- Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 20:52
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Northern Neck Tourism Commission Chairman Paul Reber met this Monday with the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors to provide an update on efforts to bring tourists to Virginia’s Northern Neck.
Reber was accompanied by Northern Neck Planning District Director Jerry Davis, whose office works in partnership with the region’s Tourism Commission to facilitate and promote tourism.
The centerpiece of the May 10 presentation was the recently created colorful marketing brochure that has been made available at tourist destinations throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond. A working skipjack, George Washington and Stratford Hall are depicted on the brochure’s cover.
Reber explained the commission’s effort to bring tourist trade to the region “by capitalizing on our natural, historical, cultural and recreational resources” and by “increasing lodging and dining opportunities in a way that enhances the local community and visitor experiences.”
A promotional website, northernneck.org, has been revamped and Reber reported that site visits increased as much as 11 percent from January to February 2010. The most visited pages on the site were home, lodging, events, map and real estate.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:05
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It was a discussion topic on March 22 and last week the Westmoreland School Board sent the division’s alternative calendar consideration to Virginia’s Board of Education.
If the request is approved, the county’s 2010-2011 school year would begin on August 10.
Westmoreland School Superintendent Elaine Fogliani announced last month that the General Assembly failed to act on a measure that would authorize local school boards to establish calendars to determine a division’s instructional time.
When the General Assembly did not respond, the request was forwarded to the State Board of Education. According to Fogliani, as many as 77 Virginia school divisions cur-rently have the alternative instructional calendar in place.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 April 2010 16:59
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Congressman Rob Wittman delivered the keynote speech this Saturday, when the James Monroe Memorial Foundation and friends gathered at Westmoreland County’s Monroe Hall to celebrate the 252nd anniversary of the birth of James Monroe.
Visitors attending the celebration on the Monroe birthplace property brought gifts that have been added to the collection of items displayed in the historic site’s visitor center. One new display item presented on Saturday is a photocopy of Monroe’s Masonic apron.
Wittman, who previously served as Montross mayor and Westmoreland Board of Supervisors Chairman, described the county where Monroe was born as “the cradle of democracy.”
Echoing his predecessor, the late Congresswoman JoAnn Davis, Wittman continued, “This really is America’s first district.”
Wittman acknowledged the work the Monroe Memorial Foundation has completed since 1927 to preserve the legacy of the nation’s fifth President. He additionally praised the initiatives of such groups as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Sojourners, whose toast to the flag has been a highlight of the annual birthday event in Westmoreland.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 21:50
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At 7 p.m. this Friday Westmoreland citizens will have their chance to make comments on the budget proposed for the 12-month period that begins July 1. Action will follow at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 1. Both Board of Supervisors sessions will take place in the A.T. Johnson auditorium.
Additional local funding will offset major reductions in school funding from state and federal sources. An additional $347,956 from county sources will allow the Westmore-land school division to retain its teacher’s aides, middle school assistant principal and pre-kindergarten and algebra readiness programs.
An allocation of $300,000 will be made for non-mandatory programs such as the county’s 4-H program, Little League, Bay Aging, Bay Transit, the County Museum and Bridge House.
“Those are very worthwhile programs,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Woody Hynson said during an April 12 discussion of the budget draft.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:49
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Funding restored for assistant middle school principal and 8 instructional aides
The Westmoreland supervisors and county school division representatives worked long and hard this Monday afternoon and the result of the combined effort generated applause from the large group of school division supporters who gathered for the April 12 Board of Supervisors meeting.
At the end of the lengthy deliberations, funding had been restored to prevent next year’s elimination of the county school division’s assistant middle school principal and eight instructional aides.
On Tuesday morning, numbers were still being tweaked. Westmoreland would raise the tax it levies on machinery and tools in order to support the additional assistance the new budget will provide to the county’s school division.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 15:47
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Jerry Davis, of the Northern Neck District Planning Office, is the lead player in the effort to craft a new Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan. This Monday Davis met with the county’s planning commissioners.
Davis presented a first draft of the new Plan in December 2009, but commission members faulted the draft’s abbreviated transportation section and tasked Davis with developing additional language.
On April 5 Davis delivered the revised draft to the commissioners. The expanded trans-portation section includes information gleaned from a regional transportation study.
“Transportation infrastructure is often the most capital-intensive activity of a locality’s planned development,” the newly worked overview begins.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:27
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Spring vacationers returning to part-time Westmoreland County homes are discovering it was a hard winter as they attempt to negotiate a path between the overflowing ditches and the pitted surfaces of the county’s narrow and winding secondary roads.
It’s spring vacation time in Westmoreland County and the traffic is heavier than it has been for many months, but vacationers are discovering they must share the roads with school bus traffic. The county school division’s spring break had been sharply abbreviated by weather events that occurred earlier this year.
Loss of a meaningful spring vacation was a discussion topic at last week’s county school board meeting. The holiday would be limited to April 2 and 5.
School Board members acted on the calendar revisions reluctantly. Days lost to snow events had to be restored and Standards of Learning (SOL) test performance was a big consideration.
Longer school day hours were a consideration that failed to take flight. Subjects needed to be taught before SOLs were administered or the exhausted students’ test scores would be low.
The school board members were advised that neighboring divisions were making school days longer in order to avoid disrupting spring vacation plans. It was stated that spring break is needed to preserve everyone’s morale.