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Project FAITH files for dismissal of county’s suit Phyllis Cook Project FAITH is asking that King George County’s legal complaint against the development company be dismissed. The reason for King George County’s complaint filed last month was to get back a 5.53-acre parcel of land it gave away in 2012. That complaint asked the Circuit Court to either rescind the Deed of Gift and Performance Agreement, or to declare it null and void, with either having the result that the land would go back to the county, either effective July 30, 2012 in the first instance, or July 30, 2013, in the second. The county’s 10-page legal complaint was answered by Clark Leming on behalf of Project FAITH on Nov. 1, with a 13-page response as a plea in bar/demurrer, essentially requesting dismissal of the county’s complaint on all counts. BREACH OF CONTRACT ALLEGED BY COUNTY The county’s legal complaint primarily charges breach of contract due to Project FAITH’s failure to meet its first major deadline under the two guiding legal documents, which was commencement of construction earlier this year, by Aug. 1. The county’s filing also contends

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that the commencement of construction deadline “is not subject to cure,” adding that an extended deadline was provided prior to the county sending a notice of default. PROJECT FAITH SEEKING DISMISSAL Project FAITH is seeking dismissal of the complaint, arguing in part that the county skipped a step in the contractual default process, by not providing Project FAITH a requested hearing before the Board of Supervisors to contest the allegations contained in the notice of default letter. In a Sept. 26 letter from Leming, Project FAITH had requested a hearing before the Board of Supervisors to enable it to contest the allegations contained in the notice of default. In his letter requesting a hearing, Leming blames the county, saying that Project FAITH cites, “circumstances beyond its control.” He had added, “specifically certain acts and omissions by the County are the proximate cause of PFI’s inability to meet the performance milestone.” The alleged acts and omissions are not specifically spelled out, but Leming had contended that, “These See suit, page 3

Upsets for incumbents in both James Monroe seats Phyllis Cook Two local elected offices in King George will see new members come January, with upsets of the incumbents in both seats representing the James Monroe district.

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During the recent Conference 22 4A North Championship featuring King George vs. Courtland, Fox junior varsity quarterback Will Clift demonstrates his ability to elude would-be tacklers.

JAMES MONROE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Supervisor John LoBuglio lost his bid for a second term in office to Jim Howard in a four-way race. In January, Howard will take back the seat he previously held for more than a decade. The also-rans in that contest for James Monroe Board of Supervisor were Rich Lorey and Jeff Bueche. Bueche had been erroneously declared the winner by wrong results posted on the state Board of Elections website for about 20 minutes on election night before the vote count was corrected. See election, page 3

Area sports legends enter the KGHSSHOF Leonard Banks

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Speaking on behalf of his teammates from the 1969 King George High School boys’ basketball team, recently inducted in to the King George High School Hall of Fame, retired NBA referee, and James Madison University standout, George Toliver is humbled, yet thrilled with the honor.

Their mark on local sports history will always be remembered. On Thursday, four sports immortals entered the King George High School (KGHS) Sports Hall of Fame. Also, a special recognition was given to the 1941 KGHS boys’ basketball team. With an audience filled with family, friends, coaches, and athletes, the historic event marked the fourth annual banquet of the induction ceremony. After the “new” KGHS was built in 1939, the 1941 boys’ basketball team was the first team to play on an indoor court. Although the team did not play for a Region or State title, they were dedicated and hard working athletes who later returned to their beloved community as World War II heroes, successful businessmen, public servants, teachers and productive members of the county. Some of the members included: Lewis Staples, Horace Gray, John Lee, Keith Lee, Clyde McDaniel, Elmer Morris, Jr., and Elwood Mason. They are the class of the era known as the “Greatest Generation.”

