April 2022

Citizen News Weekly

April 29, 2022 

Garden Week Slideshow with Yorktown in Bloom; Safety Town Back In-Person; Popular Plant Sale Returns

Yorktown Blossoms for Historic Garden Week

This spring, the flowers and trees in and around the historic area have definitely been showing off for our residents and visitors.  The Historic Garden Week event in Yorktown was Wednesday (4/27) and ticket-holders enjoyed visiting homes and gardens and admiring the landscaping and blooms. For the first time, a mid-week Garden Market was held at the waterfront where shoppers could pick up fresh produce, baked goods, and original art!  Public Affairs’ photographer Jenn Conlee captured the event in pictures that can be viewed as a slideshow below.

Garden Week

Safety Town is Back “In-Person” this Summer

York County announces the return of “in-person” Safety Town!  This award-winning program teaches pre-kindergartners various lessons such as playground, traffic, and personal safety; household poisons; stop-drop-and-roll; and more. Registration for this fun and exciting program begins May 2 for York County residents and May 9 for non-County residents. Safety Town is open to children entering kindergarten in the fall. Space is limited, so early sign-up is recommended.  Visit the website to view dates and locations as well as to register.

Safety Town

Special Events in Yorktown Next Weekend are a Treat for the Senses

Next Saturday (5/7), the Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival returns! Tickets are available online for this special occasion where visitors may sample more than 30 craft beers, enjoy amazing BBQ, and listen to some of the best Blues musicians in the region. Admission also gets ticketholders into the wine garden with limited tastings and more great music.  Return the next day (5/8 – Mother’s Day!) for Art at the River Juried Art Show.  From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists chosen for the show will display their one-of-a-kind works.  Everything from glass to copper, watercolors to photography (and more) will be there for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. This event is free and open to the public.  More information is available on the Visit Yorktown website.

Art at the River

Real Estate Tax Relief Guidelines Revised

Effective for tax year 2022, the Board of Supervisors has revised the qualifications for the Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly or Disabled program. Household gross income guidelines have increased by 10 percent with financial worth/assets amounts also up 10 percent (increasing the max amount from $200,000 to $220,000). Previously unqualified applicants have been granted a one-time filing extension from April 30 to May 15 (if the dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline becomes the next business day). Staff of the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office will be reviewing previously denied applicants to determine if they meet these updated qualifications for relief. If so, applicants will be contacted by the County.  If you have any questions, please call the office at (757) 890-3382.  Additional information is available online. 

Got a Green Thumb? Register for Master Gardener Training!

Applications are being accepted now through July 9 for the Master Gardener training program.  This virtual course is August 17 to November 9. Master Gardeners teach classes, answer horticultural inquiries, present programs, and diagnose plant diseases.  They also hold a popular spring Plant Sale at the Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road, on the first Saturday of May.  This year’s sale is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.  Master Gardener applications, more information about training, and Plant Sale details are available on the York/Poquoson Cooperative Extension website.

Learning Garden

Election Update from the Voter Registrar

There are no primaries being held this June.  Virginia law states that if only one person files for a primary, then the event is cancelled and that person automatically becomes the nominee.  Such is the case this year and all primaries that had been called in York County have been cancelled.  For information on registering to vote, visit the Voter Registration website. 

BugFest is Back at a New Location

York County Mosquito Control, Public Library, and Parks & Recreation invite you to the 3rd Annual BugFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Grafton Middle School (405 Grafton Drive).  Insect displays, local experts with bug facts, Bug Talks, crafts, activities, and more are featured at this special “all about bugs” event!  BugFest is free to everyone. Adding to the fun, Sweet Frog is bringing its dessert truck for visitors to purchase a sweet treat. Details are available on the County’s website.

Bug Fest

Additional Notes for the Week…Tomorrow (4/30) is a busy day in York County:  Market Days is held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a great opportunity to shop for items for your dinner table or pick up original art as a gift for Mother’s Day next Sunday; the Drug Take Back and Shredding Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 105 Service Drive. Dispose of prescription meds safely by turning them in! Plus, bring up to five boxes of paperwork for free shredding; And, get rid of up to five tires at our free Tire Recycling Event just down the street at 102 County Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.     Stop by York Hall on Sunday (5/1) at 3 p.m. for a free public lecture by local author and historian Nancy Shepperd on “Lost Attractions: The Parks and Places that Built the Tidewater.” This lecture is free and open to the public.  

