Gloucester County, Virginia's first podcast, highlighting anything and everything that makes Gloucester "The Land of the Life Worth Living."
Season 2, Episode 1: Looking Forward to the Return of a Full-Scale Daffodil Festival
This month, we kick off Season 2 of the Current Conversations Podcast by sitting down with Katey Legg, director of Gloucester's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department, to hear all about the plans for the 36th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival, which is scheduled for April 2-3, 2022. This will be the first full-scale festival since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. Learn about the theme of this year's event, some of the special activities that are planned and what makes the Daffodil Festival so special.
For more information on the Festival, visit its webpage at http://daffodilfestivalva.org/.
Episode 11: Housing the Unhoused - Exploring the Issue of Homelessness in Gloucester County, Part 2 (February 2022)
This month, we continue with the second of our two-part series on "Housing the Unhoused," where we explore the issue of homelessness in Gloucester County. In Part 2 of the series, we speak with Lisa Kersey, Director of the Gloucester Department of Social Services. We also speak with Rev. Wendy Roundy, CEO / Founder of Helping the Homeless Ministries. Both of these organizations work first-hand with the homeless and underserved in our community. In this episode, we not only learn about what these organizations contribute to the overall health of the community, but also get a glimpse into how so many organizations in the community pitch in and work together to help combat the issue of homelessness.
For more information about programs that the Virginia Department of Social Services offers, visit https://www.dss.virginia.gov/. For more information about Helping the Homeless Ministries, visit https://helpingthehomelessministries.org/.
Episode 10: Housing the Unhoused - Exploring the Issue of Homelessness in Gloucester County (Part 1)
This month, we begin the first of our two-part series on "Housing the Unhoused," where we explore the issue of homelessness in Gloucester County. In part 1 of the series, we speak with Rev. Kristie Askew, executive director of the GUEST (Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team) program. We also speak with Rev. John Seltzer, executive director of Myrenu. Both of these organizations work first-hand with the homeless and underserved in our community. In this episode, we not only learn about what these organizations contribute to the overall health of the community, but also get a glimpse into how large of an issue homelessness is in our community.
For more information on the GUEST program, visit www.guestshelter.org or www.facebook.com/GUEST.helpthehomeless.
For more information on Myrenu, visit www.myrenu.org or www.facebook.com/myrenuinChrist.
Episode 9: Broadband Expansion in Gloucester and What That Means for You (December 2021)
This month, we delve deeper into Gloucester County expanding wireless broadband internet access to unserved residents through a partnership with Open Broadband, LLC. We talk one-on-one with Alan Fitzpatrick, CEO of Open Broadband, LLC. Learn how the service will work, the latest updates regarding the project, what customers can expect, and much more.
Residents or businesses interested in receiving service from Open Broadband should visit www.openbb.net/gloucesterco to sign up with no obligation. The company will contact those who have signed up once the service becomes available. Those who register will receive monthly e-mail updates with the progress of the project.
For overall information and updates regarding all of Gloucester County’s broadband initiatives, visit the Broadband Information Hub at https://gloucester-broadband-gcgis.hub.arcgis.com/ or contact Steele at 804-693-4042 or email@example.com.
Episode 8: The Gloucester County Team and Why You Should Consider Working for Gloucester County Government
This month, we sit down with Elaine Johnson, our Human Resources Director, and Penny Reed, our Human Resources Analyst, to discuss what makes Gloucester County, Virginia Government such a good place to work. This episode discusses the rich employment benefits, current opportunities, and what makes the Gloucester County Team so special.
To learn about current job opportunities with Gloucester County Government, visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities. For other information, including a full list of benefits, visit the Human Resources Department page at https://www.gloucesterva.info/316/Human-Resources.
Episode 7: The Process of Voting Integrity in Gloucester & the Potential for Bike Paths in the County
This month, we talk with Evan Farmer, Chairman of the Gloucester Electoral Board, and Bobbi Morgan, the County's Director of Elections/General Registrar, as they discuss the process of how votes in Gloucester remain secure as we head into the November General Election. Important deadlines are also shared. For more information, visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/349/Elections-and-Voter-Registration.
We are also joined by Anne Ducey-Ortiz, Gloucester's Director of Planning, Zoning and Environmental, as she shares some exciting news about the potential for biking and walking paths to be established throughout the County. She also discusses how the public can share input into the project. To participate in the study, visit: https://tooledesign.github.io/50735_Gloucester/. She also highlights all of the many other things her Department does as we celebrate National Community Planning Month. To learn more, visit: https://www.gloucesterva.info/362/Planning-Zoning.