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June 3 - Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA1) voted Wednesday in support of H.R. 1385, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2009. The bill, which passed the house by a voice vote, extends federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe, which have sought federal recognition through legislation for years. Read more.

June 2 - LEAD VIRGINIA, the statewide leadership program now entering its fifth year of educating Virginia’s leaders about the issues most relevant to the Commonwealth, is hosting panel discussions featuring conversations about the future of energy consumption and the state of leadership in the Commonwealth during its 2009 Alumni Conference from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at 4981 Irvington Road in the town of Irvington. Read more.

June 2 - During the month of May Smith Point Sea Rescue responded to 12 calls form
boaters in distress. The responses included a seach for a missing craft that was successfully located. Read more.

May 22 - The Morattico Waterfront Museum has produced a new video, "Morattico Memories," just in time for the summer season. The video is shown at the museum, in the upper Lancaster village. Read more.

Apr 14 - With the U.S. Coast Guard spending most of its efforts looking out for terrorists, boaters on Chesapeake Bay are pretty much on their own if they run into trouble. The expection is if they are in range of Smith Point Sea Rescue, an all-volunteer force that comes to the rescue of boaters in distress all year round. Fortunately for boaters, the group has just expanded its coverage range. Read more.

Apr 1 - During Virginia Garden Week this month, the Garden Club of the Northern Neck will feature a walking tour of Reedville's Main Street. The tour takes place Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more.

Mar 18 -Five bipartisan members of Congress have pledge support of legislation to extend federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe, which have sought federal recognition through legislation for years. Read more.

Mar 12 - First District Congressman Rob Wittman joined a losing cause this week in voting for the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which contained a provision important to the Northern Neck. The bill contained a provision providing for a Northern Neck National Heritage Area Study which would direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Northern Neck National Heritage Area in Virginia. The legislation was previously introduced by the late Rep. Jo Ann Davis. Read more.

Mar 9 -The latest class offerings resulting from the partnership between Rappahannock Community College and the Rappahannock Art League will focus on the creation of fine furniture under the instruction of skilled artisan Andrew Pitts. These sessions are geared both to beginners and to furniture makers of some experience. Read more

Mar 7 -1st District Congressman Rob Wittman has been appointed to the federal government’s Migratory Board Conservation Commission. The Commission was established on February 18, 1929, by the passage of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Read more

Feb 10 - Linda Carr-Kraft, M.A., has joined The Audiology Offices, a five-office audiology practice serving the Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula area, as an audiologist and patient educator. Read more

Jan 28 -The images and artifacts housed in the Kilmarnock Museum, along with stories told by long-time residents, will soon make their way to the video screen. The museum has begun work on “Kilmarnock, Virginia: Living History,” a half-hour documentary telling the town’s history. Read more.

Jan 14 - Northern Neck residents who get their electricity from the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative will pay more more it. Thee Virginia State Corporation Commission has flashed the green light on the co-op's request. Read more.

Dec 29 - 2008 was another bad year for local watermen, who faced more restrictions by the state as they tried to catch a dwindling blue crab population. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation lays the blame on the Bay states, and their feeble efforts to clean up the Bay. Read more.

Dec 12 - The Reedville Festival Halle Chorale is presenting a Christmas music concert at Festival Halle on Sunday, December 21st at 3:00 PM. The music includes holiday favorites and sing-alongs for your enjoyment. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The concert is free but the group would appreciate donations of food or money for the local Food Bank. A donation to support the Chorale will also be welcomed.

August 13 - The Foundation for Historic Christ Church in Irvington is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the Foundation has scheduled several events beginning in September that will appeal to the Northern Neck community and beyond. Read more.

July 29 - Area senior citizens who do not have a photo ID may get one at no charge at the White Stone Fall Festival, organizers have announced. Read more.

July 27 - Sea Trout are prowling the waters of the middle bay region, much to the delight of local anglers. Read more.

July 17 - A new study identifies four types of rural areas. Which one is the Northern Neck? Read more.

July 14 -Bicycling enthusiasts will flock to the Northern Neck in August for the area's premier ride, the Rappahannock River Tour, scheduled for August 31. Read more.

July 12 - Athena Vineyards in Northumberland County reports it has released two new wines, Lighthouse White and Safe Harbor. Read more.