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Study Informs FY23 Class & Compensation Adjustments Page 31
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By now all employees should be aware of the meaningful updates to our classification and compensation plan that will result in new pay rates for most members of Team Orange. I want to thank Jenny Carpenter and Glenda Bradley for their leadership on this year - long project to ensure our workforce is compensated competitively. Over 20 central Virginia local governments were included in the market survey. While we can ’ t afford to pay everyone what you are really worth, we must compensate fairly and equitably for the important public services that you provide. The Board of Supervisors understands this, and we are grateful for their support to make this a reality in July. Research shows that while pay is important (we ’ ve all got bills to pay!) it is not the most important thing to employees when considering job satisfaction. Being recognized for your work, making a contribution to the organization, and community, having a purpose, being appreciated, operating with fairness and honesty, and working for and with people whom you respect and enjoy are far more impactful on job satisfaction. These things can be summarized as “ organizational culture. ” Since I arrived two years ago, I ’ ve been laying the foundation to work more deliberately on the Team Orange culture. Beginning with our “ climate survey ” in the fall of 2020, and now with updates to our pay and benefits, I ’ m proud our accomplishments, so far. This month, the Senior Leadership Team begins to dive into our culture more deeply as we identify opportunities for all employees to engage in building the Team Orange we all want. Our Tourism Office says, “ Love Where you Live! ” I want us all to “ Love Where you Work! ” as well.
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Remembering the Service of the Honorable Linda S. Timmons, Orange County Circuit Court Clerk
By: Orange County Communications Department
Orange County flags flew at half staff on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in honor and remembrance of the Honorable Linda S. Timmons, former Orange County Circuit Court Clerk. Mrs. Timmons passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022. The community continues to mourn her passing, and seeks to emulate her example of dedicated public service. She began her career with the Orange County Circuit Court in 1976. She served the court for 21 years, rising to the position of Chief Deputy Clerk. In 1997, she was elected to the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court, becoming the first woman to hold the position in Orange County. The position of Circuit Court Clerk is a Constitutional office with an eight - year term. The responsibilities of the Clerk are extensive, and include providing administrative support for all aspects of the circuit court, acting as a probate judge, and serving as the official recorder of all Orange County land records, among other related tasks. She performed the duties of the Clerk in exemplary fashion for more than a decade. When she retired in 2009, she had served Orange County for a total of more than 33 years.
Orange County ’ s current Circuit Court Clerk, the Honorable Teresa T. Carroll, served under Mrs. Timmons and learned a great deal working
with her. “ Linda S. Timmons was a humble and gracious lady. She loved her family and friends, and she was well - known throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. I worked with Linda before, and after, she became Clerk. She taught me so much about the obligations of the office and she always had a positive attitude. ” Mrs. Carroll also remembers sharing Mrs. Timmons ’ love of the beach.
“ We would go to Virginia Beach for the Clerk ’ s Conference, and spend the time before the conference began just shopping and eating, those were memorable times. She deserves to be recognized because of her hard work and dedication to this office and this community. She will be missed by all. ” The Honorable Linda S. Timmons leaves behind a legacy of dignified public service and achievement, which will serve as an example toward which current and future generations can aspire.
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Practice, Practice, Practice...
By: Orange County Communications Department
Everyone has heard the adage, “ practice makes perfect. ” In the world of emergency operations, it may be impossible to practice every scenario, but that does not diminish the value of practice. Orange County regularly conducts emergency operations drills and trainings to create a knowledgeable, cohesive team that is prepared to respond and able to adapt to a variety of real - world emergencies.
To that end, our Public Safety Building played host to both an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) drill and a Public Information Officer (PIO) training course during the week of April 17, 2022. The EOC drill was a “ shakedown ” exercise to help staff prepare their stations for additional drills. Since the Public Safety Building is a new facility, and the EOC has only been activated once since it ’ s opening (during the early January winter storms), this drill was necessary to help refine resource allocation and staff positioning. Regardless of the preliminary nature of the
exercise, emergency staff still went through the motions as if an actual emergency was taking place, which included adapting to changing conditions issued by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM). Later this year, VDEM will host a Virginia Operations Plan Exercise (VOPEX) with the scenario of a radiological incident at North Anna Power Station. This scenario is held biennially and evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure the surrounding localities are prepared to coordinate an effective response in the event of an emergency related to the nuclear power plant. On the following day, the Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting Room pivoted from an Emergency Operations Center to a classroom, but the emergency - preparedness focus remained. Students from across the commonwealth, including Orange County staff, traveled to attend a two (2) day Basic Public Information
Officer training instructed by VDEM. The purpose of this training was to prepare students to serve as PIOs for their locality or agency, and covered topics such as writing press releases, utilizing social media, best practices for interviews, and organizing press conferences. Much of the information covered in the class will be applicable to future EOC activities.
