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Business image1 smallIs Business in York County Declining? ... The Yorktown Crier - Poquoson Post recently inquired to the York County Public Information Office about the number of businesses that have closed in the county over the past three years. The data given Business image2 smallto us shows an upward trend, with 468 closings total. In 2011, there were approximately 83 businesses that closed. There were 116 businesses that closed in 2012 and 269 in 2013. That's a 224 percent increase in business closings since 2011. However, it must be noted that the data includes businesses that changed ownership and may not have actually closed their doors, so these numbers are not entirely accurate, but they do show a general trend. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Gallery image smallOn the Hill Gallery ... "It's important to have a place for artists to get their work out," Kathy Wahl, board president of the Yorktown Arts Foundation (YAF), decorative artist and volunteer at On the Hill Art Gallery, says. "It encourages them when their artwork sells." Established 37 years ago, YAF's first gallery, The Creative Coop, opened near Grace Episcopal Church. From 1981 to 2003, they operated On the Hill Cultural Arts Center on Alexander Hamilton Boulevard at the current site of Red Coat Antiques. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bishop fishing ad 440pxFish News - Tide Chart ... Cobia Fish image1 14aug14 smallfishing is very good. George Poveromo is here this week filming a cobia show that will air in 2015. He is fishing with Capt. Zach Hoffman. Fish are being Fish image3 14aug14 smallcaught by sight-casting and by setting up on chum slicks. The Cobia Cup was this past weekend. Capt. Jorj Head won it with a 60.9- pound fish. Jorj also won the Hampton Creek Cobia Tournament earlier this summer. Jorj catches most of his cobia sight fishing but he won both of these tournaments by chumming. Capt. Head will be fishing the Chesapeake Bay Cobia Classic this coming weekend. (Read full Fish News Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)
Just so you know 14aug14YMCA imageBright Beginnings at Victory Family YMCA ... Bright Beginnings is our outreach program, designed to help underserved children identified by school partnerships in York County and Poquoson. This program provides new clothes, back packs and supplies to children in need. With the help of a volunteer each child can purchase clothes and shoes essential for school. It is well documented in research that educational opportunity is the key factor that distinguishes income opportunities. As with personal income, the two largest factors affecting poverty are educational attainment and economic opportunities. Students that are prepared for school their minds and attitudes are ready to learn which increases educational attainment. (See Page 3, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Gag imageEnvironmental Group Seeks Gag Order in Virginia Farm Feud ... Claiming "trade secrets" are at stake, an environmental group wants a gag order slapped on an upcoming case involving Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta. The Piedmont Environmental Council is seeking the protective order to squelch public disclosures stemming from Boneta's lawsuit against the PEC and a neighbor. Boneta has sued the PEC, along with Phillip and Patricia Thomas, alleging a "business conspiracy" between the parties. (See Page 12, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Symphony image1Symphony to Perform 18th Annual Concert at Riverwalk Landing ... The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, for its 18th annual outdoor concert. This year's concert will be held at Riverwalk Landing on Water Street in historic Yorktown. Attendees are encouraged to arrive Symphony image2early with lawn chairs and picnic baskets. A just-for-fun blue ribbon judging for the most creative picnic set-up will be awarded prior to the concert. The award-winning Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform a preconcert show at 6 p.m. The symphony concert is funded by community contributors from organizations, businesses and individuals along with sponsors, York County, York County Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, whose financial support makes it possible. The volunteer Celebrate Yorktown Committee annually raises $24,000 to present this free-to-thepublic evening of music for the enjoyment of the community. (See Page 14, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Magruder Elementary, Mt. Vernon Elementary, and Seaford Elementary Schools Announce Honor Rolls ... Magruder Elementary School All A's and All A-B Honor Rolls. Mt. Vernon Elementary All A's and All A-B Honor Rolls. Seaford Elementary All A's and All A-B Honor Rolls. (See Page 4, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

Constitutional Corner: What is Federalism and Why is it Important? ... Recently I was invited to join a weekly radio show devoted to a discussion of the Constitution. The station is WFYL, 1180 AM, located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, northwest of Philadelphia. The program, "IT'S A NEW DAY!" airs weekdays from 7-9 am; but the segment on the Constitution airs each Friday morning from 7-8 am. Those living outside the broadcast area can listen to a livestreamed version of the broadcast on the station's website at m/. I join a couple of other "constitutional enthusiasts" (I'm not yet comfortable calling myself a Constitutional scholar, but I'm working on that) and we begin the discussion with whatever was the theme of my "Constitutional Corner" essay that week. We have great discussions; I invite you all to "listen" in. (See Page 6, August 14, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

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