Senior FFA team places first in event

On April 24, the Nelson Senior FFA Forestry Evaluation team placed first in the State FFA Forestry Career Development Event held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. According to a statement submitted by Cole Ramsey, FFA advisor at the Nelson County High School, the team participated in a number of different exercises, an interview by a panel of judges, and a general knowledge exam.

“Members of the team represented their school, FFA Federation, and FFA Area well. All team members placed in the top 11 and won the contest by over 100 points,” Ramsey said in a statement submitted to the Nelson County Times.

Ramsey said Colt Mauer placed 11th, Lydia Staton placed 7th, Cole Morris placed 5th and Jack Rodgers placed 1st and have earned the chance to represent Virginia FFA Association at the National Contest in Indianapolis at the National FFA Convention and Expo in October.

Philanthropists honored with award

Charlottesville resident Mary Beth Smyth, and her late husband Gordon, have received the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The Smyths were nominated for the award by Piedmont Virginia Community College. The award was presented at a special ceremony in Richmond on April 16.

According to a news release from Piedmont Virginia Community College, “the annual event recognizes outstanding leaders who have helped support Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations.”

The Smyth Foundation has contributed to educational opportunities for Nelson, Charlottesville and surrounding localities. According to the news release from PVCC, “The Smyth Foundation has invested significantly in PVCC through initiatives including the Smyth Scholarship for Nursing, the Network2Work Program and the Greene County Early College Scholars Program. We are grateful for their belief in PVCC’s mission and for the many ways in which their generosity continues to benefit our students and our community.”

Fundraiser to be held for history teacher

A dinner barbecue benefit and live auction will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

May 18 at Nelson United Methodist Church, 5239 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Arrington to raise funds for the medical expenses of history teacher Kallan Parsley.

The dinner includes barbecue, cole slaw, chips, beans, drink, dessert, and can be dine-in or carry-out. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children age 3 and younger are free. Team Parsley T-shirts and a bake sale also will be available.

Parsley was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018 and thyroid cancer in 2019. He has had several medical procedures and is facing a hard recovery. Parsley, a history teacher for Nelson County Public Schools, has exhausted his medical leave and is taking unpaid medical leave.

The event will raise funds to pay Parsley’s medical expenses. For more information, email nmsteam

Bold Rock launches hard seltzer products

Starting in June, Bold Rock will release a new line of all natural hard seltzer products.

“Bold Rock Hard Seltzer will initially launch with two handcrafted styles – Grapefruit and Cucumber Melon. Grapefruit is highlighted by a pleasant zest of citrus while Cucumber Melon combines a juicy burst of melon balanced by crisp cucumber notes,” according to the news release from Bold Rock.

According to the news release, Bold Rock Hard Seltzer Grapefruit and Cucumber Melon will hit store shelves on June 10 in Virginia and Western North Carolina, “but be on the lookout for Bold Rock Hard Seltzer on tap in select markets prior to package release.”

Each style will initially be available in 12-oz. can 6-packs and on draft while grapefruit also will be available in 16-oz. cans.

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