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SPCA Thrift Shop Volunteer Orientation

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October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

The SPCA Thrift Shop needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. The Thrift Shop is the shelter’s biggest financial contributor and vital to our ability to save the lives of homeless animals in our community. The shop relies on a strong volunteer force to make this happen.

Please consider attending a Thrift Shop Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, October 30th, from 4-6 p.m. The event will be held at the Thrift Shop, 1944 Abrams Creek, in Winchester, Virginia.

The Cracked Acorn

The Cracked Acorn: Stuff

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When:
October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

The following was given to me by a young lady at church. A corner of the article noted it was inscribed by “Alice.” It is so well written about our society that it has done its job and I hope that Alice (bless you and your stuff, are happy!).

“Every fall I start stirring in my stuff. There is closet stuff, drawer stuff, attic stuff, and basement stuff. I separate the good stuff from the bad stuff, then I stuff the bad stuff anywhere the stuff is not too crowded until I decide if I will need the bad stuff.

When the Lord calls me home, my children will want the good stuff, but the bad stuff, stuffed wherever there is room among all the other stuff will be stuffed in bags and taken to the dump where all the other people’s stuff has been taken. Whenever we have company they always bring bags and bags of stuff. When I visit my son, he always moves his stuff, so I will have room for my stuff. Their stuff and my stuff—It would be so much easier to use their stuff and leave my stuff at home with the rest of my stuff. This fall I had an extra closet built, so I would have a place for all stuff too good to throw away and too bad to keep with my good stuff. You may have this problem, but I seem to spend a lot of time with stuff, foodstuff, cleaning stuff, medicine stuff, clothes stuff, and outside stuff. Whatever would life be like if we didn’t have all this stuff?

Now there is all that stuff we used to make us smell better than we do. There is the stuff to make our hair look good. Stuff to make us look younger. Stuff to make us look healthier. Stuff to hold us in, and stuff to fill us out. There is stuff to read, stuff to play with, stuff to entertain us, and stuff to eat, we stuff ourselves with the foodstuff.

Well, our lives are filled with stuff…good stuff, bad stuff, little stuff, big stuff, useful stuff, junky stuff, and everyone’s stuff. Now when we leave all our stuff and go to heaven, whatever happens to our stuff won’t matter. We will still have…good stuff God has prepared for us in heaven.”

NOTE: My garage is cluttered with “I may need that stuff for some reason someday.” There is always a need for stuff that if not used may call for a visit to the nearest hardware store; and their stuff then costs more! Mine is free or so I think! The dictionary gives us the definition of stuff as an unlimited amount of materials needed for the various activities and needs and emergencies that could come our way during one’s lifetime. (Ole English and circa 1840)

Matthew 6:19-“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, …but lay up treasures in heaven,”

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Back the Blue Now

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October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

I never thought we would see this sad day in America. Law enforcement officers are being targeted in cities across our country. In this nation, law enforcement is the glue that holds our civil society together — but they are increasingly under violent attacks. Earlier this month, two sheriff’s deputies were ambushed at point-blank range in Los Angeles, and another two officers were shot last night in Louisville.

For months, the leadership of the Democrat party has failed to condemn violence, rioting, and anti-police, extremist rhetoric. Here in Virginia, Democrats in the General Assembly have introduced legislation to lower the penalty for assaulting an officer from a felony to a misdemeanor, practically inviting attacks against officers. The dangerous and counterproductive “defund the police” movement must end now. The time is overdue for ALL public officials, and every American, to stand against these attacks on officers.

For years as an elected official, I have stood with our law enforcement officers. Recently, I participated in two “Back the Blue” rallies in the Sixth District. When I served in the House of Delegates, I introduced legislation to increase the penalty for assaulting current and former law enforcement officers. Now, in Congress, I support common-sense police reform. I am a sponsor on the JUSTICE Act, which was developed in concert with law enforcement agencies to provide increased funding for training, transparency, and accountability to ensure America continues to build strong relationships between law enforcement and our communities. These bi-partisan reforms ensure we support our law enforcement officers while addressing the concerns of aggrieved communities.

Our men and women in uniform serve people of all backgrounds. When an officer responds to a dangerous dispatch, they risk their lives to protect the victim — all victims. Please join me in taking a stand in support of law enforcement.

Ben Cline

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VDOT: Warren County Traffic alert for September 28 – October 2, 2020

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October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in Warren County during the coming weeks. Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

*NEW* or *UPDATE* indicates a new entry or a revised entry since last week’s report.

