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Monday, November 18, 2019

Luncheon with Jeannette Walls, Author of "The Glass Castle"

Luncheon with Jeannette Walls, Author of "The Glass Castle"

Fredericksburg, Virginia, November 8, 2019 - Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle," will keynote a luncheon on Tuesday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Gari Melchers Pavilion, 224 Washington Street, Falmouth, VA 22405. Tickets cost $49 and can be purchased at rappahannockunitedway.org/castle.

This is a kick-off event for the Rappahannock United Way's Women United campaign:

Women United is part of a global network of more than 70,000 women in 165 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities.

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

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Friday, November 15, 2019

REC Heads to the Frog Level Parade

Date:                November 14, 2019
Contact: 
Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Heads to the Frog Level Parade 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) yellow bucket truck was hard to miss at the Frog Level Parade on Oct. 26. REC apprentice lineman, Adam Stubbs, drove the bucket truck in the parade. 

Following the parade, Amelia Wright and Stuart Schools spoke with members about REC’s electric vehicle and answered questions about electric vehicle charging.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Camp Lejeune Cybersecurity Support Services Contract

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded Camp Lejeune Cybersecurity Support Services Contract

 November 2019 – Camp Lejeune, NC - RPI Group, Inc. (RPI) has been awarded a three-year, $5.5M prime contract supporting the Public Works Division (PWD) at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  RPI will provide cybersecurity engineering support to secure the Industrial Control System (ICS) / Operational Technology (OT) systems related to Camp Lejeune's Wastewater/Water Treatment Plant and High Voltage Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.  RPI will provide direct support to the Information Security System Manager (ISSM) with the review and integration of these systems into the Marine Corps Compliance and Authorization Support Tool (MCCAST) Package for the purpose of maintaining an Authority to Operate (ATO). 

RPI is strategically teamed with Johnson Controls (JCI) to provide Building Management System and Direct Digital Controls subject matter expertise.  JCI specializes in enhancing the ‘intelligence of buildings,’ making them ‘smarter’ through their digital solutions, technologies, and software. JCI is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries.

About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, cyber, security services, and systems engineering experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity, Industrial Control Systems Operational Technology (ICS OT) Cybersecurity, Network/Systems Architecture & Engineering, Research & Development, and Security Services.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA. with a supporting office in Denver, CO.  

Contact
Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Manager
11903 Bowman Drive, Suite 101
Fredericksburg, VA   22408
jhetrick@rpigroupinc.com
Ph: 540.898.8700


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

SimVentions Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as Veteran-Employment Leader!

SimVentions Recognized by U.S. Dept. of Labor as Veteran-Employment Leader!

Fredericksburg, VA., 11-06-2019: SimVentions, Inc. was recognized by the United States (U.S.) Department of Labor as a veteran-employment leader at their 2019 Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Awards Ceremony held this past November 6th, 2019 at the Great Hall inside the U.S. Department of Labor main building in Washington D.C.

The goal of this program is to honor the employers who hire our Nation's heroes.

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. By meeting the criteria required for a Platinum Medallion Award in the Medium Business Category, SimVentions has demonstrated a model of patriotism worthy of praise as well as recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace.

“SimVentions is excited to be recognized as a HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion recipient by the U.S. Dept of Labor’s Veteran’s Employment and Training Service (VETS), as our passion has always been to serve our warfighters and there is no better way to drive that passion forward than to hire those that have served!” said Larry Root, CEO, SimVentions. “We have a large picture on the wall in our office that shows various warfighters in theater and in action...and below this picture are the words: Remember. They Fight For Us. We Work For Them. This serves as a constant reminder of why we are in business and the blessing that comes from serving those that fight for our Country and its interest around the world.” 

About HIREVets:

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act or the Act), signed by President Trump on May 5, 2017, requires the Secretary of Labor to establish a program, by rule, that recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans. Employer-applicants meeting criteria established in the rule will receive a “HIRE Vets Medallion Award.” As described in the Act, there are different awards for large employers (500-plus employees), medium employers (51-499 employees), and small employers (50 or fewer employees). Additionally, there are two award tiers: platinum and gold. For each award, the employer must satisfy a set of criteria. Verification of these criteria includes a self-attestation by the applicant and a check for violations of veteran-related DOL labor laws by the U.S. Department of Labor. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published on August 18, 2017. DOL’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) thoroughly evaluated and carefully considered all comments received. The Final Rule announced by the Secretary on November 9, 2017 is available for viewing on the Federal Register website. The Final Rule became effective in January 2018 and VETS began accepting applications for this award in January 2019. 

Additional information about the Final Rule and program demonstration can be found on the website at www.hirevets.gov or by contacting HIREVets@dol.gov.

About SimVentions:

SimVentions’ corporate office is located at 100 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 123, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22406 ...


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

REC Helps Students ‘Discover’ Their Future

Date:  November 14, 2019
Contact:         
Casey Hollins 
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Helps Students ‘Discover’ Their Future 

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) employees from multiple departments across the Cooperative attended the two-day Discover Your Future career fair at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

REC employees provided hands-on career opportunities to over 5,000 8th grade students from multiple local schools. Students were able to explore and learn about many career paths at REC including dispatch, engineering, communications & public relations, line work, member services and technology. In addition to the career exploration, REC participated in mock interviews with local high school students to help prepare them for their future.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

GCubed Honored with HIRE Vets Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2019

GCubed Enterprises, Inc., DBA GCubed, Inc.
Contact: Olivia Blackwell, Marketing Manager
oblackwell@gcubedinc.com
www.gcubedinc.com

GCubed Honored with HIRE Vets Award

Stafford, Virginia – GCubed is proud to announce its selection as a 2019 Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award recipient. GCubed Founder & CEO Vernon Green Jr., a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer, is pleased to accept this honor from the Department of Labor for the second year running. As Mr. Green stated last year when GCubed was honored to win this award, “The leadership, work ethic, and mission-first mentality demonstrated by veterans aligns with our ‘mission over self’ philosophy. Those intangible qualities are difficult to explain in a resume, but they are critical in the work we do for our clients.” Being recognized two years in a row demonstrates the commitment GCubed has to America’s veterans.

The award recognizes leadership in recruiting, employing, and retaining our nation’s veterans. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program, led by the Department of Labor, is the only federal-level award that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain America’s veterans. GCubed values veterans and will continue to recruit and retain military professionals.

For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, please visit www.hirevets.gov.   

About GCubed

GCubed, an Inc. 500 company, 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.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

REC Linemen Provide Live Line Demo for First Responders

Date:   November 12, 2019

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

REC Linemen Provide Live Line Demo for First Responders

To ensure that local first responders are aware of electrical safety around power lines, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) linemen provide electrical safety to first responders. The Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department received training with REC’s Live Line Demo. No matter the emergency, it’s important for first responders to know electrical safety around power lines so they can do their job safely.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

UMW and the City Expand Parking near Hanover Street

Media Notice: UMW and the City Expand Parking near Hanover Street

Public is invited to Ribbon Cutting on Friday, November 22 at 4:00pm

(Fredericksburg, VA)  November 15, 2019 – The University of Mary Washington and the City of Fredericksburg are pleased to announce completion of the expanded parking area at the Battlefield Athletic Complex. Please join us for a ribbon cutting on Friday, November 22 at 4:00p.m.  This City/Campus collaborative effort supports tournament attraction (economic development) and neighborhood parking relief.  The lot is located in front of UMW’s Physical Plant in the Battlefield Athletic Complex in the 1300 Block of Hanover Street.  The entrance is near the intersection of Bright and Hanover streets, please see map attached. 

For more information please feel free to contact: 

Lisa Chinn Marvashti
Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations
University of Mary Washington
lchinn@umw.edu
540-654-1378

 

Sonja Cantu
Public Information Officer
City of Fredericksburg
spcantu@fredericksburgva.gov
540-372-1010 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Office/Medical Building Sells in Spotsylvania County

Office/Medical Building Sells in Spotsylvania County

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, November 1, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 10472 Georgetown Drive in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Anchor Investment Group LLC purchased the 2,432 square foot office/medical building from Coker Family Investments, L.P. for $425,000 and will occupy for their business.

Jamie A. Scully, CCIM and Chris Russotti of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

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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Friday, November 8, 2019

Jackson Hewitt’s National Hiring Event

NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE
Jackson Hewitt’s National Hiring Event
Monday, November 11th – Friday, November 15th

Throughout the week of November 11, 2019, Jackson Hewitt and its independently owned and operated franchisees will be conducting on-the-spot interviews and extending job offers to qualified candidates. Available positions will vary by location and length but may include temporary, seasonal positions in tax preparation and client support for the duration of the tax season.

Jackson Hewitt is an industry leading provider of full-service individual, federal and state income tax preparation with offices across the country.  Jackson Hewitt and its franchisees together operate over 6,000 locations throughout the United States.  We have a passion for our employees and our clients. We recognize and appreciate that our team members are our single greatest competitive advantage. We offer flexible scheduling, including nights and weekends, and the amount of work hours may vary weekly based on need or position.  At participating locations, tax preparers may be offered the opportunity to earn performance-based bonuses.

Learn more about the various types of seasonal employment opportunities that Jackson Hewitt and its franchisees have to offer by visiting one of your local offices which you can find by using our office locator or by visiting https://jacksonhewitt.com today!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Fredericksburg Christmas Parade Street Closure Notice

News Release: Fredericksburg Christmas Parade Street Closure Notice

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, several streets in downtown Fredericksburg will close for the annual Christmas Parade. Parking will not be permitted on the streets along the parade route and some adjacent side streets beginning at 2:00pm and closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 3:30pm. There will be signs in place to indicate the restrictions and vehicles will be towed at the owners’ expense on that Saturday afternoon that have not been removed from the street.

The roads will remain closed until City maintenance crews finish cleaning the route. All streets are expected to be open by 9:00pm. Expect traffic delays before and after the parade. Please be patient, use caution, and obey traffic signs.

Timeline for streets impacted by Christmas Parade:

2:00pm - Parking restrictions begin at VRE Lot located at Sophia Street and Frederick Street, towing enforced.

2:00pm - Parking restrictions begin on the following streets in downtown, towing enforced where signage posted.

• 300-1000 blocks of Caroline Street

• 100-200 blocks of Amelia Street

• 500-1200 block of Princess Anne Street

• 100-300 blocks of George Street and William Street

• 100-400 blocks of Wolfe St, Charlotte St and Hanover St

• 800 block of Charles Street

3:30pm - Streets listed above will be closed to through traffic

5:30pm - Parade begins

9:00pm - Streets reopen after parade cleanup

 

Information about where to park and best places to view the parade is available online at www.fredericksburgchristmasparade.com. For more information, please call Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events at 540-372-1086.

 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Virginia 2019 Commemoration's Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival

CONTACT
Yuri R. Milligan
yuri.milligan@jyf.virginia.gov
O: (757) 253-4470 / C: (757) 634-1079

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

VIRGINIA 2019 COMMEMORATION’S CUSTOMS, CULTURES, AND CUISINE FESTIVAL FEATURES EVENTS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND STATEWIDE THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER  

 

Jamestown, VA (November 6, 2019) – Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution ’s Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival will be celebrated across the Commonwealth throughout the month of November, and will feature more than 40 events and programs. Presented by TowneBank, the premier events, festivals and special programming will draw on 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture. This month-long, statewide festival will serve as a momentous capstone to the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.

 

The festival is timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the first official Thanksgiving in English North America, which occurred in Virginia in 1619. Many people are unaware that Virginia is the true home of America’s first English Thanksgiving, though scholars and U.S. Presidents have recognized the Commonwealth’s role in hosting this significant tradition. In 1619, a group of English settlers arrived safely in Charles City, Virginia and held a ceremony of Thanksgiving for safe passage across the Atlantic, which was to be observed “annually and perpetually” thereafter.

 

“We invite Americans from across the nation to come home to Virginia this November to enjoy and participate in the many events and special programs the Commonwealth has planned to commemorate 400 years of Virginia’s unique history and culture,” said Kathy Spangler, Executive Director of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. “In honor of the 400th anniversary of the first official English Thanksgiving, American Evolution is taking back the spirit of Thanksgiving by partnering with area food banks to ensure that no Virginian goes hungry during the holiday season this year.”  

Find your local food bank or make an online donation here

The upcoming Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine featured events and programs will include:

The upcoming Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine signature events and programs will include Sampling the Centuries: Virginia’s Food Firsts, Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, 10th Biennial Conference, ASWAD (Association ...


