January 2021

Citizen News Weekly

January 29, 2021

Isn’t it Time You Lived on The Edge?

Are you looking for the newest, hottest foodie and retail destination?  Look no further than The Edge District!  Located where York County, James City County, and the City of Williamsburg converge, this district is right on the edge of the Historic Triangle – one of Virginia’s biggest tourism areas. The Edge features award-winning craft beverage outlets, fine and casual dining, and boutique shops for that special gift or memento. Visit the newly launched website for all the details. Be sure to bookmark the site! 

The EDGE District Opens in new window

“A History Lesson to Remember” at the Senior Center

Through the power of the spoken word, Dr. Rebertha Pope-Matthews highlights the contributions of African (Black) Americans from 1619 to 2020.  “We Remember 1619,” written by Dr. Pope-Matthews, is spoken to an electrifying musical track. This free program celebrating Black History Month is scheduled for Friday, February 19, at 1 p.m.  Space is limited. Please register by February 16 on the Parks & Recreation website or by calling (757) 890-3444. The Senior Center is located at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway in the Washington Square Shopping Center. 

Bundle Up and Join Us for the First Winter Market – Saturday, January 30

For the first time in Yorktown Market Day history, we are holding three winter markets, with the first one tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 30). Join us at the waterfront from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to shop for locally grown, produced and crafted products.  Grab a cup of hot coffee from Column 15 or a steaming bowl of deliciousness from Kathi’s Clam Chowder.  Eggs, meats, seasonal produce, and so much more are waiting for you at the market!  Don’t miss a special performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 11 a.m.  Additional markets are scheduled for February 13 and March 6. Tourism Development has been hard at work planning events for us to enjoy while practicing safe social distancing and following the Governor’s COVID guidelines.

Holiday market

Board of Supervisors Electronic Meeting February 2

The next meeting of the Board includes a COVID situation update, a presentation on pandemic revenue impacts for the current fiscal year and beyond, CARES Act funding, and revised Capital Improvements Plan. The full agenda is here.  Meetings are broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live-streamed on the County’s website

Who Maintains Roads and Ditches? Watch “VDOT or Not” for the Answer

York County Department of Public Works and the Virginia Department of Transportation work together to maintain operations in the County.  This includes sewer maintenance, landscaping, and clearing the roads of wet, wintery weather like we experienced this week (and will likely see in the upcoming days!).  But there is often confusion over who maintains our streets, road signs, traffic signs, and ditches. One of the most common questions we have is about roadside ditches. This video can help you understand who is responsible for these services, and who to call when assistance is needed.  Thanks for watching! 

Get Your Lawn in Shape with Virginia Healthy Lawns Program

York-Poquoson Master Gardeners are ready to help you help your lawn be the best it can be!  Sign up now for the Spring Healthy Virginia Lawns program, which is designed to assist York County (and Poquoson) residents with taking care of their lawns in an economic and environmentally sound manner.  For $20, Master Gardeners will visit your site, measure your yard, take a soil sample and provide customized feedback. For more information or to register, click over to the Extension Office website.

Healthy Lawns         

While we’re on the Topic of Gardening….

The York County Public Library and the Poquoson Public Library are partnering with the York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to host a series of virtual classes presented by Master Gardeners! The Master Your Garden series features a variety of Saturday seminars to help you build your gardening skills: Composting 101 (tomorrow! Jan. 30); Starting from Seed (Feb. 6); Pruning (Feb. 13); How Green is Your Lawn? Healthy Virginia Lawns (Feb. 27); Gardening in Small Spaces (March 6); Vegetable Gardening (March 27); Planting for Pollinators (April 10); and The Amazing Honey Bee (May 8).  All classes are from 1-2 p.m. and held via Zoom. To receive the class link, register for each class in advance on the York County Public Library website.  For more information, please call the York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at (757) 890-4940. 

Master Gardener Series There is also a WYCG-TV Video Library hosted by our local Master Gardeners – “From the Learning Garden” – covering a variety of topics to help you cultivate your green thumb. Watch them on the WYCG-TV website. 

Form Your Teams and Let’s Play Ball!

Registration for Adult Spring Softball League is February 1-28. Teams can register for one of three leagues this spring:  Men’s, Coed Industrial League, or Coed Church League. All leagues will play doubleheader games at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC) and/or Chisman Creek Park, with a post-season tournament. Space is limited.  For more information including fees, please visit the Parks & Recreation website.
York County Parks and Recreation

Black History Month
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 whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

Citizen News Weekly

January 22, 2021

COVID Connection: Your Link to the Latest Updates

York County is actively maintaining its COVID Connection website to share with you the latest information on the virus and vaccines. The page has a new look and improved navigation with links to regional messaging, Virginia Department of Health (VDH) local registration and contact information, and more. Check back often for regular updates.
COVID Connections

Many members of the public have expressed their frustration over the vaccine rollout and we share their frustrations!  The VDH is responsible for administering the vaccination and York County is doing what it can to assist in the process.  We are working with our regional partners and hospitals to identify and establish vaccination clinic sites and to register volunteers who can work these clinics once the vaccine is received.  VDH-Peninsula Health District has a registration portal available for those 65 and up to sign up for notification once the vaccine is available.  Also, you can register by calling (757) 594-7496. Note: Those age 75 and up are being scheduled for vaccinations due to a higher risk of infection, while those aged 65 to 74 may wait three to four weeks before they are contacted for an appointment due to current vaccine supply.   

