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Mayor Eskridge to attend ‘Tangier in Crisis’ program

At the invitation of the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS), Tangier Island Mayor James Eskridge will attend the NAPS “Tangier in Crisis” Presentation at 10 a.m. February 11, at Heathsville United Methodist Church, 39 Courthouse Road, Heathsville.

Stating that he wants to thank Northumberland County School and the seventh-grade Community Problem Solvers “for taking interest and being concerned with Tangier,” Mayor Eskridge will fly to the Northern Neck and be escorted to the Heathsville venue, weather permitting, reported NAPS publicity chairman Jay Walker.

NAPS co-president Dr. Lynton Land will be the program moderator. The presentation centers on a project undertaken by the NMS Community Problem Solvers.  Pam Hagy will review the first year when she was project leader.  Shauna McCranie will follow with a report of the second year when she was project leader.  Nineteen students participated in the project.

A video by the Army Corps of Engineers (Norfolk) that includes a discussion of the environmental and cultural issues of Tangier will set the stage for a student presentation.

The students will describe how they went about studying Tangier Island. Their conclusions are outlined in four possible scenarios. Their priority was saving the people and culture of Tangier.

The action plan states in part, “Many people do not know how very threatened the Island of Tangier is by sea level rise and subsidence. Raising awareness through education and political advocacy are very important to Tangier’s future as an island community.”

Rounding out the presentations will be the trailer of a 2013 documentary film, “Pieces of Tangier,” produced by Jenny Roberts.  The “Tangier in Crisis” program will conclude with a discussion period. Refreshments will be served.

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