December 2021

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Citizen News Weekly

December 17, 2021

Happy Holidays & Coming Up in 2022

County Offices, Libraries and Courts Holiday Schedule

County offices are closed for Christmas and New Year’s holidays:  Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27; the Friday/Monday closing applies to the following weekend (12/31 and 1/03). The Libraries are closed for Christmas and New Year’s, but have hours of 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday (12/26 and 1/02).  Trash and recycling collections are not affected by the holiday!  More information about office closings, including the Courts, is available in this week’s press release.

2022 Beautiful York County Calendar Available Soon

The photos have been selected and the events and holidays updated! The free 2022 calendar is being printed and will be available for pick-up soon. When completed, the calendars will be placed at the Waste Management Center, Public Works, Tabb Library, our offices at Washington Square Shopping Center (Parks & Recreation, Senior Center, and Voter Registration), the Registrar’s Office in Victory Village Shopp­­ing Center, and the Williamsburg/James City County Libraries.  We’ll let you know when these free, beautiful calendars are available!

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Popular Winter Markets Return in January

Back for the second year, four markets are scheduled for the New Year:  January 29, February 12 (Valentine’s Day) and 26, and March 12 (St. Patrick’s Day).  Shoppers can visit the waterfront markets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and shop stands set up by local merchants with fresh produce and one-of-a-kind products!  These Winter Markets are a great lead-in to the 2022 season that begins April 9 and continues on Saturdays through the end of October.     

Fitness for You in `22!

Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for Winter Aerobics Classes held at Grafton Bethel Elementary School.  Hi/Lo Combo, Yoga, Zumba, Strength Training and Cardio Combo are offered.  Want to try something new?  Youth and adult year-round martial arts and self-defense instruction for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels are held at Tabb Elementary School with registration accepted at the site.  Like to exercise your artistic side?  Sign up for Beginner Acrylics and learn tricks, tips, and techniques. Visit the Parks & Recreation website for information and to register.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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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December 10, 2021

Christmas Presents and Past; Children's Christmas Fun; Join Us in 2022

Bring Your Lists to the Mistletoe Market Tomorrow
It’s a Christmas wonderland at tomorrow’s extended market. With hours from 9 to 3 (and a Holiday Market Toyland Paradeweather forecast in the low-70s), it’s a great opportunity to shop for items for your dinner table and gifts for under the tree! The Riverwalk Landing Polar Express offers free rides as soon as the market opens right up to close. Dress in your holiday finest and join the Toyland Parade. Learn how to make colonial ornaments with the Watermen’s Museum and watch a live ice carving demonstration! The York County Historical Museum has a model train exhibit in the Freight Shed. And did we mention Santa will be there? Don’t miss your chance to walk and talk with the big guy in the red suit. Complete details are available in this week’s press release

“Christmastide in Virginia” at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
As the County’s holiday events come to a close, there is still more Christmas to enjoy. You can learn about Christmases past at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Visit theARMY decorating museum December 18-31 (closed Christmas Day) and step back in time for 18th century holiday traditions. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of what Christmas was like during the Revolutionary War and on an 18th century farm.  Festive holiday music is presented throughout each day by local favorites.  Special holiday programs are also being held at the Jamestown Settlement, focusing on 17th century experiences.  Residents of York County get in free!  More information is available on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s website

Are You Up to the 2022 Winter Reading Challenge?
Sign-up beginning January 1 for the “Read for a Better World” challenge the runs from January 1 to February 5, 2022. All ages are welcome to join in the Winter Reading Challenge in which participants must read five or more hours. The community goal is a combined 1,000 hours of reading by February 5. Readers keep track of time spent reading through the Library’s Beanstack site or the Beanstack app. Also, you can earn virtual tickets that can be entered into raffle drawings! More information and the links to register yourself or your family can be found on the Library’s website

Library Reading Program

Additional Notes for the Week…..Space is still available in these Parks & Recreation kids programs: Gingerbread Workshop, Snowflake Origami and Holiday Hoopla Camp.  Deadline to register for all three of these exciting and festive events is Monday (12/13). Visit the Parks and Recreation website to sign up for fun!     Citizens interested in serving on the County’s Board of Equalization (BOE) are invited to apply to fill a current vacancy.  The BOE convenes to consider a taxpayer’s appeal of their property’s assessment.  The next hearings begin in early 2022.  More information is available online

The holidays are a great time to look for a new career in York County.
Joining our team is the perfect way to kick off 2022!

Senior Job Positions 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.

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December 3, 2021

Christmas Events; Holiday Crafts; Taxes Due

Christmas Fun Begins Tonight in Historic Yorktown

Come on out to tonight’s Christmas Tree Lighting, tomorrow and Sunday’s Christmas Market on Main, tomorrow evening’s Lighted Boat Parade, and Sunday’s Cookies with Santa!  Mistletoe MarketMore information was provided in last week’s Citizen News Weekly, so click over for details.  Return to Yorktown next weekend for the Mistletoe Market!  March in the annual Toyland Parade wearing your holiday finest. Hop aboard the Riverwalk Landing Polar Express.  There will be live music, dancers, demonstrations and free family fun.  Be sure to browse the market for baked goods, soups, holiday wreaths, gift baskets and more!  The Mistletoe Market is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 11.

Leaf Collection Program Off to a Big Start

Just three weeks into the County’s leaf collection program and crews have already collected over 236 tons!  The program continues through the end of January, so there’s still plenty of time to add to that collection total.  To have them picked up, residents must bag leaves in clear plastic bags (no drawstrings!) and place them at the public roadside by 7 a.m. on Monday of their collection week.  For the purpose of leaf collection, the County is divided into two zones – a northern zone that includes homes on and north of Dare Road and a southern zone for homes south of Dare Road.  More information including dates, a map, and a self-disposal option are available on the Waste Management website.

Leaf Collection 2021

Holiday Crafts for Kids

Two craft events for children in 1st through 5th grade are being held at the Senior Center of York. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 14, kids can create a beautiful gingerbread house complete with all the candy trimmings.  Then again at the Senior Center on Thursday, December 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., kids can learn how to make origami snowflakes – each one different from the next, just like real snowflakes!  Registration for both of these events ends Monday, December 13.  Space is limited.  Visit the Parks and Recreation website for details and to register. 

Latest Quarterly Newsletter Now Online!

In case you missed it…the latest edition of Citizen News Quarterly (CNQ) is now online!  Dates and deadlines, program updates, keeping your property safe, and local business news are included.  The County Administrator shares his thoughts on the holidays in Yorktown, and there are also dates for the upcoming spring sports!  CNQ is a reader-friendly publication with quick page turns, zoom in and out for readability, article pop-outs to save or share, and a quick link to archived CNQ issues. Available exclusively online.

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Additional Notes for the Week…..Taxes are due each year by December 5. This year, because the due date is a Sunday, taxes are due no later than Monday (12/6) to avoid penalty and interest. Visit the Treasurer’s Office website for more information.    Parents!  Don’t forget to register by Wednesday (12/8) for Grinch’s Night Out and by Friday (12/10) for the Holiday Hoopla Camp.  

Gallery of York Hall Christmas

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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