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Altercation results in drive-by shooting Johnathon N. Bowen, age 26 of Montross, has been arrested and charged with seven felonies involving a drive-by shooting into a residence just outside of Colonial Beach. The residence was occupied by three adults at the time of the shooting, but fortunately no one was injured from the bullets that penetrated the residence in the 200 block of Mount Vernon Drive in Westmoreland Shores. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, Bowen was arrested at a residence in Presidential Lakes in King George County. Arresting officers included Captain Chris Hawkins, Detective Donald Jones and Sheriff ’s Deputy Toni Moles of the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office. Two sheriff ’s deputies from King George County assisted Westmoreland County with the arrest. Deputy Moles responded to a call of shots being fired into a residence from a car in the early morning hours of Dec. 18. Sheriff C.O. Balderson said that one of the residents at the home in Westmoreland Shores reportedly had an altercation with Bowen hours before the shooting. At approximately 3:25 a.m., three shots were fired at the residence. The occupants alleged the shooter was Bowen. Detective Jones was called in to investigate, and later, the suspect was located in a residence in King George where Westmoreland and King George County Sheriff ’s Officers arrested him. Bowen was taken to the Northern Neck Regional Jail and is being held without bond on seven felony charges: one count of attempted malicious wounding; three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling; and three counts of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle. Bowen will have his first court appearance on January 7, 2014, in Westmoreland County General District Court. —Linda Farneth

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Dr. Canizares is joining Community Care Clinic King George — Dr. Roosevelt Dean, Medical Director of 24/7 TLC Community Care clinic is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Roberto Canizares MD to the staff lineup. Dean states “Dr. Canizares will be joining the Community Care Clinic in beginning January 2014” and further explained “Dr. Canizares has provided medical care to the King George community for over  forty years and has also provided free medical care since the 1980s to homeless at Fredericksburg’s Thurman Brisben Center. Dean further commented “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Canizares, a wellrespected general practitioner and surgeon who received his postgraduate medical training at Harbor View Hospital and Provident Hospital both in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Canizares received his medical degree from Far Eastern University NRMF Institute of Medicine. While Dr. Canizares has many awards for his long history of service, one of his more interesting and noteworthy distinctions is being one of the 1996 Olympic Torchbearers.” Friends and colleagues note that after seeing patients all day at his current King George office, Dr. Canizares goes to the Fredericksburg full-service residential emergency homeless shelter, to provide free medical care with compassion and respect. Last year in a June Roast fundraiser, Father Donald J. Rooney, pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, mentioned that Canizares offers

free flu shots in memory of his late wife, Dr. Teresita Cacha Canizares, an OB-GYN who also was devoted to the poor and underserved in Fredericksburg. Canizares, now 72, was raised in a devout Catholic home in Makati, outside of Manila, in the Philippines where his father was in banking and his mother was a biology teacher. The fifth of seven sons, he is a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy” who enjoyed helping around the house with dusting and cleaning. The doctor begins his day with Mass and often ends up back at the parish in the evening for the Miraculous Medal novena or for adoration. Dr. C as he is affectionately known to his patients states his reason for joining the Community Care clinic is to continue living his philosophy that “Greatness lies in what we do for others.” Dr. Dean commented that “Dr. Canizares shares our vision to offer high quality compassionate medical care to all individuals in the greater local region.” Dr. Canizares will continue seeing patients daily at his current location until he moves his practice in the next three weeks over to the Community Care clinic located at 11131 Journal Parkway, King George, in the next two weeks. 24/7 TLC Community Care clinic, a not-forprofit organization located at 11131 Journal Parkway, King George, recently launched an administrative opening to facilitate the credentialing, organizing, and installing of

King George won the first round in court last week in its case against Project FAITH to get back a 5.53acre parcel of land it gave to the non-profit residential development company in 2012 with conditions attached to construct and operate a facility referred to as a help center. At a preliminary hearing on Dec. 18, the Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Joseph J. Ellis, denied Project FAITH’s Plea in Bar and Demurrer, both of which asked for dismissal of the county’s complaint.

due to Project FAITH’s failure to meet its first major deadline under the contractual conditions in the two guiding legal documents, which was commencement of construction earlier this year, by Aug. 1. The county’s complaint is asking the Circuit Court to either rescind the Deed of Gift and Performance Agreement, or to declare those documents null and void due to default. Either would result in the land going back to the county, effective July 30, 2012, in the first instance, or July 30, 2013, in the second.

BREACH OF CONTRACT King George’s lawsuit, filed in October, charges breach of contract

PROJECT FAITH SOUGHT BOARD HEARING At last week’s preliminary hearing,

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Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors last week approved an extension to an agreement with Columbia Gas of Virginia, Inc., for provision of engineering services associated with the design of a natural gas line to the King George Industrial Park. The unanimous board action took place at a meeting on Dec. 17. The agreement with the gas company will now run until Dec. 26, 2014, with the option for additional extensions. County attorney Eric Gregory provided some background information, saying that the original agreement was struck during the summer of 2012 for Columbia Gas to undertake preliminary line extension design and scoping studies that would determine an initial cost estimate for construction of a largescale natural gas line to be brought into the county’s Industrial Park. The line would be extended from existing service provided in Stafford. That agreement struck last year and now extended is

considered the first step in bringing natural gas to the county industrial park. It had been in the works for years, with it put off previously by Columbia Gas due to the slump in the economy. Chairman Dale Sisson stated, “That’s a very important long-term project for us.” Now the company appears to be continuing to drag its feet. Gregory said additional work has yet to be done by the gas company “to fully inform the county so we can make a decision.” He added, “They will provide an estimate about the cost. But we’re not at a point where the board can make a decision as to whether to proceed with that project or not.” The original agreement summarized discussion between the county and the company to permit it to proceed with the engineering services associated with the design of the gas line. The scoping services also include routing analysis, preliminary easement documentation, and preliminary construction plans for natural gas facilities necessary See gas, page 10

Boards say goodbye to departing members The King George Board of Supervisors and the county School Board both held their final meetings of the year last week, with goodbyes said and plaques presented to one departing member from each board. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Supervisors said goodbye to John LoBuglio during their meeting on Dec. 17, thanking him for his service on the board. LoBuglio served in the position for one fouryear term representing the James Monroe district. Jim Howard will take back the

Dr. Roberto Canizares (left) talks with Dr. Roosevelt Dean (right) about plans to move Dr. Canizares’s practice to the 24/7 TLC Community Care Clinic in the next few weeks. Dr. C, as he is known by his patients, will join the staff of the new clinic located at 11131 Journal Parkway, in the former urgent care location. medical equipment. Community Care Clinic Administrative hours are currently 10-5, closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, closed New Year’s Eve and Day with full medical

services projected to be on-line within three weeks. Patients with questions may call the office at (540) 625-2527.

Project FAITH loses first round of Project FAITH case has a new twist court battle with King George

Columbia Gas agreement extended

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seat in January that he held for several years to begin serving his third separate stint on the Board of Supervisors. In the November election, he won 38.70 percent of the vote in a four-way race. That race included Jeff Bueche who got 23.23 percent, Rich Lorey with 18.13 percent and LoBuglio with 19.55 percent of the vote. Howard and his spouse are longtime county residents. He has a lengthy history of public service, serving on the School Board beginning in the late 1980s through 1991, following a previous term on the Board of Supervisors. Howard’s second stint on the Board of Supervisors was from 2000 through

2009. He has spent the bulk of his professional working career in the federal government, retiring in 2007. He currently works for a government contractor. SCHOOL BOARD The School Board bid farewell to Rick Randall during its meeting on Dec. 16 and thanked him for his service. Randall is departing after serving one four-year term on the School Board representing the James Monroe district. Terence “T.C.” Collins will take over the seat in January, See Board, page 10

attorney Clark Leming, acting for Project FAITH, unsuccessfully argued that the county should have provided Project FAITH a requested hearing before the Board of Supervisors to contest the allegations contained in the Aug. 2 Notice of Default letter. The court sided with attorney Edward “Sunny” Cameron’s argument that reiterated an Oct. 7 response letter from Eric Gregory to that request. Gregory’s letter on behalf of the county said the provision cited by Leming in the Deed of Gift for a hearing by the Board was not applicable. Gregory is the county attorney See faith, page 10

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With Project FAITH’s requests for dismissal of the case denied last week in court, the suit is expected to go forward once a hearing date can be set between both parties. Project FAITH’s latest defense, put forward this month through its lawyer Clark Leming, provides a new rationale for blaming the county for Project FAITH’s default due to its inability to commence construction. The holdup with the Help Center project has always been the issue of funding. Its financial status has remained unclear. But Leming is now attempting to set aside that issue by replacing it with a new reason to blame the


PREVIOUSLY BLAMED COUNTY RE FINANCING In Leming’s Sept. 26 letter from Project FAITH to the county asking for the hearing in front of the Board of Supervisors, he had blamed the county for Project FAITH’s default for its failure to commence construction by the Aug.1 deadline. He did that by citing circumstances beyond its control, saying, “specifically certain acts and omissions by the County are the proximate cause of PFI’s inability to meet the performance milestone.” But in that letter, Leming had See TWist, page 10

New Eagle Scouts Two King George boy scouts earned the highest award in scouting on Dec. 7 in a special ceremony held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. Andrew J. Huffman, 18, the son of Julia H. Huffman and Danny L. Huffman and Scott J. Estes, 18, the son of Duane and Stacy-Lynn Estes, attained the rank in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor rite from Troop 191 of King George. Huffman is a 2013 graduate of King George High School and currently works at a Port Royal restaurant. He plans to attend Rappahannock Community College and later Virginia Tech to pursue a degree in botany and entomology. His eagle project consisted of clearing and building four picnic tables for Lamb’s Creek Episcopal Church for Hanover-with-Brunswick Parish’s annual Lamb’s Creek Day homecoming and its annual Blessing of the Animals event. Estes is also a 2013 King George High School graduate and currently works at Walmart in Dahlgren. He will enter the U.S. Air Force in February and later plans to attend college to study engineering. He worked with the King George Parks and Recreation and the King George School System for his eagle project, building wooden trash receptacles. Huffman entered scouting as a Tiger Cub in 2001; he advanced steadily through scouting and earned 48 merit badges in High Adventure Scouting camps and other events. Estes became a boy scout when

Scott Estes and Andrew Huffman are new Eagle Scouts. Huffman recruited him into scouting in 2008 and earned 30 merit badges, also on High Adventure camps and other projects. —Doug Davant

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It’s been a busy year My great aunt, whose life covered a century, used to tell me that as she got older the years, “just flew by.” When I was ten or so and first heard this I couldn’t imagine what she was talking about. A day sometimes seemed like forever and a year was an eternity. But, now, many years later I David S. Kerr understand what she meant. When I was ten, a year was a staggering tenth of my life. At least to that point. Now, a year, is a much smaller fraction and I completely understand what my great aunt was talking about. The years do fly by. However, that doesn’t make the accomplishments, disappointments

and promises of a year that’s past any less important. And they deserve a little recognition. This year’s race for governor ended not so much in a victory as it did, at least for many Virginians, in a sigh of relief. It was finally over. Like most people I listened to dozens, if not hundreds of political advertisements, but for the first time in memory, I don’t recall a single one that was positive. No one touted their credentials or accomplishments. They were all just attacks on the other guy. In the end, the Democrats, for the first time since 1989, managed a clean sweep of the statewide offices. And what’s more, for the first time since 1969, control not only all the top jobs in the state, but both U.S. Senate seats. Given that the Democrats have also carried Virginia during the past two Presidential elections, it would seem the Commonwealth is no longer red. Nationally, America said goodbye

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Our 2013 Thanksgiving will most likely go down in political history as Washington’s attempt at reckoning to We the People, but, instead of truthfully coming clean, served up plenty of helpings of dressing in: “you didn’t see that,” “you didn’t hear that, “ and “I didn’t say that.”

