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Valley Health patient records to go electric

WINCHESTER — In a matter of weeks, Valley Health will launch its electronic records management system. The use of EpicCare will begin in some outpatient offices throughout the health system on April 8. The entire system will be using it by May 30.

Page Memorial Hospital dedication postponed

LURAY — Valley Health is closing in on completion of its new, $37 million Page Memorial Hospital. A ribbon cutting and dedication are set for next moth to celebrate the county's newest healthcare facility. A community house is also planned.

Water Resources video released

LURAY — A video recently released by Page County Water Resources highlights the ways in which we can all work together to protect water quality. It includes interviews with local farmers, landowners and representatives from various organizations that promote water conservation.

Shenandoah National Park visitors spend $76 million in 2012

LURAY — Visitors to the nation's parks in 2012 spent more than $14 billion in surrounding communities, according to a new National Park Service report. Communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park saw an economic spillover of $76 million — up from 73.9 million (or about 3 percent) from the previous year.

Ag Census: Va. Farms Getting Bigger

HARRISONBURG — Jeff Slaven’s farm has been continuously growing in size since he started operating it in 1980. At that time, it was 250 acres; today, it’s more than 1,700. A large percentage of the growth has been from rented land. “It’s been a constant increase, even in the past few years,” he said. The farm is located near Burketown in northern Augusta County but a portion of one of its fields crosses into Rockingham County. The preliminary results of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census of Agriculture released last week show that farms in Virginia are actually getting larger. The survey, conducted every five years, shows that from 2007 to 2012, the amount of farmland in Virginia increased by 3 percent, rising to 8.3 million acres. The number of farms in the state, however, decreased by 3 percent during that time to 46,036.

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