I would highly recommend traveling down Vaiden Drive in Williamsburg, just off of Route 5 in Indigo Park, to enjoy a truly festive decoration.
Postage is going up 5 cents in January. Recycling is imperative for those of us believing in global warming. If you enjoy receiving and sending Christmas cards as I do — my favorite part of the holiday season — save the front of your favorite cards and use them as postcards next year. Recycling effort plus savings on postage and new cards.
I go to the College of William and Mary and believe it is important to support our local community. So, this year I have been streaming Christmas music through 93.5 The Burg while studying and it has me in the Christmas spirit. Thank you, 93.5 The Burg, for making me feel at home with holiday cheer!
Treat yourself to a quick drive through the Village Green neighborhood behind the old Farm Fresh on Route 5. Drive through, look up and marvel. Amazing!
Thank you and congratulations to the League of Women Voters for their remarkable annual series of critical timely lectures! The library is probably too small for the throngs who attend or wish they could attend the outstanding talks by experts in the various fields! Maybe the Kimball in future?
We live in western Williamsburg and got about 6 inches of snow. I would like to know why such a limited amount of snow would cause the power to go out. We have lived in plenty of places with several feet of snow and never lost power. Seems like the Williamsburg area loses power all the time. Would please like to have an explanation for this. Thank you.
A big thank you to Dominion Power for restoring our power just 16 hours after it went out. We really appreciate the fact that you were out in the dark and the cold, making the repairs. Thanks so much!
Once again, congratulations to Dominion Power for their consistent performance. Our public power utility can always be counted on for two things: sending their billing statements on time and having a power outage in the event of snow, wind or rain. We’ve lived in Williamsburg for over 20 years and cannot remember when we’ve haven’t had a power outage at least once or twice a year. In this day and age, there is no excuse for the Jamestown Road power grid to go out year-after-year, leaving hundreds of homes without heat or electric power. Dominion Power has now had, in our experience, 20 years to correct this problem. It’s time to register a formal compliant with the Virginia State Utilities Commission about this monopoly and its failed service.
Bravo to Gene Tyson on his commentary re: “CW needs to Refocus Its Mission.” I hope Mitchell Reiss and others who may support the Goodwin Square project (now or in the future) take stock of what a foolhardy plan this is on so many levels. Many of the negatives have been discussed at length recently in the Last Word. The idea of a giant screen ranks right up there with the cockamamie idea of building a wall around CW. Colonial Williamsburg can — and should — change to reflect the times, but not by turning it into just another amusement venue. Mr. Reiss, please consider that what you’d like to do, and what makes sense to do, need to be in balance.
Instead of converting much needed parking in Goodwin Square into a park, let's make Merchant Square more attractive with more seating, some of it shaded, and add several large flower boxes/ floral displays and a couple of drinking fountains. Also, let's have more local seafood and other tasting festivals in Merchant Square under large tents for seating and vendors.
I believe in giving praise when praise is due. After some bad decisions lately, CW finally did something right; they pulled their proposal for turning much needed and used parking lot into an unneeded 21st century park. I just came from doing my Christmas shopping at Merchants Square and it was full of people shopping, taking pictures in front on the Christmas tree, others listening to the group playing Christmas music, all in all, a perfect old-time Christmas scene. And if CW had a 21st Century park in the P3 parking lot, it would have not only taken away parking places, but at best split the number of shoppers between DoG-MS and P3-park, reducing the overall spirit of the season. So thank you, CW, for doing the right thing.
I was pleased to see that the proposal put forth for turning the Goodwin Square parking area into another “pedestrian park” in the middle of an existing one, i.e., Merchants Square, has been withdrawn in the face of overwhelming public opposition. However, it is extremely disappointing to see, according to The Virginia Gazette, where members of the City Council (Barbara Ramsey and Vice Mayor Doug Pons) expressed support for the proposal and would have voted for it had it been presented to the City Council — this in the face of the voters’ overwhelming opposition. It is evident to me that we need to carefully consider not re-electing these and other current City Council members who, in spite of the will of our citizens, would chose to insert their own will over that of the citizens of our city who they are elected to represent. It’s time for a serious change in the makeup of our City Council!
