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Volume VIII, Issue 10 · Mid May, 2013


Warren County Report

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Public Schools

County poised to move on second middle school Planned 2016 opening near Happy Creek-Shenandoah Shores intersection


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ster Drive. The rejected site is the ESA (Environmental Study Area) off John Marshall Highway. Unfortunately for the county, while it is already paying a portion (66 percent) of the debt service on the preferred and EDAowned parcel, it is not owned outright, as is the ESA’s hillier site. EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald said the proposed middle school site is comprised of portions of two parcels purchased in 2011 as part of the Leach’s Run Parkway Right-Of-Way acquisition. The two parcels totaling 30.1 acres were purchased for a total of $1.44 million. Once the middle school plan is finalized and approved by the supervisors, the county would buy the property outright from the EDA. That purchase likely will not be made until 2014, county staff said. Estimated total construction costs are $28 million, with associated costs of $7.8 million totaling $35.8 million. A 12,500 square-foot auditorium being considered could add $3.1 million to cost estimates.



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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report It appears the Warren County Board of Supervisors and Warren County Public School Administration are on the same page – and schedule – on building a second middle school just southwest of the intersection of Happy Creek and Shenandoah Shores Roads. At a May 7 work session, Schools Assistant Superintendent Lou Justis outlined a schedule for land acquisition, design and construction culminating with a September 2016 opening. The proposed schedule would see preliminary design approved this September; construction bids out by

February 2014; construction beginning June 2014 and completed by June 15, 2016. The board of supervisors will vote on a Resolution of Support allowing movement on preliminary design work at its next meeting of May 21. County Administrator Doug Stanley told the supervisors that between $600,000 and $700,000 in tax credits left over from the WCHS renovation into the county’s current, and lone, state-of-the-art middle school was available for that first engineeringdesign step. Total design costs are estimated at $2.5 million. Of two considered, the preferred site is an approximate 23-acre parcel owned by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Au-

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1,037 for the fall 2012 semester. The two new county high schools first opened for the 2007-08 school year. The new middle school, like the renovated Luray Avenue Warren County Middle School, would be designed to hold around 800 students in grades six through eight. Like the two high schools, WCMS is currently operating near (810) its design capacity of 826 students with all the county’s sixth and seventh graders there. If close-to-current student populations are maintained by the slower county growth rates experienced since the 2008 national economic crash, the 2016 opening of a second middle school would allow all four public secondary schools to operate about 150 to 200 students below design capacity with room to grow. School division stats list a student population of 1,238 for grades 6, 7 and 8 in the current school year.

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thority – hence the name “EDA/Happy Creek site”. The new school would be accessed by the proposed Leach’s Run Parkway north-south connector road between Happy Creek Road and John Marshall Highway. That longplanned connector road will also facilitate improved school bus movement to Warren County High and Hilda J. Barbour Elementary Schools in the area to the west off Westmin-

A second middle school planned as part of the public schools 20-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) of 2003 will allow eighth graders now housed at both Warren County and Skyline High Schools to be placed with sixth and seventh graders at the two middle schools. Currently there are about 200 eighth graders at each high school, bringing both Skyline and WCHS close to their design capacities of 1100 students. Statistics provided by the school system showed Skyline’s student population at 1,111 and WCHS’s at

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Local Humane Society celebrates more adoptions, staff & board efforts caution, noting that the shelter still showed an annual loss of $46,339. “Unfortunately, it costs more to save animals than to destroy them,” she said. (Malcolm Barr contributed to this story)

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Also in 2012, HSWC exceeded their fund raising goal of $20,000 by $6,400. However, executive director Lavenda Denney sounded a word of

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Memorial Day weekend tribute to Dogs of War at Gazebo Trumpeter sought to help commemorate those who served their masters in war had not been honored locally. Barr found that astonishing in light of the fact Front Royal’s Remount Station moved from training horses during the era of World War I to become the first training facility for war dogs assisting troops in the field by WWII. Retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel John Lesinski of Rappahannock County, who, with his wife, trains dogs for the “Veterans Moving Forward” organization, will attend with companion dogs which will ultimately help troops injured in recent conflicts. Those interested in participating

may reach Barr at (540) 636-7407. A priority, he added, is finding a bugler to play taps at the conclusion of the ceremony. Hey Mal, don’t you have R-MA ties? – I keep hearing revile wafting down from that nearby campus hill on weekday mornings … (As illustrated by his editor’s birthday story last issue, Malcolm Barr, Sr., a Royal Air Force (UK) vet and career dog lover, is a contributing writer for this newspaper. His son, Mal Junior, is a USAF staff sergeant currently serving in Germany)

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Remount Station dogs line up to see if they are maintaining their fighting weights. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Malcolm Barr, Sr., father of an Iraq war veteran and a former president of the Humane Society of Warren County, is organizing a Memorial Day weekend tribute to the “Dogs of War.” Everyone, with a special nod to dog lovers, active duty personnel, veterans, and ROTC members are invited – along with their pets. Heck, if War Horses can get a movie – why not give War Dogs some

love too?!!? The event is set for Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 26, at the Gazebo from 1 to 2 p.m. Rev. Debbie Rutter of Calvary Episcopal Church will offer a blessing to the war dogs which have saved countless American troops’ lives, and will bless all of the dogs present at the ceremony. Barr is seeking participation by veterans’ organizations. He said until an informal ceremony on Main Street last Memorial Day, war dogs

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev, sports and the American Dream Did post-911 boxing exclusion push fighter to another form of violence? By Dave Zirin “The most difficult part of getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.” – Arch Ward (1896-1955), Chicago Tribune Sports Editor & Founder of the Golden Gloves of America Boxing Tournament Alienation, poverty, and despair drive people – overwhelmingly young men – to awful acts of violence. That’s as true for the strung-out soldier who commits war crimes in Kandahar, as it is for the gang member who kills a child on the south side of Chicago. It’s also true in the case of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead – and deadly – elder bomber of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The recognition of the roots of his rage rings clearly in a brilliant, harrowing profile that appeared Sunday (April 28) in The New York Times. It’s less a story than an autopsy that explores what killed Tsarnaev’s hope that he could make a life in the United States. Given the unconscionable arguments by Rep. Peter King and countless others that the crimes of Tsarnaev should be a clarion call for intensified profiling and surveillance of Muslim families in the United States, Tsarnaev’s motivations to violence are critical. Just as we shouldn’t

accept the racist argument that “culture” is the root cause of gun deaths in Chicago, we should reject that Islam bears any sort of collective responsibility for Tsarnaev crimes. The Times article A Battered Dream for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Then a Violent Path is heartbreaking but also does a tremendous service by explaining – not excusing, but explaining – how he arrived at bombing the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, killing three and injuring more than 200. People should read the article and I’m not going to rehash it. But I do want to explore its examination of how much immigrant aspiration Tsarnaev put into boxing and how the sports establishment in the post 9/11 era responded by pushing him away. In most descriptions of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he’s described as a “onetime boxer.” That doesn’t quite tell the story. Tsarnaev was a two-time New England Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. This was a flamboyant showman of a fighter wearing white leather, furs, and incorporating “showy gymnastics into his training and fighting, walking on his hands, falling into splits, tumbling into corners.” The religious ascetic would emerge later. At this point Tsarnaev was WWE flair with Donald Trump attitude. He was America as learned


Some hippo tales By Nick Thomas

Over the years, mystery has surrounded the hippopotamus. Known for its gapping jaw, massive size, and aggressive nature, even the animal’s name led to some confusion. We now know it has a Greek origin meaning “river horse,” and not “Rush Limbaugh” as some liberal commentators would like to believe. When early European explorers first stumbled on the hippopotamus wallowing in African rivers, they were puzzled by these amazing animals. For instance, the hippos were observed oozing a red liquid from their skins and, until many years later, it was widely believed that they actually sweated blood. We now know the glands on their skin release a pinkish-colored, sticky oil that may look like blood, but actually acts as a sunscreen and moisturizer. To the casual observer, hippos may not appear to be aggressive creatures. But they are far from the sluggish, gentle giants we see playfully splashing in a zoo pond. The hippo has earned the respect of the African people with whom he shares the river, and his reputation as a killer is well deserved. In fact, more people have been killed by hippos than by any other savage beast on the Af-

through a television screen. But also, like the America of his dreams, his ambitions were as large as his attitude. A high school classmate in Cambridge, Luis Vasquez, said to The New York Times, “The view on him was that he was a boxer and you would not want to mess with him. He told me that he wanted to represent the U.S. in boxing. He wanted to do the Olympics and then turn pro.” The next step was to compete in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. There was, however, one problem: the esteemed boxing organization had changed their rules for admittance. The Golden Gloves, at the height of Tsarnaev’s powers as a fighter, ceased its long-standing practice of allowing legally documented immigrants to take part in their Tournament of Champions. This broke with the history of a competition that was started in 1923 by sports editor Arch Ward in a hardscrabble town defined by immigration: the “stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders” otherwise known as Chicago. That meant Tsarnaev and three other New England champions – all immigrants - were not allowed to compete. It’s only at this point that he quit the sport. As The New York Times reported, “Mr.

