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King George recognized on state’s Advanced Placement Honor Roll Governor McAuliffe cites Virginia as 3rd in nation on AP tests Phyllis Cook The King George school division was recognized by the College Board last week as being one of
only six public school divisions in Virginia that made the College Board’s 2014 AP Honor Roll for raising achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations while increasing access to the courses. King George also has the distinction of being one of only three Virginia divisions to be noted by the College Board as having received this honor for multiple years.
Making up snow days
The other two divisions cited were Manassas Park City Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools. The announcement was made by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Feb. 11. In addition to King George and the two mentioned above, the other Virginia divisions rounding out the six on the state’s College Board’s AP honor roll are Falls Church City
School District, Henrico County Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools. The College Board also recognized the Catholic Diocese of Richmond as an honor roll district. BENSON COMMENTS In regard to the achievement, Superintendent Rob Benson told The Journal, “We are very pleased to
be recognized by the College Board so positively as far as the increased access to AP courses and our students’ achievement.” He added, “The expansion of the King George campus of the Commonwealth Governor’s School, our continued participation in the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School and a focused effort to encourage all students to access rigorous academic
SCHEDULING AND MAKEUP Here’s what the state says about school days and hours. Schools in Virginia are required to schedule 180 days of school and have a minimum of 990 hours of school time. After the school year starts and See snow days, page 3
Photo courtesy of Christi Britt
Snow removal is a necessary task for members of the King George High School track & field team. But it can be a fun task as well. Qualified Fox athletes will compete on Saturday, in the VHSL 4A North Regional meet at Liberty University.
County and school officials to talk budget next week Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors has set a second budget work session for next Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5:30 p.m., scheduled in the board room of the Revercomb Administration building. During its first budget session on Feb. 1, Supervisors directed Travis Quesenberry to ask the School Board to provide its budget request, getting agreement for that to take place during this next meeting.
Supervisors may also hear from some county department heads during the same session, with Fire & Rescue, Human Resources and a request also coming from the Electoral Board scheduled for a presentation at an upcoming meeting. This week, the School Board is taking public comment on its budget proposal on Monday, and is expected to approve its budget request at next week’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 24.
Crouch Scheduled for Friday Bond Hearing in Circuit Court
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MCAULIFFE MAKES COMPARISONS Gov. McAuliffe noted that Virginia can again boast the nation’s thirdhighest percentage of public high See Honor Roll, page 3
School facilities usage fees increased
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King George students found themselves in school this week on Monday on President’s Day, originally scheduled as a holiday for students and staff. That and another makeup day scheduled on March 31 will help increase the instructional time lost so far this school year. It’s obvious why so much school has been lost this year so far. It’s because of snowy or icy roads. King George Superintendent Rob Benson has said that it is never an easy decision to delay or cancel school. Benson has said he pays close attention to reports he gets from other divisions, as well as the county’s Sheriff ’s office when making calls to delay or cancel school. And then there’s the issue with parents and others wondering why school is cancelled when their roads look fine. It often happens that many residential roads are in great shape, at the same time that numerous ‘back roads’ that school buses travel are still icy, with sections in perpetual shade with no sun warming them up to melt slick stretches. Benson has said that Round Hill, Passapatanzy and Tetotum can be particularly problematic.
opportunities to include AP courses are primary antecedents to the recognition.”
Additional public feedback is possible to the division through a budget blog set up by Superintendent Rob Benson. The division’s budget blog can be accessed from the School Board website’s home page. SCHOOL BOARD OPERATING FUND REQUEST INCREASES AT A GLANCE As provided by Benson, below are the major fund increases proposed for 2014-15 in the School Board’s current budget request under
consideration, compared those for 2013-14. Proposed Employee Step Increase, equivalent to 2-percent increase - $535,401 Proposed Employee Cost of Living Allowance, equivalent to 1-percent - $212,757 VRS “fully funded” increase of 2.9 percent - $505,486 VRS year 3 offset of 1-percent $264,720
The King George School Board last week on Feb. 10 took action to approve an amended policy that hikes the costs for use of the school facilities available to some categories of the public, when school is not in session. Some of the usage fees are doubled, depending on the category of users. The new policy is relatively comprehensive, and complicated, with some ambiguity, for use of the interior spaces in school buildings, including auditoriums, gyms, cafeterias/kitchens, libraries and classrooms. It also contains an additional facility to be rented, with the stadium adjacent to King George High School available, which has a separate fee schedule and separate definitions for two categories of users. The complete new policy KG-R can be viewed online at the division’s website in the board packet for the School Board meeting on Feb. 10. The policy is expected to be updated by the division in the policy manual section in the near future, with the former now-obsolete policy still in place on the website as of early this week. PARTNERS IN EDUCATION FOUNDATION At its meeting on Jan. 27 the School
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Leona Gaither took “Best in Show” for her project titled “Measuring the Correlation of Force Applied to Bent Knees of Different Angles”. See more about the fair on page 6.
Robert Ray Crouch, convicted of defrauding grieving cemetery customers in King George County earlier this year, is scheduled to have a bond hearing Friday before King George Circuit Court Judge J. Martin Bass. Crouch, a resident of King George, has been held in custody since he was sentenced to five years in prison, fined $35,000 and ordered to pay more than $84,000 in restitution for defrauding customers of the former Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens cemetery. Crouch has appealed his
Senior Night was a special evening of recognition for King George High School sideline cheerleader Savannah Smith (middle) and her parents.
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One company says no to tobacco sales Neither I, nor this paper, endorse any particularly store or retailer over another and this is especially true when it comes to drugstores. Half the time, when the clerk asks me if I have this or that store card, or if I participate in the rewards program, I have to ask to be reminded which store I’m in. Don’t let the marketing David S. Kerr folks know but, one drugstore checkout looks a lot like another and while there are of course differences, for the most part they all sell the same things. However, recently one of these chain stores did something that made them stand out and it’s worth noting.
CVS, a large national drugstore chain, with a substantial presence in our area, said they are going to stop selling tobacco products. When I was little, our local Drug Fair had a lunch stand, they had great milkshakes, a special section to test and replace the vacuum tubes in your TV, a prescription drug counter, and a tobacco counter. The latter was, and still is, a major revenue generator for drugstores. Grocery stores and convenience stores count on them for an important part of their profit margin. However, CVS in evaluating its long term corporate strategy didn’t think that selling tobacco fit into their plans. They see themselves, in the long term, as a health provider, selling prescription and non-prescription drugs, and now, at over 750 locations, offering the “Minute Clinic.” Somehow, the idea of treating someone with a
smoking related disease, of which there are many, and then on the way out selling them a pack of cigarettes just didn’t make sense. The company plans to stop selling tobacco products by October and while some have made light of this decision, the fact is it will impact the stores revenue picture. In the long term, in redefining the company, the lost revenue may not matter that much, but in the short it will run about $2 billion a year. The company can absorb it, it’s a big firm, but still, dropping tobacco sales is a change of course, and 50 years after the Surgeon General’s report on Tobacco use represents perhaps one of the final acts in America’s efforts to kick the habit. Cigarette smoking, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco, still have a strong following. Just hang around the sales counter at a gas station for
Shirley Temple’s America dr. paul kengor I learned recently that Shirley Temple, the iconic child actress, died last week at age 85. Reports on her death were easy to miss. I went through my usual scan of various websites and saw nothing. I fortunately caught a buried “Shirley Temple, R.I.P.” by a writer at a political website. I was dismayed by the sparse reaction to the loss of this woman who lived a great American life. Had Shirley Temple died 50 years ago, or even 30 years ago, the country would have stopped. People everywhere would have paused to give Temple her due. It would have been the lead in every newspaper. But not today. Our culture is too obsessed with Miley Cyrus and gay marriage to give proper recognition to a woman who was one of the most acclaimed, respected, and even cherished Americans, a household name to children and adults alike. When I caught the news of Temple’s death, I groaned. I braced myself to tell my two young daughters. They’ve watched Shirley Temple movies for years. To them, she’s a contemporary, another innocent little girl. When I informed my 11-yearold daughter, she frowned and said, “Oh, that’s terrible.” She was about to cry when I quickly explained that Shirley was 85 and had lived an extraordinary life. There was no reason to be sad. For years, as my daughters and wife and I watched Temple’s old movies, particularly on the superb Turner Classic Movies channel, we’d check her date of
birth, do the math, and realize that Shirley probably would be with us a while longer. That while has finally closed. I never met Shirley Temple, but a good friend of mine who died in August knew her. Bill Clark, who was Ronald Reagan’s close friend and crucial adviser in taking down the Soviet Union, met Temple at the height of her popularity, when both were children. Around 1936 a local promotion featured four-year-old little Bill pinning a badge on Shirley Temple’s vest as she was “officially” deputized by Marshal Clark. Bill Clark always fondly recalled that moment, captured in a photo that he kept framed. He would later have pictures with the likes of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II, but here was one photo he kept close to heart. Fifty years later, Clark and Temple served together again, this time in the State Department, where Clark alas held the higher rank: he, as second in command; she, as foreign affairs officer. Temple’s old Hollywood friend, fellow Republican, and political ally, Ronald Reagan, had appointed her. She became an ambassador. But Shirley Temple was, of course, known for film rather than politics. I cannot do justice to that storied career here, but indulge me as I share one of my favorite Shirley Temple movies. In the 1934 classic, Bright Eyes, Shirley played a five-year-old who lost her father in an airplane crash and then lost her mother. She is comforted by loving people who would do anything for her, includ-
