Community Services Board marks 50th anniversary

February marks the 50th Anniversary of Region Ten Community Services Board, the first Community Services Board, which provides public services for mental health, substance use, and development disability services, in the state of Virginia to reach this milestone, according to a news release from the agency. Over the years, Region Ten has expanded to serve the behavioral health needs of the surrounding counties of Fluvanna, Louisa, Greene, and Nelson. Region Ten serves more than 9,000 community members annually, and has created nearly 500 full time jobs, the release said.

Region Ten is hosting a number of events to celebrate the anniversary, including an open house for staff and stakeholders on March 15. Region Ten will also sponsor a 50th Anniversary float in the annual Charlottesville Dogwood Parade on April 27, 2019. The anniversary celebrations will recognize all who have contributed to the success of the organization over the past 50 years, as well as the group of concerned citizens committed to protecting and expanding the system of community-based services into the future.

Dean’s List Students announced at Hollins

Ursala Margaret Nelson, a first year at Hollins University, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2018 Fall Semester. To attain this distinction, students must earn at least a 3.5 average on a 4.0 grading scale. Nelson is the daughter of Dr. Francesca Nelson of Nellysford, VA. She is a graduate of Langston High School Continuation. Hollins is an independent liberal arts university offering undergraduate education to women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. Its distinctions include a nationally ranked creative writing program, one of the oldest study abroad programs in the country, and extensive internship opportunities.

Camp Woods & Wildlife nominations open

Nominations are open for Camp Woods & Wildlife, formerly known as Holiday Lake Forestry Camp. The 73rd annual camp will be held June 17-22 at Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox. This action-packed camp is hosted by the Virginia Department of Forestry, with support and cooperation from other conservation agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals.

Classes include wildlife habitat, tree identification, forest ecology, responsible timber harvesting, reforestation and environmental protection. Campers also take part in field trips, exploratory classes, outdoor recreation and a Lumberjack Field Day.

Nominees must be Virginia residents 13-16 years old with good academic standing, have an interest in natural resources, and must not have attended Forestry Camp before. Any non-related adult who knows of a student’s interest may make nominations for this popular camp.

Financial sponsorship is generously provided by forest industries, conservation agencies, associations and individuals. As a result, every camper selected to attend receives a scholarship and pays only $85 to attend the week-long residential camp.

To nominate a camper, visit the Education section of the VDOF website: www.dof.virginia.gov. Nominations are due by April 10.

For more information, please contact Ellen Powell at (434) 220-9083 or ellen.powell@dof.virginia.gov.-end-

Nelson County Community Orchestra Winter Concert

Nelson County Community Orchestra is presenting its Winter Concert Sunday at 4 pm at the Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Lane, Afton. Featuring the World Premier of Nostalgia by Harpist Madeline Hamilton, youth from the NCCO String Education Program, plus Blue Danube Waltz, Carnival of the Animals — Aquarium, On the Steppes of Central Asia, Hungarian Dance, and L’Arlesienne #1. Admission to the performance is free. Donations are always welcome to help support the orchestra. 

PVCC hosts Public Safety Drone Conference next week

Piedmont Valley Community College’s third annual Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Conference will be held at King Family Vineyards in Crozet on March 4

through 6. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran will start the conference with a welcome speech on March 4. This international conference brings together leading experts in law enforcement, public safety, search and rescue, emergency services and disaster relief who have integrated drones into their operations. Attendees will include public safety professionals from across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan.

The three-day conference will include workshops, breakout sessions, networking events and disaster and response scenario demonstrations. Presenters from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other public safety agencies will be in attendance. Several UAS technology companies including FlyMotion Unmanned Systems, Pix4d, Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems and others will be on-site to demonstrate during the event.

The full conference agenda can be found online at www.pvcc.edu/uasconference. For questions, please contact uasconference@pvcc.edu or (434) 961-5354. Attendees may participate on social media by using the hashtag #uasva19.

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