Connells enter pleas on embezzlement from Hopyard sports teams Richard Leggitt A King George couple has entered separate pleas on charges of embezzling funds from Hopyard Farms sports teams. April Connell, 39, entered an Alford Plea - or a plea of no-contest - to a charge of felony embezzlement involving the Hopyard Farms swim team.   Dale Connell, 43, entered a plea of guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement from the Hopyard Farms Little League.  Both Connells were in court Thursday.   Both were banned from participation with any youth sports teams, April for 10 years and Dale for three years. April Connell was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis, who suspended all but one year of the prison sentence on the condition that April Connell pay $4,574.18 in restitution, receive a mental health evaluation and remain

Ricky Hayden was the prototype “ironman”. Whether it was track & field or football, he came to win. He was a student of sport, where he studied techniques with the hope of mastering the fundamentals. Three-sport teammate of Hayden, John Lysher, remembers Hayden as a tenacious competitor and an extraordinary leader. “Ricky is one of the most fierce competitors that I have ever had the pleasure of playing with on the football field, on the playground, and on the track. Not only was he one of the best athletes in the Fredericksburg area, but he was one of the smartest from a sporting perspective.” From the moment he entered the competitive arena, Hayden wasn’t happy with just winninghe wanted to dominate his opponents. His sports’ accolades include: three years of varsity football, captain of the 1976 undefeated football team; offensive tackle, linebacker, and punter; All-Area Linebacker; team-leading tackler; All-District; track & field state champion discus, State Runnerup shot put; Regional Champion discus; Regional Champion shot put; KGHS record discus (161’1”);

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on good behavior for 10 years. Dale Connell paid full restitution of the funds he was accused of embezzling prior to sentencing. He received a sentence of 12 months in jail, with all of the sentence suspended based on good behavior for three years. Prosecutors and the King George Sheriff ’s Office clearly regarded the felony charges against April Connell as the more serious. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Pollard said Connell had deliberately siphoned funds from two Hopyard Farms swim team bank accounts over a period of almost 20 months. “This was not a one-time, impulsive taking,” Pollard told Judge Ellis, “but a series of acts, a web of lies, manipulations, and deceitful conduct, committed over a period of almost two years, that allowed her See connells, page 3

KGHS record shot put, 51’1’; full scholarship to Auburn University (track & field); All SEC discus, 1988; All Academic SEC; Top Five Auburn discus (175’0”); Auburn, shot put, 54’8”; US Air Force Europe football (four years); US Air Force Europe football linebacker, punter, team captain (three years); leading tackler three years; All-CSC, three years; ASAF Champions (two years). In the minds of everyone who ever saw him perform, Derone “DD” Boxley was their modern version of Superman. He came along during a special moment in KGHS history, known as the “Era of Champions.” Whether it was volleyball, basketball or wrestling, the entire KGHS sports program was filled to the brim with overachieving athletes. From the moment he laced up his shoes, the three-sports star instantly impacted the basketball, football and track & field programs. Along with a host of gridiron greats, he helped the Foxes junior

Doug Davant The slapping incident involving a King George Elementary School blind-and-deaf child has resulted in the arrest of a contracted special education service provider last week. Brandi Nolte, 32, of Richmond was charged last week with assault See Slap, page 3

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Laurie Schlemm (right) gave a wave for the camera on Saturday afternoon at the King George Family Fun Fair at the Citizens Center, sponsored by NARFE Federal Credit Union. The Citizens Center was filled with games for kids, community organizations and vendors.

The UDC King George Chapter 1616 held a Military Appreciation Night Nov. 8 at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus. Veterans from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom were recognized. Here Mary Wasenko presents an award to Clarence “Bunny” Jackson, US Army, who served in WWII and Korea. Also honored were Marion J. Brooks, US Army, Ernest Jordan, US Navy, Lloyd H. Adams, US Navy, James Temple Johnson, US Army, Vernon “Ron” Veit, USN, and Jamie Martin, US Navy. Ernest Jordan’s nephew accepted the honor on behalf of his uncle who had passed away the day before. Special awards were also presented to Percy “Buddy” Fines, for services such as organizing deer hunts for disabled veterans, Vic Mason and the Some Gave All Foundation and The Journal’s Lori Deem.

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Paula Morgan Freshman Nominated by Mrs. Grigsby. Seconded by Ms. Fisher and Mr. McNamara Paula is an amazing young lady with a natural ability that is only rivaled by her perseverance for excellence in all that she does. She is an outstanding member of the Commonwealth Governor’s School community at KGHS, and she is always willing to help her peers attain success in their studies. As a freshman, her ability to excel in her coursework (which includes two honors level courses as well as two AP level courses) is second to none. Paula Morgan is truly a phenomenal student that I have the privilege of teaching every day, and she is very worthy of the award of Student of the Month.

