The UWNSV Appoints New President and CEO

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley has announced the appointment of Kaycee Childress as their new President and CEO of the organization. Childress replaces interim CEO Cheryl Thompson Stacy as of April 25. Childress brings more than 30 years of executive leadership, marketing and development experience to her new position. Most recently Childress served as the Executive Director of Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation,

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Warner & Kaine Announce $2.6 Million in Federal Funding for Crisis Hotline Response

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $2,642,519 in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the Virginia State Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). This funding will go towards improving call and text response rates at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

“In the last two years of the pandemic, we have seen an increased demand for mental health services,” the senators said. “We are pleased that this funding will allow the Commonwealth to provide more timely assistance to those who are in crisis and in need of help.”

Currently in Virginia, the DBHDS has an in-state answer rate of 83 percent. The goal of this funding is to increase answer rates at call centers to 90 percent by the end of the grant period. In addition, SAMSHA has a stated goal of answering 90 percent of calls within 15 seconds and 95 percent of calls within 20 seconds by the end of the grant period.

 

This funding comes ahead of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s July transition from the current 10-digit number to a three-digit, 988, dialing code. With the switch, SAMHSA is expecting an increase in calls. 

  

In February of last year, Sens. Warner and Kaine announced funding for the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority to help expand access to and improve the quality of mental health and substance use disorder programs.

 

This funding was provided through the American Rescue Plan which was supported by both Sens. Warner and Kaine.

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Valley Health announces crisis measures in response to surging Covid-19 cases

Valley Health is now treating an increasing number of COVID-19 patients greatly stretching the system’s resources.

Additional ICU capacity has been added , Hospital visiting has been curtailed to reduce transmission.

This week all elective and non- essential surgeries will be postponed. It will not not impact those procedures and surgeries whose condition is emergent, as determined by their physician.

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” Never Forget Walk” in Winchester

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The Winchester Police Department is helping to coordinate the ” Never Forget Walk” Parade and BBQ.

The event happens August 7th at 11am.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is marking it’s 20 year anniversary by delivering 200 mortgage free homes to our Nation’s heroes by the end of 2021.

For more information on this organization go to https://t2t.org/

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Middle School Pool Party

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The Warren Coalition will be hosting a pool party at the Claude A. Stokes Community pool July 31st. Grades 6-8 students can enjoy a night of swimming admission free from 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

They will be accepting donations of cans of corn, black beans, green beans, and carrots. All to benefit the Linda G. Krull Family Feeding Program.

If you would like more information on this event and others concerning the Warren Coalition please contact Christa Shifflett at christa@warrencoalition.org.

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WCSO responds to incident on Shadows Drive

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Warren County Sheriff’s office responded to an incident last night which led to the complete shut down of Shadows Drive up to Birdie Court.

There was no public access beyond that point. The situation was resolved without a threat to public safety or incident.

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FRPD is seeking information on Criser Rd. incident

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Front Royal Police Department is seeking information regarding an incident on the 100 block of Criser rd. in Front Royal.

Witnesses reported on 07/19/21 at approximately 11:20 pm that several gun shots were fired in that area multiple spent shell casings and a damaged mailbox were found in the area.

If you have any information please call Detective T.A. Smith

at 540-636-2208 or email at tasmith@frontroyalva.com.

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BRWC – Patient of the week

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has it’s longest patient ever at an impressive 6″4 also making him the heaviest at almost 3 pounds.

This Eastern Ratsnake is without a doubt large.

It seems to have swallowed a ceramic egg used in chicken coops for training chickens.

With minimal invasion and damage done to the animal they were able to extract it.

If you use fake eggs to show your chickens where to lay consider gluing multiple fake eggs together so they will not be ingested.

Also you can nail wooden eggs to the coop itself to accomplish the same goal.

Snakes are often considered pests and underappreciated for the important job they do in their ecosystems.

They prevent disease spread by keeping rodent population as well as the ticks they carry under control.

Snakes serve as important predators but also as an important prey species for larger predators.

If you see a snake in your yard, give it plenty of space, take a photo, and leave it alone.

Lets be better neighbors to our native wildlife.

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LFHD warns of rabies risk

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Lord Fairfax Health District warns of a rabies risk.

July 16, 2021 2 bats were found deceased on the 200 block of Darby drive in Winchester.

Both bats were collected and later tested positive for rabies.

Everyone should bare in mind that any bite, scratch or lick from a raccoon, fox, skunk, bat, or feral cat could result in exposure.

This applies to both humans and domesticated animals.

If you are bitten, scratched, or licked by any of these high risk animals, seek medical attention immediately.

Rabies is fatal to both animals and humans once symptoms begin, but it can be prevented in humans if they receive the vaccine and medication soon after exposure.

If you have any questions please call the Frederick/Winchester Health Department at 540-722-3480.

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