Orange County Insight December 2021

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INSIGHT

DECEMBER 2021

“ Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. ” — Charles M. Schulz I suppose I am dating myself a bit by revealing that “ A Charlie Brown Christmas ” is my favorite holiday video tradition. It has just the right amount of Peanuts silliness while capturing the spiritual foundation, giving to others, and joy that we celebrate at this time of year. It is in the spirit of giving and appreciation that I am pleased to share with all Orange County employees that a $50 gift check is being prepared for distribution before the end of the month. The Board of Supervisors and Senior Leadership Team are grateful to each of you for your community service throughout a challenging year. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors will be formally considering a payroll bonus at their meeting on December 21st. Full - time employees who did not receive the October Law Enforcement bonus appropriated by the General Assembly will receive $1000 in a January payroll, and eligible part - time employees who have reached minimum service thresholds will receive a prorated amount based on their hours worked.

Again, your service to Orange County and its citizens is truly appreciated. I look forward to working with the Board and staff in 2022 as we look for new ways to help our employees and our community thrive.

Ted Voorhees, County Administrator

Cover photo by Michelle Williams

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Orange County Announces Senior Leadership Promotions

Orange County is pleased to announce the promotion of Glenda Bradley to Deputy County Administrator and Stephanie Straub to Assistant County Administrator for Operations, effective December 1, 2021.

Glenda Bradley came to Orange County in the role of Finance Director in June 2011. She has served as an Assistant County Administrator since 2016 with a focus on Finance and Management Services. She brings over 30 years of experience in local government to her new role as Deputy County Administrator, having previously served as Finance Director for Northampton County, Virginia; the Cities of Kinston and Sanford, North Carolina, and the Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Ms. Bradley received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from East Carolina University, and her graduate certificate in Public Administration from the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She has also completed the Senior Executive Institute sponsored by the Cooper Center for Public Service. Ms. Bradley looks forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Orange County as Deputy County Administrator.

Stephanie Straub joined Orange County as a Procurement and Grant Coordinator in December 2012 and has held the positions of Financial Management Specialist, Director of Management Services, Assistant to the County Administrator, and Public Information Officer. Mrs. Straub received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of William and Mary and completed the Senior Executive Institute sponsored by the Cooper Center for Public Service. During her tenure with Orange County, Mrs. Straub has been responsible for capital improvement planning, procurement, and communications. She has also helped implement several capital projects including broadband and the public safety communications system. She is a proud local government management professional who is passionate about serving rural localities.

For more information, contact Stephanie Straub at sstraub@orangecountyva.gov

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Orange County Emergency Communications Center Receives Award

By Holly Williams, Communications Supervisor, Orange County Emergency Communications Center

Orange County Emergency Communications Center team members recently attended the Virginia State Chapter of the Association of Public - Safety Communications (APCO) Fall Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. The conference provides training sessions and opportunities to learn about new technology.

Orange County Emergency Communications Center Director Chris Cord was installed as President of the state chapter at the conference. Last year, Director Cord served on the board as the president - elect. Chapter members elected Supervisor Holly Williams, the current treasurer of the chapter, to serve as the new Vice President. Communications Officer Peggy Helmick remained as a director - at - large of the chapter. All three (3) were sworn in during the conference ’ s closing ceremonies.

In addition to the election of officers, Communications Training Officer (CTO) Jeremy Brown and Supervisor Williams presented a class on “ Mentoring Tomorrow ’ s 9 - 1 - 1 Leaders, ” during the conference training sessions. They spoke in the Washington Lecture Hall to about 50 attendees on growing leaders within communications centers, helping new communications officers find their footing and start down a career path in the 9 - 1 - 1 industry, and how to be a better mentor or coach. Jeremy Brown and Holly Williams

The Orange County Emergency Communications A - Team was awarded Team of the Year for Virginia APCO. The A - Team was nominated for the award in recognition of their handling of a difficult call in June of 2020, including the teamwork that went into working the call. The original caller was in another jurisdiction bordering Orange County, but refused to be transferred to that jurisdiction. For an hour, CTO Brown remained on the line with the caller while another team member relayed information as it was happening to the neighboring jurisdiction so that help could reach the caller. The remaining communications officer and supervisor had to manage all working radio channels and the other phone lines by themselves during that time. The team worked so well together that responders in the

L to R - Chris Cord, Emergency Communications Center (ECC) Director; Peggy Helmick, Communications Officer; Holly Williams, Communications Supervisor; and Jeremy Brown, Communications Training Officer.

field and citizens did not notice any disruption in service. All calls were still answered on the first ring, and responders were dispatched normally. It was an outstanding team effort and was deserving of the nomination and award. CTO Brown and Supervisor Williams were present to accept the award.

