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Advocating for children

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

An organization staffed almost entirely by volunteers, CASA, spends countless hours helping children caught up in abusive and neglectful situations. Its help is of terrific value to the region’s juvenile and domestic relations district courts. The children “sometimes open up for CASA volunteers more than they do for guardians ad litem,” Judge Michael McKenney said Friday. “And we have great guardians ad litem.” CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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Advocating for children

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

An organization staffed almost entirely by volunteers, CASA, spends countless hours helping children caught up in abusive and neglectful situations. Its help is of terrific value to the region’s juvenile and domestic relations district courts. The children “sometimes open up for CASA volunteers more than they do for guardians ad litem,” Judge Michael McKenney said Friday. “And we have great guardians ad litem.” CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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  • Oystering opposition and more at Board of Supervisors’ meeting

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Looking at an agenda doesn’t necessarily disclose how important a meeting will be. The Northumberland County board of supervisors’ agenda Thursday gave no clue that a delegation from Reedville would be imploring the Board and the Virginia Department of Transportation for speed controls in their town, that the Sheriff would be asking authority to hire three new deputies or that what appeared to be every resident of Bridge Creek Circle

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  • Destination: Spain

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:48 am

    It’s common wisdom that book learning is a great start, but nothing can compare to real life experience. Northumberland students Kellee Ramsey, Lexy Newsome, and Allison Burgess are planning to go get that valuable experience by taking a trip to Spain. The three girls, all juniors, will start their journey in Madrid then move on to Seville, Granada and Costa del Sol.  When they leave Spain they will stop in

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Sports

“Dig Pink” night and a victory for the Northumberland volleyball team.

Volleyball team cruises past Essex

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

It was Northumberland’s annual “Dig Pink” night for breast cancer awareness. They made the most of it by giving Essex their first loss and avenging an earlier loss to the Lady Trojans. Beginning with Tuesday’s win over visiting Colonial Beach, the Lady Indians regained a portion of first place within the old Northern Neck District. Tuesday, the scores were 25-6, 25-17 and 25-9. As in the first contest, the Indians

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  • Indians fall to Essex

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Perennial Northern Neck power Essex came to Heathsville this past Friday.  The results weren’t pretty as the Indians fell to the Trojans, 51-18.  Two positive things occurred:  First, nobody from Northumberland got hurt.  Second, they kept fighting and scored twice in the final stanza of play.  Head Coach Brian Hahn summed it up, “We knew coming in we’d have to tackle and couldn’t turn the ball over.”  Unfortunately both were

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  • The Indians take another win, prepare for district play

    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    The Northumberland Indians varsity football team.

    Another road trip and another win this past Friday as Northumberland traveled to King and Queen Central for a 45-6 victory.  “Another win,” said Head Coach Brian Hahn of Northumberland, ‘It was a sloppy win, but a win is a win.”  And indeed it was sloppy and in fact it looked like the home standing Royal Tigers might just pull an upset. After being stopped on the initial possession, the

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Lifestyles

The Low ‘n’ Brows from King George playing for Good Shepherdw Lutheran’s Oktoberfest.

Polka, beer, dinner and more at Oktoberfest

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

The Octoberfest season continued at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church near Callao Friday night. The Lutherans may not have had authentic cold and rainy German weather for their fest, but they did have an authentic German band livening things up. An ecumenical crowd filled the church’s meeting hall, sang along with the band, danced polkas, enjoyed beer, wine and a Bavarian dinner that featured bratwurst, sauerkraut and German potato salad, Good

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  • A Homecoming parade to mark the new school year

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Members of the class of 2015 ride up Academic Lane in the float they made.

    School may start in September but it really doesn’t feel right until fall and Homecoming arrive as they did in Northumberland County Friday afternoon. By the time the parade kicked off at the elementary school at the end of Academic Lane the day’s modest warmth was beginning to fade and long shadows had started falling across the road. People watched from the elementary school and a larger crowd waited at

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  • Fifty years of service

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

    In October 1964 a group of volunteers saw a need for a rescue service in their community.  From those roots the Northumberland County Rescue Squad was born and on Saturday, October 11, the squad celebrated its 50th anniversary at Buzzard’s Point Marina in Reedville. Fifty years ago, volunteers drove a station wagon that went home with which-… Read more in the October 15 issue of the Northumberland Echo!

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Entertainment

Spotlight Studio dance group performs A Tribute to Disney during the talent Extravaganza.

Talent Extravaganza showcases local performers

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

A packed audience enjoyed the 2014 Talent Extravaganza presented by the Kilmarnock museum at Lancaster Middle School this September 20th.  The performances ranged from solo acts to dance troupes and even hula hoop demonstrations. The tone of the evening was set early by the Master of Ceremonies, Dick Saxer, who has hosted the Talent Extravaganza for 12 years now.  He kept the audience entertained between acts with lines like “Does

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  • Northumberland Family YMCA to kick off First Annual ‘Guns and Hoses Bowl’ September 6

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    The day before the first NFL Sunday of 2014, local residents can get their fill of football excitement with the first-ever Guns and Hoses Bowl hosted by the Northumberland Family YMCA! The Northumberland and Richmond County sheriff’s offices will team up with Virginia State Police to square off against the Fairfields and Callao Volunteer Fire Departments in a game of flag football. The inaugural event, organized and coordinated by Northumberland

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  • A pinch of wit and a dash of hilarity on stage with Westmoreland Players’ Arsenic and Old Lace

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Frank Connelly (from left) and John Pittman get ready to taste the arsenic-laced wine served by Anita Harrower (from left) and Sharon Robertson in the Westmoreland Players’ production of the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

    By Colston Newton   With their current production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the Westmoreland Players have tackled another show from the earlier Broadway and film productions that have engraved certain actors’ portrayals of their characters onto the public consciousness. That’s theatrical bravery, but the Players have gotten away with it again. The only way Michell Bruner’s portrayal of murderous Jonathan Brewster is less than that of Boris Karloff on Broadway

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