Orange County Insight February 2024

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



Youth & Staff Attend Legislative Days Pages 6 - 7

African American Community and Entrepreneurship in Gordonsville and Orange Pages 15 - 16 Two VBAF Grants Received Page 21

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Team Orange,

This month ’ s OCI features a host of articles about community involvement and history. One of the keys to a healthy and vibrant community is when its government engages in civic activities and when citizens participate in government activities. This is at the heart of our aspiration to be an “ effective and reflective ” government where familiarity helps understanding. In the lifecycle of local governments around the Commonwealth, two important things are going on right now. We are all working to develop budget proposals for the next fiscal year, and we are watching and advocating for and against legislation working its way through the General Assembly. The State budget has a huge impact on what we can and must do locally, so we eagerly await what comes out of Richmond. There have been preliminary efforts to increase funding for public schools and firefighter/ EMS personnel. Unfortunately, Virginia ’ s revenues are slowing, so it isn ’ t clear how legislators will respond. Furthermore, several bills aimed to restrict local land use authority regarding solar power facilities and accessory dwellings have found support in Richmond. This is concerning. We anticipate that the Board of Supervisors will begin reviewing Orange County ’ s proposed budget in March. Regarding the Board ’ s work on the County Strategic Plan, they will be holding a work session on February 27th to keep moving the process along. By the March issue of OCI we hope to have a draft available to the staff and public. If you have a friend or family member who loves Orange County, please encourage them to subscribe to OCI or any of our social channels to keep up to date!

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Cover Photo: Mill Street by Lulabelle Robinson poem excerpt plaque in African American Commemorative Park, Church Street, Orange, VA

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Orange County Board of Supervisors Attend Strategic Planning Retreat

By: Ashley Jacobs, Management Analyst, Orange County Administration

On Saturday, January 20, the members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors came together at the Orange County Airport to begin their strategic planning process for the future of our community: Orange County 2034 . With a 10 - year vision in mind, Board members began the day by identifying their individual priorities and then worked collaboratively to develop the collective priorities of the Board. The discussion included current projects underway, future projects to consider, and a review of past projects that have been completed because of the Board ’ s previously defined vision for Orange County 2022 . Understanding that the Board ’ s decisions will pave the way for future accomplishments, each member worked diligently to identify focus areas, priorities, and immediate action steps. Once the Strategic Plan is finalized and adopted it will be presented to the public through a new tool: ClearPlans - an online publication that will allow for real - time progress updates on goals and action steps. This platform is hosted by ClearGov, the same provider who currently supports Orange County ’ s award - winning online budget document. Incorporating our Strategic Plan into ClearPlans will provide Orange County with the opportunity to be a leader in strategic plan presentation and tracking in the Commonwealth, and will make it easier than ever for residents to stay up to date on goal progress. With transparency and progress at the forefront, staff will work closely with the Board of Supervisors to implement each priority of the Board. For more information on the Board of Supervisors ’ strategic planning process, please reach out to Ted Voorhees, County Administrator, at, or Ashley Jacobs, Management Analyst, at The Board is expected to formally adopt the plan in the coming months.

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Triad Hosts Autism Society of Central Virginia for First Responder Seminar

By: Deputy Ron Kesner, Triad Coordinator, Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office

On January 17, the Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Triad Division partnered with the Autism Society of Central Virginia (ASCV) to host a two - hour seminar at the Public Safety Building familiarizing first responders and other groups with best practices to identify and interact with citizens who have a diagnosis of Autism.

