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James Wood Volleyball wins first Class 4 State Title in Program History

James Wood team photo after defeating Grafton for the VHSL Class 4 girls volleyball state title

on November 19, 2022 at VCU Siegel Center.

BY: JOSH KIRBY

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The James Wood Colonels Volleyball team defeated Grafton out of Yorktown, Virginia to capture the first title in program history this past Saturday at The Siegel Center in Richmond Virginia.

In doing so, they join the 1970 Colonels football team along with the 2002 boys cross country team as state title winners in James Wood High School history.

Grafton has appeared in the past five class four state title matches, all falling as the runner up.

When asked about the preparation going into this match, “We tried to keep as much of our normal routine the same” said Adrienne Patrick in her third season as head coach for the Colonels as they swept Grafton 25-19, 25-19, 25-16.

Freshman Kennedy Spaid had a game high 15 kills and Brenna Corbin had 12 kills for the Colonels, Spaid also contributed with three aces in a row for a game total of 11 and also led in digs for James Wood; “Their ability to play volleyball at a high level is tremendous” Patrick added about Spaid and Corbin.

Other key contributors for the Colonels included Ashlynn Spence with six kills in the middle and Ella Kelchner had four blocks, The Colonels play their best as a “full family unit, high energy” Patrick added when talking about Spence and her six kills in the match along with various points throughout the match.

The Colonels had a perfect regular season of 20 wins and no losses after last season finishing 17-7 and losing to Loudoun County a ten time state champion volleyball program won the past five state championship matches.

This season started with the Colonels hosting Loudoun County and beating them in three sets “it set the bar high for us” when coach Patrick was discussing the regular season for James Wood after the victory against Loudoun County, the Colonels also defeated Williamsport who was the Maryland state champion last season and North Hagerstown who claimed the Maryland state championship this season along with defeating crosstown rival Millbrook in the regular season “those big wins against really tough teams were able to prepare us for Saturday” Patrick said.

VHSL Class 4 Tournament Bracket.

Throughout the regular season, the team had a motto “Make History” a board was made with that phrase on it that the team took with them to every game, “the group of girls I was able to have on the team this year, they had what it took to make history, and they did” Patrick mentioned when asked about the team motto.

The Colonels Volleyball team had numerous All-District and All-Region awards, listed below:

Head Coach Adrienne Patrick was awarded both Northwestern District and Region 4C Coach of the Year.

The Northwestern All-District first team included: Carsyn Vincent, Kennedy Spaid, Brenna Corbin and Paige Ahakuelo

Northwestern All-District second team: Lexi Taylor and Hannah McCullough

All-Region 4C First Team: Brenna Corbin and Kennedy Spaid

All-Region 4C Second Team: Carsyn Vincent and Paige Ahakuelo.

 

The entire interview with James Wood Girls Volleyball Head Coach Adrienne Patrick and Josh Kirby of News Talk 1400 is available here:

 

Live. Love. Bloom. announced as theme for 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

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Winchester, VA – The unveiling of the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® annual theme and its unique artwork represents the official kickoff of the Festival every November. The theme announcement is the foundation for building momentum through the unveiling of newsworthy events and special guest announcements throughout the winter and early-spring months that lead up to the Festival which takes place next year on April 28 to May 7, 2023.

Sharen Gromling, Festival President states, “The theme’s inspirational message consists of three simple, short verbs that reflects the love our community has for this nearly 100-year tradition of celebrating the Bloom. It is an easy to remember, simplistic theme that is filled with energy and action – Live. Love. Bloom. In short, the theme inspires us to Live Fully, Love Deeply, and Bloom Forever.”

The 96th theme is once again designed by the Festival’s talented graphic designer, Erik Zimmerman, of White Spider, Inc. In describing the theme design and inspiration, Zimmerman states, “I wanted the artwork for the 96th theme to be as simple and as powerful as the title “Live. Love. Bloom”. A clean and bold design, incorporating traditional colors along with a splash of something different to provide complimentary impact and Festival energy. Typically, the logo is a simpler version of the program cover, however this year the logo came first, and they mimic each other almost identically with a strong design. The program cover only shows a slight modification to the logo art, along with a halftone blossoms background for a little depth and flare.”

