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Getting creative - Village Artisans’ show starts April 28

PORT REPUBLIC – A lot of art has been going on in Port Republic. Now it’s time for the public to see it. That’s the perspective of Port residents, Tamara Gibson, 47, and Sally Smith, 67. Gibson, a botanical and floral artist, and Smith, who makes stained glass and recycled art, came up with the idea to host art shows in their village. They’re doing it through a new organization, Village Artisans of Port Republic. The first art show will run from Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1. All of the shows will be held at the newly-renovated town hall building at 8597 Water St.
The Valley Banner / 04-27-2016

New director in place at the EACC

ELKTON – There’s a new director on board at the Elkton Area Community Center. Councilman Jeff Jones announced at Monday’s council meeting that Harrisonburg resident Mark Pedersen has been hired to replace Allison Morris as EACC director. After the meeting Monday, Mayor Wayne Printz said Pedersen started April 18 at an annual salary of $42,000. The vacancy was created when Morris was hired earlier this year in the new position of grant writer/town events director. Morris had been administrator of the EACC since it opened in 2006.
The Valley Banner / 04-20-2016

Grottoes appoints its first vice mayor

GROTTOES – The town of Grottoes has its first vice mayor. Following a closed session on April 11, the council unanimously voted to appoint current Councilwoman Emily Holloway vice mayor. The move followed a change in the town’s charter to include the position of vice mayor, Town Manager Jeff Nicely said. Holloway’s four-year council term is up this year, but she is currently gathering signatures for mayor, Nicely said.
The Valley Banner / 04-20-2016

Protecting Port Republic

PORT REPUBLIC – Protecting the character of the village of Port Republic was once again discussed last week. The third and final meeting in a series of workshops was held April 7, at the town hall on Water Street. Protecting the “village green,” a .42-acre parcel located on Port Republic Road across from the Port Republic Museum, is one of residents’ goals. County Supervisor Rick Chandler said that one of his family members sold the land to the current owners. According to county records, the parcel is owned by Palo Alto, Calif., residents Peter Pollock and Susan Hansen. The couple purchased the vacant land in 2010 for $66,000.
The Valley Banner / 04-13-2016

Remembering life on the mountain

ELKTON – Ken Shifflet remembers growing up on the mountain near Simmons Gap. He was six years old when his mother screamed, “The park people are coming!” That was Dec. 5, 1935. “They told my parents to move or they would be set in the road,” he remembered. The next day, his family moved to a vacant house in Nortonsville in Albemarle County and Shifflet’s father, Ambrose, and his brother, Otto, drove their farm animals down the mountain. When his father and brother returned on Dec. 7 to retrieve the rest of the family’s belongings, the house was burning. The “park people” had set it ablaze. Shifflet, 87, has been telling his story about forced relocation from what became Shenandoah National Park for several years now.
The Valley Banner / 04-08-2016

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