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Since 1988, the Virginia Peach Festival has sought to recognize and promote the agriculture of Patrick County, says the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce. The festival will be held from 4-10 p.m. Friday at Wayside Park in Stuart. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with music by Evan and Dana and The Worx at 6 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. There will be all kinds of “peachy” dishes to sample for a fee — cobblers, pies, etc.
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TODAY’S WORD is laborious. Example: The cleanup was a laborious task but worth the effort.

SUNDAY’S WORD was separatist. It means “a member of a group of people who want to form a new country, religion, etc., that is separate from the one they are in now.” It is formed from separate and comes from the Latin word that literally means “to prepare apart.” Example: It is unclear if the separatist rebels, the Ukrainian government or Russia fired the missile that took down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. (Source: Merriam-Webster Online)

Henry County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend). The itinerary includes:

Day 1: Visit the 911 Memorial and South Street Seaport and see other attractions.

Day 2: Visit the Empire State Building Observatory. At Rockefeller Plaza, will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the NBC Store and see Radio City Music Hall; go to Grand Central Terminal, Central Park and China Town. During the evening, will visit Times Square.

Day 3: Take a ferry by the Statue of Liberty on the way to Battery Park.

The price per person of $399 double; $389 triple; $379 quad; and $499 single, includes round-trip transportation, breakfast upon departure; two nights lodging in New Jersey, admission to Empire State Building Observatory, ferry ticket to Statue of Liberty and a tour host. Participants can board the bus at Walmart in Martinsville if there are 20 or more passengers from the Henry County and surrounding area are going. For more information, call 634-4645 or (540) 366-2888.

The following story comes from jokes.ochristian.com/Christian/Just_For_Kids”

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.

She didn’t know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened. The baby sitter told her that her the fever was getting worse. She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.”

So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, “This is what you sent to help me?” But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said, “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”

He said, “Sure”. He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man.”

The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour.”

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, Thank you God! You even sent me a professional!”

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Observations by the STROLLER on property improvements to be admired locally:

• Clock Tower, the former Tultex building on Commonwealth Boulevard is alive again. For years, after Tultex closed, the building was basically empty and drab and no vehicles in the parking lot. Today, the facade to the building has been updated to include a clock in a tower, and the parking lot has lots of vehicles in it again.

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Area high school students from Patrick Henry Community College Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science and Martinsville-Henry County After 3 Summer Discovery Institute will perform the musical “Godspell Jr.” in a free, “give-what-you-can” fundraising event at 7 p.m. July 17 and 18 in the Walker Fine Arts Theatre at PHCC. The community is invited to attend the hour-long show, presented in partnership with the PHCC Patriot Players. If you have questions, call 656-0200, ext. 5493.

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WEDNESDAY’S WORD is duplicity (doo-PLISS-uh-tee). Example: In a shameful act of duplicity, Jerry took the money he was entrusted to donate to the homeless shelter and instead used it to buy drugs. (Source: Merriam-Webster)

TUESDAY’S WORD was homonymous (hoh-MAH-nuh-mus). It means ambiguous; having the same designation; of, relating to, or being homonyms. Example: We always called the elder Michael “Big Mike” to distinguish him from his homonymous son. (Source: Merriam-Webster)

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Carl deHart, local historian, city archivist, retired librarian ... is into education. An avid reader, deHart runs into all kinds of material. The STROLLER asked deHart months ago to come up with something the public would like to read. The following is what he came up with. It’s what he says were actual exam answers given to grade school, high school and even college students “somewhere.” Here are several that you may have to research or ponder before realizing the mistakes:
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A free clothes giveaway by Christ Church at 1425 Spruce St. Ext. will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday. Gently used items of anything will be accepted as well, such as leftovers from yard sales, estate sales, etc. By donating these items, you are giving back to the community, a news release said. For more information, call 358-1424.

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SUNDAY'S WORD is logy (LOH-ghee). Example: After the long hike to the top of the mountain and back down again, we were really logy. (Source: Merriam-Webster’s Word Central)
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Martinsville Elks Lodge 1752’s yearly fishing rodeo at the King’s Grant Retirement Community pond will be held Saturday. Registration will begin at 9 a.m.; fishing will go from 10 a.m. until noon. The rodeo is free for children 12 and younger. Trophies and prizes will be awarded, and fishing poles and worms provided. Pre-registration is not required.
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FRIDAY'S WORD is fantod (FAN-tahd). Example: “The idea of such a sum — $140,000! — dropping into the lap of a 19-year-old gave me the fantods.” — From an article by Lucy Ferriss in The New York Times, June 28, 2009 (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Community Indoor Yard Sale from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the fire department. Concessions will be available. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Ginger Painter at 957-2902.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is sashay (sa-SHAY). Example: A parade of fashion models sashayed down the catwalk in the designer's latest creations.
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FRIDAY'S WORD is crepitate (KREP-uh-tayt). Example: Most of the tiny town’s residents had something to contribute to the bonfire, and it burned brightly and crepitated loudly late into the night. (Source: Merriam Webster)
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If you are out of shape, have back problems or a heart condition, it may be dangerous for you to shovel snow. After a snowfall, hospitals are inundated with heart attack victims and patients with wrenched backs. Avoid overexertion that can lead to exhaustion or heart attack.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is temperamental (tem.per.a.men.tal). The actor is known for being temperamental and walking off the set.
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MONDAY'S WORD is ubiquitous (yoo-BIK-wuh-tus). The band's catchy new song is ubiquitous — I seem to hear it everywhere I go. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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Identity thefts come in various forms. For instance, a Patrick County small business owner went on what was perceived to be a reputable website to purchase computer parts. After giving information about the parts needed, the “so-called computer company” said it had to get into the buyer’s computer to see what was actually needed, to which the business owner complied. It took a matter of seconds before the credit card was compromised, which was confirmed by the credit card company after charges were made in another state.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is wangle (WANG-gul). Example: Somehow, Irene managed to wangle front-row tickets for the sold-out concert. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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Nine CDs were found Tuesday by a walker on the corner near the Virginia Museum of Natural History and First Baptist Church on Starling Avenue. The finder said they probably belong to someone who was walking in the area. They can be claimed by calling 666-4002.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is saponaceous (sap-uh-NAY-shus). Example: “When boiled or bruised in water, the leaves turn saponaceous, and the resulting lather cuts through grease.” — From an article in Mountain Xpress (Asheville, N.C.), March 16-March 22, 2005 (Source: Merriam Webster)
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FRIDAY'S WORD is paraphernalia (pair-uh-fuh-NAIL-yuh). “Over the years, he’s been into stained glass window-making, hiking, grilling and smoking meat, golfing, collecting bar paraphernalia and kayak fishing.” — From an article by Michael Warren in The Weekly Standard, Nov. 11
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THURSDAY'S WORD is debonair (deb-uh-NAIR). David, a handsome and debonair bachelor, was among the first guests to arrive at Hannah’s Christmas Eve party.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is eupeptic (yoo-PEP-tik). Warren’s stockbroker offered some surprising eupeptic predictions about Warren’s portfolio in spite of the sluggish economy. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is pinnacle (PIN-ih-kul). Winning the national championship was the pinnacle of his career.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is ferrule (FAIR-ul). Example: “Making a brush is as simple as knotting and gluing bristles to the handle, and holding them in place by slipping a tight metal ferrule over the bond between bristle and handle.” — From a post at swatchgirl.com on May 15, 2013
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On Wednesday, two local churches will offer free community meals:

• High Ridge Baptist Church, 1455 Carver Road, Martinsville, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• McCabe Memorial Baptist Church, 107 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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SUNDAY'S WORD is wight. Example: “But if there happen to be an unduly slender, clumsy or timorous wight in the ship, that wight is certain to be made a ship-keeper.” — Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”
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TUESDAY'S WORDS are dragon’s teeth (DRAG-unz-TEETH). Example: The political analyst insisted that the government’s policy was misguided and would only sow dragon’s teeth by increasing poverty and discontent. (Merriam-Webster)
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FRIDAY'S WORD is trumpery (TRUMP-uh-ree). Example: Moving to a new house has given me an excuse to toss out years of accumulated knickknacks and trumpery.
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WEDNESDAY’S WORD was phosphene (FAHSS-feen) It means a luminous impression due to excitation of the retina. “One way to see phosphenes is to close your eyes and rub them with your palms or fingers ….” — From Andrew Neher’s 1990 book “Paranormal and Transcendental Experience”
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MONDAY’S WORD was vigor (vi-ger). It means active bodily or mental strength or force. Example: She was picked to lead the volunteer group because of her vigor and enthusiasm.
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SUNDAY'S WORD is sporadic (spuh-RAD-ik). Example: Since the region only receives sporadic rainfall, it is not conducive to growing most crops.

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FRIDAY'S WORD is gormless (GORM-lus). Her new assistant quickly proved himself to be completely gormless, forgetting to do half of the tasks she assigned to him and making a mess of the others. “And how many times have I stood up, precariously, trying to keep hold of my programme, glasses and coat, and pushed back hard against my seat, to have some gormless latecomers tread on my shoes on their way past without so much as a by-your-leave?” — From a commentary by Tim Walker in the Daily Telegraph (London), Sept. 26, 2013
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FRIDAY'S WORD is bonhomie (bah-nuh-MEE). Example: “Kayla was worried that she wouldn’t get along with her new roommates, but their bonhomie quickly put her at ease.”
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THURSDAY'S WORD is asseverate (uh-SEV-uh-rayt). “But of course it is!, asseverates Herman Woodlife” — Miles Kington, “Child slavery: the half-truth,” Independent, June 12, 1998.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is rubric (ROO-brik). Example: A stricter enforcement of anti-littering laws has been enacted under the rubric of downtown beautification.

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TUESDAY'S WORD is laden (LAYD-en). “We all hold on to objects that are laden with our memories.” — From a book review by Frederick J. Augustyn Jr. in Library Journal Reviews, Oct. 1, 2013
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A fundraiser will be held Saturday to benefit the Caring Hearts Free Clinic in Stuart. The Rural Music Coalition, led by Les Moore, will present a music extravaganza from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hooker Building at Rotary Field in Stuart. Mary Jo Leet, an organizer, told the STROLLER that this is a family event, and in addition to music by Moore, Free-Range Possums, UM Brew and The Farm Team, there will be activities for the kids. There will be concessions, face painting and make-your-own-sundaes. A supper of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, homemade desserts and beverages will be available.
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THURSDAY'S WORD is flout (FLOWT). Seth and Dorothy were completely mystified by Janis’ determination to flout as many social conventions as she could. — Alice Echols, “Scars of Sweet Paradise”
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MONDAY'S WORD is grandeur (gran-jur) (gran - jur). Example: They are restoring the hotel to its original grandeur.
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Flu shots will be available at the Spencer-Penn Centre beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. A staff member from Memorial Hospital in Martinsville will administer the shots, which will cost $20 for non-Medicare patients. There is no charge for Medicare participants. Call the center at 957-5757 to register.
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THURSDAY'S WORD is pristine (PRISS-teen). Example: “Our friend … had lost a great deal of his pristine timidity, and was now, especially when fortified with liquor, as talkative as might be.” — From William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847-48 novel “Vanity Fair”
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TUESDAY'S WORD is musket (MUSS-kut). Example: “They could see changes going on among the troops. There were marchings this way and that way. A battery wheeled leisurely. On the crest of a small hill was the thick gleam of many departing muskets.” — From Stephen Crane's 1895 novel The Red Badge of Courage
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An old-fashioned pumpkin-carving contest will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Jack Dalton Park. Henry County Parks and Recreation (HCPR) is sponsoring the contest and will provide patterns and tools for carving. Adults and children alike will choose from a variety of designs to make a pumpkin for Halloween. Participants must bring their own pumpkins. All children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. The registration deadline is Wednesday. Call HCPR at 634-4640 for more information and to register.
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FRIDAY'S WORD is corrigendum (kor-uh-JEN-dum). The day after running the article, the newspaper printed a corrigendum stating that the actress had been born in 1971, not 1871 as indicated.
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If you need tutoring in writing or math, the Martinsville City Adult Education Center is offering free classes.

The first writing class will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the center at 746 Indian Trail, Martinsville. Classes will continue on Thursdays.

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TUESDAY'S WORD is foofaraw (FOO-fuh-raw). Example: "Marcia Edwards … turned down the offer to become dean of the College of Education because she didn't want the hassle, especially the foofaraw of being the first woman dean." — From Garrison Keillor's 2004 book Homegrown Democrat
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TUESDAY'S WORD is per contra (per-Kahn-truh). I don’t think this is a good plan at all; per contra, I think it's likely to cause a serious problem.
September 9, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
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The reunion committee for the 30-year reunion of Martinsville High School’s Class of 1983 asks classmates who have not received an invitation by mail, or who know of someone who has not received one, to call Cindy Abercrombie Burdette at (919) 451-9873 or Stephen Roberson at 340-5255. The reunion will be Sept. 20-21 in Martinsville.

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TUESDAY'S WORD is labile (LAY-byle). Example: The researcher spent years studying chemically labile compounds in the hopes that they could be adapted into new medications.
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FRIDAY'S WORD is genial (JEE-nee-ul). Example: “Our genial host immediately offered us refreshments and introduced us to everyone.” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
August 29, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
THURSDAY'S WORD is vicissitude. Example: “As Massimo Montanari, an Italian food historian, points out, the fresh, local and seasonal food we prize today was for most of human history ‘a form of slavery,’ since it left us utterly at the mercy of the local vicissitudes of nature.” — from “The Ominvore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan (The Penguin Press, 2006)
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TUESDAY'S WORD is pacifically. Example: “‘This is my house and I will be the judge of what does no good.’ ‘Aye, all right,’ said Grandpa pacifically.” — from “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett (Dutton/Penguin, 2010)
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SUNDAY'S WORD is cloister (KLOY-ster). Example: “Julie declared that she was going to cloister herself and study as hard as she could until the exam.” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
August 16, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
FRIDAY'S WORDS are litmus test. (LIT-mus-TEST). Example: “The students who are following the discussion often look uncomfortable at this point, and the moment serves as a litmus test to see who really is paying attention.” — From an article by Dolores T. Puterbaugh in USA Today, November 2012
August 15, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
THURSDAY'S WORD is quip (KWIP). Example: To almost every comment I made, Amy responded with a quip and a smile.
August 14, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
WEDNESDAY'S WORD is depone (dih-POHN). Example: “A policeman had deponed at the preliminary inquiry that Barnes had willingly given permission for the samples to be taken.” — From an article by Barbara Gayle in The Weekly Gleaner (Jamaica, New York), October 11–17, 2012.
August 13, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
TUESDAY'S WORD is utmost (UT-mohst). Example: “These programs are of the utmost importance, as they allow students to learn from others who are not like themselves, sharpening their intellects, their opinions and ideas, while promoting open-mindedness both in and out of the classroom.” — From an article by Leah Ward Sears in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 15, 2013
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FRIDAY'S WORD is orgulous (OR-gyuh-lus). Example: “My golfing buddies and I are not orgulous members of some elitist country club; we appreciate a good course, but for us, it's about the sport, not the cachet.” (Merriam-Webster)
August 8, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
THURSDAY'S WORD is impetus (IM-puh-tus). Example: “The original impetus for the demonstrations was a twenty-centavo increase in bus fares; that’s just nine cents, but no one wants to pay more for a patently inadequate system.” — From an article by James Surowiecki at newyorker.com, July 8, 2013
August 7, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
WEDNESDAY'S WORD is kinetic (kuh-NET-ik). Example: “I’ve known John 30 years, and he’s still the kinetic guy trying to find the next new thing.” — Bill Gates, quoted in Forbes, May 27, 2013
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FRIDAY WORD is covenant (ke-va-nent). Example: The restrictive covenants of the building development prohibit the construction of buildings over 30 feet tall.
August 1, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
THURSDAY'S WORD is pinchbeck (PINCH-bek). Example: “Presently, your uncommon brooch will interest folks who collect scarab or Victorian jewelry, pinchbeck pieces or antique Egyptian items. If the pin has a strong, working clasp and no damage, it is valued at $75 to $125.” — From an article by Alyce Hand Benham in The Press of Atlantic City, May 18, 2013

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TUESDAY'S WORD is suffuse (suh-FYOOZ). It means to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light: flush, fill. Example: Mother opened the curtains and instantly the room was suffused with the light of morning.
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FRIDAY'S WORD is repertoire (REP-er-twahr). Example: “Though I have a limited repertoire when it comes to cooking, I managed to put together a decent meal that all of my guests seemed to enjoy.” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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The Department of Motor Vehicles maintains the official records of all reportable crashes within the commonwealth. Crashes may be reported by law enforcement or by an individual involved. DMV maintains the reports for a minimum of 36 months from the date of the crash. As of July 1, the Freedom of Information Act requests for accident/crash reports must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. As of this date, Virginia State Police no longer provides Virginia accident reports.
July 21, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
There have been reports of several people in the area being overcome with heat. AAA Mid-Atlantic and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warn motorists of the dangers of leaving children, the elderly, pets or any living being which cannot help itself unattended in a car for any amount of time. If you see a child?children alone in a vehicle, alert authorities immediately. When outside temperatures heat up, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in as little a 10 minutes. “At a core body temperature of 107 degrees, a child’s brain cells are damaged and internal organs shut down, causing serious injury or even death,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, with AAA.
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SUNDAY'S WORD is pilfer (pil-fer). Example: “They finally discovered that Mary had begun to pilfer money from the cash register after catching her on camera.” (Source: Dictionary.com)
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TUESDAY's WORD is aghast. Critics were aghast at how awful the play was. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
July 1, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller

Monday, July 1, 2013

TODAY’S WORD is preamble. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins by saying “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union ...” (Source: Merriam-Webster)

