Jackie Spainhour, Asst. Director of the Hunter House Victorian Museum says:

We would love to get both newcomers and the neighborhood in to see the museum decorated for Christmas! Thanks!

And she provided a real nice flyer, which you can get here: deck the halls open house flyer

What the flyer presents, in a much more festive format, is:


The Hunter House Victorian Museum presents:
Enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas, accompanied by the seasonal music of the Hammered Dulcimer.

240 W. Freemason Street, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 623-9814


from Chris Melhuish, Norfolk Historical Society:

The Norfolk Historical Society has launched our new website.  Listed in the NHS website are details about the upcoming Bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent commemorative activities planned for Norfolk, Virginia next February.  Several organizations / individuals are collaborating with the Norfolk Historical Society in the commemoration. 
This link will take you to the current list of events and information (will be periodically updated):
The next link will take you to the modern black tie or optional Regency Period (~1815) attire dinner-dance gala page, which will be held at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.  Tickets are available now for purchase (individual, couples, or tables of 10):
– Also attached is a one page flyer on the Gala.  This is a plated dinner and the food will be excellent!
Please don’t hesitate to email or call me if you have any questions.  Please also feel free to pass the word along.  This should be an interesting series of commemorative events centered in the Ghent district of Norfolk. 
So why are we commemorating this treaty in Tidewater Virginia?  Well, this war had plenty of local connections.  One of the most significant factors leading to the War of 1812 was the USS Chesapeake – HMS Leopard affair in 1807 (taking place just offshore and which enraged America). Our stunning success at the Battle of Craney Island in 1813, where we thrashed the British amphibious force aiming to take Norfolk and Portsmouth is strategically noteworthy.  And as an interesting footnote, the last engagement of that war occurring in Virginia took place in February 1815, where the Virginia Militia captured a Royal Navy vessel at the Wolf Trap Shoal about 30 miles north of Norfolk.  The War of 1812 significantly impacted Tidewater — and the treaty that established peace and amity with Britain in 1815 was welcomed. And still is two centuries later.
Hope to see you!
Warm regards,
Chris Melhuish
Norfolk Historical Society

from Katie Elder, Volunteer Coordinator, Norfolk Public Library:

We are in great need of some regular volunteers for our Learning Edge program at the new Slover Library downtown opening in January. The program offers all sorts of learning materials (multiplication cards, educational games, and resources) for parents and children to “check out” and use during the program time.

We need volunteers to help check out the items and then check them back in when the program is over. Upon check-in the volunteer will be ensuring all the pieces are intact with the returned materials. Staff will provide training.

The program will run every Tuesday from 5:30-8:30pm and every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm.

The program starts Tuesday, January 13th

Ideally we would like 2-3 volunteers to help with check out/check in each time.

Volunteers aged 8-12 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers 13-17 years old will need to have parent or guardian signature (I will provide the form). Volunteers 18 and older will need to complete a drug test and background check (no cost to them).

If you are interested please email me which day(s) you would like to volunteer, your phone number, and date of birth and I will send you the information and forms for the drug test and background check if applicable.

Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to pass my information along!

Katie Elder, MPA
Volunteer Coordinator
Norfolk Public Library
Phone: 757-664-7328 ext.320
Fax: 757-441-5863
Cell: 757-971-0017
Email: Katie.elder@norfolk.gov
1155 Pineridge Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
Volunteer application can be found at:

1 Phish.

Included at the bottom of this post is a modified email that was forwarded to us with the warning that this “Cox” email is a Hoax.  Neither Cox — nor any other legitimate organization — will ever ask or insist that you provide your account login details over the Internet.  So please, do not respond to such emails “from” Cox.net claiming to require you to enter your user name and password.

2 Phish.

But there is an additional risk from these insidious emails.  I mentioned that the fake Cox Account warning message copied below is modified — by me.    I added “###” throughout the message, marking every place where there was a hotlink; “Cox.net”, the sender email address, the Reply-To address.  (You normally see these hotlinks underlined and colored (often blue).

The “Cox.net” hotlink URL even looked* legitimate:

http:   //    cox dot net   /

I added spaces to prevent this U R L from ‘becoming’ a live virus.   And that’s the point here;  I don’t know what would happen if you clicked on the Cox.net hotlink in the original email, and I do not want to know.  At least not at the risk of infecting my computer.  It might only be a spoof site, its owner hoping you will indeed enter your Cox account details.  It could also be a site which would attempt to plant a “worm” or “Trojan Horse” malware on your computer just by your visiting the website.

So please be careful, even especially, if you decide to post warnings about suspicious emails.

  • Make sure that you do not forward a live hotlink of any sort: URL or email address, etc.  Any hotlinks should be deactivated or “denatured.”
  • If you don’t know how to do that, do not paste a suspicious email into your own hoax warning email or you will be unwittingly propagating the malware risk for the hackers.
  • Best Practice: better to just describe the email rather than trying to detoxify the (copy of the) suspicious email.

So fellow e-citizens, be safe, be careful, be aware. Any hotlink in a suspicious email is potentially poison. It’s a nasty e-world out there.

Dave Zellmer

[*FYI, to “look” at the Cox.net  hotlink (using Windows), I right-clicked -> ‘copy link link location’, then pasted into a simple text program (wordpad) so I could see the actual URL. I then did a (Google) search on “Cox net” <- just like that, to see what came up.  What I found:

  • cox.net is a legitimate address suffix, but preceded by https//
  • there are also several cox.com addressses

Clearly someone was pretty smart to grab the http (without the S (for “secure socket layer” I think)) Cox.net web address (URL) and have no doubt set up an official looking site. Smart on their part, dumb on Cox’s part not to have locked that URL in a safe place.

There is another giveaway that this is a bogus email: the reply-to email address does not have a legitimate cox.net suffix: “wildblue,net.” The From address is, of course, a hoax; the email was not really sent from ###og1101 at cox.net]


HOAX EMAIL EMAIL MESSAGE “From” COX   — hotlinks removed

From: “COX.net” <###og1101@cox.net>
Date: December 7, 2014 at 12:36:00 PM EST
Subject:Account Alert
Reply-To: ###mlcntct@wildblue.net

Dear Subscriber,

Due to the incessant rate of Spam, we are currently upgrading our ###COX.net with a hard spam protector, as such all ###COX.net users must respond to this email immediately. Failure to comply with the above instruction will immediately render your email ACCOUNT deactivated from our database.

Enter your data here;
User ID:

COX your friend in the digital age*


from Skip Stiles of Wetlands Watch:

High water noon today, midnight but..tomorrow (Monday) around noon there will be a very high tide – about 2 feet above the tide line for a full or new moon.  Similar to the ones we have had in recent weeks – usual intersections will be flooded. Cause is the wind out of the north we have been having/will have – stacking the water up.
tide charts here – http://www.nws.noaa.gov/mdl/etsurge/index.php?page=stn®ion=me&type=both&stn=vahamp (MHHW – that is the full/new moon tide line)
Stay dry,
Skip Stiles
Wetlands Watch
1121 Graydon Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23507

757-623-4835 (office and fax)
757-623-4830 (home)
757-621-1185 (cell)