Yorktown Crier | Poquoson Post published weekly in York County, Yorktown and Poquoson, Virginia. February 15, 2018 Edition.
Opinion Editorials Page 8 As we mark another Black History Month in the archives for posterity, I want to share with the citizens of Hampton Roads a great historic moment in York County which took place on Feb. 09 as we approach the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Why was it historic? I am glad to share with you some of the reasons why. In the Lackey community of York County, a diverse group of citizens all came together to pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by dedicating the community center building located in the Charles Brown Park in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This monumental achievement came with one simple request made by the state vice president and local chapter President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to singularly honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was formally written and provided to Chad Green, York County Board of Supervisors Member. The letter was presented to Sheila Noll, York County Board Chair, Members of York County Board of Supervisors and the citizens of York County for all to have dialogue and civic engagement. In less than 18 months, from conception to fruition, it culminated with a visit by Reverend Robin Scott King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. serving as the Keynote Speaker, elected officials, pastors, members of the clergy, civic, business, civil rights leaders, community leaders, citizens from York County and throughout the Hampton Roads region all assembled to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the building dedication. The contrarian would say, how could this happen? Unlike the nonviolent direct action measures that were taken in neighboring cities to educate elected officials and those who opposed civil rights and singularly honoring civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there were no marches, no protests and no sit-ins conducted in York County to achieve the goals, but the outcome was just as important and symbolic. On Friday, February 09, 2018 in today's highly charged and sensitive political climate; Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, Constitution Party and individuals with no political affiliations at all united for one common cause, without hesitation and/or delay, to singularly honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who advocated for peace and non-violence. Those who may have had the opportunity to peruse the audience assembled and view the photos captured during the event will no doubt agree with me that the August 28th, 1963 "I have a dream speech" made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a reality that is achievable, if we continue to work on it. There were a multitude of families of little white girls, little white boys, little black girls and little black boys, and many who have transitioned to adults; and we all chanted in unity from the old Negro Spiritual, "Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank GOD Almighty, that we are Free At Last!" I am not naïve to think that the struggle for freedom, justice and equality is over; but it was truly wonderful to reflect on how powerful it is for our community to come together, for one day, in solidarity, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is not only one moment in Black History, but a life time opportunity to share the accomplishments in York County of American February 15th-21st, 2018 Letter to the Editor: York County Naming Park Building for Dr. Martin Luterh King Jr. In his wonderful "Boys in the Boat," D. J. Brown tells the story of the crew team from the University of Washington who, in 1936, journeyed to Berlin and won the gold medal for the USA. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it. But there are several facets to the tale; one, of note today, is how Hitler used the Olympics to showcase his new Germany. Prior to the Berlin Olympics the Olympic games were still big deals, but it was Hitler who turned them into a spectacle, an event far bigger than simply athletes getting together to compete at the highest level. After Hitler, it became a way to showcase a city and a nation, a way to make grand political statements, all couched in terms of brotherhood and unity My southeastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the surrounding villages must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that is both stunning — with rolling hills, rocky cliffs, pastures, and ravines — and inaccessible, far from industry. It’s here, at the Hazel Ginsburg well, that fracking companies dump their waste. Trucks ship that sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water across the country and inject it into my county’s forgotten ground. North Korea and the Berlin Olympics and peace. And it’s worth noting that the particular individual who orchestrated this production for Hitler was a charming and beautiful woman, Leni Riefenstahl. Riefenstahl was an actor and dancer who became one of pre-war Germany's great directors and producers. While she denied to her death having knowledge of the holocaust, she was clearly drawn to Hitler, had a close working relationship with Hitler's master of propaganda - Dr. Goebbels, and remained part of Hitler's inner social circle throughout the war. And she