Orange County Insight December 2022

Orange County's monthly source for in-depth information about activities, programs, events, and more.



Door Decorating Contest Pages 7 - 8 Social Services Assistance Program Recap Page 20 Cultural Initiative Next Steps Page 2 - 4 Service Awards Presentation Pages 5 - 6

Personal Property Tax Reminder Page 28



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Team Orange,

Allow me to thank each employee for your excellent work this year as we strive to move our community forward. Your individual contributions are key to our success, and even more importantly, our collective teamwork is a force multiplier that carries us farther and faster on our journey towards service excellence. As I alluded to last month, on the adjoining pages is information about the Orange JUICE organizational development teamwork we will be advancing as we start the New Year. Please take a moment to look it over and talk with your colleagues about it. Will this work help us move forward as an organization? Are we missing anything? Can you find some time to get involved? This is a great opportunity for you to influence our workplace with your great ideas. In related news, a preliminary review of our Organizational Climate Survey reveals that more and more employees are engaged in the work we are doing to make Orange County a top workplace for talented and passionate public servants. We ’ ll have more to report on that next month! As we close out 2022, I wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and best wishes for a prosperous 2023. I invite you to join me on our organizational advancement journey, and I am optimistic that Orange County will enjoy an exciting 2023!

Again, thank you, and enjoy the holidays!

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By: Orange County Administration

As we embark on our journey to build the best version of our Orange County team, it is necessary to take a step back to ensure we have a good handle on our mission, vision, and values. You might ask why we should do this, and what exactly are mission, vision, and values? Here ’ s a brief explanation.

A mission statement is a concise explanation of the organization's reason for existence. It describes the organization's purpose and its overall intention. The mission statement supports the vision and serves to communicate purpose and direction to employees, customers, and other stakeholders.

A vision statement looks forward and creates a mental image of the ideal state that the organization wishes to achieve. It is inspirational and aspirational and should challenge employees. If we achieved all strategic goals, what would we look like 10 years from now? A values statement lists the core principles that guide and direct the organization and its culture. In a values - led organization, the values create a moral compass for the organization and its employees. It guides decision - making and establishes a standard against which actions can be assessed. These core values are an internalized framework that is shared and acted on by leadership and guides employees as they make day to day decisions in their work. Collectively, mission, vision and values define what we do, why we do it, and how we work.

We have included updated mission, vision and values on the culture roadmap on the following pages. Additionally, there are five “ goal areas ” that have been identified through the culture survey sent out to employees earlier this summer and through work of the Culture Initiative Team and Senior Leadership Team:

1. employee growth and development, 2. collaboration, 3. customer service, 4. communication, and 5. positive work environment.

The Culture Initiative Team and Senior Leadership have met throughout the year to discuss different areas of concern of Orange County employees. On pages three (3) and four (4) you will see graphics of our organization ’ s Mission, Vision, and Values as well as Culture Roadmap. Please look at these graphics as they are what we as an organization are working toward. As we begin calendar year 2023, implementation teams led by goal co - champions will start working on the issues identified. Goal co - champions will be creating teams that will

help to plan activities, support goal co - champions, and be a point of contact for ad hoc teams. Ad hoc teams, are temporary teams that will execute specific initiatives. The implementation structure shows how issues will be addressed to meet the goals that teams have set.

The four initiatives that will be tackled first include:

1. preparing new employees for success by creating an onboarding program, 2. engaging all staff to create values statements by getting employees to help define the values, 3. improve two (2) way communication by disseminating information in new and different ways, and 4. communicating Orange County ’ s shared mission, vision, and values to all staff and to the community by using our new methods of two - way communication. Groups are tackling these four initiatives first and then will proceed with completing more initiatives within each group of goals. This culture roadmap will guide our work together over the next two years. Below is a visual of the implementation structure. These changes will not happen overnight and will take everyone ’ s help to bring to fruition. If you are a County of Orange employee, please join us in making positive changes within the organization to help make this a great place to work.

