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FCPS to Launch 1:1 Chromebook Initiative in 2014-15 All Sixth Grade Students to be Assigned a Chromebook Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine has announced a new initiative that will provide a Chromebook to every sixth grade student beginning in the 201415 school year. The program, which aligns with the Frederick County

Public Schools’ Educational Technology Plan, is part of a four-year initiative to provide each student in grades three through 12 with a Chromebook for use during the school year. The device will be used to support, enhance and individualize instruction. Sovine says, “Our school division’s mission is to ensure all students receive an excellent education. Today’s students are experiencing a world where technology is redefining how

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To advertise in Warren & Frederick County Report, Contact: Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at • 540-683-1847 we live, learn, work and play. As educators, we must wisely leverage technology in order to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences for all students across all curricular areas. Although technology will never be able to replace the classroom teacher, it must be integrated with curricula and utilized by our schools and staff to engage students and support collaboration. There’s no question that the proper application of technology enhances learning experiences and keeps students more engaged.â€? Frederick County Public Schools Director of Information Technology Rob Yost says, “Chromebooks are a great tool to use for this initiative. They are web-based devices that are easy to operate and maintain. They start up in about 10 seconds, offer a

battery life of six to eight hours and are much less expensive than many other portable electronic devices such as laptops, netbooks and iPads. Students will be able to utilize their Chromebooks to access online resources such as textbooks, instructional websites and mobile applications to support instruction. They will also be able to access their work on any device anywhere there is an Internet connection by using Google Drive.� Students will likely use their Chromebooks on a regular basis although teachers will not be expected to use them with instruction every day. Students will not initially be able to take their Chromebooks home. However, the goal is to begin allowing students to take them home at some point during the upcoming

school year. Students will check the devices out each morning at school and return them before going home. The batteries in the Chromebooks will be charged at school each evening so they are ready to be used again the next day. Sovine says, “Work has been ongoing for several months toward the launch of this effort. Members of our technology staff have been working collaboratively with instructional staff and middle school building administrators to plan, monitor and support this effort. Middle school teachers will be provided with training over the summer that will focus on the use of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks in the classroom. After completing the training, See FREDERICK, 

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Winchester/Frederick FREDERICK, from  teachers will be given a Chromebook so they can begin working with the device and developing ways to utilize it to enhance instruction and student engagement.� Implementation of the Sixth Grade 1:1 Chromebook Initiative is being accomplished with the use of funds currently in the Information Technology Department’s budget. Yost says, “Rather than increasing expenditures for this effort, we are reallocating current funds used to refresh our workstation inventory. Funding this initiative is aided by the fact that the cost of a Chromebook is about 50 percent less than the cost of a single netbook.� The decision to proceed with the Sixth Grade 1:1 Chromebook Initiative was made following several successful pilot programs, including one that provided all fifth grade students at Orchard View Elementary School with Chromebooks and another that equipped students in an eighth

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grade English class at Robert E. Aylor Middle School with the devices. Several smaller pilot programs involving Chromebooks at the elementary, middle and high school levels also have proven successful. Yost says, “The feedback we’ve received from both the teachers and students who are part of the pilot programs has been very positive. Students enjoy working with the devices and utilizing a variety of features and apps to individualize their learning experiences and collaborate with their classmates. Teachers appreciate the ease with which they can differentiate instruction using the Chromebooks as well as how quickly and easily they’re able to review student work and keep students engaged in the learning process.� Sovine says, “We are very excited about this initiative and what it will mean for our students. The pilot programs have been extremely successful and we’re looking forward to expanding the use of Chromebooks to all sixth grade students next year. Prior to the first day of school in August, the parents of rising sixth grade students will have an opportunity to attend meetings where an overview of this initiative will be provided. In addition, information will be made available through our website so that

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Engle’s Angle: “My Neighbor’s a Nut!â€? By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report I’ll bet that’s what they say about me. Sure, I’ve got my oddities. My peculiarities. My idiosyncrasies. Who doesn’t? And I have a perfectly reasonable explanation for every one of them. At least I think so. The woman across the road makes fun of me because of the black beekeeper-like netting I wear over my head when I’m outside in the spring and summer. “You look like a goofball!â€? she’s said on more than one occasion. Maybe. I’m sure that’s what people think when they drive by and catch of glimpse of me. But you know what? Even if I can’t see all that well when I’m wearing it, it sure beats fighting the pesky little gnats that fly in my ears and up my nose when I don’t have it on. What do you say to that, woman across the road? And tell me this. Why do you keep filling up your bird feeder when you know it attracts bears? Now who’s the goofball? They’ve never said anything, but the next door neighbors have probably seen me outside, standing still and holding a shop¡vacÂŽ hose high in the air. “Mom, he’s at it again,â€? I can imagine one of the daughters saying as mom runs to the window to see for herself. “What the?â€? No, I’m not practicing my Las Vegas living statue street performer act. What mom and daughter don’t see is the wood bee flying around. For some reason, they’re intrigued by my shop¡vacÂŽ hose and hover near it to take a closer look.

And yes, I’ve sucked up a few, and that was the goal. One less wood bee to drill a hole in my house. And that makes it all worth it, no matter what it looks like from next door. No doubt they’ve spotted me wielding my broom as well, swinging it wildly in the air. Wood bees again. And yes, I’ve swatted a few. It’s fun. It’s like baseball, without the baseball. “Now what’s he doing?� I can almost hear them say when I’m walking around the house with my 12 foot long fully-extended golf ball retriever. No, I’m not looking for golf balls. I’m looking for bird’s nests, and it’s the perfect tool for knocking them down from the corners of my house. Or the new neighbors on the other side, the ones I haven’t met. If they saw me last Friday afternoon, sitting in my car in the driveway, in the passenger seat, with the windows down, I’ll bet they were curious. “What is he doing? He’s been sitting there for hours.� I was reading if you must know. And napping. I wanted to be outside, but it was a bit cool. This was a good way to do it, and stay warm. Made perfect sense to me. If you see me doing something you can’t explain, don’t bother trying. Just enjoy the show. It’s cheaper than cable and there are no commercials.

