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FISHING SEASON MEANS OUTDOOR REPORT IS BACK PAGE 6 SPORTS BASEBALL, SOFTBALL SEASONS GET STARTED PAGE 4 EDUCATION WORD PROBLEM PROGRAM SETS CHALLENGE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS PAGE 5 M|XED ADC 207 000009 000001 SMALL ToWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 id.hlhhll,hdlhlld,hl,lilll.lh"'ddilil11111'hh VOLUME 40, NUMBER 12 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016 50 CENTS Sumer opening slated at site of Walsh's former clinic RICHARD LEGGITT Mary Washington Healthcare has announced it will open a cancer clinic in Montross this summer at the Kings Highway location of the former Mid-Rivers Can- cer Center operated by Dr. Christopher Walsh. Walsh dosed his clinic last year after he was badly in- jured in a fall. According to Mary Washington Healthcare officials, the reopening of the cancer clinic is being made possible because Walsh donated the facility and all of its property and modern medical equipment to the Fredericksburg- based health care facility. "Because of his love and compassion for the communi- ty, Dr. Walsh wanted the facility to be reopened to serve the people of this area," said Renee Shank, director of ra- diation and oncology for Mary Washington Healthcare. "We are hoping to be open in July," Shank said. Shank said the reopened Montross clinic will be hiring four staff members, including at least one of the former members of Dr. Walsh's clinic. The doctor staffing the clinic will be provided by Radiation and Oncology Spe- cialists of Virginia, which is affiliated with Mary Wash- ington Healthcare. "It is a significant donation, very generous," said Lisa Henry, Mary Washington's marketing director. Henry said the donation included the 6,000-square foot build- ing located at 15394 Kings Highway in Montross and 5.8 Dr. Christopher Walsh Healthcare Photo Leggitt donated the cancer center building and almost six acres of land to Mary Washington acres of land. The donation also included all of the facil- News of the reopening of the clinic stirred the hopes of ity's medical equipment including an expensive accelera- local officials. "Because we are so far from other medi- tor used to treat cancer patients, cal facilities, it is always difficult for patients with seri- ous medical illnesses to get care," said Brenda Reamy, the Montross town manager. "Sometimes it is too late by the time we get people help. "We were so absolutely grateful when the clinic opened and then when it closed it was such a sad situation," said Reamy. "We are delighted that it is going to be coming back." Reamy said dozens of Westmoreland County citi- zens facing medical emergencies have unable to getto a healthcare facility in time to save their lives. Rescue squads in the area often fly the patients they believe to be seriously ill to hospitals in FrederickSburg, Tappahannock and Richmond, but the cost of the flights is prohibitive, often running tens of thousands of dollars. "We had 7,000 citizens who signed petitions to encourage Dr. Walsh to open the cancer center in the first place," Reamy said. Walsh, the former director of the Cancer Center of Virginia in Spotsylvania, responded to the petitions and opened the Mid-Rivers Cancer Center in 2005, and it was a very productive facility. Unfortunately, Walsh, who lives in Fredericksburg, slipped and fell two years ago and suffered serious injuries that curtailed his ability to practice. He closed the cancer center in 2014. Mary Washington Healthcare operates Mary Washing- ton Hospital in Fredericksburg, one of the premier hos- pitals in the state, according to hospital officials. It also operates a hospital in Stafford County. Mary Washington Hospital has been serving the medi- cal needs of the area for more than 100 years. "This will be our first stand alone cancer treatment fa- cility," said Shank. LINDA FARNETH The Northern Neck Tourism Commission has been chosen to receive a $10,000 matching grant to promote tourism. Governor Terry McAuliffe an- nounced March 7 that more than $812,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 39 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tour- ism Corporation's Marketing Lever- age Program. The NNTC will partner with Westmoreland County and Strat- ford Hall to promote a tourism cam- paign, History, Served with Art and Oysters. Lisa Hull, the economic develop- ment and tourism coordinator for the Northern Neck Planning Dis- trict Commission, said, "The grant partners are required to make finan- cial and substantive contributions. The grant has been spent on a full- page advertisement development and placement in the 2016 Virginia Travel Guide, brochure placement in all 11 of Virginia's Welcome Cen- ters, and development of an Afri- can-American education trail/map on the northernneck.org website:' According to the VTC, "Research shows that every VTC dollar in- vested in grants resulted in $16 of direct visitor spending. Marketing campaigns that received