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Sunday, July 15, 2012
FRIDAY’S WORD was anthophilous (an-THAH-fuh-lus). It means feeding upon or living among flowers. The students studied the behaviors of the anthophilous insects found in the field. (Source: Merriam-Webster)
SUNDAY’S WORDS are silly season (SIL-ee-SEE-zun). As a news junkie, Christa always is annoyed when the silly season settles on the newsroom of the local paper, and the front page is dominated by pictures of dogs and soft stories about summer apparel.
VDOT has issued a traffic alert for a project in Henry County, beginning Monday, weather permitting. The release states that paving will begin on Virginia 57 (Chatham Road) from U.S. 58 (A.L. Philpott Highway) to Virginia 720 (Mountain Mist Drive). Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and pilot vehicles, the release states, and motorists should use caution and expect delays. It says that paving is expected to take several weeks.
A benefit auction and concert will be held July 28 for Tabatha Law, who has cancer. Flying-S-Charters and Chris Lambert Auctions are 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 promotional pictures of Derek Cope, Sterling Marlin, Jimmy Hensley, Bill Elliott, Rick Mast, Jeff McClure, Richard Lasater, Lake Speed, Joe Gibbs, Sam Bass, Michael Waltrip and Ted Musgrave, a U.S. flag flown over Iraq, a wrestling belt donated by WWE Star Kane, a new secretary desk and items autographed by former congressman and now presidential candidate Virgil Goode. The release says that three former NFL superstars from the Washington Redskins will be present to autograph pictures. Cindy G. Price will sing.
CHILL and HEY will celebrate their 10th anniversary with a celebration dinner July 27 at the Frith Center at Patrick Henry Community College. Past and current members are invited. To sign up to attend, call Kayla Craddock at 403-5030 or email email@example.com.
• The Tilley family reunion will be July 22 at the Rangeley Ruritan Building. Bring a covered dish for the 1 p.m. meal. Call 673-1034 or 629-8341 for more information.
• Annual reunion of the descendants of Thomas Edwin Frith will begin at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Oak Level Ruritan Building.
It is astonishing what happens to Bible stories when young “scholars” around the world retell them. Here is an excerpt from a chapter in a new book called “Fractured English,” published by Pocket Books.
• The Bible is full of many interesting caricatures. Michael Angelo painted them on the Sixteen Chapels.
• The first five books of the Bible are Genesis, Exodus, Laxatives, Deuteronomy and Numbers.
• In the first book of the Bible, Guinesses, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off.
• Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark. But she only answered to Jean because she could not speak English. He built an ark, which the animals came on to in pears.
• Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day, but a ball of fire by night.
• Other Christians were condemned to death in large groups. They entered the arena to face wild lions singing hymns of praise in the name of the Father, the Son and In-the-Hole-He-Goes.