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BY NICHOLAS VANDELOECHT
Reporter
Terry McAuliffe took notes as students-in-training
at Rappahannock Community College in Kilmarnock
worked to save the life of Simon the dummy with
advanced resuscitative equipment.
Although the Kilmarnock campus has only been
open for a year, McAuliffe, an aspiring democratic
candidate for the 2013 election of state governor, was
impressed with the progress of their work force train-
ing program.
“What I’ve learned is you folks [in the Northern
Neck] know how to do it right,” said McAuliffe. “We
could really do so much for our job development, and
what you’re doing here with the [college] is spectacu-
lar.”
STAFF REPORTS
On Sunday evening at Shiplight
Condos outside Westland Beach,
a fight broke out in Apartment
19 between Alicia Bonham and
Jonathan Regier.
“Maybe I just don’t want to talk
about it,” said Regier, his voice
filling the room.
“Talking about our son is
the only way that I feel better,”
Bonham replied in tears.
Regier stormed out, leaving
Bonham in the room crying as she
began taking pictures off the wall.
And then Director Ashley
Zahorian called “scene.”
Bonham and Regier had
reenacted an argument between
Mikela, the daughter of Producer
Dr. Ron Herrsche, and her fiancée,
Christopher Gouldin, in the movie
“You Follow Me Like the Moon.”
The pictures taken off the wall
were a real-life shrine to Caleb, the
son of Gouldin and Mikela. Caleb
died before he was born. The story
of the film concerns his death and
how it affected his parents.
Dr. Herrsche, inspired by his
daughter and son-in-law’s willing-
ness to share their story, said he
hopes the movie can bring healing
to all mothers who have suffered
the loss of their unborn children.
The cast and crew of “You
Follow Me Like the Moon,” who
began filming the week of Oct.
29 last year, returned to Lancaster
County on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Although they had planned to
concentrate on scenes between the
two main characters at Shiplight
Condos, a surprise opportunity
arose for Zahorian and her team at
Nate’s Trick Dog Café in Irvington
the day before.
“The director was eating dinner
BY NICHOLAS VANDELOECHT
Reporter
A sharing of viewpoints in a special meeting last
Wednesday established that both Essex County and
a privately owned business are interested in a shared
entryway near a proposed bridge in Tappahannock.
On Jan. 30, county officials sat down with represen-
tatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation
(VDOT) and the owners of June Parker Marina to clear
up misunderstandings brought about by a breakdown in
communications.
During the most recent board of supervisors meeting
held Jan. 8, Project Manager Jason Williams said the
Parkers had yet to sign a formal agreement regarding
a shared entryway that would be built alongside the
bridge that VDOT expects to begin building as early
as Sept. 10.
The bridge will elevate a section of Route 17 outside
the marina to ensure the road is a reliable evacuation
route in the event of severe storms.
Williams’ concern at the time was whether or not the
Parkers did not sign the agreement by mid-February,
VDOT’s advertised time frame for moving utilities
from the project site.
If they didn’t, the department would proceed with
designs for individual entryways for both the marina
and the County.
In response, Central District Supervisor Edwin
“Bud” Smith said the Parkers were not being properly
informed of VDOT’s plans with the entryway, which
Nathan “Nate” Parker IV confirmed in a phone inter-
view with the Northern Neck News.
But the special meeting between the three concerned
groups was successful in bringing them into agreement,
said Williams.
“I think all parties were satisfied with the result of
the meeting and felt that communication was going in
the right direction,” he said.
County Administrator Reese Peck, who attended the
meeting on the County’s behalf along with Smith and
Greater Tappahannock Supervisor and Chair Stanley
Langford, agreed.
“There were questions on various design aspects that
were clarified and all the parties agreed to the shared
entrance approach,” said Peck, who called the shared
entryway “the superior design.”
Photo by Nicholas Vandeloecht
RCC President Dr. Sissy Crowther gave gubernatorial
candidate Terry McAuliff a tour of the Kilmarnock cam-
pus on March 31.
Candidate impressed
by community’s work
Film shares personal journey of grief
Photo by Nicholas Vandeloecht
Cinematographer Sheila Smith read-
ies the camera for a scene in “You
Follow Me Like the Moon.”
As production ends,
filmmaker says story
‘needs to be told’
BY NICHOLAS VANDELOECHT
Reporter
On Monday, the Virginia House of Delegates
passed a bill that proposes additional economic rights
to farmers throughout the state.
On Feb. 4, the House voted 77-22 in favor of House
Bill (HB) 1430S, also known as the Boneta Bill. The
proposed law, sponsored by Del. Scott Lingamfelter
(R-Woodbridge) will move to the Virginia Senate for
consideration.
As introduced, HB 1430 intended to expand the
Right to Farm Act to include the commerce of farm-
ing in agricultural operations.
The proposal also aimed to declare null and void
any county ordinance that infringed on farmers’ con-
stitutional rights, particularly their freedom of speech
and right to assemble.
On Jan. 30, a substitute of the bill, 1430S, passed
the House’s Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural
Resources Committee with a vote of 21-1.
The substitute included the commerce of farming
in its definition, preventing counties from classify-
ing activities such as the sale of art, literature and
antiques on the farm as non-agricultural without pro-
viding sufficient proof of their irrelevance to farming
operations.
The revised bill also incorporated a reenactment
clause, which would keep 1430S from taking effect
until approved by the 2014 General Assembly.
Trey Davis of the Virginia Farm Bureau said the
reenactment clause gave his agency “a little bit of
comfort.”
House passes Farm Bill
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Lawmakers question whether last minute revisions are constitutional
Agreement bridges gap
between marina, county
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T
he buzz was audible as the audi-
ence rose to their feet, flooding
the proscenium at closing curtain.
The Northern Neck Youth Performing Arts
Foundation has just completed their 5th
annual production of The Nutcracker at
Northumberland High School Auditorium
to an enthusiastic house filled with chil-
dren and adults from the five counties
comprising the Northern Neck who came
to see friends and family perform the
enchanting ballet.
Ten-year-old Jordan Yocum, a 5th grader at Essex
Middle School danced the lead roll of Clara, while
her father, Joshua Yocum, a physical therapist at
Concentra in Richmond, appeared for his second
season as the mysterious uncle, Drosselmeyer.
Britnie Gray, an eighth grader at Essex Middle
School, was the Snow Queen, accompanied by Jim
Davis, guest performer from Fredericksburg City
Ballet. Senior, Alex Kane, a home schooler from
Richmond County partnered both Ana Megel, a St.
Margaret’s day student from Lottsburg, and Destinie
Gray, an eighth grader at Essex Middle School, for
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Students from the Northern Neck Youth Performing Arts
Foundation were met with standing ovations after their
recent stellar performance of The Nutcracker
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Eleanor Beane, a 14-year-old home schooler from
Kilmarnock played the part of the Kissing Doll,
while Aniyah Scott and Carlee Slater, both students at
Montross Middle School in Westmoreland Co. danced
the part of Tea.
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