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Art and History Collide

The Fire Hydrant Walking Tour of South Boston

Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer

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Jasper C. Oldham By Larry Oldham

10 The Money Club

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Fun and Games

12 A Better You

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Area Events Guide

15 Business Startup Tips By Todd Boaze

Summer Break Fitness by Dave Gluhareff

20 Life in the Fat Lane

The Ninth Mile: Hitting the Web

Discover the Great Outdoors

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Paws for The Cause By Paulette Dean

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F ROM T HE e d i tor The first Father’s Day was recognized on July 19, 1910 in the state of Washington. The day didn’t become a nationwide holiday until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson signed to make Mother’s Day an official holiday. Why did it take so long to recognize fathers for everything they contribute to their children’s lives? Well, according to one unnamed florist, “Fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” As I said last month, throughout history, many men have been defined by their physical strength. Fathers are no exception; take for example Zeus, who, in ancient Greek mythology, was known as the Father of Gods and men. Rarely will you see a depiction of Zeus without his trusty lightning bolt. A handful of lightning doesn’t scream tenderness. Society can act as a mirror, projecting our insecurities back on us. Part of the reason there is a 58-year gap between officially recognizing Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is the idea that men wouldn’t consider a day to honor their contribution to the family dynamic as “manly.” In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge championed for the observance of Father’s Day. Coolidge met much pushback as men proclaimed their aversion to the holiday. A historian is quoting as saying men, “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers

and gift-giving.” For men, especially fathers, one thing you should never be insecure about is showing a sensitive side. Hugging your kid doesn’t make you any less tough. Go ahead and cry during the sad part of a Disney movie. It’s OK. You won’t lose your man card. Don’t believe me? There is a photo floating around the Internet of Chuck Norris giving a friendly hug to Bruce Lee. Go ask Chuck to see his man card. Just as mothers, fathers need to be recognized daily for their contributions to our future. A study which examined 10,000 children revealed that a father’s love is just as important as a mother’s love in the emotional development of a child. That, my friends, is a strength that cannot be measured by throwing lightning bolts. *Editor’s Correction: In the May 2014 column, The Money Club: Innovative Minded Banks, there was an error in the last sentence of the second paragraph. FDIC insurance is at least $250,000 for deposits at an FDICinsured bank.

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A man once stopped us and asked my dad for money. He said he was hungry. My dad took him to a restaurant and bought him a meal. When I asked why he did that instead of just giving him the money, Dad said, “If he was truly hungry, I wanted to feed him. But if he was going to take my money and buy something harmful to him, I didn’t want to be a part of that.” I learned a valuable lesson that day and I, in turn, have done the same thing for people who ask me for money to buy food.

Jasper C. Oldham – My father was a Christian man and the first lesson that he taught me was how to be a good Christian. I had a safe childhood and was brought up in a loving environment and a joyous home. I suffered no hunger and my dad sometimes even did the cooking. He worked hard every day to provide our family with shelter and clothing and all the necessities of life. My dad was a great Sunday school teacher. I started teaching Sunday school because of my father’s inspiration. I studied hard and tried to learn the lesson, hoping that my class would walk away from the lesson having learned something that could help them get through their week. My dad had trials and tribulations at his workplace, but he overcame those obstacles and continued to do a great job for his company. When he retired, his company rewarded him with a management pension, gold watch, and much kudos from the administration for a job well done. They gave him the respect that he had earned by standing up for what he believed in. This was a life lesson for me. Stand up if you know you are right and let others around you know that you believe firmly in your opinions. Even though my father worked long hours every day, in the evenings he would take the time to play ball with me and my friends. He would take us to the park or ballpark and teach us the fundamentals of pitching and batting. He had this huge laugh and if we made a mistake or ran the wrong way he didn’t make fun. He would just laugh loudly in the way we knew, all was well in the world.

He was a wonderful grandfather to my children, playing ball and teaching them some of life’s lessons, and for this I am glad. He was part of their lives and they got to know him before he became sick. I hope to be a better grandfather myself from the lessons I learned from him. I can never thank him enough for being my father. I could not have asked for a better man to show, by example, complete honesty, Christianity, faith, love, and devotion to me and our family. Today I wish you a happy 93rd birthday, knowing you are no longer suffering, knowing you are in Heaven, and knowing that God let you have me for 67 years, so that you could teach me to be a better father to my own sons. I just hope I can live up to the high standards that you have set for me. Happy Father’s Day and know that I think about you daily so that every day is like Father’s Day. Your Loving Son SM

A bully once hit me for no apparent reason and my father went to the school and confronted the boy. The bully was much larger than my father, but Dad stood up to him and took up for me. He had to take time off from work to do this. I was never picked on in school again and I learned a valuable lesson from my dad —stand up for the rights of your children and show them you care for them and will always protect them. My father helped a friend of mine whose parents didn’t want to take time to teach him to drive. Dad taught him and also

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took him to the DMV to get his license. He didn’t stop there; he also helped him to get his own car. This went way beyond his role of not only being my father but also to help another child who needed fatherly guidance. This was certainly an excellent example of fatherly love expressed to another child.

My father, Jasper C. Oldham died on April 7th this year. On June 16th, my father would have been 93-years-old. He lived a long and prosperous life. June is also Father’s Day, so I have asked Dena if I could have our space to share with you some lessons learned from my Dad. I hope you will indulge me.

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15 Business Startup Tips

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To maximize the profits of a small business you need to increase sales. To increase sales, you need more customers. To attract more customers and keep them coming back, you must improve your business constantly. Every business environment has its own special technique of operation. Knowing and understanding all 15 key elements will help it start off successfully. Not knowing, will make it more difficult to survive. The 15 KEY elements are:

1. Begin with an Idea. There is always one right in front of you. 2. Start Small. It is much better than not starting at all. 3. Earn a Smaller amount first. It is good practice before earning at a larger scale. 4. Think with a Vision. Always look at the Big Picture. 5. Keep the Faith. Believe in yourself and your business even when others do not. 6. Ready, Set, Go! If you think too much about it, you may never start.

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7. Profit or perish. Increase sales, decrease costs. Anything less and your business will perish. 8. Be Positive. Overcome obstacles by keeping a positive attitude.

