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This month we celebrate Women ’ s History and International Women ’ s Day. We are also called to advocate for the protection of our children from violence and neglect as Child Abuse prevention month approaches in April. While I sometimes wish it wasn ’ t necessary to call attention to various populations so that we give people and their concerns the recognition they deserve, life is complicated, and the world can be a busy place. The regular pattern of calling attention to people and issues is one role that county government can play in helping our community learn and grow together. Appreciating the contributions that women play in our society and the protection of children are particularly poignant concerns as we watch the unfolding horrors of war in Ukraine. These events remind us that evil exists in the world, and totalitarianism continues to pose a threat to democracy and our way of life. Innocent civilians, including women and children, are the daily victims of Putin ’ s war machine. But even under such circumstances, women and children are meeting the moment with stories of kindness, acts of bravery, and efforts to sustain their communities. Surely, under peacetime conditions, we can do our part to recognize and support women in our own community and protect Orange County ’ s children from abuse and neglect.
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Orange County Recognizes the Leadership and Service of its Dedicated Female Staff
By: Orange County Communications Department
International Women ’ s Day is observed annually on March 8 th . First recognized by the United Nations in 1977, it is “ a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. ” The date was chosen in recognition of important milestones of women's ’ suffrage movements in the early twentieth century. The United States later recognized the entirety of March as women ’ s history month in 1987. Within the context of this greater global celebration, it is important to take a moment and recognize the amazing impact of women in our own corner of the world. Orange County ’ s staff profile alone demonstrates the important role of women in the functions of our local government. In fact, fifty - seven percent (57%) of our employees are female. They serve across the board in virtually every department, from Fire and EMS to Administration, from Planning Services to the Libraries. Beyond the simple staff ratio, women play an important part in guiding the direction of the County. A more in - depth look reveals that women make up well over half our Senior Leadership Team, at sixty - three percent (63%). The Senior Leadership Team represents our topmost collection of staff positions, comprised of department directors and upper administration. In terms of administrators, two (2) out of three (3) of our highest - level positions (Deputy County Administrator
and Assistant County Administrator for Operations) are filled by women. Women are also well - represented in Orange County elected positions, including the Clerk of Court, Commissioner of the Revenue, Commonwealth ’ s Attorney, and Treasurer. Contrary to the current situation in Orange County, women have not always had the opportunity to serve at the top levels of local government. The ICMA ’ s (International City/County Management Association) “ Task Force on Women in the Profession ” noted that in the mid 1970’ s only 1% of top government administrators were women. That number has risen to almost 20% today, but there is obviously still a divide across much of the field. We are proud of the enduring leadership and service impacts made by the hard - working female members of the Orange County team!
• Atchison, J. (2022, February 1). Sheleadsgov: ICMA's continuing dedication to advancing women in the profession. icma.org. Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://icma.org/articles/pm - magazine/ sheleadsgov - icmas - continuing - dedication - advancing - women - profession • United Nations. (n.d.). Background | International Women's Day. United Nations. Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.un.org/en/observances/womens - day/background
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Orange County Preparing for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April
By: Ashley Jacobs, Program Coordinator, Orange County Office on Youth
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As it approaches, Orange County ’ s Office on Youth and Department of Social Services are partnering to help raise awareness of the role we can all play in ensuring great childhoods for children. Sadly, thousands of Virginia children suffer abuse and neglect each year. In 2020, every thirteen (13) days a child in the Commonwealth died as a result of neglect or abuse. This sobering statistic illustrates why it is so important that we each take steps to prevent such tragedy. Child abuse is rarely just one physical attack or a single instance of failure to meet a child ’ s most basic
needs. Usually, child abuse is a pattern of behavior that takes place over a period of time. If allowed to continue, the severity of the abuse often increases, it becomes more difficult to stop, and results in more serious injury to the child. Child Abuse Prevention Month activities across the Commonwealth, and in Orange County, will include awareness efforts with the support of “ Pinwheels for Prevention. ” The pinwheel is the shared symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health, and happiness. County organizations and businesses will plant pinwheel “ gardens ” during the month of April to demonstrate Orange County ’ s commitment to preventing child abuse. The Orange County Department of Social Services and Office on Youth have partnered to sell and assemble small garden kits of pinwheels with signs that will display the Virginia Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 552 - 7096.