 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Ribbon-cutting to Celebrate Opening of The Good Shepherd Preschool

NEWS RELEASE

November 6, 2019

 Ribbon-cutting to Celebrate Opening of The Good Shepherd Preschool

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Good Shepherd Preschool will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m. at Highway Assembly of God, 2221 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

The ceremony is open to the public, and will be followed by a reception and tour of the preschool facility. Enrollment information will be available for families considering a preschool for the 2020-2021 school year.

Operated as a faith-based educational ministry of Highway Assembly of God, The Good Shepherd Preschool opens in August 2020 with the goal to offer a strong academic program that integrates Christian character and biblical truths into every area of learning.

The preschool will be housed in a spacious educational building that features several classrooms, a fellowship hall/multipurpose area and a gymnasium. Outdoor recreational areas include a large sports field and fenced playground.

 “Our objective is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to develop foundational learning skills,” emphasizes preschool director Gary Wagner. “Our teaching staff will use a carefully designed curriculum enriched by music and physical education, arts and crafts, dramatic and creative play, and field trips, for example, to support all dimensions of child development.”

Wagner adds, “We will be intentional in training children to grow academically, to be spiritually prepared for Christian service, and to develop a lifelong Christian worldview, while having a lot of fun.”

The Good Shepherd Preschool offers both three-day-a-week and five-day-a-week programs for both 3-year-old and 4-year-old children. All classes meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and will be supervised by experienced lead teachers assisted by classroom aides.

Additional services offered by the preschool include before school care from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., extended care from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and after-school care from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Enrollment is now open for the 2020-2021 school year with The Good Shepherd Preschool. Parents can register their children with the preschool on line at gspreschool.highwayag.org by following the Admissions tab.

For further information, visit the preschool’s website at http://gspreschool.highwayag.org, email preschool@highwayag.org or phone (540) 371-4343. Follow The Good Shepherd Preschool on Facebook at www.facebook.com/preschool.highwayag.org.

 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Shawn’s BBQ is Happy to Serve Fredericksburg

Shawn’s BBQ is Happy to Serve Fredericksburg 

Shawn Moss grew up in the catering business. But like most Virginia-born boys who excelled at sports, he had something bigger in mind for his professional future

An “all-everything” high school offensive lineman, Shawn played in college before hurting his neck. Facing an uncertain future in his early 20s, the kid with dreams of the NFL turned to the only other thing that felt natural to him: Food.

Having cooked with his mom, Sue, since he was 12, Shawn eased back into his family comfort zone. Except his competitive nature wouldn’t allow him to coast in the kitchen. Shawn excelled in the culinary arts program at Stratford University in Falls Church and reignited a passion that had been in his blood since day one. 

“It’s funny, but you have to go through challenging times in life to find purpose in a place you might have not have initially seen it,” Shawn said. “That’s what food is to me. No matter how many hours I put in, I love it. It doesn’t feel like work. It’s what I was meant to do.” 

In the late ‘90s, Shawn became obsessed with making the best barbecue. He started out reading books and scouring the Internet for tips and recipes. Thanks to a commercial smoker, he began to work experimental rubs for brisket and pork onto the catering menu. He was hitting his stride—and it was time to take things up a notch. 

Shawn knew he had something special. His devotion to quality—“The meat has to be the best. I will never compromise on that.”—coupled with a knack for experimenting with bold, exciting flavors led to the first location for Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ in 2013. Shawn opened in

Culpeper thanks to the foundation that had been built with early supporters. A second location in Warrenton followed in 2015. Now Shawn is bringing his BBQ to Fredericksburg.

In the end, the secret to great barbecue isn’t much of a secret, Shawn said. Get the food right, and the customers will come. Except, as he learned from his mom’s catering business, serving food is also about serving a piece of yourself to others.

Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ is a family affair. Wife Magdalena—or “the real Shawn” because of all she does in the kitchen—and his five children all contribute their own flourishes to his barbecue story. Shawn’s name might be on the restaurant, but his entire family is invested in what it means to be the local spot for great barbecue. 

Being a proud Virginia boy also means it’s important to give back to his home. Shawn humbly gives his time, along with plenty of food donations, to support his church and kids’ schools.

“Sure, I want Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ to be known for fantastic food. But I also want people to know who I am and what values my family stands for. That’s how I can make the biggest difference for my community.”

Shawn’s BBQ Fredericksburg ...


 

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Fantasy Novel “Blood Magic” Has Been Adapted to a Podcast Series

The Fantasy Novel “Blood Magic” Has Been Adapted to a Podcast Series 

Indigo Stone has released a pilot podcast episode of “Blood Magic,” the vampire hunter novel. In this book, Selina Anderson is a small-town teacher with a big-time problem with vampires. The monsters are out to kill her before she can make them her next meal.  She is looking forward to a quiet lazy summer in Culpeper, Virginia, where everybody knows everybody.  At least this is her plan until three strangers enter her life in one day… 

Listen to the podcast at the following sites:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/60588jUPbbJpQUBdFqQ3ms

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=480792&refid=stpr

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Np5zYI

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Friday, November 8, 2019

REC Teaches Students about Electrical Safety

Date:                November 8, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 

                         Director of Communications and Public Relations
                         (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Teaches Students about Electrical Safety

For Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC), safety isn’t left at work – it’s shared with the community. REC employees, Stuart Schools and Zak Smith, spoke with fourth grade students at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County about electrical safety.

To really drive home the importance of electrical safety, the students were able to see the safety demonstration while having a discussion about what they can do to be safe around electricity.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

REC Crews Work through the Night to Restore Power

REC Crews Work through the Night to Restore Power

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) crews continue to repair damage and restore electric service after strong storms with powerful winds roared across the state last night. 

At the peak of the storm, about 4,000 REC member-owners were without electricity.  

The storm downed numerous trees and power lines, especially west of Interstate 95. At least nine poles also were damaged.

Crews worked through the night to repair equipment, and as of 1 p.m., fewer than 750 member-owners remained without service. John Arp, western region manager for REC, said he expects the majority of service to be restored by late this evening.

Safety is always a top priority for REC employees and member-owners. Downed power lines and trees touching the lines are extremely dangerous. If you see a downed line, report it by contacting REC 800-552-3904 or by calling 911, and be sure to keep others away from the line.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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. 

Thanks,
Casey

 

Casey Hollins, CCC

Director of Communications and Public Relations

540-891-5908

www.myrec.coop

Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube


 

Monday, November 4, 2019

News Release: Fredericksburg Veterans Day Events feature Procession, Ceremony and Resource Fair

News Release: Fredericksburg Veterans Day Events feature Procession, Ceremony and Resource Fair

The City of Fredericksburg announces upcoming Veterans Day Events in downtown this year to honor the contributions of our United States Veterans. Veterans Day, which is held on Monday, November 11th, kicks off in downtown Fredericksburg with a Walking Procession starting at 10:00am.  Visitors are invited to line the Washington Avenue Mall just before 10:00am to watch the procession of veterans pass by from Memorial Park up Washington Avenue to William Street and Barton Street. The procession will conclude on George Street at the site of the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial, where the traditional Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 10:45am.

A new Veterans Resource Fair will open in Hurkamp Park at 12:00pm until 2:00pm, after the conclusion of the ceremony at the Fredericksburg Area War Memorial.  Organized by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, this new resource fair offers businesses, non-profits and other organizations the opportunity to share their services, jobs and resources that are available or designed specifically for Veterans. 

Parking is available in the 620 William Street Lot at Barton Street, the Fredericksburg Dog Park at Kenmore Avenue, First Christian Church at Washington Ave., the lot at 1016 Charles Street and Virginia Partners Bank at 410 William Street. Please see the attached map for parking locations.  

Attendance at these events is completely free of charge and the public is invited. Events will be held rain or shine. This year’s Veterans Day events are sponsored by 93.3 WFLS, FAVC Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council, Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events, and Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Of Commerce.

For more information please call 540-372-1086 or visit https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1595/Veterans-Day-Events.

 

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City of Fredericksburg photo attached:  Veterans walked along one side of Washington Avenue on November 11, 2018, the inaugural year of the procession.

Sonja Cantu
Public Information Officer
City of Fredericksburg
540-372-1010 ext. 304
spcantu@fredericksburgva.gov


 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Commercial Broker Professional Rejoins Fredericksburg Office

Commercial Broker Professional Rejoins Fredericksburg Office

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, October 29, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce Thomas Raines has rejoined their Fredericksburg office where he will focus on commercial property sales and leasing. Prior to joining Thalhimer, Thomas was a business specialist for Apple Retail in Hampton Roads, Virginia and most recently worked with Marand Builders managing commercial retail and office construction projects throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Mr. Raines, originally from Richmond, Virginia, is a 2009 graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also a veteran, having served in Operation Enduring Freedom with the 459th Air Refueling Squadron based out of Joint Base Andrews.

 

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.

 

For Further Information Contact:
Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM
Senior Vice President, Managing Broker
+1 540 322 4150
virgil.nelson@thalhimer.com

 


 

Friday, November 1, 2019

RAPPAHANNCOK UNITED WAY LAUNCHES ALICE AWARENESS WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 30nd, 2019

CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila

BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org  540-373-0041 x303

 

RAPPAHANNCOK UNITED WAY LAUNCHES ALICE AWARENESS WEEK

 

October 30, 2019 – Fredericksburg, VA - Rappahannock United Way is holding its first ALICE Awareness Week, from November 4 – 8,2019.  This is part of a statewide outreach campaign, when local United Ways across Virginia will be raising ALICE awareness in their own communities.

ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, and represents those individuals and families who are working but still struggling to make ends meet.

Your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk - anyone can be living under the ALICE threshold.  These families cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent.  One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

The goal of ALICE Awareness Week is to bring to the forefront some of the obstacles that the ALICE population must overcome on a regular basis, as well as encourage support for Rappahannock United Way’s ALICE Assistance Fund.  Donations to the fund are used to provide assistance for mortgage and rent payments, and car repair bills, to help hardworking households maintain a roof over their heads and the means to get to and from work, to maintain financial stability during a crisis.

Rappahannock United Way’s overarching goal is to create a community where all people are hopeful, resilient, and self – sufficient.  Be sure to follow Rappahannock United Way on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date on ALICE and ALICE Awareness Week.

Facebook: @rappahannockunitedway | Twitter: @rappunitedway | Instagram: @unitedwayrapp 

 

About Rappahannock United Way

Celebrating 80 years in our community, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit serving Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline. Rappahannock United Way’s vision is a community where individuals and families achieve their potential through Education, Financial Stability and Healthy Living. Together, we can create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

For more information about the Virginia ALICE Report visit – www.VirginiaALICE.org

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Pepper the robot to greet library customers

Pepper the robot to greet library customers

Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 24, 2019 - Pepper is a humanoid robot which will be joining Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) to meet and interact with customers and continue the library's initiatives making technology accessible and fun. Pepper was manufactured by SoftBank Robotics and is the world’s first social humanoid robot able to recognize faces and basic human emotions. Pepper has been optimized for human interaction and is able to engage with people through conversation and its touch screen.

Pepper will be debuting at CRRL branches in November during MakerLab sessions:

Friday, November 22, 3:00-5:00, Salem Church Branch Pepper will live at IdeaSpace, CRRL’s new space for making and media, coming this winter.

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


 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

CIP Finishes Awarded $1.7 Million Contract

CIP Finishes Awarded $1.7 Million Contract

STAFFORD, VA, October 30, 2019 - CIP Finishes was awarded a $1.7 million contract this week by CBG Building Company to furnish and install interior hardware for four, multi-family residential buildings at Eckington Yards in Washington, D.C. – among the largest deals in CIP Finishes’ history, President Paul Milde announced today.

The company will provide unit bath and common bath accessories, shower doors, blinds, mailroom specialties, bike racks, storage lockers and other hardware as part of the contract.

Also this week CIP Finishes was awarded an $840,000 contract by CBG Building Company to provide hardware for the Bryant Street development near 4th Street and Rhode Island Avenue in D.C., Milde added. The week caps off an increasingly busy season for the Class A contractor, with multiple jobs underway, more in the pipeline and its new headquarters under construction at 25 Centreport Parkway near Stafford Regional Airport.

Founded in 1988 by Paul Milde, CIP Finishes is a specialty construction firm that provides turn-key interior hardware for large multi-family residential, commercial and related projects in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and other regions. Learn more at cipfinishes.com.

 

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Carla Young Harrington
Mobile: 540 479 7835


 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Next Gen to Honor Young Professionals

Next Gen to Honor Young Professionals
Group to be honored as ‘Top 10 of the Next Gen’

FREDERICKSBURG - Ten Fredericksburg-area young professionals under the age of 40 will be honored on Thursday, November 7th by the Next Generation of Business Leaders, a program of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The members of the group will be recognized at the eighth-annual “Top 10 of the Next Gen” event. The ceremony will be held at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library downtown at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 which includes appetizers and two drink tickets. Chamber members will receive a $10 off discount. People can register online at www.fxbgchamber.org

Next Gen’s board and the Chamber selected the 10 winners following a nomination period. The recipients were chosen for their professional accomplishments, community contributions and their passion for quality of life in the region.

