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Comet image smallJust so you know 20nov14N39-2014: TOUCHDOWN! Rosetta's Philae Probe Lands on Comet ... ESA's Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved. After a tense wait during the seven-hour descent to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the signal confirming the successful touchdown arrived on Earth at 16:03 GMT (17:03 CET). The confirmation was relayed via the Rosetta orbiter to Earth and picked up simultaneously by ESA's ground station in Malargue, Argentina and NASA's station in Madrid, Spain. The signal was immediately confirmed at ESA's Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, and DLR's Lander Control Centre in Cologne, both in Germany. The first data from the lander's instruments were transmitted to the Philae Science, Operations and Navigation Centre at France's CNES space agency in Toulouse. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Display image smallImpressive Local Fall Display ... Local resident Randy on School Lane in Yorktown has a beautiful seasonal display which he encourages families to pose with for pictures. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
ATM imageRibbon Cutting for new Bayport ATM ... A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held at the Poquoson Commons Shopping Center for the new Bayport Federal Credit Union ATM. The ceremony was held at 10 am and was attended by representatives from Poquoson City Council Buddy Green and Bud Southall, City Economic Development staff Dave Callis and Charity Gavaza, Bayport Federal Credit Union Chairman of the Board, Suzanne M. Beckstoffer, President/CEO George R. Dudley, Jr and Sr. VP/CFO James B. Mears. The ATM's convenient location in the Poquoson market area coupled with its cutting edge banking performance features will be appreciated by customers. The new ATM offers state of the art technology, enabling customers to deposit cash and batch checks without sorting or listing items and returns a deposit slip with images of the checks deposited. No envelopes needed. (See Page 3, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Bishop fishing ad 440pxFish News - Tide Chart ... Warmer water pushed in close to the Cigar Fish image1 20nov14 smallthis week. Virginia boats fishing above the Triple 0s, in 30-50 fathoms, experienced some very good wahoo action and they also caught yellowfin tuna. The fish should still be there if that water survives this week's cold front. Boats running out of the Outer Banks are catching yellowfin tuna and blackfin tuna along with some wahoo and king mackerel. There were some good dolphin catches out of Hatteras when boats were last able to get Fish image2 20nov14 smallout. Deep-droppers are catching blueline tilefish and blackbelly rosefish in good numbers and a variety of other creatures. The offshore wrecks are holding good numbers sea bass. That fishery will close at the end of the year. Bluefish can be found around most of the ocean wrecks and in open water from 10 miles to 40 miles off of the beach. These fish are of a variety of sizes from 3 pounds to almost 20 pounds. Along with the bluefish, thresher sharks have made an appearance from the Chesapeake Light Tower area on out. No word of any bluefin tuna yet. Some nice flounder and triggerfish are being caught around the ocean wrecks 10 to 30 miles off of the beach. (Read full Fish News Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)
Tax imageCorporate Tax Deals Soak Virginians ... Tax incentives for selected businesses are driving Virginia deeper into debt and House Speaker Bill Howell says he's committed to curbing the special breaks. "Virginia needs a tax code that encourages growth, and that means making it simpler and more transparent,"Howell told "We can eliminate those incentives and lower the overall tax burden on Virginia's families and businesses."Despite imposing income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, car taxes, higher gas taxes and a host of other levies, Virginia faces a projected revenue shortfall of $2.4 billion over the next three years. (See Page 4, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Grill imageTips to Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey and Trimmings ... Thanksgiving can mean too many cooks in the kitchen, so consider taking some prep outside. While grilling is usually associated with summer, more Americans are recognizing its year-round potential. In fact, 80 percent of North American households own a grill or smoker and 60 percent use it year-round, according to recent statistics from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association. It's no surprise that many Thanksgiving recipes can be reinvented outdoors. (See Page 5, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Pardon imageVirginia Living Museum to Hold Fifth Annual Turkey Pardoning ... For the fifth year, the Virginia Living Museum will celebrate the long and healthy life of its wild turkeys during the annual Turkey Pardoning, Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. In the tradition of the annual Presidential Turkey Pardoning, Newport News Mayor McKindley price will lead the ceremony held on the museum's outdoor trail beside the Turkey/Deer Habitat. The museum has one male, the tom, and three female hens currently on exhibit. (See Page 7, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Grant imageYork Foundation for Public Education, Inc. Selects Grant Winners ... The York Foundation for Public Education, Inc. (YFPE) has announced the most recent Innovative Instructional Grant Program winners. The YFPE Prize Patrol surprised staff at ten schools as foundation members awarded a total of $5,059 to fund projects above and beyond regular classroom work. A panel of judges, all YFPE trustees, selected the winners through an application process in which the names of teachers and schools are withheld from panel participants. Projects selected are designed to motivate, enrich, or enhance student learning. Since 2000, the York Foundation for Public Education has awarded more than $105,000 to York County teachers through this program. (See Page 8, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Deck the Halls with Real, Virginia Grown Trees This Holiday Season ... Nothing says Christmas like a real, Virginia Grown evergreen tree. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reports the state's growers are preparing an abundance of fresh, farm-grown trees for the holiday season. To encourage consumers to choose a Virginia Grown tree, Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims December as "Virginia Christmas Tree Month"in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Click here to view the Governor's Proclamation. (See Page 10, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Constitutional Corner: Goodbye Electoral College! ... Last week we discussed the power of the President and whether the American people (or some of them at least) secretly wish for a President with "kingly" powers. It would simplify things so much if we only had a President able to act unilaterally to solve our myriad problems, right? But the framers wisely gave us the twin concepts of separated powers and shared powers, thus it is Congresses' responsibility to set national policy (in the areas for which they have been given enumerated power); the President has only the duty to see that the laws are "faithfully executed" (Article 2, Section 3, Clause 5). (See Page 6, Nov 20, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

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