Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Author Talk at Tabb Library; Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill


"City Chicks" author talk and book signing at Tabb Library
October 16, 2012
     Patricia Foreman, author of "City Chicks: Keeping Micro-Flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-Recyclers and Local Food Suppliers," will present an author talk and book signing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Tabb Library. Her appearance is free to the public, but advance registration is suggested.
     Foreman will discuss the roles chickens play in enhancing backyard agriculture, diverting food and yard waste from landfills, decreasing oil consumption, lowering carbon footprints and more. Prior to the author talk, there will be a brief meeting of the Peninsula Chicken Keepers and the book signing with Foreman. A question-and-answer session will follow the author talk.
     This event is free and open to the public. Since seating is limited, advance registration is suggested. Register online at
     For more information, 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.


What will you do if an earthquake hits? Participate in the "Great ShakeOut" Earthquake Drill on October 18
October 16, 2012
The ground starts shaking – it's an earthquake! What do you do? Drop, Cover and Hold On! If you've never heard this before, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety encourages you to visit to learn how to be "quake safe" and to register for the first-ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut.  
    The Central Virginia Seismic Zone, as it's called, can sometimes shake everything in sight.  This became apparent for many in Virginia and up and down the East Coast on August 23, 2011, when a magnitude 5.8 quake and subsequent aftershocks centered in Louisa County caused millions of dollars in damage to more than 1,400 homes and businesses throughout Virginia.
    Will there be another such quake in the mid-Atlantic region?  Would you know what to do in an earthquake?
     On October 18, at 10:18 a.m., you can join people in several southeastern states including Virginia, who will participate in the first-ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut. According to Captain Paul Long, the ShakeOut is a simultaneous earthquake drill to help us be better prepared to protect ourselves during earthquakes. 
     "The best thing to do is to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.  Drop to the ground before the earthquake drops you; take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and covering your head and neck with your hands and arms; and hold on to it until the shaking stops" said Long.  
    You can learn more about earthquake safety and how to register for the October 18 Great SouthEast ShakeOut by going to  Earthquakes happen without warning and the shaking could be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. 
      "ShakeOut is changing the way people and organizations are approaching community-wide earthquake preparedness," says Long. "Our goal is to make it easy for them to get better prepared so they survive and recover quickly." 
     Participating in the Great ShakeOut could save your property--and your life.
     For additional fire and life safety emergency preparedness information, please visit the Department of Fire and Life Safety website at

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