Powhatan Today –04/27/2022

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Powhatan Today, April 27, 2022


Powhatan celebrates Earth Day

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tion improvements project. The road will remain closed through July 2022. During the project, drivers should utilize the following detour: Westbound Huguenot Trail (Rt. 711) – Take Woolridge Road (Rt. 721) west to Huguenot Springs Road (Rt. 607) north back to Huguenot Trail. Eastbound Huguenot Trail (Rt. 711) – Take Huguenot Springs Road (Rt. 607) south to Woolridge Road (Rt. 721) east back

to Huguenot Trail. The project will reconstruct Huguenot Trail (Route 711) west of Route 288 and realign and combine Huguenot Springs and Woolridge roads to form a new intersection with Huguenot Trail. The project also will add a westbound turn lane on Huguenot Trail to the newly aligned Huguenot Springs Road. The primary purpose of the project is to improve safety and traffic operations at the intersection. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by fall 2022.


Thursday, May 5 at the War Memorial Cultural Arts and Community Center.

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Th P The Powhatan owhatan h Earth Day E Celebration C ttook place April 22 on the A Courthouse C LLawn with 19 vendors, most v of them offero iing n educational information a and hands-on a a activities.

By Laura McFarland Managing Editor

POWHATAN – The Powhatan County Earth Day Celebration returned to the Courthouse Lawn Friday to celebrate all things nature. A steady crowd of people visited the outdoor festival, which returned to the Village for the first time since 2019 and brought along plenty of educational and informational booths, along with Earth-friendly activities and giveaways for the entire family. Event chair Betty McCracken, who is a conservation specialist with the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District, said it was wonderful to have the small celebration back and spreading the important message of encouraging individuals to do their part in protecting the planet.

Visitors to the event had plenty of opportunities to participate in activities, pick up good information and grab a few freebies handed out by local nonprofits. Some of the 19 groups that participated included the Powhatan Pollinators, Powhatan Cooperative Extension, Arks for Parks, the Powhatan Anti-Litter Council, Community Matters, Ag in the Classroom, the Drexel-Morrell Center and Powhatan County Public Library. McCracken said all she wanted for the event was for people to have a good time, learn about local resources and walk away a little more aware of the role they can plan in environmental stewardship. Powhatan High School teacher Cheri Ashman attended the Earth Day event with her four children, all of whom love Earth Day. She appreciated how

the different offerings captured her children’s attention, whether it was seeing a bee colony on display or doing a flower press with the PCPS STEM team, and reinforced the message that people have to take care of the planet or they will destroy it. Sara Barnett, a PHS junior, is chair of the Powhatan Pollinators, a group that is creating a garden at Flat Rock Elementary to educate the public about what pollinators such as Monarch butterflies and bees do for the environment. They handed out flower seeds and told visitors about their garden. “We hope they take care of Monarchs and overall pollinators, especially bees, and be more conscious about the environment,” she said. Laura McFarland may be reached at Lmcfarland@powhatantoday.com.

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A National Day of Prayer event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 in the Powhatan Village Building, 3910 Old Buckingham Road. For details, call 804-256-4411.

A National Day of Prayer event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on

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efforts floundered. He is hoping this time around local businesses will be more open to the possibility of building bridges. “I just hope there is more communication. I would like to be able to have them email me directly and say, ‘hey, I’m looking for a part-time dish washer, prep cook, floor sweeper or whatever. Do you have somebody who fits the bill?’ … And be able to go to a student and say ‘I know you’re looking, here is what’s available. If you want to talk to them, I will help you make contact,’ ” Robertson said. He pointed out that he works to get his students prepared for all sides of the food service industry by rotating them through the various positions that make a restaurant run. When Bailey’s is open, students might be chopping vegetables, operating the cash register, waiting tables or cooking food. Sophomore Zoé Lucas, who is a Culinary Arts II student, acted as the visitors’ server during their visit. Lucas said it is her dream to own a restaurant one day, so she is thankful she can take classes that expose her to the entire process. She said she has worked the dessert station, salad bar, drinks, sandwich assembly and now serving. “It is a rotating calendar. Every week you move one down on the list, and that way you can do everything by the time the year is over,” she said. “I like it. I like getting to experience different things, find out my favorite things and find out what I do best at.” Lucas said she appreciated the school trying to make the connection with local restaurants in hopes it will benefit the students who are interested in the industry. Jessica Bufford, owner of Toast, said she saw the lunch as a great opportunity to meet young people interested in the restaurant business. There are opportunities at Toast, which is located in Powhatan County at Winterfield, to employ young people, she said, and she would rather make this kind of connection than rely only on recruiting websites. Bufford said the restaurant has worked with a few college-level culinary programs for placements, but this would be the first time with a high school program if they can build on this connection moving forward. “I think it’s so smart. Real world experience is a big deal. If these kids can do this and make some of

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Culinary instructor Mark Robertson shows industry professionals around the culinary program kitchen and talks about his students.

these connections and get a part-time job, I think it’s fantastic,” she said, adding it helps the community out as well in the midst of a staffing shortage. Phil Foster, owner of Wildwood Bar-B-Que, said he wanted to see what type of culinary program the high school was offering and determine if there was an opportunity to take on some students who are ready to learn more about the restaurant business in a real world setting. “It could be very positive for our industry. What we need are young folks who show interest and have a strong work ethic, because it is not for everyone. It can be very difficult and very challenging at times, but it can also be very rewarding,” Foster said. “It’s a great way for a young person to develop people skills, develop some business skills, develop what is hard work. A restaurant gives them that opportunity and they can take those skills into many different fields.” Foster added he was impressed how the staff was excited about and promoted all of the CTE programs, not just the culinary program. Laura McFarland may be reached at Lmcfarland@ powhatantoday.com.

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