Orange County Insight July 2022

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New Commemorative Park Opens in Town of Orange Page 12 Orange County Earns Digital Counties Survey Award Page 2 Playin ’ in the Park Provides Independence Day Festivities Page 14 Orange County Kicks Off Workplace Culture Initiative Page 18

JULY 2022

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Team Orange,

Can you keep a secret? I have some “ juicy ” gossip to share with Team Orange! Rumor has it that everyone who attended the Orange J.U.I.C.E spirit event on Monday at Booster Park had a blast!! In case you missed it, Orange JUICE stands for Joyful, Uplifting, Innovative, Caring and Empowering. These are the values that we want to establish in our workplace culture. Why? Because a positive workplace culture helps our Orange County Team more effectively serve our community. It ’ s simple. If you don ’ t like your workplace, you ’ re less effective at doing your job. But, when people enjoy their workplace, they are “ force multipliers ” who get things done and provide better customer service. That ’ s why workplace culture is so important. Speaking of secrets, we can now let the secret out that the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) announced their 2022 Digital Counties Survey Award winners. Orange County was honored to receive the award and to have ranked fifth nationwide among counties of up to 150,000 residents! The survey, developed in partnership with NACo, and conducted by CDG, identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services; encourage collaboration; enhance cybersecurity and apply innovative and emerging technologies to county priorities. No need to keep secrets! Let ’ s let everyone know that Orange County is a great place to work and getting better every day.

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Orange County Recognized with National Digital Counties Survey Award

By: Orange County Communications Department

Thanks to the support of our residents, our Board of Supervisors, and the hard work of our dedicated employees, Orange County has enjoyed a streak of state and national recognition this year. We are excited to report that the trend continues with the receipt of a 2022 Digital Counties Survey award, presented in recognition of the breakthrough advances made across the digital sphere by staff members across almost all departments.

The Digital Counties Survey is offered by the Center for Digital Government, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). Readers may remember that Orange County recently received a NACo Achievement Award for Public Safety Advancements. According to the Center for Digital Government, the Digital Counties Survey award “ identifies the best technology

practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services; encourage open data, collaboration, and shared services; enhance cybersecurity; and contribute to disaster response and recovery efforts. ” Given this wide scope, receipt of the award is truly a county - wide recognition. The survey itself is extensive, requesting datapoints and narratives about virtually every way in which a county ’ s activity extends into the digital world. Highlights from Orange County ’ s submission included the

While the award truly recognizes the efforts of all Orange County staff, our Information Technology Department supports much of the progress. Pictured L to R: N. Ganoe, A. Hackey, C. Shifflett, L. Clement, W. Merryman, J. Whipp.

recent improvements to our emergency operations connectivity, the efforts of the Orange County Broadband Authority (FiberLync), our public communication efforts (including this newsletter), the

expansion of our Information Technology Department, advancements in cybersecurity, and several additional functions related to our “ Digital Citizen Initiative. ” Survey respondents are ranked by the reviewers in comparison to other counties nationwide. Results are then categorized by the size of the locality, as determined by population estimates. Orange County received the fifth spot out of all respondents of up to 150,000 residents. When one considers our county is home to approximately 36,000 residents, the depth of the accomplishment becomes even more clear.

While we celebrate this award, we also plan to use it as a springboard to further continued advancement. Staff are currently working on expanded digital access, especially online payment processing and form completion. We hope to be in the running again next year!

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Recognizing Orange County ’ s Interns National Intern Day will be recognized on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Interns are valuable members of the Orange County team. They contribute new ideas and facilitate additional programs while gaining experience in public service. Some Orange County interns have moved on to permanent positions in our departments, while others have taken the skills sharpened here and applied them in other localities or private businesses. Regardless, their service is appreciated. Highlighted below are two (2) interns currently helping expand Orange County activities.

Robert Goodwin Gives Back to 4 - H Programming

By: Kaci Daniel, Extension Agent, 4 - H Youth Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Robert Goodwin serves as the Extension Office ’ s summer intern. Robert is a rising junior at The Citadel, majoring in Political Science. He grew up in the Orange 4 - H program and is adapting to planning and delivering youth programs this summer.

