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Call for gallery entries COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Side Street Gallery, located at 127-129 Pickwick Ave., is accepting entries for the gallery’s September 19 show. The theme is “Planes Trains and Automobiles!” All art entries can be brought to the gallery, Sept. 8-16, at a cost of $5 per entry. Any medium is welcome. There are no size restrictions. This show will include an antique auto display in the the CVS parking lot between Reds tax service and CVS on Pickwick Ave. For more information about the show or the gallery, call 536-0011.

Travel with the chambers COLONIAL HEIGHTS/ PETERSBURG — The Colonial Heights and Petersburg chambers of commerce are planning trips to Italy and Ireland. These travel opportunities are open to the public. Trips are planned for March 15, 2016, to Ireland and March 28, 2016, for Tuscany. For more information, visit www.colonialheightschamber. com or contact Danielle at the Petersburg Chamber, (804) 733 8131 or by e-mail at Danielle@petersburgvachamber. com.

CCPL to host Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg CHESTERFIELD — Chesterfield County Public Library will host Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg, journalist and author of several bestselling memoirs, including “All Over But the Shoutin.” The event will take place at the new North Courthouse Road Library, 325 Courthouse Road, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Bragg, who writes the monthly column Southern Journal in Southern Living magazine will talk about the stories behind his stories. The New York Times bestselling author recently released the book, “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story”. The book is a personal biography of the legendary rock and roller. A book signing will take place after the program. Members of the Friends of the Chesterfield County Public Library will get priority seating at the event and will be invited to a pre-event reception and book signing. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. For more information or to register, call 804-751-CCPL or visit .

State Fair of Virginia CAROLINE COUNTY — This year’s State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4. The 2015 fair will feature nearly 400 hours of performances, house about 2,500 animals, attract more than 10,000 competition entries, welcome field trip groups from 270 schools and serve about 13,000 corn dogs. More than 1,000 youth are expected to compete for up to $70,000 in scholarship money. The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. More information is available at INDEX Opinion ..............V2 Things to do.......V3

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Members of Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284’s Legion family attended American Legion College held in Richmond from August 7-9. Pictured from left to right are:John Woyansky, Jesse Stacy, Sue Oertel, Rick Oertel, George Ahrend, Mike Lathem, Marina Smith, Steve Simonson, Jerry Chenault, Betty Michalek and Bill Shill. Commander Bob Shumar, Bill and Rita Feasenmyer, Jim Althouse and Lari Woyansky are not shown. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Local veterans sharpen skills to serve their community From Contributed Report

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Members of Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284’s Legion family attended American Legion College held in Richmond from August 7-9. The Legion family includes members of the American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. The members of Post 284

joined hundreds of other Legion family members from across Virginia in learning more about how to improve and administer the dozens of community-based programs that the Legion is known for. These programs include: American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, American Legion Baseball, Junior Shooting Sports, High School Oratorical Contests, scholarships, patriotic observances, veteran’s assistance, job, youth

and wellness fairs to name just a few. According to a statement released by Post 284, “the American Legion family is a large organization of men and women who have stood to defend our nation in times of war and who continue to stand for a strong national defense in a changing world. These members steadfastly work to preserve the fabric of the United States of America by serving their local community with the same dedication

they served their country.” Post 284 Commander Bob Shumar says “the post and its enthusiastic volunteers have contributed to the welfare and well-being of the community for decades.” In 2016, Colonial Heights Post 284 is celebrating its 70th year of serving the local community and the greater Tri-Cities area. For more information about the American Legion family, email: adj.post284@ or call Bill Shill at 804-218-1198.

SEPT. 11, 2001

Fort Lee honors Sept. 11 victims at Memorial Chapel By Shelby Mertens Staff Writer

FORT LEE — On Sept. 9, 2001, Phil Wilkinson was on an airplane from Scott’s Air Force Base in Illinois to Italy for a new assignment at Aviano Air Base. That night he coincidentally glanced out of the blinds aboard the plane and marveled at the illuminating New York City skyline from above. Two days later, shock overtook him as he learned of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center thousands of miles away in Europe. “All I could think of was that I was just there two days before,” Wilkinson said. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, marked the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a day that changed the world and one everyone will remember. At 8:46 a.m., the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. Less than 20 minutes later the south tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. Two other hijacked planes then crashed on U.S. soil. American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C., at 9:37 a.m. and at 10:03 a.m., the fourth hijacked plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died that SEE 9/11, V3

First responders from Fort Lee and Prince George County pay their respects to those who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. SHELBY MERTENS/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO


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Navy’s top officer hails from Petersburg


etersburg has produced more than its fair share of notable people who have made a mark in the world. We have had civil rights icons, singers, actors, athletes and more that have started in Petersburg and made a difference in the world. Now we can add another notable to Petersburg’s long list of those who have made a difference, this time in the military. A Petersburg native has recently been appointed as the new chief of naval operations, making him the highest ranking military officer in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Adm. John M. Richardson as chief of naval operations must be a fourstar admiral and is nominated by the president. The CNO is only under the Secretary of the Navy, which is a civilian position. Richardson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 5. Petersburg Mayor Howard Myers congratulated Richardson on behalf of the city. “The City of Petersburg is very proud of Admiral Richardson’s achievements and wishes him much success in this esteemed position,” Myers said. “We thank him for his contributions to this country and the contributions and legacy he is making for Petersburg.” Richardson previously served as the director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, where he has been since November of 2012. Richardson will replace Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, who has been the chief of naval operations since September of 2011. “I am honored and humbled to have been nominated and confirmed to succeed Admiral Greenert as our Navy’s next chief of naval operations,” Richardson said in a Navy press release. “I am excited to lead the extraordinary men and women in the world’s greatest Navy.” The 55-year-old has a degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, which he graduated from in 1982. He has also earned three master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the National War College. “As one of the Navy’s top leaders, Richardson has a broad-based record as an operational commander,” the Navy statement said. “Richardson commanded the nuclear attack submarine USS Honolulu, served as a naval aide to the president of the United States, as well as number other assignments through his career.” Among Richardson’s assignments include commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12 in Groton, Conn., commander of Submarine Group 8, commander of Submarine Allied Naval Forces South, commander of Naval Submarine Forces in Norfolk, deputy commander of U.S. 6th Fleet and Chief of Staff of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa in Naples, Italy. We wish Admiral Richardson smooth sailing in the top position in the Navy. His appointment as chief of naval operations speaks well to Petersburg’s continuing contribution to our nation. INSPIRATION

... [Jesus] went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities ... who provided for them out of their means. Luke 8:1-3 SOURCE: WWW.DAILYSCRIPTURE.NET


Perioperative nurses celebrated for dedication to safe patient care If you or someone you love has had a surgical procedure, a perioperative registered nurse was directly responsible for you or your loved one’s well-being throughout the operation. While all of the other medical professionals in the room, including the surgeon, anesthesia provider, surgical assistant and other assistive personnel, are focused on their specific duty, the perioperative registered nurse focuses on the patient for the duration of the procedure. Perioperative registered nurses provide specialized nursing care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery. November 8-14 marks the celebration of Perioperative Nurse Week, an annual celebration of perioperative nurses and their commitment to safe patient care. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is the national association representing the interests of over 160,000 perioperative registered nurses in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. AORN’s 40,000 registered nurse members manage, teach and practice perioperative nursing. We as perioperative nurses want to let you know that we are working hard to protect you — our patients — when you are most vulnerable. Join us in celebrating perioperative nurses and our dedication to safe patient care for 2015 Perioperative Nurse Week. Bonnie Vencill, RN, CNOR Colonial Heights

A new administration for America I’m all for making Kim Davis president, Ben Carson vice president, and Carly Fiorina secretary of state. We better do something while we still have some religious rights left. This country’s motto has always been “IN GOD WE TRUST”. If President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Supreme Court get their way we may have to bow down to them. Hey, all you Christians and believers — What say you? Say something! Do something! Ralph Walker Chesterfield County

Spending transportation money wisely A good idea for better public policy can, at times, take years to become reality.

But when it happens it proves that old saying, “Every journey starts with the first step.” Transportation spending is a good case and point. In 1999, the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy published a study focused on creating a transparent rating system for new road projects so that the Commonwealth Transportation Board, the decision making body for spending transportation dollars, could evaluate suggested projects based on a clear set of criteria, rate these projects based on this set of criteria, and then spend the taxpayers’ money based on the results. This study was called, “Taking Politics Our of Planning: A New Statewide Model for Prioritizing Transportation” and we did it at the request of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The idea was endorsed in the legislative agendas of the state chamber and several regional and local chambers of commerce and continued to be for some years. One of those ideas became a key part of the transportation law approved in the last year of Governor McDonnell’s administration. The top priority in spending this new money from the taxpayers was congestion relief - just as the Jefferson Institute recommended and promoted for many years, starting with its 1999 study. But now there is more to this story. Gov. McAuliffe has worked with the Republican controlled legislature to, in his words, “pick the right projects and take politics out of transportation.” Sound familiar? The General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year requiring that new transportation projects other than maintenance, bridge replacement and safety - be evaluated through a statewide process focused on these criteria: congestion relief, economic development, land use, safety, the environment and accessibility. And in June the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) agreed to this process so that future transportation projects will be determined based on their merits as decided upon by this set of criteria. This is a sensible business approach to spending our money. These criteria for determining the most effective transportation projects sounded familiar so I went back to that 1999 study and reviewed it. That study was a basis for discussions for several years by business and community leaders interested in building a better transportation

