Yorktown Crier | Poquoson Post newspaper is delivered weekly in York County, Virginia, including Yorktown and Poquoson. Online at www.YorktownCrier.com. April 12, 2018 Edition.
Fish News Page 2 April 12th-18th, 2018 RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) wants you to keep bears wild. Virginia is home to a healthy population of black bears – one of our biggest conservation success stories. Black bears are found almost everywhere throughout the Commonwealth, so it is common for people to live, work and play in bear country. It is incredibly important for people to learn the facts about black bears and to know what they can do to prevent conflicts. In this way, we can make sure we keep bears wild and coexist for generations to come. To keep bears wild, what YOU do really matters. A highly adaptable and intelligent animal, bears can live close to people. While local residents often do not know bears are living close by, some bears may wander into residential areas due to the smell of food around homes. The most common food attractants are birdfeeders, garbage, and pet food; however, Bear Aware — What You Do Really Matters! outdoor grills, livestock food, compost, fruit trees, and beehives will also attract bears. With some simple steps, you can reduce the chances of bears making repeated visits to your neighborhood or property. area in search of natural wild foods. In almost all cases, a black bear will detect you and leave the area before being noticed. However, if you do encounter a bear, here are some suggestions: • Secure your garbage • Never run from a in bear resistant trash cans or store it in a secure building. bear. Running could prompt the bear to chase. If in a group, • Take down bird feed- stay together and ers if a bear is in the area. make sure that your dog stays leashed. • Don’t put meat • Enjoy and keep a • scraps in your compost pile. Don’t leave pet food respectful distance! If a bear is up a tree on or near your property, • outdoors. Keep your grill clean. give it space. Do not approach, and • Make sure your bring your pets • neighbors are following the same recommendations. Install electric fenc- • inside to provide the bear a clear path to leave your property. If the bear hasn’t seen ing, an inexpensive and extremely efficient proven deterrent to bears, around dumpsters, gardens, fruit trees, beehives, • you, calmly leave the area, while making a bit of noise so the bear will not be surprised by you. If the bear has seen or other potential you, back away slowly • food sources. After a few failed while facing the bear. Speaking softly attempts to find food around homes, bears will usually leave the may also let the bear know you mean no harm. Date Low Tide High Tide Thursday, April 12th Friday, April 13th Saturday, April 14th Sunday, April 15th Monday, April 16th Tide Chart for Yorktown, Virginia 1:09 AM 0.4 ft/ 1:39 PM 0.4 ft 1:59 AM 0.2 ft/ 2:21 PM 0.2 ft 2:45 AM 0.1 ft/ 3:01 PM 0.1 ft 3:30 AM 0.0 ft/ 3:41 PM 0.0 ft 4:15 AM -0.1 ft/ 4:21 PM -0.1 ft No Fish News Submissions this week. Check back next week! 7:27 AM 2.4 ft/ 7:49 PM 2.5 ft 8:13 AM 2.5 ft/ 8:33 PM 2.6 ft 8:56 AM 2.6 ft/ 9:15 PM 2.8 ft 9:39 AM 2.7 ft/ 9:57 PM 2.9 ft 10:21 AM 2.7 ft/ 10:39 PM 3.0 ft/ What do I do if I see a bear cub on my property? Until April/May, sows with cubs are typically in dens. Most small bears people see in early spring are not actual “baby bears” but yearlings (>12 months old). They do not need their mothers to survive. If a small yearling is on your property, the worst thing you can do is feed the bear. Yearlings need to learn how to find natural foods and not become food conditioned or habituated to humans. Once females leave their dens with 4 to 5-monthold cubs, they will typically travel in close groups unless something makes the female nervous. If you see a very small cub, do not try to remove it from the area or “save it.” When sensing danger, a female bear will typically send her cub(s) up a tree and leave Preventing problems with bears is a shared responsibility between the citizens of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Always remember that a bear is a wild animal, and that it is detrimental to the bear, as well as illegal in Virginia, to feed a bear under any circumstances. Even allowing a bear to feed on trash or birdseed is illegal. You can help manage the Commonwealth’s black bear population and Keep Bears Wild. Make sure your property is clear of attractants, communicate with your neighbors to resolve com- Black Bear. (Photo: National Park Service) munity bear concerns, and learn about bears, one of the most amazing the area. In such cases, the female will almost always return to gather up the cub(s) when no people or pets are around, usually after dark. Submitted by Jaime L. Sajecki intelligent wildlife species in Virginia. If you visit outdoor