T he Colonial Beach • Westmoreland Volume 37, Number 41 School Board officials heard citizen concerns and encouraging words from the superintendent on a wide range of issues, but made quick work of more than 55 policy changes at the September meeting. Citizen Caren Haug made a plea to the school board to offer teachers higher pay. As a mother of a seventh and third grader, she said she sees teachers come and go. Haug believes the town is not putting in the required amount of funding. Haug said she and her friends don’t want to leave the school system and many can’t afford to. “Every child in this school deserves the best education they can get,” Haug said. “The town has got to step up.” School Board Chairman Tim Trivett told Haug that all the school’s money comes from the town, county, state and federal government, which he said have all cut back on funding. Trivett assured her that the school board does everything possible to prompt the town council and even legislators to give our teachers raises. Trivett said he has heard more positive comments this year than he has in his five years as a member of the school board. “We have people in our school division that really care. I care about your kids just like I care about my own,” Trivett said, thanking her for her comments and encouraging her to come to the town budget meetings and bring friends. Haug concluded by saying, “We’ve lost a music teacher, we lost a librarian. What are they going to take from me next year?” In the absence of Superintendent Kathleen Beane, Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs, delivered the superintendent’s report. Beane reported that the first week of school went smoothly. Bus routes and stops have been adjusted so that none of the morning or afternoon bus rides are longer than 35 minutes. Beane reported that she rode all the routes several times and parents have been very cooperative with all the changes. The schools have conducted mandatory lock downs and evacuation drills already this year. The children Boathouse Marina to continue the legacy of Marine Railway Wednesday, October 9, 2013 50 Cents helping you relate to your community CB reports school is off to good start Linda Farneth POSTAL CUSTOMER have also conducted bus evacuation drills, practicing entering and leaving the buses through both the front door and rear emergency doors. Art Buzzwell, president of the Colonial Beach Historical Society, has asked for permission to prepare and submit the initial document to the state review board of Virginia Historic Resources to try to obtain historical status for the two-story brick building located in the middle of the elementary school campus. The superintendent’s report reminded the school board that preparation of these documents routinely cost thousands of dollars, but the Colonial Beach Historical Society is offering these services free of charge. Tracey Tunstall then informed the School Board on her work on the cafeteria program and putting together a school band. Tunstall reported that she met with Superintendent Beane and Ashley Gingrich, the new music teacher. Tunstall said the group worked really hard to come up with a way to keep music in the school. The group decided on forming a school band. There will be an after-school band program, available to students in grades 4 through 12. Twenty-seven students have already signed up for that program. The band instruments have been sent out to be cleaned and serviced. Tracey Tunstall reported that she has worked on the school cafeteria program with Sharon Dunavant, Director of Food Service. Tunstall reported that the kids like the food much better than last year and the program is making a profit. Tunstall also announced that there will be a joint meeting between the school board and town council at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the town meeting center to update both groups with the status of the schools accreditation and federal annual measurable objectives based on the 12-13 school year. The second purpose of the meeting is to present cost comparisons of building estimates for the relocation of the elementary school to assist both groups with making informed decisions concerning future school needs. The Colonial Beach school board approved 54 policy changes as well See Schools, page 6 Colonial Beach celebrates homecoming Linda Farneth Leonard Banks During the annual Drifter Homecoming Parade held Friday, Oct. 4, Colonial Beach School Board Superintendent Kathleen Beane (left) and Colonial Beach School Board member Vicki Roberson greet onlookers in the streets of Colonial Beach with an assortment of candy and gifts. 