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Double-shooting on New Monrovia Road; Shots fired into vehicle Vehicle crashes into home on Cedar Hill Road  

Linda Farneth

New details in the case of last Wednesday’s shootings piece together events that unfolded that day, starting with a double-shooting around 2:30 p.m., and ending with shots fired into a car on Cedar Hill Road and another car running off the road and damaging the porch of a home at 1439 Cedar Hill Road. Police responded to a 911-call with a report of shots fired at a residence on New Monrovia Road (“The Old Road”) in Westmoreland County. When police arrived, they found two men shot, laying in close proximity to each other. One was described as a 25-yearold Montross man, found shot in the chest. Police said he was not a resident but was known to frequent the home to visit one of its occupants. The other shooting victim was also not a resident, but was described as a

33-year-old man from Maryland. He was suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen. Westmoreland County Sheriff C.O. Balderson stated in a phone interview on Thursday, that the two gunshot victims were unable to speak, but it has been determined that they had shot each other. Law enforcement officers on the scene scoured the yard and surrounding area in search of evidence. The two victims where transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg by ambulance with life-threatening wounds. There is no word on their conditions, and their names have not been released. Shortly after the shooting on New Monrovia Road, at around 4:05 p.m., Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office dispatched law enforcement when a call came in that a car had crashed into a home at 1439 Cedar Hill Road. The responding officer called in to dispatch reporting finding a car at a different location with its windshield blown out and no occupant in sight. Dispatch responded that a call had

come into the Westmoreland Sheriff ’s Office of shots fired into a vehicle. Police were still trying to determine if the two incidents were connected to each other and/or to the shooting on New Monrovia Road. The responding officer asked dispatch to tell residents at 1439 Cedar Hill Road to go back into their home. The responding officer then confirmed that the home had a vehicle crashed into its porch, with its engine running, but said there was no danger to the residents at that time. He advised other responders to approach with caution, since the driver of the vehicle into the home of Cedar Hill Road had also not been located. Balderson confirmed on Thursday that two cars were traveling together on Cedar Hill Road- one red, and one black. A third car approached the red car and shot into its windshield. The black car continued on and veered off the road, hitting the front porch of the house on Cedar Hill Road. No one was reported injured in this incident. The shooting suspect in the third car drove off and has not been

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The scene at New Monrovia Road, where the double-shooting occured. apprehended. Balderson also said that both shootings are still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.   Police do have persons of interest on which they are not releasing information, at this time. Balderson asks that citizens please use due diligence, and if anyone has any information pertaining to these

incidents, no matter how small, to please call the Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office at 804-493-8066 or text tips to 847411 (TIP411). Detective First Sergeant Vanessa Schock is the lead investigator in the case. Westmoreland County Sheriff ’s Office was assisted in Wednesday’s shootings by the Colonial Beach

Police Department, King George County Sheriff ’s Office, Virginia State Police and Spotsylvania County Sheriff ’s Office’s K-9 unit. Also responding were the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Westmoreland County Medic-One and Medic-Three, and the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad.

A New Bridge For Mattox Creek

Linda Farneth

The Mattox Creek Bridge showing signs of deterioration. VDOT officials say they are monitoring the bridge on a regular basis.

Wmd. Board moves one polling location; refuses to move Oak Grove polling spot Richard Leggitt The Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors has approved moving the District One polling place from its current location at the Cople District Fire Station to the Carmel United Methodist Church at 9463 Cople Highway, in Hague. But the board, based on the strong opposition of Vice-Chairman Woodrow Hynson, declined to relocate the District Four polling place from its current location at the Oak Grove Fire Station to the Washington District Elementary School at 454 Oak Grove Road, in Colonial Beach.

Westmoreland County General Registrar Kirstin Hicks wanted to move both polling locations before the 2014 elections. “There has long been a need for an alternative to using the Cople District Fire Station,” Hicks said. “Adequate lighting, heating, and cooling are issues that our elections officers must deal with during every election.” The board agreed and approved the Cople move unanimously during its Monday night meeting. “The comments I have received from the community have been positive,” said Board Chairman Darryl Fisher, who represents District One. Hicks also said, “The Oak Grove

Colonial Beach updates Schools School Fire Investigation School officials have not received any updates from the fire investigators as to the cause of the fire that burned out the condemned old high school/ middle school building on the elementary campus, or whether it was accidental or due to arson. The fire remains under investigation,

according to Sergeant Thomas J. Molnar, Director of Public Relations for Virginia State Police. Fire Fund School officials have thanked the public for all of the donations made to the Elementary School Fire Fund. The funds were used to replace supplies lost in the fire and to help move the elementary students into

In addition, Hannon explains that “structurally deficient” means that there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored and/ or repaired. The fact that a bridge is rated “deficient” does not imply that it is likely to collapse, or that it is unsafe. It means the bridge must be monitored, inspected and maintained. Built in 1930, the Mattox Creek Bridge is inspected annually, with its last inspection in September 2013. The bridge currently consists of two 11-foot travel lanes and shoulders of varying widths. The estimated $7.3 million replacement bridge will be considerably wider, with two 12foot travel lanes and two 10-foot shoulders. Preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisitions, utility relocation and construction are all factored in to reach the estimated

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cost of $7.3 million. In order to minimize traffic disruptions, VDOT plans to install a traffic light to guide traffic alternating in one lane and will construct the new bridge in phases. The portion of the bridge remaining open during construction will continue to be inspected annually, according to VDOT. Hannon writes that motorists will observe visible construction at the project site beginning in midsummer 2014, and construction will continue through the summer of 2016. One lane of traffic on the bridge will be open for the vast majority of the project. Temporary traffic signals will be placed on either side of the bridge so that traffic from both directions can take turns See bridge, page 2

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Fire Station has also not been particularly suitable as a polling place, due to heating and cooling inconsistencies, and because the firemen are often walking through the polling area to their meeting room, office or kitchen.” Hynson urged the board to vote against the Oak Grove move. “I have looked at it hard; that is my obligation to my constituents,” said Hynson, who represents District Four. “With improved communications, we can fix the problems. I think the current location is the best location.” Hynson said the Oak Grove Fire

their temporary school at Oak Grove Baptist Church. School officials wrote, “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

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be replacing the Route 205 (James Monroe Highway) bridge over Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County this summer. VDOT Communications Manager Kelly Hannon said in an email on Thursday, Feb. 6, that work on the project is scheduled to begin in July. Hannon explained in her email, “The bridge is considered a structurally deficient bridge, which means that one or more elements of the bridge – bridge deck, substructure, or superstructure – received a rating of ‘4’ or below on the 9-point bridge scale. During the last inspection in September, the bridge deck received a ‘4’ rating, which is ‘poor’. The substructure received a ‘5’ rating of ‘fair’, and the superstructure received a rating of ‘6’, which is ‘satisfactory’.”

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Colonial Beach Councilman Tommy Edwards, left, presents a check for $5,000 from the Colonial Beach Eagles Aerie 4315 to Debbie Ryan, second from left, of University of Virginia Health Systems.  The check is to help fund UVA’s research into pancreatic cancer. At right are Sheila Massey and Wayne Johnson. They are the fiancée and son of longtime Eagle Tommy Johnson who died last year from pancreatic cancer. that we will have a sufficient amount of supplies for the remainder of the year.” CBES Move to High School Campus Due to the Jan. 5 fire, the Colonial Beach Schools’ plans to move the elementary school campus to the high school campus have been put on hold. Goodman and Gould, the consulting firm that is working on the schools’ behalf to ensure a fair

insurance settlement, will need to finish their work before anything can move forward on the move. Before the fire, school officials and the town council had agreed to pursue a loan of around $800,000 to fund the move, as well as repairs to the high school on First Street. However, until the state completes their investigation, all actions have come to a halt. Despite the inability for school

Spring is just around the corner. Time to start thinking about renovation projects. Some projects may be simple maintenance issues; others may involve serious construction work. So how do you tell if your project will require a building permit? Here is an overview from The Colonial Beach Building and Zoning Office. The following is meant to be a guideline and may exclude some projects requiring a permit. Anyone with questions should call their local building and zoning office. The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code 108.1 states that a permit is required before the See permits, page 2

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Polls: County Update: Town and School status report Permit: Spring building The use of a portable, temporary from page 1 for the town at a yearly salary of Rate Map (FIRM). Not only do from page 1 finances generator does not require a permit. $60,000 by resolution 9-13. When town officials anticipate a larger commencement of any of the Users are urged to follow all safety and town officials to take any specific the council members were asked for floodplain area, but areas with a reviewed following activities: “Construction instructions, including never running legal actions on the move, ongoing any comments, Mayor Mike Ham 500-year flood risk are expected a generator inside any building (or presented the press with copies of a to be raised to a higher risk of

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House, which is located at the corner of Route 3 and Route 205, attracts a steady voting crowd because of that location. “People drive by this location on their way to work. If we move the polling place off the road and to the school, we will lose voters.” “If you want to feed an elephant peanuts, you have to put the peanuts where it can get to them,” Hynson said. The final board vote was two for the move, two against the move and one abstention, which meant the recommendation to change the polling place was not approved. At its Monday meeting, the board also received a 2013 year-end report on the county’s finances from the accounting firm of Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates of Fredericksburg. The report said that despite the budget challenges the county has been facing, Westmoreland County is in a good financial position. “We are in good shape,” said Hynson. “This county, like every other county in every state, is facing challenges as a result of reduced revenues. But we are dealing with it without further burdening the taxpayers.” “Since the recession, we have experienced declining revenues due to reduced consumer spending, and job losses or reduced hours for many of our residents,” said County Administrator Norm Risavi. “Our departments, constitutional officers and school system have managed to maintain services at reasonable levels in light of these reduced resources.   The significant increased costs by unfunded federal and state mandates will continue to challenge localities in the future,” Risavi said.   “We will continue to review our processes and programs to determine if there are more cost effective ways to provide service, so that we can maintain the county’s strong financial position,” Risavi said. “This most recent financial report displays the Board of Supervisors’ commitment on maintaining a solid financial path for the county.”