Event ticket sales will be announced at a later date. Tickets can be purchased in person at Festival Headquarters located at 135 North Cameron Street, by phone at (540) 662-3863 or through our online ticketing system. Make plans now to join us for the 96th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® on April 28 through May 7, 2023.

Local Businessman Acquiring WINC-FM

 

Local Winchester, Virginia businessman Darrin Jones, is acquiring heritage radio station WINC-FM from Metro Radio, Inc.

Jones is quite familiar with WINC-FM; the opportunity to acquire WINC-FM was presented by News Talk 1400, WZFC-AM (formerly WINC-AM) owner Todd Bartley.

According to Jones, “Todd brought a great business plan and model of success for WINC-FM to my attention and it was a very easy decision to make.”

Jones added, “with what Todd has accomplished with the relocation of the AM 1400 tower and studio in less than a year; I have all the confidence in his ability to lead our efforts going forward.”

When contacted for this story, Former WINC-FM morning host Barry Lee said, “welcome home”.

Bruce Simel, former market manager for Centennial Broadcasting offered his assessment of the acquisition;

“I am very excited that Todd and his team are buying WINC-FM.  I’ve known Todd for more than 20 years and he is a specialist at leading community radio stations.  This is great news for local businesses and anyone that loves Winchester and the surrounding area.”

He added, “WINC has and always will, stand for Winchester.”

The acquisition is being filed with the Federal Communications Commission; regulatory approval of the transaction is anticipated by the end of the year.

Additional acquisitions will be announced in the near future.

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Carter Myers Automotive launches “Drive More Days” to encourage used vehicle purchases amidst economic and supply chain difficulties

 

Carter Myers Automotive recently launched a “Drive More Days” event to encourage used vehicle purchases amidst economic and supply chain difficulties.

It is extremely difficult to get a new car these days. Supply chain issues in automotive manufacturing coupled with COVID related labor shortages have significantly reduced dealer inventories of new cars. These factors increase both the price of a new vehicle and the lead time necessary to have one delivered to a potential customer. Due to these circumstances, a six-month wait for a new vehicle can be common. Liza Borches, the President and CEO of Carter Myers Automotive (CMA), wants to do something about this.

“I have absolutely no ability to increase the supply of microchips for automotive manufacturing,” said Borches, “but for those faced with long wait times and paying over sticker on new cars, I can make ‘nearly new’ vehicles a much more attractive and economical option.”

Borches and CMA are doing this is by launching “Drive More Days,” beginning August 8 and running through September 5, 2022. CMA already is committed to never charging over sticker for their new vehicles, but now, during this special “Drive More Days” event, customers will also receive a $500 gas card with the purchase of a used vehicle.

“Out-of-control inflation has caused gas prices to skyrocket nationwide. Providing customers with a gas card helps to alleviate some of the stress of filling up their tanks so they can focus on enjoying their vehicle purchase.” said Borches. “We hope this can remind customers for a few months that we wanted to help in some way.”

As the only employee-owned dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic, CMA’s 20 locations throughout Virginia and West Virginia have thousands of new and used vehicles in stock to ensure customers can find exactly what they need.

In the Winchester area, CMA’s Subaru of Winchester, CMA’s Honda of Winchester and CMA’s Hyundai of Winchester are participating in “Drive More Days”.

Similarly, CMA’s Toyota of Martinsburg and CMA’s Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in nearby Martinsburg, West Virginia.

In order to make the buying experience as stress-free as possible, CMA will even bring the car to the customer’s home for them to take a test drive and complete all paperwork without having to visit the dealership.

All purchases are also backed by CMA’s Love it or Leave it Promise, a 3-day return or 30-day exchange policy on used vehicle purchases.

Through these challenging times, CMA also calls special attention to honoring local heroes who have never slowed down and hopes that the “Drive More Days” event will help all our heroes to keep moving forward. CMA is anticipating a successful “Drive More Days” event that will help drive the lives of its communities forward, one car at a time.

ON BACKGROUND

Carter Myers Automotive is a privately-owned retail auto group based out of Charlottesville, VA. They were founded in 1924 as Petersburg Motor Company and today, nearly 100 years later, CMA has expanded to have locations in Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Winchester, Williamsburg, and Martinsburg, West Virginia. CMA also has an Employee Stock Ownership Plan which allows employees to own part (over 26%) of the company.

