The County Messenger
Louisa County, Virginia
Fall 2009 Volume 9, Issue 2
Career Firefighters Join LC Emergency Services
Coming from a pool of over two
hundred applicants, thirteen new
full-time, cross-trained Firefighter/
EMTs were selected for their abil-
ity, readiness, training and commit-
ment to Fire and Emergency Medi-
During the August 3, 2009, Lou-
isa County Board of Supervisors
meeting, when the thirteen were in-
troduced, Chairman Willie L. Harp-
er said to them, “You’re going to set
the example on how this program is
going to work. We are very pleased
that all of you have volunteer back-
grounds and ask that you not forget
where you came from, and work
diligently with our volunteers to
make this a successful endeavor.”
On Friday, August 21, 2009, the
first group of career Firefighter/
EMTs graduated from recruit school Louisa County Board of Supervisors welcomes thirteen new career Firefighter/EMTs. Front row, from left; L.J. Andes, Jonathan
during a ceremony held at the Loui- Apperson, second row, from left; Richard Havasy (Green Springs), Micheal Keatts, Timmy Luck, Jeff Johnson, Jason Stinnett,
sa Volunteer Fire Department. Vice-Chairman Willie Gentry (Cuckoo), back row, from left; Lt. Delbert Feaster, Dan Byers (Jackson), Sean Barrett, Chairman
Willie Harper (Mineral), Robert Hughes, Eric Groome, Mark Stanton, Tim Morton, Trevor Jones, Whit Jacobs, Jack Wright
(Mountain Road), Fire Chief Robert Dubé, Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry), P.T. Spencer (Louisa)
IN THIS ISSUE: Each of the thirteen has substan- EMS and volunteer experience with Jason Stinnett; 3 years in Fire/
PAGE 2 - tial experience, ranging from 2-17 Campbell County and Albemarle EMS and volunteer experience with
New Marine Unit years of professional experience in County VFDs. Powhatan VFD.
Building Setbacks Fire and EMS, all have volunteer
experience and five have local vol- Recruit School #2
PAGE 3 - unteer service. Michael Barrett; 10 years in Fire/
EMS Revenue Recovery EMS and volunteer experience with
Recruit School #1 Chickahominy and Mechanicsville
PAGE 4 - Larry Andes, Jr.; 11 years in Fire/ VFDs.
“Burn Building EMS and volunteer experience with Thomas Jacobs; 11 years in Fire/
Seminole Trail and Zion Crossroads EMS and volunteer experience
PAGE 5 - VFDs. with Orange and Hampton-Sydney
Gators in Louisa Jonathan Apperson; 17 years in VFDs.
Foster Parents Needed Fire/EMS and volunteer experience Trevor Jones; 4 years in Fire/EMS
National Preparedness Month with Palmyra VFD. and volunteer experience with Bea-
Eric Groome; 9 years in Fire/EMS verdam VFD.
PAGE 6 - and volunteer experience with Min- Timothy Luck; 3 years in Fire/
Secondary Road Improvement eral VFD. EMS and volunteer experience with
Robert Hughes; 2 years in Fire/ Mineral VFD.
PAGE 7 - EMS and volunteer experience with Timothy Morden; 9 years in Fire/
Beneficial Garden Insects Mineral and Holly Grove VFDs. EMS and volunteer experience with
End Domestic Violence Jeff Johnson; 11 years in Fire/EMS Mechanicsville VFD.
Social Services Eligibility and volunteer experience with Bar- Mark Stanton; 10 years in Fire/ Louisa County held a graduation
John Mercer Langston EMS and volunteer experience with ceremony recognizing the new career
FF/EMTs. Picture is Fire Chief Robert
Michael Keatts; 17 years in Fire/ Louisa and Trevilians VFDs. Dubé
Page 2 The County Messenger Fall 2009
County Services Directory
Area Code: 540
LCSO Dedicated New Marine Unit
Animal Control 967-3477 The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with local and state agencies, private businesses and citi-
Circuit Court 967-5312 zens from Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania Counties, dedicated the new Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Marine
Commonwealth’s Unit on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Attorney 967-2205 Sheriff Ashland Fortune and Major Donald Lowe presented a new 2009 Pro Line center console patrol boat
Commissioner of and two 2008 FX SHO Yamaha wave runners that were utilized this summer to patrol Lake Anna to provide
Revenue 967-3432 safety and security for the thousands who enjoy the recreational activities the lake affords. The Sheriff’s Office
began a fundraising campaign over four years ago to create the Marine Unit.
