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5K on the Runway, Virginia Chefs Association Election and more: News Briefs for Aug. 15

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Catch up on news and notes from in and around the Historic Triangle.

(Newport News – Williamsburg Airport)

5K on the Runway at Newport News – Williamsburg Airport

The Newport News – Williamsburg Airport will be hosting its 5K on the Runway benefiting Dream Catchers on Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 8 a.m.

The family-friendly event will feature multiple food options, inflatables, and games for all ages at a post-race party including a DJ, face painting, activities for kids, and more. The race is an opportunity to see the airport as never before, with participants running on airport taxiways and runways.

All 5K Participants Will Receive:

  • Personalized Bib (must be registered before 8/15)
  • Race Shirt
  • Custom Finisher’s Medal
  • 1 complimentary beer from Traditions Brewing Co.
  • Ice Cream from Blue Bell Ice Cream
  • Treats from Panera Bread

For more information, visit the Newport News – Williamsburg Airport website event page.

From L-R: Eddie Antle of Waters Edge, Hanna Middlebrook from JCC fire dept outreach, Katie Patrick of Grove Christian Outreach Center, and Fire Marshall Lamm, JCC Fire Department. (Grove Christian Outreach Center)

James City County Fire Dept, Waters Edge Church, and Grove Christian Outreach Center team up for fire safety

Grove Christian Outreach Center along with James City County Fire Department and volunteers from Waters Edge Church visited homes in the Grove neighborhood of Williamsburg recently to raising awareness for fire safety and installing new smoke alarms for homes most at risk.
More than 30 volunteers went door-to-door in homes along the Route 60 corridor of the Grove community leaving pamphlets on what to do in case of an emergency and with Fire Dept staff finding the best places for smoke detectors to be placed in the homes for maximum safety.

DWR Naturally Schools Program Recognizes Walsingham Academy   

The Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) Virginia Naturally Schools Program, the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth,  recognized 48 schools for their efforts during the 2022-23 school year, including Walsingham Academy.

The goal of the program is to recognize those exemplary efforts undertaken by Virginia schools to increase the environmental awareness and stewardship of its students. The schools’ environmental efforts also support the Virginia Department of Education’s Profile of a Virginia Graduate through the development of the students’ communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creative thinking, and civic responsibility.

Two Gloucester County schools also made the list. For more information on the Virginia Naturally Schools Recognition Program, visit:

United Way Day of Caring Volunteer Registration Now Open

The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula (UWVP) will hold its 2023 Day of Caring on
Friday, Sept. 15, and registration for volunteers is now open.

The Day of Caring is UWVP’s annual event for volunteers to work on projects to support nonprofit organizations throughout the region. This year, there are more than 50 projects to which volunteers can contribute their skills and time including painting, landscaping,
carpentry repairs, organizing/sorting and more.

To register to volunteer, visit For more information call United Way of the Virginia Peninsula at 757-229-2222.

York County Chamber of Commerce to Hold Candidate Forum

The seventh York County Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Grafton High School Auditorium.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet until 6:20 p.m. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m.

The event will be open to all candidates in opposed races that include York County voting
districts in the November election. After brief introductions, the candidates will be asked to
answer a series of questions submitted by audience members. All candidates must RSVP to by Sept. 1 to ensure a seat on the stage.

 This event is free and open to the public. Those with questions should email or call Earl Joyner at 757-870-1111.

(Gloucester County Community Engagement & Public Information Department)

Changes on the Horizon to Gloucester’s Beehive Publication 

Gloucester’s Community Engagement & Public Information Department has revamped how it will be delivering Gloucester’s “Beehive” publication. Beginning with the upcoming Fall issue, the Department will be publishing a high-quality magazine-style Beehive.

Additionally, as a cost-saving for taxpayers, the publication will no longer be mailed out to all residents. Instead, copies of the will be available at strategic locations throughout the County

The quarterly publication has existed since the early 1980s in a tabloid, newspaper-style format to reach county residents with timely information, upcoming community events, and current news. Over time, the Beehive has grown in the number of pages it has offered, but kept with a tabloid, newspaper-style print.

The information contained will remain consistent, including up-to-date County news, community events, and activities sponsored by the Gloucester Library and Parks, Recreation & Tourism Departments.

For more information, contact Gloucester’s Community Engagement Department at 804-693-5730 or 

Virginia Chefs Association Announces New Officers 

The Virginia Chefs Association, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation, recently announced its new officers. Based in the Williamsburg area, its territory stretches to Richmond and as far north as Fredericksburg.

Chef Winslow (Win) Goodier was elected to the office of President of the ACF Virginia Chef’s Association. He has been the Executive Chef/Culinary Director of Nuttall’s Store in Ware Neck since 2019.

Other officers are:

  • Vice President: Jeff Aczel, President and Owner of Custom Culinary Connections located in Lanexa
  • Treasurer: Travis Brust, Executive Food and Beverage Director, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Secretary: Martin Clebowicz, Sous Chef Sanders Retirement Community, Gloucester
  • Immediate past President Stephen Perkins, Executive Chef of the Historic Area — Colonial Williamsburg will be the Chairman of the Board.
(Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast)

Yorktown “Top Ten” Cookie Seller Attends Colorado Horse Riding Camp

Girl Scout Ambassador and high school student Lexie Bohrer of Yorktown, an area top cookie seller, has returned to Hampton Roads after a six-day Colorado “Equitrekking” summer camp experience funded by her participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Bohrer has been among the “Top 10” Cookie Entrepreneurs from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast for two years in a row, last year selling over 3,600 boxes of cookies.
This summer, she used proceeds from her participation in the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie Program to take part in a “Girl Scout Destinations” travel opportunity for high school girls. She travelled to Heart-J Center at Sylvan Dale Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, on July 15, to join other teen Girl Scouts from across the nation in making friends and learning new skills in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Activities included trail rides, learning wilderness life skills, fishing, and helping with the care of the horses.
Bohrer, a member since kindergarten, said she has set a goal to sell enough Girl Scout Cookies in the 2024 season to ensure she can return to Colorado next summer.
Learn more about about the Girl Scouts by visiting

DMV Now Offering Richmond Planet License Plates 


Recent legislation introduced by Senator Joseph Morrissey and signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin authorized the issuance of the Richmond Planet license plate. 

The plate honors the founding of America’s oldest Black newspaper, started in Richmond by 13 former slaves.

The new license plate costs $10 annually and is available to purchase at any DMV customer service center, DMV Connect, DMV Select office, or online. 

AAA Warns of Recent Travel Scam

AAA is warning of a scam targeting air travelers — specifically people who search for an airline’s phone number online due to their flight has been canceled or delayed.

Fake phone numbers online have been leading callers to unrelated, third parties that will ask for reservation information and a credit card number to pay for a “service fee” or price difference between flights. In some cases, to the tune of hundreds of dollars.

To protect travelers, AAA Tidewater recommends:

  • If your flight is delayed or canceled, and you’re at the airport, speak with a gate agent in person or use the airline’s app.
  • If you prefer to call the airline, use the toll-free number that appears on their website.
  • An airline will not charge you for a canceled or delayed flight.
  • Prior to a trip, download the airline’s app and save their toll-free number on your phone.
  • To avoid these situations, work with a travel agent ahead of time and purchase travel insurance to cover incidental expenses like meals and lodging in the event of a cancelation.

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