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County’s summer camp ‘compromise’ a disaster Daycare-sought changes lead to 7 applications for 200 spots & cancellation

Angel’s Korner proprietor Rosemary Comstock had an entranced audience during Feb.-March 2012 work sessions. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We recently asked staff at Warren County Parks & Recreation how the 2012 Summer Camp program went after major changes implemented by the Board of Supervisors in the wake of lobbying efforts by private-sector Day Care business owners against the successful and promising 2011 program. The answer – it didn’t – provided a stark example of the subtle political destruction of a potentially self-supporting, perhaps even profit-generating public program designed to provide an affordable and activity-driven summer camp option for county taxpayers, specifically working parents of younger school-age children, aged 5 to 12. In 2011, the first year of reinsti-

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tuting the program after a nine-year hiatus, the board capped enrollment at 30 for what was essentially considered a “trial run.” That year parks & rec staff reported 62 applications received when they stopped taking them. Even with the limited enrollment cap in 2011, the program generated $15,080 revenue versus $23,085 in expenses. It doesn’t take a math genius to calculate at least a break-even, if not totally user-funded scenario with doubled or higher enrollment after county staff ’s first year of experience with the program. However, in a May 21, 2012 letter, Parks & Rec Director Dan Lenz informed the county supervisors the program they approved on March 6 had been cancelled because after seven weeks, despite intensive advertising in multiple venues, only seven of the potential 200 slots in four

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separate half-day sessions had been filled. “Through May 20, 2012, the Department has 3 participants signed up in the 1st session of Earlybird (morning) and 4 participants in the 1st session of (afternoon) Playground in the Parks. Recreation staff would have offered the two programs with 20 participants. Our staff is highly disappointed with the lack of registration numbers,” Lenz wrote the county supervisors on May 21. What led to this debacle that saw a promising and popular program gutted and apparently now abandoned? Essentially, a board majority bought into arguments forwarded by private-sector daycare spokesperson Rosemary Comstock of Angel’s Korner Daycare, and a group of four other daycare providers signing on with her. That argument was that an eight-week county summer camp was unfair and a potentially-fatal economic blow to private-sector daycare providers. The reasons cited were the use of taxpayer-funded facilities and whatever taxpayer money was utilized to balance the camp’s budget presenting unfair competition to private-sector daycare. As for the use of taxpayer-funded facilities, one might ask why shouldn’t they be made available to all taxpaying county families, especially those

unable to afford private-sector daycare? However, never during lengthy and convoluted county staff negotiations with private sector providers, primarily Comstock who declined to speak with us about this story, did the county’s elected officials bother to ask that question. Nor did any supervisor bother to question how the potential loss of just one to six clients for eight weeks of a 52-week year to a more affordable county option, could sink on otherwise viable year-round business. Nor, it seems, did private-sector providers like Comstock consider the option of lowering their prices for two-months in order to better compete with a county summer program. In arguing against re-implementation of the 2011 program last spring Comstock pointed to the temporary loss of clients over the life of the eight-week county program due to the ability to save as much as $40 per child, per week by opting into the county program. Included in the parks & rec report provided to the supervisors last October, private providers reported the temporary loss of from one to six clients over the duration of the 2011 eight-week county youth camp. Comstock’s Angel’s Korner headed that list with six, followed by Royal Christian Academy

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(4), Dominion Health & Fitness (2), Lil Angels, Meadowlands and Apple Dumpling with one each. But rather than ask meaningful and obvious questions, a board majority led by Chairman Archie Fox and Linda Glavis chose to let Comstock dictate the discussion and the solution. That solution initially appeared to simply be to abandon the promising 2011 program. However, faced by public-hearing support for the program by parents and other citizens, including a parks & rec advisory board member, the board side-stepped that potentially unpopular political move and simply altered the program into an unusable format that could die quietly, outside of the public eye. And for the most part it appears it was not lost private-sector daycare clients that are impacted. “She (Comstock) referenced a lot about people that were in her program that could afford daycare who opted out (6 children). But there were a lot of people in our program that had the payment plans and were doing what they could to scrape by. And it’s going to impact them. And a lot of those parents that weren’t working, it’s not by choice, so they definitely can’t afford daycare,” Parks

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Opposing views - despite arguments from involved staff, including Robin Richardson (left) and taxpaying county parents, the board of supervisors bent to the will and doublethink of four daycare providers led by Angel’s Korner’s Rosemary Comstock (right). & Rec Summer Camp Director Robin Richardson told us in early 2012. Initially Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter argued against the proposed radical changes to the county program, though he eventually voted with his four colleagues (Fox, Traczyk, Glavis and Murray) to approve the altered 2012 program as an alternative to publicly voting it out of existence. How was the “WE DIDN’T DO IT” political ruse accomplished? Sense vs. nonsense In 2011, parents had the option of enrolling their children for the 10hour per day, eight-week program at a cost of $480 ($60 per week) plus a $10 registration fee or opting in on a weekly basis at a cost of $80 per week. In 2012, the option of all-day enrollment – obviously what most two-working-parent families need – was eliminated. Rather, parents were given the option of enrolling their children in one, four-hour per day (8 a.m.-noon or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) four-week session at a cost of $45 per week, plus a $15 registration fee. Comparing costs per hour, the 2012 price would equate to about $100 per week for the equivalent of the 2011, 10-hour per day sessions ($800 for all eight weeks compared to $480 in 2011). The board also reduced the eligible age for enrollment from 5 to 12 to 5 to 11 and limited enrollment to one, 4-hour, 4-week session only. One is only left to wonder why seven families bothered to apply. What were you thinking? Taxpaying parents happy with the 2011 program, as they said were their children, told the board during February and March 2012 board meetings that the severely restructured 2012 program, re-designed as a compromise with private-sector providers, was impractical. “If you set a four-week program, you’ve got to find daycare for the

other four weeks, you’ve got to try to line up another camp – four-week camps are really not feasible,” Christa Peacock who had three boys aged 5, 7 and 8 in the 10-hour per day 2011 program, told the board. “Other counties have this exact same (2011 format) type of program, you can pick out week by week – that tends to work out very well. So, I’m asking that you revisit this program, keep it like it was last summer …” “My kids loved this program … I’m kindly asking that you not cancel the summer in the parks program – or not to change the options that were set forth at the last meeting [mirroring 2011] because these (four-hour sessions) simply are not viable options for my family or any working families in the community,” another parent told the supervisors. A parks & rec advisory board member also pointed to the overwhelming public support expressed in local media letters to the editor and feedback like that of Peacock and other parents addressing the board. But it was to no avail. Unfair competition or public subsidies? But for Angel’s Korner proprietor Comstock, short of outright cancellation it was the best of all possible worlds – and possibly a window to year-round public subsidization of private-sector daycares like hers. While claiming potential catastrophic economic damage from six lost clients for eight weeks due to the county program in 2011, Comstock herself may have admitted the real threat to private-sector daycares was not an eight-week county summer camp, but rather the down U.S. economy. In a prepared statement to the board at a February work session Comstock singled out the “bad economy” and resultant business closings “everywhere we turn.” She pointed to one 30-year daycare provider forced to close their doors, adding, “All the daycares and other businesses have been hurt financially due to the

economy. We’re asking for help from our county to keep our doors open, to keep our employees working.” Referencing potential impacts on her business from the most privatesector clients lost to the 2011 county program (6 children), Comstock told the supervisors in the spring of 2012 that she might have to lay off or cut hours for one or two part-time summer employees. ‘Doublespeak’ Last winter Comstock also claimed doing away with the eight-week county summer program would somehow make county facilities more available to more county families and their children throughout the year. “My whole thing is I want all the children in the community to be able to benefit from parks & rec, and not just 40 children, not just 50 children. I want it around the whole community so that they can take those eight weeks – and truly they can take 52 weeks out of the year and get ALL of our kids in this community with different activities that they can do,” Comstock told the board in February 2012. And while Comstock lauded the county summer program changes for 2012 and opportunity to combine private-sector daycare with county efforts and athletic facilities, Parks & Rec Summer Camp organizer Robin Richardson told us, “We did offer a Monday afternoon program to the local privately owned daycares; however Apple Dumplings was the only one that took advantage of it.” Dictatorship of the minority Last winter Richardson was also critical of Comstock’s role in a boardordered attempt to reach a compromise with private-sector daycare for the 2012 program. “It’s like Tony [Carter] said, it’s never ending. No matter what we laid on the table – I mean, they wanted us to go back and do what you used to do (1997-2002). So that’s what I brought to the table and it still wasn’t good

Trust me, this will work - Linda Glavis and Dan Murray (seated at table) follow the Comstock logic of less is more for all county children. enough.” At this point of impasse in early 2012 it was Comstock who board Chairman Archie Fox reached out to for guidance – “Well, what do YOU want?” Fox queried Angels’ Korner proprietor Comstock at a February 2012 work session. “And then it was basically she wants us to provide programming for them, but then turn around and says it’s for the entire community. It was just going around in circles and it’s been that way for the last two months,” Richardson told us in March 2012. “She [Comstock] made a lot of references to ‘they need to offer more, they need to do this.’ She made a reference to gymnastics and tumbling – we do those programs. We offer all those things in the summer time through the schools – we partner with the schools to do basketball, cheerleading, football, volleyball, wrestling and all those programs.” Board reactions As for reactions from supervisors to the 2012 death of a program they initially seemed content to simply kill, but perhaps bending to hostile public reaction chose to alter into oblivion, we got these replies to questions about 2012 and the future. “I received no comments or complaints regarding the cancellation of last year’s summer camp program for lack of interest,” Linda Glavis told us. Perhaps Glavis didn’t get her copy of Parks & Rec Director Dan Lenz’s May 21 letter to the supervisors indicating his staff was “highly disappointed” in the highly predictable lack of response to the altered programs and the consequent cancellation. And perhaps no disappointed parent took the time to write Glavis and other board members about their feelings (maybe that should change).

