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Community Briefs

Carlton Dickerson issues Choir Invitation to Public

The CCHC will begin rehearsals for a hymn sing concert, which will take place on the same Sunday that began its formation, Christ the King Sunday. This year that date is Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00. Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 13, and we hope to make the feast day even more moving than last year. Come to Village Presbyterian Church in Charlotte Court House, a landmark which is easy to locate. The last hymn sing took place during the season of Easter. Since the longest season in the church year is Pentecost, which follows Easter, I had intended to have a couple of hymn sings during the summer. When I realized how much we have provided the county with music for spiritual growth and advancement of liturgical education, it seemed fitting to give the choir a good summer break. It is amazing that during the six seasons of the church year, the group produced four concerts. We missed Advent and Christmas. Perhaps we can celebrate those in some way this year. Some denominations call the longest season Ordinary Time, following Pentecost Sunday, instead of using the term Pentecost. This year it is the director’s desire to teach a couple of choruses from Messiah. Please pass the word and encourage talented singers to join the building of this choir for the edification of souls through the mystical power of music.

James River State Park Harvest Festival Planned Come to the Fall Harvest Festival at James River State Park on Saturday, Oct. 19 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Spend a fun-filled afternoon in the park with fall harvest activities including: •Wagon rides to the Tye River Overlook: $3 per person or $8 per family •Spooky candy trail •Pumpkin carving and painting •Crafts: enjoy corn shelling, apple cider press, butter churning and tasting, candle dipping, and corn husk doll making. •Storytelling •Candy Maze: travel through a maze of grass and receive candy at the completion of the maze. •Bonfire •Outdoor family movie Wait by a warm and cozy bon fire for an outdoor movie on the lawn at 7 p.m. Hot cider will be served at the bon fire and food will be available throughout the day. Parking for the day is $3 per car. The Fall Festival is sponsored by the Friends of James River State Park. For general park information go to www.virginiastateparks.gov; contact the park office at 434-933-4355 or email James River State Park at JamesRiver@dcr.virginia.gov. James River State Park is located at 104 Green Hill Drive, Gladstone, Va.

Energy-Efficient Appliances Tax Holiday Returns If your old appliances are on their last legs, it’s a great time to replace them with energy-efficient products while saving some money. Virginia’s seventh Energy Star and WaterSense

WEEK OF OCTOBER 10-16, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday returns Friday, Oct. 11, and lasts through Monday, Oct. 14. Energy Star and WaterSense products are better for the environment, and have the added benefit of lowering your home’s energy bills. Each qualifying product must cost $2,500 or less, have either an Energy Star or WaterSense label affixed, and be purchased for personal or noncommercial use. Qualifying Energy Star products include air conditioners, ceiling fans, washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). WaterSense-labeled bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, toilets, showerheads, urinals and landscape irrigation controllers will also be tax-exempt. Certain used Energy Star and WaterSense items will also qualify for tax-free status during the four-day exemption period. The Department of Taxation has posted guidelines, frequently asked questions, and a list of approved Energy Star and WaterSense items on its website at tax.virginia.gov. Online purchases of qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense products will also be exempt from the sales tax as long as the orders are placed during the Oct. 11-14 exemption period and the sellers have the items available for immediate shipment. In addition to exempting certain Energy Star and WaterSense products from the sales tax during the four-day tax holiday, retailers may also offer non-exempt merchandise sales-tax free. Retailers who choose to do this must pay the tax themselves to the Department of Taxation.

Fall Foliage Tours from High Bridge This Fall Autumn on High Bridge at High Bridge Trail State Park is a sight to see! You are over the treetops and the view of the foliage is astounding. You’ll want to bring your camera. Visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride to High Bridge from dawn to dusk. Or here are two other ways you can get to High Bridge: Van Tours For a limited time, enjoy the views this fall by van tour - including crossing High Bridge. This tour includes a history lesson featuring the Tale of Farmville to Burke’s Tavern- The Evacuation of General Thomas A. Smyth, provided by High Bridge Trail State Park’s Education Specialist, Bob Flippen. Tour dates are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of October and November. The cost is $25, which includes lunch. You can make a reservation by contacting the park office. Guided Tours High Bridge Trail State Park also provides a free service to senior citizen groups and other groups who require mobility assistance to help them get closer to High Bridge. Your group can make a reservation for a park official to meet your party at the River Road parking lot. Your group drives behind the park official in their vehicle along a service road to High Bridge, which eliminates the one mile hike from the River Road parking lot to High Bridge. The preferred group size should be at least ten members and they should have a need to be assisted to the approach of High Bridge. Smaller groups or individuals may be accommodated by joining a group with an existing reservation. This service is offered on most 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Contact the

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Get Your Brooms Here!

It’s broom time again for the Lions Club! Please contact any Farmville Lion to get your broom. The club holds broom sales annually as part of its fundraising efforts. House, heavy duty, angle and whiskbrooms are among the choices for sale. We also have child size play mops and brooms. House brooms are good for kitchens, hardwood floors and patios. Heavy duty or shop brooms are a good fit in garages, sheds and workshops. Whiskbrooms come in handy for those smaller jobs, work benches and to clean up after the larger brooms have piled up the dirt and debris. Prices start at $3. Pictured are Lion Daryl Person, Lion Baxter Carter, and Tommy Graziano from Charley’s Waterfront Cafe.

park office for availability and reservations. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the park office at 434-315-0457 or email highbridgetrail@dcr.virginia.gov .

