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VOLUME 37, NUMBER 34 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY WEDNESDAY~ AUGUST 21, 2013 50 CENTS LINDA FARNETH Wen@ Erskine, who has been helping save cats for many years, needs a helping hand. Since her hus- band died a year ago, she has been coping well, but recently, she broke her wrist. When Wendy stepped outside re- cently, a kitten ran under her foot. "It was either step on the kitten or fall, so ! chose falling" Erskine said. She lost her balance and put her right hand out to break her fall, shattering several bones. Wendy's shelter is an IRS-certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization that rescues unwanted, homeless and abandoned cats. Wendy's Fe- line Friends rehabilitates'the felines, eventually adopting them out to good families. Over 4,000 cats have found new, forever homes in the last 14 years. Almost all of cats' support comes from public donations. Of course money is always wel- come, but in today's economy, Wen- dy under . nds that times are tough. Her vet64iihry bill is over $47,000, which means that the animal hos- pital and her vet have donated time and supplies tohelp these cats. Wendy accepts cans for recycling. You don't need to wash, dry or crush them or even bring them to the door. Dropping them off at the end of the driveway is greatly appreciated. What Wendy and her feline friends need the most right now is volunteers to help them with; work in their yard, housework, cleaning and helping with socializing the cats. This means that petting, cuddling and playing are a big part of the volunteer work needed around the rescue shelter. If you'd like to donate, items need- ed include; bleach, antiseptic mouth- wash, paper towels, fragrance-free clumping cat litter, and old cat trees and scratching posts. Buckets of cat litter are great for the shelter, since the buckets can be used for cleaning outside in the yard. Wendy asks that no cat beds be do- nated. Cat beds require'washing and sanitizing, and this is too hard for most volunteers to do properly. The rescue shelter accepts blankets and other bedding on which the cats love to cuddle together. As for food, all the cats at Wendy's Feline Friends eat only Science Diet* cat food. It keeps them healthy and reduces odors in their waste. (Note: any brand of dry cat food for the local feral colonies is appreciated. There are volunteers in our area who feed these cats daily, but those volunteers could use help with food donations, too.) Erskine is a staunch advocate of the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) pro- gram. Feral cats are caught in live traps, spayed or neutered, vaccinat- ed, then released back to where they were picked up originally. By releas- ing these cats back into their previ- ous environments, they'ward off new, fertile (not yet spayed or neu- tered) cats, which would only add to the populations of the colonies. n When you first e ter Wendys shel- ter, you will be amazed at both the number of cats that reside there, and the lack of odor one might usually expect to find at such a place. Out- See WENDY'S, page 6 RAPPAHANNOCK TRIBE VISITS BIRTHPLACE, Photos 'courtesy NationaI Park Service and Bonnie Gouvisis George Washington Birthplace National Monument hosted the Rappahann0ckTribe for the Birthplace's American Indian Heritage Day celebra- tion on Saturday, Aug. 17.The tribe members demonstrated traditional dances and drumming for the record number of guests to come to the park that day. Above left a young man demonstrates the"Grass Dance"depicting the young man blessing the soil in anticipation for the bounty it will bring to him and his people. Above right a young woman demonstrates the"Butterfly Dance" a dance that expresses renewal and thanks for new life, seasonsand new beo~nnings _.~ ~ ' .... - . _ _ ; win un Photo by Bonnie Gouvisis e : RICHARD LEGGITT "There were 127 registered vehi- ' cles, some from as far away as New Two Maryland cars won top York. Attendance was great. The honors at the 34th Annual Rod Run vendors did a wonderful job, also to the Beach in a competition held helping everyone enjoy the day. last weekend, despite cloudy skies Sunday's events were shortened due and occasional rain, as a part of the to inclement weather, but the Edu- event sponsored by the Colonial cation Foundation members want Beach Education Foundation. to thank everyone for coming out Best in Show for the popular Co- and supporting our goal to award lonial Beach event, which draws graduating Colonial Beach High thousands of visitors each year, School seniors with well-earned was a 1973 Chevy Camaro owned scholarships" Young said. by Norman L. Bowie of Nanjemoy, Young's brother, Steve Young, was MD. The Founders' Choice Award one of the