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STATE NEEDS MORE CONSERVATION POLICE OFFICERS PAGE 6 CBES GETS HEART HEALTHY WITH JUMP ROPE FOR HEART FUNDRAISER PAGE 8 DRIFTERS HEAD TO STATE TOURNEY AFTER BLOWOUT VS WEST POINT PAGE 4 E Westmq MIXED ADC 207 000001 PAPERS ,,2 IV !/-~ t,,.,l,.., /%J V 1N Zi7 W COTA -ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ~ ~ ~ , ~, ,! Ie i|,| .... id|ih,iii|,ii,i|hli,hi ill|Sil|lll|l~||.|lll|l.|..L~| ....... ....~-~--- ~z- .... ~-= VOLUME 40, NUMBER 9 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAYt MARCH 2, 50 CENTS .... ILl | Members revisit 2013 talks with Red Cross, officials LINDA FARNETH In light of the recent storm last week that displaced many residents in Westmoreland, Essex and Richmond Counties, Colonial Beach Police Chief Danny Plott said town citizens were re- ally lucky. Councilman Burkett Lyburn reiter- be made. These changes are not in the ated this by saying many of this friends school's budget. Foulds did say how- and relatives in neighboring areas suf- ever that a place could be provided for fered severe damage to homes, cars citizens to go in the event of an emer- and even their church, gency, so long as it is presented as a Councilman Eddy Blunt asked hospitality center. Town Manager Val Foulds, 'tAre we "These are my words, As far as the still on board with the schools, making requirements for a shelter I think they sure they provide some type of shel- [the school system] are finding it is ter?" going to be difficult to meet those re- Foulds explained that in order to quirements within budgeC Foulds provide a shelter under state guide- lines certain changes would need to See SHELTER, page 8 LINDA FARNETH All citizens are encouraged to attend a historic desig- nation kick-off meeting today, March 2 at 6 pm at the Colonial Beach Town Center located at 22 Washington Ave. Tori Haynes of Colonial Beach Building and Zoning office announced the meeting to the council at their Feb- ruary work session. Representatives from the Department of Historical Resources and consultants from Dovetail Cultural Re- source Group will be conducting a survey to assess a potential historic district in Colonial Beach. The repre- sentatives will be available to discuss their findings and answer any questions the citizenry has. Haynes said. Councilman Eddy Blunt asked, "Will this study change zoning?" Haynes said, "No but it could enforce stricter architec- tural standards." The survey project in Colonial Beach will document an anticipated 85 properties within a previously pro- posed historic district. The project will also present pre- liminary information to DHR for possibly moving ahead with a formal nomination to list a town historic district in the state and national landmark registers. Mayor Mike Ham said the primary focus is on Wash- ington and Hawthorne Avenues. One building in the facade improvement program is being held up until the study is complete. "Some of the changes they want to do ....... See MEETING, page 8 LINDA FARNETH Monroe Bay and the Potomac River. Most of the piers on the Point along Town Attorney Andrea Erard ap- these two waterways are on town- proached the Colonial Beach Town owned land and separated from the Council at its February work session pier owner's property by either Ir- for direction on restructuring the ving Avenue or Monroe Bay Avenue. town's pier ordinance. The current ordinance allows ad- Erard said the ordinance change jacent property owners to lease the would allow staff to enforce compli- land their piers are located on for ance and reduce bureaucracy, bring $100 a year. These leases are usually the policy into conformity with state for five years and must be renewed law and would offer property own- regularly. ~he ordinance mandates ers a chance to buy rather than lease that the pier owner insure the pier property for piers. "Most important- and property and maintain the land ly changing the way that we handle and pier in a safe manner. piers would protect the investment If the new ordinance is passed, the that property owners make to con- town will offer property owners the struct these piers;' Erard said. opportunity to purchase the land Many of the piers in Colonial where the piers are located and will Beach are constructed along the no longer lease piers. The owners Point which runs from Boundary would become responsible for all ex- Street south to the inlet that connects penses associated with the property and piers. Erard hopes to begin restructuring by March 15. The town will then give pier owners in good standing the op- tion to finish their leases then pur- chase, or terminate their leases and purchase now. Owners who are not in good standing must purchase the property now or the town will terminate the existing lease for noncompliance. The pier properties need to be sur- veyed in order to sell them. Erard suggested getting a group of interest- ed property owners together to save money on survey costs. Erard proposed allowing prop- erty owners who purchase their pier property within the next four See PIER, page 8 Josif Stalin Roane, 84, who was born in the Soviet Union specialist, talks about a new documentary about his became a prominent Westmoreland educator. R~CHARD LEGGITT A documentary funded by the Virginia Founda- tion for the Humanities premiered Sunday at the A.T. Johnson Museum in Montross. The documentary tells the little known