Friday, September 15, 2017

The Community Center of Abingdon launches a new campaign to Drive Away Hunger

NEWS ADVISORY                                      CONTACT: Nathalie Graham 276-628-3911
September 14, 2017                                    Director@thecommunitycenterofabingdon.com


The Community Center of Abingdon launches a new campaign to Drive Away Hunger

Abingdon, VA - On Monday, September 11th The Community Center of Abingdon (CCOA) launched a new campaign to raise awareness and funds for the only Meals on Wheels program operating in Abingdon and all of Washington County, Virginia. The new campaign is focused on raising the awareness of the availability of the program to all the disabled and 80% homebound citizens of these areas regardless of age. The Center is seeking additional funds to help meet the needs of these individuals during these trying times. More information is available at: https://thecommunitycenterofabingdon.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/thecommunitycenterofabingdon/
WHO: The Community Center of Abingdon Meals on Wheels program.

WHAT: Launches a new campaign Drive Away Hunger to help raise funds to continue the program.

WHERE: The Community Center of Abingdon, 300 Senior Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210.


WHEN: Critical and immediate relief needed to help maintain and operate the sole Meals on Wheels program for the entire Washington County, Virginia area. 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

WREATH LAYING CEREMONIES

WREATH LAYING CEREMONIES
In recognition of General William Campbell and John Broady

In recognition of the service of General William Campbell and John Broady during the American Revolution, specifically at the Battle of Kings Mountain, two wreath laying ceremonies will take place on September 23, 2017.  The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Broady Cemetery in Saltville, VA.  Participants and guests will then travel to the Aspenvale Cemetery in Seven Mile Ford where the program will continue at approximately 3:45 p.m.

In 1780, William Campbell was Colonel of the Washington County Virginia Militia and John Broady was his man-servant.  When a call was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay their country waste with fire and sword,” men from all over the region moved into action.  Under the leadership of Colonel William Campbell, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  After a two week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success.  Thomas Jefferson said it was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence”. 

Please join the Black’s Fort Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution, Royal Oak Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution, General William Campbell Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association as we celebrate the lives, achievements, and service of these remarkable patriots.

Directions to the Broady Cemetery from Interstate 81: Take exit 35 and turn onto Highway 107 from the exit ramp going toward Chilhowie.  Drive straight, north from Chilhowie to Saltville, on Highway 107.  Travel approximately 8 miles.  At the first traffic light, turn right onto Highway 91 North.  Go about a mile and turn left onto Battleground Avenue.  You will pass the Saltville Rescue Squad.  At the dead-end of Battleground Avenue, proceed down the dirt lane labeled Broady Cemetery.

Directions to Aspenvale Cemetery from Interstate 81: Take exit 39 and turn toward Seven Mile Ford.  Turn left onto Highway 11 South, Lee Highway, and then turn right onto Seven Mile Ford Road.  The cemetery will be on the right.  (for GPS purposes, use 303 Seven Mile Ford Road, 24354).
If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525-1050 or email lhunter@abingdon-va.gov.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Celebrating the 237th Anniversary of the Muster in Abingdon and the Battle of Kings Mountain

OVERMOUNTAIN VICTORY CELEBRATION
Celebrating the 237th Anniversary of the Muster in Abingdon and the Battle of Kings Mountain

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Overmountain Men and Living Historians will come to life at the Overmountain Victory Celebration, to be held September 23-24, 2017 at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.   This event will highlight the importance of the Washington County, Virginia militia and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780.  Throughout the 9 acre park, there will be educational stations and demonstrations related to life in backcountry Virginia during colonial times.

