Monday, September 28, 2009

Outdoor Fun Festival

Martinsville - Henry County Community Nature Initiative
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Presents Outdoor Fun Festival

When: Saturday, October 10
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: J. Frank Wilson Park


Join CNI for this free outdoor experience with organizations from the area featuring fun activities, programs, a rock climbing wall, moon bounces, and horseback riding!

Prizes to be given away every hour on the hour this day!

FREE festival admission sponsored by The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.

276-634-4141
Visit http://www.vmnh.net/ for more information.

Visitors to the Outdoor Family Fun Festival receive $1.00 off admission to VMNH on October 10.

Outdoor Fun Festival

Martinsville - Henry County Community Nature Initiative
Virginia Museum of Natural History

Presents Outdoor Fun Festival

When: Saturday, October 10
Time: 10am to 5pm
Where: J. Frank Wilson Park


Join CNI for this free outdoor experience with organizations from the area featuring fun activities, programs, a rock climbing wall, moon bounces, and horseback riding!

Prizes to be given away every hour on the hour this day!

FREE festival admission sponsored by The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.

276-634-4141
Visit http://www.vmnh.net/ for more information.

Visitors to the Outdoor Family Fun Festival receive $1.00 off admission to VMNH on October 10.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Beginners Bike Ride - Uptown Trail

When: Monday September 28, 2009 at 5:30

Where: Uptown Spur Trail

Cost: Free


Join members of the Henry County Bike Club each Monday as they host the Beginners' Bike Ride on the Uptown Spur Trail off Depot Street. The ride begins at 5:30 PM. Cyclist should meet at the Gazebo. Enjoy the fresh air and take in the beautiful sites of the magnificent gardens and artwork along the trail. Meet new friends and have fun while you learn bike riding techniques and get your activity in for the day!
For more information please visit: http://www.henrycountybikeclub.org/

Activate joins forces the first Monday of each month to provide bikes and helmets for those that want to participate in the activity but may not have the equipment needed.

Participants are asked to contact Barbara Thompson, Activate Bike Instructor at 276-638-2592 by the Friday before the event to request a bike or helmet.

Beginners Bike Ride - Uptown Trail

When: Monday September 28, 2009 at 5:30

Where: Uptown Spur Trail

Cost: Free


Join members of the Henry County Bike Club each Monday as they host the Beginners' Bike Ride on the Uptown Spur Trail off Depot Street. The ride begins at 5:30 PM. Cyclist should meet at the Gazebo. Enjoy the fresh air and take in the beautiful sites of the magnificent gardens and artwork along the trail. Meet new friends and have fun while you learn bike riding techniques and get your activity in for the day!
For more information please visit: http://www.henrycountybikeclub.org/

Activate joins forces the first Monday of each month to provide bikes and helmets for those that want to participate in the activity but may not have the equipment needed.

Participants are asked to contact Barbara Thompson, Activate Bike Instructor at 276-638-2592 by the Friday before the event to request a bike or helmet.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adopt-a-Trail Team Meeting

Anyone interested in becoming an Adopt-a-Trail Volunteer is invited to attend the Adopt-a-Trail Program's Team meeting to learn about the program and see what is going on at our area trails along the Smith River Trail System. The meeting will be held at the Henry County Administration Building on King's Mountain Road on Monday September 28th from 6-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP by September 25th.
Contact: Jennifer Doss
Phone: 276-634-2545
Email: jdoss@danriver.org

Adopt-a-Trail Team Meeting

Anyone interested in becoming an Adopt-a-Trail Volunteer is invited to attend the Adopt-a-Trail Program's Team meeting to learn about the program and see what is going on at our area trails along the Smith River Trail System. The meeting will be held at the Henry County Administration Building on King's Mountain Road on Monday September 28th from 6-7:30 p.m. Please RSVP by September 25th.
Contact: Jennifer Doss
Phone: 276-634-2545
Email: jdoss@danriver.org

Back by Popular Demand...