story of black educator and ag- ricultural specialist Joseph J. Roane of Westmoreland County who traveled to the Soviet Union in the 1930s to try and help increase agricultural production in the Communist country. The documentary, which was produced by ion Bachman of Stratford Hall and Marian Ashton of the Johnson Museum, was shown to an overflow crowd of several hundred Sunday as part of the celebration of Black History Month. Among the speakers at the event .was ]osif Stalin Roane, Joseph J. Roxane's son, who was born in the Soviet Union in 1933. Josif said he recalled the brutal Soviet winters "when you would open the door and there wouldn't be a door there, just snow. I was just a little boy but there were a lot of things I went through," ]osif told the audi- ence Sunday. "I am thankful that I survived and I am still alive," Iosif, who is now 84 and a former Westmoreland County educator. "Everything went on to be all right. You have to take the bitter with the sweet." Josif's father and his mother, Sadie, went to the So- Pjptp by Richard Leggitt when his father was working there as an agricultural father, Joseph J. Roane, who escaped the Soviets and viet Union in 1933. The Great Depression was in full force in America and racism and poverty were ever present, so Joseph ]. Roane responded to an appeal to travel to the Soviet Union to help teach the Soviets how to grow cotton. Joseph J. Roane was born in 1905 in the tiny West- moreland Community of Kremlin. The documentary about his life and his a time in the Soviet Union is called "Kremlin to Kremlin." Joseph Roane had been educated in Philadelphia and in Virginia at what became Virginia State Univer- sity. He earned a degree in agronomy and was skilled in crop production and soil management. Those skills appealed to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who was re- cruiting young black agricultural specialists witha promise of living in a nation without racism and pov- erty. Roane was one of 16 African-Americans who re- sponded and moved to the Soviet Union. Roane's task Was to develop a fast-growing cotton that would reach maturity before the onslaught of the harsh Soviet win- ter. He was to be paid $600 per month, a fortune com- pared to what he could have earned in America. Roane succeeded in his task, developing a new strain of cotton seed that could be harvested in 25 See FILM, page 8 Warren Veazey preparing to clear a downed tree on the Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail. the General Assembly has halted state acquistion of the trail Photo courtesy of Jim Lynch Legislative action in PHYLLIS COOK An amendment discovered last week in the state Senate's budget would nix state acquisition of the Dahlgren Heritage Railroad Trail. The amendment contains the fol- lowing language: "It is the intent of the General As- sembly that any privately owned Raft- road Heritage Trail of approximately 15.7 miles in length and located in King George County, Virginia shall not be purchased, accepted as a dona- tion, or otherwise transferred to the Commonwealth of Virginia for op- eration as, or affiliation with, any State Park or Natural Heritage Preserve." Trail advocate Jim Lynch said he was mystified about this amendment. "We don't know who put it in or why, but hope someone takes it out," Lynch said. "In the event this unfortunate amendment does pass, nothing changes for us. We'll keep maintain- ing the trail and enjoying trail activi- ties with other trail users. And we'll continue to advocate for it to be a true public resource in perpetuity" Jess Riggle, vice president of the Northern Virginia Gun Club, which owns 233 acres bisected by the trail also commented. "Our position has been consis- tent" Riggle said. "We support and have always supported develop'rag a permanent solution that respects the interests of land owners, the DHRT, and other parties. We stand ready to work with the state and private parties on any agreement that preserves our property use" Both the gun club and Little Ark Baptist Church worked out agree- ments with Brickley in the last decade to reroute parts of the trail so it would traverse different sections of their properties, but the agreements are not part of the deed. The amendment wording is con- tained in the budget passed by the state Senate on Feb. 25. It appears to have first shown up in a Feb. 21 report from the Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee chaired by Senator Frank Ruff. The subcommittee was one of eight Senate Finance subcommittees sub- Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www, mitting reports for the Feb. 21 dead- line, last Sunda) The explanation is contained in the report. "Let me be clear, as the long slow re- turn to economic recovery continues, the subcommittee believes that sig- nificant additional public investment for the purchase of private land was not warranted. The cost per acre for these land acquisition programs does not provide a significant return on in- vestment. As such, we recommend a significant reduction of $10.0 million in each year in public funding for land acquisition and no funding for the purchase of any additional park land:' Sen. Ruff said. The amendment language does not eliminate current senate funding for the trail, as no amendment appears to have been inserted on the senate side. It is likely to have been put in to fore- See TRAIL, page 8 1 III1!!!][111!!![1111/ 6 2