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THURSDAY'S WORD is jerkwater. Example: “‘We’re stranded in some jerkwater town in the middle of nowhere,’ said Larry when he called to tell us that the car’s engine had blown.” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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TUESDAY'S WORD is tintinnabulation. Example: The tintinnabulation from the center of the village left no one in doubt: Christmas had come at last.
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FRIDAY WORD is sandbag. Example: Several employees indicated that they felt they had been sandbagged and were considering filing complaints. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
June 13, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
THURSDAY'S WORD is martini. Example: James Bond likes his martini shaken, not stirred.
June 12, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
WEDNESDAY'S WORD is hoise. Example: Bethany was selected by her Girl Scout troop to hoise the American flag for Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony on the town green. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
June 11, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
TUESDAY'S WORD is chilblain. “The damp cold there goes bone deep, and chilblains are a threat ...” — From an article by Guy Trebay in The New York Times, Jan. 16, 2011 (Source: Merriam Webster)
June 10, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
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SUNDAY'S WORD is tucket. Example: The tucket sounded, and everyone rose as the king and queen entered the courtyard.
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THURSDAY'S WORD is encumber (in-KUM-ber). Example: Lack of funding has encumbered the project from day one.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is illustrious (ih-LUSS-tree-us). Example: During the ceremony, the illustrious star of stage and screen was presented with a lifetime achievement award.
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FRIDAY'S WORD is paranoia. Example: After years of living behind closed doors and drawn curtains, Jane was diagnosed with delusional paranoia and received medical help.
May 30, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
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Free diabetes education classes will be offered at the Martinsville branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Health Information program and the Martinsville Family Pharmacy. Teresa Messick, Pharm.D., will be the series presenter. Wednesday’s program will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be on “The Glycemic Index.” The rest of the classes will be offered at four week intervals. Anyone interested in attending may sign up at the Blue Ridge Regional Library or call 732-8515.
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THURSDAY'S WORD is nepotism (NEP-uh-tiz-um). Example: “I got a job there as a result of my grandfather being on the board of directors — a lesson in loyalty here, or, should I say, just plain old nepotism.” — James Carville, from his book, “Stickin’: The Case for Loyalty” (one of 20 most recent journal entries recorded in Word of the Day’s Live Journal)
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TUESDAY'S WORD is oftentimes (AW-fun-tymez). "For the past three months, viewers have borne witness to what has become a winning formula in reality TV: loudmouthed, oftentimes obnoxious people bickering with one another." — From a recap of “Celebrity Apprentice” by Dan Hyman on RollingStone.com, May 21, 2012
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Dr. John Clark and his wife, Julie, will give free health seminars Saturday at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 339 Chatham Road (Virginia 57 East). “Glorify God in Your Body” will be presented at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served afterward. The program at 2:30 p.m. will be “Why Charcoal?” which shows how to treat infection, inflammation, poisonings and other conditions naturally. At 4 p.m., the program will be “Ideal Weight: Achieve it Naturally.”
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SUNDAY'S WORD is benediction. Example: As the preacher gave the benediction, Sylvia was relieved there were only a few more minutes of trying to keep her toddler quiet.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is disdain. She could not keep the disdain from appearing on her face when she opened her birthday gift to discover her new boyfriend had given her a tacky costume-jewelry necklace instead of the simple gold piece she had had her eye on.
April 22, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
MONDAY'S WORD is xenophobia. Example: “A few counterexamples raise doubts: the downturn in immigration during World War I due to the interruption of transatlantic ship traffic and the mobilization of many young Europeans for the war did not lead to a decline in stereotypes and prejudice; in fact, the wartime period and the few years afterward produced some of the worst xenophobia the United States has ever seen.” — From Richard Alba’s 2012 book “Blurring the Color Line” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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Wednesday’s STROLLER had a notice about a stroller that Tracy Tomblin and her daughter, Britney Hammock, left at Jack Dalton Park last week. Wednesday morning, a jubilant Tomblin called to say that at 9 a.m., they received a call from the man who found the stroller the morning after they left it. He returned it to them and refused any reward. Tomblin said she couldn’t believe that she had been announcing the missing stroller all over social media sites for a week to no avail — but it was returned the very morning it appeared in the Bulletin.

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FRIDAY'S WORDS are flea circus. Example: The flea circus was popular for a few hundred years, but it has all but died out in the last 50 or 60 years.
April 11, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
THURSDAY'S WORD is kiln. Example: Now that Matilda has bought a kiln, she can add slumped glass vases to her collection of glass items which, until now, have been mostly stained glass windows and lamps.
April 10, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
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SUNDAY'S WORD is fuliginous. Example: “Theo’s journalism professor encouraged him to eschew fuliginous prose in favor of simple, straightforward language.” (Source: Merriam-Webster)
March 29, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
FRIDAY'S WORD is laudable. Parents, faculty and area residents commended the students for their laudable efforts at cleaning up the park and renovating its play structures. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
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FRIDAY'S WORD is ecumenical. Example: According to the Rev. David Adkins, the Rev. Dr. Leonard Lovett’s “ecumenical involvement began in 1974 as a rector at a Vatican-Pentecostal Dialogue held in West Germany.”
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TUESDAY'S WORD is cajole. When her boyfriend would not agree to co-sign on her loan to buy a new car, she tried to cajole him with flattery and a home-cooked meal.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is Esperanto. He thought learning some Esperanto would help him in his world travels, but throughout Europe people just looked askance when he started talking.
February 25, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
February 24, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
If you have been looking for something to do in your spare time or opportunities to meet others, being a volunteer at the Reynolds Homestead may fit those bills. The Homestead will hold a volunteer recruitment tea at 3 p.m. today for anyone who wants to learn about volunteer opportunities.

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Calvary Christian Church, 515 Mulberry Road, Martinsville, will hold a free community meal from 5:30-6:30 this evening. For transportation within the city, call 632-4577.
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SUNDAY'S WORD is intemperate. Example: The state senator eventually apologized for her intemperate rant against the governor.
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TUESDAY'S WORD is froufrou. Example: Styled in the manner of a Victorian mansion, the bed-and-breakfast featured so much froufrou that Darlene and Brian dared not touch a thing.
February 11, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
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TUESDAY'S WORD is bunt. “He hit a bunt and the ball rolled slowly along the ground while he ran quickly to first base.” (Source: www.englishclub.com)
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TUESDAY'S WORD is gambit. Example: Mentioning that he had nothing to do on Saturday night was an obvious gambit by Miles to get invited to Donna’s party.
January 28, 2013 The STROLLER - Stroller
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Hospice of Memorial Hospital will conduct grief groups on the fourth Monday of the month at 4 p.m. in the hospital’s first floor conference room. The first group will be held Feb. 25. The theme of the group will be “What is Grief and Bereavement.” For more information, contact social worker and bereavement coordinator Jessica Fralin at 666-7469.
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SUNDAY'S WORD is vegetarian. Example: The plump woman was tired of people always telling her that since she’s a vegetarian, shouldn’t she be skinny from only eating vegetables?
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TUESDAY'S WORD is bouillabaisse. Example: Hoping to impress his new girlfriend, Frank made a delightful meal of bouillabaisse, home-baked French bread and chocolate mousse, but he didn’t know she was allergic to shellfish, so the evening was a bust.
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FOCUS on Youth/CASA is a 501 (c)3 a non-profit organization that recruits, screens, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings. FOCUS on Youth/CASA promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community on the needs of abused and neglected children through advocacy, socialization and education that reduces juvenile delinquency. The agency is seeking volunteers for its Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age or older; be able to communicate orally or in writing; work compatibly with others; remain objective; keep information confidential and avoid over-involvement with individuals involved with the assigned case; display maturity to deal to with emotional and complex situations; and professional manner and appearance. Please apply at www.foycasamhc.org or call 403-5691 or 403-5058.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is inveigle. Example: Becki thought she could inveigle the police into thinking they had caught the wrong person.
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THURSDAY'S WORD is regift. I loved the brown sweater, candle set and bath salts, but I think I’ll definitely have to regift the reindeer cookie jar.

WEDNESDAY’S WORDS were stormy petrel. They mean one fond of strife; harbinger of trouble. (Source: Merriam-Webster) “Oh, Bernie,” said Paul, “you are such a stormy petrel, you can’t be satisfied with peace and pleasantries in the family.”

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WEDNESDAY'S WORDS are stormy petrel. Example: “Oh, Bernie,” said Paul, “you are such a stormy petrel. You can’t be satisfied with peace and pleasantries in the family.”
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TUESDAY'S WORD is skiv. Example: Bernie told his cousin Paul, “I may be a skinker and Hope may be a go-go girl, but at least we are regularly employed and have health insurance, while you are nothing but a skiv.”
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THURSDAY’S WORD is rampike. Example: When Bethany found someone’s discarded jacket along the trail in the woods, she hung it on a rampike on the chance its owner would come across it.
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December 18, 2012 The STROLLER: Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Stroller
TODAY’S WORD is intrapreneur. Example: Richard was a great intrapreneur, but once he retired, no one else took up where he left off, and the company grew stagnant.
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Anyone who will be alone this holiday season and is able to take care of a pet might want to visit the SPCA to see if there is a dog or cat that will give you unconditional love and bring joy to your life and theirs. The SPCA Adoption Center will be open on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, from 9 a.m. until noon for adoptions, store purchases and animal pickup. The center will be closed on Christmas Day and reopen on Wednesday.
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The Martinsville Exchange Club invites everyone to stop by to donate and chat with members as they ring the Salvation Army Bell from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday in front of Wal-Mart.

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The Fieldale Festival of Lights is being held each night through Christmas on the lawn of the Virginia Home Inn. On Saturday, a group will sing Christmas carols there at 5:30 p.m. and welcomes more people to join them. The Fieldale Christmas Parade will start at 6 p.m. at the end of 10th Street and end at the ballpark. Bea Bullard, co-chairman of the Fieldale Heritage Festival, will be the grand marshal. Donations of toys and canned goods will be accepted at the fire department.

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TUESDAY’S WORD is hashtag. Example: When the Hairstons took their children to the SCPA, their teenager said, “I love puppies, hashtag: adorable.”
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FRIDAY'S WORD is lame. Example: Every night when Fred came crawling in the house reeking of liquor, he gave Matilda some lame excuse about working late.
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November 1, 2012 Letter: J.W. Bryant - Opinion

On the Romney bus editorial

Although I no longer live in the immediate area, I am a daily reader of the online edition of the Bulletin, especially the editorials and the STROLLER. I enjoy the letters from (Robert) Piat, Charles Marshall, (Danny) Clifton, (Michael) Bestler and others as well as the humorous contributions from (Shelton) Scales to the Stroller.
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THURSDAY’S WORD was transpicuous. It means clearly seen through or understood (Merriam-Webster). The teens thought she was lying cleverly but for her parents, the fibs were completely transpicuous.

FRIDAY'S WORD is ameliorate. Example: Abigail thought ear plugs would ameliorate the cacophany at the race track, but the noise still was too much for her.

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WEDNESDAY’S WORD was phish. It means to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake website that replicates the real one. (Source: dictionary.com) Example: Many anti-virus programs now filter out or warn you of potential phish attacks.
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So much food will be served in the community Saturday that there should be no need to heat up your pots and pans:

• First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville will have a free community breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. The church is across the street from Patrick Henry Elementary School at 1901 Patrick Henry Ave.

• Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church will host a community share day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Clothes, canned goods and a light lunch will be offered for free. The church is at 1116 Mary Hunter Drive, Bassett.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9

MONDAY’S WORD was extemporaneous. It means composed, performed or uttered on the spur of the moment, impromptu, carefully prepared but delivered without notes or text, happening suddenly. (Merriam-Webster). Example: The new improv group, Theater (in the) Works, provides extemporaneous jokes and scenarios that leave the whole crowd laughing.
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A meeting of the Virginia Education Association — Retired will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Dutch Inn. The topic will be protecting VRS and public education. The $15 cost includes lunch. People are asked to make reservations by Wednesday by contacting cdonohue@veanea.org, kshairston@comcast.net, (800) 552-9554 or 957-1453.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD is plethora. “India’s huge press corps, representing a plethora of papers and magazines, was something else new since my student days.” — Abraham Verghese, “The Bandit King and the Movie Star,” The Atlantic, February 2001.

TUESDAY’S WORD was dapple. It means marked with patches of a color or a shade. Example: This section of Philpott Lake is beautiful in the dappled shade of late afternoon.

Many people consider apple butter to be one of the best parts of autumn. The Oak Level Ruritan Club will be making apple butter this weekend, and it welcomes customers. Sales will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Level Ruritan Building.

The families of George Clark, Bessie Mize Clark, Jessie Lee Clark and Ada Purdy Clark will have a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Philpott Dam Overlook shelter. Bring a covered dish and photographs.

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Based on some area fundraising meals, you won’t have to do much cooking this weekend:

Oak Level Ruritan Club will hold a ham and egg breakfast buffet from 7-10 a.m. Saturday. The menu will feature country ham, saw mill gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs, eggs fried to order, apples, grits, red-eye gravy, coffee and orange juice. Proceeds will benefit community projects, the scholarship fund and Bikes for Tykes.

The Fieldale Volunteer Fire Co. will have a fundraiser for new gear for firemen. Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at People’s gas station (corner of Appalachian Drive and Daniel Creek Road), hot dogs, hamburgers and corn dogs will be sold.

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The New College Institute will host a seminar on herbs at noon today. Speaker Kris Landrum will discuss the history, importance and uses of herbs. Let NCI know that you would like to attend by leaving a message at skeyser@newcollegeinstitute.org, or call 403-5612.
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The G.W. Carver Class of 1965 will have a 65th birthday celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday at Homer Dillard Post 78 in Fieldale. For more information, call Sandra Woodward at 957-3243 or Betty Turner at 629-5244.

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Attention race fans. If being on the infield of the Martinsville Speedway would get your blood pumping, this event is for you. A blood drive will be held there on Monday. Anyone registering to donate a pint of blood will receive a certificate for a free ticket to the Martinsville Speedway Pole Day on Oct. 26. The TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race is scheduled for Oct. 28. The blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit www.redcrossblood.org. While appointments are suggested, non-scheduled donors will be accepted on the day of the drive.
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Summer may be coming to a close, but mosquito season still is in full swing. Mosquito bites are more than just a nuisance now. They are a worry, because of the possibilities of transmitting West Nile virus (WNV). The Centers for Disease Control reports that the WNV is spreading faster than it has in years, partly due to the mild winter and several spring rains that allowed the mosquito population to build early. As of Tuesday, four cases have been reported in Virginia. Here’s how to protect yourself from mosquitos: Wear loose, light-colored clothing and use insect repellents with the smallest percentage of DEET necessary for the time you’ll be outdoors. Because mosquitos breed in standing water, don’t let water sit for more than a week at a time in containers, tarps, flat roofs, bird baths, wading pools, gutters and downspout screens.

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The Henry County Employee Activity Committee and American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive and double red cell donation in honor of the late Benny Summerlin on Friday. It will be held at the Henry County Administration Building, beginning at 9 a.m. Beverages, snacks and sandwiches will be served. To make an appointment for the blood drive, call Jennifer Gregory at 634-4603. Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Steve Eanes makes donations of double red cells and encourages others to. “They hook you up the same as donating blood but they hook you up to a machine that does all the scientific stuff,” he said. The machine “takes a unit of blood, spins out the red blood cells needed for cancer patients” and puts the plasma and white blood cells back into your body. Once that gets circulating back around, it does it a second time. The red blood cells “are better used for cancer patients,” Eanes said.
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• Descendent of Peyton and Annie Coleman Gravely and J.E. and Annie Lynch Nunn will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Figsboro Ruritan Building.

• The Shough family reunion will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church Ministry Center. Bring a covered dish; drinks and paper products will be provided.

• The descendents of Joseph Taylor Hundley and May Etta Hopkins Hundley will have their annual reunion at Rangeley Ruritan Building on Sunday. The meal will be served at 1 p.m. so bring food to share.

• The Roach/Earles family reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Roach Farm on Sandy River Road in Axton. For directions, call Ernest Roach at 650-8666.

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Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church will have a free community meal from 5:30 to 6:30 tonight. The church is located at 2805 Riverside Drive, Bassett.

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Jordan Gravely, a 2003 graduate of Martinsville High School, built a memorial to honor her late classmate Howard Stone, who died in a 2004 fire in his fraternity house at the University of Mississippi. The memorial is at Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan, where she created it as a project toward her master’s degree in architecture. To get the $7,000 necessary to move it to Montana, where Stone’s family now lives, she made an appeal for donations on the website www.kickstarter.com. As of Wednesday afternoon, $7,495 has been raised.
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The Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will have its annual jewelry sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Jewelry and accessories will be sold for $5 each. The sale will be held in the main classroom of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville. Checks, cash and credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Patient Care Fund.
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CONTACT Listen Line is celebrating its 40th anniversary today. CONTACT volunteers man the phones for people in crisis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A training schedule is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4. Sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout September. Anyone wanting to take the course to volunteer with CONTACT or just for personal interest may register by calling the business office at 638-8980.
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The Chaney-Hall family reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Fairy Stone State Park. Bring a dish to share, as well as a chair. The Lone Ivy String Band will provide entertainment.
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An Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group on Aging meets at the Southern Area Agency on Aging, 204 Cleveland Ave., Martinsville, on the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone interested in attending for caregiver support or to learn more about the disease is encouraged to attend. Call the Southern Area Agency on Aging at 632-6442 o 1-800-468-4571 for more information.
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If you are looking for some treasures, you might check out two yard sales coming up.

Stepping Stones’ sale will be from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at the National Guard Armory. It had sought donations of household items, furniture and more.

American Legion Post 42 will hold its sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at its building on Cabell Street near Blue Ridge Rehab. It will feature furniture, household items, tools, antiques, a collection of original Cabbage Patch Dolls and more. Free coffee and donuts. All proceeds will benefit local veterans.

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The STROLLER mentioned the Paralympic Games on Tuesday in connection with the London Olympic Games. According to Internet sources, the Paralympic Games are an international multi-sport event for athletes with physical disabilities. The fields include athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness and cerebral palsy. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, and they are held immediately following their respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The paralympics began in 1948 with a small group of British World War II veterans, and now it is one of the largest international sporting events.

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A benefit auction and concert will be held Saturday for Tabatha Law, who has cancer. Flying-S-Charters and Chris Lambert Auctions is sponsoring the benefit that will begin at 6 p.m. at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Tabatha is the wife of Henry County School Board member Rudy Law. Dozens of items have been donated for the auction, including NASCAR autographed promo pictures, a U.S. flag flown over Iraq, a wrestling belt donated by WWE Star Kane, a new secretary desk, a handmade quilt and items autographed by Virgil Goode, who is running for president. A release says three former NFL superstars from the Washington Red Skins will be at the auction to autograph pictures. Cindy Price will sing.
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“Phill-Up the Bus,” sponsored by Altrusa International of Martinsville and Henry County in partnership with River Community Bank, N.A., is collecting school supplies and monetary donations that will be used to buy school supplies to be contributed to area public schools for needy children. School supplies and donations may be dropped off at the Imperial and Stanleytown branches as well as the main office of River Community Bank through Aug. 3. In addition, Altrusa members and bank volunteers will accept donations at TGIF from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Finally, “Phill-Up the Bus” will be at Wal-Mart from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. For more information, contact Martha Woody at 790-7574 or Larissa Rash at 627-0000.

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Here’s some humor from the Internet to start your day:

Three medical students were discussing what specialties they were planning to go into when they finished school.