The presenters for the program were Rachel Pretlow, M.H. Sc., ASCV ’ s Community Engagement Manager, and William Hamilton, an ASCV volunteer and retired Sergeant from the New York Police Department (NYPD). Rachel has a diagnosis of Autism and uses this personal perspective to promote a better understanding of Autism. Through family connections, William also has a personal perspective. His background includes designing training for NYPD officers on interacting with Autistic persons. Topics covered during the seminar included common characteristics of Autistic individuals, primary reasons for emergency response calls involving people with Autism, de - escalation protocols for interacting with Autistic individuals, and accommodations for improving interactions with community members with Autism. At the conclusion of the seminar, sensory intervention kits were distributed to the attendees. The kits included headphones, fidget items, and mood/sensory communication cards. Attendees of the seminar included OCSO school resource officers, County of Orange Fire & EMS staff, Triad volunteers, Orange County Department of Social Services staff, Town of Gordonsville police officers, Orange County Emergency Communications staff, Albemarle County Triad members, and representatives of Special Olympics. Triad and the attendees are grateful to ASCV for providing their insight into ways our agencies can better serve all members of our community.

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Wellness Expo Connects Employees to their Benefits

By: Orange County Communications

Also on January 17, our Human Resources Department hosted their first ever Wellness Expo at the Orange County Airport. This event featured 19 vendors, largely providers of employee benefits, with whom our staff were able to discuss their plans and ask questions. Going further than standard health, dental, and vision (although those are tremendously important), Orange County has worked diligently to expand our benefits program to be more comprehensive and to encourage “ wellness ” in a broader sense. Examples include discounted gym

memberships, access to an employee assistance program (EAP), participation in the Virginia Mortgage Assistance Program, an option for discounted legal services, and much more!

At each station, participants were able to get a stamp on a “ bingo ” card which, when completed, allowed them to be entered for some grand prizes. The organizers would like to recognize Sentara Employee EAP and Anytime Fitness for providing prizes! Additionally, the Orange County Public Library and the Extension Office pulled double duty as both attendees and exhibitors. Their contributions are truly appreciated.

This gathering built upon the fantastic turnout at last summer ’ s J.U.I.C.E. event, with more than 120 employees from across our departments visiting the airport during the four - hour timeframe. Human Resources looks forward to continuing to offer activities like these for the benefit of our employees.

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Youth Council Enjoys Annual Legislative Day Trip

By: Alisha Vines, Director, Orange County Office on Youth

The Orange County Youth Council traveled to Richmond on Tuesday, January 30 for their annual state Legislative Day. The group began by meeting with Delegate Nick Freitas, one of Orange County ’ s representatives. Next, they toured the Richmond State Capitol and were able to sit in on the House session proceedings, during which they were recognized by Delegate Freitas. The tour of the capitol was very engaging and provided a lot of information and insight regarding the capitol and its history. The tour guide was delightful and very thorough, giving our members an amazing experience.

After a quick lunch break, the members met with Senator Bryce Reeves, Orange County ’ s representative in the Virginia Senate, followed by our district ’ s second House representative, Delegate Phil Scott. During each of their meetings, Youth Council members were able to discuss matters important to them, including the letter they sent in the fall requesting that legislators support stricter laws around selling vaping products to underage buyers. Tobacco use prevention has been a focus of the group in recent years, due to its prevalence among area youth. Each of the representatives listened and asked them questions to gain more insight about their opinions, as well as educating the youth on when to most effectively lobby to have something included in the General Assembly session. Going further, the representatives took the opportunity to discuss bills in consideration this session. Each explained reasons they would, or would not, be supporting those bills. One of the specific bills discussed was the proposed legislation to place more guidance counselors in schools. Members heard each of the representative ’ s position on the bill and why they took, or will take, their stance. This trip is one of the most important activities for the Youth Council each year. It allows the students to see how our government works and engage face - to - face with our representatives. Our annual visits have allowed us to grow amazing relationships with our representatives and their staff.

Thanks to these relationships, we are able to reach out during the rest of the year. In fact, we ’ ve hosted several of our state representatives at past Youth Council monthly meetings to discuss hot topics. Experiences like this are important for our Youth Council members. Being engaged in the legislative process helps them find their voice and understand the role of informed citizens.

