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Change in Sanitation Schedule Due to Memorial Day Holiday

Spring Clean-Up Scheduled for May 15th & 16th

Date:    May 1, 2020

Re:       PSA-Town of Halifax Annual Spring Clean-up

The Town of Halifax Solid Waste Department will conduct its annual free spring clean-up for town residents and businesses by appointment only on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th. This service will be subject to the following conditions:

  1. Residents and businesses are required to call the Halifax Town Hall (434-476-2343) for notification to remove discarded household/business items and yard debris too large for regular trash pick-up and must give their name, telephone number and physical address (notification for sign-up must be made prior to 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 13th).
  2. Only household/business items that can be lifted by two grown men will be accepted, and no caustic solvents, toxic or hazardous materials or petroleum based liquids will be permitted.
  3. Tree limbs and brush must be cut in lengths no greater than 4 feet and neatly piled by participant along with qualifying household/business items near the curbside of the property or customary pick up site to be easily visible and accessible from the road by Town Solid Waste personnel.
  4. Town employees will not be responsible for cutting or removing tree trunks or tree limbs with a diameter of 4 inches or greater.
  5. The Solid Waste Supervisor will not be required to remove the qualifying material mentioned above if resident or business owner has failed to notify the Halifax Town Hall to schedule a pick-up.

 

YMCA Pandemic Food Assistance

May 2nd Plant Sale Will Not be Held

May 2nd Plant Sale Will Not be Held

The Southside Master Gardener Association Plant Sale that was to be held on May 2nd at the Halifax Extension Office grounds will not go on as scheduled. The Master Gardeners want everyone to stay safe and comply with the stay at home order issued by Governor Northam.   If other opportunities open up in the future, we will make you aware of them through the news media, the website www.ssmga.org and email.

If you have gardening questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Right now staff is not available to answer your phone calls personally. You will receive a response if you leave a message with a phone number, just practice a little patience awaiting a callback. The Master Gardeners are considering other options to get horticultural information out to the public.

Also, the April 18th Shiitake Mushroom Workshop has been canceled. If conditions are back to normal, expect a workshop to be held in spring 2021. When things return to normal expect to see the Master Gardeners “in all the old familiar places”. Stay safe and wash those hands!

Coronavirus Brings Virginia Distilleries & NASCAR Full Circle

CORONAVIRUS BRINGS VIRGINIA DISTILLERIES AND NASCAR FULL CIRCLE

Driver Colin Garrett Delivering Free Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer to First Responders and Essential Businesses

South Boston, VA (March 26, 2020) - In a twist on NASCAR’s roots in running moonshine during Prohibition, two Virginia distilleries, Springfield Distillery and Bondurant Brothers, are partnering with NASCAR driver Colin Garrett and nonprofit Racing For Heroes to get their alcohol-based hand sanitizers to South Central Virginia’s first responders and essential businesses that desperately need it.

Responding to the national shortage caused by hand sanitizers being stockpiled due to COVID-19, the distilleries shifted their production lines from whiskey to alcohol-based hand sanitizers to help meet the need. To get supplies to communities as soon as possible, NASCAR driver Colin Garrett has volunteered to make the deliveries.

Nonprofit Racing For Heroes is taking orders by email and phone, and Garrett will personally make the delivery runs. The distilleries are giving away the hand sanitizer, but anyone who wants to help combat the epidemic of veteran suicide is encouraged to make a donation to Racing For Heroes.

First responders and essential businesses can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 434-822-4201 to place their order with Racing For Heroes. Donations may be made online at RacingForHeroes.org.

Garrett will also be helping make deliveries to other areas of Virginia for Silverback Distillery. Silverback’s hand sanitizers can be ordered on their website, sbdistillery.com.

Other distilleries in Virginia or North Carolina that would like to participate can contact Racing For Heroes to coordinate.

