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October 29, 2021

Pollinators in Print; Paws on Parade; Parks Post New Hours

2022 Beautiful York County Calendar Art Contest Winners Announced

The results are in!  Thirteen photos featuring pollinators have been chosen for next year’s Beautification calendar. Each of the winners receives a cash prize and will see their photo printed in the calendar, available in locations throughout the County later this year. Entries in the contest were submitted by 36 talented amateur photographers, and narrowing it down to 13 was difficult.  And for a sneak peak of the photos appearing in the calendar, watch for the winter issue of Citizen News Quarterly, scheduled to be published online mid-November.

 Paws at the River is Tomorrow!

It promises to be a doggone good farmers market! The entire family is invited to attend Yorktown’s annual Paws at the River on Saturday (10/30) from 9 to 3. This special event is designed to bring awareness to animal rescue organizations, and help place some adoptable friends in their forever homes. It’s also a chance to put a fun costumPaws at the Rivere on your pup for beautiful photo opportunities and to march in our annual Halloween Pet Costume Parade. FREE digital pet portraits will be taken behind the Freight Shed, with the Coleman Bridge as the backdrop. They’ll be uploaded to Visit Yorktown’s Facebook page the following week where owners can access them. Photos are taken from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Halloween Pet Costume Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. There’s lots of fun for the kids too, and an opportunity for them to do a trial run of their costumes! Town-wide trick-or-treating kicks off at 10 a.m. with participating businesses. Check Visit Yorktown for a map of all the stops. 

LED Street Lighting Project

York County is partnering with Dominion Energy in a new Capital Improvement Program project to convert existing public streetlights to efficient LED fixtures.  This project is expected to take place over several years. Light-emitting diodes (LED) use solid-state technology to convert electricity into light and are extremely beneficial: they have a longer life than traditional lights, they are energy efficient and offer enhanced visibility and light quality while being less prone to maintenance problems. These lights are cost-effective too.  The County is asking interested neighborhoods to complete an online survey to express their interest in the conversion program and having their neighborhood added to the list. The survey form and FAQs are available on the Planning and Development Services website.  


York County Recognized for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Recently, the Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) presented its Annual Awards. This year’s recipients are the Emergency Management offices of York County, Williamsburg, and James City County for their innovative and collaborative efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the press release, WHF President and CEO Carol L. Sale, RN, MSN, was quoted as saying “The Williamsburg Health Foundation believes unequivocally that the emergency management efforts of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County saved lives and prevented illness and immense suffering by lowering the number of cases of COVID-19 through their vaccination efforts.” Watch the Williamsburg Health Foundation annual awards video featuring local officials here. York County staff values the partnership between the localities, WHF, and regional agencies. Thank you to everyone at the Williamsburg Health Foundation for this prestigious award.  WHF

County Parks Switch to Winter Hours

The beginning of November brings with it a change in the operating hours of our park facilities. Hours at Chisman Creek Park (1314 Wolf Trap Road), the McReynolds Athletic Complex (412 Sports Way), and Wolf Trap Park (1009 Wolf Trap Road) are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive) opens 10 a.m. to dusk on Fridays and 8 a.m. to dusk on the weekend. Riverwalk Landing’s piers and dockside restrooms as well as the dockmaster’s office are closed, but docking is still available. However, water and utilities are turned off for the winter.  Complete details and information on park amenities are available on the Parks and Recreation website.  While on the site, consider signing up for Yoga at the Senior Center. Classes are Tuesdays, November 9 through December 7, at 12:30 p.m. Class fee is $25.  Register by November 5.

Household Chemical/Computer Recycling/Shred Event is November 13

The final York County collection event for 2021 is Saturday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Public Works building (105 Service Drive, off Goodwin Neck Road).  Residents may bring cleaning products, paints, fuels, automotive chemicals, and more for safe disposal.  In addition, computers, monitors, cell phones, printers and related items can be dropped off. Televisions are not accepted. This is also the final paper shredding event of the year. Bring your personal papers to help keep your identity safe! Please note: At the collection event, a staff member will ask you which city or county you live in (these events are open to all VPPSA community residents) as well as a description of the materials you have brought. Proof of residency may be required. Staff will unload your vehicle.  

