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The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

New Market receives $400K from Feds for preservation

NEW MARKET – Less than three weeks after launching a fundraising campaign to preserve three local Civil War sites, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation received a major boost from the federal government. On July 5, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the disbursement of $4.2 million to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for preservation efforts at 10 state battlefields. Of that amount, $1.7 million will go to the battlefields foundation and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, with $1.3 million going to the Opequon Battlefield in Winchester and more than $408,000 going to the New Market Battlefield. The state amount was part of $7.2 million in grants the federal government approved for battlefield preservation nationwide.

Woodstock dog park opens

WOODSTOCK — The town’s first dog park opened to plenty of woofs and barks on Saturday. The 72-acre park opened inside Fairview Park at 9 a.m. Festivities begin with an agility demonstration by local dog trainer Vicki Lutz. Members of the town’s public works department, the Rotary Club of Woodstock and the town’s park commission cut the ribbon on the dog park at 9:30 a.m. The first 50 dogs through the gates received goodie bags, and visitors entered a look-alike contest that judges how well dogs look like their owners.

Battlefield group hopes to save 25 New Market acres

NEW MARKET — The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation is launching a new preservation campaign to preserve three New Market sites that were integral to the Civil War’s 1864 Valley campaign. The foundation hopes to raise between $92,000 and $97,000 by early next year to protect 25 acres from potential future development. The land includes the 2-acre Clinedinst Crim property, 13.5 acres along River Road and the 9.5-acre Rice property. The Clinedinst Crim house along South Congress Street was where New Market resident Eliza Clinedinst Crim and her family nursed Virginia Military Institute cadets who were wounded during the May 15, 1864 Battle of New Market.

Harness races to feature free admission in 2017

WOODSTOCK — The second season of pari-mutuel harness racing in Shenandoah County will feature free admission to all races. The five-weekend racing season at Shenandoah Downs at the Woodstock fairgrounds runs from Sept. 16 through Oct. 15. Each Saturday and Sunday will feature five races, with the starting gun firing at 1 p.m. on both days. The shift in admission marks a change from 2016’s inaugural season, when all spectators had to pay an entry fee that varied depending on which coinciding festival was being held at the fairgrounds that weekend, regardless of whether they attended the festival. The new admission policy will allow spectators uninterested in festivals to get into the races for free, according to Darrell Wood, communications director for the Virginia Equine Alliance, which organizes the races.

Supervisors hamstrung over Social Services appointments

WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Social Services Board will drop from four members to three on July 1 after a disagreement among members of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday over who should be appointed. Cindy Bailey moved, and Marsha Shruntz seconded, that Jill Sutherly and Frances Bowman be appointed to the board. Bowman is a retired nurse, while Sutherly is the regional community relations director for Greenfield Senior Living, which operates nursing homes in six states. Bailey, Shruntz and Richard Walker voted for the appointments, while Dick Neese, Steve Baker and Conrad Helsley opposed them. Bowman would have replaced incumbent Dennis Morris, whose term expires on Friday. Sutherly would have filled a vacant seat previously held by Beverly Fleming, who was appointed in June 2014 and left the advisory panel the following year to become secretary of the county’s Electoral Board.

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