 A variety of York County jobs are available, including temporary summer positions. Visit the County’s website for openings, benefits, and more.

IT Professionals - HR Recruitment

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.

Citizen News Weekly

April 22, 2022

Fire Station Groundbreakers, Swashbuckling Pirates, Young Readers

Groundbreaking Marks the Start of Fire Station 7 Construction

On Tuesday (4/19), the County held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the future Fire Station 7 on Mooretown Road. County officials, including the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, Deputy and Assistant County Administrators, and Fire Chief, were joined by representatives from the City of Williamsburg and James City County, as well as County staff and residents.  Utilizing an existing facility, construction work includes some renovations inside the building, while outside work will begin on a new garage to house fire apparatus.  The projected completion date is winter 2023.

Fire Station 7 Ground Breaking

Pirates Weekend and Mid-Week Garden Market Coming Up

Travel back to the golden age of piracy this weekend as Riverwalk Landing is invaded by pirates!  Blacksmith and cannon demonstrations, sea shanties and a puppet show, and a town-wide treasure hunt are all scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday (4/23 & 24) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Don’t miss the Pirate School for kids and the Pirate Trial at York Hall!  The full schedule is available on the Visit Yorktown website.  Joining in the fun, Yorktown Market Days has extended hours tomorrow of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. where you’ll see maurading scalawags sauntering past as you shop.  Several food truck options will be available and Riverwalk restaurants will be open. Parking is available in several lots throughout town and the Yorktown Trolley is running its route to carry passengers to and from the waterfront. Complete details are available in this week’s press release.  Return to the historic area next Wednesday (4/27) when Historic Garden Week visits Yorktown.  Homes and gardens are open to ticket-holders, with the special mid-week Garden Market open to everyone! Shop for beautiful flowers, artwork, and other specialty items from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. See the Visit Yorktown calendar for details.

Pirates Invade Yorktown

Marker Honoring Revolutionary War Hero Unveiled in Yorktown

On Thursday (4/21), a marker was unveiled at the waterfront recognizing the Lafayette Trail, which maps the Marquis de Lafayette’s footsteps during his farewell tour of the United States in 1824 and 1825. Trail markers are placed at many significant sites visited by the Marquis.  

Marker Dedication Ceremony

“Lost Attractions of Hampton Roads” is Topic of Presentation

Local author and historian Nancy Sheppard is presenting a lecture at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, in York Hall, about the parks and places that built the Tidewater area. Sponsored by the York County Historical Committee, Ms. Sheppard’s lecture is free and open to the public and takes you on a walk down memory lane to some of the beloved but lost attractions that once entertained both residents and visitors.  More information is available on the Historical Committee website. 

Children’s and Teen’s Book Festival Coming Up May 7

The York County Public Library welcomes all to its celebration of Children’s Book Week with a festival to recognize local authors and illustrators of books for young people. The festival - Saturday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Tabb Library – includes the opportunity to meet these local authors and also enjoy a variety of actrivities. Local musical duo C. Shells is scheduled to perform. To learn more about the festival and the authors/illustrators included, visit the Library website.

Tabb Library - Crafts

Registration Open for Sports Camps

Lionsbridge is hosting two soccer camps this summer:  June 13-17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and June 27-July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Both camps are held at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) and are designed for youth ages 5-17.  Other soccer camps being offered this summer include Virginia Legacy, Brazilian United, and UK Intenational.  Also accepting registrations is Golf Camp, led by Kiskiack Golf Course Professionals, from July 19-21 for kids ages 8-16.  Additional camps being offered this summer include Volleyball, Baseball, Tennis, Art, Field Trip Fever, and Summer Fun. Click here to register online. 

