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Reminder: Green Valley/Green Economy forum tonight
Local News: Chester to provide update on assessments lawsuit
Local News: Harrisonburg company wins top award for TV commercial
Local News: Opportunity to provide input on state transportation spending
Business News: DuPont Community Credit Union announces election results
Business News: Downtown-housing workshop in Harrisonburg this week
Event: Hiking With Children seminar set
Local News: Updated VDOT road work projects  

 

Reminder: Green Valley/Green Economy forum tonight

Five local Democratic Party General Assembly candidates will be meeting in Staunton tonight to discuss green jobs and the emerging green economy. 15th District candidate John Lesinski, 20th District candidate Erik Curren, 24th District candidate Jeff Price, 25th District candidate Greg Marrow and 26th District candidate Gene Hart will be on hand for the Green Valley/Green Economy candidates forum, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Meeting Room at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave., Staunton.

The format will be to give the candidates time to make presentations and then open things up for a question-and-answer with the candidates.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

Local News: Chester to provide update on assessments lawsuit

Churchville attorney Francis Chester will hold a town-hall meeting with Augusta County residents on Tuesday, June 2, in Staunton to discuss the lawsuit that was filed against the Augusta County Board of Supervisors and Commissioner of the Revenue asking for the 2009 assessments to be rolled back to the 2005 assessments.

The meeting – to be held in the Memorial Baptist Church gymnasium at 224 Taylor St., Staunton – will address the current status of the lawsuit and other issues pertaining to the real estate assessments.

A hearing to consider dismissing the lawsuit has been scheduled in Augusta Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m.

 

Local News: Harrisonburg company wins top award for TV commercial

A TV commercial produced by Harrisonburg-based production firm DIGICO Shoot | Post | Design received a top award at the Central Virginia chapter of the American Marketing Association’s annual EMMA Awards this past Monday. DIGICO was hired by Charlottesville-based Payne Ross & Associates to produce the commercial for the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville (DBAC).

Created by DIGICO Design Director, Jeff Dobrow, the commercial was part of a Payne Ross campaign to let shoppers know what was happening during extensive walkway reconstruction on the downtown mall.

“Payne Ross approached DIGICO with one simple concept and then the DIGICO team managed to bring it to life and animate it in ways that we had not expected,” said Jamie Howard, creative director, Payne Ross, “and the spot instantly created a buzz among the viewing public.”

“The DBAC spot needed to create awareness and let shoppers know not just why and what was going on, but to show them what was coming next, and Jeff’s design did just that,” said Joey Groah, DIGICO partner and producer.

 

Local News: Opportunity to provide input on state transportation spending

The Commonwealth of Virginia will host four public hearings across the state in June to receive public input on the Fiscal Years 2010-2015 Six-Year Improvement Program for highway, transit, rail and commuter service improvements.

Unfortunately for Augusta Free Press readers the nearest one to us is in Roanoke.

Here’s the schedule:

Monday, June 1, at 6 p.m.

VDOT Central Office Auditorium

1221 E. Broad St.

Richmond, VA 23219

Hearing focus: Richmond, Culpeper and Fredericksburg Districts

Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

7130 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA 22043

Hearing focus: Northern Virginia and Staunton Districts

Wednesday, June 3, at 6 p.m.

Northside Middle School

6810 Northside High School Road.

Roanoke, VA 24019

Hearing focus: Salem, Bristol, Lynchburg, Staunton Districts

Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m.

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

723 Woodlake Drive

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Meeting focus: Hampton Roads District

Written comments can be submitted to the following locations and must be received by June 12:

Public Information Office

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

600 E. Main St., Suite 2102

Richmond, VA 23219

drptpr@drpt.virginia.gov

Programming Director

Virginia Department of Transportation

1401 E. Broad St.

Richmond, VA 23219

six-yearprogram@vdot.virginia.gov

For more information on the Six-Year Plans, visit the CTB Web site at www.CTB.Virginia.gov, the VDOT Web site, www.VirginiaDOT.org, or the DRPT Web site at www.drpt.virginia.gov.

 

Business News: DuPont Community Credit Union announces election results

The members of DuPont Community Credit Union recently re-elected two incumbents for three-year terms to the Board of Directors.

Everett J. Campbell Jr. was re-elected during the recent election. He has served on the Board for six years, and lives in Afton. Campbell retired as Plant Manager of the Stuarts Draft Hershey Plant.

Also re-elected was Raymond Reed. He has served on the Board for three years, and lives in Waynesboro. Reed retired from Dupont after working 35 years for the company.

