Town Gets Fluoridation Award Amid Rising Health Concerns

Cape Charles Wave

February 20, 2013

Cape Charles has again received an annual Water Fluoridation Quality Award for maintaining safe levels of fluoride in the drinking water.

Daily tests ensure that fluoride added to Town water is maintained between .6 to 1.2 parts per million.

Virginia Department of Health representative Dixon Tucker presented the award to Public Utilities Director Dave Fauber at the January 10 Town Council meeting.

The Department of Health encourages communities to fluoridate their water supplies to prevent tooth decay.

According to the Health Department, fluoridated water reaches 80 percent of the state’s residents.

Fluoride concentrations are generally low in wells on the Eastern Shore. But in some other areas, naturally occurring fluoride levels are so high that the water is not considered safe for children to drink. In those areas, bottled water is recommended for children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that parents monitor the use of fluoride toothpaste by young children.

Consuming excessive fluoride either in the water or as toothpaste can cause dental fluorosis in children younger than nine years old. Effects can vary from barely perceptible off-white to light brown marks, pitting, enamel loss, and brown staining on permanent teeth. [Read more…]


Phyllis Jean Costin, 84, Eastville Great-Great Grandmother

February 19, 2013

Phyllis Jean Costin, 84, wife of E. A. “Sonny” Costin and a resident of Eastville, passed away Monday, February 18, at her residence.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 21, at Lower Northampton Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Conrow and Rev. Dr. John Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in Capeville Masonic Cemetery.

Family will join friends at Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles on Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:30.

A native of Cashville, Mrs. Costin was the daughter of the late Robert S. Young and the late Nell Byrd Brown Young. She was a member of Lower Northampton Baptist Church, Mission Support Chairman of W.M.U., and past president of Capeville Pocahontas. [Read more…]