Tidbits – May 2022

VCE Newport News Master Gardeners will be sponsoring a Rain Barrel Workshop and a Vermiculture (worm composting) workshop on Saturday, May 28 at 10am at Mariners’ Museum. Participants can pick up all components needed to create their barrel and/or worm bin. Links to YouTube videos for installation instructions will be provided. Pre-registration and payment are required. Register and pay at www.nngogreenexpo.org/workshops. VCE Newport News Master Gardeners are accepting online applications now through July 8 for its 2022 Master Gardener Training Class. This year’s class is a 12-week virtual course from August 17– November 9. Canvas course class assignments will be completed on schedule before the required Wednesday evening classes via Zoom, 7:00pm – 8:30pm. There will be optional in-person hands-on field trips. For cost information and additional details, visit www.nnmastergardeners.org.

The Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE) will host its Annual Golf Outing on June 9 at the Williamsburg National Golf Club. To register, sign up for the event at www.hracre.org. 

Mariners’ Museum has scheduled its May programs with the disclaimer that events are subject to change. May 6, Beyond the Frame, a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s world-class art collection with Kyra Duffley, digital content specialist at Mariners’ Museum; May 6, Civil War Lecture, featuring Samuel Chapman Armstrong of Hawaii, with John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center; (in-person and live stream to a virtual audience); May 8, Friendly Hours (in-person program).; and May 20, Civil War Lecture, featuring Red River Campaign, with John V. Quarstein (in-person and live stream to a virtual audience); May 28, Do-It-Yourself Rain Barrel, in partnership with the Newport News Master Gardeners (in-person program). For times, registration and fees, visit www.MarinersMuseum.org or the Live Programming webpage.

Nolan Michalov has joined Coldwell Banker Traditions – Peninsula staff as administrative assistant and agent services coordinator.

A contribution by Langley Federal Credit Union (LFCU) toward the purchase of a construction box truck will allow Habitat for Humans to construction sites in the community. Shown here participating in the presentation are (left to right) Chris Sturgis, LFCU director of southside market; Frank Hruska, Habitat SHR executive director; Nancy Varela, LFCU assistant branch manager; Emily Strawn, LFCU branch manager; and Dan Lear, Habitat SHR director of development and communications.

Chaz Fiscella
Jamie Coldsnow
Katrina Arledge

Top February agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula office were Chaz Fiscella, top listing, closing and producing agent; Jamie Coldsnow, top selling agent and Katrina Arledge, top referring agent.

May events scheduled by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce include May 10, Coffee Connection, hosted by Mariners’ Museum and Park; May 12, Pink Bag Lunch, hosted by Warwick Travel Service; and May 26, Business Connection After Hours, hosted by St. George Brewing Company. For registration and additional information, go to www.virginiapeninsulachamber.com/events/calendar.

Lackey Clinic, a free and charitable healthcare center, has partnered with Accuhealth to launch a new program, using remote monitoring devices to manage patients’ weight-loss, diabetes and hypertension. Accuhealth is a leader in Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) services and provides digital devices such as blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and weight scales to medical providers to integrate RPM in its regular practice. The program consists of 40 patients with each patient receiving a nutritionist assessment, nutrition plan, digital scale, activity tracker and, if appropriate, a blood pressure monitor and glucometer. Lackey Clinic’s goal for the program, with the support of Accuhealth, is to continue helping patients have success stories and achieve better health outcomes through the use of RPM services.

Sarah Boyce Golden, president and chief administrative officer for The GBS Group, has been appointed to the board of directors of Old Point Financial Corporation and Old Point National Bank. The GBS Group is an engineering services firm with offices located in Virginia Beach, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and San Diego and serves the U.S. Navy as well as the maritime, rail and transportation industries. Golden has served on the Bank’s Southside regional board for the last five years.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty (BHHS) placed in the top 20 of more than 300 global affiliates, positioning the firm in the Elite Circle. In a network of more than 50,000 real estate agents, Susan Pender, Towne’s sales agent, received the 22 spot and the Bethany White Group achieved the #5 small team spot among the Global Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network. Barbara M. Wolcott is chairman and CEO of BHHS Towne Realty.

Warwick at City Center Rotary Club partnered in March with the Yorktown and Peninsula Rotary Clubs to support a Rise Against Hunger event, where volunteers packaged more than 23,000 meals for distribution across the globe. The Warwick Club had 20 members and nine guests work alongside other Rotarians to complete this effort. Rise Against Hunger is a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies. Volunteers packaged bags of rice, vegetables, soy and vitamins to be shipped and distributed to partners in countries around the world. Shown here are Amber Lempke, public image chair, and Mike Gleason, community service chair, from the Warwick at City Center club, helping to set up the event. Also shown are the volunteers, Rotarians and guests at the end of the event.

Community Knights celebrated its 9th anniversary of its GIFT program with a pajama theme in March. GIFT is funded by Community Knight’s weekly BINGO games where the community comes together for fun and funds to support community organizations, including The Degood Foundation, pictured here. Grants funded through the Community Knights GIFT program have benefited stem education programs, the disability community, food insecurity and childhood literacy. To date, Community Knights has awarded $1.6 million to community causes.

Virginia Living Museum (VLM) hosted the Bacchus Wine & Food Festival for the 18th year in March. Presented by Old Point National Bank, the fundraiser was attended by more than 600 guests. The event raised $85,503 in support of science education, animal welfare and conservation. In addition to Old Point National Bank, supporting sponsors included Priority Chevrolet Newport News, Priority Toyota Hampton, Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine & Sports Medicine, Consumer Litigation Associates, Abbitt Realty, Distinctive Event Rentals, M. Price, Republic National and Jeff’s Flowers Of Course. Divine Reception Sponsors included Waltz Engineered Sales, Inc.; Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC; and Bell-Key Properties, Inc. Board Host Sponsors were Andrew and Karen Velkey, Jim Burnett of W.M. Jordan Company, Inc., and Ashby Kilgore. Shown here (left) are Yolanda and Cleon Long, VLM board of trustees member. Also attending were Honorable Ross Mugler, VLM board of trustee member, Honorable Martha Mugler and Sharyn Fox, of AH Environmental. (Photos by Julie Martin)

The One City Pass has added to its roster the James A. Fields House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The One City Pass offers one-time admission to seven attractions and is valid for one year after its date of purchase. Other attractions include Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, Peninsula SPCA and Barnyard, Mariners’ Museum/USS Monitor Center, Virginia Living Museum and Virginia War Museum. For information about costs and specific attractions, visit Newport News Visitors Center, 13560 Jefferson Ave., at the entrance to Newport News Park or call 757-886-7777. 


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