Council recognizes Church of the Brethren’s 101st anniversary and other news briefs from Luray

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~ PVN staff report

LURAY, Oct. 13 — Mayor Jerry Dofflemyer presented a proclamation Tuesday night recognizing the 101st anniversary of the Luray Church of the Brethren, who will mark the milestone at Homecoming this Sunday, Oct. 17.

“WHEREAS, the Luray Church of the Brethren was established in Luray in 1920 and has served the community from its current location at 119 High Street for eighty-one years; and,
WHEREAS, the Luray Church of the Brethren’s celebration of its 100th Anniversary was limited due to the COVID-19 Pandemic; and,
WHEREAS, the Luray Church of the Brethren will celebrate its 101st Anniversary Homecoming on Sunday, October 17th,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Members of Town Council of the Town of Luray hereby recognize and honor the continued service of the Luray Church of the Brethren over the past one hundred and one (101) years to the residents of Luray.”

In other news, the Luray Council took the following actions at its Oct. 12 meeting:

• Heard a report from Luray Downtown Initiative Program Director Jackie Fox Elliott noting plans for Trick-or-Treat Main Street from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. More than two dozen downtown businesses plan to participate. The event kicks off with a costume contest coordinated by Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA) at 4 p.m. with several categories up for judging. Trick-or-treaters will then trek up Main Street to collect candy.

• Elliott also reported on a new business downtown, Main Street Flavors. Formerly known as Steven’s Sugar Shack, the ice cream shop across from the movie theater is now under new management and considering an expansion of its offerings in the near future.

• Discussed how the council will approach appropriating nearly $5 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds expected over the next two years from the federal government. The Town of Luray has until 2026 to spend those funds and council members want to make sure that the one-time spending opportunity has the most-lasting impact. The issue is expected to appear on next month’s work session agenda to begin hammering out details such as the application process for non-profits and small businesses, determine whether the program will be administered in-house or through a new hire, and consider areas of need and what percentages may go to those categories.

• Heard a report from Councilman Ligon Webb, who met with Town Manager Steve Burke and representatives from Virginia Tech last week, about the potential for a site study to develop various amenities on private property located on West Main Street. The Virginia Tech Community Design Center is expected to send the town a proposal for their work, with any related costs, within a month. The work would include designs for developing the lot on the north side of Main Street adjacent to Liberty Tax Service (across the street from West Main Market) for various potential uses such as a pocket park, playground, a farmers market, or even a dog park. The property owner, Linda Krammer, has agreed to lease the property to the town at a nominal fee.

• Further discussed its upcoming “community gathering” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Ruffner Plaza to hear input from citizens. The event is being billed as an informal listening opportunity for town leadership. The council is seeking ideas and concerns, as well as cheers and jeers. On Tuesday night, the mayor officially announced that Police Chief “Chef” Bow Cook will be serving up the hot dogs.

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