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VDOT-Staunton: Traffic alerts for August 12-16, 2019

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STAUNTON – The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in the Staunton transportation district during the coming weeks. The Staunton District consists of 11 counties from the Alleghany Highlands to the northern Shenandoah Valley: Alleghany, Bath, Rockbridge, Highland, Augusta, Rockingham, Page, Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren.

Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

(NEW) or (UPDATE) indicates a new entry or a revised entry since last week’s report.

ALLEGHANY COUNTY

INTERSTATE 64
No lane closures reported.

PRIMARY ROADS
(NEW) Route 220 (Hot Springs Road) – Alternating lane or shoulder closures between Route 687 (Jackson River Road) and Bath County line for sign installations, August 13-15 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for brush cutting and pipe replacements. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 616 (Rich Patch Road) – Road closed between Route 617 (Jamison Mountain Road) and Route 618 (Upper Rich Patch Road) for replacement of bridge over Blue Spring Run. Follow posted detours. Estimated project completion early November 2019.
(NEW) Route 687 (Jackson River Road) – Alternating lane closures between Route 642 (Mount Pleasant Drive) and Route 640 (Falls Road) for sign installations, August 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(UPDATE) Route 3605 (South Durant Road/West Jackson Street), Covington – Occasional flagger traffic control as needed for pavement marking between Thacker Avenue and South Byrd Avenue, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through August 16.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for pipe replacements and ditching at various locations. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BATH COUNTY

PRIMARY ROADS
No lane closures reported.

SECONDARY ROADS
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for ditch work, pavement patching and brush cutting. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY

INTERSTATE 64
No lane closures reported.

INTERSTATE 81
(UPDATE) Mile marker 175 to 174, southbound – Overnight left lane closure for guardrail repair, 10 p.m. August 11 to 6 a.m. August 12.
(NEW) Mile marker 183 to 188, northbound and southbound – Right shoulder closures for shoulder repairs in various locations, August 13-15 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(UPDATE) Mile marker 196 to 200, northbound – Early morning mobile left lane closure for replacement of reflective pavement markers, August 15 from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.
(NEW) Mile marker 198 to 199, northbound – Nighttime right shoulder closure for guardrail repair, August 11 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

PRIMARY ROADS
(NEW) Route 11 (Lee Highway) – Northbound right lane closure between I-81 interchange (Timber Ridge area) and Route 606 (Raphine Road) for fiber-optic installation, August 12-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(NEW) Route 130 (Wert Falkner Highway, Natural Bridge Station) – Alternating lane closures between Route 708 (Gilmores Mill Road) and Route 773 (Lloyd Tolley Road) for bridge work over Crawford Creek, August 12-15 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
(NEW) Route 252 (Brownsburg Turnpike) – Alternating lane closures between Route 726 (Beard Road) and Augusta County line for pavement patching, August 12-16 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for pipe replacement, ditch work, tree removal, shoulder repairs and brush cutting. Mowing with mobile traffic control. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SECONDARY ROADS
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for pothole patching, pipe replacement, ditch work, tree removal, shoulder repairs and brush cutting. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HIGHLAND COUNTY

PRIMARY ROADS
(UPDATE) Route 220 (Potomac River Road) – Shoulder closures for utility work between Route 1004 (Fleisher Avenue, Monterey) and West Virginia state line, August 12-16 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Various roads – Brush cutting to improve sign visibility. Mowing with mobile traffic control. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SECONDARY ROADS
(NEW) Route 614 (Cow Pasture River Road South) – Closed between Route 250 (Highland Turnpike) and Route 616 (Lower Fork Road) for pipe repairs. Follow posted detours. Estimated completion August 29.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for ditching. Mowing with mobile traffic control. Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AUGUSTA COUNTY

