Citizen News Weekly BannerNovember 25, 2020

County Offices and Courts Closed Nov. 26 & 27

  • The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. York County offices and courts are closed on Thanksgiving and the day after. Citizens whose garbage or recycling are collected on Thursday (11/26) are asked to put their containers at the roadside on Friday (11/27), while Friday collections move to Saturday (11/28).  For a complete listing of closings, please refer to the press release.

York County’s Quarterly Citizen News Publication Available Online

  • Take a few minutes this holiday weekend and scroll through the latest Citizen News quarterly publication. This 12 page document contains information about upcoming events and deadlines, Parks & Recreation activities, Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academies, along with articles about County operations during COVID-19, Library Services, Public Works, and more!  The publication is easy to find – right on the home page!

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Avoid Calling the Plumber this Holiday and Say “No” to Brown Friday

  • This holiday season, be sure to avoid putting fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain. These deposits can lead to sewer blockages, which is not something to be thankful for! Our friends at askHRgreen.org tell us that the plumbing community refers to the day after Thanksgiving as “Brown Friday” – one of the busiest times of the year for sewage backups. Be sure to put food scraps in the garbage, scrape off plates before washing them, pour used cooking grease into a heat-safe container and dispose of it once it hardens.  For more information on properly disposing of FOG, check out the publications available online.


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Celebrate Christmas in Yorktown!

  • The holiday season is filled with special community traditions in Historic Yorktown. It’s a time for friends, family, and neighbors to safely gather together to eat, shop, and create lasting memories. From modern celebrations like the annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Market on Main Street to period programming like Christmastide in Virginia and Viking Yuletide—there are special events taking place all December long. Check out our new festive blog to make merry and help plan your next visit!

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Tax Deadline 12-5Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov....


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November 20, 2020

Dec. 4 Christmas Tree Lighting Scheduled; Reservations Required!  

TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT  - JOIN THE WAITLIST USING THE SAME LINK 

  • This is the 76th year of Yorktown’s Christmas Tree Lighting. This year’s event will be a bit different to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions.  Individuals who register to attend this free event will enjoy live musical presentations, the lighting of the tree, and a special virtual visit from Santa Claus!  Space is limited, so please register online as soon as you can.  The Tree Lighting is only two weeks away – Friday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. – so sign up today and help us kick off the holiday season.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for a pre-Thanksgiving Cornucopia of Fun at the Yorktown Waterfront!

  • At this weekend’s Harvest Market, stop by Raders Quarter Farm for help planning your holiday meals. The farm has fresh, local, pasture raised turkeys as well as heritage whole hog sausage, bacon and ham during the market on Saturday (11/21) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up seasonal treats like hot cocoa bombs from Taylor Made Chocolate and unique holiday pieces such as custom drawn ornaments from artist Celeste Draughn. More than 50 vendors and artists participate in this special extended market. Visitors will find many items perfect for their holiday table. 

Market Days Vendors

And don't miss the amazing live demo from Nature's Wonderland Carving – NEW this year. James Miller will be carving logs live during the event to create beautiful works of art in front of the fountain. You shouldn't have trouble finding him . . . just follow the sound of his saw!

The Virginia Living Museum is bringing some of their animal friends for a socially distanced show in the Freight Shed at 1 p.m. Limited seating is available and all adults and children 5 and older are required to wear face coverings inside the building. The always-popular alpacas return for this market!

There's bound to be some knee slappin', boot stompin', and hand clappin' with a live performance of bluegrass music from Ralph Motley!

We are taking important precautions to keep our customers and vendors safe amidst COVID-19 concerns, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas. All vendors and staff are required to wear face coverings when interacting with customers who are less than 6 feet away. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up as you enter, as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to shop at the market. 

  • Celebrate Christmas in Yorktown - The holiday season is filled with special community traditions in Historic Yorktown. It’s a time for friends, family, and neighbors to safely gather together to eat, shop, and create lasting memories. From modern celebrations like the Christmas Market on Main Street to period programming like Christmastide in Virginia and Viking Yuletide—there are special events taking place all December long. Check out our new festive blog to make merry and help plan your next visit! 

Board of Supervisors Receives Seven Applications for District 4 Vacancy

  • Seven residents of District 4 have applied for the vacant position on the Board of Supervisors:  Sekou Billings, Michael S. King, Steven A. Meade, Lawrence J. "Tu" Ritter, Gary S. Roane, Jr., Larry D'Shawn Wright, and Sherri Wright-Cox. Next, the Board will hold a meeting on December 8 where the applicants will have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the Board and County citizens. The meeting will be televised live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and livestreamed at www.yorkcounty.gov/tv. As details are finalized, they will be posted on the Board’s website. 

