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19-year-old charged in Royal Plaza propane tank hit & run Let’s see – ditch, brush OR six, 1000-gallon propane tanks – DUH?!!?

Tire tracks show path of car into six 1000-gallon propane tank field - and fortunately a caged enclosure with empty 20-gallon tanks. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report No sooner was I home, than I was scurrying back to the Royal Plaza Shopping Center in the late afternoon heat of July 8. I must have been store hopping – Kmart, Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Store, Radio Shack and Martin’s – about the time a hit and run driver slammed into the propane tanks directly behind the Blue Ridge Hospice Store, knocking two of six 1000-gallon tanks off their bases, causing gas to leak into the air and vent into Kmart. As we understand it, all six of the big tanks involved are linked and feed directly into Kmart. There are other propane tanks behind the shopping center feeding other areas of the shopping center. The propane smell alerted Kmart

employees of a problem and a call resulted in an emergency response at 4:26 p.m. Stores were evacuated and the parking lot cleared as Warren County Emergency Services responders and town and county law enforcement gathered to try and head off a potential disaster. I was in my adrenalin-fueled, breaking-news mode at the time and was more focused on getting back to the scene than away from it – reporters can be stupid that way. When I finally made my way to the actual scene through the “back door” from Burrell Brooks Park (about the time the area was cleared to the media anyway) and saw the tire tracks and the six huge propane tanks they led to, it really hit me – WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS PERSON THINKING and WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED!??!

Save emergency service vehicles, the Royal Plaza Shopping Center became a ghost town in the late afternoon of July 8. A clue was found in the Front buffer – and over here are six, 1000Royal Police press release issued later gallon propane tanks … that day announcing that a 19-year- Minor was charged only with reckold male driver, Hunter Minor of the less driving by FRPD. 500 block of Braxton Road in Front But what was he doing speeding Royal, had turned himself in, appar- around the back of the shopping cenently with a little push from an older ter late-afternoon – fleeing a crime and wiser head – dad – about an scene, we asked hour after the incident was reported. “Showing off ” was the assessment “Hunter stated that he was driving from authorities the following day. at a high rate of speed came up on Minor could face civil charges the right turn behind Kmart, hit his from both Amerigas, for damages; brakes and lost control of the vehicle. and shopping center retailers for lost Hunter advised that he was headed revenue. The shopping center was straight for the ditch so he turned closed for about 90 minutes before his car to the right, and when he did being cleared to re-open. The leaking he struck the propane tanks. Hunter Amerigas propane tanks were turned knew that the tanks were leaking off by an employee of Quarles Petroand said he got scared, so he left he leum, Gilbert Himes, who was the scene.” first gas company field person availgl Okay, Fri 05/24/2013 - 2:57:15 let -me get this straight: able to PM the scene, 351300.6588 authorities told us. you’re hot-rodding around the back County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatiof a shopping center in a 1996 De- co said Minor will not be charged troit-made Oldsmobile juggernaught for costs incurred from the hazardheading for a ditch with a wild brush ous materials spill response because

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those costs were minimal due to the fact no special resources were needed to secure the scene. It appeared that a far greater tragedy may have been averted – an explosion from impact had a tank been cracked open and escaping gas exposed to a metal-on-metal impact spark – by the presence of a caged enclosure at the point of impact. That enclosure held smaller, empty 20gallon propane tanks and appeared to absorb much of the impact of the collision. According to FRPD, Minor was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora. Judging from tire tracks at the scene, after losing control of his vehicle Minor traveled approximately 20 to 30 feet in the grass before striking the propane tank complex. Even after the large tanks had been


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flew – I’m pretty sure he was airborne – past me. Just random gas venting from one of the tanks, we were informed after Himes checked it out and we were assured by emergency services personnel no explosion was imminent. PHEW!!! Front Royal Police Officer Zack King investigated the accident. Units from several county fire and rescue departments responded to the scene, including Rivermont and Chester Gap. Warren County Sheriff ’s Office units assisted FRPD in blocking off the shopping center while the propane leak was brought under control.

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Point of impact turned off, the site declared secure from a potential explosion and the media allowed in, the smell of propane hung heavy in the air behind the shopping center. I figure the smell was pretty heavy because despite an exceptionally lousy olfactory sense, I could smell it pretty strong. “When we first got back here it really knocked you over,” one county fire and rescue responder comment-

ed of the relative amount of propane in the air about an hour after the accident. One uneasy moment occurred as two photographers, yours truly and long-time NVD stalwart Rich Cooley, were getting close shots of the point of impact and a loud hissing sound was suddenly emitted from one of the big tanks. “What’s that!??! Rich asked as he

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Shenandoah Valley Music Festival’s 50th Season kicks off By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, with special guest Chatham Street kicks off the 50th Anniversary season of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival Friday, July 19. Mason, co-founder of the band Traffic, is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Famous for hits such as “Feeling All Right,” “Only You Know and I Know,” and “We Just Disagree,” is touring an unplugged acoustic show. Chatham Street, based in the Shenandoah Valley, is Christal and Peter Prout. They have been finalists in songwriting competitions

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In the not-too-distant past Facebook announced it had achieved 1 billion users. Three of them are contented with the social network’s new timeline format. Of course, the irony of complaining about a free web site service that no one forces you to use seems to escape most disgruntled Facebook users. But even more irritating than Facebook are the users themselves. This was especially obvious during the pre-election months when numerous FB’ers felt obliged to advise their friends who to vote for, just in case we didn’t have the ability to figure it out for ourselves. So here’s list of common Facebook abuses, together with a little friendly advice: • The Extreme Poster: These folks have an overwhelming urge to share everything they do, think, hear, see, smell, or step in, during the course of their day. The most egregious offenders will issue a screen avalanche of multiple postings in the space of a few minutes. Advice: Just stop it. Besides, you’re displacing recent vital posts (i.e., mine). • The Multiple Medical Moaner: No one likes to hear that a FB friend is ill. No, seriously, NO ONE likes to hear that a FB friend is ill – repeatedly, day after day, week after week. These virtual hypochondriacs generally claim to be suffering from

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I hear that whistle blowing, blowing - down Chester St.?!!? Riverton Quarry train engine and tipping cars now at Heritage Society

plete the new display are likely quite a bit older. After snapping a photo of “Engineer” Farris popping his head through the front window of the switcher engine, we asked if there was more track available. “You know, this would be a nice ride around downtown with whistle-stop shopping. They could make East Main one way for cars and one way for the train. You can loop down Chester, up East Main, around Crescent and home again,” we suggested of a potential future Front Royal tourist attraction … yea, that’s the ticket …

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report After nearly four years of planning, a train engine and two tipping cars utilized at the Riverton Lime Works Quarry arrived at the Warren Heritage Society for permanent display on July 15. Coincidentally, I called Heritage Society President Patrick Farris earlier that day to inquire into the status of the train that our Malcolm Barr had run across at Moyer Automotive. After recounting the longstanding, if unrealized, plan to have the train that was part of operations at the county’s oldest ongoing business dating to 1869, at the Heritage

Society for display, Farris said it could come “tomorrow or it could come in a year.” A few hours later I received the message Farris had called to say the train would arrive at 6 p.m. “Six p.m. when?” I queried. “Today, in about 30 minutes,” came the reply. “I should call you more often,” I later told Farris, “It’s like magic – I ask and you receive.” Actually we learned from Walt Moyer that an employee, Luis Rivera, on hand to help with the transfer from Moyers Automotive on Duck Street, across the South Fork Bridge and down Chester Street, was the real magic man in this operation.

