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King George Fracking info session scheduled for June 12 Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors has scheduled a fracking information session for the community on June 12, 7 p.m., at King George High School. Supervisors expect to have representatives from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) present, as they did at a meeting on Feb. 4, along with reps from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Shore Exploration & Production Company and the Environmental Law Center.

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The meeting was scheduled for the June 12 date at last week’s meeting on April 15, with Chairman Joe Grzeika saying he also wanted to ask former state delegate Albert Pollard if he would to attend and begin the presentations by giving his fracking overview presentation. The information session is expected to be a town hall-style meeting, with an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions. PROCESS TO BE REVIEWED Grzeika also said the session would include information about the county’s process for

obtaining a special exception permit, which is required for any mining operation in the county. Special exception permits require two advertised public hearings, first one by the Planning Commission and the second by the Board of Supervisors in King George. In regard to the June 12 date, Grzeika said, “By that time we’ll have some feedback from the regional commissions about reaching out to look at the land use from a county perspective.” The actual permit for such mining is approved by the state and the environmental

aspect is likewise controlled by the state’s regulations. Grzeika added, “If they’re permitted by the state, we want to have our special exception permit requirements articulated so we protect ourselves as much as we can from the industrialization of our rural agricultural community. I think that’s really what our job is.” Grzeika also said, “Our focus really needs to be sharp.” He added, “I really think from a regional perspective if we came together and get at least a common core of conditions that we could work from, I think it would serve

KING GEORGE TECH COMMITTEE YET TO BE APPOINTED & STAFFED A charter for a technology advisory committee received final approval from the King George Board of Supervisors on April 1, but that effort has not gotten off the ground yet. The committee was spawned by encouragement from county residents, including Barbara Wagner and Dale Robertson, who live in sparsely populated areas of King George and want access to affordable broadband Internet. See Broadband, page 3

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Last Wednesday, during a track & field middle school meet at James Monroe, numerous King George athletes stepped up to showcase their talents.

King George sets tax rates; hearing on budget draws three comments Phyllis Cook The King George Board of Supervisors heard from three speakers at last week’s public hearing on its proposed budget for next fiscal year, 2014-15, with no one speaking during the hearing on tax rates for the current calendar year. The hearings took place on April 15. Following the two hearings, Supervisors unanimously voted to raise real estate and personal property taxes, as had been advertised. Tax bills are expected to be mailed as soon as they are prepared, with the first half-year taxes due in early June. REAL ESTATE TAX RATE The real estate tax rate was 53-cents per $100 valuation for real estate and mobile homes. Following last year’s real estate assessment, it was determined that an “equalized” tax rate would be 56-cents per $100 of assessed value. The county raised real estate and mobile home taxes an additional 3-cents from the equalized rate to 59-cents per $100 value. PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RATE Personal property taxes were increased by 5-cents. The rate went from the previous $3.20 to $3.25 per $100 valuation. That tax had seen no increases for nearly a decade. Personal property tax applies to cars and trucks, but also includes motor homes, campers, utility trailers, boat trailers, golf carts, low speed

See Fracking, page 3

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Phyllis Cook Tim Ware, Executive Director of the George Washington Regional Commission (GWRC), announced last week that a Broadband Summit would take place on May 1, to include all five jurisdictions in Planning District 16 to support a fully redundant high-capacity broadband network throughout the region.  The Broadband Summit on May 1, 7:30-10:30 a.m., will be held at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover Street in Fredericksburg. Continental breakfast will be available with RSVPs requested, by emailing linda@ Business representatives are invited to attend, along with individuals and local government officials.   King George County is expected to be represented by Linwood Thomas, Director of Economic Development. The summit is planned in conjunction with the Infrastructure Committee for the UMW Regional Economic Development Plan. Its purpose is in furtherance of an effort to ensure that the region is prepared to support economic development and the knowledge economy of the future. Sandie Terry, CIT Program Manager, Broadband, will discuss broadband technologies and capabilities, the importance of broadband in the community, and the impact of broadband on economic development.   The committee wants to begin discussions on how the region can take action to build and partner with service providers to have a fully redundant, high capacity broadband network.   It is essential in today’s economy and for the future of the region to have adequate and affordable broadband available to support the community anchor institutions and businesses to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.  

everybody better.” King George is participating in a local government Fracking Workshop hosted by the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) in Hanover on May 1. That half-day workshop is designed to cover basic information on fracking and to include state and local government roles and considerations. The VACo forum is expected to provide information and practical tools that will be useful to local governments when making policy decisions relating to fracking. DMME

vehicles, business equipment, business vehicles, boats, boat motors, dirt bikes, motorcycles, motorbikes, allterrain vehicles (ATVs) and airplanes. BUDGET HEARING The three people who spoke during the hearing on the budget represented organizations. A fourth individual provided comments via an email that was distributed to Supervisors. Jim Lynch’s written comments for the record have to do with six items regarding the Parks & Recreation Department. Linda Hamrick from the Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging gave information and statistics about the services it provides to older residents in King George, indicating how the funding from the county is utilized. She thanked the board for the county’s continued support. Renee Parker and Warren Veazey both spoke representing the Citizens for Nonpartisan Good Government. Veazey suggested increasing the contractual tipping free for the landfill and also claimed that the county Department of Community Development was “padding” its inspection visits to justify its staffing level. Veazey also suggested that the county transfer funding from Community Development, to instead create a position to bring tourism into the county. Currently, tourism is addressed by the director of See Tax Rates, page 3

King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann secured guilty pleas from three King George County men on drug, larceny and drunk driving charges, and Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis last week handed down multi-year sentences for all three. Purnell Pratt, 58, was convicted of three counts of drug distribution and three counts of child endangerment. Timothy Finney, 19, was convicted of breaking and entering and larceny. And, Ernest Hawkins, 55, was convicted of driving after being declared a habitual offender and driving under the influence. Judge Ellis sentenced Pratt to 45 years, with 37 years and three months suspended; which means Pratt will serve seven years and nine months in prison. According to Gusmann, Pratt was dealing drugs out of a hotel room that he shared with his two minor children and one minor grandchild, and the children were present on at least two occasions when drugs were sold. “Drug dealers are a menace to our society, Gusmann said. “They are selling poison. I hope that everyone understands the damage that drug dealers cause to the families of the people that they sell drugs to. Drug dealing is an extremely dangerous activity and should never be done, much less in front of children.” On the larceny and breaking and entering charges, Finney was sentenced to 12 months, all suspended on the larceny, and 15

years with 14 years suspended on the breaking and entering. He broke into a neighbor’s home and stole a television set and several bottles of liquor. Finney told the court that he stole the items to sell or trade them for drugs. Finney had been ordered to maintain good behavior as a result of a previous conviction. Judge Ellis revoked the one year that had been suspended for his previous crime and ordered him to serve that sentence. “Using illegal drugs is not a victimless crime,” Gusmann said. “This case is a fine example of that. Once you are addicted to drugs, you will do anything to get the money to buy more drugs. No one ever sets out to become addicted to drugs. But once you start, you cannot stop, and you will further victimize those around you.” Judge Ellis sentenced Hawkins to a total of six years in prison, with four years and six months suspended after he was convicted of driving while being declared a habitual offender and driving under the influence. Hawkins will serve an active prison term of one year and six months. “Drunk drivers endanger everyone on the road, “ Gusmann said. “It is like sending a ticking time bomb down the middle of Kings Highway. Luckily, no one was hurt in this case, but it still means that everyone on the road that night could have easily been seriously hurt or even killed.” — Richard Leggitt

Fredericksburg man arrested after high speed motorcycle chase on Rt. 3 A Fredericksburg man was arrested late Sunday after he led King George Sheriff ’s officers on a highspeed chase down Route 3. Michael W. Parker, 24, was arrested after the motorcycle he was driving crashed in downtown Fredericksburg. King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey said Sgt. Keith Dobson was working a traffic stop on State Route 3, just west of King George near its intersection with Port Conway Road, when four motorcycles zoomed by without moving over into the open left lane. Dempsey said all four motorcycles were stopped for speeding, but one of them, carrying Parker and a young woman passenger, whom officers did not identify, suddenly took off heading west on Route 3. Dobson gave chase and a highspeed pursuit began with speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour. The chase ended just into Fredericksburg when Parker struck a median, sending him, the bike and the passenger airborne. “All three slid more than a block down the pavement after the

collision,” Dempsey said. Parker, a resident of Fredericksburg, suffered a leg injury in the crash. His 21-year-old female passenger suffered severe road rash and other injuries. Both were treated at Mary Washington Hospital. Dempsey said the high-speed chase began at 10:35 p.m. The chase went through King George and Stafford at alarming speeds. Dempsey said the fleeing motorcycle crashed after crossing the Chatham Bridge and entering the City of Fredericksburg. At that point, Fredericksburg Police officers assisted in the investigation. Dempsey said the motorcycle had been reported stolen earlier in Annapolis, Md. Parker was charged with possession of stolen property, felony eluding and reckless driving. He remains in jail.

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Annual Some Gave All Memorial Bike Ride planned for May 18 The Annual Frazier-Mason Some Gave All Motorcycle Ride, honoring the military men and women killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, will be held Sunday, May 18, according to King George County Circuit Court Clerk Vic Mason, whose son, Nick, is one of the fallen warriors honored. In addition to Nick Mason, who died while serving in the Army in Iraq, the ride is named for cofounder Rick Frazier’s son, Josh, who was killed while serving in the Marines. The ride will start at Spotsylvania High School with a preride ceremony at 10:15 a.m., and end at King George High School with a closing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. “The event has transformed from a simple motorcycle ride honoring Josh and Nick into a community event that honors and raises awareness of our military currently serving, our veterans, and the area’s fallen,” Vic Mason said. “The overwhelming support that we receive from so many organizations, businesses, groups and individuals is amazing. Because of this support, the Frazier/Mason Some Gave All Memorial Foundation has been able to award over $180,000 in grants to area veterans that are dealing with or have dealt with a variety of physical and emotional wounds,” Mason said. “We have assisted area disabled veterans with financial assistance for food, housing, clothing, transportation, educational assistance, therapy and assisted the McGuire VMAC wheelchair team with transportation costs when attending the National Wheelchair Games.”