Orange County Emergency Communications is proud to have dedicated team members willing to go above and beyond for all 9 - 1 - 1 callers and responders to ensure quality service is delivered. We thank them for their dedication to the citizens and responders of Orange County.

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Government Offices and Libraries will be closed Thursday, December 23, 2021, and Friday, December 24, 2021. All will resume their normal operating schedule on Monday, December 27, 2021.

The Landfill and Collection Sites will close at noon on Friday, December 24, 2021, and be closed on Saturday, December, 25, 2021. They will resume their normal operating schedule on Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Public Works Announces New Online Work Order System Public Works is excited to announce an all new online work order system. Effective January 1, 2022 , all work orders must be submitted via the online work order system. Public Works staff intends to respond to each request within 24 business hours, and either complete or establish a completion plan within 72 business hours.

In order to streamline our efforts, allocate resources effectively, and prioritize projects correctly, we are encouraging everyone to utilize the online system.

Orange County staff will receive an email invitation via Microsoft to access the site, which is hosted on Microsoft 365 SharePoint. Please reach out to Public Works or IT with any questions. Staff may begin to use the system as soon as they receive access. Additional department staff members may be added by contacting Stephanie Straub, Ryan Dewyea, or Carol Faulk. Public Works appreciates the continued patience and support as we work to provide professional, safe, and clean facilities for Orange County staff and the community.

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Orange County Economic Development and Tourism Encourage you to “ BuyOrangeVA ” This Holiday Season

Contributed by: Orange County Economic Development

Orange County is home to over 37,000 residents. These residents live here, work , play, and go to school here, and pay taxes here. Typically, citizens have little control over what happens to most of their federal, state, and local taxes after they are paid. However, our residents are able to exercise some control over the Local Option Sales Tax. This tax is collected on all goods and services purchased in Orange County. Of the 5.3% Virginia State sales tax collected on each transaction (a little more than five cents on the dollar), one cent is returned to the county in which it was collected. When an Orange resident shops in another county, the sales tax paid is deposited in another county ’ s general fund. In short, when you shop outside of Orange, you fund other localities ’ police department, fire department, and other publicly funded services. So, when you head out for your holiday shopping adventure, fill up your gas tank, grab a cup of coffee, or make your next grocery trip, think about where you spend your money. Start planning your trip here www.buyorangeva.com or visitorangevirginia.com/explore/.

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2021 Office Door Decorating Contest Brings Joy By Michelle Williams, Deputy Clerk / Senior Administrative Assistant The Orange County Administration Office kicked off the holiday season by offering the annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest for the 3 rd year running! Participants were invited to decorate as a group, department, or individually. There are 13 entries, with a record 13 departments participating! Voting is open from Monday, December 13, 2021, to Thursday, December 16, 2021, to County Employees via the Microsoft Team’s Channel OC Water Cooler, and on the County of Orange, Virginia – Local Government Facebook page. The door with the most LIKES will be awarded FREE lunch. Superlatives will be given for Most Festive and Most Creative. Awards will be presented on Friday, December 17, 2021. Check out the January 2022 issue for photos from the annual Holiday Spirit Week! • Monday, December 13th - Holiday Hats • Tuesday, December 14th - Tinsel Toes Tuesday (wear holiday socks or footwear) • Wednesday, December 15th - Winter Wonderland Wednesday (wear blue, white, and silver) • Thursday, December 16th - Baby, It’s Cold Outside (wear a sweater) • Friday, December 17th - Flannel Shirt Friday

Main Library - Sinead Tanner

Email your photos to mlwilliams@orangecountyva.gov.

Treasurer's Office

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PSB Custodians - Cindy & Sarah

Building & Development Services

Commissioner of the Revenue

Economic Dev. & Tourism

Ext. Office - Kelly Carr, Emily Welch

Main Library

Main Library – Robin Coppa

Main Library — Michelle Pursel

Information Technology

Parks & Recreation and OOY

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Orange County Recognizes Tobacco Litter Impacts

By Ashley Jacobs, Office on Youth Program Coordinator

The Orange County Litter Control Committee and Orange County Office on Youth recently partnered to address tobacco litter in Orange County. Staff members and six (6) youth volunteers from the Orange County Youth Council collected tobacco litter, including cigarette butts, in addition to non - tobacco litter.