Sheriff Ashland Fortune stated. “The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing effective, ef-
ficient law enforcement to solve community problems and create a safe environment for our citizens and visi-
County Attorney 967-4582
County Engineer 967-3455
Chairman Willie Harper (Mineral District) and Supervisor Dan Byers (Jackson District) participated in the
Department of Forestry dedication along with Senator R. Edward Houck, Delegate William Janis, Brad Franklin, Government Relations
967-3702 Executive - Yamaha Corporation, Chris Manthos, American Watercraft Association Magazine, Mike McAllister,
Economic Development Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, Joe Ricks, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and representatives
967-4581 from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, North Anna Power Station, Lake Anna Civic Associa-
Emergency Services 967-3491 tion, several community groups and local businesses.
Extension Services 967-3422 Major Donald Lowe said, “The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for the fundraising efforts of so
General Services 967-3462 many organizations and individuals.
General District Court 967-5330 The Marine Unit has allowed us to
Health Department 967-3703 further the Sheriff’s Office’s mis-
Information Systems 967-4599 sion of maintaining peace, provid-
Environmental Health 967-3707 ing safety and security and deterring
Housing 967-3483 unsafe boating practices.”
Juvenile Probation 967-2307 “The Board appreciates the tenac-
Landfill 894-5390 ity these folks have demonstrated,”
Louisa County Library 894-5853 Chairman Willie Harper, Louisa
Louisa County County Board of Supervisors said.
Public Schools 894-5115 “The Marine Unit represents the ef-
Parks and Recreation 967-4420 fectiveness of public-private part-
Piedmont Crossroads nerships and the cooperation needed
Visitors Center 832-0555 to reach a common goal.”
Real Estate Assessment967-3450
Sheriff’s Department 967-1234
Social Services 967-1320 Building Setbacks from Rome to Louisa
Town of Louisa 967-1400 You may be surprised to know neighborhood. isa County will not require a survey
Town of Mineral 894-5100 that government has required mini- The Louisa County Department for all new construction, but the
Treasurer’s Office 967-3435 mum setback distances from proper- of Community Development recent- new policy establishes a threshold
Voter Registrar 967-3427 ty lines and buildings since ancient ly initiated a setback compliance of twenty feet. In most cases, build-
Water Authority 967-1122 times. In fact, the earliest Code of policy to help improve the moni- ings proposed within 20 feet of the
Website 967-4599 Roman law in 451 B.C., referred toring of setbacks. The policy sets minimum setback would be subject
to as the Twelve Tables, provided written guidelines for staff to work to the survey requirements of the
with property owners in the build-
for setback lines to protect public policy.
safety and property values. Much ing permit application process to Interested members of the pub-
ounty like modern zoning laws, setbacks obtain necessary information. The lic can contact the Louisa County
have been used in some form or an- policy also sets a reasonable thresh- Department of Community Devel-
losings other throughout recorded human
old for when a survey is necessary
to ensure setback compliance.
opment to obtain more information
about required setbacks in Louisa
There are several reasons why Having a survey done is not an County, as well as details of the new
setbacks are beneficial for the com- inexpensive endeavor, but is a nec- setback compliance policy. Addi-
Louisa County Offices will munity. Setbacks create fire sepa- essary safeguard when building tional information is available on
be closed on: ration between structures, maintain close to a property line. A survey the internet at www.louisacounty.
October 12 - Columbus Day open space, and allow sunlight and will help prevent a substantial loss com/LCcommdev. You may also
ventilation. They provide privacy because of the improper placement contact Staff directly by coming to
November 11 - Veterans Day and distance between neighbors, of a building. It will avoid disputes the office, located on the first floor
November 25, 26 & 27 - and leave room for future public with neighbors, and will protect of the County Administrative Build-
utilities and roads. In addition, against having to demolish or relo- ing, at 1 Woolfolk Avenue Louisa,
when setbacks are consistently and cate the building after construction. Virginia. Staff may be reached by
December 24 & 25 - fairly enforced, they protect prop- This is why many banks require a phone at (540) 967-3430.