If you would like to help any of the five implementation teams above, reach out to Roadmap Coordinator, Michelle Williams,

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Service Awards Presentation

By: Orange County Communications Department

The Pavilion at Lakeland Farm was the perfect place for the 2nd Annual Service Awards Presentation on Friday, November 18, 2022. County Administrator Ted Voorhees opened the presentation by welcoming staff and their families and thanking them for their dedicated service to the County of Orange. There were just under forty (40) staff members recognized for their service. After employees and their guests enjoyed a delicious catered barbeque meal, Ted Voorhees called each Service Award recipient to receive their certificate and pin. During the presentation, there was a moment of silence for each of the staff members that were lost this year that would have received a Service Award.*

2022 Service Awards Recipients

Rosemary James

Lindsey Schienschang

Robert Blakley

5 years

Carl Joseph

Christopher Schienschang

Kathy Cash

Justin Neal

Patricia Sparks

Mary Clatterbuck

Raymond Offer

Major Davis

Waler Orzechowski

Crystal Hale

Heather Joyce

Stephanie Straub

10 years

John Berry*

Eric Mackison

Sinead Tanner

Randy Clatterbuck

David McMaster

Joyce Thomas

Rose Deal

Suzanne Palmiter

Elizabeth Thomas*

Kristie Hicks

Alyson Simpson

Victoria Tidman

Gina Jenkins

Christopher Williams

30 years

15 years

20 years

25 years

Katie Hill

Mark Amos

Bryan McFarlane

Dorothy Di Liddo

Jayne Rogers

Nathan Mort

Donna Ellis

Donnie Shifflett

Mike Throckmorton

Valerie Jarrell

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5 Years

10 Years

Front Row, Left to Right: Victoria Tidman, Joyce Thomas, Alyson Simpson, Stephanie Straub Second Row, Left to Right: Gina Jenkins, Heather Joyce, Christopher Williams

Robert Blakley and Patricia Sparks

15 Years

20 Years

Mike Throckmorton and Nathan Mort

Dorothy Di Liddo and Donna Ellis

25 Years

Jayne Rogers and Katie Hill

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The Orange County Administration Office kicked off the holiday season by offering the annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest for the 4 th year running! Participants were invited to decorate as a group, department, or individually. There were 19 entries, with a record 15 By: Orange County Communications Department Holiday Door Decorating Contest

Best Overall

departments participating! Some departments joined forces, and some were in competition with each other!

The winners are below!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Check out the January 2023 issue for photos from the annual Holiday

Spirit Week!

Finance Department

Most Festive


Most Facebook Likes

Most Creative

Assistant County Administrator for Operations

County Attorney

Department of Public Works by: Cindy Hawkins and Sandy Lafond

Library Sh “ elfies ”

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ECC Shift D


Extension Office

Gordonsville Library

Treasurer's Office

Commissioner of the Revenue

Parks and Recreation By: Rosanna Zamudio


Information Technology

Orange County Library

Economic Development

ECC Abbe Smithson

OC Library Youth Services By: Dee Fleming

Office on Youth

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By: Orange County Information Technology Department

Strong password tips! Using a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols will help to make your password strong. A good practice

is to use both letters and numbers to spell words, you can try replacing vowels with corresponding numbers (4 = a, 1 = i, 3 = e, 0 = o.) This makes passwords easier to remember but significantly stronger! Try it for yourself! The longer and more variety you add in your password the stronger you will make it. If you have any questions, please contact the Orange County Helpdesk at

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Thank You! Considering an end of year donation? We make it easy! Visit to donate online.

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By: Orange County Communications Department

The Orange County Animal Shelter is kicking off a campaign to raise $10,000 in donations! A fundraiser of this magnitude has never been attempted before, but with your help, they are hopeful they can at least approach the goal! The Shelter will enhance the lives of these wonderful animals by raising funds to help improve the kitty playroom and their lounge area. They would also like to improve the doggy play yards by installing new footing and a permanent canopy. Your tax - deductible donation will go toward their lifesaving mission to continue nursing the wounded, loving the unwanted, and finding “ fur - ever ” homes for the abandoned. The Shelter knows you have many deserving options as you consider an end - of - year donation to a worthy cause. They appreciate you thinking of the animals of the Orange County Animal Shelter! Please join us as theycontinue our mission to help animals in need! How it works: - Fill a stocking with toys, treats, or supplies for a shelter pet - You can choose to do a specific pet or a general one - we ’ ll place it on a kennel! - Drop it off before December 20, 2022. If the shelter pet gets adopted, the stocking goes home with them. If they are still at the shelter on Christmas, the staff will help each animal open their stockings and enjoy some extra treats and toys on Christmas Day! You can pick up a stocking during our normal operating hours, take it home and fill it, or simply bring your stocking stuffers with you and fill the stocking at the Shelter.

