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Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

Montross man maintaining Purple Martin Retreat

On Father’s Day, George Henry Oliff of Montross spent time with his family. He had dinner with...

Greater Montross revitalization group seeking input from area residents

The Greater Montross Partnership for Revitalization wants ideas for spiffing up and encouraging grea...

First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Friday evening events return for 2015

First Fridays and First Saturdays are back in Montross. The joyful weekend activities will continue ...

Dam breach threatens historic Chandler’s Millpond in Montross

Dam breach threatens historic Chandler’s Millpond in Montross

Picturesque Chandler’s Millpond, a 300-year-old lake on Route 3 west of Montross, has been clo...

No new county taxes for Beach residents in Westmoreland budget

Supervisor Larry Roberson recently presented highlights of the Westmoreland County budget for the re...

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Young boy saves grandmother

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Carol Chandler is Montross Festival’s Grand Marshal

Carol Chandler, who has devoted her life to Montross and is one of the leaders of the Montross Revitalization effort, is the Grand Marshal of the parade at the Montross Fall Festival which begins this weekend.

Read more: Carol Chandler is Montross Festival’s Grand Marshal

Courthouse Construction

Construction on the new Westmoreland County Judicial Center in Montross is in the home stretch. 

Read more: Courthouse Construction

Westmoreland Officials Anticipating Low Turnout

Westmoreland County Registrar Kristin Hicks is anticipating a low turnout for the Nov. 5 general election, but is hopeful that the turnout will exceed the 37 percent of registered voters who participated in 2009, the last Virginia gubernatorial election.

Read more: Westmoreland Officials Anticipating Low Turnout

Hometown Family Fun at the Montross Fall Festival

From family skate night, to the best chocolate cake contest, to the Chandler three-mile race, to an arts and crafts show and a parade, the Montross Fall Festival kicks off this weekend.

For almost six decades, the festival has been a highlight of the fall in Westmoreland County, and this year’s event, which also features a scavenger hunt, a baby contest and a car show, looks as spectacular as ever.

“The Fall Festival is my favorite event in Montross,” said Carol Chandler, a longtime Montross civic leader who was chosen as the Grand Marshal for the parade at this year’s event.

“It is a little bit of everything that is good about our community- the food, the crafts, the families and the high school kids,” Chandler said. “I love it.”

“The Town Fall Festival has been an important event to the Town for over 60 years,” said Montross Town Manager Brenda Reamy.  “This year’s theme, ‘Hometown Family Fun’, is just what our festival is all about.”

Reamy urged everyone to “come and join the fun” at the event which begins Thursday evening and concludes Saturday night.

The schedule of events is as follows:

THURSDAY Oct. 3
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Peoples Community Bank’s Family Skate Night at Stan’s Skateland

FRIDAY Oct. 4
• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Best Chocolate Cake Contest sponsored by the Peggy Garland Law Office
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Customer Appreciation Lunch sponsored by Union First Market Bank
• 6 p.m.
Little Mr. & Miss Fall Festival Pageant at W&L High School
• 7 p.m.
W&L Homecoming Football Game vs. Spotsylvania at W&L High School

SATURDAY Oct. 5  
• 7 a.m.
Chandler 3-Mile Race starts at Montross Vol. Rescue Squad

• 9 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies at Westmoreland Courthouse Square Courtyard
Welcome - Mayor R. David O’Dell, Jr.
National Anthem - Sandra Henderson
Flag Raising - Boy Scout Troop 252 & Cub Scout Pack 208
“I Am the Flag” - Larry D. Greene

• 9 a.m.
Sidewalk-Chalk Art Contest Check-In sponsored by theThe Art of Coffee

• 9 a.m. To Noon
Peoples Community Bank Classic Car & Truck Show at Peoples Bank

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Mourning Jewelry Exhibit” at the Westmoreland County Museum

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Civil War Artifacts at the Westmoreland County Museum Annex

• 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Stratford Harbor Hee-Haws performing on Courtyard Street

• 10 a.m. Noon
Scavenger Hunt   Check-In at Sunbelt Realty Office

• 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
One Day Remains performing on Courtyard Stage
• 11 a.m.
PAWS Pet Show at the People’s Insurance Agency Lot

• 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Voices of Macedonia on the Courthouse Porch

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Siloam Church Praise Dancers, Youth Choir and Men’s Group on the Courtyard Stage

• 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Men of Shabach on the Courthouse Porch

• 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Justified performing on the Courtyard Stage

• 2 p.m.
Parade with Grand Marshal Carol C. Chandler

• 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Jerusalem Men’s Chorus performing on the Courtyard Stage

• 3:30 p.m.
Parade and Festival Awards on the Courthouse Porch

• 4 p.m.
Raffle Drawings on the Courthouse Porch

Members of Montross Tea Party celebrate Constitution Day

Members of the Montross Tea Party, which believes the federal government should be limited to exercising only those powers authorized by the Constitution, made that point Saturday by reading the Constitution on the steps of the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

Read more: Members of Montross Tea Party celebrate Constitution Day

Come out for Stratford Hall’s Wine and Oyster Festival on Saturday

“What a way to celebrate the first day of fall,” said Jon Bachman, Stratford Hall’s public events manager. 

The 7th Annual Wine and Oyster Festival at Stratford Hall will be held this weekend, beginning Saturday, Sept. 21.  Bachman and the rest of the Stratford Hall team are expecting a smashingly successful event at the historic home of Virginia’s Lee family.

Read more: Come out for Stratford Hall’s Wine and Oyster Festival on Saturday

Sheriff’s Office honored

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office was awarded second place in the Sheriff’s Offices’ 11 to 25 Deputies category at the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge (VLEC) Awards Ceremony in Williamsburg.  Along with the second place award, the sheriff’s office also received the “Rookie of the Year” Award for Best First-Time Entry.  “To have your peers acknowledge the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office

Read more: Sheriff’s Office honored

 

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