Letter: Concert raises money for ‘Gloucester 40’
The silken voices of Tri-County Express serenaded more than 100 friends of the "Gloucester 40" during a fundraiser Saturday in Gloucester. The event was held to raise money for legal expenses incurred by the 40 Gloucester voters sanctioned by a substitute judge in 2008 for circulating petitions to have four members of the county Board of Supervisors removed from office for alleged misconduct.
The group has appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court fines the judge levied against them totaling $80,000. Four of the group have also incurred legal expenses fighting subpoenas brought against them for computer information in a civil lawsuit three of the supervisors filed against Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert D. Hicks. Teresa Altemus, the fourth supervisor, who was subsequently defeated in her bid for re-election, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Arnold Nye, an organizer of the petition drive who called the fundraiser "a huge success," said Saturday’s concert brought in more than $2,000 in donations.
Tri-County Express, a singing group that’s been together for more than three decades, has been called "Manhattan Transfer of the South," said its director, Becky Heath.
Saturday’s selections, which Heath said were tailored to celebrate the community’s support of the Gloucester 40, included "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." The group concluded with an old Irish blessing that begins, "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields ..." during which everyone in the room, including the singers, formed a chain holding hands.
James Store, Va.