Last Word on some much-needed help, Oct. 20

A big save

On Sept. 13, 2017, Social Security notified me I owed them $128,753 and that unless this was settled in about 60 days, future benefits were going to be stopped. An in-person visit and numerous phone calls to Social Security were frustrating because one person tells me I owe the money, another person said it’s probably a computer error. Meantime, the demand continued. I asked for and received immediate help from Congressman Rob Wittman. His staff has direct contact with Social Security who cooperated and was able to put everything on hold until Social Security eventually corrected the error. Thank you, Rob Wittman and staff.

Enough space

The problem of inadequate gym space at Warhill High School continues to be ignored by our W-JCC School Board. Case in point: This coming weekend, Warhill was to hold its homecoming dance in the gym and the common area. With a school the size of Warhill — 1,500 students — only 500 tickets were available because of fire-code law. If we had additional gymnasium space, perhaps we could adequately support our students both academically and in extracurricular pursuits. The School Board needs to wake up. They have been invited to the school numerous times to see the overcrowding. Parents have spoken at meetings. It’s time for more parents to speak up and speak out to our School Board about this problem. They’re not listening.

Welcome Publix

What a grand opening Wednesday of the new Publix; beautiful store. At last, a real grocery store. Haven’t had one since Ukrop’s. I’m just happy for Williamsburg and Publix. Thank you.

Refreshing read

I want to say that the article by Brandy Centolanza on the benefits of birdwalks was really refreshing. There was nothing political in it. Sometimes people just need relief from daily stressors in the background, and this was just great. And she said, “When I go, all the worries of the world take a back seat for a while.” And this is what was so nice about it. I could read this whole article and there wasn’t an ounce of preaching or degrading someone politically. Thank you so much, Brandy.

Noisy generators

To the people whining about generators running 24 hours a day after the recent storm: Many people have medical devices that they depend on and must have power to operate. Many use CPAP machines to sleep, so they run them at night. Good grief, think before you whine.

There are many options and choices you can make within your home to drown out exterior sounds. If you have a huge issue with this, how about creating a soundproof room in your home? This is one of many I can think of. There are likely many more. Give it some thought and you will likely come up with ideas on your own. You could also search the web for more ideas.

For those complaining about the noise of generators during recent power outages, although I may not be the neighbor causing your angst, I think I can speak for several who, like me, depend on those noisy devices. I am truly sorry you or your child’s sleep was disturbed. But it wasn’t so I could have “a few hours” of electricity or to bug people. I have a medical device that is dependent on electricity to function. Without that device, my health will suffer and I could even die if I can’t get help in time. If you met me, you wouldn’t see any evidence of my dependence on this device and it’s not really something people like me — or those dependent on other monitoring devices — discuss at the neighborhood social. Yes, there may be a battery backup for such devices for a few hours at reduced power, but that’s not much help if the power is off for days. And my sleep was disturbed, too, post-storm, by a chainsaw at 3 a.m. removing a tree across my road. That noise meant that emergency vehicles could get through to me or others who might need them. Although I’m sure you wouldn’t have liked all the noise from the ambulance and fire truck sirens either. Get to know your neighbors. You may find that, should those generators need to be used and you want to give your child something more than a PB&J or calm their nightfrights, that your noisy neighbor will let you heat some food at their house or come in till your little one falls asleep. We’ve made sure our neighbors know our door is open at such times. A little kindness and understanding that things aren’t always the way they look — and a generator is an expensive way to go just to annoy the neighbors.

I was very surprised to see complaints about generator noise in the Last Word. A few years ago, our whole house generator was used to help our neighbor across the street keep her oxygen flowing. My husband ran an extension cord across the street to allow her oxygen equipment to run. — he was the "hero" of the neighborhood. We were the only house with a generator and were happy we could help. Refrigerators also need to be kept running as medications used to treat MS and glaucoma need to be kept cold.

