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Evince Magazine

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October 2010

October Contents

2 Editor’s Note

3 Krista Shinew: Sweet Southern Belle (from Pennsylvania) by Joyce Wilburn

5 Nimbus / by Telisha Moore Leigg 6 Halifax County Fair / 100 Years Old and Growing by Donnell Corelle

What’s so special about Southern Virginia? Local resident, Krista Shinew, the Sweet Southern Belle from Pennsylvania, has more than one answer to that question in our cover story on page 3. Illinois native and former Arizona resident, Linda Lemery, adds her observations in Reflecting Forward – Things I Love about Living in the South. For a touch of humor, check out You Know You’re a Southern Belle…on page 15. I’d like to add one more thought about living in Southern Virginia—it’s cheap. To prove my point, visit www. Click on the Cost of Living tab to see how far your paycheck would go in another city or state. Just for fun, I typed in Greensboro, North Carolina, and learned that I need a raise of $5,800 just to maintain my current lifestyle. If I buy a house in Atlanta, it’s going to be 147% more expensive than buying one in Danville. Want to live in New York City? Forget it, unless your salary more than doubles. Housing will be 517% more expensive. Even when the grass looks greener in other places, dig a little deeper, because when it comes to money, the green goes further in Southern Virginia. As many transplants to our area can testify, their former hometowns are great places to visit, but they wouldn’t want to live there. Whether you were born here or have been transplanted here, bloom where you are planted. You are on the “other side” where the grass is always greener. Sincerely,

7 Second Thoughts / We’ll Always Have Paris by Kim Clifton

OICE of Southern VA


Andrew Scott Brooks

Associate Editor Larry G. Aaron (434.792.8695) Contributing Writers

8 Reflecting Forward Things I Enjoy about Living in the South by Linda Lemery 9 Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Dana Glass 11 DSO Takes You Around the World in 80 Minutes by Mary Franklin 12 October Calendar 15 What Really Happened in The Wreck of the Old 97? by Joyce Wilburn

Larry Aaron, Diane Adkins, Gayle Barts, Lynne Bjarnesen, Robert Brooks, T Butler, Melissa Charles, Kim Clifton, Leslie Conway, Donnell Corelle, Mary Franklin, Dana Glass, Dena Hill, Patrick Jinks, Diane Kendrick, Telisha Moore Leigg, Linda Lemery, Rebecca Lutz, Larry Oldham, Sonal Patel, Emma Rich, Jean Vernon, Joyce Wilburn, Annelle Williams, Mack Williams

Business Manager Paul Seiple (1.877.638.8685)

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Sonal Patel

Sales Manager Larry Oldham (434.728.3713)

You Know You’re a Southern Belle When… by Joyce Wilburn

Sales Associates Kim Demont (434.836.1247)

17 My Flower for Grove Street Cemetery by Mack Williams

Misty Cook (434.728.2905)

The Dead Come to Life for Historic Halloween by Lynne Bjarnesen


Editor Joyce Wilburn (434.799.3160)

4 She Said He Said / Driving Me Crazy by Dena Hill & Larry Oldham

Editor's Note

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Art & Production Director Vaden & Associates (Dan Vaden) Graphic Designer Kim Demont


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18 Ginger Gentry’s Brooklyn / by Larry G. Aaron 19 Around the Table / Fall Fruits and Vegetables by Annelle Williams

eVince is a monthly news magazine covering the arts, entertainment, education, economic development, and lifestyle in Danville and the surrounding areas. We print and distribute eVince free of charge due entirely to the generosity of our advertisers. In our pages appear views from across the social spectrum. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. We reserve the right to accept, reject, and edit all submissions and advertisements.

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On the Cover: Krista Shinew

photography by Michelle Dalton.

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Meet Some of Our Writers

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For Subscriptions, call 1.877.638.8685 ext. 6. We now accept Visa, MC, and Discover for ad payments Sonal Patel is a fall intern with the Danville Regional Foundation and a graduate of Duke University.

Diane Kendrick is a Professor of Art and Chair of The Visual Arts Department at Averett University.

Donnell Corelle is a veteran event planner and coordinator of the Halifax County Fair 100th Anniversary. An adventurer who has returned to her roots, she brings a fresh perspective to an annual tradition

Dana Glass is an accountant with Gillespie and Company specializing in pension plan resources.

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Judith A. Ostrowski, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology

Danville ENT Associates, Inc.

Judith, what is central auditory Q: Dr. processing disorder? auditory processing is how our brain A: Central understands speech. Understanding speech is

Krista Shinew

Sweet Southern Belle (from Pennsylvania) by Joyce Wilburn After graduation and a threeyear stint with the Catholic Diocese of Pennsylvania, she arrived in Danville last January. That extensive ecumenical experience gives her a strong basis for comparison. “It doesn’t matter at which church I work, there are personalities that are the same,” she says citing the always-helpful volunteers as an example. However, it’s the differences between her former hometown and Danville that she describes with affection. “I love Danville because it is so different from Pittsburgh. It’s a welcoming, positive place and I can go anywhere in town and run into someone I know,” adding after a pause, “I really enjoy not sitting in traffic jams

anymore and I can be anywhere in 15 minutes.” She could have added that learning to communicate in a new language (Southern) was easy, because her choir members are bilingual. “Music is a language that all can speak,” says the kindhearted sweet Southern Belle from Pennsylvania. • The public is invited to the Sunday, October 31, Halloween organ concert in the church sanctuary, 1026 North Main Street, starting at 7:30 p.m. • The former Minister of Music, Russell Scruggs, will narrate. • Appropriate costumes are optional, but encouraged. • For more information, call 434.793.1722.

Photo by Michelle Dalton.

t’s early afternoon on a hot September afternoon and chilly October seems far away, but Krista Shinew, Minister of Music at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church, is making Halloween plans. The Pennsylvania native has chosen a sweet Southern belle costume—including a big-brimmed hat, a hooped skirt, and a mint julep or sweet tea as a prop--because of the good-natured teasing she receives about her Northern accent. “When I came for the job audition, I asked the altos (pronouncing it alltoes) to sing and nobody sang,” she recalls, obviously enjoying the memory of the confused silence. Once the misunderstanding was corrected, she and the choir shared a good laugh. Subsequently, the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from West Virginia University was hired. Despite her lengthy list of credentials illustrating a serious commitment to music, Shinew has a playful side that will take center stage in the church’s sanctuary on October 31. The winner of several organ competitions will present a concert while wearing her Southern Belle outfit to an audience of costumed adults and children. “The organ is associated with a lot of scary music,” she says citing Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor as an example and then adds, “I thought, why not do a recital of all Halloween music? Ironically, most of the music was written for church services, but over the decades it has been used a lot in horror films.” Shinew’s love of music started before her first piano lesson at age five. “My parents tell the story that by the time I could talk, I was asking for piano lessons. I love the emotions that come from music,” says Shinew, who secured her first organist job at age 15 in a Somerset, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian church. Three years later, she went to work for a Lutheran church while in high school and then received a scholarship to Hope College in Michigan, where she earned a degree in organ performance. Following graduation, the hard-working musician earned two master’s degrees--one in organ performance from the University of Michigan and another in music theory from Duquesne University—and a doctorate from West Virginia U.

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a difficult skill that we learn over time. A central auditory processing disorder occurs when the brain can not make sense of speech. There are many aspects of CAPD. Sometimes a person can’t identify different patterns of musical pitches or how long sounds last. In other cases a person can’t keep things in their auditory memory for very long. In this situation a person might not be able to remember complicated directions. In another case a person with CAPD might need a long time to figure out what is said. CAPD can also make it difficult for a person to understand speech in the presence of background noise. This is not to be confused with hearing loss. A person with CAPD very often has normal hearing. Auditory processing can occur with dyslexia and other learning delays. It looks similar to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but differs because it does not respond to medication that is prescribed for ADD. If CAPD is suspected, the person first needs to have their hearing evaluated by a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) If the hearing is normal the patient will then be evaluated through a battery of tests, again by an Au.D. Once the diagnosis and specifics of the CAPD are discovered treatment can begin. The treatment is dependent on the areas of weakness the patient has. Treatment may include working with a Speech-Language Pathologist to develop processing skills, auditory trainers, auditory-integration therapy and environmental modifications, to name a few. For more information on CAPD visit the website for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) at www.ASHA. org or the National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders at

If you have questions (about hearing or hearing instruments) you would like answered, please e-mail them to Dr. Judith at

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She Said by Dena Hill

Driving Me Crazy It's an unwritten rule that you should do most of the driving. It's my job to sit on the passenger’s side and keep you company. I can file my nails, read a magazine, point out interesting sites along the way, and talk when I can get a word in edgewise. Recently, when we drove to Pennsylvania to visit my aunt, it dawned on me that you have a problem telling time and measuring distance. For some unknown reason, I was behind the wheel for the first leg of our journey. We arrived in Lynchburg and you had to find a bank...not just any bank...First Citizens. After driving around for an hour, we discovered there are only two in the entire city. Then you wanted a snack. (We had just eaten breakfast in Danville). You took the wheel, drove 40 minutes, and were ready for lunch. It was only 11:30. I guess you thought that if we ate early, we could sandwich in at least two more meals before we arrived at our final destination, Seneca. Our motto should be eat to live not live to eat. We stopped for lunch and finished eating at 1:30 p.m. But here's the real kicker— leaving the restaurant, we literally raced to the passenger’s side of the car, where you exclaimed, "It's your turn to drive. We left at 8:00 and it's1:30. I've been driving for 5 1/2 hours!" It didn't matter that we were only in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and had barely made a dent in the 9 ½ hour drive. So you see, if you'd follow the rules of "Man drives; Woman rides" we wouldn't have this problem.

