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Blue Box charity – or what?

‘Charity’ clothing bins - good cause or get-rich scheme? Out-of-state, non-profits may be pocketing millions while doing little for charity

They’re spreading like a cancer ... but does it significantly benefit cancer - or any other disease - research?

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Since last year you may have seen them sprouting like weeds – the blue bins claiming to be charitable “Clothes and Shoes Donations Centers”. Sounds harmless enough – and they always seem to be at highly traveled and convenient locations. The ones I was initially aware of, first two, then three in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center in front of K-mart, are often overflowing into the parking lot despite the admonishment to “Please do not leave any items outside the bin”. Others have since cropped up in locations, including the car wash at Fifth Street on Commerce Avenue, the old Jiffy Lube at North Royal and 14th Street, and the reopened Liberty Gas Station at 5th Street and North Royal Avenue.

However, a reader inquiry about exactly who was collecting and what charity was profiting from these collection bins led us to a closer inspection of the information on the bins.

“The donated items will be sold and after expenses Charity receives guaranteed fixed monthly revenue without risk of financial loss,” the second paragraph under the logo of the “Childhood Disease Research Foundation” (CDRF) reads. The CDRF logo was on all the boxes we found around Front Royal. Hmm, “after expenses Charity receives guaranteed fixed monthly revenue” immediately raised alarm bells. Okay, I’m used to seeing used clothes and what not sold to the benefit of a charity or civic organization operating discount stores – LOCALLY. Among those that initially come to mind are The Salvation Army Store on South Street, the Abused Women’s Shelter Second Chance Store and Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Store, both on East Main Street. But “Charity” capitalized in a third-person context under the

logo of an alleged medical research foundation of unknown location struck this cynic as suspicious. The first paragraph on the bin explained that the CDRF was a nonprofit and “operating division” of “Optimal Medical Foundation” whose “mission is to provide public awareness to promote and further research, treatment and education programs on disease affecting children and adults.” Nice, if somewhat vague. Once home, we did on online exploration of both organizations. CDRF and OPM share a Fremont, California mailing address and a (905) 681-3135 phone number. On websites referencing it – we could not find an OPM website, only myriad sites referencing it – OPM is listed as a 501-C-3 non-profit with most recently reported (2009) annual revenue of $5,312,406 with assets of $264,415; an asset range of $100,000 to $499,999; and an income range of $5 million to $9.999

million ... Hmm, never can quite get over that $10-million hurdle … wonder if that’s where another level of governmental oversight kicks in??? “For almost 10 years, Optimal Medical Foundation has been committed to finding an inexpensive, point of care, rapid diagnostic test solution for the betterment of family health, here in the Unites States (sic) and around the world. Help us today to find that solution!” We noted the misspelling of United States and spotted another – “inxpensive”. Curious for a $5-million to $10million, decade-old operation’s website, or at least its CDRF subsidiary’s, we thought – then we let our fingers do the walking. First, we gave the 800 number listed for CDRF on the blue collection bins a ring and got a recorded message identifying the “clothing bin placeContinued pg. 4

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ment office” for CDRF. The phone call Then we tried the 905 number listed on the company websites and of all things – got a human being. I identified myself as a reporter calling from Front Royal, Virginia, about the clothing collection bins and how revenue was distributed between “expenses” and the “Charity” as stated on the blue boxes. “You’ll have to e-mail your questions and I’ll forward them to someone in a position to answer them,” I was told. “And your name,” I asked.

“Judy,” was the reply. “Are you with an answering service,” I queried, trying to get a feel for exactly who I was talking to and whether she was in a corporate office or simply fielding calls from home or a call-service center. “No, I’m the secretary today,” Judy said. “Today” – hmm, I thought again. “Last name?” “Green,” came the slightly hesitant reply. “With an “E” on the end or not?” “I’m not giving you anymore information – you have enough already,” Judy told me. “Even the spelling of your last name?” I asked. “Green like the color,” Judy relented.

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None of the news reports were promising. “Some Charity Drop Boxes For Profit Posers” the headline of a March 28, 2011, report by WJBK FOX-Detroit affiliate and reporter Ronnie Dahl read. “Check Your Charity” was the headline of June 2, 2011, Time Specials report by Bill Saporito. The CBC “The National” TV report cited multiple so-called

“charitable” collection companies engaged in a “cut-throat turf war” in various Canadian municipalities that was “making someone rich”. The report included the driver for one company, whose voice was electronically altered for his protection, state that “really violent orders” came down from management to drivers to protect markets they were established in from comContinued pg. 6

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tiny appeasement deal to satisfy local government that sees the future tax revenues promised, but forgets about the local people struggling to survive in this recession. The temporary influx of out of town workers might help some local businesses for a short period of time, but this does nothing for the local trade people that are more than qualified to build this plant, and who would keep their

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Do you have fond memories of your first car? I don’t. And the reason can be explained in two words: Chevy Chevette. Okay, you can stop laughing now. I know this was not a vehicle that a young, testosterone-primed male of the 1980s could worship as it rattled along the Interstate pow-ered by an engine that roared like an electric toothbrush. So after driving around unknowingly for weeks with a “Ram Me” sign someone had at-tached to the back bumper, I realized it was time to trade up to a vehicle with a name boasting a little more panache – a Thunderbird. Car names are important to automobile manufacturers. They are keenly aware that public recognition and acceptance of a name can influence a vehicle’s commercial success in a highly competitive industry. Consider the Jeep Wrangler – a great earthy name for a car. But the Kia Kickit probably wouldn’t inspire much consumer confidence. Vehicles are often christened with names that intrigue or arouse our sense of adventure and excitement. What bold driver wouldn’t want to be seen trekking through the rugged wilderness in a Pathfinder, Explorer, Outback, Expedition, or Navigator? Exotic places also sell cars: Dakota, Monte Carlo, Malibu, Park Avenue, Tahoe, and Yukon – all exciting destinations and, presumably, exciting cars. A Lincoln Lubbock might never make it off the showroom floor. Then there are drivers who select specific models according to his or her profession. Can’t you see an astronomer behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Eclipse; an optometrist in a Ford Focus; or a pilot taking off in an Isuzu Ascender? And what proctologist could resist parking a Ford Probe outside the surgery? The late explorer Sir Edmund Hillary would have felt right at home climbing into a Mercury Mountaineer, although he would have been wary about the Chevy Avalanche. And almost certainly the infamous Heidi Fleiss would have treated her “girls” to a fleet of Escorts. The animal kingdom has also been well represented in the automobile name game over the years. But not just any animal – often it is one that symbolizes power, strength or speed. So the Mercury Cougar, Dodge Ram,

and Ford Taurus worked well (at least in name). But there have been successful exceptions to muscular monikers: the VW Beetle was a cute, popular car, and justly deserved its quaint title. Two animal categories have been especially popular: horses and birds. In addition to the Mustang, Ford rounded up the best equine names with Bronco and Pinto as well. Wisely, they never produced a Ford Gelding – probably a little too Freudian for young male drivers. During the energy conscious Carter administration, Dodge created a stable of their own with the Colt. It was a time of efficiency, when cars were named after little animals, such as the Audi Fox. There were even VW Rabbits multiplying all over the freeways. Our feathered friends have been well represented with the Jeep Eagle, Ford Falcon, and the Buick Skylark. Even chickens made an appearance in the 30s and 40s with the Bantam. From the 60s and 70s, Plymouth had the Barracuda and the Roadrunner, which were great looking cars. But the head of Plymouth’s marketing department should have taken a lesson from other companies that produced the Corvette Stingray, Fiat Spider and the Dodge Viper. Now there were some classic cars with names that had bite. Along these lines, there are a few car names that may not immediately be recognized as animals, such as the Mercury Sable. A sable might be best described as an elegant weasel. Wisely, the Mercury marketers chose sable over weasel. And let’s not forget the Chevy Impala, named after a graceful deerlike African mammal. Well, perhaps graceful on four legs when gliding over the subtropical savannas, not necessarily when rattling along the Interstate on four wheels. And speaking of rattling, I sometimes wonder about the fate of my old Chevette. I sus-pect it was melted down and recycled into a faster and more graceful vehicle, such as the one my neighbor currently owns, which just happens to be … a John Deere. (Nick Thomas has written features for more than 150 magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor. He can be reached at alongtheselines@gmx.com)


