Pickett Firepower

Few portajohns in America were as well-guarded last week as this one near the Main Gate to Fort Pickett. When it comes to “product placement,” this had to be a coup for Edmonds Waste Removal, being positioned in front of the Welcome sign at the National Guard base. The modern day, McKenney-based privy is being used while private contractors complete a Town of Blackstone water line extension project. Area residents already are accustomed to explosions east of Blackstone, so the portajohn has caused few disruptions. Perhaps it’s another example of this community ‘standing out’ to visitors associated with the U. S. State Department’s $430 million FASTC (Foreign Affairs Security Training Center), scheduled for completion next year at Pickett.


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