9. Continuously Improve your business. It is the best way to attract more customers, and generate sales. 10. Believe in your employees. Build trust and credibility. 11. Never Run Out of Money. This is the most important. 12. Attract New Customers every day. Keep awareness and trial in your plans at all times. 13. Be Persistent. Never give up.You only fail if you quit. 14. Build a brand name. Earn your reputation. 15. Opportunity waits for no one. Study it. Go After it.

All successful businesses offer their customers something of value, but that is not enough. Customers constantly evaluate what they get against what they pay, and their criteria for making repeat purchases are very simple. They want everything: better, faster, and cheaper. Even if you are clever enough to build a perfect business the first time and your product or service is ideal for your customers, your position will eventually erode because the marketplace is not static. Your product or service may be unique, but it is not as though someone blew the whistle and stopped innovation. Sooner or later, and very soon if you are noticeably successful, other businesses will copy you. If they can provide a similar product or service better, faster or cheaper, they are going to surpass you. Never forget that as a business owner you will be in a constant race against an ever-improving marketplace and no matter where you are in the hunt, making improvements is a daily necessity. SM

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A Better You

your child or push them on a swing We need to stay active all year round not just during summer. Parents take time for your kids and just “be together,” even if it’s holding hands walking in your neighborhood or shooting basketball in the driveway. Take the time to get your significant other out and go for a hike or bike ride or just walk on the River Walk, holding hands too.

Summer Break Fitness *From Professional Fitness Trainer Dave Gluhareff of Train With Dave: Summer Break is here for most kids, teachers, and parents. This means more pools, programs, and healthy activities are available to everyone. If you have kids then you should be encouraging healthy activities and programs. Even if you do not have kids, you should look into healthy summer activities for yourself, family, and friends. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and our beautiful Southside Virginia with all it has to offer. Pete Jones Photography

Here is a quick list of fun and healthy activities you can do in our great Southside,VA: -Canoe or kayak the Dan River or local ponds or lakes -Play frisbee golf in Ballou Park -Take the kids to playgrounds in the many parks we have -Walk or run at the local high school tracks

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-Swim at the YMCA or local community pools (public and/or private)

In the late 1990s David Gluhareff lost over 100 pounds. Dave then became a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and began his career as a personal trainer. In June of 2009 David earned the elite status of Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS) by the ISSA, their highest level of personal training qualifications. As a personal trainer, Dave has been helping people take charge of their physiques to help them feel, look, and move better through life. Visit www. VirginiaBootcamp. com for more information.

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-Play outdoor sports such as basketball and tennis -Grill out and picnic -For rainy days we have wonderful recreation centers -Take your dogs to the dog park -Find dance or aerobic programs for adults and kids -Hit the mountain bike trails at Anglers Park -Don’t forget the skateboard park and zipline adventures (Visit http://www.playdanvilleva.com/ for more info)

Communicate and spend quality, healthy time together starting now. Do not waste time being lazy, eating junk, and cheating yourself of valuable sleep. Do not let yourselves get too stressed out and let a busy life consume you. Get healthy, get active, eat healthier, sleep better, lose body fat, eliminate stress, and be a happier person

Stay Consistent in Faith & Fitness! *From Professional Fitness Trainer Suzanne Stowe of Train With Suzanne: It did not take much to make me feel secure as a little girl. At the first sign of lightning during a summer storm I would run to get my little red flip flops. I thought that if I was wearing my rubber flip flops that I would be “grounded.” I could sit outside on the porch and watch the storm with no worries of lightning striking near me. Life is now a little more complicated than summer storms and flip flops. When storms now interrupt my life in the form of single parenting challenges, unexpected financial obligations, or relationship obstacles, it takes a little more than a pair of flip flops to maintain my feeling of being secure and grounded, (although I still enjoy wearing a pair of red rainbows). As an adult, weight training, proper nutrition, and a strong faith are choices that have been consistent when everything else around me has changed. Those three things help keep me focused and healthy. Incorporate into your routine a few fundamentals that you can count on no matter what comes your way each day. Start your day by eating breakfast, exercise for at least 30 minutes, be thankful, and invite God into your day, have a night (or meal) that everyone knows is family time, and tell your kids and family you love them. Stay on track and secure a healthy mind, body, and spirit for yourself. Get back to basics and get grounded. Ephesians 3:17 “Be rooted and grounded in love.” SM

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Art and History Collide : The Fire Hydrant Walking Tour of South Boston

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uthor Chuck Klosterman said, “Art and love are the same thing; it’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” Inspiration was simple for famed artist Pablo Picasso who said, “Everything you can imagine is real.” When it comes to art there aren’t many boundaries, taking Picasso’s thinking a step further, if you can envision it, you can create it. That’s just what has happened in South Boston.

Taking inspiration from a fire hydrant project in New Bern, NC to commemorate its 300th anniversary, Destination Downtown South Boston (DDSB) felt a similar project would fit perfectly with the goal of supporting a downtown art initiative as well as attract more downtown visitors. DDSB Secretary and former President, Wayne Fuller says, “Successful public art draws people to it, makes them want to interact with it, and opens them up to conversations with others, helping create a sense of community.” From this DDSB vision, the Fire Hydrant Walking Tour was born. The Fire Hydrant Walking Tour encompasses 1.54 miles and seventeen hydrants in downtown South Boston. Each hydrant is painted to represent a historical 16 Showcase Magazine

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figure with significance to the history of South Boston. Included are Wiley Waddill Ward, South Boston’s first mayor and Dr. Henry Grant Wood, the first black physician in South Boston. The project began with permission from the Halifax County Service Authority. After mapping out the location of each hydrant, DDSB enlisted the help of the Halifax Historical Society to compile a list of figures chosen and to create a 50-75 word narrative describing their importance to South Boston.Volunteers and artists from the community helped to paint the hydrants. The fire hydrants, while amusing and unexpected, serve to carry on the rich history of South Boston and educate through art. “The Fire Hydrant Walking Tour is a wonderful addition to our beautiful historic district of downtown South Boston...and another dedication to our wonderful volunteers and to South Boston’s history,” Fuller says. For more information, including a downloadable guide to the tour, visit www.downtownsobo.com. SM


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The Ninth Mile: Hitting the Web

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After eight months of sharing my weight loss journey with you, I have an exciting announcement.

