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Shenandoah National Park shines brightly on new quarter

FRONT ROYAL — With a trickling waterfall of shiny new coins, a newly minted quarter featuring Shenandoah National Park was launched last Friday. Of the 1,000 people attending the event at Skyline High School, half were students, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Mike White.

Monger researches local ties to the War of 1812

ELKTON — Shifflett, May, Dean, Frazier, Sellers and Kyger – no, it’s not a law firm. It’s part of the list of familiar names of Elkton-area families whose ancestors fought in the “second American Revolution,” the war between the United States and Great Britain in 1812. The full list of 19 soldiers who fought in the War of 1812 has just been documented by Elkton resident and historian Billie Jo Monger.
The Valley Banner / 04-10-2014

Downey Knolls ‘spec’ houses near completion

ELKTON – Several “spec” houses, including half of a duplex and two single-family dwellings, are very close to completion in town, including some in a new development. The development is Downey Knolls, which is an age-targeted subdivision reserved for residents ages 55 and older developed by local the group of Realtor Pete Bonavita, custom builder Gary Beatty, Gary Wood and Mike Lucci.
The Valley Banner / 04-03-2014

JMU’s Rowing Club holds a mock regatta

SHENANDOAH — At just after 10 a.m. Saturday, about 30 James Madison University students appeared at the Shenandoah River Park and Landing, located on the east bank of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Attired in “JMU Rowing Club” jackets, the students went immediately to the steel-sided building which stands in the park and took out five racing shells, 40-feet and 60-feet long, and laid them out on the grass. The event was the club’s first practice regatta of spring – an event which involved five teams, experienced and novice and including both men and women. Each team is guided by a “coxswain,” who calls the strokes from the front or rear of the thin crafts.
The Valley Banner / 04-03-2014

Electric Co-Op proposing base rate increases of 5-7%

HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative is proposing a base-rate increase for the first time in nearly 14 years. The base rate is the cost electric customers pay each month to receive service from SVEC. It pays for the equipment and processes needed to generate and deliver power. The total cost changes with consumption, but the rate remains constant each month.

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