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Budget surplus funds Courthouse security positions & School Board 2013 shortfall Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors received preliminary audit results at last week’s meeting on Nov. 6, which estimated a surplus of $1,134,352 for the last fiscal year, 2012-13, which ended on June 30. Final audit numbers are expected to be provided to the board by the end of the calendar year. When the last previous budget projections were provided in June by Donita Harper, former director of finance, the county was projecting a surplus of about $500,000. Robyn Shugart, new director of finance, told Supervisors last week that the surplus came in higher than expected due to more revenues collected than estimated, combined with lower expenditures. The higher revenues may be due to conservative estimates projected. The lower expenditures are believed to be due to the tight rein kept

on the county budget by Travis Quesenberry, county administrator. Shugart’s 2012-13 year-end preliminary finance report also indicated a School Board budget shortfall estimated at $45,012. The previous shortfall amount had been estimated last June as being as high as $180,000 and was said to be due to a miscalculation of a new formula for figuring costs for the Virginia Retirement System. Supervisors had pledged to cover that School Board deficit and were pleased that the amount was much less than expected. The Board took unanimous action to appropriate that amount to the School Board’s 2013 budget to cover the projected shortfall to avoid categorical deficits within the division budget for the last fiscal year. SHERIFF’S DEPUTY POSITIONS FOR COURTHOUSE SECURITY The Board of Supervisors also

took action last week to provide funding of $60,200 for staffing two Sheriff ’s deputy positions. That amount will fund the positions for the second half of the fiscal year. The positions are needed to operate the equipment and perform security checks of those entering the county Courthouse by a new single entry point. The positions are expected to be staffed beginning in January. At that time, a single entry point will lead into a new screening area to be manned by deputies during office hours. That single public entry will be through an existing doorway at the westernmost back corner of the building. At the same time, all five other entry doors to the Courthouse will be locked, with entry allowed at selected exterior doors by Courthouse personnel by use of an electronic access control system.

Suit: County faulted for not having hearing From page 1 acts and omissions by the County have stifled PFI’s efforts to obtain the financing necessary to commence construction on the project.” Leming’s request for a hearing before the Board for Project FAITH to appeal the notice of default didn’t happen, due to an Oct. 7 response by County Attorney Eric Gregory who noted that the provision cited by Leming that allows for a hearing by the Board was not applicable. “Reversion” is the legal term used in the two guiding documents for the county to reclaim the parcel of land back if there is a default. The reversion section of the original Deed of Gift has two clauses. Clause A has to do with “failure to develop,” and is titled as such. Clause B is entitled “Failure to Use Property for the Purposes for which it is granted.” Only causes under clause B

appear to provide for a hearing and also for a 60-day grace period for the ability to “cure” reversion of the title of the parcel that was given to Project FAITH. The wording and language in clause B would not be expected to come into play at this point, since the property has not yet been put to any uses as contemplated by the two guiding legal documents. While the county’s legal filing contends that the commencement of construction deadline “is not subject to cure,” it also states that an extended deadline was provided by the county, adding that Project FAITH, “made no effort to cure following its receipt of the county’s default notice,” which was sent on Aug. 2. Clause A, as amended, consists of one of long sentence and appears below in its entirety. “All rights granted in this Deed shall cease and become null and void and Grantee’s interest along with all

improvements and appurtenances shall revert to County if Grantee fails to commence construction of the improvements in accordance with the terms of the Performance Agreement on or before August 1, 2013, provided, however that if such failure is due to events or circumstances beyond Grantee’s control, including, but not limited to fire, wind, storm, strike, unavailability of materials, acts of God orders of Federal, State or local governments or their agencies or their courts, the Property shall revert to the County.” DEMURRER Leming’s filing also contains a Demurrer, which alleges insufficiency of the facts alleged in the county’s original complaint that asked for rescission of the deed or for the Court to declare it null and void, with either resulting in reversion of the deed to the county.