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Officials Visit Richmond for Legislative Days

By: Orange County Communications

In addition to our youth visiting the General Assembly, several Orange County officials, including the Sheriff, the Treasurer, the Deputy County Administrator, and Chief Deputy of the Commissioner ’ s of the Revenue ’ s Office, made the trip during their respective legislative days. The purpose of these annual visits is to allow these officials to meet with Delegates and Senators to advocate for policies they believe will benefit Orange County and their departments, or express concerns over bills they feel may have the opposite effect. For example, the Commissioner ’ s Office sent a representative to advocate for Senate Bill No. 9, by which Orange County can establish an Assessment Department for the

Treasurer Dawn Herndon at the State Capitol.

purpose of conducting our property reassessments. Operating an in - house assessment office versus paying a vendor would have several positive impacts for both taxpayers and staff. The ability to conduct more frequent assessments creates smaller, more incremental changes that align better with market values. This eliminates properties becoming stuck at “ market highs ” (with corresponding higher taxes) after downward corrections. It will also allow for improved customer service with increased accountability and transparency, as

Commissioner ’ s Office Chief Deputy Joshua Crawford speaks during Legislative Day.

well as more opportunities for residents to make appeals to the Board of Equalization.

While our officials and staff are always hard at work locally to benefit our residents, it is important to be involved at the state level to advocate for or against policies that will impact Orange County.

Can you find Sheriff Smith? Members of the Virginia Sheriff ’ s Association take a photograph on the Virginia State Capitol steps. Photograph from Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office Facebook Page.

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Spam vs. Phishing: Don ’ t Be Hooked by these Digital Deceptions

By: Orange County Information Technology

While both often land in your inbox, understanding the differences between spam and phishing emails is crucial to protecting your personal information and online safety.

What is Spam? Imagine an overflowing mailbox stuffed with unwanted flyers – that's essentially spam email. These unsolicited messages primarily aim to advertise products, services, or websites you haven't requested. While annoying and intrusive, they generally don't pose immediate harm. Think of them as digital salespeople, more pushy than dangerous. Common Traits of Spam: • Promotional content: Offers, discounts, and deals for various products or services. • Generic greetings: Often addressed to "Dear Customer" or "Valued User," lacking personalization. • Suspicious sender addresses: Unfamiliar email addresses with unusual characters or misspellings. • Exaggerated claims: Promises that sound too good to be true, often with exclamation points and emojis. • Urgency tactics: Creating a sense of scarcity or limited time offers pressuring users to click “ now. ” What is Phishing? Phishing emails, unlike spam, are crafted to deceive. They masquerade as legitimate messages from trusted sources like banks, social media platforms, or even friends and family. Their goal? To steal your personal information like passwords, credit card details, or login credentials. Think of them as digital imposters, tricking you into revealing sensitive data. Red Flags of Phishing: • Sender spoofing: Emails appear to come from a recognizable organization, but the sender address might have subtle misspellings or use similar - looking domains. • Urgent threats: Warnings about account issues, suspicious activity, or impending closure create panic and pressure you into quick action. • Suspicious links: Hover over the link before clicking. Does it match the displayed text? Does it lead to a legitimate website? • Requests for personal information: Legitimate organizations rarely ask for sensitive data via email. Be wary of any such requests. • Grammatical errors and poor formatting: Professional organizations typically have high standards for email communication. Watch out for typos, strange wording, and unprofessional layouts. Remember: • Never click on suspicious links or download attachments from unknown senders. • Verify the sender's identity by contacting the organization directly through a trusted source (phone number, official website). • Don't respond to urgent requests or threats. Legitimate organizations offer alternative communication channels for resolving issues. • Keep your software and anti - virus programs updated for added protection.