Did you miss it? The Smith River Film Fest is coming back for an encore showing! Come experience the thrills, spills, and splashes all over again. The films will be shown on a slightly smaller screen this time at the Philpott Lake Visitor's Center in Bassett, VA. Admission is free, but donations to benefit river access on the Smith, Mayo, and Dan Rivers are appreciated.

Saturday, November 14th at 2 p.m.
Philpott Lake Visitor's Center
Bassett, VA

Come see the winning film: Linda Drage's "A Safety Short: Learning to Kayak", the best Wipeouts from "Troop 168 on the River", and of course the crowd favorite: "River Do's & Don'ts with Jennifer & Paddler Bob!"

Don't forget while you are out and about, to stop and enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty that Philpott Lake has to offer!

Back by Popular Demand...


Did you miss it? The Smith River Film Fest is coming back for an encore showing! Come experience the thrills, spills, and splashes all over again. The films will be shown on a slightly smaller screen this time at the Philpott Lake Visitor's Center in Bassett, VA. Admission is free, but donations to benefit river access on the Smith, Mayo, and Dan Rivers are appreciated.

Saturday, November 14th at 2 p.m.
Philpott Lake Visitor's Center
Bassett, VA

Come see the winning film: Linda Drage's "A Safety Short: Learning to Kayak", the best Wipeouts from "Troop 168 on the River", and of course the crowd favorite: "River Do's & Don'ts with Jennifer & Paddler Bob!"

Don't forget while you are out and about, to stop and enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty that Philpott Lake has to offer!

Mark Your Calendars & Make a Difference

If you haven't had a chance to get out and volunteer this year, October is a good month to begin making a difference in your community.

October 2-3, 2009 is the Fall Smith River Cleanup. Road cleanups will start on Friday October 2nd. The Smith River, its banks and streams will be cleaned on October 3rd from 8:00a.m. until 1:00 p.m. An award winning annual event to clear away litter and debris from one of our greatest natural resources! Volunteers are asked to meet at the Fieldale Ball Park in Fieldale. Canoes are welcome! Contact Gateway Streetscape for more information.

On the third, you can take a break from picking up litter at 9 a.m. to run or walk in the SPCA's Furry Scurry 5K to be held at the Fieldale Trail. Hosted by the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, proceeds from this event benefits work to protect animals at our local SPCA shelter. 

On October 17, 2009 Join DRBA at the Gravely Nature Preserve to help the Gardner Family, an Adopt-a-Trail team, pick up litter along the Smith River and complete a new extension to the Rhododendron Trail. They will work from 9-11 a.m. at the preserve located at 2525 Eggleston Falls Road. Volunteers with open canoes will be needed to paddle full trash bags back to the Marrowbone Creek River Access for pick up. To volunteer or for more information contact Martin Gardner, Adopt-a-Trail Team Captain, at mgardner@blueridgeaquaculture.com.

After working on the trail, drop by the Henry County Service Center located at 2285 Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett, Virginia to dispose of hazardous waste responsibly at the Household Hazardous Waste Day presented by Gateway Streetscape. Free collection of hazardous materials: solvents, paints, fuels, automobile fluids, lead acid batteries, cell phones, computer parts, office equipment and inkjet cartridges. 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

There's no excuse not to get out and do something good for your community this fall!

Event information contributed by: Will Koger, Gateway Streetscapes, and Martin Gardner

Mark Your Calendars & Make a Difference

If you haven't had a chance to get out and volunteer this year, October is a good month to begin making a difference in your community.

October 2-3, 2009 is the Fall Smith River Cleanup. Road cleanups will start on Friday October 2nd. The Smith River, its banks and streams will be cleaned on October 3rd from 8:00a.m. until 1:00 p.m. An award winning annual event to clear away litter and debris from one of our greatest natural resources! Volunteers are asked to meet at the Fieldale Ball Park in Fieldale. Canoes are welcome! Contact Gateway Streetscape for more information.