York County Utility billing has CARES Act funds available to assist those who are behind on their bills due to Covid-19. This assistance is for the sewer maintenance portion of the York County utility bill.  The initial program deadlines have been extended and assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis.  Certain eligibility criteria apply.  Customers should email their address and explain their situation to utility@yorkcounty.gov to see if they qualify for the utility relief program. Customers may also call Utility Billing at (757) 890-3702 to speak with a staff member. Other assistance may be available for water and wastewater bills from HRSD and Newport News Waterworks. Contact information can be found on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission website.  

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portal has reopened! This program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Link to the portal and information on other assistance programs are available on the Economic Development website. 

Budget Development Season is Here; Meeting Dates Scheduled

Each budget season, the Board of Supervisors holds a series of meetings.  The Fiscal Year 2022 meetings begin in March and are televised live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live-streamed.  The Budget Public Hearing, during which the Board receives comments from the citizens about the proposed budget, is scheduled for April 20.  Additional information is available on the Budget website.  Be sure to click on the link to the FY22 Budget Process for a look at the budget priorities and important dates.

Recognize an Outstanding Youth by Nominating Them for a Scholarship Award!

Citizens are invited to help celebrate York County’s high school aged youth by nominating a deserving student for one of the County’s 2021 Outstanding Youth Award Scholarships sponsored each year by the Board of Supervisors and the Youth Commission.  Nominations in the categories of Community Service, Compassion, Courage, and Overall Achievement are due at the Parks and Recreation office by 5 p.m. Friday, February 19.  A $1, 000 scholarship for post high school education or vocational training will be awarded in each of these four categories.  Nominees must York County residents and currently enrolled in grades 9-12 in a public, private, or homeschool.  Complete details are available on the York County Youth Commission website.

Youth Basketball Clinics and Spring Soccer League Registration Now Open!

Parents!  Parks & Recreation has opened registration for two youth sports programs perfect for your kids. There are spaces available in the four-week February Youth Basketball Clinics.  Registration closes on January 28! Clinics are for ages 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, and 14 and under. Sign up now for Spring Soccer Leagues for many age categories from 6 and under on up to 18 and under!  Soccer registration ends February 19. Interested in coaching?  Parents are asked to include that information on the registration form.  Please note: Programs are modified to meet the Governor’s Executive Orders as well as County Guidelines and CDC recommendations.  For complete details and to register, visit the Parks and Recreation website.  

Spring youth soccer

Your Opinion Counts! York-Poquoson 4-H Wants to Hear from You

Residents of York County and Poquoson are asked to take a short survey to help staff determine the interest level in programs for our youth.  Between now and February 5, please take a few moments to sit with your child/children and fill out the survey (one for each child, please). Results will help York-Poquoson 4-H better serve you and the community!

Winter Markets

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 (office); (757) 817-2665 (cell); or whittgl@yorkcounty.gov.

Citizen News Weekly January 15, 2021

York County Ready to Share Vaccine Updates When Available
Covid Connection
We are receiving calls every day from citizens inquiring about the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, vaccines are being administered to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Within the coming weeks, we anticipate additional vaccines arriving and more vaccination sites being established. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, please call the Peninsula Health District at (757) 594-7496. On the County’s website – under “Covid Connection” – you’ll find information on eligibility and other important information and links.  In the meantime, continue to wear your mask, wash/sanitize your hands thoroughly, and practice social distancing. 

FY22 Budget Public Forum at Board of Supervisors January 19 Meeting

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. This is a remote meeting with Supervisors attending electronically. In addition to the two public hearing items on the agenda, the Board will receive public comments on the development of the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). Phone-in details for citizens who wish to provide a comment are available on the Board’s agenda. 

Commissioner of the Revenue’s Food Drive Needs Your Support!

Time to pick up a few extra non-perishable foods from the grocer or go through your pantry and deliver these unexpired items to the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office in Yorktown!  The office is participating in the 3rd Annual Commissioners and Cans Food and Fund Drive for the Commonwealth.  This two-week event begins Monday, February 1 and continues through Monday, February 15.  This time of year is extremely tough for food banks and your help is so important to feed hungry families right here in Hampton Roads.  Monetary donations are also appreciated and can be made here

Teens May Now Apply for Counselor and Counselor-in-Training for 2021 4-H Summer Camp

Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for teens interested in serving as Teen Counselors and Counselors-in-Training for this year’s 4-H Junior Summer Camp.  Applications and references are due by January 29. This year’s camp – scheduled for August 2-6 at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center in Williamsburg – may look a little different this year with fewer campers and counselors, but it will be just as exciting!  More information and registration forms are available on the Cooperative Extension website. 

