UMW Eagle Nation Day Filled with Family Fun

By Susan Larson

The second annual Eagle Nation Day will be hosted by the University of Mary Washington Athletics department beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.  It will be held at the Battleground Athletic Complex off Hanover Street and on the UMW campus in Fredericksburg.  The first 500 children and youth will receive a free t-shirt.

Eagle Nation Day 2013. Photos courtesy of UMW.

Eagle Nation Day 2013. Photos courtesy of UMW.

Family friendly activities will include an interactive exhibit by the Children’s Museum, water balloon games, moon bounce, horse and pony rides and an inflatable obstacle course and slide.  The children’s movie “Brave”  will be shown at 10:30 a.m. on a large screen.

UMW Women’s Soccer begins at 12:30 p.m. and UMW Field Hockey’s new bleacher ceremony is at 3 p.m.

B101.5 will broadcast live from Eagle Nation Day.  Food will be available for purchase from the Sodexo Food Truck.  Everyone is encouraged to wear Eagle colors — gray and navy blue.

The one-day free carnival began in 2013 as a vision to connect Mary Washington student-athletes with children and youth from the surrounding area.

The event is co-sponsored by Fredericksburg Field House, B101.5, Paragon Village and Splitsville, Children’s Museum of Richmond-Fredericksburg, and SweetFrog. For more information call 540-654-1153.

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Parent Education – Infant Development Program Open House

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board logo.

Rappahannock Area Community Services Board logo.

The Parent Education – Infant Development Program (PE-ID) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an open house from 3 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 700 Kenmore Ave. in Fredericksburg. A presentation will take place at 4 p.m. and refreshments will be served.

PE-ID is an early intervention program for infants and toddlers from birth through 36-months of age who have developmental delays.  It is available to residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George.

The program provides physical, occupational and speech therapies as well as special education and service coordination to more than 600 infants and their families each year, according to the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB).  Services are provided in the child’s natural environment, including the home and daycare. An emphasis is placed on parent training and activities that will support the child’s development and meet identified goals.

Evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost. Therapy services are billable to medical insurance, including Medicaid. Fees are based on a sliding scale, and no one is denied service due to an inability to pay.

Call 540-372-3561 for more information.

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse programs committed to improving the quality of life for people residing in Virginia’s Planning District 16.

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Made in FredVA Competition Accepting Applications

By Susan Larson

Made in FredVA logo.

Made in FredVA logo.

Applications for the second annual Made in FredVA business startup competition are being accepted September 2 – October 3, 2014.  Startups or new divisions of existing companies may submit their business concept online at There is no cost to apply.

Five finalists will be selected from the applications by The Next Generation of Business Leaders’ (NextGen) board of directors.  These five will present their business idea during this year’s Made in FredVA event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill, 1707 Princess Anne St., in Fredericksburg.

“The winner of Made in FredVA will receive at least $5,000 toward startup expenses,” said Bill Freehling, Fredericksburg assistant director for Economic Development and Made in FredVA chairman. “The final prize amount will be announced later and is expected to grow. There will also be a people’s choice cash award.” The winner will also receive the opportunity to pitch their business idea to early-stage investment fund Select Venture Partner LLC.

Three successful local entrepreneurs are the final judges for Made in FredVA.  They are:

  • ●  Adam Fried, CEO of Atlantic Builders
  • ●  Joy Crump, executive chef and partner at FoodE
  • ●  Sameer Shalaby, managing partner, Select Venture Partner

Libby O’Malley of Muster Me, Adrian Silversmith of Sprelly and Shawn Phillips of Spencer Devon Brewing — three finalists in the 2013 competition — have all since launched their businesses.

“The Made in FredVA event helped me uncover the fact that my business idea would be possible,” Silversmith said.   “It also served as a launching point that took Sprelly from an idea into a reality.”

Sponsors of the second annual Made in FredVA include the Stafford County Economic Development Authority, Atlantic Builders, Marstel-Day and Neibauer Unlimited. Sponsorships are still available.  Contact Whitney Watts at

Dr. Chris Neibauer will discuss his “Seven Principals of Unconditional Responsibility” at a September 16 event to benefit Made in FredVa and Startup Weekend Fredericksburg. The talk begins at 6 p.m. in Seacobeck Hall at the University of Mary Washington.  Tickets are $20 and are available through the events section of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce website.

Made in FredVA is on Facebook at MadeinFredVA and on Twitter @MadeinFredVA

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Week in Review August 24 – 30

A review of the top stories for the week on August 24 – 30, 2014.

