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News Briefs for May 17

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

Classic Cars visit Windsor Meade

Members and friends of the Classic Cruisers Car Club-Yorktown, The Historic Virginia Peninsula Region AACA, the Colonial Virginia Model A Ford  Club, and the New Kent Cruisers visited the Windsor Meade Senior Living Community in Williamsburg on a bright May Day. Tom Heldreth coordinated the visit.

Kiwanis is coming to West Point

The Kiwanis are coming to West Point. Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of children, one child and one community at a time.

The Kiwanis family of organizations includes Service Leadership Programs including the Circle K International (CKI) at the college level; Key Club for high school (a Key Club was started in West Point earlier this year); Builders Club for middle school; K-Kids at the elementary school level; and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities.

To further acquaint residents with Kiwanis, several Kiwanis teams will be in the area on May 28, 29 and 30 to meet with individuals for 15 to 20 minutes, to share information about Kiwanis, and to here from residents as to what we might do to be a success in serving the community. There is also a more formal information meeting on  Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m., at the YMCA, 3135 King William Avenue, West Point.

Those with questions should call 804-466-1625 or email Visit for more information.

Nationwide McCraw Gathering to be held in West Virginia

The United States McCraw Family Association will be holding its nationwide reunion in Beckley, West Virginia, on June 21-23.

Established in 1980, the United States McCraw Family Association (USMFA) is a national association for the descendants of William Maccraw. William came to the Colonies some time before 1746 and he died by 1752 — 24 years before the American Revolution. He lived in what is now Powhatan County and had at least nine children. He is the first known known American ancestor for most of the McCraws in the U.S., and many descendants live in this area.

Registration for the event is now open and will be held at the Mountaineer Conference Center beside the Country Inn and Suites at 2120 Harper Road in Beckley, West Virginia. A block of rooms has been secured at the Country Inn and Suites for those attending from out of town and you can find hotel information, the full schedule of events and both online and mail-in registration information on the USMFA website at You can also check us out at You do not have to be a member of the USMFA to attend. Emails with questions can be sent to: Registrations close June 7.

Mark Your Calendars for the Longest Day of Play

James City County Parks & Recreation is inviting residents to celebrate the summer solstice by joining it for Project: FiveFortySeven, the Longest Day of Play on June 20, the longest day of the year.

Events begin at 5:47 a.m. with free recreational activities and outdoor adventures all day, including free access to outdoor pools, free use of the Recreation Centers, free select group fitness classes and more.

Events are free; however, some require registration by June 17 on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or lack of minimum registration levels. For program updates or cancellations, visit the Project: FiveFortySeven website and be sure to follow along on the Facebook event page. Visit here for a full list of programs.

Williamsburg Girl Scout Earns Gold Award 

Girl Scout Ambassador Kendal Keough of Girl Scout Troop 1104, a 2024 graduate of Warhill High School in Williamsburg, was recently awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award by area council Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

Keough received this honor for completing a service project she titled “CPR Saves Lives: What You Need to Know.” Knowing there is a great need for CPR education, Keough designed a project whereby she created training tools and taught hands-only CPR classes to Williamsburg area middle school students and senior citizens at The Chesapeake Retirement Community, the area council said. Keough created a video that was used at several middle schools in the Williamsburg area, and also lectured to residents at The Chesapeake Retirement Community to spread awareness on this issue which included informing them about hands-only CPR. In addition, she distributed literature for them to take home to discuss with their family and friends.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and required over 80 hours of leadership and service to receive, according to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Launches Future Forward Summer Campaign

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula recently announced the launch of its Future Forward Summer Campaign, an initiative designed to empower the youth of the Virginia Peninsula through dynamic and holistic programming. The campaign kicked off on April 23 with Give Local 757 giving and will run through August 17.

The Future Forward Summer Campaign seeks to pave the way for a summer filled with inspiration, learning, and endless possibilities, according to the organization. By joining forces with the community, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula aims to move forward towards a future where every child has the chance to thrive.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $200,000 and will include peer-to-peer fundraising where supporters can essentially become their own fundraiser to help the cause, the organization said.

Colonial Williamsburg Offers Free Admission for Veterans and Military Families, May 24-27

This Memorial Day Weekend, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation continues its tradition of military outreach by offering free admission to all active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guard members and their immediate dependents May 24-27.

In addition to offering military families free admission, Colonial Williamsburg will host a Memorial Day Commemoration in partnership with the Williamsburg Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Palace Green on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. that will feature a traditional wreath-laying ceremony. The day will conclude with “Salute to the Fallen,” a bagpipe performance from the roof deck of the Governor’s Palace at 4:40 p.m.

Free “Honoring Service to America” single-day passes are available at all onsite ticket locations with proper ID. Minor dependents must be accompanied by an adult, and dependents ages 10 and over must present a valid dependent ID. Service members need not be present for qualifying guests to receive free Honoring Service to America tickets, which are provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification.

Veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. Colonial Williamsburg also offers military discounts on Colonial Williamsburg hotels, dining, retail, golf and spa services. Additional information on Colonial Williamsburg’s military outreach is available at

For more information about the Honoring Service to America program and tickets visit, call 855-296-6627, or follow Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

Local Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Plants Tree for the Grove Community 

(Left to right) Lynette Hopson, Vice President Shaunda McManus, Pia Stephenson, Katie Patrick, President Glenda Turner, Wilma Bond, Ellen Jones, Stephanie Kinder Epps, Tamika Sharpe (Grove Christian Outreach Center)

Members from Lambda Lambda Omega, the Williamsburg Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., donated a crepe myrtle tree for Arbor Day on Friday, April 26.

Chapter representatives came to place the tree in the ground to represent their long-standing commitment and support for the Grove Christian Outreach Center and the Grove neighborhood, the center said. The chapter performs many acts of service throughout the year, including packing backpacks weekly to send home with school-aged children to ensure they have healthy snacks over the weekends. Also, members were active in planning and organizing the Prom Boutique event held in April for teens in the area to choose clothing and accessories that were donated. In addition, volunteers helped with hair and make-up tips at the boutique. 

LLO members are also stepping up in big ways to help plan the 20th Anniversary Celebration Gala in November, according to the center. More information on the event, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, can be found on the website at 

The Smile Group Lends a Hand to Help Kids Receive Dental Care

Dr. James A. Burden and Dr. Aaron Marks of The Smile Group recently volunteered at ADA Foundation Give Kids A Smile 2024, hosted at Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center. The event provided care for 113 patients.

Williamsburg Chapter SAR

The Williamsburg Chapter SAR presented Certificates of Recognition and Scholarship Contest packages to new Eagle Scouts Caiden Pleis, Daniel Owens, and Ryan Chicirda of BSA Troop 300 in a Court of Honor at the Clubhouse in Windsor Forest on May 4, 2024. Pictured, L to R, are chapter president (and presenter) John Lynch, Pleis, Owens, Chicirda, and chapter chairman Harley Stewart. Also attending was chapter vice-president Ronald Adolphi. (Williamsburg Chapter SAR)

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