Experts to Rally Public Against County-Wide Rezoning

Shorekeeper Jay Ford will moderate Thursday's forum.

Shorekeeper Jay Ford will moderate Thursday’s forum.


November 3, 2014

Prominent planning experts and local environmentalists will address a public forum 7 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at the Eastville Fire Department Bingo Hall. Sponsored by Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper and Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore, the forum is meant to educate the public on the proposed Northampton County zoning overhaul.

Panelists include former chair of Northampton County Planning Commission Martina Coker and former commissioners and planning officials Roberta Kellam and Mary Miller. They will be joined by David Kabler, a real estate broker with 41 years of experience, and Art Schwarzschild, a marine scientist who directs the UVA research center in Oyster and who is also chairman of the Willis Wharf Village Steering Committee.

Other panelists include retired hydro-geologist Gene Hampton who served on the Eastern Shore’s bi-county groundwater committee for many years, and Ken Dufty, a longtime community organizer.

The forum will be moderated by Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper Jay Ford, who will also offer a presentation on the timeline of the rezoning process by the County Board of Supervisors and Planning staff.

Panelists will explain how the proposed zoning could affect residents throughout the county, including those in the five incorporated towns, the 29 hamlets, and the nine villages.

The presentation will also include suggestions on how residents and interested citizens can be more effective in having their concerns voiced and considered by the County Board of Supervisors before they vote on the final ordinance. Organizers say the forum will be “the most comprehensive and informative presentation on this critical issue to date,” and urge county residents to attend.

Organizers are circulating a handout entitled “Proposed Changes to Our Community You May Not Know About.” (CLICK to view.) [Read more…]

Don’t Confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day

American Legion Post 56

November 6, 2014

Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11. Its purpose is sometimes confused with Memorial Day.

Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day remembers the men and women who died while serving. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th, regardless of the day of the week the 11th falls on.

American Legion Post 56 will conduct their Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Cape Charles Memorial Flag Pole on Mason Avenue starting at 10:55 a.m. Guest speaker will be retired Army veteran Clayton Allen, and his wife, Rev. Janet Allen, will lead the prayer service. The public is most welcome, and is requested to dress appropriately for this outdoor ceremony. [Read more…]

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“Butch” Sayers, 64, Retired Mechanic

November 5, 2014

Irving Edward “Butch” Sayers, Jr., 64, husband of the late Denise Thornes Sayers and a resident of Cape Charles, passed away Tuesday, November 4, at his residence.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, at Cape Charles Cemetery with Rev. Jonathan Carpenter officiating.

Family will join friends at Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home Friday evening from 6 to 7:30.

Mr. Sayers was born March 18, 1950, in Eastville, the son of the late Irving E. Sayers, Sr. He was a retired A.S.E. Certified Auto Mechanic and member of the Corvette Club of the Eastern Shore. [Read more…]

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