Thus far, he has chaperoned 4 - H camp in Front Royal and co - taught the Field Sports class, led programs for school - aged childcare sites, and helped manage 4 - H events at the Orange County Fair. His culminating project will be planning and leading Cloverbud Day Camp the last week of July. He is pictured instructing Ga - ga, a dodgeball - like game at 4 - H camp and part of the Field Sports class. Tyler Moubray Supports His Hometown as Parks & Recreation ’ s Summer Intern

By: Joseph Falin, Sr., Programs & Facilities Supervisor, Parks & Recreation

Orange County Parks and Recreation welcomes Tyler Moubray as their Summer 2022 intern. Tyler is joining OCPR from James Madison University. Upon completion of his internship, he will be receiving his degree in Sport & Recreation Management, with a minor in General Business. Tyler is extremely excited about this opportunity to come back to his hometown to help the department with daily operations and apply everything that he ’ s learned through his studies. He had this to say about the opportunity: “ Coming back home to work with the Department to help enrich the quality of life for all members of the community has been a very rewarding experience, and I can ’ t thank the Department enough for allowing me to work alongside them and learn as a future professional in the recreational industry. ”

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4 - H Shines at the Orange County Fair

By: Kaci Daniel, Extension Agent, 4 - H Youth Development, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Fairgoers got a taste of 4 - H at last month ’ s Orange County Fair, from archery demonstrations to the horse club ’ s booth to livestock shows. There was a fuzzy, miniature Highland calf hailing from South Dakota, a 1275 - pound steer named Moose, and pigs so well trained they marched around the fairgrounds with their heads held high and no fenced enclosure in sight. The Dairy Club ’ s Pretty Animal Contest featured livestock in arm float swimmies, hula grass skirts, and scuba diving costumes. Cloverbuds (ages 5 - 8) paraded through the Fair several times each day pulling rabbits and poultry in decorated wagon cages or leading baby calves, sheep, and goats on halters. Cloverbuds were the most populous age group, clearly a sign of future growth for the 4 - H program. Saturday ’ s auction indicated strong community support, grossing over $162,000. Virginia Eagle Distributing was the high bidder for naming rights to the Fair ’ s exhibit building for the next five (5) years, and 2022 OCHS graduate Andrew Gibson exhibited the high - selling goat in the auction at $44 per pound.

To learn more about Orange 4 - H, visit www.ocva4h.org or call (540) 672 - 1361.

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Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce to Host Inaugural ConnectOrange Community Showcase

By: Rose Deal, Director, Economic Development

The Orange County Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, are pleased to announce the inaugural ConnectOrange Community Showcase. This new event is scheduled for Friday, August 12, 2022, at Booster Park in Orange, Virginia from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This family - friendly showcase is designed to connect local businesses to members of our community, reinforcing awareness of the many great shops, services, and industries available in Orange County.

Organizations should take advantage of this opportunity to showcase their business or nonprofit to the community. New startups, as well as longtime fixtures of our business community, are encouraged to attend. Vendors are permitted to display and sell products, schedule appointments, distribute literature to highlight your services, and advertise current job openings. The deadline to register as a vendor is Friday, July 29, 2022. Sponsorships are also available. To ensure maximum publicity for your business, sponsorship requests must be received by Friday, July 15, 2022.

Those with questions should contact the Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (540) 672 - 5216 or visit www.orangevachamber.com/connect - orange - showcase. Sample Orange County ’ s Craft Beverages this Summer and Earn a Free Commemorative T - Shirt

By: Rose Deal, Director, Economic Development

This summer is a great opportunity to sample the wide variety of craft beverages available in Orange County. With that in mind, the Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism has organized the Corks & Caps program to showcase our thriving beverage industry. Participants who visit each of the 11 locations and return a completed passport to the Office will receive a limited - edition commemorative t - shirt in recognition of the accomplishment (while supplies last).

Begin your craft beverage quest by visiting www.corksandcapsva.com to print a passport. Then, stop by each location and receive a sticker to mark that brewery or winery ’ s place on the passport. Passports are already prepared to be returned by mail, simply stamp it and send it in. Don ’ t delay, the summer fun won ’ t last forever and shirt supplies are limited. This program will run through Monday, September 5, 2022 (Labor Day). Those with questions are encouraged to call the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672 - 1238.

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A New HCAT Program Takes Root

By: Ashley Jacobs, Program Coordinator, Office on Youth

The Orange Healthy Community Action Team (HCAT) seeks to break barriers to healthy childhoods for Orange County children. The work of the HCAT involves education, produce taste - testing, provision of recreational opportunities, and increased access to fresh locally - grown produce. A new program launched in June in which 40 Take Home Garden Kits were made available to the public courtesy of grant proceeds from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. The June program provided summer herbs, premium grow mix (soil), a fabric aeration pot, and resources such as directions on how to plant, harvest, cook with, and store the herbs.

