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Short-term rentals and cottages subject to “Cottage” Tax

Renovations will extend Riverwood’s low-income housing restrictions

At the request of Colonial Beach Councilman Jim Chiarello, Town Attorney Andrea Erard addressed the council at the Jan. 23 work session to discuss the current ordinance surrounding the collection of the Transient Occupancy Tax. The council refers to this tax as the “Cottage Tax”. Erard informed the council that under the current ordinance, the way it is written, cottage owners who rent to individuals for 29 days or less should be collecting tax from their renters and should also obtain a business license. The council discussed the issue at length and even allowed citizen and cottage owner Glenda Chiarello to share the podium with Erard to give a presentation on research she said she had conducted on the practices of other localities and how they handled the cottage tax and licensing. Erard stated that the town council could choose not to enforce the requirement of a business license for cottage owners but warned that carving out a particular group of people to be exempt from obtaining a business license must come with a reason for treating them differently. Erard also told the council she could prepare a draft for such a purpose but needed a consensus on whether the council wanted to enforce the need for business licenses, or not. After about an hour of back and forth interpretations of the laws (by some council members) concerning the requirement for a business license and what taxes out of town businesses are obligated to pay the town, the council finally indicated to Erard that the town should enforce

Related Apartment Preservation (RAP) is back in Colonial Beach asking for the town council’s approval for their project to upgrade Riverwood Apartments (“Riverwood”). The complex is located between McKinney Blvd. (Route 205) & Euclid Ave. and between Fourth & Sixth Streets. For the second time within a year, Richard L. Hurlbert Jr., Attorney for RAP, approached the council during the Jan. 23 work session to gain approval to move forward with RAP’s proposal to acquire and rehabilitate Riverwood. Currently, Riverwood is under a restricted covenant to remain a housing complex for low-income residents for 20 more years, ending in 2033. However, if the deal goes through, the restrictions on the property will be extended for 10 more years, meaning the property will have to remain a low-income housing complex until 2043. Related Apartment Preservation is proposing to spend $25,000 per unit to make repairs, replace appliances and fixtures, and other general renovations to upgrade each apartment. In return, RAP’s investors would gain tax credits for the next 15 years. RAP first made this proposal five years ago. At that time, the sitting council brought up issues of security, a subject Hurlbert stated at last week’s meeting, was “unusual and bizarre”. He did add, however, “The whole process was so illuminating that the security issue was something that management onsite had to focus on and address. I think they did. I think there was a tremendous

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Leonard Banks

Pulling together! Colonial Beach Elementary School Supply Drive volunteers spent two hours in the freezing temperatures at the Ferry Farm Walmart helping Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, Torrey Smith collect supply donations for the school.

Out of the ashes there is hope for CB Elementary Leonard Banks Sports editor On Jan. 5, over 100 years of memories suddenly became a distant memory for the Colonial Beach community, as well as 40 teachers, staff members and 280 displaced students. Most notably, lost in the tragedy were school supplies necessary for the students’ academic enrichment. The community of Colonial Beach has risen from the charred embers and rubble that was once Colonial Beach Elementary School (CBES) and bounced back to take the necessary fundraising steps needed for the future generations of Drifter kids. Touched by the loss of his elementary school alma mater, Superbowl XLVII champion and Baltimore Raven wide receiver, Torrey Smith,

and his foundation stepped up and recently partnered with Walmart to organize a school supply drive. On Thursday, Smith’s vision became a reality. From 6 to 8 p.m., at the Walmart at Ferry Farm, Smith arrived to greet fans, well-wishers, and members of the Fredericksburg community with the hope of accepting donations in the form of bundled items in $5, $10, $15 and $20 plastic container packages. The packages contained crayons, pencils, stickers, notes, glue and modeling clay. “We’re here tonight to gather as many donations for CBES, which lost all of their supplies in the tragic fire,” Walmart’s Ferry Farm location manager, Stephen Nelson, said. “We’ve partnered with the Torrey Smith Foundation, who is very active in the community. The

community has given him the foundation to get him where he is today.” After witnessing a long line of devoted fans standing in line along a roped-off garden section of Walmart, in freezing 21 degree temperatures, Smith said, “I think it’s awesome to see all these people willing to help the kids of Colonial Beach. My folks and the Torrey Smith Foundation did a great job putting this all together and teaming up with Walmart. Although it was short notice, their entire input has been amazing. We are thankful for their monetary donations; it will certainly help the Colonial Beach school system.” For two hours, Smith and a team of Colonial Beach Schools and community volunteers See Smith, page 3

Westmoreland Republican mass meeting set for Feb. The Westmoreland County Republican Party, at a meeting Saturday at American Legion Post 252 in Montross, voted to hold a mass meeting on Feb. 28 to elect new officers and elect delegates to the district and state Republican conventions. The Westmoreland County Republican Mass Meeting will be held in the General District Courtroom of the George D. English Building at 111 Polk St. In Montross. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the mass meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Westmoreland County GOP Chairman Doc

Dugan said all legal and qualified voters of Westmoreland County “who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who intend to support all of the Republican nominees for public office in the ensuing election” may participate in the mass meeting. Those attending the Westmoreland County Republican mass meeting will elect delegates and alternates to the First District Republican Convention to be held at James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Ave. in Fredericksburg on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. with registration beginning at 11 a.m.

Additionally, delegates and alternates will be elected to the State Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia to be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Roanoke Civic Center, 710 Williamson Road in Roanoke beginning at 10 a.m.   This year’s GOP State Convention will nominate a candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in the 2013 general election. At the Westmoreland County mass meeting, the Westmoreland GOP will also elect a new chairman as well as a vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer and precinct captains for the five Westmoreland County voting precincts.

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Colonial Beach Council gives unofficial approval for October Bikefest The Colonial Beach Town Council received an update at last week’s work session on the planning for the first-ever bikefest to be held in town, tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in October of this year. The event’s planning group was seeking to obtain a definitive answer concerning the council’s approval of the event before proceeding with promotional activities. President of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, Carey Geddes, along with Bryan and Vickie Coffman, owners of the town’s High Tides on the Potomac restaurant, are heading up efforts with General Manager Steven “Smurf ” Keene and Marketing Director Tammy Saberan of All American Harley-Davidson of

Hughesville, Maryland, to create the first, and hopefully annual, Colonial Beach BikeFest. The group met with the Colonial Beach Town Council in October 2013. At that meeting, Keene presented the council with information on activities that would take place and to dispel rumors surrounding the type of people who would be attending the event. Keene told the council that a lot of people have misconceptions about bikers. The old stereotypical profile of a biker is far from the truth. Today’s bikers, he said, are on average between the ages of 25 and 54 years of age. He advised that they are men and women of Caucasian, AfricanAmerican, Hispanic, Asian, etc. rac-

es. “A lot of women are coming on board with the motorcycle industry,” Keene said, adding, “The average household income is between $75 to $100 thousand, and most of them own their own homes.” Keene went on to tell the council, “Harley-Davidsons are the ‘Cadillacs’ of motorcycles, so we invest a lot in them. While bikers may be interested in tattoos and chrome, some of us also share interests in art.” He said that he buys not only local art, but also that of artists from places he’s visited. “So, we do shop at the events we attend,” Keene said, adding that bikers also love the environment. “We love See bikefest, page 3

No. Neck Historical Society to honor Mason Brent Home

swans on ice

Richard Leggitt

In Monroe Bay, swans struggle to keep warm.

Left to right: Carey Geddes, Bryan and Vicki Coffman, Steven “Smurf” Keene and Tammy Saberan

Roanoke, the home of the Brent family near Heathsville, will join the Inn at Montross as a recipient of the John Paul Hanbury Award for outstanding restoration of a historic property. The Northern Neck Historical Society will present the award Saturday in a ceremony at the 250-yearold home of Mason Brent and his family. The award ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the home located at 6108 Northumberland Road. The Inn at Montross was last year’s recipient of the John Paul Hanbury Award, which is named for a renowned architect from Irvington who led the efforts to restore a number of historic landmarks on the Northern Neck. Roanoke is a brick home that was originally built in 1760 as a story and a half house and then received a fourstory frame addition around 1850. Mason Brent and his family have overseen a painstaking restoration of the

home, which has resulted in its being honored by the Historical Society. Following Saturday’s ceremony, the Brents will host a reception and give house tours of the historic dwelling. A similar ceremony was held last year for the building that houses the Inn at Montross, which was originally built in the 1600s and changed hands a number of times before being restored and turned into one of the area’s top bed and breakfasts. The John Paul Hanbury Award recognizes outstanding restoration or renovation, completed within the last five years, of a property of architectural or historical interest in Virginia’s historic Northern Neck.   Hanbury was widely known for his restoration efforts.  His most celebrated work was the award-winning restoration of the 1813 Virginia Executive Mansion, which is the oldest continuously occupied Governor’s mansion in the U.S. —Richard Leggitt

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Virginia needs tougher ethics laws Several years ago, while working for the FAA, I had purchased a small amount of General Electric stock. There was nothing too remarkable about this, but the FAA, in reviewing my annual statement of financial interests, a requirement for many in the federal g ov e r n m e nt , David S. Kerr said I had to sell it. I didn’t handle anything remotely connected with General Electric, but corporately the agency did, and so I had to sell the stock. That’s how tight many of the conflict of interest rules are at the federal level. Also, I was strictly prohibited from accepting any gifts, and this included trinkets or other giveaways (usually found at trade

shows) worth more than a small amount. And meals, save perhaps for coffee, and that was sometimes a matter of concern, were out of the question. However, in Virginia, if you’re a member of the legislature, or the governor, or any other statewide elected official, there are, for all practical purposes, no rules. But, there should be. If there had been rules on personal gifts and conflict of interest, then perhaps Bob McDonnell wouldn’t have become the first Governor in the history of the Commonwealth to be indicted. McDonnell is accused of accepting gifts from Star Scientific owner Jonnie Williams in return for favors. McDonnell’s defense strikes to the heart of what’s wrong with the current ethics rules in Virginia. He maintains that he did nothing illegal in accepting the gifts, as there are virtually no rules against doing so, and that there were no favors returned. The validity of that argument and

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: In this age of electronic communications, it is more important than ever that our local, state and federal government officials act with ethics and honor. There are too many instances in our society that our elected officials have been less than ethical, and when this happens, it lets down our communities, our nation, and even our society as a whole. Often there is little that the electorate can do until these heinous acts come to light, and even then, the burden of proof is so extreme, it often allows the most corrupt to continue their selfish grab for power and money. It’s not impossible that what happened to the north of us in New Jersey’s private email scandal can’t happen here. Contrary what many think, King George County is not immune to such disappointing behavior of elected officials. Virtually every government organization that I know of has its own web server with official email accounts for all of its government officials, whether elected or not. Often the only way a citizen can get any inside information about how their government officials conduct their business is through the Freedom of Information Act. Private email accounts are exempt from this act, so there is no way for the people to get a clear picture of how our government works. In many government organizations, it is illegal for any official, elected or employed, to correspond in an official capacity in a private email account. In many of our smaller communities, the law, policies or Standing Operating Procedures is slow to catch up with technology. In King George County, for instance, Supervisors Brooks and Sisson, which have been elected, are conducting official business on private email accounts. I am not saying that all emails, if when acting as a private citizen, should be done in an open forum for all to see, but the official business of the county should be stored in the electronic archives. If there is a historic event to be recorded and broadcast, then it is stored on the county’s servers for future generations to research. On the other hand, in the unlikely event that an elected official is less than honorable, and all the business is done through the county electronic server, then it is there for We, the People to hold our elected representatives accountable. By using a private email, they do not subject themselves to the same concerns with the Freedom of Information Act. With a private email, you simply provide what you wish and delete what you wish.

