Orange County Insight January 2023

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



Workforce Pipeline Partnership With Orange County Schools Page 17 Winter Weather Food Safety Page 9 Deck the Paws Giving Campaign Recap Page 15 Gingerbread House Contest Recap Pages 3 - 4 Employee Anniversaries Page 7


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Team Orange,

Happy New Year and welcome to 2023!

Often with the turn of the calendar it is customary to think about making personal commitments to self - improvement. “ New Year ’ s Resolutions ” can be a way to spark motivation for improving work - life balance, making a stronger commitment to healthy choices, finding new purpose in charitable work, strengthening personal relationships, and any number of other things. Is now the time to learn a new language or pick up that old musical instrument that you ’ ve thought about? What about contributing to a “ rainy day ” fund that could give you some extra peace of mind? In addition to what you may do individually, we hope to help create some organizationally sponsored structure around employee well - being as we welcome Jennifer McGuire to our team as Wellness Program Manager. I ’ m really excited about how she will help us become more resilient employees and teammates. As you think about any New Year ’ s Resolutions that you might pursue, I ’ d like to suggest a renewed commitment to each other to make Orange County a great workplace. I ’ m not suggesting “ more ” work or “ harder ” work. But if our organization is going to thrive, we each have a responsibility to make the most of the time we contribute. Helping to support each other, to bring a positive “ can do ” attitude with us each day, and to participate in the teamwork set up to improve processes and policies are all ways to make a positive impact. Can you find some time to get involved? This is a great opportunity for you to influence our workplace with your great ideas.

I ’ m looking forward to seeing the impact we make in the year ahead!

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Orange County Board of Supervisors Prepare Roles for the New Year at Annual Organizational Meeting

Lee H. Frame Vice Chairman District Five Supervisor

R. Mark Johnson Chairman District One Supervisor

James K. White District Two Supervisor

Keith F. Marshall District Three Supervisor

James P. Crozier District Four Supervisor

Setting the tone for the New Year, the Orange County Board of Supervisors takes time during the year ’ s first meeting for organizational purposes. For 2023, this meeting was held Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Items at the Organizational Meeting typically include appointments such as Chairman, Vice Chairman, Clerk, and Chief Deputy Clerk. At this meeting, Supervisor R. Mark Johnson was reinstalled as the Chairman, Supervisor Lee H. Frame will now serve as the Board ’ s Vice Chairman. This meeting also facilitates appointments of Board positions such as liaisons to pertinent committees. The full list of assignments is available to the right. For more information about your Supervisor, or to find copies of agendas, minutes, and more, visit the Orange County, VA website at Most information related to the Board of Supervisors is available under the “ Government ” tab at the top of the screen.

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Gingerbread House Contest Results By: Joe Falin, Program and Facilities Supervisor, Parks and Recreation

In December, Orange County Parks and Recreation held its annual Gingerbread House Contest in partnership with The Arts Center in Orange, and it was sponsored by Krecek Kakes. There were thirteen (13) entries on display at The Arts Center for two (2) weeks, where people could go and vote on their favorite entry. After all the votes were counted, each entry received a point total between one (1) and thirteen (13) based on how many votes they received. The entry with the most votes received thirteen (13) points, and the entry with the fewest votes received one (1) point. The entry with the most votes was also declared our “ People ’ s Choice ” winner. The overall winners of the competition were also determined by three (3) independent judges that ranked the entries on creativity, appearance, and construction, to help them determine each entry ’ s overall ranking. Once each judge had their overall ranking, points were allocated to each entry the same way as before, with the highest ranked entry receiving thirteen (13) points and the lowest ranked entry receiving one (1) point. Judges also determined which entries would receive superlatives for Funniest, Cutest, and Most Original. All the judges scores were then added together with the scores from the “ People ’ s Choice ” vote to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. In 1st Place with 50 points out of a possible 52 points was Douglas Pitera with "OBC - Singing Christmas Tree." In second place with 45 points was the Jacobs Household with "The Three Little Pigs in a Winter Wonderful." And in 3rd place with 44 points was Orange County High School Library with "Dreaming of the Beach." Douglas Pitera was also awarded the “ People ’ s Choice ” award, and the Orange County High School Library was also awarded the Cutest Superlative. Other superlative winners included H. B. Thornton ’ s "A Modern Day Castle" winning the Funniest Superlative, and Alex Thompson ’ s “ Coach Chuck's Orange County Towing" winning Most Original Superlative. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners received a commemorative spatula, a “ bag of swag ” from Orange County Tourism, and a gift card to Krecek Kakes. The superlative winners also received a framed certificate for their accomplishment. Thank you to all our participants, judges, voters, and to Krecek Kakes and The Arts Center in Orange for helping make this event a success. Please be on the lookout for future holiday themed events from Orange County Parks and Recreation.