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May is Adult Abuse Prevention and Foster Care Awareness Month
By: Crystal Hale, Director, Orange County Social Services
Orange County Department of Social Services (OCDSS) recognizes Adult Abuse Prevention Month during the month of May. Additionally, the Orange County Board of Supervisors proclaimed May to be Older Americans Month at their May 10, 2022, meeting. Adult Protective Services (APS) serves adults aged 60 and over, and incapacitated people ages 18 through 59, suffering from possible abuse or neglect. Abuse and neglect can include, but is not limited to, financial exploitation, physical abuse, physical neglect, mental abuse, and sexual abuse. Many older and incapacitated adults are victims of mistreatment by family members, caregivers, and others who are responsible for their wellbeing. Self - neglect is also a significant concern among this population. In fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 through June 2021), over 39,000 cases of abuse were reported in Virginia. Following investigation, half of those reports were found to be substantiated. Residents are advised to contact Orange County Social Services if they notice
someone who exhibits indicators of abuse. Local Adult Protective Services can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at (540) 672 - 1155. Concerns can also be reported to the Virginia Department of Social Services 24 - hour Adult Protective Services hotline at (888) 832 - 3858. Reporters can remain anonymous and shouldn't wait to know for sure if someone is experiencing abuse or neglect. If there are any indicators or suspicions of abuse or neglect, please make a report and allow a team of experts to follow - up with an investigation. Help save a life and stop abuse in Virginia, and Orange County, today! In addition to Adult Abuse Prevention, the Orange County Department of Social Services recognized Foster Care Awareness Month in May by hosting a Foster Parent Appreciation and Training event at the Orange County Airport. The event took place on a beautiful spring afternoon. Foster parents received a fun training on teamwork while the children learned about the thrill of flight and enjoyed a hands - on aviation experience. The event also included appreciation gifts, dinner, and dessert for all participants.
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Foster parents can be incredibly important in the lives of children that need them. As of May 2022, Orange County currently has 26 children under the age of 18 in foster care. An additional five young adults over the age of 18 participate in Fostering Futures. Young adults participating in Fostering Futures have “ aged out, ” (turned 18 while still in foster care), and continue to receive guidance and support from OCDSS until they are 21 years old. Orange County Social Services is in need of additional individuals and families who are willing to provide foster homes for children in need. There are times when children are placed in homes outside of their community due to a lack of local certified foster homes. To encourage the best outcomes, it is typically preferable for children to continue to reside within their own community when in foster care. Foster care is intended to be a temporary, rather than a long - term solution, for children who have been removed from their birth family homes for reasons of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other issues endangering their health and safety. Every effort is made to help the child remain with his or her family, however, when a child comes into foster care they are most often placed in a foster home. The foster family works as a team with the local
Ray Matthews, a local private pilot, explained the basics of flight to children during the Foster Parent Appreciation and Training Event.
department of social services, the biological family, the child (when applicable), and any additional community partners. The temporary and complex nature of foster care places special demands on foster parents. They are asked to take someone else's child into their home, care for the child and treat the child as a member of their family. It is essential that foster parents understand and are willing to meet the physical and emotional needs of children within the context of their culture. The foster care program provides the necessary support and training to enable foster parents to provide daily care and supervision for the child in care. New and prospective foster families can visit the Virginia Department of Social Services site, www.FosterVa.com. This site helps demystify the foster care experience by providing example stories of those who have participated, as well as direct access to foster care facts. Consider becoming a foster parent and making a difference in a child ’ s life today. Those interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent should reach out to Vicky Tidman, Family Services Specialist with the Orange County Department of Social Services, at (540) 672 - 1155.
Family Services Specialist, Vicky Tidman presents a token of appreciation to foster parents at the Foster Parent Appreciation event at Orange County Airport.
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Orange County Youth Spend Earth Day Cleaning Up Tobacco Litter
By: Michelle Williams, Coordinator, Orange County Litter Control Committee
Earth Day (April 22, 2022) provided a warm and sunny afternoon for the Orange County Litter Control Committee and the Office on Youth to work together to combat tobacco litter in Downtown Orange. Two (2) staff members and 12 youth volunteers from the Orange County Youth Council worked in small groups and strolled along Main Street collecting tobacco litter (cigarette butts, vape pens, and packaging) in addition to non - tobacco litter. In just under two (2) hours, an estimated 7,500 cigarette butts were collected from the section of Main Street between Orange Presbyterian Church and the 7 - Eleven, as well as six (6) bags of assorted non - tobacco litter. In a spring 2021 event in the Town of Orange, an estimated 6,500 cigarette butts were collected. That fall, an estimated 5,000 cigarette butts were collected in the Town of Gordonsville. Cigarette butts are non - biodegradable and mostly made up of plastic fibers, despite their cotton - like appearance. Littered cigarette butts leach toxic chemicals, such as arsenic and lead, into the environment.
Pictured L to R: C. Case, J. Daniel, and J. Melton.
The Litter Control Committee would like to encourage tobacco users to utilize auto ashtray cups, pocket ashtrays, gas station and personal trash receptacles, and outdoor ashtrays. Places of business, please provide your employees with the proper receptacles for your staff to help prevent tobacco litter.
