May is named after the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. May celebrations and observances include Gardening for Wildlife Month, Get Caught Reading Month, Mystery Month, National Barbecue Month, Be Kind To Animals Week: May 2-8, Cinco de Mayo: May 5, Armed Forces Day: May …

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This week is National Small Business Week. Be on the lookout for every opportunity to help your neighbors and friends that operate local small businesses. Their lives are not easy.

History never stays in the past. It resonates every day in our lives. Decisions made today are few which do not have a historical perspective.

For years the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has conducted a statewide survey of spring turkey hunters to collect their observations and opinions, but participation has been declining. Survey results help the Department with many wild turkey conservation issues. Participants receive…

The Appomattox County Library Association (ACLA) is celebrating the Library’s birthday! For 81 years this library has served the Town and County of Appomattox, (1940–2021). In May of 1992 the Appomattox County Library opened its door to a new building and a new name: J. Robert Jamerson Memor…

May 2-8 is National Small Business Week. There is a new Facebook group entitled Appomattox Small Business Owners and they are initiating a promotional effort called “Pack the Passport.” Please give a special consideration to your local small businesses and help support this new endeavor. Che…

I have been trying to get onto the water to fish, but Mother Nature had different plans. She had let it rain for a while and turned the streams, ponds and lakes into a muddy mess. Now it was a waiting game before I could get on the water. I knew with a couple of days with no rain the water w…

We are about a month into the spring season with flowers and grass turning green, growing and blooming. April 22 is Earth Day and April 30 is Arbor Day. Both days celebrate environmental protection in some form.

I attended the Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival, and it was a roaring success for the Appomattox County Historical Society and most of the vendors onsite.

Appomattox County Republican Committee chairman Christian Raymond really hit the nail on the head in his recent letter to the editor in regards to former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his shady actions in regards to the broken promise of more jobs that were suppose to take place where the old Tho…

On Wednesday, during the 2021 Reconvened Session, Gov. (Ralph) Northam’s proposed changes to a marijuana legalization bill were accepted by the General Assembly. 

 A library card can be a passport to the world! You can travel through time, countries, mystical places, history and more! We are traveling across the pond to Taverham, UK, to become a “sister library.” Taverham is a village in Norfolk, England, approximately five miles north-west of Norwich…

Watching horses in a pasture together is really interesting! The more you watch, the better it gets. Horses are constantly listening to their herd mates. It makes no difference if it’s a herd of three or a herd of 30. They are extremely keen on their surroundings and are constantly checking …

This week’s column begins with a correction, a retraction and an apology. The Appomattox Visitor’s Information Center has been open since July 24, 2020, after a brief closure due to the pandemic. Recent intermittent closures have been due to staffing issues, but the town is actively involved…

A Catholic priest and a Baptist pastor stood together at sunrise on Easter.  (Sounds like the beginning of a good joke?)  

I feel as though I am seeing our beloved country reverse itself.  At a time when we need for all Americans to be united, I read that we are bringing back the divisive “Jim Crow” laws of the old world.

Virginia will elect a new governor this November. Gov. (Ralph) Northam is term-limited, but the infamous Terry McAuliffe is running again. We here in Appomattox remember McAuliffe’s broken promise of 349 good-paying jobs at the old Thomasville Furniture plant. McAuliffe’s broken promise turn…

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This Saturday (April 10) is opening day for turkey hunting. The Department of Game and Fish released the numbers for the fall harvest of turkeys and I wanted to share it with you. Where you one of the numbers?

Gov. (Ralph) Northam has acted on all the bills passed by the General Assembly this year. The governor recommended changes to 36 bills that were sent to him for action, and he did not veto any bills. In all, the governor has signed nearly 520 measures approved by the legislature.

The library is deeply saddened to share the passing of Mrs. Pamela Judy, the chairperson of the Appomattox Library Board of Trustees. Judy has served on the library board since 2015 and became the chairperson in July of 2016 a position she has held since. Many in the community will know Judy…

Each week’s column for a while will begin with an appeal to you to help your chamber. Please consider assisting financially via GoFundMe, a direct donation to the chamber, or becoming a member or a sponsor. I have not yet received my recent stimulus check, which is pledged toward this effort…

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Gov. (Ralph) Northam announced last week that as COVID-19 vaccinations continue to rise in Virginia, certain sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate with additional capacity and indoor and outdoor gathering limits will increase starting Thursday, April 1.

I used to live off Route 727. I had good hunting opportunities for deer and turkeys where we lived. As a matter of fact, when we were moving in, we had nine turkeys cut across the dirt road in front of us. I knew right then and there this was going to be a good place to hunt.