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that matter most in our community. $754,108 was requested for program grants from 34 organizations in Winchester, Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah Counties. $424,285 was available from donors for impact grants. In addition to donor designated grant funds, United Way will distribute $260,386 in United Way and Combined Federal Campaign donor specified funds to various agencies both local and outside the area. Agency designations are distributed separate from the grant program. Beyreis noted that the volunteer committee had to make some tough decisions regarding the distribution of grant funds to meet the greatest needs. Demand for health and human care services continues to grow and local providers work hard to meet the needs of service recipients. The review process involved 37 community volunteers, on five Impact Panels. Volunteers reviewed funding applications, undertook site visits and recommended grant funding to focus on priority human care needs. The Grant Distribution Committee of business, community, and student representatives focused on high need areas as identified in the United Way needs assessment in the areas of education, financial stability and health. Outcome reports will be submitted to United Way quarterly. Distribution of 2014-2015 Impact Grants will begin July 1: Education- Helping Individuals and

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Opinion Marital ‘rights’ Editor: Roger Bianchini seized upon Protestant fundamentalist Charles Walter Doughty‘s somewhat incoherent book railing against homosexuals, apparently suggesting it is emblematic of the movement opposing gay “marriage.” I believe this is what’s called a “straw man.” For although there are clear passages in Scripture which point out the objective sinfulness of homosexual activity – and similarly fornication, adultery, beastiality and other misuses of human sexuality – the contemporary intellectual opposition to “gay marriage” is not based solely on the Christian understanding of God’s word. As physician-philosopher and Catholic convert from Judaism Herbert Ratner has said, “God has written two books – the Book of Scripture and the Book of Nature. Each one illuminates and explicates the other.” So opposition to gay “marriage” is rooted also in an understanding of human nature and human sexuality. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discern that men and women are endowed by nature with complementary physiology, and that this – and only this – constitutes the foundation of procreation and continuation of the human race. Homosexual activity has no capacity to be procreative.

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Why is this important? Because marriage as a natural institution derives its meaning first and foremost from its relationship to procreation. This does not mean that you have to have a child to be married; what it does mean is that marriage is a legally and socially-recognized institution that protects and nurtures the families that are begun within it. Though they are aspects entirely relevant to family life, marriage is not primarily about the particular and changeable emotional/financial/physical desires of two individuals (though this seems to be Mr. Bianchini’s notion of it). The main beneficiaries of lifelong commitment between two people are not necessarily the two people themselves – they are the children likely to issue from the union. Marriage is not an absolute “right,” therefore – it is a right, like many others, contingent upon other realities that must be present for it to make sense. For example, we have a right to bear arms, but law forbids the issue of guns to people who are unable to use them properly. Couples whose sexuality is capable of starting families have a right to marry and expect the privileges that come with the many burdens of starting families. As a society we should be particularly grateful to, and supportive of, couples who undertake this burden because without them there is no more society at all, and no more

human race. Christina Deardurff Front Royal (Writer’s response: last time I checked (May 29, 2014), the earth’s population was approaching 7 billion, more precisely estimated at 6,973,738,433. Marital union as a means of achieving procreation to assure survival of the species ceased to be a matter of rational concern some time ago. I would suggest, rather, it is overpopulation of the planet, with its potentially dire environmental, economic and political consequences that has more negative potential upon survival of the species – certainly more so than couples desiring to formulate marital unions declining, by either choice or biology, not to procreate. And are we to take it from her impassioned treatise on marriage as a union sanctioned primarily for, and only with the biological capacity for procreation, that Ms. Deardurff believes that not only marriage, but all sexual activity must have procreation as its primary goal? If so, how far from Charles W. Doughty’s obsessive preoccupation with the evils of non-procreative sexual acts is she? And as for her analogous statement “we have a right to bear arms, but law forbids the issue of guns to people who are unable to use them properly” – I must respond, REALLY, since when?!!? However,

as a lifelong bachelor I must admit I kind of agree that marriage makes the most sense within the context of raising children, in order to protect their inherent rights, as well as the parents. I mean, relationships are tough enough to maintain without involving the government and attorneys. But hey, that’s just me; and unlike some, I don’t insist that everyone live by my beliefs, social and sexual preferences.) Objectivity and marital rights? Editor: I was deeply dismayed at the lack

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is a civil contract between two people. If we wish to so define marriage under the law then if becomes simply a contract. As a simple contract one can expect that it can be defined any way the involved party so designate. Marriage as a contract can become a multiparty contract involving many people. As a simple contract there is nothing to say that parties in one contract need to be under exclusive contract and therefore you have opportunity for multiple simultaneous marriages. I do not care who sleeps with who

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Lts Pradeep and Priscilla Ramaji pictured at the 2014 Salvation Army Dinner and Awards Banquet. By Ken Thurman Warren-Frederick County Report The Shenandoah Valley Golf Club played host to the annual Salvation Army dinner and awards ceremony May 9th. It was more than a fundraising dinner. It was a thank-you to volunteers, a recognition of hard

work, a celebration of a job well done, and a farewell all rolled into one as the Salvation Army Salvation Army officers, volunteers, employees, and supporters, of the Corps welcomed Major Andrew Kelly from the National Capital & Virginia Division. Kelly spoke of the Salvation Army’s slogan, “Doing the

Most Good,� as more than just a saying, but of an accurate depiction of the fact that $0.82 of every dollar given to the Salvation Army goes directly to those in need, right in the local area in which funds are raised. In fact, he emphasized, in Front Royal it is actually even better, as $0.85 of every dollar goes to those in need. In 2013, the Front Royal Salvation Army Corps served 2,085 families, a total of 6,615 individuals. They gave out 3,070 food bags with a total of $39,155 in food. They provided an additional $16,345 in utility/rent assistance and $8,440 in clothing vouchers. This was only part of the good that the unit did this year, as 722 children were provided with a better Christmas and 279 Christmas food boxes were distributed, among many other local services. The largest source of fundraising for the Salvation Army is the familiar bell-ringing that takes place at the red kettles around Christmas. At the Annual Dinner, the Front Royal Corps recognized the three organizations that had raised the most money for the 2013 season. In third place was Front Royal United Methodist Church. Front Royal Rotary claimed second with $3,023 raised over 20 hours. First place went to Kiwanis, which raised $5,796 with 24 hours of bell ringing. The most prestigious award given is the Lucy Kephart Award, named in honor of one of the founding members of the Front Royal Corps. This year’s award went to Front Royal United Methodist Church for its members active volunteering in The Salvation Army, Front Royal. Front Royal United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Denise Bates received the award on behalf of their members.

