Monday, April 30, 2012

Moonlight and Music to be held this Friday, May 4, at NQP


            New Quarter Park invites musicians and music lovers to share old-time, blues, roots music and more on Friday evening, May 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bring a guitar, fiddle, or other acoustic instrument to the park shelters next to the parking lot and office and join in the jam. Instrumentalists at all levels and in all genres are welcome. Vocalists, toe-tappers, and music-loving listeners are also welcome.
This is the fourth year that York County Parks and Recreation has hosted the event. Led by local musician Joe Duggan, the event proceeds in a round robin fashion.
Moonlight and Music nights will be held this year on May 4, June 3, July 31, Aug. 30, and Sept. 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. when the full moon rises early in the evening.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive near the Queen's Lake neighborhood. From the Colonial Parkway, exit at Queen's Lake, turn right, and then turn on Lakeshead Drive and follow the signs to the park. From Interstate 64, take exit 242, Route 199, toward Jamestown, and then exit onto Route 143 West. Travel to the first stop light at Penniman Road and turn right. Turn left on Hubbard Lane and travel to Lakeshead Drive. Turn right and follow the signs to the park. For information call 890-3513.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Updated York County Tax Maps

The following tax maps were recently updated on the website.  You may download them manually, or click on the links below.  (Sidney W Dawson Jr - BLA - 111 Railway Rd & vicinity)  (Grafton Christian Church - PLV - 109 Brick Church Rd)  (C.H. Sheild & Kate Smith - PLV - 207 Nelson St)

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District 5 Report May 2012 by Supervisor Tom Shepperd

Dear Neighbors,


The District 5 Report for May 2012 is designed to keep you informed of local and state government actions that impact our homes and communities.*  Crime Watch information is included as a supplement to your local Crime Watch Program.  York County residents are added to the distribution list for the District 5 Report upon request by email to either or  Comments and questions are always welcome.  You can reach me at the phone numbers and email addresses listed below my name.  I greatly appreciate your help in disseminating the report to other residents of our communities.




Tom Shepperd

Chairman and District 5 Representative

York County Board of Supervisors


Home (757) 868-8591

Cell (757) 604-3079


------District 5 Report May 2012*------


1.  Crime Watch Notices


a.  Door to door solicitation (Watch for the Scam Artist).  I witnessed firsthand a scam artist at work and I must say his performance was very convincing.  However, his antics did not work thanks in large part to reports from citizens like yourselves who have experienced similar scams over the years.  Here is how it went with me.  I was approached by a clean cut young man who said his name was Chad.  I estimated his age to be around 22 to 25.  He said he lived in my neighborhood.  When I asked where he lived he gave me an address at the other end of the neighborhood, described the house in relationship to other homes on the street, and even referenced the names of some residents that I know.  Chad stated that he was a UVA graduate student in an honors program working to pay for a trip to Europe as part of his graduate work.  Chad talked about the UVA program and described how the university had arranged for a team of students to interview an internationally known celebrity.  He said his dad, a retired Air Force flight surgeon, had agreed to pay for half of the trip but demanded that his son work for the other half.  The trip would cost $3,200.  As the conversation continued, Chad produced a tri-folder wallet containing a sales application to purchase magazines.  He also produced a couple of official looking documents, one of which stated that the magazines would be delivered to wounded warriors at VA hospitals of my choice in Virginia.  Wow!  This guy was hitting on every level.  However, thanks to your past reports, I said that I would not buy the magazines.  However, I offered to call his father to see if it was okay for me to contribute towards the trip.  Chad, without batting an eye, gave me his dad’s name and phone number.  He then moved on to the next house.  Later that same day a neighbor approached me with a sales slip in which her friend gave a young man named Chad $40.  She wanted to know if I thought the sale was a scam.  I recommended she use the information on the back of the receipt to call and email the company.  In the mean time, I would validate Chad’s address.  As you might expect, Chad, his home address, and the company were all fake.  I reported the situation to the Sheriff’s Office and gave them all the information I received from Chad.  An investigation, including a photo lineup of suspects, showed that all the information was bogus.  I have shared this information so that you too can be prepared for the scam artist.  Later this year, the Board of Supervisors will consider placing limitations on door to door solicitation to give law enforcement better tools in responding to this type of scam.