meetings on the subject of the move are taking place between the two groups. The Colonial Beach School Board and the Colonial Beach Town Council will hold a special joint meeting on Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. to discuss Colonial Beach Schools. School Board Work Session The school board held a pre-budget work session on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The board discussed whether the budget will allow pay raises and the possibility of increases to insurance, and voted not to renew their contract with Northern Neck Regional Special Education. According to officials, the school will be able to provide the special education services at Colonial Beach Schools with little to no increase in spending. Town New Police Chief On January 10, 2013, Colonial Beach Chief of Police Kenneth Blevins, Sr. walked out of Town Center after attending a closed meeting with the town council and Town Manager Val Foulds. Blevins collected his belongings from his normal seat and left the building without speaking to anyone. Council reconvened after the closed session, and Town Attorney Andrea Erard read resolution 8-13, which stated that Kenneth Blevins, Sr. had faithfully served as the chief of police for the Town of Colonial Beach, and the town is grateful for his dedicated service. The resolution also announced Blevins’ resignation, effective January 10, 2013, which the town council accepted. Blevins’ resignation was hand written and simply stated, “To: Town Council...I hereby tender my resignation.” It was signed by Blevins. Captain William Seay was appointed interim chief of police

prepared and typed statement. Erard also had a copy of resolution 9-13, naming Seay as interim Colonial Beach Chief of Police prepared, as well. In October 2013, Councilman Jim Chiarello brought up the issue of moving forward with hiring a permanent police chief. The conversation quickly steered toward abolishing the Colonial Beach Police Department, delaying the hiring process for several months now. After only a few meetings, the council ended discussions on doing away with the town’s police department after a fact-finding meeting to hear public input on the matter. It seems that the council has now re-embarked on the matter of hiring a permanent police chief, and is holding a special closed meeting on Feb. 13, to discuss the matter before their Regular Meeting at 7 p.m. However, there is nothing concerning the matter on the agenda for the regular meeting. Floodplain maps FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is expected to update the current floodplain maps (also called Flood Insurance Rate Maps) in Westmoreland County and Colonial Beach. The update was originally scheduled for some time in 2013, but many delays, including the sequestration have contributed to backlogs. According to Mari Radford, FEMA Mitigation Planner, the current mapping for schedule shows Westmorland County and Colonial Beach floodplain maps will most likely be receiving their final letter of determination around Oct. 16 of this year. The new maps will become effective by October 16, 2015. FEMA regulates flood insurance rates, which are expected to increase with the new Flood Insurance

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100-year, or less, flood risk, due to more frequent occurrences of flooding. The council will need to hold a public hearing to make changes to the town’s floodplain ordinance in order to be in compliance with state and federal regulations. Without the adoption of the new ordinance, town residents would be ineligible for flood insurance. Existing homes will be grandfathered in, but any rebuilding of damaged properties or additions to existing structures will be required to follow the new guidelines. In some cases, houses within a floodplain district that are destroyed more than 50% may not be allowed to rebuild in the same location due to new regulations in the floodplain ordinance. One of the most significant changes in building standards requires new construction to build residential structures with the lowest floor, including basements, elevated to, or above, three feet of the flood depth specified in the FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) New construction plans, whether in or out of a flood zone, must prove that any changes to the land will not cause additional flooding during runoff. For example, runoff that would increase the water surface elevation of that flood event by more than three feet, at any point, will not be allowed. The current changes have been passed at the planning commission level. According to an email from Gary Mitchell, Director of Building and Zoning, to Radford, he stated that the town wanted to wait until the maps were finalized before going further. In a response to Mitchell, Radford wrote, “Your ordinance will need to be adopted by the effective date of the maps – 4/16/2015. You are certainly welcome to adopt prior to those dates with the understanding that you will need to make an administrative change to cite the new map dates, or you can wait and follow the schedule outlined above.”

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In addition, VDOT will hold a “Pardon Our Dust” public meeting in the Westmoreland area as they draw closer to the start of construction. The meeting will help the public to learn more about how the project will affect travel and give them an opportunity to meet the construction team that will be working on the project. Hannon concluded, “We are eager to begin this replacement project this summer, and deliver a new bridge for the Westmoreland and Colonial Beach community that will endure for decades.” To keep abreast of the latest details or changes to the project, you can access the bridge’s project page by typing “Mattox Creek Bridge” into the search box at www.virginiadot.org. Click on the first link that appears. Or, you can call Kelly Hannon at (540) 374-3344. —Linda Farneth

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crossing Mattox Creek. Hannon also said in her email, “Several elements of the project will require the brief, complete closure of the bridge from periods of time, ranging from a few days to a week in length. These operations (including the initial installation of temporary traffic signals and as asphalt paving begins) can’t be safely performed directly next to traffic. We will provide a detour route and provide the public advance notifications when these work activities are scheduled.” VDOT has advertised replacement of the bridge on Route 205 over Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County to bidders and is currently open to receiving bids on the project. Hannon said, “We expect the project will be awarded to the winning bidder this spring.”

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close by). Users should purchase and use a carbon monoxide detector in any building to ensure the safety of occupants during the generator’s use. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in serious injury and death. Some home repairs, maintenance or revitalization require outside ground covering. Anything that would impede the flow of rainwater is restricted when it increases the impermeable surfaces on your property. An impermeable surface is defined in town codes as “A surface composed of any material that significantly impedes or prevents natural infiltration of water into the soil”. All of the following are deemed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to be an impermeable surface: roofing, decking, sidewalks, pools, patios, sheds, garages, pavers, carports, gravel, shells used for driveways, etc. Furthermore, town code states that the maximum area of impermeable surface allowed on your property is 36% of the total. Some applications of materials that result in impermeable surfaces above and beyond the 36% can be allowed by obtaining a permit. If you have an existing driveway covered with gravel, there is no permit needed if you pave itprovided the driveway surface area is not increased, and you do not alter the entrance elevation or the culvert pipe under your driveway. This principle is applicable in other cases, as well, such as replacing an existing sidewalk. Also, if you are repairing an existing deck surface, you do not need a permit- provided there are no structural (framing) alterations. For example: A few deck floorboards have warped- to remove them and put down new boards would not require a permit. There may be other circumstances involved in any project that could trigger the need for a permit. When in doubt, town residents should call Colonial Beach Building and Zoning at 804-224-7506. Staff there can advise you, based on your proposal.

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or demo of a structure/building. Installation or alterations involving the removal or addition of any wall, partition or portion thereof, any structural component, repair or replacement of any required component of a fire or smoke related assembly, the alteration of any means of an egress system, water supply and distribution system, sanitary drainage system, or vent system, electrical wiring, fire protection system, mechanical system, and fuel supply system...” With the legal definition out of the way, let’s explore the issue in common terms: In commercial applications, there are no exceptions that allow projects without permits. However, in residential applications, there are a number of exceptions where no permit is needed. In residential work, no permit is required on a residential structure when replacing windows, doors, siding or roof shingles, or fixtures such as sinks, toilets, tubs, faucets, lighting fixtures or switches. However, if any of these replacements or repairs requires structurally altering the home, or moving plumbing or electrical wiring, a permit is required. Whenever a project requires reframing an opening, moving an electrical wire/circuit, or extending or putting in new pipes, these activities are considered a structural alteration and require a permit. Installing new flooring (carpet, vinyl or hardwood) also does not require a permit. No permit is required on a residential structure when an old electric heat pump is replaced with another electric heat pump, or an old electric hot water heater is replaced with a new electric hot water heater. However, a permit is required when a heating system or other mechanical system is replaced that includes a combustible fuel, such as: natural gas, propane gas, heating oil, etc. This applies even if you are trading out an old gas heater for a new gas heater. The installation of a [permanent] generator requires a permit; It is part of the electrical/mechanical system.

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zion baptist church invites you to a Black History Program on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. Scheduled to appear: All Together Gospel Singers of Colonial Beach; Sensational Nightingales of Durham, NC and New Singing Disciples of Richmond. Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale, VA 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this celebration. little zion baptist church will present “Freestyle” as hosted by Pastor Earl T. Howerton and the LSBC Young Adult Ministry. Starting at 7 p.m. on March 7, there will be poetry, singing, dancing, spoken word and more, all from a Christian Perspective. 7748 Leedstown Road, CB. For more info call Jennifer (540) 2057752 or Tina (804) 761-7403.

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montague baptist church invites everyone to a Gospel Sing, featuring the bluegrass group, One Lane Bridge. Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken. 12186 Millbank Road, KG. zion church at lottsburg W.O.W (Women of Word) Ministry will sponsor a HakeFish & Traditional Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 starting at 7 a.m. - until. Tickets are $12.00 a person. For more info call (804) 529-6033 or visit the website: www.zionlottsburg.org 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.

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH WILL HOLD BENEFIT YARD AND BAKE SALE SATURDAY, MARCH 1 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. The huge, indoor-outdoor event will benefit Trinity’s community outreach program, which provides food and other assistance to individuals and families in financial need in the Fredericksburg region. The indoor sale will feature many rooms of collectibles, antiques, jewelry, linens, books, toys, dishes and glassware, household items, small appliances and electronics, clothes and accessories for all ages, and freshly baked seasonal goodies! The outdoor sale will feature bikes, furniture, tools, games, sports equipment and much more. Trinity is located at the corner of William St. and College Ave., across from the University of Mary Washington. To donate items for the sale or for further information, call (540) 3732996.

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St. Margaret’s hosts free soccer clinic St. Margaret’s will be hosting a Soccer Clinic on Feb. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. The clinic is free and open to girls in grades 6-12. It will include coaching from current Old Dominion University, University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University NCAA soccer players. Please register in advance to get a lunch count. Plan to stay for a panel discussion with current and former college athletes from the University of North Carolina, the University of Richmond, Old Dominion University, University of Florida, Rhodes College about NCAA Rules and Regulations and the expectations and life of a high school and college student athlete. To register, contact St. Margaret’s Athletic Director Cynthia Walker at (804) 443-3357 ext. 3034 or cwalker@sms.org or visit www.sms.org/ soccerclinic. Deadline for registration is Feb. 19.

30th Annual Oyster Roast You are invited to the 30th Annual Benefit Oyster Roast. Ticket proceeds will buy Fried & Steamed Oysters, Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Chips, Desserts & Soft Drinks. and go to this year’s beneficiary is: Kenneth “Beau” Barbeau, age 37, of Stafford County. Funds raised will be used to help meet medical expenses, outfit his car with handicap controls to enable him to drive, and to procure needed medical equipment to support his rehab regimen at home. All expenses related to the benefit are being paid by local businesses. All donations by check should be payable to Fairview Baptist Church (900 Charlotte St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, Memo Line: Oyster Roast). 3 p.m. at White Oak Equipment, 358 Kings Hwy, Rt 3 East, Fredericksburg, VA. sabrcb@hotmail.com Phone number for event information: (540)-373-7755.

GIF-KG to offer 10-week special teaching called HaYesod We at Grafted in FellowshipKG (GIFKG) are starting a special teaching called HaYesod (The Foundation), on Feb. 22. It is a 10-week 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 be-

ing 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: www.hayesod.org. 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.