system. It suggested a clear set of criteria to evaluate transportation projects and even outlined a rating system that could be used and showed some examples. That list for prioritizing spending was very similar to what is now official state policy: congestion relief, multi-modality, safety, efficiency, connectivity, economic enhancement, land use, safety, and environmental enhancement. These are very similar to the recently adopted policy mentioned earlier. The lesson of this saga is that good public policy ideas can take time to ripen and to be adopted. Sometimes good ideas tend to sit there on the shelf and referred to year after year until a leader says, “You know, I’ve heard about this idea somewhere. Let me take a look.” And there it is, sitting right there, looking straight at the policy maker. The light goes on, the gears begin to move and good policy is the result. The Jefferson Institute report went on to suggest an actual rating system and model that would make sure that all projects, whether of statewide or regional or local significance, be compatible with the overall statewide strategy for providing a comprehensive and efficient transportation system as cost-effectively as possible. This suggested model could compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of proposed transportation projects. A model such as this will hopefully be developed by the CTB in order to properly evaluate and compare projects. With more than $6 billion in new transportation monies coming on line over the next few years it is key that these funds be well spent. Prioritizing this spending is what our taxpayers expect from those we elect to be good stewards of our money. Gov. McAuliffe, the General Assembly and the Commonwealth Transportation Board did the right thing by codifying that transportation spending must be prioritized in a sensible and transparent fashion based on a clear set of criteria. This is a major reform and will help improve Virginia’s economic competitiveness. It is a goal that the Thomas Jefferson Institute first suggested in 1999. So for the cynics out there: this shows that good ideas can and do work their way to the top. Just keep trying and don’t give up. Michael Thompson President Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy Springfield

A worse than bad deal The Obama administration has sold our country out to the Iranians and is throwing Israel -- our only friend and ally in the Middle East -- under the bus. The ones that are voting for this “deal” should ask themselves: Am I voting for Obama’s legacy or our nation? Our illustrious Virginia senators are two of the guilty ones aforementioned. This deal gives Iran a path to a nuclear bomb amongst other things. The four imprisoned Americans was not discussed during the negotiations. This “deal” is another one of Obama’s diabolical schemes to destroy our country. The speaker of the House and the Senate leader are not exercising their leadership power to stop this. Why? This could be the last nail driven into the coffin of liberty of our country. Gary Allen Chesterfield County

Save our Constitution

Citizens to Save our Constitution is comprised of private citizens who are dedicated to saving our United States Constitution from the threat of being misguidedly altered or even replaced. Originally made up of citizens of Virginia, the group has grown to include others from across the country to California. Funding has come from the budgets of working people and retirees. Many well-meaning people have been sold on petitioning Congress to call a constitutional convention – also called a con-con, Article V Convention, Convention of States (COS) and Amending Convention. But a little study reveals that there are many pitfalls endangering the integrity of the Constitution and the provisions that protect our God-given rights. The prudent course is to oppose a con con. Although a few states still have pending legislation, of the 37 states that have had COS resolutions filed in 2015, only 1 state has actually passed it. As of August 2015, con con resolutions/bills for constitutional amendments were filed in 2015 by constitution convention advocacy groups and were defeated in these states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Ann Robeson Yorktown

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Long & Foster’s Bobby Perkins named top lister, top seller for July

Defense Logistics Agency employees, dressed in period outfits, performed a small skit entitled “Women Remembered” during DLA Aviation’s Women’s Equality Day 2015 celebration held Aug. 26 in the Lotts Conference Center on Defense Supply Center Richmond. Performers were, from left, Roni Pitt, Dawn Hampton, Sandra Cousin, Shirley Faniel and Sharon Glasscock. PHOTO BY JACKIE ROBERTS, DLA INSTALLATION SUPPORT AT RICHMOND

DLA celebrates Women’s Equality Day at DSCR By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

RICHMOND — What do Virginia Minor, Ida B. Wells, Belva Ann Lockwood, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin and Susan B. Anthony all have in common? T hese five women fought for women’s equality during a time when women could not vote, own land or hold public office. Their lives and stories came to life through Defense Logistics Agency employees dressed in period clothing during a celebration of Women’s Equality Day Aug. 26 in the Lotts Conference Center on Defense Supply Center Richmond. The program was a collaborative effort between DLA Aviation’s Procurement Process Support Directorate and Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office. Keynote speaker for

Veronica Villalobos, principal deputy director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Employee Services Division, speaks during Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Women’s Equality Day 2015 celebration held Aug. 26 in the Lotts Conference Center on Defense Supply Center Richmond. PHOTO BY JACKIE ROBERTS, DLA INSTALLATION SUPPORT AT RICHMOND

the event was Veronica Villalobos, principal deputy director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Employee Services Division. “Sometimes, believe it or not, I think equality has a bad rap. Because when we think of equality, we go,

oh, everybody expects to be treated exactly the same but everyone’s skill isn’t the same. Everyone’s ability isn’t the same,” said Villalobos. “When we talk about equality, what we’re really talking about is fairness. The belief that if we are all doing something

similar we expect to be treated fairly and to be rewarded and awarded based on our abilities.” Villalobos became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2010, but she shared a personal story of how it wasn’t easy. “When I got my SES position, I remember every time I would walk into those senior staff meetings, I knew what people were thinking,” she said. “Some of them actually told me. ... Some were other women. There was one woman who was getting close to retirement and she said lots of people can get into the SES, but they can’t make it through their first year. The office that woman ran was actually the one responsible for giving me my SES certificate. I didn’t get it until after she left.” While a great majority SEE DLA, V4

