November 2021

Citizen News Weekly

November 24, 2021

After Thanksgiving, Say "Hello" to Christmas!

Yorktown Celebrates Christmas!
Get ready for a full weekend of Christmas events beginning Friday (12/3) and continuing through Sunday (12/5). A family tradition continues Friday evening with the Christmas Tree Lighting. Gather at the Victory Monument for the march down to Riverwalk Landing where the tree is officially lit and a special visitor from the North Pole arrives to greet children. On Saturday, return to Yorktown for the Christmas Market on Main. This popular event features vendors selling the perfect items to wrap and place under your tree and you can enjoy strolling musicians along with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Saturday night, the Lighted Boat Parade thrills visitors with gorgeous decorations and sparkling lights on the water. A roaring bonfire keeps spectators warm on the beach and adds to the ambiance of the event. Come back to Yorktown on Sunday for another great day of shopping the Christmas Market on Main and attend Cookies with Santa in York Hall. It’s a weekend full of holiday spirit and joy! Complete details are in this week’s press release

Yorktown Celebrates Christmas

Holiday Arts & Crafts Offered by Parks & Recreation
Register by Monday (11/29) to attend a Wreath Making Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday (12/1) at the Senior Center. This workshop is open to all ages and will use natural resources to craft 14-inch frame wreaths. Space is limited. New Quarter Park is hosting its annual Holiday Make & Take in two sessions – 10 and 11 a.m. – on Saturday (12/4). You can use an assortment of baskets, wreaths and natural materials to make decorations for the holidays! This event is free.  Register by December 2.  Additional information and the registration portal are available on the Parks and Recreation website

Santa Claus is Coming to Tabb…Library!
Children of all ages are invited to a special evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Tabb Library from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15.  Gather around the fireplace, take some photos with family and friends, and enjoy jingle rockin’ tunes by the U.S. Air Force Woodwin Quintet.  Add in a free movie, activities, cookies and cocoa, and it’s the perfect holiday party! Registration is not required. 

YCPL Santas Jingle Rockin Time Dec 15

Kids Camps and Breaks for Parents Offered During the Holidays
Here are some helpful holiday reminders we first brought to you in the November 12 Citizen News Weekly: Parents’ Day Out is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 11 at Dare Elementary School. Drop your kids off for hours of games, crafts, and a movie while you take a break, do some shopping, or bake! Grinch’s Night Out – 6 to 9:30 p.m. on December 17 at Coventry Elementary – gives kids ages 5-12 tons of fun with games and a movie while parents get some free time.  Register by December 8. Don’t forget Holiday Hoopla Camp during the Christmas Break for kids grades K through 5:  December 20-23 and December 28-30.  Details are available on the Parks and Recreation website

Additional Notes for the Week…..County offices and courts are closed tomorrow (11/25) and Friday (11/26).  Garbage and recycling collections are delayed one day. Complete details are available in last week’s press release.     Let’s get physical and burn off those holiday calories with Winter Aerobics!  Registration is now open for a variety of fitness classes:  Hi/Lo Combo, Yoga, Zumba, Strength Training, and Cardio Combo.  Classes begin in January. More information and registration portal are available on the Parks and Recreation website

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! 

Sounds of the Season Now Starting Nov 29 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

November 19, 2021

Thanksgiving and more!

Complete Your Thanksgiving Menu at Tomorrow’s Harvest Market!
Your dinner table will be the talk of the town when you feature the items you’ve picked up from tomorrow’s (11/20) special market. You can find everything you need from the 50 vendors set up at Riverwalk Landing: turkeys, pecan pies, seasonal fruits and veggies, and homemade breads and baked goods. Decorate your table with unique holiday pieces from local artists for serving your family meals. The popular log carving demonstration returns and the kids will love the free animal show inside the Freight Shed at 1 p.m. presented by the Virginia Living Museum and sponsored by the Riverwalk Landing Business Association. Young and old will enjoy the Petting Zoo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with miniature animals from Teeny Tiny Zoo. Take advantage of hayrides, a hay maze, and a special take-home craft for children. Experience the best this season has to offer when you come down to the waterfront. We’ll Meet You… at the Market! Additional information is available on the Visit Yorktown websiteHarvest Market

