Tag: Shenandoah Valley

VDOT ready for possible snowy, windy conditions

VDOT is ready to respond to snow showers and high winds that are forecast for parts of the Shenandoah Valley Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

Girl Scouts in our local communities will become young business entrepreneurs as they learn goal setting, marketing skills, and money management.


Death Cafe debuts in the Shenandoah Valley

At a Death Cafe people drink coffee and tea, eat cake (or cookies), and discuss death in a relaxed group discussion. With the participants setting the agenda and direction of the conversation,

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Food Bank joins #GivingTuesday movement celebrating generosity and philanthropy

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is calling on residents in Central and Western Virginia to consider joining #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate generosity and encourage philanthropy.

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Flashing yellow signals coming to Shenandoah Valley

The Virginia Department of Transportation will install flashing yellow arrow traffic signals at five intersections in the Staunton District beginning Dec. 1. The flashing yellow arrow is intended only for left-turning traffic, and indicates that drivers may turn left after they yield to oncoming traffic.

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VDOT expanding holiday traveler services in Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation is providing motorists with extra services in the Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville areas for the Thanksgiving holiday period. Travel times will be shown on portions of Interstate 81 and I-64. Additionally, Safety Service Patrols will be expanded on Sunday, November 29.


Shenandoah Valley Partnership highlights transportation assets at fall events

The Shenandoah Valley Partnership hosted two economic development events this fall focusing on the Shenandoah Valley’s access to markets and substantial transportation and logistics assets.

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Slavery in the Valley: Different than elsewhere?

The lower number of slaves in the Shenandoah Valley before the Civil War has fostered the idea that slavery there was different or more benevolent. Not so, says local historian Nancy Sorrells. In a Sunday program at the Government Center, Sorrells will present the facts on “Slavery and its Aftermath in the Upper Valley.”


Weather Alert: Wind Advisory in effect in Shenandoah Valley

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the Shenandoah Valley from noon Thursday through 6 a.m. Friday. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are forecast for the advisory period.

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Year’s largest food drive to begin on Saturday

Local Boy Scouts of America and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank are teaming up for Scouting for Food, the Boy Scouts’ annual food drive. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag filled with non-perishable food donations at their doors or mailboxes in the morning on Sat., Oct. 24


Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative urges preparation for potential heavy rain event

With measurable rain in the forecast for parts of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s eight-county service area in the days ahead, SVEC has pulled together key staff members responsible for working these types of situations and has implemented a plan of action to coordinate our response to the severe weather.

Podcast: Virginia in the crosshairs of potentially lethal combination of storms

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham reports on the potentially dangerous mix of storms – a coastal low developing in the Southeast and Hurricane Joaquin – that could wreak havoc on Virginia this weekend.

Fields of Gold Farm Trail celebrates summer success with giveaway

The Fields of Gold Agritourism program celebrated another successful summer season along the expanding Fields of Gold Farm Trail by sponsoring a giveaway featuring gift certificates from member farms and businesses.

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First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to attend produce auction, learn more about Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Farm Fresh program

On Tuesday, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will attend the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction in Dayton, just outside Harrisonburg.

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Interstate 81 lane closures in the Shenandoah Valley Aug. 30-Sept. 4

Lane closures are scheduled for Interstate 81 in Augusta, Shenandoah and Frederick counties from August 30 to September 4.

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Interstate 81 lane closures in the Shenandoah Valley: Aug. 23-29

Lane closures are scheduled for Interstate 81 in Rockbridge, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties from August 23-29.

Southern Economic Development Council recognizes Fields of Gold program

The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) has announced the recipients of its annual Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA).

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Interstate 81 lane, ramp closures in Shenandoah Valley Aug. 17-21

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled lane and ramp closures along Interstate 81 between mile markers 174 and 311 during the week of August 17-21.

Social services boards appoint Anita Harris new director of Shenandoah Valley Social Services

The boards of social services of Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro announced today the appointment of Anita Harris as director of Shenandoah Valley Social Services, effective Aug. 16. Harris will serve as interim director Aug. 1 through 15.

Additional emerald ash borer found in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park staff have confirmed additional infestations of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the park. Adult EAB beetles were caught in surveillance traps near Mathews Arm Campground, Gravel Springs Hut, Pinnacles Picnic Area, Big Meadows Picnic Area, and South River Picnic Area.


Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board pushes skill enhancement training

Programs administered by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board provide businesses and workers in the Shenandoah Valley a variety of options for maintaining a highly-skilled workforce.

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McAuliffe announces agriculture, forestry industries development planning grants in Rappahannock County, Shenandoah Valley

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the award of two planning grants from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Bill could impact weather in Shenandoah Valley this weekend

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill are on course to impact weather this weekend in the Shenandoah Valley and a wide swath of the Mid-Atlantic.


