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Learning from our history Breaking school segregation in 1959

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Time to change your clock means time to change your smoke alarm battery Daylight Saving Time begins at 1:59 a.m. Sunday, March 9th. Moving clocks forward one hour means an increase in daylight hours through the fall. It also means it’s time to not only change your clock, but your smoke detector batteries. “Smoke detectors help save lives,� said Richard E. Mabie, Fire Chief. “We suggest making it a tradition that when the clocks change, the battery in your smoke detectors should also change. Replace the battery and then check to be sure the smoke detector is clean and functioning properly.� As we prepare to “spring our clocks forward� this Sunday, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services wants to remind the community this is the best time to test your home smoke alarms and replace the batteries if more than one year old. Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur. Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re

awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke. In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the Department recommends you take the opportunity to following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home: • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries. • Test alarms once a month using the test button. • Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested. • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas. • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms. • Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. • If you or someone you know are not able to check their smoke alarm, change the battery, or are without a working smoke alarm in their home, please contact the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services to receive

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Perhaps appropriately, shortly after Tederick’s “slush fundâ€? observations ‌ $95,000 of approximately $800,000 in unencumbered General Fund reserves were unanimously approved by council for allocation to snow removal after this year’s public works funding for that use was exceeded.

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After ‘swap’ loss, Tederick resurrects austerity proposals But if there’s no ‘slush fund’ where will snow removal $$$ come from? By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Just two weeks off his defeat aggressively leading opposition to the Afton Inn-old Town Hall swap, local Republican activist and former Warren County Supervisor Matt Tederick was back before council for another shot at influencing policy directives for the Town of Front Royal. This time it was general budgetary observations dating back to his 2010 tenure as chairman of a socalled “Blue Ribbon� Committee on Finance appointed by council to explore budget issues in the wake of the lost 2009-10 Corridor meals tax lawsuit and an anticipated $1.2-million revenue shortfall in the coming fiscal year. The basic message of that somewhat controversial committee report was restated by Tederick at the Feb. 24, 2014 council meeting – “The town doesn’t have a revenue problem; the town has a spending problem.� During his revisiting of that 2010 message, Tederick also disparaged the town’s General Fund balance, calling it a “slush fund� and suggested council give every citizen a $1,000 rebate on past tax payments to help bring those reserves down. Perhaps appropriately, shortly after Tederick’s “slush fund� observations and tax rebate suggestion, $95,000 of approximately $800,000 in unencumbered General Fund reserves were unanimously approved by council for allocation to snow removal after this year’s public works funding of $75,000 for that use were exceeded by 100 percent plus $20,000 due to the exceptionally cold and wet winter. One can only

guess at citizen reactions were town officials to turn up at their door asking for donations before snow removal or other services could be accomplished after adoption of the sort of pared-back, bare-bones budget Tederick suggests. According to staff, the town’s General Fund Balance is $6.3 million, with only $800,000 considered unencumbered, or not committed to specific uses. Specific uses the $5.5 million of encumbered General Fund balance are committed to include: ¡ $3 million to a mandated 3-month emergency operating balance for the town administration, planning and zoning, police, finance and IT departments;

¡ $1 million obligated to various capital improvements projects, including the town’s share of Leach’s Run Parkway, a new police headquarters and a western connector road (cost of the first two alone is expected to total over $6 million); ¡ $1.1 million for mandated employee retirement benefits; ¡ and $370,000 for add-ons to the existing budget for things like extensions and improvements to the cross-town bike and hiking trail. Among budget concerns the town is wrestling with this year is funding of future capital improvement – 10 years of which the Tederick-chaired 2010 finance committee recommended the town plan for. But in his February 2014 resurrection of the

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But in the budgetary universe Tederick inhabits, such phased-in revenue planning is apparently unnecessary – at least for the town – despite his committee’s recommendation the town create a 10year capital improvements plan. Austerity then, austerity now Conversations with some people then on council or the finance committee indicated a rather one-dimensional council directive to the committee. That directive was make suggestions on how the town could cope with an anticipated $1.2-million revenue shortfall following the lost 522 Corridor meals-tax lawsuit without raising taxes. Of the notion of focusing solely on cuts to maintain a town tax freeze that had already lasted nearly a decade, Councilman Parker observed at the time that the town already had one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the commonwealth. But with its find-cuts-only mandate the committee report read somewhat like a neo-conservative austerity program. Among the directions pointed to as possible ways to cut $1.2 million from the town’s

FY 2011 budget were: · reductions in contributions to civic and cultural programs or agencies, including Samuels Public Library, the Tree Stewards, Blue Ridge Arts Council, public transportation (formerly FRAT bus, now trolley); · delays in equipment replacement; · a draw down of fund reserves; · reductions in employee benefit contributions; · reductions in employee hours; · Freezes or reductions in town operating expenses; · Freezes in hiring or replacing town employees; · Corresponding cuts in town services and the potential privatization of some of those functions. We also noted at the time, “Despite these suggestions to reduce spending and consequently the function of municipal government, there is one suggested addition – raising town employees’ contribution to their health care coverage costs.” So, it is possible some committee recommendations may have largely languished, not from unfamiliarity by subsequent councils, but rather due to the one-dimensional nature of a report relying solely on a solution of cuts to staff, services and op-

Front Royal erations. In 2010, then-Councilman Tom Conkey admitted the council directive to recommend only cuts, but also verbalized reasons not to adopt such a one-dimensional financial strategy in the end. “It is really up to the citizens whether they want to continue to pay for what I consider basic services. I honestly don’t know what services are superfluous. I believe the citizens want the library, clearly they expect police protection. The roads need to be maintained and when it snows, the citizens expect to have them cleared … I think the quality of life is important to our citizens and we have a responsibility to help maintain that quality even if it costs a bit. “As I said, our citizens came out quite vocally and in significant numbers when it was suggested that we cut the library funding and were overwhelmingly against cutting their funding. The library, for instance, provides services to our citizens that help educate our children and help our adults find and qualify for jobs or better jobs. Isn’t that something we should be doing?” Conkey asked following council’s receipt of

the committee’s report on Nov. 15, 2010. So while some recommendations related to due diligence and annual reviews of departmental budgets or third-party contracts have been implemented, those focused solely on cutting expenses related to the staffing and function of municipal government have not. But are such austerity-based notions really worth revisiting four years after the Tederick-chaired committee was asked to explore them under a specific set of economic circumstances that included the impact of the 2008 Great Recession on local citizens? Well, hard-core austerity has worked so well abroad – Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ukraine come to mind in Europe – so HEY, why not here too?!!? After all, shrinking public services and worker benefits, coupled with a private-sector takeover of public service functions and corresponding rises in prices, not to mention a corresponding rise in the suicide rate of an increasingly destitute citizenry, coupled with a civil unrest or civil war makes for more interesting domestic and local news, right?


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“We’re simply taking data to help formulate plans in town – it’s not binding to the county.� – Bret Hrbek in support of including county land impacts on town growth plans

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Council votes to include county land in Comp Plan review FRLP and 522 N. Corridor approved for consideration in planning future By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Moves to include potential impacts of sections of county land on future growth within the Town of Front Royal created some debate at the Feb. 24 meeting of the town council. ViceMayor Shae Parker made both motions, first to include the 604 acres of Front Royal Limited Partnership land now before the Virginia Commission on Local Government for final approval to be boundary-adjusted into the town limits; and then to do the same with the 522 North Industrial and Commercial Corridor. Despite some opposition both motions passed – though it took Mayor Tim Darr’s tiebreaking vote to approve the 522 Corridor’s inclusion. After his motion to postpone consideration of the FRLP matter to the March 24 meeting failed by a 51 vote, even Councilman Daryl Funk voted for approval of that inclusion. However, on the more controversial matter of the 522 Corridor, council split down the middle – Tewalt, Hrbek, Parker for; Funk, Sayre, Tharpe against. In explaining his vote of support, the mayor explained “the corridor does impact us, so I’m going to vote for it.� During the debate on both proposals, the vice mayor assured all concerned that his intention was not to try and dictate growth decision about county land to the county, but simply allow town planners to consider potential impacts of development on county land on the town, its

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growth patterns, service availability and business community. That the FRLP land was approved seemed a simple matter since both the town and Warren County have approved the boundary adjustment proposed by FRLP principal David Vazzana as part of a three-way Voluntary Settlement Agreement submitted to the state. Despite the apparent obviousness of that move with the land expected to be approved by the state to be adjusted into the town limits within the year, Funk suggested caution. He stated the opinion that since the land wasn’t actually in town, the county should first be consulted and agree on the property’s inclusion in the town Comprehensive Plan review. Siding with Parker, Hrbek disputed the necessity of such a requirement. “We’re simply taking data to help formulate plans in town – it’s not binding to the county,� Hrbek pointed out. “This is a delaying tactic in my opin-

ion,� Parker said of Funk’s request for a postponement. “The county is going to say that don’t want Front Royal plans to be binding on them – what’s the point behind this?� With no one supporting his motion to delay, even Funk ended up voting to allow the inclusion. “Again, there’s no binding effect,� Parker said in introducing his motion to make a similar inclusion of the 522 Corridor in the town’s Comp Plan review process – a process he pointed out occurs only every five years. Of the more widespread concern on this one, Tom Sayre noted, “This is a political hot potato issue.� That hot potato follows several years of impasse between the town and county on disbursement of corridor revenues following the town’s lost 2009 PILOT fee lawsuit brought by the corridor’s three chain restaurants. And while the county has slowly moved toward direct compensation to the town for an estimated $800,000 in lost meals-tax-based revenue by taking on town funding

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of both the library and EDA (an annual total of about $200,000) in the past year or so, the slow movement toward what some town officials believe should be a full reexamination of current corridor revenues and municipal compensation has raised the specter of potential town annexation of the corridor. “This is not annexation related,� Parker said trying to take some of the heat off the potato in hand. However, Funk countered that for any combined planning effort to be meaningful the county should be involved on the front end, even before looking at county development impacts on the town. Hrbek again sided with Parker, reiterating that the town wasn’t attempting to impose growth plans on the county, simply take corridor growth and development into consideration

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On March 4, the Warren County Board of Supervisors discussed a looming $3.4-million Fiscal Year 2015 local and state revenue shortfall. Preliminary numbers presented showed a proposed non-school budget of $45,183,663, an approximate $4.2-million increase over FY 2014’s non-school allocation. The county has yet to plug in final school numbers for the coming year. Last year local funding accounted for $20.7-million of a total public school budget of $49,906,761. So far, the county is working with a preliminary number of $20,604,593 in local appropriations to public schools in FY 2015. At this point the county is projecting General Fund revenues of $62,376,776 in FY 2015 with $65,788,256 necessary to balance the budget, even at this preliminary stage. Among factors cited in the consequent $3.4-million revenue shortfall are: ¡ a $400,000 loss in county sales tax revenue (from $4-million in FY 2014 to $3.6-million projected in FY 2015);