INTERSTATE 64
(NEW) Mile marker 87 to 100, eastbound and westbound – Early morning alternating lane closures for pothole patching, August 13 from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Mile marker 92 to 97, eastbound and westbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installation, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 23.
(NEW) Exit 96, westbound – Right shoulder of off-ramp closed for guardrail repair, August 11 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

INTERSTATE 81
(NEW) Mile marker 205 to 225, northbound and southbound – Early morning alternating lane closures for pothole patching, August 13 from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Mile marker 220 to 225, northbound and southbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for bridge maintenance at various locations, weeknights 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through August 16.
(NEW) Mile marker 222 to 224, northbound and southbound – Alternating shoulder closures for inspection of bridges over Route 250, August 12-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mile marker 228 to 229, northbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for maintenance of Middle River bridge, weeknights 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through August 30.

PRIMARY ROADS
(UPDATE) Route 42 (Little Calf Pasture Highway) – Alternating lane closures between Route 688 (Old Parkersburg Turnpike) and Route 811 (Augusta Springs Road) for shoulder repairs, weekdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through August 16.
(NEW) Route 250 (Jefferson Highway) – Alternating lane closures for inspection of I-81 overpass bridges, August 12-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(UPDATE) Route 254 (Parkersburg Turnpike) – Alternating lane closures between Route 42 (Buffalo Gap Highway) and Route 876 (Swoope Road) for pavement patching, weekdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through August 16.
(UPDATE) Various roads – Shoulder closures for mowing operations in the Swoope, Fishersville and Mint Spring areas, August 12-16 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

SECONDARY ROADS
(UPDATE) Route 608 (Tinkling Spring Road) – Flagger traffic control near intersection with Route 651 (Churchman’s Mill Road) for slope repairs, weekdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through August 16.
Route 608 (Cold Springs Road) – Brief road closures for utility work between Route 662 (Greenville School Road) and Route 658 (Avis Road), weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 16.
(UPDATE) Route 611 (Dooms Crossing Road) – Shoulder closures for utility work between Route 340 (Eastside Highway) and Route 619 (Purple Cow Road), August 12-14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(NEW) Route 626 (Berry Farm Road) – Alternating lane closures between Route 612 (Quicks Mill Road) and Route 613 (Spring Hill Road) for pavement patching, August 12-16 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Route 642 (Barrenridge Road) – Flagger traffic control for Rural Rustic Road improvements between Route 254 (Hermitage Road) and Route 795 (Saint James Road), weekdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October 31.
(UPDATE) Route 720 (Morris Mill Road) – Flagger traffic control between Route 42 (Buffalo Gap Highway) and Route 833 (Tribbetts Mill Road) for pavement patching, weekdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through August 16.
Route 910 (Wampler Lane) – Alternating lane closures for Rural Rustic Road improvements between Route 753 (Nash Road) and dead end, weekdays 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through August 16.
(UPDATE) Various roads – Mobile work zones in Fishersville, Mint Spring, Verona and Swoope areas for mowing, weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 16.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY

INTERSTATE 81
Mile marker 244 to 248, northbound and southbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installation, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 23.
(NEW) Mile marker 248 to 247, southbound – Nighttime right shoulder closure for guardrail repair, August 11 from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
(NEW) Mile marker 256 to 260, northbound and southbound – Overnight right shoulder closures for sign installations, August 11-13 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
(UPDATE) Mile marker 258 to 264, northbound and southbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for paving operations, Sunday through Thursday nights, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through September 27.

PRIMARY ROADS
(UPDATE) Route 11 (Valley Pike) – Alternating lane closures between Route 259 (Mayland Road) and 1,000 feet south of intersection for pavement and traffic-signal work, Sunday to Thursday nights (August 11-15) from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Part of interchange improvements with estimated project completion spring 2021.
(UPDATE) Route 42 (Timber Way, Timberville) – Alternating lane closures for milling and paving between Fifth Street (Route 800) and Memorial Park Drive (Route 1530), August 12-17 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Route 259 (Mayland Road) – Occasional daytime lane closures in area of Route 11 (Valley Pike) and I-81 at exit 257 for interchange improvements. Estimated project completion spring 2021.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 921 (Lairs Run Road) – Westbound shoulder closure for replacement of bridge over the North Fork Shenandoah River, just west of Route 259 (Brocks Gap Road). Estimated project completion September 2020.