Bicycle economic impact analysis underway in Shenandoah Valley

A Bicycling in the Shenandoah Valley Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) is currently being conducted by the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) in conjunction with regional partners from Shenandoah County Tourism, Bryce Resort, Harrisonburg Tourism, Rockingham County, Massanutten Resort, Greater Augusta Regional Tourism, Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism and the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.


Battlefields Foundation presents conference on 1865, post-Civil War era

On Saturday, June 20, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation will look back at that period with a Sesquicentennial conference, “The Rocky Road to Peace”: 1865 and the Post-War Era in the Valley.

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American Red Cross encourages adding blood donation to vacation to-do lists

There are 100 days of summer, and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to choose their day to give blood and help ensure a sufficient blood supply.

Central Shenandoah EMS Council announces regional EMS award winners

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council honored the dedication and commitment of its emergency medical services providers at the council’s regional awards ceremony June 3 at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.


Virginians for the Arts seeking Shenandoah Valley applicants for 2015 Dominion ArtStars Awards

Virginians for the Arts (VFTA), in partnership with Dominion Resources, is seeking applicants from the Shenandoah Valley to apply for its fifth annual Dominion ArtStars Awards.


Valley on-the-job training program reports ongoing results

The Shenandoah Valley On-the-Job Training Initiative (Valley OJT), a program of the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board (SVWIB), recently issued an update on the accomplishments stemming from a $5 million grant received from the Department of Labor (DOL) in 2011.


Shenandoah Valley Social Services wants to make contact with callers who left unreturned voicemails

As recent media reports have detailed, more than 200 unheard voicemail messages were erroneously deleted from the Shenandoah Valley Social Services (SVSS) Child Protective Services (CPS) intake line last year.

Shenandoah National Park dedicates second TRACK Trails activity trail

To encourage children and their families to get outdoors, Shenandoah National Park has again partnered with the Kids in Parks program to establish a second TRACK Trails location.


Shenandoah Valley Social Services director accepts new position

Shenandoah Valley Social Services announced today that its director, Elizabeth Middleton, is leaving her position on July 31 to lead the Department of Social Services in Orange County, Va. Middleton, who announced her departure to local social services staff via email on Tuesday, cited personal reasons.

National Bike Month celebrated around the Shenandoah Valley

Spring means a return to road tours, trail rides and bike commuting for cycling enthusiasts in Virginia, and to kick off the season, communities all over the Shenandoah Valley region will be celebrating National Bike Month in May.

Valley solar company participates in White House roundtable

SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc., a Shenandoah Valley based solar generator manufacturer was recently one of nine small business owners and elected officials invited by the White House Business Council to attend a briefing with President Obama and senior Administration officials.


Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District to sponsor Winchester Junior Storm teams

Historic preservation, education initiatives, athletics and community engagement will make for a dynamic team this coming basketball season.

Shenandoah National Park announces entrance fee increase

As part of a nationwide initiative, Shenandoah National Park will begin charging increased entrance fees in two stages, beginning on May 1, 2015.


Shenandoah Valley, Central Virginia under Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for a region stretching from Augusta County to Page County in the Shenandoah Valley and over into Albemarle County and Nelson County in Central Virginia that is in effect from 2 p.m. Sunday into the overnight hours.


Shenandoah Valley chapter of Breastfeeding USA provides monthly meetings, free counseling

Breastfeeding USA is a national nonprofit organization that provides free mother-to-mother counseling through nationally accredited counselors.


Safe Routes to School projects take root in the Shenandoah Valley

A number of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects have been initiated or completed in the Shenandoah Valley region over the past year.

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Blue Ridge Area Food Bank celebrates volunteers during National Volunteer Week

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has announced plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week, a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir kicks off busy spring with concert, auditions and ‘fun’ new choirs

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) hosts their annual spring concert, a kick-off to a busy spring season of auditions and fundraising.


Economic developers honor Shenandoah Valley region for best practices

The Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) announced the selection of The Shenandoah Valley Region as winner of the 2015 Community Economic Development Award for the Fields of Gold Agritourism Program.

Shenandoah National Park plans prescribed burn

Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 35 acres of Big Meadows sometime between April 13 and May 15, weather permitting.

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EMU baseball coach Ben Spotts makes local recruiting a key contributor to success

Eastern Mennonite University head baseball coach Ben Spotts has a simple recruiting philosophy: Do not lose local athletes to other Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schools.

Shenandoah Valley Art Center features Roanoke artist Page Turner in April

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of April, is featuring the sculptures of Roanoke artist, Page Turner.