The public response was great, and every kit found a home. Within the 40 households, 70 kids were served through this gardening initiative. Furthermore, of those households, 17 had never attempted a vegetable or herb gardening effort, and 16 had not tried any type of container gardening. The Orange HCAT is excited to continue this program and watch it grow every year. For more information regarding the work of the Orange Healthy Community Action Team, please visit www.orangecountyva.gov/HCAT or find the HCAT on Facebook or Instagram.

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New Commemorative Park Opens in Town of Orange

By: Orange County Communications Department

A beautiful new park opened on Juneteenth (Sunday, June 19, 2022) in Orange, Virginia, at the corner of Church and Chapman streets. The Commemorative Park project was spearheaded by the Orange County African American Historical Society (OCAAHS), and serves to bring renewed recognition to the unique history and vibrant culture of Orange ’ s historic African American commercial and residential district. Development of the park proceeded on schedule, and was completed in just a few short months, following a groundbreaking ceremony in February. Features of the Commemorative Park include a picturesque walkway, beautiful landscaping, and most importantly, several interpretive panels providing insight into the African American experience in this area. These informative panels feature QR codes which connect the physical location to OCAAHS digital resources. The Juneteenth event officially opened the park to the public, in a celebration attended by many residents and local officials. Organizers encourage residents to visit the park to discover more about Orange ’ s history. For more information, please visit the Orange County African American Historical Society website or Facebook page.

The Juneteenth event at the new Commemorative Park was well attended. Photograph Courtesy of the OCAAHS

Pictured L to R: FAAR CEO P. Browing, Mayor M. Roby, Congresswoman A. Spanberger, ODA Executive Director C. Cole,

OCAAHS President J. Bruce Monroe III Photograph courtesy of the OCAAHS

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Playin ’ in the Park Sparks Fun for the Whole Family

By: Orange County Communications Department

Orange County Parks & Recreation held the Ninth Annual Playin ’ in the Park Independence Celebration on Friday, July 1, 2022 at Booster Park! The event has become an Orange County tradition, which began

when our County found itself without a public fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day in 2012. Parks & Recreation worked with other County departments to ensure that such an event took place in 2013, the first year of Playin ’ in the Park. Over the years, the event has consistently featured kids ’ activities, live music, and fireworks. This year ’ s event featured the longest fireworks show in event history, clocking it at a dazzling 16 minutes. However, the event was much more than just pyrotechnics. Touch - A - Truck offered the opportunity for children (and adults) to check out many of the cool vehicles they see serving the

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative roasts a hotdog to demonstrate the power of electrical lines.

community. Participants included Orange Volunteer Fire Company firetrucks, Orange County Sheriff ’ s Office and Town of Orange Police vehicles, a County of Orange Fire & EMS ambulance, and several pieces of Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) road maintenance equipment. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) was a new addition to this portion of the event, and made quite an impression with their “ live wire ” demonstration. Event goers looked on in awe as REC staff demonstrated the danger of live electrical wires by roasting hotdogs and more at the end of an insulated pole. The message was clear; do not approach downed power lines.

OCHS Football provided parking services.

Earthquest Inc. was another newcomer to the event, but not to Parks & Recreation activities. Their non - releasable birds of prey thrilled and educated attendees. Rounding out new participants, the student - athletes of the Orange County High School Football team provided parking services in exchange for freewill donations to support their program. Musical entertainment was provided by 103.1 WJMA for the beginning of the event, who passed the torch to Grassland Bluegrass Band as the evening continued. Grassland is no stranger to Playin ’ in the Park, and the organizers were glad to have them back onstage. For those who chose not to bring a picnic,

several food vendors were available, parked in a convenient food court arrangement around park picnic tables. Vendors included Barbara ’ s Soulfood, B - Radd & Honey, Buffalo Wild Wings, Kona Ice of Culpeper, and R U Freak ’ n Hungry.

The organizers would like to thank the many sponsors who made the event possible, including: the County of Orange, the Town of Orange, the Town of Gordonsville, Somerset Sod Farms, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, 103.1 WJMA, Mason Insurance Agency, Reynolds GM Subaru, Piedmont Power, Skydive Orange, Altman Tire & Auto Sales, Mr. & Mrs. V. Rea Jones, Cowan Realty, and Orange Tire Inc.