On September 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of the Wolf Creek Stream Bank Restoration.  The restoration focused on the stretch of Wolf Creek which runs through the Abingdon Muster Grounds, a site which is owned by the Town of Abingdon and is certified by the National Park Service as the northern terminus of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.  This restoration project helped stabilize the stream bank, improve the hydrology, create habitat and re-introduce native species of plants and trees.  Now that the restoration is done, this section of Wolf Creek is a prime location to support the “Trout in the Classroom” program. Many partners came together to restore the Wolf Creek stream bank, including: Town of Abingdon Virginia, Mountain Empire Chapter-Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Forestry, Upper Tennessee Roundtable, National Park Service-Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Carter Land and Water and the Virginia Chapter-Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

Living History stations will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 23, 2017.  Visitors can walk the historic Muster Grounds and engage with historians portraying the Overmountain Men, backcountry women and children, Cherokee Peace Chief Attakullakulla, Timothy the Irish Linen maker, blacksmiths, redware pottery artisans, the Muster Grounds Musick Fife and Drum Corps, and much more!

The Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) will perform the story of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain at 11:00 a.m. on September 23 and again at 10:00 a.m. on September 24, 2017.  After their presentation, the OVTA will begin their journey down the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, spending more than two weeks following the route of the Overmountain Men to the battle of Kings Mountain.  The OVTA will perform this story to over 10,000 people during the commemorative campaign.

This event has activities for the whole family!  Join the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Blacks Fort Chapter-DAR, and General William Campbell Chapter-SAR as we bring history to life.


If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525-1050 or email lhunter@abingdon-va.gov

Certified by the National Park Service as the northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Abingdon Muster Grounds is a picturesque 9-acre park with significant history.  When a call was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay their country waste with fire and sword,” men from all over the region moved into action.  Under the leadership of Colonel William Campbell, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  After a two week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success.  Thomas Jefferson said it was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence”.  
The Keller Interpretive Center, located at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, houses southwest Virginia’s premier Revolutionary War exhibits.  Artifacts associated with backcountry Virginia and the Battle of Kings Mountain are on display.



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Town Talk with Mayor Lowe on 9-25-17


Town Talk With Mayor Lowe

On Monday, September 25th, 2017, Mayor Cathy Lowe will hold the next “Town Talk” event. She invites the public to discuss town initiatives, share ideas, ask questions, and connect with others in the community. This FREE event is in a casual, friendly environment and all are welcome.

The September “Town Talk” event will be held at The Gallery @ Barr Photographics at 4:30PM. The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is located at 152 East Main Street, Abingdon.

Please join us at Barr Photographics for the next Town Talk,” said Mayor Cathy Lowe.  “Dean's art is the talk of the town” and we are thrilled to showcase his business. Come out and join us Abingdon, we're listening!


For more information on “Town Talk,” call 276-451-0439. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

September 2017 Meeting Notice

*Please make note that there will be NO Work Session Meeting on September 5th and the Regular Council Meeting will start at 6:30PM.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Main Street Buskerfest returns to Abingdon Labor Day weekend