rican continent excluding, perhaps, former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Two species of hippo are found in Africa: the familiar large common hippo and the rarer pygmy hippo. Neither are meat eaters. Common hippos are fiercely territorial, which explains their tendency to occasionally snap at passing humans, who are merely viewed as annoying intruders. Being vegetarian, the smaller pygmy hippo is therefore named for its size, and not because it feeds on diminutive natives of the region. The common hippo is one of the largest and heaviest land animals, and adult males can weigh well over 4,000 lbs. Despite their size, they are surprisingly agile and could still easily outrun Rosie O’Donnell as she emerged from a binge in a McDonald’s restaurant. By contrast, the smaller pygmy hippo is a solitary animal, inhabiting rainforests and swamps. It was so reclusive that it remained undiscovered until the late 1800’s. In 1927, Harvey Firestone (yes, the tire man - he owned a large rubber plantation in Liberia) presented President Calvin Coolidge with a gift of a pygmy hippo named Billy. Bill, it turned out, was suitably named. He was very sociable with females of his species (although none appear to have been named Monica), and most pygmy hippos in U.S. zoos are his descendants. Hippos live in herds of 10 to 30 animals and spend most of their days splashing around in rivers to keep cool. As twilight creeps across the African plains, the herds emerge from the water

Tsarnaev portrayed his quitting as a reflection of the sport’s incompatibility with his growing devotion to Islam. But as dozens of interviews with See ZIRIN, 6

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at dusk and wander inland for miles to graze on grasses. But life for the hippo is not all swimming and feasting. Things can quickly get ugly in the herd. When two male hippos face off, they not only hurl dung at each other with their spinning tails, but they may attack viciously. In fights between rival males, hippos can inflict serious injuries, often ripping off an opponent’s ear with their long canine teeth. A similar technique was adapted to human combative rituals by Mike Tyson some years ago. Hippos also do some remarkable things in water. Most begin life underwater, where they are born. Immediately after birth, they swim to the surface for their first breath. Then they submerge again to nurse. Soon, they learn to hold their breath and walk gracefully along the river bed underwater. And, incredibly, adult hippos can sleep underwater during the day. They have learned to surface automatically to breathe periodically, without disturbing their sleep. Coincidently, during lengthy debates, members of the State Legislature have been using a similar technique for years. (Nick Thomas’ features and columns have appeared in more than 300 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:

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Sports, Life & Humor ZIRIN, from 5 friends, acquaintances and relatives from Cambridge, Mass., to Dagestan showed, that devotion, and the suspected radicalization that accompanied it, was a path he followed most avidly only after his more secular dreams were dashed in 2010 and he was left adrift.” Adrift meant eking out an existence on food stamps, and his wife’s $1,200 a month job; adrift meant unemployment, as he was needed to stay home and watch their infant daughter; adrift meant feeling a new sense of belonging in political and religious doctrine that spoke of war against United States; adrift meant fury at the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but no means to channel that anger in a way that didn’t reflect his despair.

The New York Times article covers all of this in depth. I would add though that his feeling of being “adrift” might also have meant suffering brain damage as a result of years in the ring. The esteemed neurologist Dr. Robert Cantu has stated that any autopsy of Tsarnaev should include an examination for signs of the lifealtering post-concussive syndromes Cantu has seen in numerous former boxers and NFL players. The Golden Gloves rejection of an immigrant with fantasies of acculturation and acceptance through sports is profound for reasons unexplored in The New York Times but also demand attention. For over a century sports has been the entryway for many immigrants and people of color to feel a sense of belonging in the turbulent ethnic stew that is the

Read this issue FREE on “He told me that he wanted to represent the U.S. in boxing. He wanted to do the Olympics and then turn pro.” – Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s HS classmate Luis Vasquez. At this point Tsarnaev was WWE flair with Donald Trump attitude. He was America as learned through a television screen.

United States. The first Public School Athletic Leagues and YMCAs in the 19th century were underwritten by industrialists as a means of “Americanizing” the masses arriving in record numbers from Eastern Europe. Their explicit hope was that sports would be the first step of their children toward leaving behind radical socialist European ideologies and buying in to the idea of the American Dream. As the founding mission statement of the PSAL read, organized athletic competition could “provide opportunities for educating students in physical fitness, character development and socialization skills through an athletic program that fosters teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship.” In other words, it would teach the doctrine that anyone who works hard

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enough could climb the competitive ladder glorified by sports promoters like Arch Ward. Similar hopes of finally having a seat at the American table have been projected onto athletes of color such as Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and most recently Jeremy Lin. Their acceptance – or the myth of their acceptance – was treasured by immigrants and people of color as a sign that this country wasn’t just for Caucasians of pure European stock. How horribly ironic that this athletic avenue of acculturation closed in the face someone who would have been at home in that late 19th century wave for whom the PSAL was created: an immigrant from Eastern Europe. There has been so much idiotic ink spilled about whether or not the Tsarnaev brothers “should be considered Americans.” What is certain is that the means by which people have historically felt a sense of having a stake in this country have been inexorably altered in the post-9/11 world.


This is now a nation defined and scarred by the cruel anti-immigrant policies of both Presidents Bush and Obama. It’s now a nation defined and scarred by pushing people away from that historic safe-haven for immigrants otherwise known as competitive sports. It’s a nation that spawned the brothers Tsarnaev. It’s a nation that must change if future tragedies of violence are to be avoided. This won’t happen by accident. Movements and meetings against Islamaphobia and for the rights of immigrants are great a place to start. Sports may have been bestowed onto immigrants from the top down, but a shift away from fear and toward a more inclusive future will only come from the bottom up. [Reprinted by permission of the author. Dave Zirin is the author of the new book “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the SportsWorld Upside Down” (The New Press) Receive his column every week by emailing Contact him at]

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Front Royal & Warren County Roundup By Roger Bianchini & Malcolm Barr, Sr.

Windrow celebration of life Come join family and friends to celebrate the life and work of American artist Patricia Windrow. The celebration of Patricia’s life and art will be held May 19, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Company One Front Royal Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department located at 221 Commerce Avenue in Front Royal. Arts Citizen of the Year Patrick Nolan, President of Warren County Memorial Hospital and Vice President of Valley Health, will be honored May 30 in a ceremony at the Apple House, Linden, where he will be named Blue “Arts Citizen of the Year” by the Blue Ridge Arts Council. Nolan is cited for his recognition of “the important role the arts play in patient and community care.”

gram called Letters and packages were rarely directed to any particular soldier but they were nevertheless appreciated, and recently a U.S. Air Force master sergeant, Paul Harrison, returned the favor by sending to the school a flag he carried while on patrol in Afghanistan in honor of the R-MA middle school.   On May 2, three middle schoolers, Sam Beavers, Joseph Silek, and Ben Schoonover, who had written the most letters during this year’s campaign, presented Harrison’s flag to

Afghan vet ‘flags’ R-MA For years, middle school students at Randolph-Macon Academy have written thousands of letters and sent care packages to service personnel serving first in Iraq and more lately in Afghanistan, most through a pro-

retiring R-MA president Maj. Gen. Henry M. Hobgood. Upper school Spanish teacher and community service director Stephanie Portillo, who has supervised the AnySoldier campaign throughout, received an e-mail from Harrison in advance of the flag and a certificate of dedication. It said: “I received the packages and messages and passed them out. There are a few people here that don’t receive mail. So when I gave them the card and said it was for them, their faces lit up. It made me feel like Santa’s helper!”

