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Monday, August 19, 2019

REC Annual Meeting: Elect Board of Directors

Date:               Aug. 19, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Annual Meeting: Elect Board of Directors

Fredericksburg, VA - Member-owners of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) can elect directors and receive important updates at this year’s Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Fredericksburg Conference Center.

At the meeting, three member-owners will be elected to REC’s Board of Directors. To learn more the candidates in this year’s Director elections – and to view candidate bios and videos – please visit myrec.coop/AnnualMeeting.

About the Annual Meeting

  • Thursday, Aug. 22
  • Fredericksburg Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
  • 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – Registration
  • 7 p.m. – Business Meeting

President and CEO, Kent D. Farmer and Board Chairman, Christopher G. Shipe also will review the past year’s accomplishments and share plans for the future.

Member-owners also can:

  • Learn about and ride in electric vehicles.
  • Receive information about Cooperative Sunshare, which allows member-owners to show their support for solar power without having to purchase solar panels for their homes.
  • And ask questions to REC leaders during a Q&A session.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Friday, August 16, 2019

CRRL Wins Goodwill Community Partner Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

CRRL Wins Goodwill Community Partner Award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 12, 2019 - CRRL received the 2019 Rappahannock Goodwill Community Partner of the Year Award in recognition of the library's work with Americorps and the Good Skills Literacy tutors as well as CRRL's many other services.

For more than nine years, RGI and CRRL have worked together on behalf of the community, providing volunteer literacy tutoring and job-seeking assistance to any who are interested. Most recently RGI and CRRL have joined together to bring free computer skills training to the community in several library branches.


 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Unsheltered Homelessness Initiative Pilot Meets Year-One Target

News Release: Unsheltered Homelessness Initiative Pilot Meets Year-One Target

FREDERICKSBURG, VA., August 15, 2019 – The Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care’s (CoC) Unsheltered Homelessness Initiative aims to functionally end unsheltered homelessness. The CoC is the federally-mandated coalition responsible for planning and implementing homeless services throughout Planning District 16, the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford and the City of Fredericksburg.

With funding from the City of Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC), the CoC is undertaking a two-year pilot to move closer to the initiative’s goal. This effort moves households experiencing unsheltered homelessness from the street to permanent housing and highlights the community benefits associated with focusing resources on housing the most vulnerable in our community. The City, MWHC, and CoC are excited to report that the pilot has met its year-one target of helping four previously-unsheltered households move into their own homes.

“In 2016 Fredericksburg City Council identified a regional housing and homeless plan as one of their Priorities for their 2036 Vision Statement,” said Tim Baroody, City Manager. “Our staff was tasked by City Council to establish a regional working group and identify solutions based on successful best practices in other jurisdictions. And that’s what we set out to do.”

With that in mind, the City of Fredericksburg approached the CoC in 2017 to discuss concerns about homeless encampments within City limits, asking what could be done to address the issue. In response, the CoC developed strategies to target new housing resources to the unsheltered population by expanding existing systems. The CoC estimated that a total of $484,700 per year in additional funding, above and beyond what is already provided to other homeless service strategies, would be needed to fully meet the needs of the estimated 73 people who experience long periods of unsheltered homelessness in our community each year. This cost includes housing location services, case management, and rental subsidies. The CoC estimated that 47 individuals would need short-term support, at a cost of about $5,000 per person, and that 26 individuals would need long-term support, at a cost of about $10,000 per person. At the City’s request to make this a regional effort, the CoC requested the funding from the five jurisdictions of Planning District 16. Lacking a favorable response, the City of Fredericksburg called for a smaller-scale pilot to test the strategies.

The City of Fredericksburg and Mary Washington Healthcare each committed $20,000 toward the twoyear, $40,000 pilot, which targets short-term housing assistance and case management to the most  vulnerable, unsheltered households in our community to help them move into permanent housing. The funding is administered by the George Washington Regional Commission, the CoC’s Lead Agency and Micah Ecumenical Ministries, the community’s street outreach provider, is providing the housing and case management services.

Xavier Richardson, MWHC Sr. Vice President, says, “Recent studies have shown that medical care is only responsible for no more than 20% of healthy outcomes; the remaining 80% or more is impacted by social determinants of health such as access to safe and affordable housing, ...


 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fredericksburg Parking Garage is Going Cashless

Fredericksburg Parking Garage is Going Cashless
Look for new parking payment technology in September

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 15, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg’s public parking garage on Sophia Street is about to have an upgrade. A new pay station and gate will be installed September 3rd - 12th and it will be a cashless system. The current pay stations will no longer be accepting cash payments as of August 30th. The garage will remain open for public parking during the scheduled installation.

This new technology will accept credit cards at a new “pay-on-foot” station by the 1st floor elevator and also at the exit gate where drivers may pay from their car upon exit. In addition to making the pay process more convenient for drivers, this new system is expected to generate cost savings for the City as well as reduce maintenance and repairs.

The Parking Garage, which was built in 2005 to address the parking concerns of the downtown area, has been using the current pay stations since its original opening. By upgrading to this new technology, the City is seeking to streamline payments and offer speedier exits of traffic. The system being replaced can only accept payment at two “pay-on-foot” stations – one near the exit and one near the pedestrian entrance from Caroline Street. Many customers drive to the gate expecting to pay there, but have to get out of their car and walk to the pay station before being able to leave.

The Parking Garage is located at 601 Sophia Street and is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and offers a great parking destination for visitors to downtown Fredericksburg. It is a convenient walking distance to downtown shopping and dining areas. It is free to park in the garage for the first 3 hours and then $1 for each hour after with a maximum of $8 per day. Well-lit and monitored by security cameras, the garage is served by a parking attendant during the hours of Monday through Friday 6:30am-9:30pm, Saturday 7:30am-9:30pm, and Sunday 8:30am-7:30pm.

While cash payments will no longer be accepted after August 30th in the garage itself, customers who do not possess a credit/debit card will be able to pay in cash at the Parking Garage Office, located on the 2nd floor of the building next door (601 Caroline Street) during business hours. For more information about parking passes, the new cashless system, or how this change might affect monthly parking passes, please feel free to call 540-371-8542 or visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

GCubed, Inc. Makes Inc. 5000 List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2019
GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
540-412-0753 ext. 100
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed, Inc. Makes Inc. 5000 List

Stafford, Virginia – GCubed, Inc. is honored to announce its placement on the list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. GCubed ranked 386th on the list. This achievement places the cybersecurity & IT firm among an elite group of businesses such as Microsoft, Timberland, Vizio, Intuit, Chobani, Oracle, and Patagonia who have made the Inc. 5000 list in the past.

Vernon Green Jr., Founder & CEO of GCubed, says, “We are humbled and honored to receive such a prestigious award. We continue to attribute our success to listening to the needs of our customers, staying at the forefront of technology, and most importantly, focusing on our organization’s greatest asset, our people!” 

This latest achievement follows GCubed’s five-year anniversary and June 2019 first-place award in the Small Business category as the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Good Business of the Year. This is GCubed’s first time appearing on the Inc. 5000 list.

About GCubed, Inc.
Founded in 2014, GCubed is a veteran-owned, 8(a) business with defense, civilian, and commercial past performance. Areas of expertise include network engineering, cybersecurity, and program management. The company is headquartered in Stafford, Virginia, with contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. For more information visit www.gcubedinc.com

About Inc. 5000
Inc. Magazine publishes its Inc. 5000 list annually. Companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent- not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. For more information visit www.inc.com.


 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CRRL Receives Risk Management Award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

CRRL Receives Risk Management Award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 12, 2019 - CRRL received the 2019 Risk Management Performance Award at the Virginia Risk Sharing Association's annual meeting. VRSA staff work with the library on addressing potential exposures--like how to partner with a local skate shop when safety considerations don't allow skateboarding on library property. Other areas of consult include compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, safe driving, and active shooter training. CRRL was credited as having achieved a 100 percent score on the Risk Management Guidelines assessment.

Angela Hopkins, Human Resources Manager, received the 2019 Risk Management Excellence Award. Angela was described by VRSA's nominating staff as a true HR professional who works to do what is best for the library while also keeping the needs of the employee in mind. Angela recently passed the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional Exam.


 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UMW Grant to Help Students Recover From Substance Addiction

UMW Grant to Help Students Recover From Substance Addiction

The University of Mary Washington has received a $50,000 grant for a unique program that helps students in various stages of recovery from alcohol and substance abuse and addiction.

The “Expanding Collegiate Recovery in Virginia” grant, awarded this summer by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), will fund growth for UMW’s Eagles in Recovery program. Though a number of colleges claim substance-free housing, the program puts UMW among only a handful in Virginia – and relatively few across the country – to offer support services for students recovering from substance addiction. Read more.

The University of Mary Washington is a premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia, highly respected for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences program, and dedication to life-long learning. The university, with a total enrollment of more than 5,000, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers.


 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces The Marines in Market Square Concert

For Immediate Release 8/8/2019
Theresa Cramer, Education Coordinator
Fredericksburg Area Museum
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 138
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org 

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces The Marines in Market Square Concert

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce the return of The Quantico Marine Corps Band Concert in historic Market Square on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  Please join us from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in historic Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne Street.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy patriotic and family-friendly music by The Quantico Marine Corps Band.

Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. The band is comprised of a ceremonial band and concert band equipped to provide musical support as directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region-MCB Quantico. The band’s mission is to provide musical support that will encourage community relations, enhance troop morale, and promote the Marine Corps recruiting program through its demanding performance schedule. As well as musical support, the members of the band also fulfill their duties as Marine Riflemen. In support of the War in Iraq, 17 members of the band were attached to Task Force National Capitol Region and deployed conducting combat operations. These Marines returned to the band in June 2008. The Quantico Marine Corps Band has received numerous military and civilian citations, letters of commendation and letters of appreciation. The group entertains audiences performing classic to contemporary pieces at more than 350 performances annually across the Eastern Seaboard, covering more than 50,000 miles.

INFORMATION: Located in historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  This concert is FREE and open to the public.  Please note, in case of inclement weather this concert will be canceled. To check the status of this concert, please visit www.famva.org, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/FredericksburgAreaMuseum

For more information on this event, or for additional information, please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org, or visit us at www.famva.orgThe mission of the Fredericksburg Area Museum is to collect, interpret, and present the history and culture of the Fredericksburg area in order to share with residents and visitors alike the stories of those who shaped the region and its role in the nation’s development.


 

Friday, August 9, 2019

B101.5 & Centennial Digital Advertising to Help Businesses Answer the Question, "Am I Top of Mind?"

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Debbie Patten 
Local Sales Manager - Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions/B101.5 
540-373-7721- Ext. 230 dpatten@wbqb.com  

August 8, 2019 

B101.5 AND CENTENNIAL DIGITAL ADVERTISING TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES ANSWER THE QUESTION, “AM I TOP OF MIND?” WITH BRANDING SURVEY 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – B101.5 and Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions are currently conducting a branding survey to determine which businesses in the area have the most brand recognition. The results of this survey will be presented to businesses in the region in September. The results will show very clearly where each business ranks within their category in the market. Many businesses will find they are on the correct marketing path. Others will discover their brands are not as well-known as they would like. 

“Successful branding means your business is top of mind when somebody needs your product or service,” says Debbie Patten, Local Sales Manager for B101.5. “When you need a plumber, search for a new dentist, or shop for a car or truck, you likely already have a store or business in mind. That’s because you’ve seen and heard their advertising. Companies that strongly advertise their brand will see favorable results.” 

“Knowing where you rank will help you determine what marketing changes you may need to make,” says Mark Bass, General Manager of B101.5. “Appropriate changes with branding WILL make a significant difference in business growth. B101.5 has always been a big supporter of local businesses and this survey is just another useful tool to help them grow.” 

Anyone in the region is eligible to participate in the survey at www.b1015.com, keyword, “survey”. It only takes minutes to complete and the data gathered will be essential to help local businesses grow and thrive in the region. Five random participants will receive a $50 Visa gift card for completing the survey. Visa gift card winners must be over 18 and may not be employees of Centennial Broadcasting. No purchase is required to participate. 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

King George IHOP Restaurant Property Sold as Investment

For Immediate Release 

King George IHOP Restaurant Property Sold as Investment 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, August 5, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 16361 Gateway Lane in King George, Virginia.  

Gateway Holdings, LLC purchased the 4,587 square foot building from Gateway Hospitality, LLC for $1,715,000. The building, located in the King George Gateway Wal Mart anchored retail center, was constructed in 2018 for IHOP and was sold as a net-leased investment.  

Wilson H. Greenlaw, CCIM of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the purchaser. 

About Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer 

Thalhimer was founded in 1913 and currently has offices in Richmond, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg, VA; and Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC.  The company has over 100 broker professionals and employs over 400 associates. Thalhimer represents, on behalf of its clients, a property portfolio of over 56 million leasable square feet, and management of over 30 million square feet of commercial property, and over 8,000 multifamily units.  In 2018 Thalhimer completed nearly 2,000 transactions with a transactional volume over $1.3 billion.  Thalhimer is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive commercial real estate services.  The firm offers comprehensive commercial real estate services including corporate services, investment sales, tenant representation, project management, asset management, and the sale and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties.   
To learn more, visit www.thalhimer.com or follow @Thalhimer on Twitter. 

Independently Owned and Operated / A Member of the Cushman & Wakefield Alliance 

About Cushman & Wakefield 

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 51,000 employees in 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2018, the firm had revenue of $8.2 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWake on Twitter. 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Mary Washington Earns Spot Among Princeton Review’s 'Best Colleges'

Mary Washington Earns Spot Among Princeton Review’s 'Best Colleges'

The University of Mary Washington has once again been named among the nation’s best by The Princeton Review’s annual publication, The Best 385 Colleges. The 2020 edition of the leading college guide, which debuted today, profiles only about 13 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.
 
In it, students gave UMW high marks in both campus life and academics, praising Mary Washington for providing the “strategies and tools necessary to think critically and succeed in the workforce” and “professors [who] go the extra mile to help students.” They also bragged about the research opportunities, dedication to community service, school spirit and quality of life they found on campus. Read more.

The University of Mary Washington is a premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia, highly respected for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences program, and dedication to life-long learning. The university, with a total enrollment of more than 5,000, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers.


 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Jael Cooper
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center 540-498-4054
Jael.Cooper@hcahealcare.com

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Fredericksburg, VA (August 5, 2019) - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the hospital among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

“We strive, every day, to make sure our patients receive the very best care,” said David McKnight, CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “To receive this validation from Healthgrades recognizes the quality of work we strive to continue to deliver to our community.”

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

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About Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center…As part of the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a 133 bed acute care facility serving the greater Fredericksburg Region. Employing more than 750 full-time and part-time staff, the hospital operates as a for-profit corporation that combines sophisticated technology with personalized care. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Primary PCI – Chest Pain Center, and is a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient for the Treatment of Heart Failure, Pancreatitis, Respiratory Failure, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Deliveries. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has also received Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the hospital among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades.

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View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is ...


 

Monday, August 5, 2019

SRMC Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Awards for Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Jael Cooper
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center 540-498-4054
Jael.Cooper@hcahealcare.com

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Awards for Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery

Fredericksburg, VA (August 5, 2019) - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a Five-Star Recipient of the following Healthgrades 2019 Awards: Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery. These 5-star ratings indicate that Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected for both Gynecologic Procedures and Vaginal Delivery.

“Our focus is on providing high quality, personalized, patient-centered care,” said David McKnight, CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “To receive these national recognitions from Healthgrades is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, staff, and entire hospital team.”

 “Healthgrades recognizes hospitals for providing exceptional care in a variety of cohorts for women’s health, and those that achieve a 5-star rating are focused on delivering high quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As healthcare trends continue to improve and evolve, patients who select a hospital that is a 5-star recipient can feel confident in their decision when it comes to women’s care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed all-payer state data for 15 states for years 2015 through 2017. Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5-stars and those that have not. For example: 

  • From 2015 through 2017, patients having a Gynecologic Procedure in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 63.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star[1].
  • From 2015 through 2017, patients having a Vaginal Delivery in hospitals rated 5-stars have, on average, a 43.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star[2].

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is focused on offering a comprehensive approach to women’s health in the Fredericksburg area community through a dedicated women’s health unit. The unit provides 24-hour family centered maternity care, 10 private labor, deliver, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), free childbirth education classes and tours, lactation and breastfeeding support services, breast health education, and advanced imaging services, to include digital mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI, and bone density screenings. Additionally, as a part of HCA Healthcare’s Virginia Institute of Robotic Surgery, the most experienced robotics program in Virginia, the hospital offers robotically assisted gynecologic surgical options. Robotic surgery typically means minimal scaring, less pain, faster recovery, and a shorter hospital stay for patients. 

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About Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center…As part of the commonwealth’s most comprehensive provider network, HCA Healthcare, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a 133 bed acute care facility serving the greater Fredericksburg Region. Employing more than 750 full-time and part-time staff, the hospital operates as a for-profit corporation that combines sophisticated technology with personalized care. Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Primary PCI ...


 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Free Leadership Program to Prepare Area Business Leaders for Policy and Political Engagement

Media Release
Date: August 5, 2019
Media Contact:
Kyle Allwine, Director of Government Affairs
540-373-9508, kyle@fxbgchamber.org

Chamber Launches Free Leadership Program to Prepare Area Business Leaders for Policy and Political Engagement
Application deadline is September 13, 2019 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA - The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants for a free nonpartisan training program to teach local business-minded leaders strategies on how to engage locally in the policy and political process and promote a robust regional economy as the foundation for a vibrant quality of life.

The Public Leadership Institute, to be held on October 24, 25, and 28, will feature experts in political engagement and public policy and allow members to consider how their business experience, skills and talent could address local public affairs issues. 

Education for Engagement

Class members can choose one of three educational tracks, covering tactics on how to:  1) advocate for policies to support a strong business climate; 2) land an appointment to critical boards and commissions; or 3) prepare to run for political office.

Applications are available at http://www.fredericksburgchamber.org/Public-Leadership-Institute and must be returned by September 13, 2019.  The classes will be held at the Chamber offices.  Only a limited number of applicants will be selected to participate based on a competitive process. A full scholarship will be provided to all members. The program cannot accept declared or filed candidates for political office.

There is no requirement that participants engage in advocacy or public leadership, merely consider the possibility in a short or long-term time horizon.

Building the Pro-Business Bench

“Our region is fortunate to have outstanding public leaders who understand the relationship between a strong small business climate and an outstanding quality of life.  It’s important to continue this legacy by building the bench of aspiring advocates and public leaders who want to explore how they can make a difference on important business issues,” said Susan Spears, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Active-Learning Curriculum

The curriculum will be taught in an active-learning workshop format with small-group and simulation exercises. Topics include: Understanding The Political Process and Local Political Environment; Advocacy and Policy Objectives for the Business Community; Identifying Areas of Engagement; Preparing for Opportunities in Public Leadership; Political Messaging and Advocacy; Fundraising; and Building a Grassroots Coalition and Voter Targeting, among other areas.

The program is based on a public leadership development model that has been successful in other regions.

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce does not endorse or financially support candidates for office.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

“Bulletproofing Your Business From Online Giants™” Workshop For Local Business Owners / Operators

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Bass
               General Manager - Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions/B101.5/NewsTalk 1230 WFVA
               540-373-7721- Ext. 201
               mbass@wbqb.com

August 1, 2019

CENTENNIAL DIGITAL ADVERTISING SOLUTIONS AND FREDERICKSBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOST “BULLETPROOFING YOUR BUSINESS FROM ONLINE GIANTS™” WORKSHOP FOR LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS/OPERATORS

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions in partnership with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and B101.5 radio will host, “Bulletproofing Your Business From Online Giants™,” a free workshop designed to empower local business owners with key strategies to compete, thrive, and grow especially in the era of online retail and service giants. The workshop will be held Friday, September 6th, 9am-Noon, at the Fredericksburg campus of Germanna Community College, 10000 Germanna Point Drive in Fredericksburg, Virginia.   

This workshop is extremely timely as multiple research firms estimate that Amazon Prime Days 2019 generated more than $6 billion in sales at the expense of local business. Worse yet, in an exit poll, 61% of those buyers never thought about purchasing locally. This workshop will help all types of local business owners and operators become better prepared to close more business and keep that business in the future.

International marketing consultant, Mark Levy, President and CEO of Revenue Development Resources Inc. (RDR), will lead this interactive workshop to help local business owners:

  • Close sales and win customers with exceptional customer service
  • Understand management vs. leadership
  • Get buy-in from their teams and more

Attendance is free, but registration is strongly suggested at www.b1015.com, keyword “BUSINESS”. 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce to bring this important information session to local business owners,” says Mark Bass, General Manager of Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions and B101.5 radio.  “Mark Levy is one of the top marketing and management strategists in the industry.  His expertise is diverse and includes all the tools a business owner needs to compete against and alongside the giant online retailers.”

Susan Spears, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce says, “With the rise of e-commerce and technology, it has become increasingly difficult for businesses to modernize and transform to meet the needs of their ever-changing customer needs and wants. This event will give businesses the toolkit for success in the 21st century.”

