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Posted on July 1, 2019 7:00 AM by June Dawkins
Categories: Life in New Town

As Williamsburg area residents, we are familiar with the significance of the part of Virginia we call home. The Historic Triangle is one of the premier national sites for Colonial American history.  But did you know that a site of historical importance can be found right here in New Town? 

Take a stroll through our own Roper Homestead Park at the intersection of Casey Boulevard and Center Street and you will find historical markers identifying the parcel as the site of the Roper Homestead.  In 1990 and again in 2004, New Town Associates (NTA), LLC, commissioned studies by the William and Mary Center for Archeological Research (WMCAR) as part of their permit application for development in New Town.  Archeologists found the remains of two buildings and artifacts, including various quantities of kitchen and serving ware, nails, as well as oyster shells and animal bones on the site.  They placed the time of occupation as roughly between 1800 and 1850. This corresponds to the eras known as the Early National Period (1789-1830) and the Antebellum Period (1830-1860). What is particularly important is that the structural remains and artifacts found have been relatively undisturbed and not superseded by other uses and time periods.

 

Kitchen Excavation at Roper Homestead Park

 

The post-Colonial period in Tidewater Virginia is an understudied timeframe. After the American Revolution, James City County experienced a period of significant decline. In 1796, British architect Benjamin Latrobe, of US Capitol fame, toured the area and remarked on the extent of the “poverty and decay” throughout the Peninsula. Between the late 1780s and 1820, after the capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond, JCC population declined by 42 percent as crops failed and the average landholding gradually decreased with the sale and division of plantations.

Given the undeveloped nature of the Roper property and the availability of historical records allowing identification of previous occupants, the site provides a rare opportunity to examine habitation over time. Nearly all of JCC’s records were destroyed in Richmond during the Civil War, but some court records, including land tax entries, were prepared in duplicate, allowing ownership to be traced locally.  

Indications are the Roper tract was a relatively modest farmstead. The earliest record appears in 1803 when Randolph Roper was first assessed for 615 acres with some type of building valued at $1058. By 1820, the property was reassessed at $2146.  The assessments of personal property also document Roper’s rising prosperity during the period, counter to the prevailing economic conditions. In 1803, Roper was taxed for one slave, age 16 or older, and a two-wheeled carriage. By the time of his death in 1822/23, records show that he owned 4 horses and a carriage valued at $50 and that there were 8 slaves on the homestead.  

By 1826, the property had been divided among his heirs and eight individuals appear on the tax records. Only the tract of Ann Roper, who was possibly his wife, includes a building valuation. Ann transferred her tract to a John T. James in 1833. The lack of records showing him farming the land could indicate that Ann continued to work the farm as part of life occupancy rights. Crops would have included corn, wheat, oats, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Butter production, wool, cattle and pigs would also have been part of a mixed farm.   

After the 1850 census, the building valuation decreased dramatically. In 1851, the land tax assessment of structures was only $100. This could indicate loss of property through fire or demolition or a change in use of the property.  Subsequent ownership of Jones heirs, followed by the Darling and Taliaferro families, are less historically significant, although there are records from 1912 showing P B Taliaferro commissioning a survey in advance of planning a subdivision. In 1919, Clarence Casey and four other family members purchased the land that would eventually become New Town and held it until it was deeded to Carlton and Calvin Casey in 1962.

In 2004, the Roper site was designated eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A 2005 interpretive and archeological management plan was commissioned by NTA LLC from WMCAR to provide guidance on how best to preserve the site as green space with public interpretation of the site’s archeological resources, leading to Roper Homestead Park as it appears today.

Editor’s Note:  The New Town Activities Committee is in discussions with Joe B. Jones, MA, Director of WMCAR, which provided the information for this article, to speak about the Roper tract and its history at a future Noon Talk. Stay tuned!

Posted on July 1, 2019 7:00 AM by Rebekah Roberts
Categories: Life in New Town
Posted on July 1, 2019 7:00 AM by Lucy Painter
Categories: Life in New Town
Need a family-friendly place to work out, to escape daily stress and to meet new people? American Family Fitness in New Town is the place. 
 
Conveniently located on Main Street, this all-purpose gym is, as General Manager Mike Sabin says, "a place for everybody. With a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, Mike has been committed to personal fitness for all age and activity levels since 1986 and plans to continue that work in Williamsburg with the existing and new exercise programs at AFF.
 