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in our local community and in the world. At a spring 2021 event, an estimated 6,500 cigarette butts were recovered during a clean - up in the Town of Orange. In just under one and a half hours, volunteers collected an estimated 5,000 cigarette butts in the Town of Gordonsville for the fall 2021 event, as well as four (4) bags of assorted non - tobacco litter. With funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, the Orange County Office on Youth hopes to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco product use. Tobacco use is not only harmful to the body of the user, but also to the environment when tobacco litter fills streets and other areas. Cigarette butts are nonbiodegradable 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.

Resources are readily available to help those who wish to quit the use of tobacco products. Quit Now Virginia provides free information and coaching by telephone or online to residents who want to quit smoking or using tobacco. Interested persons can dial (800) QUIT - NOW or visit QuitNow.net/Virginia for assistance that is free and confidential and available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Orange County youth and young adults can also text VAPEFREEOC to 88709 for free and completely confidential assistance with vaping cessation. Enrolled persons will receive up to 12 - weeks of daily text messages with quit date assistance. The text messages show the real side of quitting, to help young people feel motivated, inspired, and supported throughout their quitting process. For more information, please contact Ashley Jacobs, Office on Youth Program Coordinator, at (540) 672 - 5484 ext. 1 or ajacobs@orangecountyva.gov.

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Government Offices & Libraries will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2021.

The Landfill and Collection Sites will only be closed on Saturday, January 1, 2021.

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Departments In Depth: The Orange County Voter Registration and Elections Department

By Ellen Coyne, Communications Department Intern

The Orange County Voter Registration and Elections Department works tirelessly to ensure transparency and efficiency during each election season. Virginia is always in an election cycle, and Donna Harpold, the Director of Elections and General Registrar for Orange County, knows how to keep the department working like a well - oiled machine. Harpold and her department are determined to ensure a secure and well - run election. During election season, Harpold said, “ Voter registration picks up, and the election becomes an event with many wheels turning all the time. We have no idea how many people will vote, and we must be prepared for everyone to show up, even if they aren ’ t going to. ” To prepare for election season, the Voter Registration and Elections Department hires Election Officers as volunteers. The volunteers must be registered voters and may not hold elected office. The Election Officers were essential during last year ’ s elections due to the challenges presented by the COVID - 19 pandemic. Harpold would like the community to know that the Voter Registration and Elections Department guarantees full transparency about the election process. “ If people want to call and ask questions, we will answer questions. The state also developed an election integrity campaign to help address any questions that citizens might have. ” Although the planning and the transparency of the elections is a large part of the job, another crucial role is encouraging Orange County citizens to vote in every election. “ Some of our Orange County races were very close, and we have had recounts as close as 50 votes, ” said Harpold. “ Local - level elections are very important. The state does pass laws, but the execution occurs at the local level. ”

As another election year comes to an end, Harpold reflected on her Department ’ s perseverance and work ethic. “ As hard as it can be at times, our department always gets through it, and after it ’ s all said and done, we can take a deep breath and look at our contribution to the community. I also have hard - working employees that help me every day. Bridget Joyce is our Elections Manager, and Kayla Conley is our part - time employee. I could not do what I do without them. ” To register to vote, visit elections.virginia.gov. You can also register at DMV. To register in person, come in to the office, located at 146 N. Madison Road, Suite 204 Orange.

Email vote@orangecountyva.gov to be an election official!

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Orange County Employees Secret Pal Signup

The Orange County Employee Secret Pal program is ramping up for 2022 Q1! Once again, this program has brought much delight to those signed up and even those who are on - lookers. We ’ ve decided to have four - month giving periods (6 was too long and 3 was too short). Participants are only required to give a $5 gift per month and once a month (you can choose to give more if you like!) Just try it! County employees who are interested in participating should contact Michelle Williams at extension 5405 for a questionnaire and information sheet. Additionally, information will be distributed to each department. Questionnaires should be submitted by Tuesday, December 21, 2021, to participate. Secret Pals will be drawn on Monday, December 27, 2021.

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Don ’ t Miss These Community Events! Information Courtesy of Lori Landes - Carter, Tourism Manager, Orange County Tourism

Four County Players ’ IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Tickets are still available! Remaining performances on the MAINSTAGE December 17 th and 18 th , at 8:00 p.m. December 19 th , at 2:30 p.m. “ We Need A Little Christmas ” holiday show presented by Lake of the Woods Players: Dec. 16 th , 17 th , and 18 th , at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 th and 19 th , at 2:00 p.m. A musical concert presented by the Show Stoppers and Lake of the Woods Players! https://www.lowplayers.org/

2021 Gingerbread House Contest: Voting still going on through December 19 th Stroll down Main Street and vote for your favorites by placing a paper ballot in the specially marked boxes at either end of the street .

