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Lions image smallYork Lions Club James A. Bland Memorial Musical Scholarship Program ... Once again, the York Lions Club sponsored the Annual Bland Music Scholarship Program to assist and promote cultural and educational opportunities for the talented Virginia Youth in our area. The James A. Bland contest was established in 1948 and was named after this famous 19th century composer. Mr. Bland composed almost 700 works including our state song emeritus, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny". This year's contestants from local schools competed on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church and were judged for either their vocal skills or their instrumental skills. The judges have a very difficult job in rating these contestants in that these young men and women are tremendously talented. That is because the competition is fierce and the talent is exceptional. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Board image smallRepublican to Campaign for York County Board; Cites Current Board's "War on Property Rights" ... Rebekah Sandridge, of York County, has announced that she is running for the Republican nomination for York County Board of Supervisors' First District. Sandridge issued the following statement regarding the campaign: "In the wake of the York County Board of Supervisors' real estate tax increase and war on citizens' property rights, it is time for a change. "York County is where our hard-fought freedoms were won. Yet today, York County suffers from leadership that is more interested in micromanaging our lives rather than protecting and building upon on our founding legacy or encouraging those seeking to build a better life. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Bishop fishing ad 440pxFish News - Tide Chart ... It thawed out enough to allow us to FI1 26feb15 smallshovel out the remaining snow in the boat, break through the ice, and go fishing yesterday. We ran out in thick fog, big swells and when we anchored on the wreck, the current was ripping. We had to break out the heavy sinkers but even 20 ounces was not enough to hold bottom. We did not catch a single tautog. We did catch a few really nice sea FI3 26feb15 smallbass that we had to let go. Stan Simmerman caught a big striped bass on a jig...also released. Not FI2 26feb15 smalla lot of fishing tales to report this week from Beaverdam, our lake is frozen over, I can't even make anything up. But I have included some nice photos of the snow covered lake. Elton is our resident duck that never leaves the lake, even in the snow. He has his own Instagram with 178 followers. Not too shabby for a duck. (Read full Fish News Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)
Just so you know 26feb15CHKD imageWilliam and Mary Dance Marathon Raises More Than $13,000 for Kids at CHKD ... College students, CHKD patients and hospital supporters poured their heart into the College of William and Mary's first TribeTHON - a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Dance Marathon organized by students at the college to benefit CHKD. Dancing from noon to 10 p.m. on Valentine's Day, the inaugural event raised more than $13,000 for the Norfolk-based hospital. (See Page 3, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Cookies imageGirl Scout Cookies Arrive in York County ... Over the weekend, more than one million boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, and six other varieties of Girl Scout Cookies arrived in the region. On Saturday, over 2,200 cases - that's over 26,000 boxes of cookies - were delivered to the home of Girl Scout volunteer Cathy French, who will be responsible for helping York County Girl Scouts fill their cookie orders. French, who has already placed an additional order to restock her inventory of cookies, got involved with the Girl Scout Cookie Program over 30 years ago when her daughter first joined Girl Scouts. (See Page 5, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Local Schools Announce Honor Rolls ... Bethel Manor Elementary School and Coventry Elementary School announce their All A's and All A-B Honor Rolls for the Second Marking Period. (See Page 4, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
York-Poquoson Sheriffs Office ... A listing of the arrests for the week of Feb 16, 2015 through Feb 22, 2015. (See Page 7, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Youth imageYork County Youth Commission Applications Due March 18 ... Members of the York County Youth Commission (YCYC) work together to represent student opinions and concerns to the York County Board of Supervisors. Applications for the 2015-16 commission are due by March 18. Students residing in the County and currently enrolled in grades 8-11 at a public, private or home school are eligible to apply. An application packet with program details is available online at the Youth Commission's website at Interested students and their parents are welcome, but not required, to attend the YCYC's March 4 meeting at 6 p.m. in the Yorktown Library meeting room. (See Page 7, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Scouts imageYorktown Residents Honored for Volunteer Service with Girl Scouts ... On Saturday, February 7, Yorktown residents Marisol Garcia and JoAnna Taylor-Wilson were honored with an Appreciation Pin at the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Adult Awards Luncheon in Hampton, Va. This award recognizes Girl Scout volunteers for their exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. (See Page 12, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
As You Wish Program ... Just recently, Bobbi Kristina Brown was discovered in her Atlanta home, unresponsive in a bathtub of water. This is an uncanny fashion like her mother, singer Whitney Houston, who died three years ago this month. Media reports about Brown have detailed that she is "fighting for her life," on life support (with no brain function). (See Page 12, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Constitutional Corner: Each One Teach One ... A couple of weeks ago I examined the strategies typically offered as alternatives to holding a Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. I found each alternative lacking in potential efficacy and I pointed out that none was accompanied by a coherent plan (such as COS Project has) that would ensure their success. I mentioned at the time that they were all worthy projects, and should be pursued, but not with any real expectations of immediate success, or even measurable progress. I'd like to explore one of those alternative strategies in this essay: educating the American people. (See Page 8, Feb 26, 2015 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

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