“Through this event, we have been able to provide a venue for the community to say Thank you for the sacrifices that our military and their families make, and the community response has been nothing short of remarkable. Rick and Jana Frazier and Christine and I cannot adequately put into words how grateful we are for everyone’s support,” Mason declared. “I do want everyone to know this is not just a motorcycle event. About half of the attendees at the King George High School event site arrive via four wheels,” Mason said. “The cars and trucks park at the King George Middle School, and we provide shuttle transportation to the high school during the course of the event. We have something for everyone, young and old.” At King George High School, according to Mason, there will be a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, food vendors, slow and stunt riding motorcycle demos, EOD robot demos, military displays, live music and many other activities. Last year, more than 1,100 motorcycles participated in the ride to honor the fallen warriors. The ride stretched for more than eight miles between Spotsylvania and King George with hundreds of people lining the route, waving flags and cheering. “It was very moving,” said Mason.   Riders seeking to participate in this year’s event can get more information online at www. — Richard Leggitt

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It’s nice and warm outside now. After four long, bleak, wintery months full of cold and snow, it appears spring is finally here. And, like most of us, we want to get outside and do yard and garden work. Last Friday, I witnessed three people spreading fertilizer in their yard. It’s warm, it’s nice, and it’s not too hot. The grass is green now and growing, so it’s just human nature to want to keep it looking nice and green. So our first instinct is to go immediately to the local feed and seed store and get a bag or two of lawn fertilizer and fertilize the lawn. Right? Wrong. This is the worst time of year to fertilize your lawn. Let me attempt to explain…. Cool season grasses, which include all fescues and bluegrasses, make up more than 95% of grasses in lawns in Virginia. The main reason agronomists tell you to fertilize cool season turfgrasses in the fall is because during the fall, the grasses take the nitrogen and phosphorus, two common elements in grass fertilizers, and turn them into carbohydrates, or stored sugars in stems and roots. These rootheld carbohydrates help turf resist winter injury and aid in disease and environmental stress resistance the following spring and summer. These carbohydrates are tapped for energy by roots and shoots during periods of rapid growth in early spring. Early spring fertilizer applications do nothing for the roots; almost all of the nitrogen goes into promoting fast leaf and shoot growth. Spring fertilization can deplete root-held carbohydrates quickly, leaving turf vulnerable to spring and summer stresses by forcing excess growth. Late fall fertilizer applications do not force as much leaf growth in spring as equal amounts of early spring fertilizer, thus carbohydrates are not exhausted as quickly. The result is an advantage to the turf in the form of better stress tolerance,

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economic development. For her part, Parker termed the funding for the library as “excessive,” comparing it to the amount the county contributes to funding for the volunteer organization of King George Fire & Rescue, noting Smoot Library gets over $500,000, saying the volunteers get $100,000 less. She also said that funding for the Department of Social Services should be increased and criticized the county for providing cell phones for county employees. Following public comment, Supervisor Dale Sisson responded to Parker, noting the county’s public safety budget is over $8,000,000, and the library’s is $509,000, adding that it was not a fair comparison to pit the library budget against fire and rescue volunteer funding, saying “It doesn’t tell the whole picture of what we spend on fire and rescue,” including the cost for paid staffing. PROPOSED BUDGET Supervisors set a special meeting on April 24 at 5 p.m. to adopt the proposed 2014-15 budget, set at $68,202,063, reflecting a 4-percent increase from the current year. No changes have been proposed, with the advertised budget expected to be approved as presented. The county’s General Fund budget is proposed at $35,961,692, which is a 2-percent increase from the current fiscal year. The proposed School Operating budget is $37,225,761, which would be a 5-percent increase from current year. That does not

include an additional amount of $1,290,785 proposed in Fund 252 for federal grants, and a School Cafeteria Fund budget proposed at $1,483,829. The tax increases are essentially going toward the cost of fire and safety positions and related equipment and vehicle costs. The county’s proposed Public Safety budget would come to $8,033,870, reflecting an 11-percent increase from the current year. Two full-time E-911 dispatch positions are in the proposed budget, along with two new sheriff ’s deputy positions with related equipment, including two new patrol cars, along with full-year costs for two other deputy positions, funded mid-year during the current budget year for duties at the Courthouse. The tax increase would also pick up the full-year costs for six fire & rescue positions that were funded mid-year in the 2013-14 budget, beginning this past January 2014. OTHER POSITIONS & RAISES In addition, the proposed budget increase would fund the conversion of two part-time positions to full-time in general properties. It would also go toward a part-time paralegal position for the county attorney’s office. The proposal would provide 1-percent average raises under the pay-for-performance policy, beginning at mid-year, on Jan. 1, 2015. The increase is expected to cost about $45,000 on the county side. The county is also requesting the School Board to likewise grant 1-percent raises at mid-year, estimated to cost $106,000.

Fracking: Review ordinances From page 1 and DEQ reps are on tap for that forum, along with the Southern Environmental Law Center slated to talk about tools that localities can use to mitigate risks when confronted with a special exception request for fracking. They are expected to be reviewed in regard to industrial noise, traffic and road damage. Truck traffic associated with fracking can be excessive, constant, noisy, and disruptive to school bus and commuter traffic, in addition to causing costly infrastructure damage by tearing up roads. The truck traffic can be generated during all phases of the mining process, including by hauling in machinery and piping during construction, and hauling off sand and fracking fluid at various points. In addition, there is the potential for a lot more truck traffic to haul in water, if hydrofracking is employed, in the case that water it is not taken directly from the aquifer under the industrialized site. ORDINANCES EXPECTED TO COME UNDER REVIEW Supervisors had been informed that a review of county ordinances is recommended in order to be in a position to mitigate some of the risks of fracking. County attorney Eric Gregory had reported in detail to the Board of Supervisors in January on the county’s existing zoning ordinances, saying they address exploratory drilling for oil and/or natural gas by a required special exception permit in the A-1 and A-2 districts. Gregory said the special exception permit requirements require site plans, ingress and egress plans, drill site plans and erosion and sediment

control plans. They also require an environmental impact assessment and operation plan, which must first be filed with DMME and then also filed with a special exception permit application. In King George, drill sites are currently limited to four acres, with no drill site within 500 feet of an occupied residence. Gregory had told the board it had the authority to impose additional other requirements if those were incorporated into the zoning ordinance to address noise, dust, traffic impacts, setbacks for drill sites from schools, occupied residences as already included, and churches. Gregory had also cautioned that the existing county zoning ordinance does not currently address compression stations, but only addresses drilling sites. That’s because the fracking technology has moved ahead of the county’s ordinance. Compression stations are more often utilized in natural gas drilling, with the county’s ordinance largely addressing exploratory oil drilling in the past. Gregory also had noted that regulatory rules are complex in terms of the potential zoning regulation possibilities and in regard to potential environmental impacts and there could be other related issues in terms of the influx of residents brought in by drillers, including those having to do with temporary and/or transient residents and their impacts on such things as emergency services, law enforcement, schools, etc. Supervisors had agreed with Gregory’s suggestion that following their fact-finding, the county’s ordinance should be sent to the county Planning Commission after the board agrees to parameters it would want the Commission to address in regard to amendments to the ordinance.

Broadband: Summit planned From page 1 They and a small group of King George residents formed a group called King George Connected, which began meeting last November to research possible solutions to the problems of getting broadband Internet to underserved areas. Supervisors have expressed a desire that the new advisory committee would work together with the existing citizen group. Appointments to the county’s new Tech advisory committee are expected to be made at upcoming meetings, with only one person so

far appointed by Shiloh Supervisor Cedell Brooks, who named Cathy Binder during a meeting in March. The makeup of the committee is to be 12 members, with ten citizens to be appointed with each supervisor expected to supply names for two slots. Two members of county staff are to be nominated by County Administrator Travis Quesenberry. The purpose of the committee is broadly defined, “to make recommendations to the Board on specific policies and matters related to technology, and to make the board aware of effective and efficient technology opportunities.”

Potomac student Madison Adkins wins VSBA regional art contest Potomac Elementary School student Madison Adkins was the winner of a regional art contest last month conducted by the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) during a regional meeting in Heathsville. The announcement was made by King George School Board member John Davis earlier this month at a meeting on April 7. Davis represents the School Board as a delegate to the VSBA, who attended the VSBA Eastern Region Spring Network Forum on March 24, where Adkins was selected the first place winner at the elementary level of the regional art contest. Local school board members were treated to an impressive display of creativity and faced some tough decisions in selecting the 2014 winners of the VSBA Eastern Region. The art contest was open to all divisions that are members of the VSBA’s Eastern Region. In addition to King George, those divisions include the Dahlgren School, Caroline, Colonial Beach, Westmoreland, Essex County, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond, and West Point. The VSBA Regional Art Contest was started in 1989 to promote the artistic talents of Virginia’s public school students. A winner is chosen for the elementary, middle and high school levels for each of the nine VSBA state regions. The winning art is framed and displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and the Richmond offices of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services. The VSBA offers conferences, information and training designed to meet the needs of the state’s School Board members. —Phyllis Cook

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Salt & Light agape ministry church will host a Gospel Sing on Sunday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Scheduled to perform, Just Us and the Finneys. 9106 Indiantown Rd., KG. trinity fellowship international church will have a meeting on Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m. for the Men on A Mission of the church for bowling and games. On Sunday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. the church will have as guests, Greater New Life Christian Fellowship members. Trinity is located at 181 Kings Hwy, F’brg (Ferry Farm). (540) 370-0148. ebenezer Baptist Church of Supply, will be celebrating Pastor Woolfork’s 8t Anniversary on Sunday, April 27 at 11 a.m. followed by a dinner. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Earl Newsome, pastor of the St. Stephens Baptist Church in Sparta. At 3 p.m., the Rev. Earl Howerton and congregation of the Little Zion Church of Col. Beach will lead worship. 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. 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.

first baptist church ambar invites everyone to come and experience “Power Night” during the Fifty (50) days leading up to Pentecost Sunday. The services will be held every Wednesday night starting April 23, 2014 through Wednesday June 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Come; be a part of God miraculous Power through Divine Healing, Deliverance and Impartation’s of God’s Gifts. There will be Anointed men and women there who operates in these Gifts. Located at 9469 Caledon Rd., KG. (540) 775-3939. St. George’s Episcopal Church The fifth annual St. George’s Chamber Music Series is delighted to present a classical flute and strings concert on Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne Street, F’brg. Admission is $10 per person; students and children are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The concert brings together the talents of Fredericksburg-based musicians Tina Christie (flute), Kevin Crowder (violin), Ron Barricklow (viola) and Chris Abeel (cello) in a performance of glorious music from their repertoire that spans the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to the more contemporary offerings of Gordon Jacob. Jacob’s Four Fancies for Flute, Violin, Viola and Cello and Gioachino Rossini’s Quartet in G are among the selections slated for performance. Visit the church website at www. or email

What does the Bible say about the comfort of the resurrection? “But I do not want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14 Easter Sunday morning is one of the most glorious mornings in the church calendar! The day is the epitome of biblical hope. It is not just for the promise of gray winter’s close and the guarantee of vibrant spring’s eruption of life. Rather, the meaning is most accurately celebrated in the sunrise service on Resurrection Sunday. In the darkness, before the dawn, on the first day of the week, our Savior rose from the grave, having satisfied the just wrath of His father in our behalf. It is almost as if the sun rose for only one purpose—to show to a sleepy-eyed, distracted world that there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem and that Jesus is alive! This is what biblical hope is all about! It is a complete confidence of faith that finds its wellspring at the foot of Mt. Calvary, by the entrance to the empty tomb. It inexhaustibly swells in its flow out of the life of every genuine believer. It is real, and it is unstoppable. When the thinking man, without divine aid, surveys from the gathering darkness the wreckage of fleeting significance, the depravity of human hearts, the futility of living only for the present, and the endless meetings and partings throughout his life, he cannot help but look for a distant shore and wonder whether there is not something designed to fill the hollow voids of human experience. Without real hope, a man has just cause to be consumed by inconsolable grief. Because of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, every be-

