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Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

Westmoreland Deputy Talks with Pre-K Class

On Thursday March 27 Deputy Antwan Smith had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Beach Pre-Kind...

Fate of CB School looks bleak

Conflicting resolutions, long discussions and short memories seem to be at the heart of the Town of ...

Code Compliance Officer accused of Trespassing

Colonial Beach Town Council spilled the beans about Town employee Theresa Davis’ charge of trespassi...

Two talented women destined to cross paths

Two talented women destined to cross paths

One may call it fate or destiny, but the similarity between two women, Olga Farneth and Velia Jacobo...

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

School Debt comes full circle for Chairman Trivett

Colonial Beach School Board Chairman Tim Trivett talked to the town council at the March work sessio...

Legg no stranger to making history

Legg no stranger to making history

Colonial Beach Town Council formally introduced Elizabeth “Libby” Legg as the town’s new permanent C...

 

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Fifth-graders give historical presentations to CB council

Members of Council admitted to learning new facts about their town and welcomed Superintendant Donna Power to continue the new tradition of allowing students to make presentations to the council at regular meetings. Some of the facts presented included:
The Bell House was built in 1883 and was added to the list of historical places in 1987. It was also home to Alexander Graham Bell. On March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first telegraph. He spent many summers here in what we call the Bell House.

In 1933 the Chesapeake Potomac Hurricane destroyed the amusement park and three piers. Hurricane Hazel in 1954 hit from Haiti to Canada with wind gusts up to 99 miles an hour in Colonial Beach. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel left damage to many of the properties in town.
Conflicts between Virginia and Maryland fishermen who disputed over what water belonged to them resulted in what was known as the “Oyster Wars.” When the oysters became less in numbers the fighting became more intense.  In 1868 Maryland started a special Maritime Navy to patrol the Potomac. The feud did not end until 1962 when laws were created to stop the fighting.
Colonial Beach became incorporated in February of 1982 and has the second largest beach in Virginia.
In March of 1894, The Colonial Beach Fire Department was created. The fire department has grown considerably and now responds to about 600 calls a year. In 2004 the Fire Department got its first boat and a year later it got its first tanker.
— Linda Farneth

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