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“Luis did most of the work on weekends, on his own time,” Moyer said, giving a nod to an employee with an obvious sense of, not only history, but the nuts and bolts of realizing history – or at least the cleaning up and painting necessary for the proper display of it to the rest of us. “And be sure to acknowledge that Webb Davis had the idea to move the train here and the owner-operators of the quarry, especially Michael Hartman,” Farris added, spreading the love. Farris noted that things really started happening when Moyer got the train to his Moyer Automotive

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Not a merger: Valley Health & Inova form ‘alliance’ Partnership of separate but equal entities in evolving health care landscape By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The preface from the Valley Health public relations department and the joint press release noted that whatever it was being announced between Valley Health and Inova on July 2 was neither a merger, nor an acquisition, but rather “an alliance.” Okay, wondering exactly what that meant for the “non-profit” Valley Health Systems with which I had a very recent and positive health care experience, I read on. The press release explained the non-merger was an effort to better position the two health care entities “to operate, compete and succeed together” but legally still as separate entities in “a dynamic and changing environment.” “In this alliance, we have two strong

health systems planning for the future and collaborating in areas that are important to the future of healthcare. The winds of change are strong, and this alliance allows our two organizations an opportunity to collaborate … do more, in a shorter period of time and at less cost, than would have been possible if pursued alone,” Valley Health System President and CEO Mark H. Merrill stated in a July 2 press release. Inova President and COO Mark Stauder added, “A critical element of the ‘new normal’ in health care is partnership. Together, Inova and Valley Health System offer creativity, innovation, and experience with a passion to improve the health of the diverse communities we serve now and in the generation to come.” Two key consequences, one for

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include more than 1,700 licensed beds. Inova encompasses the full array of health services, including the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. Inova is also home to nationally and internationally recognized Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI), Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) focused on genomics research, Inova Neuroscience Institute and Inova Children’s Hospital. More information and statistics about Inova is at www.inova. org. “This is a dynamic and challenging time in health care. It is incumbent on Valley Health leadership to pursue innovative ways to enhance our ability to provide exceptional care to our patients,” said Valley Health President-CEO Merrill.

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Obituary – Jane Wood Vaughan Jane Wood Vaughan, 67, of Front Royal died Monday, July 15, 2013, in the Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. The family will receive friends on July 20th at Maddox Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be David Seekford, Paul Thomson, Paul J. Weaver, Richard W. Wood, James B. Wood and Wallace I. Wood. Mrs. Vaughan was born Jan. 4, 1946, in Front Royal, daughter of the late Dewey Reese and Lola Audrey Silman Wood. She was a 1963 graduate of John S. Mosby Academy in Front Royal. She was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, the Warren Rifles Chapter 934 of the United Daughters of the confederacy, and the Women of the Moose Chapter 1194. Surviving are two sons, G. Duane Vaughan and James A. Vaughan; a daughter, Elizabeth J. Vaughan; a sister, Suzanne W Silek; a granddaughter Reno Paige Vaughan (all of Front Royal); as well as three nieces, two nephews, three great nieces and one great nephew. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA; the American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Ave., Suite B, Winchester, VA; or to Calvary Episcopal Church, PO Box 62, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Remembering another friend gone too soon

Jane, center, has an ‘I’ve heard this all before’ look as she referees debate between son James, left, and yours truly at ‘60s themed, 60th birthday party she hosted for the writer in 2008.

A young Jane doing her Faye Dunaway impression - or was Faye impersonating Jane?

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report When I was recovered enough from my New Year’s Eve heart attack to get out and about, I visited my friend Jane Vaughan, who had been dealing with her own potentially fatal health problem for around a year. I first met Jane in 1986 when “The Unexplained”,

including her sons Duane and James, became the house band at Champion’s Pub, the restaurant that brought me into these parts as part owner 27 years ago. “Bet you never thought I’d try to check out before you – at least you got a head’s up something was wrong,” I said trying to lighten the mood of conversation about our dueling, failing vital or-

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gans Jane just shrugged and said she was used to my trying to skip in line – just that usually it was a food line, often at either her town home or family cabin in Hickerson Hollow. And speaking of food, Jane had me and another mutual friend, Paul Weaver, over to her Cloud Street home not much more than a month ago for one of her famous liver & onion dinners. “Double up on that medicine of yours,” she said in announcing the invite, knowing that organ meats were high on my list of “danger foods” for a really painful gout flare up. I always considered it worth the risk and a double dose of my Colichine-Probenecid prescription always seemed to do the trick to the extent I’d even risk seconds.

Unlike many in this rural community about which I often joke that you can be considered “a local” after about three generations, Jane made me feel a welcome part of her family almost from the start. “Don’t take this wrong, but it wasn’t just you – that’s how she was with a lot of people,” Bob Mason commented when I called to tell him Jane had passed. But knowing me as an only child (it’s not hard to spot) she displayed additional care that I always be included on her invite list for holidays after my mother joined my father on the other side in 1997. “Just another one of the orphans that’s always around here,” she’d comment as she pointed the way toward another excellent meal waiting in the kitchen – “I

made the damn meal, you don’t expect me to serve it to you too?” is how I recall a typical dinnerbell call. I last saw Jane about two weeks before she passed. She was making her way to bed in the very early evening with a walker and the help of daughter Beth. She complained of increasing difficulty sleeping well, day or night; and it was the first time her overall frailty really impacted me. “Well, you hang in there,” I said. “I can’t even walk, how the hell am I supposed to hang?” she replied with a shrug. And that’s how I’ll remember Jane – crusty, defiant and funny to the end. Godspeed, Jane, you are missed – and it’s a pretty big extended family that is feeling that loss.

