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There are always lots of reasons to visit Heathsville, but Saturday, May 15 is one of the best days to “Make It a Heathsville Saturday.” The entire community is coming together to offer a variety of fun shopping and things to do in conjunction with the Heathsville Farmers’ Market.

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“We thought ‘Unleashed’ really expressed how we all feel right about now, after a year of a pandemic,” stated CJ Carter, one of the event organizers. “What better way to let go and have some fun with friends, than at a lunch and fashion show that benefits the animals of the Northern Neck?”  

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As a member of the Virginia Artisan Trail, each month the Northumberland Public Library introduces the public to a talented artist here in the Northern Neck. This month, the library is showcasing Barbara Brecher, an award-winning fiber artist and graphic designer and her unique process of fe…

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For only the second time in almost 65 years, Historic Garden Week in the Northern Neck was canceled, both last year and this spring due to the unique circumstances involving COVID-19. Not to be deterred, the intrepid members of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck (GCNN) decided to carry on …

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The Used Book Store building in Warsaw has been sold and the Friends of the Library must vacate by May 15. They would like to take this opportunity to thank the local bank for allowing the Friends of the Library to use the building for 11 years!

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Broadband, and access to it, has been a major issue in the last few years, especially when everyone went into isolation during the pandemic. Schools were no exception, with many students being issued hotspots to allow them to conduct their remote learning sessions. Many, Westmoreland County’…

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Graduation is still a bit of a tricky subject since the pandemic is still going on, and even with vaccines being administered, not many are expecting government crowd regulations to be lifted any time soon. At last week’s School Board meeting in Westmoreland County, Superintendent Dr. Michae…

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Montross Middle School 7th grader, Dallas Barringer, was named Region 8 winner in the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) 2021 “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.  Each year, the VML offers all Virginia 7th graders the opportunity to enter its “If I Were Mayor” essay contest. The theme for this y…

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The Artists’ Alliance Gallery at Jarrett Thor Fine Arts, in Colonial Beach is excited about its new exhibit celebrating spring. The new feature combines paintings and photographs from many member artists. Spring-themed work is also included in the individual artist displays.  The gallery is …

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At its first virtual event— “What in the world would we do without our volunteers?”—Boys & Girls Club staff and board members happily reunited with some of its most valued supporters. Over 30 people were involved in staging and participating in a Zoom call that provided them an update on…

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On Saturday, May 1, Northumberland County residents and property owners can drop off their unwanted hazardous chemicals such as oil- based paint, petroleum products and florescent bulbs at the county’s spring Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste collection event. This event is open…

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Enjoy a “Take-out BBQ Dinner” on Sunday, May 30, courtesy of Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.

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A breath of spring was celebrated as the WDES pre-K classes petted farm animals on Friday, April 16. Owner of the Blue Daisy Farm, Ms. Katie Hutt, a Pre-K teacher at Washington District Elementary School, brought several baby goats, chickens and a rooster from her farm to greet the students …

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A new book, A Virginia Village, by Sally Fairfax (Chinn) Reisinger is now available at the Essex History Museum in Tappahannock. The memoir reveals in vivid detail, the many and varied aspects of the author’s experiences growing up in the town of Warsaw during the first half of the twentieth…

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“This month, my picks for the Youth of the Month are brother and sister, Kobe and Gianna Scott,” says Todd Suydam, program director at the Northumberland club. “I chose them together because of their wonderful personalities, their perfect manners, and their willingness to help any of their p…

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Richmond County announced three national weeks recognizing individuals and businesses that make valuable contributions to the community.  

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It is a new year and beautiful spring weather is here! Essex County in partnership with Keep Virginia Beautiful, is working together in a new trash pick-up campaign initiative for 2021. The “Clean Essex Project” is asking the public to become “Trash Troopers” and assist cleaning their county…

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The passionate music of Frederic Chopin and Clara Schumann composed during the Romantic period is showcased in the concluding program of the Northern Neck Orchestra’s music appreciation video series “Music with Michael Repper.”  

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The School Board held their public hearing during their meeting last month. For the public hearing on the School Board’s budget, Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Cathy Rice, gave what she described as a “highlights reel” of what was going on with the budget for this year. It turned out there may b…

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The volunteers of historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern are inviting everyone to “Make It a Heathsville Saturday” by attending the Heathsville Farmers’ Market.