Wishing you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving . . . with no Unexpected Guests
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather together and share food and enjoy each other’s company. This year, keep the drama at the dinner table and avoid having to call the County for assistance due to clogged pipes or even a fire! This time of year is a busy one for fire departments when more people are cooking and unattended items on the stove or in the oven may catch fire. In addition, those who are frying turkeys may accidentally start a fire that can easily spread to the home or garage if proper precautions have not been taken. Many helpful safety tips are available on the Fire & Life Safety website.  Also, be sure you keep grease and oil out of the pipes by not putting these items down the drain or the disposal.  Scrape dinner plates into the trashcan along with gravy, butter, dressings, batter, and sauces.  All of these items can clog the pipes and may cause a backup into your home.  Please note: Often the clogs are in the portion of the pipe that is the responsibility of the homeowner and you will be advised to contact a plumber.  Fryer oil can be disposed of by taking it to the Waste Management Center.  More information on FOG (fats, oils and grease) is available on the Public Works website.

Fat Free Drain - FOG

County Offices and Courts Closed for the Holiday
Be sure you check out this week’s press release about upcoming office closings.  We are closed on Thanksgiving and the following day, but a few offices are closing early on Wednesday.  York County does have Public Works/Utilities staff on call and our public safety people (Fire/EMS, Sheriff’s Deputies, and 911/Emergency Communicators) are always available too.  If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to dial 911. 

Board Chairman, Sheriff, and County Officials Break Ground for New Law Enforcement Building
It’s officially underway! Groundbreaking ceremonies for the future home of the Sheriff’s Office were held Tuesday with many staff members and citizens in attendance. Formal remarks were made by Chairman Chad Green, County Administrator Neil Morgan, and York-Poquoson Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs. Following the event, interested visitors were driven through the woods to the main building site for a peek at where the 50,000 square foot building will be located. WYCG-TV recorded the event and will air the program at a future date, which will be announced right here in Citizen News Weekly. Photos of the event, the completed video program, and status updates as the project moves along are available on the Sheriff’s Office website.

Sheriff Ground Breaking

County Supervisors Seeks Applicants for Board of Equalization
This Board meets on an as-needed basis to hear and consider a taxpayer’s appeal of their property’s assessed valuation as determined by the Real Estate Assessor. The Board of Equalization is charged with increasing, decreasing, or maintaining the assessment. The next hearings will be held in early 2022 following the next assessment, which will be completed at the end of this year. County citizens interested in serving on this or any other board or committee, are asked to complete an application available online

Additional Notes for the Week…..Tax bills have been mailed and payments are due on December 5 (payable on or before December 6 without penalty and interest). If you wish to view your bill online, please visit the Treasurer’s Office website.   Funds are still available in the COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program.  For details, visit our Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization website.   The York County Veterans Day 2021 Ceremony from York Hall is now airing on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) and may be viewed  online as part of the month-long lineup of Veterans-themed programming.  

Public Safety 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.

Citizen News WeeklyNovember 12, 2021

Maritime Market with Pirates; Voter Turnout; Board Meeting Agenda

Tomorrow’s Maritime Market Features Seafood, Nautical Art, and Pirates!

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., shoppers can pick up delicious seafood, baked goods, art, jewelry, and a lot more. Pirates “invade” the waterfront and will share stories of seafaring life while blacksmiths demonstrate their skill. A free history fair inside the Freight Shed outlines some untold stories of the area.  Live sea shanties, the Fifes and Drums of York Town, and a reenactment of the 1774 Yorktown Tea Party are also on the schedule!  Market Days information is available on the Visit Yorktown website.

Maritime Market

Parks and Recreation Offers Breaks for Parents & Holiday Hoopla Kids Camp 

Need a break?  Or do you have to find time to do some holiday shopping for the kiddos?  Don’t miss our Parents’ Day Out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 11.  Register by December 3 for this program at Dare Elementary School. During those five hours, kids grades K through 5 will enjoy skating, games, and popcorn as they watch the movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey!  Or, sign up for Grinch’s Night Out from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on December 17. Drop off your kids ages 5 to 12 at Coventry Elementary where they’ll have tons of fun while you enjoy some free time. Register by December 8. Also for the holidays….if you are looking for something fun for your children to do while they are out of school on holiday break, your search ends here with Holiday Hoopla Camp!  Children will enjoy games, arts and crafts, and movies, also held at Coventry Elementary School, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  There are two sessions for kids in grades K through 5:  December 20-23 and December 28-30.  Registration ends December 10. To sign-up or for information, including camp costs, click over to the Parks and Recreation website.