This empowers CMA’s employees to do their very best to assist customers, thus their motto “Owners Just Care More.”

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Valley Health System Names New Senior Vice President and Winchester Medical Center President

Winchester, VA, July 12, 2022 – Valley Health System President and CEO Mark Nantz announced this morning that Tonya Smith, Pharm D, MBA, MHA, will be the system’s next Senior Vice President of Acute Care and President of Winchester Medical Center, effective September 12, 2022. Smith’s selection follows a nationwide search and an extensive interview process involving more than two dozen administrative and medical staff leaders.

“I am pleased to welcome Tonya back to our team,” Nantz said. “She is an accomplished and visionary healthcare executive with extensive healthcare experience ranging from clinical pharmacist to hospital president. Throughout her career, Tonya has had success in developing enduring and trusting relationships with physicians, leading cultural transformation resulting in high quality, safety, patient experience and employee engagement, and increasing organizational effectiveness and system integration.”

Smith served in leadership roles at Valley Health and Winchester Medical Center earlier in her career, including Director of Pharmacy, Corporate Director of Pharmacy and Vice President of Operations and Ancillary Services. Among her accomplishments at Valley Health was her leadership in the system-wide implementation of Epic, the electronic medical record, in 2014.

Smith left Valley Health in 2015 to become President of Munson Healthcare’s Cadillac Hospital in Cadillac, Michigan, and soon thereafter became President of Munson’s five other community hospitals. In 2020, she assumed additional responsibility for leading Munson’s system integration efforts.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she attained her Doctorate in Pharmacy. She subsequently earned a Master’s in Health Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College. An engaged community leader, she volunteers in non-profit and civic leadership capacities, including the United Way, Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary.

A native of Jefferson County, West Virginia, Smith looks forward to moving back to the area. “This move is more than professional, it is deeply personal,” she said. “Not only did I serve as the Vice President of Operations at Winchester Medical Center for six years, it is the hospital where all four of my children were born. We will be moving back to the community where my husband and I, as high school sweethearts, grew up, got married, and started our family. I am honored and excited to serve a health system and community that have meant so much to me and my family.”

Gov. Youngkin Announces Supply Chain Solutions Company to Open Three Service Centers in Virginia, Creating 75 Jobs

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~ A. Duie Pyle to establish cross-dock service centers in the Cities of Manassas, Richmond, and Roanoke ~

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that A. Duie Pyle (Pyle), a premier provider of asset and non-asset-based supply chain solutions, will establish three cross-dock service centers in the Cities of Manassas, Richmond and Roanoke, creating a total of 75 new jobs in the Commonwealth.

Pyle’s Manassas facility located at 10461 Colonel Court will have 30 doors and create 30 new jobs.
The Richmond operation located at 3609 East Belt Boulevard will have 50 doors and create 25 new jobs.
The Roanoke facility at 3348 Salem Turnpike Northwest will have 16 doors and create 20 new jobs.

“Global supply chains are experiencing unprecedented pressure and we are pleased that A. Duie Pyle will take advantage of Virginia’s infrastructure and transportation network as a vital provider of supply chain solutions,” said Governor Youngkin. “Manassas, Richmond and Roanoke all offer key logistics assets, and we welcome Pyle’s new operations that will create a total of 75 jobs across the Commonwealth.”

“A. Duie Pyle’s new facilities will be a substantial addition to Virginia’s diverse logistics sector and bring valuable jobs and an economic boost to three cities,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Securing a project that spans several regions of the Commonwealth says a great deal about our strategic location, competitive operating costs and top-notch workforce, and we look forward to partnering with Pyle.”

“With a long history of providing our customers throughout the Northeast with premier transportation and logistics services, expanding our footprint with three new facilities across the Commonwealth of Virginia has positioned us to directly reach key metropolitan areas along the Eastern Seaboard,” said Peter Latta, Chairman and CEO of A. Duie Pyle. “This strategic expansion enables us to improve shipping and schedules, while strengthening our overnight delivery capabilities to neighboring states. We are also excited about contributing to economic growth and creating new career opportunities in each of the three cities and to the great Commonwealth of Virginia overall.”

