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Turkey Trot

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VOICE The hometown newspaper of the Colonial Heights area

Giving Back

Thanksgiving meal prepared for veterans at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. 5


Vol. 11 No. 13 FEBRUARY 28, 2009 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013 THURSDAY,



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Colonial Heights residents are reminded that dog and cat tags are available for sale in the Treasurer’s Office and are due by Feb. 1, 2014. The Treasurer’s Office is located at City Hall,201JamesAve.,ColonialHeights. For more information about pet licensing in the city, call the Treasurer’s Office at 520-9320.

Santa’s workshop and lunch The Colonial Heights Rcreation Department is partnering with the Colonial Heights Quarterback Club to offer a Santa’s workshop and lunch for Colonial Heights children only, ages 2-8. The event will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the city’s Community Center, 157 Roanoke Avenue. The event includes crafts, lunch and one-on-one time with Santa. Professional photos will be taken and can be purchased on-site. The cost is $3 per person to participate in the event. The cost of pictures with Santa is a separate fee. Registration is required no later than Dec. Forums must be completed and returned to Shepherd Stadium, 901 Meridan Ave., Colonial Heights or faxed to 520-9203. For more information, call 520-9390.

Pancake breakfast with Santa


Santa shared the spotlight with fire figher J. Kroll during the Colonial Heights Christmas Parade Tuesday night on the Boulevard.

Despite shortened route, Colonial Heights residents delighted by Christmas parade BY F.M. WIGGINS

The Optimist Club of Colonial Heights is hosting a pancake breakfast with Santa from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Optimist Club home, located at 916 Meridian Ave., Colonial Heights. The meal will include pancakes, sausage and beverage. Eat in or take out. The cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children ages 4-10. For tickets or more information, call 526-0689 or 520-2894.



ngoing road construction on the city’s main thoroughfare wasn’t going to stop the Colonial Heights Christmas Parade. But some parade watchers were upset to see a shorter parade route for the second year in a row.. Last year, the parade was short-

ened due to ongoing construction at the new courthouse. This year, the route was cut further due to the ongoing Boulevard modernization project. Others, though, said they really didn’t see too much of a change with the shortened route, or were happy to see a shorter route. “The kids get tired, especially the dancers,” said Lori Atkins, Levi Ford, 1, clutches an American flag under a pile

of blankets during the Colonial Heights Christmas Parade Tuesday night on the Boulevard.

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- John Ronkartz, American Legion Post 284 commander John Ronkartz is the Commander of the American Legion Post 284 here in Colonial Heights. He served in the Army for 9 years and also in the National Guard for 14 more. He moved to Colonial Heights in 2004 and joined the American Legion Post. Since then, he was moved up in the ranks becoming the commander of the organization. He is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and the Forty and Eight veterans organizations.


Q: “What is the American Legion Post?“


A: “We are very active in helping veterans. We’re about veterans, family, and community. “


want ahead and joined. I went into aviation and helicopters. I’m a Vietnam Air Veteran.“


Q: “What does this post do in the community?“

A: “We have what they call a service officer. If a veteran in the American Legion, or any veteran for that matter, has an issue with a claim to the Veteran’s Administration for compensation, we will help that veteran and walk him through the process so he can get the just compensation that he deserves for the

injury, or illness, or whatever it is. That’s our primary goal, to help veterans. American Legion started out by starting the Veteran’s Administration and we also did the G.I. Bill. We’re totally about veterans because only veterans are going to be out there helping veterans.”


Q: “What made you

A: “Back when I enlisted, the draft was going on at the time and my draft number was very low. That meant I would have been called up to go into the military. Instead of having to go in and do something I didn’t really want to do, I

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Q: “What does Veteran’s Day mean to you?“

A: “Veteran’s Day is a day to reflect of veterans obviously, but it also has a sour taste in respect that my father was diagnosed with cancer on Veteran’s Day 1999 and passed way in January of 2000. That’s a vivid memory of Veteran’s Day for me, but on the lighter side I enjoy coming out and meeting veterans and shaking their hands.”

John Ronkartz is the Commander of the American Legion Post 284 here in Colonial Heights. He served in the Army for 9 years and also in the National Guard for 14 more.

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Bouncing as a way to keep children active


hildren need to get more exercise. And a new business in Colonial Heights could get kids bouncing toward a healthier lifestyle. MP, Bounce with Me offers children a place to play in a climate-controlled area on giant, inflatable, play structures commonly seen at community events and birthday parties. Owner Mike Daughtry was inspired to open the business, which bears the initials of his son Michael Powell, after a trip to the beach where thunderstorms curtailed a trip to the sand and surf. “Family entertainment is what it’s all about,” Daughtry said. Daughtry said the business is a great alternative when it is too hot or too cold out for kids to be on playgrounds. It also makes a perfect place for birthday parties or other events. The business, located at Colonial Square Shopping Center at 3107 Boulevard, is the first of its kind in the Tri-City area. While the business involves fun there is a serious side to it. Children are in desperate need of more exercise. Australian researchers complied data from decades’ worth of studies on millions of children and discovered that today’s kids cannot run as fast or as far as their parents could as children. Today’s kids have less healthy hearts, a measure that has fallen by 5 percent a decade for 30 years. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of children around the globe do not get enough exercise. In the United States, only about a third of American children get the recommended 60 minutes of activity each day. Obesity has become epidemic. There are many reasons for the decline in exercise, including the prevalence of television, computers and video games. Also, schools have cut gym time, although some schools are now reversing course. Also, schools are also offering healthier meals and snacks under new federal guidelines. Eating healthier is part of the solution. Getting exercise it the other part of the answer - even if it’s bouncing around in Colonial Heights.