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Gordonsville: Fried Chicken Capital of the Universe

Adapted from Orange Uncovered, “ Gordonsville: Fried Chicken Capital of the Universe, ” Hosted at

By today ’ s standards, social networks in 19th century America were low tech, but they were very effective. African American women entrepreneurs in Gordonsville couldn ’ t swipe, post, and strategize online, but their social network was a platform for empowerment. Gordonsville became a railroad stop in the 1840s, making the town a hot spot for commerce. During the Civil War, Gordonsville ’ s railroad stop became more important than ever, as it transported supplies to Confederate soldiers. Throughout the century, the railroad stop put Gordonsville on the map in a memorable way, and the entrepreneurship that followed made it unforgettable. After the Civil War, African American women were promised freedom, with the same rights afforded to other Americans, but the reality was quite different. Having little money, limited or no access to education, African American women in Gordonsville had to create their own opportunities. Putting their culinary talents together, the entrepreneurs prepared fried chicken and other Southern favorites and sold the food to passengers through the train windows.

Their approach to capitalism was creative and tactical, requiring mutual support and lots of coordination. In time, their Southern comforts went viral, and Gordonsville was declared the “ Fried Chicken Capital of the Universe. ” Innovation and collaboration gave African American women in Gordonsville a newfound sense of liberty, and provided the town with widespread acclaim. Fried chicken deepened Gordonsville ’ s sense of community, because it unified people in a common love–and a common goal. Today, the Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum is an African American memorial site that pays tribute to the visionary chicken vendors, and makes a great stop while honoring Black History Month.

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Feel Connected to History at the African American Commemorative Park

By: Orange County Communications

Another worthy stop while celebrating Black History Month can be found at the intersection of Church and Chapman streets in the Town of Orange. Here lies a unique commemorative park focused on bringing recognition to the vibrant history and culture of Orange ’ s historic African American commercial and residential district. Following a groundbreaking ceremony in February 2022, the park officially opened later

that same year, on Juneteenth. Features of the park include historical signage focusing on elements of African American life in the area, which centered around Chapman, Church, and Mill streets, along with Railroad Avenue. On these streets, African Americans, not permitted to access many of the businesses on the other side of town, created their own opportunities through entrepreneurship and determination. A plaque near one of the benches features a poem by Lulabelle Robinson, titled Mill Street (featured on the cover of this issue), which transports the reader back in time and helps make clear the strength of the community. Those interested in sinking their teeth into additional history should view the Orange Uncovered series. Mill Street features prominently in the “ Potato Salad Sandwich ” episode, which focuses on the power of food when it comes to uniting communities and cultures. This dish, created from a fusion of African American, English, and German flavors and techniques, was a lunchtime favorite in the area. It was known to sell out quickly when prepared by home cooks. For more information about this park and other projects, visit the Orange County African American Historical Society at

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Visit the Visitors Center to Learn More about our Community, or Help Guide our Visitors as a Volunteer

By Orange County Economic Development and Tourism

Orange County Economic Development and Tourism has been working on a detailed pad - map of roadways and attractions in Orange County. The map features Orange County historic sites, public parks, recreation opportunities, craft beverage locations, art galleries, and more!

Pick up your very own copy at the Orange County Visitors Center, located in the historic Orange Train Depot at 122 East Main Street, Orange, and check out all the new updates, including refreshed brochure racks, new video compilations, and new displays. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Volunteering at the Visitors Center is made to fit your schedule. Volunteers can serve as little as one four - hour shift a month, or can help out several times a week! A volunteer can be scheduled on a recuring day (such as every third Wednesday), or can fill in open slots left in the calendar.

For more information about volunteering, contact Shannah Mort, Tourism Counselor, at (540) 672 - 1653 or

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Winter One - disc - erland Hosts a Flurry of Participants

By: Joe Falin, Programs & Facilities Manager, Orange County Parks & Recreation

On Saturday, January 27, Orange County Parks & Recreation hosted our annual Winter One - disc - erland Disc Golf Tournament. This year ’ s tournament was our most participated - in disc golf activity ever, with 39 entrants filling out seven flights. Each participant in the tournament received a commemorative disc, a wall hanger for their disc (courtesy of regular participant and friend of the course Mike Richardson), a golf towel, and a mini disc. The top three finishers in each of the seven

flights received a gift card to a local area restaurant. Top finishers in the Champions Flight received additional prizes from Dynamic Discs. The

weather was as good as anyone could hope for in late January. Participants enjoyed a spring - like, sunny day with temperatures as high as 61 degrees.

