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Open Committee meeting leads to public outcry regarding beach areas

Editor: Note: This story reflects the concerns expressed at the Public Safety Committee meeting last week. While press reports about the meeting have been negative so far, the committee is still in the process of attempting to deal with a problem presented to it earlier this summer.


Colonial Beach is currently struggling with issues of overcrowding on the Point. Visitors with poor etiquette have caused town officials to take drastic measures to ensure the surrounding property owners their right to peaceful and quite living.
Recently, the town responded to overcrowding issues at Castlewood Park. Residents complained of too much trash left behind and visitors camping overnight. Since the public bathroom facilities are closed during the evening, some overnight visitors have taken to using the beach as their restroom.
When Town officials closed the park to assess damage and try to address the problem, several safety hazards were uncovered. Fences had been broken, unsanitary trash had been strewn by buzzards and rats, and dead tree limbs overhead were discovered.
Officials are working to reopen the park, but in the midst of all the new restrictions, new problems have arisen and the park dwellers have moved to the beaches surrounding the park.

 

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School Board addresses past, listens to plans for future

The repercussions of the July Budget and Finance Committee meeting where Council members aired frustration toward the School System for not switching to the Bright accounting system are still being felt.

At this month's School Board meering, School Board member Mike Looney responded to comments made at that meeting.

First, he said, there was a comment that the School Board Office was closed on Fridays, implicating that the School Board staff wasn’t putting in a full work week. Looney pointed out that the school’s new finance director, Janice Brown, typically goes to work at 6:30 a.m. and leaves as late as 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

“I think it needs to be made clear that she is putting in more than a full work week,” Looney said.

Read more: School Board addresses past, listens to plans for future

Update of 911 mapping to take place next week in Colonial Beach

 Starting Monday August 17th, if you see someone walking up and down your street with a clipboard don’t be alarmed. 

After a long struggle, Town Manager Val Foulds, Chief Hawkins and former Zoning Administrator Chuck Bird have convinced the Colonial Beach Town Council to provide funding to update the Town’s 911 maps.

Part of the update would include becoming a part of Westmoreland County’s Reverse 911 system.

Read more: Update of 911 mapping to take place next week in Colonial Beach

ALL WHEEL VEHICLE SHOW

 

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 The Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad would like to congratulate all the winners of our  " Third Annual All WheelVehicle Show" held on Saturday, July 18th on the Town Hill.  

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Drifters' Steve Swope will be absent from varsity sports for one year

An area sports legend takes a sabbatical

 

altAfter 30 years and numerous championships, varsity baseball and basketball head coach Steve Swope (left) has decided to take a sabbatical from coaching. He will maintain his teaching job at Colonial Beach Elementary School as a physical education teacher.

 

   Drifter sports icon Steve Swope has decided to step aside from his duties as the Drifters

Read more: Drifters' Steve Swope will be absent from varsity sports for one year

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