Orange County Insight September 2023

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



Thank You Supervisor Frame Page 2

Library Card Sign - Up Month Page 3

GIS Fire & EMS Data Dashboard and Parks & Rec. Playground Renovation Receive Awards Pages 7 - 8

Election Information and Important Dates Page 18

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Team Orange,

As fall approaches, we often begin to look forward to what the new year might hold, and reflect on both the trials and successes of the year so far. Perhaps it is fitting then that the next few months are laden with so many

holidays, as celebrations have a way of bringing such thoughts into clear focus.

One such celebration will be fresh in the minds of our staff. At the end of last month, we enjoyed gathering as a team for our second annual Employee Appreciation Event at Booster Park! This occasion gave us the opportunity to see friends that work in other facilities, play games with a spirit of joyful competition, and recognize many of our own that have exemplified the characteristics of our cultural initiative, spearheaded by the J.U.I.C.E. campaign. Every day, I witness our personnel being joyful, uplifting, innovative, caring, and empowering. In closing, I ’ d like to focus a moment on one of these characteristics, innovation. Over the past week, staff brought home two more awards recognizing their efforts. First, Parks & Recreation received an award for the well - received playground renovation at Booster Park, which allows much greater use on weekends. Just a couple of days later, GIS was honored with an award for the Fire & EMS Call Data Dashboard project. Using this tool, COFEMS leaders will be able to better allocate their resources and make actionable plans for the future, leading to ever - improving outcomes for their patients. This accomplishment exemplifies what can happen when staff across departments pool their creativity and skillsets for the benefit of our residents.

I ’ m truly proud to be a part of this dedicated team.

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Cover map adapted from Orange Open Data, a service of the GIS Division of our IT Department

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Thank You for Your Service, Supervisor Frame

By: Orange County Communications Department

District Five Supervisor, Lee H. Frame, announced his retirement at the August 22 Board of Supervisors Meeting, effective September 30. Mr. Frame served Orange County for over a decade. He first took office in 2008. During his tenure, he served as the Board ’ s Chairman for five years and the Vice Chairman for another five. Mr. Frame was very active in Board committees, including the Economic Development Committee, Germanna - Wilderness Area Plan Steering Committee, Litter Control Committee, Local Emergency Planning Commission, Ordinance Review Committee, Social Services Advisory Board, Solid Waste Subcommittee, Tourism Advisory Committee, and more. He also served in the Lake of the Woods Volunteer Rescue Squad, as Lake of the Woods Board of Directors Liaison, and with the Rapidan Service Authority Board, to name a few.

Mr. Frame accepts a gold - painted litter grabber from the Litter Control Committee in recognition of his service. This was one of many committees and organizations with which he served.

The District Five Supervisor vacancy will be filled by the upcoming election in November, with the new Supervisor to take office on January 1, 2024. See page 18 for additional election information and important dates.

District 5 highlighted in blue.

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Turn a New Page During Library Card Sign - Up Month

By: Orange County Library System & Orange County Communications Department

Did you know September is Library Card Sign - Up Month? With so many incredible resources available through our library system, there ’ s never been a better time to get one! Acquiring a library card is free and open to Orange County residents and those of adjoining counties (Albemarle, Culpeper, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Spotsylvania). Begin by visiting your nearest Orange County Library branch with a government - issued photo ID. Completing an online registration form in advance will save some time during this visit, but does not grant a card by itself. Following registration and staff review, an applicant will be issued a provisional card which allows the check out of two items. When the provisional card is issued a postcard will be mailed to the provided address. Once the applicant returns to one our library branches with the mailed postcard, residency will be fully - verified and their borrowing limit will increase to 50 items. That impressive borrowing limit can be used for much more than just books (but of course, we have a great selection of those). Library benefits also include the ability to borrow movies and TV series, stream videos, reserve meeting rooms, use computers and Wi - Fi, read magazines and newspapers (both digital and print), enjoy programs for all ages, participate in college courses, engage in genealogy research, and even get help with homework or job resumes!

For more information visit and check out the Library ’ s mobile app.

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Visit Any of Our Convenient Libraries to Get Your Card!

