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Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Earth Day festivities include tree planting

Colonial Beach students participated in two events rolled into one on Earth Day.
Ground was broken fo...

Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

No matter the season, whatever the weather, the Colonial Beach Municipal Pier remains a top attracti...

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

The Colonial Beach Town Council has voted unanimously to obtain estimates for the demolition of the ...

Colonial Beach fire chief saves MD family from house fire

Colonial Beach fire chief saves MD family from house fire

Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Chief David Robey was on his way to Hughsville, MD when he spotted the...

Downtown property owners invited to facade improvement meeting

The Colonial Beach Revitalization Management Team has identified roughly 25 properties that are elig...

Donkey Basketball

Donkey Basketball

Donkey Basketball is here to stay. On March 26 at Colonial Beach High School, basketball fans from a...

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Principal cuts ribbon on new modpods

 

Colonial Beach School Superintendent Donna Power, School Board Chair Tim Trivett, and Elementary School Principal Kevin Newman took center stage on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to officiate at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly installed modpod unit at the elementary school. Newman cut the ribbon to the entrance to the modpod in front of a crowd of approximately 45 town officials and residents.

 

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Drifters win No. Neck District Scholastic Bowl

Drifter kids are smart — in fact they now hold the district title for scholastics. On Wednesday, Jan. 12, during high school academic competition, Colonial Beach defeated Washington & Lee 185-95 to win the Northern Neck District (NND) Scholastic Bowl Tournament.  
On Saturday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m., at Colonial Beach High School, the Drifters will represent the NND as the No. 1 seed, while Rappahannock, who defeated Lancaster 200-95, will be seeded second at the Region A Scholastic Bow Tournament.
Individual honorees for the tournament included the following students: First team – Anne Self (W&L), Caleb Gallagher (RHS), Jeremiah Brown (CBHS) and Tierney Mays (CBHS). Second team – Emma Hollowell (LHS), Will Perkins (LHS), Brad Daiger (W&L) and Andrea Walker (RHS). Co-coaches of the year are Vick Favazza (EHS) and Veronica Reynolds (CBHS).
 

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Polar plunge to raise funds

Fourteen people kicked off the year with a shocking splash into the Potomac to help raise money for the Colonial Beach Elementary School library.
Danny Owens, owner of Ledo Pizza at the Beach, came up with the idea several months ago and made plans with Caroline Tiram from the Riverboat. But Owens had forgotten about the polar plunge plans until Thursday, Dec. 30 when Tiram gave him a call.
“We are very surprised at the interest and support that was generated in such a short amount of time,” Owens said. “Honestly, I didn’t think that two days would be enough time to pull it off. Caroline’s last-minute efforts really deserve most of the credit.”
The event, which is intended to be the inaugural dip for an annual tradition, raised $1,156. Another $400-$500 dollar in pledged donations are still expected. Continued donations may be dropped off at Ledo Pizza.
“We’re really excited that it generated so much support in such a short time,” Owens said. “I think we made a new tradition at the Beach.”
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2010 ushered in by Snowmageddon

To begin the New Year in 2010, mother nature held this beach town captive during the first two months by dumping 8 inches of snow on Jan 30; then dumping 14 inches during “Snowmageddon” on Feb 5 and 6; and then dumping 8 more inches on Feb 9 and 10, the “Blizzard of 2010.”
When the new year starts off with a seemingly un-ending blanket of the cold white stuff that closes schools and makes travel tough, it begs the question:  What’s in store for the rest of the year?  
How did the beach fare in 2010?  It was an eventful year, but a bit confusing for those of us who live in and love the town and try to follow what is happening.  Following are a few highlights from 2010 written with tongue-in-cheek.

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Worrell: Guilty

At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 17, at Westmoreland Circuit Court, before Judge Joseph J. Ellis, Barbara Marks Worrell pled guilty to 13 felony counts of embezzlement and one felony count of making false statements on income tax returns.  The embezzlement charges allege that Worrell, former finance director for Colonial Beach schools, stole at least $337,000 from September 1997 through April 2009.
Mark Gardner, Worrell’s attorney, argued that Worrell be allowed to continue to remain out on bond citing she had been cooperative, was not a flight risk, was not a threat to the community, and further noting that her husband has health problems and her home is currently subject to foreclosure proceedings.  Commonwealth’s Attorney Dean Atkins advised Judge Ellis “I will not object to his motion for release.”  

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

 

Member’s of Fancy’s Friends 4H Dog Club gathered at the Christmas tree for a group photo after performing for residents of the Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center last Sunday. The 4H Club members plan all aspects of the holiday musical program. Fancy’s Friends Therapy Dog Teams also join them at the annual event.

Steps to revitalize a town in decline

What will it take to revitalize Colonial Beach — to restore the longed-for days when the town was known as the “Playground of the Potomac?”
Colonial Beach found its economic niche in the early 1900s when steamships would deliver tourists to its scenic river shoreline.  Hotels, amusement centers and restaurants flourished driven by money spent by urban tourists seeking time away from the metropolitan DC area and fun times on the water with family and friends.  

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