PAGE COUNTY

PRIMARY ROADS
No lane closures reported.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 605 (Beahm Lane) – Road closed through August 16 between Route 611 (Vaughn Summit Road) and Route 662 (Rileyville Road) for bridge maintenance. Through traffic will follow posted detour.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY

INTERSTATE 81
(NEW) Mile marker 272 to 273, northbound and southbound – Overnight lane and shoulder closures for inspection of Mill Creek bridges, 8 p.m. August 16 to 7 a.m. August 17.
(UPDATE) Mile marker 273 to 272, southbound – Overnight left shoulder closure for guardrail repair, August 12 from 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
(NEW) Mile marker 279 to 282, northbound and southbound – Overnight lane and shoulder closures for inspection of Stoney Creek bridges, August 13-15 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
(NEW) Mile marker 284 to 278, southbound – Overnight right lane closures for soil and rock testing, August 18-23 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Mile marker 292 to 295, northbound and southbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for maintenance of bridges over Route 601 (Battlefield Road), weeknights 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through August 16.
(NEW) Mile marker 296 to 299, northbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installations, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 30.

PRIMARY ROADS
No lane closures reported.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 679 (Rittenour Road) – Mobile lane closures between Route 681 (Stoneburner Road) and Route 682 (Readus Road) for pavement marking, weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 681 (Race Track Road) – Mobile lane closures between Route 42 (Senedo Road) and Route 623 (Back Road) for pavement marking, weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 716 (Station Hill Drive) – Flagger traffic control between Route 694 (Conicville Road) and Route 703 (Cave Ridge Road) for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 758 (Woodstock Tower Road) – Road closed through late summer 2019 between Stagecoach Road and Woodstock Tower for slope repairs and roadway reconstruction. Flagger traffic control between Route 770 (Boliver Road) and Route 678 (Fort Valley Road) for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 770 (Boliver Road) – Road closed weekdays from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August 16 between Route 758 (Woodstock Tower Road) and Route 803 (Oak Tree Road) for bridge work. Follow posted detour. Flagger traffic control between Route 803 and Route 758, weekdays 4-7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 771 (Boyer Road) – Flagger traffic control between Route 773 (Coverstone Road) and Route 678 (Fort Valley Road) for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 1315 (Mill Creek Lane) – Flagger traffic control between Route 698 (Orchard Drive) and End of State Maintenance for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 1317 (Cannon Hill Road) – Flagger traffic control between Route 703 (Mount Jackson Road) and Route 1318 (Scothern Road) for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 1318 (Scothern Road) – Flagger traffic control between Route 703 (Mount Jackson Road) and Route 1318 (Tisinger Road) for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Route 1319 (Short Run Lane) – Flagger traffic control between Route 1318 (Tisinger Road) and End of State Maintenance for surface treatment, weekdays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 12.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FREDERICK COUNTY

INTERSTATE 81
(NEW) Mile marker 301 to 304, northbound – Overnight right lane closures for soil and rock testing, August 18-23 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
(NEW) Mile marker 305, southbound – Overnight right shoulder closure for guardrail repair, August 13 from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Mile marker 309 to 319, northbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for paving, Monday to Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through October 1.
(NEW) Mile marker 311 to 314, northbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installations, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 30.
(UPDATE) Mile marker 312 to 313, northbound – Overnight left lane closures for equipment access to median, weeknights 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through August 28. Northbound and southbound left shoulders closed 24/7. Speed limit through work zone is 60 mph.
(UPDATE) Mile marker 314 to 313, southbound – Right shoulder closed and exit 313 off-ramp narrowed for guardrail work, 1 a.m. August 12 through 6 a.m. August 13.
(NEW) Mile marker 318 to 317, southbound – Nighttime right shoulder closure for guardrail repair, August 12 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Mile marker 323 to 324, northbound and southbound – 24/7 right shoulder closures with concrete barrier for ramp extension project. Estimated project completion late August 2019.