Main Street Buskerfest returns to Abingdon Labor Day weekend

Abingdon, VA – Abingon’s popular festival Main Street Busker Fest returns Saturday September 2, 2017 with a lineup of brand new acts, including sword swallowers, yo-yo artists, psychics and musicians.  The free street festival aims to bring totally unique performers to downtown Abingdon, for a weird and wonderful experience for all ages. After the daytime festival, select acts will return for Buskers After Dark, a 21+ event to benefit Abingdon Main Street.  
“Busking” is an age-old tradition in which artists perform on street corners and play publicly for tips.  Musicians, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and more – street artists add character and fun to their communities.  
Now in its third year, Main Street Busker Fest has grown, offering more artists in more locations.  Thanks to support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, AMS has scheduled over 30 acts, including 11 new performers from as far away as Colorado, Kansas City, Asheville, and NYC as well as home-grown talent from the Tri Cities area.
Schedule: The fun starts at 11a.m. for the youth and the young at heart with the Imagination Station on the Barter green, sponsored by Paper Moon Studio. From noon until 5 p.m., entertainment can be found all along Main Street. When the sun goes down, adults 21+ are invited to the Abingdon Market Pavilion for Buskers After Dark at 8p.m., a fundraiser featuring roving performances from the best of the buskers (photo ID required to enter, no exceptions). In keeping with the traditions of the festival, attendees are encouraged to bring a “tip” for Abingdon Main Street, aka a donation at the door.   
The 2017 festival features performers like Imagine Circus Aerialists, A Great Distraction (sidewalk chalk art), Nerdy Noah (comedy variety show), Justin Weber Yo-Yo, Jonathan Austin (juggling and magic show) and Rob and Miss Jane (comedy variety show), in addition to musicians, jugglers, clowns, circus performers and psychics. Busker Fest will also feature fantastic local musicians including JP Parsons, Ian Feathers, Pointer Brothers and even students from the high school marching band.
Three anchor stages will offer space for larger acts, with additional performers located along Main Street in downtown Abingdon.  Food trucks will be available, and Abingdon’s downtown restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner.  Downtown merchants are participating in the festival with sidewalk sales and giveaways, turning all of downtown Abingdon into a carnival atmosphere for the day.  
The festival is free, but visitors should plan to bring change so they can show appreciation to their favorite artists with a tip.  Volunteers will be available to help make change, and several ATMs are located on Main Street.
Festival maps will be provided at the event; for a sneak peek at some of the artists performing, visit www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com.
This event is sponsored by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Commission of the Arts, Holston Medical Group, and Virginia Highlands Community College. Media sponsors include Bristol Herald Courier, The Loafer, and 99.3 The X.  
For more information, visit www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com or contact Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra at (276) 676-2282 or ssaavedra@abingdon-va.gov.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Town Talk With Mayor Lowe 8-14-17

Town Talk With Mayor Lowe

On Monday, August 14th, 2017, Mayor Cathy Lowe will hold the next “Town Talk” event. She invites the public to discuss town initiatives, share ideas, ask questions, and connect with others in the community. This FREE event is in a casual, friendly environment and all are welcome.

The August “Town Talk” event will be held at Paper Moon Studio at 4:30PM. Paper Moon Studio is located at 370 East Main Street, Abingdon.

“We are so lucky to have Lindsey and her many talents as part of Abingdon's business community,” said Mayor Cathy Lowe.  “Please join us for Town Talk and get to know about all of the wonderful things she does for the community.”

For more information on “Town Talk,” call 276-451-0439.



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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Custodian-Maintenance Job Opening


The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the fourth installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2017 exhibition series

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the fourth installment of the Corner
Gallery’s 2017 exhibition series with an offering of oil paintings by Knoxville, TN artist Gary Dagnan entitled “Inspired By Nature”.

Gary has been drawing and painting since childhood. From a very early age, he was fascinated by how artists were able to create works of art by simply observing the world around them. He was impressed with the well-known illustrators of that time, such as Norman Rockwell, Jon Whitcomb and Stevan Dohanos who created paintings and illustrations for magazines such as Post and Life. He dreamed that he would someday be an artist like them.

Gary was born in the small town of Jasper, Tennessee and grew up in the East Tennessee area. At the age of eleven his family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he later attended Bearden high school. He was fortunate to have had an outstanding art teacher, Marilyn Heilman,
who took a special interest in his talent and encouraged him to pursue art as a career.
After high school, Gary attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he majored in Graphic Design with an emphasis on painting and drawing. In his junior year of college Gary was offered a part-time position with the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service as a graphic designer. After graduating, he accepted a permanent position as Graphic Design Specialist with the Agricultural Extension Service. Gary graduated from the University of Tennessee in
1970, where he earned a BFA degree in Graphic Design and in 1985 an MS degree in Art Education. He retired from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture where he was employed as a Graphic Designer, Associate Professor and Illustrator for 37 years. He now devotes full time to fine-art painting.