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Orange County Parks & Rec

Tacky Lights Tour December 13 th - 15 th

Orange County Government Offices and

Libraries CLOSED

for the Christmas Holiday December 23 rd and 24 th .

Quill a Valentine: Hosted by the

James Madison Museum Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

Be sure to bookmark the Visit Orange events page so you don ’ t miss the fun!

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Orange County Public Libraries Partner with VDH to Distribute COVID - 19 Rapid Tests

By Katie Hill, Library Director

The Orange County Public Libraries have partnered with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to offer curbside pickup for citizens to receive up to four (4) free COVID - 19 Rapid tests per adult. A library card is not required.

Tests are supplied by VDH and require an Internet connection, webcam and microphone (or smartphone), and a photo ID for use. The test is administered with an online proctor who will verify ID and ensure you conduct the test correctly. These E - MED Binax Now tests are FDA approved and provide a digital verification of a negative test.

To receive a test at a local Orange County Library branch, please do the following:

• To ensure availability, call ahead to reserve your test(s) for same day pickup. Tests not picked up during the library ’ s open hours that day will be returned to the available pool for others. Tests are only available via curbside pickup. Please wear a mask when picking up tests.

• Please check the library ’ s website for hours, including special holiday hours at www.ocplva.org.

• Call when you reach the library and staff will place your tests on a numbered pickup cart outside.

Main Library - (540) 672 - 3811

Wilderness Branch - (540) 854 - 5310

 Gordonsville Branch - (540) 832 - 0712

• Please do not enter the library if presenting symptoms. Consider asking someone else to pick up the test for you.

The Orange County Public Libraries are NOT testing centers. Citizens are welcome to make use of our expanded Wi - Fi in our parking lots. Tests shall not be administered inside the library as we do not have the facilities to safely dispose of used tests. For information about the provided E - MED test kit, please contact (866) 855 - 1173.

Tests are available while supplies last. The Library has the ability to request a re - stock, but has no control over how quickly that may occur, if at all.

For additional information, please contact Katie Hill, Library Director, at (540) 672 - 3811. Visit the VDH website, https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect - yourself/covid - 19 - testing/stacc/, for questions regarding the testing program. A hotline is also available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at (877) 829 - 4622.

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“Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” — Oren Arnold

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Adding Fruits and Veggies to Holiday Celebrations is Easier than you Think By Kaci Daniel, Extension Agent, Unit Coordinator With so many holiday celebrations in November, December, and January, it ’ s easy to get weighed down (or up, if we ’ re talking about the scale!) with high fats and empty carbs. Here are some easy ideas to incorporate tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables in your parties and gatherings. First, cut up broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers, and set out baby carrots and snow or snap peas instead of crackers for hot and cold dips, cheese platters, and tasty sauces. Food on a stick is fun (and easier to pick up). Create mini - kebabs to look like the Grinch in a Santa hat. Place a green grape topped with a strawberry and mini marshmallow on a toothpick. For a savory option, skewer grape tomatoes with low - fat mozzarella cheese and a basil leaf and drizzle with olive oil. For a star of the show main course, consider moussaka, a traditional Greek casserole that is layered. Traditional moussaka has a lamb or beef sauce, but vegetarian moussaka also makes a wonderful complete meal. Finally, for dessert, don ’ t overlook the addition of grated yellow squash or zucchini in chocolate brownies. They add moisture and fiber and will go undetected by your guests. Canned pumpkin puree is another great alternative in baked goods.

Vegetarian

Moussaka

recipe

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EatingEuropean.com

Link: https://eatingeuropean.com/vegetarian - moussaka/

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2021 Turkey Toss Gobbles Up Record Attendance

By Jayson Woods, Programs & Facilities Supervisor, Parks & Recreation

Fresh on the heels (or spurs?) of the 2020 Turkey Toss being recognized for a Snapshot Moment award at the VRPS Annual Conference in Harrisonburg, Virginia, this year ’ s tournament set the bar even higher! Enjoying the record - breaking participation of 17 teams, the tournament was made possible by the support of Prodigy Disc and Visit Orange County Virginia, with the additional generous backing of prize sponsors Champion Ice House, Unionville Brewing Company, Iron Pipe Alewerks, and Patch Brewing Company. Despite the chilly and breezy weather, spirits were high as folks began the check - in process and received their commemorative disc.

