Volume 38, Number 16
Project Faith loses second round in court
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 50 Cents
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Board will reconsider Walnut Hill rezoning
Phyllis Cook The King George Planning Commission was informed last week on April 8 that the Board of Supervisors is scheduled on May 6 to reconsider a rezoning request in Dahlgren adjacent to the Bayberry subdivision. The applicant has again revised the proffers to try to accommodate the concerns of members of the Board of Supervisors and subdivision residents. The request from JPI Walnut Hill LLC by Jay Jarrell is a proposal to rezone a 6.75-acre site on US 301 (James Madison Pkwy) from Rural Agricultural (A-2) to General Trade (C-2).
Phyllis Cook Clark Leming, attorney for Project Faith, Inc., lost a second round in court last week on April 9 in King George’s case to get a parcel of donated land back from the nonprofit developer due to breach of contract for failure to commence construction by a deadline last year. Project Faith failed in its attempt to establish a successful counterclaim against King George for breach of contract alleging the County had prevented its contract performance and asking for damages of $300,000 as a result. The court granted the County’s demurrer, which asked for dismissal of that counterclaim. But the Circuit Court Judge, Hon. Joseph J. Ellis, also offered Project Faith another bite of the apple, giving it 21 days to file an amended counterclaim. ARGUMENTS Attorney Edward “Sunny” Cameron shredded the linchpin of Project Faith’s allegation that the County was obligated to supply lease commitment letters to occupy space in the proposed facility. Cameron, acting for King George along with County attorney Eric Gregory, noted the performance agreement is clear that there exists no such commitment. Further, there is no obligation for the County to actually occupy any space in the facility and no date required for the County to say whether it will lease space, or not lease space. “You have Project Faith that signed the contract they signed,” Cameron told the court. “The County agreed to what they agreed to.” He added, “There is no commitment by the County to use any portion of the facility.” Cameron summed up, saying, “If Project Faith had wanted, they could have contracted up front for the County to take a certain amount of space. It didn’t do that.” Cameron also briefly addressed another couple of Project Faith’s allegations, that two Supervisors made comments critical of the project, and that an individual was appointed to the Social Services Board critical of the proposed construction project. Cameron said those items were not ‘actionable.’ He added that nothing ties the hands of individual board members making comments and that the allegations didn’t tie up to anything in the performance agreement. When it was Leming’s turn, he tried to score points, but didn’t appear to have much left to argue. He repeated the allegation that Project Faith was required to make space for the Department of Social Services and added that without tenant commitments, it could not obtain financing. Judge Ellis asked if there was a demand made to the County for lease See faith, page 5
Kids from throughout the King George community were excited to participate in the Healthy Kid’s Day Fun 1-Mile Run at the YMCA on April 12.
June 30 date for DEQ water-withdrawal permits Phyllis Cook The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is continuing its outreach to existing water users who withdraw large amounts of water from wells or recharge ponds fed by groundwater with mechanical assistance. There are about 30-40 such existing users in the county identified by DEQ, including the county’s water systems and those with large community wells, along with agricultural users and some businesses. But at a meeting on April 1, Scott Kudlas, Director of DEQ’s Office of Water Supply, told the King George Board of Supervisors that DEQ had only heard from one agricultural user in the county. It is hoped that more farmers may have gotten
the word by now through the Farm Bureau, with Supervisors saying they would help spread the word there. Kudlas had told Supervisors, “Any agricultural user that uses a center pivot or that irrigates 10 acres more than 1-inch per week in the summer time, they would need a permit. So, I’m hoping to see some activity on the agricultural side before we get too close to the deadline.” The deadline is June 30 for all existing users who wish to exercise their right to file a complete application with DEQ for an “existing user permit.” PERMIT FEE REDUCED COST, OTHER BENEFITS The cost of the permit fee is free for agricultural user withdrawals.
School Board to have $300,000 extra to spend
It costs $1,200 for an initial permit for existing users based solely on their historic withdrawals. The fee is $6,000 for existing users who miss the deadline or who are new large water users or expanded users of groundwater in excess of 300,000 gallons per month. The permit it good for 10 years. Other benefits for existing users who apply by June 30 include skipping a requirement to perform and provide a number of technical studies. Those studies include a geophysical technical study about how user’s wells are constructed, which aquifer it withdraws from, how it’s grouted, whether there’s gravel pack, where the screens are, and a number of other things that See DEQ, page 5
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Phyllis Cook The King George School Board heard good news at last week’s meeting on April 7. Superintendent Rob Benson indicated the latest calculation for student ‘average daily membership’ (ADM) was 4,202 for student enrollment for the current school and fiscal year, 2013-14. The current year’s School Board budget was built on about 100 fewer students with an ADM of 4,100. Benson said recent monthly financial reports provided by Robyn Shugart, county director of finance, have indicated higher revenue than budgeted due to additional money expected to come from the state, using an ADM of 4,165. Benson said the expenditures in those reports have been adjusted to encumber costs for additional kindergarten teachers and several paraprofessionals that were hired earlier this year. Even with those encumbrances, the school division is expecting to have money left to spend at the end of this fiscal year, prior to June 30. $300,000 TO SPEND BY YEAR’S END This week’s monthly finance report for the month ending on March 31 indicates a current surplus of $157,823 based on the 4,165 ADM figure. But that’s just the half of it. Benson told the School Board last week that each additional student over the 4,165 is expected to bring in an additional $4,000 in state basic aid. That means the division is currently anticipating having about $305,823 left. That figure is arrived at by adding $148,000 (37 students multiplied by $4,000) to the current finance report’s projected surplus of $157,823. It was no surprise to the School Board that they will have money to spend prior to the end of the school year. But perhaps the amount of the projected unspent money was surprising. See ADM, page 5
SIGNIFICANT PROFFER CHANGES Jarrell has made significant changes to proffers and the associated general development plan since a public hearing was held by Supervisors on March 18. He has added 12 more uses to the five that he had already proffered that would be prohibited in a “Restricted Area” on the property subject to the proposed rezoning. He has converted a proposed 30foot wide “landscaped buffer” to instead become a proffered 100-foot wide “natural vegetative buffer.” The natural vegetative buffer would retain the woods and other growth currently on the strip of land and be preserved in perpetuity. All proffers, if accepted, run with the land, no matter who becomes the owner in the future. The applicant has also revised the general development plan to indicate that it would widen the “Restricted Area” from 132-feet wide at the back of the parcel proposed for rezoning, to 150 feet wide, though it would also narrow the “Restricted Area” at the front of the property along US 301 from 223 feet wide to 150 feet. PROFFER DETAILS Should the rezoning be approved, the newly-revised request would include proffers that would increase the list of prohibited uses from five to 17 uses that are normally allowed in C-2 zoning districts. The previous five commercial by-right uses that were proffered out earlier remain on the list of prohibited uses that could not extend onto a portion of the property, which is designated as the 150-foot wide “Restricted Area.” That first list included auto repair facility, boat sales, contractors equipment yard, commercial garage and commercial parking lot. The additional prohibited uses in the current proffer are building supply/ lumber sales, commercial cemetery, fast-food restaurant, commercial marina, vehicle sales, construction material supply business with storage under cover, but not to include fabricating, farm supply sales including vehicular equipment, hospital, mobile home and modular home sales, radio/ television station, vehicle sales and service, and mini warehouse.
The lunar eclipse, the first of four consecutive lunar eclipses, began around 1 a.m. and lasted well into the morning past 5:30 a.m. The moon turned a bright red between 3:07 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. The total eclipse lasted more than 70 minutes. The eclipse is the first of four “blood moons” which will be visible in North America. The next events will be Oct. 8, April 4, 2015 and Sept. 28, 2015.
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“For God’s Glory and Honor Popes Creek Baptist Church Relay for Life Team will have a Yard/Bake/Craft/Misc Sale at Popes Creek Baptist Church on April 26, 2014 from 8:00 to 1:00 PM to benefit Relay for Life. Rain or Shine. dahlgren umc to present Easter Cantata, “Once Upon a Tree” by Pepper Choplin on Maundy Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Holy Communion will be provided at this service. The choir is directed by Elizabeth Guthrie and accompanied by Pamela Johnson. Child care will be provided. The church is located at 17080 Fourteenth Street in Dahlgren. colonial beach baptist church will celebrate the Easter season: April 17: Maundy Thursday Service – 7:00 p.m. Around the tables in the Fellowship Hall. April 20: EASTER SUNDAYCommunity Easter Sunrise Service – 6:30 a.m. High Tides on the Potomac Contemporary Worship Service – 8:28 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Study—9:45 a.m. Traditional Worship – 11 a.m. The church is located at 10 Garfield Ave. in Colonial Beach. providence umc invites you to Roast Beef sandwich with all the fixings, 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. A benefit for the church’s UMW, a home-made meal platter is just $12. Take outs available. 5417 Stratford Hall Rd., Montross. shiloh baptist church invites you to their Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. It will perform its Easter Cantata on April 20 at the 11 a.m. service. Sounds of Praise will perform. Also Grace Notes & Tiny Trebles will sing on this Easter Sunday. Shiloh is located at 13457 Kings Hwy, KG. Visit kgshiloh.org or call (540) 469-4646.
new life ministries to present original Easter drama, “The Bride,” a thrilling story of redemption and love. Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. On Route 205 heading into Col. Beach. (804) 224-8447. potomac baptist church invites you to their 2014 Resurrection Celebrations: April 19 at 10 a.m. Resurrection Egg Hunt April 20 at 7 a.m. Sunrise Service & Breakfast April 20 at 9:45 a.m. Sunday School April 20 at 11 a.m. Resurrection Cantata & Message. All celebrations will be held, rain or shine. Casual dress, and evryone is welcome to attend. (540) 775-3441 or onthpotomac.com for directions. peace lutheran church Please join us to celebrate Easter this Sunday! Sunrise at 6:15am at Dahlgren Wayside and 11 a.m. at Peacefor more info check out website www.peacelutherankgva.org We will have a wooden cross you may add fresh flowers to at both services! Looking forward to a great celebration. He is Risen, He is Risen INDEED! two rivers baptist church *Good Friday Service at 6p.mm, April 18. *Saturday, Apr.19 we will begin at 10 a.m. with our “Beary Fun Fellowship” followed by our annual Easter Egg Hunt - activities for adults & children, a cook-out and the egg hunt for the children! *Sunday morning 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service followed by breakfast prepared by the Baptist Men’s group. Worship Service at 10:30am - the Choir will present the cantata “Jesus Messiah.”
