Citizen News Weekly

May 13, 2022

Vintage Market, Safety Summit,  and Kayak Tours

Art at the river shoppingVisit Yorktown For This Weekend’s Special Events

Tomorrow (5/14), a new market debuts at the waterfront: the Vintage Market!  Shop for upcycled items perfect for your home. Take a trip down memory lane as you peruse and purchase antiques. Your market favorites will also be on hand:  fresh produce, baked goods, quality art, and more. In case of rain, the market moves to the lower level of the Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace.  The Classic Car Show on Historic Main Street is another new event featuring over 30 classic cars lovingly and painstakingly restored to their glory days. As you oogle these beauties, vehicle owners will be nearby and happy to chat with you about their treasures. The market and car show are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Sunday (5/15) is the rescheduled Art at the River Juried Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thirty-seven artists were chosen for this exhibition to showcase paintings, pottery, jewelry, glass arts, photography, woodwork, metalwork, and more! Be sure to cast your vote for “Best in Show.”  Details are available on the Visit Yorktown show

Register by Tuesday for May 24th for Annual Senior Safety Summit

The Senior Safety Summit is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway.  This event is a full morning of informative and educational lectures and discussions on topics of interest to senior citizens. This year’s sessions include protecting yourself against frauds and scams, raising a relative’s child, and exercise for seniors. A shred truck will be available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. for the secure disposal of papers. The $4 fee includes a continental grab-and-go breakfast bag and a box lunch. Register online by May 17th.  

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting Features Outstanding Youth

Tune in for the BOS meeting this Tuesday (5/17) for several presentations highlighting the best and brightest York County students. Starting at 6 p.m., Chairman Sheila Noll and Board members will share the accomplishments of this year’s Outstanding Youth Awards recipients who will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Also on the agenda for the first hour, the final report from the 2021-22 York County Youth Commission and a presentation from the members of the Youth Leadership Academy. Public hearings begin at 7 p.m. Read the full agenda online and, as always, the meeting may be watched live on WYCG-TV Cox 46/Verizon 39 or streaming.

Outstanding Youth awards

Kayak Tours Return!

York County Parks & Recreation is excited to bring back kayak tours. Fresh air and the beauty of the natural surroundings are highlights of the scheduled trips from New Quarter Park and Back Creek Park. There is a kayak tour available for everyone regardless of skill level.  Great for families or groups of friends.  Complete information, including dates and costs, is available on the registration portal.                                                         

Additional Notes for the Week…Household Chemical/Computer Recycling/Paper Shredding event is tomorrow (5/14) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 105 Service Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road). This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of these items. More information is available on the Waste Management website.    BugFest is also tomorrow (5/14) at a new location: Grafton Middle School! Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and learn about bugs and how they are a benefit (really, they are!). More info on the Mosquito Control website. 

Shout Out This Week to Our Superheroes in the 
Department of Public Works!

National Public Works Week – May 15-21

Public Works Week

We appreciate you every week for all you do to keep York County running and beautiful.  If you are a Superhero too, please consider joining our DPW team. York County is currently recruiting for fulltime staff and equipment operators in Grounds, Stormwater, and Utilities. Competitive hourly rates, affordable healthcare, paid time off plus holidays, and retirement. Apply today!  

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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or

Citizen News Weekly

May 6, 2022

Blues, Brews & BBQ is Rain or Shine; Art at the River Rescheduled; Clean the Bay Day Registration Open

Art at the River Juried Art Show Rescheduled to May 15

The weather forecast for Sunday calls for conditions to be wet and windy, which are definitely not good for an outdoor art show!  The Art at the River committee has decided to reschedule the event. Come out to Riverwalk Landing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday, May 15, to view quality art, purchase a piece or two, listen to local musicians, and cast your vote for Best in Show.  Complete Art at the River details are available on the Visit Yorktown website.

Art at the River - Rescheduled

Board of Supervisors Adopts FY23 Budget Lowering Real Estate Tax Rate

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board members adopted the operating budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023).  The budget reduces the real estate tax rate from 79.5 cents to 78 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. That rate also applies to mobile homes.  The tax rate for personal property and machinery/tools remains $4.00. For complete information about the budget, including all Board presentations, visit the County’s website.

Adopted Budget - FY2023

Tickets Still Available for Blues, Brews, and BBQ

There is time to get tickets for tomorrow’s (5/7) Blues, Brews, and BBQ held from 12 to 6 p.m.  BBBBQ is one of our most popular events and it’s held rain or shine. If you like sampling brews, tasting some of the best BBQ around, and vibing to area Blues musicians, then this is the event you don’t want to miss. You can purchase tickets and find more information online. 

Get Your Kit Ready: Hurricane Season Projected to be Busy 

The start of hurricane season is less than one month away. Getting started on preparations is a great thing to do before June 1, and there’s no better time than now!  The threats from hurricanes can vary depending on where you live.  But here in our region, we’ve all felt the impact of these tropical systems, whether it’s significant structural damage or losing power for several days. Take the time now to evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and your family.  Have an evacuation plan, assemble your emergency preparedness kit, and purchase flood insurance if you live in an area that may experience flooding.  For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.

Hurrican Season

Registration Now Open for Clean the Bay Day

On the first Saturday in June, thousands of volunteers will spread out across the area and pick up litter and debris from rivers, streams and beaches to keep these materials from polluting our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.  You can sign up and join a group or form one with your family or neighbors.  The possibilities are endless, but the impact you can make is tremendous.  Search the online map for locations and register today.

Clean the Bay Day 6-4

Public Parking During High Water Situations

When the forecast calls for high water or flooding, York County opens the parking lot at Chisman Creek Park (1314 Wolf Trap Road) and the lots at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (412 Sports Way) for citizens to temporarily park their trucks, trailers, campers, RVs, boats, etc.  York County announces the opening of these lots on our Facebook page along with instructions on when vehicles are to be removed.  Citizens are reminded to not park their vehicles at school sites. 

Additional Notes for the Week…The Master Gardener Plant Sale is tomorrow (5/7) and is held rain or shine! Bring a wagon, wheelbarrow or box for your purchases.  The sale is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road.   Children’s and Teen’s Book Festival is also tomorrow (5/7) at the Tabb Library. Come meet local authors and illustrators of books for young people from 1 to 3 p.m.  No registration required.

Lifetime Dog License 2022

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. Questions? Contact Gail Whittaker, Public Information Officer: (757) 890-3310 or