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Shaw image1 smallThe Shaw Monument: Will it be Lost in History? ... In 1895, John W. Shaw, who was the superintendent of the National Cemetery at Yorktown, decided that he wanted to build a memorial obelisk in order to preserve the British surrender site of the Battle of Yorktown, which won us our independence in 1781. An obelisk is a stone pillar that typically has a square or rectangular cross section and a pyramidal top that serves as a memorial. Shaw was determined to find the actual surrender location of Shaw image2 smallGen. Cornwallis, and after his own research, he planted the memorial where he supposed the surrender site to be. He constructed the obelisk with his own hands and funding, making sure that only historical materials were utilized. The base was constructed with rock that was close to Cornwallis’ Cave; English bricks from the foundation of the Old Colonial Courthouse were used for the shaft, and he even had cannons balls around the base. All of these building components represented archival moments from the battle. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bridle image smallLocal Community Makes 7th Annual Bridles and Bow Ties a Success for Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center ... More children and adults with special needs will be able to ride at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center as a result of the 7th Annual Bridles and Bow Ties. The sold-out event on May 17, 2014, which was presented by Riverside Health System, was a great success thanks to the support of the community. Bridles and Bow Ties wellexceeded both the event budget and the $10,000 challenge grant match for Dream Rider Scholarships, which benefit riders and families in need. The $10,000 challenge grant was generously donated by John and Susan Sikich. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bishop fishing ad 440pxFish News - Tide Chart ... Cobia fishing remains excellent with both chumming and sight-fishing Fish image 2 17jul14 smallproducing fish. There are a lot of small to medium sized cobia being caught. Finding bigger cobia has been more of a challenge. Big red drum continue to be caught on the shoals near the mouth of the bay and along the Eastern Shore seaside by angler targeting them. They are also being caught by anglers targeting cobia and flounder. There are some nice flounder being caught at the CBBT and the York Fish image 1 17jul14 smallRiver continues to produce some nice flounder. It is time for the Cell/buoy 42 area flounder bite to start heating up. Big sheepshead are being caught at the CBBT. Spadefish can be found at the CBBT and at the Chesapeake Light Tower and over wrecks in that area. Spanish mackerel are being caught along the oceanfront. Spanish to over 6 pounds were caught this week. Croaker fishing is good up in the rivers and good number of medium-sized spot are also being caught. Puppy drum are still being caught on the flats and in the inlets. Amberjack are at the southern towers. (Read full Fish News Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)
Abuse imageLocal Boy Scout Leader Charged in Sexual Abuse Case ... 56-year-old Thomas George Seifert, an Assistant Troop Leader of Boy Scout Troop 226, has been charged with 10 counts of Felony Child Sexual Abuse while in a Custodial Role. Sadly, this is not his first case against him, but his second. In 1988, a former Boy Scout informed authorities that Seifert had sexually assaulted him twice in 1982. This took place overseas where he was stationed for the Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. Seifert was in his mid-20’s at the time and was only accused but never actually convicted of the 4 counts of sexual abuse. (See Page 2, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Poquoson High School Announces Honor Rolls ... Poquoson High School All A's. All A-B and All B's Honor Rolls. (See Page 4, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

York-Poquoson Sheriffs Office Arrests ... Review a list of the arrests made by the York-Poquoson Sheriffs Office for the week of July 7 -13, 2014. (See Page 5, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

Girl Scout Community Supporters Needed ... The Girl Scout Heritage Community (Yorktown, Poquoson, Newport News, Hampton, Gloucester, Mathews and Williamsburg) is in need of community supporters for the upcoming Virginia Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping Weekend (Aug 1-3). On Friday, August 1, the Girl Scouts would like to "Paint the Town Green.” They are looking for local businesses, neighborhood pools, parks and community centers who will allow them draw an environmentally, non-permanent message on the sidewalk with chalk that would encourage both girls and adults to join Girl Scouts. (See Page 7, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
State Fair Booking Performers for Local Music Stage ... The 2014 State Fair of Virginia, dedicated to showcasing the best of Virginia, is once again seeking the state’s best performers—musicians, dancers and others—to share their talents during this year’s event, which will run from Sept. 26 through Oct. 5. Fair organizers are accepting applications from Virginia-based performers for the event’s local music venue, the Triple Crown Amphitheater. One-hour slots are available on each day of the fair’s 10-day run. (See Page 8, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Human imageThe Obama Administration’s Human Trafficking ... For all intents and purposes, the Obama administration is engaged in human trafficking. At a Senate hearing Wednesday, Health and Human Services Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families Mark Greenberg admitted that, even if the Obama administration knew it was releasing Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) to other illegal aliens, they would do so based on the "totality of the circumstances” that apparently justifies such irresponsibility. (See Page 10, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Constitutional Corner - Life Without Washington ... Reading the title, I'll bet some of you thought I was going to write about what life in America would be like without the tyranny of Washington, D.C. It's tempting; that would be a "target-rich environment,", as we used to say in the squadron. Life without the worry of what's in the seventeen linear feet of Federal Regulations, without the threat of an IRS audit, without wondering what new "law" the President is going to create today with his "pen and phone;" well, life would be a whole lot simpler. I hate to disappoint you, but the Washington I want to examine the absence of is not the city and its increasing totalitarianism," but rather the man himself. What would life be like today without George Washington -- "The Indispensable Man," as one author described him? (See Page 6, July 17, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

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