Extension Office plans sessions on gardening, Spotted Lanternfly and other Shenandoah news

Town of Shenandoah

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Aug. 9 — During its regular meeting on Tuesday night, the Shenandoah Council reviewed information from the local Virginia Cooperative Extension office about the Spotted Lanternfly and an upcoming mini-series on gardening.

Next week, the Page Extension Office will host an informational session about the Spotted Lanternfly at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the agency’s Stanley office (215 W. Main St.). A second session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center (507 First St.).

These sessions are designed to equip homeowners, farmers, and other organizations in Page County with the information they need to help manage this invasive insect.

The Council also reviewed information about an upcoming gardening mini-series being provided by the local Extension Office at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Shenandoah Community Garden (505 Williams Ave.). The series is titled “Planning Your Fall Garden.” The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fresh produce.

For more information about these programs,

contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension at (540) 778-5764.

In other business at its Aug. 9 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Authorized a $1,000 pay increase to Steve Breeden and Josh Lam for obtaining their Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL), effective August 1, 2022.

• Heard a report that there was an emergency sewer line replacement on North Fourth Street. Tree roots clogged the line. The contractor, while on site, has been asked to replace the entire problem line. Invoices will be forth coming and will be paid from the Water/Sewer Line Replacement account. In addition, water leaks were fixed on Ramona Avenue and Third Street (two).

• Heard a report that a pickleball tournament was held on the tennis courts on First Street on Saturday, Aug. 6, including groups from Shenandoah, Harrisonburg and Staunton. Council asked the Town Manager to get bids for a new court and resurfacing the existing courts. A third court would allow for the Page County High School tennis team to have matches locally.

• Received the July 2022 Town of Shenandoah Museum and Welcome Center attendance record for review. July was the first full month the museum/visitor’s center was open, and there were 93 visitors. The Town Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Authorized Town Manager Juanita Roudabush to contact the Town Attorney for legal assistance on a property in violation of Town Code.

Shenandoah news briefs taken from notes provided by the Town Clerk.

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