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tq OPINION IT'S TIME TO FIX THE DREADED IRS PAGE 2 SPORTS DIRTY LIONS MUD RUN ATTRACTS KIDS OF ALL AGES FOR SOME FILTHY FUN PAGE 4 AREA CRIME NEWS PAGE 2 MIXE_D AOC 00000S 0OOOO1 TOWN 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 VOLUME 40, NUMBER 26 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY1 JUNE 29, 2016 50 CENTS 1,..-- ,. , i! Photo by Richard Leggitt Visitors and family and friends of Colonial Beach residents will pour into the beach community this weekend tO celebrate America's 240th Independence Day. Four days of fun, fireworks, more are planned RICHARD LEGGITT Colonial Beach is preparing for its biggest celebration of the year, the 4th of July - which this year com- memorates the nation's 240th Inde- pendence Day. The Potomac River beach town will quadruple its size this weekend as visitors, friends and family of residents participate in the four-day event. There will be fireworks, music, picnics, water activities along the long beachfront and dozens of ven- dors offering food, drinks and arts & crafts along the town's riverfront boardwalk. The beach is known for its daz- zling and lengthy fireworks displays that launch from the Municipal Pier just after 9 p.m. every Independence Day. Residents and guests can sit in lawn chairs or on towels on the beach to watch the colorful fireworks show or view the festivities from one of the many boats anchored in the Potomac River. There are also celebrations of the nation's birthday at nearby George Washington's Birthplace, which is just down the road and now is a cel- ebrated national park, and at historic Stratford Hall, the home of Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. There is a visitor center at lames Monroe's birthplace which is located in Colonial Beach. Monroe, the au- thor of the Monroe Doctrine, fought in the Revolutionary War as a young man and after serving in two presi- dential administrations and becom- ing president himself, died on July 4th, 1831. The Colonial Beach Police De- partment cautions first-time visitors to pay close attention to traffic and parking since the town's streets will be crowded for the holiday activi- ,which will run through Monday. ere is a town trolley to ferry peo- pie around town. For the celebration of patriotism, Colonial Beach officials urge resi- dents and visitors to also pay atten- tion new traffic patterns this year. For example, Hawthorn Street is now one way and will be closed to vehicle traffic for part of the celebration. The largest crowds are expected Saturday for events along the town's boardwalk and Monday for the glit- tering Colonial Beach fireworks dis- play. The Westmoreland County Sher- iff's Office and the Virginia State Police will be on hand to assist the Colonial Beach Police Department with traffic and crowd control. 22-year veteran of CBVRS earns honor from Rappahannock council RICHARD LEGGITT The rescue chief of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad has received an award from the Rap- pahannock Emergency Services Council for his service to the com- munity. Wesley Melson, a 22-year vet- eran of the emergency services field, was presented the award last month. Melson is a career firefighter and paramedic who has worked with the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He is a former employee of the Emergency Com- munications Center in Stafford County and has served as an in- structor at the FBI Academy in Quantico. Melson was nominated for the EMS award by LifeCare Medical Transports of Fredericksburg. "As a mentor to so many pro- viders over the years..Wesley has provided calm, direct guidance during a plethora of stressful, long distance transports to the closest area hospital," the award said. "I am very honored and humbled to receive this prestigious honor and to stand alongside the other EMS award winners," Melson said. "I would like to thank my fam- ily and my colleagues at Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and LifeCare Transports for their ongoing support of my career in emergency medical services." Photo by Richard Leggitt Wesley Melson, left, the rescue chief of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad has received an "Excellence in EMS" award from the Rap- pahannock Emergency Medical Services Council. Rising 3rd-graders get a boost over the summer with innovative program RICHARD LEGGITT For the second year in a row, the King George Family YMCA is providing a summer learning ex- perience for a group of academi- cally struggling rising third grad- ers with its intensive Learning Loss Prevention Program. "We give 20 upcoming third graders a place to go to inter- act with others of their age, have healthy food prepared for them, enjoy structured fun learning while building their skills for the third grade and participating in numerous field trips," said the Y's Executive Director Elizabeth Taylor. "They enjoy swimming, bowling, art museums, farms, and building robots with real engi- neers." The YMCA, with the help of donors and volunteers, is trying to help the King George school system close an achievement gap among some students that is con- cerning education officials, teach- ers and parents throughout the state. Education officials have pin- pointed the academic problems and lower test scores of some el- ementary students as a result of lower reading comprehension. Sadly, state officials use the num- ber of third graders who cannot read on a third grade level as a warning sign as to how many jail cells Virginia will need in the fu- ture. Often, an at risk student's learn- ing problems increase during the summer when students lose some 9 Photo courtesy of the King George YMCA Lunch and learning are on the schedule for rising third graders as part of the YMCA's summer learning program which is enfering its second year. of their reading skills. Parents frequently cite the summer as the most difficult time to ensure their children are productive and learning. "We have a five week program designed to help at risk, rising third graders," said Taylor. "They get breakfast, a snack and lunch while they are learning and there's a six to one pupil to teacher ratio, and that doesn't count volunteers. There also are enrichment field trips every afternoon." Taylor said the YMCA's sum- mer learning program focuses on phonics, writing and reading to boost literacy skills as well as physical and social emotional growth. The Y's program began last year and the students who See YMCA, page 8 I