hanover-with-brunswick Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Sat. April 19, at 3 p.m. on Rectory Ln, KG. April 17-Maundy Thursday Service at 6 p.m. at St. John’s. HE/Foot washing/stripping of the altar. April 18-Good Friday Services: -noon at St. John’s: Seven Last Words of Jesus. -3 p.m. at Lamb’s Creek; Stations of the Cross. -6 p.m. at St. John’s: Good Friday Service with Reading of the Passion. April 20-Easter Sunday: -6 a.m. at Friendly Cottage Sunrise Service followed by potluck -10 a.m. at Emmanuel: Easter Service with Flowering of the Cross. Call (540) 775-3635. round hill baptist church 16519 Round Hill Road, King George, VA. Good Friday Service, Apr. 18 7 p.m.; Easter Sunrise Service, Apr. 20 at 10114 Marengo Farm Lane, KG, at 6:15 a.m.; followed by Sunday School for all ages at the church at 9:45; Easter Worship Service following Sunday School at 11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Questions call the church at (540) 775-5583. montross ministerial assn. Annual Easter Sunrise service, Sunday, Apr. 20 at 6 a.m. near the Westmoreland State Park boat house. In case of rain, service to be held at Pope’s Creek Baptist Church, 9131 Kings Hwy. (540)903-9940. mountain view baptist church Sunrise Service, Sunday, Apr. 20 at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast. Easter Worship service at 11 a.m. 6713 Passapatanzy Dr., KG.
I would like to give my point of view as the 46th year of the assassination of the late, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. has just passed and his 85th birthday before this. He was and still is one of my greatest heroes. I as a young Army soldier, and had been in Vietnam for almost a month, arriving in March 1968. I was at a temporary barracks in the Danang Vietnam area called China Beach. We were hearing the sounds of bombing, mortars, rockets and shelling during the night that would shake the wooden barracks. This went on at times during the day also. So my fear was great being an unsaved young soldier. So when I heard the news of the killing of Dr. King come around, every black soldier, and I and some white soldiers became as if frozen in time from disbelief. It was as if a dark cloud overtook the fear of war. The danger of war was forgotten about and replaced with sadness. There was also the “fear factor,” of reactions by the “black soldiers,” and how the commanders would handle the news, to keep a handle on everything. Most of the black soldiers gathered in groups to talk about how we would be affected by his death. A lot of black soldiers went into a ritual that was popular among black soldiers, called the “DAP.” God never moved me to take part in this, so I was often labeled as not a brother. This “DAP” went on during my 1st tour in 1968, and my second tour in 1971. I still did not take part in it. Since I became saved, today I still do not see the “DAP being practiced
as it was in Vietnam. The Commander spoke to us as a group about Dr. M.L.King, Jr.’s killing, both black and white soldiers together. There was a lot of anger expressed from black soldiers but we managed to get through it without any trouble. In other parts of Vietnam we heard of some black soldiers doing some rioting. This did not compare to the extent of rioting that we heard of that was going on back home. God used the Free Lance Star of Fredericksburg, VA as a means of keeping us up with what was going on back home, maybe a week or so later. I give God the Glory and Honor for the military soldiers in Vietnam, getting through the assassination of his number one servant, besides Jesus Christ, being taken away from us. Today, as God’s Minister, both Jesus Christ and Dr. Martin Luther King, live in my heart. Jesus Christ died at Calvary for our sin freedom, and Dr. King died for our freedom as a race of people to be equal to our white race. May God allow us to continue to honor God through his son Jesus Christ, and his other servant, Dr. King, Jr. Both worked here on this earth for us, and we have faith that they are in heaven telling God of our good works. Minister Lester Truman Johnson Vietnam Disabled Veteran 1968 & 1971 tours, U.S. Army
Christians Be Strong for the Lord Jesus Statics say 77-80% of Americans claim to be Christians, followers of Jesus Christ. If this is true where is the outcry from Christians when Jesus was removed from our schools, government and state property? In society the name of Jesus is just a curse word, Lord God please forgive us for not speaking out against the belittling and mocking of Your Holy Name. In the Bible answers are found as to why Christianity is being removed and America is falling apart. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from you God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity, your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.” Isaiah 59:1-3 The only answer to our collapse is to humbly come before God, repent of our sins and turn from evil. Then and only then will we have our sins forgiven and our land healed. Dale Taylor Spotsylvania, VA Psalm 55:14 We who had sweet fellowship together, walked in the house of God in the throng.
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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
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
Macedonia Baptist Church
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)
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
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church Corner of Lossing and Boundary, Colonial Beach
Traditional Anglican Worship 1928 Book of Common Prayer 1940 Hymnal
Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney
Sunday- Holy Communion 11 a.m. Meeting at Grant Church in Lerty, VA
Two Rivers Baptist Church
Sunday Masses: Sat. 5:00 p.m. Sun. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 p.m. (español)
Little Ark Baptist Church “Building God’s Kingdom On Earth”
Meeting at their new church
Intersection of Rokeby and Kings Hwy. (Rt. 3) 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 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.
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.
1081 Macedonia Ln., Colonial Beach, VA (804) 224-1500 "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His Name together."
Holy Redeemer Anglican Church
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
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Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Rev. Irving Woolfolk, Jr.
"A Church where everybody is somebody!"
Tabernacle Baptist Church 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
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 (804) 443-4168
Confession: Sat. following 8:00 a.m. Mass & at 4:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass
The Rev. St. John's, 9403 Kings Hwy. Diane Carroll 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Rector
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3207 Quarter Hill Rd., Supply VA 22436
Daily Mass: Mon. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. Adoration precedes each morning Mass
Worship Service - 10:30 a.m. (Sunday)
Corner of Millbank & St. Anthony’s Rd., King George
Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Nursery Provided Seeking to know the grace of God and to make it known to others.
Very Rev. Francis M. de Rosa Rev. Mark Mullaney
Dave Bentz, Pastor Jason Schubert, Associate Pastor 13114 Kildee Farm Road King George, VA 22485 (off 301 and Blue Jay Meadow Drive)
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Sat. 7:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday Masses: Sun. 8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m 12:45 p.m. Tridentine Mass
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9469 Caledon Rd., King George, VA22485 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
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EACH SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE CLASS: 9:30 A.M. WORSHIP SERVICES: 10:30 A.M.
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Office: 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443
Potomac Baptist Church
Worship Service: 11:00 a.m. Age Graded Bible Study: 9:45 a.m. (540) 775-7006
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The Museum at Colonial Beach to open for 2014 season
Visit their â€œWatermansâ€? room and view the video describing the â€œOyster Warâ€?. The main gallery will feature the Native American exhibit installed last fall with the addition of several local artifacts. A program featuring local Native American tribes is in the planning stages. A new exhibit planned for early summer will feature photographs and memorabilia from the old Colonial Beach High School. Also planned is the addition of several new plants, native to the Northern Neck, in the garden area.
Caroline Library, Inc. hosts traveling panel exhibition on VA Women in History-2014
2014 VA Boys State attendees selected American Legion Post 89 is pleased announce the following as being selected to attend VA Boys State 2014 in June at Radford University. Eligibility is limited to outstanding young men of the Junior Class who possess and demonstrate leadership, character and honesty. Selected to attend are: Killian Wisslead, Daniel Grigg, and Isidro Pride, Jr. Nathanial Lydick and Jarod Watson were selected a Alternates. Sponsored by the American Legion, Boys State is among the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Participants are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and the responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.
Christine Herter Kendall (Bath County), artist and patron of the arts. Nominated by Lee Elliott and Michael Wildasin, Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs; Mildred Delores Jeter Loving (Caroline County), principal in a 1967 civil rights turning point; Elizabeth Ashburn Duke (Virginia Beach), banker. Recipient of VABPW Foundation Business Leadership Award; Deborah A. â€œDebbieâ€? Ryan (Albemarle County), basketball coach and cancer treatment advocate; Stoner Winslett (Richmond), artistic director and choreographer.
SA Medical records available for pickup The operator of the former King George Medical Center has records that patients had requested but not picked up. If you have requested records and not received them or retrieved them, the Community Care Clinic can help. Come by the Clinic at 11131 Journal Parkway in King George and fill out the forms. The Clinic will pick up your records for you. It is important that you get your records because the order winding down the practice after the bankruptcy of King George Medical Center provides that the records can be destroyed after a year. This affects patients of the offices in Dahlgren and King George as well as patients of practices that were previously part of King George Medical.
Local residents will have plenty of choices when they choose which charities to support in The Community Give on Tues., May 6. A whopping 114 nonprofits have registered to participate in the regionâ€™s first 24-hour multicharity online fundraiser. The Community Fdn. of the Rapp. River Region, anticipates that participating charities will raise thousands of dollars on May 6 during the online fundraiser which begins at midnight and ends at 11:59 p.m. All donations must be made online at www.thecommunitygive.org. All donors will receive an immediate thank you and a receipt for 100% of their donation. Gifts will be maximized through cash prizes to participants. Every participating area nonprofit will be eligible for incentive prizes totalling $100,000 from The Community Fdn. and its sponsors. Examples include: A $10,000 grand prize to the nonprofit with the highest amount of giving overall. Five â€œNo Place Like Homeâ€? prizes of $5,000 to the nonprofit with the highest number of unique donors from Caroline, Fredericksburg, Stafford, etc. Also, $1,000 each hour will be awarded at random to participating nonprofits! Below is a partial list of the registered nonprofits from the KG area: Blue Star Mothers - Fredericksburg; Bluemont Concert Series; Boy Scouts of America, NCAC; Brain Injury Assn. â€“ Westwood Clubhouse; Dahlgren Heritage Foundation; disAbility Resource Center; Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT); Friends of the Rappahannock; Greater Fâ€™brg Habitat for Humanity; Hospice Support Care - MWHC Bereavement; KG Animal Rescue League; Love Thy Neighbor ~ Community Food Pantry & Soup Kitchen; Make-AWish Fdn. of Greater VA; Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging; Rappahannock Area Community Services Board; Special Olympics VA; Thurman Brisben Homeless Shelter; YMCA - Rappahannock Area YMCA. Find the rest of the nonprofits & make your donation at www. thecommunitygive.org Tuesday May 6. 24 hours to raise the $$$$$$
Thur. April 17
KG County Historical Society will meet in the Revercomb Bldg at 6 :30 p.m. Richard Compton local craftsman & artist will present handmade furniture. Public is invited. Northumberland Democrats to meet at 6 p.m. at the public library in Heathsville. Special guest speaker, Carolyn Jett, genealogist and historian. All are welcome to attend.
