National trails day

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Get ready to mark National Trails Day today, June 1st, in Shenandoah National Park!

In honor of this occasion, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites you to two special events at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) and the visitor center at Big Meadows (mile 51).

Explore the importance of Leave No Trace principles and discover the vital trail
maintenance efforts carried out in the park by PATC.

Plus, enjoy guided hikes led by knowledgeable PATC members.

Remember to secure your spot by registering in advance.

For more details and to sign up for hikes, visit the Park’s calendar here: National Park Calendar

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SNP receives funds for preservation initiatives

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund provided enhancements to a beloved route managed by the National Park Service.

Over 18 months and with a budget of $15 million, the Skyline Drive preservation initiative revitalized 56 miles and 19 scenic overlooks along this renowned national historic landmark and scenic byway traversing
the Blue Ridge Mountains within Shenandoah National Park.

The GAOA allocates $1.2 million for a park endeavor aimed at dismantling outdated structures and reinstating natural conditions in the Big Meadows area, recognized as a national historic landmark district, along with the Loft Mountain Campground.

Springtime travelers are in for safer and smoother journeys through the breathtaking vistas of  Shenandoah National Park.

Thanks to the Skyline Drive project, distressed pavement has been
restored, shoulders stabilized, pavement and road markings enhanced, and road surfaces treated to fortify structural integrity and prolong road life.

In addition, obsolete or deteriorating structures and facilities in Big Meadows and Loft Mountain Campground have been dismantled.

This includes office buildings, outdated housing, a comfort station, parking areas, picnic sites, and sections of the H-loop road and
campsites, totaling approximately $3 million in deferred maintenance savings.

The final phase of the project involves restoring natural vegetation in these areas, promising visitors a more harmonious landscape.

GAOA stands as a crucial component of a larger initiative to address the extensive backlog of deferred maintenance and repair needs across national parks.

With revenue sourced from energy development, GAOA grants the National Park Service up to $1.3 billion annually for five
years.

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FCPS announces new Director of Facilities Services

Frederick County Public Schools announced a new Director of Facilities Services.

Brian Davis will succeed long time director Tim Crisman who will retire at the end of the month and held the position since 2011.

The Director of Facilities Services directs the maintenance department, supervises coordination of maintenance activities with school personnel, and handles long term planning focused on the school division’s needs and growth.

Davis will also inspect and evaluate the condition of school buildings and equipment, manage routine maintenance, and provide input to renovations or new construction.

Davis will relocate to the area from Maryland and he brings with him 28 years of experience in maintenance, facilities, and construction.

To view the full announcement from FCPS, click here.

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REC names Karen Mills Director of Facilities Management

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the hiring of Karen Mills as the new Director of Facilities Management.

She will oversee the acquisition, construction, maintenance and operations of the Coop’s facilities and grounds as well as develop and maintain policies and procedures.

Mills previously served as the Senior Manager of Facilities Services for Washington Gas and before that worked with various technology companies.

She is a Virginia native and graduate of George Mason University.

REC’s Managing Director Tosh Bowe said, “Her extensive knowledge and experience will ensure efficient operations and effective resource utilization at the Cooperative.”

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Bowman park closes for maintenance

Bowman Park on Luray Avenue will be closed on September 12th and 13th.

Town arborist, Jim Osborn received a complaint about hazardous conditions.

After inspection, The Town of Front Royal has hired contractor Timber Works Tree Care to mitigate the hazardous conditions.

  • The following trees are being removed:
    White Oak 55″ dbh has an approximately 10-year-old lightning strike that has allowed interior
    decay to affect the structure of the tree. The associated brown rot ruins the structural integrity of
    the tree making it susceptible to failure.
  • White Oak 44″ dbh exhibits a crown decline of over 25%. This decline appears to be caused by heavy soil compaction, slope causing water runoff, little to no organic matter remaining in the
    critical root zone. This “Oak Decline” has been noted and recorded since 2019 by University of Maryland.
    • Burr Oak 38″ dbh has had multiple leads broken out and cut back over the years. The extreme lean and site conditions at the park contribute to its decline.

    HAZARD REDUCTION PLANNING
    • White Oak 53″ dbh has the start of some crown dieback. Hazard reduction pruning of branches larger than 2″ diameter will take place.
    • White Oak 47″ dh also has some dead wood in the crown. Hazard reduction pruning of branches larger than 2″ diameter will take place.

Town residents may contact Jim Osborn if they have questions or concerns,  josborn@frontroyalva.com.

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Unimproved alley inspections in Front Royal

The Public Works Department of the Town of Front Royal will begin a new unimproved alley inspection and inventory for all town properties.

Town staff will be looking for potential hazards, illegal dumping and maintenance concerns.

The work will be completed Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm until December.

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LFCC launches a drone operation course

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Lord Fairfax Community College to become Laurel Ridge Community College announced in an email from Public Relations Coordinator Sally Voth the launch of a drone program.

The course will include classes on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved commercial operations and exam preparation.

Additional course instruction will include maintenance, mission planning, hands on flying and more.

The course will train students to become professionals in a growing industry.

Registration opens March 28 with more information available at lfcc.edu/drones.

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Skyline Middle School is temporarily evacuated

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) reports that Skyline Middle School had to be evacuated for about 90 minutes yesterday Feb. 23.

WCFR received a call around 9 a.m. that smoke was filling a class room of the school.

After evacuation and investigation there was no fire but smoke from a malfunctioning fan motor had filled the room.

Front Royal Truck 1, Rescue Engine 2 from Rivermont, Engine 4 from Linden and Rescue Engine 10 from North Warren assisted on the call.

After investigation maintenance staff resolved the fan motor issue and there were no other concerns.

It was determined that the incident posed no threat to students or staff and school resumed.

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Luray Public Notice – Hawksbill Greenway Trail

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Hawksbill Greenway Trail will undergo maintenance from October 1st – October 3rd.

Work will take place at both ramps leading from Main st.at Ruffner Plaza and the former Brown’s building .

The Hawksbill Greenway Trail will remain open at all times. Ramp closure will occur in stages to allow handicap access through at least one ramp during the project.

If you have any questions please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (540) 843-0770.