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The day following the ceremony, the three students joined another group in Portillo’s classroom to begin the next round of soldier care packages, filling boxes with newspaper comics, magazines, candy, cookies, and ... what else? – Letters from the students. “Even if sometimes you do not hear it, I want you to know that we are grateful for everything you do for our country,” wrote one student. Another wrote: “We are praying for you.” More pet peeves   Adding to our list of pet peeves first published in our previous edition, here’s another. This one is leveled at VDOT (surprise, surprise!). How many traffic engineers does it take to synchronize two sets of traffic lights (Duck Street and Strasburg

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Luda salutes all scholarship winners, with a special ‘RUFF’ to Va-Tech veterinary school-bound Alyson Fox. The Rotary Club of Front Royal presented scholarships to a Skyline High School student and two from Warren County High at its May 10 meeting. Called forward by scholarship committee chairman, Dr. Robert Melvedt were: Laura Moran, Skyline; Alyson Fox and Jessica Platter, WCHS. The trio of young women won their scholarships from an original field of 18. Moran, daughter of Leah and Robert Moran of Rocky Glen Drive, White Post, plans to study architecture at the University of Virginia. Platter, daughter of Katherine and Richard Platter, Nottingham Court, Front Royal, also goes onward to UVA with an interest in mathematics, science and computers. Alyson Fox, daughter of Sue Ann and Alan Fox, Jourdan Brown Road, Front Royal, will attend Virginia Tech. With a passion for horses, Alyson plans to become a large animal veterinarian (the Tech veterinary school has this paper’s endorsement, also being excellent with smaller animals like, Luda the dog, who got his post-accident spinal surgery there). Rotary’s $7,500 award will be shared equally between the three students.

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Council moves (again) to deal with rising utility costs By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

After an April 29 work session the town appears poised to re-institute phased-in water and wastewater rate increases suggested in 2010 by consultant Burton & Associates. The gradual hikes over six years (FY 11FY 16) were suggested to avoid sudden increases estimated as high as 45 percent (water) and 135 percent (sewer) eventually needed to accommodate rising expenses in provision of those utilities, primarily upgrades to its water and wastewater treatment plants. Town council elected to bypass the increases last year. Also slated for a rate increase this fiscal year are solid waste garbage collection rates. The town spent about $6-million on upgrades to its water plant two years ago but has been delaying federally-mandated wastewater plant upgrades now estimated to cost $40million (they are also facing another $2.5 million in additional mandated water plant purification systems). The new federal wastewater treatment standards are mandated as part of an effort to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay watershed of which the Shenandoah River is a part. Those improvements required of municipal wastewater

systems feeding into the bay watershed are part of an effort to save the Chesapeake Bay’s crucial multi-million dollar fishing industry. So, what does all that mean for us town water and sewer customers? According to information in the April 29 work session informational packet, water rates and fees will increase by 23.5-percent; sewer rates and fees would go up by 20-percent. Burton initially suggested annual hikes of 8.5 percent water from 2012 to 2016 and 30 percent sewer from 2011 to 2014, with lesser hikes on either end. Factoring hoped-for revenue from the Dominion Power plant, in 2016 water would see an 11-percent reduction and sewer a 13-percent reduction. Those “Dominion” reductions would reduce the anticipated rate hikes from 45 percent to 32 percent water, and 135 percent to 125 percent sewer. A 2012 adjustment altered those numbers to potential hikes of between 17 percent and 59 percent water; and 65 percent to 42 percent water depending on the Dominion factor. The proposed plan maintains connection fees for the smallest residential 3/4 and 1-inch meters will remain at 2012 levels. That flat fee will not have an adverse impact on the town’s utility revenue adjustments, according to the town consultant. As per state law, the new rates

are estimated to create the revenue stream necessary to maintain the utility operations and related capital improvements. Unlike private sector providers, municipal utilities cannot operate for profit.

• From 100,001 to 500,000, from $10.99 to $13.19 per each 1,000 gallons; • Above 500,000 gallons per month, from $10.44 to $12.53 per each 1,000 gallons;

Solid waste garbage collection rates will go up: • $1 per month on 32-gallon blue containers; • $1.75 per month on 96 gallon containers; • and $10 per month on 8-cy dumpsters;

Commercial water rates: • First 100,000 gallons per month, from $6.95 to $8.58 per 1,000 gallons; • From 100,001 to 500,000 gallons, from $6.31 to $7.79 per each 1,000 gallons; • Above 500,000 gallons, from $6 to $7.41 per each 1,000 gallons;

Among the monthly water/sewer rate changes are: Residential sewer rates: • The base rate of up to 3,000 gallons per month, from $13.10 to $15.72; • For each 1,000 gallons per month above the base rate, from $11.27 to $13.53; Residential water rates: • The base rate of up to 3,000 gallons per month, from $7.54 to $9.31; • For each 1,000 gallons per month above the base rate, from $6.47 to $7.99; Commercial, industrial & laundry sewer rates: • First 100,000 gallons per month, from $12.09 to $14.51 per each 1,000 gallons;

Among water and sewer connection fee changes are: Sewer taps: • Sewer tap served by three-quarterinch water meter remains at $9,750; • Sewer tap served by one-inch water meter remains at $21,938; • Sewer tap served by 1-1/2 inch water meter, from $42,250 to $50,700; • Sewer tap served by 2-inch water meter, from $66,625 to $79,950; • Up to Sewer tap served by 12-

inch water meter, from $1,220,375 to $1,464,450;

Water taps: • Three-quarter-inch remains at $4,340: • one-inch remains at $8,816; • 1-1/2 inch, from $16,275 to $20,100; • 2-inch, from $25,226 to $31,154; • Up to 12-inch, from $448,919 to $554,415; For apartments, condominium units and trailers, from $1,920 to $2,304 for sewer service for each unit after the first; Commercial and industrial buildings, hotels, motels, inns, other lodging facilities, dormitories, and nursing care facilities with central dining areas are charged according to standard fees for each sewer tap, with an additional charge for each “water closet” rising from $313 to $375. For other fees and charges contact the Town of Front Royal administration or specific utility departments.

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County budget cracks $90-mil – employees see STEP hike Subdivision bad-weather towing authorized, setback numbers – huh? By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report In addition to deciding it is bad to welcome tourist dollars into the community – at least the kind brought by the “walking who bring death,” I mean Appalachian Trail hikers – on April 16 the county’s five elected officials took care of some other business. Perhaps most importantly, they passed a budget to continue their ability to function – AND without the threat of sequester (temporary funding with untenable cuts looming to avoid an ideological impasse on revenue production vs. program cuts) – WAY TO GO, GUYS!!! The $90,770,169 budget approved by a 4-1 vote, Carter dissenting, was the largest in county history and its first over the $90-million mark. Despite the ongoing recession off Wall Street, the board was able to include a 2.5-percent STEP increase in employee salaries as the board strug-

gles to implement a several year-old consultant-recommended pay increases to bring county salaries in to line with surrounding municipalities. This is seen as an effort to stabilize staff and cut into losses of those going elsewhere for better pay for the same work. The county also covered the cost to employees of a state-mandated onepercent contribution to the Virginia State Retirement System. The board was also able to include a 2-percent increase for fulltime school system employees at a cost of $741,947. And no school positions were cut. Local funding of public schools was $20.7 million of a total educational budget of $49.9 million. Staff noted that the county was able to continue to pay the debt service for existing capital improvements – the public safety building, the two high school and middle school buildings and renovations that included library and Bing Crosby Stadium renovations, as well as move toward

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County lion. No parking – in snow After additional review requested by residents of Shenandoah Farms near High Top Road, the supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance

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“Lesson learned, next time I’ll just put one press release out to cover the entire operation.” “Any time – I guess that’s why I’m an editor, not a Pulitzer Prize winner,” I offered. “Oh, and never mind about those numbers for the directors of the DEA and ATF …

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Subtlety, surely I am luring him into my web of independent journalistic oversight. Several days go by, no call back. He’s cleverer than I thought – I pondered my next step. Then the breakthrough came – a return message, “… been away from office a few days, please call me back.” I had him, err them … I dialed. “What’s up with all this multi-jurisdictional, multi-tiered effort for $2100 in drugs taken from a bunch of dumb-assed parole violators?” I asked – sort of. “Which press release did you get, the Warren County-Front Royal one?” Special Agent Perry queried. “HUH?” I replied.

