Girl Scouts, Dairy Queen’s former property sold and more: News briefs for November 24th

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(Colonial Coast Girl Scouts)

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast ‘Wild Things’ Adventure Group Hosts Fifth Annual Turkey Hang

NEWPORT NEWS – With the support of several Girl Scout volunteers, the Wild Things of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) Turkey’s Fifth Annual Friendsgiving Celebration was held on November 12 at Newport News Park.

Thirty junior high and high school Girl Scouts prepared and cooked a full turkey feast outdoors over a fire. Five turkeys were prepared a variety of ways and served with a dozen traditional sides, including macaroni and cheese, homemade bread and sweet potato casserole.

The Wild Things of GSCCC are a group of 30 junior high and high school Girl Scouts from the Hampton Roads who have a passion for outdoor adventure and discovery and participate in activities like hiking and whitewater rafting year-round. In addition to earning badges, girls can participate in a variety of outdoor activities through Girl Scouts. Girls from kindergarten to 12th Grade level and adult volunteers and invited to participate or volunteer at

DMV services are available online during the Thanksgiving closure

RICHMOND — With all Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) full-service customer service centers closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday through Saturday, November 24-26, the DMV is reminding customers that more than 50 services available online at or by post.

Offices will reopen on Monday 28th November.

The DMV is also reminding motorists to buckle up during the Thanksgiving holiday — and every day — adding that state and local police officers across Virginia will be on the lookout for unbelted motorists during the Click It or Ticket campaign Nov. 26-30 will be on the lookout. The DMV notes that 110 alcohol-related accidents on Virginia roads during the Thanksgiving holiday last year killed one and injured 61.

Virginia ABC Announces Holiday Business Hours

MECHANICSVILLE — Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) said its stores will observe several holidays in November, December and January that will affect operating hours.

  • On Thursday, November 24th, all ABC stores in Virginia will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Shops will operate normal opening hours on Wednesday 23rd November and Friday 25th November.
  • On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, all ABC stores in Virginia close at 5:00 p.m. and remain closed on Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day. Shops will reopen on Monday 26th December following normal opening hours.
  • On Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st, all shops will close at 6 p.m. due to New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Find the opening hours of your local ABC store in Virginia at

Volunteer at the 2022 Christmas Parade

WILLIAMSBURG — The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers for the 2022 Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4 at 5 p.m

Volunteers can sign up as an individual or choose a shift with friends and co-workers to help with check-in, setting up, counting, handing out, cleaning up and more.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

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Chesterfield American Idol Alum Releases New Single

Carrie Brockwell, the teenage Chesterfield singer/songwriter who was rewarded with a “Golden Ticket” and a chance to go to Hollywood to appear on “American Idol,” is releasing a new single, “Dizzy,” which features together was written with top Nashville songwriter Britton Cameron (Lonestar, John Pardi).

A lifelong performer, Brockwell has been on the stage since age three, starring in musical theater productions including starring in the musical Annie at age 11 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Brockwell now attends a performing arts school in Virginia, described in a press release as “Fame” with a Tidewater accent.

“Dizzy” is available on all streaming platforms and watch the lyric video here: Dizzy by Carrie Brockwell – Lyric Video – YouTube.

The Peninsula Airports Commission presents the proceeds of “5 km on the runway” to the Hampton Roads Youth Volunteer Corp

NEWPORT NEWS – A check for $7,656.22 was presented to the Youth Volunteer Corp of Hampton Roads (YVCHR) on Wednesday, November 23. The money was raised with “5,000 on the runway” made possible by Newport News Williamsburg International Airport in September.

More than 500 runners took part.

Pictured: Larson, third from left, with members of the Executive Committee. (James City County)

Larson elected to the VACo Board of Directors

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Ruth Larson, Berkeley representative on the James City County Board of Supervisors, was killed during her 88th birthdayth Annual business meeting on November 15th.

According to a press release from the county, she will serve as the first vice president. Larson has represented Region 2 on the VACo Executive Committee since 2021 and on the VACo Board of Directors since 2019.

Larson was first elected to the James City County board of directors in November 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. In 2018 she was chairwoman. Larson is also Chair of the James City Service Authority (JCSA) in 2022 and served as Vice Chair of the 2020 and 2021 JCSA.

Larson previously served on the Board of Directors of Williamsburg-James City County School from 2006 until her election to the Board of Directors in 2015.

(Chesapeake Bank)

Chesapeake Bank was named one of the “Best Banks to Work For” in 2022

KILMARNOCK – Chesapeake Bank was named one of the “2022 Best Banks to Work For” by American Banker in association with the Best Companies Group.

According to a press release, the ranking identifies banks that excel at creating positive and supportive workplaces for employees, based on an anonymous employee survey and a review of the benefits and perks offered.

The Chesapeake Bank ranked #32 out of 90 in the US and #1 in Virginia, its tenth year on the list. The full list of Best Banks to Work For 2022 will be posted on

For more information on the Best Banks to Work For program, visit

Former Dairy Queen Williamsburg estate sold

NEWPORT NEWS — Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announced the sale of the former Dairy Queen at 105 Bypass Road in York County.

Milwaukee Development, LLC acquired the 932-square-foot retail building with a double-sided drive-through configuration for $950,000 and plans to market and redevelop the property for a new occupant, according to a press release.

Drew Haynie by Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer conducted the sales negotiations on behalf of the seller.


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