On the third, you can take a break from picking up litter at 9 a.m. to run or walk in the SPCA's Furry Scurry 5K to be held at the Fieldale Trail. Hosted by the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, proceeds from this event benefits work to protect animals at our local SPCA shelter. 

On October 17, 2009 Join DRBA at the Gravely Nature Preserve to help the Gardner Family, an Adopt-a-Trail team, pick up litter along the Smith River and complete a new extension to the Rhododendron Trail. They will work from 9-11 a.m. at the preserve located at 2525 Eggleston Falls Road. Volunteers with open canoes will be needed to paddle full trash bags back to the Marrowbone Creek River Access for pick up. To volunteer or for more information contact Martin Gardner, Adopt-a-Trail Team Captain, at mgardner@blueridgeaquaculture.com.

After working on the trail, drop by the Henry County Service Center located at 2285 Fairystone Park Highway in Bassett, Virginia to dispose of hazardous waste responsibly at the Household Hazardous Waste Day presented by Gateway Streetscape. Free collection of hazardous materials: solvents, paints, fuels, automobile fluids, lead acid batteries, cell phones, computer parts, office equipment and inkjet cartridges. 9 a.m to 12 p.m.

There's no excuse not to get out and do something good for your community this fall!

Event information contributed by: Will Koger, Gateway Streetscapes, and Martin Gardner

Monday, September 21, 2009

Paddle Clinics Offered


Don't Miss Out on your last chance for kayak lessons this season!

BEGINNER KAYAK CLINC Sat Sept 26th
On the Smith River behind Martinsville City Dam at Doe Run Park you will learn basic paddling strokes and techniques on flat water,12pm to 4pm

INTERMEDIATE KAYAK CLINC Sun Sept 27th
Learn techniques for traveling safely paddling Class II rivers, 12pm to 4pm

ANNOUNCING FRIDAY FLOATS $10 OFF WITH A FREE GUIDE
Kayaks for $30 and Canoes for $40
Take advantage the warm fall weekdays and Martinsville City Dam releases. Paddle the Smith River from South Martinsville to the Sports Complex. Suitable for beginners, four miles of Class II paddling

Call ahead for reservations as there are limited number of rentals and we can have your equipment ready. Boats, paddles and life jackets, and shuttle included. Launch time will be approximately 4:00 please arrive at least 30minutes early to get fitted for equipment.
 
Call or email 276-252-0701 ejuday@juno.com

Paddle Clinics Offered


Don't Miss Out on your last chance for kayak lessons this season!

BEGINNER KAYAK CLINC Sat Sept 26th
On the Smith River behind Martinsville City Dam at Doe Run Park you will learn basic paddling strokes and techniques on flat water,12pm to 4pm

INTERMEDIATE KAYAK CLINC Sun Sept 27th
Learn techniques for traveling safely paddling Class II rivers, 12pm to 4pm

ANNOUNCING FRIDAY FLOATS $10 OFF WITH A FREE GUIDE
Kayaks for $30 and Canoes for $40
Take advantage the warm fall weekdays and Martinsville City Dam releases. Paddle the Smith River from South Martinsville to the Sports Complex. Suitable for beginners, four miles of Class II paddling

Call ahead for reservations as there are limited number of rentals and we can have your equipment ready. Boats, paddles and life jackets, and shuttle included. Launch time will be approximately 4:00 please arrive at least 30minutes early to get fitted for equipment.
 
Call or email 276-252-0701 ejuday@juno.com

Friday, September 18, 2009

Get Active While Supporting SPCA - October 3

SPCA 1st Annual Furry Scurry 5K Run Walk
October 3 at 9am
Smith River Trail System in Fieldale



Enter our 5K race to test your mettle against others or take a relaxing walk with friends or your leashed dog.

