Mount Vernon UMC will conduct a special Memorial Day Service at its James City Chapel Cemetery in Norge (across from Farm Fresh) at 11 a.m. May 28, to remember a local young man from Toano, Nathaniel Hall Jennings, who died in France in WWI, and was reinterred here in 1922. We want to make contact with any of his relatives to invite them as special guests. His grandfather, Dr. A.J. Jennings, owned LaGrange Farm (Stonehouse Commerce Park today) during the Civil War. His parents, Alvan and Lillian Jennings, owned and operated the Wayside Inn in Toano for many years in the early 1900s. If you know of relatives of Nathaniel, please call the church office at 757-566-0162 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lack of common sense will kill our economy. The talk of increasing the sales tax in Williamsburg will force consumers to do business elsewhere, especially for big ticket items. It is a dangerously shortsighted idea. It makes me question the economic maturity of our leaders that we voted for, thinking they were intelligent people. Please say “NO, NO, NO” to this ill-conceived idea.
First an official says tourism revenue is at record highs and in the next instance our mayor says we have to raise the real estate tax due to poor tourism results. Time for a new government here in Williamsburg.
CW President Mitchell Reiss said that between 2005 and 2014 CW spent $100 million on advertising but still sold 75,000 fewer tickets during that period. So that was more than $11 million a year. So why does anyone think the revenue portion allotment from the extra 1 percent sales tax will produce any better results? Something to think about. I still say the only ones who are going to profit are the ad agencies.
Here we go again. Protest the 1 percent by boycotting and punishing local merchants. How about the fact that stores close because of a lack of customers? I guess that is OK because it will allow the writers that complain about empty stores a chance to complain again. If only the voters had the intestinal fortitude to vote out the culprits. Too easy and not in line with the party. ’Tis a puzzlement!
Just received a request from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation for a generous gift. You have got be kidding! Soon, you will be in my wallet every time I make a local purchase. Because of this tax increase, I will assume the local governments will share their found money with you. Save your postage in the future; you may need it.
Your events calendar is a real community service and helps families discover local events they might like to attend. I’d like to put in a plea that the blurbs contain an indicator of cost. It would be helpful to add the word “free” or “Entry with CW ticket” or “entry $5.” It wouldn’t take much space but could make a difference to people’s plans. Thanks. Editor’s note: All of the items in our calendars are added by the groups holding events and activities. Event coordinators: What do you say?
Looking for …
Where will they have the shredding this weekend? Editor’s note: Walsingham Academy, 1100 Jamestown Road, from 8-11 a.m. First bag is free, others are $5 each.
Need recommendations for someone to maintain an irrigation system. Also for someone who can repair the spring on the door of a Maytag dishwasher and a general handyman. We have been disappointed in people not returning calls, or just not showing up. We live off of Route 5 not far from the Mega Autowash and the fire station. Thanks very much!
Is there a shooting range for women for gun safety and instruction in the Williamsburg, James City County or New Kent County area? Thanks in advance for any information.
Need recommendations for help with a leaning Hayward Kiwi vine. I've had my Hayward Kiwi vines for over 10 years, grown from the little black seeds in a grocery store Kiwi fruit. Last year it started leaning so badly over the sidewalk that it bent the trellis it's on that hovers over my sidewalk. It's so full of flowers that I don't want to damage the vines, but the base of the vine is leaning too much over my sidewalk now. I've called several places but no one knows what to do about it. If I can find a place to build a really sturdy trellis at an affordable price, that may help it to not get worse. Can anyone recommend who I could call?
This is the contact a reader asked for in the May 16 Last Word: I used Tom Bigford two years ago to improve and print new images of 100/year-old family photos. Great job; fair prices. Reach him at 645-7004 or email@example.com — and he comes to you.
I am looking for a book, “Three Davids,” by Marjorie Rowden, 1963. It was one of my favorite books when I was little — it’s the first book I can remember reading all by myself. 561-9192.