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People ’ s Choice, Douglas Pitera

Cutest, Orange County High School Library

Most Original, Alex Thompson

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Funniest, H.B. Thorton

By: Joe Falin, Program and Facilities Supervisor, Parks and Recreation Holiday Spirit Week By: Orange County Communications Department


The Orange County Administration Office headed up the annual Holiday Spirit Week once again to drive camaraderie and cheerfulness throughout the organization for the 2022 holiday season. Beginning on Monday, December 12th, employees were encouraged to participate in Holiday Hats, Tinsel Toes (socks or footwear), Winter Wonderland (blue, white, and silver), Baby, It ’ s Cold Outside (holiday sweater), and Flannel Shirts. All the fun and excitement was evident in the photos that were submitted by staff.

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Orange County Is Open For Business By: Orange County Economic Development

Local businesses are the heart of Orange County, and your support makes a difference! Visit and start planning your shopping, dining, and recreational activities! Are you a local business owner? Visit to create a FREE profile. Once subscribed, businesses can showcase their offerings by listing services offered, menu items, hours of operation, website, social media links, promotions, photo galleries, and more. For more information, please contact the Office of Economic Development at (540) 672 - 1238.

Orange County Announces New Business System Analyst

Orange County is pleased to announce that the role of Business System Analyst has been filled by Joshua Crawford. Mr. Crawford is originally from Modesto, California. He moved to Virginia in 2017, and later Orange County in 2019 to be closer to family. Mr. Crawford received his Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in project management and a Master of Business Administration with a certificate in accounting from University of Phoenix. He also received his Project Management Professional certification in 2021 from the Project Management Institute. Currently, Mr. Crawford is attending Virginia Tech in the Master of Public Administration program in tandem with the certificate in Local Government Management certificate course. Mr. Crawford has over eleven (11) years of experience and worked for Grainger, Lincoln Property Company, and Spotsylvania County before his employment in Orange County.

Mr. Crawford's hobbies include hiking with his family, baking, playing video games, and working on projects around the house. He has been married for seven (7) years and has a six (6) year old daughter.

For more information, contact Larry Clement, Information Technology Director, at

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January Employee Anniversary Report Thank you for your dedication to Orange County and it ’ s citizens. Below you will find a list of employees who celebrate an employment anniversary in January. Each employee is listed with their years of service and what department they are housed in.

