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2018-2-28

The End of an Era - Virginia Pork Festival Coming to an End

The Virginia Pork Festival is coming to an end. Below is the text postedon the Virginia Pork Festival Website:

"After 44 years, we have reluctantly decided that it is time to say good-bye to the Virginia Pork Festival. This has been a very painful decision to make, however, we would like to end this run on a positive note. This festival would never have existed without the support of hometown, Emporia and the Emporia/Greensville Ruritan Club, the County and all law enforcement. For that, we say thank you. There are so many people that have been a part of the festival throughout the years, that it would be impossible to list them all and not miss someone. To all the bands , especially Craig Woolard and the Embers, thanks for the many years of great entertainment that you brought to the festival. Boars Head, Gunnoe’s, Steven’s Sausage and Smithfield Meats, you deserve applause and our taste buds thank you for the  quality pork products throughout the years.

​To the Sadler family, the Pecht Family and Pecht Distributing, we truly appreciate your years of dedication and loyalty.

Our non-profit organizations and other groups that prepared all of the pork dishes, we love you and will truly miss each of you. The long hours of preparation and your dedication to this festival are not to be forgotten.  

Last, by definitely not least, we’ll miss our attendees. You guys came from all over. We’ve even  had people from Hawaii. We hope that you have enjoyed our hospitality has much as we enjoyed seeing you walk through those gates and there were a lot of you! We understand that this festival was a yearly tradition for many and we are truly humbled that you choose to spend your valuable time with us.  

​It has become to difficult for our group, of the last three years, to operate, raise adequate funds and sustain enough volunteers to carry on an event of this magnitude to make it what it deserves to be and should be, after the festival suffering many years before. Always remember, we came together for a common cause on a hot, June afternoon, once a year, only for a few short hours, to eat great pork dishes, drink some cold beverages, dance to some good music and be a part of the Virginia Pork Festival one more time. We did it together, all of us.  So we are choosing to go out gracefully as the sun sets once more, on the pond in the middle of the festival grounds, we wave farewell to you and we thank you for the many years of good times and great memories." 

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Exxon-Mobil Grant to Brunswick Academy

Brunswick Academy received a $1,000 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance.  This grant is given to selected schools across the country in communities served by Exxon or Mobil stations.  The grant was made possible by funding from Exxon Mobil Corporation in conjunction with Parker Oil Company.  Mr. Ed Low of Parker Oil Company presented the check to our Head of School, Mrs. Cheryl Bowen.

 

VCU Health CMH Team Member of the Month for February 2018

(Left to Right) W. Scott Burnette, CEO, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital presented Linda Wilkins, Environmental Services Technician, the VCU Health CMH STAR Service Team Member of the Month Award for January.  There to congratulate Linda was Todd Howell, VP of Professional Services and Gary Perry, Director of Environmental Services.

Linda has been employed at VCU Health CMH for 17 years.  Her dedication and attention to detail are just two of the qualities that make her a wonderful asset to VCU Health CMH.  The nomination form submitted on her behalf stated, “Linda went beyond what is outlined in her job description to help a nurse.  She demonstrated a level of teamwork that embodies the true feel of a community hospital. Service that shows you care is a great quality that Linda shows each day.  She cares about the patients on her hall and doesn’t hesitate to speak up for them! ” 

In addition to the award certificate, Linda received a STAR Service lapel pin, letter of commendation from Administration, a $40 gift certificate, and a parking place of her choice for the month.

Greensville Schools to host Child Find

Greensville County Public Schools will sponsor Child Find on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10 am until 5 pm at Greensville Elementary School.

Child Find is registration for Head Start or Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Head Start is a federal preschool program which provides comprehensive services and learning experiences to prepare children for Kindergarten and move families toward self-sufficiency. The program also operates in compliance with IDEA to include children with special needs. All Head Start services are free to children and families.

The Virginia Preschool Initiative, established in 1995, distributes state funds to schools and community based organizations to provide quality preschool program for at-risk four-year-olds. The program offers full day Pre-kindergarten, parent involvement, child health and social services, and transportation to families with four-year-olds at risk of school failure.

