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Carthage College Choir, Arts Grants and More: News in Brief for March 6

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — News and notes from in and around the Historic Triangle.

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Sine Nomine Presents . . . the Carthage College Choir

St. Mark Lutheran Church and Sine Nomine Presents . . . the Carthage College Choir from Kenosha, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. located at 118 Old York-Hampton Highway, Yorktown. The Carthage Choir is under the direction of Margaret Burk and accompanied by Gregory Berg. The program, “To See the Sky: Music of Night and Wonder,” was inspired by images captured by the James Webb telescope and features works by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, E-riks Ešenvalds, Jocelyn Hagen, George Walker, Rosphanye Powell, Thomas Tallis and Harry T. Burleigh. The program is free and open to the public. Masks are optional. Donations will be accepted to help support the concert series. Learn more at Sine Nomine Presents | St Mark Online (smlconline.org) or call 757-898-4395.

York County Arts Commission Grant Applications Due March 8

The York County Arts Commission invites individuals and organizations to apply for grants in the arts that benefit the citizens of York County. Grant applications are available online at yorkcounty.gov/arts.  Submission deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8.  Grant funding recommendations will be made later this spring. Pending approval by the York County Board of Supervisors, funds will be appropriated in the summer after the start of the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. For more information, contact Minnie Sippio, the Arts Commission liaison, at 757-890-4102 or email sippiom@yorkcounty.gov.

Construction Begins on Living Shoreline Project for Pipsico Scout Reservation

Global design firm Stantec has completed the design of the Lions Beach Living Shoreline project, which will restore approximately 1,000 linear feet of bank erosion along the James River, near Jamestown Island. The $1.5 million project is located on the Pipsico Scout Reservation and is funded by the Virginia Environmental Endowment’s James River Water Quality Improvement Program (JRWQIP) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Environmental Quality Resources (EQR), a construction firm specializing in ecosystem restoration, will execute the construction phase of the project, which is set to begin in February 2023. While Lions Beach sits on a reservation owned by the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council, the living shoreline project is being carried out at no cost to the Scouts. Local Boy Scout Troops will provide volunteer support for the marsh planting phase of the project.

Lisa Ownby

Lisa Ownby announces bid for JCC Supervisor

James City County resident Lisa Ownby, a former member of the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, announced that she is running for the Stonehouse seat on the James City Board of Supervisors. Ownby served on the WJCC School Board from 2016 to 2021, including terms as vice chair and chair, and is also the former president of the ARC of Virginia from 2000 to 2005. She was appointed by Governor George Allen to serve on the State Rehabilitation Advisory Committee in 1994 -1998. More information can be found at ownbyforsupervisor.com.

York County Department of Fire and Life Safety Deputy Chief Becomes President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association

York County Department of Fire and Life Safety Deputy Chief Allen W. Baldwin was sworn in as the 74th President of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association recently during the opening ceremony for the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association’s Virginia Fire-Rescue Conference. Baldwin is the fourth member of the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety to ascend to the statewide fire and rescue leadership position.

(League of Women Voters)

Great Decisions Lecture Series Features W&M Professor on War Crimes

The League of Women Voters Great Decisions lecture series featured Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo, Assistant Professor of Government at William and Mary and Director of the International Justice Lab, on Feb 21. She spoke on the history of war crimes, the definition of war crimes and the challenges of holding perpetrators accountable, with much of her speech on the current situation in Ukraine. The lecture included a brief history of attempts to hold countries and individuals accountable for war crimes, including the Nuremburg and Tokyo tribunals.

Liz Moore & Associates to Hold Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters

Liz Moore & Associates will be holding its first Charity Golf Tournament as part of its year long 20thAnniversary celebration on Wednesday, May 3 at Williamsburg National Golf Club.  Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Cost to play is $500 per team. Food and drinks will be provided. All proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. Various sponsorships are available, as well as prizes, raffles, and more. For more information, or to register and pay online, visit lizmoore.com/golf.

Williamsburg Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Feb 18 Meeting

At the Feb. 18 meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter SAR held at Colonial Heritage Club House, Williamsburg, John Lynch, Chapter Vice President presented the Robert C Burt Scout Volunteer Award to Chapter President Bruce Laubach. Awarded by the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, this honor is presented to members of the SAR who act as a role model and provide dedicated service to the Boy Scouts of America.

York County Household Chemical/Computer Recycling Collections and Paper Shredding March 11

The first VPPSA collection event of the year in York County will take place on Saturday March 11, from 8 a.m. to noon on County Drive (off of Goodwin Neck Road). Acceptable materials are those typically found in a home environment, such as household maintenance and cleaning products, paints, fuels, automotive chemicals, and lawn and garden products. The following computer items are also accepted at this event: Computers; Desktop and laptop computers, servers, computer monitors, cell phones, computer wiring, desktop printers including multifunction printers or “All in Ones”, fax machines, and desktop photocopiers and scanners. Televisions are not accepted. Citizens will also have the opportunity to shred personal paperwork on-site of up to five boxes of paperwork. Staple and paperclip removal is not necessary, however binders, three-ring notebooks, accordion files and other metal objects are not acceptable. A VPPSA employee will ask city or county of residence, and what materials you’ve brought. Proof of residency may be required. VPPSA staff will unload your vehicle. Participants are asked to stay in their vehicle unless requested to do otherwise. Visit VPPSA.org for more information on acceptable and unacceptable materials, and for more information about disposal of other items, contact the Waste Management Center at 757-890-3780 or at yorkcounty.gov/wastemanagement.

(Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital)

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital Receives Donation from Pregnancy And Infant Loss Nonprofit

The Birth Place at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital received a donation recently from Weighted Angels, a program that provides comfort to families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss in Eastern Virginia. Weighted Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was formed in 2018 by a group of bereaved mothers, looking to provide comfort to families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss.

Williamsburg Winery’s 2019 Petit Verdot Reserve Achieves a Coveted Spot in 2023 Virginia Governor’s Cup Case

Williamsburg’s Winery’s 2019 Petit Verdot Reserve earned a spot in the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Cup Case, announced recently at a gala in Richmond. The Virginia Governor’s Cup is among the most stringent competitions in the United States, hosted by the Virginia Wineries Association in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board and the Virginia Vineyards Association. In 2023, world-class judges sampled 614 of the best Virginia wines, awarding 142 Gold Medals, with the top 12 meriting selection to the Virginia Governor’s Cup Case.

Free 757 Sober LYFT Rides St. Patrick’s Day

Free or reduced fare rides are being offered to drivers in Hampton Roads who are using alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day 2023. Drive Safe Hampton Roads (DSHR) is sponsoring 757 Sober Ride for St. Patrick’s Day from 4 p.m. on Friday, March 17 until 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. During the twelve-hour period, area residents age 21 and older celebrating with alcohol may download the Lyft app to their phones and enter the 757 Sober Ride code in the app’s “Payment” tab (under the “Add Lyft Pass” option) to receive their no-cost (up to $15) safe transportation home. DSHR’s 2023 St. Patrick’s Day 757 Sober Ride promo code will be posted at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at DriveSafeHR.org/757SoberRide. It can be used only during the above stated period for rides originating from or have a destination within Hampton Roads, subject to Lyft’s Terms of Service. The offer is valid for new and existing Lyft users while supplies last.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes to York County

York County Public Library announced a partnership with The DeGood Foundation to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Peninsula families. Each month, the Imagination Library will mail a new, age-appropriate book to each child registered in the program from birth to age five at no cost to the family. Children under the age of five residing in York County, Newport News, Hampton, James City County, Williamsburg, Poquoson, and Isle of Wight, are eligible to participate. Parents/Guardians can register their child at the Tabb Library, Yorktown Library (when it reopens) or online to receive free books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Return completed registration forms to the Youth Services desk at the Library. Books will begin arriving at your home eight to ten weeks after the registration form has been received and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of the covered area.

 Jefferson Lab Presents Science with a Side of Suds 

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility — known locally as Jefferson Lab — will hold its second “Scientist Walks into a Bar” program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Tradition Brewing Co., 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd. The event is free and open to the public, and will highlight how advances in the physical sciences benefit medical care. Jefferson Lab director, Stuart Henderson, will moderate the interactive discussion, which will include scientists from the facility, experts in the related medical and scientific fields, and representatives from regional businesses and organizations engaged in medical research and healthcare, and will conclude with “Open the Tap,” a unique open topic Q&A that will address topics related to science and technology. For questions, contact Deborah Dowd at dowd@jlab.org.

(Arts on Main)

New Executive Director at Arts on Main

The Board of Directors at Arts on Main in Gloucester announced Dr. Kathryn “Kate” Swanson is joining as the new Executive Director. Swanson brings more than 15 years of experience in museum work and education. She grew up in the Tidewater area and earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Art History from William and Mary before moving to Boston where she earned a doctorate in Historical Archaeology from Boston University. She began her museum career with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. Subsequently, she was on the staff of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and later served as the curator of collections at Plimoth Patuxet (formerly Plimoth Plantation).

Langley Federal Credit Union Announces Six Leadership Promotions

Langley Federal Credit Union announced several senior leadership promotions:

  • Nicole Baker was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Service, responsible for branch network, contact center and business development. Her role includes strategic duties in growing members and deposits as well as deepening member relationships. Baker joined Langley in 2020 and has contributed to Langley’s growth success over the past several years.
  • Rob Lefkowicz was promoted to Senior Vice President of Mortgage and Consumer Lending, responsible for all mortgage and consumer lending strategies and operations,  including loan servicing. Since joining Langley in 2017, he has made an immediate impact on the organization, earning the respect and admiration of all who work with him.
  • Jose Iregui was promoted to Senior Vice President of Langley Lending Services and Collections, responsible for growing the Langley Lending Services business as well as leading Langley’s collections strategies and operations. Since joining Langley in 2016, he also has been responsible for consumer lending operations and products.
  • Mark Hutchinson was promoted to Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk and Internal Audit, responsible for evaluating Langley’s internal and external risk environment as well as coordinating the annual audit and all regulatory examinations. Since joining Langley in 2020, he has built and maintained an Enterprise Risk Management program as well as managed the following areas: internal audit, compliance, business continuity planning, fraud management and regulatory relations.
  • Darich Runyan was promoted to Senior Vice President of Information Security, overseeing the strategic and tactical functions of Langley’s information security initiatives. Runyan started with Langley in 2019 and quickly established a team of security administrators and analysts to protect member information and corporate data.
  • Lindsey Kelly was promoted to Vice President of Legal and Compliance, overseeing legal affairs, legislative affairs and lead our compliance program. Prior to working at Langley, Kelly was an attorney focusing on foreclosure, real property title matters, bankruptcy and related litigation.

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