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Bridgewater is a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our town is home to Bridgewater College, varied industries and stores, and comfortable residential neighborhoods. bridgewaterva.com is a community website with an open discussion board, just below, called “Bridgewater Buzz.”

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Football time!

The annual bridgewaterva.com football poll is now open! Cast your vote to predict which of our area teams will have the highest winning percentage: Redskins, Dukes, Cavaliers, Hokies or Eagles. Look for the poll on the home page. Last year, by a narrow margin bridgewaterva.com voters correctly predicted the best record: that of the Virginia Tech Hokies (and the only team in the poll with a record better than .500). Here are poll results and season results from last year:

  • 29 percent picked BC Eagles (went 4-6)
  • 19 percent picked Washington Redskins (went 3-13)
  • 0 percent picked Virginia Cavaliers (went 2-10)
  • 21 percent picked JMU Dukes (went 6-6)
  • 31 percent picked Virginia Tech Hokies (went 8-5)

Bridgewater ranks high! (at movoto.com)

This is from Chad Stiffney of movoto.com:

Hey guys. This is Chad at Movoto, the real estate brokerage site. In the past we have ranked the best cities and suburbs and have decided to find the best small towns in the nation. We looked at towns with populations between 5,000 and 20,000 ranking them on criteria such as amenities, quality of life, crime, weather, etc.

Bridgewater ranked as the 3rd best small town in the country: http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-small-towns/

I thought this would be great news for Bridgewater residents.

Washington Redskins? Redhawks?

As a long-time Redskins fan, I have followed with some interest the controversy over the team’s name. To me, the idea that some kid is thinking bad thoughts about American Indians when hearing the team’s name is crazy.  ”Redskins” are football players! And yet I understand that some people are offended by it. I wish there were some way for Redskins traditionalists to save face in this. The PC police want to humiliate and shame Redskins traditionalists — and I don’t want to see the PC police win, even as I sort of agree with their basic point. So . . . is there some way to move ahead on this that could leave everybody somewhat happy? If they changed it to “Redhawks,” I’m sure I’d get used to the change in no time.

How profound

Today’s Dear Abbey…the question was asked ” Who told people they look good in skinny jeans?” Abbey’s response….”the salespeople”.
With the exception of a very few, most people look like light bulbs from behind. High wattage light bulbs, at that.

New clinic site

The Daily News-Record reports: “Sentara RMH Medical Center is eyeing a property in Bridgewater as the potential home for a new primary care facility. The hospital has an option to buy 8 acres of town-owned property near the intersection of Dinkel Avenue and Don Litten Parkway . . .” I for one hope it happens — would be great for the community. I could even hope that in the increased development to follow, it might also draw a Wendy’s (my favorite fast food not already represented in our area).

Public funds and bike lanes

Bike lanes on newly built roadways are the current “right thing to do”. To put this in a different perspective, the bike lanes are 3 feet wide. A typical car lane is 12′. So the bike lanes on each side equals about one half of a car lane. On a typical 4 lane road this would increase the amount of construction by 12.5 % as well as the cost. At a point in the not to distant past, a mile of road cost about $1,000,000 (probably a low estimate now).
So, our public money is funding bike lanes at a additional cost of about $125,000 per mile. The ironic part is that these lanes are unused 99.5% of the time. Is this an effect way to use public money?

As an after thought, has anyone else noticed the $40,000000 University Athletic Park on Port road. You know, the one with no activity ever. At least , that was student fees, not public taxpayer dollars.