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The Journal; February 25, 2009, Wednesday 5 Colonial Beach pl,00anners to look at enterpri,,e zones grams became available; Job Creation Grants and Real Property Investment Grants. The programs are geared towards areas which showthe highest need and which will also demonstrate the greatest positive impact. Localities are ranked "over the most recent three-year period for its average unemployment rate, its average median adjusted gross in- come, and the average percentage of public school students receiving free or reduced-price lunches" As towns are not allowed to apply for Enterprise Zone designation on their own, Colonial Beach would not be allowed to participate unless they do so as an entity included in the County's acreage. For more detailed information about what these two grant programs can mean to a community go to www.dhch. virginia.gay. The Northern Neck, which encom- passes four counties and 740 square miles, has 10 individual designated Enterprise Zones totaling 10,500 acres. Westmoreland County has two zones; Zone #1 is situated on Route 3 between Montross Warsaw and Zone #2 is in and around Kinsale on Route 202. Per the Northern Neck Planning District Commission's participation is shown on the Draft Land Use Map and incorporates areas from First Street to Colonial Avenue to Washington Avenue; also included will be the newly renovated Colonial Plaza where Rankins Hardware is located. The concept of the Enterprise Zone is not a new one. Although originally sponsored only at the fed- eral level, Enterprise Zone legislation was adopted at the state level first by Louisiana in 1981, and soon there- after by seven other states in 1982, Virginia being one of them. The General Assembly created the Virginia Enterprise Zone as a program that is structured to be a partner- ship between local government and the state; a partnership that creates employment and private investment opportunities as well as "revitaliza- tion of distressed Virginia localities" within the designated zone area. There are 56 Virginia Enterprise Zones shown on the map included on the Department of Housing and Community Development website; Zone 50 is labeled to include West- moreland County. The Enterprise Zone Grant Act was passed in 2005 and under its umbrella two state grant-based pro- At next week's Colonial Beach Planning Commission meeting, planners will receive a presentation on Enterprise Zones, a concept disigned to encourage growth and development in what some defini- tions of an Enterprise Zone term as "blighted areas". This presentation is being held because the idea of being included in Westmoreland County's Enterprise Zone has been brought to the table m the new Draft Land Use Map and Draft Comprehensive Plan put to- gether by Land Studio. Land Studio fs the consulting firm that has been hired by the Planning Commission for this express purpose; to bring the /nap and plan up to date. According to information previ- Ously supplied by Land Studio, the Northern Neck Planning District Commission has an Enterprise Zone, which can only be modified once a year. That time of year is here. The Enterprise Zone is also lim- ited in the amount of acreage it can contain and Montross is supposedly. looking for greater inclusion as well. This means that Colonial Beach's 7participation level might be mitigated %y what Montross decides to do. The area that is suggested for the Town's The fire that destroyed l00lliss Ada's it looked like it could be saved. But at around 9:30 a.m., dispatch called on firefighters to return to Miss Ada's on Lincoln Ave. The teachers in the Head Start building had complained of severe smoke. Engine Company one returned to find the house ablaze again. This time the damage was too severe, the house was deemed a totat loss by fire officials. "A whole lot of things got burned up in the house," she said with tears in her eyes. 'Tm not afraid, I put all of my trust in God. I worked hard for everything I have; No one ever gave me a dime. God told me if I make the first step he'll make two for me." She doesn't have any family to carry her around. Miss Ada said, "My family is the white people on the Beach. I don't have much educa- tion; I leave it to God and the white people. If they want me here they gonna put me a house." When asked what kind of life she lives, she said most folks think she is proud and says, "I don't know how other people want me to live but I can only live my way, my Mama told me to always be nice to people." . Miss Add went on to say, "I never drink, I don't smoke. I never run around. I ride downtown onmy lawn mower to get my groceries and pay my bills." Ada used to walk to church on Jackson street but she said since she has been in the hotel no one has come to take her to church. Miss Ada has been staying at the house Qty. 10 25 50 WE KNOW GENERATORS! HOME STAND BY 24 MONTHS No Interest Financing Available (540) 775-2501 (804) 224-8254 Go to www.journalpress.com to see other items available service at time of need From Miss Add, page 1 .to Africa and France. Her boss took her and three other young women. Ada said, "I never bore any children but I raised a little girl who went to school in Washington." Miss Ada mentioned that she mar- ried but didn't talk about her late husband. After he died, she moved back to Colonial Beach bought a piece of property and had a house built on it. Miss Ada's deed is in her maiden ame and she boasts, "Old Man -'Iinton was a carpenter, he built that ibuse for me. Ain't no man on my freed, I was a single woman." "There was nothing but woods, horses and cows when I bought that piece of land," said Miss Add. "God gave me the house and the Devil took it awav." On Friday January 23 rd 2009 as students were just getting into School at approximately 7:40 a.m. Rescue Station One (Colonial Beach) and Engine Company One (Colonial Beach) were dispatched to the end of Lincoln Ave. for a house fire. That was Miss Ada's House. Miss Ada told of what happened that morning. "I don't know how it  caught on fire. I woke up that morningand saw a blaze on my back porch coming through the door to my dining room. l ran over to the school and hollered for help. I don't know if someone set it on fire, only God knows." After fire officials left, only the back porch had been destroyed and Day's Inn since the fire. The women at the front desk are