Homecoming 2018: Northampton thrashes Middlesex 41-14

In front of a crowd of over 1000, the Northampton Football Yellowjackets put on a clinic, dismantling a game Middlesex squad 41 – 14.

The jackets controlled both lines of scrimmage with dominant offensive line play and aggressive an defensive attack. The line blocking scheme led to a big night for running backs. Landon Sayers, Cory Smith, and Carlton Smith all chalked up impressive, long carries. Unfortunately, the Jackets also had close to 200 yards in penalties, which negated three long touchdown runs. Twenty-eight points were taken off the board due to penalties, including a 60-yard run by Sayers.

Homecoming (Photo by Chris Glennon Photography)

But it was the special teams that really put on a show. Northampton scored twenty-eight off of special teams play. On a fourth and thirty from mid-field, punter Tripp Westcoat fooled the Chargers with a fake, hitting Dustin Splawn for a long touchdown pass.

In the third quarter, the game was sealed when Westcoat blocked a punt, and senior middle linebacker Josh Splawn picked it up and ran it in for a touchdown. It was a great senior moment for one of the Jacket’s top defenders.

It was a classic performance by Northampton, and treat for all the alumni that packed the stands.

Note: At halftime, the crowd was entertained by the incredible Delaware State Marching Band, the Approaching Storm. Sometimes we forget how awesome marching bands can be.

Northampton’s next game is at home against Atlantic Shores, who will be making the trip across the bay from Chesapeake next Friday @7:00.

Congratulations to Forest Flynn and Hannah Wyatt for winning 2018 Homecoming King and Queen! Jacket Pride! (Photo by Jean Flynn)

Wetlands and Coastal Dune Board to hold Meeting on Beach Management Plan

Two years ago, the Wetlands and Coastal Dune Board (Board) spent several months preparing a set of recommendations to manage sand and the dunes at the beach. Those recommendations
were presented to Town Council in September 2016. Recently the Board has been working on a proposed beach and sand management practices plan for the Town’s public beach.

The draft proposed beach/dune plan outline is completed. On Monday October 1, 2018, the Wetlands Board will meet, and Chairman Ann Walker will present the draft outline. The public is invited and encouraged to make comments on the new plan.

Upon further review and discussion, the recommendations will be sent to the Town Council.

The beach/dune plan review of the past and currently employed beach sand management practices which will allow the Board to make appropriate recommendations to Town Council and provide an opportunity for residents’ input into the scale of the sand wind erosion problem and potential practices to mitigate future wind erosion events.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday October 1, 2018.

The location is Cape Charles Civic Center
500 Tazewell Ave
Cape Charles VA 23310


Cape Charles Beach and Dune Management Plan DRAFT OUTLINE (23 September 2018)
1. Purpose and Need (to be completed)
a. Align recommendations with the annual cycle of town planning, budget, and public works
2. Cape Charles Public Beach (description)
3. Regulations Governing the Beach and Dune System
a. Description (Federal, State, Local)
b. Regulatory implications for this management plan, e.g.,
ii. Coastal Resilience
4. Issues (to be addressed in the plan. Some examples below, others? See Norfolk CBCMA Guidance
Document 2012)
a. Problems, e.g., sand movement off the beach, waste, trash, flooding/storm surge relationships
b. Access methods, e.g., sand trails, mats, walkways, ramps (different for different parts of beach?)
c. Recreational activities/uses
i. Activities/uses, e.g., tents, dogs
d. Structures, e.g., volleyball courts
e. View – visual access, viewshed
f. Safety
g. Maintenance
i. Winter, e.g., winter preparation
ii. Summer, e.g., sand nourishment on beach each spring, beach cleaning
iii. Monitoring for management
5. Good Management Practices for Beach and Dunes (recommendations, by grouping in section 4, to
address identified issues; describe options, pros and cons, including cost)
a. Vegetation
i. Types: Preferred, e.g. American Beach Grass; invasive/nuisance, e.g., Japanese sedge
ii. Location: Beach side of dunes; Boardwalk side of dunes
b. Dunes
c. Beach
6. Implementation Options and Resources
a. Funding
i. Sand Nourishment Options, e.g., ACOE project, winter sand capture and spring
ii. Other
b. Equipment, e.g., fencing, vegetation, other
c. Personnel
i. Town staff
ii. Contractors (e.g., for sprigging)

a. Definitions and Acronyms
b. Regulations
c. References

Local Girls to Compete in State Fair Barrel Racing Tournament

This year at the Virginia State Fair, local riders Rayne Marshall from Marshall’s Anchor Down Ranch and Anna Pfeiffer from Pfeiffer riding stables will be competing in Virginia State Fair Youth Barrel Racing tournament. The event is scheduled for October 5, at 7 pm.

The tournament boasts some of the best youth barrel racing competitors in the country.

