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T he POSTAL CUSTOMER Colonial Beach • Westmoreland Ruth J. Herrink Publisher, The Journal Sept. 8, 1926 - Oct. 12, 2013 Volume 37, Number 42 Wednesday, October 16, 2013 50 Cents helping you relate to your community October council meeting yields many tricks but few treats senior sports Linda Farneth photo by Leonard Banks Seniors’ T’Niysa Taylor (left) and Kora Herrod will say goodbye to the volleyball program after the end of the season. Both athletes, have also had an impact on the Drifter softball and basketball programs. Herrod is also four-year member of the Drifter cheerleading team. Several accusations were tossed around during the October 10 Colonial Beach Town Council meeting, and two items were approved. The council passed a resolution to recognize and support the 2014 Downtown Revitalization Management Team. The resolution recognizes that more stakeholders, such as property and business owners, within the revitalization and downtown area, as well as representatives from both Dominion Virginia Power and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), should be included. The council also recognized the offer of help from the Northern Neck Planning Commission, who will oversee the implementation of the Community Development Revitalization Block Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, if awarded. The council also passed a proclamation to allow Trick-or-Treating on Halloween, Thursday, October 31, from 5 – 8 p.m. Council, town staff and the Colonial Beach Police Department ask that motorists use extra caution while driving that evening. The first accusation came when Supervisor Larry Roberson stated that the county informed the supervisors that the highway department has threatened to pull funding if the Meadows Ave. paving project does not show some advancement. Roberson also said that the supervisors were informed that the town allowed the work to be stalled in the first phase of paving, but could not name a specific source for that information. Roberson said, “Meadow Ave. should have been done in June. The highway department wants to know if it is ever going to get done. And they have threatened to pull the plug if it keeps taking too long. Which means if they take their money, the county’s money goes, too. I don’t blame you all for trying to get more done. But we should have paved the first section that was originally decided on, and moved on from there.” Town Manager Val Foulds responded at last Thursday’s meeting, “I spoke to Mr. Robertson, he’s new to VDOT, and I do have a meeting with him tomorrow morning at 10 here.” Roberson added, “There’s a lot of money floating around, and I don’t want see the county or the town lose any funding from the highway department.” Foulds explained that on that part of the contract (referring to the first section of paving), the town did not manage that portion of the contract. Councilwoman Wanda Goforth asked Roberson if VDOT gave him a deadline date for finishing the work. Roberson indicated they did not. “There was a gap where nothing was being done, and now they see something is going on. They just want it to get done in a timely fashion.” Roberson urged the town to finish the first section of the road. Councilwoman Linda Brubaker brought up that there was some delay due to installation of cable lines. Roberson responded, “There has been cable lines, drain lines and this and that, but there was also a break for quite a while....” Brubaker cut in, to ask Foulds if these items had been finished. Folds responded, “Part of the issue, See council, page 6 BikeFest hoping to come to the Beach Oct. 2014 Gateway Linda Farneth Steven Keene, General Manager of All-American Harly Davidson of Hughesville, Md. wants to bring BikeFest to Colonial Beach. He recently met with Carey Geddes, Director of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and Brian and Vickie Coffman, owners of High Tides Restaurant about creating such an event before presenting the idea to Colonial Beach Town Council during their Sep. 26 work session. Also attending the meeting was Ripley, a DJ with 97 ROCK, and Sergeant G.W. Keyser of the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office. Geddes said the event would be very large, so although the Chamber has agreed to co-sponsor, the event and would require no money from the town, the group wants to include the town council and Westmoreland Board of Supervisors in some of the decision making. The event would require some extra resources from both the town and county for extra police patrols and other accommodations that regularly go with large events, such as; use of grounds, porta-potties and electrical usage. Keene talked with the council about the misconceptions a lot of people have about bikers. The old stereotypical profile of a biker, he said, is; Caucasian males, 25 to 50, covered in tattoos, dressed in leather, and appearing rough around the edges. And in some cases, that is still true, with nothing better to do than to ride around town stirring up trouble. “That would be the old stereotype,” Keene said. “In reality though, this couldn’t be further from the truth.” Today’s bikers average between the ages of 25 and 54 years old, they are Caucasian, African American, Hispanic and Asian, men and women. A lot of women are coming on board with the motorcycle industry,” Keene said, adding, “The average household income is between 75 to 100 thousand dollars, and most of them own What is a bikefest? Keene said, “It’s just a series of activities at scheduled events, taking place at a specific destination (for example, Colonial Beach), geared toward a biker demographic, strategically planned to accommodate their interests. All this in hopes of creating a tradition for loyal motorcycle enthusiasts, to participate in for years to come. “We are not those rough-andtumble people looking to come into a town and disrupt the city that we are