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now move forward together, a partnership of two, and influence the young men and women of R-MA to thrive and succeed. After their marriage, Maury Forsyth pursued what was to become an outstanding career in the U.S. Air Force, while Tamara used her college degree in microbiology to gain work in various clinical and research laboratories in several states, including Florida, Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota. The couple has a son, Riley, now 25, whom she described as being “part of our Air Force adventure for 21 years.” But instead of caring for just one young man, Tamara agreed she is now taking up the challenges of being there for about 350 students, particularly R-MA’s younger middle-schoolers. She started with those needing help in math, while at the same time zeroing in on one girl overcome by apparent shyness and perhaps a lack of self esteem. By the end of the school year, the young lady, head held high, won a public speaking contest to the delight of Mrs. Forsyth. “The selling point of this job was that we knew it would take both of us,” Tamara said. In an interview prior to commencement exercises the weekend of May 24, the general and his bride reflected with pride on the fruits of their efforts during their 12 months at the Academy. For them both, it was a brand new experience. “Even this year’s commencement is new to us,” Forsyth quipped. Of their new leader, teachers, parents and staff lauded Forsyth for his leadership and high ethical standards. Of his wife – WOW was the review! “She’s marvelous, she’s just everywhere on campus … she’s at middle school, she’s in the bleachers, she’s front and center at band and choir concerts, she’s at early Monday morning chapel each week ... she’s, like I said, she’s everywhere,” repeated one teacher I chatted with at Sonner Hall. At our interview, the Forsyths credited their predecessors, Maj. Gen./ Henry M. “Mack” Hobgood and his wife, Carolyn, on “the work they did, leaving the school in such good shape ... and preparing (us) for tough days ahead.” Parents I spoke to off campus also gave credit to the Hobgoods. Standards at the school have changed immeasurably since the mid-1990s. “General Hobgood and his wife provided a base for the Forsyths to build on,” said one. The new general and his wife also received accolades. “These two are a good fit,” a staff member said of the Forsyths. Meanwhile, the Forsyths first year has been a banner one for the Front Royal school. First example, for the fourth consecutive year, 100 percent of the senior class graduated, many to excellent colleges and universities. A record $8.9 million in scholarships was available to them compared, for example, with $3.9 million just 10 years ago. “As I see it, we’re preparing our young

men and women not only for college, but for life,” the general said, adding in response to a question, “The most dif-

ficult part of this job, the toughest part, is letting a student go ...”

General and Mrs. Forsyth moving forward together, complete first full year at R-MA. Photo/ Cindy Rodney-Academy Photography

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Front Royal’s United Methodist Church members volunteer to fight hunger Churches’ teams worked to feed others in partnership with national Stop Hunger Now organization

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respond. They joined more than 75 church members and friends on the afternoon of May 18 who gathered to wear hairnets, plastic gloves and fill, bag and seal complete meals for over 15,000 people, while basking in the warmth of friendly chatter and camaraderie, happy to be doing a great

Emma Rufsnak, Steve Martin and James Alexander have a good time preparing the food packets for loading onto the trucks. thing for others. As I walked into the room, the first thing I noticed was the smiling faces and upbeat energy of people engaged in a united effort. Children looked happy to be helping by running purposely from one station to another carrying trays of finished bags to be sealed. The boys at the table full of teenagers looked a bit self-conscious about the hairnets. When I approached a group gathered around containers full of interesting-looking substances, I talked to a smiling man called Charles Funk, who let me know how he felt about being there. “I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This is a wonderful program and whoever conceived this was a genius,” he said enthusiastically. Steve Darling, the overall coordinator for this session from the Ash-

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burn headquarters of the national organization ‘Stop Hunger Now’, came to bring the supplies and oversee their efforts. He said that each packet serves 6 people, and contain a balanced meal of rice, soy protein, a micronutrient blend of vitamins and minerals and dried vegetables. These will be shipped to 47 countries, mainly to children suffering from malnutrition. After the food is trucked to the Ashburn warehouse, it will be sent to Raleigh, North Carolina, and from there distributed where needed. Eventually this church will know

which country had received it. Some of the food is given to people hit by disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes here in the U.S. too, he said. The Reverend Denise Bates, the church’s pastor, took her place in the middle of the congregation, and was part of the assembly line bagging food, while her husband David cheerfully walked around and made sure everything ran smoothly. During the event, at intervals a horn was blown to announce another goal reached going toward the 15,000 meals goal. And each time the crowd cheered. Their original fundraising goal was $2,500 and they raised $3,768.50 by the end of the threehour session. An out-of-town visitor, the Reverend Leah DeLong from the Methodist Church, (Pine Grove Charge) in Cross Junction mentioned that she left quickly after her church service especially so she could come and help out. “There are a lot of people showing such teamwork. I’m happy to be a part of this. It’s amazing. Jesus said to feed the hungry, and this is it,” she said. Being part of an event like this also serves to remind us of how different our lives are compared to many others. “Filling these bags - each feeding 6 people while containing just a few cups total of rice, vegetables, vegeta-

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come and do hands-on service, and not being satisfied with just giving money. “Our church is kind of like that. It’s not just a place to show up on Sundays, spend a few hours and go home. We’re a community, and we


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Community each church filling approximately 30 backpacks each. To help out with this effort, call or email the church. They can take donations of food or money, she said. Their website states, “We, as a congregation, have committed $5 per week to fill backpacks with nutritious meals to help keep children from going hungry while not in school. This is a critical ministry in our community. With over 16 million children living in poverty in the U.S. and one in five children in poverty in War-

ren County, the call to action by the church is to respond through various ways. Mandy also offered an invitation for folks to come and visit their church. “Just come and check us out one Sunday, it’s a general welcome,� she said. For information, call Front Royal United Methodist Church at 540635-2935, email, or For information on Stop Hunger Now, visit

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A Memorial Day salute that left them barking for more Front Royal ceremony salutes fallen veterans and ‘dogs of war’

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Adopt Me! – this mature, partial pit girl looks like a keeper By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Sunday, May 25, about 250 people and as many as 50 dogs attended the third annual Memorial Weekend ceremony honoring not only American vets of all wars, but those canine companions who served at their sides since World War I. The event

went off with appropriate pomp and circumstance at Front Royal’s Gazebo, with the welcoming shade of one Tree City USA’s natural canopy around the Village Commons. Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Norman Smith of Blue Mountain laid a memorial wreath (donated by Fussell Florist’s Betty Showers); and Rev.

John Hooper, Krysten and 15-week-old Anna Deborah Rutter of Calvary Episcopal Church prayed for the fallen and blessed the dogs. It was a moving moment when Michael Williams of Randolph-Macon Academy sounded “Taps� with his father’s bugle to finalize the 75-minute ceremony. The event was dedicated to the memory of Robert Williams, who served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War; with a special nod to event moderator Malcolm Barr Sr.’s son, Malcolm Barr Jr., an active duty Air Force Staff Sergeant and Iraq vet now serving in Germany. “We were delighted by the number of people who attended the ceremony for the war dogs and their human companions this year,� Barr said, adding, “Through the last hundred years they have played such a great part in saving many of our service men and women from death and serious injury, but little is said about them. But since there is no other official Memorial Day ceremony here, we expanded our ceremony to pay tribute not only

to the dogs of war, but to the fallen of all U.S. wars since the Civil War.� Barr, who General Smith explained in his address was a junior NCO in the Royal Air Force, is a former military journalist from the Vietnam era and “proud to be a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents’ Association.� He is also a member of the Air Force Association (AFA), which sponsored this year’s event. General Smith recently returned from a 20,000-mile round trip to Guam and Iwo Jima, where American and Japanese veterans

paid tribute to their fallen. On Guam, Smith visited the site memorializing the war dogs who surrendered their lives in the Pacific WWII campaign. Representing the AFA was its local chapter president, Norman Brander, and Tom Shepherd of Winchester, who is vice president of the State AFA. Representing the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) was its local post commander, Carl Schmitt. Mayor Darr represented the Town and Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Murray represented Warren County. And Maj. Gen. Maury Forsyth, USAF (ret), the new president of RandolphMacon Academy, and his wife, Tamara, (the couple are the subject of another feature in this edition) also attended. Members of the German Shepherd Rescue group paraded their dogs to a loud round of applause, as did a representative of “Veterans Moving Forward� who exhibited a trainee Golden Retriever that will be given to a wounded Afghanistan war veteran in the near future. Blue Ridge “Young Marines� were thrilled to be inspected by the uniformed three-star general, as were the active duty marines from Quantico and those dressed in World War II army uniforms. On display were military vehicles of the 1940s.