Support a healthy lifestyle while supporting the SPCA

Contributed by: Jeannie Frisco

Get Active While Supporting SPCA - October 3

SPCA 1st Annual Furry Scurry 5K Run Walk
October 3 at 9am
Smith River Trail System in Fieldale



Enter our 5K race to test your mettle against others or take a relaxing walk with friends or your leashed dog.

Support a healthy lifestyle while supporting the SPCA

Contributed by: Jeannie Frisco

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Get ready...the Iron Bridge is coming back!


Fall is here, the leaves are begining to change, and even bigger changes are in store for the Fieldale Trail. The Historic Fieldale Iron Bridge is coming! Final preparations are underway to get ready for the cleaning, welding, painting, and mounting of the bridge trusses so they may be installed along the Fieldale Trail as a historic and educational point of interest. Special thanks to all the partners who have participated in this project so far.  If you run into any of these folks, be sure to thank them for their generous contributions!

The Martinsville-Henry County Rivers & Trails Group, an affiliate of the Dan River Basin Association has always dreamed to do something to preserve the historic bridge. Kay Slaughter of the Southern Environmental Law Center, the group's former leader, worked diligently with politicians, state officials, and Deepa Sanyal of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save the structure in 2005-2006.  As all avenues led to a dead end, the project was put aside to make way for other projects, such as the successful development of the one mile long Fieldale Trail in 2007.  In spring of 2009, mere months prior to the bridge's demolition, Rivers & Trails group members Barbara Jackman & Jeannie Frisco, revived the preservation effort by making contacts with key officials at VDOT and DLB, Inc. to help DRBA acquire a section of the historic Iron Bridge. Thanks to the contacts made by these two, the Rivers & Trails Group's dream is becoming a reality!

Special thanks to both Henry County Parks & Recreation who operates the Fieldale Trail and Mr. Joey Arrington who owns the land that the trail is on for allowing the Iron Bridge to be placed alongside the trail for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.



A group of members from the Fieldale Heritage Festival serves as a steering committee to assist DRBA staff throughout the project in fundraising and planning. The group also gave a $1,000 donation to the project. Special thanks to Bea Bullard, Doug Stegall, Glenda Scott, Virginia King, Margaret Stegall, Keith Stegall, Jesse Frith, Alice Gwynn, Bob Rakes, Nadine Hutchinson, Steve Rucker, Cindy Edgerton, Elva Adams, Joyce Odell, and the many others that contributed to this project both financially and with planning support.



DLB, Inc. of Hillsville, VA who was hired by VDOT to perform the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge gave two 50-foot long sections of truss to DRBA during the demolition process. They also donated their time to cut the pieces so that the trusses could be transported easily. Special thanks to Rob Underwood and Tom Wright for their help.

The Virginia Department of Transportation provided flagmen to direct traffic on moving day and coordinated the move among the various construction providers so that everything could be done safely and cost efficiently. Special thanks to Andrew Kahle, Cliff Saul, and Lisa Hughes for all their support!

Guy Turner Crane Services who was hired by DLB to move sections of the bridge during demolition donated their time to lift the more than 60,000 pounds of metal onto a truck for transportation. An incredible sounding feat that their skilled operators made look like ballet of metal in the sky!

Bobby M. Craddock of Craddock Logging Supply & Repair of Ridgeway, VA was a history buff and loved discovering about Henry County’s historic past. He donated the use of his tractor-trailer to transport the trusses, but sadly passed away just weeks before the big move would take place. Despite this difficult time for the family Mr. Craddock’s son, Wesley, decided to honor his father’s wishes and continue on with the project. As a result of the Craddock family’s contribution of love, we have named the project in memory of Bobby M. Craddock (8/20/1950 – 5/27/2009).

Northpoint Trading, an import/export business located at the former Fieldcrest Cannon factory in Fieldale donated use of their land to temporarily store the trusses while fundraising efforts are underway. We thank them for their patience with us as we have been visiting with various workers to plan, measure, and work out logistics for the project. Special thanks to Carol Shelton for hosting us during this time.


