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' STATE BUDGET INCOME TAX GAPMESS HITS EDUCATION HARDEST PAGE4 HEALTH YMCA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF HEALTHY PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS PAGE 7-8 POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION PAGE 4 TOWN W OTA 81" VOLUME 40, NUMBER 34 HELPING YOU RELATE TO YOUR COMMUNITY ........... WEDNESDAYz AUGUST 24, 20!6fi0 CENTS RICHARD LEGGITT Cars, cars and more cars. Colonial Beach hosted the 37th Annual Rod Run to the Beach last weekend. The event on Town Hill at- tracted large crowds of car enthusi- asts to the Beach to examine, antique cars, classic cars, custom cars and hot rods from Virginia and several adjoining states. The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsored the two-day event, and with the help of the origi- nal Colonial Rod Club raised funds for scholarships for graduating se- niors from Colonial Beach High School. Over the years, the yearly event has raised hundreds of thou- sands of dollars to help deserving students. "It was a very good weekend," said Westmoreland Supervisor Lar- ry Roberson, who lives in Colonial Beach. "Very pretty cars. There was a beautiful 67 Mustang fastback that See RUN, page 2 Photo by Richard Leggitt Maria Gustafson, left, holding one-year-old Griffin, and husband Eric were among the exhibitors at the Ron Run to the Beach. The Gustafsons, who live at the Beach, displayed a vintage 1954 white Corvette and Maria's 1972 classic blue Corvette. Image courtesy of Westmoreland County An artist's rendering of plans for the new W&L High School. School board still in cost of the project remains a ques- tion. lannina phase "I have been going to all of the .L meetings, but I have yet to hear a RICHARD LEGGITT price," said Westmoreland Supervi- sor Woody Hynson. "We are waiting The Westmoreland County Board to see what the school board comes of Supervisors and the Westmore- up with." "We have seen concepts and we land School Board are steadily pro- ceeding toward the building of a new have seen drawings," said Supervisor Washington & Lee High School and Russ Culver. "[The Westmoreland sports complex in Montross. But the See SCHOOL, page 2 RICHARDLEGG]TT ' Paul Mountjoy 0t: Kinsale, a well- known journaliSt who was recently elected president of the Montross Tea Party, died suddenly last week of a heart attack. Mountjoy was a former editor and columnist at the Washington Times. A big, gregarious guy who loved to tell a funny story and loved to hear one, Mountjoy was seen frequently bouncing around Westmoreland County in his old SUV with his dog, Dogbert, at his side. Mountjoy was a determined jour- nalist and; had served as a reporter and columnist for the Westmore- land News and more recently was the publisher of the Northern Neck Free Press. He was also noted for frequently helping the less fortunate. Paul l~ad a powerful way of help- ing people, sometimes without them even knowing he was helping," said Darlene Nichols of Warsaw, a co- worker at the Free Press. "If Paul was your friend, you had a friend for life." "I just can't believe he is gone," See MOUNTJOY, page 2 well journal Mountjoy Schuck volunteers on looth anniversary of park service RICHARD LEGGITT Colonial Beach's Pocahontas Schuck, 76, was honored last weekend to work as a volunteer at the National Park Ser- vice's,Humpback Rock Visitors Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, reprising the role she filled as a 29-year-old who was one of the nation's first female park rangers. Schuck said she was inspired to take one last tum working for the Park Ser- vice because this year the NPS is cel- ebrating its 100th anniversary. "The Park Service people are some of the greatest people on earth," Schuck said. "They don't make a lot of money, they do it for the love of people and the love of nature," Schuck said. A high school science teacher, Poca- hontas joined the Park Service as a summer employee in the late 1960s at a time when the U.S. Department of Interior employed few woman as park See RANGER, page 2 .e ran Leggitt Pocahontas Schuck of Colonial Beach examines her photographic memo- ries from her time as one of the first women park rangers for the Depart- ment of the Interior and the Park Service. PHYLLIS COOK Retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught captivated an audience of 75 people on Aug. 11 speaking with force and humor about her long and distinguished career in the military, and about women in military service during the Vietnam era and the challenges she and others faced. The midday event at the Univer- sity of Mary Washington-Dahlgren campus was hosted by NSWC Dahl- gren Division as part of multiyear national commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to honor Vietnam veterans, for- mer prisoners of war, those missing in action and their families with ap- propriate ceremonies and activities. General Vaught retired from the Air Force in July 1985 after a dis- tinguished 28-year historic military career. Following retirement from military service, she served for 29 years, from 1987 to January 2016, as president of the board of directors of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation Inc. Vaught was largely responsible for raising the funds, building and then operating the Memorial and Educa- tion Center, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Dedicated in 1997, the memorial is America's only major memorial to tell the story of women's service to the nation, beginning with the American Revolution. ' Some 260,000 women's records of service are registered with the Women's Memorial, which honors all the women who have served courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and in times of peace -- women whose achievements have for too long been unrecognized or ignored. "Women deserve that recogni- tion, as do the men;' Vaught said. Tens of thousands of visitors from around the world annually come to the memorial. Vaught, herself, continues to be recognized as one of the most-dec- orated military women in U.S. his- tory. Her awards and decorations in- clude the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Air Force Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Vietnam Service Med- al, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. She was the first and, for 22 years, the only woman promoted to briga- dier general from the comptroller career field, in September 1980. She was also the first woman to deploy with a Strategic Air Command bombardment wing on an opera- tional deployment, 1966 and '67. See VAUGHT, page 2 Photo by Phyllis Cook Retired Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, left, with retired Navy nurse Barbara Fuscaldo next to her, with a group of Vietnam veterans/family from the audi- ence invited to come forward and accept pins for the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, with NSWCDD Commander Capt. Brian Durant on the far right. L. Vau Now you can follow local breaking news daily on our website at www.journal )ress.com