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‘Boeing, Boeing’s’ slapstick romp through human sexuality Hello, Goodbye: a new play marks Artistic Director Crocker’s final day

After 15 years as Artistic Director, Warner Crocker bids Wayside audience adieu as ‘Boeing, Boeing’ cast joins in emotional farewell. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report It was with mixed emotions I settled in for the July 14 premier of Wayside Theatre’s second offering of its 52nd season, the 1960’s French sexual farce “Boeing, Boeing”. And as Artistic Director Warner Crocker – wait, he was officially Guest Direc-

tor at that point – hit the stage to introduce the final Wayside production of which he will be a part it was apparent I was not alone in that shared range of emotions. But as I learned long ago, the only constant in the universe is change. And after 15 years as the Middletown, regional theater’s guiding creative force, for Crocker, Wayside



Leslie Putnam (Gloria-TWA) and Daniel Westbrook as Wisconsin-native Robert, explore the dynamics of modern American ‘global romance.’ Theatre, its audiences, patrons, staff and troupe, a big dose of change is unfolding. But we reported on the most recent manifestation of that change in detail last issue and will continue to as it unfolds. The play’s the thing As for Crocker’s directorial fare-

well, as advertised the play which debuted in London in 1962 and saw major revivals in London in 2007 and Broadway in 2008, presents timeless questions about human nature, sexuality and fidelity against a backdrop of technological change – faster airline flight at the 1960s’ dawn of commercial jet air traffic – in a comedic and farcical context. In his introduction to the play in

the show program, Crocker traces the history of dramatic farce to 16th Century France and the Japanese tradition of Kyogen. Both, as Crocker explains, are traditions “of comic dramatic buffoonery and horseplay typically including crude characterizations and improbable situations.” “ ‘Boeing, Boeing’ contains all the classic elements of a farce: improbable situations, a single setting, and buffoonish characters puffed up with enough ego to keep an army of psychologists employed,” Crocker observes. And while this sexual comedic farce is French-authored and set, it is international in its characterization of the attempt to juggle multiple romances “in an era that recalls ‘Mad Men’ and Martini’s (for you less TVcultured, the “Mad Men” reference is to HBO/AMC’s landmark, awardwinning dramatic series exploring myriad human issues within the context of a 1960’s New York advertising agency. It was an era-when the ‘three-Martini lunch’ was a crucial – and tax-deductible – staple of how American business was conducted).” In fact, the play’s on-stage “French Connection” is household maid Berthe, played to petulant perfection by Wayside newcomer Shirley

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Fly German!! - Lufthansa’s Gretchen (Theresa McGuirk) romances Robert (Daniel Westbrook). Proctor. And rather than active participant, Berthe takes on the role of observer-commentator (almost a Greek Chorus) to the romantic shenanigans engaged in by her American boss Bernard (Wayside vet Don Denton); Bernard’s long-lost school days friend Robert (newcomer Daniel Westbrook); and American, Italian and German airline stewardesses,

played respectively by Leslie Putnam, Karen O’Connell and Theresa McGuirk, all three actresses with past histories with Wayside. The play started slowly as the groundwork of Bernard’s simultaneous engagements to TWA, Al-Italia and Lufthansa stewardesses is explained to the more conservative and middle-American traditionalist

Robert. Farcical parameters being laid out, as it were, the six-door, stage set of Bernard’s Parisian apartment provided a hint of what was to come as the play’s six characters come into fast-closing and awkward proximity. “This is going to turn into an inone-and-out-the-other-door-slamming ‘Three Stooges’ episode,” I predicted in all reverence to one of the major influences on my lifelong comedic perspective. It did, and as promised, “Boeing, Boeing” became a “laugh-out-loud comedy” even for this cynical reviewer. I sort of had a feeling the play would be funny when I first heard the plot coupled with its aeronautically-inspired double-entendre title – “Boeing, Boeing,” indeed!!! (Boeing was developer of the stronger engine for its commercial Boeing 727-100 tri-jet that eventually led to significantly shortened flight times for all airlines). While cast interaction is the key to “Boeing, Boeing’s” humor, I want to give a special nod to McGuirk, whose introduction as Lufthansa steward-

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Our ‘Retired’ friend Aumente keeps at it – this time in Africa Former Rutgers journalism professor helps develop health curriculum mation, visited Politecnica University in Maputo previously as part of a US Agency for International Development-supported program developed by Johns Hopkins University. As founding director of the Journalism Resources Institute at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, Aumente previously directed numerous programs for health journalists and students preparing for careers in the field. Working with Gregory Alonso Pirio, president of EC Communications, Aumente, after consulting with Jerome Aumente, left, meeting with program staff and university administrators at Politecnica University in Maputo. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Speak of the devil, our old friend Jerry Aumente found time in his hectic “retirement” schedule to submit a summary of his most recent overseas exploits (we think its still his most recent) in the field of journalism. Aumente’s official retirement was from his career as a journalism Professor

Emeritus at Rutgers University. Also an author on the changing nature of journalism in the world of Internet communications, Aumente has designed the curriculum for a series of new health journalism courses for Politecnica University in Mozambique – yes, the one in Africa. As he explained, Aumente, who is special counselor to the dean in the School of Communication and Infor-

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overall health care awareness. The hope is that the curriculum will provide a template for advanced health journalism development in the entire African region around Mozambique,” Aumente explained. “The courses are being translated into Portuguese, will be gradually introduced into the curriculum in 2013 and will also interact with initiatives that include a new health journalism website and a new radio station at Politecnica University that is part of the overall health journalism initiative,” he added.

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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 2013 June Indictments July term Kathryn Rebecca Teel The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNTS ONE, TWO AND THREE: in the County of Warren, Kathryn Rebecca Teel, 28, of 8 E. Jackson St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute two Schedule II substances and I controlled substance, to-wit: Oxycodone, and Heroin. Dates of the offenses were on or about November 20, 21 and December 5, 2012. Michael Anthony Beaty The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that:

COUNTS ONE and TWO: in the County of Warren, Michael Anthony Beaty, 25, homeless, did unlawfully and feloniously take, or obtain a credit card from the control or possession of another without the cardholder’s consent, with the intent to use said credit card; and did unlawfully and feloniously with the intent to defraud obtain money, with a value of more than $200.00 within a six-month period through the use of a credit card by representing without the consent of the cardholder that he was the holder of the credit card. Dates of the offenses ranged from on or about March 9, 2013 through March 24, 2013. Catina Marie Deneal The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNTS ONE and TWO: in the County of

Warren, Catina Marie Deneal, 38, of 226 Somerset Dr., Stephens City, VA 22605, did unlawfully and feloniously with the intent to defraud obtain money, with a value of more than $200.00 within a six-month period through the use of a credit card by representing without the consent of the cardholder that she is the holder of the credit card. Dates of the offenses ranged from on or about August 6 through 8 and August 24, 2012.

Indictments Offender, did unlawfully and feloniously drive on a public highway, a motor vehicle or self-propelled machinery.

Trent Allen Dodson, 20, of 220 Cloud St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule I controlled substance, to-wit: Heroin.

