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3.23.2017 | The Flagship | | C5 Virginia Oyster Restoration Specialist Heather North with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will share some history as well as information about oyster populations and oyster gardening seminars, April 29, at the Isle of Wight County Museum.

Norfolk Public Schools, Naval Station Norfolk celebrate military children’s art

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Oystering history in Hampton Roads News Release SMITHFIELD, VA.

Join the Isle of Wight County Museum at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, to learn about all about oysters at Then the World’s Mine Oyster: The History of Oystering in Hampton Roads. An old myth specifies that the best time to eat oysters is during months that contain the letter R. Naturally, the same rule must apply to a presentation about the history of oystering in Hampton Roads. Virginia Oyster Restoration Specialist Heather North with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the pearl in this lecture. She will share some history as well as information about oyster populations and oyster gardening seminars.

An old myth specifies that the best time to eat oysters is during months that contain the letter R. Interpreting local history, the museum’s exhibits include prehistoric fossils, Native American and Colonial artifacts, a country store and the museum’s most notable artifact— the world’s oldest, edible cured ham. The 1902 pork product exemplifies the patented Smithfield curing process. Admission is $2 for adults. The Isle of Wight County Museum is located at 103 Main Street in Smithfield.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and staff in-service day. For more information, contact the Isle of Wight County Museum at 757356-1223 or visit


Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) in collaboration with Naval Station Norfolk and other community partners will debut an exhibit entitled “The Art of Being a Military Child” at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 6, at ORIGIN the Governor’s School for the Arts Gallery at MacArthur Center, located at 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk. Students’ artwork for the exhibit was accepted from January 3–27. A panel of judges have reviewed the art pieces, and the winners will be announced at the event. Executive Director of Interagency Collaboration and Wraparound Services for NPS Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong said, “We are very excited to be partnering with the military on such a fun and meaningful project. We were also thrilled to secure MacArthur Center as an event partner and exhibit host. This means so much to the school division because collaborating on these types of events with our community partners helps us to better

provide support services and is a great way to highlight the support provided to militaryconnected students through our School Liaison Officers (SLOs). Additionally, it’s a wonderful opportunity to nurture the creativity of our students”. California Pizza Kitchen is an event sponsor; the Color Guard from Lake Taylor High School the Granby High School Choir and the Strolling Strings will participate in the affair. Special invited guests to the opening include: First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer Richard C. McDaniel and City of Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander, the exhibit coincides with the Month of the Military Child, which is celebrated during the month of April. If you are interested in seeing the creative and introspective artwork of NPS’ military-connected students, visit the ORIGIN Arts Gallery April 6–8. The display will move to center court next to “Bunnyville” and will remain on display in MacArthur Center from April 10–30.

Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) is on a mission to ensure that all students maximize their academic potential, develop skills for lifelong learning and become successful contributors to a global society. We believe Norfolk Public Schools is the cornerstone of a proudly diverse community with highly qualified teachers and staff dedicated to providing diverse teaching and learning opportunities for all students. MacArthur Center, located on Monticello Avenue in downtown Norfolk, features one million square feet of retail offerings, including Hampton Roads’ first Nordstrom and the region’s flagship Dillard’s department store. Entertainment and dining options occupy approximately 25 percent of the tenant mix. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For holiday hours and information, visit or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Sports WWE superstar Natalya talks WrestleMania; upcoming SmackDown Live events By Jonathan McLarty Contributing Writer

World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) SmackDown Live brand will be making their final stops in both Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia on the road to WrestleMania 33. Fans in Norfolk will be able to witness a nontelevised event on Monday, March 27 at Norfolk Scope. The next night (March 28), SmackDown Live will broadcast on the USA Network from the Richmond Coliseum. Fans will also be able to watch the final broadcast of the weekly 205 Live WWE Network show as the Cruiserweights make their way to the biggest annual event on WWE’s calendar. Announced for WrestleMania is a match for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship, currently held by Alexa Bliss. All women competitors on the SmackDown Live brand are eligible to contend for Bliss’ title in this match, including: Carmella, Mickie James and Becky Lynch. Another Superstar in this match is Canada’s Natalya, the third-generation member of the Hart wrestling family. Natalya took a few moments to discuss several topics, including her upcoming title match at WrestleMania 33. Jonathan McLarty (JM): It is unknown what type of stipulation may be placed on your match at WrestleMania, but do you feel you’re ready for any type of match Shane McMahon or Daniel Bryan may throw your way? Natalya (N): That’s the cool thing. When there’s mystery involved, it causes intrigue. We’re still finding out the details ourselves. We’ve got Naomi chomping at the bit to come back. We hope she’s there, but we’ll have to see how she’s feeling. You never know if there’s going to be a wildcard in this match. JM: You recently penned