Something for every fitness level
 
Group classes include Active, Zumba, Power, Cycling, Fight and Blast and others all designed for great cardio workout as well as strength training.  All classes are led by well-trained certified instructors.
 
In addition to cardio and strength classes, AFF provides Mind and Body programs such as Vinyasa Yoga and Centergy designed to reduce stress and increase strength and flexibility.  Feeling anxious?  Tense? These classes may be the answer.

 
Children and Seniors Too

As a family friendly facility, the gym provides Kid Zone, an onsite childcare service where your children engage in age-appropriate activities while you work out. Classes such as Zumba Kids, Tae Kwon Do, and Kids Boot Camp introduce young children to the fun and benefit of regular exercise at an early age.

For seniors, there is the Senior Fitness program for low impact cardio, balance work, and resistance training that is easy on the joints.  AFF is also a participant with Silver Sneakers and the activities it supports.

If you prefer to work individually, nine personal trainers are available by appointment to address your specific goals. Or you may choose to work out in the well-equipped open gym with the tools you need to reach those goals. 

 

Interested in learning more about your personal nutrition goals?

Make an appointment with Diahnn Thompkins, a registered dietician. Need a refresher after a workout?  There's a sauna.  Hungry? Grab a protein bar or shake at the café.

As one of the outlets for healthy living in New Town, American Family Fitness is truly a "place for everybody."

Posted on May 31, 2019 5:00 PM by Dave Burket
Categories: Life in New Town
This was the beginning of Puzzle #5 at the 42nd Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament held in Stamford, Connecticut from March 22-24, 2019.   Number 1 Across has six letters and the clue is: Mallow family trees.  Number 1 Down has four letters and the clue is: Wow, with “over”.    (Answer below)
 
New Town residents David & Nancy Burket and their neighbors David & Marie Gaydos attended the tournament this year, travelling together over 17 hours on I 95, round trip, to be observers, not contestants.  If you are a crossword puzzle fan/nerd, this is the place to be in March!  
 
Will Shortz, Crossword Puzzle Editor of the New York Times, was the Tournament Moderator.  More than 470 people participated as contestants. They were given 7 timed puzzles to solve in difficulty from “easyish” to “hard,” ranging from 15 minutes to 45 minutes to complete.  The sizes of the puzzles varied between 15 X 15 squares to 21 X 21 squares.
 
The tournament has five skill divisions (A – D) with Division A being the most competitive.  All contestants compete on the same puzzles and begin rounds at the same time.  Contestants who finish early raise their hand to signal a referee to pick up their completed puzzle. It was not unusual to see a contestant solve a puzzle after only working 5 to 8 minutes on a 25-minutes timed puzzle. (A few of the people we talked to indicated they could solve the typical New York Times Sunday puzzle in 6 or fewer minutes!)
 
Scoring for each puzzle was as follows: a.    Ten (10) points for every correct word entered across and down; b.    Twenty-five (25) bonus points for each full minute the contestant finishes early (with 25 points reduced for each letter that is missing); c.    One hundred fifty (150) bonus points for a complete and correct solution.
 
A final puzzle #8, solved on the last day, was used to determine the top winners of the Annual Tournament.  Competitors are the top three winners each in Divisions A, B, & C.  They solve a timed puzzle on a stage at an easel with a marker on a large crossword puzzle board in front of the audience.  The puzzle is the same for each Division, however, the clues for the answers are different, with Division A having the most difficult clues. Watch highlights of the 2019 tournament, and Dan Feyer, an eight-time winner solving the final 15-minute timed Puzzle #8 in 6 min. 25 sec. at: crosswordpuzzletournament2019.  
 
By the way, the Burket and the Gaydos families remain friends after the road trip!
 
Answers:  #1 Across:  Balsas; #1 Down:  Bowl
Posted on May 31, 2019 5:00 PM by Rebekah Roberts
Categories: Life in New Town
Traudie McCullock does not beat around the bush about Comber Physical Therapy & Fusion Chiropractic located on Discovery Boulevard. “I love coming here,” she asserts. My visit to Comber PT Williamsburg in New Town tells why Traudie and others feel that way and I thank Kim Owens, Director of Marketing for guiding me on a very informative and fun tour of this therapeutic facility.
 