It is, at the most, an hour and 15 minutes to Lynchburg. Let's give you the 60 minutes you said it took us to find the bank. Then we drove another 40 minutes until we ate lunch. At this point we should be somewhere at about two hours and 55 minutes by my calculations. Since we left at eight (by your own words) and had been on the road for 2 hours and 50 minutes, this would mean that we ate for 2 ½ hours to put us to the 1:30 mark. Now you know, and we both agree, we did not eat for 2 ½ hours. So what does the unwritten law say about exaggeration? It is OK though, because I am a nice guy, I am going to give you those 5 ½ hours of driving time. After all, I think you have earned it with your discourse. Since we got there at about 8:30 p.m., if you will add from 1:30 to 8:30, I think you will see that I drove about 7 hours. Let's leave this alone for a few minutes and discuss the real problem with our trip. Why is it that a woman expects to be chauffeured around for 10 hours, taken out to dinner and have her meals paid for, have the door opened for her, made to feel like a woman, on one hand? On the other hand, the next thing I hear is equal rights, fairness for women and equality in our daily life--except maybe taking turns driving during an extended trip. Maybe it is another one of those unwritten rules about fairness, because you don't want to take your turn driving on vacation. I have got to be going now. Driving alone. Off to check on those unwritten rules and hoping I can find the section on manhood or the rule about men driving and women riding. Two and a half hours for lunch--don't I wish.

She said He said

he Said

by Larry Oldham I have never heard of the unwritten rule so this must be something that exists in Women's World. I can share with you that your addition does not line up with your story so let us begin there.

He Said / She Said can be seen in Showcase Magazine.

Evince Magazine “I lost.”  Doris Carter of the 100 block of Northerly Street on the south side of Sustain, Virginia, was quoted in the local paper as saying, but it was Regina Thaxton far removed from Northerly Street, by geography, money and age, who reread the quote again and again in the mauve guest bedroom with the lace curtains that Mike said looked too much like icing on strawberry shortcake. Regina’s husband wouldn’t even come in the room. She didn’t want to think about why she came to the guest room so often or why he didn’t mind. “I lost.” Those two words just weren’t a good quote to go to sleep on, so Regina got up and put the Daily Sustain on the nightstand, turned on the television, and fluffed a pillow before settling in. Five minutes later, TV off and back to the paper, ink from the new color press softly bleeding into her fingertips, Regina thought, maybe Doris Carter of the 100 block of Northerly Street meant, she lost it, or she lost something. Just those two words, I lost, and somehow Regina couldn’t sleep. The paper said there had been a rash of robberies in that block and surrounding areas, like a cancer slowly spreading. There was a picture of Doris, short, in a faded  grey-and- gold household duster, rollers in her burgundy-dyed hair, her brown eyes looking misted, in her torn-up living room, curtains ravaged, broken drawers yanked from an old-style end table, her life rubble around her, a picture of Jesus in a nickel frame hanging crooked on the wall.  Regina swept back her rose-colored coverlet in one angry swipe. She went to her college daughter Karen’s empty room, then to the master bedroom where Mike snored, to her mother’s room down the hall. “Mama?” No answer as she slowly opened the door; she didn’t even turn off the bedside lamp someone had left on.  Even the clock on the wall in the hall didn’t make a sound, as life ticked on and away. Regina slid her mother’s door closed so there was just a crack of light, enough for her to see just a slice of her own leg and toes as she slid down outside her dying

Nimbus fiction by Telisha Moore Leigg mother’s door and sat on the hardwood floor. Lately, Regina thought…. just lately…she wished there was more than what she had and then felt like the goose that made it through Thanksgiving. She had enough to be grateful for. didn’t she? Next day, Saturday, Regina Thaxton got in her 2007 pale blue Cadillac and drove by that neighborhood, out of the way by geography, by money, by time. She should have been on her way to the cleaners to pick up Mike’s sweater and grey suit. It closed at five on Saturdays and it was almost that time now.   Regina thought about time even as she continued to turn away from the road she needed to travel on, with her mother mouthing softly beside her about the clouds passing above her window.  Three minutes later and Regina stopped by the padlocked mailbox that read D. Carter in handpainted black enamel paint; the C and the e dripped sans serif paint tears.  Regina turned the engine off, sat there for a while, long enough for the November sky to become dusk—a red, gold, and purple-blue patterned robe moving through the sky like the train on a royal gown. Right then, if you had asked her, Regina would say she believed in beauty the way a crab believes in a shell, how beauty was love in standing rain.  She believed that beauty could be made, arched into existence where it wasn’t visible before. Her mother taught that. Her

mother, Ann, who like Regina, wasn’t a beautiful woman, her mother, Ann, who sat looking at the nimbus cloud in awe, who made Regina think she knew something locked inside she couldn’t tell, something that needed to be appeased,  and Regina couldn’t ask what or to whom. Regina swallowed as she rolled down the window. Just then, before Regina could retract, she slipped the envelope she brought into the mailbox slit, sending it back as far as it could go. Three hundred dollars wasn’t much. Maybe it was a misprint in the paper.  “I’m lost,” Regina said on the corner of Parton Street before she made it back on to the main part of town. Sure enough, the cleaners were closed. She drove on until she got to the stoplight; Mama was still in the seat beside her, her fingers moved into claws, like no shell would ever hold her again.  And Regina, a wave in the sea, felt like she could neither touch the shore nor war with its ebb and flow, just there, waiting for some precipitation to fall.

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n Tuesday, October 5, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Halifax County Fair opens with five days of special events, programs, and headliner entertainment. A cornerstone of the tobaccoselling season since its beginning on the bottom of Main Street in South Boston in 1910, the Fair promises attendees agriculture, rides, food and music. Following the theme, “A Century of Fair with an Eye on Agriculture in the 21st Century”, the Exhibit Hall will showcase a photographic retrospective on the last 100 years of the Fair, a book The History of the Fair, and an exhibit on the history of the bright-leaf tobacco industry “from slides to bales.” Live entertainment is planned each evening. When W.W. Wilkins, Sr., and a group of shareholders founded the Fair in 1910, area students were asked to bring vegetables and products from their farms for an exhibit. In keeping with tradition, prizes will be awarded in 158 categories along with Best-in-Show youth and adult awards. In addition, the Beautiful Buck Contest will once again be held. Judged by Fair attendees, all entries must have been killed

Halifax County Fair

100 Years Old and Growing by Donnell Corelle

in Virginia or North Carolina within the past year. Registration for all exhibits is open to area residents and will be accepted on Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, from 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. Several conferences and informational workshops focusing on the revitalization of farmlands will be held in the Agriculture Innovation Center Wednesday through Saturday. The Southside Virginia Master Gardeners Association will present

informational workshops from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. What is a county fair without rides, great food, fireworks, and a full line-up of music and special activities? Opening the Fair on Tuesday, October 5, is a Salute to Veterans featuring the 29th Virginia National Guard Band. On Wednesday, one of country music’s latest awardwinning duos, Joey+Rory, will perform their hit single Cheater,

Cheater. Thursday, Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites sing gospel quartet music. Friday, the stage comes alive with Buxton Hughes, the musical collaboration of Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, who toured this summer with Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and Kevin Lyman. Saturday, the Second Annual Halifax County Fair Bluegrass Festival runs from noon to 6:00 p.m. and features bluegrass by Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, old-time string music of The Ebony Hillbillies from New York City, and the Halifax County-based Lawson Creek Grass II. A quarter-scale tractor pull is also planned. Bringing five days of celebration to a rousing finale, one of country music’s more flamboyant showmen, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, will move between honky-tonk, rockabilly, country music and bluegrass. Gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. The midway opens at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at noon on Saturday. For more information, visit or call 434.517.1551.