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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at alisond@warrencountyreport.com • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at angie@warrencountyreport.com - 540-683-9197 between April 30, 2008 and April 30, 2009. Of that amount, $106,346 (15 percent) was reported received by charity. The WJBK FOX 2 –Detroit TV report stated, “There are some of the drop boxes that are out and positioned in various locations that are for profit businesses where they basically take the goods and then sell them, and that’s their profit,” Moseley said. The report continued, “Looking closer at a Childhood Disease Research Foundation donation box, in the second paragraph it states that donated items deposited will be sold and after expenses the charity gets revenue … Many times for profit companies will team up with charities so those organizations are getting some money, but, of course, it’s really a profit organization that’s running the whole thing.”

While the Detroit TV report noted that some municipal governments have passed codes that do not allow such drop boxes to be placed in their community, that is apparently not the case here in Front Royal and Warren County. A business proposition According to Janice Hart, who manages tenant relations at Royal Plaza Shopping Center where I first saw the CDRF drop boxes, she encountered no local code requirements when approached about acquiring rental space for the drop boxes in the Royal Plaza parking lot. Hart told us the space for the boxes is essentially leased by the property owner to the box provider much as store front space is. Hart, who is also the FRPD Community Relations Specialist, said to

her knowledge there were no local municipal code regulations that applied to the boxes since they are leased on private property. Both town and county officials were examining any applicable local codes that might apply to the boxes when we went to press. While Hart said she chooses to donate to local charities like Blue Ridge Hospice and the Women’s Shelter, she pointed out you can’t control with whom people chose to donate items like clothes to the benefit of which charitable causes. Well, hopefully a little knowledge will go a long way in helping people make a more informed decision based on what will help the most reputable charities to the actual benefit of those in need, particularly in our own community. Local perspective,

Blue Box charity – or what? local loss “Here is the part that concerns me, there are community organizations that take donations for the good of our community, Blue Ridge Hospice being one, along with Goodwill, Salvation Army, Second Chance, C-Cap and Habitat for Humanity, just to mention the ones that I am aware of,” Jeania Aylor of the Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Store says. “All of us are paying town taxes, purchasing business licenses and creating revenue for this beautiful town that we live in, as well as doing our part to help the less fortunate in our community maintain a better quality of life, whether it be Blue Ridge Hospice providing quality end-of-life care; or other local organizations such as Salvation Army, which helps homeless get back on their feet; or

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I’ve been reading your column for several years, although I’m not sure why. Other than helping to pass the time while sitting on the pot, I don’t like it all that much. And my wife thinks our pet pig is funnier than you. Anyway, I need some financial advice. I recently came in to some money. About $219 million, give or take. I have one of the three winning Mega Millions lottery tickets. My question is what do I do now? One Lucky Dude Dear Lucky Dude, what a coincidence. You read my column while “taking care of business”. Guess where I write it? Congratulations on your winnings. Here’s what I’d do. Give it away. All of it. And the sooner the better. You’ve heard the stories of lottery winners losing all their money and their life going down the toilet? Don’t let that happen to you. Give me a call. I’ll even do you a favor and take some of it off your hands. P.S. I’ve heard pet pigs are very funny.

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of Luray Avenue or you’ll end up in the Shenandoah River. I woofed a couple of times at family matriarch Alene Eastham, and Jim and Denise Eastham, even though Denise is the current Human Society president, but they were too wrapped up in things to pay me much attention. Denise had a small dog with her, but I didn’t pay much attention to him either – so there! That past, he told me his family had donated the land for the dog park, and the trail, and everything else that was so beautiful around there. You dogs are gonna love it! “Details, or the English language, were never my forte in San Antonio, Texas, where I come from, but for the record, I’ll woof a few facts about our park so you folks owned by us dogs will know where to go (pun not intended) and what the rules are when the park is opened to us this summer (the Warren County Dog Park Association needs a few more dollars before this will happen, or so I was told). “First, there will eventually be divided areas for big dogs (that includes me, a Siberian Husky) and small dogs (that’s probably most of the others, including the Eastham’s dog

whose name I failed to get). There’ll be a bunch of entry gates to get from one enclosure to another (that’s what Kelly Walker and her folks need the money for) but we’ll figure out how to go over or under these fences in no time at all. You bet! For the people we take to the park, there will be nine benches to sit on. I read from a piece of paper lying on the ground that said, not in dog language, that, apart from the areas designated to we honored dogs, this was “a multi purpose facility that will contain athletic fields, trails, (the aforementioned) dog park, a parking lot intended to serve the park and boat ramp located on an adjacent property...” I think maybe the boat ramp is for those dogs traveling to the dog park by water. “There were a bunch of high falootin’ folks in attendance by 9 a.m. when Doug Stanley, a big name in the ‘hood, began calling the shots on the opening of the Eastham Park Trail. He held out the hand of welcome to all of us (which I was tempted to bite, then thought better of it). Several of the biggies stood in a line with pairs of scissors and cut a red tape, which was a bit strange to we dogs. Also, I discovered later, this really had nothing to do with us. The dog park stuff came later, but we had to wait along with everyone else, to get to the important bit which for many of the 40 or so dogs in attendance was when Mayor Tim Darr announced the town would donate three “used” fire hydrants to the park association.

“Then the crowd clapped like crazy and we dogs went nuts when Linda Glavis talked about “a legacy for generations (and dogs) to come.” Linda used the “and dogs” part which got all our attention plus a lot of barks, growling and carrying on. In fact, a lot of barking, growling and snorting made much of the speechifying incomprehensible to most. We did get to hear the mayor’s tribute to Ms. Kelly, whom he said was the “driving force” behind the establishment of the dog park so, on a personal note, I’d like to thank her in behalf of all of Front Royal’s canines for her work and fundraising that she did and is doing. A group of my male friends gruffed and woofed about not forgetting a vote of thanks for the “used”