Bleach/laundry detergent

Clumping cat litter

Canned dog/cat food

Frontline for dogs/cats


Peanut Butter

Dog/cat toys

Dog/cat treats

Dog leashes

Martingale collars


Thank you for helping us make the holidays furry and bright for these sweet shelter pets!

Cardboard flats

Simply go to: Under Payment type, select Animal Shelter Donation Enter your Name under Donator Name Hit Continue and enter your payment information.

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Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Updates

By: Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy in partnership with Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will replace the current North Anna Power Station and Surry Power Station alert sirens with the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) on February 1, 2023.

As a reminder, IPAWS will be the primary system used to both alert and notify the public should a general emergency take place at North Anna or Surry power stations. IPAWS uses two methods for alerting, similar to Amber Alerts, and notifying the public: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to alert and share messaging to cellphones and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to notify and share messaging through television and radio broadcasting. IPAWS - WEA is the primary Alert method and IPAWS - EAS is the primary Notification method.

Both Dominion Energy and VDEM look forward to the ability to provide real - time information to the public in the event of an emergency. Backup alerting systems will be in place with the addition of outreach to residential and business phones (landlines) and notification to recreational areas such as parks and bodies of water.

Public outreach will begin mid - January 2023 and continue throughout the month of February to ensure those that live, work, and recreate near North Anna and Surry power stations are aware of and understand the replacement of emergency alert sirens with IPAWS. This will include a mailing to property owners within the 10 - mile Emergency Preparedness Zone (EPZ) for each station. Local media outlets and community organizations will be briefed. Newspaper, digital, and radio advertisement campaigns will be conducted. Outreach will also continue into the summer season when transient populations increase.

Additional information may be found at our website, - and - facilities/nuclear - facilities/alert - transition - faqs, or at our North Anna Nuclear Information Center and Surry Nuclear Information Center. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Orange a Revolving Loan Fund program, aimed to provide a flexible source of supplemental financing for businesses expanding or locating to Orange County. The fund, created to assist businesses respond to impacts from the COVID - 19 pandemic, was funded using American Rescue Plan Act monies. Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) will administer the Fund and only Orange County businesses will be eligible to receive loans from the fund. Eligible uses for loan proceeds include operating capital, land or building acquisition, new construction, property rehabilitation or improvements, the purchase of equipment, supplies and material, and inventory for resale. County Economic Development is pleased to announce The revolving loan fund is the first of its kind available to Orange County businesses and will offer individual loans up to $20,000. Rose Deal, Economic Development Director, noted, “ The Orange County Revolving Loan Fund will provide affordable loans to the business community and help get additional support to more Orange County businesses as the community continues to recover from impacts associated with the coronavirus pandemic. ” As a certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) and a focus on under resourced entrepreneurs, CIC is an ideal partner for this initiative. Since launching in 2012, it has made nearly $2 million in microloans to businesses throughout the region, displaying its commitment to the continued evolution of the business community and the entrepreneurial spirit of its members. "We're excited to launch this new partnership with Orange County and to assist Orange County entrepreneurs access the capital they need to launch and grow their businesses," said Stephen Davis, President of CIC.











at - orange/financing or contact Rose Deal at (540) 672 - 1238.

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Go to and click "Payment Options"

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Weather Watch vs. Warning By: Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEMS) and National Weather Service (NWS)

Is there a better way to learn the difference between a watch and a warning than warm cookies? With winter weather just around the corner, it ’ s a good time to refresh on weather terminology. Don't crumble under pressure if you ever get a warning. You just to know these terms beforehand and what to do if one is issued. knead

Watch: The ingredients are in place for hazardous weather to happen (cookies are possible.)

Warning: Hazardous weather

has formed and is happening (cookies are here.) Next time you aren ’ t sure of the difference, just remember this great cookie visual!

OCPR Participates in Christmas Parade

By: Orange County Communications Department

Orange County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) Lawnmower Brigade placed third place in the Performance category of the Orange County Rotary parade on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The theme of the parade was Christmas in Orange: Past | Present | Future. Congratulations! To see what fun programs Orange County Parks and Recreation has to offer, check out ocpr.