Scamming the unwary is becoming increasingly more sophisticated and specialized.  Not only is there the face to face scam artist but the Worldwide Web is becoming increasingly more popular as a target area.   The Sheriff’s Office reports that scams involving purchases through websites such as Craig’s List have become more common and recommends that you spend time to verify who you are dealing with.  If an items looks too good to be true, it probably is.


b.  The Sheriff’s Office reports that three individuals (two adults and one juvenile) were arrested in connection with the break-ins of homes in our area back in February.  The charges involve Grand Larceny, Breaking and Entering, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.  Some of the stolen items have been recovered.  Also, items stolen from unlocked cars continues to be problem.  Just the other day I received another report in which an IPod and some other items were taken from an unlocked car.  The Sheriff recommends that you lock your unprotected car during the evening hours.  Thieves have a tendency to bypass cars with locked doors.  Breaking into a locked car is noisy and risky business.


c.  Recently I was notified by homeowners in a nearby subdivision of a home in which the owner simply walked away and stopped paying the mortgage.  With no one to take care of the home, the property quickly fell into disrepair and is now having a negative impact on the surrounding homes.  County Codes and Compliance visited the residence and determined that not only was the three foot high grass in violation of County code but that several structural modifications were done to the house without the required inspections.  As a result, the house was experiencing structural integrity issues. 


The County can, in extreme cases, condemn and demolish unsafe structures.  Action by the County to bring a house into compliance with building or zoning codes quite often results in a lien on the property that can eventually result in court action or a payment due when the property is sold.  Most importantly, neighbors need to pay close attention to any unoccupied home near their property as these homes have a tendency to attract vagrants and illegal drug activity.  Do not hesitate to call the Sheriff’s Office if you believe illegal activity is occurring in an abandoned home.


Let’s work together to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe.


2.   Street Paving Schedule Impacting District 5 Residents



a. Route 17 from Newport News/York County boundary to Hampton Hwy (Rte  134)

b. Route 134 from Rte 17 to the Hampton City Line in both directions

c. Route 171 Victory Blvd., Newport News boundary to Rte 17


Surface Treatment (tar and gravel)

a. Woods of Tabb:  Willard’s Way, Terry’s Run, Walton’s Approach, Kubesh Court, Champions Path, Melvins End, Coach Hovis Drive, Chris Slade Chase, Michells Method, and Trei’s Trail E&W

b. Meadowlake Farms:  Meadowlake Road, Susan Newton Lane, Sherman Crescent, South Bowman Terrance and Jackson Circle


Slurry Seal (tar sealant):  Holleymead:  N. Bowman Terrace and S. Shannon Drive


You can contact VDOT to report a road problem by either calling 1-800-367-7623 or filling out a work order online to  On the left side of the VDOT webpage you will see a small box with an orange banner labeled “Report Road Problems.” 


York County Event Calendar:   Looking for new and exciting events to enjoy with your family and friends this year?  Then be sure to pick up a copy of the 2012 Historic Yorktown Events, Festivals, and Activities Calendar, which is packed with information for the entire year.  Event calendars may also be viewed and downloaded in a PDF format online at


6.  Board of Supervisors Actions


a.  The Budget and Tax Rates.  The BOS adopted the FY2013 budget at $127.2 million, which is an increase of $4.2 million or 3.4% from the FY2012 (current year's) budget of $123 million.  The increase in expenditures is driven by the addition of $3.9 million or 8.6% to the County's funding for school operations.  This brings the County’s support for school operations to $48.9 million.  When added to the $7.8 million for school capital and debt, the County's total for schools is $56.7 million, which is about 44.6% of the County's operating budget.  Non-school funding increased by approximately $332,000 or 0.5% bringing the total to $70.5 million. 


In order to fund the FY2013 budget it was necessary to raise the real property tax rate by 8.4 cents, which is expected to increase real property tax receipts by approximately $5.4 million.  A loss of about $2 million in machinery and tools taxes is expected due to the closing of the oil refinery and the Phillip Morris/Altria plant.  Other County revenues are expected to increase by about $800.000.


