July 19

A Fire has destroyed the Deltaville Maritime Museum Wednesday. It destroyed the main building and the John’s Pavilion, the fire appeared to have started under the pavilion and spread to the main building. All of the boats under the pavilion were destroyed, including the W. A. Johns, a three-log bottom canoe that had been donated to the museum by Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. Firemen battled the fire for well over three and a half hours in an effort to get the flames under control and keep it from spreading to other buildings. The four main display rooms in the main building were destroyed.
 
 
The Virginia National Guard is welcoming members of the General Assembly to a Stafford County site where 80 engineering and bridge-building troops are doing prep work for a Civil War park. The work is being conducted as part of the guard’s two-week annual training. The Innovative Readiness Training program allows engineers to put their military skills to work on projects. The planned Stafford Civil War Park includes Union battery fortifications, winter quarters encampments and a pre-Civil War sandstone bridge.
 
 
Results of a recent Virginia Department of Health Division of Shellfish Sanitation sanitary survey for the East River in Mathews show that seven properties along its shoreline with deficiencies in their septic systems have contributed and may still be contributing pollution to the river. Other contributing factors include kitchen or laundry wastes being discharged into a ditch in the woods, Manure from around hunting dogs and live stock being left on the ground.
 
 
A committee made up of several members of the board of supervisors, along with county staff and local business representatives will meet in Gloucester next week in hopes of making the county more business-friendly. Supervisor JJ Orth says The purpose of the group is to listen actively to the people who, day to day, must do everything they can to survive in this tough economy and in Gloucester, Abingdon district. A key to small business success, Orth said, is to convince people in Gloucester to support these businesses. “They are the key to their success,”.
 
 
Director Steven Spielberg’s movie about Abraham Lincoln that was filmed in Virginia is set to open in November. The Virginia Film Office says “Lincoln” will be released in theaters Nov. 9 and expand nationally on Nov. 16. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the president and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. Supporting actors include Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader. The production employed more than 400 Virginia crew members and staff as well as about 1,200 actors and extras. The Virginia Film Office said that the production company spent $32.4 million in the state during filming and the economic impact for the Richmond and Petersburg areas was more than $64 million.
 
 
Gov. Bob McDonnell, law enforcement officers and other first responders are touting 20 laws that took effect earlier this month that they say will make it easier for them to do their jobs. They include bills that streamline the process for police to obtain search warrants to track suspects through GPS, allow Virginia State Police arson investigators to get search warrants and speed aid to families of those killed in the line of duty. They also include a measure that authorizes the transfer of money seized from criminals to fund the state’s public safety memorial. McDonnell said Virginians have a duty to honor those who risk their lives keeping others safe.

July 19, 2012 |

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