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1 Urbanna, Virginia April 4, 2013 Vol. 119, No. 1 Two Sections 75 Middlesex proposes 2-cent tax increase by Larry Chowning The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to advertise a proposed $19,770,137 county and school budget for (FY14) that calls for a 2-cent real estate tax increase. The proposed rate is 48 cents per $100 of value. County administrator Matt Walker reported that about $400,000 in delinquent real estate taxes have caused the county to be well short of the $10.3 million in projected revenue from real estate taxes in the current fiscal year (FY13). The county has collected $9.8 million in real estate taxes to date, he said. The fiscal year ends on June 30, For a county like Middlesex, which depends on half of its income coming from real estate taxes, it hits us hard when there are delinquencies, said Walker. When there is a blip in real estate tax for us, it really hurts. Harmony Village District supervisor Jack Miller said, This should be a sharp realization for us that things are tight for our citizens. Board chairman Carlton Revere noted he was unsure of this because he did not know the history of collecting delinquent taxes. I know the treasurer is working hard to collect the taxes, and some of these funds will be collected, he said. Even though there is a collection shortfall, Walker also presented a budget that was balanced without I m hoping an economic development position will create new businesses and jobs and will generate taxes for us so we don t have to keep going back to real estate. Supervisor Wayne Jessie the 2-cent tax hike. He recommended the tax increase cover anticipated costs related in part to state mandates that require the county to take over authority on storm-water management issues. Previously, this was the responsibility of the state. The 2-cent increase, which will generate about $425,000 in additional revenues, also will fund some anticipated capital improvements. What would happen if we just said no to taking over storm-water management? asked Saluda District supervisor Pete Mansfield. Revere responded, We d best add 10 cents to the tax rate to pay for attorney fees. The board also agreed to propose two new positions an Emergency Services Director (by a 3-2 vote) and an employee to oversee a new County Economic Development Office (by a 4-1 vote). Revere, Pinetop District supervisor Beth Hurd and Jamaica District supervisor Wayne Jessie voted in favor of the Emergency Services Director, and Miller and Mansfield voted against it. Mansfield was opposed to the emergency services position because he felt it could be handled in-house by utilizing present employees. Miller said, We have to be careful to hire someone who knows and understands our volunteer programs. If we ruin the volunteer effort, we are ruined. Hurd, Jessie, Revere, and Mansfield voted in favor of creating an Economic Development Office and hiring a person to oversee it. Miller dissented. Concerning the economic development position, Miller asked, How are we going to know what our citizens are getting for their tax dollars? Suppose he (director) brings in some kind of smoke stack industry that we don t want. Jessie responded, Jack, when is this negative stuff going to stop. If you think negative, it s going to happen. Most of the tax burden on our citizens comes from our real estate. We keep raising real estate taxes because that s the only thing that we have. I m hoping (See Taxes, page A8) Inspiring moment The new Zoar Baptist Church was crowned with a steeple on Thursday, March 28. A tornado on April 16, 2011, caved in the roof of the sanctuary and the rest of the main church building was razed to make way for the new church, which is on schedule for completion this summer. See more photos at (Photo by Tom Chillemi) They set a high standard by Tom Chillemi Lucy, a labrador retriever, is still running to the Medicine Shoppe in Hartfield. She hasn t figured out why her owners, Curt and Genie Saunders, are not there. After 43 years as pharmacists in the Deltaville and Hartfield area, the Saunderses retired on January 31, 2013 Curt s 70th birthday. Curt and Genie have always given us more than we could ask, said Ann Padgett, referring to how they would go to the pharmacy in the middle of the night to fill a prescription and deliver it if need be. That was just part of the job, said Curt. The future of health care is uncertain, but good memories do not change. Curt and Genie were always there to make us feel better, said Roseanne Moncure of Hartfield. They were a refuge in a storm. Where can you go and have someone care so much? Reflecting on a lifetime of service, Genie commented, We are privileged they chose us to take care of them, she said. Although our contacts were brief sometimes, we found out things about our customers and their families, and got to know them. Curt and Genie s careers have spanned from the era when the medicine s name could not be listed on the bottle, and only the doctor could discuss a patient s medications. They retire in a time when some pharmacies use robots, instructed by computers, to fill many prescriptions. The Beginning It was July 1969 when Curt and Genie arrived in Deltaville with the idea of starting a pharmacy. Just out of college and still in their mid- 20s, they had been married only a few weeks. Any second thoughts they had Genie and Curt Saunders served the Middlesex community for 43 years as owners of Deltaville Pharmacy, which later became the Medicine Shoppe. (Photo by Tom Chillemi) about their business venture soon vanished. Within a year they had built Deltaville Pharmacy, on the site of what is now the Deltaville Library. The Saunderses important place in the community was affirmed on Memorial Day weekend of 1970 when it was time to move from the small building, which they shared with the late Dr. Harold Bill Felton, to their new 4,700 square-foot store on Lover s Lane. Without being asked, many community members turned out to help. Men loaded pickup trucks, and women sent food for the workers and helped stock the shelves of the new drug store. What would have taken us four or five days was accomplished in six hours one (See Deltaville, page A8) The incorporation of Urbanna was a dream of outside investors It happened 111 years ago by Larry S. Chowning The May 11, 1902 headline of an article on the Town of Urbanna in the Richmond Times stated: Urbanna, The Central Town of the Rappahannock River. A sub-headline, placed below the main headline, stated: A Town In Which No Whiskey is Sold or Handled. The main purpose of the article was to announce the incorporation of the Town of Urbanna by an April 2, 1902 act approved by the Virginia State Legislature. The article also provides a glimpse into the history of Urbanna and Middlesex County. In 1902, the Town of Urbanna was still reeling from a successful political move by residents of the Saluda area and those in the eastern (lower) half of Middlesex County that resulted in re-locating the county seat from Urbanna to Saluda in The article refers to a county legend that the decision to move the courthouse came about by a one vote margin. The main argument of the move s proponents was a slow moving, inconvenient ferry that crossed Urbanna Creek. There was no bridge at the time. At the time this happened strange to say, none of the town citizens thought for once of building a bridge across the creek, stated the 1902 article. Had they done so, Urbanna would still have been the county seat. It wasn t until 1858 that a narrow one-lane bridge was built by the Urbanna Toll Bridge Company across the creek. It had a wide lane situated on the draw portion of the bridge that was used as a passing lane. The article states, This bridge is almost new and is a strong and substantial structure. In the center of it is a draw through which vessels loading at the head of the creek (Oakes Landing) pass. The creek is navigable for large loaded vessels a distance of a mile or more up and there are always several schooners in its headwater loading with lumber, cord wood or railroad ties. Urbanna not only lost the county seat in 1853, but the Civil War had contributed greatly to a declining economy for both the town and county. However, in 1902, 37 years after the Civil War, there seemed to be some hope of reviving the economy of Urbanna. The article stated, Urbanna is the chief town of the county of Middlesex and is fast awakening to a greater commercial life, and is seemingly separated by only a few years from its career as a city of importance. About that time, investors from Fredericksburg saw potential in the town and its deep-water creek for business and manufacturing purposes. Fredericksburg investor A. Randolph Howard and other outside investors founded and chartered the Bank of Middlesex in They built a large brick bank building that still stands today on Cross Street. Howard also founded the Urbanna Manufacturing Plant (once located near Queen Anne s Cove Condominiums on Taylor Avenue) and hired female laborers to produce overalls and shirts. The factory opened in 1902 (See Urbanna, page A3) In side Arts & Leisure... A6 Business Directory. B4 Calendar... A4 Church... B8 Classifieds... B4 School... B3 Social... A5 Sports... B1 Boat Races PAGE A8 Over 30 Closings in 2012! Call me today! 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2 A2 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. April 4, 2013 one woman s opinion Reflections on Government Urbanna, Va. The longer I live, the more I see how alike people are. Yet, people are different, too. We have different political opinions rooted in individual life experiences. Take a major block of Americans that I define as freedom-loving rugged individualists. They are highly autonomous and prone to risk taking. They believe (rightly or wrongly) they can do anything if given opportunity. If they fail, they hop right back up and try again. No moping about the house, feeling sorry for themselves from this group. They take responsibility for their own lives and don t want help from anyone. They are classically identified with the worldrenowned term Yankee can-do ingenuity. This group has provided millions of jobs for others over the years to enrich the lives of many. Do such citizens want big government dictating and regulating what they can and cannot do in life? Do they want hand-outs from government? Do they want to be told how to live their life by wellmeaning bureaucrats determined to take care of them, every step of the way from birth to death? Indeed, they do not. Others want close supervision and don t cringe at the thought of dependency. They need government that watches over them, cares for them, and protects them from harm. Mayor Bloomberg of NYC is an example of such government. He recently tried to protect New Yorkers from drinking too much sweet soda by trying to outlaw big gulp drinks for fear people are too weak-willed or stupid to limit intake themselves. Perhaps the remainder of the population could be defined as a mix of