James City County helps residents stay cool this summer

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The James City County Recreation Center invites residents and visitors to stop in and cool off this summer. (Staff Photo)
The James City County Recreation Center invites residents and visitors to stop in and cool off this summer. (Staff Photo)

James City County is committed to helping its citizens beat the heat.

With continued high temperatures expected for next week, residents and visitors alike are invited to go to the James City County Recreation Center, the Williamsburg Library and the James City County Library during regular operating hours to cool off.

The Recreation Center is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Williamsburg Library and James City County Library are open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Additionally, James City County’s Department of Social Services is now accepting applications from people who need assistance to purchase or repair cooling equipment or help paying for electricity to operate cooling equipment.

To be eligible for cooling assistance, a household must contain at least one individual who is age 60 or over, disabled or under age six.

Assistance is based on the availability of funds and the deadline to apply is Aug. 17. Residents can apply online here or complete a paper application at James City County Department of Social Services, located at 5249 Olde Towne Road, during business hours.