Friday, October 22, 2010

New Press Releases from York County


Inaugural Hunt for York County's History to be held Nov. 6
Archivists from the York County Historical Museum will be at Dare Elementary School on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to digitally copy family letters, photos, diaries, hand-drawn maps and other family documents of historical significance for the first ever Hunt for York County's History event. 
They will also photograph three-dimensional objects/items of historical significance. Call 757-766-2309 to schedule a session to copy your documents and/or photograph your items. Items should be originals and owned by the individual presenting the materials.
Walk-ins will be served based on time availability.
This inaugural event will feature:
  • Special area for past students and teachers of Dare-Grafton School to gather and reminisce about the school that served the community from 1908 to 1948
  • Exhibits by various history-related organizations, including genealogical research groups
  • Slide-show of historic York County photos
  • Lectures / Presentations
♦       Mr. J. Michael Moore, Curator at Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation, will present a lecture entitled "York County During the Civil War"
♦       Mr. Frank Green, President of the York County Historical Society, will speak on the history of the Dare Community
♦       Ms. Bethany Austin, Hampton History Museum, will advise participants on how to best care for and preserve important family papers and photographs for future generations
  • Showing of "Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance", a film series produced by the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
  • Antique post card display and sale
  • Children's activities
  • Food and concession sales
The event is in cooperation with Virginia's Civil War 150 Legacy Project, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by identifying and recording previously unknown Civil War-era documents. The York County Historical Museum is seeking to document historically significant items from any era of York County's history.
Hunt for York County's History is only one of numerous events planned by the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and is free and open to the public. Dare Elementary School is located at 300 Dare Road in Yorktown. For more information, call 757-890-3500 or visit
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Board seeks applicants for Colonial Behavioral Health Board
October 21, 2010
The York County Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from county citizens interested in serving on the Colonial Behavioral Health Board to fill future vacancies. 
This is a regional board and serves to provide overall administration and coordination of mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse programs. Members meet the first Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Colonial Behavioral Health office located at 1657 Merrimac Trail in Williamsburg.
York County citizens interested in applying for future appointment to the Colonial Behavioral Health Board may obtain an application at the County Administrator's Office at 224 Ballard Street in Yorktown, or by calling 890-3320. Applications may also be obtained and filed by using the county Web site. Visit, click on On-Line Services, and click on Board Bank Application.
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Yorktown Beach Picnic area to close for the season on Nov. 1
October 21, 2010
The Beach Picnic area in Yorktown, located at the intersection of Comte de Grasse and Water Streets, will be closed to the public for the season beginning Monday Nov. 1, 2010, and will reopen for the season beginning Friday, April 1, 2011.
For further information on the Beach Picnic area, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500.
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County offices to close for Veteran's Day
October 22, 2010
York County offices will adhere to this schedule for the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 11:

All Government Offices                                                            
All Courts                                                                                  
York-Poquoson Social Services                                                
 Virginia Cooperative Extension Service in York County        

Collection of garbage and recyclables will not be affected by the holiday. Residents are reminded to place their garbage and recyclables at the roadside by 7 a.m. as collection takes place earlier on holidays due to there being less traffic on the roadways. The compost facility and transfer station located on Goodwin Neck Road will be open; however, the administrative offices of the Waste Management Center will be closed. 
For more information about the Veteran's Day office closing schedule, call the Public Information Office at 890-3300.
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