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Dogs steal the show at annual Toyland Parade

In its ninth year, the Toyland Parade staging area in Yorktown had drawn a crowd hours before the marching was scheduled to start on Saturday. Santa and Mrs. Claus stood by the white engine car of the Polar Express, a four-car child-sized train that would chug along at the end of the parade. People...

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  • Remember Pearl Harbor, forgive, say thank you

    I write this on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Several years after the attack, I was stationed at the Oakland Naval Hospital. The intern on my ward was a Nisei, or first-generation Japanese. When we got to know each other, he once said: "If there's anything You want to know about the Tanforan...

      • Calls for Young's resignation uncalled-for

        If Charles Young is eventually found guilty in a court of law, he will face severe penalties and justice will be served. Meanwhile, let's take a deep breath, get a grip on ourselves, and think about the damage we're doing, in the name of public opinion, to the reputation of Williamsburg James City...

          • To our neighbors, with profound gratitude

            At this time of the rolling year it is fitting for each of us to reflect on the past year and be grateful for the many blessings we have enjoyed. Likewise, we who volunteer for FISH are grateful as we continue our organization's mission of providing food, clothing, and small housewares to the less...

              • Take time to listen -- and learn

                Of all the communication skills we learned in school, surely the most neglected was listening. Because we have not learned to listen, truly listen to each other, calls for national reconciliation and unity are literally going to fall upon deaf ears. What does it mean to truly listen? True listening...

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                  • Last Word on weekday church services, Dec. 3

                    Last Word on weekday church services, Dec. 3

                    Weekday services I'm calling to respond to the person looking for a church that has services on weekdays. Williamsburg United Methodist Church on Jamestown Road has every second Tuesday a free dinner and church and activities for children and every Wednesday, from 5:30 to 6:30, there's a dinner...

                  • Last Word on a noisy world, Nov. 30

                    Last Word on a noisy world, Nov. 30

                    Too much noise Every day I hike Freedom Park with my dog. Lately all I hear is the sound of very nearby construction destroying the serenity of the park. James City County should have bought the land surrounding the park either for expanding the trails or at least as a buffer. Did we really need...

                  • Last Word on alcohol sales, Nov. 26

                    Last Word on alcohol sales, Nov. 26

                    Green lights A green outdoor light to honor veterans. Our True Value had green bulbs on sale for Veterans Day, and I noticed several neighbors had put them on their porch lights. Now I have mine on, also. Just wanted to share this information, a nice gesture. School bus safety Regarding school...

                  • Last Word on saying 'thank you,' Nov. 23

                    Last Word on saying 'thank you,' Nov. 23

                    Thank you At Thanksgiving, let us be thankful for those on-duty police officers, fire personnel, EMTs, ER and hospital staff that make our holiday safe and secure. A very special thanks to the fire department in Toano. I called them about my smoke detectors and asked if they could install two new...

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