One said, “I want to be a brain surgeon. That’s the frontier, the cutting edge of medicine, where so many discoveries are being made.”

The second said, “I want to be a heart surgeon. There are so many people who need that kind of help. Look at all the good I could do.”

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Cathie Gandel wrote on “Voter Registration: What a Mess” for the latest AARP Bulletin. According to the article, Virginia is among the states joining a pilot project in an effort to update voter lists. “At least 1.8 million people on the voter rolls won’t be able to cast their ballots this November. That’s because they’re dead,” she wrote. “Their registrations are among a total of more than 24 million inaccurate or out-of-date U.S. voter records,” according to the Pew Center on the States. “That’s one in eight voter records.”
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The International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for boys and girls from a variety of countries around the world — France, Spain, Norway, Finland, Germany, China, Thailand and many others. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. The release says the students are personable, academically selected, conversant in English, bright, curious and excited to learn about the America by living with a family, attending high school and sharing their culture and language. The students will arrive shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is insured, brings personal spending money and expects to contribute to household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. To become a host family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE locally, call Peggy Duhamel at (540) 830-0182 or the ASSE Eastern Regional Office at 1-800-677-2773.

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Youth aged 7-12 are invited to join the Henry County Parks and Recreation department’s Craft Smart building camp from 3-4:30 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3 at the Henry County Administration Building. Participants will be working with hammers, nails, sandpaper, glue and paint to build their own birdhouses. The $10 cost includes both sessions and all materials. Call 634-4640 to pre-register.
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Campers began “rolling in” at Wayside Park in Stuart as early as Monday for this weekend’s annual Bluegrass Festival. Danny Hazelwood said more than 200 campers had leased spaces and about 150 had arrived by Wednesday. Entertainment began Wednesday evening and will continue through Saturday with bands such as Junior Sisk from Franklin County and his band, Rambler’s Choice, the Lonesome River Band with Patrick County’s Sammy Shelor, and Lost and Found, featuring Allen Mills from Patrick County. Patrick County rescue squads will be on standby and working the parking lots as well as selling 50/50 tickets as a fundraiser. The Shriners from Martinsville will provide food. The schedule on Friday is: Kill-Basa-Bill, 3 p.m.; Junior Sisk, 4 p.m.; Lonesome River Band, 5 p.m. The second show will feature Dailey and Vincent at 9 p.m. with Lonesome River ending the evening at 10 p.m. The Saturday schedule is: Mickey Galyean and Cullens Bridge, 1 p.m.; Johnathan Dillon, 2 p.m.; Lost and Found, 3 p.m.; Constant Change, 4 p.m.; and James King, 5 p.m. The show will be repeated, starting at 7 p.m. after the supper break. For more information, contact Danny or Patty Hazelwood at 692-4149.

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In addition to the free community meal events listed in Tuesday’s STROLLER, Smith Memorial United Methodist Church will offer a free meal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. The church is at 2703 Daniels Creek Road (at the corner of Daniels Creek Road and John Redd Boulevard) in Collinsville.
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Dottie Haley of Mount Olivet Road wrote that she is a member of the local Master Naturalist Chapter and recently joined the Virginia Bluebird Society. She has started monitoring blue bird nest boxes in the area. She wrote that she would like to find out if more people in the area are interested in monitoring nest boxes.
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The Division of Motor (DMV) charges a fee if you go to a DMV office to make a transaction. A release from DMV states that Virginians are encouraged to sign up for myDMV Account to do all your transactions online. “Thirty-one transactions are now available on DMV’s website,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “Because of our large array of alternative service offerings, more customers than ever are using a more convenient method to conduct their DMV business rather than visiting an office, and many of those are using the web.” To conduct business online, customers are encouraged to sign up for a myDMV account at www.dmvNow.com/myDMV.
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The Stuart Farmers market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon Friday with cool season produce, such as spinach, lettuce, beets, broccoli, green onions and much more.
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April 24, 2012 Letter: Loretta Smith - Opinion

CONTACT helpers hailed

My regards to those who have previously promoted their organizations in the Bulletin STROLLER and letters observing National Volunteer Week. I, too, would like to applaud volunteers who freely give of their time to area agencies and churches.
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More and more people are using credit and debit cards when making purchases because it is quick and easy. It also is quick and easy for those card numbers to end up in the wrong hands, according to a story in the recent issue of Virginia Farm Bureau magazine. “We continue to see an increase in credit and debit card number thefts, because consumers aren’t being careful and because thieves are becoming more and more clever,” said Frank Dunton, vice president of investigations for Virginia Farm Bureau. Dunton said thieves have been using devices called skimmers t read the magnetic strips on credit and debit cards. The devices are placed inside card scanners and ATMs and also can be placed outside of the machines. “It’s important to look around and check your surroundings before using your card,” Dunton said. “It doesn’t take long for someone to copy your card number and use it.”

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Wednesday’s STROLLER looked at how funeral home hearses were used to transport patients to hospitals. Transporters had little or no medical training. Over the years, there were several milestones in the history of paramedics. This segment starts with 1967.
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Reminders:

• The senior center will sponsor a trip to the Greensboro Barn Dinner Theatre on June 5 to see the musical “All Hands on Deck.” The $65 cost includes transportation, admission and lunch at the barn. Payments are due by April 24. Call 403-5260 for more information.

• Henry County Parks and Recreation Department sponsored trip to the Pennsylvania Dutch country April 24-26. People aged 50 and older who are interesting in registering should call 634-4644 for more details, including the cost.

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Anyone who has a family history of diabetes, has been told he/she is pre-diabetic or has received a diagnosis of diabetes is invited to attend free diabetes awareness classes to be presented by the Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness. The first of six classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Classes continue on Mondays through May 21. Learn about or how to better manage diabetes during the sessions. Call the center at 957-5757 to pre-register.
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Events throughout Martinsville and Henry County this weekend offer fun, food and entertainment. Check the daily Calendar for times and places. While en route to any activities Saturday morning, drop by the Magna Vista High School Horticulture Greenhouse. It will be open from 9 a.m. until noon with annuals, perennials, tomatoes, etc. The greenhouse is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays.
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Someone found a sweatshirt with a car key in the pocket Friday morning along the Dick and Willie Trail. He left it at the Bulletin. Call the newspaper at 638-8801 if you think it may be yours.

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Remember Charles Butler, a former band director with the Martinsville schools? Butler is a member of the “Men of Smith,” a performing group headquartered in Greensboro, N.C. On April 6, the Men of Smith will perform at the “The Showstopper Talent Show,” sponsored by the Delvin L. Hairston Memorial Fund. Also appearing will be the Zula Zeta Chapter of lota Phi Theta Fraternity from A&T State University, the local NSBE Step Team and others. The show will be held at 6 p.m. at Albert Harris Elementary School.
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The Gateway Streetscape volunteers were out early Tuesday morning on Church Street sprucing up the green spaces and corner lots. Gateway is urging residents and business owners in Henry County and Martinsville to clean up litter along the streets, roads and around their property in anticipation of thousands of visitors that are expected to come here for the weekend race at Martinsville Speedway.
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Dave and Traci Morton of Ridgeway are attempting to adopt a child internationally, but the expenses are threatening the family’s ability to meet the deadline to raise the money before the child will age out of the system in May. Friends of the Mortons are helping raise the funds through two raffle opportunities. The first is a new black 8gb iPod Touch in the box, and the winner will be drawn April 5. The second is a free tuxedo rental from JD Tux in Fieldale, which ends March 25. You can enter to win at www.eightmortons.blogspot.com. For a $5 donation you will get five entries; $10 donation gets you 20 entries; and for $20, you get 40 entries. You also can earn an entry by sharing the giveaway on Facebook. Leave a comment on Traci’s blog or tag her on the Facebook post so she knows you added your entry for sharing. For more information, call Traci Morton at 340-0356 or email tracikm@gmail.com.
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Solvents, paints, fuels, fluids, acid batteries, computer components and numerous other items can be disposed of properly without charge April 14 when Environmental Options Inc., EMI, Henry County, city of Martinsville and the Gateway Streetscape Foundation sponsor Household Hazardous Waste Day. Items may be dropped off at the Henry County Service Center in Bassett from 9 a.m. until noon that Saturday. The service is not available to commercial businesses. Items that will not be accepted include smoke detectors, compressed gas cylinders, explosives or shock sensitive materials, radioactive materials, infectious or biologically active materials, household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, drain cleaners, tires and fluorescent light bulbs. For more information, call 634-2503, 634-4674 or 340-8009.

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NASCAR race tickets, movie packages, festival and resort tickets, specialized gift baskets filled with goodies, furniture, and on and on ... too many items to mention, will be auctioned at the seventh annual Multiple Sclerosis Charity Auction on March 24 at the John D. Bassett Historical Center (former Bassett Middle School). Doors will open at 5 p.m. with hot dogs, snacks and beverages. The auction will start at 6 p.m. The "Wings of Courage" Walk Team is sponsoring the auction. The term of sale is cash or check made to the National MS Society. If you have questions, call 629-8195.
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Tuesday's STROLLER reported that God's Pit Crew, headquartered in Danville , with a Martinsville area affiliation, was en route to Kentucky to help with the devastation caused by tornadoes last week. Crew volunteers responded with a release on Tuesday stating that they were in West Liberty, Ky., and would start Monday converting a warehouse into a school to replace the demolished West Liberty Elementary School. The release said the new school will accommodate 300 children. Volunteers will frame walls, hang sheetrock and install electrical wiring for 13 classrooms, dining hall, offices and the school board office. The release stated that Mercy Chefs will prepare hot meals for the children for the rest of the school year and Operation Compassion will ship school supplies. While the school is being built, the release said, some God's Pit Crew volunteers will continue work in the community cutting trees off of property, tarping roofs, etc. The Stroller would like to know if any other local volunteers went to the tornado-ravaged regions, such as Kentucky and Indiana, to help. Call 638-8801, ext. 230 if you have information.
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The Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department will be selling Henry County decals at the fire station from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until April 15.

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Don't expect to write in a candidate in the Republican primary vote on Tuesday. The Code of Virginia, Section 24.2-529, prohibits write-in votes in all primary elections conducted in the commonwealth. The Virginia State Board of Elections issued information stating that no ballot issued during the primary will have an area where a write-in name may be entered. In the case of electronic voting equipment, the option for a write-in vote has been disabled. In the case of paper ballots, if a name is written in a blank area on a ballot, or a name is scratched through and another is inserted, it will not register as a vote. "In no way will defacement of an official ballot be tallied as a vote for any person other than those candidates currently listed." The release states that only two candidates met the requirements to be listed on the ballot in Virginia: Ron Paul and Mitt Romney.
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The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Community Indoor Yard Sale from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire department community building, located behind the fire station. Biscuits will be available for breakfast and homemade soup and a grilled cheese sandwich will be sold for lunch. All of the tables have been reserved by vendors, selling everything from bird houses to custom-made window decals and shirts. There will be antiques, household items, glassware, handmade jewelry, dish cloths and crafts, as well as prom, wedding and formal wear.
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The Martinsville Uptown Rotary club will hold a spaghetti dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday with proceeds to go to the clubs' Youth Scholarship Fund and to assist with other youth-related activities in the Martinsville area. The dinner will be served at the city schools central office, formerly Druid Hills Elementary School, on Indian Trail. Najjar's Pizza Haven will provide the dinner. Tickets are $10 per dinner, which includes salad, tea and dessert. To reserve tickets by mid-morning Thursday, call Kim Adkins at 252-2679 or Phil Bryant at 252-8332. No tickets will be sold at the door.
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Bob Vogler of Martinsville, president of the Colonel George Waller Chapter, SAR, sent the following information...

"Feb. 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. While Americans recognize Washington as an indispensable founder of our nation, the Colonel George Waller Chapter "” Sons of the American Revolution and the General Joseph Martin and Patrick Henry Chapters "” Daughters of the American Revolution want the readers to know 10 interesting facts about our first president."�

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The Figsboro Community invites the residents, neighbors and families to a Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Jones Chapel Church of the Brethren at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. All friends, neighbors, residents in the Figsboro community are all invited to hear what the sheriff's department has to say about safety in the community.
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Today is the deadline to register for the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville's Money Management Mentoring Program, according to a press release. The first weekly session will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by six more. The program is free to adults aged 18 and older who live or work in Martinsville or Henry County. Dinner will be served, and child care is provided. Register online at www.unitedwayofhcm.org or call 638-3946. A schedule of class dates and times is available on the United Way website.
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Having an address of Ferrum doesn't necessarily mean you live in Franklin County, although it is often associated with being in that county. A portion of Patrick County has a mailing address of Ferrum, particularly on Union Bridge Road (near Fairystone State Park) and on Virginia 40 near Charity and Woolwine. Some residents of Patrick County have Bassett addresses and telephone numbers. The most confusing is Martinsville "” aside from the city of Martinsville, the Martinsville address extends far from the city "” mostly on and off Virginia 57 and U.S. 58 east and 58 west.
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Free flu vaccine for those aged 6 months and up, and free Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine "” "whooping cough" "” are available at the local Martinsville-Henry County Health Department. Call 638-2311 for more details.

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Hospice at Memorial Hospital will host monthly grief support group meetings on the last Tuesday of each month, beginning Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Hospice office. "Whether it is the loss of a spouse, a parent, a child, a job, or a pet, sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to who understands what you might be going through," the flyer states. Call 666-7469 for more information.
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Pat Ross of the Bassett Historical Center said the Mildred Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy recently loaned the historical center staff old scrapbooks, photographs and information that had been stored at the old Henry County Courthouse for years. She said the information helped set the record straight on several historical events in the area. One such "legend" is about the two cannons in front of the old Henry County Courthouse. Ross wrote that Kathleen Teague Carter years ago remembered vividly that there were no elephants involved in moving the cannons, as had been believed.
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A Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider class, which will teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, will be taught from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Henry County Public Safety building. Suzie Helbert, the instructor, said a Sunday class was requested to accommodate those who cannot attend a weekday class. Preregistration is required by calling 634-4662 or emailing shelbert@co.henry.va.us.

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Christine Elgin of Woolwine recently told a story of one of her family's Christmas traditions at Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church's Christmas program. When her son Cecil was a child (many years ago), Elgin said, the family was putting its manger scene out in their home. When the scene was complete, the baby Jesus could not be found. Finally, she found the baby in the kitchen in the bread box. When she asked her son why he had put the baby Jesus there, he replied that his Sunday school teacher told the children that Jesus was the bread of life, so he reasoned that the baby belonged with the bread. Elgin said baby Jesus stays in the bread box all year long, as a daily reminder of the necessity of Christ in one's life, but is placed in the manger close to Christmas.

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"Tobacco was the chief agricultural crop in this area, as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia, even before Henry County was formed," according to an article by the late Virginia Stone Windle in the book "Henry County. A Proud Look Back," which was written by local historians and published in the 1970s. "Cultivation of the "˜filthy weed' and later the manufacturing of it into a "˜good chew' proved to be the backbone of the local economy (for more than 150 years)."�
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If you want to join Henry County Parks and Recreation at Ryan's Restaurant from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday for breakfast with Santa Claus, register by Friday by calling 634-4640. Santa will be available for pictures and Christmas wish lists.
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The Lions Club of Martinsville-Henry County will present its monthly Bluegrass music Show on Saturday at The Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville. Mark Templeton and Pocket Change will be the guest band. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The potluck band will play from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the guest band will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Used eyeglasses may be donated in the theater lobby.
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As a reminder, the Fieldale historical marker, declared eligible for the National Register in 2008, will be unveiled at 1:30 p.m. today between the Waller marker and double mill gates on Field Avenue, Fieldale.

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The Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center and Museum in Uptown Martinsville will host author and historian Thomas D. Perry at 3 p.m. Sunday for a lecture on "Never Forget," an exhibit honoring the men from Martinsville and Henry and Patrick counties who lost their lives during the Vietnam War and the men who served during the Vietnam era and returned. This lecture is in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit of the same name, which includes photographs, interviews, medals, uniforms and other items from the men and their families. The exhibit is sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society and Laurel Hill Publishing.
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The Bassett High School Class of 1981 will hold a 30-year reunion Oct. 21. Classmates are invited to meet for a tailgate party at 5:30 p.m. at BHS that day and stay for the game at 7 p.m. Each family will be responsible for its meal. For more information, contact Chuck Tunnell, 226-0830.
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The West Piedmont Health District (Henry, Patrick and Franklin counties) and local veterinarians are urging people to "Protect the Ones You Love; Vaccinate for Rabies!"

"It is very important to vaccinate companion animals, such as dogs and cats, against rabies "” for their protection as well as the protection of you and your family," said Virginia's State Public Health Veterinarian Julia Murphy.

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The Virginia Museum of Natural History is looking for "chili teams" of four people each to cook up their favorite chili for the VMNH Chili Cook-Off and Cruise-In Festival to be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15. Teams will compete for the "Grand Champion Chili" first place $500 prize and a trophy. The second-place winner will get $250 and a trophy; the third place winner will get $150; the People's Choice prize is $300; and the best decorated booth prize is $50. Call Carolyn Seay of the museum at 634-4166 to sign up a team.

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Several local churches are serving free community meals at least one day a month. On Wednesday, a meal will be served at Christ Episcopal Church undercroft, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rachel Beneke wrote the parish's free meals program started in 2002 and has been ongoing since. It is financed by the Loaves & Fishes Ministry of the church, supported by the mission committee with additional donations from parish members.
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Here are some family reunion reminders:

"¢ Families of William F. Gravely, Nannie J. Winn, Peyton Gravely, Mary Ann Coleman Gravely, Joseph E. Nunn and Annie Lynch will gather Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. with lunch at 1 p.m. at Figsboro Ruritan Building. Paper plates, utensils and ice will be provided.

"¢ The Roach/Earles reunion will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Roach farm in Axton. Call 650-8666.

"¢ Joseph Taylor and Mary Etta Hopkins Hundley descendants will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Rangeley Ruritan Building.

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Dominion Valley Park in Stuart will host the annual Labor Day Weekend Gospel Sing on Sept. 2-4. Music will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday with The McKameys, Damascus Ridge and the Harvesters Quartet. Saturday from 4-10 p.m., the groups will be Paul Williams and Victory Trio, Singing Cookes, and Mark Bishop and The Spencer's. Sunday service, from 10 a.m. to noon, will feature music by the Singing Cookes and a sermon by Ricky Rogers. The event is sponsored by Moorefield Store Volunteer Fire Department, which will be in charge of concessions. Bring lawn chairs; shelters are available in case of rain. Admission is $15 per person or $25 for a two-day ticket. Children under 12 will be admitted free, and there is no charge for Sunday's service. Camping is available for $15 a day. For reservations, call 694-7009 or write James Cecil Hall, 481, Dominion Valley Lane, Stuart, Va. 24171.
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For restored car lovers in the area, the August showcased car at Saturday's Martinsville Cruise-In will be an Atomic Orange 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, owned by David Maxwell of Martinsville. A news release said the car was custom built by Ron Poteat with CARS of Martinsville.