“I’m honored to be able to conduct ‘Bulletproofing Your Business From Online Giants™’ in conjunction with Centennial Digital Advertising Solutions and the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce,” says Mark Levy, President and CEO of Revenue Development Resources, Inc.  “Working together, we all look forward to helping area companies close and retain more local business!”

About Mark Levy                 

Described as a dynamic “value-packed” public speaker, “fabulous sales trainer and motivator,” and resource of “thousands of tips and approaches that always pay dividends,” Mark Levy has 35+ years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. As President and Co-Founder of Dallas based Revenue Development Resources (RDR), Mark is a widely-known and highly-respected ...


 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Fredericksburg nominated as 'South’s Best Small Town'

News Release: Fredericksburg nominated as 'South’s Best Small Town'

(Fredericksburg, VA)  August 5, 2019 – Southern Living has announced its nominations for the "South’s Best 2020," and Fredericksburg, Virginia, is up for “Best Small Town.” Williamsburg and Fredericksburg were the only Virginia locations nominated for Best Small Town. Beaufort, North Carolina, was voted Southern Living's Best of the South in 2019.

Cast your vote and share your hometown passion for Fredericksburg by visiting  https://www.southernliving.com/southsbestvote. Vote now!  #SouthsBest #SouthernLiving

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Plan the Future of Fredericksburg’s Parks

News Release: Plan the Future of Fredericksburg’s Parks
Public is invited to an open house August 12 & 13

(Fredericksburg, VA)  August 2, 2019 – You are needed! Plan the Future of Your Parks. The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events Department is hosting an Open House for public input on Fredericksburg’s Parks Strategic Plan.

Please join us on Monday, August 12 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm or on Tuesday, August 13 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Dorothy Hart Community Center auditorium, 408 Canal Street in Fredericksburg. This drop-in style of open house will allow participants a chance to express what they feel are the important park amenities for the community. Consultants and staff will be on site to ask questions and receive all comments about what our community needs for park and trail improvements.

Lose Design of Nashville, Tennessee has been hired by the City to perform a Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan.  Public input from the August 12th and 13th open houses is the important first step in a months-long process designed to help the City determine the future of our parks. This plan will serve as a guide for the City’s development, expansion and improvement of parks and recreation facilities for many years into the future.

For more information please feel free to contact Jane Shelhorse, Director of Parks, Recreation and Events Department at 540-372-1086 and www.FredParksRec.com.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Announces Class of 2020

Media Release
Date: August 1, 2019
Media Contact:
Kyle Allwine, Director of Government Affairs
540-373-9508, kyle@fxbgchamber.org

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Announces Class of 2020
31 Fellows Selected

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber’s signature program, Leadership Fredericksburg, is pleased to announce the Class of 2020 which will begin in September 2019 and conclude with a graduation ceremony in May 2020. Sessions occur at various business locations throughout the Fredericksburg region. Each session includes in-depth leadership skills development and meetings with industry and community leaders. Each Fellow is paired with a trained mentor who will support his or her progress through the program. Fellows divide into teams to partner with an area organization on an Action Learning Project. Each team will present “deliverables” – concrete results – during a competitive event next May, a week prior to graduation.

Leadership Fredericksburg’s faculty of six is led by Dr. David Corderman with Academy Leadership Associates and Dr. J.R. Flatter with Flatter, Inc. Chamber President/CEO Susan Spears is the program’s Executive Director and a member of the faculty, along with Jeremy Pickwell with Lifepoint Church, Mike Fidgeon with MySoul, LLC, and Janel Donohue with the Rappahannock United Way. Mary Washington Healthcare is serving as the program’s Title Sponsor.

Leadership Fredericksburg 2020 Fellows

  • Xavier Bates, LifeCare Medical Transports
  • Shane Bittinger, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
  • Kiara Branch, Flatter, Inc.
  • Karen Carr, Atlantic Builders
  • Stacey Coolican, Coolican Consulting
  • Sarah Dye, SimVentions 
  • Barbara Gustavson, Discover Next Step, LLC
  • Randa Hayes, NSWC Federal Credit Union
  • Charles Hicks III, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Casey Hollins, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Summer Hughes, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Michael Jewth, Dominion Energy
  • Stephen Kingsley, BB&T
  • Kunle Lawson, University of Mary Washington
  • Laura Liddy, ECS Mid-Atlantic 
  • Ginni Mastin, Matern Staffing
  • Kate Melton, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Karen Moschetto, Fredericksburg Academy
  • Elizabeth Ottarson, National Parks Service
  • Kim Pierpoint, Pierpoint Construction
  • Rebecca Purdy, Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • Tiffany Ray, Germanna Community College
  • Devlin Reily, Rappahannock Area YMCA
  • John Rogers, Comcast
  • Sharon Roper, Fredericksburg Christian School  
  • Will Rudich, Quarles Petroleum
  • Arlene Saitzyk, United States Navy
  • Paul Santay, Stafford County
  • Kathleen Steininger, Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation
  • Stephanie Terrell, RACSB
  • Timothy Zaegel, Lifepoint Church


The Chamber thanks the following sponsors whose generosity makes the Leadership Fredericksburg program possible:

2020 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2020 Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd.; Atlantic Union Bank; LifeCare Medical Transports; Lifepoint Church; NSWC Federal Credit Union; and Stafford County Government.

To learn more about Leadership Fredericksburg, please visit www.fxbgchamber.org/Leadership-Home or contact the Chamber office at 540-373-9400.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Susan Spears, IOM and Whitney Watts, IOM Graduate from Institute for Organization Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST, 1, 2019
Contact: Andrew Weller 202-463-5802

SUSAN SPEARS, IOM and WHITNEY WATTS, IOM of FREDERICSKBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
Graduates from Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Susan Spears, IOM, President and CEO, and Whitney Watts, IOM, Vice-President of Member Services, of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber, have graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

institute.uschamber.com           @IOMeducates

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

CRRL Wins Fredericksburg Parent's Best Tutoring Service Award

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

CRRL Wins Fredericksburg Parent's Best Tutoring Service Award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 1, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library has been awarded Best Tutoring Service in Fredericksburg Parent's annual Family Favorites competition. This marks the third year in a row that the library has been recognized with this community-voted award which acknowledges CRRL's mission of inspiring lifelong learning for everyone in our community.

CRRL offers many resources at librarypoint.org/backtoschool for students going back to school, including:

  • Biography in Context - Biographical information on influential people from every time period and area of study.
  • Early World of Learning - World Book Online's early childhood digital resource with a variety of ways to introduce and reinforce early literacy concepts.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - The classic encyclopedia enhanced with images, videos, magazine articles, primary sources, and recommended websites.
  • JSTOR - Academic journal articles covering arts, history, humanities, science, medicine, and law.

Learning for all ages is available at librarypoint.org/research, including:

  • Learning Express Library - Online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks, supporting job search, and workplace skills improvement in reading, writing, basic science, and career certification. Test prep available for licensure exams, college and grad school entrance tests, GED tests, and more.
  • Lynda.com - Also known as LinkedIn Learning, this collection of over 6,000 self-paced online video courses are taught by certified instructors. Users can create their own playlists of courses or follow learning paths such as Small Business, Web Design, and  Mastering In-Demand Professional Soft Skills.
  • Mango Languages - Over 70 languages are available to learn online, including English taught in other languages. This service is also available as a mobile app.
  • Universal Class - This program is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and provides certificates and CEUs (continuing education units) in topics such as life coaching, accounting, computer training, finance, and entrepreneurship.

These services are available to the public free of any fee, with a library card.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

REC’s CEO and President, Farmer, Elected to ODEC Board

Date:               August 1, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC’s CEO and President, Farmer, Elected to ODEC Board

Kent Farmer, president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, was elected to serve as chairman of the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative’s (ODEC) Board of Directors. ODEC is REC’s primary power provider. New officers were elected at ODEC’s annual membership meeting held in Williamsburg, Va. on July 30, 2019.

Joining Farmer are John C. Lee, president and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, as vice-chairman; and, Jeffery S. Edwards president and CEO of Southside Electric Cooperative as secretary/treasurer. Each of the officers' terms will expire in 2022.

“I appreciate the confidence of my fellow board members,” said Farmer. “Innovation and opportunity are at an all-time high in the electricity industry, and I look forward to working with ODEC to maximize the benefits they may bring to cooperative members.”

ODEC is a member-owned generation-and-transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to REC and 10 other member electric distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Farmer’s leadership on the board is one of many ways REC is directly engaged in ensuring that members receive a reliable supply of electricity that is both reasonably priced and responsibly generated.

“Our newly elected officers reflect the outstanding leadership that is present on our board of directors. I’m confident their guidance will ensure that ODEC remains a standard bearer of the cooperative business model,” said Marcus Harris, ODEC’s president and CEO.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Data center information meeting to be held August 12

News Release: Data center information meeting to be held August 12

The City of Fredericksburg will play host to a public information session on data centers August 12.

Data centers have become a significant growth sector throughout the U.S. and particularly Northern Virginia as cloud computing gets increasingly common. The Fredericksburg region has identified data centers as an economic development opportunity and has been taking steps to market itself to the industry through competitive tax rates and business-friendly policies.

The City of Fredericksburg will host the August 12 session to provide information about data centers and answer the public’s questions about the industry. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. August 12 at Germanna Community College’s FredCAT facility at 1325 Central Park Blvd.

The featured speaker at the meeting will be Josh Levi, vice president of policy for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). The NVTC is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. It serves about 1,000 companies and organizations, including businesses from all sectors of the technology industry, service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

For more information about this public information session, please contact the City of Fredericksburg’s Business Development Manager, Angela Freeman, at 540-372-1216 or read more online at www.fredericksburgva.com.


 

Friday, July 26, 2019

GEICO congratulates Fredericksburg, Va., associate on 50-year career

GEICO congratulates Fredericksburg, Va., associate on 50-year career

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., July 26, 2019 - In 1969, Doris Shreves walked into GEICO headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and asked if help was needed. She was hired on the spot. Fifty years later, Shreves is still working at GEICO and has no plans to leave anytime soon.

Shreves began her GEICO career as a typist at age 17.  At the time, insurance forms had to be carefully typed before going out to customers.

“If you messed up or made a typo, you had to rip the paper out of the typewriter and start all over,” Shreves recalled.

Over the decades, Shreves has held many positions. In 2002, she transferred to GEICO’s Fredericksburg, Virginia, regional office to join the licensing department. She’s still there today, working with state insurance departments to help GEICO associates obtain their licensing.

“Doris is very dedicated to her job. She is detail-oriented, and her agents love her,” says Gina Ober, Shreves’ supervisor.

GEICO has a reputation of building long-term careers for its associates, and Shreves is one of just 20 associates who have reached the 50-year mark, 10 of which continue to work for the company.  Even after reaching that rare milestone, she says she’s not quite ready to say goodbye to GEICO just yet.

“They say when you retire you have to find things to do, but I’ve got plenty to do right here,” she said.

ABOUT GEICO
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles. For more than 80 years, the company has worked to make people’s lives better by protecting policyholders against unexpected events. As GEICO has grown, it has delivered money-saving coverage and outstanding customer service to policyholders through its investment in human resources and technology. GEICO is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.  GEICO also provides homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft  and term life coverages through non-affiliated insurance companies secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. GEICO has a national workforce of 40,000 associates.  GEICO sales representatives throughout the country are licensed insurance agents in order to help guide customers through coverage decisions. To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and/or purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile or by phone. Sales and service is also available at GEICO Local Offices. Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more. 


 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Announces Award Recipients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2019
Contact: Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
540-371-3070. julie.rettinger@FredGoodwill.org

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Announces Award Recipients

Fredericksburg, VA – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) recently held their annual celebration event at the Goodwill Community Resource Center. “A Hand Up” honors community members and RGI employees and volunteers. The award recipients were selected from RGI employees, local employers, community volunteers and partners, and individuals who have been helped by RGI. The event was held in conjunction with the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours. Sponsors of the event included The Media Partners, Proxios, and Hirschler Fleischer.

The three honorees were as follows:

  • The Graduate of the Year Award is given to an individual who has received services through RGI and has gone on to achieve significant improvement in her or her life through employment in the community. This year, Mr. Chuck Green was recognized as the 2019 Graduate of the Year. Chuck had 20 years of carpentry experience but due to a back injury he could no longer continue in the trade. Chuck met with a Case Manager at Rappahannock Goodwill Industries in Culpeper and decided to become a home inspector. With funds provided by the Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the Virginia Career Works – Piedmont Region, Chuck was able to take an online course through Germanna Community College. Chuck went on to earn two more certifications through the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He obtained his State Certified Home Inspector’s License, which allowed him to launch his own business in 2016. As the owner and operator of Granite Home Inspections, LLC., Chuck now performs multiple inspections a day and has built a strong business network with realtors and customers in the region.
  • The Community Partner of the Year Award is given to a person or organization that partners with Rappahannock Goodwill in fulfilling the mission of RGI. This year, the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) was recognized as RGI’s 2019 Community Partner of the year. For more than nine years, RGI and CRRL have worked together on behalf of the community, providing volunteer literacy tutoring and job seeking assistance to any who are interested. Most recently RGI and CRRL have joined together to bring free computer skills training to the community in several of the library branches. Ms. Martha Hutzel, Executive Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, accepted the award.
  • The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to someone who gives their time and skills to volunteer for Rappahannock Goodwill. This year, Ms. Bernardine Miles was recognized for her service to RGI. Bernardine participates in the AmeriCorps Goodskills Literacy program at RGI. She provides one-on-one tutoring to individuals in the community who are trying to grasp the English language. As a career educator, Bernardine also works in the RGI Job Help Center, assisting individuals with resume writing, conducting mock interviews, and sharing her life and career experiences.

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Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves ...


 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

6th Annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center

For Immediate Release
July 23, 2019

The 6th Annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase, is set for August 11 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
Take your Event or Wedding to the next Level.

Fredericksburg, VA .. The 6th Annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase, is set for August 11th at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. This highly anticipated event planning expo will showcase the amazing talents, services and products of the companies that assist all those that plan a variety of events including small and Large Weddings!

Enjoys the Showcase as a Very Important Planner (VIP). A limited number of VIP passes are available and this that Purchase a VIP pass will enjoy a glass of champagne, tasting menu and a sneak peek at the Show. VIP guests will enjoy these special amenities from 11am – 12pm and will also be entered into special VIP only drawings. 

The event features suppliers and planners for Banquets, Galas, Graduations, Holiday Parties, Proms, Quinceaneras, Reunions, birthday parties, Baby and Bridal Showers, and Weddings.

Preview the latest trends in gowns, dresses, and formalwear. Luminuss Productions will create spectacular scenes demonstrating special effects, lighting and decorations that will help turn any special event into something extraordinary.  Plan an event your guests will be talking about for years.  Interview photographers, florists, caterers, DJs, bakeries, event sites, event planners, and more. 

Don't get stressed - get it all done in one day on Sugar 11th!  Visit www.extraordinaryeventandweddingshowcase.com or Facebook for a list of vendors or tickets,  pre-register for special prizes and discount coupons.

Join the fun August 11th from 12pm to 3pm at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.

This is a Ballantine Management Group Production.

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What: 6th annual Extraordinary Events and Wedding Showcase
Where: Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
When:  August 11, 2019  
General Admission Entrance: 12pm -3pm
VIP Ticket Entrance: 11am-3pm

Admission: 
General Admission Ticket:
Online: $9* - At Door: $12
VIP Ticket: Available in advance only: $20*
 *processing fees apply

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Big-Day-Bridal-Show
Website:   www.extraordinaryeventandweddingshowcase.com
Phone Number:  540-548-5555

Media Contact Info:
David Kerper
Ballantine Management Group
540-220-3766
dkerper@bmg1.com


 

Monday, July 22, 2019

DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction to Raise Scholarship Funds for Students in Financial Need

7/22/2019 NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction to Raise Scholarship Funds for Students in Financial Need
Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:30pm to 8:30 pm 

DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction event to raise scholarship funds for students in financial need in Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania.

DREAMS4U awarded scholarships to six (6) students in 2019. These scholarships are initial and renewable each year for a total of four years for each of these students. Now we are looking to continue with those students educational paths AND make four (4) new scholarship awards. 

Two of the local schools choirs or ensembles performing at the event with fantastic programs; we are so looking forward to these performances! 

The event ticket includes two event beverages and event appetizers. Cash bar is available and you can make your dinner reservations at Callie Opie's!

We are excited and humbled working with our donors and contributors for the silent auction event. You can see contributors and supporters on our web page:https://dreams4u.org/silent-auction-october-12. Silent auction updates prior to and during the event on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/events/332626454063131/.

Event Tix and Sponsorship Available: https://secure.givelively.org/event/dreams4u/dreams4u-2019-silent-auction/dreams4u-2019-silent-auction 

What:DREAMS4U 2019 Silent Auction 
Where: Callie Opie's Orchard Restaurant 4533 Zachary Taylor Hwy 
Mineral VA, 23117 
When:October 12, 2019 4:30 to 8:30 pm 
Why: Helping raise scholarship funds for DREAMS4U.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Fredericksburg Reassessment Work Begins

News Release: Fredericksburg Reassessment Work Begins

Field Work to inspect properties by contractor is set to begin week of July 15th

(Fredericksburg, VA) July 15, 2019 – A General Reassessment, as required by State Law, is scheduled for the City of Fredericksburg, effective July 1, 2020. The last reassessment in the City of Fredericksburg was effective July 1, 2016, with the field work being completed in 2015/2016. The purpose of the reassessment process is to bring all assessments to an updated 100% market value and assure uniformity of assessments.

Wingate Appraisal Service, a professional appraisal firm, is under contract to carry out this project. Field work to inspect properties by Wingate staff members is set to begin the week of July 15, 2019. Wingate staff members are in the process of compiling sales data from different areas of the City, verifying existing information, updating photographs and collecting additional data, as needed. Field inspections will help the assessors verify the property data, and this process will take several months to complete. Wingate staff members carry City identification and have magnetic signs on their automobiles, with the words, Real Estate Assessment. Should property owners and residents wish to confirm the identity of reassessment staff members, please call the Commissioner of the

Revenue Real Estate Office at (540) 372-1207 or the City Police Department at (540) 373-3122.

Notices of the new proposed assessed values will be mailed to property owners prior to May 2020, providing hearing dates and times when owners will have an opportunity to discuss and/or, if necessary, appeal new assessments.

For more information about the general reassessment, please visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov or call the Commissioner of Revenue Real Estate Office at (540) 372- 1207.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

CRRL wins Virginia Library Association Awards

Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

CRRL wins Virginia Library Association Awards

Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 9, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library has been recognized by the Awards & Recognition Committee of the Virginia Library Association (VLA).

"[Winners were selected] from a very competitive application pool. Librarians and library project teams from academic, public, and special libraries across the commonwealth are honored for their exemplary contributions to their communities and profession in 2018."

The Trustee Award

Dr. Samuel Smart, former CRRL Library Board member, has been recognized for his consistent and tireless advocacy and support for the library during his long tenure on CRRL's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Samuel Smart dedicated 16 years of service to the library, championing CRRL's budget requests and advocating for staff raises, increases to the materials allocation, and the expansion of library services.

A well-known optometrist for 47 years, Dr. Smart retired from practice in December 2018 and is enjoying retirement with his wife Laura.

The Outstanding Professional Associate Award

Joy O’Toole, Adult Services Programmer at Howell Branch, has received this award for fostering communication among library employees throughout the Commonwealth and advancing and strengthening the image of professional library associates. Joy was selected for her embodiment of the ideals of customer service, her ability to make connections with customers and coworkers alike, and her enthusiasm and leadership. The Awards & Recognition Committee was particularly impressed by Joy’s initiatives to connect and support local authors through the Inklings program, special events, and CRRL’s Rappahannock Writers Conference.

The Public Innovator Award

CRRL's Creative Minds initiative, under the leadership of Youth Services Coordinator Darcie Caswell, and in coordination with Tina Bialecki, Paragon Autism Services’s Director of Community Outreach and Education, has been chosen for the Public Innovator Award for making an outstanding contribution to advance the mission of the public library.

Creative Minds is a class specially created for children with autism and other special needs at an elementary developmental level. The goal of the program is to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment where students are given the tools and support they need to learn at their own pace and in their own way. Adult caregivers stay in the room with the children and family members are welcome, ensuring Creative Minds is an opportunity to meet and socialize in an enjoyable learning experience.

Darcie Caswell has been committed to the education of young people for over twenty years, first as a teacher and now as a librarian. As Youth Services Coordinator for Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Darcie leads a Youth Services team of twenty-six enthusiastic, creative staff dedicated to providing educational opportunities across CRRL’s service area.      

Tina Bialecki has had the privilege of working with children with special needs in many capacities and settings for close to thirty years and is proud to serve the special needs community in her role as Paragon Autism Services’s Director of Community Outreach and Education. Paragon Autism Services is a well-respected, award-winning ABA company in the Central and Northern part of Virginia which ...


