Valley milk slapped with injunction for tainted milk powder

STRASBURG — The Food and Drug Administration has filed a court order against Valley Milk Products in Strasburg, banning the production of all powdered milk as a result of salmonella being found during inspections last summer. A consent decree of condemnation and permanent injunction was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg on March 14. The U.S. Department of Justice represented the FDA in court. The decree means the company agreed to cooperate with the FDA without confirming or denying its allegations. The plant at 412 E. King St. has not produced milk powder since July, and cannot resume until 10 “appropriate corrective actions” are taken to sanitize the facility and ensure that salmonella bacteria don’t reappear in the products or the plant, according to the decree. Those actions include cleaning and repairing all equipment and areas that powdered products touch, establishing a sanitation control program and submitting a set of salmonella monitoring guidelines to the FDA, the decree said.  

Dennison named events coordinator in New Market

NEW MARKET — A lifelong Shenandoah County resident has jumped from the golden arches to grant-writing and event planning for the Town of New Market. Amber Dennison, 34, started as the town’s new events and marketing coordinator on March 13. She had been a store manager at the McDonald’s restaurant at 2387 South Main St. in Harrisonburg for 13 years. Former director Brittany Clem left her position in January to join the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department as a program specialist.

Styx pulls out of county fair

WOODSTOCK — Styx will no longer perform at the Shenandoah County Fair in August. The fair association announced the rock band’s cancellation “due to unforeseen circumstances” in a press release last week. General Manager Tom Eshelman declined to say why the near-sellout show will not go on.

Superheroes to the rescue: Dinner planned to benefit boy, 4, with rare bone marrow disorder

FRONT ROYAL — A rare gene mutation has induced tribulations upon a local 4-year-old which would be difficult for any adult to handle. Mason Langlais suffers from a dyskeratosis congentia, which causes an array of medical issues including bone marrow failure. When Ressie Jeffries Elementary School employee Carol Vorous heard about Langlais' diagnosis from his grandmother, Tammy Shell, she knew the family needed help to persevere through these difficult times. So Vorous planned the "Team Super Hero" benefit dinner to help the Langlaises. The dinner will be held 4 to 8 p.m. April 9 at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department at 221 N. Commerce Ave. Proceeds will be used to help the Langlaises with medical bills and other expenses. The benefit will include musical performances by Soldiers of Suburbia, Charlee Allman and Slow Creek. There will also be a silent auction and raffles. Tickets are $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door and kids under 12 are $7.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-24-2017  
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Organizer steps up; farmers market to return

FRONT ROYAL — The farmers market on the Downtown Commons could happen this year after all. Beezy Bee consignment shop owner Destiney Sargent has come forward to take on the weekly market just weeks after the previous organizers announced it would close due to their retirement. Town Community Development Director Felicia Hart made the annoucement during the Monday night Council meeting. Town and farmers market personnel have had several meetings with her, Hart said. Interim Town Manager Joe Waltz is reviewing her application. Sargent, who also raises sheep, is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has a lot of contacts with other farmers, Hart said.
The Warren Sentinel /  03-16-2017

Six key seats up for grabs in Page County’s fall election

LURAY — Carol Gaunt, Page County director of elections/registrar, says she has had candidate packets ready since the beginning of the year for the November election, but only a few packets have gone out and "no one has returned any candidate forms yet." There are six seats up for grabs in this fall's election, three on the Board of Supervisors and three on the School Board. Board of Supervisors incumbents facing re-election are Johnny Woodward, chairman at large; Keith Guzy, District 1; and Dorothy Pendley, District 5. School Board members whose terms also expire on Dec. 31 are Dr. Morgan Phenix, chairman at large; Randy Bailey, District 1; and Jackie Sullivan-Smoot, District 5. With a little less than three months to go before the June 13 filing deadline — and more than seven months before the Nov. 7 election — most of the current officeholders have decided whether they will seek another term.
Page News and Courier /  03-15-2017

Green Mountain owners honored

ELKTON — Green Mountain Properties, located at 315 W. Spotswood Trail in Elkton and owned by Michele Lucci and Raul Castillo, received the February 2017 Community Enhancement Award and plaque. The Elkton Downtown Revitalization Corporation designed the award to recognize building owners who have made significant improvements to their property. A great debt of gratitude is due Casey Billhimer, of the Elkton Historical Society, for his September 1999 “Fading Images” column in The Valley Banner. His research and column provided historical information from before the building was constructed through the 1970s.
The Valley Banner /  03-15-2017

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Local Sports

Growing swim culture powers Central’s surging team

District swimmer of the year Dean Woodwell and three-time state champion Ashley Funkhouser are transparent reasons why Central's swim program is thriving.

Warm winter brings welcome surprise for area golf courses

Golf courses in the northern parts of the Valley are enjoying the fruits of an unseasonably warm winter.

Central-Wise tops East Rockingham in State Quarterfinals, 51-37

The East Rockingham girls' fabulous season came to a close in the state quarterfinals.

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