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A change in Shenandoah town managers; Roudabush takes reins as Dovel retires

SHENANDOAH – Residents will welcome a new town manager on April 1 when Assistant Town Manager Juanita Roudabush steps up to fill the post being vacated by Larry Dovel, who is retiring after 41 years of service to the Town of Shenandoah. Dovel was recovering from a snow-shoveling back strain and was not at the March 14 council meeting when the announcement was made.Roudabush joined the Town Hall team in 1999 as town clerk, a position she held until 2002 when she was named assistant town manager/clerk. Previous to her employment in Shenandoah, Roudabush spent 10 years with Page County Planning & Zoning. When she added the title of assistant town manager, Roudabush said she retained all the clerk duties, which included everything from assisting in the office, taking payments and answering phones, to helping market the town at events, to learning about utility systems and budgeting processes. In her new role as town manager, Roudabush said she will be taking on even more planning and zoning and economic development tasks, and will be working more closely and directly with all departments.

Page schools work to develop parent notification procedures following March 13 LHS bomb threat

LURAY ― The local school system will work to establish a parent notification protocol as part of division-wide security efforts. The latest efforts come as a response, at least in part, following the evacuation of Luray High School last week following a bomb threat that was later determined to be a prank. Around “meal time” last Monday, said Director of Support Services for Page County Public Schools Tim Harris, Luray High School received a written threat. School officials declined to release some details about the incident in an effort to deter “copy-cat” threats, they said. “We evaluated the validity of the threat and did a modified lockdown, keeping students and faculty in secure locations,” said Harris. “We worked with law enforcement to determine as much as we could about the threat, and moved them to the Luray Middle School gym.”

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.

Showcase installment of ‘Voices for the Children’ set for Saturday

LURAY ― Local talent will take their turns at the mic this Saturday to show off their pipes during the debut installment of “Voices for the Children.” Sponsored by the Caverns Shrine Club, 20 singers from Page County and surrounding areas will compete for a top prize of $1,000. The five-part, monthly series, open to singers age 12 and up, will kick off Saturday with a singer showcase, in which each of the 20 competitors will take the stage one at a time to perform a song of their choosing. Audience voting will begin at the April installment of the competition. Each participant will sing at least three times, before the first round of eliminations are announced at the May event. Proceeds raised through ticket admissions will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The network of more than 20 nonprofit medical facilities across North America provide treatment to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal chord injuries and cleft lips and palates. Each patient is provided services at no cost, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

‘Farm2Fork Affair’ showcases local foods; producers and consumers paired at inaugural event

LURAY ― Several hundred packed the Mimslyn Inn Monday afternoon to see what local producers have to bring to the sustainable table, and to get a taste of what the Northern Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Featuring exhibits, special speakers and an array of Valley offerings, the inaugural Farm2Fork Affair included about 40 producers and more than 100 buyers in an effort to encourage and increase the purchase and production of local goods, said Page County Director of Community and Economic Development Stephanie Lillard. The collaborative effort by the county tourism offices of Rockingham, Shenandoah and Winchester-Frederick, as well Harrisonburg Tourism, Page County Economic Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Fields of Gold, was the first of its kind in the area.

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