In-betweens and Undecided, who possibly can be persuaded to vote for big government if they see an advantage for themselves. Such groups aren t new to this world. There have been cries of Leave me alone, I can do it myself! or Help, take care of me! regarding government since the beginning of time. The problem magnifies when groups block out, demonize or ignore the needs of other groups or, even worse, try to force their kind of government on others. Two questions to consider are: Can government serve the needs of all groups or is it destined to be controlled by one group at the others expense? Can government allow those who want freedom to take care of themselves, to do so? In a checkout line recently, I overheard a conversation concerning a government agency that had taken an infant from a local family because the parent was smoking cigarettes (which would harm the baby). That s reprehensible that in America government can come into a man s home and take away his child, I said. You don t know how bad things are in some parts of Middlesex County, a woman answered. Someone has to watch out for children. She was grateful intervention was available. To this woman, strong government was necessary. She by Mary was not interested in my argument for constitutional rights. Wakefield Buxton Our contrasting ideas were a microcosm of the larger debate in Washington. Society is polarized today, but America can create a way to help citizens in need without demolishing individual responsibility, freedom and opportunity for others. My greatest fear for the future is dependency may become contagious and that numbers of those supported by government will grow (along with the size of government). Less political polarization from our leaders would encourage more understanding and tolerance. More compromise in order to create government that serves all people (and not just one group) is very much needed letters to the editor Most exciting Great Decisions season to date Deltaville s Great Decisions has just finished its 2013 eightsession season, the most exciting one in its more than 20 years of providing a place for the average citizen to explore global and foreign policy issues. In our small community we are privileged to have speakers who generously give of their time and effort to enlighten the rest of us. Some are experts on their subjects, others spend many hours boning up on a topic that may be new to them. Thanks in abundance are due Tom Harris, Llew Samuels, Jonathan Hutchins, Pep Fuller, David Lee, Paul Andersen, Jerry and Marie Suyes and Mary Lib Hoinkes for providing stimulating presentations and for leading the lively discussions that followed. An average of 60 persons turned out at each session, a remarkable number for a small rural community. They asked thoughtful questions and made insightful comments that helped us explore each topic further. We were given much to ponder on subjects that included Iran, China in Africa, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Egypt, Threat Assessment, Humanitarian Intervention, Future of the Euro, and NATO. Those who provided cookies for the break carried on a local Great Decisions tradition started by former resident Beth Thompson. The cookieproviders are too numerous to list but we trust that we showed our appreciation by our highly enthusiastic reception of their products. The Deltaville Community Association (DCA) once more graciously allowed us to use its building and we are most grateful. We are especially grateful to the Southside Sentinel for using its valuable space to publicize our meetings. We are looking forward to welcoming to our 2014 sessions everyone who would hope to have a better understanding of some of the major issues facing our complex world. Great Decisions Steering Committee (Jim Barker, Stan Coloff, Bill Crump, Connie Harris, Mary Lib Hoinkes and Pat Almond) Whose side is Obama on? In the March 28 issue of the Southside Sentinel one letter writer comments on the destruction of America from within. There are other letters referring to Obama s wrecking of the economy. If there are questions about our president s direction for the country, I recommend that one simply google Muslims in the Obama Administration. You will find at least three who are members of organizations, which research has exposed as covers for the Muslim Brotherhood. We enjoy and extend religious freedom in this country, so why not have Muslims in government positions. No reason, except when investigation shows them to be clandestine members of Muslim terrorist groups. Why would our president endorse without qualification President Morsi of Egypt, a member of the brotherhood who said in a speech before his election that Jews, our only allies in the Middle East, are descendants of pigs and apes? Whose side is he on? Don Loop Urbanna Without the USA: a much darker and hopeless world We all need to honor free speech as a freedom given to us by the Constitution. However, not all free speech is positive. We must all be on guard to not actively support hate speech, while keeping our freedoms. Hate of America speech happens every day on campuses and even in churches across our nation. Should someone who speaks hate ever be held up as a model for our children? Racist and sexist hate speech should be admonished not celebrated. All church leaders should be speaking of love and forgiveness. All teachers should be speaking of tolerance and moral ethics. America is surely not perfect, however, I would encourage everyone to speak love of her. We all pick her apart and wish she would be better at many issues, but she is ours and she is the best country earth has ever birthed. opinion America has supported freedom and given her all to mankind. Hundreds of thousands have given the ultimate sacrifice life so others could live in freedom. As taxpayers, we ve given our fortune to build schools, hospitals, and roads for other people. Our tax dollars have even restored other country s churches, mosques and synagogues, even though that is not allowed in our own country. Americans are the first to show concern and respond to any disaster worldwide. The hospital ship Hope arrives to aid all. We all know America used to lead the world in many ways. That, unfortunately, is not true anymore. But certainly the USA is still number one in the most important way, love! Where would the world be if not for the good ol USA? I know it would be a much darker, diseased and dreary place. The earth would have more shackles, more tears and less hope. America gives expectation to all people everywhere that there is still a place where you can be more than you are right now. This longing is in the heart of all mankind. I say God bless America; God bless her forever! Mary Bullock Deltaville letters to the editor Letters to the Editor may not exceed 400 words. There is a limit of two letters per person, per month. letters to Government has taken leave of its senses The March 29 Wall Street Journal confirms what we keep hearing and seeing in mass media: our government has taken leave of its senses. Are we supposed to blithely accept this after the circulation of s about the 10 most wasteful spending items of 2012? Below is a synopsis of just one article Googled. If you value your tax dollars, you re sure to be outraged by these wasteful projects. Following are the top 10 examples, five from each report. Though not necessarily the biggest ticket items, they are no doubt wasteful and representative of Washington s spending addiction that must end. From research/reports, federal spending by the numbers in 2012 included: a reality TV show in India ($200 million); studying pig poop in China ($141,450); Amtrak snacks ($84 million); using military exercises to boost biofuels ($12 million); and conferences for government employees ($121 million). From gov, the 2012 government waste book included: RoboSquirrel ($325,000), cupcakes ($2 million in loan guarantees), food stamps for alcohol, junk food, dead people and strippers ($2.5 billion), beer brewing in New Hampshire ($750,970), and a covered bridge to nowhere ($520,000). Are the above examples not bad enough? How about this: with government encouragement, food stamp usage (an unearned benefit in most instances) has increased 70% to $12 billion since More? Our Vice President recently enjoyed London and Paris on our nickel to the tune of nearly $2 million (including limo). In a continued effort to beat retirees into submission, Obama pushes Congress to reduce Social Security benefits. As an employee, Social Security deductions were made from my paycheck each pay period, and matched by my employer. When I was an employer, I was expected to match employees required contributions. I find it infuriating that the President and Congress continue to try to wrest retirement benefits we worked so hard for, while hiding behind Marie Antoinette s purported Let them eat cake, supposedly uttered just before the French Revolution. I have written to local government representatives, state representatives, Congressional representatives, and even our President. The common denominator? Not one of them, Our lease is up! Thank you for your loyal support. Stop by and see us at and Watch for our Grand Opening Celebration! from Middlesex supervisors all the way up to the President of our USA, has ever responded to my correspondence. I refuse to believe the honest, hard-working citizens of this country will continue to be treated in such an abusive manner by those who consider themselves insular once they ve been elected. Grid Michal Urbanna Too cool to fail Urbanna. Our pretty little newsmaker. Beautiful to look at, always in trouble, ready to party. The Lindsay Lohan of Middlesex. You gotta love her as you shake your head and wonder. So beautiful, and at the same time, messed up as a pile of coat hangers. She ll pop out of the cake again come Oyster Festival. Urbanna is too cool to fail. Everybody loves Urbanna. After the party, she ll go back to getting fired, quitting, getting arrested and getting sued. With waterfront. She may be destined to become a world-class environmental example, once the creek gets bad enough. Then educated visionaries, who are in our midst, may take over and have their way with her. Foster care is in her future. She needs handling. She s running with the wrong crowd. Change is gonna do her good. Mead Usry Hartfield No comments By now I am sure you have submitted your evaluation of the Piankatank River total maximum daily load (TMDL) study as comments needed to be in by March 28. I have submitted mine as it was not possible to present them at any of the meetings held, even though they said comments were solicited. In fact, I did not hear one individual allowed to present his comments. Oops, I should say one attendee mentioned that if the charts had some kind of legend or definition of the numbers presented, the numbers would then mean something. Other than that one comment, no others were allowed. They were true Delphi meetings; the purpose was for the state to be able to say they had held public hearings and