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Hemp to harvest: Lawmakers, advocates tour Rodes’ Port Republic farm during a Hemp Field Day

PORT REPUBLIC — U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s industrial hemp bill charged this year’s industrial hemp field day, which drew about two dozen people to Glenn Rodes’ Port Republic farm Friday. Goodlatte’s Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 would remove industrial hemp from the Controlled Substances Act’s definition of marijuana and would allow states to create hemp cultivation programs. It is illegal to grow hemp in the U.S. unless it is grown for an approved university research program, which requires background checks and fingerprinting, said Mike Renfroe, the biology professor at James Madison University heading up the school’s hemp research. Rodes has about 10 acres of hemp, which he has grown in conjunction with JMU’s research for the last two years.
The Valley Banner / 09-22-2017

Apple Butter Celebration this weekend at Skyland

SKYLAND — There’s one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park’s annual September festival — apples. Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park’s history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort. This year’s installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature BBQ pork sandwiches with apple cider BBQ sauce; grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon apple BBQ sauce; granny apple cole slaw; scalloped apples; apple cobbler; apple strudel; gala apple wedges with caramel; and hot and cold spiced apple cider.

Council to decide on bids for old town hall repairs

ELKTON — The house that the town’s government once called home could be in for a thorough examination sometime soon. During its work session Monday night, Elkton Town Council members agreed to vote next Monday on solicit bids for an engineer to study the building and find out what would have to be done to make it usable for government offices again. Town staffers were forced from the former Town Hall building at 173 W. Spotswood Ave. a year ago following a flood on the lower level. They’ve been working from the Elkton Area Community Center ever since. Mold-remediation and asbestos-removal work has been completed, but doubts about whether the town can afford to repair the historic structure have left the issue at a standstill.
The Valley Banner / 09-15-2017

It’s yard sale time - Route 340 event set this weekend

ELKTON — On Saturday, Sept. 9, U.S. 340 will become the destination for yard sale fiends when antique collectors and thrifty shoppers alike look for bargains at the seventh annual Route 340 Yard Sale. The yard sale is hosted by the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee, known as EPIC, a nonprofit that seeks to beautify and improve the quality of life in Elkton. EPIC was established in 1987 and hosts three other annual events: The Elkton Greater Open Golf Tournament, Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival and Holiday Home Tour. Sellers will have their belongings out for sale from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, starting on U.S. 340 in Grottoes and ending in Luray for more than 40 miles.
The Valley Banner / 09-08-2017

Elkton plans to wait for a new manager

ELKTON — Elkton’s mayor is likely to remain its acting town manager well into next year. Mayor Wayne Printz, who’s been filling the town manager’s post on a temporary basis since February 2016, said Monday that Town Council has suspended its search for a new town manager. The plan is to readvertise the position early next year, with hiring a manager perhaps pushed off until the next budget year begins July 1. “We’re not planning to do anything right at the moment,” Printz said of the search. “We think there’s too many accomplishments we’ve had. The majority of the council said they’re pleased with the direction we’re heading and hold off till next year.” The post opened when Kevin Whitfield, the former town police chief who’d been chosen as Elkton’s manager, was terminated after less than 14 months on the job. He’d turned in a letter of resignation, with plans to grow a business he started in 2014, but council fired him before he reached the departure date he set. Printz was appointed by council to act as town manager until a replacement is found. He receives no salary for serving in the position temporarily.
The Valley Banner / 08-31-2017

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