Fresh New ideas and suggestions

Fresh New ideas and suggestions

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Big Daddy

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#1 Jun 11, 2009
You know peeps as I try to stay away from these blogs for some weird reason I find my way back here some how. Maybe because I don't feel like going to Richmond. I have a new Idea, that I think the county can benefit from and the voters. Alot of the complaints is the kids have nothing to do. Well I happen to know that there is certain rental equipment such a rock climbing wall and slides with lots of kids activities. I am not saying rent it. I am saying there is alot of equipment that you can rent. That will keep the kids busy for hours on in. I happen to think that a live band for the adults to listen too. Have a few Hot dogs stands and drinks available. A small admission fee. And now you have some money in the towns budget which can be used to set up a nice little park not talking about one of the boring ones where people walk and holds hands. But I am talking about one where the parents can take the kids and let them play on the equipment provided and amusements that can be provided and give the parents a break. Some kids aren't into skateboards. There should be a sign saying enter at own risk so that the county won't be held liable.Maybe a small pond they can cast thier rods. Maybe a ball pit. Batting cage. Go cart track. Small fundraiser on weekends to keep it maintained an ran. And any extra made can be put toward bettering the county. That is just inventive thinking. Really what do you think. Maybe we can talk to some of the big organizations to donate for tax right offs. To help with this. What do you all think? Let me know but I do believe this will keep some of the public happy for awhile.
Blackstone Girl

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jun 12, 2009
Bloggers: We have a free enterprise system in the United States - as of right now at least. Even though the government - federal, state, and local - are taking over things that our Founding Fathers NEVER intended, the governments still do not own all of our businesses. Citizens do! Citizens should open new businesses NOT the government - although the County is building a bowling alley. The kids should enjoy that. The town of Blackstone has leased the old Blackstone High School property and hopes to turn that in to some kind of recreational area when the funds are available. The government cannot and SHOULD NOT do it all. Big Daddy's suggestions above are good. Now, Big Daddy, put your money where your mouth is. Get one of the businesses started just like the other folks that have started new ventures down town: the coffee shop, the ice cream parlor, the sports bar, the theater group. The government didn't get these going, citizens did. Give it a try. The Chamber of Commerce will give you guidance on starting a small business. Don't complaint because no one else is doing it when you don't have the guts to give it a try yourself!! I am not opposted to progress and change. I am just opposed to folks who talk the talk but then don't walk the walk.
Agape

Crewe, VA

#3 Jun 12, 2009
You know all of that is a good idea however I don't think realistically you can say that the county won't be responsible. I would love to see the ramps for kids to ride their bicycles on and where you can walk your dog without someone complaining all the time. However some people are going to complain no matter what you do. It is in their nature to do so. Let us keep Relay For Life going and support those groups trying to do something in a positive manner.
Big Daddy

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#4 Jun 12, 2009
I guess all us officials are using code names aren't we. We are all a bunch of comedians lol. And to you Blackstone girl who says I don't have a business and work closely with the kids? How do you know you would be surprise where I work and How many kids I do work with.
Big Daddy

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#5 Jun 12, 2009
Hey Billy can't we use Benjamin Franklin for your code name it is just a suggestion. lol.
Agape

Crewe, VA

#6 Jun 12, 2009
Funny one, actually I thought of Fred Flintstone, sheriff Wesley Adams I believe called him Fred.
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#7 Jun 12, 2009
well Big Daddy there are several blogs about new ideas and there has been some good ones put out there. But the problem is some one has to persue these things. I have seen by reading on here that it isn't going to be the county or town officials that care about the youth here it will have to be people like us. But You would think that the ones in those offices would look at the statistics and want to make some of these changes themselves. But I guess they think they get in these offices and have fancy titles and don't have to listen to the same people who put them there. Every time and good idea is brought out on these blogs it is tarred and feathered. Everyone is saying negative and bitter to ideas of good nature. Why is any idea made to be bad. Since when does one person have say over the majority? As I said Billy should put a piece about these blogs in the paper so he can hear what the peoples thoughts are. It is a shame I am not on any board but I do get out and speak to people quite frequently. And you know those who opposed the Tit bar well. If you step back and look at the world today compared to the yesteryears. Well here is how it is. There really isn't much diffence except back then people cared about image and did everything discretely. Now people are not out to please other people and say except me for who I am and not who I pretend to be. So you see times are really changing and it is up to the leaders to keep up with the times. And some of them ought to come out the closets. The old saying goes clean out your closets before you go looking in others. Well the young people know all the dirt. I mean it has always been public knowledge. So why not just be who you are and quit hiding. Stand for what you believe in. Because I told a very close person to me once IF you are ashamed of what you are doing maybe you shouldn't be doing it. But if what you doing is apart of who you are why be ashamed of it. Because the truth is if you can't be accepted for who you are then you have no true friends. And that is really sad.
Billy Coleburn

