News in Brief: Feb. 17

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February 16, 2009

11:15 PM

*College to broadcast events and lectures*

The College of William and Mary and the City of Williamsburg will work together to offer programming content for Williamsburg and James City cable outlets.

The College’s programming content will include special events, classes from the music department, campus forums and guest and faculty lecturers. The programs will air on channel 48 in both the city and James City County.

“The College of William and Mary is one of the city’s greatest assets and resources,” Mayor Jeanne Zeidler said. “We are thrilled that we can partner with the College to broadcast to the entire community the kinds of world-class lectures and performances that the faculty and students offer.”

*Retired filmmaker passes away*

Retired filmmaker Fred Frechette ’46 died Thursday at the age of 86. He moved to Williamsburg from Holyoke, Mass. in 1942 and graduated from the College of William and Mary with an economics degree.

He served Williamsburg as the manager of the then newly opened Richmond Times-Dispatch Williamsburg bureau and, later, as the captain of the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

He went on to spend 16 years as a writer, producer and director of films and was involved in around 152 films total. His films won numerous awards and have appeared on all three major television networks.

*Statue of Obama added to Presidents Park*

A massive bust of President Barack Obama was added to Presidents Park in Williamsburg, according to The Virginian-Pilot. This is the first addition to the park since it was built five years ago.

Two dozen people witnessed the unveiling of the bust on Friday. The bust is mounted in a case just above eye level and bears a lifelike resemblance to the president.

David Adickes, crafter of the 42 other presidents at the park, designed Obama’s bust.

“The model captures all of the elements of Obama in the newest defining moment in American history,” Everette Newman III, president of the park, said.

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