Back Row L to R: J. Daniel, A. Brown, C. Vines, M. Labrum, J.M. Vines, J. Melton, J. Hamilton, C. Case, C. Samuels. Front Row L to R: M. Williams, T. Jones, P. Courtney, G. Lumsden, A. Jacobs.
Citizens Coordinate with Orange County Litter Control for Earth Day Roadside Cleanup
By: Michelle Williams, Coordinator, Orange County Litter Control Committee
The Orange County Litter Control Committee (OCLCC) is dedicated to educating citizens on the importance of properly disposing of litter, and giving them the resources to do so effectively.
Pictured L to R: L. Lewis and E. Abraham.
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, ten (10) volunteers from the Orange County Democratic Committee gathered on Route 629 (Lahore Road) and collected 31 bags of litter from only a two (2) mile stretch of road! If you or your organization are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Litter Response Team Volunteer Interest Form or visit the Road Cleanup Information page on the County ’ s website to learn steps for a successful roadside cleanup. The OCLCC is grateful for the dedicated volunteers who strive to keep County roads litter free!
Pictured L to R: A. Sanderson, E. Abraham, E. Wessel , L. Lewis, S. Smith, P. Colby, A. Sanderson, and J. Rhett. Not pictured: R. Clore and J. Freeland.
For more information, contact Litter Control Committee Coordinator,
Michelle Williams, at (540) 661 - 5405 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Volunteer Firefighters Needed! Visit www.joinocvafireems.org!
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Parks & Recreation ’ s Spring Fling Disc Golf Tournament Scores Record Participation
By: Joseph Falin Sr., Programs & Facilities Supervisor, Orange County Parks & Recreation
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Orange County Parks & Recreation held its second annual Spring Fling Disc Golf Tournament at the Orange County Disc Golf Course with near - capacity attendance (34 participants). The weather was beautiful, and the competition was fierce. So fierce in fact, three (3) tie - breaking “ throw - offs ” were necessary to determine the final seeding for the five (5) flights. The participant placement in each of the flights was determined by their scores during the first round of play. Before starting the second round, each player had the opportunity to purchase a “ bonus egg ” which contained an advantage for the player to use during the second round. These advantages did not always lead to improved scores; knowing the proper time to use your advantage was part of the battle. A very tight race resulted in each of the flights, and even required additional tie - breaking “ throw - offs ” to determine the final standings. All participants received a commemorative tournament disc with a one - of - a - kind stamp.
The first “ throw - off ” was a four - person battle for third place in our Joe - Joe ’ s Super Heroes Flight, between competitors Kevin Hagood, Avery Wilkerson, Joe Gilyard, and Jeffery Estes, with Kevin Hagood coming out on top. The second “ throw - off ” decided first and second place in same Joe - Joe ’ s Super Heroes Flight, between John Verdugo and David Wilkerson. Following the tie - breaker, Verdugo took first with Wilkerson placing second. The final “ throw - off ” was a battle for second and third in our El Vaquero West Flight between RJ Ventura and Brandon Davidson, with Ventura coming claiming second and Davidson finishing third.
Parks & Recreation Director Tim Moubray addresses the record - breaking crowd of participants.
Flights were named for the restaurant gift cards included in the prizes for that flight ’ s top three finishers. Featured restaurants included the previously mentioned Joe - Joe ’ s Super Heroes and El Vaquero West, as well as Silk Mill Grill, BBQ Exchange, and La Naranja Cocina Mexicana. In the end, the five (5) winners of our flights were Caleb Roberts (El Vaquero West Flight; Overall Winner), Cash Lopez (BBQ Exchange Flight), Mike Richardson (Silk Mill Grill Flight), John Verdugo (Joe - Joes Super Heroes Flight), and Mark Brooking (La Naranja Flight). Each participant received a complementary distance driver disc from tournament sponsor Dynamic Discs, with each flight winner receiving an additional prize from Dynamic Discs. The restaurant gift cards were provided by Orange County Parks & Recreation and Orange County Tourism.
Parks & Recreation ’ s next disc golf - related activity will be the eight - week long “ Would Chuck ” Disc Golf League which will begin the week of May 23, 2022 and continue through the week of July 11. This year, Parks & Recreation will offer two (2) separate league opportunities: the Open League, and the 50 & Over League. The Open League will be held every Tuesday beginning May 24, and the 50 & Over League will be every Wednesday, beginning May 25. Both the Open and 50 & Over Leagues will be held at the Orange County Disc Golf Course beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in participating should email Joseph Falin at email@example.com or call (540) 672 - 5435.
The flight winners stand victorious in front of the tournament scoreboard.
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Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Adopted
By: Orange County Communications Department
At the Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting held April 26, 2022, the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 (July 2022 - June 2023) budget was approved and adopted. In keeping with the Board of Supervisor ’ s “ Digital Citizen Initiative, ” a digital edition of the budget book will be avaialble on the Orange County website before the beginning of the new fiscal year. Information about the proposed FY23 budget and previous year ’ s books are currently available on the Finance Department ’ s page.
Highlights of the FY23 budget include:
• No change to the base real estate tax; $0.03 increase per $100 valuation on the Fire & EMS Levy. • Incorporates operational and capital equipment costs for volunteer Fire & EMS companies.
