2021-7-8

Bags Donated for Cancer Patients

Penny Evans, an Independent Consultant with Thirty-One Gifts, facilitated community donations of 279 bags to the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center and to the Solari Radiation Therapy Center. Pictured are: Rebecca Sontag, Kim Baisey, PAR, Wendy Bohannon, RN; Teresa Collins, RN, BSN, OCN (all with VCU Heath CMH), and Penny, Sep and Jonathon Evans.

South Hill, VA (7/6/21) – For the fifth year, Penny Evans, an Independent Consultant with Thirty-One Gifts since 2008, asked customers and friends to donate so cancer patients at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) could be blessed with a special bag to help them through their journey. Penny, Sep, and Jonathon Evans were able to donate 279 bags to the Hendrick Cancer and Rehab Center and to the Solari Radiation Therapy Center!

Teresa R. Collins, RN, BSN, OCN, Director of Radiation and Medical Oncology, said, “A cancer diagnosis can be devastating for patients. These care bags are a blessing and uplift our patients during difficult times in their lives. Patients use these bags to keep appointments, information packets, goodies, and personal belongings as they are coming into the center for treatment. Our patients have said over the years how humbled they are to have so many people supporting them. Penny and her team of donors are wonderful, and we are extremely thankful for her continued support of our cancer program through the years.” 

Penny expresses her gratitude to all the generous donors and businesses that help make this fundraiser possible. “Our little community blows me away each year,” Penny said. “This fundraiser would not be possible without everyone’s donation.”

These bags are purchased and filled with items such as pocket calendars, tissues, soothing tea bags (Penny and Sep Evans), lip balm and drink koozies (First Citizens Bank), pens/pads (Microtel), antiseptic wipes (Citizens Bank and Trust), Mary Kay hand lotions (Tanya Baskerville), tissues/lip balm (Crystal Walker), change purses (Benchmark Community Bank), and hand sanitizers (VCU Health CMH). Thanks to the generous donors listed below.

Platinum (10+bags)
Anonymous - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
HHM Porta Toilet, LLC - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Airtec - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Hardee Ford - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Rozier Termite and Pest Control - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Full Strut Trucking - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Gold (5-9 bags)
Karobway - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Henry and Brittany Edmonds - In Memory of Joyce Hodges

Pam and Terry McDaniel - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Joyce and Charlie Taylor - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Lynn and Davin Lucy - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

 

Silver (2-4 bags)
Kathryn and Kirk McAden - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Lundy Layne - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Marcia, JC and Jaicee Clary - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Judy Cleaton - In Honor of Mary Carol Kallam, Nikki Evans and Janet Hayes

Vera Primm - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Mandi and Brian Calhoun - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Gavin Honeycutt and Chad Vaughan - In Honor of Harold Vaughan, In Memory of Phyllis Vaughan and James Honeycutt
Judy and Ed Carroll - In Honor of Nikki Evans, Teen Evans and Jane Lockerman and In Memory of Carolyn Roberts

Nancy and Ken Bulluck - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Carolyn and Randy Carter - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Sharon Johnson - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Michelle Edmonds - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Lisa Graham - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Cheryl Newcomb - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Sheri and Mike Sparkman - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Stacy Archer - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Candice Riggan - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Carleen and Rosser Wells - In Memory of Anne and Donnie Wells and In Honor of All Cancer Survivors
Deborah Piercy - In Memory of Janie Piercy and In Honor of Martha Chalkley
Custom Message Therapy and Skincare  - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Katelyn and Scot Sharber - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Susan Moody - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Jannon Coley - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Ashley and Adam Lipscomb - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Susan Creedle - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Sandra and Scooter Ittner - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Teresa Collins - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Tammy Manning - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Love Café - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Irene Michelitsch - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Jeremy and Tiffany Lynch - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Martha and Bobby Overton - In Memory of Carolyn T. Roberts, In Honor of Sandi Taylor and Aimee Hudson
Edna and Emmett Williams - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Jenny Davis - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Holly Painter - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Mary Hardin - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Rhina and David Jones - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Kristen Branch - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
SHVFD Ladies Auxiliary - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Gwen and Steve Hinzman - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Sarah and Joe Hutson - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Tanya Baskerville - In Memory of Wendy Boyter Jackson and George Baskerville
Linda and Lynn Roberts - In Memory of Wanda Jones Beville and Jau Parker Roberts
Alicia and Guy Short - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Allecia Parker - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
The Jacob and Wesley Swain Family - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Benchmark - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Bronze (1 bag)

Sarah and Kenneth Smith - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Candy McAvoy - In Honor and Memory of All the WARRIORS

Gay Clary - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Christy Taylor - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jennifer Sullivan - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Betty Edwards - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Kaye Bagley - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Lynn and Everette Gibson - In Memory of Lavenia Gibson

Katie Hubbard - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Susan Lucy - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Marjorie Lawson - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Katherine Crutchfield - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Kim Baisey - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Pam Watson - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Kris and Scott Walker - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Shelley Mayer - In Honor of Angela Madren and Lori Fuller

