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By Carol Ballard Warren County Report After a parade and ribbon cutting the previous night, on Saturday, Dec. 3, the Christkindlmarkt Festival was held at the Village Commons next to the Gazebo at the junction of Chester and Main Streets. The “Winter Wonderland” in-

cluded 18-inch snowflakes and ornaments in the trees, giant Nutcrackers, sing-along caroling, a Christmas concert and craft and food vendors set up in the market area. The annual is wholesome, free and a non-alcoholic event extending an opportunity for local crafters and artisans to display and sell their wares.

World-famous “Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle-Boy” encouraged audience participation and performed to lots of laughs and applause. Other family-type events included: Mike Randolph’s Woodhouse Band playing traditional Folk and Christmas music; Jeffrey Alban and the Blue Ridge Singers; a live Nativity scene; Paws ‘n’ Claus Pictures with Santa, the proceeds of which will benefit the Humane Society of Warren County; Front Royal’s Downtown Holiday Parade; a Battle of the Bands; Challenge of the Choirs and the Silent Monks of the Shenandoah.

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Town on regional state matching tourism grant list ing Leverage Grant program. The grants assist local and regional tourism entities to attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars. The local organizations match the state grant funds by a minimum of 3-to-1 to create marketing projects such as websites, signage, social media and advertisements, according to the governor’s press release. If past comments on tourism funding by town officials are considered, the question remains whether it is a portion or the full $50,000, whether the Front Royal Town Council will authorize any

additional funding for tourism promotion in order to make the required match for its share. The announcement came a week after the resignation of Town Director of Tourism Jennifer Keck became effective on Friday, Dec. 2. Town Manager Steve Burke was out of town Thursday, Dec. 8, and other town staff contacted had no information on the grant announcement or the town’s application to receive the money. The state seems to comprehend, if some current and/or recent town and county officials do not,

the value of spending money to promote tourism in the commonwealth, including Front Royal and Warren County. Part of the Governor McDonnell’s press release noted, “In 2010 tourism in Virginia generated $18.9 billion in revenue, provided $1.3 billion in state and local taxes and supported more than 204,000 jobs. Dollars invested in tourism have been shown to provide a 5to-1 return in tax revenue in Virginia, and the grant awards and matching funds provide a stimulus to localities seeking to increase tourism visitation and revenue.”

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Now there’s something to promote - “Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle-Boy” juggling and joking on his unicycle for Santa, Mrs. Claus and visitors at the Christkindlmarkt Festival on Dec. 3.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Front Royal was on a list released by the governor’s office on Dec. 8 of communities receiving state grants for tourism marketing. Front Royal was tabbed, along with New Market, Staunton, Harrisonburg and Waynesboro for $50,000 for an “SVTA Outdoor Recreation and Family Travel Marketing Campaign”. It was not clear whether those five municipalities would split that amount on a regional promotional effort

or receive portions for individual promotional efforts. In the governor’s press release, Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, was quoted stating, “The VTC Marketing Leverage Grant program is an excellent resource for Virginia’s localities looking to boost tourism. The communities work together on projects that will have the most impact for the locality or region.” The money is part of an announced $635,000 in matching grant funds to 35 local tourism initiatives as part of the VTC Market-

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Tom Walker, standing, was a familiar figure leading the Wildcat Stomp at WCHS wrestling matches.

Dear Editor, After recently reading a past editorial titled “Only drunks drown?” I found it necessary to write. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families surrounding the multiple tragedies at the old Riverton Dam. In particular, I would like to address David Howard Benner’s statement of “checking blood-alcohol levels of the victims.” Although I only knew one victim, hopefully it will show Mr. Benner’s poor ability to speak before knowing the facts. Tom Walker was a baker at my first job where I was hired to clean pans. That was twenty five years ago when I was about 12 years old. For-

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tunately, he saw some potential in my abilities and taught me the trade. Over the years I continued working for Tom at various Costco locations, where I eventually became a manager. He taught me the business in and out and my success was due largely to his teachings. Tom was the best role model one could ask for and is directly responsible for the man I am today. To this day I can remember him placing a glass jar above a baking bench and explaining how to save my money. My family’s first microwave oven was paid for out of that jar. I will never forget the comforting phone calls Tom made to my mother after my fathers death. He would assure her that I was on the right track and ease her mind. In addition to our professional relationship, Tom and I had developed a friendship. Actually he was like the big brother I never had. By no means was I an angel growing up, but Tom always put positivity in my life. Whether it was going fishing on his boat, demonstrating family values, or motivating me to work for success, he was there for most of the crucial decisions and life altering obstacles of my past.  He always pointed me in the right direction. My last fishing trip with Tom was on a boat

that I had purchased. Needless to say some of that cash probably came from that savings jar from my childhood. That day is one I will never forget and I hope Tom realized his positive influence on my life. Today I am no longer involved in the baking industry, but I still think of my old friend often. I am extremely grateful to have crossed paths with Tom Walker and have learned so much from him. When I go out fishing on my boat these days, there is always a feeling like we are together. I can still hear him with all his enthusiasm, telling me about his children Thad and Trevor. He would explain the importance of a good wife and how fortunate he was to have Cylinda.

Never once in all the years I knew him, did I see Tom with a drink. In fact it was quite the opposite; he loved life so much he proved it was unnecessary. I am an occasional drinker and I had never felt a need to have one around him. Tom was all about being responsible, especially on the boat. Mr. Benner your comments were uncalled for and completely inaccurate. In my opinion you owe everyone you have negatively impacted with your comments an apology. Tom Walker deserves to be remembered for the man he was; not your interpretation of who he could have been.   Sincerely, Russ Reczkowski

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A Wayside Christmas

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Hallelujah to ‘Glory Bea!’  a Valley Christmas story shines at Wayside Patrick Bauserman, Forest Limon, Thomas Bauserman and Jordan Armel. “Glory Bea! was directed by Warner Crocker. Tickets are available for most shows (a few are already sold out) by calling the Wayside box office at (540) 869-1776.

