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Nottoway High School will announce its Class of 2024 Valedictorian and Salutatorian at the School Board meeting tomorrow night (Thursday, May 9th). The school will hold its junior-senior prom this coming Saturday, May 11th. Congrats to all and be safe, everyone. If you want to salute a graduating senior in our annual Seniors magazine, we need to hear from you this week. Email: ashley@courier-record.com

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I like Councilman Eric Nash’s proposal to give Blackstone customers a 1% discount on their utility bills if they pay before the 15th. I bet that if the average residential customer did so, he or she would save about $30-$40 per year. We could use that savings for another night out and pay more Town meals tax. It’s a win-win. I’d go further and say that if you pay before the 5th, you get a 10% discount. Be bold, Blackstone!

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When I sit around my backyard fire pit in the evenings, I soak-in the solitude but I also enjoy communication in a variety of ways: phone calls, texts, Facebook messages, and face-to-face. A reader politely called me out the other evening, and he was right. If I’m going to call for one Councilman to publicly apologize after calling a colleague “racial,” I also should call for a public apology from a member of Council who threw a fit at Town employees — including cursing — after being disconnected for non-payment of a utility bill. Ah, that fire pit. It’s propane-fired, so it complies with all Town regulations.

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If you’re happy with Nottoway County’s reassessed property values at your place, you don’t have to make your case to the Nottoway Equalization Board. However, if you’re not thrilled with how “rich” you’ve become over the past six years, that Court-appointed panel will hear complaints starting Tuesday, May 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other meeting dates are listed in today’s Public Notices.

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Fort Barfoot’s movie theater has been renovated, and I hear it’s quite impressive. It’s not open to the general public, but those who can attend are allowed to bring a guest. I sure am eager to see that new Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes movie.

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That movie theater being nearby sure came in handy when the Bellissimo family ran it 20 years ago. When our girls were little, we could take them to see a movie for about $2 each, and the popcorn was reasonable, too. If Joyce and I wanted to go just by ourselves, we didn’t have to drive far, and we paid for two hours’ less babysitting. The good ole days.

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the Apes: I was lucky as a kid to have several Planet of the Apes dolls (ahem, action figures) as well as those from Batman. They still didn’t compare to the Evel Knievel crank-up miniature motorcycles that I enjoyed. An ad in today’s paper placed by Frank Hostettler got me thinking about that amazing daredevil. Evel Knievel was why I used to see how many bricks I could jump on my pedal dirt bike. There was a small stump in my back yard. I turned it into a ramp and one time cleared 19 bricks lined-up on the ground endto end. That wasn’t long after Evel Knievel jumped 14 greybound buses in Ohio back in 1975. Life was a lot simpler then.

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We said good-bye to cousin Chuck Beale last week, and the church was packed. If you heard gunshots last Thursday afternoon, that was the Marine Corps Honor Guard and not more random shots being fired in town. Sorry, Chuck, I couldn’t resist! I feel certain that when Chuck got to Heaven, among those greeting him was my late mother, Katherine, who had lots of curiosity. “What time did you get here, Chuck? Did you see anyone else from Blackstone on the way?” I wish I had displayed that humor at Chuck’s funeral last week but, as I said while speaking, I’m mad. Lt. Col. Chuck Beale had such a sharp mind and helped so many people, and Alzheimer’s took him far too soon.

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We’ll find out one day — hopefully sooner than later — what’s causing Alzheimer’s and especially at younger ages. Chuck was 71 with lots more life to live. Is it something in our diet? Is it the way foods are processed today? I don’t believe it’s a case of just being better diagnosed than decades ago. It runs in our family, so that’s concerning. I played golf the other day and Joyce asked who was in our group. For several minutes, I couldn’t recall one of the names, and they were all people I know well.

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We’ll call it a tie: There were about 25 participants and approximately 25 in the audience at last Thursday morning’s National Day of Prayer ceremony in the Town Square. It was a nice, hour-long event.

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