By rick crookshank

liever has been gifted with a living hope that tempers every grief and lightens the heavy burden of spiritual sensitivity (Matthew 11:28–30). From the earliest evangelizing of Thessalonica, Paul had been teaching them concerning the resurrection of our Lord. Acts 17:1–3 reads, “They came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, ‘This Jesus Whom I preach to you is the Christ.’” Central to the Gospel is the doctrine of resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1–8). It is this hope which had firmly taken hold of the Thessalonian church. But as brothers and sisters in the Lord died, they had fallen back into the paganistic grieving that characterizes the unsaved. Paul wrote in order to dispel their ignorance and to apply the living hope of the resurrection. What is wonderful is that Paul speaks of those who are “asleep.” It is a word that is comforting in itself, for sleep is restful, calm, necessary, temporary, and healthful. Sleep is a blessing. What parent is not convinced that their children grow when they sleep? The Lord “gives His beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2). “Sleep” is fitting for this is what the deceased body appears to be doing. But remember, it does not mean that the soul is also comatose. The rest of our passage enlightens us on the matter. Verse 14 tells us that the departed believers were “those who sleep in Jesus.” Verse 16 says, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” “In Christ” means in union with Him, they are alive and well and in His presence

this very day! Soul sleep would not allow for such a union in the sphere of Christ. Though grief is appropriate at the loss of believing loved ones, inconsolable grief is not, for they are rejoicing in His presence. An Easter morning contrast is provided in our text. Notice that it is a blessing for saints to sleep in Jesus, but also notice the way Paul describes our Savior’s death. Verse 14 does not say that Jesus “slept” and rose again, rather he says that He “died.” His death was no “sleep of rest.” It was His first, and only, separation from His Father because He became sin for us. His death was a sacrifice for the sin of the elect

in order to ransom them all from the sting of death and the victory of the grave (1 Corinthians 15:55). He died so that we may live! Every Sunday is resurrection Sunday, for we remember that He died and rose again. The dead in Christ will rise (literally, stand up) and will be caught up together with the living believers at the rapture of the church age saints. Resurrection hope is a lively hope that tempers our every grief. Trust and obey.

By Rick Crookshank Pastor, Hanover Baptist Church

Noted Harp Guitarist to Play at Andrew Chapel

Harp guitarist, Stephen Bennett, will play a special Concert at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in Montross at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Admission is free, but there will be a free-will offering. His playing has won awards and critical praise. His musical selections will include a wide variety of musical styles--a mix of his own tunes and his arrangements of other tunes, from Scott Joplin to Tchaikovsky to the Beatles to Cole Porter. With six strings or more, Bennett is one of the most original and prolific composers and arrangers for the guitar on the current scene. Hearing him caressing his greatgrandfather’s harp guitar, sliding on his old National resonator guitar, or doing fingerstyle acrobatics on a standard six-string guitar, it becomes obvious why he is one of the most critically acclaimed guitar players of our time. Shayne Estes, Pastor of Andrew Chapel is himself a talented string musician, particularly on the cello, but also the guitar, and he has made special arrangements to arrange for our community to enjoy a musical evening with Stephen Bennett. The church is located at 16340 Kings Hwy, Montross, VA.

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

8330 Fletcher's Chapel Rd. at 218

Pastor Michael Reaves Worship Services 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

(540) 775-7247

17080 14th Street, Dahlgren Contemporary Service - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Traditional Service - 11 a.m. Nursery open 9:15a.m.-12:15p.m.

Pastor Ed Johnson

email - web site - Phone: 663-2230

Good Hope Baptist Church

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

• Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. • Worship - 11:00 a.m. • Prayer & Bible Study (Wed.) 7:30 p.m. • 5th Sundays - Union & Nursing Home Worship “Building the Church & Reaching the World for Christ”

7748 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove, VA 22443 (804) 224-0418 •

Shiloh Baptist Church Reaching, Building, Serving

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

Oak Grove Baptist Church

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


Colonial Beach United Methodist Church Pastor Rev. Yunho Eo

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

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)

(Psalm 34:3)

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

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.

Phone: 540-775-3635

Emmanuel, Port Conway (Rt. 301) 3rd & 5th Sundays

For more information, visit our website at:

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 10640 Kings Hwy - 1 mi. west of 301

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

• 804-224-7221

Trinity United Methodist Church

9425 Kings Hwy., King George

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

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church


Confession: Sat. following 8:00 a.m. Mass & at 4:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass

Sunday Services:

The Rev. St. John's, 9403 Kings Hwy. Diane Carroll 1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays Rector

You're invited to worship with

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)

Ph. (540) 775-9990 • email: web site

Sat. 7:00 p.m. Vigil Sunday Masses: Sun. 8:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m 12:45 p.m. Tridentine Mass

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

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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.

Pastor William & First Lady Pastor Wm. T. Frye Theresa Frye

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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

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Daily Mass: Mon. Thur. Fri. & Sat. 9:00 a.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. Wed. 7:00 p.m. Adoration before each morning Mass


All are Welcome!

Confession: Wed. 7:30 p.m. Sat. after 9:00 a.m. Mass & at 6:30 p.m. Sun. 1/2 hour before each Mass

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

Pastor: Dennis L. Newton

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

8103 Comorn Rd. (Rt. 609) King George

• 804-224-7221


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Area Deaths William E. “Billy� Jenkins

Jack W. France, Sr.

William Edward “Billy� Jenkins, 73, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Billy was a bodyman and waterman. Survivors include his wife, Martha Drummond Jenkins; three daughters, Tracey Von Trivett (Danny) of Colonial Beach, Kellie L. Yeatman (Al) of Colonial Beach, Billie Jo Hynson (Mark) of Horner’s Beach, VA; a brother, Alvin “Pudgie� Jenkins (Margaret) of Oak Grove; seven grandchildren, Charles “Chaz� Herndon, Trevor Yeatman, Dillon R. Herndon (Desiree), Danielle Von-Holland Howeth (Billy), William “Will� Trivett, Owen Wilson Hynson and Von Hamilton Hynson; two great-grandchildren, Maddox William and Willow Von-Holland Howeth. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25 in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oak Grove with the Rev. Willard Bowen officiating. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN; 38105. Please sign the online guestbook at

Jack W. France, Sr., 64, who resided in Stratford Harbour, in Montross, VA., left this earthly life on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, after a courageous and hard fought battle with lung cancer. Jack is survived by his wife of 28 years, Helen Hundley France, a daughter, Jackie Cloude (Tony) of King William and sons, Jack W. France, Jr. of Richmond and Garry Lewis (Kelly) of King George, and grandchildren, Brittany, Lizzie, Ashley and Charles Cloude, and Madi, Jacob, Junior, Josie, Ella-Grace, and Emma-Sarah Lewis. He is also survived by brothers, Myers France, (Gloria), Glenmore France and Kenneth France (Ann) all of Warsaw; sisters, Ellen Burress of Richmond, Ruth Chappell (Walter) and Jennie Bishop (Jimmy) both of Chester and Cassie Haynie (Welford) of Warsaw. He is also survived by his mother-inlaw, Sarah Hundley and sister-in-law, Barbara Hundley, of Montross, and brother-in-law, Val Hundley (Les) of Richmond and numerous nieces¸ nephews, cousins and a special Aunt, Cora Lee Delano of the Orchard in Warsaw, VA. Jack was preceded in death by his parents Elwood and Al-

ice France; sisters, Florence Marks and June Packett, father-in-law, Edward Hundley and brother-in-laws, Ron and Steve Hundley. Jack worked in the meat industry for 25 years in managerial positions for White’s Packing in Ninde, VA., Smithfield Foods in Smithfield, VA., and Bryan Foods and Sara Lee in Little Rock, AR. From 1997 to 2012 he was owner and operator of Poolside, Inc. in Kilmarnock, VA. He was a member of both Newland and Rappahannock Church of Christ. He was an avid musician and singer and was known to many as “Uncle Jack� of the gospel group “The Marks Brothers and Uncle Jack� which was comprised of himself and his nephews Ron, Steve and Glen Marks. A Celebration of Jack’s Life will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Rappahannock Church of Christ, Warsaw, VA. with Reverend Walker Gaulding officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to Bank of Lancaster, P.O. Box 1869, Kilmarnock, VA, 22482 in memory of Jack W. France, which will be used to establish a fund for the research and cure of Small Cell Lung Cancer in Jack’s name.

ACS Relay 4 Life fundraising events

The Museum at Colonial Beach to open for 2014 season Hours are: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. 128 Hawthorne Street in Colonial Beach, VA

SAT. APRIL 26: Cake walk at KG Family YMCA. From 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. SAT. MAY 10: 3rd Annual Golf Cart Poker Run, organized by the Fight for Madison team. Rain or shine, 11 a.m.- noon. All in Colonial Beach, you drive around and get cards for poker hand. Call (804) 224-5000 or (804) 7611594 for cart rentals and more info. SAT. MAY 17: KG R4L event, field at KGMS. Come out in support!

Visit their “Watermans� room and view the video describing the “Oyster War�. 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.



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Promises Club of ALANO Society to offer 4 new meetings on their calendar: Tuesday & Thursday, starting at 7 a.m. is meditation exercise. Morning Meditation meeting then starts at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday at noon is the Lunch Break meeting. This will be Open Discussion with topics from approved literature. 11720 Main St. Bldg 104 Fred’brg, VA 22408 postmaster@fredalano

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Benefit for Colonial Beach Elem. School. “Rock the School� concert. Raffle, live music and more. High Tides in Colonial Beach. Wear your Drifter pride and get a free raffle ticket!. Facebook page: rocktheclass. Rappahannock Adult Activities annual Plant Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both Sat. & Sun. 750 Kings Hwy. MAYFEST event on Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sat. April 26

Spring Plant Sale hosted by KG Garden Club. KG Farmer’s Market 8 a.m.- Noon. KG Elementary School, Ridge Rd. KG.

Sun. April 27

Junior Ranger Day at the GW Birthplace Nat’l Monument. Ages 5-12 can earn the coveted GWB Jr. Ranger Badge. (804) 224-1732.

Thurs. May 1

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 VA’s Special Olympics program. Starts at KGSO and goes to KGHS football field. Contact Dep. R.L. Shriver of KGSO (540) 775-2049 or 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. F’brg. Continental breakfast, and meeting should be over by 10:30. RSVP

Saturday, May 3

James Madison Garden Club annual Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-noon rain or shine. St. John’s Episcopal Church in KG. Celebrating 40 years of making our lives beautiful and our gardens healthy. Opening day for the Northern Neck Farm Museum. Noon-4 p.m. Dinners for purchase 5 p.m. to dusk. 12705 Northumberland Hwy. Heathsville, VA. 22473. (804) 7615952.

Tuesday, May 6

The NARFE Northern Neck Chapter 1823 will hold its Spring Anniversary Memorial Luncheon and meeting at noon on Tuesday, May 6, at the Belle Mount Vineyard, 2570 Newland Road, Warsaw. Reservations are due by April 29. Current, former and retired Federal employees, spouses and survivor annuitants are invited. For additional information, cost and reservations, call (804) 472.3051.

Wed. May 7- Fri. May 10

KGHS proudly presents their performance of “Hairspray.� 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. Friends of Smoot Library pick “Bloody Point� for May reading The FOSL Book Club will be reading Linda J White’s first book, Bloody Point, as our selection in May. We are fortunate that Linda, herself, will be participating in the discussion of her first book on May 27, at 6 p.m. at Smoot Library. The FOSL store will have her signed book, Bloody Point, available for sale for $5 beginning Friday, May 11.