It is estimated that every eighty - one (81) minutes a child is abused or neglected in the Commonwealth of Virginia – it is important to know the warning signs. Several resources are available on the Families Forward (VA) webpage, including:
Signs of Child Abuse & Neglect | familiesforwardva
Report Child Abuse & Neglect in Virginia | familiesforwardva
As always, reports can be made via the Virginia Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 552 - 7096, twenty - four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911. You are not required to give your name, but doing so may aid investigators. YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.
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Orange County Youth Council Visits Virginia General Assembly for Youth Legislative Day Tradition
By: Alisha Vines, Director, Orange County Office on Youth
The Orange County Youth Council is a group of 8 th – 12 th grade students appointed by the Board of Supervisors to act as liaisons between the youth of Orange County and the Office on Youth. They are active throughout the year and assist with many community projects. Examples of their involvement include adopting seniors for Christmas, helping run the Father - Daughter and Mother - Son dances, raising funds for the local Animal Shelter and Michael ’ s Gift youth activities scholarship program, and more!
In addition to service, the Council advocates locally and at the state level regarding issues affecting the youth. Their advocacy has had real impacts. In fact, the Council members were called upon by Senator Bryce Reeves in 2013 to suggest steps the legislative body should consider to help prevent suicide. The Senator was inspired after hearing the Youth Council Chairman ’ s speech at the local legislative dinner that December. The group worked very hard to quickly research and craft a document for Senator Reeves ’ consideration prior to the 2014 General Assembly session in January. The Office on Youth is proud to facilitate such student involvement and help the youth utilize their voice.
To continue the tradition of involvement, the Office on Youth organizes an annual trip to the Virginia General Assembly. The trip affords the students the opportunity to meet with their state legislators and observe the General Assembly; and allows new members to learn more about state government. On February 10, 2022, members of the Orange County Youth Council traveled to Richmond with the Office on Youth Director, Program Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and a parent chaperone. The morning began with a 9:30 a.m. appointment with James Manetz,
Legislative Aide to Senator Bryce Reeves, followed by a 10:00 a.m. appointment with Delegate Nick Freitas, as both of their offices represent Orange County. Youth Council members were encouraged to prepare questions ahead of time related to topics of their concern or interest. They did not disappoint! They were very vocal and interested in how the General Assembly works, as well as hot topics in the news and issues affecting them. Mr. Manetz and Del. Freitas were generous with their time and answers. After the meetings, the Council members and chaperones walked to the Virginia State Capitol and sat in on the House of Delegates session. Delegate Freitas recognized them from the floor. Members observed the daily routine of visitor introductions as well as the start of the day ’ s business. They also learned about the Student Page Program, which allows youth to assist Delegates during session by serving as runners or helping in other ways. With the business part of the day completed, the group left for lunch and proceeded to Mission Laser RVA for team building and group activities, ending a great day on a positive note.
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Drone Operations Raise Fire and EMS Response to New Heights
By: Orange County Communications Department
Great things often come in small packages. In Orange County, a device stored in a case only slightly larger than a laptop bag is already making huge impacts in emergency response. It ’ s an Enterprise Series DJI Mavic 2 drone, piloted by Orange County Firefighter/EMT Lawrence “ Casey ” Kearnes, which has already assisted in the rescue of two (2) individuals. A personal interest in aviation helped bring these new capabilities to the department. “ It began as a hobby for me. But, realizing it could be another ‘ tool - in - the - toolbox ’ for rescues, I asked [Chief Nathan Mort] and he approved, ” said Kearnes. The drone ’ s missions exclusively focus on search and rescue (SAR) and fire response. It is well - equipped for both. Armed with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology, the drone can detect “ hot spots ” (areas of increased temperature compared to the surrounding environment) and relay that information to a readout on the pilot ’ s controls. For search and rescue, this capability helps pick out a human body from the landscape, even at night. When responding to structure fires, a building section displaying as hotter is likely the “ seat ” of the fire.