Not all generators are noisy. For instance, I can stand next to my Honda EU 3000is while it is running and carry on a normal conversation. Plus, if not heavily loaded, it will run more than 20 hours on a tank of gas.

Shame on those complaining about the noise of a generator. They should be counting their lucky stars and thanking God for not putting us in the same situation faced by those in Panama City, Fla. They still do not have power and many no longer have homes. Also, they mentioned they have young children. I’m certain the young children make far more noise than the generators, and on a daily basis — not just during power outages. How do you think your neighbors feel about that?

I was dismayed by the “too noisy” articles in a recent Last Word. It seems that these people think that the others are being insensitive to the needs. I believe that it’s the other way around. I was without power for three days. I would have lost several hundred dollars worth of frozen food and refrigerated food. I would not have been able to flush my toilets and several other things. It was a nuisance, yes, for me and for those who heard the generators going. I am very sorry.

To the complainers about generators: It is very sad that after a powerful storm like Michael came through, knocking out widespread power to Williamsburg and surrounding area, people have the nerve to complain about generators running to save freezers and refrigerators full of food for their family. If your house is crammed together with less than 20 feet between them, you have no one to blame but yourself. Be glad that you don’t live in an area like Panama City or Mexico Beach. Where are your priorities?

After the hurricanes

After seeing the video of the destruction caused by the hurricane in Florida, it is obvious any future construction along that portion of the Gulf Coast should be limited to recreational features, such as ball diamonds and picnic tables.

Doing fine, thanks

Recent letters to the editor question what is happening to the College William and Mary. Here are some recent reports: Princeton Review reports “The school is one of just eight universities that are considered public bodies (and) offer a superior education at a public-school price.” Princeton Review again: Of 384 colleges surveyed, W&M ranks No. 1 with the happiest students. US News & World Report study of undergraduate faculty ranks Princeton’s as number one and William and Mary’s as No. 2. The Wall Street Journal ranks William and Mary as one of the top feeder schools for graduate law, medical and business schools. William and Mary students also have the highest rate of Fulbright scholarship acceptance rate among all top research schools. William and Mary tuition is set in a student’s freshman year and it does not increase for their four undergraduate years. Looks to me like William and Mary and its students and faculty are doing very well. Thank you.

Looking for …

A couple of Saturdays ago, I was at the Moose Lodge in Williamsburg for the annual flea market. I left my ring on the sink counter. Whoever found it, please return it to me. There is a reward of $25. Please call 757-258-8810. Thank you.

Kristin Rosler is practicing at APEX PT in New Kent. I am taking Rock Steady Boxing classes there as well. If you are living with Parkinson’s, you should check it out. Coach Scott is great. The number is 969-5200.

I’m a high school art teacher who is seeking art supplies for our classroom. We need supplies because our supply order has been delayed for a long time. If someone has supplies they’d like to donate, email to Alison.pariso@gmail.com and we can arrange a pick up. Thanks for your help.

If you’re looking for help cleaning up after the storm, I highly recommend James. He is very efficient and reasonable. His phone number is 757-561-7183.

For the reader looking for a fridge repair, I recommend Larry's Appliance at 757-871-3237. They are a small, family-owned company I have used more than once. They are reliable and reasonably priced. When my washer broke he could have charged me hundreds to repair it, but instead charged only the service call and advised a new washer would be less expensive.

Does anybody know where Nell, the seamstress from Swan Cleaners, has gone? Thank you.

I have several large baby items that I would like to donate to an organization or person who needs them. A baby swing, baby bouncer, changing table and a few other miscellaneous items are looking for new homes. All barely used and in great condition. Where can I take them?

I found George of GH Appliances through two prior posts by satisfied clients in the Last Word. He fixed a leaking ice-maker hose for me getting to my house very quickly after I called him. His phone is 757-535-5649.

I’m looking for any unwanted Mason jars in the size of pint or jelly jar, with or without the lid. Please call 757-784-1242. I’d be glad to pick them up and get them off your hands. Thank you.