Additional Notes for the Week…..Voter Registration offices in Washington Square Shopping Center and Victory Village Shopping Center are open tomorrow (10/30) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for early voting.  Election Day is Tuesday (11/2) and the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details and a sample ballot, visit the Voter Registration website.

Trick Or Treat - Halloween 10-31

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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October 22, 2021

Tax Bills Mailed, Trick-or-Treat Hours/Ages Posted, Yorktoberfest at Riverwalk Landing

Tax Bills Have Been Mailed

But you don’t have to wait for the Post Office to deliver it! Your e-bill is now available online. Be sure to sign up here for email notifications when bills are mailed and important reminders from the Treasurer’s office.  If you are having delivery issues with the United States Postal Service (USPS), we ask you report this directly to the Post Office that services your area. The Code of Virginia requires tax bills be mailed. There are more details on the Treasurer’s Office website including how to track your USPS items and pay your bill online. Payment is due December 5 (no interest or penalty occurs until after Monday, December 6).  

Trick-or-Treat Hours and Ages Recommended

Dressing up and going door-to-door for treats is a tradition for many families. This year, York County recommends that children age 12 and under trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes that children and their parents (or adult guardians) can safely enjoy the occasion if they: incorporate a cloth or surgical mask into costumes, trick-or-treat in small groups outdoors or enjoy other outdoor activities, wash hands before eating candy, track local virus transmission rates and take extra precautions where rates are high, and get a COVID-19 vaccine (ages 12+) and flu shot.  More helpful tips are offered and can be found in this week’s press release.  Happy Halloween!

trick or treat

Celebrate Yorktoberfest at Riverwalk Landing on Sunday!

It’s a weekend filled with outdoor fun in Yorktown. On Saturday, shop Yorktown Market Days from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and pick up all your seasonal favorites! On Sunday, sample more than 30 beers (unlimited tastings), ciders, and more from Coastal Virginia during YORKTOBERFEST, presented by the York County Chamber of Commerce. With live music, beer classes, vendors, food, and coffee—there’s something fun for everyone.  This tented event is rain or shine. Want to read more about events in Yorktown?  Head over to the Visit Yorktown site for dates, times, and more! 


Fall is a Great Time to Enjoy the Outdoors

Tomorrow (10/23), a portion of the Colonial National Historical Park will be closed to vehicles, allowing bicyclists, walkers, and joggers to enjoy the scenic parkway and fall colors along with some exercise.  Parkway Rec Day is from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the portion located between 199/Kingspoint and Rt. 359 at Jamestown. Complete details are available on the Colonial National Historical Park website.  Next Saturday (10/30), don’t miss the Bird Walk at New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive). Hosted by the Williamsburg Bird Club, the walk begins at 8 a.m. Enjoy an exhilarating hike through the park in search of the wide variety of feathered friends who frequent the site.  Register for the Bird Walk by Thursday (10/28) on the Parks and Recreation website

New Quarter Park

Calling all Teens: York/Poquoson 4-H is Starting a Club

Teens ages 14-18 in York County and Poquoson are invited to join this club. You can earn community service hours, make new friends, learn leadership skills, discover scholarship opportunities, and also earn hours for 4-H Junior Summer Camp Teen Counselors and CIT’s.  To register, visit the York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension website

Additional Notes for the Week…..The Drug Take Back and Shred Event is tomorrow (10/23) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Public Works Building on County Drive (just off Goodwin Neck Road). Bring your expired, unneeded prescription medications for safe disposal. Turn in your personal papers for safe and easy shredding!  More info is available on the Waste Management Center website.     Special thanks to the great bands who helped make the 2021 concert season in Yorktown a big success!  And thank you to all the fans who came out to enjoy live music at the waterfront. We hope to see you in 2022!