Mike Evock, founder of Racing For Heroes, said “while this is a difficult time for everyone, it’s especially hard for those at risk of suicide. We hope this will not only help prevent spread of the virus, but possibly also help save jobs since financial stress is one of the leading causes of suicide.”

James Gordon, owner of Springfield Distillery, said they’re happy to have Racing For Heroes take over the delivery logistics. “It’s taking all of our resources just to produce as much hand sanitizer as possible so there’s no way we can make deliveries. Now we can concentrate on production and let them and Colin handle the rest,” he added.

Colin Garrett has been running a pro bono National Awareness Campaign for Racing For Heroes for over a year. Garrett said “racing to raise awareness is on hold because of the Coronavirus. I’m excited to get behind the wheel in a different way, though, to help the distilleries and Racing For Heroes help our communities. It will be great if someone in need of RFH’s free services to combat veteran suicide happens to learn about them through this effort.”

Lisa Kipps-Brown, the marketing strategist behind the National Awareness Campaign said, “NASCAR’s roots lie in the fast cars that ran moonshine during Prohibition. Now it’s come around full circle, with a NASCAR driver delivering alcohol-based hand sanitizers produced by distilleries. Colin will even be delivering to law enforcement officers like those who would have been chasing stock car racing’s forerunners, including the Bondurant brothers’ grandfather, in the 20’s.”

Quantities of the hand sanitizer are limited and priority will be given to first responders and essential businesses in South Central Virginia. Springfield Distillery and Bondurant Brothers Distillery encourage other distilleries in Virginia and North Carolina to contact Racing For Heroes if they want to join the cause and help expand distribution to other areas.

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Colin Garrett and James Gordon, owner of Springfield Distillery, with jars of alcohol-base hand sanitizer produced at Springfield. 

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ABOUT RACING FOR HEROES: 

Racing For Heroes combats the epidemic of veteran suicide by providing free mental and physical health, job placement, and motorsports therapy services. Founded by retired US Army Special Forces Mike Evock, the 501(c)3 nonprofit is based at Virginia International Raceway. Visit racingforheroes.org for more information. 

ABOUT COLIN GARRETT:
19-year-old NASCAR driver Colin Garrett races in the Xfinity, Truck, K&N Pro, and Super Late Model Series. Garrett has been running a pro bono National Awareness Campaign to combat Veteran suicide through his racing since February 2019, promoting nonprofit Racing For Heroes. Colin and his Xfinity Series team owner, Sam Hunt, are crowdfunding their new team in 2020 to expand the National Awareness Campaign and promote Veteran- and Military Spouse-Owned businesses. They surpassed their goal for Daytona and were able to set aside enough to pay for a veteran’s stem cell treatments. Visit ouramericandreamteam.com for more information on Colin, his crowdfunded team, and the military-owned businesses that support it.

ABOUT SPRINGFIELD DISTILLERY

Springfield Distillery is a Virginia craft distillery that makes whiskey using local ingredients. Located on River Road, a Virginia scenic byway in Halifax County, Springfield offers seasonal and regular flavored whiskeys, bourbon, and cocktails. Owned and operated by James and Kelly Gordon, Springfield has a Tasting Room and is a favorite venue for weddings and other special events. Visit springfielddistillery.com for more information.

ABOUT BONDURANT BROTHERS DISTILLERY

Robert Bondurant, Head Distiller at Bondurant Brothers Distillery, is a grandson of the famous moonshiner, Jack Bondurant. Jack and his brothers made moonshine and fruit brandy during Prohibition, and the film LAWLESS was based on their exploits. Nearly ninety years and two generations later, Robert is keeping the family tradition alive by producing his 94 proof moonshine and peach brandy using the same time tested techniques his grandfather did. Visit bondurantbrothersdistillery.com for more information.

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CONTACT:

Racing For Heroes: Darren Mix, COO

Phone: 434-822-4201

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: ouramericandreamteam.com

Colin Garrett:

Phone: 434-579-7767

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: @colingarrettweb

Website: ouramericandreamteam.com