7-Eleven joins expanding businesses On the heels of expansions announced by two well-known Colonial Beach businesses last week, the Colonial Beach 7-Eleven began an extensive remodeling project this week. The store will remain open during the construction, which should be finished by Thanksgiving. Locally owned and operated by Lonnie Phillips, a lifelong Colonial Bech resident who has operated the 7-Eleven for 39 years, the Colonial Avenue store has become a gathering place for local residents attracted by Phillips’ enthusiastic attitude. Phillips said the remodeling will be confined to the gas service area and he hopes disruptions can be held to a minimum. “We are putting in new four wide gas pumps, new tanks, a new canopy and it will have a new configuration,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but will allow us to offer even better service when it is finished. “We will be able to offer all blends, diesel at all four corners and pay at the pump capabilities.” Phillips’ legendary enthusiasm when talking about sports, Colonial Beach or his customers should keep business steady even during the construction period. “I am grateful for my customers,” Phillips said.” I love this community. It is a great place to live, work and raise a family. And, I truly value our patrons and hope they will not be inconvenienced as we grow.” Phillips’ 7-Eleven improvement joins two other business expansions underway at the Beach. Beverly and Lloyd Alspaugh, well-known owners of the Rankin’s Hardware and the Rankin’s Appliance and Furniture stores, opened their latest business venture on Oct. 4 — The Peddler’s Market, at 501 Euclid Avenue. Richard Leggitt Lonnie Phillips is pleased that his Colonial Beach 7-Eleven is able to expand. Construction on the gas pumps should be finished by Thanksgiving. And Bobbi Adamson, the popular owner of The River Gym, is moving her physical fitness business into the newly remodeled space in the old Metro Golf Carts building at 116 Washington Avenue. The new River Gym will open by Nov. 1. — Richard Leggitt Northern neck Royalty Linda Farneth Stanford’s Marine Railway will always be in the hearts and on the minds of many Virginia and Maryland boaters who loved wooden boats. In its heyday, the wooden boat was all the rage with a state-of-the-art VHF radio, but newer fiberglass boats and fancy GPS technology have made the old Chris Crafts and Elco Motor Yachts antique nostalgia. Bill Bowman, plans to keep that nostalgia alive with restoration services, while bringing the railway into the 21st century. Clarence H. Stanford and his wife, Mary Virginia, opened the business in 1945. Clarence built boats from scratch, See Marina, page 6 Short-handed Planning Commission addresses zoning, public hearing The Colonial Beach Planning Commission has seven seats. However, with recent commissioners exiting to move on to other endeavors, and commissioners Margaret McMullin and David Coombes choosing not to renew their terms after expiration, the commission is down to four sitting members. A quorum is three-fourths of the sitting members, which is why the planning commission has been able to continue to conduct business. Commissioners are asking that anyone interested in joining, please visit Town Clerk Kathy Flanagan to obtain and fill out an application. Current seated members include Chairwoman Maureen Holt, Commissioners Ed Grant, Kent Rodeheaver and Robin Schick, who was not in attendance at the October meeting. The Colonial Beach Planning Commission held a record 13-anda-half-minute meeting on Oct. 3. Accomplishing not only a public hearing and discussions on proposed changes to Article 9 - Commercial Residential Zoning District (which passed to the council with a unanimous vote in favor of the changes), the commission also reviewed what is being called the “Ten Thousand Dollar Document” — Design Guidelines Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments (DGPCPA). DGCPA began with a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority to conduct public meetings to discuss general standards for properties, for which citizens attending these meetings have expressed a desire. The guidelines are voluntary. Existing property owners are more than welcome to abide by these guidelines, but will only be encouraged by the building and zoning office when a developer or property owner is seeking to rezone or obtain a conditional use permit (CUP). The developer can then proffer to design and build in concert with these guidelines. Some of the guidelines include, but are not limited to preserving vegetation, drainage and views (where possible), preserving architectural details of existing buildings, replicating predominant architecture in new buildings, reducing or eliminating unsightly utilities, and relying on aesthetically pleasing signage that adds to the character of the buildings, rather than dominate the landscape. The idea of these voluntary guidelines is to encourage new development to preserve what was discovered about Colonial Beach in a 2001 historical survey, conducted by Kathryn A. Miller of Historic and Architectural Resources. “Few communities have such a complete representation of historic resort architecture,” Miller stated in her findings. The guidelines were created in See GUIDELINES, page 6 Leonard Banks (left), Ruth Daiger (right) Left: Drifters Kaitlyn Proffitt and Monte Gould were crowned Colonial Beach’s Homecoming Queen and King. Right: Seniors Alexa Weeks and Davon Hamilton were chosen W&L Homecoming Queen and King. They were presented to the crowd at the halftime of Friday’s game. Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journalpress.com Mobile Banking You now have the FREEDOM to access your accounts ANYTIME you want. Download your FREE app for iPhones, iPads, & Androids, or go to nswcfcu.org on your internet ready device. NSWC Federal Credit Union Visit nswcfcu.org for details.