Saturday Voting Available

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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October 15, 2021

Celebrating Yorktown Day; Leaf Collection Schedule Announced; Saturday Voting Next Weekend

Yorktown Day - Tuesday, October 19Victory Monument

This year marks the 240th anniversary of the Battle at Yorktown—the military victory that essentially paved the way for American independence. While the annual Yorktown Day Parade and public commemorative ceremony are cancelled this year in response to COVID-19, a variety of programs are scheduled, including: Victory Celebration at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown; Victory at Yorktown Weekend at the Watermen’s Museum; Self-Guided Battlefield Tours; Yorktown Art Exhibit in York Hall featuring Historian Chris Bonin; Yorktown Day Exhibit in the Freight Shed; Revolutionary War author book signings at the Gallery at York Hall, and more events by the Colonial National Historical Park. A full schedule can be found on the Visit Yorktown calendar. A few items of note appear below. 

Yorktown Day Celebrations Begin with First Responders Market

Yorktown Market Days will salute our everyday heroes tomorrow (10/16), 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The community is invited to come meet and thank our firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, 911 & emergency communications dispatchers, public works officials, and other first responders who work tirelessly to keep York County safe. Several Emergency vehicles and officials will be on site to answer questions and kids can get an up-close look at the Fire and Life Safety ladder truck! Other highlights include the Sheriff Office’s crime prevention trailer, motorcycle officers, and K-9 unit. Participating vendors and artists will also be providing discounts to any first responders who shop the market that day. Don’t miss this special opportunity to say “We Appreciate You.” 

First responders market

Rochambeau Statue to be Unveiled

TRochambeau statuehe public is invited to witness the addition of Rochambeau to the “conversation” held for many years at Riverwalk Landing between the great leaders of the Siege of Yorktown.  Sixteen years ago, it began with statues of George Washington and the Comte de Grasse.  Then, Lafayette joined in.  And now, Rochambeau will complete the artistic installation when the statue is unveiled on Monday (10/18) at 11 a.m.  These statues have become must-see items for visitors and residents, and have been included in many publications and selfies!  

Public Lecture Shares the History of the Victory Monument 

Local author Maria Hepner will present a public lecture and book signing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 17 in York Hall (301 Main Street). Ms. Hepner will share the details behind the Victory Monument’s construction and why it occurred over 100 years after its authorization by the Continental Congress.  Ms. Hepner’s book will be for sale following the lecture, which is presented by the York County Historical Committee and York County Historical Museum.  If you cannot attend on Sunday, be sure to stop by the Museum in York Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the author will be available to sign books and answer your questions. 


County Offices Closed on Yorktown Day

All York County offices and the libraries are closed on Yorktown Day.  In addition, with the second Tuesday of October occurring on Yorktown Day, the Board of Supervisors will not hold its meeting that day.  The Courts are open and trash/recycling collections are not affected by the County holiday. Details on office closings are available in the press release

In Other News— 

It’s Leaf Raking Season . . . Bag Them for the County’s Collection Program

York County has just announced its upcoming Leaf Collection schedule, which begins November 15 and continues until January 28. We’ve seen an abundance of falling leaves already and it’s just mid-October!  This is a great program for individuals to have their leaves collected for FREE. For the purpose of the program, the County is divided into a Northern  Zone (all homes on and north of Dare Road) and a Southern Zone (all homes south of Dare Road). Place your clear bags of leaves at the roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday of your designated week. Collections will occur by the end of that week. Be sure you don’t use bags with drawstrings and include only leaves (no sticks, pinecones, animal waste, etc.). This collection program is for homeowners on publicly maintained roads. Residents who live on private roads or in private communities may bring their leaves to the nearest public road for collection.  And, all residents may bring leaves to the VPPSA Compost Facility year-round. The collection schedule is available on the Waste Management website and in today’s press release.   

Leaf Collection Map

Voting Offices Open Upcoming Saturdays 

The Voter Registrar’s Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on two Saturdays this month for early voting: October 23 and October 30.  Voters may cast their ballots at the office located in Washington Square Shopping Center (Route 17) or the location in Victory Village Shopping Center (Mooretown Road).  The deadline to vote early, in person, is 5 p.m. on October 30. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 2.  If you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be able to vote.  On the ballot are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and a member of the House of Delegates. Residents of York County’s District 4 will elect a member to the Board of Supervisors.  Complete details are available on the Voter Registration website

Parks and Recreation Offers Private Skating Birthday Parties!