Christmas erty values over time by adding survey as part of the lending pro-
uniformity and aesthetic appeal to a cess for all new construction. Lou-
Fall 2009 The County Messenger Page 3
Fall Harvest Festival Louisa County Board
Recognizes 97 Years of Life
Celebrate autumn during the 6th Annual Fall Harvest Festival, spon-
sored by Louisa County Parks and Recreation and the Mineral Busi-
ness Association, on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Walton Park, Louisa
Avenue and 6th Street in the Town of Mineral, is the festival’s location The Louisa County Board of Su- Ms. Morris is the last surviving
again for 2009. pervisors recognized the long-life sibling of seven children by the
A craft show will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., so come of Ms. Van Morris on September late Clayton and Willie Timber-
early and maybe get a head start on holiday shopping. 21, 2009. Ms. Morris recently cel- lake Morris. She has two children,
There will be music, good food, carnival-style games, face painting, ebrated her 97th birthday, having five granddaughters, eleven great-
balloons, and fun for the whole family. There will be a minimal charge been born on August 29, 1912. grandchildren and eight great-great-
for games and all players receive a small prize. “I am reminded that often, those grandchildren and has been a devout
Craft vendors should contact the Parks and Recreation at (540) 967- lives of quite, faithful and generous member of the County Line Baptist
4420 for vendor space information. service to others very rarely war- Church since a very early age.
rants a commendation of this na- Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes,
ture but Ms. Morris, you have been Patrick Henry District, said, “Ser-
recognized and people do appreci- vice to the community is much more
ate you for who you are. Like Dr. than a one-time volunteer experi-
Albert Schweitzer said ‘the only ence; it is a lifetime commitment.
ones that will truly be happy among It is a true blessing that Ms. Morris
us are those who have sought and has lived such a long, vibrant and
found how to serve others,’” said faithful life of servitude. She has
County Administrator Dale Mullen been a valuable assist to our com-
during the presentation recognizing munity and a priceless addition to
LCPR’s 5th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 Ms. Morris. the lives of those she has touched.”
and was a beautiful, sunny day! There were numerous craft vendors selling their
wares and several carnival-style games for the children.
Louisa Christmas Festival &
Come celebrate the holiday sea- lyn McCray is accepting applica-
son at the Louisa Christmas Festival tions for Festival Vendors, $25 for a
and Parade on Saturday, December 12x12 booth space. Please contact
5, 2009. Ms. McCray at (540) 832-2754 for
The Festival will be from 10:00 more information.
a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Court- Louisa Parks and Recreation is
house Square in the Town of Lou- accepting entry forms for the pa-
isa. The Parade will begin at 3:00 rade. Participation is free but regis-
p.m. and will travel down Main tration is required. Please contact Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry) presents a resolution adopted by the
Street. The 2009 theme is “What Parks and Recreation at (540) 967- Louisa County Board of Supervisors recognizing the 97th birthday of Ms. Van
Morris, who is seated.
Christmas Means To Me.” 4420.
Louisa Tourism Manager Caro-
Breakfast With Santa
Join Louisa County Parks and Recreation and have breakfast with Santa!
The 5th Annual Breakfast with Santa is scheduled for Saturday, December
Treat the little ones to an exciting morning, where they can even deliver
their Christmas Wish Lists and have a picture taken with Ole Saint Nick.
A breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs, cereal and juice will be served
between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
PSEP Photography will take professional photographs of your children
with Santa. All participants attending must purchase a meal ticket, $18
pays for one adult, one child and one 5x7 photo, and it is $5 for each ad-
ditional child or adult.
This is a fun family event that children, parents, and grandparents will
enjoy. Preregistration is required. Please contact Parks and Recreation at
(540) 967-4420 for more information or to register.