 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Support Veterans this July by Donating your Technology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Margaret-Hunter Wade,
540-777-7406
Margaret-Hunter.Wade@cox.com    

Support Veterans this July by Donating your Technology
Help us collect 5,000 donations in 5 weeks

Herndon, Va. – Cox is partnering with the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, Northern Virginia Tech Council and AbleVets to collect technology for Tech for Troops (T4T). Your tech donations will be refurbished by T4T and provided free of charge to veterans in need, who can also receive IT training and job opportunities.

Help us reach our goal and collect 5,000 donations in 5 weeks by dropping of your tech donation at the Cox Solutions Store in Fredericksburg on Plank Road during business hours by Friday, July 26.

Tech for Troops can accept the following items: 

  • Laptops with or without power adapters
  • Working flat panel monitors
  • RAM, video cards, and network cards
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Laptop bags
  • Servers and network equipment
  • Desktop computer towers
  • Cell phones and tablets
  • Power and network cables

All donations are tax deductible. Click here to fill out a digital receipt for donated items. And, don’t worry about data left of your devices. Tech for Troops wipes data with methods approved by the Department of Defense, National Security Agency, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

About Tech for Troops
Tech for Troops is a non-profit based in Richmond, VA, whose mission is to bridge the digital divide for Veterans and their families.

About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox. Follow us on Twitter at @CoxVA.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at New Bookshop

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at New Bookshop 

Fredericksburg, Virginia, July 5, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 17, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the new Friends of the Library Bookshop. The Bookshop is located at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Bookshop will be open for business, with thousands of gently used books, movies, and music for sale at bargain prices. Refreshments will be served.

This event will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Library customers can also pick up holds at this location by choosing "Friends of the Library Center" as their pickup location. They can then collect their materials any time the Bookshop is open.

Bookshop customers don't have to be a Friend of the Library to shop. Customers wishing to join the Friends of the Library, support the library, and get advance notice of special sales can join at the Bookshop or at crrlfriends.org. Memberships start at $10.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nonprofits: Apply for Funds from The Power of Change

Date:               July 9, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

Nonprofits: Apply for Funds from The Power of Change

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) The Power of Change program is ready to support local charities and non-profit organizations. Applications for funding can be submitted now through 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Since 2008, The Power of Change has helped dozens of community groups by funding programs that feed the hungry, enhance performing arts programs, provide crisis support services and more throughout REC’s service territory. The program is funded by REC member-owners, who voluntarily round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar each month, contribute a set amount each month or make a onetime donation.

“REC employees live in the same communities as our member-owners, and we all see the challenges nonprofits face to fund their important services,” said Matt Faulconer, REC’s manager of external affairs. “The Power of Change is just one way REC is proud to make a difference.”

Applications are available online at www.thepowerofchange.org. The website also provides guidelines for funding and a list of organizations who have previously been awarded funding.  

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Local Athlete selected for USA Field Hockey’s Top Olympic development camp

Local Athlete selected for USA Field Hockey’s Top Olympic development camp
Grace Norair, a rising junior at Fredericksburg Academy, will compete for a spot on USA Rise (O-16) Women’s National Team

Fredericksburg, VA, July 9, 2019—USA Field Hockey recently announced the athletes selected to advance within the Olympic Development Pathway following the conclusion of its Junior National Camp (JNC) held between June 29-July 2, and a Fredericksburg-area teen is the only athlete from Virginia to make the O-16 cut.

Grace Norair, a rising junior at Fredericksburg Academy, was selected along with just 40 athletes from across the nation for a chance to compete for a place on the USA Rise (O-16) Women’s National Team.

Norair had to first be one of the top 80-100 athletes hand-picked for Junior National Camp to have a shot at a Rise Selection Camp nod. She remained at the top of the field when it was again narrowed based on performances at JNC.

Norair’s Varsity Field Hockey coach, Karen Moschetto, also Frederickburg Academy’s Head of School and a Big Ten Medal of Honor winner for field hockey, says this about the selection:

“In playing against some of the best talent in the country, Grace continues to elevate her game to new levels.  It is an honor to be selected to participate in the Rise Camp. Grace looks at each opportunity as both a challenge and a chance to improve her stick skills. I am excited for her and know she relishes these opportunities that she has worked so hard for.”

Final selections for the USA Rise (O-16) Women’s National Team will be made at Rise Camp to be held in January 2020, dates to be finalized.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Announcing the Grand Re-Opening of Rocking Nissan of Stafford and Car Giveaway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rocking Nissan of Stafford
Steve Kaplaneris, Executive Manager
540-657-3552
steve@psdauto.com

Announcing the Grand Re-Opening of Rocking Nissan of Stafford and Car Giveaway

Stafford, VA --- Rocking Nissan of Stafford is excited to announce their grand re-opening on August 1, 2019 where they will be giving away a free car for one year to a veteran. The grand re-opening will be held on August 1 from 12 – 6 p.m. at Rocking Nissan of Stafford located at 1 Coachman Circle, Stafford, Virginia 22554. Food will be served from 12 – 3 p.m. and catered by Mission BBQ The ribbon cutting and guest speakers will begin at 2 p.m. with the car giveaway following that at 3 p.m. Stay after the giveaway to celebrate with the attendees and veterans as they will also be having surprise giveaways.

Leading the grand re-opening will be Executive Manager of Rocking Nissan of Stafford Steve Kaplaneris. Kaplaneris has 19 years of automotive experience. His vision of the store is to make it a Family/Community first inspired organization where he makes “Customers For Life, Not Just For A Day.” He is passionate about supporting local business and is looking to make an immediate impact to the community and surrounding areas.

Rocking Nissan of Stafford is seeking veteran nominations for the free car. If you know a veteran in need that you would like to nominate, please visit https://www.rockingnissanofstafford.com/nomination-page/ -- Deadline for submission is July 20th, 2019.

Rocking Nissan of Stafford is working to make customers for life, not just for a day. They are a full service dealership selling New Nissans as well as Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. They have a full service department that can service any make and model with a Customer lounge and wifi availability while you wait. They are located just North of SR-610 on US-1 under the GIANT Rocking Nissan of Stafford Flag. Stay connected with Rocking Nissan of Stafford at www.Rockingnissanofstafford.com and follow them on Facebook (@rockingnissanofstafford), and Instagram (@rockingnissanofstafford).

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Monday, July 8, 2019

The Countdown to Christmas Expo Coming to Fredericksburg Expo Center July 20th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2019

The Countdown to Christmas Expo Coming to Fredericksburg Expo Center July 20th
Why have a regular ol' July show when you can have a holly jolly July Christmas themed Expo?  

Fredericksburg, VA . . It’s beginning to look a lot like … well … Christmas …in July. sNOw kidding!  Christmas will come early this year to Fredericksburg, Virginia when The Countdown to Christmas Expo opens on Saturday, July 20 at 9:00am at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Why have a regular ol' July show when you can have a holly jolly July Christmas themed Expo?  The Countdown to Christmas Expo will have a variety of local and regional crafters and vendors spreading holiday cheer that also includes DIY Workshops and attractions.

It is never too early to start preparing for Christmas, right? Christmas is everyone's favorite time of the year, there's no denying it.  Imagine being able to complete a good portion of your holiday shopping in July. If you can adopt the Christmas in July mindset, think how much you can get ahead for all those occasions for which you might need a perfect gift in the future. 

In addition to the array of shopping and food opportunities through the aisles of The Countdown for Christmas Expo, attendees can sign up in advance for several adult and kids DIY projects from two of Fredericksburg’s best Workshop companies:  When Pigs Fly Decor and Deep Creek Vintage.  Why buy when you can DIY? There is a variety of other activities and events planed including  Holiday cookie decorating for the Kids while the adults can try Holiday themed cocktails that will be available for purchase.

Head to the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center for a holly and jolly merry-filled day at the 1st Annual Countdown to Christmas Expo on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door (cash only) or available in advance for $4.99, Kids 12 and under are Free.  

For complete info, to purchase tickets or to reserve your spot in the DIY workshops stay tuned to:  www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsshows.com

This is a Ballantine Management Group of Virginia Production.

WHERE: 
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center 
2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
www.FredericksburgExpoCenter.com

WHEN:  Saturday, July 20:  10am-5pm

ADMISSION:
At Door: $5 , Online: $4.99
Kids 12 & Under: Free

WEBSITE:
http://www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsshows.com

FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/FredericksburgArtsandCraftShows

MEDIA CONTACT:
David Kerper
dkerper@bmg1.com
540-22-3766


 

Friday, July 5, 2019

DREAMS4U And Central Park Fun-Land Spirit Night Fundraising Event

7/5/2019 NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U And Central Park Fun-Land Spirit Night Fundraising Event

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Noon to 8:00 pm

Go Karts! Laser Tag! Bumper Cars! Arcade, bowling, and all kinds of fun to be had at Central Park Fun Land benefiting DREAMS4U! Purchase your $25.00 Fun-Land pass (originally $33.99) online and portions of the proceeds go directly to DREAMS4U while you have FUN at Fun-Land!! Check out the new multi-level Go Kart track! Thank you to the folks at Fun-Land for teaming with DREAMS4U!! #DREAMS4U #DREAMS4UDonate #DREAMS4UScholarship

What: Central Park Fun-Land Spirit Night for DREAMS4U
Where:  1351 Central Park Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
When: August 29, 2019 noon to 8:00 pm
Why: Helping raise scholarship funds for DREAMS4U. 

Come on out to try the new multi-level go kart track or the 360 turn bumper cars or check out your arcade favorites!  Fun for adults and families while raising funds for a good cause! 


 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

All 12 Fredanthropists Now in Place

News Release: All 12 Fredanthropists now in place

GeMROI, Team Pohanka the latest to join; final participant to be announced soon

(Fredericksburg, VA) July 3, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg needed 12 Fredanthropists to step up to meet the City’s financial needs for the construction of the roller-hockey rink at Dixon Park. Twelve generous corporate and individual sponsors have now done just that.

The City is delighted to announce that it has received commitments from 12 Fredanthropists for 2019-20 – the inaugural year of the philanthropic program.

Team Pohanka (Honda, Hyundai, Nissan) and The GeMROI Company are the latest local companies to join the program. They join Hilldrup, Rappahannock Development Group, Lidl, Coldwell Banker Elite, Mrs. Mary Jane O’Neill, Mary Washington Healthcare, LifeCare Medical Transports, ILM Corporation and Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw.

The identity of the 12th and final 2019-20 Fredanthropist will be announced soon.

In exchange for their support, Fredanthropists will receive year-long recognition, including being named on a rink-side dasher board at the Dixon Park rink, in the Fred Focus weekly newsletter and Parks and Recreation catalogs, and on Fredanthropist.org. They will also receive a special commemorative plaque recognizing their Fredanthropist designation.

The hockey rink is anticipated to be operational this summer thanks in large part to the generosity of these 12 Fredanthropists.

For more information about the Fredanthropist program, contact Clint Manning of the City’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism at camanning@fredericksburgva.gov or 540-372-1216.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Participate in the 2019 REC Board of Directors Election

Date: July 2, 2019
Contact: 
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

Participate in the 2019 REC Board of Directors Election 
Elections began July 1 for all members

The election process for the REC Board of Directors began July 1. All members are encouraged to participate in selecting directors from Region I, Region VI, and Region VII. Send in your proxy designation by August 19.

You can participate by mailing in the Proxy Designation Card that is included with your July Cooperative Living or by logging in to your MyREC SmartHub online account at myrec.smarthub.coop. Members may also vote in-person at REC’s Annual Meeting on August 22 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

By participating in REC’s annual Director Election, you have the chance to make your voice heard! Your vote matters as you get to weigh in on the leaders who will represent your interests at the Cooperative.

All REC members regardless of where they live can participate in selecting candidates from the following three regions:

Region I
Michael J. Biniek
Michael W. Lindsey, incumbent

Region VI
Linda R. Gray, incumbent
Andrea R. Miller
David A. Rababy

Region VII
John D. Manzari
J. Mark Wood, incumbent

To learn more about each candidate and the Annual Meeting visit: myrec.coop/AnnualMeeting

Returning your proxy designation by mail or in MyREC SmartHub, or attending the meeting, enters you to win one of six prizes: Lydia Mountain weekend getaway, Kings Dominion season pass, flat screen Smart TV, Nest programmable thermostat, $250 groceries gift card, or a portable generator. Winners of the door prizes will be announced at REC’s Annual Meeting on August 22, but do not need to be present to win.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


 

Monday, July 1, 2019

REC’s Youth Tour Students Take in D.C.

Date: June 28, 2019
Contact:
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop


REC’s Youth Tour Students Take in D.C.

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) selects students from its service territory each year to travel to Washington, D.C., to explore key issues in the electric industry, study the cooperative business model, interact with students in leadership-building programs, tour historical and cultural sites, meet their members of Congress and attend a show at the Kennedy Center.

In June, these young adults joined more than 1,800 high school students from across the country for the annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

REC’s Youth Tour students were selected as the best representatives from a diverse group of applicants. Together with chaperones from REC, they spent a week touring Washington and learning how critical it is to become involved in the legislative process and in their local communities.

Kaylan Campbell of Madison County enjoyed not only meeting peers from across the country, but also learning about electric cooperatives such as REC.

"I learned that they do more than provide electricity," Kaylan said. "They want to be engaged in the community, and I got the bigger picture that all the cooperatives work together to take care of the whole country."

Congratulations to this year's Youth Tour participants:

  • Kaylan Campbell from Madison County High School.
  • Jose Cerritos Martinez from Culpeper County High School.
  • Nicholas Coates from Madison County High School.
  • Joseph Flynn from William Monroe High School.
  • Tommy Garloch from Fredericksburg Christian School.
  • Cindy Gonzalez, William Monroe.
  • Nick Goudea from Culpeper County High School.
  • Jerry Morris from William Monroe.
  • Kevin Wang from William Monroe.
  • Henry Wood from Rappahannock County High School.

To learn more about Youth Tour – and to see video highlights from this year’s event – please visit www.myrec.coop/YouthTour.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Expands Youth Workforce Programming Through Community Support

For Immediate Release June 20, 2019 
For more information, contact:  Julie Rettinger
Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.
(540) 371.3070
Julie.rettinger@fregdoodwill.org

RAPPAHANNOCK GOODWILL INDUSTRIES EXPANDS YOUTH WORKFORCE PROGRAMMING THROUGH GENEROUS COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Culpeper, VA – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries is pleased to announce it has received a recent $9,400 charitable contribution by Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. These funds will support The Groundwork Project – a joint venture with Verdun Adventure Bound.

The Groundwork Project is a leadership development and career readiness program for youth and young adults in Culpeper, Rappahannock, and Fauquier counties.  Anyone ages 16-24 with a life circumstance which makes it difficult to find employment is eligible for the program.  The Groundwork Project runs for eight weeks, taking place one day per week for six hours.  Participants create a career portfolio, participate in high and low ropes elements to foster soft skills, and engage in CPR/First Aid training.  At the conclusion of the program, each participant received job search assistance to attain employment within six months. Since 2017, the Groundwork Project has served 126 youth who have earned 104 credentials with 72 job placements.

The Groundwork Project is offered free of cost to all participants because of generous supporters, such as Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center.  Other community funders supporting The Groundwork Project include The Ohrstrom Foundation, The PATH Foundation, Culpeper County Public Schools, and Rappahannock County Public Schools

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Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen Goodwill stores, a Goodwill Outlet, and numerous Attended Donation Centers.


 

Friday, June 28, 2019

SimVentions Hosts Rise Against Hunger with Special Guest Appearance by Pirates of Penzance Cast

Press Release for Immediate Release

SIMVENTIONS HOSTS RISE AGAINST HUNGER WITH SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY PIRATES OF PENZANCE CAST FROM RIVERSIDE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS!

Fredericksburg, VA., 06-28-2019: On Thursday evening, June 27th 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, SimVentions hosted their seventh annual “Rise Against Hunger” event. Over 110 SimVentions’ employees, families, friends, and business neighbors joined together to put a dent in the problem of world hunger by packaging 25,704 meals in just 2 hours!  This brings the grand total of meals packaged by SimVentions over all seven events/years to an incredible 169,158! 

As an added surprise, some of the cast members, currently appearing in “Pirates of Penzance” at Fredericksburg’s Riverside Center for the Performing Arts (which is directly across the street from SimVentions Corporate Headquarters where the Rise Against Hunger event was taking place), along with Marketing Associate Allison Mayberry, took time out to come across the street and cheer on the volunteers and praise their efforts.

“Normally pirates are ‘taking’ and not ‘giving’ – but these pirates gave an abundance of excitement, energy, and encouragement to our volunteers, to include an opportunity to have our pictures taken with them! In the crazy times in which we live – it is so encouraging to see folks come together and live out the golden rule ‘to do unto others as you would have them do unto you!’ ” said Larry Root, SimVentions CEO.

About Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Rise Against Hunger meals, are paid for and packaged by volunteer groups, and are specifically designed to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients. These meals include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients.  More about Rise Against Hunger can be found at https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/.            

About SimVentions
SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/


 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Parrish Learning Zone Offering Summer Programs and Camps for Students of All Ages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Nina Parrish, Parrish Learning Zone
Phone: (540) 999-8759
Email: info@parrishlearningzone.com
June 17, 2019

Parrish Learning Zone Offering Summer Programs and Camps for Students of All Ages
Prevent the Summer Slide with Fun and Interactive Summer Programs

[Fredericksburg, Virginia]- Summer is here! Now is the time to start thinking about your plans to stay ahead of the learning curve throughout the summer. A Smart Summer starts with enrichment that is fun. Parrish Learning Zone is offering a variety of summer camps and workshops for students in 2nd-12th grade focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), preparing for the SAT, the college application process, and essay writing.

For elementary students we are once again offering our awesome half-day STEM and Arts Camp. This camp is for rising 2nd through rising 5th grade students and starts in July. Students will spend half of their day doing hands-on science, math, robotics, engineering, and coding activities and the other half learning about arts, literature, and writing. We will keep some of our most loved activities from last year, but there will be some changes and surprises for returning students!

Inspirational math workshops will be offered in late July and early August for elementary and middle school students to review in a fun and interactive way before returning to school. In this five-hour program, students will learn math facts conceptually and visually through activities that are fun using research-based lessons developed by the Stanford University School of Education. Students will work on mathematical reasoning, learn about place value, and explore number relationships by playing games and participating in interactive activities.

For high school students, Parrish Learning Zone is offering a college application and essay writing group and several SAT prep groups. Competitive SAT scores, a strong college application, and well-written personal narrative essay are the three keys to getting into the college of your choice. However, many students do not know how to prepare for the SAT on their own or how to utilize the college application and essay to their greatest advantage. Our small groups allow students to use the extra time available in the summer to prepare for SATs and get a head start on their college applications.

In addition to our summer programs, Parrish Learning Zone provides high-quality individual and small group tutoring year round for students in kindergarten through college, with licensed teachers, in all subjects.

For more detailed information on our summer programs or to register, please visit the Summer Tutoring and Workshops page on our website.


 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

REC Meets Future Linemen at County Fair

Date: June 27, 2019
Contact: Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Meets Future Linemen at County Fair

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) enjoyed spending the evening of July 21 with members at the Caroline County Agricultural Fair. All attendees got to spin the prize wheel to win a prize. Visitors also got to meet with REC linemen, try on their gear and had the opportunity to check out a bucket truck.

REC had information on Green Together, MyREC SmartHub and The Power of Change. The REC team talked to members about signing up for MyREC SmartHub to help with managing their energy use and many members commended the Cooperative for getting the power restored quickly after the storms ripped thru Caroline County just days before the Fair.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Fredericksburg Baseball Opening Fredericksburg Store July 5th Plus Other Milestones!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE on Tuesday, 6/25/19
Potomac Nationals Media Relations Contacts:
Mike Weisman 703-590-2311 ext. 219 (Office)
781-929-2755 (Mobile)
mweisman@potomacnationals.com

Stadium Construction Set to Begin in July; Fredericksburg Baseball Receives Over 2,400 Name the Team Responses; Set to Open Store on Caroline Street on July 5th

Fredericksburg, VA---Fredericksburg Baseball is excited to announce several milestone developments moving forward towards opening its state-of-art ballpark in Fredericksburg in April 2020.  Site work is set to begin in early July on the stadium to be located in Celebrate Virginia South.  Fredericksburg Baseball will provide updates on its website and via social media on construction progress, leading up to Opening Day at the new ballpark.

With that milestone progress, the Team is excited to announce the following exciting upcoming initiatives.

Team Receives More than 2,400 “Name the Team Reponses”
Following the launch of its “Name the Team” contest during April, Fredericksburg Baseball was overwhelmed with more than 2,400 responses from fans in the greater Fredericksburg area. Fans provided extensive input on the team name, colors, mascots, and other ideas to bring the history and culture of Fredericksburg to life for the team.  The responses demonstrated tremendous allegiance to the “Nationals” name, while numerous fans also expressed support for honoring the great history of the City and our nation’s founding fathers.

