Road work effectively closes Route 259 near state line

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A section of Route 259 near the state line is effectively closed this weekend as a construction crew is installing a pipe under the roadway.

The work area is between the intersections with Eldridge Road and Mount Airy Road in Hampshire County, according to the West Virginia Department of Highways.

Flaggers will be present to direct traffic; however, the department says motorists should expect major delays and possible road closure at times. They are encouraged to stay alert, drive with caution and use an alternate route, if possible.

The exact schedule is weather dependent.

Efforts made to save Willa Cather’s birthplace

The National Willa Cather Center in Nebraska and the Cather family is seeking donations to help purchase and restore her birthplace located in Gore.

The Pulitzer Prize winning author and Frederick County native’s home has fallen into disrepair and is in risk of collapse.

Significant restoration is needed to preserve the home with costs estimated at $200,000.

Cather’s works including Sapphira and the Slave Girl have increasing interest to contemporary scholars and preserving her birthplace could attract visitors to the Shenandoah Valley.

The home has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978 and was last visited by Cather in the 1930s.

The Willa Cather Birthplace Fund has already raised over $20,000 and you can chip in by donating here.

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Frederick County begins construction on convenience center

Construction will begin Monday, November 14th in Gore for Frederick County’s new convenience center.

Construction activity on Sand Mine Road will continue for the next few months.

The project will include the expansion of the facility to improve traffic flow, addition of a trash compactor, and replacement of current collection cans.

These changes will make the site more efficient and eliminate many early closings for weekends or holidays.

Until the work is complete, the location will only accept bagged household trash.

Other materials will be accepted at the regularly operating convenience sites and the landfill.

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