• Adjusts staffing levels to address needs in Social Services and Fire & EMS Departments.
• Adopts recommended changes from the Fiscal Year 2022 Classification and Compensation Study (see page 31). • Incorporates new NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) vehicle values and establishes a separate category for these items at a lower personal property rate of $3.50 per $100 valuation.
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Orange County Economic Development Partners to Host Successful Job Fair at Orange County High School
By: Rose Deal, Director, Orange County Economic Development
On April 21, 2022, Orange County Economic Development staff partnered with Germanna Community College Career Coach, Hillary Morris, the Virginia Career Works - Piedmont Region Team, and Orange County High School to offer a Job Fair for Orange County High School juniors and seniors.
Twenty - one businesses participated, including Germanna apprenticeship sites like Chemung / Cedar Mountain Stone, and more than 100 students attended. (21)
Several businesses walked away with future scheduled interviews, and many commented that this was the most productive hiring event they have attended in years. Successful events like this demonstrate the high quality employers and skilled upcoming job seekers that call Orange County home! It is a great place to live, work, and enjoy. Learn more at www.thinkorangevirginia.com.
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Virginia Attorney General Visits with Triad Volunteers
By: Orange County Communications Department
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares visited Orange County on Friday, April 15, 2022 to meet with many of the volunteers, community groups, and staff who support our local Triad. Triad is not an acronym. Rather, the name refers to a three (3) pronged approach to prevent senior victimization, through the partnership of seniors, law enforcement, and senior service providers. During his remarks, Attorney General Miyares expressed the importance of American volunteerism, and thanked the assembled Triad supporters for their efforts to protect vulnerable members of our community. Triad in Orange County is a robust effort that provides information and resources to senior citizens to promote their well - being and help prevent their becoming victims of crime. Deputy Ron Kesner is our local Triad Coordinator. During the opening remarks of the meeting, he expressed thanks for the support provided by local organizations and businesses like the Lake of the Woods Lions Club, the Orange Rotary Club, and The Licata Group, which help make Triad programs possible. These programs are primarily supported by donations. Some examples include: • Emergency Wristband ID - Participants wear a wristband with an identification number and the Sheriff ’ s Office phone number. The band alerts bystanders and first responders to contact the Sheriff ’ s Office for information and assistance if the wearer is unable to communicate. • File of Life - A system to provide lifesaving information to first responders at an individual ’ s home. Trained responders will know where to locate a pocket of prepared information in an emergency. • Guardian Alert - Participants wear a small device that allows two - way communication between an individual and 911 dispatchers to provide extra assistance in the event of a fall, or other emergency. • Project Lifesaver - Intended to save lives and reduce injury for citizens with dementia, Alzheimer ’ s disease, autism, or any condition in which wandering is a risk; participants wear a wristband with a radio transmitter. Trained first responders can use this signal to more effectively locate the lost individual. Those interested in enrolling in Triad programs, or becoming a Triad volunteer, should contact Deputy Ron Kesner at (540) 672 - 1536, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured L to R: A.Clark, Fire & EMS Emergency Planner; J. Licata, Licata Group Realtor® ; N. Mort, Fire & EMS Chief; J. Lohr , Emergency Communications Supervisor; B. Kay, Lake of the Woods Lions Club President; L. Hernandez, Triad Volunteer; M. Amos, Orange County Sheriff; Barbara Consentino, Triad Volunteer; J. Miyares, Virginia Attorney General; E. Bryant, Triad Volunteer; R. Kesner, Deputy & Triad Coordinator; N. Gruitt, Triad Volunteer; M.J. Ewing, Triad Volunteer; B. Gruitt, Triad Volunteer; E.M. “ Buzz ” Jarrell, Airport Operations Manager & Triad Volunteer; C. Ewing, Orange Rotary Club President; C. Cord, Emergency Communications Director
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Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office Accepting Applications for the Citizens Youth Academy Program
By: Sarah Altman, Crime Analyst, Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office
The Youth Academy is a program developed to enhance the relationship between the Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office and the youth of our community. The Youth Academy is designed to educate students, place them into leadership roles, and foster their teamwork skills. It also aims to dispel misinformation about law enforcement and guide those interested in criminal justice careers.
Participants receive an overview of the Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office, including topics such as: gang awareness,
narcotics, alcohol impairment, distracted driving, investigations and crime scene processing, and gun safety. The week will include a tour of Central Virginia Regional Jail, training in CPR, driving a course while wearing Fatal Vision goggles, hiking, and other fun team building activities!
The program is open to Orange County youth ages 14 through 18. Those interested must complete and submit an application to the Sheriff ’ s Office no later than Monday, June 20, 2022. Questions about the program should be directed to Capt. Jason Smith at (540) 672 - 7209 or email@example.com, or Sarah Altman at (540) 672 - 7204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Orange County Economic Development Office Launches New Shop Local “ Enjoy Orange ” Campaign
By: Orange County Communications Department
Orange County Economic Development launched a new shop local campaign at the end of April 2022. Timed to support small business week, May 1 - 7, 2022, this effort focused on Orange County residents. It built on the foundation of previous campaigns that encouraged travelers to “ Visit Orange ” and businesses interested in opening, expanding, or relocating to “ Think Orange. ” The new campaign highlighted our community ’ s unique small businesses and encouraged residents to shop, dine, and enjoy Orange County. Referencing our wealth of vibrant new shops and blossoming Main Streets, “ Enjoy Orange ” made clear that residents did not need to travel to other localities to experience a delightful outing.
