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Grottoes teen raises funds for fountains

GROTTOES — Araya Fitzwater saw a need and is trying to fill it. Fitzwater, 13, saw a rather unique water fountain during a trip to Washington, D.C., earlier this year. That gave her the idea for her eighth-grade class project for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at Montevideo Middle School. The water fountain at Mountain View Park in Grottoes is frequently inoperable and none exists at Grand Caverns, so Fitzwater decided to do something about it. She is raising funds to install a new water fountain at each park.
The Valley Banner / 11-24-2015

Council talks boat landings and banners

ELKTON – A new boat landing is coming to town. Town Manager Kevin Whitfield told council on Monday that the town recently renewed a 20-year lease for a boat landing underneath Old Spotswood Trail on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The lease, which came at no cost to the town except for manpower and equipment that are being used to facilitate the project’s completion, is with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Whitfield said a new boat landing is currently under construction at the site.
The Valley Banner / 11-20-2015

Raising chickens in town, greenway discussed

ELKTON – Chickens and a greenway. Those were the topics discussed during a Town Council work session last week. Amy and Darold Morris spoke about their desire to see Elkton allow residents to have chickens in their backyards. Amy Morris said she’s not asking for roosters, which can be noisy, but noted a number of Virginia cities that allow up to four or six chickens per residence. She said Harrisonburg allows chickens but they are restricted to properties at least two acres in size. She said Harrisonburg is considering revising that ordinance. Staunton and Waynesboro also allow chickens in residential areas, she said. Darold Morris said he remembers when Elkton had a poultry house in town where Farmers & Merchants Bank is located.
The Valley Banner / 11-20-2015

Ski lodge undergoes renovations

MASSANUTTEN – The first major renovation since 1985 is now complete at Massanutten Resort’s ski lodge. That’s the word from longtime resort employee Kenny Hess, who is director of sports and risk management. The resort has added a 13,000-square-foot snowsports learning center for children, a 5,000-square-foot deck with an umbrella bar and an expanded climbing wall, among other upgrades. The ski lodge, which was built in 1971, began a $3.5 million expansion a year ago, Hess said. The snowsports learning center will house the resort’s Mountain Cruiser children’s snow sports program with room for up to 180 instructors.
The Valley Banner / 11-11-2015

Cave Hill Farm takes a new direction

MCGAHEYSVILLE – A 149-year-old barn has been turned into a venue for kids. Walter and Lisa Hopkins have incorporated the barn on their 350-acre Cave Hill Farm into “agritainment” as part of a new pumpkin and sunflower growing operation. Local farmer Mark Litchford, 58, organized the growing operations at 1001 Jacob Burner Rd., which opened the last week in September and closes for the season this week, although the farm will be open by appointment and for various seasonal activities until next September.
The Valley Banner / 11-09-2015

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