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6 Wednesday, Aug, 21, 2013" THE JOURNAL www,journalpress,com Funding id brought at meeting from page 1 cause they are inside the condemned located on one campus, one school looking to move quickly, "We're look- building, with no separate entrances nurse would be able to serve all ingatthisasnottakingplaceuntilnext explained that the cost estimate for or exits, grades, and one music and art teach- summer and not doing it overnight. the move was about $250,000 (which Trivett also advised that the field er would also suffice. Security Could When we put that other facility over was close to the amount of addition- where the town's water tower is locat- also enhanced with the upgraded on the hill [the middle school mod al funding requested by the school ed consists of 12 building lots, which buildings and students located on pod], we did it over Christmas and it system), to make up for the federal Trivett believes are 50' by 136' each, one campus, was a nightmare. So this is something budget cuts, which caused some con- and are subdivided. Ten of these All mod pods come with their we are not advocating as going to take fusion, twelve lots are owned by the school, maintenance being included in the place tomorrow. But hopefully, by Now it will be up to the school and and the other two belong to the town rental price, so school maintenance next summer we can make all these the council to work together to find (for access to the water tower). Triv- funds could be utilized for the many moves ,and everything could be in funding for the move (to take place ett said that the area is zoned R-2, so repairs needed in the high school place for the new year, starting next next year), many things could go there besides building which, according to Trivett, year in September." Trivett explained that the board residential lots. is now 25 years old. "We don't want to disrupt students; had not relinquished anything, and it affects SOL scores. We want to try that he did not speak for the board, TRIVETT LAID OUT PLANS FOR HIGH SCHOOL MAINTENANCE IS to do this in an orderly fashion:' but was simply presenting ideas. THE MOVE... NEEDED Trivett is a staunch supporter of One of his proposed ideas was to The elementary school campusThe high school building will soon an independent school system in sell these lots to raise funds for the currently has two modular units need upgraded appliancesfor its car- Colonial Beach and even advocated move or to act on Councilman Gary that are being leased on a monthly eteria. Trivett estimates $125,000 to raising taxes to fund school capital Seeber's suggestion of borrowing basis. The school saves the cost of replaces these items, improvement and funding for day- against the property's value, maintenance on these leased units, Some restroom stall doors haveto-day operations. "I was an advocate Trivett first described the primary- which is picked up by the modular missing locks, and some doors and for raising taxes, because I thought school building on the property. The company. These two units would be sinks are loose from the walls, we needed to do that in order to gen- one-story structure consists of six moved to the high school campus Although the gymnasium has haderate the funds to keep things roll- rooms measuring 36' x 26' each, and located on First St. One of the units one set of bleachers rep!aced and ing. Some of you weren't, and I to- includes a hallway, which is nine feet would be swapped for a 60' x 30' its floors redone, the second set of tally understand that, but eventually wide. He suggested that there is ade- multipurpose building, to be used as bleachers needs to be replaced. Some we're going to have to decide how we quate parking space in the back, that a gymnasium/cafeteria unit, and one double-doors are leaking and need are all going to be in this together, the boiler and air conditioner units more mod pod would be added. This to be replaced or sealed, and other including the public. In order for our heat and cool the building well, and would result in all grades (K-12) at- exterior doorways throughout the town to thrive and grow, we need to that this structure, with its own sepa- tending school on the same campus, school have experienced some set- keep moving forward:' rate entrances and exits, is detached The middle and elementary schools tHng, as well. Trivett told the council, "One of from the condemned 100-year-old would be self-contained and separate On the wish list is new and better the major issues that has put us here building (the "Old High School"). from the high school building. Triv- lighting for the campus' exterior, as is the condemnation of the 'old high Trivett believes that primary-school ett added, "You won't find many new well as a set of steel gates with "buzz- school'. It has forced us to take ac- building could be utilized for either schools that don't have mod pods." in" capability at the main entrance, tion, even on a temporary basis:' The government offices or to relocate the Several other a4justments would Among the areas needing mainte- long-term goal, which Trivett said is police department, which is currently occur. For example, the eighth-grade hence and