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Motor vehicles will be prevented from using sections of the Colonial Parkway on Saturday as cyclists, runners and walkers take part in the 18th annual Pedal the Parkway.
The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, allows citizens to take advantage of an 8-mile stretch of car-free parkway that will run from Williamsburg’s Newport Avenue entrance to Historic Jamestown.
Pedal the Parkway is part of a larger “Find Your Park Campaign,” which is being promoted by the National Park Service. The campaign hopes to generate public awareness and education about the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.
Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this free event, which drew more than 1,000 participants in 2014. Last year’s Pedal the Parkway drew people from across the state, including Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Richmond and Staunton.
“It’s a wonderful way to take in beautiful natural scenery,” said Nancy Carter, a spokesperson for Pedal the Parkway. “This is the first event of the local park services unit recognizing 100 years of the National Park Service. We are blessed to have this beautiful park in our backyard.”
Registration for the event, which will be held regardless of weather conditions, is on site and will be located at the Jamestown and Williamsburg ends of the parkway.
For those choosing to bike the parkway, bike mechanics will be located at both entrances in case of mechanical issues. If a bike breaks on the parkway, assistance vehicles will be available to provide transportation to one of two entrances.
Free bicycle helmets will be provided for children at the Jamestown end of the parkway while supplies last, though cyclists of all ages are required to wear a helmet.
In case of injury, first aid kits will be located at both entrances and at the Archer’s Hope refreshment stand, which will be located near the middle of the parkway.
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Monarch Bank Donates $5K for WJCC Scholarships
The Williamsburg-James City County Scholarship Committee received a $5,000 donation from Monarch Bank to help support its WJCC Scholarship Fund.
The fund, which has been around for 41 years, helps seniors at Warhill, Lafayette and Jamestown high schools pay for their college education.
Bernie Ngo, the Williamsburg President of Monarch Bank, has been a longtime supporter of the WJCC Scholarship Committee. Ngo made donations to the fund when he worked for Suntrust Bank before making the move to Monarch Bank.
Of the $5,000 donated, $2,000 will go toward funding a public awards ceremony for the three recipients of the scholarships. The other $3,000 will be divided evenly between three WJCC seniors, who will be chosen based on grade point average, community involvement and, occasionally, financial need.
Nancy Sullivan, executive director of the Williamsburg Community Foundation, which hosts the scholarship fund, said the scholarships help reduce the financial strain of higher education on local students.
“It certainly helps the students,” she said. “A lot of our applicants will go to state colleges. Some of them will go outside of the state. The price of education has gone up so much, even $1,000 helps.”
The pool of scholarship applicants will be narrowed down to roughly 60 students within the next couple weeks, with the awards ceremony being held at the Colonial Williamsburg Bruton Heights Education Center at 4 p.m. May 31.