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Charges had cost him his job A former Colonial Beach police officer, who lost his job last year after being charged with malicious wounding and strangulation in connection with a dispute in Fredericksburg, has been found not guilty by a jury. Kevin Murrell, 32, currently a resident of Stafford County, was found “not guilty” by a jury on Friday, after a two-day trial in Fredericksburg Circuit Court. See not guilty, page 2
Colonial Beach grandparents Michael Bailey and Constella Bailey were killed Saturday afternoon in Caroline County, when the pickup they were riding in was hit broadside by an SUV driven by a Fredericksburg man. The two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 207 in Caroline County. A 2011 Kia Sorrento, driven by 44-yearThe Colonial Beach Drifters fell to the W&L Eagles Friday night, 31 to 6. Read about the game on the sports pages.
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Remembering our Veterans
Veterans (from left) Steve Heitmeyer of King George, Jim Bessert of Stratford Harbor and Ralph Gardiner of Montross remember their time in the Armed Forces while visiting American Legion Post 252 in Montross on Veterans Day. See WORK SESSION, page 2
American Legion and Veterans honor their colleagues on Veterans Day Richard Leggitt Veterans from King George and Westmoreland visited Post 252 in Montross on Veterans Day to honor their fallen colleagues, remember old times and enjoy the pancakes courtesy of the American Legion. “Veterans Day means a lot,” said Steve Heitmeyer of King George, the Legion’s District 12 Commander. “It’s the camaraderie with our brothers and sisters. We have that bond you are not going to find with any other group.” “Even though I am one of the younger veterans,” said the 50-yearold Heitmeyer, “I have friends that I have lost, and when I think about them today, it hurts.” Veterans Day was observed across the nation as a national holiday on Monday. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower joined the American Legion to lead the successful efforts to create Veterans
Day in 1947. Prior to that year, the nation celebrated Armistice Day on November 11 and had done so since 1919. Veterans gathered in Montross on Monday at Post 252 talked about their service and expressed concern for those who do not get to learn from the experience of serving with a band of brothers. “I was drafted,” said Army veteran Melvin Foxwell, 81, of Montross. “I would not want to do it again, but I would not take anything for the experience I had.” Foxwell served in the famed 101st Airborne in Germany at the end of World War II and also in the 2nd Armored Division. Dr. Ralph Gardiner, 82, of Montross is currently an Anglican Priest in Westmoreland County. He served in France in the Air Force in the 1950s. “We lived on a base in France, it was cold, there was lots of mud and bad food. One winter, the water system
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. froze, and we had no water or showers for months,” Gardiner recalled. Despite those challenges, Gardiner served in the Air Force for 12 years, much of it as an instructor in places See veterans, page 3
The Color Guard presents the flag at the Veterans Day ceremony in Colonial Beach, hosted by VFW Post 10574.
Supporting Veterans, past and present VFW Post 10574 of Colonial Beach hosted the Veterans Day program paying tribute to all veterans of the United States. Mayor Mike Ham welcomed guests and thanked veterans for their service. The Keynote Speaker, Captain William Garren, Deputy for Training and Assessment at the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command in Dahlgren, spoke of his relatives who served in many conflicts with a few tears in his eyes and crackle in his voice, but he also spoke of today’s veterans currently serving. Garren said, “We take time to honor our present-day veterans. We
don’t mark this day as a celebration of victory, but rather to celebrate those who made victory possible. Today, our nation stands without global fear. We remain the world’s most dominant power on Earth.” Garren does not agree with some who believe our technology is what made our country strong. Garren attributes our country’s success to the veterans of today and the veterans of the past. “Each generation that serves in a time of conflict, serves with courage and dedication.” Garren reminded the audience that the younger generation was not aware of what was happening on 9-11, but they
have grown up in an America that has always been in conflict and has not seen peacetime. But, he advised, that they are insulated from direct impact of the conflict. “The fate of our nation’s future is our generation, so let’s make sure we do a good job,” he said. Garren concluded by quoting George Washington, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” —Linda Farneth
Council will explore options to disband or abolish CBPD at Nov. 14 meeting The Colonial Beach Town Council has a busy day planned for Thursday, Nov. 14. Council is expected to hear options from Town Attorney Andrea Erard at 9:30 a.m., on what they can legally do about changing the town’s charter. Although the council has not been too clear on what it wants to change in the charter, some council members have indicated that they are looking for ways to abolish the Colonial Beach Police Department. Consolidation of the town’s law enforcement with the Westmoreland
County Sheriff ’s Office has been discussed by council in the past. At the Oct. 10 town council meeting, the council had scheduled on their agenda to meet with Westmoreland County Sheriff, C.O. Balderson. Although the agenda did not state the nature of the meeting, nor did attendees speaking on the matter offer up the reason, Mayor Mike Ham stated in a phone interview on the following Monday, that a few council members have requested that Balderson meet with them in an open meeting to
discuss consolidation of the Colonial Beach Police Department and the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office. Balderson did not attend the Oct. 10 meeting. County Supervisor Larry Roberson began to address Balderson’s absence by saying, “Someone has put the cart way before the horse on the issue that you have. He can’t get involved in that.” Roberson advised that the town has to vote on the issue and provide information to him [Balderson] before he will come and
speak. Roberson also informed the council that if the issue requires any money, the town must go through the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors (BOS) first. Roberson also stated that the BOS had no authority to control Balderson’s actions, but that the BOS does control the purse strings. Later, at the Oct. 24 council meeting, candid discussions revealed the council’s attempts to explore options that would force the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office to assume
full responsibility for the town’s protection, by attempting to disband or abolish the Colonial Beach Police Department. Talks of exactly with what they would approach the General Assembly were unclear at the October work session. However, the council is scheduled to meet with Town Attorney Andrea Erard, who will give legal counsel on the matter on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 9:30 a.m. Perhaps the council’s intentions will then become much
clearer. The Town has also announced two special meetings, where the council will go into closed session, to discuss the performances of the Interim CB Chief of Police at 9 a.m., and of the See CBpd, page 3
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Top: Morgan Howard and Travis Smith, third and fourth from left - particpated in the special anglers category. Right: Youth Division winners From left to right - Luke Mooney 11, Erin Hall 10, Jace Jett 11 and Patrick Nugent 13.
Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament welcomes special angler category A little something special was added to this year’s Annual Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament, sponsored by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, and hosted by Dockside Restaurant and Blue Heron Pub. The tournament, held on Nov. 9 and 10, offered a special category called the special anglers, alongside all the youth, ladies and mens divisions. Competitors with special needs competed in the event this year for what is probably the first ever competition for special needs folks to include a cash purse award. The Fish that didn’t get away After Travis Smith participated, with his family, in a youth angler competition, his family needed to find a way for his to compete
on his level, but along with family members. Travis has some unique challenges; he is on the autistic spectrum and has speech and articulation challenges. Travis’s father, Sawyer “Joe” Smith and older brother Sander Smith co-founded the Special Angler Foundation. The mission of the Special Angler Foundation is to promote the inclusion of the special needs community in general public freshwater and saltwater fishing tournaments. Joe and Sander were inspired to create an event that would allow young special needs fishermen and women to compete within general fishing tournaments in their own category but would also allow the boat hosting the special competitors to participate in the other competitions as well including the Calcutta award. During Travis’s last year in junior
competition the Smith family ran into quite an ordeal. After several mechanical issues with their 20-year old boat, “Fish Don’t Care” they were almost unable to deliver the winning catch. Sander, who was at the dock reporting the catches turned in that day, told the family that Travis’s mackerel had a good chance of winning, but the boat had run aground on a sand bar. In this particular competition the fish had to be delivered by water. So Joe put the fish in the bucket and the judges transferred declaration of boat #6 from the “Fish Don’t Care” to the bucket. Joe jumped in the water and swam the bucket and fish to the weigh station, where Travis’s fish weighing 2.2 lb. beating out the highest fish brought in previously weighing in at 2.1 lb. The Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament was a huge success for the Special Angler
Foundation. The foundation picks one family to be the host family and ambassador for the special needs community. For the Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament, the Howard Family contacted the Colonial Beach Chamber to introduce the idea of including the special angler category. Rob Howard and his daughter Morgan competed in this week’s event and Morgan came in first place with her 6.5 lb. rockfish. Another competitor, Michael Hoyt would not have been able to compete had it not been for the generosity of Captain Mike Moran and his son Colin who volunteered to take out special angler Michael and his father Jim on the 30’ Marleigh II. The Morans of Cobb Island responded to a post, put up by Joe Smith on the Tidal Fish Fishing Forum, requesting a host boat. Michael won second
place and the $100 purse. Smith expressed his gratitude for the endurance of the Marleigh II team, in fishing a two-day tournament with the Hoyts. Smith also remarked that, “Jim and Michael drove down from Vienna, VA both Saturday and Sunday to reach the dock at 6 a.m. for early fishing departure. That showed me the commitment a dad had to his son, a brain cancer survivor, for making his weekend truly special and an event to remember.” As for Travis he had a great time and came in third place. Smith said, “I don’t think we will ever be able to say enough kind words in favor of the Chamber of Commerce and the Volunteer Fire Department for adding this division and how they treated us. The venue and this kindness was beyond expectations.” Linda Farneth
Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad Is Most Decorated Squad at VAVRS Convention Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad claimed the highest number of awards at the 79th Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squad (VAVRS) Conference, held recently in Virginia Beach, Va. At the awards banquet, CBVRS won the following honors: • First Place for ALS Call of the Year, for treatment of an elderly
man who was having a heart attack on a boat and was flown to Mary Washington Hospital from Colonial Beach • First Place for “Website of the Year” • Second Place for “Promotion of Safety” • Second Place for “Parade Entry” for a 25-person flash
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mob promoting Hands-Only CPR Second Place for “Best Decorated Float” Second Place for CBVRS’ Support Team EMT Third Place for “Scrapbook” Third Place for Non-Instructor EVOC – Wesley Melson Fourth Place for Instructor
EVOC – Mike Nance • Fourth Place to the CBVRS’ Support Team for Auxiliary Scrapbook • Seventh Place for CBVRS’ EMT Team “The VAVRS’s mission is to promote and assist member rescue squads in improving pre-hospital care in Virginia,” said Wesley Melson, Rescue Chief for CBVRS. “We were honored to be recognized in so many categories at the annual awards banquet, especially for our creativity with the flash mob and for the EMT Team’s seventh place finish—our highest finish ever!”
Members of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad perform in a “flash mob” to promote Hands-Only CPR during the parade for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads’ annual conference in Virginia Beach. CBVRS won a Second Place award for their creative performance.