1 year, Evan Baker, Sheriff ’ s Office

30 years, Rita Flemming, Social Services

1 year, Matthew Blankenship, Fire & EMS

23 years, Nelson Seale, Fire & EMS

1 year, Bayleigh Carpenter - Smith, Emergency Communications Center

23 years, April Clark, Fire & EMS

21 years, Donna Ellis, Public Works

1 year, Patrick Cobb, Fire & EMS

19 years, Tammy Corbin, Commonwealth Attorney

1 year, Stephen Coyle, Sheriff ’ s Office

19 years, Diana O ’ Connell, Commonwealth Attorney

1 year, Joseph Freeze, Public Works

19 years, Jason Smith, Sheriff ’ s Office

1 year, Brian Keys, Public Works

17 years, Randy Amos, Sheriff ’ s Office

1 year, Ashley Lilly, Fire & EMS

17 years, Carol Wold, Library

1 year, Kalina Moore, Social Services

16 years, Bryan McFarlane, Sheriff ’ s Office

1 year, Julie Perry, Tourism

14 years, Bryan Seale, Sheriff ’ s Office

1 year, Porter Preston, Fire & EMS

13 years, Larry Clement, Information Technology

1 year, Braden Riordan, Office on Youth

13 years, Shannon Dickson, Sheriff ’ s Office

1 year, Anna Shultz, Emergency Communications Center

12 years, Patricia Keister, Library

12 years, Thomas Waddy, Sheriff ’ s Office

1 year, Brianna Smith, Office on Youth

11 years, Kristie Hicks, Social Services

1 year, Charles Waddle, Fire & EMS

10 years, Lori Morris, Circuit Court

7 years, Stephen Boyer, Parks and Recreation

6 years, Walter Orzechowski, Landfill

5 years, Kimberly Downin, Social Services

4 years, Stephen Haney, Public Works

2 years, Brennan Tanner, Library

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January is the deadliest month for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning depend on the level of carbon monoxide and duration of exposure. Mild symptoms sometimes are mistaken for the flu.

Low to moderate CO poisoning results in:

High - level CO poisoning results in:


Mental confusion



Shortness of breath

Loss of muscular coordination


Loss of consciousness



If you think you are experiencing any of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, go outside and get fresh air immediately. Call 911 from outside. You could lose consciousness and die if you stay in the home.

The CDC offers these carbon monoxide safety tips:

• Have your furnace, water heater, and any other gas or coal - burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

• Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters indoors.

• Have your chimney checked and cleaned every year, and make sure your fireplace damper is open before lighting a fire and well after the fire is extinguished. • Never use a generator inside your home, basement, garage, or less than 20 feet from any window, door, or vent; fatal levels of carbon monoxide can be produced in just minutes, even if doors and windows are open.

• Never run a car in a garage that is attached to a house, even with the garage door open.

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Winter Weather Food Safety By: Clare Lillard, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences

More cold weather is ahead of us! Winter storms can wreak havoc just as well as summer storms do. Keep your food supply safe by following these tips from the USDA.

As with power outages in any season, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half - full). One key mistake to avoid if the power goes out in winter is to try to use the winter weather as an informal outdoor refrigerator or freezer. Even when there is still snow and ice, outside temperatures can vary, causing chilled food to enter the “ danger zone, ” when food is warmer than 40°F and cooler than 140°F, and frozen food to begin thawing. Moreover, exposed food can be exposed to animals and unsanitary conditions. However, there is one way the winter conditions can be helpful. Refrigerators and freezers that lack power can still function as old - fashioned “ iceboxes ” that use ice instead of electricity to keep food chilled. Coolers that always use ice can be useful when the power goes out as well. Fresh ice can be obtained by filling buckets or cans with water and leaving them outside to freeze. Use this ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers.

Remember to place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross contamination of thawing juices.

Once electric power returns, it ’ s time to carefully examine everything and discard anything that is possibly unsafe. First, check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. If any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or leftovers) has been above 40°F for two hours or more, get rid of it. Next, check each food item separately. If there is food in your freezer that is partially or completely thawed, it can be safely re - frozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below. But throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color, texture, or feels warm to the touch, and never taste a food to decide if it's safe. When in doubt, throw it out.

For more information on food safety, please contact Clare Lillard at the Orange County Extension Office at (540) 672 - 1361 or

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By: Orange County Information Technology Department

This month we are sharing keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are keys or key combinations that you can press on your computer ’ s keyboard to perform a variety of tasks. Since both of your hands stay on the keyboard, using a shortcut to perform a task is often faster than using a mouse. Try these shortcuts for yourself!