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Lt. General Norman Smith, a Blue Mountain resident, recalls the sacrifice of American soldiers

Mayor Tim Darr and Lt. Gen Smith lay a Memorial Wreath Front Royal’s Remount Depot was the first training center for dogs of WW II. The 4-H Center’s animal

committee gave out information and exhibited historic items of Remount’s history as it related to the military’s

war dogs. The ceremony culminated with a 20-minute presentation by the Rockland Singers, who musically marched through songs from each service branch. The performance was an apt prelude to a similar service anthem medley played by the National Symphony Orchestra on the steps of the U.S. Capitol that evening. The opening musical interlude of local guitar legend Ralph Fortune was cut short by PA/electrical issues. “It was interesting that the National Geographic magazine this week featured America’s war dogs on its front page,â€? Barr later observed. “We might just be the only community in the Commonwealth that salutes our war dogs.â€? Barr comes by his love of the nation’s canine veterans naturally. He is a former president of the Humane Society of Warren County; and with the help of wife Carol, proudly showed off Ophelia the Pug and the Barr’s newest family member, Siberian Husky Pola, obtained from Siberian Husky Rescue in Fredericksburg less than two weeks earlier. The Barr’s beloved Husky Lola passed earlier this year after a bout with cancer. About that name – Barr explained it’s not only a tribute to Lola (rhymes with) but also to a Husky he had years ago named Polar. Now, as soon as the military orphan formerly known as Molly gets used to it ‌ we can have another dog party. –

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Prominent legally, and ultimately county code-wise, will be the court ruling on whether the short-term rental use Salahi is now proposing qualifies as a “residential use� allowed by both applicable county codes and HOA covenants.

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Supervisors deny Salahi home rentals by 4-1 margin Legal challenge seeking damages from supervisors’ decision promised By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report It appears the Warren County Board of Supervisors may be heading to court – perhaps individually as well as collectively – in the wake of a 4-1 May 20th vote denying Tareq Salahi’s request for a Conditional Use Permit to continue operation of his short-term rental business out of his Mosby Overlook Estates home – and they may not be the only ones (see related story). “Traczyk will be the only one we don’t sue,� Salahi attorney David Silek commented immediately after the vote during a recess following an hour-and-40-minute public hearing. Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk was the only dissenting vote. The board majority also rejected Traczyk’s suggestion they delay action pending a final court decision on an injunction filed by the Mosby Overlook Homeowners Association to stop Salahi’s rental business. The supervisors’ May 20 denial of Salahi’s CUP application means he must cease operations immediately. And with Salahi having testified in court that he was dependent on an estimated $10,000 per month income from his rentals, County Attorney Blair Mitchell and four of his five bosses may be keeping an eagle eye on the timeframe before a final court ruling on the legality of Salahi’s home rental operation. As reported previously, following April 28 arguments, on May 2 Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied the Mosby Overlook Estates HOA’s request to immediately shut down Salahi’s home rental business. Hupp cited more immediate and substantial financial harm to Salahi from cessation of the operation. On April 28, Salahi testified that following his highly public divorce and as an unemployed actor, he was dependent on his rentals to pay his bills and keep from joining other gated-community neighbors in seeing their properties foreclosed on. In fact, testimony in court and during the public hearing three weeks later indicated there are only nine homes, including Salahi’s, currently occupied in the rural, mountainside subdivision on the county’s east side. On April 28 HOA attorney Daniel Pond III argued that damage to the gated community’s dirt roads and potential security risks from Salahi client access the neighborhood presented an immediate hardship to neighbors. It was an argument re-voiced during the May 20 public hearing, not only by Pond, but a string of seven neigh-

bors. After hearing from those seven neighbors of not only Salahi, but his own nearby small home farm, Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter met Traczyk’s suggestion the board tread cautiously in ruling that Salahi’s home rental business did not qualify under existing county zoning codes with a resounding “NO.� “Let’s just move on,� Carter said of a board vote. He noted that in Judge Hupp’s May 2 ruling on the HOA temporary injunction he indicated he would be looking to the board’s ruling on Salahi’s CUP application prior to making a final decision on the injunction against Salahi’s business. The HOA complaint contends that Salahi’s home rental operation violates both neighborhood covenants and county codes, qualifying as neither a residential or home business use. Not so fast, sports fans While Carter is correct in citing the judge’s acknowledgement he would be watching the outcome of the county permitting process – and it’s anyone’s guess how he’ll read yet another disagreement between the county’s elected board and its appointed planning commission and staff on allowable uses by county code – Hupp also indicated that whichever way the county zoning decision went, it would NOT necessarily be the determining factor on the legal arguments he has under consideration. “I choose to wait to see what action the Warren County Board of Supervisors takes on Salahi’s Conditional

Use Permit before deciding this case. Having said this, however, it should be understood that any such action is not necessarily conclusive with respect to the issues presented here but may be instructive to some extent in view of the reference to Warren County in the restrictive covenants (underlining added),â€? Hupp wrote in his May 2 decision on the temporary injunction. That reference to county codes is in the land use section of HOA covenants stating, “Lots are to be used for residential purposes only except for home occupations permitted by Warren County, Virginia.â€? Prominent legally, and ultimately county code-wise, will be the court ruling on whether the short-term rental use Salahi is now proposing qualifies as a “residential useâ€? allowed by both applicable county codes and HOA covenants. That is the crux of the 2007 Virginia Supreme Court ruling on a Bedford County case (Scott v. Walker) that Hupp heavily referenced in his 2011 decision in the “Hot Tub Heavenâ€? case involving the county board of zoning appeals in an Apple Mountain neighborhood dispute over short-term rentals. In rendering his May 2 decision on the temporary injunction allowing Salahi to continue to operate his rental business, Hupp wrote, “While I thought at first blush that the POA would be likely to prevail at final hearing, I am not as confident of that at this time ‌ Moreover, short-term rentals may satisfy the requirement that the property be used for residential purposes only. See Scott v. Walk-