In fact, Glavis put a positive spin on the rubble of the county summer camp program left behind. “I did hear from leaders of the schools’ summer programs that things went well with the cooperative activities that involved Parks and Recreation facilities. Our board has approved the Recreation Department’s requested 2013 activity fees schedule, and no summer camp program was included in the request,” Glavis concluded. What were those schools programs Glavis referenced? As summarized by parks staff, “From June 19th to August 13th Tuesday’s thru Thursday’s from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the Warren County Parks and Recreation staff went to Hilda J. Barbour elementary school and participated in fitness and sporting activities with the Warren County School Aged Care” and “From June 19th to August 2nd on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Warren County Parks and Recreation staff went to the Warren County Middle School and participated in sporting activities with the rising 7th to 9th grade youth.” Richard Traczyk said he had no comment, adding, “I think Linda has said it all.” Those were the only comments we received from two e-mail inquiries to the supervisors. And so it would appear the county board is easily willing to bid farewell to one short-lived effort to provide an affordable, largely user-funded public option to serve working and taxpaying (and hopefully voting) parents of young school-age children through the school summer break. rogerb@warrencountyreport.com


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I visited FR Company One on Jan. 29 to look up and thank county EMT responders. While Company 10 responders Chris Jones and Scott Richardson were not on hand, Lee Gibson and Mickey Sirna (to my near left and left respectively) were. Non-county employee and really first responder Paula is at my right. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report I want to thank everyone who has expressed concern and well wishes in the wake of my New Year’s Eve surprise – a heart attack that apparently left me knocking on heaven’s door a lot harder than I had any intention of doing in my mid-60s. I guess that’ll teach me to work – my girlfriend

Paula found me face down on my computer keyboard mid-afternoon after hearing an abnormal sound from my backroom office/den – on a day earmarked more for celebrating our personal and collective survival from one year to the next. At the top of my list of thank you’s is Paula, who immediately began CPR, and her daughter Melissa who helped as 911 was called. Then

ALONG THESE LINES The Fable of the Cheetah and the Lion By Nick Thomas Once upon a time, a severe drought triggered a terrible famine that engulfed the jungle. The deer and the antelope no longer had the energy to play; the early birds were too fatigued to search for worms before sunrise; and the big cats would have killed to get someone’s goat. The situation became so serious, that there was a mass exodus from what remained of the great watering hole. With the exception of some big cats, almost everyone left to find a new source of water and food. Of those remaining behind, the lions maintained their king of the jungle status by managing to catch the few remaining prey. However the smaller cats, such as the leopards and cheetahs, found it impossible to compete for food and were slowly starving. Finally, one particular cheetah named Lance could stand it no longer. Lance was well-known throughout the jungle. A popular athletic figure, he was revered among all the cats for his great racing speed. He was also famous for his good looks, healthy lifestyle, and

comes staff at Front Royal Company One and Company 10, who arrived within a minute or two and continued the effort to keep me from passing on to the next plain despite my heart’s insistence it was engaging in a work stoppage pending better conditions, as well as the three FRPD units that responded to the scene. Then the staff of AirCare Medical, now based at the Front Royal Airport, who facilitated my rapid transfer from Warren Memorial Hospital ER (thank you all too) to Winchester Medical Center’s now lauded cardiac unit and the staffs there from ICU (which I have no memory of being in during my first two-plus days while I was in a lowered body temperature, induced coma); the Step-down unit from ICU where I spent most of my subsequent time recovering, and finally the regular unit who saw me through my final day and a half before being discharged on Jan. 9. Then cardiologist Dr. Khan, who inserted my pacemaker/defibrillator, and follow-up cardiologists Doctors Virmani and Gadeela. Then there were my visitors and those who sent cards or conveyed their prayers and best wishes directly or through others. Both I and Paula have been buoyed by the ongoing calls and expressions of concern and welcoming back from the brink. I must add a special nod to two old friends, Bugsy Cline and Dewey Vaughan for their online comments

skillful prancing. In fact, Lance was seven-time winner of the prestigious jungle Tour de Prance (although there were always rumors that he supplemented his diet with performance-enhancing bugs). But beneath his polished, good-guy character in public, Lance was really a cunning and arrogant cheetah. Determined to survive the famine at all costs, he devised a plan for self-preservation (only sharing his scheme with his cross-species feathered friend, Sheryl the crow). So, late one night, while the other cats in his group slept, Lance crept off into the jungle towards the lion den. Finding a small mud pool, Lance rolled himself in the muck to cover his spots. Then he pulled up ferns and scratched off moss from trees, and rolled his head in them.  After several hours, and bathed in the jungle moonlight, Lance gazed down at his reflection in the last remaining small puddle of water. “Success!” he growled to himself. For he looked (almost) like a lion! The next day, after the lions had killed an antelope, Lance crept towards the lions and joined them. He feasted, unnoticed, on the meal. After cleaning off the mud and moss, Lance later returned to join his starving pack, pretending to be hungry like the rest of them. As the drought worn on, the other members of Lance’s pack continued to grow weaker from starvation.  But Lance was a clever cheetah. He

and postings on my progress and recovery. Finally, thanks to WC Report Publisher Dan McDermott, who also was instrumental in posting info on my status, as well as the WC Report staff and stringers who have kept the paper going in my absence and slow move back toward full functionality. They are Malcolm Barr Sr., Carol Ballard, Ken Thurman, Leslie Fiddler and Megan Moselin, the latter recruited by McDermott from WZRV, as well as our ace production staff, Rob Shultz and Jeff Richmond, advertising staff of Alison Duvall and Angie Buterakos and circulation supervisor Donnie Lawson for their continued efforts on behalf of the paper. And FYI, I was told my heart attack had nothing to do with arterial blockage, which was less than 20 percent, apparently nothing at my age, but rather came due to a basic weakening and enlargement of the heart muscle. I was also told the type of heart attack I had (aka the widow maker) has a 97-percent fatality rate. So again, thanks Paula, Melissa and Warren County Fire & Rescue responders Mickey Sirna, Lee Gibson (Co. 1) and Scott Richards and Chris Jones (Co. 10) for initially keeping me alive and allowing those others listed above to propel me toward recovery and reemergence in the community in which I CONTINUE to LIVE. rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

continued to disappear every few nights and, donning his disguise, fed with the lions. “Why are you not getting thin and sick like the rest of us?” asked the bewildered members of his pack one day. “Do you have a secret food source?” “Of course not,” lied Lance. “I am just naturally stronger and faster than you.” But it was soon obvious to everyone that Lance was not being honest. The few surviving members of his group were appalled by his selfish behavior and left him alone, preferring to risk the dangers of searching for food and water elsewhere. Even Sheryl the crow saw what a fraud her friend had become. “What a dopey cheetah,” she squawked, and flew away. But Lance refused to acknowledge his deceit. Instead, he went to live with the lions, permanently disguised as one of them. Only a few days passed when a team of human hunters came to the area. They too were hungry, so they shot, killed, and ate all the lions, including Lance. Moral: Cheetahs never prosper, especially when they’re lion. (Nick Thomas’ features and columns have appeared in more than 270 magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor. He can be reached at his blog: http://getnickt. blogspot.com)


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Soccer and Egypt’s current ‘State of Emergency’ When sports fans pay attention to more than the distraction of sport By Dave Zirin If you want to understand why Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a “state of emergency” or if you want to understand why the country’s defense minister warned Tuesday of “the collapse of the state”, you first need to understand the soccer fan clubs in Egypt – otherwise known as the ultras – and the role they played in the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Under Mubarak’s three decade kleptocratic rule, the hyper-intense ultras – made up almost entirely of young Egyptian men – were given near-free reign to march in the streets, battle the police, and of course fight each other. This has been a common practice in autocracies across the world: don’t allow political dissent but for the young, male masses, allow violent soccer clubs to exist as a safety valve to release the steam. Mubarak, surely to his eternal regret, underestimated what could happen when steam gets channeled into powering a full-scale revolt. After revolution in Tunisia spurred the Egyptian uprising, the ultras transformed themselves in the moment and played a critical role in securing Tahrir Square, setting up checkpoints, and fighting off the police. This is not to say it was seamless. As

one Egyptian revolutionary said to me, “In those first days, the Ultras were indispensable. But the hardest thing, it felt like at times, was to keep them all focused on the goal [of removing Mubarak] and keep them from killing each other.” Distinguished by their uniform of skinny jeans and hoodies, they quickly became objects of admiration in Tahrir Square. “They stayed there in the square almost through 100 hours of fighting,” said protester Mosa’ab Elshamy. “It’s easy to notice them because of their use of Molotov cocktails, their extreme courage and recklessness, their chants. They became a common sight.” Their strength as a coherent and durable political force was seen after Mubarak was removed and a military junta assumed power. The ultras didn’t dissipate but remained on the front lines pushing for changes that would go beyond the cosmetic. Then came Port Said. One year ago 74 people died in clashes that followed a soccer game between visiting Al-Ahly and Port Said’s Al-Masri. People were stabbed and beaten when Al-Masri fans rushed the field after their team’s 3-1 victory. The majority of deaths, however, took place because of asphyxiation as Al-Ahly fans were crushed against locked stadium doors. There is ample

video evidence that shows the military and security forces complicit in these deaths, either through inaction or worse. As James Dorsey of the Middle Eastern Soccer Blog wrote, “The incident is widely seen as an attempt that got out of hand by the then military rulers of the country and the police and security forces to cut militant, highly politicized, street battle-hardened soccer fans, or ultras, down to size.” This tragedy, however, immediately took on a political, anti-regime dimension. Instead of one ultra group pledging death to the other, they blamed the junta and their hated police. Diaa Salah of the Egyptian Football Federation said, “The government is getting back at the ultras. They are saying, ‘You protest against us, you want democracy and freedom. Here is a taste of your democracy and freedom.” The current crisis stems from that moment. Last week, the verdicts came down in the Port Said “soccer riot” and 21 people were sentenced to hang. Not one of the 21 was from the state and security forces. The message was clear. Even though Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were now in charge, this government would be no different: protecting and defending their state at the expense of justice. It is true that the Al-Ahly

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and marched at 9 p.m. in violation of curfew laws. And at Ground Zero, in Port Said, demonstrators declared their own state while thousands chanted, “LEAVE! LEAVE!” to Morsi, the same rallying cry used in the last days of Mubarak. The future for Morsi is unclear but what is clear is that the ultra clubs aren’t leaving the stage of Egypt’s history until there is justice and those in the state and military apparatus are held accountable not only for what took place in Port Said, but for all the hundreds who’ve been killed protesting over the last two years. Since this latest eruption, 60 more are now confirmed dead, including Tamer al-Fahla, former goalkeeper of the al-Masri team and Mohammad al-Dadhwi, who played for Port Said’s al-Mareekh team. There will be more deaths to come as Morsi seems determined to crush and not heed the opposition. The great tragedy is that clearly, as long as there is no justice there won’t be peace. [Reprinted by permission of author. Dave Zirin is the author of the forthcoming “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the SportsWorld Upside Down” (The New Press) Receive his column every week by emailing dave@edgeofsports.com. Contact him at edgeofsports@gmail.com.]