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Lake Anna Receiving Treatments to Reduce Harmful Algae Blooms

By: Orange County Communications Department

The Lake Anna Civic Association (LACA) is undertaking a new effort intended to reduce the frequency of harmful algae blooms (HABs), which are the cause of Virginia Department of Health Recreational Advisories, also known as “ No - Swim Advisories. ” The Cyanobacteria Mitigation Program began last month, and involves a series of treatments to specific areas of interest (AOIs) within the lake. Information about this program is available at www.lakeannavirginia.org/KicktheHAB. According to this page, “ LACA has been

A harmful algae bloom at Lake Anna. Photograph from www.lakeannavirginia.org/KicktheHAB

conducting water quality monitoring at Lake Anna in partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for many years. In addition, for the past two (2) years [they] have added a more frequent and intensive Cyanobacteria Monitoring program focused on the problematic upper lake region tributaries. These efforts have convinced [LACA] that the underlying causes [of HABs] are complex,

deep - rooted and difficult to precisely identify. The solutions will need to be multi - faceted, will be expensive, and will take a lot of effort over a long timeframe. ” Preventative measures have been under research for several years. Based on this research, the decision was made to target specific AOIs within Lake Anna with applications of a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) approved product, known as Lake Guard Oxy, which is manufactured by BlueGreen Water Techonologies.

A map of the areas of interest which are planned to receive treatment. Map from www.lakeannavirginia.org/KicktheHAB

The first application in this pilot program targeted the Pamunkey AOI, a section of Lake Anna which borders Orange County. Additional applications in this area are planned for mid - July and mid - August. Residents seeking more information about the application schedule, the water treatment, or the fundraising effort should visit the Lake Anna Civic Association website or email LACA@lakeannavirginia.org.

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What To Do If You Spot a Spotted Lanternfly

By: Orange County Communications Department

Effective July 2022, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has expanded the area known as the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine from four (4) localities to 21. The increase was a result of additional detections of the spotted lanternfly and the desire to prevent further spread through the Commonwealth, especially through artificial spread (the intentional or unintentional moving of these animals by humans). Thankfully, Orange County was not included in the revised quarantine area, but neighboring Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville were added.

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect pest first discovered in the United States in 2014, when it appeared in Pennsylvania. Four (4) years later, the intruding creature was

found in Frederick County, Virginia. Following this discovery, a quarantine region was established to prevent or reduce its expansion. The insect is native to Asia, and is known to favor the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) as a food source. However, it can cause significant damage to other plants and crops, and is particularly hazardous to grapes.

In its early (nymphal) stages, the spotted lanternfly is black with white spots. Later immature stages will gain a red coloration, while retaining the white spots and some black markings. Adult insects are around one (1) inch long and a half inch wide. They are light brown or grey with black spots, but extended wings reveal vibrant red hindwings underneath. The insects typically mature into the adult stage in July. As Orange County is on the border of the revised quarantine area, residents should be on the lookout for the insect. According to Ashley Appling, the Culpeper Extension Office ’ s Horticulture Extension Agent, those who suspect they ’ ve discovered a spotted lanternfly should capture the insect. “ Suspected samples should be collected alive, if possible, and brought to the local Extension Office for identification. Any sealed container will work. Our office will then send the sample to the Virginia Tech Insect ID Lab. This information will then be sent to VDACS, ” said Appling. The Tree of Heaven, itself a non - native species, is a favorite food of the spotted lanternfly.

Keep a watchful eye and help prevent this destructive insect ’ s spread into Orange County.

Sources and Additional Resources:

• Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Spotted Lanternfly Resources

• Virginia Cooperative Extension: Spotted Lanternfly Publication ENTO - 180NP

• Virginia Cooperative Extension: Residential Control for Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in Virginia

• Virginia Cooperative Extension: Spotted Lanternfly in Virginia Vineyards

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Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program Making Waves at Orange County Libraries

By: Michelle Pursel, Youth Services Coordinator, Orange County Public Library

The 2022 Summer Reading Program, “ Oceans of Possibilities, ” is in full swing at the Orange County Public Library. With the return of in - person programming at the Library, attendance is up as residents take advantage of the fun summer fare. Over 700 kids signed up during the month of June! Quality educational programming during the summer is essential to combat the loss of academic skills children experience during extended breaks from school (often called “ summer slide ”). The Library offers a fun way for kids to stay engaged while school is out and sets more students up for success when they return. There is still time to get involved! The Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program continues through July 30, 2022. The program is available for kids as young as 18 months through rising high school seniors. Weekly participation prizes are available, as well as a $50 Amazon gift card grand prize for each age group, at each Library branch, awarded at the conclusion of the program. Some upcoming programs are listed below. All events are free and no registration is necessary. For more information and a detailed schedule of events, please visit the Orange County Public Library ’ s website at www.ocplva.org.

