• Harmful Algal Bloom in Smith Mountain Lake Prompts Swimming Advisory

    If you are in areas along the Blackwater River arm of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, a harmful algal bloom (HAB) means you should stay out of the water. The water in coves and creeks may look a bright teal color in these areas and may have a scum on the surface that is bluish,…Read more

  • Know How to Avoid Heat-Related Illness when the Temperature Spikes This Summer

    You’re at the beach on a 92-degree day with a friend when, suddenly, she seems confused. She says her head hurts, she feels dizzy and starts to vomit. Then she faints.   Would you know what to do?   Your friend is likely suffering heat exhaustion. If her symptoms don’t improve after moving her to a cool place, loosening her…Read more

  • Office of Vital Records Staff Knit and Crochet Cuddlies for Preemies

    The crafters in the Office of Vital Records (OVR) have been busy! They have made:  28 hand-knitted and hand-crocheted baby blankets,  34 darling crocheted octopuses that are more than just plush toys, and,  15 hand-made incubator covers.   These items are for families of babies in neonatal intensive care units. OVR's Field Services Team members always cross paths…Read more

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