June 2021

Citizen News Weekly

June 25, 2021

More July Fourth Details, Safety Town Reminder, and Navigating New Quarter Park

County Staff Readies Yorktown for 4th of July

The schedule is set and staff are getting ready for the big day on Sunday, July 4, when we celebrate our nation’s independence.  Over the next week, the County’s Public Works teams will be setting up the parking area on the battlefield with orange fencing and barrels to mark parking lanes.  Tourism Development staff have been maintaining a steady presence on social media and their website with a helpful blog that describes the events and the details the public needs to know. Such as….FIREWORKS ARE BACK! The show returns to thrill visitors this year at two prime viewing areas:  along the waterfront and at the Victory Monument.  The dazzling fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m., but visitors will want to arrive early for the afternoon/evening activities, such as the Sounds of Liberty Bell Ringing Ceremony, live concert by the Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Ironmonger, and more!  Event parking opens at 4 p.m. on the battlefield located near the corner of Cook Road and Ballard Street. Parking is limited, so arrive early…as soon as the battlefield area is full, the town closes to vehicle traffic.  More details are available in this week’s press release and on the Visit Yorktown website.  Just a reminder that Market Days is not held next Saturday, July 3, as staff prepare for the July 4th events. So be sure to visit the market tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and pick up items for your table and to enjoy as you stroll among the tables. Visit the Market Days website for a list of this week’s vendors and artisans.

There is Still Time to Register For Safety Town Live Webinar

Thanks to York County’s Fire & Life Safety Department and Community Services staff, this popular award-winning program returns this year with LIVE online lessons. Three safety lessons are taught live each day and two are provided through video and supplemental resources. The mini-town where children learn traffic and pedestrian safety – a favorite each year – is set-up inside Yorktown Middle School and children may attend one time slot to “ride the town.”  All participants receive a Safety Town kit that includes a backpack, helmet, t-shirt, and daily packets to utilize the week of Safety Town – July 12-15. Registration for Safety Town can be found on the Parks and Recreation website.  Children of all ages can benefit from the safety resources available online featuring videos and printables on a variety of topics.
Safety Town

Stay Up-to-Date with Actions from the Board of Supervisors’ Meetings

At the Board’s June 15 meeting, David Coe, Executive Director of Colonial Behavioral Health, shared an update, and Robert Crum, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, gave a presentation on the Birthplace of America Trail initiative. As with all of the presentations to the Board, you can see them online. Action taken on other agenda items can be found here. The next meeting is July 20 in the Board Room at York Hall. Meetings are broadcast live on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and live-streamed online with replays available on demand.

Find Your Way at New Quarter Park

If you enjoy hiking through the woods and navigating to various checkpoints by way of a map and compass, New Quarter Park has the course for you!  The Orienteering course includes 20 checkpoints across 5.7 kilometers. Visit the Parks and Recreation website for the course map and chart!  This is great fun for the whole family.  Did you know this is just one of many things you can do this summer at New Quarter Park?  Watch this video to learn all about it.
New Quarter Park

Register by July 7 for Master Gardener Training

Time is running out for you to register for the Peninsula Master Gardener Training Course. This 12-week virtual program is August 18 through November 10.  Class discussions are held Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and there are three optional Saturday field trips.  Upon completion, program graduates will return 50 hours of service to their local Virginia Cooperative Extension office by participating in various services to the community.  Visit the York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension website for details and to register.

Additional Notes for the Week…..Monday, June 28 is the deadline to register for the Senior Center’s Patriotic Trivia and Birthday Bash. These programs are for seniors ages 55 and up. Call the Center at 890-3444 to register or for more details.     A Pfizer vaccination clinic is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday (6/28) at Charles Brown Park, 1950 Old Williamsburg Road, Yorktown. First and second doses are available at no cost and no advance sign-up is required.    Surry Power Station is holding a siren test on Wednesday, June 30 at 11:10 a.m. to ensure the system is working properly following the station’s June 9 test when the siren failed to sound. Dominion Energy believes it has identified and fixed the problem. 
July 4th - 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.

Citizen News Weekly

June 18, 2021

Mark Your Calendars for the 4th of July in Yorktown, Summer Reading Program Registration, and Youth Soccer

July 4th Schedule of Events Released

A day of free family-fun awaits visitors to Yorktown on Sunday, July 4, beginning with the York County Historical Museum’s annual Independence Day 8K Run/Walk!  Registrations are still being accepted for this race that takes place along the scenic roads and trails of the Yorktown battlefield. For those who choose to not participate in person, there are virtual options as well. Following the race, the patriotic parade will march along Water Street, up Ballard, and then down Main Street, and includes the Fifes & Drums of York Town, local officials, scout groups, and more!  Family activities begin at 1 p.m. with the food area opening at 4.  A bell ringing ceremony and a concert by Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Ironmonger begin at 7 and 8, respectively, followed by FIREWORKS at 9:15.  The battlefield parking area opens at 4 p.m. 

