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www,joumalpress.com THE JOURNAL Wednesday, June d, 2014 Colonial Beach school supporters won't give up LINDA FARNETH After the dust has settled from Colonial Beach's public hearing to raise taxes and fees, the CB Town Council will now meet on June 9, at 10 a.m. to discuss an vote on the towns 2014-15 fiscal[year budget. Although the public[hearings are over, it seems scho61 supporters are not going to give up without a fight. An electronic petition is being circulated around town by Facebook users. The council Will be hard-pressed to balance the budget and fully fund ,L. ochool's operating budget with the real estate tax increase of only $0.04, voted on at the May 21 public hearing. At the Ma 21 hearing, on the table was a proposed real estate tax increase of $0.23 cents per $100 of value, reinstating the Town's boat tax by increasing it from $0.01 to $1.39 per $100 in value, raising sewer usage rates by $25 per quarter and raising water connection fees by $1,000. After the public hearings and some back and forth negotiations by members, the council played it safe, voting to raise real estate taxes by only $0.04 and sewer usage fees $25 per quarter for residents whose homes sit on solid foundations. Council decided to forgo the idea of raising the boat tax for those who can pull anchor and sail away, as well as avoiding a raise in water connection fees for new construction. Originally, Council justified the proposed $0.23 increase in real estate as follows: $0.03 would fund the payments on a $2 million bond the Town plans to tale out to fund the relocation of the elementary students and perform repairs to the high school on First Street. Council estimates every penny of the real estate tax increase would generate roughly $45,000 in revenue for the town. The council believed that an additional $0.20 was needed to fully fund the school's operating budget to cover what the town claims is a $998,383 difference from what the school .is asking for, and what the state- required minimum contribution f from the town requires. It was taot crystal clear how much the town plans to fund the school after the May 21 public hearings, so in response to the council's actions; the school presented Councilwoman Linda Brubaker (Council's point of contact for the School) with a list of proposed operational budget cuts. The following day, at the May 22 work session, Brubaker reported that she had met with Superintendent Kathleen Beane, School Director of Finance JD Martin, and Director of Federal Programs Tracey Tunstall. Brubaker said the meeting was cordial and that Martin was distressed, "He feels if the School cuts a dollar, the Town should cut a dollar:' Brubaker added, "Mr. Martin provided me with a humorous list of what the Town should cut; I don't think they are worth bringing to the council at this time:' The items the School proposed to cut from their operational budget include, but are not limited to, cutting several positions, including a school resource officer, bus driver positions, one secretary, one custodian and two paraprofessionals. The School also proposed eliminating $282,237 in transportation, athletics, regional governor's school and STEM program, Northern Neck Technical Center vocational education, summer school, and gifted and talented programs. Bus routes will be modified, and bus drivers will work either staggered shifts or double up some routes. The School will also eliminate a new bus lease, thereby cutting down on the number of buses. Former Town Councilman Tim Curtin has led the fight to fully fund the school system by creating an electronic petition, which is being signed by folks in support of the school system. On the evening of June 2, there were 313 signers. The petition is located on thepetitionsite.com and can be accessed by searching "Save- colonialbeach-schools". Curtin will present the council with the results of the petition via the Town Clerk. The June 9 meeting is.open to the public, and all interested parties are welcome to attend. (L-R) Art Buswell, Peter Fahrney, Bob Busick Colonial Beach Garden Association officially started At the rAnnual Meeting of the Colonial Beach Historical Society, Mr. Bob Busick made a presentation of the plans for a community garden in Colonial Beach. Mr. Busick is a landscape architect and is the owner- president of Bay Haven Landscaping The concept of a "community garden" is one of planning, planting and growing a variety of vegetables and flowers which would be shared in the community and with the Food Pantry. An interested and dedicated core of gardeners has formulated plans to begin the garden for the coming year. 