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Smaller chance of rain on Peninsula Friday

The Peninsula's chance of rain weakens Friday to only 40 percent, according to The National Weather Service. There is a chance of storms and the day will otherwise be cloudy with an expected high of 81. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with showers possible and a 40 percent chance of rain. The...

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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...

      • 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,...

              • America as world umpire

                Is it time to re-think America's role in the world? Is America a force for good or is its international involvement the source of many problems plaguing the world? To answer those questions, the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary, invited Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman,...

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                  • Last Word for Alexa Halko, Sept. 24

                    Last Word for Alexa Halko, Sept. 24

                    Well done, Alexa! Congratulations to Alexa Halko, an outstanding Jamestown High junior who earned three medals in the Paralympics in Rio! Having a cousin with cerebral palsy, I know a bit about the hard work involved in overcoming the effects of cerebral palsy. Our thoughts and prayers have been...

                      • Last Word on snow cones, Sept. 21

                        Last Word on snow cones, Sept. 21

                        Historical marker It's nice that the state historical society placed a marker on Route 60 for the Norge station. It's a shame they put in behind the bushes at the Sentara lab there so you can't see it. Teacher pay An additional comment on teacher pay: Remember, a teaching job is not a nine to five,...

                      • Last Word on a Pottery memory, Sept. 17

                        Last Word on a Pottery memory, Sept. 17

                        Pottery pleasure I remember bus trips to the old Pottery warehouse buildings many years ago and have recently returned to visit the area. Wow, what an improvement! Great selection of unique gifts and household items, as well as garden supplies. Was able to do Christmas shopping last year and returned...

                      • Last Word on Zable upgrades, Sept. 14

                        Last Word on Zable upgrades, Sept. 14

                        Looking for ... To the person who wants to transfer their old '50s and '60s movie film to DVDs: Tom Bigford can handle that for you along with 35mm slides, videotape and photos. Email or call him at 757-645-7004. He makes free house calls. He can also send you a link to a demo...