To the person looking for someone to make window treatments for their house in Williamsburg: I recommend Monica Cole, 804-306-1733. Thank you.

Does anyone have an oversized Transport Chair or Rollater that they are willing to donate? A 92-year-old is in need of one, may be able to pay a reasonable price. Please call 757-532-2964.

We are in need of seasoned firewood to be delivered and stacked. If anyone knows where we can find this, please leave your message in the Last Word. Thank you.

Looking for a reliable and fair landscaper. Please reply recommendations to the Last Word. Thank you.

To the person looking for a refrigerator repair: I recommend Lee’s Service at 757-797-5241. They repaired my refrigerator last week in one day, were very pleasant and charged a very fair price. Excellent service.

There must be more people out there who are trustworthy, competent and reasonable in installing a new roof on a house, other than the three or four big guys who seem to hog all of the pages in the telephone Yellow Pages. Any suggestions out there? Please let us know.

I recommend Brad of Dependable Appliance Repair for fridge repairs. He has repaired my fridge twice (separate issues). He returns calls promptly, shows up on time, and is extremely knowledgeable. His number is 757-812-1876.

Lost colony

Have the historians ever mentioned that the colonists of the Lost Colony in North Carolina could have been swept out into the ocean by a hurricane such as Florence?

Storm clean-up

Let me get this straight: JCC is removing storm debris from Norge but not the rest of the county? I don't buy that Norge had a tornado so it gets special attention. Storm damage is damage. And how is it that York County is picking up storm debris from all of York County? So everyone in JCC who has already stacked debris along the street — no one is coming along to haul the trees away; you're on your own. JCC government has turned its back on the citizens of this county. Shame!

Would like to say many thanks to the James City County Convenience Center. They are collecting storm damage, free of charge, for two weeks and what a blessing it is to residents. Not only that, they have people there to help unload cars and trucks and do it happily. Thanks again to everyone involved.

Mail trouble

For years, I have been successfully using the automatic machine in the post office for mailing packages. It has been efficient to use. Now there is a new automatic machine, obviously designed by a bureaucrat. It is too low, the directions are too wordy, not simple and direct like the old machines. The printing is too small and there is not enough contrast in color, making it difficult to read. Every time I have used the new machines, I have had to go to the counter, doubling my time and decreasing efficiency. Please, go back to the old, customer-friendly machines.

The article about postal workers protesting possible privatization of the post office was interesting. With the poor-to-no service Colonial Heritage residents are experiencing, perhaps privatization would be a good thing.

Hats off!

My husband and I enjoyed the food, service and nice atmosphere of Opus 9 restaurant. What a delightful evening that was. It was very impressive to read a “Gentlemen Please Remove Your Hat” sign at the door. Thank you, Opus 9, for setting dress code standards. I wish other restaurants would follow your example.

Hunting plan

I’d like to give a shout out to Supervisor Sadler for looking out for the taxpayers and questioning why the taxpayers aren’t allowed to participate in the hunting on the new EDA land. Thank you, Supervisor Sadler, for looking out for all citizens.

Just wondering

I would just like to know when James City County is going to feel as though the buildings that caught fire several months ago in Lightfoot have sat there long enough? They are a sad reminder of what happened that night and becoming a real mess. I believe it is high time they be removed.

Out of business?

How come the Dairy Queen on Bypass Road has closed? Are they going to relocate or remodel? Thank you.

Free to you

I have almost 3,000 projector slides and perhaps almost even the projector that I use to teach art history. Please call 757-566-0869 prior to 9 p.m. if you are interested in having them. Thank you.

Two dozen Dixieland CDs by 20 different outstanding bands. 757-775-4624. Thank you.

Road worries

Our great governor needs to get rid of people talking on the phones while driving. I got rear ended yesterday because the person behind me was talking on the phone and not paying attention to their driving.