Rayne Marshall practicing (Photo by Timothy Marshall)

In a sport where the winner can be determined by thousandths of a second, the relationship between the rider and horse is crucial. The horse’s athleticism and mental condition and the rider’s horsemanship skills are tested as they maneuver through a clover leaf pattern at top speed.

The course consists of barrels placed in a triangle in the middle of an arena. The rider races into the arena with the timer starting when the team crosses the start line, and ends after completing the clover leaf pattern and racing to cross the finish line. The team that puts up the best time with tight turns, explosiveness, communication and no overturned barrels wins. It is a sport that requires tremendous agility, and training.

The girls are looking for sponsors to help fund our trip and help support our great little town of Cape Charles. Sponsors in return will receive a patch and or banner on the horse/horse trailer advertising with great pride your business and your town for supporting these two Eastern shore girls. To help out, call  (757)693-2111.

Misdemeanor warrants for brandishing a firearm have been issued for Former Supervisor Hogg

On Sunday, during church hours, a Fed-Ex truck rolled up Secretairy Road past No trespassing signs and entered the property of Former County Supervisor Granville Hogg.  According to Mr. Hogg, other thefts, burglaries, and B&R have occurred at this location. Mr. Hogg, unable to determine the identity of the driver, engaged him with a handgun. The Northampton Sheriff’s Department provided the following statement to the Mirror:

Sunday, September 23, 2018 around noon,  we were called by both 911 and Granville Hogg to respond to the incident. The deputy arrived on the scene within 4 minutes of the call and properly identified the delivery drivers and released them to continue their business. The drivers reported that Mr. Hogg, while armed with a handgun, blocked their exit from a private road and refused to let them leave. The road was on private property  belonging to Mr. Hogg . Mr. Hogg reported that he was unsure why they were on his property and felt that they had not produced valid identification as to their employment. Mr. Hogg did have a firearm in his possession and was blocking their exit when the deputy arrived.   The drivers were given advice about speaking to the Magistrate to obtain charges. They ultimately did and two Misdemeanor warrants for brandishing a firearm and two Protective Orders were issued against Mr. Hogg. All of the alleged offenses occurred outside the presence of the Deputy and the Deputy was never told not to arrest Mr. Hogg. Following the incident the deputy took possession of the firearm. The next day Mr. Hogg spoke to a magistrate and obtained warrants for Trespassing on both the driver and passenger of the delivery truck.

The Virginia State Police is investigating the allegation of abduction.

Riverside to Host Free Flu Shot Clinics Throughout the Region

While supplies last, no appointment needed. On the Shore, Eastern Shore Family Medicine, 10085 William F. Bernart Circle in Nassawadox –Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of its commitment to building a healthier community, Riverside Health System will administer free flu shots throughout the regions it serves in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, the Eastern Shore, Gloucester and Tappahannock.

Free flu shots will be available for ages 14 and up while supplies last at the following locations:

Thursday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center – Peninsula
12650 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News

Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to noon
Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg Lobby
1500 Commonwealth Ave. in Williamsburg

Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to noon
Riverside Medical Office Building – Hampton
850 Enterprise Parkway in Hampton

Thursday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eastern Shore Family Medicine
10085 William F. Bernart Circle in Nassawadox

Thursday, Oct. 25, 8 a.m. to noon
Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Conference Room
7519 Hospital Drive in Gloucester

Thursday, Oct. 25, 3 to 5 p.m.
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
618 Hospital Road in Tappahannock

Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Riverside Regional Medical Center Main Lobby
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News

Calling it the “number one thing people can do” to protect themselves from the flu, O.T. Adcock, Jr., M.D., RPh, a family practice physician who also serves as Associate Medical Director with Riverside Medical Group said “there’s almost no reason not to get a flu shot.”

The flu, short for influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the flu season is unpredictable and constantly changing, with the severity and length of each season changing from year to year, flu season in the U.S. generally runs through the fall and winter.

The unknowns of the season underscore the importance to get vaccinated, the CDC reports, and take every day preventative measures to prevent spreading the virus, including staying away from sick people, washing hands frequently and staying home from work and school when sick to prevent exposing others.

Getting vaccinated before flu activity begins helps provide protection once flu season starts. It takes roughly two weeks following the vaccination for the body’s immune system to respond to provide the protection.

For more information about Riverside Health System and the 2018 flu clinic series, visit www.riversideonline.com/flu.

For more information on Riverside, visit www.riversideonline.com or:
Peter Glagola

Boys & Girls Club – Swine and Wine Dinner – October 13th

The 9th annual Swine and Wine dinner supporting the Eastern Shore Boys and Girls Club is Saturday, October 13th.  Major objectives of the Boys & Girls Club’s mission are to help its members achieve academic success, develop good character and citizenship and maintain healthy lifestyles.

This year’s Swine & Wine dinner will be held at the Mary N. Smith Cultural Center, 24577 Mary N. Smith Road, Accomac.  Held from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Swine & Wine will feature barbequed pork and chicken with a variety of sides plus beer, wine and other beverages.

