Berryville announces water and sewer fee changes

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The Berryville Town Council announced changes to Water and Sewer Fees effective Thurs. Nov. 17, 2022.

There will be an increase in monthly water administrative and facilities fees from $12.34 to $18.07.

Monthly sewer administrative and facilities fees will increase from $7.22 to $9.65.

Water and sewer availability fees will increase by approximately 8 percent.

Required account deposits and meter testing fees will increase to $125 from $100 previously.

These changes were approved after a public hearing on the subject which was held on Sept. 13.

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Berryville reminds residents of low flying craft

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Berryville reiterated the warning of low flying aircraft in a news release.

The craft include low flying helicopters and the Town Government reminds residents to not be alarmed.

The project is a part of the ongoing efforts to collect data for the Virginia Department of Energy and The U.S. Geological Survey from Clarke and Frederick Counties.

The aircraft are piloted by personnel trained for low level flight at altitudes of 300 to 1,000 feet and will fly through December.

This is part of a national effort to create maps that assist in domestic exploration for mineral resources critical to national security and prosperity.

Additional information on the project is available at the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.

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71st HamFest returns to Berryville

The 71st Annual Berryville Hamfest is back this weekend at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.

Gates open at 6 am with vendors starting at 8 am.

The event regularly draws 1500 people and there will be nearly 150 vendors from the HAM radio world selling all types of tools of the trade from vintage radios to the latest models.

VE Exams will be given starting at noon at the nearby Clarke County High School by the Laurel Amateur Radio Club VE Team.

Don’t forget to stick around for the raffle prizes.

For more information on the gathering, click here.

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Clarke County holds an open house for Green Master Plan

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Clarke County Government announced an open house is planned for the main meeting room on the second floor of the Berryville Clarke County joint government building Thurs. July 28.

The meeting is to view and discuss plans for the Clarke County Courthouse Green Master Plan.

The public is encouraged to attend to give input on the plan and see possible future designs.

There will be different plans to be viewed and discussed by the public regarding the courthouse grounds.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 at 101 Chalmers Court in Berryville.

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VDH confirms a rabies case in Clarke County

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A press release from Risk Communications Manager Lorrie Andrew- Spear of the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD)  warns of rabies.

The press release confirms a case of rabies in the northeast area of Berryville.

Residents are reminded to vaccinate their pets and keep up to date with inoculations.

Where the kitten that was diagnosed is no longer a threat precautions should be taken.

Residents are asked to not leave food out for strays or wild animals.

Should you or your pet be bitten, scratched or licked by an unknown animal it is best to report it to your local health department for advice.

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Berryville holds public meetings on utility projects

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The town of Berryville will hold informational meetings on three utility projects scheduled over the next two years.

The meetings will be held in the County Government Center Feb. 28 starting at 5:30 according to the town’s website.

From 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. the completion and repaving of Virginia Ave. will be discussed.

The instillation of the new water main replacement of a sewer force drain and street repaving on Josephine St. will be the topic from 6:20 to 7:20 p.m..

From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. discussion of the N. Church projects which includes new water main installation as well as sewer pump and collection system on Osborne St..

Engineers and town staff will provide overviews of each project and answer questions from the public.

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Berryville adjust election boundaries

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Berryville has announced they will make adjustments to election boundaries in accordance with the 2020 census records.

The Berryville’s website indicates that ward two will be reduced while ward one and three will be enlarged.

There will be no changes to ward four at this time.

A public hearing on the changes will be held Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Clarke County Government Center.

Public comment on the changes will be accepted through Mar. 11 by email or mail to 101 Chalmers court Berryville VA. 22611.

You can also fax a comment to (540) 955-4524.

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Low cost pet vaccine clinic in Berryville

Veterinary Community Outreach is hosting a low cost pet vaccine clinic today from 10 am to noon in Berryville at 310 N Buckmarsh St.

Registration is encouraged online but walk-ups are welcome.

Services available include rabies, distemper, and bordetella shots ranging from $10 to $18 and microchipping for $20.

All services are cash only to help keep costs as low as possible for Veterinary Community Outreach.

The nonprofit is focused on providing low/no cost preventive veterinary services to low income families in the region.

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Berryville offers funds for housing assistance

Berryville announced through an email that it’s implementation plan for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will provide funds for housing.

A $40,000 grant will provide non-profit organizations the opportunity to deliver housing assistance to low income homeowners.

Berryville will take applications from organizations looking to improve owner occupied housing through Feb. 24.

Specific questions about the funds and applications must be submitted by Feb. 8.

Applications and additional information is available at berryvilleva.gov.

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An Am. Red Cross Blood Drive is in need of donors in Berryville tomorrow 1/13

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At this point all blood drives are urgent as reported by the American Red Cross there is a critical shortage of blood nationwide.

The Red Cross is in dire need of donors due to the lowest supply being reported in decades.

There is a blood drive tomorrow Jan. 13 at the Berryville VFW Post 425 S. Buckmarsh St. from noon to 5:30 p.m. with appointments available.

You can set your appointment at redcrossblood.org using the zip code 22611 right now.

Due to the pandemic blood drives are by appointment only which the American Red Cross reports is one of the biggest reasons for the shortage.

It is easy to set an appointment for a blood drive near your home using your zip code at the website redcrossblood.org anytime even well into the future if you would like.

Donors are able to give the gift of life every 56 days.

There is an urgent call for blood donations as the supply is at critical levels and demand is high.

It has been reported that one car accident could wipe out the current supply.

If you can give please do.

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