Trent Allen Dodson Samantha Marie Jenkins The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about February 27, 2013, in the County of Warren,

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Emotions high at post-‘Boeing’ opening cast party By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report

Warner Crocker gave an emotional farewell speech at the cast party gathering at the Curtain Call Café following the July 14 opening night of his final Wayside show, “Boeing, Boeing.” Crocker paid his usual tributes to the cast; then called up his wife, Thomasin Savaiano, who follows him out the Wayside door. Specifically, Crocker noted Thomasin’s 10 or more years of work with youth through Wayside’s “Young Actors’ Workshops.” Mark Brown, former mayor and Middletown businessman, noted the absence of any members of the current Middletown Council (none were present at the recent town meeting on the theater’s financial situation, either, so no surprise there). Brown paid tribute to Crocker’s efforts on behalf of the theater that he said had “contributed so much to the local economy.” Several actors from the D.C. metro area traveled out to be at Crocker’s last appearance at Wayside, including former Wayside interns who are now doing well professionally at other theaters. Ilona Dulaski, who has acted on the Wayside stage since 1965, gave Crocker and Savaiano rave reviews

At cast party in Curtain Call Café, Crocker offers some parting advice to Wayside intern Daniel Westbrook – ‘Don’t act with your mouth full (unless its in the script)! for their work here. Also, local singer-musician-actor Robbie Limon of Middletown was there to bid a fond farewell. Limon got his acting start at Wayside in the title role in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway” several years ago. Under Crocker’s recruitment, Limon followed that acting debut up with another stellar performance in the title role in “The Buddy Holly Story.”

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During July 15 council discussion it was noted that four points of access were planned between John Marshall Highway (Route 55 E) and Happy Creek Road. Those are at the Swan Farm site, Happy Creek Knolls, the new hospital site (on the Duncan tract) and at the new middle school site.

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Town moves toward joint Leach’s Run Parkway funding Town approval of share of $712k design contract with Pennoni looms By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Following a 5-0 town council passage (Tharpe absent) of a July 8 Resolution to participate in approving re-allocation of up to $10-million in Lease Revenue and Refunding bond through the local Economic Development Authority, joint town-county movement toward funding Leach’s Run Parkway appears in motion. Of course the fact the town will proceed in that re-allocation of a 2010 bond of $7.5 million without any financial liability may have contributed to the ease with which the resolution passed. The bond maneuvering revolves around funding of a second county public middle school. However, construction of the long-discussed north-south connector road between John Marshall Highway and Happy Creek Road is seen as a key transportation element impacting service to that middle school. The road is also anticipated to improve access from the east and north to Warren County High School, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School and a planned new Valley Health medical campus. The bond-issuance Resolution approved by council at its first July meeting followed county bond consultant Davenport & Associates making a detailed presentation to the county board of supervisors in June. That presentation detailed favorable interest rate and other impacts on moving the 2010, EDA-based $7.5 million Public Facility Bond note through a recent 2013 bond issue.

That re-issue would increase the total bond amount available for coming county capital improvements to the maximum $10 million amount. The condition of no liability to the town on the new bond issue keeps the town well positioned for any future application for its own “qualified tax-exempt” bond issue this fiscal year. The town followed approval of its July 8 resolution up with a July 15 work session consensus to quickly move forward approval of participation in a jointly-funded contract with Pennoni & Associates on design work on Leach’s Run Parkway. The joint town-county funding of “up to” $712,000 in design work by Pennoni will be split along the “Fair Funding Formula” for EDA-involved financing of projects within the town limits. That split is 66-34 percent, which at the maximum authorized design amount results in $242,080 funding by the town and $469,920 by the county. The “Fair Funding Formula” for work in the county is 72-28, county-town. Total estimated costs for design/ engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction of Leach’s Run Parkway is between $11 million and $12 million, town staff told us. Access points During July 15 council discussion it was noted that four points of access were planned between John Marshall Highway (Route 55 E) and Happy Creek Road. Those are at the Swan Farm site, Happy Creek Knolls,

the new hospital site (on the Duncan tract) and at the new middle school site. The issue of speed limits and impacts on design and costs was also broached. It was pointed out that the maximum speed limit anywhere in town was currently 35 mph. VDOT parameters allowing the speed limit to max out at 50 mph on a four-lane parkway design was noted. Should the Leach’s Run Parkway speed be limited to 35 mph? Bret Hrbek observed that if the higher speed limit was favored by VDOT and could save the town money in design and signaling costs, he favored allowing a 45 or 50 mph limit. Eugene Tewalt told the mayor that while he supported the parkway project, he had unresolved questions he would like to discuss with Town Manager Steve Burke and EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald prior to final authorization of funding and design. Mayor Tim Darr noted the quickening pace of the timeline on positive movement, but added, “We’ve only been waiting 30 years for this – I think we can wait long enough to accommodate answering Gene’s questions.” Tewalt noted a projected 258-day or nearly nine-month construction timeframe he hoped not to delay significantly in seeking more detail. Exactly what that detail is remained a mystery since the councilman did not specify what his remaining questions about the parkway project were.

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RSW Jail Authority Chairman Doug Stanley surveys the rooftop cistern area during May 23 tour of the construction site By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Following a brief work session on July 8, a year-and-a-half impasse over water-bill-saving measures involving dumping cistern-collected rainwater for specified uses at the RSW (Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren) Regional Jail into the town central sewer system appears on the verge of resolution. The lack of discussion following presentation of a draft agreement indicates there may be a unanimous council consensus for approval of the agreement following a public hearing scheduled for July 22. Final rewording by the town’s legal staff to facilitate that consensus and end what could have been a costly and contentious legal battle involving parameters of the town-county 522 Corridor Agreement on town central-utility service extended into the county strictly limits acceptance

of such outside water into the town sewer system to “governmentally owned, operated [and licensed] correctional facilities.� The pending agreement should come about 95 days into a 120-day timeframe given the town to alter its code to allow the RSW Jail to introduce some cistern-collected rainwater for those specified uses – laundry, HVAC systems and toilet flushing.