All in all, this reveals to us citizens that we are overall IRRELEVANT for the political elite and bureaucrats; in other words: Get Stuffed! For we are much more wise than of the legendary: three wise monkeys fame. Really? G. Dunbar Moomaw Dahlgren, VA

Fail to plan...Plan to Fail J.J. Buckley A Dec. 4 front page Journal article announced that the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board recently approved $50 million in its capital program to fund initial design and right-of-way acquisition to replace the Nice Memorial Bridge with a new four-lane bridge. The article mentions the MDTA also projects a 100% increase in the volume of traffic across the Potomac along Route 301 within the next 16 years (today 17,900 vehicles cross the Nice Bridge daily and the MDTA predicts 37,000 vehicles will cross daily by 2030). With the MDTA’s traffic projection, one can easily conclude the volume of vehicle traffic along many of King George County’s primary roads – particularly Routes 301, 3, 218, 206, and 205 – will increase in proportion. While King George County’s 2013 Comprehensive Plan does project a marked increase in vehicle traffic along many of the County’s already over-burdened roads, its ambiguous recommendations fall woefully short of providing a coherent plan or direction as to what the County should do to overcome these projected transportation concerns. Meanwhile to our East, the hard lessons of elected county leaders

failing to plan and act in advance are readily apparent as Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties struggle with the real consequences of reacting way too late to the predicable problems that urban growth causes within and around their areas.And with the possible exception of the Dahlgren Supervisor, the other elected leaders of King George remain mute and perhaps ignorant of the transportation problems that will soon flow from and through King George. It is never too early for the County’s citizens and elected leadership to think deep and appreciate that transportation and growth decisions made from outside of King George will often have significant negative impacts within the County. Ignore these issues today, and “The Gateway to the Northern Neck” might quickly become another Northern Virginia “Gateway to Gridlock.” So Supervisors, if the MDTA’s projection comes true and within the next 16 years traffic through King George County doubles, what’s the County’s comprehensive and coherent future transportation plan to meet this challenge? And you get extra credit if you include viable plans for alternate means of transportation. Mr. Buckley is from King George

to one of the last Mercury Seven astronauts, America’s first men in space, Scott Carpenter. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the earth. Carpenter’s words over the radio to his colleague, John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, a heartfelt “Godspeed John Glenn,” still resonate after 50 years. Now, Glenn, at age 90, is the only surviving Mercury astronaut. And then there was Nelson Mandella. Known as Madiba to his many friends and supporters in South Africa, he led his country from Apartheid into a true democratic republic. He suffered 27 years in prison and emerged, not bitter, but rather with a spirit of forgiveness and friendship that defined his nations’ transformation. Rarely has the passing of a world leader prompted such an outpouring of goodwill. Other events captured the headlines. Eric Snowden let us know that the

Remembering Shawn Lori Deem News of the death of former King George candidate Shawn Lawrence spread quickly through the social media world. Gasps of disbelief almost drowned out the sound of the rain we’ve had these past couple of days. Shawn suffered for a long time with an undiagnosed lung disease, and finally lost his valiant battle in the hospital surrounded by family, on Dec. 19. News of his death was sent out by Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo. Many local residents continue to post to her Facebook wall as the news continues to spread. Following are some of the comments: Ruby Brabo: It is with a heavy heart I share with you the news of the passing of Shawn Lawrence, former candidate for Shiloh District Supervisor and my friend. We do not always understand God’s plan. Shawn was a good man with a true servant’s heart. Shawn leaves behind his wife Dorothy, 3 adult children and his 12 year old daughter. Please keep the family in your prayers during this time. One cannot truly understand God’s plan. Why do our path’s cross and people touch our lives only to leave this world? Shawn Lawrence attended my candidate workshop and continued to reach out to me afterwards with

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In all seriousness, if approved, the new guidelines would give airlines the flexibility to install onboard cell towers to relay wireless signals from the plane to the ground, or decide whether their passengers would prefer to keep the skies a cellphone-free zone. The point is that the marketplace would decide the issue, not the federal government. Patrick Brannelly, spokesman for Emirates Airline, with cellphone use on about 90 of 175 planes.


questions about the county and how to manage a campaign. A friendship was born. Shawn was truly an honorable person with a Godly spirit. He did not win his election but he told me God must have a reason. Shawn passed away December 19, 2013, so he never would have even sworn into office on January 7th. I will miss you my friend. Jeff Buech: I met with Shawn on many occasions, he was a truly honest and caring individual who was not timid to take on the cause for those who did not have a voice. Shawn will be missed. His family is in our prayers and may his work continue. May God bless the Lawrence family! Johnny Bee Ashton: Blessings for his soul and his family...I only met him on three occasions, a wonderfully warm and caring part of our community Pete Sullivan: I am so shocked to hear this news - He was a good man. Praying for the family - rest in peace my brother. As a resident of the Shiloh district, I was impressed by the determination, accessibility and willingness to listen that Shawn showed during his run for office. He said there was a reason for him to be here. My thoughts: to energize the King George community; to bring King George back to life, for growth, maybe change, maybe more transparency, better neighbors and a better community. Lori Deem writes for the Journal and can be reached at

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Cell phones on a plane? Technology has matured to the point that cellphone conversations are no longer considered a safety risk to the operation of the aircraft. That’s reason enough for the federal government to butt out and leave decisions of how, when and whether to allow passengers to use cellphones on flights up to the individual carriers. Now some might say this would open a Pandora’s box of problems caused by passengers who just would not know when to shut up while the person in the next seat is trying to sleep. Just as a chatty cellphone user in a movie theater can be disruptive, so can a loudmouth with a smartphone at 30,000 feet. But if foreign carriers can allow sensible cellphone use that doesn’t make a flight unbearable for everyone from rows 15 to 21, then why can’t U.S. carriers? The answer is they can. The FCC considered lifting the ban several years ago but abandoned the idea when flight attendants and others worried about ringing phones and rudely chatting passengers. Since then, some foreign carriers have continued to say “no” to in-air calls, but Virgin Atlantic and several others in Europe, Asia and the Middle East now allow passengers to email, text and converse — within limits.

NSA, in addition to monitoring just about every electronic transmission there is, was also tapping the German Chancellor’s cell phone. Chancellor Merkel was none too happy about that. Of all the world’s leaders she is one of the last ones I would want to cross. The Affordable Healthcare Act, a continuing obsession for some if not most in the Republican Party, had one of the most difficult rollouts imaginable. The twelfth grade web design class at my local high school would have done a far better job. But, amongst those noisy stories, was the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This was a massive storm that devastated this beleaguered country. The U.S. Marine Corps, in larger than division strength and the U.S. Navy, with an aircraft carrier are still there helping this poor nation in its recovery. That’s a heartwarming thought to close out 2013. Happy New Year.


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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, some difficulty awaits you, but you are strong and fully capable of handling what’s coming your way. Maintain your composure and stick it out a little longer.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Some added confidence is all you need to get back on the right track, Libra. Things are bound to work out in your favor, especially when you put your mind to something.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, this is your week to shine and let everyone at work know just how talented and devoted you are to the team. Enjoy the fanfare while you can get it.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, just when skepticism seems to be taking over, you will discover once in a while there are a few surprises with happy endings. Enjoy your good luck.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Distractions are lurking, Gemini, but you will still manage to get things done. Somehow you find the focus needed to muddle through all the work.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, though unusual, your behavior might seem perfectly reasonable to you. But unless you share your thoughts with others, they may wonder what is going on.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Trust someone close to you with a few of your secrets, Cancer. Holding them in may only cause you grief in the long run. Don’t worry, your confidante will be supportive.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Remember that words said in the heat of the moment will not soon be forgotten, Capricorn. Don’t forget to employ some tact when discussing serious matters with loved ones.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, an investment opportunity has piqued your interest. Until you sign over the funds, be sure to research everything thoroughly and call in some expert advice. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, you have a lot on your plate, but you can handle it on your own. If things are to get done, you will get them accomplished of your own accord, even if it takes longer.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, this week you will have to be very convincing if you want plans to go your way. Brush up on your approach and give thought to exactly what it is you want to say. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Take a few days to let your mind wander, Pisces. You will probably find being a free spirit to be a refreshing break from the norm.


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Salt & Light gateway community church will hold its Christmas Eve service from 5-6 p.m. at the KG-Y. All are welcome to this worship service. Dahlgren United Methodist church will perform the Christmas Cantata, “The Mystery and the Majesty,” at a candlelight service, Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. The choir of the church will present the cantata written by Joseph Martin. The church is located at 17080 Fourteenth St. in Dahlgren. Child care will be provided. st. george’s episcopal church in F’brg invites you to an “At Fridays @ The Last Resort” concert, on the second Friday of each month. Audiences gather in a coffeehouselike setting to enjoy jazz and folk music played by top local talent. Coffee and snacks are available. For more information, email, or visit the church website at first baptist church of ambar continues their Wednesday noon prayer services with Scripture readings. Please join them for an hour of reflection and revitalizing. The Church is located at 9469 Caledon Rd. KG (540) 775-3939. moms in prayer int’l Mom’s in Prayer International will meet on Mondays at 9 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church 5590 Kings Highway, King George. (540) 775-9131.