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Join in a Black History Celebration Service Little Ark Baptist Church on Owens Drive in King George invites everyone to come to the church on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. You will be treated to a remarkable oral presentation of Black History. Scheduled to perform is the Rev. Cora Armstrong as she sings of the history. The following will present oral histories: • Sister Phyllis Ashton, of Good Hope Baptist Church

• Sister Urzetta Lews, of Antioch Baptist Church • Pastor Perry Scranage, of Restoration Worship Center. • Plus, a Mystery Presenter Participate on a paper quiz on Black History. The evening promises to be one of remembering, learning, praise, community and worship. Little Ark is located at 15681 Owens Drive in KG.

St. George’s Episcopal Church invites the public to a Valentine’s Day concert on Friday, February 14 at 7-9:30 p.m. The event, part of the Fridays @ The Last Resort concert series, will be held in the parish hall of the church, which is located at 905 Princess Anne Street in downtown Fredericksburg. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Coffee and special Valentine-inspired snacks will be available. Performing on their favorite “holiday,” local musicians John and Mary Vreeland will perform an evening of romantic ballads and love songs for piano and voice. The special program features standards by Billie Holiday, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald and others. At Fridays @ The Last Resort concerts, held at St. George’s on the second Friday of each month, audiences gather in a coffeehouse like setting to enjoy jazz and folk music played by top local talent. For more information, email concertinfo@stgeorgesepiscopal.net. For information about St. George’s, visit the church website at stgeorgesepiscopal.net.

Everyone is invited to the 2014 KG Branch NAACP Black History Celebration “Men Making a Difference in the Community

Featuring Guest singers: The Altogether and special guests The Sensational Nightingales Saturday Feb. 22, 2014. 5 p.m. KGCC Tickets $25 per adult. Ages 3-11 $12.00 For additional information call (540) 663-2210 or (540) 775-9465

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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."

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Sunday Activities Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. AWANA, 4:00 p.m. Youth Group, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday Nights Rev. Mike and Earlene Jessee Family Night Dinner, 5:30 Youth Study; Children’s Missions & Music, 6:00 facebook@kgshiloh Choir Practice, 7:15 13457 Kings Hwy. 540-469-4646 • www.kgshiloh.org

Oak Grove Baptist Church

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

804-224-9695

Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Yunho Eo

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

Two Rivers Baptist Church Meeting at their new church

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

Rev. Peyton Wiltshire

For Information call 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:

www.hanover-with-brunswick.com

EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH

3207 Quarter Hill Rd., Supply VA 22436

(804) 443-4168

Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Rev. Irving Woolfolk, Jr.

Services Early Worship - 8 a.m. Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. AM Worship - 11 a.m. PM Worship - 6 p.m. Wed. Bible Study - 7 p.m.

AWANA Teens - Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Clubbers - Fridays 6:30 p.m. Dr. Sherman Davis, Senior Pastor 540-775-7188 www.tbckg.org 10640 Kings Hwy - 1 mi. west of 301

Daily Mass: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. Adoration precedes each morning Mass Confession: Sat. following 8:00 a.m. Mass & at 4:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443

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Trinity United Methodist Church

9425 Kings Hwy., King George www.trinitykg.org

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

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

You're invited to worship with

Tabernacle Baptist Church

(540) 663-3085 ✝ Rev. Jim May

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

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

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

5486 St. Paulʼs Road, King George

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

804-493-7407

www.cbumc.org

Sunday Worship at 8 am and 10 am

Corner of Lossing and Boundary, Colonial Beach

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

"A Church where everybody is somebody!"

www.stpaulskgva.org

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church

Traditional Anglican Worship 1928 Book of Common Prayer 1940 Hymnal

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

(Psalm 34:3)

Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Prayer & Bible Study: (Wed.) 7 p.m. Holy Communion on 4th Sundays Rev. Fred Sales, Interim Pastor

Holy Redeemer Anglican Church

Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. (Sunday) Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Nursery Provided Seeking to know the grace of God and to make it known to others. Dave Bentz, Pastor Jason Schubert, Associate Pastor 13114 Kildee Farm Road King George, VA 22485 (off 301 and Blue Jay Meadow Drive)

Ph. (540) 775-9990 • email: info@gracekg.com web site www.gracekg.com

Potomac Baptist Church Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Age Graded Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.

All are Welcome! (540) 775-7006

Pastor: Dennis L. Newton 8103 Comorn Rd. (Rt. 609) King George

Corner of Millbank & St. Anthony’s Rd., King George

Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney Sat. 7:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday Masses: Sun. 8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m 12:45 p.m. Tridentine Mass Daily Mass: Mon. Thur. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. Wed. 7:00 p.m. Adoration before each morning Mass Confession: Wed. 7:30 p.m. Sat. after 9:00 a.m. Mass & at 6:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass

Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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The fulfillment of a dream Even as its prospects for passage improved for many, it still seemed like a far off dream. A civil rights bill, nothing more than a strong and clear assertion of the principles a l r e a d y established in the C onst itut i on had come before the Congress a half dozen times. But each time, David S. Kerr the bills, some of which passed the House, all failed in the Senate. Southern Senators used every tactic they could to keep the bills from becoming law. The argument, though at its heart it was always about racism, was that a national civil rights bill violated state’s rights. It may seem a weak argument today, but fifty years ago, it was a mantra that helped keep millions of Americans from having the basic civil rights we now consider a given. Fifty years ago, beginning with passage of the bill in the House of Representatives on Feb. 10, the legislation once again began to move. But was it going to crash on the rocks on the senate as it had so many times before? It was an open

question. Remarkably, an amazing combination of social and political forces had come together in the wake of John Kennedy’s assassination that was going to change America forever. This time things were going to be different. In the south, primarily the states of the old confederacy, African Americans couldn’t eat in the same restaurants as white people, couldn’t use the same swimming pool, couldn’t shop at department stores, couldn’t attend universities their taxes paid to support, were denied jobs in both the public and private sector based on their color, couldn’t live where they wanted, and for the most part, couldn’t vote. As for attending the same public schools, and having access to a quality education, in the south, in spite of the Brown decision ten years before, segregation had hardly budged. And for many, particularly elected officials in the south, this was just fine. It was the status quo, they were often elected by white voters based on their ability to maintain this system, and they weren’t about to acquiesce. Virginia’s Harry Byrd Sr. and Willis Robertson were adamant opponents of Civil Rights legislation. As was the congressman representing of the Fredericksburg area, Howard Smith. Each man, and particularly Mr.

Smith, the Chair of the House Rules Committee, did his best to stop the Civil Rights Bill. But the opponents met their match in a unique combination of social forces, politics, and personalities. Lyndon Johnson, at one time an opponent of civil rights legislation, on the death of President Kennedy was now President. To the surprise of many he had radically changed his view. Maybe they had always been his views, and in the end it probably doesn’t matter, but with a passion and genius, he worked with civil rights leaders, most notably, Martin Luther King, Republicans, especially the legendary Everett Dirksen, step by step, with measured precision, to do what no one else had done before. He was able to coerce, persuade, and cajole enough members of the House to threaten a discharge petition to get the bill out of Congressman Smith’s Rules Committee. And then, in a masterful move, worked with his protégé from his days as Senate Majority Leader, Mike Mansfield, to get the bill reported directly to the Senate floor. After that, there were 83 days of filibuster, endless, mind numbing, debate whose only purpose was to delay a vote, the bill’s floor manager, Hubert Humphrey, working with the President, found enough votes to force cloture. The Senate

passed the bill by an overwhelming margin. There was some negotiation to follow, but the die was cast, and on the same day that 189 years before that the founding fathers had passed the resolution declaring American Independence, the Civil Rights Act became law. The world did not change magically overnight. There were hard days ahead. The bill required additional strengthening when it came to employment and housing. And there was a separate Voting Rights the next year. And of course, it’s one thing to have a law to back you up, but it’s another to actually go out and make it work. The strides forward in the half century since then have been remarkable. From General Colin Powell to President Obama. But, the world and people change only so fast. We’ve come a long ways, but we have a ways to go. Several years later Martin Luther King, borrowing from Moses, talked about the promised land of racial equality. Prophetically, he said he doubted he would be around to see it. We haven’t gotten there yet, but fifty years ago, in one of the most remarkable feats in American legislative history we were on our way. —Reach David Kerr at kerr@journalpress.com

Agritourism bill passed by VA Senate will restrict local regulations kate miller Capital News Service An agritourism bill that would restrict local regulation of customary agricultural and farm activities has passed the Senate. Senate Bill 51 would prohibit Virginia counties from regulating the management of agritourism forprofit events; the sale of agricultural or silvicultural (forest) products or related items; the preparation or sale of foods that are not otherwise in violation of state law and other customary activities without a “substantial impact on the health, safety or general welfare of the public.” Localities would not have the authority to require a special-use permit for any of the activities listed above. No local ordinance regulating sound produced by the activities listed above could be more restrictive than the general local noise ordinance, except if an ordinance regulates the sound of outdoor amplified music. Sen. William Stanley, R-Moneta, says SB51 would empower farmers. “We want to make sure that we’re encouraging agritourism,” Stanley said, “that we’re encouraging the

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product of the small farmer to be brought to market on the farmer’s terms, rather than being the captive of a vender.” SB51, which was introduced by Sen. Richard Stuart, R-Montross, passed the Senate this past week with a 32-7 vote. According to Trey Davis, an assistant director of governmental relations for the Virginia Farm Bureau, Sen. Kenneth Alexander, D-Norfolk, initially voted against the bill but has since changed his vote. The measure has been referred to the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee. Delegate Robert Orrock, R-Thornburg, introduced House Bill 268, a bill similar to SB51. Orrock says HB268 seeks to achieve the same effect as SB51. HB268 passed the House two weeks ago with a 73-23 vote and has been referred to the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax, says SB51 would allow the wine industry in Virginia to grow by combating local overregulation for winery owners. “A lot of counties have tried to restrict, regulate and frankly put these wineries out of business,” Petersen said. Davis says SB51 was introduced

because an agricultural working group developed a compromise after House Bill 1430 was defeated last year. HB1430 would have amended the Right to Farm Act by expanding the definition of agricultural operations to include “commerce of farm-tobusiness and farm-to-consumer sales” in addition to the ability to sell other related items. According to the measure, an agricultural operation on agriculture-zoned property would meet local zoning ordinances. HB1430 is commonly referred to as the “Boneta Bill,” in reference to Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta, who was threatened with thousands of dollars in fines by the county for selling farm products and home crafts, and advertising and hosting events without authorization. Davis, who served as a Virginia Farm Bureau representative for the working group, says the bureau supports SB51 but opposed HB1430 a year ago because the bureau did not support the amendment to the Right to Farm Act and believed the bill was too broadly written. Davis says the Right to Farm Act is very important to the bureau membership because the act protects agricultural production practices from being considered a nuisance.