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Being on the county server means they store all emails and search your emails and collect them to fulfill the citizens’ requests. Can we all stand up and say....Big Difference! To an intelligent mind, it shouldn’t be an option. It should be a requirement that all supervisors use the county server. Transparency among some of our elected officials has been touted as an answer to some of the corruption, and I agree that is would be one method to reduce the likelihood of an official to stray from the People’s business to his or her own. Official government business on a private email account does not serve the electorate in any way and must be eliminated. Please spare me the speech of “well, it’s always been done this way before”--“it’s customary”--“it’s traditionally”-- “it’s non-verbally understood”, etc. Those lame excuses are just that! I’m very surprised that the County’s Attorney or County Administrator has perhaps not have mentioned the strong opinions of the Commonwealth’s courts concerning this to Brooks and Sisson. But, when one has to tell their employer things that they don’t want to hear, it might serve them better to be the “Yes Man”! When your peers bring to your attention items that need to be corrected to make it “The Right Thing To Do”, some on this Board have a lot of internal reflection and housekeeping to do. Who “rules” the Rulers, also known as the Board of Supervisors?.....We, the People! A statement some of you have forgotten. As I was told at a recent meeting, the supervisors are not required to comment or give any feedback, and, for now, that is your tradition. But I will be creating a new tradition of my own, that at every meeting, I’ll be there to observe who is doing what and why, and come re-election, perhaps there will be new faces on the board regardless of the tenure some current supervisors have. Mary Trout King George Dear Editor: Yesterday afternoon I went to an Eagle Honor Court at Peace Lutheran Church, King George, for John Fines. This was my second Eagle Honor Court for projects that took place on the DRHT (Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail) in 2013. We hosted three Eagle Scout projects in 2013. This is what community groups


whether the former governor and his wife actively tried to cover up this arrangement is going to be decided in the courts. But, Virginia, and specifically the General Assembly, can do something right now. Gifts, which include everything from trips, use of private aircraft and meals, are commonplace in Richmond. The executive branch, as we’ve seen, as well as delegates and senators are used to this sort of thing. But, it’s not good government. It allows for a level of influence by private interests that’s outside the public view. Most legislatures in the country have some of kind of code of ethics that limits gift giving and at the very least, requires regular reporting. In addition, many state legislative bodies have ethics commissions with the power to investigate and rule on ethics violations. However, Virginia’s ethics rules are lax, reporting requirements are few, and as the result, there isn’t

much transparency. According to the State Integrity Investigation (a public interest group) report that evaluated ethics laws across the nation, Virginia ranks a disturbing 47th place when it comes to its ethics rules. There are a number of proposals being considered for improving ethics rules and their enforcement. Most aren’t particularly strong. One, for example, requires more stringent reporting and establishes an ethics advisory panel. That’s not robust enough. If ethics reform in Virginia is going to mean anything, there will have to be a limit on in-kind gifts, not just from lobbyists, but in general, and an ethics commission with enforcement authority. If this happens, and ethics rules have some power, then maybe we’ll be on the way to removing some of the tarnish from Virginia’s reputation for clean government. —Reach David Kerr at

should do. John’s project was monumental, to say the least. John’s Eagle project was (to restore) and painting the exterior of the caboose. (note: caboose is on site at trailhead on Bloomsbury Road). This is what a trail is for folks: we provide free public recreation and leadership opportunities for our neighbors. No other group in King George does what we do for as many people, and I have you to thank for that. Our fifth annual half marathon is to be held on February 15; our sixth annual 50K race will be the first weekend in August. Who else hosts ultra races in KG but US? We are the only group doing it, and we are the only group to EVER do it. That is, the Friends of the DRHT. We hosted projects for three Eagle Scouts last year. I think that is pretty special for a community group. I hope we can do four Eagle projects or more this year. Let’s keep it up. Dave Jones King George (note: for more information go to

the Smoot Library as stated on their website (“The mission of the L. E. Smoot Memorial Library is to enhance the quality of life for the entire King George County community by providing services, programs, and a balanced collection, all of which fulfill educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs and interests in an atmosphere that is welcoming, safe and respectful.”) should include SUNDAY hours. A quick calculation of hourly wage for two employees to open the Smoot Library for 5 hours on Sundays ($10/ hour x 2 = $100 a Sunday) seems like a reasonable cost to satisfy the Smoot Library’s Mission to our community. If a salaried staff member (management) is required to be on duty, then have that staff member take time off during slower hours in the week. So - To the LE Smoot Memorial Library Board - Can you find this in your budget and make it happen for our Second Semester students? Dee Strauss King George, VA

Dear Editor I would like to echo the letter previously submitted by Lori Deem about the LE Smoot Memorial Library NOT having Sunday hours. I teach at KGHS and always promote the Smoot Library as a great spot for my students to utilize valuable resources that are otherwise not available to them outside of the school day. Even as the King George Wireless Authority (AKA Board of Supervisors) is bombarded by county residents with requests for high-speed Internet service to our “maintain the rural character” community, many of our households could not afford that service if it was provided. And many of these households are the homes of our students. Weekend and evening access to not only books but also technology including computer use for preparation of papers and projects via word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation programs; research, blogging, and email via the Internet; and communicating with class groups and partners for class assignment has become a necessity to our students. Many KGHS teachers provide information to students online for assignments, feedback, and calendar changes. Teachers are also being encouraged to FLIP the Classroom - students do research on topics prior to discussion in the classroom. Access to the Smoot Library that provides these services to our citizens which is the Mission of


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CLUES DOWN 1. Foam 2. Tessera 3. Major ore source of lead 4. Directors 5. 9/11 Memorial architect 6. The goal space in ice hockey 7. The academic world 8. Standing roast 9. More (Spanish) 11. Gram molecule 13. Head of long hair 17. Cost, insurance and freight (abbr.) 19. Line of poetry 21. Originated from 24. One time only 26. A civil wrong 27. Female sheep 29. Bay Area Toll Authority 30. Afrikaans 33. Hold a particular posture 34. South American Indian 35. Paying attention to 36. Wife of a maharaja 37. Mild yellow Dutch cheese 38. Central Br. province in India 39. 4th month (abbr.) 43. Grooved carpentry joint 44. Present formally 46. Skeletal muscle 47. -__, denotes past 48. Aba ____ Honeymoon 51. Young lady 53. Any of the Hindu sacred writing 54. Where Adam and Eve were placed 56. Promotional materials 57. Play a role 58. Arrived extinct

Lori Deem Pictures sent in by a resident of King George County show the dramatic difference in road clearing/ treatment after last week’s snowstorm and subsequent low temperatures (see page 6.) One picture was taken at the Sealston light, intersection of Route 3, Kings Hwy and Route 603, Fletchers Chapel Road. The other is after the vehicle turned right (westbound) onto Kings Hwy and traveled about maybe 200 feet or so. What a difference a county line makes! Stafford snow trucks actually come up the hill into KG to make a u-turn and head back into Stafford to do the other side of the four-lane highway What happened to the lack of clearing of Route 3? Not even considering the side roads, there was no excuse for Route 3 to be almost undriveable for as long as it was. Fortunately, most folks stayed off the roads, but those out did experience great relief to find the lanes to F’brg and points west almost dry and definitely free of ice as you left the county. Residents of KG, fire & rescue vehicles and anyone driving on the main road (Route 3) deserved safer road conditions after this storm. Will they be more prepared or trained for the next one?

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Smith: Fundraising help from page 1 stacked containers inside a school bus and a trailer. Born and raised in Colonial Beach, Kristin Jack knew firsthand just how well her close-knit community can and will pull together in a time of need. Witnessing people from throughout the Fredericksburg community offer their help and assistance has restored her faith in humanity. While volunteering at the drive, Mrs. Jack’s daughter, McKenzie Conway, had a rare opportunity to see the caring and giving side of people. “It is very easy to tell our children that it is better to give than receive, but now, she was able to see people from all walks of life, young and old, come together to support something that is very close to her heart, and expect nothing in return.” From the onset of the fundraising drive, CBES principal Mary Fisher has steadfastly stood at the forefront of helping her school. From the Smith-Walmart supply drive to the recent Drifter Pride 5K/Walk, Fisher and her staff of devoted volunteers have never wavered when it came to benefiting the needs of their students. “It means a lot for me to see the outpouring of the community and all the donations that we have,” Fisher said. “For Torrey Smith, a local guy to come back, and reach out to his school where he grew up, it means a lot to the community, our teachers and our parents.” On Saturday, in the face of more freezing temperatures, during the Drifter Pride 5K/Walk, Fisher and 35

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runners, clad in the Drifter colors of black and gold, collectively ran and walked down the outskirts of Washington Avenue. After winning the race, Colonial Beach resident David Baker doubledback to check on the safety of his family and other runners who circled “The Point” section of the Beach, before returning to the original Town Hill starting point. “What inspired us to participate in this race was to come out and help the school and help these kids who have been put out of the school district,” Baker said. “When we started planning this event, we were not thinking this was going to be one of the coldest days of year. We want to help these kids in any way we can.” Along with the participation of race organizers Robin and Randy Feltner, several coaches and teachers from the Colonial Beach school system also ran in the race. The event raised over $800.00. As for the transition from their former school buildings to the unfamiliar settings of Oak Grove Baptist Church, it continues to be a comfortable adjustment for the CBES staff and students. “The adjustment has actually been very smooth,” Principal Fisher said. “Most of the parents came out to see the open house the night before we went back to school. It made them happy when they saw that we were nice and safe under a one-room environment. It’s amazing to see how the students have done.” Other fundraising CBES efforts include: over $4,000 raised at a silent auction at Dockside Restaurant; money donated by private citizens and local businesses; and future events that include a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the CBES; Ledo’s Benefit Dinner, Jan. 28; Papa John’s Benefit Dinners (Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27); Colonial Beach Elks Lodge Charity Bingo, Feb. 1,; Colonial Beach vs. King George Faculty Basketball Game, Feb. 26; and Hubcaps Band Benefit, Feb. 28, at Riverboat on the Potomac. Business and private CBES donations are currently being accepted by Colonial Beach High School, attention Judy Long-CBES Donation Fund, 100 First Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

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from page 1 music- blues and jazz, religion and most importantly, we like reaching out to those that are in need. I have yet to find a more charitable crowd than the bikers when there is a community in need.”

