News Maker Debbie Irwin of SCCF on Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month and today Mar. 8 is International Women’s Day.

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is celebrating by honoring Women owned businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.

We spoke with SCCF Executive Director Debbie Irwin about it in our latest news maker.

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Debbie tells us about some of the Women owned businesses in the valley.

She also tells us of several of the benefits of being apart of SCCF and how they help struggling businesses with a number of resources.

Debbie also tells of several gatherings for input from other business owners who can offer suggestions and information on owning a business in the valley.

Click here for Debbie’s interview.

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CDC implements new mask guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set new guidelines for masks and where it is safest to go without one.

A seven day moving average has been implemented using current hospital beds in use, admissions and COVID-19 cases to determine low, medium or high transmission levels.

For instance as of Feb. 28  Valley Health have reduced reporting hospitalizations to once a week as current COVID-19 admission continue to drop.

You should talk with your health care provider for complete information.

Visit CDC.Gov to find where your community stands in the low, medium or high category.

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VA. Bill brings awareness to ticks and disease

According to the Virginia Legislative System website Virginia Lawmakers are making the state raise awareness of tick and tick borne diseases.

Both Houses voted on and approved a tick bill to make and keep the public aware of ticks and the diseases they carry.

The bill requires the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to post signs in all parks addressing the appropriate steps to take to prevent tick bites.

The signs must go up in areas that have been identified as most susceptible to Lyme disease first.

The signs are also to offer information on identifying  Lyme disease and where to seek treatment.

The bill requires the DCR to put up signs by Jan. 1 2028.

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Shenandoah Memorial Hospital is recognized

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Valley Health (VH) reports that Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been nationally recognized.

The hospital has been recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health as one of the top 100 critical access facilities.

There are 1,353 federally designated critical access hospitals serving rural areas in the United States.

Chartis uses publicly available data to assess and benchmark a rural hospital’s performance based on 36 relevant indicators.

The performance indicators include quality, outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost.

The 100 highest scoring critical access hospitals earn a spot on the Chartis list.

SMH is the only hospital in Virginia to receive the honor and recognition in 2022.

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LFCC Cyber program chosen as part of Cyber Command

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Lord Fairfax Community College’s (LFCC) becoming Laurel Ridge Community College’s  CYBER program has been designated as a center of academic excellence in cyber defense.

According to an email from Sally Voth LFCC’s Public Relations Coordinator the school is just one of 14 community colleges nationwide to be selected to join the United States Cyber Command’s (CYBERCOM) Academic Engagement Network (AEN).

The network’s duties includes defending and protecting the United States against cyberattacks.

A total of 92 colleges and universities are part of the network whose mission it is to support and enhance CYBERCOM’s efforts when it comes to the future workforce, applied cyber research, applied analytics and strategic issues.

Part of the mission of the AEN is to create a qualified pool of cybersecurity professionals.

With inclusion in the program LFCC’s students will have access to information and experience only a handful of students can take advantage of.

LFCC joins the likes of the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard and Naval Academies.

The network also includes the U.S. Army War College, West Point, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech along with Marshall University.

The Universities of Cincinnati, Louisville, California, Santa Cruz, Mississippi State University, DePaul University are also apart of the network.

Learn more about LFCC’s technology program here.

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The VA. Statewide Tornado Drill was today 3/8

Severe weather week continues today Mar. 8 with the annual statewide tornado drill which was held at 9:45 a.m..

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) clarifies that a tornado watch means a tornado is possible a warning means to take action and take shelter immediately.

It is a good idea to have a plan ahead of time.

You will want to identify safe rooms or protective locations in your home, school or business.

Try to implement an emergency communication plan for you and your family.

You are encouraged to have an emergency kit at the ready with a checklist available at vaemergency.gov along with additional information.

There were 87 tornadoes recorded in 2004 and 25 recorded in 2017.

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News Maker Fern Vasquiz on C-Cap’s Community Garden

As the weather improves gardening is on the minds of many including the Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap).

C-Cap’s community garden is getting ready to be planted and worked to benefit the entire community.

We spoke with lead volunteer on the garden project Fern Vasquiz in our latest news maker.

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Fern tells us about the preparation for the garden.

She also tells us how you can help through most of the year.

Larry Elliott of C-Cap tells us just how productive and helpful the garden has been over the last 3 years.

Click here for Fern and Larry’s interview.

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