Parks & Recreation was overjoyed to see almost all our previous teams return, and glad to welcome new faces as well. Since 2019, the tournament has increased from 9 teams, to 14, and now 17! The increase in participation resulted in us adding an additional flight after the first round. These flights are groups of players with similar scores created based on first round performance, with the intent of creating miniature competitive groups within the larger whole. Using this system, players who are more recreational can still enjoy some competitive thrills against their peers rather than continuing a second round knowing they have already been eliminated from prize potential by more serious players. The whole tournament premise is

built with a primary focus on fun and a secondary focus on competition, which matches the mission and design of the course itself. The first round allows players to try out formats like “ Best Score ” and “ Captain ’ s Choice, ” which are a refreshing change from typical play as teammates can make up for each other ’ s mistakes. The second round is designed to increase separation between teams; “ Alternate Shot ” is played for all 18 holes. Alternate shot requires players to take turns and make decisions, and a mistake by either teammate can spell disaster.

Continually strong competitors, the odds - on favorites entering the tournament were the Roberts twins, Caleb and Tyler. Claiming the early lead after the first round with a blazing

score of 42 (or 13 under par), they built on their lead in the second round. Their score dropped by only 2 throws compared to the first round despite the much more challenging “ Alternate Shot ” play format. Overall, they took the Championship position by a commanding lead of 8 throws. In the second flight the competition was much tighter, with the team of Austin Gerber and Matt Beaulieu (returning champs from 2020) winning with only 6 throws separating them from the fifth - place team in that flight. The third flight

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held many ties, including one at first. After a tiebreaker in which a random hole is chosen and scores are compared working backwards from that hole, the winning team was determined to be newcomers Nate and Matt Viar. In the fourth and final flight, the Donnell brothers of Sam and Jeffery came out on top after the same tiebreaker gave them the edge over Parks & Rec. staff (and tournament organizers) Tim Moubray and Jayson Woods. As we enter the new year, the Parks & Recreation department plans to offer at least one disc golf program or event per quarter, with the first being the brand new “ Winter One - Disc - Erland ” tournament. It will be an individual, single - round tournament with the

unique concept of requiring players to use just one mid - range disc. Even better, the identity of that disc will be kept secret until arrival at the tournament. Most players expressed excitement at the prospect of such a new and different type of tournament. The department is proud to offer a high - quality disc golf experience, both in terms of the course itself and our programs.

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Orange County Residents Eligible for Septic System Repairs Reimbursement

By Stephanie DeNicola - Turner, Education/Information Coordinator, Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District

All residents of Orange County that live in the Upper York River Watershed continue to be eligible for reimbursement of 50 to 80 percent of the expense of pumping and inspecting, repairing or replacing on - lot septic systems. The Upper York Watershed is nearly all of Orange County which is BOTH south of Route 20 AND east of US Route 15, except for very small areas along the County border with Spotsylvania and Louisa Counties. The Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District grants program continues its funding to help reduce bacteria pollution in local streams. The series of grants is focused on reducing any existing or potential impacts on local ground and surface water quality. E. coli bacteria in some

local streams has long been identified as being higher than expected by state water quality standards, although other pollutants can also be involved, particularly nutrients. An additional benefit to the property owner is the assurance that their system is up to standards and functioning properly. It is a win - win for both water quality and property value. Program participants are eligible for several different payments depending on the actual needs of their system. Reimbursement payments are typically 50 percent although can go as high as 80 percent for tiered low - income status. Maximum payments to property owners at 50% cost share to property owners under average income levels are $2,000 maximum towards a pump out with system inspection; $2,500 maximum towards a repair; $4,000 maximum toward a conventional system or $6,000 if a pump is required to move the liquids to the drain field; and $12,000 maximum toward an alternative engineered system. Maximum payments under low - income situations at the 80% cost share level are $3,200 maximum towards a pump out with system inspection; $4,000 maximum towards a repair; $6,400 maximum toward a conventional system or $9,600 if a pump is required to move the liquids to the drain field; and $19,200 maximum toward an alternative engineered system. Pump outs and inspections are encouraged for everyone; such preventative maintenance extends the life of a system and prevents higher costs later on if the systems fail. If further repairs are indicated by the inspection, the owner is still eligible for the additional repair payments. Applications are required and need to be approved prior to the work being done or funding can be declined. Free assistance with initial assessments of individual system needs is available from the District. Reimbursement payments are made promptly once the work has been completed. The program is entirely voluntary and assistance from the District is free of charge. Further information on the program is available from the District at (540) 825 - 8591 or (540) 948 - 7531. Funding for these projects has been secured by the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Commonwealth of Virginia and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Full - time Opportunities

