Features http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/features/todaysfeatures en A look at how Jefferson kept cool and warm http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/look-how-jefferson-kept-cool-and-warm <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/poplar_-_fireplace_3_col.jpg" alt="Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration, points to a fireplace at Poplar Forest with brickwork darkened from fires that burned there in Jefferson’s time. " title="Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration, points to a fireplace at Poplar Forest with brickwork darkened from fires that burned there in Jefferson’s time. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Trying to keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter was a challenge 200 years ago, even if you happened to be Thomas Jefferson.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Jefferson&rsquo;s retreat, Poplar Forest, located in Forest shows how he did it, as best he could.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;You have to start with the structure,&rdquo; said Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest&rsquo;s director of architectural restoration.<br /> Being Christ's hands and feet http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/being-christs-hands-and-feet <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/teens_b_4_col.jpg" alt="Pictured from left to right, Danea Mitchell, Mia Davidson and Devan Lebo do yard work around an elderly Big Island residen&#039;t home." title="Pictured from left to right, Danea Mitchell, Mia Davidson and Devan Lebo do yard work around an elderly Big Island residen&#039;t home." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more than 30 years, adults, youth and children from all over Virginia have been converging on Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, between Big Island and Coleman Falls.&nbsp;</p> Bedford native shares passion for art, aircraft http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bedford-native-shares-passion-art-aircraft <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jacket_a_3_col.jpg" alt="A closeup look at the painting. It shows an F-4C Phantom, flown by Col. Robin Olds, at the end of a low altitude bombing run in Vietnam." title="A closeup look at the painting. It shows an F-4C Phantom, flown by Col. Robin Olds, at the end of a low altitude bombing run in Vietnam." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gene Thomas, a Bedford native and 1971 Liberty High School grad, has loved art since his elementary school days.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;I started drawing when I was in fourth grade,&rdquo; he said.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He was also fascinated with military aircraft from the time he was in elementary school. His drawings came from photographs in a book called &ldquo;Fighting Aces in the Pacific.&rdquo;<br /> Raising awareness http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/raising-awareness <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/logan_byers_2_col.jpg" alt="Logan Byers has autism and eplilepsy. " title="Logan Byers has autism and eplilepsy. " align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Matt and Davannah Byers are hoping to spread the word.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Their 8-year-old autistic son has a rare form of photosensitive epilepsy and they want to raise awareness about the condition.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;And maybe even help another family who is going through the same struggles they face on a daily basis.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;We want to reach other people,&rdquo; Matt said.<br /> Raising funds, building young men is ongoing mission of camp founder http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/raising-funds-building-young-men-ongoing-mission-camp-founder <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/camp_jc_a_3_col_0.jpg" alt="Dr. William Robertson, center, is flanked by Devin Johnson, left, and Ty&#039;Rek English, right holding a ceremonial check representing the amount that Sleigh Middle School students raised. The two students pictured are part of a group called Men of Vision . " title="Dr. William Robertson, center, is flanked by Devin Johnson, left, and Ty&#039;Rek English, right holding a ceremonial check representing the amount that Sleigh Middle School students raised. The two students pictured are part of a group called Men of Vision . " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. William B. Robertson is a brilliant fundraiser. Camp Virginia Jaycee exists because of his fundraising prowess.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He is also a builder of men. This past week he was in the area doing both.<br /> <br /> The camp<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Back in 1968, Dr. Robertson got the vision for building a camp for special needs people, along with the idea of how to raise money to build it. His idea was to by jars of apple jelly, wholesale, for 15 cents each and sell them for $1 each.<br /> A Labor of Love http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/labor-love-1 <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dr._fong_and_his_dam_4_col.jpg" alt="Dr. Jeffrey Fong stands on an overlook at the Smith Mountain Dam Visitor&#039;s Center with the dam he designed, more than 50 years ago, in the background. Now 80, Dr. Fong still works full-time as an engineer, and plays tennis for an hour each day." title="Dr. Jeffrey Fong stands on an overlook at the Smith Mountain Dam Visitor&#039;s Center with the dam he designed, more than 50 years ago, in the background. Now 80, Dr. Fong still works full-time as an engineer, and plays tennis for an hour each day." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you enjoy Smith Mountain Lake, then you should thank Dr. Jeffrey Fong.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Smith Mountain Lake exists because Smith Mountain Dam holds back the Roanoke River at a gap in Smith Mountain. Dr. Fong is the engineer who designed the dam.<br /> Out of the ashes http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/out-ashes <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/house_c_3_col.jpg" alt="The new house&#039;s basement walls are nearly complete in this photo." title="The new house&#039;s basement walls are nearly complete in this photo." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In December, the house built in 1891 that was home to Josephine Bibb&mdash;a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003&mdash;caught fire. The house was damaged beyond repair and what was left of it was demolished a month later.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;But that was then.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Now, a new house is rising at its site and, while it will look like a Victorian house, it&rsquo;s being built using the most modern construction techniques.<br /> <br /> The owners<br /> Love of horses leads to competitive riding http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/love-horses-leads-competitive-riding <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/horse_a_3_col.jpg" alt="Gabrielle Clauser jumps a horse over a low hurdle during a practice session. " title="Gabrielle Clauser jumps a horse over a low hurdle during a practice session. " align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gabrielle Clauser, a Bedford County homeschooler who recently turned 15, loves horses.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;She&rsquo;s been riding since she was 7 and is planing on becoming a veterinarian specializing in horses.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The love of horses started with a summer camp. Clauser said that her mother asked her if she wanted to go to summer camp. Summer camps were not exactly her cup of tea, but this one involved horses. That got her attention and she decided to try it.<br />