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The Appalachia Service Project: A home repair ministry focusing on making homes in the Appalachia coal-mining region of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky a little "Warmer, Safer, Drier."The Appalachia Service Project

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Chester United Methodist Church: A community-oriented church located just off of downtown Chester, Virginia, dedicated to Christian outreach within our local, regional and global community. 

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The United Methodist Church: Linking you and the Church - The homepage for information about the United Methodist Church and its ministries. 

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United Methodist Youth Fellowship: Youth in our Church participate in a wide variety of ministry and fellowship activities. The I Lead Youth site is a resource for youth leaders of all Christian denominations.  One mission opportunity for churches - especially youth groups - to consider is the Harvest of Hope sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew. Harvest of Hope is a gleaning ministry that focuses on "(doing) something about hunger." 

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Sites of Local Interest

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LOUISIANA 
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Mardi Gras: February 12th, 2002. There is great tradition and cultural significance that oftenLaissez les bon temps roulllez! gets lost in the madness surrounding this South Louisiana festival. Take a minute to learn the history and understand the pageantry that makes this season so wonderful. There is more to the season than cheap beads and tacky throws. Parades and mass-consumption of alcohol are only the very surface of the New Orleans traditions. The best times can be found outside of New Orleans in the small Atchafalaya communities or the towns north of Lake Ponchatrain. Do your homework before you go, there are a lot of options. Everyone can enjoy Mardi Gras at home with a King Cake from Gambino's in Baton Rouge. Long a tradition in Louisiana homes around Mardi Gras, this pastry is a festive addition to any late winter party.

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Cajun Culture: So much has been written about the Acadians and the Creoles, yet still a lot of misconceptions persist. The best way to learn is to spend some time in Lafayette and New Orleans and experience it for yourself.

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Tabasco: The name alone symbolizes the cuisine of Cajun country.Tabasco More than just a seasoning, this American icon manages a wildlife preserve in the heart of the Atchafalaya river basin. Their site contains a wealth of fun and facts. Try Tabasco pepper sauce with anything from your grits in the morning to your Bloody Mary just before bedtime.

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Louisiana: The Union's 18th state has a lot to offer. Louisiana has flown 10 flags and its culture has been enriched by each.  

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P&N CPA's: A Louisiana CPA firm with links to professional organizations and other information about Louisiana.

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Geauxbert!Catholic High School: Chip's alma mater. A school dedicated to excellence in every aspect of life. Catholic High has maintained an outstanding tradition of balancing development in the mind, soul and body of the students that pass through these fine halls. 

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Geaux TigersLouisiana State University Sports: A great site for all the information you need for LSU sports. Contains links to all sports (men's and women's) and news stories about LSU's fine athletic tradition.

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Bogalusa: Chip's family called Bogalusa home for many, many years. This once-thriving paper mill town is a small city in the north-east corner of the Florida Parishes. There is a lot of history from the original indian tribes to the pioneering spirit of tree farmers and loggers. The Fund for Bogalusa is uniting former residents who have since moved on in an effort to rebuild the town and provide scholarships for some Lumberjacks. The Studio in the Woods in a very famous recording studio. 

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Cajun food via mail: This site is provided by the proud creators of Boudin Balls, Tony's Seafood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A delicacy you simply must try. Be sure to order a variety.

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Double Musky Inn: This isn't truly a "Louisiana" site since it is located in Girdwood, Alaska. But the proprietors hale from Louisiana and really know Cajun food. If you are visiting the Anchorage area, Girdwood is the only year-round resort community. With history as a mining town, this area is known for its fine steaks and seafood. The Double Musky adds a dash of real seasoning to the culture.

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PENNSYLVANIA
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Amish Country: Lancaster (pronounced LANK-uh-ster) CountyLancaster County Pennsylvania is the center of the Penn Dutch community.  From Lancaster to Bird in Hand, from Intercourse to Paradise, this is an area rich in history and unique culture. Take the time to get lost on one of the many county roads that criss-cross the area. You'll see covered bridges, rolling farms and - maybe - a horse and buggy on its way to church meeting or farmers market. Plan to be in the area on a Friday and stop by the Green Dragon.

 
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Root's Country Market: An real Amish market that offers the best Lancaster County has to offer. Be sure to get some Farmer's Cheese and fresh Whoopee Pies or Shoofly Pie.