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After the verdict was announced, Defense Attorney Mark Gardner said that Murrell has been unable to find work with the assault charges pending, but would like to return to law enforcement. Murrell was charged after a Sept. 13, 2012 incident at an apartment in Fredericksburg. Murrell was visiting his one-year-old son, who lived at the apartment with his mother, when he got into an argument with a tenant of another apartment, Travis Cox. Murrell and Cox argued over loud music being played by Cox, and, according to testimony at the trial, a fight ensued in which Cox was injured, and Murrell was charged with malicious wounding, a felony, and also with strangulation. Cox told the jury Murrell put him in a chokehold and bodyslammed him, causing a serious back injury. Murrell said that he was defending himself after a highly intoxicated Cox attacked him. Defense Attorney Gardner said Cox was violent, belligerent and drunk and had attacked Murrell, and the jury agreed, finding Murrell “not guilty” of both charges. “It’s taken a long time, but Kevin has finally been vindicated,” Gardner told reporters after the trial. — Richard Leggitt
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FEMA set to raise flood insurance rates Swift action by town council could save homeowners up to 40% Linda Farneth FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, regulates floodplain maps as well as insurance rates for flood insurance. Currently, FEMA is re-evaluating and remapping floodplains based on current flood information. Westmoreland County has been notified that some changes are coming down the pike, and insurance premiums will soon rise. The Town of Colonial Beach must update its Floodplain Overlay District Ordinance, or residents risk losing the ability to buy flood insurance altogether. Rising rates from FEMA can also be mitigated, if the town implements a Community Rate System Program by increasing the height requirements for homes built within a floodplain and implementing some extra bookkeeping. The latter can be accomplished while updating the current ordinance. The Journal met with Town Manager Val Foulds and Building and Zoning Director Gary Mitchell on Friday, Oct. 25, to discuss rising flood insurance costs and what steps the town is looking into to help reduce premiums for residents of Colonial Beach. Mitchell said, “There is a program called Community Rating System (CRS) – this system, if implemented by a local government, can result in lower insurance costs for property owners who are located within the floodplain. The reduction can range from 5% to 40%, depending on what steps the local government chooses to implement.” FEMA is in the preliminary stages of revising the floodplain maps. Prior to the federal government shutdown, FEMA was hoping to have the revisions done by the end of the year. Mitchell believes that the shutdown may have slowed the progress by about a month. Mitchell said that in the beginning of 2014, the town should receive the new floodplain maps. In the meantime, staff is preparing an updated Floodplain Overlay District Ordinance and has forwarded it to FEMA for review. Once the review is complete, and required or recommended changes are made, staff hopes to present it to the Colonial Beach Planning Commission by the December 2013 meeting and schedule a public
hearing in January 2014. “In order to stay on schedule and eliminate the risk of losing the ability to purchase flood insurance, as well as to implement the CRS program requirements, the town council will have to adopt the ordinance in February or March of 2014,” Mitchell told The Journal. The CRS will require some recordkeeping, public information and education. But there are some requirements in the regulatory aspect, which will require a change in the ordinance. Some of the changes will require new construction in a floodplain to be built at three feet above base flood level. Right now, without being a part of the Community Rating System, homes must be built one foot above the base flood level. Building the two additional feet above gives the homeowner a significant number of points towards their CRS rating, thereby lowering their insurance rates. Existing homes within a floodplain are not required to be raised. However if homeowners add on to the home, the new section must comply with the requirement. If an existing home is destroyed, such as by fire, requiring the house to be rebuilt, the new structure must comply. Staff is uncertain if complying with CRS will benefit existing homes. Another regulatory condition that must be met with the CRS changes is that any new construction built within a floodplain will be require a survey that results in an elevation certificate. The town must be given a copy, and the certificate will remain on file forever. Mitchell advised that the area in town that has the greatest risk of flooding is a swath that runs starting just south of High Tides Restaurant on the Boardwalk, running diagonally towards and past the CB Volunteer Rescue Squad building on Dennison St. This area is currently designated as a 100-year floodplain. A 100-year floodplain simply means that flooding happens an average of only once in 100 years. In turn, a 500-year floodplain typically has flooding which happens less frequently - only once in 500 years. The higher the year-number, the lower insurance rates are likely to be. The study FEMA recently revised its Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and met with officials from Westmoreland County, the Town of Colonial Beach and the Town of Montross. The FIS used several criteria to predict floodplain areas.
For Colonial Beach, the study looked at wave action from the Potomac River, Monroe Bay and adjoining estuaries. Known floodprone areas were studied, as well as areas predicted to have future development. The new study also included 63 miles of coastal area, not studied previously along the Potomac River, Rappahannock River and their estuaries in Westmoreland County. The study states that Colonial Beach has approximately seven miles of shoreline. The study identified development in the floodplains of Colonial Beach, which consists of residences, businesses and marinas. The town is primarily a waterfront resort offering a sandy beach, a boardwalk, a municipal fishing pier, and homes and businesses. The study recognizes that the southern half of the town is located on a peninsula between the Potomac River and Monroe Bay. Referencing the Point - the southernmost end of the town - land elevations range from 0 to approximately 25 ft. Principal flood problems for Colonial Beach, as identified in the FIS, are tidal flooding from major storms such as hurricanes and nor’easters, with hurricanes being the most severe storms to hit the study area. However, floods caused by hurricanes are usually of much shorter duration than those caused by nor’easters. In the case of a nor’easter, accompanying winds are not of hurricane force but are persistent, causing above-normal tides for long periods of time. Another damage risk comes from wave action. The entire eastern shoreline of Colonial Beach is vulnerable to wave damage due to the vast exposure to the Potomac River. Flood-protection measures such as bulkheads, seawalls, jetties, sand dunes and non-structural measures for floodplain management, such as zoning codes, were considered in the study, as well. Although FEMA had planned to have the new floodplain maps prepared by the end of 2013, Mitchell expects the town will most likely see the revised maps in the beginning of 2014. The town would like citizens to watch their mail for notices concerning the new floodplain maps and insurance rates. Citizens are also encouraged to attend planning commission meetings and town council meetings to keep abreast of the progress of the Floodplain Overlay District Ordinance and other current events. The CB Town Council will meet on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Veterans: Gathering in Montross from page 1 like Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. After leaving the Air Force and entering private business, he re-enlisted in the Navy for 17 years and became a Command Master Chief teaching aviation electronics and missile mechanics to the next generation of warriors. Jim Bessert, 76, of Stratford Harbor
served in the Navy for 25 years. Today he is a civilian employee at the Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, where he works with Heitmeyer, another civilian employee of the Navy. “I am glad the country honors veterans,” Bessert said. “Unfortunately, I don’t think people appreciate veterans they way they
Accident: Baileys killed from page 1 old Michael Lastes, hit a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup, driven by the Baileys’ son, 26-year-old Deonn Bailey of Colonial Beach, knocking it off Route 1 and into a utility pole. Michael Bailey, 52, was in the front passenger seat, and his wife, Constella, 51, was in the right rear passenger seat. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Their fouryear-old grandson, who was sitting in the rear with Mrs. Bailey, was secured in a child safety seat and was not injured. Virginia State Police Trooper B.E. Crockwell, who investigated the fatal accident, said Michael Lastes’
wife, who was riding in the front passenger seat of the Kia, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. All of the adults in both vehicles were wearing their seat belts, but the Baileys were killed as a result of their vehicle’s impact with the utility pole. The accident remains under investigation, and charges are pending. —Richard Leggitt
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used to do. It is not what is was.” Gardiner said that the changing attitudes about veterans and about the military are easy to understand. “Those good feelings about veterans used to come from feelings that were expressed at home, in school and in church. Today, patriotism and history are a very, very small part of what young people are learning.”
CBPD: Funding for Mod Pods from page 1 Town Manager at 11 a.m. The council will also hold its regular monthly meeting, open to the public, at 7 p.m.. CB Town Council is also expected to hear from school officials on options to fund an $850,000 loan to move mod pods from the elementary school campus to the high school campus, and fund much-needed repairs to the high school building. All meetings will be held at the CB Town Center located on Washington Avenue next to the Cooper Memorial Library. All interested citizens are urged to attend. —Linda Farneth
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Longtime CBVRS Member Named to VAVRS Hall of Fame J. Carlton Hudson, a member of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (CBVRS) for almost 60 years, was entered into the Hall of Fame for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) at the organization’s recent 79th Conference in Virginia Beach, Va. During his 56 years of active service to CBVRS, Carlton has held nearly every office in the squad. Most notably, he served as captain of CBVRS for eight consecutive years, from 1978-1984. Then, after a two-year break, he was again elected captain for an additional two years. Along with his service to CBVRS, Hudson has served as vice president of District 8 for two years, and as a rescue officer for District 10 for three years. Other VAVRS positions included serving on the nominating committee for District 10, as well as for the VAVRS. He has served as VAVRS Sergeant-of-Arms for many years. At the 2012 VAVRS Convention, it was determined that Hudson is the oldest active life member of the VAVRS. Involved with CBVRS since the organization began, Hudson and several other members worked to acquire land and to design and build the squad’s first building, during which he carried blocks and mixed mortar. Since that time, he has served on the building committee of the squad, including the current efforts to build a stateof-the-art facility for the community. He has represented CBVRS on every disaster and relief committee in the Colonial Beach area since Hurricane Hazel in 1954, and has been instrumental in the evacuation and rescue of many people through the years. He assisted in the birth of 12 babies on the road
Carlton Hudson (in white shirt), longtime member of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, accepts the plaque naming him to the prestigious Hall of Fame for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. He is accepting the award from VAVRS President, Edward “Bubby” Bish. to the nearest hospital. Also, he organized many training packages including sessions in mass casualty, water rescue and cliff repelling, among others. His vast experience has helped in the organization of squads in Westmoreland, Lancaster, Montross and Mountain View. Also, he helped to organize the Colonial Beach Junior Volunteer Rescue Squad and remained active with the juniors through 2011. “We are very proud that Carlton was named to the VAVRS’ prestigious Hall of Fame, which recognizes the best of the best in the field of emergency rescue,” said Wesley Melson, Rescue Chief of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. “As a trusted and valued member, he continues to assist our squad and the VAVRS in any way that he can. It’s a real honor and privilege to have someone like Carlton Hudson on our team!”
Businesses: expand or locate in Montross and you may qualify for a low interest loan In 2012, the Town of Montross was awarded a Community Improvement Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The purpose of the grant was to fund Downtown Improvement activities to include the following professional services: • Final Engineering and Design for physical improvements including a lighting plan • Wayfaring and Signage Plan (3) Architectural Design for Façade Improvement Program. Façade Improvement program being defined as the exterior portion of a building that adjoins a public space seen from the public right of way. This grant of $530,000 was made possible by a dedicated management team consisting of Montross business owners and residents, and the invaluable technical and administrative support/ leadership of the Executive Director and his staff of the Northern Neck Planning Commission District. This was an approximately six (6) year period of effort by the Town, studies, consulting services that resulted in the grant. Currently, after final plans and engineering implementation support tasks, the Town reviewed and awarded grant money to selected high priority businesses for facade improvements. The consulting firm did an extensive evaluation of business applicants to determine how best to improve the aesthetic character of downtown Montross. Upon completion of the evaluation, it became clear that there were insufficient funds for all business applicants. Therefore, in conjunction with a Façade Advisory Board appointed by the Montross Town Council, a ranking methodology was developed to select priority businesses. The property owner must match, dollar to dollar, the forgivable grants for improvement of the building and property. It is anticipated that after bidding of façade construction improvements, construction will begin in December or early 2014!! The Town believes that business owners, residents, and visitors will be impressed with the improvements, and hopefully, enhance the
economic conditions of the Town. At a meeting on Oct. 16 of the Revitalization Management Team with business owners, a public announcement and review was made of the offer of grants. This information was published in the area newspapers on 23 October, and additionally, can be obtained from The Town Office. As part of the grant fund, $140,000 was established by the Town for a Revolving Loan Fund. The purpose of the Revolving Loan Fund is to provide a financial incentive to businesses with the primary goal of creating jobs for low – to – moderate income individuals. The Town’s Revolving Loan Fund will provide a low interest (3%) to existing and new businesses that locate or expand in the downtown project area and create jobs. After the initial loans, recaptured funds will be used to make additional loans. The Montross Town Council has established a Revolving Loan Fund Advisory Board to provide management and oversight including the review and approval of loan applications. The term of the loan cannot exceed ten (10) years. The borrower must have an equity interest in the business or building and provide adequate marketable collateral to secure the loan. The minimum loan amount is $10,000 and the maximum loan amount is $35,000 per individual business. Allowable uses of these funds are for building and land acquisition, leasehold and site improvements, new construction and rehabilitation costs, purchase of fixtures, machinery, and equipment and associated costs. For further information regarding eligibility requirements and a loan application, contact Brenda Reamy, Montross Town Manager, 493-9623. The Revitalization Management Team consisted of members from local banks, and they offer their services of council, planning, and possible financial support, to business owners as well as potential business owners. Therefore, this is another resource for businesses in the revitalization of the Town.
