February 2021

Citizen News Weekly February 26, 2021

March is the Month for Park Fun; Get Your Team for the Great American Cleanup

Calling all Artists!  Applications for Art Show due March 15

Submit your artwork for a chance to appear in this year’s Art at the River Juried Art Show on May 2. A variety of artwork is accepted, including original works in painting, clay, glass, fiber, photography and more. Artists selected will be notified April 1.  Complete details are available in this week’s press release and on the Art at the River website.

Art at the River

Library Director Happily Accepts George Washington Book Donation

Colonel Enrique Gaitan, Spanish Army Liaison Officer at Fort Eustis, visited the Yorktown Library on Wednesday, February 23 and presented Library Director Kevin Smith with a book to add to the shelves: George Washington and Spain: The Spanish Army Legacy in the U.S. The book tells the story of Spain’s influence on American history and Washington’s special relationship with Spain during the Revolutionary War, including the role that country played in the Battle of Yorktown. Special thanks to Colonel Gaitan and The Legacy for this donation. The Legacy is dedicated to highlighting the significance of Spain’s historical and cultural contributions to the United States.
Library Book Donation

March is a Big Month for Activities and Fun in our Parks

Starting Monday, March 1, the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC), located off Route 17 in the Grafton area, moves to spring/summer hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The park remains open for scheduled activities. More information about park amenities is available on the MAC’s website.  Also in March . . . register for a fun and/or educational program. A Habitat is a Wonderful Place at New Quarter Park is for youth ages 6-10 who will learn about animals and where they live through fun activities and a craft. Deadline to register is March 13; the program is held March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. The whole family will enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt and search for clues, take pics, and enter to win a $20 gift card. Deadline to register for this free event is March 15. Want to learn about the power of plants and their many uses? Join us for the free presentation about Plants as Medicine on March 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center of York. Registration deadline is March 22.  More details and registration portal available on the Parks and Recreation website

Parks and Recreation is now hiring for its summer camps and activities!  Special Recreation Camp Counselor, Summer Fun Program Recreation Leader, and Fitness Instructor are just a few of the positions being filled. Visit our Human Resources website and submit an application. You may be the person we’re looking for! 

Register for the Great American Cleanup

We need YOU to help us keep York County clean and beautiful.  Individuals, groups, and families are welcome to “team up 2 clean up” by registering to participate in next month’s Great American Cleanup. This is the nation’s largest community improvement program, which takes place each year in approximately 20,000 communities nationwide. Registration is now available on the AskHRGreen website.  More details will be coming soon.

Great American Cleanup

Household Chemical Collection
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.

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February 19, 2021

New Vaccine Registration Site Opens; Parks and Recreation Offer Something for All Ages; York County Recruiting for Public Safety Jobs

New State Vaccine Registration Site Opens

The State’s COVID-19 vaccine registration site opened Tuesday, February 16, following a weekend closure to implement the new program. The prior registration portal only allowed for the registration of certain age groups, but this new version is open for everyone to submit their information for notification of vaccine availability. Individuals will Vaccinate virginiabe contacted by phone or email to schedule their appointment when the vaccine is available for their designated group. The State also activated a call center for those with questions: (877) VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) that is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

York County maintains the COVID-19 Connection on our website with the latest news. Read about vaccine delays due to winter weather conditions, see updated FAQs, and find helpful links. Our COVID-19 Helpline continues to assist residents with signing up for the vaccine on the State’s site, particularly for those without Internet access – (757) 890-5890.

Need a Reason to Visit Yorktown this Weekend?

Let us spell it out for you: L-O-V-E! The life-sized letters have been at the waterfront, on loan from the Virginia Tourism Corporation, as an extension of the Commonwealth’s iconic “Virginia is for Lovers” brand. The impressive artwork measures 16 feet in length and six feet in height. Due to the popularity with the public, the letters will remain on display through Monday, February 22. (They were originally scheduled to be taken down on February 19.) Located between Water Street Grille and the Freight Shed, the letters are open to the public for photo opportunities. The Tourism Development Office is requesting #visityorktown and #LOVEVA be used on Instagram and Facebook to help track the images on social media as well as the memorable captions that accompany them.


Parks and Recreation Offers Something for All Ages!

Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to our new Nature Craft Workshop program at New Quarter Park on March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Children will make their own bird feeders, sun-catchers, and more out of recycled and natural materials!  Only $10 per resident and $20 per non-County resident. Space is limited.  Register by February 27. 

Families can enjoy Private Skating Sessions on Friday evenings until March 26. The $50 fee includes private rental, skates and song requests.  These one-hour sessions are available at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation website.

 We are now registering for Adult Tennis and Adult Softball!  Registration and details are available online.

Registration ends March 1 for “A Matter of Balance – Managing Concerns about Falls” being held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 4 through April 22 at the Senior Center of York (5314 George Washington Memorial Highway). Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance.  This free program is cosponsored by Parks and Recreation and the Peninsula Agency on Aging.  Register online or by calling the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444.