KGHSSHOF: Athletic accomplishments From page 1 varsity football program to its first Junior Varsity Championship berth (against Caroline) and two postseason state football games. His accomplishments include three-year starter (kick returner, wide receiver, and defensive back); two-time AllDistrict kick returner, wide receiver and defensive back; First Team AllRegion kick returner, wide receiver, and defensive back; First Team AllState kick returner, wide receiver, and defensive back; First Team All-State wide receiver and kick returner; First Team All-Region kick returner, wide receiver, and defensive back; AllArea First Team as wide receiver and defensive back (two times); Team MVP; participated in the VHSCA All-Star Football Game; holds the school record of five receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns. On the basketball courts of KGHS, Boxley was a four-year starter for the Foxes. He earned the following honors: Four-year starter, with years as team captain; First Team AllDistrict Point Guard; Second Team All-Regional; Co-MVP All-District; team MVP; First Team All-Area. Known as “the fastest man in the state” at the time, Boxley’s track & field honors included: State Champion, 55-meter indoor, and 100-meter outdoor; First Team All-District; First Team All-Region, First Team AllState, and First Team All-Area.

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Boxley achieved national recognition for his gridiron heroics at James Madison University (JMU). His significant contributions as a wide receiver for the JMU Dukes included: three-year starter; leading receiver in the 2004 National Championship 13-4 team; ESPN Top Ten Plays with a fingertip catch against William & Mary during the Regional Final. The 1969 KGHS boys’ basketball team helped set the standard for athletic and social excellence. They were the remnants of the consolidation of Ralph Bunche and KGHS. Their path to compiling the most victories (20-1) in school history happened during the era of civil rights reform. Former KGHS head basketball Coach Buddy Updike spoke proudly of his team’s contribution to society. “We drew tons of fans, both black and white, and our team got along well,” Updike said. “It was like segregation was never there— they bonded and melted together right away.” Updike utilized the talented pool of athletes that included notable legends such as Gary Butler, Jerome Owens, Harold Jefferson, and George Toliver to create the perfect storm. The storm was composed of three five-man squads. Forty-four years later, the following records remain unblemished: 95% winning percentage, best in school history; numerous offensive and defensive records that include the all-time rebounding record. “There were teams that I especially loved,” Updike said. The 4-11 team was an extremely hardworking bunch, and their success, as the 1970 state championship team. However, the team before the championship team, 1969, was as talented and hardworking a team that has ever been in the area.” After flying under the radar for two years as a rarely used reserve basketball player, Jerome Owens came out of nowhere to become a nightmare for area basketball rivals. As the tallest man, at sixfoot-three, on an undersized team, he was counted on to control the perimeter, while the shorter, quicker players controlled the middle. Rival cross-town former Colonial Beach basketball Coach and Athletic Director Wayne

Kennedy said, “Jerome was sort of a freak of nature. I don’t remember anybody that I can compare him to in the Northern Neck area. He was a one-man rebounding and scoring machine that could score in a variety of ways—inside 10 feet, he was unstoppable.” Along with being a two-time captain of the All-District Basketball team, he earned the following honors: First team All-District (twice); Honorable Mention AllState (junior year); All-Region (twice); All Tournament State Championship; co-captain of the 1970 State Championship team. His propensity to light up the scoreboard is legendary. During his junior year, he averaged 16.9 points per game, while ripping down 13.9 rebounds per game. He also set the state record with 54 points in one game while grabbing 25 rebounds versus Colonial Beach. John Lysher simply had the Midas Touch. Whether it was basketball, football, baseball, or track & field, he brought home the gold associated with winning. The 1979 KGHS graduate’s high school career included the following honors: All-Area quarterback, First Team All-District (1978), Second Team All-District (1977), Second Team All-Region Quarterback (1978); finished career with 26-3-2 record without ever losing a district game; Three-time FLS Player of the Week. Lysher’s KGHS football records include: 150 passing attempts; 76 receptions in a season; 13 touchdown passes; 1,118 passing yards; three touchdown passes in a game (three times); 12 completions in a game (three times); 259 passing yards in a game; career record of 135 completions out of 251 attempts that resulted in 2,119 yards and 23 touchdowns. Other sports accomplishments featured: Two-year career at Randolph Macon College; KGHS basketball, First Team All-District (junior year); Second Team AllTournament (senior); most assists single game (record, 16); season assists (record, 130); KGHS baseball, four-year starter, pitcher, catcher, first base, outfield; KGHS baseball, First Team All-District; .427 batting average; track & field 880 yards champion (1:58.3), senior year.