recreation areas in bear country, insist that the area supervisors manage their trash properly. If you experience a bear problem after taking appropriate steps of prevention, please call the Wildlife Conflict Helpline at (855) 571- 9003. Please visit www.dgif.virginia.gov/ wildlife/bear to view videos, print a brochure, read more about bears in Virginia, and view other useful links to bear information. Remember, if you live in Virginia, you live in bear country. Let’s work together to Keep Bears Wild! To report wildlife crime call 1-800-237-5712. New Quarter Park Butterfly Habitat Project Needs Volunteers Submitted by Gail Whittaker Tuesday, April 17th Wednesday, April 18th 5:00 AM -0.1 ft/ 5:03 PM -0.1 ft 5:46 AM -0.1 ft/ 5:48 PM -0.1 ft 11:05 AM 2.7 ft/ 11:24 PM 3.0 ft 11:51 AM 2.6 ft HOGWASH! Some say it was an act of God. Others claim it was a political conspiracy. Fair officials blamed it on a faulty latch. Whatever the cause, it was exactly 12:17 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 1998, when no fewer than 11 full-sized, potentially prize-winning pigs escaped Livestock Barn B and stampeded straight toward the entrance to the Spring County Fair Pavilion. Raymond Cooper, making a surprise live appearance at the fair to host “Renderings with Raymond,” was deeply engrossed in his opening monologue concerning the corruption of “so-called Mayor Dick Bland” and his “dirty” administration. “I assure you,” Raymond shouted into his microphone while dozens of adoring fans looked on, “I am going to stand tall with the good folks of the Valley and clean up the mess that my alleged opponent has created!” Then, bowing his head, his mouth almost touching the microphone, he continued, “And I want to express my humble gratitude to the Good Lord above, who has bestowed so many blessings upon my candidacy.” The last thing anyone remembered hearing before the ensuing onslaught was Marvin Walsh shouting, “Amen!” At least one observer later told Iris Long, editor of The Hometown News, it reminded her of a rushing flood. Still others compared it to a scene from Braveheart, when Mel Gibson, playing the role of William Wallace – a 13thcentury Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward – followed by a hoard of screaming warriors, attacked the British army with blazing precision. Iris Long, on hand to photograph Mayor Bland greeting fair-goers as part of the opening festivities, could barely believe what she was seeing. She seemed to be one of the few in the audience not suprised by Cooper’s appearance. It was just the type of thing she had come to expect from him. In her five decades of jouralistic experience, however, nothing had prepared her for what was taking place in front of her eyes. As the crowd rushed away from the path of the charging swine, Raymond Cooper could scarcely believe his own eyes. As if in a trance, he stood frozen as the sows moved ever closer. The swarming pigs seemed to take aim at Raymond, as if guided by some external force. Charging closer still, they moved directly toward Cooper, knocking him to the ground in their stampede. Not one to let an opportunity such as this escape, Mayor Bland quickly rushed over to Raymond, who was covered in dirt and hoofprints. Extending his hand to lift Cooper from the ground, the mayor paused momentarily. “I knew that my opponent was skilled in slinging mud,” Bland bellowed. “But I had no idea he was so adept at wallowing in it.” Iris focused her trusty Nikon at the two men: Cooper, still barely rising off the ground, and Bland, smiling giddily as he lifted Raymond to his feet. We rarely saw Raymond Cooper dumbstruck in 1998. For a moment, though, those reassembled stood in silence, wondering if their champion was uncharacteristically at a loss for words. Finally steady on his feet, Raymond spoke words only he could devise at such a moment. “I find it mighty interesting that my opponent just happened to be so close when those pigs were released from their secured pens.” Bland started to respond, but Cooper cut him off. “I also find it peculiar,” looking toward Iris Long, “that the principal representative of the elite media just happens to be here as well.” Iris could barely believe her ears. He was doing it again. Raymond Cooper was going to convince his supporters this was planned all along by the powers and principalities aligned against him. Turning to leave, Iris heard Beatrice Justice, standing behind her, mumble something. “Matthew 7:6,” Beatrice said. “Matthew 7:6.” York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) is seeking volunteers to help establish a new butterfly habitat at New Quarter Park (NQP) on Saturday, April 14, at 12 p.m. Volunteers will partner with Virginia Master Naturalists and the Student Conservation Association to plant wildflowers, pull invasive plants, and create a trail through the newly Liftoff established habitat. The goal is to revitalize the two-acre Bobwhite Quail Habitat in the park and introduce a variety of pollinators to help attract butterflies to a centralized area. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to register for this Earth Day service project. Gloves and tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools, if available, so we can be sure there are plenty to go around. Also, be sure to wear long pants and bring a water bottle. To register, visit h t t p s : / / s c a e a r t h d a y williamsburg.eventbrite. com. If you have additional questions, please send an email to the NQP supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757) 890-3513. Submitted by John Hamilton, Photo by Brian M. Lockwood “The Good Folks of Lennox Valley: The Book” is now available on Amazon.com and from other fine booksellers.
Community April 12th-18th, 2018 Page 3 This year’s 12th annual Yorktown Market Days season starts on Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. Guests can enjoy a patriotic performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town, music from Phil Poteat, a cooking demonstration with Chef K Cooking, food trucks, and the return of the market’s amazing vendors and local artists! York County’s waterfront farmers market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads—offering spectacular views of the York River; live weekly entertainment; food trucks; chef cooking demonstrations on select weeks; and a variety of vendors and artists! Markets run on Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exceptions of May 5 and October 6. Each week, you’ll discover something new as you shop for seasonal D o c k s i d e Seafood Feast Saturday, May 19, doors open at 6 pm Graham & Rollins, 19 Rudd Lane, Downtown Hampton Enjoy a one-of-akind dining experience in the unique setting of Graham & Rollins' working waterfront dock, allyou-can-eat seafood - blue crab claws, fried oysters, sauteed scallops, oysters on the half shell, she crab soup, crab cakes, fried flounder, shrimp cocktail, and soft-shelled crabs, complimentary beer, wine and dockside lemonade, plus a special silent auction, to raise funds for the Hampton Museum Yorktown Market Days Kicks Off Early with an Exciting Lineup of Events Through the Year History YORKTOWN, Va. – It's a sure sign of spring: The authentic French Market sponsored by Sister Cities Yorktown. This year's event will take place, Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing. In its seventh year, this market has grown by leaps and bounds. The Fifes & Drums of Yorktown will open festivities at 10 a.m.. produce; fresh seafood and meats; breads; handmade soaps and candles; honey; gourmet dog treats; and beautiful, unique products from local artists and artisans. Several themed markets take place throughout the season, many with extended hours. Below is a schedule that includes everything from a French Market to Paws at the River Pet Day to a Fall Festival geared towards families and kids. 2018 Schedule Weekly Markets Saturdays, April 14 – October 27 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Themed Markets April 21: Sister Cities French Market (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) May 12: Fitness Market (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Streetcar Open House Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 4 pm Building 57, Patch Road, Fort Monroe - Follow the signs when you get close See the last streetcar to run in our area from 1918 to 1946 before it undergoes its restoration. The streetcar committee is searching form Hampton & Newport News streetcar photos and memorabilia. If you have any, please bring them along! Lunch in Time WPA Original Gardeners: Norfolk Botanical Gardens Talk and book signing Wed., April 18, Noon-1 pm DJ Ron Herrick will create authentic ambiance with a selection of French street music. Vendors will offer all manner of products and edibles. Highlights this year include Hummingbird's Parisian macarons, Chef K Crepes, Creekside baguettes and croissants, Annika Baker French dresses and smocks, France Naturals (beauty products), and Sinful Treats' baguettes, September 8: Paws at the River (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) October 13: Fall Festival (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) November 10: Harvest Festival (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) November 17: Holiday Open House Weekend (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) December 8: Holiday Market & Toyland Parade (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) When the weekly markets end on October 27, there are several extended holiday markets that include favorite Thanksgiving foods, visits from Santa, and plenty of shopping opportunities! New this year, Yorktown Market