Closer to home
Why can't we get a Social Security satellite office in Williamsburg? Who can we contact to get this? The Newport News office is horrible with its long lines, having to go through a security device with purses and pockets gone through, and the atmosphere. Trying to get an appointment there to have a better experience is non-existent because of being told they don't take appointments. Other offices don't have this, yet we are being told that is the only office we are "assigned to." Help!
In the mail?
To the commenter who asked whether other small businesses received their business license invoice — or a delinquent bill in May: That happened to us. And when I contacted the treasurer's office, I was told the same thing, it's a post office issue. Not! For years the treasurer's office has failed to bill our office for personal property. We have multiple vehicles, most years we'd only get billed for some, but not all. I finally set up automatic payment because I never got all the bills and I was always told, it's the post office. It’s the treasurer's office.
I tried a suggestion that I read online and it worked for me. I was finding large holes dug by either a rabbit, groundhog or other creature that lives in my wooded property. I bought a bottle of ammonia at Ace Hardware. I poured some of it down and around the hole. I repeated it for several days. You do not need to use a lot. It worked! I read that mammals do not like to nest or burrow where they believe another animal has been. The ammonia mimics urine. Much easier than the shrimp remedy, cheaper and easier, too. Good luck!
I've been using the shrimp method to rid my lawn of groundhogs for years. It really works and is definitely worth the effort. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is having trouble with groundhogs.
Feels like a long wait
Has anyone else wondered why Food Lion in Newport News can take over a Farm Fresh and open in two weeks and it's taken almost a year to even schedule an opening date for our new Publix (in place of the old Martin's)? What is causing the year's delay?
Just a smile
Last week I received a call that I had won in a sweepstakes $850,000. Being a senior citizen, I said I will pass the phone to my aide and she can answer questions better than I. Then the caller said, “I will pull up your folder and call you back,” and I never heard from him again. The second opportunity was a call I had today and they again let me know how fortunate I was to be a political donor and asked me if I approved of the job Donald Trump was doing. I said, “Yes, I approve.” They then said, “Oh, would you hold on a moment, please?” and I never got a pick up again. So this is their way of getting negative publicity about our current president from those who would approve. Well, that’s the way it is in 2018.
We have a bird feeder in our back yard that attracts many varieties of birds, big and small. Some are colorful, some not. Except for the cackles and blackbirds, we enjoy all of them. I cannot selectively stop the cackles and blackbirds from stopping by without eliminating the benefits of the bird feeder. The Virginia Gazette contributor Dan Cristol's criticism of my vote for the current administration is very short sighted. I voted for the current administration because it was the better of two evils. I keep the bird feeder because it is the better of two options. I find it troubling a college professor would be so small minded and wonder if his views are met 100 percent of the time by the politicians he has supported. My views have never been 100 percent supported and I have been voting for more than 50 years.
Recommendation for anyone seeking a dermatologist. I had a most pleasant experience when I made an appointment with Joselin D. Tacastacas, MD, of Dermatology Specialists in Williamsburg. She was very caring and concerned and exhibited the most thorough examination skills. She explained each issue and provided detailed treatment options. She is definitely an asset to that medical group and a star in her chosen profession.
If you are looking for a garage door repair/installation service, I highly recommend ATW Door Systems. They solved my garage door problem immediately, explained what was wrong and did the necessary work in short order. Friendly, courteous, efficient and very reasonable. ATW Door Systems can be reached at 757-871-4199.
I highly recommend Dr. Bonnie Brown, Jolly Pond Veterinary Hospital. I have been taking my yellow Lab, Noah, to her for the past 10 years. Dr. Brown was instrumental in saving Noah’s life recently by quickly diagnosing his cancer. I am so impressed with her and her entire friendly, caring, and competent staff. Dr. Brown is the best vet and surgeon in Williamsburg! Thank you.
We are selling our home and needed to have five different repairs accomplished, i.e., plumbing, millwork, drywall and painting. Eddie Nunez, owner of All In One Home Improvement Williamsburg, was recommend to do everything. Eddie inspected the problems and provided a price estimate for labor/materials along with a timeline. He, with a partner, arrived on time and did all the repairs to everyone’s satisfaction in one day. Highly recommend this company. Contact information is: Allinone23185@aol.com or 757-880-4220.