Scale back ethanol production


s they parade to Iowa every four years in jets and buses for the early caucuses, presidential candidates of both parties regularly pledge their fealty to corn-based ethanol production. Most often, they drape their support in environmental terms but, as they know better than anyone, ethanol production long ago was converted from an environmental initiative to an economic mandate supporting the Midwest agricultural economy. In a recent speech to ethanol lobbyists, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack put it plainly: “We are committed to this industry because we understand its benefits. We understand it’s about farm income. It’s about stabilizing and maintaining farm income which is at record levels.” That is not what it’s supposed to be about, however. It’s supposed to be about developing alternative fuels to decrease reliance on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, thus enhancing national security, the economy and the environment. Now, an exhaustive investigation by the Associated Press has shown that unfettered ethanol production has caused substantial environmental damage to land and waterways in the Midwest, while failing to meet environmental goals that are supposed to be the foundation of the program. Given mandates for use of billions of gallons of ethanol in gasoline blends, farmers planted corn on tens of millions of acres, at least 15 million of which previously had been set aside for long-term conservation. Agricultural runoff has polluted waterways and, according to researchers at Texas A&M University, worsened the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Historically, most corn grown in the United States was used as livestock feed. But in 2010, ethanol production became the leading use. Faced with evidence of environmental damage and higher vehicle fuel efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it would scale back the amount of ethanol required in gasoline blends by about 3 billion gallons a year by 2014. Given the evidence, that is a prudent step. The problems should not deter development of other biofuels, however, which can plan a positive role in environmental, economic and security improvements if better managed. Perfecting ethanol development from existing agricultural waste and wood waste, for example, would produce fuel without adversely affecting land and water. Biofuels should be one piece of the nation’s overall energy portfolio, but they’ll achieve that proper role only if ethanol’s role as political fuel in the Midwest is diminished.

YOUR OPINIONS Invitations can be handled outside the classroom

To the Editor: This is in response to the letter from Greta Allen published November 23rd concerning the question of requiring children to invite the whole class for a party. The requirement is that unless all children in the class are being invited, invitations may not be distributed in the classroom. Children may invite whomever they like, but the invitations must be issued outside of school. This is a perfectly reasonable rule. In the workplace, one is not required to invite all workmates, but I would hope that good manners would prevail and invitations would be extended outside the workplace and working hours. Good manners would also ask that an effort be made to ascertain addresses, or at least phone numbers, of the persons one wishes to invite. Ann Abernathy Colonial Heights, Va.

Prosecutor thanks voters, supporters To the Editor: This is the time to express thanks and thankfulness, and I want to do so publicly. I say thank you to the voters who took the time to express their will at the voting booth. I am thankful we have the opportunity to vote for community leaders and for statewide offices. I want to thank those who voted for me to remain Commonwealth’s Attorney and am thankful that I have one of the best jobs available to an attorney. I am thankful that we have a new and outstanding courthouse to work in. I want to thank those who supported me in the past and still do so. It is important to have friends and supporters and I am thankful for each one. I am thankful that I can serve Colonial Heights, and that I can share the blessings of this special community. I thank my family for being there for me and each hard-working member of my staff for their professionalism. I am

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thankful that God has blessed me in many ways and hope that he will continue to offer protection, and I pray that with his help justice will be available for all. Finally, I am thankful that God’s justice is tempered with mercy, so that we all may have hope. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! William B. Bray Colonial Heights

Can’t the city fix a street light? To the Editor: The streetlight on the corner of Hamilton and Lyons Avenue, Colonial Heights, has been non-functional for well over a year. This intersection is very busy all day long and into the night and now that the daylight is gone by 5 p.m., it makes it impossible to see pedestrians and bike riders. I have contacted the Streets Department in Colonial Heights, and the person in charge directed me to call Dominion Virginia Power. He then volunteered to call them for me and I can only assume he did. That was three months ago, still no light. It would appear to me that the city of Colonial Heights is leaving itself open

to a lawsuit if an accident does happen and someone is seriously injured. It looks to be a very simple job. How many Dominion personnel does it take to screw in a light bulb? Charles Patrick Colonial Heights

Thank you from newly elected official To the Editor: Dear citizens of Colonial Heights: The words “Thank You” do not come close to what I want to express to the citizens of the city of Colonial Heights. From the very beginning of this long endeavor, I received words of support from so many of you; family, friends, acquaintances, and even some of you that I did not know. Over the past nine months or so, my wife, my sisters, many friends, and some of you that I did not know joined me to form a close knit group that worked extremely hard to get the word out to every citizen in our city just who Bill Feasenmyer was as a person and why they thought he should be your next Commissioner of the Revenue. That close knit group became too large to name all of you here, however, you all know who you are and already know how grateful I am for your hard work and support. You, the citizens of Colonial Heights have now also given me your support, expressed your confidence in me, and now expect me to fulfill my obligations to you. I can only say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart for that support and promise you that I will do everything within my power to fulfill that obligation. I was “elected to serve” and I will do that with honesty, integrity, and confidentiality just as my predecessors have done. I look forward to the challenges ahead and invite all citizens to stop by the Commissioner’s Office for a visit or to express any concerns or suggestions that might be of benefit to our citizens or our city. Bill Feasenmyer Colonial Heights

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“My mother has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and . . . .what’s most traditionally for us is the whole family getting together and having dinner, but knowing this will be our last with her is very hard.”

“When all the family comes to one house and we’d fix dinner, have music, do the decorations, and exchange gifts. The gift part isn’t the main thing, it’s about the family.”



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Hobo the dog jogs with James and Jordan Kester. Hobo was lagging a little behind, so she got some assistance.