Here are the 2019 “Top Ten of the Next Gen” award recipients:

  • Amelia Wright; Member Service Representative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • David McKnight; CEO, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
  • Ethan Shockey; Next Gen Pastor, Lifepoint Church
  • Jennifer McGovern; Associate Attorney, Parrish Snead Franklin Simpson, PLC
  • Jennifer Sullivan; Manager of Examination and Laboratory Services, Hematology Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg
  • Meaghan Williams; Executive Director, King George YMCA
  • Patrick Church; Franchise Owner, Malawis Pizza
  • Sarah Stelmock; Principal Broker, Nest Realty Fredericksburg
  • Simon Watts; MakerLab Specialist, Central Rappahannock Regional Library  
  • Xavier Bates; Captain, LifeCare Medical Transports

 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

LOCAL CELEBRITIES VOLUNTEER AS WAITERS FOR RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 24nd, 2019
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org  540-373-0041 x303

 

                                 LOCAL CELEBRITIES VOLUNTEER AS WAITERS FOR RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY

October 24, 2019 – Fredericksburg, VA - Local celebrity waiters entertained guests as waiters at the fun-spirited Celebrity Waiter Luncheon on Wednesday, October 23rd, at Park Lane Tavern at 1 Towne Centre Boulevard in Fredericksburg, in an effort to help raise funds for Rappahannock United Way.  

Guests were encouraged to “tip” their celebrity waiter for services such as receiving silverware, singing their order or bringing refills of beverages. All of this was done in good humor with a light heart.

 “We’re so excited to celebrate our third year hosting the Celebrity Waiter Luncheon,” said Ann Jones, Director of Resource Development at Rappahannock United Way. “We enjoyed a great meal, a few laughs and came together to raise funds that will help people right here in our community. This year all proceeds will go to our ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Fund, which offers assistance to hardworking ALICE households who are facing temporary hardship.” 

Celebrity Waiters:

Pat Holland - Executive Director, Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging

Cedric Rucker - Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life, University of Mary Washington

Laura Rudy - Treasurer, Stafford County Government

Rob Hedelt - Reporter, The Free Lance - Star

Jane Yaun- Executive Director, RACSB

Brooke Miller - President of Germanna Educational Foundation, Germanna Community College

2nd Lt. Deuntay T. Diggs - Stafford County Sheriff's Department

Eric Fletcher - Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Mary Washington Healthcare

Barney Reiley – Executive Director, Rappahannock Area YMCA

Ryan DeWeese - Chief Operating Officer, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

Wally King - Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer, Virginia Partners Bank

Bill Freehling - Director, Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism

 

Our event sponsors included: Chancellor's Village, Mary Washington Healthcare, University of Mary Washington Foundation, Germanna Community College, The Rappahannock Area YMCA, Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Spring Arbor, Ignite Cinemas, Fred and Barbara Rankin, Ed and Joyce Allison, Jack and Pat Rowley, Ron and Mary Jane Branscome, The Free Lance-Star, Cathy and Ron Davis, Right at Home: Home Care

 

About Rappahannock United Way

Celebrating 80 years in our community, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit serving Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline. Rappahannock United Way’s vision is a community where individuals and families achieve their potential through Education, Financial Stability and Healthy Living. Together, we can create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

 

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Come Join Indigo Stone’s Book Signing Party!

Come join Indigo Stone’s book signing party! We are celebrating the release of “Blood Magic” by local author RL Collins. 

“Blood Magic” is a fantasy novel about Selina Anderson who is a small-town teacher with a big-time problem with vampires. These vampires are out to kill her before she can make them her next meal.  Selina is looking forward to a quiet lazy summer in Culpeper, Virginia. At least this is her plan until three strangers enter her life in one day…

The novel has been released on Amazon, https://amzn.to/2ltRqOs.  If you have questions about the events, please email president@indigostone.online

All dates below areSaturdays in 2020 from 1:00-3:00 pm:
January 18 at Towne Centre Library
January 25 at Salem Church Library
February 15 at Fredericksburg Central Library

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Monday, October 28, 2019

News Release: Survey to evaluate City's Emergency Fire and Medical Services

News Release: Survey to evaluate City's Emergency Fire and Medical Services

The Fredericksburg Fire Department Needs Your Opinions on Emergency Fire and Medical Response in the City

Please take a minute or two to help the Fredericksburg Fire Department evaluate its operations as we set the future vision for emergency fire and medical services for the City.  Please find the survey at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JL7PH3F

The Fredericksburg Fire Department is undertaking a review of its programs, operations and future needs. “We are seeking the observations and requests from our constituencies as we determine how to continue to serve the public to the best of our abilities. Your input is valuable as we set priorities and identify sources of funding for the future,” said Eddie Allen, Fredericksburg Fire Department Chief. Everyone is invited to participate in the survey, including City residents, business owners and operators, property owners and visitors. Public input is important, even from those who have not needed the services of the Fire Department in the past.

This survey is brief and should take no more than five minutes to complete. Please share it with neighbors and associates. Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JL7PH3F. Thank you very much for your time and valuable insights.

For more information about the Fredericksburg Fire Department please call 540-372-1059 or visit www.fredericksburgva.gov.

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Link to notice online: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=872


 

Monday, October 28, 2019

CRRL Director to appear on Comcast Newsmakers

CRRL Director to appear on Comcast Newsmakers

Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 25, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library Director Martha Hutzel will be a guest on the Virginia edition of Comcast Newsmakers on Tuesday, October 29. Ms. Hutzel will discuss how the library serves the community through Library on the Go, opening new branches and satellite locations, and inspiring lifelong learning for everyone in our community.

Comcast Newsmakers welcomes regional trailblazers to discuss ideas, assess community challenges and progress, and inspire meaningful action. Segments are broadcast to Comcast customers on Xfinity On Demand™, and to the general public at ComcastNewsmakers.com.

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

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Postponement of Fredericksburg Hockey Rink Grand Opening

News Release - Postponement of Fredericksburg Hockey Rink Grand Opening

Ribbon Cutting will be delayed two weeks due to impending weather

(Fredericksburg, VA)  October 25, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg and the Washington Capitals have postponed the Grand Opening event for the Fredericksburg Roller Hockey Rink due to impending weather. The ribbon cutting and children’s clinics have been rescheduled until Sunday, November 10, 2019 with the ceremony beginning at 1:00pm. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and tour the rink which is located in Dixon Park, 1300 Dixon Street in Fredericksburg.

The free Children’s Street Hockey Clinic will begin at 1:45pm on Sunday, November 10th as well. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the children’s clinics, the Washington Capitals are adding a second clinic for 8-14 year olds at 3:00pm. Participants who have already registered will be notified directly by the Washington Capitals. Details about the new clinic signups will be made available on fxbghockey.com. For questions and concerns regarding the clinics please email youthhockey@washcaps.com

The new rink was constructed in Dixon Park with a custom Riley Manufactured board system and a NOVA Play II flooring surface featuring the Capitals logo. The rink also features a Daktronics scoreboard with the Capitals logo. The rink has been built as a partnership between the Washington Capitals and the City of Fredericksburg, with generous support from the new Fredanthropist program and the Fredericksburg Youth Roller Hockey organization.  In addition to supporting the new rink construction, the Washington Capitals are providing hockey equipment and teacher curriculum to all four City schools’ physical education departments.

For more information about the hockey rink, please contact Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events at 540-372-1086 or online at www.FxbgHockey.com

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Monday, October 21, 2019

New Green Startup Seeks Maximum Waste Diversion through Deconstruction and Donation

NEWS PROVIDED BY
The Green Mission Inc. 
Oct 15, 2019, 10:33 ET

New Green Startup Seeks Maximum Waste Diversion through Deconstruction and Donation

FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New sustainability-focused startup, The Green Mission Inc., is set to revolutionize the deconstruction and personal property donation industries with its unique approach to building material recycling and waste diversion.

"I started this company with the intent to accomplish measurable increases in waste diversion. My driving motivations are my five children and the sustainable earth they must inherit from those of us in a green-influencing capacity," says Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jessica I. Marschall.

One of The Green Mission Inc.'s goals is to shore up standards and raise the bar with ethically-focused waste diversion strategies, like deconstructed material and property donation coupled with IRS-compliant appraisals. "Appraisals produced will be conservatively and accurately valued in line with all IRS codifications, USPAP standards, and relevant case law," states Marschall.

Diane Scarbrough, TGMI's Vice President and Lead Appraiser, is familiar with the industry's current pitfalls. "The survival of the donation and deconstruction industry could be jeopardized if individuals and corporations lose tax incentives to donate rather than demolish and trash. Additionally, nonprofit programs that utilize these much-needed donations may be hindered."

TGMI seeks to contribute directly to conversations centering around strategies like local ordinances aiding deconstruction, state tax credits and local and state mandates for deconstruction, as well as federal tax incentives, initiatives, and mandates for waste diversion.

"We hope to work closely with regulatory parties to raise appraiser standards, aligning more closely with those required for other highly-regulated industries, including rigorous examinations, specific industry-related college course requirements, and continuing education standards. Because of the potential tax savings, the propensity for abuse exists," explains Marschall.

TGMI's formula for success lies in their leadership backgrounds. Mayur Dankhara, Co-President and COO, has an MS in Construction Management and a strong background in deconstruction management best-practices. Marschall has an MS in Accounting and concentrates on tax regulations and incentives. Scarbrough's experience makes her one of the most experienced personal property appraisers in the industry.

"We work as a team," says Dankhara. "We determined the waste diversion industry would be best-served by an organization possessing the distinct combination of our backgrounds. We provide help in reviewing feasibility studies and cost analysis when implementing waste diversion strategies especially for commercial deconstruction projects."

Headquartered in historic downtown Fredericksburg, The Green Mission Inc. provides services nationwide.

Contact: Jessica Marschall, jessica@thegreenmissioninc.com, 540-322-3884

SOURCE The Green Mission Inc.


 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and HCA Virginia Physicians Welcome Pratt Medical Group to HCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Jael Cooper
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
(540)498-4054
jael.cooper@hcahealthcare.com

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and HCA Virginia Physicians
Welcome Pratt Medical Group to HCA Healthcare

Fredericksburg, Va. (October 16, 2019) – Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and HCA Virginia Physicians are pleased to welcome Pratt Healthcare to our employed medical staff. As part of the transition, Pratt Healthcare’s name will change to Pratt Medical Group.

“Pratt Medical Group has a longstanding tradition of providing exceptional care to the greater Fredericksburg community. We are excited and honored to partner with Pratt and welcome them to the SRMC family. Together we offer unparalleled access to care options both locally in our practices and hospital, and regionally through the expansive network of expertise offered by HCA Healthcare,” said David McKnight, chief executive officer of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Pratt Medical Group has been a cornerstone of the greater Fredericksburg community since 1937, when it was founded by five primary care physicians. It is the oldest continually operating physician practice in Central Virginia, serving many generations of families in the region. The specialties served by Pratt Medical Group include family medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics.

“By joining HCA Virginia Physicians, we are aligning with an organization committed to our shared vision of patient-centered excellence, conveyed by caring providers who use advanced treatments and technology to meet the wide range of healthcare needs in our community,” said Dr. Scott Walker, an obstetrician/gynecologist and the physician leader of Pratt Medical Group.

Going forward, Pratt Medical Group will be serving the community at three convenient locations:
- Frank Durcan Campus: 4701 Spotsylvania Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center)
- T. Stacy Lloyd Campus: 1451 Hospital Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (Mary Washington Hospital)
- Dixon Street Campus: 1500 Dixon Street, Suite 202, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Please visit either the Pratt Healthcare legacy website or the new Pratt Medical Group informational page on the HCA Virginia Physicians website for more information, including locations of care, services offered, and instructions for both new and existing patients during the transition.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Cybersecurity certification program initiates a focused network of tech talent...

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 16, 2019

Contact: Kimberly Young,
Executive Director,
Continuing and Professional Studies
at the University of Mary Washington
540-286-8076

Cybersecurity certification program initiates a focused network of tech talent development in the Fredericksburg region

University of Mary Washington leads partnership among Fredericksburg, Stafford and King George counties, and area community colleges

FREDERICKSBURG, VA—Oct. 16, 2019—Information technology professionals in the Fredericksburg region will have access to locally based training to help them earn one of the industry’s most sought-after cybersecurity certifications, with registration open now. 

