Clarke Board of Supervisor fill a vacant seat

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The Clarke County Board of Supervisors report that they have filled a vacant seat on the board at their last work session.

The board voted unanimously to appoint Douglas Shaffer to fill the recently vacated seat of Matthew Bass.

Bass tendered his letter of resignation in early April and announced his intention to run for Commonwealth’s Attorney for Clarke County.

Shaffer will be sworn in before May 17 and participate in his first Board of Supervisor’s meeting May 21.

Shaffer will serve as the Berryville District supervisor until the Clarke County Electoral Board certifies the results of a special election on November 5.

Of course, any qualified person, including Shaffer, can run for the Berryville District seat in November as well.

Before Shaffer’s appointment the board interviewed 4 candidates for the temporary position all of which brought a lot to the table according to board vice chair Terri Catlett.

Shaffer’s 20 years of service to the county and his solution-based way of approaching issues were swaying factors in his selection.

The 63-year-old Shaffer was born and raised in Berryville and has been in a variety of positions since 2000 and is a Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner.

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Clarke County farmers market opens

Embarking on its 29th season, the Clarke County Farmers’ Market kicks off on today, Saturday, May 4th.

Running from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, rain or shine, until October, you can find it nestled in the parking lot of the school administration building at 317 W. Main St. in Berryville.

A multitude of Clarke County farmers, bakers, and artisans will be on hand, offering an enticing variety of fresh produce, honey, flowers, eggs, cheese, meat, baked goods, prepared meals, and crafts.

Plus, indulge in live music performances every Saturday.

This weekend you can pick up FREE seedlings, too.

The Berryville Tree Board is giving away 100 seedlings, Franklin tree,
flowering Dogwood, and American beautyberry, donated by Bartlett Tree Experts.

Originally inaugurated on June 3, 1995, at the Coiner’s Hardware store parking lot on Berryville’s East Main Street, the market has shifted locations over the years, finding its current home at the former Berryville Primary School site since 2020, after a stint on South Church
Street.

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Apple Blossom road and government closures

Apple Blossom

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is underway!

The celebration will affect numerous roads in the Old Town Winchester area and many area government offices will close to observe the local holiday.

Winchester City and Frederick County Government offices will close on Friday along with the Joint Judicial Center.

The Town of Berryville will close their offices at noon on Friday.

Road closures will be prevalent in the Old Town area on Friday and Saturday.

The Midway will close portions of Piccadilly and Loudoun Street.

The running events like the Bloomin Mile and Apple Blossom 10K will result in closures along the parade route and near Handley High School.

Sections of Handley Blvd, Valley Ave, and Jefferson Street will close Friday night for the Firework display.

An interactive road closure map is available here.

WinReady transit will continue to operate but will have limited access downtown due to the closures.

The Laurel Ridge fixed routes will not run on May 3rd or 4th.

The festival would also like to remind patrons that pets are not allowed at ticketed events or on the Walking Mall for the duration of the celebration.

The official City of Winchester Apple Blossom planning page is found here.  

A link to the the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival including tickets here.

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Berryville issues drinking water notice for Haloacetic Acid

The Town of Berryville issued a notice to all consumers of the town water system regarding the levels of Haloacetic Acids.

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations require municipalities to inform residents when the drinking water system fails to comply with the Primary Maximum Contaminant Level for Haloacetic Acids.

The standard four-quarter running average for the contaminant is 0.060 mg/L and the Berryville four-quarter average currently sits at 0.069 mg/L and 0.070 mg/L at the two monitoring locations on Dunlap Drive and McNeil Drive.

In the notice, the Town states that this is not an immediate risk and residents do not need to use alternative water supplies like bottled water.

If you have specific health concerns to contact your doctor.

Over the course of many years, Haloacetic Acids have been found to increase the risk of cancer.

The Town of Berryville requests that residents help disperse the message to anyone who consumes water in the area that may have missed their original posting.

For more information on the contamination, click here.