 Fifes and Drums of York Town

County Restaurants Win Va Peninsula Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards

VA Peninsula Magazine held its first Readers’ Choice Restaurant Awards recently and York County’s dining establishments scored high is several of the magazine’s 10 categories!  Jimmy Da Greek received the most and highest awards with many other local faves also finishing tops in their categories.  Check out the press release on the Office of Economic Development’s website and congratulations to all the winners! Is your favorite on the list?

 Va Peninsula mag

Summer Reading Registration Kick-off Event is Monday, June 21

The York County Public Library and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office invite you to visit the Tabb Library on Monday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon for this summer reading registration party!  At this event, you can sign up for the summer reading challenge and receive your registration prize too.  The Crime Prevention Unit will be there sharing great tips for avoiding crime and deputies will be giving out educational brochures, stickers, coloring books and child IDs. Head Start and Family Focus will be there also to share information and register children for their programs.  The Summer Reading Challenge runs from July 6 through August 13.  All ages are welcome to participate.  Also this summer, a variety of in-person programs are being offered. Details are on the Library’s website.

 Kick-off fb banner

Got a Budding Soccer Star in Your Home?

Parks and Recreation is offering Fall Youth Soccer and Start Smart Soccer with registrations for both programs opening July 1. Fall Youth Soccer teaches fundamental skills, features mandatory playing time for all, and promotes teamwork and good sportsmanship.  This league is for children ages 6 to 18 (age as of September 30 2021) and is held August through October.  Start Smart is a six-week program on Saturday mornings that teaches kids ages 3-5 the basics of this fun sport.  More information including cost and registration is available on the Parks and Recreation website.  While on the site, sign up for Introduction to Pickleball!  Choose from one of two clinics – June 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. or June 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. – where you can learn the rules and basic strategies of how to play.


A Few More (Calendar) Notes for the Week…..Don’t forget Yorktown Market Days every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing.  And next week’s Sounds of Summer concert features Brasswind from 7 to 9:30.  Concerts are free!  Visit Yorktown for a full calendar of exciting events.    Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest news and program updates from your York County government. 

Yorktown Library Renovation/Expansion Underway
Yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony celebrates many years of planning and hard work.
See slideshow of the event

Yorktown Library Groundbreaking

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.

June 11, 2021

It’s Time to Get Out and Play, Make Graduation Plans, Get News from the Board of Supervisors

Tomorrow is National Get Outdoors Day

York County’s parks welcome you every day and have many options for you to get outside, get moving, and get healthy!

  • Take advantage of this Saturday Special at Back Creek Park on June 12:  No charge for use of the pickleball or tennis courts!  Kayak rentals are available for a small fee.
  • Walking trails, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic shelters, and playgrounds are available at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC).
  • So many options at Kiln Creek Park:  Soccer field, baseball/softball fields, playground, basketball courts, picnic tables, and wide open space for Frisbee or just running around.
  • Check out Charles Brown Park for a pick-up game of basketball or kickball, playground for the kiddos, and picnic tables.
  • Bring Fido to Chisman Creek and/or Wolf Trap parks where you can find plenty of space to walk your dog (must be on a leash) and also fields for playing sports with your friends.  Please clean up after your dog.
  • 545-acres welcomes you in the upper County at New Quarter Park – miles and miles of walking and mountain bike trails, disc golf, horseshoe pit, and more.  There is also an Orienteering course at the park with 20 checkpoints across 5.7 kilometers. Visit the website for course map and checkpoint chart.

Complete details are available online, along with current programs like Movies in the Parks!

Yorktown Library Groundbreaking Thursday, June 17

The County is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation/expansion of the Yorktown Library. The event begins at 10 a.m. with a short ceremony followed by the groundbreaking. The public is invited to attend.  The Yorktown Library is located at 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway.  When completed in fall of 2022, the Yorktown Library will feature a new Children’s section, a Teen area, meeting rooms, and approximately 10,000 square feet additional space.  You can follow the progress on Facebook and Instagram.
Yorktown Library

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Graduations are June 14 & 15

The York County School Division’s Class of 2021 graduations are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at York High School’s Bailey Field:  Monday at 9 a.m. – Tabb High; Monday at 5 p.m. – York High; Tuesday at 9 a.m. – Bruton High; and Tuesday at 5 p.m. – Grafton High.  Rain dates are Wednesday and Thursday.  Drivers should be aware of the potential for traffic delays in the area of York High School Monday and Tuesday.

