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8 Wednesday, March 2, 2016 THE JOURNAL HEART HEALTHY FOR LIFE On Fr!day, Colonial Beach Elementary School students participated in Jump Rope for Heart sponsored by Coach Chase Davidson and the elementary P.E. department. Over the past several weeks, students have been fundraising and learning how to maintain a healthy heart. Students learned the value and impact a healthy diet and exercise can have on the heart and the negative impact tobacco can have on the heart. Students were able to participate by fundraising, entering poster contests, and taking part in the actual event. The American Heart Association's goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans. Jump Rope for Heart challenges our kids to start living a healthy lifestyle now to prevent problems later, and give students an opportunity to par- ticipate in a service learning project that funds the fight against heart diseases and stroke (#1 and #5 cause of death in our country). Our school wide goal was to raise $2,000. Our students went well beyond that mark and raised a total of $3,116.85. The American Heart Association can do incredible things for our community. Monies raised train people how to perform lifesaving CPR, fund groundbreaking research that helps kids and adults survive and thrive with serious heart diseases. Monies also teach our kids how to eat right and stay active so their hearts can stay healthy for a long, long time. Everyone that participated and donated is truly a Heart Hero. Colonial Beach Elementary School and the American Heart Association,thanked everyone for joining them in helping teach their students the importance of being heart healthy for life. Historic district , ot, building and the old town hall. The commission recommended both be reviewed for historical signifi- From page I cance as well. The survey being conducted will review these build- with the facade improvement may not comply:'ings as well, saving the town money. The town is currently in the process of implementing The historical review project in Colonial Beach must two large revitalization projects which will reinvigorate be complete by March 2017. Once the survey is con- the downtown area. Within the area there are various ducted, preliminary information will be prepared and buildings that many believe to have historical signifi- the group can move forward with a formal nomination cance. Because of the scope of renovation needed many of the historic district. of these buildings could not be included in the revital- Surveyors will document representative properties in ization work. However historical designation could open the proposed district and the information will be entered new funding sources for improvements, into DHR's online data base and inventory of historic Recently the Colonial Beach Planning Commission sites. recommended marketing strategies for buildings along After the survey is wrapped up, an assessment of the North Irving Avenue. Currently being considered are the historic district will be completed. The survey will rec- Klotz building at 6 N. Irving Ave., the old police build- ommend boundaries for a district, its period significance, ing at 10 N. Irving and the old town hall building at 18 and determine contributing and non-contributing build- '.. N. Irving Ave. ings in the proposed district. DHR awarded the project i These buildings sit within the downtown revitalization to the Dovetail Cultural Resources Group. area so any grant money the town or a prospective buyer Funding for the survey is coming from leftover disaster could secure to renovate the building would help move relief slated for Hurricane Sandy. renovation along and aid in the revitalization project In Nov The Virginia Department of Historical Re- goals, sources announced it will be partnering with the North- _ Building and Zoning staff looked up the Westmore- ern Neck, Tidewater and Eastern Shore localities to con- land County assessed value of The Klotz building. It is duct surveys of historic resources. valued at roughly $172,000 by the county. This value Colonial Beach is one of the three towns that was in- breaks down as $55,000 for land value and $117,000 for cluded in the study. the structure that sits on. 17 acres. The building was built DHR was awarded funding from a larger 1.5 million in 1900 and is documented as serving as the first school Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant award- in Colonial Beach. ed back in 2014 for historic properties and national park At the Dec 3 planning commission meeting, the corn- services. The grant funds research to identify future risk mission recommended performing assessments for as- of storm damage and planning to protect from storms for bestos, lead paint and structural integrity for both the historical properties. Shelter:. 2013 Cross shelter assistance in cases of Despite Council members explain- disasters, ing to the representatives that with Representatives included Ju-the two bridges at, Mattox Creek and debate is back lie Dudley Executive Director Red Tide's Mill on State Route 205 the From page I Cross, Nila Walker Red Cross Disas- town has become an island in storms ter Coordinator for Colonial Beach, with heavy rains, the only solution of- said. Paul Hundley American Red Cross fered at the October 2013 meeting was Mayor Mike Ham informed the Disaster Services Program and Emer- to set up hospitality centers. Hundley council that the current design for the gency Coordinator Helen Wilkins- said that in some cases where weather new elementary school will allow the Ball from Social Services. or other disasters leave homes intact gym and cafeteria to be used sepa- Dudley told the council that Red but without power for long periods of rately from the rest of the school and Cross supports the town in the event time, many localities are choosing to could offer a place for community of house fires, with sheltering, unfore- set up convenience stations to allow events or a place for citizens to go to seen emergencies, blood supplies and residents to remain in their homes warm up, get food etc after a natural certification in CPR, first aid and life but visit these stations for hot meals, disaster, guarding, showers, doing laundry and charging "I think the issue they are running Chiarello explained that the pur- small devices such as phones, iPads or into now is, it would be over their pose of the meeting was to conduct laptops. budget to install a generator at this an open fact finding discussion with In 2013, Colonial Beach wanted time. Now we might want to work Red Cross to find out what proce- to designate the high school on First with them. If the town wants to put in dures are needed to receive help from Street as an emergency shelter but a generator we would wind up having the Red Cross for the towns shelter, needed to install a generator. Includ- to pay for it" Ham said. "What are our roles and how we can ed in the installation was the need for Councilman Mike Looney, liaison work together?" Chiarello asked, a transfer switch and propane