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er, 274 Va. 209 (2007).� “The court held that the phrase ‘residential purposes’ was ambiguous, and in the light of the rule that an ambiguous restrictive covenant be interpreted in favor of free use of property and against restrictions, the phrase did not prohibit the shortterm rentals,� Silek wrote in opposition to the injunction filed against his client’s rental operation. After spending some time reading the Mosby Overlook Estates covenants during a pause in arguments on April 28, Judge Hupp commented that they “aren’t written very well� – which may bode ill for not only the HOA, but four county supervisors as well. In his 2011 Martin v. Warren County Board of Zoning Appeals (“Hot Tub Heaven�) case, Hupp addressed the conflict between short-term rentals and R-1 zoning restrictions designed “primarily to foster and preserve residential areas within the county with fairly minimal encroachments by commercial or industrial uses� – “Moreover, if short-term rental of the property is a commercial use because it creates income for the owner, then is not a long-term lease commercial as well? I do not believe anyone argues that the owner of the subject property cannot enter into a long-term lease,� Hupp wrote.

So, it appears this neighborhood dispute now expanded into a citizen dispute with the county’s elected board’s interpretation of its own zoning codes will hinge on a very broad legal definition of residential use as determined by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2007. And with one local court decision on a similar zoning dispute already appearing to have come down on the side of such rental residential uses, that could spell trouble, if not in River City, just a little east down John Marshall Highway a spell. In prefacing their support of the denial, even in the face of Traczyk’s legal caution, both Archie Fox and Linda Glavis cited the statements of Salahi neighbors that they were concerned about negative impacts on their own personal safety and lifestyle from the operation’s continuation. It is a stance reflected in at least one earlier board vote by the same four supervisors – on denial of permitting of hiker hostels in the county. And like that earlier vote, the four supervisors in question appeared to take any concerns expressed at face value, without substantiation. It is a standard that may look good on Election Day, if not in court when legal push comes to shove. Stay tuned, sports fans ‌ –

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Salahi files criminal charges against two neighbors Attorney to county – immediate re-vote on CUP application or else ‌ By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Tareq Salahi and his attorney David Silek have followed up on a promise of litigation made immediately after the May 20 majority vote of denial of Salahi’s conditional use permit (CUP) request for his short-term rental business at his personal residence in Mosby Overlook Estates – and it didn’t take long. In a letter of May 23, Silek asks the Warren County Board of Supervisors to immediately revisit its 4-1 vote of denial (Traczyk dissenting) or face litigation; and in a criminal complaint filed in the Warren County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office the same day, Salahi alleges slander and intentional defamation of character and interference in his rental business operation against two of his neighbors, HOA President Travis Frantz and Robert Hunter. The complaint notes that other defendants may be added as additional information comes to light regarding Salahi’s allegations of physical harassment of clients, as well as false and malicious verbal and online statements designed to ruin his personal credibility, most recently during his short-term rental CUP application process. There is the possibility of a counterLocated inside ‘Yellow Rose Theraputic Massage’

attack by the Mosby Overlook Estates Homeowners Association, that has taken the lead in Salahi’s neighbors’ battle to bring his rental operation to a halt. The HOA alleges that Salahi had as many as 30 people to his house for what was described as a fairly loud gathering on Saturday, May 24, four days after he was to have ceased his rental operation. Pending a final court ruling on whether his rental business qualifies as a “residential use� by state law, Salahi was required to stop his rentals immediately after the supervisors’ denial of his CUP application the evening of May 20. After hearing legal arguments on April 28, on May 2 Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp denied an injunction filed by the Mosby Overlook HOA to immediately halt Salahi’s business. As we reported elsewhere in this and a previous edition, the court cited more immediate and substantial financial harm to the defendant from cessation of the business, compared to the transportation and security issues cited by neighbors as immediate harm to them from continuation of the rental business. Animal House & Hitler And it is the perceived lack of secu-


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rity and impacts on the mountainside neighborhood’s rural ambience described by neighbors that are cited in the criminal complaint against Frantz and Hunter. The complaint cites derogatory descriptions of Salahi’s rental operation as “Animal Houseâ€? as well as Facebook and online business site posting that include a rant by Adolph Hitler “about the Salahisâ€?, the criminal complaint alleges. “Upon information & belief, Defendants posted defamatory videos damaging to Plaintiff on YouTube ‌ The statements in the Video represent Adolf Hitler and make reference that Salahi and Hitler are synonymous ‌ Upon information & belief, Defendants also uploaded a video entitled ‘Hilter rants about the Salahis’ ‌ These statements are reasonably read to impart false inferences,â€? the complaint states. As with the Hitler rant “about the Salahisâ€? some of the allegations appear to predate the home rental business, and in fact, the complaint dates the beginning of harassment from Frantz and Hunter to around June 2009, calling it “continuous and ongoing.â€? In fact, there is a reference to a remark made in the wake of the then Salahi couple’s “instant celebrityâ€? status beginning with an alleged November 2009 “gate crashingâ€? of a White House State Dinner for the Indian Embassy that later became a topic of the reality-TV show “The Housewives of DC.â€? “On or about November of 2011, defendant Frantz stated to the press they hope the Salahis are ‘not in this community much longer.’ And that he would do anything to get rid of the Salahis,â€? the criminal complaint states. As for more recent acts targeting his rental business, the complaint

states, “Defendants published false and defamatory statements about Plaintiff on several other similar business review websites ‌ The Northern Virginia Daily newspaper reported and documented that defendants slandered the plaintiff ’s residence as defining the Salahi rental property as an ‘Animal House’ referring to the motion picture (starring John Belushi in a comedy about an out-of-control college fraternity house).â€? It also alleges the use of false online IDs to continue the harassment of either Salahi personally or his rental business particularly. “Defendants have organized and currently administer an Internet group dedicated to attacking Plaintiff on Facebook. Defendants named this group falsely and masked its name secretly. (“Facebook Groupâ€?) ‌ Through the Facebook Group, Defendants have worked in concert and have conspired both to publish defamatory statements about Plaintiff and to solicit other members of the public to join them in their attack against Plaintiff and its reputation ‌ on various Internet discussion forums. Defendants use this Forum to spread harmful defamatory statements about Plaintiff and to direct readers to other defamatory sources, including videos uploaded to YouTube. Upon information and belief, defendants use the handles “Cynthia Ratzkeâ€? and “Judy Carrollâ€? to post comments to the Forum.â€? Board liability? After belaboring four of the five county supervisors politically and legally for the May 20 vote, in his letter of May 23 Silek warns of litigation if they do not reconsider it. “I can promise you further legal action to correct your horrid mistake