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Carol Ashley, junior at WCHS, is really ready for the “Masquerade” Prom this year thanks to the Glass Slipper Project By Carol Ballard Warren County Report The last day of March, also Distribution Day for the Glass Slipper Project, was a sunny, flower-filled spring day. Balloons danced in the breeze at the door of their new home in the Blue Ridge Technical Center at the 240 Luray Ave. Middle School Inside, the Fairy Godmothers of the Project were surrounded by more balloons and volunteers, girls and

boys looking for the right dress or suit, food and drink, friends and family, and a joyful party atmosphere. The colorful dress, shoe and jewelry collection reflected the sparkle and beauty of the day outside. The kindness, vision and energy of Pam Waters, Jackie Jenkins, Tara Smith and Sheri Mitchell-nicknamed the Fairy Godmothers-has worked to create a magical place where hundreds of gorgeous formal dresses and dressy suits for boys, can be accessed for upcoming spring proms. “Some children miss out on the experience because of the cost. We want them to have a good high school experience,” Pam said. Carol Ashley, a junior at Warren County High School, who was there with her mom Lorie, found a dazzling, blue floor-length dress and said she would wear it once then donate it back to the program. Her school’s prom theme this year is “Masquerade”, so she tried on a mask, but she said she’s an art student, so will use her creativity instead of taking it with her. “I’ll probably make my own out of feathers and beads,” she said. The appearance of a completely unexpected visitor added to the general fun. Devaunte French, a brave Warren County High School student came in with several giggling girls

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and Tina ended with, “This has far exceeded what we ever imagined.” “It’s a blessing, it makes us tickled,” said Jackie. Pam will be at the location on Luray Ave. from Wednesday to Friday from 2-5 p.m. until the Warren county proms are over. To donate, volunteer, or for information, call Pam Waters at (540) 635-1256 or email at 1waters@embarkmail.com or Sheri Mitchell at smitchell@wcps.k12.va.us

WCHS’s Davidson wins Regional Poster Design competition Pierce Davidson, a senior at WCHS, won the regional poster design competition and a $3,000 scholarship. His poster design, pictured here, will now move on to the National Competition where a full tuition prize looms. Good luck, Pierce, and great work. - Courtesy Photos/WCHS-Andrea Stuart

Jackie Jenkins, Pam Waters, Tara Smith, Fairy Godmothers with the Glass Slipper Project, smile happily surrounded by beaded, silky, satiny gowns donated for local proms. set aside to give to women who need them for job interviews. Dresses are available year-round for beauty pageants. Participants may contact Pam Waters or Sheri Mitchell to arrange a time when someone will be available to open the room. The Godmothers continue to be overwhelmed with the support and generosity of the community. “My daughter Holly counted over 400 dresses when setting up for the distribution event. Someone donated a new beaded dress that must have cost over $200-a remarkable donation,” said Tara. Although hundreds of people are

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By Jonathan Bennett Warren County Report Christina Thomas and six of her seven children had spent the afternoon playing at Fantasyland Playground in Front Royal. The kids, ages one to 14 years old, worked up quite an appetite running and jumping and sliding and having a good time. As the day slipped toward dusk, a vote was taken on what to do for dinner, and the consensus was the Subway sub shop on North Royal Avenue at Sixth Street. The Subway was close by and it would be a quick way to feed the sizeable Thomas brood, now hungry and tired and not wanting to wait on dinner when they got home. Christina loaded up the “bus”, the family moniker for her 15-passenger Dodge Ram van. “We drove to the Subway, and when we got there, there just wasn’t enough space in their small parking lot for the van,” Thomas says. What she did next would inadvertently spoil what had so far been a pleasant afternoon out with her kids and unhappily reveal just how un-neighborly certain aspects of their small-town home can sometimes be. Unable to maneuver the “bus” into the crowded Subway lot, Thomas said, “I decided to park at the barber shop next door. Let me say up front that I knew I wasn’t parking

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in the designated lot for Subway – Big mistake.” Christina said it was about 7 p.m. and the barber shop next door at 534 North Royal Avenue was closed, its parking lot empty. Despite seeing the “Barber Shop Park-

ing Only” signs, she decided a brief stop after business hours wouldn’t be an issue – Big mistake, 2. Thomas and the children went into Subway and got their subs to take home with them. She claims they were in the restaurant for no

more than 10 minutes. The teenagers led the pack as they started out of the sub shop. “That’s when I heard the older kids yelling that the bus was being towed. I didn’t be-lieve it at first, but when I got to the door, sure enough, the van was being loaded onto a rollback. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.” Now, anyone who’s ever had a vehicle towed knows how frustrating and even hu-miliating an ordeal it can be; never mind that more often than not, it’s expensive, too. What transpired from this point on was all three of those things, and an already problematic situation turned even more upsetting and insulting for Christina and her children. “I was carrying the one-year-old and I ran over to the tow truck. There were two guys and I asked the first one if I could at least have my car seats, as I have a one and a three-year old and need the seats in order to get those two kids home if someone comes to pick us up. The guy completely ignored me. I asked

him again, begging by this point. He smirked at me and then continued ignoring me. I don’t have to tell you I was furious by now.” She said the other tow truck operator was a little more civil, but not much. He told Christina that yes, she could have the car seats, but that was it. “He saw I had all these children with me, I told him we’d just gone into Subway really quick. He was indifferent. He didn’t care,” she observes. Christina says she then asked how much it would cost to get the van back. The second driver phoned his shop and told her it would be $75 to get her van back then and there, or $150 to retrieve it from the salvage yard lot if they towed it there. “That’s the standard rate for a ‘drop fee’,” said Daphane Phillips of the Virginia Board of Towing and Recovery Operators. “A ‘drop’ is when they load the vehicle but don’t transport it, just put it back on the ground and give it to the owner. That rate is the same almost everywhere. As far as storing

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Business & community a vehicle at a tow yard, that’s up to each individual business what they charge.” “So I had to pay the $75 in cash on the spot to get the van off the rollback,” said Christina. “I’d spent the cash I had in Subway. I had to use my son’s birthday money he had on him, $60, and call my mother for the remaining amount. Thank goodness I was able to get a hold of her, because they said they were going to tow the van if I couldn’t come up with the cash right then. My mother came with another $20. So, I gave them $80. They didn’t offer the five in change and I was so flustered, I forgot to ask for it.” Christina said that had the one tow truck operator not shown her a little decency (even if it was condescending), she would’ve been stranded there with six kids, two of which are required by law to be in child safety seats when she finally found a ride home that would require more than one trip from the parking lot to her house. To add spite to the insulting way

the tow truck operators treated her, she said the Subway employee who’d just made their sandwiches came out and “was laughing and joking with the more asinine of the two drivers.” It turns out that C&J Towing and Recovery, owned and operated by John H. Smedley, Jr., has a contract with Richard Simpson, the owner of the barber shop at 524 North Royal Avenue, to tow any vehicle parked in his lot that is not a patron of his business. Asked how he knows who’s in the barber shop and who’s not, Smedley had this to say: “I’d rather not go into how we know who to tow. But if I drive by, or one my drivers does, and it’s not during business hours at the barber shop and there’s someone parked there, we’re contracted to tow the vehicle out of the lot.” Asked if the rate is always the same, Smedley said that it can vary. ‘Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less, depending on the time of day or night it is.” I pointed out that if it is during

