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2018-12-24

GREENSVILLE/EMPORIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

LOCAL BOARD MEETING

The Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services Administrative Board will hold its regular meeting Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Greensville/Emporia Department of Social Services located at 1748 East Atlantic Street.

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Walter L. Wyatt

Walter L. Wyatt, 83, of Emporia, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Sherba “Polly” Wyatt; two sons, Danny Wyatt (Barbara) and Tommy Wyatt; five grandchildren, David Wyatt (Lauren), Lance Wyatt (Kelli), Danielle Donovan (Brian); Austin Wyatt and Jessica Harrison (Brian); five great-grandchildren, Bryn Donovan, Sydney Wyatt, Brayden Wyatt, Logan Harrison and Brooklyn Harrison; a brother, R.C. Wyatt, Jr.; two sisters, Sarah Milligan (Jimmy) and Alma Louvene Norman and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 26 at Owen Funeral Home, 303 S. Halifax Rd, Jarratt, Virginia. The funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, December 27 at Independence United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.owenfh.com.

“A Christmas Story”

Many listen for the sleigh bells
That in a far off distance ring
Yet others shout Hosanna’s
For the new born Savior King.
 
Now Christmas day is celebrated
In many a varied way
For the Christian it’s quite religious
But with non-believers, just a holiday.
 
The Wise Men traveled to Bethlehem
Just guided by a star
They were bearing gifts for the Baby Jesus
Which all brought from afar.
 
Today most rely on Santa Claus
And his reindeer overhead
The principal is much the same
But they’re store bought gifts instead.
 
Yes the stores put out their welcome mat
Two months before Christmas day
Trying to help us fill our shopping list
In a most beneficial way.
 
We all help them with their efforts
For the needs are much abused
In the corner of room number three you’ll find
Some toys that haven’t been used.
 
Just throw away the want list
And to all little children bring
Clothes that will keep them all warm
Until the first breath of spring.
 
On Christmas Eve, fill up all the stockings
So all is ready for Christmas morn
Yes and while opening presents take time to remind
That today the Christ Child was born.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Santa’s Elves Come to Jackson-Feild

On December 20th fourteen members of the Lake Gaston Ladies Club and several other volunteers traveled to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services campus in Jarratt, VA to wrap all the children’s Christmas that were purchased by donors and will be given to residents on Christmas Eve. 

The wrapping event is an annual has become a tradition for the women for the past eighteen year in which they have served as Santa’s helpers.

The day began with the women arrived bright and early in the morning and they got right to work. By the end of the day over 250 presents were lovingly wrapped by these special elves.

While some of the returning ladies began wrapping presents, members who had not previously been  to campus were given a tour and overview of Jackson-Feild’s programs and services/

These special volunteers ate lunch in the dining hall with residents and one of the residents welcomed them to the campus and thanked them for their efforts on behalf of all the children.

Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents

Staff members of the Consolidated Coca-Cola Bottling Company in  Halifax, North Carolina hosted a pizza party for the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. 

A team of eight volunteers provided pizza, Coca-Cola products for every resident.

The company also sponsored  Christmas gifts for eight residents and will be presented to these children on Christmas morning.

The residents were extremely excited to enjoy a special meal as was evidenced by how many had a second serving of pizza. After everyone enjoyed their pizza, they were served a dessert of either cookies which were baked by residents in the food occupation class.

Both the staff and residents of Jackson-Feild are incredibly grateful for the support Consolidated of Coca-Cola Bottling Company for their wonderful efforts on behalf of the residents and for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Jackson-Feild.

Song Traveled a Long Way to SVCC Training Program

Terence Song won a lottery and almost three years later, he has graduated from the Southside Virginia Community College Power Line Worker Training Program at Pickett Park in Blackstone, Virginia.  A native of Cameroon, a country located in Central Africa, Song had applied for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) that makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. 

From his native town to Blackstone, he has traveled about 5,800 miles to attend the 11-week training program and graduate with the largest class thus far, 36 members.

Song is not a stranger to lineman work as he worked as a lineman in Cameroon for eight years.  In what he calls his ‘new country,’ he has been working for Rockingham Construction, a company that provides electrical construction work.  He lives in Woodbridge, Virginia. 

Song’s native language is French and in studying lineman work in America, he has learned new names for all the familiar equipment.  Asked about his ability to grasp a new language complete with Southern accents, he notes that he tilts his head in and listens hard.

“There are no bucket trucks in Cameroon,” he said, noting that America offers much better equipment to maintain electric power lines.    He said in his former country, they plant utility poles by hand using shovels and the power of five to six men to place the pole.  The machinery and power line equipment here is much safer and easier, he noted. 

Another difference that amazed Song’s classmates are the climbing spikes he brought from Cameroon.  The spikes used in America feature a long gaff or spear that gouges into the wood of the pole and allows for moving up and down.  The ones used by Song have a row of shorter spears plus semi-circle claw.  Instructor Clyde Robertson notes that if one ever gets accustomed to the spikes Song uses, they offer a more comfortable platform for the feet. 

During his training in Virginia, he has been given a chance for more practice in snow, something one never see in Cameroon.  He said the lowest temperature there is around 60 and the hottest can reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.   Also, there are not four seasons in his native land, he said, “There are only two seasons there, rainy and dry.”

At age 40, he said he was the old man in the class.  Most of his classmates were in their early 20s.  He said some of the guys in the lineman class would tell him to take his jacket off when the temperature was warm but the temperatures here  in October did not seem particularly hot to him.

“I like it here, I like the countryside,” he said and the small town atmosphere.  His hometown is Ombe, a city of about three million people. 

Proud of his recent accomplishment, he looks forward to continuing to live and work and one day obtain citizenship in his New Country. 

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