The drone can provide accurate temperature readouts for a specific location from hundreds of feet in the air or help define the edges of large brush fires. Such information helps guide the efforts of first responders on the ground while keeping them safer throughout. Adaptable to mission specifics, the drone can also be equipped with a spotlight, a loudspeaker, or a beacon. Multiple batteries allow flight times over one and half (1.5) hours. To prepare for this role, Firefighter/EMT Kearnes enrolled in a self - study program with a curriculum much like that of traditional aircraft pilots, culminating in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam taken at Hanover County Municipal Airport. Due to COVID - 19, he had
to wait several weeks to find a location offering the test on a day he wasn ’ t on shift. Drawing on his background as a hobbyist and now holding a Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot ’ s License, Kearnes says
experience is still key, and some only comes from the field. At a recent rescue, he learned better ways to apply the FLIR technology at different altitudes. “ Flying is one part, applying tools is another, ” noted Kearnes. This drone was purchased to facilitate “ proof - of - concept, ” but it has already demonstrated its worth and Chief Mort is considering licensing additional staff and purchasing additional drones. The decreasing price point of drone systems is easily weighed against their value in the field. When deployed from a command center - equipped vehicle, drones can transmit information to incident commanders, as well as the pilot, in real - time. The resulting connected response gives the best chance of positive outcomes during an emergency.
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Certificates of Appreciation Awarded to Land Mobile Radio System Project Leaders
By: Michelle Williams, Deputy Clerk / Senior Administrative Assistant, Orange County Administration
At the Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting on February 22, 2022, Vice Chairman Crozier presented Certificates of Appreciation to the Land Mobile Radio Project Team recognizing their contributions to the development and implementation of the project. Pictured (left to right): Chief Deputy Major Mike LaCasse, Sheriff ’ s Office; Stephanie Straub, Assistant County Administrator for Operations; Assistant Chief Mike Throckmorton, Fire & EMS; Chris Cord, Emergency Communications Director; Chief Nathan Mort, Fire & EMS; and Cole Shifflett, Radio Communications Manager, Information Technology. For more information about the impact of the new radio system, read the February 2022 issue of the Orange County Insight newsletter.
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What Citizens Should Expect During the Decennial Redistricting Process
By: Orange County Communications Department
Redistricting is the process of adapting voting district boundaries to better represent current populations. Across federal, state, and local levels of government, voting districts determine for which candidates a citizen is eligible to vote, as well as which district they could represent if they chose to run for office. Orange County contains five (5) voting districts, each of which is represented by one (1) member of the Board of Supervisors. The five (5) districts are nearly equal in population. The redistricting effort occurs every ten (10) years, in response to data gathered by the United States Census. Since populations change in a given area over a decade, it is necessary to redistrict in order to balance those changes and maintain roughly the same population in each district. The redistricting process is regulated by both federal and state law; implementation is a joint responsibility of state and local governments. The laws governing redistricting are vast and complex, but the basic principles of redistricting can be summarized in the following guidelines:
· Redistricting must be done every 10 years in the year ending in one.
· Districts must be drawn using census data.
· Districts must be approximately equal in population.
· Districts cannot be drawn to discriminate based on race.
· Districts must be contiguous and compact.
At the Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting on February 8, 2022, the proposed district boundaries, precinct boundaries, and polling places were adopted following a public hearing. The next step required the adopted ordinance and district maps be sent to the Office of the Virginia Attorney General for approval. The Attorney General ’ s Office has sixty (60) days to review and choose to approve the redistricting. If no response is received, the new districts are approved by default.