Sat. April 19
STEM event at Dahlgren Heritage Museum. Noon-4 p.m. Sign ups required. Cost is free for Museum members, donation requested from non-members. Go to dahlgrenmuseum.org to sign up.
Sun. April 20
The Inn at Stratford Hall Easter Brunch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 adult, $12 ages 6-12. Bring in bulletin from your church and SH will donate $1 to that church. (804) 4931966 or firstname.lastname@example.org to place reservations.
Calendar filling up for ACS Relay 4 Life fundraising events
FRI. APRIL 18: 6th Annual Golf 4 Wesley Tournament. Cameron Hill Golf Links, KG. Registration deadline April 11. Cost $75 per golfer over 18 and $50 for players 7-18. Includes 18 holes of golf, riding cart, lunch and door prizes and awards. For info & to register, go to Golf4Wesley@yahoo.com SAT. APRIL 26: Cake walk at KG Family YMCA. From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Need home made decorative cakes donated. Vie for title â€œBest looking Cake.â€? For information contact Ana (540) 775-6298 or email her at email@example.com.
SAT. MAY 17: KG R4L event, field at KGMS. Come out in support of the teams and help fight the war against cancer.
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National Day of Prayer observance in KG. Noon in front of the main courthouse doors on Kings Hwy, by the flag pole. All are invited to attend. Annual KGSO Law Enforcement Torch Run for VAâ€™s Special Olympics program. Starts at KGSO and goes to KGHS football field. Contact Dep. R.L. Shriver of KGSO (540) 7752049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. state.va.us to make a donation or to register to run. GW Regional Comm. to host regional meeting on Broadband. 7:30 a.m. at Jepson Alumni Exec. Center, 1119 Hanover St. Fâ€™brg. Continental breakfast, and meeting should be over by 10:30. RSVP email@example.com.
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Caledon State Park is preparing for the third annual Trash to Art event. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. SAT. April 26. The park is located at 11617 Caledon Road, KG VA, 22485. (540)663-3861; Email: Caledon@ dcr.virginia.gov. Geo coordinates for the Park Entrance: Latitude 38.331150 Longitude -77.144683. Check in for the event is at the park picnic pavilion. Rides to the river shore are provided. Conducted in conjunction with Earth Day it is a combination of a Potomac River shore line cleanup and a Creative Art event. Participants that choose to, can use the trash they clean from the river shore to create Art Objects that are judged. Prizes are awarded. Participants should wear shoes appropriate for walking in areas with broken glass and rusty nails, prepare for sun exposure with hats, long sleeves, and use sun screen. For the creative part of the event participants also are asked to bring basic supplies and tools, such as lightweight wire, string, utility scissors, pliers or wire cutters and a hole punch or awl. Registration is required. Contact the park and let them know who, and how many in the party.
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KGHS proudly presents their performance of â€œHairspray.â€? Show starts at 7 p.m. Cost $10pp. Dinner available for purchase at 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. With milkshakes available for $1.50.
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The case of the purple squirrel Squirrels. They are just about my favorite outdoor creature, and almost every spring I like to write about them. I am fond of a lot of other animals, but squirrels with their amazing acrobatics, their ability to find things, get into things, and most of the time, get out of things, is remarkable. However, it’s that ability to get into things David S. Kerr that occasionally causes them trouble. Take an incident in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week. A squirrel got into the electrical system of a community center and managed to short out the heating and cooling system. Fort Wayne now has a bill for $300 thousand. I doubt their city council is feeling all that warm and cuddly about my cute little friends, but fortunately, this column doesn’t run in Fort Wayne. Here in Virginia, we’re used to
what’s called the Eastern Gray Squirrel. For most of us, they’re the only squirrel we’ve ever seen. There are some variations, however. As close as Fairfax County, there are black squirrels that are descended from Canadian squirrels released in Washington D.C. by the Smithsonian Institution in 1909. They’re moving south, but at their current pace, they probably won’t reach Fredericksburg or the Northern Neck until the early part of the next century. They’re not in a hurry. However, I have to admit, that I am so fond of their coloring that I’ve thought about catching one up North and releasing him closer to where I live. But, that probably wouldn’t be fair, and besides, there are enough factors disrupting the balance of nature as it is. In addition to gray and black squirrels, there also red squirrels, but they all appear natural in their natural coloration. But, have you ever seen a purple squirrel? Most likely not. And no, I don’t mean the substanceinduced purple squirrel you saw on spring break in 1969. You know, that trip to Clearwater Beach in the VW
Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Dr. Lorey’s brisk response to David Kerr’s ponderings about climate change ended with, “(l)earn some science before you jump on the Global Warming Bandwagon.” What science does he mean? Climatology? Statstics? Probablity? Lorey’s Phd is not one of the above relevant disciplines. He also asks where Kerr got the info about the dire changes we can expect while simultaneously agreeing that, yes, the earth is warming. After scientists began reporting suspicions about changing climate, a gradual heating of our planet in the 1970’s, our government began supporting climate research in 1990 and now has 12 agencies working on various aspects of the threat. A simple Google search reveals massive amounts of data and thousands of reports and articles articulating the changes, their causes and the probable results of those changes. Kerr has, quite obviously, availed himself of such sources. Remaining ignorant in light of all that data is a choice. Science demands that cherished beliefs be discarded when evidence proves them to be wrong. He also implies that climatologists are cooking the data, conforming to the desired results. Fame and fortune in science comes from disproving accepted science. All attempts thus far have only further emphasized the human contribution to climate change and to support Dr. Mann’s hockey graph. Probability, a mathematical science, now shows humans as the primary cause at 95%, a stunning number. The question is no longer why it’s happening, but what can we do to stop or slow it down? Never before in the history of our planet has climate changed so rapidly. We are already in a period of extinction, one of the most severe in eons. The last time our planet was this warm and with this much CO2 in the atmosphere was at the end of the Permian Age, 290 million years ago. That one took thousands of years for the increase that humans have caused in 200-300 years. The result of that was the extinction of 97% of the life on earth. We, as humans, are subject to the same impact as were the creatures of the Permian Age. Climate change is the most profound challenge we have faced - our own possible extinction. Yet Dr. Lorey encourages us to ‘follow the money’, a fallacious argument since research scientists at top universities make a pittance compared to coaches. The largest amounts of money are being spent by climate deniers who have a lot to lose - the purveyors of fossil fuels. I suggest, instead, that Dr. Lorey follow the science to the truth. Marci Shaver King George
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Dear Editor: I’m writing this in the hopes of garnering support for the residents of Bayberry Estates in King George County to the seemingly unreasonable activities of the Board of Supervisors (BoS). We, in the Bayberry Estates subdivision within King George (Facebook: BayberryAgainstRezoning), reached out to the King George BoS this past week to have an open dialogue on our current dilemma, but they refused!!! Mr. Grzeika only stated that when the issue is on the agenda he would make his position known. Mr. Sisson stated that he is still “thinking” about how both sides can be appeased. We have to wonder if Mr. Sisson and Mr. Grzeika think they have the power to decide what is best for the residents of Bayberry WITHOUT listening to our concerns. They work for the citizens of KG County, not the other way around. The rezoning of this piece of property owned by Walnut Hill LLC, and the blatant disregard by some of the Board of Supervisors in keeping the best interest of the residents in mind (counter to 2007 campaigning by Mr. Sisson and Grzeika) is nothing more than a hollow promise. Mr. Sisson, Howard, and Grzeika have insinuated that a compromise between the residents of Bayberry and the Land Developer Walnut Hill LLC, represented by its operating manager Mr. Jarrell, is in the best interest of the county. But, in truth, the rezoning only benefits Mr. Jarrell and Walnut Hill LLC, with the Bayberry residents left dealing with the ramifications of the rezoning decision; no site or development plan was submitted by Walnut Hill LLC. The property in question only represents a small fraction of the commercial land already available up and down the Rt. 301 corridor in King George. Mr. Jarrell has NO vested interest in the county other than making as much profit as possible and moving on, leaving the residents to deal with the aftermath. Most of the proffers that accompany this rezoning request only apply IF VDOT approves. If VDOT doesn’t approve, then the new landowner will be under NO obligation to comply with stated proffers. Mr. Jarrell has steadfastly refused to sell the aforementioned property to anyone until it’s rezoned so he can
bus with the flowers on it. But, I am not kidding. There have been some genuine sightings of purple squirrels. And this isn’t just some odd shade of gray; these squirrels are purple. Authorities considered the first purple squirrel sightings to be fakes, but there have been enough reports, including one in England, for naturalists to speculate that some kind of chemical pollution, bromides perhaps, might be causing the change in their coloration. It’s not natural, probably not healthy, but the squirrels appeared in good shape at least, and the hope is that these are isolated occurrences. It’s a mystery, and don’t be surprised if you see more reports about purple squirrels. On a less bizarre note, another type of squirrel with remarkable coloring has recently gotten some notice because it only exists only on a few thousand acres on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Its natural habitat is the Ponderosa Pines that grow in the area, and apparently the species hasn’t moved beyond that very small area. They have dark coloring, and this is the part that’s unique; with
bright white tails. They’re a sight, and fortunately, they’re under the federal government’s protection. For some people squirrels are a nuisance. I have a policy of feeding both the squirrels and birds. That way, everybody is happy. But for bird lovers, squirrels are generally not welcome, and birders are always on the lookout for squirrel-proof birdfeeders. It’s kind of a passion. One I found relies on a remotely controlled electrical “zapper.” This gadget requires a lot of vigilance, and when a squirrel makes his move to steal some bird food, you can give him a zap through the electrified mesh. The ad (and I’m not making this up) said it was great for retirees. Just sit back in the old easy chair and click on the old squirrel zapper. As a recent retiree, I rather resented that comment; I do have better things to do than sit around and zap squirrels, so I think I will pass on that new product. But, disturbingly, I do know some people who just might enjoy it. —Reach David Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org
maximize his profits. The property is currently for sale pending rezoning for $995,000. We, the Bayberry residents, are starting to wonder if the deliberation of this request by the BoS, borders on unethical and immoral, as the request by Walnut Hill LLC goes against the very comprehensive plan the BoS approved, is counter to residents’ wishes and, only benefits the landowner. The BoS have used the comprehensive plan as the basis of their decision to review the rezoning request from Walnut Hill LLC. But according to that comprehensive plan, the property in question is zoned A-2; Walnut Hill LLC knew that when they purchased the property. Rezoning is NOT a right!! For King George County residents, please express your concerns to your district representative! Thank you for your time, Faron Kendle King George
ness or crime. Walnut Hill is NOT developing this land, they’re only interested in selling it. If they wanted commercial land, they could have purchased across the street, which is not next to anyone’s home. I don’t understand why this issue even merits a rebuttal. This is not bringing in business to the county, this is only benefiting one person, while destroying our quality of life and property values. The residents are only interested in that land staying zoned A2 as it currently is. Walnut Hill does not have the right to rezone their property, I do not have the right to rezone my property. Rezoning is not a right. Sincerely, Maura Martinez, MLIS King George
Dear Editor: I implore each of you to consider the Bayberry Rezoning from the eyes of the residents. There is no doubt in my mind that none of you or your spouses would want to live that close to a large business. No one wants their children raised in that environment. We purchased our home in one of the oldest subdivisions in King George because it’s an established, peaceful neighborhood and putting 10 acres of commercial land would bring an increase in crime to the Dahlgren area that already has a 30% increase according to Sheriff Dempsey. I don’t want my children to be raised that close to a large busi-
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humble opinion) How ignorant and a waste of money and resources is the current construction (uh, destruction) at the intersection at Owens? Irresponsible even. Too many wrecks in the county that close roads & block intersections. Not sure if it’s driver error, vehicle failure or road failure. You know, bad intersections. I wonder what the count will be at Owens with new & improved intersection. Be careful out there.