Parents of all children who are or will be four years old on or before September 30thand are residents of Emporia or Greensville County are encouraged to attend. There will be NO TESTING. Children do NOT need to attend!

To apply, you must bring your child’s OFFICIAL birth certificate (NOT a hospital certificate), immunization record, PROOF of residency (for example: a current water/electric bill with YOUR name and address) and, because of NEW state guidelines, verification of household income (for example: paystub, W-2, Medicaid card, TANF, SNAP, WIC, SSI).

GROW CAPITAL JOBS WORKS TO BOOST OUR REGION'S ECONOMY

As robust economic growth returns to the U.S., few Virginians realize that economic growth across our state continues to lag.  While most areas have now recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, statewide economic growth is far lower to that being experienced in other states.  In fact, in 2016, Virginia grew only 0.6% - ranking us 40th in the nation.  As a state used to economic prosperity, such data should be alarming. Even here in the Richmond area where the economy appears strong, we are performing just below the national average.

The reasons for this lagging growth are many – fewer federal contracts, less defense-related spending, and population declines in many Virginia localities.  At the core of these declines however, is the loss of higher paying jobs in the state.  In fact, last year, for the fourth year in a row, Virginia saw net out-migration of talented people to other states where better job opportunities exist.  When job growth does occur, it is often in lower-paying jobs, which reduces economic growth.

Fortunately, our elected leaders have recognized that to reverse these trends, we need to take a hard look at the way we have traditionally done business in Virginia by encouraging cooperation, instead of competition, among our localities to tackle the many challenges our state faces. 

In 2016, the General Assembly enacted the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act, also known as GO Virginia, to provide incentives for cooperation to boost the state’s economy.  Since that time, working through regional councils like our own GROW Capital Jobs, hundreds of business and community leaders have now started to develop innovative projects to again accelerate economic growth across Virginia.

GROW Capital Jobs has been working for the past year to first identify challenges to economic growth in our region and then prioritize the opportunities to reverse those trends.  That study identified innovation and entrepreneurship in the areas of advanced manufacturing, life/biosciences, and logistics as keys to our region’s economic future.  Projects to spur the development of new small businesses, develop new industrial sites, and to focus worker-training programs around these key industries, are now being advanced. Recently, both the VCU Pharmaceutical Commercialization Program andtheCommonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing Apprentice Academy were approved for funding by the GO Virginia Board. These projects have the potential to stimulate job creation and economic development throughout our entire region. Over the coming months, GROW Capital Jobs will continue to seek out projects that that will benefit our region and meet the council’s funding criteria.

Already, over $5 million of state incentive funds have been approved statewide since December to advance projects to help create more higher-paying jobs through regional cooperation, and additional grants are expected in the near future. These funds have also leveraged over $9 million dollars in additional monies that augment the state’s initial investments.

Similar to the fact that these economic problems didn’t emerge overnight, the solutions will also take time. It will take years of focused determination and additional funding to put Virginia’s economy back on the right track.

Over the coming weeks, it will be important that members of the General Assembly, along with Governor Northam, hear about how to continue the good work of GO Virginia.  Such additional funding is necessary to sustain the progress we have already made and to restore Virginia’s competitiveness. Go to www.govirginia.org to learn more and to convey your support for the program. 

William H. Goodwin Jr., Chair, and John A. Luke Jr., Vice Chair, GROW Capital Jobs Council of GO Virginia, Info@growcapitaljobs.org.

Goodwin is Chairman Emeritus of CCA Industries, and The Riverstone Group, whose holdings include Kiawah Island Golf Resort, The Jefferson Hotel, Sea Pines Resort and Dynamic Brands. Luke is Non-Executive Chair of West Rock, a leading manufacturer of packaging and paper products.

GO Virginia is a business-led initiative to provide state incentives for localities to collaborate to strengthen our private sector economy by increasing higher paying jobs.

Region Four, or as it is called GROW Capital Jobs, includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Greensville, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex; and the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond. The Region Four Council is led by William Goodwin Jr. as chair and John Luke Jr. as vice chair and supported by the GROW Capital Jobs Foundation, led by Mark Hourigan, Chair of Region Four GROW Capital Jobs Foundation and Chief Executive Officer Wilson Flohr.

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