“ From our tasty BBQ to our award - winning wineries, Orange has something right here at home for everyone. Your local purchases support vital public services, create local jobs, and help attract new entrepreneurs and skilled workers. So, before you travel outside of Orange for your next cup of coffee, meal, or special gift, I encourage you to Enjoy Orange first, ” said Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development. Cornerstones of the campaign included the new Enjoy Orange logo, which was featured on signs around the county, and videos that highlighted Orange County ’ s amazing local businesses.
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Town of Orange Prepares to Celebrate Sesquicentennial Anniversary
By: Orange County Communications Department Photography Credit: Phil Audibert
The Town of Orange can trace its roots as a crossroads location and a courthouse village back, at least, to the separation of Culpeper County from Orange County in 1749. From humble beginnings holding court in the home of a private citizen, the future town took shape, as locations of regional importance (such as a post office, clerk ’ s office, jail, taverns, shops, etc.) were built. Each lent additional significance to the area, laying literal foundations for a hub of
commerce and official business that would become Orange, Virginia. In 1834, the Virginia General Assembly acknowledged the prominence of the location and passed legislation making incorporation possible, but this did not happen until almost 40 years later in 1872.
Much has happened and changed in the 150 years since the Town of Orange officially became a town. To commemorate this anniversary, the Town is planning a grand celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2022. There are several activities planned for the event which will honor the past while looking forward to a bright future. In the weeks leading up the June event, temporary historical kiosks will be installed throughout Orange, highlighting moments and places of importance to the town ’ s history. Additionally, an oral history project is being organized by the Orange County Historical Society. “ Memories and Visions ” interviews will be held at the Orange Train Depot on the event date of June 11, as well as the following Sunday, June 19, in honor of Juneteenth. No appointment is needed on these dates, simply come share your story.
Main Street, Orange - 1915
In preparation for the Town of Orange ’ s Tricentennial Celebration in 2172, a time capsule will be sealed and placed in the base of the Charters of Freedom installation at the James Madison Museum. A selection committee will choose items to be encapsulated from ideas submitted by residents. An online form facilitates these idea submissions. For those that enjoy active history, the 150 th 5K Run will begin on Short Street at the historic Orange Train Depot, and finish at Taylor Park. A 1K option allows younger participants (ages 5 - 8) to get in on the fun. Those interested in making their run more “ constitutional, ” are invited to dress like James and Dolley Madison for the run, in hopes of earning the “ best costume ” award at the finish line. Run participants will receive a race bib, a t - shirt, and a finisher medal. Pre - registration is required, sign up by June 5, 2022. Finally, the centerpiece of the celebration is the 150 th Festival, which will include live music, food vendors, local craft beverages, and conclude with fireworks. “ It will be a day filled with something for all ages to enjoy. Our town is very proud of its history, its accomplishments and its citizens. Celebrate with us and experience that home town feeling of a great place to live and enjoy life, ” said Orange Mayor Martha Roby. For more information about the celebration, visit www.townoforangeva150.com, and follow the event ’ s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OVA150. Main Street, Orange - 2022
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First Responders Remind Boaters to be Safe on the Water
By: Orange County Communications Department Photography Credit: Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Holidays and summer months are approaching, and many Orange County residents will be making a splash at Lake of the Woods, Lake Orange, or Lake Anna. Our Emergency Communications Department fields several water - related 911 calls during each year ’ s boating season. To help ensure a fun and safe outing, our first responders want to make sure boaters are following all safety regulations and guidelines, and are prepared before they launch their watercraft.