ing her godfather, who is identified as just that. The godfather behaves like a true godfather. The movie includes constant, natural references to faith, never shying from words like God, Heaven, and even Jesus— verboten in Hollywood today. Today’s sneering secular audiences would reflexively dismiss the film as Norman Rockwell-ish. To the contrary, the movie is hardly sugar-coated. Just when your heart is broken from the death of sweet Shirley’s dad, her mom is killed by a car while carrying a cake for Shirley on Christmas day. That doesn’t remind me of any Norman Rockwell portrait I’ve seen. What such cynics really mean is that the film isn’t sufficiently depraved for modern tastes. Shirley doesn’t pole dance or “twerk.” She doesn’t do a darling little strip tease for the boys while singing “Good Ship, Lollipop.” The references to God are not in vain or in the form of enlightening blasphemy. And the movie has a happy, not miserable, ending. Come to think of it, maybe this isn’t a movie for modern audiences! For 80 years, Shirley Temple’s bright eyes brightened the big screen. They reflected what was good and decent in this country. She embodied what made America great, and she brightened our lives in the process. Dr. Paul Kengor is a professor of political science and is executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College
awhile and you’ll see what I mean. And each year nearly a half a million people die preventable deaths caused by smoking. But, the days of everyone, or so it seemed, in an office puffing away, smoking sections on airplanes, restaurants covered in a pall of smoke, and even High Schools with smoking areas (yes, we had them at my high school) have gone. It’s simply not done anymore, and smoking, isn’t, for many young people at least, at all popular. It’s just too unhealthy and not that attractive. I’d like to say smoking is at an end. But, it’s not. Though the numbers are down, plenty of people still light up. I wish this wasn’t the case, didn’t, but at least, in yet another change in the support system for this unfortunate habit, one store said no to selling tobacco. Good for them. —Reach David Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter to the Editor On December 25, 2013, my fiancé, Kenneth Gooch II, his two daughters, Kayla and Abby Gooch, and I, Jenna Orndorff, were on our way to Maryland when we were in a car accident on James Monroe Hwy. Our car was totaled; I didn’t even believe it was real at first, seeing as how it was Christmas day! Every responder was amazing with us. We had a trunk full of presents, and our family was in Maryland! I had no idea what we were going to do. So of course, I called my father, and he left immediately to come and get us. A gentleman at Oak Grove Firehouse said they could take us and all our presents to the firehouse to wait for my father to come and get us! I was so thankful, we were all SO VERY thankful. We got all our stuff and loaded into the fire truck; that’s when we met Mike Gutridge! What a lifesaver he turned out to be. He is one of the kindest, most caring people we have ever met. He made my stepdaughters feel so comfortable and at ease. While we were in the fire truck waiting for my fiancé to finish up with the state trooper, Mike had the girls put on the headsets in the truck and let them talk into the mics. After we got to the firehouse, he asked me where my father was coming from, which was Laurel, MD, but was in Waldorf headed to us. Mike then told us he could load all our stuff into another Unit and take us to the Maryland Bridge. We loaded in the Unit and were headed to MD. See LTE, page 11
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Kudos to VDOT on their work on Route 3 after this past snow storm. Kudos for clearing fallen trees. But, what the heck happened to 301? From what I heard over the radio the four lanes were unsafe long after the storm had passed. Is it not possible to get ALL the major roads cleared and safe to travel on within a similar time frame? Now, I did advise folks through social media to stay home and off the roads. I’m talking about the safety of the fire & rescue vehicles answering calls, the power companies trying to restore power and even the road crews. It seems like the one end of the county doesn’t know what the other end is doing. And that’s another thing that’s on my mind. I was told monies had been set aside for improvements at the Owens/Dahlgren Road/Windsor Drive intersection. Okay. Seems simple enough. Then I was told an additional almost four million dollars was allocated to the same site. Why? Everything changed. New designs, new costs, more land “confiscated.” For what? The solution
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to the problems at this intersection can be found at the other end of the county. At Sealston to be specific. When the light at Sealston was proposed (because of new school traffic) people went nuts, because it would slow traffic on route 3, etc. Guess what. It doesn’t inconvenience many. The through light on Kings Highway (east & west bound) stays green until a vehicle approaches the light from Fletcher’s Chapel Road. Light changes, car turns right or left, light changes back. 1,2,3. EASY. And this is exactly what is needed at Owens. No turn lanes, no new construction, just a light. An on demand light. Easy. Then they can use the leftover money for necessary road projects. I’m sure I can find one or two to talk about! Reach Lori Deem at email@example.com
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Dancing with their sweethearts King George Parks and Recreation held their 2nd Annual Mother/Son Sweetheart Dance Friday, Feb. 7 at the Citizens Center. The 3rd Annual Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance was held on Saturday, Feb. 8, also at the Citizens Center. Both events, co-sponsored by NARFE Premier Federal Credit Union, were a huge success! The Mother/Son Dance had over 100 moms and their sons in attendance. The Father/Daughter Dance sold out with over 200 dads and their daughters. Tickets were $25 per pair and included dinner, music, dancing and a photograph. If you would like to see pictures from the event, please contact Krista Kyte from NARFE Premier Federal Credit Union. She can be reached at (800) 328-1500, ext. 1210 or kkyte@ narfepremierfcu.org. Thank you to everyone who came out for this fun event!
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Dads and daughters and mothers and sons enjoyed dinner and dancing at the King George Citizens Center.
Honor Roll: One of three From page 1 school seniors qualifying for college credit on AP examinations, according to the College Board’s 2014 AP Report to the Nation. Virginia students had ranked fifth in last year’s report despite an increase in AP achievement, after holding the number three spot for five consecutive years. Commenting on the 2014 AP Report to the Nation, Gov. McAuliffe stated, “Growing and diversifying Virginia’s economy is my top priority, and that begins with a world-class education system. This report shows that Virginia is a national leader in preparing our students for college or to join the workforce in a high demand field.” McAuliffe added, “I am proud of the progress Virginia schools, students and teachers have made expanding advanced placement and improving scores, but we’ve still got work to do to ensure that every child has access to a world class education in a Virginia public school.” Virginia students may substitute AP examinations for end-of-course SOL tests in corresponding subject areas. Enrollment in AP courses is among the criteria for recognition under the Virginia Index of Performance awards program created by the Board of Education to encourage advanced learning and achievement. Virginia also promotes AP participation through the Early College Scholars initiative and the Virtual Virginia online-learning program, and uses federal grant money to subsidize test fees for low-income students. The most popular AP course among Virginia’s 2013 graduating seniors was US History, followed by English Language and Composition, US Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition, Psychology, World
History, Calculus AB, Biology, Statistics and Environmental Science. Overall, 34,901 of Virginia’s 2013 graduates took at least one AP examination during their high school careers. Of these students, 22,426 earned at least one score of three or higher. Since 2003, there has been a 7.9 point increase in the percentage of U.S. public high school graduates scoring a three or higher on an AP Exam, with 17 states exceeding the national average for this percentage change. EQUITY GAPS NARROWING The 2014 AP Report to the Nation also cited Virginia’s progress in narrowing “equity gaps” for African-American and Latino students. An equity gap describes the difference between a subgroup’s participation or achievement in AP testing, and the percentage of overall enrollment represented by the subgroup. The number of African-American seniors graduating from high school having taken at least one AP examination has more than doubled in ten years. In 2013, 4,753 AfricanAmerican students participated in AP testing, compared with 1,682 in 2003. During the same period, the percentage of African-American graduates earning at least one qualifying AP score rose 2.5 points, to 7.7 percent in 2013, compared with 5.2 percent in 2003. The number of Latino Virginia graduates who took at least one AP exam has more than tripled since 2003. In 2013, 2,867 of Virginia’s Latino graduates took at least one AP test, compared with 920 of Latino graduates in 2003. During the same period, the percentage of Latino graduates earning at least one score of three or higher rose 2.6 points, to 7.8 percent, in 2013, compared with 5.2 percent in 2003.
Budget: Funding priorities From page 1 Capital Outlay - Student Furniture - $57,000 Special Education Increased Services - $407,481 New Positions (salary and benefits): 6 Paraprofessionals (Kindergarten & Special Ed.) - $100,993 5 Teachers (Elementary) $238,602 0.5 Counselor (middle school) -
$26,054 1 Bus Mechanic - $50,400 Compared to the current year, 2013-14, appropriations, the total operating fund budget request would go from $35,603,037 to $38,067,186, which is an increase of $2,464,149. State revenue is estimated to go up from $19,468,012 to $21,097,451, with Benson saying the increase is mainly due to a change in the composite index calculation by the state. More local revenue is also being
Snow Days: Banking on missed school From page 1 there are cancellations due to any reason, whether inclement weather or power outages or other problems, the 180 day scheduling requirement goes out the window. That’s when the 990 hours becomes important. And each school level has a slightly different amount of time in its school day. Late last week, Benson told The Journal his plan for making up time lost. He reiterated, “As far as snow days, this coming week we will recalculate the time needed to meet the 990 hour minimum required by the state. The length of our school day at each level provides a “bank” of instructional time to offset missed days, however this amount of time varies by level. The elementary level has accumulated the least amount of banked instructional time.” Along with Feb. 17 and March 31 as school days, originally scheduled as a holiday and teacher work day respectively, Benson noted the additional plans for making up lost time. He said, “It seems likely we will convert all remaining early release days for elementary schools to full days.” He added, “I will bring options to the School Board to consider as far as any unfulfilled hours needed to meet the 990 hour minimum.” The next regular meeting of the School Board is scheduled on Monday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in the Revercomb administration building, behind the Courthouse. Unless it’s cancelled due to bad weather. requested, with Benson and the School Board currently looking at asking for an increase of $869,596 over the current year, which would take the local county contribution from the current year of $14,349,353 to $15,218,949. Based on an estimated ADM of 4,130 students for next year, Benson’s budget documents indicate the amount of required local revenue from the county for next year would be $10,019,315, which is $4.3 million less than requested by the School Board.
