Letters 04/23/14

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Restoring Chesapeake Bay

    Thank you, Attorney General Mark Herring for stepping up to defend Virginia’s right to restore the Chesapeake Bay (“AG Herring defends Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan,” April 11).
    The American Farm Bureau Federation and 21 states are suing to stop bay cleanup, calling it an EPA overreach. Virginia has been engaged in cleaning up the Bay for decades, and we have a long way to go to achieve our goal.
    Most Virginians understand the importance of restoring the Bay and welcome EPA’s help. The farm industry and the 21 states that support this lawsuit should focus on reducing their own pollution, not trying to block Virginia’s cleanup efforts.

Melissa Johnson

Well done

    I was very sorry to learn that Mr. Sheldon Cash, Bedford County’s Solid Waste Administrator, was leaving to take a job with Roanoke County, doubtless at a considerably higher salary, which might lead some residents to ponder the ancient maxim of being penny wise and pound foolish.
    Until the announcement of his departure, I did not know the name of the Solid Waste Administrator, but I was certainly aware of the good work somebody had been doing on behalf of the citizens of Bedford County and sensible recycling. The facilities of which I am aware and use, in the Goode-Cifax area, are models of intelligent design and efficiency; and the people who staff them are also to be commended for their excellent service to the public.
    These good facilities seem to be prompting our citizens to get better at separating solid waste in the way their design intends, but I still see cardboard, one of the more valuable commodities, being thrown away instead of placed in the nearby container for mixed paper, etc. Plastic containers suffer from the disadvantage of being high volume and small value. Citizens can help reduce the volume by crushing plastic as best they can. Ditto for cans.
    When a public servant truly serves the public, congratulations are in order. And when government puts tax dollars to good use, it also should be commended. In his departure from the service of Bedford County, we might say to Mr. Cash, as has been said of other worthies, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant, well done.”

Ray L. Garland

Fundraiser thank you

    The Moneta Lions Club held its Fourteenth Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser on April 14 at the Mariners Landing Golf & Country Club in Huddleston.
    The Club continues to help people in the area through eyesight and hearing preservation and other programs. The outing helped raise essential monies for things over and above our time; equipment, screening, education and providing eye exams, eyeglasses, hearing aids and other equipment for the needy in the area.
    The Moneta Lions Club would like to thank the golfers that turned out and the many tournament sponsors and donors. The Platinum Sponsor level this year was Preu Enterprises, Moneta. The Gold Sponsors this year were Conrad Brothers Marine, Moneta and Downtown Moneta @ SML. The Major Sponsors this year include; Absolute Collision of SML, All Seasons Marine Services, Inc., Arthur’s Jewelry, Bedford, Bob Riddick Roofing, Bridgewater Marina, Capps Home Building Center, Moneta, Christian H. DePaul, CFP with Ameriprise Financial, Crystal Shores Marina Resort, LLC, El Toreno Mexican Restaurant – Lakewatch, Enirtep, Inc., F. & B. Contractors, Bedford, Franklin Community Bank, The Glebe Inc., Tim Haer, Halesford Harbor Inn, Haley Toyota, Roanoke, Ivy Hill Golf Club, Forest, Lake Inn Motel, Liberty Pawn, Lyons Team Realtors, MAACO - Roanoke, Mariners Landing Golf and Country Club, Massage Works, Pat Maddox, M.L. Sutphin Insurance Agency, Midpoint Chevrolet, Inc., Rocky Mount, M L Realty, Moneta, Moneta Farm & Home Center, New Line Home Improvements, Rocky Lake Asian Wellness Center, S. M. Fraternal Order of the Eagles AERIE 4344, Schewel Furniture, Bedford, Southside Electric Cooperative, State Farm –Rick Becker, Moneta, Taco Bell, Tuck Chiropractic Center, Bedford & Vinton, Valley View Endodontics -Webster Marine Center – Mark Mills and The Willard Companies, Inc. – Ron Willard II.
    Golfer prizes included a new Sea-Doo w/Trailer for a “Hole-in-One” on #16 par-3 hole (Webster Marine), greens fees at Ashley Plantation, Botetourt Country Club, Blue Hills Golf Club, Hanging Rock, Ivy Hill (4 Rounds), Mariners Landing (also 4 Rounds), The Waterfront and The Westlake, Gift Cards, Gift Certificates and other items of equipment and sportswear from local merchants.
    The Moneta Lions Club would also like to thank those area businesses that signed up as Hole Sponsors: All-Size Storage, Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Ayers Garage, Inc., Aztec Rental Center, Bayside Marina & Yacht Club, Bay’s Trash Removal, Inc., Blue Ridge Dental Group, Bryan D. Sicher, D.M.D., Debbie Robbins State Farm Ins., Drift-In Sunoco, Dr. Richardson, DDS, Eastlake 122 Self Storage, El Toreno –Lakewatch, Federal Exterminating Service, Glenda McDaniel – Long & Foster, Grand Home Furnishings, Haywood’s Westlake LLC, Hogue Insurance Agency, Hometown Bank, Jeff Persinger – State Farm, Mayberry Drive-in Diner, M.E. Eades Construction, Modern Nails Spa, Oasis Cabinets, Outdoor Lighting Expressions, Peak Accounting, Peaks View Dental, Phil Hager Insurance, Print-n-Paper – Westlake, Radio Shack – Westlake, Scott & Bond, Inc., Smith Mountain Lake Appraisal, SML Chiropractic Center, SML Family Practice, SML Signs & More, Smith Mountain Yacht Club, Steve Chiminello/ Long & Foster, Team Coachworks, Inc., Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Thomas & Woolwine Allstate, Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Updike Funeral Home, Vogel & Cromwell, Waller’s Restaurant, Wal*Mart Super Center – Bedford, Westlake Auto, Westlake Turf & Irrigation, Westlake Veterinary Medical Center, Wisler Plumbing & The Wood Shop.
    Many fine gifts were given by local and area businesses that were used as door and raffle prizes. Awards and prizes were given out after a fine dinner at the Saunders Fire house, catered by Adell’s Catering of Rocky Mount.

Lion Del Bailey, Golf Outing Chair and Treasurer
and Lion Rob Senoski, Pres. and P.R. Chair