Hooray for the plan being withdrawn for Goodwin Square! Taking away many parking spots and putting in a big, tacky, intrusive video screen is the worst idea I have ever heard! One of the appeals for me of Colonial Williamsburg and the Duke of Gloucester is the peace and quiet, and the feeling that you are traveling back in time. Walking on the cobblestones, watching the horses ride by, hearing the birds in the trees, seeing the big blue sky, and not being around cars are all part the experience I am looking for, not another big screen to blemish the atmosphere.
Now that CW has withdrawn the Goodwin Square plan, I wonder what people are going to whine and complain about next?
What a delight to see the Goodwin Square project put on the shelf! Let’s hope it stays there, as it was the product of very poor thinking. Now it’s time to remove the skating rink from the middle of Duke of Gloucester Street. Gov. Francis Nicholson, who knew how to lay out a baroque plan for Williamsburg, would not be happy that the view from William and Mary to the Capitol has been disrupted. Let us fight these intrusions on 18th century Williamsburg and hope that these ideas get thwarted before they begin, which was not the case with the tasteless and tacky ice skating rink.
At last! Common sense comes into play on the Goodwin Square issue. However, note that Colonial Williamsburg VP of Real Estate Jeff Duncan said they will "explore again the feasibility of the pedestrian plaza." Can't the CW powers that be understand that a children's play fountain and room for outdoor events is not necessary? The DoG Street area where the summer breeze concerts used to be held has already room enough for outdoor events and festivals, i.e., the dinners and art festivals held along DoG Street. The City Council said, "The project would have supported goals for downtown vibrancy and increased walkability." The project isn't needed in Goodwin Square; the parking lot should remain. The whole of Colonial Williamsburg is already a public plaza. Installation of more benches along Dog Street make more sense and fill the need for pedestrians walking its length. Let's hope that common sense prevails.
When clearing the snow off of your vehicle, make sure you get it off of the roof as well. If not, it can slide down on your windshield, making it hazardous, and you won’t be able to see, or it could fly off on someone else’s windshield, making it hazardous for them as well. So please take the extra time it takes to clear your vehicle from snow completely.
It must be nice to belong to either the postal or teachers union, as if it snows you don’t have to work. As a person who worked his whole life in the private sector, to get a day off for snow it had to be a blizzard.
Struck a chord
Thanks to Barbara Knowles for her article about the small things in life. She hit the nail on the head, and we need to remember that the small moments and kind gestures in life mean way more than any purchased item could ever represent.
Looking for …
My 4-year-old son lost his beloved gray stuffed bunny somewhere in the Williamsburg area in the past few weeks. We have looked high and low for Bunny, and my son misses him terribly. There is a slim chance that Bunny fell out of the car in a parking lot while my son was getting in or out, or he perhaps was left behind in a restaurant or store. If you have any leads as to Bunny's whereabouts, it would be greatly appreciated: email@example.com.
Will someone please recommend a handyman who will take small jobs who is reliable and whose work is good and reasonably priced. I live in the Five Forks area.
Jimi, the dog groomer, can now be found at Dogsburg Grooming Shoppe on Olde Towne Road. You can contact her at 603-0043. She’s the best.
My husband is in a wheelchair and I’d like to take him out to eat. What are the most accessible restaurants in Williamsburg?
To the person asking for a recommendation for a dryer vent cleaner: I've used Airight Air Duct Cleaning for both cleaning and repairs. They do good work. Their number is 757-479-0700 and their website is www.getairflow.com.
Does anyone know if there are any pizza shops that deliver to Lake Toano Estates in Toano off of Church Lane?
I highly recommend Atlantic Vent for dryer vent cleaning. They are local and family run. I used them and found their service fast, affordable and clean. They can be reached at 757-595-7660.
I’m looking for a beginner English country dancing class/group near Williamsburg. I mean really slow and repetitive enough for this beginner. The one at Newport House moves from dance to dance faster than I can keep up.
For the person looking for veal shanks: I assume you are making osso bucco. In lieu of veal shanks which cost about $19 a pound when and if you can find them, you can use 1-inch thick beef marrow bones (New Town Walmart frozen section) with veal or just stew beef chunks tied using twine around the bones so they look like shanks. Cook the osso bucco using a slow cooker after braising. No one will be able to tell the difference.