Should approval of an ordinance change or waiver for the regional jail not occur, the drafted agreement for jail use of town central water and sewer utilities would be voided without any jail authority liability to the town. But at this point it seems doubtful anyone wants to return to the potential legal quagmire such a failure would appear to promise. In February 2012, former Town Councilman Tom Conkey specified town concerns that if authorized for one user, a flood of such requests from other corridor businesses would begin, throwing several aspects of the town’s central utility service into chaos: “My issues are by adding foreign water it is difficult or impossible to size the wastewater treatment plant (state and federally mandated at an estimated cost of $40 million on projected future sewer service),� Conkey began. “[And] the ordinance does not address the real issue, which is that as soon as we open this door there will be a line at our door from businesses and industry that will want to introduce foreign water into our system – all this to save the county $6,000 a year. I know there will be a line at the door. This is a Pandora’s Box you are

asking us to open to get a LEEDS “silver certification� and save $6,000 to $8,000 a year and it just doesn’t add up,� Conkey concluded at a Feb. 21, 2012, council work session. The original impetus cited by the RSW Authority were potential savings of $6,000 to $8,000 per year, as well as a better rating when being considered for certification as a LEEDS “green facility� by the U.S. Green Building Council. Vagaries about treatment of the collected regional jail water before it was introduced into the town sewer system and the potential town users would end up paying to support the jail’s selective town utility use continued to create complications for a year. In early 2013 as light began to appear at the end of what had been an increasingly rocky and hazardous tunnel, Councilman Bret Hrbek said allowing the regional jail to use town water and bypass the sewer system without a threatened legal challenge would have been negligent on coun-

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cil’s part. The reason, Hrbek said, would be that such a selective utility arrangement cherry-picked by the jail authority would have seen town water-sewer customers “subsidizing� the regional jail’s water use. This past February, Hrbek suggested that after a year of impasse and escalating threats that returning to consideration of the initially-rejected cistern proposal with certain assurances could be the way out. During that year of impasse as a council majority opposed acceptance of any outside-the-system water into its sewer treatment system, the Regional Jail Authority explored alternatives leading to the potential of a costly legal battle. The alternatives began with jail design aspects that would have allowed the dumping of wastewater into an independent, on-site treatment system. That alternative eventually mushroomed into a plan to entirely bypass the town’s sewer system, treating and dumping all jail water on site.

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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 At that point the town countered that the 522 Corridor Agreement mandated northside, county central water-sewer customers to tie into both water and sewer to receive either service. The jail authority populated in some key positions by Warren County officials, then threatened to opt out of town water-sewer service entirely. By this point the involved numbers had skyrocketed and counter claims of protecting taxpayers were coming from both sides. Calling all decisions subsequent to the town’s denial of the original cistern-dumping request “business decisions,” Regional Jail Authority Chairman and Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley offered the RSW Authority perspective during a Feb. 5, 2013, meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. “While it (RSW Authority) did not agree with the town’s concerns about the use of rainwater, respected the town’s decision,” Stanley told the county supervisors. “Based on this decision, the jail authority, in May 2012, accepted a proposal to evaluate the potential and feasibility to treat the laundry water from the facility and all of the wastewater as an option.” That study indicated potential savings of $1 million over 20 years ($50,000 per year) by treating just the laundry water on site; and savings of $3 million over 20 years ($150,000 per year) by treating all the jail’s

wastewater on site for disposal out of the town’s system. “Of this $3 million savings, $1.5 million will belong to the residents of Warren County, approximately 40 percent of who live within the Town of Front Royal,” Stanley stated (Warren County is projected to house 40 percent of the tri-county inmate population at the regional jail). Why not compromise? At that point about five months ago we summarized the pros and cons of continued escalation versus compromise: • was it worth the gamble of a protracted and costly legal fight to either party (as well as the county) to find out how a court would interpret the wording of the 1998 county/towndrafted 522 Corridor Agreement regarding the provision of town central

utilities to commercial and industrial development on north-side county land? • Why not return to square one – the jail’s original request minus all the interim posturing, threats and self-justifications? Fortunately, unlike the U.S. House of Representatives which remains mired in a tactic of partisan, ideological intransigence, it appears cooler heads have prevailed locally; even if only out of mutual fear of potential consequences of a lost legal battle. So, it appears that upon its scheduled opening in the summer of 2014, the RSW Regional Jail will pay the agreed-upon compromise corridor rates for town water and sewer, and that some of that sewer water will have originated as cistern-collected rainwater passing through the jail’s laundry, HVAC and toilets. The agreed-upon compromise util-

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“I don’t think there is any way I can grant this petition. There have been no character witnesses – the burden isn’t on them, it’s on you.” – Judge W. Dale Houff explaining denial of Andrew Studds 2nd Amendment rights restoration petition

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A town man arrested after twice filming police conduct traffic stops in his Cherrydale neighborhood while carrying a holstered semi-automatic pistol this spring will have to try again to get his right to bear arms restored. Following a brief civil hearing in Warren County General District Court on July 16, Judge W. Dale Houff denied the petition of Andrew C. Studds to have his right to carry, transport or own a gun restored. “I don’t think there is any way I can grant this petition. There have been no character witnesses – the burden isn’t on them,” Houff told Studds of the commonwealth’s opposition, “It’s on you,” to justify the restoration.

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currently on “a consistent dose” of prescription medication that had stabilized his depression issues. Studds said he did not regret his decision to carry a weapon while filming police – “Absolutely not … I identified myself and told them I was exercising my First and Second Amendment rights (to peacefully as-

semble and bear arms).” Studds also reiterated a point made during his criminal case hearing on June 25 – that he had been told by authorities that his right to bear arms had NOT been stripped following the January 2012 commitment incident. He said he inquired on March 13, two weeks before the first filming

Public safety incident with FRPD this year, and was told he had not lost his right to bear arms. Studds was arrested on the gun violation about a week after the May 9 filming incident after police ran a check on him and discovered his Second Amendment rights had, indeed, been stripped in the wake

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of the commitment incident 15 months earlier. Studds’ attorney told the court during the criminal hearing that the involved magistrate in January 2012 had misspelled Studds name as “Stubbs” leading to the legal system telling his client he could legally carry a gun this spring. “I wouldn’t have carried the gun if I’d known my right had been stripped, I would have obeyed the letter of the law,” Studds said following the July 16 hearing. “I’m just very, very disappointed. It just shows they can do anything. I guess I pissed them off but I’d never seen anyone drug out of a car like that during a traffic stop,” he said of his filming of the FRPD traffic stops in his neighborhood. Asked about the status of the gun he had carried on those two days, Studds said authorities had destroyed the Taurus .380-caliber, 10shot magazine clip semi-automatic pistol. He added that he had sold his other firearms, about five in total, including a shotgun, pistol, AR-15 and AK-47 semi-automatic rifles, when he became aware of his lack of Second Amendment rights. Of his preferred and now-destroyed handgun, Studds noted, “I had that gun on me the night I went to the hospital. But I left it in the car.” Studds said he would seek legal advice on how to proceed from this point. He said he had been referred to a strong Second Amendment rights advocacy group he recalled as the Virginia Citizen Defense League. As the hearing concluded, Judge Houff acknowledged that Studds may have been hampered legally by representing himself in the civil petition and noted his ruling did not prevent Studds from re-filing for reinstatement of his right to bear or own a gun – “Although I don’t want to be here every week on this,” the judge observed. “I’ll be here every week,” Studds replied. “You may have to be,” Houff countered.

