THIS WEEKEND: Ole’ Time Festival, Edinburg

EDINBURG — Three days are needed to contain Edinburg’s biggest annual event, the thirty-fourth Ole’ Time Festival. Sponsored by the Town of Edinburg and the Edinburg Heritage Foundation, the event includes a range of activities from hay wagon rides and Civil War history demonstrations, to live music, dancing and the Old Timers basketball and baseball games. A crowd favorite is the “March Through Town” parade at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20. The festival officially begins with the opening ceremony Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. on the Mill stage and ends with the closing ceremony Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church. Events will take place at various locations around town, while most crafters will be at the historic Edinburg Mill. All events are free unless otherwise listed.  

THIS WEEKEND: Annual Apple Butter Festival features fruit and fun

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK ― There's one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park's annual September festival ― apples. Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park's history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort. This year's installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, will feature face painting, pony rides and activities for kids. Adults can enjoy a wine tasting.
Page News and Courier /  09-19-2014  

Four new judges likely to be added in 26th Judicial District

WINCHESTER — Four new judges are expected to be added to the benches in the Northern Shenandoah Valley next week. They were selected from among 19 candidates seeking the judgeships in the 26th Judicial District, according to a joint news release from Republican Dels. Mark Berg, Frederick County; Randy Minchew, Leesburg; Dave LaRock, Hamilton; Todd Gilbert, Woodstock; Steve Landes, Verona; Tony Wilt, Harrisonburg and Michael Webert, Marshall; along with GOP Sens. Jill Vogel, Upperville; Mark Obenshain, Harrisonburg and Emmett Hanger, Mount Solon.

Environmental Protection Agency set to relinquish control of Avtex Superfund site

FRONT ROYAL — On Saturday the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to return to the Front Royal community a 440-acre piece of land once considered one of the most polluted places in Virginia. A quarter of a century after the closing of the Avtex Fibers plant, EPA officials will hand a letter of ‘no further interest’ to the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority concerning the Avtex Superfund site, formerly the Avtex Fibers Inc. manufacturing plant of Front Royal. The site is one of original pilot sites selected to participate in EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI). SRI seeks to return Superfund sites to productive use by coordinating environmental cleanups with the planned reuse of the sites.
The Warren Sentinel /  09-19-2014  
More News

Exploding targets now a safety issue

LURAY — It's a whole lot easier to visually see an exploding target at 250 yards than to walk down range. The use of exploding targets, designed for long-range target practice, creates a lot of noise and excitement. The problem is that when used in multi-pound amounts — the explosion can shake houses.
Page News and Courier /  09-17-2014

Police seek missing woman near Shenandoah

SHENANDOAH — Page County law enforcement is searching for a woman who has been missing since Sunday, Sept. 7. Capt. Carl “Bow” Cook, of the Page County Sheriff’s Office, identified the woman as 51-year-old Joy Schultz. Cook said that the woman was last seen at her residence in the 900 block of U.S. 340, outside of the Shenandoah town limits, around 9 a.m. on Sept. 7.

Elkton Council okays website, postpones sign

ELKTON – By a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Joshua Gooden dissenting, Town Council on Monday approved the creation of website for local businesses to use. A contract for up to $1,500 was approved for Ames Web Design of Luray. The idea for the website grew out of meetings with Rockingham County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Elkton Town Manager Kevin Whitfield said. A number of town businesses requested the website, he said, which would take 20 hours to build.
The Valley Banner /  09-17-2014

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Local Sports

Golfing in the Valley — Bowling Green

ROCKLAND — When Linwood Morrison opened Bowling Green Country Club back in 1983, his vision was to provide affordable golf at a fun golf course. Morrison hit the proverbial nail on the head as Bowling Green flourished with a healthy membership and plenty daily fee play. So much so that Morrison opened up the sister South Course in 1992. Shorter than the 6,400 North Course, the South Course provided another option for the multitudes of golfers in the area. After Morrison passed, his widow Nellie Mae eventually hired a golf management company to run the day-to-day operations at Bowling Green.

Grottoes Cardinals set to return to the RCBL

HARRISONBURG – It wasn’t a unanimous vote, but the Grottoes Cardinals are coming back to the Rockingham County Baseball League. The RCBL voted to approve the addition of Grottoes to the 8-team league on Monday night during a meeting held at the Rockingham County Administration Center.

Golfing in the Valley — Virginia Oaks

GAINESVILLE — It's easy to overlook Virginia Oaks in Gainesville. After all, of the three golf courses located on Lake Manassas in Prince William County, Virgina Oaks would have to be considered the ugly duckling considering that upscale daily fee Stonewall and the ultra-private and venerable Robert Trent Jones Golf Club are the other the other courses in the flock. Stonewall has won several awards over the years and is usually one of the better conditioned public tracks in Virginia, while RTJ has hosted several President Cup matches and will host Tiger Woods AT&T tourney next summer. But Virginia Oaks shouldn't be overlooked.

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