Pictured Left to Right: Stephanie Straub, Evan Straub, Emory Straub, Shepperd Parrish, Matthew Hottle, Steve Boyer, and Tim Moubray

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Enjoy Orange Passport By: Orange County Economic Development

As a component of our “ Enjoy Orange Campaign, ” the Orange County Office of Economic Development encourages our community to shop local, by participating in the Orange County Enjoy Orange Passport Event. The event begins on Small Business Saturday, November 26 th , and extends through December 16, 2022. The passport event encourages consumers to shop and dine at small businesses throughout Orange County (excludes franchises or national chains) for a chance to win one (1) of four (4) $25 gift card to an Orange County business of choice, or a

variety of other prizes from local businesses. Winners will be announced on December 19, 2022.

Rose Deal, Economic Development and Tourism Director noted, “ We want to encourage residents and visitors alike to “ Enjoy Orange ” buy shopping and dining local this holiday season. Our shops have personal, unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. While you ’ re out and about, be sure to experience some of the best fare around at our local restaurants. ” To download your passport and for more information, please visit https:// - here/enjoy - orange, or contact Regan McKay at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672 - 1238 or

Tax Exemption Application For Nonprofit Organizations By: Orange County Communications Department

The 2023 Tax Exemption Application for Real Estate and Personal Property filing deadline is December 31, 2022.

This application is for use by nonprofit organizations seeking exemption from taxes on property used for religious, charitable, patriotic, historical, benevolent, cultural, or public park and playground purposes only.

If you have any questions regarding the application for the exemption process, please call the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office at (540) 672 - 4441.

2023 Tax Exemption Application for Real Estate and Personal Property: DocumentCenter/View/5018/Re - Application - for - 2023 - Renewals - for - all - exempt - Orgs

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Thanksgiving Assistance Program

By: Crystal Hale, Department of Social Services Director

Orange County DSS distributed over 300 Thanksgiving meals and/or Walmart gift cards. An anonymous donation of two hundred 200 $25 Walmart gift cards combined with food boxes full of groceries and turkeys donated by local churches, citizens, and other organizations helped to make this project successful. A special thank you to our anonymous gift card donor and also to the Piedmont Area Chapter - Wild Turkey Federation for donating fifty (50) boxes of food with turkeys. Many Orange County Department of Social Services (OCDSS) staff worked tirelessly to ensure the applications were collected and screened and also to coordinate, participate, and facilitate the distribution prior to Thanksgiving. The Extension Office assisted by providing space to stage the food distribution. We also had assistance with the heavy lifting of carrying food to the client's vehicles by four (4) Orange County High School (OCHS) Seniors - Drew Clay, Luke Jarrell, Blane Jennings, and Ethan Turner. These young men were a huge help.

OCDSS employees Tabatha Rhoades and Crystal Hale with PAC Wild Turkey Federation representative Lee Wilson

OCDSS employees Johanny Paniagua, Lara Lam, and Teresa Latimer during Thanksgiving Distribution.

OCDSS employees Chrystal Shifflett, Kellie Honeycutt, and Kim Downin were ready to help clients during our Thanksgiving Distribution.

OCHS seniors Luke Jarrell, Drew Clay, Blane Jennings, and Ethan Turner helped with Thanksgiving distribution.

Orange County DSS partnered with the numerous citizens, organizations, and local civic groups to provide Christmas gifts to over two hundred fifty (250) older and disabled adults. The community came together in a big way to help ensure that all eligible applicants received Christmas gifts. Many OCDSS and Orange County staff assisted by adopting and delivering. This program is an excellent way to reach some of our most isolated and vulnerable citizens who may otherwise go without a visit or gift. Christmas Assistance Program

We also partnered with OCHS Student Council Association (SCA) and the OCHS Dead Tattooed Tree Society to collect and wrap gripper socks for over 350 older and disabled adults. The socks were delivered throughout the County to local adults by OCDSS staff.

Magician performing magic tricks at the LOW Foster Family Christmas Dinner.

OCDSS staff collected, screened, and recorded applications for the Orange County Toy Box and as of December 8, 2022, we had collected applications for 670 children. All applications were then transferred to the Orange County Toy Box to fulfill the need. Through a partnership with Lake of the Woods (LOW) Church, our annual Christmas Party for OCDSS foster children, foster families, and OCDSS Family Services staff was held on Friday, December 2, 2022. LOW Church provided a beautifully decorated venue, dinner, a magician, and invited Santa Claus to attend and surprise the children and staff with gifts. Lake of the Woods Church always goes all out to make sure the children and OCDSS staff are recognized and feel special. This was a fun night for all!