The Martinsville Cruise-In will be in the big chair parking lot from 4 p.m., and is being sponsored by Martinsville Uptown, Martinsville Parks and Recreation, the Economic Development Corp., and 20 other local sponsors.

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In association with the Virginia State Peach Festival being held Friday at DeHart Park in Stuart, the 7th Annual Meadows of Dan Folk Fair will be held Saturday with activities getting underway at 10 a.m. There is free admission. Bring lawn chairs.
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"With the jobs situation locally, it's getting harder and harder to ask for donations to charitable organizations," said Ashley Oakes of Martinsville, who has organized a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She said a Second Chance Prom has been set for 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at The Gallery on Memorial Boulevard. Tickets are $60 a couple and $30 a single, and that includes dinner, dancing, door prizes and more. Not included in the ticket cost will be a cash bar and 50/50 tickets. A prom king and queen will be crowned. "On this occasion you don't have to spend money on fancy clothes; just wear your Sunday best," Oakes said. Tickets are available at the American Cancer Society on Spruce Street, or email: ashley.oakes31@yahoo.com and she will get the tickets to you.

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Do you have an American flag that's seen better days or that you don't need anymore? The American flag is not supposed to be thrown in the trash but rather retired through a proper flag-burning ceremony. Martinsville Exchange Club will hold a flag disposal ceremony Thursday, Aug. 4, before its meeting. Flags may be dropped off in the disposal box at Stone Ambulance, or call Nancy Kennett at 340-2234 to have your flag picked up. The disposal ceremony will be at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 4 in the back parking lot of the Dutch Inn, and the public is invited.
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The SPCA will host Bark in the Park with the Martinsville Mustangs on Sunday at Hooker Field. Well-behaved, vaccinated, leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their owners. Admission will cost $5 for people and $1 for dogs, with $7 admission for reserved seating. There will be $1 naked hot dog specials and $1 water specials for pets. All proceeds from pet admissions and concessions will benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. Dogs available for adoption also will be there. The gates will open at 6 p.m., and the game will start at 7:05 p.m.

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The Martinsville Exchange Club annually collects school supplies in support of local programs. A box has been placed in the lobby at the Dutch Inn for the month of July, where the public may drop off items such as paper, notebooks, pens and pencils.
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All proceeds from the sale of the book "Ararat Virginia: A Guide From Willis Gap to Kibler Valley" will go to the Joshua Kerns Fund to help the family of wounded Marine Joshua B. Kerns of Ararat. Laurel Hill Publishing says the book is available online at www.freestateofpatrick.com along with online sites such as Amazon and Barnes&Noble.com. The Ararat Grocery has the book for $10.
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The public is invited to the Patrick Henry Amateur Radio Association's ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Mount Olivet Ruritan Club at 400 Ward Road, which is a mile east of Martinsville off Virginia 57. Look for the antennas at the clubhouse. This is an opportunity to learn about ham radio (amateur radio), talk to active Hams and get on the air. According to Bill Bennett, last year communication was made with other Hams all over the USA, Europe, Asia and beyond. Operators will be working both phone (voice) and digital modes during this 24-hour event, with multiple stations covering a multitude of bands (short wave frequencies). For more information, call (434) 441-0623 or 632-5165.

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Here are some reminders of upcoming events:

"¢ TGIF featuring the band 58 West will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Uptown Martinsville Farmer's Market. A Buffalo Wing cookoff will be held.

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Clothe-A-Child, a program of the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville, works in conjunction with social services to collect clothing for the needy. There is a need for gently used, clean children's clothing, especially girls, sizes 6x-14; juniors, sizes 0-15; and boys, any size. Karen Turney with the UMC wrote that there is a great need for jeans of any size and men's clothing. Applications for clothing are being taken at social services through July 8. If you have questions, call the church at 638-8733 or email them to office@fumcmartinsville.net.
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The Woodmen of the World, Lodge 48, in Collinsville is sponsoring a Hawaiian Luau at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Family Activity Center at 310 Wagoner Road. The public is invited. Geneva Eanes, a WOW member, asks attendees to dress in Hawaiian attire and prepare for the Hula Hoop contest. She said she was going to wear a grass skirt. A traditional Hawaiian meal will be served. No cost was given.
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You can attend a movie under the stars at an outing Friday at Jack Dalton Park. Sponsored by Henry County Parks and Recreation, Movie Town and Woodall's Music, the family friendly movie, "Despicable Me" will be shown at 9 p.m. on a 9-by-21-foot screen. The movie is free. You can have a bag of popcorn, other snacks and refreshments, just like an inside movie theater. The movie is free. You will have to purchase the food.
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Stuart Fire Department Chief Buddy Dollarhite was admitted to MCV/VCU Hospital on Tuesday to begin procedures for his bone marrow transplant scheduled for June 15. Dollarhite has leukemia. Pamela Nowlin, secretary of the fire department, wrote that the department held a bone marrow testing match and more than 100 people showed up to get the test. It also have helped raise several thousand dollars that Dollarhite needed to get into the transplant program, she added. Fundraisers are on-going to help offset his medical costs.
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Shirley Stegall Philpott of Bassett says she has exhausted all means of finding where her grandmother is buried. Her grandmother, Julia Anna Minter Stegall, was the wife of Joseph William Stegall. Philpott wrote that her grandmother was living in Spray, N.C., at her death on Feb. 13, 1930, as listed on her death certificate. She had written a letter to her children requesting she be "carried back and be laid by her Dear Mother."�
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Motorists traveling to Magna Vista High School for graduation activities Saturday will need to be aware of the changes in traffic patterns. VDOT has issued a traffic alert stating that drivers must use Virginia 687 (Soapstone Road) to travel to the school. Virginia 688 (Lee Ford Camp Road) will be closed from 7 to 9 a.m. All traffic must use Soapstone Road from U.S. 220 and 58 or Virginia 641 (Joseph Martin Highway).
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The Stuart Farmers Market will celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the market in downtown Stuart. Locally grown produce as well as baked items, meats, handmade crafts and plants will be available. Bill Reyburn will provide music.
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For many years, Darren Davidson of Henry County played with local country and bluegrass bands. An accomplished fiddle player, his fellow musicians said he was sought after by a number of bands. His friends said that he has several debilitating illnesses and presently is in a wheelchair.
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The following humorous story about weapons of "math" destruction goes out to math teachers. It comes from a website of free jokes and goes:

At New York's Kennedy airport today, an individual was arrested, later determined to be a public school teacher, trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a slide rule and a calculator.

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Elvis Presley impersonator Keith Henderson has been booked for more shows in the area. After Henderson paid tribute to Elvis at last summer's Bassett Heritage Festival, the Stanleytown Ruritan Club immediately set out to book him for another local show. On April 16, the award-winning entertainer will come to Martinsville High School and will bring his complete band. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m.
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The Patrick Henry Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Virginia will present Dr. Michael Barber, Virginia state archaeologist, who will give a presentation on the excavations of an archaeological site near the town of Hurt in Pittsylvania County. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The site, a Native American village, dates to the mid 1600s and yielded thousands of artifacts, including decorated pottery, glass, European trade beads, and a variety of plant- and animal-food remains.
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January 7, 2011 Letter: Arlene A. Carter - Opinion

Ask for permission first

When working as a teacher at a middle school years ago, we were encouraged by our principal to "catch students doing good" at every opportunity. Names were then randomly pulled so that lucky students could be rewarded in front of their peers. This good conduct incentive was a positive factor for middle schoolers.

Your note in the STROLLER on Wednesday (about submitting names of good Samaritans) reminded me of that effort years ago.

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In the 1980s, columns appeared three days a week in the Martinsville Bulletin called Between the Lines, written by the late Bo Brown. His columns "” some satirical, some personal, some political "” had a bit of wit. His annual Christmas column was always a hit. After expressing his apology to Clement C. Moore, who wrote the original "'Twas the night before Christmas ..." Brown put his own perspective on the poem. Here are parts of that column:
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Tina Liza Jones, a musician and story teller from Floyd County, will be the guest at Thursday's Seniors In the Know meeting at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Jones will present her brand of bluegrass, folk and roots music, and stories. The program will start at 10 a.m.; breaking for refreshments will be around 11 a.m., followed by chair aerobics for those who want to participate. Aerobics is provided by the Martinsville/Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness.

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The Bassett Historical Center will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday. Pat Ross, curator of the historical center, said it had been closed recently in order to move into the new addition, and "now we are ready for the patrons and visitors to see the expanded center. New collections (and) new displays await the public," she said.

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Here are some more recycling facts from the Martinsville Green Committee:

"¢ Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and enough electricity to power the average American home for 5 months.

"¢ Recycling a ton of plastic will save 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of gasoline.

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"Back by popular demand" is the music of the James King Band and Mark Templeton and Pocket Change in concert at the Spencer-Penn Centre. The concert will be Saturday with showtime at 7 p.m. Doors will open at the center at 5 p.m. with concessions. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 957-5757 for more information or for advance tickets.
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The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation has on its website a long list of people that were stutters and became successful with treatment. Here are some:

"¢ Byron Pitts, correspondent for 60 Minutes, is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of "Step Out on Nothing."�

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Del Ward Armstrong will be speaking on legal issues for seniors, especially on living wills, at a seminar on Wednesday sponsored by the Martinsville/Henry County TRIAD S.A.L.T. Council. The seminar will be from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Henry County Administration Building. It is free, and no registration is required. Refreshments will be served and information packets will be distributed. For more information, call Southern Area Agency on Aging at 632-6442.

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A concert to benefit Toria Wimmer to help with medical bills related to kidney failure and upcoming transplant surgery will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Outdoorsman Park, a.k.a. "Catfish Pond," 480 Lewis Road, Martinsville. Among the bands to perform are Yesterday's Child, Eleventh Hour, E.C. & Tawni Hundley and The Farm Chicks. Admission is $5 at the gate; free for those under 12. Food will be available.

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Bob Sizemore of Axton wants to know: How do you get rid of stink bugs? He is not alone. Stink bugs are invading many states, including Virginia, according to Melanie Barrow, horticulture extension agent at the Henry County/Martinsville Cooperative Extension service.
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The Spencer-Penn Centre has scheduled its annual Giant Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3-4. The center is asking for donated items for the sale. Call 957-5757 for pickup of large items or for more information. Volunteers also are needed to work the day of the sale. There will be spots available for those who would like to set up and sell their items.
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On Tuesday, Aug. 3, neighborhoods throughout Henry and Patrick counties and Martinsville are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 27th Annual National Night Out crime and drugs prevention event. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., residents will be asked to lock their doors, turn on porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
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The 28th year of the Kibler Valley River Run will be celebrated Saturday on the Dan River near Claudville in Patrick County. The Red Bank Ruritan Club is sponsoring the run, with the cooperation of the city of Danville and Pinnacles Hydro Plant. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the cost is $25. This is a competitive river run with more than 30 categories of competition. River runners also can join the fun in a noncompetitive status. No alcohol is allowed on the premises. Only service animals are allowed. For more information, call 694-6012 or visit www.kiblervalley.zoomshare.com.
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As school days near, stores will be full of parents and youths buying back-to-school clothes. There are many families who cannot afford new shoes and clothing for their children. Area United Methodist Churches are preparing for a Back to School Clothe-A-Child event that will take place before school begins. Gently used clothing items for infants through high school ages, especially jeans and coats, are needed. You can drop them off at First United Methodist Church in Martinsville or contact Peggy Cross at 683-7352. Monetary donations are used to cover the cost of new shoes and school supplies. About $36 will provide items for one child. Checks should be made to First United Methodist Church, c/o Clothe-A-Child, 146 E. Main St., Martinsville, Va. 24112. All donations are tax deductible.
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The previously scheduled Big Bird's Charity Ride was rained out. Weather permitting, the ride will be held Saturday starting at Big Bird's Big Twins at Ridgeway and ending at the Bassett Moose Lodge. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the ride will leave out at 1 p.m. The fee to ride is $10 per motorcycle/car. All proceeds will go to Ricky "Big Bird" Holcomb to help defray costs associated with his recent illness. The ride is being organized by friends of Holcomb, who has supported the community with the annual Christmas Toy Run and other benefit runs to help those in need.
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The Uptown Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday with local farmers bringing their produce and fresh eggs to sell. Seafood and baked goods will be available. Also, there will be plants, flowers and herbs. Dean Smith will be entertaining. Free coffee will be available. Vegetables available include green onions, beets, cabbage, tomatoes, squash, green beans, turnip greens, potatoes, sugar and English peas, a variety of lettuce, turnips and mustard and turnip greens.

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If you failed to get the Virginia Home collectors ornament at the Heritage Festival, Jane Eggleston, a festival committee member, said they can be purchased at the Fieldale Café and Fieldale Insurance.

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Participants in the second annual "It's For the Kids 5k Run," which will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, can go to the Martinsville High School track and participate in the "Barefoot Mile" walk at 1 p.m. to benefit an organization called "Share Our Shoes."
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Several calls have been received regarding local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Nothing has been received from AA for the Calendar for a long time. To get meeting notices in the Calendar, one must complete the following information: What, when (must be actual meeting date; not every Tuesday, etc.), where and what time.
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Career Hub will be hosting a Summer Job and Volunteer Opportunities Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Career Hub is located in Liberty Fair Mall. Students who are looking for a positive summer experience assisting their community or exploring a different work environment are invited to attend. Students should bring their current resume if available.

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Gateway Streetscape Foundation invites all interested persons and groups to participate in the annual planting of the pots on Church, Main and Fayette streets in uptown Martinsville. Volunteers should meet in the Broad Street parking lot at 9 a.m. Saturday to receive instructions and assignments. Once the planting design is explained and demonstrated, volunteers will fan out to plant
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The Board of Directors of the Martinsville and Henry County YMCA is planning a Murder Mystery Dinner on May 15 at the Clubhouse Resort (formerly the Fieldcrest Lodge). Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner and drinks. All proceeds will benefit the Invest in Youth Program. For more information, contact Sherri Bell at 252-1201 or Mary Nester at 224-9833.
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The Martinsville Uptown Farmer's Market will open for the season Saturday with local farmers selling their goods. The hours are 6 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. This Saturday, the market will feature Master Gardener Aleen Wilson with herb seedlings and artisan Joyce Wray with a pottery demonstration. Farmers will be selling strawberries, lettuce, green onions, eggs, beef, baked goods, seafood and gourmet products.
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The Lions Club of Martinsville does more than provide monthly music at the Rives Theatre uptown. Jim Clark, the music organizer, said most of the $3 admission fee for the shows goes toward providing eye exams and glasses for those who can't afford them. He said the Lions Club's year goes from June to May, and it had 18 requests for assistance. Six of those requests have been met. Concert-goers may help by dropping used eye glasses to be recycled.
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Reynolds Homestead in Critz will host a Dinner and Movie Night on Thursday, April 15. Dinner at $10 a person will be a traditional Swedish smorgasbord with lots of surprises. Seating will be at 6 p.m. Reservations are required for the meal by calling 694-7181. The movie "Under the Sun" (1999) will begin at 7 p.m. and is free.
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Welcome race fans. Martinsville area organizations have planned numerous activities and events for your pleasure this weekend. Check the daily Calendar for listings of entertainment, food and much more.

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Bill Adkins, president of the board of directors of the Fieldale Community Center, told the STROLLER on Monday that two weeks ago on Wednesday, Buster Ferguson, longtime manager of the Fieldale Community, suffered a stroke and is hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He said Buster's friends have stepped in to keep the center operating "as long as it takes." Among them is Becky Roberts Hutchens. "Becky grew up in the community center and knows all the ins and outs of its operation," Adkins said.
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Children can brighten the day with their humor. Here are several stories found on one of the numerous Web sites that parents, teachers and others contribute to. The stories go:
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Deborah Daniel of Fieldale helped a bloodhound that roamed around the Fieldale area last fall and appeared to be abandoned. "But she wanted to roam and would manage to break a leash or chain that confined her," Daniel said Tuesday. Many people in the Fieldale area and those who drove through saw the red bloodhound for months until it suddenly disappeared this winter.
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When's the last time you took a written driver's test? When you were 16? The thought of taking the written driver's test for those who have not taken it in years is a dreaded fear. For the fifth year in a row, GMAC Insurance set out to gauge the knowledge of the American driving public in the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, where 5,183 respondents were administered actual questions taken from DMV tests. And GMAC said "it's clear Americans need a refresher course "” nearly 41 million licensed drivers would fail if retested today."�
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Nancy Philpott of Martinsville sent in some facts on the courtship of birds. February is the month for lovers and, even though it is still winter, many birds are already beginning their mating rituals.

Brightly colored songbirds apparently rely more upon their bright plumage to attract female mates as their displays are much more subtle than birds with less coloring.

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Apparently there were many good Samaritans who showed up to help those without electricity or those who were stranded in their homes because of the snow and tree damage over the weekend. One such person is Wesley Bouldin of Martinsville, according to a note e-mailed to the STROLLER. The grateful recipient wrote that Bouldin, "through the goodness of his heart," came out Saturday and cut some trees that were blocking an apartment complex. The writer said the complex was without electricity and a tree was blocking the driveway, preventing the residents from getting out.

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Several weeks ago, the STROLLER printed the address of Buddy Joyce of Spencer, whose wife Liz said she believed that if her husband received cards from the public, it would brighten his spirits while he awaits a kidney transplant. "It's unbelievable," said Liz on Thursday about the cards received. She said her husband had received well wishes from all over the country "” Florida, North Carolina, California, Ohio "” just to mention a few.
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After being shut in during the recent snowstorm, Eugene D. Stone of Martinsville wrote that he reminisced about his youthful days in the 1940s while living on a small farm on Bowen's Creek near Bassett. "Our family raised a large garden and canned a lot of produce and fed the remainder to the animals "” hogs, dogs, cats, etc.," he wrote. He told of the family raising two hogs and usually butchering them on Thanksgiving Day, "which was a school holiday, and all members of the family contributed to this all-day job."�
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A decision on whether to hold the Special Event Planning Showcase on Sunday at the Spencer-Penn Center should be made in time for Friday's paper. The showcase, which includes florists, caterers, photographers, event planners, travel agencies, entertainers and decorators "” everything you would need for a wedding, reception, anniversary, birthday party, class or family reunion "” will be rescheduled if it is canceled this weekend.
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"Walking in the Winter Wonderland," a hike at Gravely Nature Preserve to discover how the trees and animals adapt to the changes in weather, will be held next Saturday by Henry County Parks and Recreation and the Viginia Museum of Natural History. The hike will be from 10 a.m. until noon and is for all ages. The cost is $5. To register, contact discover@vmnh.virginia.gov or call 534-4185. Advanced registration is required one week before the program date.
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Here is a story in a Old Farmer's Almanac, Home Library Series, which describes the parts of a dollar bill:

"Take a dollar bill and look closely at the back. Thereon you will see two circular imprints representing both sides of the Great Seal of the United States. Most of us are familiar with the figure of the American eagle clutching an olive branch in one talon and a brace of arrows in the other. However, few people can explain the mystical symbol in the left-hand circle, even though it appears on every one of the dollar bills now in circulation.

