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Calendar insert iconHoliday image smallHoliday Happenings at Newport News Historic Sites ... Both Endview Plantation and Lee Hall Mansion are decorated for the season with period-appropriate nineteenth century Christmas decorations. Guided tours of both sites offer a glimpse of common holiday customs that were practiced in the years before the Civil War. On the evenings of December 11th and 12th, St. Nick will be present at Endview. Advance reservations are required for this program that includes family time with St. Nick. Adults accompanying their child are requested to bring one wrapped present for their child and an unwrapped present to be donated to Toys for Tots. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Service Members Take Part in "Trees for Troops" Program ... Fort Eustis received 600 Christmas trees that were given to active-duty U.S. Service members and their families for free on a first-come, first-served basis as a part of the "Trees for Troops" giveaway program, Dec. 9. The "Trees for Troops" event has been hosted at Fort Eustis for the past eight years, receiving between 500 and 600 trees each year. The program is sponsored by the Christmas Spirit Foundation, an organization that works to recognize and support what they believe is the true spirit of the holidays for Service members and their families, according to their program website, (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Varsity image smallWCA Varsity Soccer Players Named to Second Team All-State ... The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) recently announced the 2014 Division II All-State Soccer Teams. Seniors Will Gibson and Luke Pfeifer from Williamsburg Christian Academy were both named to the 2nd All-State team. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Fish image1 11dec14 smallFish News - Tide Chart ... Good numbers of big rockfish are being caught along the eastern side of the bay. Some big fish are also being caught at the CBBT at night. School-sized fish are being caught up in the rivers and up the bay. A lot of big fish are still up the coast and up in the Maryland waters of the Chesapeake. So far, the action is not Fish image2 11dec14 smallcomparable to the heydays but it has been a lot better than the last couple of seasons. They various rockfish tournaments are having some nice fish to weigh in this year. Speckled trout fishing is excellent in the Elizabeth River with many trophy-sized fish being caught. Some specks and puppy drum continue to be caught inside of Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets. Tautog remain active on structures inside of the bay and on the nearshore wrecks. There has been less interest in togs now that the big rockfish are here. The Beaverdam Reservoir Fishing Report is also included in this article. (Read full Fish News Article) (Get the Tide Chart) (Have a Comment?)
Just so you know 11dec14Schools image1Six Schools Selected for Whole School Improvement Initiative Grant Founding by York Foundation for Public Education, Inc ... The York Foundation for Public Education, Inc. (YFPE) has announced the 2014- 2015 Whole School Improvement Grant Program winners. The YFPE Prize Patrol surprised staff at three schools and awarded a total of $7,867 to fund projects above and beyond regular classroom work. A panel of Schools image2judges, 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 encourage and facilitate approaches that help to reshape, enhance or improve education for students at the school site. (See Page 3, Dec 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Local Schools Honor Rolls ... Grafton Manor Elementary School, Magruder Elementary School and Mount Vernon Elementary School announce the All A's and All A-B Honor Rolls for the First Marking Period. (See Page 4, Dec 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
TriM imageYork High School Tri-M Honor Society ... York High School Principal, Dr. Kendra Crump, welcomed 29 new members and recognized 22 returning members to the York High School's Modern Music Masters (Tri-M) Music Honor Society, Chapter 4222. Students are selected for membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society on the basis of musicianship, scholarship, character, leadership, and service to their school and community. (See Page 5, Dec 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Forbes imageDr. Sarah Forbes Personal Collection to be Sold at Auction ... Newport News, Va. Attorney Buddy David, Trustee for the Estate of Dr. Sarah Forbes has selected EXPRESS AUCTIONEERS & APPRAISERS to sell the personal property belonging to the Estate of Dr. Forbes in a series of Public Auctions. The Estate consists of Original Artwork of Local, Regional, Nationally and Internationally known Artists, Limited Edition Prints, Fine Furnishings, Antique Furnishings (including a museum quality Davenport), Jewelry, Vintage and Antique Firearms, Antique and Vintage Carved Decoys, Nautical Collectibles and Antiques. Other items to be sold include Vintage Arcade Games, Artifacts and Furnishings from the SS United States. (See Page 6, Dec 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Constitutional Corner: Life Without the Bill of Rights ... How do you teach America - anything? Seriously, if "America" suffers from a lack of knowledge of its Constitution -- and that premise is reinforced by each new poll or "man-on-the-street" interview -- how do you "fix" that? How do you convince people to give up a small portion of their time to study a musty old document? How do you convince them doing so is in their best interest? How do you convince them that the opinions of "old dead white guys" are still relevant today? (See Page 10, Dec 11, 2014 Edition) (Have a Comment?)

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