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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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An honor in need of an upgrade?

The Class of 1948 of James Monroe High School (which was then in what we now call the former Maury School) dedicated a flag pole and bronze plaque to service members who gave their lives during World War II.

Last year, Paula Snellings, a member of that class, wrote a letter to the editor urging the developers turning Maury into condos to preserve the flag pole.

It’s still there, but today, Colonial Beach resident Robert Whitestone writes on the letters page that it’s not being given the respect it deserves.

I’m looking into a story about possible solutions for this memorial. If anyone has any ideas, or any involvement in this issue, please contact me at or 540/374-5413.