Fashion Benefit Danville Cancer Association, a United Way Partner,

invites you to a benefit for area breast cancer patients in need. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 • 5:30-7:00 at RIPPE’S 5:30 - Heavy hors d’oeuvres, favorite beverages 6:30 - Fashion Show by Rippe’s I 7:00 - Grand Prizes $175 donation to DCA / $149 each for two or more

$170 in Free Gifts to first 50 donors I $111 Free Gifts for all others First 12 donors receive Power of Pink Brighton Bracelet Next 38 donors receive Conrad C Make-Up Bag All donors receive $75 Rippe’s Gift Certificate and $36 pink ribbon T-shirt. Give to DCA by mail - 559 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541 • 434.792.6822 Check, Credit Card, Rippe’s Charge - Rippe’s will ship your gifts if unable to attend. SPONSORS Danville Register & Bee I Rippe’s I Mary’s Diner I Showcase / Evince I Vaden & Associates I Danville Regional Medical Center Main Street Coffee Emporium I Invitation Destination I Old Dutch Supermarkets (in memory of Dru Hutchens) I AC Furniture Midtown Market I WBTM/1330 I Fisher & Watkins Funeral Home I Amburn & Company I Star-Tribune DCA administers 100% of funds — All go to local patients.

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We’ll Always Have Paris I’ve stayed somewhere Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton has stayed…and I can go back. She can’t. With all her fame and fortune, that jet-setter has spent her last night at the lavish Wynn resorts. Well, realistically, so have I …but not for the same reason. She’s out because of the law she broke. I’m out because of the fact that I’m broke. Mom, forgive me for embarrassing you again by talking about my travels to Sin City. It’s just that when I read where Las Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn had permanently banned Paris Hilton from his properties, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to comment. The Wynn used to be Paris’ favorite vacation spot, until she was ousted for drug possession. And why wouldn’t it be. Garth Brooks is the house performer. The gift shops include Cartier, Chanel, Dior and a Ferrari/ Maserati dealership. Your room key has your name inscribed on it. The only reason this place gets five stars is because they don’t give out sixes. Paris Hilton doesn’t belong in the Wynn and the truth is that

Second T houghts by Kim Clifton ©2010

neither do I. Except I didn’t have to carry a purse stashed with cocaine for me to be told that. I found out when my sister and I decided to do “all things Vegas” while our husbands were on a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Their hike took them to one of the Seven Wonders of the

World. Ours took us to casinos, restaurants, shops and a show. Basically, they took their money to see a big hole. We took our money and threw it in one. All week Diane and I had been intrigued by an elevator button marked salon. With no spouses along to gripe about stopping

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on this floor, we decided to check it out…except I needed to hit the ladies’ room first. To my surprise, I was stopped abruptly by the salon attendant who ran from behind the reservation desk to block the doorway. “Ma’am, you can’t go in there,” she scolded me. “It’s okay. I’m a guest here,” I explained, flashing my personalized room key with great pride. “Not good enough. That key won’t get you inside,” she said with a smirk. Las Vegas is hard to understand. Not only is it a city that legalizes immorality, it turns so many ordinary rules inside out. For example, it’s okay to walk down the main boulevard openly sipping a Margarita, but it’s not okay to take a souvenir photo in a casino. It’s okay to stay in a hotel, but it’s not always okay to use their bathrooms. Thank goodness possessing illegal drugs is still wrong. Which means that even though Paris Hilton has lived her life like a princess, she won’t be going back inside the Wynn. But I might. And I can enjoy the royal treatment that she can’t. Even if they don’t let me sit on the throne.

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October 2010

y husband and I have lived in Danville for nearly 30 years. We moved here and liked it. After we began having children, we chose to stay and raise our family. Here are some of the things we like about living in Danville and the South: The Seasons. We like the crisp fall, the lovely spring, and the mild winter. Some years it doesn’t snow at all; other years we have had surprise snow days during which the rolling hills are blanketed in white. I love that the weather can be characterized as “sweatshirt weather” for about three-quarters of the year. The Land. It’s green, manicured, and gorgeous. When we drive between cities in the South, there’s greenery (or kudzu, which is invasive but still green). Plus, the plant colors, textures, and fruits can be breathtaking. The dogwoods, the azaleas, the magnolias, the figs: what’s not to love? The Food. We grew up in Illinois in a European extraction community and the food was wonderful, but here in the South, they serve comfort food that’s great for healing whatever ails you. I like it a little too well (as my poundage will attest, but I’ve been working on that). I love buying farmer-grown fresh fruit and vegetables on Saturdays

Reflecting Forward Things I Enjoy about Living in the South by Linda Lemery

and seeing the incredible array of tempting baked goods: sweets I make a point to serve when we have people over for dinner. And they serve sweet tea here, which my sons think is Southern ambrosia, as opposed to the Northern dining experience, in which, if they want sweet tea, they must add the packets of sugar themselves. The Pace. I do believe life runs a little bit slower in the South. My husband likes not being rushed, as he sometimes is when I’m home and have a timeline for honeydo projects (“Honey, would you please do this and this and this …”). He’s delighted that we both work full-time; being home fewer hours tends to trim the honey-do list because we’re not there long enough to really see what needs to be done. And, when Southerners are home, some of them actually sit down in chairs on their porches. I’m still trying to slow down enough to learn how to do that. The Civility. Southerners are lovely, kind, polite people. They

open doors for each other and smile and greet people on the street and, in turn, expect others to greet them. Our children grew up seeing these behaviors as appropriate and so now that they’re grown, they do these things automatically. People pay attention to manners here. I love that. The Festivals. Southerners can build a festival around just about anything. I’d never met sorghum before I attended the local sorghum festival some time ago and it was great fun trying out the wares. I didn’t realize that certain fruits had a distinctive, regional taste until I attended a cantaloupe festival. So many festivals, so little time. The Cost of Living. It’s still less expensive to live here than in many other areas of the country. And speaking of bargains, I also love……The Church Sales. Churches have a strong following here in the South. They love to provide service learning opportunities for their youth. Members of the

congregation donate items, then the proceeds from the sale benefit the youth group. Because I’m a junkmeister, I love looking at and buying things originally selected by people who have far better taste than I do, even when I have no idea what the items are used for. I like to delude myself by characterizing our household collectibles with a lofty adjective (eclectic) rather than by a lesser euphemism (junk). Just as I do, readers know what they like about this region. Truly, it’s a great place to live, love, and laugh. About the Author: Linda Lemery is Circulation Manager at Mary B. Blount Library at Averett University in Danville, VA.

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To encourage exceptional customer service, the Dan River Hospitality and Travel Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Evince will recognize those who give it. When you experience exceptional customer service, tell us about it in 300 words or less. Include your name and phone number. Email your story to or visit; click What's New - Customer Service Award Nomination.

Spotting Exceptional Customer Service by Dana Glass

I would like to nominate Shelby Haymore, who works at the West Main McDonald's, for the customer service award. Every morning, I go to McDonald’s to buy a cup of coffee before going to work. When I pull up to place my order at the drive-through, I hear the familiar words, "Would you like to try one of our delicious frappes this morning?" "No, Shelby, I just want my decaf coffee," I answer. "Come on around, sweetie," is her response. At first, I thought that our personalities had just clicked with both of us enjoying our good morning ritual; however, it did not take long to see that she delivers her morning friendliness to everyone who comes to the drivethrough. A wisp of a person, she could teach a class in how to deliver great customer service. She hurries us through, but always takes a second to ask how we are, visit a bit, and give the start of our day a bit of sunshine. Last year I had an accident and was out- of-work for 6 weeks. One of the first get-well cards I received in the mail was from Shelby. I hope that McDonald’s appreciates her as much as her customers do!

Danville Preservation League


10 • 10 • 10


on the historic instruments

organ • piano • carillon at the former MAIN STREET


including virtuoso performers from the area and beyond Baxter Jennings, organ • John Fulcher, piano • Krista Shinew, organ A. Robert Chapman, organ • Doris Anne Waugh, piano

plus other featured string and vocal artists

Sunday, 10 October 2010 • 4 p.m. Donations benefit the Danville Preservation League

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October 2010

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DSO Takes You Around the World in 80 Minutes by Mary Franklin


asten your seat belts, put your trays in the upright position, and open your ears for a free musical trip around the world when the Danville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Green, launches its season with a classical concert, Around the World in 80 Minutes. This listening adventure takes off from the United States with Aaron Copland’s, Shaker Variations from Appalachian Spring, and then soars

through the melodies and styles of five other countries. Copland used the Shaker tune, Simple Gifts as the foundation for this scene from his award-winning ballet about the early American experience. Rimsky-Korsakov integrated Russian liturgical chant tunes into his orchestral tour de force evoking both the solemnity and ecstatic celebration of Eastertide in old Russia. Brahms was one of the greatest practitioners of the variation form during the

19th century. His Variations on a Theme of Haydn uses the hymn tune St. Anthony, as its theme. Haydn’s authorship of the hymn is the subject of considerable debate, but the melody and Brahms’s subsequent set of eight variations and a finale have become strongly identified with German and Austrian music. Few composers, if any, have become so virtually synonymous with their country’s music identity as Sibelius has for the music of Finland. His tone poem Finlandia has likewise become the musical icon of a free and independent Finland. For many Fins it became an inspiration for nationalism and political autonomy. • On Sunday, October 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the public is invited to meet Dr. Green at the DSO Rehearsal Hall, 500 Piney Forest Road, lower level. • On Saturday, October 30, the public is invited to the free concert at 8:00 p.m. in the George Washington High School Auditorium, 701 Broad Street.

