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PWWeek image smallYork County Celebrates National Public Works Week ... From Sunday, May 21, through Saturday, May 27, York County will be celebrating National Public Works Week by posting information on our social media sites (@yorkcountyva on Facebook and @yorkcountyvagov on Twitter) and on York County’s 24/7 Announcement Channel - Cox 48, Verizon 40. National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA), is an opportunity to educate the public about the variety of services performed by Public Works departments across the U.S. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)
Lennox imageRaymond Cooper for Valley Mayor! ... In June 1998, the mayor of my hometown was none other than "Silver Tongue” Dick Bland. When he first ran for mayor in 1994, his campaign slogan was "Everybody’s Friend,” and that seemed like a pretty good description of our leader. Though his listening audience wasn’t aware, Cooper had firmly set his sights on the mayor’s seat, and that meant Dick Bland needed to get out of the way. It’s amazing how a nice guy like Dick Bland could be made out to be a scoundrel through the power of the airwaves, but that’s exactly what happened to "Silver Tongue.” (See Page 2, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Weevils imageTiny Weevils Enlisted to Control Aggressive Weed ... For five years, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has been nurturing Mile-a-Minute weevils (Rhinoncomimus latipes) in northern Virginia and the Piedmont. The weevils, which feed specifically on the Mile-a-Minute (MAM) weed, were released at various sites in these areas as part of a biological control cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. The weevils are now well established and helping to control this aggressive weed. (See Page 2, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
York County Memorial Day Ceremony ... York County’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 29, at the War Memorial on the grounds in front of York Hall, 301 Main Street, in historic Yorktown. The public is invited to join us. (See Page 3, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
CAWB imageCall to Artists and Writers ... Artists of all media are encouraged to submit their artwork to be featured in the upcoming Art Speaks Gallery Show, "The Pearl and Its People: A Celebration of Mathews”. The show aims to celebrate the history, culture and people of Mathews through the visual arts and stories from the county. You do not need to be a professional artist to submit your work, you only need to have been inspired by the people or landscapes of Mathews. (See Page 3, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
MSpray imageGrafton Bethel Holds Fourth Grade Knowledge Bowl ... Grafton Bethel Elementary School’s fourth grade Knowledge Bowl was a fun learning success! More than 115 students rotated through multiple learning stations in the gymnasium to review and relearn Virginia’s many historical and geographical facts. (See Page 4, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Yorktown Native Makes Dean’s List ... Elise Utne of Yorktown, VA has been named to the Dean's List for the spring semester at Newberry College in Newberry, SC. Students receiving recognition on the Dean's List at Newberry College had to achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the semester. (See Page 6, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Grace Episcopal ... The Annual Memorial Day and flag placement Ceremony will take place at Historic Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Church Street, Yorktown, on Monday, May 29 starting in the Church from 10 AM-11 AM rain or shine. After a few remarks, prayers, and playing of "Taps", the US Flags on the 85 known Veterans (including 6 from WWI) who are buried in the Church Cemetery will be replaced with "Honors." (See Page 7, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
SummerPet imagePrepare Your Pet for the Upcoming Summer ... Gearing up for summer can be a fun and exciting exercise. With hotter months ahead, don't forget that your pets need certain preparation in advance of summer also. With increased dangers like infectious bugs, poisonous plants and more time around water, plus the threat of heat itself, summer is an important time to make sure your pets are ready. (See Page 8, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
CGHonor imageComte d Grasse Chapter, NSDAR Honors Local Good Citizens and Contest Winners ... The Comte de Grasse Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored its DAR Good Citizens at a recent meeting at the Custom House in Historic Yorktown. Recognized were Elizabeth Sholtis, Grafton High School, Brennan Rausch, Tabb High School;Kyle Mastracci, York High School; and Elizabeth de Jager, Bruton High School. Each recipient was awarded a certificate, recognition pin, and check from the chapter. (See Page 10, May 25, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
MayHY imageMay Happenings in Historic Yorktown ... Yorktown is in full swing this Spring as we continue to offer plenty of events, programs and activities with the return of Yorktown Market Days as well as Plant sales, Garden Strolls, live entertainment, workshops, Blues, Blues and BBQ, Art at the River, Memorial Day ceremonies, and more. (See Page 3, May 11, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
SoundsS imageThe Sounds of Summer are Coming to Yorktown ... York County announces the 2017 Yorktown "Sounds of Summer” concert series (formerly known as "Shagging on the Riverwalk”), Thursday nights in June and July at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown. Concert times are 7 to 9:30 p.m. "This popular concert series has been a favorite of visitors and locals for the past 11 years. And we have plenty of beach music on the schedule,” said Kristi Olsen-Hayes, Tourism Development Manager for York County. (See Page 3, May 18, 2017 Edition) (Have a Comment?)
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