5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND HOW TO SUBMIT: Send event and contact info to newsroom@ or The Progress-Index, 15 Franklin St., Petersburg, VA 23803 LOOKING FOR MORE: If you can’t find what you’re looking for, find it online at

1. Fine Arts Show Side Street Gallery, located at 127-129 Pickwick Ave., Colonial Heights, will host its’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles Fine Arts Show from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. There will be a gallery reception and refreshments. The art exhibit will be in Gallery 129 and an antique car display will be set up in the parking lot of Pickwick Plaza, corner of Pickwick and Boulevard.

2. Hispanic Heritage Festival St. Joseph Church, located at 151 W. Washington St., Petersburg, will sponsor its Hispanic Heritage Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church. Tickets are $15. The event will feature food, music, dancing and a live

band. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs. Tickets are available at St. Joseph School, 123 Franklin St., Petersburg.

3. PowWow The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Inc. will hold a PowWow Saturday and Sunday at the Surry County Parks and Recreation Center, Hwy 10 at Hwy 31, Surry. The event will feature two days of Native dancing, drumming, historical presentations, children’s activities, crafts, demonstrations, health information, and food. Grand Entry begins at noon on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Admission fees are as follows: $5 for ages 13 plus; $3 for ages 65 plus; children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Anyone attending is invited to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs.

4. Publick Days at Henricus Historical Park Publick Days commemorates the 1611 founding of the second

permanent English settlement in the New World. During the celebration, 400 years of history will come to life with living history re-enactments, military drills and musket firings, craftsmen and blacksmiths, 17th-century medicinal demonstrations, Virginia Indian activities, historical children’s games and crafts, storytelling and much more. Visitors also will have the opportunity to tour Godspeed, the recreated 17th century ship from Jamestown Settlement. Publick Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Henricus Historical Park, located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. For more information, please call 804-748-1611 or visit .

5. Family-friendly history programs The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering two family-friendly programs at Eppington Plantation on Saturday. Eppington was a large plantation built in 1768 by Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law,

Francis Eppes VI, and is periodically open to the public. The first program, to be held from 10-11 a. m., is a tour of the house and grounds of historic Eppington Plantation, located at 14201 Eppes Fall Road, Chesterfield. Participants will experience what plantation life was like in the 1700s, learn about the families that resided at Eppington and discover the history of the Eppes family. The second program, to be held from 2-4 p.m., provides another way to explore the house and grounds of the historical plantation by looking for geocaches. Adults and children, aged 8 and older, will participate in a scavenger hunt to uncover clues about Eppington while learning GPS skills. Garmin hand-held receivers will be provided. The cost for the tour is $8 – Course 30098; Geocache: $10 – Course 30096 To register, call 748-1623 and mention the course number. Payment must be made in advance for all programs. For more information about the programs, call Bryan Truzzie at 751-4946 or email at

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Bobby Perkins, a sales associate with Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest family-owned residential real estate company in the United States, has been named top lister and top seller for July 2015 for Long & Foster’s Tri-Cities Southpark office. “ We are proud to announce Bobby Perkins as this month’s top lister and top seller,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “Bobby is one of many examples of Long & Foster’s highlytrained professionals who go to great lengths to best serve clients seeking the total homeownership experience.” A real estate professional for 13 years, Perkins is an active member of the Southside Virginia Association of Realtors and the Virginia Association of Realtors. Perkins has consistently proven to be a high achiever since he entered the real estate field, and has frequently

Bobby Perkins, a sales associate with Long & Foster Real Estate, was named the top lister, top seller for July 2015 for Long & Foster’s Tri-Cities Southpark office, located in Colonial Heights. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

been cited as a top real estate producer. Perkins is a member of Long & Foster’s coveted Chairman’s Club for producing more than $8 million in settled sales volume in 2014. In addition, Perkins also holds the prestigious Graduate, Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyer’s Representative and e-Pro designations of advanced real estate. For more information, visit

First responders from Fort Lee and Prince George County, along with military personnel and civilians, honor those who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. SHELBY MERTENS/PROGRESS-INDEX PHOTO

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day and 6,000 were injured. Two-thousand six-hundred and six individuals died at the World Trade Center alone and 125 from the Pentagon. A total of 246 airplane passengers died from the four aircrafts. Seventy-one law enforcement officers and 343 firefighters lost their lives. Wilkinson, who now serves as Fort Lee’s Fire Chief, had a bit of a different experience than most who were at home watching the horror unfold on their televisions. In Italy, he was part of the Air Mobility Command at Aviano Air Base and was responsible for inspecting units for combat readiness. Once the news of the four hijacked planes hit, Wilkinson watched as the unit’s drills suddenly weren’t just practice anymore. “It no longer became an exercise, they were preparing soldiers for war,” he said. “The unit we were inspecting went from exercise mode to real world mode.” He arrived back home about a week and a half later and said his experience, once he touched ground at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, felt like a dark, eerie scene out of Stephen King’s “Four Past Midnight.” “The oddest feeling was returning back to the states in Atlanta and the stillness of the airport,” Wilkinson said. “We were the only plane moving and all the terminals were empty in one of the busiest airports. It was a ghost town.” Wilkinson was one of the dozens of first responders sitting in the front row of

