Last Word on summer concerts, Sept. 28

You've been warned

To the gentlemen pleading for a "warning" regarding the regularly scheduled Surry siren test; you are obviously a recent "come here." I've lived in Williamsburg for over 40 years and I can tell you that for as long as I can remember, Surry runs a siren test the second Wednesday of the standard quarterly months; i.e., March, June, September and December, always at 11:10 a.m. So, mark your calendar because you can expect the sirens to wail come December 14th at 11:10 a.m. You're been "warned."

Summer Breeze

To whoever picks the bands at the Summer Breeze concerts on DOG Street: Thank you for bringing free concerts to Williamsburg. I am sorry that other people don't seem to appreciate the efforts that you make. I wouldn't go to Port Warwick like a recent complainer said he did. They are free concerts. You can see the schedule—you pick and choose. Just be grateful for what we have here in Williamsburg.

Recommended

Kudos to Dan's Tree Service for a job well done. Like performers on stage, each member of the "cast" seemed to know his part, from the climbers in the trees to those who stayed on terra firma. Like a well-oiled machine, they moved along quickly, efficiently and professionally. Special thanks to manager/director Roman who went over everything with me in advance.

A big thank to Come Home Clean for such a great job cleaning in my home. You guys are always so thorough, everything just shines after you leave, and I am always excited for the next visit. Keep up the good work!

We live most the year, (summer and winter) breathing air from the duct work of our HVAC units. The only maintenance we do is change filters. No thought is given to the soot, dust and other things collected in the duct work that we should not be inhaling on a daily basis. The answer is easy.

Thanks for recommending Cardinal's Small Engine Repair Service at 757-784-0774. He came to the house promptly and fixed my mower and is very, very reasonable. I appreciate whoever recommended him. Thank you.

Group homes

So, the state and local agencies that fund group houses have nothing to do with where they are sited? Ridiculous! They need to have policies or guidelines, or better yet a law that keeps these facilities away from our most vulnerable and precious school children. Wake up, politicians!

Teacher pay

To the writer who commented that a teaching job is not a nine to five: May I remind you that there are plenty of folks in both the public and private sectors who work in the evenings and on weekends without additional pay. Additionally, many further their education or pursue additional certification on their own time while working full time in order to keep their current job or to seek new opportunities. The bottom line is that teachers' pay should be commensurate with working approximately nine months out of the year, not twelve. Thank you.

These days, teachers are not only educators. They also accept the responsibility of filling multiple roles for which too many parents no longer take the time nor make the effort. Are teachers paid enough to do all that to help their students meet and exceed expectations and compete globally? I think not. Like the MasterCard commercial - a good teacher . . . priceless!

Veterans care center

A Senate bill would authorize a veterans' care center in South Hampton Roads, along with 23 similar medical projects across the nation that have been stalled in Congress. Mark Warner is a co-sponsor on the legislation, and it's being considered a top priority of the fast-growing Hampton medical center. The new health center would offer same-day surgery and basic services and eliminate the need for thousands of veterans to travel all the way to Hampton, where space and parking is at a premium. Warner and Rep. Rob Wittman have been very frustrated.

Soccer protest

Perhaps the Tribe soccer players conducting their protest need to rethink their scholarships. I am sure there are others out there who would be glad to take their place and show respect for flag and country. They don't know how good they have it here. Athletic scholarships come with obligations, one of which is proper conduct.

Memorable words

There is a shoe shop in Lom Poc, California, that has these on the front of the store. It says, "I will heel you. I will save your sole and I will even dye for you." Now, I think that's very nice. I hope he's a Christian. Have a good day.

Consort Band

Thank you and congratulations to Sally Craig for initiating the remarkable Williamsburg Consort Band 15 years ago! A full house at Warhill High Thursday enjoyed the outstanding concert Mrs. Craig and her team put together! The band, with players from all over the country, has been a wonderful part of our music life and it was so disappointing to learn that this was the final season. Thank you to the dedicated volunteer and sponsors who have given us such marvelous performances all these years! They have been a great gift and the scholarships to local students are wonderful.

Regency Room

Joan and I have been visiting Williamsburg for the last nine years coming over from the U.K. as Marriott owners at Ford's Colony. Each year, one of the highlights of our week was to have dinner at the Williamsburg Inn in the Regency Room and not only enjoy the fine food, but also the brilliant piano playing of Robert Hodge. Imagine our disappointment this year to find that Robert was no longer the resident pianist; accordingly, we canceled our dinner reservation. We hope their management may reconsider as the Regency Room and Robert Hodge seemed to be a perfect match.

School zones

I just followed a police car through a school zone on Richmond Road and he did not slow down even though the lights were flashing. It is bad enough when the public doesn't obey the law, but now the police don't either? Are there different traffic laws for them?

Voting in Virginia

Questions about voting in Virginia (including students voting in their college towns): Are the Virginia Department of Elections and local registrars able to be diligent, thorough, and satisfied enough that a student who registers to vote in the locality of the college they attend is not also registered to vote in their home community?

Why would any voting citizen not want to show his ID, his identification? Think about it. Have a blessed day.

Fake merchandise

The comment on fake merchandise in Saturday's Gazette: Showing fake merchandise is fraud. Buying fake merchandise is theft because you're stealing from the designer who is trying to make a living by selling designer goods. So, if you want to be a thief, go ahead and buy fake merchandise.