Once approved, the County will prepare to hold upcoming elections using the new districts and precincts. This process requires that all registered voters receive updated voter registration documents, regardless of whether their district or precinct was changed during the redistricting process. Please note that even if a voter ’ s district remained the same, their precinct or polling place may have changed. To assist during this transition, Orange County has resources available to help voters locate their proper district, precinct, and polling place, including an interactive map. Please note, district information will not be updated until final approval is received from the Office of the Attorney General. Visit: www.orangecountyva.gov/359/ Polling - Locations to view a list of polling places and the interactive map. Orange County registered voters need not take any action at this time; simply be prepared to receive a new voter registration card via mail in the upcoming months. If you have questions, have changed your name or address, or would like to register to vote, please reach out to the Orange County Office of Voter Registration & Elections at (540) 672 - 5262.
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Figure 1: Previous voting districts (purple lines) overlaid on new voting districts (colors). Compare the lines and colors to notice changes.
Figure 2: New voting districts with specific voting precincts labelled by numbers one (1) through twelve (12).
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Orange County Economic Development Releases 2021 Annual Report
By: Rose Deal, Director, Orange County Economic Development
Taking an integrated approach to economic development, Orange County plotted decisive pathways forward in its 2021 - 25 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan established four key focus areas, with strategies and metrics measuring progress along the way. These focus areas informed economic development activities throughout the year, balancing the character of our community with opportunities for growth. The Strategic Plan focus areas served as compass points during a fiscal year demanding resilience. From new business launches and expansions to grants, partnerships and workforce initiatives, Orange County rose to the occasion. To help quantify the determination and resiliency demonstrated by the Orange County economy, the Economic Development Office commissioned its 2021 Annual Report, released in February 2022. The Annual Report identified several promising statistics which demonstrated the economic recovery from 2020. For example, $688,000 were awarded to ninety - nine (99) businesses in Bounce Back Orange Grants. Unemployment remained consistently lower than the national average. Travel and tourism demonstrated a strong rebound. Meals tax revenue increased by sixteen percent (16%), and transient occupancy tax enjoyed a remarkable forty - three (43%) increase year - over - year.
Beyond numbers, the report detailed a multitude of accomplishments achieved throughout 2021. Highlights included partnering with the Orange Workforce Center to co - host spring and fall job fairs focused on Orange County employers, the 2021 Quad County Business Summit and QuadTank Pitch Competition, sales of two (2) lots in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park, and much more.
For more information, visit www.thinkorangevirginia.com.
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Orange County Welcomes New Economic Development and Tourism Assistant
By: Rose Deal, Director, Orange County Economic Development
Beginning Monday, February 7, 2022, Regan McKay joined the Orange County team and will serve as the Economic Development and Tourism Assistant. Regan is a 2016 OCHS graduate and a 2021 graduate of East Carolina University, with a B.S. in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. Ms. McKay served as the Economic Development and Tourism Intern for Orange County from September 2020 through January 2021 and has several years of administrative experience along with exceptional customer service skills.
Please help us welcome Regan to Team Orange!
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Orange County Public Library Resumes Morning Storytime Programs
By: Michelle Pursel, Youth Services Coordinator, Orange County Public Library
The Orange County Public Library is excited to announce its Morning Storytime programs are back in full swing!
Following a COVID - 19 hiatus, in - person Storytime has returned to the Library! Offered one (1) morning per week at each library branch, this program is a great opportunity for caregivers to connect and support one another while children gain important school readiness skills. Toddler Time focuses on early literacy for children ages eighteen (18) months to three (3) years old and is complemented with music and rhymes. Preschool Storytime is for children three (3) to six (6) years of age and is filled with captivating stories, movement activities, and a simple craft.
Gather your young literary lovers and join the fun!
Visit our website at www.ocplva.org for program
details specific to each branch, or call (540) 672 - 3811 for more information.