the public was in agreement, but few comments were allowed, and no vote was taken. What will it cost? About $400,000 a year for 10 years for Middlesex County. By the way, the Piankatank River is not polluted, according to the Department of Conservation and Recreation s (DCR) own admission, but they want to eat oysters raw from the Piankatank. At least 16 creeks running into the Piankatank are polluted with E.coli. Think about that the next time you buy lettuce at the store and disregard all recommendations that it is to be washed before consuming. Remember the scare last year when there were deaths in this country due to E.coli, ingested from unwashed lettuce. DCR is saying each creek has Come off this silly soapbox Published in the Interest of the Territory Lying South of the Rappahannock River RAPPAHANNOCK PRESS, INC., Publisher Frederick A. Gaskins, President and Publisher Elizabeth Lee C. Gaskins, Secretary/Treasurer John Thomas Hardin, Editor a 10% failure of septic systems on it. They disregard that of the estimated 139 homes fronting Wilton Creek, 106 are on freshwater, and wastewater and boat waste pump-out systems are available. Those systems are checked, tested, and inspected each year. Any home system is required to be inspected every 5 years and, when sold, the systems are required to be inspected. Where are the 10% failing? I could go on and on but you have done your part, right? Tom Feigum Hartfield I d like to be more sympathetic towards he who refuses to give up in his quest for a redistribution of the nation s wealth, but excessive care for the rich is killing us is really a portrait of confusion and contradiction. We won t debate what the letter writer in last week s Sentinel had to say about the 1% controlling 40% of the wealth. Anyone can find information like that on the internet and, in fact, you can Google most anything on the web and get the results you want. But the letter loses all respect for his story and image as he spends about 400 words in a failed effort to convince us there are no wealthy Democrats in the prestigious 1%. Now really, that would be quite a compliment to the rank and file conservatives, if it were only true, for who would have guessed that conservatives are the only ones smart enough, creative enough and industrious enough to make it to the top. The reason surely must be that they play unfairly, break all the rules and commit the gravest of all sins on their way to accumulating their enormous, undeserving wealth. The letter writer complains about the income of the top 1%, but he won t discuss for all to see the disproportionate share of taxes they pay. Why? Well, are we not supposed to believe that the top 1% are all Republicans? To have mentioned this along with the fact that the upper 1% paid over 37% of all taxes in 2012 would have been devastating for him to acknowledge. By the way, the letter writer hasn t explained to us how wealth distribution would bring down the nation s debt. We ve already heard from people smarter than us that the rich cannot help sustain the current level of spending even if you tax them at 100%. Blame the rich, because that seems to make him feel better, but a reduction in spending is what must happen, and it s the only realistic solution. Finally, by and large, anyone who has lived it firsthand will tell you that the letter writer s idea of wealth distribution would move us further from the spirit of democracy and one more step closer to socialism. He needs to come off this silly soapbox. John Groves Hartfield Visit SSentinel.com Staff: Larry S. Chowning and Tom Chillemi, General Assignment Reporters; Julie H. Burwood, Art Director; Joe Gaskins, Graphic Designer; Maeghaen Eley, Advertising Manager; Wendy Payne, Advertising Representative; Peggy Baughan, Circulation and Classified Manager; Connie G. Walton, Compositor; and Geanie Longest, Customer Accounts Manager. The Southside Sentinel (USPS ) is published each Thursday except Christmas week. Periodicals postage paid at Urbanna, Va Subscriptions: $25 per year in Middle Peninsula Counties and $32 per year elsewhere. 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3 Menhaden: Overfished or bad research? by Audrey Thomasson A new scientific study released February 1 on the status of menhaden along the Atlantic coast has resulted in more questions than answers on whether the species are overfished a claim that led to a decision last December by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to slash the allowable catch by 20%. The new restriction forced Omega Protein of Reedville, one of the area s largest employers with a $15 million payroll, to cut two fishing vessels and 50 positions, according to Monty Deihl, the company s director of fishing operations. Was the ASMFC decision to impose restrictions too hasty? During the December meeting, it was the contention of a majority of commission members that menhaden are being overfished while other members questioned the reliability of the data being used. They asked the commission not to rush into imposing restrictions but to wait for a thorough study. The commission was under a great deal of pressure from sport fishing and environmentalists, said Deihl. But the truth is, only a 2008 study showed overfishing, and by just 0.4%, while subsequent studies have been erratic, he said. The February 1 report by ASMFC s Technical Committee questioned if current methods of measuring menhaden stock are reliable based on the fact that only one major fishery, Omega Protein, remains on the East Coast. The Technical Committee said, We do not trust our model. We need to develop a new model, said Deihl. The Boaters Boutique April 13 - Romp at the Rivah Sale! Hidden Inside Deltaville Yachting Center Ships Store Mon. Sat. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m Gen. Puller Hwy. Deltaville URBANNA EXXON Atkins Investments and Thrift Oil Co. are working together to find new tenants for the reopening of the Urbanna Exxon. The Atkinses appreciate all of their long standing customers. Thank you for your understanding and we are sorry for any incovenience. If you have any questions please call Leonard Office: Cell: BRING MORE COMFORT TO YOUR WORLD AND GET UP TO $1,350 CASH BACK*. YOUR LOCAL CARRIER EXPERT If a more thorough assessment proves the stock is healthy and not overfished, Omega could ask to have the restriction rolled back and say, You harmed us. John Bull, VMRC $ 25off Contract Price Per System For New Customers Who Sign A Service Agreement Urbanna... (Continued from page A1) and closed about The idea of incorporation most likely came from Howard, who envisioned Urbanna as a city with all the urban amenities. According to the 1902 article, Howard and others encouraged the citizens of Urbanna to seek incorporation. The article includes a drawing of W. Key Howard as town mayor. Key Howard was the brother of Randolph Howard and was appointed, probably by Randolph, to be the town mayor. Walter H. Ryland was listed as the city attorney; Robert S. Bristow as president of Urbanna Business Men s Association, postmaster and merchant; H. Jeter Haydon as the associate editor of the Southside Sentinel; J.O. Walker as town sergeant; and Newton Garland Weaver as town treasurer. The first Urbanna Town Council was comprised of Russell A. Davis (sailing schooner owner and in the lumber business), George S. Chowning (operated Chowning s Railway where Port Urbanna is located today), F.A. Bristow (owner of F.A. Bristow and Co., a general mercantile store located where the Exxon station is today); J.W. Hurley (operated a seafood business at the foot of Virginia Street near where Payne s Crab House is located today); Charles A. Taylor (operated Taylor Hardware in the present-day 51 Cross Street building); and Columbus S. Burton (owner and operator of Burton Steamboat Wharf at the foot of Watling Street). The article was written before the councilmen took office. As yet the officers have $ 25off A Service Call For New Customers committee did several sensitivity studies in January, one showing the stock is overfished while a newer study model shows it was not. Scientists are saying, We can t say that it s overfished. This should bring into question if the (ASMFC) board members knew then what they know now, would they have made a 10% cut rather than 20%? There is a huge difference between the two models, Deihl noted. Mike Waine, fishery management plan coordinator with ASMFC, said, The term overfished means there aren t enough left to sustain themselves. Currently, it s unknown whether there are enough menhaden out there or not, whether it s overfished or not, he said. But are they overfishing? Yes... Overfishing is like taking money out of your bank account faster than it s coming in. The rate of removing fish is too high so the action taken in December was in reaction to overfishing. He agreed with Deihl that scientists have not determined the most appropriate method of measuring menhaden. That s what they re working on right now. They are exploring all ways. They re not relying on what they ve done in the past, he said. The ASMFC board is also managing the menhaden industry as an ecosystem component, said Waine, which is another reason the board wants to protect their numbers. Deihl argues that approach is inaccurate because menhaden do not filter water and don t provide significant benefits to water quality. According to John Bull, director of public relations for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), a study by the Virginia Institute Marine Science showed adult menhaden... do not remove harmful nitrogen from the water and improve water quality. However, Bull said there is information dating back 100 years that supports the contention by sport fishermen that menhaden are food for game fish like striped bass. The bottom line? What is needed is a new stock assessment... one that is more comprehensive, more in depth, said Bull. One that shows the overall health of the stock, what level of harvest would be safe and what level of harvest would constitute overfishing. What hurts Omega is that the science used was messed up... it couldn t say if it was overfished, if the stock was healthy. But the ASMFC said We re going to cut it back anyway. If a more thorough assessment proves the stock is healthy and not overfished, Omega could ask to have the restriction rolled back and say You harmed us. Bull said the ASMFC is expected to complete a thorough assessment in a year. Help celebrate the tastes of the Rivah! Do you have a great boat drink recipe? Perhaps you know a tasty way to prepare fresh caught seafood. Maybe you have a winning recipe in which local home-grown vegetables are the star. Does your family have a "famous" dessert that would be perfect after a day out and about around the Rivah region? We want your best recipes for publication in The Rivah Visitor's Guide. The first issue of 2013 will appear on newsstands April 25. Send recipes to by Wednesday, April 17, and include your name and place of residence. Your recipe could appear in the next issue of The Rivah