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Posted by: | Posted on: February 16, 2015

After hours at Russell Stover

Many thanks to our host Russell Stover Outlet in Carmel Church who showed us their distribution, candy sales and transportation. Barbara Miller and her staff graciously opened the store to the chamber for Valentines Day shopping as well as gave away several door prizes. Other door prizes were donated from STA Title, YMCA, Romas Restaurant, Timbers Restaurant and Wagon Wheel Creations.DSC_0510DSC_0514  DSC_0515DSC_0509

Posted by: | Posted on: January 27, 2015

Sheriff “Tony” Lippa announces his candidacy for re-election

sheriff.badgeSheriff Lippa stated, “Having nearly forty years in law enforcement including three years of service with Henrico County Police; twenty-four years with the Virginia State Police, and as your Sheriff of Caroline County for the last eleven years makes me uniquely qualified to serve.  I am dedicated to the safety and security of our community, our schools and our businesses as Caroline County continues to grow.

“Community partners”, continued Sheriff Lippa, “have contributed much to our success over the last decade.  In collaboration with our Board of Supervisors, other elected officials and leaders within Caroline County and the Commonwealth of Virginia, local business groups, volunteer and civic organizations, neighborhood watch programs, educators and the worship community, we have implemented new deployment plans and improved on our current strategies in order to reduce victimization within our county.  We believe in community partnerships which helps us continue to provide a safe community. The men and women of your Sheriff’s Office have and continue to live the CCSO pledge of being “Community Committed Service Oriented” through daily acts of commitment, professionalism, compassion, honor and accountability.

“I have been serving the citizens in Caroline County as a law enforcement officer since 1979 – first as a member of the Virginia State Police, and for the last eleven years as your Sheriff. I consider myself truly blessed, honored and privileged to be your Sheriff since 2004 and want to continue my commitment of providing a safer place to live, work and raise a family,” stated Sheriff Lippa.

Posted by: | Posted on: January 27, 2015

County Ag Fair Wins Big at Conference

Luella McField, Francine Whittaker, and Lynda Tate show off all their awards.

Luella McField, Francine Whittaker, and Lynda Tate show off all their awards.

The Caroline County Agricultural Fair (CCAF) Association gave a strong showing at the Virginia Association of Fairs (VAF) Annual Conference, held Jan. 8-10 at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Rachel Waggie, an avid 4-H Cattle Show Participant at the CCAF, represented the Fair in the VAF Youth Scholarship Contest and won third prize – a $1,000 scholarship.

Another Conference highlight is the Annual Communication Awards Competition, which allows Fairs from around the Commonwealth to showcase their advertising efforts from the previous year.

Fairs compete in one of three divisions, according to annual attendance. The CCA Fair, who hosted over 10,000 fairgoers in 2014, is in Division 2: fairs with attendance of 7,000 – 30,000. The Fair entered 19 of the 24 categories, and brought home 15 ribbons – including two Best of Show. CCAF results (with credits) are as follows:

First Place:

Billboard

Brochure (Lynda Tate)

Fair Map (Dawn Haun, The Caroline Progress & Lynda Tate)

Fair Scrapbook** (Luella McField)

Flyer* (Lynda Tate)

Newspaper Advertisement – B&W* (Lynda Tate)

Tabloid (Fair Booklet) (Dawn Haun, The Caroline Progress & Lynda Tate)

Television Interview** – CCAF was represented by Association President, Francine Whittaker, on two different local TV programs in July 2014 – Virginia This Morning, CBS6, and 12 About Town, NBC12!  (Media edited for contest by Lynda Tate)

Second Place

Magazine Advertisement* (Lynda Tate)

Magazine Article*

Theme (Francine Whittaker)

Web Advertisement*

Third Place

Promotional Merchandise

*New awards category in 2015

**The Fair Scrapbook and the Television Interview also won Best of Show! This was a new prize in which all divisions compete together in each category.

Attendees representing the CCAF were Wick & Debra Coleman, Luella McField, Francine W. Whittaker, Macine Williams, and Mack & Debbie Wright.

The Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association is busy making plans for the coming season – so mark your calendar for Fair Time, July 8 – 11, 2015.

The CCA Fair Association also hosted a Winter Judging School at the Annual Conference.  Headed by Home Goods Chairman, Macine Williams, the CCA Fair has taken the lead in the state to develop a database of qualified individuals who can judge the varied home goods categories for not only county fairs throughout the Commonwealth, but also the State Fair of Virginia. This was the second winter session held at the conference.

Posted by: | Posted on: January 26, 2015

New Board of Director members installed

Welcome our newest Chamber Board members who were installed on January 22, 2015.