Main Library (Orange) Wed. Mornings 9:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Friday July 22, 2022 2:00 p.m. Wednesday July 27, 2022 2:00 p.m.

Gordonsville Branch Library

Wilderness Branch Library

Tues. Mornings 10:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Monday July 18, 2022 2:00 p.m. Tuesday July 26, 2022 2:00 p.m.

Weekly Preschool Storytimes (available through July 30, 2022)

Thurs. Mornings 10:00 a.m.

Thursday July 21, 2022 2:00 p.m. Thursday July 28, 2022 2:00 p.m.

K - 5 Mermaids & Pirates Crafts

Teen Art Session with the Arts Center in Orange

Orange Elementary School

Gordon Barbour Elementary School

Locust Grove Middle School

Special Performance: Awesome Possumz Wildlife Rehabilitators Special Performance: Traveling Lantern Theater Company Presents “ Camp Ocean ”

Wednesday July 20, 2022 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday July 20, 2022 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 19, 2022 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday July 27, 2022 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday July 27, 2022 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 26, 2022 3:00 p.m.

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New Cultural Initiative Project Kicks Off with Appreciation Event at Booster Park

By: Orange County Communications Department

Ensuring Orange County is a great place to work has been a priority for our Administration and Human Resources departments, especially over the last couple of years. Fresh on the heels of the recent classification and compensation study, which became effective this month, the next initiative seeks to promote a strong workplace culture. Establishing this culture will help maintain Orange County ’ s status as a competitive employer, able to recruit and retain skilled employees who, in - turn, provide excellent services to our residents.

The first steps of this process began in late spring, with a key team of employees at all organizational levels participating in open discussions about how they view our current culture, and what they would like to change or improve. These discussions were guided by Zelos, a firm which specializes in the topic of business culture. Spring boarding from these initial

conversations, staff subcommittees focused on specific elements related to the larger initiative, including gathering employee stories and input, planning our first organization - wide staff event since the pandemic began, and effectively communicating the initiative ’ s goals to encourage employee participation. Drawing on the intent to “ refresh ” our culture, the acronym “ JUICE ” was developed, which focuses on some of the attributes employees wanted to witness and exhibit in the workplace. JUICE stands for: Joyful, Uplifting, Innovative, Caring, and Empowering. 1980s styling provided a fun avenue towards initiative recognition.

The kick - off event was held on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Booster Park. While we have come a long way, most larger organizations are still recovering from the effects of COVID - related isolation. With that in mind, it was extremely valuable for staff from all departments to have the opportunity to meet (some for the first time) and have fun together. Food trucks, yard games, t - shirts, door prizes, and even simple conversation were some of the highlights of the event. Going further, the get - together provided a platform to promote the continuing efforts of the cultural initiative, including employee interviews and peer - to - peer recognition programs. It is truly an exciting time to be a part of the Orange County team. Those interested in applying for open positions should visit www.orangecountyva.gov/jobs.

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VDOT Completes Removal of January Winter Storm Debris

By: Orange County Communications Department

Old man winter has long moved on, but the remnants of the January 3, 2022, winter storm have lingered in Virginia as a testament to the power of nature. The significant amounts of heavy, wet snow left thousands without power for several days, and led to the first real activation of the Orange County Emergency Operations Center. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) was responsible for much of the cleanup effort that followed. Crews and contractors were busy for months clearing debris from our roads, often working seven (7) days a week. Work on I - 64 was completed mid - April, and a release from the Culpeper District VDOT Office at that time indicated that over 45,000 cubic yards had been

Crews clean up debris from I - 64. Photograph Courtesy of VDOT Culpeper District Office

removed from Orange County alone. Last month, the office published an update that all debris had been cleared in the Richmond and Culpeper districts, totaling a mind - boggling 2,047,522 cubic yards of detritus. For perspective, a cubic yard is slightly less than the amount which can be hauled in a six - foot pickup truck bed. The trucks being used by crews to clear debris were able to carry approximately 45 cubic yards per load; even so, 44,368 loads were required to complete the monumental task. Longtime residents may remember the derecho which struck our area in the summer of 2012. That damaging storm also caused damage that left thousands without power. However, the 120,000 cubic yards of debris left behind ten (10) years ago pales in comparison to the impact of the January 2022 winter event. For more information about VDOT ’ s cleanup efforts or other road projects, Orange County residents can call the Louisa Residency Office at (540) 967 - 3710 or the Culpeper District Office at (540) 829 - 7500.

