VSP issues Senior Alert for Albemarle County man

Virginia State Police issued a senior alert for Lawrence Gaines Thomas of Scottsville, Virginia.

Thomas suffers from a cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a threat to his health and safety.

Thomas is a 78 year old, 5’5”, 130 pound male with brown eyes and gray hair.

It is unknown what clothes he was last seen wearing. Thomas was last seen at 5pm yesterday at the Scottsville Food Lion.

He is possibly driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue with Virginia plates VLP-1923 with a bumper sticker that says “Blessed.”

If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-977-9041.

A link to the missing person’s post with a picture can be found here.

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Strasburg hosts Veteran’s Day parade

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The Town of Strasburg and American Legion Post 77 are hosting a Veterans Day Parade today starting at 1 pm.

The parade will begin at the Legion and follow N. Holliday and east King Street before ending at the Strasburg Square.

At the Square, a short program will highlight the individual branches with assistance from the Strasburg High School band and Sherando High School’s National Honor Society.

Veterans and Classic Car owners participating in the parade will meet at the Legion at 12:30 pm.

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SU breaks ground on The HIVE

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On Veterans Day, roughly 200 people celebrated the groundbreaking for Shenandoah University’s new Hub for Innovators, Veterans, and Entrepreneurs which will be known as The HIVE.

The former National Guard armory will feature innovative technologies such as 3D printers and laser cutters while also providing a workspace for students and community members to explore these and other revolutionary advancements.

The building will also expand services through the Veterans, Military and Families Center to provide support and resources in high demand fields like cybersecurity and data analytics.

Laurel Ridge, local public schools, and other organizations will partner with The HIVE to help expand their services throughout the community.

The 3rd phase will be finished by August of 2024 with the completion of the fourth and final phase contingent on funding.

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Annual Gourd Show returns to MSV

Virginia Lover’s Gourd Society’s Annual Gourd Show, Sale and Competition returns to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley this weekend.

Admission is free to the show and sale which will run from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Gourd artisans will sell their creations and raw gourds will be available for your own crafting needs.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Gourdigami” which pays homage to MSV’s Origami in the Garden exhibit which is in its final days at the museum.

The galleries and gardens will be open during the event with their regular fee structure.

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Welcome To Hell

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Greetings From The Booth!

We’re now in the so-called “second season,” as it’s now playoff time in the high school football season, and as of this writing, the first round is almost done (only Handley has yet to play, with most games having been moved to Thursday of this week). With the leaves almost gone from the trees and thoughts turning toward Thanksgiving and the upcoming Holidays, there is a much different feel to the playoffs. But, more about that after a few quick thoughts about the possible sale of the Washington Commanders, which has been called for by a lot of the fan base…

Dan Snyder is under fire again this week after being sued by the DC Attorney General for deceiving residents about the NFL investigation into the team’s toxic workplace culture. The team is also being slammed for propping up running back and recent shooting victim Brian Robinson, Jr. as a distraction into all the above. I firmly believe that this recent mess will now fast-track Snyder into an imminent sale of the team. One of the groups rumored to be interested in buying is headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in the world.

This would solve a number of things. First, the 20-plus year dumpster fire of the Snyder era would be over. Second, we can finally give the team the name it deserves: The Amazons. Yes, a name that at least has hints of it’s past moniker, although I’m not sure how I feel about the Amazon “smile” logo on the side of the helmet.

Ok, back to high school football. Playoff time is special. Each week of the “second season” brings a sense of finality with the late Fall chill. Lose and you are done. For many seniors it’s the last organized football they will ever play. And for a select few teams who win a state championship, their legacy will live forever in the school trophy case.

One of those teams was the 1994 Handley Judges, who I had the pleasure of following that season as a play-by-play broadcaster all the way to Gate City, Virginia on a muddy December day. That 14-0 Judges team was known for it’s high-powered offense, and led by the Partlow twins, Brian and Michael. On paper, the homestanding Devils had no chance. But the weather (and maybe some home-cooking by the grounds crew) would be the great equalizer. After a 6-hour ride from Winchester that required one to actually leave Virginia, go into Kentucky, then back into Virginia, The Judges fans and players were met with “Welcome To Hell” signs as they entered Gate City.

Then, under somewhat suspect circumstances, the Judges awoke on Game Day Saturday to find a field that was an absolute quagmire. The word quickly spread that a groundskeeper had “accidentally” left a sprinkler system on. Folks, I was there–the field was unplayable for a state title game, but the contest went on as scheduled. Despite all the adversity, Handley took an early 12-0 lead, but that would be all the scoring for the good guys as field conditions worsened. The Judges would have to hold an the end on with a game-saving tackle, a generous clock operator, and several batted-down Gate City passes for a 12-7 win and the state championship.

A mud bath never felt so good.

Until the next visit from the Booth…good luck to our remaining playoff teams…and remember, be true to your school!

RW