The University of Mary Washington (UMW) is leading a consortium of local governments and educational entities to offer a non-credit preparatory program for the Certified Information Systems Security Professionals, or CISSP, exam. The program – the only one of its kind in the region – is made possible by a grant from GO Virginia, a statewide economic development initiative, and King George County, as well as the Fredericksburg and Stafford County economic development authorities.

Recent high-profile data breaches at household-name businesses have greatly accelerated demand for cybersecurity skills among employers. The demand for cybersecurity workers has grown three times faster than that of overall IT jobs, according to a recent report from workforce research firm Burning Glass Technologies. The high demand also means that certified workers can command premium salaries.

Joel Griffin, Stafford County Economic Development Authority chairman, described the demand for credentialed cybersecurity professionals as unrelenting. “As demand for IT security workers continues to expand, people need access to this kind of training within the communities where they live.”

The CISSP is for cybersecurity professionals with at least five years’ experience in their field. The exam asks candidates to demonstrate advanced knowledge of eight domains of cybersecurity, preparing them to be leaders within organizations’ information security operations.

“The CISSP is a must-have certification for the majority of cybersecurity work we do at SimVentions within the Department of Defense,” said Megan Shepherd, vice president for cybersecurity engineering at Stafford-based contractor SimVentions. “Having locally based training available for area professionals to achieve this certification will make our region’s businesses more competitive.”

Beth Black, chair of the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority, said UMW’s training offers “a solution that helps our companies and our workforce be more competitive, without having to spend hours driving north.”

Demand in our region for these positions over the next five years is projected to be nearly 2,000 jobs, said Curry Roberts, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance at the University of Mary Washington. “These are high-paying, high-growth jobs that will need to be filled, and programs like this CISSP certification give our labor force another opportunity to take advantage of this growth.

Registration is open now for the first CISSP preparation course, which will begin in winter 2020. Registrants who sign up by the Priority Deadline of Dec. 1, 2019, will receive preferred placement in a local study group that complements the class. Potential candidates can learn more about the course and the requirements for CISSP certification at www.umw.edu/cissp

Classes will take place at UMW’s Stafford County ...


 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer reports the following recent lease transactions....

For information regarding any of the below
transactions please contact:   

                                                                      
Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM
540.322.4150
virgil.nelson@thalhimer.com


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

Inflatable Jump Rentals renewed their lease of 6,000 square feet of industrial space at 1117 Tyler Street in Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM and Adam Nelson handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

Marstel-Day, LLC leased 5,191 square feet in Mill Race Commons at 701 Kenmore Ave. in the City of Fredericksburg, VA. Sharon E. Schmidt handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant.

US Foods, Inc. leased 3,000 square feet of storage area at 311 Central Road in Fredericksburg, VA. Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

Harris Corporation renewed its lease of 3,300 square feet in Longwood Two at 11001 Houser Dr. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.

Apple Auto Glass Warehouse, Inc. leased 3,000 square feet in Longwood Business Center at 230 Industrial Dr. in Spotsylvania County, VA. Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM handled the lease negotiations.


 

Monday, October 21, 2019

RAPPAHANNOCK GOODWILL INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2019
Contact: Julie Rettinger, Vice President, Branding & Chief Administrative Officer
540-371-3070. julie.rettinger@fredgoodwill.org

    RAPPAHANNOCK GOODWILL INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO

Fredericksburg, VA, October 18, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has announced that Stephen A. Cox has been named the new President & CEO of the organization.

Steve Cox will fill a position that has been vacant following the retirement of President & CEO Donnie Tolson. Julie Bayless, Vice President for Finance, has served as Interim CEO since Tolson’s retirement in September. Cox will assume leadership of RGI on November 18, 2019.

Bruce Barnett, Chairman of the Board for RGI, said the Board of Directors led an exhaustive search to fill the position. “We received a tremendous amount of interest in the opening thanks to the outstanding reputation of Rappahannock Goodwill. The slate of highly qualified candidates was unprecedented for the organization. Steve Cox stood out due to his depth of experience and proven track record,” said Barnett.

Cox joins RGI with a diverse background, including several senior management positions. Most recently, Cox was Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Previously, he served as Vice President, Public Relations with Sodexo in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His other roles have included President/CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus and he is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

“I am excited to be returning to Virginia to lead such an outstanding organization,” said Cox. “Rappahannock Goodwill is well known for the tremendous impact it has on the community. I want to be a part of that success and grow the organization and mission.”

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Foundation (501©3) is proud to host its first annual...

October 15, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

The Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Foundation (501©3) is proud to host its first annual Comedy Night in support of the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy!

The Foundation was established in 2016 as a support and outreach arm of the academy. We serve to highlight the important training mission for our local law enforcement professionals and to help bring the community together with their local law enforcement partners. Throughout the year the foundation hosts events to bring the community together with their law enforcement partners in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

This Friday, October 18, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM the foundation is hosting Rahmein Mostafavi at the Fredericksburg Courtyard by Marriott Historic District. Come out and have a few good laughs and hang out with some of the area’s finest law enforcement officers! The proceeds from the event support the training mission of the academy.

Be sure to join us after the show at Billiken’s Smokehouse for our after event social hour!


 

Friday, October 11, 2019

CRRL Acquires Portable Readalong Books to Encourage Early Literacy

CRRL Acquires Portable Readalong Books to Encourage Early Literacy

Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 8, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has added portable readalong storybooks to its collection.

These all-in-one picture books have audio built right in, with preloaded sound players permanently attached to the front cover of kid-tough books. The speakers are loud enough for group listening, and an earphone jack is available for individual use.

"These new readalongs are amazing! You don't need internet access or a computer to make them work. There are no CDs to keep track of. Just press play and children will be encouraged to learn to read, to practice their reading, and to just make reading fun."

Darcie Caswell, CRRL Youth Services Coordinator

These rechargeable devices last for more than one hundred listens between charging.

Customers can place readalongs on hold by searching "portable readalongs" in the library catalog. The library offers additional digital readalong resources through its subscriptions to two online databases. Early World of Learning offers readalong stories in English and Spanish. Overdrive also offers more than 100 readalong titles as eBooks.

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

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For more information, contact Director Martha Hutzel, martha.hutzel@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 x7003.


 

Friday, October 11, 2019

CRRL Collects Food to Benefit Food Banks

CRRL Collects Food to Benefit Food Banks

Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 9, 2019 - During the week of October 13-19, Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is celebrating Food for Fines. For every non-perishable food item that customers bring to any CRRL branch (nothing expired, nothing dented), the library will deduct a dollar from the customer's overdue fees, up to a maximum amount of $20.00. One item = $1.00 applied to one customer account.

Donations may not be used to pay for lost or damaged library materials. All donations benefit local area food banks. Contributions are welcome even if customers do not have overdue fees.

In 2018, the library collected 4,124 lbs of food through Food for Fines.

Also, in recognition of Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 will be a fine-free day. There will be no late charges for overdue materials returned on that day.

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

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For more information, contact Director Martha Hutzel, martha.hutzel@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 x7003.


 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Industrial Building Sold in Stafford County

Industrial Building Sold in Stafford County

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA, October 8, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of 112 Juliad Court in Stafford County, Virginia.

Americo Real Estate Company purchased the 60,000 square foot industrial building from Juliad Court LLC for $2,000,000 as an investment.

Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM and Adam Nelson of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

For Further Information Contact:
Virgil G. Nelson, CCIM                               
Senior Vice President, Managing Broker     
+1 540 322 4150                                          
virgil.nelson@thalhimer.com


 

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Washington Capitals and City of Fredericksburg to host ribbon cutting

The Washington Capitals and City of Fredericksburg to host ribbon cutting October 27 at 2pm

(Fredericksburg, VA) October 10, 2019 – The Washington Capitals and the City of Fredericksburg are pleased to announce the Grand Opening for the NEW Fredericksburg Roller Hockey Rink. The ribbon cutting will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 2:00pm. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and tour the rink which is located in Dixon Park, 1300 Dixon Street.

The opening ceremony will be followed by a free Children’s Street Hockey Clinic sponsored by the Washington Capitals. Children ages 8-14 are invited to participate for free, but they must pre-register due to limited space. All participants will receive a free street hockey stick. No skates are allowed for this clinic, tennis shoes only. For details and to register for the free clinic visit https://washcaps.formstack.com/forms/street_hockey_clinic_series.

Skaters are encouraged to bring inline skates and give the rink a try after the clinic is finished.

The rink was constructed in Dixon Park as a new build that includes a custom Riley Manufactured board system and a NOVA Play II flooring surface featuring the Capitals logo. The rink also features a Daktronics scoreboard with the Capitals logo. The rink has been built as a partnership between the Washington Capitals and the City of Fredericksburg, with generous support from the new Fredanthropist program and the Fredericksburg Youth Roller Hockey organization. In addition to supporting the new rink construction, the Washington Capitals are providing hockey equipment and teacher curriculum to all four City schools’ physical education departments.

For more information about the hockey rink, please contact Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation & Events at 540-372-1086 or online at www.FxbgHockey.com.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces A Magical Collection Tour with Mr. John Atkins

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                       10/09/2019
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 A Magical Collection Tour with Mr. John Atkins

Join the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) on October 24th at 7:00 pm for a guided tour of its exhibition A Magical Collection with Disney collector Mr. John Atkins. The exhibit features rare and one-of-a-kind Disney pieces and park memorabilia collected over the years. Mr. Atkins’ love for Disney started while visiting the 1964 New York World’s Fair, “As a 7-year-old, I remember to this day being amazed at all the cool things I saw!” His fascination has continued through adulthood, as he travels far and wide to collect objects. In addition to learning more about Walt Disney and his creative team, participants will have the opportunity to see very rare pieces not on display and can talk one-on-one with Mr. Atkins.

This program is FREE of charge; registration is not required but appreciated as space is limited.  To register please contact Theresa Cramer, tcramer@famcc.org, or 540-371-3037, ext. 138. A Magical Collection is generously sponsored by Lewis Insurance Associates and runs through December 31st.

A Magical Collection is located in the FAM’s People’s Gallery. The Fredericksburg area is full of collections, from match-box cars to sport-memorabilia, and FAM’s People’s Gallery showcases these unique collections. Rotating on a yearly basis, visitors will be surprised to see what treasures are hidden in our area. Collectors wishing to showcase their collections are encouraged to contact the museum with a short description of the objects and a brief synopsis of what their collection signifies to them. Please send information to info@famcc.org.

For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please contact the FAM at 540-371-3037, or visit www.famva.org.  The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces November’s First Friday – Paint A Pet

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                       10/09/2019
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 November’s First Friday – Paint A Pet  

Join the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) for First Friday on November 1st from 5 – 8 PM. Highlighting the FAM’s exhibit People & Their Pets, local artist Sonja Petersen Cantu will lead a hands-on painting class entitled Paint a Pet.  Beginning at 5:30, participants in this 90-minute class will paint one of the Fredericksburg SPCA’s rescue animals featured in theexhibit. This art class is FREE and open to the public. Due to limited spots, RSVP is required. Please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org or 540-371-3037 x 138 to RSVP.

The People and Their Pets exhibition is generously sponsored by The Fredericksburg SPCA, Off Leash K9 Training, The Brooke Miller Pineapple Fund, Fredericksburg Rappahannock Chapter Izaak Walton League of America. Inc, Sonja Petersen Cantu, and Lisa Hourin.

FAM’s First Friday series includes extended hours and engaging programs to the public every month.  As always, these recurring programs are FREE and open to the public, all ages are welcome! FAM’s First Fridays are generously sponsored by Joan Diaz-Mendez, Realtor Associate. For more information on this event, or for additional programming information, please contact the FAM at 540-371-3037, or visit www.famva.org.  

The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region.


 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Fantasy Novel “Blood Magic” Is Out on Amazon Murder and mayhem have come to small town Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rachel
October 2019 Email: president@indigostone.online


PRESS RELEASE: The Fantasy Novel “Blood Magic” Is Out on Amazon
Murder and mayhem have come to small town Virginia


FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA — Have you ever wondered what you would get if you crossed a schoolteacher with a vampire hunter? You would get a character that almost always has a plan, rarely curses, but is willing to rip your heart out. The fantasy novel “Blood Magic” has been released on Amazon, https://amzn.to/2ltRqOs.

Selina Anderson is a small-town teacher with a big time problem with vampires who are out to kill her before she can make them her next meal. She is looking forward to a quiet lazy summer in Culpeper, Virginia. At least this is her plan until three strangers enter her life in one day.