Filling the void

How is it that someone else can occupy the old Queen Anne? I thought the reason that the Queen Anne was shut down was because of repairs to the building. So, who's paying for these repairs for a Sno Cone place to open? What a shame to lose a longtime business. Editor's note: Needed upgrades at Queen Anne Dari Snak were to the fire pressure system, including the restaurant's grill and fry hood.

Pay to watch

Could the acting WJCC superintendent Olwen E. Herron please talk to the three middle school athletic directors about not charging parents $3 to watch their child play middle school sports? We already pay $50 per sport in fees to the middle school. Parents want to enjoy watching their children play sports without being nickel and dimed to death.

Helpful tip

Yes, in regard to sharpening scissors: I've been doing this technique for the past 50 years and it works very well. One pack of sand paper will lat a lifetime. Cut the scissors through the sand paper two or three times and they'll be sharp. Use a medium grade of sand paper. Again, take the scissors, cut through medium-grade sand paper and your scissors will be sharp.

Bad experience

The game against Elon on Sept. 24 was a disaster ! The Tribe players didn't execute, and the coaches didn't have a clue. The new stadium has two elevators, but one is reserved for the coaches on the fourth floor. The second elevator was broken. The food on the first floor isn't available on the third floor. 50/50 raffle tickets aren't available in the new stadium. Other than those few things, we as season ticket holders, had an awful time !!!

Satellite dish

To the person looking for a professional installer for an attic TV antenna: You state that "the covenants where I live prohibit an external satellite dish." Be advised that unless you live in the Historic District, the FCC regulation enacted in 1996 prevents any homeowners association from restricting the installation of an external satellite dish, provided the satellite dish is no larger than 1 meter (39 inches) across. The rule preempts all existing covenants.

About bankruptcy

Will someone with a background in law please explain to me why when someone goes through bankruptcy, he gets his debts erased and walks out of court scot-free and those he stiffed get to sit there licking the dirty end of the stick, pretending it tastes good? Where is the justice for the creditors?

Lovely breakfast

Thank you to J. Blaine Blayton School for their Grandparents' Breakfast, Friday morning. The principal, staff, teachers and all others went out of their way to give us a warm welcome, good food and fellowship with our grandchildren and others old and young. They did not let a power outage bother this very special day for all.

Looking for ...

Has anyone had success in replacing just sections of wall-to-wall carpeting? Contact me at 566-4573.

I have a fireplace and I want to know of someone who sells wood. My contact number is 757-327-3658. Thank you.

I'd like to know where Dru went. She used to do my hair at Salon 109. If anybody knows where Dru is, I would very much like to know. Thank you so much.

Did you lose your cell phone Thursday in the Target parking lot? It was turned into the service desk at Target.

In response to "Looking for.....on the advice of a trusted contractor, I used Window World to replace eight windows. The windows are attractive. The crew was efficient, polite and cleaned up meticulously. I am very pleased with the result.

Anyone have any information on a Garrison Funeral Home that was in Williamsburg, Virginia? Please email mayorwuz@hotmail.com. Thanks.

I am looking for lawn maintenance companies who not only mow but can offer entire lawn care service at a competitive price. Please respond to the Last Word.

I'm trying to find a phone number for the cleaning service that was listed in your Last Word. It is Pete Child's Carpet Pro and it did not have a phone number on it. Editor's note: A quick search turns up Pete Child's Carpet and Restoration, 3354 Ironbound Road, 757-272-7741.

Free to you

Free to the first one who needs it: a Sears rooftop cargo carrier. 757-869-0003.

Pair of older twin beds, mattress and box springs, including sheets sets. Free for pick up. Call 814-594-5844.

Error of omission

Ever heard of a carryout menu without a telephone number? One of the better fast casual restaurants off Monticello Avenue has one. After enjoying a Mediterranean-style meal there, I kept the carryout menu. On Sunday, in the car, we used the menu to select a family meal to pick up on our way home. Then we looked for a phone number. Instead, the menu lists only the website. True, I could have tried to access the Internet on my prepaid flip phone, but it was so much easier to pull out another restaurant's menu and call in an order.

Distasteful photos

Bloody dismembered body parts pictured in the Gazette and Daily Press show poor judgment in choice of photos. If people wish to see this, they can go to Busch Gardens. Halloween there is not for children and some adults! Most media screen such photos in newspapers and on TV.

NBA honors

I saw where somebody wrote that the NBA had lowered their standards when they put Allen Iverson into the NBA Hall of Fame. The NBA lowered their standards a long time ago when they put Bill Walton in the NBA Hall of Fame. That's what you call a joke. Bill Walton was a joke!

Presidential politics

Now more need more than ever is a President who will restore law and order on our country, what we don't need is another liberal who will try to explain the reasons for criminal behavior. Getting tough on crime is the only answer and one that criminals will understand.

I attended the recent rally for Trump -- Mike Pence spoke here in Williamsburg. The most interesting thing that I saw all evening was the amount of young people that were there. I'm talking about pre-teens, teenagers on up and, you know, I hope the ones that are out there who can vote will vote because it's their future, not someone like me who's 70 years old. My future is pretty much made. I'm not over the hill, but I can see the valley. Thank you.

One way to greatly improve race relations is for minorities to vote for the candidate who will provide more and better jobs; that candidate is Trump. If you want to continue to receive, what the respected Dr. Ben Carson calls "goodies," then vote for Hilary. Financial well being is the great equalizer; when everyone feels that others carry their own weight, animosity will decline.

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