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Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

Potomac Renaissance condos are movin’ on up

The long planned second phase of the Potomac Renaissance Condominiums in Colonial Beach began buildi...

Council not responsible for delays

In an interview with Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs and current Interim Superintenden...

Street closings for this weekend's Jet Ski Races

To facilitate the Fifth Annual International Jet Ski Races July 18-20, Taylor Street from Wilder Ave...

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

Carpenter’s legacy will live on in building named after him

On June 12, Commissioners, staff and guests gathered to unveil the new sign naming the Potomac River...

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum celebrates 15 years

CB Museum Curator Mitzi Saffos and Mayor Mike Ham both shake hands with Art Buswell while honoring h...

Chief Legg on Police Dispatch, “The move didn’t make it new!”

Colonial Beach Police Chief Elizabeth, “Libby” Legg is taking a second look at police dispatch throu...

 

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Update on double shooting on New Monrovia Road


There are new details about the events that unfolded Wednesday starting with a double shooting around 2:30 p.m. and ended with shots fired into a car on Cedar Hill Road and another car running off the road and damaging the porch of a home at 1439 Cedar Hill Road.

Police responded to a 911 call with a report of shots fired at a residence on New Monrovia Road/Old Road. When police arrived they found two men shot, laying in close proximity of each other.

Read more: Update on double shooting on New Monrovia Road

Two people shot on New Monrovia Road

Update:

According to Westmoreland County Sheriff C. O. Balderson the three incidents that occurred are believed to be related. Police do have suspects in the case but no one has been apprehended at this time. Anyone with any information concerning these incidents is urged to call the Westmoreland County Sheriff's office at (804)-493-8066 or text your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

Both victims in the Monrovia shooting are being treated at Mary Washington Hospital. No word on their condition yet.

No one has been reported injured in the incidents on Cedar Hill Road. No police, fire or rescue personnel responding were injured during any of these calls.


Shots fired into a vehicle; vehicle crashes into home on Cedar Hill Road

Cedar Hill Road has been shut down from Route 205. Shots were fired into a vehicle and another vehicle has crashed into a home on Cedar Hill Rd. It is unclear if the two incidents are related or if they have any connection to the earlier double shooting on New Monrovia Road.

At approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon Westmoreland County Sheriff’s officers and Colonial Beach Police Department responded to a call for two people shot and remain on scene at this time. The incident took place at a home on the corner of New Monrovia Rd./Old Rd. and Monrovia Ln.  

4:05 p.m.
A call came in to police that a car had crashed into a home at 1439 Cedar Hill Rd. Responding officer called in to dispatch reporting a car at a different location with its windshield blown out and no occupant in sight.

Dispatch responded that a call had come into the Westmoreland Sheriff’s department of shots fired into a vehicle. Police are still trying to determine if the two incidents are connected.

The responding officer asked dispatch to tell resident at 1439 Cedar Hill Rd. to go back into their home. Responding officer reported the home had a vehicle crashed into the home, with its engine running. Responding officer stated there was no danger at this time to the occupants but advised other responders to use caution since the driver of the vehicle in the home of Cedar Hill had also not been located.

4:20 p.m.
Police reported no injuries at the home on Cedar Hill Rd.

Citizens are cautioned not to venture into that area until police can determine if the area is safe.

Updates as they become available.
Linda Farneth

Col. Beach will present stronger revitalization grant application

After only four meetings with Jerry Davis, Executive Director of the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, the Colonial Beach Revitalization Management Team is ready to pass the draft application on to the town council. “This will be the last meeting for the group before the grant application is approved,” Davis told the group with confidence.  

Read more: Col. Beach will present stronger revitalization grant application

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In Monroe Bay, swans struggle to keep warm.

Photo by Richard Leggitt

Colonial Beach Council gives unofficial approval for October Bikefest

The Colonial Beach Town Council received an update at last week’s work session on the planning for the first-ever bikefest to be held in town, tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in October of this year. The event’s planning group was seeking to obtain a definitive answer concerning the council’s approval of the event before proceeding with promotional activities.

Read more: Colonial Beach Council gives unofficial approval for October Bikefest

Out of the ashes there is hope for CB Elementary

The Colonial Beach Town Council received an update at last week’s work session on the planning for the first-ever bikefest to be held in town, tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in October of this year. The event’s planning group was seeking to obtain a definitive answer concerning the council’s approval of the event before proceeding with promotional activities.
President of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, Carey Geddes, along with Bryan and Vickie Coffman, owners of the town’s High Tides on the Potomac restaurant, are heading up efforts with General Manager Steven “Smurf” Keene and Marketing Director Tammy Saberan of All American Harley-Davidson of Hughesville, Maryland, to create the first, and hopefully annual, Colonial Beach BikeFest.
The group met with the Colonial Beach Town Council in October 2013. At that meeting, Keene presented the council with information on activities that would take place and to dispel rumors surrounding the type of people who would be attending the event.
Keene told the council that a lot of people have misconceptions about bikers. The old stereotypical profile of a biker is far from the truth. Today’s bikers, he said, are on average between the ages of 25 and 54 years of age. He advised that they are men and women of Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, etc. races.  “A lot of women are coming on board with the motorcycle industry,” Keene said, adding, “The average household income is between $75 to $100 thousand, and most of them own their own homes.”
Keene went on to tell the council, “Harley-Davidsons are the ‘Cadillacs’ of motorcycles, so we invest a lot in them. While bikers may be interested in tattoos and chrome, some of us also share interests in art.” He said that he buys not only local art, but also that of artists from places he’s visited.
“So, we do shop at the events we attend,” Keene said, adding that bikers also love the environment. “We love music- blues and jazz, religion and most importantly, we like reaching out to those that are in need. I have yet to find a more charitable crowd than the bikers when there is a community in need.”