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commitments. Leming responded that some emails were sent. Leming said he wasn’t sure what was left to do, adding he understood there was a request for proposals out for the Department of Social Services seeking space. He added, “The County has moved on.” Leming also conceded in court, “Rescission may be the way to go.” In contract law, rescission is ‘the unmaking’ of a contract between parties to bring them, as far as possible, back to the position in which they were before they entered into a contract. Rescission is exactly what the County asked for in its original filing last October for breach of contract against Project Faith. PROJECT FAITH CAN AMEND COUNTERCLAIM If Leming and Project Faith take the opportunity to amend its counterclaim, it remains to be seen what the basis will be. Last week, its allegation that the County prevented its performance was shot down. And that was the excuse provided for Project Faith’s inability to obtain financing. It follows that the inability to obtain financing relates directly to Project Faith’s failure to commence
construction by the contractual deadline of Aug. 1, 2013. It might be problematic for Leming to go back and try to get traction with a previous allegation that the County dragged its feet on providing a building permit, thereby causing Project Faith to miss the commencement of construction deadline. Last week’s argument by Project Faith makes it plain that the real reason construction was not begun was all about money. BREACH OF CONTRACT King George’s lawsuit, filed in October, charges breach of contract due to Project Faith’s failure to meet its first major deadline under the contractual conditions in the two guiding legal documents, which was commencement of construction earlier this year, by Aug. 1, 2013. The County’s complaint is asking the Circuit Court to either rescind the Deed of Gift and Performance Agreement, or to declare those documents null and void due to default. Either court action would result in the land going back to the County, effective July 30, 2012, in the first instance, or July 30, 2013, in the second.
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The 17 prohibited uses proffered out would not be prohibited on the rest of the 6.75-acre site, which is the subject of the request. As noted, the prohibition would apply to a strip of land, termed as a “restricted area,” immediately adjacent to Bayberry subdivision lots. That restricted strip is now proposed to be 150-feet wide. DETAILS OF REZONING REQUEST JPI Walnut Hill LLC represented by Jay Jarrell is requesting to rezone from Rural Agricultural (A-2) to General Trade (C-2), with proffers, on a 6.75-acre portion of a 128.95acre parcel, identified as Tax Map 9 Parcel 34. The property is on the west side of US 301 about .2 miles south of the intersection with Danube Drive (Route 1101). It would be served by public utilities to be provided by the King George County Service Authority. It is located in the Dahlgren Primary Settlement Area in the county’s Comprehensive Plan. The 6.75-acre parcel is currently part of a larger parcel to its north with A-2 zoning. That 128.95-acre parcel is currently in open land and woodlands, and is the subject of a cluster subdivision application currently under review by the Department of Community Development as a by-right use under the existing zoning. The applicant’s proposed cluster subdivision is planned to be retained as a large common area behind the 6.75-acre parcel that would be undeveloped in perpetuity as a large wooded buffer adjacent to other abutting Bayberry subdivision lots. The small parcel requested for rezoning abuts two residential
properties in the Bayberry subdivision and is an irregular shape. The purpose of the rezoning is to consolidate it with a smaller, triangularly-shaped parcel 37A, which contains 1.91 acres adjacent to it. That adjacent property to which it would be added is already commercially zoned, and also fronts on US 301. A boundary line adjustment would be made to result in a rectangular parcel with frontage on US 301. A detailed traffic impact analysis was submitted by the applicant, which was reviewed and commented on by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). As a result, the applicant’s proffers include VDOT-recommended safety improvements to a number of median crossovers and existing entrances. The complete rezoning submission with the newly-revised proffers, traffic analysis and the staff report are available for review in the office of Community Development, on the ground floor of the Revercomb Administration building, located behind the Courthouse on Route 3. BACKGROUND The Planning Commission, with all ten members in attendance, had voted unanimously on Jan. 14 to recommend denial of the rezoning request. That recommendation had followed a public hearing on the case in December. The recommendation for denial was based on a 30-foot wide landscaped buffer and not the current 100-foot wide natural vegetative buffer now being proffered by the applicant. It was also based on the five previous prohibited uses proffered and not the current 17 uses proffered as prohibited on a 150-foot wide strip of land adjacent to the two residential lots in Bayberry that abut the parcel requested for rezoning.
It's a Boy! Tom & Sharon Franklin of Menomonie, Wisconsin, proudly announce the birth of their first grandchild. Two pickup locations for your convenience
Their daughter Morgan and son-in-law TJ Maglio are the blessed parents of Vincent Thomas Maglio, born February 23, 2014. Tom is a 1963 graduate of KGHS, and son of the late Grace and Eddie Franklin of Dahlgren.
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ADM: More students From page 1 Benson had been saying for months that the division had been anticipating ending the year with an ADM of about 4,165 to 4,180. That’s why he was able to comfortably hire additional instructional personnel earlier this year. HOW TO SPEND IT? The School Board had previously provided consensus to a suggestion by Chairman Mike Rose that some leftover funding be spent on two studies to help them make decisions regarding some facilities they may want to renovate. One study would determine costs for a new track complex at the high school and compare it to refurbishing the track located at the middle school, along with adding restrooms, concessions and improved bleacher seating. Either way, the existing track would need repairs or a completely new surface. The track cost the county $300,000 for the School Board to resurface and renovate it only eight years ago, and there have been numerous complaints that the surface is patchy and dangerous with large areas where it has deteriorated. Another study proposed by Rose would provide and compare costs for facility expansion to renovate and provide an addition to the former middle school building, or to provide an addition to the current middle school. The purpose would be to create space in one of the two buildings to be able to shift the 6th grades from the county’s three elementary schools. The School Board was advised by Supervisors to also consider the additional annual operating costs that would be necessary if the former middle school were selected to reopen. Those would include costs for additional administrative and several other positions. At last week’s meeting on April 7, Benson said he had met with County Administrator Travis Quesenberry in regard to initiating requests for proposals for the two studies. Benson also said he thought the School Board could also look at using some of the additional funding for some other capital items.
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DEQ: Large users need permit From page 1 would be required to be included. Another study that could be required is an aquifer test. That’s a pumping test that helps DEQ determine if there anything unique about the aquifer at the location of that particular withdrawal. That study requires shutting down the system and running a pumping test for 24 hours. Such studies are expected to be provided only when applying for a second or subsequent permit by existing users. BACKGROUND The groundwater withdrawal regulations had already been in place for numerous Virginia localities in the Virginia Coastal Plain and were expanded to include King George and some other counties as of Jan. 1, as part of a phased approach by the state. As of Jan. 1, 2014, the other counties added to the expanded Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area include Westmoreland, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen and Richmond counties. Portions of other some counties are also now included. Those are the portions of counties which lie east of Interstate 95 in Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fairfax, and Prince William. The state has taken a phased approach to expand the regulatory area. As of Jan. 1, the regulatory area now includes all of the area east of I-95. Large water users are those who have withdrawn 300,000 gallons in any single month in any calendar year. Existing users must complete the permitting application process by June 30. The identified large water withdrawers must complete and submit an application to the state by June 30, 2014. The permits are valid for ten years. DECLINING GROUNDWATER LEVELS The reason for the expansion of the regulatory area is because in 2009 DEQ and the State Water Control Board found that groundwater levels were declining at a rate of approximately 2-2 ½ feet per year in the eastern coastal plain – the area east of I-95. The purpose of the permit requirement is to conserve and protect the utilization of state’s groundwater. It has been determined that continued unrestricted usage of groundwater is contributing to pollution and shortage of groundwater.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Cople Elementary School’s Sponsor for Success, Abundant Life Christian Ministries members arrive with Easter treats for some special students.
