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4 TAKE A BREAK FROM POLITICS ,WITH SOME LAWN MOWER LORE PAGE 4 RUNNERS HAVE A DAY ON HERITAGE GRUELING RAIL TRAIL PAGE 6 NEWS POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION PAGE 4 SWN LTOW 217 WCOT^ Sl" SJ _LTC WA VOLUME 40, NUMBER 32 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2016 50 CENTS Annual celebration Beach Police Chief Danny Plott as he and his officers, along with members of of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad iaj common ~ talked with interested citizens at the against crime Colonial Beach Town Hall. "Colonial Beach has been doing draws crowds this for years," said Westmoreland RICHARD LEGGITT County. SheriffC.O. Balderson. "This is our first year. Having so many peo- Law enforcement joined with ple come out is heartfelt and greatly citizens from the area last week to appreciated" celebrate National Night Out in "National Night Out is a great oc- Westmoreland County and Colonial casion to express the importance of Beach as part of an effort to promote law enforcement and community police and community relationships partnerships," said Balderson. "I that have been strained recently in want to thank those who attended some parts of the country, as well as all of the agencies repre- The two separate events were very sented at this event, qhe fellowship successful, as families and children and comradery shared throughout joined officers from the Westmore- the evening is a true testament to the land County, Colonial Beach and the importance of law enforcement and Virginia State Police to renew, build communities working together." and strengthen ties at that are essen- In addition to the Westmoreland tialto the community, sheriff's officers and the Virginia "The outpouring of support we have seen since Dallas and Baton Rouge has been great," said Colonial See NIGHT, page 2 Photo by Richard Leggitt Christian Guz- mann, right, of Tappahannock prepares to knock a police officer into the water tank at the Dunk the Detective" booth at the Westmore- land Night Out. At left, organizing the participants is Westmoreland Deputy Joey Gordon. Photo I Leggitt Colonial Beach Planning Commission members, Robert Busick, left, and Diana Clopton dis- cussed with their colleagues last week whether or not the Beach should implement a ordinance regulating the murals that are appearing around the town. RICHARD LEGGITT At its regular August meeting last week, the Colonial Beach planning commission wrestled with whether or not the town needs an ordinance regu!ating.the murals that have begun appearing ' around Colonial Beach this summer. Some members of the commission are con- cerned that the half dozen murals that have ap- peared on the sides of buildings and businesses this year have the potential to damage the com- munity's welcoming image. "It's too much, it's distracting," said Diana Clopton, a commission member who is a landscape designer. "Can there be too many murals?," asked com- mission member Robert Busick. "Regulation and order are not necessarily bad." Bowing to the ob- vious concerns of some of the members, the com- mission decided to obtain more research before making a recommendation on the matter to the Colonial Beach Town Council. "The August meeting was just an initial conver- See MURALS, page 2 Planning commission rejects trusty landscape standby RICHARD LEGGITT Pity the poor crepe myrtle. When Robert Busick, a member of the Colonial Beach Planning Com- mission, proposed adding the color- ful crepe myrtle last week to the list of native species on the beach town's approved shrubs and trees for land- scaping, he ran into a buzz saw. "Crepe myrtles are so pass6 now," declared fellow commission member Diana Clopton. "The crepe myrtle is not a native species," Clopton told the commis- sion as it worked on recommenda- tions to amendments to a landscap- ing ordinance for the Colonial Beach Town Council. "There are four or five other things that are 10 times prettier and have beautiful blooms," said Clopton, a landscaping designer, as the com- mission conducted its August meet- ing Thursday. Clopton's resolute comments on the crepe myrtle will be sadly re- ceived by the hundreds of Colonial Beach residents who have flowering crepe myrtles growing in theiryards or on their property. Crepe myrtles have been a constant for landscapers and gardeners in the Northern Neck for more than 200 years. Crepe myrtles, which feature bril- liant clusters of orange, red or purple blooms each summer and fall, have been a staple of Southern living since the late 1700s. Originally from Chi- na and Japan, the crepe myrtle was See CREPE, page 2 urln RICHARD LEGGITT The King George Family YMCA, along with sponsorsand volunteers, helped 100 at-risk children get ready for school days last week by providing backpacks full of school supplies and a shopping trip to the Walmart in Dahlgren. "This was the fourth year of YMCA Bright Beginnings," said Elizabeth Taylor, executive direc- tor of the King George Y. "This is a wonderful program with so much community support from business- es, private donors and volunteers. It was like Christmas but better." Joining the YMCA in helping prepare children for success at school were over 200 volunteers from the community including the King George Sheriff's Office and the King George school system, along with members of the King George Foxes varsity football team. Sponsors for the event, which in- cluded the Walmart management and staff, the Birchwood Power Plant, Moore Dentistry, NSWC Federal Credit Union, Rotary Club of King George and Subway. The excited schoolchildren par- ticipants were provided backpacks full of school supplies. "More than 100 backpacks were donated," said Taylor. "Local businesses donated over half of ttae backpacks and the Photo by Richard Leggitt Members of the King George High School Foxes varsity football team were among the volunteers helping needy children at the YMCA's Bright Beginnings event last week. More than 100 children received backpacks of school supplies and SlO0 n clothing for school this year as a result of the program. rest were donated by King George ball coach Jeff Smith, as he watched County citizens." his players in their blue and gold "King George County is a county football jerseys interact with the that cares and puts their caring into young Bright Beginnings partici- action!," Taylor said. "The Y was pants:"This was a great event for us able to distribute any extra back- and for all of the children." packs to children on the waiting list In addition to the backpacks of for the program." school supplies, the children select- "Every year we try to do some ed to participate in the Y program kind of community service proj ect," said King George High School foot- See BRIGHT, page 2 The rain blew through and a large crowd showed Friday last week. Visitors and residents sat on wine on a pleasant summer evening. / Cosgrove up at Montross'August First hay bales to enjoy music, art and