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Contest spotlights National Punctuation Day (Sept. 24)

In honor of National Punctuation Day (Sept. 24), the founders of the National Punctuation Day organization are sponsoring their eighth annual Punctuation Paragraph Contest. Entrants are encouraged to write a paragraph — a maximum of three sentences – using all 13 punctuation marks featured on the National Punctuation Day website. Contestants will compete for a box of "punctuation goodies," according to organizers. To enter, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Sept. 30.

NPD is celebrated in schools and businesses throughout the world with activities, games, programs, and contests. It has inspired people to pay attention not only to their Ps and Qs but also to their commas, semicolons and ellipses.

Former newspaper reporter Jeff Rubin founded National Punctuation Day in 2004 to draw attention to the importance of proper punctuation.

“It's a day for librarians, educators, and parents – people who are interested in teaching and promoting good writing skills to their students and their children," he said. "All professions depend on good writing skills. When you're talking on the telephone, people form their opinion of you by your voice. In person, it's your appearance. With correspondence, people form their opinion of you based on your writing skills. If you can't spell and you can't string a few words together to make a literate sentence, your job advancement will be hindered."
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The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

Virginia Christmas tree guide now available

Looking for a Virginia-grown Christmas tree this year? You can find a list of all locations that offer trees in the 2015 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide, published by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) in cooperation with the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association. The guide is designed as a resource for finding choose-and-cut, fresh-cut and live Christmas trees across the state. Complimentary copies are available through tourist information centers, libraries and Virginia Cooperative Extension offices.

“Most choose-and-cut tree farms and retail lots open the Friday after Thanksgiving,” said VDACS Commissioner Sandra J. Adams. > Read more.

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Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.


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