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FISHING IS HEATING UP AS TEMPERATURES RiSE PAGE 6 SEALSTON ES HOSTS SCIENCE,MATH NIGHT PAGE 4 PARKS ISMAKING BIG CONTRIBUTIONS AT BRIDGEWATER MIXED ADC 207 000OO9 O00O01 TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 iiiitl,i,,l|,i;t,i;|limi|,l,i,l|l,ili,|ltli,,li,,|i'lrtl VOLUME 40, NUMBER 16 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016 50 CENTS il Construction firm says it's ready .for permit LINDA FARNETH Megan O'Connell from Skanska construction company gave an up- date on the new elementary school project at the April 13 Colonial Beach School Board meeting. Skans- ka is overseeing the new elementary school project. Their responsibilities are to keep the project on schedule and within budget, handle work or- der changes, make quick decisions and offer monthly or weekly updates to allow school officials to remain free to do their jobs. The architectural firm for the project is Rodriquez, Ripley, Mad- dux and Motley (RRMM). O'Connell reported the planning commission had passed a recom- mendation to the Colonial Beach Town Council to allow the school's conditional use permit at their April 7 meeting. However the members had some concerns that the school stormwa- ter management plans would not be adequate despite the fact that they meet state standards. Other recom- mendations included widening the See SCHOOL, page 8 Decked Out was one of the companies that offered down for the new elementary school project. Photo by Linda Fameth reduced and free demolition work to help keep costs LINDA FARNETH The Colonial Beach Foundation had a small victory Thursday when the council voted to approve fund- ing to repair the HVAC system at 717 Marshall Ave. The building for many years was home to the Lions Club. Recently the Foundation took over the building and the Li- ons Club has since dissolved due to reduction in participation and lack of funding. The CB Foundation signed a new lease in April 2015. The Town of Colonial Beach owns the build- ing and previously the Lions Club was responsible for maintenance of the building. The new lease with the foundation also left the re- sponsibility of maintenance to the foundation. However Peter Fahrney, of the Colonial Beach Foundation ap- pealed to the town council to fund the repair of the HVAC system. The foundation plans to use the building as a community center. Farhney expressed relief that the foundation could not look at plan- ning community activities, for the location. At the April 14 meeting, six council members voted to autho- rize the repair of the HVAC sys- tem, not to exceed $8,000. Coun- cilman Mike Looney abstained having been one of the founding members of the Colonial Beach Foundation. Farhney said after the vote, "The Colonial Beach Foundation is very pleased that the Colonial Beach Town Council, by voting fund- ing to repair the heating/cooling system at the community center, acknowledged the importance of having a facility which can serve as the focus for a wide variety of ac- tivities for all citizens of Colonial Beach. This repair will allow us to provide space both inside and on the grounds for public and private functions" The Community Center was for- mally the Lions Club facility and is located at 717 Marshall Ave. Con- tact and questions should be sent to the Foundation at P.O. Box 375, Colonial Beach. communln LINDA FARNETH Taylor was inspired to write sci- from ours. Set in present time the ence fiction after seeing star wars the residents of planets within the Three local authors attended a with her family in the 1070's. Her Megna-Terran galaxy began first book signing at the Cooper Branch aliens are all humanoid from differ- contact with other worlds through Public Library last Wednesday. ent planets in the galaxy. Her char- interplanetary travel and communi- J. A. Taylor, author of "Isolde's acters have only had space travel and cations. However some want to take Initiative" and Ken and Mary Bidin communications for 400 years, "So advantage of weaker worlds such as greeted the public and signed books, they are still in their infancy as far as the greedy warlike worlds of Delta- Ken and Mary coauthored the chil- space travel:' Taylor said. The story Linus and Baldaninus. dren's book "Henry C" and Ken au- takes place in present time but in a Eidell Isolde forms a coalition to thored "God Service Country" and galaxy far away. "They are 400 years confront the growing threat but mys- also writes poetry, ahead of us as far as space explora- teriously vanishes. Eidelrs daughter Janet Ann Taylor was born intion. They are experimenting and Cassia and her brothers continue the Kentucky. She grew up in Hamilton discovering one another and con- work he started. Ohio. At around age ten she began necting with each other? In a twist of fate, Damon Gyles, a writing plays from her favorite tele- Isolde's Initiative New Begin- Deltan deserter, inadvertently steps vision shows. As time went on she nings is part one in a series of books between the rest of the Isolde fam- stopped writing, got married and Taylor is writing. It tells the story had children. In 1977 she was in- of a human civilization in the Meg- See AUTHORS, page 8 spired to start writing again, na-Terran galaxy light-years away. Photo by Linda Fameth Local authors Janet Ann Taylor, Mary Ellen Birlin and Ken Birlin spent the day meeting residents and auto- graphing their books at the Cooper Branch Public Library located at 20 Washington Ave in Colonial Beach. RICHARD LEGGITT The Dahlgren Naval Support Facil- ity's almost century of service to the nation will be celebrated anew with the expanded operating schedule of the Dahlgren Heritage Museum which held a grand opening last week to announce its expanded hours. The impressive museum, which is located at 3540 James Madison High- way near the U.S. 301 bridge, was cre- ated to memorialize the story of the Naval Support Facility that has been a prominent contributor to the vital- ity and economics of King George County and the Northern Neck since 191& An mrerflow crowd, including doz- ens of former Dahlgren Navy and civilian employees and King George Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ruby Brabo, attended the grand opening of the museum's which fea- tured remarks by Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell as well as refresh- ments for those attending. An expanded five-day-a-week schedule will hopefully allow the museum to make contact with more visitors and residents of the North- ern Neck, said Ed Jones, president of the not for profit Dahlgren Heritage Foundation, which operates the mu- seum. The museum has been operating on an abbreviated schedule, usually open only on Saturday afternoons. Under the expended schedule, paid staffand volunteers will keep the mu- seum's story telling exhibits open for 35 hours a week including Wednes- day's through Sunday's from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The museum will also host heritage events with key speak- ers including a First Thursday event every month. "This major upgrade will produce significant, tangible benefits to the surrounding counties throughout the Northern Neck," Jones said. "We will now be in a better position to support tourism in the region in a way that re- spects our history and fuels local eco- nomic development. The mission of our museum is to tell the story, not only of the Naval Support Facility at Dahlgren, but also of the community that surrounds it." The Dahlgren Navy base first opened in 97 years ago to test guns designed for Navy warships. Over the See MUSEUM, page 8 Photo by" Richard Leggitt Dozens of former employees of the Naval Support Facility in Dahl- gren were on hand for the grand opening of the Dah!gren Heritage Museum. Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journal )ress.com