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Unveiling event

Unveiling Event

In the dark depths of the Chesapeake Bay, more than 1,000 feet below the surface, the largest impact crater in the United States laid buried for millions of years. It wasn't until a recent discovery, made by geologists David S. Powars, T. Scott Bruce and C. Wylie Poag, that the ancient mysteries of this impact crater were revealed. On August 30, 2008, the U-Haul Company of Tidewater (Co. 825), and the U-Haul Media and Public Relations Department teamed up with the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce to unveil the newest SuperGraphic representing the state of Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay impact crater has surfaced and can now be seen on the sides of U-Haul moving vans throughout North America.

The official SuperGraphic unveiling event took place during the August 2008 Harbor Party at the corner of Mason and Bay Avenues. This corner marks the spot along the shore of the Chesapeake Bay where the giant meteorite plummeted into the water more than 35 million years ago. U-Haul International Inc., the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce and residents of Cape Charles welcomed guests of honor David S. Powars (United States Geological Survey) and T. Scott Bruce (Virginia Department of Environmental Quality), who discovered the Chesapeake Bay impact crater, and enjoyed listening to their remarks.

Marketing Company President (MCP) Rich Cowell Jr., U-Haul Company of Tidewater (Co. 825), presented plaques to a large number of dignitaries representing the state of Virginia. Recipients included guests of honor David S. Powars, United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Scott Bruce, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Also joining the ceremony were Cape Charles Mayor Dora Sullivan; Councilman Steve Bennett; Councilman Bruce Evans; Councilman Chris Bannon; Councilman Larry Veber; Joe Vaccaro, Cape Charles town manager; Linda Spence, executive director, Northampton County Chamber of Commerce; David Burden, vice president, Northampton County Board of Supervisiors; Mary Ann McDevitt, Kellogg House Bed and Breakfast, and Carol Evans, Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast.

After the unveiling, everyone had fun trying to find Sammy U, the official U-Haul mascot hidden in the Virginia SuperGraphic. Then everyone presented with a plaque was invited to sign the SuperGraphic on the truck and pose for photographs. After the unveiling, guests enjoyed the Harbor Party along Virginia's glorious eastern shore.

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From L–R — Councilman Chris Bannon; Area District Vice President (ADVP) District 8, Ray Smith; Carol Evans, Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast; Scott Bruce, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Councilman Larry Veber; Dave Burden, vice president of the Northampton County Board of Supervisiors; Linda Spence, executive director, Northampton County Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Dora Sullivan; David S. Powars, United States Geological Survey (USGS); Mary Ann McDevitt, Kellogg House Bed and Breakfast; Councilman Steve Bennett; Councilman Bruce Evans; Joe Vaccaro, Cape Charles town manager and Marketing Company President (MCP) Rich Cowell Jr., U-Haul Company of Tidewater (Co. 825).


Guests gather to receive their Virginia SuperGraphic T-shirt and information kit.


Scott Bruce, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, addresses the crowd during the ceremony.


MCP Rich Cowell (Co.825) presents a plaque to David S. Powars, United States Geological Survey (USGS).


MCP Rich Cowell (Co. 825) holds up Sammy U during the unveiling for the crowd to see.


Mayor Sullivan was so pleased to receive her plaque that she thanked Rich Cowell with a hug.


Linda Spence, executive director of the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce, addresses the crowd after receiving her plaque.


Mayor Sullivan signing the truck.


Staff members of U-Haul Media and Public Relations, and the U-Haul Company of Tidewater.