Holiday Camp 12-10

Holiday Events Starting the First Weekend in December

Be sure to mark your calendars for special upcoming events to share with your whole family: Christmas Tree Lighting, December 3;santa hat  Christmas Market on Main, December 4 & 5; Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade, December 4; Cookies with Santa, December 5; and the Mistletoe Market on December 11.  Additional information will be shared in an upcoming edition of Citizen News Weekly. 

York County Voters Turned Out for Election

Cheers to all the registered voters who participated in this year’sVoted General Election. The numbers are in and almost 30,000 of you voted – that’s over half at approximately 52%! Voters could cast their votes early, by absentee mail-in ballot, and in person on Election Day at their polling place. To see how York County, and the state, voted in this year’s election, visit the Voter Registration website.  

Additional Notes for the Week…..Household Chemical/Computer Recycling/Shred Event is tomorrow (11/13) from  8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 105 Service Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road).  The County’s Leaf Collection program begins Monday (11/15).  Details on both of these programs are available on the Waste Management website.      The deadline to submit applications for Teen Counselor and Counselor-in-Training for next year’s 4-H Junior Summer Camp is 5 p.m. next Friday (11/19). Details and forms are available on the York/Poquoson Extension website.   The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Law Enforcement Building, future home of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, at 3 p.m., Tuesday (11/16), 103 Service Drive (just behind our Public Works complex).  

BOS 11-16

The public hearing items on the agenda are:  establishment of an automotive oil change business on Rt. 17, creation of the Historic Triangle Recreational Facilities Authority, and vacation of easements on Makayla Drive.  The complete agenda is available online.

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

November 5, 2021

Groundbreaking at the new Sheriff's Office Site; Vintage Market at the MAC; Veterans Day at York Hall

Law Enforcement Building Groundbreaking is November 16
The public is invited to join County officials, Sheriff Danny Diggs and other dignitaries at the groundbreaking for the York County Law Enforcement Building – future home of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.  The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, at 103 Service Drive (just behind our Public Works complex).  When completed, the 50,000 square-foot building will include a community room along with offices and training space for the Sheriff’s Office.   

Law Enforcement Building

Shop for Antiques, Collectibles and Upcycled Items Tomorrow at the MAC
You don’t want to miss the County’s annual Vintage Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (11/6) at the McReynolds Athletic Complex (412 Sports Way, off Route 17). If you like restored old furniture, shopping for vintage clothing and jewelry, or filling your home with one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces, then this is the event for you! It’s also a great place to find unique gifts for friends and family. To add to the fun, Phil Poteat will be performing and local food vendors will line up with a variety of tasty treats. The Yorktown Trolley makes regular stops from the parking areas to the market site. Check out scenes from prior Vintage Markets in this video produced by WYCG-TV. 

Vintage Market logo

York County Observes Veterans Day
The York County Historical Committee is holding its annual commemorative program at 12 p.m. on Thursday (11/11) in York Hall, 301 Main Street. “Letters and Portraits from War” is the theme Veterans Day thank youof this event that features photos and letters during wartime deployment from local military members to their families and loved ones back home. This program is being recorded and replayed on WYCG-TV (Cox 46, Verizon 38) along with other special Veterans Day programming airing this month. For complete details, please see this week’s press release.   York County Offices, Courts, Social Services, and the Libraries are closed Thursday in observance of Veterans Day.  Garbage and recycling collections are not affected by the holiday. 

COVID-19 Eviction Program Funding Available
Funding is still available in the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s grant program to assist eligible residents of York County, Williamsburg, and James City County in rent payments to avoid eviction. Individuals who are requesting assistance are advised to first seek help through the state’s Rent Relief Program.  After receiving assistance from the state, individuals may apply and receive funds after meeting certain eligibility requirements.  For complete details, visit the COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program website or call (757) 890-3885. 

Additional Notes for the Week…..The County’s final Household Chemical/Computer Recycling & Shredding Event for 2021 is 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, November 13. Bring your items – and personal papers to shred! – to this collection event at Public Works, 105 Service Drive (off Goodwin Neck Road).  Complete details are available on the Waste Management Center’s website.  While you’re online, don’t forget to learn more about the upcoming Leaf Collection Program beginning November 15. Leaves should be in clear bags and placed at the roadside according to the collection schedule.

Congrats Senior Center 11-12
Please register for the Open House by Monday (11/8) online or by phone - (757) 890-3444.

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

A big “thank you” to our readers for making our first year of publication a great success!