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Crepe Myrtle fails to make Colonial Beach's landscaping list

Pity the poor crepe myrtle.  

When Robert Busick, a member of the Colonial Beach Planning Comm...

Recent weather yields stunning sights

Recent weather yields stunning sights

The recent, hot humid weather has produced a series of breathtaking sunrises over the Potomac River,...

Traveling Colonial Beach photographer captures vibrant digital images

Traveling Colonial Beach photographer captures vibrant digital images

Rob Rudick, a talented international photographer from Colonial Beach, travels the country and the w...

Wildlife Center educates and entertains children at Colonial Beach library

Wildlife Center educates and entertains children at Colonial Beach library

Wilson, a box turtle; Quinn, a great horned owl; and Delphine, a blind opossum were the star attract...

Ellie Caruthers is Colonial Beach treasure

Ellie Caruthers is Colonial Beach treasure

Ellie Caruthers has been greeting people at Doc's Motor Court in Colonial Beach since 1951. Doc's is...

Benefit scheduled for Colonial Beach's Vickie Coffman

Benefit scheduled for Colonial Beach's Vickie Coffman

Friends and customers of Vickie Coffman, who owns High Tides Restaurant in Colonial Beach with her

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School budget approval bring tears of Joy

Superintendent Kathleen Beane was very emotional when she heard the news that Colonial Beach Town Council approved the 2013-2014 school year budget.

The budget amount approved was almost $400,000 more than last year's budget due to reduced federal funding and the need to replace three aging trailers used for classes on the elementary campus.

Three of the elementary school trailers on the elementary campus are in deplorable conditions according to school board officials and need to be replaced.

The school board has been scrambling to find a solution if the money did not come forward to replace trailers before next year. One alternative was to use the school gymnasium to conduct classes in.

However school officials were concerned about utilizing the gym, which is attached to the condemned 100 year old school building. The gym has been deemed safe but capacity is limited to 49 people by the fire marshal and heating and cooling bills for the gym are astronomical.

While discussing the renovations that would be needed to utilize the gym for classes, the school officials also discussed the need for a new cafeteria roof. These discussions sparked another alternative; move the Elementary School Campus to the High School Campus.

School officials said that the elementary school would remain a separate self-contained campus, but would be located on the property at 100 First St., along with the high school and the middle school.

Officials can breath easy now and start planning for the move right away, to ensure the elementary school is located on the HS campus as soon as possible.

According to Tracey Tunstall, “Realistically we would like it to happen before the new year, hopefully in the first month,” but there are several actions that need to take place before the move can be complete. Tunstall said the school is usually at the mercy of the utility companies schedules such as Dominion Virginia Power and Verizon.

The council is now tasked with finding funding, only four officials admitted they would raise real estate taxes only if absolutely needed but all agreed to commit to the school system and work diligently to find a funding solutions without raising taxes.

All these details will be discussed in more detail in the May 22 edition of the Journal Press.

Linda Farneth

CBVFD conducts a controlled burn

On Saturday, May 11, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD) conducted a controlled-burn of a 100-year-old house on Jackson St. This was a training exercise, and had been requested by the current owner, Joyce Gunderson. The old house sparked some controversy after the town asked Gunderson to have it removed

Read more: CBVFD conducts a controlled burn

Ravens’ Torrey Smith to grand marshall CB Potomac River Festival Parade

Colonial Beach Mayor Mike Ham told the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors Monday night that Torrey Smith, the star wide-receiver of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, will be the grand marshal of the grand feature parade at the  2013 Potomac River Festival next month.

Read more: Ravens’ Torrey Smith to grand marshall CB Potomac River Festival Parade

CB Council to deny claim for damages

Wardman Companies, Inc. has filed a claim against the Town of Colonial Beach in the amount of $14,934.98 for damages sustained to the Riverview Inn on June 21, 2012.

The town’s insurance carrier has previously evaluated and denied this claim because the Town of Colonial Beach was not legally responsible for the damage, according to Resolution 31-13, which will be voted on at

Read more: CB Council to deny claim for damages

It’s worth $100,000 more per year to save lives and property

Council approves police dispatch Consolidation

In a special meeting on May 1, it took just one minute and forty seconds for council to pass a resolution authorizing Town Manager Val Foulds to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Westmoreland County and The Town of Colonial Beach concerning Colonial Beach Police Department

Read more: It’s worth $100,000 more per year to save lives and property

Great Raggs

Joyce Gunderson, owner of Raggs clothing store in Colonial Beach, held a fashion show at Riverboat on the Potomac on Saturday evening. Proceeds from the event went to the CBVFD-LA.

Photos by Bonnie Gouvisis

RAP attempts Riverwood for second time

Related Apartment Preservation (RAP) is back in Colonial Beach asking for a reference for financing their project to upgrade Riverwood Apartments.

In 2008, RAP approached the Colonial Beach Town Council with a similar offer. At that time, RAP was

Read more: RAP attempts Riverwood for second time

Artists ‘Talk Trash’ with Council

What began as a vacation trip for one local artist ended with the Colonial Beach Artists’ Guild “talking trash” to the town’s officials.

Elcy Leshley traveled to Abilene, KS, last year for vacation and observed that the town had artwork painted

Read more: Artists ‘Talk Trash’ with Council

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