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PAULA BRYANT: Girl Scout cookies and potholes

It’s your last chance to buy Girl Scout cookies to support local girls. Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline will be selling their cookies until March 31.

Now is the time to restock your freezer and pantry with Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties and all your favorite Girl Scout Cookies. 

When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies it supports more than 10,000 girls and volunteers. 

Proceeds from the cookies sale help support Girl Scout programs, camps and community service projects in a 36-county area within Central, Southside, Southwest and Western Virginia. 

Also the cookie sale encourages girls to set up their own small businesses in which they are the “Cookie CEOs” and learn various business skills from marketing to accounting.

Girl Scout Cookies are $4 a box. Customers who purchase five boxes of cookies are eligible to have their names entered into a drawing for a year’s supply of cookies. One entry is permitted for every five boxes purchased.

Girl Scouts will be at retail locations every weekend until the sale is over. 

Help Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline continue to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. 

 

Report those potholes

This winter’s frigid temperatures, winter storms and snow and ice removal, combined with recent warmer temperatures, have produced the right combination for the onset of potholes. 

The pothole cycle:

Water seeps into and under the pavement.

 The moisture freezes, expands and thaws, weakening the pavement.

 The weight of traffic loosens the pavement, causing such spots to crumble.

 Potholes form in the weak spots in the pavement.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is tracking them down and patching them as quickly as possible to keep roads and highways safe for motorists and their vehicles.

The pothole repairs VDOT makes during the winter are mostly temporary, using a cold mix. Permanent pothole repairs require warmer weather and will be made in the spring.

VDOT crews are always on Virginia’s road addressing various maintenance needs, so when they see a pothole or get a report of one, they will immediately repair it or call for a crew with the proper materials and equipment to patch it.

 “VDOT takes maintaining our roads as seriously as we do clearing them after winter storms, and our crews do a tremendous job doing both,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “If motorists do see a pothole that could cause problems, VDOT’s website has a form where you can report them and other road problems. You can also call our Customer Service Center day or night to do the same. Since VDOT operates and maintains 58,000 miles of roads in Virginia, we appreciate this help in identifying hazards, so we can keep our roads in top driving shape.”

To report potholes

 Use VDOT’s Web-based form to report potholes and other road problems, at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp. You can also click on “Report a Road Problem” at the top of the home page on VDOT’s website, www.virginiadot.org. 

 Call 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD) 24 hours a day to reach VDOT’s Customer Service Center to report road hazards or ask questions.