Page 4 The County Messenger Fall 2009
County Moves Forward With
“The Louisa County Board of Supervisors is committed to providing and supporting core public safety ser-
vices for the citizens of Louisa County. In March, the Board approved construction of the much anticipated fire County of Louisa
training center located just outside the Town of Mineral,” said County Administrator Dale Mullen. Board of Supervisors
To meet the ever increasing need for training opportunities for volunteer and career firefighters, Louisa County
Emergency Services Department and the Volunteer Firefighters Association joined together to build a 3,500 Fitzgerald A. Barnes
square foot, multi-story building using high-end technology for burning structure simulations. Patrick Henry District
“The state-of-the-art facility will provide Louisa County with a multi-use facility that will be utilized for con- (434) 996-8534
ducting critically needed initial training and continuing education sessions for all facets of emergency incident LCBS_PHD@louisa.org
preparedness and response,” said Fire Chief Robert Dubé.
Over the course of the past 10 years, in partnership with the Louisa County Volunteer Fire Association, Louisa Daniel W. Byers
County has been developing a training facility for use by the seven volunteer fire departments along with the Jackson District
County’s Department of Emergency Services. Developed on approximately 18 acres, the site currently has a (540) 872-3539
classroom, garage and facilities being used by volunteers and full-time staff. This site is also the new remote LCBS_JD@louisa.org
assembly site and staging area for off-site security operations for North Anna Power Station.
The new building will provide opportunities for live fire training, search and rescue, ventilation, rope opera- Willie L. Gentry, Jr.
tions, ladders and many other training opportunities that are not currently available within the county. Addition- Vice-Chairman
ally, the facility will be used to host state and national level training courses. Cuckoo District
“Live-fire training is essential to becoming a firefighter,” said Ricky Bywaters, President of the Louisa County (540) 894-4751
Volunteer Firefighters Association. “Having a local training facility decreases the costs for training, as well as LCBS_CD@louisa.org
offers the ability to conduct additional training because of the site’s convenient location. Our firefighters will
now have the opportunity to prepare as much as other jurisdictions that have their own facilities.” Willie L. Harper
Chairman Willie L. Harper (Mineral) said “The Board of Supervisors places high value on the commitment Chairman
and dedication of the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Service Providers. This facility is an important Mineral District
step forward in ensuring the highest level of professionalism in the career and volunteer ranks. Our community (540) 894-6260
should expect nothing less than the highest standards of commitment and professionalism from all emergency LCBS_MD@louisa.org
A ground breaking ceremony was held Saturday, August 1, 2009. Construction of the facility should be com- Richard A. Havasy
pleted in November/December 2009. Green Springs District
P. T. Spencer
Jackson T. Wright
Mountain Road District
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Representatives for each of the volunteer fire departments serving the citizens of Louisa County broke ground on the new is distributed to all addresses
“Burn Building” August 1, 2009. From left; Stewart Cameron (Mineral VFD), Marty Hart (Holly Grove VFD), Chief Robert
Dubé, Robert Perkins (Louisa VFD), Matt Smith (Gordonsville VFD), Ricky Bywaters (Zion Crossroads VFD), Phil Van Skike
in Louisa County.
(Trevilians VFD), Charles Simpson (Locust Creek VFD), Joe Gordon (Bumpass VFD).
Fall 2009 The County Messenger Page 5
Do you know your veterans benefits?
We do! Foster Parents Needed
Virginia Department of Veterans Services Foster parenting is filled with challenges and opportunities. It can be
challenging to parent children with difficult histories. Becoming a foster
parent is an opportunity to care for children who benefit greatly from your
Need help? love and support.
A representative is available on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Children need role models. This is especially true of children who come
Wednesday of each month between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 into foster care. Kids need caring adults who can give them a safe and
secure home that will shelter them from the trauma and distress of their
p.m. young lives. You can provide such a home. You can become a foster parent.
Visit us at the Louisa County Administration Building Like thousands of other Virginians who have stepped forward to help care
at 1 Woolfolk Avenue in the Town of Louisa. for our most vulnerable, you too can change a child’s life.
Whether you are married or single, live in an apartment or a house, you
For more information call (434) 295-2782 can be a foster parent. Foster parents change lives one child at a time. They
LCPR Welcomed the
believe in investing in the future of our children. Please consider making
this very important investment. If you are interested, please call Louisa
County Department of Social Services Foster Parents Voice Mail Box at
(540) 967-4680, extension 7029. Please leave your name, phone number
and address and a representative will be in touch.