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Two diplomas belonging to Henry County graduates have turned up at the Bulletin. They probably were used for articles in the past. One belongs to John Thomas Tarpley, who graduated from Laurel Park High School in 1995, and the other belongs to Christina Renee Lea, a 2002 graduate of Magna Vista High School. The Tarpley diploma also has an 8-inch by 10-inch picture of a LPHS basketball team. If the graduates or family members would like them, they can be picked up at the desk of the STROLLER at the Bulletin at 204 Broad St., Martinsville.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a reference guide (299 pages) for media on "Terrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies." What can be done by terrorists using chemicals alone can be frightening. For example, the section on radiation emergencies give a timeline of selected important events involving nuclear/radiological agents, including:
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Had it not been for the help of a Martinsville man, Lila Schobinger said she doesn't know what would have happened to her and her husband last weekend. She wrote that they worked from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday shoveling snow off sidewalks and entrances at a local mall. When the couple returned to their Martinsville home, she said there was a strong odor of oil in the house but passed if off as just having the oil tank refilled.
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A Community Thanksgiving Day service to benefit the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry of Martinsville and Henry County will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Zion A.M.E. Church at 304 Fayette St., Martinsville. The service is sponsored by area churches and everyone is welcome. The Rev. Reuben Boyd is pastor and will preside at the service.

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Bird watchers and others may find this of interest: Karl Hellriegel of Airport Road, Martinsville, wrote to the Bulletin claiming he observed a rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker in his front yard on Monday. "A large male bird was working on a dead limb in a maple tree. I expect he was just passing through," he wrote. Hellriegel added that he sat in his car and "watched him for 20 minutes or more. I have spent many a day in the woods and this is the first I have ever seen."�
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In honor of Veterans Day, the Martinsville/Henry County Veterans Honor Guard will hand out free U.S.A. flags at Kroger's in Liberty Fair Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Donations will be accepted to support the honor guard.

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Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade, which will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in uptown Martinsville. The deadline for entries is Nov. 15. The parade's theme is "The Heritage of Christmas." To get an entry form, e-mail the Parade Association at Christmas_Parade@msn.com or call 638-8173, 650-2302 or 276-618-2351 any night before 8:30 p.m. Donations are also being accepted to help defray costs of the event. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 3590, Martinsville, Va. 24115. For more information or to volunteer to help with the parade, contact any member of the Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade Association or leave a message at 618-2351.

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Many local people will remember the name Allen Shelton and especially if one associates him as the banjo picker with the late country music star Jim Eanes. In 1960, he also joined Jim and Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys bluegrass band. He continued to play with Jesse McReynolds and his band after the death of Jim McReynolds.
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The Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital has "A Christmas Wish for Patient Care." The wish is that everyone will drop in for their annual Open House at The Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday. The gift shop is located at the main entrance at the hospital.
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"Reusable shopping bags are about to go decidedly mainstream," and the public can actually make money by not using polyethylene bags, according to a story by Bruce Horovitz for USA Today.

The article stated that Target, "the fifth largest U.S. retailer last year, will announce Monday plans to give customers a 5-cent discount for every reusable bag they use to pack their purchases.

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A children's fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Wilson Park, sponsored by Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. Everyone, especially children, is invited to have free hot dogs and drinks, play games and challenge the inflatables.

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"Every 365 days, the earth completes a revolution around the sun, fading summer into fall and winter to spring. For some people, the changing seasons bring drastic changes in mood," stated an article in the October issue of Cooperative Living magazine.
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As a reminder, flu shots for seniors, aged 50 and older, will be offered Monday by Henry County Parks and Recreation working with Business Health Services of Memorial Hospital. The shots will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. in Room 1 at the Henry County Administration. The cost will be $20. Medicare or cash will be accepted as methods of payment.
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United Way of Henry County and Martinsville's Extreme Makeover Community Edition Project "Big Reveal" will be held at noon Friday at the home of Zack Routh at 243 Trinity Terrace in Martinsville. United Way mobilized volunteers to renovate the basement area of the home of Routh, an 18-year-old who was left paralyzed in June from a diving accident. The celebration will come one day after Zack's 19th birthday.

"An estimated $40,000 in materials and labor have been donated for this project, and Zack will get his first look at his new "˜apartment,'" said Kathy Rogers, executive director of the United Way.

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"Putt for a Purpose," Martinsville Schools' First Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, will be Oct. 9 at Forest Park Country Club. Play will be captain's choice format "” handicapped. Sign up as an individual for $75 or a team of four for $300. Players will receive dinner, beverages, mulligan and a logo golf tee. Hole sponsorships and corporate sponsorships are available. To register or learn more, call Jason Muehleck at 252-7025 or Chip Wyatt at 632-5651.
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Saturday's Bluegrass Music Show at The Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville will feature 14-year-old Johnathan Dillon of Wirtz and the band Phantom Grass. Johnathan started learning to play musical instruments at the age of seven and now feels at ease playing the mandolin, fiddle, guitar, bass and especially banjo. He won eighth place in banjo competition this year at the Galax Fiddler's Convention.
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Jennifer Oakley wrote that she is trying to locate former Miss Martinsville-Henry County pageant winners to be special guests on an upcoming Tiny Miss Southside Virginia Pageant. She can be contacted by phone at 638-1526 or 252-5530 or by e-mail: jimmyoakley@comcast.net.

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A "flapjack" fundraiser breakfast will be held at Applebee's from 8-10 a.m. Saturday to support the Martinsville High School Band Boosters. Tickets are $5 per person for the complete meal. To buy advance tickets or to help sell tickets, contact Deborah Russell at 638-6051; Robin Jarrett, 632-3100; or Cyndie Morrison, 956-2127. Tickets will be available at the door.

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The Patrick County Partnership for the Arts will be accepting donated, used band instruments at the Third Annual Arts in the Park at DeHart Park in Stuart on Sept. 12. Donated instruments will be refurbished for use in the elementary band program. Call 930-1201 for more information.

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In the early morning of June 7, George Ferguson of Bassett went to 57 Grocery to get a newspaper from the paper rack. He said apparently the pickup he was driving was not in gear and as he walked toward the paper box, the truck hit him from behind and ran over him. His wife, Cornelia, said he suffered massive injuries "” crushed ribs, punctured lungs, damaged vertebrae and internal injuries. After months of hospital/nursing home stay, he is finally home, "but he still has a long way to go," said his wife.
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The Spencer-Penn Centre will host four special bluegrass music concerts this fall, and unlike the monthly music nights, admission will be charged. The first concert will be held Friday with Wayne Henderson and Jeff Little. If you attended Sunday's grand opening of the Smith River Sports Complex, you heard these outstanding musicians along with other entertainers. The entertainment at the grand opening has gotten rave reviews, even from those that typically don't listen to bluegrass music. Henderson and Little's bluegrass music is considered unique, in that they combine the guitar and piano. Henderson is a world renowned guitar maker and performer. Little can play "the socks off" the piano, and he plays a repertoire of music that includes everything from Ray Charles to old-time bluegrass style music. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for concessions. Music will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available at the center for $10. Tickets at the door will be $12. Call 957-5757 or go to www.TheCentreatSpencerPenn.com for more information.

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The Patrick County High School Cougar Club, a nonprofit organization supporting PCHS athletes, is selling chances for the annual $10,000 cash giveaway. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased from any club member. The ticket price includes a meal for two on Oct. 24 in the PCHS cafeteria and a 1-in-25 chance to win cash. Every person with the 25th ticket drawn, in addition to the first ticket drawn, wins $500. The 250th ticket drawn has a prize of $5,000. Only 249 tickets will be sold, with chances sold on Ticket 250 to ticket holders on the night of the drawing. Every ticket must be represented to win. Complete rules are available on the Cougar Club's Web site, PCHSCougarClub.com. If you are not contacted by a Cougar and wish to purchase a ticket, call the school at 694-7137 or e-mail PCHSCougarClub@embarqmail.com.

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The goal to raise $2,000 at last Sunday's Jennifer Short Scholarship Car/Bike Ride was met, according to Ray Reynolds, co-organizer of the ride. He said that brings the scholarship fund to $11,304.65 that will go to local students to go to college. Two $500 scholarships have been awarded for the 2009 year, for a total of five scholarships awarded since 2002. This was the seventh year the ride has been held, with Reynolds and Ricky "Big Bird" Holcomb co-organizers. They have said the ride serves two purposes "” to raise money to help local students and to make sure the community does not forget the brutal, unsolved murders of Jennifer Short and her parents in 2002.

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Bikers Against Bullying: The Martinsville-Henry County Mental Health Association, in partnership with a number of local organizations, will sponsor a "Bike Run" and Kids Fun Fest on Saturday, starting at the uptown Farmer's Market. Kids Fun Fest will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration for bikers begins at 11 a.m. at $10 per rider. The ride starts from the Farmer's Market at noon and will end at the Wild Magnolia at Patrick Henry Mall; free hot dogs will be available. There will be T-shirts and door prizes. Register early by calling 638-7801 or go to info@mhcmha.org. The proceeds will go to the Mental Health Association to be used for its anti-bullying program in Martinsville and Henry County.
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Another record crowd showed up at the June Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre. According to a release from S-P, there wasn't an empty seat, there was hardly standing room and the concessions sold out. This Friday, another full house is expected. The concessions will open at 5 p.m. with barbecue, chicken salad, hot dogs, desserts, etc. At 5:30 p.m., anyone who would like to play at open mic is invited to. At 6:30 p.m., Don Smith and the Foggy River Boys will take the stage. Highway 61 will perform at 7:30 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m., Jason Harris and Friends will perform. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and needed for the Parking Lot Fund.
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The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has imposed a temporary quarantine on the movement of regulated articles in the lower Peninsula and greater Tidewater areas of Virginia to prevent the spread of the Red Imported Ant. The purpose of the quarantine is to prevent the artificial spread of the ant to uninfested areas of the state. VDACS Commissioner Todd P. Haymore said, "We will work with the affected communities and businesses to make sure that the quarantine will not deter economic growth in the greater Hampton Roads area while helping to keep an injurious pest that can be quite harmful to humans, pets and agricultural animals from moving to other areas of the state."

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Now that summer is in full swing, why not go out to one of the water parks/lakes and spend some quality time fishing, swimming or boating. If you don't have a fishing pole, tackle box or life jacket, the Philpott-Fairy Stone Safety Council will loan you one, a service that will be provided to visitors throughout the summer. For locations of the loaner equipment program, contact the Philpott Visitor Center at 629-2703, the Fairy Stone State Park Office at 930-2424 or the Blue Ridge Regional Library at 403-5430. When you sign up for the fishing tackle loaner program, your name will be entered in the July Fourth giveaway: Philpott and Fairystone will hold a drawing for a Zebco 202 spincast combo, Southbend bass or catfish kit, fishing cap, fishing lure, and a Coast Guard-approved life jacket (PFD). There is no cost to participate in the fishing tackle loaner program or contest.

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The Patrick Henry and Joseph Martin chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a Flag Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the fire station on Church Street, Martinsville. The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. David Kings, who retired from the Army. The program will include patriotic songs, including the national anthem, and taps by Gray Givens. The flag-raising ceremony will be by ROTC members from Martinsville High School. City Councilman Gene Teague will read the proclamation. DAR participants will include Daphne Stone, Irene Martin, Joan Frith, Pat Jordan and Esther Lawicki. The public is invited.

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Rhonda Mills did some research on the copperhead snake after her mother on Cherokee Trail discovered a baby copperhead on the patio where she sits every evening. Mills said that she was under the assumption that snakes give birth mostly in late summer and early fall. "But this was early June," she wrote. Here is what she found:
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The Gear Up Program of Martinsville High School will sponsor a "Career Extravaganza" on Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Representatives from various professions will be present to discuss their careers. All students and parents are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Tia Stone at 403-5773.

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The "JAM" session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Spencer-Penn Centre. All of the Healthy Community Initiative aerobics instructors will be at the session and will be teaching different 15-minute portions, such as sculpt, abs, cardio, strength training, belly dancing, ball exercises, kickboxing, yoga and drums alive. The session is free, but registration is required to ensure that proper space and equipment are allotted. To sign up, call Diane Sawyer at 956-2983, ext. 301; or visit www.healthycommunitymhc.org.
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Activate of Martinsville-Henry County is challenging everyone to "Get Up, Get Out and Get Active" "“ a 12-week community program promoting the use of many of the community's existing activities. If you haven't registered, it's not too late to catch up. All participants will win prizes, such as gas cards, meals and entertainment, for each level of completion, and everyone will have a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip for two nights and three days at Myrtle Beach for four.
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Continuing from Tuesday's STROLLER with weekend happenings locally:

"¢ Big Bird's Big Twins fourth annual Poker Run for the March of Dimes will be Sunday at $5 a poker hand. Registration will be from noon until 1 p.m. at Big Bird's. Bikes will leave at 1 p.m. and will end at Genie's Restaurant at Stanleytown. The rain date is April 26.

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If you have ever wondered about the term R.S.V.P., Donna Pilato, writing for About.com, a free entertaining-etiquette Web site, can help. The letters R.S.V.P. stand for "repondez s'il vous plait," which is French for "please respond." If R.S.V.P. is written on an invitation, she said it means invited guests must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming or only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite head count for the planned event.

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Spring is here, and if you would like to get in the spirit, the place to go is the Horticulture Department Greenhouse at Magna Vista High School. Deborah Barker, the master behind what has to be one of the best school horticulture departments around, dropped by the office Tuesday with two trays of samples of what is available at the Spring Fever Plant Sale. There is a selection of annuals and perennials "” in six-packs for $2; 12-inch hanging baskets and porch planters, $12; plants in 5-inch pots, such as geranium, begonias, shade-loving Caladiums and Coleuses and dozens more, are just $2.50. New this year, Barker said, are herbs "” rosemary, thyme, etc.
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Fourth floor 11-7 shift nurses at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville will prepare an Easter Community Lunch on Saturday. The lunch, which will be free and open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul High Street Baptist Church on Fayette Street, Martinsville.

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A poker run to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held Sunday. The Angels of Hope Relay for Life team will begin registering for the run at 10 a.m. at the Collinsville Eagles Club. Riders will depart at 1 p.m. At the conclusion of the run, refreshments will be served at the Eagles Club. A 50/50 drawing will be held and door prizes will be awarded.

The Angels of Hope Relay for Life team was formed in 2006 by family and friends in memory of Vernon Wyatt, who lost his battle with cancer in April 2005. Participants do not have to ride a motorcycle to take part. All vehicles are welcome.

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The Patrick County Band Boosters will hold their annual $10,000 raffle draw-down on April 4, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Patrick County High School. Tickets still are available. Call 692-5290 or 1-800-258-0793 for more information, including tickets. The proceeds will be used to help sponsor the Patrick County Marching Cougars.
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Martinsville High School's class of 1999 will celebrate its 10-year reunion this fall. Addresses of classmates are needed. Contact Rebecca Altizer Allen or Brooks Harris with addresses at mavahi1999@gmail.com or on their Facebook Group-Mavahi Class of 1999.

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Cooperative Living Magazine recently published a study on cherries and their anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers from the University of Vermont, New York's Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, and Cornell University undertook the study. This is their report:

"It is believed that cherries contain anti-inflammatory properties, and a new study of exercise-induced muscle pain may add credence to that.

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The National Muscular Dystrophy (MS) Society is already registering participants for MS walks coming up in April and June.

On Saturday, April 18, Walk MS 2009 will be held at 10 a.m. at Jack Dalton Park. To register, go to www.walkMSva.org. For more information, call Julie or Robert Meador at 632-7563.

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The following "Prison versus Housewives," came from a free jokes Web site. It is dedicated to housewives and goes:

"¢ In prison, you get three square meals a day. At home, you cook three square meals a day and try to get your kids to eat it.

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Because so many pets were turned away, the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA is offering a second spay/neuter day to "beat the heat" and prevent births of unwanted kittens, according to Leslie Hervey, executive director.

There are a total of 100 slots open to spay/neuter cats and/or kittens, especially outdoor felines. A rabies vaccine is included in the price, she said.

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It's never too late to take steps to prevent a heart attack, even if you've already had one. The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness suggests walking as one of the easiest activities to integrate into any daily routine; it's something most of us have to do anyway. "Exercising is like taking the pennies from under the couch cushions and putting them into your piggybank. Every little bit counts," said Jeannie Frisco, program director of Activate Martinsville-Henry County.
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"¢ The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska had not been admitted to the nation yet.

"¢ The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

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There is enough interest among Ridgeway residents in acquiring and maintaining the former Ridgeway Elementary School for historical preservation and community purposes to form a nonprofit organization to look at all the issues involved. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Ridgeway. "We encourage everyone to attend the meeting to express their support or concerns on this endeavor," said Sam Brown, an organizer. For more information before the meeting, call Brown at 734-9590 or e-mail him at ridgewayschoolpreservationgroup@yahoo.com.

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Southern Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers to provide free health insurance counseling. Volunteers will be trained to help local older residents and others with Medicare so that they can make informed decisions about health insurance. Volunteers will be trained to assist with Medicare, including Medicare Part D and Medicare supplemental insurance. Volunteers of all ages who are comfortable working on computers and can provide counseling and assistance in their local area are encouraged to participate. People who are licensed to sell insurance or who consult in the insurance business are not eligible to participate. For more information, contact Gloria Roberts, program coordinator, at SAAA locally at 632-6442 or toll free at 1-800-468-4571.