Family-friendly event on Thanksgiving Day raises money for Colonial Heights School programs and scholarships BY VANESSA REMMERS STAFF WRITER

Over 1,000 people who laced up their shoes for the second annual Colonial Heights Turkey Trot on Thursday had, in true Thanksgiving spirit, killed two birds with one stone. On the one hand, the participants burned some calories before scooting their chairs up to the Thanksgiving Day dinner table. And on the other hand, they supported Colonial Heights schools. Theproceedsfromthetrot, which combined a 5K Fun Run and 1 mile run, support Colonial Heights school programs and scholarships. It was hosted for a second time by the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce. “The whole idea is to keep this simple. A Thanksgiving Day gathering of friends and family. We just love living in Colonial Heights, that’s all,” said Roger Green, executive director of the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce. The mass of runners and walkers who gathered at the starting point was larger than it was the previous year. One thousand and eighty people pre-registered for the run, with many more registering the day of at the rallying point at Colonial Heights High School, said Green. Last year, 850 participants had pre-registered. “There are not many events that the whole family can get involved in and this is one of them,” Marilyn Greene with the Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce said. Colonial Heights school teachers and officials were joined not only by Colonial Heights residents this year, but many outside the city. For two Prince George res-


The Gaylen family, from left, Ava, Adalyn, Rebekah and Austin, competes in the costume contest before the second annual Turkey Trot in Colonial Heights Thursday, Nov. 28. More than 1,000 people throughout the Tri-City region took advantage of the opportunity to do something fun together as a family, get a little exercise and raise money for Colonial Heights school projects and scholarships. idents, watching their son and stepson run in the race was more like Christmas. Justin Duvall, a shaken baby survivor who is wheelchairbound, was being pushed for the first time by experienced runner John Howe. Howe reached out to Duvall’s parents about being Duvall’s partner in the turkey trot. “He’s been so excited all morning. Normally he won’t get out of the bed before nine. He sprang up this morning and got ready and laughed all the way here,” said Sharon Brown-Ledford, Justin’s mother. If Justin enjoys the 5K, then longer runs and even a triathlon with Howe may be next. Pushing an occupied stroller with another child

close by, Cory and Allison Wirt, of Midlothian, said they wanted to support the city in which Allison grew up and where her mother still works as an educator in one of the city’s schools. As Allison’s mother prepared Thanksgiving back at home, the family went to run and walk. “We did this last year. I think it is a great way to promote fitness and support the schools and bring the community together,” Allison Wirt said. From the Matoaca area, Regina George and Beth Henderson saw the race as additional training for their running. The pair, who recently completed a halfmarathon, set a goal of finishing the 5K in 33 minutes.



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 1-2:30 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



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 information about VFW membership or other activities, call Tom Ferguson, 748-4896. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Stress and Anger Management by Yoga and Meditation is being held 5-6 p.m. Saturday at 914-A Hardy Ave. For more information, contact Dr. J. Upadhyay at 524-0589 or 943-8688.




HOPEWELL — The Hopewell Moose Family Center 1472 features bingo on Sunday nights at 4701 Western St. Doors open at 3:30, game starts at 6:30. Lucky 7 and two progressive jackpots, starting at $500 each. $15 admission. Featuring computer bingo, instants, snack bar, and smoking and nonsmoking sections. For more information, call 804-458-1015.


“This is a great way to start the day,” Regina George said. “This gives us an opportunity to run and have fun at it.” The Matoaca and Midlothian residents walked alongside those from Colonial Heights like Peggy Jordan and her family, who dressed as the three little pigs and were one of the last standing during the event’s costume contest. Both of Jordan’s two children attend Tussing Elementary. “We have a lot of things to be thankful for this year and we wanted to participate,” Jordan said. Colonial Heights School Board member Cindy Shortlidge warmed up next to her daughter, Lexi, a Colonial Heights High School gradu-


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 the Post 284 website, http://mysite. or call 526-5656. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Transatlantic Brides and Parents Association, a British Heritage Society, will meet at 2 p.m. Monday at the Colonial Heights Public Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. For information, call Valerie Jones at 804-526-1731. MATOACA — The Retired Teachers Club of Petersburg and Vicinity will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Baptist Children’s Home, Ritchie Multi-Purpose Building and Learning Center, 6900 Hickory Road. For information, call Filmore Martin, Membership chairman, at 804-732-3048. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Tri-City Coin Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Colonial Heights Public Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. For information, call George Minson at 804-5262939.

ate, at the starting line. “This is our second year and we like to run, then we can eat. It is a great cause and a great idea,” Cindy Shortlidge said. Seven minutes and thirty seconds after the first runners crossed the starting line, Bob Flanigan, of Chester, crossed the finish line as the race winner. The triathlon runner could not think of a better way to start Thanksgiving morning. “[The run] prepares me for the binging,” Flanigan said. “It was awesome. The people out there were so supportive. I had such a good time.” • Vanessa Remmers can be reached at 804-722-5155 or vremmers@progress-index. com


COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Tri-Cities Hokie Club and Alumni Association meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Heights Vocational School on Conduit Road.



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights Post 284 Auxiliary meets Wednesday at the Post Home, 505 Springdale Ave. The Executive Committee meets at 6 p.m., followed by a social at 7. The general meeting begins at 7:30. For membership information, contact Betty Medeiros at 896-1482. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support meets at Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights at 6:45 p.m. each Wednesday. The group is designed to be “open” so that a person can begin coming any week. Childcare is provided. The church is located at 17201 Jeff Davis Hwy. DivorceCare features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. For information, call 526-0424. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 485 meets each Wednesday morning at Colonial Heights Library, 1000 Yacht Basin Drive. Weigh-ins begin at 8:15 a.m. and the meetings start at 9. For 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 5260689. Monies raised support youth projects in the community. CHESTERFIELD — Chesterfield County Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center hosts a free, on-going support group for survivors of domestic and sexual violence from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. New members are welcome to join at any time. For information or to enroll, call 706-1281.