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, voted against SB51. Sam Bosch, Ebbin’s legislative aide, stated the senator opposed the bill based on issues of “clarity in the language” because the meaning of both “substantial” impact and “regulate” are not clearly defined in the bill. Stanley says residents -- including farmers -- in Fauquier County and members of the local government are responsible for much of the lobbying against SB51. “There seems to be a desire at the local level there (Fauquier County) to overregulate and minimize farm production,” Stanley said, “and the ability to make a living.” Dan Gisselquist is a Fauquier County farmer who supports SB51 and says he personally has experienced local overregulation of agricultural activities. “Our county has decided that they like to harass farmers,” Gisselquist said. Gisselquist also says SB51 will benefit food quality. “It is very much in the farmer’s interest to invite his customers to see what he’s doing,” Gisselquist said, “and see how he’s doing it to convince people that what he’s got is a really quality product.”

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Since working on some of the things Ruth used to take care of for the paper, I’ve been exposed to many different web sites, political agendas, and conservative and very liberal groups. I’ve been given the task to go through the news@journalpress. com emails and boy, are there lots of them. Some of the email content seems to make sense. Some of it is just plain offensive. But, everyone is convinced their opinion or beliefs are the only ways I should be thinking and believing. Everyone has an opinion or as it is defined: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. I feel I’m pretty tolerant. And God only knows I don’t know everything. (but you should see me at Jeopardy!) Even though I may disagree with an opinion, I try not to treat the person with disrespect. After all, we all see and hear things differently sometimes.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, strange forces seem to be working against you, but fortunately you are prepared for anything that comes your way. Allow for some time to get things settled.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, your intuition and ability to work with people closely will make your life much more enjoyable. Make use of these talents as you pursue a new career path.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, keep a firm hand on your wallet so you can avoid spending well beyond your means. It is best if you avoid making any impulse purchases in the near future.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Falling into a slump just isn’t your style, Scorpio. Even if things don’t seem to be going your way, your attitude and work ethic will make the most of the situation.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, listen carefully when a family member comes to you with some sage advice. Even a seemingly relaxed conversation may prove fruitful.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, playing games with someone can be fun, but don’t let things turn into a serious rivalry. Focus on being lighthearted this week.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you may seem rushed this week, but resist the temptation to go faster than is comfortable for you. Take your time so things are done right the first time.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, your responsible nature helps those in your care to feel safe and secure. It is good to show others how much they mean to you, and you have been doing it correctly.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you may have so much fun this week that you don’t realize you have been getting work done in the process. Your attitude is even inspiring others around you. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Take a step back when you don’t see eye to eye with a colleague, Virgo. Disagreements can quickly escalate, so keep a level head and take all things into consideration.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Some well-hidden information could come to the surface, and you will have the ability to put it to use, Aquarius. Just don’t let the power go to your head. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, you must deal with a potentially delicate matter in the days to come. Keep a cool head and remain confident.

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Northern Neck to Celebrate Winterfest 2014 Feb. 14-17 will mark “Winterfest 2014 in the Northern Neck” and include a long weekend of events celebrating recreation in the Northern Neck in winter, and the Presidential legacy of the region where three Presidents were born. All ten wineries in the Northern Neck will be open for tours, tastings and cherry-themed delicacies. Outdoor events will feature geocaching at Belle Isle State Park, the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Sweetheart Half-Marathon, “Stratford Under Your Feet” guided fossil walk at Stratford Hall, and a “Menokin Illuminated” moonlit walk of the grounds surrounding the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee outside Warsaw. The Second Friday Art Walk will be held at Colonial Beach, and the Owl Prowl will take place at Caledon State Park. On Monday, George Washington Birthplace National Monument will be celebrating Washington’s Birthday with cake and living history demon-

strations, in addition to hosting 4-H activities at the Birthplace. Inside events will include Tidewater Oyster Growers Association’s oyster-growing demonstration tanks at the Visitors Center at Westmoreland State Park, a booksigning of Vanessa Wedding’s An Uncivilized Yankee at Oak Crest Winery, a Valentine’s Dinner at Jacey Vineyards, and productions of Boeing Boeing at the Lancaster Players Theatre in White Stone. Various heritage guilds – blacksmithing, woodworking, and spinners and weavers - will be active at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville. For details on a specific event, please contact the attraction where the event is to be held, as some events charge fees and require registration. For a complete schedule of events on the four-day weekend, visit northernneck.org and click on Winterfest 2014 or call 804.333.1919.

27th Annual Chocolates Galore & More! The 27th Annual Chocolates Galore & More!, scheduled for Feb. 21, will be held from 7-11 p.m. at West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center in Leesburg. Attendees will indulge in rich, luscious chocolates, exquisite desserts and mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by the area’s finest restaurants and caterers and showcased in a competition for Best Presentation and Best Taste. Attendees will also enjoy a silent auction, champagne, music, dancing and more -- all for a great cause. Nat’l Conference Ctr., 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, Va. 20176 General admission tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Reserved seating is available for $1,000 for a table of ten. (A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible). For ticket information, visit www. chocolatesgalore.org, or contact YMCA Loudoun County at 703-777-9622.

College News

The University of Mary Washington has announced its Dean’s List for the fall semester of the 2013-14 academic year. The Dean’s List recognizes outstanding academic achievement by full-time students who attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0. The following area students are among the 775 students who have been named to the Dean’s List: • Christina B. Beckham, a sophomore from Montross, Va. (22520) • Lauren O. DiRago-Duncan, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Eileen R. Lawson, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • George A. Marche, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Cynthia S. Morrison, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Josiah A. Neuberger, a senior from Dahlgren, Va. (22448) • Jesse B. Radolinski, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Meaghan E. Reiley, a senior from King George, Va. (22485) • Faith E. Rivers, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Savannah J. Stuart, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Ray Celeste S. Tanner, a sophomore from King George, Va. (22485) • William H. Thomas, a junior from King George, Va. (22485) • Kami A. Tolson, a senior from King George, Va. (22485) The President’s List recognizes outstanding academic achievement at the university by full-time students who attain a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The following area students are among the 94 students who have been named to the President’s List: • Taylor M. Coxon, a senior of King George, Va. ( 22485) • Anna Lobova, a sophomore of King George, Va. ( 22485) • Hannah S. Morgan, a sophomore of King George, Va. ( 22485) -Jessica Lynn Gable of King George has been named to the fall semester Dean’s List at Radford University. Gable, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gable of 8143 Reagan Drive, is a senior marketing major. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have taken 15 or more credit hours and have a grade point average of 3.4 or above with no grade below a C. -Jonathan Crook of King George, Va., was recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments by being named to the LeTourneau University Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. Crook achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester to receive this honor.

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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 http://www.kgalert.com 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. va.us or call 540.775.8900. Fundraisers for CBES Feb. 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)

Military News

Air Force Airman 1st Class Brandon D. Morad 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. Morad is the son of Wendy and David Morad of King George. He is a 2013 graduate of King George High School. Join ADF & get free trees! Spring Planting is Near: Join the Arbor Day Fdn. in Feb. and receive 10 Free Blue Spruce trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Join at arborday. org/february.

Smoot Library

will be hosting an interactive Readers’ Theatre Production Friday, February 21, from 6-7 p.m. Children ages 3 and up are invited to this event by the Teen Advisory Board. Performance will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Register online today on our Events page at smoot.org.

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“Edith” Hound tri-color young female

“Alvin” Pointer Mix b/w adult male

“Romeo” Lab chestnut adult male

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Wednesday, Feb. 12

Opening artist reception 5-7 p.m. Westmoreland County Museum, co-hosted with the Inn at Montross.

Thursday, Feb. 13

Regular meeting of American Legion Post 89 and Auxiliary 89 will meet at 6 p.m. The Auxiliary will be packing school supplies.

Friday, Feb. 14

ANTI-Valentines Day celebration at Smoot Library. 4-5 p.m. Free. Crafts, activities & of course lots of chocolate. Register online or email YSL1@smoot.org. Inn at Stratford Hall will host a Sweetheart Dinner. 6-8 p.m. with a special lodging rate available for that night.Call for reservations and more info: (804)493-1966.

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

Happy Birthday George! What many know today as Presidents Day, “Washington’s Birthday” is the official name for the holiday, at least around here. In 1879, the first federal holiday to honor an American President was implemented by an Act of Congress. Originally intended for government offices only in Washington, DC, it later expanded to include all federal offices in the USA in 1885. The holiday was always celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22 (1732). But in 1971, the federal holiday was changed to fall on the third Monday in February (by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act) and included the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, too. This change made it impossible for the federal holiday to ever fall on either Lincoln’s or Washington’s actual birthdays, as the range of dates of third-Mondays in February falls between the 15th and the 21st. Even the “Old Style” Julian calendar, which lists Washington’s date of birth as February 11, 1731, cannot be included in the list of third-Mondays. In 1582, the Gregorian calendar, also known as the “Western calendar” or the “Christian calendar”, added one year and eleven days to dates on the Julian calendar. This is why you’ll sometimes see Washington’s date of birth shown as February 11, 1731/February 22, 1732. The blessed event was recorded in a similar way in the Washington Family Bible, now restored and preserved in the archives at George Washington Birthplace National Monument (GWBNM). On Monday, February 17, GWBNM will celebrate the federal holiday in style. There will be demonstrations of colonial days’ plantation activities by the park’s own 4H Heritage Club, as well as the National Park Service’s Interpretation Staff at the park. Admission to GWBNM is always free, and the park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The only days the park is scheduled to be closed are New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Closures due to inclement weather or other unforeseen emergencies are posted on the park’s Facebook page. For more information, call 804-224-1732. Carla Rollins Gutridge

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Thursday, Feb. 20

Fancy’s Friends 4-H dog club will be holding a business meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the King George Extension Office. Come check out our plans for this year, there are lots of opportunities to have fun with your dog! KG Historical Society to meet at 6:30 at the Revercomb Bldg. Teresa Roane will discuss role of African Americans in the Confederacy. Public is invited.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Zumba for the Heart sponsored by the F’brg Area Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. 2-4 p.m. at the Sports & Health in Stafford. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Cost $10. Bird Walk at Belle Isle. Sponsored by the NN Audubon Society and led by Frank Schaff, meet at the horse parking lot at 8 a.m. Call to confirm event (804) 462-0084. Loaner binoculars available on site.

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Riverboat in Colonial Beach to host a Dinner Dance fundraiser for CBES. Tickets $40 pp. 6 p.m.- midnight. Scheduled to perform, The Hubcaps. (804) 224-7055.

