Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fwd: Press Releases from York County

Countywide High School Talent Show to be held Feb. 25


February 18, 2011



The public is invited to enjoy some of York County's finest high school singers, dancers, musicians and others who are scheduled to perform in the Countywide High School Talent Show at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25 in the Grafton High School Auditorium.

Admission is $5 per person and spectators will be eligible to win door prizes donated by area businesses. Light refreshments will be sold in the lobby during intermission.


This event is sponsored by the York County Youth Commission, and proceeds will be used to support the youth programs at the new Yorktown Boys and Girls Club. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 890-3500 or visit the Youth Commission's Web site at 


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Senior Center Announces March Programs


February 18, 2011




A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in March.

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


Tax Relief for the Elderly and/or Disabled Filing Assistance, Wednesday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Staff from the office of the York County Commissioner of the Revenue will be available to offer assistance with completing the application for this tax relief program available to real estate and mobile homeowners residing in York County. To be eligible, an applicant must either be at least 65 years old or permanently and totally disabled, and also must be a York County homeowner who resides in the dwelling. Applications must be filed by April 1. Call the Senior Center at 898-3807 to sign-up.


Tips to Prevent Medication Poisoning, Thursday, March 10 at 1 p.m. We've all heard about poisons such as poisonous poinsettia plants, powerful baby snake venom, and using milk as a good remedy for some swallowed poisons. But some of what you may think you know really isn't so. Join us to hear about common myths surrounding the fascinating topic of poisoning. We will also take a look at the very real poisons in today's world. Medicines kill many more adults than all other poisons. Learn important tips to keep safe from this danger. Kim Van Eck from SeniorNavigator and guest speaker Evelyn Waring from the Virginia Poison Center will be teaming up for this presentation which is the second part of the two-part program on "Aging Well: Healthy Choices Solution Center and the SeniorNavigator Aging Well Physical Activity Challenge." Kim will be updating you on SeniorNavigator and answering any questions regarding the Healthy Aging Challenge. Even if you did not attend the first program, you are still welcome to attend this second program for valuable information on Aging Well. Participants attending this presentation will receive a free daily pill minder box to help keep track of their medicines. Healthy refreshments will be served.  To register call the Senior Center at 898-3807.


Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, March 14 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 March 11.


AARP Driver Safety Program, March 14 & March 15. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, March 14 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, March 15 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.


Culture Day, "More than You Ever Wanted To Know About the Bagpipe!"

Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. In this engaging program, Facilitator Owen Brodie will play and tell of the history, stories, and jokes about the Great Highland Bagpipe. At the end of the program, Dr. Brodie will also take the bagpipe apart and show how it works. Please register by calling 898-3807 by March 14.


Poetry Appreciation, Friday, March 18 at 1 p.m. Do you have poems and/or readings that have inspired you? If so, we invite you to share them with us at this event. If possible, please submit your materials to the front desk prior to this event. Call 898-3807 to register by March 16.


Keeping Your Keys:  Strategies for Older Drivers, Wednesday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Driver safety is an important and often sensitive issue for seniors. The changes of normal aging can sometimes interfere with the ability to drive. Join Frank Kowaleski, Law Enforcement Liaison with the Virginia Highway Safety Office to learn how to reduce unsafe driving risk factors and be able to drive safely longer. The York-Poquoson Triad is sponsoring this program. Refreshments will be provided.  To register, call 890-3807 by March 22.


Birthday Bash, Friday, March 25 at 1 p.m. Come laugh and be mystified by the entertainment of Comedian and Magician Bill Warren. His shows are highly interactive and a lot of fun. Remember, you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverage served. Please register by March 23.


Health Day, "Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction," Wednesday, March 30 at 12:45 p.m. Heart disease and stroke are the most common cardiovascular diseases. They are the first and third leading causes of death for both men and women in the United States. Joanna Ogbonna with the Peninsula Health District will share how you can reduce your risk for cardiovascular diseases by controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol, monitoring your diet and weight, and not smoking. To register call the Senior Center at 898-3807.


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? Please call the center at 898-3807 for more details and 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. Their Intermediate/Advanced Class meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*Quilters: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.              

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York fire officials issue immediate county-wide burn ban notice


February 17, 2011




York County has issued an immediate county-wide ban on all fires to include leaf burning, burn barrels, recreational fires and fires in established fire pits at approved campgrounds and/or on private property.    


The burn ban makes it illegal to set outdoor fires but does not prohibit the use of charcoal and/or gas grills or other outdoor cooking appliances such as propane self-contained stoves. The ban will remain in effect until environmental conditions improve.    


Fire officials evaluate the county's wildfire risk based upon factors such as wind, temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric stability. Additionally, information available from the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry play a major role in determining the county's actual fire danger.


Fire officials urge all residents and visitors to be fire wise and refrain from improperly discarding smoking materials such as cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco. Improperly discarded smoking materials cause numerous fires in mulch beds and along the roadside causing property damage and placing peoples lives at risk.


Weather conditions have been abnormally dry and winds are predicted to increase by Saturday making fire conditions especially dangerous. Residents are asked to report any fire immediately to help prevent fire spread.     


For additional information, please contact the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 890-3600.


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