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By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report While an armed holdup was going on at a Middletown convenience store and cop cars were careening up and down Main Street, an opening-night (Nov. 27) audience for the annual Christmas show was sedately filing into Wayside Theatre to see the “world premiere” of “Glory Bea!” a Shenandoah Christmas story by Front Royal school teacher Richard Follett and one-time Middletown resident Larry Dahlke. It was a dramatic start to a poignant, sometimes sad play in which, at the end, happiness reigns for all in the cast and the audience, a sort of Dickens’s “Christmas Carol” set in the Shenandoah Valley prior to and during the Christmas of 1933. Jody Lee, as one of a trio of musicians, did the story line while the actors were led on this night by 11-year-old Audrey Nakagawa, in the title role. A Wayside “Young Performers’ Workshop” graduate from Winchester, Audrey was part of a touching story of one Valley family surviving the “Hungry Thirties” while

daddy was away from home trying to earn a dollar with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which in fact was then engaged in building Skyline Drive. Two separate casts will work this show through December 24. A star of the evening who did not appear and may not even have been there was J. Clinedinst of a similarly named photography outfit in Edinburg whose remarkable scenic photographs were the backdrop for this show. Covering the entire back wall of the stage, Clinedinst’s donated photos seamlessly decorated the set with vivid slides showing every aspect of Shenandoah Valley, including wildlife and views. Lighting designer Wes Caulkin had a great deal to do with the success of this outstanding effort. The familiar Thomasin Savaiano, matriarch of the Wayside family, capably anchored this night’s cast as the (expectant) mother. Katherine (“The Voice”) Yacko, a theater intern from last year, is said to be “tickled pink” to be helping Wayside through its 50th anniversary season, and will

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be on stage while Savaiano is off. Another talented youngster, Abby Buchholz, plays the daughter role in the alternative cast. The popular local actor and musician, Robbie Limon, alternates roles with the talented Steve Przybylski, music director, throughout the run. Steve performed with the trio, rounded out by Jason Labrador, a Shenandoah U. undergrad (spelled on alternative evenings by Andrew Crowe). Matt Baldoni of Berryville,

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“We’re taking in as many animals as Loudoun County and they have a $1.4 million annual budget.” – Wagner Shelter Director Lavenda Denny asking county to increase the shelter’s $144,000 annual budget

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Every dog - and cat - needs a home and some love. While Odie went through German Sherpherd rescue, many like him are abandoned to their fates at an overcrowded Warren County Humane Society animal shelter. Photo Courtesy German Shepherd Rescue.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report At a Dec. 6 work session representatives of the Humane Society of Warren County asked the Warren County Board of Supervisors for both immediate and long-term financial help to head off what could be a fatal financial crisis. The humane society is also launching a private-sector fundraising drive within the week but immediate and longterm help from the county is also needed, the supervisors were told. At the early December work session new Julia Wagner Animal Shelter Executive Director Lavenda Denney and Humane Society Board member Amy Thurman described the operational and financial consequences of a two to threeyear trend of increased animal abandonments and reduced adoptions that have upped numbers of animals moving through the system by 25 percent annually. A major factor cited was the down economy in which the

expense of keeping pets becomes untenable for some people living on the edge financially. Tighter finances may also be reflected in fewer people willing to adopt animals simply because they can’t afford to incur the additional expense of a pet. “We’re taking in as many animals as Loudoun County and they have a $1.4 million annual budget,” Denny told county officials. The Humane Society of Warren County’s Wagner Animal Shelter’s current annual budget is $144,666.

When Deputy County Administrator Bob Childress asked how it was possible that Warren County (population 38,000) could take in as many animals as Loudoun County with a population cited at 300,000, Denny pointed to the local preponderance here of unfixed animals, both wild and owned. Denny said there are pet owners who repeatedly bring in new litters of dogs or cats to the shelter for adoption because they refuse to spay and neuter their older pets. Thurman also cited the positive impact in Loudoun County of implementation of a program that brings in stray or feral cats to be spayed and neutered and re-released – “That took their numbers [of strays] down tremendously,” Thurman told the board. Denny said this year the animal shelter had taken in over 2,100 animals and has been averaging 2,500 annually. For every three to five animals that come in the back door [abandoned], only one goes out the front [adopted], she said. A single situation of housing a dog brought in by county animal control while a court case on that animal’s custody has evolved has cost the humane society shelter $28,000.

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“While that case has gone through the court system to the Virginia Appeals Court she had five puppies,” Denny said. While the Julia Wagner Trust helps fund the HSWC’s shelter, Denny and Thurman said that Trust wasn’t actually providing anywhere near the funds needed to balance the shelter budget. Denny told the supervisors the humane society has

depleted its checking account with expenditures of $120,000 and has taken another $68,000 from its saving account. – “We can’t keep operating that way,” Denny told the board. Consequently the county humane society that operates the animal shelter as a non-profit operation is asking for $50,000 in immediate funding to get it Continued pg. 33

Engle’s Angle: Underwear and Socks By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report

When I was a kid, I knew that’s what I’d be getting for Christmas. It wasn’t the only thing, but as sure as Santa slid down our chimney, I knew I’d find them under the tree. I also knew Saint Nick wasn’t the one delivering them. That was my mother. I loved my mother very much, but what kid wants underwear and socks for Christmas? Not this one. And besides, she already knew my inventory levels were high. I didn’t need any more. But every year, I got them. I guess it was a mom thing. Thankfully, she quit buying them for me when I got married. But it didn’t stop there. That’s when my wife started. I think it was a conspiracy. But there was a change. Instead of underwear and socks, now it was underwear and undershirts. Oh boy. I was just as thrilled. And no matter how much I complained, they kept appearing. I think my wife got a kick out of it. The tradition continued, until the time she got me underwear that were, shall I say, snug. I don’t care what size was on the label, they were too small. I’d had enough. “That’s it!!” I told her. “No more.” She got the message. Finally. But that doesn’t mean all is ok under the Engle Christmas tree. Every year, we exchange lists. And every year, my wife moans about mine. “That’s it? You need to give

me more ideas.” And when I do, she doesn’t like them. “Candy? Come on,” she tells me. “You can buy that any time you want to.” “Excuse me, but isn’t this my Christmas list?” We used to get clothes for each other, but not anymore. My wife got tired of me taking them back all the time for something I liked better. I guess you could say I’m particular about what I do and don’t like. But so is she. And yet, she says she’s easy to buy for. Oh really? I am not buying her a new car. I just got the last one a few years ago. Fifteen maybe? She wanted more ideas, although I couldn’t come up with any. That is, not until I saw an ad on TV. It was about angels. And underwear. It was the annual Victoria’s Secret “Fashion Show”. Hmm. Maybe I was being hasty. I didn’t know angels wore underwear, but from what I saw, it looked pretty good. Maybe I’ve been missing something. Maybe underwear is more exciting than I realized. I added it to my list. Of course she won’t get it for me. I’ll probably get something dumb. Like candy.

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“For us to remain viable, we need Congress to act on legislation that would eliminate the current mandate requiring retiree health benefit pre-payments … That mandate costs the Postal Service $5.5 billion annually …” - USPS Northern Virginia District Manager Michael Furey

Postal cutbacks – a day late for crucial deliveries But is total demolition of the U.S. Postal Service Congress’s endgame?

Dark and potentially fatal clouds are forming over the United States Postal Service - and they are man (Congressional) made.