Boxley Materials of Fieldale, VA and Henry County is assisting the project though the donation of engineering services. Boxley has also provided generous support in the planning process in addition to donating the pouring and forming of the concrete and discounting the cost of the concrete used to pour the footers to support the trusses. Special thanks to Charles Craddock, George Honeycutt, Timothy Mauzy, and Tom Roller for their assistance.

Reliable Welding of Bassett, VA has generously provided support during the planning process. They are providing the welding services for the project at a discounted rate so that the finished product will have a symmetrical an aesthetically pleasing shape. Special thanks to CD Stapleton and John Tatum for working with us on this project.

Hall’s Mechanical of Fieldale, VA is providing crane services for the modification work and mounting of the trusses to the concrete footers at a discounted rate. Special thanks to Corky Hall for working with us on this project.


Dishman Environmental of Danville, VA is providing lead abatement services at a discounted rate to remove lead paint from the metal. The firm will use an environmentally friendly removal method that produces no dust. Special thanks to Russell Dishman for all his help.

More than fifty individuals like you have purchased a memorial plaque to go on the bridge in honor of or memory of loved ones. These donors have helped raise over 60% of the funds needed to make this project possible!

Work is slated to begin within the next several weeks, but to complete the project additional funding will be needed. If you'll notice the workers hired for this project are all local so your donations, in addition to helping with this worthwhile project, will also support local businesses. Every donation big or small makes a difference. To donate or purchase a memorial plaque download a donation form or contact DRBA at 276-634-2545 or drba.va@danriver.org.


Thank you to our donors:
Annonymous, Locust Valley, NY
Elva Adams, Martinsville
Irene Adams, Richmond
Pat Ahern, Reynoldsburg, OH
Kathryn Baugus, Martinsville
Barbara Blake, Fieldale
Beatrice Bullard, Fieldale
Edwin Byrd, Fieldale
Judy Capito, Naples, FL
Stanleytown Ruritan Club, Stanleytown
Ronnie Culler, Fieldale
Kathleen Dalrymple, Greensboro, NC
Michael Dorn, Fieldale
Mildred Eanes, Collinsville
Cindy Edgerton, Fieldale
Barbara Felts, Winston-Salem, NC
Ethel Few, Fieldale
Carl Flick, Wake Forest, NC
Bill Franklin, Beverly Hills, CA
Jeannie Frisco, Stuart
Karen Giles, Martinsville
Alice Gwynn, Fieldale
Frances Hager, Fieldale
Jean Harrison, Fieldale
Elizabeth Herrington, Fieldale
Linda Hollandsworth, Myrtle Beach, SC
Barbara Jackman, Martinsville
Cheryl Kellogg, Stoneville, NC
Virginia King, Martinsville
Robert Martin, Ridgeway
Dorothy Maxie, Fieldale
Blanche Merriman, Fieldale
Sara Price, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Friends of Philpott, Bassett
Freedom Prints, Fieldale
Lynn Pritchett, Martinsville
Larry Puckett, St. Clairsville, OH
Barbara Purcell, Mercer Island, WA
Robert Rakes, Fieldale
Betti Seale, Fieldale
David Sharpe, Reidsville, NC
Lois Slaughter, Fieldale
Margaret Stegall, Fieldale
Courtney Snyder, Virginia Beach
Marilyn Tauenner, Richmond
Rebecca Thomas, Richmond
Jennifer Wallace, Fieldale
Jewell Wigginton, Fieldale

Watch for a new page coming soon with photos and history of the iron bridge at http://www.danriver.org/.

Get ready...the Iron Bridge is coming back!


Fall is here, the leaves are begining to change, and even bigger changes are in store for the Fieldale Trail. The Historic Fieldale Iron Bridge is coming! Final preparations are underway to get ready for the cleaning, welding, painting, and mounting of the bridge trusses so they may be installed along the Fieldale Trail as a historic and educational point of interest. Special thanks to all the partners who have participated in this project so far.  If you run into any of these folks, be sure to thank them for their generous contributions!