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Rotary honors high school Athletes of the Year

Terry and John Moore flank Warren County ‘s female student-athlete of the year, Kayla Gibbons, WCHS. Rotary president Daniel Pond III is at left; Warren County executive Doug Stanley, right. The Moores are parents of the late Heidi Moore for whom the trophy is named. Photos by Malcolm Barr, Sr. By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report The first Rotary Club of Front Royal high school student-athletes of the year - Kayla Gibbons and Tyler Post of Warren County High School (WCHS) - received their trophies at a July 12 meeting of the club. Earlier this year, Front Royal Rotary announced the establishment of the awards and named them after two former high school athletic champions, Rotarian and former Front Royal mayor John Marlow (WCHS Class of 1957), and Heidi Moore, WCHS “most outstanding girls’ track and field performer 1997-1999.”

Marlow was there to present the trophy to Post. Tragically, Moore died of cancer in 2009 and her father, John Moore, was called on to present the trophy to Gibbons.

County executive Doug Stanley set up the annual awards and launched a scholarship fund drive to go with the trophies in future years. Among the criteria for the awards: a varsity sports letter; excellence in athletics and academics; community service;

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to major in pre-med, was a member of the WCHS National Honor Society and the Rotary Interact Club. She scored perfect attendance for the 10th through 12th grades. Those same years, she served as athletic team captain and won the most valuable running awards as well as being named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 9th grade. She donated countless hours to community service including blood drives, diabetes walks, and the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Post, who will attend Bridgewater College, has also dedicated many hours to community service. A fouryear letter winner in both football and baseball, he was WCHS team captain in both sports in his senior year, and football team captain as a junior. He was selected MVP for football his senior year and MVP for baseball his junior year. Rotary’s Buck Smith coordinated input from the athletic directors of Front Royal’s two high schools, Skyline and WCHS.




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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:


The Battle of Manassas Gap/Wapping Heights

The Front Royal-Warren County History Page ing southward along Valley roads. If Meade wanted to break his enemy’s lines in two, this was his last – and best –opportunity. As the Confederate infantry reformed along the road to Front Royal,

Carter stationed his artillery on a hill within sight of the town from which he could shell approaching Union troops from a distance. This helped See HISTORY, pg. 27

By Patrick Farris Executive Director Warren Heritage Society The final battle of the Gettysburg Campaign took place in Warren County, Virginia in July of 1863, as US Gen. George G. Meade’s pursuit CS Gen. Robert E. Lee climaxed east of Front Royal. Nicknamed “the Blackberry Affair” – as hungry troops of both sides foraged during lulls in the fighting – the battle was significant as the last major engagement of Lee’s Gettysburg Campaign, and the only point in the war during which Warren County’s infantry would fight as a unit on their home soil. “I start tomorrow to run another race with Lee”, wrote Meade to his wife on July 14, 1863. As the Confederate army moved south up the Shenandoah Valley Union troops mirrored their movement through the Loudoun Valley east of the Blue Ridge. On July 22, Federal cavalry units under US Gen. Wesley Merritt approached Linden Station in Manassas Gap, and Confederate 17th Infantry - including Company B, the Warren Rifles – fought them at the mountain pass adjacent to the little settlement of Wapping. On July 23 CS Gen. A. R. Wright’s Brigade, under the command of Col. E.J. Walker of the 3rd Georgia Infantry, was assigned to guard the left flank of A.P. Hill’s Corps as it passed through Front Royal and on to Chester Gap. At daylight, the brigade marched to Manassas Gap, where at 10:00am US Gen. William French had arrived with nearly 20,000 reinforcements, although French would not order his men into the attack until 2:00pm. At around 3:00pm Meade arrived at Linden Station but did nothing to spur on French. Outnumbered, the Confederates withdrew to a crest further west in an area of Warren County known as the “Valley of Retreat,” and called up reinforce-

ments. As troops from the 70th New York and 3rd and 4th Maine pressed Walker’s Georgians, a six-gun Alabamian artillery unit commanded by Col. T.H. Carter’s opened fire, briefly stalling the Federals, who then ral-

lied and took the second crest, flanking the Confederates who fell back again towards Front Royal. From the heights of Manassas Gap Federal soldiers could easily see Confederate wagon trains and troops mov-

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PAWgress Report: ‘My name is Amber’ so being in a kennel was very hard for me because the nice people who would clean my kennel would have to pick me up a lot to move me in and out of my temporary home. I got very frustrated but then they moved me into the director’s office and since that time I’ve been a very good girl. Even though I don’t really like being picked up, I DO love to be petted and I try to show my appreciation by purring a lot. The director says that I am very smart because I respond to my name. I love to lie in my bed in the sunshine but my favorite thing is to sit on her lap and get lots of pets. My foster mom still stops by to visit me and she brings me pink toys because pink is my favorite color. I have short hair and I don’t shed much and

I am very healthy. Everyone here at the animal shelter keeps saying nice things about me and trying to make me feel better about being in shelter so long. They told me I deserved a home of my own. I want to believe them. I don’t know why I haven’t been adopted yet; lots of other cats and kittens have come in and found their forever homes. In fact, since the time I came into shelter 338 cats have been adopted. I guess it’s because I’m just a simple brown tabby. The staff says my tiger like markings and green eyes are beautiful but no one else seems to notice. Well, thanks for reading my story. Maybe you are my new family. If you can’t adopt me, there are over

200 other cats and dogs available at the shelter for adoption. I bet if you come by, you’ll find a forever companion for your family. We are all waiting patiently at the Humane Society of Warren County located at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA. The shelter is open 6 days a week from 10am-4pm, they only close on Wednesday so they can deep clean the shelter to keep us healthy. The shelter is so full they are running a special through the end of July, so I promise it won’t cost you much to add any of us to your family. With love, Amber C-1863-12

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Hi, my name is Amber and I’m a year-and-a-half old. My number at the shelter is C-1863-12. That means I was the one thousand eight hundred and sixty third cat brought to the shelter in 2012 – that’s right 2012. I was brought to the Humane Society of Warren County on October 3rd of last year as a stray. The shelter workers tried to find my family but I didn’t have a microchip and no

one ever came to claim me. So, in the fall of last year I was placed for adoption. I went to a foster home for awhile and my foster mom paid for me to be spayed and get my rabies vaccine. I couldn’t stay with her all of the time because she travels a lot with her job, so when no one adopted me after the holidays I had to come back to the shelter to live. I really don’t like to be picked up,

Front Royal businessman Aaron Tweedie’s startup project Man-PACK is almost fully funded with one week to go. The funds will be awarded only if the goal is reached in time. Find out more at or by searching for “MAN” at http:// but act FAST!

