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 for spring patio items. Now the fall selection and sales were fantastic. What I don't understand is why more tourists don't shop there and even the local community doesn't seem to support it. Sure would hate for it to close, as see many other stores have.

Upkeep noted

Re a previous Last Word item: Thanks to the empty lot owner on the Bypass Road for cutting your grass. Let's see if the owner of the empty lot for sale near the Christmas Shop and Rocco's now cuts their grass.

School transparency

Why is the public kept in the dark when their school district is being investigated by the Office of Civil Rights? As parents, this is of great concern, especially after looking at what they are able to investigate.

Group home

What and when is the Middleburg Trust going to do something about the problem it created at the Woods? Their officers claim it is a community bank which always puts the community first. Not in this case. Greed seemed to rule.

I agree with the comment in the Last Word that homeowners in question should be informed about new group homes before decision are made so they can provide feedback to their elected representatives. However, we need to remember that America is a republic (for which the flag stands), not a pure democracy. If you disagree with decisions made by our federal, state and/or local officials, vote someone else into office.

Yes, I am a citizen and a homeowner in Williamsburg, and I am shocked that a local bank and trust company and a a local realty company would lease a private residence in the middle of a residential community to house adults with serious and persistent mental illness, some of whom, if not all, have committed crimes and were not convicted due to their mental illness. Even more alarming is that this house is within 500 feet from a k-12 school and a few blocks from a day care center and the College of William and Mary.

Protected speech

Of course the anthem sitters have the right to do that. And we have the right to not spend money on products from companies that sponsor the NFL... I choose not to...

Stryking sculpture

The sculptures now placed at the Stryker building complement it perfectly.

Thank you

Many thanks to the thoughtful person who found and turned in my car keys at the William and Mary Athletic Office.

Thanks to the AMF bowling alley. They had a great summer special and were very helpful and accommodating to my family.

Fantastic Sam's hair salon at Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center off John Tyler, closed leaving JR without a job. JR is the most talented hair stylist and colorist I have found in Williamsburg. His prices are very reasonable. Personal Touch heard about JR's plight and invited him to temporarily service his clientele while he seeks a location to start up his own salon. JR is at 757-738-9325. Thank you, Personal Touch!

Big heads

On TV, I saw those big presidents' heads that used to be in Williamsburg outside of a hill in Washington, D.C. I wondered if they were indeed the ones that used to be here in Williamsburg. If anyone knows, it would be interesting to find out. Thank you.

High school games

Just attended the Lafayette/Warhill football game last night. Great game and great performance by each team. However, entrance to the game was a disaster. When local teams play -- Warhill, Lafayette, Jamestown—there ought to be additional staff to handle the crowd, additional ticket takers and security people should be present and gates should be open so that lines and waits are not as long. Thank you.

Road signs

Just read the response for the reason for the "No Turn on Red" at Lightfoot Marketplace. Easy solution: Put a "No U-Turn" sign up and remove the "No Turn on Red" as there are far more people needing to make a right turn onto Richmond Road, and the need will only increase once the entire Marketplace is at full capacity. Remove the sign!

Looking for ...

Is there anyone out there who can still convert floppy discs to something I can use today in my computer? If so, please contact me or let me know in the Last Word and I'll contact you. Thank you.

For the person who's looking for a small engine repair business: I recommend Ace Hardware on Richmond Road behind the Food Lion. They have been repairing lawn mowers since 19whatever.

I would like to thank you so much for your Sept. 10 issue of the Last Word. You printed so many wonderful recommendations, and the information was very helpful. At present, I am looking for a recommendation for someone to aerate and seed my lawn. Any recommendations would be welcome. Thank you.

To the person looking for Erin from What I Want? Salon: She moved to Studio M Hair Design in Cedar Valley Shopping Center on Rochambeau Drive in Williamsburg. Their phone number is 757-378-2700.

In a previous Last Word, brick mason Andrew VanDenburgh was highly recommended. However, his telephone number was incorrectly listed. The correct number is 757-870-1163.

Can anyone recommend a company or person who could dig some new beds in my backyard? I'm not looking for a designer just someone to do the work.

I have two aluminum awnings that need to be repaired and repainted or just recycled for the money (I don't have a truck). If you would like to have them, please call 817-0508; you call and haul.

I was wondering if anyone found on the bike path last Thursday or Friday a water bottle. It says "Quarter Lane—I am in Quarter Lane" on it. If you could please give me a call at 757-565-3917. I lost it during my bike ride on the Jamestown path toward Charles City. Thank you.

I am calling in answer to the woman looking for a massage in a chemical-free environment. I have those problems, and I see Janie, who is licensed and is just wonderful. Her phone number is 757-897-8767.

Fake merchandise

I found the comment about knock-off merchandise offensive. Whoever originally wrote this has absolutely no say in the designer of the merchandise I'm wearing, nor should they be shaming me for it if it's a knockoff. Unless this individual plans on shelling out the hundreds and hundreds of dollars each item costs in the women's apparel and accessory market, they can keep their opinion to themselves. Maybe I like the item and it makes me feel good about myself, or maybe it's nice to be able to pay all my bills by myself while still being able to dress in the same trends as my friends and peers.

Just a thought

If you want to be blessed by God today, be kind and considerate and help people in need.

Confusing signs

I'm sure Scott Taylor is a fine person, but today, as I drove along Centerville Road and News Road and other parts of James City County, I saw several Scott Taylor yard signs. All of these areas are in the 1st Congressional District, but Scott Taylor is running for the 2nd Congressional District. Are people confused as to what congressional district they live in, or are Mr. Taylor's people spending campaign funds in the wrong district?