Northern Neck gardener has new book with tried & true advice The Northern Neck has a rich she is a gardening guru. I was ready agricultural heritage. We celebrate to give up on my veggie garden as the success of our local Farmer’s it seemed to get worse each year. I Market, and support their garden- met Theresa at our Farmer’s Market ing efforts by buying local pro- some time ago when she was a guest duce. For those of us who still like at the Plant Clinic hosted by the to grow some of our own produce, Extension Office’s volunteer Master or just love to have a few patches of Gardeners, and she was extremely flowers, there is an ocean of garden- helpful in answering my concerns. ing advice available. After moving She commiserated with me about around the country and establish- the lessons we learn through trial ing gardens in numerous homes, I and error, and has taken the time to have learned that the best way to respond to all my e-mail questions make good decisions is to seek lo- thoroughly and thoughtfully. She cal advice. The KG Garden Club is restored my trust in Mother Nature’s comprised of those who garden lo- ability to adjust things as needed cally and have learned what works without all the ‘helpful’ things that in our area. Many members are the garden catalogs and nurseries Master Gardeners, and are gener- told me that I need to have or use. ous with their expert advice. The I had a successful garden last sumClub is holding its annual Spring mer, and see improvement in all my Plant Sale Saturday, offering plants flower beds as I have implemented for sale are ones that thrive in our her suggestions. I’m gifting copies area, and they are priced well below of her book to my children in hopes the cost from retail nurseries. We that they can learn the easy way, invite you to shop with us from 8 without spending money on the to 12 on Saturday, April 26th at the vast array of products that retailers King George Elementary School are peddling. I know I have wasted parking lot. way too much money on products We are also privileged to be offer- that were urged by garden catalogs, ing for sale copies of the first print- as well as on plants that don’t really ing of “Organic Gardening: Cutting thrive in my local area. This handThrough the Hype to the 3 Keys to book will simplify your gardening Successful Gardening,� written by chores, as well as save you from local NN author, Theresa Martz. buying unnecessary products. Buy Theresa has been gardening for her a copy on Saturday, or order it from family’s sustenance for decades, and Theresa’s website. Support our lofreely offers her ‘lessons learned’ cal author and support our local through her gardening blog: http:// growers and bakers by shopping at the KG Farmers’ Market. For those of you who haven’t ‘met’ Submitted by Sheila Fincannon Theresa, I would like to tell you that

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Going Outdoors? Beware of the Ticks! Mark Fike Anyone who ventures outdoors, or anyone who lives with someone that does should read this article. It is getting warm out there, and ticks are definitely out and about. My wife and I went turkey hunting for a few hours this past Saturday, and when we came home, she found five ticks on her. Ticks are all over the place, and they seem to have become more of a threat than they used to be when I was coming along. I recall as a kid hearing about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Then it was Lyme Disease, which was first discovered in Lyme, Connecticut. There are a half dozen diseases that are chronic, and even disabling, that can result from a tick bite. According to the Virginia Department of Health’s website, Lyme is on the upswing in our state with many new cases each month. Lyme may actually be the most common

tick disease we face right now. Most know the signs of Lyme as being associated with a bull’s eye rash around the bite. The disease can be very disabling with many people suffering for a long time to include years. Fatigue, chills, muscle aches, and headache are common symptoms. I have read articles saying researchers are now wondering if someone who has not been treated for Lyme Disease can have heart attacks as a result. Arthritis, muscle and joint pain and swollen joints are common. High doses of antibiotics are normally prescribed. Most of the time, this works, and eventually the symptoms may disappear. However, some people have been unable to work and have become disabled as a result. To get Lyme Disease, most doctors say the tick has to be embedded on you for at least 36 hours. This disease is only carried by the deer or brown/ black-legged tick.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is carried by the dog tick. This one has fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, stomach pain, and sometimes a spotted rash associated with it. It can cause some people to die or be in a coma if not treated right away. Another commonly found tick disease in Virginia is Ehrlichiosis. This one is carried solely by the Lone Star Tick. Its symptoms are very similar to the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever with fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, nausea, cough and possible sore throat. This can cause a fatality if not treated soon. Possibly the scariest tick disease (at least to your outdoor columnist) is one that is relatively new. This one is causes by the bite of a Lone Star tick. The tick bite (when in high numbers) can cause an allergy to mammalian meat. Yes, IF you contracted the disease/allergy, you would have to avoid

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any contact with mammalian meat. The allergy is to Galactose-alpha 1, 3 galactose, or what is commonly known as “alpha-gal.� You could eat fish, turkey or chicken, but that is it. In fact, you have to avoid contact with raw meat, too. Those that have this condition have to be very careful about eating out. Some restaurants may serve soups with broth made from red meat or pork. The odd thing is that the reaction is not immediate. Normally, it takes four to six hours to occur, and for that reason, people may not connect what happened to something they ate. Symptoms include an upset stomach (such as diarrhea), hives, itching, sudden weakness (such as your legs giving out), swelling of the throat, mouth and lips and difficulty breathing. It can also make you pass out and possibly die. Each reaction gets more severe. This condition is a growing concern as more and more people are

turning up with it. One report I read said it might be the next epidemic of sorts. Most of the cases are in the Southeast, but cases abroad are being reported all over the world. I would HATE to give up red meat. Some anecdotal reports show that over time, some people are able to slowly add red meat back into their diet. A simple blood test can show you whether you have it or not. The best way to prevent these diseases or allergies is to prevent tick bites and/or remove ticks promptly. Check yourself every time you go outdoors. Be sure to check toughto-find areas. The genitals, between your toes, in your hair, behind the knees and so on, are all spots they can be found. I have heard of several people in King George that were diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and they eventually found a tick between their toes. The tick does not have to be large to transmit the disease. Re-

moving the whole tick with a pair of tweezers is important. If you suspect that you might have one of these diseases or conditions, or if your bite area swells abnormally or a rash develops, you need to see a doctor. Try to determine what species of tick was on you. If you have children, check them over very closely each time they come in. Permethrin is a synthetic chemical that supposedly works well on clothing to keep ticks off. Tuck pants in boots, use DEET bug spray if you want, and try and avoid areas where there is tall grass or weeds, if possible. If you live in a rural area and have chickens that free range, you probably do not notice ticks as much. Chickens are good at finding them and consuming them; guineas do, too. Be aware of ticks and check yourself well each time you go out this year. Don’t be one of the ticks’ victims.

Outdoor Report Fishing continues to be quite good in our area; many species are nearing the top of their activity, except for saltwater. Warmer water will turn those fish on very soon. Hunting Perhaps a cool spring has made things a bit difficult for some hunters. Many birds are not gobbling much, but are coming in silently. Yet, other hunters are successful. See attached photos. Send us decent photos of youth or new hunters with birds, and we will print as space permits:

“Opening day was good to me and James Bub Jackson of Powershot Production ( with a double. We had lots of gobbling. There were plenty of turkeys, so we are going to have to slow down and hunt more patiently.� Shawn Grant has short segments of hunting videos he made on YouTube. Look up Powershot Productions TalknTurkey with Shawn Grant. He can also be found on Facebook. Picture courtesy of Shawn Grant.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Inspired by King George resident Wesley Berry’s (middle) courage, over a hundred golfers came to compete and support his efforts to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.


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Win 4 Wesley Golf Tournament returns to Cameron Hills Leonard Banks Sports Editor Friday, on the grounds of Cameron Hills Golf Course, it was a celebration of courage. For the Berry Family, and over a hundred golfers, and the staff at Cameron Hills, the annual benefit is more than a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society— it’s celebration of life for 19-year-old Wesley Berry. Standing alongside Berry, was his father Kevin, as he greeted golfers as

they made their rounds. “He’s doing well at the moment,” Kevin said. “He had a scan this week, and it came back stable—everything is going in the right direction.” Sports and golf aficionados from every part of the community were on hand to take part in the tournament. From EXIT Realty Expertise realtor Gary Butler to King George County Sheriff Steve Dempsey, the course was covered with the most respected leaders in the community. The team of Jimmie Howard, Tom

Cue, Travis Quesenberry and Larry Bartyczak placed first. Howard also finished first in the Men’s Closest to the Pin competition. Greg Ellis won the Longest Drive award. Laura McKinnon finished first in the Women’s Closest to the Pin contest, and the Women’s Longest Drive competition. Tournament sponsors were Community Bank of The Chesapeake, SimVentions, Roma’s Pizza, King George Farm Bureau, and URS. Overall, there were 39 hole spon-

sors, 23 prize sponsors and five lunch sponsors for the event. The tournament also featured a silent auction with the following items up for bid: NSWC Credit Union gift basket, Advanced Auto gift bucket, Starbucks package of coffee, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball tickets, and an autographed football from Chicago Bear offensive lineman, and King George High School alumni, Jermon Bushrod. Since 2007, Berry has bravely battled brain cancer. He doesn’t let the

disease get him down. He continues to help his father in the press box with scoreboard duties during Fox baseball games. Two years ago, Berry inspired people from across the nation, as he received 3,000 birthday greetings, covering all 50 states for his 17th birthday. Berry is truly an inspiration for all of us.

Gateway Power Equipment Open House showcases SVTPA Leonard Banks Sports editor On Saturday, during the Gateway Power Equipment annual open house event, five members of the Shenandoah Valley Tractor Pullers Association stood proudly in front of the modified tractor pulling machines. Built for power and speed, and fabricated with the best metal money can buy, the tractors are an engineering marvel. During competition, tractors are required to pull a heavy sled along a length of 100 meters or 300 feet, with the eventual winner pulling the sled the farthest. SVTPA member James Johnson frequently consults with the staff of Gateway Power Equipment for advice on service and an insight into the latest technology associated with tractor engines. “From time to time, I have questions on engines and horsepower,” Johnson said. “I come down here, and talk Jason Hollowell, and Mike Peterson about their products. They give me the answers I need to bring back to the club.” Passionate about the sport since time he first attended a tractor pulling show at the Fredericksburg Fair, he has built 10 tractors in the last 40 years. “I took a homemade machine to the fair, and enjoyed it so much that I’ve continued building them ever since,” Johnson said. “I enjoyed being able to put stuff together that were manufactured by tractor companies.” The husband and wife team of Glen and Kathy Conrad traveled from Midland to support the SVTPA. The Conrads began competing in 1985 with a little Sears tractor that was equipped with a 10-horsepower engine. However, the couple have come a long ways since then. In 1995, Kathy won the Pro-Stock National NDGPA Championship. Kathy is also very active with the SVTPA Awards, and Points committee. Manassas residents, Penn Jones and Danny Kopera were also there to support the SVTPA. Penn, a retired national gas pipeline worker, has won four championships. The SVTPA is not just for adults. The organization also has a children’s class, starting at six years old. The SVTPA often competes at local fairs, fire departments and fundraisers. The following tractors were on display at the open house: Silver Shadow, Mighty Moe, Southern Sample (owner Johnson); Mr. Cool (owner Jones); Cub Cadet, 2004, 582 (owner Danny Kopera); (owner Glen & Kathy Conrad) G&K Pulling

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Hannah Pierce finishes strong at Longwood University Leonard Banks Sports editor

Longwood University Lancer senior Hannah Pierce

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Her dreams are the threshold of a very bright future. Recently, Longwood Lancer senior and King George High School alumni Hannah Pierce finished her collegiate golf career on a high note. The Lancers women’s golf team posted a 54-hole score of 230 to lead Longwood to a score of 316-318-313-947 and an eighth place among nine teams at the annual Big South Women’s Golf Championship, at the Patriot Golf Club, in Ninety Six, S. C. Pierce’s teammate, senior Amanda Steinhagen posted a score of 76-7678-230 to finished 12th among the individual field of 45 players. Pierce followed Steinhagen with a score of 82-74-76-232 (17th). The Lancers were seeded fifth going into the championship. On the opening day of the championship, Pierce posted a score of 82 (40th). However, Pierce improved on the second day with a score of 156 (22nd in the field). Earlier this month, Pierce was named to the All-Big South Women’s Academic Team.

