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Programming Note: Listen to AFP editor Chris Graham on WKDW Tuesday morning, posted Monday, 8:45 a.m.
Local News: Music Academy announces spring schedule, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.
State News: Chopra named to White House post, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Event: Travel Expo at SVRA, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Event: Items from missionary on display at Bridgewater College, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Local News: VDOT road work schedule, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m. 

 

– Programming Note: Listen to AFP editor Chris Graham on WKDW Tuesday morning, posted Monday, 8:45 a.m.

AFP editor Chris Graham will be a guest on WKDW’s morning show with host Kris Neil Tuesday morning during the 8 a.m. hour.

Chris will be talking with Kris about the upcoming 2009 Waynesboro Generals Valley League season.

  

Local News: Music Academy announces spring schedule, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.

Valley Music Academy Office, a nonprofit music school located in the lower level of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 500 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, is announcing its Spring Recital Schedule.

Beginning students will perform at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro.

Intermediate students will perform at 2 p.m. on April 25 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Valley Voices and the Jazz Ensemble Concert to benefit the Edwawrd Dean Armstrong Memorial Fund will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Advanced students will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at Main Street United Methodist Church in Waynesboro.

For more information call 540-942-8648 or visit the website at: http://www.valleymusicacademy.org/.

 

State News: Chopra named to White House post, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner released a joint statement praising President Barack Obama’s appointment of Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh Chopra to serve as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. The announcement was made during the president’s weekly Internet and radio address on Saturday.

“Secretary Chopra’s spirit of innovation has played a key role in Virginia’s continued ranking as a top-performing state, including the launch of Virginia’s Productivity Investment Fund which catalyzed promising ideas to lower costs and improve outcomes,” said Gov. Kaine. “His leadership on the role of technology to transform our healthcare and educational systems directly aligns with President Obama’s top priorities.”

“Virginia was the first state to establish a cabinet-level technology position with a focus on promoting high-wage, high-tech jobs and leveraging technology for more cost-efficient delivery of government services,” Sen. Warner said. “I also worked closely with Secretary Chopra on Virginia’s effort to expand rural broadband access so that no region is left behind in a global economy. I applaud President Obama for demonstrating leadership in recognizing the importance of technology in our national policy dialogue.”

Sen. Warner appointed Secretary Chopra to several boards during his term as Virginia governor, including the Southern Technology Council, the Board of Medical Assistance Services, and the Electronic Health Records Task Force. Gov. Kaine appointed Chopra Secretary of Technology in December of 2005.

 

Event: Travel Expo at SVRA, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.

The 2009 Travel Leaders Travel Expo is on the schedule for Thursday, April 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave.

For more information about the event, call 540.433.7292 or e-mail hbginfo@travelleaders.com.

 

Event: Items from missionary on display at Bridgewater College, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.

Artifacts from a local woman’s 22-year career as a Brethren missionary-nurse to India will go on display in Bridgewater College’s Reuel B. Pritchett Museum beginning April 24. The items will form a part of an existing exhibit celebrating 300 years of Brethren history and its journey to Bridgewater.

Louise Sayre Vakil, a 1959 graduate of Bridgewater College and current Bridgewater resident, worked from 1950-1972 as a nurse in India, where she trained Indian nurses and delivered or helped deliver some 6,000 babies. In 2008, Vakil donated to the college 27 items she collected in India and many photographs.

“A Journey from Schwarzenau to Bridgewater: Celebrating 300 Years of Brethren History, 1708-2008,” focuses on the history of the Church of the Brethren from its founding in 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany to Bridgewater College. The exhibit will feature artifacts, photographs, documents and books from the Pritchett Museum and Special Collections in BC’s Alexander Mack Memorial Library.

After the exhibit’s conclusion at the end of May, the Vakil items will become part of a large collection of artifacts donated to the college by Brethren missionaries throughout the years.

The entire exhibit, including the Vakil items, is open Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m., and is free of charge. For further information, call Dale Harter at 540.828.5457.

 

Local News: VDOT road work schedule, posted Monday, 9:30 a.m.

A list of ongoing roads projects in the AFP reader area this week.

Rockbridge County

Interstate 64

* Mile marker 41 to 57, eastbound and westbound – Litter and debris removal. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Various roads – Cleaning ditches, drop inlets. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Interstate 81

* Mile marker 174 to 205, northbound and southbound – Litter and debris removal. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* (NEW) Mile marker 195 to 203, northbound – Drilling. Shoulder closures, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic control. Estimated completion is mid June 2009.