¡ a $1,130,859 shortfall in Warren County Sheriff ’s Office revenue from the state due to a reclassification of employees following the opening of the RSW Regional Jail and closing of the county jail;

¡ the sheriff ’s office will see other impacts due to the switchover from a county to regional jail in the coming year, including a total of $225,000 lost, $170,000 in work-release fees and $30,000 in jail charges; ¡ a $25,000 reduction in courthouse security revenue from a reduction in case numbers throughout the local court system (a $10 portion of court costs goes to security); ¡ a nearly $40,000 loss in parks & rec users fees; ¡ initial staff projections also showed no surplus carryover funds from the current fiscal year, compared to $848,500 carried over into last year’s budget from FY 2013; ¡ and if all that’s not enough to break the bank, our favorite shortfall was a projected $2 (two dollar) decrease in airport hangar rental fees – go fig-

ure. And while revenue from the Dominion Power electrical generating facility under construction in the county’s northside corridor will jump by $3-million (from $1 million to $4 million) this year, County Administrator Doug Stanley explains that additional revenue has already been incorporated into specific budget areas. The county is anticipating a total of $5-million in annual tax revenue from the power plant once it is operational and producing electricity for the ever-expanding Eastern Corridor by 2016. Despite the positive tax impact of the power plant nearing operational status, that “nearing-completion� scenario is also what is accounting for a big chunk of the projected $400,000 in lost sales tax revenue. That is because the power plant work force, largely imported by Dominion’s Texas-based contractor Zachry, and topping out at over 1600 workers (estimated 70 percent from out of the area) will be packing up and heading home – or on to the next Dominion project. The out-of-town portion of the smaller RSW Regional Jail construction crew will also be packing it in, and taking their retail purchasing

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dollars with them. But the county has known the retail-buying bump in sales tax revenue from construction crews was a shortterm benefit although, at least in the case of the private-sector power plant, the long-term tax benefits will more than compensate for that lost work force purchasing power. There appear to be other balancestretching factors at play as the county goes deeper into its FY-15 budget. One is a $3.97-million increase in capital improvement outlays (from $8,183,089 to $12,157,885). That is due in large part to coming contributions to Leach’s Run Parkway and the second public middle school. The latter is needed to take capacity-inducing eighth graders out of the high schools, as well as split up a sixth and seventh-grade student population that is also approaching design parameters at Warren County Middle School. In addition to the local and state shortfalls there is also a reduction in federal funding to the county projected. Most prominently is a $206,661 reduction (from $1,587,641 to $1,380,980) in Department of Social Services Public Assistance funding. In all, a $307,186 (17-percent) reduction in federal funding was forecast. The balance of that reduction includes $105,525 lost when a “Build America Bond� issue was refinanced. The county’s budget work session and meeting schedule continues on March 11, with a public hearing on the completed budget proposal slated for a Special Meeting on April 8 and a vote on approval of the budget set for the April 15 regular meeting of the board of supervisors. Not sure if we should read anything into the coincidence of that vote being scheduled on the federal tax filing deadline – since staff assures us no hike in the existing 59-cent real estate tax rate has yet been proposed.

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House of Hope will host an Empty Bowl Supper March fundraiser gives Community the opportunity to experience a soup line and support the men’s shelter By Carol Ballard Warren County Report This winter has been a trying one for many of us, but it has been particularly hard on the homeless. House of Hope, the only homeless shelter serving men in Warren County, is hoping to shore up its reserves by holding an “Empty Bowl Supper� again this year in Front Royal on March 28, at the Warren County Community Center at 538 Villa Avenue. “We’re doing the best we can. This winter has been harder on the men. We took some in and put them on mats or the couch because of the cold. It’s also hard on the men who work outdoors. They’ve been strong even though it’s been tough, and do what they have to do,� said Siggi Hepp-Dax, the shelter’s board president. House of Hope, the 24 hour facility at 724 Warren Avenue in Front Royal, provides care from short-term to maximum six-month long-term stays.

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Swing Machine in concert By Carol Ballard Warren County Report With 35 years of disc jockey and emcee experience and almost a lifetime of playing music, Geoff Peterson’s creation of a DJ business, called SoundSational DJ and an 18-piece swing band named Swing Machine, was a logical step. He has filled his band with some of the finest musicians in the country and it’s based right here in Front Royal. “This is not your grandparents Big Band; we play contemporary as well as Swing Jazz,” said Geoff. At a recent interview, held in one of Front Royal’s restaurants, Geoff and his wife and Laura-who is also the band’s manager-simultaneously and

enthusiastically described and praised their band and DJ service. Geoff ’s complementary SoundSational DJ business suits clients who want a range of music. “No band can play all genres of music and do it well-so the DJ can play the original songs. We have 20,000 songs in our library and can play during band breaks,” said Geoff. “That’s a great time to play songs from our library. People like to hear how it sounds on the radio,” explained Laura. Geoff ’s successful DJ radio broadcast career was under the stage name “Jeff Davis”. He worked in and around Washington D.C. for stations WMZQ, Q102, WAVA, and WPGC in the mid70s when disco and DJs were popular, he said.

Both Laura and Geoff are accomplished musicians who play trumpet and flugelhorn in the band. Their history began with meeting in a music theory class on the first day of school at Osbourn High School in Manassas many years ago. Their base is Warren County now. “We’ve lived in Front Royal for a number of years and we both like it here and like the life style. People are more friendly, and it’s a much nicer community out here than in greater Washington,” said Geoff. In the last five years, they’ve both been playing with the Front Royal American Legion Community Band and with the Kernstown United Methodist Church Wind Ensemble for various special fundraising concerts. Both the DJ services and big band are available for private Christmas parties, corporate events and weddings. A complete entertainment package is on offer, including emcee services such as announcing speakers, the toasts at weddings, or the first dance of the bride and groom. “We can play all types of music but we focus on Swing, like Glenn Miller, and Count Basie,” said Geoff. The music selections can be customized for any occasion. For a wedding, along with traditional music,

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knew we wanted a band with professional players,” said Geoff. And they have achieved that. A majority of their band members have played with top musicians and bands. For example, one of their jazz trumpeters is a principal for the National Symphony Pops Band, their drummer is retired from the Glenn Miller orchestra, another trumpet player also plays with the Navy Commodores, and their piano player is retired from the Airmen of Note (the “Note”) and is now a professor at GMU. Another guitarist is a Jazz professor at Shenandoah University and also retired from the “Note”. Their vocalist was also with the “Note” and was nominated for a Grammy for her debut album after she retired. A recent addition to the band is the 2011 winner of America’s Got Talent,

singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. of Logan, West Virginia, who is scheduled to perform with them in concerts later this spring in Manassas, Martinsburg and Culpeper. These concert dates will include vocalists from the Drifters, the Platters, and the Temptations. “We’d like to land Murphy for a full-time singer with the band. He’s very talented, personable, and a goodlooking young man,” said Laura. The band’s staff includes: Geoff as bandleader; Staff arranger and Saxophone player is Brian Kidd, who was composer/arranger for the Navy Band; Laura is the band’s manager and Pete BarenBregge is their music director. “There is a high quality of musicianship. All are of national caliber,” Geoff said with pride. With many of the players being

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“The band volunteers their time to play for the Honor Flights. We always make room in our schedule to play benefits for vets and causes such as for children with cancer,” she said. “The most interesting part of this is that Swing Machine is as good as any band found in the major markets and cities and it’s in Front Royal,” added Geoff. Dates of upcoming Appearances are: March 7 - Breitbart News Network, Washington, D.C. April 5 - Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Annual Fundraiser in Manassas April 26 - Swing Machine with Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., at the State Theatre in Culpeper April 26-Military Ball for the Mid­ Atlantic Shrine Association Legions of Honor at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA April 27 - Swing Machine with Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. at Hylton Per-

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Discovering Warren County: Valley Finds a true valley find By Ken Thurman Warren County Report Kathy Soranzo, the owner of “Valley Finds� was quick to point out that Valley Finds is not an antique shop but rather it is an interior and gift shop that features collectibles, vintage repurposed items and some antiques. Kathy, an area resident since 2003, opened her shop in September 2009. Her late husband had picked the area because of friends in the area and their love of canoeing. A former D.C. restaurant chef, she met and worked with Vincenzo (Osteria 510) at restaurant Galileo. She started Valley Finds as an outgrowth of her hobby: going to auctions, thrift stores, and yard sales. Since moving from downtown to her current location at 505 South Royal Avenue (corner of Route 55 and Royal Avenue), she concentrated on filling the three floors of the chalet style building with a wide variety of unique repurposed and vintage finds. I asked her what con-

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Discovering Warren County: Beau Monde Boutique “A beautiful worldâ€? clude interior decorators, designers, and just plain collectors looking for unusual, exotic, and visually stimulating eclectic pieces. So why Front Royal? Cassandra told me that she used to come out here to go hiking and fishing. She like many of us migrated westward from D.C to Arlington, to Falls Church and then Front Royal. She is not only passionate about her craft but about our area and in improving Downtown Front Royal and Main Street. Her hobbies include shopping for antiques, sky diving, skiing, and cycling. I encourage everyone to stop by her shop and marvel at the rare and beautiful objects she has on display. You can also find her on eBay, Facebook, Four Square, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also reach her by phone at (202) 246-1007 or by email at CassandraEckert@yahoo.com. Her tagline says it all: “Beau Monde Boutique – Antiques, Cool Stuff & Collectibles‌

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Lost at Sea – Assembly ponders renaming Sea of Japan By Chris Suarez Capital News Service RICHMOND, March 2 – The legislation which would begin labeling the Sea of Japan as the East Sea has gained traction at the General Assembly, but legislators are questioning whether or not Virginia should take a stance on a centuries-old international debate. House Bill 11 passed the House of Delegates by a 81-15 vote earlier this month, but the Senate Committee of Education has delayed moving the bill along the during the last three weeks. Senate Bill 2, a companion bill to HB11, was approved by the House Committee of Education earlier this week but was met with new scrutiny regarding the controversial naming dispute. Committee chairman Del. Steve Landes, R-Verona, told the committee he believes passing the bill could lead to other bills regarding bitter land-name disputes being brought to the General Assembly. “I, in good conscience, am going to vote ‘no’ on this measure because it’s bad policy and the wrong thing for us to start doing,� Landes said. “For those who do – and have voted for it – don’t come back to me and say ‘we can’t do this one’ because you’ve set the precedent today

for something we’ve never done before. Buyer beware.� If Virginia passes the bill, it would be the first American state to recognize the body of water between Japan and Korea as the East Sea. And opponents wonder at the advisability of a decision that could set a new precedent throughout the country on international politics. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is at odds regarding the legislation. A Washington Post report states McAuliffe privately has been asking legislators to block the measure, despite stating during his election campaign that he was committed to changing school textbooks to include The East Sea. If either the Senate or House bill passes, textbooks approved by the Board of Education will be required to include the designation of East Sea along with The Sea of Japan by July 1, 2014. Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae told Gov. McAuliffe in a letter the bill could hurt trade-relations in Virginia, but the growing Korean-American population in the commonwealth has become politically active and been pivotal in lobbying the issue. According to the East-West Center, a public diplomacy institution, there were more than 82,000 Korean-American resi-

