Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day Thursday July 4th with a day of family fun

June 25, 2019

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day Thursday July 4th
with a day of family fun

ABINGDON, Va.—On Thursday July 4, 2019, downtown Abingdon will be alive with an All-American Independence Day Extravaganza. This free event takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion and along Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon. Free activities include a watermelon eating contest, a kids’ craft area, historical reenactors, block party with a foam pit, stilt walkers, antique tractors, concert, and firework finale. Food trucks will be present to provide concessions.

The free concert starts at 7:00pm, featuring the blues and southern soul of Carolyn Wonderland. A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

At 4:00 p.m. the festivities begin with a watermelon eating contest for those ages 5 to 18. Just like any good watermelon eating competition, no hands or other unique equipment are allowed. Contestants should arrive at 3:30pm to sign up, accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Come to the Kids’ Craft area from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m, where kids of all ages can participate in creative craft projects for free. Activities at the craft area include rotating art projects every hour.

Other draws for families include an antique car show, historical reenactors celebrating Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history, and a block party and foam pit.  The entire extravaganza will end in true American style with a firework finale at 9:15.

All activities will take place on Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon, either at the Fields Penn Lawn, the Abingdon Market Pavilion or along Remsburg Drive. Public parking is available in the Municipal Lot on Main Street, or on the street as available.

For a full schedule of events and activities, visit https://www.abingdonmusicexperience.com/independence-day-extravaganza


Monday, June 10, 2019

Discontinuation of Curbside Recycling

Discontinuation of Curbside Recycling

As of June 28, 2019, the Town of Abingdon will be discontinuing the curbside, single-stream recycling program contracted through Waste Management, Inc. Waste Management, Inc. will place a notice of service discontinuation on the eighteen (18) gallon recycling bins during the week of June 17-22, 2019, as a reminder to citizens. The last week of service is June 24-28, 2019, so place your recyclables out that week for Waste Management to collect, along with the bins.

The fee on the resident waste collection bill will not change. The Town of Abingdon has been subsidizing the cost for recycling services with Waste Management, Inc. since 2000.

The discontinuation of recycling services is a global issue that has taken several years to reach our region. With China, the largest buyer of recyclable items, no longer purchasing recyclables the demand for these materials is no longer cost effective or sustainable. The decision to end the curbside recycling program within the Town of Abingdon was a mutual decision after consulting with Waste Management, Inc. Because of the lack of a global market for recycling materials, most of them end up in landfills. The Town’s goal is to look at other opportunities to reinstate modified recycling services in the future.

If you are looking for other ways to continue to recycle items, you can check with Wise Recycling in Bristol, Virginia, Revolution Recycling in Bristol, VA, the Carter County, TN Recycling Center, and other facilities in Knoxville, TN.

“It is unfortunate that we must discontinue recycling services at this time,” said Town Manager Jimmy Morani. “However, we encourage residents to practice REDUCE and REUSE to help promote sustainability.”

If you have questions regarding the elimination of curbside recycling program within the town limits of Abingdon, please contact Matt Bolick, Director of Public Works/Construction at 276-628-3167.

BZA Cancellation Notice for the June 11, 2019 Meeting

Abingdon, Virginia 24210

June 4, 2019


TO:        Board of Zoning Appeals Members

FROM:  Jason Boswell, Director of Planning/Zoning

RE:        Regular Meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals for Tuesday, June 11, 2019 will NOT be held due to having NO items on the agenda.

            The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday July 9, 2019.