What does the Bible say about gifts from God? “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own Will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” James 1:16-18 The task of finding the “perfect” gift has always been difficult for me. There are certain standards to which the prospective gift must measure up. Based upon what I know are the interests of the recipient I try to narrow potential ideas down to a general category, whether clothing, hobby, accessory, etc. Then the real search begins. At this point in the process I find my chances at finding the perfect gift reduced by the myriad of possibilities that abound in our blessed land of cheap and plenty. There are many well-meaning vendors that are willing to help me out in my quest for the perfect gift. There are the websites that tout the latest electronic gizmo soon to be outdated by the next generation gismo. There are companies that advertise giving gift certificates so that the burden of finding the perfect gift falls on the recipient’s shoulders. And then there are the gifts that keep on giving all year long. Ah, at last, here must be the hiding place of the “perfect” gift! Some of those suggested gifts are clever and practical, like a recharger with assorted batteries for homes with electronhungry kids. Maybe a magazine subscription or a big-box-store membership is more to the lik-

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ing of the recipient. Other gifts that keep giving all year long are “strictly for hunger.” In this category I place things like “Jam-of-the-Month Club, or “Fruit-of-the-Month Club,” or worse yet, “Fruitcake-of-the-Month Club.” That ranks right up there with a one year family membership at the local zoo. The real Master Gift-Giver is our Lord. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from Him. There is no doubt that the greatest gift our God has given to man is the Gift of His Son, He is all goodness and perfection. 2 Corinthians 9:15 reads, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” All earthly gifts pale in importance when you first catch sight of His Son. The context of our verse makes a stark comparison between what we are heir to in the flesh and what we are graciously given from the hand of God. When we go through tough times, especially those brought on by our sinful, human nature, we tend to ask “Where was God?” or “Why did God do this to me?” The reality is that God does not “tempt” any man, as verses 13-15 inform us. The sense of the text is that God is “unversed in evil” and does not entice any man to do wrong. Our evil is purely from within us. Anything evil, ugly, and sinful is all me while anything of any virtue is all God, no matter what man, saved or unsaved, rich or poor, educated or no, all are alike in need of God’s goodness to both survive and thrive. Just as our sin has a process to its conception through birth, so there is a process to God’s gift-giving. Verse 17 speaks of every good gift, this is the “act of giving,” the gift in its conceptual stage. This is akin to our search for the perfect gift - the esti-

mation of what would be a fitting gift and tailoring the particulars of the gift to the individual requisites of the recipient. This level of gifting-goodness requires a high level of personal investment. Every perfect gift is the “actual thing given” in all its glorious practicality, functionality, and durability. As “good gift” corresponds to tempting to sin, “perfect gift” corresponds to “brings forth death” (verses 14-15). Our God is the Father of Lights. Christmas is particularly called “The Season of Lights,” and for good reason. This is the season that the most Perfect Gift is celebrated, the giving of the sinless Son of God to be our Savior. He is perfect in goodness and full of grace and truth. Through His sacrificial death on the cross we are granted the light of life, peace with God, and hope. God is the author of all light, the light bearers in the skies, the light of mankind in true knowledge, the Light of the world, and the light of life. “Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth! (Psalm 119:105, 2 Corinthians 4:6, John 8:12, John 1:9, Ephesians 1:4-18, take note of the perfect gifts listed) The greatest gift is the indescribable Gift - the gift of the Son through Whom is gained the gift of eternal life (John 3:16, Romans 6:23). Do you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you are ransomed by the sinless blood of Jesus Christ? Are you assured of your conversion by new life in Him? Trust and obey.

By Rick Crookshank Pastor, Hanover Baptist Church

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013


The Desire of the Everlasting Hills Christmas is upon us once again. The world rejoices in the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ with a contagious enthusiasm that makes this the most beloved of Fr. Francis seasons. de Rosa How is it that we cannot escape the joy that is part and parcel of the birth of this Child, born under such humble conditions and so far away from us in time? Christians understand that this was no ordinary birth, for His coming into the world had been foretold for centuries. And His birth occurred under miraculous conditions and with portentous signs in the heavens. For those to whom the grace had been given, Jesus was understood to have ushered in a new era for mankind. His birth was the advent an utterly unique presence of God in the world. Indeed, in prophecy and song He is named Emmanuel, which means Godamong-us. For so He is. Jesus Christ is the incarnate God. He is divine from all eternity and He is man from the moment of His conception in the hallowed womb of Blessed Mary His mother. He is the concrete sign that God has reached out to us in a most unimaginable way - not merely by revealing Himself from on high, but by entering into the intimacy of our condition by taking on our very flesh and nature. Because of this, Jesus is the point of contact par excellence between God and His creation. He is the Mediator

between heaven and earth; the bridge or pathway that gives us access to unending happiness in the life beyond which we call salvation. And so this birth is different from every other birth. The little Child Who lay humbly in the wood of a manger would grow up to lay down His life for us on the wood of a Roman Cross. His lifting up on that gibbet was like an enthronement and the inauguration of a kingdom. And His reign from that day forward for over 2,000 years is proof that what His disciples say of Him is true. He is God-among-us; Light from Light; our peace and reconciliation; the desire of the everlasting hills. By Father Francis M. de Rosa, STL Pastor of St Elizabeth Church in Colonial Beach and St Anthony Church in King George

Christmas Thoughts: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” —Charles Dickens “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” —Kahlil Gibran “Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” —Mother Teresa “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” —Buddy the Elf “Peace and blessings to all.” —Lori Deem

Our Doors are Open -Worship With Us Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist

8330 Fletcher's Chapel Rd. at 218

Pastor Michael Reaves 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 - web site - Phone: 663-2230

Good Hope Baptist Church

17223 Good Hope Rd. - corner Rt. 218E & 619 phone: 540-775-9487 fax: 540-775-0600

• 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 •

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 •

Oak Grove Baptist Church

Randall Snipes, Senior Pastor Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.& 11 Awana-Sundays-6 p.m. Bible Study-Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. 8096 Leedstown Rd. Colonial Beach, VA


Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Yunho Eo

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Informal Hymn Singing 11 a.m. Worship & Children’s Sunday School Food Pantry open Thursdays at 10 a.m. Op Shop Open M-F 9 a.m.-noon (Thurs. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) 1 Washington Avenue PO Box 189 Colonial Beach, VA 22443 (804) 224-7030

Two Rivers Baptist Church Meeting at their new church

Sunday School ..............9:30 a.m. Worship........................10:30 a.m. COME VISIT US • ALL ARE WELCOME

Rev. Peyton Wiltshire

For Information call 540710-3831

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:


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 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 • 804-224-7221

Trinity United Methodist Church

9425 Kings Hwy., King George

Contemporary Service ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:30 p.m. Worship ~ 10:30 a.m. (540) 775-4501 Rev. Susan Reaves

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

You're invited to worship with

Tabernacle Baptist Church

(540) 663-3085 ✝ Rev. Jim May

Sunday Masses: Sat. 5:00 p.m. Sun. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 p.m. (español)

Intersection of Rokeby and Kings Hwy. (Rt. 3)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

5486 St. Paulʼs Road, King George

Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney


Sunday Worship at 8 am and 10 am

Corner of Lossing and Boundary, Colonial Beach

Sunday- Holy Communion 11 a.m. Meeting at Grant Church in Lerty, VA

"A Church where everybody is somebody!"

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church

Traditional Anglican Worship 1928 Book of Common Prayer 1940 Hymnal

Morning Worship ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:45 a.m. Morning/Children's Worship ~ 11 a.m. Wed. - Bible Study ~ 6:00 p.m.

(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: web site

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 • 804-224-7221

A church where the Full Gospel is Preached, Taught and Lived

First Baptist Church Ambar

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"

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Bible School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service 11 a.m. Evening Bible Study 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service 7 p.m. Rev. Rick Crookshank 10312 Hanover Church Rd.KG

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Each Sunday Morning BiBle Class: 9:30 a.m. Worship serviCes: 10:30 a.m.

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Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

The Journal

Colonial Beach Rescue Squad “in memory of” and “in honor of” 2013 “Tree of Lights” lists In Loving Memory of Annie Laura Hudson by Carlton Hudson; In Loving Memory of Joyce Coates by Frank Coates III; In Loving Memory of Marion Caruthers by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Bill and Nan Knoblock by Vickie and John Sessoms; In Loving Memory of Ann Bowen by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and Family; In Loving Memory of Ron Viets by Zedda Viets; In Loving Memory of Frank F. Coates, Jr. by Frank Coates III; In Loving Memory of Raymond McCauley by Missy and Tommy Feltner; In Loving Memory of Millie Mears by Zedda Viets; In Loving Memory of Dominick Isiah Krohn by Valerie Green; In Loving Memory of Jerry Buglia by Frank Coates III; In Loving Memory of Steven Biggins by Mom, Randy, RJ and Holden; In Loving Memory of Agnes Harvey by Valerie Green; In Loving Memory of Capt Pud Mears by Zedda Viets; In Loving Memory of Henry and Bruce Sessoms by John and Vickie Sessoms; In Loving Memory of William Brann by Randy Brann and Family; In Loving Memory of Leroy Smith by Amber and Ryan; In Loving Memory of Sam Davis by Vickie and John Sessoms; In Loving Memory of Blanche and Bill Bowen by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and

Family; In Loving Memory of Rusty Huffman by Amber and Ryan; In Loving Memory of my Mom and Dad, Irene and Edward Cole, by Charlene Franks; In Loving Memory of our son, JR, by Pat and Jim Reamy; In Loving Memory of Emmett V. Staples, Sr., by the Gray Family; In Loving Memory of my beloved husband and our loving father, John Gleason, by Patty Gleason and Kid; In Loving Memory of our fathers, Randolph (Pop) Sanford and John T. Gouvisis by Mike, Bonnie and Family; In Loving Memory of my brother, John Gleason, and Mom, Ruth Northrop by Kim and Steve Cannady; In Loving Memory of our parents by Pat and Jim Reamy; In Loving Memory of Dermot and Clara Louise Fitzgerald by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Myrtle C. Staples by the Gray Family; In Loving Memory of Christian Bowen by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and Family; In Loving Meory of James C. Staples by the Gray Family; In Loving Memory of Wayne Bowen by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and Family; In Loving Memory of C.S. Gray by the Gray Family; In Loving Memory of Randolph Sanford by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Helen T. Gray by the Gray Family; In Loving Memory of Kim Hen-

derson by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and Family; In Loving Memory of Della Mullin by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Willie Lewis by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and Family; In Loving Memory of Edith Retter by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Stuart James by Melony James and Lewis Bowen, Sr; In Loving Memory of Doris and Pete Pierce by Lewis Bowen, Sr. and Family; In Loving Memory of Sonny Frank by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Ruth Piotrowski by Cathy Marsh; In Memory of my dearest and missed friend Janet Detwiler by Charlene Franks.

In Honor of Greg, Zandra, Zane and Rhys McLendan by Zedda Viets; In Honor of Lawrence B. Gray by Pat Gray; In Honor of Arbutus Sanford by Mike, Bonnie and Family; In Honor of Hallie B. Gray by Pat Gray; In Honor of our grandchildren, Brandon and Katelyn Franks by MaMa and PopPop; In Honor of our grandchildren, Austin (AJ), Bella and Payton by Popa and YiaYia; In Honor of Diane and Andy Anderson by Zedda Viets.

The Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad 2013 “in honor of” and “in memory of” Bone & Light tree List In Loving Memory of Sassy and Stealth by Anna Payne; In Loving Memory of Tupps, Shadow, Stormy, Molly and Misty by Pat Fitzgerald; In Loving Memory of Bonnie and Clyde by DC Ayres; In Loving Memory of Scruffy, Toy, Mandie, Maggie and Mr. Fish by Charles and Charlene Franks; In Loving Memory of Hazel by Larry and Vicki Roberson; In Loving Memory of Penny by Jim and Glenda Chiarello; In Loving Memory of McGregor by Bob and Rosan Hunter; In Loving Memory of 22 by Bob and Rosan Hunter; In Loving Memory of Pepe by Dick and Carol Adams; In Loving Memory of Girl and Boy by Gerald and Jean Lee; In Loving Memory of Tweety by Jay and Diana; In Loving Memory of the Sessoms Kitties by Vickie and John Sessoms; In Loving Memory of Gracie and Leroy by Ursula Finney; In Loving Memory of Abby by Jack and Donna Shelar; In Loving Memory of Chuki, dearly missed by Bill and Melinda; In Loving Memory of Bear by Biff and Susie Brown; In Loving Memory of Sophie Rose Elvin and all of my good dogs by Barbara Elvin. In Honor of JenJen and Friendly by Pat Fitzgerald; In Honor of Digger by Pat and Jim Reamy; In Honor of the Sessoms kitties by Vickie and John Sessoms; In Honor of the stray cats of Longfellow Ave. by Zetta Viets; In Honor of Mario by Ursula Finney; In Honor of Baby and Tubby by Gerald and Jean Lee; In Honor of Buster by Biff and Susie Brown; In Honor of Luna, Lily, Callie and Tank by Vicki and Larry Roberson; In Honor of Huntley Gunderson by Joyce Gunderson; In Honor of Gidget, Cookie and Kitty Kat by Dick and Carol Adams; In Honor of Lucky Mason, LingLing Sharpe, Number 4 Sharpe, All the Redma dogs, Zoey Ey, Jack and Gilbert Holt by Joyce Gunderson; In Honor of Jordan and Kobe and Mr. Fish II by Charlene and Charles Franks; In Honor of Cement, Basil, and Fancy by Frank Coates III.

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CLOAK AND DAGGER AT VIRGINIA’S OLDEST PLANTATION Grips, gaffers, and set decorators have descended on Shirley Plantation to film the AMC network’s series “Turn”. The grounds and structures of Shirley Plantation are being converted into sets to depict the Revolutionary War time period in colonial New York. The Great House, Stables, Kitchen, courtyard and wharf locations are all part of the show and are being used in multiple scenes. The filming will bring national exposure to Shirley Plantation and will increase visitation as a result. The pilot for the series was filmed this spring in Virginia and AMC has ordered a 10 episode season of “Turn” to premier on the network in the spring of 2014. “Turn” is based on the nonfiction book, “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring” by Alexander Rose and is available in the gift shop at Shirley Plantation. The story revolves around a group of young soldiers and civilians who were part of a top-secret spy ring that supplied information to George Washington and were instrumental to America winning the Revolutionary War. Shirley Plantation is one of several locations hosting the production of “Turn”; Westover Plantation, Petersburg, and Powhatan are all locations for the series. Shirley Plantation’s winter hours of operation for the months of Dec., Jan. and Feb. are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $11.00 for adults and $7.50 for youth (6-18), with discounts for AAA members, seniors and military. Shirley is located on Scenic Route 5, just 10 miles east of I-295 near Richmond, 15 miles south of I-64 and 35 miles west of Williamsburg. For more information, visit our website at or call 1-800-232-1613.

Town of Montross Decorations Winners: Business 1st Place - Westmoreland County Courthouse 2nd Place - Little Eagles Day Care 3rd Place - Larry Greene Accounting Honorable Mentions Angelo’s Pizza Montross Laundromat Bank of Lancaster Residential 1st Place - Bonnie & Ferdie Chandler / Windsor Farm 2nd Place - Bonnie & Clinton Watson 3rd Place - Billy & Elaine Saunders Honorable Mentions Bobby & Brenda Reamy Charlie & Rachel Hill Billy Sydnor

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Tuesday, Dec. 31

Journal newspaper to be delivered to subscribers. Midnight, 2014 arrives!

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Democratic Committee will hold an assembled caucus at the Smoot Library at 7 p.m. to choose officers for the 2014-2015 term. Candidates must preregister with Pearl Smith by 1 January, by calling her at (540) 663-2766. The NARFE Assn. NN Chapter 1823 will meet at 1 p.m. at

Wicomico Episcopal Church on Route 200. The meeting will begin with a soup & sandwich. You bring a sandwich, soup will be provided. Nancy Siford of the Senior Medicare Patrol will discuss “Medicare Scams.” Current, former and retired Federal employees, spouses and survivor annuitants are invited. For additional information, call (804) 438-8011.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Regular meeting of the KG Ruritans. 6:30 p.m. Call 775-2652 or 7757769 for location.

Friends of the Library aim to keep you updated KG FOSL <kgfosl@gmail. com> The FOSL Board would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!

VIMS lab to study rays Rays—disc-shaped cousins of sharks and skates—are common inhabitants of Chesapeake Bay. Join Bob Fisher, a fisheries and seafood technology specialist as he describes the importance of rays in the Bay ecosystem and explores whether a ray fishery might help reduce their reported consumption of farmed shellfish. The lab will offer a ray tasting, a look at the distribution of rays around the world, information about the dangers of ray “stingers,” and activities to distinguish rays from skates. The lab will focus on the Cownose Ray. Cost: FREE. Contact: Sarah Nuss,, (804) 684-7878 Location: Catlett-Burress Research & Education Laboratory, 7577 Spencer Road, Gloucester Point, VA.

To keep current, please visit our website as it is updated regularly. http://smootfosl. New Book Club to begin late January - mystery genre. Selected book is The Hit by David Baldacci. Please spread the word. If you have a suggestion on the best day of the week to hold the book club, please let us know by responding to

Area Death

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Shawn Lawrence of King George VA died on December 19, 2013. A full obituary will be published in next week’s Journal. Service information is as follows: The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stafford.

Shiloh District Supervisor “A Voice for your Concerns”

395 Mount Olive Rd. Stafford, VA, 22555 (540) 752-4296. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Donations in Shawn’s memory are asked to be sent to A.L. Bennett & Son Funeral Home, to helpFollow cover funeral expenses. Butternut Dr., Frederthe campaign on(200 Facebook icksburg, VA 22408). “We say of death cannotL. beLawrence forecast, for butSupervisor when we say this we Paidthat for the and hour authorized by Shawn imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance.” ~Marcel Proust “The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

On the fifth day of Christmas, just go to George’s house! Join George Washington Birthplace National Monument on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in celebrating the Washington Family Christmas. The event will run from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Colonial Virginians vigorously celebrated Christmas for 12 days, stretching from Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day to Twelfth Night. The holiday season was widely celebrated in Virginia, unlike its northern neighbor colonies or New England. Festivities traditionally included extravagant feasting, drinking, games, fireworks, dancing, and music. Hospitality included open houses, and decorations included candlelit windows and door wreaths and garlands.

This year, the Birthplace’s event is on the Fifth Day of Christmas. The event will feature a variety of living history demonstrations, with volunteers and staff in period clothing recreating the crafts of the time: cooking, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, music and more. The event will also feature a candlelight illumination of the historic area. Admission is always free at George Washington’s Birthplace. It is located on Route 204, 2 miles off of Route 3, 38 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA, and 11 miles west of Montross, VA. George Washington Birthplace National Monument, 1732 Popes Creek Road, Washington’s Birthplace, VA.(804) 224-1732. www.nps. gov/gewa.



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The Journal

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013


Anthony “Kobe” Howard: a rising star with the magic touch! Leonard Banks Sports editor On the basketball court, he has the magic touch! King George High School varsity basketball guard/forward Anthony Howard, Jr. is having a phenomenal senior year. Respectfully nicknamed “Kobe” after his childhood basketball idol and NBA Los Angeles Laker basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, Howard has taken the team on his back as he attempts to fill the void left by injured Fox standouts NaNa Djan and De’Quan Whiting. After six games, Howard has led his team to a 4-2 overall record, while averaging 23 points (139 total) per game. Also, the college bound communications/journalism major has recorded 2.3 assists per game, 44 rebounds, and three blocked shots over a course of six games. Most recently, Howard rocked the Courtland defense with 32 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. In addition, on Friday, Anthony nearly achieved a back-to-back double with 21 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. “They (teammates, and coaches) view me as a scorer,” Howard said.

“Whenever we have practice, or play a team a certain way, they give me the ball, because they are confident that I can knock down that shot.” As the 2013 portion of the winter sports season comes to a close, Howard’s offensive contributions as the team’s leading scorer will ultimately play a significant role on the direction of the Foxes varsity boys’ basketball program. While it’s too early to forecast the winner of the 4A North Conference 22, it’s also safe to say that the Foxes will heavily depend on Howard’s court skills to lead them to the promised land of a potential championship. The challenges and obstacles that stand in front of the Foxes are problematic, but the Foxes have stepped up. Howard, like many the unsung heroes who compose the team, he is willing to do what it takes to compete in new VHSL conference reclassification. With the abilities to play every position on the court, Foxes head coach Darren Berkley’s plan is to make Howard the center of the Foxes’ game plan. “We need his scoring, rebounding, defense, and post-up abilities,” Berkley said. “He’s really stepped up his game—it’s been good

“He’s our inspirational leader, where if we’re down emotionally, he brings us up— he’s our rock and continues to be solid with everybody on the team.” —Eian Chase for him and us.” For the last two seasons, Fox point guard Eian Chase and Howard have offensively served the team as a one-two-combination. Instinctively, Chase looks for Howard to score as he pushes the ball up the court. “Kobe means a lot to our team,” Chase said. “He’s our inspirational leader, where if we’re down emotionally, he brings us up—he’s our rock and continues to be solid with everybody on the team.” Humble and unassuming, Howard is approaching the 1,000-point club, but rather than focus on his personal achievements, he continues to focus on the aspect of team unity— which has become team mantra. “We’re coming together as a team, because coach (Berkley) told us to buy into the program,” Chase said. “Everybody is now talking on the

floor, doing their thing, and we’re all having fun.” His speed and quickness to penetrate opposing defenses in the role of a six-foot-two three-guard/ small forward could potentially open the doors for a collegiate career next fall. In fact, several colleges have shown interest in Howard. “I think he’s an upside Division-3 or -2 guy,” Berkley said. “He’s a program athlete who comes off screens, with a high release—and he defends in multiple positions.” Off the court, Howard is a conscientious student athlete who delivers in the classroom, and as the school’s morning announcer. Along with being a model citizen, he has quietly become team’s leader. “If your best players aren’t your hardest workers, and best leaders, you’re a sinking ship,” Berkley said.

Leonard Banks

After leading the Foxes varsity boys basketball team in scoring for three back-to-back seasons, senior Anthony Howard (right) has now come into his own as one of the area’s top high school basketball players.

Lady Foxes battle Courtland Cougars down to the wire Leonard Banks Sports editor After nearly pulling off a miraculous win over the undefeated Courtland Cougars (47-45), on Tuesday night, the Foxes girls’ varsity basketball team Cougars was dealt another loss by Caroline (50-38). The Foxes will return to action on Jan. 1, Foxes as they travel to play conference 22 rival, LibertyBealton. Shortly after their first battle of the season with Liberty, the Foxes will host Mountain View. They literally brought the house down! For the fans who missed the game featuring King George (2-5) and Courtland (7-0) last Tuesday night at King George High School gymnasium, they missed a nail-biter for the memories. The game featured a variety of twists and spectacular performances from two of the best players in the area in the form of Cougar point guard Kayla Demps and Foxes forward Jada Saxon. Demps finished the game with 12 points, that included three 3-pointers, while Saxon scored a team high 16 points, including two 3-pointers.