Orange County Staff Help Judge School Chili Cookoff
By: Orange County Communications Department
The competition was heating up … in slow cookers, as our judges arrived at the Taylor Education Administration Complex (TEAC) on Friday, February 11, 2022. County Administrator Ted Voorhees and Captain Jason Smith of the Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office joined Town of Orange Mayor Martha Roby to lend a spoon determining the
winner of the first TEAC ’ s Best Chili Cookoff.
The event was organized by Amanda Mosser, Orange County Public Schools ’ Mental Health Liaison, as a team building and morale boosting function. With seven (7) entries prepared by TEAC staff ranging in style from vegetarian to chicken to shredded beef, the judges were faced with a plateful of decisions. Cups of each chili were lined up before the officials, and each took a unique approach to scoring. After significant deliberation, first place was awarded to entry number four (4), made by Marty Rutter. Following the judging process, staff were invited to enjoy the various chili offerings along with sides and desserts such as rice, corn chips, apple pie, and more!
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Departments of Parks & Recreation and Public Works Relocate to Former Sheriff ’ s Office
By: Orange County Communications Department
In February 2022, the Orange County departments of Parks & Recreation and Public Works relocated their administrative offices to the former Sheriff ’ s Office facility, located at 11350 Porter Road, Orange. This building was vacated when the Sheriff ’ s Office moved to the new Public Safety Building. The move makes better use of available resources so that each department can perform their duties and expand as needed. Thanks to the diligent efforts by the employees of both departments, the move had minimal impact on operations. In preparation, the facility was given a facelift including new paint and flooring, but other alterations were minimal. The facility was already well - equipped and organized to handle the needs of each agency.
Tim Moubray, Parks & Recreation Director, noted that the location is “ more convenient for visitors due to additional parking spaces ” than were regularly available at the Sedwick Building. The new offices are also located nearer to recreation resources like Booster Park and Unionville Park, reducing staff travel time to those locations. The Public Works Department will benefit from greater storage space for supplies and equipment and a more convenient office layout. Both departments can take advantage of a larger conference room and shared break areas. The move will also promote cooperation during some facility projects, such as park renovations. Ryan Dewyea, Public Works Director, echoed this sentiment, “ It will be beneficial to be co - located with Parks & Recreation so that we can better work together on future projects. Our new location is only a short drive from the Town of Orange but places us closer to the new Public Safety Building, the Landfill, and the Airport. ” Overall, the office change opens up greater opportunities for each department to expand and improve services for citizens.
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New African American Historical Commemorative Park Planned in the Town of Orange, County Staff Attend Groundbreaking Ceremony
By: Orange County Communications Department
A crowd gathered on a chilly Valentine ’ s Day afternoon at a lot located at the corner of Church and Chapman streets in the Town of Orange. The assembly was there to witness a historic groundbreaking ceremony to begin the process of creating an African American Historic
Commemorative Park on the site. Remarks were opened by Zann Nelson, Orange County African American Historical Society (OCAAHS) Board Member and Project Manager. OCAAHS President Rev. Darryle Crump followed and explained the importance of the project. After Rev. Crump, Town of Orange Mayor Martha Roby expressed the support of the Town and gratitude for those involved. County Administrator Theodore Voorhees and Economic Development staff Rose Deal and Julie Perry attended to demonstrate the County ’ s support for the project and its impacts. After Mayor Roby, Mrs. Jane Ware stepped forward and captivated the assembled crowd with memories and stories of growing up near the site, concluding with a touching poem written by Mrs. Lulabelle Robinson. Following Mrs. Ware ’ s remarks, the ground was officially broken and onlookers were invited to the Orange Train Depot for a reception featuring additional remarks, refreshments, and displays of park concepts. Park plans include historical interpretive signs to inform visitors about the importance of the site, as well as traditional landscaping and benches. The signs will connect the physical location to digital information through the use of QR codes. The cost of the project is estimated at $50,000 and construction is planned for completion in June of this year. To view a video of the ceremony and learn more, visit www.ocaahs.org.