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Happy to help with a recent mulching project at Kilmarnock Town Center Park are: Front row from left, Jada Smith, Alexis Franklin, youth development professional Brandon Self, Samariah Robinson, teen director Bridell Carter. Back row:  Tyrell Henderson, Key’vontrez Bunns, BGCNN operations di…

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Lining up before the hunt for eggs begins are, from left: Madison Smith, A’Kira Singletary, Travis Kelley, Brianna Kelley, Mezyiah Betts and Eva Gueye.

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It’s spring in the Northern Neck. The days are getting longer, and the gardens are waking up. With the COVID vaccine is reaching folks, perhaps it’s time to start hopeful thinking about when, how and where people can gather again.

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The Northumberland County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution to form the Northumberland County Anti-litter Committee. Mary Martha Stewart, now chair of the committee, presented the proposal to the board last year, and it was unanimously approved.

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The 2021 season of the Heathsville Farmers’ Market kicks off Saturday, April 17. Sponsored by Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern, the market operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and offers fresh Northern Neck produce and meats, bread and baked goods, flowers and nursery plants, gourmet peanuts, local…

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JarrettThor Fine Arts will be presenting a special display of Osprey Art in conjunction with the (virtual) Osprey Festival in Colonial Beach. The “Third Annual” festival can be viewed on https://www.colonialbeachospreyfestival.org.

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Stable Foundations for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness, a program started in 2018 by Bay Aging, won the $5,000 first place Best Practices Award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging. The program offers safe housing options and support services for older adults transitioning out of ho…

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Amber and Kirsten Straughan are two teenagers on a mission. These sisters are actively recruiting other kids from grades 7-12 to join the Colonial Beach Junior Rescue Squad and become part of the next generation of EMS providers in the area.

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Trees enrich the environment throughout the year by providing spring blossoms, summer shade, autumn color and winter interest. Trees also provide much more than just these obvious gifts. 

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Colton Davis is six years old and in Kindergarten at Lancaster Primary School. According to Youth Director Timika Croxton, “Colton loves coloring, drawing, and playing youth soccer and basketball at the YMCA. He attends Whitestone Church of the Nazarene where he is active in the youth progra…

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When photographer Michael Geissenger was a kid he used to dig holes in the back yard.

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When former art teacher Ann Vaden began introducing club members to master artists in December 2019 at the Lancaster Primary School, nobody could imagine what 2020 would bring. Her plan had been to conduct monthly in-person sessions, focusing on a different artist’s paintings each month. Aft…

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On the third Saturday of every month, the entire Heathsville community is coming together again to offer a variety of fun shopping and things to do, as part of the “Make It a Heathsville Saturday” initiative. The 2021 season kicks off Saturday, April 17 with the first-of-the-year Heathsville…

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Joshua Robinson, son of Larry and Michelle Robinson of Dunnsville, is the first place recipient of the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest scholarship for the state of Virginia. Robinson is a tenth grade student at Light of the World Academy. Active in his school’s Student Council…

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Across the state, the effects of remote learning has had an impact on students. In Westmoreland County, teachers went the extra mile to make the experience as fun as possible for their students, but many students are in dire need of remedial instruction. It was after a vaccine update at the …

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As 2021 continues, and more vaccines are distributed, many residents of Westmoreland County keep their eyes on the School Board, wondering when a return to full, in-person learning will take place. The School Board decided to tentatively test the waters with hybrid learning once again back i…

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If it had not been for the disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Westmoreland County’s public schools would have been utilizing a new calendar which would have started their first day of school a lot earlier than years before. The idea had originally been to start in August rather t…

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On April 24, Westmoreland County’s residents and property owners can drop off their unwanted hazardous chemicals and items such as florescent bulbs, that cannot be safely discarded in household trash.  Participants may bring up to 100 pounds of material to dispose of at no charge. There is a…

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Bay Transit, the public transportation division of Bay Aging, has been in operation for nearly 25 years and residents across the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula have long enjoyed the award-winning service. Now more than ever, Bay Transit’s New Freedom Mobility Management program is also i…

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Jeanne Straughan celebrated her 91st birthday on March 8, at her home in Hague, with only family and a few friends.  Because of COVID, the Westmoreland County Sheriff Department did a drive-by.

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Historic Christ Church & Museum is pleased to announce the 20th-annual Northern Neck History Fair. The competition is open to 4th-grade students at Lancaster Middle School and Northumberland Elementary as well as 3rd-grade students at Chesapeake Academy. Fourth-grade homeschoolers from L…

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The Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week – known as America’s Largest Open House – has made significant changes to its 2021 tours to safeguard visitors, property owners and volunteers from its 48 member garden clubs whose efforts make the event possible. Collectively, these support…