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Yummy Hershey KissesHershey, Pennsylvania: The Sweetest Place on Earth. Hershey is the home and international headquarters for Hershey Foods  Corporation. Milton Hershey located his confectionary company in this dairy-rich area for its proximity to international trade routes and first quality milk. Now producing and exporting to more than 90 countries, this complex is a major tourist attraction. Visitors can learn about the making of chocolate candies, ride a great assortment of thrill rides, see animals in the zoological park or visit one of the many museums and art centers.

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Gettysburg: "Four score and seven years ago..." Who hasn't heard The War of Northern Aggressionthese words and thought back to the bloodiest battle in our nations history. Whether participating in a bus tour or buying a map and touring the battlefield on your own, there is a lot to experience. Read up before going. Some of the most authentic reenactments occur here. There are dozens of museums, parks, nature trails and monuments. Your heritage may lie on either side of the Mason-Dixon line, you will certainly be inspired by the magnificent vistas and grand scale of the engagement that unfolded here in July, 1863. Plan carefully.

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The General Sutter Inn and the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in historic Lititz.

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Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: The Faire has earned aPenn Ren national reputation as visitors find themselves returning year after year for a marvelous immersion into a magical fantasy of another time, another place. Best of all, it is a place where 100's of citizens of this 16th Century village instantly identify you as a friend, where everyone is delightedly happy that you've come, especially the Queen. The magic of the Faire unfolds at historic Mount Hope Estate and Winery, Route 72, 15 miles north of Lancaster.

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Virginia
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Williamsburg: The birthplace of a nation. Established by a private History Alivegrant from John D Rockefeller, Jr. This is a complete town restored to the original charm of a Colonial Capital on the verge of Revolution. The stores, inns, restaurants and parks were all meticulously recreated based on original blueprints and drawings. The Parliament, Courthouse and Governor's Palace offer authentic recreations of period activities. The Fife and Drum corps marches down Duke of Gloucester street several times a day. Plan to come for July 4th or the Grand Illumination.

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Richmond: Once the capital of the Confederate States of AmericaRichmond at night during the War of Northern Aggression, Richmond is now a Federal Reserve Center and major US banking center. With a history that reaches back to the original colonization, there is something for everyone here. Mountains, beaches and the nation's capital are all within a few hours' drive from Richmond. The Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom areas of town are great for a fine dining experience or a casual night out. The city is trying to develop an entertainment venue along the new Canal Walk. The City Council is inept, but there is a lot of potential in that area. Come discover what Richmond has to offer.  Some great sites include: 
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Maymont Gardens

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The Jefferson Hotel

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Lewis-Ginter Botanical Gardens

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Monument Avenue

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Monticello: Experience the marvels of Thomas Jefferson through interpretative presentations, guided tours and reconstructed displays. Situated atop a mountain in Central Virginia, this estate affords a beautiful vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Virginia's Skyline Drive: From the Southern border of the state to Front Royal, Virginia, this historic by-way winds its way along the ridge of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Following the near-by Appalachian Trail and passing with close proximity of many of Virginia historic landmarks, you can choose how much of the parkway you wish to travel. Whether you travel just a portion of the drive or the whole thing, plan to stop and take in the views and hike the trails.

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Chesterfield County: There is a lot to see in our County. There is rich history and plenty of outdoor attractions. We have an outdoor fashion mall: The Stony Point Fashion Mall

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Randolph-Macon College: Just off of downtown Ashland, Virginia, this historic campus is home to about 1,100 students. RMC is a private, liberal arts college with a strong affiliation to the United Methodist Church.

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Bedford is the home of the National D-Day Memorial.

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California
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Some festivals just belong in California.

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Fresno is in the heart of the California farming industry.

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New York

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Connecticut

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New Jersey

 

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Other Links

Link to the Potter's Photo GalleryThis link will take you to some of Chip and Gretchen's favorite photos. These pictures were taken by Chip and/or Gretchen and will change often. Some pictures are from their time together, others are from their younger days.

 

Check the Time at NISTThe NIST: The National Institute of Standards and Technology operates the official atomic clock, keeping track of time to incredible precision. Use this clock to accurately set your PC clock.

 

 

Learn about processes and functionalityHow Stuff Works: Learn about everythingAn excellent example of why the internet is what it is. This site provides the visitor with detailed explanations of the inner working of every-day gadgets and easily understandable overviews of complex technological gizmos. Make sure you bookmark this site.

 

Pearls of wisdomHints and Such: Answers to all of life's questions. This site is a way of sharing all of those pearls of wisdom collected by one British sole over the many years of her life.

 

Easter Eggs: In thousands of DVD's, computer software and video games developers and producers have hidden secret content that is only accessed via secret combinations of button-clicks or by choosing hidden icons. Often the content s simple and meaningless, but sometimes there are real treats.