tanks. for the school, said he believed the W'flkins-Ball explained Westmo- However funding for these items was solution would require architectural reland County has two designated not available. changes. "I would agree with the town shelters, Washington district school Wilkins-Bail pointed out that very manager, they don't want to call what and Montross middle. Anybody in few beach residents take advantage they have a shelter, because then we the county can come to those two of shelters. But the council argued would have to do things architectur- shelters. Social Services will run those that the road flooding is a big factor allythat would breakthe budget. They shelters for 72 hours, using four teams for residents whodon't want to travel plan to make it a place that can shelter that work around the dock. these roads during storms. people for a few days at a time" '~kt the end of 72 hours we turn Frustrated, Ham responded dur- The town council and staff have over to Red Cross, We start using ing the October meeting, "When we been looking at options to help citi- your blankets and cots, but we work get a bad storm we become an islarid zens in Colonial Beach to have a local together and dialogue with one an- and yet we still have 20 percent of the area where they can go in the event of other:' Wilkins-Ball said. population [for Westmoreland Coun- displacement during a natural disas- Wilkins-Ball was concerned that ty] sitting on this island:' ter for severalyears, resources will not accommodate a At last weeks meeting Ham said, In October of 2013 four members third shelter. "If your talking about "We're looking for somewhere that of the council met with officials to see establishing a third shelter here, I'm on a short-term basis we can get peo- what could be done to make the high telling you if the other two shelters ple out of the cold or rain:' school into a shelter or provide an el- are open I don't have'the staff and Blunt suggested looking into at ternative place for citizens to go. the manpower to do that. However least installing a transfer switch at the Colonial Beach Town Council if there would be an event that would school so a generator could be rented members Ham, Council members just impact you guys that's certainly in the event of an emergency. Jim Chiarello, Linda Brubaker and a possibility. But all of this needs to Foulds said in an email on Sunday, Wanda Goforth met Oct. 15, 2013, be defined and put in the county op- "I spoke with the School Superinten- with representatives of the Ameri- erations plan so I know from day one dent Dr. Kevin Newman. The school can Red Crossand Social Services to what might happen and my staff is is planning to install a standby gen- 'discuss steps needed to receive Red prepared" erato' Trail: Assem bly LoBuglio said. profiting ventures as a burden on the He was referring to deed restric- backs of state taxpayers;' LoBuglio tions in the trail property, including a said. nixes n~n ~n~ pu rcnase 30-foot wide perpetual and exclusive LoBuglio said he's heard opinions From page I utility easement down the centerline from some saying DCR management of the entire 100-foot wide property, involvement with former directors stall any funding amendment which with 75 percent of it retained by for- standing to profit from a state pur- might have come in on the House mer owner Joe Williams and 25 per- chase with rights held back for future side. cent owned by David Brickley. site projects "should be investigated by Last year, there was a budget The deed also states, that the prop- the state attorney general's office" amendment for $520,000 to purchase erty "shall not contain any paved trail Last week, both the Senate and the the trail, but it was later withdrawn, portions that exceed 12 feet in width." House of Delegates passed separate LoBuglio, who is president of Citi- versions of a budget on Feb. 25. Those At the Feb. 16 meeting of the King zens for Trail Truth &PropertyRights, go to a joint conference committee George Board of Supervisors, when commented on the budget amend- charged with resolving the differenc- the board passed a resolution sup- ment to prohibit state acquisition, es, expected to take about two weeks, porting state acquisition of the trail, "The current property title holders to develop a budget compromise. John LoBugho, a former supervisor David Brickley (former Director of The conference committee's report recounted last year's state committee DCR and delegate in the State House) is then sent back to the House and haggling over the 2015 trail amend- and Joe Williams stand to make huge Senate floors for final approval. sent. profits from any state acquisition of The Conference Report must be "They thought it was a hot potato this trail while placing all cost of keep- accepted or rejected in its entirety. It and didn't want to get involved in it" ing it open for access to their private cannot be amended. Film: Educator honored From page I percent less time. But despite his success and being well treated at first, Roane and his wife became fearful of the violent purges that were sweeping the Soviet Union and Stalin's increasing resentment of foreigners. In 1934, after just four years in the Communist country and at a time where thousands were being sent to death camps by Stalin, Jo- seph Roane and his family escaped and returned to the United States. He was the only one of the 16 young black professionals to get out of the Soviet Union. The others died there. Back in Westmoreland, Roane became at educator at the old A.T. Johnson school for African-Amer- icans and a leading agricultural leader in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He founded the Virginia Farm- Pier: Purchase possible r~ From page I months have the option of obtaining a reduced rate for their survey. Councilman Mike Looney in- quired how much land would be sold with the piers. Mayor Mike Ham sug- gested a minimum 4 feet on either side of piers. However if it leaves a small section between that would be a nuisance to maintain, such as a few feet, they would sell the remainder. Erard said, "I think there are going to be some wrinkles to iron out." She added, buying is better for the prop- arty owners. I ers of America, a program for black Commenting on Roane's re- high school students and helped markable life and story, one of the inspired many Students to pursue producers of the documentary, higher education. Bachman, said "Joseph J. Roane's Joseph J. Roane died in 1995 at life rippled out to affect the lives of the age of 90. citizens throughout Westmoreland His son continued much of his County, the state of Virginia, the work and also became a prominent United States, and nation of Uz- educator in the county. Josif Roane's bekistan. He had an incredible full opinion of the documentary about life that is a model of community his father: "Everything seems to be service and integrity dedicated to up to snuff and what it is supposed learning, teaching and sharing the to be." gifts of insight and education." DeneA Roge (540) Drs. 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