Berryville holds special election today 5/4

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Polls are open until 7 p.m. tonight May 4 in Berryville for a special election for Recorder and Ward 3 Town Council Member.

All registered voters within the town limits may cast a ballot at the Public School’s Administration Building 317 W. Main St. Berryville.

Contact the Office of Elections at 540-955-5168 or visit vote@clarkecounty.gov.

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Rt. 522 shutdown in both directions Sunday night

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Route 522 was shutdown in both directions last night Sun. May 2 as utility crews and authorities cleared an accident near the Winchester City limits.

The accident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. near Fairmont Ave.

Multiple power lines and poles were knocked down causing power outages for approximately 8 hours.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Winchester appoints a new Fire Chief

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Jon Henschel has been appointed the new Chief of Winchester’s Fire and Rescue Department.

Henschel currently serves as the President of the Lord Fairfax EMS Council.

He is also serving on the Governor’s EMS Advisory Board.

Henschel has 30 years experience the last 23 of those has been with the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department.

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REC implements new technology to boost reliability

Jake Michael and Matt Fauyer of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) Front Royal office have been working a new ways to keep power coming to your home.

The pair have been working on and perfecting the use of unmanned aerial devices.

The use of the drones prevents outages before the occur.

Drones have improved inspection of lines and equipment as well as inspecting trees that could cause potential outages.

Implementing the new technology increases speed, safety and reliability to better serve member owners.

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UWNSV administers $60K for Clarke and Shenandoah Counties

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is now administering a total of $60,000 in emergency food and shelter money to Clarke and Shenandoah Counties.

The funds are immediately available by local grants to eligible agencies through the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The United Way of NSV is accepting applications for Clarke and Shenandoah Counties through April 30.

You can visit unitedwaynsv.org for an application and more information.

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Page County collects hazardous waste

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Page County will hold a hazardous waste collection and free dump day Saturday Apr. 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Allowing 2 pickup loads per address at 219 Landfill Drive Luray.

Accepting items like paints and related materials, aerosol cans, adhesives, motor oil, gasoline and antifreeze.

More items they can accept include household cleaners, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, mercury along with batteries, automotive fluids, electronics and fluorescent bulbs.

They are unable to take chemicals, industrial waste, 55 gallon drums of waste, explosives or bullets.

The waste collection is for Page County residents only.

They do ask that you label items if they are not.

You can call Solid Waste Manger Jeff Blevins at (540) 743-3854 with any questions.

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REC protects animals and your power supply

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is implementing a program to protect wildlife as well as your power supply.

REC is deploying animal guards on transformers and other related equipment.

Squirrels alone can cause 1,000 outages in a single year.

To protect both the critter and your power supply some REC poles have even been wrapped in plastic and padding to prevent the relentless little scamps from climbing and damaging equipment.

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VDOT begins Interstate 81 improvements

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Construction has begun on three interchanges along Interstate 81 in Shenandoah and Frederick Counties.

The upgrades include extension of acceleration or deceleration lanes at Toms Brook, Strasburg and at the scales on 81.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) warns of overnight lane or ramp closures to be aware of.

Motorist should watch for digital signage for detour routes where needed.

The projects are part of the $2 billion I-81 Corridor Improvement Program.

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Renovations to the Front Royal Pavilion are complete

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Renovations to the Pavilion area are now complete in downtown Front Royal.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place near the gazebo at Main and Chester Streets on Fri. Apr. 9 at 11:30 a.m..

The town received a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in September 2018 which helped fund the renovations.

The pavilion area now has new restrooms and free wifi for the downtown area.

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