founders of the Colonial went to a 1934 Chevy Sedan owned Rod Club and also started The Rod by Rita and Danny Buckmaster of Rpn to the Beach 34 years ago. "The Prince Frederick, MD. Colonial Beach Education Founda- "The 34th Rod Run to the Beach tion was originally formed by Dr. was a tremendous success, all due Don Warner, Superintendent of to the cooperation of our town's Colonial Beach Schools, when the support and the many donations of money was raised to build a new prizes" A1 Young, the president of the Educational Foundation said. See ROD RUN, page 6 Nancy's employees (from left) Maure Buckley of King George and Mark Antosz and Erica Bridges, both of Colonial Beach, happily serve customers Thursday through Sunday at Nancy's Ice Cream Shoppe in Colonial Beach. RICHARD LEGGITT "That's what we grew up with" said Joey Straughan. '~nd that's NancyReedandJoeyStraughan what we wanted to offer. We try grew up together, went to school to sell a lot of what was available together and then got married 36 when we were growing up" years ago. They have very fond Nancy and Joey Straughan memories of growing up in Colo- bought the ice cream shoppe in nial Beach, and they are attempt- 2005, when it was called Shyke's ing to share those good times by Ice Cream and was located on a owning and operating Nancy's Ice vacant lot near the Town Pier. "I Cream Shoppe. had wanted to get into some kind So on warm days - Thursday of food business. I told them if through Sunday-between March they ever wanted to sell it to let and September, residents and me know. And a few months later, visitors to the Beach can gather we bought it" at Nancy's for a snowball, a milk- Nancy found the new location, shake, a banana split, a sundae or and today she does the ordering a soft-serve cone and get a taste for the place that bears her name. of the Beach and the Boardwalk from the town's past. 'See NANCY'S, page 6 ff .. LINDA FARNETH At a joint meeting between the :Colonial Beach Town Council and the School Board, Chairman Tim Trivett updated the council on the steps involved with relocating the el- ementary school to the high school campus and the current conditions at the high school. All members of the school board were in attendance, and only Tommy Edwards and Tim Curtin where unable to attend from the council. The school also presented a pro- posal to consolidate some of the school buildings in order to help fund the move. Currently, the elementary school campus is physically located at 315 Douglas Ave., between Wilder Ave. and Livingstone St. The campus, con- sisting of a hodge-podge of brick and block buildings, trailers and modular units (mod pods), currently houses the schools' kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms. Middle-schoo~ classrooms once occupied the largest building on the campus- a century-old two-story structure, often referred to as the "Old High School" building. After three natural disasters had damaged the building in a short amount of time, an inspection revealed a seri- ous design flaw, and the building was deemed unsafe for use. A dangerous- ly warped beam turned out to be the major roof support for the structure. The discovery of this hazard (as well as other problems) made staff realize that this building was unsafe to con- tinue to use. So, at least for the time being, the middle-school classrooms are housed in a mod pod behind the new high school building locat- ed at 100 First St., just a few blocks away. The newer high school is now 25 years old and houses roughly three hundred ninth-grade through twelfth-grade students each year. Earlier this year, federal budget cuts of almost $800,000 forced the school system to cut its budget by over $400,000, leaving the school ask- ing the town council for more mon- ey. During budget talks, the school announced deplorable conditions in some of the older trailers currently being used to house elementary stu- dents. This sparked the idea of mov- ing some of the mod pods, currently in use, to the high school campus and adding a few more to replace the dilapidated trailers. At the joint meeting, when school officiais announced that the move would not take place until next sum- mer, many questions were raised. In a phone interview, Mayor Mike Ham See SCHOOL BOARD, page 6 Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our websit:e at www.journal ress.com t" rates at *APR=Annual Percentage Rate. Rate of 6,00% APR includes .25% reduction for applying online. Loan applications must be received by September 30,2013. Minimum loan amount $500. Maximum loan amount is $10,000. Membership eligibility required A Cred t Un on oan programs, rates, termsl and conditions apply and are subject to change at any time without notice. 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