Therapy Bunnies Bring Joy to Hospital Patients: Tom Miller of Oak Farm in Clarke County along with his volunteers and six bunny rabbits visited many patients at the Winchester Medical Center this week. He is with an organization called Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Services offered through the hospital. Every Monday evening, a group of registered volunteers visits the hospital with the rabbits, visiting on average 100 patients per night. There are also therapy dogs in the hospital's animal therapy program. Handlers of both rabbits and dogs must go through training with the hospital. (For more information please see The Winchester Star article for Wednesday, Oct 3rd.)
HUD Approves $1 Million Loan for City Sidewalk Repairs: The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Tuesday that it has approved Winchester's application for a $1 million loan for sidewalk improvements in the city's North End. The loan will pay for the replacement of 11,000 linear feet of dilapidated sidewalks. (For more information see The Winchester Star article published on Thursday, Oct 4th.)
Stephens City to Hold Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 12th: Because Veterans Day falls on a Sunday this year, the ceremony will be held on Monday, at 8a.m. at the town's Veterans Memorial at 5516 Main St. (Taken from The Winchester Star article from Thursday, Oct 4th.)
Handley Room Dedicated to Former Delegate Scott: In honor of the late Del. Jim Scott, D-Falls Church, John Handley High School announced on Wednesday, the dedication of a U.S. History classroom honoring the state legislator who graduated from Handley in 1956. Scott served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 to 2014. He also was part of the Inova Health System staff rom 1986 to 2011. (For more information see The Winchester Star article on Thursday, Oct 4th.)
Police Brew Goodwill With Public: Winchester Police took a coffee break with the community Wednesday. The second Coffee with a Cop event from 7 to 9a.m. allowed officers and residents to socialize in an informal setting. Those police who participated were not on call so over a cup of coffee they got a chance to just talk to the public to say hello. (For more information see The Winchester Star article published on Thursday, Oct 4th.)
Winchester City Sheriff's Office Launches Youth Club: This new club will replace the exiting Explorers' Club Program. The Youth Club will teach participants about different careers and include "fun activities and fun learning tours" around Winchester. One of the club's main goals is to foster positive interactions between youngsters and law enforcement officials. There is no charge to participate in the Youth Club. Anyone ages 11-18 is invited to take part. Call 540-667-5770 and ask for either Deputy Terry Fritts or Deputy Alexis Small. They also can be reached via email at Terry.Fritts@winchesterva.gov or Alex.Small@winchesterva.gov (Taken from The Winchester Star article on Thursday, Oct 4th.)
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