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96th District, Virginia House of Delegates      September 30, 2013
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Senior Safety Summit; Diabetes Self-Management Program; Youth Basketball

Senior Safety Summit scheduled for October 23

September 30, 2013


The Peninsula Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) Council will conduct its Annual Senior Safety Summit on Wednesday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown.  The $6.00 registration fee includes lunch.  The deadline for registration is October 9 and no money will be accepted on the day of the Summit.  Register now by calling 595-9037.
This year's theme - "Seniors Standing Strong" - exemplifies the S.A.L.T Council's commitment to promote awareness of scams, fraud and identity theft.  Topics will include Crimes Against Seniors, Protecting Your Assets, Medication Safety and Interactions, The Case of the Missing Money and Protecting Virginia's Most Vulnerable Citizens. 
A free shred event will start the Summit from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the church parking lot, compliments of Stealth Shredding.  Bring your old papers and mail to shred and lessen your chance of becoming a victim of identity theft. 
Summit check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m.  Over 30 exhibitors will be on location.  Also, beginning at 8 a.m. Rite Aid pharmacy will be administering flu shots on a first-come, first-served basis. Your Medicare card is required for proper billing. The out-of-pocket cost will be $29.99, payable in cash only.
In partnership with the AARP Hunger Drive, the S.A.L.T. Council is collecting non-perishable food items to help combat hunger in our communities.  You can help by bringing items and dropping them in our collection box when you check in.
The Senior Safety Summit is a joint community effort of the local Police Departments, Sheriff's Offices, AARP, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparent Program, York County Community Services, Humana, Transitions Family Violence Services, and Newport News Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
For more information on registration and payment, call 595-9037.


Diabetes Self-Management Program Offered at Senior Center

September 30, 2013


A free six-week Diabetes Self-Management Program will be offered at the Senior Center of York from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning October 22 and continuing through November 26.
The Diabetes Self-Management Program was devised through research performed by the School of Medicine at Stanford University and is being offered at no cost to participants.  Sessions are interactive and teach the skills needed for day to day management of diabetes.  Information on menu planning, proper diet, carbohydrate intake, blood sugar levels, stress, exercise and relaxation are just a few of the topics that will be covered.
The program is co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health, Peninsula Health District, the Peninsula Agency on Aging and York County Community Services. 
The Senior Center of York is located at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown.   To register call the Senior Center at 898-3807 or register online at


Registration for Winter Youth Basketball begins October 21

September 30, 2013


Registration for York County's Winter Youth Basketball program will be open Monday, October 21, through Friday, November 1.  Registrations will be accepted on Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation office, 100 County Drive, just off Goodwin Neck Road in the Grafton area.  As an after-hours convenience, registrations will also be taken at the Tabb Library on Wednesday, October 30 from 4 to 7 p.m.  New this year is the opportunity to register on-line as well.  Please call 890-3500 or e-mail to set up your new on-line registration account. 
The program is open to all York County residents in grades 2-12.  The registration fee is $45 for the first child and $40 for any additional children per family.  Registration flyers are available beginning the week of October 14 at all York County Public Schools, the York County Public Library's locations in Tabb and Yorktown, and the Parks and Recreation office.  Youth Basketball registration forms can also be found on-line at
To volunteer to coach or for more information, please call Parks and Recreation at 890-3500.

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Fall Market Days; Board seeks applicants; Senior Center October Events

Market Days Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 12

September 25, 2013


Yorktown Market Days will extend its hours on Saturday, Oct. 12, to celebrate autumn with a Fall Festival. 
Typically held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., this Market Days event will extend its hours to 3 p.m. and will include children's activities, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and hay maze, and live musical entertainment. 
Members of Runaway String Band are scheduled to perform until 3 p.m.
The schedule for this special Market Days/Fall Festival will be:

• Market Days vendors and Local Artists open   8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Children's Hay Maze (sponsored by Ben & Jerry's)             8 a.m. to 3 p.m.                                                  
• Pumpkin Patch                                       8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Entertainment by Runaway String Band                9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Chef Demonstrations by Riverwalk Restaurant     9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
• Children's Inflatable Crawl & Activities   11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Hayrides                                                                                 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
            (Sponsored by River Fruit Tropical Wines, Alexander's Photography)            
• Face Painting                                                                         11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
            (Sponsored by Riverwalk Restaurant, Water Street Grille, Viccellio Goldsmith, & Patriot Tours & Provisions)                                 
The market features seasonal fruits and vegetables; fresh seafood; eggs, poultry, beef and pork; fresh breads and baked goods; organic and gluten free products; coffee, jams and jellies; pumpkins, mums, gourds, potted plants and much more. More than 40 vendors and local artists will participate in the October market. For a listing of vendors and artists for the fall festival, visit the Web site
Free parking will be available at the market in several public parking areas throughout Historic Yorktown. The free Yorktown trolley runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  
Interested vendors can call 757-877-2933 or email for an application. Interested artists can call 757-898-5510 or email
No rain dates are scheduled for the Market Days. In the event of inclement weather, please call the Yorktown events weather hotline at 890-3520 for cancellation updates. For more information on Market Days Fall Festival, and other events in Yorktown, call 890-3500 or visit
Yorktown Market Days is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association. Special thanks to the Market Days founding sponsor 1st Advantage Credit Union for its continued support. Thanks to other market sponsors: Farm Bureau and Saudé Creek Vineyards.


