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Race track to be ready for fair

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Fair Association is expected to finish upgrading its harness racing track in time for the fair in late August, according to the fair’s general manager. Tom Eshelman said Tuesday that crews with Winchester-based Perry Engineering will finish moving dirt and start laying stone for the tracks at the Woodstock fairgrounds next week. He added that many of the infrastructure updates have also been completed, including bathroom renovations and three miles of cables that have been laid underground.  

Trouble bruin in town, county: Hindered berry growth may be contributing to bear sightings

FRONT ROYAL — A bag full of baseball equipment recently went missing from the back of 16-year old Dylan Siskís truck. Then, a bag of pig feed disappeared from the family's house. Figuring a bear had stolen the pig feed, Dylan's father searched the area around the house. To their surprise, the baseball tote was found with everything except the protein bars it contained. Bears are a part of life in a town nestled in the mountains, but more than usual have been on the prowl. The increased sightings are most likely due to hindered berry growth from the cold and wet spring, according to District Wildlife Biologist Fred Frenzel. So, bears resort to resort to eating items such as thrown-away food, pig feed and protein bars.
The Warren Sentinel /  07-25-2016  

Warner speaks with Luray leaders about downtown revitalization

LURAY ― U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) gathered with downtown leaders and supporters on Sunday to tout the area's economic strides and talk about continuing challenges. With about a dozen new businesses opening their doors in the historic district in the past year, or planning openings in the coming year, the former Virginia governor said it's those small investments that make a big impact. In the past five years, according to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Main Street communities have made more than $161 million in private investments in the state, creating 2,637 jobs. Since his last visit to Luray eight years ago, when he toured the downtown area, walked the Luray-Hawksbill Greenway and met with local students at Lord Fairfax Community College's Luray-Page County Center, Warner said he's noticed continued development underway in Luray.
Page News and Courier /  07-20-2016  

43-mile yard sale crawling on

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg and Rockingham County won’t sponsor the Route 11 Yard Crawl this year, despite its gradual extension into the area from Shenandoah County. Officially, the 12th annual yard sale event will stretch 43 miles along U.S. 11 from Stephens City to New Market on Aug. 13. In reality, though, sales will likely sprout up in Rockingham County without prompting or support from local leaders.
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Lawn party starts Thursday

McGAHEYSVILLE — The McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company hosts its 51st annual lawn party from Thursday to Saturday, July 21-23. A Miss and Master Beauty Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, which is arm band night when kids can ride unlimited for $20. A Firefighters Parade is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday on McGaheysville Road and will travel from McGaheysville Elementary School to Village Market.
The Valley Banner /  07-20-2016

THIS WEEKND: Relish the festival

FRONT ROYAL — Life member of the Front Royal Fire Department Hoss Feldhauser has helped plan 48 Firemanís Carnivals, and he has not become tired of the famous relish. More than 400 gallons of the mustard-based relish was prepared for this yearís 89th annual Firemanís Carnival, which runs July 13-23 — excluding Sunday, July 17 — at the carnival grounds across from Bing Crosby Stadium. The relish ingredients were created in the 1950s by firemen Skeeter Henry, Hugh Williams and former Sheriff Gary Keiser. The unwritten recipe, which calls for 1,500 pounds of cabbage and onions, has been passed down to each generation of firemen since. The relish sold out early at the last carnival, so the firemen prepared 460 gallons this year. The relish is special, Feldhauser said, and there have been requests to have it sent as far away as Texas.
The Warren Sentinel /  07-14-2016

Bear encounters on the rise in Shenandoah Valley

LURAY ― Several black bear sightings in the Shenandoah National Park and the Valley are prompting park and town officials to alert residents to “unusual bear activity.” Last Thursday, SNP established temporary closures in its South District after several bear sightings. The previous weekend, a hiker reported a 300-pound bear that was “unusually assertive in approaching him to obtain food,” according to a July 7 news release issued by the park. The sighting was one of several reported by hikers to park officials that week.
Page News and Courier /  07-13-2016

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State Champs - Grottoes tops Mechanicsville, 1-0, to win the ages 9-10 softball crown

BRIDGEWATER – Grottoes Little League’s ages 9-10 softball all-stars captured the Virginia state title with a 1-0 win over Mechanicsville Little League last Wednesday afternoon at Oakdale Park. Grottoes completed its run in the state tourney with a 7-0 record and claimed a spot in the regional tournament in Tennessee.
07-20-2016

Golfing in the Valley: Mountain Marvel - The Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Resort

SNOWSHOE, WV — The typical golf season at the Raven Golf Club that sits in the shadows of Snowshoe Ski Resort generally runs from early May to early October. That's just a little under six months to tee it up at one of the best public golf courses in West Virginia. Tucked away in the hills of wild, wonderful West Va. in Pocahontas County, this masterful Gary Player design is well worth the long, winding and arduous journey it takes to find it. Originally opened as Hawthorne Valley in 1993, the course was renamed the Raven wish Intrawest Corporation's Raven Group purchased the property. Seemingly located in the middle of nowhere, the Raven alone is worth the trek, but adding in the many amenities that include, restaurants, pubs, shopping and of course the skiing in season, there is never a dull moment at Snowshoe.
07-20-2016

Long road to Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Jennings Painter took the stage inside the auditorium of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. brimming with emotion. Instead of chairs, the aisles were lined with bleachers. The walls were painted to make the room feel like a baseball grandstand. His hands were trembling. Tears began to settle in. As a youngster 61 years ago, Painter didn’t know his knack for note keeping would lead him — and 18 of his closest buddies — to the Mecca of baseball. On Tuesday morning, representatives from the Hall of Fame held a ceremony to accept the records Painter kept during the 1955-56 sandlot seasons in Stanley. Each summer, the neighborhood boys spent their days in a field off Aylor Grubbs Avenue in Stanley. Their games were organized and competitive. And as the sun began to fade, Painter pulled out his notebook, jotting down the statistics from that day. After the notes were removed from Painter’s attic 61 years later, the idea came to fruition. Why not try to store these in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?
07-13-2016

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