Bridge work to take 2 weeks BY F.M. WIGGINS STAFF WRITER

COLONIAL HEIGHTS Work is continuing over the next two weeks on the eastbound bridge on Temple Avenue. The span, originally built in 1958, had several structural deficiencies to the deck of the bridge. Assistant Director of Public Works Brian Copple said the conditions were initially detected in only the left lane. Some of the same conditions were later detected in the right lane, making it necessary to close both lanes and fix the issues. “The deterioration of the bridge deck occurred just due to the traffic load over time,” Copple said, adding that the bridge was initially designed to handle the current load of traffic. The twin, westbound span is still in good condition, but Copple said city officials will continue to monitor the condition of that bridge as well. The deterioration of the reinforced concrete deck structure on the eastbound bridge led to problems with the asphalt driving surface. “There was even one hole,” Copple said. He hopes that within two weeks at least one lane of the eastbound bridge will reopen, but that is largely determined by the weather. Cold temperatures make it more difficult to work for the crew working on the bridge. It also means other steps are necessary in preparing the materials used to make the repair. “We have to heat the metal up on site, use hot water for the concrete, and additives as allowed or when necessary,” Copple said. “The weather does have an impact.” Copple hopes the current 3-mile detour on the Boulevard to Ellerslie Avenue to Please see BRIDGE, Page 5



COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Colonial Heights Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dante’s Pizzeria. For more information, call Ralph Dunn, secretary, at 748-4810. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Rotary Club of Colonial Heights meets at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpark Boulevard, at 7 a.m. Thursday. CHESTER — The Chester Village Sunshine Club meets at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Chester Village Clubhouse, 11701 Chester Village Drive. This is for seniors 62 and older. Coffee and refreshments are provided. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Colonial Heights Moose Lodge 1783, 170 Moose Ave., holds bingo Thursday. Doors open 4 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Food is available for nominal fee. For directions, visit the website at www.chmoose. com or call 526-1537. CHESTER — Commonwealth Power Sports presents every type of Bike Night from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Steel Horse Bar & Grill, 1920 W. Hundred Road. COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Southside Regional Medical Center sponsors a free bereavement support group at 7 p.m. Thursday at Southside Rehabilitation Services, 430 Clairmont Court, Suite 120. For information, call Chaplain Don Phelps at 765-5593.

Calendar listings

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The Colonial Voice, Friday, December 6, 2013


Petersburg parade PETERSBURG — The Pe t e r s b u r g C h r i s t m a s Parade, “Celebrating a Healthy Holiday Season,” will be held Dec. 7, along South Crater Road, beginning at 3 p.m. The parade will feature floats, marching units and area bands. For more information, please call 804-733-2394.

Holiday event at Magnolia Grange House Museum CHESTERFIELD — The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will celebrate the Christmas season at Historic Magnolia Grange House Museum with the theme “A Dickens Christmas.” CHSV’s annual Christmas Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Magnolia Grange will be decorated in the theme of a Christmas with Charles Dickens, with the Holly and the Ivy traditional English Christmas decorations, wassail and favorite Dickens characters. This familyfriendly event features a visit from Santa, refreshments, free house tours and discounts in the gift shop along with a December 7-only Christmas Candy Shoppe. The open house is free, but donations towards the renovations at Magnolia Grange will be appreciated.

Centre Hill Museum Holiday Open House – December 7 & 8 Centre Hill’s Holiday Open House will be held on December 7th and 8th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A performance of Scrooge will be presented by local youth theatre company Limelight Talent at 4 p.m. each day. For all the details, visit www.petersburgarea. org.

Historic Petersburg Foundation Christmas Homes Tour – December 8 PETERSBURG — Tour beautifully decorated homes on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 4:00pm during the Historic Petersburg Foundation’s 36th Annual Christmas Homes Tour. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 on tour day per person. The Tour features restored historic homes decorated for the season, holiday refreshments, and a musical performance at Battersea Plantation’s Holiday Open House. Tour homes include: 221 South Sycamore Street; The Cameron Foundation Headquarters at 228 South Sycamore Street; The John Banister Chapter of the DAR House (2nd Historic Battersea Plantation Holiday Open House (refreshments beginning at 2:00pm & music at 4:00pm) at 1289 Upper Appomattox Street. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please call (804) 732-2096, or visit www.

NARFE meeting COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Petersburg Chapter 28, National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 11, at 11:30 AM, at Golden Corral Restaurant (Fort Lee Room), Southpark Mall, Colonial Heights. This chapter serves the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell, as well as the surrounding communities and counties. Retirees and active employees from all Federal agencies are invited to attend this meeting, as well as spouses, annuitants, and guests. We will have a short business meeting for the installation of new office holders for 2014 followed by a buffet lunch. For additional information call Chapter President Jack McMurchey, 458-3835.