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October Calendar Ongoing

Guided Walking Tour – Millionaires Row, The Secrets Inside. See ad pg 5.

Through October 16

Butterfly Station & Garden. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm: Sun 1–5 pm. Danville Science Center (DSC) – 434.791.5160.

Through October 27

Writing Gallery Competition – Entries due by 5 pm. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH) – 434.793.5644

Through October 30

Exhibit - Poe’s Playground. Piedmont Arts (PAA), Martinsville – 276.632.3221.

Through October 31

Art Exhibit AU Jut’s Café See story page 22.

Through November 7

Exhibits – Suzanne Stark & Glenn Scarboro. DMFAH – 434.793.5644

Through January 2

Exhibits – The Healer Within & Genomics eXplorer. M-S 9:30 am–5 pm: Sun 1–5 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.

October 1

Scholastic Book Fair. 8:15-11 am. Sacred Heart School – 434.793.2656. First Friday Art Walk – Visit the art studios, meet the artists. 5:30-7:30 pm. Studio 107, Martinsville – 276.638.2107. An Evening with Rebecca St. James. 6:30 pm. Institute Conference Center. 434.836.5433. Averett's Homecoming Hometown Party – 6:30 pm. Community Market. 434.791.5676. Cruz-In. 6:30 pm. Roxboro Commons. 336.364.2760.

October 1 (thru 29)

Water Aerobics. M-F 8-9 am or M-TH 5:30-6:30 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522.

October 1 (thru 30)

Live Bands & DJ Music. Wed-Sat. Back to Bogies – 434.791.3444.

October 1 (thru 31)

Fitness Classes – Water Aerobics, M-F 8-9 am or M-TH 5:30-6:30 pm; Aikido, MW 6-8 pm; Zumba, Tu 6:45-7:45 pm; Twinges & Hinges, Tu/Th 11 am-12 pm; Open Swimming, T/TH 11 am-12 pm; Swimming, Tu/Th 6:30-7:15 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Exercise Classes – Zumba, Spin, Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga. Days/times vary. YMCA – 434.792.0621. After School Childcare. M-F until 6pm. Ages 5-12. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Youth Exercise Classes – Zumba, HipHop, Mixed Martial Arts. 4-5 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Youth Swimming Lessons – MW or F, 6:30-7:15 pm/7:20-8:05 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621.

October 2

Author Larry Aaron Book Signing See story page 15. Danville Memory Walk – Fight against Alzheimer’s. 8 am - Check-in, 10 am - Walk. Danville Community Market. 434.973.6122. Beginning Photoshop. 9 am-4 pm. Southern Virginia Artisan Center (SVAC) – 276.632.0066. White Oak Mountain Trail Hike – Examine fungi, plants, birds and trees and an interesting geological outcrop and pond. 10 am–12 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160.

DRBA's First Saturday Outing – See page 22. Autumn Potpourri Callands Festival –10 am–4 pm. Sago Road off Route 57. Beginner Line Dance Workshop. 11 am2 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. AU Homecoming Football – vs. Greensboro College. 1 pm. Averett’s North Campus. 434.791.5676. Saluting Our Troops - Past and Present – Special ceremony, cookout, entertainment and fun for the family. 1-5 pm. Dan Daniels Park Veteran’s Memorial. 434.251.8553.

October 2 & 3

Biblespeaks. 6-8 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522.

October 2 (thru 30)

Edgar Allan Poe Events. Dates/times vary. PAA, Martinsville – 276.632.3221. Power Katz – Self defense classes for children. Sat 10 am-1 pm. YWCA. 434.728.4100.

together. Wed. 3:30-5:30 pm. Ballou Park. 434.799.5215.

October 7

Alzheimer’s Presentation – Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease - The Basics. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x237. Alive After 5. 5-9 pm. Uptown Roxboro. 336.599.0918. Energy & Tax Credit/Rebates Seminar – Guide to energy efficiency federal tax credits and rebates. 5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Leave No Trace (LNT) Clinic – Learn techniques such as how to build a fire and not leave anything behind, natural ways to clean dishes, waste and food disposal and more. 6-7:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Walk the Labyrinth. 6-8 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Fall Landscaping Class. 6:30-8 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

October 2 (thru Jan. 8)

October 7 & 9

October 4

October 7 (thru 9)

October 4 (thru 25)

October 7 (thru 28)

Eyes on Earth Exhibit VMNH – 276.634.4141. Smart Choices in Retirement. 6:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848. Boogie Monday – East Coast Swing. Mondays 7-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

October 4 (thru 27)

Better Health for Pre-Teens. M/W, 3:30-5 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522.

October 5

Danville Professional Women's Association Meeting. 6 pm. Mary’s Diner.

October 5 & 12

Drawing in Black & White - Ages 9-18. 3:30-4:45 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

October 5 (thru 9)

Creating with Mosaics. 6 pm/9 am. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Greater Tuna. 7:30 pm. Pritchett Auditorium. AU – 434.791.5620. Aquacize – Aerobic workout that is easy on knees, ankles and other joints. Thursdays 8:15 am. YWCA. 434.797.8848. Coates Rec. 434.799.6564. Couples Massage.6:30-8:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. 57 Express Bluegrass Concert. Thursdays 7 pm. Community Center, Chatham –

October 8

Author Rosaline Bush See story pg 22. Art Auction See story page 22.

October 8 (thru 10)

Bosch Engineering NASA Octoberfest. VIR – 434.822.7700.

Halifax Co. Fair. – See story page 6.

October 8 & 22

Archery for Teens. Tues/Wed, 6:307:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.799.5215.

October 9

October 5 (thru 13)

October 5 (thru 26)

Belly Dance Class. Tues. 5:30-6:30 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Glass Studio Lab. Tue. 6-9 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. African Dance Ensemble – Learn African Dance. Tues 6:30 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848. Sewing w/ Kitty. Tuesdays, 6:308:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.799.6564.

October 5 (thru 27)

Koates Kids Pre-School Program – Ages 3-5. T/W 9:30 am–12:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

October 5 (thru 28)

Chicks w/ Sticks – knitting & crocheting class. T/Th 11:30 am-1 pm. City Armory. 434.797.8848.

October 6

Senior Bowling Tournament. 10 am12 pm. Riverside Lanes. 434.791.2695. DRBA Open House – New field office in Caswell County. 4-6 pm. Yanceyville. 336.344.0608.

October 6 (thru 27)

S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids – Exploring local creeks, streams and rivers to educate youth on how these bodies of water work

Danville Shag Club Dance – 8-11 pm. The Dance Space. 1010 Piney Forest Rd. Mutt Strut. 9 am. Dan Daniel Memorial Park, Shelter #13. 434.793.0441. Rock Climbing - Hanging Rock State Park. 9 am-6 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Downtown Fall Festival. 9 am-6 pm. Market Square, Reidsville. Micro Indoor Soccer – Ages 3-5. 10-11 am. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Bob Ross Painting Class – Snowy Landscape. 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Ballou Park. 434.797.8848. Bouncing Bulldogs – Rope skipping demonstration team. 11 am–12:30 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Metropolitan Opera Performance – Wagner’s Das Rheingold. 1 pm. Danville Stadium Cinema – 434.792.9885. Eden Cruise. 4 pm. Downtown Washington Street, Vegas Night – Casino games & dancing. 6-10:30 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216.

October 9 (thru 30)

Elements of Design in Glass Fusing. 9 am-12 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

October 10

Organ, Piano, and Carillon Concert See story page 22.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Prizery. See ad page 10.