“Manassas is a regional employment center with a diverse economy and an even more diverse population,” said Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger. “We welcome the investments by companies like A. Duie Pyle that create well-paying jobs in traditional industries. It is these jobs which enable many of our residents to support their families and realize their dreams.”

“Reliable transportation and distribution logistics are more important than ever to the success of our economy, and good jobs are vital to the success of our residents,” said Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “We’re grateful to A. Duie Pyle for investing in Richmond and welcome this family-owned, industry leader to our city.”

“The City of Roanoke appreciates A. Duie Pyle’s significant new investment in our city,” said Roanoke Mayor Sherman P. Lea, Sr. “For 98 years, this reputable, family-owned company has provided significant services in the transportation and logistics arena, and we welcome them to our great city. The new jobs created by this expansion demonstrate a continuing commitment by this company to the Commonwealth of Virginia and will be a great boost to the Roanoke economy.”

“The Greater Richmond Partnership welcomes A. Duie Pyle to the robust supply chain and logistics community in the region,” said Jennifer Wakefield, President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership. “As a community that prides itself on ESG factors, we’re thrilled to welcome such a leader in sustainable supply chain practices.”

“I am excited to welcome A. Duie Pyle to the Roanoke Region,” said John Hull, Executive Director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership. “With a strategic location on the Interstate 81 corridor, the Roanoke Region is primed for investment from companies seeking a location with strong market access. Investment from A. Duie Pyle is both a testament and a complement to the region’s logistical advantages.”

“I’m thrilled to see the partnerships between the City of Manassas and the private sector continue to strengthen our local economy,” said Senator Jeremy S. McPike. “I look forward to working with A. Duie Pyle as we continue to close the gap in the supply chain shortage, create lasting jobs in the Greater Manassas area, and continue building on Virginia’s incredible economy.”

“As a Delegate who is passionate about creating jobs and an economy that works for everyone, I am excited to welcome A. Duie Pyle to the City of Manassas with its enterprise supply chain solution business model and technology,” said Delegate Michelle L. Maldonado. “It will bring jobs to our constituents and efficiency to transportation and distribution services available in our community. This project is an excellent way to collaborate at both the state and local levels and encourage industry growth through job creation. I thank A. Duie Pyle for its investment in our people and Commonwealth!”

“At a time when we see all too clearly the consequences of failures in supply chain management, I am thrilled to hear that A. Duie Pyle will be making this investment in Virginia,” said Senator Joseph Morrissey. “These are exactly the sort of well-paid jobs that I am fighting to bring to Richmond. I am pleased to see more and more companies taking advantage of the city’s skilled workforce.”

“I’m so pleased that A. Duie Pyle has chosen to open three sites in Virginia, creating job opportunities for Virginians,” said Delegate Betsy Carr. “Virginia has frequently been ranked as the No.1 state to do business and this is one more example. I thank Pyle for its smart decision to come here, and I commit to continuing to work hard to bring new, good-paying jobs for Virginians.”

“I am happy to welcome A. Duie Pyle to Roanoke, the Gateway to Southwest Virginia,” said Senator John Edwards. “Building a 21st-century supply chain is vital to the future economic success of our nation and our Commonwealth. The City of Roanoke has a long history as a transportation hub, connecting the Northeast Corridor to points south and west, and investments such as this show the future will run through Roanoke as well.”

“We are excited to welcome A. Duie Pyle, a supply chain solutions company, to the Roanoke Valley,” said Delegate Sam Rasoul. “As our economy grows in the coming months, these jobs come at a good time to uplift workers. I look forward to seeing the employees flourish in Roanoke with good-paying and well-benefited jobs.”

Based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, A. Duie Pyle, a family-owned-and-operated business for almost 98 years, provides a range of integrated transportation and distribution services supported by 27 less-than-truckload (LTL) service centers and 16 warehouses strategically located throughout the Northeast region, which includes the company’s expansion into the Commonwealth of Virginia. Pyle provides a variety of asset and non-asset-based services offering uniquely engineered logistics solutions, including LTL, dedicated fleet operations, warehousing and distribution services through 3.5 million square feet of public and contract warehousing space, and specialized services through its brokerage solutions.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Manassas, the City of Richmond, the City of Roanoke, the Greater Richmond Partnership, and the Roanoke Regional Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. The company is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, for the City of Richmond location.