Dogs of all wars should be saluted; Front Royal did it first By Malcolm Barr WC Report

It’s always good to be in the forefront of something someone thought they thought of first. We learned this week that a resolution is working its way through the House of Delegates in Richmond designating March 13 as the day to honor war dogs that served during World War II. We respectfully suggest that the dogs of war through Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan be included in this salute. After all, the local animal shelter, represented by me as past president of the Humane Society of Warren County used “Yappy Hour” at a Main Street restaurant last Memorial Day to “uniquely” pay tribute to these four-legged veterans that had saved so many of our soldiers from death and injury. And yes, we told our county residents at the time that, would you believe, Front Royal opened the first reception and training center in the nation for war dogs in 1942 (WC Report, Mid June 2012). We even had a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, John Lesinski, introduce “Lori”, a golden retriever in training, to represent the canine heroes of all wars past, from World War I, the war to end them all. “Yappy Hour” raised about $9,000 for the shelter during its two-year run. Those who memorialized the dogs of war that day generously sent a check to “Veterans Moving Forward”, a Plains, Va., group that provides service dogs for wounded veterans. Today, thousands of trained dogs are being sent into battle from the only remaining reception and dog training area in the nation - Lackland AFB in Texas. So, apart from Chips and his brethren - Chips was one of the most famous among early war dog heroes - we propose that recognition be included for all dogs of war when the vote comes up in the Virginia General Assembly.


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Becky Graham strikes a pose at the 2013 Obama Inaugural Ball.

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guration was a Randolph-Macon Academy cadet, David Lee, a junior, who met and said he talked with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. Becky said the event at the convention center was “more like a concert (than a dance)” featuring the likes of Usher, Katie Perry, Jen-

nifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keyes ... and the Bidens. Becky, who works for her dad’s firm in Alexandria, said she wore a sequin dress and heels for the occasion, rubbed shoulders with Foxx among others in the 5,000-plus crowd, most of which stayed the course from 7:30 to midnight.

Would she do it again, if invited? “If I was invited, I’d go to the White House party (later in the evening),” she said, which, according to newspaper accounts, was where most of the action was. (Louisa Stanwich contributed to this article) 


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Discovering Warren County: Samuels Public Library

From left are Development Coordinator Kelli Hart and Samuels Public Library Director Mary “Nicki” Lynch. By Ken Thurman Warren County Report This issue I asked myself how viable is a library in the age of the Internet? Some years ago it was my privilege to work with a number of research librarians. That experience showed me that librarians can do things with the Internet that the rest of us only dream about. The Samuels Library opened my eyes to a wide range of capabilities, classes, facilities and innovative programs available to patrons of all ages. I spoke with Mary “Nicki” Lynch (Library Director) and Kelli Hart (Development Coordinator) at the library and took a tour of this marvelous facility that opened in June of 2009. The facility’s resources are FREE to the public and include 60 public access computers, scanning and faxing capability, meeting and study rooms for 100 to 200 people, indoor and outdoor table/lounge space, a local history room, a com-

puter learning/training laboratory, a preschool area (provided by Kiwanis), a beautifully painted rotunda, and of course a wide variety of books. Need a movie, a book on CD, or some tunes to listen to, the library has literally hundreds to choose from. Want to learn a second language? The library recently received a $7,090 grant from the American Library Association to start an ESL

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Schools

Joint session held on proposed new middle school

Warren County Superintendent of Schools Pamela M. Mcinnis updates the Warren County Board of Supervisors and School Board with information on a proposed new County middle school. By Carol Ballard Warren County Report At the joint work session with Warren County’s Board of Supervisors and the School Board, Superintendent of Schools Pamela M. McInnis introduced representatives from the architectural firm, Ballou Justice Upton who were chosen by the school board to perform Site Constraints Assessments for a potential new Warren County Middle School, with the fall of 2016 as a possible completion date. “If supervisors and the school board are working together from the beginning, it makes the process smoother. We appreciate involvement,” County Administrator Douglas Stanley commented. The first site, called ESA, is owned

by the Warren County Public Schools, and is located on the south side of John Marshall Highway, just off “ESA” Lane and outside the Front Royal Town limits. It was formerly a part of the Aleshire Quartermaster Depot and Remount Facility Property. The second site called the EDA, or Happy Creek site is owned by the Warren County Economic Development Authority and is located near the intersection of Rt. 624 (Happy Creek Rd.) and off the proposed Leach Run Parkway and lies within both County and Town boundaries. The seven constraints assessed for the report were: zoning regulations; rare species endangerment; soil conditions; hazardous material issues; water and sewer availability; traffic access and observation on general suitability and cost-effectiveness. They concluded that both sites could, with proper development, support a new 800-student middle school. The ESA site, though, would present three major challenges. Although the 107-acre site is bigger, it has: a lack of documented right-of-way or easement from the adjacent subdivision to the site; an access road that would probably exceed the vertical grade recommended by good design practice; and a 500 foot wide Federal right-of-way running through the most desirable center portion of the property, they said. The second, or EDA site, is smaller at 23 acres, but can still support a middle school and playfields. Development, according to the study, would require the use of retaining walls along the higher portions

of the property and high retaining walls are “normally undesirable and expensive to construct”. Site planning concepts were investigated to find out ways to minimize the extent, height, and cost of building them, and it was determined that acquiring some adjacent property would allow construction with significantly less use of retaining walls and with a net reduction in project cost. This site is accessible from existing adjacent roadways as well as the proposed Leach Run Parkway. All seven constraints for both sites were within the acceptable range, but they believe that the EDA site is superior for traffic flow, safety, capacity and access. Ballou Justice Upton recommended the EDA site as being more practical. North River District Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr. asked them about whether the diesel pump was enough to operate a fire system, and Lou Justice, who presented the architectural firm’s assessment, said they would do a flow test. He also said the cost comparison between the two sites is $5.06 million for the ESA site and around $4 million for the EDA site. School Board member and Vice Chairman Kimberly M. Athey questioned a boundary discrepancy between the picture of the site presented on the screen and the copy she was given. Justice replied that the school would fit on either site, but the Happy Creek site would reduce the cost of the earthwork and the $3.99 million would include the cost of the additional parcel acquisition.

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Schools

New school board chair ‘passionate’ about education

Cathy Bower has succeeded Roy Boyles as Chair of the Warren County School Board By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report   Her 88-year-mother spent 33 years teaching school in Front Royal, her husband once served on the Warren County School Board, and a daughter teaches kindergaren at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School (RJES), so it is no surprise that the new school board chair, Cathy Bower, is “passionate” about education. The “passion”, of course, runs in the family! Cathy first got on the school board by appointment to a vacated seat. In 2009, she was elected to a full, four-year term, and in January she was named chair by her fellow board members. She succeeded Roy Boyles, who she admires, and points to his recent election as president of the Virginia School Board Association. Diminutive and camera shy and perfectly charming as we sat in the Daily Grind for this interview, Cathy describes herself and husband, Mark, as lifelong residents of Front Royal. Both were born here and both have made major contributions to the community throughout their married years. Mark is a member of the County Planning Commission and has worked at Warren County Memorial Hospital and Valley Health since 1980.  In addition to her community involvement, Cathy, with a BS from the Medical College of Virginia in dental hygiene, works three days a week locally as a dental hygienist (32 years); is an adjunct clinical instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) in the LFCC dental hygiene program (10 years); has raised two daughters, Jenna at RJES, and Eliza-

beth, graduating pharmacy school at mom’s alma mater; and is a certified clinical aromatherapist in her spare time. Spare time? Her mother, a veteran of the War-

ren County public school system, is Marie Robertshaw. Cathy’s hope is that, by 2016,a new middle school will be built in the county on one of two sites under consideration. She also will press for the ‘rehab’ of two elementary schools, A.S. Rhodes and RJES, that would complete an elementary schools upgrading program begun several years ago. Also, she wants to see built an additional elementary school. She hopes to continue “the excellent working relationship we have with the county, particularly the county executive (Doug Stanley)” and feels the local school system has developed to where it now attracts new businesses to Warren County. Cathy explained that while in the past, new employees to the area have worked here but lived in, say, Frederick County so as to send their children to schools there, the excellence of the Warren County education system now is sufficient to ensure they work here, and send their children to school here. “It is the first thing parents look at...the quality of (local) education,” she said.  