If you have further questions, contact Public Utilities Chief Plant Operator Ernest Bussert at 540-955-1099 or to publicutilities@berryvilleva.gov.

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Clarke County launches new online tax portal

The Clarke County Treasurer’s Office and Information Technology department launched a new online taxpayer portal to help residents and business owners manage and pay their taxes easier and more conveniently.

CountyOne is a product of Fairfax-based Avenity that provides tax processing and cashiering functionality required by Directors of Finance, Treasurers, and Commissioners of the Revenue.

The new portal features payment options with or without an account to offer additional flexibility and accessibility.

Online e-Checks through the software incur no processing fees while credit card fees remain the same as payments made in person at the Treasurer’s Office.

Some other features of the new tax payer portal include the ability to report a change of address, new or sold vehicles, a new dog or important tax and payment history.

Clarke County residents are invited to checkout the new website at tax.clarkecounty.gov.

Berryville and Boyce residents will continue to pay town taxes through those town offices.

If you have any questions about CountyOne, contact the Clarke County Treasurer’s office at (540) 955-5160 or treasurer.staff@clarkecounty.gov.

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Traffic advisory this morning

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is asking motorists to be patient and show respect this morning, April 20th, while a funeral procession for fallen law enforcement officer, Special Agent D. Sean Baer, travels through Clarke County.

Expect delays and backups between 9 and 9:45 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. 340 (N. Buckmarsh St.) and Va. Route 7 (Harry Byrd Hwy.) and
the intersection of Va. 7 and Business 7 (E. Main St. and Audley Farm).

Traffic lights at these intersections will be controlled by Clarke County Sheriff’s deputies. Berryville police officers will assist with traffic control in town.

Special Agent D. Sean Baer, 49, was killed in the line of duty on April 9th.

His funeral procession begins in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., travels south on U.S. 340, and east on Va. 7 to Leesburg.

Please drive carefully.

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Clarke county board of supervisors revisit solar facilities

The Clarke County Board of Supervisors will hold two meetings this week, related to the 50-megawatt solar facility located between Westwood Road and Triple J Road just west of Berryville.

One hearing will concern the Siting Agreement and the other is the Special Use Permit and Site Development.

These public hearings begin at 6:30 p.m. March 19 in the second-floor meeting room of the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center.

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Christmas parade schedule for the area

Christmas parade

Everyone loves a parade, here are a few from our area.

We hope to see you there!

November 27th, 7 pm – Winchester

December 1st, 6:30 pm – Woodstock

December 2nd, Noon – Berryville

December 2nd, 4 pm – Front Royal

December 2nd, 4:30 pm – Strasburg

December 3rd, 2 pm – Middletown

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Berryville issues drinking water violation notice

The Town of Berryville has issued a notice to consumers of the Berryville Water System.

Due to National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, the town must inform its residents that the water may be in violation of state regulations due to the Primary Maximum Contaminant Level for Haloacetic Acids.

The standard for Haloacetic Acids is 0.06 mg/L.

The test results for August 2023 showed that the water system exceeded the standard or maximum contaminant level.

The Town says it is not necessary to find an alternative water source like bottled water but, if you have a specific health concern, consult with your doctor.

Studies have shown that people who drink water containing Haloacetic acids in excess of the Primary Maximum Contaminant Level over many years have an increased chance of cancer.

A notice will be mailed with water and sewer bills between October 26, 2023 and November 3rd.

For more information, click here.

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BRWC seeks help to find turtle’s home

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is seeking help from residents of Clarke County to find the home of a Woodland Box Turtle.

Someone handed the turtle to a woman on the street in front of Lavish Studios in Berryville Monday morning.

The healthy, adult turtle will have to be placed into use for educational purposes or euthanized if the owner or original location is not found.

Relocation is illegal, unsafe, and inhumane as these turtles will die trying to find their original home and could spread diseases to new areas.

If you have any information on the individual who gave the turtle away or of the found location, please contact the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center at 540-837-9000.

For a picture of the turtle, click here.

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