Governor Announces Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance for Early Childhood Education

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced updated guidance on quarantine procedures following exposure to COVID-19 in
school, childcare and camp settings. This revised guidance outlines that quarantine is no longer routinely recommended after
exposure to COVID-19 infected individuals in childcare, K-12 schools, and camp settings.
Earlier in the year, individuals were encouraged to consider their own risk tolerance and determine what precautions made
sense for them and their families. Today, vaccines, tests and treatments continue to be readily available and, at the same time,
hospitalization rates are low and the number of Virginians with natural immunity has increased. As such, it is again timely for
individuals, families and employers to re-evaluate which precautions are appropriate to them.
“From the first days of my administration, I have supported parents in making informed decisions for their own families,
whom they love and know best,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “As Virginians continue to return to the office and social
settings, the pandemic is disrupting workplaces and family life when entire childcare facilities, camps and classrooms shutter
in response to as few as two cases. Today marks a shift in my administration’s recommendations to optional quarantine for
exposure to COVID-19 in childcare and school settings as the severity of the disease decreases.”
While our communities and Commonwealth are learning to live with the pandemic, we recognize that COVID-19 continues
to impact many individuals. We are encouraged by our health systems’ continued advancement in both the understanding of,
and treatment for, the virus. We will continue to be vigilant about surges or new variants and any impact to our healthcare
system.  While maintaining that prudence, Virginia’s communities can, and should, continue on a path to normalcy.
View the updated COVID-19 guidance here.
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Furever Friday – Spanky

Meet Spanky!

This month we are trying something new – BLIND DATES! You tell us what type of personality you want in a dog and let us choose your perfect match. Think eHarmony, but like, for pets. pHarmony, if you will… Even if you end up leaving with a different animal, your adoption fee is half off for participating in our blind date special.  Why are we doing blind dates?


Spanky is one of those reasons. He acts tough and intimidating in his kennel but is a big silly baby outside! He is 1 year old, neutered, vaccinated, chipped and ready for love! He met another pup this week and was so excited to play with her, he also did well meeting our resident cat, Larry.

Don’t judge too quickly when you see these dogs at the lowest point in their life. They’re amazing and can’t wait to prove it to you. They just want YOUR attention.

Applications Open for Startup Shenandoah Valley Cohort 5

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) announced that the organization is accepting applications for the fifth cohort

of Startup Shenandoah Valley (S2V): the region’s 8-week accelerator program for scalable businesses. Business owners

looking to grow and expand their market in traded sectors are encouraged to apply. Companies selected for S2V will have

access to resources, mentors, and investors in and beyond the region.

Executive Director of SCCF, Debbie Irwin, said: “S2V is a significant opportunity for both our entrepreneurs and the

community as a whole. With support from partners across the region and our ecosystem builders, we have designed an

innovative program that will help businesses in the Valley compete at a national level.” Thanks to the GO Virginia grant

SCCF received in 2020, the program is offered free of charge and without equity requirements. Entrepreneurs not only

learn valuable skills throughout the course of the program, but also join a network of dedicated, like-minded entrepreneurs.

This invaluable network brings peers together to collaborate and lean on one another for support.

Companies selected for the program will take part in an eight-week implementation “sprint” beginning September 5th, with

one-on-one virtual coaching, tailored mentoring, and support in all aspects of running a successful scalable business – such as

raising capital, recruiting and retaining top talent, marketing, and legal issues, among others. Most importantly, participants

will become part of an invaluable alumni network of the Valley’s best companies and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Katie Overfield-Zook, Ecosystem Builder at SCCF, manages S2V. “We urge committed entrepreneurs with businesses at any

stage to apply,” said Overfield-Zook. “Of particular importance is that our cohort represents the diversity of talent we have in this region.”

Entrepreneurs and companies interested in the next round of S2V should begin the application process here. Applications will

be reviewed on a rolling basis until the August 19th deadline. The fifth cohort will begin their coursework on September 5th.


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SVEC Operation Round Up Grant Recipients

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SVEC’s Operation Round Up Committee has selected a dozen community organizations as the latest group of grant recipients.

The total amount to be distributed in July is $12,000. Operation Round Up is SVEC’s charitable program that features a pool of money that grows as members voluntarily “round up” their bills to the nearest dollar each month.

Applications for the next grant cycle are available at and due Oct. 5.

The latest grant recipients are:

Augusta County

Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge: To support the nonprofit Jones Gardens in its expansion of a community garden in Staunton.

LIFEworks Project: To support its microgrant program to assist neighbors in their press forward toward independence.

Mental Health America of Augusta: To run its I.C. Hope program through the local YMCA, providing support services from pre-kindergarten through 12th grades.


Page County

Living Legacy: To help with the cost of its first employee, a part-time facility manager who helps to promote the mission of encouraging personal development and healthy lifestyles for youth.

Stanley Volunteer Fire Department: To keep equipment in working condition for its group of about 50 members.


Rockingham County

Blue Ridge Foster Love: To supplement overhead costs for its foster care closet and purchase items required to be new, such as diapers, wipes and car seats.


Shenandoah County

Sustainability Matters: To support Shenandoah County-based activities of its Making Trash Bloom project at the landfill.


Winchester/Frederick County

Council on Alcoholism, Lord Fairfax: To replace the HVAC units at its Lord Fairfax House, a residential halfway house for people recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Godfrey Miller Home: To subsidize the cost of meals to older adults in the community who have limited financial meals.

Love to NIC: To provide necessities, such as shoes, socks and clothing, and meals to area homeless.



Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline: To support financial assistance in its service area, to include funding girls with membership, uniforms, books and more.