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Richard L. Hurlbert Jr., Attorney for Related Apartment Preservation advises council that although RAP’s proposal will extend the restrictions on Riverwood apartments, this proposal is the best way to seek out renovations for the 32-year-old complex with no cost or obligation to the town.

Riverwood: Due for upgrades from page 1 improvement on that.” In 2008, RAP approached the council with a similar offer. In that offer, RAP was seeking to acquire a large bond through Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority for the purpose of purchasing and improving Riverwood. In order to be approved for the bond, the Colonial Beach Town Council was required to adopt a resolution #88-08, declaring the need for a bond to be issued and their approval. Harrisonburg stood to gain a considerable amount of money from the transaction. From late 2008 to early 2009, the council negotiated with RAP through their bond counsel, Richard L Hurlbert. At that time, the members of council, under Mayor Fred Rummage, conducted several meetings with Hurlbert and shared email exchanges through the town. Ultimately, RAP withdrew their offer to purchase Riverwood after council, in a bold move, refused to act on three key resolutions that would give RAP the green light to pursue

The Town of Colonial Beach will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Center, 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443 to solicit public input on the proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for downtown revitalization. The draft CDBG proposal will be presented for comment along with information on projected beneficiaries, including the number of low- and moderate-income residents to benefit from the proposed project, and plans to minimize displacement. Citizens will also be given the opportunity to comment on the Town of Colonial Beach’s past use of CDBG funds. A fact sheet on the proposed project and the draft proposal is available at Town Hall. For additional information, contact Town Hall at 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, February 12, 2014. If you plan to attend and have any special needs requirements, please call the number listed above. 1/29/14, 2/5/14

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financing for the project. In August of 2013, RAP had again contracted with the current owners of Riverwood to acquire the low-income housing complex. RAP sent Bond Counsel, Richard L. Hurlbert, to Colonial Beach in August to brief the town council on the company’s intentions for the property and get feedback from council members. RAP plans to invest more than $2.4 million to improve Riverwood’s appearance, increasing the town’s tax revenues, and improving the quality of the apartment units and the lives of its residents. Again, RAP proposed to use Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, but after being informed by Town Attorney Andrea Erard that the town’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority was being reformed, Hurlbert was verbally in agreement with using Colonial Beach to seek funding. The Colonial Beach Housing Authority (CBHA) will act as a conduit to issue the bonds, but will not have to supply the money for the project. There is no monetary obligation to the town or the housing authority. However, the CBHA will be paid a fee every year for their services. During last week’s meeting, Councilwoman Wanda Goforth asked for clarification as to what would happen to the property if the proposal did not go through. Hurlbert stated at the end of 2033, the current owners would be free to sell, retool or lease the property out for other purposes. Hurlbert added, though, that the property is in need of renovations. “This [referring to RAP’s proposal] is the tool most effective to do the repairs,” he said. Council members remarked that the apartments were built in the early 1980’s, and no one had any knowledge of any major renovations being done since that time. Hurlbert added, “We are in something of a rising interest rate market. The higher the rates go, the less attractive the project will be.” Councilman Pete Bone suggested offering the council’s support, contingent on the housing authority’s approval. A show of hands from council members gave Hurlbert a favorable answer to his question. —Linda Farneth

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What is a bikefest? The event would include activities geared towards a biker demographic, strategically planned to accommodate their interests, in hopes of creating a tradition for loyal motorcycle enthusiasts to participate in for years to come. Event activities include: bike shows; “weenie bite” rides, where passengers get on a bike with a driver and try to take a bite out of a dangling hotdog; bike rodeos that show off a rider’s slow-speed skills, such as the “road kill” event, where riders attempt to pick up stuffed animals inside a small area; and other entertaining demonstrations. Events are all geared around having fun while practicing safety. Of course, there will be food and beverage venders serving sodas, tea and beer. Keene said, “There is always live music, and many events end with a fireworks show.” There is no admission fee for spectators. The public is free to wander around throughout the venue. Entrance fees are charged for the competitions to fund prizes. Harley-Davidson will also cover production and design of an event shirt through sponsors. The town would be involved with the event logo designs, and proceeds will benefit local groups such as the CB Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Keene told the council at the Jan. 23 work session that the group also plans to donate proceeds to the Colonial Beach Elementary School Fire Fund, as well. At the Jan. 23 work session, the group was primarily there for the council’s final blessing to turn the first Annual Colonial Beach BikeFest into a reality and a huge success. However, the group took considerable time updating the council on event planning, to date. Keene discussed the group’s progress over the last five months. “We have held several [organizational] meetings at High Tides restaurant.” He said that many local businesses and key planners for the event have worked well together to iron-out plans and ideas. “Ideas were passed around and pitched, all working towards making this event a huge success for local business owners, because that’s what it’s all about, which in turn, will revitalize Colonial Beach and put you back on the map as a great destination place,” Keene told the council. Keene reported that he has been doing his research and has spoken

to many motorcycle event-goers. He said that many of the folks he’s talked to about an event in Colonial Beach were very excited because it is so close. The reason this information is so important for Colonial Beach is twofold- Not only is Colonial Beach centrally located to several big cities such as Richmond, Fredericksburg, Washington, DC and parts of Maryland, but in recent economic impact studies of similar events, almost half of the event-goers are usually “day-trippers”. Of the other half of event-goers, on average, the party size is 2.7 visitors, and many of them stay an average of two nights at the event’s location. Social media is already generating a vast amount of interest. Southern Maryland radio station 97.7’s Ripley has been airing free spots concerning the upcoming event, but the group doesn’t want to move forward without some word from council that they will, indeed, support the event. Keene said he has received a number of calls from bands trying to line up shows for the event, and many vendors have committed to attending. He has also scheduled the Harley-Davidson demo fleet for Colonial Beach, rather than holding it at the dealership. Keene asked Harley-Davidson to schedule it the weekend of the event and to hold the demos at the CB Dragstrip. This event brings in over 350 test drives in a day and a half. Keene wrapped up his update by saying, “We need approval to move forward with promoting this event. Band managers and vendors have already been calling to be included. We would like to include more local businesses- We were pleasantly surprised by the businesses that showed up to the meetings at High Tides. We want all Colonial Beach businesses to participate in the creation of this event. The crowd that is coming will be interested in more than bikes.” “Together, we can turn this ‘biker event’ into a true ‘bikefest’ that attendees will look forward to, and plan for annually!” A welcome reception has been scheduled at the CB Dragstrip for the Friday night of the BikeFest. The reception will be held there to encourage BikeFest attendees (those not interested in attending the ArtWalk) to go out of town during the regular First Friday ArtWalk, to reduce noise to help ensure adequate parking for other ArtWalk attendees. The town council’s show of hands indicated that all members are in favor of the event. Mayor Mike Ham suggested the town work out contractual agreements on details, and how cleanup, security and other maintenance items will be handled. —Linda Farneth

Linda Farneth

During a formal presentation by Town Attorney Andrea Erard, council allowed citizen and cottage owner Glenda Chiarello (speaking) to share the podium with Erard.

Tax: Town will enforce from page 1 collection of transient occupancy tax from cottage owners, but eliminate the requirement for cottage owners to have a business license. The council also discussed the town’s ability to enforce collection of these taxes with Town Finance Director Joan Grant. Ultimately, Erard agreed with Councilman Chiarello, that the entire code needs to be amended, rather than trying to fix individual aspects. Erard also suggested that the town take proactive steps to educate the public of the transient occupancy tax, as well as writing into the ordinance a release for current cottage owners to avoid prosecution for failure to collect a tax they were not aware of.

Erard explained to the council that currently, the way the ordinances are written, failure to collect and remit these taxes is a felony. Erard indicated that she would also change that to a misdemeanor in the amended ordinance. Town staff will begin sending letters to all known cottage owners, making them aware of the council’s intentions to enforce the collection of taxes. The town will also instruct cottage owners who take early payments for reservations in the summer months, to begin collecting and paying the tax to the town. Hotels and motels, as well as bed & breakfasts, operate under different laws and are not affected by these changes. —Linda Farneth


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two rivers baptist church invites all who crochet & knit to their next Beary Fun and Fellowship day on Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bears made go to support the Mother Bear Project Org. and children with HIV in Africa. If anyone is interested in helping this worthwhile endeavor, please join us. This is a free event, and lunch is included. Two Rivers is located at the corner of Rokeby Lane & Route 3 in King George.

tional Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 starting at 7 a.m. - until. Tickets are $12.00 a person. For more information call (804) 5296033 or visit the website: www.

zion church at lottsburg cordially invites everyone to a Superbowl Fellowship, with lots of Food, Fun, and fellowship. Sponsored by The Men’s Fellowship Ministry on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m., it will be held during the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. Please feel free to wear your team’s sports attire. For more information please call (804) 529-6033 or visit the website: www. The Zion Church at Lottsburg’s W.O.W (Women of Word) Ministry will sponsor a Hake-Fish & Tradi-

mars hill youth group invites all middle & high school age youth to their next event. Feb. 8 from 5-9 p.m. To be held at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 8096 Leedstown Rd in Oak Grove, there will be speakers, music, games, FOOD, youth presentations and more. Not Your Mother’s Cupcakes will be donating cupcakes for dessert. Adult volunteers needed. Email jmchisholm76@msn to volunteer.

moms in prayer int’l Moms in Prayer International meets on Mondays at 9 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church 5590 Kings Highway, King George. (540) 775-9131.