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County of Orange Fire & EMS Celebrates a Whole Year of Whole Blood Capability

By: Orange County Communications Department

Seconds count. These two (2) words resonate with all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. In rural communities, the distance between the scene of an injury or illness and arrival at the hospital can have a tremendous impact on the chance of a positive outcome for a patient. EMS staff frequently transport trauma patients, and the loss of blood that accompanies such injuries is a significant cause of mortality for patients.

Unfortunately, many locations in Orange County are more than 40 minutes away from our nearest hospitals. While our County ’ s location and the distance to hospitals with trauma centers (either Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg or UVA University Hospital in Charlottesville) cannot be changed, our Fire & EMS Department worked diligently last year to bring one of the most precious hospital resources, blood, closer to home. In 2021, Orange County took the innovative step to become the first location in Central Virginia to carry “ whole blood ” into the field. Whole blood refers to the completeness of the product, as distinct from plasma, platelets, etc. Extensive evidence has demonstrated that whole blood results in better outcomes in the emergency response setting, since it replaces everything a patient is losing. Furthermore, the diagnostic tools required to determine which specific blood component is needed are not practical to bring along in an ambulance. To be effective, the blood must be compatible with the most patients possible. O negative typed blood is well - known as a universal donor, but is rare and usually reserved for use by trauma centers. O positive typed blood is nearly as versatile, and is more readily available. With that in mind, it is the standard for EMS units providing blood in the field. Achieving the goal was not a simple process, it required extensive training of more than 40 personnel, the development of new procedures, and the procurement of required equipment. For example, blood must be stored cold, which requires a specialized cooling device. However, it cannot be administered at that temperature. So, a warmer is required to raise the blood ’ s temperature before it can be given to a patient. Impressively, with the right gear, this can be accomplished in the time it takes staff to arrive at the scene. The ability to administer blood to those in need long before arrival at the hospital is a force multiplier and greatly contributes to better outcomes. Since the program began, whole blood has been administered in the treatment of four (4) patients. Our Fire & EMS Department did not want to keep this life - saving capability fenced behind our borders. Instead, as the program officially became operational, Fire & EMS Captain Sikora sent a mutual aid notification to our surrounding localities, alerting them to this treatment ’ s availability if they should require such support. Orange County residents, and those of our surrounding localities, can rest assured knowing our first responders are both prepared and equipped to assist when emergency strikes. Fire & EMS personnel pose with the new equipment required to carry whole blood into the field when the program became operational in July 2021. Pictured L to R: S. Fridley, L. Schienshang, N. Brown, C. Kearnes, T. Roby, R. Wilson, H. Hall.

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Summer Fun Abounds for Office on Youth School Age Child Care Students

By: Alisha Vines, Director, Office on Youth

The Orange County School Age Child Care programs have had a very busy summer! Excited to be back to a more normal operating status following years of adapting to COVID - 19 guidelines, the children at each of the sites have enjoyed many field trip opportunities this summer. These have included river floats on the Robinson River in partnership with the Orange HCAT, walking trips for

Slurpees, several visits to the pool, a birds of prey presentation by Earthquest Inc. at the Orange County Fairgrounds, visits to local fire departments, beach trips to Lake Anna, and an all - access jaunt to Jump Cville!

However, the summer isn ’ t over and more trips are still to come. Upcoming trips to close out the season include a trip to the Richmond Zoo, additional pool trips, a Flying Squirrels baseball game, and more. The final field trip of the summer will be a carnival - themed event at the Orange County Fairgrounds the last Friday of this summer. Planning is in progress to make that day a blast! The goal of the fieldtrips is to get the kids out and about as much as possible this summer, and especially out from behind their screens! Electronics time was limited during our summer child care program; children use their devices quite frequently during the school year. The many field trips served to promote alternative entertainment, encourage being active, and keep our students engaged in active learning opportunities.

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Office on Youth School Age Child Care Program Now Enrolling for the Upcoming School Year

By: Orange County Communications Department

The Orange County School Age Child Care (OCSACC) program has offered affordable before and afterschool childcare (as well as a summer program) since 1993. Begun under the authority of Parks & Recreation, the program is now operated by the Office on Youth. To serve as many residents as possible, four (4) sites are currently available. They are housed in Gordon - Barbour Elementary School, Lightfoot Elementary School, Locust Grove Primary School, and Orange Elementary School. Programs are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. To enroll, students must be eligible to attend primary school, beginning the summer prior to their starting kindergarten. Eligibility continues through age 12. Children do not need to be enrolled in Orange County Public Schools or be a resident of Orange County to attend. The program is conducted on a non - discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, or disability.

