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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
View full story in the News & Advance. An ongoing shortage in nurses nationwide has led Centra to increasingly rely on traveling nurses to supplement its staff. Centra’s December 2017 end-of-year financials show it spent approximately $17.5 million on contract labor, which includes travel nurses, at the same time it was “engaged in robust nursing recruiting efforts with the intent of ...read more
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
On May 29th, Judge Norman Moon will administer the Oath Allegiance to 30 newly naturalized citizens from 20 different countries. The ceremony represents the culmination of a journey for these individuals as they pledge their loyalty and commitment to the United States of America. Our guest speaker will be Robel J. Hailu, Senior VP and Private Client Advisor for Bank of America and Board member of ...read more
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
To  view graduation interviews, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWcwKIPOMsE&t=38sCuster, Erik – Lynchburg, VA   EplusC Studio / Fine & Graphic Artist Visual and professional Graphic Artist working, experimenting with many mediums and techniques, who first developed his love for art by watching Star Wars. His work was selected as a finalist by Juror Terrence Washington, National ...read more
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The Arts account for more of the  U.S. GDP than industries such as construction, transportation, and agriculture according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, summarized in a report released in March of 2019. https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/03/american-culture-arts-economic-impact-employment-data-gdp/585733/ However, a life in the arts has never been a quick path to equitability ...read more
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Monday, May 20, 2019
Join with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance in celebrating Zaxby's launch of their new catering menu and delivery via DoorDash.  The new menu features a range of boxed lunches perfect for business meetings and conferences as well as wings, fingers and salad platters ideal for sports or children’s parties. Samples will be available at the event.  Additionally, Zaxby’s of Lynchburg has ...read more
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Monday, May 20, 2019
Join with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance in celebrating the remodeling of Snap Fitness of Lynchburg and its new ownership.  A ribbon cutting and remarks will be held at 2:30 p.m.  What: Ribbon Cutting: SNAP Fitness of Lynchburg  When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019Time: 2 – 3 p.m., Ribbon Cutting at 2:30 p.m.Where: SNAP Fitness of Lynchburg 4119 Boonsboro Road, Suite 120 Lynchburg, VA  ...read more
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Monday, May 20, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The first class of students to enroll at Sweet Briar College after the small liberal arts school nearly closed its doors in 2015 turned their tassels Saturday, as graduates celebrated the “leap of faith” they took four years ago and the lessons they’ve learned since. “We took a chance on a college that almost did not exist. We were some of the first ...read more
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Monday, May 20, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The University of Lynchburg celebrated its first graduating class under its new name Saturday morning. Commencement speaker Kathrine Switzer, a former then-Lynchburg College student, said she was honored to be the first undergraduate speaker for the University of Lynchburg. “How great it is to see our old college step more boldly on the world stage of ...read more
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Monday, May 20, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg-area drivers may have a reason to celebrate this summer. A funding plan for the notoriously congested intersection of U.S. 501 and U.S. 221 is back on track after the Commonwealth Transportation Board recommended allocating $16.7 million for the project in a meeting this month. The board will take a final vote on the project during its June ...read more
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Monday, May 20, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. John C. Asbury knew it was the right decision to change the Union Bank & Trust name after hearing recently from a Richmond-area businessman who thought he had opened an account online. After going into a local branch, the man found out that he hadn't opened an account at Union Bank & Trust as he had thought. Instead, he had opened an account at Union Bank ...read more
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. No matter what degree, diploma, certificate or other credential students received Wednesday night, hundreds walked away as Central Virginia Community College alumni. Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy, a CVCC alumna, shared her story of starting her higher education at CVCC after graduating high school and being a member of the Navy. Tweedy said serving as ...read more
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance.   Bond ratings for Sweet Briar College have increased for the third year in a row, the college reported Monday, continuing on a positive financial outlook trend since it nearly closed four years ago. S&P Global Ratings, a financial analytics corporation, raised SBC’s long-term credit ranking from B+ to BB- in 2019 and changed its rating outlooks for the ...read more
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
