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Celebrating 30 years of loving service to the town

It’s always a good day at the beach when you get to spend time with Father Ron Okrasinski, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.  Father Ron, as he is known throughout town, is passionate about his congregation and his ministry, even after 42 years in service.  His office is full of newspaper clippings, books, photos and artwork, all memories he has gathered and kept safe.
This past Sunday, August 1, Father Ron and his congregation celebrated his 30th year as rector with a special service, a luncheon and presentation of a special lead crystal plaque etched with the words “Presented to Father Ron in appreciation for 30 years of loving service.”  
Father Ron is a familiar face

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Jet ski racing at Colonial Beach

Have a need for speed?
Friday night, August 6, the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a kick-off party on town hill welcoming the National Tour Jet Ski Races to town.  The kickoff party will begin at 5 p.m. and is open to all contestants, their crews, and the public.  According to Patrick Mell, the coordinator for the races, “We are very much looking forward to being in Colonial Beach. The Chamber has been fantastic to work with and our crews are excited about the races.”  There is also a racers’ party scheduled at High Tides Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m.

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Beach’s ‘water wizards’ learn magic of local environment

Four students, all from the Colonial Beach school district, participated in the 4-H Water Wizards Program July 7-9, 2010. The Water Wizards Program was started 5 years ago by Wendy Herdman, Extension Agent for Westmoreland and Richmond Counties.  The purpose of the program is to introduce the concept of water quality in the unique Northern Neck environment and the effect that human activity can have on water quality.  Attendance by students is free – they just have to fill out an application form and submit it to the Extension Office.  The boys — Christian Tinsley, Logan Sandy, R.J. Brann and J.W. Musselman — were treated to three action-packed days filled with information about the ecology of our local land and waterways.  There was a lot of learning taking place, but all in a fun, informal atmosphere.

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Burkett Lyburn appointed vice mayor

Burkett Lyburn was appointed under Resolution 27-10 to serve as vice mayor by the Town Council on a split 4-3 vote, with council members Shane Buzby, Gary Seeber and Steve Kennedy casting the nay votes.  As noted by Seeber, two years ago the council departed from years of tradition by re-appointing former council member Trish King to continue to serve as vice mayor based on a recommendation by Mayor Fred Rummage.  Traditionally, the role of vice mayor has been filled by the newest elected councilperson who had the most votes in an election.   

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FOIA request delayed, questions remain unanswered

The Journal submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Town of Colonial Beach for documents pertaining to the negotiation of an employment agreement between the town and Christopher Hawkins on June 25.  
On Friday, July 2, The Journal received a request to extend the deadline by seven days for the FOIA request citing the town had “experienced issues with our server this week delaying the completion of your request.”  The Journal was also informed by Town Clerk Barbara Goff that the costs had risen to more than $200 because of the amount of staff time spent in working on the request.

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