Last summer, as Covid-19 quarantined the country and social gatherings were brought to an abrupt halt, healthcare workers carried on through unprecedented challenges, battling a global pandemic and putting their lives on the line daily.
As a small gesture of thanks for the incredible service of our Virginia healthcare heroes, the James River Association (JRA) launched James River Relief in June 2020, a program providing free paddle trips to hospital workers in the James River watershed. Within 24 hours of the program launch, the first round of 100 paddle trips had been given away, signaling a great demand for healthcare staff to find much-needed respite by connecting with the river.
James River Relief is back for the 2021 river season, thanks to the generosity of donors who gave funds to support the program. The program will again provide more than 100 paddle trips & rental options to doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff through partnering with several regional outfitters.
“We were thrilled to give away more than 100 trips last summer to hospital workers in the James River watershed” said Bill Street, CEO for the James River Association. “We are excited to bring this program back, and grateful to partner with several outfitters in various locations on the James, to provide a break on the water offering solace, relaxation, and enjoyment on our beautiful river.”
Outfitter partners include RVA Paddlesports and Crosswind Paddle Company in Richmond, James River Reeling & Rafting in Scottsville, and Rivanna River Company in Charlottesville. The program will also provide trips through JRA’s outfitter, James River Adventures in Lynchburg, and through JRA’s Connect with the James programs in Greater Richmond and James City County.
“We had a wonderful time floating”, said Leora Brown, a healthcare worker at Sentara Careplex Hospital who took a trip through the program at James River Reeling & Rafting last summer. “It was a much-needed break from work and the quarantine life for my family! We look forward to doing this again!”
Hospital workers can sign up for a free paddle by filling out a form on JRA’s website. They are asked to provide their name, address, and the hospital where they work. After they sign up, they are emailed with further details, plus a code to book their trip or rental for free.
To learn more about James River Relief and to share this opportunity with hospital workers in the James River watershed, visit thejamesriver.org/james-river-relief.
Historic Slave Trail at Ancarrow’s Landing Closed for Bridge Work
The closure is to work on bridges.
The Historic Slave Trail at Ancarrow’s Landing will be temporarily closed while the Trail Crew rebuilds the three worn bridges along the river. Please follow the detour signs during this time.
Pipeline Update Work Continues
The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.
Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.
Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.
Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.
Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.
We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.
Carmela’s Turning Off Pizza Ovens for Good
Carmela has been serving up pizza in Shockoe Bottom for the past three years.
To our dearest customers, after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you all for your support and love for Carmela’s pizza over the past 3 years!We like to thank our whole Carmela’s team, past and present. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together and couldn’t have done it without your talent and great effort of everyone involved!!We’re just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have opened such a beautiful pizzeria. This may not be a goodbye forever, but for now, it’s the right choice for our family.Thank you again for the sweet memories and for allowing us to serve you RVALots of love,
Victor & MelindaCarmela’s