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From now on, Life in the Fat Lane will appear online at www.showcasemagazine.com. This new format will allow me to bring you fresh content, more frequent updates, videos, and enable our discussions to take place in a multi-directional medium (communications geek) rather than me just telling you what I’m doing. Now, to update you on this month’s progress. The past month has proven difficult in terms of making the right choices when I eat. I haven’t yet given up pizza completely, nor do I want to. And that’s okay. Do you remember when I talked about finding balance in life? There is no reason anyone shouldn’t be able to enjoy foods they love and simultaneously lead a healthy, active, and happy life. Life in the Fat L an onli ne form ane is ditchin g print at. Subs showca for cr se @Bob magazine.com ibe for free a by_Ro t a n d ach to t stay co weet me at nnecte d.

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This summer, there are a lot of exciting things happening. The most important one is that Lana Del Rey’s new album Ultraviolence is dropping on June 17. How does that relate to weight loss? I am so glad you asked! I have found that music is the ideal workout partner because you can select tracks which match the energy level you are attempting to exert during a particular session. If you create a strong mix of low and high-key songs, you will have all you need to warm up, work out, and cool down— almost without realizing you’ve broken a sweat! Well, maybe not. But my advice to you this month is to select music you love or music you have never heard before and get moving to it. You will be surprised by how much you get accomplished during your workout and how little you feel fatigued at the end of it because your mind isn’t focused on the workout— it is focused on the music. Keep rocking. Note your mileage. Keep driving. Be free. SM


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Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer

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If you’re a pet owner, usually the first residents to greet you after a long day are of the furry variety. For most, adopting a pet is welcoming a new member to the family. The relationship between pet and family only strengthens with time, but it’s important to remember that even though your dog feverishly wags his tail when you call his name and your cat purrs when you scratch her head, your pets have needs that go beyond basic. The owner/pet relationship is mutually beneficial. There are many ways pets can improve our quality of life. Having a furry, little friend is a great stress reliever. Petting your dog or cat has a calming effect that can lower your blood pressure as well as give much wanted affection to your pet. Another health benefit to owning a dog is an extra outlet for exercise. Dogs love their walks. Taking your dog for a walk or hike gets your blood pumping and may help to combat heart disease. Owning a pet can act as a social strengthener as well. If you gravitate toward an introverted personality, most pets are anything but introverted. Pets help you break through the shyness and meet new people. Pets are invaluable companions that add much positivity to our lives without uttering one word. OK, maybe a bark or a meow here or there. But it’s important to not take a pet’s unwavering love and selflessness for granted. Understand that just because Fido can’t 24 Showcase Magazine

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say, “Hey, are you really gonna leave me in here,” when you leave him unattended in a hot car, it’s not OK to do it.

R-E-S-P...Responsibility Before choosing a pet you have to understand the definition of commitment as it pertains to pet ownership. The little guy or gal that you adopt is trusting you with its life. Be fully knowledgeable and ready for the responsibility. Do your research. A good place to start is at the American Veterinary Medical Association website (www. avma.org) SEARCH: Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership. If you can’t commit to being a full-time pet parent don’t adopt. Once you’re ready to expand your family, finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet is important. To maintain good health, routine checkups are essential. Dr. Jeff Smith of Mount Hermon Animal Clinic says, “Our pets age seven times faster than we do. Much can change in months and pets are instinctive in hiding illness.Visit your vet every six months to keep your pets in their best health.” Unfortunately, pets do get sick, during these times you will want a vet that shows compassion and answers all of your questions with regards on how to get your pet back on track. With long, warm days, summertime provides ample bonding time between you, your pet, and nature. But, be aware that while everything is blooming and beautiful there are dangers lurking that can harm your furry companion. Dr. Smith says, “Visit your vet before the summer heat for a check-up.


Pets that are traveling or being kenneled will need to be up to date on their vaccines.”

Whoa Nelly… It’s Getting Hot in Here Hyperthermia and the upper respiratory system are the two major culprits in overheating. Leaving pets unattended in a parked car or exposed to the elements at the beach on a hot day places them in environments where it becomes difficult for them to cool themselves. This leads to hyperthermia. There can be a stark difference in outside temperature and the temperature inside a vehicle due to solar heating.You may feel comfortable outside on a 77-degree day, but inside a car the temperature can rise to 120-degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. “On a hot day, pets can die in a parked car in 2 minutes. Never leave your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked,” Dr. Smith says. “When the temperature increases quickly, it can be too much even for dogs that are accustomed to living outside.” Certain breeds, such as bulldogs, with compressed upper airways have a difficult time cooling down through panting. In some cases, the dog produces more heat in an attempt to cool. Breeds with flatshaped faces (Brachycephalic pets) such as pugs and Persian cats also have a more difficult time panting.

Pets at the Greatest Risk of Heat-Related Problems •

Puppies and kittens (up to six months of age)

Aging pets - large breed dogs over seven years old, small breed dogs over twelve years old, cats over twelve years old

Overweight pets

Other factors such as illness, poor circulations, and medications put pets at a greater risk

Signs of Heat Stroke • • • • • • • • • • •

Get your pet out of the heat. Find shade.

Excessive panting Labored breathing Sticky of dry tongue and gums Bright red gums Increased heart and respiratory rates Staggering Vomiting Bloody diarrhea Body temperature over 104-degrees Fahrenheit Coma Death

Normal temperature for dogs ranges between 101 to 102.5 Fahrenheit Normal temperature for cats ranges between 100.5 to 102.5 Fahrenheit

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, seek veterinary assistance immediately and follow these steps.

Use cool water, not ice water to cool your pet. Ice water can actually impede cooling by constricting blood vessels. Use cool, wet clothes on the feet and head. Offer ice cubes for your pet to lick until you can reach the veterinarian. Even if the visual signs of heat stroke dissipate, internal organs such as the brain, liver, and kidneys can be adversely affected by heat stroke. A serious blood coagulating condition called Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation is a secondary complication to heat stroke that can occur hours, even days, after a heat stroke. So, don’t risk it, there could be underlying problems that you can’t see. Get to the vet. But My Weather App Says It’s Not That Hot In the age of smart phones, checking outside temperature is one swipe away. But there is another measurement you shouldn’t ignore — the Temperature-Humidity Index or heat index. In humans, we sweat, which allows us to combat heat through evaporation. “Dogs and cats have very few sweat glands, so they mainly rely on panting to eliminate excess heat,” Dr. Smith says. Panting allows dogs to release heat from their bodies and it evaporates over their wet tongues. High humidity doesn’t just make for a miserable experience; it also impedes evaporation, which can make pet susceptible to the heat.

