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Journey's end

The horse-drawn caisson bearing Staff Sgt. Rip Winkler’s casket enters Arlington National Cemetery the morning of May 5, 2011, after a 9 a.m. service at Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, Arlington. Winkler’s B-25 crashed in the jungles of the Phillipines in April 1945, and his sister, Mickey Beard, spent decades searching for her brother’s remains. More than 60 years after his death Rip Winkler was laid to rest with a full honors military funeral.
 
Editor’s note: This is the final piece of a three-part series about a lost brother and a little sister’s search and struggle to bring him home. Click to read Part I and Part II.


Story by  Kathy Flanagan
Photos by  Leslie M.A. Kompara

As Mickey Beard laid her hand on Staff Sgt. George Lewis “Rip” Winkler’s flag-covered casket, surrounded by family and friends, the 9-year-old little sister Rip called Pigtails seemed to fleetingly appear. It was a final moment, the welcome home and the last farewell. Brother and sister, father and son, family members who remember and family members who were too young to remember, gathered together to pay their respects.

The Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, overlooking Arlington National Cemetery, with its rich history of laying to rest servicemen and women, opened its doors to honor a long-lost brother in arms.

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Colonial Beach extends hand to businesses

What do you look for when opening a new business? Available property? Check. Available workforce? Check. Proximity to tourism and a developing waterfront? Check. A locality with its own school system and police department for a desirable, livable community for employees? Check. A regional population starved for new services, stores and employment? Check. And now for the first time in many years, prospective businesses can also include an impressive array of tax incentives to locate their business in the Town of Colonial Beach.

A small waterfront town of just over 3,500 residents, located on the shores of the Potomac River, the Town of Colonial Beach has spent the last two

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The long journey home

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about a lost brother and a little sister’s search and struggle to bring him home. Part one is available online at journalpress.com. The third installment will be featured in the May 11 edition of The Journal.

In 1962, long before Mickey Beard moved from Vienna to Colonial Beach, she was busy raising her family. The routine of school days and homework seemed to be front and foremost each day. But the nagging desire to bring her big brother, Staff Sgt. George Lewis “Rip” Winkler, World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, home for a proper burial had never diminished.

Small things, like a bulldog statue, kept Rip’s memory part of daily life for Mickey.

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Revitalization meeting gives snapshot of CB

As part of an ongoing grant application to the Department of Housing and Community Development, Carol Rizzo and Bill Spivey of Land Studio, P.C. presented data on the current economic situation of Colonial Beach.  The data was rich with details and paints a realistic picture of the town that will serve as a springboard to future economic development.

Richard Hunt of Peloton Research Partners spoke to the approximately 70-plus citizens, several members of council, school board members, planning commission members and town administrative staff.  The presentation centered on economic development, which, according to Hunt, “is the sustainable increase in living standards and well being for a community’s citizens” and “provides a resilient quality of life.”  The data used was gleaned

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How Colonial Beach rebuilt its school system

It takes a special person to run for public office. First of all, you must have the passion to serve and you must be in tune with the community’s vision. You also really should have an outgoing personality, as representing the voting public demands a lot of public interaction. And you should hold strong ethics and the ability to work with others.

But every once in a while someone runs for office with a determined attitude to put things right, to effect positive change — to re-write a locality’s future. Such was the case when one week before the 2008 May elections for Colonial Beach School Board, Tim Trivett decided to throw his hat into the ring and run for office.

Read more: How Colonial Beach rebuilt its school system

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