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grandpa and grandma, especially those in more remote rural locations will have to be sent earlier or they could become birthdayplus-a-couple-days cards. Expect that mail-delivered DVD movie tomorrow? – Not so fast. That’s what postal customers must initially adjust to – but what might lie in the future for those who rely on the U.S. Postal Service? The postal service acknowledges a 27-percent decline in First Class mail service over the past five years as a factor in changes designed to save one to three billion dollars in operational costs. However, as reported here in mid-September and largely ignored elsewhere across the nation, a major contributing factor to the USPS budgetary crisis is the 2006 Congressional Act requiring an unprecedented move to set aside funds to cover postal service employee health benefit costs 75 years into the future. That mandate requires the postal service to set aside $5.5 billion annually to meet the Congressional mandate that 75 years of poten-

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for possible closure. For us to remain viable, we need Congress to act on legislation that would eliminate the current mandate requiring retiree health benefit pre-payments before the end of September. That mandate costs the Postal Service $5.5 billion annually. Legislation also is needed to return a $6.9 billion overpayment into the Federal Employees Retirement System to the Postal Service,â&#x20AC;? USPS Northern Virginia District Manager Michael Furey wrote in a Commentary published in our early October edition. Congress has failed to heed these calls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and now you have the announced service cutbacks as the U.S. Postal Service struggles to survive.

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Athey judgeship appointment more than a rumor Regional caucus recommends retiring delegate to replace Prosser

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The day prior to Thanksgiving, the law office of Clifford L. “Clay” Athey issued a press release acknowledging the current 18th District Delegate’s recommendation by a regional political caucus to appointment as a 26th Judicial Circuit Court judge. The appointment would fill a seat vacated on March 1st by the retirement of Judge John R. Prosser. Prosser filed papers indicating his intention to retire from his 14-year career on the circuit court bench on Jan. 21, 2011. Prior to his appointment as a 26th Circuit Court judge, Prosser had practiced criminal law

out of a Winchester office. Rumors the 50-year-old Athey was in line to replace Prosser began flying from within the warren County Republican Committee as soon as he announced on March 29th he would not seek re-election to the Virginia House delegate’s seat he has held for a decade. “I was contacted earlier today by Delegate Steven Landes, who informed me that I was the consensus candidate of the Shenandoah Valley Caucus to fill the current Circuit vacancy in the 26th Judicial Circuit,” Athey stated in a Nov. 23rd press release. “I am humbled and very appreciative of the support of my former colleagues in the General Assembly.

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I intend to work very hard to deserve the trust they have placed in me.” In his press release Athey also acknowledged discussing the potential of public service “closer to home” with family before deciding to aggressively seek the judicial appointment. “Earlier this year when I announced my retirement from the General Assembly to be at home with my beloved wife Stacey and 5-yearold twins Madagan and Clayton, our family had hoped that other opportunities for public service closer to home would present themselves … After much contemplation and discussion with my wife, we recently decided to seek the current Circuit Court vacancy in the 26th Judicial Circuit when my term as Delegate ends in early January. “I have had the distinct honor and privilege over these last 10 years of representing the citizens of Frederick and Warren Counties in the General Assembly. I look forward to continuing to protect and serve my

fellow citizens in the Circuit Courts of the 26th Judicial Circuit.” We’re very anxious to have the vacancy filled,” Judge Dennis L. Hupp said of some political momentum to fill the vacant judicial seat. Athey would be available for legislative appointment after he leaves office on Jan. 12th. Resume Relevant background information included in the 1978 WCHS graduate’s resume released by his office on Nov. 23rd were: Employment: Partner with Pond, Athey, Athey & Pond, P.C. Admitted to Practice in the Following Courts: Virginia Supreme Court, all Circuit Courts and Inferior Courts in Virginia (1994) United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia (1995) United States 4th Circuit Court of

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“I kind of see it as representing my constituents in a different way … It’s going to be a challenge and hopefully I’ll be up to it.” – Clay Athey on a potential move into the judiciary

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Politics & the judiciary

Clay Athey’s mid-life change of direction Delegate ponders a civil life out of the legislature and in the judiciary

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Dec. 5th we spoke with soon-to-be-retired 18th District Virginia House Delegate Clifford L. “Clay” Athey about his potential future as a 26th Judicial Circuit Court judge. As recounted elsewhere in this issue, talk of Athey eventually replacing retired Judge John R. Prosser began almost immediately upon his March 29th announcement he would not seek reelection to the Virginia House seat he has held for a decade. What does a potential legislative judicial appointment mean for him professionally and personally, we asked. “It’ll definitely be a loss of income,” Athey said of a move from private-practice business law into the courtroom. “One thing about the private practice of law is there is no time that you get to work in the morning and time to go home at night. You kind of live with fluid hours and work on the week-

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Salary estimates we got for circuit court judges varied between $130,000 and $150,000 annually. Athey reiterated a point he made earlier in announcing his legislative retirement, that he wants a more stable home life for his family as his children reach school age. So while court dockets may be heavy and trials may occasionally run over hours, the more stable hourly environment and a regional court circuit closer to home than his legislative forays to Richmond is a happy trade off. “I still think it’s going to be a challenge. There’s going to be a learning curve obviously,” Athey said of adjusting from a law practice now focused on civil, corporate and business-municipal law. “There’s no question that in recent years I haven’t practiced a lot of criminal law. I think my practice has been like a lot of people’s: those first few years it was mostly

criminal and then over time it became more civil than criminal, and then at a certain point it became almost exclusively civil. And certainly the last seven to eight years it has been mostly civil litigation and/or local government law that I have spent most of time in. But I’ve done a little bit of everything over the last 20 years.” The former Front Royal councilman, mayor and state delegate said his varied professional and electoral backgrounds should be a

benefit in the new role should he in fact, gain the appointment. “One advantage of spending some time in public life and elected public life is you meet all kinds of people. And you get a chance to be involved in all sorts of interests, whether it be localities or personalities. So certainly the last 16 years of my life I have been exposed to every sort of point of view that one can be exposed to. And the good thing about serving in the role that I hope to be serv-

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Politics & the judiciary ing in is that the legislature writes the statutes. Your job as a judge is to apply that to a specific set of facts. “So regardless of what your personal feelings are or where you are coming from, you’re supposed to apply the law to those particular facts. And the outcome should be based upon the law as it applies to those facts. And I’ve been doing this a long time. Contrary to popular belief I’ve had a pretty extensive law practice in addition to my legislative responsibilities,” Athey

laughed about public perceptions of his professional life. What next? How did he go from knowing a judicial appointment was a possibility to the decision to actively pursue that appointment? “Well, there’s been some time passed,” he observed of the sevenplus months since he announced he would not seek reelection. “The reason I am stepping down from the legislature is my children are

