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Last Word on a great kindness, Dec. 16

Great kindness Recently, a dear friend of mine who lives in a senior living facility had some money removed from her apartment. The person who removed the money left a few dollars behind, but it was not enough to have my friend’s hair done that day. Sgt. Byron Evans, who responded to the incident,...

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  • Wintry weather doesn't dampen Sleighbell 5k

    Wintry weather doesn't dampen Sleighbell 5k

    Every year for the Sentara Sleighbell 5K Run, Geri Elder and her crew at Colonial Sports Screenprinting designs a long-sleeve race T-shirt with lots of cutesy snowflakes and various winter scenes, sleds and sleighs on the snow. Those winter scenes look great on the T-shirts, but when it comes to...

      • Prep Roundup: Bruton defeats Jamestown boys basketball

        Prep Roundup: Bruton defeats Jamestown boys basketball

        In boys basketball, senior forward DeAndre Richards had 28 points and 19 rebounds as Bruton outlasted Jamestown 92-84 Wednesday in Bay Rivers District competition. Senior forward Juwan Brown had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the host Eagles. More boys basketball Lafayette 81, York 42 — Lafayette...

          • Prep roundup: William and Mary hosts state championship football

            William and Mary’s Zable Stadium hosted two VHSL state championship football games Sunday, one day later than scheduled after a Friday evening storm dumped close to an inch of snow on Williamsburg. In Class 4, senior De’Angelo Ramsey ran for 262 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown, as the Salem...

              • Prep roundup: State football championship games postponed

                Prep roundup: State football championship games postponed

                The VHSL moved its state championship football games — four of which are on the Peninsula — back one day because of inclement weather. The VHSL championships will now be Sunday, with two games each at Hampton University and the College of William and Mary. HU hosts the Class 6 and 5 title games,...


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                  • "Christmas Dreams" celebrates season through dance

                    "Christmas Dreams" celebrates season through dance

                    A young girl accidentally breaks the snowglobe her mother received from Santa as a child. She suddenly finds herself trapped in a snowy world where she must begin a journey to find Santa and obtain a replacement. The Institute for Dance relays this story through motion with "Christmas Dreams,"...

                      • CDR award recognizes humanitarian efforts

                        CDR award recognizes humanitarian efforts

                        Child Development Resources has named Rita Francavilla the recipient of its second annual Barbara J. Driscoll Humanitarian Award for her ongoing support, volunteer efforts and time served as board chairwoman. “I’ve just been amazed by their programs and how they help the entire family,” said Francavilla,...

                          • VSO concert offered respite of peace, happiness

                            The Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus approached its holiday concert Dec. 8 in the Ferguson Center, with a desire to offer something for everyone. As Robert Shoup, the director of the VSO Chorus and this Pops program suggested in the press, the diverse fare was designed to help bring people...

                              • Women's Chorus sings-in Christmas season

                                Nothing quite represents the joy of the Christmas season than singing and the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus did its job in helping spread cheer in its “Song in the Air” winter program Saturday in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Under the capable baton of Rebecca Davy and ably supported by talented...


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                                  • Fate of a peaceful man in a cruel country

                                    “I hope I will be the last victim of China’s long record of treating words as crimes.” In 2009, Liu Xiaobo was about to be sentenced for incitement to subvert state power, according to the July issue of The Economist. Liu had been outspoken concerning an event at Tiananmen Square. The world noticed...

                                      • Better pay needed for this hard work

                                        I have observed that working in an old folks home requires a lot of patience, and the person must be kind and helpful. Some people are suited for the job and some are not. I think it is necessary to make the starting pay at $15 an hour to obtain the best qualified employees. I think management...

                                          • Slow down on adding on to the high schools

                                            Williamsburg-James City County Schools are again talking about needing another new high school or adding trailers to the three high schools for additional capacity. It seems like the administration and School Board did not learn any lessons from the Blair Middle School process, and that some basic...

                                              • Curmudgeon report: Small print and popping pills are hard to swallow

                                                Have you noticed how print has shrunk? It is becoming more and more difficult to read almost everything, and the trend is expanding. With the apparent exception of The Virginia Gazette, newspapers have reduced the size of their print. Magazines have done the same. And labels on products keep getting...

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                                                  • Last Word on Sidecar Santa, Dec. 9

                                                    Last Word on Sidecar Santa, Dec. 9

                                                    Sidecar Santa Does anyone have the contact information for the Sidecar Santa? I have some beanies to donate. Editor’s note: Sidecar Santa says you can contact him at, or you can drop the Beanie Babies at Artfully Yours art studio on Jamestown Road. Looking for … In response...

                                                      • Last Word on making friends, Dec. 6

                                                        Last Word on making friends, Dec. 6

                                                        Making friends I live on Country Club Drive off Longhill Road and just recently acquired a rescue dog with a ferocious bark. At 7 p.m. Wednesday night, a UPS delivery person delivered a package and rang the doorbell. Naturally, our dog barked and ran to the door. When I retrieved the package from...

                                                          • Last Word, Dec. 2

                                                            Last Word, Dec. 2

                                                            Christmas tree The date for the lighting of the Christmas tree at CW has traditionally been on Christmas Eve, but apparently this year that has changed. What is the date for the lighting this season, and does anyone know the reason for the change? Editor’s note: According to Colonial Williamsburg’s...

                                                              • Last Word on a wish list, Nov. 29

                                                                Last Word on a wish list, Nov. 29

                                                                Santa list I was thinking I should give my grandson a DVD of the wonderful play, “1776.” Then I thought it would be better to give it to his school. But then, that school is in another state, so what if people see a Santa list from their neighborhood schools and everyone who wishes can give a Christmas...