Salvation Army Front Royal: To purchase gifts for underprivileged children in the Angel Tree Christmas assistance program.

Richmond Area Robotics Students Inspire Bipartisan “Bus Box” Bill

Today, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed SB 774, patroned by Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico. This bill allows local
school boards to install boxes on the undercarriage of school buses called “bus boxes,” allowing for third-party logistics
companies to use school buses to transport packages between distribution centers. The “bus box” legislative proposal was
brought to Senator Dunnavant by the Robotics Team at Saint Bridget Catholic School.
“From day one, I have focused on providing Virginia’s students with a best-in-class education. The ‘bus box’ is a perfect
example of what’s possible when we foster innovation, provide the necessary educational resources, and encourage our
students to excel,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “I would like to thank Senator Dunnavant for her continued leadership on
our education priorities as well as the parents and coaches of these incredible students. Finally, I would like to congratulate
and thank the St. Bridget’s Robotics Team for reminding us all that when students are challenged, they can truly thrive.”
At the bill signing, the Governor and Senator Dunnavant were joined by the creators of the “bus boxes,” a Robotics team
composed of sixth through eighth graders from Saint Bridget Catholic School, known as“Clueless Robotics.” They received
national recognition at the FIRST LEGO League World Championship in Houston and were awarded the “Rising All-Stars Award.”
“I have been so humbled to learn from the Saint Bridget’s Middle School Robotics team, Clueless Robotics. They have
demonstrated the fearless pursuit of the possible,” said Senator Siobhan Dunnavant. “As a new robotics team, they won the
state championship and were awarded at The World Robotics Competition. They also imagined a practical solution to help
with the transportation of goods, tested it and then persuaded support for a legislative solution. They have learned the life
skills of teamwork, imagination and persistence can make anything possible. Congratulations and go Bull Dogs!”
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REC Responding to Outages Caused by Severe Storm

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) crews and contractors are responding to storm-related outages after two powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday evening, bringing with them high winds and significant downpours.


As of 1:30 p.m., just under 600 member-owners remain without power as a result of about 90 separate outage events. The storms caused widespread tree damage, which is hindering access to some damage areas. Crews continue to discover broken poles and downed wires. Mutual aid assistance is arriving today to join the REC personnel in clearing trees and repairing damaged equipment.


“REC expects to restore the majority of the larger outage events by this evening, but some smaller outages — especially in the areas around Culpeper— could last into tomorrow,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations.


As a reminder, if you receive an alert that your power has been restored but you are still without power, please report your outage again at, in MyREC SmartHub or by calling 1-800-552-3904.

For your safety, please stay at least 10 feet clear of any downed power line and anything it may be in contact with, and consider the line energized. If you see a downed power line, please call 911 and REC to report it.

REC provides electric service to over 172,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Fatal Crash in Warren County

Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Warren County. The crash occurred on Monday, (July 11) at 4:40 p.m. along Route 613 (Bentonville Rd) just east of Route 631 (Gooney Manor Loop).

A 1996 Ford F-250 was traveling east on Route 613 when it ran off the left side of the roadway and collided with a fence.

The driver of the Ford, Robert F. Santmyers, 84, of Rileyville, Va., died at the crash scene as a result of his injuries. Santmyers was wearing a seatbelt.

A passenger in the Ford, an 84-year-old female, of Rileyvillle, Va., suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was wearing a seatbelt.

A medical emergency is considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Front Royal Construction and Closures

The Town of Front Royal will have contractor, General Excavation Inc (GEI) doing storm water drainage repairs with lane

closure on Duck Street between Riverview Drive and Cedar Drive July 18-29, 2022 between the hours of 7am-5pm. Signs

will be in place and flaggers will be directing traffic. Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and be

aware of flaggers and crews working. Sorry for any inconvenience.


​The Town of Front Royal’s contractor, Kickin’ Asphalt, will be milling and paving and line painting on N. Royal Avenue

between N. Commerce Avenue & W. 14th Street. Work will take place from 7am-7pm July 18-29, 2022. At times traffic

patterns will change having various lane shifts but message boards and proper signs will be in place. Motorists are asked to

use caution while driving in this area and be aware of crews working. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

Public Works Monday-Friday 7am-3:30pm or After-Hours Non-Emergency Police Department at 540-635-2111. Public

Works, 540-635-7819

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SVEC Storm Damage Update

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As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, SVEC is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore about 660 outages, at about a dozen locations, in an effort to have everyone back on by Wednesday morning. At this time, because of the severity of storm damage, there are situations in Frederick County and northern Shenandoah County that may not have service restored until daylight Wednesday.

We advise members to please make appropriate accommodations if they live in those areas. We have as many crews working as possible to avoid lengthy outages.

For the latest outage numbers, please visit the Outage Center at

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Fatal Crash in Fauquier County Under Investigation

Virginia State Police is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Fauquier County. The crash occurred on Monday, (July 11) at 2:50 p.m. along Route 215 (Vint Hill Rd) just east of Route 600 (Broad Run Church Rd).

A 2000 Ford F-350 was traveling east on Route 215 when it crossed a double solid centerline, ran off the left side of the roadway, and collided with a tree.

The driver of the Ford, David E. Kirby, 41, of Culpeper, Va., died at the crash scene as a result of his injuries. Kirby was not wearing a seatbelt.

Three passengers in the Ford, a 36-year-old female, a 19-year-old male, and a 12-year-old male, all suffered serious injuries and were flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital for treatment. A fourth passenger, a 17-year-old male suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fauquier Health for treatment. None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

A medical emergency is considered a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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