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and a claim for violating the rights of my client and every other person in this county who rents out a room,â€? Silek states in his letter to the county. In opening his attack on four of five county supervisors, Silek notes the legal basis for his argument heard both in court on April 28 and in the Warren County Government Center on May 20 – that is that his client’s business qualifies as a legitimate residential use (see related and previous stories). “I simply cannot put into words how incredibly disappointed and saddened I am by your actions Tuesday evening (May 20) regarding Tareq Salahi’s conditional use permit application. I am still completely stunned by the sheer ignorance displayed by nearly every member ‌ save Mr. Traczyk. “The conclusions raised by several of you are quite alarming and frankly violate our Constitution. By your actions, you have declared that no person in this county can rent out a room or rooms in their own home without a conditional use permit from you. This is especially alarming given that many of you claim to be Republicans (4 out of 5, save Glavis),â€? Republican Silek wrote. Not that her independent conservatism spared Glavis from Silek’s legal wrath – far from it. “That you Linda ‌ a direct descendant of the founder of this Town, is against renting out one’s home from time to time is a denial of our family’s heritage,â€? Silek wrote noting family ties to Glavis with historical precedents. “Our family did such (rentals out of the family home) in the 1700s and after the Late Unpleasantness.â€? The “late unpleasantnessâ€? is a 19th Century phrase referencing the Civil War that claimed over 600,000 American lives and threw much of the former Confederacy, including the Shenandoah Valley, into an extended post-war financial depression. “I’m sorry you now seemingly appear to be embarrassed by our ancestors and would not allow them to do so today. “Yes, I consider this personal,â€? Silek concludes pointedly to one who may no longer be a “kissing cousinâ€? on the county board. And that, sports fans, is what I love about covering politics and courts right here in River City in these days of rising political dysfunction, ideological intransience and policy as political bean counting from sea to shining sea. DC’s got nothing on us – but numbers.


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“I would hope it is more than a half hour discussion.� – Substitute Judge Julia T. Cannon on anger management counseling ordered for Michael Shane Kidwell

Court clerk charge dismissed – son to anger management

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The double-edged domestic assault case of Warren County General District Court Clerk Pam Kidwell and her 38-year-old son, Michael Shane Kidwell, ended with barely a legal whimper on May 20. With both a substitute judge and prosecutor in place in Warren County General District Court due to the elder Kidwell’s working relationship with local legal officials, it took just nine minutes for a plea agreement to be reached in her son’s case and for her case to be dismissed. After disposition of her son’s charge of Assault & Battery of a Family Member with a plea of “no contest� resulting in an order to take an anger management course, it took less than a minute for retiredsubstitute Judge Julia T. Cannon to agree to the prosecution’s motion to dismiss the Misdemeanor Assault charge against Pam Kidwell. Special Prosecutor Justin Wilcott of Rockingham County told Judge Cannon that he had spoken with the victim and that dismissal was her wish for disposition of the case. “It will be dismissed then,� Cannon replied, bringing the gavel down on a situation that could have had employment consequences for Kidwell’s status as a Warren County Court official. The dismissed charge stemmed from an April 12 domestic incident in which Shane Kidwell’s girlfriend Penny Heflin first called Warren County Sheriff ’s Office Dispatch to report an assault by Shane Kidwell; then alleged she was grabbed by the wrist by Pam Kidwell as she was on the phone reporting the initial complaint against her boyfriend. Mum’s the word Both alleged victim Penny Heflin and Special Prosecutor Wilcott declined any comment on the two cases and their resolution – well, Wilcott did verify the spelling of his name. Then he briskly escorted Heflin from the Warren County Courthouse after refusing comment on the substance,

or lack thereof, of the charge against Pam Kidwell and the seemingly light sentence imposed on Shane Kidwell following his no-contest plea. We say “lightâ€? regarding the plea agreement’s lone condition of anger management counseling because we verified that Shane Kidwell remains on probation on 2012 convictions on guilty pleas to “abduction by force or intimidationâ€? and “unlawful woundingâ€? charges related to a May 29, 2011 incident involving another female companion, Tamara Dawn Walton. As we reported last issue, Walton told police Shane Kidwell, whom she described as her ex-boyfriend, “entered her residence while she was asleep ‌ that Michael then jumped on her while she was in bed and sprayed her in the face with mace. Michael then began choking her and threatening to kill her and then himself ‌â€? Shane Kidwell was sentenced to serve 14 months of a four-year sentence on his February 2012 guilty pleas in the Walton case. So, factoring another domestic violence situation in Rockbridge County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court since his 2013 release from jail, it was not unfamiliar legal territory Shane Kidwell was treading as he entered Warren County General District Court on May 20, 2014. Cat’s dead - kick, spit

As for Heflin’s April 12, 2014 allegations against the 6-foot-4, 230pound Shane Kidwell, the criminal complaint states, “I had just come home (to the Poor House Road residence she and two daughters shared with Shane Kidwell) from being in Lexington, Va. visiting my family. First thing said was a fox tried to get the goat; next thing said was ‘it killed your cat, Kayla’ (Heflin’s teenage daughter). She got upset, said ‘wish it was you’ [and] went to her room. I

went to bathroom [and when I] came out Shane Kidwell was in kitchen, started yelling at me – I said, ‘Stop,’ and told him how he should have handled it (telling her daughter her cat had been killed). Next thing Kayla came in [the] kitchen to go outside to find her cat. Shane cursed at her, swung at her, kicked at [the] door after she went out, then turned on me, drew back to hit me and spit in my face. My other daughter was beside me and he spit on her.� Heflin’s complaint against Pam Kidwell stated, “Pam Kidwell walked out from the house while I was on the porch talking to dispatch, said this is her son’s house and I was a bitch, needed to get out and grabbed my left arm then proceeded to call my daughter the biggest bitch ever.� Anger management

When Shane Kidwell’s case was called at 3 p.m., Special Prosecutor Wilcott described the proposed plea agreement to the court. He stated Shane Kidwell, who was represented by Eric Wisely, would plead guilty, take anger management counseling and return to the court in six months to review his compliance with that condition. Wilcott told the court that he had spoken to the victim and the agreement reflected her wishes on resolving the case. When asked how he pled to the charge, Kidwell responded “No contest.� “Which is it, no contest or guilty,� Judge Cannon asked. “No contest – with the stipulation there is enough evidence to find guilty,� Wisely explained. There followed a discussion on what type of anger management counseling Kidwell would receive. Wisely replied that there wasn’t a specific program in this area but elaborated that his client would produce verification on the return date