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“It’s very clear that a number of folks on that (Republican) side of the aisle have just been saying no to basically everything. ‘Just say no’ isn’t a policy, (it’s) a recipe for a government shutdown.” – House Minority leader David Toscano, D-Charlottesville

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GOP requests Special Session on Medicaid Expansion By Colin Kennedy Capital News Service

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Majority Leader Kirkland Cox, RColonial Heights, said the commonwealth’s local governing bodies need budgeting information by Saturday’s deadline, and urged the General Assembly to pass a clean budget and reconvene at a later date to discuss Medicaid Expansion as a separate issue. House Democrats fired back at the Republican proposal for a special session, insisting the idea is a delaying tactic and that the GOP is at fault for the government impasse. “It’s very clear that a number of folks on that (Republican) side of the aisle have just been saying no to basically everything,” House Minority

leader David Toscano, D-Charlottesville, said. “ ‘Just say no’ isn’t a policy, (it’s) a recipe for a government shutdown.” A joint budget conference committee containing six delegates and seven senators has until Saturday, March 8, to come up with a compromise before the session is extended. If a budget agreement isn’t finalized by July 1, the state government will shut down until one, or both sides budge. However, movement across the health-care line in the sand being drawn by both sides seems a long shot at this point. Toscano refused to address Cox by name on the floor and said Demo-

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from one billion to $1.7-billion dollars in savings to the commonwealth on associated health care costs over an eight-year period. But as the partisan finger-pointing continues, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has publicly stated he will refuse to sign a budget bill that does not include some form of Medicaid expansion; and the Democratic Senate has yet to budge on its plan to provide up to 400,000 additional Virginians with health coverage under a private provider known as “Marketplace Virginia”. As the debate rages, one Republican legislator suggested the GOP has differences within its own caucus. Delegate Thomas Davis Rust, RHerndon, said Tuesday he doesn’t agree with House Republican leadership on all details of potential Medicaid expansion, but Rust did agree the legislature’s top priority should be passing a state budget on time. “We can’t afford to go home Saturday without a budget,” Rust said. “And I think the fact that the two have been tied together is very detrimental to Virginia.”

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Committee considers teacher Relocation Incentive Bill RICHMOND, Feb. 28 – One Southside senator has proposed legislation aiming to improve Virginia’s public education system by providing cash incentives to qualified teachers who transfer to disadvantaged school districts throughout the commonwealth. Senate Bill 168, proposed by Sen. William Stanley Jr., R- Moneta, would establish a “Teacher Relocation Incentive Grant Fund” to embolden elementary and secondary school teachers to relocate to Virginia localities where the population is less than 50,000 or at least 40 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Under the proposed program, to be administered by the Department of Education, approximately 200 qualified teachers could receive up to a $5,000 grant for accepting positions at specified schools. SB 168 is meant to encourage teachers to move to Southside Virginia and other rural areas where the educators can make a meaningful difference in a child’s life, Stanley says. “I think they came to the profession of teaching because they have a cause greater than themselves,” Stanley said. “And a calling to educate children and give them the opportunity to --not only have a quality education-- but achieve the American dream.” Stanley says SB 168 is not a magic-bullet answer for saving failing schools, but one of many parts meant to bring the best-of-thebest to areas where top educators are needed most. “A lot of the bills I’ve proposed are anti-poverty bills … not to give (people) a handout, but a hand up,” Stanley said. “We know there are children that may not be getting the best opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.” Shaina Carter, a third-grade teacher in Fairfax County, is familiar with the obstacles faced by lowperforming schools. Carter says she worked in a struggling school district before moving to Northern Virginia. She says poor performing schools generally struggle with high poverty rates, which can have a major impact on the education, learning and the overall well-being of a child “I don’t necessarily think it’s the teachers … there may be some bad

ones, but a lot of it has to do with the background a child is coming from,” Carter said. “I work with a high Spanish population whose parents don’t speak English. So, there’s no one at home to read or help students with their homework.” Carter says the $5,000 grant offered by SB 168 is not enough for her to pack her bags and leave Northern Virginia. “I would relocate if legislators agreed to forgive my school loans,” Carter said. Margi Roseberry, a kindergarten teacher for Richmond City Public Schools for more than 16 years, says an income-tax incentive would influence where she decides to teach. “I think I am pretty open-minded about poorly performing school districts,” Roseberry said. “For me to relocate, I would have to be eligible to get credit for my years in Richmond and not have my retirement money affected adversely.” Roseberry says there are more factors contributing to poorly performing schools than just money. She says school districts can have

unrealistic expectations of teachers and students. According to the Department of Education’s 2013-2014 National School Lunch Program Free and Reduced Price Eligibility Report, 54.4 percent of Pittsylvania county students qualify for free or reduced lunches, making the district a good candidate for SB 168 benefits. Lilian Holland, assistant superintendent of administration for Pittsylvania County Public Schools, says the proposed incentive sounds like a good idea, but she is not sure if $5,000 is enticing enough for teachers to relocate from a thriving school district. “If you look at the difference in the salaries … from northern Virginia’s school division versus ours,” Holland said. “I don’t know if $5,000 would be enough of an incentive.” Holland, who has nearly 30 years’ experience working in education, says schools in Pittsylvania County offer a competitive beginning salary for that region of the state. However, budget cuts have led to a decrease in available positions in recent years.

Nonetheless, Holland says teachers who are on the fence about relocating owe it to themselves to experience the beauty of Southside Virginia. She says the small friendly communities with proximity to larger areas such as Greensboro and Raleigh, and lower cost of living make Southside Virginia a great place to live. “We have a strong support network within our schools to help individuals transition,” Holland said. “Our students are nice children, and we have very supportive administrators.”

Stanley says SB 168 is one facet of a larger plan to ensure all schools in the commonwealth are on a level playing field. “We’re trying to create a rising tide that floats all ships,” Stanley said. “For those teachers who would relocate, I can tell you that our areas would appreciate them the most.” SB 168 passed the Senate in early February in a 40-0 vote, and currently is awaiting deliberations in the House subcommittee on appropriations.

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Whistleblower Protection advances in Senate By James K. Galloway Capital News Service

RICHMOND, Feb. 28 – Whistleblower protection moved forward this week after a Senate committee voted 36 to 1 in favor of House Bill 728, which would make it illegal to terminate an employee for reasons related in any part to that person’s exposure of waste, fraud or abuse. “Intimidation and threats are a problem when it comes to quashing the willingness of a public employee to look after the taxpayers. So I think going forward, my intent is to correct a defect in the law because under current law it’s not clear what a court

does when there is a ‘mixed motive’ for the dismissal of an employee,” said Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Woodbridge, who introduced three bills on this topic – House Bills 728, 731 and 739. “ “There’s a risk that a defendant can say ‘99 percent of the reason that we terminated this person’s employment was because they complained about fraud against the government’ but they could say one percent was a lawful reason and they could win the case based on that,” Attorney Zachary Kitts points out. On his website, Kitts claims to be the principal architect behind 2011 amendments to the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act

(FATA). “Any employee shall be entitled to all relief necessary if that employee is discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, harassed, or in any other manner discriminated against ‘in whole or in part’ because of lawful acts done by the employee,” Kitts said of the fundamental change offered by HB 728. HB 728 awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. HB 739 was left in committee. However, the fate of HB 731 is less clear. HB 731 would shift some liability onto the supervisor who illegally terminates a whistleblower, in addition to the institutional liability.

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It was defeated twice in the Courts of Justice Senate Committee by tie votes that fell largely along party lines. WHICH WAY? However, if the committee had voted on the bill again – and all members voted the same as they did previously – the bill would have made it out of committee. On HB 731’s final consideration, one member was not present: Sen. Thomas K. Norment, R-Williamsburg. Although Norment said he favored the bill, the absence of his vote caused its defeat. Norment did not respond to inquiries regarding his absence. Co-Chairs of the Senate Committee on Courts of Justice Henry L. Marsh, D-Richmond, and A. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, did not respond to requests for clarifications as to whether HB 731 would be voted on for a third time in early March. The proposed changes in both HB 728 and HB 731 are important to people like former City of Alexandria Architect Henry Lewis and Director of General Services for the City of Alexandria Jeremy McPike. McPike made the recommendation that Lewis be terminated as city architect during construction of a police station. However, Lewis won a whistleblower case against the city last year when a jury decided his 2011 termination by Pike violated the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (FATA), passed shortly before he lost his job. Lewis is represented legally by FATA advocate Kitts. Kitts asserts the purpose of existing fraud and abuse law is to “make whole” any person fired in retaliation for exposing fraud. When Lewis won his case against the city under the new law, he was then entitled to recovery in the form either of reinstatement of his job as city architect or front-pay to match the number of years he could have worked. However, Lewis had to appeal for that money Kitts asserts his client’s termination against FATA law assured him. The City of Alexandria was denied its request for an appeal of the FATA decision against it by the Virginia Supreme Court. Instead, the court heard Lewis’s appeal for owed equities and benefits pay. With its FATA appeal overruled, Alexandria was reduced to arguing against compensation due Lewis. “How can reinstatement or frontpay not be required to make Henry Lewis whole?” Justice William C. Mims asked Alexandria City Attorney Jonathan Mook during the hearing on Lewis’s compensation. Mook replied that Lewis is not entitled to back pay because any estimation on how long Lewis might have worked

for the city would be speculative, to which Mims responded, “Wouldn’t any estimation be speculative?” Pressing on, Mook told the court that Lewis was fired for at least two reasons, the first unrelated to FATA law. That reason was insubordination, or failing to maintain a harmonious work relationship with coworkers and supervisors. The other reason, the one that cost Alexandria its FATA case, was Lewis’s refusal to sign false invoices on the police station project at McPike’s request. But due to the insubordination claim, the city argued that its estimation of how long Lewis might have remained in his position differs by at least seven years when compared to what Mook called “abusive” and “punitive” estimations by Lewis and Kitts. HB 728 would turn the city’s defense into an argument against itself. Of a provision in the still-committee-bound HB 731 adding personal liability to supervisors terminating whistleblowers, Rep. Lingamfelter says, “An abusive supervisor can escape any judgment in a court and it’s the city, town or county that bears the full cost. Shouldn’t that supervisor bear some of the wrongdoing, since they’re the one who committed it?” McPike is one such supervisor, Lingamfelter says. “If it were in a township that I was in charge of, (McPike) wouldn’t have his job because I think that anybody who intimidates someone whose greatest sin is they’re just trying to point out taxpayer fraud should not be supervising other people,” Lingamfelter said. The singling out of McPike as an example of a target of his legislation may not be surprising – the two have history. McPike unsuccessfully ran against Lingamfelter in the 2013 election for a seat in the House. “This language in this legislation coming from Lingamfelter doesn’t surprise me at all,” McPike said. “He invited a trial attorney to our debate last fall to try to intimidate me. He sat in the front row. It’s petty politics.” Perhaps not surprisingly considering his and his city employer’s recent court experience, McPike singled out the role of trial attorneys in the FATA legislation. “It’s legislation driven, frankly, by the trial attorneys again. Obviously, they’re in cahoots with one another,” he said. He also threw a stone across the Potomac River from his home base of Alexandria – Richmond is beginning to operate like Washington, D.C., McPike said in a final attempt to discredit criticism of his and the City of Alexandria’s recent track record on FATA law in the Lewis case.