Are you looking for a unique venue to host a birthday party? Well, look no further.  Parks and Recreation offers private skating birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays at Dare Elementary School.  You can rent the facility for two hours for a maximum of 60 participants. For more information about private skating parties, or the Skate, Rattle and Roll program, visit the Parks and Recreation website

If you know a high school or college student looking to earn some 
holiday money or add to their resume, York County Parks and Recreation has 
several openings for part-time positions . . . some for 16-year-olds! 
Check out the current postings here.

Parks and Recreation

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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October 8, 2021

Themed Market Days Resume; Fire Prevention Week Returns; Upper Parking Terrace Reopens

Fall Market Tomorrow - Rain or Shine!

Come on down to the waterfront tomorrow (10/9) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Carved pumpkinsee what makes us one of the favorite farmers markets on the Peninsula, especially this time of year! During tomorrow’s Fall Market, shop more than 40 vendors and artists selling seasonal favorites like pumpkins, mums, autumn-inspired art, kettle corn, and apples pies! Enjoy free activities for kids of all ages, including a pumpkin painting craft, fun photo opportunities, a professional pumpkin carver doing a live demonstration, and a special contest . . . “Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin” courtesy of Pumpkinville in Toano. The person to guess the closest without going over wins a prize basket! The Market is held rain or shine and, due to the potential for rain tomorrow, some activities have been rescheduled for future markets: the Hay Maze and Petting Zoo have been rescheduled for the Harvest Market on November 20. The Hay Ride is also cancelled and a new date has not yet been determined. Complete details are available on the Visit Yorktown website.

Peninsula COVID-19 Operations Center Wins Achievement Award

At Tuesday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, York County Fire Chief Steve Kopczynski accepted a Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) Achievement Award from Katie Boyle, VACo Director of Government Affairs, for the Peninsula COVID-19 Operations Center (PCOC).  The PCOC was established by the six Peninsula localities, area healthcare centers, local Health Districts, and several regional agencies to optimize information and resource sharing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Chief Kopczynski accepted the award on behalf of all PCOC members and is pleased to share this recognition with everyone involved in making this collaborative effort a success.  In the photo, left to right, are Chief Kopczynski, Ms. Boyle, County Administrator Neil Morgan, and Board of Supervisors Chairman Chad Green.

VACo Award

Reminder: Voter Registration Deadline is October 12

The last day to register to vote, or to update your registration, for the November 2 election is Tuesday, October 12. On the ballot this year is Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and a member of the House of Delegates. Voters in York CouRegister to votenty’s District 4 will elect a member to the Board of Supervisors. Early in-person voting began September 17 and is available at both Registrar’s Office locations - Washington Square Shopping Center and Victory Village – Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. These locations are also open Saturdays, October 23 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist voters. Other voting deadlines apply. Please visit the Voter Registration website for more information or call (757) 890-3440.

Counselors Needed for Next Summer's 4-H Camp

4HSummer 2022 may seem far away, but planning for next year’s summer camp is already happening. York/Poquoson 4-H is now accepting applications for Teen Counselor and Counselor-in-Training positions for next year’s 4-H Junior Summer Camp scheduled for August 1-5 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center. These applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on November 19. Details and forms are available on the York/Poquoson Extension website. Registration for campers opens March 19, 2022, so parents should mark their calendars!

Register Now for Youth Basketball

Start Smart Basketball is a six-week parent/child instructional program held on Tuesday evenings starting November 2 for ages 5-7.  Three-week long Basketball Clinics are being offered in November and December for ages 7-12.   Kids ages 7-18 may participate in Age-Grouped Leagues with practices and games held January through March.  Registration and more information are available on the Parks and Recreation website.

Additional Notes for the Week…..It’s the Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert many have been waiting for – Good Shot Judy performs Thursday (10/14) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing.  Concert details are available on the Visit Yorktown website.     Next Friday (10/15), come out to the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) when Movies in the Parks presents The Goonies. This movie is a favorite among children and parents! Show begins shortly after sunset. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Concessions are available to purchase and the popcorn is free!    York County offices are open Columbus Day - Monday, October 11; however, the courts are closed. Garbage and recycling collections are not affected by the holiday.