The initial $129.9 million budget proposed by the County Administrator included a proposed real property tax rate increase of 11.75 cents.   However, the Board of Supervisors reduced the Administrator’s proposed budget by $2.7 million during their many meeting and deliberations.  Major steps taken to trim back the budget included reducing the School Board’s additional funding request from $4.6 million to $3.9million, shifting the County's $800,000 voluntary Recycling Program from a tax based to a fee based system, eliminating 10.5 employee positions, (9 in Building and Grounds Maintenance, 1 in the Public Information Office and 0.5 in mosquito control) resulting in a reduction of approximately $700,000 and eliminating the $600,000 included for a proposed employee pay increase.


For those you interested in numbers, the nominal tax rate increase of 8.4 cents represents an increase of 12.8%.  However, the nominal rate of 8.4 cents only yields an effective rate increase of  5.3 cents or 7.7%.  The significance between the two rates is that nominal tax rate is simply a numbers drill while the effective tax rate shows the average actual increase.  I won’t go into greater detail on the differences between nominal and effective rates in this report but if you would like to see more detail on how to determine the two rates and what they mean, just send me an email with the request.


b.  Change in the Recycling Program.  By now you should have received a letter from the County notifying you of the changes in the recycling program.  The new service charge for curbside collection is $6.25 per month, which will appear on your bi-monthly utility bill as a charge of $12.50.  In order to receive uninterrupted curbside recycling service, you must subscribed to the new program by June 15th.  You can do so by calling 890-3780 or visiting the


In order to reduce the tax rate for the FY2013, the Board of Supervisors shifted the Recycling Program to a user fee based system.  In the past, the County has paid between $800,000 to $1 million a year to have curbside recycling service.  Despite the fact that the service was made available to approximately 22,000 households, only 11,000 participated in the program.  The County received no revenue from the curbside recycling program.  Another troubling fact with our recycling program is that in today’s hot recycling market, nearly all our recyclable products are shipped to either China or India.  These countries and many others have considerably lower standards of protection for human health and the environment.  As a result, the processing of recyclable material ends up polluting the world’s oceans and atmosphere. 


The question now is what is the future of the County’s recycling program?  The County can meet its state mandated recycling quota of 25% though commercial recycling.  The County’s contract with Tide Water Fiber for curbside recycling still has two years left on the contract.  However, the contract can be cancelled at anytime.  The downside to cancelling the recycling contract is that there will be no further curbside service.  The recycling fee of $6.25 is based on an estimated 11,000 households participating in the program.  As of this report, just over 2,200 households have signed up to recycle under the new program.  The County will be required to provide supplement revenue for the recycling program if the contract is not cancelled and less than 11,000 households participate.  If more than 11,000 households participate, the cost per month will decrease and be reflected in the bi-monthly utility bill. 


I suspect that if the 11,000 household participation point is not achieved before the June 15th, the Board of Supervisors will decide either to scrap the recycling program in its entirety or revert it back to the old program for two years.  If we revert back, the $800,000 recycling bill can be paid in FY2013 from the County’s $16 million contingency fund.  Where the funds will come from during the last year of the contract will have to be decided during the budget development process. 


c.  Application No. PD-31-12 (February 21, 2012) –  Approved a request to rezone approximately 50 acres behind the Kmart in Kiln Creek from Economic Opportunity (EO) to Planned Development Mixed Use (PDMU).  The PDMU will consist of 334 rental apartments, 94 townhouses, 16 live-above condominium or rental units, and over 40,000 square feet of commercial space. The traffic for the 444 residential units will connect both to Victory Boulevard  (Rte 171) and George Wash. Mem. Hwy (Rte 17).  Comment:  It would have been better if the entire area from behind Kmart all the way over to Route 17 could have been developed as a single planned community.  Unfortunately, the developer and property owner could not reach agreement on the land purchase price.  However, there will still be a road connecting the neighborhood to Rte 17.  The complex is expected to generate up to 151 students, which is within the capacity of our current schools.  The traffic study showed that the Level of Service for the intersections near the PDMU would decline marginally by 2018.


