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News Briefs for Oct. 5

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

Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House to Present ‘Hootenanny Night’

Karen Thuermer (The Three Jolly Coachmen)

The Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House will present a special evening of nostalgia in the style of a “hootenanny” — the free-wheeling 1960s-era gatherings of folk musicians who got together to perform the latest tunes of the folk era with the audience singing along — on Friday, Nov. 3.

Local vocalists will include Gary Allen, Peter Budnikas, Greg Davy, Scott Peterson, Marc Merriman, Sherri Rodgers, and Joy Martin, with bassist Andy Petkofsky. The Coffee House will be partnering with Williamsburg House of Mercy, which will receive a portion of ticket sale proceeds and 100% of drink donations.
Special guest artist Karen Thuermer also will attend to display some of her artworks and be available to talk about it with attendees. Tickets are $30 and $20. To reserve seats and for any inquiries, e-mail

James City County Community Development Block Grant — Second Public Hearing

James City County will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 at 101 Mounts Bay Rd., Building A, Williamsburg, to solicit public input on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal to be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for a 2023 Scattered Site Housing Rehabilitation Program, the county said.

The county is encouraging residents to attend. The project proposal will include up to five housing rehabilitation projects. The draft proposal will be presented for comment along with information on projected beneficiaries, including the number of low- and moderate-income residents expected to benefit from the proposed project and plans to minimize displacement. Citizens can also comment on the County’s past use of CDBG funds.

The proposed project fact sheet and a draft application are available at 101 Mounts Bay Rd., Building A, Williamsburg. For additional information, contact Marion Paine at or 757-253-6673. Submit comments or grievances in writing to Neighborhood Development at 101 Mounts Bay Rd., Building A, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or by phone at 757-253-6673 or Relay 711 for the hearing impaired by Oct. 23. Those planning to attend who have any special needs requirements should call 757-253-6673.

Williamsburg REALTORS raised $3,789.92 for Habitat for Humanity

Williamsburg REALTORS announced that its Saturday, Sept. 30 Yard Sale Event raised a total of $3,789.92 toward the organization’s goal to build a house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

“We wish to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who has stopped by the WAAR office to donate items for the Yard Sale/Bazaar. We truly could not be having this event without your donations,” the organization said. “In addition, we want to thank our WAAR Community & Members Engagement Committee: chairs Amy Davies  and Faye Dillman, members Debbie Davis, Roberta Hammel, Simone Jones, Jodi Linney, Joyclyn McCallum, Jennifer Mitchell, Mary Prior, Ashley Surles.”

Williamsburg REALTORS has committed to raising $110,000 in an effort to build an affordable home in James City County. Between last year and this year, it has raised a cumulative $56,842.85.

DMV Urges Pedestrians to Stay Alert, Cross with Caution

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) notes Virginia is seeing a rise in pedestrian fatalities among a younger demographic, pedestrians in their 30s.

While overall fatalities are on the decline, the DMV said it wants to bring public awareness to two statistics that are on the rise in an effort to help save lives. One quarter of Virginia pedestrians killed in traffic crashes this year were in their 30s, up from 10% this time last year, and of those fatal crashes nearly half involved a pedestrian who had been drinking alcohol. Overall, crash fatalities involving a pedestrian who had been drinking are up 52% from this time last year, it added.

Over the past four years, the majority of fatal pedestrian crashes occurred in urban areas, after dark, and when the pedestrian was crossing improperly or walking in the road, and as part of October’s Pedestrian Safety Month, the DMV is urging drivers and pedestrians to stay alert, especially at night.

The DMV encourages sharing these safety videos on social media. Additional resources and safety tips can be found on the DMV website.

Permanent Farm Use Placards Now Available at DMV

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is now offering permanent farm use placards for unregistered farm vehicles at all customer service centers. Applications for the permanent farm use placard are available on its newly redesigned website,  

DMV-issued farm placards are required for unregistered farm use panel trucks, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles beginning July 1, 2024. This requirement is a result of legislation passed by the 2023 General Assembly. The DMV-issued placards replace the unofficial farm use tags typically purchased at a local store for use on these three types of unregistered farm vehicles. Placards cost $15 and are good for the lifetime of the vehicle but are not transferable. An additional $15 may be required if the owner does not already hold a title for the vehicle. 