Summer programs at the sites are currently ongoing and registration availability is limited. However, parents should keep the option in mind for next year. During the summer, enrolled children enjoy fun activities and field trips (see page 21), as well as educational programming to avoid “ summer slide. ”

While summer is well underway, it is currently time to consider enrolling for the upcoming school year. To accommodate most parents ’ schedules, two (2) enrollment options are available: full - time and drop - in. Full time enrollment expects that the child will attend every weekday, and parents will be charged a set fee. Drop - in status allows more flexibility for a higher per - day rate. Either status can be applied to mornings - only, afternoons - only, or full - day options. All sites open at 6:30 a.m. for morning care and remain open until at least 6:00 p.m. for afternoons (some sites stay open until 6:30 p.m.). View the OCSACC fee schedule for pricing details. Discounts are available for Orange County government employees or those of the Orange County Public School system.

Those interested in registering should complete a registration packet and read the parent handbook. These documents are the best resources for additional information. Don ’ t delay to register, sites can fill to capacity. Those with questions are encouraged to call the Office on Youth at (540) 672 - 5484.

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School Supply Collection Drive Underway in Preparation for Office on Youth Distribution Program

By: Orange County Communications Department

Every year, the Orange County Office on Youth facilitates a school supply giveaway program which supports Orange County Public School students. The distribution event has been known to serve hundreds of families in need, providing valuable school supplies at no cost to the recipients. The items are provided in accordance with the requested supply list for each student ’ s school and grade.

“ The distribution event will begin on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 , from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ”

This year, the distribution event will begin on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Office on Youth. Proof of need will be required to receive school supplies (TANF, Medicaid, Free or Reduced Lunch letter, etc.). Without community support, this event would not be possible. The Office on Youth is currently accepting school supply donations to help fill the closet in preparation for the upcoming school year. Donations of supplies are accepted at the Office on Youth, but the office has also partnered with many locations throughout Orange County to make donating convenient. Current donation bin locations are listed below:

Town of Orange Area: •

Town of Gordonsville Area: • Blue Ridge Community Bank • Gordonsville Branch Library • Partners First Federal Credit Union • Your Gordonsville Pharmacy

Locust Grove / Unionville Area: • Clearwater Grill • Dollar General - Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove Town Center, and Unionville

Blue Ridge Community Bank

Faye ’ s Office Supply

Main Library

Orange County Treasurer Orange County Parks & Recreation

Lake of the Woods Holcomb Building Wilderness Branch Library

Paint and Paper

Partners First Federal Credit Union

Truist Bank

Additionally, Parks & Recreation will be hosting a School Supply Drop - Off event at Unionville Community Park on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Those donating school supplies at this event will receive a free hotdog! Come learn about this new park location while supporting our students.

Some of the most - needed school supply items include backpacks, composition books, colored pencils, binders, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, plastic pocket folders, highlighters, loose leaf paper (wide & college ruled) markers, scissors (blunt tip), index cards (3” x5 ”) pencils, pens, and dry erase markers. Other school supplies are also acceptable. Monetary donations are accepted ONLY at the Office on Youth. Such donations are appreciated as they allow the Office on Youth to purchase needed supplies which are not received in abundance from the supply donations. Please do not make monetary donations in the supply bins. For more information, please contact the Orange County Office on Youth at (540) 672 - 5484, or visit www.orangecountyva.gov/schoolsupplies.

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

New Grelen Trail Celebration, Friday, July 15, 2022

The new Duncan Trail adds one and a half miles to the existing five (5) miles of Grelen Trails. Enjoy live music, food, and a ribbon - cutting to open this trail!

For additional details, visit: www.themarketatgrelen.com.

Orange Street Festival, Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Street Festival is an annual community event, with over 200 artisan, craft, and commercial vendors, a variety of food and beverage vendors, live music, a kids ’ zone, and a beer/wine garden.

For additional details, visit: www.orangevachamber.com.

Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival, Saturday, October 1, 2022

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, local women served platters of fried chicken to train passengers stopping in town, receiving national recognition for the delicacy. Gordonsville celebrates this heritage during this annual festival.

For additional details, visit: www.townofgordonsville.org.

Montpelier Hunt Races: Saturday, November 5, 2022

Enjoy the 87th running of the Montpelier Hunt Races! Activities for the whole family begin with terrier races and end with seven (7) exciting horse races.