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Orange County Welcomes New Programs and Facilities Supervisor
By: Joseph Falin, Programs & Facilities Supervisor, Orange County Parks and Recreation
On January 23, 2022, Joseph Falin assumed the role of Programs and Facilities Supervisor for Parks and Recreation. Mr. Falin joined Orange County in August 2013 as Locust Grove Child Care Site Director with the Office on Youth. In 2018, he was promoted to Child Care Operations Manager to oversee operations for all four (4) of the Office on Youth childcare programs. Prior to working for Orange County, Mr. Falin worked for James City County Parks and Recreation as an Assistant Site Supervisor in their “ Rec Connect ” program and for York County Public Schools as a Teacher ’ s Aide in a self - contained special needs classroom where he provided 1 - on - 1 instruction to non - verbal elementary school students. Mr. Falin also brings experience with event operation, having served as Tidewater Event Manager for RMC Events. In this role, he oversaw
the staffing and security operations for all sporting and special events at the College of William & Mary, Norfolk State University, and Christopher Newport University. Mr. Falin graduated from George Mason University in 2010 with a degree in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Recourses with a concentration in Sports Management. While in college, an internship and summer employment with City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation sparked a desire to work in the field, which continues today. Parks and Recreation Director, Tim Moubray, added, “ Joe is a great addition to our department. His skills, passion, and commitment will help lead OCPR into the next phase of our growth. I am excited about the direction we are headed and Joe will be a big part of that. ”
Congratulations to the Orange County Vineyards who took home 2022 Governor ’ s Cup metals!
Barboursville Vineyards (4 Gold
Barboursville Vineyards (6 Silver
Honah Lee Vineyard (3 Silver
Horton Vineyards (6 Silver
Reynard Florence Vineyard (3 Silver
Way to represent Orange County at the 2022 #vagovernorscup!
Read more about these awards at: www.virginiawine.org/governors - cup/awards
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Good Times Ahead! Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Community Events!
Historic Garden Week in Orange County
Saturday, April 23, 2022 Hosted by the Dolley Madison Garden Club, enjoy this opportunity to view some of the most beautiful private homes and gardens in Orange County. For additional details, visit: www.dmgcvirginia.org/historic - garden - week.html
Orange Uncorked Wine Festival
Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, 2022 Hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, enjoy local wine, live music, great food, and unique artisans while overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. For additional details, visit: www.orangevachamber.com/orange - uncorked
Orange County Fair
Wednesday - Saturday, June 22 - 25, 2022 The Orange County Fair is an annual fair held in Orange County, Virginia. It maintains a rural theme, with 4 - H exhibits, livestock, traditional stage shows, truck and tractor pulls, and fun for the whole family! For additional details, visit: www.orangecountyfairva.com
Learn more about these and other events at: www.visitorangevirginia.com
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Enjoy these Parks & Recreation coloring pages in honor of National Crayon Day - March 31, 2022!
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Volunteer Firefighters Needed! Visit www.joinocvafireems.org!
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Full - time Opportunities
Part - time Opportunities
Administrative Assistant / Receptionist Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Child Care Site Manager - GBES Deputy Sheriff - Patrol
Airport Operations Maintenance Technician Animal Caretaker Child Care Substitute Assistant – LES / LGPS Child Care Teacher - OES Child Care Teacher Assistant - OES Child Care Teacher Assistant - LGPS Collection Site Attendant Customer Care Coordinator – Animal Shelter
Firefighter / EMT Firefighter / Medic Wellness Program Manager
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Orange County Public Schools Calendar 2021 - 2022
Link to Calendar
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Orange County Employee Benefits Include New Emotional Well - being Resources from Anthem Health
By: Orange County Communications Department
Anthem, Orange County ’ s health plan provider, launched new and improved emotional well - being resources on January 1, 2022. Many employees are unaware these resources are available and included with their benefits package. Taking advantage of programs offered through this service can help employees manage stress, anxiety, depression, and more. To access the programs, log in at www.anthem.com, then click the “ My Health
Congratulations to Ashley Jacobs and Brandon Carr, the Winners of our February 2022 Newsletter Crossword Puzzle Drawing! Each winner received two (2) Regal Theatres Premiere Movie Tickets from Orange County Parks & Recreation. These tickets are valid at any Regal Theatre and never expire, so you don ’ t have to have a particular movie in mind! Available year - round at the Parks & Recreation office for $9.50 each, they make great gifts! Interested in the answers? They were: Dashboard ” link at the top of the screen. Click “ Programs ” on the lefthand menu, then scroll to “ Emotional Well - being Resources. ” The site will perform a quick assessment to adjust the program to the needs of the employee. To learn more about this and other benefits, employees should contact the Orange County Human Resources Department.