d.  Application No. UP-802-12 (Feb 21, 2012) – Approved a special use permit for an accessory apartment on the second story of an existing detached garage in the Edgewood neighborhood.  Comment:  Neighbors in the subdivision were opposed to the special use permit.  Arguments against the special use permit seemed to center more on the applicant’s character and the permitted land use as stipulated by homeowner association rules.  The Planning Commission, which reviews requests for special use permits from a land use perspective, recommended approval of the application.  The Board of Supervisors reviews special use permits from a much broader perspective.  Their review may include history of the applicant to comply with County code, reasons for noncompliance with code, community input, homeowner association actions, activities on the property such as noise levels, care for the property, etc.  In this particular case, arguments against the garage structure were undermined because the HOA had approved the structure and the HOA rules permitted accommodation for a live-in servant.  This essentially left the Supervisors with only considering the issue of the applicant’s character as it pertained to noncompliance with County code because the application was an after-the-fact request.  The applicant’s statement as to the reasons for the after-the-fact request were determined to be plausible and not uncommon by a majority of the Supervisors.  The applicant had relied on her builder to comply with County code, which is a very common mistake.  Since the required permits for the building were not obtained by the builder but by the applicant, the County’s Code and Compliance Department sought out the property owner to fix the violations.  The most valid argument against the special use permit came from a neighbor who complained about noise from the apartment and its proximity to bedroom.  However, these points were undercut by the fact that the applicant no long lived in the home (it is being rented) and the that the HOA had approved placement of the structure.  Also, noise issues can be addressed by calling the Sheriff’s Office.  It is important to note here that accessory apartments cannot be rented separately from the primary residents.  Also, homeowner association rules and covenants are contractual agreements established among members of the association.  The Board of Supervisors may consider HOA input during their deliberations but do not take action specifically designed to enforce HOA rules.  More often than not, HOA rules are much more restrictive than local government codes.  The significant point of this application is that while Supervisors must follow state and County codes when making their decisions, their perspective of an issue is often colored by a broad spectrum of assumptions, facts and their own experiences.


e.  Application No. UP-805-12 (March 20, 2012) – Approved a special use permit authorizing the establishment of a miniature golf course on a two acre parcel located next to the Shady Banks Shopping Center.  Access to the miniature golf course will be through the Shady Banks Shopping Center parking lot.  No additional parking is required for this project.  The facility will have three nine-hole courses with a clubhouse, restrooms building, picnic area, and a koi pond.  The clubhouse will be approximately 1,000 square feet in size and contain a walk-up windows for concessions and an area where customers will be given their golf ball and clubs.


f.  Approved resolution R12-20 (March 27, 2012) authorizing a lease agreement between the County and Yorktown Sailing Charters, LLC whereby the three-masted schooner Alliance, and the two-masted schooner Serenity will lease docking space at the Riverwalk Landing pier for river cruises.


g.  Approved resolution R12-36 (March 27, 2012) authorizing a lease agreement between the County and Captain Alexander whereby York River Charters will lease docking space at the Riverwalk Landing pier for the purpose of fishing and sightseeing cruises.


h.  Approved Ordinance No. 12-3 (R) to impose tax levies upon tangible personal property, upon machinery and tolls, upon mobile homes, and upon real estate for Calendar year 2012:


Real Estate – $0.7415

Tangible Personal Property - $4.00

Tangible Personal Property owned by a disabled veteran - $1.00

Manufactured Homes - $0.7415

Boats and watercraft weighing five tons or more - $1.00


i.  Approved resolution R12-48 to approve the budgets and appropriate funds for the County of York and the York County School division for fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013


School Board Budget - $119,708,053 (Federal contribution:  $13,903,556; State contribution $55,401,165; County contribution $48,860,951; Other revenue: $1,542,381)


County Appropriations:

