arrow has been used as a weapon for hunting prey for as long as 60,000 years. Or the fact that bows come in three main variations: the somewhat antiquated longbow, the stylish recurved bow, and the thoroughly modern compound bow. “You could imagine a couple thousand years ago,” said Spears, snagging a longbow about from a nearby rack. “That the longbow would have been a long, flexible stick a couple feet taller than my head.” “They’re very cumbersome,” added Spears. “But they served us well for a long time.” As is the case with evolution of any entity, the end objective is to become as efficient as possible. So as the limitations of the long bow

started to become clearer, it was obvious that a newer piece of weaponry was needed to take its place. Hence the advent of the recurved bow. While this sleeker, sexier bow resembles its predecessor in a number of ways, it differs in two main areas: first of all, the tips at each end of the bow curve up, instead of remaining flat, giving the bow its recurved name and appearance. Secondly, it is much more compact and portable than the long bow, two characteristics that allow it to be used more fluently by an individual propped up on the back of a galloping horse. “The end result of the recurved bow is that you get more power in a shorter package,” said Spears. “So with each evolution you see that we’re getting smaller, more compact bows.”

With the final turn in this evolution came the compound bow, a weapon that looks far more technically advanced and efficient than either of its ancestors. Frankly, long and recurved bows look dated in comparison to their compound brethren. They look like something out of a classic cowboys and Indians flick. Compound bows are sleek. They’re muscular. And, in a weird way, they have a sort of indefinable electronic spirit about them. In short, they look like they belong in the 21st century. Spears concisely explained the genius behind the compound bow. “They realized that by taking that long string you have in the long bow and wrapsee Class > 9


Class continued from > 8 ping it around a couple of times using a pulley system, that you can get the same amount of power in a shorter package,” said Spears. At the conclusion of Spears’ introduction and brief history lesson, he split the members of the group into two parties and gave them a chance to try out a number of weapons first-hand. But not before going over proper shooting protocol. The idea, Spears said, is to turn the bow horizontally and clip the arrow onto the string with the odd-color feather facing up. Once the arrow is strapped in and ready to go, the feet are placed shoulder-length apart, the bow is raised to eye-level, and the string is pulled back to the back of the shoulder – or to the ear, for those looking to add some extra oomph to their shot. As the sun wove in and out of sparse cloud cover, the two groups took turns shooting the various bows for approximately eight rounds. Long, recurved, and compound bows were all available to be tested out, with the compound bow perhaps being the most popular of the bunch. The skill level of those in attendance ranged from extreme amateur to borderline professional. Some folks sent all four of their arrows screaming right into the heart of the target, others didn’t come within ten feet of hitting what they were aiming for. But everyone was in good spirits, and there was certainly no judgment being handed down by any members of the staff. Towards the end of the session, Spears broke out a green crossbow – much to the delight of a number of the campers. “Have you ever shot a gun before?” asked Spears. “Well, this is very similar.” The day began with four crossbow arrows in tow. By the end of the session, only one remained. The other three fell victim to various unfortunate fates, causing their feathers to become detached are mangled beyond repair. But no matter . A good time was had by all, and when it was all said and done it was a near-perfect way to spend a mellow Saturday morning at the beautiful Bear Creek Lake State Park. “I missed the target almost every time,” one camper was overheard saying. “But it was really fun!” Bear Creek Lake State Park features an archery tutorial every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The cost is 5 dollars, and preregistration is required. The park also offers a number of other fun and educational outdoor activities, such as a Welcome Campfire every Friday evening and a Lake Canoe Tour every Saturday. If you are interested in any of these events or would like to find out more about the wonderful Bear Creek Lake State Park, call the office at (804) 492-4410 or send an email to bearcreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

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Clockwise, from the top: Park Interpreter Evan Spears gives a tutorial on the finer points of the compound bow to a group of eager campers. Spears and a young camper look on as an arrow sails over the target. The “Archery Range” sign is one of the first landmarks you encounter after entering Bear Creek Lake State Park.

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4-H NOTES

Area hospital earns national honor Centra Southside recognized for clinical excellence

receive recognition in 2012. VHA Central Atlantic is one of 13 regions in VHA Inc., a national network of not-forprofit health systems. The regional offices provide local Contributed report market expertise and guide VHA Central Atlantic has members with solutions that recognized Centra Southside improve their clinical, operaCommunity Hospital for tional and financial perforachieving excellence in mance. clinically recognized perforIn VHA Central Atlantic, all mance measures. The VHA acute care facilities are eligible Central Atlantic Recognition to participate in the recogniProgram recognizes achievetion program. For 2012, ment of clinical quality and awards were based on achievepatient safety goals among VHA health care organizations ment in reducing hospitalacquired MRSA infections, in North Carolina, South falls with injury, and 30-day Carolina, Virginia, West all-cause heart failure readmisVirginia, Maryland, eastern Tennessee, and the District of sions, or achieving hospital-set goals in VHA’s Hospital Columbia. Centra Southside Commu- Engagement Network in support of the Partnership for nity Hospital is one of 36 Patients. organizations in the region to

“We are really proud of our hospital staff on focusing on quality, safety, and on patient care. says Claudia Meinhard, Chief Nursing Officer for CSCH, “Their hard work and excellent care makes us very proud.” “The awards provide welldeserved and appropriate recognition to our VHA Central Atlantic members for their superior clinical performance,” said Dave McDonald, area senior vice president/ executive officer, VHA Central Atlantic region. “Their achievements exemplify the dedication of their organization to provide exemplary clinical care and a culture of continuous quality improvement. We congratulate their outstanding achievement and celebrate their success.”

