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8 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 THE JOURNAL School: Nears completion From page I L rear sidewalk, providing both a plan for student population growth and the athletic field layout. The council approved the CUP at their Regular meeting on Thursday April 14. Council asked Superin- tendent Kevin Newman and Jack Clark representing RRMM during the public hearing, if the recom- mendations from the planning com- mission would create any problems. Both said they would be happy to work on these recommendations. The approval of the CUP included the written request to:widen the rear sidewalk to 10 feet to accommodate crowds during large school/public events. Construction documents for the new school should be submitted by the end of April and invitations to bid on the construction project will be sent to qualified bidders in early May. The project is still in budget of $8.5 million dollars. O'Connell said Skan- ska and RRMM continue to identify cost saving measures that will not impact the program in order to re- main on budget. One of the cost cut- ting measures included the school system completing the softball field demolition. Superintendent Kevin Newman said Decked Out removed the old softball dugouts for less than what was spent by the school division for equipment rental and dumpster fee to clear the area being used for the new softball field. Decked Out also removed the poles from the old soft- ball field fence at no cost. H&S Fencing and Landscape used portions of the old softball fence to offset some of the cost of installing the new fence being used for the new softball field. The remaining fence was removed at no cost. The division was able to clear the softball field without adding the cost to the New Elementary project. O'Connell assured the board that electric transfer would not inter- fere with classes. The easement for Dominion Virginia Power to sup- ply e!ectricity to the new school has been signed and submitted. When power is turned on the to new school the electric company will have a 14 day window when there will be no school in late June. O'Connell Said the actual switch for power will only take a few, limiting power outage to the other buildings. Colonial Beach School Board Chairman Tim Trivett said, "We're putting in a lot of hours for this new building, I really appreciate the sup- port from the school board members who have been able to attend plan- ning meetings. Things have been moving right along and the town has been outstanding at helping us move this process along. Ground breaking date will be announced and is ex- pected in the middle or end of ]une. That's our goal" Museum: Now open From page I years, the base has evolved into one of the Navy's premier research and development labs. Now known just as the Naval Support Facility, it includes a 25-mile firing range along the Potomac River. Determined to honor and cel- ebrate the Navy base's achievements through the decades, the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation open the mu- seum in 2012 and moved and ex- panded it last year. The museum is the only one of more than a dozen Navy themed museums across the nation that depends solely on com- munity support. The museum features a decades long list of historical items that were built at .Dahlgren for use by the Navy including the legendary Nor- den bombsight, displays of guided missiles and remote controlled air- planes, notes on the triggering de- vice for the first atomic bomb and parts of the world's first computers. Currently planned programs in- clude a First Thursday speaker se- ries featuring Dr. James Colvard, the former technical director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren. Scheduled for May 5, the session will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will address Dahlgren's evolution and its expected contribu- tions to the Navy of the future. There will also be a Life at Dahl- gren in the 60s guest panel, on April 28 at 4:30 p.m. Special guests include Elizabeth Lyddane, daughter of Dahlgren technical director Rus- sell Lyddane, and John Morton, a former commanding officer of the Navy base. On Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m., there will be a Dahlgren Before the Arrival of the Navy pre- sentation by Elizabeth Lee, presi- dent of the King George Historical Society. All special programs are hosted at the museum and are free and open to the public. Upcoming special events and other information about Dahl- gren's heritage can be found on line The Dahlgren Heritage Museum held its grand opening last weel. Authors: Meet Amazon and many major online me and said, that was mean." Mary book stores, It retails for 14.95. It is said it was like a light-bulb-moment also available to be checked out at and from that day on she almost and greet the Cooper Branch Library.over-compromised in order to not From page I Henry C is written by Ken and say anything mean. Mary said, "I Mary Ellen Birlin, is a children's thought, if I didn't realize it then, ily and their would-be assassins, book that tells the story of a cater- maybe other kids don't realize it at Realizing the Isoldes are novices in pillar named Henry C and the chal- that age" the realm of warfare, Gyles offers lenges he faces from bullying as he As a child Ken frequently moved advice, which goes relatively un- grows up. Eventually Henry turns making him the new kid in several heeded as the galactic war ensues, into a beautiful butterfly, elementary schools, this opened Damon, being Delian, finds himself Mary said her inspiration for the him up to not always being accepted in a precarious situation in that he is story came from her childhood. "It and bullied as a result. These expe- inexplicably attracted to Cassia and all started with me when I was in riences were his driving motivation she to him. If his past ever becomes third grade, if you really want the to co-author the book. "We're trying known, Damon could face dire con- truth. I was hanging out with three to reach kindergarten through third sequences at the hand of her suspi- girlfriends all the time. You know grade:' Ken said. Mary added, "Even cious brother, Corey. how kids get into teasing and say- if they are getting bullied, I want Isolde's Initiative: New Begin- ing mean things. I was part of that them to realize they are special" nings can be purchased through until one of my friends looked at "This was a healing" Ken said of his book God Service Coun- poetry, humor, a lit bit of every- try. "It's about intelligence when I thing. He sells his poetry in book was in Vietnam." MThe story told form and framed individually with is not about war, rather it is about matching photography. serving our country Ken writes in "To me poetry is expression of his dedication. "The war we fought life. It relates to feelings, it paints in Vietnam and the wars that were pictures and it says who you are." waged in Iraq and Afghanistan are Other than family and friends, the not the type of wars that America, in most important thing in Ken's life my opinion, can win. There are no is writing. His poems reflect his life rules to these wars only death and and tell of love, both past and pres- destruction." ent. Currently Ken and Mary are in Ken said "I lost a man who was negotiations with sellers but their executed by the Vietnamese army. books can be checked out at the The Vietnamese left his body for the Cooper Branch Library located at 20 soldiers to find. That was pretty en- Washington Ave in Colonial Beach. trenching to me" He was nominated Anyone interested in purchasing in 2005 by International Poetry can inquire with Kitty Norris at the Guild. Ken started writing poetry library or email the Birlins at kern- about 12 years ago. He writes love CB calendar vote LINDA FARNETH uled from Nov. 23 to 27 which includes Saturday and Sunday. Director of Technology, Bey- Christmas break begins on erly Horner presented the pro- Saturday Dec. 17. Kids return to posed school calendar for 2016- school on Jan. 3, with Jan. 2 being 2017 school year. Horner who a teacher workday. serves on the calendar committee Although the schedule was told the board that, according to created based on hours rather DOE schools must operate for than days, with 130 extra school 180 days or provide 990 hours of hours, it works out to 18.5 more instructional in a year. days than required. If no snow The calendar committee sub-days are used, the school sched- mitted a proposed calendar ule does not reduce. which schedules 175 days and Board members did not spe- ll20 hours of instruction, cifically name their concerns but Spring break starts the week felt they should take more time before Easter Sunday in 2017, to review the calendar before ap- which falls On April 16 next year. proving it. Break runs from April 10 through The board is expected to vote April 17. on the calendar in May. Superintendent Kevin New- man said many holiday breaks had to be scheduled around the Northern Neck Technical Cen- ter's schedule since many of the high school students attend classes there. Thanksgiving break is sched- Call Lori at 540-709- for all your personal and business printing needs Subscribe to. the Journal for SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Weekday Lunch Spedals Starting at I6.95 ' C~b JC~k~ ..... 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