PRIMARY ROADS
(UPDATE) Route 11 (Martinsburg Pike) – Occasional lane shifts for utility work between Route 668 (Branson Spring Road) and Route 669 (Rest Church Road), August 12-15 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Route 37 – Right shoulder closures between Route 622 (Cedar Creek Grade) and Route 522 (Frederick Pike) for sign installations, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 23.
Route 50 (Millwood Pike) – Eastbound and westbound left lane closures for signal work at Route 1092 (Independence Drive), weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September 27.
Route 277 (Fairfax Pike, Stephens City) – Intermittent flagging and lane closures for utility work at Double Church Road intersection, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 1.
Route 522 (Front Royal Pike) – Occasional southbound right lane closures between Route 645 (Airport Road) and Route 776 (Bufflick Road) for utility work, weekdays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 4.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 608 (Wardensville Grade) – Mobile traffic control between Route 600 (Back Mountain Road) and Route 50 (Northwestern Pike) for pavement marking, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 608 (Dicks Hollow Road) – Flagger traffic control for surface treatment between Route 600 (Back Mountain Road) and Route 612 (Fishel Road), weekdays 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through August 19.
(NEW) Route 641 (Double Church Road) – Overnight mobile traffic control between Route 277 (Fairfax Pike) and Route 647 (Aylor Road) for pavement marking, weeknights 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through August 31.
Route 644 (West Parkins Mill Road) – Mobile traffic control for surface treatment between Route 50/17 (Millwood Pike) and Route 522 (Front Royal Pike), weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 645 (Airport Road) – Flagger traffic control for surface treatment between Route 50/17 (Millwood Pike) and Route 728 (Victory Road). Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through August 19.
Route 654 (Cedar Grove Road) – Mobile traffic control between Route 522 (North Frederick Pike) and Route 715 (Little Mountain Church Road) for pavement marking, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 655 (Sulphur Springs Road) – Flagger controlled traffic as needed for roadway reconstruction between Route 50 (Millwood Pike) and Route 656 (Greenwood Road). Flagging may also take place on Route 656 near the intersection with Route 655. Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Estimated project completion July 2020.
Route 661 (Welltown Road) – Mobile traffic control between Route 686 (Russell Road) and Route 671 (Cedar Hill Road) for pavement marking, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 688 (Newlins Hill Road) – Mobile traffic control between Route 50 (Northwestern Pike) and Route 684 (Gainesboro Road) for pavement marking, weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 694 (Reynolds Road) – Mobile traffic control between Route 522 (North Frederick Pike) and Route 600 (Morgan Frederick Grade) for pavement marking, weekdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Route 723 (Carpers Valley Road/Old Winchester Road) – Road closed through November 2019 for replacement of bridge over Opequon Creek at Clarke County line. Follow posted detour.
Route 814 (Fay Street) – Mobile traffic control between Route 11 (Valley Pike) and Route 644 (King Lane) for pavement marking, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming. Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLARKE COUNTY

PRIMARY ROADS
(NEW) Route 7 (Harry Byrd Highway) – Right shoulder closures between intersections with Route 7 Business for sign installations, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 30.
(NEW) Route 340 (Buckmarsh Street, Berryville) – Mobile traffic control between Route 616 (Church Street) and Mosby Boulevard (Route 1035) for pavement marking, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
(UPDATE) Route 340 (Lord Fairfax Highway) – Alternating lane closures day and night between Route 612 (Shepherds Mill Road) and Route 641 (Lewisville Road) for installation of traffic sensors, August 12-16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.