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percentage is higher, 50 to 65 percent are malignant. Skin cancer is common among dogs and cats, while not all forms of skin cancer are due to sun exposure, it can happen. Limit the time your pets are in direct sunlight. If you’re outside, there should always be a nice, cool shady spot for you and your pet. This rule doesn’t only apply to warm months, sun damage can occur throughout the year. An extra precaution for your pet is pet sunblock and pet sun wipes. There are also nose balms, and yes—UV protected hoodies.

Ways to Beat the Heat The easiest way to keep your pets safe from the heat is to keep them inside. It’s difficult when your dog chases you, tail wagging, to the door to go for a car ride, but try to resist the sad face and leave them at home during the hottest hours of the day. Dogs still need exercise and pine for fresh air. Schedule walks and outside activities for the early hours of the day or evening after the sun sets. The cooler temperature makes for a better playtime for your dog. Remember the feeling the first time you stepped on scorching sand with bare feet? Keep in mind there is no barrier between the padding on dogs’ paws and the hot ground. Panting is a natural way for dogs to cool down. The evaporation of fluids can lead to dehydration. Make sure there is always fresh, cool water available to your pets. If you take your dog for walks or evening hikes be sure to bring a water bottle and offer your dog a drink frequently. “Think about throwing some ice cubes in the water dish for a cool treat,” Dr. Smith says. It’s a common misconception that shaving pets in the summertime will help them to stay cool. Trimming long hair is a good step to maintain proper grooming, but according to the ASPCA, it’s unnecessary to do anything else for cooling purposes. The layers of an animal’s coat actually aid in protection from the heat and sun. Brushing regularly helps to remove loose hair, keeps your pet more comfortable, and aids in overheating prevention.

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“A kiddie pool is a fun and effective way of keeping your pets cool in the summer,” Dr. Smith says.

Here Comes the Sun It’s easy to think that dogs and cats have a natural layer of protection against harmful rays. To an extent their coats provide a shield, but it’s not enough. Areas without fur, such as the nose, pads of the feet, and inner ears have very little protection from the sun. Dr. Smith says, “Pets with white hair and pink noses can be at a greater risk for sunburn and skin cancer. Be sure shade is available and put a dab of sunscreen on those pink noses.” In dogs, 20 to 40 percent of skin tumors are malignant. For cats, the

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Obesity is not just epidemic among humans; its effects are also felt on the pet population. In 2011, a study reported that 56 percent of dogs and 54 percent of cats fit the definition of obesity. The extra treats and table scraps may lead to wagging tails and purring, but the long-term effects of poor nutrition will wreak havoc on your furry friend’s quality of life as they get older. According to a Banfield report, diabetes is on the rise in pets — up 32 percent in dogs and 16 percent in cats since 2006. If your pets are overweight, the best thing you can do for them is to talk to your vet about a nutrition and weightloss plan. Don’t let the guilt trip when you ignore Fido’s


plea to sample what you’re having for dinner sway you. Warmer weather brings out other little monsters that feed on our pets. It’s important to be aware of the dangers that lurk. Disease prevention begins with knowledge. “We have a constant prevalence of rabies in wild animals in our area. As summer approaches and people get out and explore, we and our pets become at risk for this deadly disease. Keep all of your pets vaccinated for rabies,” Dr. Smith says. The usual suspects — ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes — pose a threat to our pets. More than the nuisance these vectors present, the parasites they carry the real danger. Ticks Dogs like to get dirty, especially right after a bath. They love to roll around on the ground, not giving a care to the freeloaders looking to hitch a ride. Hiking

trails are perfect spots to get a nice walk in under the blanketed shade of trees. Trails are also home to tiny blood suckers.

adventures. Look between the toes, inside the ears, between the legs, around the neck, on the belly, and in the deep fur.

Ticks are menaces to society. Their bites can transmit many diseases to dogs and cats. In Virginia, there are three important vector-carrying species of ticks— American dog tick, lone star tick, and black-legged tick (deer tick) — that cause illness in humans and animals.

Fleas When the flea circus comes to town it can bring a dangerous act.

Another illness caused by tick bite is tick paralysis. Unlike the other tick-borne diseases, tick paralysis is caused by a neurotoxin in a tick’s saliva. You can protect your pets by using tick collars or tick prevention spot on treatments. Keeping your lawn maintained will also help lower risk.You should check your pet every time they come in from outdoor

Three Important Vector Ticks American Dog Tick — Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (While uncommon, RMSF might be transmitted through lone star or deer ticks.) — Tick must be attached for at least five hours to transmit. There is no vaccination available. Lone Star Tick (Also dog tick) — Canine Ehrlichiosis — There is no vaccination available. Deer Tick — Lyme Disease — Tick must be attached for about 48 hours for transmission. There is a vaccination available and should be administered yearly in areas where deer ticks are prevalent.

By not implementing prevention you’re setting your pet and yourself up for real trouble. Flea Allergy Dermatitis can lead to dog hot spots, patches of infected skin, usually circular in shape. If left untreated dogs will lick and scratch the area until it becomes a bigger wound. In severe cases, Haemobartonellosis, which is usually transmitted through tick bites, but can be present in fleas, leads to anemia in cats, if left untreated it can be fatal. Dogs that have had their spleens removed are most likely to be affected. Ted Nugent sang about it, but Cat Scratch Fever (Disease) isn’t relegated to classic rock stations. While it rarely affects cats negatively, it can pose danger to humans. Fleas act as a vector, transmitting CSD from cat to cat. Roughly 40 percent of all cats will harbor this disease at some point in their lives. Humans contract CSD when the feces of infected fleas is transferred from a scratch, bite, or lick. A harsh reality with dogs is they will eat anything — that includes fleas. Ingested

