Page News commemorates 150th anniversary with open house next Thursday

LURAY ― From his office on Luray's South Court Street, Harrisonburg businessman Samuel J. Price published the first edition of what is now the Page News and Courier on March 15, 1867. It was 14 years before the railroad came through Page County, more than 15 years before either the towns of Stanley or Shenandoah were established and 40 years before the Luray Electric Light Plant was completed. In the debut issue of what was then known as the Page Valley Courier, Price gave readers his idea of how a newspaper should function in an 823-word salutatory.  
Page News and Courier /  07-20-2017  

Grottoes lawn party ready to get underway

GROTTOES — The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party gets underway this week and is held from Wednesday through Saturday, July 19-22, at Mountain View Park. Wednesday is Veterans Night, with veterans offered a free meal with valid identification. A kids’ pedal pull competition will begin at 6:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Southern Grace. Rides begin Thursday, with a $15 armband offering unlimited turns from 5 to 10 p.m. Music guests will be The Hackens Boys. On Friday, an $18 armband allows unlimited rides from 5 to 11 p.m. with bluegrass music offered by Totally Unrelated. Also Friday, the annual Fireman’s Parade begins at 7 p.m. Lineup starts at 6 p.m. and no registration is necessary. On Saturday, rides will again be available for $18 armband from 5 to 11 p.m., with country and southern rock music from Sean Elliott Jr. and 460 South. Fireworks are planned at 10 p.m.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

Town seeks to enhance its street improvement efforts

ELKTON — Town improvement efforts soon will be hitting the streets. Troy Shifflett, Elkton’s public works director, told members of Town Council at their meeting Monday night that he’ll put out notices soon seeking bids for Elkton’s fall paving work. The town’s recently approved budget includes $412,000 in state funds earmarked for street work. The plan includes repaving parts of B, C and F streets and East Spotswood Avenue and extending Park Avenue to connect with the turnaround at the end of Roland Avenue. Wayne Printz, the town’s mayor and interim town manager, said Tuesday that the town had fallen behind on street-paving work until last year. That’s when it spent about $462,000 into sprucing up the streets.
The Valley Banner /  07-19-2017  

New Market receives $400K from Feds for preservation

NEW MARKET – Less than three weeks after launching a fundraising campaign to preserve three local Civil War sites, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation received a major boost from the federal government. On July 5, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the disbursement of $4.2 million to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for preservation efforts at 10 state battlefields. Of that amount, $1.7 million will go to the battlefields foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, with $1.3 million going to the Opequon Battlefield in Winchester and more than $408,000 going to the New Market Battlefield. The state amount was part of $7.2 million in grants the federal government approved for battlefield preservation nationwide.
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Woodstock dog park opens

WOODSTOCK — The town’s first dog park opened to plenty of woofs and barks on Saturday. The 72-acre park opened inside Fairview Park at 9 a.m. Festivities begin with an agility demonstration by local dog trainer Vicki Lutz. Members of the town’s public works department, the Rotary Club of Woodstock and the town’s park commission cut the ribbon on the dog park at 9:30 a.m. The first 50 dogs through the gates received goodie bags, and visitors entered a look-alike contest that judges how well dogs look like their owners.

Relish the moment: 90th Firemen’s Carnival runs through July 22

FRONT ROYAL — About 1,500 pounds of cabbage and onions went into this year's batch of famous relish for the 90th Front Royal Fireman's Carnival. The result: over 500 gallons of mustard-based relish, which has a "little tang" and "bite" to it, lifetime member of the Front Royal Fire Department Hoss Feldhauser said. It has been settling in 30 refrigerated barrels since June, and will be good as ever, he said. The department has churned out the relish since the 50s when firefighters Hugh Williams, Skillet Henry and former Sheriff Gary Keyser discovered the recipe at a baseball game. "We've used the same recipe all these years," Feldhauser said. "It's not a deeply guarded secret, what's in it. We start with 1,500 pounds of cabbage and 1,500 pounds of onions, and go from there."
The Warren Sentinel /  07-14-2017

Luray Middle School principal named Educator of the Year

LURAY ― A Page County educator last month was recognized with top honors by the state's middle school association. During a school-wide annual awards assembly on June 8, President of the Virginia Middle School Association Barbara Nichols surprised Luray Middle School Principal Kelly Lawton with the news that she had been selected as the association's Educator of the Year. “Through her leadership, a climate of success is provided at this school where staff and students have the opportunity to grow and learn together,” said an announcement posted on the VMSA website. “Programs and processes, such as the CSI Advisory Program, are in place to build relationships and create connections, which are vital to students at this stage in life.”
Page News and Courier /  07-14-2017

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Shenandoah’s Comer, New Market’s Perlozzo highlight second VBL Hall of Fame class

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