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THIS WEEKEND: Massanutten’s ValleyFest

MCGAHEYSVILLE — Massanutten Resort plans a rousing start to kick off the summer season with its annual ValleyFest beer and wine festival planned from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23. In what has become a traditional pre-Memorial Day celebration, the festival usually draws more than 4,000 people to the resort, with beer and wine atop the agenda. Many varieties of microbrews and wines from the Valley and beyond will be available, as will food booths and arts and crafts vendors offering their wares.
The Valley Banner / 05-19-2015

Page’s Artisans Trail looks for connections

SHENANDOAH – Creating a collaborative about Page County is the goal of the Page Valley Artisans Trail. Sherri Smith, executive director of the Artisans Center of Virginia in Staunton, said the non-profit organization’s Page Valley branch was founded last May with support from the Page County Board of Supervisors. The “trail” is actually a self-guided tour of Artisans Trail member businesses that includes art galleries, eclectic shops, agri-tourism farms, wineries, breweries, unique restaurants and lodging establishments.
The Valley Banner / 05-13-2015

Whippoorwill Fire halted in Page County

SHENANDOAH – A 275-acre fire that burned last week on private land near Shenandoah National Park is out. The fire, dubbed “Whippoorwill” by firefighters who encountered birds of that name while fighting the fire on Monday, May 4, is believed to have been caused by lightning. The fire was on private land on the south face of Grindstone Mountain in Page County about a quarter mile from Shenandoah National Park, incident commander Jack Kauffman said.
The Valley Banner / 05-13-2015

A ‘labor of love’ - Woods remodel Roadside School

ELKTON – Remodeling a one-room school was a labor of love for Delbert Wood. Wood, 77, a Beldor Road-area native, purchased the Roadside School in 2002 and subsequently spent time and money on repairs and upgrades. Wood was joined in the effort by his sons, Gary and Kenny, who helped remove trees that had overgrown the property and steam clean the school’s wood floor, which had turned black from years of linseed oil applications.
The Valley Banner / 05-11-2015

Higher sewer rates await Grottoes residents in Fiscal 2016

GROTTOES – A new wastewater treatment plant will result in higher sewer rates for Grottoes residents, according to the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget. A public hearing will be held on the $2.91 million budget on at 7 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Grottoes Municipal Building, located at 601 Dogwood Ave. The new sewer rates come on the heels of completion of the town’s $2.5 million wastewater treatment plant, which is being funded through a loan from the Virginia Revolving Loan Fund and a DEQ grant.
The Valley Banner / 05-06-2015

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