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tain a positive public image for the park and myself.” Applications are now being accepted and positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year 36 AmeriCorps members served in 26 state parks across the state. From 2011 to 2013, ninety-one AmeriCorps members successfully completed service in Virginia State Parks. More information and the required application can be found at www.virginiastateparks.gov. AmeriCorps is a national service program administered through the Corp. for National and Community Service. Each year, AmeriCorps offers adults of all ages and backgrounds more than 75,000 opportunities to meet critical needs in communities across America. Benefits include a modest living allowance and educational assistance at the end of service.

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Wilkerson’s is open for 2014 season After a brief winter break, Wilkerson's Restaurant is open for business and again providing residents and visitors to Colonial Beach with mouth-watering seafood and a warming waterfront atmosphere. Wilkerson's, one of Colonial Beach's oldest restaurants, is a seven-days-a-week family business that closes after Thanksgiving to give its employees a break and prepare for the next year. It reopened on Friday, Jan. 25, to begin its 2014 season and its 68th year of business. "We always close for a while," said owner Jim Wilkerson. "Dec. is a slow month for us, and it gives us a chance to clean and upgrade our equipment." Wilkerson and his family have operated the popular seafood restaurant since 1946. His father, Walter, returned to Colonial Beach after serving in World War II as an Army Air Force pilot. Walter, and his father, Herbert, opened the restaurant, as well as a seafood business, and it quickly became a family venture. The two senior Wilkersons passed away in the 70s, but Jim and his son, Jay, have continued to operate the restaurant that is known especially for its crab cakes, fried shrimp and broiled rockfish. The restaurant is located on the banks of the Potomac River at 3900 McKinney Blvd near the

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Colonial Beach town limits on State Route 205.   The restaurant was badly damaged in 2003, when it was struck by the winds and water of Hurricane Isabel. The storm was one of the most damaging in years and its toll on the area, including the closing on the nearby Happy Clam restaurant, was shocking. "We were closed from the 19th of September until April 1st to repair the damage," said Wilkerson. "We had people working seven day a week, including Christmas, trying to get repairs done." Ready and raring to go for the 2014 seafood season, Wilkerson's will again feature delicacies like jumbo snow crab legs, steamed blue crabs and fried oysters. It has an expansive salad bar and a dessert menu that

Dining out at a restaurant is a treat for many people, while for others it’s a way of life. Onthe-go professionals often find that dining out is simply more convenient than cooking at home. However, large portion sizes and dishes that tend to contain a lot of sodium and fat can make dining out less healthy than eating at home, which is a concern for those men and women who want to shed a few pounds. But dining out does not have to be done at the expense of your waistline. The following are a few ways dieters can still enjoy their favorite restaurants without having to worry about their weight. * Order foods that are broiled, boiled or roasted. Foods that are broiled, boiled or roasted tend to be healthier than foods cooked in other ways. When ordering your meal, ask that oils be used sparingly if not removed completely. When foods look somewhat greasy, dab them with a napkin in the same manner you might dab the grease from a slice of pizza. * Don’t fill up before your meal arrives. Once you have been seated, skip the unending bread basket, forgoing this free appetizer altogether or asking for raw vegetables instead. When fellow diners order potentially fattening appetizers, ask to have a side salad with low-fat dressing on the side instead. * Leave a little behind on your plate. Restaurant portions can be substantial, so don’t feel as if you need to finish your entire meal. You can always ask the waiter to pack up what you have left behind, or, when ordering, ask if the restaurant offers smaller portions at lower prices. * Skip the dips and dressings. Many condiments can add unwanted calories to a meal, making even a healthy entree a calorie-laden meal that’s best avoided. For example, a salad covered in creamy Caesar salad dressing can take away from the overall nutritive value of the salad. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions or simply ask to have dressings put on the side so if you must indulge you can do so

features homemade apple pie à la mode, among other treats. For the first two decades of Wilkerson's operation, the family also sold crabs, crabmeat and oysters, as part of a seafood delivery business that served customers throughout the Baltimore and Washington areas. However, the family eventually phased out its seafood business to concentrate on making the restaurant a regional favorite. The restaurant, which employs as many as 30 people during the peak season, opens at 11:30 a.m., seven days a week.  It provides great food and a wonderful waterfront view for customers and is available for large parties or receptions. The restaurant phone number is (804) 224-7117. —Richard Leggitt

Gwynnedale Alpacas is newest, successful business in Westmoreland The newest, successful business in Westmoreland County is composed of 14 alpacas and three members of the Chatham family. Westmoreland County Circuit Court Clerk Gwynne Chatham, her husband, Ken, and her son, Ken II, are operating the Gwynnedale Alpaca Farm and delighting friends, neighbors and customers in the process. Gwynnedale, a home-based business that opened last year, is the first alpaca farm in historic Westmoreland County. It is a family-operated business and a labor of love for the Chathams. “You just fall in love with these animals,” said Ken Chatham. “We personally interact with them daily. We feel fortunate and blessed to be working with such quality animals.” Alpacas are native to the high Andes mountain ranges in Peru, Chile and Bolivia. They are bred for their high quality fiber, which is shorn and made into blankets, gloves, scarves, socks, sweaters, hats and a wide variety of other items. “Alpaca fiber is five times warmer than wool,” said Ken Chatham. Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fiber. It is soft, not scratchy, contains no lanolin, is hypoallergenic and has become very popular with clothing manufacturers worldwide. Alpaca fiber is also flame resistant. “We researched the business for three or four years,” said Ken Chatham. “It is kind of like raising racehorses; the breeding and the generics are very important.” The Gwynnedale alpacas are currently being raised on a two-acre site in Montross, next to Stan’s Skateland. The Chathams have acquired top breeding stock from across the country, including a new male that arrived this week from Idaho. “We decided to purchase our superb breeding stock from those who had spent years developing the best genetic lines,” said Ken. “That led us to acquiring Snowmass Olympic Starzz, Sunset Hills Patriot, and Sunset Hills Argonautum as our herdsires.” “It’s all about genetics,” Ken Chatham said. “The Snowmass and Sunset Hills farms are some of the most highly recognized research and development teams in the alpaca business.” “We have also acquired amazing females with unbelievable lineage which have been multiple award winners in their own right. We feel that this combination will put us in a position to offer the highest quality offspring in the future.” Chatham said alpacas come in 22 colors, are curious, social animals and are alert and pleasant to be around. Because of their mountain heritage, they actually enjoy cold weather and prefer to sleep outdoors as opposed to a covered shelter the Chathams have constructed for them. They eat grass and hay and the Chathams provide them with a daily treat of barley, grain, apples or carrots. Ken said he hoped area schools and churches would bring children to see

From right, Ken Chatham & Ken Chatham II feed the alpacas at Gwynnedale Alpaca Farm in Montross the Gwynnedale alpacas. “They are such great animals. We love showing

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In search of the elusive ruffed grouse Mark Fike A very good friend of mine, Andy Whitman, is a missionary currently serving stateside but about to go overseas again. He is also an avid hunter with a particular interest in birds. Andy loves to turkey hunt, and he also really enjoys the call of Mr. Bobwhite. Additionally, the ruffed grouse has earned his interest since he was a young man stomping around the thick cover of north Stafford. He once flushed one while out hunting and has not forgotten it. Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and the ruffed grouse bug is still biting Andy. He contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I would be interested in accompanying him to some public land to search for grouse, and maybe, just maybe, see one. The ruffed grouse is not exactly common and is very rarely seen. They will gather in small flocks in the winter to feed, though. The male makes a drumming sound that sounds like an old tractor or truck at a distance, trying to fire up and turn over. My interest was piqued, and I agreed if we could schedule it for a Saturday. Andy was totally agreeable and decided to go to some public land here in Virginia and do some scouting. The day he was to go scout dawned bitterly cold with snow on the ground, probably more snow in the mountains where he went, and the wind was not still, either. I awaited his report that evening with anticipation. When I opened my e-mail that

evening, I saw a few pictures that had me very excited to go give it a try. It turns out that Andy had a rough go of it for the first half of the day. His pants were ripped up, he was very cold, and then he had not seen any birds. He willed himself to go back out after a quick lunch in the truck and try one more time. One thing I have gotten to know about Andy is that he pays attention to the tiniest of details. While on his second jaunt on the mountainside, he began seeing bird tracks in the snow. They were the size of a small chicken. He knew pretty quick that he was looking at grouse tracks. Then he found what they were eating and put it all together. Once he knew he was in grouse territory, he began stomping the brush and trying hard to see a bird. Grouse are the size of a small chicken, but they are incredibly secretive and quick to disappear. As Andy puts it, “They are down on the same level as foxes, so they have to be able to hide and escape if they want to survive.” Not long after he found the sign that grouse were in the area, he flushed one. He went on to flush birds five times, but got only a few shots off because of all the thick cover. He did put a grouse in his game vest, which means he got a booster shot of “grousitus” due to his success, so he was primed to go at it again. I was definitely on board, as well. Ten days later, we headed back to the spot which was public land and immediately started wading through some of the nastiest cover I had seen in a long time. I was thankful I had

some briar pants on, but they did not help my coat which suffered a nicesized rip. Not long after we started hunting, Andy commented he found good sign. I stomped my way over to him to see exactly what grouse sign looked like. The droppings were just as Andy had told me; they were like miniature turkey droppings. The birds were definitely in the area and feeding on the tiny red berries or seeds that were common in this location. I could see the berries, the skins and droppings all over. The sign kept us stomping all over the place in that cover. We rousted a rabbit and did not get a shot. We even saw some old deer carcasses and passed a few other hunters trying to take advantage of the last day of grouse season. One pair of hunters had a fourlegger with them. That is, they brought a German shorthaired pointer with them to help locate birds. We never saw them again, but we did see other hunters who told us they had encountered the same duo with their dog and watched them walk back down the mountain after hours of hunting without the dog getting birdy at all. Andy and I kept at it, though. We were determined we would do our very best to try to roust a grouse. We even hiked to a clearcut that GoogleEarth showed to be a little over a mile away up the mountain. That clearcut was incredibly dense but appeared void of food for the grouse. There were plenty of rabbit cuttings, though. I have never seen so many rabbit cuttings in my life in

one spot. After trying the clearcut for a while, we headed back down the mountain to give the original spots one more shot. We did give it an honest effort to no avail. Andy looked like he walked through a shredder. His shirt and pants were ripped all over. He had bloody hands and cuts on his face. I had not suffered as greatly, as my pants held up. I did have leather work gloves on to ward off some of the briars, but my face and ears did get a few thorns in them that I was still picking out later that evening. My views on grouse hunting remain positive, despite not seeing any birds that day. Is grouse hunting for the lazy hunter? Absolutely not! Is it for someone willing to get off the trail, get some exercise and possibly see a bird? Yes. We covered a lot of terrain that day. I learned an awful lot about grouse, mountain hunting for birds, and I also got one of the best nights of sleep I have gotten in a long time. I slept straight through the night, which is something I rarely do. The hunt was one to remember. I spent it with a great friend who was willing to do his very best to find the birds for us. I hope to get another chance to go grouse hunting next season. I appreciate Andy for introducing me to Mr. Ruffed Grouse!