October 11 & 12

Basic Principles of Direct Painting. 10 am. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

October 11 (thru Nov. 1)

Hand Sewn Quilts Class – M 6-8 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

October 12

Trip to Peaks of Otter. 9 am-6 pm. Ballou Center – 434.799.5216. Alzheimer’s Presentation – Caregiving. 12–1 pm. Craghead Street. 434.792.3700 x237. Polliwogs & Science Stars – Investigate magnetism, explore the poles of magnets and experiment with cereal. Ages 3–4, 1–2 pm. Ages 5–7, 3:30–4:30 pm. DSC - 434.791.5160. Cooking on a Budget. 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Community Christmas Dinner Planning Meeting: 6:30 pm. Senior Center, Ballou Park. Southside Head Injury Support Group – Helps survivors return to society; caregivers socialize with others. 7 pm. Mt. Hermon Church Fellowship Hall. 434.250.5987 or 434.685.1951. Forever Plaid. Caswell Co. Civic Center - See ad page 11.

October 12 & 26

Coffee and Crayons – Creative fun for kids and networking for parents 9-10 am. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848.

October 12 (thru 26)

Beaded Jewelry. TU 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

October 13 (thru Nov. 3)

Finding Our Way. Learn map and compass skills, orienteering and basic GPS skills. 3:30-5 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.

October 14

Book Club Discussion – See story pg 22. Budgeting to Live within Your Means. 1 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Catfish & Crawdads Festival – See story pg 22. Insulation Investigation Seminar. 5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.797.8848. How to Tie Knots – Learn knots to use around the house, camping, paddling, climbing or any other applications. 6-8 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.797.8848. Candlelit Vigil – Make a stand against domestic violence. 7-9 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522.

October 14 & 28

Mom's Afternoon Out. 12:30-2:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

October 14 (thru 21)

Steel Magnolias. The Prizery. See ad page 10.

October 14 (thru 28)

Dog Sweater Knitting. TH 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

October 14 (thru Nov. 11)

Hoop Dancing Classes – Tues 5:456:45 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216.

October 14 (thru Nov. 11)

Intermediate Woodturning. TH 6-9 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

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October 15

Easy Soap-Making Class. 1:30-3:30 pm. Ballou Center. 434.799.5216.

October 15 (thru 17)

Crossroads – A musical about a railroad accident and communications in a small town in 1915. 7:30/2:30 pm. Gretna Movie Theatre. 434.228.1778.

October 16

Author Larry Aaron Book Signing See story page 15. Art on Main Festival See story page 22. Botanical Gardens Plant Sale. 9 am. South Boston-Halifax Co. Museum – 434.572.9200. Old Timer's Jubilee -. 9 am-3 pm. Gretna Shopping Center. Advanced Digital Photography. 9 am-4 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Hike - Cascades waterfall. 9 am-6 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215. Third Saturday Stroll. 3-7 pm. Studio 107, Martinsville. 276.638.2107. Cruise In. 5-8 pm. Uptown Martinsville, Church St. 276.632.5688. Lions' Roar Off-Road Duathlon Race, BBQ dinner, live music & dance. 6-10 pm. YMCA – 434.792.0621. Haunted Harvest Hayride. 7 pm. Staunton River Battlefield State Park. 434.454.4312.

October 17

Meet & Greet – Danville Symphony Orchestra Conductor. See story page 11.

October 18

Making Sense of Retirement. 6:30 pm. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

October 18 (thru 21)

Hunter Safety Course. 6-9:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.799.5215.

October 18 (thru Nov. 15)

Intro to Fine Woodworking. M 6-9 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

October 19

Loose-Leaf Book Club – The Help by Kathryn Stockett. 11:30am-1pm. The Center. 108 Main St. 434.822.0007. 5 Wishes Workshop. 2-4 pm. Ballou Rec. 434.799.5216. Broadway Baby See ad page 14. Authors on Campus Series - Marc Wortman. The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta. 7:30 pm. AU Blount Chapel 434.791.5600.

Fall Fling – Games, cake walk, costume contest and food. Sacred Heart School – 434.793.2656. Fall Fest and Make a Difference at the Dan. 9 am-2 pm. DSC – 434.791.5160. Halifax Grills & Thrills. BBQ Cook-off, raffles, kids area, cooking demos, live music, car show. 10 am. S. Main St., Halifax. 434.476.2297. Fall River Clean Up. 11 am-1 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.799.5216. Metropolitan Opera Performance – Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. 12 pm. Danville Stadium Cinema – 434.792.9885. Make a Difference Day. 2 pm. Dan River Center for Volunteerism. 434.792.3700, x223. Chatham Cruise In. 4-8 pm. Main Street Chatham. 434.548.3233 Dinner Theater – Comedy by D’Funny Bizness. 5 pm. Ballou Rec Center – 434.799.5216. Jurassic Pork BBQ & Chili Cookoff. 5-10 pm. VMNH, Martinsville – 276.634.4185. Contemporary Christian Concert – with Todd Agnew and Pocket Full of Rocks. 7 pm. New Life Community Church – 434.836.6233. Richmond Ballet See ad page 7.

October 23 (thru Nov. 13)

Silly Saturdays – Paint, play, create, sing songs and enjoy free playtime. 9:3010:30 am. Coates Rec. 434.797.8848.

October 24

Avant-Garde Writers. 2 pm. AU Library. 434.251.1062. Elizabeth Schumman Concert Pianist. The Prizery. See ad page 10.

October 25 (thru Nov. 11)

Zumba Revolution. M/Tu/Th 5:30 pm. Locations vary. 434.797.8848.

October 25 (thru Nov. 22)

Belly Dance Classes - Intermediate, 5:30 pm; Beginning, 6:45 pm. Pepsi Building. 434.797.8848.

October 26

Author – Dan Heath / Switch! See ad page 16 & story page 15.

October 26 (thru Nov. 18)

Swimming Adventures for Beginners – Ages 6-12. 3:30-4:15 pm. YMCA. 434.799.5215.

October 19 & 26

October 27 (thru Dec. 1)

October 20

October 27

Drawing in Color - Ages 9-18. 3:304:45 pm. The Prizery – 434.572.8339.

Art with Flo – Wet-on-wet technique. Weds. Location/times vary. 434.797.8848.

Wednesday Club - See story page 22. Healthy Halloween Treats. 12:451:45 pm. Ballou Rec. 434.799.5216. Meet Your Doctor Series. 7-9 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522.

Wednesday Club See story page 22.

October 21

Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail Conference. The Prizery. 434.572.5559. Understanding Your Credit Report. 1 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. How to Weatherize Your Home. 5:30-6:30 pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434.797.8848. Healthy 30 Minute Meals from Around the World. 6-9 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066. Get Smart about Credit – Financial Freedom for Women. 7-9 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Sky Watchers – Jupiter and the constellations Gemini, Pegasus, Perseus and Auriga and check out the nearly full moon. Nightfall. DSC – 434.791.5160.

October 22

Jazz on the Patio – Small Town Orchestra, wine, beer, and refreshments. 6:30-8:30 pm. YWCA – 434.792.1522. Concert – Ragtime music. 7:30 pm. Pritchett Auditorium. AU – 434.791.5712.

October 23

Author Larry Aaron Book Signing See story page 15.

October 28

How to Prepare to Buy a Home. 1 pm. City Auditorium. 434.797.8848. Lecture by Dr. Jerel Rosati professor of political science and international studies 7:30 pm. Blount Chapel, AU 434.791.5600.

October 28 (thru Dec. 2)

Fine Woodworking Lab. TH 6-8:30 pm. SVAC – 276.632.0066.

October 29

Friday Night Jams. 6 pm. Halifax Farmers Market. 434.572.2543.

October 29 & 30

Historic Halloween – See story page 17.

October 30

Spooky Saturday. 11 am-1 pm. Collinsville Library. 276.632.3221. Halloween Happenings. 1-5 pm. Market Square, Downtown Reidsville. Jack-o-Lantern Walk – See story pg 17. DSO Fall Concert. See story page 11.

October 30 & 31

Line Dance Evolution Workshop. Times vary. Ballou Rec. Center – 434.799.5216.

October 31

Halloween Concert. See story page 3.

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Evince Magazine Not only is Aaron a well-known author and science teacher, he becomes a philosopher in the final sentences of this page-turner: "(The Old 97) has become an epic tale about what’s around the next curve, whether promise or pain. We have all faced trestles in our lives—or will—but we accept those challenges with the hope that we can make the grade and keep on rolling. Joseph Broady would understand."