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Property reassessment update

Board of Equalization members named Phyllis Cook Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal is in the process of meeting with landowners who wish to discuss their new assessments, with notices mailed out on Nov. 1. Blue Ridge will now be taking appointments through Monday, Nov. 18. Those wishing to schedule an appointment with Blue Ridge should call (540) 775-3354. The meetings are being held by appointment only in the County Administration Building Board Room, 10459 Courthouse Dr., Suite 105. The county administration building is the Revercomb Building, located behind the King George Courthouse on Route 3 (Kings Hwy.). Property owners who disagree with their valuations will have a second opportunity to dispute them. In addition to an appointment with Blue Ridge, landowners will also be able to schedule an appointment to meet with a Board of Equalization early in the new calendar year. NOMINATIONS MADE FOR BOARD OF EQUALIZATION The King George Board of Supervisors approved nominations for the names of five county residents for a Board of Equalization. That action took place at last week’s meeting on Nov. 6. The names now go forward to the Circuit Court for appointment.

Supervisors followed the board’s tradition of one nomination coming from each member of the board, generally from the district they represent. Those nominated are Terry Collins by At-Large Supervisor Dale Sisson, Kenneth Allwine by Shiloh Supervisor Cedell Brooks, Richard Snow by Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo, Stan Palivoda by James Monroe Supervisor John LoBuglio, and John Cheadle by Supervisor James Madison Joe Grzeika. Those names had been forwarded by board members since the last meeting to provide county attorney Eric Gregory the chance to ensure that the proposed membership makeup conformed to state law. At least one member must be a resident of the county and a majority of the members must be freeholders of real property in King George. Thirty percent of the members must be commercial or residential real estate appraisers, other real estate professionals, builders, developers, or legal or financial professionals. Appointees must attend a basic course of instruction given by the Virginia Department of Taxation following appointment. Also at last week’s meeting, Supervisors authorized advertisement for a public hearing on Dec. 3 to approve a resolution setting out deadlines for real estate tax assessment equalization applications and for the

Board of Equalization to decide on those applications. DATES TO BE SET FOR BOARD OF EQUALIZATION APPLICATIONS King George is on a four-year reassessment cycle for property values, which means that when assessments are completed, they will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The Code of Virginia requires each locality to periodically perform a general reassessment to determine each property’s fair market value and its equalization in value to similar properties. The previous general reassessment was effective January 1, 2010. Unless a property’s value is adjusted by Blue Ridge or ‘equalized’ by the Board of Equalization, the assessed value contained in notices sent out to landowners on Nov. 1 will stand. The new assessments will affect values and tax rates for the next four years beginning with the first half tax bill payable in June 2014. March 31, 2014 is proposed as the final day for landowners to file an application with the Board of Equalization to request a change in assessed value. May 30 is proposed as the deadline date for the Board of Equalization to make all decisions in regard to applications received. Those dates are to be finalized following the public hearing to be held on Dec. 3.

Polling place evacuated election day Potomac Elementary School was evacuated on Election Day last week, after a school official noticed a haze of smoke in a classroom. School had not been in session that day, and though it was a teacher workday, most staff was gone by the time Fire & Rescue was called, which was close to 6 p.m. There was no fire, but the haze was caused by a malfunctioning part in a mechanical system, according to King George Fire Chief David Moody. With voting taking place in the gym, about 30 voters and election officials were evacuated for a short time, with Registrar Lorrie Gump saying that everyone was patient during the disruption. Gump said voting resumed when they were allowed back into the building, with all voters seeking to cast ballots able to do so prior to the 7 p.m. poll closing.

