Be alert for additional traffic

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The Front Royal Police Department would like to remind motorists that the Festival of Leaves is taking place today in Downtown Front Royal.

Expect delays in traffic due to the celebrations and remember that parts of Main Street and Chester Street will be closed until 7 pm or until all vendors have left safely.

The festivities are rain or shine.

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Public power day is approaching in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal invites you to come join in celebrating the Front Royal Energy Services on Public Power Day, October 5th.

The Front Royal Energy Services and more than 2000 other utility companies across the county are not for profit and public owned.

This year Front Royal Energy Service is celebrating 129 years of community service.

The public is invited to find out more about the benefits of living in a safe, reliable, and affordable electric community.

This family friendly event will happen from 5 to 8 pm at the Gazebo on Main Street.

Activities include:

  • Electric safety demonstrations
  • Touch-a-truck opportunities
  • Free swag and kid zone
  • Free tree giveaways from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and Tree Stewards and more!

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Intersection improvements begin along Boyce’s Main Street

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The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin improvements on the intersection of Route 340 (Greenway Avenue) and Route 723 (Main Street) in Boyce on Wednesday, May 31.

VDOT crews will install flashing stop signs and a high visibility crosswalk with pedestrian signs. The existing overhead flashing signals will be removed.

During installation, motorists should expect flagger traffic control from 8 am to 4 pm.

Crews will return a week later to remove the overhead signals.

When the intersection is complete, drivers approaching the intersection on Route 723 will encounter the dynamic stop signs.

Remember to stop completely and proceed when the road is clear.

The improvements were made following a request by the Town of Boyce to evaluate the intersection.

VDOT plans to install a full traffic signal at the intersection in the future.

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Newtown Heritage Festival returns to Stephens City

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Newtown Heritage Festival kicked off in Stephens City yesterday with the marquis events set for today.

The Newtown Commons open at 10 am with food, craft vendors, and the Festival HQ.

History lovers should check out the Newtown History Center which will be hosting four other local museums or take a free guided trolley tour of the town.

Tickets through the HQ are free but required due to limited seating on the trolley.

Live music starts at noon with the Newtown String band and continues into the evening with Gunner Heathe, A Little Too Serious, and Dunlap & Mabe.

The festival parade starts at 2 pm and will shut down a portion of Route 11 for the duration of the event.

If heading to the festival earlier, do not park along Main Street or you will be towed before the parade.

The festivities will conclude at 9 PM with a bang thanks to a fireworks display.

For a full list of events, click here.

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Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to Front Royal

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The 35th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival returns to downtown Front Royal today from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Main Street will be closed during the event from Royal Ave to Blue Ridge Ave.

Chester Street will also be closed from Main St to 2nd St.

In addition to the wine and ciders available for tasting and craft vendors, there will also be two stages for live music and a variety of food vendors.

Tasting admission costs $35 but entrance to the festival to enjoy the rest of the activities is free of charge. 

For more information on the festival including wine and cider vendors and performers, click here.

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Middletown celebrates Arbor Day

Middletown celebrates the 151st Anniversary of Arbor Day and the 51st anniversary of the Arbor Day foundation with an event today.

At 1 pm, guests are invited to a ceremonial planting of a Cherokee Dogwood Tree along Main Street, across from the Wayside Inn and Larrick’s Tavern.

The tree, which was donated by Meadows Farms of Winchester, will be planted to honor Marine Corps Veteran and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Winsome Earle-Sears.

She is a native of Frederick County and will be attending the event.

Stick around following the tree planting for a special surprise.

The event will be held rain or shine.

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Military Tribute Banner Program comes to Middletown

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The Town of Middletown announced their participation in the Military Tribute Banner Program.

Community leaders from Middletown and other areas of the Northern Shenandoah Valley came up with the plan as part of the Hometown Veterans Heroes Formation Committee.

The project aims to honor veterans who currently are or have been residents of the area with banners hung throughout the town’s Main Street.

The banners will be sponsored by individuals or businesses and hang from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.

Orders are accepted through March 1st.

For more information on the project or how to purchase, click here

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Luray conducts Downtown Revitalization Survey

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The Town of Luray is conducting a Downtown Revitalization Survey to help the town gain an understanding of what residents are looking for in the area.

The anonymous survey will look at the Historic District which includes Main, Court, and Broad Streets.

Luray native and VCU Master’s student Trinity Waldron is conducting the survey.

Her results will be released in a report that will be used to guide future business development.

A link to the survey can be found here and takes about five minutes to complete.

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7th Annual Family Fun Day in Front Royal

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Today is the 7th Annual Family Fun day in Downtown Front Royal as a part of the First Friday’s Weekend.

Fun Flix Friday was postponed yesterday, but today a New Orleans style parade will get things started at 10 am.

They will line up on Luray Avenue and also close portions of Main Street, Royal Avenue, Chester Street, and 3rd Street.

Then stick around for some live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a crawfish boil.

Many local shops and vendors will also stay open during this event which will wrap up at 6 pm.

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Sewer repairs leave roads closed

The Town of Front Royal will be making sewer repairs May 1-4 from 7 pm to 6 am.

The repairs will leave portions of Crescent Street from Main Street to Chester Street closed.

Peyton Street will also be closed from Royal Avenue to Chester Street.

Snyder Environmental Services have been contracted for the repairs and will have signs in place at their work location.

Motorists should use caution in this area and may need to plan alternate routes.

If you have any questions please contact the Public Works department.

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