(Lynchburg, Virginia – May 14, 2019) – The Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia has been recognized with a prestigious “2019 Platinum Award” from Choice Hotels International, Inc., (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Comfort brand. The “Platinum Award” designation goes only to the top hotels within the brand and the Comfort Inn & Suites – Lynchburg is the only hotel in Virginia to be ...read more
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Brown Edwards is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Roanoke and Lynchburg practices of Cherry Bekaert, LLP effective June 1, 2019.  Cherry Bekaert Partners Randy Burton and Richard Hedley in Roanoke will be joining Brown Edwards, as will most of the staff located in both offices.  A significant number of Cherry Bekaert’s clients are expected to transition to Brown Edwards as well.  With ...read more
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Monday, May 13, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Even with rain clouds lingering overhead, the graduates of Randolph College walked off the stage of Smith Hall with bright futures ahead and diplomas in hand. The commencement, held Sunday morning, was scheduled to be held in the Dell on the campus on Rivermont Avenue but with rainy precipitation in the forecast throughout the day, the ceremony was moved ...read more
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Monday, May 13, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance.   Vice President Mike Pence urged Liberty University graduates Saturday to hold their faith close with them as they begin a new chapter of their lives, warning that the right for Christians to freely worship is threatened and must be defended.   “America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever,” he said to a crowd of more than ...read more
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Thursday, May 09, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Crime is down in the Hill City. That’s according to Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema, who heralded the news Wednesday at a meeting with local business owners. Total crime is down 14%. Recent police records show 10,357 criminal offenses were reported over the last 12 months, down from 12,064 offenses from a year earlier. Zuidema pointed to a recent ...read more
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. After more than an hour and a half of heated discussion, Lynchburg City Council voted 5-2 to approve $4.13 million in funding for the Florida Avenue sidewalk project in the fiscal year 2020 Capital Improvement Plan budget. Ward III Councilman Jeff Helgeson and Ward IV Councilman Turner Perrow voted in opposition. The proposed sidewalk project on Florida ...read more
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Tuesday, May 07, 2019
BWX Technologies Career Fair to be held on Tuesday, May 21 3 - 7 p.m.at the Virginian Hotel, 712 Church St., LynchburgOPEN POSITIONS: AUTOMATION ENGINEERS DESIGN ENGINEERS ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS MATERIALS ENGINEERS MECHANICAL ENGINEERS NUCLEAR ENGINEERS PROJECT MANAGERS QC DIMENSIONAL INSPECTORS QUALITY ENGINEERS SECURITY / POLICE OFFICERS SKILLED ...read more
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Friday, May 03, 2019
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (the Alliance) and the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) today announced an agreement to work together in a joint effort to develop a technology based economic development plan for the region. One of the goals in the LRBA’s 2019 strategic plan is to create and implement an innovation and tech based economic development plan. Research on ...read more
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Friday, May 03, 2019
Local youth organizations can earn up to $1,000 through U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program. Now in its fifth year, Community Connections provides sponsorship support to help youth groups pay for expenses such as travel, equipment and uniforms. Since launching the program in 2015, U.S. Cellular has awarded more than $1.3 million to nearly 2,900 groups, including traveling sports teams, ...read more
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
The Business Summit presented by Wells Fargo was held from 1:30 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. The Summit featured a key note address by Business & Leadership Consultant,  Jennifer Owen-O’Quill,  Voltage Leadership Consulting and business learning labs taught by local leaders and influential speakers. Following the learning labs was a cocktail reception ...read more
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
On May 1st, Centra, through the generous support of the Centra Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Centra Foundation, will reveal the new Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Vehicle, Neo One.  Neo One will replace the existing van and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art mobile intensive care unit with the ability to transport two patients, or a patient and a family member, and up to four ...read more
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. When Heritage High School math teacher Andrew Napierkowski walked into his classroom Wednesday morning, he didn’t know he would get a visit from Lynchburg City Schools Superintendent Crystal Edwards. Napierkowski thought for a few minutes he was being observed until his wife, Bonnie, and his two daughters, Allie, 5, and Ivy, 2, walked into the ...read more
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Thursday, May 02, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg’s downtown circulator is set for the chopping block. The Greater Lynchburg Transit Company board voted Wednesday to advertise a public hearing on ending the Hopper service June 30. That’s the date a $117,820 state grant runs out.The GLTC board will hold a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. June 5 at the GLTC Transfer Station, 800 Kemper St.