What Really Happened in The Wreck of the Old 97? by Joyce Wilburn Author Larry Aaron packs a lot of myth-busters into 152 pages of his latest book, The Wreck of the Old 97. With critical thinking skills developed as a science teacher for the Pittsylvania County School system, the Associate Editor of Evince presents information that has accumulated in hundreds of stories and numerous songs since the famous 1903 train wreck in Danville and then separates facts from legend. He also gives possible answers to the question of what really happened on that Sunday in September over a century ago. Finally, he explains why the story of this train wreck is still remembered even though it wasn’t very spectacular in an era when train wrecks were commonplace If that isn’t enough, local readers will appreciate the historical ties Aaron found between the people involved with the wreck and its aftermath and those who still live in the area. Examples: Pittsylvania County Supervisor, Fred Ingram, is the grandson of Frank Ingram, who was scheduled to be on the train that day, but missed it. (To learn the somewhat humorous reason why he failed to catch the train, you’ll have to read the book.) Also, the injured were taken to the Home for the Sick on Jefferson Street—the building that is currently being threatened with demolition. In another anecdote, Aaron tells how Dud Brown of H.W. Brown Florists on Chestnut Street found the flowers destined for the shop unharmed in the wreckage and was able to deliver them--foreshadowing the customer service they are known for today. This nephew of a former locomotive engineer has written an easy-to-read history book by using testimony from first-hand interviews of those who saw the wreck or were there soon after and excerpts from the 1905 civil trial transcript of the estate of locomotive engineer, Joseph “Steve” Broady against Southern Railway. A five-page bibliography verifies his information. Pictures, maps, and an aerial view of the accident area with the train tracks superimposed over the image help the reader to understand what happened-- and where on the Riverwalk Trail to look for the site today.

Larry Aaron will be signing books on: • Saturday, October 2, at the Pittsylvania County Historical Society’s tent at the Callands Festival off Route 57 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Saturday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, at the Ol’ Timers’ Jubilee at the Gretna Little Theatre Booth corner of Vaden and Main Streets and at the 6:30 p.m. at the Gretna Theatre on Main Street. • Saturday, October 23, at the Averett University Bookstore, 354 West Main Street in Danville, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 434.792.8695.

conclusions. They also offer concrete, real-life examples of individuals and companies making the switch. The book will probably make us change the way we view change. The public is invited to join a community-wide read of Switch to promote change in the Dan River Region. Books, partially underwritten by the Danville Regional Foundation, are available at The Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University, 354 West Main Street, for $10 (compared to $26 retail) while supplies last. Riverview Rotary has purchased 200 books and will provide these free to regional high school and college students. The read will culminate on Tuesday, October 26, when author Dan Heath speaks at a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. To register for this free event, contact the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce at 434.836.6990, or email: Students interested in a free book may contact Bruce Wilson at 434.792.5960, or email:

by Joyce Wilburn

the cat drug in….bless her heart.” The list could go on for a page or two and rivals anything Jeff Foxworthy might say about rednecks. Although I was born in the South, I didn’t learn the finer points of being a Southern Belle until I heard Olivia deBelle Byrd, author of Miss Hildreth Wore Brown Anecdotes of a Southern Belle, speak last month at the annual Decatur Book Festival near Atlanta. This is a just-for-fun book. My only regret is that Olivia deBelle Byrd hasn’t created an audio book because her silky smooth, Southern sweet-as-sweet tea voice makes every exaggerated story seem possible.

…you are always dressed-up…your hair is always fixed…when you do funerals well (The food alone makes you want to die!)…you’re hung up on thank-you notes…when you can say anything about anyone and be excused, if you finish with: “Bless her heart,” as in “She looks like something

If you want to learn more about being a Southern Belle, meet Olivia deBelle Byrd (Don’t you love that middle name?) at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina, on Friday, October 15, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

You Know You’re a Southern Belle When…

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Sonal Patel

Surrounded by an evolving technological society where change occurs at an exponential rate, why do we find change so hard to implement in our daily lives? Authors Dan and Chip Heath of the best-selling book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard detail the factors that impede change in an enlightening and entertaining analysis of a particular human conflict. The conflict happens between the emotional (Elephant) and rational (Rider) sides of the human brain. For example, we can rationalize getting off the couch and exercising, but if our emotional mind relishes the familiarity and comfort of the well-worn cushion, will we really get up and exercise? Switch is an easy read that provides simple instructions and shares many examples (presented as stories) about how to captivate human emotions and rationale in order to influence ourselves and others to create change. The Heath brothers suggest changing the situation, not the people. Another idea is to set specific goals that are easy to understand and rule out exceptions. This book offers brilliant ideas that will create a snowball effect of change. Switch is insightful and the amount of evidence is compelling. The authors offer research from psychology and sociology to support their

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live in a condominium adjacent to the wall of the old Grove Street Cemetery. In fact, if not for the iron railing surrounding my porch, and if I were to misstep, I might fall headlong into the cemetery. (I prefer the gradual, day-by-day descent that age provides.) I often see work crews trimming around the stones, but see no flowers brought, so I want to make my offering in words.

Where Can I Find an Evince? Ten thousand copies of Evince are distributed each month at over 100 locations in Danville, Martinsville, South Boston, Chatham, Gretna, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, and in Yanceyville, Pelham, Roxboro, and Eden, North Carolina. Find your copy at:

Grove Street Cemetery (1830-1920) was once larger. Its WPA-constructed wall prevents further encroachment by the living. n Explanations Markers of supplementary information were placed at the more interesting graves by the local garden club. Of this information, a tombstone is usually bereft. n Victorian Flower Dorm mates played a prank on a student at an old Victorian female academy-writing on her wall in phosphorescent paint: Prepare to Meet Thy God! Evidently, not much preparation needed, she died shortly after seeing the “handwriting on the wall.” Victorian sensibilities were delicate, evinced by what lies here. n Column A column of brownstone stands, slowly peeling to become sediment again. Sedimentary rocks, once silt, mud, or sand seem content to sit on museum shelves, but in the outside elements, nostalgia for their past sets in. n Vanity A fence encloses an empty family plot. An informative marker relates a move to a newer, more fashionable cemetery. The prophet decries "vanity", but only the living relatives were responsible. The subjects of the move continue to maintain modest silence.

The iron gate of old Grove Street Cemetery will creak open on October 29th and 30th to welcome visitors who want to celebrate Historic Halloween. Costumed re-enactors will appear out of the dark and stand by their graves to tell their life (and death) stories and answer the questions: Who was Danville’s first mayor and how did he get here? What young lady literally was frightened to death? What is the story of two young sisters and their dolls? How was a grave involved in a bank robbery? What does the term ‘saved by the bell” have to do with a cemetery? • Historic Halloween guided tours will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and

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My Flower for Grove Street Cemetery by Mack Williams

n Shields A grave of infant twins is marked by two ornate ovals of iron, resembling protective shields in death. n Trough Another stone resembles the Native-American grinding stone at the Danville Science Center, but is instead, a horse watering trough. It fills occasionally with rainwater, where only cats, squirrels, and birds now drink. n Coincidence It is said that one of the interred here was a close friend of Edgar Allen Poe. A black cat sometimes passes through, not pausing at any grave, with no deeper meaning to his sighting than there is to the sighting of cats anywhere. n Slaves A recently added monument for unmarked graves of slaves reads: In Memory of Those Slaves Buried

The Dead Come to Life for Historic Halloween

(followed by a Jack O’ Lantern Walk) by Lynne Bjarnesen 8:00 p.m. Each tour is limited to 25 people. • Cost is $10. • The tour is recommended for adults and mature children. Wear walking shoes and bring a flashlight.

Here. Shaped like the Greek letter Pi, its bench-like shape makes a convenient seat for the visitor to reflect on those graves un-weighted by stones. n Rumor A rumor persists of buried Confederate gold, but the appropriate burials provide the real interest here. n Warmer One tombstone was made from a marble bureau-top by a son for his mother, her time-defining dates carved by him with a knife. All of the stones here are cold, but this one feels just a bit warmer. n Flowers Those who once brought flowers here now have graves of their own, so please refer back to my overall title. The Grove Street Cemetery (behind Midtown Market) is open for selfguided tours. Brochures are available at the Welcome Center, 645 River Park Drive. Call 434.793.4636.

• For more information, call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 975 Main Street, 434.793.5644. • On Saturday night, October 30, the Danville Historical Society will present their first annual Jack O’Lantern Walk in the neighborhood around the historic Sutherlin Mansion, now the home of the DMFAH. After you finished the Historic Halloween Tour, take a short stroll down one of the city’s historic streets and enjoy the beautiful architecture by the glow of smiling pumpkins on the front porches of these fantastic homes. This is a free event and maps will be available at the museum.