The King George County Democrats held their annual election on Jan. 14. The members shown here were selected to hold office: l. to r., Hazel Harris, Outreach; Nancy Lambert, Recording Secretary; Landis Garrison, Sr., Vice Chairman; Renee Baughan, Corresponding Secretary; Helene Kelley, Chairman; Josephine Burnett, Treasurer. The organization meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the L. E. Smoot Memorial Library, 9533 Kings Highway, at 7 p.m. Interested people and new members are always welcome. To receive notification, please call Janet Haase-Shank at (540)6633854. Being on the list is important, because special events are sometimes held at other locations.
Facilities: Three tiers for fees From page 1 Board had heard a presentation from community member Tammy Indseth about her plan working with Superintendent Rob Benson to form a foundation to be called Partners in Education. That group is expected to form a board consisting of business, community and school leaders, and file for 501(c) (3) tax exempt status as a non-profit foundation. Its purpose is to build community and business partnerships with the schools and attract private funding to support innovative school programs and projects for division students and school employees. At that meeting, the School Board voted to include non-profit and Partners in Education organizations for a lower category of costs. Commercial entities or others that become partners are expected to execute an annual agreement regarding their commitment to enable qualifying for a lower tier of usage rates. CATEGORIES OF USERS The new policy provides a threetiered pricing policy for principals when granting use of the school facilities. All three groups are subject to having supervision fees applied as required. The rental pricing is based on the category of user making application. Groups can be categorized as RentFree, Non-Profit organizations & Partners in Education, and Commercial users. The rent-free groups include PTAs, Girl Scouts and Boys Scouts and any other patriotic society as designated by federal law, as well as Homeowners Associations for their meetings. Non-profit groups include those that are churches, faith-based or cultural or any organization able to supply proof of 501(c) (3) status with
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letter issued by the IRS. Partners in Education groups are those with annual commitment approval required. Commercial rates apply to any user that does not fall into the groups listed above. USAGE FEES Actual usage fees are categorized on either the non-profit rental schedules or the commercial rental schedules. Non-profits and Partners are charged varying rates according to which facility they desire to use in which school, with differing rates for the high school, the middle school and the elementary schools. An example of the new rates can be seen from the comparison of the rate for use of the high school auditorium. Under the new policy the high school auditorium is now priced at $75/hour for non-profit use and $225/hour for commercial use. Under the previous policy fees for the use high school auditorium had added up to $125 or $135 depending on the time of year, with a differential for utilities costs. The hourly usage fees collected for community use are to be forwarded to the division finance office. Additional revenue has not been included in the proposed School Board budget draft that would reflect additional rental income based on the higher rates. KGHS STADIUM USERS/RATES Those wishing to rent the stadium are categorized in one of two categories. Local rates apply to those classed as a King George Youth Activity (non-KG Parks & Rec activities). The local rate for use of the stadium is $100/hour, which
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includes custodial. Outside rental rates apply to those groups that are non-King George activities, whether adult or youth. The outside rate for use of the stadium is $200/hour, which includes custodial. There are also additional costs for both categories of stadium users, which are identical. Both groups will also pay $50 per staff member per event for such things as clock operator, ticket taker, announcer, etc. Both groups also will be charged $30/hour for supervisor, $100 per event for concession support, and the actual cost for security personnel. The new policy notes that fees collected for use of the county’s stadium may stay with the high school’s activity fund, minus any personnel costs that are to be reimbursed to the division. School activity funds are separate accounts within the schools, not under School Board control, and have the ability to roll any balances forward into the next fiscal year. SCHOOL USE AGREEMENT WITH BOARD OF SUPERVISORS? The new policy disregards the School Use Agreement in place since at least 2004, which is between the Board of Supervisors and the School Board. It was developed to allow for the county Parks & Recreation department to schedule community use of the school facilities when not in use by the division. That 2004 agreement addresses the coordination of the use of the schools by the P&R department responsibility assigned to the Recreation Director to coordinate with the school principals/designee to schedule use of the school facilities by county residents and maintain security/ supervision for the premises. The rationale in part for the agreement was that the county provides local funding annually to the School Board that enables it to pay for such things as electricity, custodial and regular maintenance. But as an institution, the School Board has had a history of not maintaining its facilities and instead letting some of them deteriorate until the renovation is required and the high cost to do so qualifies as a county capital project request.
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Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
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.
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. 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. Save the Date April 20, 2014 is the date for Easter this year. In celebration of this most holy of weeks, we will be publishing our annual Easter section on April 9, 2014. If you would like your house of worship included, contact Lori at email@example.com.
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 email@example.com or visit www.sms.org/ soccerclinic. Deadline to register is Feb. 19.
Did you know: Our Valentine’s Day event was full of surprises ~ beautiful decorations, succulent chocolates, colorful table settings and festive atmosphere as we celebrated Valentine’s Day. We were blessed to have Pastor Helen Lehr of Descending Dove Ministry with us and Pastor Scottie Jackson, his wife and gospel group singing, praying and preaching the inspirational message. Castiliglia’s restaurant provided the meal ~ penne’ with sauce, salad and fresh bread ~ delicious! Desserts were abundant and lovingly decorated for the occasion. The Food Pantry offerings were plentiful as our guests completed the afternoon festivities. Our volunteers surpassed previous events with their organizational skills and ability to serve, chat and assist our guests throughout the afternoon. The Sorority girls, Ladies of Delta Sigma Pheta Sorority were exceptional in getting things done! Chyna was in charge
of the ‘Children’s Corner’ with multiple crafts for children of all ages and a special bag of candy for the kids too. Girl Scout Troop #3071 also helped with our ‘Children’s Corner’ and getting our Food Pantry ready. Julie was our photographer and made sure everyone was included. Roy of Kingdom Cutz offered haircuts ….. thank you. It was great to see Sonja there to join in the celebration! We thank all of our volunteers for their faithful service. The Love The Neighbor Leadership Team spoke briefly about the restructuring currently underway and assured our guests that we would be continuing our Community Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen efforts. Our goal is to make things better and take into consideration the input and comments we have received from the people who donate, volunteer, and the people we serve. Help us to help you! Our next event will be Sunday, March 9th with a St. Patrick’s Day theme …… celebrating the green! God bless you all!
• African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy. • Garrett Morgan, inventor of the three-way traffic signal, also became the first African American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio. • Bill Pickett, a renowned rodeo performer, was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971, the first African American to receive the honor. He was also recognized by the U.S. Postal service as one of the 20 “Legends of the West” in a series of stamps. • Condoleezza Rice is an accomplished pianist who has accompanied cellist Yo-Yo Ma, played with soul singer Aretha Franklin and performed for Queen Elizabeth II. Actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson was once considered for a U.S. vice presidential spot on Henry A. Wallace’s 1948 Progressive Party ticket. February is Black History month. Celebrate the Wonders.
GIF-KG to offer 10-week special teaching called HaYesod
Everyone is invited to the 2014 KG Branch NAACP Black History Celebration
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-
“Men Making a Difference in the Community
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.
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
Our Doors are Open -Worship With Us Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist
8330 Fletcher's Chapel Rd. at 218
Pastor Michael Reaves fletcherschapel-kinggeorge-va.org Worship Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
17080 14th Street, Dahlgren Contemporary Service - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Traditional Service - 11 a.m. Nursery open 9:15a.m.-12:15p.m.
Pastor Ed Johnson
email - firstname.lastname@example.org web site - www.dahlgrenumc.org Phone: 663-2230
Good Hope Baptist Church
17223 Good Hope Rd. - corner Rt. 218E & 619 phone: 540-775-9487 fax: 540-775-0600 www.goodhopeministries.org
• Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. • Worship - 11:00 a.m. • Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. • 5th Sundays - Union & Nursing Home Worship “Building the Church & Reaching the World for Christ”
7748 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443 (804) 224-0418 • www.lzbcva.org
We invite you to gather together with us! Sunday School - 9 a.m. Sunday Worship 8 a.m. & 10:15 a.m. Bible Study - Wednesday 7 p.m. Pastor Earl T. Howerton Jr.
Macedonia Baptist Church 1081 Macedonia Ln., Colonial Beach, VA (804) 224-1500 "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together."