'lhe .Community Garden Association is searching for a proper location to put Mr. Busick's plans into action. Individuals who are interested in gardening and giving something to the community should contact Mr. Busic at bob@bayhavenlandscapes.com The Historical Society will provide the new Garden Association with the necessary legal framework to get the organization organized. Dr. Peter Fahrney, President of the Colonial Beach Foundation, presented Mr. Arthur Buswell, President of the Historical Society, with a check to provide "seed money" for the new Garden Association, COLONIAL BEACH Police Report MAY 25 , Beach, arrestet for Drunk In Public. Patricia Fitzgerald, 64, Colonial Tara Harrower, 31, Colonial Beach, summons for Reckless Beach, arrested for Misdemeanor Driving. Larceny, Shoplift. MAY 14 Logan Neitzey, 25, Colonial Beach, arrested for Drunk In Public. MAY 24 Matthew Perry, 25, Stafford, arrested for Maliciously Wound. .MAY 15 Brittany Simons, 27, Colonial Beach, arrested for Fail to Appeal', Petit Larceny. MAY 19 Sara Goldring, 28, Colonial MAY 25 Beau Rawlings, 29. Colonial Beach, arrested for Telephone Ihreats, Domestic Assault & Batter, Vandalism, Prevent person from calling 911. CBHS PRESENTS...CINDERELLA Katlin Lawrence and Nicholas Hippie wowed them. On May 16 and 17 Colonial Beach High School Theater presented Ruth Newton's Cinderella. They received their performance license from the Samuel French Company. In this version Cinderella has a wicked Stepmother as well as three wicked stepsisters: Matilda, Griselda, and Francelda. Cinderella is aided by her Fairy Godmother. She gives Cinderella a .coach, horses, a beautiful dress, and (eventually) shoes. At the ball the Prince is kept company by his friends the Lady Prime Minister and the Duchess. At first he must dance with a very foolish Lady who is not very honest, But then he meets Cinderella and finds someone who is truly wise, honest, and beautiful. Cinderella is swept off her feet by the Prince, but must run off when the clock begins striking midnight. In the last scene, despite the efforts of her wicked Stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella is finally reunited with the Prince and they go off to plan a wedding. First, however, Cinderella gets her Fairy Godmother to make her Stepmother and stepsisters into nicer people. Everyone, it s presumed, lives happily ever after. The actors and stage crew involved in the play ranged from 6th grade to 12th grade. Together with their director, Jennifer Haas, the students worked diligently to bring out their characters, learn their lines, and learn how to move around the stage. The stage crew was efficient and quiet, making their essential role in the play hardly noticeable. One of the most challenging aspects for many of the actors was the audience interaction. This version of the play required the actors to speak with, and get responses from, the audience. In the end, the students were able to master this skill and the audience enjoyed being part of the fun. Both nights of the performance were well done and the audience had a great time taking pictures with their favorite characters afterwards. --submitted by Jennifer Haas TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 540-775-2024 Fracking: Must be managed safely from page 1 environmental impacts. Natural gas starts from fossil fuels; through natural processes it can be thrust upward and trapped in pockets, allowing it to be extracted by straight, downward drilling. This is the traditional method of obtaining natural gas. The fracking process uses both downward and horizontal drilling. It goes to the fossil fuels at their source, and uses sand, water and a mixture of chemicals to fracture porous rock, causing the gases to be released. Once the horizontal drilling reaches the desired area of rock, the fracking fluid is pumped into the rock using high-powered pumps. This causes the rocks to fracture, and sand is trapped in the fractures to keep them open. An average of 8 million liters of water, the equivalent of a daily consumption of around 65,000 people, is used and approximately 200,000 liters of various chemicals, many of which are harmful to the environment. Over 700 chemicals can be used in the process of fracking, many of which pose serious health risks if not properly disposed of or contained. T_qe chemicals, among other tasks, compress the water, kill bacteria and dissolve minerals. Most of the fluid is pumped out again, and the natural gas is recovered. Then the remaining fluid is pumped deep underground and sealed in the layers of rock orground. This water is never recovered and cannot be filtered by any methods in use today, according to those who oppose fracking, and fear the water used is lost forever. Some critics believe that some of the contaminated water reaches drinking wells. Montross, like many other localities, focused on the damage to