Connell: Funds taken From page 1 to gain access to the Hopyard Farm swim team’s accounts and use their funds as her personal piggy bank.” “The Commonwealth finds it hard to imagine a more fundamental violation of trust than stealing money, entrusted to you by virtue of your position as president of the board of directors on a children’s sports team,” Pollard declared. “Because of the impact on the community, including the parents and other people affiliated with the swim team, especially the children, it is appropriate to send April Connell a message, that when that trust is violated, there will be consequences,” Pollard said. Evidence was presented to Judge Ellis showing April Connell has used swim team funds, raised through registration fees, fundraisers, donations and concessions, to purchase personal items ranging from X-box equipment, to cigarettes and hair color products. The embezzlement was discovered when swim team officials found that despite raising thousands of dollars, there was no money to pay coaches or to pay for awards for the children. Pollard told the court that Connell “was abrasive when confronted or questioned by parents about the missing funds.” According to King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann, Pollard “did a great job” in bringing Connell to justice. “So much so, that a defense attorney, who was in the courtroom on an unrelated matter, sought me out after court to tell me how impressed he was in Jennifer’s handling of the matter.”

Election: Two write-ins From page 1 JAMES MONROE SCHOOL BOARD For the James Monroe School Board seat, Terence “T.C.” Collins won, with 239 write-in votes against 124 votes written in for Rick Randall. In that race there was no one on the ballot. Incumbent Randall had announced his intention to run a write-in campaign early in the process, after he missed the filing deadline for gathering signatures on petitions to get on the ballot. Collins had announced his intention to run as a write-in much later, making his intention known in the week prior to the election. Collins is a criminal investigator with the Virginia State police. He is married to Jennifer Collins, who

is an assistant principal at King George High School. OTHER LOCAL OFFICES BOARD OF SUPERVISORS - SHILOH Incumbent Cedell Brooks, Jr. handily won reelection from challenger Shawn Lawrence. Cathy Binder was also on the ballot but had withdrawn her candidacy. SCHOOL BOARD - SHILOH Incumbent Michael E. Rose ran unopposed for a second term. ~ COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY Incumbent Keri A. Gusmann won her seat without opposition for Commonwealth’s Attorney. ~ HOUSE OF DELEGATES Incumbent Margaret Bevans Ransone won her seat without opposition for member of the House of Delegates.

Slap: Teacher arrested From page 1 and battery in the incident, King George Sheriff ’s Dept. confirmed. Nolte is an employee of Allied Instructional Services of Ashland, which specializes in providing educational and training services to deaf-blind students as well as persons who have autism, or in need of interpreting and physical/ occupational therapy. King George School Superintendent Rob Benson said the incident occurred last week during a training session with the deaf-blind student. He said that the student had apparently struck out and hit Nolte during training, who in turn slapped the 7-yearold child. Terming the incident “regrettable and unacceptable” Benson stressed that Nolte was not an employee of the King George County School Board but employed by a contracted service who was referred to the school system to help with the educational concerns of the young special education student. According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, a critical part of improving educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in the classroom and across the school. And most special educators have built an

impressive knowledge base across years of experience individualizing instruction for children and administering special education and related services in schools. The education for all disabled students is addressed in a special public law act - PL 94-142/ sometimes referred by the acronym EACHA for Education for All Handicapped Children Act - which was enacted in 1975 by Congress. The law requires that all public schools accepting funding provide equal access to education and one free meal for children with physical/ mental disabilities. Under the law, schools are required to evaluate all handicapped children and create an education plan with parental input that closely mirrors the educational experience of non-disabled students. EACHA additionally requires school districts provide procedures for parents of disabled children to dispute decisions made about their child’s educational process.

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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.

(540) 775-7247

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 - office@dahlgrenumc.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

804-224-9695

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

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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

For more information, visit our website at:

www.hanover-with-brunswick.com

EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH

3207 Quarter Hill Rd., Supply VA 22436

(804) 443-4168

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

804-493-7407

www.cbumc.org

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!"

www.stpaulskgva.org

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.

(Psalm 34:3)

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: info@gracekg.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

www.hanoverbaptistchurch.org

“The church is the great lost and found department” - Robert Short

Help others find your church. Advertise in this space, only $10 per week. Billed monthly. Contact Lori at (540) 709-7495 or email her at lori@journalpress.com

The King george ChurCh of ChrisT inviTes you To meeT wiTh us

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)

Each WEdnESday night for BiBlE Study

Location: at a member’s home PLease contact us at our e-maiL address for the Location

A New Testament church “... All the churches of Christ greet you.” Romans 16:16

contact_us@kinggeorgecofchrist.org http://www.kinggeorgecofchrist.org P.O.Box 756 King George, VA 22485


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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.

