News Maker Dario Savarese on Labor Day Weekend events

Labor Day Weekend begins with Concern Hotline’s annual Friday Fish Fry at Frederick County Fairgrounds in Clear Brook Fri. Sept. 2.

The event will be followed by the HoneyCar Barbecue and Brews event both Sat. and Sun. Sept. 2 and 3.

We spoke with the Marketing Director of the event Dario Savarese in our latest news maker.

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Dario tells us what to expect over the holiday weekend.

He also tells us that there is a need for volunteers to help.

Dario also tells how to get involved with the event either to attend or help out.

Click here for Dario’s interview.

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FCSO seeks information on a pickpocket suspect

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) announced that they are seeking information on a pickpocket.

The male individual has been known to follow females in Costco and pickpocketing from their purse.

After the theft the suspect has been known to go immediately  to other local stores to shop.

The individual has hit on multiple days with security images available here.

Anyone with any information or can identify this individual is asked to contact the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162 reference number 22003497.

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Loudoun County Authorities investigate a series of fires

The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office announced they are investigating multiple outside fires.

The fires appear to have been set in the overnight hours Sat. into Sun. Aug. 6 and 7.

The fires were specifically along Planting Field Drive between Edgewater Street and Tall Cedars Parkway.

Citizens are asked to review home security footage systems for any suspicious activity between Sat. night and early Sun. morning.

Also if any citizens are missing gas cans or engine oil containers or have any information on the incidents you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Josh Hottle at 571-831-1903 or Joshua.Hottle@Loudoun.gov if you have any information.

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Page County and others benefit from ABC grants

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A news release from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority announced grant recipients for 2022-23.

Ten Community Organizations across the state were awarded grants from the Virginia ABC  Authority education and prevention grant  program.

The grants support programs that educate and strive to prevent or reduce underage and high risk drinking.

Some of the organizations that will share over $83,000 in grant money includes Page Alliance for Community Action receiving $9,000 to launch weekly seminars at Luray and Page County High Schools to educate youth about the harmful effects of alcohol and other substances through seminars and zooms on the subject.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will receive almost $10,000 to fund a series of alcohol free recreation and health themed events.

Almost $3,000  has been granted to assist Radford University students who wish to remain alcohol free hold free events.

James Madison University will receive almost $8,000 to help prevent incidents involving over indulgent house parties on campus.

Several other groups across the state have received a portion of the funds in efforts to prevent alcohol related incidents of alcohol abuse.

To find out more about these grant programs click here.

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News Maker Preston Knight on SVEC awarding funds

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) awarded the funds from Operation Round Up recently.

As we do every first Fri. of the month we check in with SVEC to see what’s the latest for the month.

In our latest news maker we spoke with Event and Communication Manager Preston Knight about SVEC.

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Preston tells us that voting in the SVEC Board of Directors will soon end with the results announced on Aug. 11.

He also tells us who received funding form the Cooperative’s Operation Round Up.

Preston also explains how any nonprofit can apply for funding for the October release of funds.

Click here for Preston’s interview.

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EIP reports high levels of bacteria in the Shenandoah River

An Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) published report indicates high levels of bacteria in the Shenandoah River and it’s tributaries.

The most recent samples indicate at least three quarters of Virginia’s water monitoring stations in the Shenandoah Valley were found to have high levels of fecal bacteria.

These levels are much higher than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends for swimming.

These bacteria levels are high due to animal waste washed into the river and its tributaries.

The Virginia General Assembly did approve the allocation of a record $265 million for farm pollution control that includes fencing around streams.

That allocation becomes available in fiscal 2023 and 2024 to help protect the river.

A map of some of the safer areas for swimming can be found here.

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Increased emergency presence expected in Winchester through 8/10

The City of Winchester announced through their CitE-Newsletter that increased emergency presence and personnel is to be expected at the Shihadeh Innovation Center today Aug. 5 through Wed. Aug 10.

The activity will take place behind John Handley High School today Aug. 5 until 6 p.m. for training exercises.

The activity will include Winchester Police, Fire and Rescue personnel and vehicles between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each weekday.

Training and exercises are scheduled to be conducted today Aug. 5 and again Mon. Aug. 8 through Wed. Aug. 10.

The training exercises will involve several emergency agencies in the City of Winchester and may cause some brief heavy traffic near and around Handley High School.

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VA. and W.Va. Sales Tax Holiday begins today 8/5

Virginia and West Virginia Sales Tax Holiday begins today Fri. Aug 5 lasting through Aug. 7 in Virginia and Aug. 8 in West Virginia.

Certain school supplies that cost $20 or less per item will be Virginia and West Virginia sales tax free during the holiday.

Some clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less will also be included in the holiday as well.

A number of emergency preparedness items are also sales tax free in Virginia as well.

Visit tax.virginia.gov for details on the annual Virginia Tax free holiday.

Visit tax.wv.gov for more information on West Virginia’s tax free days.

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WPD promote Officer Myrtle

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Winchester Police Department (WPD) Chief John Piper announced the promotion of Lieutenant Frank Myrtle to the rank of Captain.

Myrtle began his career in law enforcement when he  joined the WPD in 2002.

Myrtle has served as a Detective and Sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division for over ten years.

Captain Myrtle has served the citizens of Winchester in other positions as well including as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division.

Myrtle has also been very active in volunteer activities including the Police Department’s Kids and Cops Camp.

Now Captain Myrtle will be the Commander of  the Administration Division of the WPD.

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Laurel Ridge Community College breaks ground in Fauquier

Laurel Ridge Community College announced ground breaking ceremonies occurred at its Fauquier Campus Center on Tue. Aug. 2 for the school’s Skilled Trades complex.

The new 8,000 square foot facility will provide space for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, heavy equipment operator, carpentry and welding programs.

The facility is set on a 62 acre piece of property that was donated to the Laurel Ridge Education Foundation.

Previously trade education at the Fauquier school was done on leased locations and modular buildings.

Through the Building the Future campaign and the PATH Foundation the school is more than halfway towards it’s $1.5 million goal to fund the facility.

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