- Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 10:42
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Stratford Hall, the home to the Lee Family of Virginia and one of the state's top tourist destinations, is getting a new president. John Bacon, who has worked with Colonial Williamsburg for 28 years, was named last week to head the historic Westmoreland County plantation by the board of directors of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:50
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Annual event slated for May 28
Stratford Hall, the Westmoreland County plantation that was the home of two of America's founding fathers and the birthplace of Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee, will host its annual Traditional Trades Fair on May 28th.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:43
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The Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department received valuable training for fighting a residential home fire last week when they tackled the controlled burn of an unoccupied and uninhabited house on the property for Stratford Hall.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 13:11
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Tom and Martha Crimmins of Westmoreland County were at the Kinsale Strawberry Festival Saturday helping raise money for a Stratford Fire Substation with a raffle whose cash prize is $4,000.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:13
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Market Days moves for bigger, more fun event
Montross First Fridays are back this weekend, and the Westmoreland County village is combining its traditional First Fridays art walk and music series with the Montross Market Days, normally held on the Saturday after the First Friday, for a larger, more energetic event.
- Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 13:20
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The Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the 8th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Violence, conducted a Self Defense Seminar on April 14 in the sheriff's office training room.
Deputy Kim Simon, Crime Prevention Specialist and Sergeant Anthony Darby, a
Defensive Tactics Instructor conducted the training session.
Students ranged in age of woman from 12 to 60 years old.
“Sergeant Anthony Darby and I always
enjoy helping citizens of all ages feel more safe, secure and in control of their own environment. We
look forward to presenting more of these programs in the not too distant future.” Simon said.
The Sheriffs office will announce future classes, however, anyone interested in being notified when
classes are scheduled can call the Westmoreland sheriff's office at 804-493-8066 to be placed on a notification list.
Participants were instructed on methods of recognizing, avoiding and preventing the chances of being a
victim of violent crime as well as practical exercises to enhance self-defense skills in a controlled
“For folks who were unable to attend," Simon said she recommends the following safety tips "to help improve one's personal safety on a daily basis.”
1. Be A.L.E.R.T. - Always Look/Listen Everywhere Regardless of Time of day
2. Reduce distractions - texting, talking and daydreaming lower your ability to recognize, avoid and
prevent a dangerous encounter.
3. Be confident - in yourself, in your posture, in your destination. Move with a purpose, no dilly
4. Trust your gut - if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Get away from any person, place or
situation that gives you that funny feeling in your belly.
5. Take a class - learning some basic defensive skills can improve your confidence and help you to
take action if you find yourself in a dangerous encounter.
Sheriff C. O. Balderson said she wished to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Katherine Cross for organizing
the annual vigil events to include her support of this training.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 12:04
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A group of Montross residents met recently at the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department to talk about ways to reinvigorate the Bob Fox Project, a volunteer effort to help provide Christmas for needy individuals that was begun 32 years ago as a memorial to former Westmoreland County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert Fox.