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First quarter, varsity After a slow start, with both teams attempting to establish territorial rights to the post area, otherwise aptly named, no-man’s-land, the Foxes rallied back from a 1-2 point deficit to take a 6-5 lead with 2:46 left in the first quarter. In the final seconds of the quarter, Courtland tied the game at 8-8, on two foul shots from Kiara Williams. Second quarter, varsity The second quarter was reminiscent of the first, as both teams were equal on the boards, but the game took on an entirely different atmosphere as the pace shifted from methodical to a gymnasium track meet. The quarter featured three ties and a seven-point Fox lead that crumbled to two points before the end of the half. The Foxes sustained their scoring and lead with scoring from Megan Montague, Sha’Tiva Harvey and Saxon. The power forwards penetrated the Cougars’ post zone with key shortrange jumpers and layups. In the final seconds of the half, Demps nailed two 3-pointers that cut the Fox lead to 24-22. Third quarter, varsity

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At the start of the second half, Montague opened up the third quarter with a layup over Courtland forward Kiara Williams. However, in the face of a confident Foxes team, and the game’s momentum slowly slipping away, the Cougars stood their ground, and Demps and Allison West scored two jumpers to tie the game at 26-26. In the final moments of the quarter, the Cougars took a four-point lead from a 3-pointer from Demps and a fast break layup from Cassidy Holt. Fourth quarter, varsity The Foxes faced a huge dilemma in the fourth quarter, as Harvey was forced to rest after picking up her fourth foul with 5:48 left in the game. To make matters worse, the Foxes were faced with a sustained Cougar 4-7-point lead that lasted for the next three and a half minutes. As fate would have it, the Cougars fell apart at the foul line, missing three potential 1-1 situations in a row. The

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From the start of the game to the final seconds, the battle between King George and Courtland was fast and physical. The Cougars’ final 3-point shot from Kayla Demps was the deciding factor of the game. Cougar foul shot dilemma coincided with the return of Harvey, who quickly gave the Foxes the advantage in rebounds. With 25 seconds left in the game, Saxon cut the Cougar deficit to two points. Later with 11 sec-

onds remaining, and after two costly Cougar turnovers, the Foxes scored two free throws on two trips to the foul line from Kanysha Reynolds and Elissa Davis. While it appeared that the Foxes

had pulled off the upset of the season with a 45-44 lead with nine seconds left to play and two missed foul shots from Demps, the Cougars redeemed their efforts with a crucial steal and 3-point shot from beyond the arc by

Demps to win the game (47-45). “It was definitely a very exciting finish,” Cougar varsity head coach Laura Gast said. “However, if we had made our free throws, then the end would not have been exciting.”

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King George Foxes exhaust visiting Caroline Cavaliers Leonard Banks Sports editor Last Friday, at King George High School during a varsity basketball area confrontation, the King George (4-2) and former Battlefield foe Caroline went to Foxes war. Finesse and methodical basketball attack schemes were thrown out the Cavaliers window as both teams shifted into fifth gear and never looked back. Foxes Anthony Howard and Eian Chase formulated a one-two-punch combination 69-54 win over visiting Caroline. Howard nearly finished the night with his second double-double-performance in two games. From the second quarter, Howard through caution to the wind, as he slashed and dashed through the Caroline defense for 20 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. On the dishing end, Fox point guard Eian Chase out ran, out dribbled and sent the Cavalier defense into a state of confusion for

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Standing his ground! King George center, Jason Yowler (left, #44) is one of the major reasons why the Foxes are one of the top Conference 22 4A North high school basketball teams in the area.

four straight quarters. Chase’s banner night included 16 points, including two 3-pointers. First quarter, varsity During the first two minutes and 39 seconds of play the Cavaliers appeared to have the Foxes reeling, as AJ Derricott, Jaron Clipper, Aason Pankey, and Darius Young completed a 8-4 run. The Foxes responded with seven points from Chase, including two assists to take a 13-10 lead. However, the Cavaliers finished the quarter on top with a 6-0 run that included a dunk from Clipper to take a 16-13 lead. Second quarter, varsity In the second quarter, the Foxes offense readjusted to the Cavalier press with fast break assault on their visitors from the south. With in the first three minutes of play, Howard scored two layups and two foul shots to recapture and extend the Fox lead to 21-16. Howard finished the quarter with two additional scores and an assist to Jecolby White. TJ Wells capped the quarter with a 3-pointer that gave the Foxes a 33-20 lead going into the second half.

Third quarter, varsity Courtesy of scoring from Sam Sharpe, White, Chase, and Jason Yowler, the Cavaliers continued to sustain a 13-point throughout the third quarter. Every time the Cavaliers scored, the Foxes matched their efforts with a relentless offensive attack and while boxing out under the boards that eventually rendered the Cavaliers offense helpless. At the start of fourth quarter the Cavaliers managed to cut into the Foxes down to nine points; however, the Foxes force the Cavaliers into a defense mode throughout the final four minutes of play to finish with a 9-6 run. On Friday and Saturday, the Foxes will host their annual boys basketball holiday tournament. Featured tournament teams include: Riverbend, Nansemond, Millbrook, and King George. Game time for the first day is 5:30 p.m., while the second day of the tournament will begin with a junior varsity basketball game, featuring King George versus Riverbend. Following the junior varsity game, the tournament will feature a consolation and championship varsity game.

King George Foxes boys junior varsity basketball update Leonard Banks Sports editor With the coaching of head coach Neil Lyburn, and his assistant Irving Taylor, the Foxes Foxes junior varsity basketball program has competed for the Battlefield Championship three Cavaliers times. Lyburn has won the championship once at King George and once at Courtland. Lyburn’s consistency and ability to compete year after year is due to his primary focus—which is to prepare athletes to compete on the varsity level. To understand his commitment to excellence, and his 20-year history

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as a coach and player in the King George School system, you have to embrace his love for the game of basketball. Although, his current boys junior varsity basketball team is slowly coming together with a record of 2-5, they have shown the ability to overcome obstacles. Losing TJ Wells to the varsity has forced the Foxes depth corps to step up. On Friday, at King George High School, the Foxes stood toe-to-toe with Caroline for four quarters. But eventually, the Cavaliers pulled away in the final quarter to win, 37-22. On Saturday, at 3 p.m., the Foxes return to action in the annual KGHS Holiday Tournament against Riverbend. Caroline game After a 3-pointer and jump

shot from Cavalier guard Brindin Williams that resulted in a 10-4 run, the Cavaliers seemed to have the crowd and momentum on their side. The Foxes’ attempt at a rally in the second quarter fell short after missing six free throw opportunities. Midway through the third quarter the Foxes offense cut into the Cavalier lead, as Thomas Jenkins scored four points, while executing one assist. In the final seconds, Diyon Wright scored one out of two foul shots that cut the deficit to two (18-16). Oblivious to the Fox press, Caroline, led by Nygel White with eight points, including two 3-pointers, ignited a wave of (16-7) runs that eventually closed out the game with a score of 37-22.

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Recently, at King George High school, Cougars and Foxes boys junior varsity basketball players showcased every aspect of their court skills.

Foxes wrestle on the road! Winning in the final moments! During a tri-meet wrestling competition, on Wednesday, at Caroline High School, freshman Kolin Johnson’s hand is raised in victory after

pinning Courtland’s Tim Bailey. With less than a minute remaining on the match, Johnson rallied from a five point deficit for the win. On Saturday, in Madison, the Foxes

competed at the Mountaineer Duals. Orange County wrestlers finished the meet with a 4-1 record.

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Left: Fox forward, McKayla Perrotte (front, #34) drives past a Courtland defender. Right: Courtland found out that the King George High School girls’ junior varsity defense is relentless when it comes to pursuing the ball.

Lady Foxes hold back Courtland Cougars junior varsity Leonard Banks Sports Editor Since the time Eileen Ordonez took over the King George High School junior varsity Foxes girls’ basketball program, the direction of the team has never wavered. In fact, after Cougars defeating Courtland, 35-22, and improving the team’s record to 6-1 overall, it’s evident that Ordonez’s constant focus on practicing fundamentals is paying off.

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Elated with her team’s performance against Courtland, Ordonez said, “We played phenomenally, but we could have played better. We played as a team, and we executed by passing the ball to the open player. I am proud of every one of my girls.” Foxes Jaylyn Anderson (10) and Tiara Parker (8) combined for 18 points to lead all Fox scoring. The Foxes finished with 10 rebounds, 16 steals, 11 assists, 13 turnovers, and three blocks. Although the Cougars rallied to cut the Foxes’ deficit down to 1-3 points, the home-standing Foxes stayed within their game each time the Cougars appeared to tie or take

the lead. After building up a 13-0 lead with less than one minute to play in the first quarter, it was obvious that the Cougars’ offense had never left the bus. Relying on a slow and methodical pace, seven different Foxes contributed to the 17-4 first quarter lead. In the second quarter, the Cougars defense suddenly showed up, and held the Foxes to two points. Cougar point guard, Dorielle Foster led her team to a 4-2 rally with two fast break lay-ups. Foster’s late second quarter performance spilled over into the third quarter, as her teammates

opened the second half with a 10-0 run that cut the Fox lead to 19-18. Although the Foxes managed to hold on to a three-point lead (23-20) before the start of the final quarter, it was obvious that the Cougars’ sudden confidence could potentially result in a victory. Alicia Jacobs led the surge with eight points. Jacobs would later lead all Cougar scoring with 10 points. After making adjustments to the Cougar press defense, the Foxes, led by McKayla Perrotte with four points, extended their lead to 11 points with 3:05 left in the game. Combined with their version of the press defense,

“We played phenomenally, but we could have played better. We played as a team, and we executed by passing the ball to the open player. I am proud of every one of my girls.” —Eileen Ordonez and killing two minutes off of the clock, the game was in the bag for the Foxes. Results from the away game at

Caroline were not available. The Foxes will open the 2014 portion of the winter sports season with a away game at Liberty (Bealton) on Jan. 3.

Foxes T&F qualify for Region and States at FUMA Leonard Banks Sports Editor Life in the fast lane is paying dividends for King George. The Foxes indoor track & field team made the most of its opportunities at the Fork Union Military Academy Mini Invitational, on Thursday, Dec. 19. In a field of 11 schools, 10 athletes qualified for either the State (TBA) or Regional Indoor Championships

(Liberty University). Fox athletes who qualified for the State Indoor Track & Field Championships included: Heidi Colwell, pole vault, 9’6” (qualification, 8’09”); Miranda Green, 1000-meters, 3:10.52 (qualification, 3:10.56), 1600-meter run, 5:20.97 (qualification, 5:22.75); Justin Halter, high jump, 6’01” (qualification, 6’01”). Fox athletes who qualified for the

Regional/Sectional Indoor Track & Field Championships included: Men’s 4x800-meter relay team, 8:52.94 (Regional/Sectional qualification, 8:55.86); Kristen Hornbaker, 1,600-meter run, 5:35.45 (Regional/ Sectional qualification, 5:38.62); Davion Hutt, 55-meter dash, 6.61 (Regional/Sectional qualification, 6.68); Caroline Williams, shot put, 33’ (Regional/Sectional qualification, 32’06.5).

