Girl Scout Daisy Troop 825 of Eagle Rock bridged Brownies May 9 at Mt. Carmel Church, their meeting place. Following the ceremony, the girls enjoyed pizza and brownie sundaes. Pictured are: Kaela Riddle, Lydia Dunbar, and Hailey Coffey. Troop Leader is Jennifer Coffey.
The Greenfield Education and Training Center in Daleville will host the DMV mobile unit on Wednesday, May 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the latest technology, the wireless office on wheels offers all DMV services including applying or renewing driver’s license – take road and knowledge tests; get your picture taken. You can also obtain vehicle titles, license plates, decals, and transcripts. Order disabled parking placards or plates on-site. If you have recently moved, you can stop in to update your address on your DMV record. At the same time you can update your voter registration address and organ donor status. Please call the Greenfield Center at 540.966.3984 with any questions.
— Submitted by Cassandra Dove, Greenfield Center Coordinator
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has awarded Together For Troutville, Inc. (T4T) working in partnership with the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club a $1382.80 grant to construct a designated community kiosk on the Appalachian Trail in Troutville.
The kiosk consists of a three paneled wooden structure with a roof and is located on the Appalachian Trail between Route 11 and the bridge at Buffalo Creek in Troutville. Together for Troutville, Inc. has partnered with the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, the Town of Troutville, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Boy Scout Troop 137 and scout Shawn DiRocco and local volunteers. Project Director Catherine Herlocker with T4T is leading the development of the project. Shawn DiRocco, a boy scout with Troop 137 in Troutville is leading the building portion of the kiosk. Shawn is using this as his Eagle Scout Service Project. The kiosk is being developed in two phases. Phase I is the structure design and construction and phase II is the content development and visual panel installation.
As of May 11 phase I is complete. Shawn DiRocco and his team of volunteers worked diligently over several weeks to ensure the kiosk was in place prior to the 2nd Annual Troutville Trail Days event weekend which takes place on June 7-9 of this year. T4T anticipates Phase II to be completed by the end of 2013 and is currently seeking additional sources to fund the remainder of this project.
“Our community serves as a gateway to the Trail and the kiosk will welcome hikers and orient them to services that we offer here,” said Catherine Herlocker, Project Director for T4T. “It is a great opportunity to raise awareness for the Trail as a community resource and to inspire people to explore the AT for recreation and to reconnect with nature.”
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to provide this grant program to help steward and protect the Appalachian Trail and to provide information to the public about this iconic footpath,” stated Mark Wenger, Executive Director/CEO of the ATC.
This year, the ATC is awarding more than $23,800 to Appalachian Trail (A.T.) clubs and their partners in local communities through this program. These grants, provided by the ATC with generous support from L.L.Bean Inc., help fund necessary projects along the Appalachian Trail, such as trail, shelter, and bridge construction, recruiting and training new volunteers, purchasing tools and safety gear, developing educational materials, and community outreach.
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year. The ATC has awarded more than half a million dollars in grants to the ATC’s affiliated Trail clubs and their volunteers through the L.L.Bean Grants to A.T. Clubs program since 1982.
The ATC works with 31 Trail maintaining clubs by providing resources, training, and volunteers to help maintain the Trail. The clubs are responsible for trail maintenance, monitoring protected land around the Trail, providing information to Trail users and the public, and participating in regional partnership committee meetings. Grants from this program may make the difference in a club’s ability to perform the vital work that makes the A.T. such a great recreational resource. Grant recipients are expected to match grants with labor, money, or in-kind contributions.
About Together for Troutville, Inc.
Together for Troutville, Inc. is chartable, non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization that was incorporated in November 2010. T4T exists to support the Town of Troutville in implementing their strategic plan by fostering community spirit, organizing signature recreation events, raising needed capital, and completing the plan initiatives. Together for Troutville is comprised of an all-volunteer staff who give freely of their time and talents to improve our community. For more information please visit www.togetherfortroutville.com.
The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail as the nation’s premier, continuous, long-distance footpath. Founded in 1932, the Club is celebrating over 80 years of service and adventure on the Appalachian Trail.
Contact: Mike Vaughn – President Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club Tel. 540.992.1350
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Center in the Square celebrated its grand re-opening on Saturday with a black tie event. Our paparazzi photo crew was there and here are the Botetourt people who stepped onto the red carpet.
* Joe Murray
* Pam Wiegandt
* Michael and Janelle Chieffo
* David Bandy
* Linda and Bill Sarver
* Shelli Martin
* Stephanie and Matt Brown
* Amy Duff
* Dayna Patrick
* Raymond and Carolyn Slaughter
* Melissa Rueda
* Don and Susan Ditzler
* Bob and Robin Sells
* Angela and Lyn Hayth
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Riders and horses enjoy a break on the trails at Belle Haven Estates BCHA Ride last fall. Photo courtesy of BCHA
Botetourt County Horseman’s Association (BCHA) will be hosting the BCHA a Spring Trail Ride at a local private farm in Buchanan on Sunday, May 19 at 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The ride is an exclusive ride to registered riders attending the event as it is located on private land. Members and non-members of BCHA are invited.
The day will feature a ride on the beautiful, scenic fall trails of Belle Haven Estates in Buchanan, 5300 Lithia Road. There will be a scheduled guided ride at 1:00 p.m. and a catered lunch on the lawn will be served at 3:30 p.m. by Chef Meg from 202 Market in downtown Roanoke. Cost for the entire day, including lunch, is $20.00 for BCHA members and $35.00 for non-members.
For more information, contact Debbie Mooty at (540) 312-8393 or leave a message at (540) 966-3028.
Thank you for your continued support of BCHA, a non-profit organization promoting interest in the equine and education towards better horsemanship. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BCHA.VA.
– Submitted by Botetourt County Horseman’s Association
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College is offering a 36-hour Driver’s Education classroom instruction course to prepare students to sit for the Virginia DMV learner’s permit exam, beginning Monday, May 20, on the DSLCC campus in Clifton Forge. This course, which may also serve as a remedial class for anyone who has failed the DMV exam 3 times, is approved by the Virginia Department of Education. Students must attend all 18 class sessions.
All classes will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 502, McCarthy Hall, on the following dates: Monday-Thursday, May 20-23; Tuesday-Thursday, May 28-30; Monday –Thursday, June 3-6; Monday – Thursday, June 10-13; Monday-Wednesday, June 17-19. The tuition fee is $250 and the instructor, Jackie Almarode, will collect a $5 fee for the accompanying workbook the first night of.
Contact the DSLCC Non-Credit Coordinator at (540) 863-2863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
– Submitted by Judy Clark, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Laurie Mrva, of Daleville, a certified Business Coach with Achieve Success, LLC will host a Goal Achievement Workshop on May 24 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The workshop will be held at the Business Lounge located at 131 Kirk Avenue in Roanoke and the event is free and available to anyone wishing to learn a proven, repeatable 7 step process to achieve more goals. The workshop will focus on evaluating current activities, identifying challenges, and gaining tools to create an action plan to support success.
Mrva works with individuals and organizations to help them achieve higher levels of success, not only in their professional, but personal lives as well. Clients of Achieve Success, LLC realize things such as greater profitability, increased market share, increased productivity and sales, decreased employee turnover, and improved overall well-being just to name a few.