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Obituaries: Doreen Messer Phillips, Stafford County School Board

Fredericksburg area obituaries.

Fredericksburg area obituaries. Photo by Susan Larson.

The following Fredericksburg Area Obituaries for August 15 – 29, 2014, are from Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.  Additional information may be found on the Covenant Funeral Service website.

Doreen Messer Phillips, Stafford County School Board Representative and local real estate broker, died August 15, in Richmond, Va.  She had battled hepatitis for 37 years and succumbed to the liver disease.  She was 50.

Doreen was twice elected as the Hartwood representative to the Stafford County School Board.

Doreen was the broker and proprietor of the Phillips Home Selling Team and Phillips Property Management Services in Fredericksburg.  At the time of her death, she was a contractor at the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center in Quantico, Va.

  • Frederick Maurice Leppo, 78, of Fredericksburg died  Friday, Aug. 29, at Mary Washington Hospital from a lengthy illness.
  • Edith Grey Howard, 72, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital.
  • Sandra Elizabeth Kipps, 71, of Stafford County died Thursday, Aug. 28, at her home.
  • Bobby Ray Boatwright, 73, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Aug. 28, at VCU Hospital.
  • Marianne Paula Taormina, 60, of Spotsylvania County died Friday, Aug. 29, at her home.
  • Christopher Lee Ford, 68, of Fredericksburg died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 27, surrounded by family and friends.
  • Avis M. Williams, 91 of Bowling Green, formerly of Spotsylvania, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, at her home.
  • Eddie James Smith Jr., 74, of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, Aug. 24.
  • Thomas James Wintermyer Sr, 79, of Spotsylvania County, passed away Friday, Aug. 22,  at his home.  Mr. Wintermyer served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He had retired from the National Park Service after 27 years of service.
  • Edward G. Thornton, III, 98, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, Aug. 19.
  • Margie B. Herndon, 74, of Fredericksburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, at home.
  • Phyliss Mae Silva, 72, of Fredericksburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, at Mary Washington Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.
  • Ruby B. Webster, 81 of Fredericksburg, formerly of Marion, S.C., passed away Friday, Aug. 22, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg.
  • Ralph Daniel Seaton, 73, of Spotsylvania County, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, at his home.
  • Mark Blaine Toombs, 48, of Montpelier, passed Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Parham Doctors’ Hospital. Mr. Toombs was a 1984 graduate of Spotsylvania High School and a U. S. Air Force veteran.
  • Lt. Col. Floyd C. Williams USAF (Ret), 84 of Stafford County, passed away Aug. 18, at his home with his wife by his side.
  • Charles Alvin Mundie Jr., 67, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Mary Washington Hospital.
  • Doris H. Nowell, 91, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Woodbridge, Va., died Monday, Aug. 18, at Lake Anna Elder Care in Louisa County.
  • Jean Truslow Nicholls, 71, of Fredericksburg, died on Monday morning, Aug. 18, with her husband by her side.
  • Colonel Mark H. Triplett, USMC (Ret), 57, of Stafford County, passed away August 15, at Mary Washington Hospital.

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Jay’s Downtown Sports Lounge Nears Completion

By Susan Larson

Jay's Downtown Sports Lounge

Jay’s Downtown Sports Lounge.

Jay’s Downtown Sports Lounge is nearing completion.  Signage has been installed on the exterior.  Staff at the site Saturday said they hope to open in late-October.

Sanjay Sharma leased the 7,500-square-foot space at 409 William St. from building owner Tommy Mitchell.  It was previously F. W. Sullivans, which closed in July 2013.

Sharma also owns Jay’s Restaurant and Lounge at 2030 Plank Rd.

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City Takes Over Annual Christmas Parade, Seeks Sponsors, Volunteers

By Susan Larson

Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade

Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade

What for 27 years has been known as the Fredericksburg Jaycees Christmas Parade will have a new name in 2014.

Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation is seeking sponsors — including a title sponsor — and volunteers for the 28th annual parade, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6.

The parade had been the annual project of the Fredericksburg Jaycees.  Last year, it was almost cancelled when the Jaycees had failed to recruit enough volunteers to run the event, but media attention helped secure the needed resources to proceed.

A new Jaycees president said he had hoped to reorganize and reinvigorate the planning process for 2014.  He resigned, he said, because a majority of the members were not interested in making changes.

In August, the Fredericksburg Jaycees turned the parade over to the City of Fredericksburg.  Department of Parks & Recreation staff have less than four months to pull it together.  Their first order of business is to secure sponsors.  Bids in the form of Request for Proposals (RFPs) are due by 5 p.m. September 10.  Click the hyperlinks for complete details from the city’s website.