Georgia Franck - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Sidney and Neil Burke - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Pam Gilbert - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Candi, Lee and Reid Allen - In Memory of Dallas R Allen

Debbie Moore - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Shelia Paynter - In Honor of All Cancer Patients

Ernestine Evans - In Honor of All Cancer Patients

Rita Parham - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Louise Ogburn - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Debbie Douglas - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Brenda Curtis - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Angela Wells - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

April Wright - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Donna Wall - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Mary and Wayne Rawlings - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Keli Reekes - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Tammi Lowery - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Tonja Pearce - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Mitzi Powell - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Mary Edmonds - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Teri and Troy Walker - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Theresa Hockaday - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Emily Jones - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Sheryl Thomason - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Lisa Middleton - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Crystal and Ricky Jones - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Eileen Bigley - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Kim and Joe Young - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Terry Moss - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Diana Crowder - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Angie Mills - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Paula Tanner - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Tanya Mason - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jessica Johnson - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Angela Nichols - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Devon Clary - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Diane Nichols - In Honor of Cheryl Newcomb

Robin Newton - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Christy Dodd - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Brenda Bell Crafton - In Memory of Cindy Crafton

Christy and Wayne Reese - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Kim and Brent Evans - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Judy and Chuck Martin - In Memory of Bobby Garrett

Nancy Jacobs - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Aileen Lewis - In Memory of John, Landa and Tameka

Rhonda Dalton - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jana Thompson - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Anita Kallam - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Sara Boyd - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Michelle Williams - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jessica Pearce - In Memory of Diane Curtis

Nancy and Kell Fleshood - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Sara and Jerry Reynolds - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Carol Anne Chapman - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jill and Chad Springer - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Angela Carter - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jennifer and Wayne Derrenbacker - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Kimberly Brown - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Emily and Mark Warren - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

John and Patty Evans - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Jonathon Evans - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Sep and Penny Evans - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Tammy Brewer - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Brittany Davis - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Anonymous - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Dottie Collins - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Wes and Mandi Shepherd - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients
Kathy Coffee - In Honor and Memory of All Cancer Patients

Virginia Department of Health Urges Caution In Advance of Severe Weather

(Richmond, Va.) — Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to impact areas of the state this week. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds people to take precautions to be prepared for severe weather and once the sun comes out, be aware of potential health risks before you participate in recreational water activities.

Heavy rains can increase the risk of animal waste and the potential release of inadequately treated wastewater from sewage treatment plants. Bacteria, debris, and other pollutants in rainwater runoff end up in rivers, lakes and streams, which can pose risks to human health and safety. Rain events also cause flooding and fast-moving waters, especially in low-lying areas.

The most common illnesses from contaminated water are gastrointestinal illnesses. This may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fever. These illnesses result from swallowing water contaminated by disease-causing microbiological organisms. Additionally, contact with contaminated water has the potential to cause upper respiratory (ear, nose, throat) and skin infections.

VDH recommends the following safety tips for people planning to swim, wade, kayak, canoe or go rafting in Virginia natural waters after heavy rain:

  • Avoid getting water in your mouth. Never swallow water from an untreated water source.
  • Don’t swim if you have broken skin. Bacteria, viruses and other organisms can infect wounds causing more serious illness.
  • Shower with soap and water after recreating in natural waters.
  • Don’t swim when you are ill.
  • Avoid swimming if dead fish are present.
  • Use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary risks if you encounter covered roads or fast-moving waters. The water may be deeper and moving faster than you think.

Residents or facilities that provide water to the public including campgrounds, restaurants, summer camps, or daycares with private wells or septic systems submerged by flood waters should also take extra precautions.

For more information and safety tips regarding private wells and septic systems visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/responding-to-an-emergency-affecting-your-private-well/.

To find the location of local sewer treatment facilities, contact your local public works department.

To contact your local health department, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/local-health-districts/.

For more information regarding recreation water safety tips, including the Virginia Department of Health’s “Safely Enjoy Virginia’s Natural Waters” brochure, visit: www.SwimHealthyVA.com.

Governor Northam Announces $304.5 Million in Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funding Distributed to Virginia’s Towns

Payments follow funds received from U.S. Treasury for counties and cities

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth has distributed approximately $304.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to 190 towns. These payments represent the first half of funding provided by the U.S. Treasury for Non-Entitlement Units of local government, with the same amount to be provided in June 2022. These funds are in addition to $2.3 billion available to Virginia’s 133 counties and cities directly from the federal government, as well as $4.3 billion that Governor Northam and the General Assembly will allocate during a special session beginning August 2. 

“Our Administration is committed to ensuring that communities of all sizes get the assistance they need to recover from the impacts of the pandemic—that’s why we expedited the distribution of funding for Virginia’s towns,” said Governor Northam. “These federal dollars represent an unprecedented opportunity to meet local response needs while also making transformative investments to support broad-based, equitable growth in every corner of the Commonwealth. We encourage collaboration across localities to maximize these funds for the benefit of all Virginians.” 

The Secretary of Finance issued a memorandum to local officials of Non-Entitlement Units of government on June 9, 2021 with guidance on distributing the first round of CSLFRF allocations.