The Martinsville-Henry County Rivers & Trails Group, an affiliate of the Dan River Basin Association has always dreamed to do something to preserve the historic bridge. Kay Slaughter of the Southern Environmental Law Center, the group's former leader, worked diligently with politicians, state officials, and Deepa Sanyal of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save the structure in 2005-2006.  As all avenues led to a dead end, the project was put aside to make way for other projects, such as the successful development of the one mile long Fieldale Trail in 2007.  In spring of 2009, mere months prior to the bridge's demolition, Rivers & Trails group members Barbara Jackman & Jeannie Frisco, revived the preservation effort by making contacts with key officials at VDOT and DLB, Inc. to help DRBA acquire a section of the historic Iron Bridge. Thanks to the contacts made by these two, the Rivers & Trails Group's dream is becoming a reality!

Special thanks to both Henry County Parks & Recreation who operates the Fieldale Trail and Mr. Joey Arrington who owns the land that the trail is on for allowing the Iron Bridge to be placed alongside the trail for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.



A group of members from the Fieldale Heritage Festival serves as a steering committee to assist DRBA staff throughout the project in fundraising and planning. The group also gave a $1,000 donation to the project. Special thanks to Bea Bullard, Doug Stegall, Glenda Scott, Virginia King, Margaret Stegall, Keith Stegall, Jesse Frith, Alice Gwynn, Bob Rakes, Nadine Hutchinson, Steve Rucker, Cindy Edgerton, Elva Adams, Joyce Odell, and the many others that contributed to this project both financially and with planning support.



DLB, Inc. of Hillsville, VA who was hired by VDOT to perform the demolition and reconstruction of the bridge gave two 50-foot long sections of truss to DRBA during the demolition process. They also donated their time to cut the pieces so that the trusses could be transported easily. Special thanks to Rob Underwood and Tom Wright for their help.

The Virginia Department of Transportation provided flagmen to direct traffic on moving day and coordinated the move among the various construction providers so that everything could be done safely and cost efficiently. Special thanks to Andrew Kahle, Cliff Saul, and Lisa Hughes for all their support!

Guy Turner Crane Services who was hired by DLB to move sections of the bridge during demolition donated their time to lift the more than 60,000 pounds of metal onto a truck for transportation. An incredible sounding feat that their skilled operators made look like ballet of metal in the sky!

Bobby M. Craddock of Craddock Logging Supply & Repair of Ridgeway, VA was a history buff and loved discovering about Henry County’s historic past. He donated the use of his tractor-trailer to transport the trusses, but sadly passed away just weeks before the big move would take place. Despite this difficult time for the family Mr. Craddock’s son, Wesley, decided to honor his father’s wishes and continue on with the project. As a result of the Craddock family’s contribution of love, we have named the project in memory of Bobby M. Craddock (8/20/1950 – 5/27/2009).

Northpoint Trading, an import/export business located at the former Fieldcrest Cannon factory in Fieldale donated use of their land to temporarily store the trusses while fundraising efforts are underway. We thank them for their patience with us as we have been visiting with various workers to plan, measure, and work out logistics for the project. Special thanks to Carol Shelton for hosting us during this time.


Boxley Materials of Fieldale, VA and Henry County is assisting the project though the donation of engineering services. Boxley has also provided generous support in the planning process in addition to donating the pouring and forming of the concrete and discounting the cost of the concrete used to pour the footers to support the trusses. Special thanks to Charles Craddock, George Honeycutt, Timothy Mauzy, and Tom Roller for their assistance.

Reliable Welding of Bassett, VA has generously provided support during the planning process. They are providing the welding services for the project at a discounted rate so that the finished product will have a symmetrical an aesthetically pleasing shape. Special thanks to CD Stapleton and John Tatum for working with us on this project.

