August 2017      

80th Edition              


I hope this finds you all enjoying the summer weather and all the activities of this time of year; we certainly have had some warm days so far. Although, when you see what is happening in other parts of the Country we have been very lucky. If we could just plan on it raining 3 nights a week while we sleep it would be close to perfect summer weather.

In addition to enjoying the weather, August kicks off the start of a series of events leading right up to the Ole Time Festival in September. First up is the Fireman’s Lawn Party that starts Thursday, August 3rd with BBQ Chicken available at 10:00 am at the VFW pit and the Food Stands at the Edinburg Town Park open for business at 5:00 pm.

Make your way downtown for the Annual Firemen’s Parade at 7:00 pm on Thursday evening and after the Parade, plan on heading back up to the Park to enjoy some good food, live entertainment with the Rock Bottom Band, Bingo and Bounce Houses for the kids.

If you can’t make it on Thursday evening you still have a chance to join in on the fun on Friday with the food stands opening at 5:00 pm and The Reynards Band performing at 7:00. Then on Saturday, August 5th you have another chance to enjoy BBQ Chicken again on Saturday, it will be available at 10:00 am at the VFW. Everything else gets underway again at the Town Park at 5:00 pm and The Virginians Band will be on hand at 7:00 pm.

Try to get to bed at a decent time on Saturday so that you can continue the festivities on Sunday with the 4th Annual Car Show at the Edinburg Mill on August 6th.  Sponsored by the Town and the Edinburg Heritage Foundation; this free event benefits the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum at the Edinburg Mill.

Last year’s event attracted 100 antique and hot rod vehicles and this year is expected to be even bigger. In addition to the beautiful cars, you can tour the Museum, eat at Pixie’s Restaurant, check out the Mill’s Gift Shops, the Heritage Mill Wine Shop and feed the Mill Ducks. Music will be provided by Tommy Hepner’s Sound Solutions and there will be Trophy Awards for many of the participants. The Event will be held from 10:00 am-2:00 pm Sunday, August 6th. Also, if you have a car or truck you would like to show, you can register that morning; there is a $15 Registration Fee.

Things will barely be getting back to normal around town and we will be gearing up for the Route 11 Yard Crawl the following weekend. Things will be getting started in Edinburg on Friday, August 11 and be in full swing on Saturday the 12th

Vendors will be setup at the Edinburg Mill again this year and this will be the place to come if you are looking for an official Yard Crawl T-shirt. There are still some spots available if you are looking for a spot to sell from; contact Michelle at the Town Office to reserve one, 984-8521. There is no charge for a space. In addition to the bargains you might find in the parking lot, the Mill, Pixie’s Restaurant and Heritage Mill Wines will be open if you need to take a moment to recover from the craziness of the Crawl. And don’t forget that the Mill also has the only Air Conditioned Rest Rooms you will probably find anywhere during the Yard Crawl.

Before I talk about Edinburg’s big event coming up in September I need to bring you all up to date on the last of our water testing issues. Hopefully some of you took time to read the Water Consumer Customer Report that you received back in June. If you did, you will know that we had problems in 2016 with our water tests that were being performed by the State Lab. For some reason our samples were either lost or were reported as not being received in time for the required test. Each time this occurred we were required to notify our water users by a specific date and submit another test. This become such a problem for us that the Town no longer uses the Virginia State Lab for testing and has contracted with a private facility to perform all of our lab testing. In addition to some other problems we had during 2016 we also had testing problems in early 2017 that we are required to notify our customers about. 

        Drinking Water Notice, Monitoring Requirements Not Met

We are required to collect one total trihalomethane (TTHM) and one haloacetic (five) (HAA5) sample each calendar quarter and have them analyzed to determine TTHM and HAA5 levels present in our water. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) informed us that they did not receive the required sample results for the July to September 2016 and October to December 2016 monitoring periods.