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fleas carrying tapeworm eggs could cause a tapeworm infection in Fido. Dogs with tapeworm suffer from weight loss, vomiting, and general intestinal irritation. Fleas are carriers of plague, yes that plague. Most occurrences are found in the southwest. Plague is transmitted when rodents bite or are bitten by dogs and cats. And yes, plague is still transmittable to humans, although extremely rare. Fleas are minuscule, but they can pack a punch to rival Mike Tyson in his heyday. The best methods of prevention are flea collars, spot on treatments, and baths. Dr. Smith says, “Keep flea and tick preventative on your pets all year long.” There are also treatments for your lawn to deter infestation. Indoors, keep a tidy home, vacuuming floors and furniture regularly helps to eliminate fleas and their eggs. “Fleas multiply throughout the summer and if you discover the problem in August, it will be almost impossible to control,” Dr. Smith continues. Mosquitoes It’s hard to find a competitor to mosquitoes as the most annoying pest. Blood suckers that aren’t afraid of sunlight just like those Twilight vampires. The diseases these winged assassins harbor aren’t secrets,

but for our pets, one in particular is alarming — heartworm. In the southeast, heartworm is endemic. According to the American Heartworm Society there are 26 to 50 cases reported per clinic. Those figures are alarming, but the silver lining is that heartworm is preventable. For dogs, heartworm attacks the heart and lungs. It’s a severe disease that can be fatal. Treatment is possible, but expensive and isn’t pleasant for the pup. Heartworm affects the lungs in cats and there is no effective treatment. That makes prevention all the more important. A variety of prevention options are available from daily and monthly tablets and chewables to topicals. “Monthly heartworm preventatives are more important than ever during the summer months as dogs and cats are at higher risk,” Dr. Smith says. There is a six-month injectable available for dogs only.

Plants Versus Pets It’s hard to think that your beautiful landscape could be dangerous to your furry friends, but certain plants are poisonous. Animals a curious by nature, you’ll want to make sure there is nothing harmful for them to chew on. And yes,

Azaleas are also toxic for pets.

they will chew on things. Among the most toxic plants are azaleas and oleanders. When planning landscape improvements factor your pets into the equation. For a full list of toxic plants visit aspca.org SEARCH: Toxic and Non-Toxic plants. With a few precautions, summertime can provide many memories for you and your furry friends to recall when the arms of winter wrap tight around you and have you longing to be outside. SM For more information about pet safety give Dr. Jeff Smith a call at Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic, 434.836.2499 or visit www.danvilleveterinarianhospital.com.

Lulu,Yummy, Ellie, and Wally were all adopted by staff members at the Danville Area Humane Society. If you would like a new addition to your family stop by and make an animal’s life.

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Discover the Great Outdoors

feature Jennifer Doss

“Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R.Tolkien

Director of Tourism Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia Economic Development

Did you know that June is Great Outdoors Month? Warmer weather is here and it’s the perfect time to venture outside. From boating and fishing to hiking and exploring nature there are many ways that you and your family can get more in touch with the outdoors this month. Follow our summer bucket list to enjoy some outdoor fun in Southern Virginia this summer.

1 Go Outside Even if you are not much of an outdoors person, you can start small by just going outside to experience nature. Sit in the grass, take off your shoes, and just breathe. Feeling calmer? It works! Simply being outdoors is a powerful antidote to stress. Teach your children (and yourself) to take time out to listen to the birds, smell the flowers, and embrace the warm sunshine. The rest of your day will be more pleasant after you do.

2 Take a Hike Hiking is great form of exercise and nature doesn’t charge a monthly fee! Along the Smith River in Ridgeway, the Richard P. Gravely Jr. Nature Preserve (2525 Eggleston Falls Road, Ridgeway) offers 75-acres of nature to explore. Two and a half miles of wooded trail along rolling hills are found on the property along with an outdoor classroom for nature study. A self-guided tour along Jones Cliff Trail leads guests back in time as they explore tobacco farming in the early 1900s and the Burgess Family plantation of the 1800s. Rhododendron Trail, a more difficult trail, leads hikers down to the scenic Smith River and through a living tunnel of rhododendron. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the large rocks by the river.

5 Go on a Modern Treasure Hunt Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Within a 30 mile radius of Martinsville there are more than 780 treasures to find. Discover a geocache near you at Geocaching.com, then grab your smart phone or GPS and start searching.

6 Claim Your Own Island Many people daydream about escaping to an island to get away from it all. On Philpott Lake in Bassett you can do just that. While the 3,000 acre lake has eight traditional campgrounds, Deer Island offers a camping adventure that is only accessible only by boat. Paddle or boat up and take advantage of the scenic views and serenity of a private island.

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3 Go for a Float Want to try a fun activity with your family that involves little to no skills? Tubing on the river is a great way to unwind and enjoy each other’s company. Hop on a sturdy tube provided by Smith River Outfitters and let your worries float away. (SmithRiverOutfitter.com)

4 Watch the Stars Come Out Grab a blanket and take your family outside to watch the stars come out. While relaxing, you can talk to your family (yes —put down the smart phones) and enjoy a magnificent twinkling show by the stars and fireflies.

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On June 7th, children ages 7-14 can participate in a free fishing clinic at Beaver Creek Reservoir in Martinsville. Presented by Henry County Parks & Recreation, Martinsville Senior Services and Angler’s Choice, this multi-generational event links youth with experienced anglers to introduce them to a sport that can be enjoyed for the rest of their lives. Pre-registration is required (276.634.4640) and fishing poles will be provided.


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See the forest a little differently as you zoom by on Danville’s new Zip Line Express. The 400-foot zip line offers excitement for the thrill-seekers in your family. (PlayDanvilleVA.com)

Paddling a canoe, kayak ,or raft on the Smith River can be a calm and relaxing experience, but put in below Philpott Dam during generation and you’re in for a wild and exciting ride. The river below Philpott Dam is a “tail-race” river. The water enters from the bottom of Philpott Lake with average temperatures of 40° to 45°. As a result of this temperature difference between water and air, on hot summer days a fog floats in the air creating a mystical and almost surreal feeling for paddlers floating through it. Once you take in the beauty of the fog, hang on! Keaton House Rapids, the Lemon Hole, Fish Camp Rapids and others provide a fun and challenging ride. In between rapids you can enjoy plentiful wildflowers along the banks and impressive rock outcrops. If you’re new to paddling, contact Smith River Outfitters for a guided trip and rentals. (SmithRiverOutfitter.com)

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While it’s not outside, a new exhibit in Martinsville gives visitors an up close view of some of the smaller inhabitants of nature. The Hidden World of Ants, on display at the Smithsonian-affiliated Virginia Museum of Natural History, features macro-photography and a live colony that will make you look at ants a little differently the next time you see them outdoors. (VMNH.net)

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June 14th is observed as National Get Outdoors Day. Enjoy the outdoors on this day and share a photo of your adventure with the hashtags #VisitMartinsville and #NGD14.You can discover more outdoor places to explore at VisitMartinsville. com.