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“that anger management has been addressed.� “I would hope it is more than a half hour discussion,� Judge Cannon replied. Wisely then cited two anger management programs and Wilcott said the commonwealth would be satisfied with completion of either of those. Judge Cannon then instructed Shane Kidwell to return to court on November 18 with proof a cited program had been completed and that no further violations of the law had been committed in the interim. Next up at 3:08 p.m. was Pam Kidwell. After her attorney Jerry Talton had a short discussion with the special prosecutor, Wilcott informed the court that after discussion with the victim, her wish was that the charge be dismissed. Back to the future (or is it the past?) And by 3:09 p.m. it was over – except perhaps for resolution of two probation violation charges resulting against Shane Kidwell, as well as outstanding restitution issues on previous charges. Following the May 20 hearings we verified that in addition to his active probation status on the Walton abduction and unlawful wounding convictions, Shane Kidwell has an

outstanding restitution balance of $2,266.70 in Warren County Circuit Court and of $1,003.02 in Warren County General District Court. The circuit court balance is related to the 2012 convictions in the Walton case. According to the clerk’s office that balance reflects no payments since 2012 when the original balance was $2,336.72. The general district court balance actually dates back to a series of animal cruelty cases between 2006 and 2008. In fact, Shane Kidwell had a hearing scheduled on a 2014 “failure to comply with a court order� charge related to those animal restitution issues on April 22, the day both his and his mother’s hearing dates were set for May 20. Court records indicate that between March 2006 and April 2008 Michael Shane Kidwell had eight “animal cruelty (generally)� and five “allowing dogs to kill livestock� cases pending, and one “livestock at large� case. On May 27, Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Madden asked Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp for a continuance on the two probation violation charges against Kidwell. Madden explained that issues related to work release needed to be resolved, though with the above payment track record, one might wonder why? A return date of June 24, on the 9 a.m. circuit court docket was set.

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Canopy, burner from fatal balloon crash recovered

Natalie M. Lewis and Virginia “Ginny� T. Doyle remembered on the University of Richmond website By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

“On Sunday, May 25, 2014, boaters on the Mattaponi River in Caroline County spotted what appeared to be a large canvas in the water. They called 911 and reported their discovery to the Caroline County Sheriff ’s Office. Further investigation by the sheriff ’s office confirmed that it was in fact the miss-

On May 28, the Virginia State Police reported that major portions of wreckage from the May 9 hot-air balloon crash that took the lives of three in Caroline County had been recovered.

ing hot air balloon from the fatal crash that occurred Friday, May 9, 2014, near Meadow Event Park. The balloon and the burner were recovered from the river. The wreckage was in the Mattaponi River between Routes 301 and 207. The basket has still yet to be located. “The NTSB was immediately notified of the wreckage and will take possession of the items as evidence as part of its ongoing investigation into the crash,� the press release concluded. Dying in the crash were the pilot, Daniel T. Kirk, 65, of Hartley, Delaware and passengers Natalie M. Lewis, 24, of Richmond, Va., and Virginia “Ginny� T. Doyle, 44, of Glen Allen, Va. Lewis was director of basketball operations and Doyle associate head coach of the women’s basketball team at the University of Richmond. Kirk had 20 years of experience piloting balloons and was affectionately known as “Captain Kirk�, a reference to the original captain of “the starship Enterprise� in the 1960s TV show “Star Trek�. Witnesses described him “doing everything he could� to sal-





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R-MA Graduation Day

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Photos courtesy of Cindy Rodney, R-MA Photography Randolph-Macon Academy’s Class of 2014 brought back an R-MA tradition, and at the same time left a mark of their own by setting records through the sheer magnitude of their accomplishments: the 73 seniors and five Falcon Scholars continued the school’s tradition of a 100 percent college acceptance rate, with 292 college acceptances to 171 different

colleges and universities. In addition, 79 percent of the class received college scholarship offers, totaling a school record of $8.96 million in merit-based college scholarships. The valedictorian was Grace Alexander of Front Royal. The co-salutatorians, who spoke at the Class Night awards ceremony on Thursday, May 22nd, were Caitlin Bunker of Ber-

ryville and Madeline Chafin of North Carolina. Bunker was honored with the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award and was also selected to receive one of the National Honor Society Scholarships handed out at Class Night. “When I walked through the doors of Randolph-Macon Academy in the eighth grade, I thought I was enrolling in just a normal private school,”

Bunker said. “Little did I know, I was becoming part of a larger community that would become my second family. Like many of you, I have been shaped, guided, and mentored by the teachers, CLS’s [Cadet Life Supervisors], coaches, and friends that I have encountered along the way. Whether it was on the parade field, in the classroom, on an athletic field, in the dorm, or at one of the many com-

munity events in and around campus, the people of Randolph-Macon Academy seemed to always leave a lasting impression on me.” At the end of her speech, Bunker went on to advise her classmates, “Continue to work hard. You are the ones who pave the paths to the rest of your futures. You are the ones who determine what is going to happen. Anything is possible. Set the bar higher and higher and do not let roadblocks keep you down.” Bunker will attend Case Western Reserve University in the fall. Chafin, who will attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the fall, was the recipient of the James M. Mills Award, which is presented to a cadet officer who has exemplified the personal characteristics of leadership, positive attitude, integrity, loyalty and perseverance, the Yearbook Editor Award, and the Athena Award, which is presented to the senior who merits special recognition for demonstrating leadership and service. During her speech at class night, she recounted how at the young age of eight she fell in love with the Coast

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“I believe the only way our lives mean something is if we positively influence the world by giving back through public service. The faculty at R-MA have prepared us to give back, because they have been the best role models and great mentors.� – Valedictorian Grace Alexander Guard Academy and developed a dream to attend there. She and her father mapped out a plan to get her there, and part of that plan was for her to attend Randolph-Macon Academy, five hours away from her home in the Raleigh area. But preparation for the Coast Guard Academy wasn’t all that Chafin found. Like Bunker, she found a second family. “What R-MA in my time here has made very clear to me is that no matter what our differences are, there will still be someone that you can call your friend or your sister or brother, because we are a family. Our differences make this family strong. I have friendships that I know will last through any obstacle I face or any awesome moment such as graduating from high school,� she said. The Senior Luncheon on Friday, May 23rd, featured six cadets who were chosen to speak about their time at R-MA and what the Academy and their friends mean to them. One of those chosen this year was Front Royal resident Faith Funderberg, who received the George M. Wines Most