Clara Brabo shakes hands with Congressman Rob Wittman at Ruby Brabo’s town meeting Monday evening. Clara provided an overview of the DECA at KGHS Chapter Public Relations project and an update on the students’ successes at the state competition. She explained that there are now 30 students who are moving on to participate at the International competition level. The students will travel to Atlanta May 2-5 and are still fundraising. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the high school office addressed to the attention of Dee Strauss. Audience members at the town hall donated a total of $230 towards the students trip.
Red Cross celebrated volunteers during Nat’l Vol. Week Nearly 400,000 volunteers serve the organization, accounting for 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. During National Volunteer Week, April 6 - 12, the American Red Cross celebrated the extraordinary contributions of its hundreds of thousands of volunteers who deliver Red Cross services 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. River Counties & Northumberland Chapters of the American Red Cross thank our dedicated Volunteers whose commitment helps so many residents in our communities. If you know a volunteer or see someone wearing a Red Cross shirt or disaster vest, please take the time to thank them for all they do every day in our communities. Nearly 400,000 volunteers serve the organization, accounting for 90
percent of the Red Cross workforce. “Our volunteers deliver every aspect of our mission, from responding to house fires in the middle of the night, to teaching life-saving FirstAid and CPR, to supporting blood drives,” said Jim Starr, Vice President of Volunteer Management for the Red Cross. “They are the essence of the Red Cross and we are grateful for their generous spirit and service to others.” On average, the Red Cross has about 14 volunteers for every one employee. This extraordinary donation of time and talent is further evidence of the tremendous value and impact volunteers hold for nonprofits such as the Red Cross. With the support of its volunteers, the Red Cross turns compassion into
action. In fiscal year 2013, Red Cross volunteers helped respond to nearly 70,000 disasters; trained more than 6.5 million people in Red Cross lifesaving skills; collected approximately 5.7 million units of blood from roughly 3.3 million volunteer blood donors; provided nearly 400,000 services to military members, veterans and their families; and reconnected nearly 1,000 families separated by war or disaster around the world. The Red Cross invites the public to be a part of the lifesaving work it does and to sign up to volunteer and to donate blood. The Red Cross needs diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. People can go to redcross.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer
application or Contact River Counties Chapter 804 435 7669 or Northumberland Chapter 804 580 4933. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, people should visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. People who are not ready to commit to being a volunteer but want to help out when a disaster strikes their community should download the Team Red Cross app. Through the app, people can sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross volunteer opportunities in their community. The Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
Online reviews can benefit shoppers & retailers alike Word-of-mouth has long been an ally of small business. Customers who have positive experiences with a small business often share those experiences with friends, family members and coworkers, and that word-of-mouth can help hardworking small businesses establish themselves in a community. But reviews don’t just benefit small businesses. Consumers are increasingly relying on online review sites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor to help them make more informed decisions about where to spend their money. A glowing review can inspire men and women to try new neighborhood eateries or prove helpful as they search for contractors to work on their homes. All types of businesses have been reviewed online, and more and more reviews are being posted by the day. Such information can prove invaluable to prospective customers, but only when reviewers post accurate and detailed accounts of their experiences with a given business. The following are a few things to keep in mind when writing online reviews.
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Volunteers seek to encourage and lift-up the unfortunate King George — Palm Sunday, April 13 was an uplifting day for the nearly 100 people who converged at the King George Citizens Center for a festive afternoon of inspiration, good food and recognition of the contributions by Helen Lehr of Descending Dove Christian Center to the growth of Love Thy Neighbor (LTN.) A Children’s Corner with crafts including Easter basket making was provided by Amanda Miller, and her Brownie Troop Chris Buck of Love Thy Neighbor and Arlene Jacovelli, president of 24/7 TLC.
#648. The inspirational music was provided by Gordon and Barbara McDonald, with beautifully decorated tables featuring floral arrangements by Jeanne Marie Rehanek, of “Consider the Lilies” floral design. Arlene Jacovelli, 24/7 TLC President, spoke about the medical services that are available at the Community Care Clinic, and shared encouraging stories from her own life about overcoming the varied medical disasters that had previously derailed her and her family’s life, stating that “you can’t fall off the floor” and a George Elliot quote that “It is never too late to be what you might
have been.” 24/7 TLC, the not for profit parent of the Community Care Clinic is providing Love Thy Neighbor with professional office space and guidance to growing the resources currently offered to individuals and families who have recently found themselves in dire straits or who have been struggling with chronic poverty. Individuals are qualified for services by a genuine desire to find a bridge out of their situation, but who have become very discouraged or downtrodden. The Love Thy Neighbor is a fun monthly event now being held on the third Sunday of
every month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., funded by tax deductible donations which provides nourishing groceries either donated or purchased, along with fresh produce coordinated by Jane Van Valzah from King George Farmers’ Market participants. The format is fun, with music, a delicious hot meal, prizes and inspirational speakers and resources. All members of the LTN team are volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or donate please call Chris Buck at (540) 220- 6234 or e-mail Love Thy Neighbor at email@example.com.
Cracking egg myths in time for Easter Easter eggs are a centerpiece of many family traditions come Easter Sunday. Easter eggs symbolize fertility and rebirth to some, but many people associate Easter eggs with youngsters scouring the yard in search of treasure. Whether Easter eggs are associated with secular or religious beliefs, these colorful staples of Easter Sunday are an integral part of springtime holiday decor and celebrations. Certain misconceptions about Easter eggs have developed over time, and the following are some of the more common myths about Easter eggs that have made the rounds.
Fact: Whether dyed eggs are safe or not depends on the type of dye used. Many kits use vegetable-based dyes that are food-safe. These same pigments are used in traditional food coloring. Even if the dye has penetrated beneath the shell, it should still be safe for consumption. Kits for blown-out eggs may use dyes that are not food-safe. Also, people who are allergic to certain food dyes might want to avoid eating dyed eggs.
Myth: Easter eggs are safe to eat after your egg hunt is over. Fact: Hard-boiled eggs generally remain safe to eat at room temperature for about two hours. If the temperature outside or indoors is very warm, the eggs should be eaten within one hour. People risk food-borne illnesses if they consume Easter eggs that have been left out for several hours or overnight. It is better to dispose of colored eggs after the annual egg hunt or at least keep hard-boiled eggs refrigerated until the hunt begins.
Myth: Pastel-colored eggs have long-rooted religious significance. Fact: An Easter egg hunt is a tradition that originated with pagan spring festivals. But like many pagan practices, Easter egg hunting was eventually adopted by Christians and assigned religious significance. In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ shed on the cross. The hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ for many. In A.D. 1610 under Pope Paul V, the Christian Church officially adopted the Easter egg custom that the eggs symbolize the resurrection.
Myth: It is unsafe to eat all dyed Easter eggs.
Myth: An Easter egg roll is an American tradition.
Fact: In Germany, England and other countries, children traditionally rolled eggs down hillsides at Easter. This practice may have initially symbolized the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ’s tomb before his resurrection. When European immigrants arrived in North America, they brought these Easter egg traditions with them. One of the more popular Easter egg rolls of modern day takes place on the White House lawn, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. Some say this tradition was established by Dolly Madison in 1814. Myth: A raw egg will stand on end during the sprinG equinox. Fact: It is believed that because the sun is equidistant from the south and north poles on the spring equinox, special gravitational forces apply on this day. These forces should make it possible to balance an egg on its end only on this day. However, eggs can be balanced at other times of the years. Perhaps instead of hiding eggs for Easter, families may choose to hold egg-balancing competitions. Easter eggs are a l lasting tradition and one of the more popular symbols of the holiday. Although many myths surround Easter eggs, the truth is just waiting to be unhatched
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This Victorian chandelier hangs in an old Northern Neck home. The owner writes that it is not original to the house, but was an estate sale acquisition many years ago for $100. The glass is hobnailed and amber-colored with matching prisms. The latter are not displayed, as some are Henry Lane missing. The Hull owner has not been able to find any marking to indicate the maker.
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The light dates form the 1880s, and could have been made at any of the numerous factories that were in the lighting business. The amber glass is rarer than white or red, and the amber prisms are unusual. I suggest looking online to try to get replacements for the missing ones. Obviously, this light was originally an oil lamp, and fortunately, the electrification did not involve cutting either the glass or the brass work. Lights such as this one remain popular, but they are selling for less than they were a generation ago. In part, the decline comes from the limited light that the lamp emits. This one is worth $250; hence, the purchase was a good investment at the time. Victoriana does not sell as well on the market as it once did, whether one speaks of furniture or accessories. This hanging lamp makes a good accent in the room, but even from the photograph, one can see that it does not put out significant brightness. It is a good conversation piece and a nice example of its period. Fortunately, it could be returned to oil use, as the essential elements remain in tact. For those restoring authentic Victorian homes or building classic reproductions, this chandelier could
be a popular item. Interestingly, here in Virginia, one of the great Victorian lamp collectors recently consigned his collection of over 550 lamps to Garth’s Auction House in Ohio, and they will be forthcoming at several of their auctions.
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KG YMCA Healthy Kids Day filled with activities Leonard Banks Sports editor
The annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day event was celebrated throughout the country.
It was a YMCA health-day extravaganza! On Saturday, kids of all ages got off the couch and left the shelter of their homes to participate in the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day in King George. From the morning 5k and 1-mile Fun Run to the activities that took place inside the YMCA building, adults and kids were given a morning and afternoon filled with a variety of activities. In an effort to cover nearly every segment of the health spectrum, YMCA marketing & events coordinator Amanda Duenas pulled out all the stops to invite some of the community’s top businesses to the event. “The Healthy Kids Day program promotes kids to live healthier and active lifestyles,” Duenas said. “Also, the kids will be encouraged to eat healthier, and get out and play, versus sitting inside.”