INTERSTATE 66
*NEW* Mile marker 16 to 13, westbound – Overnight alternating lane closures for pavement patching, 8 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday.

INTERSTATE 81
*NEW* Mile marker 300 to 299, southbound – Right shoulder closures for ditch cleaning, Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PRIMARY ROADS
No lane closures reported.

SECONDARY ROADS
Various roads – Flagger traffic control for utility tree trimming, Monday to Friday during daylight hours.

The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in Warren County during the coming weeks. Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

*NEW* or *UPDATE* indicates a new entry or a revised entry since last week’s report.

Vegetation management may take place district wide on various routes. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at my.vdot.virginia.gov. Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

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Eleven test postive for COVID-19 at Warren Memorial Hospital and Lynn Care Center

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October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

Valley Health Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) and its adjacent long term care facility, Lynn Care Center, reported Friday, September 25, 2020, that nine employees and two Lynn Care residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The clinical leadership of the facilities has initiated a series of precautionary steps to identify, notify, isolate, and test those who may be at risk for virus exposure.

Six of the employees work at Lynn Care. All the center’s other residents and staff have been tested and results are pending. Three of the COVID-positive employees work in the hospital, and five additional WMH employees have been tested and are awaiting results.

“The safety and well-being of our residents, patients, and staff is our top priority,” said WMH President Floyd Heater. “We are monitoring our staff and residents closely and are confident no other staff, Lynn Care residents, or hospital patients currently have symptoms. We are working in partnership with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to safeguard hospital patients, long-term care residents, and staff from exposure.”

Effective immediately, Warren Memorial and Lynn Care are suspending visits by family and care partners, with exceptions only for special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Also on hold are visits by health care professions students completing clinical rotations at WMH and Lynn Care.

Since March, both the hospital and the 120-bed Lynn Care Center have meticulously followed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to safeguard staff and residents from COVID-19, including:

• Enhanced infection control precautions including preadmission COVID-19 testing and 14-day quarantine for all new admissions;

• Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for an expanded list of symptoms;

• Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building;

• Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests;

• Canceling group activities and dining;

• Requiring universal facemask wearing for all staff;

• Encouraging residents to wear masks and utilizing face shields when caring for residents who cannot wear a mask.

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4 tips for a successful career change

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October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

If you’re interested in embarking on a new career, it’s important to consider your options and thoroughly prepare before you decide what to do. Here are four tips to help you make a change.

1. Evaluate your current situation
Take time to reflect on your professional achievements and shortcomings. Assess your skills, interests, and values, and identify sources of dissatisfaction with your current job. A period of introspection before a career change will help guide your efforts and ensure you find fulfillment in your new line of work.

2. Speak with a professional

If you aren’t sure which path to take or how to make the transition, consult a career counselor. They can help you identify your objectives and interests, and then use the information to assist you with developing a career plan.

3. Use the available resources
There are many services that you can access to help you start your new career. You can visit a local employment center, sign up for a mentorship program or take an aptitude test. Many of these services are free, so take advantage of them.

4. Get the right training
In some cases, a career change will mean you have to return to school. Rather than enroll in a full-time program, consider taking various training courses and workshops relevant to your new field. This will allow you to broaden your skillset while maintaining a healthy balance between work, school, and family.

Finally, to ensure you’ll be interested in your new career, start by volunteering or taking on freelance projects in the industry.

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Using social media to market

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When:
October 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2019-10-30T16:00:00-04:00
2019-10-30T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek
in Winchester
VA 22601
Cost:
Free
Contact:
SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

When you think of Facebook or Instagram, it is not immediately clear that the gargantuan is local, not just global.

Every community has an online presence of citizens that use the website to communicate with their local friends and family, as well as out of town folks.

So a small business can successfully market to its regular customers online.

The key is getting people engaged and getting people to share information about products and services.

Some ideas:

– Announce new products with photos using local people and local locations.

– Put your unique product ideas out there.

– Ask questions that involve your product: Use local people in local pictures or just a good photo.

– Do a short video of your new take-out appetizer.

– Show how it’s made with a video.

– Post photos of your sales associates and delivery people.

– Show your products and services in connection with holiday and obscure special days.

– Create and announce virtual events.

– Have a photo contest.

– Create video tutorials.

– Parody other videos.

– Post inspirational videos.

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