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Stink bugs like this one, seen here on a screen door, have been known to infest a wide variety of crops.

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CLUB NOTES Area Lions Club members honored during annual awards banquet

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continued from > 12 choice for beginners. Hybrids were bred or developed to increase desirable traits such as increased disease resistance, or in the case of corn bred for shorter maturity and increased sweetness. Raising your own starter plants increases your level of self-accomplishment. How much back to the basics do you have time for? Raising your own plants from seed is more rewarding but like everything else has its challenges. Disease, insects, watering and losses are the main stumbling blocks. The advantages include obtaining the variety you want, setting plants out earlier, and having “hardened” plants. Look for “VFN” labeled hybrid plants for resistance to common vegetable diseases

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR  BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For information call (804) 598-2809.

Wednesday, July 10  The World War II Round Table holds meeting beginning at 7 p.m. at Father Val Hall of St. John Neumann Catholic Church located 2480 Batterson Road in Powhatan.  Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays to lend a friendly paw and ear to Preschool Story Time. Story time is led by Murphy’s “mom,” Marjorie Robison in the library’s children’s area. For more information, please call (804) 492-5807.

 H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Prepare for Eternity – is a Ladies Group that meets at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall at Cartersville Baptist Church. All women are invited to be a part of this event. H.O.P.E encourages Christian development of ladies in the church and community through missions, spiritual outreach, community involvement, and Christian fellowship.

Wednesday, July 17 Thursday, July 11  The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

 Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Thursday, July 18 Friday, July 12  The Skinquarter Farm Market is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring locally-grown produce, flowers, jam and jellies and more. The market is located at 20800 Hull Street Road, Moseley, Va.

Saturday, July 13  The Christian Motorcyclists Association Powhatan chapter Living Wheels meets at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. 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 (804) 598-1834 or (804) 3576730 or (804) 512-8835

 The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

Saturday, July 20  The Christian Motorcyclists Association Powhatan chapter Living Wheels meets at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. 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 (804) 598-1834 or (804) 3576730 or (804) 512-8835

Tuesday, July 23  BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information call (804) 598-2809.

Sunday, July 14  United Daughter s of the Confederacy, Elliott Grays chapter 1877 will have their monthly meeting the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at Italian Delight in the South Creek shopping center on Anderson Highway in Powhatan.

Thursday, July 25  The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

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Wednesday, July 31  Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Thursday, August 1  The Rotary Club of Farmville will meet at 12 p.m. at Charley’s at 201 B-Mill Street in Farmville.

Friday, August 2  The Skinquarter Farm Market is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., featuring locally-grown produce, flowers, jam and jellies and more. The market is located at 20800 Hull Street Road, Moseley, Va. (1/2 mile west of Skinquarter Road).

Tuesday, August 5  BINGO is held at the Powhatan Moose Lodge at 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information call (804) 598-2809.

Wednesday, August 6  Murphy the Reading Dog visits the Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Ongoing events:  The Cumberland Clothes Closet is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The CCC is located in the Community Center Building C-7 (Old Cumberland School Building) and has gently used clothing, glassware, shoes and small appliances for sale. Cumberland Clothes Closet is a charitable organization that donates all profits.  To get your events on the community calendar please contact Roslyn Ryan at Cumberland Today at (804) 598-4305 or e-mail rryan@Cumberlandtoday.com.

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Lion Mossler was a recent past president, has served on many committees, and was in charge of the PediaVision screenings at both school systems in Prince Edward County. The Farmville Lions Club presented the Behind the Scenes Award to Lion Marvin Scott. Scott has served as membership chair for many years, and has been recognized in the disMossler trict for those efforts. Scott also organizes and chairs the White Cane Days each April, which raises a tremendous amount of money to help buy glasses and hearing aid for those in our community. The Dr. Elbryne G. Gill Virginia Lions Hearing Lundeen Foundation & Research Center Award was presented to Roger Lundeen from the Southside Optical Center in Farmville. The Farmville Lions Club hearing committee has collaborated with this office “to serve others” for the last four years.The Lions Club was able to supply hearing aids to many deserving Blessing individuals in Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties with the assistance of these two individuals. The support, testing and fitting of new hearing aids, given by hearing aid specialists, has been outstanding. The Farmville Lions Club is grateful for their time, patience and expertise. The club also recogDe Nise nized Roger Lundeen’s assistant, Jeanie Ritchie, for her assistance and professionalism. Lion Carl Blessing was presented the President’s Appreciation Award by past president Kerry Mossler. This award is presented to a Lion who has proven their desire to follow our motto “WE SERVE” by assuming responsibilities immediately and coming up with creative ways to carry out the Lion mission. Lion Michael De Nise was presented with the New Lion of the Year Award. DeNise joined the Farmville club and accepted a position on the board. He also co-chaired the PediaVision committee. He has since transferred to the Clarksville Lions Club, after accepting a job with the Y there.

Last Friday evening, Americorps member Melissa Meinhard hosted a Welcome Campfire in Campground A at Bear Creek Lake State Park. It lasted approximately an hour and featured Meinhard giving a brief history of the park and passing around animal pelts, turtle shells and other goodies for the campers to check out. At the conclusion of her speech, she treated several of the kids in attendance to a feast of marshmallows. Photo by Michael Schoeffel

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