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Grottoes’ lawn party starts Wednesday

GROTTOES – It’s lawn party time again in Grottoes. The Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual lawn party and Summer Bash Raffle begins Wednesday, July 29, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 1. The event, which is held at Mountain View Park, 1100 20th St., is the department’s main fundraiser. Famous Lawn Party chicken will be sold beginning at 4 p.m. nightly. The Fireman’s Parade is featured Friday at 7 p.m. It starts at the intersection of Forest Avenue and 6th Street and culminates at Mountain View Park.
The Valley Banner / 07-29-2015

Fire Company’s expansion will add 3,500 more square feet

MCGAHEYSVILLE – Preparing for the next 50 years. That’s what McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company is doing. The fire company recently started an expansion of its facility at Stover Drive and U.S. 33. “Our call volume is getting closer to needing 24-hour coverage,” fire company President Darwin Rhodes said. “We’re trying to prepare for the next 50 years.” The fire company celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual lawn party last week. Fire Chief Todd Breeden, who has been in his position for eight years, said calls for service have been going up approximately 5 percent each year for the past five years.
The Valley Banner / 07-29-2015

Town’s meals tax too burdensome?

ELKTON – The owners of Elkton’s only bed and breakfast have a beef with the town’s meals tax. Ken and Worena Hollihan opened South Fork Inn in May 2014. The business’ software and accounting representatives wrote letters to the town last month detailing what they believe is an onerous tax collection process. The Hollihans typically charge $150 a night. However, they must charge three separate taxes, including sales, lodging and “food and beverage,” or meals, taxes. Collecting the 6 percent meals tax is difficult, however, because the software program the business uses to make reservations doesn’t calculate a separate food and beverage tax. In fact, the program doesn’t have any other clients across the U.S. that have to charge a meals tax, according to Cynthia Bachmann, president of Innkeeper Advantage.
The Valley Banner / 07-20-2015

Mini-storage unit proposal may have to wait for a year

ELKTON – A controversial proposal to build mini-storage units south of East Rockingham Street will again have to wait. Councilwoman Margaretta Isom announced at last month’s council meeting that the town’s Planning Commission was slated to hear a request from the Michael Brothers at its July 7 meeting, but the item was not on the agenda. Instead, town officials say that Erwin Michael has to wait one year to resubmit his application for a special exception permit per town code.
The Valley Banner / 07-20-2015

Online auction of the Elkton Theater set to begin

ELKTON – The old Elkton Theater is going up for auction July 15-29. The auction will be online at Realtor Gary Mitchell of Massanutten Realty is handling the sale, along with another property at 6779 Rocky Bar Road that contains a 1,120 square-foot house that was built in 2006, U.S. Marshal’s Service asset forfeiture coordinator Victoria Johnson said. The U.S. Marshal’s Service took possession of the theater in October and the home in 2010 from Joyce Marie Crawford and her son, Kenneth Odell Crawford. An easement issue that prevented the home from being sold earlier has been cleared up, Johnson said.
The Valley Banner / 07-10-2015

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