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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 completepurposeincorp@gmail.com 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 kgdahlgrenrotary@gmail.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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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.

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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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King George Foxes foil Chargers, and regain swagger Leonard Banks Sports editor The Foxes are back! After compiling 69 points and giving up 14 points over the course of two games, the Foxes (8-2) offense has shifted into swagger mode. Last Foxes Friday’s 27-0 shutout over Chancellor (19) is evidence of that. After a minor wakeup call from their 35-5 Chargers loss to the conference c h a m p i o n , Courtland, the Foxes varsity football team has become stronger on both sides of the ball. In short, they are in playoff mode! Senior Jordi Estes savored his final regular season high school game with four interceptions, 94 rushing

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yards, and one touchdown. Over the course of Estes’ football career, Foxes varsity football head coach Jeff Smith has watched Estes evolve into one of the area’s premier players. “Jordi is a machine,” Smith said upon reflection. “He is one of those special players that appears every five years. He’s our secret stud that can do anything, and play everywhere.” After a scoreless first quarter, King George opened the second quarter with a 44-yard touchdown run from Jacolby White. Later, with 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Foxes extended their lead to 14-0, with a White to Antwan Brown 24yard touchdown reception. Chancellor attempted to score from the Foxes red zone - inside the 20-yard line - but Markiece Johnson foiled their hopes with an interception near the end zone.

“Jordi is a machine. He is one of those special players that appears every five years. He’s our secret stud that can do anything, and play everywhere.” —Jeff Smith However, 13 plays, and 91 yards later, Estes scored from 10 yards out. After a missed extra point conversion, the Foxes led, 20-0. With 13 seconds left in the game, the Foxes gave the Chargers a going away present, as Johnson rumbled down the field for a 59-yard touchdown. The Foxes are scheduled to host Dominion High School (6-4), on Friday for the first round of the 4A

North playoffs . Game time is 7 p.m. While the impending loss of 22 seniors to graduation may have lulled the opposition into thinking that the 2014 season will thrust King George into a rebuilding process, they may want to pause and re-think that scenario. The Foxes will inherit a junior varsity team that finished with a 9-2 record, and an offensive backfield including Will Clift and Jordan Aley.

Courtland reclaims JV championship Leonard Banks Sports editor Thrills, chills and spills would be the best description for the war that took place at King George County stadium on Saturday. Redemption for losing to the Foxes (9-2) on Oct. Cougars JV 4 (20-17) resonated with the sweet taste of reclaiming the junior varsity football Foxes JV championship for the Courtland Cougars (10-1). After trailing 14-6, the Cougars rallied in the second half to defeat the Foxes, 22-14. “We knew coming in here that playing Courtland today was going to be tough,” Foxes junior varsity head coach, George Estes said. “It’s hard to beat the same team twice in the same year. It went down to the wire, just like we thought it would. We knew it would be a dogfight. Words cannot express how proud I am of this team.” As fate would have it, on the previous day, the Cougar varsity football team claimed the conference 22 regular season championship with a 35-21 victory over James Monroe. Both junior varsity and varsity Foxes football teams are runner-up in their

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respective conferences. In the first quarter, the Cougars capitalized on a Fox fumble to march 46 yards for the game’s first score, courtesy of a Blair Barham 10-yard touchdown run. After a blocked extra point attempt, the Cougars led, 6-0. The Foxes special teams responded with an 80-yard kick-off return by Jordan Aley. After a successful extra point, the Foxes led, 7-6. In the second quarter, with 5:58 remaining in the first half, Fox quarterback Will Clift connected with Aley for a 52-yard touchdown. Trailing by eight points (14-6) in the third quarter, the Cougars ate up over 8 ½ minutes. However after grinding out 64 yards, on 14 plays, the Cougars came up empty, after Chad Blazer intercepted a pass from Chet Wilborne with 3:22 left in the quarter. The Cougars would strike back quickly. On the ensuing Courtland possession, Jason Hokenson lunged in from one yard out to cut the Fox deficit to two. Moments later, Gary Coston bolted in for the two-point conversion to tie the game up at 14-14. Along with clock management, the Cougars line soon began to take a toll on the Foxes. Behind Bradley Bennett and Ben Beatty, the Cougar offensive backfield scored on their

“The game was off to a slow start, but they (King George) have a great group. We’ve already come here, and lost one in a close game earlier this season. We certainly didn’t want to lose twice to them—our team really stepped up today.” —Thomas Wingert first possession of the fourth quarter, as Dakota Woodward scored from 48 yards out to take the lead, 2014. After a two-point conversion by Hokenson, the Cougars led, 22-14 and never looked back. On the Foxes final possession, with less than two minutes to play, Clift desperately attempted to rally his team, but after two dropped passes,

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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. 

