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YOUTH HUNT LONG ON LEARNING, SHORT ON TURKEYS PAGE 6 DAVION HUTT SPRINTS TO GLORY FOR WILLIAM & MARY PAGE 4 BUSINESS AREA OWNERS CELEBRATE OPENINGS, ANNIVERSARIES PAGE 5 , MIXED ADC 207 000009 000001 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ll|,,l,,,dudlhl,,llll,ll,ll,,lUdllll,,d,l'n'hll"'hhlt VOLUME 40, NUMBER 14 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY~ APRIL 6, 2016 50 CENTS 0¸ RICHARD LEGGITT Thousands of osprey arrived back in the Northern Neck last week, returning to their nests along the Po- tomac and Rappahannock rivers after completing their non-stop annual migration from as far away as Brazil. The return of the ospreys each year is the final sign that spring has officially arrived. The annual round trip migration of the ospreys and their long flight to and from South America has been tracked tracked by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for several years in an effort to help the public have a better understanding of the traveling raptors. The CBF places tracking devices on ospreys in the Chesapeake Bay re- gion so it can monitor osprey migration patterns. The Northern Neck and the Chesapeake Bay region has one of the largest concentrations of ospreys in the world, although the magnificent birds can be found as far away as Australia, Siberia and the Red Sea. Ospreys can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Fish make up 99 percent of the ospreys' diet and they are very effective fishers. They hunt by diving to the water from as high as 100 feet. Their talons allow them to pluck a fish from the water and then rotate it it flight to reduce wind resistance. They are the only bird with this capability. Their only competitor for food in the Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay region is the bald eagle. Ea- gles will swoop down on an osprey in flight and force it to drop a fish that it has caught. The eagle will then steal the fish in midair. The osprey, also known as a sea hawk or fish hawk in some regions, has plumage that is dark brown and white. Ospreys only weigh about four pounds, but they have a 6-foot wing span. They can be seen daily " See Ospreys in a nest ion pilings in tho OSPREY, page 8 every spring. Potomac River. The Photo by R/chard Lefitt migratory raptors return to the are LINDA FARNETH Beach has been charged with one count of distribution and one count Westmoreland County Sheriff C. of conspiring to distribute a Schedule O. Balderson said that, through the 1 or 2 controlled substance namely Tri-County Drug Task Force, West- heroin and fentanyl. Sheis currently moreland County Sheriff's Office being held in lieu of $2,000 bail. narcotics detectives conducted an William A. Shanldin, 55, of King undercover operation that has re- George is charged with one count suited in the arrest of 5 individuals of distribution and one count of from all over the region and 11 in- conspiring to distribute a Schedule dictments. 1 or 2 controlled substance, heroin Arrests began during the fourth and fentanyl. Shanklin has two prior week in March and ended March 29, convictions of each. He is being held Balderson said. without bond. Four of the suspects were sched- Casey D. Tibbs, 31, of Colonial uled for their first court appearance Beach is charged with one count April 1 in Westmoreland County of distribution of a Schedule 1 or 2 Circuit Court. Derrick A Elseth Jr., controlled substance, namely heroin 21, of Warsaw was scheduled to have and fentanyl. Tibbs is being held on his first court appearance April 4in a $3,500. secured bond. Richmond County Circuit Court. Dylan W. Tyler, 18, of Montross Elseth is charged with one count has been charged with one count of of distribution of a Schedule 1 or 2 distribution of an imitation Schedule controlled substance namely fentan- 1 or 2 controlled substance namely )71. Elseth is being held on a $5,000. heroin. He is also being charged secured bond. Kristen E. Griffin, 25, of Colonial See DRUGS, page 8 - will LINDA FARNETH the Charles County facility are to be distributed to the Harry W. Nice Me- Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham morial Bridge Fund" announced at the close of the March Ham explained that under Mary- 24 council meeting that he testified land law the Riverboat in Colonial before the Maryland House of Del- Beach is legally recognized as a ves- egates Ways and Means Committee sel docked on a wharf• expressing the council's support for Ham said he testified at the hearing Maryland House Bill 647. on March 8, "I told them I thought it Ham said, "There is currently a would be a good addition for both bill