Other significant Lady Fox performances included: Ashley Perkins, 1,000-meter run, 5th, 3:22.79; Nicole Brem, 1,600-meter run, 4th, 5:58.79; high jump, 5th, 4’6”; Kristen Hornbaker, 3,200-meter run, 2nd, 12:23.34; Maddie Amos, 3,200-meter run, 3rd, 13:23.09; Shamaja Abdullah, 300-meter run, 46.28; 4x200-meter relays, 4th, 1:55.41; 4x400-meter relay, 1st, 4:28.04; 4x800-meter relay, 3rd, 10:59.10; Brittany Williams,

500-meter dash, 1:25.69; Brooke West, 500-meter dash, 1:31.24; Heidi Colwell, 55-meter run, 4th, 9:53; triple jump, 5th, 28’11.25”. Other significant Foxes boys performances included: Davion Hutt, 300-meter dash, 2nd, 37.86; Fernando DeLaRosa, 500-meters, 2nd, 1:12.98; Nicholas Casamento, 500-meters, 6th, 1:15.09; Christian Koon, 1,000-meter run, 3rd, 2:52.05; Brian Greeley, 1,000-meter run, 4th, 2:53.27; Jacob

Watson, 1,600-meter run, 3rd, 4:54.63; Jacob Watson, 3,200-meter run, 3rd, 10:30.07; Jarod Watson, 3,200-meter run, 5th, 11:13.84; 4x200-meter relay, 3rd, 3:46.54. On Saturday, Jan. 11, King George will return to FUMA for an opportunity to qualify more athletes for the Regionals and State Championships. Stay tuned, as the second half of the winter sports track & field season unfolds.

Washington & Lee Eagles defeat Mathews Blue Devils Richard Leggitt The Washington & Lee Eagles moved their season record to 3-3 Thursday with a 20-point home win over the Mathews Blue Devils 69 to 49. Junior Treshaun Brown again led with W&L with 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals. W&L played steady ball to get the win after playing poorly in a loss earlier in the week to the King George Foxes. “I was very proud of them to bounce back after

a poor showing Monday Eagles night and show the team we are capable of being,” said W&L Coach George Hunter. The Eagles led throughout Blue Devils the game after opening up a 23 to 9 lead in the first quarter. Joining Brown to pace the win were Terrin Dickerson with 13 points and D.J. Weldon with 10 points.

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For the Devils, top scorers were Cody Kelly with 17 points and Stuart Anderson with 14 points. Despite the loss, the Blue Devils’ overall record is 4-4 after they opened the season 1-3, including a loss to W&L at Mathews early in the season. Brown, who quarterbacked the Washington & Lee football team into the 1A-East playoffs earlier in Dec., has morphed into a forceful player for the Eagles on the basketball court as well, shooting, stealing the ball and hitting the boards at a torrid pace.

“Treshaun is a quiet young man who came to W&L to get a fresh start,” said W&L Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. “He is quiet and unassuming, but he is a major presence on our football field and basketball court. He’s a great addition to our student body.” W&L begins a series of games against Northern Neck District opponents in January and Coach Hunter believes Brown and the Eagles will be ready. “This was a total team effort and by far the best game

we have played this year,” Hunter said. “We hope to continue to build on this performance next week against Rappahannock in what will be a tough contest against one of the more athletic teams in the state,” Hunter said. “But if we can play as a team, and execute, we will come out on top. Our toughest opponent every night is ourselves when we win that battle we can compete with anyone,” Hunter said.

James Monroe stings KGHS swim teams Staff Reports Lightning sometimes strikes twice in the same place, and that was the case for the tri-meet featuring Spotsylvania, King George, and 2013 Battlefield District Champion, James Monroe. The last time the Foxes saw their cross-town nemesis was at the University of Mary Washington’s Goolrich Swimming Pool, during the district championships. On Friday, at the King George

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YMCA, the Yellow Jackets invaded the hostile confines of the Foxes Den, and defeated both King George and Spotsylvania in dual competition. The Foxes girls’ and boys’ swim teams fielded two first place finishes, while the Yellow Jackets dominated nearly every event of the competition. The saving grace for the Foxes was their defeat of Spotsylvania. Team scores included: James Monroe vs. King George: Yellow

Jacket girls 172, Foxes girls 113; Yellow Jacket boys 146, Foxes boys 140. King George vs. Spotsylvania: Foxes girls 209, Knight girls 35; Foxes boys 218, Knight boys 37. James Monroe vs. Spotsylvania: Yellow Jacket girls 227, Knight girls 32; Yellow Jacket boys 225, Knight boys 35. The Foxes will have another opportunity for redemption, as they travel to the University of Mary Washington to compete against James Monroe, on Jan. 10.

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Rappahannock Community College welcomes representatives of area schools Meetings at Rappahannock Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Glenns Campus on November 21, and at its Warsaw Campus on November 22, allowed RCC administrators to share information with area high school principals and counselors about the many dual enrollment and other educational opportunities that the college makes available. The collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, and Dr. Donna Alexander, its vice president of instruction and student development, welcomed the attendees to both meetings. RCC dual enrollment coordinator Petie Norris then explained some academic policies and procedures of RCC and the Virginia Community College System, as well as reporting on recent legislation that has affected

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Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in the Colonial Beach Town Center located at 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia, to consider the following: Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ZOA-01-2014 (ORDINANCE 643): AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF COLONIAL BEACH BY AMENDING ARTICLE XXI, FLOOD PLAIN DISTRICT, BY REPEALING AND REPLACING ARTICLE 21 FLOOD PLAIN DISTRICT, WITH ARTICLE XXI FLOODPLAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT. The purpose of this text amendment is to update the floodplain district as proscribed by new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations, and the adoption of revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps. ZOA-02-2014 (ORDINANCE 643): Additionally, ARTICLE XX, DEFINITIONS will be amended with added and/or updated definitions in accordance with FEMA requirements; ELEVATED BUILDING; ENCROACHMENT; EXISTING MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION; EXPANSION TO AN EXISTING MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION; FREEBOARD; HISTORIC STRUCTURE; LOWEST FLOOR; NEW CONSTRUCTION; NEW MANUFACTURED HOME PARK OR SUBDIVISION; SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD AREA; START OF CONSTRUCTION; SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE; SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT; WATER COURSE; AND TO AMEND THE FOLLOWING DEFINITIONS: MANUFACTURED HOME; BASEMENT, FLOOD OR FLOODING. The purpose of these text amendments is to add and amend definitions to the ordinance as required by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regulations. Any persons desiring to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the above is hereby invited to be present at the Public Hearing. Copies of the above are on file in the Department of Planning & Community Development, 905 McKinney Blvd., Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. 12/25/2013, 1/1/2014

TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH PUBLIC NOTICE On January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the regular monthly meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, at Town Center in Colonial Beach, the Colonial Beach Town Council will conduct a public hearing regarding Ordinance No. 645. All interested persons are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. ORDINANCE NO. 645 PROVIDES FOR A BONUS FOR ALL FULL-TIME HOURLY EMPLOYEES OF THE TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH AND ANY PART TIME-TOWN EMPLOYEE WHO HAS BEEN IN THEIR POSITION FOR TWELVE (12) MONTHS. THE AMOUNT OF THE BONUS SHALL BE $200.00. ORDINANCE NO. 645 IS CONSIDERED PURSUANT TO THE GRANT OF AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN VA CODE SECTION 15.2-1508. The complete text of Ordinance No. 645 may be obtained from the Clerk of the Town Council at 18 N Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Anyone having questions or wishing to submit written comments may contact Town Hall at 804-224-7181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone with a disability who requires assistance in order to participate in the public hearing is asked to contact the Town Clerk prior to the public hearing so that appropriate arrangements may be made. All interested persons may attend and express their views.

By Order of the Colonial Beach Town Council 12/25/2013, 1/1/2014

TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Colonial Beach will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Center, 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 to solicit public input on local community development and housing needs in relation to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a project in our community. Information on the amount of funding available, the requirements on benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, eligible activities, and plans to minimize displacement and provide displacement assistance as necessary will be available. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past use of CDBG funds. All interested citizens are urged to attend. For additional information, contact the Town of Colonial Beach at 18 N. Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 or 804-224-7181. Comments and grievances can be submitted in writing to the Town at 18 N. Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 or by phone at 804-2247181 until Wednesday, January 8, 2014. If you plant to attend and have any special needs requirements, please call the number listed above. 12/25/2013. 1/1/2014

TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH PUBLIC NOTICE On January 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the regular monthly meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, at Town Center in Colonial Beach, the Colonial Beach Town Council will conduct a public hearing regarding Resolution #06-14. All interested persons are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing. Resolution #06-14 AMENDS THE CURRENT 2009-2029 COLONIAL BEACH COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADD DESIGN GUIDELINES AS AN ADDENDUM TO THE CURRENT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. THE DESIGN GUIDELINES PROVIDE A POLICY FRAMEWORK AS TO CERTAIN BASIC TOWNWIDE DESIGN STANDARDS AS WELL AS MORE SPECIFIC STANDARDS FOR THE CENTRAL AREA AND THE POINT AREA AS IDENTIFIED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. THIS ADDENDUM IS POLICY AND WOULD ONLY APPLY AS PROPERTY IS DEVELOPED AND/OR REDEVELOPED. The complete text of Resolution #06-14 may be obtained from the Clerk of the Town Council at 18 N Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Anyone having questions or wishing to submit written comments may contact Town Hall at 804-224-7181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone with a disability who requires assistance in order to participate in the public hearing is asked to contact the Town Clerk prior to the public hearing so that appropriate arrangements may be made. All interested persons may attend and express their views.

By Order of the Colonial Beach Town Council 12/25/2013. 1/1/2014

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State Health Department forecasts arrival of seasonal stomach bug Richmond, Va. -- Statewide surveillance data monitored by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) indicate that norovirus is arriving in Virginia just in time for the holidays. Commonly referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the stomach flu,â&#x20AC;? norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Norovirus circulates throughout the year in Virginia; however, illness typically increases during the winter months. As part of the Commonwealthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

statewide readiness efforts, VDH has historically studied disease dynamics by analyzing data received from emergency departments and urgent care centers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By tracking current disease surveillance data and applying that to established historical data trends, our experts are able to define baselines and thresholds for disease activity and make evidence-based predictions of when certain seasonal illnesses, like norovirus, will increase,â&#x20AC;? said State Health Commissioner Cynthia C.

Romero, MD, FAAFP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Based on current data analysis, we expect to see an increase in norovirus illness and outbreaks in Virginia over the next few weeks.â&#x20AC;? Last season VDH investigated 184 norovirus outbreaks statewide in a variety of settings. Because the virus can significantly impact facilities such as day care centers, prisons/ jails, schools and nursing homes, local health districts work closely with these facilities to minimize the severity of outbreaks and help prevent future outbreaks.