Shiloh Baptist Church Reaching, Building, Serving
Sunday Activities Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship Service, 11:00 a.m. AWANA, 4:00 p.m. Youth Group, 4:00 p.m. Wednesday Nights Rev. Mike and Earlene Jessee Family Night Dinner, 5:30 Youth Study; Children’s Missions & Music, 6:00 facebook@kgshiloh Choir Practice, 7:15 13457 Kings Hwy. 540-469-4646 • www.kgshiloh.org
Oak Grove Baptist Church
Randall Snipes, Senior Pastor Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m.& 11 Awana-Sundays-6 p.m. Bible Study-Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. 8096 Leedstown Rd. Colonial Beach, VA
Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Yunho Eo
9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Informal Hymn Singing 11 a.m. Worship & Children’s Sunday School Food Pantry open Thursdays at 10 a.m. Op Shop Open M-F 9 a.m.-noon (Thurs. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.) 1 Washington Avenue PO Box 189 Colonial Beach, VA 22443 (804) 224-7030
Two Rivers Baptist Church
Little Ark Baptist Church “Building God’s Kingdom On Earth”
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
"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.
Emmanuel, Port Conway (Rt. 301) 3rd & 5th Sundays
For more information, visit our website at:
(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
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 saintselizabethandanthony.org
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
EBENEZER BAPTIST CHURCH
3207 Quarter Hill Rd., Supply VA 22436
Daily Mass: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. Adoration precedes each morning Mass
The Rev. St. John's, 9403 Kings Hwy. Diane Carroll 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Rector
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. Paul!s Road, King George
Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney
Sunday Worship at 8 am and 10 am
Corner of Lossing and Boundary, Colonial Beach
Sunday- Holy Communion 11 a.m. Meeting at Grant Church in Lerty, VA
"A Church where everybody is somebody!"
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church
Traditional Anglican Worship 1928 Book of Common Prayer 1940 Hymnal
Morning Worship ~ 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ~ 9:45 a.m. Morning/Children's Worship ~ 11 a.m. Wed. - Bible Study ~ 6:00 p.m.
Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Prayer & Bible Study: (Wed.) 7 p.m. Holy Communion on 4th Sundays Rev. Fred Sales, Interim Pastor
Holy Redeemer Anglican Church
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. (Sunday) Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Nursery Provided Seeking to know the grace of God and to make it known to others. Dave Bentz, Pastor Jason Schubert, Associate Pastor 13114 Kildee Farm Road King George, VA 22485 (off 301 and Blue Jay Meadow Drive)
Ph. (540) 775-9990 • email: email@example.com web site www.gracekg.com
Potomac Baptist Church Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Age Graded Bible Study: 9:45 a.m.
All are Welcome! (540) 775-7006
Pastor: Dennis L. Newton 8103 Comorn Rd. (Rt. 609) King George
Corner of Millbank & St. Anthony’s Rd., King George
Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney Sat. 7:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday Masses: Sun. 8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m 12:45 p.m. Tridentine Mass Daily Mass: Mon. Thur. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. Wed. 7:00 p.m. Adoration before each morning Mass Confession: Wed. 7:30 p.m. Sat. after 9:00 a.m. Mass & at 6:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass
Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443 saintselizabethandanthony.org
A church where the Full Gospel is Preached, Taught and Lived
First Baptist Church Ambar
9469 Caledon Rd., King George, VA22485 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Wm. T. Frye
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
“The church is the great lost and found department” - Robert Short
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THE KING GEORGE CHURCH OF CHRIST INVITES YOU TO MEET WITH US
EACH SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS: 9:30 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES: 10:30 A.M.
LOCATION: AMERICAN LEGION POST 89 (AT THE INTERSECTION OF RT 206 AND RT 610)
EACH WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR BIBLE STUDY
LOCATION: AT A MEMBER’S HOME PLEASE CONTACT US AT OUR E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR THE LOCATION
A New Testament church “... All the churches of Christ greet you.” Romans 16:16
email@example.com http://www.kinggeorgecofchrist.org P.O.Box 756 King George, VA 22485
College News Valeri Rose Garrant has completed her Glenville State College student teaching in Physical Education (Pre-K- Adult) and Health (Pre-K-Adult). She completed her student teaching at Flatwoods Elementary School under teacher Tim Huffman, at Braxton County Middle School and at Gilmer County High School under Waylon Kincaid. Janet Bailey was Garrant’s GSC supervisor. Garrant is the daughter of Allen and Victoria Garrant of King George. Garrant graduated in December 2013. She is now eligible to participate in the 140th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014. Corey Fraine of Colonial Beach performed in the Missouri Baptist University’s performance of “Our Town” on Feb. 13-16. Fraine is a senior who is majoring in musical theatre. Jonathan Crook of King George, graduated from LeTourneau University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Kennedy Jenkins of King George was awarded Dean’s List Honors from Old Dominion University. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Blue Key Honor Society. Averett University graduated two King George residents: Gary Damont Lane graduated with a master of business administration degree through the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies program and Debra D. Veney graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree through the GPS program. The following students graduated from James Madison University on December 14, 2013: Nichole Dyer of Montross with a BS degree in Writing Rhet & Tech Comm.; Erika Grimm of Colonial Beach with a BS degree in Sport & Rec Management; Emily Cummings of King George with a BS degree in Engineering; Dustin King of Montross with a BS degree in Kinesiology. KGES Library will be hosting a Spring Craft & Vendor Fair along with the Scholastic Book Fair on March 8 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. VENDORS wanted! For information on becoming a vendor, please contact Sammie Mays at (240) 463-1457 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join ADF & get free trees! Spring Planting is Near: Join the Arbor Day Fdn. in February 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. Save the Date Friends of the NRA Annual Fundraiser will be held on April 5, at the Fred’brg Elks Lodge, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, auctions, fun and chance to win firearm, gear & collectibles. Call Ken Kirk at (775) 313-3640 or K2outdoors@yahoo.com.
King George County has launched 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 email@example.com. va.us or call 540.775.8900. Wanted Vendors & Crafters for March 29 craft fair. Sponsored by KG-Preschool PTA. $15 wall space & $20 for slightly larger space. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 775-4648. Spaces limited. Reserve yours today!
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Thursday, Feb. 20
will be hosting an interactive Readers’ Theatre Production Friday, Feb. 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 the Events page at smoot.org. Zumba For the Heart Join the Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for a FUN workout at Sport and Health in Stafford, VA. Doors open @ 1:30pm. 2-4 p.m. Feb. 22, 2014 315 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22554 Email contact for event: Jenniferej@yahoo.com Potomac River Fisheries Comm. to hold open meeting Potomac River fisheries Commission presents “A Water Quality Information Exchange for the Tidal Potomac River.” Scientists and staff from MD and VA will present the most recent water quality information for the tidal portion of the Potomac River, with an opportunity for fishermen and the general public to ask quesitons and share their observations of the river Thursday, Feb. 27 9 a.m.-noon Potomac River Fisheries Commission Bldg. 222 Taylor St. Colonial Beach, VA. Call 800-266-3904 or email prfa@ verizon.net. Immediately following will be the Potomac River oyster/clam Advisory committee at 1:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public. Items on the agenda will include, but may not be limited to: an oyster harvest report, update on 2013 fall oyster survey. & to develop recommendations for a management plan for Jones Shore.
Annual Tree Seedling & Rain Barrel Sale
On Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m.Noon, the Tri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding their Annual Tree Seedling and Rain Barrel Sale. Species available are Lilac, Crape Myrtle, Eastern Redbud, American Plum, River Birch, Indigobush, Red Osier Dogwood, Eastern White Pine, Serviceberry and Kousa Dogwood. They are also offering 60 gallon rain barrels for purchase. To place an order and reserve for pickup call 540-656-2401 or 6562402. Locations and descriptions can be found on the website at www. tccswcd.org.
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) 4620084. Loaner binoculars available on site. Yes, YOU can train to be a ham radio operator! If you’ve ever wanted to learn about amateur radio and earn your license, your time has come. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club will offer its Spring Technician Class at the Red Cross Facility, 4836 Southpoint Parkway, near the I-95 Exit 126 in Massaponax. The course will begin Thurs. Feb. 27, and will run for nine weeks. Classes will be each Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The final session will be a test for the amateur Technician Class License. The course is FREE and the American Radio Relay League Ham Radio License Manual, the text for the course, will be available to students at cost. Students who pre-register, will find their manual waiting for them at the first class. To register or inquire about the course, send an email to w4shs@ arrl.net. The lead instructor will be Dr. Jack Cavanagh, KB4XF, assisted by other licensed members of the RVARC. The Rappahannock Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC) is a service club affiliated with the American Radio Relay League. ARRL is celebrating 100 years of “Advancing the Art and Science of Radio.”
Happy 5th Birthday
Thursday, Feb. 27
Come out for an evening with former MLB catcher, Hank Foiles of the Pittsburg Pirates. 7 p.m. Colonial Beach Lodge, 500 Washington Ave. All are welcome. Sponsored by Wakefield Chapter #77, OES and Colonial Beach Lodge #199.
Friday, Feb. 28
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.