Title Sponsor – Open to All Businesses
Investment: $9,000

The parade will be named for the title sponsor, said Tiffany Capehart, special event and marketing coordinator.  “Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation will advertise the parade in the following manner:  Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation presents the (insert business name here) 2014 Christmas Parade.”

Media Sponsor – Open to All Businesses
Investment: $5,000

  • If your business is neither print or radio, you will agree to provide funding for Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation to purchase radio and print advertisements.
  • If your business is radio, you will agree to provide in-kind radio advertisements and funding to purchase print advertisements.
  • If your business is print, you will agree to provide in-kind print advertisements and funding to purchase radio advertisements.

Volunteers are the life-blood of the parade.  “A total of 45 – 65 volunteers are needed to successfully execute the parade,” Capehart said.  Groups and individuals may volunteer.  Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old.

If you’re interested in volunteering, email  Include a point of contact name, email address, telephone number and the number of volunteers in your group.

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Yellow Jackets Prevail Over Stafford

By Susan Larson

James Monroe Yellow Jackets.

James Monroe Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets pulled it out in overtime, defeating the  Stafford Indians 24 – 23 in the first varsity football game of the 2014 season.

“Stafford dominated in the first half,” said color commentator Bob Blackman on Fbedu educational access channel 18 on Cox Cable.  James Monroe came to life in the second half.  With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets scored, ending regulation play in a 17 – 17 tie.

The Yellow Jackets had possession first in overtime, and quickly scored.  They led 24 – 17.

Stafford scored during their first overtime possession, but failed to make a two-point conversion.  James Monroe won 24 – 23.

“This team kept fighting,” said color commentator Herman K about James Monroe.  “They are giving themselves a signature as a team that will fight.”

James Monroe’s next game is 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at North Stafford High School, 839 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford.

James Monroe Varsity Football Schedule 2014

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Mother, Children Hide When Intruder Enters Home

By Susan Larson

City of Fredericksburg Police,

City of Fredericksburg Police.

A mother hid with her children in an upstairs bedroom and called police while an intruder roamed downstairs in the home.  The incident occurred in the 800 block of Mortimer Ave. in Fredericksburg at 3:30 a.m. August 29.

“The suspect was a white male in his early 20s wearing glasses, a light colored striped shirt, and long dark blue gym shorts,” said Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg Police public information officer. He had left the area by the time officers arrived on the scene.

A short time later, officers responded to the 1400 block of College Avenue after a man with the same description repeatedly tried to open the front door of another home, Bledsoe said. The caller in the second case told the suspect to leave and he did so without incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Campers, Volunteers Invited to Camp Rainbow

By Susan Larson

Camp Rainbow, a weekend day camp for children grieving the death of a parent or other caregiver, is now accepting applications for camp attendees and adult volunteers.

Hosted by Hospice Support Care of Mary Washington Hospice, Camp Rainbow pairs “Little Buddies” (campers) with “Big Buddies” (trained adult volunteers), allowing grieving children to explore their feelings through age appropriate crafts, activities, discussions and one-on-one time.

One in seven American children will experience the death of a loved one before the age of 20, according to Mary Washington Healthcare News. “Sadly, few are prepared to deal with the grief that follows. From profound sadness and heartbreak to confusion and anger, a child’s grief can be devastating and lonely.  At a time in life when fitting in is important, grief can make kids feel different and isolated.”

Throughout the camp weekend, emphasis is placed on:

  • Developing a basic understanding of death and dying.
  • Expressing thoughts and feelings appropriately.
  • Normalizing feelings of loss and grief, learning  ways to cope.
  • Creating relationships with other children who are experiencing a loss.

Over the years, Camp Rainbow has been successful in helping children ages 6 – 14 understand what grief is, discuss normal responses to death, and learn ways to express and cope with their grief.  Camp Rainbow also offers traditional camp activities such as canoeing, fireside singing, crafts and team building activities.

This year’s camp will take place October 4 – 5 at the Virginia Outdoor Center -  Friends of the Rappahannock Center, 3219 Fall Hill Ave., in Fredericksburg.  Applications for Little Buddies and Big Buddies are available online or by contacting Tara Hoit at 540-741-1874.  Applications are due September 5.

All volunteers must attend mandatory training from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on either Saturday, Sept. 6, or Saturday, Sept. 20. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Camp Rainbow is free to all participants, and is made possible through grants from the Fredericksburg Area Service League, Silver Companies and Ballantine Management Group.

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