 “We were astounded by the extraordinary volume of the response, and the incredible creativity of our fans. This outpouring shows the continued strength of our fan base, which builds on the excitement and support we’ve already seen from the community,” said team owner Art Silber “We can’t wait to unveil the team name and logo, and see our players walk onto the field in April 2020 in their Fredericksburg uniforms.”

Based on this incredible response, Fredericksburg Baseball is moving forward with finalizing the team name, developing a new logo and uniform designs.. The team plans to unveil the team name and logo to its fans early this fall at a public event.

Team Opening Store on Caroline Street in Downtown Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg Baseball is also excited to announce that it will open its downtown Fredericksburg team store on July 5th.  The store will have Fredericksburg Baseball merchandise for sale, which will include hats, t-shirts, and much more. Fans can also view seating maps, renderings of the stadium, and sit in sample stadium seats as they determine what seating section in the new ballpark they want to sit in.

The team store will be located on the first floor at 601 Caroline Street (Executive Plaza).  “Opening Day” for the store is July 5th, and the team plans to have the store open from 2-6 pm that day.  The team encourages all fans to come and see the plans for the stadium, seating maps, and purchase merchandise.

Fredericksburg Baseball is also sponsoring on July 5th a concert that evening as part of the Fredericksburg Area Museum’s “Sounds of the Summer” concert series in Market Square.  The concert that evening features the Fredericksburg Concert Band performing patriotic music in celebration of the Fourth of July weekend.  ...


 

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Becomes Accredited by AAAHC

For Immediate Release
Contact: Alex Rynkiewicz, Associate Marketing Representative, Vascular Institute of Virginia
Phone: 703-763-5224
Email: info@teamviv.com

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Becomes Accredited by AAAHC

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The Vascular Institute of Virginia has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this outpatient, minimally-invasive surgical center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.

Status as an accredited organization means the Vascular Institute of Virginia has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.

1095 Strong is a transformational movement and call-to action spearheaded by the AAAHC to equip ambulatory leaders with the best of what they need to operationalize quality practices. The three-year, or 1,095-day, period between accreditations is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations, such as The Vascular Institute of Virginia, that earn AAAHC Accreditation embody the spirit of 1095 Strong, quality every day, an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety. 

While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are part of the accreditation maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of accreditation is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing QI and self-evaluation every day.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC Accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory care. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

The Vascular Institute of Virginia is a multi-specialty practice with state-of-the-art locations in the Washington DC and Northern Virginia areas that serve patients locally, nationally, and internationally. We provide treatments for many conditions including men’s and women’s health, vascular disease, kidney failure, and oncology. We provide a relaxed outpatient environment with modern comforts to make your experience comfortable and enjoyable. Our unique practice has multi-specialty Vascular & Interventional experts, allowing us the advantage to see and treat an array of health issues and provide a more comprehensive plan of care within our own team. For more information on the Vascular Institute of Virginia, please visit www.vavascularinstitute.com.

AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,100 organizations accredited. It accredits a wide range of outpatient settings including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics, and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others. 

AAAHC advocates for the provision of high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally-recognized Standards. They provide ...


 

Friday, June 21, 2019

$500 Lender Credit Available for Hometown Heroes - Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Teachers and More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Livingston 
Embrace Home Loans
1671 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 205
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-809-4828
slivingston@embracehomeloans.com

$500 Lender Credit Available for Hometown Heroes
Scott Livingston at Embrace Home Loans Provides Special Offer for
Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Healthcare Workers and Teachers of Virginia

(Fredericksburg, VA, June 21, 2019)— Scott Livingston at Embrace Home Loans in Fredericksburg, VA, is recognizing local heroes with a $500 lender credit when they work with him to buy or refinance a home now through the end of July.

“Their sacrifice deserves to be rewarded,” says Livingston. “With everything they do for our community, saving them money seems like a small way to say thank you.”

For more information or to take advantage of this offer, call Scott at 540-809-4828 or email slivingston@embracehomeloans.com. You can also visit him in person at the Embrace Home Loans office located at 1671 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 205, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. This offer cannot be combined with any other credit or promotional offers and includes all loan programs except State Bond Programs. It is only available at the Fredericksburg, VA, office.

Embrace Home Loans in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is here to serve all your mortgage needs. But the Embrace Home Loans promise and team goes much further than that, bringing residents of Fredericksburg all kinds of financial products and tools to prepare for your financial path, to begin planning for retirement, and all the things in between. With more than three decades of experience in the lending industry, Embrace has crafted ways to make debt consolidation easier, higher education more attainable, and methods for making pre-approval for first-time homebuyers a reality.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

National Gift Basket Convention Participants Treated to Workshop by Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets

The National Gift Basket Professional Convention Participants are Treated to Ribbon Bow Workshop by Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets

Gift Basket Businesses gathered to learn techniques and be mentored to succeed in the business world

Canton, OH - Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets has decided to spread their knowledge and began offering seminars to other growing Gift Basket businesses.

On June 13, 2019, Twana Jones, Business Owner and CEO of Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets gave a seminar at The National Gift Basket Professional Convention titled “Dress it Up and it’s a Wrap”.  Unlike other workshops, Twana offered a hands-on experience on how to create different ribbon bows using different tools.  For many participants, this was a first-time experience.  Topics covered were types of ribbon bows, materials, types of gift basket wraps, tools, and other various useful knowledge.  As a bonus, the attendees were treated to an in-depth explanation on a business hierarchy and how to go from a one-person workhorse machine to a multiple departmental business.  Many gift basket companies were presents from all over the United States.

Willie Jones, Executive Sales Director at Twana’s Creation, said: “This is a big step for our company.  We know the struggles in this industry.  We now have the chance to help other companies grow, and it just feels good to give back.”

Many of the Gift Basket Professional Convention members are looking forward to Twana’s Creation returning next year.  They truly enjoyed the educational experience.

Twana’s Creation Gift Baskets
800 Corporate Drive, Suite 301
Stafford VA 22554
Phone:  540-693-7601
Website:  TwanasCreation.com


 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

GEICO Fredericksburg’s 25th anniversary honors longtime associates and looks to the future

GEICO Fredericksburg’s 25th anniversary honors longtime associates and looks to the future

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, June 19—It was a day of celebration for GEICO associates at the company’s Fredericksburg Regional Office building.  Today, former and current GEICO associates gathered together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the building’s dedication.

In a recent ceremony, Regional Vice President Scott Markel praised not only the associates who had been with the company since before the Fredericksburg Regional Office opened in 1994, but also all of the associates who have given--and continue to give--their best every day since the company was founded in 1936.

“Our associates here in Fredericksburg have gone above and beyond for 25 years, providing the best customer service day-in and day-out,” Markel said during the event.  “We started with 700 associates in 1994 and we’re now at over 4,000—and still growing as we serve customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.” 

The ceremony also recognized the 20th anniversary of GEICO’s National Print Mail Center (NPMC), which coordinates, prints, and mails out all materials to policyholders nationwide.  The NPMC has sent out over one billion pieces of mail.

Additional speakers at the event included Bill Roberts, GEICO’s president and CEO; Tony Nicely, GEICO's executive chairman; former Virginia Governor George Allen who attended the dedication ceremony in 1994; Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Snellings reading a proclamation; and GEICO’s  assistant vice president of information services Robbin Martz, who read a proclamation from current Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. 

The celebration also recognized GEICO’s support of the of the local Fredericksburg community, having donated more than $14 million for local nonprofit and community organizations over the past 25 years.

About GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles.   To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile, phone or by visiting a GEICO local agent.  Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft  and term life coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc.  Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available.  Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more.


 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Library receives grant for collaborative ideaspace

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

Library receives grant for collaborative ideaspace
Facility to be cornerstone of new Maker District

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 18, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has received a Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority grant to create a dedicated, library-staffed ideaspace for the intended Princess Anne Corridor Maker District.

CRRL has been a longtime pioneer of offering Maker technology to customers in branches, including 3D printers and scanners, drawing tablets, coding equipment, and sewing machines. Hundreds of library customers have undergone training to earn certification badges allowing them to independently use the technology. Library staff will bring expertise in empowering technology exploration and learning to this new venture.

The ideaspace will be located at 1616 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, 22401, and be open 30-35 evening and weekend hours a week. The facility will include a digital media lab, drawing tablets, and 3D printing and scanning services. Library staff will provide access and training at no charge to the community.

The digital media lab will include video equipment:

  • GoPro digital action videocamera
  • Ultra HD camcorder
  • 360 degree videocamera
  • Pro video stabilizer
  • Light kit and ring light
  • Tripod dolly

and audio equipment:

  • Launchpad track controller
  • Directional and lavalier microphone
  • Broadcast quality condenser microphone
  • Hand-held four-track recorder
  • 2-deck DJ controller

An opening date has not been set.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Librarian receives professional development award

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

Librarian receives professional development award

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 18, 2019 - A librarian with Central Rappahannock Regional Library has received an award from the Public Library Association.

Jessica Robertson, Collection Discovery Librarian, was awarded the Demco New Leaders Travel Grant. The $1500 grant, presented by Demco and the Public Library Association (PLA), is designed to enhance the professional development of public librarians new to the field by making their attendance possible at critical professional development events.

This award will be presented Saturday, June 22, during the American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

G3CS Makes the Honor Roll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2019

G3 Community Services Contact: Jonathan Shores, Executive Director
Phone: 540-412-0753 ext. 102
Email: jshores@g3cs.org
www.g3cs.org

G3CS Makes the Honor Roll

Stafford, Virginia – G3Community Services received a commendation certificate from the Virginia School Board Association during the Stafford County School Board meeting on Tuesday, June 11.  G3CS was recognized as a part of the 2019 Business Honor Roll program for its support of the counties public schools with programs such as Extraordinary Young Minds (EYM) and The Bridge Program.  Sherrie Johnson, Director of Strategic Communication & Community Engagement for Stafford County Public Schools said this during the presentation:

“And we thank GCubed Community Services and GCubed Enterprises for providing a mentorship program at 10 elementary schools to teach character development through science, technology, engineering, art, and math; providing an apprenticeship program that supports high school seniors as they transition to college, the military, and the workforce; serving as a volunteer coach for Sea Pearch, Focus program, and Career Café; sponsoring a Chick-Fil-A breakfast for all elementary, middle, and high school counselors; and donating 30 laptops, four robotics kits, and 150 Thanksgiving and holiday dinners to SCPS families in need.”

Vernon Green Jr., Founder of G3CS responded to the recognition saying, “We are very excited to receive this commendation from the VSBA in response to our efforts in our community.  We are equally as humbled to be represented with the other fantastic recipients of this honor.  We believe that consistency is the key to success when it comes to changing lives, and this serves as an inspiration to us at G3Community Services to continue to strive to make a difference in Stafford.  It’s a mission we do not take lightly, and we are so thankful for the recognition and the support.”

About G3CS
G3Community Services is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Stafford, Virginia.  Our mission is to restore, inspire, and empower the family unit through coaching, mentorship, and education; improving lives and strengthening communities.


 

Friday, June 14, 2019

“Please Butt In” – Cigarette Butt Cleanup Event

News Release: “Please Butt In” – Cigarette Butt Cleanup Event
Fredericksburg’s parks are gaining new cigarette butt disposal containers and we are celebrating with a cleanup!

(Fredericksburg, VA) June 14, 2019 – There are new “Sidewalk Buttlers” in town, standing ready to help keep our city clean. Thanks to a recent donation, the City of Fredericksburg’s Clean and Green Commission, the Rapppahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board), and Fredericksburg’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Events partnered to acquire and install 30 new cigarette butt disposal containers in popular City parks to help reduce cigarette butt litter.  These new receptacles were provided to the City by the Richmond-based organization Keep Virginia Beautiful. The containers will be located at City Dock, Hurkamp Park, Old Mill Park, Alum Spring Park and Motts Run Reservoir.

You may have seen the “Butts are Litter, Too!” signs and buckets around town as part of the ongoing campaign to reduce cigarette butt litter. “Cigarette butts are the single most littered item in the world,” said Robert Courtnage, chairman of the City’s Clean and Green Commission. “As the filters are made mostly of plastic, they don’t degrade in the environment. When dropped on the street or in the park they can be swept into storm drains by the rain and into the Rappahannock River where they are eaten by fish and birds who mistake them for food.”

Littering is also a criminal offense in the City. The Fredericksburg Police Department strictly enforces the littering code. According to Officer Joe Young, the City’s Watershed Manager, “A cigarette butt that is tossed on the sidewalk could cost you up to $2,500, a conviction of a class-one misdemeanor, lost wages, and court costs. That's a pretty expensive cigarette.”

To help educate residents and visitors on the importance of keeping cigarette butts in the ash receptacles where they belong, the Clean and Green Commission, R-Board and City of Fredericksburg are kicking off a “Please Butt In” event on Monday, June 24th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.  “Our goal is to heighten awareness of the need for citizens to dispose of cigarettes properly and encourage volunteers to help adopt a block and keep cigarettes out of the Rappahannock River,” said City Councilor Kerry Devine, who also is the liaison to the City’s Clean and Green Commission.

The public is invited to meet in Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne St. at 3:00pm on June 24th. Individuals and volunteer groups will be given a small plastic bag containing a pair of plastic gloves and an assignment card.   The volunteers will fan out to their assignments, picking up cigarette butts along the way. Volunteers will have an hour to collect as many butts on city sidewalks as they can find! The cleanup event will end at City Dock on Sophia Street, where a celebration of the new cigarette disposal units will take place.

Watch the R-Board’s video, “Please Butt In - Cigarette Butts are Litter too” https://youtu.be/1HGZ0veKT5k

For more information about the “Please Butt In” event or the “Butts are ...


 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Official Statement on Acquisition of Auction Block

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                           06/13/2019
Sara Poore
President & CEO
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 134
spoore@famcc.org
www.famva.org

Official Statement on Acquisition of Auction Block


On June 11, 2019 Fredericksburg City Council voted to remove the auction block from its location on the corners of William and Prince Edward Streets and move the historical artifact to the Fredericksburg Area Museum. In response to City Council’s vote, FAM is prepared to participate in a comprehensive study of the Auction Block, engage members of the community in the process to produce an exhibition on the African American story in the Fredericksburg Area, and develop an ongoing programmatic series to discuss race relations as it relates to both history and our contemporary lives. FAM plans to undertake this important work in partnership with Fredericksburg City Council and the Memorials Advisory Commission.

FAM serves the community as not only a repository for objects that speak to our area’s nation-shaping history, but also as a contemporary cultural center where, together, the community can gather and celebrate the vibrant arts, reflect on our history, and learn not only about the past but of the unique experiences of our neighbors today. Moving the auction block to FAM is not the conclusion of the story of racial injustices in our area nor is it the end of public engagement. Subsequently, the removal of the auction block from its original location presents a unique opportunity for our community to unite and develop a comprehensive and non-traditional exhibition that can serve as an example for other communities in the Commonwealth, the Nation, and around the World.

The goals and objectives which will guide the community curation process include:

  1. Engage the entire community in an evaluation and determination of the expectations and requirements of placing the auction block in a context that can be shared in perpetuity.
    1. Historian and educator engagement
    2. African American community engagement
    3. Senior and youth engagement
  1. Develop a comprehensive and educational exhibition that evokes an emotional response.
    1. Conduct research and compile a complete history of the auction block for use in exhibition
    2. Research stories of the human experience as it relates to the auction block
  1. Develop a programmatic series that parallels the themes presented in the exhibition to bring the stories and educational experience beyond the walls of FAM.

For more information regarding FAM’s plan for the auction block or to become involved in the community curation, please contact us at info@famcc.org or visit www.FAMVA.org

The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance.


 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

News Release: City Council Moves Forward on Auction Block Preservation, Interpretation

News Release: City Council Moves Forward on Auction Block Preservation, Interpretation

(Fredericksburg, VA)  June 13, 2019 --  On June 11, 2019, the City of Fredericksburg Council voted 6-1 in favor of moving the slave auction block from its current location at the corner of William and Charles Streets to the Fredericksburg Area Museum. This decision by Council followed the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Final Report.   This report, the final of three phases of community engagement work in the City conducted throughout 2018, was received by Council in March 2019. 

This report and the other information on the slave auction block can be found at:  https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1287/Slave-Auction-Block

The City Council decision-making process, specific to the future of the auction block, has been taking place within the larger context of a community dialogue about race, history, and memory. City residents have been integral to these discussions since 2017 and Council’s actions have sought to reflect the voice of our community.  These efforts are consistent with Council’s 2036 Vision Statement of Sharing Our Past, Embracing the Future:  The people of Fredericksburg are building a 21st century urban center on the foundation of this historic city at the fall line of the Rappahannock River. Fredericksburg is the hub of regional economic activity, a city with a multicultural population and thriving cultural scene, a place that works for everyone, a community where the people are writing the next chapters of Fredericksburg’s history.

Where did this discussion begin? The City had a lengthy community dialogue in 2017 about the slave auction block. Councilor Frye placed the topic on the City Council agenda for August 22, 2017 following the previous Sunday night, when a group of about 100 people had gathered downtown to pray for reconciliation and healing, at the site of the slave auction block. The Council then directed staff to engage the community about the future of the slave auction block.

The discussion led the City to seek broad input through community meetings and an online survey.  More than 600 people responded to the online survey, and more than 100 attended a special community meeting at James Monroe High School.  With that input in mind, City Council voted on September 26, 2017, to preserve the slave auction block in place and to focus on better telling a more complete history of Fredericksburg. 

On telling a more complete history, after some research, The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) was hired to assist the City of Fredericksburg in turning "dialogue into action."  Members of ICSC spent approximately a year working with the community in three phases of work  1) an audit of how we, as a City, tell our story today  2) discussions on how the auction block is to be portrayed moving forward  3) discussion on telling our more complete story moving forward. 

The Phase 1 sessions were held during April and May 2018 with approximately 140 individuals participating in small focus groups. ICSC sought to gain an understanding of what "story" the City has told in the past, ...


 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

BBQ Donation to Thurman Brisben Center

In partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, Pifer Bros. BBQ Company delivered 35 pounds of pulled pork and 20 pounds of pulled chicken along with coleslaw, their homemade sweet & tangy BBQ sauce, and Dad’s famous wing sauce to the Thurman Brisben Center in Fredericksburg on Monday, June 10th.

The City of Fredericksburg Annual Golf tournament benefiting the United Way was to be held June 10 at the Lee’s Hill Golf Course. Due to the forecasted rain the tournament was cancelled. But what would be done with all the BBQ?

Brenda Martin, Executive Assistant of the City Manager’s Office, worked with Pifer Bros. BBQ and coordinated the donation to the area homeless shelter.

During the delivery today, Joe Hargrove, Volunteer Coordinator at the Thurman Brisben said, “The residents would be very excited, BBQ was a real treat.”

Joe gave the Pifer Brothers a tour of the facility including their new laundry room provided by Washington Redskins Charitable Fountain: Loads of Love.

Pifer Bros. BBQ is located in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Industrial Park at 451 Central Rd. Unit D 22401. They offer business & private event catering, wedding catering, food truck, box lunch BBQ and much more!!! Find out where they will be serving next on social media @piferbrosbbq. 


 

Monday, June 10, 2019

GCubed Wins Small Business Top Honor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2019

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
540-412-0753 ext. 100
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Wins Small Business Top Honor 

Stafford, Virginia – GCubed is pleased to announce its first-place award in the Small Business category as the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Good Business of the Year. The government contractor, who just celebrated five years in business, stood out among 23 finalists to claim the honor. Small businesses are defined as having 100 or less employees in the Greater Washington Region. CEO Vernon Green Jr., COO Wendy Maurer, and corporate team members attended the June 7 ceremony in Tysons Corner, VA.

Mr. Green said, “When your focus is on community and you surround yourself with diverse people who have that same desire to improve; same drive to excel; same passion for people and focus on community; great things will happen! We were honored to be considered, and to win. Considering all of the incredible support that so many companies are providing to our community, this was an awesome experience that the GCubed Team will not forget! Thank you to the Chamber and all the tremendous companies in the Northern Virginia Region. We look forward to working with you all in the future.”

The honor is particularly meaningful, as GCubed took home third-place in the same category last year. The Good Business Awards honor and celebrate the leadership of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits that serve as powerful champions for good in the Greater Washington Region. Learn more about the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce at www.novachamber.org.

About GCubed

GCubed is a veteran-owned, 8(a) business with defense, civilian, and commercial past performance. Areas of expertise include information technology support services and cybersecurity. The company is headquartered in Stafford, Virginia, with contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. www.gcubedinc.com


 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Grand opening of new library satellite location

Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

Grand opening of new library satellite location bringing wifi, computers, library services to rural Spotsylvania community

Grand Opening is Tuesday, June 18

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 7, 2019 - The Grand Opening of the Partlow Satellite Location of Central Rappahannock Regional Library at Partlow Ruritan Club, 3229 Partlow Rd, 22534 will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 4-7 p.m.