Read all issues in their entirety FREE on www.WarrenCountyReport.com “There were two guys and I asked the first one if I could at least have my [child] car seats … The [tow truck driver] completely ignored me. I asked him again, begging by this point. He smirked at me and then continued ignoring me. I don’t have to tell you I was furious by now.” - Christina Thomas

business hours, C&J couldn’t possibly know who is in the shop by looking at the cars parked in the lot. One might conclude that the towing company drivers lie in wait nearby or make a regular circuit after hours, waiting to pounce on any vehicle there, including those of Subway customers if that lot is full or like Thomas, the vehicle is too big to maneuver a crowded lot. “I’d rather not comment on that,” Smedley says. “What I will say is that she knew she wasn’t supposed to park there and she did anyway. She says she was in there for maybe ten minutes. How do we know that? We hear that all the time from people, that they were only parked in that lot for a few minutes. What does that mean, a few minutes? She wasn’t singled out.” They hear this ‘all the time’ from people, after and during business hours? Again, “no comment.” Rita Eberhardt is the manager at the Subway where Christina and her children got dinner that eve-

ning. “We’ve seen this happen for awhile now. People get towed out of that lot all the time. We don’t get involved, but I’ve heard that the owner of the barber shop says he’s losing business because of people parking in his spaces. I don’t know how true that is, but to my mind, this being a small town, I’d think business owners would want to work together and not create problems for one another. I don’t see how someone parking there is hurting his business, especially in the evenings when he’s closed.” What of the Subway employee who, according to Christina Thomas, joined the C&J driver in mocking her misfortune? “I wasn’t there and I don’t know anything about that, but I’ll certainly look into it,” Rita said. We contacted Town Councilman Hollis Tharpe, who weighed in on the matter. “I think what people might not realize is that when someone parks a vehicle on private property, the owner of the property, whether they’re present or not,

assumes responsibility. Someone parks illegally on private property, gets out of the car, falls down and gets hurt, guess who they can come after? The property owner.” Tharpe said he happens to know that the parking lot in question is posted ‘no parking’ and that being the case, it’s at the owner’s discretion who gets towed and when. “In this case, Subway could be well advised to somehow make sure people coming into their store only park in Subway’s spaces.” Richard Simpson owns the barber shop and while he couldn’t be reached for comment on the matter, his son would confirm only that they do have a contract with C&J Towing to haul cars from the lot of his father’s shop. “I don’t know how it works, really … I think my father has had the contract for a little over a year now. You’d have to talk to him.” His father remained unavailable at deadline for this article. Continued pg. 36

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“Any way you look at it … all it is, is an illicit affair and allegations of flaunting it … no matter what the flaunting is, it is alienation of affection and can’t proceed [legally].” – Neil Schon attorney Bruce M. Blanchard on Tareq’s $50-million civil suit

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Eventually Judge Hupp agreed that Tareq Salahi’s allegations did not meet the standards set by the Virginia Supreme Court, citing the McDermott precedent on such matters. In fact, at one point it was commented that some of the behavior cited in the McDermott case made the facts of the Salahi-Journey allegations “pale in comparison” (man, I got to find that case file). However, the court ruled that, as Rossiter had requested at the outset, she be allowed to file amended complaints in the damages and defamation lawsuit. She was given 21 days to do so. But Tareq’s bad day wasn’t yet over. Worse than a Rush slur?

A trim and fit looking Tareq Salahi and attorney Georgia Rossiter left the courthouse quickly following hearing. There is no case like this … it’s not about the affair, it’s about the way they continued to torment him with the affair,” Rossiter told the court. Arguments ceased and Judge Dennis L. Hupp spent slightly over five minutes studying the evidence submitted by both sides. He then asked Rossiter if she was aware that in its ruling in the McDermott case, the Virginia Supreme Court had rejected the Welling v. Scott argument. “Yes, but this is not about the marriage … this is about after she left,” Rossiter contended of a difference from her client’s case. “It is malicious conduct … and it seems unfair nor to compensate him in some way.” Arguments on the following counts of Tareq’s civil suit for compensation from the couple’s actions following his wife leaving him followed along similar lines. As for the allegation of defamation against Tareq Salahi, Schon’s attorney said, “I don’t see a single false statement … it is alleged [Schon] said he could provide for Mrs. Salahi. There is no dispute of that fact.” As for a conspiracy by the couple to hinder Mr. Salahi’s ability to make money after the split, Schon’s attorney questioned whether a ban on Tareq attending Journey concerts qualified as evidence to support that allegation – “The plaintiff alleges somehow he was portrayed as immoral or dangerous … but you cannot get defamation from innuendo,”

Michaele’s attorney Barnes then went on the offensive. At issue was Tareq’s alleged characterization of his estranged wife as a “groupie slut”. Barnes said Tareq has not even denied making the statement. Barnes cited a Louisiana case in which the term “slut” had been ruled defamatory by its nature. – “This is not an opinion. If you call a rug green, is that an opinion?” Barnes asked the court. And then he noted that Tareq’s characterization, which Tareq’s attorney did not seem to question had been made, wasn’t simply “slut” but “groupie slut”. “This implies sex with a whole lot of people,” Barnes said.

Blanchard told the court on Schon’s behalf. He then lambasted Tareq Salahi’s contention he should be compensated for lost income because of contracts the plaintiff alleged had been offered to the Salahis, including an Australian TV version of “Dancing with the Stars”, prior to the split. “This contract offer alleges the Salahis were a pair. It is premised on the theory Mrs. Salahi has no free will,” Schon’s attorney said. Blanchard then asked the court how his client could be prosecuted when Schon had no contact with anyone involved in offering the contract to the Salahis.

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On April 21, the Town of Front Royal and Warren County will partner for a full day of free family activities celebrating the co-designation as the nation’s 15th official Appalachian Trail Community. Says event committee member George McIntyre of The Apple House in Linden, “From the economic side the designation is a HUGE business and tourism stimulus; from the ‘beauty of nature side’ it makes us all aware of the very simple things around us and how

grateful we are to have this wonderful resource in our home; and from the personal side it makes me SMILE each time we have a visiting hiker/camper and friend from the forest come for a visit in our shop. We’re lucky!” The day will begin with a 5.5-mile guided hike along the Appalachian Trail with Tom Johnson of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. “All but a half-mile or so is downhill,” he says. “Shuttles will leave from the Town Square at 9 a.m. On the

Trail, we’ll visit a shelter, speak with a maintainer working on-site that day, and enjoy some snacks from The Apple House at the end of our walk. Space is limited though, so first come first served.” From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., outdoor games and crafts will take place on the Town Square. “People will be able to get a detailed itinerary for the day at the Visitor Center booth,” says steering committee member Sonja Carlborg. “Most of the games are intended to teach a skill. For example, PRO Physical Therapy will be teaching people exercises to strengthen knees and hips for injury-free hiking. The Venture Scouts will set up a model campsite and an orienteering course, where they’ll teach people how to use a compass. Front Royal Canoe Company will have boats on hand, showing people how to paddle a canoe or kayak – and there are lots of other activities. We’ve been fortunate in attracting dozens of great partners for this event.” The Girl Scouts of Troop 40333 will be teaching visitors about Questing, treasure hunts developed by local groups ranging from the Warren Heritage Society to the Tree Stewards. “The girls have designed a Quest to Thompson Hollow in the Shenandoah Park as part of working toward their Silver Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts,” says Troop co-leader Amanda Shenk. “At their booth, they’ll be helping people make their own personalized rubber stamps. Questers use these to stamp a log book when they reach the treasure box, proving they’ve completed the Quest.” Finishing all five inaugural Quests by October 15 will qualify Questers for one of 200 limited-edition com-