During the January to December 2016 monitoring period we were required to collect inorganics, metals, and volatile organic contaminant (VOC) samples at our High Street Water Treatment Plant (WTP) entry point. The VDH advised us that the required inorganics, metals and VOC sample results were not received for the January to December 2016 monitoring period.

We were again required to collect one total trihalomethane (TTHM) and one haloacetic (five) (HAA5) in the first quarter of 2017. The VDH advised us on April 27, 2017 that the required number of TTHM and HAA5 sample results was not received for the January to March 2017 monitoring period.

On May 23, 2017 State Health Officials notified us that we had failed to monitor for coliform bacteria during the month of April 2017. At the time, State Officials believed there was little need for concern about the safety of the Town’s water because past records showed that our waterworks has had no documented problems with bacteriological contamination.

There is nothing that a water customer needed to do in any of the above situations. To prevent these types of violations from occurring in the future we have examined our sampling procedures and modified them so that our water samples will be collected and submitted to a private lab in as timely a manner as possible.

All of the required samples for the above violations have been collected again and the test results have been submitted to the Virginia Department of Health. If you have any question about any of the above, please contact Daniel J. Harshman, Mayor, at 984-8521 or 101 Town Hall Avenue, Edinburg.

The Town feels that all of the required testing and monitoring in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 was completed as required. However, the State Lab does not have a Chain of Custody document that is signed for any of the samples they receive for testing. Without this we have no way of proving that the samples were actually submitted. Although it is hard for us to believe that we failed to take as many samples as reported for 2016 and 2017 after not having this issue before.  Hopefully this is now behind us with the use of the private lab going forward.

That’s enough about violations and water testing. Let’s get back to the fun stuff. I’m not sure where the first part of 2017 went. It’s hard to believe that September is right around the corner and the Edinburg Ole Time Festival will be here before we know it. Edinburg’s Festival is still the envy of all the other towns and the 37th year is bound to be a great one.  It will be held on September 15, 16 and 17 this year and I know the Committee has been hard at work planning since January.

I haven’t seen all of their plans for this year; however, I have heard about a couple things. I met with some Confederate Civil War Reenactors that are planning on camping along Stony Creek where they will take part in a skirmish with Union Forces camped on the opposite side of the Creek.

And as I reported last time, the “Legend of Stony Creek” is coming back to the Festival. They are still looking for characters for the play; they need 4 to 5 Children, ages 6-12 and 10 Adults, any age; to portray the characters and singers and instrumentalists. The play will be performed during the Festival on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th.

Auditions will be held at St. Paul’s Heritage Center on South High Street, Edinburg on Monday August 7th at 7:00 pm.  For more information contact director Barbara Strong at 765-242-7477, email: busybee7053@att.net

We are still waiting to hear if we will be successful with our Community Development Implementation Grant Application that was submitted back on March 29th.  We should know something in the fall and we all have our fingers crossed that the application is accepted and we will soon be able to complete the exciting projects that are part of it.

We will soon have a vacancy on theTown Council. Council member Terry Minnick and her husband Dean have sold their house and will no longer live in Town after August 24th.  Terry was appointed to the Town Council to fill a vacancy in 2011, elected in a special election in November 2011, reelected in May 2012 and reelected again in May 2016.  The Minnick’s are following their passion for renovating and remodeling with their plans to redo an older farm house located south of Edinburg. Terry has always had an open mind and remained level headed through some trying times on the Council. Her input and service to our town will be greatly missed.

The Town Council will need to appoint Terry’s replacement by September 23rd.  The Appointee will need to be willing to run for election in a special election that could occur in November, 2017. The date of the special election will be set by the Courts after the appointment. If you are interested in being considered please contact the Town Office, 984-8521 as soon as possible. If candidates are found, I would imagine that the Town Council would want to make the appointment at the Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 12th. We are also still looking for 2 new members for the Board of Zoning Appeals.

That’s it for now; see you around Town. Your Mayor, Dan Harshman