The Partlow Satellite Location is a partnership with the Partlow Ruritan Club. Every Tuesday, free wifi, computers, printing, and other library services are available from 4-7 p.m. A library card is not required to take advantage of these services, but those interested can apply for one on-site. Customers can use library computers or take advantage of free wifi on their own devices.

Each Tuesday, from 4-7 p.m., the following services will be available:

  • Computers, printing, and internet access
  • Holds pickup
  • Books, movies, and audiobooks for all ages
  • Homework help and reading recommendations

The library also offers a satellite location at the Belmont Community Center, 7124 Belmont Road, Mineral, VA 23117. The Belmont satellite location is open Mondays, 4-7 p.m.

The library brings services to the community, including satellite locations, through CRRL's Library on the Go initiative.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Fredericksburg Area Museum & the American Red Cross Announce August’s Second Saturday

Media Contact:  Theresa Cramer
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
Fredericksburg Area Museum
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
540-371-3037 x (138)
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org

The Fredericksburg Area Museum & the American Red Cross Announce August’s Second Saturday: Spirit of ‘45

On August 10th, the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) and the Rappahannock Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, will celebrate Spirit of ’45 Day by hosting a WWII-themed blood drive along with family activities in historic Market Square. Spirit of ’45 Day is a commemorative day that honors the legacy and service of the men and women of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ and coincides with President Truman’s announcement of the end of WWII (August 14, 1945). This special Second Saturday program and blood drivewillcommemorate the American Red Cross and the contributions of the Fredericksburg community toward the war effort.

During the blood drive, adults and children of all ages are invited to participate in special art and educational activities. Families will learn about the science of blood donation and will make their own Red Cross hat and/or armband inspired by 1940’s U.S. military uniforms.

FAM’s Second Saturday program is a free, regularly scheduled family program that includes hands-on activities, and an opportunity to explore the museum’s exhibits.  Along with these activities, admission to FAM will be free and open to the public all day.

INFORMATION: Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in historic Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne Street. To make a donation appointment or to learn more about donor eligibility, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org  and use sponsor code SpiritOf45 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help expedite the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. A blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. in most states, individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. For more information on this event, or for additional FAM programming information, please contact Theresa Cramer at 540-371-3037 x 138, or visit us at www.FAMVA.org.  

FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. We will facilitate an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large—providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community. 


 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Fredericksburg Badges for Baseball

News Release: Fredericksburg Badges for Baseball
First Responders partner as mentors and coaches with kids in a unique summer program

(Fredericksburg, VA) June 6, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg’s First Responders are sponsoring Badges for Baseball again this summer. Don’t let the name of the event fool you. There is no need to have any previous baseball experience nor is there any need to bring any equipment. Badges for Baseball is an opportunity for the youth of Fredericksburg to have fun with members of the Fredericksburg Fire Department, Police Department and Sheriff’s Office during one week of fun-filled adventures.

Held June 17 – 21 at Sunshine Ballpark, each day will include a discussion that focuses on a life lesson (such as teamwork, respect, life choices, communicating, and personal growth). There will also be an activity each day that focuses on one of the City’s public safety agencies:

• Monday - Stop the bleed and hands only CPR
• Tuesday - Ladder truck demonstration and operating the fire hose
• Wednesday - K9 and UAS Drone (One of the “Coaches” actually gets in the protective suit and gets bit by the K9!)
• Thursday - A hike on one of the trails near the ballpark with Officer Joe Young
• Friday - A visit from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control “Critter Unit”

Also on Friday, we will have a visit from a VIP for some closing remarks followed by a pizza party and fun activities to wrap up the week. Each day starts out with a special breakfast from Chick-Fil-A!

This day camp is open to children between 6 and 14 years of age that reside in the City of Fredericksburg. It is held one week only, June 17 – 21, 2019, from 9:00am to 12:30 at Sunshine Ball Park, 1200 Wicklow Drive in Fredericksburg. Transportation to and from the event is available. Details can be found on the registration site and form. Admission is free, but space is limited. Children must pre-register at https://www.sunshineballpark.org/cof-badges-registration or by using the Event Board mailbox at Sunshine Ballpark.

The event is possible through the efforts and support of the Fredericksburg Fire Department, Fredericksburg Police Department, Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Department, and the Sunshine Ballpark Foundation. For more information about Badges for Baseball or how to get registered please call 540-408-4952 or visit www.sunshineballpark.org.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New Friends of the Library Bookshop Opens

Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org 

New Friends of the Library Bookshop Opens

Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 5, 2019 - The new Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Bookshop at 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408 opens Monday, June 17. The Bookshop will be open Mondays through Fridays, 10:00-2:00.

Customers don't have to be a Friend of the Library to shop. Anyone wishing to join the Friends and support the library (and get advance notice of special sales) can join at the Bookshop or at crrlfriends.org. Memberships start at $10.

Library customers will also be able to pick up their holds at this location during open hours by selecting "Friends of the Library Center" when placing materials on hold using CRRL's online catalog.

The Friends of the Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to enhance library services, to focus public attention on the library, and to support the library in developing services and facilities for the region. 

Beginning this year, Friends of the Library memberships will begin April 1 and be valid through March 31 of next year. Membership will be extended to April 1, 2020 for any Friends who registered between May 2018 and March 2019.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions in the Fredericksburg area for the month of May:

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USA Allstars renewed its lease of 7,000 square feet at 112 Juliad Court, Stafford County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM and Adam Nelson handled the lease negotiations. 

Heather Abu Zabra leased a 6,000 square foot lot on Houser Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Stephen Morse renewed his lease of 3,650 square feet at 1117 Tyler Road, City of Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Benfield Electric renewed its lease of 3,000 square feet in Longwood Business Center at 230 Industrial Dr., Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Stafford County Public Schools leased 3,000 square feet at 24 Perchwood Drive, Suite 103, Stafford County, VA. Wilson H. Greenlaw, Jr., CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Ferguson renewed its lease of 2,400 square feet at 311 Central Road, City of Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Central Rappahannock Regional Library leased 1,680 square feet at 1616 Princess Anne St., City of Fredericksburg, VA for their new Makers’ Lab. Chris Russotti and Jamie A. Scully, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Community Market leased 1,500 square feet in Plank Road Plaza at 3940 Plank Rd., Spotsylvania County, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations. 

Nail Art renewed its lease of 1,375 square feet in Central Park Marketplace at 3124 Cowan Blvd., City of Fredericksburg, VA. The landlord was represented by Mark J. Banach, Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Chris Russotti.

Lee's Cleaners renewed its lease of 1,276 square feet in Eagle Village at 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy., City of Fredericksburg, VA. James Ashby IV and Virgil Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations. 

Barb's Bling leased 1,080 square feet in Lee's Hill Retail Center at 10651-10673 Spotsylvania Ave., Spotsylvania County, VA. Joby Saliceti and Sharon Schmidt handled the lease negotiations.  

Dr. James DeSimone leased 1,040 square feet in Brafferton Square Business Park at 306 Garrisonville Rd., Stafford County, VA. Joby Saliceti and Sharon Schmidt handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord. 


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Awards Ambassador of the Year and Joseph L. Argenzio Award

Media Release
Date: June 4, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Awards Ambassador of the Year and Joseph L. Argenzio Award

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce was proud to award Stephanie Lyles, Director of Community Engagement, NSWC Federal Credit Union, with the Ambassador of the Year and Mike Fidgeon, CEO of MySoul, LLC, with the Joseph L. Argenzio Award at the Chamber’s Member Meeting held Tuesday, June 4 at Gari Melchers Belmont.

Ambassador of the Year
Ambassadors are a critical part of the Chamber. They are often the first impression that a member has of another member. For the second year in a row, Stephanie Lyles has gone above and beyond in her service to the Chamber as an Ambassador. An Ambassador since 2011 and Ambassador Chair since 2016, Stephanie is always positive, welcoming and a wealth of Chamber and community knowledge.

Joseph L. Argenzio Award
The Joseph L. Argenzio Award was created in 2010 to recognize a volunteer for their continued commitment and tireless efforts above and beyond the call of duty in service to the Chamber. It is named for Joseph L. Argenzio, the youngest GI to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day. A great hero and quiet leader, Mr. Argenzio lived in the Fredericksburg region and had a special relationship with the Chamber in the final years of his life. Mike Fidgeon has been involved with the Chamber since he participated in the 2009 class of Leadership Fredericksburg. He was elected class president, and went on to found the Leadership FXBG Alumni Builder to support continuous learning for graduates of the program. In addition, Mike has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2011, to include service as the 2014 chairman of the board. He has volunteered his time on multiple committees and working groups that support the Chamber’s vitality. More recently, Mike joined the professional facilitation team that delivers content and executive coaching for Leadership Fredericksburg.

Also during the Member Meeting, the Chamber’s Network of Enterprising Women (CNEW) presented two checks of $2800 each to both Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation and Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging on Aging as their 2018 charities. The Chamber also recognized Roxbury Farm and Garden Center for their 50 years of Chamber membership and 90 years of service to the community. The Chamber will be planting a tree to commemorate their long history and the impact they have had on the community on a whole.

The Chamber thanks the sponsors of the Member Meeting:
Moore-Talent Solutions, LLC and Sodexo Catering at the University of Mary Washington

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Visit Fredericksburg’s Public Sculptures, A unique family outing this summer

News Release: Visit Fredericksburg’s Public Sculptures, A unique family outing this summer

(Fredericksburg, VA) June 4, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg’s Public Sculpture Program is entering into its fourth year, to the delight of residents and visitors to our city. This innovative effort provides a one-year long temporary display for six large-scale outdoor public sculptures at key gateway locations in the city. And at the end of the year in late September, a fresh new group of six artworks will be installed. This program is designed to be a fun and interesting way for the public to engage with art, which changes yearly.

The Public Sculpture Project got its start under the auspices of the Fredericksburg Arts Commission in 2016, and was soon embraced by the community. Jane Shelhorse, Director of Fredericksburg’s Parks, Recreation and Events Department said, “People are reaching out to city staff and asking, ‘where can I see the sculptures and how long will they be up?’ This community interaction is exactly what we love to see!”

Preston Thayer, the project director, notes that when the program was first launched, it was uncertain how residents and visitors would respond. Now that sculptures have been here for several years, they are being incorporated into people’s conversations and appreciation of local art. Many people have expressed their support for this addition to the city's lively art scene. Thayer says “It’s very rewarding to see pedestrians walking by the work and stop to take pictures.”

Residents and visitors alike are invited to explore these artworks at the following sites through the end of September:

  1. Luke Achterberg, "Killer Bee." Painted steel sculpture located at Route 1 at the Falmouth Bridge.
  2. Charlie Brouwer, "A Future and a Hope." Locust wood sculpture located at Wolfe Street triangle.
  3. Jim Gallucci, "Morning Glory Bench IV." Powder coated steel sculpture located at Old Mill Park on the Heritage trail
  4. Ray Katz, "WinterMoon." Brushed Aluminum sculpture located in Dixon Park
  5. Harry McDaniel, "Lightning Sanctuary." Aluminum sculpture located on Caroline Street between Frederick St and the VRE station
  6. John W. Parker, "Swallowtail II." Steel plate sculpture located at Fall Hill Ave at Village Lane

On June 22, 2019 at 10:00 am the Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Department is hosting a FREE walking tour of two of the sculptures, guided by Mr. Thayer, who has been involved with the Sculpture Project since its inception. It's easy to get in on the fun! Meet Preston at the pocket park at the triangle intersection of Wolfe Street, Prince Edward Street, and Kenmore Avenue to find out more about these large public art installations. The talk is free and will conclude at the sculpture site behind the VRE station on Caroline Street. Wear walking shoes and please feel free to bring cameras. Selfies and sharing images of these sculptures is encouraged!

View the list of current sculptures online at fredarts.com. And for more information on the Public Sculpture Project or about the Fredericksburg Arts Commission, please contact Kim Herbert of the Parks, Recreation and Events Department at ksherbert@fredericksburgva.gov or 540-372-1086. 


 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

City Council Town Hall June 18, 2019

News Release: City Council Town Hall June 18, 2019

The public is invited to a Town Hall with the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 7:00pm at James Monroe High School, 2300 Washington Avenue.

Topics will be:

  • Update on “2036 Vision Statement, Desired Future States”
  • Report on the City’s two-year progress on 35 Priorities
  • Introduce Council’s updated set of 34 priorities for the next two years

Everyone is welcome. Please contact the City Manager’s office with questions at 540-372-1010 or visit www.Fredericksburgva.gov.

The Council Vision and Priorities 2017-2020 are available online here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1268/Council-Priorities-2017-2020


 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

DREAMS4U And MooThru LKA Melting the GAP Fundraising Event

NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U And MooThru LKA Melting the GAP Fundraising Event 

Thursday, June 13, 2019 2pm to 8:00 pm

It’s just HOT out there and you need to COOL off my “melting” some ice cream!  Come on out and support DREAMS4U in raising scholarship funds for students in financial need in Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania majoring in STEM, accounting, or healthcare and attending an accredited Virginia post-secondary institution.

Enjoy your ice cream or take home some ice cream while MooThru LKA graciously donates a portion of the proceeds from your bill to DREAMS4U.  SHOW THIS TO YOUR SERVER so DREAMS4U gets credit.

DREAMS4U will be there collecting your individual donations as well; $20.00 or more gets you a ticket for prize drawings for grocery and restaurant gift cards; drawing at 7pm and winners posted on website.

What: Melting The Gap for DREAMS4U
Where:  MooThru LKA ONLY 200 Boardwalk way, Mineral, VA 23093 ONLY
When: June 13, 2019 2:00 to 8:00 pm
Why: Helping raise scholarship funds for DREAMS4U. 

Come on out to try new flavors and test them out before your summer guests arrive!  Get a cone, cup, or grab a pint (or two) to take home with you!!  Try your own combinations andlet’s come up with a new recommended combo flavor for folks to try


 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

REC Names New Director of System Planning and Engineering Design

Date:               May 30, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Names New Director of System Planning and Engineering Design

Fredericksburg, Va. – Gary Durdock was recently promoted to director of system planning and engineering design for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC). REC's engineering department is responsible for the planning and coordination of the Cooperative's entire electrical system.

Durdock has extensive experience in all phases of electric utility transmission, substation and distribution work, including 16 years of direct involvement with system planning. Prior to REC, Durdock worked at Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and Florida Power and Light Company.

Durdock earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami, where he later completed his graduate studies in biomedical engineering.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

SimVentions Awarded $55m Contract for Track Management Engineering & Analysis Support

Press Release for Immediate Release

SIMVENTIONS AWARDED $55M CONTRACT FOR TRACK MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING & ANALYSIS SUPPORT

Fredericksburg, VA., 5-29-2019: SimVentions is pleased to announce a 5-year, $55M contract award for Track Management Engineering Analysis and Support out of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Track Management is the identification, tracking, and characterization of attributes of sensor data which feed the combat or command and control system. It is a key component of warfare systems and relies on having highly accurate Position, Navigation, and Time (PNT) services. This effort will allow SimVentions to provide subject matter, systems engineering, software development, and test and evaluation expertise to NSWCDD V Department’s Combat Control Division (V30) to facilitate, plan, execute, and deliver Track Management products.

“SimVentions has been involved in the Track Management domain for many years, however, this is the first time that we will be providing this level of support as a prime contractor!” said President/CEO, Larry Root. “Three things come to mind: First, we are grateful for the continued blessings of the Hand of Providence on our company and the opportunities that have been granted us – and are honored that NSWCDD is willing to put their trust in us for this critical work. Second, one of SimVentions’ core values is Technical Excellence, and I am grateful for employees who are the best at what they do and that seek to drive excellence into all facets of their work – and this win is a direct reflection of that commitment to excellence! Third, we’re proud of our amazing team and the expanded positive impact, afforded by this contract win, that they are able to have in support of our warfighters – the ultimate success of our warfighters is truly our honor!”

About SimVentions:
SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg (Stafford County), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/.

SimVentions is always looking for qualified candidates across all disciplines to work in the Fredericksburg, VA; Dahlgren, VA; Washington, DC; Charleston, SC; and Virginia Beach, VA areas. Apply online at https://www.simventions.com/careers/.


 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Hosts Free Varicose Vein Screening Event

Contact: Dawne Owens, Director of Business Development
Phone: 703-763-5224
Email: info@teamviv.com

The Vascular Institute of Virginia Hosts Free Varicose Vein Screening Event 

FREDERICKSBURG – The Vascular Institute of Virginia will be a hosting a Free Varicose Vein Screening Event at their location in Central Park (1440 Central Park Blvd, Suite 108, Fredericksburg, VA 22401) on Saturday, June 8th, 2019. The Vascular Institute of Virginia is a multi-specialty group providing treatments for a variety of conditions including venous disease and arterial disease, dialysis access for kidney failure, men’s & women’s health, and interventional oncology. Their team of Vascular & Interventional Physicians opened their Central Park location in January 2019 and now has offices Woodbridge and Fredericksburg.

Chronic venous insufficiency affects an estimated 40% of people in the United States, and most commonly presents as varicose veins or spider veins. Symptoms can include leg swelling, aching, heaviness, itching, burning, or throbbing. The team at the Vascular Institute of Virginia offer complete diagnostic and minimally-invasive treatment options in their state-of-the-art facilities. Procedures are performed in a minimally invasive manner without the need to take time off work or limit regular activities.

The free varicose vein screening will be on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 from 8 AM to 12 PM. Each scan and consultation will take approximately 15 minutes, and our providers will see each attendee individually. Please call ahead to make sure your preferred time is reserved for you during the event.

Where:
Vascular Institute of Virginia
1440 Central Park Blvd, Suite 108
Fredericksburg, VA 22401 

When:
Saturday, June 8th
8AM to 12 PM

How:
Call 703-763-5224 or email info@teamviv.com to reserve a time for your consultation.

Get more information about this free varicose vein screening event by calling the Vascular Institute of Virginia at 703-763-5224.


 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

City of Fredericksburg to offer free “Around the Town” Trolley this summer

News Release: City of Fredericksburg to offer free “Around the Town” Trolley this summer
Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg to again provide seasonal service

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 27, 2019 - A free, family-friendly “Around the Town” service that offers participants a snapshot of the wonders of downtown Fredericksburg is returning this summer. The City of Fredericksburg is bringing back our free shuttle service for locals and tourists alike. It will transport visitors around downtown on Friday and Saturday evenings between May 31 and August 31. 

The City will contract with Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg on the service, which will run Fridays and Saturdays between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The service will include a roughly 15-minute loop of downtown and stop at four carefully selected locations. The Trolley Tours guides will have handy information for riders upon request about the downtown and its rich history and many amenities.

The four stops will be: the parking lot at Barton and William streets, Hurkamp Park near the corner of William and Prince Edward streets, the Fredericksburg Visitor Center at 706 Caroline Street, and near Carl’s Ice Cream. The Carl’s shuttle stop is located at 2200 Princess Anne Street near several great restaurants as well as the popular Rappahannock River Heritage Trail.

“This is a great way to visit Downtown during the summer time,” says Ann Glave, Executive Director of Fredericksburg Main Street. “It adds a fun way to leave your car parked and explore our businesses and restaurants.” The “Around the Town” ride is located near a variety of excellent restaurants, public restrooms, coffee shops, art galleries, museums, parks, and downtown shops as well as close to key parking infrastructure that have ample availability on weekend evenings. These include:

  • The former Free Lance-Star parking lot at William and Barton streets
  • The downtown garage at Wolfe and Sophia streets
  • The “VRE parking lot” at Frederick and Caroline streets
  • The many surface lots along Sophia Street
  • The parking lot at the corner of Charles and Amelia streets

“People will have no problem parking downtown and riding the trolley to their chosen destinations,” said Danelle Rose, Fredericksburg’s Tourism Services Manager. “We see this service as a great primer into what makes our downtown so special. We fully expect that once visitors get a taste of everything we have to offer, they will be back.”

Just look for the “Around the Town” trolley-stop signs and hop aboard on Friday and Saturday evenings this summer! For more information on where to park in downtown Fredericksburg, visit Fredericksburgva.gov. And follow #wheretoparkfxbg on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about our summer trolley service please feel free to contact Danelle Rose, Tourism Services Manager, City of Fredericksburg at 540-372-1216 or darose@fredericksburgva.gov.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Library partners to offer free lunches for children and teens throughout the summer

Contact: 
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org
FOR MEDIA ONLY

Library partners to offer free lunches for children and teens throughout the summer

Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 28, 2019 - For the fourth year, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is partnering with Fredericksburg City Public Schools, the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, and the Heartwood Center to bring free meals to area youth. Meals are available throughout the summer at Fredericksburg Branch in downtown Fredericksburg, at Howell Branch in southern Stafford County, and at Salem Church Branch in Spotsylvania County. 

Fredericksburg Branch
Monday-Friday, June 18 - August 2 except July 4, 12:00-12:45 p.m.
For kids and teens ages 18 and under. In partnership with Fredericksburg City Public Schools Mobile Cafe.