SECONDARY ROADS
Route 601 (Blue Ridge Mountain Road) – Mobile lane closures for pavement marking between Paris Heights Lane and Route 605 (Morgans Mill Road), weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 15.
Route 723 (Carpers Valley Road/Old Winchester Road) – Road closed through November 2019 for replacement of bridge over Opequon Creek at Frederick County line. Follow posted detour.
Route 1019 (Al Smith Circle, Berryville) – Mobile traffic control south of Route 7 (within Chet Hobert Park) for pavement marking, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 31.
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WARREN COUNTY

INTERSTATE 66
(NEW) Mile marker 11 to 15, eastbound and westbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installations, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 30.

INTERSTATE 81
(NEW) Mile marker 300 to 298, southbound – Right shoulder closures for sign installations, weekdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through August 30.

PRIMARY ROADS
Route 340/522 (North Shenandoah Avenue/Winchester Road) – Overnight alternating lane closures between Front Royal southern town limits and Route 639 (Ashby Station Road) for pavement resurfacing, weeknights 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through August 31.

SECONDARY ROADS
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vegetation management may take place district wide on various routes. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

Virginia traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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Gainesville: University Boulevard Lane Closure the Week of August 26th

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GAINESVILLE – The right lane of southbound University Boulevard is scheduled to be closed between Route 29 and I-66 from 9 a.m. Monday, August 26, to noon on Friday, August 30. The closure is needed so that construction crews can install curbs and gutters and pave the entrance to the new University Boulevard (Gainesville) Park and Ride Lot.

The first portion of the lot will open this October with more than 960 parking spaces available for carpooling, vanpools, and commuter bus service during construction of the Transform 66 Project. When fully completed in late 2022, the facility will provide over 2,000 park and ride spaces with access to and from the I-66 Express Lanes from University Boulevard.

All work is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if inclement conditions occur.

Learn more about the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project and sign up for project updates and lane closure alerts at Transform66.org.

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FRIBA promotes Town with ‘Cardinal’ ornaments, annual Taste of the Town

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George McIntyre and Arline Link walked us through the process of how the cardinals are made.

There’s a fun new project in town featuring the beautiful Virginia state bird: the cardinal.

The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA) members with the assistance of American Business Alliance are partnering to help stimulate local business growth in town, and they are doing so with cute, kiln fired clay cardinals. The goal of their partnership is to continue to create unity within the community by celebrating the anniversary of the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. With the 50th anniversary of the campaign coming up, FRIBA wants to celebrate by creating clay Christmas ornaments in the shape of cardinals and invite the community to paint them for an $8 donation. The cardinals will be used to help fund community love letters to bring the community together and spread the love.

Arline Link with Explore Art and Clay at the Kiln Doctor and George and Karen McIntyre from The Apple House introduced us to the project.

Link also wants to spread the word about the Taste of the Town event. A family focused, non-alcoholic community event hosted on September 27 from 6-9 P.M. on East Main Street, Taste of the Town promises to bring the best culinary aspects of Downtown Front Royal to light. East Main Street will be closed off for the event and the night will promise hours of family friendly fun.

In addition, on August 22 at the Open House Middle of Main there will be another community event showing a series of films featuring the history behind the Save Your Town project.

To learn more about Cookie Cutter Cardinals you can contact Arline Link at the Explore Art and Clay at the Kiln Doctor, (540) 636-6016.

Watch Arline Link and George McIntyre walked us through the process of how the cardinals are made in this video:

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Invitation to bid: WCPS A.S. Rhodes Elementary School Renovation

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A. S. Rhodes Elementary School

You are invited to bid on a general contract for Warren County Public Schools, A.S. Rhodes Elementary School Renovation for the Warren County School Board. This project generally consists of approximately 21,070 SF of renovations, including but not limited to new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. All bids shall be on a lump sum basis.