His inspiration comes from the rural landscapes of the East Tennessee area. Most of his paintings are of the mountains, hills, lakes and structures of the East Tennessee area. He gets inspiration from the changing light and colors that come from the distinctly different seasons of the South. Many of his paintings are also of places and scenes where he and his wife, Diane, have traveled. Gary was fortunate that he had teachers, throughout his school years, which recognized his
talent and interest in art. Gary began painting watercolors in 1968, as an art student at the University of Tennessee. His early work was in watercolor, but oil is now his preferred medium. Most of his art is created in his studio from photographic references but he also paints en plein air and often joins a group of artists who paint in various areas around Knoxville. Gary began exhibiting his art in 1970 and had his first solo show in 1971. He has had 16 solo shows. He has participated in numerous national, state and regional art exhibits and his work is represented in more than 400 private and public collections throughout the United States.

            In his artist statement Gary reveals, ““I want my paintings to express that emotional and
spiritual connection that I have with nature. I am more interested in the aesthetics of a scene than I am with documenting a specific place. When someone views my art, I would hope that they would have an emotional as well as a visual connection to the work.”

"Inspired By Nature” will be celebrated with a gala reception and art demonstration by Gary Dagnan, to which the public is cordially invited, on Friday, 11 August from 7 - 9:00 PM in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia. "Inspired By Nature” will hang, and be offered for sale, through 30, September 2017.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit http://barrphotographics.com for further information.

Photo #1: “Autumn Breeze”, Oil by Gary Dagnan

 

Photo #2: “Loop Road”, Oil by Gary Dagnan


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Revision to Meeting Notice for August 7th, 2017


Public Notice: To All Town of Abingdon BVU Opitnet Customers

Public Notice:

To All Town of Abingdon BVU Opitnet Customers-

During the months of August and September, one or more important votes are likely to happen by BVU board members. These votes will finalize the sale of BVU Optinet to Sunset Communications, a private corporation. If you have any questions or comments about these upcoming votes, please contact Town of Abingdon Council member, Wayne Craig, who is your local representative.

Contact Information:


Phone: 706-255-1888


Monday, July 31, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Virginia Highlands Festival Pedestrian Traffic

Abingdon Police Department
                                     

For Immediate Release

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

During the VA Highlands Festival (Friday, July 28th, 2017-Sunday, August 6th, 2017), please be alert for heavy pedestrian traffic in front of the Barter Theatre (127 West Main Street). This area will experience greater pedestrian use because of the festival access point at Partington Place.

With the warmer weather and the festival events, the APD wants to remind the public about pedestrian safety. Here are some helpful hints to remember:

Pedestrians:

·       Press activation button at the crosswalk in front of the Barter theater and wait for traffic to stop.
·       Always cross at marked crosswalks. Pedestrians forfeit their rights as a pedestrian if they cross elsewhere.
·       If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to find a well-lit spot on the road to cross and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to make it safely across the street.
·       Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If a sidewalk is not available, be sure to walk on the far side of the road facing traffic. This will help increase your visibility to drivers and afford pedestrians with the opportunity to take evasive actions if needed.
·       Obey any pedestrian signs/signals and look left-right-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
·       Always make eye contact with drivers of stopped or slowing vehicles to be sure they see you before you cross.
·       Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.
·       Remember that vehicles are legally obligated to stop for pedestrians once you are in the crosswalk.  Do not infer that drivers have to stop simply because you are standing on the sidewalk waiting to cross.

Motorists:

·       Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
·       Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
·       Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
·       When you are stopped at a crosswalk, allow enough room between your vehicle and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the pedestrians you have stopped for.
·       Be watchful for pedestrians and doors opening on the street side from parked cars. 
·       Limit distractions while driving, such as eating, smoking, and using the cell phone.




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Monday, July 24, 2017

Abingdon first responders compete in “Battle of the Badges” blood drive

Abingdon first responders compete in “Battle of the Badges” blood drive

ABINGDON/WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (July 24, 2017) – Blood Assurance will host their third annual “Battle of the Badges” blood drive with Abingdon first responders on July 28 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Abingdon Police Department located at 425 West Main St. in Abingdon, Va. The Abingdon Police Department, Abingdon Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Life Saving Crew will compete to save the most lives by donating blood.