“Hannah has represented our program exceptionally well on the golf course, and in the classroom,” said Longwood head women’s golf coach Ali Wright. “I am very proud of Hannah for all of her accomplishments, and she is very deserving of the award.” Pierce is a double major in psychology and criminology with minors in homeland security and sociology. The two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar (2011-2012) and two-time Longwood Scholar-Athlete Award recipient (2012-2013) has a cumulative grade point average of 3.50. In addition, Pierce is a Longwood AllAmerican Team Award honoree. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Alpha Phi Sigma, Psi Chi and Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Throughout the season Pierce fought off a back injury to finish with a career average of 78.83 through 63 rounds to rank seventh all-time. “The fact that she’s been able to achieve at such a high level, while dealing with pain has been inspiring to the entire team,” Wright said. “I am excited for

“Hannah has represented our program exceptionally well on the golf course, and in the classroom. I am very proud of Hannah for all of her accomplishments, and she is very deserving of the award.”

—Ali Wright

her to finish her season on a high note by having a great showing at the Big South tournament. We have been so fortunate to have Hannah as a part of our program, and I know she will be successful in everything she chooses to take on.” Her performances include a multitude of low scores that include: a career best 18-hole score of 73 at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic; a 36-hole score of 151 (two times); a personal best 54-hole score of 226 (76-75-75) at the Yale intercollegiate. Pierce hopes to channel her academic success into graduate school with the final goal of a doctorate. In terms of careers, she has the option of becoming a professional golfer with

the possibility of teaching her own golf clinic or pursuing a some form of law enforcement, specializing in tracking and apprehending abusers of children. During the summer of 2013 she completed an internship at the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department in the sexual assault unit. Prior to college, Pierce finished her high school career with numerous athletic honors, including the distinction of being a three-time Battlefield District Champion, and a four-time All-Region qualifier. Many sports historians consider Pierce to be greatest area high school golfer of all time.

KG Foxes girls’ outdoor track & field rules at Woodberry Leonard Banks Sports Editor On Thursday, at the Woodberry Forest Mini Meet, sophomore and top Fox point producer Heidi Colwell led the Foxes girls’ team with four first-place finishes. Colwell placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (17.00), 300-meter hurdles (50.00), pole vault (9’6”), and triple jump (32’3.50”). Senior Miranda Green continued her area dominance in distance running with victories in the 1,600-meters (5:22.32), and 800-meters (2:26.15). The King George girls’ team totaled 155 points, and finished first in every event. As for the King George boys’ team, they finished third overall (77), with host Woodberry Forest School (149) placing first as a team.

Senior Davion Hutt led the Foxes with a first place finish in the 100-meters (11.13), third place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.80), and a third place finish in the long jump (19’6”). Foxes girls’ first place finishers: 100-meter hurdles, Heidi Colwell, 17.00; 100-meter dash, DeAsia Callanan, 13.52; 1,600-meter run, Miranda Green, 5:22.32; 200-meter dash, Shamaya Abdullah, 27.49; 300-meter hurdles, Heidi Colwell, 50.00; 3,200-meter run, Maddie Amos, 12:39.73; 400-meter dash, Brittany Williams, 1:01.01; 4x100meter relay, KGHS, 53.25; 4x400-meter relay, KGHS, 4:45.44; 4x800-meter relay, KGHS, 10:12.76; 800-meter run, Miranda Green, 2:26.15; discus, Christian Porter, 84’; long jump, DeAsia Callanan, 15’3.50”; high jump, Elizabeth Hill, 4’8”; pole vault,

Heidi Colwell, 9’6”; shot put, Caroline Williams, 31’9”; triple jump, Heidi Colwell, 32’3.50”. Foxes boys’ top finishers: 100-meter dash, Davion Hutt, 11:13; 100-meter hurdles, Earl Calloway, 4th, 17.10; 1,600-meter run, Charles Pasold, 4th, 5:04.32; 200-meter dash, 3rd, 22.80; 300-meter hurdles, Justin Halter, 43.87; 3,200-meter run, Jacob Watson, 10:04.14; 400-meter dash, Ezugo Agulou, 4th, 53.08; 4x400meter relay, KGHS, 3rd, 3:43.95; 800-meter run, Fernando DeLaRosa, 2nd, 2:06.24; discus, Juan Parker, 5th, 111’2”; long jump, Davion Hutt, 3rd, 19’6”; triple jump, Kyree Garrett, 2nd, 38’7”. The Foxes return to action on Friday, May 2, as they travel to compete in the Caroline Invitational, at Caroline High School.

Foxes girls’ outdoor track & field sweep all 17 events at Woodberry Forest meet.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


KGYAA completes second weekend of flag football Staff Reports This past Saturday at Sealston Elementary School, the King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA) completed its second weekend of the flag football season, with 15 games played overall. Scores and leaders: Pee Wee Division: Leaders for the Bullfrogs were Zarian Lacey, Aaron Martinez and Jack McGraw. Leaders for the Fireflies were Aiden Bushrod, Connor Peters and Robert Blanchard. Leaders for the Ospreys were KraSean Hart-Price, Rashad Harris and Blake Hartline. D1 Tigers (26) @ Gladiators (18): Leaders for the Tigers were Marcus Andrews, Jacob Elder and Jadon Johnson. Leaders for the Gladiators were Alaijah Bushrod, Aiden Inzana and Dylan Wood. D1 Phantoms (20) @ Bobcats (18): Leaders for the Phantoms were Domonic Deloatch, Corey Thomas and Dylan Truxon. Leaders for the Bobcats were Grayson Knouse and Luke Mulloy. D1 Bobcats (12) @ Rockets (19): Leaders for the Bobcats were Aiden Martinez and Nick Smoot. Leaders

for the Rockets were Eli McDowney, TreVon McDowney and Mason Nicoletti. D2 Aces (32) @ Warhawks (44): Leaders for the Aces were Josiah Buckner, Nehemiah Frye and Caleb Hawkes. Leaders for the Warhawks were Oma Aguolu, Jace Jett and Jayden Wynes. D2 Silver Wolves (26) @ Venom (21): Leaders for the Silver Wolves were Sean Bishop, Addison Dahl and Blake Kirkpatrick. Leaders for the Venom were Aiyana Ellis, Aidan Parr and and De’Von Whiting.  D2 Aces (34) @ Silver Wolves (16): Leaders for the Aces were Aaron Caldwell, Ella Garner and Avery Littleton. Leaders for the Silver Wolves were Pierce Blaser, Jackson Carey and Chase Gaines. D2 Rebels (35) @ Dragons (18): Leaders for the Rebels were Trey McLaughlin, Cameren Pannell and Blake Worrell. Leaders for the Dragons were Lauren Wentzel, Ryan Wood and Jasmine Williams. D2 Green Devils (12) @ All-Americans (28): The Green Devils were led by a total team effort. Leaders for the All-Americans were Jase Mounts and Tre Watson. D3 Cobras (53) @ Shockers (7):

Leaders for the Cobras were Noah Fields, Noah Linares and Marcus Logan. Leaders for the Shockers were Mikey Hall, Cody Murgas and Jonathan Stewart. D3 Rage (14) @ Outlaws (20): Leaders for the Rage were Arturo Caldeira, Anthony Jenkins and Jordan Massey. Leaders for the Outlaws were Demetrius Butler, Hunter Padgett and Brielle Parr. D3 Lightning (58) @ Fury (7): Leaders for the Lightning were Joey Bettis, Austen Ellis and Matt Redcay. Leaders for the Fury were Chase Burrell, Johnny Catlett, Faith Jones, Sam Slingerland and Andrew Turner. D3 Stingers (26) @ Blitz (14): Leaders for the Stingers were Dylan Hawkins, Ross Lewis and Marcus Smith. Leaders for the Blitz were Summer Allen, David Brown and Devon Wise. D4 Spiders (20) @ Leathernecks (31): Leaders for the Spiders were Johnathan Ferguson, Joshua Hawkes and Michael Johnson. Leaders for the Leathernecks were Justin Barnes, Ian Clark and Nik Mitcheltree. D4 Bucks (50) @ Thunder (40): Leaders for the Bucks were Darius Carroll, D.J. Edelen and Vic Williams. Leaders for the Thunder were

Jim Salyers, Jr.

KGYAA flag football is a continuous action-packed spring sports thrill ride. Most recently, Oma Aguolu of the D2 Warhawks celebrates with teammates after one of her numerous touchdowns. Patrick Newton, Rashad Peyton and Aamiyah Jackson. Leaders for the season play this weekend at Sealston Michael Rodriguez. D2 Squad were Keturah Crawford, Elementary School. For more information, visit the Cheerleaders: Leaders for the Tanaiya Crawford, Kylie Wozniak KGYAA on Facebook or at www. D1 Squad were Makayla Buckner, and Paige Zuker. The KGYAA resumes regular Emily Hurdle, Hannah Massie and

The great fox chase track & field meet

Cathy Binder

On April 12, King George Middle school track & field athletes made numerous time improvements during the annual Great Fox Chase Invitational.

James Monroe sweeps Foxes in tennis Leonard Banks Sports Editor

Leonard Banks

On Wednesday, King George senior Corey Henderson totaled two RBIs that resulted from two doubles and a walk against Washington & Lee. Henderson’s teammate, Cody Bell, was equally impressive at the plate, as he led the Foxes with a 3-4 performance that included two RBIs.

Foxes feast on Eagle pitching Leonard Banks Sports Editor Last Wednesday, at King George High School, the Foxes varsity baseball team delivered a 9-0 win over the visiting Washington & Lee Eagles. The win pushed the Foxes Foxes’ record to 6-2. Currently, Eastern View and King George are battling for first place atop the Eagles 4A North Conference 22 division. On the mound, Lane Ward pitched a seven inning shutout that included 11 strikeouts, two hits, zero walks and no runs. Cody Bell led the Foxes at the plate with a 3-4 performance that included two RBIs. Bell’s teammate, Corey Henderson added two RBIs that resulted from two doubles and a walk. As for the Eagles, pitcher Deoin-

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tre Campbell gave up seven runs, on ten hits and six walks. Jarret Sumiel and Zach Bowen accounted for the Eagles’ two hits. On April 24, Washington & Lee will travel to Northumberland, while the Foxes are scheduled for an away game at Eastern View, on April 25. Game In the bottom of the first inning the Foxes took an early 4-0 lead. The scoring started with a oneout pass ball that scored two runs. With two outs, Henderson scored Jay Buckner from first base with a standup double. Matthew Wright later scored Henderson with a single for the Foxes’ fourth run. In the bottom of the second inning, the Foxes picked up their fifth run on an RBI single from Bell. However, after delivering 37 pitches in first inning, Campbell fought back by forcing a double play grounder to end the inning.