For the Winter One - disc - erland Disc Golf Tournament, participants are only allowed to use the provided commemorative disc during play (hence the “ one - disc ” name). Information on the make and model of this disc is kept secret until check - in. For this year ’ s tournament, the disc was manufactured by tournament sponsor Dynamic Discs. The make of the disc was a Prime Burst EMAC Truth midrange disc. The provision of a midrange disc allowed players to be comfortable in most situations, with multiple players getting hole - in

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- ones during their round.

Determining the winner of the Champions Flight, and the overall winner of the tournament, came down to a throw - off between Caleb Roberts and Thomas Forrester who both shot a 44 (11 under par). In the end, it was Caleb Roberts that won the throw - off and took home the crown of tournament champion. Not far behind Roberts and Forrester was our third - place finisher, Brady Finnegan, with a score of 45 (10 under par).

Excitingly, the Champions Flight throw - off to determine the overall winner was not the only throw - off we saw that day. Between the six remaining flights, nine additional “ Top 3” spots were decided in that manner, which made for an exhilarating end to the tournament. Altogether, 20 of the 39 players participated in a throw - off to determine their final standing in their respected flight. Orange County Parks & Recreation ’ s next disc golf related activity will be the “ Spring Fling ” tournament held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, where each participant will have the option to purchase a plastic egg containing a mystery modifier for their second round. 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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Many Orange County Residents Eligible for Septic System Repairs with Grant Assistance

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

Residents of Orange County that live in certain watershed areas 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 courtesy of a grant program from the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District (CWSCD). Eligible watershed areas include the Upper Rapidan River, the Upper York River, the Robinson River, and the Hazel River. In particular, the Upper York & Rapidan watersheds cover large portions of Orange County. Prospective applicants are advised to call and verify the eligibility of their location before applying or beginning system work. These grants are focused on reducing any existing or potential impacts on local ground and surface water quality. Levels of E. Coli bacteria in some local streams have long been identified as 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 but can be as high as 80 percent for qualifying low - income applicants. Maximum payments to property owners at the 50% cost share level (80% in parentheses) are $200 ($320) maximum towards a pump out; $2,000 ($3,200) maximum towards a pump out and inspection;

Eligible Watershed Descriptions

• Upper Rapidan: more or less all the land in the north half of Greene County (north of US 33) that drains north or east to the Rapidan River; more or less all the land in southern Madison County that drains south or east to the Rapidan River; and most land in Western Orange County that drains north to the Rapidan River AND is west of US 15. There are exceptions as this is an approximation. • Upper York: nearly all of the section of Orange County that is both south of Route 20 and east of US 15, except for very small areas along the county border with Spotsylvania and Louisa Counties. • Robinson River: as it flows downstream from the new bridge at Clear (Mulatto) Run on Route 231, including all of White Oak Lake and White Oak Run areas all the way downstream to the Rapidan River. This includes Deep Run, Muddy Run, Crooked Run and their drainages. • Hazel River: All of the Rappahannock County that drains to the Hughes, Hazel, Thornton, Covington and Rush Rivers, including all of Battle Run is eligible. This is essentially all of the county except a small area north of Amissville and the Flint Hill and north area. Also included in the project area are the Etlan and Nethers areas of Madison County and Culpeper County west of Reva, Griffinsburg and Monumental Mills. These descriptions are approximate, call the CSWCD office for confirmation at (540) 948 - 7531 or (540) 825 - 8591.

$2,500 ($4,000) maximum towards a repair; $4,000 ($6,400) maximum towards a conventional system or $6,000 ($9,600) if a pump is required to move the liquids to the drain field; and $12,000 (19,200) maximum towards an alternative engineered system. Pump outs and inspections are encouraged for everyone; such preventative maintenance extends the life of a system and reduces the likelihood of higher costs later on. If further repairs are indicated by the inspection, the owner is still eligible for the additional repair payments.