“For the third year, area public safety agencies have joined forces with Blood Assurance to host the Battle of the Badges blood drive,” said Tony Sullivan, police chief for Abingdon. “This year we have set a tremendous goal of collecting 200 units of blood for use in area hospitals. In fact, by donating with Blood Assurance, you can count on your donation being used in one of our local hospitals. This allows the donor to be a hero to patients in our own communities.”

Each day, 540 volunteer blood donors are needed in order to meet the demand of local hospitals. Each donation of blood contains plasma, red blood cells and platelets that can save the lives of premature babies, oncology patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and many others.

“Nationally, less than 10 percent of the population supplies the entire blood reserve for the country,” said Sullivan. “Are you a member of the 10 percent? If not, accept our challenge to donate on July 28. It takes a short amount of time, is relatively painless and will potentially save three people. If you want the title of hero join us and give blood.”

The winning organization will receive a “Battle of the Badges” trophy to display at their station.

“We are thankful for the Abingdon first responders for consistently bringing awareness to the need for blood donation by reuniting for this drive,” said Vicki Ward, Blood Assurance executive director for northern territories. “Blood banks are lowest stocked in the summer, which places this competition at a crucial time for donations. With up to three lives saved by each donation, Abingdon can make an immense impact on the lives of those in need.”

All donors will receive an exclusive “Battle of the Badges” T-shirt. Donors 18 years or older will be entered into a drawing to win a grill and will also be entered into a drawing to win the “Pick Your Paradise” vacation giveaway ending on Aug. 31.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. The battle drive will be held at the Abingdon Police Department, located at 425 West Main St. in Abingdon, Va. To schedule an appointment to donate, register here, call 800-962-0628 or text ‘BAGIVE’ to 444999.

About Blood Assurance

Blood Assurance is a nonprofit, full-service regional blood center serving 51 counties and more than 75 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia. Over 540 volunteer blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply these hospitals. Founded in 1972 as a joint effort of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council, and the Chattanooga Jaycees, the mission of Blood Assurance is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood and blood components to every area patient in need. Blood Assurance is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Schedule Change: I-81 exit 14 northbound off ramp temporarily closing starting midnight July 31 (Sunday night/Monday morning)

SCHEDULE CHANGE
INTERSTATE 81 EXIT 14 NORTHBOUND OFF RAMP
TEMPORARILY CLOSING
Closure begins at midnight July 31, will be in place approximately 15 days

BRISTOLBeginning midnight July 31 (Sunday night/Monday morning), the northbound Interstate 81 exit 14 off ramp will be closed for approximately 15 days and motorists will use exit 13 to access the exit 14 area. 

Northbound traffic will use exit 13 and either Route 11 or Old Jonesboro Road to access locations around exit 14. Motorist will have access to Old Jonesboro Road underneath exit 14 and access to the northbound exit 14 on ramp to I-81. The southbound I-81 on and off ramps will NOT be impacted.

The closure of the off ramp is necessary to finish the connection between the new off ramp and the interstate. Following the closure, northbound traffic will be using the new section of roadway, new bridge and new ramp for exit 14.

During the off ramp closure, the blue traveler information signs at exit 14 will be temporarily located to exit 13 to help visitors find their destinations. There will also be message boards to direct Virginia Highlands Festival traffic to Old Jonesboro Road.

The reconstruction of the Interstate 81 exit 14 interchange in Abingdon was awarded in late 2015 and work began in January 2016.

W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie, Va., received the $29 million contract which includes replacement of the two interstate bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road); separation of the northbound exit and entrance ramps; widening of Old Jonesboro Road;  modification of Dennison Drive; and adding signals at the ramp intersections.


The entire project is currently scheduled to be complete fall 2018.     

