WDSS Employment Open House

The Winchester Department of Social Services is hosting an employment open house on Tuesday December 6th

from 4-7 p.m. at the office building located at 24 Baker Street in Winchester.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with current employees and explore available career options.

Pre-registration in not required to attend, it is encouraged.

Onsite interviews will be granted to candidates who possess a baccalaureate in the human services field

or in any field accompanied by a minimum of two years appropriate and related experience in a human services-related area.

Questions about the WDSS Open House should be directed to Deputy Director Rebecca Hopkins at Rebecca.hopkins@dss.virginia.gov

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ALICE Awareness Week

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It is the 5th annual Alice Awareness Week, Alice is the Asset Limited, Income Constrained,

Employed Fund. Established by The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The Alice Emergency Fund is Supported entirely by donations and is desperately low.

They need your Support today to keep helping people in their time of need.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Follow along on social media

Take the ALICE challenge

Host a Facebook Fundraiser

Dine United for ALICE at TGI Friday’s on 12/1 between 4 & 8

To contribute and find out more follow the link below.

ALICE Awareness | United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley (unitedwaynsv.org)  

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SCSO warns of scam

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The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is receiving reports once again regarding scam calls coming from people attempting to impersonate deputies, supervisors, or investigators within the agency.

The scam calls attempt to get the victim to send money in an attempt to resolve a legal issue.

The Sheriff’s office wants to remind residents they will not call you in an attempt to request money.

If you are unsure about a call you have received, hang up and call the Sheriff’s Office directly at 540-459-6100.

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News Maker Tonja Phillips with Toys for Tots

News Maker Tonja Phillips is speaking with Scott Bradley about Toys for Tots.

News Makers are brought to you by Warren County, Together WE are Community.

In today’s interview Tonja and Scott go over how you can get involved with this amazing program, how you can

donate, and volunteer your time.

There are donation boxes throughout our region, and you can also make monetary donations at Marine Toys for Tots.

If you would like to apply for assistance you must do so before December 1st.

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Berryville Christmas Celebrations

There will be a Christmas filled weekend in Berryville starting Friday December 2nd at 5 p.m.

In Rose Hill Park on 31 E. Main Street. There will be a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony

with music by The Clarke County Community Band, children’s activities, and horse drawn

carriage rides. Sign-up sheet for carriage rides will be on site. Tree lighting is at 6 p.m. & winner

of the annual decorated parking meter contest will be announced.

Saturday December 3rd at noon the Clarke County Christmas parade will begin at the

Clarke County School Administrative building at 317 W. Main St. it will end the

intersection of Main St. and Chalmers Ct. After the parade Santa will meet

the children at John H. Enders Fire Company on 9 S. Buckmarsh St.

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Community Health: A Conversation About Lung Cancer Awareness

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On The Valley Today this afternoon, host Janet Michael had a conversation with Dr. Shalini Reddy, Thoracic Surgeon and Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery at Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. As part of a community health partnership with Valley Health, the conversation this month focused on lung cancer screenings, the importance of having them BEFORE symptoms appear and the changes to who “qualifies.” Click here to listen to the conversation.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 236,740 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2022. Lung cancer remains the number one cancer killer, accounting for more cancer deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. The ACS estimates that more than 4,600 people in Virginia and West Virginia combined will die of lung cancer in 2022.

Dr. Reddy explained that in February 2022, Medicare expanded coverage for lung cancer screening for qualifying beneficiaries. Plus the screening criteria was expanded. Screening is recommended for adults without symptoms who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. Screening eligibility criteria include:

  • Adult smokers and ex-smokers age 50 and older (previously, eligibility began at age 55)
  • Current smokers with a 20-pack year history (previously 30 pack years) of tobacco smoking
  • Former smokers who have quit within the past 15 years

Low dose CT screenings are available at all six Valley Health hospitals. It is one of the easiest screening exams to have, and it takes less than 10 minutes to perform. If criteria for a low dose lung CT screening are met, Medicare and most insurance plans will pay for yearly screenings. Financial assistance may be available for individuals who meet screening criteria but do not have insurance to cover this screening. For more information about lung cancer awareness screenings: valleyhealthlink.com/our-services/imaging/low-dose-lung-ct/

The discussion included information about Valley Health’s Lung Cancer Program. In 2019, Winchester Medical Center was the first hospital in VA to be designated a Care Continuum Center of Excellence for lung cancer care by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. Valley Health has one of the most comprehensive pulmonary/thoracic programs in the region for the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer. The program’s multidisciplinary team includes specialists in thoracic surgery, radiology, interventional radiology, pathology, pulmonology, interventional pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and thoracic patient navigation.

Lung Cancer Screening – Valley Health hopes to find lung cancer at its earliest, more treatable stage and work towards eliminating late-stage lung cancer. Low dose CT lung screening is available at all Valley Health hospitals for adults with a history of smoking who are at high risk of lung cancer. The screening program also includes patients who have an incidental lung nodule found during routine or emergency imaging.

Valley Health’s multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Clinic specializes in expediting care for patients with lung nodules or lesions and provides assessment and options for further testing and follow-up. The clinic’s team of pulmonary and thoracic specialists also includes specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology.

Advanced Diagnosis – WMC interventional pulmonary specialists use robot-assisted technology combined with endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for diagnosis and staging in one procedure. This technology is also used to accurately mark lung lesions for more targeted radiation therapy as well as surgery. In 2019, WMC was the first facility in the broader region to acquire Intuitive Surgical’s ION™ Endoluminal System to perform robotic-assisted bronchoscopy. The ION system enables minimally invasive biopsy in difficult-to-reach peripheral areas of the lung. The Valley Health team has completed more than 250 ION cases.

Minimally Invasive Surgery – The hospital’s thoracic surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robot-assisted techniques using the da Vinci® XI™ Surgical System. Coupled with remarkable improvements in post-operative pain management and enhanced recovery protocols, these techniques help patients feel better and return home sooner. Dr. Reddy and the Valley Health team have completed 685 robot-assisted thoracic procedures since the surgical robotics program started at WMC six years ago.

Cancer Treatment and Support – Patients who receive treatment for lung cancer at the Valley Health Cancer Center at WMC will have the personal support of a thoracic patient navigator and access to treatment options such as advanced chemotherapy, radiation therapy and interventional radiology if indicated.

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking, and Valley Health provides resources to help. For information: www.valleyhealthlink.com/quitsmoking

News Maker Jeff Alban on Upcoming Holiday Concert Series

Jeff Alban Artistic Director and Conductor of The Blue Ridge Singers talks with Scott Bradley about their

upcoming concert series on our latest News Makers segment.

Brought to you by Warren County, Together WE are Community.

The first concert is December 4th at the First Baptist Church in Winchester at 4 p.m.

Located at 205 W. Piccadilly Street, with other dates and locations to follow.

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Christmas on Main St.

Christmas on Main Street Front Royal is only a few days away!

There are still vendor spaces available for the Merry Market and the deadline for parade entries is today at 5 p.m.

Saturday December third from noon until 7p.m. there will be musical performances, horse drawn carriage rides, and

the annual Christmas parade at 5 p.m.

Applications for the Market and Parade can be found at the link bit.ly/3UaALu4

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