“I sent out stats for each jurisdiction,” the special agent elaborated. UH, so the $2100, 12-arrest numbers are for Warren County and Front Royal only?” I circled less menacingly. “Yea, overall there were over $145,000 in drugs seized and about 100 arrests in all the jurisdictions – I can send you exact numbers tomorrow when I get back to my computer,” agent Perry offered (those precise numbers included: $145,614 in drugs seized, materials including one silencer, one pipe bomb, and some ammo; two fugitives seized; 94 charges; and minimal costs above normal operational budgets for each agency, mostly due to overtime incurred dur-

ing the actual street sweep). “Yea, that would be GREAT, very helpful in writing, I mean rewriting, my story. Not quite the wasteful exercise in futility and taxpayer money I had IMAGINED from those numbers in the PR I got.” “Lesson learned, next time I’ll just put one press release out to cover the entire operation,” the special agent said in response to my confusion over the local numbers alone being included in the “Operation Valley Venue” press release. “Any time – I guess that’s why I’m an editor, not a Pulitzer Prize winner,” I offered. “Oh, and never mind about those numbers for the directors of the DEA and ATF …

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on April 25 here alone, 41 arrests were made, 37 on felony charges involving “powder cocaine, marijuana, and illegal prescription medications.” But then a bad moment as we (that’s an editorial “we”, I’m not schizophrenic) perused the result of the operation: $2,100 in seized drugs; 8 narcotics violations and only 12 people charged. We searched for more numbers and found none. Seems a lot of effort for little result - an average of $175 worth of drugs per person busted?!!?” from an ATFDEA-state et al operation. Quick to assure the wise and efficient use of taxpayer money at all levels, this reporter poised to jump down the throat of officials at each one of those levels: federal, state and local – after all I usually only get to beat up local governmental officials. “Who’s in charge here?!!?” we demanded to know from the local source of our PR, “heads will roll; accountability is at hand.” We were pointed to Special Agent Jay Perry of the Virginia State Police by the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office. Our first call got an answering machine. Identifying myself as a reporter, I left a number, name of paper and message that I wanted to discuss the financial logistics of “Operation Valley Venue.”

On April 29, we received a press release announcing a regional drug and gang task force operation involving 13 local jurisdictional, three state and two federal agencies. It sounded like a BIG one, involving: • 2 fed agencies: ATF & DEA (heavy hitters Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and Drug Enforcement Agency); • 3 state agencies: Virginia State Police, NW Regional Drug & Gang Task Force and the Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries. • 2 Parole-Probation Districts: 39 & 11; • 5 county sheriff ’s offices: Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page; • 5 town and 1 city police departments: New Market, Mount Jackson, Strasburg, Woodstock, Front Royal and Winchester City; “This was the first operation of its kind conducted in the Shenandoah Valley area. Areas of elevated narcotics activities were targeted in an effort to get drugs off the streets,” the press release stated, adding, “The Warren County and Front Royal Team conducted 14 searches of residences with probation officers, and visited one residence of interest.” Consequently,

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Tip yields Windy Hill Court drug and B&E busts On April 29, at approximately 9 a.m., deputies from the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office responded to a call of possible narcotics use at 100 Windy Hill Court. Upon arrival, the deputies observed a male later identified at Richard Ralls exit the house and go behind a shed in the yard. Contact was made with Mr. Ralls and his wife Staci. Deputies were taken to the area behind the shed and located a small purse containing suspected narcotics. Charges are pending. Staci Ralls, 100 Windy Hill Court, Bentonville, VA, age 34, was taken into custody for revocation of a suspended sentence or probation and is being held pending a bond hearing. Richard Ralls, 100 Windy Hill Court, Bentonville, VA, age 31, was taken into custody for an unrelated investigation and charged with



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“Having a hiker hostel or not having one at Mountain Home will not alter the number of hikers passing Lake Front Royal on the AT.� – hostel applicant Scott Jenkins

Public safety or public hysteria at root of hostel fears Mountain Home Hostel Background Paper – truth or dare (to mislead) By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report One prominent document cited by opponents of a 5-bed, $20-a-night hostel for hikers seeking a night or two off the Appalachian Trail off Route 522 South’s intersection with the AT was the so-called “Mountain Home Hostel Background Paper�. That paper attached to a 78-signature petition against the Mountain Home Hostel, and its “background� appeared to play heavily on the minds of opponents and the four supervi-

sors who voted on April 16 to kill both an individual hostel application and the idea of permitting a use such as “hiker hostel� anywhere in Warren County. For while several supporters cited ongoing and numerous positive personal experiences with the trail and its hikers, other than one encounter with a hiker described as rude in response to a confrontation over their presence sitting on a bridge railing, eating inside the entrance to Lake Front Royal, personal experience of hikers or hiking was absent from the

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“During the day, when the caretaker was not at the hostel, the hostel would be locked up tight – just as one would lock one’s house when leaving for the day – and a sign would be posted indicating who to call for information.” – hostel applicant Elizabeth Jenkins


Maybe they forgot - at least on the county side. Center, County Board Chairman Archie Fox with Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr celebrating AT Trail Community designation last year. Everybody seemed OK with the idea of hikers in the community at the time. dalisms, trespassing and behavioral issues. Those concerns were expressed primarily by residents of Lake Front Royal, the sprawling, rural, mountainous neighborhood the entrance of which lies directly across Route 522 from the proposed hostel site. In fact, the “background paper” describes the neighborhood as “a family-oriented development directly across Remount Road (Rt. 522 S) from Mountain Home,” adding, “The

realization that squatters, vagrants, or undesirables of any kind could be attracted to the MH Hostel has many in the community openly questioning the propriety and wisdom of such a facility … Many of these homeowners have expressed similar reservations about a hostel that encourages more travel up and down the Trail by those with sinister motives.” Boy, talk about profiling … But following the one-two punch of six public hearing speakers citing

this and other information found in the “background paper,” the county supervisors never got to the Mountain Home Hostel application of Scott and Elizabeth Jenkins. That application became a moot point after the supervisors voted against adding “hiker hostel” to uses allowed by Conditional Use Permit on Agriculturally-zoned county land. The vote was 4-1, with Traczyk dissenting.

Six reasons are listed in that “background paper” as the basis for denial of the Jenkins’ application and hostels as a business. They are prefaced as “some fundamental, if overlooked issues and questions surrounding AT hostels in general and the proposed Mountain Home Hostel, in particular.” They begin with:

1. Numerous hostels and shelters comprising the AT network have become magnets for squatters and criminals, some of whom actually set up housekeeping in a particular hostel. However, in 11 ensuing paragraphs of support of this contention NOT ONE EXAMPLE of such a criminalsquatter hostel housekeeping operation is cited. Rather, locally the Jim and Molly Denton Shelter in Linden is cited as “a notable example of this growing and problematic trend” – a trend described as becoming “a favorite target of vagrants.” “Like the Linden shelter, the proposed Mountain Home hostel will not be supervised on a 24/7 basis,” the paper states. But from our hiking experience both in the Valley and in Alaska, shelters are rarely, if ever, supervised – just occasionally visited for maintenance or clean up. The background paper continues in a related point 3 quoted from above, that since the Mountain Home hostel might only be open the six prime

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Proposed hostel building in foreground. Mountain Home’s main building in background is permitted for eventual use as a B&B pending renovations. hiking months of the year, it too will become “a haven for squatters or worse.” However, this argument ignores the fact there have been two, unattended and unused structures on the Mountain Home Property for some time, including the recently renovated, proposed 5-bed hostel building. The other is a much larger building dating to the pre-Civil War era already permitted as a Bed & Breakfast, which is the Jenkins plan for it pending more extensive renovations. Counterpoint “Crime is not rampant on the Trail,

it occurs occasionally like it does in many places, and to a lesser degree,” applicants Scott and Elizabeth Jenkins told us of their research into potential problems with their hostel plan. The observation echoed that of supporter George McIntyre, owner of the Apple House in Linden, during public hearing comments reported in our previous story. McIntyre spoke of 50 years of positive interactions between his business and AT hikers. “Most of the concerns expressed by our neighbors have little or nothing to do with a 5-bed hostel, but seem to be based on a general distrust of hikers and a fear of people they don’t know. Lisa and I felt we had ad-

dressed their concerns, and made the point that having an onsite caretaker would actually improve community security. Our neighbors and the supervisors obviously disagreed,” Scott Jenkins observed. “Having a hiker hostel or not having one at Mountain Home will not alter the number of hikers passing Lake Front Royal on the AT,” Jenkins points out. “And through education we could have provided on site, the hostel could have even encouraged better hiker behavior and deterred trespassing because hikers with maps would see a detour through Lake Front Royal’s winding roads would only make their journey longer.” “Our plan for a caretaker was for Lisa and I to handle that responsibility Thursday through Sunday night. We expected to hire someone for Monday through Wednesday or Thursday. Caretaker duties would commence late afternoon,” Scott Jenkins said. His wife added, “During the day, when the caretaker was not at the hostel, the hostel would be locked up tight – just as one would lock one’s house when leaving for the day – and a sign would be posted indicating who to call for information. So the only time the hostel would be unlocked would be when the caretaker or Scott or I was on the premises. This would absolutely prohibit squatters, one of the two main concerns of the Lake Front Royal community petition.” “During the day, the caretaker, Lisa and I would be reachable to people by phone to arrange accommoda-

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County tion, seek directions, or request a shuttle. Shuttles to/from town would be provided by the caretaker. The overall plan was solid and the intent was to provide the supervision necessary to ensure safety and quality service for both our guests and the surrounding community,” Scott Jenkins concluded somewhat forlornly following the supervisors’ rejection of not only their application, but the notion of hostels in general as a desirable county business. Experience vs. fear Referencing a local AT hiker and Front Royal resident we quoted last issue, Scott and Elizabeth Jenkins pointed to the planning commission public hearing comments of Sonja

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County tionable generalizations and partial or conveniently-edited facts. Murder … However, the “Mountain Home Hostel Background Report” does plunge into one alarming fact – the 2008 kidnapping and murder of a female AT hiker in Georgia. The murder was committed by a man described as homeless and “a 61-yearold career criminal” alleged to have “spent months migrating up and down the trail.” But again, nowhere does the background paper state any connection between a hostel and this murder. And that unfortunate 2008 incident is the lone “background paper” example of such a serious criminal act occurring along the 2,080-mile, 14-state, 280,000-acre land base of the Appalachian Trail; a trail that has been a major national hiking destination for 76, 62 or 45 years, depending on whether you count from: • 1937 – when the AT first became a 2000-mile continuous hiking destination; • 1951 – when the AT was re-established as such, post-World War II and post-repair of wartime unattended

hurricane damage, or; • 1968 – when the AT was designated as part of the national park system. Vandals & Visigoths … Background paper Point 4 cites previous cases of vandalism in the area; and Point 5, alleges a “growing problem of illegal and inappropriate behavior exhibited by certain hikers” in the area. Above, we recounted the one personal experience we heard cited by an opponent. That experience was a rude reply by a hiker confronted for trespassing while eating on a bridge rail inside the Lake Front Royal entrance. “Hikers who have trespassed in the past have done so without a hostel in the area,” Scott Jenkins points out. “If hikers need a place to rest and have a snack, the hostel would have provided them with a welcome resting spot. They could eat, rest and move on – that’s what hikers do – they have miles to make.” Of area littering and vandalisms cited in the background paper and by public hearing opponents, local AT Community “ambassador” Alyson Browett suggested residents look closer to home for the culprits.

She observed there was no evidence those acts had been committed by long-distance AT hikers and observed they were more likely “the result of bored, young adults looking for an outlet for their energy.” The applicants also contend those acts are documented in areas frequented by off-road vehicles – “Locals with these vehicles would not choose to stay at the hiker hostel because they live nearby. This is not a hiker or a hostel issue,” Scott Jenkins said of the vandalism issue. Proximities & omissions The background paper’s second point states a concern for the safety of hikers themselves: 2. The proposed hostel runs contrary to “accepted and publicized hiker safety and security protocols” concerning proximity to roads and trailheads. Again however, not one example in the following nine paragraphs in support of this contention references hostels. Rather, every example offered of trail warnings, hiker blogs and AT Conservancy publications citing the danger of physical proximity to heavily-traveled roads and trailheads references campsites and

trail shelters, not hostels. Examples are offered in the “background paper” as arguments against the size of Mountain Home’s parcel and its proximity to Remount Road (522 S); and of other communities “cracking down” on hostel applications. However, local AT “ambassador” Browett points out Loudoun County’s Bears Den, while resting on 66 acres compared to Mountain Home’s 3.6 acres, actually sits less than a mile from massively-trafficked Route 7, as well as a commuter parking lot and Blue Ridge Mountain Road. And of Washington Township, PA’s recent denial of a hostel application trumpeted in the “background paper,” Browett points to the convenient fac-

tual omission that over 70 hostels are already permitted and operational in that community, compared to none here. And in its final Point 6, the “background paper” hypothesizes the possibility the hostel applicants might eventually move to allow camping on site as well. To support that possibility it is observed that initially the applicants “had planned to allow tenting.” While the “background paper” adds that the applicants withdrew the tenting option in response to the concerns of neighbors, as “they” say – no good deed shall go unpunished … or perhaps in this case “un-backgrounded”.

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Holly Kimball and Craig Gosnell of KMG Computers show off some of the recycling materials that people have donated. By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Thanks to the Front Royal and the surrounding Warren County community’s overwhelming response, Craig Gosnell, owner of KMG Computers and his staff have collected over 10,000 lbs. of largely reusable and some potentially hazardous, electronic throwaways like computers, printers, CRTs, DVD/CD drives, tablets, cabling, cell phones and televisions since the beginning of 2013. The LCDs, CRTs and televisions all contain mercury and other toxic substances, but when recycled or disposed of properly, they will not end up polluting the environment. KMG Computers is one place to dispose of them without paying a fee and also can bring some unexpected benefits to the person donating them. “With the good weather, people are

cleaning out their homes and taking things to the landfill and dumpsters— they do that because they don’t want to pay for dumping them, but there’s no cost to leave them here,” Gosnell said. “Some of the constituents, such as lead, nickel, cadmium, and mercury, could pose risks to human health or the environment if mismanaged at their end-of-life,” the Environmental Protection Agency’s website states. So just throwing away unwanted electronics on the side of the road is especially harmful to the environment and therefore to humans, not to mention downright wasteful. But even if materials are discarded at landfills where they are managed correctly, there are so many other benefits to repurposing the materials found in discarded electronics, that every effort should be made to find alternate ways to dispose of them. They’re made from a variety of

valuable resources, such as precious metals, copper, and engineered plastics, all of which require considerable energy to process and manufacture. Recycling electronics recovers these valuable materials and as a result, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution are reduced, and energy, and resources are saved by taking fewer raw materials from the earth. Everything the people bring in to KMG computers helps keep the community clean and affects the pricing of what Gosnell sells; because when he’s repurposing items, he and his staff can salvage usable parts, some of which are sold on eBay, and those profits lower his prices, he said. “This keeps my costs down. One guy brought in 40 machines and later needed a part for his computer. I resold some of what he gave me for free, and I gave him a repurposed part for free,” said Gosnell. But this is not the only way Gosnell helps folks in the community. Right now he is offering teachers or school principals a free tune-up for one personal computer per person. Call for information or see their ad in this issue of WCR. They can service and unlock iPads and iPhones, if someone has forgotten their passwords, can also replace screens for them if they are broken and have broadened their Apple/Mac services. Another service that Gosnell wants people to know about is Remote Access which can be installed on all PCs bought at KMG Computers. This allows Jesse, KMG’s computer technician, to monitor their equipment from the store, so if the pc starts to fail, gets viruses, or is running hot

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Jesse Dent is a networking and personal computer technician, and Holly Kimball is a Customer Service specialist with 22 years’ experience. She also does eBay sales, shipping, accounting, and says, “I know how to fix software, so I’m the software guru-but they’re the blood and guts of the business.” Jesse has already gone on-site (to a client’s home) for several customers. He said he’s been doing this for most of his career. After working in Warrenton and points east, he’s glad to be working near his home in Strasburg. He also can talk non-technical language, so people understand what’s going on with their computers and promises he won’t go over their heads with a lot of technical terms. “I take pride in customer service. Even after I sell something to someone, I teach people how to use what they’ve bought and go the extra mile,” he said. Some of their plans in the works include offering some on-site (home)

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Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers began selling tickets.


