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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - This week, the Harrisonburg Fire Department and joins fire stations across the country by illuminating their fire stations in the color red to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The red lights will be up every night through this weekend when the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will hold its annual memorial weekend to honor firefighters who have died in the line of duty. “The goal of this program is to help ensure that the families of these firefighters understand that we will never forget. By illuminating our fire stations, we are telling the families of these firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice that we remember and that we will always remember the sacrifice that they’ve made,” Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matthew Tobia said. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation was unable to hold its annual memorial service last year, so this year, Tobia said they will honor those who have died over the last two years, which is a total of 215 firefighters in the U.S. and all who have passed in previous years. “We recognize that when we put on this uniform that we may be called upon to make that ultimate sacrifice, and I think the one thing we want more than anything else is to know that our families will be taken care of,” Tobia said. Tobia said on average, 100 firefighters die in the line of duty every year and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused that to rise. “We’re really mindful of the fact that this disease can affect first responders every bit as much as it affects other people,” Tobia said. Community members are encouraged to show their support by shining red lights at your home, and the Harrisonburg Fire Department has invited its city partners to participate as well. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial service will be live-streamed at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2.
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STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) - One year after a fire shut down the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Staunton, it’s reopening this weekend in a new space Staunton Augusta Waynesboro Habitat is buying. People are working hard to get everything all set up at 818 Greenville Avenue in time for a grand opening Saturday. The Restore is filled with all kinds of furniture, appliances, lighting -- everything for your home. “This is like a big fundraiser, so everything that comes in by donation we are selling to raise money to build homes in the area and restore homes for our community,” said Angela Terry, the SAW Habitat for Humanity Restore director. The Staunton Habitat Restore opens Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are accepting donations.
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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Carter Mountain is a favorite amongst many apple-picking fans in central Virginia, but now the orchard is getting even bigger recognition. Yelp made a list of the top spots to go apple picking across the nation. Carter Mountain is ranked second. Yelp used a number of factors to conjure up the list, including foot traffic, total volume, ratings, and reviews. Copyright 2021 WVIR. All rights reserved.
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) has been working to continue getting COVID-19 vaccines into arms, now including the Pfizer booster shot. At this time, the booster is only for those who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and fall into an eligible group. The CDC recommends those 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and those ages 50-64 with underlying health conditions get a booster. The eligibility also includes adults ages 18-49 who have underlying health conditions and those who are at an increased risk of exposure like in their occupational setting or institutional setting. Jordi Shelton with CSHD said the health district will be holding a large-scale vaccine clinic this Thursday at James Madison University’s convocation center. There is no appointment necessary, but you can make an appointment ahead of time. Pfizer boosters will be available and you can also get first or second doses of the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Shelton said first and second doses are a top priority, especially with the delta variant spreading in the community. She said known delta variant cases now account for 62.5% of cases in the region. “While the booster rollout is exciting for those who need that, we are really still trying to reach folks who haven’t been able to get that first vaccine yet,” Shelton said. Shelton said the number of 1st and 2nd doses of the vaccine is still steadily climbing. As of now, just over 58% of adults in the health district are fully vaccinated. Shelton said while the booster is just for selected groups who received the Pfizer vaccine, the health district will be ready to expand its clinics to everyone who is eligible. Shelton recommends bringing your vaccine card with you when going to get a booster shot. You can find a COVID-19 vaccine clinic near you here.
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