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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:50
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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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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 00:00
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:28
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 15:47
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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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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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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