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At 3:15, the Boy Scouts and Venture Crew will present colors and escort speakers to the Gazebo for the designation ceremony at 3:30. Local resident Jamie Sullivan, who began a thru-hike last year, is now finishing up her last 500 miles through Virginia . She hopes to finish in time to receive her 2000-miler certificate during the ceremony. Speakers will include Front Royal Mayor Timothy Darr, Archie Fox, Chairman of the Warren County Supervisors, State Delegate Todd Gilbert, National Park Service Superintendents Pam Underhill (Appalachian National Scenic Trail) and Martha Bogle (Shenandoah National Park ), and Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director Mark Wenger. “Our committee has worked super hard on this event for months,” says Carlborg. “Everybody’s put in long hours and we’ve had great support and encouragement from Steve Burke and Doug Stanley too. What I love most about the Trail is that it brings out the best in everyone.” Steering committee members include Sonja Carlborg, Gail Criger, Susan Haggerty, Kelli Hart, Tom Johnson, Jennifer Keck, Taryn Logan, Henry Pickard, George McIntyre, David Means, Katherine Rindt, Amanda Shenk, and Jamie Sullivan. Future projects include upgrades to the Trail parking area on Rte 522 and additional activities on National Trails Day in June and Family Hiking Day in September. More information about designation day can be found at www.discoverfrontroyal.com or www.frontroyalatcommunity.blogspot.com/. Sign up for the guided hike at www. facebook .com/VisitFrontRoyal. Click on Front Royal Appalachian Trail Hike. See you there!

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“Go home tonight and say a prayer; ask God to help us overcome the tyrant that’s in the White House now!” – North River District Republican Dan Murray calling for local Republican unity

GOP Committee elects new officers, rejects McHugh appeal Repici, Kurtz, Clark elected without opposition, not without challenges

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Unfortunately for a large segment of that group, including its newly elected Vice Chairman Nick Bukowski, they had not paid committee dues on March 15 and so were not eligible to vote on nominations made Thursday night. In fact, those non-members present were banished to a side portion of the room prior to executive committee nominations to help keep it clear who was and was not eligible to vote. Nominations were then taken from the floor and Dominic Repici, Steve Kurtz and Mary Kay Clark were nominated for chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively. No opposing nominations were made even though counter-Chairman McHugh, mass-meeting Chairman Dennis Fusaro and fellow block organizer Manuel Vicente were all present as paid-up and eligible-to-vote committee members. Automatic election by acclamation was proposed and eventually carried out since the nominees were unopposed, despite a smattering of verbal opposition. First, McHugh objected to the acclamation process and then Fusaro objected to the nomination process in its entirety. Fusaro cited the appeal of the initial mass meeting adjournment, the reconvened mass meeting

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Political storm story

Repub ‘insurgents’ elect own committee officers McHugh and youth brigade of 20-somethings claim executive committee spots

Dennis Fusaro reconvenes adjourned March 15 Republican Committee Mass Meeting with 30 of a previous 55 to 60person mass meeting majority block present. Only one of the more traditional local committee members was present at the April 10 meeting, Susan Conway, who declined to serve as Executive Committee secretary when asked by Fusaro.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report I’m not really sure if it was round two of the Republican dust up that began at the March 15 Warren County Republican Mass Meeting with an impasse over rules concerning nominations and the election of officers, OR round one of a tworound rematch scheduled for the second week of April. Whatever it was, at 6:30 p.m. on April 10 at Samuel’s Public Library, a group of 30 of the earlier mass meeting majority contingent estimated at 55 to 60 people, threw down the gauntlet to the more traditional local committee membership. That membership, described by constitutional conservative block member Mike McHugh as “country club Republicans”, was conspicuous in its collective absence from the April 10 meeting. However, that contingent was expected to come out in force two days later at the regular monthly Republican Committee meeting. What they are likely to find as they move to vote on officers not elected on March 15 is a slate of executive committee and magisterial district officers prepared to run the April 12 meeting. Dennis Fusaro, who was elected chairman of the original mass meeting by a block assembled by himself, McHugh and Manuel Vicente, which they described as a combination of constitutional conservatives, Ron Paul people and hard-core, pro-

life Catholics, told those assembled on April 10, that he was reconvening the adjourned March 15 meeting. Within a half hour, the 59-yearold McHugh was elected executive committee chair, 25-year-old Nick Bukowski vice chair, and 29-year-

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old Jon Fidero secretary. Fidero’s nomination and election came after Susan Conway, who was elected and then resigned as secretary on March 15, was asked if she wanted to serve as the executive committee secretary. “No,” Conway replied. All of what are sure to be disputed officer elections were by unanimous voice votes. The meeting was then broken into magisterial district caucuses. Town council candidate Vicente volunteered and was elected North River District Chairman. Others announced when the caucuses broke up were Dave Groves, South River; Tom McFadden, Shenandoah; and John Connolly, Fork. No Happy Creek officers were elected. Questioned later about possible strategies his contingent and slate of officers might have for the regular Republican Committee meeting of April 12, McHugh played his cards close to the vest. “No,” he replied to a request for a hint at possible strategies, adding, “Come out – it might be fun.” Rules dispute At the root of the dispute over meetings, rules and officer elections

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is the April 10th group’s belief the March 15 mass meeting rule not allowing officer nominations from the floor contradicts the committee’s own bylaws and resulted in an illegally conducted meeting. As reported in our last issue, McHugh also believes the failure to accomplish the mass meeting’s assigned task of every two years – electing new officers, prevented the meeting from being legally closed. Following the half hour meeting at which those present, at least to their minds, elected a new Warren County Republican Committee chairman, vice chairman, secretary and four of five magisterial district officers, a private meeting was held to discuss the McHugh-led group’s appeal of the mass meeting adjournment. McHugh and his supporters’ problem is the first stage of the appeal goes through the existing county executive committee before being forwarded to the state district level and eventually the Republican Party of Virginia.

Outgoing committee Chairman Dave Henderson, as most recent past chair, is part of the sitting executive committee, along with Treasurer Trish Anderson, who was re-elected on March 15 and the previous magisterial district chairs. Henderson told us the first week of April he was preparing a written explanation of the Warren County Republican Executive Committee’s denial of McHugh’s appeal of the conduct of original mass meeting. A state Republican official described the process by which such appeals get to the state committee as “not fast”. So what comes after April 12, if a majority of just 45 sitting committee members registered and having paid dues on March 15, elects their own slate of officers, one different from those elected on April 10, is anybody’s guess. Can anyone see dueling county Republican Committees pursuing separate agendas pending a final resolution at the state level … and then?