Education & Educational Services - $59,351,414

Public Safety - $29,498,930

Capital Outlay, Fund Transfers & Non-Departmental $8,704,664

Finance & Planning - $8,652,990

General Services - $6,411,805

Environmental & Development Services  - $3,667,002

Human Services - $3,230,897

Community Services - $2,997,116

Judicial Services - $2,677,880

General Administration - $1,999,972

Total General Fund - $127,192,670


j.  Application No. UP-800-11 – Denied a special use permit authorizing seafood harvesting as a home occupation in the York Point area.  Comment.  This is a case where no one in government knew of the code violation until the applicant approached the County to ensure his harvesting operation was grandfathered, if the zoning rules were changed.  You may recall the issue where the Board of Supervisors considered eliminating agriculture as permitted use in residential areas as a result of the state’s attempt to meddle in local zoning issues.  It was during this time that the applicant approached the County.  After nearly three hours of the public hearing, I decided to support this application because the applicant’s property abutted the water, he had been in business for nearly two years without incident, only a small portion of the business was conducted on shore, and as a result of numerous inputs from the York Point residents, the application was heavily restricted to mitigate any negative impact on the community.  In fact, this application had a provision where the special use permit would not be automatically renewed after one year.  While I do appreciate the concerns voiced my many residents of the York Point community, it seems to me that we must always be mindful of the tendency to fear the unknown and as a result, restrict actions that can be costly to all in the long run. 


k. Application No. UP-806-12 – Approved a special use permit to authorize a five-pump (10 fueling station) gas station in front of Kroger grocery store off of Victory Boulevard in the Kiln Creek area. 


* Comments and opinions expressed in this report do not necessarily represent the position of other members of the York County Board of Supervisors.  If you wish to obtain comments from members of the Board of Supervisors, please visit the York County website at  Supervisor contact information is located on the website under the title "County Government."  Homeowner Associations are encouraged to use portions of this report in preparing their association newsletters.

Senior Center Events for May; Essay/Poster Contest


Senior Center Announces May Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in May.  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 (Route 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-served basis.  To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807.  For more information, please visit
"Make It Take It Gift," Monday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Facilitator Barbara Wood will give instructions on making lotion. This item makes a lovely gift for you or perhaps a Mother's Day gift for a relative or friend. Please sign up at the center's front desk.
Scrapbooking & Spring Greeting Cards, Monday, May 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. You can also enjoy using the Cricut which helps to design your cards. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards.  
Culture Day, "A Word About Wine" Wednesday, May 16 at 1 p.m. Vintner Jennifer Parks will discuss the making and tasting of various red and white wines, and how to best pair them with certain foods. Cheese and non-alcoholic sparkling wines will be served. Please register for this program by calling 898-3807 by Monday, May 14.  
AARP Driver Safety Program, May 21 & May 22. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, May 21 from 12:30 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, May 22 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.
May Birthday Bash, Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the sounds of Solo Artist Billy Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell will perform a variety of music from the '50s and '60s and '70s including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Louie Armstrong to name a few. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to attend. Cake and beverages served. Please register by May 23.  
Health Day, "Sleep Disorders," Wednesday, May 30 at 12:45 p.m. Sleep disorders and other sleeping problems cause more than just sleepiness. Poor quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, productivity, and health. Join Amie Rhyne, a Sleep Disorders Specialist and Manager of the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Sleep Disorders Centers to learn about the signs and symptoms of common sleep disorders and what you should know when seeing a doctor. To register, call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 by May 29.
Body Recall Exercise. Would you like to have fun, meet new people, and take part in a lifetime fitness program? We have a program just for you to increase your strength, flexibility, and keep you moving. Body Recall is great for people of all levels of ability. Movements can be standing and or sitting and are simple to follow. Classes are for 10 weeks, and meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Class times are scheduled at 9, 10, and 11:15 a.m. The cost is $60. Please visit us at the Senior Center or call at 898-3807 for more information concerning this class. 
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. Currently, classes are held on Tuesdays in the lab. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. 
Dining Club. Want to meet new people, have fun and enjoy a midday meal? The Dining Club meets at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants can play Wii, bingo, dominoes, crafts or take part in a variety of other activities at the center. Participants must be age 60 or over and register with the Peninsula Agency on Aging by calling 873-0541.
Mark Your Calendar
Senior Center of York CLOSED in Observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.
17th Annual Senior Citizen's Spring Dinner Dance, Saturday, June 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Tabb High School. You are cordially invited to attend. This year's theme is "Going Out in Style." Entertainment will be provided by "Glen Boswick Little Bit of Swing." Admission is free but tickets are required due to possible limited seating. Registration will begin May 14 and will conclude on June 12 or until space is full.       




