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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Girl Scouts, Former Dairy Queen Property Sold and More: News Briefs for Nov. 24

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

(Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast)

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast ‘Wild Things’ Adventure Group Holds Fifth Annual Turkey Hang

NEWPORT NEWS — With the support of several Girl Scout volunteers, the Wild Things of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s (GSCCC) fifth annual Turkey Hang “Friendsgiving” celebration was held Nov. 12 at Newport News Park.

Thirty middle and high school Girl Scouts prepared and cooked a full turkey feast outdoors over a fire. Five turkeys were cooked several ways and served with a dozen traditional accompaniments including macaroni and cheese, homemade bread, and sweet potato casserole.

The Wild Things of GSCCC are a group of 30 middle and high school Girl Scouts from across Hampton Roads who have a passion for outdoor adventures and discovery and participate year-round in activities like hiking and white-water rafting. In addition to earning badges, girls can participate in a variety of outdoor activities through Girl Scouts. Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade and adult volunteers and invited to join or volunteer at

DMV Services Available Online during Thanksgiving Closure

RICHMOND — With all Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) full-service customer service centers closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 24-26, the DMV reminds customers that more than 50 services are available online at or through the mail.

Offices will reopen on Monday, November 28.

The DMV also reminds motorists to buckle up during the Thanksgiving holiday – and every day — adding state and local police officers across Virginia will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists during the Click It or Ticket campaign, Nov. 26-30. The DMV notes during the Thanksgiving holiday last year, one person was killed and 61 injured in 110 alcohol-related crashes on Virginia roadways.

Virginia ABC Announces Holiday Store Hours

MECHANICSVILLE — Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) said its stores will observe several holidays in November, December and January that will affect operating hours.

  • On Thursday, Nov. 24, all Virginia ABC stores will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Stores will observe normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 25.
  • On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, all Virginia ABC stores will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 for Christmas Day. Stores will reopen and observe normal hours on Monday, Dec. 26.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 31, and Sunday, Jan. 1, all stores will close early at 6 p.m. in observance of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Find operating hours for your local Virginia ABC store at

Volunteer at the 2022 Christmas Parade

WILLIAMSBURG — The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers for the 2022 Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.

Volunteers can sign up as an individual or choose a shift with friends and coworkers to help with float check-in, line-up, counting spectators, dispersal, clean-up, and more.

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older to volunteer.

(Allen Media Strategies)

Chesterfield American Idol Alum Releases New Single

Chesterfield teen singer/songwriter Carrie Brockwell, rewarded with the “Golden Ticket” and the chance to go to Hollywood to perform on “American Idol,” is launching a new single, “Dizzy,” co-written with top Nashville songsmith Britton Cameron (Lonestar, John Pardi).

A lifelong performer, Brockwell has been singing on stage since the age three, starring in musical theatre productions, including the lead role of the musical “Annie” at age 11 and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Brockwell is now attending a performing arts school in Virginia, described in a press release as “Fame” with a Tidewater accent.

“Dizzy” is available on all streaming platforms, and view the lyric video here: Dizzy by Carrie Brockwell – Lyric video – YouTube.

Peninsula Airport Commission Presents ‘5K on the Runway’ Proceeds to Youth Volunteer Corp of Hampton Roads

NEWPORT NEWS — The Youth Volunteer Corp of Hampton Roads (YVCHR) was presented with a check for $7,656.22 Wednesday, Nov. 23. The money was raised at “5K on the Runway” facilitated by the Newport News Williamsburg International Airport held in September.

More than 500 runners participated.

Pictured: Larson, third from left, with members of the Executive Committee. (James City County)

Larson Elected to VACo Executive Committee

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Ruth Larson, Berkeley Representative on the James City County Board of Supervisors, was elected to the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) 2022-23 Executive Committee during its 88th Annual Business Meeting on Nov. 15.

She will serve as the First Vice President, according to a county press release. Larson has represented Region 2 on the VACo Executive Committee since 2021 and on the VACo Board of Directors since 2019.

Larson was first elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors in November 2015 and reelected in 2019. She served as Chairman in 2018. Larson also serves as the 2022 Chairman for the James City Service Authority (JCSA) and was the JCSA Vice Chairman in 2020 and 2021.

Larson previously served on the Williamsburg-James City County School board beginning in 2006 until her election to the Board of Supervisors in 2015.

(Chesapeake Bank)

Chesapeake Bank has named one of the ‘Best Banks to Work For’ in 2022

KILMARNOCK — Chesapeake Bank has been named one of the 2022 Best Banks to Work For by American Banker partnered with Best Companies Group.

The ranking identifies banks that excel at creating positive and supportive workplaces for employees based on an anonymous employee survey and a review of the benefits and perks offered, according to a press release.

Chesapeake Bank ranked No. 32 of 90 in the nation and No. 1 in Virginia, its tenth year making the list. The full 2022 Best Banks to Work For list will be featured at

For more information on the Best Banks to Work For program, visit

Former Dairy Queen Property in Williamsburg Sells

NEWPORT NEWS — Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announced the sale of the former Dairy Queen located at 105 Bypass Road in York County.

Milwaukee Development, LLC purchased the 932-square-foot retail building, featuring a double-sided drive-thru configuration, for $950,000 and plans to market and redevelop the property for a new user, according to a press release.

Drew Haynie of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

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