Blue Ridge Hospice expands and adds services

An email from Blue Ridge Hospice confirms their expansion and development of new programs to better serve their communities.

Blue Ridge Hospice has made changes in their leadership team to support their serious illness and end of life care patients.

The newly created position of Chief Medical Officer is being filled by Dr. Brendan Flynn.

Dr. Julie Landrio will fill Dr. Flynn’s former position as Medical Director.

Registered Nurse Jennifer Martin has been placed in the new position of Executive Director at Blue Ridge Hospice.

The Blue Ridge Hospice Board of Directors have implemented these changes to better fulfill their mission to better care for an ever-expanding need in the community.

The adoption of a pilot program for palliative care has also been added.

Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers and specialist working together to meet the needs of the patient.

The PACE program is another innovation being added at Blue Ridge Hospice.

PACE will enable individuals 55 and over, certified by the state to be cared for in the home.

Blue Ridge Hospice hopes to eventually be able to care for more patients in private residence.

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Purple bows are appearing around Front Royal

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Purple bows have been appearing around Main Street, Royal Avenue Front Royal and Warren County Court House to bring awareness to Domestic Violence.

Board Members, agency volunteers and staff members and others of the Phoenix Project have been placing the bows.

They not only bring awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence in the community but are also to honor survivors and victims.

These bows are to serve as a reminder that the Phoenix Project provides crisis intervention and temporary housing for those in imminent danger.

Many services and programs are available from the Phoenix Project for help and support as well.

Contact the Phoenix Project if you need help at 540-635-2300.

Learn more about the Phoenix Project here.

The Phoenix Project will add more displays and would like to turn the entire town purple in October from now on according to their email.

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DMV offers another way to get questions answered

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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VDMV) announced a new way for customers to reach their offices and have received an award for their innovations.

 The DMV recently opened up their Social Media access to communicate with customers answering questions and providing information.

This led to the awarding of the Public Affairs and Consumer Education award being given to DMV by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administration.

Since Sept. of 2020 the DMV has been more active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram answering questions and interacting with customers.

By simply tagging your inquiry on any of the social media platforms @VirginiaDMV.

Private message are accepted Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5 p.m.

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FCPS holds forums to find a superintendent

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The firm assisting the Frederick County School Board to find a new superintendent announced two public forums to find the right person to fill the position.

Two forums will be held and an online survey will be launched Oct. 10 for the public to add their thoughts on who should fill the position.

BWP and Associates will hold the first public forum Tue. Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sherando High School Auditorium.

The second forum will be held at James Wood Middle School Auditorium also at 7 p.m. Wed. Oct. 12.

The public is encouraged to offer their thoughts on what experiences, qualities and skills they feel a person should possess to be the next Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS).

For those who cannot attend the public forums an online survey will open starting Oct. 10 and be available through Oct. 18 with a link to become available at the FCPS’s website and each induvial school website through the survey period.

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Page County Deputies and Captain receive Life Saving Awards

The Page County Sheriff’s Office announced that two of their Deputies and a Captain have received the Department’s Life Saving Awards.

The awards have been given to Captain Stevie Owens, Deputy Heather Hess and Brandon Hilliard for their actions in saving the life of a driver on September 21.

The accident occurred on Route 340 near Rileyville involving several vehicles and resulted in two fatalities with multiple injuries inflicted.

Hilliard, Hess and Owens were on the scene and thanks to their quick actions they were able to rescue one of the drivers of a vehicle before it was consumed by fire.

The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries and is alive today thanks to the Captain and two Deputies.

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News Maker Kaitlyn Lambert on food insecurity at college

Food insecurity among students is surprisingly high at Laurel Ridge Community College campuses.

We spoke with Assistant Director of Financial Aid Kaitlyn Lambert of Laurel Ridge Community College about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Kaitlyn explains what the school is doing to help students with food insecurity.

She also tells us about the grants awarded to help with the effort.

Kaitlyn also explains the various opportunities available for students at all the Laurel Ridge Community College locations.

Click here for Kaitlyn’s interview.

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