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Halifax Marketplace cranks up with clean-up, shredding, art / April 15, 2021
The Halifax Farmers Marketplace is getting busy as the growing season commences. At Tuesday night’s meeting Halifax Council announced three upcoming events.

This Saturday, the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce will continue its annual community clean-up event. The community is encouraged to pick up trash in yards, parks, parking lots, and along the roads. Orange trash bags are available at both the farmers markets in Halifax and South Boston, Elmo Grocery, Halifax Town Hall, Halifax County Visitor’s Center, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce and Mt. Laurel Grocery.

The free paper shredding will be offered on Thursday, April 22, from 4-7 p.m. All paper will be shredded on site of the Halifax Marketplace.

“The shredding event is always popular,” said Councilman Mike Trent.

Then on Saturday, April 24, Earth Day Celebration returns. Last year it was cancelled due to the pandemic. There will be earth-friendly activities for kids. Farmers will bring fresh vegetables and eggs and bakers will sell lots of goodies. Plus, local artisans and crafters will show off their talents with handmade soaps, art and more - all for sale.

On the first Saturday in May, the Master Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale. The event will be held next door to the Marketplace at the Halifax County Extension Office, 171 South Main Street. In addition to all types of plants available for purchase, there will be a raffle offering of a load of shredded mulch donated by Charles Anderson Lawn Care.

The beautification committee continues to meet to address the plans to redesign the parking lot at the Marketplace. Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy expressed that they are in hopes of creating more green space throughout the area. Plus, historic lighting will extend down South Main Street to Benchmark Community Bank.

“More green space at the Market is doable and will help with beautification,” said Espy.

In other business, Town Council approved the motion to adopt an update to the water and sewer ordinance. The Halifax County Service Authority will administer, implement and enforce the provision of the ordinance. Similar proposed ordinances are being submitted to the County and Town of South Boston.

The Finance Committee is in the process of presenting the FY 2021-22 budget. Also, there will be more information at next month’s meeting regarding funding for the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department to purchase hand-held thermal detectors.

Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer presented his monthly report. In response to the citizen complaints of noise along North Main Street, there were 35 stops and 25 citations issued. Coming soon will be a speed trailer to deter speeding along the main town thoroughfare.

“The traffic trailer will ship out to us near the end of April,” said Comer.

The Town of Halifax Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding a new business: Vickie Loftis would like to provide a babysitting service at her home. The public hearing will be April 28 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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