Boating safety begins long before the water is in sight. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. Since 2016, all operators of personal watercraft (also known as PWCs, a term which includes vehicles such as jet skis) and motorboats with a motor of ten (10) horsepower or greater, have been required to have a boating safety education course completion card onboard during operation. There is no grandfathering with this requirement; all watercraft operators are now required to have completed a Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) approved Boater Safety Course. Boating safety courses help keep our waterways safer by ensuring that all operators have a foundational knowledge of boat operation, know the “ rules of the road, ” are prepared with proper safety equipment, and know where to find additional resources. Next, boaters should ensure their craft (and trailer, if applicable) is in good working order, and that registrations are up to date. They should perform a check to verify that all required equipment is present on their boat. Requirements vary by craft size, but example items include: a sound producing device (such as a whistle), visual distress signals (such as flares), lifejackets and throwable floatation devices, and fire extinguishers. The DWR has a complete list available online. A first aid kit should also be included. Once on the water, the responsibility to recreate safely increases. Much like driving a vehicle on the road, boat operators should not consume alcohol or other intoxicants. In fact, the effects of alcohol have been demonstrated to be even more impactful on the water. Just a few hours of exposure to the wind, sun, glare, motion, etc. from the water can cause a state of mental fatigue known as “ boater ’ s hypnosis. ” When compounded with actual drinking, these effects are even more dangerous. Additionally, there is strong evidence that alcohol reduces a person ’ s swimming capability, which can increase drowning risks. Chief Nathan Mort of Orange County ’ s Fire & EMS Department put it simply, “ Don ’ t drink and boat. ” Lake of the Woods Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company offered some additional boating safety advice for residents. These include: wearing a life jacket at all times in the event of a fall, preparing a float plan (including a boat description, a list of those onboard, a list of safety equipment, and the timing of the outing) and providing it to a friend or family member before you shove off, wearing sunscreen and being aware of heat - related illness, charging your devices before leaving, and having two (2) pieces of communication equipment onboard that will work even when wet (such as a VHF radio and emergency locator beacon). For additional information about boating safely, visit the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website, the United States Coast Guard ’ s boating safety website, and the National Fire Prevention Association ’ s Marina & Boating Safety Tip Sheet.
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Office on Youth Recognizes Garvis Huff Award Winners
By: Alisha Vines, Director, Orange County Office on Youth
The annual Garvis Huff Memorial Outstanding Youth and Youth Advocate awards were held on May 4, 2022 in the Orange County High School Auditorium. This ceremony is held each year in honor and memory of Garvis Huff, a charter member of the Orange County Youth Commission and a very active youth supporter. The awards symbolize the Youth Commission ’ s commitment to our youth and the encouragement of citizen involvement to make our community a better place for our young people. Each person nominated received a certificate in recognition of their ongoing efforts. 2022 marked the inaugural year for the Sharon Mohrmann Outstanding Elementary Student award, named in honor of Mrs. Mohrmann ’ s tireless efforts to give back to her students and the youth in our community. Winners were selected from four (4) age categories: third grade through fifth grade, sixth grade through eighth grade, ninth grade through 12th grade, and adult advocate (19 years or older). The Office on Youth and the Youth Commission would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations. Thirty - seven nominees were recognized across all four (4) divisions. This year ’ s nominees were:
Grades 3 - 5: Kaid Altman MaryKenna Carmody Savannah Hanley Shirley Marr
Grades 6 - 8: Joseph Adriani, Jr. Skylar Carpenter Caitlin Clay Eila Doane Claire Gomez Elise Hall Isaiah Hartley Keondre Hudgens
Grades 9 - 12: Mary Lyn Aylor Raniyah Bright Jackson Hamilton Takirah Johnson Jude Melton
Adult Advocate: Tammy Graves Jackie Lewis Jo - Anne McCausland Dani Rivera Dorothy Shepherd Lura Wharton
Solo Mthethwa Lillian Robinson Nia Robinson Simonette Scipio Caitlin Shiflett John Mason Vines, III Thomas Wiles
Delilah Labrum Amanti Lindsay Alyssa Miller
Dillon Mills Kloe Rossi Ynadis Sanchez - Romero Jeremiah Stinnie
Recipients of the 2022 Awards were: Grades 3 - 5: Savannah Hanley – Locust Grove Primary School Grades 6 - 8: Kenodre Hudgens – Prospect Heights Middle School Grades 9 - 12: Nia Robinson – Orange County High School Adult Advocate: Dorothy Shepherd
High school nominees receive their certificates and recognition onstage at the awards ceremony on May 4, 2022.
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National Childcare Provider Appreciation Day May 6, 2022
Orange County High School Students Strike a Chord at State Competition
By Dawn Herndon, Orange County Treasurer
Orange County High School Percussion, Winds, and Color Guard, which included several Orange County Youth Council students, performed exceptionally well at the Atlantic Indoor Association State Championship competition. This competition was held on April 2, 2022 in Newport News, Virginia, which required these students to be practicing and preparing while most were enjoying spring break.
Their efforts were rewarded with the following awards at the competition: Percussion - First Place & State Champions, Winds - First Place & State Champions, and Guards - Third Place. Congratulations are in order in recognition of their hard work and determination this school year!
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Library Announces “ Oceans of Possibilities ” Youth Summer Reading Program
By: Michelle Pursel, Youth Services Coordinator, Orange County Public Library
The Orange County Public Library is proud to present the 2022 Summer Reading Program, “ Oceans of Possibilities! ” Children ages 18 months to rising twelfth graders can join the program beginning Monday, June 6, 2022. During each week of participation in the program, young readers will receive exciting incentives, including treasure chest picks, books, and entries earned toward the grand prize drawing! The grand prize drawings will be held for each age group, at each of the three (3) library branches, at the conclusion of the summer reading program. Offering something for kids of all ages, engaging activities are a key component of the Summer Reading Program. For preschool - aged participants, there will be a weekly Toddler Time intended for children 18 months to two (2) years old, and Preschool Storytime for children ages three (3) to five (5) years. Returning this summer are ocean - themed craft programs, offered for school - aged participants rising to kindergarten through fifth grade.
