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Lynchburg, VA, News Feed

    On February 6, as part of “First Friday,” the Lynchburg Museum, located at 901 Court Street, will be open free of charge from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum will feature artifacts from the Dunbar Collection and the Smith Photographic Collection.
    The City of Lynchburg received two Civil War cannons from the Federal government in 1910 which were placed in Miller Park as part of a Civil War monument.  The monument was dedicated to history of the park as a Confederate training center and Union prisoner of war camp.  By the late 1980s, the wooden carriages and wheels collapsed and the cannon parts were placed in storage. 

    On Friday, February 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., the Lynchburg Public Library Downtown Branch, 900 Church Street in City Hall, will present First Friday Story Time celebrating “Puppy Love” with a puppet show, stories and songs that puppy lovers of all ages will enjoy. Children will be able to create a puppy craft to take home for Valentine’s Day.
    Beginning Monday, January 19, and continuing for approximately three to four weeks, the 500 block of Taylor Street (between Fifth Street and Park Avenue) will be closed to accommodate a water line replacement project.  
    Emergency vehicles will not be allowed through the area.  
    For more information, contact Jeff Martin, Department of Water Resources, at 455-4258.
    The pilot for Point of Honor, the Civil War drama written by Lynchburg native Randall Wallace, premieres tonight on Amazon. Wallace named the show for the historic house, Point of Honor, managed by the Lynchburg Museum System.  According to Wallace, "Lynchburg is my home, and as I grew up there, Point of Honor held a peculiar magic for me. Its wondrous name, its history, and the way it echoed the magic and romance of Virginia's glorious past, and even more glorious people, caused me to love it and to want to tell stories about it."
    The Lynchburg Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the Girls Dixie Softball Program which is open to all city residents ages 5-18 (as of December 31, 2014).  It offers all Dixie age groups from Sweetees (T-ball for ages 5-6) up through Debs (ages 16-18). Dixie Softball features a continuous batting order, and requires every girl to play defense in at least two consecutive innings during every game. 
    Loose leaf collection will end on Friday, January 30 in all Wards.  There is no charge for this service and no phone call is necessary.  Citizens are asked to rake leaves curbside but do not place in leaves in the street.  Leaf piles should be free of sticks, rocks and pine cones.  City crews will vacuum leaves as promptly as possible.
    Bagged leaves may be placed at curbside for pick up during regular trash collection; however, a prepaid City of Lynchburg Blue Bag must be used.
    Citizens are cautioned to be aware of the dangers related to exposure and the possibilities of hypothermia and frostbite during the winter months. Here are several tips to keep in mind in cold weather:
    • Make sure pets are protected.
    • Exercise caution when using an alternate heating source like space heaters and fireplaces. 
    • Never leave heaters unattended and keep all flammable materials away from them.  
    • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.