in the Maryland House and the sides of the River. [Potomac] Mary- Maryland Senate authorizing video land will make out good on it and I monitoring terminals in the River- think it will bring a lot to Colonial boat:' Beach. It would give us something MHB 647 'Authorizes a video lot- going on year-round:' tery operation license to be awarded If the bill passes the Maryland for a maximum of 1,500 video lot- House and Senate, it would have to tery terminals on a vessel at a speci- go through a Maryland statewide fled area within Charles County. VLT and table game proceeds from See RIVERBOAT, page 8 RICHARD LEGGITT The 10th Annual Some Gave All Motorcycle Ride has been scheduled for May 22 with end- of-the-ride festivities at King George High School. The ride honors the fallen warriors of the traq war including Sgt. Nick Mason of King George, a mem- ber of the Army National Guard who was killed on Dec. 31, 2004, during Operation Iraqi Free- dom. "Taking part in the first Some Gave All ride on May 26, 2007, we had no idea that we would now be preparing for the 10th Annual Frazier/Mason Some Gave All Memorial Motorcycle Ride," said Mason's father, King George Circuit Judge Vic Ma- son. "We continue to be amazed See RIDE, page 8 Bikers and military vehicles participated in last years's ride. ay B-Gate turn U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman speaks to members teer Rescue Squad. Photo b) i Farneth of the Colonial Beach Volun- LINDA FARNETH he was named a Life Member of the VAVRS. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman joined Dillard said, the Life Member- first responders to recognize local ship District was created last year. contributions• "We decided that anyone within "Our volunteers are the backbone the district that is currently a life of our communities;' Wittman (R- member of the State Association Va., lst) said. "The commitment they would automatically be in- you've made to your community is ducted into the membership:' quite significant:' This year six new members were Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue chosen to join. "Life Membership Squad hosted a luncheon March 20 denotes the highest level of service in Colonial Beach to honor the first and commitment to the EMS mis- recipients receiving Life Member- sion;' said CBVRS Chief, Wesley ship in District 10 of the Virginia Melson, "These men and women Association of Volunteer Rescue are well-respected role models in Squads• their hometown rescue squads and The nights master of ceremonies, they are so deserving of this special Kevin Dillard was one of the new designation" members inducted. For the past 10 District 10 includes the cities, years, Kevin Dillard has served as towns and counties of Caroline, Administrative Chief of Chancel- Colonial Beach, Culpeper, Fair- lor Volunteer Fire & Rescue, an or- fax, Fauquier, Frederick, Freder- ganization that he joined 41 years icksburg, Greene, King George, ago. He's worked with LifeCare Loudoun, Madison, Orange, Page, Medical Transports for 22 years Prince William, Rappahannock and with Fredericksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad for 41 years. In 1998, See CBVRS, page 8 lane to PHYLLIS COOK King George County ~A1 get a rum lane extension on northbound U.S. 301 into B-Gate at the Dahlgren Naval Base. But when it will be constructed is yet to be decided by the state. The county's application last Sep- tember to the Virginia Department of Transportation to fund the turn lane extension project made the first cut in a new funding program. 60 percent of the design/engineer- ing has already been completed by the transportation department at a cost of $122,603, with the remaining project cost estimated at $555,000. The project will extend the existing turn lane on US 301 at Route 614 to create one continuous turn lane from north of Commerce Drive, adding about 1,000 feet to reconstruct existing pavement, adding paved shoulder and re-striping. A decision on when it will receive funding will be made by the Common- wealth Transportation Board, expected during its two-day meeting in mid- June. In the meantime, members of the state transportation board are hold- ing spring meetings across the state to take comments from the public on this project and all scored projects recom- mended for funding. The meeting in this region ~ be at 5:30 p.m. May 10 at Germanna Com- munity College Center for Workforce & Community Education, 10000 Ger- manna Point Drive in Fredericksburg. The King George project is in the mix for prioritization along with 286 oth- See BASE, page 8 [ IIII[!!!III[U!!!IIII21 Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journal )