That is why, she added, that the county ultimately needs more schools=the middle school she described and an additional elementary school. She credited “very dedicated...phenomenal” Warren County teachers for the improvement in children’s education in the county “...and we have to make every effort to retain them.”   Aromatherapy? I learned independantly this is an area in which Cathy Bower has gained an excellent reputation. So, why aromatherapy? I asked. She indicated that working “outside the box” in the medical field had always fascinated her so she began

studying alternative and complementary treatments for certain ailments, experimenting first on her own allergy and sinus problems. Eventually,she overcame what she called the “hocus pocus,” “too good to be true,” reputation of alternative treatments and uses her “hobby” to help people who feel they need it.I told her I had trouble sleeping. “Try cedarwood,” she advised! The number to call on matters pertaining to Warren’s education system, or aromatherapy, is (540) 660-2688. If the line is busy, try again later. You can see from all she accomplishes that Cathy Bower is a very busy lady!

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“In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late … Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, ‘Too late.’ ” – Martin Luther King Jr.

NAACP gathers to celebrate the life of a dreamer MLK Day coincides with a second, historic presidential inauguration

Joining hands across generations to remember Dr. King’s “dream”

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David Chavez, musical director and keyboardist of the Front Royal United Methodist Church, and the Beulah Baptist Church Male Chorus of Markham in Fauquier County for inspirational musical interludes. Those interludes included Mahalia Jackson’s Gospel classic “If I Can Help Someone”, a favorite of Dr. King’s, performed

by Elder Elizabeth Roberts. Speakers, including MC and WC-Page NAACP President Gwen Walker, Vice President Reverend Alfred Woods, Reverend A. Walker, Sister Suetta Freeman noted the social progress enabled by the example and sacrifice of Dr. King. But they also noted that there still is work to do

to enable the revolution of spirit Dr. King spoke and dreamed of, a revolution of common cause and brotherhood beyond racial, ethnic and national boundaries. It is with an eye toward that dream of Dr. King’s that we reprint portions of Dr. King’s speech “Beyond Vietnam” delivered on April 4, 1967, exactly one


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Elder Elizabeth Roberts belts out a Dr. King gospel favorite “If I Can Help Someone”.

year to the day before his assassination. This speech, which moves beyond the battle for equal racial civil rights to motives and consequences of post World War II American foreign policy, exemplifies why Dr. King is and should be remembered as a great visionary and American. In “Beyond Vietnam” King became a spokesman not only for his race, but for

all people forced to live under the yoke of violence, oppression and Orwellian “doublespeak”. His assessment of the moral crisis of the age, delivered 46 years ago is no less relevant today. His words echo the warnings of two other great Americans of the era, Presidents Dwight David Eisenhower (Farewell Address, Jan. 16, 1961), and John Fitzger-

David Chavez of the Front Royal United Methodist Church helped provide an inspirational musical backdrop.

ald Kennedy, (American University Commencement Address, June 10, 1963). Unfortunately some in the Virginia State Senate marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013 with a glaring example of the type of cynicism in the political realm King addressed in “Beyond Vietnam.” Utilizing a temporary majority enabled by the absence of black Democratic Senator Henry Marsh at the Obama Inauguration in Washington D.C., state Republican Senators called an unexpected session to ram a politically-expedient gerrymandered redistricting plan through (see CNS reports elsewhere in this edition). The move was so ethically questionable that even Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell commented that it was not a normal or desirable way to do political business – though McDonnell fell short of saying he would veto the plan, a plan that would have delivered Virginia’s Elector(Expires 2/28/2013)

al College majority to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election despite decisively losing the state’s popular vote, if it reaches his desk. It seems Virginia may be a trial ground for one more desperate political move to enable the survival of the very type of negative and reactionary politics addressed in King’ speech “Beyond Vietnam”.

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“If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

History

Martin Luther King: ‘Beyond Vietnam’

Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world … And some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak … “Why are you speaking about the war, Dr. King?” “Why are you joining the voices of dissent?” “Peace and civil rights don’t mix,” they say. “Aren’t you hurting the cause of your people,” they ask? And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live … Beyond the calling of race or

nation or creed is this vocation of son-ship and brotherhood, and because I believe that the Father is deeply concerned, especially for his suffering and helpless and outcast children … This I believe to be the privilege and the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism … We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls “enemy,” for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers. And as I ponder the madness of Vietnam (note: insert Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Iran) and search within myself for ways to understand and respond in compassion, my mind goes constantly to the people of that peninsula … They must see Americans as strange liberators … We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. We have destroyed their land and their crops … Now there is little left to build on, save bitterness … They question our political goals and they deny the reality of a peace settlement from which they will be excluded. Their

questions are frighteningly relevant. Is our nation planning to build on political myth again, and then shore it up upon the power of new violence? … At this point I should make it clear that while I have tried in these last few minutes to give a voice to the voiceless in Vietnam and to understand the arguments of those who are called “enemy,” I am as deeply concerned about our own troops there as anything else. For it occurs to me that what we are submitting them to in Vietnam is not simply the brutalizing process that goes on in any war where armies face each other and seek to destroy. We are adding cynicism to the process of death, for they must know after a short period there that none of the things we claim to be fighting for are really involved … and the more sophisticated surely realize that we are on the side of the wealthy and the secure, while we create a hell for the poor. Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God … I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours. This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words, and I quote: “Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military

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victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism.” The war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit ... and if we ignore this sobering reality, we will find ourselves organizing “clergy and laymen concerned” committees for the next generation. They will be concerned about … Guatemala and Peru. They will be concerned about Thailand and Cambodia. They will be concerned about Mozambique and South Africa. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end, unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy. And so, such thoughts take us beyond Vietnam, but not beyond our calling as sons of the living God. In 1957, a sensitive American official overseas said that it seemed to him that our nation was on the wrong side of a world revolution … It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those

who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin ... the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered (emphasis added). A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them, is not just … America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There


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“There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. There is nothing to keep us from molding a recalcitrant status quo with bruised hands until we have fashioned it into a brotherhood … We must not engage in a negative anti-communism, but rather in a positive thrust for democracy, realizing that our greatest defense against communism (or terrorism) is to take offensive action in behalf

of justice … It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries … A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the

best in their individual societies … This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an allembracing and unconditional love for all mankind … When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response … I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality … This Hindu-

History Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: “Let us love one another, for love is God” … We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late … Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect … We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation. We must move past indecision to action … If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight. …

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Town

Meeting of Jan. 29 – a unified Town Council?

For the first time since any of the Council members can remember all Council Agenda items were unanimously approved Jan 29.

By Ken Thurman Warren County Report The Front Royal Town Council meeting on January 28th, 2013 featured reports by Town Manager Steve Burke, Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley and EDA Director Jennifer McDonald plus an approval agenda. After opening ceremonies, Steve Burke spoke on the new Town Hall which opened last Monday at 102 East Main Street and the 225th Anniversary of the Town being celebrated this year. There will be festivities planned throughout the year. To learn more about the 225th celebration, the Town of Front Royal or the new Town Hall visit the town website at www.frontroyalva. com. Doug Stanley provided insight on the number of new home

starts in the county last year (66) which was up from the previous year at this time (57). Stanley also addressed a new collaborative software package that will permit the Town and the County to work more closely together on issues. In addition Stanley discussed the March 30th transfer of the North Warren Fire Department building from the current holding company to the County and gains being made in expediting new businesses related issues. EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald spoke on a variety of subjects including new potential stores on Main Street ranging from Baked Bagels, Inc to a Coffee Roaster, a new restaurant, a photographer, and a retail store. McDonald indicated that EDA is talking to 5 major businesses about coming to the area each with 50-300 potential jobs.

She also indicated that a study the EDA is participating in with Shenandoah University will be complete this spring. The study is directed at determining what types of businesses are best suited to Front Royal’s demographics and where would be the ideal place for them to locate. Tom Sayre indicated that our definition of “Downtown” should include Main, South, and Chester streets plus Commerce and Royal Avenues. For the first time since any of the Council members can remember all Council Agenda items were unanimously approved. Among the items approved were: • An Ordinance to Amend the Town Code Pertaining to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allowing requests that take less than an hour and/or require less than 10 printed pages to be free.

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• An Ordinance to Amend the Town Code Pertaining to Utility Accounts to provide for the extension of service for those suffering from illness was also approved. • An Ordinance to amend the town Code Pertaining to Outdoor Display, Outdoor Sales and Outdoor Storage was approved. This clarifies existing language regarding outdoor sales. • Funding for Water and Sewer Systems at the Guard Hill and Crooked Run Pump Stations was approved due to the accelerated completion schedule of the VA Dominion Power Plant. The Town approved $51,500 for upgrades to provide the increased

water supply needed by the plant. Virginia Dominion Power will reimburse the Town based on their existing agreement. Finally, before the Council went into its closed session, the Town approved a budget transfer and funding for the Front Royal Power Of Partnerships Alliance (POPA) proposal. The $3,800 approved will be added to $1,200 provided by the Town Tourism budget for a total of $5,000 to be used for tourism and hospitality development. It is anticipated that the County will provide an additional $5,000 which will then be used to apply for a Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) matching grant of $10,000.