Bids shall be received until 2:00 P.M. local prevailing time on Thursday, September 19, 2019, to the attention of Melody Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, in the Board Room of the Warren County Public School Administration Building, 210 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630, at which time they will be opened publicly and read aloud. Bids received after this time will not be accepted. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Drawings and specifications may be examined at the Office of the Architect/Engineer, the Warren County School Board office, and at the following locations:


Valley Construction News
426 W. Campbell Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016

Alex Gugliada | The Blue Book Bldg. & Construction Network
800 E. Main Street
Jefferson Valley, NY 10535

Builders’ Exchange, Inc.
3207 Hermitage Rd.
Richmond, VA 23227

DODGE Data & Analytics
3315 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71913

ConstructConnect
30 Technology Parkway South | Suite 100
Norcross, GA 30092-2912

Construction Journal
400 SW 7th Street
Stuart, FL 34994

Plans and specifications can be obtained via download from ShareFile upon receipt of a nonrefundable check in the amount of $25.00. Contact bmckinney@owpr.com for ShareFile access. Upon receipt of check and valid email address, OWPR will provide a password with instructions on accessing and downloading plans and specifications. Hard copies of plans and specifications can be obtained from OWPR upon receipt of a nonrefundable check in the amount of $400.00. Plans and specifications can be shipped for additional charge. Contact OWPR for further details.

Bids shall be accompanied by a bid guarantee of not less than 5% of the amount of the bid, which may be a certified check or cashier’s check, or a bid bond of 5% of the amount of the bid, made payable to Warren County School Board. A performance bond, payment bond and a material and labor bond will be required and the cost shall be included in the bid price.

Bidders are required under Title 54.1, Chapter 11, Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, to be licensed as a “Class A Contractor” before submitting a bid of one hundred twenty thousand ($120,000) dollars or more; or to be licensed as a “Class B Contractor” before submitting a bid of ten thousand ($10,000) dollars or more but less than one hundred twenty thousand ($120,000) dollars; or be licensed as a “Class C Contractor” before submitting a bid of no more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Each Bidder will be required to give their State Registration Number on their proposal. All non-resident contractors and subcontractors bidding the work described herein shall register with the Department of Labor and Industry under the provisions of Section 40.1-30 of the Code of Virginia.

The Owner reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids.

A pre-bid conference will be held on September 12, 2019 beginning at 2:00 P.M. at the Warren County Public School Administration Building, 210 N. Commerce Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630 with a tour of the school afterwards. The school is located at 224 W. Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630. This will provide an opportunity to answer questions and explain any items requiring further clarification.

Bids shall be binding for a period of sixty (60) days from the date on which bids are opened.

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Lucky Star Reunion packs Front Royal Brewing Co. with memories of times past

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Above, co-owner Trevor Lipton invokes the sense of family The Lucky Star Lounge achieved during its fondly-remembered East Main Street lifetime; below, members of that family record and celebrate the moment. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini

As former Lucky Star Lounge co-owner and oft-bartender Trevor Lipton said Saturday evening, August 17 at the Front Royal Brewing Company in introducing the newest incarnation of the first and last band to play at his establishment, this reunion was more than a reuniting of former clientele and staff of a fondly-remembered eating, drinking and entertainment establishment, and more like an extended family reunion.

And to the backdrop of headliner AfterSHOCK, formerly known as The Shockers, formerly known as EyeSoar – happily reunited with guitarist Pat Flowers and often guest singer Renee Flowers – the evening had exactly THAT feel, as old friends and acquaintances embraced and reminisced about good times, lost times, and times to come wherever and whenever they might be encountered.

The Lucky Star spanned a nine-year period between 2005 and 2013, at 205A East Main Street, not far from the site of the Front Royal Brewing Company-hosted reunion event – and a shout out to the staff for its handling of the large, occasionally-demanding and hungry, and thirsty on a steamy night, crowd. The entrees, appetizers and home-brewed craft beers kept the enthusiastic crowd fueled for more.