At the local library, a dark-haired man is strangled in the bathroom after leaving Selina a cryptic message. In the parking lot, she is accosted by a fair man who entrusts a red leather journal into her care. At home, the day ends with her door being splintered in two as an aggressive, but sexy, guest requires a word with her. This third stranger kidnaps Selina into a world overflowing with vampires, were-animals, and witches.


They all have problems and she must solve theirs and her own if she ever wants to go home again. As this monumental task puts her untried abilities to the test, Selina must come to terms with another discovery…

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Indigo Stone specializes in strategic project management and technical writing for the business world. Review Indigo Stone’s list of publications, including “Blood Magic” by RL Collins, on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2ltRqOs. Read our blog for bonus tips and suggestions. We are on LinkedIn. For more information, email us at president@indigostone.online.


 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Trunk or Treat Fall Festival at Rocking Nissan of Stafford

Trunk or Treat Fall Festival at Rocking Nissan of Stafford

Come out and have fun with the Rocking Nissan family!Free entry and a pre-Halloween mix up event for all ages. There will be vendors, face painting, food, costume contests and more! You will even have a chance to win a gift card and also door prizes! Come enjoy yourself for these few hours of your day, we love to have the community together!

"Customers for life, not just for a day"

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Monday, October 7, 2019

At 30, UMW's Simpson Library is an Open Book

                                      At 30, UMW's Simpson Library is an Open Book

James Pape doesn’t think of Simpson Library as being the big brick building with all the books across from the Hurley Convergence Center. 

“The library is the entire campus,” said Pape, Simpson’s access services and outreach librarian. “Students are still using the library when they’re reading books or other materials in their residence halls or apartments, or even when they’re using our databases to conduct research.”

A storehouse of sources, it has served since 1989 as the University’s knowledge center, supporting teaching, learning, research and service happenings on and off campus.

“On the outside, it may look much as it did when it opened 30 years ago, but inside we are evolving into a 21st-century library,” said University Librarian Rosemary Arneson, who pointed to online journals, a greater collection of electronic books than those in print and modern entities like the ThinkLab and Digital Archiving Lab. “At our heart, however, we continue to be committed to providing excellent service to the UMW community.” Read more.

 By Jill Laiacona


 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Unique blend of Home improvement companies and Crafters with Hand Made Products set to inspire...

October 4, 2019

Unique blend of Home improvement companies and Crafters with Hand Made Products set to inspire on October 19-20 inside the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center

Fredericksburg, VA. . . Its a Home Show, Its a Craft a Show.  Its two shows in one.  The Fredericksburg Fall Home and Craft Festival on October 19-20 is a chance to meet exceptional home & garden businesses, get great advice and find amazing deals combined with a chance to shop locally from Hand made Craft vendors for the upcoming holiday shopping and decorating seasons.  All the crafts that will be available for sale inside the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center are all handmade by the vendors !

The goal of the Festival is simple: to inspire and help make the upcoming season of home improvements and decorating the easiest ever by combining the handmade creations from highly skilled craft vendors along with the areas top and most respected home related vendors.

Whether it's a minor renovation, a major remodeling project or if you are looking for a unique one-of-a-kind decoration, craft or gift for the upcoming holiday season, the Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival features a over one hundred home improvement professionals in addition to hundreds of craft vendors who will be selling items not found in big box stores.

Do not miss this one-of-a-kind combination of a home show and craft show Saturday, October 19, 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 20, from 11am-4pm at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. Tickets are good for both days. For a complete list of vendors, order tickets or to download a discount admission coupon for the festival visit  www.fredericksburgfallhomeandcraftfestival.com

This is a Ballantine Group Production.

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SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

WHAT:

Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival

 

WHERE:

Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center   

2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

 

WHEN:

Saturday, October 19, 2019:  10am-6pm

Sunday, October 20, 2019:  11am-4pm

 

ADMISSION:

Adults At Door:  $8 (Advance:  $7*)

Seniors (60+) At Door:  $7 (Advance:  $6*)

Children 12 & Under:  Free

(Tickets Good All Weekend)

*processing fees apply

Free Parking

 

WEBSITE AND FACE BOOK PAGE:

Website:  www.fredericksburgfallhomeandcraftfestival.com
Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/FredericksburgArtsandCraftShows

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


 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Chamber’s Next Generation of Business Leaders Announces October Happy Hour

Media Release
Date: 10/7/19
Media Contact:
Grace Draper 

Chamber’s Next Generation of Business Leaders Announces
October Happy Hour for Area Young Professionals 

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA - The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber’s Next Generation of Business Leaders (NextGen) is hosting a networking happy hour on Thursday, October 17, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Capital Ale House, located at 917 Caroline Street.

Our NextGen Board of Directors hosts a happy hour every other month throughout the year to help grow our community of young professionals in the Fredericksburg Region. Happy hours are open to anyone ages 21-40 in our community who are interested in expanding their network of peers and business contacts! Bring a business card to enter our raffle for a $25 Capital Ale House gift card. The attendee who brings the most guests will receive a prize!

For more information about NextGen or to learn more about this event, please email NextGen Board Chair, Grace Draper, at gdraper@rappahannockunitedway.org.

 

 

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Launches OB Emergency Department & 24/7 OB Hospitalist Care

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

Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Launches
OB Emergency Department & 24/7 OB Hospitalist Care


Fredericksburg, VA (Oct. 7, 2019) - Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has officially opened its Obstetrics (OB) Emergency Department, a separate triage and care space that allows for a dedicated, specialized staff to be available for women who are expecting and in need of emergent care. With the opening of the OB Emergency Department, the hospital also launched its OB Hospitalist program that ensures that specialty trained physicians are on site 24/7.

“Our primary concern in emergent situations is to provide the best care possible to our patients as efficiently as possible” said Kim Jarrelle R.N., chief nursing officer of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “For a pregnant women that means providing the specialized experience of an obstetrician no matter the day or time.”
To enhance their current maternal care and emergency department services, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center has partnered with OB Hospitalist Group, LLC, a nationwide specialist in the development, staffing, and management of hospital-based OB/GYN practices. The board-certified OB physicians of the OB Hospitalist Group will provide 24/7 in-house coverage at the hospital. These physicians are focused solely on caring for patients in the hospital, rather than those in an outpatient setting.


“This is truly an exciting time,” said David McKnight, chief executive officer of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. “This partnership allows us to continue to raise the bar on top quality care in our community.”
Pregnant women who need emergent care can access the OB Emergency Department through the hospital’s existing Emergency Department. OB medical emergencies are assessed and taken to the OB triage area to receive care from the onsite OB Hospitalists.


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Thursday, October 3, 2019

State Chamber Partners with Local & Regional Chambers to Launch 2019 Election Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 Contact: Nicole Bunce
October 3,2019                                                                 n.bunce@vachamber.com

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: State Chamber Partners with Local & Regional Chambers to Launch 2019 Election Center

 

The Chambers of Commerce Roundtable unveils their 2019 Election Center to highlight where candidates stand on issues impacting Virginia’s business community.

  

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Today, the Chambers of Commerce Roundtable released their 2019 Election Center, an informational resource for Virginia’s business community to learn where candidates for the General Assembly stand on economic issues.

The Chambers of Commerce Roundtable, a partnership between the state chamber and local and regional chambers throughout the Commonwealth, has established the 2019 Election Center to provide helpful tools and information to assist Virginia voters in having greater access to the policy positions of the candidates who will be on their ballot on November 5. 

Those who visit the 2019 Election Center website will find an array of resources including filmed candidate interviews for a select number of races in the House of Delegates and State Senate. The website is also home to the 2019 candidate questionnaire, with participation from more than 150 General Assembly candidates. Both the filmed interviews and questionnaire allow candidates the opportunity to directly engage with the business community and discuss their policy positions on a variety of issues impacting our state business climate and national rankings. 

“We are excited to launch this partnership and release the 2019 Election Center to highlight the positions of candidates on a number of priority business issues,” said Virginia Chamber President & CEO Barry DuVal. “With election day just a few weeks away, we see the Election Center as an important public platform to increase meaningful engagement between the business community and our state policy leaders.”

Members of the business community are encouraged to visit the Chambers of Commerce Election Center website to utilize this informational tool and let your voices be heard by showing up to vote on November 5, 2019.

 

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Visit the Chambers of Commerce Election Center Website:

Google Chrome is the recommended browser to view the candidate interviews 

About the Chambers of Commerce Roundtable:

The Chambers of Commerce Roundtable is a nonpartisan, issue education and election information organization made up of representatives from the state, local and regional chambers from all areas of the Commonwealth. The purpose of this organization is to provide information to Virginia voters, to help them play a more active and informed role in government and the electoral process. We seek to provide helpful tools and information to assist voters in understanding where candidates that seek to represent them in the General Assembly stand on economic issues.

The Chambers of Commerce Election Center does not endorse candidates, nor does it tell citizens how to vote. Instead, it provides Virginia’s voters with the opportunity ...


 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Library Hosts Local Legislative Candidates to Meet Constituents

Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 27, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) will host local legislative candidates on Sunday, October 6, 1:00-5:00 pm, at Howell Branch. Members of the public are welcome to sign up for four-minute slots for one-on-one conversation with candidates of their choice. Sign-up begins at 1:00 pm, and the event starts at 2:00 pm with candidate introductions. This event presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the Fredericksburg AreaStafford County Branch of the NAACPNational Pan-Hellenic Council of Greater Fredericksburg, and Fredericksburg Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc..

All General Assembly candidates in the November 5 election have been invited to participate and the following candidates have confirmed their attendance: 

Senate of Virginia

  • Amy Laufer (D), district 17
  • Ronnie Ross (D), district 27
  • Qasim Rashid (D), district 28
  • Scott Surovell (D), district 36

Virginia House of Delegates

  • Heather Mitchell (R), district 2
  • Joshua Cole (D), district 28
  • Neri Canuhi (D), district 54
  • Jess Foster (D), district 88

This special event is part of CRRL's Get Ready to Vote initiative, which encourages all eligible voters to register, get informed, and cast their vote. The library offers resources for voter information, classes on citizenship and naturalization, and links to party platforms and other essential information at librarypoint.org/voting-answers. Visit any library branch to pick up your very own pocket Constitution, available while supplies last.

Contact: 

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

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For more information, contact Director Martha Hutzel, martha.hutzel@crrl.org, 540-372-1144 x7003.

 

 

 

 


 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Fredericksburg Parks Survey - Seeking Public Input

News Release: Fredericksburg Parks Survey - Seeking Public Input

The Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events Department is conducting an online survey to gather community input on our parks and facilities. This survey is a follow-up to the recent Public Open Houses hosted at the Dorothy Hart Community Center on August 12th and 13th.  This survey is the important second step in a months-long process designed to help the City determine the future of our parks. Lose Design of Nashville, Tennessee has been hired by the City to perform a Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan which will serve as a guide for the City’s development, expansion and improvement of parks and recreation facilities for many years into the future. Feedback from this public survey will help the City determine priorities and funding strategies for future improvements to our parks system. Please take the time to take the short survey before October 14th - we really want to hear from you! Here is the link to the survey  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Fred_Parks

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


 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Trinity Senior Village is Breaking Ground at Lake of the Woods!

September 12, 2019       

Trinity Senior Village is Breaking Ground at Lake of the Woods!

Locust Grove, VA - Trinity Senior Village, an assisted living and memory care community is excited to announce they have started construction. A Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held September 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the property which is located in Locust Grove, VA, halfway between Fredericksburg and Culpeper at the East corner of Germanna Highway (Route 3) and Somerville Rd (Route 711).

Trinity Senior Village (TSV) is owned and operated by a family of native Virginians.  The family matriarch, Barbara Tomayko said “We are so happy to be underway and expect to be opening our doors in the Summer of 2020.  There is such a great need for this service in our area.  We are looking forward to helping seniors receive the best care with our well-educated and caring staff.”

Participating in the Groundbreaking Ceremony will be the entire TSV team, the builder A&K Development Corp, and Pastor Brad Hales from Reformation Lutheran Church.

Trinity Senior Village has been recognized by RALNA (Residential Assisted Living National Association), having been nominated for an award to be presented at the RAL National Convention in Phoenix, AZ this October.

Anyone is welcome to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony. You can also watch for photos, videos and updates on our website www.TrinitySeniorVillage.com, or Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more information please contact; Kay Close RN, BSN, LALA, at kclose@trinityseniorvillage.com, 540-779-0779


 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Rappahannock United Way Day of Action is Part of the Solution

Rappahannock United Way
3310 Shannon Park Drive
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
www.RappahannockUnitedWay.org
540-373-0041

Contact: Kathyrn Palmer
Senior Community Impact Manager
kpalmer@rappahannockunitedway.org                                 

RAPPAHANNOCK UNITED WAY DAY OF ACTION IS PART OF THE SOLUTION

Fredericksburg (September, 2019) – On Friday, September 20th, Rappahannock United Way will kick off its Annual Day of Action 200 volunteers from 16 local companies. In just one day, they will contribute nearly 750 hours of service throughout and for our community. 