York County Historical Committee Poster/Essay Contest
Each year the York County Historical Committee, in cooperation with the York County School division, sponsors a Memorial Day poster/essay contest for York County students. 
The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to acknowledge the contributions made by York County citizens who fought in our past wars. The theme for 2012 is "York County Remembers the Civil War."
This year marks the beginning of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on the peninsula.  In April 1862, Union General George B. McClellan led the Army of the Potomac, 126,000 Northern volunteers, from Ft. Monroe to Yorktown.  At the time, Yorktown was held by 11,000 men, the advance guard of Confederate forces under the command of Major General John Bankhead Magruder.
Over the next month, McClellan's forces prepared Yorktown for a siege, placing 75 cannon and 40 mortars.  On May 4, when the Union forces moved to attack, General Magruder and his army had departed.  The pursuit of the Confederates took McClellan's army to the outskirts of Richmond.  Yorktown remained occupied by Union forces for the rest of the war.
York County students are invited to create a poster or essay to commemorate Civil War events that happened right here on our peninsula, or to reflect on the contributions of past York County residents who sacrificed to preserve our liberty. 
A collection box for entries has been placed in the office of each school. Entries must be in no later than May 11, 2012. Winners will be recognized at noon on Monday, May 30, 2012, at the Memorial Day Ceremony in front of York Hall, 301 Main Street, in Yorktown. 
            For more specific information about contest rules and requirements, contact Lois Winter at 757-898-0782.

WYDaily Morning News - Your Morning News for April 26, 2012


Thursday, 26 April 2012


Dozens of Firefighters Respond to Williamsburg House Fire

Trial for JCC Man Charged in Wife's Death Moved

JCC Supes Don't Want Power Line Across James River

Hometown: CW's Lambs Ready for Fawning Visitors

What You'll Do: April 26-29

Annual 'Revolutionary Rumble' Volleyball Tourney to be Held This Weekend in Triangle

WM's Chon Glover Receives Award

Police Seek Man Wanted for Sexually Assaulting Child



Jewelry Store Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty Days Before Trial

JCC Board Unanimously Chooses New Planning Commissioner

York’s Bats Stay Red Hot in 15-5 Win Over Jamestown

The Score: Lots of Baseball, Softball and Soccer Results from Tuesday

CW Unveils New Version of High-Tech Spy Game

Hometown: Survey for Library Patrons

Governor Urges Colleges Not to Raise Tuition

WCA Students Put On Musical Show


More Stories



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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring book sale at the Tabb Library May 4 through 6


The Friends of the York County Public Library are having their Spring Book Sale May 4 through 6 in the Tabb Library meeting room.
On Friday, May 4, the sale is open from 3-7 p.m. to members of the York County Friends of the Library. Nonmembers are welcome to join at the door. The sale is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 5 and from 1-5 p.m. on May 6.
For more information, contact the library at 757-890-5100 or visit the library's website at 
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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Master Gardeners to host "Art in the Garden" on May 12


The York County Extension Master Gardeners will hold "Art in the Garden" on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Learning Garden located at 301 Goodwin Neck Road (adjacent to the York County Public Safety Building).
Botanical artist Linda Miller will guide children as they learn to draw art from garden materials. This is a free program for youth ages 7 - 18 years old.
Class size limited, so register by May 10. To register, or for more information, call the Extension Office at 890-4940.       
This event is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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Master Gardeners to hold annual plant sale on May 5


The York County Extension Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Learning Garden located at 301 Goodwin Neck Road (adjacent to the York County Public Safety Building). 
Annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees will be for sale at the Learning Garden Plant Sale. This event is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension.
For more information, call the Extension Office at 890-4940.

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WYDaily Morning News - Your Morning News for April 24, 2012


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Empty Pockets live in the studio today - Tune in this morning at 10 to hear the Empty Pockets, a Chicago-based band whose single "Fall Right Now" is being played on 92.3FM The Tide. The band will talk to Hometown Radio host Carter Warley about their current tour and play a couple of songs live on the air. Not sure you know the band? Click here to see a video of "Fall Right Now."


JCC Fair Canceled Due to Weather, Lack of Funds

Police Looking for Man Who Tried to Lure JCC Girl into Car

Mom Arrested after Hitting Child in School Meeting

Sushi Restaurant to Open at Riverwalk this Summer

Jamestown Girls Soccer Impressive in 3-0 Victory Over Courtland

The Score: Weekend Soccer Scores, Friday’s Bay Rivers Baseball and Softball Roundup

Hometown: New WM Lecture Series Begins Tuesday



Former York Superintendent to Lead Association of Superintendents

Hometown: JCC Republican Committee Hosts Legislators

York Notebook: Joint Triangle Comp. Plan Meeting; Parkway Closed For Biking Event


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Monday, April 23, 2012

A Letter


            The Independent voter asserts a desire to vote for the candidate and not necessarily the accompanying party political philosophy. One must ask; "Does this make sense?" Unfortunately, it does.