Above: Andy Whitman bagged a grouse on his scouting trip on public land. Right: This little hideaway was used by a grouse to hide and eat under cover. I was too late to find the bird. Left: I saw more rabbit cuttings, places where rabbits gnaw the bark off of trees, in one place on our grouse jaunt than I had ever seen anywhere before. Below: This mountain stream was gorgeous but cold as evidenced by the frozen water above the stream.

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Here Jason Knott, who is 11 and from King George, shows us his first rabbit. His father, Andy Knott, missed the rabbit twice before young Jason stepped up with his .410 to put the rabbit in the bag. Jason was hunting with his father and Chris McCall. On this particular day, he noted that the smelling was decent, but the running was hard. They jumped six rabbits and took home five of them. Jason was all smiles!

“Jay Patteson was not able to harvest a bunny on a recent hunt, but he learned about the rabbit hunting techniques, asked great questions, spent the day in the timber with his dad James Patteson and really loved “Lizzie” my Lemon Spot Jip. Lil Jay also harvested his first squirrel this past season,” reported Chris McCall. McCall often takes time to put young hunters in the field. McCall loves to hunt just about all game. But he really loves to hear his rabbit dogs hit the trail.

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Foxes upset top-seeded Chancellor Chargers Leonard Banks Sports editor

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He’s just that good! Fox point guard De’Quan Whiting (10#, center) proves that he is one of the best play-makers in area basketball, as he soars through the outstretched arms of Charger defenders.

By defeating Chancellor (8-1, 14-4) 68-62 on their home court, they have done what no other Conference 23team could do this season. To make matters worse for the Chargers, the Foxes dethroned them on Senior Night. “We kept saying we can beat Chancellor, and we came so close in the summer, fall league, University of Mary Washington Basketball Camp (lost by two points), and on Jan. 10 (58-52),” King George High School boys’ varsity head coach Darren Berkley said. “It’s been the little thing that have kept us from winning, such as shot selection, and failure to box out—but the kids now know what we can do.” Anthony Howard led the Foxes with a double-double night that included 27 points, 15 rebounds, and five steals. Howard’s teammate, Sam Sharpe added 17 points, while Qu’Shaun Allen contributed 10 points. Chancellor point guard, Josh James scored 15 points, while teammate Jawan Graves added 14. In the first quarter, the Foxes jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the

Chargers quickly adjusted to their offensive attack, and responded by tying the game with 5:56 left in the quarter. Throughout the remainder of the quarter, both team exchanged leads on three occasions before ending with a 15-15 tie. While Foxes De’Quan Whiting was back in his familiar form, as he dished out assists, and penetrated the Chargers defense, Sharpe nailed two back-toback 3-pointers to keep the Chargers in check. Led by Howard, who scored six points, and dished out one assist, the Foxes rallied from a 10-point Charger deficit to come within one point of tying the game just before for the half time buzzer. With the Charger fans on the edge of their seats, cheering and chanting for their beloved hometown heroes, both teams entered the second half with the realization that every foul, point, turnover, and rebound mattered. “We encountered some adversity throughout the game, and there were tough calls on both sides of the ball by the referees,” Berkley said. “They were getting some 3-pointers in transition, and we made some adjustments on the curl out.”

“We kept saying we can beat Chancellor, and we came so close in the summer, fall league, University of Mary Washington Basketball Camp (lost by two points), and on January 10th (58-52).” —Darren Berkley Although Howard’s 13 points kept the Foxes within reach during the third quarter, they could not prevent James and company from sustaining a nine to six point lead. In the final quarter, the Foxes rediscovered their rhythm, as they chiseled away at the Charger, before finally tying the game with an Allen layup, and going ahead with a jumper from Sharp (57-55). As the clock began to wind down, the Chargers in an act of desperation utilized their press defense, hoping to trigger a rally, as they trailed buy five points. The Foxes also had to deal with being without the services of Howard, who fouled out with less than two minutes to play. Ultimately, the Foxes ran out the clock, as the

Chargers failed to overcome a six point advantage. On Monday, the Foxes traveled to Liberty to win their seventh game in a row. Currently, King George is in second place in the 4A Conference 23 standings. Junior varsity game Emanuel Jenkins scored 10 points, and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Chancellor to a 48-30 win over the visiting Foxes (6-12). Fox guard, Latrey Gutridge scored 12 points for King George. Last week, the Foxes won three out of four games for their most successful week of the season. Chancellor will face Courtland in the upcoming boys junior varsity championship.

Miranda Green signs with North Carolina A&T Aggies Leonard Banks Sports editor The collegiate sky is the limit for King George High School (KGHS) senior Miranda Green. On Wednesday, during National signing day, Green, along with her parents and high school coaches, gathered inside a school conference room to sign her letter of intent to attend North Carolina A&T on a full scholarship. Focused on the academic aspects of her life outside of King George, Green embarked on a trip to visit North Carolina A&T a short time ago. “When I had my first official visit to North Carolina A&T, I visited the head of the computer science department,” Green said. “I was impressed with their co-op and internship programs, because they do it within the first few years of college, instead of your senior year.” In addition, the Aggie track & field coaches spoke with her at length about the importance of making academics a priority over athletics. Throughout her high school career, Green has garnered every district, conference, regional and state honor associated with cross-country and track & field. She is also the first female athlete in school history to make All-State in cross-country.

Thrilled to see his top distance and middle distance runner ascend to the collegiate ranks, KGHS indoor track & field head coach Rudy Pekarek said, “I am very excited that Miranda is our first female athlete in the history of King George County to have a full ride to college based on track & field.” Long before Green dominated the high school arena of track & field, she tested her speed and endurance as a second grader, with the Sealston Running Club. “Her coach, LoriAnn Libby, pushed her to the fullest,” Miranda’s mother, Sandra Green said. “They had differences of opinion, where Miranda thought she was better at sprinting, and Ms. Libby thought she was better at middledistance running. However, lo and behold, Ms. Libby was right.” Currently, Green still holds the King George Middle School track & field record in the 200-meter. Now that she has committed to compete on the collegiate level, Miranda will have to push harder and take her talents up a notch. “It’s really good to see her maturing as an athlete and taking her competitive skills to the top, while harnessing it to be able to get a Division I scholarship,” KGHS head cross-country coach Cathy Binder said. “She has the willpower

“I am very excited that Miranda is our first female athlete in the history of King George County to have a full ride to college based on track & field.” —Rudy Pekarek to compete on the college level, and a lot of it comes from your heart. I believe she can do it.” Along with competing in the Indoor Regional and State Championships, Green has a personal goal of running the 1,000-meter in under three minutes. At the Fred Hardy Invitational, Green finished the 1,000-meter with a time of 3:06.04. As a Lady Aggie, along with competing in cross-country, she will run in the 3,000 and the mile, and become the anchor leg of the DMR (distance medley relay) or 4x1600 meter.

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Surrounded by her parents and coaches, Fox standout distance and middle distance track & field runner, Miranda Green signs her letter of intent to attend the North Carolina A&T State University on a full scholarship.

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Surrounded by their parents, Corey Henderson (left) and Jordi Estes (right) enjoy the festivities set up at Roma’s Pizza during National Signing Day. As for Henderson, he is among the 21-member class of new players for the Division I, University of Buffalo Bulls. After being sought by schools throughout the country, the impending engineering major decided to cast his collegiate dreams on the same fields that NFL coaching great Buddy Ryan once walked upon. Whether it’s winning championships, or sending athletes to the professional ranks, the Bulls have a solid reputation of excellence. “The first thing a recruiter or scout looks for is if the potential player can pass the eye test, and because of his size, he passed the test every time,” King George High School varsity head coach Jeff Smith said. “Rarely will you find a linebacker that can play quarterback—and he did it

throughout his high school career.” According to Smith, Corey was either getting hit or giving a hit, and with the exception of an ankle injury, he was nearly 100 percent durable. Like Estes, Henderson lives, breathes, and bleeds football. From the moment his put on his helmet, he made life miserable for opposing teams. He was named All-District all four seasons, and also earned All-State as a senior. Along with being the team’s MVP, he led the Foxes in tackles all four seasons, while accumulating 2,926 passing yards, at quarterback. He earned District player of the year in his junior and senior seasons. Off the field, he accumulated a 3.8 grade point average, while being an active member of DECA. Losing Estes and Henderson, along

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The Washington and Lee boys’ basketball team lost one to Colonial Beach, and won one against Essex last week to move their overall record to 9-6, and their conference record to 5-3, with two games remaining before the Conference 43 tournament. Colonial Beach defeated the Eagles 72 to 67, in a Feb. 5 contest on the Drifters’ home court.  However, W&L rallied two days later, to do Essex in at home in Montross, 52 to 43. “Essex was a good team-win for us, coming off a three-game slide, but we had a great practice on Thursday,” said Eagles Coach George Hunter. “Davon Hamilton came in very focused and had a good night with eight points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals.” “Heading into the conference tourney, we need to finish strong and carry some momentum with us,” said Hunter.  “In the Northern Neck, it can be anybody’s night, but I believe when we are focused and play together, we can beat anybody.” The Trojans kept the game close through three periods, but W&L pulled away in the fourth, outscoring Essex 19–10 in the final period to break a tie and get the win. In addition to Hamilton’s scoring, Treshaun Brown had 13 points, and

Maeik Roy had 11 for the Eagles. For the visiting Trojans, Teshon Nelson scored 10 points. Terrin Dickerson and Milan Bullock had solid games against Colonial Beach, but the Eagles could not pick-up the win. Lamar Lucas scored 18 points for the Drifters and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Colonial Beach to the 72–67 win. “Milan had another monster game with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Terrin stepped up big with 20 points,” said Hunter.  “But we just blew opportunities to put the game away. We had too many mental mistakes and breakdowns.” W&L held a one-point lead at the half, 34 to 33, as Hamilton and Brown joined Dickerson and Bullock in the scoring, but the Eagles could not hold onto the lead. Virgil West and Montie Gould had 15 points each for Colonial Beach in the win. The Eagles have two games remaining against Lancaster and Northumberland, both at home, before beginning the Conference 43 tournament on Feb. 19. “There is as much parity in the old Northern Neck District as I have ever seen,” said W&L Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. “We are as good as any of them. The conference tournament will be a test of consistency and focus; it will be interesting.”

