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SLOW SEASON STILL HAS HOST OF ACTIVITIES FOR OUTDOORS ENTHUSIASTS PAGE 6 DRIFTERS WIN IN NAIL-BITER TO TAKE THIRD CONFERENCE 43 TITLE LOOSER EPA RULES COULD BRING POLLUTION BACK TO VIRGINIA PAGE 2 207000009 OQOOO'f 217 W COTA ST LTON WA 98584-2263 ,,, ,h nlS,Iqdlna,d,%lhqu,%,i,dtH, lldIH,tl5 VOLUME 40, NUMBER 8 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY1 FEBRUARY 241 50 CENTS This mural on a public bathroom in Colonial Beach will be destroyed when the building is demolished. Colonial Beach solution is to demo the building and put in a new set of bathrooms but decides to demolish, some officials are sad to see it go be' cause it holds a very special feature, not renovate the town's first mural. LINDAFARNETH After voting to demolish the building at the February Council One of Colonial Beach's town- meeting, Councilman Mike Looney owned buildings that houses the said, "I still have a little regret that public restrooms for the boardwalk we will be losing one of our murals" is slated for demolition. After New The mural was created in the Life Ministries began using the Spring of 2012. The proiect was building for their Summer Throne spearheaded by the Colonial Beach Zone ministry aimed at area youths Artist Guild. Planning Commission the building took on the name the Chairwoman Robin Schick submit- Throne Zone. Later the front por- ted the winning design for the mural tion of the building had too many during a contest back in 2012. problems to rent out so it became a Schickwas at the Feb 2016 meeting satellite facility for law enforcement during large events. Town officials decided the best See MURAL, page8 'm System, contractors cisions and offer monthly or weekly updates to allow school officials to re- give report main free to do their jobs. LINDA FARNETH Skanska has overseen $3.8 billion of K-12 construction projects. Skanska Senior Project Engineer Megan reports they have saved Richmond O'Connell and Curtis Elswick, vice County Public Schools $1 million, president of Skanska were on hand Montgomery County Public Schools at the Feb 17 school board meeting $5 million and Dickenson County Public Schools $4 million. to present the Board with a progress report on the new elementary school O'Connell said the team met with project, lack Clark representing Ro- school officials and held a design driguez Ripley Maddux Motley Ar- meeting on Jan 11, schematic designs chitects discussed the preliminary were delivered on Jan15 and a request design of the new school, of qualifications for general contrac- Skanska is overseeing the new ele- tors was advertised on Jan 22. mentary school project. Their respon- Superintendant Dr. Kevin Newman sibilities are to keep the project on said Thursday that 10 contractors had schedule and within budget, handle work order changes, make quick de- See SCHOOL, page 8 LINDAFARNETH Raechon Coefield, GoodSkills Literacy Corps Tutor for Goodwill/AmeriCorps spoke at the Feb 11 Colonial Beach Town Council meeting to discuss her services. Coefield told the council an AmeriCorps grant is allowing the G/ o tSkills Literacy Corp to offer services to people in need in the Colo- nial Beach area. The first year of the program started in September 2015 and runs until Au- gust 2016. Coefield said, "This program will be here for three years and hopefully beyond." Kitty Norris, Branch Manager at the Colonial Beach Library said, "Ms Raechon Coefield, is an AmeriCorps member and adult literacy tutor for the Good Skills Literacy Corps. She is here, at the Cooper Branch Library, to help those who would like to improve their reading, writing, or basic math skills. In partnership with Central Rappahannock Regional Library, she is able to help with basic computer skills, resume and on- line job searches:' The library is at 20 Washing- ton Ave. in Colonial Beach. Coefield also offers help with job search as- sistance and English for speakers of other lan- guages. Rappahannock Goodwill Industrie, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that serves the city of Fredericksburg and a 12 county region. It See LITERACY, page Raechon Coefield, GoodSkills Literacy Corps Tutor 8 Colonial BeachTown Council meeting. for Goodwill/AmeriCorps spoke at the Feb 11 RICHARD LEGGITT A contractor for the Virginia De- partment of Transportation has be- gun a $2.2 million realignment of a dangerous intersection in Westmo- reland County, according to Kelly Hannon, a VDOT spokeswoman. The four-month project will dra- matically change the intersection of Route 205 and Route 631, also known as Longfield Road, in order to provide drivers entering from Route 205 a dearer view of oncom- ing traffic. Hannon said the project, which is See VDOT, page 8 t ORRECTION [ In the Feb. 17 edition in a front -[ ge report, the title of the founder the Community Care Clinic wer~ [incorrect. The clinic is a nonprofit~ and as such does not have owners. ] A VDOT contractor has begun a 52.2 million realignment of the inter- section of Route 205 and Longfield Road in Westmoreland County. Belle Grove plantation owners to cabinet mulberry tree RICHARD LEGGITT who agreed to make a Colonial-era New Jersey woodworker who turns cabinet that could be displayed at the historic trees into pens. Belle Grove, the historic former plantation. The results of Crosson's Pens created from the Belle Grove plantation on the Rappahannock , craftsmanship will be shown to the mulberry tree have sold all over the River in King George, will host a Co- public Sunday. United States and were even sold at lonial Cabinet Dedication on Sun- The dedication at Belle Grove, the New York Times Store in Times day, Feb 28th, to unveil a cabinet that which is the birthplace of President Square, according to Darnell. has been created for the luxury bed James Madison, will be at 2 p.m. on Crosson took the lower 8 to 10 feet and breakfast from a 200-year-old Feb. 28. Crosson, along with sev- of the giant tree trunk and took it to mulberry tree on the property that eral officials from the area including a mill in Warrenton that dried out had to be cut down three years ago. King George Supervisor Ruby Brabo the wood over two years. 'Nlmost three years ago, we were will be on hand. Darnell said public Once the wood was dry, the faced with cutting down one of the is invited. Warrenton mill cut it into planks and most historic trees on Belle Grove "Soon our beloved tree will be re- gave it back to Crosson. Plantation," said Michelle Darnell, turning to Belle Grove," Darnel said. The well-known craftsman created who operates Belle Grove with her "And while it won't provide shade a stunning Colonial cabinet with the husband, Brett. as it had over 200 years, it will be a mulberry wood. "He is now going to "We knew that we didn't want it to beautiful part of Belle Grove once donate it back to Belle Grove to grace just go to a landfill or be turned into again." our home," said Darnell. mulch. So after doing some research The historic mulberry tree tow- and searching, we were happy to find ered in front of Belle Grove for more people who ,wanted to preserve this than two centuries. It was one of111[[!1[1[[1[[![!1!!1[[1I gentle giant, Darnell said. three trees that had to be cut down Instead, Belle Grove provided the in 20!3 because of decay. tree s wood to woodworkers, includ- In addition to Crosson, wood ing John Crosson of Fredericksburg from the tree was also provided to a 6 2