York Supervisors Seek Applicants for Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees

September 25, 2013


The York County Board of Supervisors recently executed an agreement with the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) for the provision of library services to York County residents in the upper part of the County.  This contract provides for the County to have a member serving on the WRL Board of Trustees.
The Library Board of Trustees meets at 3:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of each month with the exception of a combined November/December meeting to be held December 4 this year.  Approximately 2-3 hours a month is required by Trustees to prepare for and attend meetings.
Duties of the Trustees include: hire the library's director and evaluate the director's performance on an annual basis; review and approve a budget for library operations; oversee expenditures of library funds, facilities, and equipment; establish and review library policies; regularly attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and visit other libraries when possible; and, become familiar with library issues at the state and local level and advocate for library support.
York County citizens interested in applying for appointment to the Williamsburg Regional Library Board of Trustees may obtain an application at the County Administrator's Office at 224 Ballard Street in Yorktown, or by calling 890-3320. Applications may also be obtained and filed by using the County website. Enter the county's website at, select "On-Line Services," and then "Board Bank Application."

Senior Center of York Announces October Events

September 30, 2013   


 A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in October. 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 (Rte. 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

Flu Shot Registration, Tuesday, October 1 Beginning at 9 a.m. Remember to mark your calendars to register for your annual flu shot. Please call 898-3807 or stop by the Senior Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway to reserve a time slot for your free shot. Time slots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and York County residents will have priority. The flu shots will be administered on Friday, October 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. No fee or Medicare billing will be involved.

Senior Center of York 2013 Annual Fundraiser, Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This annual special event includes a white elephant sale, bake sale, craft fair, and prize drawings. Please bring in your donated goods (except for clothing) to the Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please also tag items with suggested prices.  Limited pickup may be available for anyone wishing to donate larger items.  Prepackaged bake sale items may be delivered Friday, October 11 or on the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. Note:  Bake sale items must not require refrigeration or heating.  And again, food items must already be packaged and ready for sale when delivered to the Center.  Please call us at 898-3807 or drop by the Center's front desk for more information and for volunteer opportunities concerning this event.

            Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful cards and assists you with your scrapbook.  These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for loved ones.  Note: Please limit to four cards.  Please register at the Center's front desk for this program.

 "Caring for You, Caring For Me," Tuesday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m.  This program is modeled after the Roslyn Carter Institute for Caregiving: "Caring For You, Caring For Me Education and Support Program." The program brings family, volunteer, and professional caregivers together to discuss a variety of topics including: coping mechanisms; exchanging ideas; learning about a wide range of resources; and, identifying key concerns and ways to work together to enhance the quality of life for their care recipients and themselves as caregivers.  Dr. Christine Jensen, Director of Health Services Research at the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, will give an overview. If you are currently serving in a caregiver role, we encourage you to come and learn more about this program.  To register call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by October 15.     
           Culture Day, "Grave Mistakes" Wednesday, October 16 at 1 p.m.  Author Aleck Loker will speak to us about the evidence and archaeological clues for the first humans in America, actually found right here in Virginia, and how these pertain to his thriller novel "Grave Mistakes!" This novel is set in Williamsburg and rural Tidewater Virginia and explores the new theory of generations of people of the New World 18,000 years ago.   The story then transitions into a modern day murder mystery with a twist of unanticipated bravery.  Please register by calling the Senior Center at 898-3807.
           Pumpkin Designs, Monday, October 21 at 10 a.m. Enjoy creating a variety of pumpkin designs with York County Master Gardeners Jill Schuff and Pam Camblin.  Your pumpkin will look great inside or outdoors just in time for Halloween. Please register at the Senior Center of York by calling 898-3807 by Thursday, October 17 so we can have enough pumpkins on hand.  Space is limited. 

           International Day, Friday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m.  In honor of United Nations Day, come celebrate our diversity with a variety of cuisines.  Wear a cultural costume and be entered into a contest to win a prize. Lunch will be served at 12 noon. The fee for this event is $3 and should be paid at the time of registration. Registration is open through Wednesday, October 23 or until space is full, so please sign up at the front desk or call 898-3807 to reserve your spot.
          AARP Driver Safety Program, Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, October 28 from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, October 29 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is $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.

         Health Day, "Medicare Check-up" Wednesday, October 30 at 12:45 p.m. Each year Medicare Part D Plans may have cost and coverage changes, so it is important that you review your plan during the open enrollment period that begins October 15 and continues through December 7. Lisa Walker with the Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program will give an overview of 2014 changes and answer your questions on Medicare and Medicare Part D. She will also discuss benefit programs you may be eligible for to help pay Medicare deductibles and premiums. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) is a free program that assists consumers with medical benefit issues with Medicare, Medicaid, medical bill paying and long-term care insurance. Registration for this program concludes on October 28, so be sure to call the Senior Center at 898-3807.