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It's bound to be fun when the Martinsville Middle School boys basketball teams play the school faculty and parents at the first annual Martinsville Middle School Winter Classic on Friday at the school. Basketball play will begin at 6:30 p.m. The game is being sponsored by the Parent/Teacher/Student Organization, which promises "an evening of food, fun, entertainment, raffles and great basketball." Admission is $3.
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After last week's item on stevia, "nature's non-calorie sweetener," the STROLLER has received a number of calls on where the plants can be purchased. Linda Xenakis, owner of Linda's Garden in Virginia Beach, who said she had grown and sold it at a farmer's market, called this week to say that stevia is an herb and can only be found at markets that specialize in herbs or at nurseries.
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If you are looking for a Valentine's Day gift, a great way to honor a special someone is by giving something special in their honor. Chase Inman, director of marketing/development and volunteer coordinator at the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA wrote, that by sponsoring an animal's adoption or spay/neuter in someone's honor, they are not only paying tribute to that particular person, they are making a difference in another's life.
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Sam Brown of Ridgeway is asking everyone in the Ridgeway area who is interested in preserving the former Ridgeway Elementary School for historical purposes and for community activities to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Ridgeway. The school has been closed since last summer and is slated to be liquidated by the Henry County Board of Supervisors. Brown said several people have envisioned Ridgeway School to be similar to the Spencer-Penn Centre, "but first, we must first find out what the people want to do," he said.
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By participating in FNP (Family Nutrition Programs) classes, adults and youth will be able to learn ways to expand the variety of food in their diets and how to construct a diet lower in fat. Food purchasing, handling and storage strategies are learned to help families stretch food health. FNP participants will learn how health habits can affect their diets and overall health. Adults will view cooking demonstration and taste a healthier food option during most classes. Adult classes will be March 23 to 27 and the youth classes, March 9 -12. Classes will start at 6 p.m. at the Henry County Administration Building, hosted by Henry County Parks and Recreation and the Extension Office.
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"When it rains, it pours," said Teeny Wynn, noting how incidents seemed to have happened all at once to her and her family.

On Jan. 7, her son James Wynn was working in the Fairfax area when his leg was crushed below the knee in a accident. Teeny Wynn and her husband Ed Wynn pitched in to help care for their 8-year-old grandson, Matthew, while his mother, Stephanie Wynn, was at her husband's bedside in a Fairfax hospital.

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Although it's been reported a number of times, it is important that it be known that the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority is accepting reservations for camps, tournaments, clinics and other events at the Smith River Sports complex here in Henry County. The sports complex will open this summer (date to be announced) and will include five tournament-quality sports fields with two synthetic FieldTurf surfaces, lighted fields for night use, multipurpose pavilion, rest rooms, concession building, playground and picnic shelters. Contact Neal Webb at 403-5967 for more information.
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A Martinsville woman driving by Lake Lanier on Monday said she cringed when she saw a young boy walking on the ice that had formed on the lake. A second boy was holding out a stick for the boy to hold on with, while a third stood on the bank and watched, she said. It has been cold enough to cause ice to form on the lake, but it is thin "” thinner as you get away from the edge. She is asking the parents of these kids "who probably live in the area," to express to their children how dangerous it is to walk on thin ice. The woman said she remembered in the late 1960s when she first came to Martinsville that someone actually fell through the ice on the lake. As she recalled, she said she did not believe it was fatal.

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A Ridgeway man has lost his 1966 Johnson Bible College class ring and is "more than willing to pay a reward" to get it back. Problem is, he said, he could have lost it anywhere from Collinsville Engraving, Kroger's, Kmart or other places he went last week before missing the ring. He said he had lost weight and that caused the ring to be loose on his finger. The ring has the initials TMJ engraved inside. He can be reached at 956-2551 if it's found.
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Henry County Parks and Recreation, Sportlanes and Activate Martinsville and Henry County will sponsor Senior Bowling Appreciation Day on Friday from 9 a.m. until noon at Sportlanes. The cost is 75 cents a game. Any senior 50 or older is welcome.
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From the British Broadcasting Corporations (BBC) comes this story on Nigerian motorcyclists wearing "dried pumpkin shells" on their heads to dodge a new law forcing them to wear helmets:

"Officials in the northern city of Kano told the BBC they had stopped several riders with "˜improvised helmets,' following this month's introduction of the law. Road safety officials said calabash-wearers would be prosecuted.

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Harriett Copeland of Fieldale is upset that a friend and former colleague's son "is certain to die unless he can get $500,000 up front for a stem-cell transplant." Copeland said David Turner, 27, is "fighting the battle of his life with cancer." He graduated from Fieldale-Collinsville High School and is the son of Suzanne and Walt Turner, who both were educators in Henry County. "David has been undergoing chemotherapy at Duke University Hospital, but he and his family have been told that the stem-cell transplant is his only hope."�
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Here is a widely circulated joke for the husbands who spent New Year's Day watching ballgames. It goes:

As in many homes on New Year's Day, my wife and I faced the annual conflict of which was more important "” the football games on television or the dinner itself. To keep peace, I ate dinner with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the family room to turn on the game.

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Herbert Gibbs, a longtime member of the Mount Olivet Ruritan Club, was honored by the club on his 89th birthday Dec. 7 with a special birthday cake. Dec. 7 represents more than just Gibbs' birth date. It is a reminder of the past. He was on active duty with the Navy at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The STROLLER couldn't get Gibbs on Wednesday to learn in what capacity he was serving. A history of the attack states that the USS Arizona sunk and the USS Oklahoma capsized. The attack sank three other ships and damaged many additional vessels. More than 180 aircraft were destroyed. Rebecca Paris, secretary for the Ruritan club, said among other club duties, Gibbs keeps the grounds neat, including cutting the shrubbery.
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Now that your family has opened the new computers, I-phones, DVD players and televisions, what are you going to do with the old stuff? The Environmental Protection Agency says donating used (but still operating) electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products and keeps them out of the waste stream for longer periods. Reuse, in addition to being an environmentally preferable alternative, also benefits schools, nonprofit organizations and lower-income families.

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The following clues in "Name the candy" was e-mailed to the Accent Editor who suggested it was a good one for the STROLLER. You really have to know your candy to get the answers from some of the clues. (Answers at the end of the column). Example: Famous Trio is Three Musketeers.

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Regarding Calendar notices that normally run regularly, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, TOPS, etc. All meeting dates on those groups have run out for the Calendar and must be re-submitted. Submit what the group is, when it meets, where it meets and what time. Several dates can be submitted at one time, but specific dates are to be listed rather than stating, for instance, the third Thursday of the month, etc.
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"¢ Valley Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church in the Mountain Valley community will hold a country breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall. Proceeds from the breakfast and donations will be presented to William Maurice Huff of Axton, who was recently injured when he fell off a building. He is hospitalized in Roanoke.
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We've all heard the old adage that the holidays are for children, so this is a great time to involve them in cooking ... making cookies for their teacher or their grandparents as a Christmas gift. Getting them involved in making the big Christmas dinner also is rewarding. It's inexpensive and a great way to teach children (including boys) cooking skills. Kids love to chop, measure and stir and see and enjoy the results of turning recipes into food.
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Ricky "Big Bird" Holcomb will hold his 16th annual Toy Run beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Riders will leave from his shop, Big Bird's Twins, on Greensboro Road in Ridgeway, and the ride will end at Sportlanes on Virginia Avenue in Collinsville. All makes and models of cars and motorcycles are welcome to take part. A $10 donation or a toy of equal value is required to participate, and all proceeds will benefit Christmas Cheer. For more information, call Holcomb at 956-2911.
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One Accord Food Pantry needs food to replenish its pantry. To support the pantry, One Accord Baptist Church on Kings Mountain Road, Collinsville, will host a spiritual concert at 7 p.m. today at the church. The Anchormen and Mercy's Well will perform. Admission will be any nonperishable food items. Everyone is welcome, and a nursery will be provided.
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The annual Patrick County Jaycees-sponsored Christmas Parade will be held Saturday on Main Street, Stuart, starting at 2 p.m. If you have not registered your entry, call Galen Gilbert at 694-4342. Entry fees: $15 for floats; $5 for ATVs and vehicles. The lineup will begin at 1 p.m. on Johnson Street.
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Those who attended the Bassett Band Boosters-sponsored craft show this past weekend were impressed with the number of vendors and the crowd that came out to support the band boosters and to shop. One vendor was selling woodpecker feeders. A Martinsville woman who purchased one said others had asked where they could get one. The tag on the feeder does not have a contact number. If you know how to contact the vendor, e-mail the STROLLER at info@martinsvillebulletin.com with the subject line "Att: Stroller."�
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If you have driven by the historic courthouse in uptown Martinsville after dark this week, you have seen it is decked out for the holidays with the moon overhead. That scene has been recreated in a watercolor painting by Mary Donaldson Powell at Studio 107. The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society commissioned the painting and reproduction of it as a fundraiser on 5 1/2 x 4 note cards. They can be purchased for $12 for a pack of six at the Martinsville Uptown (MURA) office between S&K and The Rives Theater on Church Street. Reproductions of the painting "” size 11" x 14" "” can be purchased at As-Is Outlet next to Martin Plaza on Church Street. Other arrangements to make purchases can be made by calling Virginia King at 638-5464.
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U.S. history timeline through 1975: Christopher Columbus, 1492; Pilgrims land, 1620; Declaration of Independence, 1776; Civil War, 1861-1865; World War I, 1914-1918; Great Depression, 1929-1939; World War II, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953; first man on moon, 1969; Vietnam War, 1964-1975.

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History Day will be held at the Collinsville Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. You can share and learn about local history at this free event. Bring items for show or that you would like to know about. Those attending will receive a free historical tobacco collectible. For more information, call Sandra Shell, branch manager, at 647-1112.
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The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) will host a tree planting workday at the Richard P. Gravely Jr. Nature Preserve in Ridgeway from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Approximately 20 area Girl Scouts will help plant trees around the parking lot of the preserve with assistance from the Martinsville-Henry County Master Gardeners and Prillaman Landscaping.
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"¢ American Legion Homer Dillard Post 78 will hold its annual Veterans Day Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Horsepasture Fire Department. Tickets are $15 and are required for admission. The guest speaker will be Henry County's own Maj. Gen. Dennis L. Via, commanding general of Communication and Electronics Command (CECOM), and Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), from Fort Monmouth, N.J. He will recognize Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Tickets are available from any post member, or call Curtis Millner at 638-7503.

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Remembering residents of nursing homes with greeting cards can bring a lot of enjoyment to those who are confined, even those who have attentive families. Aileen Handy, formerly of the Blackberry-Sanville community, now a resident of Blue Ridge Manor, will turn 80 on Oct. 30, and her family said it would make her so happy to receive a "bunch of cards." Her husband, James "J.C." Handy, and their three children will have a little in-house birthday party for her on that day. Many may remember her from years of working at Fieldcrest Mills, from which she retired. Her address is: Blue Ridge Manor, 400 Blue Ridge St., Martinsville, Va. 24112.
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Saturday is Harvest Day at the uptown Martinsville Farmers Market. This Tasty Saturday event will feature music by Matt Sweatt, and the chef will be Bonnie Hale of Binding Time Cafe. Farmers will be selling tomatoes, green beans, pepper, squash, potatoes, greens, sweet potatoes and applies along with eggs, seafood, honey, bread, pies, houseplants and other items. The plant doctor also will be present, and beef, lamb and goat meat will be sold. The craft will be trick or treat bags.
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What food says fall better than the pumpkin? The Grace Network is selling pumpkins at its Pumpkin Patch on the lawn of First Baptist Church, at the corner of Starling Avenue and Mulberry Road. The pumpkins are on the field on the Mulberry Road side.

The Pumpkin Patch is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Prices range from 50-75 cents for gourds up to $25 for huge pumpkins.

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Martinsville's yearly shopping tradition Bargain Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the National Guard Armory. New and "like new" items for sale were donated by more than 100 families, and more than a dozen local businesses offer new merchandise. Items for sale include toys and games, housewares, linens, furniture and clothing for men, women, teenagers, children and babies. Fresh, homemade baked goods will be for sale as well.
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Anyone who worked at the former Pillowtex/Fieldcrest Mills and is interested in serving on a committee to plan a reunion of employees is asked to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan's on Commonwealth Boulevard, Martinsville.

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The pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch to benefit Grace Network will arrive Oct. 4. The pumpkins will be located in the grassy lot beside First Baptist Church of Martinsville and will be ready for sale from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 and every Sunday thereafter; 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays. The project is being sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and all proceeds will go to Grace Network to help citizens in Martinsville and Henry County in crisis, with food and financial needs.

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The first meeting of the newly formed Newcomers Club of Martinsville-Henry County will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Piedmont Arts Association.

The Community Pride Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and the Martinsville-Henry County Board of Realtors is sponsoring the Newcomers Club, which will be welcoming all newcomers to our community.

Club organizer Brenda Williams said the purpose of the club is to be a venue for newcomers to meet other newcomers, find common interests, develop interest groups, share information about the community and learn about the community.

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Virginians can help preserve native tree species by collecting acorns and seeds from 11 species and delivering them to the nearest office of the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), according to a news release. "Generally, the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October," said Josh McLaughlin, a nursery forester. "Every bag of acorns and seed collected by citizens will help us keep Virginia beautiful."�
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Nominations for the Curb Appeal Awards are coming in "” except in the following categories: county environmental residence or city environmental residence. The environmental award may involve restoring a property to its original condition by means of removing trash and debris or by reclaiming a property that is in desrepair. Nominations also are being accepted for attractive landscaping for city and county businesses and residences. To nominate a residence or business for any category, call the Gateway office at 634-4674 or 634-4622.

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Local music presentations are drawing record crowds for the Martinsville Lions Club's monthly show at the Historic Rives Theater in uptown Martinsville, the Spencer-Penn Centre in Spencer and the Patrick County Music Association's monthly jamboree.

Friday is Music Night at Spencer-Penn, and the folks there are expecting another full house to hear The Ferrum Four, The Glory Road Singers and Fringe. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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National Suicide Prevention Week begins today and continues through Saturday. Information printed in the local Mental Health Association's newsletter gives the statistics in a report called "Suicide Hurts." Did you know?

"¢ Suicides take the lives of more than 30,000 Americans every year.

"¢ Every 18 minutes someone commits suicide.

"¢ Every day 80 Americans take their own lives and more than 1,900 Americans visit emergency departments for self-inflicted jury (National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, total 706,000).

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The Martinsville Senior Center will sponsor a one-day trip on Oct. 11 to the Town Creek Indian Mound in Mt. Gilead, N.C., one of North Carolina's most popular state historic sites. The Indian mound will be hosting its Eastern Woodland Day with open-hearth cooking, flint napping, arrow manufacture, pottery and cordage demonstrations. The cost is $58 and includes transportation and lunch at Ellerbe Springs Restaurant and Inn. Admission to the Indian mound is free. The bus will leave Liberty Fair Mall at 5:30 a.m. Payment for the trip is due by noon Sept. 30. To make reservations, call the senior center at 403-5260.
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TUESDAY'S WORD was "nomenclature." It means name, designation; the act or process or an instance of naming. Karin was introduced to a whole range of unfamiliar terms when she started her new job as a laboratory assistant, but she soon became familiar with the nomenclature.

TODAY'S WORD is "precocious." Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a precocious child who, by the age of 5, was already composing his first musical pieces.

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Grace Network on Commonwealth Boulevard, Martinsville, will be closed Friday for repairs to the parking lot. It will reopen on Monday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. Grace Network provides for essential needs during a crisis for qualified residents of Martinsville and Henry County.
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Local farmers will be selling their vegetables, fruits, etc., at the uptown Farmers Market, beginning at 8 a.m. today, according to a caller who is among those selling produce. The market will also be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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Travelers heading to the annual Hillsville Flea Market and Gun Show during Labor Day weekend should be prepared for new traffic patterns and considerable traffic delays, stated VDOT in a traffic alert. The town's popular flea market and gun show will begin Friday and continue through Monday. This year, in addition to heavy traffic and congestion, visitors should be aware of road construction related to the U.S. 58 Bypass that may prevent them from following their normal routes. Bob Beasley, Hillsville residency administrator for VDOT, is asking people to pay close attention and watch for signs to alert them of the traffic pattern changes.

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The Patrick County Magic 8U Girls traveling softball team will hold a Vera Bradley Bingo benefit and hot dog, pizza and baked goods sale on Friday at the Hooker Building at Rotary Field in Stuart. The doors will open at 6 p.m.; Bingo will start at 7 p.m. For $20, you get 60 chances to win, and for $5, you get two bonus Bingo games. Proceeds will go to the softball team for traveling expenses.
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The Fontaine Media Outreach Center of Fontaine Baptist Church is enrolling students for fall computer classes. All classes are free and encompass basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, e-mail, desktop publishing and digital imaging. Computers with Vista are available. Contact Pat Stephens at 632-2393.
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You can "Rock Around the Clock" or rock around the pool at the Fieldale Reunion Sock Hop on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Fieldale Community Center pools. Anyone who grew up in the area and remembers the 1950-60s Pepsi Cola Sock Hops is invited for an evening of reminiscing with old friends and dancing to the oldies. Admission will be $5 with proceeds to go to the community center.
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Larry Lackey from Concord, N.C., sent an e-mail on his experience at Sunday's Sixth Annual Jennifer Short Memorial Ride. "I had the distinct privilege and pleasure this past Sunday to ride with a host of fellow bikers for a very worthy cause. Little did I know last week the response I'd get as I e-mailed my friends the link to the Martinsville Bulletin articles on the ride. So many people here at the shop (Roush Yates Engines) were wanting to know more about the tragedy and how they could help. My usual buddies were eager to make the ride to Virginia as well," he wrote. "We met with two other riders in Salisbury and enjoyed the ride to Oak Level."
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Former NASCAR driver Buddy Arrington recently spoke to the Martinsville Lions Club. Lions member Jim Clark said Arrington recalled that in the first race he ran in NASCAR, the late Wendell Scott of Danville, who was the first black NASCAR driver, won his first race. Clark said Arrington noted he finished eighth in that race.
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The sixth annual Jennifer Short Memorial Bike/Car Ride is as important this year as ever, organizers say, but they fear fuel prices and the general state of the economy will keep riders at home.

The 35-mile ride that honors Jennifer Short and her parents, whose killer is still unknown, will be held Sunday.

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See the daily Calendar for details on Saturday's local events: Music Jamboree in Stuart, Figsboro Horse Show at Metz Farm, benefit breakfast at Bassett Rescue Squad, pancake breakfast at First Baptist Church of Ridgeway to benefit Paulette Martin, Henry County Bike Club beginner bike ride and the Uptown Farmers Market.

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The National College Institute will hold a blood drive at the Martinsville campus from noon until 4 p.m. Monday. If you would like to make an appointment, contact Jill Jones at 632-5621 or jmjones@national-college.edu. Jones is the Career Center Director at National College. She said drop-ins are encouraged to donate to help the Red Cross replenish their blood supply.
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Southern Area Agency on Aging has a limited number of fans and air conditioners available to seniors aged 60 and older through a grant provided by Dominion Power and Virginia Department of Aging. To see if you qualify, call Gloria Roberts at 1-800-468-4571.