York County Offices and Courts Closed Nov. 26 & 27

  • The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. York County offices and courts are closed on Thanksgiving (11/26) and the day after (11/27). Citizens whose garbage or recycling are collected on Thursday are asked to put their containers at the roadside on Friday, while Friday collections move to Saturday.  For a complete listing of closings, please refer to the press release issued last week. 

Now Seeking District 2 Applicants to Chesapeake Bay Board!

  • If you are a resident of District 2 and would like to volunteer to serve the community, consider the Chesapeake Bay Board!  This Board ensures that development in the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas (CBPA) is done in accordance with applicable regulations.  The Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  District 2 citizens interested in applying for appointment to the Chesapeake Bay Board may obtain an application online

Tax Deadline is December 5

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

Citizen News Weekly November 13, 2020

Maritime Market Saturday; Harvest Market Next Week; Local Business with Historic Roots; Businesses Focus on Innovation; Board Meeting Tuesday; Planning Commission Meeting Wednesday; Public Works Important Dates

Ahoy, Mateys! Maritime History Comes Alive in Yorktown Saturday!

  • Are you in the mood for some seafood? Want to chat with pirates? How about joining the re-enactment of the 1774 Yorktown Tea Party?  If you answered “yes” to any of these, join us tomorrow (11/14) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing for the Maritime Market! Purchase some of the best seafood in the area from favorites like Shore Bites, Coastal Thirst, Salty Bottom Blues Oyster Farm, and Kathi’s Clam Chowder. Enjoy living demonstrations, shop nautical-inspired art, and beware of pirates. Loose Cannon Company’s Pirate Encampment near the fountain is the setting for telling tales of seafaring life. Around noon, join us at the Freight Shed before marching to the Riverwalk Landing Pier to throw tea into the York River as a recreation of the 1774 event. (Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing). A Maritime exhibit, real blacksmith in action, and more make this market a highlight of the season. For more information, click over to Visit Yorktown.
     
  • COMING UP NEXT WEEK:  Thanksgiving comes early during Yorktown's annual Harvest Market at the waterfront. On Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9 to 3- shop for turkeys, ham, and oysters . . . pies, chocolates, and cookies . . . juices, coffees, and teas . . . and so much more!  

Local Business with Historic Roots; New Video Series Focuses on Innovation

  • Speaking of celebrating our relationship with the water with this weekend’s Maritime Market, click over to the Economic Development website for an article featuring Smith’s Marine Railway, a York County business that has been in operation since before the Civil War!  Pictures, interesting history, and Hollywood . . . who could ask for more?!  This article is part of a series on York County’s longest-running businesses. Additional features include the Bargain Box, John Henry Printing, and more!

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  • Visit the Office of Economic Development website for its new video series spotlighting local businesses and the creative solutions they are using in their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out “Innovation in a Time of COVID” online.   

Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Nov. 17 Meeting to be Remote

  • The Board of Supervisors’ November 17 meeting will be held remotely. There are two public hearing items on the agenda as well as a comment period during which citizens may speak. The agenda lists phone lines that are open for public comment on both hearings and for remarks on any topic. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and online.  

One Application on Planning Commission Agenda for Wednesday, Nov. 18

  • The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. next Wednesday has one item on the agenda:  A requested amendment to the York County Zoning Map to rezone approximately 376 acres of land located along Fenton Mill Road/Newman Road/Barlow Road from Rural Residential and Limited Business to Planned Development Residential. This meeting will be held in the Board Room of York Hall where in-person comments are welcomed.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Seating in the Board Room is limited to allow for social distancing and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those in attendance are asked to wear a face covering except when addressing the Planning Commission. Depending on attendance, some individuals may need to wait outside until their turn to speak or space is available indoors. For additional details, please visit the Planning website.

Dept. of Public Works Reminds You . . . 

  • 2020’s last Household Chemical/Computer Recycling event in York County is tomorrow (11/14) from 8 a.m. to noon at the County’s Operations Center off Goodwin Neck Road.  Follow the signs for fast and safe service!  Please remain in your car and wait while staff retrieves materials from your vehicle.  For a list of accepted items, please visit our Waste Management website. 
  • York County’s Leaf Collection program begins Monday (11/16). Bagged leaves placed at the roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday of your selected week will be collected by the end of that week. For the purpose of leaf collection, the County is divided into a northern and a southern zone. For complete details, visit the Leaf Collection website or call (757) 890-3780.

Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

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November 6, 2020

Honoring Our Veterans; Vintage Market Saturday . . . Maritime Market Next Week!; Photo Contest Winners Announced; Household Chemical Drop-off Next Saturday

Veterans Day Commemoration Online this Year; County Offices Closed Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day

  • Tune in to WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) throughout November to watch special programming honoring our nation’s veterans. Watch World War II soldiers recall their stories of battle. Tune in daily at 10 p.m. to see last year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at York Hall. For those without cable television, watch these programs livestreamed from our website. 
  • The annual York County Historical Committee Veterans Day Ceremony will not be held this year. To honor our veterans, the Committee has developed a website including a slide show featuring photos of veterans from years past, as well as patriotic programs. 
  • York County offices, courts, and libraries are closed Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11.  Garbage and recycling collections are not affected by the holiday. For details, read this week’s press release. 

What’s Old Is New Again! Join us at the Vintage Market on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the MAC!  Next week: Maritime Market from 9 to 3, Nov. 14

  • If you enjoy shopping for restored old furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces, then you don’t want to miss this annual event! Browse more than 40 vendors at the McReynolds Athletic Complex from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (11/7) as you search for collectibles, antiques, art, accessories, and unique home décor. Adding to the festive ambiance is live entertainment from Phil Poteat. Be sure to bring your appetite because concessions will be available from Coastal Thirst, Chef Joseph, Shore Bites, Kathi’s Clam Chowder, Pop’s Kettle Corn, and Rising Tide Provisions. 

When you enter the complex (112 Sports Way), follow the signs to the parking area and hop on the Yorktown Trolley, which will shuttle you to and from your car. 

Vintage Market

All staff and vendors are required to wear face masks and customers are requested to do the same if they can’t maintain a six foot distance during transactions. Please remember, no pets are permitted at this venue and smoking is not allowed. 

  • COMING UP NEXT WEEK:  Yorktown Market Days’ extended Maritime Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yorktown Waterfront. Purchase some of the best seafood in the area, shop nautical-inspired art, and beware of pirates!  www.visityorktown.org 

Beautiful York County Calendar Winning Photos Selected

  • The 2021 calendar is currently being finalized. This year’s calendar features photos from our citizens and features pollinators as a way to help educate the public about their essential impact on the environment. The York County Beautification Committee had a difficult time choosing the winners because all of the photos were fantastic! However, decisions had to be made.  The winners each receive a cash prize and their photo will be included in the upcoming calendar.  Drum roll please…..The winners are:  Caroline Herath (Cover); Caola Rood (January); Betty Steele (February); Kelly Satava (March); Jocelyn Hurst (April); Faisal Mohsin (May); Gwyn Williams (June); Michele Nelson (July); Bobby Thacker (August); Don Cole (September); Colleen Jones (October); Shannon Taber (November); and Leigh Smith (December).  Congratulations to these winners and thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.  We will let you know in a few weeks when and where you can get your free calendar! 
    2021 Beautification Calendar

New Quarter Park Hosts “Holiday Make and Take” on December 5: Make Festive Decorations from Natural Materials!

  • Two one-hour time slots—at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.—are available for this year’s annual craft event at New Quarter Park (1000 Lakeshead Drive in upper York County). Participants will make wreaths and baskets from natural materials, can enjoy holiday cookies and hot cider or cocoa, and take their hand-made decorations home!  Donations of materials is appreciated. For more information, or to register, click over to the Parks and Recreation website.

Holiday make and take

November Lunch & Learn Presents “Taking the Leap from Home-Based to Brick & Mortar”

  • Join us the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. for “Lunch & Learn” – a series of business-related presentations that can teach you everything from closing your business deal to cybersecurity. At this month’s session, pack your lunch and Zoom in to learn the benefits of transitioning your business from your home.  Visit the event calendar on the Office of Economic Development’s website to register and learn more about this and other business programs. 

Household Chemical Drop-off/Computer Recycling Event Coming Up Next Saturday

  • Next weekend, bring your household chemicals and computer equipment to County Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road) to safely dispose of these materials. VPPSA and County staff will be available to safely unload these items from your vehicle from 8 a.m. to noon. This is the last of these in York County for 2020 and we anticipate many citizens coming to County Drive to dispose of these items, so plan for a short wait.  More information is available here.

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Citizen News Weekly is compiled and published by York County Public Affairs each Friday to share news and events with our citizens and neighbors. This weekly newsletter is placed on our website and delivered directly to your inbox. If you wish to get the most recent news every week, please subscribe here. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.