So they made the new DMV with more seats and parking, but it sure isn’t any faster. Only needing a copy of a birth certificate, watching them doing vision tests at the so-called express lane. So what is the express lane for anyhow?
Would you please, when you come to a stoplight and you pull up behind a car at the stoplight, would you please pull up at least 5 feet behind that car instead of five or six car lengths behind it? You don’t realize how much traffic you back up when you stop so far behind the car. People can’t turn into the turn lane. People can’t possibly park because you’re using so much space. Please pull up to the car in front of you. There is no reason that you need to stop four or five car lengths behind a car that is at a stoplight. Stop backing up traffic. Just think about it.
To the individual with a squirrel problem: I think hot sauce is a very cruel way of approaching your problem. I wonder what the birds’ tongues/beaks are affected by the burn of hot sauce in their mouths, let alone squirrels getting it in their eyes. Hey, you live in the woods! What do you expect? You’re encroaching on where they live. Maybe you should try squirrel fishing -- you take a peanut and tie it to a piece of fishing line and cast it out there. They’ll grab it and run and you can kind of play with them. Very harmless, but fun. You might try feeding them away from your bird feeders, too.
A hearty thank you to Sentara’s surgical team of Dr. Times, Dr. Atiyeh, nurses Stacy, Meeyi and Lindsay, along with other Sentara staff members, for the excellent care that helped make my recent surgery a positive experience.
Thanks so much to Timberland for sending out their workers to volunteer at Grove Christian Outreach. What a great idea. Everyone has been very pleasant and helpful.
Thank you, Nam’s alterations shop on John Tyler Highway, for the professional demeanor expressed when I took a couple of items to have altered. The lovely Asian seamstress there told me that it would cost more to fix than what I paid for the items. I totally agree and I appreciate her honesty. Thanks for greeting me and all your customers with a smile all these years! Nam’s is at 5251 John Tyler Highway, 220-4808.
We learn that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief’s salary of $375,000 is almost double that of his predecessors. The scandal is that his previous salary at almost $650,000 (plus a $70,000 bonus) as a professor at the University of Maryland was almost double his current salary at the CDC. If this salary is typical for such professorships, it is no wonder higher education is unaffordable for most students. What do our professors around here earn?
What a country!
Sadly, a man climbing Oregon’s Mt. Hood fell 600 feet, suffered serious injuries and died before he could be rescued. His family is suing for $10 million in damages for the rescuers’ “slow” response. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff always said on the 1980s comedy of the same name, “What a country!” Whatever happened to the idea of individual responsibility for our (sometimes risky, sometimes crazy) actions?
Watch your butts
A few thoughts about the recurring incidences of mulch fires, especially in median strips along the highway, due to careless smokers throwing their cigarettes out the window and landing in the mulch, which with the weather, gets very dry and catches fire real easy from a cigarette. The fire department has to come out and put them out. You know, they’re not usually big, but they can be if they’re not put out. So have a little regard. I don’t know a car that doesn’t have an ash tray in it. Be more considerate and careful, especially to our first responders and their time.
Here’s an opinion
I have called Representative Rob Whitman’s office six times over the past six weeks asking one simple question: What is your opinion of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt? I have been given the same answer each time: Representative Whitman has “no opinion.” Don’t we deserve a representative in Congress who has an opinion? I may not agree with it but I do deserve an answer on where he stands. If our representative has no opinion, why is he there? I was told that the congressman is a strong advocate for the environment; however, when I asked about the United States dropping out of the Paris accord, I was again told he has “no opinion.” Well, I have an opinion. Rob Whitman needs to go.
Up in Washington
When a young woman makes such a disgusting comment about an American hero such as John McCain as a White House staffer did last week, there should be only one reaction to her comments: She needs to be fired immediately, barred from working in government ever again, and then frog-walked all the way back to her hometown!
Finally, we have a Churchill as a president of the United States. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we are out of the Iranian ridiculous deal! Twenty-four days’ notice! Can you imagine us giving Hitler 24 days’ notice before we inspect? These people have insulted our Navy men and posted it all over the internet … I love it when there’s a Churchill on board who is not going to play games with Americans’ lives, and we’re not going to be held to a nuclear threat. That’s insane; absolutely crazy! Good for President Trump. My kind of man.