For teens rising to grades sixth through 12th, a partnership with the Art Center in Orange will provide art sessions at the Main Branch Library.
Fun for the whole family can be found at professional performances, sponsored by the library, and presented at local schools. Participating schools include Locust Grove Middle School, Orange Elementary School, and Gordon - Barbour Elementary School. Performers include The Story Ship, magician Wes Iseli, Awesome Possumz wildlife rehabilitators, reptiles with My Three Chambered Heart, the Traveling Lantern theater company, and the STEM - themed Tale Wise. For more information and a detailed schedule of events visit the Orange County Public Library ’ s website at www.ocplva.org.
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Inaugural Corks & Caps Passport Program Showcases Orange County Vineyards and Breweries
By: Orange County Communications Department
Craft beverage connoisseurs have taken increasing notice of Orange County over the last decade. Long recognized for viticultural excellence, the local brewery scene has also been making headway. With that in mind, the Economic Development and Tourism Office is launching a new passport program, Corks & Caps, encouraging residents and visitors to create their own beverage trail and be rewarded for visiting each of our 12 wineries and breweries. Those interested should begin a Corks & Caps quest by downloading a passport from www.corksandcapsva.com. Then, it is simply a matter of making “ rounds ” at each of the wineries and breweries, being sure to have the passport stamped onsite by each location. Stamps will be available May 28 through September 5, 2022. Following completion, the
passport should be mailed to the Office of Economic Development & Tourism. Once the completed passport is verified, a limited - edition, commemorative T - shirt will be sent to the participant. Supplies are limited . Orange County staff were excited to have all of Orange County ’ s wineries and breweries participate in this brand - new initiative. “ Orange County is home to a robust craft beverage scene as well as agriculture industry, and we want folks to come out and experience it. Whether you are a local or a tourist, I encourage you to get out and support these businesses, ” said Rose Deal, Economic Development Director.
The list of participating locations includes: • Barboursville Vineyards • Chateau MerrillAnne Vineyard • Honah Lee Vineyard • Horton Vineyards • Reynard Florence Vineyard • Sweet Vines Farm Winery • Well Hung Tasting Room and Restaurant • Champion Ice House • Iron Pipe Alewerks • Patch Brewing Company • The Light Well • Unionville Brewing Company
Completed Corks & Caps Passports should be mailed to: Attn: Corks & Caps Orange County Economic Development & Tourism 109 West Main Street Orange, VA 22960
*T - shirt graphics are for example only. Final product may vary.
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Orange County Tourism Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant for New Video Storytelling Initiative
By: Julie Perry, Tourism Program Manager, Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism is thrilled to be the recipient of a Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Marketing Grant. VTC is our state ’ s tourism marketing arm. It is charged with promoting the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination by showcasing all there is to love in a Virginia vacation. Their “ Virginia is for Lovers ” brand is one of the most iconic in the travel and tourism industry. Using these grant funds, the Economic Development and Tourism Office will begin work on the “ Orange Uncovered ” video
storytelling campaign. This initiative will seek to “ uncover ” six (6) stories that showcase the diverse history and culture to be found in Orange County. Locations planned for the project include: the Germanna Foundation, Barboursville Ruins, Historic Gordonsville, Ellwood Manor, the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage, and the new African American Commemorative Park in the Town of Orange. Content created during the project will be used to help encourage new visitation to Orange County.
The DMO Marketing Grants are awarded to “ provide an important opportunity for communities across the Commonwealth to accelerate recovery efforts and continue with their best - in - class marketing initiatives to attract new travelers. Increased visitation translates directly into revenue generation, underscoring tourism ’ s important role in stimulating economic growth and expansion, ” said Rita McClenny, President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. According to a release from Governor Youngkin, more than $2.7 million were awarded to support 259 local and regional tourism marketing programs across the state. Julie Perry, Orange County ’ s Tourism Program Manager, says she is, “ proud to be working on this initiative with
A groundbreaking held earlier this year at the site of the Orange County African American Historical Society ’ s new commemorative park. This site is one of the planned locations for the “ Orange Uncovered ” video project. Read the original article in the March 2022 Orange County Insight.
support from the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Developing video assets and telling lesser known, more inclusive stories of our community ’ s history is a great opportunity to reach new visitors for Orange County and Virginia! ”
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Nature ’ s Healthy Fast Food: Strawberries!
By: Clare Lillard, Family & Consumer Services Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension
May is the month to start enjoying one of the easiest fast foods around … strawberries! Just wash, slice, and serve. Strawberries are a great choice when looking for a healthy snack. They are high in vitamin C, and a good source of fiber and potassium. When selecting strawberries, look for firm berries with a bright red color. The caps should be fresh, green and intact. Avoid shriveled, mushy, or leaky berries. Remember, strawberries will not ripen further after picking! Wash strawberries thoroughly before eating, cutting, or cooking. To prevent spoilage and mold growth during storage, it is best to wash strawberries just before they are eaten or prepared.