Placard transactions are not available online. Allow ample time to mail the application or schedule an appointment to bring the completed application to the local DMV. For details on which farm use plates or placards are right for your vehicle or for more details on placards for unregistered farm vehicles, visit the DMV website.  

Profs and Pints brings Hampton Roads an evening with ancient sea monsters

A sea monster depicted on a Greek vase from about 530 B.C. (Stavros S. Niarchos Collection)

Profs and Pints Hampton Roads presents:“Ancient Sea Monsters” on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 1700 Brewing in Newport News.

The event promises an encounter with creatures that were dreaded by Greek and Roman sailors and still dwell in imaginations, with Georgia Irby, professor of Classical Studies at William and Mary.

Irby, a scholar of the history of Greek and Roman Science, will provide a look at the imagined horrors that aroused dread in ancient Mediterranean sailors and continue to be feared lurking beneath the waves, leaving its mark on later writers such as Jonathan Swift, Herman Melville, and Jules Verne.

Advance tickets are $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Tickets at the doors are $17, or $15 with a student ID. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the talk starts 30 minutes later.

VPCC’s ‘Tea with Dr. B’ Series Resumes Oct. 16

“Tea with Dr. B,” a series which featurs a conversation hosted by Virginia Peninsula Community College President Towuanna Porter Brannon, proved so popular it is back for a second season, the college announced.

Last year, Brannon presented three events — two in the fall and one in the spring. She’s kicking off this year’s series Oct. 16 with a panel discussion on the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) community. The panelists are Cathleen Rhodes, director of the department of women’s and gender studies at Old Dominion University; Joshua Lockhart, associate director of multicultural student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Jessica Thompson, a biology professor at Christopher Newport University.

Another takes place Nov. 8 with John H. Davis discussing his book “Combat to College,” and the transition from the military to college. Both events are scheduled for 3 p.m. in Hampton IV Building (Room 4136) on the Hampton Campus. There are plans for two others the spring semester.

Hampton Roads Leases Completed by Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reported the following recent lease transactions in the Williamsburg area:

  • King Pizza leased 2,050 square feet of retail space at Shady Banks Shopping Center, 2900 Hampton Highway, in Yorktown. Clay Willis and Wick Smith handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord; Kenneth D. Penrose, Jr., also with Thalhimer, represented the tenant.
  • DreamMaker Bath and Kitchen leased 1,791 square feet of retail space at New Town Shops on Main, Monticello Avenue and Ironbound Road, in Williamsburg. Drew Haynie handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord; Clay Willis, also with Thalhimer, represented the tenant.

VPCC honoring longtime athletic deparment employee Angela Jackson

Virginia Peninsula Community College will honor Angela Jackson to celebrate her 44 years with the college when the basketball teams kick off the season Oct. 21 with “Gator Madness.”

The event will start at 6 p.m. at Warwick High School, the site of the Gators’ home games. On the schedule are a dunk contest, a 3-point shooting contest, an alumni game and a ceremony for Jackson.

Jackson, affectionately known as Coach Jackson, played on the men’s team at the College before joining the women’s team when it was formed a year later, in 1981. Two years after that, she became the women’s coach, and four years after that, took over the men’s team. She also has been in charge of athletics at the college.

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Shown are Rotarian Victor Holman, Lee Grubbs, and club president Ron Howard. (James City County Rotary Club)

James City County Rotary Club

James City County Rotary Club members heard from Lee Grubbs, the U.S. Army’s TRADOC HQ G2 Intelligence Directorate at Fort Eustis, on Oct. 3.

Grubbs spoke about army recruiting; what the army has learned from current wars that applies to preparing to deter and if needed to defeat China; and the Army’s Mad Scientist Program, which is focused on radical engagements to bring the “Intellect of the Nation” to challenges and opportunities.

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