Gov. Youngkin Announces Commonwealth’s Unemployment Rate Held Steady at 3.3% in January

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RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that Virginia’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.3 percent in January, while total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 4,900 jobs. The Commonwealth’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 percent is 1.5 percentage points below the rate from a year ago. The labor force increased by 16,461 to 4,277,757, as the number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,892 to 139,261. The number of employed residents rose by 18,353 to 4,138,496. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which rose from 3.9 to 4.0 percent in January.

The Commonwealth’s labor force participation rate increased slightly by 0.3 percentage points to 62.9 percent in January. The labor force participation rate measures the proportion of the civilian population age 16 and older that is employed or actively looking for work.

“My administration is committed to boosting economic growth, creating jobs, attracting businesses, and lowering the cost of living for all Virginians,” said Governor Youngkin. “One of our top priorities is ensuring that Virginia’s economy serves and benefits Virginia’s workers, businesses, and families alike.”

“The economic growth that we have seen in recent months slowed slightly in January, but that’s no cause for worry,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Our unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, and our labor force participation rate rose to 62.9% last month. We’re confident that our business and worker friendly policies will continue to spur economic growth throughout the Commonwealth in the months ahead.”

“We see plenty of good signs for Virginia’s economy”, said Secretary of Labor Bryan Slater. “In recent months we have seen employers across the Commonwealth, and the nation, struggle to find and retain quality workers. We must work together with our workforce development partners to ensure that workers in Virginia have access to training and resources necessary to fill these positions.”

From January 2021 to January 2022, the VEC estimates that establishments in Virginia gained 89,800 jobs, an increase of 2.3%. In January, the private sector recorded an over-the-year gain of 83,400 jobs, while employment in the public sector gained 6,400 jobs. Compared to a year ago, on a seasonally adjusted basis, eight of eleven major industry divisions experienced employment increases while three saw employment decrease. The largest over-the-year job gain occurred in leisure and hospitality, up 46,200 jobs (+13.7%). The next largest over-the-year job gain occurred in professional and business services, up 17,700 jobs (+2.3%). Other job gains occurred in trade and transportation (+10,700 jobs), education and health services (+7,800 jobs), and government (+6,400 jobs). Within government, only local government saw an increase in employment (+11,100 jobs) while state (-4,500 jobs) and federal government (-200 jobs) both lost jobs over the year. The largest job decrease over the year occurred in manufacturing which lost 2,800 jobs (-1.2%). Other employment losses occurred in construction (-1,700 jobs) and finance (-1,600 jobs).

For more details, visit the Virginia Employment Commission’s website at vec.virginia.gov.

GOV. YOUNGKIN ANNOUNCES I-495 EXPRESS LANES NORTHERN EXTENSION CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN

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Virginia officials and project partners mark milestone at groundbreaking ceremony; new express lanes extension to bring congestion relief, new transit options, and economic benefits

TYSONS, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced the start of construction on a two-and-a-half-mile extension of the express lanes on Interstate 495 between the Dulles Corridor and the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Fairfax County. Governor Youngkin was joined by Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shep Miller, state and local officials, and Transurban—Virginia’s project partner and operator of the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes—at a groundbreaking ceremony to officially kick off construction on the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project. The latest extension of Virginia’s 90+-mile express lanes network planned for Northern Virginia, the project will provide new travel options, reduce congestion, support new transit services, and minimize cut-through traffic in residential communities.

