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Monday, September 16, 2013
This week we’ll tackle two questions, and ask you to come up with some interesting ones for future columns:
Q: Some girlfriends and I were sitting around sipping wine and reminiscing on our summer camp experiences when we were little. We discovered we had all gone to the same camp — Camp-On-Craig in Craig County!
A couple of us who went in the mid-’70s remembered amazing experiences with swimming, horseback, archery, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts and more. The girls who were a few years younger and probably went in the late ’70s remembered not-so-good experiences. So what ever happened to Camp-On-Craig?
Mary Lou Legg, Roanoke
A: Like a lot of residential summer camps, Camp on Craig closed and was sold decades ago. I imagine that the cost of insurance for the horseback riding and archery alone might have been enough to do them in, not to mention the rising prices of Kool-Aid and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Though it used to be a YWCA camp, it is now a residential facility for troubled boys run by Hope Tree Family Services in Salem. The organization uses the camp for up to 15 boys at a time who have been identified as likely to benefit from the experience. While there, they do chores, help maintain the facility and undergo counseling in a wilderness setting. No word on whether they also make pot holders on little looms or play capture the flag.
If anyone else has memories of summers at Camp on Craig, I hope you’ll drop me an email or post them to the blog.
Q: What’s the status of the new Mason Creek Greenway? When will it open?
Chuck Ayling, Roanoke
A: This stretch of greenway in Salem was begun in August 2012. While it may eventually connect the Hanging Rock Trail along Kessler Mill Road to the rest of the Roanoke River Greenway System, for now it is a 1.2-mile path running between Lynchburg Turnpike and Roanoke Boulevard behind the General Electric plant and the ballfields on Electric Road. Salem City Planner Ben Tripp says that while they’re still putting the finishing touches on the parking lot and drainage, it’s open for use, though not officially completed.
I’d like to thank Tripp for teaching me another new Scrabble word — bollard. If you ever wondered what to call those posts in the ground designed to prevent cars from driving through the greenway access points, wonder no more. Impress your friends! “Well look at that, Imogene, isn’t that a nice bollard?”
But seriously folks, the mailbag and voicemail have been running a little thin, so if you have questions that you’ve been meaning to ask, now is the time. When you submit your query, ask yourself these questions:
But if you have a question about something interesting, local, historical, quirky and universal, I hope you’ll take the time to ask it here.
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