Sponsors for Success Program Launched Patty Kelly Long Westmoreland County Public Schools Cople Elementary School in Hague, Virginia kicked off its 23th Sponsors for Success program to a jam packed crowd of excited students and equally thrilled sponsors. Created in 1990, the Sponsors for Success program was established to create a relationship between the children of Cople Elementary School and the local businesses. This relationship focuses on good citizenship and helping students to have a more “global” view of their student days. Patricia Wright, counselor, has been the main facilitator of the program since 1994. Throughout the years, businesses have returned to the sponsors program and new ones appear. This year, Mrs. Wright welcomed 23 Sponsors for Success to Cople Elementary. This year’s class includes Potomac Baptist Church; Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Montross Branch; Westmoreland County School Board Central Office; Mrs. Bailey; Bank of Lancaster; Abundant Life Christian Ministries; Zion Church of Lottsburg; Union First Market Bank; SmileMakers of Stratford Harbor; New Jerusalem Baptist
Church; Andrew Chapel, U.M. W.; Stanley’s Dairy Freeze; Carmel United Methodist Church; Salem Baptist Church; BB&T; Northern Neck Electric Cooperative; People’s Community Bank; Bevans Oyster Company; Erica Mall; Westmoreland County Optimist Club; Office of Congressman Rob Wittman; McDonald’s; and Zion Baptist Church. Each business or church “adopts” a class and becomes that class’s mentor in sponsoring good citizenship. Good citizens will be registered for the months of November through April. The sponsors receive a good citizen list every month, along with other pertinent information. Businesses are encouraged to establish an active relationship with their class. They can visit the class once a month, eat lunch with the class, supply books and materials, encourage good behavior and citizenship, encourage students, and become a mentor to the class. If the enthusiasm shared at the kick-off is any indication of a
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and Religious Community Events zion church at lottsburg cordially invites everyone to come and celebrate Family & Friends Day on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 during their 11 a.m. Worship Service. Apostle John H. Bibbens will bring forth the mighty Word of God. For more information on this event and all events at Zion Church at Lottsburg, call (804)529-6033 or visit their website: www.zionlottsburg.org.
first baptist church in Col. Beach is hosting a bus trip to the famous Sight and Sound Theater in Strasburg, PA to see the performance of the “Miracle of Christmas” Dec. 28. The bus will leave the church at 6 a.m. and will return later that evening. Costs vary by age. Call (804) 224-3274 or (804) 224-8588 for ticket information. All ages are welcome on this trip.
maranatha baptist bible church of colonial beach will celebrate their 32nd Church Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 17. Service at 11:30 a.m. will have Assoc. Pastor Rev. Reese bringing the message. Dinner will be served at 1 p.m. Following the meal, a 3 p.m. service will be held with former Pastor Rev Marvin T. Johnson, Sr. as speaker. Music will be rendered by the Anointed Angels, the BrothersIn-Christ and others. All are invited to come help celebrate.
third mount zion baptist church in Woodford, is hosting a “Pink Rain” Gospel Explosion on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Please join them as they “Break the Chain.” Program is a benefit for Antoinette Minor, and will feature choirs and performers from around the area.
salem baptist church in Jersey will celebrate its Men’s Day service on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. The Pastor, Rev. Leonard Bland will preach at the 11:30 a.m. service. Dinner will be served following the morning service. Guest speaker will be Rev. Larry Robinson from Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, VA, accompanied by his congregation and singing group. All are welcome. Providence United Methodist Church will host their annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 16 starting at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $13 for adults, $5 per child. For tickets or info call Ruth at (804) 493-8230. 5434 Stratford Hall Road, Montross.
peace lutheran church to host their annual Cookie Walk. Nov. 23, from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Cookies to buy, pies, cakes other baked goods, vendors and white elephant sale to pick up that perfect gift. (540) 7759131. 5590 Kings Hwy, KG. STOP HUNGER NOW Annual KG event urgently needs $$$ donations. Donate online http:// events.stophungernow.org/FletchersChapel2013 or call (540) 709 7495 to arrange for pickup. Funds should be turned in by Nov. 18. If you are interested in learning more go to stophungernow.org or contact lori@ journalpress.com. $1 will feed four. Join with Fletcher’s Chapel UMC, and other volunteers for the 2013 “Stop Hunger Now” food packaging project to be held at the KG-Y on Nov. 24. Ages five and up are welcome to come out to help package the food. No heavy lifting involved. Call (540) 709-7495.
thank you from st. mary’s episcopal church The St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Sunday School program sends thanks to the Tattle Tale Café in Colonial Beach, for sponsoring their pumpkin decorating contest. A table full of creative and beautifully decorated pumpkins were on display for the public during the week of Halloween. Patrons voted for their favorite pumpkin by making donations to the St. Mary’s food bank. The generosity of our community and Tattle Tale Café will enable our food bank to be well stocked for those in need over the holidays. We are truly grateful to all who made this event a success! Ann Swope, St. Mary’s Christian Formation. The Church also sends out thanks to all who have made the Bread & Soup monthly event such a success. Thank you! You did it! You helped make St. Mary’s idea of building community “one bowl of soup at a time” come true. The November 2013 was our 3rd anniversary and we’ve happily served 3,220 people. Our volunteers are townspeople, weekenders, students, parishioners, visitors, and musicians. Our guests come from all over. We break bread together (and dip it in our soup) and talk, visit, make friends. We are a community that cares about each other because we know each other. THANK YOU! (P.S. In May 2014, River Terra Retreat will host the Community Lunch fund raiser – it’s a Great Gatsby party (wear your costumes, meet “the Gatsby himself ”).
Salt & Light What does the Bible say about why God does not stop bad things from happening? “Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” Isaiah 30:18 One of the most difficult questions for a believer to field is the question, “How can God allow this bad thing to happen to me?” It is difficult to answer for two reasons. One reason is that the inquirer may not want to hear the answer. God has given an answer in the Bible already but the person does not want to hear it (i.e. when the person has lived in direct violation to biblical command and the consequence that befalls him was predicted in the Scriptures - as sure as night follows day). One of the great mental-maladies of today’s “liberated” mind is that thinking is done with the emotions instead of logic. Clear answers from God do not satisfy hurt sensibilities and his feeling of “injustice.” It is difficult to speak reality to such a closed-minded individual. Another reason for difficulty is that we simply do not know the mind of God. We are ill-equipped to “connect the dots” between His covenant loyalty and the trial that has befallen us. When there is no act of sin for which a bad circumstance can be blamed then we must fall back upon what is known of God’s nature as revealed in the Word of God – that is where the only sure answer can be found to satisfy the troubled heart. One passage that ought to be inscribed upon the believer’s heart for “when bad things happen to good people” is our text sighted above.
By rick crookshank
The thirtieth chapter of Isaiah speaks of four ways people treat God. Men often ignore God (verses 1-7), or they deny God (verses 8-14), or they refuse God (verses 15-18), or they pursue God (verses 19-33). Our verse is the beginning of the fourth section addressing men who pursue God. All who know the Living and unblemished God know that God promises to surround them with His grace (God bears Himself toward His own with favor). Romans 8:28 states, “all things work together for good to those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.” God displays His favor in the life of those who are His as Psalm 34:8-9 entreats, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” God’s compassion is first experienced in the believer’s life through God’s forgiveness, as Psalm 78:38-39 states, “But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath; for He remembered that they were but flesh, breath that passes away and does not come again.” David further declares in Psalm 86:15, “But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” That great psalm (23) that promises God’s presence even in the valley of the shadow of death ends with these words, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow (pursue) me all
the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Jeremiah records in Lamentations 3:22-23, “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Our Isaiah passage provides a little hint as to why it appears God is absent when an obedient believer is besieged by major problems in life. When God waits to bring release from a trial His inaction feels to the saint as if God has forgotten, or does not care that he hurts, or He is too far above the believer’s “little” cares, or some other sinful suspicion. This verse cries out the truth that God tarries so that He may be gracious (show favor) to you! He appears to withdraw on high (be exalted) in order to show mercy (love displayed with compassion). Lest we take umbrage with God’s decisions and His timing, Isaiah reminds us that Jehovah (the covenant keeping God) is a God of justice, He is right and He does only right. Therefore, how uniquely blessed are all those who trustingly wait for Him. Waiting upon the Lord is not for the faint of heart, nor is it only the saints who wait. Our verse says that the Lord waits as well - in the very first phrase of the verse. The Hebrew word for wait means “to wait with an earnest expectation and longing, with a desire for something. Be assured that God waits with a keen, longing desire to cradle you, and cover you, in His grace! Wait expectantly upon the Lord! Trust and obey. By Rick Crookshank Pastor, Hanover Baptist Church Hanoverbaptistchurch.org
Our Doors are Open -Worship With Us Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist
8330 Fletcher's Chapel Rd. at 218
Pastor Michael Reaves fletcherschapel-kinggeorge-va.org Worship Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
17080 14th Street, Dahlgren Contemporary Service - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Traditional Service - 11 a.m. Nursery open 9:15a.m.-12:15p.m.
Pastor Ed Johnson
email - firstname.lastname@example.org web site - www.dahlgrenumc.org Phone: 663-2230
Good Hope Baptist Church
17223 Good Hope Rd. - corner Rt. 218E & 619 phone: 540-775-9487 fax: 540-775-0600 www.goodhopeministries.org
• Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. • Worship - 11:00 a.m. • Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. • 5th Sundays - Union & Nursing Home Worship “Building the Church & Reaching the World for Christ”
7748 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443 (804) 224-0418 • www.lzbcva.org
We invite you to gather together with us! Sunday School - 9 a.m. Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Bible Study - Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Earl T. Howerton Jr.
Macedonia Baptist Church 1081 Macedonia Ln., Colonial Beach, VA (804) 224-1500 "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together."
Shiloh Baptist Church Reaching, Building, Serving
Sunday Activities Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. AWANA, 4:00 p.m. Youth Group, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday Nights Rev. Mike and Earlene Jessee Family Night Dinner, 5:30 Youth Study; Children’s Missions & Music, 6:00 facebook@kgshiloh Choir Practice, 7:15 13457 Kings Hwy. 540-469-4646 • www.kgshiloh.org
Oak Grove Baptist Church
Randall Snipes, Senior Pastor Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.& 11 Awana-Sundays-6 p.m. Bible Study-Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. 8096 Leedstown Rd. Colonial Beach, VA
Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Yunho Eo
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Informal Hymn Singing 11 a.m. Worship & Children’s Sunday School Food Pantry open Thursdays at 10 a.m. Op Shop Open M-F 9 a.m.-noon (Thurs. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) 1 Washington Avenue PO Box 189 Colonial Beach, VA 22443 (804) 224-7030
Two Rivers Baptist Church Meeting at their new church
Sunday School ..............9:30 a.m. Worship........................10:30 a.m. COME VISIT US • ALL ARE WELCOME
Rev. Peyton Wiltshire
For Information call 540-775-3244
Round Hill Baptist Church Worship & Service
16519 Round Hill Rd., King George, VA Pastor Ted A. James • 540-775-5583
preschool for 3s and 4s scholarships available (540) 663‐2141
Little Ark Baptist Church “Building God’s Kingdom On Earth”
"Pastor Larry" M. Robinson Sunday Worship - 10 a.m. Sunday School - 9 a.m. (New Testament Church Study) Wednesday Night Prayer & Bible Study 6 p.m. 15681 Owens Dr. in Dahlgren, VA Church Phone: (540) 663-2831
Hanover-with-Brunswick Episcopal Parish
Where all are welcome. Sunday Services:
The Rev. St. John's, 9403 Kings Hwy. Diane Carroll 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Rector Phone: 540-775-3635
Emmanuel, Port Conway (Rt. 301) 3rd & 5th Sundays
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EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH
3207 Quarter Hill Rd., Supply VA 22436
Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Rev. Irving Woolfolk, Jr.
Services Early Worship - 8 a.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. AM Worship - 11 a.m. PM Worship - 6 p.m. Wed. Bible Study - 7 p.m.
AWANA Teens - Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Clubbers - Fridays 6:30 p.m. Dr. Sherman Davis, Senior Pastor 540-775-7188 www.tbckg.org 10640 Kings Hwy - 1 mi. west of 301
Daily Mass: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. Adoration precedes each morning Mass Confession: Sat. following 8:00 a.m. Mass & at 4:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443 www.elizant.org • 804-224-7221
Trinity United Methodist Church
9425 Kings Hwy., King George www.trinitykg.org
Contemporary Service ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:30 p.m. Worship ~ 10:30 a.m. (540) 775-4501 Rev. Susan Reaves
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
You're invited to worship with
Tabernacle Baptist Church
(540) 663-3085 ✝ Rev. Jim May
Sunday Masses: Sat. 5:00 p.m. Sun. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 p.m. (español)
Intersection of Rokeby and Kings Hwy. (Rt. 3)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
5486 St. Paulʼs Road, King George
Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney
Sunday Worship at 8 am and 10 am
Corner of Lossing and Boundary, Colonial Beach
Sunday- Holy Communion 11 a.m. Meeting at Grant Church in Lerty, VA
"A Church where everybody is somebody!"
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church
Traditional Anglican Worship 1928 Book of Common Prayer 1940 Hymnal
Morning Worship ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:45 a.m. Morning/Children's Worship ~ 11 a.m. Wed. - Bible Study ~ 6:00 p.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Prayer & Bible Study: (Wed.) 7 p.m. Holy Communion on 4th Sundays Rev. Fred Sales, Interim Pastor
Holy Redeemer Anglican Church
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. (Sunday) Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Nursery Provided Seeking to know the grace of God and to make it known to others. Dave Bentz, Pastor Jason Schubert, Associate Pastor 13114 Kildee Farm Road King George, VA 22485 (off 301 and Blue Jay Meadow Drive)
Ph. (540) 775-9990 • email: email@example.com web site www.gracekg.com
Potomac Baptist Church Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Age Graded Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.
All are Welcome! (540) 775-7006
Pastor: Dennis L. Newton 8103 Comorn Rd. (Rt. 609) King George
Corner of Millbank & St. Anthony’s Rd., King George
Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney Sat. 7:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday Masses: Sun. 8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m 12:45 p.m. Tridentine Mass Daily Mass: Mon. Thur. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. Wed. 7:00 p.m. Adoration before each morning Mass Confession: Wed. 7:30 p.m. Sat. after 9:00 a.m. Mass & at 6:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass
Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443 www.elizant.org • 804-224-7221
A church where the Full Gospel is Preached, Taught and Lived
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9469 Caledon Rd., King George, VA22485 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Wm. T. Frye
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
HANOVER BAPTIST CHURCH "At the Heart of King George County with King George County In Our Hearts"
Christmas Holiday section Dec. 18, 2013 Celebrate! (540) 775-5081
Bible School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service 11 a.m. Evening Bible Study 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service 7 p.m. Rev. Rick Crookshank 10312 Hanover Church Rd.KG
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Each Sunday Morning BiBle Class: 9:30 a.m. Worship serviCes: 10:30 a.m.