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Chili Cook-Off at Peace Lutheran will warm you up

Join in on Saturday, Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, 5590 Kings Highway, for the Annual Chili-Cook-Off Challenge. Help choose and vote for King George’s favorite chili from many different varieties. 15 cooks have registered so far. Had enough chili? Enjoy a hot dog, drink and dessert. Peace Christian Preschool at Peace Lutheran Church at 5590 Kings Highway, is now accepting applications for enrollment for preschool for Fall 2014/Spring 2015. A few openings are still available for Spring 2014. Call (540) 775PLAY for more information, or go to and click on “preschool” on the lefthand side of the web page.

A big thank you... St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is very grateful to Penny Flanagan and the Riverboat for sponsoring the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest over the Christmas season. They displayed the lighted and decorated trees for most of December and allowed their patrons to “vote” for their favorites with donations that went to our Food Pantry. Thanks to the generosity of the Riverboat management and our local citizens, St. Mary’s has a well-stocked food pantry to help all those in need. Citizens voted Barbara Anthony’s “Ice, Ice Baby” and Maddie Law’s “Band Tree” as their favorites. Many thanks to all who participated! Ann Swope St. Mary’s

VA Health Care Assn. (VHCA) recognizes local resident Virginia Center for Assisted Living recently recognized 24 Nursing & Assisted-Living Residents in a 2014 calendar. Mr. Austin Payne, Sr., a 93-yearold resident of Heritage Hall-King George, is featured in the 5th publication of the VHCA Who’s Who in VA’s Long-term Care Facilities’ calendar. The calendar highlights Mr. Payne’s dedication to the military, where he rose to the ranks of Captain, and as a Company Commander in charge of more than 165 troops. He was also in charge of training recruits who would be in charge of building bridges and blowing them up, to test the impact of explosives. After serving his country from 1941-1946, Mr. Payne worked at the Dahlgren Naval Base for over 20 years. He was instrumental in working on the AIM-54 Phoenix Missile (building warheads) that was used for over 20 years, in building A-6 intruders (Navy attack planes) and on improving the moving target indicator. Mr. Payne received the American Defense Award, the Victor Medal, and also the American Theatre Award. His profile is also featured on the VHCA’s website located at The program emphasizes the importance of recounting past events in the lives of our longterm care residents and honoring them for their contributions to their families and communities. Heritage Hall-King George, a nursing facility in King George, VA, is a member of the VHCA and is located at 10051 Foxes Way, King George, VA.

UPDATES & NEXT EVENT Our next event is on Feb. 9th – all are invited! In Jan. 2014, the founder of Love Thy Neighbor, Karen Jones, stepped down as director to spend more time with her family and pursue a career in Real Estate. As a result, we will be utilizing some time to restructure and reorganize this ministry in an effort to continue the food pantry and soup kitchen and lay the ground work for future services we hope to provide this wonderful community. We will offer updates in various ways: our new information phone line at 540-940-9846, our improved website at, email:, flyer distribution and/or the Journal Press newspaper. We are committed to serving the Lord through our dedication and outreach to those in need ~ to serve, help, share and encourage others.

Love Thy Neighbor will continue to serve our community solely as a Non-Profit Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. The leadership team and many of the volunteers involved would like to thank Karen Jones for sharing her vision and willingness to start this wonderful outreach program and we wish her many blessings on her new endeavor. We appreciate all the people, organizations, businesses and churches within the King George area and surrounding counties, whom have supported us in 2013. We look forward to serving our community and ask for your continued support as we move forward. The Feb. 9 event will begin at 2 p.m. with an inspirational hour followed by the Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen, from 3-5 p.m. Love Thy Neighbor serves out of the King George Citizen’s Center. Volunteers are needed for all parts of this ministry.

GIF-KG to offer 10 week special teaching called HaYesod We at Grafter in FellowshipKG (GIFKG) are starting a special teaching called HaYesod (The Foundation), on Feb. 22. It is a 10week video series exploring the Hebrew foundation of the Christian faith. In truth, the series has been called a mini seminary on steroids! However, it is also very easy to understand and follow by the layperson. The videos include “field trips” to Israel to heighten the experience of the lesson/episode

being taught. Everyone is invited to attend if they are interested. There is a cost of $35 for materials. There is also a website with an introductory video that can be viewed: This page also provides in-depth information about the training program. For more information, contact Rick Blankenship, Fellowship Leader on their website www.DoYouShabbat. com.

Contact Lori Deem at The Journal 540-709-7495 or

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.”

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

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

Location: american Legion Post 89 (at the intersection of rt 206 and rt 610)

Each WEdnESday night for BiBlE Study

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A New Testament church “... All the churches of Christ greet you.” Romans 16:16 P.O.Box 756 King George, VA 22485

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Area Death Idutha S. Fines

Idutha S. Fines 92, formerly of King George County, passed away peacefully on Jan. 16, 2014 in Bunnell, Florida. Ida was an avid outdoor person who loved and enjoyed her flowers, family and her feline friends. Her husband Percy H. Fines preceded her in death in June of 1986. She is survived by her Sister Pauline S. Finney of Ashland Nursing and Rehab Center in Ashland, VA, her Brother Murray L. Sullivan and wife Ruth of Stafford, VA. She had three children, daughter Kathryn F. Osker (Carl), of Palm

College News Margaret Gruen, a resident of King George, VA, was awarded Dean’s List honors for academic achievement during the fall 2013 semester at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Dean’s List honors are awarded to full-time students at St. Mary’s College who earn a semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on 12 or more graded credits. Kolton Provencher, of King George, VA, graduated from Randolph College, in Lynchburg, Va., with a degree in Business. Randolph College is a nationally recognized, private, liberal arts and sciences institution with a career focus located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Randolph is known for its excellent academic program, diverse close-knit community, exceptional faculty, rich traditions, and growing NCAA D III athletics program. David Madison Campbell, a student at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year. David is a graduate of King George High School and is the son of James & Angela Moreland of King George and Gary Campbell of Spotsylvania. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0. Alex Jeter of King George, VA was recognized as a Hurricane Scholar Athlete in a recent ceremony at Louisburg College. Jeter is a member of the Baseball team. At the beginning of each spring semester, Louisburg College recognizes athletes who achieved high levels of academic success during the previous year. On Jan. 15, 2014, the College recognized over 100 students during the Hurricane Scholar Athletes Awards Ceremony in the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center. King George, VA resident, Erin Michelle Gover, has been named to the President’s List at James Madison University for the fall 2013 semester. Students who earn President’s List honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.900 or above. Gover is a junior whose major is Interior Architecture - BFA. Lindsey Michele Adams of King George, VA, graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Nursing - BSN from James Madison University during commencement exercises Dec. 14, 2013. Adams was among more than 700 students who received undergraduate, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. The following area students made the Dean’s List at James Madison University for the fall 2013 semester: Connor Butler of King George, a senior majoring in Sport & Rec Management - BS; Emily Creasey of King George, a junior majoring in Interdisc Liberal Studies - BS; Nichole Dyer of Montross, a senior majoring in Writing Rhet & Tech Comm - BS; Rachel Enstrom of King George, a junior majoring in Psychology - BS; Jacob Green of King George, a junior majoring in Physics - BS; Lucas Jones of King George, a junior majoring in English - BA; Melissa Kniceley of King George, a senior majoring in Marketing - BBA; Devon Neff of King George), a freshman majoring in International Business - BBA; Tommy Pasold of King George, a freshman majoring in Media Arts and Design - BA; Emily Pelto of King George, a senior majoring in Biology - BS; Jessie Walters of Colonial Beach, a sophomore majoring in Psychology - BS; Brett Wilson of King George, a junior majoring in Biology - BS.

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew W. Douthit graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Douthit is a 2010 graduate of King George High School. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler M. Eppley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Eppley is the son of Richard Eppley of Mount Vernon, WA, and Peggy Ware of King George, VA. He is a 2012 graduate of Burlington High School, Burlington, WA. New KGALERT system launched King George County is launching a new KGALERT system. The new system will offer many new features including improved Verizon Wireless text message delivery. In order to continue to receive alerts you must go to click on the Sign Up For Alerts to create a new account. The current KGALERT system will be eventually phased out. During this transition period, alerts will be sent out on both systems. YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR A NEW ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE KGALERTS If you are having difficulty you may email slynd@co.kinggeorge.state. or call 540.775.8900. Fundraisers for CBES Feb. 6-13-20-27 Papa John’s in Colonial Beach -Benefit Dinner Feb 26 - CB vs KG Faculty BB game 6 p.m. at the CBHS Feb. 28 - Band Benefit at the Riverboat(Hubcaps)



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Wednesday, Jan. 29

Town Hall Meeting, Dahlgren District. All are welcome. UMWDahlgren Campus. 7-9 p.m. All are welcome to come listen to discussions on Fracking/ Gas & Oil Leasing.

Thursday, Jan. 30

CANCELLED FOR THIS DATE. Changed to Thursday, Feb. 27. You are invited to come out for an Evening with former MLB Catcher Hank Foiles (Pittsburg Pirates). 7 p.m. at the Colonial Beach Masonic Lodge, 500 Washington Ave. CB. All are welcome. Event is sponsored by Wakefield Chapter #77 Order of the Eastern Star and Colonial Beach Lodge #199.

Monday, Feb. 3

CBVFD-LA to hold 1st meeting of 2014. 6:30 p.m. at the CB fire house. All members are urged to attend. AARP Chapter 3195 to meet at the Citizens’ Center at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Anyone 55 or older is welcome to attend. Valentine’s Day meeting. Wear red & hearts! NN Audoubon Society is hosting a program at 7 p.m. and will feature a talk by Blair Farinholt, manage of historic 488 acre property, Elmington. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main St., Kilmarnock.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

NARFE NN Chapter 1823 to meet at 1 p.m. at the Lancaster Community Library, 234 School Street, Kilmarnock. Guest speaker, Mary Jackson, President of The Julius Rosenwald School

Foundation, to discuss the foundation’s mission to acquire ownership of the school property, to preserve and restore this historically important school, and to provide services to meet the needs of the community—charitable, educational, and historical. KG Democratic Committee to meet 7 p.m. at the Smoot Library. Red Cross sponsored Blood Drive From Noon - 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 89 on Dahlgren Road. Bring photo i.d.

Saturday, Feb. 8

NN Master Gardeners to hold Pruning Clinic. 10 a.m. at the Cummings family orchard at 247 Eagles Nest Lane, just off Hull Neck Road, just north of Edwardsville. Participants should bring a pair of sharp hand bypass pruners and dress for the weather. The fee is five dollars and there is no requirement to register beforehand. Call (804) 435-2893 for directions and answers.