Main Library 146 North Madison Road, Suite A Orange, VA 22960 (540) 672 - 3811

Gordonsville Branch Library 309 North Main Street Gordonsville, VA 22942 (540) 832 - 0712

Wilderness Branch Library 6421 Flat Run Road Locust Grove, VA 22508 (540) 661 - 5434

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NACo Accepting Entries for “ I Love My County Because …” Art Contest

Adapted from NACo “ I Love My County Because …” Art Contest Page

In an effort to bolster civic education and educate communities on the role of county government, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is launching the 2023 “ I Love My County Because …” art contest. The program is sponsored by Americans for the Arts, one of the nation ’ s largest arts advocacy and research organizations. NACo and county leaders are spreading the word about county roles and responsibilities, which are often unknown or misunderstood. By inviting children and young adults K - 12 to create artwork for the 2024 “ Counties Matter ” calendar, NACo hopes to raise awareness about programs and services that impact people ’ s lives every day. Submitted artwork must present a county activity that shows how “ Counties Matter ” and is inspired by the sentence “ I love my county because …” The artwork must reflect some aspect of a county government function, service or program, to celebrate National County Government Month. Entries will be judged on technical skill, creativity, and the artist ’ s statement about why and how “ Counties Matter. ” Submit entries no later than September 29, 2023. Winning entries will be selected for the 2024 “ Counties Matter ” calendar. Find more information about entry guidelines, or to submit your/your child ’ s artwork, visit To get inspired or find out more about Orange County services, programs, and departments, please email, or read past issues of the Orange County Insight newsletter!

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GIS & COFEMS Recognized with Commonwealth Technology Award

By: Orange County Communications Department

Since its relatively recent beginnings at the end of 2018, Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division has been a significant driver of innovation based on information. It is a service that largely takes place behind the scenes, but it supports a variety of other County departments, including Development Services, Economic Development, the Clerk of the Circuit Court,

the Commissioner of the Revenue, and many more! However, we are pleased to report that just a few short days ago, their behind - the - scenes dedication was brought to the forefront with the receipt of a Commonwealth Technology Award from Government Technology. The award recognized the “ Fire & EMS Call Data Dashboard ” project, which was developed in partnership with County of Orange Fire & EMS (COFEMS) to support their lifesaving efforts with data - driven digital visualizations of call volume

GIS Manager, Jim Whipp receives the award at the 2023 Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in Richmond, Va.

and response. The dashboard became operational in January 2023, and works by translating datapoints from a monthly report of call activity into a map which can make clear historical trends and inform future decision - making. Staff from each department worked together to determine which variables could be extracted from the CAD (Computer - Aided Dispatch) system to have the most practical impact.

This new tool is a gamechanger for COFEMS, which averages nearly 1,400 unit dispatches every month, because the dashboard is not a static display. It actually empowers COFEMS leadership with the ability to apply hypotheticals and see realistic results based on past information. For example, they could ask, “ What would be the impact if a particular unit wasn ’ t operational due

A map of call volume in Orange County so far this year.

to mechanical failure? ” then adjust the dashboard ’ s variable filters and overlay drive - time information to demonstrate how other units would have to provide coverage outside of their Company Response Area. Armed with the information the dashboard provides, COFEMS leaders are able to match their first - hand experience with objective statistics to better allocate existing units or effectively plan for additional resources. According to Orange County Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Throckmorton, COFEMS can “ use this dashboard to analyze areas of high resource usage and plan for future resource allocation/station development. ” This project was award - worthy because of its innovative, creative design and significant application to both short and long - term planning. However, Orange County residents are the true winners. Every improvement made to emergency response translates to better outcomes for COFEMS patients.

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Booster Park Playground Renovations Swing into a Virginia Recreation and Park Society Award Win

By: Orange County Communications Department

Our Parks & Recreation Department has become somewhat accustomed to bringing home hardware from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) Annual Conference; prior to this year, they've earned three awards over the past two years, with additional wins in 2013, 2016, and 2018! However, this success has only motivated them to continue to find new ways to dream big and achieve bigger. At this year ’ s conference, they extended their streak with an award in the Best New Renovation/Addition (Parks, Playgrounds, Blueways, Greenways or Trails) category for the improvements made to Booster Park ’ s playground in the fall of 2022. A highlight of the improvements was the addition of four bays of bench - style swings. This amenity was often requested by patrons since previously only toddler - style swings

Parks & Recreation staff receive the award at the VRPS Conference in James City County. Pictured L to R: Programs & Facilities Supervisor Joe Falin, Director Tim Moubray, Recreation Programmer Matthew Hottle.

were available. Additional improvements included a variety of climbing and balance equipment, a barrel spinner, new surfacing and borders, and a general increase in footprint to safely accommodate greater numbers of users. The improvements have been well - received by park - goers.