Virginia Lottery Hits Its Own Jackpot By Shelby Mertens Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers started selling tickets. During the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Virginia Lottery’s ticket sales totaled $1.6 billion. That was an increase of $136 million, or 9 percent, from 2011. The lottery’s profits – after paying prizes, retailer compensation and administrative expenses – topped $487 million last year. That eas-

ily beat the previous record of $455 million in 2008. All of the profits go to public education. Virginia Lottery players also had their share of luck, with more winners and more games offered. In 2012, players collected more than $962 million in prizes, an increase of $81 million from the previous year. Thirty-three Virginia Lottery players won prizes of at least $1 million in 2012. Todd Ogden, a Richmond resident, has been playing the Virginia Lottery for 15 years. Although Ogden hasn’t won millions of dollars, he believes that if you keep trying, you’ll eventually win something. “My theory is, if you don’t play, you

don’t win. Your odds of winning are just as good as the next person,” he said. Ogden said he buys lottery tickets twice a week and usually plays highdollar games such as Mega Millions, Powerball, Win for Life and Decades of Dollars. He used to follow a strategy of playing the same numbers every time because he believed they would eventually be winners. Ogden acknowledged that he usually buys more tickets when the prize money skyrockets. As it turns out, many others do the same. Paula Otto, the executive director of the Virginia Lottery, said ticket sales usually jump when the

stakes get high. The unprecedented $656 Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012 was a prime example. According to the Virginia Lottery, more than 28,000 Mega Millions tickets were sold every minute across the state on March 30 and profits totaled $21.8 million throughout the jackpot run. On the night of March 30, five tickets each won $250,000. Brian McCarthy of McLean was Virginia’s biggest prize winner of the year, netting a Mega Millions jackpot worth $107 million. Two people won the Decades of Dollars

game, which means they will collect $250,000 a year for 30 years. Otto cited other reasons why ticket sales have increased. They include more retailers, the economic recovery, Virginia’s population growth and the growing variety of games. When you increase retailers, you increase sales, Otto said. “We’ve been working very hard the last few years to increase our retailer base,” she said. “We lost a lot of retailers in the down economy, but if you look over the last few years we’re probably up about 500 retailers. And considering how many


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FY 2011

$458,284.25 $355,722.25 $213,129.75 $382,976.75 $357,904.00 $279,495.75 $279,702.25 $241,135.50 $238,528.00 $248,680.75 $253,350.75 $210,916.50 $201,679.00 $258,464.50 $175,326.25 $167,506.50 $157,452.25 $121,826.75 $190,845.00 $141,313.75 $95,392.00 $105,670.00 $26,948.75 $98,565.75 $48,849.00 $53,082.75 $90,750.00 $518,057.75 $32,382.25 $44,653.00 $11,795.00 $87,548.25 $50,300.00 $44,488.25



$621,662.75 $510,156.75 $434,211.25 $407,852.00 $374,056.75 $352,756.25 $331,116.25 $324,829.50 $287,804.25 $278,763.75 $273,772.25 $267,405.75 $257,980.00 $239,170.00 $231,621.25 $215,777.25 $212,113.25 $204,109.75 $191,381.25 $178,394.00 $159,218.75 $151,415.50 $133,953.00 $126,647.75 $85,433.50 $73,436.75 $67,501.25 $58,901.00 $58,710.50 $56,039.25 $52,860.00 $45,380.00 $29,549.00 $16,553.00 $14,737.00

NA 11% 22% 91% -2% -1% 18% 16% 19% 17% 10% 6% 22% 19% -10% 23% 27% 30% 57% -7% 13% 59% 27% 370% -13% 50% 27% -35% -89% 73% 18% NA 151% NA NA -100% -100% -100%


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in the past two years. The Virginia Lottery has 70 representatives from across the state to recruit retailers to sell lottery tickets. Top retailers tend to be from Northern Virginia, the Richmond area and Hampton Roads, the most populous regions in the state. For example, the No. 1 outlet, selling $3.7 million in tickets last year, was the K-1 Dairy Store in Arlington. The runner-up, at $2.7 million, was the Handy Dandy Market in Woodbridge, also in Northern Virginia. Nicole Tolf, manager of Handy Dandy, sees a trend in the lottery’s popularity. “I notice when the jackpot is big, everybody comes out – even people who haven’t played in years.” But Tolf attributes the rise in lottery ticket sales chiefly to economic factors: “Honestly, I think it’s the

economy. People are looking for a chance to get ahead.” Retailers earned almost $91 million in commissions from the Virginia Lottery. They receive a 5 percent commission for every ticket sold. Retailers also enjoy incentives and bonuses for selling tickets that win prizes of at least $20,000. In more than a dozen towns, lottery sales more than doubled from 2011 to 2012. Sales soared from about $10,400 to nearly $118,600 in the unincorporated community of Long Island, in Campbell County in southwest Virginia. Among the state’s larger cities, sales jumped 17 percent in Fredericksburg, 12 percent in Arlington, 11 percent in Alexandria and Chesapeake, and 10 percent in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth. Richmond was up 6 percent. Otto said the Virginia Lottery ex-


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over of failing banks and pressing the mortgage industry to ease loan terms … winning praise from Democrats and Republicans.” – BLOOMBERG NEWS, October 3, 2008. Robert Frost once said: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life.  It goes on.” Sheila Bair would certainly agree with this but would add that financial abuse and misconduct don’t have to! Ms. Bair incorporates scathing remarks in her descriptions of the missteps that were taken that led to the economic crisis this country is still expe-

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riencing in her expose′, “Bull by the Horns”. She has received acclaim as having been an effective chairman of the FDIC, and was among the first to pinpoint the foreclosure debacle, calling for actions to be taken to address the problem. In addition, she reveals behind the scenes information regarding bank bailouts and levels the field with an insistent outcry that regulatory measures be established to monitor financial institutions and markets in order to protect the public and prevent this from reoccurring. Ms. Bair is extremely candid about the need for Main Street Americans to be educated as to how big business does business. She leaves very few stones unturned and names prestigious malefactors without hesitation. This is an engaging book to say the least, and Ms. Bair provides an intellectual awareness of the conflicted financial system in this country that is exemplary. The underlying message she conveys, however, is even more remarkable than its pecuniary elements. She makes it crystal clear that one must not walk away from this chronicle without the revelation that the insatiable desire for wealth and power is alive and well amongst too many people in authoritative positions in this country. A prescription for alleviating future financial pitfalls is spelled out for the reader with candor and purpose of direction. The book is filled with explicit statements regarding the need for the powers that be to become cognizant of the fact that they represent all their constituents, not a select few. Perhaps it is incred-

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State Republican heavyweights gathered on April 18 for the WC Republican Reagan Day Dinner: at left, we told, I mean asked politely, likely Republican State Attorney General nominee and current 26th District State Senator Mark Obenshain to look like he was ‘laying down the law’ to WC Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden; at right, 15th District Delegate Todd Gilbert and Obenshain may be sharing upcoming campaign strategies.

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RICHMOND – To curb the sale of stolen property, pawnshops soon will keep a photo of people who sell items to the store. And pawnbrokers will be prohibited from receiving or re-selling goods if the original serial number has been altered or change. That’s the gist of a new state law that will take effect July 1. The General Assembly unanimously passed House Bill 1649 this year, and Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the legislation into law last month. Under current law, people who

sell an item to a pawnbroker must show a government-issued identification card, such as a driver’s license. HB 1649, sponsored by Delegate Mamye BaCote, D-Newport News, and a bipartisan group of nine other legislators, will impose more stringent ID requirements. The new law says that the ID card must bear “a photograph of the person pawning, pledging, or selling the goods, article, or thing” and that the pawnbroker must keep “a digital image of the form of identification used by the person in-

volved in the transaction.” Existing law requires pawnbrokers to give police a daily report of the items being pawned and each seller’s name, address and other information from the identification card. Beginning July 1, those reports also will include “a photograph or digital image of the form of identification used by the pledgor or seller.” Pawnbrokers will have to keep those records for at least 24 months. Moreover, the new law states, “No goods, article, or thing shall

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“Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol.” – Sen. Mark Herring, D-Loudoun, in opposition

State assembly approves anti-abortion amendment Virginia’s conservative social agenda – health guarantees ‘on our terms’ By Mark Robinson Capital News Service RICHMOND – In April the General Assembly narrowly approved an amendment by Gov. Bob McDonnell that will prohibit certain health insurance companies in Virginia from providing coverage for women seek-

pate in a federally operated health insurance exchange. McDonnell’s amendment will prohibit insurers participating in the exchange from covering abortion except in the case of rape or incest or if the mother’s life is in danger. Legislators reconvened on April 3 to vote on the Republican governor’s

approve McDonnell’s amendment. Democratic Senators Phillip Puckett of Tazewell and Charles Colgan of Manassas joined 18 Republicans in voting for McDonnell’s recommendation. The other 18 Democrats and Republican Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan voted against the measure. Sen. Frank Wagner, R-Virginia

Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, objected to making exceptions for victims of “alleged acts of rape or incest” or women whose lives are threatened by their pregnancy … “It’s designed to get people off the hook. It doesn’t stop abortion … You don’t need any life-of-the-mother exceptions in the United States.” ing an abortion. McDonnell added the anti-abortion amendment to House Bill 1900, sponsored by Delegate Thomas Davis Rust, R-Herndon. The assembly passed HB 1900 in February to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under the system, Virginians who cannot afford health insurance will partici-

recommendation and other matters. The Republican-dominated House voted 55-37, with one abstention, to approve McDonnell’s recommendation. But the vote was much closer in the Senate, which is divided evenly between Democrats and Republicans. After more than an hour of deliberation, the Senate voted 20-19 to