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From the third to the bottom of the fifth inning, the game evolved into a pitcher’s duel with both Ward and Campbell yielding no runs. However, the Eagles continued to trail, 5-0. The Foxes capitalized on several scoring situations to extend their lead to 9-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Bell stared the scoring with an RBI infield hit. Later with the bases loaded, Daniel Frederickson pushed the Foxes’ lead to 7-0 on an RBI walk. With Juan Henry relieving Campbell on the mound, the Foxes picked up two more runs on RBI walks. Ward later ended the game with two strikeouts and a forced grounder.

Last week on the courts of King George High School, the Foxes girls’ tennis team lost 9-0 to James Monroe. The loss dropped the Foxes to 3-4 in the 4A North Conference 22 division, and 5-5 overall.

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(JM) defeated Megan Sewell, 10-5. Match results: Doubles: Castles/ King (JM) defeated Bailey/Howell, 8-1; Palouse/Dyer (JM) defeated Wine/Duong, 8-0; Emily Frank/ Cassie Olsen (JM) defeated Maure Buckley/Lucy Shippee (KG), 8-3. On April 28, the Foxes will host Caroline.

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Rappahannock Community College lifelong learning course focuses on colonial religion The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will sponsor a course on “Religion and the Founding Fathers,� to be held on May 7, 14, and 21 (Wednesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m. at Historic Christ Church in

Weems, Lancaster County. The instructor will be Robert Teagle. Since the establishment of the United States, Americans have debated the role of religion in government and the religious beliefs of the founding fathers. Citizens on both sides of the church-state debate point to the beliefs

and writings of particular historical figures as evidence for or against their positions. But what did these men really believe? Were they Christian, Deist, or something in between? This course will explore the religious experiences and views of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, James Madison,

George Washington, and others, as well as the role each thought religion should play in the new nation. Robert Teagle is the education director and curator at the Foundation for Historic Christ Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary and

a master’s degree in American history from Virginia Tech. His research and teaching interests focus on the history of colonial Virginia: its architecture, the Carter family, and the role of the Church of England. Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to

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Classifieds HELP WANTED Now Hiring!! For Our Busy Summer Season; River Haven Restaurant. Cooks, Servers (must be 21), Utility/ Dish, Bartender (must be 21). All positions full time. Apply in person between 2pm and 4pm Monday through Thursday. 136 Main Street, Port Royal. 5/14b Temp(15)Workers - One Straw Farm, Baltimore Co, MD. Cultivate, irrigate, harvest crops. Perform activities for care/growth of produce, misc farm duties, operate farm equip. Tools provided. 4/21/14 - 11/24/14. $11.06/hr. Guarantee ÂŹĂŚ contract hrs. Housing for noncommuting workers at no cost. Travel/subsistence reimbursed if applicable. Apply to your local workforce agency or MD SWA @ 301-393-8218. JO#318338. 4/23b Organist/Choir Director or Pianist/Choir Director; Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, Montross. Contact: Pastor Shayne Estes at 1-804493-8516. 4/30b Subarashi Kudamono, LP in Coopersburg, PA is hiring 12 temporary farm workers from 5/20/2014 to 11/6/2014: 40 hrs/ week. Worker will harvest Asian pears fruit, according to method appropriate for type of fruit, by hand. Carries and positions work aids, such as ladders, canvas drop cloths, and buckets. Selects fruit to be harvested, according to size, shape, and color. Grasps, twists, and pulls fruit from trees and places

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Abandoned Vessel Notice Notice is hereby given that the following vessel has been abandoned for more than 60 days on the property of: Dahlgren Marine Center, 17088 Ferry Dock Road, King George, VA 22485. Phone: 540/663-2741. Vessel Description: 25â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.

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Public Hearing Notice The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Board of Supervisors of King George County, in accordance with Section 33.1-70.01 of the Code of Virginia, will conduct a joint public hearing in the Revercomb Administration Building Board room, 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Virginia at 6:45 p.m. on the 20th of May, 2014. The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed Secondary Six-Year Plan for the secondary highway system for Fiscal Years 2015 through 2020 in King George County, and on the Secondary Highway System Construction Budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Copies of the proposed Plan and Budget may be reviewed at the Northern Neck Residency Office of the Virginia Department of Transportation, located at 734 Barnfield Road, Warsaw, Virginia, or at the King George County Administratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office located at 10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 200, King George, Virginia.

King George County, Virginia is accepting proposals from qualified firms for Comprehensive Mechanical And Automation Maintenance for use by King George County Schools.

All secondary highway projects in the Secondary Six-Year Plan that are eligible for federal funds will be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which documents how Virginia will obligate federal transportation funds.

Small, Women, Minority, and Service Disabled Veteran owned businesses and Local County businesses are encouraged to apply.

Persons requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this hearing should contact the Virginia Department of Transportation at (804) 333-3696. Persons wishing to speak at this public hearing should attend this meeting or send written comments. Written comments may be submitted to the County Administrator's office, or mailed to 10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 200, King George, VA 22485. All written comments must be received no later than 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Interested parties may obtain the RFP package by contacting the King George County Procurement Manager, Kelly S. Dixon - CPPO CPPB at (540) 775-8575,, download from the King George County website â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or by written request to: King George County Procurement Manager, 10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 201, King George, VA, 22485. A Pre-Proposal Meeting/Site Visit will be held on May 1, 2014 beginning in the School Board Administration Conference Room located at 9100 St. Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road, King George, VA. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM.

Proposals will be received at the King George County Finance Department at the above address until 2:00 PM (local prevailing time) on May 22, 2014. Late proposals will not be accepted.

King George County Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

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)


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Please take notice that on the 8th day of May, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the regular monthly meeting of the Colonial Beach Town Council, at Colonial Beach Town Center in Colonial Beach, 22443, the Council will conduct a Public Hearing on the following: ORDINANCE NO. 647




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We are pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise â&#x20AC;&#x153;any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.â&#x20AC;? This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-8530. Toll free call (888) 551-3247. For the hearing impaired call (804) 367-9753.


ORDINANCE NO. 647 AMENDS THE COLONIAL BEACH TOWN CODE, CHAPTER 13.1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;LICENSES,â&#x20AC;?ARTICLE I, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BUSINESS AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES OF TAXATION,â&#x20AC;? SECTION 13.1-4, â&#x20AC;&#x153;LICENSE REQUIREMENTâ&#x20AC;? TO EXCLUDE PERSONS RENTING PROPERTY BY THE WEEK FROM THE BUSINESS LICENSE REQUIREMENT; CHAPTER 20, â&#x20AC;&#x153;TAXATIONâ&#x20AC;? ARTICLE III, â&#x20AC;&#x153;TRANSIENT LODGING TAX,â&#x20AC;? SECTION 20-30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;DEFINITIONSâ&#x20AC;? TO MODIFY THE DEFINITIONS OF HOTEL, LODGING, PERSON, AND TRANSIENT, AND TO ADD DEFINITIONS FOR ROOM RENTAL AND TRAVEL CAMPGROUND; SECTION 20-31, â&#x20AC;&#x153;LEVYâ&#x20AC;? TO ADD TRAVEL CAMPGROUND; SECTION 20-34, â&#x20AC;&#x153;DISCOUNT;â&#x20AC;? SECTION 20-36, â&#x20AC;&#x153;PROCEDURE UPON FAILURE TO FILE RETURN OR PAY TAXâ&#x20AC;? TO MODIFY THE PROCEDURE; TO DELETE SECTION 20-39, â&#x20AC;&#x153;EXCEPTIONS FOR GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYEES ON OFFICIAL BUSINESSâ&#x20AC;?AND SECTION 20-40, â&#x20AC;&#x153;EXCEPTIONS FOR TRANSIENTS AT PLACES OF LODGING AT PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS;â&#x20AC;? AND TO MODIFY SECTION 20-41, â&#x20AC;&#x153;VIOLATIONS; CRIMINAL PENALTIESâ&#x20AC;? TO CLARIFY THAT THE PENALTY IS A MISDEMEANOR. ORDINANCE NO. 647 IS CONSIDERED PURSUANT TO THE GRANTS OF AUTHORITY CONTAINED IN VA. CODE § 58.1-3840. A copy of Ordinance No. 647 is available for review by the public at 18 North Irving Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443. Anyone having questions may contact Town Hall at 804-224-7181, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All interested persons may attend and express their views. Following the public hearings the Town Council may take action to approve this Ordinance. Any person requiring assistance to participate in the public hearing is asked to contact Town Hall in advance so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Parcel 7 (Dalton) Parcel 8 (Kontur) Parcel 9 (Ware)

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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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Building the Keystone Pipeline is a good idea Most people don’t know it, but there is a major oil pipeline very close to where we live. It runs through both Stafford County and Fredericksburg and is called the Plantation Pipeline. It supplies refined oil products to airports and the military. The pipeline starts in Louisiana and runs over a thousand miles through several states. By pipeline standards David S. Kerr this a fairly large line. But there is nothing unusual about it. There are nearly 55,000 miles of large scale pipelines in the United States carrying oil, both crude and refined products, as well as natural gas. That leads to the question. When it comes to the debate about the Keystone XL

Op Ed _____ lori deem This past week, a co-worker and I were talking about our ‘collection’ of hand me downs from our parents, grandparents and family members unknown. You know, the boxes of stuff that get passed from generation to generation until one family member is courageous enough or disciplined enough to just toss the goods. Going through boxes of what was important to someone before my time has been an eye opening experience. I’ve found out my father and his family used to live in Minnesota. Never thought they’d been anywhere but Iowa and before that Denmark. I’ve found Navy memorabilia from my grandmother’s husband and son. I never met either of them as they lost their lives in the Pacific during World War II. I did find correspondence asking the Navy to investigate the muddy circumstances of my grandfather’s death, & the promise from them they would look into it. And, in the meticulous files my grandmother kept are notes from her wondering if she’d ever get answers. So, this mystery goes on my bucket list to solve. My co-worker brought in some memorabilia from her late mother’s collections. Amazingly, this paperwork is in incredible condition and quite relevant to this week’s celebration of Earth Day. You know, that day when all our recycling schemes, save the earth, do no harm and other grand ideas are to be showing some results? The paperwork included a typewritten program of participants at a Sept. 17, 1948 Inter-American conference on Conservation of Renewable Natural Resources in Denver CO as well as the final notes from actions taken and voted on. Here are some of the resolutions written up and accepted by the 300 plus in attendance: • “The crucial problem of our generation is to safeguard, maintain, develop, increase and wisely use for the common benefit of mankind the natural resources of the earth.” • “We believe that on the road toward peace, the only guarantee of peace is a careful development, utilization and protection of renewable natural resources. “ • “The catastrophe that threatens civilization results from man’s failure to live in harmony with the principles that govern his environment.” • “Man has abused the earth that is his principal source of wealth; and the earth, therefore, dispassionately makes his existence even more precarious and threatens him with extinction.” This conference was held 66 years ago. Earth Day began its journey in 1970, 44 years ago. How much longer will it take for human beings on this planet to wake up, and try to keep the earth viable? And, make all the efforts of our forefathers and foremothers worth their troubles? The urgency and some solutions were written down for us, the future. We can’t pass on this responsibility to the next generation like we pass on our “collections.” —Reach Lori Deem at

pipeline, which will be about as big as the Plantation line, what’s the big deal? Just as a quick bit of background, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline will run from Canada to the Midwest so it can connect with several large U.S. oil refineries. What’s being proposed isn’t so much a new line as really a replacement of existing lines with pipelines that cover a new and more direct route. However, it’s become a lightning rod for environmentalists. The thing is, while I generally consider myself strongly pro-environment, this time, their arguments aren’t all that strong and maybe this is one situation where it might be better to go ahead with the project. What bothers a lot of people is that the Keystone XL pipeline connects to facilities that are obtaining oil from tar sands in Canada. Many in the environmental movement don’t like this approach to synthesizing oil. They consider it damaging to the en-