Comber Physical Therapy and Fusion Chiropractic is the vision of founder, Erika Stephan. In November 2003, her vision came to life and today she is the owner of Comber PT and Fusion Chiropractic, Williamsburg in New Town and in Lightfoot. It is the peninsula’s only Integrated Clinic that “treats most any physical condition [relating] to the musculoskeletal system and offers women’s and men’s health therapies” This year marks the 15th anniversary of Comber PT & Fusion Chiropractic and they are definitely not slowing down.
 
My visit began in the main building where physical therapy was in full swing addressing head, neck, shoulder, back, foot and ankle conditions. Sue Mulnix, a resident of Charlotte Park shared this about her physical therapy at Comber PT. “I went to Comber after I had my right knee replaced. I found the staff friendly, caring, and professional and, of course, convenient. Sue went on to say, “I was pleased that the techs were allowed to adjust their schedules so they could go to classes to further their education in the field.” It was true that the environment was warm and friendly, and I sensed the remaining part of my tour was going to get warmer. We were headed for the Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) program…yep, boxing.
 
Upon entering the recently renovated and expanded gym with updated equipment my education began. The Comber PT Williamsburg facility “is the sole outpatient provider of the LSVT® [Global] BIG protocol; i.e. an exercise treatment program for people with Parkinson's disease (PD)…based on the principle that the brain can learn and change (neuroplasticity).” It works on the same principle as the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), which uses bigness of movement to improve movement quality in PD. Exercises involving boxing techniques and boxing equipment fit the protocol. The participants are called “fighters” and three of them joined the Lead Coach/Program Director, Rachael Carter to explain that “Big” in the RSB protocol stands for the increase of amplitude, with whole body movement, motor skills, and overall function. Rachael also contributed that her background in martial arts, her training in physical therapy and her personal experience with family members who have Parkinson’s disease afford her the skills, interest, and understanding to work with the fighters in RSB. Her face lit up as she talked about them.     
 
Bob Golub spoke next and he was emphatic about the camaraderie among the fighters and with their Coach. He shared that they “understood each other’s problems and were able to help each other” and Traudie added that the “support for one another was so important.” Melissa Hough contributed that the program “helps all the symptoms” and that she comes five times a week to RSB. The three fighters were in total agreement about another fact too. Rachael is a great trainer who is a part of the group and an active supporter of them all. Their faces lit up as they spoke about her. Among the many new programs for the Parkinson’s patients at Combers PT/ Rocks Steady Boxing, Williamsburg is a modified, boxing chair class for those who cannot participate in the higher intensity RSB classes. Comber/RSBW has also partnered with Brookdale Senior Living to provide a monthly Parkinson’s support group meeting. Kim is busy with outreach to local doctors such as inviting them to an evening RSB class called “Box with your Doc”, held on May 16th. They plan to continue those evening classes so area doctors can experience RSB with their patients. Hats off to the RSBW program, all the Comber PT treatment programs, the entire staff, the fighters and patients who make it no secret that they are grateful for the benefits of physical improvement, growing energy, and gratifying camaraderie.  
Posted on May 31, 2019 5:00 PM by Mary Cheston, Board of Directors
Categories: Life in New Town
“Osher helps us to be successful” without any onerous oversight or requirements, explained Scherry Barra, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at William and Mary. Scherry gave an interesting historical perspective on what led to the 2018 switch from the Christopher Wren Association to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute during the May 8th Noon Talks in New Town.  
 
The Christopher Wren Association had operated for 28 years without State funding as an independent agency associated with the College of William and Mary. Largely as a result of William and Mary’s review of about 20 independent agencies associated with the university as well as increased operating expenses, the Christopher Wren Board began considering whether to become an independent 501c3 nonprofit or an official part of the University.
 
When Scherry attended a conference of many lifelong learning programs in the Southern United States, she met Bernard Osher Foundation representatives and learned more about the funding opportunities they provide to 122 other “mature student” programs. (The Bernard Osher Foundation is a philanthropic institution supporting higher education, integrative medicine, and the arts. Four other Osher Lifelong Learning programs exist in Virginia at George Mason University, University of Richmond, Hampton University and UVA.)
 