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Twist: Blame placed on KG From page 1 contended it had to do with a money issue. Leming wrote, “These acts and omissions by the County have stifled PFI’s efforts to obtain the financing necessary to commence construction on the project.” NOW BLAMING COUNTY FOR WITHHOLDING PERMIT But in Project FAITH’s Dec. 13 reply brief earlier this month and again last week in court, Lemming ignored the money issue and instead shifted the argument to blame the county by alleging it held up the permitting process. Leming alleged that the county had dragged its heels to prevent Project FAITH from obtaining a building permit, or at least a site and foundation permit, to enable commencement of construction prior to the end of the 60-day period. The judge appeared to agree that it could be a problem. At the hearing, it appeared that Project FAITH may have conceded its failure to commence construction by Aug. 1 and is now making its case that it would have commenced construction by the end of the 60-day cure period following the Aug. 1 deadline, if only the county had cooperated. Whether a cure period was required under the contractual agreements is a key element in Project FAITH’s latest argument that the county is to blame for Project FAITH’s inability to get a permit to commence construction prior to the end of the 60-days following the Aug. 2 default notice. Project FAITH claims that the county was in control of granting a building permit and dragged its feet by not signing off on a request by the Virginia Department of Transportation to the county for changes to the road entrances. Those VDOT recommendations were contained in a letter dated Aug. 21, presented as an exhibit by the Project FAITH lawyer. Judge Ellis appeared interested in that argument, telling lawyers, “There’s a problem with the county being in control of the building permit process.” He added, “It puts the party now seeking reversion in total control. And this court is going to have a problem with that.” DEED PROVIDES FRAMEWORK FOR BLAMING COUNTY The legal framework for the ability to blame the county is written into the Deed of Gift in the “Reversion” section. Reversion is the legal term used in the two guiding documents for the county to reclaim the parcel of land 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.” Clause A, as amended, consists of one of long, sentence and appears below. The language refers to “acts” by the enumerated entities, including “local government(s),” though it does not refer to omissions by those entities, which appears to be what Project FAITH is currently

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alleging. Clause A is reprinted 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.” IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT MONEY Since Leming gained traction on that argument, he will likely continue to argue Project FAITH’s latest allegation in future court hearings. But he is also expected to have to answer questions about whether Project FAITH had the money to bid and award a construction contract, which never took place. The big issue with the proposed project has always centered on lack of actual funding. King George’s allegations of breach of contract are bolstered by a recital of facts including Project FAITH’s “lack of responsiveness to county’s request for information.” Its complaint notes the developer is contractually required to document, “prior to and during construction” that it has “obtained and maintained appropriate funding for the project.” That didn’t happen. The complaint notes that a July 1 letter from the county requested such details be supplied. That was a month prior to the Aug. 1 deadline for starting construction. Instead, the county’s filing states that an Aug. 14 letter in response six weeks later, “sought to obfuscate the issues, avoid responsibility and project blame upon others.” FRAUD ALLEGED In addition to the charges of breach of contract, another count in the county’s filing is headed, “Rescission based upon Fraud.” Actions by Project FAITH’s executive director, Froncé Wardlaw are recited in the complaint. Those have to do with admitted alteration of a letter which the county contends she used to misrepresent the participation by Rappahannock Community College (RCC) as a major tenant in the proposed HELP Center project. The filing also alleges, “That Wardlaw intentionally altered the date of the RCC letter or directed it to be altered in an effort to conceal the fact that RCC’s commitment to lease space was in question as of February 2013 (and perhaps earlier).” It contends that Wardlaw’s conduct, “is willful, intentional and malicious in nature, and entitles the county to rescind the Deed of Gift and Performance Agreement,” including their amendments.

NOTICE OF THE KING GEORGE COUNTY’S DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TO CHOOSE OFFICERS FOR THE YEARS OF 2014 AND 2015 The King George Democratic Committee announces that it will hold an assembled caucus on January 7, 2014 at 7 pm at the Smoot Library. No one will be permitted into the voting after 7:15 pm. Everyone participating in the caucus will be required to sign a standardized caucus participation form stating that he or she is a democrat, does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a democratic nominee in the ensuing general election and is a registered voter in King George County. Those persons wishing their names to be placed on the ballet as a candidate shall pre-file their candidacy with Pearl Smith at 4390 Danube Drive Dahlgren, or e-mail at or mail her at Post Office Box 491 Dahlgren ,VA 22448 by 5:00 p.m. on 1 January 2014. Officers to be chosen are: Chair Person Vice Chair Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Publicity Chair Out Reach Chair For further information, please contact Pearl A. Smith King George County Chair at 540-663-2766 Paid for by the King George Democratic Committee

Board: Welcoming new members in 2014 From page 1 having won the November election against Randall. Both were writein candidates, with no name on the ballot for that race. Voting for the slot was light, with Collins winning with 239 write-in votes against 124 votes written in for Randall. 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. The couple and their family have lived in the county for three years. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ORGANIZATION MEETING ON JAN. 7 The Board of Supervisors will hold its organizational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. in the ground floor board meeting room in the Revercomb Administration Building located behind the Courthouse. The organizational meetings for the Service Authority and the Wireless Authority are also set for the same date and time. Setting them all for 6 p.m. means no time lag necessary between meetings, waiting for the clock. Those boards will convene with Cedell Brooks, Joe Grzeika, Dale Sisson, Ruby Brabo and Jim Howard

making up the new board. After election of a chairman and vice chairman and adoption of a meeting calendar, the boards are also expected to adopt rules and procedures as is done annually. After those annual adoptions, the three boards will each continue in turn to conduct business for their first of two regular monthly business meetings. Monthly meetings are expected to continue to be held on the first and third Tuesdays of most months in the location noted above. SCHOOL BOARD ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING ON JAN. 2 The School Board is scheduled to hold its organizational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m. in the ground floor conference room at the School Board office. The School Board office is located on St. Anthony’s Loop Road. It will convene with Mike Rose, John Davis, Kristin Tolliver, Ken Novell, and new member T.C. Collins to make up a newly constituted School Board. The School Board is expected to make some committee and other assignments and also adopt a meeting calendar for the year. The agenda has not yet been posted, but the School Board’s organization meeting is usually quite short, with no

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regular business in addition to their organization duties for the year. The proposed meeting schedule has not been posted for the remainder of the year, with the School Board likely to adopt meetings to take place on most of the second and fourth Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Revercomb building, as in the past year. ELECTION OF OFFICERS For each board, the organizational meeting is usually called to order by the administrator for the first order of business, which is the election of a chairman. Nominations are called for. Nominations are not motions, so they don’t require a second. After all board members have a chance to make any nominations, it is customary to make a motion to close nominations, get a second and vote on that motion. Whether there is only one nomination or two or more, each member only gets to vote for one person, one time total. There are no secret ballots, and if nominated for office, most people vote for themselves to indicate they are willing to take on the position. Following the election of a chairman, the gavel is turned over to the new chairman and that person calls for nominations for the post of vice chairman, with the same procedure being followed.

Gas: Essential for county industrial park From page 1 for Columbia Gas to deliver natural gas at the Industrial Park. The agreement contains a reimbursement clause stating that if the parties do not execute a subsequent service agreement, the county will reimburse Columbia Gas up to a maximum of $200,000 for all documented work and reasonable costs including capital carrying costs incurred in connection with the work described above. SERVICE AGREEMENT ANTICIPATED The agreement does not constitute a binding service agreement to deliver natural gas to the park, but it anticipates negotiation for such a service agreement. It had become apparent that having natural gas available is essential to several potential business prospects inquiring about the industrial park. The natural gas availability coupled with access to a rail line is expected to exponentially increase the park’s attractiveness to business prospects and poise the county for attracting new business to the park. The county previously earmarked $4,100,000 in the county’s Capital Improvement Program, estimated to cover the costs for engineering and construction of the gas line by Columbia Gas from its availability point inside the Stafford county line. The funding was not borrowed, but was earmarked from a surplus in the county’s general fund. LINE EXTENSION AGREEMENT A Columbia Gas rep had appeared at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors three years ago on Aug. 3, 2010, and provided a slide presentation outlining four types of its standard agreements. The one that was keyed in on at that time is called a line extension agreement, as being available to the county. The company rep explained the features of such an agreement, which basically included refunding to the locality the amount of connection fees received by Columbia Gas by those tapping into the gas line extension over a 10-year period following completion of the line. That type of agreement would provide for the possibility for the county to subsequently recoup a portion of the costs King George is anticipated to advance for the actual construction of such a natural gas line.

FAITH: Loses first round From page 1 being assisted by Cameron on the King George legal team. Leming had also argued there were circumstances beyond Project FAITH’s control that it wanted to explain directly to the supervisors. Leming also insisted that if the hearing had been granted, they might not have ended up in court, adding, “They wanted at least an opportunity to say what happened.” While the judge disagreed with Leming’s contention that Supervisors were required to hold a hearing, he appeared to encourage that possibility going forward. Near the end of last Wednesday’s hearing, Judge Ellis told the lawyers, “I think there’s a lot to be said about working it out before the board and not being in court.” Ellis added, “Either try to settle this matter, or else set a date for a hearing.” CURE PERIOD? Leming also strenuously argued that the Notice of Default from the county should have stated that it was providing a 60-day ‘cure’ period, arguing the Performance Agreement grants that under paragraph IV- 4. That section states, “County shall give notice of any default and shall allow Company sixty (60) days to cure any such default before any reversion under the Deed or this Agreement shall take effect.” The county’s position is that no cure period was required. But Cameron said nonetheless it waited 60 days after its default notice to file its legal proceeding to get the land back. Cameron argued it wasn’t necessary to put it in the default notice, saying Project FAITH was aware that they were being provided a ‘cure’ period. Cameron said, “We’re not dealing with unsophisticated parties.” He stated, “You can see from the correspondence after that, that Project FAITH clearly felt they had 60 days.” He added, “And the cure period ran with no cure.” PROJECT FAITH ALLEGING COUNTY IS TO BLAME With Project FAITH’s pleadings for dismissal of the case being denied by the court, both sides are expected to debate the developer’s contention that the county was to blame for its inability to commence construction. Whether a cure period was required under the contractual agreements is a key element in Project FAITH’s current argument that the county is to blame for Project FAITH’s inability to get a permit to commence construction prior to the end of the 60 days following the Aug. 2 default notice. Leming last week alleged that the county had dragged its heels to prevent Project FAITH from obtaining a building permit, or at least a site and foundation permit, to enable commencement of construction prior to the end of the 60-day period.