Guns

Regarding a Letter to the Editor from Mr. Bill Church: As a very long time owner of firearms, about 65 years, I totally agree with his thinking. If the government wants to stop the carnage by illegal weapons, start by going to large cities (Chicago, Philly etc.). Go down to the corner, under the streetlight, and stop the illegal sale of 50-dollar throw away guns.

Protected speech

At games, Colin Kaepernick is protesting the oppression of blacks by sitting or kneeling rather than standing out of respect for the flag and the national anthem. On researching, apparently he has never registered to vote. To me, that's like him kneeling in front of a charred building to protest the Fire Department not responding—when he saw the fire yet never called them and/or tried to help put it out.

Which are you?

For readers responding to various local topics, displaying their dismay by labeling responsible individuals involved in local leadership as elitists, remember... You personally fall into only one of two categories. 1. You elected them. or 2. You allowed them to be elected. The same will be true come November.

Cat problems

To the person who believes that cats are "free-roaming animals" and should be allowed to create hazards in someone else's yard. What would you think if your neighbor bought a "pet" mountain lion and allowed it to roam in your yard? Perhaps you could befriend the lion? If nothing else, the lion would solve the house cat problem.

Recommended

For those of you who haven't been to Joni's Consign & Design in Colony Square Shopping Center, you are in for a treat. She has so many items for the home and such fair prices. Do treat yourself.

I would like to thank whoever recommended Christie Tramer of Arborista Tree Care in the Last Word recently. We needed major work on 50-year-old oak and maple trees and called Christie on a Tuesday. She responded that evening, came and estimated the job on Wednesday and completed all work on Friday. Beautifully done and at a very reasonable price. Call her at 757-345-8688. You'll be glad you did. Thank you.

To the person who is looking to have somebody service their lawn mower: I would recommend Cardinal's Small Engine Repair and Mr. Ayers at 757-784-0774. He is mobile, will come to your house, very very reliable, very affordable and very nice to have around.

Normally I cut down my own trees; however, I had one about 75 ft. tall that had grown in different directions and was leaning the opposite direction of where it needed to fall when cut. Dan of "Dan's Tree Service" came cut it down in very little time and at about a quarter of what I thought it would cost. I am happy to recommend Dan's Tree Service. Bob Wilson, Toano.

Recently I had five reels of 8 mm film from the 1960s that I wanted put on DVDs. Tom Bigford of "Digitize my Images" did the work for me, and they turned out great ! I highly recommend him. You can contact him at Digitize My Images, 345 Shoal Creek, Williamsburg, VA, 23188, phone: 757-645-7004.

Wandering geese

Last Wednesday's paper had a question about the geese—where were they? I was over at Jamestown Island several weeks ago, and there are about 80 to 100 geese over there. Apparently, all our geese have moved over there for safety. Thank you.

Teacher pay

Enough already with the complaints about the pay teachers receive. No one forces them to do the job; they choose to. No teacher is "laid off" on winter, spring or summer breaks. Their checks are there during winter and spring. As for summer vacation, they are paid for this if they choose to be paid year round. This means they get a paycheck all summer if they decide on the 12-month payout. So if the teachers work 200 days a year, at say 9 hours a day, this is 1800 hrs. That $25 an hour with some of the best benefits of any job anywhere. Give me a break!

Hall of Fame player?

NBA Hall of Fame—Allen Iverson—does that make sense? Allen Iverson in the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me? He's got to be one of the worst players in the Hall of Fame. It's some kind of NBA international fan draw or something. I mean, he was okay, but definitely not Hall of Fame. Apparently, they've lowered their standards so the average player can get in.

Hinckley at home

I, for one, as a resident of Kingsmill, am not happy with John Hinckley Jr. living here. I suggest his lawyer, Barry Levine, take him in his house.

I live on the same street a few doors from Hinckley's mother who happens to be doing quite well. In fact, I know a number of men and women over 90 who are functioning just fine. I have spoken with John and he has played with my dog. He has paid his debt to society, and now its society's turn to welcome him back into our community. Mental illness is like any other disease such as cancer which can be treated and cured.

Presidential politics

To those who are angry about the cost to attend William and Mary today: I suggest you look back to the 1960s. Yes, it did cost less then and the state covered over 40% of the school's budget. Today, the state covers a little over 10%. The increase in cost to support the college gets larger and larger, yet smaller support comes from the state for higher education. We have more millionaires and corporations paying no taxes.

Only in the alternate reality which is Trump World would a mainstream candidate of the President of the USA do an interview on Russian TV where he trashes the United States. Welcome to silly season on steroids.

Obama is already beginning to achieve the objectives of his open borders policy. A Federal Appeals court has blocked Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from requiring residents to prove that they are US citizens when registering to vote.

After just watching the movie "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," I'm ashamed that Obama is our President and Hillary was our Secretary of State. What is even worse is that Hillary might be our next President and Commander in Chief.

Was Donald Trump born in the former Soviet Union, now known as the Russian Federation? Is this the reason he and Putin get along so well? Come on, Donald Trump. Show us your birth certificate.

In order to keep Russia from throwing the American election his year, all American voters should demand hand-counted paper ballots from their local authorities.

It is interesting that the reader who thinks that, by defending the constitutionally protected rights of an African-American citizen, President Obama has "damaged race relations." I suppose he or she would feel the same way about the ratifiers of the Fifteenth Amendment.

Yes, question: Why would the Clinton campaign or advisers and people not want a report on Hillary's health? Isn't our president's health important to us? The campaign people did not report her previous illness until she actually had an episode. Why not?

Why President Obama had the audacity or the nerve to move the moment of silence from 9:37 up five minutes at the Pentagon because he had more important things to do—is he the most self-centered person that we ever known as a president? I certainly think so.

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