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“It has later come to light that he has been struggling with heroin addiction. He hid it from a number of people, including me.” – Probation Officer assessment of Davonte Starks

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Testimony at two sentencing hearings on plea agreements in the cases of local youths on heroin possession and intent to distribute charges revealed that these would-be dealers were, in fact, getting high on their own supply. However, it appears that rather than in the manner of Hollywood screen scenarios like “Scarface” where big-time kingpins fall from the top of the crime hierarchy under the seductive spell of the product that has enriched them, Front Royal youth are being lured into the low end of the drug dealing business after having been first hooked themselves. Such seemed to be the case, at least in part, for both 22-year-old Davonte Starks and 18-year-old Christopher Troy Berry. And after hearing presentencing evidence, in Starks’ case dating back to when he was an 11year-old member of a group breaking into the parks and rec community swimming pool, Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp agreed to defense pleas for lower-end sentences with the help of detention aversion programs and intensive supervised probation on the back end of those jail sentences. Davonte Starks Hupp sentenced Starks to five years and a $500 fine on each of three recent charges, two distribution of heroin and one possession with intent to distribute heroin, as well as imposing the balance of earli-

er sentences he was on probation for at the time of his most recent arrest last May. However, the judge then suspended all the time and fines other than 12 months of the probation violation sentence and court costs and restitution of $240. With time served since being incarcerated on May 31 of last year, Starks will be eligible for release straight into a Detention Aversion Program in another month, leading to another 60 days of Intensive Supervised Probation, 10 years of Supervised Probation and five years of Unsupervised Probation to follow. “This is your last chance – if you

mess this up you’re going to prison, do you understand?” Hupp asked Starks. “Yes sir, your honor,” Starks replied. Starks attorney Eric Wisely and Probation Officer Nina Thayer told the court there was a tight window on getting Starks into the next Detention Aversion Program, which would require an early transfer from County Jail custody on March 31. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Hupp replied, adding, “I’ve been pretty lenient with him as it is – which might be an understatement.” Hupp may have been swayed toward that leniency by testimony from Thayer, who worked with Starks in juvenile probation since he was 13, a little over a year after his first brush with the law as part of a group breaking into the Claude Stokes Community Swimming Pool. Under questioning by Wisely, Thayer explained that had Starks been able to pay $536 restitution on that initial juvenile Breaking & Entering charge, the arrest would have been erased from his record. But since it was not paid and remained on his record, that initial conviction has severely impacted guidelines on subsequent offenses toward the high end of sentencing ranges. But Thayer explained that at 11, Starks could not be legally employed to earn money to pay restitution and that his family had not paid it either.

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Talton pointed to Berryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typed statement to the court which he said was his clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own expression of remorse and hope for the future, rather than a legally-assisted apology by rote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knows heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to fight this drug addiction the rest of his life and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad the commonwealth brought these charges because it got him out of a destructive cycle,â&#x20AC;? Talton told the court. Talton also noted that since his clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrest on the current charges, Berry had entered the Boxwood Program, observing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he has been a role model since he got into Boxwood â&#x20AC;Ś he is determined to turn his life around 180 degrees to a positive direction.â&#x20AC;? Again arguing against a minimum sentence, as with Starks, Fleming pointed to past failures to be guided by the probation system into a noncriminal lifestyle. He pointed to Berry violating probation on a marijuana conviction with his 2013 arrest on heroin possession and possession with intent to distribute charges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ask for a sentence in the midrange,â&#x20AC;? Fleming told the court in seeking about two years. Sentencing guidelines went from a low end of

11 months to a high end of 2 years, 2 months. Berry has been incarcerated in jail or the Boxwood Program since Sept. 24, 2013, or about 5-1/2 months. Asked if he had any comment before sentencing, Berry said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I apologize for the mistakes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made. I think the opportunity to be in the program has helped me.â&#x20AC;? Hupp concurred. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to use this program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 18 years old, if not him, who?â&#x20AC;? the judge asked of the opportunity for reform, rather than merely punishment. As with Starks, Hupp sentenced Berry to five years and imposed a $500 fine on each of the three charges, suspending all save time served before being transferred directly into the Detention Aversion Program. The judge also suspended the fines and imposed $160 in restitution and costs. As with Starks, Berry has 15 years of hard time and $1500 in fines hanging over his head during three years of supervised probation ordered by the court, beginning, like Starks, with 60 days of intensive supervised probation.

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The third heroin-related sentencing was a different story, albeit with a similar outcome. Adrian Darnell Edwards faced similar charges to Starks and Berry, if more of them. Edwardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; local arrests came on March 23, May 23, 28 and 31 and were the result of controlled drug buys by a confidential informant. The buy occurred at the Front Royal Quality Inn and a subsequent possession and possession with intent to distribute charge came from the search of a vehicle in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center parking lot near Radio Shack, also in Front Royal. However, the 19-year-old Edwards also faced two related charges stemming from arrests in Harrisonburg in Rockingham County. In fact, authorities here were requested to resolve plea agreements on Edwardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rockingham County charges as well, leading to an initial discussion of jurisdictional parameters. Despite the propensity of evidence against Edwards, the commonwealth agreed to a plea resulting in a lowend of time actually served â&#x20AC;&#x153;due to problems with a witnessâ&#x20AC;?. That problem, we later learned, was that the involved confidential informant involved in setting up buys from Edwards had left the commonwealth and was not easily presentable for trial. So without all the history and assessments of good, local kids gone wrong, the commonwealth found itself over an evidenciary barrel in accepting a plea agreement for Edwards. His plea netted Edwards a total sentence to be served of 1-year, 9-months. His counsel told the court Edwards has been in jail for nine months, asserting that applying time served to his clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incarceration was part of the plea agreement. On four guilty pleas on the local charges and two in Rockingham County, Hupp imposed five-years on each conviction for a total of 30 years, with all but the year-and-nine months on one sentence suspended. So, Edwards faces a year left to serve on charges that carried a sentencing range from a maximum of 40 years to minimum of 5 years on each conviction.

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Three state traffic fatalities attributed to winter storm Titan State Police report 3,000 service calls and 1,145 accidents in 18 hours of Brunswick, Va., was charged with reckless driving. At approximately 12:15 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police Trooper J.T. Murdoch responded to a two-vehicle crash in Campbell County (Appomattox Traffic Division). The crash occurred in the 5800 block of Village Highway. A 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier was eastbound on Village Highway when the driver lost control and spun backwards into the westbound lane where it was struck by a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. The driver of the Cavalier, Mika T. Leclerc, 18, of Rustburg, Va., died at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the Dodge pickup truck, a 52-yearold Appomattox man, was not injured in the crash.

crashes, 104 disabled vehicles, 710 total calls for service; Wytheville Division: 27 traffic crashes, 33 disabled vehicles, 271 total calls for service; Chesapeake Division: 300 traffic crashes, 66 disabled vehicles, 678 total calls for service; Salem Division: 34 traffic crashes, 44 disabled vehicles, 324 total calls for service; Appomattox Division: Due to technical issues this report only includes incidents reported between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. the day of the storm. Troopers in this division responded to 175 incidents. The majority were disabled vehicles or traffic crashes, including the fatal Campbell County crash.

March 3 storm statistics

Front Royal drivers have largely taken the advice of public officials and exhibited caution in driving as this winter’s plethora of winter storms have passed through. The only vehicle seen here has a snow plow on the front. As the winter storm system known as Titan progressed from rain to sleet and snow on Monday, March 3, traffic crashes around Virginia mounted throughout the day. While the majority of accidents involved only damage to vehicles and no injuries, three fatalities were confirmed as weather related. One fatality was reported in each of three Virginia counties, Amelia, Brunswick and Campbell. The three fatal accidents all occurred within an hour-and-12 minute stretch on March 3, between 11:03 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Fatalities Shortly before 11 a.m., March 3, VSP Senior Trooper T. C. Smith responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Route 614, Dennisville

Road, approximately two-tenths of a mile north of Route 680, Maxey Lane in Amelia County (Richmond Traffic Division).  The crash occurred when the driver of a 1997 GMC Sonoma lost control of the vehicle and ran off the left side of the roadway striking an embankment. The impact cased the pick-up truck to overturn onto the passenger side and strike a tree. The 30 year-old male driver, who was not wearing his seat belt, died at the scene. Speed and weather conditions were considered factors in the on-going crash investigation. On March 3, 2014, at approximately 12:03 pm, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Buckley Road, south of Liberty Road in Brunswick County (Chesapeake Traffic Division). A 1997 Ford Expedition was traveling northbound on

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Calendar Friday, March 7 Forecast: 41° | 27° 1:30pm - 2:30pm Education Committee. Chamber Office. 6pm - 8pm “Pink Event”. Eugene B. Smith Gallery & Custom Framing Studio, 25 N. Loudoun St. Winchester. A new Eugene B. Smith original abstract will be sold via silent auction as well as 2 framed prints with the proceed to benefit Sarah Smith’s sister, Ann Bartus. Live jazz, pink refreshments and FREE chair massages by Jennifer Benzin. Contact Jennifer at (717) 414-6758 for more information Saturday, March 8 Forecast: 59° | 36° 10am - 9pm 14th Annual Winchester Home, Garden, Energy Expo. Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester. 10:10am - 11:10am Books and Barks. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Come to the extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog. For beginning readers and up. Please register. Sunday, March 9 Daylight Saving Time starts Forecast: 50° | 32° 11am - 2pm Zumba Benefit. James Wood HS, Winchester. The Zumba benefit was snowed out on February 15th and is re-scheduled in the gym at James Wood High School. This event benefits Pennies for Patients and is sponsored by the James Wood High School Key Club and Interact Club. Professional instructors will be there to help everyone get their Zumba on! The cost is $5 per person. ALL are welcome and encouraged to join for some family fun and fitness! Monday, March 10 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. Tonight is a regular Town Council meeting at 7:00pm held in the Warren County Government Center. Tuesday, March 11 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http:// www.theriver953online.com. 4:30pm - 5:30pm Big Kids Story Time. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Learn about the wonders of