We can ’ t wait to see what ’ s in store for the future of Parks & Recreation in Orange County!

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Congratulations to this Year ’ s Locally Made Market Home Businesses

By: Orange County Communications Department

The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to, once again, host the Locally Made Market at the upcoming Montpelier Hunt Races. To encourage local entrepreneurship, the office offered home - based businesses the opportunity to compete for one of three free spots in a shared vendor tent to market and sell their product(s) at the event. The Office had its greatest response yet in terms of the number of applicants vying for one of the three spots. It was a difficult decision. After careful consideration of the submissions, Honey Springs Bees, LLC, Inseparability Designs, and Van ’ s Woodshop, LLC were selected for this year ’ s shared vendor space. Ashley Weaver, co - owner of Inseparability Designs stated, “ We're truly honored to be part of the Montpelier Hunt Races Local Maker's Market. This opportunity allows us to share our passion with a wider audience, and we hope that our humble offerings will resonate with the wonderful crowd attending this prestigious event. The exposure here is a privilege, and we believe this experience will help our business grow and flourish." The 88th running of Montpelier Hunt Races takes place on November 4, 2023, with gates opening at 9:00 a.m. The Locally Made Market tent can be found amongst other vendors in the Vendor Village. For more information regarding this program, please contact the Economic Development & Tourism Office at (540) 672 - 1238.

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Public Safety Supported by Soaring Drone Capabilities

By: Orange County Communications Department

Always eager to reach new heights in public safety, Orange County ’ s first responders have continued to advance their drone capabilities to promote better outcomes in emergency situations. From the launch of the program a year and half ago, County of Orange Fire & EMS ’ (COFEMS) drone program has really taken off. The department now has two licensed pilots, and the units have been deployed in several emergency situations.

The primary functions of the drones remain search and rescue (SAR) and fire response. A July structure fire in the Town of Orange recently proved the worth of these devices. Staff on the scene were able to deploy a drone to monitor the fire from above. Using its forward - looking infrared (FLIR) capabilities, responders were able to determine from temperature readings that portions of the roof had not yet been compromised. Since rooves are potentially the most dangerous locations for a firefighter to operate, the ability to quickly and reliably evaluate their safety informs better

decision - making regarding methods to attack a fire. In this case, that knowledge allowed Orange Volunteer Fire Company personnel to confidently advance onto the roof and apply suppression where needed to prevent any further spread.

COFEMS isn ’ t the only Orange County agency to recognize drone potential and implement plans for their use. The Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office (OCSO) was recently awarded a grant to purchase drones for their department. These drones will also be purposed for SAR; the additional units will allow for more rapid deployment to areas around Orange County. Residents should know that while welcoming of new technology, Orange County personnel take careful consideration of pros and cons before implementation. In fact, Sheriff Mark Amos and Chief Nathan Mort Aerial photograph, taken by COFEMS drone, of the July 11, 2023 fire. Volunteer fire crews were able to advance onto the roof more safely thanks to drone support.

were both participants in a panel discussion about the past, present, and future role of public safety drone technology at the ribbon - cutting and kickoff event for the new MITRE drone range facility, on August 14 in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park. Along with panelists Chief Charles Werner of Drone Responders and Sheriff Mike Chapman of Loudon County, the group gave input regarding their respective prior drone successes, public opinion and privacy considerations, as well as goals for the future.

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Orange County Enjoys Several Economic Development Wins Across Multiple Industries

By: Orange County Communications Department

There was much cause for celebration last month in the realm of Orange County ’ s economic development. Several successes demonstrated the County ’ s ability to foster long - term business success, encourage growth and investment, and attract new cutting - edge firms.

The Kick - Off Event for the new MITRE Drone Rage, mentioned on the last page and held on August 14, was a prominent example. According to MITRE, the 16 - acre site will serve as a “ proving ground for MITRE ’ s technologists and U.S. Government sponsors to develop, test and evaluate the newest technological advances such as commercial robotics, autonomous systems, drones, and counter - drone systems. ” During remarks at the event, emphasis was placed on the role of public safety - focused drone technology, which fits

perfectly with many of the steps our agencies have already taken. Speaking at the event, Virginia ’ s District Seven Representative Abigail Spanberger reinforced the significance of the new facility. “ Today represents a major milestone for the future of the region, the growth of Virginia ’ s economy, and the promise of innovative technology, ” she said.

