35th Camp Fantastic underway at 4-H Center

FRONT ROYAL — Camp Fantastic is just like any other camp, with several kids standing along the bank of a lake at the Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center Tuesday casting their lines in the fishing derby. The one difference between this camp and the usual summer getaway is that every attendee is a cancer patient. Even though five-year Camp Fantastic veteran Tara has not yet had any bites, she was "still having fun" and fishing remained her favorite activity of the week. Although Tara said some of her camp pals have died, she loves coming back to see old friends and make new ones because everyone is "fun and generous."  
The Warren Sentinel /  08-18-2017  

65th annual Page Valley Fair kicks off Monday

LURAY — Ferris wheel rides, funnel cakes and fun will be on display next week during the 65th annual Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair. Above all, there'll be “family,” said this year's first female president of the Page Valley Fair Association Louise Mauck. Festivities kick off on Monday with “Kids Night,” when all school-age youth, seniors 60 and up, servicemen and women and veterans will be admitted free. Each night of the six-night event features fan favorites, including nightly grandstand events, midway eats, treats and entertainment, 4-H showcases and exhibits.
Page News and Courier /  08-17-2017  

Final installment of ‘Voices for the Children’ set for Monday - Nine compete for top prize at fair

LURAY ― Nine local singers will take center stage on Monday during the grand finale of the “Voices for the Children” competition. Sponsored by the Caverns Shrine Club, the finalists from Page County and surrounding areas will vie for a shot at a top prize of $1,000 during the final installment of the six-part, monthly series. Since kicking off in March with a showcase event, 18 singers have competed each month, rotating between Luray and Page County high schools. Audience voting began in April, before the first round of eliminations ― determined by both audience voting and a panel of judges. Proceeds raised through the events benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The network of 22 nonprofit medical facilities across North America provides treatment to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal chord injuries and cleft lips and palates. Each patient is provided services at no cost, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.
Page News and Courier /  08-17-2017  

East Rock, Spotswood named among state’s top schools

HARRISONBURG — Three Valley schools have been named among the state’s best alongside almost 390 of their peers. East Rockingham, Spotswood and Central high schools received the 2017 Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the award’s 246 winning schools and school divisions on Aug. 8. The distinction is one of three honors that are part of the Virginia Index of Performance program. The Virginia Department of Education chose the winners according to their Standards of Learning exam pass rates during the 201516 school year. The VDOE also considered graduation rates for that year.
The Valley Banner /  08-16-2017  
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Pig Scramble under spotlight

WOODSTOCK — A long-standing tradition of the Shenandoah County Fair is the subject of two separate petitions two weeks ahead of the fair’s opening. Strasburg resident Lee Snarr launched a petition on the website Care2 on July 26 calling for the elimination of the Virginia’s Largest Greased Pig Contest. The event, a scramble held at the fair for more than 30 years, involves 300 to 400 children chasing and catching 100 pigs around the fair’s grandstand, according to Tom Eshelman, the fair’s general manager. The petition had received 48,625 signatures worldwide as of Wednesday afternoon, with 916 of them from supporters in Virginia. The petition has a goal of 50,000 signatures. The fair runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 2 at the county fairgrounds in Woodstock. The Greased Pig Contest is scheduled for opening night at 7 p.m. with free admission.

New Market manager to retire Sept. 15

NEW MARKET — New Market’s town manager is retiring after 28 years of service – but he doesn’t plan on spending his golden years being idle. On Aug. 1, Mike Ritchie announced his resignation to Mayor Doug Bradley and Town Council. The announcement is effective Sept. 30, but he plans to use vacation time before he leaves, making his last day Sept. 15, he said. Ritchie, 55, grew up in Rockingham County and attended Broadway High School. He started working for New Market as an equipment operator at the old wastewater treatment plant in 1989. He was promoted to wastewater superintendent, then became the town’s public works director in 2007. He was named town manager in July 2014.

Council approves Triplett rezoning

MOUNT JACKSON – Town Council voted to clear the first hurdle in turning part of the old Triplett School property into a duplex neighborhood during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Council granted a request from Todd Holtzman and Dexter Mumaw to rezone 4.2 acres at 6044 S. Main St. from central business to medium-density residential. The pair agreed to purchase the school and 5 acres of surrounding property for $250,000 in August 2016 to build homes and turn the school into commercial space. The town still owns the property and will transfer ownership once all of the required permits and paperwork are approved, according to former Town Manager Charles Moore, who facilitated the sale.

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