Saturday, Feb. 15

NN Youth Performing Arts Fdn. to present “Snow Queen” at 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. All tickets $12. Northumberlhand HS. (804) 443-7517.

Monday, Feb. 17

Happy Birthday George! event at George Washington Birthplace, starting at 1 p.m. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the George Washington Birthplace National Monument 4H Heritage Club will be demonstrating hearth cooking, blacksmithing and other elements of Colonial living in the historic area surrounding the actual birth site of George Washington. The event is part of the Northern Neck Winterfest being held throughout the region. Go to for more information.

KGHS to perform

In loving memory of our dads on their birthdays Lewis R. (Pop) Sanford, Sr. January 31 and John T. Gouvisis, January 30 We love and miss you both Love, your family

“Snow White & 7 Dwarfs” Come out for the KGHS theater production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on Jan. 29Feb. 2. in the KGHS Auditorium. Performances start at 7 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Come early and buy dinner at 5:30 p.m. For $3-$4, enjoy your choice of grilled cheese & soup, mac & cheese, beef hot dog, or chicken nuggets. Each comes with sides and choice of apple dessert & drink. For more information please contact Jenni Jones (540) 7755860 or

PAP WORKSHOPS Through our new FB page - Kgcps seac - we asked what programs are needed for parents - from the responses received, we set-up two workshops in Feb.. Feb. 20 (Thurs) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Measurable IEP Goals - presented by PEATC (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center) of Falls Church. Feb. 26 (Wed) from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Medicaid Waivers - presented by DRC (Disability Resource Center) of Fredericksburg Both workshops are going to be held at the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library. Please RSVP through the FB page or directly at (202)264-0663. We are trying these time slots to see what attendance we have. If evening workshops are needed, we will do those in March or April. Nutshell of PAP - We are looking for volunteers from each school to be available to parents of children with disabilities or special needs within their school to provide information from the SEAC and to work with parents to identify any issues, concerns, or gaps in the services provided as they relate to inclusiveness. The Parent Advocates would attend the regular SEAC meetings and report on any issues that have been identified or bring recommendations for ways to enhance services provided or improve the inclusiveness for our special needs population. To do this, we first wanted to reach out to the PTA boards of each of the schools. The PTA is a well-established and formally structured organization that provides a ready conduit for the dissemination of information to parents and teachers. All information is than shared with the SEAC who reports/ advises the School Board. There is a Parent Resource Center located in the KG Preschool library with many resource materials open to the general public, however, parents can also contact me the POC (Point of Contact) of the PAP with questions, comments, etc. at (202) 264-0663. I hope we can count on volunteers to help with this program. Jennifer Gaston-Smith

Elks Lodge 2666 is holding a special Charity Bingo Game on Feb. 1 Doors open at 12:30… All proceeds will be donated to the Colonial Beach Schools. Food & drinks will be availabble. 719 Ferry Landing Road (Just off 205 at Mattox Creek Bridge) Come join the fun!!!! (804) 224-0364

Historyland Memorial Park Part of Our Family Part of Your Family

The Herrink Family has owned and operated Historyland Memorial Park in King George for over forty years. Our family has tried to take care of your family in times of bereavement. Ruth Herrink passed away in October of last year. Louis Herrink is 89 and ready to retire as Managing Member of Historyland Memorial Park. The time has come for us to find a buyer for the cemetery who will continue to care for it and for the families who have loved ones buried at Historyland.

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Our hope is to find someone in our area who would like to step in and operate this community institution - perhaps someone with a family connection to the cemetery. If you are interested in more information about purchasing Historyland Memorial Park please contact Jessica Herrink or Louis Herrink. Jessica Herrink 540-469-4031

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Coast, FL, and sons Percy H. Fines, Jr. (Joyce) of King George, VA, and Michael G. Fines (Dee) of Silver Springs, MD; four grandchildren Andrea, Patrick, Jana, and Frances, and six great grandchildren and three stepgreat grandchildren. A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1st. at Potomac Baptist Church in King George. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 211B North Amelia Ave., DeLand, FL, 32724.


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Bank of Lancaster announces promotion Kilmarnock — Bank of Lancaster (the “Bank”), an affiliate of Bay Banks of Virginia, Inc. (OTCQB: BAYK) announces a promotion. Randal R. Greene, President and CEO of Bank of Lancaster and Bay Banks of Virginia, announced that Vice President Pamela J. Fawver has been promoted by the Bank’s Board of Directors to the office of Senior Vice President. Fawver, a life-time resident of the Northern Neck, joined the Bank of Lancaster in February of 1998 as the Manager of the Bank’s new Montross branch, bringing with her 20 years of banking experience. In 1999 Fawver was promoted to Branch Officer and in 2001 she was promoted to Assistant Vice President. In Dec.

2005, Fawver was promoted to Vice President and in Dec. 2010 was promoted to Regional Sales Manager. In May 2013, Fawver was elected by the Board to the position of Retail Delivery Administrator with overall responsibility for Retail Delivery for Bank of Lancaster. A graduate of Rappahannock High School, Fawver attended James Madison University and continued her education through Rappahannock Community College. She is a graduate of the Virginia Bankers’ School of Bank Management held at the University of Virginia and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. Fawver also has a strong commitment to her community. She is a member of the Town of

Montross Revitalization Committee, Board member of Riverside-Tappahannock Hospital, conducts classes on Careers in Banking for the Virginia Employment Commission in Warsaw, and is a member of the Warsaw Rotary Club. Fawver has also been active in “Sponsors for Success” at Cople Elementary and “Get Smart About Credit” at Washington & Lee High School and Colonial Beach High School. Fawver is past officer of the Northern Neck-Southside Area Bankers Association and has served on the Boards of the Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond and Westmoreland Counties Habitat for Humanity. She is a past member of the Richmond County Special Education Advisory Board and has

served as Secretary for the George Washington Birthplace National Memorial Association. Fawver is a member of the Rappahannock Baptist Church, where she is a Trustee and teaches Sunday School. She and her husband Bruce reside in Richmond County and have two grown children, Kyle and Erin. In making this announcement, Greene stated, “Pam not only provides excellent leadership but she is what community banking is all about. Pam fully embraces our company’s desire to create long-standing relationships with our customers through products and services that are of value to each individual customer. We are extremely pleased to have Pam on our senior management team.”

Dahlgren Heritage Museum will open doors on a regular schedule next month

Driving after the snow in King George

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The above photos were sent in by a King George county resident showing the dramatic difference in road clearing and treatment after last week’s snowstorm and subsequent low temperatures. The left photo was taken at the Sealston light, intersection of west bound Route 3, Kings Hwy and Route 603, Fletchers Chapel Road. The picture on the right is after the vehicle turned right (westbound) onto Kings Hwy and traveled about 200 feet into Stafford County. What a difference in the road conditions. When the resident came back to KG later in the day, the roads in KG were still just partially cleared. See op-ed on this on page 2.

DAHLGREN, Va. -- The Dahlgren Heritage Museum is set to open its doors to the public for the first time on a regular operating schedule. Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15, the museum will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The museum is operated by the non-profit Dahlgren Heritage Foundation to showcase and help preserve the history, traditions, heritage and culture of the United States Navy and other Department of Defense activities located at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. In addition to establishing and operating the Dahlgren Heritage Museum, the foundation supports the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. military’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation. “This is our initial attempt to

establish regular hours at the museum,” comments Susan Prien, administrative officer for the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation. “Our hope is to be able to expand our hours as we are able to bring on additional volunteers to help staff the museum,” she explains. A one-hour training seminar for volunteers to serve as docents at the museum is currently being offered on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 5-6 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 12 noon-1 p.m. Any adult interested in volunteering to serve as a docent (a person who leads tours especially through a museum or art gallery) is invited to attend the training, which will be conducted at the Dahlgren Museum. The Dahlgren Heritage Museum is located in the former Virginia Gateway Visitor Center on Hwy. 301 in King George, Va., adjacent to Wayside Park on the Potomac River. The street address for the museum is 3540 James Madison Hwy., King George, Va. 22485.

Three Rivers Medical Reserve teaches Colonial Beach scouts preparedness The Three Rivers Medical Reserve Corps, a local unit of volunteers who work to build public health infrastructures in communities, has given scouts in Colonial Beach instruction on emergency preparedness. Three Rivers Medical Reserve

Corps Coordinator Valerie Prince and volunteer Kathryn Miller met with Colonial Beach Boy Scout Troop 258 and the Webelos Cub Pack 258 at the Colonial Beach Baptist Church. The scouts were taught emergency preparedness to help prepare

them and their families for any future emergency or disaster situation. Each scout was given a free emergency kit backpack and urged to help their families “make a plan and stay informed” in the event of an emergency.


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This pair of Staffordshire lions belongs to a family in the lower Northern Neck. One has an indistinct mark on the bottom, and both are in excellent condition. In the first place, careful examination reveals that the two are not a genuine Henry Lane pair.  The b a s e Hull molding is slightly different, and the coloring is a bit off for them to be a true pair. That being said, they go well together, and certainly should be treated as a pair. The indistinct mark also tells us that they probably date from the end of the nineteenth century. If, indeed, the mark reads “England”, we can be certain that they are after 1891.  Lions were perhaps the most popular animals made by the Staffordshire potteries, save for the ubiquitous dogs, which remain quite in demand. The lion was the symbol of the British Empire, which under Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901, controlled almost one-fourth of the landmass of the world.  The lion rampant represented all of the power and dignity of the Empire, upon which the sun never set.  Responding to that popular image, the Staffordshire potters

produced lion figurines in droves, these two representing one aspect of that production. The earlier figures command higher prices at auction, but these two, treated as a pair, would bring $400. They reflect great modeling ability on the part of the potter, and a fine hand on that of the decorator who painted them.

Staffordshire is not as commanding on the market as it was a generation ago. In part, the change is attributable to the decline in the overall economy, and in part to the ever-changing tastes of the public at large. These are fine pieces, and although the market for them is deflated at present, its day surely will return. Happy Antiquing!

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King George slow pitch softball returns to Barnesfield Leonard Banks Sports editor

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Softball fever returns to King George on March 30th! ASA softball athletes, both young and mature will soon test their fielding, running, and hitting skills, on the grounds of Barnesfield Park, in King George.