Colonial Heights band pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix F.M. WIGGINS STAFF WRITER

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Jimi Hendrix would have been 71 today had he not died in 1970. Despite his brief career, Hendrix left behind a rich legacy of music. Hendrix Lives, a tribute band based in the region, celebrates the music of the man. The band is comprised of Grammy-nominated Lenny Holmes on vocals and lead guitar, Chris Hummel on drums and Saverio Morea III on bass. Hummel, 23, said he started playing drums when he was in the sixth grade. “I really liked the rock and the heavy metal,” Hummel said. Being friends with Morea since middle school, the two sometimes played together. Soon the band will play in at least one of the places that Hendrix himself played. Next month, the band is going on tour and will be stopping at Cafe Wha? in New York City, one of the places that Hendrix played during his lifetime. While the band will be playing there, Holmes makes it clear that he isn’t trying to be Hendrix. The band isn’t trying to be either “Band of Gypsies,” which played with Hendrix at Woodstock, or “The Experience,” which recorded and played with Hendrix for a number of years before the Woodstock music festival. Morea, also 23, said he has played guitar since he was 15 and also plays bass. “It’s exciting that we’re going to get to play where he played,” Morea

CRIME The following information was provided by the Colonial Heights Police Department: • Adams, Fernando Lee, 24, of the 4200 block of Cameron Road, Hopewell, was charged with probation violation on Nov. 19. • Austin, Staci, 41, of the 200 block of E. Westover Ave., Colonial Heights, was charged with fail to appear on Nov. 19. • C a r t e r, K a r e e m Jamonte Sr., 29, of s. Crater Road, Petersburg, was charged with fail to appear on Nov. 19. • Cash, Hunter Errik, 22, of the 2500 block of Bent Oaks Drive, Colonial Heights, was charged with fail to appear on Nov. 19. • Coleman, Paul Anthony, 51, of the 600 block of N. College St., Charlotte, N.C., was charged with forgery and fraud: false pretense on Nov. 19. • Dickerson, Sir John, 30, of the 1000 block of N. Park Drive, Petersburg, was charged with assault & battery: family member on Nov. 19. • H i l t o n , D av i d Shawn, 39, of the 100 block of N. 4th Ave., Hopewell, was charged with larceny: grand, aid or abet in larceny, larceny w/intent to sell and conspiracy on Nov. 19. • McElroy, Jarrell N., 20, of the 600 block of Bradford Lane, Petersburg, was charged with fail to appear on Nov. 19. • Re y n o l d s, Ap r i l Lynn, 37, of the 100 block of Cameron Ave., Colonial Heights, was charged with larceny: grand, aid or abet in larceny, larceny w/ intent to sell and conspiracy on Nov. 19. • Rush, Brandon Lee, 22, of the 16800 block of River Road, Chesterfield, was charged with probation: violation on Nov. 19.


Bassist Saverio Morea III, vocalist and lead guitarist Lenny Holmes and drummer Chris Hummel perform as Hendrix Lives, a Jimi Hendrix cover band. said of the upcoming tour, which will include shows in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Holmes, 40, said he grew up listening to Hendrix’s music and then the opportunity arose for him to be a part of a tribute band to one of the icons of rock ‘n’ roll. He said working with the younger, but extremely talented Morea and Hummel, is an incredible experience. To prepare for being in the band, Holmes said that he studied films of

• Strickland, Darren, 44, of the 24200 block of Mark Drive, Petersburg, was charged with possess firearm subject to protection order on Nov. 19. • Winston, Richard III, 33, of the 5100 block of Vintner Drive, Chesterfield, was charged with embezzlement on Nov. 19. • B a r n e r, Je s s i c a Renee, 23, of Locust Court, Petersburg, was charged with larceny: petit on Nov. 20 in the 600 block of Southpark Blvd. • Bar ner, Natasha Michelle, 20, of the 1100 block of Hinton St., Petersburg, was charged with larceny: petit on Nov. 20 in the 600 block of Southpark Blvd. • Hubbard, Blake A., 27, of the 2300 block of George St., Chester, was charged with fail to appear on Nov. 20. • Jones, Raqueal Rashalle, 20, of Corling Street, Petersburg, was charged with violation of court order on Nov. 20. • Smith, Jequon Rashawn, 18, of the 15100 block of Broadwater Way, Chester, was charged with larceny: petit on Nov. 20. • Brooks-Gaines, Stephen Daniel, 21, of the 2300 block of Indian Hills, Colonial Heights, was charged with sexual assault: aggravated and indecent exposure w/child on Nov. 21. • Minor, Tayvon Lee, 20, of the 3500 block of Westcliffe Ave., Richm o n d , w a s ch a r g e d with fail to appear on Nov. 21. • Pur tee, Philicia Rydell, 21, of the 1100 block of Roanoke Ave., Hopewell, was charged with fail to appear on Nov. 21. • Information is provided by police and sheriff ’s departments. This information may or may not be all inclusive. Arrests include summons. Arrests do not imply guilt.

Hendrix’s movements and mannerisms. “We’re paying honor to him and his music,” Holmes explained. That extends beyond merely playing the music that Hendrix played, but to using the same make and model of equipment as used by the musician. While Holmes isn’t lefthanded, he uses a Fender Hendrix Stratocaster. The guitar made by Fender has a reversed neck so that it may be strung in a manner similar to the way Hendrix had his gui-

tar strung. Hendrix was left-handed; however, he played a right-handed guitar, with the strings and neck essentially flipped so that he could play. Additionally, the band uses a fivepiece drum kit like Hendrix’s band used and the same model amplifiers that the music legend used. “It’s really authentic sounding and looking,” Holmes said. • F.M. Wigigns may be reached at 732-3456, ext. 3254 or

Controversy over ‘condition not a disability’ discharges


avy Department medical personnel are misusing an administrative separation authority called “Condition Not A Disability” on many sailors and Marines whose medical conditions should be screened through the disability evaluation system, an advocate for wounded warriors is charging. “The use of administrative discharges for conditions that require DES [disability evaluation system] processing simply has to stop,” retired Army Lt. Col. Michael A. Parker told the Department of Defense’s Recovering Warrior Task Force last month at its latest public hearing. Navy physicians too often fail to submit medical issues for disability evaluation, as regulations require, Parker said. Instead they allow members to be discharged for Condition Not A Disability, a faster and less costly administrative discharge than would occur with referral to a medical board. The consequence for sailors and Marines is discharge without a disability rating and compensation, or without a lifetime disability retirement that they might deserve, Parker contends.