A.S. Rhodes celebrates 75 years of educational history An Open House to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of A.S. Rhodes Elementary School will be held on April 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the school on Strasburg Road. Refreshments and a pictorial history walk of the grounds will be included, along with student entertainment, SmartBoard lessons, and display of items reflecting the school and its history to be preserved in a Time Capsule. All are invited to help celebrate the school’s place in the educational history of this community. (From a release)

Sheriff’s Office ‘Distracted Driving Program’ April 14 The Warren County Sheriff ’s Office wants to remind everyone that April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and in partnership with Jack Evans Chevrolet and the Front Royal Elks Lodge will hold an event on Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Jack Evan’s Chevrolet, located at 125 South Royal Avenue. Sheriff McEathron encourages the community to come out and try out the Sheriff ’s Distracted Driving Program in our simulation vehicle. This program has been a huge success and has been incorporated with the public school’s driver training courses. The program gives participating drivers several virtual distracted driving scenarios while inside the simulation vehicle. Come see what the program is all about! There will be educational material, giveaways and food available. (From a release)


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Political storm story Continued from pg. 26 ing McHugh allow someone to take a ballot out of the ballot box during a vote count at the March 15 mass meeting. “That’s a cheat. I don’t want to vote for a cheat,” Hurst concluded. Asked about the allegation later, McHugh explained that a girl had come up to cast her ballot asking if she had filled it out correctly with a yes or no versus a person’s name, accidentally dropped it into the ballot box and asked for it back so she could fill it out correctly, which he allowed her to do. “What he said – it didn’t happen,” McHugh said flatly. The evening’s lone ballot vote then

followed and the appeal was defeated by a 39-12 vote. Considering the apparent libertarian orientation of much of the splinter group of Republicans, a humorous interlude occurred as someone asked about a ballot that appeared to read “AYN” rather than yes or no. Following the ballot counter asking the question, Daryl Funk commented, “Ayn Rand? That’s the only AYN I know.” As the committee prepared to caucus for magisterial district officer elections, John Smedley asked if the business of taking new membership nominations and payments could proceed first, so the non-member contingent wouldn’t have to sit

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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at alisond@warrencountyreport.com • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at angie@warrencountyreport.com - 540-683-9197 through the magisterial process before joining the committee. “They can leave,” new Vice-Chairman Kurtz said of those who did not want to observe the committee’s normal procedures or agenda schedule. So the caucuses proceeded and chairs were elected as follows: Tony Carter Happy Creek; Tom Sayre, Shenandoah District; Daryl Funk, Fork District; Dolores Oates, North River; and Tony Elar, South River. Earlier, Elar rose to criticize what he termed the “rump meeting” of two days earlier and those who have been a part of the mass-meeting rebellion (my word, not his). Elar recounted the hard work of committee members to get local Republicans elected,

the “worker bees” he called them. Noting that he had contributed to past local Republican campaigns of both Fusaro and McHugh, even if he didn’t always agree with their platforms, Elar criticized the McHughFusaro-Vicente block for not seeking to become a functioning part of the existing committee, but rather just attempt to “take it over” to their own ideological ends, ends by their own admission that are more state and federal-oriented, than local. United against tyranny? As the committee finally moved to vote on new memberships, committee member and first-term North

River District Supervisor Dan Murray rose to call for unity of purpose among the local Republicans. Echoing sentiments heard at earlier committee meetings over past months as the November 2012 election approaches, Murray said, “Go home tonight and say a prayer; ask God to help us overcome the tyrant that’s in the White House now!” Murray then sponsored one of the first new member nominations, splinter group-elected committee Vice-Chairman and his fellow North River resident Nick Bukowski. And onward like Christian soldiers, the Warren County Republicans march as if to war – and the November presidential election.

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He then quoted what he said were the words of “Joshua the Anointed One – Jesus if you speak Greek,” he told the jury. “If you don’t have arms, sell your possessions and get a sword,” Linamen quoted in explaining his possession of a weapon the state says he could not legally possess.

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Public safety Continued from pg. 32 Who’s the anarchist? The sentencing arguments continued along the same themes. Linamen continued to complain he was not being allowed to read documents he contended related to his case but that the court had ruled inadmissible. Judge Hupp asked Linamen if the new document he wanted admitted at that point related to the penalty phase of arguments. “I certainly think so,” the defendant replied. After examining the defendant’s document, Hupp said while it applied more to the guilt or innocence phase of the trial, he would allow it admitted as part of the case record for reference should the case be appealed. The document related to Linamen’s contention he was subject to God’s law, rather than state law and that his carrying of a driver’s license issued by the “Kingdom of Heaven” should not have been grounds for a search of his vehicle at the DUI checkpoint the night of his arrest. Manthos then argued for a maximum sentence. He called the defendant’s arguments against his conviction of victimless crimes “nonsense”. “Someone gets to pick and choose, he gets to decide which laws to obey?” Manthos asked incredulously. “He

believes he is the end all and be all … He asks us to forget our Republic. He asks us to forget our state government and our social contract. We all give up a little liberty for order. You can argue how much through the elective process and legislation. “What Mr. Linamen is advocating is anarchy. Where will that lead us?” Manthos asked of Linamen’s defense. He pointed out that state law for some time has barred convicted felons from possessing firearms because the state legislature had decided such convictions indicate “judgment issues” by those individuals. Linamen opened his argument for leniency in sentencing by asserting the authority of “the Kingdom of Jesus” and told the jury that the kingdoms of the earth would all be turned over to God by his Son after He had “removed all the false kingdoms of men.” “Who’s the anarchist,” Linamen asked the jury. After referencing a book by James Redford, “Jesus was an Anarchist”, Linamen returned to his belief his right to bear arms was issued by both God and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitutional. He also asserted his Fourth Amendment right to due process had been violated by the police roadblock. Such roadblocks, Linamen asserted, make people prove they are not committing a crime without any

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Relay Team Meeting - April 16 @ 6:00 - Warren County Community Center - come learn about the latest on Relay happenings and the night of Relay. Come join us! Relay Ice Cream Social - April 29 @ 2:00 - Warren County Courthouse Lawn - join us as we kick-off May as Relay For Life Month... share some ice cream and learn all you can about Relay! Relay Survivor Reception - June 3 @ 5:00 - North Warren Fire Department - calling all Cancer survivors...come out as we celebrate you! This reception is for all Cancer survivors, if you have been recently diagnosed and would like to attend this reception please contact Randi Lehew at real01225@gmail.com to make sure you receive your invitation. Relay For Life - June 9 @ 6:00pm - Skyline High School - join us for a night to remember those we’ve lost, celebrate our survivors and fight back against Cancer! For more information on any of these events or our Relay event please visit our website at www.frwcrelay.org. (From a release)

Jackie Robinson, Trayvon Martin & the Sanford, Fla. connection By Dave Zirin Sanford, Florida is a city that will now be known for all times as the place where Trayvon Martin was killed on Feb. 26, 2012, for the crime of Living While Black. It’s also the place whose institutions – the police department, the local press, and even the city morgue – treated Trayvon and his body in ways that should disturb anyone with a shred of conscience. The City of Sanford has a past that speaks to the racism many believe to be at the heart of why Trayvon was killed and why the man who pulled the trigger was never arrested (Managing editor’s note: Six weeks after the fatal confrontation, following demonstrations across the country and the scrutiny of state and federal officials, on April 10, George Zimmerman was arrested on second-degree murder charges brought by a special prosecutor). I’m not arguing that Sanford, Florida is somehow more or less twisted than anywhere else. Last month, unarmed 18-year-old Ramarley Graham was killed in his

bathroom by police in New York City. Last week Dane Scott Jr. in Del City, Oklahoma was killed by police after a “scuffle.” At least the state Medical Examiner’s office declared Scott’s death a homicide. The murder of Trayvon Martin is only a “local issue” if we understand “local” to mean local communities across the country. But Sanford, Florida does have its own history and it includes a collective moment of intolerance and bigotry that almost derailed the man Martin Luther King called “a freedom rider before freedom rides,” Jackie Robinson. Before Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color line in 1947 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he spent a season desegregating the minor leagues, playing for the Dodgers AAA team, the Montreal Royals. The Royals held Spring Training in Sanford. Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, after so many years, thought he knew Florida. He believed that Robinson’s presence could go over if efforts were taken to ruffle as few feathers as possible. Robinson, on

Rickey’s instructions, didn’t try to stay at any Sanford hotels. He and his wife didn’t eat out at any restaurants not deemed “Negro restaurants.” He didn’t even dress in the same locker room as his teammates. Rickey thought that would be enough. He thought he knew Florida. But he didn’t know Sanford. As Jean West, a school teacher in Florida, wrote, “Branch Rickey had miscalculated the degree to which Jim Crow was entrenched in Sanford. As an example, an inanimate object, a second-hand piano, purchased in 1924 from the courthouse for use in a segregated school in nearby Oviedo, was filed as a ‘Negro Piano’ in the school board’s record; living human beings challenging segregation certainly would not be tolerated.” He wasn’t. The mayor of Sanford was confronted by what the author describes as a “large group of white residents” who “demanded that Robinson ... be run out of town.” The Mayor caved.