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Foxes Henderson and Estes commit National signing day will forever cast a glow of hope over the hillsides associated with King George. On Wednesday, at Roma’s Pizza, King George High School gridiron legends, Corey Henderson and Jordi Estes officially signed their college letters of intent to play football and study in their chosen fields at the universities of their choice. The talented duo led the Foxes out of a ten-year post-season slump to becoming one of the best teams in the Fredericksburg area for the past three seasons. While enjoying the delicious food and libations from the popular Dahlgren restaurant, Jordi’s father, George took a moment to reflect over the past 14 years of his son’s athletic career as a baseball, football and track & field athlete. “From day one, he was one of those determined kids, who may not be the tallest, strongest, or fastest, but through sheer determination, the sky is the limit.” The owners of Roma’s Pizza, Scotty and Tracey Coleman are proud supporter of all KGHS athletics. “We very excited for both of them, and we wish well,” Tracey said. Estes will attend Fairmont State University in the fall, with a major in criminal justice. Ultimately, after college, he hopes to join the military to become a Navy Seal. Skilled as a long snapper, defensive back and running back, Estes has the versatility to help the Division II Fighting Falcons improve from their 2-8 2013 season. The All-District standout has accounted for a number of crucial pass receptions, rushing, and game changing interceptions that were the deciding factor in the Foxes 8-3 2013 football season. His legacy is embedded on the tundra of King George County Stadium. His school records include: most interceptions in a single game, four, 2013; most interceptions in a season, 10, 2012; most interceptions in a career, 30, 2011-2013. In addition, Estes scored the first touchdown at the new sports stadium.

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Drifters dispose of Northumberland Leonard Banks Sports editor The Drifters girls’ varsity basketball team is sitting on cloud nine. After dispensing of the third seeded, Northumberland Indians (1-2, 8-3), 43-36, the Drifters have a golden opportunity to win the 1A Conference 43 regular season championship. However, to solidify their chances, they must win their final two games against Rappahannock. With a record of 8-0, 16-1, the Drifters have quickly elevated their status as a potential conference tournament and regional title contender. If they win the regular

season outright, they will have a first round bye, and an opportunity to host the second round of the conference tournament. The top two teams will earn the right to play in the Regional Championship. On Tuesday, during senior night, the Drifters will host second ranked Conference 43 rival, Rappahannock (5-2, 9-4), and the following day they will travel to play the Raiders again. From the start of the first quarter, the Drifters charged out on the floor with a press, man-on-man defense. After the Drifters took a 4-2 opening lead, Northumberland refused to submit, as they tied the game up on

three occasions before the end of the quarter. However, Sydni Carey, with 11 seconds left in the quarter, gave the home-standing Drifters a onepoint lead. In the second quarter, the Indians utilized two trailing outlet players to offset the Drifters’ press defense to take a 18-11 lead, with less than a minute and a half left in the half. With 41 seconds remaining in the period, Deniya Newman blocked an Indian shot attempt, and went from end-to-end to score on a fast break to cut the the Northumberland lead to seven. Newman later finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals

Courtesy of three opening backto-back fast break baskets by Billie Gould, the Foxes opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run. Less than a minute later, Carey extended the run to 8-0 with an assist to Newman to take a 19-18 lead. Carey exchanged scores with Indian guard, Rajaa Shabazz to eventually give the Drifters a 25-22 lead. Shabazz later finished the game with 22 points, while Carey led all Drifter scorers with 19 points, seven steals and five assists. In the final quarter, the Drifters fought off several attempts by the Indians to rally to win 43-36.

Drifters JV basketball improves to 14-1 At the start of the second quarter, the Drifters opened the period with four points from Rudzynski, on assists from Shaleah Rudolph and Jordan McGinnis. With the Indians offense virtually non-existent (one field goal), McGinnis scored five points on two fast breaks and one foul line appearance to close out the first half. After limiting the Indians to two field goals in the first half, the Drifters defense duplicated their efforts in the third quarter with the same result. Although the pace of the game was slow, and methodical, the Drifters added an additional nine points to their 33-7 lead. In the final quarter, with both teams emptying their benches with second-string players, the Indians managed to score an additional five points to eclipse double digits and bring the game to a close.

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Area legislators continue discussions about oil and gas exploration State Sen. Richard Stuart and Del. Margaret Ransone are continuing their efforts to develop information and build consensus on how Virginia should handle proposals to begin drilling for natural gas, and possibly oil, in the Northern Neck. Texas-based Shore Exploration and Production has discovered potential natural gas deposits in the Taylorsville Basin in Virginia, and is signing drilling leases in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, including King George and Westmoreland Counties. The Taylorsville Basin is a 210-million-year-old layer of shale deposits that runs from Richmond to Maryland underneath the Rappahannock

and Potomac Rivers. The possibility of drilling in the area, including the use of hydraulic fracking, is controversial among landowners and conservationists. Ransone, who represents 99th District, which includes King George and Westmoreland, released a survey this week on the drilling issue seeking the counsel of voters about the wisdom of proceeding with the drilling. “There has recently been discussion on the possible exploration for natural gas and oil within the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area. Do you feel this practice should be explored in the 99th District?,� asks the survey. Sen. Stuart, who represents the

28th District, which includes King George and a portion of Westmoreland, has already introduced Senate Bill 48, which calls for a hold on fracking in the Eastern Virginia Management Area until such time as the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Mines Minerals and Energy (DMME) develops additional requirements for such drilling. Ransone’s survey touches on the Stuart legislation by asking, “As we continue to become an energyindependent nation, this legislation sets criteria for DEQ to adopt regulations to further protect our groundwater (the Potomac Aquifer) before a permit is issued by DMME

to any company wishing to explore. Do you support giving DEQ this regulatory authority?� This week, the Friends of the Rappahannock asked citizens to write legislators seeking support for Stuart’s bill. The letter, suggested by the organization, urges a multiagency study to assess the impacts of hydrofracking on the environment, transportation, the economy, and other areas in Tidewater Virginia. “Neighboring states have rushed to use hydrofracking technology but did not adequately examine the consequences of their actions. They are now, in hindsight, trying to deal with the pollution impacts. The Commonwealth of Virginia must be thor-

ough in its study of this technology prior to allowing it to occur,� the letter declares. Stuart has said his bill may not eventually end up banning drilling and fracking, but he hopes it will, at least, lead to a compromise with gas and oil interests on regulations that would allow the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to protect the groundwater in what is known as the Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area. This oil and gas activity causes me a great deal of concern, because our region contains one of the largest freshwater aquifers of its kind,� said Stuart. “We enjoy some of the highest quality drinking water as a result

of the Potomac and Chesapeake aquifers, which are giant freshwater pools, and we have enjoyed the benefit of this for many, many years.� “What has really concerned me about the oil and gas activity in the Taylorsville Basin is that you would have to drill through the freshwater aquifers in order to reach the natural gas or oil, whichever the case may be,� Stuart said. Currently, Shore Exploration holds signed drilling leases for 84,390 acres in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, including 13,864 acres in Westmoreland and 10,443 acres in King George. The company plans to begin drilling in about 18 months. —Richard Leggitt

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KING GEORGE COUNTY WETLANDS BOARD PUBLIC HEARING The King George County Wetlands Board will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Board Room King George County Revercomb Administration Building, 10459 Courthouse Drive, to consider the following requests: VMRC Permit Application #14-0123: Request by Potomac Landing Property Owner’s Association, Inc. to remove existing 12’ x 60’ deteriorated concrete boat ramp and associated 49’ timber jetty and 12’ x 27’ concrete ramp apron and replace with 14’x50’ x 6� reinforced concrete boat ramp, 14’ x 27’ x 6� reinforced concrete apron, (2) 80’ timber jetties and dredge 40 cu. Yds. to be used as beach nourishment, along the Potomac River, at Potomac Landing Drive on Tax Map # 14, Parcel 8C. VMRC Permit Application #14-0124: Request by William R. III and Nancy E. Sweeney to construct a 97’ rip-rap reventment and sill and a 71’ rip-rap reventment along eroding bank, along the Upper Machodoc Creek, at 7228 Kitchen Drive on Tax Map 18C (1) Parcel 4. Documents related to the above cases are available for public inspection during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Department of Community Development, Revercomb Administration Building. The public is invited 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, VA 22485, prior to the scheduled public hearing.

By Order of the Chairman King George County Wetlands Board 2/12/14, 2/19/14

Notice is hereby given that the Town of Colonial Beach Redevelopment and Housing Authority (the “Issuer�) will hold a public hearing on the request of Riverwood Preservation, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Purchaser�), whose address is c/o Related Apartment Preservation, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, 60 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10023, for the issuance by the Issuer of up to $5,000,000 of its Tax-Exempt Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Riverwood Apartments Project) (the “Bonds�), to finance a portion of the cost of acquiring and rehabilitating a multifamily residential rental housing apartment project known as Riverwood Apartments located in the Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia at 368 Riverwood Drive, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443, consisting of 83 units and related facilities (the “Project�). The Project will meet the requirements of a qualified residential rental project within the meaning of Section 142(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code�). The proposed private activity bonds will not pledge the credit or the taxing power of the Issuer or the Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia, but will be payable solely from the revenues derived from the Purchaser and pledges therefore. The public hearing, which may be continued or adjourned, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014, before the Issuer at the Town Hall Building located at 22 Washington Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Any person interested in the issuance of the bonds or the location or nature of the proposed project may appear at the hearing and present his or her views, or may submit written comments to the Issuer at the Issuer’s business office.

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Notice is hereby given that Potomac Landing Property Owners Association, Inc. has requested authorization from the Marine Resources Commission to remove an existing boatramp, ramp apron and timber jetty, and install a new, reinforced concrete boatramp, concrete ramp apron, and two, timber jetties, and to mechanically-dredge approximately 40 cubic yards of subaqueous bottom in the Potomac River adjacent to the Potomac Landing commons area on Potomac Landing Drive in King George County. Send comments/inquiries within 15 days to: Marine Resources Commission, Habitat Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia, 23607

PUBLIC NOTICE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION For COUNTY OF KING GEORGE 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 for April are as follows: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 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 2/12/14

CORRECTED NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION For COUNTY OF KING GEORGE 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.

