March 19, 2021
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Gloucester receives grant funding to bolster broadband in underserved areas

Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday an award of $20.1 million in a second round of the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) grants to improve broadband infrastructure in 17 localities.

Gloucester County was among the localities awarded, receiving a grant of $342,657 to construct a fixed wireless network with Open Broadband, a North Carolina based internet service provider. The award is projected to expand broadband access to 313 “serviceable units,” including 19 businesses, with 131 addresses located in Gloucester, 2 in Middlesex and 180 in Mathews. 

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Gloucester Recognizes Flood and Severe Weather Awareness Week

This past week, Gloucester County has urged residents to be prepared when it comes to flooding and severe weather. Through social media posts, and interviews with local media, County officials have encouraged residents at risk for flooding to purchase the proper flood insurance. County officials have also encouraged residents to come up with a plan now to respond when severe weather strikes.

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Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28

The 2021 Daffodil Festival looks a LOT different, but we’ve found a way to bring a little bit of this “Little Gem” of a Spring tradition back to Gloucester.

Book your two-hour time block (it’s free!) and browse the vendors we’ve selected for this 2021 unique event! This event features 40 handcraft and art vendors only. Unfortunately, there will be no in-person parade, live entertainment or food vendors, in order to adhere to crowd size guidelines.

On Saturday, bring your pooch out, dressed to impress, and Abbitt Realty, sponsor of the “Mutt Show” will select a favorite pup at each time block!

On Sunday, show us your daffodil style with the craziest hat design – we’ll take pictures all day and showcase them on Facebook!

Masks are REQUIRED for all attendees over the age of 5 per Executive Order 72. Help keep our event safe by practicing physical distancing and using hand sanitizer located through the event.

Reservations are required to attend, but it’s free!
Special Ceremony to Honor Pocahontas on Sunday

The Pocahontas Project invites you to the first annual Piece of Peace Commemoration this Sunday March 21 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Gloucester Pocahontas Mural. The event will commemorate the 404th anniversary of Pocahontas's funeral at St. George's Church in Gravesend, England on March 21, 1617.

As part of the Commemoration, residents were invited to participate in a creative arts initiative called "A Piece of Peace," to create a piece of artwork wrapped around peace. Submissions will be shared on The Pocahontas Project's website and Facebook page:

Volunteers gathered at the mural will be participating in a clean-up of the area and will be discussing ways to enhance the lawn area for additional community use. In addition the volunteers will be handing out information on upcoming programs and events to help spread community awareness of local opportunities.

The above piece of artwork was completed by Page Middle School students.

Clean Gloucester Weekend Scheduled for Next Weekend
County Launches Podcast to Engage Community

Gloucester's Community Engagement & Public Information Department has launched the County's first Podcast, "Current Conversations." The podcast will feature a different topic each month and will be published the first Wednesday of each month on the County's website and where you listen to your favorite podcast.

The pilot episode, available here, provides Virginia Department of Health updates on COVID-19 locally by Dr. Richard Williams, Director of the Three Rivers Health District.

Next month, the podcast will discuss "Going Green in Gloucester," and will explore what methods of recycling are available in Gloucester, what can be recycled, what cannot be recycled and why.

"It is our hope in launching this new podcast that we are able to engage a different audience that may not receive traditional press releases that the County routinely publishes," said Gloria Williams, CE&PI Manager. "We hope you take a few moments and give the podcast a listen and gain a new insight of what's going on in and around your community."

Upcoming Courses Offered by the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Community Services Board

REVIVE! Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Education Free Virtual Training
When: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Online Registration:

For a complete list of course offerings, visit:

Current Job Openings with Gloucester County, Virginia Government

Library Specialist - Children's Services: $31,139 annually

Assistant Registrar (Part Time): $12.70 hourly

Library Clerk (Work as Required): $12.70 hourly

Mechanical Technician III: $41,531 annually

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New Post on Money, Health and Other Things

This week, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will return and conclude its discussion on health insurance.

Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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