Sat. & Sun. March 1 & 2
25th Annual King George Home & Craft Show. Sponsored by the KG Builders’ Assn. and the Journal, the 2 day show has Free Admission and Free Parking. Ruritans will be serving spaghetti & bbq lunches. There will be something for everyone. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Held at KGHS, the cafeteria and gym areas will feature local builders, crafters and more. AUXILIARY HITS IT BIG American Legion Aux. Unit 89 has sponsored Red Cross blood drives for many years. On Feb. 4 another drive was held at Post 89. Blood drive chairman Kathy Phillips had no idea that the district Red Cross office had called and set up appointments with donors. People began arriving by the numbers. We thank the local donors who just stopped by to donate and found the building bulging with donors. Patience was the order for the day and most waited their turn. Seventy-two donors walked through the doors at one time or another. Some were able to donate some were deferred. In all right around 50 pints were collected for the King George areathat’s an all time high. Thank you to all of you. One of the features of the auxiliary blood drives is the food that the ladies prepare for the donors. Please stop by on June 10 for the next drive to see what the menu holds for you the donor. KGP&R Updates Last call to get your tickets for the one day trip to the Azalea Festival “International Tattoo Show” $129.00 pp. Sunday, April 27 , 2014 Includes dinner, show, Botanical Gardens & Tram Tour, and bus transportation. Departs from the Citizen Center. Deadline to sign up Feb. 28th
“Trooper” Beagle tri-color male
F’brg Kids Expo The Fredericksburg Kids Expo is a Family Fun Event set for Feb 22-23 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parent Magazine, this family fun event will be at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23. The Fred’brg Kids Expo will showcase toys and games, sports and fitness, learning devices, safety products, health and nutrition, pediatricians, martial arts, dancing, day cares, schools, horticulture and natural products, activity equipment, camps and more for children of every age. Enjoy an exciting weekend where expecting parents, seasoned moms and dads, grandparents and childcare professionals are guaranteed to discover something new. But, it’s really all about the kids and having FUN—the show will feature activities that even the youngest in the family can enjoy. Check the website for a complete list: more are being added every day!): 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 and 11a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Tickets are available online in advance at a discounted rate or at regular price at the door. Adult 7/8; Kids (4 - 12) 2/3; seniors (60+)7; Kids 3 & Under: Free. Go to: www.fredericksburgkidsexpo. com, or call (540) 548-5555.
Keith P. Harrington Hearing Aid Specialist
Love, YiaYia, Popa, AJ Mommy, Daddy & MomMom
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You are never far from our thoughts. We miss and love you very much,
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Workshop scheduled for Feb. 20 (Thurs) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.- has been CANCELLED. There must be minimum of 10 attendees for the workshops to be held. Register for the Feb. 26 (Wed) from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Medicaid Waivers - presented by DRC (Disability Resource Center) of Fredericksburg) no later than Monday, Feb. 24. Workshop is going to be held at the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library. Please RSVP through the FB page or directly at (202)2640663. Free refreshments for attendees. There is a Parent Resource Center located in the KG Preschool library with many resource materials open to the general public, however, parents can also contact me the POC (Point of Contact) of the PAP with questions, comments, etc. at (202) 264-0663. I hope we can count on volunteers to help with this program. Jennifer Gaston-Smith
February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 20th - 9:00 - Noon Westmoreland Rehab & Healthcare 2400 McKinney Boulevard, Colonial Beach Come in - or - call for an appointment 800-209-2768 All types and styles of Hearing Aids available • • •
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Hearing Screening - No Charge 10-point Hearing Aid cleaning and Check-up. All Makes and Models - No Charge Hearing Aid batteries - All Sizes
Anyone that may have a hearing problem and all hearing aid users are invited to come in and see Mr. Harrington for free service and consultation.
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King George Middle School hosted their annual Science Fair on Jan. 1. Over 65 entries were accepted in 17 different division categories. King George was fortunate to enlist almost two dozen volunteer judges from the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center. The judges commented on how impressed they were with the students’ projects every year, and how advanced and original the projects have become in terms of subject matter and presentation. Despite several rescheduling attempts due to snow days, the science department was able to hold its Awards Ceremony on Feb. 3. In addition to our first and second place winners, the judges selected twenty students and one alternate to represent KGMS at the Piedmont Regional Science Fair. The PRSF will be held March 12, at the John Paul Jones Arena at UVA in Charlottesville. Science Fair coordinators Tracy Conover and Jessica Drinks will be accompanying these students as they present their projects on the regional level. The twenty finalists are: Leona Gaither, Frances Rehrer, Patrick Graves, Noah Mills, Josh O’Hara, Ethan Broad, Abby Wilson, Kimberly Corbett, Gabby Thompson, Jenna Andrews, Kolton Dobson, Emily Sizemore, Sarah Grossen, Elyse Shoppell, Nik Buckwalter, Erin Baker, Garrison Lowe, Jessica Miller, Kyle Shea and Morgan Griffith. Alternate will be Michael Habgood. Mr. Chris Bryant, associate principal at KGMS, presented the award for Best in Show from the science fair. Leona Gaither won this top honor with her project titled “Measuring the Correlation of Force Applied to Bent Knees of Different Angles”.
Shortly after the Second World War, a couple assigned to Japan bought these four sterling silver tumblers. They are marked “Sterling 950”, and are in excellent condition, but the owners do not know the name of the company that made them. They also do not know the Henry Lane weight of each tumbler. They Hull are not engraved or monogrammed. These pieces are typical of Japanese silver production. Japanese sterling always is 950, whereas American and British sterling are 925. These figures indicate the silver content per ounce. American coin silver is 90, meaning it is 90% silver. German silver is 800, and Hungarian is 600, meaning the alloy content is 20% and 40% respectively. After the War, Japan plunged into the silver industry, finding a ready market in the Americans who came to occupy the country, and bought in great quantities. As a rule, Japanese sterling pieces, as with Mexican ones, bring significantly less on the market Engineering • 1st place: Frances Rehrer • 2nd place: Eddie Tidwell Environmental Analysis 1. 1st place: Erin Baker 2. 2nd place: Fallon Ross Environmental Management • 1st place: Emily Sizemore Mathematical Sciences 1. 1st place: Allison Seay 2. 2nd place: Jenna Andrews Medicine and Health Sciences • 1st place: Leona Gaither • 2nd place: Morgan Griffith Microbiology 1. 1st place: Jarrod Brem Physics and Astronomy • 1st place: Sarah Grossen • 2nd place: Elyse Shoppell Plant Sciences • 1st place: Nik Buckwalter • 2nd place: Kyle Shea
The absence of engraving or a monogram is an asset, as engraved ones bring less, and frequently wind up being sold for weight, with an ultimate fate of being melted for scrap. Particularly in the early 1980s, when the Hunt brothers were trying to corner the silver market, many fine pieces of sterling ended by being melted. When the bubble burst soon thereafter, they had been lost forever. Happy Antiquing!
than American sterling. In part, this reduced value results from the lesser quality and appearance. I suggest weighing each tumbler to ascertain the silver value, remembering that silver per ounce is calculated by troy weight, rather than by avoirdupois weight. Obviously, they are worth more than the pure silver value. As a retail value, each is worth $150. American ones would be almost twice as much. A set of four is worth more than the total of individual items.
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Jacob Tucker sets sights on State Wrestling Championship Leonard Banks Sports editor
Pound per pound, arguably the best Fox wrestler ever! After setting the school win record, Fox senior wrestler, Jason Tucker (top) has set the standard for the future of the King George High School wrestling program.
He is the embodiment of quickness, power, and intelligence. In the four years that King George High School senior Jacob Tucker has wrestled in high school competition, he has won nearly every honor associated with the sport, including setting the Fox benchmark, as the school’s all-time match winner, with 139. During the VHSL Group 4A North Conference 22 Championship, six Foxes qualified for the regional tournament: Jacob Tucker (170 pounds); Logan Kraisser (106 pounds), Kolin Johnson (120 pounds); Trevor Smith (126 pounds); Aaron Goode (195 pounds); Regan Clark (285 pounds). Last year, the
Foxes took 10 wrestlers to the regional championship. Most recently, the Foxes suffered a few setbacks, as several team number two seeds were forced to drop out of post-season competition. On a high note, for the wrestlers that took fifth during the conference competition, they ended their season with a win. “The next best thing to winning is to finish a match with points, which shows we have a lot of heart,” Fox wrestling head coach Jeff Kraisser said. “We kept going, unwilling to give up, but we just ran out of time.” Tucker pinned two competitors, and defeated another with an 8-0 shutout. Thus far this season he has a record of 49-3. Although he will not continue to wrestle on the college level, he hopes to coach at a
local high school, while attending Radford, Old Dominion, or James Madison. He hopes to major in business or education. Thrilled with his team’s efforts, Kraisser said, “I am proud of everyone’s efforts, and hopefully we will get a couple of wrestlers going to states.” On Monday, along with teammate Kolin Johnson, the 170-pound standout qualified by placing second for the upcoming the VHSL Group 4A North Regional Championship, at Eastern View High School. Logan Kraisser placed fifth, and will serve as an alternate. As for the future, the Foxes will add the King George Middle School to its feeder system of aspiring high school wrestling candidates. The
revamped program, restarted by former Fox high school coach, and returning middle school coach, Rick Buckwalter, has taken the interest of over 40 kids by storm. “When coach Buckwalter said 43 kids had tried out, I was very excited,” Kraisser said. “I am hoping for at least 12-15 eighth graders to come into the high school program next year.” Prior to the middle school program, Kraisser was reliant on the King George Parks & Recreation sponsored Northern Virginia Wrestling Federation team to introduce and develop kids into the sport. Other leagues such as the Capitol Area Wrestling League are opening up opportunities for kids to experience the sport on a junior level.