Scottsville, VA

#8 Jun 14, 2009
Yes, the late Pee Wee indeed called me "Fred." Some guy named Fred White got up a Board of Supervisors meeting and accused a deputy of hitting on his wife...because it was said at a public meeting, we ran the story (omitting the name of the deputy). Pee Wee was not happy but later was able to laugh at it and called me Fred. I like Benjamin Franklin better, but for now, I will stick with Billy Coleburn. What the heck...it's me to a tee....
JudyT

Crewe, VA

#9 Jun 14, 2009
My father bless his heart used to call Elwood Canada a banker over in Charlotte County Red. Mr. Canada would call my daddy Fred. I have to wonder if they knew the Fred White. My father and Mr. Canada went everwhere together. I recall going with them up to the mountains to pick up a load of apples. We got aways down the mountain with the load when a tire came off and rolled across the road and bounced off the side of the mountain. The truck came to a stop, they gave me some money and I walked to a local gas station to call Fergerson's in Cullen. They brought daddy a new truck and Mr. Canada had his bank approve the funds. Mr. Canada was strangely quiet on the way home, but I still remember him saying to daddy, "you scared the hell out me Fred."
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#10 Jun 15, 2009
You know I am tired of the same people trying to make out like nothing is wrong in Nottoway. But you know It is a lot of problems that need fixing and the side walk isn't one of them. They need a bike lane and more room for tractors and trailers to turn. We need employment, a collage, a hospital, a mall with in a thirty minute driving distance. Is that so bad? I would think not. And on top of that we need more charitable organizations in here. How about a homeless shelter. Lets not wait 20 years to get these improvements in here. So you may want to call my mere suggestions whining but guess what I never say anyone with a idea is whining it is just plain smarts that some don't really have. How much money does this county get in from tourist really. You know why we don't get hardly any they could go to the amish and get the same views. There is nothing wrong with the Amish I happen to like the way they live and if time could be turned back that is how I would want to live. But I am keeping up with times not going back. Not because I want to but we all have too.
Judy-Lloyd

Crewe, VA

#11 Jun 15, 2009
Have you tried to navigate a sidewalk that is broken and falling in with a wheelchair. You say you are tired of the bloggers whining, how can you hear that over your own. You do not get it, we know there are problems. The Federal Government moves slow and they want to be sure any monies sent out are accounted for. I know what I am talking about, you are still talking while my husband and I are working on getting the ADA to build sidewalks where needed. We filed those papers back in 2008.
Bicycle lanes are fine but you have to safe ones at that. And had there been a lighted sidewalk when the two children in Blackstone were killed that might have saved them.
There is a hospital within 30 miles, I would like to see one in Blackstone and maybe that is something St. Francis could work on. Meantime how about you getting on the computer and find out where the grants are, like we did.
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#12 Jun 16, 2009
Look Judy I happen to know you personally and have no real issues with you or the sidewalks but I do walk on them just fine. I am saying bicycle lanes because kids are whipping out in front of moving traffic. And I am saying big companies so that these small companies may have to compete with prices and not over charge our poor citizens. So if you don't like the big companies don't shop at them it is okay to remain loyal to the small companies. But lets look at the big picture some of these young people can't afford the high prices with no jobs in town. So the competive edge is working in other counties while ours kids are moving far away just to find work and our county is still drowning. So No I am not whining But am stating facts and showing concern for someone other than myself. Hope to think we all could. But may be I am wrong. I do not whine. I state facts and put it on the table now take a do what the hell you want with it. But Bottom line is our kids are moving from this county just to find work. And as stated we are losing pickett because of such absent minded people as your self that wants to keep all things small. It is a big world and what you want to call whining is fine facts. Yes what has happen to me is sad but if you noticed I have moved on to bigger and better things you try to hide behind the little things. See I stated my facts and moved on. You keep bringing the bad facts back to the table. How are these small stores going to survive if all the people are moving and the only money is those passing through might stop and get gas and a drink and keep on moving. See I am seeing the big picture are you? Not just half a picture. Because I have seen so many of these little shops try to make it. And then go belly up. Have you stopped and asked why they went belly up. I have taken time to ask why. So you see even our nice little coffee shop that I have stopped by twice to see no one in there spending money. Because everyone is in richmond working and stopping in the shops there. So you see my concerns go further for the small shops. Because you know A mall is nothing more than a bunch of small shops that thrive. So you see you have to make money to spend money . You don't have to be a genius to figure it out. You just have to open those closed minds to reality. Just like it takes money to make money . When you throw out one dollar you want to bring two back in. So you see we may be on the same page if you just see what we are saying. With out competition and jobs people will move to where the jobs and competition are which will continue to leave these small town businesses going under. Yes I care about the small business but it is my caring that I am trying to make the difference. Because even bevell's might go out of business. I do know that several I emphansize know that several of our business men go out of town for the competive wages. So keep being absent minded to these things and our small community will continue to grow smaller and not stronger and our kids will keep moveing away. I know I would love to see my grand kids grow up in this small town and do great things, how about you all? I think it is great to see these small shops open but I would like to see them remain open. Do you understand that. As I have stated You have seen it, these small little businesses open and close just like the seasons. So be more realistic to what is being said. That is all I have been saying. YOu keep saying what you have done. Well again I bring to the table It is great that Relay for life finally made it and it was a succuss. I am happy for that but my question again is how many will it employ. YOu may get upset but none really right. I am not putting down the relay. I am saying just as you fought for the relay fight for our county to thrive not drown.
Judy-Lloyd