certainly had knowledge of the movement of Jewish Germans out of Berlin prior to the game, the better to display “Aryan purity.” A key part of all this was her ability to craft an image of the new Aryan race for the world to see, with the stage she created for the Olympics. Riefenstahl was the creator of the bigger than life spectacles that have been mirrored in every subsequent Olympic game. She was a very smart, beautiful, charming woman, in league with an evil regime… And we are seeing the same thing today. North Korea's maximum dictator, Kim Jong Un – seemingly taking a cue from Goebbels and Hitler – sent his sister, Kim Yo Jong, to represent him at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, ROK. She’s the first member of the Kim family to enter South Korea since 1950. And everyone is fawning all over her. Everyone first notes that she’s part of the nasty regime, but then they switch over to nearly breathless comments about her presence, noting that this puts a young, female face on North Korean leadership. Yeah, sure. Let's review. North Korea is the most repressive regime on the planet. Really, no one else comes close. Tehran and the mad mullahs? That's Club Med compared to North Korea. In the late 90s North Korea faced a famine that lasted several years; at least 5% of the population died. Did they change policies? No. In the last 10 years the economy of North Korea has been essentially flat, with per capita income hovering near $1,000. Yet they - Kim Jong Un and his devoted sister - have managed to invest several billion in the development of nuclear weapons and missiles to carry America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town My step-grandmother, the daughter of a Kentucky miner, used to tell me stories of washing her clothes in polluted red water, downstream from mines. Coal companies exploited employees like her father, paying him in company scrip and keeping him poor and exploiting the land. That kind of abuse continues. It’s just changed shape. The Ginsburg well has a long history of violations, so many that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered it shut. It was not. It’s a pit well, which looks like an old swimming pool, covered by a tarp. No sign indicates the presence of chemicals, just a “no trespassing” sign. Allegedly, a guard will snap your picture if you stop or turn your car around. The well is located in a residential area, with houses — some with swing sets — just down the road. In 2012, Madeline ffitch (whose last name is spelled lowercase and with the double ff) was arrested there. Her arrest was part of an action by a local anti-fracking group, Appalachia Resist. The then 31-year-old’s arms were locked into cementfilled plastic drums just before the gates, blocking the entrance. Two years later, Christine Hughes, cofounder of the local Village Bakery, was arrested protesting against another well site, as were seven others. My town called them “the Athens 8” and they were hailed as heroes. Ffitch and her fracking young family continue to protest wells, despite the attempts of the fracking industry to, according to her, “paint anyone who is organizing resistance around this stuff as outsiders or extremists.” Her husband, Peter Gibbons- Ballew, was arrested in a peaceful protest in 2016, while ffitch watched, their baby strapped to her chest. Our local economy now depends on tourism and farming. The long, humid growing season makes this part of Appalachia ideal for wild specialties such as pawpaws, black walnuts, and mushrooms. And many hunters stay here to be near our famous bucks. By contaminating the environment, fracking wastewater wells threaten all these businesses. In 2015, tank trucks injected 4 million barrels of waste into my small county alone. It’s hard to get By Alison Stine answers about what it’s in that waste. But Jason Tremby, an engineering professor at Ohio University, is leading a local team to “clean” wastewater using ultraviolet light, water softening techniques, and a high pressure reactor. It makes sense to me that a solution to the wells might come not from outside, but from people like ffitch, Hughes, and Trembly, working and living in Appalachia. People are used to doing things for themselves here — and used to the community helping the community. I keep hoping more will be done to protect this place. “You want to forget it,” begins the Appalachian-born Ruth Stone’s poem “Garbage.” But the fracking waste in the injection wells of Appalachia can’t be forgotten forever. It’ll bubble up, one way or another, before long. them. In excess of 1/3rd of the economy is devoted to the military. But watching a movie from outside the country is a felony. Female face of the future regime? Rape is a tool of control for this regime. Voice of the future? Communicating with the west can be punished with death. Kim has reportedly executed more than 300 people since coming to power in 2011, many members of the inner circle who were simply getting too popular. And full-scale repression of the populace continues. It’s been said that the entire country is a gulag. That may be as accurate a description as any. What’s amazing about this whole mess, to include insane commentary that Vice President Interest in farming is strong. We hear from beginners, as well as retiring farmers and ranchers, each day who are looking for opportunities and searching for solutions to farm transition. The 2008 farm