OC Citizen Jeff Dotson delivering gifts to an adopted adult.

OCDSS employee Bernice Washington loading up presents to deliver to adopted adults.

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Voicemail Reminder

By: Orange County Communications Department

Orange County employees, did you know that if you access your voicemail using your email and don ’ t physically go into the voicemail system via the handset, the message is still in your inbox? If you do not check and delete messages from your handset or using HUD on your computer, messages will sit and fill up your inbox making it easy for your inbox to be filled and stop accepting messages without you knowing. Be sure to go into your physical handset to manage your messages. Contact Orange County Helpdesk at if you have questions.

4 - H Camp Counselors Needed

By: Orange County Extension Office

Orange County 4 - H is accepting applications for high school students who wish to serve as summer camp counselors. This is a great way for teens to gain leadership experience and give back to the community, all while having fun with their peers and enjoying the great outdoors. Camp counselors plan and lead activities, assist with classes, and manage a room of five (5) campers ages 9 - 13. They serve as role models, reassure homesick campers, and engage in activities like ga - ga, sports, hiking, swimming, and a

high ropes course. There's even a nightly campfire! Experience is not necessary, 4 - H provides all the training, and applicants need not be current 4 - H members. Public, private, and homeschool youth are invited to apply. Applications are electronic and interviews will be held in mid - January. The actual 4 - H camp dates are June 4 - 8, 2023. Find out all you need to know, and apply at!

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Edna Lewis Menu Trail By: Julie Perry, Assistant Director of Economic Development and Tourism

The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce the creation of the Edna Lewis Menu Trail in celebration of the 50 th Anniversary of the release of The Edna Lewis Cookbook in 1972. Edna Lewis was born on April 13,1916, in an area of Orange County called Freetown. Lewis authored three (3), groundbreaking cookbooks and is credited with bringing the culture and heritage of African American Southern Cuisine to the world. She is often referred to as the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking and was the recipient of an honorary Ph.D. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University (1996) and the James Beard Living Legend Award (1999). The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor in 2014. The Orange County Edna Lewis Menu Trail is a collaborative effort commemorating Lewis and the 50 th Anniversary of her first cookbook – The Edna Lewis Cookbook . It highlights seven (7) Orange County restaurants whose chefs will be creating their own versions of Lewis ’ s recipes for purchase on their menus from Thanksgiving 2022 to Memorial Day 2023. Assistant Director, Julie Perry says “ This new Menu Trail is a way for visitors and locals alike to get a sense of Lewis ’ s legacy today. It ’ s a chance to see how local chefs reinterpret classic, Southern dishes - with access to many of the same ingredients and agriculture that inspired the great Edna Lewis. We can ’ t wait to taste their creations! ” Participating Restaurants are the BBQ Exchange, Champion Ice House, Clearwater Grill, Coopers Cookin and Catering, the Market at Grelen, Spoon and Spindle, and Vintage at the Inn at Willow Grove. Orange County Economic Development and Tourism Director, Rose Deal, recently completed a two - week Advanced Economic Development Leadership (ADEL) Executive Education Program and was awarded the Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP) certificate. Mrs. Deal has been an economic development practitioner for seven (7) years. Deal noted that, “ The Advanced Economic Development Leadership program was an exceptional learning experience! It allowed me to convene and collaborate with like - minded economic development professionals from around the country, while also learning about today ’ s leadership and economic development best practices. I look forward to applying these new skills with our staff and community. ” AEDL is a collaboration of three (3) universities – The University of Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian University, and the University of New Mexico. These universities are committed to excellence in economic development and advancing the knowledge, skills, and application of key job creation strategies in America ’ s cities, communities, and counties. Rose Deal Graduates From The Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) Program By: Orange County Economic Development

The AEDL program is immersive and challenging. The experiential curriculum enhances key skills necessary for leading successful community and economic development strategies. Led by experienced world - class faculty, program topics include negotiation, personal and professional leadership, successful teamwork, site selection, economic development, incentives, innovative data for retention, expansion, attraction, entrepreneurship, talent, and more. The Advanced Economic Development Leadership course accepts mid and senior - level practitioners from across the United States. For more information on Orange County ’ s economic development opportunities please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672 - 1238 or at

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Turkey Toss

By Joe Falin, Program and Facilities Supervisor, Orange County Parks and Recreation

On Saturday, November 19, Orange County Parks and Recreation hosted their annual Turkey Toss Doubles Disc Golf Tournament. This year the tournament was at capacity with 18 teams (36 participants) filling out four (4) flights, with the top three (3) teams in each flight receiving awards. Each participant in the tournament received a commemorative disc, golf towel, and disc wall mount (curtesy of Mike Richardson). The first - place participants in each flight received a trophy and a $25 gift card, the second - place participants each received a $15 gift card, and the third - place participants each received a $10 gift card. The weather was as good as anyone could hope for in the middle of November, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 50’ s.