Salem Church Branch
Tuesday-Thursday, June 4 - August 8, except June 11 and 18, July 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
For kids and teens ages 18 and under. In partnership with Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank's Kids on the Go.

Howell Branch
Saturdays, June 15 - August 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Food bags provided to all local children who qualify for free and reduced lunch, when accompanied by an adult. In partnership with The Heartwood Center. Call 540-788-9838 for more information and registration details.

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For more information, contact Youth Services Coordinator Darcie Caswell, darcie.caswell@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 ext. 7007.


 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Music on the Steps begins Thursday, May 30, with a performance by Lafayette Station

Contact:
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

Music on the Steps begins Thursday, May 30, with a performance by Lafayette Station 

Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 24 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library's popular summer concert series, Music on the Steps, kicks off Thursday, May 30, 7:00 p.m. at the downtown Fredericksburg Branch, 1201 Caroline Street, with a performance by Southern rock band Lafayette Station. This special Thursday concert is followed by regular performances every Monday at 7:00 p.m., June through August. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcome. In case of inclement weather, concerts move inside to the theater.

2019 Line-up:

  • June 3: Acoustic Onion
  • June 10: The Dangerous Kitchen
  • June 17: Dixie Power Trio
  • June 24: Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy
  • July 8: Karen Jonas
  • July 15: Cinema Hearts
  • July 22: Elby Brass
  • July 29: Don Brown's Soul Experience
  • August 5: Whiskey Django Foxtrot
  • August 12: Southern Explosion Band
  • August 19: Fredericksburg Concert Band
  • August 26: Semilla Cultural

Music on the Steps made possible by a Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority Grant and the Friends of the Library. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fredericksburg’s mayor joins Fredanthropist program

News Release: Fredericksburg’s mayor joins Fredanthropist program
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw is among nine committed sponsors 

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 23, 2019 - There’s been a buzz in the ‘Burg that has many people asking: “What exactly IS a Fredanthropist?” That’s how our conversation began last week with the City’s Mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw. After hearing the news about the program, Mayor Greenlaw called Clint Manning, the Fredanthropist project manager, to find out the details. And when the conversation was done, Greenlaw had enthusiastically agreed to join the effort as our newest Fredanthropist.

Manning states: “Mayor Greenlaw called me up, and then she came right to the point with me. She asked, ‘Why are we doing this? Where does the money go? And who decides what projects Fredanthropists will help in the future?’”

So let’s answer the mayor’s questions one by one.

Why is the City doing this? “We needed financial help building the roller-hockey rink,” states Bill Freehling, Fredericksburg’s director of economic development and tourism. “And we have charitable citizens and businesses right here at home who are looking for ways to help the community. After many conversations with staff, we had a collective “lightbulb” moment where it all came together and the ‘Fredanthropist program’ was born.”

Where does the money go? In year one (FY20) the contributions from all 12 Fredanthropists will fund the construction of the new roller-hockey rink at Dixon Park. In exchange for their project support, Fredanthropists will receive year-long recognition, including being named on a rink-side dasher board, in the Fred Focus weekly newsletter, and on the Fredanthropist website.

Who decides what projects the Fredanthropists will help next year? A committee of existing Fredanthropists and city staff will decide what project/s will be funded in the second and subsequent years of the program. Possibilities include city park improvements and bringing community festivals to the area. We plan to focus on projects that provide community benefit that might not otherwise be funded by city resources.

With a predetermined limit of 12 openings for this program, the remaining three spaces are expected to go quickly. By limiting Fredanthropist to 12 contributors, the program will remain nimble to act quickly and bring projects to fruition within the one-year commitment. For example, the hockey rink is anticipated to be operational this summer within months of launching Fredanthropist.

In total, 9 organizations and individuals from the Fredericksburg area have already committed to funding this innovative partnership. The City is delighted to confirm the following Fredanthropists: Hilldrup, Rappahannock Development Group, Lidl, Coldwell Banker Elite, Mrs. Mary Jane O’Neill, Mary Washington Healthcare, LifeCare Medical Transports, ILM Corporation and Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw. Together they will help advance community amenities in partnership with the City.  “We believe this new philanthropic partnership has the potential to significantly grow in the coming years to fund a variety of wonderful amenities and events that will make our City an even-more attractive place to live, work and play,” says Freehling.

As announced last week, money contributed through the Fredanthropist program will be used solely ...


 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Announces Community Conversations Series Kickoff

Media Release
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing and Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Announces Community Conversations Series Kickoff - Powering Our Economy: The Energy Grid and Renewable Energy

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce will host Kent Farmer, president and CEO of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, and a panel of experts from sPower, Dominion Energy and the Nuclear Economics Consulting Group for a discussion about the impact that energy and energy policy has on our regional economy as part of the Community Conversation series presented by Virginia Partners Bank on May 29, 2019. The event will be held at the Fick Conference Center at 8:30 a.m.

Energy plays a significant role in our regional and state economy. Electricity, gas and other fuels power up our industry, our vehicles and our innovation. Join us for a comprehensive discussion on how this works, discuss improvements needed and what we can do to build for the future.

Susan Spears, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber, stresses the need for a strong energy grid saying, “To keep our economy moving forward, we need a secure, sustainable and efficient energy grid that powers our home, our businesses and our innovation. Without energy, our economy is in the dark.”

Get more information about this series or other Chamber programs by visiting fredericksburgchamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at 540-373-9400.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DREAMS4U And El Patron Mexican Restaurant 2 Slap the Pinata Fundraising Event

5/22/2019
NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U And El Patron Mexican Restaurant 2 Slap the Pinata Fundraising Event

Thursday, May 30, 2019 3pm to 10:00 pm

BeCAUSE you need to eat, come on out and support DREAMS4U in raising scholarship funds for students in financial need in Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania majoring in STEM, accounting, or healthcare and attending an accredited Virginia post-secondary institution. 

Enjoy your food and beverage while El Patron graciously donates a portion of the proceeds from your food and beverage bill to DREAMS4U.  SHOW THIS TO YOUR SERVER so DREAMS4U gets credit. 

DREAMS4U will be there collecting your individual donations as well; $20.00 or more gets you a ticket for the Slap the NIPYATA! (adult pinata) event at 7:30 and the prize drawings for restaurant gift certificates and grocery gift cards. 

WHERE: 9112 Old Battlefield Blvd. Spotsylvania, VA  22553 (Spotsylvania Courthouse area) 

Contributors of prize drawings:  Sweet n Sassy Barbecue, Asian Café, Angela’s Italian Restaurant, Chick-Fil-A Southpoint, Dairy Queen Thornburg, Outback Fredericksburg, Marathon Gas, Weis Markets.  


 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

DREAMS4U Inaugural Scholarship Awards

5/22/2019
NEWS/PRESS RELEASE

DREAMS4U Inaugural Scholarship Awards 

DREAMS4U (formed in the fall of 2018) just completed the formal inaugural scholarship awards!!  DREAMS4U awarded four $1,000 scholarships these past two weeks.  The DREAMS4U scholarships are renewable for a total of $4,000 per student across four years, subject to requirements of course.  

Why is this a big deal?  Because DREAMS4U raises scholarship funds from the community or “village” of local individuals, businesses, and others supporting the DREAMS4U vision of helping students in financial need in our local community.  Through a combination of individual and business contributions and DREAMS4U fundraisers, DREAMS4U was able to award these first four scholarships.

DREAMS4U evaluation committee evaluated the scholarship application forms, essays, and transcripts using a DREAMS4U evaluation process to select our 2019 awardees.  Congratulations to Gene, Megan, Michael, and Michaela!  See pictures of award presentation at dreams4u.org. 


 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Graduates Twelfth Class

Media Release
Date: May 21, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

 Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg Graduates Twelfth Class

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program graduated its twelfth class of 31 fellows during a May 17 ceremony at the University of Mary Washington – Stafford campus.

Lisa Wescoat LF ‘12, Executive Director of Marketing for NSWC Federal Credit Union, and Leadership Fredericksburg 2019 Class President and Pastor of The Way Church, Matthew Rothe, both gave inspiring messages to the graduates and attendees as they recounted their journeys through the program.

The 31 fellows in the 2019 class began their Leadership Fredericksburg experience in September 2018 with a personality profile assessment. Each month, community, business, nonprofit, political and educational leaders offered the fellows insights about their personal leadership journeys. In addition, each fellow was paired with a trained mentor from the business community who supported their progress throughout the program.

Prior to graduation, four teams from the class of 31 fellows presented the results of their Community Action Projects for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). Each team presented their deliverables during the Project Presentations on May 9 at Lifepoint Church – Spotsylvania campus to compete for a team prize. The competition was judged by Sean Bonnie, Community Engagement Manager with the CRRL alongside two Alumni leaders, James Roberson LF ’15 with Roberson’s Music and Angela Freeman LF ’18 with the City of Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Department.

Leadership Fredericksburg 2019 Fellows

  • Katie Bailey, Stafford County
  • Cody Blankenship, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Debbie Bruehs, Atlantic Builders
  • Sarah Chiles, Fredericksburg SPCA
  • Susan Coleman, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
  • Randy Comer, The Thrasher Group
  • Sarah Degen, Sesco-DSS
  • Davy Fearon, Jr., Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
  • Lucas Flatter, Flatter, Inc.
  • Jennifer Freeland, Mary Washington Healthcare
  • Carl Fuller, WestCreek Financial
  • Eugene Hamrick, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Marsha Harris, CTI Real Estate
  • Jewels Jarrell, Jarrell Properties, Inc.
  • Michelle Jones, Matern Staffing, Inc.
  • Ashley Katsourakis, Courtyard by Marriott, Downtown Fredericksburg
  • Lynne Keenan, VDOT
  • Cassie Kimberlin, Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
  • Katie Leimbach, Cask, LLC
  • Kimberly Leone, The Gemini 3 Group
  • JoAnn Lohr, LifeCare Medical Transports
  • Sarah Maguire, MCCS Quantico
  • Shawn McGill, Lifepoint Church
  • Linda Millsaps, George Washington Regional Commission
  • JoAnn Murchison, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc.
  • Jason Rachanow, SimVentions, Inc.
  • Matthew Rothe, The Way Church
  • Jayson Silvera, DDR Courier
  • Don Smith, NSWC Federal Credit Union
  • Amy Woodruff, Atlantic Union Bank
  • Kimberly Young, University of Mary Washington

The Chamber is now accepting applications for Leadership Fredericksburg’s 2020 Class. The class of 2020 will be Leadership Fredericksburg’s 13th class. Since 2008, the program has graduated over 300 fellows.

An application can be obtained online at www.fredericksburgchamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400. There is a $25 application fee. Applications must be received at the Chamber office by 5 p.m. on July 1.

Leadership Fredericksburg thanks the 2019 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2019 Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd., CTI Real Estate, Flatter, Inc., LifeCare Medical Transports, Lifepoint Church, NSWC Federal Credit Union, Stafford County Government and Atlantic Union Bank. Leadership Fredericksburg also thanks Bellawood Photography for photographing the class’ Project Presentations and Graduation. 

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Award-Winning Field to Vase Dinner Tour Coming to Virginia

Media Contact: 
Kasey Cronquist
Administrator
916-441-1701
kasey@americangrownflowers.org

Award-Winning Field to Vase Dinner Tour Coming to Virginia
Guests to Dine Among Thousands of Blooming Tulips at Bloomia USA

The award-winning American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is headed to Bloomia USA in King George, Virginia, June 1 . There, guests will dine in a greenhouse bursting with tulips, meet farm manager and director Werner Jansen and learn about the science (and art) behind growing tulips.

General Manager Werner Jansen will host guests at Bloomia's 17-acre greenhouse filled with lush and beautiful American Grown Flowers. In its fifth season, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a cross-country series of elegant pop-up gatherings where seasonal, sustainable blooms dazzle on beautifully designed tablescapes that have been elegantly dressed by top U.S. floral designers, while gourmet meals are prepared by well-known farm-to-table chefs.

The dinner tables will captivate guests with breathtaking flowers grown in the very greenhouse where the table is set. At each unique meal and through the accompanying farm tour and design demonstrations, guests will make a personal connection between flowers and agriculture as part of America’s floral landscape. They’ll experience the age-old art and science of flower farming while being served platters of delicious, seasonal and locally grown fare through multiple courses that are accompanied by wine, micro-brewed beers and floral-inspired cocktails.

It will be a night to remember. Guests will delight in delicious food, flowing wine, the company of other floral lovers and stunning American Grown Flowers. Bloomia USA grows tulips and novelty tulips year-round, as well as hyacinths and muscari in the spring, in a 17 acre greenhouse that’s fully climate controlled, ensuring a stable and constant temperature. That stability is how Bloomia USA ensures the tulips it delivers are consistently of the highest quality. From the end of April through late May, Bloomia USA supplies field-grown peonies. 

Renowned Virginia/D.C.-area floral designer Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore will be the featured designer for this unique dinner tour stop. Shore’s known for her lush, garden-style designs that feature high stem counts and tons of texture. Her clients appreciate her use of unique flower and foliage varieties, always paired with creative color play.

And Shore’s connections the Field to Vase Dinner Tour and event presenter Certified American Grown run deep. She’s long committed to designing with homegrown flowers 365 days a year and helping other designers do the same. And she was the featured floral designer for the Field to Vase Dinner at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska in 2017. She’s also led the design team for the First Lady’s Luncheon in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Certified American Grown and has participated in fly-ins to meet with national policymakers alongside American flower farmers.

At Bloomia USA, Shore is planning high-style, out-of-the box designs that incorporate peonies, tulips and greenery for lots of softness and movement. The greenhouse location allows her to push the limits on scale and form, creating arrangements that are both event decor and art installations.

The award-winning American ...


 

Friday, May 17, 2019

REC Employees Put Children First

Date:               May 17, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540) 891-5908, chollins@myrec.coop

REC Employees Put Children First 

Fredericksburg, Va. - Some of the children arrive two grades behind in school. Others carry severe emotional problems. The majority of the children never had a real family, and most aren’t familiar with positive adult role models. But for a full day – on April 30 – those children saw employees from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) working to make a difference in their lives.

The community day at Childhelp in Culpeper County was a joint effort between REC and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). More than 100 employees from the two organizations participated. Among the projects completed by REC and NRECA staff were:

  • Landscaping the entrance to the Childhelp.
  • Staining and painting playground equipment, as well as a gazebo.
  • Organizing a “bike barn,” a storage facility for the children’s bicycles.
  • Helping teachers in the classroom.
  • Organizing the library.
  • And presenting an electric safety demonstration for the children.

As part of the project, REC and NRECA first worked together to install two utility poles with dark-sky compliant LED lights to improve safety for Childhelp employees and the children.

“To see REC in the community and caring about the children at Childhelp really brings home what REC is all about,” said Wade Hardiman, director of volunteer and community services at Childhelp.

Kent D. Farmer, president and CEO of REC, pointed out that REC and NRECA each tackle many service projects on their own, but had not previously teamed up to serve the community. “For all of us to be able to come together to do this, that makes it even more special,” Farmer said.

About Childhelp: Nestled on 270 acres, Childhelp includes six group homes for boys and girls ages 5 to 14. The program includes its own school system, educational therapy, art therapy, music therapy, horse therapy and occupational therapy. Children are referred to Childhelp by schools, parents, judicial authorities and child-welfare offices. At the facility, mental health professionals develop treatment plans tailored to each child.

About NRECA: NRECA is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. As local businesses built by the member-owners they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.

About REC: REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.


 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

REC Linemen Take Top Prize at Lineman Competition

Date:               May 16, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Linemen Take Top Prize at Lineman Competition

Fredericksburg, Va. - Safety, precision and teamwork were on display over the weekend at the 17th Annual Terex Gaff-n-Go Lineman & Equipment Operator's Rodeo, which was held at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. Utilities from across the mid-Atlantic states participated, and several REC linemen competed in apprentice, journeyman and team events.

A team of REC linemen consisting of Thomas Bailey, Addison Spicer and Alister Pollard - from REC's Eastern Region - earned the overall first-place trophy in the equipment events. Those events feature challenges using bucket trucks, digger derricks and other utility equipment. REC linemen Jason Morris, Chad Foster and Kevin Houston – also from REC’s Eastern Region - won third place in the overall equipment competition.

The same two teams also won first and third place in the Digger Derrick Obstacle competition, and Morris, Foster and Houston placed first in the Bucket Truck Rescue event.

Apprentice lineman Kory Settle, from REC’s Western Region, placed second in the cutout relocate event.

The Gaff-n-Go competition is the only event of its type held in Virginia. The name Gaff-n-Go refers to the "gaff," a metal spike that linemen attach to their boots to help in climbing wooden utility poles. Besides the competition, the gathering provides a variety of benefits for the linemen – and REC’s member-owners.

“This event is critical for our linemen, because it gives them an opportunity to improve and enhance safety, and it allows us to show the public how we do this different work,” said Kent D. Farmer, president and CEO of REC. He said linemen build bonds with peers from other utilities. “That’s important because inevitably in big storms, they’re either coming to help us or we’re going to help them. So to have that camaraderie with the people you’re working with – it just means a whole lot.”

As they wait to compete, linemen watch their peers, hoping to pick up any tips to help them work safer and restore service faster, said Ron Harris, REC’s vice president of engineering and operations.

“While our linemen are here they are learning new techniques from the other utilities, which helps them work safer when they get back to their jobs,” Harris said.

Full results from the rodeo can be found at gaff-n-go.com/

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

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See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrwoq_tnAgY


 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SimVentions Named 2019 Stafford Business of the Year

SIMVENTIONS NAMED 2019 STAFFORD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR!

Stafford, VA., 5-16-2019: SimVentions was honored to have been named the 2019 Stafford Business of the Year by the Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA) at its 2019 Business Appreciation Event held at 6 Bears & A Goat Brewery, on 15 May 2019! The Stafford EDA gathers each year to thank and honor those leading in the business community, with this year themed as, “What’s Next? Stafford.”

Since its inception in 2000, by its three founders, SimVentions has delivered consistent and exceptional quality products and solutions to our many customers. We have also established deep roots in our community as we not only strive to emphasize our commitment to technical excellence in our work, but our commitment to serving our community as well. We believe it is an honor and a responsibility to use our resources and talents to serve in both the business and public sectors. Today, we have over 270 employees across our three offices and other shared work locations. In the last 12 months alone, our awesome workforce has been involved in Special Olympics; Rise Against Hunger; SimVentions Annual Service Day, which sends our employees out into our local community to work alongside ministries such as Micah Ministries, Fredericksburg Food Bank, SPCA, Goodwill, and others; and, many other activities that demonstrate our passion about serving.

President/CEO and Co-founder, Larry Root, said, “There are three ‘shout-outs’ I would like to give:

  • First, to the ‘Hand of Providence’ for guiding the growth and success of this company for 19 years now. Benjamin Franklin put it this way as he made a request for prayer during the Constitutional Convention in July 1787 – “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” We certainly feel that way regarding SimVentions!
  • Second, to our highly talented and gifted employees, as it is their gifts, talents, drive for excellence, commitment to our core values, and living out our corporate motto, “Your Success Is Our Honor™,” that has truly made SimVentions what it is today and what it will become tomorrow!
  • Third, to Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors and their entire Economic Development Team – for the amazing job they do in ensuring that Stafford is and remains business friendly and a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire!

We are so honored to be Stafford’s 2019 Business of the Year!

About SimVentions:

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Stafford County (Fredericksburg), Virginia, 22406 and offers engineering and technology solutions to the Department of Defense, including the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. For additional information about SimVentions, please visit https://www.simventions.com/.

SimVentions is always looking for qualified candidates across all disciplines ...


 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fredericksburg Technology Zone companies meet performance thresholds

Fredericksburg Technology Zone companies meet performance thresholds

(Fredericksburg, VA) May 14, 2019 – First-year results are positive for Fredericksburg’s three Technology Zone companies operating under a five-year performance agreement with the City of Fredericksburg. QRC Technologies, IST Research and ILM Corporation have been successfully meeting performance agreement requirements outlined in 2017 by Fredericksburg City Council. As a Technology Zone company, each of the three businesses were granted a 100 percent waiver on its business license taxes for the first three years and a 50 percent waiver for the next two. Two key indicators for thriving businesses are the need for more office space and more employees, which these three Fredericksburg-based Tech Zone businesses have experienced this past year.

QRC Technologies has expanded its headquarters facility to a 29,000-square-foot building at 1191 Central Park Boulevard. This company “designs and develops a host of open architecture Radio Frequency (RF) products and provides comprehensive integrated solutions primarily for government, military, and law enforcement agencies,” according to their website. In 2016 QRC was voted one of the “Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production” by Fortune. And they are currently advertising for Fredericksburg-based job openings.

IST Research, an advanced technology company addressing human security issues around the world, has expanded into roughly 6,000 square feet at 401 Hanover Street in downtown Fredericksburg. The company announced in an August 2018 press release that it had “been awarded a $48.3 million, 5-year contract by the Department of the Army to purchase IST Research’s Pulse Platform.” It also stated that “IST Research has delivered 105% revenue growth over the past 3 years, has been selected as one of the best companies to work for in the nation in 2017” and “has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies for the third consecutive year.” Additionally, IST Research is advertising for a Fredericksburg-based job opening.

