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Friday, November 1, 2013
Experience, education qualify Berger for treasurer
Taxes! The very word conjures images of deprivation. Looking back, our foremothers and fathers were disgusted with the heavy taxation from abroad, and they rebelled, or should I say, revolted. Once declared, they marched forward into open rebellion to separate from the English homeland.
George was chosen to lead the troops, but he soon discovered that his fellow colonists were determined to pay no taxes to the Crown or for the Army they had appointed him to lead. Without taxation, there was no central treasury to pay the soldiers, to purchase supplies, including food, horses, uniforms, munitions. How was he expected to run a war with no monies, no taxes?
Years later, we citizens in a liberated country still resent having to pay taxes, but we complain even louder if services are withheld. We have come to depend on our various governments to service our civic needs. This year, we are electing a new county treasurer. We need someone who understands the need for collecting fair taxes fairly.
Kate Berger has pledged to serve Pittsylvania County in a responsible and fair way. She has the experience to collect taxes due, particularly in the delinquent lists. She promises to handle the collection efficiently, with many of the successful methods already in place in the county office.
Kate has the qualifications to serve as county treasurer from her advanced education and certification, and her terms on the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors. She also has the confidence of many who know her from various positions in real estate, law, tax preparation, library manager and college teacher. She has knowledge of the terrain and the personnel in the county office.
Let's hope she never has to write a check for a commander in the field in a county revolution, but be assured that she will serve the people who will elect her and collect our taxes professionally. Pittsylvania County deserves no less.
Minstrels' latest concert raises funds, spirits
The New Crusty Minstrels would like to thank the over 750 lake-area residents who helped make our two performances of "Where Were You, 1952 - '62?" at the SML YMCA such a successful fundraiser for the eight home tour charities.
Final revenues and expenses are still being tallied, but it looks like the total raised for the charities may exceed $35,000, including the promised match of up to $10,000 in contributions for SML Good Neighbors from David Baldacci's Wish You Well Foundation.
Everyone who bought a ticket helped reach this impressive funding total, and those who contributed additional cash and checks at the concerts "sweetened the pot" with additional donations. What a joy it was to share our music with such large, enthusiastic and generous audiences.
The Minstrels are also indebted to the individuals and businesses who helped make the performances "sing." Special hugs for Diane Cavese, a recent arrival to SML who accepted the job of "production coordinator" with what she probably views now as "less than full disclosure" of the task. With help of husband John, Diane saw to the details of table set-up and decoration, cleanup of the venue (including a truckload of trash bags each evening!), signage and volunteers to haul all the "stuff" that had to be picked up, set up, uninstalled and returned.
Thanks to Cindy Decker and Nancy Wooley, who managed ticket sales, and to Connie and Fred Canova, who took table reservations and did their best to keep all those who said, "Put us up front!" as happy as possible.
Thanks also to:
Steve Miller and Radio Shack who not only sold tickets but donated so much sound equipment and expertise for rehearsals and the performance; to Rick Ries/SML Gallery for rehearsal space that we ended up using many more evenings than expected; to our other ticket sales outlets: Oar Knot, General Store, Bedford Visitor Center, Haywood's Jewelers in Rocky Mount and Basket Case in Lynchburg; to Jeff Schott and the Hot Shots Team for the delicious burgers and barbecue enjoyed by so many ... and their donation of part of the proceeds to the cause; to Capps Home Building Center for staging materials;
To the volunteers from the charities, most notably SML Good Neighbors, for providing several heavy lifters to help transport, place and tear down the staging; and finally, to the musicians who gave so generously of their time and talents for this undertaking. You made really "fun" music together. As Russ Baskett of SML Good Neighbors said, "The fundraising was great, but you also sent everyone home uplifted, full of joy and feeling younger than their years. Congratulations!"
At the moment, we don't know what the future holds for The New Crusty Minstrels. But we do know that our three concert events over five years have raised over $90,000 for those less fortunate in the SML community - plus a whole bunch of spirits in the audiences and among the musicians! We very much appreciate the support of so many lakers.
Ferne and Jerry Hale, Chris and Clif Collins
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