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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 Friday, July 19, 2013 Forecast 95° | 73° 2pm - 3pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. CINEMANIA! Movie Time! Come join in for a variety of feature films. Each month showcases a new movie with this program just for teens! Popcorn will be provided as available. Ages 14 and up. Please register. 3pm - 11pm Firemen’s Carnival. Carnival Lot on Crosby Rd, Front Royal. The Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department is holding their Annual Carnival tonight. 4pm - 5pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH CLASS: Parlez-vous francais? Learn something new this summer in a conversational French class for beginners. Adults only. 7pm - 8pm Gazebo Gathering. Main Street & Chester Street, Front Royal. Tonight is the Gazebo Gathering sponsored by the Blue Ridge ArtsCouncil (BRAC). Admission is FREE. Tonight: “Intrepid Jazz” -contemporary yet timeless acoustical jazz Saturday, July 20, 2013 Forecast 99° | 70° 8am - 1pm Farmers Market. Main St, Front Royal. The Downtown Front Royal, Inc. Farmers Market will be held every Saturday until October 26 on Main Street near the Visitors Center.

2pm - 3pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. CHESS CHALLENGE: Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good Chess game. For ages 8 and up. Please register. 2pm - 9pm Street Ministry. Gazebo on Main Street, Front Royal. Today will be a Street Ministry by Pastor Carlton Roman of Grace Christian Ministries in the Gazebo Area. There will be preaching, singing with live band music and a worship dance team performance. 3pm - 11pm Firemen’s Carnival. Carnival Lot on Crosby Rd, Front Royal. The Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department is holding their Annual Carnival tonight. 6pm - 8pm Royal Plaza Concert. Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Front Royal. Tonight is the Summer Concert Series sponsored by the Royal Plaza Shopping Center. Entertainment is by: Just 4 Fun. No alcohol. No pets. Concert is on the lawn. FREE and open to the public.

available at no cost to participants. A responsible adult is requested to accompany the kids. Hats, walking shoes and bug spray are highly recommended.

new this summer in a conversational French class for beginners. Adults only. 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center.

Monday, July 22, 2013 4pm - 5pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH CLASS: Parlez-vous francais? Learn something

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30!

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If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at 1pm - 2pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. MAGIC SHOW: Enjoy the amazing illusions and magic of Krendl. For the whole family. 3pm - 4pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. MAGIC WORKSHOP: Learn to create your own magic tricks during a magic workshop presented by Krendl. Ages 8 and up. Please

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 1pm - 5pm Youth Day. Izaak Walton Park, Browntown. Area kids ages 8 - 14are invited. Instructors will teach basic archery and crossbow, hunter safety, basic air rifle and fly casting. Certified instructors will also demonstrate evaluating the health of streams by monitoring macro invertebrates. The will be nature walks over the park’s trials. Hotdogs and soda will be



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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 register. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. TODDLER STORY TIME: Learn about burrowing creatures in a fun mix of story, song and an enchanting craft. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Learn about burrowing creatures in a fun mix of story, song and an enchanting craft. 3pm - 4pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Join SPL and LFCC to discover valuable internet resources for finding jobs, learn how to fill out an online application, find out how to promote yourself online and more. 4pm - 5pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH CLASS: Parlez-vous francais? Learn something new this summer in a conversational French class for beginners. Adults only.

lated news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at 3:30pm - 4:30pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BIG KIDS STORY TIME for Kindergarten and up. Enjoy a book all about dinosaurs

and then make a craft. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. TODDLER STORY TIME: Come in and enjoy a wonderful story time all about di-

nosaurs. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Come in and enjoy a wonderful story time all about dinosaurs. 2pm - 3pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal.

GAME ON! Do you enjoy playing video games? Think you are the best at one particular title? Come find out at Game On. Play games with your friends and maybe even make some new ones. For ages 12 and up. Please register. 4pm - 5pm Samuels Public Library, Front

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. TODDLER STORY TIME: Learn about burrowing creatures in a fun mix of story, song and an enchanting craft. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Learn about burrowing creatures in a fun mix of story, song and an enchanting craft. 4pm - 5pm Anti-Litter Council Mtg. Warren County Government Center. 6:30pm - 7:30pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BASIC COMPUTER CLASS: This month’s topic is Microsoft Excel. Please register. Friday, July 26, 2013 4pm - 5pm Library Event. Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH CLASS: Parlez-vous francais? Learn something new this summer in a conversational French class for beginners. Adults only. 7pm - 10pm Front Porch Style Pickin’ Party. Warren County Senior Center, 1217 Commonwealth Ave. All levels of talent are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. 7pm - 8pm Gazebo Gathering. Main Street & Chester Street, Front Royal. Tonight is the Gazebo Gathering sponsored by the Blue Ridge ArtsCouncil (BRAC). Admission is FREE. Tonight: “The Moonlighters” -traditional American music - swing, jazz, blues and oldies. Saturday, July 27, 2013 8am - 1pm Farmers Market. Main St, Front Royal. The Downtown Front Royal, Inc. Farmers Market will be held every Saturday until October 26 on Main Street near the Visitors Center. 10am - 4pm Pet-A-Palooza. Humane Society of Warren County, Front Royal. Live Music, Vendors, Kids, Activities, Animal Demonstrations, Adoption Specials and the unleashing of the HSWC Doggie Kissing Booth. Bring a lawn chair and your pet on a leash or adopt a new family member. Sunshine or Sprinkles. Entry wristbands $5.00 each person. Pets FREE. Featuring musical guests “Push Start” and “Stranger Danger”. 11am - 12pm Library Event. Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. SATURDAY FAMILY STORY TIME: Join Miss Tamara for a playful assortment of stories in the cozy jelly bean green room. Monday, July 29, 2013 4pm - 5pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH CLASS: Parlez-vous francais? Learn something new this summer in a conversational French class for beginners. Adults only. Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism re-

According to our ace on-scene eyewitness, this July 17 accident just south of the South Fork Bridge in Front Royal occurred in heavy traffic as the red SUV attempted to enter North Shenandoah Avenue, was clipped by a silver pickup truck and flipped over onto the driver’s side. A woman appearing to be in her 20s was transported by ambulance from the scene and later came back with her left arm in a cast and other minor injuries. Responders included FR Co. 1 heavy rescue, ALS and Truck 1, as well as many FRPD units. As you can see, traffic was backed up for what we are told was at least 25 minutes. Photos by ‘Herb’

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To advertise in Warren County Report: Contact Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at - 540-683-9197 Royal. BEGINNING CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH CLASS: Parlez-vous francais? Learn something new this summer in a conversational French class for beginners. Adults only. Thursday, August 1, 2013 9am - 10am Tourism Committee. Chamber Office.

10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is Toddler Story Time. Come in and enjoy a wonderful story time all about dinosaurs. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is Preschool Story Time. Come in and enjoy a wonderful story time all about dinosaurs.