17 Feed the Fish… and Geese! It’s good, simple fun that will have them eating out of your hands…literally. Taking your young children to a pond or lake to feed the fish is an activity that they will remember for years to come. Just don’t be surprised when some jealous geese show up to the party.

18 Dive In Going to the beach doesn’t have to involve a long car ride. Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart offers a wide, clean beach for park visitors to use close to home. A variety of play structures including slides and floating lily pads are installed in the shallow water each summer and a diving platform is located farther out for older youth and adults to enjoy (967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart).

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Philpott Lake offers 3,000 acres of water for boating and incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit the newly opened Philpott Marina (300 Boat Dock Road, Bassett) for on-site fuel, snacks and boating supplies and you can enjoy a longer day out on the water.

11 Hug a Tree While hiking along the 3.5 mile-long Fieldale Trail (3521 River Road, Fieldale) you’ll see one of the largest trees in the area. At more than 12 feet in diameter, you can’t miss this magnificent Sycamore tree. Take a hike to see and check it out for yourself.

12 Hunt for Fairy Stones Legend has it that they are formed by the tears of fairies. These small cross-shaped stones, also known as a Staurolite crystal, offer a chance for your family to enjoy exploring geology and folk-lore at the same time. Start your adventure by learning about the stone at an informative ranger program offered at Fairy Stone State Park (967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart).

Even if you are not a paddler, you can still enjoy wading in the river. One of the best places for wading along the Smith River is at The Great Road Access (4313 The Great Road, Fieldale). Be sure to go at a time when Philpott Dam is not generating; call 276.629.2432 to hear the automated generation schedule. This open area provides large rocks for sitting and a shallow area of water perfect for wading, splashing, and looking for aquatic creatures. Wear water shoes for safety and always watch children carefully.

Park at the Dick & Willie Passage Trailhead on Doyle Street in Martinsville and you can borrow a bike from The Bike Barn to ride along the trail. The 4.5 mile long Dick & Willie Passage connects to two other trail spurs which lead riders into the Uptown shopping & dining district. Hop on a bike to ride Uptown for a cupcake or ice cream treat and you can pedal back guilt-free knowing that you’ve worked off those calories.

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16 Enjoy Bird Watching One of the most tranquil areas to experience wild and scenic beauty is Fairystone Farms Wildlife Management Area along Goose point Road in Bassett. Part of the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail network, this public land offers forest and open fields to explore so that you can catch glimpses of a variety of eastern woodland birds and other wildlife.

There’s just something magical and relaxing about a crackling fire on a summer evening. Add some stories and marshmallows and you’ve got a winning combination! Whether your campfire is built at a campsite, in the backyard or in a custom-made ring by Virginia Fire Pits, you’re sure to have a great time. (VirginiaFirePit.com) SM

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14 - Variety Show Galore: Remember When - The Wesley Senior Theater Troupe will take you down memory lane as they revisit popular variety shows like “Carol Burnett” and “Laugh In.” Refreshments to be served. 6:30-8pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

2 - Maker Monday - Explore your creative side. Each week will feature a different craft with informational books and project ideas to try. Ages 5 to 9 with accompanying adult. Danville Public Library. 11am-12pm. 434-799-5195.

30 - Anime Club: Black Butler (TV16) - Watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 19. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

6 - Singing at Ballou - Come sing your favorite karaoke songs or just sit, listen and enjoy! 2-4pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 6 - Friday Night Fun and Dance This event occurs weekly on Fridays.

4 - Wednesday Friends - This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays. Bring a bag lunch and we will provide a special speaker or program. Shopping day is the second Wednesday of the month. Ages 50+. 11am-1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 5 - Welcome to Medicare Seminar - Information to help you make smart choices as to the best Medicare health plan and options for you. 11am-12pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 6 - Book Swap - This event occurs weekly on Fridays. Bring a book or two to share and take a book or two to read. 9am-5pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 7 - Artfelt Expressions of Bob Ross - Instructor Bob Gowen will guide you to completion of an Impressionistic www.showcasemagazine.com

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5 - Ballou Jammers - This event occurs weekly on Thursdays. Bring a stringed instrument or just sit and listen to the music! Ages 50+. 3-5pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

4 - Art with Flo Painting Classes - This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays. Flo Haynes teaches the wet on wet technique of oil painting. Ages 18+. 9:30-11:30am. Glenwood Community Center. 434-799-5216.

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16 - Anime Club: Squid Girl (TV-14) - Watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 19. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library.

26 - Teen Books to Movies: Ender’s Game (PG 13) - Angst, romance, action… teen movies for all! Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Ages 13 and up. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

18 - Poetry Cafe - Read poetry and share snacks and tea. Ages 13-18. 2-3pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

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12 - Teen Books to Movies: Beautiful Creatures (PG 13) - Angst, romance, action… teen movies for all! Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Ages 13 and up. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

23 - Anime Club: Sword Art Online (TV-14) - Watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 19. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

18 - Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dance - Founded by Ms. Kelley, a native of Cork, Ireland, enjoy her students’ performance and a light lunch. Bring the grandkids! 12-1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

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9 - Oodles of Doodles - Art Class for 4-6 year-olds, Mon.-Fri. 10:00-11:30 each day. Karan Johnson — instructor. Art, games, songs and a snack. Preregistration required. 10-11:30am. Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. 434-793-5644.

23 - Anime Club: Ranma 1/2 (TV14) - Watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 19. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

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9 - Kids Outdoor Camp June 9-13, 16-20, 23-27 - Spend one, two, or even three weeks during the summer playing fun games and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. $115 CR/$140 NCR Ages 7-12 Register one week prior to each camp. 8:30am-5:30pm. Ballou Park Shelter #6. 434-799-5215.

21 - Zip Line-Summer Breeze - Zip through the trees during a Saturday of fun. Ages 8-adult. Register by June 9th. 3-4:30pm. Philip Wyatt Memorial Skate Park Shelter. 434-799-5215.

