Health

Safety first

Darla Sue Moomaw, manager of the Woodstock Pool, takes a water sample along the edge of the pool on Tuesday. Moowaw and staff members take water samples for chlorine and pH on a daily basis. Town officials closed the pool Monday after fecal contamination was discovered in the water.   Rich Cooley/Daily

July 21, 2015

Monday was one of the hottest days of the summer, but Woodstock Pool wasn’t open.

Nolan to leave Warren Memorial Hospital

Patrick Nolan

July 16, 2015

Patrick Nolan, president of Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, has announced he will leave Valley Health after 21 years for a new job with Inspira Health Network in New Jersey.

Flood waters bring health risks

Water surrounds this car parked between Spring and South streets in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 13, 2015

Water contamination and mold concerns follow in the wake of flash floods. But health concerns begin with the first wave of flood damage.

Project HOPE names Thomas Kenyon CEO

July 10, 2015

Project HOPE announced on Friday that Dr. Thomas Kenyon will be president and CEO of the international health and humanitarian organization based in Millwood. Kenyon, who succeeds Dr. John Howe III, will begin his new role on Oct. 1.

‘A walking miracle’

Justin Carr, 17, left, and Jason Gomez, 18, right, both of Strasburg, chat inside Gomez's home in Strasburg on Wednesday. Gomez is recovering from a fall at a Toms Brook quarry and Carr helped pull him out of the water to safety.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 8, 2015

STRASBURG — Jason “Jay” Gomez said his friends have nicknamed him Jay Strong, and it’s little wonder. After the 18-year-old fell 75 feet from a cliff into a water-filled quarry on June 29, no one thought he would walk again.

Sun exposure a year-round risk

Kathleen Maynard, 22, of Woodstock, applies sunscreen while keeping watch as a lifeguard at the  W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock recently. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 5, 2015

Summertime is when many Americans break out their sunglasses and dust off the ol’ sunscreen. But according to area professionals, sun-related skin and eye care should be a year-round endeavor.

Implant offers hope for epilepsy patient

Dr. Paul Lyons, a neurologist and epileptologist at Winchester Neurological Consultants in Winchester, second from right, talks about results of a NeuroPace interrogation through a transmitter surgically implanted in the brain of his patient, Michael Bodamer, 18, at left. Bodamer, of Frederick County, has suffered from intractable epilepsy for much of his life. Also pictured, from left, are Bodamer's parents, Tom and Kimberly Bodamer, and Tiara Monroe, field clinical engineer for NeuroPace's Charlotte, North Carolina, office.  Josette Keelor/Daily

July 2, 2015

WINCHESTER — Michael Bodamer, 18, had his first seizure two days after birth, shortly after suffering a stroke. Now a surgically implanted NeuroPace device could change everything for him.

Memory care center set for New Market

July 1, 2015

A new memory care facility is planned for New Market this winter. Led by brothers Mark and Paul Griffin, and their father Marvin Griffin, who all run Shenandoah Place in New Market, the endeavor will bring needed care to a growing subset of the community suffering from memory problems.

Man waits for live liver donor

Paul Smoot, 36, of Strasburg, sits beside his wife Kutrina inside his mother's home n Stephens City recently. Paul Smoot was born with immune deficiency disorder and now needs a liver transplant from a live donor.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 1, 2015

Last September, Paul Smoot, of Strasburg, forgot how to use his cell phone. Talking with him, his wife Kutrina couldn’t determine the problem. She asked if he felt all right, and he said he did. But his boss saw differently.

Woodstock baby has botulism diagnosis

Benjamin Ellis Shell, 2 months old, son of Antonette Capone-Shell and Jerramy Shell, of Woodstock, was rushed to Inova Fairfax Children's Hospital last week with symptoms of botulism. One test has come back positive, but the hospital is waiting on another to confirm.  Courtesy Antonette Capone-Shell

June 30, 2015

Benjamin Ellis Shell was a healthy baby boy. Born 9 pounds, 7 ounces, on April15, he was exceeding milestones, rolling over after a month and crawling at 2 months. So when the 11-week old boy slowly stopped eating and his bowel movements stopped his mother Antonette Capone-Shell, 24, rushed him to the emergency room.

EPA study scrutinized by groups

June 12, 2015

Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment for a study on the effects hydraulic fracturing [fracking] could have on localities’ drinking water.

March to remember fallen, help vets

Retired Army Sgt. Andy Springer, of Edinburg, kneels next to the grave of Army Pfc. Thomas R. Wilson, of Maurertown, who died in combat in 2007. Springer is holding a photo of Wilson and below that is Springer's friend, Army Cpl. David M. Fraise, who died in Afghanistan in 2004.  Springer is  leader of the Active Heroes Team Shenandoah, which is organizing an event on June 20 to remember fallen soldiers and help those who have returned from war.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 11, 2015

On June 20, a “Carry the Fallen” ruck-march in Woodstock will remember fallen soldiers and help battle suicide rates among veterans.

Funding the fight against cancer

George Brinkley

June 6, 2015

There’s a certain talent that comes with persuading friends and neighbors to give to charity, and George Brinkley of Woodstock thinks he’s got the right stuff.

Every spring, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign raises cancer awareness and funds for a cure, and Brinkley said he feels no hesitation in asking for donations for his Relay for Life team.

A workout for everyone

CrossFit enthusiast Kellie Wagner leads a workout at Shenandoah Crossfit in Winchester. Wagner is coordinating a Warrior 360 event that encourages veterans and others to exercise together and learn about CrossFit.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 3, 2015

CrossFit isn’t always the hardcore workout it looks like on TV, and enthusiast Kellie Wagner plans to prove it at Saturday’s Warrior 360 program in Winchester, where area residents are invited to work out alongside United States veterans.

A helping hand for caregivers

Linda Olson, right, coordinator of the Shenandoah Agency on Aging's Our Place respite program in Edinburg, leads participants and volunteers in hand strengthening exercises on Wednesday. From left are volunteer Vera Blum and participants Becky Wolverton and Evelyn Sager.  Josette Keelor/Daily

May 27, 2015

EDINBURG — In the fellowship hall of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Edinburg, a respite program called Our Place provides activities for area residents experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.