Visitor's Guide! not been sworn in nor have the town ordinances been adopted, but this will be done as soon as the circuit and county courts are over with, for the city attorney, W.H. Ryland, being too busy to meet with council until then, stated the article. The description of the town in the 1902 article describes a growing community. Within the town limits of Urbanna there are about 400 acres of land... and the following industries, business enterprises and social and religious advantages: seven large merchandise stores, a drug store, a flourishing state bank, an ice manufacturing concern, two tomato canning factories, two oyster shucking houses, ship-building yard, sawmill and marine railway combined, a hotel, three handsome churches (Episcopal, Methodist and Baptist), a Masonic lodge, a private and public school, and a blacksmith and several carpenter shops. The postal system attempted to change the name of Urbanna to Urbana to conform with other Urbanas in other states, stated the article. There has been some wonder why it is that the many towns in other states having the same name as Urbanna in Virginia spell the same name with only one n while this is spelled with two. This is because the Post Office Department changed them. It made an effort to change this, but the people... kicked and the name remained unchanged. The people of Urbanna claimed their way of spelling the name is the only right way and the old-time way. The Richmond Times article stated that while the mail facilities of Urbanna are very convenient indeed, a well-kept telephone system is its greatest convenience. The entire system, which connects all of the counties south of the Rappahannock with the Western Union at West Point, is owned by the Tidewater Telephone Company. For a few decades, the town surged ahead with the Bank of Middlesex being the main financial thrust. The shirt factory and an excelsior plant lasted for only about 10 years along with several other of Howard s manufacturing endeavors. The town never became the manufacturing center of Howard s dreams but, by incorporating the town in 1902, he and others established Urbanna as a special community with some municipal advantages. Urbanna (population 470) remains the only incorporated town in Middlesex County. April 4, 2013 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. A3 Agnes Richard pins the Eagle medal on her son, Ross Richard Jr., as his father Steve looks on. Richard receives Eagle Scout pin Stephen Ross Richard Jr., a senior at Christchurch School and son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Richard of Richmond, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012, the highest rank in Boy Scouting. He was recognized during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony March 28 in Saint Peter s Chapel at Christchurch School. When aging out at 18, Richard was a member of Troop 341, chartered by Christ Church Parish. In the more than 60 years of its history, the troop has only had 21 Eagle Scouts. In order to attain this rank, it requires dedication and determination. Because of the respect this rank holds, the title is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase Once an Eagle, always an Eagle. From the time a boy joins Scouting until he attains the rank of Eagle, he will have passed 6 boards of review; earned 12 required merit badges and a minimum of 9 elective merit badges; served in troop leadership positions for a minimum of 16 months; and spent at least 13 hours on service projects, not including the many hours he spent on his Eagle Scout service project. Richard joined the Boy Scouts at age 12. Since being in Scouting, he has served in several positions, the most responsibility being a quartermaster. In addition to the required merit badges, training, and service to his community, a Scout has opportunities to experience many adventures. Many nights of camping prepared Richard to attend summer camp several summers at Camp T. Brady Saunders in Goochland. During these week-long events, he earned many merit badges. He participated in community service projects, including Scouting for Food and book collections. One of the requirements to make the rank of Eagle is to organize and carry out an Eagle Project. Richard s project was building and stocking a beehive for the Bird House Community Gardens in Richmond. An interest in beekeeping sparked interest, which led to his choice in this project. During the ceremony, Assistant Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Rich Graulich welcomed Richard to the brotherhood of Eagle Scouts. Only five percent of the boys who enter Scouting achieve what you have here tonight, said Graulich. The requirements are demanding but fair. Your achievement is recognition of your perseverance and ability. You are a marked man, and your achievement will follow you throughout your life. Richard s mother, Agnes, pinned the Eagle badge on her son s uniform during the ceremony. He was presented with a congratulatory note from President and Mrs. Barack Obama and a certificate from Governor Robert McDonnell. Richard presented his mother and father with special parent pins. After graduation from Christchurch School, Richard plans to attend college and study history or political science. Special education advisors to meet The Middlesex County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council will meet Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m. at the school board office in the Cooks Corner Office Complex at 2911 General Puller Highway, 2 miles east of Saluda. The public is invited to attend. Eastern Personal Care Agency Personal Care, Homemaker Aids, Live-In Companions, Shopping & Errand Service, Bed & Bath MAY 7-10 MAY 18 MAY 21 Call (804) , M F, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. After hours, call (804) JUNE JUL. 26-AUG. 2 AUG. 27-SEP. 8 OCT NOV DEC We re Going Places! CHARLESTON & SAVANNAH MOTORCOACH TOUR Tours of Historic Charleston & Savannah, lunch at Paula Deen s Lady and Sons Restaurant. WASHINGTON ZOO EXCURSION - MOTORCOACH Spend a day of fun with the whole family. Home to 400 different species of animals. DAY TRIP TO CHARLOTTESVILLE Visit Monticello, lunch and tour of Michie Tavern, visit Trump Winery. CASINO MAGIC - CONNECTICUT - MOTORCOACH Foxwood s Casino Magic~ largest casino in the world. Visit to Submarine Museum. BERMUDA CRUISE - ROYAL CARIBBEAN S GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS Enjoy pink sand beaches and turquoise surf. Roundtrip motorcoach from Kilmarnock to Baltimore. ALASKA - THE GREAT LAND HOLLAND AMERICA S MS STATENDAM CRUISE TOUR Observe wildlife, pan for gold, & marvel at the glaciers. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD 6 Day-5 Nights Motorcoach Tour. Performances at the Grand Ole Opry, with additional tours. CHRISTMAS AT THE BILTMORE ESTATE-MOTORCOACH Tours of the Spectacular Holiday Decorated Biltmore Estate. MYRTLE BEACH-MOTORCOACH TOUR Southern Holiday Festival of Shows COME JOIN US! Adventure Travel Chesapeake Commons, Kilmarnock

4 A4 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. April 4, 2013 Relay for Life meets tonight in Urbanna Relay for Life of Middlesex will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad building in Urbanna. Please plan to attend this meeting, said Relay spokesperson Susan Hurley-Fowler. It will be our final meeting before our Relay on May 3. Existing team members, as well as anyone interested in forming a team, are welcome Community Calendar The Bay School presents the Emerging Artists Show 2013, April 6 19, featuring over 50 artists who have taken a class at the school. The Bay School, 279 Main Street in Mathews Court House Virginia s 4 p.m. Burning Law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day until April 30 if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. dof. virginia.gov/info/faqs-burning.htm Urbanna Harbor Gallery presents an exhibit titled Life at Water s Edge through May 15, featuring Nancy Richards West and Douglas E. Jones at 202 Virginia Street in Urbanna. Middlesex High School Class of 1998 Your contact information is needed immediately. The 15-year class reunion dinner will be held Saturday, June 8. Contact LaNae Budden at A History of Commerce in Middlesex County The exhibit will be on display through June 16 in the museum s annex building in Saluda Middlesex Master Gardeners Horticulture Help Desk 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Monday Friday Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Tuesday Sunday Middlesex County Museum 10 a.m. 3 p.m., Wednesday Saturday, in Saluda Hands Across Middlesex at The Cryer Center is open 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Tuesday Friday. The Clothing Closet is open Tuesdays 10 a.m. 3 p.m. The yard sale is the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. GED Classes sponsored by Middle Peninsula RACE are being held at Middlesex High School Weekly Events Thursdays Group 1:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Port Town Village Apartments, 111 Port Town Lane, Urbanna p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Rappahannock General Hospital p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at Forest Chapel Church, Forest Chapel Road, Warner Group 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Alzheimer s Association office, 7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Deltaville Community Association building. 