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In an interview, Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan, Navy surgeon general and current co-chair of the task force, conceded there has been “inconsistency among some [health care] providers in what they consider to be separating issues versus a disability issue.” But he added, “In my experience there hasn’t been a preconceived design to use this to separate folks.” Defense Department Instruction 1332.38 lists conditions for which Condition Not a Disability should be used to separate members. They include urinary incontinence, sleepwalking, severe nightmares, dyslexia or other learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stuttering, incapacitating fear of flying, or airsickness, motion or travel Please see PHILPOTT, Page 6

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iolet Bank Museum will present “A Traditional Dickens’ Christmas” from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Museum. Admission is free. The public is encouraged to join Violet Bank Museum in welcoming select characters from Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol”, including Scrooge, Ghost of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchet, Ghost of Christmas Past and other select costumed characters. Those attending this event will see Violet Bank Museum illuminated by candlelight and view the collections of miniatures from the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. Children’s activities include Pin the Nose on the Reindeer, arts and crafts and coloring. There will also be live entertainment during the event. This event is open to residents and non-residents.


Rev. Brian Browder works on a grill full of hams Wednesday, Nov. 27, at his home in Colonial Heights, part of a meal being prepared for wounded warriors at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond. The Doctortown Guards Motorcycle Club prepared the free meal for the fifth year. F.M. WIGGINS STAFF WRITER

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Rev. Brian “Preacher” Browder was in his front yard Wednesday, Nov. 27, with 15 hams and 28 turkeys preparing Thanksgiving dinner for veterans at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. “Everything we take up there is homemade,” Browder said. That includes green beans, new potatoes, dinner rolls and sweet potato pies. The preparation of the massive feast takes more than 12 hours, including slicing the hams and the turkeys. According to Browder, a member of the Doctortown Guards Motorcy-


CHSV offers badge workshops for Scouts CHESTERFIELD — The Chesterfield Historical S o c i e t y o f Vi r g i n i a , (CHSV), in partnership with the Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, will present badge workshops for Girl Scouts and Webelos in the month of December. • The Girl Scout Brownie “Celebrating Community” Legacy Badge Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Chesterfield County Museum, 6813 Mimms L o o p. T h i s wo rk s h o p enables girls to earn this badge concerning community symbols, the meanings of patriotic songs and the exploration of historic landmarks at the 1917 Courthouse Green and Museum. The cost is $10 and registration is through the CHSV website at www. • Webelos Scouts can earn their Citizen Badge at a workshop from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the

cle Club, the effort is worth it because the club has cooked the meal for the past five years. Browder added that for him, it’s a chance to pass on some love and appreciation to the veterans at the hospital. Browder, an Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam war but wasn’t deployed to Vietnam, said it makes him feel good to share the meal with the veterans at the hospital. “Some of these guys on the spinal cord care unit, they can’t do anything but blink their eyes ... can you imagine? If you have an itch on your nose, something like that we take for granted and all these guys can do is blink their eyes,” he said. The veterans themselves are appre-

ciative of the meal, according to Browder. “Guys cry,” Browder said. “Some say that they haven’t eaten like this since they had a meal at their grandmother’s house.” Part of that owes to old-fashioned cooking techniques, which include using real ingredients such as butter and sugar, and not buying things that are pre-made. The turkeys are injected with a seasoning blend. The hams are glazed with a mixture of brown sugar and apple juice. “This is one thing that I just love to do,” Browder said. “And its our way of saying thank you.” • F.M. Wiggins may be reached at 732-3456, ext. 3254 or


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JoAnn K. Clark, 76, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at her residence. Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Charley M. and Edith Lilly Keffer. Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest W. Clark and a brother, Ronald Keffer. She is survived by: a son, Michael Clark of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Debra Weeks of South Chesterfield and Pamela Cofer and husband, Jack, of Prince George; a granddaughter, Amanda Jo Clark; two grandsons, Matthew J. Clark and Timothy J. Cofer; three brothers, Charles Keffer and wife, Wilma of Coal City, W.Va., Jack Keffer and wife, Scharma, of Elyria, Ohio, and Kenneth Keffer and wife, Carla of Shady Spring, W.Va.; a sister, Joyce Patterson-Sponsler of Colonial Heights; several nieces; nephews; and a special friend, Alice Greene. A special “thank you” to Crater Community Hospice for their care and compassion shown to Mrs. Clark. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Interment to followed in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Condolences may be registered at


Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph W. Hampton, 94, of Colonial Heights, passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at his residence. He was born Feb. 23, 1919, in Illinois. Mr. Hampton was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Hampton. Ralph was a first generation American who held a master’s degree in education from the College of William and Mary. He was a distinguished World War II veteran, who not only landed on Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion but also fought valiantly in the Battle of the Bulge. Knighted for valor on the battlefield, Mr. Hampton also received a Bronze Star for Courage during the battle. Mr. Hampton was a born educator. After his military career, he taught accounting at John Tyler Community College for many years while serving on several educational advisory committees. Not one to sit still for long, Mr. Hampton was an active member of Colonial Heights Rotary, the American Legion, Family of God Church and Senior Bowling league. He is survived by a son, Robert C.