ILM Corporation, a data-management company with many federal government clients, has expanded into about 8,000 square feet of a new 15,000-square-foot building in the Cowan Crossing development. As reported in February 2018 on Fredericksburgva.com, “ILM President Jason Cohen said his company had outgrown the space and is happy to be in the new building.”

On March 12, 2019, Fredericksburg City Council approved expanding the Technology Zone program boundaries to make the entire City eligible for this business-incentive program.  The program has been helpful in advancing City Council’s goal – as well as that of the City’s Economic Development Strategic Plan -- of becoming an Employment Epicenter. “A handful of companies offering high-paying, sought-after jobs have cited this program as among the key factors that have led to their decision to locate and expand in Fredericksburg,” stated Bill Freehling, Fredericksburg’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism. 

Along with the Technology Zone program, the city has two designated Opportunity Zones, including all the land in the City west of U.S. 1 and a small section east of U.S. 1. The Federal Opportunity Zone Program allows investors to receive tax benefits by investing in designated Opportunity Zones, including ...


 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Rappahannock Goodwill Announces Retirement of President & CEO Donnie Tolson

Contacts:
Bruce Barnett, Chair – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Board of Directors 
804-357-0237 | jbbarnettx1@comcast.net
Julie Rettinger, VP, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer 
540-371-3070 | Julie.Rettinger@FredGoodwill.org

Rappahannock Goodwill Announces Retirement of President & CEO Donnie Tolson

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – May 7, 2019 – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has announced that Donnie Tolson, RGI’s President & CEO, will step down on September 4, 2019.

Tolson joined Rappahannock Goodwill Industries in 2010 and served as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer until he was selected for the role of President & CEO beginning January 1, 2016. Previously, Tolson retired from Goodwill Industries International (GII) after a 27-year career (1976 – 2003). At GII, Tolson served in a variety of capacities, the latter half of his career there as Senior Vice President, Member Services and Development. Since coming to Rappahannock Goodwill, Tolson has helped to guide RGI through a period of tremendous growth, including the purchase and repurposing of the former Gallahan’s Furniture store in Spotsylvania into the Goodwill Community Resource Center. Under his leadership, the organization is in the third year of a five-year strategic plan that focuses on creating jobs, building relationships with businesses, transitioning individuals to jobs outside Goodwill, and providing training not available elsewhere.

“I was fascinated from the start by Goodwill’s business model, which is to earn money through social enterprise—our stores—that is then applied to our charitable purpose of putting folks to work. I later became enamored of the mission, and since 1976 I’ve never looked back,” Tolson said. “I’m proud of this organization and the work we do. Guided by a powerful vision and led by an outstanding team of professionals, RGI is unwavering in its commitment to serve the community. I look forward to seeing continued progress in the prosecution of RGI’s mission.”

“The Rappahannock Goodwill Board of Directors is grateful to Donnie for his service and appreciative of all of his efforts to move the organization forward,” said Bruce Barnett, RGI Board Chair. “Donnie’s extensive experience at Goodwill Industries International, his keen business knowledge, and his love for the work of Goodwill have made him an outstanding leader for the organization, and we wish him well.”

Following board policy, the Board of Directors has initiated its pre-determined succession procedure. Donnie Tolson is a cum laude graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University with a B.A. in Economics. He has taught extensively on strategic planning and financial management and planning. Tolson is one of twenty Switzer Scholars (named for the initial head of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Mary Switzer). He and his wife, Connemara, are longtime residents of Virginia. Tolson has five grown sons.

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About Rappahannock Goodwill

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization that serves the City of Fredericksburg and a 12-county region. It provides work opportunities and job training to people with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities. Its operations include a commercial laundry, off-site custodial and administrative services, a packaging and assembly operation, Taskforce Staffing, ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning for Good, several Job Help Centers, thirteen ...


 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Chamber is Now Accepting Applications for Leadership Fredericksburg’s 2020 Class

Media Release
Date: May 1, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

The Chamber is Now Accepting Applications for Leadership Fredericksburg’s 2020 Class

FREDERICKSBURG – The Chamber is now accepting applications for Leadership Fredericksburg’s 2020 Class. On May 1, 2019, the online application went live on the Chamber website allowing interested participants to apply. The class of 2020 will be Leadership Fredericksburg’s 13th class. Since 2008, the program has graduated over 300 fellows.

The 27 people selected will attend an orientation session in September for the nine-month program. They will also receive a personal assessment and executive coaching session, learn skills to create a personal leadership development plan and mission statement, and have a trained program mentor from the business community.

In addition, participants will be assigned to teams to work on an Action Learning Project in which they will partner with an area organization to work on a project with community impact. Project presentations and the graduation ceremony occur separately in May 2020.

“Leadership Fredericksburg provides motivated individuals with a unique opportunity to broaden their horizons – both professionally and personally,” said Susan Spears, Executive Director. “Our previous graduates are making a difference in our community while enjoying a tremendous new networking resource with their fellow alumni. Truly the strongest network of leaders in the Fredericksburg Region, we continue to seek professionals who are ready to lead using guiding principles of integrity, service and dedication.”

To apply for Leadership Fredericksburg, click here, call the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400 or email Kyle Allwine at kyle@fxbgchamber.org.

Upcoming:

  • Leadership Fredericksburg will graduate its 12th class this month. Prior to graduation, four teams from the class of 31 Fellows will present the results of their Community Action Projects for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL). All teams have worked on the same project for several months, and they will compete for a team prize. The competition will be judged by Sean Bonnie, Community Engagement Manager with the CRRL alongside two Alumni leaders, James Roberson LF ’15 with Roberson’s Music and Angela Freeman LF ’18 with the City of Fredericksburg’s Economic Development Department. The project presentations will take place at 3 p.m on May 9 at the Lifepoint Church’s Spotsylvania Campus located at 5050 Gateway Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407.
  • The 2019 Class will graduate on May 17 at 3 p.m. in a ceremony at University of Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus located at 121 University Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22406. Lisa Wescoat LF’12 and executive director of marketing of NSWC Federal Credit Union, will be the commencement speaker. A celebration reception will follow the graduation.

There is no charge to attend the project presentations or the graduation ceremony. To RSVP for either event, call the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400 or visit www.fxbgchamber.org.

Leadership Fredericksburg thanks the 2019 Program Title Sponsor: Mary Washington Healthcare and the 2019 Program Gold Sponsors: Atlantic Builders, Ltd., CTI Real Estate, Flatter, Inc., LifeCare Medical Transports, Lifepoint Church, NSWC Federal ...


 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

FAM Announces 8th Annual Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Melanie Johnson
Development & Marketing Officer
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x 135
mjohnson@famcc.org
www.famva.org

FAM Announces 8th Annual Sounds of Summer Concert Series

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is pleased to announce the return of its highly anticipated Sounds of Summer concert series in historic Market Square beginning on Friday, June 7, 2019 and continuing through Friday, September 27, 2019. The 17-week series will feature a FREE outdoor- public concert every Friday night from 7 – 9 PM in historic Market Square located at 907 Princess Anne Street. 

This year’s concert series is generously presented by Lidl with additional support provided by the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority, Keolis, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Access Eye, Synergy, the Fredericksburg Art Commission, Mr. Cedric Rucker, Adventure Brewing Co., Stafford Printing, Zolo, and City Vino.

Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy family-friendly music by local bands and free arts & crafts for the kids every Friday.   

Returning for another year, Adventure Brewing Co. will be on-site every Friday with beer available for purchase and wine from City Vino (must be 21 years of age or older). Non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale.  Members of the FAM will receive a complimentary beverage at each concert and discounts on drink tokens. Not a member yet? Join online at www.famva.org/membership/.

Below is the 2019 schedule:

  • June 7 - Elby Brass - Heavy Horn Funk
  • June 14 - The Kingbolts - Rock
  • June 21 - Bruce Middle Trio - Blues/Rock/Jazz
  • June 28 - Harry Wilson Quartet with Knoel Scott - Live Jazz
  • July 5 - Fredericksburg Concert Band - Patriotic Symphonic
  • July 12 - 44 Diesel - Rock/Reggae
  • July 19 - The English Channel - Brit Rock/Pop
  • July 26 - VaMos - Latin Indie Rock
  • August 2 - Karen Jonas - Virginia Americana/Country
  • August 9 - Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio - N’awlins Funk/Jazz
  • August 16 - The Whiskey Rebellion - Partygrass
  • August 23 - The Wavos - 80s New Wave
  • August 30 - Whiskey Django Foxtrot - Gypsy Acoustic
  • September 6 - Spanglish Latin American Band - Latin American Music
  • September 13 - Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland - Texas Blues
  • September 20 - Riptide - Classic Rock
  • September 27 - Rafael Ortiz & El Tumbao Urbano - Salsa

INFORMATION: Located in historic Market Square, 907 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM every Friday (June 7 – September 27).  Concerts are FREE and open to the public.  Donations to the Fredericksburg Area Museum are welcome and appreciated! Please note, in case of inclement weather concerts will be canceled. To check the status of a concert, please visit www.famva.org, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/fredericksburgareamuseum

For more information on this event, or for additional information, please contact Melanie Johnson at mjohnson@famcc.org, or visit us at www.famva.org. 


 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces June and July Second Saturdays

Theresa Cramer
Education & Public Programs Coordinator
P.O. Box 922
Fredericksburg, VA  22404
Phone: 540-371-3037 x (138)
tcramer@famcc.org
www.famva.org

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces June and July Second Saturdays

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) is excited to announce that it will continue its Second Saturday program on June 8th and July 13th from 11 AM - 12 PM at the FAM. This program will be FREE and open to the public. 

June 8: Explore the history and science behind the bridges in Fredericksburg. Families will discover what it takes to be an engineer by learning about force, material strength, and bridge types.  Each family will build their own model bridge to take home. 

July 13: Celebrate Bastille Day! During this month’s program, families will learn about the Marquis De Lafayette’s visit to Fredericksburg and our French Sister City, Frejus. Using inspiration from FAM’s exhibit “These Old Walls: A Town and Its Stories,” participants will make their own Lafayette souvenir and French flag to take home.

Second Saturdays at the Museum is a regularly scheduled family program that includes hands-on activities, make-and-take crafts, and an opportunity to explore the Museum’s exhibits.  The program is held on the second Saturday of each month from 11 AM – 12 PM and encourages visitors to discover something new within the FAM’s collection and explore a new piece of Fredericksburg’s history. Second Saturdays is a FREE program and registration is not required but appreciated.  For additional information on this program, please contact Theresa Cramer, tcramer@famcc.org, or 540-371-3037, ext. 138.  

For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please either contact the Museum at 540-371-3037, or visit us at www.famcc.org.  The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. We will facilitate an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large—providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community. 


 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

WALKING TOURS for 2019

DATE:   May 1, 2019
FOR MORE TOUR INFO CONTACT:  Scott Walker
PHONE: (540) 809-3918 

WALKING TOURS for 2019

The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM), in association with Hallowed Ground Tours, presents a series of walking tours of downtown Fredericksburg and its historic neighborhoods on Saturdays of each holiday weekend of 2019. Beginning with Memorial Day, May 25, two separate tours will be featured:  at 9:30AM, Bricks and Boards in the ’Burg will highlight four-centuries of history and architecture in the downtown area followed at 11:30AM with This Old Town: A History of Our Homes.

Tour guides will discuss examples of four-centuries of architecture and unravel the history of people who helped shape the Fredericksburg community. These tours offer a glimpse of the rich layers of history that make up the community. Each tour lasts about 1-1/2 hours and are gentle walks of approximately 8 to 10 blocks.  9:30AM “Bricks” tours begin in Market Square located directly behind the FAM at 907 Princess Anne Street. 11:30AM “Homes” tour will have a separate, designated starting point in a neighborhood.  The cost for all tours is $9/adults, $4/children but FREE for FAM members.  All participants receive discounted admission to the FAM following each tour.  Simply pay the guide before each tour. 

This Old Town: A History of Our Homes Tour schedule and gathering information*

  • May 25th, Lower Caroline Street, will meet in the VRE parking lot at the corner of Caroline and Frederick Streets.
  • July 6th, Fourth of July Holiday Weekend, following the morning “Bricks” tour, the 11:30 tour will be of Washington Avenue and will meet at the George Rogers Clark Memorial in front of Kenmore. 
  • September 2nd, Labor Day Weekend, the 11:30 tour covers Hanover Street and Liberty Town, and will meet in the BB&T parking lot near Prince Edward Street. 
  • October 12th, Columbus Day Weekend, we return to Lower Caroline Street at the VRE lot. 

*Bricks and Board in the ‘Burg will meet in Market Square at 9:30 AM. This Old Town: A History of Our Homes begins at 11:30 AM.

The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. Hallowed Ground Tours is the area’s Premier Tour Guide company, providing private, in-vehicle Historic, Architectural, and Battlefield tours as well as walking, architectural tours to residents and visitors.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

COMCAST MAKES EMMY AWARD-WINNING X1 PLATFORM AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES NATIONWIDE

COMCAST MAKES EMMY AWARD-WINNING X1 PLATFORM AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES NATIONWIDE
Comcast Business Now Offers New Video Service to Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Gyms and More Features Like Voice Control and Sports App Ideally Suited For Public Viewing Events Like the NCAA Basketball Tournament

PHILADELPHIA – Comcast Business today announced that millions of bars, restaurants, hotels and gyms now have access to the company’s award-winning X1 video platform. X1 for Business includes easier search and navigation, voice control and a picture-in-picture, sports content companion called the X1 Sports App that includes team and players profiles, statistics and real-time, game-specific data.

The launch of X1 for Business arrives just in time for the NCAA Basketball Tournament, one of the most profitable times of the year for sports bars and restaurants when fans want to watch multiple games at once and be among friends and co-workers.  According to the American Gaming Association, 70 million college basketball brackets are filled out annually and last year, first-round coverage averaged 8.6 million television viewers, up from 8.2 million in 2017.

“Businesses across the country can now offer their customers the same award-winning video experience that millions of people experience every day in their living room,” said, Christian Nascimento, Vice President Product and Premise Services, Comcast Business. “X1 for Business is a game-changer – whether it’s a bar or restaurant integrating sports stats into the viewing experience, a hotel or gym giving customers an easier way to find what they want to watch or a small business helping their guests pass the time in the lobby or waiting room.”

Today, about two-thirds of Comcast’s residential customers have X1. X1 for Business will offer businesses and their customers:

  • Voice Control: Businesses can use the X1 Voice Remote to quickly search for networks, shows and movies, change the channel, get recommendations, navigate content and more. There are more than 24 million residential voice remotes deployed and there were 8 billion voice searches last year alone.
  • On-Screen Guide: The easy to use on-screen guide and search functionality allows employees to focus on serving customers, and not searching for programming.  A view of the last nine channels makes accessing popular and most-watched content easier than ever.
  • Sports Content: Provide customers with up to the minutes sports updates. The X1 Sports app brings real-time scores and statistics to sports like baseball, football, basketball and NASCAR, alongside the in-game action
  • Accessibility: The X1 talking guide is the industry’s first and only voice-enabled television user interface that reads aloud selections like program titles, network and time slots, serving as a solution for TV fans who have a visual disability.
  • Language of Choice: Bicultural customers can quickly change the guide and channel listings from English to Spanish and find Spanish-language and SAP-enabled programming through advanced filtering directly within the experience.

“Comcast has the potential to disrupt the nearly $4 billion United States business TV market with X1 for Business,” said Greg Ireland, multiscreen video analyst at IDC. “Products and solutions that have generated excellent results on the residential side can help businesses gain an edge ...


 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cardinal Village – A Senior Lifestyle Memory Care Community Wins 2019 The Best Of Senior Living

CARDINAL VILLAGE – A SENIORLIFESTYLE MEMORY CARE COMMUNITY WINS
2019 THE BEST OF SENIOR LIVING AWARD FROM SENIORADVISOR.COM

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - Cardinal Village is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of 2019’s THE BEST OF SENIOR LIVING Award Winner on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada.

SeniorAdvisor.com is in their sixth year of hosting the Best of Senior Living Awards. SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of 2019 Award winners represent the best of the best in in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the United States and Canada. The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living awards tabulates over 200,000 family created reviews to find the highest quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 45,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 950 were recognized with this prestigious award.

Cardinal Village is one of the only winners in Fredericksburg, VA and regularly receives exceptionally positive reviews from their senior customers and their families like this one: “All of the staff at Cardinal Village treat the residents with concern, caring, and respect. They constantly check on the residents and become very familiar with each person’s personality traits and specific needs. They never fail to contact me when they feel a special concern for [name removed]. I have recommended Cardinal Village to several persons and will continue to do so.” – November 2018, Current Resident Family Member.

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2019 Awards, care providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving four or more new reviews in 2018. Further details and a complete list of award winners can be found on SeniorAdvisor.com.

About SeniorAdvisor.com, LLC:

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About Cardinal Village:

Cardinal Village, a Senior Lifestyle Memory Care Assisted Living Community located at 4621 Spotsylvania Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia. This community is designed and built exclusively for residents with memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy-Body and other related dementias. Our state-of-the-art community features over 60 spacious, light-filled apartments all on one level. We offer a variety of private studio and companion suite floor plan options, as well as finely appointed common areas and professionally landscaped outdoor courtyards with walking paths.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Senator Mark Warner to Deliver Keynote at Third Annual Cybersecurity Conference: Cyber Never Sleeps

Media Release
Date: April 24, 2019
Media Contact:
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Announces Senator Mark Warner to Deliver Keynote at Third Annual Cybersecurity Conference: Cyber Never Sleeps

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Warner will deliver the keynote at the Third Annual Cybersecurity Conference: Cyber Never Sleeps. This year’s conference will be held on Friday, May 3 from 8-3p.m. at the University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus located at 121 University Boulevard, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406.

Speakers include Senator Mark Warner, Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee; State Senator Bryce Reeves; Dr. Ray Letteer, Marine Corps Senior Information Security Official (SISO) and the Chief of the Cybersecurity Division of the Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Department at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; and Col. Douglas Lemott, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Cyberspace Operations Group (MCCOG), Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.

The conference brings together leaders on the frontlines of the “cyber battle.”  Attendees will hear perspectives from state, DoD and operational-level experts on the latest challenges in cybersecurity. Guest speakers and panelists will highlight the urgency of current cyber threats, provide useful information to identify them, and offer practical tips for protecting the data and physical assets.

Topics include:
-       Cybersecurity 101: A comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity.
-       Securing Infrastructure: Defending against cybersecurity threats.
-       Shared Responsibility: Working together across industries and government agencies to prevent cyber-attacks.

Registration is open on the Chamber’s website. Chamber members receive a member rate of $35, non-members $50 and government employees are able to attend for free thanks to the signature sponsor for the event – RPI Group, Inc.

For more information or to register, please visit www.fxbgchamber.org or contact Community Advancement Manager Kyle Allwine at kyle@fxbgchamber.org or 540-373-9400.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fredericksburg City Council Sets Highly Competitive Tax Rate for Data Centers

Fredericksburg City Council Sets Highly Competitive Tax Rate for Data Centers

(Fredericksburg, VA) April 24, 2019 - The City of Fredericksburg’s pursuit of data centers took a significant step forward Tuesday night when its City Council voted unanimously to set a highly competitive tax rate for that business category.

Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday took the first of two required votes to approve a tax rate of $1.25 per $100 of value for business personal property related to the operation of data centers – down from the current rate of $3.40 per $100. The second and final vote is expected May 14, and the rate would take effect July 1. The City will also offer an accelerated depreciation schedule for data centers.

The vote puts the City’s tax rate on par with Prince William County’s and significantly lower than other Northern Virginia localities. The code of Virginia allows for certain categories of personal property to be taxed or assessed on a different basis from others. Data centers often face high personal property taxes because of their significant volume of up-to-date computer equipment.

“Business personal property taxes are a very significant cost for data centers, and our action to establish a fair yet competitive rate shows we are serious about attracting these businesses,” said Fredericksburg City Manager Tim Baroody. “We have several attractive sites near Interstate 95 that would make a great home for data centers, and we believe Council just made them even more competitive.”

Tuesday’s action was the latest step Fredericksburg has taken to attract data center prospects, which provide high-paying jobs and significant tax revenue. Last year the City added data centers as a business classification in its Unified Development Ordinance, and the City has also established a fast-track permitting process for the business category.