Faces past and present, above a projected video collage; below Lorena Lipton, left, greets old friends Terry, Alison and Ruth back for a hug down memory lane…

Thank you to Lucky Star founding partners Trevor and Lorena Lipton; absent out west but fondly-remembered co-owners Patrick and Shawn Patterson; Star “spiritual advisor” Roxanne Bauserman, family and friends; past and future Zombie Walkers; and everyone else for the memories and opportunity to reunite and fondly recall the bonding characteristics of a true English and early Americana-style pub and eatery – the kind where revolutions, or at least minor rebellions, are planned.

…As did Ludie and Laura

Above, AfterSHOCK launches the musical memories of The Lucky Star’s tradition of nightly live musical entertainment; below, Reno Vaughan takes the helm in helping Uncle Dewey Vaughan front the band.

We are family – the years haven’t lessened the bond former Lucky Star patrons, owners and employees feel.

Guitarist Pat Flowers, aka ‘Keith’ in the foreground light, launches EyeSoar into a Stones-fueled trip down memory lane.

The band takes a shot at its ‘Rumors’ period with the aid of Renee Flowers

The current duo of Lindsay and Stevie, I mean Pat and Renee, take center stage

Wonder where Reno got those pipes, mom, uncle and dad???


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‘Clear the Shelter’ day sees 26 animals in ‘forever’ homes

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Above, one lucky cat is about to find its Forever Home; as is Arya the cat, below, with her new mom. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini

The Julia Wagner Animal Shelter in Front Royal came within a whisker or two of its target on Saturday, August 17, by adopting out 26 animals on the annual “Clear the Shelter” Day, a result Executive Director Meghan Bowers said was “highly satisfactory.”

Bowers had set a high watermark for the special day with extended hours and a full staff on duty. In an interim report to me when I dropped by in early afternoon, she told me of six adoptions.

At the end of the day, when another Examiner staffer, Roger Bianchini, had stopped in to take photos, the totals stood at 15 “forever homes” for dogs and 11 for cats, just short of the target of 30 overall. Adoption fees were excused for the event.

And there was good news for Ginger the dog and several others whose adoptions were pending

Looking backward, then forward, Bowers reported a net total of $16,794 for last month’s “Waggin’ for Dragons” popular fundraiser.

“It’s not as much as previous years,” she said, but a healthy total since the event was dropped last year and the number of competitors – eight boats, 160 paddlers – last month was down by half.

She expects “Waggin'” will be back to a full complement of competitors in future years.

Looking forward, Bowers announced “Putt for Paws” at the Bowling Green Country Club on October 11. Teams of four compete on the 18-hole golf course, followed by dinner and door prizes. Price of entry for another key fundraising event is $400 per team.

Then the Humane Society of Warren County, headed by Ellen Aders, will stage one of its biggest attractions: “Tales & Ales,” a dinner – the 8th annual – with silent auction, cash prizes including $1,000 that goes to a lucky $35 entry ticket holder. “Tales & Ales, usually a sellout, is scheduled for November 16. More information on both these events will be reported here as they approach.

And remember, not all the shelter’s animals were adopted – some are still waiting for that special, loving person to take them home too…

There was much excitement among the Wagner Shelter tenants as people came to find their newest family members

Saturday’s event at the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter was part of a yearly nationwide ‘Clear the Shelters’ event…

But not everyone was adopted – and everyday can be a ‘Clear the Shelter a Little More’ each day for those looking for grateful, loving and kitten-playful animal companionship.


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Fireball Arcade has been open for about a year at 218 East Main Street in Front Royal, but is just now getting around to their Grand Opening.

On August 17th the Fireball Arcade held its Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony by the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

The Fireball is an 80’s themed Pinball and Video Game Arcade. They also have a Birthday room rental available! Share your childhood arcade experiences with your children.

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