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News Briefs for June 24

York County: Native Swamp Milkweed Plants Available at Waste Management Office

The Beautification Committee is encouraging gardening to include plants that are native to the Southeast Virginia region, adding plants that are native to Hampton Roads have evolved in this specific area, are attractive and relatively easy to acquire and maintain, and offer various benefits to the local wildlife and environment.

Swamp milkweed is a York County native plant that serves as the host plant for monarch caterpillars. In summer, five-petaled flowers bloom with up to 100 flowers per cluster, which provide nectar to pollinators. Milkweed gets its name from the toxic milky sap it produces when broken. Milkweed is deer and rabbit-resistant and will thrive in wet/clay soil.

The Beautification Committee has a limited number of potted swamp milkweed plants available for pickup for free at the Waste Management office at 145 Goodwin Neck Road, Yorktown.  This giveaway is in celebration of Virginia Pollinator Week (June 17 – 23) and in support of the Homegrown National Park 1-Plant Challenge, to encourage interest in native plants.  Please visit the office to pick up these native plants.

Download a brochure here. For more information, call 757-890-3780 or visit

Peninsula Chinese American Association Holds Annual Barbecue

Peninsula Chinese American Association held its annual barbecue event at Newport News Park on June 15 to celebrate the end of the school year and to present the Special Achievement Awards to K-12 students. Approximately 200 people attended the event and enjoyed a great feast and a day full of fun and games, including Virginia Delegate Shelly Simons, York County Board of Supervisors Chairman Stephen Roane and Vice Chairman Sheila Noll, Newport News Mayor Jones and Councilman Cleon Long, and VACC Executive Director My LAN Tran.

Sotherly Foundation Hands Over Keys to Mortgage-free Home to Homeless Veteran

Front row, L to R, Mack Sims, Andrea Goalder, Leroy Richardson, Drew Sims, Marston Smith. Back row, L to R, Teresa Moran, David Folsom, Scott Kucinski. (The Sotherly Foundation)

The Sotherly Foundation is pleased to announce today we turned over the keys to a mortgage-free home to Leroy Richardson, a homeless veteran. The house is located in Chesapeake.

Leroy exited the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge and a 100% disability after many overseas tours of duty. Through LINK of Hampton Roads, a quasi-government agency that assists veterans, the Foundation was able to make contact with and get to know Leroy.

The Sotherly Foundation was formed in 2014 to help veterans who are struggling after many years of service to our country. More information is available at the foundation’s website The Sotherly Foundation has awarded almost $750,000 in grants to deserving veterans and their families.

James City County: Cooling Assistance Available June 15-Aug. 15

James City County Social Services will accept applications for Cooling Assistance from June 15 to Aug. 15, it announced.

Cooling assistance offers support for purchasing or repairing cooling equipment, as well as covering electricity costs for operating such equipment. The types of assistance available include purchasing or repairing portable fans, ceiling fans, or air conditioners, paying for an electric security deposit, and covering electric bills for operating cooling equipment.

Applications can be submitted online through the Enterprise Customer Service Center, as well as at local departments of social services. To apply, visit or call 855-635-4370 for phone applications. If preferred, applicants can also request a paper application to be mailed to them by calling 757-259-3100.

To be eligible for assistance, a household must have at least one vulnerable individual who is either 60 years or older, disabled, or under the age of 6, the county said. Additionally, the household must meet the income requirements.

Assistance is subject to the availability of funds.

Car Show benefits Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups

About 100 classic cars and trucks were on display from car clubs and area enthusiasts at the Williamsburg Antique Mall on Sunday, June 9, for the Fifth Annual Show & Shine Car Show to Benefit the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) Virginia Chapter.

Al Crane, Classic Cruisers Car Club was the co-chair of the event along with Scott Brubaker Jr. APEX Physical Therapy and Movement Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Williamsburg Antique Mall and the Classic Cruisers Car Club.

Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters 2024 Scholarship Winners

LWV of Williamsburg Area 2024 Scholarship Winners from left: Hannah Neff (Warhill), Maesyn Albert (Jamestown), and Emily Reynolds (Lafayette). (Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters)

Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters board members participated in the Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship Awards Ceremony held at Lafayette High School on June 2. League members Laura Tripp and Denise Koch presented $1,500 Scholarships to three WJCC public high school graduating seniors: Hannah Neff (Warhill) who will study Criminology at the University of New Mexico; Maesyn Albert (Jamestown) who will study International Public Policy at Virginia Tech; and Emily Reynolds (Lafayette) who plans to major in Government at the College of William & Mary.

Woman’s Club Donates Book to Schools

Club members Linda Biondi, Chris Piascik, Joanne Finstrom, Kathy Roper and Jan Walker. (The Woman’s Club of Williamsburg-GFWC)

The Woman’s Club of Williamsburg-GFWC donated the graphic novel “Mexikid” by Pedro Martin to local elementary schools this year. The Club annually picks a book to add to the schools’ collections.

Dominion Energy Finishes Burying 2,000 Miles of Power Lines Ahead of Hurricane Season

Just ahead of the Atlantic hurricane season, Dominion Energy Virginia has finished burying 2,000 miles of previously-overhead power lines as part of its Strategic Underground Program.

Launched in 2014 to reduce storm-related power outages and shorten restoration times, the program focuses on burying power lines in the most outage-prone areas. The company plans to bury several thousand additional miles of overhead lines as the program continues in the coming years.

The Strategic Underground Program is one of several programs that the company has launched in recent years to reduce power outages and make the grid more resilient.

The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and runs through November 30.

For hurricane preparedness tips, please visit

Grove Receives Support from Williamsburg Presbyterian Church

(L-R) Charles Timko, Katie Patrick, Barb Timko. (Grove Christian Outreach Center)

Williamsburg Presbyterian Church donated $3500 to support the ministries of the Outreach Center. WPC has been a longtime supporter of the Center for 20 years through grant funding and volunteerism.

Historic Grace Church Yorktown Memorial Day Service

The Annual Memorial Day Service and Remembrance Ceremony was held at Historic Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown on Monday, May 27.

Rector Seldon Walker was the celebrant, the music program was provided by Suzanne Daniel, and readers were Kathy Michaels, Sandy Armstrong, and Tom Richmond. The prayer bulletin and commemorative program was produced by Kim Lenz.

U.S. Air Force Chaplain Lt. Col. Greg Brunson provided the Homily and Lt. Col. Al Crane, U.S. Air Force (Retired), parishioner and Vietnam Veteran, provided Memorial Day remarks. Reading the names of the 112 known Veterans Buried in the Church Cemetery was made by parishioner and U.S. Army veteran Patrick Washburn.

The Church Bell was tolled during readings of veterans’ names by Chaplain Brunson and his family, and all participants were provided with a copy of the program and a Poppy Pin.

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