• A note from the author: I want to thank Readers of The Declaration for the positive reaction to the pumpkin article and recipes.
    I will continue throughout the month of October with pumpkin information and history, along with recipes.
    If The Declaration continues to get positive feedback with the articles, I will provide more information and knowledge for your enjoyment.

    Chez J. Zane
    Special to The Declaration

  • The Glenwood Methodist Church in the Coal Creek community, located just outside Galax, will host its Fall Festival, breakfast and yard sale Oct. 15.
    Carrying on the tradition of a former pastor, Richard E. Hamblin, who planted the seed for the Annual Lord’s Acre Sale in Galax, Glenwood’s festival begins with breakfast at 8 a.m. The meal includes the church’s “famous” sausage gravy and homemade biscuits, hashbrown casserole, fruit salad, juice and coffee.

  • The 22nd Baywood Fall Pumpkin Festival was deemed a success, despite wind, rain, snow, and cold temperatures.
    Buster and Louise Fitzgerald were grand marshals and citizens of the year.
    The parade was lead by the Grayson County VFW and featured the Shriners’ Kazim Hillbillies, area fire and rescue squads, antique vehicles and tractors, floats, and political candidate floats.
    Zoe Jones, a ninth grader at Grayson County High School and member of the school chorus, sang the National Anthem. The high school’s art show was on display.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Someone from your past could arrive with welcome news concerning your future. Meanwhile, avoid taking sides in a workplace confrontation until you have more facts to go on.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A decision about a relationship could have longer-lasting consequences than you might imagine, so be sure of your facts before you act. A trusted friend can help.

  • The following were winners in the pet show held Oct. 1 as part of the Baywood Fall Pumpkin Festival:
    “Little Red,” an Australian Shepherd/Red Merl shown by Buster and Sally Trimble, won the “Survivor Award,” having overcome serious injuries from a collision with a car.
    “Charlie,” a Border Collie shown by Mary Dickenson, won the “Constant Companion Award,” for obvious reasons.
    “Velcro,” a gray tabby kitten with white paws shown by Sarah Brooks, won “Most Playful.”

  • Editor’s Note: As a special autumn feature to The Declaration, Chez J. Zane will present tidbits related to the much loved pumpkin.
    We Southerners look forward during the growing season to harvest the orange orbs, harbingers of autumn. Each week in October, pumpkin history, cooking, growing tips, recipes, and of course, the advent of the Jack-O-Lantern will be explored.
    We hope you enjoy these columns. Please share your feedback with us. The more interest we have, the more likely you are to read other holiday-themed columns.

  • PINEY CREEK, N.C. – Run for Gracie 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at Piney Creek School.
    A one-mile run for kids age 12 and under begins at 9 a.m., with the 5K run beginning at 10 a.m.
    The course will be on rolling, paved roads that will be closed to traffic.
    Winners in each age division will receive awards along with drawings for prizes.
    Proceeds will go to pave a quarter-mile track at the school.

  • SPARTA, N.C. – New Direction Ministries is sponsoring the annual Angel Tree program for the 2011 Christmas season in Alleghany County.
    The program furnishes gifts for underprivileged children in the Alleghany County-Sparta area.
    Children’s ages, toy preferences and clothing sizes are recorded on angels, which are placed on trees at Lowe’s Foods, Kerr Drug, Sparta Post Office, Food Lion, The Pines Restaurant, Brown’s Restaurant and the Family Fun Center/River Rock Grill.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll soon have a chance to take a big step up from where you are to where you want to be. Check it out first. Remember: Even the Mountain Sheep looks before it leaps.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This week brings a challenge that could determine the future direction of your life. If you’re ready for a change, accept it with confidence. A loved one supports your decision.

  • MOUTH OF WILSON — Grayson Highlands State Park is seeking volunteers to help with the 10th annual “haunted hayride” on Oct. 8.
    Volunteers are needed for special effects, characters, setups prior to event, and to serve refreshments.
    Contact kevin.kelley@dcr.virginia.gov or (276) 579-7092.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You feel ready to face up to a major change, although it might involve some risks. A once-dubious family member comes around and offers support and encouragement.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Move forward with your plans, despite discouraging words from those who underestimate the Bovine’s strong will. Your keen instincts will guide you well.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Family and friends rally around as you confront an unexpected challenge. Some plans will have to be changed until all the fuss and fluster settle down.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your creative gifts find new outlets for expression this week. Someone (a Libra, perhaps) has ideas that you might find surprisingly appealing. Pay attention.

  • It’s not every day that you are held up because of an airplane traveling on Interstate 77.
    The famous plane, which was once US Airways 1549 and is now known as “Miracle on the Hudson” after it made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York, passed through Carroll County on Thursday en route to Charlotte, N.C.
    The trip began in New Jersey on June 7, and thousands of people cheered the airplane as it traveled through the different states on a trailer.

  • Nearly 150 years ago, a group of Confederate soldiers from Grayson and Carroll counties fought and shed their blood far from home on a battlefield in Georgia.
    The pivotal Confederate victory at Chickamauga is commemorated today with monuments to the states that had fighters at the battle — but not Virginia.
    The Virginia legislature in 1895 authorized a monument to the state’s troops at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, but never funded it.

  • The question being asked Monday around the Salisbury, N.C., area is whether the legendary Bigfoot is a Tar Heel.
    The Charlotte Observer reported that Michael Greene of Salisbury, plans to lead an expedition this Saturday in search of Bigfoot in the Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County. Greene says he shot three minutes of video of a creature he thinks was Bigfoot in the national forest two years ago.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A gracious Lamb can learn more about a problem-filled situation than one who is openly suspicious of what could be happening. A friend might offer some well-directed advice.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Getting adjusted to an unexpected change might be difficult for the Bovine who prefers things to go according to plan. But help could come from a most welcome source.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Aspects call for care in preparing material for submission. Although you might find it bothersome to go over what you’ve done, the fact is, rechecking could be worth your time and effort.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The week is favorable for Bovines who welcome change. New career opportunities wait to be checked out. You might also want to get started on that home makeover you’ve been considering.

  • There were no big winners in lottery drawings last weekend.
    The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $20 million in last night’s (Tuesday) drawing after there was no big winner in last Friday night’s drawing.
    Mega Millions numbers drawn were: 4-22-42-46-53 and the Mega Ball was 20.
    Four players, none from Virginia or North Carolina, won second place prizes of $250,000 apiece.
    Another 22 players won third place prizes of $10,000 apiece.
    Also, 273,526 players picked the Money Ball to win $2 each.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your batteries should be fully recharged by now, making you more than eager to get back into the swing of things full time. Try to stay focused so that you don’t dissipate your energies.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)
    You’re eager to charge straight ahead into your new responsibilities. But you’ll have to paw the ground a little longer, until a surprise complication is worked out.

  • ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Handle a potentially awkward situation by warming up your confidence reserves and letting it radiate freely. Also, expect an old friend to contact you.
    TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s not too early for the practical Bovine to begin planning possible changes for 2011. A recent contact can offer some interesting insights.