“And the good thing about serving in the role that I hope to be serving in is that the legislature writes the statutes. Your job as a judge is to apply that to a specific set of facts.” – Clay Athey now kindergartners and I didn’t feel like it was a good idea to continue to take them back and forth to Richmond. When I got out I knew there’d be some opportunities. I thought about teaching a little and may still do some of that at some point in the future. I discussed staying in the private practice of law. I even had one particular group in Richmond approach me about doing some lobbying in Richmond. So I’d even toyed with that idea.” But Athey points to his experi-

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“And I do think that your demeanor is the most important thing about being a judge. Your job really … is you want to make sure everyone is heard and that when someone leaves, whether or not they prevail … they feel that justice has been done and they’ve been heard.” – Clay Athey

Timeframe Athey also said he believes legislative circumstances – first the General Assembly’s decision to authorize Gov. McDonnell to make an interim appointment to fill the vacant 26th Judicial District seat and then the ongoing legislative discussion about redistricting – contributed to the length of time it has taken to fill Judge Prosser’s seat. “As time went on and it became clear that the Congressional redistricting was not going to work out [in a timely fashion]; and the General Assembly has to adjourn for the governor to make an appointment. Well, Congressional redistricting is still going on because the Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House

side can’t reach an agreement on it,” Athey explained. “The original decision to let the governor make the appointment was so it could be done quickly. I don’t think anyone anticipated that the House and Senate during the Congressional redistricting would stay in session that long. But there is a difference of opinion with respect to how many majority/minority districts there should be in the commonwealth and that has dragged on and dragged on and dragged on.” As that situation evolved Athey said it became increasingly clear the vacant 26th District Judicial seat wouldn’t be filled until his term expired on Jan. 12th. “So my wife Stacey and I had been talking about it for a few months and bouncing it around … and after the election Stacey and I decided well, if this thing isn’t going to happen till next year let’s go for it.” As for the Shenandoah Valley Caucus which recently recommended him for the seat, Athey explained they are all Republicans (three senators, eight delegates). But rather than a partisan conspiracy to pack the judiciary that fact simply reflects that all Assembly seats in this judicial circuit are currently held by Republicans.

of that. I think it is kind of unseemly to find campaign signs in people’s yards for a judge. By its nature that kind of process lends itself to judges deciding cases involving their biggest campaign contributors, whether those be corporations or otherwise, under the specter of that type of political influence,” Athey said. “And for [state] Supreme Court nomi-

nations over the hill in West Virginia I think those campaigns end up running into the millions and millions of dollars in campaign contributions. And cases end up going there to justices who maybe received $500,000 in campaign contributions deciding cases on the very people who made those contributions. “Virginia’s method is sort of

a hybrid – instead of having one person decide or everyone decide, the people who are elected decide. So you’re reviewed by 100 delegates and 40 senators. And I’m not saying that system is perfect but I still think it’s the best system for appointing judges. And I think the judiciary in Virginia is well respected in other states; that it is Continued pg. 32

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subcommittee responsible for all of the laws that I would now be interpreting and applying. And I think as a chairman I think there were a lot of my colleagues who felt that I had the right kind of demeanor to be a judge … and a number of my colleagues had mentioned that for some period of time. “And I do think that your demeanor is the most important thing about being a judge. Your job really, when someone walks into the room, is you want to make sure everyone is heard and that when someone leaves, whether or not they prevail … they feel that justice has been done and they’ve been heard. And part of that is having what I believe is called a judicial demeanor, which means that you don’t get overly excited about things; you don’t take sides; you let things play themselves out and then you try to reach a logical conclusion.”

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The Rock Worship Center in their new E. Wilson Morrison location – Courtesy Photos Gary Teachey

By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Pastor Gary Teachey believes it’s better to give than to receive. He and his congregation at the Rock Worship Center want to follow the words of Jesus Christ found in Acts 20:35 by finding numerous ways to help others when they need it. “It’s one reason why I’m a minister – to give to others,” Teachey said. Recently, in keeping with the Christmas season and to coincide with moving their services to Front Royal’s E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School auditorium in November, they have established the “Great Giveaway”.  Their giveaway program is intended to help folks out with Christmas gifts and also to introduce people to their church services. Giveaways will be held on Sunday mornings at 40 Crescent St. throughout December, except on Christmas morning. Only firsttime visitors may participate in the gift giveaway and registration begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Services start at 10:30. Gifts to be given away include HD TVs, an iPad 2, iPod Touch and a variety of gift cards.

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Pastor Teachey is happy with their new location and hopes the congregation will expand to fill the 566-seat space. “I’m excited about the tremendous room to grow. We have access to the entire facility and we plan to utilize it to the full extent,” he said. Also, thanks to the lower rental cost of the new location, there will be even more money that can be used to help the community. He said that as a church they are eager to live up to the words of the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians 9:22 which says, “We have to become all things to all people so that by all means we might save some.” So they want to be able to provide help to all people who need food, help with gas and electric bills or with toys for children. Since The Rock has a full Praise

and Worship band, the large stage is also a plus. “We’d also love to have a choir one day,” Teachey said.   Wishes for the future include finding a piece of property to build their dream multi-purpose building which would include a gym with a full basketball court and video games where kids could come and get off the streets and play, and a commercial kitchen as well. The Rock will host a few seasonal events in the new space, including a comedy-drama-musical skit at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 titled “Seasons Beatings....Live From Downtown,” and a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. For information, call (540) 6356369 or email pastorgaryteachey@ gmail.com

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On Dec. 6 the Warren County Board of Supervisors approved $190,000 for the purchase of 5.82 acres as the future site of the Shenandoah Farms trash convenience and recycling site. Closing on the property purchased from James and Andrea Stuart will occur within 30 days, County Attorney Blair Mitchell told the board.

Mitchell also explained action on the purchase was required that day because a deadline on delivery of a letter of intent that the county would proceed with the purchase would come the following day. Only board Chairman Archie Fox voted against authorizing the purchase. Fox cited financial concerns and other potential expenditures the board is facing. However the majority appeared

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to agree with County Administrator Doug Stanley’s observation that the county was not likely to get a better price in the future on land earmarked for a new farms compactor-recycling site. The financing approval came three weeks after the board unanimously approved a conditional use permit for development of the Stuart property as the Farms trash convenience and recycling site. At that earlier CUP public hearing 11 area residents expressed opposition to the site.