Danville Dixie Bags & More / 136 South Ridge Street Danville Paint & Supply / 532 Monroe Street YMCA / 810 Main Street Averett U Library / Main Street Ruben’s Too / 2449 Franklin Turnpike Mt. Hermon Library / 2725 Franklin Turnpike GingerBread House / 1799 Memorial Drive Ham’s Restaurant / 2373 Riverside Drive Chatham Chathamooca / 33 North Main Street Chatham Public Library / 24 Military Drive South Boston Crystal Hill Antiques / 1902 Seymore Drive South Boston Historical Museum 1540 Wilborn Avenue Martinsville China Buffet / 970 Memorial Boulevard El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant 3069 Virginia Avenue Yanceyville Caswell County Chamber of Commerce 15 Main Street East Yancey House / 699 US Hwy 158 West

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Ginger Gentry’s

Brooklyn by Larry G. Aaron

She isn’t exactly the mayor, but she ought to be. Of Brooklyn, that is. Not Brooklyn, New York, but a namesake community in southwestern Halifax County on State Road 659 a country mile or so from the Laurel Grove community and the Pittsylvania County line. The extraordinary efforts by Ginger Gentry and her husband Mack have brought the once thriving community back from extinction by making its roadside vistas a picture postcard of the past. Imagine yourself back in 1855 traveling by stagecoach from New York to New Orleans. You pass through the busy manufacturing town and port city of Richmond as the stagecoach rumbles in rhythm with the horses’ steady gait on the road to Danville. It’s October and the residual summer heat coursing through the open air is readily felt. As the dusty road weaves and waltzes through Halifax County, you find yourself on the Brooklyn Road portion where the aroma of curing tobacco and the hum of chanting tobacco factory hands, most of them slaves, permeates that thick humid air. Plantation homes dot the landscape and wagons laden with the golden leaf headed to the Brooklyn factory pass you along the way. The coach eases up and pulls to a stop at the Brooklyn store and post office, called the best store between Richmond and Danville, one that carries the finest dry goods around. Stepping off the stagecoach, you are greeted by local folks. You faintly hear a train whistle’s shrilling whine a few miles away and perhaps the pounding sound from a blacksmith shop nearby. Those days are gone now. By the mid-1880s, the Brooklyn tobacco factory ceased operations when manufacturing shifted to more urban areas such as Danville. The store and post office, which had operated since 1838, continued until about 1903. The once thriving community declined and the

buildings became used for other purposes. Then over the decades neglect led to their dilapidated condition. That is, until Ginger got into the act with a vision for their restoration. Today, at the 1855 Brooklyn factory, the modified assembly line process that turned out plugs of chewing tobacco is evident in the former machinery emplacements and working quarters. Dark stained handprints of slaves from the licorice syrup used to flavor the tobacco also grace the planking in the drying room on the upstairs north end. Much of the original structure, including the doors, remains with the aroma of tobacco still permeating the upstairs floors. Graffiti from the past—the names of slaves and others—are inscribed on room walls. The foot square timbered posts supporting the second floor are also original as are the five-bricks-deep outside walls. Ginger’s efforts resulted in both the store and the factory being placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Brooklyn Road recognized as an official Virginia By-Way. Alexander Wise, the director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, was so impressed with the structures that he made a personal visit to the site. No wonder--the tobacco factory itself is likely the best-preserved antebellum structure of its kind in the nation. With restoration complete, Ginger has collected various farm and tobacco implements plus other collections reminiscent of the past. So, rest assured, someone is minding the store, and the factory, and the road at Brooklyn. It’s Ginger Gentry. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Fall Fruits and Vegetables by Annelle Williams

Change is in the air: chilly mornings and evenings, shorter days, longer nights--no season shock, but a gradual autumn experience. What happens outside naturally transitions to the table. Fall fruits and vegetables are on the menu. Local apple orchards with trees full of ripening fruit remind me of a wonderful food memory-- Mama Nell's Fried Apple Pies. They were such a treat and now I know they were also a true labor of love. My grandmother didn't take any shortcuts. I've followed her original recipe and enjoyed the process and the results many times, but I've also changed it a little, depending on how much time I have. This is one of my favorite changed recipes, but I admit I've never found anything better than the original: homemade pastry, fresh apple filling, iron- skillet fried pies. If you make a good pie crust, use it. If the thought of making pie dough scares you, buy a good pre-made crust. Puff pastry works well for this particular recipe. Enjoy the changes a new season brings, both outside and around the table. Find more recipes, on my blog: 2 packages puff pastry, thawed (4 sheets) 2 cups peeled medium-diced apples 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon pinch of salt 1 T flour 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese 1 egg cinnamon sugar for garnish

Individual Apple Cheese Pies

Preheat oven to 400°. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon and salt to a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring just until the apples begin to soften and give off a little liquid. Remove from heat and cool. Stir in the flour. Place cream cheese in a mediumsized mixing bowl. Pour the apple

mixture into a colander that is positioned over the cream cheese so the liquid drains into the cream cheese. Set drained apples aside. Beat the cream cheese and sweet apple liquid until smooth. Stir in apples and Cheddar cheese. On a floured surface, roll one sheet of the puff pastry to smooth it. Cut into circles for half-moon shaped pies, or squares for triangular pies. (I use the lid from a large jar of mixed nuts to make 5-inch circles.) Fill each circle with about a tablespoon of filling. Close and seal edges with a fork. Mix the egg with a little water and brush the tops of each pie. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Place pies on

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October 2010

Personal Trainer Teaches Treatment and Prevention of Illness by Dave Gluhareff MFS,CFT-ISSA

As a personal trainer and health and fitness writer for nearly 14 years, I have taught techniques for the healthiest treatment and prevention of illness that just about everyone can add to their lifestyles and achieve unbelievable results. Sure, it’s a little expensive to have a one-on-one personal trainer, but let’s put personal training into perspective. It’s all about priorities and the choices we make. If we choose to be sick and put our health at the bottom of our list of priorities, then we will be sick and stay sick. Once we choose to take control and better our health, then we fight illness and help prevent sickness from infiltrating our bodies. This is why good quality personal training costs, because it can change your life for the better. Personal trainers who help you implement exercise, nutrition, and rest also help you live a higherquality life with less disease, fewer disabilities, aches, and pains. My obese clients lose body fat. Diabetics control their sugar better. Clients with low energy acquire more energy. Migraine sufferers have fewer headaches. Those with bad flexibility obtain better range of motion and flexibility. Frozen shoulders become loose. Clients with acid reflux have it less often or not at all. Stressed-out clients experience less stress. Depressed clients become happier. High blood pressure and cholesterol levels are lowered. Arthritis sufferers have less pain and better movement. Clients who were lazy are not lazy anymore. If we all implemented exercise, nutrition, and rest into our lives, we would feel, look, and move better immediately. For more information call 434.728.0952, email or visit www.TrainWith

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Calendar Clips Clip it. Post it. Do it.

Here are a few highlights of activities you don’t want to miss this month. Cut out the ones that interest you; post them on your refrigerator as a reminder; enjoy a new experience. For more activities, see the calendar on page 12.

October 1-31 Averett U’s Jut’s Café Art Exhibit Paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry and sculpture by Deborah Oakes, AU graduate student, will be featured. Jut's Café, located on the ground floor of the Student Center at the corner of Woodland Drive and Townes Street is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and reopening from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closed Saturday. Open on Sunday from 5:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Submitted by Diane Kendrick)

Saturday, October 2 Dan River Basin Association

The first Saturday Outing will be a 5-mile cleanup float on the Dan River from Madison, North Carolina, to Jacob's Creek. Meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the NC 704 Access in Madison, participants will paddle through 7 well-preserved 19th century river structures and record the types of trash found to help design litter-prevention educational programs. Participants should bring boat, life jacket, gloves, lunch, water and dress in layers of quick-drying fabric. For more info, visit or call 276-694-4449. (Submitted by T Butler)

Wednesday, October 6 through Wednesday, October 13 SERRV Sale

Looking for a great place to buy unique Christmas gifts? Shop the Mt. Vernon UMC SERRV sale at 107 West Main Street. SERRV works with artisans and farmers from over 36 unindustrialized countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia who create items ranging from jewelry to home décor. The store will be open on Wednesday, October 6 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; October 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 10, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Submitted by Rebecca Lutz)

Sunday, October 10 United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County 10-10-10 Campaign Ends.