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By Michelle Williams
Q: How do I foster a pet? A: Please fill out a Volunteer Application and submit to the Animal Shelter Director. Please visit the Adoption Information page for more details. The Shelter provides all of the food, medicines, vet care, and supplies for fostered animals. Foster care can be easy or challenging depending upon the type of situation for which you sign up; it is totally your choice. Sometimes the shelter is simply crowded and needs temporary homes for healthy, well - adjusted dogs and cats. Frequently, the shelter has dogs undergoing heartworm treatment which just need a loving and calm environment where they can be kept crated, quiet, and hand - walked. During the warmer months, the shelter often has orphaned kittens requiring bottle feeding. Q: I have an important topic that I think the Board of Supervisors needs to address. How can I get it added to an upcoming meeting? A: You may contact the Administration Office at (540) 672 - 3313 or email Alyson Simpson to arrange to be added to an upcoming agenda. A written proposal or explanation of your request to be placed on the agenda is needed in advance of agenda publication, which takes place a week prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting.
Get to know Orange County staff... The Personnel File:
This month ’ s Personnel File focuses on Jim Whipp, GIS Analyst for Orange County. GIS (Geographic Information System) is a powerful tool which allows a user to “… capture, manipulate, analyze, and present any information that can be geographically referenced to a spot on Earth ’ s surface. ” Mr. Whipp ’ s career with Orange County began in 2018, and he has made significant leaps forward in the way Orange County ’ s geographic data is handled and presented. He is responsible for the upkeep of more than fifty (50) geospatial datasets, some of which contain over ten thousand (10,000) features.
His typical day involves reviewing 911 inspections, parcel geometry changes, or tax map number updates to make necessary adjustments. Between manipulating massive collections of information, he assists other departments and fields calls from the public regarding questions or concerns. Jim remarked that it may sound cliché, but the part of his work that he most enjoys is “ being able to provide technical resolutions or knowledge to our citizens and [his] coworkers. It is very rewarding to be able to help a concerned citizen and hear their instant relief or gratification knowing that a matter has been updated or corrected. ” In his free time, Mr. Whipp enjoys traveling, and has been to Dutch Harbor, Alaska twice. An interesting fact about Jim, perhaps related to his proficiency with
geospatial data, is once he ’ s visited a place (even quite far away) he is usually able to return by memory alone. Orange County is fortunate to have Jim at the helm of our GIS. Thanks for your hard work, Jim!
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Orange County Communications Department 112 W. Main Street P.O. Box 111 Orange, VA 22960
Meet Jack Jack is a 6 year old Chihuahua/ Pomeranian mix looking for a confident, calm, and structured home that understands the quirky nuances of the Chihuahua mind. He came to us as an owner surrender and has struggled at the Shelter due to the loud noises and constant chaos. Jack can be very sweet once he feels comfortable, but fast paced and rushed interactions shut him down. He lived with bigger dogs in his previous home. Due to Jack ’ s nervousness we feel it is best to seek a forever home that does not have young children. Jack is neutered, microchipped, and has been made current on all vaccines. He has been tested for heartworm and has begun monthly preventatives. If interested, please go to the County website, fill out the preadoption application, and email it to the Director at Gjenkins@orangecountyva.gov.
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Find your new best friend at The Orange County Animal Shelter
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