Location: american Legion Post 89 (at the intersection of rt 206 and rt 610)
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Area Deaths Margaret A. Griffith
Margaret A. Griffith, 96, of King George County died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at home. She was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Rollins Fork. She was the eldest daughter of the late Chancey and Lily Allensworth. Margaret enjoyed the outdoors and all of nature’s beauty. She was strong in her faith and patient beyond belief. She was a talented and skilled seamstress, yet modest about her achievements. Margaret was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was proud of her heritage, children and grandchildren. Her family and friends will miss her and remember her with great love, admiration and respect.. Survivors include her daughters, Judith Griffith Crockett of Bristol and Gay Griffith Baker (Vernon) of King George; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; her sisters, Dorothy Tremblay, Sara Burgess and Marie Sapanara; one brother, John Allensworth; and brother-in-law Edward Colville Griffith (Margaret Ann). Margaret was predeceased by her husband, Julian H. Griffith Jr.; son Frank W. Griffith; and brother William “Billy” Allensworth. Margaret’s funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oak Grove. A reception followed the service in the church parish hall, with a private family interment following the reception. Margaret’s family acknowledges and extends their grateful appreciation to her special caregivers Jean, Kim and Marcella. They became very loyal friends to her during her time of need. Also, a special thank-you is extended to her caring, professional team from Hospice of Virginia. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, c/o W. Mason, 601 Colonial Ave., Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Please sign the online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.
Bryan Richard Gautier
Bryan Richard Gautier, 71, of King George County passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in King George surrounded by his loving family. Born in Dahlgren, he worked as a newspaper delivery boy from age 11 to 13, part time at several service stations and helped with the family florist and landscaping business throughout his high school years. He graduated as class president from King George High School in 1962, and then from Strayer College of Finance in Washington, D.C. He worked at Fort A.P. Hill and was on military reserve active duty in the U.S. Army, with leadership duties, from 1964 to 1972. He was employed at NSWC in Dahlgren and White Oak, MD, from 1964 to 1984. He first started auto body repair and paint work at his home in 1968. He founded Gautier’s Auto Body & Glass in 1981. Bryan loved his family and was a good friend to many. He was a member of Potomac Baptist Church and the King George Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of Hudson Morris Lodge 80, Colonial Beach Lodge 199, Wakefield
Chapter Order of Eastern Star, York Rite Masons, Scottish Rite Bodies, Heritage Shrine Club, Rappatomac Shrine Club, ACCA Shrine Temple, Richmond Court 16 Royal Order of Jesters, Antique Automobile Club of America, the American Legion and the V.F.W. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved automobiles. Survivors include three children, Lisa Gautier Mills of Fredericksburg, Cheryl Green (Gary) of King George and Bryan Scott Gautier (Christy) of King George; two brothers, James Gautier (Ann) of Burke and Rodney Gautier (Judy) of Fairfax; a sister, Bobbie Gaumont-Lanvin (Jean) of Washington, N.C.; five grandchildren, Remington Green and Taylor, Caitlin, Tyler and Kyle Mills; and two granddogs, Tyson and Layla Gautier. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Nina Gautier, and son Ricky Gautier. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with a Masonic service starting at 7:45 p.m. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Potomac Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Dennis Newton officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Baptist Church cemetery, Dahlgren. Donations can be made to Potomac Baptist Church, Box 701, King George, VA 22485. Please sign the online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.
Andrew J. Saulnier
Andrew J. Saulnier, 93, of Front Royal, VA died on Friday, Nov. 8th, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. Mr. Saulnier was born May 16, 1920, in Saulnierville, Nova Scotia, Canada, son of the late Jerry R. and Ange`le L. Guilebeau Saulnier. He was a WW II veteran of the U.S. Navy, founder of D & S Repair Service of Alexandria and a founder of Equipment Service Association. Mr. Saulnier was a former member of the Alexandria Fire Company #5, a former councilman in Colonial Beach and often worked with the Colonial Beach Police Department. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge # 829 in Front Royal and # 1267 in Colonial Beach, American Legion Post #148 in Colonial Beach, and served as a justice of the peace in Northern Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Edna M. Saulnier; nine children Jerry (Charlene), Annette (Mike), Steve (Jan), Mike (Monika), Robert (Doris), Vivian (Jim), April, Lucy, and Phyllis (Dave); and many grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by daughter Nancy and son-in-law Ed. The family will receive friends at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main Street, Front Royal, VA. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 from 1-2 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., officiated by the Reverend Joan Wilson. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VA-Long Term Care, 510 Butler Ave., CLC-B, Martinsburg VAMC, WV 25405.
Amish Quilt Auction
On Saturday, Nov. 16, starting at 9 a.m. come bid on quilts and other hand-stitched items created by the women of the local Amish Community held on an Amish farm. Warm up with home-made soup. Home-baked breads and pies also available. Proceeds support the needs of the Amish Community. Directions: Route 5 (Point Lookout Road) to Route 236 (Thompson Corner Road) to Grove Farm Lane in Mechanicsville. MD.
KG P&R What’s Happening Craft Fair/Holiday Bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2324 join Parks and Recreation for its annual Craft Fair / Holiday Bazaar. This is a great way to see 30+ vendors in one place. Event is FREE to lookers, shoppers pay for their items. More activities are on the horizon stay tuned! INDOOR SOCCER --2014 Indoor Soccer Program, Skills Evaluations will be held on: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at the KGES gym 10-10:45 a.m. (9-11 Year Old Age Division) 11-11:45 a.m. (12-15 Year Old Age Division) There will not be skill evaluations for the 6-8 year old division, coaches will call the first week of Dec. 2013.
KG Toastmasters collecting for KGSS
Thursday, Nov. 14
King George Toastmasters are collecting non-perishable food donations during the holiday season to donate to King George social services. Drop your donations during the times listed: 11/27, and 12/11 between 6:30 - 8 p.m. Where: Century 21 Battlefield 15521 Real Estate Ave #100, King George, VA 22485.
Complete Purpose Inc. announces 1st Annual Holiday Toy Give Away Complete Purpose Inc will be serving children from newborn to 14 years old. Copies of Birth Certificates must be provided for each child registering.** NO EXCEPTIONS*** Public registration will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m.- 2p.m. at The Westmoreland Family YMCA located at 18849 Kings Hwy Montross, VA 22520 (Open To Public) On Saturday, Nov. 23 registration for Riverwood Apts. only, will be held at The Riverwood Apartments located at 368 Riverwood Dr Colonial Beach, VA 22443 from noon- 2p.m. For more information please contact Erika Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (804) 633-5071 Ext 102.
Call KGP&R at (540) 775-4386 for more information or stop by and pick up a brochure or registration form for any of their events.
VA Extension office in Westmoreland needs your help The Virginia Cooperative Extension is in the process of a needs assessment in Westmoreland County. The results of the survey will help provide relevant programs that will meet the needs of the community. Please take 15 minutes to give us your input. You can access the survey directly at https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/ SE/?SID=SV_0lxteS4itEhBtLD or through the homepage of our website: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/ westmoreland/ People who live or work in Westmoreland County can participate. For more information call Wendy R. Herdman, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development at. (804) 238-5396 STOP HUNGER NOW! $1 will feed 4 Donate to http://events. stophungernow.org/ FletchersChapel2013 or call (540 709-7495
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EXIT Realty Expertise is conducting its 7th annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the King George Food Pantry now until the end of the year. Drop off non perishable food items at our office located across from KG Domino’s, 7947 Kings Highway, between 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on Saturdays. If you would like to make a monetary donation, checks may be made out to King George Social Services. Please note, we also remain an ongoing collection site for Love Thy Neighbor donations. Thank you for helping us to help others have a brighter holiday season!
Making memories in 48 hours
According to the virginia.org web site, there are plenty of 48 hour fall getaways in Virginia. Visit the website and find travel packages and hot deals. Stroll through VA’s scenic byways and roads less traveled for photogenic foliage opportunities, great eats and other hidden treasures. Escape, just the two of you to VA’s fall splendor. Immerse yourselves in the natural beauty, local arts and music, wine and sweet downtown communities. From parks to education you, and your children can have a blast this fall as you take in the scenery along the way. For wine lovers, fall is the perfect time for a long weekend. Sip the year’s first fruits. Virginia is divided into seven tourist destination areas: Northern VA; Coastal VA/Hampton Roads; Coastal VA/Eastern Shore; Shenandoah Valley; Southern VA; Central VA and the Blue Ridge Highlands. Find your getaway today. Make the 48 hours count!
Workshop on Restoration of Rights Workshop. 7-9 p.m. at the Smoot Library. Get step by step information. Free.
Saturday, Nov. 16
Rotary Club of KG/Dahlgren invites you to a Great Night Out. 6 p.m.-Midnight. at the Riverboat on the Potomac. Tickets $40pp. to include dinner, silent auction, live auction and special guests The Famours Dueling Pianos. Go to email@example.com for more info. NARFE Col. Beach Chapter 595 Annual Big Band Dance 8 p.m. Colonial Beach Moose Lodge Tickets at the Door: $20.00 Dress: Business Casual. Benefit for: Alzheimer’s and Local Charities. Shuckin’ and Jivin’ on the Courthouse Green, Oyster Roast. 2-5 p.m. Sponsored by the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, in Lancaster, VA. Tickets are $30 pp and must be purchased in advance. Bring your own lawn chairs. Rain location, Trinity church pavilion. 50/50 tickets also available. To buy Oyster Roast tickets, send check to MBWML, PO Box 97, Lancaster VA 22503, or by phone (804) 4627280 with credit card.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
James Madison Garden Club will meet at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. for a program on Edible Flowers. All are welcome! 2 FREE Christmas Concerts The award winning Rappahannock Choral Society invites you to start this Christmas season with one of two FREE Christmas concerts. Come and enjoy our all audition 70+ member chorus, under the direction of Linda Monner, and the accompaniment of Marilla Haas. There will be something for everyone – from traditional holiday music to a Hebrew number to the majestic Hallelujah Chorus. The concerts will be on Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 3 p.m. at Chancellor High School, 6800 Harrison Road in Fredericksburg, VA. Enjoy the season with your family and the Rappahannock Choral Society.
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The end of daylight saving time isn’t just when folks should change their clocks, authorities say. It’s also a good time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and check locks, doors, windows and lights. With nights getting longer, burglars who prefer to work in the dark will be looking for opportunities to strike, police say. “Make sure all the outdoor lighting works, locks are functioning and everything’s in good condition,” “Your doors and windows, make sure you can lock or secure them.” Burglaries always spike in the lead-up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, as thieves look for items they can pawn or sell for cash. That makes this an ideal time to conduct a safety check of your home and garage – and get into the habit of doing things that discourage burglars. That includes keeping your garage door closed and keeping things locked. “Don’t give easy access to your house.” Keeping outdoor lights on at night can discourage burglars because they won’t be able to get close without running the risk of being seen. It can also make it easier for neighbors to keep an
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Thursday, Nov. 21
KG County Historical Society to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Revercomb Building. The restoration of Cleydael will be presented by Charles & Renee Parker. All are invited to attend this meeting. Regular business meeting of the 4H Fancy’s Friends. KG VaExt. office. 6 p.m. No dogs please! If you are interested in joining the club, please call Mrs. Coleman at 775-7728.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Reservations now being taken for the NARFE Northern Neck Chapter 1823 Holiday Luncheon to be held at noon at the Horn Harbor Restaurant in Burgess, VA. For add’l information and to make a reservation call (804) 580-8666.
Saturday, Dec. 7
KGES to hold Vendor Fair/Sant Breakfast from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the school. Holiday Craft Bazaar hosted by the CB-VRS. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors and crafters needed! Call (804) 7615115. $15 for 10x10 space. $25 for two spaces.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Inaugural CD-VFD-LA Frossty the Fireman 5k and Kids 1 mile race. $20 per runner includes t-shirt. Best Santa hat contest! Contact anyone at the fire dept. for details and entry forms.
Colonial Beach grad takes the stage at MO Baptist University Corey Fraine of Colonial Beach took the stage in Missouri Baptist University Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” during the 2013 homecoming. Fraine is a senior from Colonial Beach, VA, who is majoring in musical theatre. “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a hilarious tribute to early American musical comedy. As a lonely musical theatre fan listens to his favorite record, the characters come to life in the apartment. Soon, everyone gets caught in the mix-ups and mayhem of the 1920’s. The shows were performed in the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center on Missouri Baptist University’s main West County campus.
