Regenerative agriculture workshop

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Join Blandy Experimental Farm, on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 pm, for the first of a series of workshops and presentations on the techniques and benefits of restorative grazing.

In this series you will learn how to apply methods of grazing to reduce costs, produce grass-fed livestock as a profitable income, increase the soil quality, and provide support to a variety of wildlife.

We will view Part One of a newly released documentary, “Roots So Deep You Can See the
Devil Down There.”

This series follows how seven farmers in the US who have adopted these farming and grazing techniques over four years and continue today.

You will have the opportunity to meet local farmers who have applied the methods here in
Virginia, as well as a local goat herder who utilizes her animals for brush and weed clearing.

You’ll have the chance to talk through the goals and questions for your property if you like.

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Triad hosts Spring conference

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Triad is hosting it’s Spring Conference on Tuesday, May 7th.

Triad is a joint effort between the Page County law enforcement community (fire/police/sheriff) to aid senior citizens and their
organizations in reducing crimes against them.

This conference is a time for seniors to share their concerns and questions.

The First Responders will have presentations and publications.

The conference will be held at Rileyville Baptist Church on US 340 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

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Safer internet day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated every February to raise awareness for safer and better internet, especially for children and young people.

Parents, caretakers, teachers, and policy makers are encouraged to join together on Tuesday, February 6th.

Talk about internet safety, speak up about cyberbullying and contact a policy maker to encourage them to make the internet safer.

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Clarke county announces public hearing for solar power plant

Clarke County has a public hearing set for Tuesday, January 16th, during the Board of Supervisors evening meeting to discuss a text amendment to “the solar power plant”.

The amendment to Section 5.2C (Business Uses) of the Zoning Ordinance modifies the location restriction in Use Regulation 1 to state that solar power plants must be located adjacent to, and within one mile of the electrical substations located at 234 Double Tollgate Road and 362 Ramsburg Lane.

A complete description of the amendment and clarification of terms can be found in the December 19th Board of Supervisors packet.

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Rodeo approved by Shenandoah County

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The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors approved an application submitted by Mike Foster of Tumbling Ranch and Rodeo.

The plans include a full slate of bulls, barrel racing, and broncos.

The rodeo will be coming to Battlefield Road in Strasburg after Tuesday’s approval.

Foster hopes to bring a spring and fall rodeo back to Virginia, train bulls to send off to bigger events and to give back to the community.

The Tumbling Ranch and Rodeo hope to have the center open by mid-2024.

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Sudden impact!

Tool time Tuesday and a new addition to my collection.  My family gave me an impact wrench for Easter.  I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I’m looking forward to putting it to the test on my wife’s Jeep.  I’m sure you’ve seen or heard one of these in action, especially if you’ve ever had your car in the shop for some work.  Automotive techs use them a lot, in particular when changing or rotating your tires.  My wrench is battery powered but they can be electric, pneumatic or hydraulic.  Some models allow the user to adjust the amount of torque the tool will apply, so things don’t get too tight or broken.  The first impact wrench was invented by Robert H. Pott of Evansville, Indiana.  In addition to spinning to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts, there is also a hammering action that helps to coax the nut or bolt to loosen it’s grip and spin off without breaking.  Listen to the podcast here;