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Cooks Corner Meeting Room, Saluda. Fridays 10 a.m. every Friday at Cross Street Coffee, Urbanna. Saturdays Open 12-and-12 meeting, 5:30 p.m. every Saturday at Zoar Baptist Church Sundays 2 p.m. every Sunday at Hermitage Baptist Church in Church View Mondays 9 a.m. 12 p.m. every Monday all veterans are welcome at 84 Main Street, Warsaw :30 a.m. the first Monday of the month at the Alzheimer s Association office, 7335 Lewis Ave., Gloucester p.m. every Monday at the American Legion Hall, Saluda p.m. every Monday to attend. It is not too late to join or have a team. Middlesex Relay for Life will be held Friday, May RELAY FOR LIFE 3, at 6 p.m. at the Middlesex County Sports Complex in Locust Hill. For more information, contact Sharon Darnell at or visit Hurley-Fowler said, We are striving each day to have a world with more birthdays and less cancer. Relay for Life seeks vendors Relay for Life of Middlesex is holding a fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Urbanna Firehouse. There will be a Hair-Cut-A- Thon, a kids carnival with lots of games and prizes, vendors including Oragami Owl Jewelry, Scentsy Home Wickless Candles, 31 Gifts, and It Works Body Wraps. More local vendors are needed to display their products to help with the event. Each space costs $15 plus a donation of one item for a raffle. If interested in being a vendor for this show, contact Cindy Kellar at or call Fees are due by Monday, April 8. Friday, April 5 Basics of Investing offered by Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) on April 5, 12, and 19, 1 3 p.m., at RCC s Kilmarnock Center. Advance registration required Pride of Middlesex Dinner will be held at Christchurch School Saturday, April 6 Red Cross Disaster Services Overview Class 9 a.m. noon at Town Center, 312 Colonial Avenue, Colonial Beach. Learn about volunteer opportunities available in disaster services, including our highly-notable 24/7 Disaster Action Team. (757) UMVFD Turkey Shoot at 1 p.m. at the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department in Water View. All ages and skill levels welcome. Worked or modified guns will be allowed, but will shoot in a separate division and will not compete with stock guns on still targets Emerging Artists 2013 Opening Reception 4 7 p.m. at the Bay School, 279 Main Street in Mathews Court House. The show features over 50 artists who have taken a class within the last 18 months April 6 & 7 Daffodil Festival Main Street in Gloucester Court House, Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, noon 5 p.m. Monday, April 8 Northern Neck Audubon Society Bird Walk at Belle Isle State Park. Plan to arrive at 7:45 a.m. and meet at the horse trailer parking. Call Frank Schaff at to let him know that you are coming in case the walk is canceled. Tuesday, April 9 sponsored by Hospice of Virginia. Open to the community and held in Kilmarnock at the Lancaster Community Library, 2 3:30 p.m. every other Tuesday until May For an expanded version of our community calendar, please visit at the United Methodist Church, Urbanna p.m. every Monday at Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Deltaville. meets at 8 p.m. every Monday at Kilmarnock United Methodist Church Tuesdays 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday for breakfast at the Pilot House Restaurant, Topping a.m. noon every Tuesday at RGH Outpatient Rehab, Kilmarnock p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Bridges Outpatient Services, 113 DMV Drive, Kilmarnock p.m. every Tuesday at the Middlesex County Public Library, Deltaville p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the RGH Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, Kilmarnock p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Harmony Village p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Beacon, Topping Overeaters Anonymous 7 p.m. every Tuesday at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 435 Church Street, Kilmarnock. 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Bethlehem Star Lodge, Saluda. 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping. Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Middlesex Family YMCA a.m. every Wednesday at Urbanna United Methodist Church. 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Middlesex County Public Library, Urbanna Branch p.m. every Wednesday at Urbanna Methodist Church :30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Booster Club, Hartfield your event to by Friday for consideration. Please keep your event information current. DJ Night is Friday at Freeshade On the first Friday of each month DJ Night is held at Freeshade Community Center in Syringa. The next DJ Night will be this Friday, April 5, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Light refreshments will be available. Proceeds benefit the Stepping Stones square dance club. Festival Queen applications are being accepted Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Oyster Festival Queen Scholarship Competition. Any female resident of Middlesex County who will be a high school senior in the fall of 2013 is eligible to participate in this competition. For more information, please call the Oyster Festival Foundation office at Red Cross to offer classes The River Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross will offer the class Adult CPR/AED from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 20, at the chapter office at 39 Harris Road, Kilmarnock. The fee is $70. The class Adult CPR/AED and First Aid will be offered from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 22 at the same location. The fee is $90. Railroaders plan open house The Rappahannock River Railroaders will hold an open house on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the club headquarters on Ball Park Road in Deltaville. Trains will be running on three layouts O, Ho, and G gauges on the second floor of the building. For those who prefer not to walk up the stairs, the train action will be shown on televisions located on the first floor, which is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Above is a view of a portion of the O Gauge layout showing the new scenic background painted by artist member Carrrie Kitchell. Opposite of this, on the HO Gauge side is an existing background that has been improved by Kitchell and her assistant, Elaina Warren. Middlesex Woman s Club to elect officers Monday The Middlesex County Woman s Club will have its next general membership meeting on Monday, April 8, at 1 p.m. in the club building at 210 Virginia Street in Urbanna. This will be the club s annual business meeting. All members are encouraged to attend as they will elect officers for the coming year. Representatives of the club-sponsored activities will explain what their committee or group does during the year. Many interesting things are happening within the club and we hope all our members will discover a new activity to participate in during the coming year, said a club spokesperson. Our members as well as those who may be interested in joining the club are invited for light refreshments prior to the meeting.

5 at the library by Ralph Oppenheim Executive Director I left the library office and headed for the circulation desk where Celane was filing paperclips. Celane, you re full of great ideas. Got any I can use in this week s column? Without hesitating a second Celane replied, How about talking about all the great books people donate to the library? They really enrich the collection. Yeah, that s good. We do get a lot of great book donations. But we get a lot of dirty, moldy books, too. Some smell like they ve been brought up from people s cellars. I hate moldy books. There you go again, always looking at the bright side of things, Celane said, rolling her eyes. You really should talk about the great book donations that we add to the collection; books we wouldn t have otherwise. No, I think I d rather talk about mold. You know, the Urbanna Branch needs a new roof. I think I ve spotted mold on the ceiling. That reminds me, Stephen King and his wife just pledged $3 million to the Bangor, Maine, Public Library to replace the copper roof on the old building and for other renovations. It s not the Places to go and things to do in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Places to go and things to do in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula From the Potomac Rivah to the York Rivah A FREE Guide to the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Advertise in the first Rivah of 2013! on newsstands throughout the area on April 25! SUPER SAVINGS by advertising in more than one issue! Advertising Deadline: April 11 Call the Southside Sentinel at or the Rappahannock Record at soon for more information! Don t forget to ask about our Rivah website Special! first large gift the Kings have given to their hometown library. Nice gift. What we need is a local author to make a major gift so we can replace our roof. Or maybe a major author to make a local gift. That sort of limits the pool of potential donors, doesn t it? It doesn t have to be someone who writes books. Maybe just someone who likes to read books or someone who juggles books for a major company. Celane asked, The roof won t cost three million dollars to repair, will it? No, but it ll take plenty. We d also like to upgrade the lighting in the Urbanna Branch to brighten the place up. So, why don t you talk about the Annual Fund in your column this week? Excellent idea! The Annual Fund is coming up this month. I sure hope the truly generous people of Middlesex County remember that we really need their donations this year. Lots of small gifts can add up to a major gift. You re a genius, Celane. And to think I just wanted to talk about mold. Ralph, when they made you they broke the mold. Thanks, Celane. Unfortunately, it grew back. RWC to host Parkinson s awareness program April 10 On Wednesday, April 10, Rappahannock West minster- Canterbury (RWC) will host its annual Parkinson s Awareness Event. The featured speaker will be Dr. James Bennett, chair of the Department of Neurobiology and founding director of the VCU Parkinson s Disease and Movement Disorders Multidisciplinary Research & Clinical Center. Bennett s presentation will begin at 1 p.m. in the auditorium on the RWC campus, 132 Lancaster Drive, Irvington. Rita De Pew, a volunteer leader in RWC s efforts to serve those with Parkinson s and their care partners, said, We are fortunate that Dr. Bennett has agreed to join us once again to update us on recent research into Parkinson s. His presentations have been well received in the past, and I m certain everyone who attends will find his remarks informative and enlightening. Bennett is an international authority on Parkinson s and other movement disorders. During his career he has authored 130 papers and directed research that is leading to a better understanding of Parkinson s. He says that in the last decade researchers have discovered much about how Parkinson s affects both the brain and body. Because Parkinson s starts developing long before symptoms become apparent, current investigations are focusing on identifying biomarkers that can provide early evidence of Parkinson s. In addition to Bennett s presentations, attendees will have the chance to visit with representatives of a number of local agencies providing assistance and information. Participating organizations include VCU s Parkinson s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, the Parkinson s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) from McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Rappahannock General Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Carousel Physical Therapy Center, and RWC. Places to go and things to do in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula We are very eager to help members of our community become better informed about what it means to have Parkinson s and what services are available to those with Parkinson s and their care partners, said RWC president Stuart Bunting. RWC began actively supporting individuals with Parkinson s and their care partners nine years ago. The continuing care community s Fit to Move program provides RWC residents and community members with neuromuscular disorders a chance to participate in group exercises three times a week. RWC also sponsors a support group for individuals with Parkinson s and their care partners, and another exclusively for care partners. Because these programs are underwritten by grants and individual contributions to the RWC Foundation, there is no charge for participation in any of them. The public is invited to attend the upcoming Parkinson s Awareness Event. Beverages and dessert will be served. Reservations are required; call De Pew at by April 1. RWC will honor reservations in the order received. Give the Gift of Life: DONATE BLOOD Quality Tree Service All phases of tree care Free Estimates Bird walk at Belle Isle State Park due Monday On Monday, April 8, the Northern Neck Audubon Society will conduct a bird walk at Belle Isle State Park. The walk will be led by Frank Schaff. Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County features seven miles of Rappahannock riverfront as well as diverse tidal and non-tidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves and upland forests. With the unseasonal warm weather, there may be sightings of early migratory birds (or there may be a snow storm... who knows with the crazy weather). Among possible sightings are doublecrested cormorants, pied-billed grebes, bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, belted king fishers, Eastern blue birds, redwinged blackbirds, herring and ring-billed gulls, Forster s terns, song sparrows, swamp sparrows and warblers. Carpools will leave Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock at 7:15 a.m. April 4, 2013 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. A5 Those driving directly to the park should arrive at 7:45 a.m. and meet at the horse trailer parking lot which is on the right beyond the Camp Store. To reach the park from Kilmarnock, take Rt. 3 west to Lively and turn left on Rt. 201 (White Chapel Road). Go to the end of Rt. 201 and turn right onto Rt. 354 (River Road). Go 3.1 miles and turn left on Rt. 683 (Belle Isle Road). Continue.7 mile to the park entrance. Continue through the four-way intersection. The horse trailer parking lot will be on your right. There will be several pairs of loaner binoculars available. Please call Frank Schaff at to let him know that you are coming in case the walk is canceled. Please check out the NNAS website at for information on upcoming events. Living with Alzheimer s program set for Tuesday The Alzheimer s Association will hold the education program Living with Alzheimer s Legal and Financial Plans from 10:30 a.m- noon on Tuesday, April 9, at The Orchard Magnolia Manor, 62 Delfae Drive, Warsaw. The guest speaker will be attorney Roy Bredder. This program is designed to help care partners, family Registration continues for Bark For Life fundraiser Fighting cancer has gone to the dogs! The American Cancer Society (ACS) is pleased to announce the first Bark For Life of Middle Peninsula event being held on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m.-noon at Beaverdam Park (Fary s Mill Road entrance) in Gloucester. The registration fee is $20 for one dog/owner and $15 for additional dogs. Bark For Life is a family-fun event for all dog lovers. It honors and celebrates the relationship between cancer survivors and their beloved dogs that care and provide hope during the cancer journey of their owners. Canines care. Give hope. Save lives. Canine companions represent unconditional love, joy, security, compassion, and no judgments of human abilities or appearances, said ACS representative Lisa Goodall. Bark For Life is an incredible way to take a bite out of members and persons in the early stage of dementia understand the legal and financial issues that may impact them and ways to put their plans in place. Lunch will be provided by The Orchard. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call or org. Herb expert to speak at Woman s Club luncheon The Middlesex County Woman s Club will sponsor a fundraiser at Christ Church Parish Hall in Christchurch on Friday, May 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The club is delighted to announce that the guest speaker will be Don Haynie, a popular specialist in herbs and herb gardening. He lives in Williamsburg and is the former owner of Buffalo Springs Herb Farm and is now a well-known garden consultant, floral arranger and lecturer on herb-related topics. His topic for the luncheon cancer. So partner with your canine best friend, join us, and make new canine and human friends at this fun-filled event. Register at relayforlife.org/ mathewsva, under the Bark For Life team. For more information, contact Carolyn Royals at will be Herbs In The Landscape, and a question-andanswer period will follow his presentation. There is a limited quantity of tickets available for $25 each for both the lecture and the luncheon. This is a wonderful opportunity for those interested to enjoy a delightful luncheon followed by a speaker who will advise on how to incorporate herbs throughout your garden, said a club spokesperson. For tickets, contact Mickie McCallum at or Anne Massey at engaged Happy Wedding Anniversary to Frances Hargus on April 8th. Thanks for 52 great years together. I love you more and more each day. 6 9AM 5PM Clarence NEW GIFT ITEMS IN OUR FRESHLY RENOVATED SHOWROOM BOUNTIFUL ARRAY OF HERBS, VEGETABLES, AND PERENNIALS REFRESHMENTS ALL DAY & HORS D OEUVRES FROM 3PM 5PM BY THE TABLE AT WILTON Wilton Cottage & Garden Ryan Norris and Jeanne Trower Trower-Norris Phil and Sally Trower of Gloucester announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeanne Trower, to Ryan Norris, son of Willard and Beverly Norris of Deltaville. Miss Trower graduated from the University of Virginia. She is employed by Mathews County Public Schools. Mr. Norris graduated from Christopher Newport University. He is employed by the Williamsburg Fire Department. A wedding is planned for September 21, 2013 at Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Gloucester. Marines to be at Daffodil Festival The public is invited to meet the Marines of Bravo FAST Company and members of the Marine Corps League-Middle Peninsula Detachment 1317 at the Gloucester Daffodil Festival on Main Street in Gloucester Court House. The festival is on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, from noon-5 p.m. Weapons and vehicles used by FAST Company will be on display and the Marines will be collecting donations for their 2013 Toys for Tots campaign. The Marine Corps League- Middle Peninsula Detachment 1317 includes the Marines, FMF Navy Corpsman and men and women who joined as associate members from Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, West Point and King and Queen counties.

6 A6 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. April 4, 2013 arts & leisure Over 500 enjoy maritime park s Easter egg hunt The 150th Anniversary Civil War HistoryMobile (above) will be open to the public on Saturday, April 13, at the Raids on Gloucester County event at Gloucester Court House. Raids on Gloucester County Civil War event to be featured On Friday, April 5, the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Raids on Gloucester County will begin with the unveiling of the Virginia Historical Society s Civil War Panel Exhibit at Gloucester Arts on Main Street with exhibit coordinator Andrew Talkov as the guest speaker. The 6 p.m. event will be at 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester Court House, and is free and open to the public. Although there were no major battles in Gloucester during the Civil War, the rich agriculture, abundant farms and plantations along with flourishing Main Street businesses proved to be tempting targets for Union raids. April 1863 saw many attacks at various locations that were documented by Union troop letters and reports as well as Gloucester civilian letters to families. This Friday s commemoration is about the war s impact on the human element during the war, both as soldiers and civilians. On Friday, April 12, the 150th Anniversary Civil War HistoryMobile will host tours to Gloucester school students throughout the day. On Saturday, April 13, a Raids on Gloucester event will be at the Colonial Courthouse Circle, 6509 Main Street. The public is invited to visit with re-enactors, experience the encampments, tour the HistoryMobile, and watch the Court House Players and others portray those who wrote letters and military reports documenting the raids. There will be exhibits, displays, and DVDs will be shown in the courthouse about other Gloucester Civil War reenactments. Across the street, the Gloucester Museum of History will have more displays, and Gloucester Arts on Main will continue to showcase the Civil War Panel Exhibit. This event is free and will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit the website or call Daffodil Festival is this weekend The 27th annual Daffodil Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, on Main Street in Gloucester Court House. The festival will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 6, and from noon-5 p.m. on April 7. by Bill Powell Events Director Maritime Museum Move over groundhog, the Easter Bunny has arrived. Over 500 folks from around the area basked in the sun and reveled in the warm weather while enjoying the day at Holly Point Nature Park s 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt this past Saturday. It couldn t have been more perfect! said event organizer Sharon Paterson. Along with those mentioned in earlier articles and our animal kingdom friends, I want to be sure to send out thanks to all those folks that dropped off candy at EVB banks. We also thank Pat Tinsley of Pat s Gallery for her large candy donation, the rescue squad s ladies auxiliary for our Happy Easter flag, Debbie s Family Restaurant s candy donation, and all the hunt helpers, which included Ruth Gibb, Marie Wilding and daughter Elizabeth, Gabby and Ashby Taylor, Jim Hicks, Evelyn Turner and her daughters Courtney and Leslie, and Barbara Vest. Special kudos to Farmer Larry (Dean) for the wonderful hay rides, Jon Farinholt of Chesapeake Boat Works for supplying the hay, and Ben and Beth Yerxa, who came all the way from Raleigh, N.C., with their children, Mattie, Anna and Daniel, for handling the parking. Oops, don t want to forget Mother Nature for the perfect weather, continued Paterson Next up at the maritime park is opening weekend on April (see related article in this issue of the Sentinel). Faces of America to be shown in Mathews The Mathews Film Society will present the movie Faces of America: Parts 1 and 2 on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in The Halcyon Building at 40 Court Street in Mathews Court House. The movie is free and open to the public. In the film, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores the lineage of Americans, using DNA analysis and in-depth research to determine the ancestry of 11 notable individuals. Gates guests for the diverse genealogy examinations include comedian Stephen Colbert, poet Elizabeth Alexander, actress Meryl Streep, author Louise Erdrich, chef Mario Batali, Queen Noor of Jordan and others. Parts 3 and 4 of the film will be shown next week. The pastel medium was first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495 and artists such as Maurice Quentin de La Tour and Rosalba Carriera were using pastels to create masterpieces