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The Town of Narrows  
 PO Box 440
210 Main Street
Narrows, VA 24124
Phone: (540) 726-2423
Fax: (540) 726-7566
John Davis
Director of Strategic
Public Works:
Parks & Rec:
Jonathan Creger
Tom Garrett
Linda McGlothlin
Clyde Turner
Sarah Thwaites
PSA Representatives:
Tom Garrett
James ”Buddy” Kast 
The Narrows Town Office would like to Congratulate Mayor  John Davis  on his retirement from 33 years of service at the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department. 
Thank you for all of your support, hard work, and dedication to our community.
Photo by: Lindsey Caudill
March 20th is the first day of Spring 2018!
Community Development Block Grant
The Town of Narrows is excited to receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Competitive Grant Award for Business District Revitalization in the amount of $699,346. This grant is the result of many months of planning and community input. A volunteer team of local citizens worked with the NRV Regional Commission to develop this application using a previously awarded CDBG Planning Grant. The planning focused on highlighting and enhancing the outdoor recreation opportunities in and around the Town. The proposed projects will create public spaces and amenities in the business district and encourage visitors to stop and explore the town, its businesses, and surrounding attractions. The project provides matching funds for repair and renovation of facades of commercial structures and implements improvement projects to enhance the streetscape and public spaces and amenities – including the addition of a Creekside Trail and public space along Wolf Creek. The Town of Narrows looks forward to continuing the process of investing and improving our downtown area.

Governor Terry McAuliffe also announced his recommendation that the Town of Narrows receive $392,588 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to complete a related revitalization project to locate an outfitter business on Wolf Creek. The ARC will finalize approval of this project award later this year. Funds from this grant are to be used in conjunction with the awarded CDBG grant to make many of the downtown improvements, to obtain property along the proposed Creekside Trail and to create an area for water-oriented recreational activities in the downtown area.

The award of these grants is an exciting opportunity for the Town of Narrows and its citizens to make significant improvements that support the revitalization of the downtown district, develop opportunities for new and existing businesses, and create a downtown that is functioning and vital for years to come.
Iris Brammer Library Basket Raffle
Narrows Recreation Dept. Programs 2017-2018

Registration fee information for youth programs : Inside Narrows Town limits:$20.00,Outside Narrows town limits:$30.00, Outside the Western District of Giles Co:$35.00. Admissions for indoor activities: Adults:$3.00, Students:(K-7 th )$2.00, Under K free.

Co-ed Softball League: (Starting 5/20/18) 4-6 teams, ages 13 to adult. Sunday evenings only! Deadline to enter is 5/12/18.Team entry fee to be charged.
T-Ball: - (Ages 3-4), Coach-pitch (5-6), Peanut-League (7-8)
Baseball:  Sign-ups will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm in Room #11 in The Community Center. Registration fee to be charged.. Age of May 1 st 2018. Deadline to register 5/1/18.
Boys & Girls Basketball Camp: Dates and times to be determined . Grades K-7 th . Camp fee: $50.00. Camper receives a basketball, camp shirt and certificate.
Girls Volleyball Camp: Dates and times to be determined. Grades 3 rd -7 th Camp fee: $50.00. Camper receives a camp shirt, volleyball and certificate.

Dances:  3 rd -7 th grades, 7:00-9:00pm in The Community Center Gym. September through June. Dates to be announced at school. Admission: $4.00, Concessions available. Chaperones needed!
Community Center Rentals:  Gym, rooms, and auditorium. Contact the Recreation Department for fees.

For more information on any of the activities or leagues, please contact the Recreation Department at 726-2961 or email Wayne Gautier at wgautier@townofnarrows.org. Dates and times may change due to weather or cancellations.
Please check the Narrows Recreation News in the Virginian Leader and the town’s website or the Town of Narrows on Facebook.
Additional activities/programs/leagues may be added throughout the year.
Splash Pad
To keep updated on the future Narrows Splash Pad, visit the Facebook page for fundraisers, events, and information! Click the Facebook button to be directed to their page.

$10 Knickerbocker Pictures
Spring Knickerbocker Special. Only $10 for a package!!!! Only one voucher per family/household. Other program rules apply. We have a limited number of vouchers. Grab yours quickly! You can purchase your voucher at:  FNBP Narrows,  Town of Narrows  Office,  Narrows Recreation Dept. . Proceeds benefit the Narrows Splash Pad

2-10x13, 2-8x10, 2- 5x7, & 8- Wallets

Secret Garden
Town Events
March 30 - Town Office and other facilities closed for Good Friday

March 31st - Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Narrows Town Park

May 12th - Narrows Kids Fishing Day- 8am-2pm

Please follow the Town of Narrows on social media for updates
Appalachian Recipe:Chow Chow Relish
"Chow Chow relish is a great topping for hot dogs, burgers, turkey sandwiches, all kinds of great things."