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It’s time to play ball! After a successful 2013 fall season debut, the King George Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League is back for its second season, starting the week of March 30. All games are scheduled to be played at Barnesfield or the Sealston Complex, under World Softball League (WSL) rules. The 14-week season will include doubleheader games, for a total of 28, played on Tuesday and Thursday nights. At the end of the season, there will be a playoff bracket of games to determine the league champion. All teams are required to pay a $750 league fee. The league is considering adding a co-ed slow pitch league played under the same format as the allmale competitors. Co-ed games will be played on Sundays at Barnesfield. League organizers, Keith Douglas and Doug Cantrell would like six teams to start the league. All teams are required to pay a $550 league fee. Applications can be found online at kgsoftballleague. All applications should be completely filled out and mailed with entry fee as soon as possible. All request for specific dates or fields may not be honored. The fee includes umpires fees, field charges, trophies & awards, WSL registration fee, score-

book and league administration fee. No refund will be made to a team that withdraws for any reason after it has entered and schedules are prepared. All playoff teams play in a doubleelimination tournament; awards or team trophies will be awarded to the top two teams in a regular season, and the top two teams in the playoffs. Also, there will be 14 individual awards for the regular season champion. Softballs are provided by each competing team, and the ball will be required to be WSL stamped 44/400 or ASA stamped 44/375. All entries should be received or postmarked by March 5 or until the league is filled. A check or money order entry fee should be made payable to Keith Douglass, and mailed with application to 6781 Gardenbrook Way, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Only applications with check or money order will be accepted; however, there will be a $30 fee for all returned checks. A player must be 16 years of age to be eligible to play. The 16-year-old should have a letter of consent from the parent or guardian. A player must be on the team’s roster, and play in at least 60% (17 games on a 28 game schedule) of the regular season games. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the league director. Lastly, WSL rules will govern all games.

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Parents and KGYAA athletes rely on the protection of footwear, as they compete throughout the year. The current “Share a Pair” program is targeted towards donating used football cleats.

With their spring 2014 flag football and cheerleading registration drive currently in progress, the King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA) reports that they are also continuing to collect donations of used youth football cleats as part of its semi-annual “Share a Pair” collection effort An established community youth sports organization now entering its 13th overall football season, the KGYAA endeavors to collect donations of used cleats prior to each football campaign. And so they do so now in the runup to the spring 2014 flag football season. Cognizant of the current economic landscape, and the challenges it creates for many local families who nevertheless wish to provide their children an opportunity to be involved in youth sports, the KGYAA desires to assist in ensuring that “aspiring participants in need” may hopefully “enjoy the benefit of proper, athletic footwear.” The KGYAA will be collecting donations during all of its upcoming registration sessions at King George Elementary School, which are currently scheduled for 9 a.m. -12 p.m., on the following Saturdays: Feb. 1, Feb. 8, and Feb. 15. The association encourages those families who are able and interested in “helping their neighbors” through the kind donation of their children’s used football cleats, to drop by and see them. For more information on the KGYAA’s “Share a Pair” collection effort, please contact them at info@kgyaa. org for complete details.

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Drifter legend TT Carey rallies Lancers over Charleston Southern Leonard Banks Sports editor

Senior Lancer guard, Tristan Carey (center) towers above the competition.

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On Saturday, at the Charleston Southern University gymnasium, Longwood Lancer senior and legendary Drifter alumni Tristan “TT” Carey had a career-high 37 points, and added a game-high eight rebounds to lead the Lancers to an 8885 victory over Charleston Southern University. Carey also went 4-4 at the free-throw line, while ripping down a game-high eight rebounds. The all-time Drifter point-scoring leader now totals 1,298 career points, ranking him 10th all-time. In addition, he ranks second all-time with 201 career 3-pointers. During the first four and a half minutes of the Charleston game, the Lancers jumped out to a 19-7 lead; however, the game would soon become a nail-biter. In the early stages of the second quarter, the Buccaneers took a 41-37 lead, but the Lancers, courtesy of a 3-pointer from Carey, and an inside post basket from Lancer forward Jeylani Dublin, cut the lead to 53-48 at halftime. Led by several layups from Carey,

the Lancers opened the second half with a one -point lead, as a result of a 10-4 run. Later in the final quarter, with 2:53 on the clock, the Buccaneers took an 80-78 lead on a jumper from Matt Kennedy. With 20 seconds remaining and the game hanging in the balance, Carey took an inbound pass that resulted in a slam dunk, to seal the win, at 86-83. Although the Buccaneers responded with an additional basket, the effort proved futile, as the clock ran out. Thrilled with the victory, Lancer coach Jayson Gee said, “I’m very, very, very proud of our guys. I was

extremely proud of the fact that we fought back in the second half. Tristan Carey was just magnificent, and for us to win a big game like this, we needed him to do what he did. As I told them in the meeting last night, we are who we are, but what we have is enough. We’ll keep marching on and try to continue to do some good things.” Area fans interested in attending a Lancer game should visit the campus on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when they play South Division rival GardnerWebb University at 7 p.m. at Willett Hall in Farmville.

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Senior UMW Eagles forward Dylan Farinet (right) has finally found his athletic niche.

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UMW Eagles Dylan Farinet honored with award Leonard Banks Sports editor University of Mary Washington senior forward Dylan Farinet continues to raise the bar on collegiate basketball competition. On Jan. 18, Farinet was named to the Team of the Week. Not only did his play help the Eagles improve to a 8-1 (conference), 15-2 (overall) standing, but his

This is an open letter to our dear Colonial Beach Public Schools friends and patrons: “Thank you” seems inadequate to express our appreciation for the outpouring of financial and material support we have received since the fire of January 5th. Donations have come from churches, businesses, organizations, clubs, sports associations, other school districts, and individuals. Through your benevolent donations and fundraising efforts already scheduled, we are delighted to share that we will have a sufficient amount of supplies for the remainder of the year. In these troubling financial times, we recognize the generosity from everyone has been a true gift from the heart and we are grateful for the unconditional love displayed from the greater community. With thankful hearts, Colonial Beach Public Schools

double-double performance, at the Anderson Center, against Penn State-Harrisburg (88-47) resulted in a school record 42 points, along with 12 rebounds, and five assists. On Jan. 23, against Southern Virginia, Farinet scored 11 points and dished out four assists while recording seven rebounds to help the Eagles defeat the Buccaneers, 113-79. Two days later, against York

College, Farinet scored 13 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 63-57 win. Farinet has scored 263 points this season, while averaging 15.5 points per game. In addition, he has also contributed 109 rebounds, 51 assists, 22 steals and 34 3-pointers (40.5 percentage). The Eagles will host Frostburg State University on Wednesday, at 8 p.m.

No matter what the score, Northern Neck rivals, Colonial Beach and Washington & Lee girls’ varsity basketball teams traditionally battle to the final seconds.

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Yellow Jackets and Foxes wage war at the Foxes Den Leonard Banks Sports editor

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On Saturday, during a non-conference game, at King George High School, James Monroe guard, James McFadden (#3, left) attempts to dribble past Foxes point guard, (#10, right) De’Quan Whiting.

James Monroe and King George are without a doubt rivals on the basketball court; however they have three things in common. Both teams have new coaches, in the form of Darren Berkley and Julian Bumbrey. They share an adversarial competitive spirit that is exemplified on the courts, and lastly, both teams are throwing in every thing, including the kitchen sink with the hope of reestablishing their programs at the top of their individual conferences. On Saturday, at King George High School, in spite of an overall record that features only two victories, the Yellow Jackets left the Foxes Den with a 65-56 win, which will undoubtedly bolster confidence in their programs as the season continues to unfold. While their style is rough around the edges, the Yellow Jackets seem to have a unique way of pushing their opponent to the limits of their competitive capacity. Although the Foxes held their own in the first half, James Monroe used their speed and height to ultimately defeat the Foxes. Nick Cook led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate, Antonio Edwards dominated the post as he pulled down 16 rebounds. Also, Dre’Jon Boley featured a double-double performance with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. As for the Foxes, Anthony Howard also had a double-double per-

“We live and die by the three, but today we got killed on the boards. They out-rebounded us, we were not fundamentally sound; whereas, their zone and length bothered us.” —Darren Berkley formance, as he led all scorers with 21 points, four steals, while ripping down 12 rebounds. Teammate Eian Chase added 14 points, two assists and five steals. Prior to the game, the Foxes traveled to Eastern View, and defeated the Cyclones in a conference game, 65-56. “We seem to play better on the road,” Berkley said after the game. “We live and die by the three, but today we got killed on the boards. They out-rebounded us, we were not fundamentally sound; whereas, their zone and length bothered us.” The silver lining under the Foxes black cloud has been the return of number 10, a.k.a DeQuan Whiting. Combined with Whiting working his way back into the lineup, and the Foxes never-say-die attitude, they have the talent to change the course of their season. Currently, they are 8-14. In the first quarter, Chase and Whiting ran circles around the Yellow Jacket defense, as they created shooting opportunities for Howard, Jason Yowler and Lakin Hall. The Foxes ended the quarter with a 12-0 run, which resulted in a ten point

lead (18-8). Two minutes and 40 seconds into the second quarter, the Yellow Jackets opened up the cylinders of their back court offense, scoring six points in a row. Although King George battled to sustain a five to six point lead, it was evident that the Yellow Jackets were on the verge of something big. In the third quarter, the dam finally broke, as Nick Cook dominated the post with eight points, to establish a 45-36 Yellow Jacket lead. In the final quarter, the Foxes had their backs up against the wall, as they entered the period trailing by 11 (45-36). Although Chase and Howard collectively cut the Yellow Jacket deficit to three points with 5:17 left to play, the momentum slightly favored the Yellow Jackets. While Cook and company sealed up the post, the Foxes were forced to rely on scores from beyond the arc. In the final minutes, the Foxes were unable to beat both the James Monroe press defense, and their uncompromising dominance of the post zone. On Wednesday, the Foxes host Liberty-Bealton. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

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On Saturday at King George High School, the Foxes junior varsity boys basketball team had their hands full against a tough James Monroe team that defeated them, 31-22.

