REC and local elementary students plant pollinator garden

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative installed a pollinator garden at Chet Hobert Park with the help of students from Clarke County Public School’s DG Cooley Elementary.

The garden was planted next to the park’s substation and provides an improved view from the soccer fields and walking trail while also giving pollinators a safe space to do their important work.

Special signage shares facts about pollinators that are geared toward helping 4th grade students with their SOLs.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by Clarke County officials on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the garden.

As part of the celebration, a representative from the Department of Forestry designated REC as a Tree Line USA utility for the 22nd straight year.

The award presented by the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes REC’s commitment to protecting and enhancing forestry.

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Units from 4 states respond to mountain fire

Fire crews from Frederick County Virginia joined 5 units from West Virginia 3 from Maryland and 3 from Pennsylvania to fight a mountain fire.

Several sources including the Morgan Messenger report the crews spent most of last night Mar. 21 working a 50 acre fire at the top of Sleepy Creek Mountain near White’s Gap.

Reports indicate that heavy smoke may still be visible but the fire is contained by hand dug fire lines and the natural barrier of the Meadows Branch Stream.

The West Virginia Department of Forestry is monitoring the situation through the coming days.

Authorities ask that if you see fire on the mountain you should call 911.

It is reported at this time there is no danger to residents.

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