• Copy: Ctrl + C

• Cut: Ctrl + X

• Paste: Ctrl + V

• Undo: Ctrl + Z

• Print: Ctrl + P

• Maximize Window: F11 or Windows logo key + Up arrow

• Open Task View: Windows logo key + Tab

• Display and hide the desktop: Windows logo key + D

• Switch between open apps: Alt + Tab

• Open the Quick Link menu: Windows logo key + X

• Lock your PC: Windows logo key + L

If you have any questions, please contact the Orange County Helpdesk at

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By: Orange County Communications Department

The Orange County Animal Shelter kicked off a campaign to raise $10,000 in donations in the month of December. A fundraiser of this magnitude had never been attempted before, but with your help, the Animal Shelter was able to raise $4,450 in monetary donations and collected thousands of dollars worth of in - kind donations, pictured below! The stocking drive was a huge success. Thirty - five (35) dog stockings and 25 cat stockings were filled with donations. Pets adopted from the Shelter were sent home with their stockings while pets at the Shelter opened their stockings for Christmas.

If you would like to donate to the Orange County Animal Shelter, use the link below. If you want to donate wish list items, please note Shelter hours for drop offs. Your tax - deductible donation goes toward their mission to continue nursing the wounded, loving the unwanted, and finding “ fur - ever ” homes for the abandoned. Thank you for your support!

Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Visit:

• Under Payment type, select Animal Shelter Donation.

• Enter your Name under Donor Name.

• Hit Continue and enter your payment information.

Visit the Orange County Animal Shelter Website.

Bleach/laundry detergent

Peanut Butter


Clumping cat litter

Dog/cat toys

Cardboard flats

Canned dog/cat food

Dog/cat treats

Frontline for dogs/cats

Dog leashes


Martingale collars

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Data Privacy Day

By: Stop.Think.Connect.

Data Privacy Day is Saturday, January 28, 2023. You learn, connect with friends, and sometimes play games online. Just as you look both ways before crossing the street (which we hope you do), be sure you are using the Internet safely and securely. The first step is to STOP.THINK.CONNECT.: take safety measures, think about the consequences of your actions, and connect knowing you are protecting yourself from an unhappy surprise.

Share With Care

• What you post can last a lifetime: Before posting online, think about what others might learn about you and who might see it in the future ‒ teachers, parents, colleges, and potential employers. Share the best of yourself online.

• Be aware of what ’ s being shared: Be aware that when you post a picture or video online, you may also be sharing information about others or personal details about yourself like where you live, go to school or hang out. • Post only about others as you would like to have them post about you: The golden rule applies online as well. Ask permission before you tag a friend in a photo. • Own your online presence: It ’ s OK to limit who can see your information and what you share. Learn about and use privacy and security settings on your favorite online games, apps and platforms.

Personal Information Is Like Money. Value It. Protect It.

• Know what ’ s being collected, who is collecting it and how it will be used : Information about you, such as the games you like to play, what you search for online and where you shop and live, has value ‒ just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it ’ s collected through apps and websites. Only use a product or service if the company is open and clearly states how it will use your personal information. If you ’ re not sure what a business will do with your information, ask your parents. Think twice if an app wants permission to use personal information (like your location) it doesn ’ t need before you say “ OK. ” • Secure your devices: Use strong passwords or passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. Securing your device can help protect your information if your device is lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out. • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure – this means the possibility exists that anyone can see what you are doing on your laptop or smartphone while you are connected to it. Think about what you are doing and if you would want another person to see it. If you use public WiFi a lot, think about using a virtual private network (VPN) that provides a more secure WiFi connection. • Now you see me, now you don ’ t: Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are within range. Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use, and limit your use of free public wireless networks, which stores and locations can use to track what you do online. • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way bad guys get access to your personal information. If it looks weird, even if you know the source, it ’ s best to delete.