very cautious about visitors and check on her regularly. Reverend David Cunning- ham, of the Colonial Beach Baptist Church, said that members of the church where visiting her. She said that men in the hotel ask her if she needs anything but she graciously declines because she doesn't know them. "I can take care of things but I can't write and read." The people down at Town Hall and the Bank help her when she needs assistance with paying bills. But she always pays her bills. Miss Ada has plans to rebuild and members of the town are helping her to accomplish this task. But for Miss Ada, she can't wait to get, back to her piece of property and her lawn mower so she can get back to normal life. Nothing will slow Miss Ada down, no matter what time of day or day of the week, she is well dressed and always wears high heals. She moves at a pace that is hard for someone half her age to keep up with and she always has a smile on her face. She wears dark glasses that hide her oc- casional tears oyer losing her house but her strength shines through in her faith in God and her neighbors here in town. She is so grateful for all who help her but her pride and independence keeps her reserved. Miss Ada is truly and inspiration to us all. Linda Farneth Celebrating 40 years as The area's only public cemetery Family plots, ground burials cremation crypts, above ground crypts Pre-need and at your Call our professional staff at 775-7733 or in Colonial Beach, call Lorene Rich at 804-224-7031 website, the zones "offer businesses a package of state and local incentives in the form of grants, tax credits, local regulatory flexibility, and local infrastructure development". All 10 of the zones qualify for the State Incentives of Job Creation Grants and Real Property Investment Grants and all four counties, Lan- caster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland, are HUBZones. which means they are located in "historically underutilized business zones". The HUBZone designation allows eligible small businesses t'o "receive preferential treatment in securing Federal contracts". Also listed on the Northern Neck Planning District Commission's website is in- formation about what each County is willing to do to encourage businesses to re-locate or expand. For example, under Westmore- land County it describes "Financial Assistance - Monetary incentive for new and expanding businesses that create 25 new full-time jobs, invest $250,000, and have an average annual wage that is at least 125% of the area average". Bothzones #1 (Montross) and #2 (Kinsale) being located in Westmoreland County would be eligible for this assistance. For more in-depth information on what these designations and individualized County incentive programs mean visit www.northerneck.us. There is, of course a timeliness with which decisions about the Town's participation must be made, and Chairman of the Planning Com- mission David Coombes has already expressed concern that his "expecta- tion that the Camp Plan will not be approved until June" will cause them to "miss the window". In other Planning Commission business, the next Public Workshop hosted by Land Studio, Workshop Republicans to challenge Pollard From Challenge, page 1 Lee Anne Washington commanded 42.4 percent of that two-way con- test's votes. Albert Pollard will be back on the stump as the Democratic Party's 2009 election candidate and he will be challenged by a woman from his own county for a second time in as many years. 99 th Legislative District Republican Committee Chairman R. AllenWebb confirmed this Tuesday that the Re- publicans will hold their nominating convention in Montross on Saturday, May 16. "Two people have properly filed to seek the Republican nomination for the 99 th House of Delegates seat," Webb told The Journal. "The two candidates are Lee Anne Washington of White Stone and Catherine Crabill of Irvington," Betsy Ficklin To [earn how to insure your stuff for on[y 40 cents a day. ca[[ me today. The Hoffman Agency. Inc. (540) 775-6450 7951 Kings Hwy King George @Allstate You're in good hands, Premium based on rounded state average. Actual premium will vary based on amount of insurance purchased and other factors. Insurance subject to availability, qualifications and policy terms.Allstate Insurance Company and Allstate Indemnity Company: Northbrook, lllinois 2008AIIstatelnsuranceCompany. 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Westmoreland's contribution would rise as much as $193,084 to support a minimum local contribution in the amount of $7,457,758. Throughout the .discussion Dr. Elaine Fogliani made it clear that final budget numbers depend on General Assembly action that has not yet occurred. She advised that Virginia lawmakers are expected to vote on the state's new budget this Saturday. The superintendent characterized numbers associated with the current budget preparation season as "the most fluid" she has seen in her four years of service inWestmoreland. She explained that the federal stimulus money goes directly to the state, not to a local jurisdiction. If numbers hold and federal stimu- lus money is used to offset Virginia's own revenue shortfall, Fogliani will present the school division's bud- get draft to County Administrator Norm Risavi with the expectation of presenting the proposal at the March 16 Westmoreland School Board meeting. In addition to the anticipated release of extra revenue from the federal stimulus package, Fogliani projects that revenue derived from the Virginia sales tax will generate an additional $355,159 to support the county's schools. The budget will remain austere, despite the relative improvements in anticipated 16vels of revenue. Details were unavailable on Monday, but measures are being taken to reduce costs and the latest bottom line projections remain lower than the current year s operating budget's bottom line. According to most recent numbers, the 2008-2009 amended school division budget has a bottom line of $18,471,307.33. According to the division superintendent's projec- tions, the bottom line would shrink to $17,166,482 in the best-case scenario. Adding to the murkiness of the draft budget numbers is the absence of a Westmoreland County audit report for the 12-month period that ended on June 30, 2008. Audit reports were customarily delivered before the end of a calendar year. 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