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Saturday, March 15 7am - 11am Pancake Breakfast. North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company #10. 89 Rockland Rd., Front Royal. Pancakes, biscuits, sausage & bacon, sausage & chip beef gravy, scrambled eggs, baked apples, coffee, juice, and hot tea. Adults $8.00; 4 - 12 years old $4.00; under 3 free. 8am - 10am Edward Jones 5k. Skyline High School, Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal. Today is the Edward Jones 5k. The race will leave Skyline High School Campus, Skyline Vista Drive, left on Criser Road to Luray Avenue and left on Luray Avenue to Eastham Park. 9am - 12pm Cardboard Boat Regatta. Indoor pool, Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Don’t miss these fun aquatic events coming soon to the indoor pool in Jim Barnett Park. Register early and receive a $10 discount off the participation fee. For ages 6+. Design, construct and navigate your corrugated cardboard boat across the blue seas of the indoor pool. Cardboard and roll of duct tape provided. 9am - 3pm Relay for Life Indoor Flea Market. Front Royal Church of the Brethren, 105 W. 13th St., Front Royal. Tables of Treasures and lunch will be sold! Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. 9am - 5pm Southeastern Gun & Knife show. Body Renew Fitness & Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Ct. Winchester. Displays range from rare and collectible civil war weaponry to the most recent hunting and shooting products. General merchandise also found at the show include army surplus, shooting supplies, historical collectibles, and other forms of military. Tickets available at the door. Visit www.guns-knives.com for details. 10am - 11am Preschool Fair. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Join the Moms’ Club of Front Royal for a Preschool Fair. The fair will be a gathering of early educational opportunities including those found at Samuels Public Library. 10am - 12pm Free Home Decor & Design Symposium. George Washington Hotel, Winchester. Do you have a design dilemma in your home and want some expert advice? Here is your chance to ask one of Winchester’s Top designers. This event is FREE to the

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Empty Bowl Supper: Friday March 28th 2014, 4:30 pm Delicious, Gourmet Food And Lively Entertainment We would love to share the experience with you of standing in a soup line, only this time in solidarity with each other for a worthy cause. Come and sample a variety of delicious soups, including gourmet creations by Front Royal’s very own chefs Gary Kearney of Soul Mountain Restaurant and Terrence “Bucko” Lyon of Joe’s Steakhouse, and from Flint Hill, Chef Rachel Rowland of the Griffin Tavern! Homemade breads and freshly baked cookies will also be offered; enjoy in the company of community members and friends! This year we will have the pleasure of being entertained by our Warren County High School Jazz Band! BOWLS Beautiful, handmade bowls created for this event at Hands to

will be a silent auction and our students will have the opportunity to perform during the open microphone time. Tickets for children under 4 are free, ages 4-10 are $4.00 and 11-adult tickets are $7.00. For more information, please contact us at (540) 635-8202. Sunday, March 16 10am - 4pm Southeastern Gun & Knife Show. See description from Saturday, March 15. 11am - 12pm Shamrock Pageant. American Legion Giles B Cook Post 53, West 8th Street, Front Royal. TINY, LITTLE, PRE-TEEN, JR. MISS & MISS SHAMROCK PAGEANT - Tiny Miss will begin at 11:00a. Admission: $3.00/adults, $1.00/students (5-17), 4 and under FREE. Registration for this event will be held on March 12 from 6:00p - 7:00p at the American Legion. For more Information on fees and age groups please call Barbara Ballentine at (540) 635-8208 (cell (540) 671-1218) or Bonnie Lewis at (540) 6 35-5510. All proceeds benefit the Warren County Fair Scholarship Pageant. 2pm - 3pm R-MA Open House. Randolph-Macon Academy, Academy Drive, Front Royal. R-MA will hold an Open House today. Students interested in attending the Academy for either the 201415 school year or the summer program are encouraged to attend with their parents. Reservation requested, walkins welcome. For more information or to RSVP, please call (540) 636-5484, e-mail admission @rma.edu or sign up online at www.rma.edu/openhouse. 3pm - 6pm Screening of “Monsieur Lazhar”. Barns of Rose Hill, Chalmers Court, Berryville, Set in Montreal, the film Create and the Kiln Doctor will be available for you to choose from. Use yours for dinner and then take it home with you. Your individually handcrafted bowl is included in the price of your ticket. SILENT AUCTION A variety of services, treatments, gifts and works of art have been generously donated by business owners, service providers, experts, artists, and craftsmen in our community to be auctioned off! LOCATION AND TICKET INFORMATION Tickets are $25 per adult, $15 per student, and $5 per child . This year, our event will be held at the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Avenue in Front Royal. Please join us for the fun! Reserve your ticket(s) by March 14th, so that we can best prepare to accommodate you and your friends. Please contact Siggi Hepp-Dax with any questions: (540) 631-0956.


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Wednesday, March 19 Yard Waste Collection Begins. Town of Front Royal, Front Royal. Wednesday Yard Waste Collection begins today. Please call DES for more information at (540)635-7819. 10:15am - 11:15am Toddler Story Time. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Join in for a STEM Program all about measurement. Join in for a story time and craft centered around Toilet Paper Olympics. Siblings Welcome! 11am - 12pm Preschool Story Time. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Join in for a STEM Program all about measurement. Join in for a story time and craft centered around Toilet Paper Olympics. Siblings Welcome! 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center.

Friday, March 21 7pm - 9pm. Bingo. North Warren Fire and Rescue. 266 Rockland Court, Front Royal. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Prizes include Longaberger and Thirty-One Products. Advance Tickets are $20 or $25 at Door. Doors open at 5pm. Concessions, door prizes, raffles and more will be available. Call (540) 683-1399 or (540) 683-8585 for more information. Sponsored by Ethelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gang Relay For Life Team. 8pm - 10pm The Van Buren Winds w/ Pianist Eric Huebner. Goodson Chapel Recital Hall, Winchester. Free concert featuring JĂśrg Widmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Funf Bruchstrucke for Clarinet and Piano, Kalevi Ahoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quintet for Winds, Thierry Escaich Mecanicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Song for Piano and Wind Quintet, and Karol Beffaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blow Up for Amplified Piano and Wind Quartet.

Thursday, March 20 10:15am - 11:15am Toddler Story Time. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Join in for a STEM Program all about measurement. Join in for a story time and craft centered around Toilet Paper Olympics. Siblings Welcome! 11am - 12pm Preschool Story Time. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Join in for a STEM Program all about measurement. Join in for a story time and craft centered around Toilet Paper Olympics. Siblings Welcome! 5pm - 8pm Third Thursday Art Walk. Downtown Front Royal 6pm - 8pm Family Night Presentation on Complicated Parenting. Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School, Winchester. During this event, local experts in the field of complicated co-parenting Carmela Crawford and Sarah Childress will address the common mistakes that parents make when overwhelmed by their own challenging circumstances and will provide helpful skills for parents to bring up well-adjusted and happy children. Parents from several schools are invited to the event. Ms. Crawford and Ms. Childress are experts in co-parenting and provide a co-parenting course through the Parent Resource Center in Winchester. 7pm - 1am â&#x20AC;&#x153;Salivaâ&#x20AC;? in Concert. Blue Fox Billiards Bar & Grill, Rt. 50 East, Winchester. 3 bands for the price of 1. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. Get tickets online at www.bluefoxbilliards.com.

Saturday, March 22 8am - 1pm Pancake Breakfast. Moose Lodge, John Marshall Highway, Front Royal. The 9th Annual Cub Scout Pack #112 Pancake Breakfast is being held today. There will be pancakes, sausage and sausage gravy, eggs, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets: $6.00 or $7.00 at the Door. Advance tickets are available from any pack member or call Joe (540) 660-5276 or email: joejoshua@icloud. com. 11am - 12pm Saturday Family Time. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Bring the whole family to the cozy dreamy blue play area for an assortment of exciting stories with Miss Tamara. A perfect way to spend an enjoyable Saturday morning. 11:30am - 1pm Softball Pitching Camp. See description for Saturday, March 16. 2pm - 3pm Chess Challenge. Samuels Public Library, East Criser Road, Front Royal. Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good Chess game. Ages 8 and up. Please register. 6pm - 9pm Womanless Beauty Pageant. Strasburg High School, Strasburg. To benefit The American Cancer Society and Carolyn Guinn. Donations at the door. Raffle tickets sold at event for chance to win auction items. To participate contact Lori Schlentner, lorischlentner@yahoo. com or (540) 325-4916. 7:30pm - 10:30pm Benefit Dance. Front Royal Elks Lodge #2382, Front Royal. Proceeds from the dance will benefit the Front Royal Police Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;JUMP ALLEYâ&#x20AC;? will be providing Big Band

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Lord Fairfax SBDC Upcoming Event Fail-Safe Leadership Straight Talk about Correcting the Leadership in your Small Business. The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center is offering a 4-hour workshop specifically designed to help the small business owner.    This workshop advances a results-based definition of leadership. It demonstrates how itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to grow leaders quickly and attain results that are aligned with your business plans and will help you improve your bottom line. You will also receive a DISC Index personal assessment, and a copy of the Fail-Safe Leadership book.    The DISC Index measures the business ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural and adaptive behavioral styles.   By understanding how you prefer to behave, you are better aligned to your environment, and select the work that ensures more meaning and success while producing less stress. $170 for the first and the second will be at half price; make this part of your teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional development process.  Register with Andy at agyurisin@lfsbdc.org   Seminar #1 will be held Tuesday, March 11th, from 8am - 12pm. Cost: $170. Seminar #2 will be on Thursday, March 20th from 6pm - 9pm and costs $170. Limited Seating Available Register today at (540) 868-7093.-868-70