For additional details, visit: www.montpelierraces.org.

Gordonsville Veteran ’ s Day Parade, Saturday, November 12, 2022

On the second Saturday in November, veterans are honored at the Gordonsville Annual Veteran's Parade. Photography Credit: Sandy James

For additional details, visit: www.townofgordonsville.org.

Main Street Music & More!

www.mainstreeteventsgordonsville.com

www.loveorangevirginia.org

Learn more about these and other events at: www.visitorangevirginia.com

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Volunteer Firefighters Needed! Visit www.joinocvafireems.org!

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Full - time Opportunities

Part - time Opportunities

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Deputy Sheriff – Patrol Deputy Sheriff - School Resource Officer Director of Development Services Emergency Communications Center Supervisor Emergency Communications Officer

Airport Operations Worker Child Care Lead Teacher – LES Child Care Substitute Teacher – LES / LGPS Child Care Teacher – LGPS Collection Site Attendant

Firefighter / EMT Firefighter / Medic Grounds Maintenance Technician I Wellness Program Manager

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Orange County Public Schools Calendar 2022 - 2023

Link to Calendar

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Don ’ t forget! Parks & Recreation offers discount Regal Theatres Premiere Movie Tickets year - round! They are valid for any movie and have no expiration date. They ’ re great gifts for any occasion.

Tickets must be purchased in - person. Visit Parks & Recreation ’ s new location at:

11350 Porter Road Orange, VA 22960

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

Board of Supervisors

Planning Commission

• Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

• Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting Room Orange County Public Safety Building 11282 Government Center Drive, Orange

August 4, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. Board of Supervisors ’ Meeting Room Orange County Public Safety Building 11282 Government Center Drive, Orange

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...

By Michelle Williams

Q: I need to have a document notarized. Where can I go to have this done? A: The County Administrator ’ s Office has two (2) Notary Publics in their office. There is no fee to utilize their services. Please bring a valid identification with you at the time of signing. The Office is on the second floor of the Gordon Building located at 112 W. Main Street, Orange. They are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Q: I received a notice for jury duty. How do I get status updates? A: Jurors must report for jury duty on the date they are called, unless otherwise instructed. You may check on the status of your jury duty by calling the jury duty hotline at (540) 672 - 6165 after 5:00 p.m., on the evening prior to the trial date. Additional information can be found on the Orange County Circuit Court ’ s webpage: https:// orangecountyva.gov/986/Jury - Duty.

Nicole Ganoe - Washington

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

Business Systems Analyst

As Orange County ’ s digital infrastructure has expanded and become more elaborate, the need for a dedicated staff member to ensure the proper operation of these systems became increasingly clear. Filling that role, Nicole Ganoe - Washington began serving Orange County, in our Information Technology Department, in November 2021. In the short time since she has made a significant positive impact to Orange County operations, including overseeing the migration of our financial management software to the cloud. Far from a simple upgrade, this change has promoted increased employee access and security. Though Nicole skillfully manages big - picture improvements, she also supports her coworkers through individual help desk requests related to our business systems. Given the wide range of capabilities provided by these systems, support

requests often require significant effort and research to resolve, and she is known for maintaining a positive outlook while pursuing the solution. Those who work with her have been impressed by her commitment to high - quality work, her professionalism, and her resilient “ get - it - done ” attitude. Nicole mentioned that she has enjoyed her time working for Orange County, especially the “ warm and friendly atmosphere ” that goes beyond a single department. When not providing support to Orange County operations, Nicole enjoys spending time with her kids and binge - watching some of her favorite shows. Thank you, Nicole!

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

POSTAL CUSTOMER

Meet Luigi We are extremely baffled that our little roly - poly boy, Luigi, was a STRAY! Luigi is around 10 - 12 weeks old and most likely a Pit Bull mix. He was found alone wandering the streets. While in his mind, he was probably having the best adventure, but a puppy alone on the streets is a recipe for disaster. Animal Control brought Luigi to us. No one has called or come little for this little energetic boy. Luigi is in need of a family that is willing to commit to the responsibility of raising an energetic puppy. He has done well with other dogs, but cats may not appreciate his enthusiasm to play and bark at them. He has been neutered, is up to date on all age appropriate vaccines, been dewormed, and has begun a flea and tick preventative.

Luigi ’ s full bio is available on Petfinder.

If interested, please go to the Orange County website, fill out the preadoption application, and email it to the Director at gjenkins@orangecountyva.gov.

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

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