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Stamp Out Hunger

Here’s an invitation to help fight in the war on hunger Saturday, May 12, when area letter carriers wage the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign — the nation’s largest annual single-day food drive.

 The more people who help, the more successful they’ll be, so mark the date on your calendar.

Here in Halifax County, letter carriers will join others in more than 10,000 communities to collect food items and deliver them to local food banks to help some of the millions of Americans, including an estimated 16.7 million children, who face hunger every day.

Danny Moorefield of the South Boston Post Office is instrumental in collecting food throughout the county each year during this drive to help stamp out hunger.

He says the amount of goods donated in the county has increased from about 300 pounds during the first collection to four and a half to five and a half tons in the last eight years.

Want to help?

Simply place bags filled with nonperishable food items like canned meats, fish, soup, juice and vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice next to your mailbox on Saturday.

Your letter carrier will pick up the bags and deliver them to a local food bank.

With everyone working together, we can help make this year the most successful Stamp Out Hunger campaign ever.


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Congratulations to the National Day of Prayer Committee and the organizers of the 9th Annual Heritage and Antique and Machinery Festival for putting on two grand events this past week.

It appeared record crowds turned out for each of them.

Never let it be said there’s nothing to do in Halifax County.

This time of year there’s always something going on.

So far this month, we’ve had an opportunity to see and hear LuLu Roman of Hee Haw’s fame as featured entertainment at the National Day of Prayer, and we tremendously enjoyed the Heritage Festival over the weekend at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.

This upcoming weekend will feature two more county events sure to attract crowds.

 “Show Time” 2012’s annual fly-in will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at William M. Tuck Airport in South Boston.

Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1442 Dan River Eagle Wing, “Show Time” organizers encourage spectators to come and see all the antique and classic aircrafts, cars, motorcycles and powered-parachutes, ultralights and homebuilt and radio controlled aircraft.

And who can beat the price — it’s free to see all the various flying machines that will be on display at the airport Saturday.

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Also taking place on the other end of the county this Saturday will be the 23rd annual Noland Day Country Fair in the Providence community. 

The day’s festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon until 3 p.m. 

Noland Village is located at the intersection of Cole’s Ferry, Morton’s Ferry and Lake Conner Roads - just one mile from Conner Lake.

This quaint village is an ideal venue to relax and enjoy the ambience of yesteryear as villagers experienced it in the early 19th century. 

Visit the restored houses in the well-preserved village and the restored oldest Presbyterian Church in Halifax County located on site, which was constructed in 1830 and painstakingly maintained and listed on the Virginia Historic register.  

In the Village, visitors will find other structures of interest including the tavern named Prospect Ordinary that was constructed in 1789; the Afton Farm House that was built in 1732; the Robert Carr House that was built in 1840; and the restored Lacks Store which was built on the property in the early 1890s which in 1894 began serving as the Noland Post Office. 

Other restored buildings are on site like the Baldwin House and the Blanks Irby House, which is a recreation of the 1840 home of Elysee and Ruth Irby Blanks. 

Also included this year will be a children’s activity area that will be exciting for the little ones to visit. 

Visitors also can enjoy food cooked on site, homemade desserts baked and donated by community members and live music provided throughout the day.

No admission is charged to attend this special event either. 

Visitors can enjoy the antique tractor and machinery displays, the quarter scale tractors, classic and antique vehicles of all types, arts and crafts, and the much-anticipated annual antique tractor parade will get under way at 10:30 a.m.  

Antique tractor and machinery owners as well as classic and antique car owners are welcome to display their equipment and cars on the lawn of the village.

Arts and crafts vendors, artisans, woodworkers and antique dealers are welcome to participate and are encouraged to make a donation of $10 for each vendor space. All of these donations will go toward the upkeep and maintenance of the historic Halifax Church.

For additional information or questions about Noland Day, call Carolyn Slayton at 434-454-2210 or Butch Blanks at 434-476-6655.