Crewe, VA

#13 Jun 16, 2009
Why do you think that I back you when you are right. Yes I know who you are, I figured that out long ago. If you knew me personally you would know that my father had a store and I used to work in it. He became unable to work. We had to move to Farmville, did he give up? No there is more about me than most people know. I said when they would not work with the Navy on Fort Pickett it would go down. I knew I was not wrong. I do not think that employment was supposed to be the main reason for Relay. Relay is a spiritual thing as well as a fund raiser and it helps those to heal after being diagnosed with cancer. You would know how I really feel if you truly knew me. I chose a way to work to get things done. I can see that it would be better to be closer to the ocean for the pilots but still I also know when someone cuts their own throats. I fought alongside others for Piedmont and for Fort Pickett. As I said before you have no idea who I am related too. And what they have done and can do for the entire county. But all that aside you also do not know something else there is a snake in your backyard. She will jump claim on every project you want accomplished. All I can say right now is protect your back. You are warned, I just want you to be prepared because the rattlesnake is som
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#14 Jun 16, 2009
Well then you ought to know how tough it is for us if you know me so well why wouldn't you believe I too know you. And yes I know about rattlesnakes and yes you keep your friends close and your enemies closer. So you think you know me. Because half my family don't really know me. But we do have some higher ups in different states that really know us. I do try to work for the greater good of the county inside the county. And so you know No one person can fix these problems it has to be a whole to make these changes. I don't need to worry of who takes credit of these changes I am not concerned of who gets credit. I am concerned for the help of the people who can't get these changes for themselves. Is that wrong
Judy-Lloyd

Crewe, VA

#15 Jun 16, 2009
You know this snake very well, stop and think about it. Yes I know that you have your struggles, yes I know you want change. I ran for office and I know well that some changes will not happen right now. We can always hope that it would and you know that I was laughed at over the Handicapped Parking space, but they stopped laughing when it was pointed out to them that they had to do it. Tar and feathered I still have the residue but I kept going. I do not care who gets credit either. I did not work for a Relay For credit, I did it for all the people who do suffer and had no one. There is one at the Fire Department, not who you think that never attended meetings but oh boy did she want credit. Okay have it your way BH but the Lord knows the heart. I am not saying that just to be saying it. Did I not tell you that the Lord loves you, well he does. As for jobs well I still say that if we could convince a Green products company to locate here we could do jobs. As for employment with ACS, I am glad that we can keep them employed because they are doing something for a cure.
Green companies include making mosquito nets, boy we could use those around here. Products that are safe for children and pets and yet clean. It is not impossible. Remodel buildings that can be and turn them into low income projects. Sure I know some of that will be nay sayed. I care nothing for credit, my stars are where they should be.
I am just saying when you can write like this then you get the right attention, I had to learn it. So never think I am criticizing you because I do care about you. I understand when family does not really know you, we all have that I guess. For years I wondered if I had been adopted LOL but you and your husband know what I mean.
Blackstone Girl

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jun 16, 2009
Little companies CANNOT compete with big companies when it comes to prices. Can't you understand that Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. buy thousands, if not millions, of coffee pots for example. They buy in such large bulk that they can probably buy them a couple of dollars each. The small local store will probably buy 10 of the same coffee pot for $8 to $10. In order to make a profit so he can stay in business - not get rich - he has to sell that same coffee pot for a lot more than the big box store. That is why big box stores are not good for small towns and run small business owners out of business. They don't cause competition; they form a monopoly since all the little guys go broke because they can't compete with the prices and all that is left is the big box store. I don't suppose we will ever agree, Guest 2, but that is why I don't want to see any more big box stores and am a cheerleader for the folks who have the courage to start a new business in down town Blackstone.
Guest 2

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#17 Jun 16, 2009
Okay I can see cheering for the little man I will do that anyday but can't you understand that we need to bring something bigger in to help our economy none of the industries that come in here stay here because of the lack of competition. Do you or can you atleast agree on that?
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#18 Jun 16, 2009
how would some one go about opening a thrift store are there any good locations in blackstone
Guest

Rice, VA

#19 Jun 16, 2009
Okay I can see cheering for the little man I will do that anyday but can't you understand that we need to bring something bigger in to help our economy none of the industries that come in here stay here because of the lack of competition. Do you or can you atleast agree on that?

Yes! Guest 2 perfect response.
Blackstone Girl

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jun 17, 2009
Guest 10: Contact the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce. They will assist you in starting a new business.

And those of you who have ideas about bringing businesses to Blackstone should talk with the Chamber of Commerce. That is their job; not the job of Town Council. I think Nottoway County also has an Economic Development person and Blackstone has DBI. Get in touch with the people whose job it is to try to attract business to our county - it is not Town Council's job.

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