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VFW POST 9877 Named Non-Profit Award Winner by Amherst County Chamber of Commerce

The Amherst County Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Awards Presentation last September 23, 2021. The winners were announced live via the Chamber’s Facebook Page. Due to the increase in COVID cases locally, the Board of Directors voted to forgo an in-person dinner and announce the winners on Facebook Live for the second year in a row.

The VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Officers are: Commander Steve Poleski; Sr. Vice- Commander Adon Jennings; Jr.; Vice-Commander Caleb Bailey; Quartermaster Norman (Mickey) Ryan;  and Chaplain Ron Tomlin.

The VFW purpose is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. They serve our veterans, the military and our communities, and advocate on behalf of all veterans.

Their largest fundraiser is the Buddy Poppy Drive. The VFW Buddy Poppy program provides compensation to the veterans who assemble the poppies, and provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs.

Masonic Lodge Honored Amherst Habitat Director With Community Builders Award

The Amherst Masonic Lodge, Clinton Lodge #73, presented Executive Director of the Amherst County Habitat For humanity, Debbie Habel, with the Grand Masters Community Builders award last September, 2021.

A life-long resident of Amherst County, graduate of Amherst County High School and Central Virginia Community College, Habel has owned and operated several businesses over the years and previously worked in the Amherst County Commissioner of the Revenue Office handling real estate transfers, wills, land use program and assessing new construction.

Habel became the director of Amherst County Habitat in September 2015 after serving as board president. On the organization’s behalf, she served as construction manager for the Amherst Disaster Recovery Group following the April 2018 tornado that struck Elon and left 45 homes destroyed with approximately 30 of those being uninsured or underinsured.

Monacan Indian Nation Growing

The Monacan complex is near the intersection of Rt. 29 & Dixie Airport Rd.

The Monacan Indian Nation, a federally recognized tribe, has purchased nearly 1300 acres on Laurel Cliff Rd. in Monroe for $5.5 million. Chief Kenneth Branham said the tribe is considering development ideas that may include a retirement community and a rehabilitation center for alcohol and drug addiction.

The property currently has three houses, two of which are being rented out. One of the houses could eventually become a wedding venue with beautiful scenic views. The land will also provide a site for the Monacan’s powwow, a popular event in the spring that brings thousands of visitors to Amherst County. Previously, the tribe had rented land in Elon for the powwow.