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Interstate 81 exit 14 northbound off ramp temporarily closing

TRAFFIC ALERT:
INTERSTATE 81 EXIT 14 NORTHBOUND OFF RAMP
TEMPORARILY CLOSING
Closure begins at midnight July 27, will be in place approximately 15 days
BRISTOL – Beginning midnight July 27 (Wednesday night/Thursday morning), the northbound Interstate 81 exit 14 off ramp will be closed for approximately 15 days and motorists will use exit 13 to access the exit 14 area.
Northbound traffic will use exit 13 and either Route 11 or Old Jonesboro Road to access locations around exit 14.
The closure of the off ramp is necessary to finish the connection between the new off ramp and the interstate. Following the closure, northbound traffic will be using the new section of roadway, new bridge and new ramp for exit 14.
During the off ramp closure, the blue traveler information signs at exit 14 will be temporarily located to exit 13 to help visitors find their destinations. There will also be message boards to direct Virginia Highlands Festival traffic to Old Jonesboro Road.
The reconstruction of the Interstate 81 exit 14 interchange in Abingdon was awarded in late 2015 and work began in January 2016.
W-L Construction & Paving, Inc., Chilhowie, Va., received the $29 million contract which includes replacement of the two interstate bridges over Route 647 (Old Jonesboro Road); separation of the northbound exit and entrance ramps; widening of Old Jonesboro Road; modification of Dennison Drive; and adding signals at the ramp intersections.
The entire project is currently scheduled to be complete fall 2018.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HomeStay Ordinance


An ordinance of the council for the Town of Abingdon, Virginia to enact Chapter 18- Business Article VI.; 18-35 - 18-40 HomeStay Regulations. 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Abingdon, VA Receives Two 30 in Thirty Grant Winners for 2017!

E.B. STANLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL GETS 30 IN THIRTY

KVB awarded E.B. Stanley Middle School, in Abingdon Virginia, a $500 30 in Thirty grant for their beautification project. They will use this money to finish the construction of a rainwater collection system. The water will be stored in a 2,500 gallon tank for Abingdon residents to use in the community garden. Treated water contains chlorine and fluorine, which can kill beneficial bacteria found in soil. This project will help the garden flourish with fresh rain water, and saves the County money by eliminating the need for them to provide fresh water.
Government, non-profit, civic, and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for 30 in Thirty grants for $500 to $2,000 describing how they plan to address Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Beautification in their communities.
Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $145,000 to 195 projects throughout the Commonwealth.  This year, we partnered with Altria, Keep America Beautiful, and Deep Run Dance Marathon to make the program possible.
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KEEP SOUTHWEST VA BEAUTIFUL SNAGS 30 IN THIRTY
Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $750 in the Cigarette Litter Prevention category. Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful in Abingdon is expanding their Cigarette Litter Prevention Program to two other counties across the Southwest, Lee and Dickenson. Cigarette butts are a concern because many people do not consider it litter. Efforts will be focused on county fairs where they can reach a lot of people in a short amount of time. Their plan includes educating the general public about cigarette butt litter through social media postings, and handing out pocket ashtrays. They will recruit a task force to conduct litter scans to count and pick up cigarette butts before the county fairs, then install ash receptacles for the public to use. Another count and cleanup of cigarette butts will be made after county fairs to show the decrease in litter, and an increase of public awareness.

Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 telling how they are addressing these pressing issues:  Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification. Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided over $110,000 to 140 organizations throughout the state. This year, for the first time, we are awarding 45 grants because of the generosity of our partners at Altria, Keep America Beautiful, WestRock Foundation and Trex.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

VA Highlands Small Business Incubator Board Opening

The Town of Abingdon is taking applications for someone to serve on the VA Highlands Small Business Incubator Board.  This board meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the Incubator building.  This position is to fill an unexpired term of a member who is no longer able to serve.  Applications can be found online at www.abingdon-va.gov under forms/downloads.  Please submit applications to Kim Kingsley, Administrative Assistant, by July 31st at 5:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

