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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…

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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…

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…

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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.

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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…

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…

The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on what occurred this week in the House of Delegates.

As Elmer Fudd would say, “It’s Wabbit Season!” It was a Friday night after school, and all I had to do was get all my hunting stuff ready for the mornings hunt. My grandmother made sure I had everything ready to go all in one room. I had gotten my homework done, and now all I could think of …

March is in like a lion with National Kite Month. If you come into the Jamerson Memorial Library from Monday, March 1, through closing on Monday, March 8, we will give you a free kite to color and fly, while supplies last — must be present.  For extra fun, post a photo flying the kite to Fac…

As I begin this column, the sun is finally appearing along with warming temperatures. After snow, ice, cold and rain, it will be a welcomed change in pace to get outside and get some yard and garden projects started. With more rain heading our way during the weekend, the ground is likely to …

We heard the fish were biting through the ice at Rosseta Rod and Gun Club. Pete and I had a few more days to work, but our friend Frank told us he fished it Wednesday and the fish were biting anything you put under the ice. Frank worked the other shift and at this time of the year we told ea…

On Feb. 5, the General Assembly reached crossover, the traditional midpoint of the legislative session. At crossover, the House and Senate must complete work on their own legislation so that it may “crossover” to the other body for consideration.

It is Library Lover’s Month! Come visit your local library to bask in the love of community as we celebrate African American History Month. Books, like love, comes in many shapes, sizes, and genres; you never know what is between the pages until you start reading. We have wrapped books at th…

I have represented the Appomattox County Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board for the past several years. There is a currently a need to place one more Appomattox representative on the board to fill a recently created vacancy.

Our second full week of the 2021 General Assembly session has come to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on what’s happening in Richmond.

Pete and I got to work at M&M’s, and Mario was still getting his laugh on. Earlier that week Mario told Pete and I where he caught all his fish while ice fishing. We were ice fishing at Lake Mince in Pennsylvania. 

Did you know that February is Love Your Library Month, African American History Month, Responsible Pet Owner’s Month and Sweet Potato Month, just to name a few. At the Jamerson Library we are celebrating love and diversity by embracing a bright future, despite these difficult times.

This week’s column will include a personal rant. With any position of responsibility, there are always challenges and disappointments, but occasionally one just needs to spout off about some things. So, let me tell you about one aspect of the chamber’s initiative to spur entrepreneurship tha…

Since my last letter, I as a member of the Appomattox County Republican Committee, endorsed Attorney General candidate Chuck Smith! I am now honored to endorse both Sergio de la Pena for Governor and Winsome Sears for Lieutenant Governor!

The first full week of the General Assembly has come to an end, and I wanted to take just a moment to update you on what occurred this week in the House of Delegates.

Here are the top 10 reasons to go fishing from the DGIF website. I’m sure you can agree with all 10 of them; enjoy the reading. There is no need to convince the thousands of Virginians and avid outdoors men and women, who get excited by reeling in a 30-pound striper or seeing a beautiful bro…

The Jamerson Library has a bright future ahead, despite these difficult times. The staff has been keeping a positive attitude and a diligent work ethic to keep our patrons safe. We will continue to disinfect frequently, and insist that patrons properly wear a face covering for their entire v…

As this pandemic ambles onward, one wonders how we will emerge from it changed. What modifications to our normal way of doing things and other precautions that have been implemented as protections from the COVID virus will linger for a while and which of them will become more permanent?

The 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened last week in Richmond on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the session is a ‘virtual’ one, not unlike the recently completed Special Session. Regardless, I am proud to be your voice in the House of Delegates.

January is more than halfway over, and the library staff already has Summer Reading on its mind. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Tails and Tales,” so animals will be the main stars of our program!