However, the new drone range success was far from an isolated incident. In fact, earlier that same day, the Congresswoman toured MPS ’ facility just down the road on Route 15. There, she witnessed first - hand the impressive enterprise, which employs hundreds of staff, and learned about their plans for a $40+ million expansion already underway. This expansion will add even more jobs to Orange County, and establish a bright future for the firm, which has had a presence here since 1997. Speaking of long - established Orange County businesses, the 50th anniversary of American Woodmark in Orange was

cause for continued celebration in August. Their firm is one of the largest cabinet manufacturers in the United States and the Orange facility has played a critical role in delivering high - quality, affordable cabinets to customers across the country. “ Over the past 50 years, we've faced many challenges and overcome

countless obstacles, but our commitment to excellence has remained strong. We're proud to be a part of the Orange County community and grateful for the support of our customers and partners across the country, ” said American Woodmark. Those interested in joining the success by relocating or expanding a business in Orange County are encouraged to contact our Economic Development Office at (540) 672 - 1238.

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“ Bark ” Your Calendars for Our Upcoming Dawgs & Dogs Adoption Event at Skydog Orange Dog Park

By: Orange County Communications Department

Is a dog missing from your life? The Orange County Animal Shelter is here to help, and has partnered with Orange County Parks & Recreation to offer our first dog adoption event at the recently - opened Skydog Orange Dog Park. The Dawgs & Dogs Adoption Event will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be a great opportunity to meet many of our adorable, adoptable canines and enjoy some play time with them. Those seriously interested in adopting are encouraged to visit with all members of their household (current dogs included) to ensure they find the perfect pooch for the whole family. Same - day adoption will be available if all necessary steps can be completed onsite. As if the wagging tails weren't enough, this event will also feature plenty of unique extras. Most excitingly, the Orange County Animal Shelter will reduce

adoption fees for the first time ever! For those that begin the adoption process on - site at the event, and satisfactorily complete all adoption

steps within one month, the price of adoption will be reduced by half. For Orange County residents, that means you could adopt for just $27.50. Additional benefits will include free hot dogs provided by Orange County Parks & Recreation and an assortment of free giveaway goodies focused on our four - legged friends. Not familiar with Skydog Orange Dog Park? This impressive facility opened earlier this summer and features four fenced - in play areas

divided for large and small dogs. At any given time, one field is open for each size, while another “ rests. ” This innovative arrangement supports grass growth. At single - field dog parks that receive significant traffic, it is common to see the grass completely worn to bare earth through extended use. Other exciting features of the park include a water fountain with separate options for human water bottle and dog bowl refilling, double - gate systems to reduce the likelihood of excitable pups escaping, shade structures for sun relief,

and even fun agility equipment to help pets and owners reach new levels of play! The park is located within Booster Park, near the Orange County Airport at 11177 Bloomsbury Road, Orange, VA, 22960. Follow the blue directional signs. For more information about adopting a pet from the Orange County Animal Shelter, please visit, or call (540) 672 - 1124.Those considering a same - day adoption at the event should call ahead or email Gina Jenkins, Animal Shelter Director, at to ensure they are prepared with all necessary documentation for a smooth adoption process.

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Early Voting Begins September 22

By: Orange County Communications Department

Election Day, November 7, 2023, will soon be here. This election will be very impactful at the local level; Orange County voters will determine the winners of ten contested races. Actual positions on a resident ’ s ballot will vary depending on their voting district, but positions to be decided include: Clerk of the Court; Commissioner of the Revenue; Commonwealth ’ s Attorney; Gordonsville Town Council; School Board Members for Districts 2, 3, and 4; Sheriff, Soil and Water Director; Supervisors for Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5; and Treasurer.

While November 7 is Election Day, there will be many opportunities for early voting before that date. Beginning September 22, residents may visit the Voter Registration Office at 146 North Madison Road, Suite 204, Orange, VA to submit their ballot. In - person voting hours at this location will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additionally, the same location will offer early voting on two Saturdays, October 28 and November 4, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 4 will be the LAST day for in - person early voting. Absentee voting will be available for over a month, but the final day to request a mailed ballot will be Friday, October 27. Those needing to register, or make changes to their registration, must do so by Monday, October 16. Remember, Orange County ’ s districts were recently updated as part of the decennial redistricting. Polling places may have changed, even if a voter ’ s district remained the same. An interactive polling place map is available on the Orange County website to provide assistance. For more information, call the Voter Registration Office at (540) 672 - 5262.