The Gordonsville Gators became active, having lots of fun, practicing
the Louisa Gators this summer. The good sportsmanship, and always
Central Virginia swimming team doing our best. Being a part of a Citizens Urged to Prepare for an
relocated the competition swim
club to the Louisa County Aquatic
summer swim team is a life-chang-
ing opportunity for many swimmers Emergency
Center. “We added a lot of new because it offers them the chance Louisa County is home to over contact Louisa County Emergency
parents and kids to our Gator Fam- to learn skills, which can be used 30,000 citizens who have dealt Services Office for more informa-
ily and we experienced a high level throughout life,” said Coaches Deb- with a variety of emergency events tion at (540) 967-3491.
of sportsmanship, cooperation, and ra Bickley and Rebecca Toussant. over the last several years.
participation from them” said Ga- The Gators are a financially self- County Officials are encourag-
tors representative Laura Mawyer supporting swim team with services ing citizens to take three simple, The Golden Ages
Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes and coaching supported by private low-cost steps to protect their fam- The Golden Age Club meets at
Patrick Henry District said, “Louisa donations and registration fees. ilies: 10:00 a.m. on the second Friday of
County is committed to increasing Practices began in May, with a kick- • Get a kit. An emergency supply each month in the Betty J. Queen
the quality of life for Louisa County off picnic at the Aquatic Center in kit contains essential items to sup- Intergenerational Center.
residents by providing cost-effec- Louisa. port a family for at least three days. Senior newcomers are always
tive and quality recreational and fit- Even though summer is over, vol- A kit should include non-perish- welcome. For information, con-
ness opportunities for all residents unteers are being sought. For more able food along with a manual can tact Darrell Slover (540) 967-5418
– especially the youth of Louisa information, call Louisa County opener and about one gallon of wa- or Brian Vesely (540) 967-4425.
County.” Park and Recreation at (540) 967- ter per person per day. Come along and check out the pos-
“We are all about being part of 4420. • Make a plan. A family commu- sibilities.
a team, improving our skills, being nications plan includes discussions
about what to do and who to con-
tact if family members are sepa-
rated when an emergency strikes.
• Stay informed. It is vital that
people stay informed before, dur-
ing and after an emergency. Listen
to local media.
Louisa County is joining with
the Virginia Department of Emer-
gency Management and the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security
to promote emergency prepared-
ness, urging families, businesses,
and communities to take action.
The Louisa County Commu-
nity Emergency Response Team
(CERT) is a way citizens can get
involved during emergency events
to help its citizens.
To learn more about getting
The Louisa Gators had a wonderful and fulfilling 2009 Swim Season. ready for emergencies or CERT,
Page 6 The County Messenger Fall 2009
Secondary Road Improvement Projects
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) works with Louisa County citizens and the Board of Supervisors to improve the roadways in the
County. Each year, VDOT develops a Six Year Plan for Secondary Road Construction (SSYP) which includes improvement projects such as paving,
widening, bridge repairs/replacements and redesigns of intersections to increase public safety.
VDOT is a state agency funded by gas tax revenues and titling taxes and fees. To date, the state has already cut $6 billion out of the current $77 bil-
lion two-year budget, and Governor Timothy M. Kaine recently said more cuts will be necessary in fiscal year 2010.
As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for localities to improve roads in Virginia’s Secondary System of State Highways.
Louisa County receives just over $500,000 annually to fund its SSYP. The Board of Supervisors determines the priority order of the improvement
projects, with VDOT assistance and input, and the funds are applied to the improvement projects in priority order until the project accumulates enough
money in order to begin construction. Some projects can take years to accumulate enough money before construction can begin.
