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Council puts CB school demolition on hold

The Colonial Beach Town Council put a stop to a demolition notice for the town’s former elementary s...

Old school’s future in doubt

Old school’s future in doubt

A town official has ordered the former Colonial Beach Elementary School to be demolished in about tw...

Council tries to cut taxes, told it can’t

Despite their best efforts and good intentions, the Colonial Beach Town Council was unable to reduce...

High cost dooms local event

High cost dooms local event

Money was the driving factor for the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce’s decision to discontinue ho...

Police: CB Elementary School fire arson

Police: CB Elementary School fire arson

Law enforcement officials have said the Jan. 5 fire that destroyed the former Colonial Beach Element...

Injured vets honored after bus breaks down on way to event

Injured vets honored after bus breaks down on way to event

Colonial Beach’s effort to honor two dozen injured soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center lit...

 

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Monroe Bay washes over Monroe Bay Ave at the intersection of Ball Street in Colonial Beach.

 

 

The Boat Ramp on Monroe Bay at Monroe Bay Marina.
 
 

 

 

Water reaches the bottom of Happy Clam restaurant in Colonial Beach. One lower storage/office room did sustain flooding.

Hurricane Ida brings flooding to the Beach

Reporter Bruce Leshan of Channel 9 news and cameraman Greg Guise, in the truck, were in town to cover the impacts of the late season storm.



As Hurricane Ida’s remnants became a nor’easter intensifying off the coast of Virginia, the new moon added to a higher than normal high tide in Colonial Beach last night. Mayor Fred Rummage declared a state of emergency in Colonial Beach at the Town Council meeting yesterday evening.
Given the damage done in recent years, Colonial Beach was bound to make news.
A Chanel 9 News crew was on hand yesterday evening just after 6 p.m. for a live shot of the Potomac as it pounded the gazebo on the municipal pier. Reporter Bruce Leshan braved the wind and rain to show viewers how we compared to Ocean City, Md. Although our winds were roughly half the speed of Ocean City’s, our 25 mph winds will surely bring a significant change in the boardwalk if they continue to intensify.  
At high tide, just around 10:30 p.m. last night, boats on trailers in the parking lot of the Yacht Club Marina were submerged in water. Water was washing onto Monroe Bay Ave at Ball Street and on Irving Avenue just past the Wakefield Motel toward the Point, and waves were splashing over the parking lot of St. Johns Condominiums at 715 Washington Ave.
The storm is expected to hang around through Saturday.

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Beach has yet to close its fiscal year

The fiscal clock is ticking. It appears that a council agreement between the Colonial Beach Town Council and School Board, drafted to facilitate the progress of requested information needed to close the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, may be slowing the process down. State law requires a municipality to have an audit for the prior fiscal year finished by Nov. 30 according to Councilman David Coombes.
The onset of the agreement began with a meeting scheduled on Oct. 28 and appears that due to legal red tape, the town citizens will not see the signing of this agreement till at least Nov. 12, and only after the School Board gets some answers of its own about the agreement.

Read more: Beach has yet to close its fiscal year

Mayor Fred C. Rummage in hospital

Colonial Beach Vice Mayor Trish King sat in at Friday’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for Mayor Fred C. Rummage who she reported was in the hospital with gall bladder problems. King wished him a speedy recovery from all the members of council.

Calls to the Colonial Beach Rescue Chief, Ronald “Sparky” Ridgely, Town Hall and the mayor’s home failed to dispel rumors that Rummage’s condition had worsened over the weekend, and he had been transferred to a larger hospital.

Official statements reflect King’s report of his condition given Friday morning. Calls to the mayor’s home go directly to voicemail and no response from the family has been received as of Monday afternoon.

 

10 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 in Colonial Beach Schools

The bad news is nine cases of H1N1, commonly known as the swine flu have been confirmed in the Elementary School and one case in the High School, according to Colonial Beach Superintendent Donna Power.

Is there any good news? Yes, as a matter of fact, there is lots of good news.

At a recent meeting of the Town Council,  Power joked that the young elementary students are having fun coughing into their elbows. Children around town can be seen observing such simple preventative measures while many adults still fail to do so. And rightfully they should since the virus is hitting kids and teens harder than adults.

Routine measures at the schools have continued as usual. Staff members are sanitizing the schools daily, using disinfectant and wiping down all surfaces that kids and teachers touch.

Read more: 10 Confirmed Cases of H1N1 in Colonial Beach Schools

Fifth-graders give historical presentations to CB council

Members of Council admitted to learning new facts about their town and welcomed Superintendant Donna Power to continue the new tradition of allowing students to make presentations to the council at regular meetings. Some of the facts presented included:
The Bell House was built in 1883 and was added to the list of historical places in 1987. It was also home to Alexander Graham Bell. On March 10, 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first telegraph. He spent many summers here in what we call the Bell House.

Read more: Fifth-graders give historical presentations to CB council

Craft show introduces artists to Colonial Beach

 

Despite a lower than normal showing of artists, the Colonial Beach Arts and Craft show was a great success and Mother Nature provided nice weather.
This year’s Judged Art Show drew 40 artists and crafters came from all over the country. Judges were Susan Elliott and Olga Farneth. All items must be hand-crafted by the crafter. Original or prints from the originals are required by the artists. No resale or commercial items are allowed in the end of summer show.
Artists and craftsman as well as the public had a great time.
Youngster “Jessie James” Williams tried out one of Donnie Rexrodes’ wooden guns by “shooting” his parents, Crystal and Marty. Rexrode makes wooden toys and furniture in his home in Waynesboro.

 

Read more: Craft show introduces artists to Colonial Beach

Retirement apartment developer interested in Lions Club property

Town Manager Val Foulds reported to the Economic Committee last week that she was approached by Josh Gemerek, Senior Vice President of Housing for Bay Aging. Bay Aging is interested in purchasing the town-owned property on the Point that is now being leased by the Lions Club for $10 a year.
Bay Aging wishes to set up retirement apartments on the property. The apartments would be similar to those in the Meadows on Route 205 and would only be rented to senior citizens. Since the project would involve HUD, it would not be allowed to change and would remain a senior living facility for 30 years.
Councilman Stephen Kennedy admitted during the meeting that activities have dwindled in the last few years at the Lions Club and the members felt that if the property were sold, they could find an alternative site for club meetings.
Foulds said she will work with Gary Mitchell, director of Building and Zoning, to explore zoning changes. She is currently waiting for a property appraisal and should be ready to present the issue to the council by the end of the month.
Vice Mayor Trish King feels that the sale of this property would benefit the town and start generating revenue in property taxes. But being a not for profit company it was unclear to the committee members if property taxes would apply.

 

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