We recently walked from Merchants Square to Ewell Hall and all about Merchants Square at dark. It was very dark and rather than having trees-in-pots on already narrow and busy Prince George Street, why not look to fix lights on the buildings that can make walking safer? And more lights on to the DoG block from N. Henry to Boundary. There are always people on those areas and soft but real lights onto the street would appeal, welcome people to the shopping, dining areas. There must be attractive fixtures on light timers that could be placed on the buildings.
Check out lines
I thoroughly agree with the writer about the couple who clog up the self-check lines at grocery stores by taking their overflowing large cart of groceries through the self-check line. This is rude, inconsiderate behavior and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Pass the ERA Virginia
Why hasn't our elected General Assembly in Richmond ratified the Equal Rights Amendment so it can finally become part of the U.S. Constitution? They have been delaying for many years. Disgusting!
I am delighted that I have found out about the Williamsburg Music Club, that presents classical music programs monthly for the community and they are free! I am looking forward to hearing the principal clarinet of the Williamsburg Symphony on Wednesday at Bruton Parish. What a gem this group is!
Clean air, water
Republican and Democrat administrations and Congresses enacted and strengthened the Clean Air and Clean Water acts for several decades. Nearly all Americans care very much for clean air and clean water and consider them as one of many things that make America great. Farmers and industry have adapted to them over time while experiencing record production and profits. So, how is the Trump/GOP cancellation of these acts going to make America healthier and greater?
West Point teacher
With respect to the French teacher who refuses to use his student's preferred pronoun: I think anyone who teaches that the table is feminine and the cushion is masculine has no cause to complain about anyone else's seemingly arbitrary use of gendered pronouns. In English we at least have the option of using the gender-less plurals but in French that choice is not even available to one. I think, dear Brutus, that the problem is not in your student but your language.
Take the class
City of Williamsburg Quarterpath Park offers a wonderful fitness class that hardly anyone knows about and it’s called “Silver Sneakers.” It is designed for senior citizens, but people of any age would enjoy it. The best part is that the class is paid by most health insurances, although at $3 per class, it is still a great deal to stay healthy! Give it a try. It’s fun!
I regularly read in the Last Word comments from callers about the post office being in the red. Well, if it weren’t for the U.S. Congress during the second Bush administration requiring the post office to 100 percent pay its pension plan forward almost two generations, the post office would be solidly in the black.
I, too, live in St. Georges Hundred and haven’t experienced any of the problems the other writer has stated. I didn’t get mail Thanksgiving Day or the mourning day for Bush 41, but I wasn’t expecting to. Sometimes it arrives later than other days, but I wasn’t aware there was supposed to be a set schedule as so many people seem to be upset about. I have tracked packages coming through the USPS and have noticed on several occasions that the Richmond Distribution Center will hold onto packages for days and even seen several re-directed to North Carolina. I am awaiting a package having been replaced because the last known location was the Richmond Distribution Center where it was apparently lost. Do I think there is a problem with the USPS? Yes, but I don’t blame my carrier and I don’t think it is their fault. I just think if you are going to complain about your service, you need to direct your complain to the right location and not attack the carrier.
Postal service, the case for privatization: We received Amazon deliveries from UPS and FedEx on Dec. 8 (rain), and Dec. 10 (snow). Packages were left either in the garage or on our open front porch. Emails told us when they were delivered and where. Thank you. Both days, the U.S. Postal Service said they could not make deliveries because they had "no access to the building" or the "driveway was obstructed." Humbug to "neither rain nor sleet nor gloom of day ..."
I’ve been amazed by the number of complaints concerning mail service in the Williamsburg area. Prior to moving here five years ago, we lived in the York County area for more than 30 years and never experienced any major issues nor heard of any problems with the Richmond Distribution Center. Since moving here, I’ve experienced numerous problems with the mail service, including the loss of personal checks to pay my mortgage. The system is definitely broken, something needs to be done and people need to be held accountable. I encourage those who have experienced problems to contact your representative, Inspector General or your local postmaster.
There was no mail delivery on Lake Powell Road Dec. 12. There were mailboxes with flags up with outgoing mail to be picked up. I think the postmaster of Williamsburg needs to address this serious problem. As usual, this is our regular carrier’s normal day off and there must not have been a substitute for the route. What about important first class mail that is time sensitive?
