News Maker Michael McKee on Pres. Biden’s initiative

During the first ever White House conference on hunger President Biden called for the end of food insecurity and nutritional inefficiency by the end of the decade.

We spoke to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s CEO Michael McKee about actually reaching that goal in our latest news maker.

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Michael focused on the nutritional inefficiency portion of the initiative explaining that it can be done.

He explained how Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is helping to accomplish the goal.

Michael also explained how through Blue Ridge Area Food Bank the effort and effect is statewide.

Click here for Michael’s news maker.

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Thank You for your support of Camping For Hunger

Thanks to the community’s efforts the Congregational Community Action Project (C-CAP) of Front Royal Warren County will have enough supplies to last into the spring of 2023.

Through the Camping for Hunger campaign the community raised in unofficial numbers 7 tons of food and almost $14,000 in funds to support C-CAP.

The donations will enable C-CAP to provide much needed food and funds to those in need in the Front Royal Warren County area.

Items and funds are still being counted and a final numbers are expected before Thanksgiving.

We are talking with C-CAP’s Executive Director Joanne Koszyk Wednesday morning with the final figures in the effort.

C-CAP The River 953 and Fox Sports Radio 1450 are grateful for the community’s response to this important campaign.

Safe and secure donations to C-CAP are always welcome and can be made anytime here.

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Walmart reaches opioid settlement with VA and nation

Attorney General Jason Miyares announced Friday that his office has reached a settlement with Walmart.

The settlement came after allegations that the company contributed to the opioid addiction crisis by failing to appropriately oversee the dispensing of opioids at its stores.

The settlement will provide more than $3 billion nationally and approximately $60 million to Virginia.

It will also require significant improvements on how Walmart’s pharmacies handle opioids.

State attorneys general on the executive committee, attorneys representing local governments, and Walmart have agreed to this settlement, and it is now being sent to other states for review and approval.

“Companies who facilitated the dispensing of opioids contributed to the opioid epidemic that has devastated millions of lives. This significant settlement will help us fight back against the epidemic and provide abatement and rehabilitation resources to suffering Virginians,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares.

The settlement will include:

• $3.1 billion to be divided by states that sign on, local governments, and tribes, for abatement and remediation of the opioid crisis, including treatment and recovery services to people struggling with opioid use disorder.

• Broad, court-ordered requirements, including robust oversight to prevent fraudulent prescriptions and flag suspicious prescriptions.

The parties are optimistic that the settlement will gain support of the required 43 states by the end of 2022.

That will allow local governments to join the deal during the first quarter of 2023.

Further details about the distribution of the money are forthcoming.

Last month, states confirmed that promising negotiations were also underway with Walgreens and CVS.

The parties continue their efforts to achieve those agreements.

Read the agreement and term sheet here.

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Youngkin unveils “Make Virginia Home” Plan

Governor Glenn Youngkin unveiled by email his “Make Virginia Home” Plan which aims to increase the supply of attainable, affordable, and accessible housing across Virginia.

Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick said that while trying “to attract and retain businesses to Virginia, the availability of workforce housing for their future employees was consistently raised by employers.”

To help increase the availability of housing, the Commonwealth will focus on three areas.

The first includes increasing the supply of land for housing by creating local policies that encourage housing growth, establishing zoning and land use guardrails, creating transparency among localities, and investigating the state’s land use and zoning laws.

The second key area includes removing regulatory barriers for housing development which includes translating building regulations to Spanish and streamlining procedures.

The final area focuses on aligning housing development with economic growth by establishing partnerships with site selectors early in their process.

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News Maker Lenny Millholland on protecting yourself

Tis the season for giving but we need to be aware of those who take as well.

We spoke with Frederick County’s Sheriff Lenny Millholland in our latest news maker about protecting yourself from those that might take from you.

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Sheriff Millholland tells us of some recent thefts that have occurred around fitness centers recently.

He has tips on how to keep that from happening to you especially during holiday shopping season.

Sheriff Millholland also wishes all of us a happy holiday season.

Click here for Lenny’s news maker.

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DSS warns of phishing scam

Virginia Department of Social Services has received reports about a scam that involves P-EBT and EBT cardholders receiving calls or texts telling them to activate their EBT account.

If a user calls the phishing number, it asks for their card number, pin and then to verify the pin before disconnecting. 

The number making the request starts in 1-866 and ends in 0486.

This number is not associated with Social Services and is a form of phishing.

State Client Customer Service Helpdesk employees will never call the cardholders to ask for a card number or pin.

If you receive a call or text do not answer or respond to the text and delete the message.

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Front Royal continues Happy Creek restoration

The Town of Front Royal is hosting a Happy Creek Restoration Community Planting Day from 10 am to 2 pm.

Volunteers will meet along the Greenway between South St and Short St to help revegetate a section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer.

A healthy riparian buffer is crucial to help filter pollutants, reduce solar radiation, and prevent erosion.

Make sure to dress for the weather and be ready to get your hands dirty while helping your community and local ecosystem.

The Town first began working on this riparian corridor in July of this year with leadership and oversight from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Volunteers removed invasive and aggressive tree and ground cover throughout the summer to make way for the native plants that will be planted today.

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Kris Kringle Christmas Market returns to Belle Grove

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This weekend is the 3rd annual Kris Kringle Christmas Market at Belle Grove.

Admission is free and open Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm.

There will be over 60 local artisans and businesses to help you get ahead on holiday shopping as well as a variety of food options including German selections and hot chocolate or cider.

There will also be a Wreath Making Class, Story Time with Santa, a presentation on Christmas traditions of German immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley, and caroling from the Kernstown United Methodist Church Choir.

The Manor House will also be open for tours for a small fee but keep in mind the house is not yet decorated for the holidays.

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Skyline High School holds final showings of Cinderella

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You still have time to check out Skyline High School and St Johns Drama’s performance of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

They got started last weekend with the final shows taking place today at 1:30 pm and 7: 30 pm and tomorrow at 3:00 pm.

The timeless musical will bring together the charm and elegance of Rodgers and Hamerstein’s version with a modern flair.

The original presentation debuted on television in 1957 and was the most widely viewed program in the history of TV.

Tickets are available at the door on the day of the performance.

Tickets will cost $10 for adults, $7 for students, and $5 for children with a family special for the matinees.

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