14 - Variety Show Galore: Remember When - The Wesley Senior Theater Troupe will take you down memory lane as they revisit popular variety shows like “Carol Burnett” and “Laugh In.” Refreshments to be served. 6:30-8pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

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6 - Preschool Story Time - Share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages 3 to 5 with accompanying adult. 11am-12pm. Danville Public Library. 434799-5195.

19 - Teen Books to Movies: Warm Bodies (PG 13) - Angst, romance, action… teen movies for all! Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Ages 13 and up. 6pm. Danville Public Library. 434799-5195.

Live music, dancing, refreshments. Sponsored by the Ballou Council on Aging. Ages 50+. 7:30-10:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

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5 - Teen Books to Movies: Book Thief (PG 13) - Angst, romance, action… teen movies for all! Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Ages 13 and up. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

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2 - Anime Club: Eureka Seven (TV14) - Watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 19. 4-6pm. Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

6 - Friday Night Jams - Barrelhouse (Blues/Richmond,VA) and Tobacco Apache (Rock/Roanoke,VA). Music, Beer, Wine, and Food. 6-11pm. Halifax Farmer’s Market. 434-470-4230.

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2 - Let’s Dance - This event occurs weekly on Mondays. Instructor Donna Robbins teaches a variety of dances. Ages 18 and up. 7-8:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. Roses painting in just one day. Ages 18+. Bring paper towels and a 16×20 canvas. 10:30am3:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216.

19 - Senior Citizens Club - Join us for our monthly meeting and covered dish luncheon. 12-1pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216.

10 - Deco Mesh Wreath Making Class - We will be making a patriotic wreath. All materials included in price. 3-5pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

20 - Say What? - Dr. Carl Amos of DCC presents an informational seminar for those who work or live with people who have mild to severe hearing loss. 1-2pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

11 - Telling Your Story Workshop - This event is for six weeks on Wednesdays. Write a detailed history of your life to share or to keep. 2-4pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434799-5216. 12 - Origami Jewelry - Learn how to make jewelry out of paper. Students will leave class with a completed pair of origami earrings. All materials included in cost. 6-8pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 14 - Death Cafe Danville 2 - Join us to share your thoughts on death and how it relates to life in a relaxed environment and enjoy a slice of delicious cake (or a cupcake). Registration required. 3pm. Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home, Westover Chapel. 434-4295962. 16 - Boating Safety Education June 1617 - Meet all personal watercraft and boating operation state laws in this free six-hour course. Register by June 9th. Ages 12-adult. 6:30-9:30pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434-7995215. 17 - Estate Planning - Robert Haley discusses Last Will & Testaments, Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. Free seminar and lunch provided by Emeritus of Danville. 121:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216.

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Ongoing - Walk to End Alzheimer’s Register all this month for the Danville Walk, Saturday, September 27, Ballou Park. Join us for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s - the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Martinsville Satellite Walk - Saturday, September 20. Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk. Alzheimer’s Association Central & Western Virginia. 434792-3700 Ext. 244. 2 - Pickleball - This event occurs daily on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Play and practice at the Ballou park Tennis Courts. 8-11am. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216. 2 - Tai Chi - This event occurs weekly on Mondays. Instructor Paul Schwarz. Explore your inner self. 11:15-12:15pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 2 - Bingo at IHOP,Teal Court - Bring a gift to exchange and have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. 1-3pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 2 - Let’s Dance - This event occurs weekly on Mondays. Instructor Donna Robbins teaches a variety of dances. Ages 18 and up. 7-8:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216.

3 - Ballou Choir Rehearsal - Bring your singing talents and join the choir. Ages 50+. Ballou Choir performs throughout the city. 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 3 - African Violet Club - Join us for our monthly meeting and covered dish luncheon. Ages 50+. 12-1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 3 - Bingo at Hairston & Johnston, Beavers Mill Road - Bring a gift to exchange and have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. 2-3:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 3 - Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Summer Fitness Series – Enjoy a total body workout while on the water! $32 CR/$40 NCR/4 weeks or $8 CR/$10 NCR per session. Ages 14-adult. Register one week prior each to class. 6-7pm. Camilla Williams Park. 434-799-5215. 4 - Walk Fit! - This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Great cardio workout through walking and low impact exercises in our climate controlled fitness studio. Ages 50+. 8-9am. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216. 4 - Bingo at Hardees, Riverside Drive Bring a gift to exchange and have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. 1-3pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 4 - Hoop Basics - This event occurs weekly on Wednesdays. Beginner friendly or experienced-teach us your tricks! 2-3pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216. 6 - Greenberg/Overcash/Heard Memorial Golf Tournament At Caswell Pines Golf Club - Captain’s Choice Men, Women or


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Mixed Couple Teams. Minimum handicap of 40 per team. First, Second, Third & Fourth Place Cash and Prizes will be awarded. Lunch provided 11:30 – 1:00pm. Registration begins at 12 noon with tee off at 1pm. Proceeds and donations from this event will benefit Danville Speech and Hearing Center ( a non-profit, outpatient clinic) and the work they do for our community. Caswell Pines Golf Club. 434793-8255.

14 - Dog Wash - Small dogs – $10; medium dogs – $12; large dogs – $14; nail trim – $5. Rain cancels. 9am-12pm. Danville’s Community Market. 434-799-0843.

7 - Ballou’s Summer Yard Sale - Out with the old and in with the new! Indoor tables $10; Outdoor tables $5. 7am-12pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

18 - Bingo at Hardees, Piney Forest Road - Bring a gift to exchange and have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. 1-3pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

10 - Senior Bowling Tournament - Call Riverside Lanes to register. Cost includes shoe rental and two games. Ages 50+. 1-3pm. Riverside Lanes. 434-791-2695.

19 - Bingo at Danville Library, Patton Street - Play bingo at the library. Ages 50+. 11am-12pm. Danville Public Library. 434-7995195.

10 - Bingo at Emeritus at Danville, Hermitage Drive - Bring a gift to exchange and have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. 2-3:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

20 - Painting in a Day! - You will create a piece of art to treasure in just 3 hours whether or not you’ve painted before. All materials included in cost and refreshments to be served. 1-4pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-799-5216.