Rural Rustic Road Program Projects in Project Pool (Unfunded)
Street Name Route Project Type Initial Estimate
One program that can be used to allocated, based on priority order, Horseshoe Farm Rd. 714 Rural Rustic $400,000
get state maintained roads, roads until enough funds are accumulated
Old Apple Grove Rd. 658 Rural Rustic $282,515
with route numbers of 600 or to complete the project, which could
above, paved is through VDOT’s be over a period of several years. Old Apple Grove Rd. 658 Rural Rustic $370,521
Rural Rustic Road Program. The As of July 1, 2003, the “Rural Old Apple Grove Rd. 658 Bridge $849,667
road must carry 50 or more vehicles Rustic Road” concept is VDOT’s Indian Creek Rd. 699 Rural Rustic $370,000
per day to qualify for unpaved road preferred approach to paving many Piedmont Avenue 1117 Widening Project $40,000
funds. VDOT periodically takes unpaved roads. For a road to qualify Hart’s Mill Rd. 647 Rural Rustic $631,787
traffic counts on unpaved roads. for the Rural Rustic Program, sev- Payne’s Mill Rd. 601 Bridge $850,000
To get a recent traffic count for eral criteria must be met:
Rolling Path Rd. 698 Rural Rustic $505,038
roads in Louisa or Fluvanna County, • The county’s board of supervi-
contact the VDOT Louisa Residen- sors must pass a resolution de- Campbell Rd. 600 Bridge $478,277
cy Office at (540) 967-3710. Those claring the road to be a “Rural Lindsay Lane 675 Intersection Relo- $617,788
in other counties who do not have Rustic Road.” cation
a contact number should call (804) • The board of supervisors indi- Blueberry Lane 709 Rural Rustic $200,000
786-2746 to obtain the number to cates that expected growth and Bohannon Rd. 723 Widening Project $30,000
their local Residency Office. increase in traffic over the next Chestnut Avenue 1127 Widening Project $21,132
If the road qualifies, the Board of 10 years is minimal. Lasley Church Rd. 633 Rural Rustic $1,031,826
Supervisors and VDOT’s Resident • The curves along the road
Administrator will decide through should be generally adequate provements.
an annual public hearing process if
the road can be added to the SSYP.
for the traffic and any increase • The daily traffic volume must
in speeds expected after the im- not exceed 1,500 vehicles.
If the road is added to the SSYP, it provement. • The citizens along the road Road Program
is assigned a priority number and • Roadway drainage must be suf- should support the improve-
funding to improve the road is then ficient or require only minor im- ment. State funds are very limited.
However, each year the Board of
Projects on Current Secondary System Six Year Construction Program Supervisors can set aside up to
Street Name Route Project Type Initial Estimate Funding Re- Additional Estimated five percent of their total second-
ceived YTD Funding Completion Date ary road construction allocation
Needed for Rural Addition projects which
Walnut Woods 820 Rural Addition $161,920 $161,920 N/A December 2009 consists of qualifying roads that are
not currently state maintained.
Houchens Road 783 Widening Project $124,000 $124,000 N/A Complete
Generally to be eligible for the
Byrd Mill Road 649 Widening/realignment $708,611 $925,916 $- December 2011
Rural Addition Program, older, pri-
October 15, 2009) vately maintained roads must meet
Plum Tree Road 739 Rural Rustic $246,301 $246,301 N/A Complete the following criteria:
Seventh Street 1115 Widening Project $248,169 $248,169 N/A Complete • Have been in public use before
Mount Airy Road 644 Bridge $1,772,164 $1,800,545 $- October 2010 July 1, 1992
• Be available for the public to
Patrick Henry Place 711 Rural Rustic $365,118 $366,086 $- December 2010
use 24 hours a day
Octagon Church Road 611 Rural Rustic $350,871 $402,873 $- December 2010
• Have a right of way that is
Lewis Hill Road 673 Widening Project $508,359 $505,165 $4,194 October 2012 available to be dedicated to
Grooms Lane 791 Widening Project $229,485 $230,467 $- May 2012 public use
Vigor Road 697 Rural Rustic $410,537 $178,788 $231,749 December 2013 • Wide enough (usually 40 feet)
Walkins Lane 721 Widening Project $287,554 $209,100 $78,454 March 2011 to meet minimum safety stan-
Indian Creek Road 699 Resurfacing $370,000 $0 $370,000 June 2013
• Sufficient to permit future
Ellisville Drive 669 Widening/realignment $10,236,299 $0 $10,236,299 September 2013
Fall 2009 The County Messenger Page 7
Beneficial Garden Insects
Submitted by Central Virginia Master
John Mercer Langston
Attracting and maintaining a (1829 – 1897)
population of beneficial insects is Submitted by the Louisa County Historical Society
an important factor to managing
your garden without the use of pes- The early
ticides. 1800’s were dif-
Insects are beneficial to the gar- ficult times for
den in a wide variety of ways. They people of color
aid in the production of fruits, seeds, Photograph provided by Barbara Ann in Virginia..