This campaign allows citizens in the Dan River Region to support their local community through text giving. Text the characters DPUWAY to the number 864833. This generates a $10 charge on the phone bill and the money comes to United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County. For more information call 434-792-3700 ext. 238. (Submitted by Patrick Jinks)

Thursday, October 14 Pittsylvania County Public Library Book Discussion

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew Crawford will be discussed starting at 4 p.m. at the Chatham Railway Depot on Whitehead Street, just off Depot Street (Highway 57). Crawford quit a think-tank job to become a motorcycle mechanic and writes about the value of working with one’s hands. For more info, call 434.432.3271. (Submitted by Diane Adkins)

Thursday, October 14 Catfish & Crawdads Festival

From 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Maxwell Street will provide live music at the Community Market on Craghead Street for a dinner of crawdads in a classic low country boil and fried catfish cooked by Mary’s Diner. Tickets are $25 for this over21event sponsored by the Downtown Danville Association. Buy them at the Danville Welcome Center, Rippe’s, The Invitation Destination, Amburn & Company Salon, Foxglove, and Mary’s Diner. (Submitted by Robert Brooks)

Saturday, October 16 Art on Main Festival

From 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities will host the inaugural festival on Main Street in downtown Danville. There will be live entertainment, art displays and workshops, a talent show, delicious food and a kid’s area with face painting, storytelling, chalk drawing and kid’s characters. For more information on being a vendor, artist, or volunteer, call 434.792.6965. (Submitted by Melissa Charles)

Wednesday, October 20 The Wednesday Club

The author of The Journal of Skipper Catt Esquire will be at the AU Book Store, 354 Main Street, from noon until 3 p.m. After settling in as a wise old grandpa, Skipper Catt looks back over his long life and shares what he has learned with his grandkitties and the reader. Bush lived in Danville from 1958 to1986 and taught at several schools. For more info, call 434-582-1202. (Submitted by Leslie Conway)

The public is invited to a free presentation based on the book Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color by Patricia Marshall and Jo Ramsey Leimenstoll starting at 10:30 a.m. Leimenstoll, UNC-G Department of Interior Architecture professor who assisted Marshall with the current NC Museum exhibit, Behind The Veneer: Thomas Day, will discuss Day's furniture and architectural designs. This program will be of special interest to those who suspect they possess inherited Thomas Day heirlooms and want to acquire authentication. Before her death, Marshall spoke frequently of the undiscovered Day furniture or architecture in homes within the Dan River region, as evinced by the recently discovered Day rocking chair in a back room at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church. The program will be held at The Wednesday Club, 1002 Main Street. For more info, call 434.792.7921 (Submitted by Emma Rich)

Sunday, October 10 Organ, Piano, and Carillon Concert

Wednesday, October 27 The Wednesday Club

Friday, October 8 Danville Association of Arts & Humanities Art Auction

Starting at 7:00 the Stratford Courtyard and Conference Center, 149 Piney Forest Road. Regency Fine Arts will conduct an auction of fine art, sports memorabilia and celebrity art. There will be a silent auction and door prizes every hour. Cost is $20. Appetizers provided; cash bar available. Call 434.792.6965. (Submitted by Melissa Charles)

Saturday, October 9 Book Signing by Rosaline Bush

At 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the former Main Street Methodist Church, 767 Main Street (currently the home of the Preservation League), familiar music will be performed by out-of-state guests and local musicians. The carillon bells, located in the tower of the church building, are played from a hammered keyboard. The 1856 Stieff grand piano has been restored to its original beauty. The program will honor the benefactors of the Main Street Church Endowment. The church congregation was active for more than 100 years before being deconsecrated in April 2007. For more info call 434-799-5938. (Submitted by Jean Harper Vernon))

The public is invited to a program at 3:40 p.m. by harpist builder and restorer, G. Howard Bryan, who will be accompanied by harpist, Katherine Campbell. Bryan has been restoring and building harps for 20 years. Bryan’s professional background as an engineer led to analytical work on harp soundboards that resulted in the formation of H. Bryan & Company. For more info, visit or call 434.836.0649. (Submitted by Gayle Barts)

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You’ve run out of reasons to wait. Most insurance now covers mammograms. Make an appointment at DDIC today.

Early detection. It’s the best hope for breast cancer survival. If you’re a woman over 40, an annual mammogram is essential, and at Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center (DDIC), we offer digital mammography—the latest in breast cancer detection technology. Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center participates with most area insurance providers. Call today and make an appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center 125 Executive Drive, Suite D Danville,VA 24541 434-799-3883

Breast cancer affects all of us. Many of our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters and friends have been personally affected by the disease. In fact, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women after skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer globally each year, and about 465,000 women will die from the disease. The chance of a woman getting breast cancer increases significantly with age and two thirds of women with breast cancer are older than age 50. However, breast cancer can affect women at any age, especially if they have an increase in several risk factors, including: • Genetic history – about 5-10 % of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary. • Family history – having a first-degree relative, like a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer can double a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. • Personal history of breast cancer – a woman with cancer in one breast is 3-4 times more likely to develop a new cancer. • Race – Caucasian women are more likely to develop breast cancer than African American women. However, African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than other women. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer rates have risen 30 percent in Western countries in the past 25 years. This is partly due to advanced screening that can detect cancer in earlier stages. Though breast cancer rates are rising in many countries, deaths from the disease are decreasing as a result of improved screening and treatment. Breast cancer develops in the breast tissue and begins to grow as a small lump, tumor or as a calcium deposit. If left untreated, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body like the lungs, liver or bones. However, breast cancer is very treatable if found in early stages. The American Cancer Society estimates that there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States alone. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Danville Regional Medical Center wants to educate women in our community about the importance of getting checked for breast cancer. Danville Regional provides mammography screening in the hospital as

well as advanced digital mammography screening at a convenient outpatient center, Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center (DDIC). Mammography screening and clinical breast cancer examination have been proven to reduce breast cancer mortality in clinical trials by detecting cancer at an earlier stage and smaller size. DDIC uses advanced digital mammography to provide timely and accurate results for patients. DDIC began using digital mammography in 2008. Previously, mammography was performed using an analog process with film processors. Digital mammography images can be lightened, darkened, enhanced, stored and shared safely with other treating physicians. Digital mammograms are performed quickly with results available in minutes. Clearer images allow radiologists to review images with greater accuracy than previous forms of detection. DDIC’s digital mammography system utilizes CAD (computer-assisted detection), which allows radiologists and technicians to detect subtle abnormalities not visible with older technologies. “We know that women live busy, hectic lives and are often busy working and caring for their families,” said Debra Parrish, DDIC Manager. “Sometimes they put everyone’s health before their own. Our technology allows us to schedule and treat women efficiently, giving them the answers they need in a timely manner.” Here are a few local facts about breast cancer and the services that are available at DDIC: • DDIC performs close to 10,000 mammography exams each year. • Currently, most insurance providers cover annual mammograms beginning at age 40. • In addition to digital mammography at DDIC, DRMC offers the region’s most sophisticated and comprehensive imaging services, including MRI, CT scans, x-ray, ultrasound, PET, sonogram, nuclear medicine and other special procedures. • DDIC is open from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday to provide accessible, convenient mammography services. Make your appointment today at 434-793-3883 Breast cancer is a serious disease, but with proactive early detection, women can significantly decrease their chances of getting advanced breast cancer. Let’s make October the month that we encourage the women in our lives to take advantage of the important services available right here in Danville.

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School Emergency? Perhaps We Can Solve Your Problem Between September 2009 and April 2010, 12 families concluded that their children were clearly in the wrong school situation. According to parents who transferred their children, their reasons ranged from a lack of educational challenge and resulting student boredom, to overcrowded classrooms, to out-ofcontrol conduct and even bullying. These 12 families found that EES would admit their children at any time during the school year. We don’t make parents wait until the beginning of a new term to start at EES. All 12 of those children have returned to EES for the 2010-2011 school year. As a school, EES is totally dedicated to providing every child with absolutely the things they need from school. If you discover your child is in the wrong school situation, call us today for a visit and consultation.

How much does it cost to send your child to EES? Yearly


PreK (4 years old) 8:00 a.m. - Lunch (11:30 a.m.) $3,000 $300 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 4,200 420 Kindergarten 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 4,500 450 Grades 1-5 4,500 450 Grades 6-8 4,700 470 After school programs are available to students of all grades on a weekly basis. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. / $40 per week 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. / 60 per week Discounts for all additional children in the family...10%. Our tuition plan is for 10 months...August 1 to May 1. Our registration fee is $200 (the first $200 of our tuition) Lunch is served every day for $2.50 a day. Extra charges are levied only for uniforms and field trips. Books are included in tuitions. We are constantly striving to charge the lowest tuitions! We keep our costs down by carefully running a highly efficient school. Epiphany Episcopal Church provides significant funding for EES which greatly assists us in keeping tuitions low.

EES...a happy school…with children who love EES…

with teachers who love their jobs is a guarantee of a wonderful place for students to flourish as they prepare for the future.

Call (434) 792-4334 and ask for an appointment with Suzanne Miller, our Associate Headmaster and Dean of the School.

We think, when comparing EES tuition to the other private schools in the area, you’ll agree EES has very low tuitions. Example: 7th grade student, September 2010 - June 2011. Epiphany Episcopal $4,700

Westover $5,330*

Sacred Heart $5,805*

* Tuitions as published on school websites July 22, 2010.

Carlisle $9,575*

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The October 2010 issue of Evince Magazine.