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Year and have some fun.  Kurt Beyreis, a retired Exxon-Mobil executive was honored as volunteer of the Year and Callie Clayton, a senior at James Wood High School, was recognized as Youth Volunteer of the Year. The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley voted in new officers for 2014: Dr. David Sovine, Superintendent, Frederick County Schools, was elected Chairman of the United Way Board of Directors. Dr. Sovine will provide the volunteer leadership important in insuring that the organization works to identify and impact human care needs in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The following officers will work with Dr. Sovine in 2014: 1st Vice Chairman – Ron Kaplan, TREX; 2nd Vice Chairman- Scott Harvard, First Bank; Treasurer- Ted Troxell, Belk; Secretary- Darcus Breneman, BB&T Wealth; and President/ Chief Professional Officer- Joe Shtulman. Free Tdap Immunizations Being Offered to Rising Sixth Grade Students Frederick County Public Schools will be offering tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) booster vaccinations to rising sixth grade students through a partnership with the Lord Fairfax Health District again this year. On March 25, 26 and 27, fifth grade students attending each of Frederick County’s 11 elementary schools will have the opportunity to receive their Tdap booster free of charge. Students will only be able to receive the vaccination if their parents have provided the school with written permission prior to Friday, March 14. Since 2006, all rising sixth grade students have been required to have the Tdap booster. If the student has had a tetanus-containing vaccine within the last five years (after August 2009), the booster isn’t necessary. Some students also are exempt from the immunization requirement for religious or medical reasons. Frederick County Public Schools Coordinator of Health Services Pam

Unhoch says, “The Tdap booster is one of the required immunizations for students who attend a public school in Virginia. Parents are responsible for providing their child’s school with documentation showing that all required immunizations are current. Thanks to our partnership with the local health department, we’re able to help parents ensure their child has an opportunity to receive the Tdap booster free of charge.” Sixth grade students who have not had their vaccination prior to the first day of the 2014-15 school year will be temporarily excluded from classes until the booster has been administered. Schedule for Tdap Vaccinations Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Greenwood Mill Elementary Redbud Run Elementary Stonewall Elementary Armel Elementary Evendale Elementary Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Apple Pie Ridge Elementary Gainesboro Elementary Indian Hollow Elementary Thursday, March 27, 2014 Middletown Elementary Orchard View Elementary Bass-Hoover Elementary Become a Welcome Center Volunteer Concierge The Old Town Winchester Welcome Center is looking for enthusiastic and engaging members of the community to volunteer as Welcome Center Concierge.  As a Concierge, volunteers will have the opportunity to welcome visitors to downtown Winchester and provide information to help create a memorable experience, assist community members in learning about upcoming events and getting engaged in Old Town, and to support the overall mission of the City of Winchester local government. Visit the Old Town Winchester website at www.oldtownwinchesterva.com to learn more about Old Town

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“parting is such sweet sorrow” By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report Shakespeare wrote it, and Juliet said it. And I agree. I lost a close friend recently. That’s not true. I gave him away. But that’s beside the point. The point is, I miss him. He was a good friend. And so, I wrote him this letter. Dear HP, You know I’ve always hated goodbyes. I get choked up at farewell and this was no different. And that’s why I wrote this letter. I hope it answers all your questions and helps you understand why I did what I had to. I can’t believe I brought you home over nine years ago. It seems like yesterday. You had your own spot in the house. One with a great view. And that’s where you stayed. We shared some good times. The stories I wrote and the pay stubs you printed. And those Christmas letters every year. The ones where I made fun of my mother-in-law. You did what I asked you to. Most of the time. But things changed the last few months. You started doing things you shouldn’t have. Like those black lines on the left side of the page. Lines that weren’t supposed to be there. What was that all about? And the blurry text that was hard to read. You weren’t doing your job. You weren’t meeting my requirements. I did my best to take care of you. When you were thirsty and needed ink, I gave it to you. And not the cheap stuff either. When you were hungry, I fed you paper. Maybe I should’ve done more. Maybe I should’ve cleaned you every now and then.

But who cleans their printer? I didn’t. And so, I had to let you go. And that’s what I did. I’m not telling you this to hurt your feelings, but there’s already someone else. She’s newer, faster and lighter. You have to admit you were chunky. You might think about shedding a few pounds. Her name is also HP. She’s a 7520. You were a 7300. She’s smart. Photosmart. She’s everything I need, and she listens. She’s not perfect though. She drinks, just like you, and not just black and tricolor, but black and photo black and cyan, whatever that is, plus magenta and yellow. So now I have to buy five ink cartridges, not just two. But she’ll print on both sides of the paper. You did, for a while. And I can read what she prints. And no black lines on the left side of the page. And so old friend, it’s time to say goodbye. And that’s why I took you back to the store. Back where you came from. I asked what would happen next. They said they’d ship you back. Back to where you were born. They’ll look you over and reuse what they can. Maybe all you really need is a thorough cleaning and you’ll be good to go again. Ready to sit on the corner of someone else’s desk, waiting for their instructions. I wish you the best. Paper when you’re famished and ink when you’re parched. I’ll always remember you HP. So long old friend. Happy printing to you. HP leaves behind two partially used ink cartridges and many examples of his work. Cards and donations can be sent to the author in care of the HP 7300 Memorial Fund. – kevinengle456@comcast.net


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2014:  78 2013:  78 List Price vs Sold Price   2014:  97% 2013:  96%   Winchester City Statistics Number of Homes Sold  2014:  16    (up 14%)      2013:  14 Average Sold Price   2014:  $194,818 (down 17%) 2013:  $235,527 Average Days on Market   2014:  81 (37% slower) 2013:  59 List Price vs Sold Price  

2014:  97% 2013:  96% Notes:  February was a tough weather month, which added to the higher Days on Market.  The Winchester City Average Sales Price went down a bit in February due to there being new condos created/ sold that hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t existed before and the fact that there were several short sales/ foreclosures sold in February.  Overall, we find ourselves in a stable market with tons of buyers out there and ready to buy.  We continue to have an inventory shortage!  So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve even thinking of selling, call us

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Briefs and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see what your home is worth in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market!   Courtesy of Jan & Dan Team, RE/ MAX Roots Annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kitten Showerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Humane Society fundraiser Spring is right around the corner and the Humane Society of Warren County is preparing for the pitterpatter of little kitten paws. HSWC will be hosting their annual kitten shower and donation drive on Sunday, March 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The kitten shower will be held at the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter 1245 Progress Drive in Front Royal. Please join us for an afternoon of cupcake decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny. There is no charge to attend but we ask that you bring a donation for the kittens. Each spring and summer the Humane Society of Warren County takes in hundreds of kittens. We need your help to care for them all. We are most in need of Purina Kitten Chow, Kitten Milk Replacer and canned cat food. HSWC would like to thank Front Royal Mascots for their support of this event. Senior Fitness Programs At the Golds Gym in Front Royal SilverSneakers members enjoy state of the art facilities, SilverSneaker Classic and Yoga classes, as well as the many health benefits regular exercise provides them with. The award-winning SilverSneakers Fitness Program increases physical activity in older adults, resulting in higher well-being and lower healthcare costs. The SilverSneakers Fitness ProgramÂŽ is available at the Goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gym in Front Royal and is available through several Health Plans in the area.

Classes are 45-60 minutes and we use chairs, weights, tubing and balls making it accessible for all. Bringing a water bottle is highly recommended. Call Front Royal Goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gym at (540) 636-3487 or check with your Healthcare Provider to see if you qualify for the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. Please come in for a free weeks visit and try our SilverSneakers Classic class Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 and Fridays we have Yoga at 10:30 where we use chairs instead of a mat. We look forward to seeing you there. Tot Tumbling Class The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for their Tot Tumbling Program, for those ages 4 years and younger. This program is geared to provide a safe environment for children to become cofident as they develop fundamental movement skills and to encouarage participation in physical fitness. Classes will be held at the Warren County Health and Human Services Complex CafĂŠ on Mondays 12pm-12:40pm or 6pm-6:40pm, beginning March 31 through May 5, 2014. Cost is $62.00 per child for the 6 week session with a 10 participant limit per class. Parent must accompany child. For more information contact the WC Community Center office, Monday through Saturday, 8:00am -10:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00pm at (540) 635-1021.

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Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marshall Planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just say no to Planned Parenthood Defunding initiative likely facing uphill battle to get to gubernatorial veto By Dana Carlson Capital News Service RICHMOND, Feb. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Virginia could be the next state to defund Planned Parenthood if a budget amendment proposed by pro-life Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, gains traction in the Senate budget. Although House Bill 531 seeking to defund Planned Parenthood was defeated by a voice vote in the Health and Human Resources subcommittee, Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s identical budget amendment was padded by the House Appropriations Committee. Virginia legislators have entertained but failed to pass a number of bills and budget amendments to defund Planned Parenthood since 2010. And following the McAuliffe-Northam-Herring sweep of the statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; top offices in November and subsequent Senatorial special election holds, Democrats now hold the Lt. Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tiebreaking vote in the Senate, not to mention the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s veto-holding pen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if Virginia were to defund Planned Parenthood there would be court cases to follow,â&#x20AC;? Delegate Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we get a final budget, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think [the amendment] will be in there, but if it is, (Governor) McAuliffe will veto it.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong to defund an organization because it performs one legal procedure that you disagree with, McClellan said, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone

pays a tax for something they object to.â&#x20AC;? Planned Parenthood has taken blows across the nation as groups like the grassroots Political Action Committee â&#x20AC;&#x153;Susan B. Anthony Listâ&#x20AC;? prioritize defunding Planned Parenthood. The SBA has supported reducing or eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in states, including Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Tennessee and North Carolina. Now, as the Virginia General Assembly session wanes to a close, the five Planned Parenthood locations in Virginia could face funding cuts if the Senate adopts the amendment into its version of the budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like a fair fight, when you are dealing with a child who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t defend themselves,â&#x20AC;? Marshall said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And you have these abortion doctors doing this. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a fair fight.â&#x20AC;? However, the Planned Parenthood Annual Report for 2012-2013 indicates abortions accounted for only 3 percent of its services. The question for legislators is whether opposition to this one service justifies cutting the huge bulk of Planned Parenthood medical services. According to the Virginia Division

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over the past three years, Marshall altered the focus of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative. He said an organization that makes political statements should not receive state funding. Marshall cited the Planned Parenthood â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep Ken Outâ&#x20AC;? campaign directed at antichoice Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli last year. As state attorney general, Cuccinelli also introduced amendments to defund Planned Parenthood

and pushed the Virginia Board of Health to demand all abortion clinics adhere to hospital building-code standards. Opponents say that code change for such clinics is meaningless as a safety standard. Rather, they view it as a political tool pushed by an aggressive socially-conservative attorney general to accomplish what Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conservative legislators could not.