TOWN OF ABINGDON, VA FIREWORK INFORMATION



Abingdon Police Department
                         

For Immediate Release

Town of Abingdon, VA Firework Information

As you plan your Independence Day celebrations, it is important to understand the laws regulating firework use in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Abingdon Police Department is providing a list of permitted fireworks and safety tips.
  • Permitted:
    • Sparklers
    • Fountains
    • Pharaoh’s serpents
    • Pinwheels
    • Whirligigs
  • Prohibited:
    • Firecrackers
    • Skyrockets
    • Bottle rockets
    • Roman candles
    • Torpedoes
    • Any fireworks which explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air.
·         Safety Tips
    • When lighting fireworks - Set family boundaries. Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Use eye protection. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished. To prevent injuries, never throw fireworks and never hold fireworks in your hand. Never re-light a “dud” firework.
    • Always read and follow the directions on the label.
    • Only use fireworks outdoors and away from anything flammable.
    • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
    • Use fireworks in parking lots, driveways, and gravel/dirt areas.
    • Do not use under the influence of alcohol
    • Have a rake or shovel as well as a bucket of water, wet towel, and a garden hose nearby.
    • Monitor the area for several hours after using fireworks.
·         Be mindful of neighbors, especially veterans.
o    For military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multicolor pyrotechnics, and unexpected blasts can trigger memories of combat and induce anxiety.
o    Please advise neighbors and veterans in your area of firework usage, so they can plan accordingly.  
·         Keep pets safe
o    Loud noises associated with fireworks make dogs nervous. Frightened dogs feel more secure in small, familiar spaces. If pet owners crate their dogs, they should put them in the crate during a fireworks display. If not, pet owners can prepare a small, dimly-lit room, and can leave on the television or radio to drown out the fireworks. Dogs should never be left alone outside during a fireworks display. The noises could prompt them to run away to get away from the noise.
o    Also many dogs think the fast moving twirling, spinning fireworks are something they should go fetch and bring back to their owners, this could harm the pet. Also, pet may be prompted to carry the flaming fireworks off into the dry grass or woods, and start a fire.

The Abingdon Town Code addresses fireworks through the following code sections:

·          Sec. 34-81. - When manufacture, transportation, sale, storage, use of fireworks unlawful.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, it shall be unlawful for any person to transport, manufacture, store, sell, offer for sale, expose for sale, or to buy, use, ignite or explode any firecracker, torpedo, skyrocket, or other substance or thing, of whatever form or construction, that contains any explosive or inflammable compound or substance, and is intended, or commonly known, as fireworks and which explodes, rises into the air or travels laterally, or fires projectiles into the air, other than sparks or those fireworks excepted under the provisions of subsection (a) of section 34-83. (Code 1985, § 7-14)
State Law reference— Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 59.1-142.
·         Sec. 34-82. - Permit for exhibition or display.
Any person desiring to conduct or present a display of fireworks may do so if he has obtained a permit for such display from the town manager. It shall be unlawful for the holder of such a permit to fail, neglect or refuse to comply with the terms of such permit in conducting or presenting an exhibition or display of fireworks pursuant thereto. (Code 1985, § 7-15)
·         Sec. 34-83. - Article inapplicable to certain fireworks; use of such fireworks.
(a)
This article shall not apply to the use or the sale of sparklers, fountains, Pharaoh's serpents, caps for pistols, or to pinwheels commonly known as whirligigs or spinning jennies.
(b)
The fireworks listed in subsection (a) of this section may only be used, ignited or exploded on private property with the consent of the owner of such property. (Code 1985, § 7-16)
State Law reference— Similar provisions, Code of Virginia, § 59.1-147.
·         Sec. 34-84. - Penalty.
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by confinement in jail not to exceed 12 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000.00, or both such fine and imprisonment. (Code 1985, § 7-17)
State Law reference— Penalty for violation, Code of Virginia, § 59.1-145.
Remember, no matter how breathtaking fireworks are or how easy they appear to use, they are potential fire starters. The safest way to prevent fireworks-related injuries and property damage is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.


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