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eye on your property. “Stay aware of what’s around you.” It’s also a good idea to leave a light on in the house even when you go out for the evening. “So people think you’re home” and not be tempted to break in. Many burglaries happen during the day while people are off at work, making solid locks – and closed garage doors – important even then. Knowing your neighbors, including what vehicles they drive, is valuable because that makes it easier to spot suspicious activity or vehicles. The most common mistake homeowners seem to make is leaving their garage doors open. “It’s the attitude of ‘Nothing’s going to happen to me and I’m not going to react until it does.” But keeping the garage door closed is as basic as putting purses and other valuables in the trunk when going holiday shopping. Motion lights are the best deterrent at night, while audible alarms that sound when a door is opened are effective during the day. They aren’t linked to a call center the same way alarm systems are, but they can spook a burglar nonetheless. Steve Zirkle Steve’s Locksmith Subscribe to The Journal $24 per year Call 540-775-2024
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Duck hunters—check your water! Mark Fike This column should have been written a few weeks ago, as the info is pertinent to this coming Saturday in particular. Hopefully readers that enjoy some waterfowl hunting won’t make the same mistake that I made last year and assume that your favorite woodie and mallard hole is just as you left it last year. I made that assumption after a few decent years of having pretty good shooting opportunities. One property was sold, and I found out last-minute about it. I should have checked with the landowner but did not until right before the season. That was a rookie mistake. I did catch up with a reader who had gained access in the place after we lost it, and he told me that the swamp had dried up, and just a trickle of a stream remained. A second place I thought I could get back into, I did regain permission. It was a very small with very little wa-
ter in it, but the beavers had kept two small potholes that were like magnets for wood ducks and a few mallards to rest and feed in. The first time I stopped in there to duck hunt last season, I was dismayed to find that the beavers had moved on. There was not enough water to draw any birds into it anymore. An early morning rolling out of bed, hiking with all my gear to the waterway, and then finding the place empty can be discouraging! The last place I had was not far from the house. I had used it a lot over previous years. It had never been a hotspot, but for a backup slot it would work. I had permission to duck hunt in there, but often avoided it during deer season because other guys had deer hunting rights, and I did not want to mess them up. However, I was desperate, so I trudged down the mile-and- a-half road to the swamp… only there was no swamp. It, too, had dried up completely leaving only a streambed. Evidently, the
beavers used up all the food in the area and decided to move on. A bit of research showed that beavers do just that. They will inhabit an area, making it a gorgeous spot. Beavers can do a lot of damage from the human perspective, but then again, they can do magnificent works, too. A family of beavers can transform a bottom with an average-sized stream into a nice-sized beaver pond that will hold fish, attract ducks and amphibians, and provide water for a lot of wildlife for a half dozen years before they move up the valley or down to a new location. Like many things, though, they do come back around. I suppose I hit things just wrong, as all three spots I once duck hunted were void of beaver activity and now void of water. Perhaps I can find a landowner willing to let me take my daughters and their dog into their marsh to do a little duck hunting this year. The rest of you, I would offer the following advice: Do check your
water and make sure that things are as you expect before you head out to duck hunt. We all know that duck hunting requires a lot of logistics at very early hours of the morning. Good shooting this weekend as the season opens! Disabled Veterans Hunt Reminder All volunteers that were scheduled or expected to assist in the disabled veterans hunt in Dec. at Pumpkin Neck, please know that the location HAS BEEN CHANGED BACK TO CALEDON. This should be welcome news to many of you, as you know the area better, and there seems to a continuity for the hunts there. The volunteers need to be at Caledon at 6:00 am. Due to consideration for the deer herd, only two large drives will be conducted. Thirty to thirtyfive disabled veterans are expected to attend. Good hunting!
Outdoor Report Mark and Missy Fike Angler numbers are low, but for those still fishing the waters are still producing. Rappahannock River Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that crappie are biting well on the river. Try deep sunken treetops and logs. Striper and small bass are also active on the river. Small eels were taking some nice fish. Potomac River Winter Harbor reported that most anglers switched to fishing for rockfish, and they are trolling umbrellas and sassy shads for them. Ken’s reported that crappie were biting very well on the creeks. Use minnows. Small pods of snakehead fry are commonly seen now. Inland waters Ponds and small lakes have
produced some nice bass and crappie on minnows lately. Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that the trout pond in Fredericksburg was producing well after it was stocked the first week or so of Nov.. They also added that Bowie’s Pond in Westmoreland was hot for bass and crappie this past week. Lake Anna anglers are finding crappie on brushpiles and docks in 5-10 feet of water. Stripers are uplake hitting sassy shad and jerkbait-type lures and then moving to deeper water where they can be caught jigging spoons. Saltwater Captain Ryan Rogers (804-5800245) reported very good rockfishing this week. The fish are looking very fat and healthy, with some going up to the mid-30-inch mark. Hunting: Muzzleloader season picked up
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with some nice deer reported. Pern’s Supermarket had a few nice bucks checked in. A nice ten-point story was shared with me. It appears that areas that were hit with HD last year are struggling, while other areas are doing well. Winter Harbor had a lot of reports of deer being taken down there. Seasons: Duck seasons — Feb. 1 (Youth Days) Nov. 16 - Nov. 30, Dec. 7 Jan. 25. Daily Bag Limit: 6 ducks, any species except for the following restrictions: can include no more than 4 mallards (only 2 can be hen mallards), 4 scoters, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 scaup, 2 pintails, 1 black duck, 2 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous whistling duck. Muzzleloader Season for Deer— Nov. 2-15 Firearms deer season—Nov. 16 Muzzleloader season for bear— Nov. 9-15
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 • 7 p.m. To start the Holiday Season, please join us at the patient entrance for traditional ceremony on . Enjoy a cup of punch, warm cider and cookies, traditional holiday music by local groups, and watch the lighting of the trees for someone you love.
This year’s Annual Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament was held on Nov. 9 and 10. Above: Ladies Division - Christina Viviers brought in an 8.64 lb. Rockfish. Right: Guarantee Prizes left to right: First place Mike Harris 14.16; second place Scott Dickens 12.36; third place John Weber 12.10; fourth place Matt Mathes 11.84; and fifth place Jeff Jamett 11.60 (not shown).
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This campaign is raising funds to support programs and services within the Cancer Program. Some examples include integrative therapies such as art, music and massage to help improve quality of life of patients, counseling and navigator services to help patients better understand their disease and treatment options, and personal care services to help improve self-image and recovery time. In addition, educational and expanded research programs give patients the best possible options to manage their disease. An acknowledgement card announcing your gift will be sent to the person you designate. Each name will be recorded alphabetically in a memory book which will be displayed in Mary Washington Hospital lobby during the holiday season.
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Washington & Lee Eagles roll past CB Drifters, 31-6 Richard Leggitt Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach battled to a standstill for the entire first half on Friday night in a game to decide which team would get a home playoff berth. Eagles But the determined Eagles pulled away in the second half, defeating the outmanned Drifters, 31 to 6. Drifters â€œWe had slow start. I credit that to the Drifters,â€? said W&L Coach Antron Yates. â€œThey kept us deep into our own territory for most of the first half. We were able to get a little breathing room, and with a penalty on a punt, we capitalized. The Drifters were a little banged up. My team took advantage of that in the second half.â€? As a result of the W&L victory, the 6-4 Eagles will host Middlesex, 7-3, in a home playoff game this weekend, and the 5-5 Drifters will travel to Warsaw to play Rappahannock, 7-3, in the first round of the 1A East
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W&L JV atop NN conference Staff Reports On Wednesday, the Washington & Lee Eagles ended their season with a 36-0 win over Colonial Beach. Cullen Bell led the Eagles with 77 rushing yards, two touchdowns, and 110 yards passing. Bellâ€™s teammate, Dequise Bunns added 73 yards rushing,
and 16 yards passing. Kewan Dameron grinded out 92 all-purpose yards, and two touchdowns. Other notable Eagle performances included: Damhad Hyde, 32 yards rushing, 2-point conversion; Stevie Preston, 55-yards rushing, 1 touchdown, 2-point conversion; Carson Bell, 55 yards receiving, 2-point
conversion; Joseph Fulcher, 37 yards receiving; Stevie Preston and Kenny Taylor defensive standouts; Michael Johnson, Larry White, Nicky Fones, Mekhi Lee, and Kenny Taylor offensive line standouts. The Eagles (7-1-1) ended the season tied with Essex as the top two junior varsity teams in the Northern Neck.
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â€œThey kept us deep into our own territory for most of the first half. We were able to get a little breathing room, and with a penalty on a punt, we capitalized. The Drifters were a little banged up. My team took advantage of that in the second half.â€? â€”Antron Yates extra point after Brown hit senior Davon Hamilton on a 45-yard pass play for the Eaglesâ€™ final score. The Drifters threatened briefly, with just under two minutes remaining, but their attempt to score ended when W&L junior Bruce Smith intercepted a Graves pass in the end zone. Yates had high praise for his defense after the game. â€œCoach Edgar Carey has the defense playing â€˜lights outâ€™. It was another complete team effort. Linebacker Kaleel Pratt lead the defense,â€? Yates said
â€œThe offense got on track in the second half,â€? said Yates. Sumiel caught five passes for 61 yards and had 56 running. Hamilton caught three passes for 122 yards, and Brown hit eight-of-12 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. For Coach Scott Fosterâ€™s Drifters, Graves hit two-of- eight passes for 54 yards and was intercepted three times. Colonial Beach rushed for 58 yards with Shanks and Lamar Lucas carrying the load. The Drifters lost one fumble.
W&L Eagles cross-country is state bound! Recently, the Washington & Lee cross-country boysâ€™ and girlsâ€™ teams qualified for the State Championship meet. The milestone is an historic accomplishment for the Eagles, as the boys qualified for the 11th consecutive time, while the girls will make the trip for the 3rd time in a row. The following Eagles crosscountry runners qualified for States: Girls: Kathryn Beddoo, Emma Oliver, Serena Thompson, Claire Whitman, Carrie Minor, Kayla Payne, Lauren Ficklin. Boys: Zach Bowen, Jacob Daiger, Hasan Gill, Moses Ovideo, Thomas Rust, Jeremy Saunders, Alec Westall.
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King George home to Virginia AAU State Championship Semi-Finals Keith Rose This past weekend all three KG Youth Elite Foxes teams were in action in the VA AAU State Championship Semi-Finals held at King George High School immediately following the JV Championship game. King George Youth Elite, a first year organization, was the only organization in VA AAU with all of its teams playing in the state semi-finals. This includes 12 other organizations that have been in existence for more than eight years and have multiple trips to Nationals.
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12U Update: The now 10-0 12U Foxes took on the number four seed Rich City Spiders and controlled the game from start to finish and were victorious 260. The Foxes were able to shut down the powerful rushing attack of the Spiders and shut them out for the first time this season. The Foxes rushing
attack was lead by Cameron Schaub, Cannon Zylonis and Tate Newman. A strong team effort and gang tackling lead the way on defense. The 12U Foxes will be in action against the Orange Stingers with the VA AAU State Championship on the line this Saturday Nov. 16. The time and location is still to be determined so please check http://www.facebook. com/KgFoxesEliteYouthFootball this week for more information. 8U Update: The 8U Foxes took on the undefeated number one seed Fredericksburg Canes in the second game and fell by the score of 34-0. The 8U Foxes finished the season 5-4 with only five eight-year old players on the team. They were able to stop the Canes on defense multiple times lead by veteran players Damon Duffin, Charlie Brinkman, Henry Newman, Mekhi Frye-McNeil and Henry Newman.
10U Update: The 10U Foxes were also in action against the undefeated number one seed Fredericksburg Canes West team. After giving up an opening kickoff return for a touchdown, the Foxes Javon Campbell took the opening play to the five-yard line but was unable to score. The Canes scored on a short pass and long run to go up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Foxes scored the first points of the season against the Canes on a long touchdown run by Tyler Harrison, cutting the lead to 14-6 at the half. Mistakes and penalties plagued the opening drive of the second half and the Foxes were not able to generate any points in the second half falling to the Canes. The 10U Foxes finished with a 7-4 record for the season having lost every game to undefeated teams, two of which are facing off in the State Championship game.