Civil War Railroads Lecture Slated for Oct. 19 Civil War Railroads” is a lecture presented by Howard Gregory of Appomattox, October 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. The program addresses the impact and influence that railroads had on the Civil War for both the North and the South. Gregory is a retired Virginia State Police division commander and a past president of the Lynchburg Civil War Round Table. He has authored the history of the “38th Virginia Infantry” and the “53rd Virginia Infantry” as well as “The History of the Wreck of the Old 97.” The lecture will be held at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, located at 159 Horseshoe Rd, Appomattox, Va. “Civil War Railroads” looks at the ways railroads influenced the course of the war as well as the challenges and conflicts that arose over the use of these railroads. Both the military and the railroaders were affected by these conflicts. Gregory notes that: “The bloody conflict that swept the United States in 1861 has been known by many names, including the War of the Rebellion, the War Between the States, the Late Unpleasantness, and the generally accepted Civil War. Due to the vital part played by the railroads of both the North and the South, it could also be called the Great Railroad War.” The Civil War was the first major military event in which railroads played a vital role. Commanders were often slow to comprehend the potential uses and military power of this comparatively new mode of transportation. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of local railroads during the waning days of the War. The Program is free for Museum members and is included with regular admission for non-members. Seating is limited to 50 people. For more information contact Josie Butler at jbutler@moc.org or (855) 649-1861 ext. 203.

Deadline Approaching for LCHS Tour On Saturday, October 19, the Lunenburg County Historical Society will form a car caravan to trace the route of the last days of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Car pool with your friends and join the trek! We invite both members and non-members of the Society to join in the adventure.

Cars will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the old Star Value parking lot on Main Street in Victoria. Stops include the Sailor’s Creek Visitor Center (state, not federal installation) near Rice at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the military action both at Sailor’s Creek and at the Battle of High Bridge. On the way to Appomattox, we will view the “high bridge” that has been transformed into the centerpiece of the High Bridge State Park trail system. In Appomattox, we will have lunch at the Babcock House, a Victorian home built in 1884 that has been transformed into a restaurant and a bed-and-breakfast. Lunch will cost $17.10, all inclusive with tax and tip. After lunch, we will visit the new Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox, an extension of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. We hope to end the day at the federallyrun Appomattox Court House National Historic Park, if the U S government shut-down has been resolved. Would you like to go? Mail your check for lunch ($17.10, made to LCHS) to Anne Hamlett, 689 Fowlkes Rd., Victoria, VA 23974. Deadline is Monday, October 14. There will be no refunds after that date. We must let the Babcock House know how many to expect for lunch. Your check will secure your lunch reservation and cover your meal. Tickets to other sites will be purchased by individuals on the day of the tour. If you have questions, call Mrs. Hamlett at 434-696-4488. Please leave message if no answer.

Forensic Entomologist to speak at Longwood A Longwood University lecture will be given by a nationally prominent forensic entomologist who has assisted with high-profile criminal investigations. Dr. Joe Keiper, executive director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH), will speak Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hull 132 on “Forensic Entomology: The Biology of Crime Scene First Responders.” Keiper has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of only 20 or so forensic entomologists in the country who are able to help investigators determine when a person died based on the life cycle of the bugs found on the body.” Keiper will discuss how clues provided by insects can be used in investigations of human death under mysterious or suspicious circumstances. He will discuss case studies, including his recent work on the case involving three bodies found in July near the Cleveland home of the man, Michael Madison, who has been

charged with their murders. Keiper has since 2001 helped investigators in dozens of cases including homicides, suicides and accidents in which victim discovery is delayed. One case involved the so-called “Cleveland Strangler,” Anthony Sowell, convicted of murdering 11 women whose remains were found in the back yard of his home in 2009.

Sailor’s Creek Mission: Landscape Restoration As part of its ongoing mission to restore the site to its Civil War-era appearance of April 1865, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park will embark on the next phase of this monumental effort. On October 9th and 10th a Virginia State Parks Chainsaw Crew will begin clearing a section of trees between the base of the Confederate Overlook wayside and the Sailor’s Creek flood plain. In addition, the western side of Rt. 617, directly opposite the Confederate Overlook wayside, will be cleared of trees that border the road’s edge. The objective is to create an unobstructed view shed from the Confederate Overlook to the Hillsman House in time for the Battlefield’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary date of April 6, 2015. According to historical documents and personal accounts from soldiers on both sides, General Ewell’s force (Confederate Overlook location) and General Wright’s Union 6th Corps (Hillsman House location) could clearly see one another across the Sailor’s Creek valley. Today, the existing forest canopy has grown to the extent that this viewpoint is no longer possible to see. While we are removing trees from the landscape at this particular location, we are also in the midst of a multi-year project of planting new trees, with help and expertise from the Department of Forestry, in areas of the battlefield where historical Civil Warera maps show forests once existed. Each spring for the past three years we have called on volunteers to help with the tree-planting process. This coming spring, we will once again be looking for volunteers to join us in this historic effort to transform the landscape and view shed of Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park from the 21st century to the 19th century, when soldiers of the Blue and Gray met here that one fateful day, April 6, 1865. For more information, contact the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park visitor center at 804-5617510, or email sailorscreek@dcr.virginia.gov.

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