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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
TUESDAY’S WORD was boniface (BAH-nuh-fuss). It means the proprietor of a hotel, nightclub or restaurant. Jones’ retirement will be celebrated, but it also means that for the first time in 45 years, the city’s oldest hotel is in need of a new boniface.
WEDNESDAY’S WORD is hypnagogic (hip-nuh-GAH-jik). “People who play lots of computer games sometimes experience ‘screen dreams’ as they fall asleep, in which they see vivid images of the game they have been playing. These screen dreams are also products of the hypnagogic state.” — From Paul Martin’s “Counting Sheep,” 2002
The second annual Martinsville-Henry County Fatherhood Summit will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 8 at the J. Henry Hamlin Memorial Fellowship Hall at Moral Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Axton. The facilitator will be Curtis Smith, program consultant with the Virginia Department of Social Services. For the Children Partners in Prevention and the Black Family Preservation Group are accepting nominations for Father of the Year from children ages 9 to 18. The child who writes the winning essay will receive $100. The essay winner will have an opportunity to read his/her composition at the summit. “Good fathers deserve recognition,” said Patricia Carter, executive director of For the Children. “We are looking for examples of great fathers right here in our own community and will present them with an award during the annual summit.” The contest is part of “Strengthening Families in Southside, Virginia,” a $71,000 initiative funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Family Strengthening and Fatherhood grant.
A panel at the summit will focus on the importance of strengthening families and promoting responsible fatherhood, which includes the faith-based community and social services; a marriage expert on how marriage helps strengthen families; a single mother on how children are affected by their father absence; and an involved father on how a father’s involvement impacts a child’s life. “Through the Family Strengthening grant, our organizations have been providing instruction and mentoring adults to create solid foundations for nurturing children,” said Sharon Brooks Hodge, executive director at Black Family Preservation. Official entry forms should accompany essays. If the form is not used, the entry must include the child’s name, age, address and father’s name and address. Children may receive assistance from an adult. Entries must by received by 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, and may be mailed or hand-delivered to: For the Children, 15 Cleveland Ave., Suite 7, Martinsville, Va. 24112. The summit is sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Fatherhood Taskforce; For the Children Partners in Prevention; the Black Family Preservation Group; Portraits by Al; and the Virginia Department of Social Services. To attend the summit, call Patricia Carter at 638-1146 by June 1.
High Point Baptist Church and Pleasant View Baptist Church in Stuart are raising funds to help pay for a mission trip to Belize. A Miche and More Bingo (Miche, Vera Bradley, Thirty-One and Gift Cards) party will be held Friday at Patrick Springs Pentecostal Mission Center at Patrick Springs. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with hot dogs, nachos, etc. for sale. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. with a bingo package of $25. A number of prizes will be given.
The plants get bigger but the prices don’t. The plants include geraniums, impatiens, begonias, herbs and more that are available at the Magna Vista High School Horticulture Department. The greenhouse is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays. Saturday is the last Saturday for the spring season, but the greenhouse is open year-round, including all summer.