Buzzing Around...Scottsville becomes official Bee City

Scottsville's Town council voted unanimously on August 17th, 2016, to become a Bee City USA®. This completes the efforts of the Scottsville Supply Company and the Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature to accomplish this certification, which is the first in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The town designated the Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature as the facilitating committee for efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator friendliness. Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world's plant species and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

Mayor Nancy Gill said, “We understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want to make the Scottsville as pollinator-friendly as possible. We are grateful to Heather Stertzer of the Scottsville Supply Company for bringing this opportunity to our attention.” According to Mrs. Stertzer, during the process of applying for the certification, Councilor Shannon Bostic and Kristin Freshwater, a board member of the Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature worked with their committees to bring this to fruition. Bee City USA founder and director, Phyllis Stiles, said, “The program aspires to make people more PC (“pollinator conscious,” that is). If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for thousands of species of pollinators at risk. How each city or county celebrates pollinators is up to them, but we especially encourage educational programs for children, like school gardens. When a child falls in love with pollinators, they are friends for life.”

Mayor Gill, said, “Scottsville is an ideal candidate for certification because we are now defining green spaces and trails for future generations and Mrs. Stertzer will continue to invest her time and energy into creating healthy hives throughout town and beyond. Since the initial announcement of this achievement, the Greater Scottsville Chamber of Commerce has stepped forward to assist in the planning of the 2017 proclamation and public awareness activities with area businesses scheduled for the third week of June 2017 in celebration of Bee City in the Town of Scottsville. The Scottsville “Bee” committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at the Victory Hall Theater and invites all residents of Scottsville to offer their ideas for pollinatorfriendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed. For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit or email Director Phyllis Stiles at For more information about the [City/County] Bee City USA program, contact Heather Stertzer at 434-286-2145 or

What to do with facebook?

The gurus of social media say, "POST POST POST." Well, if we posted as much as they would like, my sense is we would be spending more time posting than on promoting our mission and objectives to you! 

This quote is personal to so many of us..."Every child is an artist." Perhaps not in the visual arts, sculpture, music, dance...but we all have a kernel of creativity somewhere in the magical world that makes "The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." How many have reached adulthood and let go of those dreams and goals we had as children?

So many adults came to Mary Hardy for piano, singing or violin lessons because they were told they did not have the right to play music. They moved to the front of the and all things creative to Mary is our right! 

Hold Onto Your Dreams

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes

Mary Hardy....Miss Tudala

Mary Hardy....Miss Tudala

It is hard to believe that we have been going for over ten years! I never thought our path would have been as circuitous as it has proven to be. We started with the intention of creating a learning center for both students and teachers with the hopes of establishing Mary Hardy's teaching method as our core.

As many of you know, Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease early into the project. This took a heavy toll on her teaching as she lost that youthful exuberance so many young, old and in between students experienced; and, she could no longer play her violin.

I speak not only as one of her students and friend, but as her caregiver for the last six years of her life. My only goals were to keep her comfortable and SCAN functional. It was not easy, but as we all know, the most rewarding experiences usually are not.

Now we move on! I am overwhelmed with gratitude to those individuals who have stepped up to join the SCAN Board of Directors, to assist with activities and the rebranding of SCAN. We are still The Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature. Just be on the look out for SCAN ART CENTER! With fresh paint, new lighting, the creation of galleries and just plain elbow grease, we are ready to move into an exciting period of our history.