Fort Lee’s 9/11 remembrance service at the Memorial Chapel at noon on Friday, Sept. 11. Fort Lee firefighters, police and responders from Prince George County attended the ceremony. “In some ways, for you and I, memories of 9/11 still invoke incredible pain in our lives so we are gathered here today because those wounds are still very, very real,” said Col. Claude Crisp, senior Garrison chaplain at Fort Lee. Crisp was in the nation’s capital on Sept. 11, 2001. He was in the hospital with his son, who was recovering from surgery, when he was told to turn on the television because he was told “something serious was happening in New York City.” “I remember a lot about those days to be honest,” Crisp recalled. “I remember returning to work the next day at Arlington National Cemetery where I was assigned and the truth is, it was the silence of the city that was deafening. Washington D.C. had come to a screeching halt.” Crisp’s message to soldiers, civilians and first responders was one of remembrance and healing. “The pain may have lessened with time, but time does not provide full relief … We remember because in doing so we honor those lives that were taken and those whose lives were given on 9/11 of 2001 … To fail to remember would be tragic and disrespectful to the sacrifices of that day,” he said. “Those that carry the scars of 9/11 of 2001 today, healing is certainly possible.”

— Shelby Mertens may be reached at 804-722-5154 or smertens@progress-index. com


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FRIDAY, Sept. 18

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — American Legion Post 284, 505 Springdale Road, holds bingo every Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games start at 7. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, or information about membership requirements or activities of the American Legion, visit the Post 284 website, http://mysite. or call 526-5656. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Recovery Support program meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Friday in the conference room at the Colonial Heights Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. Groups meet for 90 minutes and offer a structured group process designed to encourage, support and empower. All diagnosis welcome. For more information, contact Gina at 804-605-5010 or PETERSBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held each Friday at 10 a.m. at: Second Presbyterian Church, 419 W. Washington St. (round the back come upstairs). Meetings are also also held at 5:30 p.m. each Monday-Friday at the Tri-City Club, located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the rear of the building, (access through North Market Street in the large parking lot. The doors are at the top of the ramp). Call 24/7 for the AA hot line and more information, 452-1959. COLONIAL HEIGHTS

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of those in the crowd were women, Villalobos conveyed a special message to the handful of men in attendance. “I’m sure you want your wives, your daughters, your mothers to be paid exactly the same as every other person working with them based on the work they do and that is still something we are challenged with,” she said. Villalobos shared some statistics that are right in line with her statement. In the private sector, women make up only 2 percent of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Nationally, women earn 79.2 cents to the dollar compared to their male counterparts in the private sector. When broken down by ethnicity, the disparity becomes even greater in some cases. Asian or Pacific women earn the closest to their male counterparts at 88.5 cents. There is a significant drop off as white women are at 76.9 cents. Women who consider themselves bi-racial are not far behind at 73.1 cents, but then another drop off occurs with black women making 65.4 cents, Native-American women making 59.6 cents and Hispanic women making only 53.8 cents, a little more than half of what their male counterparts make. She pointed out that the federal workforce has done a better job bridging the disparity gap in pay between women and men. Within the SES ranks, women make one penny to the dollar less than their male counterparts while white and blue collar females make about 9 and 11 cents less respectively.

— Oldies But Goodies Classic Cruizers Car Club is hosting its weekly “Cruise-In” from 6 to 9 p.m. each Friday through September, in the Lonestar Steakhouse parking lot, next to Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights. This event is free and is open to all car and truck enthusiasts that enjoy reminiscing about their antiques, muscle and custom cars, classics, and hot rods. Music is included: Oldies and Rock & Roll. For more information visit the website at

SATURDAY, Sept. 19 CHESTER — The Southern Knights Cruisers Inc. car club is hosting its weekly “Cruise-In” now through Oct. 31, from 5 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, at Hardee’s on Route 10 and Old Stage Road. Over 100 antique cars, street rods, classics, muscle cars, and custom cars can be seen. Music from the 1950s and ‘60s from Wolfman John can be heard. Fun for the entire family and it is free to see. For more information, call Ricky Williams at 804-526-8865 or visit COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2239, 14705 Jefferson Davis Highway, holds bingo each Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games begin at 7. There are six to eight chances to win $500 or more. Food is available. For directions or questions about this event, call 748-4896 and ask for Tom Gore. For

“I hope you recognize that what we are really talking about is fairness across all of society for everyone, whether they’re male or female,” said Villalobos. DLA Aviation Commander Air Force Brig. Gen. Allan Day wrapped up the program with a strong message. “Everyone should feel respected when they come to work. I don’t care who you are,” said Day. “You should feel respected when you walk through the door and you should be valued for what you bring to the table. If that’s not the case, let’s make it the case.” In 197 1, former New York Democratic

FORT LEE information about VFW membership or other activities, call Tom Ferguson, 748-4896.