as far back as During the 18th century, the medium became fashionable for portrait painting, sometimes in a mixed technique with gouache. In the United States, initially pastels only had occasional use in portraiture. However, in the late 19th century, pastel (like watercolor) became more popular. The Society of Painters in Pastel was founded in Ethanol to be subject of meeting tonight at complex What s wrong with Ethanol? will be discussed at an upcoming town hall meeting on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Cooks Corner Office Complex public conference room, 2893 General Puller Highway, Saluda. Jerry Lehman, retired flight engineer and businessman in Middlesex County, said he Pastel workshop artists display their work. From left, they are Carrie Kitchell, Susan Sills, Jane Dixon, Gail Tucker, Pam Doss and Sven van Baars. (Photo by Gail Tucker) Exploring pastels at Gloucester Arts on Main has a deep, abiding interest in ethanol and its effects on engines and mechanical parts. Lehman will lead the discussion and suggest alternatives to the increasing amounts of ethanol in gasoline. Open to the community, this town hall meeting is sponsored by the Middlesex Tea Party. The Pastellists, led by Leon Dabo, organized in New York in Pastels have become popular in modern art because of the medium s broad range of bright colors. Pastel sticks or crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer. The Pastel Exploration Workshop at Gloucester Arts on Main was given on four Wednesdays during March where the themes and variations of this medium were explored under the direction of Susan Sills. Gloucester Arts on Main is dedicated to enriching the cultural and economic life of the community through the presentation of art, the performing arts and other events. The public is invited to visit during the gallery s normal hours of noon-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call Gloucester Arts on Main is at 6580-B Main Street in Gloucester. Hat Optional, Garden Gloves Suggested Join us for The Earth Store s Eighth Annual Garden Party: Saturday, April 6th, 8 am - 5 pm 20 % OFF All Merchandise, All Day In-stock items only, while supplies last. Horse feed or dog food other than Blue Buffalo not included. 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7 Above, from left, are Passport to Shopping Deltaville members Dennis and Becky Mann, Coastal Comfort Mattress; Carter Dean, Carter s Cottage Consignment; Onna Grimm and Laura Martin, Boater s Boutique at Deltaville Yachting Center; Dawn Wilt, West Marine; Bonnie O Briant, Crabby Couple Gifts; Michelle Meredith, Hammertime Marine; Brenda Coffman, Coffmans on the Coast; and Cindy Council, Crabby Couple Gifts. (Photo by Larry Chowning) Passport To Shopping Deltaville plans April 13 Romp At The Rivah by Larry Chowning The Passport To Shopping Deltaville retailers cooperative was formed in November 2012 to promote shopping throughout the eastern part (Deltaville, Hardyville and Hartfield) of Middlesex County. Passport To Shopping Deltaville is a group of retail businesses that range from Coffmans On The Coast in Hartfield to Boaters Boutique at Deltaville Yachting Center near Stingray Point. The two primary projects of the group have been to provide Dobe Run Canine Boarding & Daycare where the stay is great, because we don t crate! Serving Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Grooming 3 Days a Week Wednesday, Friday & Saturday By Appointment Only office Hours: 8 a.m. 5 p.m. 7 days a week Designed to suit your needs (804) % off Courtesy In-Home Consultations printed Passport To Shopping Rt. 33 map-counter cards for year-around distribution in the participating shops. These cards are available near the cash registers or welcome counters of each of the participating businesses and also are given to local restaurants and marinas for distribution. The intent of these counter cards is to have something to give to shoppers who ask: Where else is there to shop? The group is also coordinating Passport To Shopping Deltaville shopping events. The first was held in December 2012, Free Installation Draperies Cornices Valances Shades Blinds Shutters and others are planned for April and August of this year with a theme and door prize incentives for visiting each Passport to Shopping Deltaville store. We ve had several organzational meetings and one extremely successful shopping event, Deltaville Santa s Give Away Tour, on December 8, said Onna Grimm of Deltaville Yachting Center. Our next shopping event, Deltaville Romp At The Rivah, will be on Saturday, April 13, with door prizes, open house fun and sale pricing at each shop, said Grimm. A fun feature of the April shopping event will be the Best Hat Prize. Shoppers are encouraged to wear their favorite spring bonnet and shop owners will take pictures and then award a gift certificate for the Best Hat of the day. The great thing about the Passport To Shopping Deltaville retailers group is that it brings us together, gives us a chance to share ideas and encourage each other as business owners, Grimm said. In this challenging economy it is refreshing to get new inspiration from each other as well as excited shoppers. As a group, we just have more impact, said Raynell Smith of Nauti Nell s in Deltaville. We can advertise less expensively, and having events gives customers a good excuse to go shopping. The business members of the group are Olive For Yoga, J&W Seafood, Latitudes, Coastal Comfort Sleep Boutique, Carter s Cottage Consignments, Coffman s on the Coast, Wilton Cottage, Savita Pets, Hair Etc. & Gifts, Nauti Nell s, The Crabby Couple Gift Shop, Hammer Time Marine, West Marine, Pat s Gallery & Gifts, and Boater s Boutique. On Friday, April 5, Gloucester Arts on Main will have its First Friday Event from 5-9 p.m. featuring the abstract art of Rose Nygaard and Kathy Klein. Though these two artists are both abstract painters, their motivation for choosing this art form is completely different. For the last 15 years, Rose Nygaard has been painting abstract art in acrylics, doing collage or a combination of both. When she starts to paint, she has no preconceived idea of what the final painting will look like, thus keeping all her creative options open. Rose wants the results of her painting to be a surprise, and what inspires her is color in its purest sense, which she uses in an experimental way. Rose calls herself an abstract colorist. Her art is on display in other regional galleries and, in June, she is opening in a gallery in Washington, D.C. Kathy Klein s art has a subliminal agenda in its relationship to abused women a cause she has championing since the 1970s when she founded the Woman s Studies Program at Indiana University as well as being its first director. She has found the marriage of her earlier interest in woman s issues and her passion for art to be the April 4, 2013 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. A7 Two abstract artists to be featured Mathews Farmers Market opens 2013 season Saturday The Mathews Farmers Market will open for the 2013 season on Saturday, April 6. The market is open each Saturday from April through October. It runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Court Green in downtown Mathews. All the vendors at the market either make, bake or grow their products. Items include meats (pork, beef and chicken), eggs, baked goods, honey, vegetables, fruits and flowers (cut and potted), yarn, jewelry, soaps and beauty products, walking sticks, and even bloody mary mix. The market also has periodic musical entertainment, and a community tent is available each week for civic groups, churches and other non-profit organizations to promote their projects and fundraisers. On April 13, the Mathews Main Street Committee will be at the market talking about the transportation grant it has received, which will enhance the safety and looks of the Main Street area streets and sidewalks. It also will have information on the Community Development Grant it has submitted, which would support the building facades improvement program and enhance sidewalks outside the scope of the Main Street project. Artwork of Kathy Klein spark for the creative expression which engages every aspect of her life for the past 40 years. The pictures that Klein will be displaying at Gloucester Arts on Main will address the discrepancy between the historical definition of women, visa vi their bodies, as in the context of the artistic beauty of the nude versus the socio symbolic context of sin and degradation. Her 12 pictures represent these two extremes in a linear presentation where each canvas represents the fragmentation of women in society. When properly arranged, they become a representation of beauty in women as a whole. Artwork of Rose Nygaard The individual pictures represent the socially negative qualities attributed to women. Gloucester Arts on Main invites the public to see the work of these two artists who express themselves abstractly for totally different reasons. You will also find art from the Laurel Shelter and the Alzheimer s Association on display. Gloucester Arts on Main is at 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester. Visit for more information. Lancaster Players to hold auditions for musical Suds The Lancaster Players will hold auditions for Suds: The Rocking 60 s Musical Soap Opera, will be held April 9-10 at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse in White Stone. Director Robin Blake is searching for three females and one male who like to have fun and would be willing to audition with both acting and singing abilities to fill the roles in this musical. Suds is the delightful story of Cindy, a lovelorn girl working in a 1960s laundromat. Still Here comes the latest Court House Players (CHP) production, My Sister Eileen, and New York will never be the same again. This is the story of two sisters trying to make it in the Big Apple, and their hilarious escapades. Ruth and Eileen Sherwood are magnets for all kinds of odd and quirky characters, and thereby hangs our tale. The two sisters will be played by Pamela Thompson as Eileen and Amanda Adams as Ruth. Other assorted characters who arrive at the Sherwood apartment are Kevin Gentry as the landlord Mr. Apopolous, David Alexander as the neighbor known as Wreck, CHP veterans Lisa LeBlanc, David Arthur, Paul Carroll, James King, Shawn Jaeger, John Dempsey, Bob Nardozzi, and a host of Portugese sailors. The show opens at Distinction in the White Marsh Shop- pining for the pen-pal fiancée who dumped her, Cindy s life is forever changed when her two guardian angels magically appear to teach her about boys, true love and surviving this tough, fluff-n-fold kind of world. Loaded with good clean fun and bubbling energy, Suds features musical favorites from the 1960s. For more information, contact Robin Blake at , or on the web at Tickets on sale for My Sister Eileen ping Center with three dinner theaters Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18, at 7 p.m. each night, and a matinee (show only) on Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available in Gloucester at Office Supply and at Gloucester Point at Green Gates Gifts; in Mathews at Flowers from the Heart and Mathews Pharmacy; and in Middlesex at Coffman s on the Coast. Online tickets may be purchased without surcharge at Season tickets are still available. For further information, call (804) donk s 2nd Talent Search Sat., April 13 th - 8 p.m. MEDLIN FORD Eltham Road, West Point Special Events Monday Prime Rib AuJus Tuesday Roasted Fleet s Bay Oysters Wednesday Mexican Fiesta Thursday Ladies Nite Friday Wine Tastings Saturday Breakfast/Brunch Lunch: 11-3, Dinner: 5 pm to close Reservations accepted 572 Rappahannock Drive, White Stone, Va

