Strasburg

Annual yard crawl gets off to an early start

Two days before the annual Route 11 Yard Crawl officially starts, some crawl spaces were already filled Thursday with people selling their goods. “I understand that we’ve already gotten some calls that people have their things set out,” said Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of the ...

Kids are ready as school starts early at Sandy Hook

STRASBURG — Although the first day of Sandy Hook Elementary School started a month earlier than it has in the past, Wanda Flynn said that her three grandchildren were all ready Monday. “Actually, they were easy to get up this morning,” Flynn said. “I think they were very excited to ...

Commonwealth celebrates Virginia’s farm markets

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared that this week is  “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.” “When working to address local hunger and nutrition problems, Virginia farmers’ markets are a great resource,” Basil Gooden, state Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, noted in a news release. ...

Strasburg chamber joins in on rock game

Strasburg residents have gone crazy over a game they call “Strasburg rocks.” The idea is simple: paint rocks, hide them, search for rocks other people have hidden and post pictures of your finds. Now, the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce has joined in. The chamber held a free event Wednesday ...

Frisbee Guy tries out some tricks

STRASBURG — Gary Auerbach began his presentation on the second floor of the Strasburg library by showing off his skills. The “Frisbee Guy,” who won the 1995 world freestyle Frisbee championships, spun and juggled Frisbees, catching some behind his back. At times, he even impressed ...

Strasburg has discussion on town murals

STRASBURG — Town residents spent three hours Monday discussing what they thought of the Staufferstadt murals amid criticism that could affect the program's future funding. Eva Mae Pifer, for instance, said that she had a problem with the second mural, which was painted at 160 N. Massanutten ...

Strasburg offers to have contractor inspect Brown house

STRASBURG — Strasburg has offered to bring in a contractor to evaluate the Brown house for possible signs of neglect, after a resident sent a formal objection to the town and to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. On July 11, Christie Boyce wrote that she was concerned about ...

Police ask for clues in 1998 murder, abduction

Authorities renewed their plea this week for the public’s help in solving a woman’s murder and her child’s abduction. Virginia police also released a new image of what the child, Allyson Kathleen Dalton, might look like now as a 19-year-old woman in an effort to revive interest in the ...

Public funding involved in Strasburg murals

Public funding for the mural program in Strasburg dates back nearly to the beginning of the program. According to an expenditure report provided by the town, the town has paid for three of the five murals in Strasburg, spending just shy of $6,000 on the artwork. The mural program was started ...

Brill’s Grocery and taxi stand demolished

STRASBURG — Brill’s Grocery store and a neighboring  taxi stand were demolished on Monday. As the buildings went down, some residents looked on, remembering the times they spent in the buildings when they were in operation. “We came by here just to see this,” Elizabeth Horan, one ...

Strasburg council might reduce its size

STRASBURG — The Town Council might move to reduce its size, from the current eight members  to six. During a work session Monday, several members of the council said that the potential move could make it more efficient. “Before I ran, one of the things that the general public was fussing ...

In advance of 100th anniversary, fair pageant celebrates history

As the Shenandoah County Fair is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary with big name acts such as Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, one event is getting ready to take place prior to the fair's start: the Shenandoah County Fair Scholarship Pageant. The pageant will be held Aug. 19 at ...

Strasburg to demolish Brill’s Grocery, taxi stand Monday

The Brill's Grocery store building and the old taxi stand in Strasburg are set to be demolished at 7 a.m. Monday. According to Mayor Rich Orndorff, a company, Kee Construction, has been at the site of the two buildings located in downtown Strasburg since May preparing for the ...

Strasburg police chief to retire in January

STRASBURG – Strasburg Police Chief Tim Sutherly is retiring in January. During Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, Sutherly, 49, said that he had submitted his resignation letter to Town Manager Wyatt Pearson. Sutherly said he decided to make the announcement during the town council meeting ...

Strasburg to hold discussion on murals

STRASBURG – The Town Council will hold a public discussion about murals at 7 p.m. July 31. The  town, through Economic Development and Marketing Manager Michelle Bixler and former Town Manager Ryan Spitzer, had decided to spend $2,500 of town funds in a matching grant to help pay for ...

Former Strasburg fire chief honored by council

STRASBURG – The Town Council made a special presentation to former Strasburg Fire Chief Bill Walton during Tuesday’s council meeting. During the meeting, Mayor Rich Orndorff pointed to several people who worked with Walton in the volunteer fire department. “Back in the early 80s, you ...