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Wednesday, May 01, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Lynchburg Mayor Treney Tweedy will be Central Virginia Community College's commencement speaker May 15. Commencement begins at 7 p.m. at Liberty University's Vines Center. CVCC expects to graduate 1,009 students and confer 1,390 associate's degrees, diplomas, certificates and other credentials, the college said in a news release. CVCC said Tweedy is a ...read more
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
View full story in the News & Advance. In just four seconds R.S. Payne Elementary School fifth grader Hannah Kim put together four mathematical problems that together equated to the number 24. Hannah, 10, tapped the card in the middle of the table before her three opponents during the finals of the 24 Game competition. She rattled off, “20 plus four equal 24, 14 minus 10 equals four, 10 times ...read more
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. In front of a packed house at the Academy Center of the Arts, At-large Councilwoman Mayor Treney Tweedy and Ward I Vice Mayor MaryJane Dolan shared their vision for the future of Lynchburg during the annual State of the City address Monday night. The speech was part of a celebration featuring dance and choral performances, testimonials from Lynchburg ...read more
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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
View full story in News & Advance. Bank of the James’ parent company reported Friday its highest-ever first-quarter profit: $1.234 million, or 28 cents per share, up 9.88% from $1.123 million, or 26 cents per share, during the same quarter the previous year. Bank of the James Financial Group officials credited the firm’s expanding geographic market, with the accompanying growth in both loans ...read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
View full story in the News & Advance. The parent company of First National Bank, based in Altavista, reported Tuesday a first-quarter profit of $1.301 million, or 84 cents per basic and diluted share, up from a profit of $1.072 million, or 70 cents per basic and 69 cents per diluted share, during the same quarter last year. Pinnacle Bankshares said in a news release it was the highest ...read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. The possibility of moving graduation ceremonies off campus for Heritage and E.C. Glass high schools has come before the Lynchburg City School Board following comments from students and parents at both schools. School board member Belle Evans said she’s received several comments from family members of students at E.C. Glass regarding the need for more ...read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
View full story in the News & Advance. To put it simply, America is aging. How so?For the first time in U.S. history, senior citizens are projected to outnumber children by 2035.By 2030, it is expected that all baby boomers will be older than age 65, according to a 2018 report from the United States Census Bureau.As the population ages, the ratio of older adults to working-aged adults also is ...read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Plans for a loading zone pilot program on Main Street are delayed after city council asked staff to update language associated with code changes for the program. In a Tuesday night meeting, Deputy City Manager Reid Wodicka presented staff recommendations for a program that would change the way drivers use loading zones, make it illegal for vehicles to ...read more
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Council members were briefed this week on the quarterly progress of a key city initiative to combat poverty. Assistant City Manager John Hughes provided an update on the recently merged Bridges to Progress initiative that brought together the city’s Poverty to Progress committees with members of the community-led Bridges of Central Virginia. Both groups ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
View full story in The News & Advance. Leading up to what likely will be one of the most attended events in Bedford this summer — the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy — Prelude to Invasion: Living History Day had costumed interpreters lead tours through the National D-Day Memorial and share World War II era memorabilia. The annual event held Saturday is the memorial’s only ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Join with the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance in a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebrating of Patrick Henry’s Red Hill Education Center. Refreshments will be served. The Casey Education and Event Center was built to allow Red Hill to create a well-rounded educational experience for students and visitors. Our state-of-the-art facility also allows our community to come together to make ...read more
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
LYNCHBURG, Va.  (April 22, 2019) – U.S. Cellular announced a $5,000 donation to The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg to provide K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational opportunities to youth for the fifth consecutive year. This is part of a $1 million donation to clubs across the country. With a particular focus on STEM programming and learning, U.S. ...read more
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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Terri Gibson, Regional Sales Director, Daly Seven has received the 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award by the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.  Terri handles sales for three properties in Lynchburg, including the Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and SpringHill Suites. Daly Seven has been a member of the Alliance since 2014.   The Ambassador of the Year award was originally ...read more
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Thursday, February 28, 2019
View story at The News & Advance...The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance had plenty to celebrate during its annual meeting Wednesday morning. “We are geared toward growth and success and our passion for the region isn’t slowing down,” Alliance CEO Megan Lucas said to the 345 business professionals in attendance. Past Chair Stefanie Prokity told members the alliance board worked to advance ...read more