Part - time Opportunities

Accounts Payable Technician Administrative Assistant / Receptionist Communications Officer Economic Development and Tourism Program Manager

Animal Caretaker Collection Site Attendant

Firefighter / EMT Firefighter / Medic Maintenance Technician II Senior Maintenance Technician Wellness Program Manager

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Orange County Public Schools Calendar 2021 - 2022

Link to Calendar

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TAX INFORMATION

2021 PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES AND SECOND HALF REAL ESTATE TAX 2021 Personal Property Taxes and second half Real Estate Taxes were due on December 6, 2021. A 10% penalty has been assessed to any unpaid tax. Interest will begin January 1, 2022. Original billing statements were mailed and amounts due are available here. If you have any changes that need to be made to your tax bill, have an address change, or assessment/billing concerns, please call the Commissioner of the Revenue ’ s Office at (540) 672 - 4441. Payment questions should be directed to the Treasurer ’ s Office at (540) 672 - 2656. The Orange County Treasurer ’ s Office accepts payments through the following methods: · Via drop box, located at 112. W. Main Street, Orange · Online: Payment Options page on the Orange County website · By mail to the Orange County Treasurer, P.O. Box 469, Orange, VA 22960

DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES Real estate parcels that are more than two years delinquent are assigned to Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C. for collections and processing for the tax sale of property. Any collection administrative or legal costs incurred to collect the taxes owed will be charged to the taxpayer.

Reminders Short - Term Rental (Transient Occupancy Tax)

Third quarter filings were due by October 31, 2021. Fourth quarter will be due by January 31, 2022. More information can be found here: http://www.orangecountyva.gov/408/Transient - Occupancy - Tax - Short - Term - Renta.

For www.orangecountyva.gov/396/ Treasurer or contact Dawn Herndon, Treasurer, at (540) 672 - 2656 or dherndon@orangecountyva.gov. more information, visit

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Citizens Ask...

By Michelle Williams

Q: How do I report a street sign that is missing or broken? A: Citizens should contact Building & Development Services at (540) 672 - 4574 in order to report a missing or broken street sign. The form may also be completed and submitted online: Sign Repair Form.

Q: I have some wildlife that is causing a nuisance. Who do I call? A: Animal Control Officers are trained to deal with domestic animals, not wildlife. If you have a problem with bears in your yard, deer eating your garden, or raccoons getting into your garbage, you can call the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (formerly Game and Inland Fisheries) at 1 (855) 571 - 9003 or call the Sheriff's Office at (540) 672 - 1200 and they will put you in contact with the local Conservation Police Officer. If wildlife is in your house or an immediate danger to life or limb, call the Sheriff's Office and we will send someone to help you.

Treasurer ’ s Office

Get to know Orange County staff... The Personnel File:

This month, we are honoring our steadfast Treasurer ’ s Office personnel. Especially during the first part of December, they are busy processing tax payments for our citizens. The staff is dedicated to accuracy and providing great customer service. Thank you!

L to R: Heather Joyce, Drema Rogers, Dawn Herndon, Krystle Dickson, and Carrie Leistra.

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Orange County Communications Department 112 W. Main Street P.O. Box 111 Orange, VA 22960

POSTAL CUSTOMER

Meet Finley Sweet and chunky little Finley came to us as a scared stray. Our best guess is he is around 8 years old. He is a gentle old man that is looking for a laid back home. Finley is a friendly, affectionate, gentle, quiet, playful, dignified, couch potato who loves kisses. He loves to go on easy walks and just really wants to be loved. Finley can be a little shy but he warms up quickly!! He has done well with the dogs and cats he has met at the Shelter. Finley was previously neutered, we have microchipped him, brought him current on all vaccines and deworming. He has tested negative for Heartworm. Flea/Tick and Heartworm preventatives have been started. If interested, please go to the County website and fill out the preadoption application and email to the Director at Gjenkins@orangecountyva.gov .

Visit us on Facebook See Adoptable Pets Here (540) 672 - 1124 Directions: 11362 Porter Road Orange VA 22960

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