SUNDAY, Sept. 20 COLONIAL HEIGHTS — C o l o n i a l He i g h t s Moose Lodge 1783, 170 Moose Ave., holds bingo every Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, visit the website at or call 526-1537. PETERSBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Tri-City Club, located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the rear of the building, (access through North Market Street in the large parking lot. The doors are at the top of the ramp). Call 24/7 for the AA hot line and more information, 452-1959.

MONDAY, Sept. 21 PETERSBURG — The Disabled American Veterans Petersburg Chapter 47 will hold its next meeting on Monday at the American Legion Post 2, 820 Winfield Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7. All military veterans who have been wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in line of duty during time of war is invited. For more information, visit the DAV Petersburg Chapter 47 web site: va/47. The DAV meets the third Monday of the month.

Over 500 denied access to Army base since June New rules require criminal background checks for visitors From Staff Reports

FORT LEE — Since enforcing stricter entry requirements on June 15, Fort Lee said it has denied access to 566 people due to criminal convictions. From July 1 to Aug. 25 alone, 205 individuals were turned away. Of that figure, five were convicted of murder and of rape, 19 were registered sex offenders and 42 carried drug possession charges. Another 77 were turned away due to a drug possession with intent to sell charge. Also among the list, 15 were denied access for aggravated assault convictions, 14 for larceny convictions and seven for burglary. “Right now, we are denying access to those with one felony conviction in the last 10 years or three misdemeanors in the last five years,” Maj. Joe Tull, Fort Lee’s Provost Marshal, stated in a news release. “We are

looking for a significant event — like a felony — or a pattern of lower-level events in a condensed period of time.” Tull reported that the post has received 87 waiver requests in order to gain access, with 72 being approved by Fort Lee’s waiver board, which includes representatives from the Directorate of Emergency Services. “We look at the application and we classify them as low, medium or high risk. Those classifications help determine what we are going to do,” Tull stated. “For example, we have a high risk individual who is on contract, but maybe they had something in their past that was pretty severe, nothing in the past 8 years or so, and they are working and trying to do the right thing. As an extra precaution, we may only give them a 30 or 90-day pass. That way, we get a chance to review them again.” Anyone who is denied access from the waiver board may request another view by the Garrison commander. Fort Lee said five individuals have appealed to the Garrison

commander so far, with two already receiving approval, one still denied and the remaining two still awaiting a decision. The new installation access procedures, mandated by the Department of Defense, require all those entering Fort Lee without a military identification card to undergo a background check at the Visitor Control Center. Upon clearance, visitors then acquire a pass for a designated amount of time, varying from one day up until a year. Visitors present a valid driver’s license and complete a National Criminal Information Center Interstate Integrated Index background check. Fort Lee stated that it processes 225 to 300 walk-in visitors a day. Those who plan to arrive on post can apply for a pass online in advance of their visit. “We can rest assured that those who enter Fort Lee are not those who may jeopardize the safety and security of those who live and work here,” stated Tony DeWitt, director of Emergency Services at Fort Lee.



Representative Bella Abzug urged Congress to designate Aug. 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution 51 years earlier in 1920. The amendment granted women the right to vote and was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York. If you would like to learn more on the history of Women’s Equality Day, visit the National Women’s History Project website.

On the ballot: Senate of Virginia, 11th District: E. “Wayne” Powell –Dem., Amanda F. Chase –Rep. House of Delegates, 66th District: M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox –Rep. City Council - Special Election: David W. Bucciarelli II, David P. Hoopsick, E.”Betsy” Gentry Luck If you are not already registered, in order to be eligible to vote in the November 3, 2015 General and Special Election, you must register no later than Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 5:00 pm. If you have moved, even within the county or city in which you reside, notify the Registrar’s Office of your new address no later than 5:00 pm on the above mentioned date.  REGULAR HOURS FOR THE COLONIAL HEIGHTS REGISTRAR’S OFFICE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM Mail-in registration applications are available at the following locations: any DMV location, the City of Colonial Heights website, and the Department of Elections website, www.elections. Absentee Voting: Registrants who will not be in the City on Election Day, needing to vote by absentee ballot may do so in person or by writing for an application to the address below. A request for an absentee ballot to be mailed must be made by Tuesday, October 27, 2015. In person balloting will be available during regular office hours and on Saturday, October 24 and 31, 2015, between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. REMEMBER: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2015 IS THE FINAL DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NOVEMBER 3, 2015 GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTION. THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM. Please call the office if you have any questions or need assistance. Susan J. Redford, General Registrar P.O.Box 3401, 201 James Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 804-520-9277 email:

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Protesters march through the Tri-Cities from Selma Ala., to Washington D.C., for the America’s Journey for Justice march to bring awareness to voting rights protection and other social injustices. SHELBY MERTENS/


Civil rights activists march through Tri-Cities By Shelby Mertens Staff Writer

PETERSBURG — The NAACP, along with a plethora of other organizations, marched through Petersburg and Colonial Heights on Route 301 Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 9, on their way to Washington D.C., to advocate for civil rights and social justice. America’s Journey to Justice march began in Selma, Alabama, on Aug. 5. The group planned to arrive at the nation’s capital on Sept. 15 and meet with various state representatives the following day. Although the march was originally thought to be a total 867 miles, Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP, said that thanks to a security detour in South Carolina, the march will span close to 1,000 miles. “We believe, to the best our knowledge, it’s the longest civil rights march by any national organization,” Brooks said. The march has drawn thousands of protesters nationwide. About 60 to 70 walked through the TriCities on Wednesday. The march started in Dinwiddie in the early morning on Carson Road heading north. The NAACP is joined by the Democracy Initiative, Common Cause, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Service

Led by NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks, protesters march through Colonial Heights on Wednesday on their way to Washington D.C., for the America’s Journey to Justice march.

Haigh from Woodstock, Vremont, has helped carry the Torah, which has been passed every day from Selma to D.C. “This has been an awesome experience,” Haigh said. “After Charleston, we had a vigil in our synagogues and we said we need to do something. Enough is enough. We can’t kill people when they’re reading a Bible in this country and this is a start.” The marchers were scheduled to hold a rally at Virginia Union University in Richmond Thursday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m., at Bell Tower. It was to be the last rally before the group reached the capitol. Benoit said the marchers hoped to meet with the president if he is available.

Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, National Bar Association and Greenpeace, among others. The slogan for the march is “Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter.” Brooks said the march advocates for voting rights protection, reform of the criminal justice system, equitable public education, civil rights, social justice and a higher minimum wage. “We have a badly busted Voting Rights Act,” Brooks said. “We have voting disenfranchisement laws, voter ID laws all across the country and we’re at a point where you can look over your shoulder retrospectively at voting rights in terms of race, or you can look at it prospectively and in the present in ways that effects lots of people … There’s a barrier based on race, based on disability and

based on age.” Rev. Jeffrey Benoit, a marcher and the founder of the National Action Network, said the decision to start in Selma and move through the South is symbolic of the 50th anniversary of the historic 50-mile Selma to Montgomery march that led to the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, as well as the recent release of the film “Selma” and President Barack Obama’s visit to Selma earlier this year. “We’ve walked through the southern states, which is the cradle of the Confederacy and where most of our problems lie with voting rights and seismic problems,” Benoit said. “It represents the fight we fought 50 years ago that’s ongoing today.” About 200 rabbis have also joined the march at some point to support the cause. Reform Rabbi Ilene

are held Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with some weekend matinees. For reservations, call 804-748-5203 or visit for online ticketing. Swift Creek begins its 2015-2016 Youth Theatre Series in October with a week of performances from The Latin Ballet of Virginia presenting "Alma Latina". These performances will run on Oct. 27 and 28. The theater's first special event for the 50th anniversary season will be "A Floral Curtain Call with David Pippin". This fund-raiser will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. and will feature renowned floral designer David Pippin’s interpretation of five highlighted shows of Swift Creek Mill Theatre’s past through floral design. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Historic Swift Creek Mill Revitalization Project. Tickets are $45 in advance only. For tickets or more information about any of

the shows at Swift Creek, bushel, and $10 for a fourth call 804-748-5203 or visit of a bushel. . Orders must be placed and paid for by Oct. 23. Shrimp Feast Pickup is on Nov. 7 from P R I N C E G E O R G E 8 a.m. to noon at the Bur— Burrowsville Ruritan rowsville Ruritan Club, Club invites the public to Route 10, 17410 James attend the club's annual River Drive, Disputanta. For more information, fall Shrimp Feast to be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, call Will Adams at (804) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the 316-4535 or any BurrowsBurrowsville Ruritan Club, ville Ruritan member. located on Route 10 in the Burrowsville area of the Festival of Grapes and Hops county. The price of the ticket will PETERSBURG — The include shrimp, hush pup- Petersburg Chamber of pies, slaw, beans and your Commerce will hold the 7th favorite beverage. Tickets Annual Festival of Grapes are $30 and are available at and Hops on Saturday, Sebera’s, from any Ruritan Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 Club member, or by calling p.m. in Old Towne Peters(804) 732-4550. burg, around the Historic Farmers Market. Apple Fest Tickets are available PRINCE GEORGE — now: $15 for tasting and Burrowsville Ruritan Club $10 non-tasting. Children will hold its' annual Apple 12 and younger will be Fest on Nov. 7. The follow- admitted free. Tickets can ing apples are available be purchased at Brickhouse fresh from the orchard – Run, Longstreets, Retreat Fuji, Granny Smith, Red Salon, Wabi Sabi and the Stayman, Winesap, Red Petersburg Chamber of Delicious and Golden Commerce. Tickets will Delicious. be available at the gate Prices are $35 for a for $20 tasting and $15 bushel, $19 for a half of non-tasting.