8 A8 Southside Sentinel Urbanna, Va. April 4, 2013 Town businesses to help sponsor Urbanna Regatta The main counter at the Deltaville Pharmacy evening, said Curt. It was a traditional drug store, a sort of general store with items that customers had asked for and were not available elsewhere in town cosmetics, toys, sewing supplies, greeting cards and much more. There was a place to socialize at the soda fountain and lunch counter. That s where Helen Ward worked when she was a senior at Middlesex High School. It was a wonderful job, she recalled. That was a good time. We got to meet all the local people of Deltaville. Helen Ward said Curt could always tell when she had a bad day at school. He was there for us, she said. I love them both. They played a big role in our Romp at the Rivah! Passport to Shopping Deltaville Saturday, April 13 (individual store hours vary) Welcome to Hartfield, VA Welcome to Hardyville, VA Welcome to Deltaville, VA J&W Seafood of Va Inc. Latitudes Coastal Comfort Sleep Boutique Carter s Cottage Consignments lives and continue to play a big role to this day. Helen Ward was working the lunch counter when she met her future husband, Floyd. I had a feeling he was going to ask me out, she said. But he left without asking for a date. Five minutes later, the pharmacy phone rang. It was Floyd calling Helen for a date. Two years later, their wedding day arrived. When Helen got to the church, there was Curt waiting outside. She had been crying all morning long. Curt looked at his watch and said, If you change your mind, you can be at work in 15 minutes, she said. Helen and Floyd are still married and have four adult children. Coffman s on the Coast Wilton Cottage Savita Pets Hair, Etc. & Gifts Nauti Nell s The Crabby Couple Gift Shop Hammer Time Marine West Marine Pat s Gallery & Gifts Boater s DYC OPEN HOUSE FOOD! DOOR PRIZES! SALES! Wear a Spring Bonnet for the Best Hat Contest! DELTAVILLE, VA BOATING CAPITAL OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY The Deltaville Pharmacy soda fountain Deltaville Pharmacy was a gathering place... (Continued from page A1) Curt and Genie were always there to make us feel better. Roseanne Moncure of Hartfield Committed To say that Curt and Genie were devoted to their new pharmacy would be an understatement. For four years they lived behind it in a house trailer they called the big camper. They were connected to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad by radio-phone and helped dispatch calls and monitor emergencies. Before a hospital opened in Kilmarnock and another in Gloucester, it was not unusual for Curt to get an emergency call from Dr. Felton at 1 a.m. telling him to get dressed and go to the store. Curt said opening the store at unusual hours was the norm until a few years ago when hospitals started dispensing medications when a patient was released. Sonny Revere recalled a time when he was in extreme pain with kidney stones. Curt came to his house and called the doctor to get the correct medication. They have gone out of their way over the years to help everyone they came in contact with, said Revere. They set a high standard and they deserve their retirement. Curt served in the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, and was treasurer of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years. He also served on the Middlesex County School Board. In 1984, Curt and Genie opened a satellite pharmacy in Hartfield. Genie was the pharmacist at Family Pharmacy of Hartfield, while Curt continued to work at Deltaville Pharmacy. In 1992, the two stores were consolidated into the Medicine Shoppe of Hartfield, which remains in operation today at the Chesapeake Medical Group building across Route 33 from the Hartfield Post Office. This year, the Medicine Shoppe of Hartfield was purchased by Caroll and Gary Throckmorton, who also operate Main Street Pharmacy in Kilmarnock and another pharmacy in Heathsville. Roots Curt and Genie met while attending the Medical College of Virginia. Her roots run deep in Mathews County where her grandfather, father and mother all were pharmacists and operated Richardson s Drug Store on Main Street. She also had four great uncles who were pharmacists. Curt grew up in southside Virginia near Jarratt. His mother taught school, his father was a buyer for Johns-Manville pulp wood. Changing Times Pharmacies have evolved. Early in the Saunderses careers, the medicine label could not state the name of the drug, and only the patient s doctor could discuss a patient s medications. That s all changed. Detailed information accompanies each prescription. Pharmacists ask patients if there are questions and check for duplications of medications along with many other duties. Genie encourages patients to take an active role in health care. Curt adds, Make sure your medical records follow you and are up to date. Pharmacists work under pressure and must stay focused, always mindful of the seriousness of their job. Sometimes patients might have thought we were short with them when actually we were concentrating on an insurance problem or filling a prescription, said Curt. Genie explained they would often call patients after they had closed the store for the day to answer their questions. Pharmacy technicians, who are certified by a national association, are invaluable, noted Curt. They scan and check the filled prescriptions, and the pharmacist then checks the prescriptions again. Curt and Genie are quick to add that their business success is due in a big way to their employees, many of whom have been with them for more than a decade. Curt and Genie can count the number of Saturdays they were not at their pharmacy. Now, those days are in the past. They joke that they ve spent more time together in the past two months than they did during their 44 years of marriage. Now they ll have more time to spend with their three children, Jess and his wife Ashley; Maria; and Vance, whose wife Meredith is expecting Curt and Genie s first grandchild in July. Curt and Genie said there are so many people they need to recognize and thank. Retiring was bittersweet for both of them. When they were in the process of retiring in December, they would see customers who they knew they might never ever see again after retirement. We didn t get a chance to say goodbye to some customers, said Genie. We simply want to say, Thank you! Cocktail Class boat races set for May 18 The Urbanna Cup Regatta will be held Saturday, May 18, on Urbanna Creek. This regatta will be a day of Cocktail Class boat races on Urbanna Creek at the Town of Urbanna Marina at Upton s Point, and will be an allday event. There may be up to 40 different boats that participate and as many as 50 to 60 race participants, coming from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and even as far as Ohio. We are expecting quite a crowd for this race and hope to make it an annual (if not biannual) event in the future! said John Milby, co-chair of the regatta and secretary of the Urbanna Business Association. This will be a family-friendly event and will be free for the public to attend. The Urbanna Business Association (UBA) has offered to help sponsor the event. One of the components of the sponsorship is to develop a handout to distribute to all of the day s participants and spectators. At this point (although not set in stone), we are envisioning that the handout will have a map of the town, a business listing, a map of the race course, and a brief history of Urbanna. We would like to list all of the Urbanna businesses in the handout, and give the businesses an opportunity to run specials or offer coupons for the day of the event, said Milby. The idea is that visitors and patrons would be able to show the handout at the store to receive the advertised discount or deal. The store an economic development position will create new businesses and jobs and will generate taxes for us so we don t have to keep going back to real estate. One reason the supervisors agreed to advertise the proposed 2-cent tax hike is because they can always vote not to approve the increase after the public hearing is held. Once they advertise the tax rate, they can t go up on the rate but they can always go down, said Walker. Most of the county s revenues come from real estate and personal property. The proposed FY14 budget is based on col- employees can simply place a mark on their ad to show it as redeemed and hand the pamphlet back to the customer. This would also give the participants and visitors an Urbanna Business Directory to take home with them at the end of the day. Businesses that want to run a promotion for the day of the event, or want any special description of their business, should their information to Dave Lipscomb at lmandd.com by April 15. If Dave does not receive any special instruction regarding your listing, then your business will be listed with the name, address, and phone number, said Milby. While we will be able to include all of the businesses that are current members of the UBA, we will try our best to collect current information on businesses that are not active members. If you are not an active member and would like to join the UBA, or just want to ensure that we have your current up-to-date business information, please contact Angela St. Peter at Annual dues to be a member of the UBA are $120 per year (or $10 per month). The UBA is committed to promoting the Urbanna business community as well as the Town of Urbanna as a whole, said Milby. We are currently formulating a list of ideas/activities to help promote Urbanna and its businesses for We encourage new members to join and provide your ideas and time to help promote your business and community! For more information, contact Milby at A detailed article on the Cocktail Class boat races will appear in the May issue of the Rivah Visitor s Guide. Taxes... (Continued from page A1) lecting $10,333,796 (48-cent tax rate) in real estate taxes and $3,055,535 in personal property taxes. The remainder of budget funds come from public service corporation taxes; penalties and interest on delinquent taxes; permits and fees; court fines and forfeitures; state funds to support constitutional officers and departments; and federal funds for welfare and other programs. (See budget on page B5 inside.) 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