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2017-06-28 / Announcements

Exhibit highlights founding of Fort Lee


From left to right: Lou Lassiter, Chesterfield County deputy county administrator; Command Sgt Maj. Gabriel Harvey, 59th Ordnance Brigade; Brig. Gen. David Wilson, 40th chief of ordnance and commandant of the Ordnance School; Jim Holland, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Dale District; and Dorothy Jaeckle, chair, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Bermuda District, with her granddaughter, Mallory Clark From left to right: Lou Lassiter, Chesterfield County deputy county administrator; Command Sgt Maj. Gabriel Harvey, 59th Ordnance Brigade; Brig. Gen. David Wilson, 40th chief of ordnance and commandant of the Ordnance School; Jim Holland, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Dale District; and Dorothy Jaeckle, chair, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, Bermuda District, with her granddaughter, Mallory Clark The Fort Lee Centennial Exhibit, “Mobilizing for War,” has opened at the Historic 1892 Jail. This exhibit commemorates the establishment of Camp Lee, later Fort Lee, as part of the mobilization efforts of the U.S. Army for World War I, and its current status as the center of logistical support for the U.S. Army. The exhibit features war posters by the Ordnance Department, the Quartermaster Corps and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Such posters were a common outreach technique for mobilizing Americans to either join the Army or support the war effort as civilians. The exhibit also highlights the creation of Camp Lee as a major training post to equip and prepare troops for fighting in France in WWI.


The RBA South 9U Young Guns won the Southwest Virginia Summer State Tournament in Christiansburg on June 10-11. Together for less than a year, the Young Guns are based out of Chesterfield and include coaches Adam Creswell, Tine Sledd, Jeff Mc- Neely and Tj Thompson. Players include Jacob Creswell, Logan Witzig, Graham Sledd, Jordan Thompson, Tine Sledd, Davis Waite, Maddox McNeely, Sterling Smith, JJ Jimenez, Christopher Veliz Vance and Presley Melton. The RBA South 9U Young Guns won the Southwest Virginia Summer State Tournament in Christiansburg on June 10-11. Together for less than a year, the Young Guns are based out of Chesterfield and include coaches Adam Creswell, Tine Sledd, Jeff Mc- Neely and Tj Thompson. Players include Jacob Creswell, Logan Witzig, Graham Sledd, Jordan Thompson, Tine Sledd, Davis Waite, Maddox McNeely, Sterling Smith, JJ Jimenez, Christopher Veliz Vance and Presley Melton. This exhibit will be on display until November 2018, as part of Chesterfield County’s commemoration efforts for World War I and the impact it had upon the county. The jail, located at 6819 Mimms Loop, is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A $1 per person donation is suggested. For more information, call 768-7311 or visit chesterfieldhistory.com.

Government

With statistics indicating one in five heroin overdoses in Chesterfield results in death, several Chesterfield County agencies have partnered to produce a public service announcement bringing attention to the dangers of heroin addiction and the resources available to those affected by it. In 2016, Chesterfield Police investigated 177 heroin overdoses, 37 of which were fatal. This represented a 74 percent increase in overdoses from 2015, and a roughly 230 percent increase in overdoses from 2014. The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s office, police department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Department of Mental Health Support Services, Health Department and Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc. (SAFE) worked with the county’s Department of Communications and Media to produce a 30-second PSA focusing on the problem and where to go for help. The spots will be aired on Chesterfield County’s cable channel, Comcast 98 and Verizon 28, on the county’s YouTube channel and its social media sites, Facebook and Twitter. For information about substance abuse services visit chesterfieldsafe.org

For those interested in being better prepared for disasters and emergencies, the county’s popular Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training will begin Monday, July 10. This initial training course teaches basic emergency response skills that are essential in the critical moments after a disaster, before first responders arrive. Classes are held on Monday mornings for eight consecutive weeks. Topics include light duty search and rescue, fire safety and suppression, basic medical care, terrorism awareness, emergency communications and disaster psychology. There is no charge for the course, which is open to residents ages 18 and older. For more information, visit www.chesterfield.gov/CERT/ or call 751-CERT (2378).

Organizations

From May 2016 to April 2017, the Brandermill-Midlothian-Woodlake Lions Club raised more than $11,000 and recently made donations to 17 charities that help the physically disadvantaged. The organization hosted several local events, including two bass fishing tournaments, its Crab Fest and a fish fry, along with its annual White Cane Days. Among the charities receiving donations were Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Virginia Voice Radio, Camp Loud and Clear, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon is moving. Beginning with the July 12 meeting, the monthly membership luncheons will be held at the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center located at 13900 Hull Street Road. For more information, visit chesterfieldchamber.com.

The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield has an urgent need for volunteer drivers to transport seniors to critical medical appointments, pharmacy pickups and grocery stores/food pantries. Areas in need of drivers include Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George. The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield, a nonprofit interfaith organization, offers free accompanied transportation, in-home handyman services and low-cost classes to adults 50 and older. For more information, call The Shepherd’s Center of Chesterfield at 706-6689, or visit shepcenter.org.

Business

The Gallery of Art and Heart, a place where local artists can share their talent with the community, has opened at 6125 Harbourside Centre Loop in the Harbourside Centre shopping complex. Hours of operation are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Display space is available for monthly rentals.

Announcements can be emailed to news@localnewsllc.com, faxed to 744-3269 or mailed to Chesterfield Observer, Attn: Announcements, P.O. Box 1616, Midlothian, VA 23113.

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