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Local business

Long-time body repair vets open up Larry’s Auto Body

Larry Gardner checks his tools to see what he needs next on the car he’s working on inside the brand new Larry’s Auto Body shop By Carol Ballard Warren County Report The guys at Larry’s Auto Body shop were hard at work last week, receiving parts and restoring damaged cars, but they had time to talk about their new business. The bright, clean space at 210 E. Fourth St. that Davey Jordon, Allen Richards, and Larry Gardner have set up, is about half a block off Commerce Ave. across the street from the post office, and has been operating since last October. It’s located on the site of a former body shop. “We’ve cleaned up the building inside and out but we need to get the word out. A lot of people don’t know Larry’s Auto Body is here,” said Allen. Those who have experienced the results of Larry’s 35 years of work in Front Royal are loyal and returning customers when they find out that he’s back in business. Davey and Larry both have lived in Front Royal for over 35 years. Larry was part owner of Royal Auto Works and also owned ShenValley Auto Body on Rte. 55 E. He learned his skills from his father who was also in the auto body repair business. Larry and Davey also have families here. Larry lived here for years with his daughter and wife Joann, who has passed away. Davey’s wife Emily works for the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office and they have three children. Allen is a partner, but often is away taking care of his cattle and horse farm in Fauquier County. Davey said he’s worked on cars all his life. He specializes in upholstery and restoring and repairing headliners, and seat dyeing. Locally he worked at Royal Auto Upholstery and Moyer Motor Cars where he did Rolls Royce interiors and repairs. Larry’s Auto Body’s main focus is body work, but they are fully capable of serving as a one-stop shop for anything mechanical. They’re licensed,

insured. “If we can get it in the door, we’ll fix it,” Larry said. They agreed that all of them are committed to giving the best service, not only because that’s who they are, but also because they are and have been a part of the community for a long time. We work on brakes, engines, upholstery, electrical, change oil, do detailing. Also we can do automotive Air Conditioning repairs and recovery,” said Larry. “And we do it right the first time,” said Davey. They also stressed that they want to be known as a local shop, to maintain a good reputation, so people will come back. “I like coming in here. They’re a heck of a good business and cheap. Everyone else told me the car was no good but Davey fixed it for me,” wrote one woman customer on her Facebook page. The discussion then turned to the shop’s prices. “Our prices are competitive or lower than others in the area,” they agreed. And Larry’s Auto Body works with all insurance companies. Contrary to what many believe, or what some insurance companies would like you to believe, if you have repair coverage from your insurance company, you are not limited in your

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Tucker Donovan, Davey Jordon and Larry Gardner stand in front of the newly painted and renovated site of Larry’s Auto Body Shop choice of where to get the repairs. “In the state of Virginia, the owner can take their car anywhere to get it fixed,” stated Larry. “Starting a business in these eco-

nomic times is hard, but we’re here to support the community. Now people have another choice for auto body repair.” Larry’s Auto Body is located at 210

E. 4th St. in Front Royal. Their phone number is (540) 631-7500. Hours are Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays are by appointment with a phone call. They are closed on Sundays.

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Our fitness center located in the Warren Memorial Hospital Outpatient Center is starting a new monthly series of exercise classes. The cost for each four-week class is $35. A drop-in fee of $5 per class session is also available–please call ahead (minimum number of participants required, and spot not guaranteed if class is full). Classes will begin January 7 (Please sign up by January 3).

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Regional Jail faces July 2014 opening deadline Superintendent hiring process and Waste Water Plant project move forward

Three sheriffs and logos-----Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter, Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith appear to be having a great time discussing the selection of the jail’s new logo, seen behind them. By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Plans for the new RappahannockShenandoah-Warren Counties Regional Jail call for an opening date of July 2014 and the recurring message given out at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Jail’s Authority Board, was to move swiftly on several major projects in order to meet the deadline. They moved forward with the next steps in the hiring process of the superintendent for the jail, chose a logo design to be used on the Authority’s website and correspondence, approved one of several waste water plant designs, and heard progress reports from the board’s project owner representative.

After hearing a report from the Transition Committee Chairman and Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron, they approved the job description for the superintendent position, and agreed to advertise it. The transition committee will be responsible for the next step in the process and will interview candidates and recommend them. “Whoever we hire will have their work cut out for them,” said Warren County Supervisor Daniel Murray in the Transition Committee meeting held before the regular RSW meeting. Discussion during that meeting centered on salaries and accumulated leave of staff that go from their local county to the regional jail as well

The main entrance to the new RSW Regional Jail is well on its way to completion. as some of the other duties the new superintendent could face. Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy said that salaries should closely match those of the Northwest Regional Jail in Winchester, and suggested that any accumulated annual or sick leave should stay with their local jurisdiction. “The new superintendent should not have to deal with any accumulated leave,” he said. He said he’d bring in information at a later meeting on how the other counties who merged into a regional jail handled it. They also discussed what kind of a communication system the jail will

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Logo for the new Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Counties Regional Jail circles the picture. They decided that the patches on the officers’ jackets will have the same design, but with a piece under it depicting the Commonwealth’s and the United States

“Stone (concrete) walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage,” a jailed poet said,—but in this case, they do. Walls can be seen rising fast at the new RSW Regional Jail, in order to meet the July 2014 opening date. flags. Carrie Henaghan, project manager with Moseley Architects and Patton,

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Harris, Rust and Associates, the jail’s designers, showed pictures of how the jail looks since the November 2012 meeting. She showed cell modules, concrete walls and masonry and the storm management pond in the back of the site. She also presented the board with several options for the firm’s proposed Waste Water treatment plant.

Public safety When Front Royal officials told the board they wouldn’t accept water used for laundry into their sanitary sewer, the idea to build a sanitary plant at the jail was conceived. Since the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit for a treatment plant, Moseley Architects worked up designs for the plant which will treat 20,000 gallons of wastewater from the jail’s laundry facility. The plans, including costs and payback information, were presented by Henaghan and Ron Moseley, both of PRHA. The board unanimously approved the larger of two plant designs, with no sewer fees and with 50 per cent paid by the Department of Corrections at a cost of approximately $1.34 million, but the estimated final cost to the board would be $688,017, to be taken from project’s contingency fund. It was urged that the time frame for completion of this project should be started in May 2013 to be done when the jail is scheduled to be finished.

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Present at the January Authority meeting were: RSW Authority Chairman Douglas P. Stanley; Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Welch; Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy; Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter; and Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron. Chairman of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors Conrad Helsley Jr., and Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith attended the Authority’s Transition Committee meeting.

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Sen. Creigh Deeds told his followers on the social media site: “Everybody needs to take a deep breath. We’re a long way from this redistricting becoming law. We have a lot of fight still in us.”

State

Lawmakers divided by redistricting controversy By Mark Robinson Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, and Sen. Emmett Hanger Jr., R-Mount Solon, are friends. And they’ll remain friends, Deeds says, even if a controversial measure Hanger voted for costs Deeds his seat in the Virginia Senate. Deeds is the odd man out of the redistricting measure passed on Monday by Senate Republicans. The measure would combine his and Hanger’s districts and create a sixth majorityAfrican-American Senate district. “What the Republicans did is unconstitutional,” Deeds said by phone after the vote. He also took to his Twitter account to address the issue. Deeds told his followers on the social media site: “Everybody needs to take a deep breath. We’re a long way from this redistricting becoming law. We have a lot of fight still in us.” Deeds is right, according to John Aughenbaugh, a political science professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Virginia’s Constitution says redistricting may only occur every 10 years, following the federal census. The last census was done in 2010, and redistricting occurred in 2011. Thus, Deeds and Senate Democrats have a case to challenge the redistricting plan in state court, Aughenbaugh said in an email. To become law, the bill passed by the Senate still must be approved by the House of Delegates and then signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell. Moreover, it would need federal approval to take effect. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires states

with a history of voter discrimination to have any major voting changes approved by the U.S. Justice Department or a federal judge. “We’re a long way from knowing if this is going to be real or not, but I’m not afraid of any district,” Deeds said. “I believe in the process. I’ll do what I have to do.” At the federal level, the redistricting plan will face additional scrutiny. The Voting Rights Act calls for states to create as many voting districts with a majority of minority voters as possible. Virginia currently has five; the Senate plan would make it six. In remarks on the Senate floor on Monday, Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, said the creation of a sixth district with an African American majority would save Virginia from litigation under the Voting Rights Act. Watkins introduced the revision to House Bill 259, which was originally written to make technical adjustments to House districts established in 2011. His revision passed 20-19 on a party-line vote. Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, was absent:

He was in Washington for President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Under the bill, the number of Republicans in Watkins’ district would increase by more than 8 percent, according to an analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan group. Hanger’s district would become almost 15 percentage points more Democratic. Hanger could not be reached for comment. In a joint statement Tuesday, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, called Senate’s approval of the measure “disappointing and disruptive partisan action.” Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican who holds a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, has “grave concerns about the adoption of a revised redistricting plan,” according to an email sent by an aide. The aide said the measure was “not something that (Bolling) supported.” According to the aide, the lieutenant governor is afraid the measure will distract from issues such as transportation and education. Both are priorities for McDonnell in his last year in office.

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Tucker Martin, an aide to the governor, said in an email that McDonnell has not seen the legislation but would review it closely should it reach his desk If approved, the new boundaries would take effect for the next Senate elections in 2015.

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To monitor or comment on House Bill 259, visit the Richmond Sunlight website: http://www.richmondsunlight.com/bill/2013/hb259/

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Women’s resource center chalks up successes since 1999 Joyce Jenkins-Wimmer of the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center (FRWRC) told Rotarians in an address that membership in the organization has risen from 12 to more than 100, and grants to women in the community have gone from $500 just over a decade ago to $8,850 in 2012, double the amount provided in 2011. Much of the money raised, including support by the Rotary Club of Front Royal, goes to FRWRC’s “Dare to Dream” program which helps women realize achieveable goals, either through education (e.g. helping a divorcee with children qualify for a nursing career)or the establishment of, for example, the county “Dog Park,” the longtime dream of local artist Kelly Walker. “Everything we do is for our community,” Jenkins-Wimmer said, pointing out a unique aspect of FRWRC: “We do not have (membership) meetings!” She described grants for such projects as research of women’s role in the Civil War to self defense classes for women and the establishment of a bakery. Also, books by women are regularly donated to the Samuels Library; there’s an annual giant yard sale to raise funds; and regular monthly breakfasts featuring guest speakers or entertainment. A membership “mixer” is scheduled for Feb. 20. She reminded that the deadline for grant applications for this year’s “Dare to Dream” program is Feb. 1. That’s today, ladies! Last year, there were 28; 11 of the applicants received cash awards to help them towards their dream. The 2013 awards will be announced at a March 20 breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Rte 522. “Our mission is the enhancement of personal, family or work lives for women in Warren County,” she said. Further information may be obtained by calling 636-7007. The FRWRC is located at 316 No. Royal Avenue.


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State

Virginia New Majority, a citizens’ group that supports “the progressive transformation of Virginia,” said Republican legislators are pushing bills that would suppress voting rights.

