September 8, 2022

A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information

Inaugural Gloucester Day a Resounding Success!

A tremendous thank you to ALL who participated in the Inaugural Gloucester Day!! We especially thank the many churches, organizations, businesses, families and friends who rang bells and helped spread the word!

A huge thanks to the Gloucester Collaboration and the Global Community of Gloucester!

Check out this video, which captures many of the moments celebrated on Saturday as part of this great event!

Podcast Features Museum of History

This month, we sit down with Robert Kelly, Gloucester's Museums Coordinator. Robert is a true history buff and is extremely engaging. In the short 2.5 years he has been in the role, Robert has worked to expand the Museum's offerings inside and outside of its walls. 

Over the next several months, the Museum has exciting events planned for all ages. Take a listen to learn about all that this gem in our community has to offer!

To take a listen, click here:

To learn more about the Museum, visit:

Museum to Launch Exhibit on Burke's Mill Camp

The Gloucester Museum of History is launching a new exhibit featuring Girl Scout Camp Burke’s Mill Pond this Saturday. The exhibit, which will be available through 2023, will tell the story of the camp as it celebrates 50 years of operation. It will showcase 12 objects, including camp wear and official Girl Scout items from the 1970s. The exhibit will also include photographs and archival documents allowing guests to make connections with the thousands of Girl Scouts who have attended the camp over the past 50 years. 

To learn more, click here. 

Gloucester County Emergency Management has launched a new emergency notification service for citizens called the “BEE Alert.” All citizens must manually register to receive emergency notifications even if they are already registered with the old system, CodeRED. Data from CodeRED was not automatically transferred over to the new system, which uses Everbridge technology. While registration for BEE Alert will be ongoing, citizens are asked to register as soon as possible to avoid missing any emergency notifications.




Go Wild with Native Plants in your Lawn and Garden this Fall

The summer is fading fast, much like the grass you coaxed into growing just a few months ago. The fall season is an ideal time to assess your lawn and garden areas and even consider a new vision for the space. Replacing traditional sod with a mix of native plants and groundcovers that boost wildlife populations is growing in popularity. And the people who power the environmental education initiative encourage people to give “rewilding” a try.

“There are many benefits to having a natural landscape, including the time and money you will save on seeding, feeding and mowing traditional grass lawns every year,” said Rebekah Eastep, with “But the biggest impact will be on the environment, including the wildlife and pollinators that will be attracted to all that lush beauty.”

Plant Virginia Natives, a collaborative initiative created to increase the local availability and use of native plants statewide, offers tips for creating a landscape in which nature takes care of itself.

  • First, control or remove invasive species that are known to be problematic to the environment, such as English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, periwinkle, privet, nandina and barberry.
  • Next, look at your landscape to see what changes you would like to make. Consider planting native species of trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers suitable to your area’s growing conditions. Choose these in varying heights and layers to ensure adequate coverage and diversity throughout your space. An overhead canopy of trees, for instance, provides wildlife with a food source, nesting cover and shelter from the elements.
  • Include plants for the pollinators, such as hummingbirds, bats, bees, beetles, butterflies, and flies that carry pollen from one plant to another.
  • For those who live on the water, create a wide plant buffer at the edge to intercept sediments and filter out nutrients that run off the land.
  • If you do wish to retain some lawn space, keep it to a minimum.
  • Finally, leave the leaves! Setting aside areas in your landscape for leaf beds and using leaves as mulch provides an essential habitat for critters. In our area, this includes salamanders, box turtles, birds and other wildlife.

“Making any of these changes will help to transform your yard into a healthy ‘rewilded’ environment, but don’t feel you have to do everything at once,” Eastep said. “Working on your yard over time will allow you to view your landscape throughout the seasons. It can be fun to wait and see what nature has in store.” 

Plant Virginia Natives publishes native plant guides for all Virginia regions. Download the Native Plants for Southeast Virginia guide at this link. And for more information like this, visit

Historical Literacy Opportunities with Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester

Join Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester's to learn more about local history through guided tours, and learn about LVG's Mission to Equip Adults for Tomorrow!

Gloucester Museum of History

6539 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061

Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m.

To sign up, email LVG at:

*Space may be limited!

Replayed Post on Money, Health, and Other Things!

Over the next few weeks, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will revisit its past posts on credit, credit reports, and credit scores. This week, they'll begin their discussion on the Five Cs of Credit. To learn more, click here. 

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit
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