News Maker Susana Calley of BRH on coping with loss

Christmas can be a stressful time for people who have lost a loved one.

We spoke to Susana Calley Family and Support Services Manager at Blue Ridge Hospice (BRH) about coping with loss in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

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Susana tells us of one of several events to cope with loss happening November 29.

She also tells us about some of the services offered at BRH for coping.

Susana also encourages volunteers to share some of the joy of the season with BRH residents.

Click here for Susana’s news maker.

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Laurel Ridge partners with JMU to address teacher shortage

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Laurel Ridge Community College is entering a partnership with James Madison University and Germanna Community College to give aspiring teachers a jump start on their degrees while still in high school and address the ongoing teacher shortage.

The Future Educators Academy will help students earn associate degrees while completing their high school advanced studies diploma.

Students will then receive guaranteed admission into JMU’s highly acclaimed College of Education program and can earn their bachelor’s degree within two years.

This opportunity will be available through both Middletown and Fauquier campuses at Laurel Ridge in the fall of 2025.

Laurel Ridge President Kim Blosser said, “All of the public school divisions in our service region are experiencing teacher shortages, and our rural school divisions are often hit the hardest. We are very excited to help meet that need by educating high school students who live and work in our region.”

For more information on the new program, click here.

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Christmas parade schedule for the area

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Everyone loves a parade, here are a few from our area.

We hope to see you there!

November 27th, 7 pm – Winchester

December 1st, 6:30 pm – Woodstock

December 2nd, Noon – Berryville

December 2nd, 4 pm – Front Royal

December 2nd, 4:30 pm – Strasburg

December 3rd, 2 pm – Middletown

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West Virginia Health Departments confirm a case of rabies

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A rabies alert has been issued for Berkeley County West Virginia.

The Berkeley-Morgan County Health Departments were alerted to the report by the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services.

Awareness of the case of rabies is specifically for the Arden Nollville, Inwood area of West Virginia.

The positive rabies diagnosis was confirmed in a skunk on November 21st.

If you believe that you or a pet has come in contact with the animal, you are advised to contact the Berkeley County Health Department or Animal Control.

All citizens are reminded to make sure their pets are current and up to date with vaccinations against rabies and always avoid contact with wildlife.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Gov. Youngkin orders flags at half-staff for Rosalynn Carter

Where President Biden has ordered all United States, Flags be flown at half-staff for former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

Govern Youngkin has also ordered all Virginia Flags to fly at half-staff as well.

The order is to honor the lifelong work, passion, and commitment as an advocate for woman, caregivers of children and aging families and the disabled and mental health communities.

The former first lady of the United States and Georgia passed away November 19 at the age of 96.

A motorcade will take the former first lady from Plains Georgia to Atlanta starting today at 10 a.m.

A public viewing for the former first lady will be held in Atlanta.

The flags have been ordered at half-staff until her interment.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Winchester’s Holiday Parade kicked off the season in Old Town

It’s parade season in the area and Winchester’s annual Holiday Parade steps off tonight in Old Town!

The parade begins at 7 pm and typically lasts an hour.

Following the parade at roughly 8 pm, a tree lighting ceremony with Santa will be held at the courthouse lawn area on the Loudoun Street Mall.

Road closures will begin at 5:30 pm surrounding the walking mall.

The parade route will follow Cameron Street to Piccadilly, left on Braddock St., left on Cork St. and finish at Loudoun St.

Roads will reopen at 8:30 pm.

For a full list of road closures for the Winchester Holiday Parade, click here.

To view the schedule for the other upcoming holiday parades in the area, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Trails reopen

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park has announced that all trails around Rapidan Camp have reopened.

These areas were previously closed due to the Quaker Run Fire and the hazard of trees that had been weakened by the wildfire.

On November 17th, the Quaker Run Fire was declared 100% contained.

The wildfire affected 3,937 acres on private, state, and federal lands.

About 700 acres were within Shenandoah’s boundary.

Shenandoah’s complete fire ban remains in effect.

All open-air fires are prohibited, including in picnic areas and campgrounds.

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News Maker Joanne Kosyk of CCAP wraps up Camping for Hunger

News Maker Joanne Kosyk, Executive Director of Front Royal-Warren County CCAP, speaks with Ryan Rutherford to recap the 15th Annual Camping for Hunger.

She provides the final donation results including over $17,500 in monetary contributions and over 14,300 pounds of food.

Joanne also highlights how many people will benefit from the food drive and how it will support their efforts through the entire year.

Since 2008, Camping for Hunger has helped gather 204,000 pounds of food with monetary donations nearing $152,500.

To hear Joanne’s news maker, click here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Life as a new author

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Handley Regional Library Systems invites you to meet new author Alexandra Grace and hear how she balances real life with her passion, writing.

She will give tips on self-publishing and making your way in the literary world.

Alexandra’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Alexandra Grace started writing emotional poetry as a teenager but publishing a novel that made readers feel and appreciate was her dream.

You can meet Alexandra and learn more about her and becoming an author at Bowman Library in the Meeting Room on November 30th at 6 pm.

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Be safe while shopping

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The Shenandoah County Sherriff Department would like you to be safe while holiday shopping.

Avoid shopping alone, try to shop with a family member or friend.

Park in well lite areas.

Keep your purchases concealed, place them in your trunk or under your seats.

Be aware of your surroundings and have a plan in case you are separated from your child.

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