For more tips and information about staying safe online, visit

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Orange County Fire and Emergency Services Partners with Orange County High School to

Create Workforce Pipeline By: Orange County Economic Development and Fire and Emergency Services

This past month, Orange County Fire and Emergency Services (COFEMS) completed another round of Firefighter 1 training with Orange County High School students. The Firefighter 1 course is offered through the High School as a two (2) block class, and students are bused to the Berry Hill Fire Station to complete coursework. After completing the classroom coursework, students are eligible to sit for the Virginia Firefighter and Pro Board certification which includes a written test, live burn simulation, and skills assessment. Upon successful completion of this coursework and these certifications, students are eligible to volunteer with their local fire department where they can obtain their Firefighter II certification. Additionally, students can also enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician course, also offered through this partnership. With these certifications, graduates are eligible to become full - time COFEMS employees

with a starting salary of $48,876 +. All coursework though this partnership is fully funded through COFEMS. COFEMS Chief, Nathan Mort noted, “ The demand for fire and EMS personnel continues to grow each year on the volunteer side as well as the career side. With more and more opportunities opening up and the need to fill these positions programs such as these will help to close the needs gap within fire and EMS. We are very proud of the hard work that the students put into becoming certified and even if they decide not to continue in the field they have learned that they can achieve more than they expected and have garnered problem solving skills that will carry with them through life. ” Renee Honaker, Director of Secondary Instruction for Orange County Public Schools stated, “ We are fortunate to have this partnership with Orange County Fire and Emergency Services. Providing students with these opportunities is only possible through collaboration between the schools and COFEMS. These courses help us achieve our goal of providing students a range of options that prepare them for the workforce or post - high school education/training. ”

Pictured above is OCHS student and Station 29 volunteer, Katelyn Lauber.

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Orange County Announces New Wellness Program Manager

Orange County is pleased to announce that the new role of Wellness Program Manager has been filled by Jennifer McGuire. Ms.McGuire was born and raised on a working family farm in Woodbridge, Virginia. In high school she was an honor student, student athletic trainer, and multi - sport varsity athlete. She attended Virginia Tech where she played competitive soccer and pursued her passion for health and wellness through her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise with a concentration in Exercise and Health Promotion and Psychology minor. She has also taken courses toward a Master of Teaching in Physical Education Pedagogy at The University of Virginia. Ms. McGuire has worked in a variety of full - time service, education, and administrative roles in health and wellness settings. Throughout her career she has had opportunities to work with individuals from a vast array of backgrounds, experiences, ages, and abilities. Currently, Ms. McGuire is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Exercise Physiologist. Driven by “ Ut Prosim - that I may serve ," Ms.

McGuire strives to make a positive impact and live to be the change she wishes to see in the world. For more information, contact Jenny Carpenter, Human Resources Director, at

Do you have team members that exemplify the J.U.I.C.E. mentality and are going above and beyond? Remember you can nominate them! Submissions are open and we will be doing a quarterly drawing to choose a winner for that quarter. They will receive a fun jackpot prize! Visit the JUICE Employee Recognition Form, or simply use the QR code to recognize another employee.

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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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December was a month for various community service projects by Orange County 4 - H youth. Community service and volunteering are cornerstones to the "hands to larger service" part of the 4 - H pledge. Service projects help youth develop skills in teamwork, leadership, empathy, and decision making. Organizations served by Orange 4 - H include Orange County Children's Toy Box, Dogwood Village, Wreaths Across America/Culpeper National Cemetery, Orange Department of Social Services Adopt - a - Senior, and Graham Cemetery. Orange 4 - H Gives Back in December By: Kaci Daniel, Extension Agent, 4 - H

Extension staff volunteered for Toy Box shopping at the Locust Grove Walmart. 4 - H Educator Erin Berkery shows a very large unicorn selected to achieve one local child's wish list.

True Blue Cloverbud leader Sarah Gower helps young 4 - H members ages 5 - 8 with a budgeting activity using play money as the youth shopped for wish list items for residents of Dogwood Village.

Dairy Club youth participated in Wreaths Across America in Culpeper.

Members of the Orange 4 - H Livestock, Bit N Bridle, and True Blue Cloverbud Clubs pose for a photo after helping lay wreaths on the graves of veterans laid to rest in Culpeper National Cemetery.