Critics say bills would suppress voting rights By Katherine Johnson Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Augustine Carter spent six years working to get a Virginia identification card so she could vote. Carter had no birth certificate; the only evidence she had of her birth was a certificate of baptism. “I went to get my state ID renewed, and I carried this church document, and I was turned down completely. They say the law had changed, and I could not use that. Now what am I going to do? I didn’t know what to do,” Carter said. Carter said she has voted her whole life; she has worked, paid taxes and owns a home in Virginia. “They told me at Motor Vehicles that morning, ‘You could be a terrorist.’ Those were the words that they said to me,” she said. To prove her citizenship, Carter needed the 1940 census from when she was 12. She provided her home address and all the names of the people who lived in her home and their relation to her. Because the information checked out, she was able to use it as a birth certificate. “Don’t be so long. Take my photograph. I’m ready for my ID,” Carter said when she went back to the Department of Motor Vehicles for her photo identification card. Tram Nguyen, associate director of Virginia New Majority, a citizens’ group that supports “the progressive transformation of Virginia,” said the commonwealth went down this road last year. In 2012, the General Assembly passed laws increasing

the identification requirements to vote – and is considering more this year. “Voter suppression bills” are “bad for democracy and bad for Virginia,” Nguyen said at a press conference Thursday. She said these bills largely affect the elderly, African-Americans, Latinos and new citizens. Nguyen cited a study by the Commonwealth Institute, a public policy think tank that examined “photo ID” requirements. The study concluded that 800,000 Virginians may be affected. Enforcing such requirements could cost the state up to $22 million. Moreover, Nguyen said, voter fraud has not even been a problem at the polls. “The ones that choose to implement these voter suppression bills are clearly stating that wasting our taxpayer dollars to fix a problem that doesn’t exist means more to them than fixing transportation and education for

our youth. We think that that’s a problem,” Nguyen said. Voting is at the heart at what it means to be an American, Nguyen said. She said Republican legislators were pushing voter ID laws. “Let’s not try to make voting harder, because that’s not solving anything,” she said. Nguyen said several bills will be the subject of hearings at Capitol Square next Tuesday [Jan. 29]. She said they include: • Senate Bill 1256, proposed by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg. It would require voters to present a photo ID at the polls. • SB 1077, also by Obenshain. It would allow the State Board of Elections to use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program to verify the citizenship of voters. SAVE contains citizenship and immigration status information of people in the U.S.

• SB 723, introduced by Sen. Charles Carrico Sr., R-Galax. In presidential elections, it would allocate the commonwealth’s electoral votes by congressional district. (Currently, all of Virginia’s electoral votes go to the presidential candidate who carries the state.) • House Bill 1788, by Delegate Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville. Under this measure, Virginians must provide identification and proof of citizenship when they register to vote, as well as identification when they go to the polls. The ID

must include the person’s name, date of birth and a photo. • HB 1787, also by Bell. It also states that an ID must have the name, date of birth and photo in order for the voter to cast a ballot. On the Web

To track or comment on legislative affecting voter identification requirements, visit the Richmond Sunlight website: http://www.richmondsunlight. com/bill/2013/hb259/

Democratic AG candidate gives Cuccinelli book thumbs down AG’s forthcoming book calls Social Security and Medicare government ‘goodies’ Leesburg – Democratic candidate for Attorney General State Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax) issued the following statement on Jan. 31st in response to the release of excerpts from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s forthcoming book: “Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme statements are a window into his values. Cuccinelli’s extreme ideology has been evident during his time as Attorney General, but attacking the millions of Americans who rely on Social Security and Medicare provides new insight into just how out of touch he truly is. “The fact that Ken Cuccinelli considers these programs that millions of seniors rely on to be government  ‘goodies’ should be alarming to every Virginian.  Virginia cannot continue to move forward with Ken Cuccinelli.” Cuccinelli is expected to garner the Republican nomination for governor after Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced he would not seek the nomination at the upcoming Republican Nominating Convention. As AG, Cuccinelli filed a legal challenge to President Obama’s Health Care Reform. That challenge, made by several Republican state administrations, failed in a 5-4 decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote in a ruling the Obama health care package was enabled by federal taxing authority. (Some info from a release)


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In January, Norfolk Democrat Kenny Alexander replaced the late Yvonne Miller in the Virginia Senate. On Jan. 24, Alexander finally got his committee assignments … However, Miller’s most important assignment – a seat on the Senate Finance Committee – was given to a Republican …

Democrats blast senate committee appointment By Paige Baxter & Sam Isaacs Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Every senator has had a voice in a committee this legislative session except one – Sen. Kenny Alexander, D-Norfolk. Alexander, who succeeded the late Yvonne Miller in representing the 5th Senate District, was not assigned to a committee for the first 13 days of the General Assembly’s session. But on Thursday afternoon, the Senate finally appointed Alexander to fill three of Miller’s four committee assignments. “The Republicans had control and had not come to a consensus on what to do with Sen. Miller’s committee assignments. That is why it took so long,” said Sen. George Barker, a Democrat from Alexandria. Alexander now fills Miller’s seat on three Senate committees: Commerce and Labor, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation. He also has a new assignment, on the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. However, Miller’s fourth and most important assignment – a seat on the Senate Finance Committee – was awarded to a Republican, in what Democrats called a case of partisan politics. Miller died of stomach cancer on July 3, the day before her 78th birthday. She had served from 1984 through 1987 in the House of Delegates and since 1988 in the Senate. She was the first Af-

rican-American woman to serve in either chamber. At the time of her death, Miller was the longestserving woman in the Senate. Alexander, who had been a delegate since 2002, was elected in a special election in September to fill the 5th Senate District seat. The district includes parts of Norfolk and Chesapeake. A senator does not automatically take the spots left by his or her predecessor. Instead, the new member is re-assigned in what Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, called “a custom practice of procedure.” While Alexander eventually received three of Miller’s committee assignments, he did not get her most powerful post: a seat on the Finance Committee, which has a critical role in writing the state budget. Instead, a Republican – Sen. Charles Carrico of Galax – was selected to take Miller’s spot on that panel. As a result, the Finance Committee now has 10 Republicans and five Democrats, Barker noted. (The entire Senate is evenly divided between the two parties, with 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who presides over the Senate and can cast tie-breaking votes, is a Republican.) Republican leaders maintained that they appointed Carrico to the Finance Committee to provide geographic balance: He represents the 40th Senate District in Southwest Virginia. But Barker said the move was partisan politics, and that the seat could have gone to a Democratic

senator from Southwest Virginia such as Phil Puckett of Tazewell or John Edwards of Roanoke. “The decision is highly unfortunate. Sen. Puckett should have been appointed,” Barker said. “There is a 2-to-1 majority-tominority ratio in the most important of all the committees.” According to Barker, the members of a committee should reflect an equal, fair representation of the state. Five years ago, when the Democrats held the majority in the Senate, they gave Republicans proportionate representation on committees, Barker said. He said there was never a split as wide as the current one in the Senate Finance Committee. “When we were in power in 2008, we kept tried to keep committees balanced,” Barker said. “The Senate is tied. So even though the Republicans are not the majority, they still stacked the committee.”

On the Web

Here is a list of the Senate’s standing committees: http:// apps.lis.virginia.gov/sfb1/Senate/StandingCommittees.aspx The 10 Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee are: Walter Stosch (chairman) of Henrico, Thomas Norment of Williamsburg, Emmett Hanger of Mount Solon, John Watkins of Midlothian, Stephen Newman of Forest, Frank Ruff of Clarksville, Frank Wagner of Virginia Beach, Ryan McDougle of Mechanicsville, Jill Holtzman Vogel of Winchester, and Charles Carrico of Galax. The five Democrats on the panel are: Charles Colgan of Manassas, Janet Howell of Reston, Richard Saslaw (the Senate Democratic leader) of Springfield, Henry Marsh III of Richmond, and Louise Lucas of Portsmouth.

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Governor rejoices as Transportation Plan moves forward Sales tax hike would replace state’s gasoline tax as funding source

By Whitney Spicer Capital News Service Governor Bob McDonnell is all smiles as his Transportation Plan begins movement through legislature. Photo CNS

RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell has reason to celebrate after the House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a key part of the transportation plan that he hopes will define his term. “Our effort to enact a long-term solution to Virginia’s transportation funding challenges took a major step forward,” McDonnell said. “I am pleased that legisla-

tors from both parties voted in support of our plan.” But not everyone was satisfied with the governor’s proposal. The House Democratic Caucus said the governor’s plan focused too much on road maintenance and not enough on Virginia’s infrastructure needs. However Republican Tim Hugo of Centreville, who carried the bill along with Howell, said that he applauded his fellow delegates for offering alternative proposals but that he believed the governor’s plan would “stop the bleeding on the transportation trust fund.” The transportation funding and reform package would invest more than $3.1 billion over

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the next five years into Virginia’s highways and transit systems. The plan also would make Virginia the first state in the nation to eliminate its 17.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax, which the governor said has been a declining source of revenue. Instead, the sales tax in Virginia would increase from 5 percent to 5.8 percent. The committee voted 14-8 in favor of House Bill 2313, which would finance McDonnell’s plan, which he calls “Virginia’s Road to the Future.” The 14 committee members who supported the plan included 10 Republicans (Delegates Richard Anderson of Woodbridge, Richard Bell of Staunton, Scott Garrett of Lynchburg, Chris Head of Roanoke, Tim Hugo of Centreville, Israel O’Quinn of Bristol, Bobby Orrock of Thornburg, Brenda Pogge of Yorktown, Harry Purkey of Virginia Beach and Ronald Villanueva of Virginia Beach) and four Democrats (Matthew James of Portsmouth, Joseph Johnson of Abingdon, Mark Keam of Vienna and Lynnwood Lewis of Accomac). The eight committee members who opposed the plan included five Republicans (Delegates Kathy Byron of Lynchburg, Benjamin Cline of Amherst, Mark Cole of

Fredericksburg, Bob Marshall of Manassas and Lee Ware of Powhatan) and three Democrats (Betsy Carr of Richmond, Eileen Filler-Corn of Springfield Vivian Watts of Annandale) The committee’s action clears the way for the full House to vote on the bill. “The can has been kicked for too long, and Virginians deserve a modern, well-funded transportation system that will get them to work and home on time, without delay,” McDonnell said afterward. “With today’s vote, we are one step closer to delivering the longterm transportation fix that Virginians both want and deserve,” said House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford. According to the “Virginia’s Road to the Future” website, launched by the governor this

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week, the transportation plan would provide funding for 158 highway projects throughout the state, including improving interstate paving, secondary system bridges and unpaved roads. Although the bill overcame a major hurdle yesterday, it still must pass the House and Senate before becoming law. “This first vote clearly demonstrates a growing, and bipartisan, consensus that transportation is a core function of government,” McDonnell said. “I look forward to continuing to work with legislators in both chambers, and from both parties, to see this plan passed into law, and get traffic moving again in Virginia.”

