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Montross' Bob Fox Project may be nearing its end

The Bob Fox Project in Montross, which has been providing food and gifts at Christmas for those in need, especially seniors, in Montross and Westmoreland County for almost 34 years, unfortunately may be nearing its end.

"Sadly, all or part of the project may have to be discontinued this year," said Brenda Reamy, the former Montross town manager. "Funds were mostly depleted last year and at least $3,000 will be needed by October 1 if the project is to continue."

Reamy said only about $750 has been received so far in response to fundraising letters for the beneficial project that were sent out a few months ago.  "Help is needed," Reamy said.

The project was started more than three decades ago to provide holiday assistance for those in need as a memorial effort to honor former Westmoreland Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Fox. Sadly, Fox, who was a very popular public official, died of a heart attack in a Westmoreland County courtroom.  

Fox, who was known for his generosity as well as his legal skills, frequently lamented to friends and associates that he was worried about the large number of people in Westmoreland County who were without gifts, food or friendship during the holiday season.  

On March 11, 1983, when Fox died while trying a case in a Westmoreland County courtroom, his friends and associates vowed to keep his memory alive by establishing the Bob Fox Project to help those who are in need during the holiday season.

"It's done very quietly," said Reamy. "But it reaches out to many." Despite the Bob Fox Project's success, however, after three decades volunteer help and funding has not been what is necessary to sustain the worthwhile effort.

"The project each year remembers Westmoreland County people who now reside in nursing homes with a Christmas gift bag," said Reamy. "And for those living alone at home, a turkey dinner with all trimmings.  For some, this is the only holiday gift they receive."

Montross residents met earlier this year at the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department to talk about ways to reinvigorate the project. "The success of this project depends completely on the generosity of our community," Bob Fox Project organizers said in a letter to Montross residents.

"We are again asking for your help in funding this yearly activity," the organizers said. "We also need worker bees to help cook, deliver, shop, wrap, bake and raise funds." The letter asked those interested in helping prepare for the 2016 holiday season to contact Pam Walsh at 804-493-8673 or to send contributions to the Robert B. Fox Memorial Project at 1623 Crookhorn Road, Montross, VA 22520.

"I was very glad to see a group of people step up to the plate to try and help keep the Bob Fox Project going," said Reamy.  "So many of our recipients look forward to this worthwhile project and I would hate to see them disappointed this year."

Richard Leggitt

Woman arrested in shed in Westmoreland allowed to remain free on bond

Judge Herbert Hewitt denied efforts by the King George Commonwealth's Attorney's Office last week to revoke the bond for Mary Evelyn Trainum, arrested earlier this month hiding in a shed in Westmoreland County and charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drug death of a King George man.

Hewitt said he was uncomfortable with revoking the $10,000 bond since Trainum did not have an attorney present. Hewitt allowed Trainum to remain free, but ordered her to obtain an attorney and to return to court on Sept. 15 for an additional hearing on the bond issue.

King George Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Charlie Clark said prosecutors were seeking to revoke Trainum's bond because she "eluded police and lied to them about her whereabouts. She had family and friends lie about her whereabouts. And, when detectives found her hiding in a shed in Westmoreland County, she actively resisted arrest."

Trainum, 53, was indicted by a King George County Grand Jury in connection with the death of a 26-year-old man who died of a fatal drug overdose. In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Trainum is charged with illegally distributing drugs.

Richard Leggitt

Art Walk, Market Day mark Fourth

The historic town of Montross celebrated the Fourth of July with wine, music, art and a courthouse square collection of crafts, produce, antiques and gifts.

Read more: Art Walk, Market Day mark Fourth

Westmoreland Sheriff's Office Arrests

April 19:
Robert Clifton Creel, 49, of Colonial Beach was charged with stalking and assault and battery.
Casey Danielle Tibbs, 31, of Colonial Beach was charged with bail violation and pre-trial services violation.

April 20:
Adriauna Elette, 18, of Montross was charged with assault on law officer and disorderly conduct.

April 22:
Anthony T. West, 46, of Colonial Beach was charged with failure to appear on a warrant from Prince William County.

April 23:
Gregory Turner, 44, of Hague was charged for assault and battery on a warrant from Northumberland County.

April 24:
William Zachary Bryan, 37, of Montross was charged for drunk in public.
Stephen Ray Berry, 67, of Etlan was charged for drunk in public.
Simon Benjamin Berry, 26, of Etlan was charged with assault and battery on a law officer, resisting arrest and refusal to take a blood test.

Richard Leggitt

Montross and Westmoreland County Museum kickoff Student Art Walk this weekend

April 12 to May 10

The Westmoreland County Museum will be hosting a local student art walk from April 12 through May 10, to highlight the talent of students from Montross and Westmoreland County.

Read more: Montross and Westmoreland County Museum kickoff Student Art Walk this weekend

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