After purchasing or picking berries, gently empty the container and check the fruit. Use soft, overripe berries for eating right away. Throw away any smashed or moldy berries. Store strawberries in the refrigerator, loosely covered with plastic wrap or a paper towel until ready to use. Use berries within 1 or 2 days, washing and hulling them as you use them. Once strawberries are hulled and cut, they lose their vitamin C content quickly, so it is best to prepare them right before serving. Although it is hard to improve on eating fresh strawberries just as they are, here are a few other ideas for using them courtesy of Clemson Cooperative Extension: • Combine sliced strawberries and plain or vanilla yogurt for a lower - sugar alternative to commercial strawberry yogurt.
• Serve vanilla yogurt as a dip for whole strawberries.
• Fill a melon wedge with strawberries.
• Serve sliced strawberries on top of: cold or cooked cereal; ice cream or sherbet; pancakes, waffles or French toast (instead of syrup).
• Add sliced strawberries to a fresh spinach salad and serve with poppy seed dressing.
• Add strawberries to a fruit salad. Instead of sweetening with sugar, try a little orange or pineapple juice concentrate as a “ dressing. ”
• Pack fresh strawberries into an ice cream cone.
• Make a “ strawberry on a stick ” by inserting a popsicle stick into a large berry. Serve fresh or frozen.
Or, prepare the Homemade Strawberry Soda recipe available on the next page!
For other fresh ideas, recipes, and activities, visit the Orange County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension at 146 North Madison Road, Orange or at (540) 672 - 1361.
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Good Times Ahead! Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Community Events!
Liberty Mills Strawberry Festival: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Sample everything strawberry from strawberry sundaes, to strawberry salsa, and more. Visit with local vendors and participate in fun activities including a Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest! For additional details, visit: www.libertymillsfarm.store Town of Orange 150th Celebration: Saturday, June 11, 2022 Join the Town of Orange and celebrate their sesquicentennial! Planned events include a 5K run, a time capsule sealing, temporary historic kiosks, a festival, live music, and more!
For additional details, visit: www.townoforangeva150.com
BLM Bull Riding & Rodeo: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Held every second Saturday May through September, enjoy professional bull riding right here in Orange County! Held at Oakland Heights Farm.
For additional details, visit: www.sites.google.com/view/oaklandheightsfarm
Juneteenth Celebration : Sunday, June 19, 2022
Virtual and live events will be held throughout the month. On June 19, the Town of Orange will be filled with music, art, and activities. Don ’ t miss the dedication of the African American Historical Commemorative Park at 12:30 p.m.!
For additional details, visit: www.ocaahsjuneteenth.org
Orange County Fair: Wednesday - Saturday, June 22 - 25, 2022
The Orange County Fair is an annual fair held in Orange County, Virginia. It maintains a rural theme, with 4 - H exhibits, livestock, traditional stage shows, truck and tractor pulls, and fun for the whole family!
For additional details, visit: www.orangecountyfairva.com
Main Street Music & More!
Learn more about these and other events at: www.visitorangevirginia.com
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Orange County Adopts Recommendations from Classification and Compensation Study
By: Orange County Communications Department
Over recent years, the County of Orange has sought to better position itself strategically to continue to provide important services to our residents. One arm of this effort has been to remain competitive with comparable localities with regards to salaries and benefits for employees. The goal of this effort is to retain skilled staff members and attract new talent, particularly in public safety positions. To gauge our current position relative to others, Orange County worked with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. to conduct a survey. Twenty - five (25) Virginia localities were surveyed requesting information related to classification scales, compensation data, and employee benefit information. Twenty (20) localities responded to the survey. Within the larger survey, Albemarle, Culpeper, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, and Spotsylvania counties were specifically chosen as a “ core group ” with which to make the most relevant comparisons. Key results of the study indicated that Orange County ’ s general government employees ’ salaries lagged behind the midpoint of the core group range by nearly 13%. Similarly, first responders ’ salaries were found to be below the midpoint of the core group
range by 11%. The significant gap between the compensation package offered by Orange County and those offered by nearby comparable counties, highlighted in the survey, has historically made it difficult to recruit new employees or retain experienced staff members. The difference was also found to disproportionately affect those in entry - level public safety positions, such as recently - hired Sheriff ’ s Deputies. Adjustments recommended to better align Orange County ’ s compensation package with the middle range of those offered by the core group localities were incorporated in the budget planning process for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2023 (July 2022 - June 2023) Budget. Key points of the adjustments included raising the salaries of all employees by at least five (5) percent. However, additional increases were possible for some employees based on years of service considerations as well as the true depth of the difference between their position ’ s salary and that of comparable positions among the core group localities. In other words, those found to be paid well below the minimum range of our neighboring counties would enjoy an adjustment intended to, at least, bring them in line with that minimum. Other positions were found to be consistent with our comparable counties, and those salaries experienced less of a change. Following the adoption of the budget at the Orange County Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting on April 26, 2022, these recommendations will go into effect beginning July 1, 2022. Going forward, Orange County will be in much better alignment with others in the labor market, ensuring that we can continue to offer high - quality services to our residents. Current employees with questions regarding how these changes will affect them, or those interested in applying for open positions in Orange County, should contact Orange County Human Resources.
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