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King George Dept. of Social Services makes Christmas merrier for citizens Richard Leggitt The King George Department of Social Services has been making Christmas merrier for the elderly, children and those who are disabled for more than 30 years. And, Dave Coman, who has been with DSS for 20 of those years, said this holiday season might have been one of the best ever. “This is a community-wide effort,” said Coman, who now serves as the director of King George DSS. “People have been very generous, extremely generous.” Coman said DSS’ holiday program, which matches giving donors with seniors, children and the disabled, helped provide Christmas to more than 300 families and individuals in King George this year. DSS’ mission of promoting selfreliance and protection of King George residents through community based programs and its philosophy of allowing customer needs to drive its efforts are epitomized by the program to help individuals and families at Christmas. “We started three months out” Coman said. “Applicants have to be Virginia residents, under 16 or over 65 or disabled. They are carefully screened and then there is a marrying process to match them with the donors.” “The churches in King George, the Salvation Army, the Navy base at Dahlgren and so many individuals and businesses have been so generous,”

Coman said. “Throughout the community, people want to help.” Donors are asked to provide presents, not cash or food. And, they are not allowed to know the names or the recipients, nor do those receiving the gifts know the names of the donors. Recipients and donors are given corresponding numbers to make sure the appropriate gifts reach those in need. On Friday, 115 elderly and disabled citizens went to the American Legion Post 89 on US 301 to match their numbers with the numbered gifts from generous donors. Tuesday, children with their families picked up their Christmas presents at the American Legion. The selection of those to receive gifts, the gifts from the donors and all of the complicated arrangements for the very heart warming process were coordinated by Tracy Curtis of DSS, who gets high marks from Coman. “She is phenomenal,” he said. King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann, whose office has been participating in the DSS program for six years, said, “I am proud that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office sponsors a a family each year. I think that it is important to give back to the community, and this program allows us to do that.” Gusmann said she would encourage many other businesses and organizations to participate in the program. “It is a great way to give back and it makes so much sense.”



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Antiques Considered... This secretary bookcase belonged to a lady from California who died earlier this year. Her daughter has inherited it, and plans to keep it in her home in the Northern Neck. The wood is mahogany, and the finish has been restored. The ends are solid, rather than paneled. The secondary Henry Lane wood is pine. One of the Hull brass knobs on the upper drawer is damaged, but the overall condition is excellent. This desk dates from the early period of the nineteenth century. The style is transitional from Federal to Sheraton, and the origin is almost certainly Massachusetts. The brass hardware is typical of the period, as are the mullions in the two doors. I suspect that three brass finials might have adorned the crest, which can be ascertained by looking for holes where they should have been screwed into the crest. The legs are turned in consistent Federal fashion, but their size anticipates the larger form used during the Sheraton Period. The solid ends indicate the sophistication of the cabinetmaker. The brass knob can be repaired, which would be better than replacing it. I suggest Colony Metalsmiths of Williamsburg as the first place to inquire about its restoration. As to the finish, the absence of the original shellac is a detriment in assessing the present value. In

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Shop with a Sheriff Program again brings joy to King George children

Vickie and Bryan Coffman will be hosting Colonial Beach residents and visitors with a year’s end seafood buffet at their High Tides on the Potomac Restaurant. The New Year’s Eve buffet will be $34.99 per person, with children three and under free. The buffet is scheduled for 12 Noon until 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 and will feature crab legs, steamed shrimp, fried fish, oysters and scallops. Reservations are requested for the New Year’s Eve event. Prime rib with au jus, salads, a potato bar, shrimp and grits, desserts and much more will also be served. Reservations can be made by calling 804-224-8433. The Coffmans, who are widely known for their efforts to promote Colonial Beach, will close High Tides for the winter on New Year’s Day and take a well deserved 10week vacation. The family built and owned restaurant, which also includes the adjoining Black Pearl Tiki Bar, opened in 2005 and has 65 employees. It is one of Colonial Beach’s largest employers.   Located on the Colonial Beach Boardwalk overlooking the Potomac River, the restaurant hosted dozens of popular bands from across the nation during the year and did more than its share

Vickie and Bryan Coffman, owners of the High Tides Restaurant, will be celebrating the holiday season and the end of the year with a seafood buffet on New Year’s Eve. to draw visitors and fans to Colonial Beach. “We’re on the last page of another successful year,” said Bryan Coffman. “We just want to celebrate and begin planning for next year.” Vickie and Bryan are hands-on managers of the restaurant along with the help of their children and

grandchildren. And, the Coffmans are noted for giving back to the community and are strong boosters of Colonial Beach High School. “We are working hard so Colonial Beach will come back and be what it used to be,” said Vickie Coffman. —Richard Leggitt

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Sheriff’s officers and YMCA employees help children “Shop with a Sheriff.” got everyone ready to shop. “The deputies were so friendly and warm towards the children. What makes this program so incredible is the time the deputies spend with their child one on one while shopping and later eating at Subway,” Clark said. King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann, who attended the “Shop with a Sheriff ” program, said the event was “Wonderful. I look forward to doing it again next year.” “It is great to be able to make Christmas special for those that are less fortunate, especially in this tough economy. The smiles on the kids’ faces was priceless,” Gusmann said. Scott Simon, who coordinated the event for the sheriff ’s office, thanked all of those who put time, effort and money into the program to make

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Richard Leggitt The second Annual “Shop with a Sheriff ” program, hosted by the King George Family YMCA and the King George Sheriff ’s Office, was a rousing success last Wednesday, bringing joy to 34 children who were treated to a shopping trip at Walmart. “It is so hard to capture all the energy of the event, but the smiles on everyone’s faces, the laughter that filled the air and the love that was shared was really what Christmas is all about,” said Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the King George YMCA. This year’s “Shop with a Sheriff ” was bigger and better than the first event held in 2012. There were more children, more shopping and more time spent with sheriff ’s officers and YMCA staff members. Walmart and Foote Title were sponsors of the holiday shopping event which allowed disadvantaged children selected by the King George Department of Social Services the opportunity to spend up to $100 shopping for Christmas gifts at Walmart. The King George Sheriff ’s Office collected donations and provided volunteers to help children with their shopping. The King George Family YMCA and the King George/ Dahlgren Rotary Club also had volunteers helping the children and the sheriff ’s officers with the shopping. Donations for the program came from throughout the community. “To see and experience the outpouring of such a giving Christmas spirit of all those involved was an emotional memory,” said King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey. “To hear that this night was the only Christmas many of those children will receive this year makes this event the highlight of the year for the staff of King George Sheriff ’s Office and the staff of the YMCA,” Dempsey said. “We have created memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.” “The night was filled with so much excitement and anticipation,” said Clark. “As soon as the children arrived there were smiles on their faces and on the officer’s faces.” Clark said there were lots of high fives from the officers and that

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Hunters, beware the disease back with ducks. Of course, Honkitus is the same, with the exception of substituting geese for ducks and duck hunting. Some other behaviors that indicated a horrible infection of either disease is the sudden spending of money on decoys, duck boats, calls, waders, dogs and any other related gear. In severe cases that offer little hope, those infected may suffer marital problems, amnesia, an infatuation with all things waterfowl, and they may begin ignoring everything else in life, to include their family. If your family member or friend takes to carrying a duck or goose call everywhere they go and tries to use it (God help you and them if they take one to church!), then you need to get help. I am not sure what the preacher would do if one of the congregants began a feeding chatter followed by a serious of loud quacks or hail calls and honks during the sharing of the Word. I suppose depending on what church you were attending, others might stand up and shout, some might join in. A warning to those related to the infected: A sudden and random meltdown can occur if the infected one looks up and sees ducks or geese flying overhead, and they don’t have a shotgun in hand. Beware of unstable behavior in such instances. Things can become quite embarrassing very quickly! Symptoms that indicate a mild infection that should be bearable include a desire to go out in rainy weather to sit in a duck blind or lay out in a field blind. Mildly infected people may also drool over the latest camo patterns or duck or goose calls. The pages of the Redhead hunting catalog or Mack’s Prairie Wings catalog may stick together. They may sleep with their gear and listen to CDs in their trucks of the latest grunts, honks, quacks, hails, comeback calls and feeder chattering. Some of the worst problems or side effects from which family and friends will suffer in knowing the infected person is the loss of interest in

Mark Fike

Contracting the disease was quite easy. It is very contagious, and can infect the young and old alike. My experience was probably not unusual at all. In fact, I never knew I had the disease until it was too late. I did not know that what I had was a disease, but certainly the symptoms were there for me to see. My only regret was that no one had the courtesy to warn me that I was exposing myself to it and the ravages of its aftermath that have lasted for many years. I still am not rid of its clutches, and sometimes wake up in a sweat wondering if I will fight this for the rest of my life. Some say the problem is not a disease, but a bad habit or an addiction. Perhaps that is true. The jury is still out on that theory. Qwackitus is commonly contracted near water and almost always when holding a shotgun, or when near someone who has a shotgun, although it can be contracted at home, in the yard or even in front of the television. A common factor in its infection is the presence of waterfowl, particularly ducks. A similar disease with many of the same symptoms is known as Honkitus. The difference is, of course, the desire to make a different sound while afield or on the water, and the temporary cure for the disease is, of course, a much larger bird that must be held by those infected. The problem with the cure (and hence the argument that this is not a disease but a serious addiction) is that it is ONLY temporary and the threshold or tolerance for the cure only increases necessitating a desire for even MORE. This is a sad state of affairs in which to to find oneself. Symptoms of Qwackitus include glassy eyes when looking at things such as camo duck boats, decoys, duck calls, retrievers and, of course, duck blinds. An infected person can go into a sweat or even spike a fever if they are permitted to see a DVD with successful duck hunts, watch the same on television or talk to anyone that sought a cure and came







doing other things, the sudden urge to spend money on things that may not matter to you and, of course, the cost of continuing the dependence on the addiction. Non-toxic shells are very expensive with some costing upwards of $3 each! If your loved one is a great wingshot, consider yourself lucky. Perhaps you can get away with an ammunition bill of less than a few hundred dollars in a season. If your loved one is a poor shot or they have access to great duck or goose hunting areas, consider getting professional help. There is no real cure known for either condition. Perhaps the best thing to do if you know someone who has the problem is to hang around them until you get it, too. At least then, they will have company, and two suffering together is much better than one. I recently had the pleasure of watching my youngest daughter contract Qwackitus, and I am pretty sure she has the beginnings of Honkitus, too. Her contraction of the disease started with a new lab puppy and the retrieval of one of my ducks. Now I am questioned (rather forcefully, I might add) each week if I have my gear ready for Saturday mornings. I am expected to be able to recite sunrise times, forecast temperatures and

even weather forecasts. Her older sister contracted the disease at a very early age. We had a large block-headed lab at the time. I had goose and duck decoys, and she liked to parade around with them on her head and put them in her room and even sleep with them. Just this week, I offered to take my youngest daughter and her new puppy out for a temporary fix for her case of the disease on a local creek. Unfortunately, I was so exhausted, that for the first time in many years, I overslept a bit, and we missed a good opportunity to get on the water. The look on my daughter’s face haunted me all day. I immediately realized that I had to rectify the problem the very next day. It was pouring cold rain when we headed out well before dawn, and it did not let up, but do you think I heard a complaint about the weather or cold? No! I think my daughters have contracted a much more severe case than I have. Uh-oh… I hear her coming down the stairs now, and she is yelling something about a duck blind. I need to hide! The next thing I have on my list to do is to expose my wife to the disease. The one problem with that idea is that three of us are already a bit loony, and we are such quacks now,





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Left: When you have the disease, even the pouring rain won’t keep you from getting out of bed well before dawn. This is but one symptom of this disease. Right: The disease can be expensive. Some symptoms include drooling over duck decoys, calls and other gear. so seeing a quack won’t help us, but hearing one might do the job temporarily. I don’t know if I can afford my

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