Browntown booms for buds - Annual Redbud Festival expected to draw 1,500

BROWNTOWN — Browntown's population of about 300 will nearly quintuple Saturday as 1,500 are expected to flock to town for the 15th Redbud Festival. "That's a traffic jam in Browntown," Festival Chairwoman Martha Buracker said. "It's the only heavy traffic day we have." Festival-goers happening upon any traffic will be treated to the scenery of Browntown Road, which is lined with redbud trees. The trees peaked early due to a warm spring, but will still be out for the festival. The Redbud Festival is scheduled for April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Browntown Community Center at 96 Browntown Road. The festival was founded by Browntownís History Committee as a fundraiser to renovate the building, which served as an old post office and the community's only doctor's office into a local museum. The museum is open once per year — during the festival.  
The Warren Sentinel /  04-21-2017  

Health Expo to feature free info, screenings

FRONT ROYAL — Valley Health plans to offer an opportunity Saturday for residents to get health screenings, meet health professionals outside the hospital setting and get a free, heart-healthy breakfast. The health system's annual Community Safety and Wellness Expo, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at Warren County High school, has more than 80 exhibitors lined up, according to a Valley Health news release. One of the expo's most popular attractions is the comprehensive bloodwork panel offered by Warren Memorial Hospital staff. For $45, staff will perform a basic panel, which includes a complete blood count, quantifying the number of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in the blood. The basic panel also includes a check of sugar, cholesterol and thyroid hormone levels. Other tests may be added for additional fees, the release states. Such available tests include prostate-specific antigen, HsCRP — which determines risk factors for cardiovascular disease — and vitamin D screening. A 12-hour fast is required before all bloodwork. The expo will feature a number of free screenings, including blood pressure, body composition analysis, hearing and vision tests, seated massage, pulmonary fit testing and oxygen saturation. There will be a limited number of vouchers available for no-cost mammograms.
The Warren Sentinel /  04-21-2017  

5-year-old flown to Charlottesville after being struck by car

SHENANDOAH ― A 5-year-old boy was flown to the U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville with injuries Monday evening after being struck by a vehicle. First responders were called around 6:50 p.m. on Monday, April 17, to a resident's driveway on Sheila Lane in Shenandoah, according to state police. The incident occurred after a 7-year-old girl entered the driver's side of a 1989 Honda Civic that was parked in a driveway. The 5-year-old boy entered the passenger's side. The vehicle then “all of a sudden rolled backwards,” said police, prompting the children to “try to jump out of the vehicle.”
Page News and Courier /  04-19-2017  

Fire and rescue grant funds new firefighting equipment

HARRISONBURG — There’s little room for error in an emergency, and Rockingham County Fire and Rescue is trying to minimize mistakes. The county received 120 self-contained breathing apparatus last week as part of an ongoing effort to standardize equipment. Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway said the equipment was paid for through a $747,000 grant from the federal Assistance to Firefighters grants program. It includes a 10 percent local match. Personnel are assembling the 120 pieces of equipment, which are used to provide oxygen to crews during fires, at the East Rockingham Emergency Services station in McGaheysville. Holloway said Timberville and Hose Company No. 4 already had the equipment through the standardization effort, which was expected to take 10 years after it started around three years ago. The grant allows the county to expedite the replacement process and allow departments to use the same equipment, which was recommended in a study conducted by the Virginia Fire Services Board in November 2015. The new SCBAs should be distributed to the remaining stations by the middle of May.
The Valley Banner /  04-19-2017  
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Murder suspect rejects deal

WOODSTOCK — An Edinburg murder suspect will stand trial after rejecting a plea agreement that would have had him admit to first-degree murder on Monday. Claude Delmus Shafer Jr., 38, was arrested June 17, 2013, for the killing of Phyllis Henrietta Kline, 64, of Edinburg. A grand jury indicted Shafer on charges of capital murder and robbery on April 16, 2014. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

ITFederal project under way; $40 million data center at former Avtex site expected to employ 600

FRONT ROYAL — The rise of the Royal Phoenix site has officially begun. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Roanoke) joined local government and business leaders Monday to break ground on a $40 million facility for ITFederal LLC on part of the former American Viscose Corp. (Avtex) plant site. The ITFederal facility will occupy 30 acres of the 440-acre complex and include offices and a data center. It is expected to employ about 600 people. It is the first development on the site since the Environmental Protection Agency shut Avtex down in 1989 because polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the plant contaminated the groundwater in the area.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-29-2015

VDH doctor: No shortage of flu vaccine

FRONT ROYAL — Several recent reports have indicated that there could be a shortage of the nasal spray flu vaccine, but an official with the Virginia Department of Health says it may not be as bad as previously reported. "I donít know if shortage is the right word," Dr. Laura Forlano said. At the beginning of October, manufacturers project what their supply will be, she said. "Sometimes their supply projections can differ from the actual number of doses that are distributed." Forlano said about 109 million doses had been shipped nationwide as of Monday, but some manufacturers have reported shipping delays.
The Warren Sentinel /  10-29-2015

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