vegetables and flowers through pol- Wiederkher One unusual
lination. Melons, squash, and many paradox of en-
other garden vegetables require insects to carry their pollen before the fruit slaved people in
will set. Louisa County
Insects can destroy weeds in the same manner in which they injure crop was the story
plants. of John Mer-
Parasitic insects destroy other injurious insects by living in, or on, their cer Langston.
bodies or eggs. The dead bodies and droppings of insects serve as fertil- Langston was
izer, and insects can improve the physical condition of soil by burrowing born on the plan-
throughout the surface layer. Insects also act as scavengers by devouring tation of Captain
the bodies of dead animals and plants. Ralph Quarles in
The greatest single factor in keeping plant feeding insects from over- Louisa County.
whelming your garden is predatory insects. There are numerous species of Quarles was his
assassin bugs that can significantly reduce plant consuming insects. father, and his
If you would like to learn more about methods to reduce, or eliminate, mother, Lucy
the use of pesticides, please contact Master Gardener Help Desk at (540) Langston, was a
967-3422. former slave of
African and Na-
descent who had John Mercer Langston, 1849 (Oberlin College Archives)
Learn to End Violence and been emancipated by Quarles. He person to serve in the U.S. House of
was the fourth child of Lucy and Representatives in 1890. John Mer-
Abuse Quarles. Both parents died when cer Langston was a man who over-
John was only 5 years-old, leaving came all odds to achieve greatness,
Domestic violence or family the Town of Louisa. him and his siblings orphans. even in a difficult time.
abuse is when one person attempts Participants will be taught to After his parents’ death, the fam- The Louisa County Historical
to control or hurt another through prevent abuse through the devel- ily relocated to Ohio, a free state. Society seeks to preserve our Coun-
actions or threats that can include opment of compassion for them- At the age of fourteen, he enrolled ty’s rich history. To learn more, call
physical, sexual, verbal, or psycho- selves and others. They will learn in Oberlin College. At Oberlin he (540) 967-5975 or visit online at
logical abuse. People of all ages, to regulate anger and shame, take earned a Bachelor’s degree, and www.louisahistory.org. Also visit
income levels, faiths, sexual orien- responsibility for behavior and then a Master’s degree in Theol- the Sargeant Museum located next
tation, gender, and education levels feelings, accept not being in con- ogy. to the Louisa Town Hall and Arts
can experience domestic or family trol of another person or situation Following the Civil War, John Center.
violence. and develop safe and compassion- Mercer Langston returned to Lou-
The Louisa County Department ate solutions to family conflicts. isa as the Inspector General of the
of Social Services will be hosting For more information and to sign Freedman’s Bureau. He was in-
an “Abuser Intervention Group” up, call Vicki Drumheller at (540) specting the school system through-
every Tuesday beginning at 6:00 967-1320. out the South. olunteers are
p.m. in the Social Services building
located at 103 McDonald Street in
On June 15, 1867, Langston ad-
dressed a large crowd of people,
wanted to serve
black and white, on the steps of the on committees and
Louisa Hotel. Women of the Bap-
boards in Louisa
Are you eligible? tist Church invited him to speak at
their church. County. If you are
Not everyone is eligible to receive financial assistance from the Depart- John Mercer Langston went on
ment of Social Services. A new web-based eligibility screening has been to become the first Dean of How- interested, please
developed by the State to help citizens determine if they qualify. ard University’s School of Law. He contact the Adminis-
To find out if you are eligible, visit - http://dssiad.dss.state.va.us/Eligi- was the first African-American to
bilityScreening - and answer a few questions. practice law before the US Supreme tration Office at (540)
If you are eligible to receive financial assistance from Social Services, Court. He was named Minister to
forms and applications are available on the website or by calling the Lou- Haiti in 1877, and upon returning
967-0401 to learn
isa County Department of Social Services at (540) 967-1320. to Virginia, became the first black more.