Marketing Leverage Grants increased visitation by 15 percent" Furthermore VTC states, "Tour- ism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2014, tourism gen- See GRANTS, page 8 Dust om roads causes health, sanitation problems, local couple says LINDA FARNETH The Colonial Beach town council recently committed $150,000 a year to paving dirt roads within the town. After Councilman Mike Looney expressed a desire to work on roads in the numbered streets before paving roads in the Riverside Meadows subdivision, some residents are worried they will be left on the back burner again. Concerned resident, Cordell and Glenda To- bin Sr. wrote a letter on behalf of themselves and their neighbors addressed to the Colonial Beach Town Council. In the letter, Cordell Tobin ad- dressed concerns over one council member com- menting that he would like the town to first work in the older subdivisions closer to the downtown / area. In his letter Tobin wrote, "Contrary to a com- ment made by one of the council members that "he hoped the town would start paving roads here in town before going out to Riverside Mead- See PAVING, page 8 ... .. . Photo by Linda Farneth Cordell Tobin shows how much dirt their vacuum routinely pulls out of their brand new carpets every time they vacuum."l have to wash the canister after every time." Reamy retires Reamy Montross town mana 22-year veteran says 'I will always care about Montross.' RICHARD LEGGITT Brenda Reamy, the iconic town manager of the town of Montross, is retiring after 22 years of preparing budgets, recruiting busi- nesses, overseeing festivals and assisting the mayor and town council of the historic West- moreland County village. "I will always care about Montross," said Reamy. "I love my job. If I was 20 years younger, I would probably on for another 20 years. But it is time to retire. I feel like I am leaving at a good time." The soft spoken and popular Reamy, who was instrumental in Montross' successful re- vitalization efforts, has been an essential part of the town's many community building ac- tivities over the years including the Fall Festi- val, Market Days and First Friday events. Raised in Westmoreland County, Reamy is a graduate of W&L High School. She and her husband will remain Montross residents. "My husband's already retired," Reamy said. "We are going to do some things at our house that we've put off. I am going to enjoy my yard and my flowers. Maybe we will take some short trips." Reamy was a staff accountant for a lo- cal CPA when she took the Montross Town Manager's job in 1994. As the town manager, she has been intimately involved in oversee- ing the town's progress, working on every- thing from the revitalization to zoning to tourism. Despite her busy schedule and without re- gard to the occasional frustrations that came with her job, Reamy has been known for al- ways having a smile and a kind word for any citizens she met at town hall or around the town. "I have enjoyed my job because I enjoy working with the town and seeing things happen," Reamy said. One of the most im- portant of those things happening was the re- vitalization effort, which included $530,000 in federal funding. "We worked on it for a long time," Reamy said. "We were turned down the first two times we applied," Reamy said. "Now that it is happening, we are excited. It just takes such a long time. You have to have a lot of patience to deal with all the red tape and not get stressed." Downtown Colonial announces 501-c3 LINDAFARNETH Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development has Glenda Chiarello, president of granted the town a Revitalization Downtown Colonial Beach Inc. an- Block Grant of $747,000 to revital- nounced March 11 the group has of- ize downtown Colonial Beach, and ficially received its 501(c)(3) status, the Virginia Department of Trans- "We received our letter from the portation has awarded the The IRS dated February 24, 2016, af- Town a Transportation Alternative ter incorporating with the SCC. Project Grant of $542,000 to install I would like to express our deep a pedestrian plaza at the end of Co- appreciation to all who helped to lonial Ave. make this possible! We received so Downtown Colonial Beach will much assistance and support from follow "Main Street" guidelines our Town Manager, Val Foulds, to maintain the work done in the as well as members of the Depart- project area and continue helping ment of Housing and Community to grow business in Colonial Beach Development Virginia Main Street after the projects have been com- organization, our volunteer men- pleted. tor Stephanie Slocum, and many Main street is a national concept knowledgeable members of our that promotes historic preserva- community:' Downtown Colonial Beach was See STATUS, page 8 organized to carry out the work of revitalization after grant money has [ [11]![![]][]1]1!!]!1!!11111 been used. The town has been approved for two revitalization grants. The 6 a Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journal )ress.com