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A new historic site survey to document approximately 350 historic buildings and sites in Henry County and Martinsville will be the subject of two public informational meetings next week. On Monday, a meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the New College Institute Classroom Building. On Tuesday, a meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Spencer-Penn Centre.
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A car wash sponsored by the Martinsville High School Band Boosters will be held Saturday in front of the school from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., with proceeds to go toward purchasing new band uniforms. Donations will be accepted with a minimum of $10.
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Virginia Master Naturalists is a new program for people interested in the environment, according to Gael Chaney, a naturalist volunteer. It's similar to the Master Gardener program: Volunteers take a 40-hour class and to "pay" for it, they perform public service.

The work of Virginia Naturalists is divided in three areas: education, conservation and citizen science. Certified Virginia Naturalists may volunteer with any state agency or school. An information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Chaney will teach a new class that will start July 29. The program's Web site is www.virginiamasternaturalist.org.

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Recent flooding in the midwestern United States could be seen as a reminder to Virginia vehicle buyers to conduct a water-damage inspection before buying used or new vehicles. "Nearly one out of every three car sales occurs directly between individuals," Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner D.B. Smit said in a news release. "I caution consumers who plan to purchase a vehicle in the future to be aware of the possibility of water damage."�
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As record-high fuel prices continue to stress household budgets, many motorists are looking for ways to improve their vehicle's fuel economy "” sometimes to the point of putting their lives in danger. According to AAA, some motorists have gone to extreme measures to conserve fuel while driving by "hypermiling" "” trying to exceed the EPA estimated fuel efficiency of a vehicle by drastically modifying driving and maintenance habits.
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The annual Ross-Harbour School (1910-1958) reunion will be held July 19 at Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be music and door prizes. Plates, cups, napkins and utensils will be provided. Bring a covered dish and a beverage to share with family and friends.
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A poker run will be held Saturday to help Roy Lee Lindsay of Patrick County with the cost of medicine needed to treat lung cancer and other medical problems. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at Fairystone Fire Department; the ride will leave at noon and will end at Woolwine Dehart Park, where a hot dog meal will be available. All kinds of vehicles are welcome. The cost is $10 per person. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and trophies awarded for Best Hand, Worst Luck and Oldest Car entered.
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A Ridgeway man recently became a first-time beekeeper. When a swarm of honeybees showed up on his lawn, he said he made some calls and found out how to hive them. Lo and behold, several weeks later, another swarm showed up. He said he has successfully hived the bees and they are now working on making honey. Several years ago, a local beekeeper brought in a package of information on bees and honey. Among the literature was a pamphlet on The Language of the Bees, printed by The A.I. Root Co. Here is part of the information in the pamphlet, which reads:
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The Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department will host a tractor pull for the Southwestern Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Association on Saturday. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the pull will start at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Bring a chair. In addition to the pull, there will be games for kids, food, drinks, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. From 6 to 10 a.m., the fire department will be holding a country buffet breakfast. Plates will be $5 for adults and carry-outs, and $3 for children under age 10.

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A poker run to benefit the Roy Lee Lindsay family will be held Saturday, beginning at the Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department in Patrick County. Organizers of the run wrote that Lindsay is battling lung cancer and other medical problems and help is needed to cover medical bills, specifically medicine. All kinds of vehicles are welcome for the poker run. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at the fire department. The ride will leaves at noon and end at the Woolwine Dehart Park, where there will be hot dogs and beverages for participants. Entry fee is $10 a person. There will be a 50/50 drawing. Trophies will be awarded for best hand, worst hand and the oldest car. For more information, call 930-4239 or 930-1765.
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If your child needs help with reading, the Spencer-Penn Centre is offering a free summer reading program for ages 5 to 12. The program, called "Tales, Legends, and Lore," will begin Thursday and continue on Thursdays through Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Hylton Library at the center. To register, call 957-5757. Parents are reminded that while their child is in the reading program, they can take advantage of free low-impact aerobics class which is held on the same days and times at the center.
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Fresh garden vegetables are beginning to be harvested locally, and many will be available Saturday at the Uptown Farmers Market. Shoppers will find cabbage, new potatoes, lettuce, green onions and spinach. Also, potted herbs, patio plants and more will be available. The market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. Also, vendors will sell grass-fed beef, lamb and goat, and seafood. You also can purchase other organic products. Baby goats and chickens will be for sale.
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Friday is the deadline to register and pay for the Martinsville Senior Center-sponsored trip to the Mill Mountain Theatre on July 23 to see a musical performance of the play "Idols of the King." The cost of $70 includes dinner at Hotel Roanoke, play admission and transportation. Call Betsy Pace at 403-5260 for additional information.
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Family reunions this weekend include:

"¢ Brady family on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. at Dyers Store Ruritan Club. Call Jerry Young at 638-4577 for more information.

"¢ Descendants of Peter Robert and Sallie Ann Maxey Arrington, which includes relatives in Henry County, will meet Saturday for a family reunion at the Franklin County Park and Recreation small picnic shelter. Bring a covered dish; call (540) 483-8857 for more information.

"¢ 43rd reunion of the John Webb Martin family, including relatives in Martinsville/Henry County area, Sunday, at the V.F.W. building in Hillsville. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.; potluck lunch will be at 12:30 p.m.

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College Night Concert Series continues on Friday at 8 p.m. at the uptown Martinsville Farmers Market. The band, The Urban Sophisticates, fresh off its disc makers independent music world series' grand prize win, will provide innovative hip-hop music.
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A group of Iraqi Freedom Veterans are working to establish a Iraq Freedom Veteran license plate in Virginia. "Every war has its heroes and the war in Iraq is no different," said Rusty McGuire, chairman of the group. "We decided to carry the message of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice with a specialty plate." The group of veterans announcing the drive includes McGuire, his cousin James McGuire and Brian Pearce. James was wounded on his second tour of Iraq in 2007, losing his leg when his patrol was hit by an IED. Pierce served in Iraq where he was injured by a roadside bomb.

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For those attending the graduation ceremony at Magna Vista High School today, you need to be aware of the changes to the traffic pattern to the school.

Drivers must use Virginia 687 (Soapstone Road) to travel to the school. Virginia 688 (Lee Ford Camp Road) will be closed from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today.

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The STROLLER observed several motorists Tuesday morning scrambling to get their seat belts on after a passing motorist blinked his/her headlights, warning that a police officer or police check was ahead on Appalachian Drive, between Fieldale and Martinsville. The motorists quickly pulled off into a parking area and were obviously buckling up. Sure enough, at the intersection of Appalachian Drive and Koehler Road, a State Police officer was parked and appeared to be observing traffic.
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Fairystone State Park will officially open for the season on Saturday. Park Ranger William Peal said the beach, swimming area and concessions will remain open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Labor Day. The walking trails, picnic areas and cabins are open year-round, and camping is available from March 1 to Dec. 1.
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The Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, located at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, helps discharged patients from the hospital who are unable to meet their medical needs upon leaving the hospital. On Saturday, the volunteers will hold a fundraising pancake breakfast at Applebee's to raise money for the services they provide. Tickets are $5, which includes the complete pancake breakfast, and can be purchased at the door at Applebee's or the Forget Me Not Gift Shop in the lobby at the hospital.

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Jack Wood, a local photography enthusiast, has planned a succession of photography classes for all levels of students on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spencer-Penn Centre. Mary Jordan at S-P said the classes will not be held unless there are enough preregistrations to warrant them. Classes will be on: Photo Editing Overview to be taught by Deana Clark in the center's Stone Tech Lab, $15 fee; Learning Your Digital Camera, Nikon SLR, with Al Ferguson instructor, $10; and Learning Your Digital Camera-Point and Shoot, with Lamont Devins, instructor, $10. Call 957-5757 to register.
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If you haven't been able to find the time to go the the SPCA to look for a pet to adopt or need an item from its newly opened gift shop, the Shelley Frith Drane Adoption Center will now be open on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. for adoptions. All proceeds from the gift shop will benefit the SPCA's low cost spay/neuter program, which has been a blessing for those who could not afford to have their pet spayed or neutered because of the cost.

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A brilliant meteor streaked through the sky Tuesday night over uptown Martinsville. Martinsville Bulletin reporter Mickey Powell saw it as he was leaving work about 11:40 p.m. He said the blue-, green- and gold-colored fireball was visible for only about three seconds, and it seemed to be at a relatively low altitude. Powell, who frequently enjoys going outside at night and scanning the sky for meteors but saw this one accidentally, said the meteor was so bright and colorful, it probably was the prettiest one he has ever seen.

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Times have changed on how parents raise children. The following is a must read for young people. The writer, a mother, wrote about how mean her parents were while she was growing up. The letter was sent to a columnist at a West Virginia newspaper several years ago. The letter reads in part:
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Becky Nance, a former Henry County teacher, e-mailed that David Turner, the 25-year-old son of former Henry County educators Walt Turner and Suzanne Turner, has been diagnosed with marginal zone lymphoma and has undergone three treatments at Duke University Medical Center. Although David lives in Durham, N.C., she said "many locals will remember him as well as his parents." For those who would like to send him a card, his address is: David Turner, 223 Millspring Drive, Durham, N.C. 27705.
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A man in the Shannon Hills area of Ridgeway said he placed a portable oxygen tank in a canvas bag on top of his automobile on Tuesday and drove away. He said he missed it after arriving at Clarence's Steak and Seafood Restaurant. He said he searched the route back and couldn't find it. To replace it will cost about $200. He said he would be grateful that if anyone found it, he/she would call him at 956-3230.
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A Poker Run to help Bassett sisters Kayla and Savannah Rakes, who were injured in an automobile accident earlier this year on Virginia 57 west of Bassett, will be held Sunday. Registration will be at Big Bird's Big Twins from noon until 12:45 p.m. at $5 a poker hand, and the ride will leave at 1 p.m. As a result of her injuries, Kayla Rakes, who was pregnant, lost her baby, said Big Bird, who is heading up the benefit. He said funds raised will go to buy a marker for the baby's grave and to help the sisters with bills they incurred as a result of the accident.
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The First United Methodist Church Scholarship Committee will present a concert by Doug and Telisha Williams at the annual scholarship dinner fundraiser at the church on Friday. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m., and for those attending the concert only, the committee is requesting a donation to the scholarship fund. The steak dinner is $15 and includes admission to the concert. A child's hamburger meal will be available for $5. Takeouts will be available from 5 to 5:30 p.m. To know how much food to have available, tickets are being sold through the church office at 146 E. Main St., Martinsville. Call the church office at 638-8733 by the end of the day for tickets.

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ille Branch Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include story-time, crafts, coloring contests and visits by the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Collinsville Fire Department and Fieldale Collinsville Rescue Squad. For more information, call 647-1112.
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The Bulletin received an e-mail from Phyllis Liscum, who lives in Yorktown, who wrote that she was born in 1938 in her grandmother Beheler's house in Fieldale. She said the house that faced the ballpark has since been torn down. She stated that she lived in Fieldale until third grade, "when we moved to the big city" of Martinsville. Her e-mail intended to say how much she enjoyed the story written by Bulletin Staff Writer Paul Collins on Fieldale being accepted into the National Register. She wrote that some of her fondest memories of Fieldale was playing with her South Carolina cousins, and she said that back then, no matter where they played, they were always safe "because everybody knew us."�

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The United Way of Henry County and Martinsville's HOPE Initiative will hold a financial reality fair today and Thursday for more than 400 area high school seniors from Bassett, Magna Vista, Martinsville and Carlisle schools at Patrick Henry Community College's Stone Hall. The fair begins at 9 a.m. on both days.

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The public is invited to a concert featuring the Virginia Tech Enlightened Gospel Choir and the ML Wells Mass Choir at 5 p.m. Sunday at Saint Paul High Street Baptist Church in Martinsville. The Delvin L. Hairston Memorial Scholarship program is sponsoring the event.

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In order to prepare for Derby Day on April 26, the SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County will have a head count of those planning to attend by noon Friday for Pigs R Us, which will be preparing the food. Admission cost is $25 a person, and it includes dinner, some gambling money and a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses. Also, there will be a Derby Day hat contest, a 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar that includes mint juleps. The event will be from 4 to 9 p.m. at Boxwood Hunt Club.
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The Martinsville Senior Center, in conjunction with AARP, will sponsor an eight-hour classroom refresher course on driver safety on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the senior center on Moss Street. The course will be taught four hours a day over a two-day period and is specifically designed for drivers aged 50 and older. The registration deadline is Friday at noon. Call 403-5260 to register. There is an auto insurance discount in most states for participating in this course; however, you will need to consult your individual insurance agent regarding the discount.
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There is still time to sign up for Oak Level Ruritan Club's Community Projects Golf Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday at Beaver Hills Golf Course. The entry fee of $160 per four-person team includes snacks, barbecue lunch, prizes for the winners and door prizes. Call 632-1526 for more information or to sign up.
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You won't believe the latest recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It's Hillbilly Teeth. A release states that CPSC, in cooperation with the firm FUNTASTIC of Houston, Texas, the importer, announced a voluntary recall of 26,000 units of Hillbilly Teeth. The recall involved a two-pack fake Hillybilly Teeth (toy) with item No. 2657. The item number is printed on the packaging. The gums are brown and the teeth are yellow.

The hazard: The gray surface paint on the teeth contains excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard, according to CPSC. The manufacturer: a Chinese company.

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Experience Works, a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers, is searching for Virginia's 2008 Outstanding Older Worker. June 1 is the deadline to submit a nomination. An online nomination form or a printed nomination form can be accessed at www.experienceworks.org. The Experience Works Prime Time Awards program is part of the Experience Works' national effort to raise awareness of the contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated with the hiring of all older workers. Nominees must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Virginia, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. The honoree must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., the week of Sept. 22-26 for the award event.
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While hiking on the Fairy Stone State Park Hiking Trail on March 27, a Martinsville woman found a Bluetooth cell phone device. If you think it may be yours, call her at 638-8258. She said there are identifying marks on the device that only the owner will know about.
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The Horticulture Department greenhouse at Magna Vista High School has a selection of annuals, perennials, tomatoes and hanging baskets for sale. It is open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays and 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays through April 26. For more information, call 956-2222.

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All-terrain vehicles are not toys, and children should not ride adult-size ATVs. That's one of the messages the Virginia Farm Bureau Safety program is sharing this spring. While popular as outdoor recreational vehicles, ATVs often are used on farms and other rural properties. And, unfortunately, every year adults and children die when the vehicles are involved in accidents. "ATVs are getting bigger, they're getting more powerful, and it appears that many children are not using age-appropriate-size vehicles. We're seeing young kids ages 10 to 12 riding adult-size ATVs, and that's a recipe for disaster," said Bruce Stone, Farm Bureau's safety manager.
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A family reunion for the descendants of James M. Compton (birth: 1819 in Henry County), will be held at 1 p.m. April 20 at the Horsepasture Fire Department Recreation Building. Descendants of Compton include: Eliza (Purdy), Mary (Beal), Emma Caroline (Barrow), Chaney (Minter), Rosetta (Isley), Mattie (Gauldin), Cora (Minter), Moses Logan, John Tyler, James Logan, Toney Marshall, Samuel Lee and Cole Smith. Attendees are asked to bring a family photo and dish to share. For more information and to reply, contact Rose Compton at (563) 323-2108 or at Kimpla@aol.com, or Carol Compton Biggs at (276) 340-2339.

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According to local surveys, many Martinsville and Henry County teens feel that alcohol is easy to get and of those who drink alcohol, many drink to get drunk, according to a press release from Katie Connelly, prevention community organizer at Piedmont Community Services. The U.S. Surgeon General says "underage alcohol consumption is a major societal problem with enormous health and safety consequences and will demand the Nation's attention and committed efforts to solve."�

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"Miss Bassett High School" with all men? Men at BHS will dress up as women for Saturday's "Womanless Beauty Pageant" to be held at 7 p.m. at BHS. The pageant is an after-prom party fundraiser. Admission is $4. Kim Joyce of the after-prom party organizers says bring a camera for a picture of your favorite man "” as a woman.
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The Fieldale Heritage Cookbook, compiled by the Fieldale Heritage Festival committee, is now in its second printing. Committee member Bea Bullard said the cookbooks are selling like "hotcakes." The recipes were contributed by local people, and Bullard said, "Some are as simple as pan cabbage and as good as grandma's fresh coconut cake." The book sells for $12 for one or $20 for two and can be purchased from any committee member, including Bullard at 673-4063 and Harriet June Copeland at 673-1732.
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For golf lovers, the Henry County Parks and Recreation will sponsor a golf trip to Charlotte, N.C., on May 4 to watch the final round of the Wachovia Chamionship, as well as participate in a golf game on May 3. Prices start as low as $240 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf on Saturday, and green fees with cart at The Traditions Golf Course. Subtract $60 if you will not be golfing. The cost also includes admission to Sunday tournament action, hotel accommodations for one night and hotel taxes, and round-trip transportation. According to a release from Henry County Parks and Recreation, this is one of the best tournaments on the PGA Tour that is not a major. Some of last year's participants, the release states, were: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Davis Love III, among others. The registration deadline is April 4 or whenever the trip is full. Call 634-4645 to register or for more information.
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The Patrick County Music Association's Music Jamboree on Saturday will feature special guests The Lost and Found, whose leader, Allen Mills, is from Patrick County. Gene Parker of Ferrum, who is widely known in bluegrass music and was a former banjo player with Lost and Found, will be playing with the band Southern Depot and could join Lost and Found for a reunion tune or two.
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Judy Nolen with the local Salvation Army sent a release stating that the local board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program has announced that Martinsville and Henry County have received two grants to help residents deal with rent or utility assistance. Any 501 3(c) organization serving in these areas that deals with rent and utility assistance may apply for funding. Organizations that fit the criteria are asked to fax a letter of funding request to 638-7249 stating the amount requested and the purpose of the funding. Send to the attention of: Local EFSP Board. The request deadline is March 24.
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Michael Harrison with the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department e-mailed that the fire department has about 15 tickets left for its "Boston Butt Smokeout" fund-raiser. You can buy either meat only or a family pack that includes beans, slaw and barbecue sauce. For more information, call 647-3711.
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George Lester of Martinsville was inquiring as to when the Danville and Western and Norfolk and Southern railroads came to Martinsville. The following information comes from the Virginia Main Street Communities Web site (www.nps.gov/nr/travel/VAmainstreet/index.htm), formerly the Martinsville Historic District Web site. The historical district was designated a Virginia Main Street community in 1995, according to the site. Here is an excerpt from the postings:
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The PTO of Campbell Court Elementary School will begin selling Home Interior candles on March 14 to raise money for various projects at the school. The candles can be purchased from any PTO member, including John Manley, PTO vice president. He can be reached at 340-3389.