Want to Learn about Home Food Preservation? Take this Online Course!Extension Food preservation

Fresh fruits and veggies in the winter – and anytime - are real treats!  And if they come from your very own efforts, they seem to taste better.  Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a virtual Home Food Preservation program to teach you how to safely preserve your fresh foods for year-round enjoyment!  Canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermentation are covered in this online course that you complete at your own pace. Course fee is $15 and the program is available to enrolled students until December 31.
Visit the site for more information and to enroll.

Now is a Great Time to Consider a Career in Public Safety

York County is currently recruiting for several Public Safety positions including Deputy Sheriff, Firefighter, and 911 Dispatcher. York County is a great place to live and work and offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, retirement, and tuition reimbursement. With state-of-the-art technology and facilities, this is an opportunity to be part of a first class operation that is well respected by the community. Learn more about what York County offers and see all the job listings on our Human Resources website

Public Safety Recruitment

Citizen News - 2021

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.

February 12, 2021

State's Vaccine Registration Closes for Weekend Upgrade; VPPSA Household Chemical Collection Tomorrow in Williamsburg

State’s Vaccine Registration Closed this Weekend for Upgrade; Reopens Tuesday, Feb. 16

Earlier today, the state issued a press release reporting that the vaccination pre-registration system will close at 5 p.m. today (Friday, Feb. 12) and is scheduled to remain closed until Tuesday.  Over the weekend, the site will be upgraded to a statewide system. Those who have already completed the form to sign-up through the local health district for vaccination DO NOT need to re-register. Your information will be automatically imported into the new statewide system.  For complete details, visit York County’s COVID-19 Connection. 

Quarterly “Citizen News” Online Next Week!

We turn a new page next week, literally!  Our quarterly “Citizen News” (a 12 page newsletter filled with helpful reminders and articles about what’s coming up in the next few months) is online next week through a new web publishing service.  Utilizing PageSuite, the same service that publishes local daily newspapers, the Citizen News quarterly edition will feature page turner ability, pop-outs for downloading, printing and emailing of articles, resizing features, archives of previous issues, and so much more.  You will want to check it out and learn more about what’s new and what’s happening in York County.  We’re starting off this first issue of 2021 in a big way!  Look for the edition next week on York County’s website. 

Happy Valentine’s Day from Tourism Development!  Visit Yorktown for that Special Gift for the Love of your Life

If there ever was a year to go all out for Valentine's Day, it's this one. It's been a challenging 365 days, and we could all use a little extra love. If you've (understandably) been too busy homeschooling your children, trying to keep up with demands at work, or focusing on how to stay safe amidst this painful pandemic, stop and take a breath—we're here to help. With a quick phone call or drive down to Historic Yorktown, you'll be all set with a special gift in no time at all. For some sweet ways to show your appreciation to your loved ones, check out our latest blog.

Happy Valentines Day

Board of Supervisors Meetings Stay Remote; Next One is Tuesday, Feb. 16

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held remotely at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16. There are several public hearing items on the agenda. You can find all the dedicated phone numbers for the public comment period and public hearings listed on the meeting agenda. Presentations begin at 6 p.m. and include quarterly reports from the York County Youth Commission and Virginia Department of Transportation. As always, meetings are broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live streamed online. 

Teens! Interested in Applying for the 2021-2022 Youth Commission?

The York County Youth Commission (YCYC) serves as a communications link between the youth of the County and the Board of Supervisors.  Commissioners research and present student issues, problems, needs, ideas, and suggestions!  The YCYC also makes recommendations regarding programs provided to youth and participates in their establishment, when appropriate.  Service on the YCYC increases members’ knowledge of local government and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills and close teamwork with other students from throughout the County. Applications are now available online and are due by March 29.


2021’s VPPSA Household Chemical Collections/Computer Drop-offs Begin 

The first of these collection events for 2021 begins tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.) at Warhill High School, 4615 Opportunity Way, Williamsburg.  As with all Household Chemical/Computer Drop-off events, it is open to residents of York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Poquoson and Hampton.  This disposal event is a convenient location for our residents in the northern portion of York County adjacent to Williamsburg. Cleaning products, paints, fuels, automotive chemicals, and lawn and garden products are accepted, as well as computers.  Residents are asked to remain in their vehicles as Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA) representatives assist with the disposal of items.  The complete list of acceptable materials is available here. VPPSA holds 16 of these events per year at various locations. The first of these scheduled for York County’s Operations Center is Saturday, March 13. On-site shredding services will be provided at the York County event. Household Chemical Collection

WYCG-TV Celebrates Black History Month

Special programs and features are scheduled all month on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) to celebrate some of our local and national heroes. Watch lessons shared at the Senior Center by “Hidden Figure” Dr. Christine Darden, a NASA Trailblazer event with retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee, and a York Hall performance that brings Frederick Douglass to life.  Don’t have cable? The WYCG-TV Black History Month programs are available on demand here.
Black History Month 
Get Your Rackets Ready and Register for Tennis!