bill introduced USDA's first, and so far only, program focused on the next generation of farmers: the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The program funds organizations to conduct training activities, and during the past nine years, 250 projects have reached 60,000 beginners. Nearly all projects include business management training, skills previous generations of farmers largely had to learn on the job. Surveys and interviews with project leaders have revealed farmer-to-farmer mentoring and information sharing were very effective; helping new farmers create networks of peers and advisors was valuable; and one-on-one advising addressed specific needs. Organizations By Andrew Shannon History. On behalf of the Virginia state unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Peninsula District Chapter SCLC, I would like to convey to York County Board of Supervisors Member Chad Green, York County Board Chair Sheila Noll, York County Board of Supervisors Members, Neil Morgan - York County Administrator, York County-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs, Rev. Barbara Lemon, Brian Smalls, Rev. Robin Scott King and all of our freedom fighters and foot soldiers our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support, diligent work and tireless efforts. By Peter O’ Brien Pence made a major foreign policy gaffe by not engaging with Ms Kim, is that despite the amount of information we have on what is really going on in North Korea, when a charming face steps in front of us, many seem quite willing to forget all that “nasty stuff” and believe the tale we are being told. The Olympics are a great sports venue. But they’ve been used for more than 80 years by dictators and their charming assistants to deceive and mislead, and in this particular case, in an attempt to weaken the ties between the US and the Republic of Korea. Enjoy the games. But don't be misled by this charming, latter day Salome. Beginning Farmers Benefit From Program By Wyatt Fraas have also benefited from the program. Many developed tools and resources, now widely shared; with a majority still available. The Center for Rural Affairs, for example, led one project (with three partners), and has participated in six other projects nationwide. Fifty-six percent of projects were led by organizations, and 40 percent were led by landgrant universities. Partnerships are required, which joins the strengths of several organizations and creates lasting networks. The program required 25 percent of funds to reach underserved and socially-disadvantaged farmers; more than half the funding served these audiences. A report on the program's impacts, "Cultivating the Next Generation," by National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, can be found at http://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/bfrdp/.
Obituaries February 15th-21st, 2018 Page 9 Obituary: William H. Richards Jr. Gloucester: William H. Richards, Jr., 89, passed away at his home February 6, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born in Nashville, TN to the late William H. Richards, Sr. and Olga W. Richards on May 7, 1928, he was a 1946 graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and Ohio Christian College. William retired from TRADOC at Fort Eustis. He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Lafayette Gun Club, where he served on the Board of Directors. He is survived by daughters, Lori J. Richards and Jennie L. Richards; and granddaughters, Christina L. Jamison and Caitlin V. Jamison. Memorial service officiated by Reverend Margaret Louden will be 6 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Inurnment will be private. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 5 until 6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Please visit www.hoggfh.com to share condolences and memories with the family. Memorial contributions can be sent to Cornerstone Fellowship Church, 2243 Buckley Hall Road, Dutton, VA 23050 Obituary: Everett Hope Jordan Jr. Everett Hope Jordan Jr., age 62, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, February 4, 2018. After a courageous battle with an illness, Everett passed away unexpectedly, but with his loved ones by his side. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his labors and ultimately gave him peace. Everett, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, was born on September 19, 1955 to the late Everett H. Jordan, Sr. and Betty Ann Jordan. He was a 1973 graduate of Poquoson High School, and a proud 1977 graduate of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. Throughout his distinguished career at the shipyard, he received a Master of Education from George Washington University and served as the Director of the Apprentice School for over seven years. He retired as a Master Shipbuilder in September of 2017 after 44 years. Everett was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend and love of his life, Cynthia, on February 12, 1977. From the very beginning, he dedicated his two sons to God and encouraged them to pursue their life’s passions. Everett deeply enjoyed watching his son Jeremy, coach basketball, and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay with his son, Joshua. His biggest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, Charlotte and Hayden. Everett was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cynthia Page Jordan; son, Jeremy P. Jordan and his wife Rosanna and two grandchildren, Charlotte and Hayden; son, Joshua P. Jordan and his wife Courtney; sister, Martha Jordan McDaniel and her husband Danny; sister, Ann Hope Hallinger; father-in-law, Estrich “Junie” Page; brother-in-law, Danny Page and his wife Debbie; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends; and his faithful canine companion, Gretchen. The family will greet friends from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 7, at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, at Northside Christian Church. Burial to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation, or to the American Heart Association. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements. Obituary: Trudy Lee Koyon Grant Trudy Lee Koyon Grant, 45, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018. Trudy was a military spouse and was a resident of the peninsula for the last 6 years. She was very active in the Grafton School Community, Langley Youth Bowling and with the Girl Scouts of Yorktown. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Trudy was preceded in death by her mother Barbara Koyon. She is survived by her husband Todd David Grant; her son Zachary “ Zac Zac”; her daughter Jenna; her father Richard Koyon; a sister Paula Panke and her mother-in-law Jean Risdal. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown. A funeral mass will follow at 11:00 am with Father Mike Joly officiating. Funeral services will also be held at Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home in Kingston, New York Local Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home Obituary: Tom Heider Ort Tom Heider Ort, 68, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Tom was a native of San Francisco, California and a former decorated member of the U.S. Marine Corp serving during the Vietnam War. He was a Yorktown resident for over 4o years and the proprietor of Tom’s Custom Cycle. If you needed a part, or are in a situation where you need a friend who will help get your bike going again, Tom would do everything he could to take care of your needs. He is survived by his sons, Thomas Carl Ort (Amanda) and Joseph Dalton Ort; his companion Robin Mumaw and her sons, Scott Alexander Mumaw and Nicholas Robert Mumaw; his brother Don Ort and his wife Donna along with six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to help with funeral expenses to Amory Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1026, Grafton, VA 23692 Obituary: Susan Kidd Carter Susan Kidd Carter, 72, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Susan was a native of Mt. Airy, NC and a peninsula resident for over 40 years. Susan was a former paper carrier for the Daily Press for over 30 years. Susan was preceded in death by her parents Ellis and Winifred and her husband Larry R. Carter. She is survived by a daughter, Jenny Robinson and her husband Jack of Hampton; two sons, Jeff Carter and his wife Denise and Andrew Carter and his wife Amy, both of Richmond, VA, along with 6 grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Tyler, Jordan, Hudson and Eli and a step grandchild, Kris Robinson; and her sister Carol Sterner and her husband Chris of Kill Devil Hills, NC. A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, February 12, 2018 in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday February 11, 2018 from 2:00 til 4:00pm in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place court, Glen Allen, VA, 23060 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 27 west Queens Way, Suite 301, Hampton, VA 23669. Obituary: Lt. Cmdr. Robert M. Crockett, Jr. Lt Cmdr Robert M Crockett, Jr., 80, The Lord called Bob home on February 8, 2018. He fought a long hard battle from military injuries and numerous cancers. Bob grew up in the Dandy/Seaford area of York County. Graduating in the first class at York High School. He spent most of his working life in or around Washington D.C. After retirement he returned to York County. He made home during the last few years of his life at Colonial Harbor Retirement Home. Bob started his long military career in high school through the Reserves. He went on to attend the Naval Academy and retired with 45 years service. His military career took him to Vietnam and other conflicts. While recovering from an injury, he worked for the Secretary of the Navy (John Warner) and was appointed to work with President and Mrs. Reagan at the White House. While with the Reagans, he spent a lot of time with them and traveled on Air Force One with them. He created a bond with the family that lasts to today. He cherished those memories and spoke of them frequently. Bob had a long career with the Naval Federal Credit Union. He was very active with the Republican Party making calls and mailings. He was a big supporter of Veteran relief programs and numerous charities. Bob is predeceased by his parents, Robert M. Crockett, Sr. and Lillie B. Shields, his sisters Lottie S. Dryden and Beatrice S. Eley. Nieces and nephews, Sandy E. Hicks, Robert O. Eley, William E. Dryden, Jr. Survived by nieces and nephews, Lillie D. Barnes(Beverly), Linda D. Moore(William), Mary D. Massey. A private ceremony is being planned. Burial will be at Grafton Church on Brick Church Road. Memorials are asked to be given to any Wounded Warriors programs or the York County Fire and Rescue Dept. Amory Funeral Home is handling arrangements.