King George cross-country team ascends to annual State Championship Leonard Banks Sports editor On Friday, Nov. 15, the Foxes girls’ cross-country team, and the top two runners from the boys’ team will compete in the most important race of their high school careers. From Abingdon High School to Yorktown, King George will battle arguably the best competition in the state, at Great Meadows (State Course) in The Plains. The championship is hosted by Mountain View High School. Comprised of a field of 197 schools, the Foxes are the only girls’ team from the Fredericksburg area to qualify for the meet. Last Wednesday, the Foxes girls’ finished fifth at the 4A North Regional Championship, at Loriella Park, in Spotsylvania. Kristen Hornbaker led the Foxes overall, as she placed eighth with a time of 20:03.6. A week before Regionals, Hornbaker trailed overall winner Miranda Green, as she finished third at the Conference 22 Championship. However, Green finished a distant 19th with a
time of 20:39.00. The top overall girls finisher was Jefferson Forest junior, Erin Saunders with a time of 18:54.30. The driving force behind the Foxes crosscountry team’s success over the past five seasons is head coach Cathy Binder. Binder’s resolve is simple, leave it all out on the course, and give it your best effort. “Going up against teams that are the cream of the crop in the state pushed this year’s boys’ and girls’ teams to run faster than ever before,” Binders said. “As for the boys qualifying for Regional was the initial goal, and two getting to compete in States is even better. The boys have not been to the state championship since 2003 (Stanley Peyton era). On the girls side, they look to improve their performance from last week, and maybe achieve what hasn’t been done before.” Only the top ten individuals, and top six schools will have earned the right to compete at the state championship level. Regional girls’ team winners included: Jefferson Forest; E.C. Glass; Loudoun County; Woodgrove;
King George; Fluvanna. The top 10 female runners included: Erin Saunders, Jefferson Forest; Elizabeth Davidson, E.C. Glass; Emma Gillies, Woodgrove; Georgie Mackenzie, Heritage; Nicole Douma, Fauquier; Nadia Dahimene, Millbrook; Madelynn Knight, Jefferson Forest; Kristen Hornbaker, King George; Kate Carrington, E.C. Glass; Caroline Ponticelli, Loudoun County. As for the Foxes boys, Jacob Watson (9th, 17:03.2), and Christian Koon (25th, 17:33.8) made the final cut with their respective individual performances. Boys top six teams included: Millbrook; Dominion; Fauquier; E.C. Glass; Woodgrove; John Handley. Individual top 10 runners included: Trent Lancaster, Dominion; Alec Schrank, Millbrook; Peter Seufer, E.C. Glass; Dustin Constantino, Fauquier; Cole Talton, Heritage; Stephen MacLean, Dominion; Aaron Arslan, Heritage; Neil Schubel, Chancellor; Jacob Watson, King George; Luke Farinholt, James Wood.
Fox field hockey update After an exciting season, the following Conference 22 players and coach were recently honored with awards: Honorable Mention All Region: Meghan Yanchulis. First team Forwards: Chelsa Galera (CH), Chole Fernandez (CH), Kate Colley (CH), Meghan Yanchulis (KG), Mackenzie Queen (EV). Midfield: Katherine Hull (CH), Greer Trainham (CH), Alexis Brown (EV), Marybeth McBroom (CT), Maure Buckley (KG). Defense: Sydney Rampey (CT), Jordan Howard (EV), Kenzie Neylon (CH), Jordan Rasure (CH), Kaila Bernard (CH). Goal keeper: Alexis Knipfer (EV). Second team Forwards: Lindsy Smarrelli (FQ), Allie White (FQ),
Cameryn McLaurine (CT), Caroline Mastin (CT), Sarah Brown (EV). Midfield: Allison Weiland (CH), Noelle Harrison (CT), Carlynn Hoppell (CT) Ester Seworder (EV), Jackie Collins (KG) and Erin Bushman (CH). Defense: Shelby King (KG). Goal keeper: Carly Lindstrom. Honorable mention Honorable mention: Liz Hill (KG), Amanda Harlow (LB), Kara Peters (EV), Savannah Markell (FQ), Anna Stribling (LB), Mickey Perrotte (KG), Faith Byars (LB), Coley Carpenter (LB). Note: Eastern View was second in Conference 22, while advancing to regional playoffs. Courtland did not advance due to its fourth place seeding.
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Fox Field hockey banquet Life was festive with the family spirit at the annual King George High School Field Hockey Sports Banquet. In a symbolic gesture of appreciation for her commitment to the program, the team presented varsity field hockey coach Debra Garcia with a hockey stick that was personalized by every member of the team. The five members of the team (Sam Fedak, Maure Buckley, Lucy Shippee, Meghan Yanchulis, Jackie Collier) wore Minion costumes from the movie box office hits, Despicable Me and I was Gru.
Area standout cross-country runners, Miranda Green (left) and Kristen Hornbaker (right) will have to rely upon their individual abilities if they are to be successful at the upcoming State Championship, in The Plains.
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
King George Foxes volleyball program prepares for future Leonard Banks Sports editor Last Tuesday, in the hostile confines of Courtland High School, the Foxes varsity volleyball team left everything on the floor against a high-flying 24-1 Cougar team. However, in spite of the Foxes demonstrating their desire to win in the final sets, the Cougars prevailed 25-8, 25-10, and 25-13. Josie Till led the Cougars with 10 kills and three aces. Other Cougars that contributed to the win included: Bianca Rumbaugh (22 assists), Anna Gallup (five kills), Marisol Gonzalez (four kills), and Brooke Castro (four kills). The King George victory earned Courtland a 4A North Regional Tournament quarterfinal playoff spot. The Cougars eventually defeated Fauquier (15-10), 3-0 for the 4A North Conference 22 Championship (25-12, 25-15, 2514). On Tuesday, the Cougars host-
Forces to be reckoned with! Junior Blue Devils running back, Jawun Paker (left, #10) and Rookie Rattlers running back, Domonic Deloatch (right, #22) have major contributions to their respective teams during the second half of the season. The Junior Blue Devils and Rattlers are making a push, as they head into the playoffs.
KGYAA tackle teams complete regular season Coach Mike Rose’s #3 Blue Devils will play Coach David Burrell’s #2 Mustangs, with Coach McLaughlin’s #4 Bandits facing Coach Gregg Parr’s #1 Warriors. The JV Mavericks, having not qualified for the Rappahannock River Youth Football League (RRYFL) playoffs (at 4-4 on the season), will not see action this Saturday. The Rookie and Junior division semi-final winners this upcoming weekend will face-off the following Saturday, Nov. 23 at the annual KGYAA Frost Bowl championships. The
Staff Reports The King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA) completed its last weekend of regular season play this past Saturday, and now the match-ups for the upcoming Rookie and Junior division semi-finals are set. In the Rookie division (ages 6-8), Coach Alicia Welch’s #3 Pirates will face Coach Vic Williams’ #2 Rattlers, while Coach Mike Webster’s #4 Pride will take on Coach Bobby Caldwell’s #1 River Hawks. In the Junior division (ages 9-11),
ed Conference 21 runner-up, James Wood in a 4A North Regional playoff quarterfinal game. Prior to the Courtland loss, the Foxes defeated Eastern View in the conference quarterfinal, 3-1 (12-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-16). Along with solid passing, Lauren Howard led the Foxes with 20 digs. Sha’Tiva Harvey had seven kills and eight blocks. Micala Peterson added four kills and five blocks. Nicole Josemanns added five kills, while Mackenzie Miniuk had four kills and two blocks. Madi Koban contributed three aces, 11 assists, three kills, and seven digs. Andrea Wine had three aces, 11 assists, six kills, two blocks, and three digs. “Beating Eastern View last night was the highlight of a path of ups (a four-game winning streak) to downs (a five-game losing streak) during the regular season,” Wine added. “Eastern View was ranked third in the district last year and went to Regionals, which is a great accomplishment to win against them.”
The Foxes ended their season with a number of accomplishments. Prior to their first playoff win in recent years, the Foxes defeated and swept Chancellor for the first time in school history. The Foxes also defeated top-seeded Spotsylvania and Eastern View. King George has risen to the ranks of a true contender for a potential 4A North Conference 22 championship crown. As the first middle school volleyball coach in King George Middle School history, Coach Wine is already implementing a team for seventh and eighth graders. In addition, Wine and a number of parents are forming a U17 & U14 Juniors League. By attending clinics and participating in camps, Wine and junior varsity Coach Drew Wine are digging deep within the depth of the vast amount of volleyball talent that currently exists in the King George school system to build the best volleyball program in the entire Fredericksburg area.
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KGYAA is currently coordinating an “invitational” game for the JV Mavericks, also be played as part of the Frost Bowl. Regular season records: Rookie: 1. River Hawks (6-3), 2. Rattlers (5-4), 3. Pirates (5-4), 4. Pride (2-7) Junior: 1. Warriors (6-3), 2. Mustangs (6-3), 3. Blue Devils (5-4), 4. Bandits (1-8) JV: Mavericks (4-4) For more information on the KGYAA, visit www.kgyaa.org.
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Letters: More Letters when I first purchased a home in Colonial Beach in the late 1970â€™s. I received a knock on the door, and there stood a very large police officer. He politely asked my name and then explained that he was there to tell me that my son had called from Northern Virginia, and that he would like me to call him as soon as possible. Wow, that would never happen in Northern Virginia, but that type of hometown police community service still prevails. Sure, we all may have experienced a problem now and then with an officer or two, but maybe we did deserve a ticket and now realize they were only doing their job. There are improvements that could enhance our police force, and those should be worked out between the Chief and the Town Manager/ Council. Our town charter specifically states that we shall have our own town police department. Just because a few are not happy,
does not give them the right to change the town charter to serve their personal beliefs. I understand that many of the council members would like to dissolve the town police department and turn the law enforcement entirely over to the countyâ€™s sheriff â€™s office. Again, please explain, â€œWHY?â€? How can the county handle such a large impact. Sheriff Balderson and his staff have done a terrific job in supporting the Town of Colonial Beach, but currently, only two officers are allocated for Colonial Beach 24/7. The state mandates the number of county officers assigned to any municipality, and I understand that Colonial Beach currently only qualifies for two officers. So how would the town work out that problem? Thatâ€™s a lot to think about when it comes to safety and welfare 24 hours a day. I think we should look at our past mistakes and grow from them, not re-invent the wheel.
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I will never understand why we let politicians run our police force! We should just hire a highly qualified Chief and let him run his department, not micro-manage it for him. All concerned Citizens should voice their opinion Thursday, November 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Council work session and again that same day at the council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. With all the problems that the Town has that need fixing, why fix something that is not broken? Think about this â€“ When you hear that bedroom window break in the middle of the night, do you want instant police response? You do get that service now. Bob Swink Colonial Beach To the Editor: Election Day 2013 is now behind us and your vote was cast. You have done your civic duty
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In execution of a Deed of Trust in the original principal amount of $280,800.00, dated December 11, 2006, recorded among the land records of the Circuit Court for the County of King George on December 18, 2006 as Instrument #20061218000097770, the undersigned appointed Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at public auction at the main entrance of the courthouse for the Circuit Court of King George County, 9483 Kings Highway, King George, VA on December 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM, the property described in said deed of trust, located at the above address and briefly described as: Lot 230, Section 12, Oakland Park Subdivision, as more particularly shown and described on that certain plat made by H. Aubrey Hawkins & Associates, Ltd., dated March 19,1993 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of King George County, Virginia in Plat Book 16 at page 191-192. Commonly known as 1129 French Court, King George, VA 22485. Tax ID: 21A 9 230. TERMS OF SALE: ALL CASH. A bidderâ€™s deposit of $11,000.00 or 10% of the sale price, whichever is lower, will be required in cash, certified or cashierâ€™s check. Settlement within fifteen (15) days of sale, otherwise Trustee may forfeit deposit. Additional terms to be announced at sale. This is a communication from a debt collector. This notice is an attempt to collect on a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Loan Type: Conv/Conv (Trustee # 545040) Substitute Trustee: ALG Trustee, LLC, C/O Atlantic Law Group, LLC PO Box 2548, Leesburg, VA 20177, 703-777-7101, website: http://www. atlanticlawgrp.com 11/13/2013, 11/20/2013 We are pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginiaâ€™s Policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginiaâ€™s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise â€œany preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.â€? This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.