Foxes Atop the 4A North Conference 22 After picking up a crucial win over Chancellor on Monday, the Foxes softball team improved to 4-0 in the 4A North Conference 22. Foxes pitcher, Ashley Nalls stuck out 10 batters, while giving up three hits to help the Foxes cruise past the Chargers. Alexis Sheehan finished the day with one RBI, two runs, while going 2-3 at the plate. Monica Brandts added two hits during her four times at bat. The Foxes will host LibertyBealton at home, on April 29.
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Healthy Kids Day business participants included: King George Volunteer Fire Department, Dahlgren Lions Club, The Studio, Dr. Yum Project (nutrition), Dr. Wendy Moore, Germanna Community College, King George Sheriff ’s Office K-9 Unit, Muhammad’s Boxing & Martial Arts, EXIT Realty Expertise, YMCA Pre-School, YMCA and the Aquatics Center. Face painting, and an obstacle course were also included in the event’s activities. Thrilled to offer her advice on oral healthcare, local dentist Dr. Wendy Moore said, “In general, health for children starts at a young age, where the whole body is important. My field and the YMCA programs here focus on the whole body.” During the day’s events, the YMCA Summer Camp was also featured. The camp allows kids age 15 years old an opportunity to participate in field trips, indoor swimming, music,
YMCA Healthy Kids Day run results With a time of 7:04, Alexander Laponte was the boys’ overall Healthy Day Kids One-Mile winner, while Isabella Irace (7:16) finished first in the girls’ category as the overall winner. Other runners who finished in the top three of the kids’ race included: Boys: Austin Belski, 2nd, 7:15, and Colson Clary, 7:32. Girls: Lilly Pallotti, 2nd, 7:17, and Kellie Williams, 3rd, 8:05. Age group 1-mile winners: 6 years old and under: Boys: Tanner Cook, 8:36; Girls: Magnolia Weaver, 10:25; 7-8 years old: Boys: Benjamin Tidwell, 7:42; Girls: Hannah Christy, 8:34; 9-10: Boys: Hudson Gamble, 8:24; Girls: Jessica Nester, 8:51; 1112: Boys: Connall Mullins, 8:25; Girls: Abagail Mullins, 8:09; 13-14:
Boys: Joshua Smith, 8:28; Girls: Lily Mullins, 8:59. Rebecca Tidwell had the distinction of being the women’s overall 5K winner, as she finished with a time of 23:09. As for the men, Frank Cristy was the men’s overall 5K winner with a time of 22:55. Other runners who finished in the top three of the 5K race included: Women: Lilly Pallotti, 2nd, 27:08; Monica Brown, 29:35; Monica Brown, 3rd, 29:35; Men: Austin Belski, 2nd, 24:59; Michael Cole, 3rd, 25:08. Age group 5K winners: Women, 19 & under, Morgan Griffith, 32:38; Men, 19 & under, Joseph Holman, 26:06; Women, 30-39, Lin Jones, 29:46; Women, 40-49: Cynthia Mullins, 33:49; Men, 40-49: Brad Gehart, 25:51; Women, 50-59, Darlene McGulgan, 30:54; Men, 5059, Ted Ruane, 26:52; Women, 60-69, Marcy Feltner, 43:24; Men, 60-69, James Pitts, 35:52; Men, 70 and over, Ferris Portner, 41:24.
KGLL spotlights the Coach Pitch div. Jim Roberts This is the first of a series of articles from King George Little League (KGLL) that will spotlight a division each week throughout the regular season. The Coach Pitch Division is part of the “minor” division of Little League and is comprised of boys and girls ages 7 and 8. Coach Pitch is somewhat of a misnomer these days, as KGLL, like many leagues, use a mechanical pitching machine that can present better and more consistent pitches than any of its coaches. Coach (Machine) Pitch Baseball has been played in KGLL for many years but this year, for the first time, KGLL offered Coach Pitch Softball for female ball players. Girls are still permitted to play Coach Pitch Baseball, of course; it is just a matter of choice. For the 2014 regular season, KGLL has six Coach Pitch (CP) baseball teams and two CP softball teams. The inaugural teams for CP softball are the Jaybirds and Red Raiders, managed by Heidi Emory and Eileen Ordonez, respectively. The CP baseball teams (and managers) are Nationals (Inzana), Rays (Jackameit), Braves (Price), Orioles (Schneider), Dodgers (Truslow), and Athletics (Coyle). The CP baseball teams will compete against each other during the week and on Saturdays and the CP softball teams will compete against each other with the potential for an occasional interleague game with one of our neighboring leagues. For more information or to check on game schedules or results, visit the KGLL website, www.kglittleleague. org. The Journal also publishes The Dahlgren Source and ChamberLink.
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Coach Pitch softball player Ava F. receives batting instruction from Coach Chris McCall during the KGLL inaugural CP softball game as Jayhawks Coach Heidi Emory looks on from 3rd.
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King George girls soccer reloads for potential upsets Leonard Banks Sports editor
Lady Fox soccer player, Sam Fedak (left) defends against a rival Knight.
New Foxes girls’ soccer head coach Jono Rollins is tasked with the challenge of rising above last season’s (9-4, 6-4) record that also gave King George a playoff berth. However with the loss of six players, including five starters, and the Fauquier and Liberty entering the conference-22 schedule, the pressure of sustaining a successful program will weigh heavily on the shoulders of the Foxes, as the season unfolds. Reflecting on the Foxes current 2-3 record, Rollins said, “I think we’re a middle of the road team this year, in the sense of rebuilding, and the loss of six seniors.” While key players such as Gabi Caron, Claire Larsen, Bri Bancroft, Perri Chuska and CJ Jones have stepped up their game, the Foxes as a team must push the envelope during
Spotsylvania Knights nudge past Foxes Leonard Banks Sports editor On Friday night, the Spotsylvania Knights (2-3, 1-2) defeated the Foxes (2-3, 1-2), 2-0. Knight forward Shannon Wratchford scored two unassisted goals to give Spotsylvania the win. In the first half, the Foxes appeared to take the aggressive role as they featured five shot-on-goals, forcing the Knight goalkeeper into three saves. Clair Larsen nearly got the Foxes on the board with a near-miss shot that sailed over the goal, at 34.52. Five minutes later, Foxes C.J. Jones soon followed with a goal attempt
at 29.57. Every time the Foxes got within 10 yards of their opponent’s goal, the Knights’ defense would suffocate their efforts. Throughout the defensive stalemate, the Foxes’ defense never waivered. During a potential Knight runaway situation, Perri Chuska foiled a scoring attempt at 28:15. A minute later, Bri Bancroft stopped a Knight goal with a diving catch. However, as fate would have it, Wratchford scored the Knights’ first goal at 6:37, during an unassisted runaway play. The Knights entered the second half more determined. After shifting to a more aggressive mode in the
every match this season. Rollins is optimistic that his team has the tools to upset the balance of power in Conference 22. With Courtland as the apex predator amongst a sea of sharks, the Foxes hope to ride quietly under the radar by pushing their opponents to the brink of exhaustion. “We knew coming in this year that we were replacing A-level players with B-level competitors,” Rollins said. “Last season, we were a second to third place team in the district, but this year we are a fourth place team.” The Foxes 4-1 loss to Courtland symbolized potential in the form of a dark cloud. Although the loss on standard is a tough pill to swallow, the Foxes were the first team this season to score against the Cougars. “There will be games we should win, and those we will have an opportunity to upset,” Rollins said. “For example teams like Spotsylvania should beat
us, but we have the personnel that can come in and beat the Knights.” The Cougar loss also showcased possibly Foxes veteran goalkeeper Bri Bancroft’s best game in her high school career. After 30 shot-ongoals, Bancroft defended by save 24 of them. The Foxes defense also shut down 15 other potential Cougar breakaways. “We have already achieved several goals by showing the top teams in our conference that we have what it takes to be number one,” Rollins said. King George is not alone in its efforts to rebuild. Former area soccer champion, Chancellor is also undergoing changes in its personnel. The Foxes soccer program featured a large turnout during the initial stages of the season. With over 50 athletes trying out the varsity (18) and junior varsity are filled to the brim with a contingent of a players brimming with talent.
Foxes girls’ 2014 soccer roster: #1. Claire Larsen, 2. Hayley Gummer, 3. Ashley Ackerman, 4. Lauren Howard, 5. Brittany Halsey, 6. Anna Kniceley, 7. Gabi Caron, 8. Kristen Hornbaker, 9. Cary Linderman, 10. Becca Leonard, 11. Sam Fedak, 12. Bri Bancroft, 13. Josie Altman, 14. Brenna Haas, 16. Christen Porter, 17. CJ Jones, 18. Meghan Yanchulis, 19. Perri Chuska, Head coach Jono Rollins, assistant coach Aly Pulize.
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early stages of the half, they placed five shots-on-goal during a period of three minutes. Equally tough on both ends of the field, the Knights continued to thwart the Foxes’ attempts to get back into the game. At 31:38, the Knight defenseman forced Gabi Caron’s potential scoring over the goal. The Knights would soon retaliate with Wratchford scoring the Knights’ second goal at 22:15. The Foxes’ efforts to avoid a shutout ended with the Knights’ defense refusing to budge as the clock ran out. On Thursday, April 17, the Foxes will travel to the unfriendly confines of Chancellor. Game time is 7 p.m.
Leonard Banks Sports editor Foxes girls’ tennis update Although Fauquier swept the King George High School tennis team, 9-0, on Thursday, the Foxes were able to narrowly defeat Eastern View, 5-4, the day before. During singles competition, the Foxes acquired wins from two players. Amelia Howell defeated Hunter Kusnak, 10-3, while Amy Neel defeated Mary Murphy, 10-5. After falling behind 4-2 in singles play, the Foxes swept all three double matches. Katie Bailey and How-
ell defeated Amber Boutchyard, and Josie Kritter, 10-7. Andrea Wine, and Binh Duong defeated Hunter Kusnak and Mary Murphy, 10-5. Lucy Shippee and Maure Buckley defeated Justine Pyle and Gabby Beville, 10-4. Currently King George is 5-3 overall, and 3-3 in the 4A North Conference 22 division. On Wednesday, the Lady Foxes will travel to James Monroe.