Opponents primarily cited line of sight traffic safety and floodplain concerns. Others living near the site worried over increased commercial traffic and entrance/exit issues for commercial trash haulers. Four citizens spoke for approval of the permit for the site, including former supervisor James McManaway. McManaway is President of the Blue Mountain Property Owners Association and told the board he was speaking for the 364 families the POA

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County to illustrate their contention the road was dangerous had been a low-speed accident with no injuries. Some supervisors observed that while the site may not be perfect, it is the best available at this time for such development in the area. Several board members said they had explored other potential sites in the three weeks since the CUP public hearing and had found no viable alternative. However Richard Traczyk, in whose Shenandoah District the site lies, observed that since development of the site isn’t forecast for two or three more years, should an alternative site be found the board could move to alter the location. As for financing concerns, Stanley told the board the county has already put $50,000 aside for a new Farms trash convenience site large enough to include a recycling component. Deputy County Administrator Robert Childress later told us the two-plus year timeframe for development of the site was due to a county policy to pay for such capital improvements as the full financing amount became available. Current cost estimates for development of the site, which will also include a county road maintenance building for the Farms Sanitary District, are between $750,000 and a million dollars. “This cost would include all preliminary engineering type tasks, design, and construction,” Childress says. “Since the Board of Supervisors has recently approved the purchase of the property, one of our next tasks will be to develop site plans for the

project. As these design plans are developed, we will be able to refine our cost estimates for budgeting purposes.” While the pay-as-you-go plan and incremental funding alloca-

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Fine-Tune Finances Before Year’s End The quiet week at the end of the year is a good time to review finances and make any needed changes before the New Year. Tax deductions: The trick is to balance payroll deductions with the taxes you’ll owe in April so that you come out with nothing due and no refund. If too much money is taken out, you’re essentially giving the government an interest-free loan. Instead make the changes to your W-9 form and put that extra money from each paycheck into a savings account. The biggest event that should make you review your deductions is buying a house. You’ll get a mortgage interest statement (Form 1098) for the interest you paid, which can become a deduction on the Schedule A of your tax forms if you itemize. (You’ll also be able to claim the property taxes you’ve paid.) If you can, make a 13th mortgage payment in December to add to the amount of the mortgage interest. Better savings interest rate: If your emergency fund is safely in place, likely in a savings account, considering putting further savings into a CD

or money market account. You’ll get a bit more interest, and the money is still easily accessible in case of an emergency. Health Savings Account: If have a high deductible on your medical insurance, investigate putting money into a Health Savings Account. The money you put into an HSA is tax-preferred, which means that it’s not taxable when earned. Balances roll over from year to year, and the only stipulation is that it be used to pay medical expenses. “High deductible” is defined as $1,200 for yourself or $2,400 for family coverage for 2011. Go online to irs. gov and look for IRS Publication 969 for more details about how much you can contribute. If you’re self-employed, stock up on the consumables you normally use. Those become a business expense that you can deduct. If you’ll likely need a new computer soon, or telephones, consider buying those before the end of the year. If you’ve planned to make charitable donations, do it now. It’s a deduction on the Schedule A if you itemize. Invest in an early copy of the 2011 tax software and run the numbers. This will help you fine tune your yearend strategy. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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time to have their mail delivered the following delivery day, USPS says. “There are currently 252 processing facilities around the country being reviewed for possible consolidation and/or closure using the well-established Area Mail Processing review guidelines. Facility-specific reviews were initiated Sept. 15 … The Postal Service has been extremely diligent in reacting to the [First Class mail] volume loss. Since 2006, we have closed 186 facili-

ties, removed more than 1,500 pieces of mail processing equipment out of operation, decreased employee complement by more than 110,000 through attrition and reduced costs by $12 billion,” the USPS release states. On the bright side – those foreclosure notices sent First Class may also come a day later … Give us more, more, more …

pears to be the political endgame of this whole fiasco – life without a federal postal service, no local post office and increased prices and reduced service areas from a privatized postal future for America. “The Postal Service, which is older than the Constitution itself, stands at a precipice. If this great institution, which provides one of

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National politics the oldest, most reliable services in the country, is permitted to fall and Congress kills its great union, then truly no collective bargaining rights, no worker contract, no union will be safe within the United States,” Allison Kilkenny wrote in an article published on the Truthout website on Sept. 8. Kilkenny points out the U.S. Postal Service has perhaps the strongest public union in the country with over 574,000 members and the post office is the second largest employer in the United States – second only to union-less Wal-mart. First the post office – tomorrow the world … of public services: schools, law enforcement, criminal incarceration and … As Republican strategist and neo-con “no-tax” philosopher

Grover Norquist said in a recent “60 Minutes” interview about his famous call to “shrink the federal government to the size where it could be drowned in a bathtub”, “We want it down to the size to where it would fit in a bathtub. And then it could worry about what we were up to.”

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County to revisit fire marshal position on Dec. 20 Gooney Manor Loop upgrade and indoor plumbing grant application approved By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Following a lengthy and circular 25-minute discussion at the outset of its Dec. 6 meeting that the Front Royal Town Council would have been proud of, it appears the Warren County Board of Supervisors will revisit before the year is out a consultant recommendation that a county fire marshal position be established. At issue was outgoing North River Supervisor Glenn White’s desire to revisit the fire marshal issue before he leaves office. In January 2010 White sided with Chairman Archie Fox and Linda Glavis in opposing implementation of the fire marshal’s position despite a consultant and the fire chief ’s recommendations the position be added to county staff. However input from a

North River constituent with lung problems seeking stricter control of open fire burnings may have altered White’s perspective. While White stated he respected incoming North River Supervisor Dan Murray, he said he saw no reason to push this particular issue and its myriad aspects off on his successor. However discussion surrounding approval of the meeting agenda raised the issue of whether authorization of advertising a public hearing on the fire marshal position for the Dec. 20 meeting was moving too fast. On Jan 19, 2010, after an initial 3-2 vote, only Carter and Traczyk supporting the file marshal position, a final amended motion lost 4-1 with only Traczyk voting for the new position. Carter’s “no” vote may have been a tactical move so he could reintroduce

the issue at a future date. Perhaps wanting to do one last constituent favor, White seemed to be the impetus for an immediate revisiting of adding a fire marshal position to county emergency services. If earlier positions stand it would appear White’s support would throw the vote 3-2 for adding the fire marshal’s position. Perhaps recalling the op-

position of local builders and constituents at the first public hearing, Chairman Archie Fox and South River Supervisor Linda Glavis opposed moving quickly toward a potential reversal of the earlier vote. One builder present for a subsequent work session discussion on another issue also voiced that opinion during public comments. But after a series of mo-

tions and amendments to the original motion to remove the item to that day’s work session, the board voted 3-2, Fox and Glavis dissenting, to leave authorization to advertise a Dec. 20th public hearing on a county fire marshal on the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda was then unanimously approved as FINALLY presented.

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eligible for improvements under VDOTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rural Rustic Road designation as part of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secondary Road 6-Year plan. A project that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;shelf readyâ&#x20AC;? for work on an existing plan were the only ones eligible for the reallocation. Conceived in 2001, a rebuild of Gooney Manor Loop was advertised for bids in 2004 but then shelved as too costly $2.635 million for a 3.72-mile stretch of road. While Gooney Manor Loop is lightly traveled â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 120 vehicles per day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is considered one of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most costly unpaved road sections due to topography and inadequate drainage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is great â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think this has been on the drawing board since Mrs. Glavis grandmother was a little girl,â&#x20AC;? Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter quipped. Chairman Archie Fox observed that while there may be county roads with higher traffic counts and more pressing need for upgrades, Gooney Manor Loop was the only one in a position to qualify as ready to proceed under the VDOT criteria. Indoor plumbing funding The board also unanimously authorized county staff to submit an application to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development for application to a resurrected block grant program to fund upgrades to homes without adequate indoor plumbing.

