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Virginia Marine Resources Commission has decided to reduce the cost of recreational saltwater fishing licenses, effective April 1

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:12 pm

“Now is the time of year when saltwater anglers dust off their fishing gear and tune up their boats, and I’m pleased to announce the cost of a saltwater fishing license is going down,’’ said Commissioner John M.R. Bull. “Anglers may want to wait a week  to buy their licenses for the year, when the new, lower license fee goes in effect. This will save them at least $5 each.”

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  • Colonial Beach Planning Commission appoints new members, mulls breweries

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

    As quickly as the Colonial Beach Planning Commission filled its seats last year, the seats have emptied. With resignations of Maureen Holt, Kelly DeJesus, Kent Rodeheaver  and most recently Steve Cirbee,  coming within a few months, two applications were chosen to go forward to the Town Council. Diana Clopton and Pamela Tolson were recommended to be appointed commissioners by the council. The third position was not filled as it has

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  • Discoveries abound in Westmoreland County

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

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    Residents of Westmoreland County often wonder why certain projects such as bridge reconstruction, building construction and special projects like the enhancement of President Monroe’s Birthplace get delayed. The answer oftentimes is that construction workers inadvertently encounter remnants of the rich tradition and history of Westmoreland County. When artifact discoveries occur, archeologists are called in for digs and determinations, as are purveyors of viewpoint and surveyors of landscape to consider if

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Shelia Delort gives some one-on-one time with four year old Mandy McHugh during the skating lesson at Stan’s Skateland.

Finding your groove at Stan’s Skateland

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Children of Montross and surrounding areas have been rediscovering the fun of roller skating at Stan’s Skateland during the cold months of winter. Stan Schoppe, owner of Stan’s Skateland and the Dairy Freeze next door, built Skateland in the 1980’s. “I was originally going to build a bowling alley with the idea of adding a skating rink after a few years,” Schoppe said.  “But I ended up building the skating

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  • Wishes and dreams fulfilled at Colonial Beach

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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

    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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  • ‘Financial Forecasting’ workshop

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center will be offering a workshop on January 27th from 6-8pm at the Northern Neck Small Business Incubator in Heathsville - Financial Forecasting The objective of this workshop is to learn how to forecast financial results in a small business. Learn to efficiently and accurately produce a view of future financial results.  A six step process will be discussed along with a review of the forms, formats

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Thank a farmer during Agriculture Week, March 15-21

Posted on March 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  March 15 – 21, 2015 is Virginia Agriculture Week. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services suggests that it’s the perfect opportunity to give credit where credit is due. During this special week, take a minute to thank a farmer. No engraved note paper or frilly bouquets required; a thoughtful nod will do. Of course every farmer has a lot of help, but gratitude for all of Virginia’s growers

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  • Letter to the Editor: Consider in-house applications for Westmoreland County Public Schools Superintendent position

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

    As we embark on yet another search for a superintendent, I would ask the school board to seriously consider any in-house applications for the position. It’s well past time for a new superintendent who already knows our community and its educational needs; who already knows our students, their parents, and grandparents; and who has already established a personal and professional relationship with many faculty members and administrators.  Westmoreland County is

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  • Guest Editorial: Medical pilots see the cost of drunk driving

    Posted on April 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Seventeen million Americans admitted to driving drunk at some point in 2010, according to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Amazingly, if this same group of people lived in the same state, it would rank fifth in size between Florida and Illinois. Despite significant improvements over the last decade, the statistics remain sobering: 27 people die every day in alcohol related traffic crashes, representing more than

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