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Virginia Approves Historical Highway Markers

Virginia Approves Historical Highway Markers

Hi. If you are a lover and proponent of markers, especially as they relate to Virginia’s history, join me in celebrating this news!

The Virginia highway marker program started in 1927, and there are currently in excess of 2,500 official state markers. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources recently approved eight new state historical markers. The markers cover topics in the counties of Fairfax, Mecklenburg and Shenandoah. And also in the cities of Charlottesville, Lexington, Petersburg and Richmond.

Some highlights of the topics covered: The life of a free African American who became the first President of the African nation of Liberia, the founding in 1865 of a college fraternity inspired by Robert E. Lee and the battlefield promotion a Civil War hero. One marker notes the adoption by Virginia’s General Assembly of a statute establishing religious freedom in the state (which decoupled religion and government).

The historical marker “The Old State Capitol,” proposed for installation in Richmond’s
Shockoe Slip, recalls that in 1780 “Virginia’s capital was moved from Williamsburg to
Richmond to increase its accessibility and avert British attack by sea.”

A historical marker “The Old State Capitol,” is proposed for installation in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip – one of my favorite areas in the city. It states that in 1780 “Virginia’s capital was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond to increase its accessibility and avert British attack by sea.”

If you are a fan of historical markers, I hope you get to see some or ALL of these new markers. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Ken

Arlington County’s Treasurer Retires

Arlington County’s Treasurer Retires
That’s right, another seat opens up in Arlington County!
Francis X. O’Leary (D) has retired as the Treasurer of Arlington County. She served as the Treasurer for more than 30 years. Last Monday, Deputy Treasurer Carla de la Pava was sworn in as the interim treasurer.
No date has been set yet for a special election to fill the Treasurer’s position.  With so many special elections being held this year, what’s one more?! I’m ready to head to the polls! How about you?
Cheers,
Ken & Team Yes I Ken

Kate Roche Appointed as President of Arlington, VA Chamber of Commerce

Kate Roche Appointed as President of Arlington, VA Chamber of Commerce

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today, June 20th, to appoint Kate Roche as the new President. With the Chamber since 2007, Roche served as VP for the past year. She succeeds Rich Doud, who retired last month after 23 years as President. Roche was selected by the board after a three-month search process.

Congratulations, Kate! We are so excited for you!

Cheers,

Ken & Team Yes I Ken!

Arlington’s Columbia Pike Plan Wins Award

Arlington’s Columbia Pike Plan Wins Award.

Yes, another award for Arlington! They never stop coming.

The Congress for New Urbanism has awarded Arlington’s Columbia Pike Initiative its 2014 “Best Corridor Plan.”  The CNU is an organization promoting healthier living conditions, mixed-use neighborhood development and walkable, sustainable communities.

streetcar

As reported on news.arlingtonva.us’s website: “The jury was very impressed with the design elements of this high profile and important urban corridor,” said Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) jury member Brent Toderian. “The Plan addressed a broad variety of important urban issues, from affordability to creating and enlivening public space, in their linear corridor thinking.”

“This award acknowledges our community’s hard work – and years of planning – to transform Columbia Pike into a more transit-oriented, walkable ‘Main Street’ and an even better place for people of all incomes to live,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “We’re already seeing the investment resulting from good planning and anticipation of the streetcar. This is further validation of Arlington’s approach of linking land use and transportation planning.”

Way to go, Arlington County!

Cheers,

Ken & Team Yes I Ken!

Who knew? Arlington, VA’s, Testicle Festival Has Been Around 10 years.

Who knew? Arlington, VA’s, Testicle Festival Has Been Around 10 years. It has!

Come this Saturday, tomorrow, May 31st. Organized by The Montana State Society, the Testicle Festival is an Arlington celebration centered around Rocky Mountain Oysters and the good ‘ole state of Montana.

Dubbed “Testy Fest,” the event will be held at the American Legion Post 139 at 3445 Washington Blvd. in the Virginia Square neighborhood.

Bull

This Saturday!

It will feature all-you-can-eat fried bull testicles. With your Rocky Mountain Oysters, you can down some Crown Royal whiskey or beer, and listen to live country music by the Wil Gravatt Band.

Talk about a unique event for Arlington, VA!

Cheers,

Ken & Team Yes I Ken!

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