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King George boys swim team advances to State Championship Leonard Banks Sports editor After a strong performance at Region 4A North Championship, the Foxes boys’ swim team will feature seven members to advance to the upcoming Group 1A-2A, Combined 3A & 4A Swimming and Diving State Championships in Christiansburg, on Feb. 20-22. The regional championship took place on Saturday, at George Mason University. The Foxes boys finished second behind Heritage, 296-216. With strong individual performances from Rudy Morrow (100-yard freestyle, 5th, 53.99), Stephen Hunt (100-yard backstroke, 6th, 1:00.07), and Ricardo Bonilla-Vasquez (100-yard, butterfly, 2nd, 53.99) and (200-yard IM, 2nd, 2:01.94), the Foxes were able to solidify a second-place finish. Also competing in the state championship are the following boys’ relay teams: 200-yard medley relay2nd, Stephen Hunt, Asher Bentz, Ricardo Bonilla-Vazquez and Chase Maynard, 1:44.32; 200-yard freestyle- 2nd, Chase Maynard, Rudy Morrow, Chase Renz and Asher Bentz, 1:33.52; 400-yard freestyle relay- 1st, Billy Owen, Chase Maynard, Rudy Morrow and Ricardo BonillaVasquez, 3:22.81. Other Foxes boys’ top performances included: Billy Owen, 200-yard freestyle, 12th, 1:59.52; Asher Bentz, 50-yard freestyle, 11th, 23.84; Reilly Kroll, 500-yard freestyle, 5:49.57; Asher Bentz, 100-yard breaststroke,
16th, 1:11.93. Although the Foxes girls finished sixth out of 19 schools, they did not qualify for states this season. Dominion High School won the meet with 289 points. Top Foxes girls’ performances included: 200-yard medley relay team- 6th, 2:01.66; Mo M Elia, 200yard freestyle, 9th, 2:11.71; Catherine Wilson, 200-yard IM, 14th, 2:34.54;
Kenzie Ludwig, 50-yard freestyle, 7th, 26.17; Kourtney Miller, 100yard butterfly, 1:04.17; Kenzie Ludwig, 100-yard freestyle, 8th, 58.84; Heather Albert, 500-yard freestyle, 6:01.71; 200-yard freestyle relay- 5th, 1:48.34; Madison DeClute, 100-yard backstroke, 15th, 1:10.81; Catherine Wilson, 100-yard breaststroke, 17th, 1:20.98 and 400-yard freestyle relay, 7th, 4:10.05.
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CB Drifters end season on top of 1A Conference 43 Leonard Banks Sports editor It’s been a season of up and downs for the Colonial Beach High School varsity Drifters, but in the end, they prevailed. On Saturday, the 1A Conference 43 regular season champions defeated Rappahannock, 58-39. Raider guard, Jamal Fisher did everything he could to put a cork in the Drifter scoring attack, Drifters led by Monte Gould (19 points, 8 rebounds), but the sustained effort by Colonial Beach eventually Raiders resulted in defeat for the visiting Raiders. “The first half was kind of shaky,” Drifter boys varsity basketball head coach Jonathan Parker said. “I told them at half time about the importance of boxing out and forcing turnovers.” Parker’s encouragement paid off, as the Drifters outscored the Raiders,
18-10 in the third quarter, and 17-7 in the final quarter. “We were playing the kind of basketball that we’re capable of,” Parker said. “If we can continue playing like that, we should win the Conference 43 tournament.” The first quarter was a wake up call for the Raiders; the Drifters came out blasting two 3-pointers, two foul shots, and a field goal, courtesy of Keane Foster, and Monte Gould respectively. Midway in the quarter, the Raiders managed a short 8-4 run that cut the Drifter deficit to five points (14-9). The Drifters repeatedly crashed the boards, and literally owned the post zone throughout the quarter. “We had to be aggressive, because they were short-handed, and I wanted to put pressure on them by forcing turnovers, which gave us the momentum,” Parker said. In the second quarter, the Raiders finally came to play. Within the first minute and a half, the Raiders scored two baskets that cut the Drifters
“We had to be aggressive, because they were short-handed, and I wanted to put pressure on them by forcing turnovers, which gave us the momentum.” —Jonathan Parker lead to 14-13. During the next five exchanges, the Raiders took a 1918 lead, after Fisher nailed a long ranged jumper from just inside the perimeter. However, the Drifters quickly responded with a Foster 3-pointer that lifted the Drifter fan faithful out of their seats. With an assist from Kamron Smith, Lamar Lucas launched another 3-pointer that extended the Drifter lead to 23-19. Undaunted, Fisher scored a halftime buzzer-beating 3-pointer to keep the Raiders within two points of the
Drifter lead. In the third quarter, the Raiders unleashed everything they could within their offensive arsenal, but the Drifters refused to give in. After an exchange of eight scores, Gould and Lucas collectively extended the Drifters’ lead to 41-32. In the final quarter, the Drifters defense suffocated the Raiders offensive, as they were limited to two points. Gould completed the Drifters surge with eight points, as the Raiders offense stumbled and could never get back on track.
Tough under pressure! Drifter forward Lamar Lucas (left), prepares to finish a fast break score against a pursuing Rappahannock Raider.
KG Foxes celebrate Senior Night with gusto Leonard Banks Sports editor When you’re hot, you’re hot! It’s 4A Conference 22 playoff week, and the Foxes varsity boys’ basketball team (7-3, 14-7) is sitting near the front of the bus in second place. Unlike any other team in the conference, the Foxes have proven that they are resilient. In spite of tough losses at the start of the season and injuries to several key players, the Foxes have risen above adversity to become a predator near the top of the food chain. After all, they are the only team in their conference to defeat top-seeded Chancellor (8-1, 15-4). To make matters just a wee bit more interesting, they are on an eight-game winning streak, with a bye to place them in the semi-finals on Wednesday, as the host team. Most recently, on Senior Night, the Foxes ended their regular season with a resounding 64-50 win over Spotsylvania. Knights vs. Foxes On Tuesday evening, the Foxes Den was humming with excitement, as the Foxes prepared to redeem their earlier 59-56 loss to 3A Conference rival, Spotsylvania (4-1, 11-7). Like
King George, the Knights are also entering the post season as a second seed. Two formidable figures, in the form of six-foot-five, 260-pound Bradley Anderson, and shooting guard Devin Kennedy stood in the path of the Foxes Foxes winning their final regular game of the season. Although Kennedy led all scorers with 26 Knights points, and Anderson dominated the boards throughout the night, the Foxes systematically outhustled their former Battlefield foe in the second half. In spite of two ties and several field goal exchanges, the Foxes held the advantage in the first quarter. As De’Quan Whiting and Eian Chase confused and often times bewildered the Knights’ defense, Anthony Howard and Sam Sharpe played the role of the cleanup technicians. Howard finished the quarter with six points and two assists, while nailing two back-to-back three-pointers that led to a 16-10 lead going into the second quarter. During the second quarter, the
Knights aggressively crashed the boards while forcing turnovers. Courtesy of a short-range jumper by Anderson, the Knights completed a 6-2 run and their first lead of the game (19-18). However, the Foxes responded in force with an 11-1 run of their own that led to a 29-21 halftime lead. The Knights entered the third quarter fired up. Their intensity led to a 9-0 opening run that featured seven points from Kennedy. The Knights continued to prevail upon the Foxes’ defense with a 5-2 run, which ended with a Knight four-point lead. The Foxes responded by shutting down the Knights’ transition offense and capitalizing on fast-break opportunities. Sophomore sensation Qu’Shaun Allen and Howard spearheaded a Fox rally and tied the game twice, before Lakin Hall nailed a long-range jumper to take a 41-39 lead at the buzzer. Allen finished the game with a career-high 13 points. In the fourth quarter, the Foxes’ offense shifted into overdrive with a flood of fast- break opportunities that eventually led to nine-point lead, with 2:30 to go. With the Knights’ offense fading into the night, the Foxes mercifully closed out the game with a 60-54 win.