— Shelby Mertens may be reached at 804-722-5154 or smertens@progress-index. com


Walk to End Alzheimer's COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Dunlop House Assisted Living & Specialized Memory Care has formed a team to walk in the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday, Nov. 7. Members of the community are invited to join Team Dunlop House in this walk that begins at 9:30 a.m. in Richmond. Anyone who can't join the walk can still support the team with a donation. The front office at Dunlop House will be selling purple feet for $1 each and you are invited to stop by and purchase a foot for yourself or in honor of a loved one.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre kicks off 50th anniversary season

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., opens its 50th season this week with "Church Basement Ladies – A Second Helping." The show runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 24. Shows

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The “Colonial Square Dancers,” a nonprofit organization, meets from 7-9 p.m. each Monday at the Colonial Heights High School cafeteria on Conduit Road. Square dancers and visitors are welcome. For more information, call 804-720-2340. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — American Legion Post 284, 505 Springdale Road, holds bingo every Monday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and games start at 7. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions, or information about membership requirements or activities of the American Legion, visit or call 526-5656. PETERSBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held each Monday at 10 a.m at Second Presbyterian Church, 419 W. Washington St. (round the back come upstairs). Meetings are also held at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Tri-City Club, located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the rear of the building, (access through North Market Street in the large parking lot. The doors are at the top of the ramp). Call 24/7 for the AA hot line and more information, 452-1959. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Triad will meet from 1-2 p.m. Monday in the Senior Center at the Community Building, 157 Roanoke Ave. TRIAD is a partnership consisting of the local Public Safety Office, seniors, and senior service providers who work to prevent the victimization of Seniors. It is run by S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) council. There is no cost to attend Triad meetings.

TUESDAY, Sept. 22 PETERSBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at: the Tri-City Club, located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the rear of the building, (access through North Market Street in the large parking lot. The doors are at the top of the ramp). Call 24/7 for the AA hot line and more information, 452-1959. CHESTERFIELD — Chesterfield County Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center is facilitating an anonymous community support group for victims of domestic and sexual violence on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, call 804-318- 8265 for more information. This support group is confidential. Anything you say is kept in strict confidence, as is the location. You do not need to use your name unless you choose to do so. The group’s goal is to support, encourage and provide resources to participants. CHESTERFIELD — The Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Criminal Justice Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Chesterfield Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Conference Room, located at 9500 Courthouse Road. For more information, call (804) 318-8217.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23 COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The 12th Virginia, Co. C, Petersburg New Grays meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Colonial Heights Public Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. For more information, contact C.L. Helmer at


526-0724. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 485 meets each Wednesday morning at Colonial Heights Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. Weighins begin at 8:15 a.m. and the meetings start at 9. For more information, call Evelyn at 748-2607. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Optimist Club of Colonial Heights, 916 Meridan Ave., holds bingo every Wednesday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. and early bird games start at 6:45 and regular games start at 7. Food is available for a nominal fee. For directions or details, call 526-0689. Money raised supports youth projects in the community. PETERSBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held each Wednesday at 10 a.m. at: Second Presbyterian Church, 419 W. Washington St. (round the back come upstairs). Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are also held at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at: the Tri-City Club, located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the rear of the building, (access through North Market Street in the large parking lot. The doors are at the top of the ramp). Call 24/7 for the AA hot line and more information, 452-1959.

THURSDAY, Sept. 24

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dante’s Pizzeria. For more information, call Ralph Dunn, secretary, at 7484810. This club meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Rotary Club of Colonial Heights meets at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpark Boulevard, each Thursday at 7 a.m. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights Moose Lodge 1783, 170 Moose Ave., holds bingo every Thursday. Doors open 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Food is available for nominal fee. For directions, visit the website at or call 804-526-1537. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Southside Regional Medical Center sponsors a free bereavement support group at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Southside Rehabilitation Services, 430 Clairmont Court, Suite 120. For more information, call Chaplain Don Phelps at 765-5593. PETERSBURG — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at: the Tri-City Club, located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the rear of the building, (access through North Market Street in the large parking lot. The doors are at the top of the ramp). Call 24/7 for the AA hot line and more information, 452-1959. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Senior Citizens Club meets each Thursday. On the first three Thursdays of the month, and any fifth Thursday, the club normally meets at 1:15 p.m. at the community building, 157 Roanoke Avenue. The fourth Thursday is a monthly luncheon at area restaurants by reservation with Barbara Davis at 840-3761. The Colonial Heights Senior Citizens Club is sponsored by the City of Colonial Heights Department of Recreation and Parks. Any resident of Colonial Heights, 50 years of age or older, is invited to join meetings. For more information, call Rusty Sirles at 520-1652.


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