repairs, the locker rooms probably five years down the road, located at 907 McKinney Blvd. and class would return to being in the (which are not being used during is to eventually move the location being leased at $2,500 per month, high school, which is where it was games or EE.) are the most extreme, of the school from First St., allowing Trivett explained that he believes three years ago, and the parking lot Tiles are broken, and use of the facil- the building to eventually serve as a that once the old trailers and the would be repainted to allow for an- ities would allow for water leakage, government center for town offices. mod pods are removed, the prop- other row of parking, mold and mildew. Trivett said that if'the town hadn't erty could be very attractive, and the The buses would drop off elemen- . Although the school has beenhad a dream 20 years ago, the current outdoor basketball court could be tary and middle-school students working to maintain and repairhigh school would have never been utilized for community sports. The first, behind the high school build- these issues (and many others have built. "The kids are our future, they gymnasium building (affectionately ing, then proceed to the regular drop been addressed), budget constraints will be sitting where you are soon. We known as the "Cracker Box', because off location for high school students, have kept the work from being com- need to leave it better than we found of its small size) is still usable, but The move would also bring about pleted, it. If we all strive for that, our commu- the restrooms are not accessible, be- several cost savings. With all grades Trivett said that the school is not nity will be a whole lot better'v 's Voluntee need d to befriend th cats from page 1 Erskine also has a cat shelter shed in tions and de-wormed. All cats up bad condition that was originally do- for adoption are flea-free, and adults side is a feline paradise for cats of all nated when it was brand new. How- have been either spayed or neutered. ages, with trees and cat jungle-gyms ever, since it was made of flake board, KiRens come with a certificate for a ' ,a ' on which to climb and explore .qafe. it h~ h~n hotel tn Ir~p th~ alpm~nti f'ra~~:n~xr c~r nant~,r nrnr'aA~*',a {nnr~ protectivewire frames the shelter's perimeter to keep cats from escap- ing. Ha~'ing the ability to roam both inside the house and outside in the yard is very important for a cat's wellbeing. A series of pet-doors to enter and leave the main house have been in- stalled. The cats may choose whether . to remain indoors or to go outside, at 'their leisure. out. Recent rains have been penetrat- old enough) from a local animal hos- ing the shed and have made it unsuit- pital. able for kittens to use for shelter. Wendy's Feline Friends is 10,ated This shed needs to be dismantled at 1228 Holly Vista Dr., Colonial and hauled away. Once that has been Beach, Virginia 22443. You may call done, Erskine can begin looking for Wendy at (804) 224-1079 to ask ques- a replacement shelter, tions, get directions or to arrange to Cat adoptions cost $75 each for volunteer or make donations. kittens and $125 for adult cats. All Cats currently housed at Wendy's kittens and cats are tested for feline shelter may be viewed at www.wen- leukemia and FIV, given vaccina- Wendy's Felines befriend Tamra Peters during a recent visit to the rescue shelter. CB enjoys car show and chool fundraiser from page 1 high school" Young said. "It was then disbanded, and when Dr. Alice How- ard was Superintendent, she started the Colonial Beach Education Foun- dation back up." When Steve Young became ill, Steve and his wife, Linda, asked the Colonial Beach Educational Founda- tion to take over the Rod Run. Sadly, Steve Young passed away two years ago, but A1 Young and Linda Young have worked with many other com- wood, VA, 1934 Ford Coupe; and munity leaders and volunteers to Susan and Jackson Brown, Newburg, keep Steve's dream alive. MD, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Among the top owners and cars Also, Larry Hurlburt, Indian Head, recognized at last weekend's success- MD, 1966 Buick; L.W. Herring, Troy, ful Rod Run to the Beach were: Ted VA, 1972 Chevrolet Camaro; Timo- Pittsley, oHannibal, NY, 1964 Chevro- thy and Carla Claiborne, Hanover, let Push Truck; Dave Raley, Bel A1- VA, 1939 Chevrolet Sedan; ton, MD,_1983 Chevrolet $10; Jeremy John Gillison, Nokesville, VA, Dick, Lottsburg, VA=1953 Mercury 1923 Ford T Bucket; Tommy and Monterey; Marie Lewis, Tappahannock, VA, E.R. Shifflett, Earlyville, VA, 1931 1965 Plymouth Sport Fury; George Ford Coupe; Connie Farish, Green- and Glenda Damko, Winchester, VA, 1948 Ford; and Bob Swink, Colonial Beach, VA, 1958 Ford. And Lawrence Davis, Bumpass, VA, 1970 Chevrolet Pickup; Freddie Ahearn, Fredericksburg, VA, 1959 Ford; John Lobar, Colonial Beach, VA, 1949 Ford Pickup; Steve DeAtley, Colonial Beach, VA, 1941 Lincoln; Frank DeAtley, Colonial Beach, VA, 1941 Chevrolet; and Pati and Steve Price, Woodstock VA, 1968 Ford Mustang. Ice Cream Shoppe here to serve you soft serve from page 1 jobs for teenagers and college stu- dents. We treat them like family and Joey took the old shop's machines try to teach them about what