  • 8 cups chopped Cabbage (1 small head)
  • 6 cups chopped Green Tomatoes (about 4 medium)
  • 4 cups chopped Onions (about 2 medium)
  • 2 cups chopped Sweet Green Peppers (about 4 small)
  • 1 cup chopped Sweet Red Peppers (about 2 small)
  • 2 small Cayenne Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ cup Salt ( canning and pickling salt)
  • 3 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Celery Seed
  • 4 teaspoons Dry Mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Mustard Seed
  • 2 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Crushed Pepper Flakes
  • 5 cups White Vinegar

  1. Chop and dice all vegetables.
  2. Place in non-reactive container (glass, stainless, ceramic)
  3. Sprinkle with salt. Gently mix well.
  4. Let stand 4 to 6 hours, or overnight if possible.
  5. Drain well.
  6. Rinse and drain again.
  7. Combine Sugar, Spices and Vinegar in a large saucepot.
  8. Simmer 10 minutes.
  9. Add vegetables, simmer 10 minutes.
  10. Bring to a boil, cook until veggies are tender.
  11. Pack hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4inch headspace.
  12. Remove air bubbles.
  13. Wipe jar rims.
  14. Adjust two piece caps.
  15. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Recipe and Photos by: Steve Gordon
Farmers Market
The Narrows Farmers Market now has its own Facebook page!
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Feed Bread to Ducks
Too much bread often makes ducks sick, dependent on people and aggressive with each other. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Just watching ducks in a pond can be good for you, thanks to benefits of  biophilia  like reduced anxiety and increased creativity. Lots of people try to return the favor by tossing food to waterfowl, typically bread. In England and Wales alone, park visitors feed wild ducks an estimated  6 million loaves  of bread every year.
Yet despite the ducks' gusto, bread is mostly bad for them. It can lead to health woes like obesity, malnutrition and possibly a crippling condition known as "angel wing." Too much free food of any kind may also endanger ducklings just by teaching them to beg rather than forage. Even the bread they don't eat can hurt local water quality.
Wildlife advocates in the U.S. and U.K. have been pushing this issue for years, both to protect waterfowl and the ponds, lakes and rivers where they live. In hopes of helping ducks everywhere rise above their doughy debauchery, here are three reasons why bread is not for the birds — plus a few alternative foods that do fit the bill:

1. Bread is crummy for birds' health.
Ducks' natural foods vary by species, but most have a pretty diverse diet. Mallards, for example, eat a mix of plants and seeds as well as insects, worms, snails and crustaceans. Bread may offer calories, but it has few of the nutrients ducks can get from their environment. And once you're full of bread, who wants to forage?
"White bread in particular has no real nutritional value, so while birds may find it tasty, the danger is that they will fill up on it instead of other foods that could be more beneficial to them," a spokeswoman with the U.K. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)  told the Guardian  earlier this year.
And in young birds, malnutrition may lead to  angel wing , a deformity in which wings jut out instead of folding up, often making flight impossible. This can occur due to a high-calorie diet, especially if it's low in vitamin D, vitamin E and manganese. The combination of extra energy and inadequate nutrients makes a bird's wings outgrow its wrist joints, causing disfigurement that's usually incurable by adulthood. The relative prevalence of angel wing at some parks is  often blamed  on bread.

2. Free food isn't all it's quacked up to be.
In addition to the nutritional issues posed by abundant bread, too many handouts of any kind raise a wide range of problems for waterfowl. These include:
  • Overcrowding: Ducks and geese naturally find habitats that offer enough food, but handouts can lure large crowds to areas that wouldn't normally support them. Natural foods are also widely scattered, letting birds eat in relative privacy, while competition is often fierce and stressful at artificial feeding sites.
  • Disease: Too many birds means too many droppings. That's a health risk, both in water and on land. Plus, as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation points out, "diseases generally not transmissible in a wild setting find overcrowded and unsanitary conditions very favorable."
  • Delayed migration: Artificial feeding has been known to shorten or even eliminate migration patterns of waterfowl. They may be reluctant to leave a reliable food source despite the onset of winter, and then struggle to survive as temperatures fall — especially if the cold discourages their human feeders.
  • Expectations: Our gifts may also spur a few other negative changes in birds' behavior. When adult ducks become obsessed with free bread, for example, they may fail to give their ducklings a sufficient education in foraging, thus committing them to a life as beggars. Once birds are dependent on handouts, they tend to lose their fear of humans and behave more aggressively.

3. The leftovers have a ripple effect.
Some of the bread we toss to waterfowl inevitably escapes their grasp. If enough calorie-rich foods accumulate in a pond, they — along with all those extra duck droppings — can trigger algae blooms that deplete oxygen from the water. Known as  hypoxia , this can wipe out pond life and rob birds of natural food supplies.
On land, any moldy leftovers lying around could be particularly dangerous if ducks eat them. This is also a risk when people feed ducks bread that has already spoiled, and as biologist Steve Carr recently  told CBC News , it's potentially fatal.
"[W]hen it goes bad, it has that little green mould in it, and that mould actually causes specific diseases in ducks," says Carr, a professor at Canada's Memorial University. "It causes lung diseases, so it's not just nutritionally bad — it can just kill them outright."

None of this means it's necessarily wrong to feed waterfowl. The main lesson bird experts and wildlife advocates want to convey is moderation, which means limiting the size of handouts as well as avoiding ponds where lots of other people already toss food. A little bread might even be OK now and then, although several other human foods come closer to providing the right mix of energy and nutrients.
Many conservation groups discourage feeding wildlife at all, and  for good reason . But some also offer lists of alternative snacks that are less harmful to ducks and geese, hoping to at least improve the food if they can't prevent the practice entirely.
So, if you still feel compelled to feed your local ducks,  try these instead of bread :
  • Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
  • Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
  • Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
  • Frozen peas (defrosted)
  • Oats (rolled or instant)
  • Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)
Article by Russell McLendon and found on Mother Nature Network
The deformity known as angel wing is most common in waterfowl, like this muscovy duck. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Ducklings learn how to get food later in life by watching what their mother does. (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Town of Narrows is now accepting online payments for water/sewer and tax bills! You will need the customer number and pin located on your bill in order to pay online.
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