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‘Paws on the Plaza’ : Pet-themed event kicks off at PAL this Saturday

LURAY ― The PAL Center is going to the dogs this weekend during its second “Paws on the Plaza” event. After the inaugural installment last September, Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix will return to leave audience members howling in their seats. The slapstick comedy act features Peers ― who has formerly appeared with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and on the “Late Show with David Letterman” ―and more than a dozen rescue dogs.

Saturday’s inaugural Shenandoah Half Marathon expected to draw 4,000 to Luray

LURAY ― Winding roads, scenic views and challenging terrain will draw thousands to the Valley this weekend, when 1,500 pairs of running shoes hit the backroads of Page County. Saturday's Shenandoah Half Marathon is expected to draw nearly 4,000 visitors, including 1,500 runners from 42 states and two countries, according to an official race guide. “Our area's just so conducive to these types of activities,” said Luray's Parks and Recreation Director Pat O'Brien. “We're really becoming known as a four-season, outdoor adventure destination.” Since launching in 2013, Vacation Races' National Park Half Marathon Series, has grown to include a dozen destinations throughout the country. This weekend's Shenandoah Half Marathon serves as the series' latest addition. Other 2017 newcomers include The Glacier Half Marathon in East Glacier Park Village, Mont., and the Joshua Tree Half Marathon in California. Talks for Luray's inclusion began last year, when Vacation Races, a company founded in 2012 by Salem Stanley, began looking for ways to add events east of the Mississippi River. Stanley first visited Luray and met with town officials in May 2016.

Luray seeks public input in town manager position

LURAY ― The town council is seeking community input as its search for a town manager continues. During its meeting last Monday, the Luray Town Council approved a special town hall meeting next month “to solicit input from the community on what skills and traits are important for the next town manager to possess.” The council additionally elected to see assistant town manager Bryan Chrisman continue in the role of acting town manager. Last month, Luray said goodbye to four-year town manager Charlie Hoke, who officially retired on July 31. Chrisman was then tapped to fill in as acting town manager. The town in June began advertising an interim manager position with an annual salary starting at $60,000 and up to $85,000, depending on a candidate's qualifications and education. The Luray Council then met on July 18 during an executive session to review responses that had been submitted by the July 15 deadline.

65th annual Page Valley Fair kicks off Monday

LURAY — Ferris wheel rides, funnel cakes and fun will be on display next week during the 65th annual Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair. Above all, there'll be “family,” said this year's first female president of the Page Valley Fair Association Louise Mauck. Festivities kick off on Monday with “Kids Night,” when all school-age youth, seniors 60 and up, servicemen and women and veterans will be admitted free. Each night of the six-night event features fan favorites, including nightly grandstand events, midway eats, treats and entertainment, 4-H showcases and exhibits.

Final installment of ‘Voices for the Children’ set for Monday - Nine compete for top prize at fair

LURAY ― Nine local singers will take center stage on Monday during the grand finale of the “Voices for the Children” competition. Sponsored by the Caverns Shrine Club, the finalists from Page County and surrounding areas will vie for a shot at a top prize of $1,000 during the final installment of the six-part, monthly series. Since kicking off in March with a showcase event, 18 singers have competed each month, rotating between Luray and Page County high schools. Audience voting began in April, before the first round of eliminations ― determined by both audience voting and a panel of judges. Proceeds raised through the events benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The network of 22 nonprofit medical facilities across North America provides 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.

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