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Council OKS surveillance cameras in Stonewall Park

ELKTON — Town council has approved placing surveillance cameras in Stonewall Memorial Park after restrooms there were found, On Nov. 13 by Elkton Police, to have been extensively damaged. At its meeting on Monday, Nov. 21, council approved $3,200 to repair the restrooms. An assessment needs to be made as to how much individual cameras will cost before they are placed within the park. Elkton Police Chief Aaron Hammer said he “would like cameras to be placed at many areas throughout the park, but I have to wait for the town’s ability to pay for them.”
The Valley Banner / 12-05-2016

Signature 5K race returns on Sept. 30

GROTTOES — The Grand Caverns Signature 5K is coming Friday, Sept. 30. An announcement about the race was made at the Grottoes Council meeting on Sept. 19. It is the fifth year of the event, which includes two races per year, organizer Mike Betts said. The same-day registration fee is $29 with students of all ages getting in for $24. In addition to the “flat and fast” 5K race at 6 p.m., a 1-mile “Fun Run” or walk starts at 6:05 p.m. Both will be held rain or shine. All funds go toward the purchase and installation of fitness stations at Grand Caverns Park.
The Valley Banner / 09-26-2016

Bluegrass returns to Grottoes

GROTTOES — The 31st annual Bluegrass in the Park music festival will be held from Sept. 8-10 at Grand Caverns Park. This is the sixth year that Shriners groups from Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Luray are hosting the festival. The Shriners donate all net proceeds to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which has 22 hospitals across the U.S. Hours for the festival are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The Valley Banner / 09-07-2016

Annual 340 yard crawl set for Saturday

ELKTON — The sixth annual U.S. 340 Yard Sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 10. The event, which stretches from Grottoes through Stanley to Luray, is sponsored by the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee. JoAnn Foltz came up with the idea for the yard sale and said it originally ran from south of Merck to Kite’s Store in Newport.
The Valley Banner / 09-07-2016

Governor Spotswood’s ride remembered

ELKTON — It wasn’t quite 300 years to the day, but close enough. The local chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and a group of seven equestrians celebrated the anniversary of Lt. Gov. Alexander Spotswood’s arrival in the Shenandoah Valley on Saturday. Spotswood, who was England’s acting royal governor of Virginia, came with a group of 50 men and 74 horses on a real estate expedition. The party, which included five Meherrin Indians, departed Germanna, southeast of Culpeper, on Aug. 29, 1716, and arrived at Swift Run Gap on Sept. 5, 1716. The horses had to be shod with horseshoes in Germanna because of the rocky terrain. When the party reached the Shenandoah River near present day Elkton, Spotswood gave each of his officers a stickpin of gold shaped like a horseshoe, hence their name, “Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.”
The Valley Banner / 08-31-2016

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