Kudos to Mike Pompeo, who has accomplished more in his first week than Hillary Clinton did in all her years as secretary of state.
Tonight in his political rally in Indiana, Trump spoke the truth for a change. He told the crowd that Democrats stood for things which his followers don't stand for. This is true! Democrats stand for elective democracy! Democrats stand for the rule of law! Democrats believe that the president of the United States is not above the law! And, Democrats believe that Americans of all colors should be treated equally under the law!
Rudy Giuliani’s statement that he left his New York law firm by mutual consent is the polite euphemism for “They fired me.”
In one year Bob Mueller has charged 19 people and three companies, and secured five guilty pleas. Pence and Fox News say it's time to wrap it up. Are they afraid we are going to run out of prison cells?
So, the Chinese government is apparently extending a $500 million loan to a state-owned construction company to build an Indonesian theme park that will feature a Trump-branded golf course and hotels. Meanwhile, back in the swamp, the president is back-tracking on his tough talk about China and offering to help out China’s ZTE which has been severely impacted by the very trade restrictions President Trump himself imposed. No surprise here (unfortunately). Money and power talk.
If the president wants to save ZTE, he could make them move their manufacturing to the U.S. and hire AmericTan workers.
So, in exchange for claiming to dismantle a nuclear program he couldn’t afford, not threatening a war he had no intention of starting as he knew he couldn’t win it, and freeing three Americans he didn’t have enough food to feed (citizens are starving), Kim Jung Un now has a place on the world stage and his country will receive vast economic benefits and concessions from the U.S. and South Korea. Makes you wonder who actually wrote “The Art of the Deal”?
I listened to what Nancy Pelosi had to say about the election that comes up later this year. She said, obviously, that she wants to take over the House. One of the first things she wants to do is to get rid of the tax bill that reduces people’s taxes. Well, there you have it. Elect a Democrat and expect your taxes to go up. That’s what people want.
Trump should worry more about Americans losing their jobs and less about Chinese jobs at ZTE. He can't make "America great again" if jobs are still going to China.
Can anyone name a president who actually kept his campaign promises? President Trump has kept most of his campaign promises, the only one being not fixing health care, and that’s because disgraceful politicians from both parties are worried about being elected again. The economy is booming, unemployment is at its lowest in recent times, illegal immigration is down, gang violence is being addressed, he has pulled out of the horribly negotiated Iran nuclear deal and the American embassy is now located in Jerusalem, where it should be.
What is the difference between the illegal immigrants crossing the border fence into the U.S. versus Israel? Those crossing into the U.S. are citizens of another country, trying to get in. Those crossing into Israel are evicted residents trying to return home. In the U.S., illegals are detained, given a hearing, and often deported. In Israel, they are violently repulsed: shot, killed or injured. At the border fence into Israel in the last two months: 56 killed and 5,500 injured. President Trump does not represent me as he supports Israel in this violent response.
The blood from the deaths of dozens of Palestinians slaughtered this week in the Middle East by Israeli soldiers is a stain on Trump which will never wash off.
Any Jewish American who doesn’t support President Trump should be ashamed of themselves. President Trump is a staunch supporter of Israel and has proven to this by his decisions to locate our embassy in Jerusalem and pulled out of the horribly negotiated Iran nuclear deal. Furthermore, no Jewish American should be supporting any Jewish politician (i.e., Schumer, Feinstein) who refuses to work with President Trump to secure Israel’s right to exist.
The news would have you think that the whole Middle East is all upset about Trump pulling out of the Iranian agreement. Jordan is happy, Emirates is happy, Saudi Arabia is happy, Egypt is happy. Syria is happy as they were lobbing bombs. Israel is happy. Only one who’s unhappy is Iran, the sponsor of terrorism. It makes it easier for the countries I previously mentioned because they don’t have to be building nuclear weapons to protect themselves against Iranian nuclear weapons.