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VIMSO image smallVIMS Study Suggest Oysters Offer Hot Spot for Reducing Pollution in Our Waters ... When it comes to oysters and their role in reducing nutrient pollution, a new study by researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science gets right to the guts—and the shell—of the matter. The study, in the September 29 issue of PLoS ONE, is the first to identify and quantify potentially denitrifying bacteria in the oyster gut and shell, and the first to do so using a new computer program that infers bacterial activities based on the sequences of ribosomal RNA genes. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
1FG image smallWelcome Home to Members of the 1st Fighter Wing ... On October 12th, families welcomed home 100 members of the "Hat and Ring” Squadron of the 1st Fighter Wing based out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis returned home after being deployed for 6 months. While deployed in the Middle East, the F-22 Raptors participated in Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, which fought against the Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq. The 27th Fighter Squadron led the deployed flying element with support from Virginia National Guard Airmen assigned to the 192nd Fighter Wing. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bishop ad apr15Fish News and Tide Chart ... Virginia Partnership VPOF image smallExpands Opportunities for Oyster Farming in Chesapeake Bay. Oyster growers in Virginia’s portion of Chesapeake Bay can now apply for $260,000 in funding through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help restore oyster beds on private shellfish grounds. (Read the Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)

PACYork image smallPHP imageYork Board Makes Appointment to Peninsula Airport Commission ... At its October 3, 2017 meeting, the York County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to take its seat on the Peninsula Airport Commission (PAC) as allowed by the Acts of Assembly of 1946, which created the PAC and provided that York County, James City County, and the City of Williamsburg may participate in the PAC and appoint one representative to serve as a commissioner. The Board unanimously appointed its current Vice-Chairman, Jeff Wassmer, as York County’s PAC Commissioner. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
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55555 imageYorktown Arts Foundation to Host 5x5@5:55 Silent Auction Fundraiser ... "The Yorktown Arts Foundation will host a silent auction of small works beginning at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at On The Hill Gallery in historic Yorktown. Earlier this year, YAF members were challenged to create and donate works of art in their chosen medium on 5x5-inch canvases or other small works. "The name of this event – the second we’ve hosted – comes from the size of the works, 5x5, and the starting time of the event, 5:55 p.m.,” said Kathleen Wahl, president of Yorktown Arts Foundation. (See Page 3, October 19, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Local Schools Announce Honor Rolls ... York High School has released the 4th Quarter Honors and Highest Honors Lists. (See Page 4, October 19, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Grasse imageThird Statue of Marquis de Lafayette Unveiled, to Join George Washington and Admiral de Grasse ... Since 2005, visitors to Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing have been privy to an important meeting held between the statues of General Washington and Admiral de Grasse. The installation is about to become a bit more interesting with the addition of a third statue, that of the Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who served the Continental Army at the side of George Washington. The statue will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 18, at 11 a.m. (See Page 5, October 19, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
EMSHome imageYorktown and Seaford Chiefs of EMS Return Home After Assisting With Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria ... A fire department chief of EMS from Yorktown, Virginia, Thomas Schwalenberg, and chief of EMS from Seaford, Virginia, Jeffrey Meyer, have returned home after assisting the federal medical response to the three major hurricanes to date affecting the United States, Hurricanes Irma and Maria as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). They serve as members of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). (See Page 5, October 19, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
SOGood imageShucking Oysters For a Good Cause ... For as long as families have lived on the river, they have come together through the tradition of Oyster Roasts, Clam Bakes, or Crab Feasts to celebrate life, love, and their community. As a part of the Middle Peninsula community since 1912, the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (GMHS) is keeping with tradition by hosting an Oyster Roast at Dunham Massie Farm on the North River on October 28, 2017. Dunham Massie is an old home that has seen generation after generation maintaining the traditions of living on and caring for the river. (See Page 6, October 19, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
16Shop image16th Annual "Shop With a Sheriff” Coming This Holiday Season - Donations Needed ... The York- Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is holding its 16th Annual "Shop with a Sheriff” campaign in December. With the help of local churches and schools, at least sixty children from York County and the City of Poquoson will be selected to participate. On Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 a.m., the children will arrive at the Tabb K-Mart in Yorktown to go Christmas shopping with York-Poquoson Deputies. (See Page 6, October 19, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Capital square smallThe Non-Investigation Investigation: JLARC Will "Study” Herring’s OAG ... Richmond isn’t like Washington in many respects. There’s no traffic for one. But quality of life issues are not what most people think of when they compare the two cities. The differences are usually drawn in a governing sense, as in there isn’t the bitter partisanship seen on Capitol Hill or that in Richmond budgets are passed on time and balanced. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)





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