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Letters to the Editor 9/7/09

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Parkway celebration to begin

The Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate 75 years in September 2010.

At the 50th anniversary celebration in 1985, more than 6,000 people attended festivities at Cumberland Knob near Galax.

Parkway officials expect double that number for the 75th anniversary celebration to be held at the Blue Ridge Music Center and Cumberland Knob on Sept. 10-11, 2010.

A year-long schedule of events will lead up to the grand celebration in 2010, with the first occurring right here in Galax.

Virginia artist P. Buckley Moss was commissioned to create a special painting to commemorate the parkway’s anniversary, and she will unveil the painting at a special event Sept. 11 at The Framer’s Daughter in Galax.

The unveiling will occur at 6 p.m. at the gallery with representatives of the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as the parkway’s 75th anniversary committee in attendance.

The painting, titled “The Good Road: Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary,” will be released as a limited edition print and as a poster image. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the

Blue Ridge Parkway.

Ms. Moss will be signing at the gallery on Friday evening and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We hope that you will plan to attend this event as Galax kicks off a year of celebrating “The Good Road” that has meant so much to our area.

Mary Guynn

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway

75th Anniversary Committee

Galax

Chamber thanked for holding event

The hard work, dedication and organizational skills of director Judy Brannock and board member Marty Hall of the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Chamber of Commerce resulted in one of the best Poor Man’s Dinners I have ever attended.

The entertainment, speakers, and palate-pleasing barbecue from The Galax Smokehouse were pure enjoyment. I was pleasantly surprised by a special tribute to my late husband, “Doc” Fincher, by candidate for lieutenant governor Jody Wagner, in appreciation of his many contributions to Galax and the Twin County communities.

Thank you, chamber of commerce, for your professionalism and creative promotion of the Old Fiddlers’ Convention, as well as other cultural events unique to the area which entice tourists to visit and help brighten our corner of Southwest Virginia and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lois Fincher

Galax

Store helped 'pack the bus'

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Rooftop of Virginia CAP Head Start program and staff to offer sincere thanks to Wal-Mart and the community for their generous donation of school supplies.

On Aug. 6 at the “pack the bus” event, the Head Start program received donations of school/office supplies from Wal-Mart and the community.

These supplies will be used in the classroom for the children and distributed to parents enrolled in training.

Through the continued support and wonderful generosity of Wal-Mart and the community, the Head Start program’s enrolled children and their families will receive the much-needed supplies.

Vicki Myers

Head Start director

Galax