Courtesy of WWE WWE Superstar Natalya will compete in WrestleMania.

a great article for the Calgary Sun about your history with Beth Phoenix. With Phoenix being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year, would you like to share some thoughts about this accomplishment? N: Beth Phoenix is my best friend of over a decade. She is somebody that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame as much as anyone. When I found out she was going into the Hall of Fame, I was so overjoyed for my friend. When you travel the world with someone; you have a three-hundred mile drive, trying to get to the next town, you really become connected to them. Beth and I became like family, like sisters. I saw her journey. I saw her highs and lows and everything in-between. To me, everything that she stood for in the ring, she meant even more to me outside of the ring. She taught me all about surviving; thriving in a way that, no matter what happens to you, whether you win a champion-

ship in WWE or you tear your ACL, you can still end up on top. We always believed in this positive energy with each other and we got through so much together. I’m so happy that I can see my best friend have this moment where the whole world can celebrate her accomplishments. JM: Have you had a lot of experience writing in the past, such as the aforementioned Calgary Sun article? N: I actually love writing. I won a few different awards in school growing up. I got an award from Bill Clinton, the Presidential Fitness award, for writing. Don’t ask me about Math, but writing has always been one of my passions. I was presented with the opportunity at having my own column in the Calgary Sun, which is a success right now as seven different newspapers across Canada are using it. It’s such a huge honor for me because of my grandmother, Helen Hart, she was a writer. My uncle Bret Hart

actually had a column for the Calgary Sun as well. Every week I look at it as an opportunity to spread a positive message, to tell a funny story, lift someone up. When people read my column, I want them to finish reading it and feel happy and inspired. JM: Do you have any other hidden talents that you haven’t been able to display on WWE television or Total Divas? N: I love to paint. I do a lot of watercolor painting. I’ve actually done a lot of pieces for charity, raising money for children’s foundations. I’m very artistic. My mom has a degree in soft sculpture and went to school eight years to study art. My whole family is very artistic and athletic. We definitely color outside the lines in the Hart family. JM: Are you able to follow what is happening in the Women’s division on Monday Night Raw? N: Oh, I pay attention to everything. I watch Raw,

SmackDown, 205 Live, NXT. My husband and I have the WWE Network. We pay the $9.99 a month because we’re kind of obsessed. There are very talented women in the Raw Women’s division. I’m so happy we had the brand split because every girl has this different focus. I’d say that feuding with Charlotte (Flair) is right up there with feuding with Nikki Bella. I loved both of those feuds because there was so much for me to bite into. It would be amazing to wrestle Sasha (Banks). I think she is one of the best Women’s wrestlers in the world. I want to work with Asuka—I know she’s at NXT, but I pay attention to all of the girls. Raw also has some girls that I look forward to them getting the spotlight, like Alicia Fox, Emma, Paige. It would be cool to see, when there is a draft again, where the chips fall. JM: Is there something about SmackDown Live that you feel gives the women an

edge above the opportunities given on Raw? N: I think the women on SmackDown Live are taking every opportunity we get and nailing it. You look at (Elimination Chamber) and we had three women’s matches. We’re all being utilized in feuds right now. It’s important when you’re hunting for food in the jungle, it’s really important to be hungry. When you’re full and you have everything and you don’t feel like anything is a challenge to you, you’re not going to want it as much. That’s not to say that the girls on Raw are like that, they’re not. They’re the most driven women I have ever worked with. I just feel like the girls on SmackDown are like the Little Engine That Could; the underdog team. We’re banding together and making history with one of the best Women’s divisions in the world. Tickets for both the Norfolk and Richmond WWE events can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, as well as the Norfolk Scope and Richmond Coliseum box offices, respectively. Tickets start at $15 and active duty Military can receive complimentary admission through the venue’s box office. WrestleMania 33 will be broadcast on the WWE Network on Sunday, April 2. Headlining this event is Goldberg defending the WWE Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt defending the WWE Championship against Randy Orton, and Roman Reigns taking on The Undertaker. You can sign up for WWE Network by visiting and receive a thirty-day trial. Jonathan McLarty is a contributing writer for The Flagship, as well as a local sports and event photographer. Connect with him on Twitter (@JonathanMcLarty) and view his photography at

Flagship 03/23/2017  

Vol. 25, No. 12

Flagship 03/23/2017  

Vol. 25, No. 12