Thursday, March 10, 2011

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From: York County, Virginia DO NOT REPLY <>
Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM
Subject: Press Releases from York County


NASA Skywatchers at New Quarter Park on March 12
The NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers astronomy club will be setting up their telescopes at New Quarter Park on Saturday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. and invite visitors to the park to look and ask questions.
The public is invited to view celestial objects through club member's equipment, and the moon can also be viewed well through high-quality binoculars. In addition to the moon, expect to glimpse the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades Star Cluster. The astronomers occasionally adjust their scopes to other interesting celestial objects, so visitors should stop at each astronomer's telescope to see what's up.
Visitors are welcome to arrive 30 minutes early to talk to the astronomers about astronomy and their telescopes before it is fully dark. Scout leaders should call ahead to discuss using the venue to earn merit badges.
New Quarter Park is located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive between the Queen's Lake neighborhood and Cheatham Annex. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queen's Lake and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Travel a short distance to Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road into the park. From Interstate 64, take exit 242, Route 199 toward Jamestown, then take the first exit on Route 143 west. Turn right on Penniman Road, travel one block, and then turn left on Hubbard Lane. Travel toward Queens Lake and turn right on Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road into the park. Please dim your vehicle lights when approaching the skywatching area.
For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3513 or the New Quarter Park office at 757-890-5840.
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Don't forget: Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
March 9, 2011
It is that time of year again when we move from Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time and adjust our clocks forwardone hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.
In today's fast-paced world, we often forget to stop and do the small things in life that matter most. The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety would like to remind you that when you change your clocks, you should also change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
"The 'Change Your Clock Change Your Battery' program could make the difference in surviving a fire in your home," said Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that a home fire death occurs somewhere in the nation approximately every three hours. In fact, in 2009, one structural fire occurred every 66 seconds and one civilian fire injury occurred every 31 minutes across the United States. A working smoke alarm doubles a family's chances of escaping, thus surviving a home fire, but only if it works. It is critical for families to adopt the life-saving habit of "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" to make sure they take this one simple step to help keep their families safe.
York County residents who are unable to change their own smoke alarm battery or do not have a working smoke alarm are encouraged to contact a family member, neighbor or friend to assist; residents who are unable to have their batteries changed or are without a working smoke alarm and cannot afford to obtain one should contact the Department of Fire and Life Safety at 757-890-3600.
In addition, the Department of Fire and Life Safety recommends that residents take time to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms by pushing the test button, planning "two ways out" and planning escape routes with the entire family.
Additional safety note: with the introduction of 10-year lithium batteries available for use in smoke alarms, replacement may not be needed on an annual basis. However, regular cleaning and testing remains an important safety measure.
For more information, call 757-890-3600.
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Apply now to be on the Historic Yorktown Design Committee
March 9, 2011
Property owners or residents of the Yorktown Historic District are invited to submit Board Bank Applications for appointment to the Historic Yorktown Design Committee.
The Design Committee is a three-person committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors and responsible for determining the consistency of proposed architectural changes in the Historic District with the Yorktown Design Guidelines. The Committee currently meets, as needed, on the third Wednesday of each month. 
For more information, contact the County Administration Office at 890-3320.
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