Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Press Releases from York County


Read With a Hero on September 11
The York County School Division, York Education Association and the York County Public Library are sponsoring "Read With a Hero" on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Tabb Public Library. 
York County firefighters and York/Poquoson Sheriff's Office deputies will be in the children's section of the library from 10:30 a.m. - noon to read with children. The public is invited to attend and share a special moment with a local hero. 
The county's emergency responders are in turn honoring the fallen heroes from 9-11 with stories from books and personal experiences. 
In addition, the library staff will be providing a tour of the many library services available to help make the school year a success for students. The library has an array of services that help make homework and projects easier on everyone. The county's school textbooks are even available for reference.
This event is part of the York Education Association's annual "Read Across America," which culminates with Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2. Sue Trask, children's librarian, welcomes and encourages the public to visit the library and remember and honor the heroes of 9-11. The joy of reading is contagious and York County is excited to start off the school year with a reading activity the whole family can do together.
For more information, visit www.yorkcounty.gov/library, or contact the Tabb Library at 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at 890-5207. The Tabb Library is located at the intersection of Hampton Highway (VA Rt. 134) and Long Green Boulevard, across from the Victory YMCA. The Yorktown Library is located at the intersection of George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) and Battle Road.
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Naturalist to lead edible plant Walk and Talk at New Quarter Park
Naturalist and author Vicki Shufer of Virginia Beach will lead New Quarter Park visitors on an edible plant foraging excursion on Saturday, Sept. 4, as part of the York County Park's Walk and Talk series.
While walking to the park's Pawpaw patch, Shufer will talk about other edible and medicinal plants found along the park's trails.
Some Native American tribes cultivated the Pawpaw and are responsible for its widespread growth throughout the eastern United States today. Pawpaws were also invaluable to the early settlers like those who emigrated from England to Virginia beginning in 1607. Later, westward-moving pioneers were thankful for the abundance of nutritious food that the plant provided. The fruit's texture is ripe-pear-like and its flavor resembles a blend of banana, pear, mango, and pineapple.
As an understory plant, Pawpaw trees grow to be 10 to 30 feet tall. The trunk is straight and leaves are large and droopy. New trees sprout from underground runners or suckers to create a "patch" of trees.
Wild animals like deer, opossum, raccoon, fox, and squirrel eat Pawpaws. Nibbled fruits are often discovered along New Quarter Park's trails, especially on Hiking Loops 8 and 9 on the southeast facing slope of the park. Pawpaw trees are the larval host plant for the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly, which feed exclusively on the plants leaves.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queen's Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840.
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