* Mile marker 195, northbound and southbound – Roadway lighting construction. Shoulder closures, Monday to Friday, flagger traffic control.

* Mile marker 195 to 203, northbound – Survey work. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Mile marker 200, northbound and southbound – Roadway lighting construction. Shoulder closures, Monday to Friday, flagger traffic control.

* Mile marker 237 to 173, northbound and southbound – Crossover repair. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Various roads – Bridge sweeping, Sunday to Thursday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Mobile operation.

* Various roads – Cleaning ditches, drop inlets. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Primary Roads

* Route 11 – Roadway lighting construction. Shoulder closures, Monday to Friday, flagger traffic control.

* Route 130 (Glasgow) – Bridge construction at Route 501. Periodic single-lane traffic with flagger traffic control, Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. Completion is in September 13, 2010.

 

Secondary Roads

* Route 710 – Roadway lighting construction. Shoulder closures, Monday to Friday, flagger traffic control.

* (NEW) Various roads – Pothole repair, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mobile operation.

* Various roads – Brush cutting, shoulder work. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., flagger traffic control.

* Various roads – Grading and stone application. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

* Various roads – Litter pickup.

 

Augusta County

Interstate 64

No lane closures reported.

 

Interstate 81

* Mile marker 205 to 237, northbound and southbound – Litter and debris removal. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Mile marker 237 to 173, northbound and southbound – Crossover repair. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* (NEW) Various roads – Shoulder restoration, Monday to Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mobile operation.

* Various roads – Bridge sweeping, Sunday to Thursday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Mobile operation.

* Various roads – Cleaning ditches, drop inlets. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Primary Roads

* Route 11, southbound (Lee Jackson Highway) – Street entrance installation from Route 694 to Route 701. Shoulder closure and lane shift, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 256 – Bridge over I-81, .15 mile east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Possible single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Route 340, northbound and southbound (Eastside Highway) – Stripping and pavement marking from Route 672 to 1340. Alternating lane closures, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 340, Waynesboro – Construction from Route 250 to Delphine Avenue for railroad bridge replacement and roadway widening, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Expect minor delays from Broad Street to Sixth Street for construction work. Sixth Street closed for sanitary sewer replacement, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Estimated completion is November, 2011.

* Various roads – Debris cleanup.

 

Secondary Roads

* Route 605 – Machining dirt roads. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control.

* Route 612 – Machining dirt roads. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control.

* Route 612 – Bridges over I-81, .30 mile west of Route 792. Bridge deck maintenance. Possible single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 652 – Pipe replacement from Route 654 to Route 831. Road closed, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 652 (Guthrie Road) – Pipe installation, ditching and road widening from Route 831 (Old White Hill Road) to Route 654 (White Hill Road). Road closed, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Traffic control. Estimated completion is May 2009.

* Route 669 – Machining dirt roads. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control.

* Route 701, westbound (Howardsville Road) – Sewer line work from Route 11 to Route 613. Shoulder closure. Work is 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Flagger traffic control.

* Route 701 – Shoulder repair, Monday to Friday. Flagger traffic control.

* Route 750 – Bridge over I-81, 1.02 miles east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Possible single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 772 – Machining dirt roads. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control.

* Route 774, northbound and southbound (Cline River Road, New Hope) – Bridge replacement activities from Route 608 (Battlefield Road) to Route 775 (Craig Shop Road). Road closed from Mar. 30 to Nov. 13. Suggested detour: Northbound traffic take Route 608 to Route 778 (Knightly Mill Road) to Route 775 to Route 774. Southbound traffic take reverse of northbound detour.

* Route 792 – High shoulder removal from Route 254 to Route 250 and from Route 612 to Route 254. Monday to Friday. Traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 794 (Sangers Lane), eastbound and westbound – Bridge over Christians Creek, from Route 792 (Basley Road) to Route 642 (Barren Ridge Road). Bridge replacement. Road closed, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, April 27 to Dec. 16. Suggested detour: Westbound traffic, take Route 792 south to Route 250 (Jefferson Highway) east to Route 642 north to Route 794. Eastbound traffic, take reverse of westbound detour.

* Route 794 – High shoulder removal from Route 254 to Route 642. Wednesday to Friday. Traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 795 – High shoulder removal from Route 254 to Route 807. Friday. Traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 801 – Brush cutting from Route 835 to Route 250, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

* Route 830 – Machining dirt roads. Monday to Saturday. Traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 844 – Bridges over South River. Bridge painting. Shoulder and lane closures, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* (NEW) Various roads (Swoope) – Pulling shoulders, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Traffic control.

