Parking restrictions for parade in Stephens City

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Stephens City police remind residents that parking restrictions are in place today along Main Street to accommodate the Newtown Heritage Festival Parade. Restricted areas will be signed as such.

Part of Main Street will be closed around 1:45 p.m. so the parade can begin at 2. The parade is expected to last about an hour.

The festival will be going on all day, so motorists are reminded to watch for pedestrians and use extra caution today. There will be live music at Newtown Commons and the festival will culminate with fireworks at 9 p.m.

The Shenandoah Fire Company also is holding its Memorial Day festival today in Luray with a bake sale until noon at the Carnival grounds, a parade at 4 p.m and live music tonight.

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Warner, Kaine applaud Parkinson’s disease bill passage

Virginia’s U.S. senators on Friday applauded the Senate’s passage of a bill that would create a national plan to combat Parkinson’s and related diseases.

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, sponsored the bill, which is named for Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis and U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Democrat from the 10th District. Wexton shared her diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease last year. The diagnosis has since been upgraded to progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare and incurable brain disorder that rapidly deteriorates mobility and speech.

The senators called Wexton “a model of grace and perseverance in the face of a difficult diagnosis.”

The measure had previously passed the House and now goes to the president’s desk for his consideration.

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