Courtland Cougars defeated the Foxes, 6-3. The Foxes fall to 3-6 overall, and 1-6 in the conference. Although the Cougars dominated the match, the Foxes were able to pick up three victories. During singles competition, Zak Kegley defeated Miguel Mitra, 10-6, and Devin Drake defeated Hunter Davis, 10-5. Drake and Anthony Wood defeated Davis and Cole Coghill, 10-8 in doubles competition. On April 9, the Foxes were defeated 9-0 by Eastern View. On Wednesday, the Foxes will host James Monroe. Matches begin at 4 p.m.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
KYGAA flag football news Montross loves WCLL Opening Day Leonard Banks
Enjoying beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures this past Saturday, the King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA) successfully launched its spring 2014 flag football campaign at Sealston Elementary School. All 28 flag football teams were in opening day action, including the brand new “Pee Wee” instructional division designed exclusively for participants four and five years of age. Scores and leaders: Pee Wee Division: Leaders for the Bullfrogs were Nicholas Baylor, Grant Myers, and ClaAndre Posey. Leaders for the Fireflies were Lachlan McGregor, Jahkir Shelton, and Jayden Robinson-White. Leaders for the Ospreys were Jusiah McDowney, Thomas Venable, and Kurgan Van Theemseche. D1 Gladiators (28) @ Bobcats (6): Leaders for the Gladiators were Kaleb Inzana, Dylan McQuiston, and Jamari Sharpe. Leaders for the Bobcats were Luke Mulloy and Nick Smoot. D1 Rockets (12) @ Phantoms (31): Leaders for the Rockets were Eli McDowney and TreVon McDowney. Leaders for the Phantoms were Domonic Deloatch, Corey Thomas, and Dylan Truxon. D1 Tigers (20) @ Rockets (9): Leaders for the Tigers were Zack Fowler, Akeem Peyton and Jack Salyers. Leaders for the Rockets were Mason Nicoletti and Clyde Sabo. D2 Venom (18) @ All-Americans (34): Leaders for the Venom were Blake Childress, Brianna Ellis, and Jackson Rosner. Leaders for the AllAmericans were Tommy Buckles and Lorenzo Coleman. D2 Dragons (6) @ Aces (14): Leaders for the Dragons were Joseph Brito, T’mari Stephenson, and Ryan Wood. Leaders for the Aces were Nehemiah Frye, Jay Parks, and J.D. Rodriguez.
It was a beautiful day for Westmoreland County Little League baseball and softball. Saturday, April 12 will forever be remembered as a day where parents spent the day with their children as they enjoyed America’s greatest pastime. Montross Middle School served as the setting for the annual event, with games featured on three fields. The center of attention was on 213 registered kids featured in divisions of T-Ball, Rookie Boys, Minor League Baseball and Major Girls Softball. Throughout the course of the day, 10 games were played. The following teams competed for opening day bragging rights: T-Ball: Lugnuts, Scrappers, River_ Bandits, Redwings. The Bull will play their first game on Tuesday, April 15, weather permitting. Rookie boys: Mud Cats, Iron Birds, Blue Thunder; Major girls: Westmoreland; Major boys: Orioles, Braves; Rookie girls: Westmoreland Pink, Westmoreland Navy; Minor girls: Westmoreland; Minor boys:
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During opening day, DI Tigers Zachary Fowler (right) scores a touchdown, while teammate Akeem Peyton (left) celebrates. D2 Warhawks (12) @ Green Devils (34): Leaders for the Warhawks were Unoma Aguolu, Luke Lattimore, and Jayden Wynes. Leaders for the Green Devils were Chris Cox, Ty McDowney, and Brody Newton.. D2 Silver Wolves (12) @ Rebels (36): Leaders for the Silver Wolves were Savion Peyton, Nick Ritter, and Austin Webster. Leaders for the Rebels were Garry Lewis Jr., Noah Pogue, and McKinley Worrell. D3 Outlaws (20) @ Lightning (31): Leaders for the Outlaws were Dekker Chuska, Johnathan Gaines, and Allante Green. Leaders for the Lightning were T’Juan Beverly, Austen Ellis, and Brandon Welch. D3 Cobras (76) @ Stingers (26): Leaders for the Cobras were Ernest James, Deon Williams, and Devin Willilams. Leaders for the Stingers were Ethan Bates, Kyler Gill, and Justis Peppers. D3 Rage (14) @ Blitz (22): Leaders for the Rage were Arturo Caldeira, Jordan Fletcher, and Mike Foster. Leaders for the Blitz were Darin Hughes, Cencere Pettie, and Chase Scott.
D3 Fury (24) @ Shockers (42): Leaders for the Fury were Johnny Catlett, Cintasia Jackson, and Sam Slingerland. Leaders for the Shockers were Ethan Indseth, JJ Kidd, and Andre Milstead. D4 Leathernecks (29) @ Bucks (36): Leaders for the Leathernecks were Justin Barnes, Nathan Crisp, and Nik Mitcheltree. Leaders for the Bucks were Darius Carroll, Alezsa Green, and Vic Williams. D4 Thunder (45) @ Spiders (20): Leaders for the Thunder were Chris Gray, Patrick Newton, and Logan Taylor. Leaders for the Spiders were Kyree Garrett, Michael Johnson, and Deante Peyton. Cheerleaders: Leaders for the D1 Squad were Paisley Littleton, Veronica Pawlowicz, and Kierra Posey. Leaders for the D2 Squad were Alexis Gray, Savana Jones, and Charleigh Paluszak. The KGYAA resumes regular season play this Saturday at Sealston Elementary School. For more information, visit the KGYAA on Facebook or at www.kgyaa.org.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Dahlgren Museum to host interactive STEM Demo for Kids Dahlgren â€” Dahlgren Heritage Museum will host â€œScience & Engineering *** LIVE ***â€? -an interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) demo for kids on Saturday, April 19, at the museum, 3540 James Madison Hwy., King George.
Sessions will be offered at 12 noon and 2 p.m. There will be a limit of 20 kids per session, so preregistration is required on line at www.dahlgrenmeseum.org. The event is free to children or grandchildren of members of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation.
Children of non-members will be admitted with a donation to the Foundation. Students will explore the transition between science and engineering. Tasks will focus on solving a set of problems, understanding scientific concepts of convection, calories,
vapor pressure, vacuum and oxidation. Students will build a rocket or soda-can stove as a team and will be lighting things on FIRE! Adult supervision will be supplied, but the work will be done by the students. The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation preserves and promotes the his-
Honor Roll Allister Atkinson, Shelby Boland, Haylee Callahan, Joseph Caro, Blake Childress, Jaxson Dobbert, Ryan Gervasi, Gavin Graves, Jordan Hill, Taylor Hollis, Kyrstin Kyle, Wyatt Leasure, Tori McLaughlin, David Nance, Catherine Ovalle, Andrew Pell, Brandon Phillips, Arianna Powell, Chelsea Saguid, Sarah Smith, Matthew Sokolowski, Katelyn Spuchesi, Alyssa Tonetti, Avery Tutor, Ravyn Wise, Charlize Wylde Honorable Mention Victoria Anderson, Taylor Ball, Shamus Curran, Thomas Ferguson, Nehemiah Frye, Madison Greiber, Mason Guy, Samantha Jones, Ila Kickuth, Mason Medley, Dylan Moneyhon, Nathan Moody, Amir Muhammad, Henry Newman, Meghan Oâ€™Hanlon, Kamille Oliver, Austin Snellings
sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navyâ€™s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.
sealston Elementary School Third Grade Distinguished Honor Roll Bethany Ayres, Madison Brigner, Matthew Casey, Montgomery Cox, Joshua Ferguson, Megan Garcia, John Haesler, Ryan Hoffman, Nathan Kale, Raegan Lumpkins, Kendall Morgan, Mary Panozo, James Patteson, Jackson Rosner, William Tolley
tory, traditions, heritage and culture of the U.S. Navy at Dahlgren, Virginia, and the surrounding community. The Foundation is chartered to establish and operate the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with
Fourth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll Connor Gray, Isabella Husson, Bryce Kuberek, Samantha Leal, Nathaniel Maynard, Brooke Mycka, Caleb Rennert, Kyle Reviello, McKenzie Scalzi, Andrew Sokolowski, Kellie Williams Honor Roll Chidalu Aguolu, Gabriel Aley, Natalia Alkhal, Julia Bielovitz, Connor Biondi, Payten Broderick, Logan Constant, Chaynce Cook, Emma Filkoski, Ryan Frenzley, Kennedy Geris, Jordan Gilyeat, Sidney Hathway, Garret Johnson, Anna Kale, Andre Mack, Mackenzie Polachak, Gabrielle Poole, MacKenzie Poole, Jadyn Richardson, Madison Rodriguez, Brooke Rolocut, Jacob Shelton, Troy Spillman, Logan Sprague, Lucian Tamburello, Leah Taylor, Keith Turner, Molly Watson Honorable Mention Takira Allen, Jonathan Amorino, Seth Boyd, Payton Foshay, Adrienne Griffiths, Emily Hayden, Dylon Jones, Lyndsey Knox, Hannah Linder, Cadence Manthey, Caitlyn Matthews, Gavin McCraw, Brandon McDaniel, Robert Poole, Dylan
Rorrer, Casey Sanders, Madison Scharen, Jaden Simpson, Carlos Ward, James Weadon, Austin Webster Fifth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll Chandler Balint, Chelsi Balint, Grace Brancheau, Elijah Dawson, Annaliese Franklin, Emily Garcia, Jenna Kapp, Natalie Knoke, Keira Lipinski, Samuel Wahlquist Honor Roll Adriana Alkhal, Abigail Besaw, Samantha Blahnik, Jacob Blalock, Mackenzie Cox, Drake Dalton, Madison DeBernard, Stephanie Dermody, Ryan Donald, Anthony Fernandez-Grimes, Macalla Gallahan, William Gentry, Kenley Gill, Dillan Inthavongdy, Matthew Karle, Breana Kedzierski, Casey Landrum, Shiloh Lewis, Alexis Loughner, Christopher Lumpkins, Skyla Mauro, Richard Miller, Cara Mims, Abigail Monahan, Cayden Moore, Gabriel Nesmith, Brody Newton, Victoria Phillips, Chad Price, Gerald Simms, Hollie Sisemore, Ian Sizemore, Andon Snyder, Claudia Tocci, David Vance, Eleanor Veazey, Doug Wahlquist, Katie Wilkening, Noah Williams, Preslee Williams, Haley Zappas
Honorable Mention Raymond Bennett, Heavenly Bonnett, Jaiden Butler, Deborah Carpenter, Lacey Connell, Alayna Grubbe, William Landauer, Jase Mounts, Montay Peyton, Kealah Richardson-Ransom Sixth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll Alyson Aubert, Caitlin Brigner, Kristy Fike, Isabella Irace, Jason Knott, Ryan Kuberek, Alexandra Miller, Rebecca Seay, Justine South, Benjamin Stone Honor Roll Unoma Aguolu, Deanna Allen, Sarah Balon, Jared Blahnik, Elianna Caro, Ariana Currier, Kaleb Earles, Alyssa Ferrell, Cole Fincher, Willard Harvey, Shawn Matney, Trey McLaughlin, Courtney Miller, Lily Pallotti, Gabriel Rodgers, Terrell Staton, Brittany Taylor, Ryan Tonetti
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NOTICE No Trespassingâ€˘ Historyland Memorial Park No hunting is permitted on the land owned by Historyland Memorial Park, King George Cemetery, LLC or Linden Land LLC. No one is allowed to cut trees on the property.