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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-

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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 1970’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 county’s sheriff ’s office. Again, please explain, “WHY?� 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? That’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&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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

by participating in the election process and I thank you for making that effort. Hopefully, you were able to acquire enough knowledge about the candidates for consideration. Now your part is done and you can just sit back, relax and let your elected officials take care of everything. Unfortunately, that is exactly what a majority will do and this results in an ineffective government. I encourage you to stay informed of the main topics of discussion at all levels of government. When something sparks your interest, take the time to gather more information. If you are still intrigued, then just maybe it is time for you to take action. Elected officials are put into office to serve the electorate, which means, in order to effectively do so, they need to hear from you. There are many avenues available for contacting your elected representatives at all levels. The local county level affords you a

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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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deposit of $11,000.00 or 10% of the sale price, whichever is lower, will be required in cash, certified or cashierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise â&#x20AC;&#x153;any 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&#x20AC;? 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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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&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sharon Fortier (Owner/Applicant): Request an Administrative Appeal of the Colonial Beach Zoning Administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;AS IS,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;AS IS,â&#x20AC;? 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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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


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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.

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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.

before we even sat down. Our meals followed shortly after. She always remembered what we ordered. Gina, we hope you come back soon. If anyone knows if Gina is employed at another restaurant, please call any of the eight retired people from Colonial Beach, and we will be there. We hope that she and her family are doing well. My phone number can be found in the telephone book. Richard Hall Colonial Beach

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-

main behind bars. The workshop is open to the public and registration is not required. Contact addie@virginia-organizing.org, (434) 249.4058 or call locally at (540) 645.9535. Helene Kelly Dahlgren, VA Letter to the Editor, I just learned that as of three weeks ago, the best waitress ever (Gina from Vinny’s in KG) is no longer there, and other employees at Vinny’s will not say why. Gina knew all of her customers by name. My wife and I having been dining there for over two years now, and Gina had our drinks on the table

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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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A couple from Richmond inherited this papier maché tray and stand from her family. It is unsigned, and shows signs of considerable usage over the years. They think the stand is conteporary with the tray, and they are asking whether the paint should be “touched up.” This tray is a Henry Lane fine example of papier maché, Hull a technique developed in France to make serviceable pieces from compressed paper. I suspect that the stand might be made of wood. The tray dates from the late-nineteenth or early twentieth century. The painting is well done, and I personally prefer not to see such pieces extensively “touched up.” If anything is done, I should suggest minor restoration of the parts that have flaked away, followed by clear-coating the entire surface with a spray to retard further flaking. I realize that others would go in the direction of a more extensive rejuvenation. The painting of the flowers and vines on this piece is of superior quality, and merits proper conservation. Items made of papier maché were quite popular throughout the last half of the nineteenth century, being used in a wide variety of products. Desk pieces, cigar boxes, vanity kits, and even small tables abound. It usually stands the test of time, but easily can be broken. Often one finds pieces with mother-of-pearl inlays; those are the most valuable. This tray is worth $150 given its condition, and with the attractive stand, together the two are worth $225. Papier maché remains highly in demand among knowledgeable antique collectors, but its market is limited when compared with some other genres. Looking on the Internet affords an opportunity to connect with others interested in the field, individuals who could offer further guidance on how to proceed with potential restoration. Happy Antiquing!

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wounded, 8,177 missing in action, and 36,516 casualties. A total of 6.8 million American men and women served in Korea. Also, 7,140 U.S. personnel were interned as prisoners of war. Technically, the conflict was never

officially declared a war, but a police action. There are still 37,000 American troops serving in South Korea near the infamous Demilitarized Zone. Although there is a truce, a peace agreement has never been signed.

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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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