The Board of Directors also selected its officers at their reorganization meeting this week. Campbell will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Walter H. Hendrix of Waynesboro will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. Mary Rothacker of Waynesboro will serve as Secretary of the Board. Q. Maurice Gresham of Waynesboro will serve as Treasurer of the Board.

DCCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative and was founded in 1959. The Credit Union currently has over 55,000 members, and over $705 Million in assets. DCCU operates nine branches in the Central Shenandoah Valley region.

 

Business News: Downtown-housing workshop in Harrisonburg this week

The Virginia Downtown Development Association announces its Annual Workshop entitled, ‘Downtown Housing: Options & Opportunities’ and Virginia Main Street (VMS) announces its Spring Feature ‘Lessons for a Livable Downtown.’

Virginia Main Street and the Virginia Downtown Development Association have joined together to offer a combined training opportunity. VMS is hosting their Spring Feature entitled ‘Lessons for a Livable Downtown’ on Wednesday, May 27 and VDDA is hosting their Annual Workshop entitled ‘Downtown Housing: Options & Opportunities’ on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Both events will be held from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Cally’s Restaurant & Brewing Co. Banquet Room in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Registration is required.

Increased demand for downtown housing promises the next leap forward in the revitalization of historic downtowns. Young professionals, the 50+, pet owners, students – even those choosing to live without a car are all checking out the options. But does your downtown have what they’re looking for? Virginia Main Street’s Spring Feature will take a look at the amenities that can help foster an authentic community. Contact www.dhcd.virginia.gov/mainstreet, or call 804.371.7030 for more information.

The Virginia Downtown Development Association’s “Downtown Housing” workshop will address downtown living with sessions on incentives & resources, affordable housing and housing for young professionals and the 50+. An integral part of this program will be a site tour of several current – and very different – housing initiatives including upper story retail, historic property renovations and new construction implementing green elements both in construction and overall design. VDDA’s sessions are eligible for AIA/CES credit. Contact www.downtownvirginia.org or call 434-238-0986 for more information.

 

Event: Hiking With Children seminar set

Shenandoah National Park will be hosting a Hiking With Children seminar on Sunday, June 14, 2009, from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is for parents who have wanted to go hiking with their children but worried about what to do to keep them interested, entertained, and safe. Here is the chance to learn from an expert. Join Jeff Alt, noted author of A Walk for Sunshine and avid hiker, to learn firsthand how to share nature with children for a fun and safe outdoor adventure.

The Hiking With Children seminar will begin in the Massanutten Room at Big Meadows Lodge, mile 51.2 on Skyline Drive The program is free, but reservations are requested. There is a $15 per-car entrance fee to the park, good for seven days.

To register for the seminar, go to the Shenandoah National Park website at www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/resource_seminars.htm.

 

Local News: Updated VDOT road work projects

Rockbridge County

Interstate 64

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

* (NEW) Various roads – Mowing wildflower plots, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Various roads – Crossover repairs. Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

 

Interstate 81

* (NEW) Mile marker 174, northbound – Ditch repair, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

* Mile marker 193 to 202, northbound – Test drilling in median area, 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.

* (NEW) Mile marker 195 to 202, northbound – Survey work. Left lane closed, traffic control signs posted. Tuesday to Thursday, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* (NEW) Mile marker 197 to 204, northbound and southbound – Tree removal. Shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

* (NEW) Various roads – Mowing wildflower plots, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Various roads – Crossover repairs. Monday to 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.

 

Primary Roads

* (NEW) Route 11 – Mowing from Route 251 to Route 130. Mobile traffic operations.

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

* Route 39 – Slope repair a half-mile west of Route 252 (Brownsburg Turnpike). Be alert for temporary lane closures and flagger traffic control to allow trucks in and out of the work area. Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* (NEW) Route 60 – Mowing from Route 850 to Lexington City limits. Mobile traffic operations.

* Route 130 (Glasgow) – Bridge construction at Route 501. Periodic single-lane traffic with flagger traffic control, Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon. Completion is in September 13, 2010.

* Various roads – Mowing. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Secondary Roads

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

* Various roads – Paving, brush cutting, patching. Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control.

* Various roads – Grading, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Augusta County

Interstate 64

No lane closures reported.

 

Interstate 81

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

* (NEW) Various roads – Mowing wildflower plots, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Various roads – Crossover repairs. Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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

 

Primary Roads

* (NEW) Route 11, southbound (Lee Jackson Highway) – Paving entrance and right turn lane from Route 694 to Route 701. Shoulder closure and possible lane shift, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flagger traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 11 – Mowing, Tuesday to Friday.

