SU will offer fireworks at Apple Blossom

Shenandoah University (SU) announced it will host a fireworks show during the 94 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The display will be held at 9:30 p.m. Sat. May 1 the rain date is Sun. May 2.

Because many campus roads will be closed on Friday and Saturday nights the University is asking that off campus viewing be done.

Viewing can be done at the neighboring parking lots like Jim Barnett Park.

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LFCC offers new degree in Physical Therapy

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A new Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist’s Assistant (PTA) degree is being offered.

The program will be offered at the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Luray-Page County center.

Applications for the degree are being accepted until May 15.

PTAs work with with patients of all ages in hospitals, long-term care facilities making a possible medium income of more than $60,000 a year.

A virtual information session on the program will be held Tue. Apr. 27 at 5:30 you can find out more at lfcc.edu/PTA.

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SPCA with Petco Love launch new tool to find lost pets

Today Fri. Apr. 23 is National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day.

The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties announced the launching of a Petco Love tool to help find lost pets.

A searchable national database is now available using facial recognition technology form Petco Love Lost.

The database is accessible today Apr. 23 to participating animal organizations nationwide.

Using uploaded photos which are immediately scanned to determine if the animal is at a participating shelter like SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties or a neighbor’s home.

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River Report: 4-23-21

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In this edition of our twice-weekly Shenandoah River Reports, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf shares his observations after being on the Shenandoah River this week, and talks cicadas! Our River reports are brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors. Let Don Roberts do the legwork and get you out on the South Fork in a raft, tube, kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard! Sound like fun? Visit him online!https://frontroyaloutdoors.com

Northam to again roll back COVID-related restrictions

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By Associated Press | Published Apr. 23, 2021 9:00 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday that he would be further loosening coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings in mid-May. He also said that a more substantial rollback is likely coming in June.

Beginning Saturday, May 15, sports and entertainment venues in Virginia may begin to operate with expanded capacity, and social gathering limits will increase under changes Northam is making to an executive order. The state’s existing mask mandate will not be lifted.

The Democratic governor said the easing of the measures would be possible thanks to increasing vaccination rates. All Virginians over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and more than half of all adults have gotten at least one dose.

“I’m optimistic that we will be able to take more steps in June,” Northam said in a statement. “We’re aiming to significantly ramp up vaccinations even further, and aim to reduce capacity limits in June, hopefully all the way.”

Under the changes taking place in May, the maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings, up from 50 and 100, respectively.

Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people, Northam’s office said. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity.

The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase, and restaurants will be allowed to return to selling alcohol after midnight. Dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5 a.m.

Earlier this week, Northam made smaller changes, allowing bar seating in dining and drinking establishments, relaxing limits on outdoor races and allowing school performances like musicals to take place.

Both cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations from the disease have fallen tremendously in Virginia since the post-holiday surge. On Thursday, the health department was reporting 1,373 new cases, and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association was reporting 1,104 hospitalized with COVID-19 or with tests pending.

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Sports: Friday, April 23, 2021

SU Update, Caps Win Defensive Battle, Nats-Mets Series Begins Tonight

On the Shenandoah University scoreboard, Softball swept Eastern Mennonite, taking the opener 6-5, then the nightcap 10-2. Meanwhile, undefeated W&L swept Volleyball. Today, Women’s Tennis competes at Washington & Lee, while Softball plays at number-one ranked Virginia Wesleyan.

A full slate of Hornet Athletics is scheduled for the weekend, including nationally-ranked Baseball at Ferrum, and Men & Women’s Golf in the ODAC Championships.

Evgeny Kuznetsov lit the lamp in the shootout period, and the Washington Capitals won a tight, defensive battle against the New York Islanders 1-0. The win puts the Caps alone atop the NHL’s Eastern Division. The Capitals take on the Islanders again tomorrow, starting at 6:45 on the River 95-3.

And, the Nationals return to action tonight when they start a weekend series in New York against the Mets. The 7-9 Nats trail the first-place Mets by just a game in the tight NL East. Air time tonight is 6:40 on Sports Radio 1450. Joe Ross takes the hill for Washington against 3-0 Marcus Stroman.