Thursday, March 15, 2012

News from York County


Daisy the pig visits the Tabb Library
March 14, 2012
Farmer Minor, Daisy the pot belly pig and Lily the pug visited the Tabb Library on Saturday, March 10, to encourage young children to develop a love for reading.
Farmer Minor shared the story of how he and Mrs. Minor came to have the original Daisy and the current Daisy, talked about Daisy's pampered life and how Daisy became famous.
Kevin Smith, Director of Library Services, gave Daisy a kiss and one of her favorite treats—raisins. Smith also presented Daisy with her very own York County Public Library card. At the end of the program, everyone was able to pet Daisy and Lily.
For more information on library programs, visit our website at or contact the Tabb Library at 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at 890-5207. Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
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Come celebrate Spring with Cabin Fever Saturday on March 24
March 15, 2012
If you're ready to celebrate the early arrival of spring, come to New Quarter Park's annual Cabin Fever Saturday on March 24, 2012.
York County Parks and Recreation and Appomattox River Company are sponsoring the day-long event where outdoor recreation and nature organizations host events in the morning and set up booths in the afternoon from noon to 3 p.m. Participate in morning events and then cruise the booths. Consider joining one or two clubs to get fit and find like-minded friends.
Events begin at 7 a.m. with a two-hour bird walk led by Bill Williams, director of education, William and Mary Center for Conservation Biology, and member, Williamsburg Bird Club Bird. At 9 a.m., join the Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association for a trail ride on the park's mountain bike course. At 10 a.m., head to the floating dock on Queen's Creek for the Mid-Atlantic Paddlers Association's Canoe and Kayak Race on Queen's Creek. The kids will enjoy a nature scavenger hunt led by Chesapeake Experience that begins at 10:30 a.m.
Set up a tee time and play New Quarter's nationally-acclaimed disc golf course with a member of the Newport News Disc Golf Club. The free nine-hole disc golf tournament begins at 9 a.m. and continues until noon. Players in foursomes will be accompanied by a member of the Club who will give instructions and tips to those who have never played before and other amateurs at all levels. Everyone gets a prize and tournament winners will receive additional recognition.
In the afternoon, the NASA/Langley Exchange Skywatchers will be setting up their telescopes for observation of the sun. The Windsurfer Enthusiasts of Tidewater will let you get the feel of their sport on a land windsurfing demonstration board. Area nature and recreation organizations will there to tell you more about bird watching, citizen science, kayaking, and more.
Live music will be provided by Joe's Day Off from noon to 3 p.m. and refreshments will be available at the park office all day.
New Quarter Park features an 18-basket disc golf course, more than seven miles of mountain bike trail, paved and gravel paths for street/family biking, over three miles of hiking trails through the woods and across ravines, a basketball court, a softball field, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and children's playgrounds. There are picnic shelters and scenic overlooks with benches that invite you to sit awhile to talk, take in the views, and have a picnic.
If your club, organization, or outdoor-related store wishes to exhibit from noon to 3 p.m., call Molly Nealer (York County Parks and Recreation at 890-35130) or Vic Sorenson (Appomattox River Company at 757-890-0500) as soon as possible to reserve a space. For more information about this and other programs at New Quarter Park, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500 or visit the Parks and Recreation pages on the York County website at
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York County and National Park Service working to permit 4th of July Celebration in Historic Yorktown
March 15, 2012
York County and the Colonial National Historical Park are pleased to announce an ongoing effort to permit an Independence Day Celebration in Historic Yorktown very similar to those held in years past. 
Discussions are underway to address concerns raised by the National Park Service Risk Assessment.
Provided that arrangements can be finalized in the near future and the county can secure a sufficient number of volunteers to assist with the celebration, an official statement announcing the event should be forthcoming sometime during the next several weeks.
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