And to top off the evening the Groove Function dance band will return with their rocking sounds.  A silent auction will feature Eastern Shore art, personal services and many other items.

Tickets to the event are $50, $40 for young adults 30 years and younger.  Swine and Wine sponsorships are available to will help serve those youngsters who need our community’s support the most.  Sponsorships include tickets and publicity and range from “Whole Hog” ($2,000 / 10 tickets) to “Slab of Bacon” ($150 / 2 tickets).

For general information or to purchase tickets, please call Shannon Gordon at 787-7577 or go to www.swineandwineforthekids.com



Flu Season is almost here: It killed 80,000 last year

Last season’s flu epidemic is now estimated to have killed 80,000 Americans — the highest level for at least 4 decades — and caused the death of 180 children.  Many of these deaths could have been prevented with flu vaccinations, public health officials said Thursday.

They made these announcements as they kicked off their #FightFlu vaccination campaign.

According to U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, even when the vaccine’s effectiveness is not as high as hoped, as happened last season, the shots or FluMist can still boost the immune system enough to limit how hard the virus hits as well as minimizing its spread.

Worrisome trends seen last year, officials said, include lower vaccination rates for 3 vulnerable populations:

  • Children aged 6 months to 17 years old: Vaccinations among this group dropped to 57.9%. “The decline in coverage in this age group is very, very worrisome,” Adams said. 80% of the 180 children who died from the flu last season in 2017–2018 weren’t vaccinated.
  • Pregnant women: Vaccinations among this group fell to 49.1% and affect the ability of newborns to fight the flu as well.
  • Health care workers: Vaccinations among this group slipped to 78.4%, particularly in long-term care workers.

The big picture: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone 6 months and older receive the flu shot or FluMist before the last week of October, since it takes 2 weeks for antibodies to generate, said Daniel Jernigan, head of the CDC’s influenza division.

  • Jernigan said the number of estimated deaths from the 2017–2018 season increased after the CDC searched thoroughly through hospital data. “Last year was just a horrible season,” he said, and added that the flu mimicked what happened in Australia.

What’s new: FluMist nasal vaccine has been determined effective and will be offered to those who meet its requirements. The full vaccine details are here.

Shore Democrats All Fired Up to Vote Rally – Sunday October 21, 2018

Elaine Luria, Democratic Candidate for Congress

The Virginia Coordinated Campaign Office is NOW OPEN in the Edward Jones Building, 4045 Lankford Highway, Exmore, VA 23350.

They are looking for volunteers to help with canvassing and phone banking on Saturday Sept. 29 (2 Shifts: 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm) and Sunday Sept. 30 (2 Shifts: 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm). To volunteer, please contact Nathan Sears, ESVCC Coordinator at nsears@vademocrats.org or 847-400-7262.

Committee Meetings – October 2018

Accomack County Democratic Committee

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 @ 6 PM @ the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410. Map

Northampton County Democratic Committee>

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 @ 7 PM @ the Northampton Social Services Building, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, VA 23347. Map

All Fired Up to Vote Rally – Sunday October 21, 2018

From 1 PM-4 PM @ Mary Nottingham Smith School, Accomac, VA

The newly formed Friends of Eastern Shore Democrats group will be sponsoring a vintage political rally to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) on Sunday, Oct. 21st from 1 p.m. at the Mary N. Smith Cultural Enrichment Center located at 24577 Mary N. Smith Road, Accomac, VA 23301. Click here for a map.

Doors will open at 1 p.m. and there will be free hot dogs and sodas, musical performances and socializing until 2 p.m when the guest speakers will address the attendees. The guest speakers will be Sen. Tim Kaine, VA-02 Candidate Elaine Luria and VA State Senator Lynwood Lewis.

This is a rally to inspire the Eastern Shore to get All Fired Up To Vote. Early voting is now open in Virginia and we will have tables set up and staffed with volunteere to provide information about absentee voting. They will have the required forms on site and can assist you in filling them out. Click here for more information about voting. Make your plans to join us for an afternoon of fun, food and politics.

Eastern Shore Rotary Clubs Jointly Support New Roots Youth Garden with $12,000 Grant

Note: Rotary District 7600 is currently awarding Rotary Foundation District Grants to qualified Rotary Clubs throughout the District for Rotary year 2018-19. Thirty-Six Clubs received grants totaling $145.760 supporting community projects throughout the region from Richmond to the Eastern Shore.

On September 6, Rotary District Governor Susan Zachensky-Walthall joined the three Rotary Clubs on the Eastern Shore of Virginia as they presented a $12,000 district grant to New Roots Youth Garden (NYRG) of Cape Charles, VA. The grant will allow NYRG to replace a rotting old farm stand, add a safe, stable concrete pad and make much needed improvements to the fencing. Along with the cash grant, members of the Cape Charles, Exmore and Onancock Rotary Clubs will provide many hours of “sweat equity” by actively helping in demolition, removal, building and installation of the farm stand, concrete slab and fencing. [Read more…]