"The Decline of Local News"

(Specifically the Virginia Gazette)

Bill O'Donovan 

Mounts Bay Recreation Center 6:00 to 7:30 PM  July 24th

Bill O’Donovan worked nearly 42 years at The Virginia Gazette before being laid off as Publisher in 2012 by Tribune Company as it emerged from bankruptcy.  His father was a newspaper editor in New York City during the 1930s, and his middle sister was an editor at Look magazine.

  After graduating from the University of Detroit, he served in the Army and did a tour in Vietnam, winning two Bronze Star medals for service. He joined the Gazette in 1971. In 1984 he led the transition of frequency from an afternoon weekly to a morning twice-weekly. 

Over the years Bill led the growth of the Gazette from 2,000 paid circulation to 18,500 when he left. The website vagazette.com had the highest audience among all non-daily newspaper websites in Virginia.

He is past president of the Virginia Press Association of 128 newspapers. In 1986 he helped found the local rehab group Housing Partnerships, which is our version of Habitat for Humanity without the religious angle. He was president in 1992 of the Williamsburg Area Chamber & Alliance.

  He won the Prentis Award for civic achievement from the College of William & Mary – twice. He won the Korczowski-Fuller  lifetime achievement award from the Williams­burg Kiwanis Club. 

  An avid sailor, he turned in retirement to form Williamsburg Charter Sails, taking locals and tourists out for three-hour cruises along the historic York River. Trip Advisor has just ranked his charter operation No. 1 among 50 activities in greater Williamsburg. 

Happy Hour - James Landing Grill 

July 30th "Tuesday"

(Please bring a guest)

4:00-7:00 pm 

1st, 3rd & 5th "Tuesday"

No registration required. Cash bar. 

Reduced drink prices end at 6:00 pm 

"For KCSA Clubs that use Kingsmill Resort Facilities, all members of the KCSA Club are welcome to use the facility during the function time. "

James Paige, PGA, VP Club Operations, Email 5.28.2022



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Calendar of events

Jul 24 Lecture # 4,   Bill O'Donovan 

"The Decline of Local News, Specifically the Virginia Gazette"

Jul 30 Happy Hour 4:00 to 7:00 JLG

Aug 6 Happy Hour 4:00 to 7:00 JLG

Aug 20 Happy Hour 4:00 to 7:00 JLG

Aug 21 Movie Night # 2

Sep 16 Lecture # 5: Victory at Guadalcanal,  John Delano

Sep 14&15 W&M Kingsmill Cup regatta

Oct 15 or 16 Happy Hour & Decommissioning 

Oct Sunset Cruise

Oct 10 BierFest at MBR

Oct 29 Halloween Movie Night

Nov 11 Lecture#6 Chris Munson

Sep/Oct Nauticus bus trip

Dec 9 Lecture or Movie Night # 4

Jan 26 2025 Commodore's Ball

Mar 15 2025 Mississippi River cruise 

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The Kingsmill Yacht Club is open to all "Kingsmill residents".  Founded in 1976, the Kingsmill Yacht Club provides an enthusiastic group of members with a variety of opportunities for boating and socializing activities. The core element of membership is a love of waterborne sports whether enjoyed through boat ownership in the present or buoyed by memories of previous times afloat. In addition to various boating events in home or foreign waters, we organize a winter series of lectures on topics of marine interest and also summer trips on aquatic themes. Our Commodore’s Ball is a traditional feature of the Kingsmill year.