Each of the teams played the first round with the holes 1 thought 9 being played under Best Disc rules, and with holes 10 through 18 being played under Captain ’ s Choice rules. Under Best Disc rules, both players on each team play each hole regularly with the team taking the lower of the two (2) scores for each hole. Under Captain ’ s Choice rules, each player throws a disc, and the team will decide which of the lies is better for their next throw, and then both players will use that lie for their next throw. Once the first round was over, each of the teams were flighted, and played the second round under Alternate Shot rules. Under

Alternate Shot rules, one (1) player would tee off on the even numbered holes and the other player would tee off on the odd numbered holes, with each team alternating who throwing after each shot. Once the second round finished, the scores from the first round were added to the scores for the second round to get each team ’ s final score. Like our previous tournaments, each flight had an accompanying business that the top three (3) teams in each flight would receive gift cards to. The four

(4) businesses used in this year ’ s tournament was Iron Pipe Alewerks (tournament sponsor), Champion Ice House, Patch Brewing Company, and Unionville Brewing Company. Once it was all said and done, the winners of the Champion Ice House Flight and the overall winners of the tournament, for the second year in a row, were the Roberts brothers (Caleb and Tyler). The winners of the Iron Pipe Alewerks Flight were Jeremy Butterfield and Darren Jones. The winners of the Patch Brewing Company Flight were Joe Fischer and Tim Moubray. And the winners of the Unionville Brewing Company Flight were Steven Hrabak and Kevin Hagood.

Orange County Parks and Recreation ’ s next disc golf related activity will be the “ Winter One - disc - erland ” tournament held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, where each participant will only be allowed to use the commemorative disc provided for the tournament.

For more information about OCPR programs and activities, please visit us online at or give us a call at (540) 672 - 5435.

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Citizens Do Their Part to Recycle Extinguishers

By Michelle Williams, Litter Control Committee Coordinator

As of October 19, 2022, the County has already requested a pickup of old and outdated fire extinguishers from the Public Safety Building. Fire and EMS staff had received multiple questions about how and where to recycle fire extinguishers. So, with the help of the Orange County Litter Control

Committee (OCLCC), Fire and EMS now has the means to do so! For more information, contact Michelle Williams, Litter Control Coordinator at (540) 661 - 5405.

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Starting January 10, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. via Zoom Contact Clare Lillard, for questions and to register.

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Tax Reminder By: Orange County Treasurer's Office


2022 Personal Property Taxes and second half of Real Estate Taxes were due on December 5, 2022. A 10% penalty has been assessed to any unpaid tax. Interest will begin January 1, 2023. Original billing statements were mailed and amounts due are available here. For changes that need to be made to your tax bill, including an address changes, 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 112 W. Main Street, Orange VA 22960

• Online: Payment Options page on the Orange County Website

• By Mail: Orange County Treasurer, P.O. Box 469, Orange, VA 22960


Real estate parcels that are more than two (2) years delinquent are assigned to Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS), 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.


Short Term Rental (Transient Occupancy Tax)

Third quarter filings were due by October 31, 2022. Fourth quarter will be due by January 31, 2022. More information can be found here.

For more information, visit or contact Dawn Herndon, Treasurer, at (540) 672 - 2656 or

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Good Times Ahead! Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Community Events!

Paint It Orange – Bob Ross Night: Saturday, December 16, 2022

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Paint along with Bob Ross! Refreshments will be provided. $40 per participant

For additional details, visit:

Visit with Santa at the Market at Grelen: Saturday, December 17, 2022

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Free. Come visit with Santa!

For additional details, visit:

Paint It Orange - Story Time: Saturday, December 17, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Read an art story and then create some art to go along with it! $10 per child.

For additional details, visit:

Gingerbread Contest Voting: Through Saturday, December 17, 2022

Stop by the Arts Center of Orange to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation!