April showers bring May flowers. Spring has finally sprung in Appomattox! April has a lot of observances, including: Frog Month, National Garden Month, Library Week, Appomattox Day, National ASL Day (American Sign Language), and Adopt A Shelter Pet Day, just to name a few.

Last  week’s column began with an appeal to you to help your chamber.  Please consider helping out financially via GoFundMe, a direct donation to the chamber, or becoming a member or a sponsor. A big thank you to the three new memberships that are currently being processed. Hope continues th…

My husband and I have only been in Appomattox for 5 years, and we need to have explained to us why it would take so long to “investigate” and do research on a “food” truck that sells ice-cream and “investigating” and “researching” six picnic tables.

I recently visited family in your area for two weeks as I have done for years. As on other trips, one thing stands out about Appomattox and local area roads — the litter beside your roads is perhaps the worst of anywhere in America.

Many years ago I had a part time job at Kroger working in the deli. My wife and I watched the ads in the paper every Sunday for Dick’s ad. I would hurry and look for the ads on the camouflage blinds. I didn’t want those huge blinds; Dick’s ad showed a one man chair blind. That Sunday after c…

Extra, extra, read all about it! The Jamerson Memorial Library is offering a much-needed and free to access service for our patrons by NewsBank called America’s News, a resource for country-wide news content from local, regional and national sources. These sources include printed and online …

I begin this week’s column with an appeal to you to help your chamber. If you benefitted from the sale of gift cards last year and/or have received a government stimulus check(s), I am asking that you consider donating a small portion of your benefit to help us out.  I have personally pledge…

I urge you to contact by email, text or phone call Senators  (Mark) Warner and (Tim) Kaine regarding the mislabeled  “EQUALITY ACT.” This act passed the U.S. House of Representatives and was received in the Senate on March 2. It has been placed on a fast track. Sen. Kaine has already stated …

With what I am saying here, I freely admit that I have only a birds-eye view and do not have many details that may be important to the decision making of the town (Appomattox).  

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We have a few kite kits left for “National Kite Month.” Be sure to come to the front desk and ask for one.

In last week’s column regarding locations offering plants, seeds and gardening supplies, I forgot to mention a most valuable resource to such activity – your local Extension Office. They are available for advice and usually have some plants to sell.

During debate of the Equality Act in the United States House of Representatives, Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) stated, “What any religious tradition describes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress.” 

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If you have your fishing poles hanging out in the garage, it’s time to get the dust them off if you have not done it so far. The weather appears to be in our favor for now. The temperatures are to be in the mid 60s to the high 60s. This is great news as we get closer to getting on the water …

Spring is just around the corner, and the library is doing its own version of spring cleaning. 

One of the things that is beginning to warrant some personal activity, as the weather shows promises of warming, is the planning, preparation and initiation of gardening and yard projects. With the onset of the pandemic at this time last year, an uptick occurred in the numbers of those garde…

In March of 1991, the U.S. Congress designated March as Irish American Heritage Month. This was a proud moment for the many Irish whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and prejudice to find acceptance in the United States.

As a Dominion Energy customer, I am frustrated by what I see happening with our monopoly utility. This was brought into particular focus this past weekend by the infrequent yet very predictable ice storm that struck a large swath of Dominion’s territory. Just like an occasional hurricane, we…

Many farmers in the area recently received an automated phone call asking that they complete a survey regarding agricultural practices on their farm which protect and improve water quality. Not surprisingly, I received multiple calls asking if the survey was indeed legitimate and it most def…

Let’s assume that you want to become better with horses and you want them to enjoy the journey of learning, too. For the human, this will mean having a ton of patience, having empathy for the way the horse is hardwired as a prey animal, and understanding that you will need to constantly be a…

It won’t be long before the fishermen are on the banks fishing or fishing from their boats. A week ago, fishing was not thought of with snow on the ground. The first couple of days, with the snow covering everything, it sure was hard to think about fishing. Temperatures in the 50s and 60s su…

The 2021 General Assembly session concluded it’s work on March 1, and I wanted to update you on how the final week, and overall session, progressed.

It almost feels like spring is on the way; don’t forget to come into the library and pick up a free kite kit (while supplies last), as a part of Kite Month, until Monday, March 8. For extra fun, post a photo flying the kite to Facebook or Instagram and tag us, @JamersonLibrary!

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As we contemplate the exodus from the shackles of the pandemic, the chamber is giving thought and consideration as to how it might evolve to maximize its positive effect on our local commerce and our quality of life in Appomattox. Scheduled are meetings with the EDAs of both the town and cou…