Red Cross calls blood shortage Severe

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The American Red Cross calls the current blood shortage severe.

There are drives happening this week with appointments available.

Tomorrow at Winchester Holiday Inn SE on Front Royal Pike from 2 to 7 with appointments open.

Front Royal Fire Hall will open a drive tomorrow form 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with appointments available.

Jun. 30 a drive will be held at Virginia Hills Church on Rockland Road that has openings as well.

Use your zip code at to find a drive near you or use battle2021 for a Jul. 9 blood drive.

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VDOT opens roads for the Independence Day Weekend

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Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open roads for the July 4 holiday.

VDOT will lift both lane closures on the Interstates and other major roads through the holiday weekend.

The work stoppage and road openings will be from noon Friday through noon Tuesday July 6.

All HOV restrictions on I 66 along with tolls on the 66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway will be lifted as well.

The I 64 Express Lanes in Norfolk will be lifted on Monday July 5 as well.

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center needs food for patients

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The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is in need of food for its patients.

If your garden is doing well or even leftovers from the grocery store would be greatly appreciated.

You can drop food off at  106 Island Farm Lane in Boyce any day of the week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Native fruits and nuts plants are yielding fruit right now and the harvest would be especially useful.

Mulberries, bluebarriers, hackberries and serviceberries that are native to Virginia are especially useful.

Anything the native wildlife would dine on in the wild is very useful for the patients being rehabilitated.

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Rivermont Fire Hall opened Saturday 6/26

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The Rivermont Fire Hall ribbon cutting was held on Sat. Jun. 26.

After the ribbon cutting an open house took place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m..

The over $5 million station covers approximately 15,000 square feet and will be manned 24 7.

The new facility features an area for fundraising as well as a commercial kitchen and community events room.

The fire department will serve not just Rivermont community but will assist Buckton, Waterlick, Bentonville-Browntown as well as Front Royal.

The new building is located on Stokes Airport Road in Front Royal.

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Rt. 11 railroad repairs have begun in Winchester

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Closure of Valley Pike Route 11 South started today Jun. 28 and will continue through Wednesday possibly until Thursday.

The railroad repair work will happen between Apple Valley and Hood Way.

Railroad work will make Route 11 impassable while work is being done.

If you normally head north toward Winchester on Route 37 interchange.

It is recommended that you take Route 37 to Cedar Creek Grade then head back south on Valley Pike Route 11 if your destination is before Apple Valley.

Those coming out of Winchester headed South toward Route 37.

It is recommended you take Cedar Creek Grade to Route 37 to the Kernstown Exit.

Detour signs are in place you are reminded to plan accordingly and add time to your commute.

Route 11 will be closed at the railroad crossing and will be impassable through period.

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River Report: 6-28-21

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In this edition of our twice-weekly Shenandoah River Reports, Riverkeeper Mark Frondorf recaps his weekend on the North Fork and the George Washington National Forest, and also reminds us to stay hydrated this week! Our River Reports are brought to you by Front Royal Outdoors, who can show you many ways to enjoy the Shenandoah River this summer. Visit

Sports: Monday, June 28, 2021

VBL Twinbills, Scherzer Helps Nats Split With Marlins, O’s Woes Continue

It was a day of doubleheaders yesterday in the Valley Baseball League, as Waynesboro swept Front Royal 5-1 & 9-5. C’Ville took 2 from Strasburg 6-4 & 9-2. Winchester split with Covington, dropping the opener 18-12 and taking the nightcap 6-3. And New Market lost 2 to Staunton, 6-5 & 12-11.

Tonight in the VBL, action includes Front Royal at Strasburg, Woodstock at Purcellville, and New Market at Winchester.

Max Scherzer threw 6 innings of 1-run baseball, striking out 7, in a 5-1 Nationals’ win over Miami. Trea Turner and Josh Bell went deep for Washington, who gained a weekend split of the 4-game series. The Nats, who trail the Mets by 4 games in the NL East, take on New York tonight in a makeup contest. Air time is 6:35 on Sports Radio 1450.

The Baltimore Orioles’ struggles continued yesterday in a 5-2 loss to Toronto. The 24-54 Birds will be in Houston tonight for an 8:10 start.

From the weekend:

It took 8 playoff holes, but Harris English finally defeated Kramer Hickok at the Travelers’ PGA Tour event.

And, Kyle Busch, driving with a busted clutch, won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono.