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NEWS ABOUT AND FOR SENIOR CITIZENS PAGE 4-5 CHURCH PUMPS IT UP AT YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CAMP PAGE 6 POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION PAGE 2 207 0ooo 217 W COTA ST|SUl.~" VOLUME 40, NUMBER 30 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016 50 CENTS _.____r ..... -i ............ ]EIIU, mJL I Wildlife Center brings animals to Cooper Library RICHARD LEGGITT Wilson, a box turtle; Quinn, a great homed owl; and Delphine, a blind opossum were the star attractions at the Cooper Library in Colonial Beach. last week as the Wildlife Center of Vir- ginia introduced children to some of the wild animals that are found in the area. "They are our educational ambassa- dors," said Raina Krasner, the wildlife center's outreach coordinator. Kras- ner and Ashley Perry; a wildlife center volunteer, entertained and educated a packed room of children eager to learn about the animals. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, which is located in Waynesboro, was formed in 1982 to provide care for Virginia's injured or ailing native wild- life. We have helped more than 1,000 animals this year and currently have more than 140 patients at the center, Krasner said. Krasner, who has been employed at the wildlife center for four years, said animals who have been injured or are sick are rehabilitated if possible and then returned to the wild. 'We rely on the public to give us. a call when Ashley Perry of the Wildlife Center of Virginia talks with a crowd of children at Colonial Beach's Cooper Library last week about the center's work with injured and abandoned animals. With her is Quinn, an injured Great Horned Owl being rehabilitated at the center. they see an animal that needs help," abandoned or lost their mothers are injured eagles, hawks, snakes, bears, Krasner said. She said baby cottontail among the most frequent patients at foxes and many other animals as well rabbits and deer fawns that have been , the wildlife center, center als0 gets opossums, tu es and owls. Woman caught Law enforcement officers said Trainum was released on bond af- hiding in shedin ter being held briefly at the Rap- pahannock Regional Jail. Westmoreland Sheriff's officers said Trainum RICHARD LEGGITT allegedly supplied the drugs that resulted in the death of a King George man on Oct. 30 of last year. The King George Sheriff's Office At the request of his family, an- last week arrested a King George thorities have not made public the woman and charged her with in- identification of the victim, who voluntary manslaughter in con- was found dead at his residence as nection with a drug death that oc- a result of an overdose of oxymor- curred in the county last year. phone, the chemical designation Mary Evelyn Trainum, 53, hadfor brand names Opana, Numor- been indicted by a King George phan andNumorphone. County grand jury in connection Sheriff's officers said the victim with the death of a 26-year-old was connected to Trainum, who man who died of a fatal drug over- officers said has several past ar- dose. rests for illegal drug offenses, by Sheriff's officers said they found cellphone records. her hiding in a shed in Westmore- Trainum was convicted and land County. sentenced to five years in prison In addition to involuntary man- in 2008, but all but seven months slaughter, Trainum was charged were suspended, according to an- with illegally distributing drugs, thorities. RICHARD LEGGITT teachers who work daily to motivate as the Little Ice Age on Virginia 1300 and encourage students in subjects AD to 1700 AD. The Little Ice Age Historic Stratford Hall, the West- like history and the environment, period was one of drastic and dra- moreland County plantation that The summer teacher institute is a matic climatic swings, according to was home to the Lee family of Vir- sponsored educational opportunity Bachman. ginia, last week hosted more than on the grounds of Stratford Hall for Bachman said It is believed that two dozen high school teachers from public school teachers of the social these swings in turn brought about across the state and from far away as studies, geography, environmen- significant historic changes to the Texas, Ohio and California. tal studies, government and history indigenous peoples throughout tide- It was the sixth annual Stratford in the fourth grade through high water Virginia as well as well as add- Hall Teacher's Institute and the sub- school, ing to the difficulties of experienced ject this year was: The environmen- "The Teacher Institute presents by the early English colonists. tal history of the Virginia Tidewater nationally respected scholars and "These drastic weather patterns from the 1300s to the 1700s. "We practical information for classroom affected