Computers and 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.  Please note classes are held in the lab on Tuesdays. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. 

Mark Your Calendar:

          Senior Center's 22nd Anniversary Open House, Friday, November 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Come enjoy a fair of our activities and see what the Center has to offer.  Exhibits and demonstrations.  Appetizers served.  Please RSVP from October 21 through November 13 for this event.  Call 898-3807 for more information.

         Volunteers Needed. Do you have a flair for design? Can you turn regular everyday household items into a work of art?  We are looking for individuals to assist and instruct make-it/take-it projects.  Please call 898-3807 if you can help.
In Observance of Yorktown Day, the Senior Center will be closed on Friday, October 18.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Kerry Signs Global Gun Control Accord in Wake of Obama's Renewed Calls for "Transformation"

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 20, No. 38 09/27/2013

Kerry Signs Global Gun Control Accord in Wake of Obama's Renewed Calls for "Transformation"

Shortly before he was reelected, President Obama proclaimed to the rapturous cheers and applause of his supporters, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

Many at the time wondered exactly what sort of "fundamental transformation" was needed in what was already the most prosperous, peaceful, just, egalitarian, and powerful nation the world has ever known. A simple return to first principles, some would argue, is the better prescription to preserve the country's preeminence in the future.

Nevertheless, taking his cues directly from the anti-gunner's playbook we reported on recently, President Obama last Sunday turned a memorial service for victims of a heinous crime into a platform to call for yet another "transformation," this one in the federal gun laws under which the nation's violent crime rate has fallen to a 42-year low. In a breathtaking display of opportunism and self-centeredness, an event meant to display a nation's mourning and remembrance degenerated into an expression of the president's personal agenda and his vision of a "transformed" America.



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UN American Arms Trade Treaty

MORE VIDEOS >> Invents Second Amendment Controversy

Perhaps we were too harsh on textbook publishers last week for botching the proper interpretation of the Second Amendment, as even those in charge of the official website of a body sworn to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States" apparently can't be expected to get it right. The official website of the United States Senate features a "Virtual Reference Desk" section on the Constitution which offers an explanation of the Second Amendment that reads, "Whether this provision protects the individual's right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated." The passage downplays the individual right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment and gives undue credence to an interpretation of the amendment long-held in disrepute and rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010.


Not a Peep from Obama: Violent Crime Now at a 42-Year Low

Last week, the FBI released its national crime report for 2012. By a slight margin, the nation's violent crime rate decreased in 2012--relative to 2011--making it the lowest it has been since 1970. Compared to 1991, when it hit an all-time high, violent crime is down by 49 percent. The nation's murder rate was unchanged in 2012; still lower than any time since 1963 and at nearly an all-time low.

Between 2011 and 2012, 24 states and the District of Columbia experienced decreases in their murder rates. There was no correlation of these trends with the severity of the states' or the District's gun control laws. Troubled Detroit, under Michigan's law requiring a permit to purchase a handgun, had the highest murder rate among large cities, followed by Baltimore, under Maryland's law imposing a seven-day waiting period on handgun purchases.


NICS Will Continue to Operate if There Is a Government Shutdown

NRA-ILA has received a number of questions on the status of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in the case of a government shutdown.

Law enforcement activities are designated as essential services and do not shut down even if the Congress and President fail to agree on funding legislation. The NICS system will continue to operate.


2013 Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium

The 2013 NRA "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" will be held on Saturday, October 12th, at The University of Denver.

Focusing on recent developments in our nation's courts and legislatures regarding the Second Amendment, speakers will discuss and debate current Second Amendment developments and related issues.



CALIFORNIA: Governor Must Hear Your Opposition to ALL Anti-Gun and Anti-Hunting Bills

CALIFORNIA: Pleasant Hill City Council to Consider Stringent Requirements on Firearm Sales

CALIFORNIA: Still Time to Contact the Governor and Urge Him to VETO ALL Anti-Gun and Anti-Hunting Bills

FLORIDA: Southwest Florida Water Management District Evaluating Hunting and Other Recreation

MARYLAND: Lawsuit Update: Maryland State Police Terminates "All Hands" Program and Vows to Protect Firearms Applicants' Personal Information

MARYLAND: Multiple Citizen Groups Unite to Prevent Senate Bill 281 from Being Implemented with NRA's Support

MICHIGAN: Oppose Anti-Self-Defense Resolution Before Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners

NEW JERSEY: Take Back New Jersey! Attend FREE NRA-ILA Workshops Oct. 2 and 3!

NEW YORK: Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education presents the 2013 Firearm Civil Rights Conference

OKLAHOMA: Firearms Manufacturer Liability Protection Signed into Law by Governor

VIRGINIA: "All In" in Virginia!

VIRGINIA: York County Board of Supervisors Approves Site Plan Update for Lafayette Gun Club

WYOMING: BLM Management Plan of Critical Importance to Hunters and Shooters