Tag: winter

Survey leads Snowshoe Resort to add family summer program

Fresh off of a record-breaking 40th winter ski season celebration, Snowshoe Mountain today announced new additional programs and events will be added this summer to continue to draw in families across the Mid-Atlantic.

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Analysis: The Virginia state budget impasse endgame

Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates holding off the inevitable deal on Medicaid expansion need to declare whatever victory they can and get moving toward setting a state budget for 2014-2016.


Smaller wheat crop forecast for 2014

According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia’s winter wheat crop is expected to total 15.9 million bushels this year, down 7 percent from last year’s crop.

Lt. Gov. Northam battles for Virginia’s National Guard

In preparation for today’s congressional hearing on proposed reductions to the National Guard, Lt. Gov. Ralph Norham sent a letter, in partnership with other lieutenant governors from throughout the country.

Book signing featuring Seamus McCree author James M. Jackson

Financial crimes investigator Seamus McCree returns in this thrilling sequel to Bad Policy. With his house in Cincinnati in ruins, Seamus retreats to the family cabin for some well-earned rest and relaxation.

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East Rockingham Senior Center at Valley Mall & Golden Corral

On April 14, 15 members and staff persons from East Rockingham Senior Center enjoyed a field trip to Valley Mall. Fifteen Center members got their daily exercise walking through Valley Mall. Several members took advantage of the opportunity to do some much needed shopping.


Virginia general fund revenue collections up 7.8 percent in March

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced today that general fund revenue collections increased 7.8 percent in March, with solid gains in individual nonwithholding, corporate income tax and the insurance premiums tax.

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Creigh Deeds: The guest that would not leave

It is with some pride that I can report that on the 25th of March, the first daffodil bloomed in my yard. However, I can also report that bloom was soon covered with snow as winter is playing the part of Gilda Radner in that old Saturday Night Live skit about the guest who would not leave……speaking of guests that will not leave, the General Assembly is still in session.

Virginia growers expected to plant additional cotton, peanuts

After a cold and wet early spring, Virginia farmers are ready to get their crops in the ground. Corn plantings across the state are behind schedule. Cotton and peanut producers are expecting to plant more acres this year, while producers of other major row crops are pulling back a bit.

Dinner Diva: Time to get rid of the winter grime!

Winter is over, and the days are getting longer, y’all! And you know what that means? It’s just about time to get those gardens in, the patio furniture out, and to tackle that spring cleaning.


Corn and winter wheat acreage down from 2013, cotton and peanuts up

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s corn producers intend to decrease acreage in 2014 to 500,000 acres.

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Randy Forbes: Trading potholes for progress

As the snow thaws to warmer months, new potholes and signs of road deterioration are certain to appear on our daily commutes. Although this is the reality of a harsh winter, it also serves as a reminder of how quickly our transportation and infrastructure can wither.

Tuesday JMU baseball game vs. Liberty postponed

Monday’s winter storm that deposited up to a foot of snow has forced the postponement of JMU’s scheduled baseball game on Tuesday against Liberty. No information is available at this time on a rescheduled date.

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Randy Forbes: Some relief in heat energy costs

In October of 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 90% of homes were expected to have higher heating costs this winter as compared to last year.

Gov. McAuliffe announces revenue decline

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced that state general fund revenue collections declined 3.4% in February. There was a solid gain in individual income tax withholding but that was offset by declines in retail sales, insurance premiums tax and recordation taxes.

Pen Pal Club Started Between Two Senior Centers

After a health program at the Staunton Senior Center and Waynesboro Senior Center on how to spice up the winter months, a new Pen Pal Club has formed.


What caused the Rocks Mountain fire?

Shenandoah National Park personnel have determined that the cause of the Rocks Mountain Fire was an illegal campfire. The fire, which was reported to the park at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, had burned approximately 450 acres inside Shenandoah National Park.


AAA; Record-breaking pothole season not over?

Snow, rain, cold, and wild temperature swings add up to one thing: potholes shaking up motorists on back roads and highways alike. Motorists across the Commonwealth have been calling AAA after hitting these bone-jarring craters.

Birds Continue to Be of Interest at Staunton Senior Center

Even though no birds have yet to be spied at Staunton Senior Center’s new bird feeder, there is some evidence of visits, according to bird enthusiast, JoAnn K., a new member at the Center.


Snow causes schedule changes for UVa., VMI, JMU baseball

The Wednesday (March 5) UVa.-Old Dominion baseball game has been postponed because of inclement weather. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at Davenport Field.


Rain and snow dampen the Rocks Mountain fire in Shenandoah National Park

Before the fire reached containment lines, rain, sleet and snow fell on the Rocks Mountain Fire late Sunday and much of Monday. Fire managers will continue to monitor the fire and, when the snow melts, firefighters will patrol the area for hot spots.

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VDOT: Hard freeze creates icy commute for Tuesday

Single-digit temperatures on the heels of the latest winter storm mean drivers will face icy roads on Tuesday morning, especially on secondary routes. Salt-based treatments are largely ineffective when temperatures drop below 20 degrees. VDOT urges extreme caution for citizens who must drive before conditions improve.


Gov. Terry McAuliffe declares state of emergency for snow response

As Virginia prepares for another winter storm today, Gov.  Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency, an action that authorizes state agencies to be ready to assist local governments in responding to the snow and ice storm that will affect the commonwealth this evening and into tomorrow. In declaring a state of emergency, the governor […]

VDOT: Travel not advised on Monday

VDOT crews will be monitoring and treating roadways during the night and into Monday and Tuesday. They will work 12-hour shifts, 24-hours a day with the goal of making at least one pass on all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends.