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Foxes track & field teams reach post season benchmark
During the VHSL 4A Conference 22 Indoor Track & Field Championships, at Fauquier High School, both girls’ and boys’ Foxes indoor track & field teams featured a number of regional qualifying performances. Leonard Banks Sports editor Neither cold nor wind nor formidable competition will stop the Foxes from their destiny! On Saturday, at Fauquier High School, during the first-ever VHSL 4A Conference 22
Indoor Track & Field Championships, both the Foxes girls’ and boys’ track & field teams finished with strong performances. Miranda Green continued her area dominance over distance runners with two first-place finishes in the 1,000-meter (3:13.52), and the
1,600-meter (5:26.63). The top Fox female point producer, Heidi Colwell, also raised the bar on post-season standards, as she finished first in the 55-meter hurdles (9.45), pole vault (8’) and triple jump (30’ 3.25”). DeAsian Callahanan also joined the female multi-winner with
first-place finishes in the 300-meter (45.45) and long jump (13’10”). Other first-place female athletes included: Kristen Hornbaker, 3,200-meter, 12.44; 4x400-meter relay team, 4:25.59; Brittany Williams, 1:25.14. Other top Foxes girls’ performances
included: 4x200-meter relay team2nd, 2:00.70; 4x800-meter relay team2nd, 10:49.87; DeAsia Callahanan, 55-meter dash, 8.13; Elizabeth Hill, high jump, 4’6”; Caroline Williams, shot put, 2nd, 31”. As for the boys, distance standout Jacob Watson placed first in the 1,600-meter (4:54.74) and the 3,200-meter (10:14.05). The Foxes boys swept the relay competitions with first-place finishes in the 4x200-meter (1:35.51), 4x400-meter (3:59.52) and the 4x800-meter (8:55.80). Sprinter Davion Hutt placed first in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6:60, while Jonathan Graham finished atop the pole vault event with a vault of 13’. Justin Halter finished first in the high jump with a leap of 5’6”. Other top Foxes boys’ performances included: Davion Hutt, 300-meter dash, 2nd, 37.46; Fernando DeLaRosa, 500-meter dash, 1:0-9.51; Earl Calloway, 55-meter hurdles, 8.73; Davion Hutt, long jump, 17’6.50”; Casey Matherly, shot put, 6th, 32’3.25”; and Jordan Ailey, triple jump, 2nd, 33’10.50”. As for the upcoming 4A North Regional Indoor Track & Field
Foxes JV boys dismantle Knights Leonard Banks Sports editor The future has a glimmer of light for the 7-13 Foxes boys’ basketball team. With eight freshmen, and a season of high school experience under their belts, the potential for developing players to play on the varsity level is stronger than ever. On Tuesday, at King George High School, the Foxes junior varsity boys’ basketball team ended its season on a high note by defeating the Spotsylvania Knights, 41-14. Patrick Newton led the Foxes with 10 points, while Andrew Oakes led all Knights with seven points. In the first quarter, the Foxes ran the floor using outlets (Isaiah Chase, Aston Howard, Dreshawn Turner) for three fast break opportunities that resulted in a 7-2 lead. While the Knights offense continued to sputter, the Foxes completed the quarter with scores from Thomas Jenkins and Steven Jones. The Foxes defense limited the Knights to two points
throughout the entire quarter. In the post position, Fox center Divon Wright dominated the boards, as the Foxes totaled nine rebounds, while the Knights managed five. The second quarter was a reflection of the first, as the Foxes defense aggressively forced the Knights into turnovers that resulted in a 10-0 run (20-2). During the opening run, Jones posted four points for the Foxes. With less than three minutes left in the half, Spotsylvania’s offense finally woke up, as Oakes scored a foul shot and a jumper. However, at the end of the first half, the Foxes appeared to be cruising towards victory as they led, 23-5. The Foxes used the third quarter to rest, and kill time. As for the Knights, their offense returned to slumber mode. Jacob Brown, Howard, and Jenkins accounted for the Foxes seven points during the quarter. Trailing 28-5 in the fourth quarter, the Foxes offense, led by Newton posted an 11-1 run to close out the game.
“We have the most kids going to regionals in my entire coaching career.” —Rudy Pekarek
Championships on Feb. 22 at Liberty University, the Foxes are thrilled to have another chance to elevate their program. “We have the most kids going to regionals in my entire coaching career,” King George High School indoor track & field head coach Rudy Pekarek said. “We have 22 girls and 19 boys competing, which is what I consider a benchmark of success.” In order to qualify for regional competition, the following criteria must be met: top six athletes in each individual event; top three relay teams advance to regional competition or by meeting the regional qualifying standard before or at the conference meet.
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Virginia — MetroCast Communications, the video, Internet and phone provider with eight offices in Virginia has announced a significant speed enhancement for its residential, broadband high speed data (HSD) customers. MetroCast now offers downstream speeds up to 50 Mbps and upstream
speeds up to 5 Mbps.* MetroCast has increased its top download speed for residential customers four times in the last five years and has doubled it in the last two years. The 50 Mbps MetroCast offering is more than five times faster than the national average* for downstream speeds and is the fastest residential Internet package available in the MetroCast-VA service area. “MetroCast customers now have access to the fastest Internet speeds in the region,” said MetroCast General Manager William T. Newborg. “These speeds will allow customers to stream high definition video content
on multiple devices and to enjoy other demanding consumer applications that require top broadband speeds for best performance.” In addition to its residential Internet products, MetroCast also offers business-class fiber products— including Dedicated Internet Access and Point-to-Point—with highcapacity bandwidth and symmetrical speeds up to 1Gig. For more information, see MetroCast.com. MetroCast serves more than 18,000 residential and business-class customers in Viriginia with video, high-speed internet and digital
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and was granted a hearing by the Virginia Court of Appeals. In court Friday, he will seek to be released on bond while the appeal is pending. King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann said she will oppose Crouch’s bond request “very strongly.” At Crouch’s trial last March, Gusmann was passionate in her arguments for his conviction. “Mr. Crouch was accused and convicted of a despicable act,” Gusmann told the court. “He stole from people who were at their most vulnerable point.” Crouch, 48, was convicted by a King George Circuit Court on nine counts of failure to deposit in the proper trust account and five counts of receiving money by false pretenses. The jury convicting him recommended the sentences handed down by Judge Bass. After his convictions, Crouch filed a notice of appeal citing a case decided in 1998, Rooney v. Commonwealth. The Rooney case had similar facts to the Crouch case but Rooney was found guilty of embezzlement in that case, a significant distinction. Crouch made a similar argument in an attempt to strike the evidence
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during his trial, but Gusmann successfully argued at that time that Crouch was found guilty of obtaining money by false pretenses, a different crime, and that different
“He stole from people who were at their most vulnerable point.” —Keri Gusmann
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On The Trail
Bank of Lancaster to enter Richmond Market
Trails at George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Kilmarnock â€” Bank of Lancaster, a subsidiary of Bay Banks of Virginia, Inc. (OTCQB: BAYK), will establish a presence in Richmond, Virginia before monthend February 2014, announced Randal R. Greene, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Lancaster and Bay Banks of Virginia, Inc. Initial plans call for a loan production and wealth management office, laying the groundwork for a full-service office in the near future. In making this announcement, Greene said, â€œMany of our customers have second homes in Virginiaâ€™s Northern Neck, with their primary residences in the Richmond area. Establishing a presence in the Richmond market will allow us to better serve these customers by providing a strong portfolio of products and services, and extend our services to new customers. As a sound financial institution, our long-term goal is to create a strong, regional community bank franchise by growing in contiguous markets, and with a significant presence in Richmondâ€”a key financial market in Virginia.â€? Veteran banker F. Arnold Blackmon III has been tapped to establish Bank of Lancaster in the
Jim Lynch Iâ€™ve been to George Washingtonâ€™s Birthplace in Westmoreland County many times, but not for a few years. So I was glad to take the chance to explore and see whatâ€™s new. Â I started at the Visitor Center where there is a nice parking lot and (surprise!) learned that there are no fees. Â I didnâ€™t spend much time in the Visitor Center, but I would encourage you to do so. Washingtonâ€™s family was typical of pioneers of the colonial era along the Potomac River, and itâ€™s fascinating to learn about their lives. After chatting a bit with a couple of the rangers, I went out the back door and onto a nice deck overlooking Popes Creek. A great view, and easy to see why this site was chosen for a home spot. Our walk will be about a mile and a half. Popes Creek Trail is to your left, and takes you to the historic area. Itâ€™s level and made of crushed oyster shells, so itâ€™s easy walking! Â To your right is the creek, and there are often water birds out there swimming around, even in the winter.Â I often wish I was better at identifying birds,
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After we all settled in the Unit, all I could do was cry, because I couldnâ€™t believe the generosity/hospitality of this man to do this for us on Christmas day. Mike ended up driving us all the way to La Plata to meet my
but the best I can say is they looked like some species of duck.Â In about 100 yards, you reach a right turn that heads to the Cedar Grove area, a little peninsula jutting out into the creek. Alternatively, you can go straight ahead to the historic area.Â There are nice benches along the Cedar Grove trail, if you want to rest and enjoy the moment. Walking around the grove trail, you wind up at the back of the Memorial House. Â Most of us have learned that the house is a replica, built in the early 1930s to represent the family residence at the time of Washingtonâ€™s birth in 1732. Â Later, archeologists found the foundation of the actual house. This is all explained on very interesting pathway exhibits. But my objective was the new walking bridge that goes across an arm of the creek.Â This bridge was built in 2012 to join the historic area with the picnic area.Â The bridge is a more direct crossing than an existing boardwalk. Using the bridge and the boardwalk, you have a nice loop walk, as weâ€™ll see. The house site is on a bluff above the creek, so the path goes around the house and down,
approaching the bridge. The bridge is only a few feet above the water and maybe 400 feet long. Â On a winter day, there is a cold breeze blowing off the creek, so dress appropriately. Layering is always a good idea. At the far end, the bridge puts you directly on the nature trail. Â Take a right turn. The trail here is a combination of dirt and wood chips on the edge of the creek and is slightly higher than the level of the water. Â When I was there, there was a large flock of ducks in the water. They were close together and moving about slowly. Â Every so often, one of them would rise up and start flapping his wings, and then settle back in the water. Â I wondered if these were all cold-fighting practices. Â Iâ€™ll have to ask a ranger on my next visit. The trail passes the â€œLog Houseâ€?, also built in the 1930s by a park support group for lodging and meals for out of town visitors. Itâ€™s now used for special occasions, meetings, and training sessions. Past this point, the
father and then waited another twenty minutes with us for him to arrive. I wanted to write this letter to let him know and the department know how wonderful and impacted we all were by who he is and what he did for us out of the kindness of his heart. True hero. He allowed us to be able to get to MD and see our family a lot faster than I thought, when the accident happened. I thought
the day was going to be completely ruined. Thanks to Mike Gutridge, it was a great Christmas and definitely one to remember. My grandfather, Edward Rinker, retired as a Battalion Fire Chief with the DC Fire Department, and my uncle, Thomas Rinker is presently a Lieutenant with the DCFD working out of Engine 10 Truck 13 (House of Pain) in the Trinidad area of DC. When
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we arrived on Christmas Day and told them the story of Mike Gutridge, the Chief of the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, they could not have been happier. Mike Gutridge- l canâ€™t explain in words how much it meant to us that you were there for our family and really extended your hand out in helping us. I will never, ever forget it- itâ€™s unforgettable- so are you, and we would have
greater Richmond metropolitan area, serving as Regional President for the Richmond market. â€œArnold brings experienced, proven leadership and extensive knowledge of the Richmond area and plans to establish a significant presence in Richmond for Bank of Lancaster,â€? Greene said. â€œHe knows what we are trying to accomplish and is building a strong team with expertise in commercial lending, mortgage banking and wealth management.â€? Blackmon most recently served as Executive Vice President and Director of the Commercial Real Estate group with StellarOne in Richmond, where he was responsible for a $700M+ commercial real estate portfolio and for strategic direction and management of an 18-member statewide team. â€œThere is unlimited potential for growth in the Richmond market for Bank of Lancaster and I am excited to have the opportunity to provide leadership,â€? Blackmon shared. â€œI look forward to heading up our efforts as we serve individuals, build businesses, and serve the community with the same level of commitment and excellence Bank of Lancaster has been known for since 1930.â€? done the same for you. We will pay it forward. Thank you is not enough for what you did. If everyone in the world was like that, how great of a place it would be. Such a true and amazing heart. We tell everyone when we get the chance, especially when we are asked, â€œHow was your Christmas?â€? Thank you Mike Gutridge, Oak Grove Volunteer Fire
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Public notice is hereby given that the deadline for submitting request for an appeal hearing for equalization of real property assessment is Monday, March 31, 2014. If you wish to appeal your real estate assessment, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue office at (540) 775-4664, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from print of this notice through Monday, March 31, 2014.