“ARPA funding will provide significant assistance to state and local governments in a wide range of areas,” said Secretary of Finance Joe Flores. “We have worked diligently to ensure that all localities receive the funds designated for them, and we are excited to see the positive outcomes that will result for communities across Virginia.” 

The ARPA established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF) to assist states and eligible units of local and tribal government with COVID-19 recovery and infrastructure improvements. Within the categories of eligible uses, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet local needs. Eligible uses of CSLFRF funds include: 

  • Supporting public health expenditures, including COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral health care, and certain public health and safety staff;
  • Addressing economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector;
  • Replacing lost public sector revenue, providing government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic;
  • Providing premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors; and 
  • Investing in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expand access to broadband internet.

INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY TRAFFIC CRASHES CLAIM TEN LIVES IN VIRGINIA

RICHMOND – Virginia is experiencing a disturbing trend on its roadways – increased traffic crash fatalities – with the state on pace to have another unfortunate increase in 2021. Preliminary reports indicate 10 individuals died in traffic crashes on Virginia highways during the July 4 holiday statistical counting period that began at 12:01 a.m. July 2, 2021 and concluded at midnight July 5, 2021. Four of the crashes involved motorcycles and a fifth was an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Since Jan. 1, 2021 through July 7, 2021, preliminary reports indicate 399 lives have been lost to traffic crashes in Virginia, compared to 395 during the same time period in 2020.

The 10 fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Botetourt, Campbell, Chesterfield, Essex, Fairfax, Mecklenburg, Patrick and Stafford and the City of Newport News. The fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in the counties of Botetourt, Essex, Fairfax and Stafford. The Patrick County crash involved the ATV.

“Virginia State Police substantially increased our presence on Virginia roadways this past weekend, and yet, we still have people flaunting the safety of others on the road by driving at excessive speeds and under the influence,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “We are at the height of the summer travel season, which is why we need every Virginian committed to being a safe, responsible driver. Please put as much attention into driving, buckling up and complying with speed limits as you do with planning your summer getaway. You and Virginia’s safety depend on it.”

During the Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort’s (C.A.R.E.) four-day statistical counting period, Virginia troopers arrested 61 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 4,025 speeders and 1,434 reckless drivers, and issued 510 citations to individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up. During the holiday statistical counting period, Virginia State Police responded to a total 669 traffic crashes statewide and assisted 1,550 disabled/stranded motorists. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.

Funds generated from summonses issued by Virginia State Police go directly to court fees and the state’s Literary Fund, which benefits public school construction, technology funding and teacher retirement.

For more information on traffic safety and how to keep Virginia “Moving Toward Zero Roadway Deaths,” go to www.tzdva.org.

Vigilance of Virginia State Troopers  Kept  Roads Safe This Independence Weekend

Division V Troopers (area that encompassed the 7 major cities and 14 surrounding counties of Hampton Roads) participated in an on-going effort to increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities in Hampton Roads during the 2021 Fourth of July holiday weekend. 

As part of the national and state-sponsored program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impared driving, speed, and failing to wear a seatbelt, Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) went into full effect Friday (July 2, 2021) through midnight Monday (July 5, 2021). During this time period troopers summoned/arrested a total of 2673 drivers, 1089 citations for reckless driving, 12 arrests for driving under the influence, 75 citations for seatbelt violations, investigated a total of 113 traffic crashes with 1 fatality, and assisted 116 motorists. A motorist was cited for speeding 134 MPH/60 MPH in Chesapeake, in Sussex County another was cited for 100MPH/55MPH, and in Virginia Beach another motorist was cited for 120MPH/55MPH (see attached photos).

Throughout the holiday weekend, troopers were not only busy keeping roads safe, but also arresting those wanted in outlying cities as well;

On July 2nd, a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Honda sedan for traveling the wrong direction on Route 301, Greenville County. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit entailed with speeds not exceeding 35MPH. With the assistance of other troopers, all five occupants were detained. The driver, 31 year old Kea Michelle Wilson, was charged with driving under the influence and eluding/misdemeanor. Her male passenger, 34 year old Rashard Witcher, was arrested for outstanding warrants on file out of Henrico & Chesterfield, and was charged with false information to law enforcement and failure to identify. The other male and female passenger along with a 6 year old child, were not injured in the incident, and left the scene without incident. Wilson and Witcher were both taken to Southside Regional Jail. 

On July 4th, at approximately 8:04 p.m., a trooper patrolling Sussex County attempted to make a traffic stop on a Honda Odyssey that had an expired inspection sticker on Route 301 southbound, south of Route 605. The driver, 43 year old John Alonzo Roach, refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Roach stopped the vehicle at Allen Road and Wyatt Mill Road in Greensville County and fled on foot into the property woodline of Greensville Correctional Center. With the assistance of Southampton Sheriff's Office K-9 units, Roach was located and placed under arrest. Roach was wanted out of Petersburg for malicious bodily injury & firearm possession/transport by a convicted felon. Roach was also charged with no operators license, felony eluding, trespass on state property, and expired inspection.

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