“The 495 NEXT project represents the Commonwealth’s commitment to improving regional infrastructure and traffic flow for Virginians, our visitors, and the broader business community,” said Governor Youngkin. “Together with our partners from the public and private sectors, we are prioritizing investments in Virginia’s transportation network to keep people, goods, and our economy moving.”
“495 NEXT is an important new link in the safe and modern transportation system we’re working hard to build throughout the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shep Miller. “This extension to our express lanes system will provide needed relief for a highly congested portion of the Capital Beltway, providing major benefits to the greater region. This regional approach is crucial to solving our transportation challenges, and through close coordination with our partners in Maryland, Virginia’s 495 NEXT project will be built to connect and complement future improvements in the Capital Region.”
The 495 NEXT project will add two new dynamically tolled express lanes in each direction, including new connections at the Dulles Corridor and the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchanges. The project will deliver faster and more reliable travel options, cutting travel times for express lanes users by up to 50 percent, including for HOV 3+ and transit riders who can travel the lanes toll-free. It will also improve safety in the corridor by reducing crashes by an estimated 20 percent and limiting cut-through traffic in residential communities. The project is estimated to generate more than $880 million in economic benefits and 6,300 jobs.
The 495 NEXT project includes additional benefits and features such as:
  • Replacement or rehabilitation of seven bridges
  • Replacement of nine existing noise walls and the construction of one new noise wall
  • Environmental commitments to improve streams and manage stormwater
  • Four miles of new bicycle and pedestrian connections
  • Funding for new American Legion Bridge bus service connecting Virginia and Maryland
“Despite unprecedented times and a global pandemic, VDOT and its partners have remained focused on advancing this critically important public-private partnership project for the region and the Commonwealth,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen Brich. “We are proud of the hard work and collaboration that made today’s milestone possible, and look forward to getting to work on delivering these important improvements.”
“495 NEXT expands the benefits of faster and more reliable travel to more drivers in the region,” added Pierce Coffee, President of Transurban North America. “We know at Transurban that regional mobility is strengthened when the public and private sectors come together and we are seeing another strong example of that marking today’s milestone.”
The $660 million 495 NEXT project is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Transurban. Financial close was reached on February 28, 2022 with Transurban securing financing for the project composed of a mix of equity and debt, including loans through the federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank.
In October 2021, VDOT and Transurban executed a comprehensive agreement for the 495 NEXT project, and Transurban selected Lane Construction as the design-build contractor for the project after a competitive selection process. In July 2021, VDOT completed more than three years of environmental study and evaluation for the project by receiving a “Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI),” from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Park Service (NPS). Additionally, VDOT received approval from FHWA on the project’s interchange justification report, a traffic study that includes analysis of traffic impacts and benefits associated with the 495 NEXT project.
In the coming months, the 495 NEXT team will continue to refine and finalize the project’s design details, while crews continue early exploratory field activities such as surveying and begin to mobilize for full construction activities, which could start as early as this summer. The partners continue to work with communities and travelers to reduce impacts both on and off the road, and are planning to have a public information meeting (with both virtual and in-person formats) in spring 2022, before full construction activities begin. The new extended lanes are scheduled to open in 2025.
Click here to learn more about 495 NEXT. To learn more about the project and 495 Express Lanes benefits, visit ExpressLanes.com.

Gov. Youngkin Announces Thermo Fisher Scientific to Expand Clinical Research Laboratories in Henrico County and the City of Richmond, Creating 500+ New Jobs