Hall’s Mechanical of Fieldale, VA is providing crane services for the modification work and mounting of the trusses to the concrete footers at a discounted rate. Special thanks to Corky Hall for working with us on this project.


Dishman Environmental of Danville, VA is providing lead abatement services at a discounted rate to remove lead paint from the metal. The firm will use an environmentally friendly removal method that produces no dust. Special thanks to Russell Dishman for all his help.

More than fifty individuals like you have purchased a memorial plaque to go on the bridge in honor of or memory of loved ones. These donors have helped raise over 60% of the funds needed to make this project possible!

Work is slated to begin within the next several weeks, but to complete the project additional funding will be needed. If you'll notice the workers hired for this project are all local so your donations, in addition to helping with this worthwhile project, will also support local businesses. Every donation big or small makes a difference. To donate or purchase a memorial plaque download a donation form or contact DRBA at 276-634-2545 or drba.va@danriver.org.


Thank you to our donors:
Annonymous, Locust Valley, NY
Elva Adams, Martinsville
Irene Adams, Richmond
Pat Ahern, Reynoldsburg, OH
Kathryn Baugus, Martinsville
Barbara Blake, Fieldale
Beatrice Bullard, Fieldale
Edwin Byrd, Fieldale
Judy Capito, Naples, FL
Stanleytown Ruritan Club, Stanleytown
Ronnie Culler, Fieldale
Kathleen Dalrymple, Greensboro, NC
Michael Dorn, Fieldale
Mildred Eanes, Collinsville
Cindy Edgerton, Fieldale
Barbara Felts, Winston-Salem, NC
Ethel Few, Fieldale
Carl Flick, Wake Forest, NC
Bill Franklin, Beverly Hills, CA
Jeannie Frisco, Stuart
Karen Giles, Martinsville
Alice Gwynn, Fieldale
Frances Hager, Fieldale
Jean Harrison, Fieldale
Elizabeth Herrington, Fieldale
Linda Hollandsworth, Myrtle Beach, SC
Barbara Jackman, Martinsville
Cheryl Kellogg, Stoneville, NC
Virginia King, Martinsville
Robert Martin, Ridgeway
Dorothy Maxie, Fieldale
Blanche Merriman, Fieldale
Sara Price, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Friends of Philpott, Bassett
Freedom Prints, Fieldale
Lynn Pritchett, Martinsville
Larry Puckett, St. Clairsville, OH
Barbara Purcell, Mercer Island, WA
Robert Rakes, Fieldale
Betti Seale, Fieldale
David Sharpe, Reidsville, NC
Lois Slaughter, Fieldale
Margaret Stegall, Fieldale
Courtney Snyder, Virginia Beach
Marilyn Tauenner, Richmond
Rebecca Thomas, Richmond
Jennifer Wallace, Fieldale
Jewell Wigginton, Fieldale

Watch for a new page coming soon with photos and history of the iron bridge at http://www.danriver.org/.

Outdoor Fun Festival

Presented by: Martinsville - Henry County Community Nature Initiative & Virginia Museum of Natural History

Saturday October 10
10am to 5pm
J. Frank Wilson Park

Join CNI for this free outdoor experience with organizations from the area featuring fun activities, programs, a rock climbing wall, moon ounces, and horseback riding!

Free festival admission sponsored by The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.

276-634-4141 visit http://www.vmnh.net/ for more information.

Visitors to the Outdoor Family Fun Festival receive $1 off admission to VMNH on October 10.

Outdoor Fun Festival

Presented by: Martinsville - Henry County Community Nature Initiative & Virginia Museum of Natural History

Saturday October 10
10am to 5pm
J. Frank Wilson Park

Join CNI for this free outdoor experience with organizations from the area featuring fun activities, programs, a rock climbing wall, moon ounces, and horseback riding!

Free festival admission sponsored by The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.

276-634-4141 visit http://www.vmnh.net/ for more information.