Applications are required and must 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.

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Elderly and Handicapped Tax Relief Applications Due March 1, 2024

By: Orange County Communications

The Commissioner of the Revenue ’ s Office is reminding eligible residents that tax relief applications for the elderly and persons with disabilities will be due March 1, 2024, for this tax year. Applicants for relief for this tax year must have turned 65 years or older as of December 31, 2023.

To qualify for real estate tax relief, applicants must be at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled. Affidavits by two medical doctors who are either licensed to practice medicine in the Commonwealth or are military officers on active duty who practice medicine with the United States Armed Forces are required to verify the applicant(s) is permanently and totally disabled as defined in Section 58.13127; however, a certification pursuant to 42 U.S.C 423 (d) by the Social Security Administration so long as the person(s) remains eligible for social security benefits shall satisfy this requirement. A dwelling jointly held may qualify if either spouse is over 65 or is permanently and totally disabled. Additional requirements for application apply. More information and downloadable forms are available online or by request at the Commissioner of the Revenue ’ s Office at 112 West Main Street, Orange. Applicants must reapply each year.

For assistance, call (540) 672 - 4441 or email

Please note electronic or emailed applications cannot be accepted. Applications must be delivered in - person or mailed to: Commissioner of the Revenue's Office, P.O. Box 389, Orange, VA 22960.

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Two Orange County Locations Selected for VBAF Grants

By: Orange County Communications

Two locations in Orange County have been selected to benefit from Virginia Brownfields Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund (VBAF) Site Remediation Grants totaling over $600,000!

The selected locations are the former Virginia Metal Industries property on Old Gordonsville Road and the former Earl ’ s Glass Shop at the intersection of Caroline and West Church streets in the Town of Orange. Receiving these grant awards was a major economic win for Orange County. Six total locations were chosen across Virginia, and Orange County was the only locality to be awarded grant funds for more than one location. More information about this year ’ s grant awards is available in a press release from the Governor ’ s Office.

Brownfields are properties where the presence of hazardous materials, pollution, or contaminants may complicate the reuse or redevelopment of the location. VBAF grants help local governments address these obstacles. Orange County and the Orange County Economic Development Authority will utilize these funds with the aim of making these former commercial locations attractive for new business uses. “ In Orange County, we are always seeking to attract new businesses while preserving the character of our community ’ said Julie Perry, Interim Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “ Rehabilitating brownfields is particularly gratifying work because it occurs at the intersection of old and new. Rehabilitating and reutilizing existing properties to attract new businesses maximizes the utility of our available buildings and allows us to breathe new life into a space, ” she added. “ Ensuring project - ready sites in every region increases Virginia ’ s overall competitiveness and prosperity, and VBAF paves a path for economic opportunity in rural communities across the Commonwealth, ” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick in the Governor ’ s press release. “ We applaud each of the localities for their commitment to economic development and look forward to the redevelopment of these brownfield sites. ” Visit for more information on the Virginia Brownfield Restoration and Economic Redevelopment Assistance Fund. For more information about these locations, or Economic Development in Orange County, contact the Economic Development Office at (540) 672 - 1238.

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

Full Throttle Team Challenge : Saturday, March 23, 2024

Come as a team of two, with both of you sharing one mountain/trail bike. One team member starts the course running, and the other will start the same course biking. There will be mud, there will be some small climbs, there will be some easy obstacles, there is even a motocross track, but most importantly, there will be FUN!!

Woodbrook Farm Vineyard Wine Run 5K: Sunday, April 14, 2024

Like Running or Walking? Love Wine? This race is for you! Join us for an exciting annual event featuring the amazing scenery and landscape of Woodbrook Farm Vineyard near historic James Madison ’ s Montpelier. This race is timed and scored by J3 Timing.