What is a bikefest?
The event would include activities geared towards a biker demographic, strategically planned to accommodate their interests, in hopes of creating a tradition for loyal motorcycle enthusiasts to participate in for years to come.
Event activities include: bike shows; “weenie bite” rides, where passengers get on a bike with a driver and try to take a bite out of a dangling hotdog; bike rodeos that show off a rider’s slow-speed skills, such as the “road kill” event, where riders attempt to pick up stuffed animals inside a small area; and other entertaining demonstrations.
Events are all geared around having fun while practicing safety. Of course, there will be food and beverage venders serving sodas, tea and beer. Keene said, “There is always live music, and many events end with a fireworks show.”
There is no admission fee for spectators. The public is free to wander around throughout the venue. Entrance fees are charged for the competitions to fund prizes.
Harley-Davidson will also cover production and design of an event shirt through sponsors. The town would be involved with the event logo designs, and proceeds will benefit local groups such as the CB Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. Keene told the council at the Jan. 23 work session that the group also plans to donate proceeds to the Colonial Beach Elementary School Fire Fund, as well.
At the Jan. 23 work session, the group was primarily there for the council’s final blessing to turn the first Annual Colonial Beach BikeFest into a reality and a huge success. However, the group took considerable time updating the council on event planning, to date.
Keene discussed the group’s progress over the last five months. “We have held several [organizational] meetings at High Tides restaurant.” He said that many local businesses and key planners for the event have worked well together to iron-out plans and ideas.
“Ideas were passed around and pitched, all working towards making this event a huge success for local business owners, because that’s what it’s all about, which in turn, will revitalize Colonial Beach and put you back on the map as a great destination place,” Keene told the council.
Keene reported that he has been doing his research and has spoken to many motorcycle event-goers. He said that many of the folks he’s talked to about an event in Colonial Beach were very excited because it is so close. The reason this information is so important for Colonial Beach is twofold- Not only is Colonial Beach centrally located to several big cities such as Richmond, Fredericksburg, Washington, DC and parts of Maryland, but in recent economic impact studies of similar events, almost half of the event-goers are usually “day-trippers”. Of the other half of event-goers, on average, the party size is 2.7 visitors, and many of them stay an average of two nights at the event’s location.
Social media is already generating a vast amount of interest. Southern Maryland radio station 97.7’s Ripley has been airing free spots concerning the upcoming event, but the group doesn’t want to move forward without some word from council that they will, indeed, support the event.

Keene said he has received a number of calls from bands trying to line up shows for the event, and many vendors have committed to attending. He has also scheduled the Harley-Davidson demo fleet for Colonial Beach, rather than holding it at the dealership. Keene asked Harley-Davidson to schedule it the weekend of the event and to hold the demos at the CB Dragstrip. This event brings in over 350 test drives in a day and a half.

Keene wrapped up his update by saying, “We need approval to move forward with promoting this event. Band managers and vendors have already been calling to be included. We would like to include more local businesses- We were pleasantly surprised by the businesses that showed up to the meetings at High Tides. We want all Colonial Beach businesses to participate in the creation of this event. The crowd that is coming will be interested in more than bikes.”

“Together, we can turn this ‘biker event’ into a true ‘bikefest’ that attendees will look forward to, and plan for annually!”
A welcome reception has been scheduled at the CB Dragstrip for the Friday night of the BikeFest. The reception will be held there to encourage BikeFest attendees (those not interested in attending the ArtWalk) to go out of town during the regular First Friday ArtWalk, to reduce noise to help ensure adequate parking for other ArtWalk attendees.

The town council’s show of hands indicated that all members are in favor of the event. Mayor Mike Ham suggested the town work out contractual agreements on details, and how cleanup, security and other maintenance items will be handled.

—Linda Farneth

January school fire reaffirms need for Town water and sewer upgrades

Colonial Beach Town Manager Val Foulds continues to work diligently on the town’s water and sewer infrastructure. But despite her best efforts, as well as those of town staff and town council, time was not on their side the first week of 2014, when fire struck the old two-story landmark school building at 315 Douglas Ave.

Read more: January school fire reaffirms need for Town water and sewer upgrades

Hazardous chemicals more than HazMat could handle

Adding to the immediate dangers are hazardous chemicals, creating a situation that not even HazMat could solve. Chemicals left in the school’s science lab had been secured while the building was closed and being used as a storage facility. Sunday’s fire gutted the building, leaving it exposed to the elements and unidentified chemicals, including old ether had to be moved to the old gymnasium to ensure they could be locked up and undisturbed until a Reactive Management Team could come and dispose of these chemicals.

Read more: Hazardous chemicals more than HazMat could handle

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