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Have you noticed our "facelift?" We've launched a new website and we hope you'll enjoy the new look! The new website aims to provide a clear message of who we are, and what we stand for. Improved menu functionality directs you to the information most relevant to you, our member. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable ...read more
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
View full story at The News & Advance... With a strong and passionate finish to his tour of Southside and Central Virginia that began Wednesday in Salem and ended Friday morning at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va, spoke to dozens of business leaders about tax reform, health care, the government shutdown and the future of America. Warner began by speaking ...read more
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Friday, February 15, 2019
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance and the Central Virginia Workforce Development Board are pleased to announce the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo presented by Wells Fargo happening this April.  Students and soon-to-be grads will attend the Expo to learn about employment that supports STEM education to include life sciences, advanced manufacturing, robotics, construction, HVAC/industrial ...read more
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Monday, January 21, 2019
Chris Faraldi, Director of Government Relations is representing the voice of local business at the legislature this January and February as the Alliance advocates for legislation that will benefit the regional business and economic success of our community. The Alliance Legislative Affairs Committee and Board of Directors have created the 2019 Legislative Agenda with member input. You can view ...read more
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Monday, January 21, 2019
Lynchburg Business “Best of Business Awards” Thanks to the businesses in the region who voted and recognized the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance as an organization that brings success and vibrancy to Lynchburg’s business community.Silver Award:     Best Local Leader Making a Difference - Megan LucasSilver Award:     Best Business Mentor/Coach - Christine KennedySilver Award:     Best ...read more
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Wednesday, December 05, 2018
View full story in The News & Advance. In a little over a month, Virginia legislators will come together in Richmond to discuss bills on health care, transportation and broadband when the Virginia General Assembly convenes Jan. 9 in Richmond. About 75 business, education and nonprofit leaders heard directly from Sen. Mark Peake, R-Lynchburg; Sen. Steve Newman, R-Bedford County; and Del. Scott ...read more
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Friday, November 02, 2018
View story in The News & Advance.......The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance has created a new Hall of Fame to recognize the dynamic and distinguished men and women who have impacted Lynchburg and the surrounding region with their business and civic engagement. The inaugural class will be inducted this Saturday. “The concept came from wanting to preserve the roles that individuals, businesses ...read more
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Friday, October 26, 2018
See full story at ABC13 WSET.... LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance is launching the area's first Business Hall of Fame and Liberty's founder and president are among the first inductees. The Hall of Fame will honor leaders who have impacted the region's business, industry, and the community. Jerry Falwell, Sr. and Jerry Falwell, Jr. will join leaders like A. C. ...read more
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance was pleased to host the 2nd Annual Salute to Manufacturing breakfast presented by First Piedmont Waste Solutions and to kick off manufacturing month.  The keynote speaker was Leila Aridi Afas of Toyota Motor North America. Delegate Scott Garrett was also in attendance. The Lynchburg region has some incredible advantages—unparalleled resources and an ...read more
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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
The Virginia Small Business Development Center which serves the City of Lynchburg and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell Counties has relocated from the campus of CVCC to a new host organization, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.  The SBDC – Lynchburg Region is a free, confidential business advising service open to all small businesses in the region. Committed to providing small ...read more
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Monday, July 30, 2018
Alexandria, Va. (July 26, 2018) — Christine Kennedy, IOM, CPC, ELI-MP, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance COO and Executive Vice President, has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Alexandria, Virginia-based ACCE is an association of more than 7,500 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, ...read more
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Monday, July 16, 2018
Alliance welcomes Chris Faraldi as the Director of Public Policy and Special Programming who comes to us after serving U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. Chris was the director of correspondence and led a team of seven legislative correspondents, along with three interns to ensure incoming and outgoing correspondence was managed efficiently.   He also provided administrative and technical support ...read more
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Lynchburg took center stage in the featured article “What America Can Learn from Lynchburg, Virginia” written by Ron Starner, Executive VP of Conway, Inc. and a writer for Site Selection Magazine.  After Starner’s visit to the Region, he discussed Lynchburg as a role model for successful economic growth. Contributing high tech manufacturing firms BWX Technologies and Framatome put our region as ...read more
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Tuesday, June 05, 2018
The Alliance is excited about our new Inside Lynchburg Region magazine that showcases the Lynchburg Region. A BIG thank you to our advertising partners that made the publication happen. Copies are available at the Alliance. The new digital magazine is featured online and the website will be ready soon. Contact Ruth Martineau if you are interested in an online ad.View here for debut of magazine.
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