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~  Thermo Fisher to invest $97 million to establish and expand three bioanalytical labs ~
RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced that Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, will invest $97 million to expand its bioanalytical laboratory operations into three new locations in the Greater Richmond region and expects to create more than 500 new jobs in the Commonwealth. In total, Thermo Fisher will be adding nearly 150,000 square feet to its Richmond area operations. Thermo Fisher acquired the laboratories with the purchase of PPD, Inc. in December 2021.
In response to increased demand for its services, Thermo Fisher’s clinical research business will expand with the establishment of two new bioanalytical labs in Henrico County. The company is renovating the former Toys “R” Us store at 8700 Quioccasin Road and will occupy 2250 Dabney Road next to its existing Henrico County facility. The business also will establish a third bioanalytical lab at the VA Bio+Tech Park in the City of Richmond.
“Thermo Fisher’s expanding footprint and creation of more than 500 new jobs is a major win for the Greater Richmond region and Virginia’s life sciences industry,” said Governor Youngkin. “This sector has gained significant momentum in the Commonwealth due to our research institutions, skilled talent and advanced innovation ecosystem, and we are proud of the company’s developments happening right here in Virginia.”
“When top life sciences companies like Thermo Fisher choose to locate and reinvest in Virginia, it strengthens our commitment to ensure a business climate and industry workforce that catalyzes growth and innovation,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “We thank the company for its major investment and creating over 500 new jobs for hardworking Virginians, and look forward to what Thermo Fisher’s expanding bioanalytical laboratory operations will accomplish.”
“We have a rich history in the Richmond and Henrico County region, a talent hub with respected universities, and an attractive place for our employees to live and work,” said David M. Johnston, Ph.D., senior vice president and president, clinical research, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We value our strong collaborative relationship with the Commonwealth of Virginia, Henrico County and the City of Richmond. These vital relationships are an important reason our laboratories employ more than 1,400 professionals and that we have expanded our bioanalytical, biomarker and vaccine sciences operations to include more than 300,000 square feet of scientific work space. Investing in clinical research is essential to delivering on our promise of helping develop life-changing medicines for patients in need.”
“Thermo Fisher Scientific’s decision to expand in Henrico’s Westwood/Dabney and Regency/Parham areas further strengthens our existing partnership and demonstrates its ongoing commitment to growth here in Henrico County,” said Henrico County Board of Supervisors Member Daniel J. Schmitt. “It also highlights the unwavering support the County has for our business community in providing access to a highly skilled pool of talent from nationally recognized colleges and universities to support Thermo Fisher and the region’s growing life sciences sector. I’m excited to see the company’s success here in Henrico as the company works to improve health across the globe.”
“The City of Richmond is delighted that Thermo Fisher Scientific is expanding its position within our growing life sciences sector,” said Richmond Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “The company’s investment in Richmond will have a positive impact on our economy, and the new jobs to be located in our Bio+Tech Park mean Richmond’s workforce will play an important role in helping Thermo Fisher provide the research and data analytics critical to developing life-changing therapies that improve health.”
“More than 30 leading pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers have chosen the region as their home,” said Chandra Briggman, President and CEO of Activation Capital and the Virginia Bio+Tech Park. “Having a well-established life sciences services firm like Thermo Fisher Scientific’s clinical research business move to the Virginia Bio+Tech Park will further strengthen the region as a biopharma research and innovation hub. We welcome the Thermo Fisher team to this section of our growing life sciences community.”
“Thermo Fisher Scientific’s investment is a welcomed addition to our local economy and a testimony to the value of an effective workforce pipeline that gives businesses like Thermo Fisher the ability to expand high-tech jobs and provide economic opportunity for Henrico and Virginia,” said Senator Siobhan Dunnavant.
“I am thrilled that Thermo Fisher Scientific is expanding its operations in Henrico County by establishing two additional labs and creating new jobs,” said Delegate Rodney Willett. “Our workforce has the skills and expertise needed to continue the company’s work to advance lifesaving treatments. I cannot wait to see how our community contributes to the future of bioanalytics and health care.”
“Thermo Fisher Scientific’s creation of more than 500 jobs and $97 million investment will be an incredible addition to Henrico County and the greater Richmond area’s growing life sciences industry,” said Senator Jennifer McClellan. “This is a key step to create jobs and help our economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We are grateful and excited to have Thermo Fisher Scientific expand in our city,” said Delegate Jeff Bourne. “Once again, Richmond has shown that it is not only a great location for business, but it is also a leading candidate for the life sciences with our wonderful VA Bio+Tech Park. The creation of new jobs and the investments made in our city will keep us at the forefront of a health sector that has shown to be critically important in these times.”
Thermo Fisher’s clinical research business enables customers to accelerate innovation and increase drug development productivity. Recognized as a global industry leader in accelerating promising medicines from early development through regulatory approval and market access, the business serves pharma, biotech, medical device, and government organizations with custom-tailored solutions to help customers deliver life-changing therapies. The business offers comprehensive lab services spanning bioanalytical, biomarkers, central lab, GMP, and vaccine sciences, accelerating pharmaceutical development for small molecules, biologics, and vaccines.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Henrico Economic Development Authority, the City of Richmond, and the VA Bio+Tech Park to secure the projects for the Commonwealth. Former Governor Northam approved a $1 million performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Performance program, an incentive that encourages capital investment by existing Virginia companies, for the Henrico County expansion. The former Governor also approved $2 million from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Henrico County, and $151,952 for the City of Richmond project. Thermo Fisher is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as benefits from the Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit for new, full-time jobs created.
Support for Thermo Fisher’s job creation will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, a workforce initiative created by VEDP in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System and other higher education partners, with funding support from the Governor’s Administration and the Virginia General Assembly. Launched in 2019, the program accelerates new facility start-ups through the direct delivery of recruitment and training services that are fully customized to a company’s unique products, processes, equipment, standards and culture. All program services are provided at no cost to qualified new and expanding companies as an incentive for job creation.