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The major duties of this job are the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground electric lines. The job requires working in all weather conditions with high voltage lines. Must be willing and able to effectively work both at the top of poles and in muddy ditches. Overtime work is required frequently. Must be capable of understanding technical material in order to meet the job requirement of successfully completing the Cooperativeâ€™s Lineman Development Program. Must have or be able to obtain a Virginia Commercial Driverâ€™s license. Must be a high school graduate or equivalent and pass a rigid physical medical exam. Excellent fringe benefits. An Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants may read the job description and obtain the â€œApplication for Employmentâ€? at the Virginia Employment Commissionâ€™s (VECâ€™s) office located at 14243 Historyland Highway, Warsaw, VA or on the VECâ€™s website at www.vawc.virginia.gov. Applicants may contact the VEC at (804) 3333675 with questions. Applications need to be submitted to the Virginia Employment Commission, P. O. Box 67, Warsaw, Virginia, 22572 or via e-mail to warsaw@vec. virginia.gov by December 4, 2013. Applications will not be accepted at Northern Neck Electric Cooperativeâ€™s office. Northern Neck Electric Cooperative â€˘ 85 St. Johns Street â€˘ Warsaw, VA 22572
Town of Colonial Beach BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in the Town Center Building, located at 22 Washington Street, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443: Beginning at 5:30 p.m. AA-01-2013 â€“ Sharon Fortier (Owner/Applicant): Request an Administrative Appeal of the Colonial Beach Zoning Administratorâ€™s determination regarding Article 7 Resort Commercial Zoning District, specifically Sections 7-1 Permitted Uses and 7-2 Conditional Uses. The property is located on tax map #3A2-2-87-2, zoned Resort Commercial (RC). Administrative Appeal: An Appeal of an Administrative decision relating to proposed use of the property as a residential dwelling. V-01-2013 â€“ Demitrius Tiches (Owner/Applicant): Request a variance of the Colonial Beach Zoning Ordinance, Article 6 Section 6-4, Bulk and Area Regulations, Table 6-4.1 Lot and Principal Structure Requirements. The property is located at 2-10th Street (tax map # 3A3-1-3C-1). The property is zoned as Residential â€“ 2 (R-2). The applicant wishes to reduce the front and rear setbacks. The front required setback is 15 feet (minimum) and the rear setback is 25 feet. The applicant proposes a front setback of 3 feet resulting in a variance of 12 feet. The applicant proposes a rear setback of 2 feet resulting in a variance of 23 feet. Any persons desiring to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the above are hereby invited to be present at the Public Hearing. Copies of the above are on file in the Department of Planning, 905 McKinney Blvd., Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443
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NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SALE 9804 Mohawk Drive, King George, VA 22485 By virtue of the power and authority contained in a Deed of Trust dated March 21, 2007, and recorded at Instrument Number 20070329000125170 in the Clerkâ€™s Office for the Circuit Court for King George County, VA, securing a loan which was originally $193,600.00. The appointed SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE, Commonwealth Trustees, LLC will offer for sale at public auction at 9483 Kings Highway King George, VA 22485 on:
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improved real property, with an abbreviated legal description of All that lot, tract or parcel of land, together with all improvements thereon and all rights and privileges thereto appurtenant, lying and being and situate in the Rappahannock Magisterial District, King George County, Virginia, designated as lot 11A, Section One-B, Caywoods, as shown on a plat made by David L. Deputy of Deputy Land Surveying inc., dated June 23, 2000, duly recorded among the land records of King George County, Virginia, in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court in Deed Book 351, at page 332. Being the same parcel conveyed to Gordon Hafford and Annabelle Hafford by deeds recorded 9/10/03 in book 450 and page 129., and as more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. TERMS OF SALE: The property will be sold â€œAS IS,â€? WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND AND SUBJECT TO conditions, restrictions, reservations, easements, rights of way, and all other matters of record taking priority over the Deed of Trust to be announced at the time of sale. A deposit of $18,000.00, or 10% of the sale price, whichever is lower, in cash or cashierâ€™s check payable to the SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE will be required at the time of sale. The balance of the purchase price, with interest at the rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date said funds are received in the office of the SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE, will be due within fifteen (15) days of sale. In the event of default by the successful bidder, the entire deposit shall be forfeited and applied to the costs and expenses of sale and Substitute Trusteeâ€™s fee. All other public charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, whether incurred prior to or after the sale, and all other costs incident to settlement to be paid by the purchaser. In the event taxes, any other public charges have been advanced, a credit will be due to the seller, to be adjusted from the date of sale at the time of settlement. Purchaser agrees to pay the Sellerâ€™s attorneys at settlement, a fee of $445.00 for review of the settlement documents. Additional terms will be announced at the time of sale and the successful bidder will be required to execute and deliver to the Substitute Trustees a memorandum or contract of the sale at the conclusion of bidding. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosenberg & Associates, LLC (Attorney for Commonwealth Trustees, LLC) 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 301-907-8000 www.rosenberg-assoc.com 11/13/2013, 11/20/2013
NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SALE 4196 Hemlock Drive, King George, VA 22485 By virtue of the power and authority contained in a Deed of Trust dated November 13, 2006, and recorded at Instrument Number 20061129000092690 in the Clerkâ€™s Office for the Circuit Court for King George County, VA, securing a loan which was originally $375,000.00. The appointed SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE, Commonwealth Trustees, LLC will offer for sale at public auction at 9483 Kings Highway King George, VA 22485 on: December 2, 2013 at 11:30 AM improved real property, with an abbreviated legal description of All that parcel of land in Borough of King George County, Commonwealth of Virginia, as more fully described in deed book 503, page 587, ID # 13-111, being known and designated as Green Heights, filed in Plat Book 403, page 704, recorded 07/30/2002, metes and bounds property, parcel 11, containing 10.0765 acres. By fee simple deed from Todd L. Sikkink and Dawn R. Sikkink, husband and wife as set forth in book 503 page 587 dated 10/15/2004 and recorded 10/18/2004, King George County records, Commonwealth of Virginia., and as more fully described in the aforesaid Deed of Trust. TERMS OF SALE: The property will be sold â€œAS IS,â€? WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND AND SUBJECT TO conditions, restrictions, reservations, easements, rights of way, and all other matters of record taking priority over the Deed of Trust to be announced at the time of sale. A deposit of $36,000.00, or 10% of the sale price, whichever is lower, in cash or cashierâ€™s check payable to the SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE will be required at the time of sale. The balance of the purchase price, with interest at the rate contained in the Deed of Trust Note from the date of sale to the date said funds are received in the office of the SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE, will be due within fifteen (15) days of sale. In the event of default by the successful bidder, the entire deposit shall be forfeited and applied to the costs and expenses of sale and Substitute Trusteeâ€™s fee. All other public charges or assessments, including water/sewer charges, whether incurred prior to or after the sale, and all other costs incident to settlement to be paid by the purchaser. In the event taxes, any other public charges have been advanced, a credit will be due to the seller, to be adjusted from the date of sale at the time of settlement. Purchaser agrees to pay the Sellerâ€™s attorneys at settlement, a fee of $445.00 for review of the settlement documents. Additional terms will be announced at the time of sale and the successful bidder will be required to execute and deliver to the Substitute Trustees a memorandum or contract of the sale at the conclusion of bidding. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosenberg & Associates, LLC (Attorney for Commonwealth Trustees, LLC) 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 750 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 301-907-8000 www.rosenberg-assoc.com 11/6/2013, 11/13/2013
RCC students visit VCU and Richmond Fed On Oct. 11, faculty and staff members from Rappahannock Community College led a group of 21 RCC students on a field trip to Virginia Commonwealth University and the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. The trip was made possible by funding from RCC’s Educational Foundation. A walking tour of the VCU cam-
pus, conducted by VCU student ambassadors, began the morning. “They did a great job talking about the various school programs, activities, and college life,” says RCC economics instructor Mark Hutchens, who organized the trip. Several of the attending RCC students had been considering a transfer to VCU; these students were given an opportunity
bility. During the question-andanswer period that followed, bank employees were impressed by the well-thought-out points raised by RCC students; “The bank employees had some homework to do after our visit,” commented Hutchens. 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve Bank’s creation through an act of Congress
to talk with a VCU transfer counselor during the free lunch generously provided by the university in its Shafer Dining Hall. An afternoon tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond began with a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the institution’s role in facilitating the nation’s economic growth and sta-
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signed by then-President Woodrow Wilson. The bank lobby currently hosts a collection of interactive exhibits that provide information on significant economic events such as the depression of the 1930s, runaway inflation in the 1970s, and the recent severe recession; RCC students were greatly interested in the lessons to be learned from these episodes.
Hutchens wishes to express his thanks to RCC special events coordinator Janyce “Cookie” Jones-Cooke and RCC career coach Karen Hutchens, both of whom volunteered their time to assist with the trip, as well as VCU and Federal Reserve Bank staff who helped to coordinate the visits. He adds, “The security guards were also very patient as we went through the metal detectors!”
A group of RCC students took a field trip to Virginia Commonwealth University and the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond on October 11. Left to right: Hunter Joseman, James Sink, Camden Cooke, Justin Cole-Samuels, Will Farinholt, Andrew Kanode, Devin Montgomery, Dennis Selph, James Hutchins, Amanda Little, Alexis “Lex” Wormley, RCC economics professor Mark Hutchens, Andrew Mitchell, Eric Tucker, Crystal Brown, Luke Hollingsworth, Lamont Baptist, Brittany Joyner, Misha Beverly, Jordan Cole-Samuels, Marcus Burnett, Jr., Jasmine Thompson, RCC special programs coordinator Janyce “Cookie” Jones-Cooke, and RCC career coach Karen Hutchens.
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Why was the election so close? The TV ads are gone, the robocalls have stopped, the morning mail is lighter without all the fliers, and slowly the signs on our roads are starting to disappear. Election 2013 is over. There were elections for everything from the Board of Supervisors to the House of Delegates. They each had David S. Kerr their twists and surprises, but the contest that got the most attention was the race for Governor. These things never go quite the way the pundits predict and this year was no exception. It was supposed to be an easy Democratic victory. The question still being bandied about is why was
it so close? One theory has to do with the nature of the election. Many voters, particularly independents, appeared to be casting a negative vote. They didn’t necessarily like Terry McAuliffe, but their antipathy for Cuccinelli outweighed their misgivings. That kind of negative motivation is volatile by nature and that showed on election night. Then there was Obamacare. It seemed like a desperate move on Cuccinelli’s part, but late in the campaign, he shifted the focus of his message to his opposition to the Affordable Health Care Act. His timing was surprisingly good. The news about glitches in the national website was bad and some, though this number isn’t particularly large, were learning they couldn’t keep their old health plans. There was a backlash and according to the surveys a sizable number of voters in Virginia showed their displeasure by
voting for the Republican. What this election also demonstrated was the changing nature of Virginia’s vote. Namely, if you win Northern Virginia by a large enough margin, you win the election. The rest of the state almost didn’t matter. It’s hard to believe, but when I first got into politics, Northern Virginia was reliably Republican. But, since then, with massive population growth, the demographics, the age and ethnic makeup of the area, has changed radically. If Democrats run an acceptably progressive candidate and the GOP a strident social conservative the result is predictable. As it was this year. However, the margin of victory, along with the turnout wasn’t quite what it had been in past Democratic victories. This narrowed the margin for the Democrats. A question many in the Virginia Republican Party are asking right
now is whether the national GOP’s decision to reduce their level of assistance to the Cuccinelli campaign cost them the election. It probably did and the recriminations will probably be heard for some time. However, that’s history, but it leaves open the question, given his last minute surge, of whether or not Ken Cuccinelli’s political career is over or not. He is popular with the tea party and the socially conservative side of the party. He may yet have another day. But, that’s all speculation. Now, the attention turns to Governor Elect Terry McAuliffe. He won and will take office in January. There is a lot to do, the economy needs stoking, our schools need help, and it’s time, thanks to the transportation bill, to start making needed improvements to our roads. The new Governor has a lot on his plate and whether you voted for him or not, he deserves our best wishes. That’s the “Virginia Way.”