Data center operators interested in the City of Fredericksburg should contact the Bill Freehling, Director of Department of Economic Development and Tourism at 540-372-1216 and www.fredericksburgva.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Sonja Wise
Public Information Officer
City of Fredericksburg
540-372-1010 ext. 304
spwise@fredericksburgva.gov


 

Monday, April 22, 2019

UBREAKIFIX EXPANDS VIRGINIA FOOTPRINT WITH NORTHEASTERN LOCATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

UBREAKIFIX EXPANDS VIRGINIA FOOTPRINT WITH NORTHEASTERN LOCATION 
Industry-Leading Tech Repair Brand Brings High Quality Electronics Support to Stafford 

STAFFORD, Va. — April 22 —Tech repair brand uBreakiFix opens its newest location, uBreakiFix Stafford, on April 26 at 364 Garrisonville Road. The new store joins several locations across the Greater D.C. area, including stores in Alexandria, Falls Church, Springfield, and more. 

uBreakiFix services anything with a power button, including smartphones, game consoles, tablets, computers, drones, hoverboards, and everything in between. To date, uBreakiFix has completed more than 5 million repairs. While common fixes include cracked screens, software issues, and camera issues, the brand offers support for most technical problems on any electronic device, regardless of make or model. 

Through strategic partnerships with leading technology companies, including Samsung and Google, uBreakiFix provides Samsung Galaxy customers and Google Pixel and Pixelbook customers with manufacturer-backed, same-day repair services using genuine parts. Through the partnership with Samsung, Galaxy owners can get in and out-of-warranty repairs at more than 350 locations nationwide, with most repairs completed in two hours or less. 

uBreakiFix Stafford is the first location for owners TJ Summerlin IV and NiTorya Summerlin, who are both recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and decided to make Stafford their permanent home. 

“My interest in tech repair started with successfully repairing my own phone and then grew as my family and friends began giving me their devices to repair,” said TJ Summerlin IV. “When my wife and I were looking for our next venture in life, I happened to visit a uBreakiFix shop for repair advice and ended up walking away with a franchise brochure. The rest is history. ” 

uBreakiFix was founded in 2009 by millennial duo Justin Wetherill and David Reiff, who later partnered with Eddie Trujillo to transition their Internet-based brand to a brick and mortar model. 

By offering convenience, accessibility, and unparalleled customer service, uBreakiFix filled a gap in the repair marketplace and has since emerged as an industry leader in growth, service offerings, and authorized partnerships. In 2018, Wetherill was inducted into the Forbes Technology Council, and uBreakiFix earned a top spot on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500® list, ranking #18 overall, #1 in the Electronics Repair category, and #1 on the Top New Franchises list. 

 

uBreakiFix has nearly 500 locations open across the U.S. and Canada. The brand opened nearly 130 new stores in 2018 and plans to increase growth in 2019. For more information on uBreakiFix franchising, visit http://ubreakifix.com/franchising. 

“At uBreakiFix, our goal is to take the hassle of a broken device and create the most positive, convenient experience possible for our customers,” Wetherill said. “We are a customer service company first, and a tech repair company second. As we expand into Stafford, we look forward to becoming the trusted resource to keep consumers and businesses connected to the things and people who matter most.” 

uBreakiFix Stafford is located at 364 Garrisonville Rd, Ste 123, Stafford, VA, 22554 and can be reached at: 540-628-0499. For more information and to view a service menu, visit ...


 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders Celebrate A Successful 2018 Workplace Campaign

FOR RELEASE – April 19, 2019 
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org 540-373-0041 x303 

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders Celebrate A Successful 2018 Workplace Campaign 

Fredericksburg (April, 2019) – Rappahannock United Way celebrated a successful 2018 Workplace Campaign alongside representatives from Corporate Campaign Companies and Local Government Campaigns, at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, on April 18, 2019. 

GEICO presented a $25,000 check towards The ALICE Emergency Fund. This fund provides financial assistance to cover the cost of basic needs of housing and transportation (if required for employment) for working households by providing one-time assistance to eligible applicants. Financial assistance is provided with the intent of assisting households in overcoming a financial crisis, preventing homelessness, and stabilizing housing (rent/mortgage/deposit/car repair). 

Rappahannock United Way would like to thank their Corporate Campaign Companies and Local Government Campaigns for their generous and consistent contributions throughout 2018. These successful workplace campaigns helped fund grants that supported community-wide programs in Education, Healthy Living, Financial Stability and The ALICE Emergency Fund. 

Awards presented 

VIP Company: GEICO, with over $1,000,000 raised in campaign! 

Employee Campaign Coordinators of the Year: 

Ebony Grant, PB Mares, LLP 

Wendy Lattimore, Quarles Petroleum, Inc. 

Amanda Strawn, Hilldrup 

Erin Drumheller, Alexia Woolfolk, Jennifer Millar, GEICO 

Chairman’s Award of Excellence in Employee Giving: Virginia Partners Bank 

Chairman’s Award of Excellence in Corporate Spirit: Publix 

Chairman’s Award of Excellence in Leadership Giving: Mary Washington Healthcare 

Rookie of the Year: Kaeser Compressors 

Energy Star: Rappahannock Electric Cooperative 

Most Spirited Service: Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center 

Teacher’s Pet: 

Missy Fisher, Central Rappahannock Regional Library 

Tami Cruz, Central Rappahannock Regional Library 

Amanda Strawn, Hilldrup 

Local Government Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year: Donna Krauss, Stafford County Government 

Top Dog Award: Stafford County Government 

Rappahannock United Way would like to thank their Annual Corporate Sponsors. This event is possible due to their corporate sponsorships that help ensure no donor dollars are used to fund their events. 

If your company or organization would like to get involved in fundraising or volunteering at Rappahannock United Way, please contact Grace Draper, Corporate Relationship Manager. gdraper@rappahannockunitedway.org 

(540) 373 - 0014 x 318 

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Awards Local Legislators

Date: April 18, 2019 
Media Contact: 
Kristin Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager
kristin@fxbgchamber.org, 540-373-9537 

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Awards Local Legislators 

FREDERICKSBURG – The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized and awarded two local legislators for their pro-business legislative record. At the 2019 Legislative Review held on Wednesday, April 17, the Chamber awarded Senator Bryce Reeves – District 17 with their 2nd annual “Senator of the Year” award and Delegate Bob Thomas, Jr. – 28th District with their 2nd annual “Delegate of the Year” award. 

Each year the Chamber evaluates the 12 senators and delegates that represent the Fredericksburg region, including the City of Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties, through their Legislative Scorecard. This year, the Chamber staff tracked over 150 bills and evaluated the legislators based on their votes and patronage of the top 15 bills that will have the biggest impact, either positive or negative, on the Chamber membership, their employees and the regional economy. As the voice of the business community, the Chamber's legislator awards are the best indication of a legislator who values businesses and free enterprise. 

The Chamber recognized Senator Bryce Reeves and Delegate Bob Thomas for introducing bold legislation around transportation and for consistently voting in favor of pro-business initiatives, which positively contribute to the regional economy. They are true champions for businesses in the Fredericksburg region. 

Susan Spears, president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber stated, “Over 70 percent of our members are small businesses. Each year, we hear them tell us about traffic gridlock, the need for a skilled workforce, rising healthcare costs and other issues that limit their ability to support and grow our regional economy. We are taking an active role in supporting these members by advocating on these issues. This year, we recognized Senator Reeves and Delegate Thomas for their work as partners in that effort. We will continue to hold our local elected officials accountable for their role in developing policies that either help or hurt our economy, and we mean business.” 

Also during the 2019 Legislative Review, The Chamber recapped the Virginia General Assembly as well as the Chamber’s key policy positions. The Chamber believes it is not only mutually beneficial, but also imperative that it provides a shared platform for the regional stakeholders, such as elected officials, top business owners and non-profits. 

The Chamber thanks the 2019 Legislative Review sponsors: Cox Business, Dominion Energy, 718 Venue and The Title Professionals. The Chamber also thanks the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors (FAAR) for partnering on the event. 

For any questions regarding public policy or community advancement, please contact Community Advancement Manager Kyle Allwine at kyle@fxbgchamber.org or 540-373-9400.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fredericksburg Seeks Sponsors for 2019 Christmas Parade

For more information:
Kim Herbert
540-372-1086 ext. 307ksherbert@fredericksburgva.gov

Fredericksburg Seeks Sponsors for 2019 Christmas Parade

(Fredericksburg, VA) April 18, 2019 - The Fredericksburg Christmas Parade is a favorite community tradition in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. The event’s mission is to provide a traditional community celebration with a focus on safety and accessibility. Each year the parade fills with marching groups, decorated floats, music & dance performers and area businesses seeking to spread holiday cheer. Crowds gather by the thousands along Caroline Street and Princess Anne Street. The one-mile parade route is lined by historic downtown buildings and decorated storefronts.

This event would not be possible without sponsors who support the event financially and in-kind with volunteers to help supervise the parade route on event day. Businesses and organizations who sponsor this year’s parade will expand their business brand awareness here in our community. Plus, they will help provide an authentic hometown holiday experience that’s enjoyed by all generations in our community.

The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events Department is issuing a call for Christmas Parade Sponsorship proposals, which are being accepted April 22, 2019 through May 20, 2019. We are seeking a title sponsor as well as division and marshal sponsors for this year’s event. More information is available online at:www.FredericksburgChristmasParade.com. The deadline to submit sponsorship proposals for committee review is Monday, May 20, 2019. Please submit proposals to Kimberly Herbert, Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or by email atksherbert@fredericksburgva.gov.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Library Hosting Trebuchet Contest Saturday, April 27

Contact: 
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

FOR MEDIA ONLY 

Library Hosting Trebuchet Contest Saturday, April 27

Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 16, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library is hosting Launch It!, a trebuchet contest, for the third year. The contest will take place at Snowden Park, off of Fall Hill Avenue, on Saturday, April 27. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the contest starts at 10:00 a.m.

New to trebuchets? A trebuchet is a kind of medieval siege engine. Full-sized trebuchets were used to smash down castle walls. This contest will be a fun, family event, and you can join in by bringing your handcrafted trebuchet and testing it against your competitors!

Contestants needing help crafting their trebuchets can attend CRRL's final trebuchet construction lesson Tuesday, April 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Fredericksburg Branch MakerLab.

Contest entries may be submitted in the following categories: 

  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adult
  • Family

Trebuchets will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Distance
  • Accuracy
  • Most Creative

Rules:

  • You must have a name for your trebuchet. For example, King Edward I's trebuchet was called Warwolf.
  • The dimensions of your trebuchet may be no larger than 2 x 2 x 2 feet.
  • CRRL will provide projectiles which are less than 2 inches in diameter.
  • Projectiles must remain intact until they hit the ground.
  • All trebuchets must be propelled by gravity (no springs, no elastics, no compressed air or water, no explosives).
  • CRRL judges are the final arbiters on safety.

Read all about last year's winners, including such creative and awesome entries as Trebuchet 9000 2.0, Hurler, Castle Gayle, Daedra-chet, and Princess Sparkle Glitter Punch.

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For more information, contact John Sweton, Network Services, john.sweton@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 ext. 7024. 


 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Library recognized for excellence

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
sean.bonney@crrl.org

Library Recognized for Excellence

Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 15, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library and staff were recognized at the April 11, 2019 meeting of the Virginia Public Library Directors Association (VPLDA), a sub-group of the Library of Virginia.

Elizabeth M. “Libby” Lewis Award
Director Martha Hutzel was presented with the Elizabeth M. “Libby” Lewis Award, given annually to a Virginia public library director who "exhibits an enthusiasm for and a love of libraries as well as a nurturing spirit." Library directors nominate one of their peers for the award and the winner is chosen by a vote of the association's members. 

Staff Member of the Year
Porter Branch Teen Specialist Wini Ashooh was awarded Staff Member of the Year, recognizing her many outstanding accomplishments including her work with the Rapphannock Juvenile Center and for her selection as a co-presenter at NASA@ My Library workshops with the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Better Together Award
Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch was awarded the Better Together Award. This award is given to exemplary social capital projects such as the partnership between CRRL, the Cafaro Company and Spotsylvania County that created the STC Branch in a rent-free, unused space.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Women applauded, hugged, danced and donated at the sold out 1000 Women event

Women applauded, hugged, danced and donated at the sold out 1000 Women event hosted by The Women and Girls Fund of The Community Foundation Thursday night.

The signature event’s name – 1000 Women – is also The Women and Girls Fund’s goal:

1000 Women giving $1,000 to create a $1 million endowmentfund. This endowment will make grants each year to nonprofits that directly support local women and girls. The fund is actively inviting area woman to join the fund by contributing to the endowment.

Although it is the first time The Women and Girls Fund has hosted an evening celebration and grant reveal, 1000 Women sold out in just 3 weeks reaching full capacity at UMW’s Chandler Ballroom at nearly 250 attendees. The event garnered a great deal of support from many local women-owned and women-led businesses. 

During dinner, The Women and Girls Fund’s Grants Committee Chair revealed the 2019 grant winners.  Each spring the Women and Girl Fund members vote to determine which nonprofit will receive a grant.  There were 4 grant finalists at the event - Virginia Community Food Connections, Stafford Junction, Girl Smarts, and Rappahannock CASA.  This year, two grant winners were awarded: Rappahannock Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Girl Smarts. 

The Women and Girls Fund has granted $175,000 dollars to local nonprofits over the last 10 years. 

Thursday’s celebration was also a time for Women and Girls Fund members to get together and invite friends and colleagues to learn more about the Women and Girls Fund. 

“Our vision is for strong, committed women to come together and fund community programs that enable women and girls to reach their full potential. Our membership clearly lives that vision out.  They are incredibly dedicated to addressing the unique needs of women and girls in our area,” said Chris Repp, Women and Girls Fund board president.

1000 Women featured keynote speaker, Kyra Oliver, author of ‘8 Ways of Being.’ Her message, “BOLD is the new y.o.u. (your own utopia)” highlighted her personal journey and transformative, hard-earned tactics for whole-life success and encouraged the audience to take action and live life with positivity and confidence. 

Michele Mansouri, Women and Girls Fund board vice president, concluded the evening by encouraging the crowd to continue to respond to the need for support for women and girls in our region. “The Women and Girls Fund has supported causes ranging from helping girls understand teen violence, science and math programs that provide paths for better paying jobs, anti-bullying programs, and nutritional support for those struggling with poverty. This is what it means to be 1 of 1000 Women!”

Website: http://www.cfrrr.org/about-us-and-our-initiatives/news-events/1000-women

About The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River Region. The foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of our community. One of The Community Foundation’s strategies for preserving and growing the quality of life in our region is supporting higher education for area students.

The Community Foundation offers a spectrum of services for individuals, organizations and businesses that are ...


 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fredericksburg Academy underwent 10-year Accreditation visit with Team from top Virginia schools

Private School Commended for Excellence by Educational Leaders, Recommended for Continued Accreditation
Fredericksburg Academy underwent 10-year Accreditation visit with Team from top Virginia schools

Fredericksburg, VA, April 11, 2019— Fredericksburg Academy sought to align with the top schools in the Commonwealth immediately upon its founding. It remains one of the youngest member schools in the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), an organization recognized nationally for having some of the toughest standards of accreditation. In late March, a team of leaders from other VAIS schools visited Fredericksburg Academy for the purpose of assessing continued accreditation.

The Academy met or exceeded all standards and was highly commended in the following areas for:

1)      Fostering a culture and curriculum centered around fulfilling its mission and beliefs;

2)      Building independent leaders poised to take charge of their futures through superior written and oral communication instruction, a highly engaging environment, and strategic units of study geared toward meaningful and measurable outcomes, and;

3)      A committed faculty who leverage small class to challenge and support each individual student, and who collaborate across grade levels and disciplines to create an effectively integrated learning experience.

The team also recognized the extraordinary leadership of Fredericksburg Academy’s Head of School, Karen Moschetto, and exemplary strategic direction provided by the Board of Trustees.

Throughout their visit which include a student-led tour, an opening presentation with a student video, a student Exhibit, a choral performance, curriculum fair, classroom observations, many meetings with students, parents, faculty, administration, and trustees, the Visiting Team was impressed by the degree to which Fredericksburg Academy lives its mission and upholds the standards set forth by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

The Visiting Team praised the school for its safe, secure campus. They say this in their final report recommending re-Accreditation without delay, “The School’s genuine commitment to recognizing each student’s unique potential was palpable in the classrooms and the overall atmosphere. Constituents of the School speak with one voice when it comes to the importance the School places on individual student growth and success.

 

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Philanthropy Speaks 2019 - Andrew Kassoy and B Corps

For Immediate Release
Contact:           Lisa Biever, Director of Donor Services
                        The Community Foundation
                        540.373.9292
                        lisa.biever@cfrrr.org

Philanthropy Speaks 2019 - Andrew Kassoy and B Corps

Fredericksburg, VA - The Community Foundation delivers innovative ideas that for generous people. The foundation's annual Philanthropy Speaks luncheon, hosted this year with the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance of the University of Mary Washington, provides fresh perspectives on the wisest investments in our community.

This event annually invite local leaders, philanthropists and professional advisors to attend this complimentary annual luncheon.

Featured 2019 guest speaker Andrew Kassoy – co-founder of the global nonprofit B Lab – will share his passion for championing the power of the private sector to be a force for good.

Following sixteen years in the private equity industry, Kassoy co-founded B Lab with the goal of creating a community of companies with high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Through a rigorous process, B Lab provides the ability for companies to become Certified B Corporations and continues to aid in the measurement of their impact as well as the celebration of their successes.

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

Kassoy currently serves as a Board Member of Echoing Green, on the U.S. working group of the G8 Social Impact Investing Task Force, and on the Forbes Impact 30 list of leading social entrepreneurs.

We are grateful to our 2019 Sponsors:

  • Atlantic Union Bank
  • Stafford Printing
  • Bishop Farmer and Co., LLP
  • Hirschler
  • Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC
  • Wack General Contractor

Interested business leaders, philanthropists and professional advisors should RSVP by April 24th. For questions or more information contact Lisa Biever or any foundation staff at 540-373-9292 or info@cfrrr.org

Video: B Lab Anthem 2018https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wFokAxFTKs

Website:
Learn More or Sign Up for Philanthropy Speaks – Andrew Kassoy and B Lab on May 1st!
http://www.cfrrr.org/about-us-and-our-initiatives/news-events/andrew-kassoy-and-b-corps-philanthropy-speaks

About The Community Foundation
The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River Region. The foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of our community. One of The Community Foundation’s strategies for preserving and growing the quality of life in our region is supporting higher education for area students.

The Community Foundation offers a spectrum of services for individuals, organizations and businesses that are eager to achieve great results with their charitable actions. For more information call 540 373-9292, email info@cfrrr.org or visit www.cfrrr.org.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

SlideFXBG returning for 2019

For immediate release – April 10, 2019
Contact:
Clint Manning, Tourism Product & Event Developer, City of Fredericksburg
540-372-1216; camanning@fredericksburgva.gov

SlideFXBG returning for 2019
Water-slide event will be August 31 on William Street 

The City of Fredericksburg is pleased to announce that last year’s wildly successful and popular event, SlideFXBG, will be back in town on August 31st – the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. However, in an exciting change from 2018, this year’s event will be held on William Street, with the start of the slide being set up a few feet below College Avenue and ending at Sunken Road.

Kodiak Events, operators of The Urban Slide, are pleased to be bringing their three-lane, 1,000-foot slip-and-slide to city streets for another end-of-summer hurrah. Shawn Smith, one half of the partner duo, expressed their excitement as such:

“We’re thrilled that Fredericksburg contacted us for SlideFXBG, round two! As event organizers, it always makes us happy when we produce such a fun experience that clients wish to use our services again and again. In collaborating so well with the respective departments for the city and the University of Mary Washington, it certainly has us excited to come back to town for another year.”

The Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority will be providing funding for the event, and the City of Fredericksburg and UMW will be working closely on planning and logistics in the months leading up to the big day.

Keep an eye on SlideFXBG’s website at slidefxbg.com and @slidefxbg on facebook and instagram for updates. Tickets will go on sale sometime soon, and announcements will be made when that occurs.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

GCubed Enterprises, Inc. Awarded U.S. Army Audit Agency Contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2019
GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
540-412-0753, ext. 100
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Enterprises, Inc. Awarded U.S. Army Audit Agency Contract

Stafford, Virginia – The U.S. Army Audit Agency recently announced GCubed Enterprises, Inc. a successful awardee for their SharePoint Support Contract.

Dr. Les Deshield, CISM, CRISC, and former CTO for the Center of Army Analysis (CAA), Ft. Belvoir complimented GCubed, stating that they have provided the best IT Support Service since the requirement began years ago. They (GCubed) have been very responsive and a great partner. When he transitioned from CAA to the U.S. Army Audit Agency, he reached out to GCubed to provide service to his new organization.

Mr. Vernon Green, CEO of GCubed, is proud of the level of service his team has provided and attributes his company’s success to its high level of expertise and true partnership with its customers.

About GCubed Enterprises, Inc.
GCubed is a veteran-owned, 8(a) business with defense, civilian, and commercial past performance. Areas of expertise include network engineering, cybersecurity, and program management. The company is headquartered in Stafford, Virginia, with contractors across nine sites in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. www.gcubedinc.com

About the U.S. Army Audit Agency
The U.S. Army Audit Agency’s mission is to serve the Army's evolving needs by helping senior leaders assess and mitigate risk, and by providing solutions through independent internal auditing services for the benefit of Army soldiers, civilians, and families. https://www.army.mil/aaa