Halifax County native Jerri (Simmons) Morton will be back at it again this Saturday when she puts on her 100-mile yard sale.

For the ninth year in a row, the now retired educator who lives in Richmond, is continuing efforts to bring people to what she describes as God’s country by hosting a 100-mile plus yard sale.

In 2009, she came up with the idea of having a 100-mile plus yard sale in one single day, and from all accounts, it went off without a hitch - some even called it “a resounding success.”

The next year’s was an even bigger hit, and the next year’s sale topped that one.

Each year the 100-mile yard sale has provided great deals to residents and visitors from Amelia to Charlotte County, and this year it promises to extend from Chula Junction down Highway 360.

The sales go from Chula Junction on Highway 360 to Highway 47 to Chase City Main Street, then go up on Highway 92 to Highway 360.

Now it’s being called the “More than 100 miles of Yard Sales.”

The annual 100-Plus Miles Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday from 7 a.m. until the last buyer leaves the sales.

Burkeville is the hub of the 100-mile yard sale, she says, but the entire yard sale path runs the U. S. 360 corridor from Chula Junction in Amelia County west to Keysville, then along U. S. 15 north through Farmville and then the business U.S. 460 corridor east to Rice, Burkeville, Crewe, Nottoway Courthouse, Blackstone onto Chase City.

All along the way are yard sales and more yard sales.

The yard sale map also includes Highway 47 south and right down Main Street into Chase City.

Sellers may set up anywhere along the route where spaces are available.

When she first brainstormed this idea, Jerri said she envisioned it becoming an annual event, sort of like the flea market extravaganza held each Labor Day weekend in Hillsville that attracts thousands of people to that area.

The 78-year-old has 100-plus mile yard sales planned through July 1, 2028.

They aren’t only planned, but their dates have been set and published on business cards and flyers she hands out across the area.

For more information or specific directions to the 100-mile yard sale or where to rent spaces, call Jerri at 804-334-2506 or look on Facebook at va100mileyardsale or visit www.va100mileyardsale.com.

Happy shopping and happy July 4th.

Reminder: Fireworks

and dogs don’t mix

Independence Day fireworks can be a highlight of the summer season for many.  But for the family dog, fireworks and thunderstorms can trigger fear and anxiety similar to a panic attack. A third of all dogs will suffer from noise anxiety connected to suddenness of the sound. 

“To some degree, their ears are more sensitive. They pick up a wider range of sounds than we do,” said veterinarian Mark D. Freeman at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. “Sudden very loud sounds can cause dogs to be very frightened, and with the continuation of noise, it’s sort of a ramping up effect.  The more noise they are exposed to, the more reactive they become.” 

Many dogs will look for a place to hide or a place where they feel more safe and secure. “When they are in a situation where they are being bombarded with noises that are causing a tremendous amount of stress for them, they are looking for any source of security, and that includes a ‘safe’ hiding place,” said Freeman.

“There are a number of different techniques that can be utilized for animals that have phobias associated with loud noises. A general rule is to approach any phobia through behavior modification therapy, if that’s an option; desensitizing animals to the loud noises so they pretty much ignore them,” he added.

“Medications, such as sedatives, can be effective in helping a dog feel calm and quiet.  Sileo actually is a sedative that we use very commonly in veterinary practice.  It had originally only been available as an injectable medication, but now has been produced in an oral gel that is absorbed through the gum tissue.” 

“Unless you know for a fact that your dog has been desensitized and is not afraid of loud noises, I would advise against taking your dog to a fireworks show,” Freeman said.

“Every year near the 4th of July, we see a significant increase in the number of traumatic injuries to dogs, specifically related to the fear response associated with fireworks.  Dogs have jumped through glass windows and off decks and balconies, chewed through doors and walls, and many get hit by cars when they panic and run away from the noise,” he concluded.

Halifax County native Jerri (Simmons) Morton will be back at it again this Saturday when she puts on her 100-mile yard sale.

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.