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  • Parks are a gift for residents, worth celebration

    America is a beautiful thought and a beautiful place. If you've been paying attention, you've likely read some commemoration of the Centennial of the National Park Service. A hundred years is nothing to take for granted, so on Thursday I went for a drive along the Colonial Parkway, the 23-mile passage...

      • Butterfly Festival a huge success

        It was a great pleasure for the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to welcome about 3,000 visitors to the Second Annual WBG Butterfly Festival earlier this month. Our visitors were able to listen to speakers and programs on butterflies and the plants they love, visit tents with more than 300 butterflies...

          • Test schedule must change for SOL scores to improve

            The stagnant results for the Williamsburg-James City County schools SOL tests reported in the Aug. 17 Virginia Gazette were particularly disheartening because I know that our teachers invested major time and energy last year revising instruction, implementing test-taking practice for all students,...

              • 'Personal convenience' taken too far

                Hillary Clinton has offered many explanations regarding her use of a personal email server while Secretary of State. "Personal convenience " was her initial explanation and quite likely the correct one. She sought personal convenience over service to the American people, even while in the second...

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                  • Last Word on teacher pay, Aug. 17

                    Last Word on teacher pay, Aug. 17

                    Recommended Following up on a previous recommendation in the Last Word, I called All Smiles Roof Cleaning and House Washing. William gave me a very reasonable price and did an excellent, thorough job washing my two-story house, brick work, driveway and shed. I, too, heartily recommend him. If interested,...

                    • Last Word tries to help, Aug. 13

                      Last Word tries to help, Aug. 13

                      Looking for … Dr. April Guminsky will be back in practice January 2017 but does not know where she will be in practice, yet. I'm, also, anxiously awaiting. Thank you. I'm still seeking a new church that's not geared toward younger members. I'm 55 years old. I'm looking for a church that is quiet....

                    • Last Word on IRS scams, Aug. 10

                      Last Word on IRS scams, Aug. 10

                      IRS scams There are two IRS scams going on at this time. You will receive calls from 646-883-3426 or 360-149-1673 claiming that IRS has a lawsuit against you and you need to pay immediately. The IRS does not conduct business by phone. Free to you I have about 30+ Lowe's/Home Depot small size moving...

                    • Last Word on turn lanes, Aug. 6

                      Last Word on turn lanes, Aug. 6

                      Head Start program Are Pre-School and Head Start programs part of the WJCC Public School District? Why or why not? Gold Star parents No matter who you are, you should always treat Gold Star Parents with the respect they deserve because of their sacrifice to the nation. Fresh produce To those who...