JM JV boys basketball sting KG Leonard Banks Sports editor On Saturday, at King George High School, an age-old rivalry between two cross-town feeders systems was settled on the courts of the Foxes Den. During a junior varsity matchup, James Monroe defeated the Foxes 31-22. While the pace of the game was slow and methodical, there were instances of fast break thrills; however, when the dust settled, the Yellow Jackets left with a non-conference victory in their cap. In the not-toodistant future, fans will witness both teams in a different format, as they will develop a varsity skill set, on a

higher level of play. Divon Wright led the Foxes with nine points, while his Yellow Jacket adversary Markel Conway also scored nine points. James Monroe won the contest using execution, and ball control. The Yellow Jackets set the tone for the entire game in the first quarter, as they pounded the Foxes with a 13-1 run that featured scores from seven different players. In the second quarter, the Foxes forwards sealed up the post, limiting the Yellow Jackets to four points. On the other side of the court, the Foxes offense, led by Wright, scored nine points, cutting the James Monroe

deficit to seven (17-10). With continued pressure on the Yellow Jacket front court, the Foxes forced James Monroe into a series of turnovers and miscues that led to 5-0 third quarter shut out. At the onset of the final quarter, both teams shifted into fourth gear, and the war was on. At the forward position, Deonta’ Nelson spearheaded a 14-7 Yellow Jacket run. The six-foot freshman made two foul appearances, had two assists and three steals while shutting down the Foxes’ ability to penetrate the post. The two teams will meet again, on Feb. 4, on the home court of James Monroe.

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In a show of community unity, and support, Colonial Beach volunteer and retired softball coach, Pat Fitzgerald (center), and her greyhound, Friendly, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with runners who participated in the Drifter Pride Charity 5K/Walk.

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The meeting location for the February 4, 2014 meetings of the King George County Board of Supervisors, King George County Service Authority Board of Directors, and King George County Wireless Authority Board of Directors has been changed. The meetings will be held at the King George Citizens Center, 8076 Kings Highway, King George, Virginia, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING KING GEORGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS The King George County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:15 p.m., on Tuesday February 4, 2014, in the Robert H. Combs Board Room of the Revercomb Administration Building at 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Virginia. Case Number 13-11-Z03: Request by Jean L. Moneyhon to rezone 3.9999 acres of Tax Map 28, Parcel 28B from Limited Agricultural (A-1) to Rural Agricultural (A-2). The property is located at 19273 Stoney Point Road. The property contains 17.1753 acres. The proposed use is residential. The minimum lot size in A-1 is ten (10) acres and the minimum lot size in A-2 is two (2) acres. The Comprehensive Plan identifies the property as being in the Potomac River Rural Development Area with a proposed residential density for this area ranges from 1 dwelling unit per 10 to 2 acres. Documents related to the above cases are available for public inspection during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Department of Community Development, King George County Revercomb Administration Building. The public is invited to attend the above scheduled hearings and to express their views on the above cases. Those who are unable to attend the public hearings may submit their comments in writing to the Director of Community Development, 10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 104, King George, Virginia 22485, prior to the scheduled hearings.

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ZOA-03-2014 (ORDINANCE (646): AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF COLONIAL BEACH BY REPEALING ARTICLE 25, RESIDENTIAL 3 (R-3) DISTRICT, ARTICLE 27 RESIDENTIAL GENERAL DISTRICT (R-2A), AND ARTICLE 28 RESIDENTIAL HIGH DENSITY R-4 DISTRICT. These articles will be replaced with a single Residential-3 (R-3) High Density Residential district. The new district shall incorporate the design guidelines of the comprehensive plan and specific development standards for the district. The proposed R-3 district residential density shall be 12 to 15 units per acre with a residential floor area ratio (FAR) of 0.64 and a non-residential FAR to be 0.9 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. 1/22/14, 1/29/14


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The King George County Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services is seeking qualified applicants to fill Full-Time, twenty-four hour (24/7) Medic/Firefighter vacancies. The Department of Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services is a rapidly growing organization, looking for highly motivated individuals. Benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, Virginia Retirement System and optional 457 retirement plans through Nationwide Financial and Colonial Life. Departmental Training provided and career advancement encouraged. Eligible applicants must successfully complete a written examination, physical agility test, oral interview, medical and drug screening. To be considered complete and sign a King George employment application and attach copies of all Fire/EMS/NIMS certifications by the COB on February 7, 2014 to King George County, 10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 200, King George, VA 22485. For more information about this position, contact Emergency Services at 540.775.8900 King George County is an Equal Opportunity Employer 1/29/14, 2/5/14

Public Notice

The King George County Board of Building Code of Appeals will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on the following dates in the Board Room of the Revercomb Building, 10459 Courthouse Drive, at 7:00 p.m.: Thursday, February 20, 2014 Thursday, March 20, 2014 Thursday, April 17, 2014 Thursday, May 15, 2014 Thursday, June 19, 2014 Thursday, July 17, 2014 Thursday, August 21, 2014 Thursday, September 18, 2014 Thursday, October 16, 2014 Thursday, November 20, 2014 Thursday, December 18, 2014

By Order of the King George County Board of Building Code of Appeals, King George County, Virginia.

The King George County Planning Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on the following dates in the Board Room of the Revercomb Building, 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George County, Virginia at 7:00 p.m.: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Tuesday, December 9, 2014

By Order of the King George County Planning Commission, King George County, Virginia 1/29/14


Public Notice

The King George County Wetlands Board will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on the following dates in the Board Room of Revercomb Building, 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George County, Virginia at 7:00 p.m.: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Thursday, March 27, 2014 Thursday, April 24, 2014 Thursday, May 22, 2014 Thursday, June 26, 2014 Thursday, July 24, 2014 Thursday, August 28, 2014 Thursday, September 25, 2014 Thursday, October 23, 2014 Thursday, November 27, 2014* Thursday, December 25, 2014* Dates may change due to Holiday.

By Order of the King George County Wetlands Board, King George County, Virginia.

By Order of the King George County Board of Supervisors


The Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 6, 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.




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Town of Colonial Beach Planning Commission PUBLIC HEARING


Public notice is hereby given that the deadline for submitting request for an appeal hearing for equalization of real property assessment is Monday, March 31, 2014. If you wish to appeal your real estate assessment, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue office at (540) 775-4664, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from print of this notice through Monday, March 31, 2014.

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Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Equalization for King George County will meet on the days hereafter listed for the purpose of hearing complaints (applications for equalization of real property assessment) of inequalities including errors in acreage. Upon hearing such complaints, either oral or written, the Board will give consideration AND INCREASE, DECREASE OR AFFIRM such real estate assessments. Before a change can be granted, the taxpayer, or his agent, must overcome a clear presumption in favor of the assessment. The taxpayer or agent must prove that the property is not uniform with other similar properties or prove that the property is assessed in excess of its fair market value. The deadline for submitting a request for an appeal hearing for equalization of real property assessment is March 31, 2014. Appointments will be scheduled every 20 minutes to minimize waiting. To appear before the Board of Equalization, please call the Commissioner of the Revenue office at (540) 775-4664 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meetings of the Board to hear objections will be held in the Board Room of the Horace A. Revercomb Building located at 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Virginia. The dates and times are as follows: Wednesday, March 12th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, March 14th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If necessary, additional dates and times will be scheduled and advertised.

BY ORDER OF THE KING GEORGE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 1/22/14, 1/29/14, 2/5, 2/12/14, 2/19/14


Public Notice The King George County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold its regularly scheduled meetings on the following dates in the Board Room of the Revercomb Building, 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Virginia at 7:00 p.m.: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Tuesday, December 23, 2014* Date may change due to Holiday.

By By Order of the King George County Board of Zoning Appeals, King George County, Virginia. 1/29/14

TOWN OF COLONIAL BEACH PUBLIC NOTICE Please take notice that on the 13th day of February, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the regular monthly meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, at Colonial Beach Town Center in Colonial Beach, 22443, the Council will conduct public hearings on the following: ORDINANCE NO. 646 ORDINANCE NO. 646 AMENDS THE COLONIAL BEACH TOWN CODE, CHAPTER 15, â&#x20AC;&#x153;NUISANCES,â&#x20AC;? ARTICLE I, â&#x20AC;&#x153;TRASH, GARBAGE, WEEDS, GRASS,â&#x20AC;? SECTION 15-1, â&#x20AC;&#x153;UNLAWFUL CONDITIONS OF TRASH, GARBAGE, REFUSE, LITTER AND OTHER SUBSTANCES GENERALLYâ&#x20AC;? TO CLARIFY HOW TRASH SHALL BE DISPOSED OF. ORDINANCE NO. 646 ALSO AMENDS SECTION 15-2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;UNLAWFUL CONDITIONS OF WEEDS, GRASS, SHRUBBERY, TREES AND OTHER VEGETATION GENERALLYâ&#x20AC;? AND PROPOSES THAT BOTH SECTION 15-1 AND 15-2 PROVIDE FOR VIOLATION NOTICES TO BE SENT BY FIRST CLASS AND CERTIFIED MAIL, TO ALLOW (14) FOURTEEN DAYS, INSTEAD OF (7) SEVEN, FROM THE DATE OF MAILING, FOR A FIRST VIOLATION TO BE CORRECTED AND (10) DAYS TO CORRECT ANY SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS. IF A PROPERTY OWNER SHALL NOT CORRECT A VIOLATION, THE TOWN MAY CORRECT THE VIOLATION AND THE COST SHALL CONSITUTE A LIEN AGAINST THE PROPERTY. IN ADDITION, VIOLATIONS OF SECTION 15-1 SHALL INVOLVE A CIVIL PENALTY OF $ 50 FOR A FIRST VIOLATION; SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS WITHIN TWELVE (12) MONTHS SHALL NOT EXCEED $200; EACH BUSINESS DAY CONSTITUTES A SEPARATE OFFENSE UP TO A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF $3,000 IN ANY TWELVE (12) MONTH PERIOD OF TIME. ORDINANCE NO. 646 IS CONSIDERED PURSUANT TO THE GRANT OF AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN VA CODE §15.2-900 THROUGH 15.2-902. A copy of Ordinance No. 646 is available for review by the public at 18 North Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Anyone having questions may contact Town Hall at 804-224-7181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All interested persons may attend and express their views. Following the public hearings the Town Council may take action to approve this Ordinance. Any person requiring assistance to participate in the public hearing is asked to contact Town Hall in advance so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

By Order of the Colonial Beach Town Council 1/29/14, 2/5/14

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Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014


Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-term amendment shelved until next year Jackson McMillan Capital News Service RICHMOND â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that would allow the governor to serve two consecutive terms was put off until 2015, when the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates will consider it. Senate Joint Resolution 7, introduced by Sen. John C. Miller, D-Newport News, states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The authorization to serve two terms in succession shall be applicable to persons first elected to serve as Governor in 2017 and thereafter.â&#x20AC;? Miller says postponing the legislation was a matter of practicality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constitutional amendments have to be voted on and there has to be an intervening election,â&#x20AC;? Miller said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then they have to be voted on a second time. So, it just makes sense in the process to hold it (the amendment) over to 2015â&#x20AC;? The Virginia Constitution requires that amendments must be approved by a majority of the members of each house prior to and after an election. If the amendment were passed by the succeeding legislature, the measure would then be sent to voters. Amendments such as SJR7 are introduced frequently in both legislative houses. Del. Harry R. Purkey, R-Virginia Beach, offered similar legislation every year of his delegacy (from 19942012). During the 2013 session, Senate Joint Resolution 276, introduced by Sen. Thomas Garrett, R-Hadensville, passed through the Senate but later died in House committee.