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sickness. Navy physicians have used it far more widely, Parker claims. Separation data from the services appear to support his argument. From fiscal 2010 through 2013, an average of almost 1300 sailors and 1540 Marines per year were separated for Condition Not a Disability. Over the same period, Air Force used this authority an average of 22 times a year. Army data are kept in way that doesn’t allow comparison. It tracks total separations for conditions not disabling including personality disorder, which other service branches track separately. [A 2010 congressional investigation found Army had abused use of personality disorder, viewed as a pre-service condition, to separate soldiers with post-traumatic stress, which should result in a service-connected disability and sometimes retirement.] But Parker said he knew of only one soldier, and no airmen, separated under Condition Not a Disability for a medical condition not listed in the CDN regulation, suggesting its misuse is largely a Navy Department problem. Former Navy Hospital Corpsman Todd Bruder says he fell victim to it. A year ago, while assigned to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for field medical training, Bruder broke his right foot during command physical training, a simple misstep in a flag football game. Bruder said he felt “pops” in his foot. The next morning it was swollen and bruised, and x-rays showed fractures in the joint of his big toe and in the sesamoid bone behind it. The orthopedic clinic at Pendleton

Hampton and wife, Karen; daughter, Mary L. Flanary; grandchildren, Robert B. Hampton, John R. Hampton, Christina L. Neece; great-grandchildren, Bryanna Neece, Abigail Neece and Blake Hampton. The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Graveside services will be private. Contributions may be made to the Family of God Church, 2500 Point of Rocks Road, Chester, VA 23836. Condolences may be registered at

EDYTHE B. SPRUILL Edythe B. Spruill, 96, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the Colonial Heights Health Care Center. She was born April 6, 1917, in Wakefield, Va., to the late Richard Henry Benson and the Ada King Benson, and was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Spruill. She was a former resident of Dendron, Va., for many years, but made her home in Colonial Heights for the past 10 years. Mrs. Spruill was a member of Dendron United Methodist Church, where she served faithfully in the United Methodist Women’s Society. She loved reading, working with flowers and was talented in sewing and crafts. She is survived by two sons, William D. Spruill Jr., and wife, Beverly, David B. Spruill and wife, Janet; daughter, Ellen S. Watko and husband, Alfred; grandchildren, Todd and wife, Angie, Craig and wife, Ashlee, Troy, Lynley and Emilie Spruill, Eric Watko; and great-grandchildren, Dylan, Taylor, Jansen, Grayson, Raegan Spruill. She is also survived by her dear nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank her home caregiver, Angelina Sills, the Colonial Heights Health Care Center, and Dr. Michael Cohen and Kim Hall of the Crater Community Hospice for the loving care she received. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, with the Rev. Ray Rowland officiating. Interment will follow in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to Dendron United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 118, Surry, VA 23883, or to Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. Condolences may be registered at

advised Bruder to stay off the foot and it would heal. It didn’t. Though he stopped using a protective boot after several weeks, walking remained painful. By April he was referred to a Navy podiatrist who also advised that the breaks would take time to heal. By mid-summer, Bruder needed steroid injections to relieve the pain. Yet a podiatrist wrote in Bruder’s medical file that his fractures had healed. A bone scan showed the sesamoid, in fact, had not mended. In August, doctors rejected Bruder’s request for a medical evaluation board, deemed him unfit for continued service by Condition Not a Disability and he was discharged, ending his six-year Navy career at age 29. Back home in Austin, Texas, a primary care physician referred Bruder to an orthopedic surgeon who confirmed one break had not healed, asked why the Navy had not operated and now recommended surgery to remove the sesamoid bone. Bruder, married with a child, has put off surgery, at first to be able to find a job and now, having one, to be able to keep it. Meanwhile, Bruder said, he limps, walking only on the outside of his right foot to lessen the pain, and takes pain medication daily Parker points to other cases too and says he worries that if the Navy Department doesn’t take corrective action to halt this practice, abuse of Condition Not a Disability could expand, particularly with the Marine Corps drawing down by more than 20,000 troops over the next several years. Navy physicians do face a “conundrum,” said Surgeon General Nathan, when patients have conditions that prevent return to full duty and yet doctors can’t find an effec-


FORT LEE - The Combined Arms Support Command hosted a visit by Lt. Gen. David G. Perkins, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center commanding general, Nov. 20-21, to highlight current training, credentialing and doctrine initiatives. CASCOM is responsible for training over 180,000 students annually, through 541 courses taught by the Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation schools, Soldier Support Institute and Army Logistics University. It is also a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. On the first day of his visit, Perkins took the opportunity to share his thoughts with students attending ALU’s Combined Logistics Captain Career Course. During his remarks, he explained the function of CAC and how the Army’s new doctrine process works. “We needed to restructure how we develop doctrine, rethink how we published it, and how we can keep it current and relevant, yet universal,” Perkins said. He added that the Army went from over 500 manuals describing warfare, to just 15 easy-toread core manuals on how to think about warfare. The next day, he was hosted by the commandants of each school for a tour of their facilities. His first stop was the Ordnance School where he spoke with students and viewed the different training departments. Instructors provided demonstrations of various skillsbased training, the virtual welder and the Stryker interactive classroom. He also learned about the many credentialing and female integration initiatives the school is undertaking. Perkins then returned to ALU, where he discussed professional development opportunities with students Please see CAC, Page 8

