News Maker Greg Rogers of SVEC on remaining safe

Winter weather is coming, and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is ready 24 7.

We spoke with SVEC President and CEO Greg Rogers in our latest news maker about keeping yourself and crews safe.

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Greg reminds us that the move over law on roads applies to electrical crews as well.

He also has tips for generator use during outages as well.

Greg also has advice on effective and proper use of space heaters too.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative also wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

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Berryville Main Street Holiday Events & Parking Meters

Our conversation today with Michelle Marino, President of Berryville Main Street gave us all the details for their tree lighting & Christmas Parade happening this weekend. We talked about how those events come together and the value in partnerships to make them successful for everyone involved.

She gave some insight into how and why the parking meters are decorated every holiday season and explained how the winners are chosen. We also talked about several upcoming events that will happen across Berryville/Clarke County.

For a complete list of events, visit their website: https://www.berryvillemainstreet.com and follow them on Facebook.

Traffic Safety Thursday: Patience, Checkpoints, & Holiday Safety

We were live in the studio for today’s Traffic Safety Thursday conversation with Lt. Warren Gosnell from Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. After we worked through the technical difficulties – Goz to the rescue – we talked about all things holiday. Lt. Gosnell talked about the increased traffic on the roadways as people are out and about going to holiday functions and getting their shopping done. He encouraged listeners to practice their patience and pay extra attention now that it’s also getting dark earlier.

He told us about checkpoints that will be coming over the Christmas holiday and explained why they do them, how they work, and the importance of preventing an accident in any way possible. We talked about all the ways that a driver can be impaired and he offered suggestions for making smarter choices before getting behind the wheel.

News Maker Todd Jones on changes with the BOS and more

The Warren County Board of Supervisors are rearranging their schedule for 2023.

We spoke with Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones about that and the coming Christmas activities in our latest news maker.

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Todd tells us of the changes in the schedule of the BOS in the upcoming year.

He also tells us of the Christmas activities planned that begin this weekend Dec. 3.

Todd also tells us about activities that will also be available between Christmas and the New Year holiday in Warren County.

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News Maker Charly Franks on Concern Hotline and holidays

Where for some the holidays are a joyous time of year some people might be battling depression.

We spoke with Concern Hotline Program Coordinator Charly Franks in our latest news maker.

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Charly tells us about taking calls from people that may be suffering during the holidays.

He also shares with us the training that goes into becoming a listener with Concern Hotline.

Charly also tells us there is a training session scheduled for Dec. 3 and there is room to get involved.

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The Valley Business Today: Navy Federal Credit Union

We recorded today’s conversation on location at the Winchester corporate campus of Navy Federal Credit Union as part of our quarterly Valley Business Today segment with Frederick County EDA. Joining me to chat was Shayla Rickard, Business Retention Manager for FredCo EDA, and Kristy Powers, Asst. VP of Winchester Operations for Navy Federal Credit Union.

Kristy gave us a quick overview of their growth in Frederick County and talked about the valuable relationship they’ve formed with FredCo EDA. Shayla explained the resources that are available to businesses in the county that are looking to expand, grow, or increase/maintain their workforce. We talked about the challenges and opportunities that are available for residents to change or improve their career path in their own backyard.

Kristy explained the culture at NFCU and why offering unique benefits encourages work-life balance for their workforce. She also told us about a wide range of jobs that are currently open at Navy Federal that involve data science, IT engineers, and others that span their 11 departments. Click here to see the list of jobs that are available in Winchester.

Sports Dogs Podcast: VHSL State Semifinal Edition

We’re down to one area football team left in the VHSL playoffs, as the Woodstock Central Falcons will play this Saturday (12-3) in a state semifinal game against Poquoson. The R-Dog and The Duke break it all down, looking back at Friday’s area playoff games, and look ahead to Saturday’s matchup. Plus our final Power Five and last week’s Player Of The Week. Enjoy…and GO FALCONS!

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Luray/Page County Chamber's Holiday Festival

Our Tourism Tuesday – Luray/Page County edition – conversation featured Gina Hilliard & Edison Emmons from Luray/Page County Chamber of Commerce. The pair talked about their 7th Annual Chamber Holiday Festival happening on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 4pm – 9pm at the chamber office – 18 Campbell Street, Luray. Gina gave us all the details for the free event which will feature free activities in Santa’s Workshop, live holiday music, Christmas characters, wagon/barrel train rides, and lots of food: festive cookies, popcorn, hot cocoa, holiday punch, and s’mores by the firepit. Photos with Santa will be offered for a $5 cash donation or canned food donations (to benefit Page One and Page Paws.)  A holiday market will also be on-site filled with local craft vendors, plus dinner will be available from Main Street Bakery & Catering or El Amigo Food Truck.