Architectural Tour of Bloomsbury: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Explore the fascinating 18th century architectural features of historic Bloomsbury with Ann Miller. Ms. Miller is a head researcher for the Orange County Historical Society, as well as the Senior Research Scientist and Historian for VDOT.

Formal Garden Tour at Montpelier: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Join Montpelier Horticulturist Robert Myers on a guided tour of the Annie duPont Formal Garden. Highlights will include the history of the 2.4 - acre garden, from the Madisons through the duPonts, and their enduring horticultural legacies. The many plant varieties displayed will be discussed, and questions will be welcome.

Dog Days on Main in Gordonsville: Saturday, May 4, 2024

2024 has arrived and the Gordonsville on Main team could not be more excited about our upcoming events! Kicking off the year, our 2nd Annual Dog Show that is now part of a larger Dog Days on Main, on Saturday, May 4th, with a dog related vendor market and dog demonstrations.

Learn more about these and other events at:

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February 4 - 10, 2024

National Burn Awareness Week

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Learn more about the 4:00 p.m. Burn Law on the Virginia Department of Forestry Website.

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2024 Orange County Holiday Schedule

New Year ’ s Day - Monday, January 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 15 George Washington Day - Monday, February 19 James Madison ’ s Birthdate (Observed) - Friday, March 15 Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 Juneteenth - Wednesday, June 19 Independence Day - Thursday, July 4 Labor Day - Monday, September 2 Columbus Day & Yorktown Victory Day - Monday, October 14 Election Day - Tuesday, November 5 Veterans Day - Monday, November 11 Noon Closure for Thanksgiving - Wednesday, November 27 Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 28 Day After Thanksgiving* - Friday, November 29 *Landfill & Collection Sites Open Christmas Eve* - Tuesday, December 24 *Landfill & Collection Sites Open Until Noon Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25 This holiday schedule is subject to change and applies only to those County Government offices under the purview of the Orange County Personnel Policy Manual. Some offices may follow alternate schedules, such as the Landfill and Collection Sites. Public safety departments (Sheriff ’ s Office, COFEMS, E911) remain available 24/7. The Board of Supervisors may grant additional holidays, under special circumstances, throughout the year. County employees will be notified of additional holidays after they are officially granted.

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24 years, Gail Lloyd, Office on Youth

6 years, Anna Zummo, Circuit Court Clerk

19 years, Bradford Darnell, Sheriffs Office

4 years, Vernitha Fearon, Social Services

19 years, Robert Kelley, Sheriffs Office

4 years, Valencia Bowman, Sheriffs Office

17 years, Nathan Mort, Fire & EMS

3 years, Christian Amos, Sheriffs Office

11 years, Susan Turner, Fire & EMS

3 years, Jennifer Carpenter, Human Resources

8 years, Martin Williams, Landfill

2 years, Lana Grant, Library

8 years, Bernice Washington, Social Services

2 years, Regan Mckay, Economic Development

6 years, Joshua Sparks, Sheriffs Office

2 years, Dale Rose, Landfill

6 years, Louis Gipson, Landfill

1 years, Linda Jenkins, Social Services

6 years, Kerri Skinner, Social Services

1 years, Hailee Perry, Human Resources

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Administrative Assistant - Circuit Court Clerk ’ s Office Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Benefit Programs Specialist I/II Community Paramedic County Attorney Deputy Sheriff Emergency Communications Officer Family Services Specialist II - In Home Practice Fire and EMS Lieutenant - Internal Applicants Only Firefighter/Medic Information Technology Technician

Administrative Assistant - Commissioner of the Revenue Assistant Registrar Child Care Teacher - OES Child Care Teacher Assistant - LGPS

Deputy Treasurer I FAPT Coordinator

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2024 County Cup Begins the New Year with a Ball Drop!

By: Tim Moubray, Director, Orange County Parks & Recreation

The first County Cup event of 2024 is officially in the books. We had 101 players participate in the Snowball Drop. This event tested patience, aim, balance, and steadiness as participants allowed the balls to roll along two rails, choosing the right time to drop the ball into targets of varying point values. We saw many different strategies utilized... and sometimes absolutely no strategy at all.