Visitors to the Outdoor Family Fun Festival receive $1 off admission to VMNH on October 10.

Martinsville Middle School Safe Routes To School


Martinsville Middle School Safe Routes To School


Beginners Bike Ride - Uptown Trail

When: Monday, September 14th at 5:30 p.m.

What: Beginner Ride on Uptown Trail - off of Depot Street in Uptown Martinsville

Who: Those wanting to learn how to ride or those wanting to brush up on their skills
Cost: Free
Join experienced cyclists as you learn riding techniques on the Uptown Spur Trail. If you need a bicycle or helmet, contact Barbara Thompson, Activate Bike Instructor at 276-638-2592 or Activate at 276-403-5087 at least the day before the event.



Sponsored by: Henry County Bike Club

Beginners Bike Ride - Uptown Trail

When: Monday, September 14th at 5:30 p.m.

What: Beginner Ride on Uptown Trail - off of Depot Street in Uptown Martinsville

Who: Those wanting to learn how to ride or those wanting to brush up on their skills
Cost: Free
Join experienced cyclists as you learn riding techniques on the Uptown Spur Trail. If you need a bicycle or helmet, contact Barbara Thompson, Activate Bike Instructor at 276-638-2592 or Activate at 276-403-5087 at least the day before the event.



Sponsored by: Henry County Bike Club

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Friends" Improve the Fieldale Trail

The Smith River Trail System's Adopt-a-Trail program is really growing and becoming successful in helping to maintain the area trails. This month we have welcomed three new members to the program: Doug Foley- who adopted Jones Cliff Trail and Campbell & Lewis Pitzer who adopted Burgess Loop and River View Trails.

This past weekend, one of the teams "Friends of the Fieldale Trail" hosted a volunteer workday under the direction of Team Captain, Paula Wyatt.  The group was very productive and had a great time working. The trail team was joined by scouts from Boy Scout Troop 166 who were working on a conservation badge; they had a total of 16 volunteers walking on the trail! The group removed stumps from the newest extension of the trail and spruced up the trail surface where needed. The trail is in great shape thanks to their efforts!
Kneeling: Paula Wyatt with Molly; 2nd Row: Glenda Scott, Jason Ussery; 3rd Row: Andrew Hudson, Brian DeHart, Graves Anthony, Kolton Helbert, Tracy Kennett; 4th Row: Ronnie Tranthum, Chris Lovern, Tommy Wyatt, Jay Hudson, Randolph DeHart.
According to Paula, "everyone we met today was so appreciative of what has been done and were glad we were getting up the stumps." Now that the surface is even smoother than before, the trail will be ready for the upcoming SPCA's Furry Scurry 5K in October.
While working on the trail, the volunteers saw a wide variety of trail users including: two fishermen, two cyclists, two joggers, more than 20 walkers, and four walkers taking their canine companions on a stroll.
During the workday, the Trail Team also removed a log leaning onto another tree and cut a few low hanging canopy branches. The Friends of the Fieldale Trail volunteer group is certainly doing a wonderful job of keeping the Fieldale Trail safe for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Special thanks also to Henry County Parks and Recreation staff for keeping the trail shoulders mowed and removing trash.
Team member Nancy Kennett says, "I just want to give a big shout out to Paula as our team captain. She did a great job getting everything together, providing water and Gatorade for everyone and making sure walkers stayed out of the working areas for safety reasons. It was a big accomplishment and the Boy Scouts really helped us out. I know the pedestrians of the trail really appreciate all that was done. Thanks Paula, for taking on the role as our leader."
The Smith River Trail System's Adopt-a-Trail Program is a partnership between the Dan River Basin Association, Henry County Parks & Recreation, City of Eden Parks & Recreation, and Martinsville Leisure Services. If you would like to become an Adopt-a-Trail Volunteer, contact the AAT Volunteer Coordinator at 276-634-2545 or drba.va@danriver.org.

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