County The program would be administered here by People Inc., the organization authorized by the county as its Community Action Agency. People Inc. President and CEO Robert G. Goldsmith told the board three homes were currently IDed and ready for paperwork to qualify for the funding. However county staff and Goldsmith agreed there are actually approximately 150 homes in the county in need up indoor plumbing upgrades. Engineer reviews Also at the Dec. 6 work session, local builders expressed concerns about county-implemented engineering peer reviews of privately contracted engineer plans on local construction projects. One local builder described $2,000 in added costs he had to eat from a peer review conducted by county-hired engineer â&#x20AC;&#x153;peerâ&#x20AC;? Dan Hotek. Hotek explained in detail, including photos and schematics, his recommendations and issues with the plan given to contractor Jon Carlson by Winchester engineer Richard Ruckman. Ruckman was not present at the work session. However Hotek pointed out that Ruckman had relied on staff input on the dynamics of a handicap accessible addition to a county home and not visited the site in person prior to his peer review, including onsite inspection of the existing structure and recommended

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additions. Hotek also noted that both engineers, contractors and inspectors had to comply with state codes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The code is the code â&#x20AC;Ś we have to follow the code and in this case I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it did.â&#x20AC;? Hotek indicated such discrepancies were just the nature of the beast in a complex building code landscape. He observed that on one job he had on a highway construction project he was force to redrill five times after peer reviews. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the inspector was crazy but it is part of the process,â&#x20AC;? Hotek said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate,â&#x20AC;? South River Supervisor Linda Glavis said. Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter asked the contractor if his client was satisfied with the addition as completed after he implemented Hotekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in now,â&#x20AC;? he replied of the client and her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupation of the addition. At the conclusion of the discussion there seemed to be an uneasy truce between builders and county officials. Hotek was asked how many peer reviews he had done for the county. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was it and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably the last,â&#x20AC;? Hotek said, drawing some chuckles. Father of 8 looking for work. Trying to make ends meet and help them have a good Christmas. I am willing to do anything to make money. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not asking for a hand out, just a helping hand. Also, hauling scrap metal for free. Please just call. Any help is appreciated.

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Governor comments on new shooting at Va. Tech Unidentified suspect and campus police officer dead in Thursday incident

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A shooting incident shortly after noon on Thursday, Dec. 8, on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg that left one campus police officer and another unidentified male suspect believed to be the shooter, dead. CNN reported, “The inci-

dent began about 12:15 p.m., when a four-year Virginia Tech police officer pulled over someone during a routine traffic stop in the Cassell Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall … Then, before 12:30 p.m., police received their first call from a witness who said he’d seen the suspect, who Virginia State Police Sgt. Bob Carpentieri said authorities

‘do not believe ... was in the vehicle that was stopped’, approach the officer’s car and open fire. A few minutes later, at 12:36 p.m., the first of six alerts was issued to the campus community about the shooting.” Witnesses said the shooter fled on foot toward a parking lot known as “the Cage”. That suspect was described in posts on the Tech website and a Twitter site as “a white male, gray sweat pants, gray hat w/ neon green brim, maroon hoodie and backpack.” According to Virginia Tech Police Deputy Chief Gene Deisinger an unspecified law officer reported spotting a “suspicious man” in the campus I-Lot. “By the time they turned around and located the subject, that subject was deceased,” Deisinger told CNN. The circumstance of that death, as well as the identities

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edy affecting the Virginia Tech community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by these shootings … I want to thank the multiple law enforcement agencies and all of the officers for their speedy response and focus during this difficult time. I also want to commend Virginia Tech leadership, students, faculty and staff who cooperated to efficiently respond to this emergency. “While we will await the completion of the initial investigation of this incident before commenting further, I want to again offer our continued support to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Virginia Tech is a university of great resolve, and I have no doubt that the students, alumni and faculty of this proud institution will emerge from this sad day stronger and more united than ever before. There will continue to be needs in the days ahead as we move forward from this situation and I will ensure that those needs are met completely and fully by the Commonwealth.”

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paid the full purchase price COUNT ONE: On or about thereof, willfully conceal May 25, 2011, in the CounThe Warren County, VA the goods or merchandise ty of Warren, Damon Keith Circuit Court Grand Jury of Dollar General, having Gilcrest, 42, of 127 Shirley charges that: previously been convicted St., Winchester, VA 22601, COUNT ONE: On or of larceny or an offense did drive or operate a moabout August 9, 2011, in the deemed as larceny two or tor vehicle while under the County of Warren, Jessica more times. influence of alcohol or any Daniell Spencer, 24, of 137 other self-administered inChester Ct., Front Royal, Damon Keith Gilcrest toxicant or drug. VA 22630, did unlawfully COUNT TWO: On or and feloniously obtain a The Warren County, VA about May 25, 2011, in the Virginia certificate of title, Circuit Court Grand Jury County of Warren, Damon or other document issued charges that: Keith Gilcrest did knowingby the Department of Motor Vehicles, without having satisfied all legal and procedural requirements for the issuance thereof, or when State Police are investigating not legally entitled thereto. a trooper-involved shooting COUNT TWO: On or that occurred Thursday, Dec. about August 9, 2011, in the 8, on Interstate 95 South at the 116-mile marker in Caroline County of Warren, Jessica County at 3:24 PM. Daniell Spencer did unlawSr. Trooper M. H. Hamer fully and feloniously obtain responded to a report of a pedestrian on the interstate. The a Virginia certificate of title, pedestrian was located at the or other document issued 116-mile marker and was placed by the Department of Moinside the patrol vehicle. After placing the pedestrian in the tor Vehicles, without having vehicle, a struggle ensued. As a satisfied all legal and proceresult of the struggle, shots were dural requirements for the fired injuring both parties. Sr. Trooper M. H. Hamer issuance thereof, or when was transported by ambulance not legally entitled thereto. to Mary Washington HosCOUNT THREE: On or pital in Fredericksburg with serious non-life threatening about September 5, 2011, injuries. Hamer is assigned to Culpeper Division’s Area 5 Office which in the County of Warren, encompasses the counties of Spotsylvania and Stafford. Jessica Daniell Spencer did The male suspect was flown to Mary Washington Hospital with lifethreatening injuries. knowingly, intentionally The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond and feloniously possess a Field Office and its Shooting Investigation Team are investigating the controlled substance listed incident. Only one lane of I-95 southbound at the 116 mile marker was open in Schedule II of the Drug and 10:12 PM Thursday evening when the state police press release was Control Act, to-wit: Coissued. caine.