11 - Summertime Bingo! - Bring your friends and a gift to exchange. Ages 50+. Enjoy Bingo in our air-conditioned recreation center. 1-3pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434-7995216. 12 - Kayaking for the Novice - Learn basic kayaking strokes and paddling skills. Ages 9-adult. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. $12 CR/$15 NCR. Register by June 2nd. 6-8pm. Camilla Williams Park. 434-799-5215.

28 - Yard Sale - Donated items for resale – proceeds to benefit animals at Humane Society Animal Shelter. 7:30am-12pm. Danville Community Market. 434-799-0843.

17 - Bingo at Abingdon Place, Executive Court - Bring a gift to exchange and have your blood pressure and body mass index checked. 10:30am-12pm. Ballou Recreation Center. 434799-5216.

Martinsville Lifestyle/Lectures

1 - SHREK: the Musical - In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. Children under 5 years of age get in FREE. 2-4pm. Patrick Henry Community College: Walker Theatre. 276-6388777 x0460.

South Boston Arts/Exhibits/ Entertainment

6 - Friday Night Jams - Barrelhouse (Blues/ Richmond,VA) and Tobacco Apache (Rock/ Roanoke,VA). Music, Beer, Wine, and Food. 6-11pm. Halifax Farmer’s Market. 434-4704230.

20 - Achery-Level One - Learn basic archery skills while receiving safety instructions and techniques. $15 City/$19 NCR Ages 10-adult. Register by June 9th. 6:30-8:30pm. Coates Recreation Center. 434-799-5215. 21 - Yard Sale - Donated items for resale – proceeds to benefit animals at Humane Society Animal Shelter. 7:30am-12pm. Danville Community Market. 434-799-0843.

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by Paulette Dean Executive Director, Danville Humane Society Father’s Day can be a painful day for people. Some people mourn the loss of their dear fathers, and others (unfortunately, an increasing number) grieve because of the lack of attention from their fathers. Generally in the animal kingdom, the males of the species do not help raise the young. There are some notable exceptions; for example, penguins, lions, seahorses, ostriches, beavers, some other species of birds, and even some insects. In most of these cases, the male’s role is one of protection; even some bullfrogs protect the tadpoles. In a day when some men are abdicating their responsibilities as fathers, and when comedians and television shows have a tendency to emasculate human males, human society could learn a lot from the male animals that do help raise the young. Many species of birds mate for life, and during spring and early summer, they join most other species of animals in the desire to breed. Later, when eggs hatch, the males are watchful, and look for any enemy or threat to his family. Penguin fathers are the ones who incubate the eggs, losing about one-third of their body weight as they faithfully discharge their duty of keeping the eggs warm in a frigid climate. Lion fathers keep a watchful eye over the cubs in the pride, even if they are not the father. Beavers also mate for life, and the males play an important role in teaching their young how to survive. My sister and I were so blessed to have a father who did all these things in his family — he kept a watchful eye, kept out the evil parts of society, took care of our physical and emotional needs, and was a true Daddy. It is not only sad to see what is happening in society today; the lack of caring, responsible fathers in so many children’s lives is weakening society. To repeat, sometimes we could learn a lot from the animals. SM

An open-admission shelter receives all kinds of animals! We have guinea pigs, several rabbits, a ferret, and lots of birds.

Danville Humane Society,

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Life’s a Beach.

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Welcome to my world. Junebe you’ll find something entertaining, or Junebe you’ll find something to relate to. Junebe you’ll find both. Sometimes this page won’t even make sense to you. Sometimes it won’t apply to you. And sometimes you’ll think I stalked you and wrote a story about what I saw. My world consists of five children, two dogs, two cats, and a husband. Jason is 21, Corey is 14, Spencer is 12, Tucker is 11, and Kendall is 10. Scott, my husband of three years, is still trying to figure us all out. Every day is a winding road.

Happy birthday, Scott!

Misty Brooks

Recently, I was pleased to get out yet another bundle of summertime attire from storage bins — swimsuits! It’s pool season and that makes me super happy. I’ve already been stocking up on poolside snacks when they are on sale. The warm weather seems to finally be here to stay so let’s go swimming. The pool is the best babysitter money can buy. Although, I don’t actually leave the children at the pool, I can sit back, relax, read, listen to tunes, or just watch the other moms who have toddlers and be glad I’m not one of them — but only in 15 minutes intervals — because that’s about how long it takes before an argument breaks out over a dive stick, noodles, or whose cannonball caused the biggest splash. But I’ll take it. If I had to chase a baby around

a pool all day I think I would probably scream. (I have to tell myself that so I won’t be envious of the moms with toddlers!) To really celebrate and give a proper kick-off to pool season, I thought it was only fitting that we take our first plunge in a swimming pool located at our new favorite hotel in Myrtle Beach.Yeah, best idea I’ve had all year. Well, next to the idea that got me to the beach in April.

I ask Scott every year to put a pool in the backyard and to buy a house at the beach. Why does he always say no?! I pride myself on only asking for things I need. I don’t get it. I think I need to have (another) serious talk with him. I even invited him to the beach this year. Kidding! He hates the beach and chooses not to go with us. I’m sure he loves You know me; I will find any having a quiet house for a week. reason to go to the beach. The He probably doesn’t even go in Reef at South Myrtle is our to work those weeks. I take the home while in Myrtle. Talk about children to the beach a couple a great babysitter. The Reef has times a year, and I go at least four a DJ at the pool from 11am to times. Scott has been to the beach 7pm. He’s fun; he plays games, with me three times in eight years. does line dancing, and offers I went whitewater rafting with him karaoke. It keeps the children once. That should be good for at occupied all day. Plus there’s a least 20-25 trips to the beach with bar that serves great smoothies, me! or other drinks if the karaoke gets to be too much. The summer semester at DCC starts June 2, and luckily my course Along with our mid-summer only lasts for four weeks. So I trip to the beach, the children figure I’ll need to go back to the and I have gone to Virginia beach again in July to celebrate Beach the week of Memorial school ending for the summer. Day every year for 12 years. My We’re leaving on the 20th.You’ve choice there is the Schooner got plenty of time to pack. See you Inn. There’s nothing spectacular there. SM about it. It’s cheap, it’s clean, and has a heated pool. That meets my criteria for a great place.

14th

SCOTT!

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I love the boardwalk at Virginia Beach, but love the warmer ocean temperature at Myrtle. So this year we opted for warmer water.


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