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Shenandoah National Park plans prescribed burn at Big Meadows

LURAY — Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 35 acres of Big Meadows sometime between September 20 and October 10, 2014, weather permitting. A portion of Big Meadows (milepost 51), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment by trees and shrubs.

Arnold is known for his patient approach to teaching computers to seniors

SHENANDOAH — Arnold teaches computer classes at the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most of his students are senior citizens, and he’s well known for his patience, according to Joyce Fluharty, the computer center’s administrator. By Arnold’s estimate, 75 percent of his students are seniors with no knowledge of computers.
The Valley Banner / 09-10-2014

THIS WEEKEND: Bluegrass in the Park benefits Shriners’ Hospitals

GROTTOES — A good time for an even better cause ‑ that’s what the Shenandoah Valley Shriners hope to achieve with their 29th annual Bluegrass in the Park Grottoes Music Festival, which is set for Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 4-6, at Grand Caverns Park. A total of 13 bands are slated to perform over the three days of the festival, which is a fundraiser for the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children.
The Valley Banner / 09-05-2014

Area’s heroin overdose deaths surpass total for 2013

HARRISONBURG — Law enforcement is continuing to beat the drum of awareness when it comes to the region’s heroin epidemic. Officials from the United States Attorney’s Office, Virginia State Police, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration and area law enforcement agencies gathered Wednesday, Aug. 27, on the steps of the U.S. District Courthouse in Harrisonburg for a press conference.

Fishing for silver in the Shenandoah River

GROTTOES – Imagine fishing for silverware between Christmas and New Year’s. That’s what two Grottoes men did last year. Jerry Andes, 61, went to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River on Saturday, Dec. 28, to talk to a friend who was trout fishing. While he was walking toward the river he saw numerous shiny objects in the river.
The Valley Banner / 09-05-2014

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