Terry Bradshaw to serve as Grand Marshal for the 95th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

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Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival ® President, Tommy Price, is delighted to announce that Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers will serve as Grand Marshal of the 2022 glofiber Grand Feature Parade.

Terry Bradshaw is widely acknowledged as today’s preeminent NFL studio personality, serving in a dual role as co-host of FOX NFL SUNDAY and THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL pre-game analyst.  Bradshaw has been with FOX NFL SUNDAY since its inception in 1994, and his work on America’s most-watched NFL pregame show for 26 consecutive years earned him three Sports Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst category in 1999, 2001 and 2008. Super Bowl LIV was Bradshaw’s ninth championship assignment for FOX, his 12th as a broadcaster and his 16th overall, including as a player. In 2018, Bradshaw took on the new responsibility of hosting THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL’s pregame and halftime shows live from New York with Howie Long and Michael Strahan. FOX NFL SUNDAY was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April 2019.

Bradshaw joined CBS Sports as an NFL game analyst in 1984 and became a studio analyst on “The NFL Today” for four seasons beginning in 1990. During his last two years as an NFL game analyst for CBS, Bradshaw served in an acclaimed partnership with play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist. Prior to his fulltime work for the network, he served as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ NFC postseason broadcasts (1980-82). He appeared as a contributor on “Super Bowl Today” programs for Super Bowls XVI, XXIV and XXVI.

The first player chosen in the 1970 draft, Bradshaw became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in history, leading the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships, six AFC championship games and eight straight playoff appearances (1972-79). Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), was a four-time All-Pro. He retired just prior to the 1984 season.

Bradshaw was at his best in postseason games. Under his direction, Pittsburgh enjoyed Super Bowl championships in 1975 (16-6 over Minnesota), 1976 (21-17 over Dallas), 1979 (35-31 over Dallas) and 1980 (31-19 over the Los Angeles Rams), making him a perfect 4-0 in Super Bowl play. In those four outstanding performances, he completed 49 of 84 attempted passes—nine for touchdowns—for 932 yards (third all-time), with just three interceptions. He still holds the Super Bowl passing record for average gain in a game (14.71 yards in Super Bowl XIV vs. Los Angeles, in which he completed 21 passes for 309 yards). Bradshaw was named NFL Player of the Year by the Associated Press, “Sport Magazine” and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia following the 1978 season. In 1979, he shared Sports Illustrated’s Man of the Year Award with Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1989, Bradshaw was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. In July 1997, he returned to Canton, Ohio, to serve as presenter when the late Mike Webster, his center on the Steelers’ four Super Bowl title teams, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In April 2001, Bradshaw added yet another prestigious distinction when he was presented with the NFL Alumni’s Career Achievement Award.

In addition to his broadcasting career, Bradshaw has appeared in several feature films, including the romantic comedy “Failure to Launch,” “Hooper” and “Cannonball Run,” and guest-starred on the television series “Las Vegas,” “Married with Children,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Eight Simple Rules,” “Evening Shade,” “Hardcastle and McCormick,” THE SIMPSONS and THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR. on FOX.

Bradshaw has written five books: his acclaimed autobiographies, “Keep it Simple” (2002), “It’s Only A Game” (2001) and “Looking Deep” (1989); “Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel” (1979); and “No Easy Game” (1973). He is also the star of his own reality show, “The Bradshaw Bunch” which is premiering in fall of 2020 on E! Entertainment.

He was named 1999’s Man of the Year by the Big Sisters of America and 2000’s Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council, and in 2002 he became the NFL’s first player to receive a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Bradshaw currently lives in Oklahoma, with his wife, Tammy. He has three daughters, Rachel, Lacey and Erin.

INSIDERS NOTE:    Terry Bradshaw was scheduled to be Grand Marshal at the 2020 Apple Blossom Festival and recommitted for 2021.  The Grand Feature Parades were cancelled both years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Best chances for the public to see Terry Bradshaw:  He will make an appearance at Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast on Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 am at the Tolley Dental Zone at the James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center on the campus of Shenandoah University.  He will be leading the glofiber Grand Feature Parade at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.    Ticketing and Festival information are available at www.thebloom.com.