tive treatment or even confirm a condition. “I think there have been inconsistencies,” Nathan said. “Sometimes we have young providers, especially early on in a conflict, who are new to the system and don’t understand all the nuances. We work very hard to look for areas where we may see discrepancies, and to educate providers and have commands understand.” Still, Nathan added, when members face discharge for Condition Not a Disability, they should be able to “go to their chain of command and to their service, and say, ‘Can somebody look at this and tell me if I could have a second review?’ ” Nathan suggested that after more than a decade of war, the medical system and its personnel have a lot of experience and knowledge on disabling conditions and on out-processing individuals found unfit. “Does that mean there’s not an errant individual out there who, by innocence, doesn’t understand the differences between separation and the IDES [individual disability evaluation system]? It’s possible,” Nathan said. But the “chance of these things falling through the cracks is much less.” He adamantly disagrees with suggestions “that anybody does it intentionally as a way to separate somebody and save the taxpayers money.” Any improper use of Condition Not a Disability he has reviewed, Nathan said, shows only that “individuals didn’t understand the system,” • Syndicated columnist Tom Philpott has covered military for more than 35 years. To comment, write Military Update, P.O. Box 231111, Centreville, VA, or email milupdate@aol. com or twitter: Tom Philpott @Military_Update



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KAHC earns national recognition as an Army medical home BY TEREASA WADE KENNER ARMY HEALTH CLINIC

FORT LEE - After one year of hard work, Kenner Army Health Clinic has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level III Army Patient-Centered Medical Home. NCQA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, it has been a central figure in driving health improvement throughout the health care system. As part of the recognition process, NCQA reviewed hundreds of documents submitted by the KAHC staff, which provided fact-based evidence that the clinic was conducting business as a true Medical Home. “NCQA recognition at this level ensures that patients enrolled at Kennerwillenjoyaconsistenthealth care experience,” said Col. Thomas S. Bundt, KAHC commander. “This is achieved through enhanced provider-team partnerships and coordinated preventive care planning ensuring a truly patient-centered experience.” NCQA measures the ability of medical facilities to provide quality health care through standardized, objective measurement guidelines. It requires recognized facilities to enhance access to care and patients’ continuity with their provider teams, keep track of patient data to help manage patients’ well-being, plan and manage care using evidence-based practices, provide selfcare support and community resources, as well as track and coordinate tests, referrals and other care for patients. Finally, clinics have to show that they measure their performance and patients’ feedback to continue improving the quality of care. Here’s what patients can expect from the KAHC Medical Home: - A personal provider. Each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner who is


Col. Thomas S. Bundt, Kenner Army Health Clinic, commander, hangs a certificate declaring the facility as a Level 3 Army Patient Centered Medical Home. trained to provide first contact, continuous and comprehensive care. - Physician-directed medical practice. The personal physician leads a team(s) of individuals at the practice level who collectively take responsibility for ongoing patient care. - Whole person orientation. The personal provider is responsible for providing all of the patient’s health care needs or for arranging care with other qualified professionals. -CoordinatedandIntegratedCare.

Each patient’s care is coordinated and integrated across all elements of the health care system and the patient’s community. - Quality and Safety focus: All members of the health care team are focused on ensuring high quality care in the medical home. - Improved access: In the PCMH, enhanced access to care options are available through open scheduling, same day appointments, secure messaging, and other innovative options

for communication between patients, their personal physician and practice staff. “Our staff will continue to work diligently to help patients with a chronic illness keep their diseases, such as diabetes or asthma, under control and keep them out of the hospital,” said Bundt. “Additionally, we will work to help healthy patients stay healthy with preventive screening and the ability to ask questions and get test results by the use of

secure messaging.” The goal is to have all of its primary care facilities in the continental United States and overseas achieve NCQA recognition and transform to the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care no later than Oct. 1, 2014. The transition to the PCMH model of care is part of Army Medicine’s overall shift from a health care system to a system for health.



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who was waiting for the parade near the end of this year’s route at Westover Avenue. Atkins said her daughter was in the parade for a second year in a row with one of the many dance schools that performs during the parade. “They’re constantly moving, so I’m kind of glad that it got shortened a little bit.” This year’s parade started at A Avenue and continued to Westover Avenue, roughly four-tenths of a mile. Dan Spurlock said he was grateful for the weather, but was happy there was at least a little bit of a chill in the air. “It’s a Christmas parade after all,” Spurlock said. Others at the parade could be overheard saying jokingly that with the shortened route, they wouldn’t be surprised if next year’s parade ends up only being one block long. Matthew Carson said he’s been coming to the parade for several years and has his favorite spot picked out on the parade route — at the Colonial Heights Post Office. “With the shorter route it just means we all have to squeeze together a little more,” Carson said. “But it really didn’t change our plans.” Carson said his children love coming to see the parade. • F.M. Wiggins may be reached at 732-3456, ext. 3254 or

attending intermediate-level education courses. After departing the university, his final stops were with the Quartermaster School’s Logistics Training Department and Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. While at LTD, Perkins viewed Soldiers learning the Army’s new global combat support system. He then visited the culinary center where service members learn basic and advanced food service skills. After spending the day at the Home of Sustainment, Perkins stated he was impressed with the quality of training and the professionalism of the Soldiers and civilians providing it. “You have not been captivated by technology, but rather have leveraged it, realizing the cornerstone of our Army is the Soldier,” he said. “I feel very confident that the sustainment capability of our Army is in very good hands here at CASCOM.” CAC, located at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., develops and integrates Ar my leader development, doctrine, education, lessons learned, functional training, training support, training development, and proponent responsibilities. This in turn supports mission command and prepares the Army to successfully conduct unified land operations in a joint, interagency, inter-governmental and multinational environment.

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Top left: Flag twirlers entertain the crowd during the Colonial Heights Christmas Parade Tuesday night on the Boulevard. Top right: Race car driver Gray Gaulding served as grand marshall of the Colonial Heights Christmas Parade. Below: Football players chant and march during the Colonial Heights Christmas Parade.

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