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David Allen Bowden The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about November 26, 2011, in the County of Warren, David Allen Bowden, 20, of unknown address, did unlawfully and feloniously, with the intention of converting goods or merchandise to his own use without having

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Indictments ly, intentionally, and feloniously possess a controlled substance listed in Schedule II of the Drug Control Act, to-wit: Phencyclidine (PCP). Erica Geraldine Whitehurst The Warren County, VA

Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about June 17, 2010, in the County of Warren, Erica Geraldine Whitehurst, 45, of 908 N. Wayne St. 205, Arlington, VA 22201, did unlawfully and feloniously obtain from Robey Hatfield, with the intent to defraud, an advance of $200.00 or more,

7-11 armed robber still at large On Wednesday Nov. 30, at approximately 3:40 AM the Front Royal Police Department received a call and responded to the 7-11 Store located at 142 West 14th Street, Front Royal for a report of an armed robbery. According to Chief Richard H. Furr a male suspect entered the store and presented a handgun to the clerk and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot after taking an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as male wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. No other details are being released at this time as the investigation continues. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Cline at 540-636-2208. There is a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this suspect. It is the second robbery of that 7-11 in recent months. (From a release)

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) I know, dear Lamb, that you don’t like anyone trying to take charge of one of your projects, but try to be a bit more flexible. A new idea could help hasten a positive result. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) I’m sure, like the time-thrifty Taurus that you are, that you’ve done much of your holiday shopping. But don’t relax yet. Wrap those gifts now to save yourself lots of unwanted pressure. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be receptive when a family member or friend asks to confide in you. Your positive reaction could ensure that he or she will have a happy holiday experience. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t be rushed into wrapping up that workplace problem. Consider leaving it until after the holidays. This way you’ll have the facts you need to reach the right resolution. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’ll get news that will make you glow brighter than the lights of the holiday season. Be sure to use what you learn both carefully and kindly, to avoid giving the wrong impression. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) That frayed relationship could be mended in time for the holidays if you were more flexible. Give a little, and you could get back a lot more than you imagined.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Things might not seem to be settling down as quickly as you would prefer. But it might be just a little holiday time flutter. You’ll soon get news that will lead to more stability. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Stop getting so involved in everyone’s personal problems that you lose precious time with loved ones. Remember, even the Supreme Court closes for the holidays. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) All signs point to a bright holiday, with all of those pesky problems finally resolved in your favor. Share the good times with people you love and, of course, who love you. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your plans should not be set in stone and cemented over. Leave some openings in case you need to make changes. Spend the holidays with your nearest and dearest. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Surprise! This holiday finds you on the receiving end of the generosity of those who are usually the recipients of so much that you give so freely and lovingly. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) That piece of good news assures that you’ll be swimming in clearer, calmer waters this holiday season. There might be a storm or two ahead, but you’ll weather it all in fine style. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a flair for seeing things as you’d like them to be, as well as a gift for turning your perceptions into reality. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Indictments upon a promise to perform construction, repair, or improvement upon a building structure permanently annexed to the real property of said Robey Hatfield, and also did fail or refuse to perform such promise and did also fail to substantially make good such advance. Malik Absalam Peterson The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about April 13, 2011, in the county of Warren, Malik Absalam Peterson, 31, of 428 Cornwallis Ct., Winchester, VA 22601, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Cocaine. Robert Lawrence Darr The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about October 14, 2011, in

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the County of Warren, Robert Lawrence Darr, 53, of 13781 Meadowbrook Rd., Dale City, VA 22193, did, by threats or force, unlawfully and knowingly attempt to intimidate or impede a law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the performance of his duties as such, or to obstruct or impede the administration of justice in any court. COUNT TWO: On or about October 14, 2011, in the County of Warren, Robert Lawrence Darr did unlawfully and feloniously drive on a public highway a motor vehicle or self propelled machinery, after having been determined to be or adjudged a Habitual Offender, and having previously been convicted of Driving While a Habitual Offender. COUNT THREE: On or about October 14, 2011, in the County of Warren, Robert Lawrence Darr did unlawfully drive or operate

a motor vehicle while under Ricky Lynn Shell the influence of alcohol or any other self- administered The Warren County, VA intoxicant or drug. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about Jason Mathew Whiting October 25, 2011, in the County of Warren, Ricky The Warren County, VA Lynn Shell, 23, of 723 W. Circuit Court Grand Jury 13th St., Front Royal, VA charges that on or about 22630, did unlawfully and September 22, 2011, in the feloniously break and enCounty of Warren, Jason ter in the nighttime the Mathew Whiting, 29, of dwelling house of Rhonda 982 N. Braddock St., Win- Chacon, with the intent to chester, VA 22601, did un- commit larceny therein. lawfully and feloniously possess with the intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, towit: Cocaine.

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2011-12 season expands organized basketball opportunities The Red Storm Basketball Association Boys Basketball Team has hit the hardwood for some fast-breaking, hardpressing, shoot-the-lights-out basketball. With another season of games scheduled, the RED STORM BASKETBALL program is looking for dedicated, eager young men, aged 14 thru 18, to join their ranks. We are looking to field a BOYS VARSITY as well as a BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY team. No experience required for JV guys – you will learn every aspect of the game; and you will have fun doing so – GUARANTEED! There is still time to sign up. Dads are also encouraged to attend and watch these young men develop into RED STORM basketball players. The RED STORM coaches encourage all interested young men who, for what ever reason, may not have the opportunity to play basketball this season to attend a practice session in our Home Gym at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School. Ongoing sign up and practices begin Dec. 14. Practices are every Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. Games begin Dec. 15.Contact Coach “Mac” McMahon at redstormhoops@yahoo.com for more information. (From a release)

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Warren County Sheriff ’s Office reported on Nov. 28, at approximately 6:45 PM an inmate at the Warren County Jail attempted suicide by hanging. Jail staff successfully intervened to stop the attempt. The inmate was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital and later flown to INOVA Hospital in Fairfax. The inmate was later reported conscious and communicating with his family and medical staff. He remained at the hospital for further testing before return to the jail. Sheriff McEathron later said the inmate was released on bail on Dec. 2. The sheriff ’s office has not released additional detail, including any involvement by other inmates to stop the attempt or the identity of the inmate. (Some info from a release)

