Monday, October 24, 2011

News from York County

Agriculture/Aquaculture zoning planning committee to meet Nov. 3

October 24, 2011


The York County Planning Commission's ad hoc committee established to review proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendments pertaining to agriculture and aquaculture uses will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at 5 p.m. in the East Room of York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown. 

The proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendments dealing with agriculture and aquaculture can be downloaded from the York County Planning Commission website at

Copies are also available for review at the Planning Division office, which is located in the Administration Building, 224 Ballard Street, Yorktown. For additional information, please contact the Planning Division at (757) 890-3404 or by email at


Head Start teacher Michelle Lawrence recognized for 20 yrs of service

October 24, 2011


In the attached picture, Board of Supervisors' Chairman George Hrichak congratulates Head Start Teacher Michelle Lawrence on her 20 years of service with York County.

Lawrence started working for the county at the Griffin Yeates early learning center in October 1991. In 1992, Lawrence was instrumental in opening the center's satellite location at Tabb Elementary School, and she has subsequently been teaching young children at this site for 19 years.

In her current position of Teacher II, Lawrence prepares children in a holistic manner socially, personally, physically and intellectually. She has helped families understand that they are the most important people in their child's education and helped them to understand that they are the primary stewards of their child's school readiness.


Senior Center Announces November Programs

October 24, 2011


A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in November.

Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed all county holidays. 

Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit

Health Day, "Medicare Check-up" Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 12:45 p.m. Each year Medicare Part D Plans may have cost and coverage changes, so it is important that you review your plan during the open enrollment period that began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. Lisa Walker with the Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program will give an overview of 2012 changes and answer your questions on Medicare and Medicare Part D. She will also discuss benefit programs you may be eligible for to help pay Medicare deductibles and premiums. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) is a free program that assists consumers with medical benefit issues with Medicare, Medicaid, medical bill paying and long-term care insurance. For more information and to register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807.

Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful cards and assists you with your scrapbook. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by Nov. 10.

AARP Driver Safety Program, Nov. 14 & Nov. 15. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Nov. 14 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members. Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.

Culture Day, "The Werowocomoco Site : An Archaeological Perspective," Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.  Archaeologists and Co-Directors of the Fairfield Foundation, David Brown and Thane Harpole, will discuss the significance of Werowocomoco, the Powhatan political center at the time of Jamestown's settlement. Mr. Brown and Mr. Harpole will also talk about such topics as: everyday native life at the village throughout its history; reconstructing the lost landscape; the life of Pocahontas at the village; and the importance of the site to Virginia's descendant Indian communities. Refreshments will be provided. Please register by Nov. 15.  
Senior Center's 20th Anniversary Open House Celebration, Friday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. You are cordially invited to come celebrate and commemorate 20 years with us! There will be a brief program with a musical selection from the Center's Idlers 4, and exhibits created by Senior Center patrons on display. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Please RSVP by Nov. 16. Call 898-3807 for more information. 

2011 Senior Center Art Exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall, Nov. 22 through Dec. 12. Senior Center crafters are invited to display their creations during this exhibit. If you are interested in showcasing your work, call the center at 898-3807 or stop by the front desk for more details. Space is limited. The Gallery at York Hall is located on Main Street in Yorktown. 

November/December Trips. The Senior Center of York is partnering with the Historic Triangle Senior Center in Williamsburg to take some interesting trips together. Space is limited. Upcoming trips are Tuesday, Nov. 29 to "Patrick Henry Mall and Lunch," and "Last Minute Christmas Shopping" at Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Tuesday, Dec. 13.  For more details and fees, please call the center at 898-3807 or drop by the front desk.

Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. Currently, classes are held on Tuesdays in the lab. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. 

Upcoming Closings. The Senior Center of York will be CLOSED on Nov. 11, 24, and 25.
The Dining Club will be CLOSED Nov. 11 and Nov. 23.

Mark Your Calendar
Make Colorful Holiday Jewelry, Monday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Facilitator Gail Eldred will give instructions on making a red, green, or purple 30-inch glass-beaded necklace with colorful threads. Create one for yourself or a loved one just in time for the holidays. A sample picture will be at the front desk. The fee is $15. Space is limited. For more information and to register for this program, please call 898-3807.

Breakfast, Tree-Trimming, and Singing, Thursday, Dec. 8. Come enjoy a Hardee's biscuit at 9:30 a.m. followed by tree decorating along with a lively and festive concert by Seaford Elementary School Choir at 10:30 a.m. Please register by Dec. 7.


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