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Check the daily Calendar for local weekend events and remember to turn the clock up one hour before retiring Saturday night for Daylight Saving Time.
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Friends of the Milligan family in Patrick County have planned a benefit to help the family, which includes Charlie and his wife, Barbara, and son, John, who are going through trying times due to health problems. According to the friends, both Charlie and John Milligan have cancer. A benefit poker run will be held March 29 beginning at Roberts Market Lighthouse Grill on Virginia 57, near the Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department.

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The Martinsville-Henry County Historical Society will host a program on "Early Brick Architecture and Brick Making in the Henry County Region: An Illustrated Overview," on Sunday. Mike Pulice from the Roanoke Regional Office of the Department of Historic Resources, will talk about brick making in the early to mid-19th century, the many different types of bricks used during the period and how they were used in buildings. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the New College Institute classroom building at 30 Franklin St., Martinsville. Virginia King, president of the historical society, said there maybe some older folks who remember a brick-making factory at Stanleytown who will attend the meeting and share what they remember about it.
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A Sadie Hawkins Dance will be held Friday at the Rangeley Ruritan building in Fieldale. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for hot dogs, hamburgers, fried apple pies, etc. Music for dancing will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and will be by the County Line Band. A prize will be given for the best dressed Sadie Hawkins character. Admission is $5. Sadie Hawkins Day was a daylong event in Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l Abner" and was named after Sadie Hawkins, "the homeliest gal in all them hills." Each year on Sadie Hawkins Day, the unmarried women of Dogpatch pursued the single men. If a woman caught a man and dragged him back to the starting line by sundown, he had to marry her. At Rangeley, the women will ask men to dance, but won't be pursuing or dragging, according to the flyer.

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The Dan River Basin Association's Annual Celebration will be held Saturday, beginning with a program at 10 a.m. at The Prizery in South Boston. A three-mile hike will be on the proposed section of Tobacco Heritage Trail from South Boston to Berry Hill Plantation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Johnson at (434) 579-7599 at home, or (434) 476-3358 at work, or e-mail kpauljohnson@yahoo.com.

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If you are making dates for upcoming activities, keep in mind that daylight-saving time begins March 9. Remember to "spring forward" one hour in the spring and "fall back" an hour in the fall.

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A letter from the SPCA staff appeared in the February issue of the organization's newsletter, Paw Prints. Part of it deals with the low cost spay/neuter services available to those on public assistance of any sort. In part, the letter states:

"¢ Every year millions of companion animals are killed across our nation.

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In 1951, the Kiwanis Club of Martinsville, with Jesse D. Clift as president and Frank G. LaPrade as secretary, filed the following report on a meeting. Several volumes can be found on the Kiwanis Website. Here is the report from 1951:
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Due to illness, the February beginning guitar classes scheduled at the Spencer-Penn Centre were postponed until March 4 at 7 p.m. The instructor will be Keith Wittmyer, a music education major from San Diego State University. Call 957-5757 to register or for more information.

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The Henry County/Martinsville Master Gardener Association is now taking orders for strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and asparagus plants. The deadline for placing orders is March 14. Plants should be ready for pick up on March 27. If you wish to place an order, visit the office in the Henry County Administration Building (Room 102) or call 634-4650.

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Get out those walking shoes or your bicycle and join the Henry County Bike Club for 20 minutes during your lunch hour to walk, jog or bike around uptown Martinsville beginning today. Participants should meet at the Uptown Farmers Market. Bike club members will act as leaders beginning at 12:05 p.m. and again at 1:05 p.m. Bring a bag lunch to eat afterward. The club's mission for 2008 is "Mentor Motion in Martinsville and Beyond." The events will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. For more information, contact Susan Perkins at (703) 786-7288.
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SUNDAY'S WORD was quorum (KWOR-uhm). It means The extraordinary powers of the Senate were vested in 26 men, 14 of whom would constitute a quorum. Eight would make up a majority.

TODAY'S WORD is acclimate (uh-KLY-mit; AK-luh-mayt). Mrs. Weston asked Sally if she was getting acclimated to being in the suburbs.

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FRIDAY'S WORD was inscrutable (in-SKROO-tuh-buhl). It means difficult to fathom or understand; difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; impenetrable. He delighted in keeping people guessing. His thought processes were eclectic, inscrutable and unpredictable.
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This year's Super Bowl is the 42nd playing of the annual game. That number is displayed in the Super Bowl's primary logo as Roman numerals XLII. L=50, X=10 and I=1. The order of the numerals is important. When placed in numerical order from highest to lowest, the numeral combination equals all numbers added together. When a lower number precedes a higher one, the number is then subtracted. So, XLII would be the same as 10, 50, 1 and 1, and since 10 is lower than 50, it is subtracted from 50 instead of added. The final two numbers are added to the total sum.

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During its second year, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Zero Fraud hotline received 1,447 tips, which is a 9 percent increase over last year's number of tips, according to a news release.

According to DMV, the hotline produced 612 investigations, five arrests and two $400 rewards for callers. "Criminals are attempting to beat the system to illegally obtain driver's licenses and ID cards," said DMV Deputy Commissioner Karen Chappell, chair of the Virginia Operation Integrity Task Force. "We won't tolerate fraud." Zero Fraud is a collaborative effort of Virginia's Operation Integrity Task Force. Partners include the Office of the Attorney General, Virginia State Police, Virginia Sheriff's Association, Virginia Chiefs of Police Association, Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys and DMV.

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Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) is looking for white students who graduated from the first integrated class at George Washington Carver High School in Fieldale in the early 1970s. An interview is being planned for a discussion on "Difficult Times" for both races in that era. Contact Curtis R. Millner at 638-7503 or e-mail him at chiefm@hotmail.com if you are a graduate or for more information.
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"¢ Bassett Community Center will have a pinto bean dinner from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday to raise money for a new computer for the center. The cost will be $5; eat-in or take-out available. Call 629-5225 for more information.
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Do you know that the word or number "one" appears on a $1 bill in 16 different places? At first glance, most people can't find all 16 "ones," states Charles Reichblum in his Knowledge in a Nutshell on America book. Before you find out where the ones are at the end of this column, see how many you can find on your own.
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Since 2003, Hunter Public Relations has conducted an annual survey of food editors to help identify the top 10 food headlines of the year. In Thursday's column, the 2003 headlines were listed. Today's column will list those from 2004; on Sunday, headlines from 2005 will be listed. Note the fads, trends and stories that made the headlines for the year pertaining to or associated with food.
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Check the daily calendar for cancellations due to potential inclement weather today. In addition, the reception for Nancy Pickens, scheduled today at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, has been canceled. Call Zoe Love at 632-3950 or Martha Drane at 638-1800 for more information.
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Henry County Parks and Recreation will sponsor a "Valentines for Vets" project, and all residents of Henry County and Martinsville can participate. You can remember the veterans at the V.A. Medical Center in Salem by making or buying as many cards as you like. Valentine mailboxes are located at the front desk at the recreation department and in the lobby at the Henry County Administration Building. Cards must be dropped off at the mailboxes by Feb. 7. Recreation department personnel will deliver the cards to the Salem medical center, where they will be randomly distributed to the veteran patients. For more information, call 634-4645.

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Organizers of the 14th annual Martinsville/Henry County Relay For Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) on May 3, will hold a kickoff/planning meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Exhibit Hall in the Frith Building at Patrick Henry Community College. Relay For Life is an event where people celebrate those who have survived cancer, remember those who have not and fight back against the disease. "Donations from Relay For Life will help the ACS work toward their mission of eliminating cancer as a major health issue and will support much-needed services in our community," said Graham Parks, a local cancer survivor who is among those working to get anyone who have been touched by cancer to attend Thursday's meeting. For more information, contact Nancy Kennett at 340-2234 or the local ACS office at 638-8944.
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Tuesday is the deadline for seniors to register for the Feb. 21 trip to the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, N.C., to see "Band of Angels," a country music show about the stars of the famous Ryman Auditorium. The cost is $48 and includes, dinner, play, tax, gratuity and transportation. Call 634-4644.

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Friday is Music Night at the Spencer-Penn Centre and will feature several widely known musicians and singers, such as Johnny Kendrick and the Smith River Band, Garland Cochram and Glory Road Singers, and Skyline Drive. Concessions will open at 5 p.m.; open mike for anyone who would like to jam at 5:30 p.m.; on-stage performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to help with the ongoing renovation and operation of the center.
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In Charleston, S.C., it seems that everyone knows where to find Hyman's Seafood Restaurant and Aaron's Deli. Owners and brothers Aaron and Eli Hyman created business cards that have numerous jokes, phrases and stories so funny that it is no wonder the cards are passed around so frequently. That's how the cards got to Martinsville. The following were written on the back of the cards.

Office arithmetic:

Smart boss + smart employee = profit

Smart boss + dumb employee = production

Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion

Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime

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SUNDAY'S WORD was "invalidate" (in val´i dât´). It means to render invalid; nullify. An edition of the Foxfire Book contains several stories on "faith healing." One story states that a woman came from the mountains of North Carolina years ago to share her secret healing verse for burns. She said the verse must be memorized word for word, and said silently. She said one mistake will invalidate the cure. The verse, as written down by the healer is: "Thair came an angel from the East bringing frost and fire. In frost, out fire. In the name of the father the Son and of the Holy Goost." (Misspelled words are as written).
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FRIDAY'S WORD was "ratiocination" (rash-ee-ah-shu-NAY-shun). It means to reason logically. For all their vaunted powers of ratiocination, grand masters of chess tend to be a skittery lot.

TODAY'S WORD is "frangible" (FRAN-juh-buhl). A story in National Wildlife magazine on caves states that a red-gray, meringuelike substance ices some of the caves surface and ledges like cake frosting, and is so frangible you could cut it with a butter knife.

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The White Christmas fund-raiser will be presented by the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Dec. 15. The movies "Happy Feet" and "�How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be shown at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. at Movie Town. Admission will be a minimum of two labeled cans of food that will be delivered to local church food pantries.

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The SPCA Thrift Shop idea is on hold until a location away from the shelter can be found. Alice Ann Blevins said due to lack of storage, do not bring any more items to the SPCA until further notice. If you have a location that can be used with reasonable rent, call Blevins at 632-7424 or the shelter at 638-PAWS (7297).
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Donna Kerr organizes agriculture field days at her family's Ameva Farm in Amelia County for more than 400 children a year. She classifies her "career" as a farm tour guide. In a copy of the Virginia Farm Bureau magazine, Kerr states that you only have to listen to the visiting children to know they have not been taught much about agriculture. In the story, Kerr says she couldn't believe it when a elementary school student repeatedly insisted that milk comes from the grocery store. "These are our future regulators, our future legislators," she said she told her husband, "and they don't know which end of a cow is which." She says she's heard it all from visiting kids: Do brown cows give chocolate milk?; Does milk come from the cow cold?" On the tour, students encounter cute, curious calves and learn why they wear numbered ear tags. Kerr reviews the ingredients in her "cow casserole," or total mixed ration, that includes cottonseed. She helps them visualize the 100 pounds of feed each cow eats a day by telling them to imagine her wheelbarrow mounded over with feed, and then explains that a cow might drink the equivalent of a filled bathtub of water each day.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting grant applications for its Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Program. Through the program, fire departments and nonprofits may receive funds to implement fire prevention and safety activities, such as fire safety education in schools or installation of smoke alarms in homes. Applicants should plan to target the fire prevention activities toward high-risk groups such as children and the elderly, according to a news release from 9th District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher. Eligible activities funded through the grant program include public education campaigns, smoke alarm installation, code enforcement, firefighter safety and training, and wildfire prevention and awareness. Applications can be made through www.firegrantsupport.com, where additional information regarding the grant program and an application tutorial can also be found. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Nov. 30, and the funding announcements will be made in early spring of 2008.

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The local office of the American Cancer Society is sponsoring a Breast Cancer Support Group. The purpose of the new group is to help women cope with a disease that impacts all areas of their lives. It is open to all women who have experienced breast cancer, not just the newly diagnosed. Group discussions provide a comfortable, supportive and confidential environment for obtaining information and sharing experiences. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Tuesday and will meet Nov. 6 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1527 E. Church Street Ext., Martinsville. Contact the local ACS office at 638-8944 or 638-8944 for more information.
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WEDNESDAY'S WORD was "moribund" (MORE-uh-bund). It means about to die; "bound toward death." The Confederacy lay in ruins, its currency worthless, its capital desecrated, its once proud fighting force moribund.

TODAY'S WORD is "rubicon" (ROO-bih-kon). In signing the bill, the governor may have crossed the Rubicon and forever closed the door on his prison reform program.

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July 15, 2007 Take a Hike - Accent
Whether you want to take a Sunday stroll or a day-long hike in the hills, there are trails and paths in the Henry County-Patrick County-Martinsville area ready and waiting.

Both Henry County and Martinsville have convenient, paved, level walking trails for those just getting into walking, those who walk for fitness and endurance, those pushing baby STROLLERs, or senior citizens. For people who have more time or who want more of a challenge, there are trails at Fairy Stone State Park and Philpott that offer different types of surfaces, challenges and views.

Below is a list of public paths and trails within about a 30 mile radius of Martinsville that, so why don't you take a hike!

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WEDNESDAY'S WORD was "precursor" (pri kür´ser). It means a person or thing that precedes as in a job or method. The first robin is a precursor to spring.

TODAY'S WORD is amortize (AH-muhr-tize). The debt will be amortized in two years.

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WEDNESDAY'S WORD was "egocentric" (ee-go-SEN-trik). It means regarding the self or the individual as the center of all things. Having little or no regard for interests or feelings other than one's own. Dexter led a strange and egocentric existence, with no room in his life for a mate or even a friend.

TODAY'S WORD is intestate (in tes´tât). Mamie Smith passed away two years ago and left her property intestate.

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TUESDAY'S WORD was "gurney" (gur' ne). It means a flat, padded table or stretcher with legs and wheels for transporting patients or bodies. The rescue squad put the patient on a gurney to transport him to the hospital.

TODAY'S WORD is "egocentric" (ee-go-SEN-trik). Dexter led a strange and egocentric existence, so much so that there was no room in his life for a mate or even a friend.

Stars of the Future Talent Show, sponsored by the Delvin L. Hairston Memorial Scholarship, will be held Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. at Albert Harris Elementary School. Admission is $5 in advance and tickets may be purchased at Doug's Seafood and at Dejavu Clothing. You can treat your children to an evening out, properly chaperoned.

The Patrick Henry Community College MotorSports Association will sponsor its first car show on Saturday with proceeds to benefit the MS Society and the PHCC MotorSports Association. The show will be held in the parking lot of Arrington Manufacturing located in the Patriot Center at Beaver Creek. Registration begins at 9 a.m. And get this "” in addition to all cars and bikes, new and antique, racecars etc. "” there will be a category for "ugly cars." Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each class as well as best of show. For more information contact Randy Sample at cell: (757) 870-9433, e-mail: miniwinston24@aol.com, or contact the PHCC MotorSports office at (276) 656-0292.

Mary Jordan said the people at Spencer-Penn Centre were pleasantly surprised recently when the library received a nice donation of large-print books from Wayne and Polly Minter. She said the Minters brought the books with them from Wisconsin when they came to visit relatives in the Spencer area. Library volunteers are placing them on the shelves, and they will be available for public checkout soon. Jordan said the large-print books will benefit readers who have problems seeing the small print. She said Wayne Minter attended Spencer-Penn as did his late brother, Tommy Minter. Regular hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays except Tuesday, which has extended hours of 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The library is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon.

Later in the week we will preview events taking place over the weekend locally.

After watching kids observe Easter, the real meaning of the holiday and then the hunting of Easter eggs, we couldn't help but remember the following, sent in by Shelton Scales. It is called "Great Truths that Little Children have Learned"�:

1. No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.

2. When your mom is mad at our dad, don't let her brush your hair.

3. If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.

4. Never ask your 3-year-old brother to hold a tomato.

5. Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

6. You can't trust dogs to watch your food.

7. Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

8. You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

9. Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

10. The best place to be when you're sad is grandpa's lap.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. When children are abused, the community, state or the whole nation suffers, says Prevent Child Abuse. PCA states that there is something that each person can do to show support for children and families. Call 1-800-CHILDREN to find out more.

Reservations are being taken for Friday's brunch/meeting of Women of Faith/Walking by Faith. The meeting will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Dutch Inn. The theme will be "A New Image" and will be reflected in a talk by Zonie Brown. Shelly Robertson will present music and J Jones Ltd. will present a fashion show. Call 632-3152 or 632-5445 to make brunch reservations.

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FRIDAY'S WORD was masticate (mas´ti kât´). It means to chew (food); to reduce to a pulp by crushing or kneading. The extra molars in the back of the mouth, now known as wisdom teeth, undoubtedly aided in our ancestors' mastication.

TODAY'S WORD is hardtak (HARD-tak). By the end of the war, the Union soldiers were sick of the hardtack and soup that had been the mainstay of their diet.

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February 8, 2007 Letter: Winn - Opinion

Consider wasteful habits

Carbon is the culprit and conservation is one part of the answer. Global warming results from carbon that comes from energy generators. We as users of the energy can be more thrifty and reduce our use and so help in the fight to slow climate change. While we wait for big solutions let's see how much we as individuals can reduce energy use.We have not stopped to consider our habits that ultimately waste energy. It is not easy adjusting to any change but awareness can be a good starting point. The local STROLLER column has recently had helpful pointers. Recycling of cans, paper, and plastic at local recycling centers saves energy as well as hidden costs to landfill these items.
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January 14, 2007 Fitness is just a walk away with city's new trail - Accent
Martinsville officials hope the community will become involved in the city's new walking trail.

"We want it to be more of a community effort, if you will," said Wayne Knox, Martinsville's director of community development.

The trail runs from Depot Street down to Lester Street and from Lester to Pine Street. It is .6 of a mile, paved with asphalt and 10 feet wide.

That makes it it especially suitable for parents pushing baby STROLLERs, bicyclists, senior citizens who want to avoid hills and those just starting out walking for fitness. No motorized vehicles are allowed.

May 2, 2005 Grandparents giving back by adopting 10-year-old boy - News
A woman strolled into the dollar store in town, pushing a cute little child cradled in one of those featherweight STROLLERs that fold up like an umbrella. She stopped to browse as the little girl waited patiently.

She parked the child temptingly close to one of those bins filled with merchandise. Instinctively, a little hand ventured out and found a cheap little jewelry box.

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