The Best Valentine Ever Campaign 2013 The Humane Society of Warren County will be offering heart shaped valentines for you to purchase in honor or memory of your beloved pet or a shelter pet. Each valentine comes with a free pack of stickers that can be used to decorate your heart. You can take your valentine home with you or display it at the shelter. Pet Valentines are only $5.00 each and all proceeds will go to benefit local homeless animals. To purchase your Pet Valentine stop by the shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive in Front Royal. The shelter is open 6 days a week from 10am-4pm, closed only on Wednesdays. “The Best Valentine Ever” is waiting for you at the Humane Society of Warren County. Shelter pets that have already been spayed or neutered will be available for a $10 adoption fee. The Best Valentine Ever Campaign starts Friday, February 1st and runs through Thursday, February 14th.

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The Warren Heritage Society plans a series of events to mark the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Front Royal. Learn more by visiting them on Chester St. in Front Royal or by calling 540-636-1446. Their website is at: warrenheritagesociety.org

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The Front Royal-Warren County History Page You know it’s the Canoe Capital today – did you know it was once the Gondola Capital?

By Patrick Farris Executive Director Warren Heritage Society The Shenandoah meanders through the story of Warren County, as it does literally through its landscape. From the days of Native American canoes and pioneer transportation, through the eras of mill dams and water wheels, of ferries and flatboats, of flood times and drought seasons, of industrial water sites and tourist attractions – always there has been the river marking time and events. As early as 1798, the Virginia Assembly had chartered the Shenandoah Company to open and extend its navigation, and Robert McKay of Warren County was among those appointed to receive stock subscriptions. The further accomplishments of this enterprise are not known, but certain it is that the Shenandoah River in both of its branches was navigated by boats and rafts until as late as the 1880s. By the early 1800s a fleet of company flatboats operated on the Shenandoah River. Many of these were built at Shenandoah or Stanley in Page county and measured 40 to 60 feet in length (although some could be as long as 70 feet), 10 to 15 feet in beam, and drew 4 to 5 feet fully loaded. They could haul up to 10 tons of pig iron and 70 barrels of flour. They were propelled by long poles and guided by long steering oars called sweeps. In the days before good highways and railroads Valley farmers, merchants, millers and iron-masters depended largely upon the Shenandoah to carry the burden of their commerce. Log rafts and gondolas, loaded

with flour, bacon, lumber, iron, tanbark, and other produce from “up the Valley,” floated down, singly and in fleets, to the Potomac and thence to the Tidewater markets at Georgetown and Alexandria. They came from as far up as Port Republic and Mt. Crawford. Since both forks of the Shenandoah flow through Warren to their junction at Riverton, the county saw all of this river traffic, and (according to Laura Virginia Hale) there was nothing more enchanting than to hear some of its old-timers reminisce about their shipping days on the Shenandoah. The gondolas were long, flatbottomed boats, with crews of two or more men, who used long, iron-painted poles to aid in pushing the craft along when the natural current was not swift enough, and in steering it safely through the chutes built in the numerous mill dams which blocked the river. The boatman used long slender horns with which to sound a musical warning to each miller to open his chute for them. The passage of the rapids and shallows constituted another problem, and McCoy’s Falls which impede the riverbed for several miles in Warren County, was one of the most famous of such places. Often a fleet of boats would take a day or so to navigate these falls, and the shouts and commands of the boatmen could be heard afar, echoing through the hills in euphonious tune with their bugle notes. Indeed, McCoy’s Falls became celebrated in the songs and stories of the boatmen. Entrepreneurs in the 1820’s improved the bed of the South Fork of the river for flat boats, thus making Front

Royal an intermediate water stop between Port Republic and Harpers Ferry. The Massanutten Mountain and the surrounding areas were richly wooded with the finest yellow pine – straight and 70 or 80 feet tall with few branches. Of this first-class timber the boats were built, and thus could be sold for their lumber value, for the boatmen, having arrived at their destination on the tidewater, disposed of their cargoes, boat and all, and returned to the foot of the Valley. After the coming of the Southern Railroad to Warren County, the gondolas no longer floated on down to Georgetown as in former days, but transferred their cargoes to rail at Riverton. There Major James Richards of “Riverside” made a business of buying up the boats for speculation and resale as building material. This lumber, distinguishable by the mortised ends or square holes through which the boats were pinned together, comes to light frequently when some of the older buildings of Front Royal and Warren County are razed or renovated. By the 1730s, farms were developing throughout the Shenando-

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ah Valley as settlers continued to flow in. Within the next 30 years, production of wheat greatly increased. Feeding the troops that came through during the French and Indian War increased the production of wheat so significantly that by the 1760’s valley settlers began to embrace wheat as their cash crop. The Shenandoah Valley’s economy came to rest on the production of wheat, and the system of town and country became a necessity for the exporting of wheat. Farmers produced the wheat while townspeople helped get it to the ports. The road system proved how important the production of wheat really was to the Valley. Roads linked to mills and waterways for easy transport of the wheat/flour to ports such as Alexandria and Baltimore. The importance of mills can be seen through their receipts. Wagons, which were

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highly sought after in Front Royal because of their impressive quality, were used to carry barrels of flour to the river, where the large gondolas (sometimes known as keelboats) floated the exports to the canals of Harpers Ferry or continued down the river to the major ports. Farmers, millers, wagon makers, keelboat operators, and many more were made important people in the everyday running of the early Shenandoah Valley. The area of Front Royal was like any other in the Shenandoah Valley, producing wheat as its economy’s staple. The Warren Heritage Society plans a series of events to mark the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Front Royal. Learn more by visiting them on Chester St. in Front Royal or by calling 540-636-1446. Their website is at: warrenheritagesociety.org LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might feel comfortable in your familiar surroundings, but it might be time to venture into something new. There’s a challenge out there that’s just right for you. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your love of things that are new gets a big boost as you encounter a situation that opens up new and exciting vistas. How far you go with it depends on you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That recent workplace shift might not seem to be paying off as you expected. But be patient. There are changes coming that could make a big difference. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While few can match the Goat’s fiscal wizardry, you still need to be wary in your dealings. There might be a problem you should know about sooner rather than later. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Easy does it when it comes to love and all the other good things in life. Don’t try to force them to develop on your schedule. Best to let it happen naturally. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A surprise decision by someone you trust causes some stormy moments. But a frank discussion explains everything, and helps save a cherished relationship. BORN THIS WEEK: Sometimes you forget to take care of yourself, because you’re so busy caring for others. But you wouldn’t have it any other way. © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Valentine’s Day facts and superstitions been popular from the Middle Ages onward, though they have been usually verbal in nature.

* Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the most popular holidays to give flowers.

* The oldest known written valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.

* According to Hallmark, women purchase 85 percent of all valentines.

* Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Every February 14th people around the world exchange gifts, chocolates and romantic greetings for a day set aside for lovers. Many traditions are followed, all in the name of St. Valentine. Still, people may not understand why such customs are upheld. Much of the history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine himself is shrouded in mystery, and much of what’s widely accepted is inaccurate. To set the record straight, here are some facts about the holiday. * Valentine’s Day is believed to have originated from a celebration in Rome during the fifth century. This celebration paid tribute to St. Valentine, a Catholic priest. Other historians surmise it was a way to “Christianize” the pagan holiday of Lupercalia, which was a fertility festival. Included in the traditions were boys and girls drawing names from a box and exchanging gifts.

* According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. * Candy was among the earliest

Valentine’s Day gifts and remains a popular gift today.

* Some tales suggest that the type of bird a girl watches on Valentine’s Day predicts her future husband. A bluebird indicates a happy man, while a sparrow indicates a poor man. * In Medieval times, girls consumed unusual foods on Valentine’s Day in the belief it would make them dream of their future husbands.