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10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 105, King George, VA 22485 Pursuant to the terms of those certain Decrees of Sale from the Circuit Court of King George County, Virginia, the undersigned Special Commissioner will offer for sale at public auction at the King George County Board Room, King George, Virginia, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., subject to the following terms and conditions, the following-described real estate:
Parcel 1 (Hooker) Parcel 2 (Lawson) Parcel 3 (Lawson) Parcel 4 (KG) Parcel 5 (Robinson) Parcel 6 (Ocean)
Contact: Rick Hunt â€˘ 877-934-8186
Parcel 9 (Ware)
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PUBLIC SALE OF TAX DELINQUENT KING GEORGE COUNTY REAL ESTATE TO BE SOLD....
Vessel Description: 25â€™ HydraSport, 1988, white hull, registration MD 6638 BP, hull ID HSX934736788. Application for Watercraft Registration and/ or Title will be made in accordance with Section 29.1-733.1 of the Code of Virginia if this vessel is not claimed and removed within 30 days of the first publication of this notice. Please contact the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries with questions.
Parcel 8 (Kontur)
1.995 acres, more or less, on James Madison Parkway at Salem Church Road; Tax Map 38-24A 0.3022 acre, more or less, west side of James Madison Parkway, Tax Map 17-82J 0.3 acre, more or less, west side of James Madison Parkway, Tax Map 17-82B Lot 13, Sec. 10, Presidential Lakes, on Lincoln Drive, Tax Map 23A-10-13 Lot 49, Sec. 7, Presidential Lakes, on Kenmore Circle, Tax Map 23A-7-49 Lot 20, Sec. 11, Presidential Lakes, on Eisenhower Drive, Tax Map 23A-11-20 Lot 41, Sec. 5, Presidential Lakes, on Harrison Drive; Tax Map 23A-5-41 0.355 acres, more or less, Tract 4, on Shiloh Loop, Tax Map 34-30C 1 acre, more or less, on Salem Church Road; Tax Map 39-11A
TERMS OF SALE: All sales are subject to the approval of the Circuit Court. A 10% Buyerâ€™s Premium will be added to the highest bid and will become a part of the total sales price on each property. The highest bidder shall deposit ten percent (10%) of the total sales price, by either cash or good check, which sum shall be credited toward the purchase at closing. The balance of the purchase price, in cash or certified funds, shall be deposited with the Clerk, King George Circuit Court, within fifteen (15) days of Court confirmation. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. All properties will be conveyed by Special Warranty Deed, subject to any easements and covenants of record, and any rights of persons in possession. Title insurance is available to purchasers at their expense, and subject to all requirements for issuance. Interested parties may go upon the unimproved real estate only for the purpose of making an inspection. Announcements made the day of sale take precedence over any prior written or verbal terms of sale.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
“Blast and cast” fun to try Mark Fike Years ago, I was friends with a Marine stationed at Quantico, and he had access to a property in Westmoreland County that had a pond on it and some outstanding turkey hunting. He gave me a call one evening and proposed a “blast and cast” trip to the property where we would hopefully bag a turkey and then go cast for some fish. I recall bumping a huge gobbler off the roost as I set off in the predawn hours to get set up, and then I promptly messed up another setup less than an hour later by getting too close to the bird. I did have a good time casting for largemouth bass, crappie and bream in the pond on the place. We did the “blast and cast” event several more times before he moved on. Many nice bass were taken from that pond, and we had several nice cookouts afterwards, too. Since then, I have enjoyed the prospect of “blast and casts” and have tried my own in various forms. Spring is full of emerging life and lots of outdoor activity. The spring run of anadromous fish like striper,
white perch, yellow perch and shad are sure signs we will finally be headed towards fresh vegetables, fine fishing, summer temperatures, fireflies and grilling weather. Enjoying the spring as I described above is easy if you have access to a turkey hunting property with a good pond or water access, but you can fish somewhere before or after the hunt and still get the best of both worlds. Friday night, I finally was able to put aside everything piling up on my desk and on my chore list to go to Fredericksburg and have a date with my wife. Our date was not the typical date, and some might even groan at what you are about to read. After a really enjoyable time last year casting for shad and catching multiple species of fish while doing it, we both agreed that trying it again was a must. When my wife drove up after work on Friday night, I had the boat hooked up, and we were backing the little duck boat into the river in Fredericksburg a short time later. This time, we did not catch multiple species of fish, but we certainly caught more than our share of hickory shad. In fact, every fish we hooked was a hickory shad,
and there were many of them. Within two casts, my wife hooked and landed a huge hickory. She not only caught the first fish, but she caught the largest and the most. No, I did not allow that to happen just so she enjoyed our “date”, but that is not a bad idea! For us, it was not about who caught the most or largest fish, but simply about having a good time. The fish were very cooperative, and the scenery was gorgeous, minus the city and noise behind us. We watched a muskrat glide in what looked to be an effortless manner past us upstream against the tide. It was wisely hugging the bank and staying out of the bad current. Geese honked overhead as they moved up and down river. There were plenty of birds chirping and likely either attempting to find a mate or defending their established territories. The trees on Friday evening were just beginning to show a hint of green, and by Saturday evening, many had visibly sprouted leaves or were beginning to. By the time readers get this issue, the trees will likely be in full green. After we had our fill (and then some) of the shad, I suggested we not be greedy, and let the fish
The City Dock is a popular place to fish in Fredericksburg. The shad and white perch are caught there regularly. head upstream unimpeded by our temptations of crappie jigs to finish their spawn. We had to get home to lay out our turkey hunting gear for the next morning anyway. On Saturday morning, we headed over to my parents’ place to try for a tom. Tom was gobbling, but not quite as willing as I would have liked. Another hunter that was calling from the adjoining property did not help the situation that much, either. Missy and the girls heard the birds fly down, and then they shut down their vocalizations for the morning.
However, the birds around us, albeit not turkey, were chirping, singing and fluttering about. We heard robins, bluebirds and hawks, and actually saw an eagle at less than 75 yards! We tried another spot without hearing a gobbler and then came home and called without any response. I went back out to another location at 11:30. At that time, I got a response, but perhaps the hen with the ol’ boy was too pretty to leave. He would not budge and soon shut down. That was fine, though,
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Hunting Hunters are not hearing a lot of gobbling, but the birds are strutting in fields. They should start gobbling more when the hens begin sitting on nests more. Send us any decent photos of youth with birds, and we will print as space permits. outdoors@journalpress. com Fishing Rappahannock River – Ken’s Tackle Shop in Spotsylvania reported white perch and hickory shad caught at the Fredericksburg City Dock. Hickory shad and American shad are being caught upstream of Falmouth. Stripers are also still being caught as they run upstream to spawn. Bass are still being caught in the river, although our reports are fewer this week. A few catfish are biting in the river. Potomac River – There have been plenty of catfish caught in the river. Some anglers are reporting striper upriver, too; they are spawning. Some anecdotal reports tell of a few white perch in creeks. We are also hearing of bass now being caught in the tribs of the river. Use plastics and jigs to catch the fish on woody structures. Ponds – Crappie are hitting quite well on jigs and minnows. Bass are spawn and pre-spawn this week, depending on the water temperatures. Old Cossey Pond was still great for
because a half hour is not much time to get a turkey to come in. The clock was ticking, and noon soon arrived without an appearance by Mr. Tom. Perhaps another time, we can make the “blast and cast” work for us. As far as I am concerned, I was thrilled to take the shad we took, spend time with my wife and then spend time with my wife and kids as we sat in the woods early in the morning listening to it come alive around us. I cannot wait for another opportunity to get back out there and enjoy the woods and water!
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$ Turkey are strutting, but not as much gobbling is going on as some of us would like. Watch out for them to come in silently on you. Shawn Grant, who films turkey hunts (Powershots Spring Turkey Hunting DVD), called this Westmoreland County bird in for William Smith of King George. The bird weighed a whopping 23 pounds, had ¾-inch spurs and a 10-inch beard. William dropped the hammer on him at 32 yards! Nice job guys! trout. Super Dupers and Magnum worms, meal worms and red wigglers were good baits. Motts Run is now open. They report good crappie action off the piers this
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Local News from King George VA for 4/16/2014