March 4, 2022
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
Podcast Focuses on the Return of the Daffodil Festival

This month, Gloucester's Community Engagement & Public Information Department kicked off Season 2 of the Current Conversations Podcast by sitting down with Katey Legg, director of Gloucester's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department, to hear all about the plans for the 36th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival, which is scheduled for April 2-3, 2022.

This will be the first full-scale festival since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. Learn about the theme of this year's event, some of the special activities that are planned and what makes the Daffodil Festival so special.

For more information on the Festival, visit its webpage at http://daffodilfestivalva.org/

Harris Designated as Master Commissioner of the Revenue

Gloucester’s Commissioner of the Revenue JoAnne Harris was recently designated as a Master Commissioner of the Revenue by the Commissioner of the Revenue Association (CORA) of Virginia. The designation comes just over two years after Harris took office.

The Master Commissioner designation demonstrates an advanced knowledge, competency, and professional accomplishment of Commissioners, according to the CORA of Virginia. To qualify, a commissioner must meet certain criteria, including maintaining continuing education through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Public Feedback Being Sought by VDOT

Public feedback is being sought on a transportation study assessing potential road, bicyclist and pedestrian improvements on a portion of Route 17 in Gloucester County.

Using innovative solutions, the study seeks to develop potential recommendations to improve safety, operations, access and bicyclist and pedestrian features in the targeted area of Route 17 between Route 17 Business (Main Street) and Hillside Drive.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) invites residents and travelers to learn more about this study and share feedback online at VAProjectPipeline.org. Study materials include a presentation and executive summary, as well as an online survey available through Monday, March 14.

Museum of History Launches Exhibit on Cappahosic Academy

The Gloucester Museum of History launched a new exhibit last week featuring the Gloucester Agricultural and Industrial School (locally known as Cappahosic Academy). Special objects on display include the school’s bell, ledger books and more. Stop by the Museum today and check it out!

Save the Date for Clean Gloucester Day 2022
Consider making a tangible difference in the health of your community! Save the date for the next Clean Gloucester Day!


Rappahannock Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Hosting Free Webinars
 
Medications are one of the most important health care technologies for improving longevity and quality of life. Taking and combining medications can result in problems such as unwanted side effects, dangerous drug interactions, and other undesirable outcomes. Learn definitions of medications; drug interactions and side effects; common medication errors; medication safety strategies; risks of stimulants, opioids, and alcohol misuse; and more.
 
Join Cynthia L. W. Warriner, BS, RPh, CDE, Pharmacist Consultant with Health Quality Innovators, and Patricia Slattum, PharmD, PhD, Adjunct Professor with the Virginia Geriatric Education Center for a free webinar, Medication Misadventures: Identifying Risks, on April 19 from 10:00 am until 11:30 am via Zoom. This workshop includes a case study breakout session for health profession students. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3IhJEN7.
PARKS & REC NEWS
Parks and Rec Offering a Wide Variety of Activities Over the Coming Weeks

ZUMBA IS BACK!
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Zumba at Abingdon on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning April 11 from 6:45-7:45 pm. Drop the workout and join the party! Classes are set up monthly at $7 per day or $6 per day if you sign up for the full month. Deadline to register is April 4.

BEAVERDAM THE FULL HIKE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring The Full Hike on March 12 at 9:00 am at Beaverdam Park. Meet at the Main entrance (8687 Roaring Springs Road) at 9:00 am, we will shuttle you to the Fary’s Mill Road entrance where you will pick up the multi-use trail for a 9.5 mile hike back to the Main Entrance. THIS IS A SELF GUIDED HIKE. Bring food and water. Dress for the weather and wear rugged shoes. The fee is $5 and the deadline to register is March 5.

SWAP MEET AT WOODVILLE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring a Swap Meet at Woodville Park on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 am to Noon. Bring gently used items that you no longer want or need to trade (no sales please). We will supply a table, bring a chair if you like. There is no fee but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by March 19.

BINGO
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Bingo for ages 50 and older on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Whitcomb Lodge from 10:30-Noon. The fee is $10 and the deadline to register is March 9 for the March 16th gathering.

AGILITY 101
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring Agility, the basics, for dogs at Abingdon Park on Sunday, March 13 from 3:00-4:00 pm. Tunnel, weaving, jumps and targeting will be covered. The fee is $46 and the deadline to register is March 6.

CHAIR EXERCISE
Parks, Recreation & Tourism is sponsoring month-long exercise classes where a chair is used for support on Mondays and Fridays from 9:15-10:15 am and 11:00-Noon at the Stewart Building. The fee is $35 per month and the deadline to register is one week before class begins.

Remember, pre-registration is required for all activities. For more information on these and other activities, call PRT at 804-693-2355, email prt@gloucesterva.info or stop by the office 6382 Main Street. For online registration visit https://gloucesterva.info/civicrec
LIBRARY NEWS
Replayed Post on Money, Health, and Other Things!
For those with the New Years Resolution to purchase a new home in 2022, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will revisit some of its past posts on the Five C’s (criteria that lenders use), and different mortgage loan options. This week, they will continue their discussion on different mortgage loan options. To tune in, click here.
Multiple Job Opportunities Available!

Happy March!
Spring is in the air and full of opportunities.
Start a new job with us and come join our brilliant team!

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
Have a community event coming up? Consider listing it in The Bee Line Events Calendar!

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