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pect nine to four-
Need a Ride?
Whether you’re traveling to 270,000 trips each year.
teen tropical storms work, to shop, to the doctor’s of- Owned by the local governments
during the 2009 fice, or just to visit a friend, JAUNT it serves, JAUNT uses federal, state
Atlantic Hurricane has a route that can help you get and local funding to supplement
Season, with four to around. fares and agency payments.
seven of them be- Louisa County residents can Organized in 1975, JAUNT is
coming hurricanes. schedule trips from their home to recognized both statewide and na-
Last year, sixteen any location within the county, tionally for its high quality service,
storms formed in Monday through Saturday. The performance record and efficient
the Atlantic; eight cost is $1.75 each way for passen- coordinated service.
became hurricanes, gers with disabilities and those ages JAUNT’s award-winning sys-
with five classified 60 and older or $2.75 each way for tem earned the Virginia Transit
as major hurricanes. area residents. The service starts at Association’s Outstanding Public
Despite the regular 7:30 am. Louisa seniors can ride Transportation System Award for
season being July 1 free to the Senior Center on Tues- Non-Urbanized Areas, the 2009
through November days, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Outstanding Public Transportation
30, Tropical Storm Arthur started the 2008 season two days early. Midday service is also offered Marketing Award and the National
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers safety tips to residents in all areas of Louisa Community Transportation Sys-
to help protect lives and reduce property damage during hurricane sea- County traveling to destinations in tem of the Year award from the
son. the City of Charlottesville, Monday Community Transit Association of
Know your risks. Find out if you live in a flood prone area and if you through Friday. The route arrives in America.
do, make sure you have a current flood insurance policy. Charlottesville between 10:30 am JAUNT’s system of combining
Flood waters can be deceptive. Do not walk or drive through flood wa- and 11:00 am and leaves at 3:00 resources to serve as many people
ters. According to the National Weather Service, nearly half of flash-flood pm. The fare for midday service is as possible has been a model for
fatalities are vehicle-related. $3.25 each way and $2.25 for pas- transit services across the country.
Most Louisa County residents use well water. When the power goes out, sengers with disabilities and those Call JAUNT at (434) 296-3184
so does the water supply. A tip from the Virginia Department of Emergen- age 60 and older. or toll-free at (800) 36JAUNT for
cy Management is to fill your bathtub with water to use for toilet flushing JAUNT is a regional transporta- more information.
in case of an extended power outage. tion system providing
After the storm has passed, be prepared to be without power, telephone service to the citizens
and other outside services for up to a week or longer. When Hurricane of Charlottesville, Al-
Isabel hit Central Virginia in 2003, some residents were without power for bemarle, Fluvanna,
two weeks or more. Louisa, Nelson, and
If a major hurricane hits Louisa County, the Emergency Services De- Buckingham Coun-
partment, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office and local volunteer ties and makes over
fire and rescue agencies, will set up a shelter in the Louisa County Middle
School for individuals needing assistance.
For more information about hurricane preparedness, contact the Emer-
gency Services Department at (540) 967-3491.
Louisa Employment Center
The Louisa Employment Center, the Virginia Workforce Network to Although jobs can be narrowed Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
sponsored by the Volunteers of assist people in finding a job, draft- down to specific cities, counties, ar- and Thursday 1:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Louisa, works in conjunction with ing a resume, determining job skills eas, or even within a specified dis- The Louisa Employment Center
and even career tance of a zip code, the focus is on is located in the Sage Building at
counseling. helping people find a job right here 115 Jefferson Highway in Louisa.
The website in Louisa County. Computer skills Career counselors are in the office
www.vaworkcon- are not necessary and staff is ready on Monday and Wednesday. For
nect.com assists to help you with your needs. more information, call (540) 967-
people with a The Louisa Employment Center 6095
statewide listing is open Monday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30
of available jobs. p.m., Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,
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