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Major election funding by extremely large giving by the wealthy is, in my opinion and many others, destroying our national proper operation of our legislature. This is now even more destructive as a result of the recent Supreme Court further loosing election donation regulations. Votes by the general public are of less importance because an elected legislator would be appraised of who and how much was given for his election. Then when in office, the legislator is naturally obligated to give special consideration to that big donor’s wants and also be open to the donor’s lobbyists to work with the legislator’s staff for new and changing legislation. The usual conclusion is that the special interest wealthy has opened doors that others find not so available. However, even though this is particularly bad, there is a good, and also a possible way to minimize this special-interest undue consideration. First the good: The many billions donated is resulting in significant funds for jobs; every dollar pays to employ in many areas. The rich is helping those that are less fortunate. Second, is the most important action: Voters should realize that an enormous single donation to a candidate is for special influence on the elected when in office. It seems obvious that these outstandingly large donations have to be for just getting a candidate elected; so what else but to secure influence later when the newly elected is in office. As such, the legislator is (in a way) “bought” for special consideration, and his hands tend to be tied, but not for the public. To counter this tendency, the general voter should consider shying away from voting for a candidate that has received a tremendous individual donation into his personal account, his political party, or via Political Action Committees. If voters shy away from these candidature enough, I think legislative operations will become honorable again.

vironment and they see the pipeline as just perpetuating it. In terms of expanding our carbon footprint they think it’s a terrible idea. The administration, however, for all practical purposes, is taking no position at all. Canada wants the line built and is putting pressure on the U.S. State Department to give the go ahead for the project. However, President Obama, while nodding in the direction of those opposed to the project hasn’t said he supports it either. When the U.S. does make a decision, if it ever does, it will probably be after the election. But there are even larger issues at stake in this discussion. America has been dependent on oil from overseas, primarily from countries that openly despise us, since the 1950’s. Now, thanks to fracking, certainly not popular with many, and oil from Canadian tar sands, America stands to be a net exporter of oil within the next few years. The effect of this, and

On This Earth Day, It’s Actually Easier To Be Green Michelle maynard Those of us who grew up watching Sesame Street sang along to Kermit the Frog’s lament, “It’s not that easy being green.” But for many Americans, it’s actually easier than ever to be green. Sustainability has quietly become an every day event, less a statement than a way of life. That is something experts at Stanford University call “pro-environmental socialization.” In other words, if you are expected by your refuse collection system to separate your cans and bottles and your newspapers, you do it, without feeling you are making a social statement. On the first earth day in 1970, it was a common sight for skies in industrial cities to be gray with pollution, and for a thin film of soot to cover cars and clothes hanging out to try. Litter flew across American highways, and cigarette butts were strewn on restroom floors. By the time American millennials became aware of dirty air, smog was something they saw in pictures of Beijing and Shanghai. No one in a state with a recycling law would dream of throwing away a soda bottle; in Michigan, it yielded a 10 cent deposit. People now regularly tote their own canvas shopping bags to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, as well as to local farmer’s markets. The statements that our parents’ generation made by being environmentally conscious is just part of the landscape for those born after 1980.

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the benefit it offers to our national security and our economy, is hard to overstate. Also, no one has made a strong argument that the Keystone XL is any more environmentally damaging than any other pipeline. What’s more, it will probably be safer. It will be newer than any other line and its construction will probably be more closely monitored than most pipeline projects. That’s because it’s gotten so much attention. What’s more, there is a big demand for this oil. If the Keystone isn’t built, then the only alternative Canada will have is to sell it to Japan, Korea or China. That wouldn’t be efficient, certainly wouldn’t help the United States and until someone can make a compelling argument against the line, it’s better to just stop arguing, keep the oil here at home and go ahead and build it. —Reach David Kerr at


In the middle of all this, millennials are responsible for their own significant shift. A study by the advocacy group US PIRG found that Americans between 16 and 24 years of age reduced their driving by 23 percent between 2001 and 2009. Granted, this federal highway data is a little old, but those years were not a time when much emphasis was placed on creating greener college campuses, aside from some recycling programs. Now, however, 30 plus campuses are offering bike share programs. Colleges like the University of Dayton are offering free bikes to incoming freshmen if they do not bring a car to campus for two years. Campuses, like Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, are redesigning their landscapes to cut down on automobile use and promote the use of bikes, as well as walking. It will be interesting to see the impact this will have on millennials as they get older. If this generation is discouraged from using automobiles when they’re in school, and taught it’s easier to be green, their behavior could carry over into adulthood. And that could affect the transportation choices they make, and demand, for years to come.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, seek guidance from friends and family when faced with a puzzling problem. Different perspectives can shed light on the problem and make it easier to solve.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 A unique experience has inspired you to make a difference, Taurus. If you want to volunteer, there are many organizations that need help. Find the right fit for you.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, give ample thought to what you really want out of a particular relationship or situation. You might have to make big changes, but such changes are worth the effort.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Change is right around the corner, Gemini. Take the time to listen to what the stars are trying to tell you so you can make the best decisions.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Try to show others this week that you are a thoughtful person who has a lot of life experience, Sagittarius. Assert yourself calmly and effectively to get your point across.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 You are very good at bringing together people, Cancer. Use this ability to create a social forum this week. Encourage those closest to you to exchange ideas. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Don’t let others make decisions for you, Leo. This week take control of your life and be more assertive regarding the goals you want to accomplish. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, technology is foremost on your mind this week. Focus on ways that technology can better your life and advance your career. Seek the advice of others.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Trust the people you love, Capricorn. They may grow weary of not knowing which way you lean. Be firm when making decisions and others will respect you for it. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 It is not always easy to think and act differently from those around you, Aquarius. But your willingness to take the road less traveled is why you’re such an effective leader. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, someone close to you is having problems that he or she cannot express. Your intuition will save the day.


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Protecting visibility is essential Driving defensively is the best way for motorists to avoid accidents and protect themselves and their passengers from the risks of the road. But the importance of defensive driving is magnified when driving in hazardous conditions, especially when drivers’ vision is potentially compromised. Driving when visibility is poor can test the skills of even the most seasoned and careful motorists. Though even novice drivers know to be especially cautious when driving in snow or heavy rain, extreme weather is not the only thing that can make roadways hazardous for motorists and their passengers. Highway construction that produces debris, poorly lit roadways and driving during certain times of the day when everyone seems to be in a rush can all compromise drivers’ vision. As a result, it’s imperative that motorists

take steps to protect their vision when driving in hazardous or even potentially hazardous conditions. * Replace old or ineffective wiper blades. Maintaining wiper blades is an easy preventative measure drivers can employ to protect their vision, yet many motorists are unaware of just how frequently their vehicle wiper blades need to be replaced. Wiper blades should be changed every 90-120 days, as the blades can easily grow brittle and ineffective over time. Depending on how frequently they are used, wiper blades can wear out rather quickly, especially on older vehicles with pitting on the windshield. Wiper blades are relatively inexpensive to replace, and can make a world of difference when driving in hazardous conditions. * Don’t forget to maintain your windshield. A windshield can be a motorist’s best

friend or his worst enemy when driving in hazardous conditions, but savvy drivers know there is no excuse for the latter. Windshield clarity is especially important when driving in hazardous conditions, and windshields that have been treated with a repellant are significantly safer than those that have not. “Driving in wet weather is inherently dangerous, and driving risks increase considerably with the inability to see clearly through the windshield,” said Dennis Samfilippo, General Manager of Philips Automotive. A one-time treatment just a few times per year keeps windshields clean and visibility at a maximum. The Philips Windshield Treatment Kit is a do-it-yourself kit that can make windshield glass easier to clean for up to six months after application and can be used by anyone, from veteran auto enthusi-

asts to novice do-it-yourselfers. In just a few minutes, drivers can dramatically improve their vision thanks to the kit’s unique, long-lasting hydrophobic technology designed specifically to coat windshield glass and make it easier to remove items that may obstruct a driver’s vision, including ice, dirt and even bugs. Drivers can even take advantage of a new instructional YouTube video titled “Windshield Treatment Kit Video,” which shows users the exact steps they need to take to help improve their field of vision in difficult driving conditions. The video can be found at www.philipsautolighting. com/windshieldkit. * Check windshield washer fluid. Windshield washer fluid is one of those things drivers typically only notice when it isn’t there. Routinely inspect windshield washers to ensure they’re working

properly, and top off windshield washer fluid so you know it will be there when you need it. * Clean interior glass and mirrors. It’s easy to overlook interior glass and mirrors when cleaning a car, but a dirty vehicle interior can be as dangerous as it can be unsightly. While coffee-stained cup holders or spilled snacks under vehicle seats are largely cosmetic concerns, dirty interior glass and mirrors can significantly compromise a driver’s vision. When cleaning the interior of their vehicle, drivers should remove any film that has built up on interior glass and mirrors. Such buildup, which is often thicker in smokers’ vehicles, can reduce vision and create a hazy reflection from the sun, putting drivers and their passengers at risk. More information is available at

Treated windshields help to prevent rain from obscuring driver vision.

Commonsense tips when driving in rainy conditions Rainy weather can arrive any time of year. While an afternoon spent indoors watching the drops fall can be relaxing, driving in the rain is anything but. It requires extra concentration and improved reaction time. Rainy conditions can be challenging and treacherous, and drivers should proceed with caution on rain-slicked roads. Rain is blamed for many accidents, but many of these situations are largely preventable among drivers who adapt to the weather and roadway conditions. Here are some things to consider. * Reduced visibility occurs from wiper blades, glare (particularly at night) and heavy downpours. When you are unable to see the road ahead, including other vehicles, reduce your speed. If the rain is coming down in

torrents, pull over to the side of the road and wait for a respite. Turn on your lights to ensure you are visible to other cars on the road. * Recognize that rain can cause slick conditions. A film of water develops on the roadways, and that can affect the performance of your vehicle’s tires. Less traction means the car can slip and slide. Hydroplaning, or coasting on the surface of the water, is common. Another, lesser-known condition is slickness caused by grease and oil in the asphalt. During a long dry spell, these substances build up on the roads. When it rains, the oil and water doesn’t mix, bringing the oils to the surface and exacerbating slick conditions. The first few hours of a rainstorm can be quite dangerous until heavier rains wash the oils away.