Dairy Club members shopped for two senior residents at Dogwood Village and then enjoyed fun and fellowship over dinner .

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Atlantic Union Bank Grant Release By: Crystal Hale, Department of Social Services Director Grant Announcement

Exciting news for our community partners – and for Atlantic Union Bank!

Atlantic Union Bank is launching a new grant opportunity: Future Community Impact Makers Internship Grant Program. Grant applications will be accepted between January 1, 2023 and February 1, 2023.

This is a great opportunity to support professional development opportunities within community - based organizations, and to increase awareness of Atlantic Union Bank career opportunities with college students.

We encourage you to share this opportunity with organizations you know and love. Details below!

About the Grant: Atlantic Union Bank is proud to announce Future Community Impact Makers as an initiative to support pay equity within the community - based sector.

Summer internships provide exposure to different career possibilities, opportunities for skill development, and the ability to start building a professional network. Our goal is to support local community - focused organizations and to remove barriers to these critical professional development opportunities for students in higher education regardless of economic status.

Eligibility: Organizations must be community - based (nonprofits, community foundations, etc), located in an Atlantic Union Bank service area, and commit to hosting an under - graduate or graduate level student in an 8 - week, paid internship program.

Funding: Each awardee will receive $3,750 in grant funds. Of the total award, $3,600 is intended to go directly to intern wages, $15 an hour minimum, 30 hours a week for 8 weeks. The remaining $150 will be used for direct professional development costs (i.e. conference attendance, association membership, etc).

Timeline: Applications are due by February 1, 2023 and awards will be announced by March 1, 2023 .

All intern positions are expected to begin no later than June 15, 2023, and end no later than August 15, 2023.

Grant money will be sent on or before April 15, 2023.

To learn more and apply, please visit: - involvement. NOTE: the application will not be live on this page until January 1, 2023.

Please contact the Community Impact Team, with any questions about the program or eligibility.

Atlantic Union Bank Member FDIC Equal Opportunity Employer

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4 - H Camp Counselors Needed

By: Orange County Extension Office

High school age students are eligible to apply for 4 - H camp counselor roles for the summer. While camp isn't until June 4 - 8, 2023, counselor applications are due January 13, with interviews to be held the following week. High school youth will earn more than 50 hours of community service, which can be verified for school purposes. Counselors serve as role models and supervisors for the campers in elementary and middle schools. They help teach classes, manage a dorm room of five (5) youth, lead songs, and play and interact with the campers in an outdoor setting. Ga - ga is a favorite 4 - H camp game, there's swimming in a Junior - Olympic size pool everyday, and nightly campfires are a treasured 4 - H camp tradition. Amenities are available to counselors. We hope to receive your application soon. Details about the position and a link to the online application are available at

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OCPS Begins Work on Strategic Plan

January 6, 2023

Orange County Public Schools invites all members of the community to attend a public summit to launch our strategic planning process. The summit will be held Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. in the Orange County High School auditorium.

The purpose of the strategic planning process is to identify the values, mission, and strategic goals that will guide out academic programming and support services as well as our partnership efforts with families and the community. Additionally, the strategic planning process will provide the framework through which we select and retain a high - quality, diverse workforce.

We have engaged Cambridge Strategic Services to facilitate an objective and reflective process. As we define our priorities, every stakeholder ’ s voice is vital.

The School Board and Superintendent realize the importance of involving the school community throughout this planning process, and we will post progress of the strategic planning on our website.

Please plan to join us as we launch this important work on January 19. We look forward to partnering with the community to create a common vision and direction for the future of Orange County Public Schools.


For more information, please contact Dr. Judy Anderson at (540) 661 - 4550 or

strategicplanning@ocss -

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New Year, New You - Books for New Year ’ s Resolutions By: Orange County Library Staff Please enjoy the book recommendations below from the Orange County Public Library for the month of January. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Orange County Main Library at (540) 672 - 3811. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


Self - Improvement

The Awesome Human Project is an accessible and practical book that teaches the emotional fitness skills so many of us need to struggle less, have more energy, and experience more meaning and joy in life and at work" - Provided by publisher. Author, Kogan used her own burnout to learn how to strengthen her emotional fitness and wants to share that skill with others. Focusing on how to support yourself better. Modifying your thoughts and emotions can help you embrace yourself and value your own strength and awesomeness.


