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       Poquoson, Phoebus and York represented on Class 2 and Class 3 all-state football teams

A pair of Poquoson defenders earned VHSL first-team football honors Thursday as the league released half of its all-state teams.

Senior linebacker Robert Henesey and junior Colten Hicks — selected as an all-purpose defender — landed on the Class 2 first-team defense after helping lead the Islanders to the state semifinals two weeks ago. Poquoson had three other selections on the second team, while Phoebus and York both landed players on the Class 3 second team.

The VHSL had yet to receive the all-state teams for the largest three classifications as of Thursday afternoon.

Coaches picked Poquoson junior offensive lineman Hunter Schmidt and junior linebacker Max Barrett to the second team, while Hicks was also selected to the all-state second team as a punter.
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   Daily Press      Friday - December 15, 2017

     Poquoson 11-year-old is ready for prime time — live

Sammy Ramirez wants to make one thing clear: He really isn’t very much like Schwartz.

Yes, the 11-year-old from Poquoson is playing the character in Fox’s live presentation of “A Christmas Story,” which will be broadcast on Sunday night. But, no, there are not a lot of similarities between the young actor and the role he is playing.

Be that as it may, director Scott Ellis said he took one look at Ramirez — and he saw Schwartz.

Casting a live musical production that features several prominent preteen roles, Ellis and his staff saw auditions from a lot of young actors. But it didn’t take him long to recognize the kid who would play Ralphie’s pal and the issuer of the notorious triple-dog dare.

Ramirez has been performing on stage since he was 5 years old, working first at Centerstage Academy in Grafton and later with Virginia Musical Theater, Williamsburg Players and Peninsula Community Theater. He has trained as a singer, dancer and actor at Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts in Williamsburg. Ramirez made his debut on Broadway a year ago in “School of Rock,” playing the young stylist Billy.

Even after his experience on Broadway, preparing for a live TV broadcast is something different. Every scene, including several intricate song-and-dance numbers, must be choreographed not just for the performers but for the cameras as well.

And then there is the knowledge that all of this preparation is for just one performance — a single opportunity to nail it, with a national viewing audience as witnesses. No chance for second takes or edits.

“It is a little intimidating to think about,” Ramirez said. “You think of millions of people watching you at the same time, and you can get nervous with that.

Fox will broadcast a live performance of the musical “A Christmas Story” at 7 p.m. Sunday. Sammy Ramirez, an 11-year-old from York County, will play the role of Schwartz.
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - December 13, 2017

     New rules for beekeeping passed in Poquoson

The Poquoson City Council passed regulations for beekeeping in the city, ending a discussion that’s lasted for months in both the council and the planning commission.

Before, beekeepers did not operate under any regulations in the city, and officials agreed that bees had not caused problems.

The planning commission previously recommended no regulations, but some council members felt rules should be in place.

Beekeepers will now have to get a one-time permit from the city, a permit that Mayor Gene Hunt said lets the city know a hive exists so the owner can be notified before insect-control spraying.

Poquoson City Council talks regulations for birds, bees, pygmy animals

The regulation also sets requirements for where hives can go on a property and water sources.

For the full beekeeping ordinance, go to bit.ly/2BbMALB.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - December 12, 2017

     Poquoson City Council, School Board agree not to consolidate schools

The Poquoson Middle School building, which opened in the 1930s, has survived the School Board and City Council’s recent look into consolidation.

Even though the two groups agreed not to close the school, they agreed work needed to be done.

At Monday’s work session, the two groups did not solidify what work would be done on the middle school, but several people presented ideas.

Vice Mayor Carey Freeman said he felt the auditorium needed to be expanded and the locker rooms needed to be updated. Councilwoman Jana Andrews asked about raising the gym floor, which has previously flooded and been replaced.

Superintendent Parish went over estimates for different levels of work at the middle school, including a $5 million plan for immediate repairs and a roughly $16 million modernization plan. Plans for the middle school will be ironed out as the city develops its capital improvement plan.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - December 13, 2017

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