York County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for Adult Tennis Lessons being offered at Back Creek Park on Tuesday evenings, April 6-27. Lessons focus on fundamentals, technique, and strategy. Space is limited and registration closes March 29.

 Registration begins February 15 for Youth Tennis Lessons being offered at both Kiln Creek Park and Back Creek Park!  Youth ages 5-17 will enjoy these lessons offered at the beginner and intermediate levels.  Space is limited and registration closes April 5. Scheduling formats and fees available on the Parks and Recreation website.

 Presidents Day 2-15


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.

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February 5, 2021

Helpline Registers Hundreds for Vaccine Since Tuesday Launch

Earlier this week, the County activated a Covid-19 Helpline – (757) 890-5890 – for residents needing assistance with registering for the Covid-19 vaccine. Phone lines are manned Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Currently, registration is open to individuals 65 and up, ages 16-64 with underlying medical conditions, essential workers, and healthcare providers. Because the best way to register is online, the Helpline was established specifically to reach members of the community without Internet access. Please inform your family members, friends and neighbors without online access to call the Helpline for assistance.  You can always find information 24/7 on our COVID-19 Connection.

Eviction Prevention Program Applications Now Being Accepted

The Williamsburg Health Foundation has made available $1 million in grant funds to assist eligible residents of York County, Williamsburg, and James City County in rent and mortgage payment to avoid eviction. Those who have experienced financial loss due to Covid-19 can find additional information, including income guidelines and required documentation, on the Eviction Prevention Program page and also on the Covid-19 Connection.  COVID 19 Eviction Program

Love is in the Air at the Yorktown Waterfront Ahead of the Big Valentine’s Day Winter Market Saturday, February 13!

York County will once again host the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s traveling LOVE artwork—this time for the entire week leading up to and following Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day Weekend. The letters are scheduled to arrive Friday, February 5 when they will be decorated and then remain on display until Friday, February 19. They will be set up between the Freight Shed and Water Street Grille with the York River and Coleman Bridge behind them. Not only do these life-sized letters provide a beautiful backdrop for local citizens and tourists, but they serve as a wonderful reminder of all there is to LOVE about this charming historic destination—including the award-winning farmers market.  

Several Historic Yorktown businesses are also spreading some LOVE by presenting special offers and discounts that will be unveiled in the coming days. Each one will be highlighted on Visit Yorktown’s social media channels where a special photo contest will also launch upon the letters’ arrival. In partnership with Riverwalk Restaurant and Water Street Grille, visitors are encouraged to take a picture in front of the romantic backdrop and then share that image to Visit Yorktown’s Facebook page with a caption about what makes Riverwalk Landing such a special place for date nights, weddings, anniversaries, and other celebrations. Each post will be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a table for two featuring the Chef’s 3-Course Menu the night of February 14. Certain restrictions apply and further details will be revealed soon.

GIS/Mapping Office Relocates to Operations Center

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Mapping Office has moved to 100 County Drive, sharing space with Planning and adjacent to Development Services. This move streamlines services to the community by placing offices needed for building and development in closer proximity.  The office also has a new phone number – (757) 890-3894.  Be sure to visit the GIS/Mapping website for mapping services, County street index, and more.

Pick Up Valentine Activity Kits for Kids at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries!

The Library’s Youth Services Department invites children ages 3 and up to celebrate Valentine’s Day by picking up an activity kit to decorate a Valentine’s wreath. Kits are available February 8-13 at Tabb and Yorktown branches while supplies last.  Tweens and teens can create a Valentine’s bouquet for someone special with our February tween/teen craft kit.  

library activities 

Tweens and teens are invited to a special “Among Us” Game Night for kids in grades 6-8 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24! Join us and search for the imposter hidden in the Young Adult section at either the Tabb or Yorktown Library. Find it and bring it to the Youth Services desk to receive a prize. Registration begins February 10 and space is limited.  Register online at the Library’s website.

Apply Now for Great Jobs with Great Benefits

Need a job or looking for a career change?  York County is now hiring for several positions ranging from entry level to professional with previous experience.  If you like working outdoors there are construction maintenance jobs open. If you are good with numbers, we have positions open in our finance department. If you are interested in a career in public safety we are recruiting for full-time Firefighters. The benefits are many, including affordable health and dental insurance options, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, retirement plan, and most importantly, career growth. The best place to see what is open and submit your application is on the York County Human Resources website. Take a look and see if there is a job for you or someone you know and be sure to sign up to receive alerts when new jobs are posted. www.yorkcounty.gov/jobs

HR Recruitment

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