Healthy Eating

Including 140+ vegan recipes this cookbook encourages a plant - based lifestyle. With recipes for all meals and desserts plus salad dressings and more. Get ready for mouthwatering plant - based dishes like Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies, Best Ever Cauli Wings, and the Big BOSS Burrito. With more than 2.5 million followers between her social channels, Carleigh Bodrug of PlantYou is a self - taught plant - based cook and content creator, famous for her simple vegan recipes. She has been featured on the Rachael Ray Show and Good Morning America.



It's time for a new story of behavior change -- this time, with a happy ending. Welcome to the Joy Choice! What if you could easily and joyfully resolve the in - the - moment conflicts that often derail your eating and exercise goals? Much of what we've been taught about creating change in eating and exercise is wrong or too simple to be helpful. Segar has devoted decades to the study of how to achieve lasting changes in eating and exercise behaviors. When our new eating and/or exercise plans confront the reality of our daily lives, Segar says that creates "choice points." Those points are the real key for achieving lasting changes in eating and exercise.


Positive Attitude

Based on her wildly popular MBA class at UCLA, Professor Cassie Holmes demonstrates how to immediately improve our lives by changing how we perceive and invest our time. Happier Hour provides empirically based insights and easy - to - implement tools that will allow you to: make confident choices about how to spend time, avoid distractions, embrace and plan for joy, make a schedule that works for you, and defeat regret by making purposeful use of your time. This book is upbeat and affirming, yet also practical and grounded in research. Bad Habits


How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t is a straight - shooting approach to self - improvement for women, one that offers frank truth - telling about the most common self - destructive behaviors women tend to engage in. Andrea Owen - - a nationally sought - after life coach -- crystallizes what's behind several invisible, undermining habits, from catastrophizing and people - pleasing, to listening to the imposter complex or to one's inner critic. Powerfully on - the - mark, the chapters are short and digestible, nicely bypassing weighty examinations in favor of punch - points of awareness. Her book kicks women's gears out of autopilot and empowers them to create happier, more fulfilling lives.

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Youth Council Cleans Up Tobacco Litter By: Robyn Chapman, Office on Youth, Youth Grant Program Manager In December, The Orange County Office on Youth in conjunction with the Orange County Youth Council held it ’ s annual Tobacco Litter Clean - Up in the Town of Gordonsville. Youth Council Members collected tobacco litter (cigarette butts, packaging, and vape pens) and four (4) bags of non - tobacco litter from Main Street and High Street in Gordonsville. Based on the average weight of a cigarette butt, it is estimated that youth collected nearly 3,700 cigarette butts in just under two (2) hours. At the spring 2022 event held in the Town of Orange, youth collected an estimated 7,500 cigarette butts. At the fall 2021 event youth collected an estimated 5,000 cigarette butts in the Town of Gordonsville. The Orange County Youth Council strives to deter tobacco use in youth and young adults. Youth Council members advocate to increase educational awareness and promote healthy habits here in Orange County and are able to do so with funding from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. The Office on Youth has resources available to help those who wish to quit the use of tobacco products. “ Quit Now Virginia ” provides free information and coaching by telephone or online to residents who want to quit smoking or using tobacco. Interested persons can dial 1 - 800 - QUIT - NOW or visit for assistance that is free and confidential and available 24 hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Orange County youth and young adults can also text VAPEFREEOC to 88709 for free and completely confidential assistance with vaping cessation. Those enrolled will receive up to twelve (12) weeks of daily text messages with assistance to select a quit date and help participants to make it to their selected quit date. The text messages show the real side of quitting, to help people feel motivated, inspired, and supported throughout their quitting process. For more information about tobacco clean - up events, tobacco prevention programming in Orange County, or programs made possible by Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth funding, please

contact Robyn Chapman, Office on Youth Grant Program Manager, at (540) 672 - 5484 ext. 1 or at

Pictured right are Youth Council members enjoying pizza after the Tobacco Litter Clean - Up held in December 2022.

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Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) Informational Workshop

Orange County Public Works ( 235 Warren St. Orange, VA 22960)

January 26, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District provides technical, educational and financial assistance to homeowners, businesses and local government to address problems with erosion, drainage and vegetative cover. Financial assistance can be provided through the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) which is a cost share program that reimburses participants up to 80% of the cost of installing eligible conservation practices that address erosion, drainage, land cover and stormwater management.

Attend a free 2 - hour workshop to explore the opportunities available for addressing stormwater and landscaping problems. Open to contractors, conservation partners and the public.

RSVP: Contact the District at (540) 825 - 8591 or email

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

The Orange Painting Club at Arts Center in Orange: Every Tuesday

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Whether you ’ re a beginner or have painted for years, this art club is for anyone who wants to explore watercolor painting with other community members.

For additional details, visit:

Karaoke Night at Patch Brewing: Every Thursday

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Get loud, get weird, have fun! Adults Only on stage.

For additional details, visit:

South Canal Street Band: Saturday, January 21, 2023

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Visit Woodbrook Family Farm for an evening of music that will take you back!

For additional details, visit:

Valentine ’ s Day Craft at Honah Lee: Thursday, January 26, 2023

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

$40 per person. All supplies and a glass of wine are included.

For additional details, visit: - our - events.

The Market at Grelen Inventory Sale: Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 2023

During the off - season, The Market at Grelen will be hosting their Annual Inventory Sale.

For additional details, visit:

Lunar New Year Celebration: Saturday, January 28, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$15 per person. Celebrate Lunar New Year with a full slate of activities.

For additional details, visit:

Learn more about these and other events at:

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Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Deputy Sheriff - Animal Control Deputy Sheriff - Court Security Deputy Sheriff - School Resource Officer

Child Care Teacher - LES Child Care Teacher - LGPS

Firefighter / EMT Firefighter / Medic

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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

No public hearings scheduled at this time.

No public hearings scheduled at this time.

Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting Room

Orange County Public Safety Building 11282 Government Center Drive, Orange

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: Do I need a business license to operate my business?

A: A "business license" is not required for the County of Orange. However, the Towns of Gordonsville or Orange may have different requirements. Please contact either the Town of Gordonsville or the Town of Orange for additional information, if the business you operate will be located within Town Limits. Q: I just got a new dog. Where can I purchase a County Dog tag? A: You can purchase lifetime dog licenses at the Animal Shelter located at 11362 Porter Road, Orange or at the Treasurer ’ s Office, located at 112 W. Main Street, Orange. Be sure to bring a copy of your pet ’ s current rabies vaccination certificate with you as we will need to verify the expiration date. The cost is $10 per animal.

Robin Coppa

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

Library Circulation Supervisor

Robin Coppa has worked for the Orange County Public Library since 2009. She was promoted to her current position of Circulation Supervisor in July 2022. She is responsible for training and managing all of the front line customer service employees at the Main Library. Robin helps solve customer problems, find missing items, and improve workflows. Robin enjoys helping customers find just the right book or movie and empowering her team to provide great service. Outside the Library Robin is a skilled crafter and proud mom to her adult kids, son Neil, and daughter Taylor. She is also a sports fan and avid reader. Her three (3) cats and two (2) dogs are also an important part of her family. We are thrilled to have Robin use her experience to move us forward as an organization. Thank you Robin!

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


Meet Payton Marie Payton Marie is a very sweet three (3) year old Pit Bull mix. She came to us extremely thin and riddled with parasites inside and out!

She is a very active gal that has lived with other dogs and kids.

Payton Marie has been spayed, microchipped, and is up to date on all vaccines.

Payton Marie ’ 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 39 | January, 2023 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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