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• Here’s a great conversation piece: Get a big, shallow bowl or box, fill it with loose snapshots (preferably of holidays past) and set it on your coffee table. People can’t resist photos. • “I’ve loved this little trick since I saw it used at a party years ago. I serve iced tea (or punch) at most of my gettogethers, and instead of ice cubes, I freeze several pounds of cleaned, destemmed white grapes. They are a hit at every party.” — M.A. in New York • Need almost-instant party snacks? Try a package of store-bought cheese tortellini. Cook according to package instructions (usually only a few minutes), toss with oil or salad dressing and stick each on a toothpick. • “A great way to make guests comfortable is to print out a copy of the channel lineup for your cable service provider. You also can print out common remote-control buttons or any remote-control or TV instructions for playing a DVD, etc. This helps us older folks enjoy a few hours of TV time while the younger kids are out at work or school.” — H.P. in Nebraska • If you’re serving hot rolls on a buffet, line the basket with aluminum foil before you line it with a towel. They’ll stay warm longer that way. • Try this tip to avoid overeating at holiday parties: Keep a drink in your dominant hand. You’ll be less likely to graze on high-fat chips and other snack foods. Need a little something? Hope for a veggie platter. But whether it’s veggies or chips, grab a couple and then WALK AWAY from the table before you can hit the dip. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www.theriver953online.com. Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10am - 11am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Book and Vintage Film Club - “A Singular Woman” by Janny Scott. 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is Toddler Story Time - Bring your toddler to a potpourri of simple stories, fun songs and a cute craft. Theme: Christmas. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is Preschool Story Time. Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting singalongs, finger plays and a nifty craft. Theme: Christmas. 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. Thursday, December 22, 2011 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is Toddler Story Time - Bring your toddler to a

potpourri of simple stories, fun songs and a cute craft. Theme: Christmas. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is Preschool Story Time. Come in with your preschooler for an enjoyable hour filled with amazing tales, exciting singalongs, finger plays and a nifty craft. Theme: Christmas. 2pm - 3pm Library Extravaganza. Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. “Christmas Magic Extravaganza” Kevin Owens will amaze young and old alike with a Christmas-themed magic show. 4pm - 5pm Anti-Litter Council Mtg. Warren County Government Center Friday, December 23, 2011 All day Christmas Holiday Today the Town Business Offices are CLOSED for Christmas Eve. Trash/ Recycling pick up for this day will be Wednesday, December 21.There will be no yard waste pick up on Wednesday, December 21. 6pm - 8pm SEE SANTA. Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Front Royal. You are invited to visit with Santa today at Jennerations Hair Studio located in Royal Plaza Shopping Center. Photos will be available for purchase and carry the same day. 7pm - 10pm Front Porch Style Pickin’ Party. Warren County Senior Center, 1217 Commonwealth Ave. All levels of talent are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Saturday, December 24, 2011 All day Christmas Eve 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: 540-6355827 http://www.warrencountyfair. com/15.html. 10am - 1pm SEE SANTA. Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Front Royal. You are invited to visit with Santa today at Jennerations Hair Studio located in Royal Plaza Shopping Center. Photos will be available for purchase and carry the same day.

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Warren County Local is a newly formed chapter of Special Olympics, providing local sports for people with intellectual disabilities in Front Royal and Warren County. —24— The next planned event will be Basketball. Registration is on-going and valid for three years. Athletes can register on the third Thursday of each month at the Special Olympics Board meeting held at 4pm at Brighter Futures, 209 W. Criser Rd. Contact Jackie Jenkins at 635-2725 ext. 33223 for additional information and to sign up.


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Ask Stewart Dear Stewart, I decided to buy a live Christmas tree this year. How am I supposed to care for it?   R. Atreesome

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Dear Mr. Atreesome: Congratulations on deciding to go live this year.  This tree will be there to enjoy year after year and you might see me or one of my friends living in it some day. Yes, there is special care involved in live trees, but it is not all that difficult.  The most important thing is to gradually introduce it to the warmer conditions

of the house. Start three or four days before and put it in the cool garage or an enclosed porch.  Remember this tree is dormant and immediate heat will start it growing again.  Before it gets inside the house you’ll also want to check it for bugs and other critters.  Some people like to spray on an antidessicant like Wiltpruf to help the needles contain the moisture before they bring the tree in the house. When it’s ready to come inside, place it inside a large galvanized tub to help stabilize it and help collect any fallen needles or debris.  Try to locate the tree in a cool part of the room and definitely away from heat sources. 

Keep the root ball watered as often as necessary but try not to get it too soggy by over watering. Try not to leave the tree inside any more than 4 to 7 days and never add nutrients or fertilizers while inside the house. For reintroducing the tree to the outdoors, just reverse the procedure of bringing it inside so that it can slowly adapt to the colder temperatures outside.  Once ready, the tree can be planted just like any other tree.  Of course, you had planned ahead and already dug and prepared the hole so this part should be easy. I hope you enjoy your live Christmas tree for many years! Stewart

The Front Royal/Warren County Tree Steward program began in 1997 with volunteers dedicated to improving the health of trees by providing educational programs, tree planting and care demonstrations, and tree maintenance throughout the community. The group now consists of over 30 active members with several interns working toward becoming certified tree stewards from our annual “All About Trees Class”. Each month Stewart will answer a question from our readers. Please forward it to “Stewart” in care of frwctreestewards@comcast.net and we may publish it in a future issue. Please visit our website at www.treesfrontroyal.org.

Humane Society of Warren County

Monday thru Sunday 10 am to 4 pm- Closed Wednesdays • 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA • 540-635-4734 • humanesocietywc@gmail.com Please ask about our low cost spay and neuter program. Please be sure your pets at home are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations.

Dog adoption available on Sat. 10 - 2 at Petco • Cat adoption available on Sat. 10 -2 at Southern States Dogs and Cats available on Sat. 10 - 2 at Helmuth Builders Check out our other adoptable pets on www.warrenco.petfinder.com

540-635-4734

Buddy - 4 year old male Husky/ Chow mix. Buddy is one of our favorites. He’s a very friendly boy and is good with children and cats

Russell - 4 year old male Hound/Mountain Dog mix. Russel is very playful and good with other animals.

Jane - 4 year old female Hound mix. Jane is very loyal and loves to be with people. She is being fostered, so please call before visiting.

Simon - 4 month old male Lab/Pit mix. Simon is a very calm and docile puppy. He was surrendered because his owner had too many dogs.

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Wanda Snead Property Management Serving the area for 16 years Sam Snead Realty 540-635-9753 SamSneadRealty.com

Martins Foods 409 South St. Front Royal 540-635-2249

If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, the adoption fee is $145 and includes the spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, flea/tick treatment and deworming. Thank you for your support of the Humane Society. With your help we have been able to place thousands of animals in good homes. Contact Alison @ 540-551-2072 if you would like to become a pet sponsor too!


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Walk-ins Welcome on Space Available Basis Must be 18 or older to participate/Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education

Warren County also needs volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read and to prepare for the GED. If interested in this very rewarding activity, please call Karen Brill at 540-536-1648

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