* (NEW) Various roads (Moscow) – Machining roads, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Traffic control.

* Various roads – Bridge maintenance, Monday to Friday.

 

Rockingham County

Interstate 81

* Mile marker 237 to 263, northbound and southbound – Litter and debris removal. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Primary Roads

* Route 11 (North Valley Pike) – Gas line installation between Route 718 (Old Furnace Road) and the Harrisonburg City Limits. Right shoulder closure, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 33, eastbound and westbound (Market Street) – Safety upgrade at Route 33 and I-81 interchange. Single-lane traffic on Route 33, Monday to Thursday, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Traffic signalization, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should be alert for equipment entering work area.

* Route 253 (Port Republic Road) – Sewer line installation from Route 704 (Osceola Springs Road) to Route 276 (Cross Keys Road). Westbound lane shoulder closure. Occasional single-lane traffic with flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 256 (Third Street, Grottoes) – Commercial entrance and directional bores from Route 825 (Dogwood Avenue) and Forest Avenue. Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 257 (Mason Street, Dayton) – Entrance construction from Route 1204 (Ashby Street) to Route 1203 (Westview Street). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 259 – Bridge over North Fork Shenandoah River, .07 mile west of Route 613. Bridge maintenance. Possible single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 259 (Brocks Gap Road) – Directional bore from Route 820 (Bergton Road) to West Virginia State line. Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Secondary Roads

* Route 641 (Cave Hill Road) – Road work from Route 843 (Cemetery Road) to Route 991 (Jacob Burner Road). Intermittent lane closures. Flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Route 679 (Pleasant Valley Road) – Sewer line installation from Route 689 (Spaders Church Road) to Route 898 (Pleasant Drive). Shoulder closures controlled by flaggers. Blasting may occur. Work is Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 689 (Shen Lake Drive) – Sewer line installation from Route 253 (Port Republic Road) to Route 1030 (Lucy Long Drive). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should use caution and expect delays, especially at the intersection of Route 689 and Route 253.

* Route 704 – Bridge over I-81, .6 mile east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 704 (Cecil Wampler Road) in conjunction with Route 679 work – Sewer line installation from Route 679 (Pleasant Valley Road) to Route 704 (Cecil Wampler Road). Occasional blasting may occur. Shoulder closure. Single-lane traffic controlled by flaggers. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 704 (Cecil Wampler Road) – Sewer line work from Route 679 (Pleasant Valley Road) to Route 705 (Cottontail Trail). Shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 709 (Autumn Lane) – Sewer line installation from Route 704 (Osceola Springs Road) to Route 710 (Greendale Road). Westbound shoulder closure. Occasional single-lane traffic with flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 710 (Greendale Road) – Aerial crossing from Route 253 (Port Republic Road) to Route 709 (Autumn Lane). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 721 – Bridge over I-81, .42 mile east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 724 – Bridge over I-81, .24 mile east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 726 (Stone Spring Road) – Aerial crossing from Route 253 (Port Republic Road) to Route 726 (Peach Grove Avenue)/Harrisonburg City Limits. Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 794 (Canery Island Road) – Overhead line installation from Route 11 (North Valley Pike) and Route 620 (Mount Valley Road). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 820 (Crab Run Road) – Aerial line installation from Route 865 (Bergton Road) to West Virginia State line. Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 826 (Criders Road) – Aerial line installation from Route 820 (Bergton Road) to Route 700 (Trailer Park Road). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 865 (Bergton Road) – Aerial line installation from Route 820 (Bergton Road) to Route 823 (Overly Hollow). Right shoulder closure, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 867 – Bridge over I-81, .75 mile east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* (NEW) Route 914 (Majestic View Road) – Slope and ditch work from Route 732 (Bank Church Road) to Route 734 (Coakley Town Road). Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control.

* Route 981 (Rockingham Pike) – Sewer and drainage work from Route 33 to Route 829 (Independent Road). Possible road closures with detour and night work. Monday to Tuesday.

* Route 990 – Bridge over I-81, .26 mile east of Route 11. Bridge deck maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Route 1304 (Sunset Drive, Dayton) – Sewer line installation from Route 257 (Mason Street) to Route 1209 (Thompson Street). Road closed. Flagger traffic control, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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