Obamacare – how badly was the public misled? By John Biemeck The claims made by President Obama, and his Democratic allies like Senator Mark Warner about the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” are clearly the most dishonest public statements ever made to the American People by politicians. The statements are: 1. “If you want to keep your health plan, doctor and hospital, you can keep it…Period!” 2. We can expand healthcare to cover 30 or 42 million new people, save money and reduce insurance premiums. 3. If your health insurance is being cancelled, it’s because your policy was substandard, deficient and inadequate; and 4. The cancellations are the fault of the insurance companies. The first dishonest act was to tell the American people they could keep their health plan and doctor when it was known that any individual policy under the new law that didn’t include prenatal care; pediatric care; mental illness, drug and alcohol intervention and treatment programs; birth control prescription drug coverage and other new mandates would be automatically cancelled by the new law. Obamacare contains ten mandatory categories of coverage that must be in all insurance policies and if your policy doesn’t have all of them, it will be cancelled or revised. As a result, some experts predict as many as 129 million people will have their policies cancelled or revised by 2016. This was done intentionally to increase the cost of all policies for those who purchased them to collect extra funds to pay for the policies of
those who would get them free. The President knew that single men, gay couples, older married and unmarried citizens that had reduced their insurance premiums by not purchasing the mandatory services would have their policies cancelled. He also knew the premiums on their new policies and their deductible amount would greatly increase, but he had to pay for the free coverage that he was giving away to his political base. The second dishonest act was to pretend we could bring as many as 42 million new people into the healthcare system and save enough money to reduce insurance premiums. He used “fuzzy math” to show how a trillion dollars could be artificially saved when he knew it would likely cost three or four times as much as he was saying. In fact the cost of the program has already doubled and most experts agree it should quadruple upon full implementation. Most economists agree it will prove totally unaffordable and further damage the economy. The third dishonest act is to say that individual insurance policies are being cancelled because they are substandard, inadequate, or that your insurance company has been cheating you. Nothing could be further from the truth. These policies were tailored to the needs of individuals and excluded services such as child birth, child care, birth control medicines and a host of other services that many American’s didn’t need and didn’t want. Why would a single man that could never bear a child want to pay the high rates associated with these services? Why would older, retired couples need
them? Why would gay couples or other men or women that were not able to have children want their premiums increased to pay for an unneeded, often physically impossible service? Those policies weren’t substandard or defective, but the new policy they will be offered will be just that because they will be paying high premiums for services they can never use. Many will not be able to afford the new rates and will go without insurance. The truth is the Obamacare Law contains mandates that cover everything those new 30 million plus enrollees will need and causes existing policies to be revised or cancelled by law so that premiums can be increased to pay for the services new enrollees require. The last significant dishonest act is to blame the insurance companies for canceling individual insurance policies when the Obamacare Law requires it. Everyone that had tailored their healthcare plan to meet their individual needs will now have their policy cancelled. The political “spin” is they were being cheated by the insurance companies by not including these services. The truth is people were able to afford insurance by tailoring their coverage to what they needed, but are now forced to purchase totally unnecessary mandatory services that greatly increase the cost of their insurance policies. It’s not the insurance company’s fault and they don’t like it anymore than those who are losing their insurance, but they must follow the law and cancel those policies. Webster’s Dictionary defines a lie as “To make a false statement with deliberate intent to deceive; an inten-
tional untruth, a falsehood.” Recently discovered memorandums from the White House and other sources reveal the President and his administration knew over three years ago that people would lose their existing healthcare policies and that premiums would go up as a result of the healthcare law, but deliberately structured the President’s speeches to assure the public it wouldn’t happen. If they had not done this, the Affordable Health Care Act would have never been passed and the President would not have been reelected. As a result of the Obamacare Law, many working American’s will not be able to afford a new healthcare policy while people that don’t work will receive the coverage that working people formerly received. This is in keeping with the President’s repeated efforts to redistribute the wealth of American’s that work to those that don’t work or refuse to work. It’s beginning to look like a page out of Karl Marx’s doctrine to pit the “Haves” against the “Have Nots!” If you work, hold on to your wallet because you are going to have to pay for Obamacare, whether you get insurance or not. Four years ago this writer wrote… ”You can’t believe what President Obama says…you have to look at what he does…” The dishonest assurances the President gave the American people to pass his healthcare program and get reelected is further evidence this was correct.
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our town police department. My question is simple, “Why fix it if it is not broken?“ As a real estate broker here in Town, one of the major questions that prospective clients ask first is “about our crime rate and if we have a good police presence at all times.” My answer is always very sincere and 100% true. I explain that we are very fortunate to have our own town police department with almost instant response times. Our crime rate is one of the lowest in the state, and we do not suffer with capital crimes. My first experience with the local police department was
John Biemeck is a retired Army Colonel, former Vice Mayor of Colonial Beach and a frequent contributor to the Journal.
Letters to the Editor It’s your right Virginia was one of only a few states that required that a felony exoffender had to petition the Governor for the restoration of civil rights, including the right to vote. But, effective July 15, 2013 Governor McDonnell made it much easier for non-violent ex-offenders to become a full citizen. He made it automatic with submission of a simple form. To his credit, Governor McDonnell has restored rights of approximately 5,000 individuals, more than any other administration in history. America is a nation of second chances. People who have made mistakes and fully paid their debt to society can now be restored to full civil participation. The Governor believes that a person who has served his time and fully satisfied court fees, fines, restitution, and other court-ordered conditions, should be able to regain their constitutional and civil rights and resume their life as a fully participating member of society. On Thursday, November 14, from 7-9 p.m., there will be a Restoration of Rights Workshop at the Smoot Library on Route 3 in King George. There will be step by step information and assistance provided for exoffenders and their allies interested in restoring voting rights. It is your vote, your voice, your right! Now, if you served your time, your voting rights do not have to re-
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Korean War veterans celebrated on 60th Anniversary Leonard Banks Recently, at Kings Highway Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Korean War veterans from four branches of the armed services received their due during the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, US Army Sgt. and Korean War 60th Anniversary ambassador Russell Claar handed out certificates of appreciation to the following veterans: James Cunningham, George Luhmann, Wiilliam Applegate, Clyde Buchanan, William Taylor, Clyde Duncan, Gunter Buhrdorf, Arthur Louis Seay, Ralph Knight, Albert Carvell, Bill Hays, Bob Vaughn, Franklin Simpson, Roy Gregory, Fred Reed, Kenwood Higgins, Al Desselle, Frederick Whetzel, Roland Oates, Roy Stanley, Matthew Bumbry, Max Garland, Bruce Richardson, Van Jones, Bill Hovey, Walter Brown, Eugene Johnson, Delbert Henderson, Clarence Woodard, Rondol Comer, Clyde Jett, Cliff Palmer, Bobby Richters, Clarence Weimer, Auburn King, and Oscar Creasy. The presentation also included five families of deceased Korean War veterans. The keynote speaker for the presentation was first-district
Congressman Rob Wittman. King George area residents in attendance included: Jones, Bumbry, Buchanan, and Garland. With Garland’s assistance, Claar was able to locate and contact many local Korean War veterans who would have otherwise gone unnoticed. “During the last three years, I’ve been going to American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts in search of Korean War Veterans,” Claar said. “One day, my girl friend, Valerie, and I were having dinner at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Fredericksburg, and Max Garland was sitting there alone with a cap on his head that read ‘US Air Force Korean War Veteran’.” After a short dialogue with Garland, Claar honored Garland with a certificate at his home. Prior to the presentation, Garland and a friend (Phil Hicks) provided Claar with a list of Fredericksburg-area Korean War veterans. According to Claar, over two-thirds of the veterans at the ceremony were present as a result of Garland’s help. “The ceremony would not have happened if I had not met Max,” Claar said. “He started giving me names, and it multiplied.” Assisting Claar during the
“The ceremony would not have happened if I had not met Max. He started giving me names, and it multiplied.” —Russell Claar ceremony was fellow ambassador Valerie Clarke. The certificate presentation was the final part of a three-year program, the sole purpose of which was to honor Korean War veterans. During the entirety of the program, Claar has handed out over 500 certificates for Korean War veterans in Virginia. The program is a small part of a nationwide effort to honor those in the war often called “The Forgotten Victory.” Over the course of three years, over 80,000 veterans have received certificates signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Claar, now serving in the Army
Reserves, served two tours of duty in Korea, from 1966 to 1967. In addition, he is the commander of VFW Post 7728, and the service officer for American Legion Post 247. Because of President Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order 9981, African-American troops were integrated into the armed forces. Fighting for outposts such as Pork Chop Hill, Bloody Ridge, Triangle Hill, the Punchbowl, and Old Baldy had a limited goal and tragic results. Like all international conflicts, the war also left permanent scars that left 103,284 American service members
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Quarries and Trails along the Potomac River: An urban challenge Jim Lynch The trail starts inconspicuously at the end of a bike ramp to get from the Virginia side of the Key Bridge down to the Mount Vernon Trail, a very popular biking and walking trail in Northern Virginia and part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. It’s a barely noticeable little dirt path that looks like any other volunteer trail that springs up in popular areas. But there is a small sign, and it does point the way. I’d seen it many times during other visits and always wanted to give it a try. It’s reputed to be a pretty difficult hike, and a bit tricky to get up to the Chain Bridge on the other end. The trail starts off like many other trails: dirt tread, roots here and there, protruding rocks. So some normal care is needed to keep from tripping and falling on your keister! The trail is in trees, for the most part. Early on, you have a nice “Kodak view” of the boathouses on the Georgetown shore under the Key Bridge arches. Passing under the bridge, the view expands to a panorama of the waterfront and Georgetown University’s spires, and, if you look closely, the “Exorcist Stairs”. The trail at this point is on the other side of a low stonewall from the George Washington Parkway. The parkway, a National Park Service unit, is a busy road with commuters traveling at pretty high speeds. As the road starts its climb away from the river’s edge, the roar of the cars starts to fade away. Once you pass the mouth of Spout Run, crossing a little bridge, you enter a near-wilderness, far away from the hustle and bustle of a busy suburb. You’re enjoying the tree cover, and the occasional stream cascading down from the heights above. I was now in the “Potomac Palisades” region of the river, with its high cliffs towering above along with stretches of clambering over rocks below. It is this latter feature, climbing up and down over large boulders that really makes this trail a workout! For many years, this area was a quarry, providing material for early Indians, and later, stone for buildings in Washington as it grew to become the nation’s capital. In an interesting tie back to King George County, the last company to quarry these cliffs was Smoot Sand and Gravel, owned by the Smoot family to which we owe our own Caledon State Park. You’ll see some interesting artifacts of those days, large boilers that provided steam for the steam-powered quarrying tools, concrete pads for cranes, and concrete bunkers that held dynamite. This is a popular section of the Potomac. Folks are out on the river, enjoying leisurely (or not so leisurely!) pursuits in all manner of self-propelled water craft: rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and sleek racing boats. One fellow I noticed was out in a rowboat with his young sons, all properly life-jacketed. He saw me, waved and
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called over to ask if I was on a trail or bushwhacking. I told him I was on a trail, and we agreed that it was a good day to be enjoying the out-ofdoors! There are three side trails that climb away from the Potomac Heritage Trail to the “top”. They follow cascading streams and lead to local parks in Arlington. Arlington has been very farsighted in setting A view from the Mount Vernon Trail. aside land for public parks; there are many of them all over the county. Street is now a dead-end street and a The trails, however, aren’t in very small parking lot). good repair. One of them, in fact, the While this trail is not for the Windy Run Trail, has a daunting sign faint of heart, being pretty tiring, that advises against using the trail. and requiring good balance to get One friend told me, however, that safely across the rock scramble the trail is hike-able with care. As parts, it’s one of the more interesting always, use your good judgment! hikes around. If you’d like a taste of Further on, Donaldson Run Trail the trail, I’d suggest trying a short leads to Potomac Overlook Park. section, say from Roosevelt Island to There was no warning sign, but it Windy Run and back; see how that looked like quite a climb. The last goes. That’s about a 3.5-mile round trail, Gulf Branch, takes you up and trip. I saw a good number of joggers away from the river along the park- and walkers using the trail on a midway, and then drops you down to week afternoon. Not enough for it to Chain Bridge. But first you have to feel crowded. One of them helped navigate the climb. There were no me find the Gulf Branch trail near warning signs, but there should have the end. Very helpful! been. There were even a couple of As a footnote, another friend has old handrails. The lowest one was ly- walked this section during the winter, ing on the sloping rocks, a casualty and reports that “...the snow and ice of the recent earthquake. The next formations on the small waterfalls one seemed to be firmly attached, coming down the Palisades can be but had some interesting curves that spectacular”. So a winter hike may left you swinging above a good drop! be in the offing! Stay tuned. I’ll also In a couple of places, I was think- write more later about crossing ing I was a rock climber looking for Chain Bridge and the trek back to that elusive finger-hold. It was quite Washington another time. a climb to the top, and I was glad to Until the next time, hope to see have made it in one piece. everyone out on the trails! From there, the trail is a “normal” trail, but does keep climbing until you reach the level of the parkway for a couple of hundred yards. The trail then drops down and under the parkway, for a short bit. Here it gets a little tricky, and the trail is not as well-marked as it should be. The trail starts down, while the parkway overpass stays level to cross Glebe Road. As the trail heads toward Glebe Road, the natural inclination would be to just keep going and cross the road to get to the upstream side of Chain Bridge, where the walkway is located. This would be very dangerous, because it’s a blind curve, and traffic is not able to see you. So keep your eyes peeled and find the trail continuing around to the right, and start down some rough stone steps to the water’s edge. There the trail turns upstream and goes under Glebe Road, avoiding the dangerous road crossing. The trail then goes back up to road level. You can continue on upriver, or go across Chain Bridge at this point. There is an easy pull-off onto 41st Street, if George to Journal copy_Layout a carKing is coming pick ad you up (41st 1 11/11/13 12:01 PM Page 1
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