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September is Preparedness Month, Are You Ready?

By: Orange County Communications Department

Disasters can, and do, occur suddenly. Since 2004, September has been recognized as National Preparedness Month, with the goal of helping citizens prepare in advance for disasters that may strike without warning. The campaign is spearheaded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Orange County Fire & EMS has been utilizing their well - followed Facebook page in support of this effort. Every week this month, this page is posting information related to specific disasters or elements of preparedness. Please follow “ County of Orange Fire & EMS ,” and visit the page regularly, to make sure you don ’ t miss these informative posts. Some examples from earlier this month can be found below. While we may pay extra attention in September, preparedness works best when practiced throughout the year. With that in mind, please review the calendar on the next page from Each month identifies areas of preparedness or safety on which to focus, with topics linked to more detailed pages about particular steps to take. Regardless of the month or disaster, one of the best things you can do to prepare is make an emergency kit. Many of the same items will be useful no matter what type of incident takes place. With this in mind, it is easy to prepare a single kit and store it throughout the year with only minor seasonal additions. For more information about emergency kit preparation, please visit or - kit.

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Landfill & Litter Control to Offer Special Disposal Events

By: Orange County Communications Department

The Orange County Landfill and the Orange County Litter Control Committee are partnering to offer two important disposal events for Orange County residents this fall. Later this month, the Tire Amnesty Event ’ s voucher distribution will begin at the Orange County Public Works Office at 11350 Porter Road, Orange, VA on Monday, September 25. Getting a voucher is the first step towards disposing of up to eight tires without paying the usual fee of $2.50 per tire. Up to two vouchers may be received by a single household, but the vouchers must be picked up in - person by the same individual who will be dropping off tires at the landfill during the disposal period. Proof of Orange County, Virginia residency or taxpayer status will be required to receive a voucher. Once obtained, those with vouchers may use them at the Orange County Landfill beginning Monday, October 2 and continuing through the remainder of October. Additional conditions apply, visit the event ’ s webpage for details. The next event will be the anticipated Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, October 14, which allows residents to properly dispose of items that are ordinarily not accepted at the Landfill such as gasoline, paint, and fluorescent lightbulbs, among many others. This event will run for four hours only, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. No business waste will be accepted. Additionally, no containers greater than five gallons may be brought, regardless of the material. For example, a resident may bring several five - gallon cans of gasoline, but may not bring a 25 - gallon tank. Other notable items that cannot be accepted include compressed gas or petroleum tanks (such as those used on gas grills), fire extinguishers, and tires. Other programs may allow for disposal of some items that can ’ t be taken during Hazardous Waste Collection (like the Tire Amnesty Event), visit www. - Control for more information. Additional conditions apply, visit the Hazardous Waste Collection webpage for details.

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Long - Serving Orange County Teacher and Community Supporter Recognized

Adapted from Orange County Education Foundation Press Release, Picture from Orange County Public Schools Facebook Page

At the August 20, 2023 Celebration of Education, sponsored by the Orange County Education Foundation (OCEF), Laurie Limoge - Jamerson and Bill Hager were recognized with OCEF Awards.

Laurie Limoge - Jamerson was recognized and congratulated for receiving the OCEF ’ s Lifetime Achievement Award. Laurie was cited, in several letters of support from elected officials, for her 40 years as an educator and for “ promoting the importance of career and technical education (CTE) ” which has given students “ The opportunity to engage in hands on learning activities that build their skills and to prepare them for in demand jobs. ” Bill was specifically commended for his incorporation of a dedicated non profit corporation that takes in contributions but allocates all of incoming money to technical scholarships and grants! Since its incorporation in 2019, the OCHS Alumni and Friends Foundation has awarded grants to 77 students. For additional information, please contact Dr. Gary Greenhalgh, Marketing Director, OCEF at (703) 307 - 7589.

