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4-H raffle and silent auction planned

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 11 for the annual raffle and silent auction held by the Holiday Lake 4-H Center. Tickets are now on sale.

Perhaps you have items you can donate, let others know about the raffle or sell tickets.

Already a variety of donated items have been collected, including tickets to an excursion on the Buckingham Branch Railroad, vintage clothing and accessories as well as interesting and valuable stamps. Contact Heather or Preston at the center at (434) 248-5444 to get your ticket or to otherwise help make this worthy raffle and auction another successful event.

Can’t be bothered to throw your trash in a proper trash receptacle or take it to a dump? You may be missing out on a small fortune.

Among the many things people throw out of their vehicles are lottery tickets. Recently, a friend recounted how he had collected a substantial sum of money by picking up trash along the road. When he checked the numbers of the lottery tickets he found, he was surprised to find that there were a significant number of winners. While picking up someone else’s discarded garbage is an onerous task, it may also be a way to earn some extra cash.

I truly wish people could be persuaded not to litter our roads and highways. However, it is nice that others who work to keep the roadways clean gain something for this thankless task.

Janet Miller is a writer, painter and retired educator. Her email address is janet.miller@farmvilleherald.com.