Rappahannock United Way’s Day of Action is a unique opportunity for people to meet and work together to advance Rappahannock United Way’s focus in the areas of Financial Stability, Education, and Healthy Living.

“Rappahannock United Way is proud to help make the connection between needs in our community and the generous volunteers who are ready to do the work.  It’s so fantastic to see teams throughout the area giving valuable time and sharing their talents with local nonprofits.” -Kathryn Palmer, Rappahannock United Way Senior Community Impact Manager

Local media is invited to Be There to witness this volunteer movement on Friday, September 20th. Employees from companies such as Quarles and Virginia Partners Bank will be working throughout the Greater Fredericksburg area wearing teal shirts that say, “LIVE UNITED.” Contact Kathryn Palmer if you’d like to visit a project on Friday morning. 

This event is made possible thanks to Rappahannock United Way sponsors: GEICO, Mary Washington Healthcare, Patricio Enterprises, The Free Lance-Star, BB&T, RACSB, Atlantic Builders, NSWC Federal Credit Union, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Hilldrup, Lockheed Martin, Quarles, Wegmans, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Spring Arbor Senior Living, Virginia Partners Bank, Chancellor’s Village, DLR Contracting, and Atlantic Union Bank.

Would YOU like to get more involved in our community? Rappahannock United Way invites you to Be There with us by giving, advocating, and volunteering!  Find out more at www.RappahannockUnitedWay.org.

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Founded in 1939, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit organization serving Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Rappahannock United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Rappahannock United Way’s goal is to have more households emerge from poverty and achieve greater financial stability by focusing on the three building blocks for a better life: Education, Income and Health. We invite our community to be part of the change. Together we can inspire hope and build long lasting change. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.   

 


 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Transurban Launches I-95 Corridor Community Grant Program

PRESS RELEASE
Media Contact:

Brent McKenzie
95 Express Lanes Government Relations and
Community Outreach Manager
bmckenzie@transurban.com
571-326-5609 - cell


Transurban Launches I-95 Corridor Community Grant Program

Operator of 95 Express Lanes encourages community investment alongside Fredericksburg Extension project

Alexandria, VA (February 4, 2019). – Today Transurban announced the launch of the 95 Express Lanes -Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) Community Grant Program to provide organizations with up to $3,000 for projects that improve the community or environment in the greater Fredericksburg region. Transurban is the operator of the 95, 495 and 395 Express Lanes in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The quarterly grant program supports the needs of direct-impact communities in the greater Fredericksburg area during the project’s construction phase. It provides organizations with grant awards to implement projects that sustain, enhance or protect residents, the community, and/or the environment along the project corridor.

“Extending the 95 Express Lanes to Fredericksburg is a critical step in addressing one of the worst congestion hot spots in the nation. Fred Ex will give residents, commuters and all travellers a new travel option to get to their jobs and families faster and more safely,” said Jennifer Aument, President, Transurban North America. “But investing in physical infrastructure alone is not enough. We are committed to the long-term success of the I-95 Corridor and that means investing side-by-side with the community to improve neighborhoods and support residents.”

Since 2008, Transurban has been an active member of the local community through the Express Lanes Community Grant Programs. To date, more than $845,000 has been awarded to more than 200 organizations in Northern Virginia supporting initiatives like tree plantings, medical facilities in homeless shelters, meals on wheels, bicycle safety programs and other community initiatives. To learn more about the grant program, visit https://expresslanes.com/about#community-grant-programs.

The program accepts applications and distributes grant awards each quarter. The first application deadline for the grant program is March 31, 2019. Interested organizations and community members can learn more and apply online at https://expresslanes.com/grant-application.

About the 95 Express Lanes – Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) project:

The Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) project will extend the existing 95 Express Lanes south 10 miles along the I-95 median. The extension will span from the current end of the Lanes, just past Route 610 in Stafford County, to the vicinity of Route 17. The project will include new access points to the existing 95 Express Lanes, construction of new ramps for access to Quantico and Old Courthouse Road, and the addition of seven new bridges. When completed, the extension will operate together with the future 395 Express Lanes as a single, fully-integrated Express Lanes corridor between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring of 2019 and the extension is slated to open to travellers in late 2022. Visit expresslanes.com to learn more.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

B101.5 Looking to Make the Region a Kinder Place!

PRESS RELEASE

Monica Owens
Centennial Broadcasting
540-374-4084
Monica@wbqb.com

September 18, 2019

B101.5 LOOKING TO MAKE THE REGION A KINDER PLACE!

(Fredericksburg, VA September 18, 2019) With all the negativity in the world today, B101.5 has developed a program to encourage people to say something when they see Random Acts of Kindness. This program is called “Focus on Kindness”. A designated phone line has been made available for people to call and record the acts of kindness they witness. The number to call is 540-479-8765. Some of these calls will be aired on B101.5 looking to prompt others when they see acts of kindness to say something.

A pillar in the community for years, Access Eye Centers has stepped up as sponsor of “Focus on Kindness”. Their sponsorship makes it possible for “Focus On Kindness” to be broadcast over the entire region. Hoping by focusing on the kindness, the acts that would typically go unnoticed, will now be celebrated. When all you hear is the bad, the negativity weighs on you. B101.5 and Access Eye Centers wants to turn things upside down. Instead of focusing on the negative, let’s focus on the positive. Let’s Focus on Kindness and make the world a better…kinder place.

 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders Kickoff Their 2019 Workplace Campaign

FOR RELEASE – September 18, 2019
CONTACT – Brenda Sapanghila
BSapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org 
540-373-0041 x303

Rappahannock United Way And Community Leaders
Kickoff Their 2019 Workplace Campaign

Fredericksburg (September, 2019) – Rappahannock United Way kicked off its 2019 Annual Workplace Campaign at a luncheon at The Fredericksburg Country Club, on September 18th.

The Kickoff Luncheon marks the start of Rappahannock United Way’s annual fundraising effort and gives the organization an opportunity to thank local companies, donors and volunteers for their generosity and commitment to our community. Rappahannock United Way’s Board of Directors were joined by more than 150 guests including donors, business and community leaders, volunteers, and nonprofit leadership.

“This year, as we head into our campaign season, we are excited to have the continued support of our community leaders and business partners,” said Ann Jones, Director of Resource Development. “We are grateful for the opportunity to join with local businesses for fun, community involvement and the opportunity to talk about the needs of our community. We anticipate an exciting year and look forward to serving alongside the men and women who lead and live in our community.”

Rappahannock United Way’s annual campaign is a vital part of the organization’s work. Last year, Rappahannock United Way funded 25 local programs, in addition to their own, that work in the areas of Financial Stability, Healthy Living, and Education. Current Rappahannock United Way programs include Financial Coaching, Free Tax Services (The largest in the area), The ALICE Assistance Fund, and FamilyWize prescription assistance. 

“In times of crisis, in times of need, or in times of opportunity we often hear ourselves say I wish I could have been there,” said Janel Donohue, President of Rappahannock United Way.  “It’s so exciting to kick off the 2019 campaign year and give our community the opportunity to Be There. To Be There for people in crisis, in need, and to Be There for people to give them hope pursue self-sufficiency.”

www.BeThereToday.org

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For more information on Rappahannock United Way, please contact Brenda Sapanghila, Communications Coordinator at 540/373-0041 x 303 or by email at bsapanghila@rappahannockunitedway.org.


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Angel Chestnut, LLC’s photographs featured at Photoville festival

Angel Chestnut, LLC’s photographs featured at Photoville festival

Angel Chestnut is one of seventeen talented New York Film Academy Alumni, students and staff members, featured at this year's Photoville, the annual photo festival held at Brooklyn Bridge Park that runs through September 22. Photoville is currently in its eighth year and provides photographers a unique opportunity to engage audiences with a backdrop of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Preview the work showcased or learn more here

About Angel Chestnut, LLC
Angel Chestnut is a lifestyle and portrait photographer specializing in people and event photography with a vibrant imagination and effervescent style.  She believes in running a client-centered business anchored by impeccable service. While based in Stafford, Virginia, Angel serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and more. For more information, visit www.angelchestnut.com.


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Public-Private Augmented Reality Educational Pilot Takes Off in Fredericksburg

Public-Private Augmented Reality Educational Pilot Takes Off in Fredericksburg
UMW College of Education teams up with Reclaim Hosting and Fredericksburg Academy

Fredericksburg, VA, September 16, 2019— Augmented Reality (AR) is already impacting the conventional educational process, yet little data exists to quantify outcomes or measure success of integrating AR into the formal learning program. Last year, The University of Mary Washington (UMW) College of Education, in partnership with local web hosting giant Reclaim Hosting and top-rated preschool-through-grade-12 private school Fredericksburg Academy, began delving into solving this data dearth, as well as engineering recommendations for how schools can incorporate AR into strategic units of study to enrich learning. Not long after, a leading-edge pilot program was born.

The team began with an extensive examination of Fredericksburg Academy’s present K-5 curriculum. This process was led by UMW Professor of Education George Meadows in collaboration with Fredericksburg Academy Head of School Karen Moschetto and Head of Lower School Patty Estes. The goal was to identify key units of study where AR could expand the student learning experience in a measurable way. The findings were shared with the team’s chief facilitator, Lindsey Riley, and distilled into an initial framework which the team then used to determine key performance indicators.

Meadows next researched available tools to identify which would best fit the units of study and curricular goals at each point so that the team could develop a budget. Reclaim Hosting Cofounder Tim Owens provided the seed funding to make the project a reality. The team conducted a training day to introduce Fredericksburg Academy’s faculty to the tools and applications. Estes said this about the role of technology in today’s classrooms,

The technology used in FA’s Lower School, and at the elementary level, is seen as a tool to inform and support student learning. Rather than a pencil, we view it as a highlighter that can expand or brighten the students' understanding. Incorporating technology can create a more relevant classroom environment. It is priceless when facilitating project-based and collaborative learning. It provides global perspectives and promotes interdisciplinary thinking. We are finding it is most effective in an environment where there is social scaffolding and intentional designs of its purpose and use, and we seek to prove that it can also make the comprehensive learning experience more equitable.”

Meadows and UMW College of Education students will soon begin working one-on-one with Fredericksburg Academy teachers to support them in using the tools and begin charting progress. The team will offer a Showcase Day in the coming months for the public to engage with the tools and learn more about the pilot. Within the next year, Reclaim Hosting will be developing a website to promote the pilot and report findings. The team has already been approached by public schools around the region and in Northern Virginia who want to adopt the program when the pilot phase is complete.

Learn more about the Augmented Reality in Education Pilot Program partners at: University of Mary Washington College of Education; Fredericksburg Academy;


 

Monday, September 16, 2019

REC Warns of Potential Phone Scams

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

REC Warns of Potential Phone Scams

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) urges members to be alert for phone calls from scammers who claim to be from REC stating that accounts are overdue.

If you receive a suspicious call, please keep the following in mind:

  • REC does not use collection agencies to contact members by phone.
  • Employees from REC do attempt to contact members with delinquent payments to warn them they are subject to disconnection, but representatives do not demand immediate payment.
  • If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be an REC employee demanding immediate payment, report the suspicious activity to local law enforcement.

If you are uncertain if a call you received came from a legitimate REC representative please call REC directly at 1-800-552-3904 to confirm.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Library Branch Recognized Nationally for Design Excellence

Library Branch Recognized Nationally for Design Excellence

Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 12, 2019 - Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) is one of 13 new and repurposed libraries recognized in American Libraries’ 2019 Library Design Showcase. American Libraries magazine is published by the American Library Association, and includes the Design Showcase in their September/October issue, which is available in print and online.

The annual feature, celebrating its 31st year, honors innovative and interesting constructions that effectively address library customer needs in the United States and Canada. The highlighted projects, a mix of public, academic, school, and special libraries, were completed between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

CRRL opened Spotsylvania Towne Centre Branch on August 8, 2018. This branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library was made possible through generous support from the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the Cafaro Company. The Cafaro Company provides the branch space rent-free.

The branch has been very popular in its first year, handing out library cards to 668 new customers, circulating 23,565 books, movies, and other items, and has been visited by mall goers 43,378 times.

CRRL congratulates the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors and the Cafaro Company on this partnership to offer library services in an attractive, convenient, and now award-winning branch of the library.