almost any type of food were pleased and honored to host teachers offering engaging and in- production, especially crops highly 25 teachers from around the nation," sightful seminars," Bachman said. adapted to use the full-season warm said Jon Bachman, Stratford Hall's "It is our belief that through enrich- climatic periods with the grow- public events director, ing subject areas teachers can build ing season shortened by one to two "If success is judged by the intellec- memorable and useful lessons." months compared to present day," tual quality of the academic instruc- This year two historians and two Bachman said. tion, and the warm engaging conver- geographers talked with teachers "To understand the history of a sation then this year's Institute was about the realities facing early Eng- place is to understand the funda- a striking success," Bachman said. lish colonists as they encountered mental role that geography and cli- The conference, which was held July the difficulties of survival against the mate plays in the decision making of 20 through 23, was designed to help backdrop of a climatic period known the inhabitants." Dr. Kevin Hardwick talks with teachers from Virginia and across the nation at Stratford Hall Friday about the challenges facing early colonists in Tidewater Virginia. Stratford Hall hosted its annual Teacher's Institute focus- ing on the environmental history of Virginia from 1300 to 1700. uran owner Bands will come to support cancer patient RICHARD LEGGITT Friends and customers of Vickie Coffman, who owns High Tides Restaurant in Colonial Beach with her husband Bryan, are organizing a benefit to help defray some of the medical costs facing Coffman and her family. Coffman, 58, is battling brain cancer and is currently an outpatient at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. Coffman was diagnosed with two brain tumors on May 13 and under- went surgery at Johns Hopkins on May 16th. "The doctors were unfortunately only able to remove most of one of the tumors. A biopsy was performed and the tumors were found to be ma- lignant," organizers of the benefit said in a letter to businesses seeking help with the Aug. 13 event. Coffman, who is known for her Photo by Richard Leggitt Vickie Coffman has been a popular fixture at High Tides Restaurant, which she owns with her husband Bryan. Coffman is suffering from brain cancer and a benefit will be held for her on Aug. 13. an generosity to Colonial Beach schools and other local events, is seeing a lov- ing return of her many good deeds over the years. "Just about every business in town has donated something," said Charles Pompeii, Coffman's son. The benefit will be an all-day affair with top flight bands, a silent auction, a golf cart poker run and a motor- cycle poker run. "There is going to be a lot of stuff going on," said Pompell. Music at the event will feature the bands Radio Redline, the Night Hawks and the popular Australian band Longreef, which has performed frequently in Colonial Beach in re- cent years at High Tides and the adja- cent Black Pearl Tiki Bar. Tickets for the music, which will begin at 3 p.m., are $15 per person. The organizers are seeking dona- tions for the silent auction. Items can be anything from a gift card, a gift basket, or anything that can be auc- tioned offon the 13th. "All money raised will go directly to Vickie Coffman towards her medical costs," the organizers have pledged. ! RICHARD LEGGITT am a former running back and I love running the football," Wild said. But Josh Wild, Washington & Lee it is also exciting and fun to throw High School's new varsity football the ball all over." coach, has only met with his play- "We will just have to see what our ers for a few moments since he was talent allows us to do," Wild said. hired. But he already has at least one "In the meantime, we are going to clear goal for the season, tell our kids every day to make sure "My most important goal right they are doing the little things right. now is from day one, we are improv- That's what makes a difference.." ing," Wild said. "If we make con- Wild is making steady progress sistent progress that will be a good . He has hired a number of new as- start." sistant coaches, Spencer Sadler, Ed "I have had about five minutes Futch, Will Owens and a returning with the players so far," Wild said. former W&L assistant, Jacob Spears. "Our first practice is July 28th and "They are going to be a vital part of then we will see what we have got. what we are doing," Wild said. But every position will be open to The new coach and he wife, Beth, competition." The Eagles open the season on [ illl!]!!l!!llll!!l!l!!lllI Aug. 25 at King George. Wild is planning to tailor his offense and de- fense to the talent he has available. 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