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Page 2 • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 • Radford News Journal CLUES ACROSS 1. Swiss shoe company 5. __ Caesar, comedian 8. __ and flow 11. Horsefly 13. Egyptian pharaoh 14. African nation 15. Tony-winning actress Daisy 16. Initial public offering 17. Long-winding ridge 18. Guinea peoples 20. Fellow 21. About aviation 22. Able to make amends 25. Easy to perceive 30. Cut off 31. Northeast Thai language 32. Earthy pigment 33. Water nymphs 38. Returned material authorization (abbr.) 41. Those who deal CROSSWORD PUZZLE 43. Apply a new fabric 45. Confusions 48. “To __ his own” 49. Lowest point of a ridge between two peaks 50. Heavy cavalry sword 55. Partner to pain 56. A type of savings account 57. In a way, felt pain 59. Wide-beamed sailing dinghy 60. Consume 61. Jewish spiritual leader 62. Body part 63. Midway between south and southeast 64. Cheek CLUES DOWN 1. Indicates a certain time (abbr.) 2. Expression of sorrow or pity 3. Central American lizard 4. Muslim military com- manders 5. One who takes to the seas 6. Select jury 7. Parts of the small intestine 8. Painter’s accessory 9. Honk 10. Ballpoint pen 12. Large, dark antelope 14. Ancient kingdom near Dead Sea 19. Exhausts 23. __-bo: exercise system 24. Not written in any key or mode 25. Chinese principle under- lying the universe 26. Corpuscle count (abbr.) 27. Powdery, post-burning residue 28. Company that rings receipts 29. Rugged mountain range 34. Commercials 35. NY football player 36. A form of be 37. Soviet Socialist Republic 39. Kindnesses 40. Natural electrical phe- nomenons 41. Your 42. Diana __, singer 44. Upper surface of the mouth 45. National capital 46. Fluid in Greek mythology 47. Renowned jazz trumpeter 48. Freedom from difficulty 51. Swiss river 52. Prejudice 53. Actor Idris 54. Revolutionaries 58. Criticize 860 University City Blvd., Blacksburg s -ON 3AT 3UN Always convenient, free parking Coming Back Soon + + Meridian Waste opens new consolidated material recovery facility in Christiansburg Meridian Waste, an integrated, non- hazardous solid waste services company, has opened its newest Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at 205 Scattergood Drive, NW, in Christiansburg. The facility is named Blue Ridge MRF. The company successfully merged two Vir- ginia Department of Environmental Qual- ity permits for older Materials Recovery Fa- cilities (MRFs), Blue Ridge Disposal PBR 104 and Resource Management Group PBR 565, into one permit and built the new facility under the requirements of the PBR 104 permit number. The beneficial result was to improve op- erational efficiency and noticeably improve aesthetics. The new building is significantly larger, incorporating a number of safety and efficiency improvements. These include a larger floor, allowing for greater and safer separation of recyclable and non-recyclable materials; a more accessible entrance and exit for customer vehicular traffic, a drive- through pit for easier loading of materi- als into tractors trailers; a litter collection program including enhanced fencing and manual collection, and a leachate collec- tions system and state-of-the-art storm wa- ter system. The construction project broke ground in April 2019 and took 13 months to com- plete. During that time, Meridian Waste was able to continue servicing its custom- ers utilizing the pre-existing MRF building purchased from Curtis and Associates in May 2018, whose family operated the site as a salvage yard and disposal and recycling facility. The new MRF is a metal 80-foot by 100-foot building with an elevated, con- crete tipping floor that allows for more ef- ficient processing. “Opening this new Materials Recovery Facility has been one of my primary goals since joining Meridian Waste two years ago,” saidGeneral Manager and Blacksburg resident Ashleigh Garnes. “I had the op- portunity to be part of the Meridian Waste team upon the company’s entry into this market in 2018. Our team realized there was a dire need for a secondary disposal and recycling option to manage the communi- ty’s growing waste and recycling challenges. “We know by recycling valuable materi- als, we’re creating a cleaner environment for the New River Valley region for generations to come,” Garnes said. “Our entire Chris- tiansburg team looks forward to servicing our existing and new customers with an unfailing commitment to quality care and fair rates.” The Blue Ridge MRF is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until noon. Materials accepted include municipal solid waste (MSW), construction and de- molition (C&D), yard waste, metal, wood, cardboard, concrete and tires. Materials not accepted include hazard- ous waste, gasoline cans and tanks, devices containing mercury, waste containing as- bestos, propane tanks, sludge, batteries, biomedical waste, septic tank waste and ap- pliances containing freon. PHOTO PROVIDED BY MERIDIAN WASTE East Mont High student’s graduation speech video highlighted by Sen. Kaine In April, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine launched the “Everybody’s the Gradu- ation Speaker” video contest. With many in-person graduations postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus, Kaine used the contest to encourage Virginia’s graduating high school seniors to submit a vid- eo of an original speech they would like to give at graduation. Kaine then selected speeches to fea- ture on his Facebook page and website during May and June to celebrate the graduates. On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Kaine an- nounced that one of the speeches he had chosen to highlight was that of Eastern Montgomery High School’s Annalyse McHone from Elliston. “One of the many groups of Virginians I’ve been thinking about during this challenging time is the graduates of the Class of 2020, many of whom won’t have the graduation experience they’ve been planning for a long time,” Kaine said. “I have felt a sense of loss about that, so I wanted to do something fun for them and give all high school seniors the chance to be a graduation speaker.” U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine has chosen to highlight a graduation speech video submitted by Eastern Montgomery High School’s Annalyse McHone. McHone is pictured as she signs a letter of intent to run cross country and track at Emory and Henry College. RU Opening from page 1 dents, faculty, and staff to maintain physical distanc- ing and wear face cover- ings or utilize an alternate barrier, while in classrooms, laboratories, common areas, and workspaces. As detailed in the plan, Radford Uni- versity will engage in broad- based testing and provide a platform for symptom tracking as appropriate and contact tracing if necessary. The early opening was recommended and is being implemented due to public health concerns over a re- surgence of COVID-19 in late fall. The early opening will provide an opportunity for Radford University to complete required instruc- tion and related activities at an earlier date, while maintaining instructional days and meeting federal requirements, such as the United States Department of Education. This is yet another way in which Rad- ford University is placing the health, safety, and well- being of students, faculty, and staff first and foremost, while remaining committed to our important mission and critical work. As the University con- tinues to receive guidance and support from state and federal officials, additional guidance and direction will be forthcoming regarding implementation of the Ear- ly Opening Plan. Your flex- ibility and patience during the Spring 2020 semester were unmatched, and I am certain the Radford family will continue to support the broader campus and each other as we move toward our re-opening. The reality is that our students are de- pending upon our faculty and staff now more than ever before. As our students return to campus, they are expecting the in-person experience that Radford University is known for and the engaging environment that makes our students successful. As such, all buildings will be open, and all services will be available. Individual func- tions and offices may be different, but our commit- ment will remain the same. I look forward to working with each of you to make the Fall 2020 semester a success for all Highlanders!” The COVID-19 Con- tingency Planning Group will continue its work as Radford University pre- pares for a Fall 2020 early opening with a focus on the health, safety, and well- being of students, faculty, and staff. Torgersen Bridge on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus. Photo by Ray Meese for Virginia Tech Virginia Tech tuition freeze proposed The Finance and Resource Manage- ment Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors voted Friday to recom- mend a tuition freeze for resident and nonresident undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for the 2020- 21 academic year. “Though we fully acknowledge the university will face challenging budget- ary times ahead, I am grateful the board will consider this resolution on Tuesday. If approved, it will provide our students and their families with much needed support and greater stability during this uncertain time,” said Letitia A. “Tish” Long, chair of the Finance and Resource Management Committee. “If approved, it will clearly demonstrate our absolute commitment to our students and make a Virginia Tech education accessible for those who seek it. “I want to thank President Sands, Pro- vost Clarke, and Senior Vice President Pinkney for their hard work for getting this resolution before us,” said Long, “and for their ongoing commitment to our students and families during this cri- sis.” For a third consecutive year, tuition will remain at $11,420 annually for Vir- ginia undergraduate students. Tuition for nonresident students will remain at $29,960. And to further support low- and mid- dle-income families who seek a Virginia Tech education, the university intends to allocate approximately $3.3 million in additional resources toward financial aid See Tuition page 3