Additional Notes for the Week…Come enjoy free Earth Day activities at New Quarter Park today through Sunday (4/22-24) including a Bird Walk, Butterfly Walk & Talk, Movies in the Parks featuring WALL-E, and a Drum Circle event. More information is available on the Parks and Recreation website.     Senior Citizens are invited to visit Washington D.C. on June 1 and tour museums, monuments, and memorials. Register by May 17 for this exciting trip to our nation’s capital.   The public is invited to a VDOT public hearing on Wednesday (4/25) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Grafton Middle School about proposed plans to widen Route 17 from Wolf Trap Road to Denbigh Boulevard. Review project exhibits, meet with VDOT representatives and provide input. Project information is available on the VDOT website

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.

Citizen News Weekly

April 15, 2022 

French Market, Garden Week, Movie Nights

Say “Bon Jour” to this Weekend’s Sister Cities French MarketFrench market

At tomorrow’s market (4/16) we recognize our relationship with Port Vendres, France. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., a variety of palate-pleasing items will be available for purchase including french breads, macarons, crepes, and beignets.  Enjoy a glass of wine in the Wine Garden, and don’t miss the silent auction where you can bid on fine items. Of course, you can shop for all your market favorites. This Week at the Market has the list of vendors scheduled each week.  Return next Saturday for the Pirate Invasion Market and step back into the Golden Age of piracy as Riverwalk Landing and the Watermen’s Museum are invated by these scalawags!  Young and old alike are welcome to learn more about pirates’ lives in the 17th and 18th centuries.  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The pirates return Sunday with a full schedule of activities.  Additional information about Market Days is available on the Visit Yorktown website.  

FY2023 Budget Public Hearing is Tuesday

The public is invited to attend the Board of Supervisors’ meeting (4/19) to speak during the proposed fiscal year 2023 budget public hearing. Beginning at 7 p.m., citizens may provide their input to the Board of Supervisors for consideration prior to the scheduled adoption on May 3.  Those who are unable to attend may leave a voice mail message on (757) 890-3220 or send an email to the Board. Budget documents and presentations are available on the County’s website. 

Historic Garden Week Coming to Yorktown

Ticket-holders can tour four properties and two gardens on Wednesday, April 27, when this special event comes to Yorktown. The stops include the historic Custom House on Main Street and its colonial herb garden.  Tickets are still available online.  Also that day, visitors can enjoy a special mid-week Garden Market! Fresh-cut flowers, tropical plants, produce, baked goods, and more are available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. The giant LOVE sign will be decorated for Garden Week and is a great place to have your picture taken.  Event information is available on the Visit Yorktown website.

garden week

Movies in the Parks Return

We welcome back this fun, family-friendly Parks & Recreation event returning for the season next Saturday, April 23, at New Quarter Park. Grab a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a free movie in this gorgeous County park. In honor of Earth Day, next weekend’s movie is “WALL-E” and begins approximately 15 minutes after sunset.  Free popcorn is available and other concessions may be purchased.  If the weather looks iffy, be sure to check the Rainout Line at (757) 890-3501, ext. 35, prior to traveling to the park.

movies in the parks

Senior Citizens:  Does your CarFit?

York County is proud to be hosting this free, community-based educational program at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26.  During this program, a team of trained professionals completes a 12-point checklist to ensure driver safety.  Items include position of the seat, proper mirror adjustment, and the driver’s ability to reach the pedals. Please schedule your appointment online or by calling (757) 890-4102. This CarFit event is sponsored by Peninsula Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.).


Additional Notes for the Week…The York County Public Library is closed Sunday (4/17) in observance of Easter.    Pedal the Parkway is next Friday through Sunday (4/22-24) between Route 199/Kingspoint and Route 359 at Jamestown. This segment of the Colonial Parkway will be vehicle-free and open to visitors to safely ride their bikes, walk, run, push a stroller, and enjoy the lovely scenery.

Coming Up...

Drug Take Back 4-30

Tire Recycling 4-30

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.

Citizen News Weekly

April 8, 2022

Spring is Back with a New Market Season, Website Design, and Groundbreaking Event

New County Website Design Launches Monday!