            Many of the changes in our political structure were created in the Progressive Era of the early twentieth century and were done for perceived good purpose. The problem is that buried in the good intentions were the elements of the Big Government political power that surface today. Because we are today ruled by an elite Oligarchy, there is little difference between the Big Government political philosophies of the parties only the personalities of the candidates. Obama was a charismatic candidate. Were it not for Sarah Palin, McCain would have been slaughtered not just defeated.

            The Founders created a model of government that had two political power points; the sovereign states and the central government. There was no third position. Legislation considered in the Congress was to be debated from two political positions; the Senate to advocate for the sovereign states and the House to advocate for the central government. That is why we traditionally have had two political parties. There were two competing political power points. While it can be said that direct election of the several Senators by the citizens at large was good, it also allowed the national political parties to directly influence the senatorial elections for their purposes and not for the benefit of the citizens of the state.

            Today, the choice for the independent voter is simple. You are either an advocate for the Oligarchy or embrace the call of the anti-establishment Tea Party.

Bob Dewey


Friday, April 20, 2012

PTP contact infromation

Hello Patriots,

Just wanted to send one last email before I turn this over to Brian Evans. My understanding is that Brian has volunteered take over leadership. I have not heard from CarlAnderson or Lynda Fairman as to their plans for the Tea Party.

I did transfer all of your addresses into my

I will contact you from that address about an Agenda 21 meeting coming up in May with Rosa Koire.

Thank you again from all of you that you do and being such a great  committed group of patriots. It has been an honor to keep company with YOU!


Mary Leedom


 I did receive the following notice from Lynda.

Appears that she and Carl are making plans for for all of us.

Appears she is setting up a new committee, and conducting business ex parte!

In spite of the following quote:         (While I occupy the YCRC Chair, routine business of the YCRC will be conducted at scheduled meetings with the approval of the membership as appropriate. Your requests fit into this category of routine business. Please bring these matters up at the next YCRC meeting under "New Business" on the agenda. I do not intend to conduct YCRC business ex parte (outside the knowledge of the entire membership).

Spring Greetings, Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter/Passover and are enjoying the spring weather (in spite of the pollen)!

Exciting news continues for the YCRC! Re-elected Hampton City Republican Committee (HCRC) Chairman Carl Anderson thought of coordinating all Chairmen of the Peninsula Republican Committees to create a coalition to work together for victory. Since the different legislative districts cross over several of our communities, it makes perfect sense to work together to win elections and get to know our fellow Republicans around the Peninsula. There's strength and victory in numbers!


With this coordination in mind, we've come up with an idea: a monthly "Saturday Republican Fellowship Breakfast" to highlight guest speakers on important issues and winning campaign techniques. The organization and location for these events would rotate among the participating Peninsula Committees so no one is "stuck" with planning this every month. (The HCRC has been hosting successful Saturday information/fellowship breakfasts for 30 years!) These breakfast gatherings would be focused on the topic and guest speaker for everyone's interest, leaving Committee business during our regular monthly meetings with shorter programs during those times. These Republican Fellowship Breakfasts will be a great way to invite others to join us, too!


I'm looking forward to working with the other Chairmen on this endeavor. If you would like to volunteer to be on the YCRC's special committee to organize our dates & speakers for these breakfast events or if you have speaker contacts, please let me know.


Also - keep an eye out for informational emails from me regarding upcoming events on important issues and campaign training in the area sponsored by other conservative groups (i.e. The Leadership Institute, Peninsula Tea Party, Middle Resolution PAC, etc.) We're all working for the same goal in November and to restore our Constitutional Republic! I'll pass along the information so you can attend the trainings as you choose.


Take care, and see you at our YCRC meeting on May 3rd !