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Lively gospel-bluegrass show overshadowed by talk of closing

By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report   The last of a series of one of Wayside Theatre’s most popular shows, “Smoke on the Mountain - Homecoming,” provided toetapping gospel music in a Baptist church setting for what may be the penultimate play to be staged on the historic Wayside stage. The opening of a relatively long run on Sunday, Jan. 27, provided lots of laughs and a ton of bluegrass-style music from the 7-actor cast in this sequel of last year’s show of the same name. But the possible imminent closure of Wayside Theatre seemed on everyone’s mind from before the show to the cast party later. “We feel darned lucky we got here ... now we have to get enough people and enough (corporations) to enable us to go forward,” said emcee and artistic director Warner Crocker from the theatre stage. Beside him, Audrey Nakagawa, 12-year-old star of the Christmas show, “Glory Bea!”, announced that $30,000 had so far been raised to keep the doors open until March 16, and perhaps a few weeks beyond to complete

the 51st season this spring.   Otherwise, warned Dr. Byron Brill in a letter to supporters, without being able to raise $250,000 a year on an annual basis, the future of Wayside is in jeopardy. Brill and Crocker would not commit themselves to a season finale, though a young actor said he was expecting to be on-

stage in the musical”25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 6-27. The “Smoke” show, featuring ever-popular visiting actor, Pam Pendleton, and the versatile resident “jack of all trades” Thomasin Savaiano, blow your socks off. Newcomers Richard Daniel (Stanley) and Don Denton (Pastor Oglethorpe) were good and fresh; Jennie Malone (Denise) again showed off her vocal abilities; and Steve Przybylski (Dennis), Wayside’s talented (and also versatile) music director, starred in his direction, comedy, and musical talent. Middletown resident and longtime actor Bob Payne (Burl) recently signed on with the Abingdon, VA, professional theater from April-December, it was later announced. It was Przybylski who added an urgent message to the public of the Valley at the somewhat somber gathering at the “Curtain Call Cafe” where the artistic director traditionally lauds the actors and the supporting staff on opening night. He chipped in this comment to bring a momentary pause to the festive group: “This is the story ... the story is to bring people to our theater ... please keep us alive, support us,” was his emotional plea. “Can we get larger support to make this happen?” Crocker

asked, describing his difficulty in explaining during rehearsals for “Smoke” that “this may be the last rehearsal of the last show.” Meanwhile, theater management emphasized the importance of young supporters of Wayside who were on hand to raise money on opening night and to hand over cash they’d recently collected at other events. A violin class from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music strolled through the crowd, playing lively ditties

on their instruments. It went without saying - although Crocker did - that the future of Wayside was now in the hands of the Board of Directors and of a hopefully supportive public.    Plaudits for Wayside Testimonial letters continue to flood into Wayside Theatre’s post office box in Middletown. Talk of a possible closure reached the

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theater ... that has been producing quality work for over 50 years AND provides the major part of their tourism revenue each year. I strongly believe that Middletown would die without the Wayside Theatre.” Megan McShea, former educa-

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Wayside Theatre its Young People’s Workshop) is invaluable to the children of the community ... Wayside does not just teach children acting skills, they teach work ethic, professionalism and teamwork ... each child ... is held to the same standard as a professional actor – where else can you find that?”  Anne Carter, Middletown mom of John Carter, age 8, an actor in

“Glory Bea!”, the Christmas show added, “I knew that Wayside was the right place (for John) by the happiness in his eyes every time he was on stage ... we are blessed to have the Wayside Theatre. Not only do they offer a place for artists to grow and flourish, they offer the arts to our community. Please donate to your theater! It is well worth it.”


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Some of the pets currently looking for a home are (from left) some puppies, Precious, a Valentine cat and dog and B.B. For more information, stop by the shelter at 1245 Progress Dr., visit www.humanesocietywarrencounty.org or call 540-635-4734.

“The Best Valentine Ever Campaign 2013” The Humane Society of Warren

County is launching “The Best Valentine Ever Campaign 2013”. The campaign will begin Friday, February 1st and run through Thursday, February 14th. Campaign highlights include valentine pet safety awareness, adoption specials, & pet valentines. Valentine Pet Safety Valentine’s Day can be fun for pets too as long as dangerous foods and poisonous flowers are kept out of paws reach. Traditional tokens of affection, shared between humans, can be harmful to the four legged loved ones in your home. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that poison control experts see a rise in pet poison cases around February 14th. The ASPCA, Canine Journal, and PetMD offer the following Valentine Pet Safety Tips: Purchase Pet Safe Bouquets:  It’s best to keep ALL floral arrangements out of your pet’s reach. Many plants and flowers can cause vomiting and diarrhea, liver or kidney damage, cardiovascular collapse and death.    All species of lilies and the thorns on roses are especially dangerous to pets. Forbidden Chocolate and Cellophane:  Valentine chocolates and candy sweetened with xylitol can result in life-threatening dangers for your pet, including vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and death.  Those sweets are often wrapped in plastic cellophane and are accompanied by balloons, ribbons and other decorations.  If ingested by your pet, they can get lodged in the throat or digestive tract, causing your pet to choke or vomit.

Careful with Cocktails and Candles:  Wine, champagne and other liquors are often present on Valentine’s Day. Make sure to keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pets, as they can lead to serious medical complications to include comas and respiratory failure.  Never leave candles unattended when you own pets, as they can not only burn themselves, but knock them over and cause a fire.

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My Furry Valentine “The Best Valentine Ever” is waiting for you at the Humane Society of Warren County. While we don’t recommend ‘surprising’ your beloved with a pet, we do encourage you to bring your loved one out to the animal shelter. Together, you can choose a pet to be a forever and faithful companion. Shelter pets that have already been spayed or neutered will be available for a $10 adoption fee. This adoption promotion is a great way to find an animal to ‘love’ this Valentine’s Day. Pet Valentines The Humane Society of Warren County will be offering heart shaped valentines for you to purchase in honor or memory of your beloved pet or a shelter pet. Each valentine comes with a free pack of stickers that can be used to decorate your heart. You can take your valentine home with you or display it at the shelter. Pet Valentines are only $5.00 each and all proceeds will go to benefit local homeless animals. To purchase your Pet Valentine stop by the shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive in Front Royal. The shelter is open 6 days a week from 10am-4pm, closed only on Wednesdays. This Valentine’s Day, keep your

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unlawfully and feloniously steal property, having a value of two hundred dollars ($200) or more, belonging to the town of Front Royal. Ronald Jerome Branch The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: having been determined to be or adjudged a Habitual Offender, and having previously been convicted of Driving While a Habitual Offender, on or about July 11, 2012, in the County of Warren, Ronald Jerome Branch, 44, of 148 Reservoir Rd., Apt. 3, Woodstock, VA 22664, did unlawfully and feloniously drive on a public highway a motor vehicle or selfpropelled machinery. Donald Ray Good Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about Au-

gust 28, 2012, in the County of Warren, Donald Ray Good Jr., 21, of 3230 Grove Hill Rd., Shenandoah, VA 22849, did drive or operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any other self-administered intoxicant or drug. COUNT TWO: on or about August 28, 2012, in the County of Warren, Donald Ray Good Jr., having received a visible or audible signal from any law-enforcement officer to bring his motor vehicle to a stop, did unlawfully and feloniously drive such motor vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard of such signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the law-enforcement vehicle or endanger a person. COUNT THREE: on or about August 28, 2012, in the County of Warren, Donald Ray Good Jr., having been the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident in which no person was injured, but in which an unattended vehicle

or property was damaged, and such damage being greater than $250.00, did fail to make reasonable effort to find the owner or custodian of such property or failed to report the information required. COUNT FOUR: on or about August 28, 2012, in the County of Warren, Donald Ray Good Jr., did unlawfully, knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana. Gregory Jerrell Garrett The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: On or about May 15, 2012, in the County of Warren, Gregory Jerrell Garrett, 27, of 706 River Dr., Front Royal, VA, 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Hydromorphone. Kenneth Eugene Kent The Warren County Va. Circuit

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mine the alcohol or drug content of his blood having previously been convicted of two violations of 18.2-266 or 18.2-268.3 within 10 years prior to September 8, 2012. COUNT FIVE: on or about September 24, 2012, in the County of Warren, Kenneth Eugene Kent did unlawfully drive on a public highway a motor vehicle or selfpropelled machinery while his license, permit, or privilege to drive had been suspended or revoked, such offense being a second or subsequent offense committed within a ten year period.

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Robert James Etter Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNTS ONE, THREE AND FIVE: Robert James Etter Jr., 28, of 3559 Harmony Hollow Rd. Front Royal, VA, 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Ramsey’s Hard-

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FREE

$89.95 $AVINGS!

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

$

50 OFF 00

ANY

30k -60k - 90k Mile Service plus 1 Day Complimentary get 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 FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

2009 Chevrolet Aveo Aveo Hatchback 4 dr. 1.6L I-4 cyl, Auto 50K miles Stock #12GC296B

$9,997

Fluid System Service Flush

Transmission • Brake • Power Steering • Coolant • Differential Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

$

Brake Service

Front or Rear Pad Replacement & Machining Rotors Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

FREE

WE WILL

MEET BEAT OR ANY

COMPETITOR’S COUPON PRICING BY

10%

Must be within a 20 mile radius. Coupon must be presented prior to write-up. Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

FREE PIT STOP! 23 POINT TRAVEL INSPECTION

~ No Appointment Needed - Just bring it in!

Plus 15%

OFF Any Repairs Noted During Inspection

Additional charge for synthetic motor oil and diesel engine. Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Touring SUV 4 dr. 2.4L I-4 cyl. Auto 22K Miles Stock #12LI268A

$10,777

Battery & Charging System Check

with Diagnostic Printout Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

50

$

00 Protect Your Vehicle’s Finish this Winter! COMPLETE Vehicle Detailing Savings! • Hand wax • Hand wash • Clean interior • Clean engine compartment & trunk Some vehicles slightly higher.

$

99

95

Reg. $149 .9

5

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

2005 Ford Focus Hatchback 2 dr, 2.0L I-4 cyl. Auto 122K Miles Stock #U133B

30 OFF 00

ANY

WITH ANY Scheduled Mileage Service Interval

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends FEBRUARY 14, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

25 OFF 00

ANY

FREE Wiper Blades

Buy 1 Oil Change at $5995

FREE

$

$6,492

2004 Kia Sorento EX SUV 4 dr, 3.5L V-6 cyl, Auto. 112K miles Stock # U110B

$9,068

TAX, TAGS & TITLE FEES NOT INCLUDED. $289 PROCESSING FEE not included. All vehicles subject to prior sale. 2.75% APR financing is subject to approved credit and limited to 2008 and newer model year vehicles. 2.75% APR for 72 months results in monthly payment equal to $15.09 per thousand financed. Zero down on approved credit.

Mon - Fri 7AM - 7PM • Sat 8AM - 5PM • Closed Sunday


Warren County Report 1/31/2013