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Not The Sharpest Tool In The Shed?

Not The Sharpest Tool In The Shed?

By Laverne Fuller

          As fall approaches and the gardening season winds down, there are still many chores left to be done.  Harvests are complete for some crops, leaving parts of the garden empty and susceptible to weeds.  In keeping with the practice of the right plant in the right place, gardeners may find that some plants should be moved to the right place.  Spring blooming bulbs will need to be planted soon.  All of these tasks require the use of tools.  Good tools make any job easier and well-maintained tools can last a lifetime.  Tools should be kept clean and sharp throughout the gardening season.  The homeowner can easily maintain gardening tools with a few simple steps.  Remove soil after each use.  Use a file to maintain the factory established edge.

          If you are not comfortable with the idea of sharpening your own hand tools, you are invited to bring them to the Halifax Farmers Market on September 13 from 8 to 11 am for the final Second Saturday with the Southside Master Gardeners for the 2014 season.  Master Gardeners will be available to help you and answer any gardening questions.  The Farmer's Market provides an opportunity to buy fresh produce and other goods from local growers.  For more information about the Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at www.wwmga.org or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bring your small gardening hand tools to the Halifax Farmers Market on Saturday, September 13 between 8 and 11 am where Master Gardeners Tommy Conner and Linda Singer will cheerfully clean and sharpen them.

3rd Annual Veterans Day Weekend Chili Cook-Off

The Third Annual Veterans Day Weekend Chili Cook-Off

*Formerly known as the Elmo Community Chili Cook-off*

Town of Halifax Farmers Market

Saturday, November 8th - 10:00am-Noon

209 South Main Street, Halifax, VA

Bring a pot of your favorite chili and enter this event!  Entries accepted from 10:00-11:00 am with Judging commencing at 11:00am

This is a community event to celebrate and recognize our Veterans & Veteran Owned Businesses.  There is no charge to enter your chili recipe.  A prize will be awarded for the best overall chili in meat & veggie and a prize for the public's favorite chili.  Also, Any winning entry that uses a Hudson Heritage Farms Product in their recipe will win an additional prize from the farm. 

Three categories being judged:  Meat, Veggie, & Public's favorite

Attendees will be able to sample the various entries

To register for event or for more information contact Denise Barksdale at 434-476-2343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Denise Hudson of Hudson Heritage Farms at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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FULL-TIME POLICE OFFICER

Town of Halifax, Virginia

FULL-TIME POLICE OFFICER

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Under the direct supervision of the Police Chief, performs law enforcement and protection work and related work as required.  Situations encountered range from routine to difficult in nature.  Requires a high degree of professionalism with attention to detail as well as a degree of independence and decision making with respect to chain of command.  Frequent interpersonal contact both within and outside the organization.  Shift work may rotate.  Position is responsible for the enforcement of state and local laws, patrols the town, conducts investigations and answers complaints.  Involves exposure to risk situations, uncontrolled and/or unpredictable conditions and at times the exercise of physical effort involving strength and endurance.

QUALIFICATIONS:  High school graduate or GED and completion of in service training reequirement with proof of current Virginia Law Enforcement certification.  Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license.  Must have own transportation.

COMPENSATION RANGE:  $27,000 - $32,100 with benefits based on experience.

HOW TO APPLY:  Town of Halifax employment application is requiredd.  Application and complete job description can be obtained at the Halifax Town Hall located at 70 South Main Street, Halifax, Virginia.  Applications can be submitted in person or mailed and addressed to Chief Kevin Lands, Town of Halifax Police Department, Post Office Box 627, Halifax, Virginia 24558.

Deadline:  August 29, 2014

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Full-Time Street Laborer & Solid Waste Technician

Town of Halifax, Virginia

FULL-TIME STREET LABORER & SOLID WASTE TECHNICIAN

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Under the direct supervision of Solid Waste/Street Supervisor, performs general and semi-skilled tasks on streets, sidewalks, and public grounds (landscaping & maintenance).  Work is seasonal and is performed mainly out-of-doors; it requires strength and endurance.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ability to perform elementary maintenance tasks, cutting grass, trees, and brush, maintaining tools and equipment, operating light equipment, assisting in the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials, operating vehicles as required, ability to follow written and verbal instructions, self-motivated and dependable.  Valid Virginia driver's permit.  Must have own transportation.  High school graduate or GED.

HOW TO APPLY:  Town of Halifax employment application is required.  Application and complete job description can be obtained at the Halifax Town Halll locatd at 70 South Main Street, Halifax, Virginia.  Applications can be submitted in person or mailed and addressed to Carl Espy, IV Town Manager, Post Office Box 67, Halifax, Virginia 24558.

Deadline:  August 29, 2014

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Help Protect/Improve Water Quality in the Banister River & Winn Creek

Help Protect and Improve Water Quality in the Banister River & Winn Creek

 

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is working with Banister River and Winn Creek watershed stakeholders to develop a water cleanup plan.  The Banister River and Winn Creek do not meet Virginia's recreational water quality standard because of E.coli bacteria.  Help us determine what actions and resources are needed to meet water quality goals by participating in the Residential & Agriculural Working Group.  The Residential & Agricultural Working Group Meeting will take place on August 13, 2014 from 6:00pm - 8:00 pm at the Mary Bethune Administration Building Board Room at 1030 Cowford Road in Halifax, VA  24558. 

Potential strategies include:  Reduce pasture runoff & livestock stream access, repair or replace failing septic systems, minimize pet waste pollution.

For more information, contact Paula Nash at 434-582-6216 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

View th original TMDL study here:  www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Water/TMDL/apptmdls/roankrvr/banisterwinnec.pdf