infrastructure such as roadways, since fracking methods require a and hauling away gas. This strategy seems to have worked; in the letter to the Montross Town Council, Ward states, "I have directed DEQ to work closely with the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) to ensure that no drilling permits are issued, unless and until this activity can be managed safely. In addition to that statement, the letter seemed to send a 'message to the Town of Montross when it stated that local governments also have a role in determining under what circumstances drilling and production of natural gas can occur. The letter goes on to say that "Local land use ordinances can be used to regulate the traffic, noise and other aspects of the activity that impact the community:' The Montross Town Council did not discuss matters concerning local ordinances at the May meeting, but for each drilling. The process also uses several thousand tons of sand constant, around the clock, stream was very pleased with the results of of semi trucks, bringing in chemicals its efforts so far. Center: Nea ri00#00i-onn from page 1 the new judicial center facility is almost ready for use. We are down Mural Revita:lization from page 1 Compulsive Cravings, Diane Jackson Gallery, Eagles Catch, The Inn at Montross, and The Westmoreland County Museum, including The Old Wakefield Building. Although Friday is all about the Arts, the murals are part of the town's revitalization efforts being funded by a Community Development Block Grant. The revitalization projects are focused on the center part of town, through which State Route 3 runs. The theme for the revitalization is "Return to the Village". In addition to the three new murals, the two artists will also touchup the famous Coca-Cola mural. Montross Councilman Terry Cosgrove and his wife have opened their home to visiting artists, Stimmell and Ronen, and area restaurants will provide meals during their stay. Cosgrove said the ladies have been kind enough to spend the per diem they would've spent on lodging and food, to make the three murals theyve been contracted to create, a little larger. t to sources on the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors. There are additional television monitors, .new conferencing capabilities, additional utility outlets, a raised bench area,'an area for securely transferring prisoners and an array of modern, up-to- date security safeguards to allow prosecutors, sheriff's officers, clerks and judges to be able to do their .jobs safely and without any threat to themselves or to public citizens attending court cases in the new building: The new building's design and construction will remedy security problems with the current court system in the overcrowded English Building, where the accused are often forced to interact with witnesses, jurors, judges and the public on their way to the courtroom. The new design includes separate entrances and secure hallways so interaction is minimal. Despite delays because of weather or design changes, Risavi said J to a few finishing details" he said. "We have to order furniture and get ready for the move" The new building, which was constructed by the Schlosser. Company, Inc. of Chesapeake, is being called a judicial center, not a courthouse, but it will replace the centuries old Westmoreland County Courthouse located on Courthouse Square. The bld courthouse currently houses the offices of the judges as well as the office of the circuit court clerk. The sheriff's office and the voter registrar are in separate offices across the street. Members of the Board "of Supervisors have not made a final decision about what will happen to the old, historic courthouse building, but there is sentiment to turn the aging facility over to the Westmoreland County Museum, which is located nearby. Some proposals have called for the old sheriff's office and the voter registrar's office to be made available to new business start-ups. "Crabs At Their Best" St. Mary's County Fairgrounds 2 Miles South of Leonardtown, MD Saturday, June 14th- 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Rain or Shine, Covered Seating Available Arts & Crafts Crab Races Demonstrations Classic Car Show Moon Bounce Crab Picking Contest Non-Seafood Dishes Live Music: Southbound 12 - 3:30 p.m. tah e "AOUils, Bna.. ?dp r:Os :8 p'm" Children Under 12 Free. Food Additional. Directions: US Rte. 301 north across Harry Nice Bridge; approximately 2 miles to right on MD Rte. 234. Approximately 15 miles to right on MD Rte. 5. Follow Rte. 5 through Leonardtown then about 3 miles to Fairgrounds on left. WELCOME For all there is to see and do for great places to stay, call or click! 800-327-9023 www.visitstmarysmd.com Information at www.St.MarysCrabFestival.com Sponsored by Leonardtown Lions 1ub Inc.