For God and Country,

Lynda Fairman

Chairman, York County Republican Committee


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reminder: The Tuscany Forum of York Co. VA @ Thu Apr 19 6pm - 9pm (

The Tuscany Forum of York Co. VA

No Meeting tonight.

York County Conservatives:.

To better characterize and identify the value of such a public forum, The Tuscany Group is now known as The Tuscany Forum.

The name is modified to better align with and convey our purpose, which is to provide a public forum where York County Citizens can:

1. Voice their concerns about the responsiveness and direction of their county, state and federal governments,
2. Conduct civil, direct, in-person dialogue with their elected officials and government staff, and
3. Develop and encourage positive political plans of action to accomplish the will of the people.

General Agenda:
1. Open forum discussion to determine current issues and concerns,
2. Questions/answers on the Tuscany Forum Core Leadership team,
3. Guest: ?

Times & Location: Unless otherwise stated, all meetings of The Tuscany Forum will be held the third Thursday of each month at Tuscany's Coffee House, 6605 George Washington Memorial Highway (route 17), Yorktown, 23692.
Doors open at 6:00pm, forum begins at 7:00.


Thu Apr 19 6pm – 9pm Eastern Time
6605 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23692 (map)
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Outstanding Volunteers recognized by Board of Supervisors


April 19, 2012
     The York County Board of Supervisors recognized eight outstanding county government volunteers at its meeting Tuesday night.
     These volunteers were recognized for the many hours they have donated to helping various county departments, from the local Cooperative Extension Office to New Quarter Park and the Senior Center of York. In all, the county benefitted from the help of approximately 2,088 volunteers and 87 groups in calendar year 2011, who contributed an estimated 61,608 hours of volunteer service. The value of those volunteer hours added to the generous contribution of $147,734 in monetary and in-kind donations the county received equals approximately $1,490,172 donated to county government operations in 2011.
     The county's 2011 Outstanding Volunteers are: Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Mary Boxer, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Water Steward Carol Fryer, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Water Steward Anne Nielsen, Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Water Steward Jean Millin, Social Services Friendly Visitor Stephanie Holder, Senior Center Line Dance Instructor Jeannette Pretlow, and Mosquito Control volunteer Rita Garboldi. Not pictured is Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticultural Extravaganza Coordinator Donna Gorcys.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Art demonstration at the Gallery at York Hall on April 22


April 18, 2011
     The Gallery at York Hall will host local botanical artist Linda Miller on Sunday, April 22, for a Botanical Art Demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m.
     Williamsburg botanical artist and Virginia Master Naturalist Linda Miller will be giving a botanical art demonstration working with live specimens and demonstrating drawing and watercolor techniques. The program is free, and reservations are not required.
     The Gallery at York Hall is located at 301 Main Street in Historic Yorktown and is a cooperative effort between the Celebrate Yorktown Committee and York County. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
     For more information, call the Gallery at York Hall at 890-4490 or visit for a complete listing of planned 2012 exhibits.

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Actions Taken at the April 17th York County Board of Supervisors' Meeting


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A Letter to Mr. Romney

Dear Mr. Romney,

            In 1913 with the ratification of the 16th and 17th Amendments, the two national political parties aided by the apathy of the American people, destroyed the basic concept of governance put forth by the Founding Fathers. From this beginning, we are now being ruled by an elite intellectual, financial and political Oligarchy. One more election and the telescreen will reveal the true face of Big Brother.

            The Oligarchy is glued together by the "K Street Boys'" tax code. Therefore, I offer you, Mr. Romney, the following easy, no smoke and mirrors, corrective measures.

Abolish the tax code and the IRS. Levy the tax burden upon the several states based upon the same census that apportions the distribution of the several Congressional Districts. The states can determine how the levied tax burdens are to be collected in their respective states. I wonder what happens when people understand that current annual federal expenditures cost every man, woman and child $12,000 each and the tax man cometh.

            Repealing the 17th Amendment will some take time. However, an overt advocacy by you focusing upon the Senate's role of representing the several states in approving a Federal Budget would begin to cause the several Senators to remember that they were elected to the Congress to represent their state not their political party.

            OK, Mr. Romney, there it is; a way for you to demonstrate to the Tea Party and conservatives that you are not an establishment Republican. Bring the power of the purse and the political responsibility of Senators back to "We the people".

Bob Dewey