She approached Osher management about sponsoring the Christopher Wren program. Working with the Board and William and Mary, the program demonstrated that it met the Osher Lifelong Learning’s criteria for success and sustainability and earned their financial support.
 
In July 2018 the Bernard Osher Foundation provided William and Mary with an initial $100,000 grant that will be subject to review in February 2020. The grant funded increased programming in the Spring 2019 semester and a variety of projects including the purchase of portable audio-visual equipment to provide greater flexibility in locating classroom space, upgraded equipment for the Wightman Cup classroom, and scholarships for students who may find the membership fee cost-prohibitive (55 scholarships are available to those in need in the community). If these projects are deemed successful, Osher at William and Mary hopes to become the recipient of a $1 million grant that would become an endowment for the future to help support annual operating costs.
 
Scherry explained that among the constant challenges are enrollment which fluctuates seasonally, and keeping fees reasonable. A future marketing study will help assess what options are available to balance these needs. Attendees asked for more information on the endowment funds, the 2019 summer program and suggested ways to enhance awareness of the program’s attractiveness to part-time residents. Scherry acknowledged that word of mouth has been a great advertising tool and that through Osher’s National Resource Center, the William and Mary program now has access to many new experiences and ideas. “It’s like joining a new family,” she said.
Posted on May 1, 2019 2:46 PM by Rebekah Roberts
Categories: Life in New Town
Forget the misery of spring allergies and the annoying rap tap, tap of a busy woodpecker. Cast your thoughts on vibrant colors, warm temperatures, birds chirping, the mouth-watering aroma of hamburgers on the grill and lively music drifting over the community. It’s spring, it’s New Town, and it’s a jumping, jamming place!  Some of the New Town restaurants showcasing live music this summer are: Paul’s Deli and Neighborhood Restaurant, Center Street Grill, Capriccio’s, Cogan’s, and Corner Pocket.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Let me introduce a few of our New Town neighbors who are instrumentalists and performers.   These are folks the Town Crier staff knows about.  Our idea is to put neighbors in touch with one another to generate possibilities for playing.  If you are a musician, contact the Town Crier to be featured in a possible future article.  Meanwhile, maybe somebody featured below sounds like a player you would like to reach out to about jamming.
 
Ask Bob Bryne about his career as a bass guitarist. It was after the tragic death of John Denver that Bob and his wife Susan met Jim Curry who was performing at a local folk concert. Jim sang one of Denver’s songs and he sounded just like John Denver. After the concert Bob and Susan met Jim and suggested that he do a show centered on Denver’s music. Susan added that Bob played bass and was currently free and the rest is history. Bob joined Jim Curry’s band and a John Denver show was created. He played with the band for five years and during that time many members of the original John Denver's band, like Richie Garcia and Chris Nole joined the group for concerts. Bob's favorite concerts were the ones performed in the main showroom of the Las Vegas Silverton Hotel and at the University of Notre Dame (UND). He loves playing Irish music. Bob and Susan's daughter, Kati will be spending a year in Ireland on an UND service project. When in California, Bob plays bass at mass at Sacred Heart church and when in Williamsburg he has helped out the campus ministry program at William and Mary. Jamming? Good idea!
 
Sarah Carey and piano are synonymous. Beginning piano lessons in elementary school and continuing through college Sarah now plays at home for her personal enjoyment. One of her favorite high school memories is playing piano duo, where two baby grand pianos face one another with Sarah and the second student playing the same piece. Not limiting musical preferences to one genre, Sarah selects her music from many categories. She relishes the challenge of a difficult or more intricate musical composition especially from the classical musicians, such as Mozart and Schubert. Those are just two of the composers found in the classical music books that her son gave her at Christmas. She also is happy to listen to her daughters and son play for her. Sarah definitely passed down her music genes. One daughter played the piano superbly and beautifully through high school and the other daughter is an accomplished violist with a long running passion for the strings. Her son is of virtuoso status on the clarinet and piano and makes time to play with the Greenwich Village Orchestra. Please continue to enjoy making music, Sarah.
 
