Friday, August 24, 2012


York County wins three NACo Achievement Awards
     York County is pleased to have been recognized with three Achievement Awards granted by the National Association of Counties for various county programs and initiatives.
     "It is quite an honor to be recognized on the national level for programs that county staff has created and implemented," said County Administrator James O. McReynolds. "County employees work very hard to serve the citizens of York, and these awards are recognition of a job well done."
     The following are programs that won Achievement Awards this year, and attached are pictures of county staff accepting those awards and congratulations for Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom Shepperd. For more information on these award-winning programs, please contact the Public Information Office at 890-3300.
County News Minute
     In an attempt to capture the attention of today's citizen, deliver fast and easy-to-understand messages, and save staff time in the process, the York County Public Information Office, working cooperatively with the Video Services Division, developed the "County News Minute."
     These brief informational video segments are shown on the county's cable channel and YouTube channel and spotlight county programs, initiatives or services. Filmed on location, these segments deliver a clear, concise message, and take minor staff time to film and edit. In today's fast paced world, these segments quickly inform citizens about county programs and events, and are an extension of the county's communications program.
Automated Storm Surge Look-Up Tool
     As residents of this area are all too aware, York County is a "hurricane risk locality" faced with dealing with the impacts and effects of hurricanes during Atlantic Hurricane Season. To help citizens prepare for a potential hurricane, staff developed an "automated look-up tool" for storm surge zone risk determination. This tool is a simple, easy-to-use, automated method for citizens to determine their property's hurricane storm surge zone. 
     The tool consists of a link off of the county website to a .pdf street index file that includes the storm surge zone for every address in the county. The user simply has to click on the established link on the website, go to the "find" section on the document and then enter his or her address. The search will take them directly to their address listing and indicate their storm surge level. 
     The website address for this tool is Select "York County Storm Surge Zones."
Don't Be A Drip Water Management Program
     The county's Department of General Services initiated a water management program to reduce the overall use of water by utilizing technology, improving design and applying best management practices for installing, modifying and maintaining county and school division irrigation systems.  
     Under this water management program, the Department of General Services began a program of converting manual hydraulic-type irrigation control boxes to digital controls with rain sensors, using technology to ensure the beneficial use of water and improving designs for current and future irrigation installations. The program's technology-based operations have resulted in considerable cost savings in terms of water costs, sod replacement costs (due in the past to overwatering), and costs associated with staff once required to manually assist with irrigation activities.

Once in a Blue Moon library fine amnesty Aug. 26-31
August 22, 2012
     The York County Public Library is sponsoring the Once in a Blue Moon Fine Amnesty Program to encourage patrons to return overdue materials.
     From Aug. 26 through Aug. 31, late fines will be waived on all books, DVDs, CDs and other items. Simply bring your overdue items and your library card to the Circulation desk to have the fine waived. The Once in a Blue Moon Fine Amnesty Program does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.
     "This is a once in a blue moon opportunity for fines to be forgiven," said Kevin Smith, York County Public Library Director. "We have about 1,700 items overdue. When you return your overdue items, you ensure that everyone has access to the excellent books, DVDs and other items the library has to offer. I am surprised to hear that some patrons do not return items because of the fines they have accrued. Hopefully now the items will be returned."
     The Once in a Blue Moon Fine Amnesty Program coincides with the astronomical blue moon occurring on Aug. 31. Both the blue moon and the library waiving fines are rare occurrences.
     For more information, visit or contact the Tabb Library at 890-5120 or the Yorktown Library at 890-5207. Visit the Tabb Library at 100 Long Green Blvd., Yorktown, VA 23693 or the Yorktown Library at 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Senior Center Announces September Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in September.  Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age.  The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The center is closed all county holidays.  Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807.  For more information, please visit
September Birthday Bash, Karaoke, Friday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Come sing along with Karaoke Jockeys Sam and Dave who will bring their wonderful selection of songs! You are sure to find something to suit your musical tastes. Individual and group performances are encouraged. Remember you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to come celebrate with us. Cake and beverage served. Please register for this program by calling 898-3807.
Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful cards and assists you with your scrapbook. You can also enjoy using the Cricut which helps to design your cards. These cards and your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit to four cards.
"Let's Go to the Movies," Monday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. The York County Library and the Senior Center of York will present the Academy Award Winning movie "The King's Speech," (PG 13 version). This film is a 2010 British historical drama directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays a stammering King George VI. He seeks help to deliver an inspirational radio broadcast from Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who is played by Geoffrey Rush. Popcorn and beverage served. Please call 898-3807 to register.
AARP Driver Safety Program, Sept. 24 & Sept. 25. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Sept. 24 from 12:30 to 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members.Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.
Fashion Show, The Fashion Elegantes, Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come enjoy a fabulous fashion show with the latest fall fashions and vintage wear by The Fashion Elegantes. This group is a modeling club composed of mature models 50 years old and over through the Active Lifestyles Program of Newport News Parks and Recreation and Tourism. Light refreshments will be served.
Health Day, "Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment," Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 12:45 p.m. At the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, patients benefit from the latest, most precise form of cancer treatment. Proton therapy targets the tumors directly while sparing surrounding healthy tissue, causing far fewer side effects than traditional therapy. Join us to learn more about the largest proton treatment facility in the world and how proton therapy effectively treats cancer. To register call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 by Sept. 24.
Long-Term Financial Planning, "Change, Cash, Currency," Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.  Andrew Rivenbark, Financial Advisor of the Towne Investment Group, will educate us on personal and business financial planning when considering investments, retirement, insurance and risk management. Mr. Rivenbark will also discuss a variety of plans that are especially beneficial for older adults. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Please register by Sept. 25.      
Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. Feel free to call us at 898-3807 for more information and on space availability for our upcoming computer classes.
Calling Veterans! If you served in WWII and would be willing to be a part of a panel discussion to share your experiences at one of our Culture Days, please drop by our front desk and complete a brief form. 
Body Recall Exercise. Sign up today for Body Recall, a life-time fitness program with Instructor Domenica Jernigan. The 10-week fall session is scheduled to begin on.Aug. 29 and end on Nov. 9. Classes are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Individuals may register for the 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11 a.m. class time. The cost is $60 and registration forms may be filled out at the front desk. Please call the center at 898-3807 for more information about the class or to inquire about space availability if the class has already started.
Upcoming Event!
Senior Center of York 2012 Annual Fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mark your calendar for this annual special event to include a white elephant sale, bake sale, craft fair, and prize drawings. Beginning Sept. 17 please bring your donated goods (except for clothing) to the center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please tag items with suggested prices. Limited pickup may be available for anyone wishing to donate larger items. Bake sale items may be delivered Friday, Oct. 5 or on the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 898-3807.
Note: In observance of Labor Day, the Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3.

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