ServSafe Class To Be Offered In Monterey

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Individuals, businesses and organizations who are involved in food service have new restrictions in Virginia, and we spoke with Mary-Ellen Garner from The Highland Center and the Allegheny Mountain Institute to learn more.

“There is a new Virginia law, that has actually gone into effect, starting July 1st, that basically states any entity – that can be a school, or a club, or an organization – has to have someone who is a certified food manager, if that organization is cooking something from a raw state.

“To my understanding, Maple Festival is included, as well the fair, and some of these events that we have in Highland that are multiplr days”

“There are several exemptions to the law, so if you think you might be included in one of those, or if you have and questions about the law, the person to contact in Highland is Tim Abbott. His email is or you can call him at the health department AT 540-468-2270.

For those needing to acquire certification, an upcoming ServSafe class in Monterey is being offered.

“We’ll be holding the ServSafe class on July 14th. It’s an all day event, and it costs $160.00. That price does include your books, the course itself and the test, as well as lunch. The event will be held at The Highland Center.”

Ed McCardle will be teaching the course. I’ve taken courses with him in the past, and he’s a great instructor, really fun and lively, and can make any material a little bit more exciting. This course is extremely detailed, and will maybe go beyond what some people may need, but it is the most comprehensive course that’s available currently, and some of the basics that it will cover will include for heating and cooling of meat products specifically –those temperatures that are really important, and the temperatures in which bacteria and molds can grow. You want to be aware of those, so that you know how to avoid them. That’s one big thing that the course will cover, and then besides that, general food safety precautions that you should take when you’re serving a customer or selling something at an event, that will protect you and your organization or business, and it also serves to protect the people who are receiving your goods.

“If you have any questions, or you would like to register for the course, please contact me at or 540-468-1922.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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