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2023 - 2024 Orange County Public Schools Calendar Approved February 6, 2023

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Orangetoberfest September 23

Fall Farm Festival at Liberty Mills Farm September 30 - October 1

Fall Fiber Festival October 7 - 8

Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival October 7

Montpelier Hunt Races November 4

Find more fun events at:

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30 years, Alisha Vines, Office on Youth

2 years, Melissa Cragun, Social Services

24 years, James Franklin, Fire & EMS

2 years, Kristina Farley, Emergency Communications

21 years, Valerie Jarrell, Commissioner of the Revenue

2 years, Cody Fincham, Fiberlync

14 years, Donna Harpold, Registrar's Office

2 years, Loretta Horn, Library

12 years, Lara Lam, Social Services

2 years, Carrie Leistra, Treasurer's Office

11 years, Gina Jenkins, Animal Shelter

2 years, Amy Roberts, Circuit Court

10 years, Teresa Colvin, Social Services

2 years, Mark Salyers, Landfill

9 years, Sarah Altman, Sheriff's Office

1 year, Todd Amon, Fiberlync

9 years, Susan Crosby, Development Services

1 year, Stephen Bledsoe, Fiberlync

8 years, Rosanna Zamudio, Parks & Recreation

1 year, Renee Caruso, Library

6 years, Robert Blakley, Development Services

1 year, Daniel Devine, Sheriff's Office

6 years, Joshua Frederick, Development Services

1 year, Candice Fleming, Commonwealth's Attorney

6 years, Crystal Hale, Social Services

1 year, Kiersten Harper, Office on Youth

5 years, Lorraine Hall, Social Services

1 year, Glenn Hecht, Sheriff's Office

5 years, Jennifer Wedding, Finance

1 year, Kimberley McDaniel, Social Services

4 years, Lindsey Lohman, Office on Youth

1 year, Michael Selby, Fiberlync

2 years, James Bolton, Development Services

2 years, Kristen Cook, Fire & EMS

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Accounts Payable Technician Administrative Assistant - Circuit Court Clerk's Office Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Child Care Lead Teacher - LGPS & LES Child Care Operations Manager County Assessor Deputy Sheriff Emergency Communications Officer Family Services Specialist II, Foster Care/In Home Practice (Hybrid) Family Services Specialist II, Foster Care Family Services Specialist II, Family Engagement Family Services Specialist III Public Works Director

Child Care Lead Teacher - GBES Child Care Lead Teacher - LGPS Child Care Lead Teacher - OES

Child Care Teacher - GBES Child Care Teacher - LGPS Child Care Teacher - OES

Child Care Teacher Assistant - GBES Child Care Teacher Assistant - LES Child Care Teacher Assistant - LGPS Child Care Teacher Assistant - OES Landfill Scale Operator Support Staff Technician - Office on Youth

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Information Technology Makes a SPLASH with Rubber Duck Raffle!

By: Cecilia O ’ Neill, GIS Technician, Information Technology Department

Ever since it took flight on August 10, IT ’ s Help Desk Satisfaction Survey has been soaring to new heights! The suspected reason for its success? The Rubber Duck Raffle! Garnering 41 responses for the month of August, each survey submission equates to one entry into a monthly raffle for a chance to win a rubber duck of the winner ’ s choice. By submitting the survey, participants not only help IT get their ducks in a row, but also join in on the fun!

Congratulations to this month ’ s lucky winners!

Patricia Keister - Library

Susan Crosby – Development Services

Nicole Ganoe - Development Services

Jayne Rogers - Commissioner of the Revenue ’ s Office

Kristina Farley - Emergency Communications

Thank you to everyone who submitted a survey this month! The IT Department really appreciates your constructive feedback. Didn ’ t see your name on the list? Want to join the ranks of the Orange County (Rubber) Duck Hunters? It ’ s always open season on the Help Desk Satisfaction Survey! The next time you close a Helpdesk ticket, don ’ t forget to submit a survey, and maybe you could be one of September ’ s lucky ducks!

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Second Annual J.U.I.C.E. Employee Appreciation Event Carries on Cultural Initiative Spirit

By: Orange County Communications Department

We ’ d Like to Thank Our Raffle Prize Donors!

The spirit was festive at Booster Park at the end of last month as staff gathered to celebrate in fellowship. They enjoyed raffle prizes, a choice of lunch and desserts, networking, games, and more. Throughout the year, many recognized their coworkers for exemplary jobs using our J.U.I.C.E. Recognition Form. Those who had been recognized by their peers, as well as the recognizers, were entered into drawings for additional prizes. This event was the second annual employee appreciation event which seeks to recognize the efforts of Orange County employees and reinforce the momentum of our cultural initiative, spearheaded by the “ Orange J.U.I.C.E. ” campaign. J.U.I.C.E. represents several reciprocal characteristics, attributes that employees would like to see from the organization, and that employees are encouraged to exemplify.

