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THIS WEEKEND: Memorial Day Festival

SHENANDOAH — Dave Hinkle, town council member, is proud to coordinate the planning of the Memorial Day Festival and Parade. Now in its 19th year, the day-long series of events is a way to honor past and present veterans. "People do not honor veterans any more," Hinkle said. "We don't honor the veterans and we don't tell them how much we appreciate them, as a country." Hinkle sees Shenandoah as the opposite. "Shenandoah does honor its veterans," Hinkle said. "Shenandoah is a patriotic town." The annual event is highlighted by a memorial ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the VFW hall, led by Mayor Clinton Lucas. He honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving. This year, Lucas will be honoring 22-year-old Daniel Gray, a native of Stanley who died in February. The day culminates with a parade at 3 p.m. beginning at Maryland Avenue and ending on Third Street.

Moose Lodge fire ruled accidental

SHENANDOAH — Last Monday's fire at the Shenandoah Moose Lodge 2176 was ruled an accident, after an investigation by the Page County Sheriff's office. "We don't presently have any involvement," said Major Philip Baker. "Our fire investigator investigated the scene. An accidental cause could not be eliminated. Besides him looking, there was no investigation." The fire occurred around 1:30 a.m., May 16. Crystal McAlister, who works as the lodge's bar manager, lived in an apartment above the Moose Lodge and woke up to her home filled with smoke. She made the initial 911 call. It took 24 firefighters around 90 minutes to put the blaze out. The building was insured, with an initial damage estimate of $500,000 to $750,000, according to Dustin Lucas, Shenandoah Fire Department Chief.

‘Business as usual’ at Page Free Clinic after longtime director leaves

LURAY — After initial concerns from the public regarding the future of the Page Free Clinic, those involved want to assure the community that those fears are unfounded. "We plan to continue business as usual," said Amy Painter, the clinic's new Executive Director. "We will be open every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., just like always." The Page Free Clinic, located at 732 East Main St., was founded six years ago by Dr. Arsheeya Mashaw. The clinic sees around 800 patients a year. When Mashaw announced earlier this year that he and his family would be moving to Oregon in May, he made sure a plan was in place to continue the clinic.

Tactical Walls holds ribbon cutting, tours

SHENANDOAH ― State, county and community leaders gathered Monday to celebrate the arrival of new industry and the revival of a plant facility that remained vacant for nearly four years. “We are really, really proud that you're here,” Shenandoah Mayor Clinton Lucas told the founders of Tactical Walls during Monday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We hope that this will be the place for your home for many, many years to come.” A crowd of about 50 gathered at the entrance of the nearly 60,000-square-foot facility off of Route 340 in Shenandoah to celebrate the firearm concealment manufacturer, including town and county officials, members of the Shenandoah Town Council and the Page County Board of Supervisors and Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) and Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg).

Monday morning fire damages Shenandoah Moose Lodge

SHENANDOAH — Crystal McAlister woke up at 1:30 a.m. Monday to what smelled like burning rubber. What she was smelling turned out to be from a fire at Shenandoah Moose Lodge 2176 that caused at least $500,000 damage, according to a fire official. McAlister, who lives in an apartment above the lodge on U.S. 340 just north of Naked Creek, began coughing and saw that her apartment was filled with smoke.

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