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


 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mary Washington Makes 'U.S. News & World Report’ Best Colleges List

Mary Washington Makes 'U.S. News & World Report’ Best Colleges List

The University of Mary Washington has been recognized among the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which released its “Best Colleges 2020” list this week.

UMW ranked 16th among regional universities in the South, scoring four top honors within that category. Mary Washington ranked seventh in the “Top Public Schools” and “Best Colleges for Veterans” categories, 16th in “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” and 18th in “Most Innovative Schools.”

“Service learning is a hallmark of the UMW experience,” according to U.S. News. “An education at UMW, with multiple opportunities for student research and service learning, uniquely prepares graduates for interesting careers or for advanced study.” 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, September 9, 2019

Center for Community Engagement Opens at UMW

Center for Community Engagement Opens at UMW

On a late August day, Mary Washington first-years were scattered throughout Fredericksburg, mulching gardens, planting trees and cleaning up along the Rappahannock River. Others cared for animals at the SPCA and worked on projects to help area seniors, sexual assault survivors and deployed service members.

These efforts were made possible by UMW’s new Center for Community Engagement (CCE), which officially launches today. Housed in the University Center, it will build bridges – and strengthen existing ones – between Mary Washington and the greater Fredericksburg area, showcase civic and community engagement opportunities and foster partnerships that enhance student learning and encourage positive social change. The Center fits into a larger national movement to make community engagement a top priority in higher education institutions. 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, September 9, 2019

GCubed Expands DoD Presence with Web CoE Contract Win

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2019 

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

GCubed Expands DoD Presence with Web CoE Contract Win

Stafford, Virginia –  Joint Service Provider (JSP) recently announced GCubed a successful awardee for their Web Center of Excellence (Web CoE) contract. The award amount totals $2,623,842.01. GCubed’s contract team will develop, implement, and continuously improve/upgrade the Web CoE with rapid development and associated services in support of JSP customers.  

Vernon Green Jr., GCubed Founder and CEO, says, “As this was GCubed’s very first contract back in 2014, it feels like we have come full circle. The growth we have sustained all began with the Web CoE contract. Thank you to Glen Adams and Cogent Solutions for providing an opportunity.”

This new work follows two recent wins for the Stafford, VA based IT company this summer. GCubed was honored as the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s first-place Good Business of the Year in the small business category and ranked on the 2019 Inc. 500 list as the 386th fastest-growing privately owned company in America.

About GCubed

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 10 prime contracts and two subcontracts across the greater National Capital Region. www.gcubedinc.com

About JSP and Web CoE

JSP, an entity of the Washington Headquarters Service (DoD) resulting from the 2015 merger of two IT organizations, offers an all-inclusive end-to-end approach for providing web services through the Web CoE. This approach requires the Web CoE to be a self-contained entity capable executing and supporting all functions required to provide web services. JSP intends to offer the Web CoE to customers as a shared service model, allowing JSP to share the cost of the Web CoE services across multiple customers and reduce the cost for web services for each customer.


 

Monday, September 9, 2019

REC Linemen Bring the Gift of Light to Bolivia

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

REC Linemen Bring the Gift of Light to Bolivia
Joining crews to help bring electricity to Bolivian village

Last week, six Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) employees traveled to rural Bolivia with twelve other linemen from Virginia and Maryland. The crew will be there for three weeks working to bring electricity to five communities for the first time.

The initiative is entitled “United We Light: Project Bolivia” and is sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) in conjunction with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International and support from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.

The line workers will be divided into two teams for an estimated 12 days of work on 11 miles of power line. Their work includes: constructing primary and secondary lines; string, sag and tie in conductors on the structures; hang transformers and make connections; and provide hands-on training to local utility workers. In all, 52 households will be powered.

“The main reason we’re going is to electrify villages and it’s going to change those people’s lives forever. And it will forever change the lives of the guys who are going,” said John Medved, director of safety and compliance at REC and team leader for the project. Medved has previously traveled to Haiti on a NRECA International mission.

The REC team is made up of
-          Patrick Ambrose, line foreman in Bowling Green
-          Cody Lockhart, first class lineman in Blue Ridge
-          John Medved, director of safety and compliance
-          Jake Michael, lead lineman in Blue Ridge
-          Dillion Sheads, first class lineman in Culpeper
-          Ryan White, digital media specialist

The trip is the first time the VMDAEC has sponsored an overseas electrification project with NRECA International, which has been providing power to unserved areas globally since 1962.

To keep track of the Project Bolivia efforts, follow “United We Light: Project Bolivia” on Facebook at facebook.com/group/unitedwelight.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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, September 9, 2019

Gwyneth's Gift Foundation hosts the boldest whiskey event in Fredericksburg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation
Sarah Jeffries
September 9, 2019
sarah@gwynethsgift.org
(540) 693-0524

Gwyneth's Gift Foundation hosts the boldest whiskey event in Fredericksburg to benefit CPR training programs and defibrillator donations
Local Nonprofit is the Recipient of a Buffalo Trace Bottle from its Sixth Millionth Barrel

Fredericksburg, VA – Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation invites the community to immerse themselves in an evening of Southern hospitality to support the mission of the Foundation on September 20th at The Old Silk Mill. Gwyneth’s Gift was chosen as one of 400 charities nationwide to receive a bottle of Buffalo Trace from their sixth millionth barrel. This bottle is not available in stores, and the only way to acquire one is through the chosen charity’s event. With each bottle valued at more than $1,200, attendees will have the chance to bid on the featured bottle. One lucky winner will take home the prize knowing he or she is benefiting a worthy cause.

“We are honored that the makers of Buffalo Trace believed enough in our cause and mission to award us the rare opportunity to receive one of these bottles,” said Stacy Horne, Fundraising Manager of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. 

Along with this exceptional bourbon, local businesses and organizations have donated several show-stopping auction items for attendees to indulge. 

With more options for whiskey lovers than ever, Gwyneth’s Gift is creating a VIP whiskey tasting experience by bringing some of the most sought-after whiskeys of the South, to the ‘Burg! Along with select whiskeys behind the bar, attendees will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy individual tastings of Tarnished Truth, Elijah Craig and Uncle Nearest from a trained and knowledgeable whiskey professional.

In addition to sipping on some of the world’s finest whiskey at the event, guests will have the chance to take a bottle home by participating in the whiskey pull and entering the drawing for a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. Entertainment, good whiskey and delicious food go hand in hand in the South. You can rest assured that the Chef of The Old Silk Mill will be cooking up some of the tastiest fare of the South including fried okra, chicken & waffles and of course slow cooked BBQ. At the bar, quench your thirst with a featured cocktail or enjoy select whiskey on the rocks. The Significant Others will be making an appearance as the rocking band for the evening playing your favorite southern tunes.  Finish off the night with a trip to the snack bar after indulging in an exclusive, hand-rolled cigar from Pucho Cigars. 

Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $140 per couple and are available on Eventbrite at https://ggfwhiskeybusiness.eventbrite.com. For more information about the event or Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, please visit the official Facebook page or visit http://www.gwynethsgift.org.

About Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation: Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation is a local non-profit organization that is devoted to making a difference in the community and the lives of those within. Their purpose is to raise awareness regarding the education of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Since inception, ...


 

Friday, September 6, 2019

The 8th Annual Fredericksburg Pet Show will bring joy to animal lovers and pets September 21-22

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2019

The 8th Annual Fredericksburg Pet Show will bring joy to animal lovers and pets September 21-22 

Fredericksburg, VA. . . Calling all Pet Lovers (and Pets).  Mark your calendars for The 8th annual Fredericksburg Pet Show Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. 

The Pet Show provides fun for the entire family. Vendors include the areas top veterinarians, kennels, animal hospitals, groomers, trainers and more! Check out a variety of pet supplies, learn new training tips and find quality service providers. Shelters and rescue agencies will have a variety of lovable animals looking for their new home.

Making return appearances are two of the most popular attractions ever to appear at the Fredericksburg Pet Show.  Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel is returning for the first time in many years.  Yes, a squirrel that puts on water skis and is pulled around a pool by a remote controlled boat.  If that’s not enough, The Fredericksburg Pet Show is proud to announce the return of The Dog Lure Course.  This interactive dog attraction is an agility and speed track where participating dogs can chase a mechanical squirrel through an obstacle course.

Plenty of other demonstrations and attractions are available for attendees to take in including reading with the Blue Gray Therapy Dogs, Pup N Iron agility and training demos, along with Stuart the Awesome Opossum. There will be something for pets, adults and kids of all ages!

Don’t leave your pet at home – well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join the fun for an exciting weekend! Visit www.FredericksburgPetShow.com for an admission coupon or discounted advanced tickets along with the most up to date vendor list and demo schedules.  

This is a Ballantine Management Group Production.

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HIGHLIGHTS
 - Vendors with Pet Related Products 
 - Shelters and rescues with Adoptions
 - Meet some of the areas top Pet related service providers
 - Attractions
 - Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel 
 - The Dog Lure Course – Dogs chase a mechanical squirrel through a course*
                     *additional fees apply
 - Reading with Therapy Dogs
 - Agility and Training Demonstrations
 - Stuart the Awesome Opossum Presentation
- Pets are encourage to attend

BASIC PET SHOW INFO: 
WHAT: Fredericksburg Pet Show 
WHERE: Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway Fredericksburg, VA 22401
WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019: 10am-5pm Sunday, September 22, 2019: 11am-4pm 
COST: At Door: $9, Online: $8*, Senior at door (60+): $8, Online: $7*,  Kids under 12 & Pets: FREE – Tickets Good Both Days             *Processing Fees Apply
WEBSITEwww.fredericksburgpetshow.com 
FACEBOOKwww.facebook.com/FredericksburgPetShow 
PHONE: 540-548-5555 

Media Contact:
David Kerper
dkerper@bmg1.com
540-220-3766


 

Friday, August 30, 2019

G3 Community Services Awarded Transurban Express Lanes Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2019
G3 Community Services
Contact: Jonathan Shores, Executive Director
540-412-0753 ext. 102
jshores@g3cs.org
www.g3cs.org

G3 Community Services Awarded Transurban Express Lanes Grant

Stafford, Virginia – G3 Community Services (G3CS) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a max donation from Transurban Express Lanes Community Grant. The Transurban Express Lanes Community Grant Program is designed to support organizations that sustain, enhance or protect the local environment and neighborhoods in the I-95 and I-495 corridors. Under the community category, G3CS has been selected for its focus on projects that support health, economic development and well-being. The grant will allow G3CS to continue to grow programs that support Stafford County Public schools, Veterans and their families, and those in need throughout our community. 

Our Founder, Vernon Green continues to promote the “together we can do more” philosophy and realizes that through strong partnerships, we can continue to be an impactful force within our community. He is grateful to the G3 Community Services Team for their hard work as well as our strategic partners who help us carry this great mission to improve lives and strengthen communities!

About G3CS

G3CS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to restore, inspire, and empower the family unit through coaching, mentorship, and education; improving lives and strengthening communities.


 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

REC Hosts Second Telephone Town Hall Meeting of 2019

Date:               Aug. 29, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Hosts Second Telephone Town Hall Meeting of 2019

Fredericksburg, Va. - On Tuesday, August 27, REC hosted a Telephone Town Hall event. REC invited a random sample of 50,000 member-owners to participate in the call. Nearly 5,000 members accepted the call to participate.

Kent Farmer, President and CEO, answered questions live during the event that lasted just over an hour. At the conclusion of the call, over 40 voicemails were left for follow-up questions.

The topics members asked about were solar power, electric rates, energy efficiency, broadband, reliability, Cooperative Sunshare and electricity rates.

REC hosts these opportunities for member-owners to be able to ask questions directly to our President and CEO. Over the next week, members who did not have their questions answered live and those who left a voicemail will receive follow-up calls from REC's management team and others.

Members who missed the call can listen to the recording in the Newsroom on the REC website: https://www.myrec.coop/newsroom/TTHAUGUST2019.cfm .


REC provides electric service to over 170,000 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, August 29, 2019

Annual Unity Festival planned for October 5th at Walker-Grant Middle School

News Release: Annual Unity Festival planned for October 5th at Walker-Grant Middle School

DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. FREE and Open to the public

LOCATION: Walker-Grant Middle School - 1 Learning Lane Fredericksburg VA 22401

HOSTED BY: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rappahannock Region - Fredericksburg Branch

WHAT: The UNITY Festival concept arrived through a conversation between the Executive Director of the local Boys and Girls Club, and several of the Boys and Girls Club members. The concern of the members was surrounded by the fact that in this era of diversity and race relations, “people just don’t seem to understand each other.” The members suggested, “Why not host a UNITY Festival for the Greater Fredericksburg Community?”

