Lifestyles

Pat Ralson, Wishes and Dreams owner, with a hand-painted desk by local artist Connie Ihlenseld.

Wishes and dreams fulfilled at Colonial Beach

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Two Chief Master Sergeants found their way from the Pentagon to Colonial Beach in 1988.  Gary and Pat Ralston retired from the Air Force and moved to the third generation vacation spot of Gary’s family.  They had spent most of their careers in Arlington, with Gary having 34 years in the military and Pat having 26 years. When the building that is now Wishes and Dreams became available, Gary wasted

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  • Celebrating Robert E. Lee’s 208th birthday at Stratford Hall

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 12:31 am

    From left: musicians Laureen Smith, Doug Marshall and Tina Buchanan.

    Stratford Hall, home of the Lee family, hosted the birthday commemoration of General Robert E. Lee on January 17.  This year marks the 208th year anniversary of Lee’s birth at Stratford Hall on January 19. Four generations of Lees lived at Stratford Hall, including two signers of the Declaration of Independence.  The Lees were a powerful family of the ruling Virginians of the times. Although Lee moved from Stratford Hall

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  • Cook-off kicks off Relay for Life for counties of Richmond, Essex and Westmoreland

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Winners at the chili cook-off: Liz Nash (left), Joyce Coates, Emily Wise and Clarissa Francis.

    The American Cancer Society Relay of Life is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.  It unites people who have battled cancer, lost loved ones and are taking action to conquer cancer once and for all. This year, the Relay for Life is incorporating the counties of Westmoreland, Richmond and Essex. The Co-Chairpersons for 2015 are Charles Self, Connie Allen and Arita Smith. The 2015 fundraising started with a

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Travel

New traffic signal pattern at King George High School

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Split phase will assist drivers exiting the high school onto Route 3 FREDERICKSBURG – Starting today, a new traffic pattern on Route 3 at the intersection with King George High School (Foxes Way) and St. Anthony’s Road in King George County will separate the traffic movement from both side streets. Previously, traffic exiting King George High School and St. Anthony’s Road onto Route 3 yielded to oncoming traffic while making a

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  • The truth about traveling

    Posted on May 16, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Squeezing into a taxi in Thailand can be tough.

    Being half a world away and 12 hours ahead of America, or the east coast at least, I don’t get to talk to my loved ones very much. I do most of my talking through words typed on the computer. I realize this is a serious lack of communication, but it baffles me that everyone still has a terrible misconception about what I’m doing over here in Asia. Whenever I

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  • Holiday Season, Thailand Style

    Posted on April 2, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Thailand holiday tree

    Story and photo by Jordan Coates, Contributing Writer Holidays are part of culture and tradition. They are beautiful, cherished celebrations that run deep through most people in the world. However, what happens if you are displaced from your usual holiday atmosphere? You can take the girl out of the holiday spirit, but can you take the holiday spirit out of the girl? Let’s start with Halloween. Given that Halloween is

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Education

Virginia Department of Transportation prepared for evening wintry mix, overnight snow

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  Motorists are encouraged to consider an early start to their evening commute   Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews in the 14-county Fredericksburg District are preparing today to respond at the onset of wintry weather, forecast to begin around 5 p.m. in the Fredericksburg area. VDOT has 40 trucks loaded and ready to begin applying salt and abrasives on Interstate 95 in Stafford, Spotsylvania and Caroline counties in the

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  • Montross Middle School named a GEAR UP School

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia is one of just ten states recently awarded federal funds through the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), sixteen school districts in Virginia were selected to participate in the program. Montross Middle School is one of the grant recipients. “Expanding access

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  • Westmoreland County Public Schools Superintendent Resigns; Board Begins Search

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    From Westmoreland County Public Schools: Dr. Rebecca Lowry submitted a letter of resignation to the Westmoreland County School Board during the closed session of the January 12th school board meeting. Ms. Iris Lane, Board Chair and District 2 Representative, issued the following statement on behalf of the Board: “On January 12, 2015, the Westmoreland County School Board accepted Dr. Rebecca Lowry’s letter of resignation from the Superintendent’s position effective June 30,

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Religion

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service Announcement, December 28: ‘Unitarian Universalism as a World Faith Movement’

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

On Sunday, December 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock (UUFR-VA,) Bob Weekley will present: “Unitarian Universalism as a World Faith Movement.” Our little White Stone UU congregation has partnered with the Walmsey Unitarian Chapel in Bolton, England. Our brothers and sisters at Walmsey represent the worldwide linking of Unitarian and Universalist faiths. And we have more global connections that can energize our spirits. Come and learn about

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  • Dinner and Fellowship at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    December 16, 2014 at 6pm: From First Baptist Church: Pre-Christmas “Feed the Community” Dinner and Fellowship Tuesday, December 16 at 6 p.m., 619 Jackson St., Colonial Beach, Rev. David Cunningham, Senior Pastor. Info: 804-224-7198.

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  • 2nd Chances Ministry: helping young first time offenders make better choices

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:23 am

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    Westmoreland County School Board Vice-Chairman Gernard Reed has his finger in many productive pies, including his involvement in a program which provides non-violent first time law offenders of 14 to 24 years of age a chance to right and re-insert themselves into their community. The pastoral counseling group that offers the program is known as “2nd Chances Ministry.” Successfully completing this program is a means by which qualified offenders can

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Health

Medicare Open Enrollment is closing soon

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

The Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is fast approaching, so now is the time to check and see if you will have the Medicare coverage you need to meet your needs, at a price you can afford, starting January 1, 2013. December 7 is the last day that most people with Medicare can chose or change their Medicare health or prescription drug coverage for 2013. Medicare is stronger than ever with

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  • Medical center hosts open house

    Posted on August 20, 2012 at 4:00 am

    A VISITOR TO THE  Westmoreland County Medical Center’s open house gets a check up.

    The Westmoreland County Medical Center hosted an open house Aug. 18 in honor of National Community Health Center Week. The mid-week event was a part of state-wide celebrations that sought to inform the community of the availability of services in their area. Approximately 80 residents came out to take advantage of free blood sugar screenings, BMI measurements and blood pressure tests. Participants also enjoyed demonstrations by MedAir Home Care, were

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  • Getting a close shave

    Posted on April 6, 2012 at 4:00 am

    The Montross Fire Department held a silent auction and “shave-off” to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for children’s cancer research. Monica Dowell, with Shear Madness, shaved many heads on March 31

    Montross Fire Department hosts St. Baldrick’s event for children’s cancer research Story and photos by Nikki Clifton, Contributing Writer     On March 31 the Montross Volunteer Fire Department hosted a silent auction as a benefit for the St. Balderick’s charity in the department’s dining hall. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and

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