visiting,” Keene added. Activities include bike shows; there is the “weinie” bike ride, where bikers get on a bike with a rider, and try to take a bite out of a hot dog; a bike rodeo shows off a riders’ slowspeed skills, such as the “roadkill” event, where riders attempt to pick up stuffed animals inside a small area. Events are all geared around having fun, while practicing safety. Of course, there will be food and beverage venders serving sodas, tea and alcoholic beverages. There is always live music, and many events end with a fireworks show. As with the Jet Ski Races, there 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. One 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. their own homes.” Keene told the council, “Harley Davidsons are the Cadillac of motorcycles, so we invest a lot in them. While bikers may be interested in tattoos (and I also have some tattoos), and chrome, for some of us, we also share interest in art.” He said that he not only buys local art, but that of artists from places where he has been. “So, we do shop at the events we attend.” We love music, blues and jazz, religion and most importantly, we like reaching out to those that are in need. I have yet to find a more charitable crowd than the bikers when there is a community in need,” Keene said. The Chamber of Commerce has suggested to Keene that proceeds be donated to the Colonial Beach Education Fund. Keene also said that bikers donate to the Wounded Warriors at almost every event. would be no admission fee to riders or spectators. Each event does charge an entrance fee for the participants. Harley Davidson would also cover production and design of an event shirt through sponsors. The town would be involved with the event’s logo design. History of the bikefest. “It all started years ago at Daytona Beach, with Bruce Rusmyer of the Harley Davidson Dealership. He decided to have a little get-together for the weekend. Look at it now, my gosh! Hundreds of thousands of people go there because it’s a destination. There’s other events just like that one around the country, and this can be one of them,” Keene explained. Keene said that the first year will not be huge like Daytona Beach, but with time, it could grow. He said that there is already a small presence of bikers who enjoy coming to Colonial Beach, who have attended See bike, page 6 Cullen Oliver wins the race! Below are the placements for the Chandler three mile meet that took place during the Montross Fall Festival on Oct. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Cullen Oliver – 15:57 Jacob Daiger- 17-29 Stephan Mutisya- 18:29 Matt Wilson- 19:18 Rudy Pekarek- 19:26 Kathryn Beddoo- 19:59 Jenifer Broglin- 20:07 Donald Saunders- 20:19 Aaron Hooks- 20:27 Bob Brannon- 20:35 Bernardino Luna- 21:35 Matthew Squires- 21:45 Jenifer Rose- 22:10 George Barajas- 22:47 Zac Sudduth- 23:11 Angie Saunders- 23:22 Craig Mountjoy-23:40 Janey Kingman- 23:41 Josh Sudduth- 23:51 Kyle Vuksan- 23:54 Will Lewis- 23:56 Brian Kiser- 24:09 Celene King- 24:10 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. Jim Howell- 24:10 Tracey Butler- 24:37 Lauren Ficklin- 24:39 Jamie Beamer- 25:19 Whitney Wade- 25:20 Kyle Sudduth- 25:42 Frank Christ- 25:53 Jacob Ristau- 26:20 Vanessa Lambrecht- 26:20 Sophie Luzier- 26:26 Dawn Hillard- 26:44 Rebecca Jones-26:49 Robin Evans- 26:54 Adrianna Carter- 27:04 Tina Markwith- 27:28 Laura Allen- 27:35 Dayton Combs- 27:37 Adel Greenwalt- 27:40 Emmaliegh Ondivict- 28:49 Kelly Taylor-29:41 Jose D- 29:47 Bailee Packet- 29:49 Kim Sudduth- 30:04 Yvonne Sudduth- 30:09 Kelsy Farmer- 30:39 Bryan Oliff- 30:40 Megan Squires- 31:21 Sheri Almond- 32:01 John Webber- 32:37 Abby Sudduth- 33:16 Ronica Richards- 34:03 Ashley Gilhuly- 34:14 Janet Wade-34:48 Thomas Rust-34:48 Donald Markwith- 34:51 JaDan Prico- 35:08 Mac Syndor-35:42 Marie Sudduth- 35:43 Julia Dameron- 37:17 Katie Kowalcyzk- 38:02 Tricia Sudduth- 38:29 Gage Anderson- 38:52 Brandy Jones- 40:46 Carver Weakley- 43:15 Indi Anderson-40:46 Melissa Houck- 44:35 Phillip Greenwalt- 47:55 Suzie Vucksan- 47:56 Lenna Daiger- 47:56 John Sydnor- 29:44 Mile Race Whitney Wade- 6:25 Christian Mountjoy-6:31 Connor Benson-7:06 Maggie Fanning-7:06 Liam Fanning- 7:07 Ronan Fanning-7:23 Eamon Fanning-7:26 Liz Rynard- 7:42 Mathew Smith-7:52 Wiliam Luzier- 7:55 Ethan Wade- 8:28 Zach Combs- 8:32 Kelsey Henry-8:36 Ethan McNamara- 8:37 Ryan McNamara- 8:40 Harden Dove-10:35 Skylar Markwith- 12:22 R.J. Houck- 13:02 Lindsey Ristau- 14:44 Cheyenne Sudduth- 14:49 Abigail Wade- 14:50 Urgent Care update The Herrink family built the Gateway Urgent Care building specifically to house an urgent care and medical offices. It was built to the specifications of the tenant, King George Medical Center, Ltd. We learned last week that the urgent care would be closing on Oct. 18 when the company notified the King George Board of Supervisors in a letter. We were aware that Dantra Healthcare, Inc. intended to file for bankruptcy and had already started, before the bankruptcy filing, the process of trying to find another urgent care operation to take over the facility, after notifying the bank which holds the loan. Since the bankruptcy filing and the news that the current tenant will be closing at the end of this week, the search process has taken on a new urgency. Despite the death of Ruth Herrink, who was instrumental in constructing the building, the Herrink family has been in discussions with companies interested in stepping in to continue to provide urgent care in King George and the surrounding area. Jessica Herrink See Ruth Herrink’s obituary on page 3 Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at 0RELOH%DQNLQJ <RXQRZKDYHWKH)5(('20 WRDFFHVV\RXUDFFRXQWV $1<7,0(\RXZDQW Download your FREE app for iPhones, iPads, & Androids, or go to on your internet ready device. NSWC Federal Credit Union Visit for details.

10-16-13 Journal Colonial Beach/ Westmoreland Virginia edition

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