Planning Commission Honors Outgoing Members

At its meeting on June 9, the York County Planning Commission recognized two of its members on the completion of their terms.  Don Phillips represented District 3 from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020.  Montee Jons, whose term ends this June 30, served District 1 since February 4, 2014.  Mr. Jons previously represented District 2 on the Planning Commission from August 1, 1991 through June 30, 1997.  Thank you to Mr. Phillips and Mr. Jons on their contributions to the Commission and the County.  The role of volunteers is vital to York County’s success.  

Access to the Board of Supervisors Meetings/Materials Just a Click Away

This Tuesday at 6 p.m. in York Hall is the Regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors. The Board will receive presentations on the proposed Birthplace of America Trail and hear Employee Service Recognitions for 2021.  Several Public Hearings are scheduled starting at 7 p.m.  The agenda and materials for actions can be found on the Board of Supervisors page along with the BOS Weekly Correspondence, and a link to watch the meeting live or on demand. Also on the page are the Presentations to the Board, posted following the meetings and information about serving on Boards and Commissions.

A Few More Notes for the Week….. York/Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension is holding a session for youth of all ages at 10:30 on Thursday, July 8. Come to the Learning Garden, 301 Goodwin Neck Road, to learn about native plants, decorate a clay pot, and take home your own plant to beautify your home! Call (757) 890-4940 to reserve your spot.    Senior Citizens are invited to wear their red, white, and blue and visit the Senior Center for Patriotic Trivia on Thursday, July 1, at 1 p.m. This FREE event requires registration by June 28. Call the Senior Center at (757) 890-3444 to sign up.
Safety Town Registering Now

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

June 4, 2021

July 4th Fireworks Announcement; Democratic Primary Voting; WYCG-TV Music Program Premieres

Yorktown’s 4th of July Celebration Returns!

Visitors and residents will be happy to hear that Independence Day activities are back in Yorktown after last year’s cancellation. This will be a fun-filled day for the entire family featuring the patriotic parade, hot dog eating contest, bell ringing ceremony, concert performance by the Super Jazz Band featuring Conni Ironmonger, and dazzling FIREWORKS over the York River!  Parking will be on the battlefield beginning at 4 p.m.  Information is online and more will be shared as we get closer to the event.  So, mark your calendars and join us in Yorktown for the 245th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence!
4th of JulyDemocratic Primary Tuesday – Polls Open at 6 a.m.

York County has a primary for Democratic candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General on the ballot. Polls are open on Tuesday, June 8 at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you are not sure you are registered or need to confirm your polling place, visit the Voter Registrar’s website where you can look up all that information and more.  Tomorrow – Saturday, June 5 – the Registrar’s Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for early voting.  Offices are located in Washington Square Shopping Center (5322 George Washington Memorial Highway) and Victory Village Shopping Center (6614 Mooretown Road).

Registration Now Open for Youth Soccer Camps

Parks and Recreation has three soccer camps:  Lionsbridge FC Camp for ages 5-17, VA Legacy Camp for ages 5-14, and UK International Camp for ages 4-18.  The Lionsbridge FC Camp emphasizes teamwork, sportsmanship and fun, with evening session June 28-July 2 and the morning session July 5-9.  VA Legacy Camp is held mornings July 19-23 and focuses on soccer-related games and activities as well as scrimmages.  UK International Camp is half-day or full-day, August 9-13, and provides a creative learning environment where players may gain a better understanding of the skills needed to take their game to the next level.  More information and the registration portal are available on the Parks and Recreation website. Be sure to download the 2021 Summer Camp and Activity Guide that contains information about all the programs available this season through Parks and Recreation.

Summer Camp Guide

Enjoy the Blue Ridge Barn Dance on WYCG-TV

Starting tomorrow – Saturday, June 5 – WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) will begin airing one-hour long concerts courtesy of Charlottesville Community Media Center.  The Blue Ridge Barn Dance will take you back to the days of the Grand Ole Opry or your neighborhood Honky Tonk.  You’ll be two-steppin’ in the comfort of your living room before the hour is through.  This is a great way to enjoy traditional folk roots music and the musicians who play it without leaving your home.  Tune in Saturday and Sunday evenings at 4 and 7 or watch it streaming on our website.         

Blue Ridge Barn Dance - WYCG

A Few More Notes for the Week…..The Tidewater Drive Band performance was postponed due to rain, but has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing.     Taxes are due on or before June 25. Payments may be made online, in person, or deposited in the drop box. For more information, visit the Treasurer’s Office website. 

We're recruiting for Network Engineer, Senior Buyer, Engineer II, Planning Assistant, and Revenue Specialist...along with great work-as-required positions this summer in Parks & Recreation and at the Waterfront! 

Visit our Human Resources website to apply.


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.