MISSION STATEMENT/PURPOSE: The UNITY Festival is an all-inclusive community development project designed to raise the level of cultural/diversity awareness and understanding in our community. The Festival will explore diverse cultures and races at a family-oriented celebration and will showcase music, storytelling, drama, dance, and visual arts. This event will create an environment that encourages cross-cultural friendships and relationships of trust.

FEATURING: Ventriloquist Rob Marston, Phillip Samuels, Musical Ensemble, Karaoke Contest, mixed African Drum Corp, Area High School Cheerleaders, and Spanish/Latino Band,

food trucks, for-profit/craft vendors, non-profit organizational vendors, United States Airforce Color-Guard, and an array of educational outreach activities.

SPONSORS: City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation, Hilldrup, Kiwanis, Fairview Baptist Church, Living Water Christian Center Church, Walker-Grant Alumni Association, Harambe360, NAACP, and Area Fraternities/Sororities, Spotsylvania County Schools, Fredericksburg City Public Schools, and the City of Fredericksburg.

WEBSITE: For additional information, please visit www.UNITYFestivalRR.org or https://bgcrr.org/unity-festival-2019

CONTACT: Forrest Parker, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region: (540) 220-3943, (540) 368-9531 or fparker@bgcrr.org

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

disAbility Resource Center Sponsors Legislative Forum September 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE from the disAbility Resource Center
DATE:  August 24, 2019
CONTACT:  Kim Lett, 540-373-2559

The disAbility Resource Center is sponsoring a Legislative Forum Sept. 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd., Fredericksburg.  Important topics that affect people with disabilities and their familieswill be discussed with candidates for the Virginia General Assembly, the Chairs of the local counties’ Board of Supervisors, and the mayor of Fredericksburg. The dRC has invited candidates that are running for office in districts that encompass Fredericksburg City and Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline Counties.  Some of the topics to be addressed include long-term care waivers, waiting lists, transportation, employment, and accessible housing, etc.  Individuals are needed to come and tell their stories about how these issues affect their lives.  Contact Kim Lett at klett@cildrc.org for more information.   Register to attend at www.drcforum.eventbrite.com.


 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

City of Fredericksburg Plans Marketing Campaign Ahead of Chatham Bridge Closure

News Release: City of Fredericksburg Plans Marketing Campaign Ahead of Chatham Bridge Closure

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 28, 2019 – The City of Fredericksburg is committing funding and resources for a locally oriented marketing and social media campaign letting people know that downtown Fredericksburg is open for business as usual during the planned Chatham Bridge closure.

The City is preparing a campaign to provide easy access of information to those who work in, live in and visit downtown Fredericksburg. This effort is focused on how the Chatham Bridge closure – which is expected to begin this coming May and last approximately 16 months -- might affect the immediate downtown and detour areas. The City’s goal is to minimize disruptions to the downtown community.

Public information will include online and printed maps for the detour, parking and alternate routes. There will also be opportunities for the public to sign up for informational alerts. As part of this campaign, the City will be working with Fredericksburg VA Main Street, Inc. in planning promotional efforts such as scavenger hunts and “find the mascot” campaigns that will seek to raise awareness about the ease of getting around downtown and the abundant parking options that will still be available throughout construction. Additionally, the City is coordinating with VDOT on maps and signage advertising the detour route. These coordinated efforts will seek to encourage everyone who frequents downtown to share our “open for business as usual” message throughout the 16-month renovation. At the conclusion of the project, Chatham Bridge will reopen with a rebuilt surface and a 10-foot multi-use pathway separated from vehicular traffic that will connect to Stafford County’s extensive trail system.

More information will be available in the coming months, and the campaign will launch in early 2020. For more information, or if you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact Sonja Wise, Fredericksburg Public Information Officer, at 540-372-1010, or visit Fredericksburgva.gov.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Volunteer for the Complete Count Committee

News Release: Volunteer for the Complete Count Committee
First meeting to be held Monday, September 16 at 7:00pm

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 26, 2019 –In April, City Council resolved to support the 2020 Census effort by launching a Complete Count Committee (CCC). A CCC is a group of citizens and stakeholders organized with the purpose of ensuring all people are counted in the Census. The task of the City’s CCC is to educate and motivate Fredericksburg residents to participate in the census by distributing educational information about the census and planning activities for outreach.

We are now seeking volunteers for the Complete Count Committee. The CCC will meet monthly at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street. Any and all residents and stakeholders who represent an important voice in our community and can help spread the word about participating in the 2020 Census are invited and encouraged to attend.

The first meeting of the CCC is set for Monday September 16 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center from 7:00pm-8:00pm. At this meeting, Census Partnership Specialist, George Millsaps, will be present to advise the group on beginning this effort.

To volunteer, please contact Susanna Finn, Community Development Planner at 540-372-1179. Or for more information please visit www.fredericksburgva.gov.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Fredericksburg Area Museum Announces Upcoming First Fridays

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                       08/19/2019
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 Upcoming First Fridays

Join the Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM) for First Fridays throughout the rest of the calendar year. FAM’s First Friday series included extended hours and engaging programs. This recurring series is FREE and open to the public, all ages are welcome! The program schedule is as follows:

Sounds of Summer, featuring Spanglish Latin American Band (5 – 9 PM museum open and free, concert 7 – 9 PM in Market Square.) Sounds of Summer is presented by Lidl with sponsorship for the band generously provided by Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw.  

Gaye Todd Adegbalola and Lisa Lim, October 4 (5 – 8 PM): Join Gaye Adegbalola and Lisa Lim for an unplugged performance in historic Council Chamber (3rd floor gallery.) Performance is 7 – 8 PM (limited seating) and the museum’s galleries are open 5 – 8 PM.  Cash bar and refreshments for sale from 5 – 8 PM.  This performance is generously sponsored by Mary Washington Healthcare.

Extended Hours At FAM, November 1 (5 – 8 PM): FAM gallery spaces will be free and open to the public for November’s First Friday. Come see “People & Their Pets,” “The People’s Gallery,” and “Our Fredericksburg Story: In Their Own Words” before they close at the end of the year.

Merry Trees Opening, December 6 (5 – 8 PM): Celebrate the holiday season by coming to see FAM’s fourth annual “Merry Trees” exhibit. FAM’s gallery spaces will be filled with trees decorated by the Hugh Mercer Elementary School students. Each tree is inspired by a book the students have read in the classroom.

FAM’s First Friday series is generously sponsored by Joan Diaz-Mendez, Realtor Associate. Programs are FREE and open to the public. RSVP is not necessary but appreciated. Please contact Theresa Cramer at tcramer@famcc.org or 540-371-3037 x 138 to RSVP. For more information on these events, or for additional programming information, please contact the FAM at 540-371-3037, or visit www.famva.org.  

The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the historyheritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region.


 

Friday, August 23, 2019

REC Member-Owners Elect Peers to Board

Date:               Aug. 23, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins 
                       Director of Communications and Public Relations
                       (540)-891-5908, news@myrec.coop

REC Member-Owners Elect Peers to Board

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners selected three of their peers to serve on REC’s Board of Directors. More than 7,000 member-owners participated in the election by returning their Proxy Designation Card or attending the Annual Meeting Aug. 22 at the Fredericksburg Conference Center.

  • In Region I, Michael W. Lindsay was re-elected. This region covers the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah and portions of Page, Warren and Rappahannock.
  • In Region VI, Linda R. Gray was re-elected. This region covers Caroline County.
  • In Region VII, J. Mark Wood was re-elected. This region covers Louisa County.

All terms are for three years.

Also at the Annual Meeting, Board Chairman Christopher G. Shipe and President and CEO Kent D. Farmer provided updates on the Cooperative's accomplishments, challenges and future plans.

Shipe noted REC’s commitment to listening to and responding to feedback from member-owners. As a result of that feedback, he noted the Board has recently:

  • Approved additional funding for the Vegetation Management team so field workers can complete additional tree trimming to reduce the number of storm-related outages.
  • Initiated a Governance and Document Center for REC’s website to make it easier for member-owners to find important information about their cooperative.
  • Took steps to make it easier for broadband to reach rural areas that are currently underserved. REC’s Fiber Utility Network, an 800-mile network of fiber optic cable -  once completed -  will make it easier for a third party to extend broadband service.
  • Focused more on renewable energy, especially with the launch of Cooperative Sunshare, which allows member-owners to show their support for solar power without installing panels on their homes. REC also worked with state officials to make it easier for member-owners to connect their renewable generation systems to REC through net metering.

Farmer shared with member-owners REC’s continued commitment to community. He explained that employees attend more than 300 local events each year, sharing important information on energy efficiency, electric safety, electric vehicles, renewable power and more.

He also noted the impact of The Power of Change program, which allows member-owners to round up their electric bill each month with the extra change going to local charities. Some member-owners choose to make a one-time contribution or donate a set amount. In all, more than 20,000 REC member-owners make a difference through The Power of Change.

“You, REC’s member-owners, have made the impact we have on our communities even stronger,” Farmer said.

Communities served by REC include 22 counties with nearly 170,000 electric connections. “In the past year, REC has connected nearly 5,000 new homes and businesses,” Farmer said. “It’s not something REC takes lightly.”

“The employees at REC, myself included, get the opportunity to wake up every day knowing that the service we are delivering to you – electricity – is powering your everyday lives, powering your businesses, powering ...


 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

University of Mary Washington Welcomes Class of 2023

University of Mary Washington Welcomes Class of 2023

 

For eagles, building a nest is a bonding activity. The same could be said for the 900-plus first-year students who on Wednesday made the University of Mary Washington their home.

Move-In Day 2019.

Residence halls opened their doors to the Class of 2023, who arrived with parents, siblings, pets and armloads of bedding and clothes, as well as furniture, mini-fridges, laptops and shower caddies. They immediately began making connections with fellow students, and with President Troy Paino and wife Kelly, who – along with UMW staff – were on hand to help with the hauling. The freshmen strategically placed personal mementos and Mary Washington gear around their rooms, to remind them of the people who gave them their wings and those who’ll help them take flight.

The incoming students have a lot in common, especially their brains. Their average GPA is 3.63 and average SAT score is 1179. Nearly a quarter are the first in their families to attend college, and 102 have enrolled in UMW’s Honors Program. But there are differences, too. Read more.


 

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.


 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Keanu Reeves Shows Support for G3 Community Services

Since 2017, GCubed has sponsored G³ Community Services, a Stafford, Virginia non-profit focused on improving lives and strengthening communities. Through GCubed’s continued support, G³CS developed and successfully implemented a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) program in eight Stafford County elementary schools, fed local families over two consecutive holiday seasons, and provided assistance to military veterans transitioning to the civilian workplace.

The Washington Post recently wrote an article about how Keanu Reeves has shown support for G3 Community Services. Read the article here.


 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fredericksburg Baseball hits a “fredanthropic” home run

News Release: Fredericksburg Baseball hits a “fredanthropic” home run
The baseball team is the City of Fredericksburg’s final Fredanthropist participant

(Fredericksburg, VA) August 19, 2019 - When word of the City of Fredericksburg’s Fredanthropist program began circulating, it caught the eye of two of Fredericksburg Baseball’s principals -- Lani Weiss, team president & COO, and her brother, Seth Silber. Always looking for ways to enrich the community where the team will be located and believing the program’s core objective coincided with their core values, they contacted the City about the opportunity to participate.

“After reading more about the Fredanthropist program from ‘Fred Focus’ and getting an even better understanding about its objectives, we decided that it was something we really wanted to be a part of,” Mrs. Weiss explained to Clint Manning of the City’s Department of Economic Development & Tourism. In continuing, she said, “we are excited to be involved in this and to support the efforts that you all work so hard to achieve for the community.”

The team joins 11 other organizations and individuals as inaugural Fredanthropists: Hilldrup, Rappahannock Development Group, Lidl, Coldwell Banker Elite, Mrs. Mary Jane O’Neill, Mary Washington Healthcare, LifeCare Medical Transports, ILM Corporation, Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Team Pohanka (Honda, Hyundai, Nissan), and the GeMROI Company.

As first announced, future money from the program could help the City develop more events such as last year’s wildly successful SlideFXBG, improve park facilities and attract annual festivals. Additionally, money donated to the program will solely be used for said improvements and attractions; it will not be used within the city for other purposes.

In exchange for their support, Fredanthropists will receive year-long recognition, including being named on a rink-side dasher board at the Dixon Park roller-hockey 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 at the end of summer, thanks in large part to the generosity of these 12 Fredanthropists.

For more information on this philanthropic effort to help make a positive impact in Fredericksburg, kindly contact Clint Manning of the Department of Economic Development & Tourism at camanning@fredericksburgva.gov or 540-372-1216.

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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