“I haven’t played in years!” That was the immediate response from
Bob Dennis when asked to share his musical side of life. His musical side might be a surprise. Bob played bass in ninth grade in Bruce Springsteen’s early band, the Steel Mill. That’s right…The Boss! The band was formed in 1969 and ended in 1971. Bob played with the rock band until Springsteen booked a tour out of the country. You guessed it. Bob was only15 after all and he probably anticipated his mother’s response when he asked if he could go on tour with Springsteen. It was a definite “No.” Bob stayed home but he and some friends were not sidelined. They formed a band, which performed through high school and into college. Some of the band’s work contributed to Springsteen’s debut studio album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. released in 1973. Bob credits Bruce Springsteen with teaching him a lot about music in his teen years. Whenever Steel Mill came back to town Bob and his band often played backup for it. Yep, the beat went on!
 
Did you know that Chuck Stetler played percussion in high school and college? He grew up in Central Pennsylvania and was a member of his schools’ marching bands, concert bands and jazz bands. He also performed at different events and venues in his hometown and neighboring communities and tells a story about one specific New Year’s Eve affair at which he was playing. He took his date Susan along, who most of you know is Mrs. Stetler, and left her sitting alone on a chair most of the evening while he performed with the band. At one point an unknown young man about Susan’s age approached her and asked, “When are you going to sing?” Chuck will tell you with a chuckle that he wished she had jumped up and said, “Now!” After college, he gave a few lessons and practiced a bit but beginning his career afforded him little time to play. That was the end to Chuck’s life as a musician. Sadly, Chuck’s drum set has gone to the ages but it only takes a box and stick to keep time.
 
John Marston confirms he loves music, has a wonderful piano and only “sort of plays” on it. His appreciation of music comes naturally “once removed.” John’s mother’s “big sister” in college who was also the Matron of Honor in John’s parents’ wedding was none other than Phyllis Diller of Laugh-In fame. Did you know that she was an accomplished pianist and toured with symphony orchestras? Perhaps a more plausible reason for John’s love of music is that he inherited the genes from his mother who was an excellent music teacher. As a boy John had the opportunity to be in a program sponsored by the renowned NJ Summit School of Music. A highlight of that association for John was his selection as the conductor of the youth orchestra at the elementary level graduation. He was also noticed for his exceptional voice. His paid career as part of a boy’s choir was short but it did expose him to many exciting performances and venues. One of those events was a “brief” concert at Carnegie Hall. Brief because John and some other boys were asked to leave when their paper airplanes took flight over the balcony. Boys will be boys!
 
The Town Crier’s own Phil Casey plays guitar, mandolin, and the cigar box guitar that his son-in-law, Matt made for him. Phil’s creativity and unique style are apparent as he performs his original songs and covers. He brings the atmosphere and culture of the Tidewater area to his music, adding some pop and rock. Listen on You Tube to his orignials “I Can Be A Panacea” and “Mobs and Kings”, or his cover of “Little Sister.”  Phil works as a solo, a duo in Scrapper T Duo, and a trio with Matt in a group called Scrapper Tuesday.  He performs regularly in Hampton and Newport News and his New Town gigs have included Cogan’s, Corner Pocket, and Capriccio’s. Many performances this summer will be in North Carolina but don’t despair. He’s booked to play locally at Charly’s Airport Restaurant on May 3rd, the Williamsburg Farmers Market on May 25th and June 22nd, and Craft 31 Restaurant on July 5th. Expect to see his duo return to Corner Pocket also, but no dates yet.  Phil makes some sweet music for all to enjoy. Does he like jamming? Of course!
 
Posted on March 30, 2019 11:43 PM by Tom Nichols, Chair, Preparedness
Categories: Life in New Town

Tornado Safety

This part of Virginia will be exposed to possible Tornado activity and damages over the next  8 months.   You need to be Ready:

 

Know the Difference

Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss

your emergency plans and check supplies plus your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a

warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!

Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado

warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately to your safe room.

 

How to Prepare for a Tornado

  • During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
  • Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on the FEMA web site.
  • Prepare for high winds by for the summer by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be
  • picked up by the wind and become a projectile.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs:

? Dark, often greenish clouds – a phenomenon caused by hail

? Wall cloud – an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm

? Cloud of debris

? Large hail

? Funnel cloud – a visible rotating extension of the cloud base, Roaring noise (like a freight train)

 

What to Do After a Tornado-Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.

 

  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage. 
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights, do NOT use candles.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
  • Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Keep all of your animals under your direct control.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches. If you have spilled gasoline or other flammable liquids, call the fire dept. vacate areas where there is a chemical or gasoline spill.