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Fracking issue highlighted in King George Phyllis Cook Fracking for natural gas and oil was the big topic on last week’s agenda of the King George Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 4, with presentations from three representatives from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). The meeting, held at the Citizens Center to accommodate a larger audience, drew about 175 members of the public, in addition to county staff, public officials and press. The presentations were preceded by public comment time, which brought forward 21 commenting, with 18 of those speaking on the topic of fracking. Hydraulic fracturing – called fracking, or hydrofracking – is a process whereby chemicals and water are forced deep into the ground to fracture the shale rock strata to release natural gas. The process involves drilling more than a mile down, then turning sideways and drilling farther to place piping. Explosives are set off inside the pipe to punch holes into it to disperse the pressured chemicals and water solution. PUBLIC COMMENTS All comments were presented in a spirit of respect and congeniality

which followed the tone set by Dale Sisson in his invocation at the top of the meetings and comments from Chairman Joe Grzeika indicating the plan for the flow and order of the meeting of the governing body. Of those commenting on the fracking issue, four of those were non-county residents, coming from Essex, Stafford, Louisa and Westmoreland. Most of the speakers generally or specifically expressed concerns against gas and oil mining and many cited facts from their researched documentation. Concerns expressed included the potential for water contamination from known and unknown chemicals, diminishing the aquifer levels through industrial withdrawals, industrialization of the rural areas, along with noise pollution, increased truck traffic and resulting damage to county roads. Two non-county residents urged Supervisors to keep an open mind about fracking. One of those was a contract employee for Shore Exploration and the other said he had an interest because he owned various parcels of land in the region. CHAIRMAN COMMENTS Following the public comments, Grzeika stated, “Just so everybody understands, we are not pursuing any wells at this point in time in King

aquifer is protected by a thick concrete casing when they drill through the aquifer to get to the shale beneath. They also indicated that hydrofracking may not be used in this area, indicating that nitrogen or other types of fracking using less water could be done in this region should permits be approved by state and local authorities. The two slide presentations can be found on our website, in addition to a recording of the meeting of Feb. 4.

George. There have been no permits or applications. And so we’re trying to get ahead of the curve to do our homework to understand and then look at what we need to do to protect our aquifer and those assets based on science. So that’s what we’re doing and we appreciate your input. And tonight is the second presentation.” He referred to County Attorney Eric Gregory’s presentation at the previous meeting on the county ordinances and state law and current regs. From the numerous intelligent, reasoned comments from the public, Grzeika also later said his favorite take-away from the comments was the ‘last step first.’ Grzeika added, “That was really a good one.” That comment had come from speaker Jim Buckley, who said, “Any good plan, any good group of planners, always plans the last step first. As the leadership you need to ask this, if it fails, what’s your back up plan?”

operation, and the need for vegetative buffers, fencing, and dealing with impacts on roads. Grzeika also stated that there are plans underway to have Shore Exploration provide a presentation as part of the county’s fact-finding at an upcoming board meeting. COUNTY COMMENTS PROVIDED TO DMME RE INTENDED REGULATORY ACTION Later in the meeting, County Attorney Eric Gregory distributed copies of proposed comments to go to the DMME in regard to amendments contemplated that would require disclosure of the ingredients used in oil and gas well drilling, and would also reflect current industry best practices, along with a determination on whether current requirements are sufficient to properly regulate drilling in different geographical areas of the Commonwealth. Supervisors provided concurrence for Gregory’s draft comments to go forward from the county earlier this week to be submitted to the state as public comments from the locality. The comments from the county are extensive and ask for strengthening the current regs in several areas.

MORE FACT-FINDING The presentations from DMME were part of the King George board’s fact-finding for educating itself and county residents on dealing with any potential applications that might come forward to ask for drilling permits in the county. During a special meeting this week on Monday, Feb. 10, called primarily for budgeting matters, county administrator Travis Quesenberry said he had inquired of DMME about the location of the closest active well, saying he was told the nearest is in Buchanan county. Supervisors indicated an interest in visiting the site, with Grzeika saying he was interested in seeing the size of the mining area and the physical impact of the site. He added that what one thing he took away from his researching the issue is the impact on agricultural lands by the industrialization of the mining

DMME PRESENTATIONS DMME representatives included Bradley Lambert, Deputy Director of DMME, David Spears, State Geologist, and Rick Cooper, Director of the Gas and oil division. They spoke about the gas and oil development specifically in the Tidewater region and the Taylorsville Basin. Their comments were lengthy. DMME officials noted that the

STATE LEGISLATION A bill initiated by state Senator Richard Stuart passed the senate last week as Senate Bill 48. If that legislation goes forward in the General Assembly, it would add another layer of

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Search is on for Va’s outstanding senior volunteer Every day, Virginia senior volunteers generously give their time and service to help others. Now here’s your chance to give back by nominating a deserving older adult in your community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service® program.   Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults age 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. “Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily,” said Karl Karch,  owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office in Stafford,

Spotsylvania, King George, Westmoreland and Orange counties. “Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging.” Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes between Jan. 15 and March 1, 2014, at SalutetoSeniorService.com. State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees. Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ designated and approved nonprofit organizations, and their personal

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RACSB expanding consumer and family advisory committee Fredericksburg — The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) is currently soliciting applications from interested individuals to serve on its Consumer and Family Advisory Committee. The committee works with the Office of Consumer Affairs and Quality Assurance to provide feedback regarding service delivery that will lead to quality improvement. The Committee serves an advisory role to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. The Committee is comprised of five to ten volunteer members

meeting the following criteria: the individual must be receiving, or have within two years of joining the advisory Committee, services from RACSB; or the family member must be a family member of an individual that is currently receiving, or within two years received, services from RACSB. Membership is for a twoyear term, with no member serving more than two consecutive terms. The Committee meets every three months in the evening. Applications for membership on the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee are available at www.

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One of the more intriguing items that we saw at the Saint Clement’s Island Museum Appraiser Fair two weeks ago was this desktop bookshelf m a r k e d “Tiffany.” The wood is a burl walnut, albeit with a couple of minor chips to the veneer, and the ormolu decoration in ne o-cl assic a l Henry Lane motif is especially fine. Hull The piece dates from the early twentieth century, and is in excellent condition.  The name Tiffany by itself signals a value beyond that of the products of its contemporary competitors.  The question at hand is whether the piece comes from Tiffany and Co. or Tiffany Studios, the decorative arts firm founded by Louis Comfort Tiffany. In this case the shelf came most likely from Tiffany Studios, and probably was once part of a larger desk set that included a lamp. blotter pad, inkwell, pen set, stamp holder, paperclip holder, and possibly as many as 15 other items. The most famous of the many Tiffany Studio patterns was that of the Zodiac. This piece appears to be in the Spanish pattern, one of many that Tiffany produced, this one being in smaller quantities than most of the other designs.  Obviously, given its diminutive size, this shelf was intended to hold those books that the owner was reading at the time. Today Tiffany Studios items remain very popular on the market, complete desk sets sometimes going for as much as $15,000.  Collectors enjoy putting sets together, and

today with the benefit of the Internet one does not have to search as far for individual pieces.  A completed desk set, having all the identified pieces, in this pattern easily could be in the $15,000. range. I recommend against attempting to repair the minor chipping of the veneer. Repairs would show, and call attention to the damage, slight though it is, thereby being a distraction to the overall visual impression.  Happy Antiquing! Commonwealth Antiques & Appraisals, Inc. P.O. Box 35 Wicomico Church, VA 22579 Home: 804.580.3301 Cell: 804.580.0514 henrylanehull@ commonwealthantiques.com www.commonwealthantiques.com

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Never a dull moment in the life of Roger Simmons Leonard Banks

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There is never a dull moment in the life of Roger Simmons, King George resident and native of Brooklyn, NY. From the moment he awakens, his mindset is on a weekly routine of officiating basketball, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball games. Now 73, he began officiating at the age of 64, while in search of an activity to stay in shape. “I’ve always been interested in sports, and I thought to myself that officiating would be a great way to stay in shape.” He came to the realization that staying active on the opposite end of the sports spectrum as an official was more beneficial than being an active participant at this stage in his life. “There was a point where I was never picked for a team, and I got cut from a softball team. I had to take a few years to figure out something else to do,” Simmons said. In light of his playing experience and

background in basketball, the retired computer programmer decided to become a basketball referee and follow in the footsteps of his son and King George Middle School science teacher, Patrick Simmons, as an area sports official. “At first, I was really afraid to come here (King George), because I was concerned that my decisions would decide the outcome of a game,” Simmons said. “However, as it turned out, the kids had forgotten about the game the next day.” Soon, his passion for interpreting rules, and making split second calls grew and transitioned into other sports. Interestingly, Patrick, an official signer (official supervisor in Southern Virginia) convinced his father to partner with him as a volleyball and soccer official. “As a team (officiating team), because of our close relationship, we recognize each other’s calls, and sometimes we come to the

defense of each other,” Simmons said. Simmons loves every aspect of the competitive nature of sports. To date, according to Simmons, the most challenging sport to officiate is girls soccer. During his three years as a lacrosse referee, he would often go chasing after balls that were tossed from one end of the field to the other. Patrick and Roger have also gone on high adventure hiking and camping trips to New Mexico. Although he had fun, it was challenging for him to scale mountain altitudes of over 11,000 feet. In addition, he has also swum and snorkeled on the coast of Key West, Fl. Along with being a member of the Battlefield Basketball Association, Simmons is also a member of the Fredericksburg Volleyball Association, and Maryland Basketball Official Association. As far as stamina, Simmons is quick on his feet, and never seems to tire out. However,

he credits his active membership to the King George Family YMCA for his physical fitness. “It’s getting so now on days that I do not have games I take my grand kids to the YMCA to play, while I work out.” Time management between balancing sports and family is sometimes complicated, but Simmons always seems to find a way to make it work. “The most challenging aspect about officiating during the year is when you have done three different sports in one weekend,” Simmons said. “You have to be careful not to get your signals mixed up.” Also, over the years, Simmons has developed a tolerance for unruly fans, and frustrated coaches. “You need to have a thick skin, and but it’s good for me, because my hearing is not real good,” Simmons said with a smile. “A lot of comments about me I cannot hear, but even with bad hearing, I can hear some of them.”

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In the meantime, gather photos that can be used in the scrapbook, which may take some hunting. Prints can be scanned and copied via a desktop scanner at home, or loaded onto a CD or thumb drive and brought to a pharmacy photo kiosk. Some specialty shops can even scan slides or convert stills from film into images. Make sure to make copies of all original prints and be careful not to lose or damage the originals. Scrapbooks can be made manually with materials purchased anywhere from craft and hobby stores to stationery shops. There are a variety of paper-cutting tools, adhesives, stickers, labels, and stencils that can be used to enhance the look of the scrapbook. There also are computer software programs or online tools through photo-sharing sites that enable you to upload images and

text and design photo books entirely online. Then the finished product can be printed out in a variety of finishes. This method may actually be preferable for those who plan to save the scrapbook or anticipate it being such a big hit that others will want their own copies. Create a digital file of all of your information and copies of images. This way if you ever want to add to the scrapbook or reproduce information in the future you will have all of the information at your fingertips. The scrapbook also will serve as a good source material down the line should future generations want to learn about their ancestors. Scrapbooking is more than just detailing baby’s first birthday or a vacation. This popular pastime can help document the life of a special senior.

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