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Blue Ridge Heritage Project selects memorial site in Stanley’s Ed Good Park

STANLEY — After months of deliberation and exploring sites all over Page County, members of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project have selected Stanley's Ed Good Park as the site of their monument. The Blue Ride Heritage Project is a regional group, with chapters in all eight of the counties that were affected by the creation of Shenandoah National Park. A committee is formed in each county, with the goal of creating a memorial for the families that were displaced by the park's creation. The only requirement is that the memorial be a chimney — how it looks and where it is located is up to the committee members. The memorial will consist of four stones in a square, to represent the outline of a house. The chimney will be at the end, and the space representing the inside of the house will have informational signs that will tell the story of the affected families.

Shenandoah medical practice shutting down operations

SHENANDOAH — Citing economic factors and issues out of his control, Matt Yoder has decided to close Shen Valley Family Practice after 13 months. The clinic's final day of operation will be Jan. 18. "I wanted to bring more availability and opportunity for care," said Yoder, the clinic's sole nurse practitioner. "I think there was a need there — the initial reaction was good." Yoder, 39, wanted to bring a small-town, old fashioned clinic to Shenandoah, where he spent more time individually with the patients and got closer to them on a personal level.

Budget Inn purchased by Lydia Mountain Lodge

SHENANDOAH — The Budget Inn has new owners, and will eventually be getting a redesign and new name. Buck Shifflett, who owns two Lydia Mountain Lodge motels in Stanardsville, purchased the Budget Inn in November. The 20-room motel was purchased for $250,000. "We're going to leave the Budget Inn sign on it for now," Shifflett said. "Until we get it refurbished and where it meets the standard of our other stuff, we'll leave it as the Budget Inn." While the inside will be largely left the same from a design standpoint, the beds, carpeting and other items will be replaced. The outside will undergo a redesign.

Longtime Stanley town employee, council member steps down

STANLEY — A decision needed to be made at the Nov. 9 town council meeting. The town had received two bids from companies to replace water meters. The bid the council preferred would not be enough to replace 150 meters. Martha Graves, three-term council member, and town employee in various capacities since 1969, pondered the situation for a moment before offering a suggestion: "Negotiate with them and see if they'll replace the 150 extra meters for the same price." Town Manager Terry Pettit, who inherited the position after Graves' retirement in 2001, started at her blankly for a few seconds before offering his reply: "That's not how this kind of thing works." After offering her rebuttals of "Why not?" and "It won't hurt to try," a formal motion was made to negotiate with the company. The next month, at the Dec. 14 meeting, Pettit came back to the council with news that the company had agreed to their terms. "That was a typical Martha move," said Mayor Doug Purdham. "It's that voice crying out in the wilderness; that's what she's good at."

Page County Republican leader named ‘Unit Chairman of the Year’

LURAY ― A Luray native received statewide recognition last Saturday for his work as Chairman of the Page County Republican Party. During a gathering in Richmond, the Republican Party of Virginia named Parker Gochenour “Unit Chairman of the Year” for achievements he's made in the past year. The 26-year-old was named temporary chairman of the local GOP in October 2015 before taking the reins permanently in March when he was elected during a mass meeting.

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