Virginia is the only state in the country that still limits governors to a one-term limit. John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D., a political science professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, says imposing term limits on the governor is based on a combination of reasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In part, it (the restriction is based on) culture and history,â&#x20AC;? Aughenbaugh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It reflects many of Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founding fathersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; belief that if government was going to have power, it (the power) should be in the legislative branch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The other) part of it is the rather current fear by some that there is no good reason to change,â&#x20AC;? Aughenbaugh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll (legislators) say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Give me some solid administrative reasons and maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll consider it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;?

Miller says the House of Delegates is jealous of the appointive powers of the governor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think (tradition) is part of it,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a citizen legislature, because (Thomas) Jefferson wanted us to go home at the end of session and be with people and not become a professional legislature. So part of it is tradition, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the 21st century, and I think we ought to join the rest of the country and have governors that can serve consecutive terms.â&#x20AC;? Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, has been a long-term opponent of such legislation. He says allowing the governor to a second term would distract them (the governor) from fulfilling the duties of the executive branch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we allow governors a second

term, they would spend the first one maneuvering for their second term instead of focusing on their chief priorities,â&#x20AC;? Marshall said. Miller says he thinks a second term would give governors an opportunity to accomplish more of their agenda. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if you get a good (governor), you ought to be able to keep him for a second term for continuity,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trying to come in and form an administration and get the things you want to do done in a four year time span is difficult.â&#x20AC;? Delegate Marshall disagreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The voters) elected you to be a good guy now,â&#x20AC;? Marshall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not later.â&#x20AC;? For the amendment to succeed, Aughenbaugh said he thinks the membership in the House of Delegates will need to change.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;With the current membership of the House of Delegates, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the chances (of passing an amendment like this) are that good, largely because those who are opposed tend to be small-government Republicans,â&#x20AC;? Aughenbaugh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those people do care about this.â&#x20AC;? Miller says negotiations will have to continue in order for the measure to pass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If past history is any indication,â&#x20AC;? Miller said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to have to be a discussion between the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff and House folks about what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to give up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if anything â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to accept. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes around here, you just have to keep banging on the door until people catch up and see the wisdom of it,â&#x20AC;? Miller said.

Xavian Draper challenges Rob Wittman in Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1st Congressional District TAPPAHANNOCK, VIRGINIA, Jan. 24, 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Xavian Draper, a resident of Newport News, was unanimously nominated this past weekend by the 1st Congressional District of the Libertarian Party of Virginia for candidacy in the 2014 federal election in which he will challenge incumbent Robert Wittman (R) for

the seat. Draper will run a positive campaign focused on protecting our civil liberties from intrusion by overreaching government agencies, improving our military capacity while reforming bloated military spending and moving to a fair tax code. Inspired by the strong perfor-

mance fielded by gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis in Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent election, Draper aims to reach out especially to young voters, who will ultimately pay for costly decisions made now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there are enough members in Congress who are representing the people,â&#x20AC;? Draper said,

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Virginia legislation for outdoors and firearms update Mark Fike It is that time of year when our state legislators are busy representing us in Richmond. Delegate Ransone and Senator Stuart have both put forth bills to be heard. In addition, there are other bills that sportsmen and women should be aware of. Game and Inland Fisheries has a link on their website for the related bills at This link is very useful and gives a summary of the bills with the ability to click on the bill itself to get more details. Below is a print version of what is going on, as I have summarized it from this website. I chose bills that I thought would be of interest to local sportsmen and women. HB 127 De. Scott—Would allow the use of certain muzzleloader pistols for hunting during muzzleloader seasons. Thoughts: Pistols are tough to shoot accurately at any distance beyond 2025 yards. However, it would be nice to have a muzzleloader pistol option. HB 307—Del. Lingamfelter— Would allow local school boards to

provide hunter education classes after school for grades 7-12. These classes would be taught by certified instructors. Thoughts: I cannot find anywhere that prohibits schools from offering the program. In fact, I took a hunter education class during school hours in King George as a student. Not sure the bill is needed, although I think we need to offer the course in our schools even if kids don’t hunt. The gun safety part of the program would help prevent accidents in the future. HB 650—Del. Ransone--Boating safety course. Exempts persons 45 years of age, or older on July 1, 2014, from having to pass a boating safety education course in order to operate a motorboat, if they possess a currently valid motorboat registration certificate. The bill also exempts persons who hold various landings and aquaculture licenses and permits from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission from the requirements of the boater safety education course. SB 52 by Sen. Stuart appears to be the same. Thoughts—I think this is a very

reasonable bill that would not detract from the safety of our boaters on the water. Inexperience tends to be the problem with boating accidents or alcohol-related issues. In fact, I wish the legislature would exempt those who have held a boating registration for ten years consecutively. HB 715—Del. Wright Jr.—Establishes a combined archery and crossbow license for $17, or $30 for nonresidents. Thoughts—Not sure why the delegate wanted to cut the price. The current price is $18 per license. Now, you would get both for $17. While I am all about saving money, I would think that would hurt an already struggling agency that serves us. Perhaps raising the fee to $25 would be reasonable and still save hunters money. HB 735—Del. Lingamfelter — Requires any property owner posting notice of a claim of a right in a submerged bottomland, also to post the location where a record of the special grant for the property may be found. Thoughts—Personal property rights are near and dear to me. However,

public waters are public, and I suspect this bill has a relation to the fight in the western portion of our state where anglers are banned from floating and fishing a stretch of a river by a person claiming a King’s Grant. HB 857—Del. Fariss — Removes the exception allowing those hunting during the special season for hunting deer with a muzzle-loading rifle to refrain from wearing certain blaze orange clothing. Thoughts—If I feel like I might encounter other hunters on my land or land I hunt, I can put on blaze orange if I feel the need. There is no law against wearing blaze orange. HB 1250/1237/SB 154—Bills would permit Sunday hunting in some form. Thoughts—Personally, I am against the idea. During the fall, the woods are beautiful, and non-hunters might want to enjoy the woods with us, without wandering into areas we are hunting or messing up our hunting. Why not continue to allow this and let the woods rest? They have a right to enjoy the woods, too. I only know

of a small number of people that would like to hunt on Sunday. SB 145 — Sen. Stuart — Establishes a special $10 license for hunting foxes, with hounds but without firearms. The license exempts the licensee from the requirement that he/she complete a hunter education program. Thoughts—Being that fox hunters are using the management/resources that hunters have paid for, it is a small thing to ask that they purchase a license at just over half the cost of a regular license. However, by doing this, those same individuals may want a bigger piece of the pie and more foxes in the state. Perhaps if fox hunters hold a regular hunting license, they should not have to purchase this license? SB 602—Sen. Stuart — Prohibits the placement of non-riparian stationary blinds in a marked navigation channel. The bill also removes the prohibition against such blinds being located in waters having a depth greater than eight feet at mean high tide. SB 629 — Sen. Marsden — Pro-

vides that no person who is recreationally floating upon certain waters in a non-motorized vessel shall be liable for civil or criminal trespass. The bill provides that existing ownership rights in real property shall remain unchanged. Thoughts—Unfortunately necessary to protect anglers and hunters, due to a case that got out of hand in the western portion of our state. There are a number of firearmsrelated bills on the floor of the House and Senate. PLEASE let your representative know how you feel on these bills. legp604.exe?141+sbj+068 Del. Ransone General Assembly Building, Rm 809 Capitol Square Richmond, Virginia 23219 (804) 698-1099 email: Senator Stuart General Assembly Building, Rm 302 Capitol Square Richmond, Virginia 23219 (804) 698-7528 email:

Va. Transportation committee advances bill increasing bicycle passing distances By Lauren McClellan Capital News Service RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate Transportation committee recently has approved a bill increasing the distance at which cars must pass bicycles, from two feet to three feet. Senate Bill 97, introduced by Sen. Bryce Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, has been unsuccessfully introduced in the past by Reeves and a number of other Republican and Democratic

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legislators. Previous opponents of the bill, including Sen. Charles W. Carrico, R-Galax, have cited enforceability issues as a reason for barring passage of the bill, saying that it is hard for drivers to know the difference between two and three-foot distances while driving. This bill would change the distance at which a car can pass electric personal assistive mobility devices (scooters and wheelchairs), mopeds

and animal-drawn vehicles. Twenty-two other states and Washington, D.C. have similar laws that say drivers must pass bicycles with at least 3 feet of room. The Virginia Bicycling Federation supports the bill and its members have been meeting with legislators to advocate for the bill’s passage. “We had reps from the City of Virginia Beach speaking to the Senate Transportation Committee in support of SB97,” stated Scott Cra-

mer, board member of the VBF from Norfolk, Va. “When city officials, not just cyclists, want to be seen as bikefriendly, that’s a big step forward.” To Cramer, the new bill would give cyclists another layer of protection from vehicles that have wide trailers or large mirrors. Cramer also thinks that the passage of this bill would help the relationship between Virginia cyclists and drivers. “It will help Virginia’s standing as a bicycle-friendly state, since having

a 3-foot pass law is a criterion from the League of American Bicyclists,” Cramer stated in an email. “It sends a message to citizens -- drivers and cyclists -- that cyclists’ space on the road should be respected.” In 2013, the League of American Bicyclists rated Virginia the 16th most bike-friendly state. The league provided feedback with their ranking, stating that Virginia should consider enacting a 3-foot passing law. In 2015, Richmond will host the




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Union Cycliste Internationale World Road Championships. Lee Kramer, marketing and communications director for the event’s Richmond organizing body, thinks SB 97 could benefit all of the commonwealth. “We hope this event is not (only) about bike racing, but making the region more bike-friendly for recreation and transportation,” Kramer said. “Any legislation that further supports (this) is a good thing as far as we’re concerned.”

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01-29-2014 Colonial Beach/Westmoreland County Va Journal  

Local News for Colonial Beach/Westmoreland County Virginia for Jan. 29, 2014

01-29-2014 Colonial Beach/Westmoreland County Va Journal  

Local News for Colonial Beach/Westmoreland County Virginia for Jan. 29, 2014