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Marshall, Edwards square off at VCU on health care Legislators debate contraception coverage, health care mandates By Dana Carlson Capital News Service RICHMOND, Feb. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, defended what he termed religious freedom at Virginia Commonwealth University in a debate against Sen. John Edwards, DRoanoke, regarding the Affordable Care Act provision requiring employers to provide insurance plans with contraceptive coverage. At the debate Marshall declared parts of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional under the establishment clause of the First Amendment and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. However, in countering Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contention ACA provisions take away anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to

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Once their kids have left the nest, many men and women over 50 begin to consider downsizing their homes. Downsizing to a smaller home can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including less home to clean and maintain, more affordable utility bills and lower property taxes. But the decision to downsize is rarely black and white, and men and women often struggle with that decision. Perhaps the most difficult part of the decision of whether or not to downsize to a smaller home

concerns the sentimental attachment many homeowners, especially those with children, have to their homes. The home might be too big for your current needs, but it also was the same place where your son took his first steps and where your daughter lost her first tooth. Saying goodbye to a place that was home to so many memories isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than just sentimental value to consider when deciding whether or not to downsize your home after the kids have grown up and

Your financial situation merits significant consideration when deciding if the time is right to downsize your home. If your retirement nest egg is not as substantial as you would like it to be, then it would seem as though downsizing to a smaller, more affordable home is a great opportunity for you to start catching up on your retirement savings. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only true if your new home wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t incur any additional expenses that are already taken care of in your current home. For example, your current home may be fully furnished, while a new, smaller home may require you to buy all new furniture because your existing items simply wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit. The cost of such furnishings can be considerable. If you plan to move into a condominium, you can expect to pay monthly homeowners association fees, and such fees are often substantial. So while the condo itself might be smaller, the additional expenses associated with the property may end up making the smaller home more expensive and preventyou from saving more money for retirement. Real estate market There are sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets and there are buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s markets, and ideally you would like to sell your home in a sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market. But keep in mind that this might be

the same market in which you hope to buy a new home. The nature of the real estate market depends on a host of factors, including geography. If the city or town where you currently live is in the midst of a sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market and you are planning on moving to a location where buyers have the upper hand, then now might be a great time to move. But if you currently live in a buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market and hope to move to a sellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market, then you may end up paying a steep price, even when downsizing to a smaller home. Things may even themselves out if you want to downsize to a smaller home within your current community, but do your homework nonetheless, researching the time of year when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re most likely to get the most for your home and find the best deal on your next place. The advantage men and women considering downsizing haveis that they are rarely in a rush to move out of their current home and into their next one. This gives them ample time to make the real estate market work for them. Space How much space do you really need? Once the kids have moved out, couples may feel like all of that extra space is going to waste. But that can be a knee-jerk reaction, and upon a more thorough examination of the space and your needs you may just find that you can put all of that extra square footage to good use after all. If you have always wanted

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State

Sunday Hunting Bill expected to be signed into Law By Liz Butterfield Capital news Service RICHMOND, Feb. 28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Weekend hunters in Virginia may be able to enjoy more hunting opportunities if Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs a law lifting the traditional ban on Sunday hunting within the commonwealth. House Bill 1237, patroned by Delegate Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, passed the General Assembly and now is in the hands of the governor. A similar bill, Senate Bill 154, is expected to pass the Gen-

eral Assembly later this week. Both bills would allow for Sunday hunting of deer and wild animals only on private property. Hunting would be prohibited, however, within 200 yards of a house of worship. Although seen as a bipartisan bill, some lawmakers did not approve of lifting the ban on Sunday hunting. Delegate Thomas Wright, RVictoria, said the bill will act like a Christmas tree in the legislature, a bill that allows for amendments, like ornaments, to be added on to

over time. Wright predicts the General Assembly gradually will chip away at some of the restrictions in the current bill to eventually make hunting on Sundays equitable to any other day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This time it was just private land and still hunting,â&#x20AC;? Wright said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the future I think there are going to be other bills amending this bill allowing eventually â&#x20AC;Ś the same hunting like on any other day of the week.â&#x20AC;? Forty other states do not have prohibitions on Sunday hunt-

ing, according to the Coalition to Lift State Bans on Sunday Hunting. Only Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia have kept these laws intact. Both Wright and Gilbert are regular hunters in the commonwealth. Gilbert told Capital News Service earlier this month that the legislation is meant to counter a decline in hunting license purchases in Virginia.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Virginia has such a strong hunting heritage that we thought this would be a great opportunity to attempt to reverse that trend,â&#x20AC;? Gilbert said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The high-powered rifle season for deer is only two weeks long. So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a hardworking person, you really only have two Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in which to engage in that activity all year. This would simply give you a couple extra days to enjoy a sport you love and be able to put food on the table.â&#x20AC;? McAuliffe could not be reached for comment.

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Managing money after 50

Investors know that money management can be difficult. The ebb and flow of the economy can be similar to a roller coaster, with soaring highs followed by steep drops, and those changes all affect investorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; bottom lines. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no wonder then that many investors over 50 envision the day when they can get off that roller coaster and simply enjoy their money without having to worry about the everyday ups and downs of the market. But managing money after 50 is about more than just reducing risk. Reducing risk as retirement draws near is a sound financial strategy that can safeguard men and women over 50 from the fluctuations of the market Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true whether investors put their money in stocks, real estate or other areas that were not immune to the ups and downs of the

economy. But there are additional steps men and women can take after they turn 50 to ensure their golden years are as enjoyable and financially sound as possible. * Prioritize saving for retirement. Men and women over 50 know that retirement is right around the corner. Despite that, many people over 50 still have not prioritized saving for retirement. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable that other obligations, be it paying kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; college tuition or offering financial assistance to aging parents, may seem more immediate, but men and women over 50 should recognize that their time to save for retirement is rapidly dwindling. Just because you are retired does not mean your bills will magically disappear. In fact, some of those bills, such as the cost of medical care, are likely to increase. So now is the time to

make retirement a priority if you have not already done so. It might be nice to finance a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college education, but that should not be done at the expense of your retirement nest egg. Kids have a lifetime ahead of them to repay college loans, while adults over 50 do not have that much time to save for retirement. * Start making decisions. People retire at different times in their lives. Some people want to keep working as long as they are physically and mentally capable of doing so, while others want to reap what their lifetime of hard work has sewn and retire early. Finances will likely play a strong role in when you can comfortably retire, so start making decisions about your long-term future. Do you intend to stay in your current home or downsize to a smaller home? Will you stay in your current area or move elsewhere? These decisions require a careful examination of your finances, and many will hinge on how well you have managed your money in the past and how well you manage it in the years ahead. Managing money after 50 requires more than just allocating resources. Sound money management after 50 also means making decisions about your future and taking the necessary steps to ensure those decisions come to fruition. * Pay down debt. Men and women over 50 are not often associated with debt, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a misconception. Thanks in part to the recession that began in 2008 and led to high unemployment, many people in the baby boomer generation, which includes people born between the years 1946 and 1964, went back to school to make themselves more attractive to prospective employers. While that might have been a sound decision, it left many deeply in debt. According to a 2013 report from the Chronicle of Higher Education, student loan debt is growing fastest among people over 60, and that debt is not inconsequential. In fact, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported in 2013 that the average student loan debt of those over the age of 60 who still

owe money is more than $19,000, a considerable increase from 2005, when the average debt was $11,000. Men and women over 50 who are still carrying debt should eliminate consumer debt first, as such debt tends to be accompanied by higher interestrates than mortgages and student loan debt. Paying down debt can help reduce stress, improve your quality of life and free up money for living and recreational expenses once you retire. * Examine your insurance policies. Your approach to insurance should change as you get closer to retirement. For example, you want to maximize your liability insurance on homeowners and auto insurance policies. This ensures the money you have set aside for retirement wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be going to a third party should you be at-fault in an auto accident or if

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Frederick County

152nd commemoration of the First Battle of Kernstown

The Pritchard House on the Kernstown Battlefield

By Sue Golden Frederick County Report Sunday, March 23rd is the 152nd anniversary of the First Battle of Kernstown. On that sunny day in 1862, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson marched his troops north towards Pritchard’s Hill in Kernstown. General Joseph E. Johnston worried that the Union army would move its troops to Richmond. Jackson’s army needed to keep the

Union troops in the Shenandoah Valley, thus helping protect the Confederate Capital. Unbeknownst to Jackson, the Union army in and around Winchester and on the Pritchard family farm was far larger than expected. Colonel Nathan Kimball placed 16 Union cannons atop Pritchard’s Hill. He placed two brigades of infantry in front of the hill and east of the Valley Pike. The Pritchard family, including little children, hud-

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dled inside their home, anxiously awaiting their fate. The Confederate advance proceeded through Barton’s Woods and on toward the Pritchard farm. The artillery fire pushed the advancing Confederates west on to the better protected confines of Sandy Ridge. An epic battle took place as 3,500 Confederate soldiers fought some 7,500 Union solders. After two hours of fierce fighting, with the day light petering out and the Confederate army running out of ammunition, the Confederates retreated. This was the one and only battle that Stonewall Jackson lost. However, because of the fight, Union

troops scheduled to travel to Richmond were sent to the Shenandoah Valley, giving Jackson a strategic victory. The Pritchard family survived the

battle and helped tend to the Union casualties, just as in July 1864, they would tend to the victorious Confederates. Combined casualties totaled 1,000. To commemorate this epic battle, the Kernstown Battlefield Association will open at 8 am on Saturday, March 15th. Historian and author of the book We Are in For It, the First Battle of Kernstown Gary Ecelbarger will give a walking tour beginning at 9 am. The tour will last until around noon. Comfortable shoes and clothing should be worn for walking. The Visitors’ Center and the Pritchard House will be open. Mr. Ecelbarger’s book is available in the Visitors’ Center. This is a free event, although donations are encouraged. In case of bad weather, the rain date is March 22. The battlefield will be open on Sunday, March 23rd. For more information, visit www. kernstownbattle.org or the Kernstown Battlefield Association Facebook page.