BY ORDER OF THE KING GEORGE COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
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 Per mit Application #14-0123: Request by Potomac Landing Property Ownerâ€™s Association, Inc. to remove existing 12â€™ x 60â€™ deteriorated concrete boat ramp and associated 49â€™ timber jetty and 12â€™ x 27â€™ concrete ramp apron and replace with 14â€™x50â€™ x 6â€? reinforced concrete boat ramp, 14â€™ x 27â€™ x 6â€? reinforced concrete apron, (2) 80â€™ 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 97â€™ rip-rap reventment and sill and a 71â€™ 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.
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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.
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This weather has been tough on game Mark Fike Last season (2012-2013), we had a bad outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) that culled the deer herd very thoroughly in King George County. That left fewer deer in the woods, but the upside to that was that the remaining deer had more food and less competition for it the following year (2013-2014). It was a good thing, because the problem was compounded by the failure of just about all oaks and many beeches and hickory trees to produce any nuts. So, what little food that was out there was not really ideal for the deer herd, unless they were feeding on agriculture fields. Even agricultural fields are presently picked very efficiently, so once harvested, most leave little behind. That being said, the deer were really working for their meals this fall and winter. I noticed deer several weeks ago within sight of my back door eating tree saplings. I can count on one hand how many times I have seen that since I have lived here. I understand that in subdivisions and in other areas of the county, deer regularly come up into yards. It does not happen at my house very often at all. There is generally plenty of food in the woods away from the house for the deer, and there is no need for them to come up this close. The two dogs we have are very aggressive and often scare the deer off, at least from the back yard. The recent snow has really made life tough on many animals. I have seen many small saplings munched off. I noticed a small evergreen shrub growing along a trail in my woods
that is stripped of foliage as far up as the deer can get to it. The snow pack was beaten down to nothing around this particular shrub, too. Just yesterday, two small deer (one was a very late-dropped fawn judging by its size), slipped into the back yard to nibble on the peach tree and among the wild raspberry vines. The German shepherd was asleep a mere twenty yards away. Once he woke up, they bounded away. Later, I went outside and noticed deer tracks coming right up to the house. They stopped right under my daughter’s window. Apparently, the butterfly bush was now fair game. I feel like the folks that live in Presidential Lakes, who lose their shrubbery to deer on a regular basis. With few-to-no acorns falling this year, there is no point for the deer to even bother digging through the snow to try to find any. The remaining squirrels scarfed those up long ago. Speaking of squirrels, I have seen very few squirrels since October. Several biologists have commented that at times of mast failures, squirrels will migrate. I am thinking that if there is any truth to that, then perhaps the squirrels did migrate. But to where? Nowhere in the state was the mast crop decent! Normally, we see squirrels all over our back yard and wood line, but the same two squirrels keep trying to get to our bird feeder. Perhaps one of my temporary concerns during the last snow was that the smallest fawns were having a tough time getting around quickly. Their little hooves were punching right through the snow. I wondered if the coyotes could make an easier stalk and meal of the deer, as they
were probably more easily able to run through the snow and perhaps stay on top of it. I don’t have any evidence that happened, but the thought did cross my mind. The snow has since melted substantially, and it looks like we are working towards spring with little snowfall in the long- range forecast. Buds will be coming out soon, so the deer will have something better to eat. So, is it a “gloom and doom” prediction for the wildlife? Not really. Animals have survived far worse in the past. I feel somewhat bad for them, though. When you drive up the driveway and see an adult deer
Left: Snowy deer track — Deer tracks are easy to pick up in the snow. Their hooves punch right down through it to the ground. Below: Deer browsed green shrub — The deer found and ate almost every leaf within reach on a green shrub I have on my property during the snow. The tracks beat down all the snow under the bush.
Trail: The Birthplace
Above: Yearling in snow — This yearling was browsing on briars to get some nutrition, since the snow covered up any shoots there might have been. Below: Deer snow beds — While on a walk through the snowy woods, I found two deer beds where they had scraped away the snow and curled up to sleep.
UFO sighted Jane van Valzah took this picture of a floating object on the Potomac River near the White Horse beach, northwest of Fairview Beach. Ah, but what is this? Remarks in social media included: an alien home base; a neat fort; and the majority claim of it being a renegade floating duck blind stuck in the ice on the river. The next morning the object was gone.
From page 11 trail turns away from the water and up a slight rise to emerge from the trees into the grass of the picnic area. The picnic area was constructed by the CCC, also in the 1930s. There are restrooms here, but they’re closed in the winter. In order to continue on the nature trail, cross the picnic area, passing the restrooms, and look for a trail post and exhibit board along on the edge of the picnic parking area. I met a park employee here, and we chatted a bit. I always enjoy talking with park rangers and other staff folks; I always have a million “ranger questions”. They’re great people, and I’m glad they’ve chosen public service as a career. We’re fortunate in their choices. The trail drops down and back into the forest. Continue along, noticing features like drainage ditches. Informational displays describe how the woods were used by the early settlers. Note that the trail isn’t blazed. It’s fairly distinct, but might be covered with leaves in the fall and snow in the winter, so keep your eyes open! The trail crosses the picnic area access road and heads back toward the creek. At this point, the trail passes across some wet or boggy places as it gets close to the swamp at the head of the creek. Not too bad when I was there, but be prepared to get your shoes wet! Look for the boardwalk on the right if you want to take it back to the historic area, or continue on to the bridge, or back to the picnic area. I took the boardwalk across Dancing Marsh (and, before you ask, I don’t know the origin of the name, but I’ve asked and will pass on the answer when I get it!). The trail passes some residences, so please be respectful of others’ privacy. At the end of the boardwalk is the farm area. You might see sheep in a fenced pen, and maybe the resident oxen, Lewis and Clark. You might see one of our King George volunteers working in the blacksmith shop; be sure to say “Hello”! Walk past the front of the Memorial House, and go back to the Visitor Center on the Upper Trail. When I told my daughters that I had been to the Birthplace, they had fun remembering past trips when they were little and want to go again when they’re next in town. They particularly remembered a graduation ceremony for Mrs. Kline’s Nursery School. Fun times! A few closing notes: The nature trails are rough and suitable for walkers only, no bicycles or
and two young ones gnawing on trees, it does make you appreciate being able to eat what you want to eat, and when you want to eat it. The season has certainly been very tough on animals. The combination of the HD two years ago, the present mast crop failure, bitterly cold temperatures, and now the snow and ice is certainly making sure that only the fittest survive. Perhaps the does that might have dropped two fawns this spring will only drop one, but the deer herd will bounce back. Time will tell. Next week- an update on the big game harvest statewide.
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Views from the trails at George Washington’s Birthplace. wheelchairs. In fact, bicycles aren’t allowed on any of the trails. But the roads aren’t very crowded, so cyclists can use them with care. The park is a stop on several national historic trails with both land and water routes: Potomac Heritage; WashingtonRochambeau; Capt. John Smith’s Chesapeake; and the Star-Spangled Banner trails. Exhibits will be installed for these trails this coming summer. Unfortunately, these trails aren’t supported at this time with a kayak landing, but hopefully one will
be installed in the not too distant future. Future plans also include extending a trail from the picnic area out to the beach. I like to camp, so I’m going to start lobbying for some primitive campsites, much like those that have been installed at Caledon. That’s about it. I really enjoyed my trip to the Birthplace and plan on returning again soon, next time with a little more time to spend and a picnic lunch. Maybe I’ll meet you there. See you on the trail!
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