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News Briefs for Feb. 5

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

Williamsburg AARP Tax-Aide Returns for 2023 Tax Season

With the 2023 tax season underway, Williamsburg AARP Tax-Aide announced it is back to help. The program provides free tax counseling, preparation, and filing service to taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those aged 60 and older.

Tax-Aide is once again operating out of the downtown Scotland Street library location, as well as the county library on Croaker Road. Service began on Feb. 1 and will continue through April 15.

For those wishing to make appointments, a new online process is in operation this year.  This will make it much easier for clients to choose the location and time that fits their schedule. A call-in option for making appointments is also available and walk-ins are welcome, as schedules allow.

For the days/hours that service is available for each location and more information, visit

JBLE Hosts Panel for Poquoson High School Military Science Class

Poquoson High School students were welcomed onto the installation to speak with a panel of Airmen for a chance to learn about careers in the military on Jan. 25, at JBLE, Virginia.

To see the real-world application of their classroom lessons, approximately 30 Poquoson High School students enrolled in military science class visited JBLE to learn about how its service members use military science throughout their day-to-day operations.

Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg

Brian Molloy, Blue Team leader, Ralph Nelson, Membership Committee Lead and Scott Zimmerman, Gold Team Lead. (Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg)

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg membership committee is focusing on growing membership and increasing engagement to accelerate the impact the club has on kids in the community. Ralph Nelson (membership chairman) has formed two teams, Blue and Gold, to engage members in a friendly competition to recruit new members. The competition will last through the KCW calendar year ending in September. This friendly competition has a goal of recruiting 20 new members. Those interested are invited join the fun Wednesdays for lunch at the Williamsburg Lodge.

Drive Safe Hampton Roads Presents John T. Hanna Awards

The 33rd annual John T. Hanna Awards for Excellence in Traffic Safety were presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional effort in promoting and encouraging traffic safety within Hampton Roads. Drive Safe Hampton Roads announced this year’s recipients included a high school student, a lawyer, a mother, a fire department, several police officers, and a fleet driver.

 The 2023 John T. Hanna Award Recipients are as follows: 

  • Tammy McGee (President, Conner Gweedo Memorial Foundation) — Martin H. Schlosser Award for Traffic Safety Activism
  • Officer Shannon Velez (Chesapeake Police Department) — Impaired Driving Prevention
  • Master Police Officer Solomon D. Simmons, III (Virginia Beach Police Department) — Law Enforcement Initiatives
  • Brad Huffman (Senior Partner, Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law) – Legal Initiatives
  • Lance Koontz (Student, Tabb High School) — Youth Traffic Safety
  • South Hill Volunteer Fire Department — Fire/Emergency Medical Services Initiatives 
  • James Bunker (Fleet Driver, Local Newspaper Media) — Honorable Mention for Traffic Safety Awareness

Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House Donates $1,300 To Colonial CASA

Accepting the check from Three Jolly Coachmen member Greg Davy are Colonial CASA Board Member Dr. Susan Miller, left, and Melissa Degaraff, program director for youth mentoring. (Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House concert series)

Thanks to a sellout performance of the Three Jolly Coachmen on Jan. 12 plus additional donations for drinks, the Three Jolly Coachmen’s Coffee House concert series donated $1,300 to Colonial CASA, which provides court-appointed special advocates who are voices for abused and neglected children, and matches adult mentors with youth 10-18 years old to build trusting relationships, competencies, and self-efficacy skills. 

The March 15 TJC Coffee House performance will feature a Jazz Jam, led by the well-known Tidewater group the Tony Mata Trio. Contact for information.

Virginia State Parks Accepting Applications for Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leaders

(Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation)

Virginia State Parks announced it is currently recruiting Crew Leaders for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for 2024. Crew Leaders mentor youth by helping them complete trail maintenance, basic construction and beautification of the parks. 

YCC Crew Leaders work directly with park staff and live alongside their crew of 10 high school youth between the ages of 14-17. Room and board are provided. Crew Leader stipend for the employment period is $6,500 that is divided into three, biweekly payments. 

The dates of employment are June 5 to July 27, including a week of training. The program consists of two two-week sessions with crews and days for park orientation, crew preparation and clean up. Crew Leaders will have selected days off between sessions as well as spending time at a park in between sessions engaging in professional development opportunities. 

Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license and have previous leadership experience with youth or peers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning in January until positions are filled. Visit to apply. 

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