While shopping in the vicinity of New Town a while ago, I found myself at the Ironbound/Monticello intersection near Strawberry Plains Road. The driver in front of me turned left on Monticello (toward Route 199) into oncoming traffic, instead of negotiating past the median before turning. Not the first time I have seen this happen. Unlike most four-way stop, well-designed, intersections, this in-town “Divided Highway” intersection has greater than 15 interactive lanes and is easily the most dangerous intersection in Williamsburg. Extreme caution and extra care should be given to make sure you see and pass the median before making your turn. Due to the changing elevations it is visually misleading and very easy to make this mistake every time you find yourself at this location.

Presidents’ Park

You know the busts that were off of Interstate 64 that you could see — that were near Water Country? I thought that was very interesting to see, but people didn’t take to them like I thought they would and it’s a shame. Because they’re the busts of the presidents. Most everybody knows the presidents, but I thought it was something nice to see and take your child to see them, but I guess … I hate to see them being messed up by the weather like they are and I wish somebody with the money could do something to put them somewhere. If I had the money, I surely would. Thank you.

Armed alternative

RFID (Radio Frequency 10 chips) or GPS (with limited battery life) can be put in new weapons. This technology can also be used to locate stolen/lost weapons and can be helpful in regulating legal/illegal use of guns in the U.S. This would eliminate the concept of armed school guards and would lower liability insurance by schools by not having armed guards. If the public wants armed school guards, they are already here in most U.S. counties, etc., and are already trained — I’m referring to the National Guard and the Reserves. Put them in schools to augment their “Guard/Reserve” duty time.

Recommended

There have been a lot of people asking about where to get a good haircut. I have wavy hair and have a terrible time finding someone to give me a good cut that I can wash and wear. I stumbled onto Mel's Beauty in Norge and am awfully glad I did. It's right there on Richmond Road, so it's convenient, and I've never walked out of there disappointed. I've been looking for years and have finally found a haircutter that I can trust. She listens to you and works with what you have to give you what you want. As a former hairdresser, I can say that's hard to find. Thanks, Mel, for opening your shop!

Golf business

The great business genius, Donald Trump, it appears, is not doing too well with his Turnberry Golf Course in Scotland, one of the larger investments. Has lost $4.5 million in the year 2017, its fourth consecutive year in the red. This information was filed by the Trump organization with the British Government and was posted online recently. Like his business, he is also bankrupting our government. Therefore, we will go deeper in debt because his friends — be they be corporate America or his few billionaire friends — all needed a big financial break. So to give it to them, we’ll go deeper in debt. This is part of his “ trickle down” economy move. Chinese torture, that’s what it is.

Thank you

I wanted to say a big thank you to McDonald’s on Richmond Road near Bypass Road. When we were all out of power, they were so gracious and patient with the crowds that were there. What a great job you all did. Thank you.

I just wanted to say thank you to Dominion Power employees who were working all day Friday to get everyone back in power. And I know some people didn’t get their power back, but many did, because of their hard work, and I just want to say thank you.

On Oct. 4 an unusual thing occurred that restored my faith in there being kind, thoughtful, good people still in this world. I was in the Food Lion in Norge with a basket full of items waiting to checkout. I noticed a young woman behind me with one item and told her to go ahead of me as I was not in a hurry. She paid, but unbeknownst to me returned as I was getting my money out to pay — and she paid for my groceries. Thank you to a lovely, thoughtful young woman; I pray God will bless you many times over — and I shall pass on your kindness.

Thank you to my nice neighbors for donating paper bags to Grove Christian Outreach Center. I also have to give a shout out to so many people helping their neighbors during the storms. I'm very impressed and grateful.

Thank you to the person who left a note on my windshield, giving me the license plate number of the vehicle that hit me and left. I was able to give it to the police, and they are able to find the driver. Thank you.

Up in Washington

Seriously, a commenter wrote in about President Trump going after Democrats; I believe they got it backwards. Since President Trump won the election, Democrats and their liberal news stations haven’t once stopped going after Trump. As far as President Trump’s agenda, look at the economic facts and you’ll see what he’s done for the American people.

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