York County’s website – www.yorkcounty.gov – starts the week off with a new modern look that offers one-click access to our most visited pages, social media sites, and Citizen News. All of the new features enhance the already easy-to-navigate pages and commitment to transparency. With over 200,000 page views each month, visitors will find streamlined content right at their fingertips. This update is the first in over five years.  Click to see the new layout and updates.   

Join Us for the Return of Yorktown Market Days

Tomorrow (4/9) is the kick off of this popular waterfront event. Saturdays, from now through October from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Yorktown Market Days offers a variety of vendors, artists, food trucks, and the spectacular location with amazing views of the York River. Visitors can shop for seasonal produce, meats and seafood, breads and other baked goods, beautiful original art, and more. Tomorrow’s event is the Go Green Market with additional exhibitors promoting recycling and environmental sustainability. Educational crafts, activities and games help kids learn about the importance of protecting the earth. Be sure to bring your reusable bags for shopping!  Find the list of vendors and activities scheduled on Visit Yorktown’s this week at the market.

Go Green Market

Fire Station 7 Groundbreaking Ceremony April 19

The public is invited to attend this event at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at 5684 Mooretown Road in the upper County.  The existing building, the former Crossroads Community Youth Home,  is being repurposed as Fire Station 7 and will serve our residents and visitors in that region, as well as providing assistance to neighboring jurisdictions. The project is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2023.  Look for project updates on the County’s website and Facebook page.

York County Fire Station 7

Latest “York News” Program Spring is Back Premieres on WYCG-TV

The County’s TV news program returns with stories about upcoming events and returning attractions, next fiscal year’s budget, awards and ribbon-cuttings, the return of “Pedal the Parkway” for bikers and strollers, and more . . . including another “What’s in the Works” highlighting York County’s Department of Public Works.  You can watch the program now airing on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) or on demand from the County’s website and YouTube channel. 

FEMA Updates Flood Insurance Rate Methodology

It is not uncommon for our region to experience flooding, and many residents have flood insurance to protect their property. FEMA has a new approach to flood insurance risk rating that utilizes industry best practices and new techology.  This allows the federal agency to deliver rates that are more sound, fair, and easy-to-understand and better reflect a property’s flood risk. As of April 1, flood insurance policies are subject to the new Risk Rating 2.0 methodology.  Learn more on the FEMA website.  Reminder:  Most flood insurance policies require at least 30 days to take effect. 

Baseball Camp for Kids in 2nd-8th Grades Led by Grafton H.S. Coach

This four-day camp is led by the Grafton High School baseball coach, Robbie Hiser, who, along with other team coaches and players, focuses on fundamentals, drills, live pitching and infield/outfield play. The camp is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., June 13-16, at Grafton High School. Cost is $120. Space is limited so register today.

Parks and Recreation - Baseball

Looking for Family Fun?  Try Skate, Rattle & Roll

Come join us at Dare Elementary School Gym on Friday nights for two sessions of skating:  elementary school age (grades K-5) and their families from 6 to 8 p.m., and middle school age (grades 6-8) from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00, which includes skates (rollerblade rental is $3 extra).  Concessions are available for purchase. Come boogie to your favorite tunes while you skate in a safe environment.  More information is available on the Parks and Recreation website.

Skate, Rattle and Roll

In April We Recognize . . .

Child Abuse Prevention Month. Tragically, hundreds of thousands of children are abused each year. To help bring attention to this terrible crime, York-Poquoson Social Services (YPSS) was joined by members of County staff, Fire & Life Safety, and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office to place pinwheels at the entry of the Operations Center. YPSS is working to raise awareness of child abuse and is asking the public to report suspected incidences of mistreatment.  These pinwheels represent the innocence of childhood and are there to remind us all that child abuse should be not permitted to continue.  If you see something, say something. Call YPSS at (757) 890-3787.   April 10-16 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, an important team to recognize in April, and throughout the year.  The York-Poquoson-Williamsburg 911 is no exception with a top-rate team of professionals who are the first to answer the call.  Many thanks to these individuals who offer their service and compassion to us all.  