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Health

Nutrition and aging go hand-in-hand Nutrition is important for people of all ages, but it’s especially important for men and women over the age of 50, who can dramatically improve their quality of life by eating a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and nutrients. Though that may seem like common sense, research has shown that men and women in this age group, who are often referred to as “Baby Boomers,” are not necessarily as healthy as they may seem. While the baby boomer generation, which is generally regarded as those people born between 1946 and 1964, boasts longer life expectancies than any generation that came before them, some of that can likely be chalked up to advancements in medical care, including a booming pharmaceutical industry that seemingly has an antidote to every ailment. But a 2013 study from researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine found that baby boomers are less healthy than the generation that immediately preceded them, tending to be more likely to have higher levels of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. While that

news might be sobering, it’s never too late for men and women over 50 to start eating healthier diets, which can reduce their risk of a wide range of ailments, including heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. The following are a few ways men and women over 50 can alter their diets so their bodies are getting what they need to live long and healthy lives well into their golden years. As is always the case, men and women should discuss any potential changes to their diets with their physicians to ensure the changes will be both effective and healthy. * Balance your diet. Kids hear of the benefits of a balanced diet seemingly from the moment they enter a classroom for the first time, but many adults fail to heed that basic advice as they get further and further away from kindergarten. When changing your diet, be sure to include plenty of protein and carbohydrates. Protein maintains and rebuilds muscles, which is especially important for aging men and women who might find themselves unable to keep up with the physical demands of everyday

life as well as they used to. Including ample low-fat protein, which can be found in fish, eggs and lowfat dairy among other foods, will aid in muscle recovery, benefitting aging athletes as well as those men and women over 50 who recently started exercising as a means to regaining their physical fitness. A diet lacking in sufficient protein can contribute to muscle deterioration, arthritis and even organ failure, so it’s important for men and women to prioritize including protein intheir diets. Carbohydrates are also an important part of a balanced diet, as they are a great source of energy that can help men and women stay active well past the age of 50. Carbohydrates found in fruits, grains and vegetables are the most beneficial, as these contain valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients. * Don’t denounce dairy. Dairy is a great source of calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. Men and women over the age of 50 want their bones to be as strong as possible because aging is one of the strongest risk factors for osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating medical condition in

which loss of tissue causes bones to become brittle and fragile. Vitamin D is necessary to effectively absorb calcium, and vitamin D can be found in certain dairy products, including pastureraised eggs and grass-fed cow’s milk, and can be generated when men and women get enough sunlight. Other healthy sources of vitamin D include salmon, light tuna packed in oil, sardines, and sun-grown mushrooms. * Cut back on sodium intake. Cutting back on sodium intake can be very beneficial, especially for men and women over the age of 50, who are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. But cutting back on sodium intake takes more than just throwing the salt shaker away. Processed foods, soups, canned goods, salad dressings, condiments such as mustard and ketchup, and breakfast cereals are just a few of the many products that

may contain alarming amounts of sodium. That’s important to note, as excess sodium increases blood pressure by holding excess fluid in the body. That excess fluid puts an added burden on the heart, potentially increasing a person’s risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, cancer, and kidney disease. The problem with cutting back on sodium is that salt is so often relied on to make foods taste better, and many people find salt-free foods bland. But the rewards of reducing sodium intake are so significant that it’s worth makingthe adjustment, especially for men and women over the age of 50. No one is too old or too young to embrace a nutritious diet. But men and women over the age of 50 are in a unique position to vastly improve their quality of life by adopting a low-sodium diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals.


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Humane Diversions Society Annual ‘Kitten Shower’ Humane Society fundraiser Spring is right around the corner and the Humane Society of Warren County is preparing for the pitterpatter of little kitten paws. HSWC will be hosting their annual kitten shower and donation drive on Sunday, March 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The kitten shower will be held at the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter 1245 Progress Drive in Front Royal. Please join us for an afternoon of cupcake decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny. There is no charge to attend but we ask that you bring a donation for the kittens. Each spring and summer the Humane Society of Warren County takes in hundreds of kittens. We need your help to care for them all. We are most in need of Purina Kitten Chow, Kitten Milk Replacer and canned cat food. HSWC would like to thank Front Royal Mascots for their support of this event.

Humane Society annual meeting, board elections loom The Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) has announced its annual meeting date - Tuesday, April 8 - and six candidates for four seats on the board of directors, including two running for re-election. The membership meeting and dinner will be at Joe’s Steakhouse starting at 5:30 p.m. One of the board seats to be vacat-

ed is that of HSWC president Denise Eastham. Her term on the board expires this year and she is not on the slate of candidates. Incumbent Virginia McKinnon, a county school teacher, seeks re-election along with Amy Thurman, an airline pilot and U.S. Air Force veteran. Others running for office are: Jennifer Condon, who spent 20 years working for the Department of the Navy, began fund raising for the animal shelter after adopting a pet and said she is “honored to be nominated for the board.” Wanda Robinson, a legal assistant, has served HSWC as a foster parent and is the agency’s Volunteer Membership chairperson.  Marta Steane, a financial consultant, also adopted from the shelter and became interested in helping both as a foster parent and program volunteer. She said she would “like to further her involvement by serving on the board of directors.” Julie Suijk, a human-resource specialist with 18 years of management experience. Most recently, she has been fundraising for the shelter and “hopes to continue supporting HSWC through active participation in the board.” After the election of officers, the newly constituted board will elect a president to lead the group through the next year. To vote, HSWC members must have been “in good standing” for 90 days (Jan. 8, 2014) prior to the annual meeting. Reservations may be mailed to HSWC, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630, or you may call (540) 635-4734.


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Will impasse on health care lead to state shutdown? Medicaid Expansion, lower health costs at center of looming budget battle By Colin Kennedy Capital News Service   RICHMOND, Feb. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Republican-dominated House of Delegates and Democratic Senate both passed competing versions of a two-year, $96-billion state budget bill in late February, but not before the GOP reinforced its stern opposition to Medicaid Expansion. The Senateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version (Senate Bill 30) would allow the commonwealth to use federal money to help provide health coverage for an estimated 250,000 uninsured Virginians through a private marketplace. Proponents say adoption will save Virginia over a billion dollars in health care costs over eight years. But Republican legislators responded with a symbolic vote against Medicaid Expansion that supports a position the GOP has held for months. House Appropriations Committee Chairman S. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, proposed an amendment to add expanded Medicaid coverage to budgetary House

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Wolf-dog crossbreed ban bill awaits signature By Jessi Gower Capital News Service

Edward “Butch” Ganoe Edward “Butch” William Ganoe, 64, of White Post, Virginia, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Winchester Medical Center. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105. Gordette S. Huntsberry Edna Gordette “Getty” Schenck Huntsberry, 92, of Winchester, Virginia, died Monday, March 3, 2014, in her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601 or Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 130 Keating Drive, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Hadassa Olive White Cornwell Hadassa Olive White Cornwell, age 95, of Winchester, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at her residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Church, 2870 Middle Road, Winchester, VA 22602. Donis Maree Dobbs Donis Maree Fox Dobbs, of Winchester, passed away on March 1, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 http://macular.org/how-donate Thomas E. Dorton, Jr. Thomas Emmett Dorton, Jr., 77, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014, in Winchester Medical Center. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Kernstown United Methodist Church, 3239 Valley Pike, Winchester, Virginia 22602 or Shenandoah Area Council Boy Scouts of America 107 Youth Development Court, Winchester, VA 22602. Kenneth C. Wilt Kenneth Charles Wilt, 67, of Frederick County, Virginia, died at home Sunday, February 23, 2014, surrounded by his family. Memorial contributions may be made in Ken’s name to the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation: 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA 22645. Keller Clifford Nichols Keller Clifford Nichols passed away at home on March 2, 2014, surrounded by his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church Building Fund, c/o Bethel Lutheran Church, 2077 North Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA 22603, or SPCA, 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601. William Franklin “Frank” Poole William Franklin “Frank” Poole, 63, of Winchester, VA, died February 26, 2014 at his home in Winchester surrounded by his family. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601. Helen Beatrice Seward Helen Beatrice Seward, 84, of Winchester, VA, died Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Hospice In Patient Care Center. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

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RICHMOND, Feb. 28 – Owners of wolf-dog hybrids may have reason to worry in the near future, as both the Senate and the House have approved Senate Bill 444 authorizing any locality to prohibit, by ordinance, the keeping of hybrid canines. Sen. Thomas Norment Jr., R-Williamsburg, proposed the bill because of an incident that occurred last year in his district. “A dog-wolf hybrid broke out of its backyard and killed the neighbor’s household pet” said Jeff Ryer, press secretary for the Senate Republican Caucus. “The responding officer had to shoot the canine on site, and it was big news.” According to an online dog guide, dog-wolf hybrids do not make good pets as they have often have issues

with housebreaking and display aggressive tendencies.  These aggressive tendencies worry Norment and supporters of the bill. Along with the situation in Norment’s district, there have been several other incidents involving dogwolf hybrids in Virginia over the past few years. Despite these incidents, owners of hybrid canines think the General Assembly should consider the animals that aren’t aggressive or involved in such attacks before passing this bill. “My housemate had a half-husky, half-wolf dog,” said Courtney Pain, a former VCU student. “He was so sweet and was even afraid of my beagle. Because he was a big dog, some people were scared of him, but all he’d ever do is lick them, which changed their opinion.” If the governor signs the bill, hybrid-dog owners such as Pain’s

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CVS removing tobacco products in Richmond By Lorrie Hare Special Correspondent Capital News Service

RICHMOND -- The giant U.S. pharmacy chain CVS, announced it will stop selling all tobacco products nationwide as of Oct. 1, 2014. Cody Eyles, Richmond resident and smoker since age 13, says he never understood why pharmacies would sell tobacco products since people visit there to better their health. “It never made sense to me because you always see signs on the door about how your health is important,” Eyles said. “They’re a pharmacy -- a drugstore to help your health -- not sell things that can make it worse.” The pharmacy chain has about 26,000 pharmacists and nurses helping customers every day to keep other health problems under control, from things like high cholesterol to high blood pressure, which all have can be caused by smoking. About 7,600 stores will shift theirattention toward being a better health care provider and having more in store clinics.

Ashley Jones, a Richmond CVScustomer, says being pregnant has made her realize her health is more important than it ever was. She agrees with removing all tobacco products out of the drugstore. “It’s such a good thing for people to realize that pharmacies are supposed to promote better health,” Jones said. “Having the sale of tobacco products along with advertising better health really doesn’t make much sense.” This tobacco-free idea has been floating around in the CVS business for a while.Many customers are not sure why tobacco products haven’t been pulled out of pharmacies sooner because more than 480,000 deaths each year are associated with smoking. According to cvscaremark.com, CVS President and CEO Larry J. Merlo, CEO expects the customers that come in just to buy tobacco products will find other places to make purchases. He says the decision was really a matter of how to preparethe company for the future and selling tobacco doesn’t go along with the focus of the store.

Theresa Saunders, former pharmacist says removing all tobacco products will impact the future health of everyone and is a good step in the right direction for CVS.

“Overall health is important, and if people are going to buy tobacco products then they need to buy them where health isn’t so important,” Saunders said. “It is hard to share that

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Front Royal Little League & Washington Nationals Baseball Editor: Our profound thanks to our neighbors and friends for the flowers, sympathy cards, emails, telephone calls, expressing condolences on the unexpected loss of our Siberian Husky to cancer Feb. 6. Particularly, we thank the management of this newspaper for the remarkable spread announcing Lola’s passing in the late February issue. Apart from us, Lola had a large, extended family between her Rockland home and the dog park, the East Main Street and other shopping areas outside of town, as well as at the animal shelter and with dog rescue groups. We were invited to meals where friends of Lola shared our grief, and neighborhood families descended on our home to express their sympathy. Love to you all. Malcolm & Carol Barr & Ophelia, the pug

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