Virginia Symphony holding free outdoor concert in Yorktown

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will play a free concert in Yorktown Saturday, performing a 13-song repertoire heavy with patriotic themes.

The orchestra, led by conductor Adam Turner, will set up at 425 Water Street on Riverwalk Landing, and the audience should bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up and watch from the grass. Attendees are also encouraged to pack picnics — the most creative picnics will receive blue ribbons.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform at 6 p.m. to kick off the show, and the symphony will begin at 7:30 p.m. The repertoire include the “Star-Spangled Banner” and “Anchors Aweigh” and pieces by John Phillip Sousa and John Williams.

Sunday’s concert will be the 21st edition of the event and is sponsored by the county, the York County Arts Commission and the Virginia Commission for Arts. The Celebrate Yorktown Committee of the Yorktown Foundation coordinated raising $24,000 to fund the event.

People are encouraged to arrive early. Parking is available at the garage on Water Street and county buildings throughout Yorktown. After 5 p.m., people may also park at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water Street. Trolley service will end at 5:30 p.m.

To see if the weather will cancel the concert, call the Yorktown events hotline at 757-890-3520 on Saturday.

Poquoson puts off farm animal decision

The Poquoson City Council decided to put off establishing a new farm animal ordinance in order to discuss loosening proposed regulations on pygmy animals and creating guidelines for beekeeping.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, the council was presented with several changes to the farm animal ordinance, including specific rules for pygmy animals. Those rules would categorize pygmy animals as the same as their full-size counterparts and set the same regulations for them.

City Planner Dannan O’Connell said the Planning Commission said it was too difficult to set individual regulations for each pygmy animal. But the City Council said it would like to have a work session to discuss the issue and potentially relax regulations for the pygmy animals.

The council also wanted to discuss adding in regulations for beekeeping. The Planning Commission said it did not think an ordinance was necessary because the beekeepers in the city were not causing problems for other people and were working responsibly.

Councilman Herbert Green said the council was not worried about current beekeepers, but it was worried about the possibility of a beekeeper who may try to set one up in an apartment yard and cause a nuisance for the neighborhood that the city could do nothing to resolve.

The ordinance also banned bringing in new roosters, except on properties bigger than 3 acres, set sanitary standards for chickens and set new regulations for animal permits. No one on the council voiced concern or opposition to those changes.

York seeking applicants for equalization board

York County is looking for people to fill a vacancy on the Board of Equalization, a board that hears appeals regarding property assessments.

The board is tasked with increasing, decreasing or maintaining the county Real Estate Assessor’s assessment of a property. The board meets as necessary when people want to challenge an assessment.

Members of the board must own land in the county, and the state requires at least 30 percent of the board to be real estate professionals, according to a news release.

The Board of Supervisors reviews the applications and sends its selections to a circuit court judge, who makes the appointment.

The application is available at the County Administrator’s Office, 224 Ballard Street. People may also call 757-890-3320 for an application. To access the application online, go to, and the board bank application is available under the “Quick Links” tab.

Reyes can be reached by phone at 757-247-4692. Follow him on Twitter @jdauzreyes.

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