The bar was set high early when Sheriff Jason Smith recorded a score of 400. He was quickly edged out by E911 ’ s Jeremy Brown with an impressive 410. Later that afternoon, we watched in amazement as the Library ’ s Dee Fleming coolly dropped her first four snowballs in the 100 point target, missed two, and then dropped the double - point yellow snowball in the 100 target for a grand total of 600.

In Tuesday afternoon ’ s competition, Admin/HR hit it big. Jenny Carpenter scored 400 to match Sheriff Smith, and Alyson Simpson recorded a 300 to tie for ninth. Then, County Administrator Ted Voorhees and Deputy County Administrator Glenda Bradley each stepped up and made all seven balls in the 60 - point target for incredible scores of 480, each tying for second place. Wednesday ’ s action saw the Ops Team ’ s Kenneth Yount hit his final (double - point) snowball for a 400, tying for fifth, and Brandon Bunce from Public Works scored a 360 for eighth. Extension ’ s Luke Bello and the Library ’ s Travis Shular each recorded 300’ s on Monday to tie for ninth. The County Cup is a key component of our organization ’ s Cultural Initiative, which seeks to make Orange County an employer of choice, able to recruit and retain skilled employees. Look like fun? Consider visiting to see if an open position might be right for you!

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Q: Who do I need to speak to if I want to put a shed on my property? A : Development Services may assist you with setback requirements. They may also assist you with determining if a building or zoning permit are necessary. Development Services can be reached at (540) 672 - 4574. Q: Where can I get a copy of my plat?

A : To obtain a copy of your plat, contact the Orange County Circuit Court Clerk ’ s office at (540) 672 - 6162. You may also visit their office, located on the third floor at 110 N. Madison Road, Orange, Virginia.

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Upcoming Orange County Meetings

Board of Supervisors

Planning Commission

• Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, 5:00 p.m.

• Thursday, Mar. 7, 2024, 6:00 p.m. Economic Development Authority • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, 5:30 p.m. at 109 West Main Street, Orange, VA 22960

Public Comment during this Meeting

• Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2024, 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 and subject to change. 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.

Jacob Deloriea

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

Recreation Programmer

For this month ’ s personnel profile, we ’ re highlighting a new member of our Parks & Recreation team, Jacob Deloriea. Jacob just started, but is a “ born & raised ” native of Orange County, and says that coming back go work for his community was a “ no - brainer. ” Jacob has a passion for athletics and spends most of his free time watching, playing, or reading about sports. In fact, he got his degree from George Mason in the field of Sports Management. With that in mind, it ’ s no surprise he ’ s interested in trying to offer some

Juanesta Williams

Support Technician

sports - based programs. However, that ’ s not all he ’ d like to bring to the community. Some of his more “ outside the batter ’ s box ” ideas include public speaking, latte art, and something called “ tenni - ball. ” We ’ re on the edge of our seats waiting to see what that could be. When asked about his ideal vacation, Jacob gave an answer that would resonate with any sports fan (as well as make any mom proud). He said he ’ d love to travel to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums with his mother, making a reality out of their much - talked - about dream.

We ’ re glad to have you on board, Jacob!

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


Meet Toffee

Toffee is a gorgeous and petite 1 - year - old, long haired Tortie.

She was surrendered because the property owner could not care for all the strays that had been showing up on the property. As a young kitten, Toffee had an issue which caused her to lose one eye. However, that has not stopped this little six pound gal from being extremely outgoing and affectionate! Toffee has been around cats of various ages and was familiar with dogs on the property she came from. She is current on all her vaccines, has been spayed and microchipped. Additionally, Toffee has been dewormed and started on flea/tick preventatives. She has been tested for FIV/ FLV (Negative).

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

Find your new best friend at the

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

Orange County Animal Shelter

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