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How our website, Shannondale and Beyond, came into being.
Birth at Weber's Store Sadly, the Citizens of Shannondale's efforts flagged and finally ended in 1999. Age, demographics and frustration took its toll on the picker-uppers. Some hardy souls continued their individual efforts, but the organized war on litter was stalled. In April of 2004 Shannondale and Beyond came into existence and a year later sponsored the first BRILLO meeting at Weber's Store on Mission Road. BRILLO'S First Meeting 4/7/2005 The first meeting location should look familiar...
BLUE RIDGE LITTER LOOK OUT Various attempts have been instigated to try and keep the Mountain clean over the last few years. Periodic litter patrols by the old Shannondale Club's Garden Club and the Citizens of Shannondale were organized and held over the years. The latest fight against litter began in April 2005 with the formation of the current litter patrol fondly known as BRILLO (Blue Ridge Litter Look Out). They have become known as the BRILLOpadders and every year since their...
Those Were the Days Yes, Those Were the Days, My Friends. In a 1990 photo Tom Carey and Betty Lou Bryant stand by the adopt a highway sign at the North end of Mission Road. The Citizens of Shannondale organization took over the arduous and never-ending task of trash pickup from Arthur Kriemelmeyer who had in the past spearheaded the effort with monetary support from several of the Shannondale civic groups. They, too, hoped that under the umbrella of the Citizens public education,...
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BRILLO Gets More Smarter, Even Yes, people do learn from experience and that certainly applied to the BRILLO padders. The map was refined with a color code of green (safe), yellow (caution) and red (dangerous) safety zones and now includes places for cell phone #'s to be able to communicate with team leaders and other pickup crews. The numbered areas on the map correspond to the following locations: 1) St. Andrew's Parking Lot 2) Gate One Mailboxes 3) Gate Two Mail Shed 4) The Telephone...
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February 22nd, 2007, Wine and Cheese Planning Session At Cissey's again for wine, cheese, good cheer and, Oh, and some planning, too. Membership in the group seems to be growing, HOORAY! Livin' large on the river, Cissey and Stan's makes the trash by the roadsides seem far away (but not TOO far). And look on the table- there are pads and pencils along with the grub!!! Jen almost never gets in the picture. Willis tries to correct the oversight. BRILLO continues the fight against...
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Over the winter months informal chats at get-togethers and on the BRILLO Forum indicated that the 'padders were going to have a Banner Year. And that phrase banner Year turned out to be on the mark. The tireless(well, somewhat tireless)planners met in February to plan for an April or May Spring Pickup. The success of 2007 buoyed our hopes of even more ambitious goals. The Planners Planning One notable step forward was contact with Tom Youngblood of the Department of Highways. He...
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BRILLO Begins Its Fifth Year In March the group had its preliminary meeting One of the occasional outings sponsored by BRILLO is a wildflower walk conducted by our well-known local naturalist, John DeMary. Don't miss the next trip. John gives the adventurers a briefing Cut-Leaf Toothwort Toadshade Trillium Bloodroot In April BRILLO hosted Edward Marshall of the Journal to get a little PR for our group. The article is linked HERE. Brillo had plans to fan out along...
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Links, Links, Links The Horseshoe Bend in the Center Looking South Some Links for your Pleasure: A brief tour of the resort and our restorative efforts-Just click thru the PowerPoint show HERE The definitive history of Shannondale Springs by historian Bill Theriault NEW and REVISED-9/2009 HERE Selected news clippings from newspapers of yesteryear HERE Bill Theriault's application for the Springs inclusion on the National Registry HERE The West Virginia Department of Natural Resourses HERE...
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A Short History of the Shannondale Springs The Horseshoe Bend of the Shenandoah river Long before the white man entered into the scene of Shannondale, the Native Americans had discovered the springs of the area and often used them for medicinal purposes. The main springs were thought to have a mild laxative effect without the sulfrous odor of other commonly known springs. In 1649 King Charles II of England had deeded five million acres lying between the rivers to a group of loyal...
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The Work of FOSS' FOSSies The Bathhouse Before in 1995 and After in 1996 For esprit de corps every group needs a name and for FOSS what else could it be other than FOSSies? As we've stated in the brief history, the original FOSSies of the 1990's did the lion's share of the work done at the time this is being written(2009). Our Mission Statement contains many goals and over time we want to met those lofty hopes. You can help by becoming a a member of FOSS. What's necessary? Just say you...
Meteorological Magic Thanks to an anonymous donor, YOUR Mountain Community Center now is host to a nifty weather station. The data from the station will complement the other two stations presently in service on our mountain. It should be a valuable addition since it will provide real-time weather conditions at the intersection of County Rt 115, The Old Charles Town Road and County Rt 9/5, Mission Road, West Virginia's most populated dead end street. Presenting the station fresh out of...
Many of us cross it twice a day going to and from work. It's our Nation's longest National Park. It affords some of the best views for miles around. It's a National treasure. Nat'l Headquarters ATC Welcome to our presentation of Jefferson County's portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT) Some time ago we started to compile photos of Jefferson County's portion of the AT (less than 1% of its nearly 2200 mile length). The result was a series of slide shows linked below. We resurrected the...
Courtesy of Commissioner Lyn Widmyer While questions still remain as to the specifics of the proposed interchange at the intersection of the New Rt 9 and old 9 & Chestnut Hill Rd., the pic below shows the general layout. I suppose we can assume from the road markings in the rather colorful drawings, that there will be stop signs at Old 9 and Chestnut. If so, expect a LONG wait to make the turns. Below find a press release from: Matthew T. Mullenax, GISP Transportation Planner/GIS Analyst...
The Report I arrived at the sheriff's office in Bardane a little before 3PM or 10 hour shift (3pm-1am) and was assigned to ride with Sergeant Sell, probably so they could keep me out of trouble. We left the lot a little before 4PM after the Sgt. had checked logs and given me a short course on what to expect as a "ride-along" and I had staged the photo op above. The Sergeant introduced me to the “cockpit" of the cruiser, packed with electronic equipment and pointed out how to “light up”...
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