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Engle’s Angle: An Accident Waiting to Happen By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report According to the picture on the back of the package of my shiny red Swiss Army knife, a gift from my brother-in-law and his wife, this thing has 15 different tools. At the moment, it could have 1500 and it wouldn’t matter because I can’t get the dang thing out of the hard plastic case. I need a Swiss Army knife to open my Swiss Army knife. Ten minutes later, after my wife has come to the rescue, I still can’t use it. Not until I open it, tool by tool, and that’s easier said than done. I can already see this thing is an accident waiting to happen. Sharp pointy things scare me. I appreciate my family’s thoughtfulness, but I’m not so sure this was the best gift for me. I like having ten fingers. Using the picture to guide me, I’m in search of 15 tools. Here goes. Numbers one and two. Large blade and small blade? Check, check. Three. A corkscrew? Check. That’s for opening wine bottles right? I’ve never done that before. Does this mean I have to now? Four and five. A can opener with a screwdriver? Check, check. Six and seven. A bottle opener with a larger screwdriver? Check, check. Eight. A wire stripper? Check. I’ve never stripped wires either. My mama told me not to play with fire or electricity. I always listened to what mama said. Nine. A reamer? Check. What’s a reamer? Ten. A key ring? Check. Eleven and twelve. Tweezers

and a toothpick? I’m not sure yet. I can’t find them. I’ll come back to those. Thirteen. Scissors? Check. I could’ve used those ten minutes ago. Fourteen. A multi-purpose hook? I can see it, but I can’t get it out. Ok, I got it, but now my fingernail is gone. And fifteen. Wood saw? Check. Since my wife won’t let me have a chain saw, for my own safety, I hope this is big enough to cut down that dead tree in our yard. Breaking news! My wife found and freed the tweezers and toothpick. I knew she could do it. As I inspect my new 15 function accident-waiting-to-happen tool, I have a few questions. Number one. Shouldn’t you be in the Swiss Army to own one of their knives? Number two. What’s a reamer? And lastly. My brother-in-law and his wife know I’m not your handyman/wine bottle opening/lumberjack/tool kind of guy. Didn’t they realize I could hurt myself with this thing? Hmmm. And I always thought they liked me.

The author carried his knife around the other day to see when and where he could actually use it. First opportunity? A tiny splinter. He removed it. By hand. He forgot about the knife and tool #11. Tweezers.

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HISTORY, from pg. 23 Royal, only to find that the Confederates had succeeded during the night in withdrawing south and east out of danger. The Battle of Manassas Gap/Wapping Heights was over, as was the Gettysburg Campaign. After this skirmish, Lucy Buck a native of Front Royal noted in her diary rejoicing, “… the 17th had succeeded in repulsing a body much larger than their own of dismounted cavalry—old U.S. regulars. Huzzah! Bless our glorious 17th! How they have longed ever since the war for a brush with the foe in the Valley and near their homes, and now that wish has been gratified, they’ve whipped them bravely and well and no doubt feel more exultant than they’ve ever felt after a miniature battle.” Scott Roy On July 21, 1863, Scott Roy, Warren Rifles, Co. B, 17th Virginia Infantry, was one of 16 men of his unit captured at Manassas Gap during fighting near the Manassas Gap Railroad. At first, Roy thought he was with Confederate soldiers but was surprised when informed that he was a prisoner of the Union. The officers were very kind to him, giving him the best they had to eat. He told them he was going to escape and that when they came to Front Royal they must call on his father and get their dinner. While the squadron slept on the night of July 22, Scott escaped on a fine horse with a full cavalry outfit, rejoining his company on the night of July 30 near Culpeper. 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:

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Pets Page Dear Stewart, Who planted all the trees in the forest and why do you need the Tree Stewards to help plant trees in the Arboretum and other places around town? Sincerely, Simply Curious Dear Curious, What a great question! I would like to answer the second part of your questions first. I need the Tree Stewards to help me plant and clean up some of the mistakes that Mother Nature accidentally makes. And now to answer the first question: Mother Nature plants trees in the forests, and in many other places as well, with the help of her birds and her many forest creature friends like

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foxes, turkeys, deer, etc. Now many of these helpers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always know what the best tree to plant is or how to put the tree or bush in the exact right place so it has the best growing opportunity to become the best it can be. This is where my Tree Steward friends come in to help. First, they start off by attending the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;All About Treesâ&#x20AC;? class that is conducted every September so they can begin to learn about planting the right tree in the right place and a whole lot of other really cool stuff about trees and nature. They also learn that while it sometimes looks pretty to have all one kind of tree in a big bunch, Mother Nature prefers to mix up her trees and plants to give the best color and variety all through the year. And finally, my Tree Steward friends help me explain what is best for planting in this area by talk-

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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;All About Trees Classâ&#x20AC;?. Each month Stewart will answer a question from our readers. Please forward it to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stewartâ&#x20AC;? in care of: and we may publish it in a future issue. Please visit our website at:

ing to our neighbors and friends and by attending public events like Shenandoah River Fest in August, the Spring Wine and Craft Festival and the Fall Festival of Leaves. You can find them at the FR/WC Tree Steward booth at any of these events. My Tree Steward friends help me mostly because I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do all the clean-up work by myself. The Tree Stewards help the town by pruning the trees to keep branches off public sidewalks, and they help with the clean up around the Happy Creek Arboretum on Commerce Avenue by removing the invasive trees and plants, etc. You can learn more about what they do by attending the â&#x20AC;&#x153;All About Treesâ&#x20AC;? class and maybe becoming a Tree Steward yourself. Thanks again for asking and have a great Summer and beautiful Autumn.

- Stewart

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Shenandoah FordCOME presents.... Pet-A-Palooza to benefit The Humaneof Society of Warren County.Presents: This event willA beSUMMER held at the animal shelter locatedSaturday, at 1245 Progress Drive Front Royal, on Saturday, 27th Front from 10amCOME ONE! ALL! The Humane Society Warren County CARNIVAL August 13th, 10 VA AM - 9 PM July at the Royal Come for a fun-filled day of entertainment and activities for the whole family â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including furry friends.Bounce, Live music featuring Push to and Start and StrangerCarnival Danger. Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activitiesCotton include crafts, gamesHot and Dogs, a BouncePopcorn Zone. Fire4pm. Department on Commerce Avenue. Games, Dunking Tank, Giant Castle Cake Walk Prizes, Treats, Candy, Animal demonstrations from local Customs Dogs and Sheep Herding Dogs from a local farm. Vendors, adoption specials; AND pucker up - you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unleashingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the HSWC Doggie Kissing Booth. This and @ 4 PM. Volunteer/Donate/Sponsor Call:540-635-4734 event will be held rain or shine (within reason) and willDrinks, be cancelledBBQ only byDinner severe weather. So bringTo a lawn chair and your pet on a leash or adopt a new family member. Entry wristbands are $5 per person (pets FREE). Wristbands may be purchased in advance at the animal shelter or at the gate while supplies last. Visit us at

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