Lower Shenandoah Valley Civil War Roundtable Ed Bearss and the Battle of Front Royal Battle Overview and Battlefield Tour Saturday, May 11th 2013 Battle Overview: 1:00pm Battlefield Tour: 2:00pm – 4:00pm • Program to begin at the Warren Heritage Society: 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, Virginia, (540) 636-1446, • Tickets: $10 per tour; tickets to be purchased between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on the day of the event at the Warren Heritage Society. There is NO LIMIT on number of participants. Tour is by car caravan, and carpooling is recommended. Driving maps made available for participants. The Lower Shenandoah Valley Civil War Roundtable is headquartered in the Warren Heritage Society’s Ivy Lodge, located at 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, Virginia. The Roundtable serves the region of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren Counties, and the City of Winchester. Meetings and events are held in the Ivy Lodge of the Warren Heritage Society on a quarterly basis. The 2013 calendar of events includes: April 19, 7:00pm Guest Author, Jonathan Noyales speaking on his 2012 publication Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign. May 11, 1:00pm Guest Battlefield Guide, Ed Bearss, will be commenting on the Battle of Front Royal at the Ivy Lodge and on a tour of the battlefield (event cosponsored with the Tri-Cities Civil War Roundtable in Kingsport, Tennessee) August 30, 7:00pm Commemorative Lecture by Patrick Farris, remembering the Battle of Wapping Heights. November 8, 7:00pm Guest Author, Joseph W. A. Whitehorne speaking on his publication The Battle of Cedar Creek: Self-Guided Tour.

Beach, abstained from the vote. Republican Watkins said publicly that he did not support the governor’s amendment. On the Senate floor, Watkins questioned whether the anti-abortion amendment was germane and urged the Senate to block it. “I don’t believe adequate attention has been given to its potential im151st Anniversary Program Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign First Battle of Winchester Saturday, May 25th 2013 Historical Overview: 12:00pm1:00pm Battlefield Tour: 1:00pm-4:00pm • Program sponsored by the Warren Heritage Society: (540) 636-1446, http://www.warrenheritagesociety. org/ and the Warren County Committee of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Program to be led by Warren Heritage Society Executive Director Patrick Farris. • Program to begin at the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 1400 S Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, Virginia: (540) 542-1326 http://www. • Tickets: $10 per tour; tickets to be purchased between 11:00am and 12:00pm on the day of the event at the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau. There is NO LIMIT on number of participants. Tour is by car caravan, and carpooling is recommended. Driving maps made available for participants.

pact,” Watkins said. Democratic senators also voiced opposition to the amendment. “This is just a further attempt to expand the assault on women’s reproductive health rights in this commonwealth. It needs to stop,” said Sen. Ralph Northam, D-Painter. Sen. Mark Herring, D-Loudoun, agreed. “Women should be able to make decisions about their own health care without interference from politicians here in the state Capitol,” he said. The amendment The governor’s amendment states: “No qualified health insurance plan that is sold or offered for sale through an exchange established or operating in the Commonwealth shall provide coverage for abortions, regardless of whether such coverage is provided


through the plan or is offered as a separate optional rider thereto, provided that such limitation shall not apply to an abortion performed (i) when the life of the mother is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or (ii) when the pregnancy is the result of an alleged act of rape or incest.” The General Assembly passed a similar measure in 2011 when Virginia was planning to operate a staterun exchange for health insurance coverage. But the assembly had to vote on the issue again after McDonnell opted for an exchange operated by the federal government. Bob Marshall – no quarter In the House on Wednesday, Dele-

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“I don’t believe adequate attention has been given to its potential impact.” – Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, in opposition

gate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, said he voted “present” on the amendment because he believes it is not strict enough to prevent abortion. Marshall called the language of the bill “pathetic.” He objected to making exceptions for victims of “an alleged act of rape or incest” or women whose lives are threatened by their pregnancy. “It’s designed to get people off the hook,” Marshall said. “It doesn’t stop abortion … You don’t need any life-of-the-mother exceptions in the United States.” Late Wednesday, the Virginia Society for Human Life, an anti-abortion group, praised the General Assembly for supporting McDonnell’s amendment. “Without this amendment, starting in 2014 Virginians would have been forced to pay for all abortions on demand done in the Commonwealth through the new federal health care law. Virginia taxpayers owe a debt of gratitude to Gov. McDonnell and the General Assembly for taking this reasonable action today,” said Olivia Gans Turner, the society’s president.

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How They Voted Here is how the Senate voted Wednesday in concurring in the governor’s recommendation regarding House Bill 1900. The Warren Heritage Society Presents Three Days in the Shenandoah: Stonewall Jackson at Front Royal and Winchester By Gary Ecelbarger 7:00pm Friday, May 17, 2013 Ivy Lodge, Warren Heritage Society 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, Virginia Event is Free & Open to the Public, and light refreshments will be served. Copies of Three Days in the Shenandoah available for sale in the Ivy Lodge Gift Shop. For additional information please contact us at whsbusinessmanager@comcast. net or , or RSVP: (540) 636-1446 151st Anniversary Program Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign Battle of Front Royal Thursday: May 23rd 2013 Historical Overview: 12:00pm-1:00pm Battlefield Tour: 1:00pm-4:00pm • Program sponsored by the Warren Heritage Society: (540) 636-1446, http://www. and the Warren County Committee of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Program to be led by Warren Heritage Society Executive Director Patrick Farris. • Program to begin at the Warren Heritage Society: 101 Chester Street in Front Royal, Virginia. • Tickets: $10 per tour; tickets to be purchased between 11:00am and 12:00pm on the day of the event at the Warren Heritage Society. There is NO LIMIT on number of participants. Tour is by car caravan, and carpooling is recommended. Driving maps made available for participants.

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We haul scrap metal for free! Blue Ridge Hospice acknowledges service Local Blue Ridge Hospice Volunteer Kathleen Hutchins, Associate Chaplain Susan O’Kelly and Front Royal Thrift Store Manager Jeania Aylor were among 300 attendees at the Blue Ridge Hospice “Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner” at Millwood Station in Winchester on Tuesday, April 18. Recognized were Volunteer of the Year Penny Duhring; Special Achievement Volunteer Charles Heinemann; Administrative  Volunteer JB Sandefur, and Patient/Family Support Volunteer Wendy Nicholls. The Founders Award was presented to Wanda Gilbert. Blue Ridge Hospice, with home offices in Winchester, provides services in eight counties, Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Loudon, Fauquier and Rappahannock.

Engle’s Angle: Really? By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report I’m at work. I’m in the bathroom. I’m doing what you do when you’re in the bathroom. Someone else is too. When he finishes what he came to do, he heads out the door. Without washing his hands! Ok, time out. When I was a kid, I didn’t always wash my hands before leaving the bathroom. Why, I don’t know, but I didn’t. Kids don’t always do what they’re supposed to. Obviously, neither do adults. Maybe this guy has a good excuse. I just can’t think what it could be. He forgot? I doubt it. And if he did, there are two signs, one on the door and one on the wall by the door, reminding us to wash up. He doesn’t know he’s supposed to? Really? Like he’s never heard that a million times before. He has some kind of phobia to soap or water? Or maybe he’s allergic? Yeah, and women mistake me for George Clooney all the time. I’ve seen this guy in action before. I’ve heard the water running, but I know he didn’t use any soap. You can hear the soap dispenser when someone presses it and I didn’t hear that sound. And believe me, I was listening. Other times, he never even turned on the water. And when I’ve been at the sink washing my hands, he had no

choice but to do the same, although it was a half-hearted attempt lasting all of two seconds. I used to make fun of people who’d do just about anything humanly possible to get out of the bathroom without touching the door. Open it with their foot. Call 911. Or wait for someone else to come along and do it for them. Now, after seeing Mr. Not-SoClean, I’m one of them, although I simply opt for the paper towel method. Maybe I should say something to him? That would be an interesting conversation. “Hey buddy, don’t take this the wrong way or anything, but I happened to notice that, ah, you didn’t wash your hands, you know, before you left the bathroom. I’m sure you just forgot, but since I’ve seen you do it a bunch of other times, I wanted to let you know how disgusting that is. Have a nice day.” I’m sure he’d take it well, don’t you? The more I think about it, the madder I get. I’m appalled. I’m outraged. I’m also a chicken. What if he hits me? I don’t want that. Not with those germ-infested hands. I’ll put a note on his desk when he’s not around.