On March 5th, the Royals were informed that they would not be permitted to take the field as an integrated group. Rickey was concerned for Robinson’s life and sent him to stay in Daytona Beach. His daughter, Sharon Robinson, remembered, “The Robinsons were run out of Sanford, Florida with threats of violence.” This was a low moment for Jackie. The man whose number 42 is retired throughout Major League Baseball almost quit and rejoined the Negro Leagues. The team then took an extraordinary step. As the late tennis star Arthur Ashe wrote in A Hard Road to Glory, Rickey, ‘’moved the entire Dodger pre-season camp from Sanford, Florida, to Daytona Beach due to the oppressive conditions of Sanford.’’ That sounds heroic and it speaks well for Rickey’s fierce desire to forge ahead with “the Great Experiment”, racists be damned. But the mob in Sanford had made, at least for the moment, a successful stand. In cites and small towns across the south, Jackie Robinson’s mere presence provoked challenges

to power and provoked real, meaningful change. In Sanford, change did not come that easily. What does this tell us? Maybe nothing, maybe everything. If nothing else, the line between Jackie Robinson and Trayvon Martin points to how institutional and systemic racism actually is. We might have short memories, but institutions only change when they are confronted and challenged. In Sanford, racist institutions took root. Now we bear the horrifying fruit. (Reprinted by permission of the author. Dave Zirin writes about sports and their relationship to the culture for The Nation Magazine, where the bulk of his material now first appears. He is The Nation’s first sports writer in 150 years of existence, and is also the host of the popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has written books on a variety of sports topics and personalities, seen through a distinctive prism of the cultural context within which they occurred.)


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Event. Warren Heritage Society, Front Royal. The Warren Heritage Society and Warren Rifles Confederate Memorial Museum will host an Exhibit Open House “Jackson’s Valley: The Valley Campaign of 1862”. FREE and open to the public from 10:00a - 4:00p.Civil War themed vendors, publications and historical organizations will be at the Holiday Inn FREE and open to the public from 4:00p -8:00p. Dinner & speaker: “Brother Against Brother: The Legacy of the Battle of Front Royal,” Former US Secretary of the Army and US Representative John O. March begins at 6:30p. The cost is $25.00/person. 2pm - 3:30pm Toastmasters Open House. Warren County Community Center, Front Royal. Toastmasters: OPEN HOUSE! Shenandoah Royal Orators invite you to learn how to discover the edge you need to succeed in this economy. FREE!! Refreshments provided. More info: Michael Wolniewicz (540) 336-1922 or m_wolniewicz@yahoo.com 6:30pm - 7:30pm Library Fundraising Event. Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. “A Taste for Books”, a literally delicious event tonight at the library. Help celebrate books & food. Buffet tables hosted by local groups combining decorations/dishes based on books, a martini bar and a silent auction. Tickets: $25.00/each. More info at the Library. Sunday, April 15, 2012 All day Forecast for 22630: 81° | 57° All day Tax Day 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: (540) 635-5827 http:// www.warrencountyfair.com/15.html. Monday, April 16, 2012 7pm - 8pm BZA Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. 7pm - 8pm Council Work Session. Town Hall, 16 N Royal Avenue, Front Royal.

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Ask Stewart Dear Stewart, I really enjoy seeing all of the beautiful trees blooming this spring. I especially like the bright pink flowers of the native redbud tree and the lovely white dogwoods. It made me wonder, will there be a “Trees R Cool” event for kids this year in Front Royal? My parents and I attended before and it was lots of fun. Can you tell me more about Trees R Cool Day? When and where will it be held? What activities do you have planned for this year?

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Dear Jayne,

Glad you asked about Trees R Cool Day! You’re right. On Saturday, April 21st, from 9:00 to 4:30, the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards will hold their annual Trees R Cool

Day at the Town Square parking lot near the Visitors Center and Gazebo. It will be part of Front Royal’s Appalachian Trail Community Designation Day festivities where both kids and adults can learn about nature, the Appalachian Trail, and planting, protecting and preserving the trees of historic downtown Front Royal. Trees R Cool is an annual day of fun where children find out lots of interesting facts about trees and their habitat. This year’s Trees R Cool activities will include a “Questing Adventure.” Kids and their parents can join my friends, the Tree Stewards, on an exploratory hunt solving clues to identify trees and shrubs at the nearby Happy Creek Arboretum -- one of my favorite places to hang out! In addition to questing, there will be fun games for kids of all ages and a chance to show off your artistic

talents at the Tree Steward’s arts and crafts table. If you like nature, fresh air, and participating in cool activities at the Gazebo on Main Street and by the babbling waters of Happy Creek, come join me and my Tree Steward friends for an exciting day of fun! I hear that the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have some great activities planned as well. Wear good walking shoes and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy all of the day’s happenings. Best of all – it’s a free event planned especially for the children of Front Royal and Warren County. Hope to see you and all your friends at the Trees R Cool booth at the Gazebo Parking Lot at Town Square Appalachian Trail Designation Day celebration on Saturday, April 21, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm! Stewart

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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.

540-635-4734

Monday thru Sunday 10 am to 4 pm- Closed Wednesdays • 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA • 540-635-4734 • humanesocietywc@gmail.com The Humane Society of Warren County will be having the 1st Annual Kitten Shower on Saturday, March 31, at 11AM-2PM. Come to the Shelter for a day of fun and help us prepare for the coming kitten season. We will be collecting much needed donations to help us care for mama cats and kittens. There will be one day only adoption specials and a chance to learn about our foster program and low cost spay/neuter options. See our Facebook page for more info and our Kitten Wish List.

The Humane Society of Warren County invites you to our Annual Membership Meeting and Recognition Banquet to be held on Tues., April 10 at Joe’s Steakhouse (708 S. Royal Ave). Social hour begins at 5:30 PM with dinner to follow at 6 PM. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased by Monday, April 2. Tickets will be sold at the shelter (1245 Progress Drive).

Princess - 3 year old female Cocker Spaniel mix. Princess is a beautiful and sweet little girl. She’s good with children and other dogs.

Barney - 1-2 year old male Pit mix. This goofy and happy fella was found as a stray. He’s good with dogs.

Tabby - 6 year old female Chow mix. Tabby is very friendly and good with other dogs. She has already been spayed.

Maya - 2 year old female Husky/Sheltie mix. Maya is housetrained and great with children, dogs, and cats. She’s also very good on a leash.