• 854 Treats • A & M Repair Shop

• Federated Auto Parts • Faye ’ s Office Supply • Gillian Valentine • Inn at Willow Grove • L & J ’ s BBQ • Laurie Holladay Shop • Locust Grove Title • MFA Studios • Michelle Williams - Paparazzi • O ’ Reilly Auto Parts • Partners 1st Credit Union • Round Hill Inn

• Adaptive Watersports • Angel ’ s Touch - Elaine Brown • Barber Shop - Locust Grove • Battlefield Firearms • Breeden ’ s Auto Repair, Inc. • Café Charm • Cato Fashions • Clearwater Gril • Custom Creations by KK • Designs by Grace • Dunkin Donuts • Edward Jones - Locust Grove • Farm Credit

• T - Mobile • Taco Bell • Terry ’ s Place • Tractor Supply • Unionvillle Florist

*List updated 9/19/23

During his remarks at the event, Theodore “ Ted ” Voorhees, Orange County Administrator, highlighted the importance of having shared values to guide an organization. “ We cannot, and should not attempt to, have a written policy in our employee handbook for every imaginable situation, but organizational values shine a light on how we should approach new situations, and set expectations for everyone involved. ” With so many of our folks in one place, it was the perfect opportunity to host this month ’ s County Cup Competition, itself a fine example of the culture we are so diligently fostering. This time, the challenge was

dart throwing. According to Tim Moubray, Parks & Recreation Director, “ We had 125 people play, our largest number to date,

Games galore! Here County Admnistrator Ted Voorhees takes on Parks & Recreation ’ s Steve Boyer in a giant game of Connect 4.

by far. We even had the County Administrator and two Board members participate. Congratulations to our winner, Carrie Leistra (Team Treasurer), and runner - up, Jennifer Detwiler (Team OOY). Carrie had an overall score of 129 and Jennifer had 113. Gordon Kennon (Team Sheriff) finished third with a score of 87, without a bullseye. ” Standings are available on the following page. The event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the significant achievements of the past year. We appreciate all Orange County employees for their dedication to serving our residents!

125 staff participated in this month ’ s County Cup Contest!

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Upcoming Orange County Meetings

Board of Supervisors

Planning Commission

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:00 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, 6:00 p.m. Economic Development Authority • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, 5:30 p.m. at 109 West Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

Public Comment during this Meeting

• Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

Unless otherwise noted, listed meetings are held at: Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting Room Orange County Public Safety Building 11282 Government Center Drive, Orange, VA 22960

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.

Cecilia O ’ Neill

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

GIS Technician

Cecilia O ’ Neill serves in the GIS Division of our Information Technology Department. She has been with Orange County for just over a year but has already helped that division continue to grow and be successful. Cecilia says her favorite part about the job is “ serving a small community. [She] likes being able to see [her] work make a positive impact on the lives of citizens in the County. ” She is also the official “ keeper of the ducks ” (see page 33), and says the great response to the IT Help Desk Satisfaction Survey has been very rewarding. Much of her job involves helping streamline processes based on data, so perhaps it ’ s no surprise she would choose “ super speed ” if she could have a super power. “ I ’ d love to be able to clean my apartment in like 10 seconds, that would be awesome, ” said Cecelia.

Juanesta Williams

Support Technician

When not at work, Cecilia enjoys watching NFL Football (especially the Vikings), reading, watercolor painting, coloring (in adult coloring books, of course), and painting her nails. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be an artist, and her current role allows her to express that creativity through GIS map - making. While it may seem unconventional, there ’ s a definite art to translating data points into a useful visual representation of that information. We ’ re glad to have you on board, Cecelia!

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Meet Heath Heath is a young 3 - year - old Treeing Walker Coonhound that came to us as a stray. His nose had led him on a grand adventure which led to him getting a ride to the Shelter with a Deputy! No one has called to say they had lost their handsome and sweet boy! So, Heath is now looking for an active forever home! He loves to run, enjoys being with people and thinks anytime is a great time for snacks!!

He has done well with the dogs he has met but was little too curious with the cats.

Heath has been is neutered, microchipped and is current on all vaccines including rabies. He has been given a dewormer and started on flea/ tick prevention, heartworm tested (NEGATIVE) and given heartworm prevention.

More info about Heath is available on Petfinder.

If interested, please visit, and complete the new online - based Pet Pre - Adoption Application.

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Orange County Animal Shelter

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