* Water spraying up onto tires and brakes can compromise braking ability. That means it could take longer to stop under wet conditions. Do not tailgate and leave extra room between vehicles. If you drive through a puddle of water, pump the brakes and test them out to be sure you can stop. Brake earlier so that other drivers understand your intentions and can react accordingly. * Avoid extremely large puddles. First of all, you cannot judge the depth of the puddle and you may end up getting stuck, especially in the event of roadway flooding. Water splashing into the engine compartment may damage electrical components. Steer around puddles to be on the safe side. * Use extra care watching out for pedestrians. A normally observant

To ask before hiring your next mechanic Few decisions weigh as heavily on automobile owners as their choice of mechanic. A good mechanic goes a long way toward ensuring drivers and their passengers stay safe on the road and that those drivers’ vehicles perform at their peak for years to come. That’s an important role to play, and it’s why many drivers acknowledge that choosing a mechanic is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Rest assured you don’t need to be a car guy or gal to find a trustworthy and talented mechanic. You might just need to open a dialogue with a prospective mechanic, discussing a handful of topics that can help you feel more comfortable and know you have made the right choice in automotive service provider once a final decision has been made. Certification Certification can go a long way toward helping drivers find mechanics they can trust. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was founded in 1972 and continues to work to improve the quality of automotive service and repair by testing automotive technicians and certifying those who live up to or exceed ASE standards. An ASEcertified technician should have his or her credentials readily available to prospective customers, and these credentials list each professional’s area of certification. When shopping for a new mechanic, make sure that he or she is ASE-certified. In addition, discuss with the mechanic his or her work history, including any additional areas of expertise. Pricing policies Many mechanics offer free estimates, but that should not be taken for granted. When bringing a car in for an estimate, drivers should confirm with the mechanic who will conduct the examination if the estimate is free or if they will be charged an inspection fee. In addition to any fees regarding estimates, drivers should also inquire about labor costs and the payment policies at the facility. Labor can be quite expensive, so it’s best that you know these rates in advance of any repairs being conducted on your vehicle. It’s also important to get a rundown of the company payment policies, especially if your vehicle is in need of potentially costly repairs. You

don’t want the bill to shock you once the work has been completed, so don’t hesitate to be inquisitive before leaving a car at the garage. Parts Replacing parts on a vehicle is a cause for concern for many drivers, and rightfully so. Consumer advocacy groups have exposed many mechanics who pass off used auto parts as new parts, charging their customers new part prices along the way. While there’s no way drivers can guarantee they won’t fall victim to such criminal behavior, they can inquire about company policies regarding vehicle parts. Does the garage even install used parts? If so, do they let drivers choose either new or used parts before any work is done? If the garage only uses new parts, ask for parts with solid warranties, so if the part must be replaced, you won’t have to pay for it again. Documentation The preowned vehicle market is thriving, and drivers who take care of their vehicles have earned the

person may be distracted by the rain, puddles and wrangling an umbrella and veer into the path of cars. Be mindful of the side of the roads and where pedestrians may be, such as around parked cars. * Change wiper blades twice per year. You do not want to be caught with shoddy wiper blades in poor conditions. Without an effective wiper blade, rain cannot be cleared effectively from the windshield. * Limit distractions inside of the car to focus even more of your attention on the road. While some have become accustomed to answering phone calls or fielding questions from the backseat while driving, avoid such distractions when driving in the rain. Turn down the radio if you must, and encourage passengers to remain quiet until safely home.

* Leave extra time to get to your destination. Rain causes slowing down of traffic. Rushing may increase your risk of being in an accident, so always leave extra travel time when driving in wet conditions. * Make way for emergency personnel. Accidents and bad weather are common. Slow down or pull over

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Simple ways to extend the life of your vehicle According to data from, in 2012 the average new car cost $30,500. That’s a considerable expense, especially at a time when fuel costs remain high and cost of living continues to rise. Because new cars have become so expensive, more and more vehicle owners are looking for ways to extend the life of their vehicles. The longer a car can stay on the road, the better an investment that vehicle becomes. Fortunately, there are several steps vehicle owners can take that should ensure their vehicles stay on the road for years to come. * Scale back on short trips. The toll cold starts take on a vehicle can add up over time. When a car is started, condensation builds up in the vehicle’s exhaust system. On longer trips, that condensation will gradually evaporate. However, on short trips, that condensation often does not have enough time to evaporate, and over time too many short trips will lead to an accumulation of water in the muffler that can lead to rust and rust holes on the muf-

fler. Short trips also can negatively affect gas mileage. When possible, leave your car at home on trips into town when you can just as easily walk or ride a bicycle. Over time, reducing the amount of short trips you take in your car will greatly reduce wear and tear on your vehicle and improve your fuel efficiency as well. * Stick to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Adhering to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule serves many purposes, including improving the its durability and protecting various components, including its cooling system and drivetrain. While many manufacturers used to recommend changing a vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles, many of today’s newer automobiles need their oil changed less frequently. Check your owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations regarding oil changes, and don’t forget to replace the oil filter when changing your vehicle’s oil. * Pay attention to brake pads. Brake pads that are allowed to wear down can

cause damage to the brakes’ rotors and calipers. That damage can prove costly and make things harder on your vehicle. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s brake pads, which are far less expensive to replace than rotors and calipers, and do not allow them to wear down to metal. * Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires that are under-inflated will negatively impact your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. In addition, the tires’ life expectancy is reduced considerably when tires are not properly inflated. Routinely check your tire pressure, especially if you drive a lot, and keep tires inflated at the pressure recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. * Be mindful when filling up your tank. Many people do not pay much attention to their surroundings when pulling into the filling station. But when you fill up can impact your car’s life expectancy. Perhaps the worst time to fill your tank is when the fuel tanker is in the gas station refilling the underground tanks. That’s because the process of filling the under-

ground tanks can stir up sediment that had settled at the bottom of those tanks. If that sediment finds its way into your vehicle’s gas tank, it can clog filters and fuel injectors and negatively affect the vehicle’s performance. So unless your car is running on empty, avoid refilling its gas tank when the tanker is still in the station. * Take care of your vehicle’s interior, too. Caring for a car is not just about being good to what’s under the hood. Caring for the car’s interior will not necessarily impact its performance, but a well-kept interior will improve how you look at your vehicle and how much you enjoy driving it. The longer you enjoy driving your vehicle, the longer you are likely to keep it. Preserve the vehicle’s door and window seals; clean the dashboard, including the gauges, vacuum the floor mats; and wipe down the vehicle’s interior, whether it’s cloth or leather. Keeping up the appearance of the car’s interior will make the vehicle more enjoyable to drive and increase its value at resale.

Keeping a vehicle’s interior clean can make it more enjoyable to drive while encouraging owners to keep their cars for longer periods of time.

Things to look for on a vehicle history report A vehicle history report can be a used car buyer’s best friend. Whereas in the past buyers bought used cars and hoped for the best, today’s used car buyers can rely on a vehicle history report to tell them all about the vehicle while helping buyers make more informed decisions. When shopping for a preowned vehicle, you should always ask for a vehicle history report, regardless of whether you’re buying from a dealership or a private citizen. If the seller refuses, it’s time to look elsewhere. When a seller eagerly provides a vehicle history report, buyers should examine a few things on the report so they can be more comfortable should they ultimately purchase the vehicle.

* Number of previous owners: All vehicle history reports list how many owners a vehicle has had in the past. In general, the more owners a vehicle has had, the more risk you’re assuming as the buyer. Vehicles that tend to change hands often are less likely to have been well maintained. In addition to how many owners a car has had, look at who those owners were. Vehicles that were once owned by a rental car company, for instance, were likely not treated very well, as few people care how much abuse their rental car endures. However, a car once owned by a rental agency likely has lots of highway miles on it, and such driving is less taxing on a vehicle than city driving where the vehicle’s engine is stopping

and starting more frequently. * Specifics: Just because a seller provides you with a vehicle history report does not necessarily mean that report matches up with the vehicle you might be buying. A dishonest seller might try to pass off the history report of another vehicle of the same make and model as his own. This is done to hide a suspect vehicle history or even when thieves are selling a stolen car to an unsuspecting buyer. Check the vehicle identification number, or VIN, on the vehicle to ensure the car you’re looking at matches the car on the history report. In addition, each vehicle history report describes the car, so if the description does not match you might be holding an inaccurate

report. * Location: The vehicle history report will show where the car has lived over the years. Vehicles that have spent ample time in harsh weather, such as Alaska or another region with a prolonged winter, have likely had their share of weatherrelated wear and tear, more so than a car driven in warmer climates. While this does not mean past owners didn’t properly maintain the car, some buyers might be wary of purchasing a vehicle that has endured too many harsh winters. * Physical appearance: Does the physical appearance of the car match up with its history report? Sometimes a vehicle owner does not report when a car has been in

an accident. Owners might do this to avoid higher insurance premiums or to mask the vehicle’s history because they intend to sell the car down the road. If a car exhibits any signs of body work that aren’t on its history report or if the car drives awkwardly but has supposedly not been in an accident, buyers should consider this a major red flag and strongly consider walking away from the vehicle and continuing their search elsewhere. A vehicle history report can calm the fears of a buyer shopping for a preowned vehicle. But even when a report is made available, buyers should still examine the report closely to ensure the vehicle is all it’s cracked up to be.


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of their vehicles, many motorists prefer to be overly cautious. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, there are times when being too cautious can unnecessarily cost you money. Motor oil, and when to change that oil, has long been a point of contention. Many drivers grew up being told that motor oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. However, that myth has been debunked for many of today’s vehicles, which should come with suggested intervals between oil changes. According to Edmunds. com, in 2010 the average interval for oil changes was 7,800 miles. In addition to changing a car’s motor oil less frequently, there are other things drivers should know about motor oil. * Oil does not necessarily need to be changed before a long trip. Taking a trip? While it’s good to have your car examined before embarking, if the recommended oil change interval is not up, then you do not need to preemptively change your oil. Such a change is likely unnecessary and will not improve the performance of your vehicle during the trip. * Black oil does not necessitate a change. Conventional wisdom once suggested if the oil on the dipstick is black then it needs to be changed. But nowadays automotive professionals are noting that black oil is doing its job and different additives might be changing the oil’s color, which means the oil doesn’t need to be changed. * You can use petroleum-based oil after using synthetic. Another longstanding myth regarding motor oil was that once you use a synthetic motor oil instead of a petroleum-based oil you have to continue using synthetic oil, which is often more expensive than more traditional motor oil, in order to avoid harming the vehicle. However, automotive professionals have noted that these two types of oils are now often blended, meaning switching back and forth from one to the other is not likely to cause any damage to your vehicle. Just be sure to use motor oil that meets the standards set forth in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. * Consider an earlier oil change after buying a new vehicle. Sometimes a new vehicle will need an oil change after its first 3,000 miles. However, this does not mean your vehicle will need one every 3,000 miles. According to Blackstone Laboratories, who study motor oil, oil samples taken from engines during their initial 3,000 miles of driving had elevated metal levels from the camshafts and pistons. These elevated levels will not necessarily be harmful, but some auto manufacturers recommend a shorter initial interval just to be safe. Honda, however, includes an anti-wear additive in their break-in oil and advises against changing their oil early. Consult your owner’s manual to determine if it’s best to change your oil after the initial 3,000 miles or to let it go until the recommended interval.

4/23/2014 King George VA Journal