Edison told us about their twist on Small Business Saturday – Shop Small for the Holiday – which kicked off on Saturday, November 27, 2022, and continues through December 18, 2022. Between those dates, everyone is encouraged to shop small/local at all the wonderful shops located throughout Page County. Every time you shop or dine local, send a picture of your receipt by email to events@lurayapage.com, or drop it off in person at 18 Campbell Street, Luray, to be entered to win a $500 shopping spree. For each receipt you bring or send, you will receive one entry, even if it’s for an online order. Be sure your entry includes your name, phone number, and copy of the receipt. Receipts must be received by 5pm on December 18, 2022. The drawing will take place live on the Luray/Page County Chamber’s Facebook page on December 19. For more information visit @LurayPageChamber on Facebook or contact the Chamber via email: events@luraypage.com or phone: 540-743-3915.

News Maker Tonja Phillips for Toys for Tots

News Maker Tonja Phillips is speaking with Scott Bradley about Toys for Tots.

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In today’s interview Tonja and Scott go over how you can get involved with this amazing program, how you can

donate, and volunteer your time.

There are donation boxes throughout our region, and you can also make monetary donations at Marine Toys for Tots.

If you would like to apply for assistance you must do so before December 1st.

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Community Health: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

We pre-recorded today’s conversation with Dr. Shalini Reddy, Thoracic Surgeon and Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery at Valley Health’s Winchester Medical Center. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. As part of our community health partnership with Valley Health, our conversation this month focused on lung cancer screenings, the importance of having them BEFORE symptoms appear and the changes to who “qualifies.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 236,740 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2022. Lung cancer remains the number one cancer killer, accounting for more cancer deaths than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. The ACS estimates that more than 4,600 people in Virginia and West Virginia combined will die of lung cancer in 2022.

Dr. Reddy explained that in February 2022, Medicare expanded coverage for lung cancer screening for qualifying beneficiaries. Plus the screening criteria was expanded. Screening is recommended for adults without symptoms who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. Screening eligibility criteria include:

  • Adult smokers and ex-smokers age 50 and older (previously, eligibility began at age 55)
  • Current smokers with a 20-pack year history (previously 30 pack years) of tobacco smoking
  • Former smokers who have quit within the past 15 years

Low dose CT screenings are available at all six Valley Health hospitals. It is one of the easiest screening exams to have, and it takes less than 10 minutes to perform. If criteria for a low dose lung CT screening are met, Medicare and most insurance plans will pay for yearly screenings. Financial assistance may be available for individuals who meet screening criteria but do not have insurance to cover this screening. For more information: valleyhealthlink.com/our-services/imaging/low-dose-lung-ct/

We also talked about Valley Health’s Lung Cancer Program. In 2019, Winchester Medical Center was the first hospital in VA to be designated a Care Continuum Center of Excellence for lung cancer care by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer. Valley Health has one of the most comprehensive pulmonary/thoracic programs in the region for the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer. The program’s multidisciplinary team includes specialists in thoracic surgery, radiology, interventional radiology, pathology, pulmonology, interventional pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and thoracic patient navigation.

Lung Cancer Screening – Valley Health hopes to find lung cancer at its earliest, more treatable stage and work towards eliminating late-stage lung cancer. Low dose CT lung screening is available at all Valley Health hospitals for adults with a history of smoking who are at high risk of lung cancer. The screening program also includes patients who have an incidental lung nodule found during routine or emergency imaging.

Valley Health’s multidisciplinary Lung Nodule Clinic specializes in expediting care for patients with lung nodules or lesions and provides assessment and options for further testing and follow-up. The clinic’s team of pulmonary and thoracic specialists also includes specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology.

Advanced Diagnosis – WMC interventional pulmonary specialists use robot-assisted technology combined with endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) for diagnosis and staging in one procedure. This technology is also used to accurately mark lung lesions for more targeted radiation therapy as well as surgery. In 2019, WMC was the first facility in the broader region to acquire Intuitive Surgical’s ION™ Endoluminal System to perform robotic-assisted bronchoscopy. The ION system enables minimally invasive biopsy in difficult-to-reach peripheral areas of the lung. The Valley Health team has completed more than 250 ION cases.

Minimally Invasive Surgery – The hospital’s thoracic surgeons are experienced in minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robot-assisted techniques using the da Vinci® XI™ Surgical System. Coupled with remarkable improvements in post-operative pain management and enhanced recovery protocols, these techniques help patients feel better and return home sooner. Dr. Reddy and the Valley Health team have completed 685 robot-assisted thoracic procedures since the surgical robotics program started at WMC six years ago.

Cancer Treatment and Support – Patients who receive treatment for lung cancer at the Valley Health Cancer Center at WMC will have the personal support of a thoracic patient navigator and access to treatment options such as advanced chemotherapy, radiation therapy and interventional radiology if indicated.

The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking, and Valley Health provides resources to help. For information: www.valleyhealthlink.com/quitsmoking