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     City Council discusses livestock as possible pets in Poquoson

Bleats, buzzes and whinnies may replace cock-a-doodle-doos in Poquoson due to a proposed ordinance to amend farm animal regulations in the city.

The ordinance, which is in its early drafting phase and likely to see revision, could affect the sights and sounds of the city by allowing the introduction of bees and pygmy animals and placing an embargo on roosters.

Discussion of the amendments began in November 2016 with citizens expressing interest in keeping pygmy and miniature animals, such as horses and goats, that are much smaller than their full-size relatives — O'Connell compared them to the size of large dogs. Space regulations for pygmy animals are currently the same as the full-size animals. Under the new regulations, a miniature horse would require 1,000 square feet of open space; a full-size horse requires more than 2 acres.

The proposed ban on roosters emerged from complaints from residents, according to O'Connell. Roosters currently in Poquoson would be able to remain under the proposed ordinance, but if they become nuisances to neighbors, they would be given collars that prevent crowing. The regulations also include new spacing requirements for enclosed coops and outdoor chicken pens to prevent overcrowding and spread of disease.

Due to the increasing popularity of the hobby in the city, the ordinance adds regulations for beekeeping, which is not currently regulated in the city, O'Connell said. The new regulations would allow bees to be kept without a permit, as long as the beehives are 50 feet from homes or public areas, the property contains a water source and beekeepers follow state honeybee regulations.

The final new regulation is a $15 fee for the annual renewal of farm animal permits to cover the cost of animal inspections and permitting notifications. If the number of animals and their conditions do not change in a year, the fee will be waived, O'Connell said.

The ordinance is still in its drafting phase and will eventually go to the planning commission before possibly returning to the City Council for a vote.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - March 28, 2017

     Poquoson's water-bound roots, community benefits help provide opportunities for young sailors

Sailing is not like most sports. Along with the equipment and environment required to sail, sailors say it's more of a thinking sport, where tactics, physics and understanding of the weather and conditions outweigh physical prowess. And in Poquoson, there are many hands involved in making the sport accessible to the city's youth.

"Sailing has this image of being a rich person's sport, and maybe there's some truth to that," said Steve Hendrickson, a volunteer coach and president of the Poquoson Sailing Foundation, a nonprofit that supports sailing in the city. "But we really try to make it as affordable and accessible as possible."

The sailing team has existed since 2000, competing with schools throughout the state and the Mid-Atlantic region, including local schools in York, Hampton and Norfolk. But the team has only practiced out of Poquoson since 2011 and was able to move to Messick Point last fall, with the help of the city and the schools.

When Hendrickson presented the idea of creating the summer program, City Manager Randy Wheeler said the city was eager to help and offered the use of city facilities for the classroom portions of the sailing camps.

Wheeler said being able to run the sailing team and summer program through the city rather than a yacht club was a "neat addition to the community" that helped set sailing in Poquoson apart. "There's a lot of mutual support," Wheeler said.
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   Daily Press      Saturday - March 25, 2017

     Memorable day for Poquoson's impressive baseball tandem

It was Jackson Day on the Poquoson High baseball diamond Friday.

Cole Jackson and younger brother Kyle "Pee Wee" Jackson weren't the only reasons the Islanders beat Smithfield 6-0 in their Bay Rivers District game, but they were arguably the biggest ones.

Cole Jackson, a senior right-hander, pitched six shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out nine. He also had two hits and scored all three times he reached base.

Sophomore second baseman Pee Wee Jackson reached base on two of three at-bats, including a double, and made two eye-opening contributions defensively. The Jackson brothers are in their second year together in the Poquoson starting lineup — Cole is a four-year starter — and it never gets old.

"It's good to play with him and I know I'm going to miss it," Pee Wee Jackson said of his brother's final prep season.

Cole Jackson said, "It's fun, just like Little League back in the day."

It's was the kind of showing by the Jacksons, and all of the Islanders, that has them thinking they can do big things again.
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   Daily Press      Saturday - March 25, 2017


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