NQP Pumpkin Carving 10-15

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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October 1, 2021

Themed Market Days Resume; Fire Prevention Week Returns; Upper Parking Terrace Reopens

Visit Yorktown Announces a Full Schedule of Special Events

Three themed Yorktown Market Days are coming up this month:  Fall Market on October 9, First Responders Market on October 16, and Paws at the River on October 30.  Each market offers something special for everyone and no two markets are the same…except for amazing produce, meats and seafood, artwork, baked goods, and more!  Details are available in this week’s press release.  And while you’re at the waterfront, take a selfie with LOVE.  Visit Yorktown is excited to announce the Virginia Tourism’s life-sized LOVE artwork has become a permanent fixture at Riverwalk Landing between Water Street Grille and the Freight Shed. The photo opportunity, with the York River as a backdrop, is part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The location is great for special occasions, maternity shoots, and so much more.  Read all about it in yesterday’s announcement.
LOVE letters

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety - Fire Prevention Week is October 3 – 9

EveryFire Prevention year, York County’s Department of Fire & Life Safety joins the National Fire Protection Association in sharing helpful tips to keep your home and your family safe from fire. This year focuses on alarms, their sounds, what each means, and what actions you have to take. Watch the department’s latest video, “Sounds of Fire Safety,” now available on the WYCG-TV website.  Then, head on over to the Fire & Life Safety Facebook page where you can learn about carbon monoxide, the value of a home escape plan, where smoke alarms should be placed in your house, and more.


Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula Expresses Support of COVID-19 Booster

Earlier this week, Operation Vaccinate the Peninsula, a collaboration of local health districts, Peninsula localities, and local healthcare systems issued a press release encouraging all eligible Virginians to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and to receive a booster dose for additional protection, if they qualify. Vaccines and boosters are available at several locations throughout the region.  Those who are homebound and need to schedule their vaccine or booster are asked to call the Peninsula Health District Vaccine Strike Team at (757) 594-7748. The full press release is available on the York County website

Let’s Get Growing! Master Gardeners Annual Fall Plant Sale is Saturday

The York/Poquoson Master Gardeners are holding their annual plant sale tomorrow (10/2) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Poquoson Learning Garden (968 Poquoson Ave.). Choose from an incredible array of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Cash and checks only, please. The sale is held rain or shine, but the weekend forecast looks great! Additional information is available on the York/Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension website.

Learning Garden

Top Level of Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace Reopens Tomorrow

Following several weeks of maintenance overseen by our Department of Public Works, the upper level of the parking terrace is opening back up tomorrow (10/2) – just in time for the Wine Festival! Crews repaired the concrete and installed expansion joints and a traffic bearing membrane for a weather-proofed surface. The parking structure is popular with visitors and locals coming to the waterfront for live concerts, Saturday markets, excellent restaurants and specialty shops. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while this work was being performed. Parking terrace

Skate or Dance Your Way to Fun and Fitness!

The popular Skate, Rattle, and Roll program for kids has re-opened to the public and offers two sessions on Friday nights:  Grades K-5 and their families from 6-8 p.m. and Grades 6-8 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is only $5, rollerblade rental is an additional $3, and concessions are available for purchase.  Pre-registration one day in advance is required and space is limited.  If your kids like moving their feet to the beat, consider signing them up for Ballet and Tap dance classes for ages 4-6 and 7-12 at Seaford Elementary School. Additional information about both programs is available on the Parks and Recreation website.     

Additional Notes for the Week…..Culture Day at the Senior Center is October 21 and features York County Public Library Director Kevin Smith sharing the history and fun facts of Halloween. Register by October 17 online or by calling (757) 890-3444.     The Rhythms on the Riverwalk concert series is winding down, but there’s still time to enjoy some excellent area bands!  Next Thursday, the Dave Cynar Band takes the stage at Riverwalk Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  And on October 14, Good Shot Judy performs.  Concerts are free and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.     October is Lovers, Not Litter Month – a month-long, statewide beautification campaign to provide resources and guidance to individuals, groups and businesses to show their commitment to keeping Virginia litter-free. More info is available on the Waste Management website.

YCPL Fall Carnival Oct 3

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.