Who doesn’t mind the snowy winter? Farmers

Cold temperatures and regularly occurring snowstorms this winter have even hardy folks like Virginia farmers eager for spring to arrive.


Cooler summer? Record level of ice on Lake Superior may be culprit

AccuWeather.com reports that with no end in sight, the winter of 2014 rages on, ushering in frigid Arctic air and dumping record-breaking snow and ice on much of the nation. This season, ice coverage on Lake Superior has exceeded other measurements in recent history.


CAPSAW tax assistance client becomes volunteer

In 2013, Melissa Wolcott decided she was tired of paying someone to do her taxes. She knew her tax return was simple, and she knew that any of her hard-earned money was too much to spare when a free service was available. She visited the Valley VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site at stuarts draft […]

Chris Graham: The Top Five Presidential “Gaffes” That Groupon Passed On

A Groupon Presidents’ Day press release touting a special taking $10 off all $40 local deals purchased through Groupon in honor of President Alexander Hamilton may have been an intentional gaffe aimed at creating a viral buzz.

JMU baseball home opener moved to Wednesday

The JMU baseball home opener vs. Longwood scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 has been pushed back one day to Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. to provide additional time for field preparation after last week’s winter storm.

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VDOT: Crews, sun clearing roads

A lot of work from VDOT plow drivers and some help from mother nature is helping to clear many roadways in the Shenandoah Valley. As roads are plowed and temperatures rise, conditions are quickly improving.

VDOT: Making progress with snow still falling, but most roads still covered

Roads throughout the Shenandoah Valley are snow-covered shortly before mid-day Thursday. Snowfall totals range from 10 to 18 inches, and additional accumulation is expected this afternoon. Interstate and primary routes are passable, but most secondary roads have not yet been plowed.

JMU women’s basketball game postponed to Friday

Due to the winter storm in the Harrisonburg area, the JMU women’s basketball game against UNCW at the JMU Convocation Center has been postponed from Thursday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declares State of Emergency as winter storm approaches

Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today, an action that authorizes state agencies to be ready to assist local governments in responding to the major snow storm that is forecast to hit the Commonwealth starting tomorrow.

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Price Rotary Senior Center Welcomes Preschool Class

Monday was a busy day at Price Rotary Senior Center as we welcomed Pam Hyser and her 4-year-old preschool class from Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation.


AAA: Brutal January sets emergency roadside assistance record

For many, Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication for six more weeks of winter was not welcomed considering the brutal winter the region has felt so far this year. AAA Mid-Atlantic is no exception.

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No burning before 4 p.m. until April 30

The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15th – the start of spring fire season in Virginia. The law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day until April 30th if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

Earth Talk: Harsh winters and global warming

It’s tempting to think that the cold air and snow outside augur the end of global warming, but don’t rejoice yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), weather and climate are two very different beasts.


Michael Petit: Urge Congress to vote no on cuts to food assistance

Members of Congress have announced a deal on the “Farm Bill” and it just passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It will now move to the Senate. 103 Democrats voted against the Farm Bill on concerns that cuts to the food stamp program were draconian. And they’re right.

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Surprise snow: Whose fault is it when response is slow?

The Shenandoah Valley was surprised by a snowstorm that wasn’t forecast until it was already under way. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that local authorities were slow to respond when the flakes did start to fall, and why a relatively small storm – leaving at most a couple of inches of snow on the ground in most locations – ended up being such an issue.

AccuWeather.com: Cold, but not snowy, Super Bowl Sunday

As the first Super Bowl in history to be played in an open air stadium in a cold weather city, AccuWeather said players and fans will be relatively lucky in terms of weather this Sunday.

Waynesboro Public Library Calendar: February 2014

Schedule of upcoming events at the Waynesboro Public Library.

Earth Talk: Global Warming and the loss of whitebark pine trees

Global warming is having an impact on whitebark pine trees, a “keystone” species in high-altitude ecosystems across the American West, meaning they play an important role in maintaining the natural structure of many of our most iconic mountain regions.

AccuWeather.com: Would Super Bowl snow favor Seattle?

Although the home of the Denver Broncos receives approximately 54 inches of snow per winter, while Seattle receives a mere 7 inches, snowfall at the Super Bowl game could give the Seahawks an edge,

Heat or Eat? Food Bank offers online tool to find emergency food assistance

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the area’s largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia, is concerned that thousands of families relying on emergency food assistance are choosing between heat and hunger this winter season.

VDOT: Avoid unnecessary travel due to snow

With all of western Virginia under a Winter Storm Warning, the Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid unnecessary travel on Tuesday. Snowfall is expected to continue into the evening.

Cold coming: Coat drive/free soup in Staunton Tuesday night

With winter storms bringing unseasonably cold nights, many people find themselves on the streets exposed to dangerous levels of cold. Coats and soup will help.

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Safe habits prevent wood ash fires

As smoke rises from chimneys, officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry are on the lookout for smoke from other sources. Household fires produce leftover ash; when improperly disposed of, this ash can cause a wildland fire.

Virginia corn could set a record for the 2013 production year

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Virginia’s corn yields are expected to be 154 bushels per acre, up 51 bushels from the previous year’s yield and up four bushels per acre from the November forecast.

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VDOT: Snow, freezing rain tonight could impact travel

Light snow and freezing rain are forecast for early Friday, which could create slick driving conditions for the morning commute. Motorists should be alert for possible icy spots, especially on bridges, overpasses and elevated surfaces which tend to freeze first.

Shenandoah National Park: Underfunded, under threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Virginia analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Virginia’s most-visited park, Shenandoah National Park, as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.