May 6, 2022
A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information
**SEVERE WEATHER ALERT**

Unfortunately, we've got a two-part weather system that will be impacting our area beginning this afternoon and continuing through early next week.

Part 1: Severe storms with the potential for damaging wind gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes will impact the area between 3-11 p.m. today as a frontal system crosses the area.

Part 2: A low pressure system will form off the coast that is forecast to cause SIGNIFICANT tidal flooding. The prolonged duration of very high tides from late Sunday through early next week could cause one of the most impactful tidal flood events we have seen across the lower Bay and Hampton Roads in some time.

Please take the time now to prepare in the event coastal flooding does occur. If you have any questions, please contact our Emergency Management Department at 804-693-1390.
Latest Podcast Looks Back at Memorable Storms in our Community

As we are near the end of Hurricane Preparedness Week, we thought it was timely to release our latest Podcast, which takes a look back at some notable storms that impacted our community, and provides some tips on how to prepare for future storm potentials.

Our special guest for this episode is Jane Wenner, Gloucester's Acting Emergency Management Coordinator. Jane brings a wealth of experience in teaching others on how to prepare and mitigate damages caused by tropical weather and other storms. She also has many years of experience in rallying the community together in the aftermath of unfortunate events.

Burkes / Home Centric Holds Grand Opening

Gloucester County Virginia Government, Gloucester County Economic Development and the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce were excited to participate in the ribbon cutting of the brand new Burkes Outlet / Home Centric Thursday morning!

It was great to see so many members of the community come out to show their excitement for the store opening in the former Peebles Department Store space in the York River Crossing Shopping Center at Hayes.

Special guests included Mike Hedrick, Board of Supervisors representative; Carol Steele, Gloucester's Acting County Administrator; Makalia Records, executive director of the Chamber and members of Gloucester's Economic Development Authority.
The American Revolution Comes to Gloucester Courthouse on May 14-15
 
Gloucester County’s Museum of History will host its annual spring living history weekend May 14-15 to commemorate the County’s role in the Revolutionary War. The program, “Gloucester 1776: A Revolutionary Experience,” will include cannon and musket firing demonstrations, dozens of reenactors, colonial era cooking, children’s activities, and more.
 
In the Spring of 1776, the 7th Virginia Regiment was posted in Gloucester County. Ten companies of infantry, including one from Gloucester, assembled at the colonial courthouse following instructions from the Committee of Safety. By mid-May 1776, five of those companies were in Williamsburg, but the other five remained in Gloucester. The revolution was in its early days, and the question was, “Is war coming to Gloucester County?”
 
The free and family friendly program will align with Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) for students of all ages, with emphasis on Virginia studies and the Revolutionary War.
 
“We are excited to see the court circle come to life with the sights and sounds of the American Revolution, said Robert Kelly, Museums Coordinator for Gloucester County.” Our museum building and historic courthouse were both here in 1776, and this program will show guests what life was like for Gloucester’s soldiers and citizens during the early days of the Revolution.”
 
The museum’s annual living history programming is made possible through a partnership with the Gloucester Historical Society, Friends of the Museum, the 7th Virginia Regiment, and Gloucester’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. For more information, call 804-693-1234.
Young Adults Encouraged to take part in CSB Survey

All Young Adults ages 18-25, living in the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck region, are invited to participate in a Young Adult Survey. The survey is sponsored by DBHDS in partnership with the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board's Prevention, Health & Wellness Division. They are offering a $25.00 Incentive in the form of gift cards to survey respondents who complete this anonymous survey. The incentive is made possible through grant funding.
1. To access the survey by phone: Text Virginia to 855-632-2201.
2. To access the survey by tablets or shared computer(s): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPNNInPerson
New Post on Money, Health and Other Things

Over the next few weeks, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will revisit its multi-part series on risk management and the basics of different insurance plans! Over the next two weeks they’ll discuss homeowner’s insurance. To tune in, visit: https://moneyhealthandotherthings.wordpress.com/2022/05/03/risk-management-and-insurance-basics-part-viii-2/
PARKS & REC NEWS
One Team Slot Left for Adult Softball League

Parks, Recreation & Tourism have one team slot remaining for our summer adult softball league! Our season begins in June so register your team ASAP at gloucesterva.info/civicrec. Any free agent players, please email ralston@gloucesterva.info for a potential team spot. This will vary based on team availability.
LIBRARY NEWS
Library Offer the Community More than Just Good Books!

Our Gloucester County Library\ is much more than just a place to find your latest good read! Did you know that one of the incredible programs the Library features is its "Library Kitchen," where members of the community can learn how to make healthy and quick meals right in the Library!

The latest episode features Gloria Williams, Community Engagement & Public Information Manager for Gloucester County Virginia Government. She takes a moment to share a bit about what her department does while assisting Chef Chris Thomas make some delicious Pesto Tortellini with Asparagus!

The Summer 2022 Newsletter is now available. Check out what's coming up May - July. Fun & Free @ the Library! Follow this link: https://www.gloucesterva.info/.../View/1483/Newsletter-PDF
For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
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