As a kid, the author didn’t always brush his teeth before going to bed. And sometimes he still doesn’t. Now that’s disgusting.

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Pets Page Dear Stewart, Is ivy growing up a tree really going to kill it? If so, how can I safely remove the ivy and prevent it from growing again? Would weed killer hurt the tree? Rob Shultz Dear Rob,

Ask Stewart

English Ivy is one of those plants that are oh, so pretty and romantic, draping from the trees and their branches. Or maybe it is mysterious; I don’t know why humans seem to really like it on their trees. But we squirrels are not so fond of it. Not only does it cause a trip hazard for us, and let me tell you tripping on a branch forty feet up can be a very, very bad thing. But it also provides a

place for nasty things like snakes and hawks to hide while watching for a squirrel dinner to run by. And it’s really bad for the tree. The rootlets of the ivy worm their way deep into the bark, opening up areas for disease and insects to enter the tree. Debris builds up in the vines and holds moisture next to the bark. This can cause rot and fungal growth that further weakens the tree. The weight of the ivy as it grows can even pull the bark right off the tree causing large wounds. If the vines are just starting to grow up the tree, they can be gently pulled off by hand. If they are already grown, they are too deeply embedded to pull them free. Instead cut the vines at the base, taking care not to hurt the tree bark in the process, and allow them to die on their own. The

leaves will fall within a month or two. But I’m afraid you will be left with the vine network for several years before they begin to break loose from the bark. Some weed killers are ok to use as long as they don’t get on the foliage of the tree. But for a large, fully covered tree, you can’t spray enough of the ivy to kill it without damaging the other. And other herbicides can’t be used as they could enter the tree through the bark and kill it. So, chemical controls aren’t really the best method of dealing with these vines. Instead use them on the ground to keep the ivy well back from the tree in the first place. And thanks in advance for saving us squirrels from a nasty fall.

- Stewart

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

540-635-4734 Humane of Society of Warren 540-635-4734 Humane Society Warren County County


Monday thru Sunday 10 am to 4 pm- Closed Wednesdays • 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA • 540-635-4734 •

Please ask about our low cost spay and neuter program. Please be sure your pets at home are spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Dog adoption available on Sat. 10 - 2 at Petco • Cat adoption available on Sat. 10 -2 at Southern States • Dogs and Cats available on Sat. 10 - 2 at Helmuth Builders StartingONE! April 1st, 2013 CruiseOne andHumane the HumaneSociety Society ofofWarren County offer you a chance toAwin a Fall New CARNIVAL England/CanadaSaturday, Cruise with August Royal Caribbean. ThisAM fabulous vacation for two is an 8 COME COME ALL! The Warren County Presents: SUMMER 13th, 10 - 9 PM at the Front Royal night cruise departing from Baltimore, MD on October 3rd. The cruise includes a $100 on board credit and pre paid gratuities. Only 325 tickets will be sold. Single tickets available for $25 or purchase a Fire Department on Commerce Avenue. Games, Dunking Tank, Giant Castle Bounce, Cake Walk and Prizes, Carnival Treats, Cotton Candy, Hot Dogs, Popcorn book of 5 for $100. The drawing will be held atand the Drinks, animal shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive Front Royal, VA on Wednesday, July 17th at 6PM at the “Cruise On In Open House”. Winner need not be BBQ Dinner @ 4 PM. To Volunteer/Donate/Sponsor Call:540-635-4734 present to win. Proceeds benefit homeless animals in Warren County, VA. Visit us at Check out our other adoptable pets on

Dudley 7 year old neutered male Yorkie. Dudley is a very friendly boy and is great with other dogs. ad sponsored by: Clara isDudley’s a 3 year old spayed Beagle/Heeler mix. She’s very friendly and good with cats.

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Mabel 5 month old female black and tan coonhound. This adorable puppy was found as a stray. She is super sweet and loves to play! sponsored by: Zorra Mabel’s is a 1adyear old Border Collie/Beagle mix. She is housetrained and good with Hillbilly has what you NEED! other animals and children.

Hillbilly’s Junkyard

4381 Stonewall Jackson Hwy

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Karma - 10 month old female pit mix. This beautiful girl’s tail never stops wagging! She is very friendly and loves rope toys. Karma’s : Damien is aad1 sponsored year oldbyBeagle/ Heeler mix. He is very well behaved and good with animals and children.

Martins Foods Damien’s ad sponsored by: 409 South St. Front Royal

Dakota 4 year old neutered Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. Dakota is house trained and good with dogs. Andy Pandaadissponsored an 8 yearbyold Dakota’s : Border Collie. He had a bad case of mange when he was found and lost a lot of fur. The mange is gone now, his fur is growing back, and he’s ready for a new home.

Wanda Snead

Property Management

Serving the area for 16 years! Andy Panda’s ad sponsored by: Sam Snead Realty • 540-635-9753

Parkers Boarding Kennels With your help we have been able to place thousands of animals in good @ 540-551-2072 Automotive & homes. Contact Alison Wanda Snead if you would like to become a pet sponsor too! & Grooming Towing

125 Spicewood Lane Outer Banks, NC Vacation Homes! E. 7th St. Front Royal Over 500 Vacation226 Homes, from Duck to Kill Devil Hills to Royal Front 540-635-8979 rindley

Property Management

PINOCCIOS Serving the area for 16 years CLOCK REPAIR



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Sam Snead Realty 540-635-9753

■ Authorized Service Center for Howard Miller & Sligh ■ Licensed and Insured ■ House Calls Available ■ Antique or Modern ■ Serving the valley for spay/neuter, over 36 yearsvaccinations,

Corolla, Outer Banks, Oceanfront each “We Count to Soundfront, Private Pools, On Our Tows!”



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

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


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Replacement Windows • Siding Decks & Porches • Roof Repair Additions Finished Basements • Fine Carpentry • Ceramic Tile Interior & Exterior Painting • Floor Covering Tree & Yard Work • Power Washing

Call Buck (540) 551-2673

Calvary Episcopal Church 132 North Royal Avenue Front Royal, VA 22630 Phone: 540-635-2763

Welcoming All as Neighbors

Sunday Services 8:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

All Sports... All the time


• Student Classroom • Behind-the-Wheel • Re-Examinations

No waiting list! Drive 7 days a week! Convenient online scheduling 24/7

• Pick your own drive times • Take as long as you need 214 East Jackson Street • Front Royal, VA


Front Royal Little League & Washington Nationals Baseball Plus the award-winning News At Noon & Valley Today, local news & sports updates throughout the day and up-to-date weather from local meteorologist Kemp Miller Serving Front Royal and Warren County since 1948

All lines of insurance: Auto • Health • Business • Life • Home

Insure with us with confidence! 11 Water Street Front Royal, VA

(540) 635-8401

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• Family owned - so we treat you like family. • Our Technicians have combined over 80 years of technical experience. • Serving The Shenandoah Valley for over 65 Years. • New extended hours to serve you better. • Our Own Exclusive Service Rewards Plan. • Complimentary car wash on most services. • Rental car available on site • Shuttle service available.

Buy 1 Oil Change at $5995 GET THE NEXT 3 OIL CHANGES


Buy 4 Tires


Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.


50 OFF 00

($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 MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

4 dr., 5.4L V-8, Auto. 96K miles Stock #A142B

• Visual inspection of components, compressor, lines, belt, condensor • Check for leaks and test pressure, perform performance test & replace cabin filter

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 MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

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 MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.


15 OFF







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

2010 Honda Accord LX-S


2 dr. coupe, 2.4L I-4, Auto. 52K Miles Stock #13DU149B




Reg. $149 .9


Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

4 dr., Auto., 3.0L V-6 69K Miles Stock #13DT124A







Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.


2005 Ford Taurus SEL


20% OFF

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

30k -60k - 90k Mile Service

2007 Ford Expedition


ANY SERVICE OR REPAIR (Max. discount $175)


plus 1 Day Complimentary get Rental Car

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.




Transmission • Brake • Power Steering • Coolant • Differential


10% OFF

1994 vehicles and newer up to 5-quarts, Synthetic and some models slightly higher. Excludes Diesels Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up.Offer ends MAY 31, 2013. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

Fluid System Service Flush


25 OFF 00


2007 Subaru Forester

4 dr., Auto., 2.5L H-4cyl, Prem. Package 81K miles Stock #U157B


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.

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Local news for Front Royal, Linden, Bentonville, Browntown and Warren County, Virginia.