Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fwd: Recent Press Releases from York County

The York County Public Library is pleased to announce a special Hunt for History Story Time on Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Tabb Library meeting room.
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, local historian Nancy Beaton will read "Henry's Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine and "The Silent Witness: A True Story of the Civil War" by Robin Freidman. Beaton will also have Civil War artifacts to share and will be dressed in period clothing.
This event is free and recommended for children ages six and up. Registration is not required.
For more information, contact the Tabb Library at 890-5110. 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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Board seeks applicants for Transportation Safety Commission
The York County Board of Supervisors is seeking applications from county citizens interested in serving on the York County Transportation Safety Commission to fill future vacancies. This is an advisory body to the Board on issues related to transportation safety in the county.
The length of term for appointees is three years. The commission meets in March, June, September, and December on the second Monday of the month. Meetings are at noon and are held in the Lower County.
York County citizens interested in applying for future appointment to the Transportation Safety Commission can obtain an application at the County Administrator's Office at 224 Ballard Street in Yorktown or by calling 890-3320. Applications can also be obtained and filed by using the county Web site. Visit www.yorkcounty.gov, click on On-Line Services, and click on Board Bank Application.
For more information on the Transportation Safety Commission, please call the York County Planning Division at 890-3404.
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Many hands help build rain garden at New Quarter Park
May 17, 2011
Volunteers with the James City County Master Gardener-Water Stewards program spearheaded the construction of a rain garden at New Quarter Park as part of the York County Park's Teaching Garden, a .15 mile trail that features native plants in a woodland setting.
The rain garden will demonstrate landscaping techniques that control stormwater runoff, prevent damage to tree roots, and infiltrate water. The garden has been filled with native plants donated by the Virginia Native Plant Society, James City County Master Gardeners, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center, York County, Ralph and Carolyn Will, and Bob and Cynthia Long.
Seen here constructing a settling pond and filling it with plants are, from left to right, Dr. Laurie Fox, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center; Anne Nielsen, Master Gardener-Water Steward; Jack Cole, New Quarter Park staff; Jean Balutanski, Historic Rivers Chapter Virginia Master Naturalist; and Carol Fryer, Master Gardener-Water Steward. Not pictured: Jeanne Millen, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener-Water Steward; Shirley Devan, Patty Maloney, and Nancy Norton, Master Naturalist; Sara Lewis and Thad Hecht, Master Naturalists and New Quarter Park staff; and Molly Nealer, York County Parks and Recreation supervisor.
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Master Naturalists share nature knowledge during NQP field trip
May 17, 2011
Members of the Historic Rivers Chapter, Virginia Master Naturalists helped staff at New Quarter Park conduct a fun and interesting field trip for 120 first-graders from Yorktown Elementary School on Tuesday, May 10, at the 545-acre York County park near Queen's Lake.
The students visited stations arranged around the park to learn about insects, plants, birds, and archaeology. The rotation also included a stop at the playground to swing, climb, slide, and enjoy the beautiful day outdoors. The field trip concluded with lunch in one of the park's large picnic shelters.
Master Naturalists who led discussions about nature and the environment included (seated, left) Sara Lewis (also New Quarter Park staff), Christina Woodson, Patty Riddick, (standing) Les Lawrence, Geoff Giles, (seated, right) Larry Riddick, Clyde Marstellar, and Pam Camblin. Field trip planners and helpers not pictured: Thad Hecht (Master Naturalists and New Quarter Park Staff), Jane Frigo (Hampton Roads Bird Club), and Jim Harrison and Molly Nealer (New Quarter Park Staff). For more information about New Quarter Park programs, call 757-890-3513

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