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OPINION TRUMP FINDS POLITICAL 'DARK MATTER' PAGE 2 FIVE-LINED SKINK IS FAMILIAR OUTDOOR COMPANION PAGE 6 ARRESTS FROM LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PAGE 8 MIXED ADC 207 000009 00O001 SMALL TOWN pAPERS 217 W COTA ST - SHELTON WA 98584-2263 lU,Udllh.hlllhl,,h,,,lhlh,,,llhhhll"""d""lllh VOLUME 40, NUMBER 24 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY~, JUNE 15, 2016 50 CENTS ,t Fireworks lit up the sky Saturday night at the Colonial Beach River Festival. Photo by Richard Leggitt RICHARD LEGGITT and more than two dozen boats an- chored in the river to watch the col- The three-day 65th Annual Po- orful display. tomac River Festivalwent offwithout There were also three parades, a hitch last week drawing thousands including a boat parade and a pet of visitors to Colonial Beach. Great parade, as well as beauty contests, weekend weather helped highlight arts & crafts, a carnival and dozens the traditionalkickoffofthesummer of vendors selling food and foods season in the beachfront town. on nearby Town Hill and with a few "It was a great crowd," said Colo- vendors along the Colonial Beach nial Beach Vice-Mayor Eddie Blunt. boardwalk. "I talked to the fire department and Sponsored by the Colonial Beach nothing out of the normal. Public Chamber of Commerce, the River- works did a good job with the trash fest has been a summer kickoff tra- and the fireworks were a 10." dition since 1951. This year's theme The Saturday night fireworks were was Rollin' on the River. The festi- the hit of the weekend. Red, white, val began with the always popular blue and orange rockets launched fun carnival on Town Hill featuring from the municipal pier and soared out over the Potomac River to the cheers of the crowds along the beach See RIVER,,page 8 O RICHARD LEGGITT Christopher S. Spadaro, 49, of King George was ar- rested last week and charged with driving under the in- fluence, possession of a controlled substance, felony hit and run and reckless driving after a wild driving spree during which, Officers said, he crashed into a number of vehicles on U.S. 301 in Maryland and Virginia. The King George Sheriff's Office received a call around midday on June 6 from police at the Harry Nice Bridge on U.S. 301. The bridge police reported that there was a crash on the Maryland side of the span and -0 .a that the suspect had crossed into Virginia. Spadaro"s car struck at least five vehicles in Virginia before crashing in the area of U.S. 301 and Windsor Drive in King George, state police reported. Virginia State Trooper R.A. Ramirez arrested Spadaro at the scene and charged him with being under the influence and causing the multiple accidents. Spadaro is facing charges in both Maryland and Vir- ginia. Law enforcement officers in both states said they were continuing their investigations into the individual traffic crashes. RICHARD LEGGITT Colonial Beach Vice-Mayor Ed- die Blunt, in a prepared address to his fellow council members Thurs- day, said the historic Potomac River town is making progress, but much remains to be done if Colonial Beach is to again become a thriving com- munity. "We have great people working here," Blunt said. "The town already has in place most of what it will need to take the next step, but we need vi- sion and focus on what is important to our future and numbers to sup- port it." Blunt said if Colonial Beach is go- See BLUNT, page 8 Colonial Beach Vice-Mayor Eddie meeting the town must do more peal by attracting new projects. Leggitt Blunt told the council at last week's to attract business and broaden its ap- RICHARD LEGGITT d Historic Stratford Hall, the home of the Lee family of Virginia, will host teachers from King George and Westmoreland counties, as well as the Northern Neck and beyond, for summer training focused on envi- ronmental conditions in the region during pre-Colonial times. Stratford Hall's Public Events Director Ion Bachman said "The sixth annual Stratford Hall Summer Teacher Institute: The Environmen- tal History of the Virginia Tidewa- ter 1300 - 1700" will be held at the Westmoreland plantation July 20-23. "Our annual Teacher Institute is a belated thank you to Northern Neck teachers. A little something extra for our Northern Neck teach- ers who daily motivate, encourage and stimulate hundreds of students daffy," Bachman said. "There are 25 spaces available for certified Virginia teachers." The summer teacher institute is a sponsored educational opportunity on the grounds of Stratford Hall for public school teachers of the social studies, geography, environmental studies, government and history in the fourth grade through high school. "The Teacher Institute presents nationally respected scholars and practical information for classroom teachers offering engaging and in- sightful seminars," Bachman said. "It is our belief that through enrich- ing subject areas teachers can build memorable and useful lessons." "This year two historians and two See CLASSES, page 8