Valley Health receives “A” safety grade

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Valley Health’s acute care hospitals, Winchester Medical Center and Warren Memorial Hospital, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group.

The organization is a national nonprofit which recognizes organizations for protecting their patients from harm in the hospital.

A, B, C, D, or F grades are given based on safety performance measures which includes errors, injuries, infections, and accidents as well as systems in place to prevent harm.

Only 14% of organizations evaluated receive the highest “A” rating.

Valley Health has secured that rating since 2020.

To see the full grades for WMH and WMC, head to HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

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Culpeper Regional Airport receives $2.9 million in funding

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $2.9 million in federal funding is coming to the Culpeper Regional Airport.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provided the funding.

The act was originally which was negotiated by Warner and strongly supported by Kaine.

The infrastructure law will bring nearly $400 million to Virginia’s airports.

The funds for this project will go towards the final phase of removing an obstruction on a runway.

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Mayfest returns to Strasburg

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It is Mayfest once again in Strasburg!

The festivities got started yesterday with the Heels and Hops luncheon and music in the Strasburg Square.

Today will feature some of the marquis events like the Duck Race at 1 pm and the parade at 4 pm.

This year has some improvements as well like the free kids zone and nearly double the vendors.

The Strasburg Square and Emporium will have live music starting at 11 am with Souled Out taking the stage at 6:30 pm.

Sunday will cap things off with the Ole Timers baseball game at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

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LFCC celebrates 51st commencement

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Lord Fairfax Community College, soon to be Laurel Ridge,  is celebrating its 51st commencement ceremony this weekend.

This is the school’s first in person ceremony since 2019 after two years of virtual commencements.

The class of 2022 will graduate with roughly 1000 members from the surrounding counties.

Frederick County is home to 228 members of the class, followed by Fauquier with 166, Winchester with 116 and Shenandoah County at 104.

The ceremony for health professions was held Friday.

The rest of the class will have their ceremony Saturday at 11 am.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Page County

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Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Page County that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

A 2005 Ford F-150 attempted to turn on to US Highway 340 when it collided with a 2014 Mack Truck.

James Mann, 75, of Rileyville, was the driver of the Ford and died from his injuries after being transported to Page Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Mack truck, an unidentified 54 year old male from Shenandoah County, was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

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Fort Loudoun Day in Winchester

History lovers are invited to Fort Loudoun Day today in Winchester.

Guests and participants will meet at the original site of the Fort on N Loudoun Street.

The Day encampment will feature tents and flys, displays, demonstrations, and drills from 10 am – 4:30 pm.

There will not be a tactical battle but some live shooting will occur.

The French and Indian War Day Encampment welcomes the George Mercer Company of the Virginia regiment, Rutherford’s Rangers, and Massaw Howard, an author and amateur archaeologist who will discuss his books and Native American artifacts.

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Youngkin announces Commission to Combat Antisemitism

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced the new members of the Commission to Combat Antisemitism.

The Commission plans to study antisemitism in the state, propose actions to combat antisemitism and reduce the number of incidents.

They will also compile materials to provide assistance to educational entities in relation to antisemitism and its connection to the Holocaust.

The commission selected 19 new members after a selection process which began in February.

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Boeing headquarters relocate to Virginia

Boeing announced the relocation of its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington.

Boeing already has a campus in northern Virginia and believes they will benefit from being closer to Washington D.C. so it can be closer to customers, stakeholders, and key government officials.

In addition to the movement of their headquarters, Boeing plans to develop a research and technology hub to attract new employees.

Governor Glenn Youngkin is the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group and has a relationship with Boeing CEO David Calhoun from prior business ventures.

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7th Annual Family Fun Day in Front Royal

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Today is the 7th Annual Family Fun day in Downtown Front Royal as a part of the First Friday’s Weekend.

Fun Flix Friday was postponed yesterday, but today a New Orleans style parade will get things started at 10 am.

They will line up on Luray Avenue and also close portions of Main Street, Royal Avenue, Chester Street, and 3rd Street.

Then stick around for some live music, plenty of activities for the kids, and a crawfish boil.

Many local shops and vendors will also stay open during this event which will wrap up at 6 pm.

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Night club shooting leaves Winchester man dead

Early Friday morning, a shooting occurred at the Touch of Texas nightclub in Bunker Hill, WV.

Upon arrival at the scene, authorities found Diata Johnson, 21 of Winchester, VA, shot in the parking lot.

He was transported to Winchester Medical Center but later died from his injuries.

Authorities at the scene identified the shooter but did not release his information.

The investigation is still ongoing and anyone with information on the shooting should contact the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department at 304-267-7000.

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