Digital Readers Breaking Records

Library patrons spent 2020 enjoying digital materials in large numbers.  In fact, digital reading in 2020 increased 31 percent over 2019 numbers.  That’s 88,256 digital checkouts in one year!  In an impressive show, checkouts in the children/young adult genre increased 75 percent! Library Director Kevin Smith said, “Our virtual library became the only library for citizens for many months during the pandemic. We’d like to thank the people of York County and surrounding areas for embracing ebooks and audiobooks.”  More impressive numbers are available on the Public Library website. 
Digital Library
Parks & Recreation Now Registering 3-5 year olds for Smart Start Soccer

Children and their parents can have tons of fun on Saturday mornings with Smart Start Soccer. This 6-week program begins on March 6 and ends April 24 (with a break in class schedule April 3 and 10). Parents may register 5-year olds for either this instructional program or for the 6 and under Coed League. More information and the registration portal are available on the Parks & Recreation website.  
2021 Beautiful York County Calendars Available for FREE

The 2021 Beautiful York County calendar is proving to be a popular item this year.  Staff have printed additional copies due to the high demand for these free calendars that provide helpful information on County meetings and events, along with articles on recycling, emergency preparedness, Market Days, and more.   Calendars are available for pick-up at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries, Williamsburg Library – JCC Branches, Voter Registrar’s Office in Washington Square Shopping Center, Voter Registrar’s Office in Victory Village (open Tuesdays, 8:30-5), New Quarter Park Office (Fridays and weekends), and the Parks & Recreation Office.  It can also be downloaded and printed from the website. 
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

January 8, 2021

Board of Supervisors Elects Chairman, Vice Chairman

At the January 5 meeting, the Board members reelected Chad Green (District 3) as Chairman and elected Sheila Noll (District 2) as Vice Chairman. Mr. Green is serving his second term on the Board; Mrs. Noll is in her seventh term as District 2’s Supervisor. The Board meets on the first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. and are televised live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live-streamed.  Meeting agendas, presentations, minutes, and ways to contact the Board are available on the Board’s website.  Congratulations to Mr. Green and Mrs. Noll.

Chad Green
Sheila Noll

York County Monitoring and Sharing Vaccine Updates

At the recent Board meeting, York County Administrator Neil Morgan provided an update on COVID-19 vaccinations. Currently, vaccines are being administered to those in category 1a (health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and firefighters/EMS) and York County firefighters and EMTs are receiving the vaccination.  Beginning in the next several weeks, vaccinations will be administered to other essential/front-line workers and those over age 75 (group 1b). As soon as details are available, York County will share the information on our Facebook page and website. 

Tourism Development Adds Three Winter Markets!

York County’s Tourism Development Team is excited about the return of special events in 2021.  We are adding to our schedule three brand new outdoor winter farmers markets featuring food, art, and locally produced products! These markets are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays January 30, February 13, and March 6.  Our office has hit the ground running and, while we are not able to offer our winter Cabin Fever Concerts due to COVID-19, we are already working on the lineup of musical entertainment for the year!  Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.  Can’t wait to Meet You… at the Market!

Winter Markets
Now Seeking District 2 Applicants for 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. 

Tabb Library Hosting Watermen’s Museum Bay to Belly Exhibit

All this month, the Tabb Library (100 Long Green Boulevard) is partnering with the Watermen’s Museum to host its Bay to Belly exhibit, which tells a delectable story about the Chesapeake Bay’s food and culture. Visitors can learn about each type of Bay food source, listen to oral histories from folks who “work the water,” and also search through centuries-old recipes.  The exhibit had its grand opening at the Watermen’s Museum in December and opened at the Tabb Library on Thursday, January 7 where it will remain on display through early February.  The exhibit was produced by the Watermen’s Museum and Thomas Nelson Community College with grant support from Virginia Humanities and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.  

Library Director Kevin Smith said, “We are always happy to work with other York County institutions and organizations, like the Watermen’s Museum, to provide programs that inform, encourage, and enlighten.”  

Visit the Library website for hours of operation and updates on other available programs.
Bay to Belly Exhibit

Leaf Collection Continues Through January

York County’s leaf collection program continues through the end of this month.  Crews continue to travel through neighborhoods collecting clear bags of leaves with the final sweep scheduled for the week of January 25.  Complete program details are available on the Waste Management website. 

Seniors 55 & Up: A Variety of Programs Await You at the Senior Center

While social distancing, lower occupancy, and other COVID-19 safety measures are required, the Senior Center continues to offer fun programs for our seniors. Events coming up – like Let’s Go to the Movies and Valentine’s Day Craft and Movie – are featured on the Senior Center website. Because space is limited, early registration is encouraged.  More information is available by calling (757) 890-3444.  Sorry, drop-ins are not permitted at this time. 

Arts Commission Now Accepting Grant Applications from Local Groups

Individuals and organizations may now apply for grants in the arts that benefit the citizens of York County.  The County’s Arts Commission is now accepting applications for project and challenge grants.  Submissions will be reviewed and funding recommendations made to the Board of Supervisors this spring.  If approved, funds will be disbursed after July 1.  For details and applications, click over to the Arts Commission. 

Offices Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

York County offices, courts, libraries and other agencies are closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Garbage and recycling programs are not affected by the holiday.

Family Skating Sessions