Pinwheel Ceremony Child Abuse Prevention

 Additional Notes for the Week…Have you noticed any potholes on your daily commute?  VDOT crews are on the lookout, but you can help by reporting any that you come across. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) or visit VDOT’s website and submit a work order. 
FY23 Budget Dates
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.

Citizen News Weekly

April 1, 2022

Yorktown Attractions Now Open; Busy Intersection Now Safer; Mosquito Home Inspections Now Available

Yorktown Attractions Reopening

A sure sign of spring is the return of several attractions to Yorktown.  Starting today (4/1), the Riverwalk Landing piers are back open and welcoming boaters! Helpful information for boaters is available in today’s press release. Also back is the Schooner Alliance offering sails during spring break, including its popular Pirate cruises.  The Gallery at York Hall is back open featuring its original art, quilts, jewelry, and more for purchase. And the Yorktown Trolley can be seen carrying visitors to all of our attractions. There is still time to register for tomorrow’s Victory Family YMCA’s Victory at Yorktown one-mile fun run, 5K and 10K. The races wind throughout the historic and waterfront areas and pass by historic landmarks like the Victory Monument, Cornwallis’ Cave, and Surrender Field.  Certain roads are closed for the safety of participants (see road closure details). As the weather continues to warm up, the Yorktown Beach is seeing more and more people enjoying time in the sun and on the sand.  Next Saturday (4/9) is the return of Yorktown Market Days!  Be sure to click over to the Visit Yorktown website for more upcoming events.

Gallery York Hall

Getting a Green Light at Busy Mooretown Road Intersection

The traffic light at the intersection of Mooretown Road and Bulifants Boulevard is now ready to go live!  Previously a two-way stop, drivers found it challenging crossing Mooretown Road from Bulifants at certain times of the day. The County has been instrumental in getting this intersection signaled and residents and business-owners will be happy to see the lights become fully operational on Tuesday morning (4/5).  Safe travels!

Mooretown Road and Bulifants

Senior Center Health & Safety Fair

Increase health and safety awareness with the screenings and information you receive at this event held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the Senior Center of York (5314 George Washington Memorial Highway). Health screenings available to those age 55 and up include cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, hearing and vision, posture analysis, and diabetes risk assessment. Service providers will be present to answer your questions and provide helpful feedback. Door prizes and refreshments included!  Limited space is available, so register early. 

We’re Ready for Mosquito Season

Our staff of Mosquito Control have been working year round to eliminate areas where mosquitoes breed and also to help educate the public on what can be done to reduce the nuisance at their homes.  One way to do this is to request a home inspection where staff visit your location and identify areas of standing water or prime habitats where mosquitoes may be breeding.  Staff will discuss what they find with you and also make recommendations on steps to take to reduce these flying pests.  Call Mosquito Control at (757) 890-3790 to request a home inspection.  Additional information on the activities of this division are available on the website.

Mosquito Control

Great Volunteers and Great Numbers from Great American Clean Up

The clean-up event was last Friday and Saturday, and in York County, we welcomed 81 volunteers who turned out to collect litter and help beautify the community while protecting the environment.  Teams from Marquis Hills neighborhood, Cub Scout Pack 200, Cub Scout Pack 104, Tabb Lakes neighborhood, Grafton Bethel Elementary School, and County residents – all wanting to make a difference – conducted litter patrols at seven locations and collected a whopping 932 pounds of trash!  Cheers and thanks to these volunteers.  If you are interested in conducting clean-up efforts, consider Adopt-A-Spot, Adopt-A-Highway, and Team Up to Clean Up available through our Waste Management Center.  Visit the website for more information.

Great American Cleanup

Additional Notes for the Week…The Board of Supervisors is holding a FY2023 Budget work session at 6 p.m. on April 5 followed by the Budget Public Hearing at 7 p.m. on April 19. All the information and presentations, including the proposed budget, are available on the website.    The deadline to apply to serve on the York County Youth Commission has been extended to April 15!  High school students in grades 9-12 residing in York County may apply. Visit the Youth Commission website to complete an application.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month
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.