it's like and got them in top shape and added to operate a business" a snowball machine. Today he con- "We love Colonial Beach, so we try tinues to take care of the machines to help the community any way we and does "whatever else I can to can" Joey said. "We wanted to have a help" nice little place that had a good prod- Nancy and Joey both have full- uct, a family-oriented place where time jobs. Nancy works for the people could come and bring their Colonial Beach legal firm of Mayo children. And, I think we have done and Mayo, and Joey works for the that." facility services department at The Nancy's customers agree. Colo- University of Mary Washington in nial Beach residents and visitors to Fredericksburg, The Straughans the Beach looking for a fresh peach have two sons who are members of milkshake, strawberry shortcake, a the Virginia State Police and. three root beer float or any of 11 flavors of granddaughters, ages 5, 7, and 9. snowballs line up for treats as soon as "We get a lot of help from family Nancy's, located at 301 Washington and friends. 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"Rain barrels are a way to store cheap, sodium free wafer that can be used later for plants, indoors and out;' said Master Gardener Edna Rob- erts. "They also benefit the environment by reducing storm water runoff that would otherwise wind up in the Bay;' she said. "Though rainfall has been plentiful this year, we know from experience not to count on it throughout the growing season" said Roberts. "And using well water to irrigate uses electricity, depletes the aquifer, and can actually harm plants. The high sodium content of much of our well water can be harmful, especially to indoor plants from the build up of salts in the soil" The cost of the workshop is $50 for each rain barrel made. The workshop will begin with a PowerPoint presentation about rain barrels and how to make and care for them. Then with help from Master Gardeners, partici- pants will construct their own rain barrels to take home and install. Roberts added the following advice for those who plan to participate. "This is a messy project, so wear 'work' clothes! A rain barrel is about 44" tall by 24" wide, so make sure your vehicle can accommodate it. Also, if you have an open vehicle, bring rope to tie your rain barrel to the ve- hicle:' Questions about the workshop or how to obtain ready made rain barrels should be directed to the Northumberland Extension Office at 804-580- 5694 or Master Gardener Edna Roberts at (804) 435-6086. Ready made rain barrels and composters cost $60 and $75 respectively. Directions to Menokin are available on their website or by calling (804) 333-1776. The 7th Annual Toyota/Scion knife with the best of them. of Waldorf's BuckWild Outdoors "King of the Swamp" Troy Lan- Expo returns to the Charles Coun- dry and son Jacob, better known ty Fairgrounds in La Plata, MD, as the gator-hunting, father-son from August 23-25, promising a duo, will sign autographs and take fun-filled weekend for the entire pictures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on family just 11 miles from the Vir- Sunday, August 25. A Cajun who ginia line. takes great pride in his family's long Watermen of a different kind history in Pierre Parte, Troy Lan- will be joining the outdoor expo dry has spent the last three decades this year. While the Chesapeake earning his reputation as "King of has no shortage of watermen who the Swamp:' Jacob Landry, who has make their living off the bounties worked alongside his father Troy, of the bay including: oysters, crabs, spent last season helping his team and fish, Louisiana watermen (and fill 320 tags. waterwomen) have alligators at the Outdoorsmen should plan to ar- top of their list. rive early and Stay late in order to Don't miss your chance to meet visit the more than 100 exhibitors some of the stars of the History selling the latest hunting and fish- Channel's hit reality show "Swamp ing gear. There will also be a Gun People". Troy and Jacob Landry, Giveaway on Friday sponsored by along with Liz Cavalier and her Benelli USA, a 3D archery tour- daughter Jess, will be at the 7th nament and a waterfowl calling Annual BuckWild Outdoors Expo competition. And don't forget to presented by Toyota/Scion of Wal- bring your whitetail deer mounts dorf. to be scored in the official Trophy You can meet "Gator Queen" Liz Deer Contest and your appetite to Cavalier and her alligator-hunting sample frog legs and alligator meat daughter, Jess, from 11 am to 4 pm from the many food vendors in at- on Saturday, August 24. There aren't tendanceI many Cajun lady gator hunters on The weekend will also have plenty the swamp, but this duo is one of of activities for the kids, including: the best. Taught by her father, Liz a free youth archery clinic, a kid's has been hunting gator since she zone, pellet gun course, and more. was a little girl, using the same type Admission is $10 per day $20 for of gun fired by Annie Oakley. An a three-day pass. Children 12 and ace shot, Liz prides herself on be- under are free. ing "one of the boys" She baits the Visit hooks, pulls the lines, and throws a for full details on all events! 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