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News Briefs for Aug. 30

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

Literacy for Life Expands to Provide Continuity in Literacy and Adult Education 

Literacy for Life learner, Gedam (left) and Literacy for Life instructor, Frances (right)

Longtime community-based literacy organization Peninsula READS announced last week it had immediately ceased operation. The sudden and unexpected closure of the organization, which serves Newport News and Hampton, has left thousands of learners and tutors without the critical support of a community-based literacy organization in the Lower Peninsula, according to Literacy for Life, an institution headquartered in Williamsburg

As the sole remaining community-based literacy organization on the Virginia Peninsula, Literacy for Life said it was proud to meet the moment by expanding services to sustain current programming for learners in the Lower Peninsula.

For more information about how to give, volunteer, or provide other support, please visit

Wreaths Across America Invites All Americans to Wave the Flag on Sept. 12

Photo by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, between 9-10 a.m., national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) is calling for the nation to join them in flag-waving to “remind all Americans of the feeling we had — the pride in country, the unity and patriotism — which was expressed on the days following 9/11/01.”

The event will be hosted live on WAA’s official Facebook page and broadcast over Wreaths Across America Radio. The broadcasts will include interviews and stories from volunteers, supporters, Gold Star families, veterans, first responders and members of the next generation.

WAA encourages the public to join this tradition on a weekly basis starting on Sept. 12 by sharing their pictures and videos on social media using the hashtag #FlagsAcrosstheCountry. Videos and photos may also be submitted online, or WAA on Facebook, share where you are participating, and share on your own social channels.

Additionally, National Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16. To sponsor a $17 wreath for an American hero or learn more about volunteering, visit

City of Williamsburg to Celebrate National Night Out on Oct. 3

A Williamsburg Police officer stands at an information table at National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (WYDaily/Courtesy WPD)
A Williamsburg Police officer stands at an information table at National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (WYDaily/Courtesy WPD)

City of Williamsburg residents are invited to attend the 2023 National Night Out event on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St.

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event that promotes police-community partnerships,
public engagement, and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better
places to live.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and inclement weather, this event will the first in-person NNO celebration since 2019, the city said.

NNO provides an opportunity for residents to meet members of several local law enforcement agencies, including the Williamsburg Police Department, Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff’s Office, and the Virginia State Police.

Virginia Spirits Board Launching Digital Spirits Passport Sept. 1

(Virginia Spirits)

Starting Sept. 1, the Virginia Spirits Board will launch a digital Virginia Spirits Passport to encourage individuals to explore and celebrate the Commonwealth’s unique craft spirits offerings and experiences.

The digital Virginia Spirits Passport is a free program for all Virginians or visitors aged 21 and over. The mobile passport is a curated collection of more than 20 Virginia distilleries, and more are expected to join throughout the year. It will run through Aug. 31, 2024, with select distilleries offering unique deals and discounts guests can redeem during visits.

Local distilleries, 8 Shires Coloniale Distillery and Copper Fox Distillery are both participating.

The platform will use geospatial technology that will allow users to simply check in and record visits to accumulate points that can be redeemed for prizes, including locally made artisan gifts, Virginia Spirits Expo tickets and entries into a sweepstakes to win unique getaways and experiences.

For more on the Virginia Spirits Passport, to sign up and to view participating distilleries, visit

The Williamsburg Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution Presents NSSAR Flag Recognition Certificates to Local Businesses 

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