For additional details, visit:

Tacky Lights Tour: Through Saturday, December 31, 2022

The free, self - guided tour will take you around the County to see tacky light displays. Check out the brochure below.

For additional details, visit:

New Year ’ s Eve Dinner at Palladio: Saturday, December 31, 2022

Celebrate the new year with a five (5) course feast paired with Barboursville wines and live music. Black tie optional. Reservation required.

For additional details, visit: - restaurant

Learn more about these and other events at:

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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 (5) 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 bite to eat, or make your next grocery trip, Orange County Economic Development and Tourism encourages you to think about where you spend your money. After all, Orange County is home to a robust and thriving business community. Right in our back yard, you can find a booming food scene (hint: start with the Edna Lewis Menu Trail), delicious craft beverages (another hint: check out Corks and Caps), and unique, one of a kind gifts that can be found in our Main Street districts located in the Town of Orange and Town of Gordonsville. The options are endless, so get out and Enjoy Orange! Start planning your trip here or shop/.

Photo Credits: 1)

Cavallo Gallery & Custom Framing Deep Roots Home and Garden Center


3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9)

ProTech Farm and Nursery

The Market at Grelen

WellHung Vineyard

Café Charm

Raindrops in Virginia

Darnell ’ s Garden Patch

Finders Keepers Estate Sales of Virginia, LLC.

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Administrative Assistant - Development Services Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Deputy Sheriff - Animal Control Deputy Sheriff - Court Security Deputy Sheriff - School Resource Officer Firefighter / Medic

Child Care Teacher - LES Child Care Teacher - LGPS Deputy Treasurer I

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Orange County Public Schools Calendar 2022 - 2023

Link to Calendar

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Let your voice be heard... Orange County Public Hearings

Board of Supervisors

Planning Commission

• Tuesday, December 20, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting Room Orange County Public Safety Building 11282 Government Center Drive, Orange

No public hearings scheduled at this time.

Public Comment scheduled to take place at the second meeting of the month.

This information is for reference only. Specific information about hearing topics and schedules will be available in that meeting ’ s agenda packet when published. Agendas can be accessed in the online Agenda Center. Please note that due to the monthly publication schedule of this newsletter, it is possible that some upcoming public hearings may not be listed. Pursuant to the applicable section of the Code of Virginia, notices for all public hearings will be posted in our newspaper of circulation (The Orange County Review) at least seven days prior to the hearing date, or as required by code.

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Citizens Ask...

Q: There is a down tree in the road, or a dead animal in the road.

A: If the issue is within the Town of Orange, please contact the Town of Orange Public Works Office at (540) 672 - 4791. If the issue is within the Town of Gordonsville, please call the Town ’ s Public Works Office at (540) 832 - 0877. For all other areas, please call the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) at 800 - FOR - ROAD. Q: Who do I contact for a Controlled Burn? A: All citizens are requested to notify the Orange County Emergency Communications Center at (540) 672 - 1234 prior to conducting an open burn.

Bayleigh Smith

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

Communications Officer

Bayleigh started her career with Orange County Emergency Communications Center (OCECC) in January 2022. What Bayleigh enjoys most about working at the OCECC is

the people she gets to work with directly, Communications officers Smithson and Fisher. They are supportive and strive her to do her best every day. They are comparable to family. A funny call Bayleigh has taken is a caller believed there was a horse looking in her window, but she was unable to see the rest of it, it was just a head. The units checked it out and it was gone upon their arrival.

Outside of serving the community at the OCECC, Bayleigh enjoys spending time with her three (3) cats, Garfield, Rae - Rae, and Rambo. She also enjoys planning family and friend celebrations. Thank you Bayleigh to your dedication to Orange County!

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


Meet Oreo Oreo was surrendered to the Shelter after her owner passed away and there was no one to take care of her. She can come across as grumpy when picked up, and will hiss but does not act on it. Oreo prefers to saunter around at her own leisurely pace! She is good with other cats. Oreo has been has been microchipped, was previously spayed, is current on all vaccines, dewormed, treated with flea/ tick preventative, and tested for FIV/ FLV.

Oreo ’ s full bio is available on Petfinder.

If interested, please go to the Orange County website and fill out the preadoption application and submit it by email to the Director at

Page 37 | December, 2022 Find your new best friend at The Orange County Animal Shelter

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

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