The global warming conference in Katowice, Poland, reminds us of the triage we are facing: Donald Trump or the survivability of everyone else.
Free to you
We have a set of metal-frame bunk beds to give away. The bottom bunk has a full-size futon mattress; the top is a twin mattress. It is rather heavy, and if you want it, you must haul it away yourself. 757-258-1354.
I found two wonderful gift shops in our area. Locally owned and unique items, not the same old, same old, that one finds in the corporate stores. They are Touch of Earth, 6580 Richmond Road, and The Ivy Trellis, 312 Lightfoot Road, Suite K. Enjoy!
Ms. Salzman had the potential of a well-written article about Mr. Rogers’, "Won't you be my neighbor?” show. However, she managed to ruin it instead. It is not surprising that she sandwiched in her biases with political comments which showed her liberal leanings. She could have also included references to a nuclear blast, or to TV coverage of World War II, or even rantings of the senator from Massachusetts. Each reference would also need the special wording to help children understand. She also missed the important message that parents are the ones who would most benefit from Mr. Rogers’ calm, and simple explanations so that today's children need not stress or fear or misunderstand what was happening in the world today.
I want to thank the teacher who had put in the article in reference to Mr. Rogers. That was an excellent commentary, and he was an excellent person. He had one of the best TV shows there was. I’ve been told that he also was a minister. There hasn’t been anything nearly as well done for kids as his show was. He will always be remembered.
I watched both days of former President Bush’s funeral. It was well done. It was calm, serene and it really told his life story. It was beautiful, both at the Washington cathedral and in Texas. The networks did a marvelous job putting it together, and the understanding is that it was President Bush’s wish to have his funeral done that way. It was very good.
There are problems with the intersection of Airport Road and Mooretown Road. They need to open that section up like they have at the corner of Ironbound and Monticello. It needs some turning lanes in there somewhere. I hope they do it soon. I need a response.
We need a traffic light in front of Lafayette High School. This presents a significant risk to students exiting the school as well as entering the school in the early morning hours. The traffic on Longhill Road moves rapidly and for many student drivers, this poses a significant risk. It’s important to have a light at the entrance to the school. Thank you.
Here on the back side of Indian Circle, looking out my kitchen window where our nice trees have shed their leaves and we have a tower of rust taking its place. Thank you, Dominion Energy. You need to come and look and see what you left — it was a perfect view of woods. Bye.
I highly recommend the folks at Kitchen Tune-Up. I just had my kitchen redone just in time for the holidays. I was so impressed with the work of the two gentlemen who were here. They not only did a beautiful job, but put everything away before they left every afternoon when they were finished. No messy drop clothes to contend with, and no counter tops to clean off. My kitchen looks beautiful and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently I had multiple pinholes burst in my copper piping. Rather than apply another Band-Aid repair to the ongoing problem, I decided to replace all the 18-year-old copper pipes in the house. I received a recommendation for a “magician” with 25 years of experience replacing QEST pipes who could repipe the entire house with PEX. I contacted John Tompkins at 703-803-7776 and he promptly came to my house, gave me an estimate and completed the work in only eight work days. Every night, I had water to at least part of the house. The three-man team also repaired and painted primer on all the sheet rock sections removed to access the original pipes. I highly recommend John Tompkins for this type of work. To discuss copper pinholes in JCC, I can be reached at email@example.com.
Finally a 24/7 emergency animal clinic has opened in Williamsburg at 628 Penniman Road (behind WaWa), the Animal Clinic and Wellness Center. Dr. Andrew MacDougall is the manager of the clinic. His previous position was at Anderson's Corner in Toano. He has taken care of my dogs for years and I highly recommend him. I had a heart-wrenching experience of driving to the only emergency clinic in Newport News at 4 a.m. on a June morning to try to save my Pomeranian. The opening of this new emergency clinic in Williamsburg was the best news I ever heard. They will be life-savers. Phone 757-253-0812.
Many have commented on scam callers. I have been receiving calls from Chesapeake two or three times a day. The caller says they are Pharmacy Services. The numbers they are calling from are always 757-345 - - - - . I have received calls from at least five different numbers. The background noise sounds like an office. I have told them many times not to call me anymore, take my number off their lists, etc., but they do not seem to get the message and call constantly. When you try to dial one of their numbers back, the line goes to busy. What is going on here?