Clarke Co. opens first COVID-19 vaccination clinic

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The Clarke County Health Department is the first to offer no-cost COVID -19 vaccinations today Jan.11 until noon.

This clinic may be open a little later depending on how long supplies last at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Department.

Those 75 or older along with law enforcement, educational staff, food and agriculture workers along with other essential worker groups are invited.

This is the first of several Points of Distribution or (PODS) to open this week in the Lord Fairfax Health District.

A full list of PODS is found here.

Arrangements will be  made to receive the second dose after the first is administered.

It’s recommended that you stagger arrival times with those with last names starting with A through J arriving until 10 a.m.  K through Z between 10 a.m. and noon.

Another clinic or POD will be open again Friday at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Department with the same hours.

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Shen. Co. Sheriff Carter selected to set Marcus Alert standards

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Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy C. Carter has been selected to be a part of the statewide Marcus Alert initiative.

This initiative creates a statewide plan for handling mental health issues in cases of emergency.

As well as handling substance use, developmental disabilities or brain injuries involving law enforcement.

This is an effort to implement statewide standards when responding to emergency calls to ensure Virginians with disabilities receive proper care.

This mandates will include appropriate accommodations, compassion, no force-first response from law enforcement during behavioral health calls.

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Handley Regional Library Mad Scientist

Handley Regional Library System will be hosting an interactive mad scientist show this  Saturday Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.

An interactive mad scientist show packed with crazy experiments, crowd interaction and entertainment.

Mad Science of Washington DC. host the show for kids and it’s free and open to the public.

Science and fun with air pressure, snow making and ice colder than the North Pole.

Then a finale more colorful than the Northern Lights.

Advance registration is require for this interactive, entertaining  zoom session at handleyregional.org/madscience.

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Barns of Rose Hill open new exhibit

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The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville have the World of Wood Exhibit opening this Sunday Jan. 17.

The exhibit highlights the wood work of a dozen highly- skilled craftsmen.

Including furniture makers Jeff Headley, Ron Light and Jack McAlister.

Frame maker Peter Miller’s works will also be on display.

Wood turners Larry Cochran, Mike Fraser with luthier Marty Fair.

Whimsical creations from Don Becker and Dale Root will also be on display.

The free exhibit is a part of the art is alive exhibits through Feb. 27.

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LFHD begins COVID-19 vaccinations

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Points of distribution (PODS) will be opening as early as Monday Jan. 11 for vaccinations against Coronavirus.

The first POD opens Monday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Department Social Hall for those in the tier 1b population.

Tier 1b consists of those 75 and over, police and K-12 teachers and staff.

More PODS will be opening in the Lord Fairfax Health District valleyhealthlink.com opens Monday for times and locations for Tier 1b eligible people.

It is recommended that people register to reserve a time slot to be vaccinated.

Locations will be opening at Shenandoah Memorial, Warren Memorial, Page Memorial as well as the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center at Shenandoah University.

Here are links to the statewide vaccination registration system as well as valleyhealthlink.com.

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Two Winchester offices remain closed due to COVID-19

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Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office as well as Winchester Treasurer’s Office will remain closed until at least Jan. 15 due to COVID-19 protocols.

While the offices are closed both will be available by phone or email.

Both offices are at phone number (540) 667-1815.

Online services will also be available at winchesterva.gov of course drop boxes located outside Rouss City hall at the Creamery Building are always available.

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Winchester SPCA ask you to light up for pets

The pets for life program at Winchester SPCA invites you to purchase a light on behalf of your pet to help light a path to end pet homelessness.

A donation will help keep beloved pets with their families and out of the overcrowded shelter system.

Ten dollares buys one light, 10 lights can be purchased for $50, $100 buys 20 lights.

Purchase a light with the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke County SPCA at here.

A virtual lighting ceremony is schedule Feb. 1, 2021.

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Winchester School Board elects new chair

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Winchester’s Public School Board elected Ms. Marie Imoh as the new Board Chair for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Imoh previously served as an appointed member of the school board for five years and is most recently serving as the first elected At-Large school board member.

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FR/WC EDA pass 3 major resolutions

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The Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority passed three resolutions at their meeting Wed.

Approving the release and agreement of the amount of $500,000 with Cincinnati Insurance.

The money represents the total amount of a Commercial Crime Coverage policy to settle a claim of alleged misconduct by, among others, former executive director, Jennifer McDonald.

The board then passed a resolution approving the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commonwealth Opportunity Fund Performance Agreement.

The agreement offers Silent Falcon UASA Technologies a $161,482 grant inducement to choose to move from New Mexico to Warren County.

With the agreement the company will commit to bringing jobs to the county as well as make a significant capital investment in building construction for the new operation.

The board also approved to extend the date of settlement with 2 East Main LLC to purchase the Afton Inn.

The developers, Jim Burton and Alan Omar, are dedicated to renovating the historic building to bring jobs and commerce to downtown Front Royal.

The developers now have until Feb. 12, 2021 to settle.

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VA Ready receives a $50K grant

A $50,000 grant to get Virginians back to work has been received from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation.

The monies are designated to retrain Virginians in technology, healthcare along with other skilled trades.

Once a person is done with a VA Ready program they will interview with business partners around the state to get a full time job.

VA Ready offers programs at Virginia’s 23 community colleges then interview opportunity at 23 VA Ready business partners.

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