* Route 11 – Mowing from Staunton City limits to Rockbridge County line. Mobile operations, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 42 (Swoope) – Mowing. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 250 (Swoope) – Mowing. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 252 (Swoope) – Mowing. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 254 (Swoope) – Mowing. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 256 – Mowing, Tuesday to Friday.

* Route 340, northbound and southbound (Eastside Highway) – Slope and shoulder seeding from Route 672 to 1340. Mobile operation, 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, Tuesday 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

* (NEW) Route 602 – Bridge maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* Route 612 – Stabilizing from Route 663 to end state maintenance. Traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 620 – Mowing. Mobile operation, Tuesday to Friday.

* Route 629 (Deerfield Valley Road) – Road work due to rock slide from Route 250 to Route 716 (West Augusta Road). Road closed 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Motorists can use Route 716 to connect to Route 250 and Route 629.

* Route 670 – Shoulder repair from Route 252 to Route 693, Thursday to Friday. Flagger traffic control.

* (NEW) Route 685 – Bridge maintenance. Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Route 701, westbound (Howardsville Road) – Right turn lane repairs from Route 11 to Route 613. Right turn lane and one school entrance access closed. Work is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

* Route 701 – Shoulder repair from Route 252 to Route 613, Tuesday to Wednesday. Flagger traffic control.

* Route 774, northbound and southbound (Cline River Road, New Hope) – Bridge over Middle River. 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 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.

* (NEW) Route 835 – Cutting trees from Route 728 to Route 736. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

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

* (NEW) Route 919 – Mowing. Mobile operation, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Various roads (Craigsville) – Culvert pipe cleaning. Flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday.

* (NEW) Various roads – Machining dirt roads, Tuesday to Friday. Mobile operation.

 

Rockingham County

Interstate 81

* (NEW) Mile marker 237 to 263, northbound and southbound – Asphalt patching, Thursday, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Mile marker 237 to 263, northbound and southbound – Sign repair, litter and debris removal. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Mile marker 252, northbound – Bridge painting. Periodic lane and shoulder closures, Tuesday to Thursday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Friday, 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and Sunday, 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

* Mile marker 273, northbound – Bridge painting. Periodic lane and shoulder closures, Tuesday to Saturday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and Sunday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

 

Primary Roads

* Route 11, northbound – I-81 bridge. Bridge painting. Periodic lane and shoulder closures, Sunday to Saturday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

* Route 11 (North Valley Pike) – Cable installation from Harrisonburg City limits to Route 720 (Smithland Road/new research center). Right shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

* Route 33, eastbound and westbound (Market Street) – Safety upgrade at Route 33 and I-81 interchange. Possible shoulder closures, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 42 (John Wayland Highway) – Slope work from Route 746 (Herring Lane) to Route 1211 (Main Street, Dayton). Shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Route 42 (Harpine Highway) – Cable installation from Route 1415 (Early Drive) to Route 809 (Zion Church Road). Right shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* 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. Tuesday to Friday, 7 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, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

* Route 276 (Cross Keys Road) – Pole installation from Route 676 (Oak Shade Road) to Route 253 (Port Republic Road). Right shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 331 (Bluestone Drive) – Waterline installation from Route 253 (Port Republic Road) and Route 331 (Carrier Drive). Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 340 (South Eastside Highway) – Directional bore from Route 642 (Captain Yancey Road) and Route 649 (Berrytown Road). Right shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Secondary Roads

* Route 617 (Genoa Road) – Directional bore from Route 612 (Hopkins Gap Road) to Route 815 (Third Hill Road). Right shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 641 (Cave Hill Road) – Road work from Route 843 (Cemetery Road) to Route 991 (Jacob Burner Road). Intermittent lane closures. Flagger traffic control. Tuesday 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. Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 734 (Lumber Mill Road) – Bridge work from Route 743 (Honey Run Road) and Route 257 (Ottobine Road). Single lane traffic, flagger traffic control. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Estimated completion is May 29, 2009.

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

* Route 914 (Majestic View Road) – Slope and ditch work from Route 732 (Bank Church Road) to Route 734 (Coakley Town Road). Tuesday 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). Right shoulder closure, Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Route 996 (McGaheysville Road) – Sewer line installation from Route 651 (Power Dam Road to Route 842 (Slate Road). Single-lane traffic, flagger traffic control, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 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, Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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