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2007 PONTIAC 30K Miles, New Tires, Stock #12WR154N SOLSTICE

23,590

2007 & NEWER RAM 2011 SRT8 CHALLENGER 2011 FORD FUSION 4x4S, 5 to choose, STARTING at

$

21,990

235298

1,200 Miles Call For Details

Red, Stock #R64

$

16,990

Leather, black beauty Stock #A96A

$

17,990

2006 HUMMER H2 57K Miles, Stock #12GC137A.

$

$

18,990

Black, 47K Miles. STock #A88A

24,490

2011 JEEP COMPASS 4WD Two to choose

19,990

Beautiful, Stock #12T0139A

$

2011 CHEVY EXPRESS

2011 JEEP LIBERTY

$

18,990

Cargo Stock #A81A

$

19,990

ANY

Plus Get 1 Day Complimentary Rental Car ($40 Value) Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

DO-IT-YOURSELF SPRING SPECIAL!

2 for 1 Oil Filter Buy 1 Oil Filter & Get 1 FREE at regular price

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

2009 NISSAN MURANO SL 2010 NISSAN TITAN CREW $

2008 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY

75 OFF

TOP DOLLA R

22,490

GAS $AVER SPRING MAINTENANCE

FOR YO TRADEUR

$

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

TOTAL SAVINGS UP TO

11,990

ANY PARTS & SERVICE

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

2007 TOYOTA FJ $

ES REBATTO UP

$

New Tires, 17k Miles

0 $3,75

SAVE $7,30 OFF MSRP 0

4x4 Stock #12GJ122A

175 OFF OFF MSRP

NEW 2012

Coupons by 10%

EXPERTLY RECONDITIONED

2009 JEEP WRANGLER X PKG

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

$7,300

NEW 2012

RAM 2500 SLT CREW

BIG HORN, 6.7 ltr Cummings, 4wd, cold weather pkg., plow prep, PW, PL, much more

Stock #12R4136

0%

CHRYSLER-JEEP-DODGE

USED CARS, TRUCKS & SUVS 2005 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

SPRING SELLABRATION SAVINGS ON ALL NEW CARS • TRUCKS • AND SUVS. ALL VEHICLES CLEARLY MARKED. CHECK THESE EXAMPLES

APR

NEW 2012

Stock #12CP55

NEW 2012

ANY

Ask your Service Advisor about the Nitrogen-Fill Driver Protection Plan. Some of the benefits include 24 hour Emergency Towing Service, Lost Key or Lock Out Service, Tire Repair and Replacement Coverage to name a few.

30k - 60k - 90k Mile Service

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

WE WILL

CHRYSLER • DODGE • JEEP • RAM

AS RATES AS LOW

0%

SAVE $4 ,6 OFF MSR 50 P

JEEP COMPASS LATITUDE

23,597

$

99

95

MEET OR BEAT

6 for 3 s monthble a avail

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

Reg. $149.95

6,300 OFF MSRP

99 Stock #12R4120

Some vehicles slightly higher

95

$

BUSINESS OWNERS:

COMPLETE Vehicle Detailing • Hand wax • Hand wash • Clean interior ONLY $ • Clean engine compartment & trunk

RAM 1500 QUAD AND CREW

SAVE

10 TO CHOOSE

Additional $1000 rebate on your new Ram Truck!

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New Season, New Car Feeling!

DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT

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Stock #12GC114

Up to 5 quarts. Additional charge for synthetic motor oil and diesel engines

Your vehicle’s finish really took a beating this Winter!

NEW 2012

200S SEDAN

Sunroof, Leather, Heated Seats, 3.6 Ltr V6, Navigation, Premium Sound & Much More. 2 TO CHOOSE.

2.4L, 4x4, PW,PL, CC,Heated Seats, Sunroof, Premium Sound, Sirius XM, Off Rd. Pkg., Hill Descent Control Remote Start

25,781with trade assist

0%

$

Some vehicles slightly higher

Based on retail price. Not to exceed 10% off total parts and labor. Excludes retail parts, tires, collision/body shop parts and service. See supervisor for details.

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

ONLY

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

20% OFF

ANY SERVICE OR REPAIR (Max. discount $175)

6 for 3 s monthble a avail

Stock #12RW90

SA V E UP TO $ 3 ,3 00 OF MSRP F

Stock #12GJ145

10

99

10% OFF

39

NITROGEN GAS FILLED TIRES aren’t affected by changing temperatures and they’re ideal for tire monitoring system equipment found in today’s vehicles. This service will: Improve fuel economy; Extend Tire Life.

$

6 YEARS + TAKE

Brake Pad Replacement Special

PLUS Multi-Point Inspection

$

Up to 5 YEARS OLD TAKE NEW 2012

Oil & Filter Change Special ONLY

VINTAGE CLUB SPECIAL

JEEP WRANGLER SPORT

25,770

Additional charge for synthetic motor oil and diesel engines.

Ask about Our Exclusive Tires for a Lifetime Program!

3.6L, 4x4, 6-Spd, CC, PW, PL, Anti-Spin, Tube Steps, Keyless Entry

$

NEW 2012

4 TO CHOOSE

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE

Plus 10% OFF Any Recommended Service or Repair

$

• Check and top-off all vital fluid levels • Check and adjust tire pressure to specs • Inspect light bulbs • Multi-Point vehicle inspection

Stock #12GC137

NEW 2012

Stock #12JO138

FREE PIT STOP!

NITROGEN TIRE FILL $ 95

Competitive Pricing on Tires!

SRT8 CENTRAL

2 Challenger’s 1 Charger

FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

DODGE JOURNEY AWD

29,544

Power Windows, Locks, 3rd Row Flex Seating, Premium Sound, Heated Front Seats, 19” Wheels

$

$ERVICE!

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 4/30/12. Not valid with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

NEW 2012

6 for 3 s monthble a avail

Stock #123S75

0%

Stock #12TO100

s e c i r P s a G on the Rise... $AVE ON

CHRYSLER 300 LTD

Starting at $29,542

NEW 2012

RE-INVENTING CUSTOMER SERVICE! Luxury, Style, Room and 31 MPG Hwy!

CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY

28,298

3.6L, FWD, 6-Spd Auto, PW, PL, PS, CC, Premium Sound, Entertainment, U Connect, Bluetooth, Sirius XM, Power Sliding Door $

Price includes all rebates and incentives. Rebates are in lieu of discounted finance rates. TAX, TAGS & TITLE FEES not included. $289 PROCESSING FEE not included. 0% financing available on approved credit on select models. Some savings offers require financing through Ally or Chase. 200 Touring @ $279/month for 72 months @ 2.99% APR, $18,250 financed. $15.20 per month per thousand dollars financed on approved credit. See dealer for details. Offers expire 4/19/12.

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4WD Stock #A78A

$

19,990

4x4, 22K Miles

$

25,990

2010 JEEP WRANGLER Islander, Stock #12WR20B

$

21,990

2010 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T Hemi, 17K Miles, Stock #11DU78A

$

26,990

2008 JEEP COMMANDER LOADED OVERLAND Hemi

$

26,990

2010 BUICK LACROSS 22K Miles, Stock #11GJ224A

$

25,990

2010 DODGE DAKOTA

Crew Cab, V8, 23K Miles, Stock #11GC202B

$

22,390

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