Thursday, December 23, 2010

Recent News from York County


Board seeks applicants for Colonial Behavioral Health Board
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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Senior Center Announces January Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in January.
Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed all county holidays. 
Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit
Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful cards and assists you with your scrapbook. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by Jan. 7.
Body Recall Exercises. We are currently accepting registrations for Body Recall. Start the New Year off right with some invigorating group exercise, staying fit and meeting new people. Check out the many benefits of this exercise and educational program such as balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, circulation, and muscle control under the leadership of Instructor Domenica Jernigan. Classes will run Jan. 10 through March 23, and meet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for one hour each. Class sessions are as follows: 8:45 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. The cost for the 10-week session is $60. For more information regarding Body Recall, please call 898-3807.
Computer Classes. The next computer session will be Tuesday, Jan. 11 through Feb. 15. Please contact the center at 898-3807 for more information and current space availability. Beginner, Intermediate, and Internet E-mail Classes will be offered. Classes are in six week sessions with limited space. All classes will be held on Tuesdays and scheduled as follows:
Beginning Computer Class…9:30-11:30 a.m.
Intermediate Computer Class (MS Word)… 1-2:30 p.m.
Internet/E-mail Class…3 to 4:30 p.m.
SeniorNavigator's "Aging Well: Healthy Choices Solution Center" Demonstration and Physical Activity Challenge Sign-up: Thursday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. If you're looking for a way to manage holiday weight gain or if you're ready to start your New Year's Resolution to get healthier, this Challenge is a great jump start! SeniorNavigator has launched the "Aging Well: Healthy Choices Solution Center" as an interactive resource for healthy lifestyle choices. The Challenge and Center were developed in partnership with the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation and feature educational materials and a virtual toolkit to help users track health goals related to nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation. Join Kim Van Eck, a Gerontologist from SeniorNavigator, at the Senior Center of York for a presentation on Thursday, Jan. 13 to learn more. Then use the Physical Activity Tracker to see if you are performing the Center for Disease Control's recommended level of daily activity. Please call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Jan. 11.
Game Day, Friday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. Do you enjoy playing games? If so join us for games such as Scrabble, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Phase 10 and more. We will organize teams based on the sign-ups we receive. If there are other games that you would like, please feel free to bring them in and/or suggest them to us. Please call 898-3807 to register.
Culture Day, "Story of the Tuskegee Airmen" Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. Featured Speaker Tuskegee Airman Grant S. Williams will present the poignant story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces during World War II. Williams, now a Retired Chief Master Sergeant, will detail the highlights and hardships of the experiences of this magnificent military air unit. 
January Birthday Bash, Friday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. Country Stew Band is returning to help us celebrate our January birthdays. This highly entertaining group is a wonderful blend of country, blues and gospel. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverage served. Please register by Jan. 19. 
AARP Driver Safety Program, Jan. 24 & Jan. 25. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Jan. 24 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members. Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.
Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk.   
Craft Activities. Why not take advantage of some of the ongoing craft activities taking place at the center every month? For more details, please call the center at 898-3807 for space availability. The following is our current schedule of activities:
* Knitting and Crochet Class: Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.
* Art Classes: Instructors Myrna Graham and Hazel Camp offer free art classes during the week, with their Intermediate/Advanced Class meeting on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 *Quilters: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Scheduled January Closings. The center will be closed on Jan. 3 in observance of New Year's and Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Please note: The Dining Club will be closed Jan. 14.
Mark Your Calendar:
Valentine Bingo, Friday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come enjoy the camaraderie of this exciting game at our annual event, Valentine Bingo. Great refreshments and prizes will be on hand for all! Registration begins on Jan. 14 and concludes on Feb. 8 or until space is full. Seating is limited. 
Tai Chi Classes. Experience the health benefits of this ancient Chinese art form such as balance, breathing, meditation and concentration with Instructor Bill Hansell. The next 10-week Tai Chi class is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10 through April 14. Classes meet on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $45. For more information and to register call 898-3807.
Inclement Weather? Please always be sure to check with the Senior Center's hotline number at 890-3516 for information on emergencies, closings and or delays due to inclement weather.
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Scott Laney recognized for 30 years of service
December 23, 2010
In the attached picture, Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Wiggins congratulates Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Scott Laney on his 30 years of service to York County.
Scott started with the county as a Laborer I in 1980. He was promoted to Equipment Operator II a year later, and was later recognized as Public Service Employee of the Quarter while in this position.
In 1993, Scott was promoted to the position of Grounds Maintenance Supervisor, responsible for the maintenance of school and county athletic fields. Most recently, Scott has been the supervisor in charge of school grounds maintenance, responsible for turf mowing, landscape establishment, site fixture repair, basketball and tennis courts, fencing and parking lots.
"Scott's pride, commitment to work and can-do attitude have greatly improved the appearance of the school grounds and his efforts have streamlines the consolidation of school grounds maintenance over the past couple of years," said General Service Director Bob Peters.
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