Days is excited to participate in the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to help ensure all families in our community have Free The story of the gardeners remained hidden for over a half century. Author Martha McClenny Williams illuminates the efforts of 200 African American women and 20 men hired by the City of Norfolk to plant the first 25 acres of swampy land to develop an azalea garden. A Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant was awarded to build such a garden near the newly built airport. Within one year the gardeners had cleared 25 acres and planted 2000 rhododendrons, 4000 azaleas, and bushels of daffodils. After her talk, Dr. McClenny will sign copies croissants and cupcakes decorated with a French flag. Fresh farm produce and flowers all help to emulate the weekly village market in Port- Vendres, France, which has enjoyed a relationship with Yorktown since 1990. Back by popular demand is the "marche aux puce," a flea market distinguished by member donations of French linens, pottery, art, French access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options. Qualifying participants will be able to purchase special tokens with their SNAP- EBT cards they can then use at participating vendors. Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, Y o r k - P o q u o s o n Courthouse, County of her book. Bring a bag lunch, we’ll have free dessert for you. Front Porch Music Series HM Johnson Band Wed., April 18, 6-8 pm Members free Non-members $5 Rescheduled from January 17 due to snow One of the most prolific bands in Hampton Roads, this electrifying ensemble of funloving, experienced entertainers brings with them an extensive repertoire of original music and their signature stylistic interpretations of favorite songs from a wide-range of genres, including R&B, funk, pop, jump, swing, art books, travel books, and cookbooks. Also, don't miss the silent auction, featuring LPG golf tournament tickets, Redskins football tickets, salon services, fresh seafood, wine, gift baskets, and more. Sister Cities Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley will also be available for this market, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with several convenient stops throughout town. Special thanks to the 2018 Market Days sponsors, including Revolutionary Market soul, beach, reggae, blues, jazz and rock & roll. Henry M. Johnson, vocals and guitar; Carlton Lillard, vocals and bass, keyboard; Brian Barnes, vocals and drums. this talented trio serves up a savory mix of diverse musical styles that will Yorktown members will staff a French Wine Garden for refreshment, complete with souvenir wine glasses. And don't miss a chance to support York County French students, who will offer gift baskets for auction. Event proceeds Submitted by Gail Whittaker Sponsors, Farm Bureau Insurance and Langley Federal Credit Union. This year’s Chef Demonstrations are sponsored by State Farm – Mark Irwin, and live entertainment is sponsored by Amory Funeral Home. Yorktown Market Days is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association. April Events at the Hampton History Museum Center for Autism Holding Open House Center for Autism and Related Disorders (or “CARD”) in Newport News is holding an open house on Saturday, April 21st at their clinic located at 600 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite 110, from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. To celebrate Autism Awareness Month, the clinic will be decked out in a carnivallike theme with each treatment room containing different, sensoryfriendly activities for the attendees. CARD therapists, staff, and parents of current clients will be on hand to answer questions about the clinic, ABA therapy, and to help any parents who wish to seek ABA (or Applied Behavior Analysis) treatment for their child. The event is free and open to By Nancy E. Sheppard the public, though the clinic does ask that anyone who wishes to attend to RSVP to the center’s operations manager, Joy Allen, at least two days before the event, at J A 3 7 3 4 @ c e n t e r forautism.com. Want to Go? What: Center for Autism and Related Disorders (or “CARD”) Open House Where: 600 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite 110, Newport News When: Saturday, April 21st from 12 P.M. to 4 P.M. Cost: Free! RSVP: Joy Allen (Operations Manager), JA3734@centerforautism.com Submitted by Hampton History Museum HM Johnson Band please the most discriminating palate. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Sister Cities Yorktown French Market Returns April 21 Submitted by Deborah Marquardt support activities of Sister Cities Yorktown, including student and citizen exchanges with Port- Vendres. For more information, visit www.sistercitiesyorktown.org, or look for Sister Cities Yorktown on Facebook.