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CB school board OKs $1.8M insurance deal

The Colonial Beach School Board has voted to accept an insurance settlement offer of $1.8 million to...

Colonial Beach Important Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the relocation of

The Town Manager’s Office, Town Clerk’s Office and Treas...

Gym home  to 102 years of memories

Gym home to 102 years of memories

Today, the facility sits silently behind fences and yellow tape.

It’s a far cry from the raucous sce...

Yellow Ribbon Fund soldiers to be honored in CB

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is well-known for its work in bridging the gaps in funding and care for injur...

CB rescue squad will stay open

CB rescue squad will stay open

The Colonial Beach Rescue Squad will be allowed to remain in its home despite safety concerns expres...

Rasing the flag

Rasing the flag

Eagle Scout project brings new pole to CB High School

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Hurricane Irene blows through, capping off a challenging week

Mother Nature dealt a triple blow to Colonial Beach last week beginning with a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Aug. 23, a severe thunderstorm on Thursday, Aug. 25, and culminating with tropical storm strength wind and rain from Hurricane Irene beginning on Saturday, Aug. 27 in the morning and ending almost 24 hours later in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 28. 

Natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes are normally rare occurrences and, never in the history of Colonial Beach have such major, potentially devastating natural events pummeled this small riverfront town within days of each

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CB revitalization efforts continue

The Management Team for the revitalization grant application project continues to meet every other Monday at Town Center.

The team currently is preparing for an upcoming Saturday, Aug. 13, public meeting where participants will be asked to vote on a new slogan for the town. Based on recommendations from team members and the public, at least five new slogans will be available for participants to choose from and vote for their favorite. Participants will also have an opportunity to submit a slogan during the meeting. Colonial Beach has long been known as the “Playground of the Potomac” and that slogan will be included in the vote.

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911 system problems resolved

Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Gutridge reported that a problem in the 911 emergency communication system occurred on Friday at noon.  Emergency 911 calls for fire and/or rescue in Oak Grove and Colonial Beach were being properly received or “toned,” but the system that alerts individual volunteer responders was not working properly.  Gutridge was able to use a text messaging system and an alternative radio channel to alert responders to report to the station.  

As of 9 p.m. Sunday night, Gutridge reported, the system was fully operational.

Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi reported that the county was able to procure and place a temporary 911 communications tower in Colonial Beach on Saturday from Fairfax County.   Risavi reports that the county had contacted the contractor for the Motorola

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Revitalization focuses on marketing, history

The management team for the revitalization grant application effort met on Monday, June 20, at Town Hall.  The team meets every other Monday at 6 p.m. 

Members of the team include professional consultant Carol Rizzio, LandStudio, PC; business owners/representatives High Tides restaurant’s Vickie Coffman, Bank of Lancaster’s Sharon Dunavant, and Cyberbility’s John DePasquale; town residents Walter Kern, Maureen McCabe, Casey Flores, Glenda

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Storms knock out power, down trees

Severe thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday knocked out power and downed trees throughout Colonial Beach during Riverfest weekend. On Saturday, the storms subsided in time for the carnival and fireworks show to go on.

The worst storm occurred on Sunday afternoon. High winds uprooted a large tree that fell onto two cars parked at the Wilder parking lot; one car had two occupants. No serious injuries were reported. There were approximately 20 incidents reported

Read more: Storms knock out power, down trees

CB: Creating the town vision

As summertime arrives and beach businesses gear up for tourist season, the Management Team for the Business District Revitalization Grant is working hard studying ways to improve the economic picture in Colonial Beach.  The team — facilitated by Carol Rizzo of Land Studio, PC — is composed of volunteers including local business representatives, town residents, local government, and representatives from non-profit and philanthropic groups.

The team met on Monday, May 23, and continued to create a vision statement that succinctly describes the amenities of the town

Read more: CB: Creating the town vision

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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