 

 

Emergency Information:

•   Fire/Police: Dial 911

•  JCC  Emergency Hotline: 757-875-2424

•   JCC Emergency Management: 757-564-4315

Utilities:

  • Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357
  • Water/Sewer:757-229-7421; 757-566-0112 (after hours) 
  • Virginia Natural Gas: 1-877-572-3342

 

 

Posted on March 30, 2019 11:41 PM by Warren Buck
Categories: Life in New Town

This year of 2019 marks 400 years after the official beginning of the American slave trade. That year, some 23 Africans arrived in Hampton and were sold into enslavement.  Many of these newly arrived Africans were scattered throughout the James River area - including Jamestown founded in 1607.  Details of this arrival are still being research and studied. 

 

William & Mary marks 2019 as a year to remember and recognize it is 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived not far from New Town.  William & Mary, founded in 1693, has had an over three century relationship with African Americans; from owning enslaved Africans to build and maintain the campus; supporting enrolled students who brought their own enslaved to live with them; employing African American staff, supporting Jim Crow laws aimed at restricting the movements of African Americans and keep them separate from white Americans, enrolling African American students, employing African Americans in key administrative roles, creating the Lemon Project (a program to encourage scholarship on the relationship between African Americans and W&M), awarding African Americans Honorary Degrees, naming two dormitories after African Americans (one for the enslaved man named Lemon - the other after Associate Dean Caroll F.S. Hardy), to having African Americans on its governing body - the Board of Visitors. 

 

The 1619 - 2019: Remembering 400 years website contains a list of events scheduled during the year. William & Mary invites community participation in these events.   

 

The website also highlights two Board of Visitors’ resolutions important to 400 years of Remembering. In April 2009, the Board adopted a resolution that acknowledged William & Mary's role in slavery and the era of Jim Crow and established "The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation” as a long-term research project.  In April 2018, the Board adopted a resolution in which members acknowledged that “William & Mary enslaved people, exploited them and their labor, and perpetuated the legacies of racial discrimination.” The Board expressed profound regrets for these activities and apologized for them.

 

There are other events and related experiences that are not sponsored by William & Mary, such as the “Angela Site” at Jamestown. 

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Posted on March 30, 2019 11:35 PM by Lucy Painter
Categories: Life in New Town
 

You may have seen our neighbor Ed Elmore walking his Dalmatian Chompsie along the trails surrounding New Town.  Maybe you spotted them in town where businesses and restaurants are always happy to greet them, sometimes with a bowl of water for Chompsie on hot days.

 

Ed is originally from Baltimore, a fan of the city's Ravens and Orioles and the Colts who left that city years ago. He has lived since 1964 in the Tidewater area, most recently in Gloucester before coming to New Town. He left the Tidewater area for only five years in 1990-95 when his work sent him to Huntsville, Alabama. 

 

Before his retirement seven years ago, Ed worked as a civilian for the Department of the Army in the Training and Doctrine Command in Fort Monroe and later Fort Eustis. Each day he commuted to work from his waterfront home in rural Gloucester. Wanting a more convenient, walkable and lively community where he could continue his active lifestyle, Ed found New Town the perfect spot.  

 

Upon retirement from the Department of the Army as well as US Army Reserve, Ed has found the time to pursue the many activities he loves.  He fell in love with running while a student at Christopher Newport University where he ran track.  In earlier days, he competed in marathons including those in Boston, New York City, Virginia Beach's Shamrock, and the Marine Corps marathons. Today he continues to run regularly with a group of fellow enthusiasts.

 

Ed also loves biking, especially along the Virginia Capitol Trail, a route he loves for its safety from cars as well as its beauty.  He also hikes the many trails in western Virginia, including those around Crabtree Falls near Waynesboro. He once completed a multi-day backpack hike from Front Royal to Harper's Ferry. In his "spare time," Ed is politically active and an avid reader.

 

Chompsie, Ed's canine companion, is one of the many Dalmatians he has rescued after falling in love with the breed years ago.  Over those years he has given a home to several Dalmatians, male and female, but for the moment Chompsie is an "only child," although that may not be the case forever.  

 

When looking for the right place to live and play, Ed - and Chompsie - have found New Town the perfect place, so say hello when you see them.