Unselfish Award. She will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall. “Take a moment and look around the room,â€? she encouraged her peers. “Our interests, our accomplishments, and our backgrounds are very different from each other, yet we are sitting here, one day away from graduation. I hope you ‌ will look back on your experience and realize everything you have learned. I’m not talking about just academic classes. The Air Force core values, the Honor Code, and the discipline we’ve all had to incorporate into our lives this year ‌ are not things that should end when we graduate ‌â€? Following the Senior Luncheon, the cadet corps held the final parade. This year, in a resurrected tradition, the entire corps marched back up the hill to the flag pole in front of Sonner-Payne Hall. The seniors “fell outâ€? of formation and lined up on the alumni terrace facing the flag pole. “Tapsâ€? was played as the flag, which was flown over the school throughout the entire year, was lowered. It

was folded and presented to R-MA President Maj Gen Maury Forsyth, who in turn presented the color guard with a new flag to raise up the flag pole – a flag that now belongs to the Class of 2015. The next day, Saturday, May 24th, was graduation. Alexander, who had received multiple awards at Class Night, including the R-MA Scholar/ Athlete Award, the National Honor Society Award, the Social Studies Award, and the Best All-Around Cadet Award, spoke to the Class as their valedictorian. “I’ve learned two important lessons being at Randolph-Macon Academy,� Alexander said at the start of her speech. “I’ve learned the value of public service, and the value of great mentors.� She told the story of her grandmother, who had a major stroke and came to live with Grace’s family. “During the last weeks of my grandmother’s life, Blue Ridge Hospice volunteers came to our home to assist, and they offered their kind support to us,� she recalled. It was that experience which led Grace to

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“Hey, we just figured it’s spring, rather than something somber, let’s make this a joyous and fun kind of thing outdoors – and why not the ballpark?� – Art Drago on choice of a wedding location

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Drago scores at Bing Crosby in front of rowdy crowd After a quarter century together, Artie and Carol tie the knot at home plate By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Shortly after 1 p.m. under beautiful, clear spring skies on Sunday, May 18, New York City native and lifelong Yankees fan Arthur Drago stepped to home plate at Bing Crosby Stadium in Front Royal, Virginia for his most important at bat of the season – actually of the past 25 seasons by his account. But unlike most plate appearances, on this day batter Drago did not step up to the plate alone. He was accompanied by long-time companion Carol Corbin. And the pair, rather than facing a fireballing Mets or Red Sox pitcher, found themselves face to face with “wedding officiant� Janice Hart in an umpire’s uniform. Despite her attire, Hart’s job wasn’t to call balls and strikes. Rather, it was to deliver Drago’s “pitch� across home plate to Corbin. And fortunately for Artie, rather than launch that change-up out of the park, Carol took it straight to the heart with an “I do� that led to waves of bleacher stomping and cheers – and not Bronx ones either. And the appreciative groom launched the crowd into spirited three-time “hip-hip-hooray� for the bride’s performance at the plate – the official scorer ruled it a “two-run homer�. Of the unusual setting for a wedding, Drago told us prior to the event, “Hey, we just figured it’s spring, rather than something somber, let’s make this a joyous and fun kind of thing outdoors – and why not the ballpark. It’s kind of a Front Royal blessing. I mean, I stayed in Front Royal because of the sense of community I found here.� “You wearing a Yankee jersey?� I inquired. “Oh, I’ll have my Yankee jacket on – you know it!� he assured me.

“So, will I get a field press pass with my Nationals hat on?� I worried. No problem, I was assured. “Maybe it could portend a YankeesNationals World Series before both of us die of old age,� I offered hopefully. Well, we’re too young to stop dreaming, we agreed – why not!!! Drago told us he and Corbin sent out several hundred invitations to friends, relatives and past students of Drago’s Front Royal Karate Club who have spread out across the country in the 43 years since he opened the Okinawan Shorinryu dojo doors, now on Kidd Lane just off East Main Street in historic downtown Front Royal. “We figured maybe a hundred would show up but we’ve gotten responses from all over – maybe we’ll have standing room only,� Drago said of the potential of invitees and guests filling up the 1100-seat stadium. And while the crowd fell short of that, an attempted head count led this observer to estimate somewhere between 550 and 650 or so rowdy “fans� jamming the ballpark (not a bad guess, an official head count was 620). A reception at the county shelter near the Fantasyland playground across a still-swollen Happy Creek drew a good deal, if not all of that crowd to an outstanding cookout and social gathering. And if the walking bridge across the creek between “The Bing� and Fantasyland was above water following the torrential rains of May 15-16, the Eighth Street low-water car bridge wasn’t, leading to some U-turns and circling to the ballpark from Sixth Street. That led to some confusion for some of the out-of-town contingent, including family, friends and karate associates from New York and New Jersey. But being the sharp Yankees they are, following locals’ U-turning with them, it appeared the out

of towners all made it to the ballpark prior for “the ceremonial first pitch� being tossed. Included in the wedding party were Carol’s brother Jim, who did the honors of taking the bride, not down the aisle, rather in this case down the third base line and mom Esther; Drago’s 96-year-old mom Matilda, whom he pointed out to this struggling reporter some 30 years her junior, still works a 40-hour week keeping an eye

on the family business up north – GO MOM!!! And CONGRATS, Carol and Artie – now back to the dojo – there’s always a next generation primed for a little instruction in the field of marital, I mean martial arts, self discipline, self confidence and self-defense. And speaking of generations of Front Royal Karate Club students, Drago later told us among the attendees were his very first students, as

well as people from New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts and Minnesota, to name a few. The newlyweds also wanted to acknowledge the cooperation of the county parks & rec department, which under the direction of “crew chief � Jeremy lined the field on “Game Day� and helped facilitate access to the scoreboard and PA for posting of the “Artie-Carol� box score and musical accompaniment.

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The Washington Post recently published an article that chronicles allegations of unacceptable hospice care in America, and, in so doing, characterizes all hospice providers negatively. Hospice volunteer Carol Barr (my wife) passed the critical article along to Ernie Carnevale, chief executive officer (CEO) of Blue Ridge Hospice, who in

turn shared his response with her and his staff and volunteers. He also made his comments available to the Warren County & Frederick County Report. Carnevale began by quoting J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Paliative Care Organization (NHPCO), who said: “There are two kinds of hospices in America: the ones that get it right, and those that should be out of business.” Referring to the Post article, Car-

nevale said: “Blue Ridge Hospice is not one of the 18 percent poorly run, forprofit hospices (in America).” “Not all hospices are alike,” Carnevale told the Report. “Blue Ridge Hospice (BRH) provides exceptional end-of-life care and was cited by the “Joint Commission (the nation’s most highly regarded healthcare surveying organization) as “an amazing organization ... in the top echelon of hospices ... providing a superior level of care not seen in most

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“Voodoo practice is one small step away from tarot cards, which is one small step from Satanism. What is next – should we want Front Royal recognized as an upand-coming center for the black arts?� – Tarot opponent Jane Elliot

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Wine, (witch)-craft, gypsies and fear in ‘Hell Town’

Okay, witch side is she on? Jane Elliot does her Stevie Nicks impersonation – and we all know which side Stevie’s likely to come down on. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A group of about a dozen people that appeared largely based in the local Catholic community made their feelings known on the subjects of gypsies, mysticism and most specifically tarot card readings at the May 27 Front Royal Town Council meeting. At issue for the contingent, who applauded the comments of three speakers during the “public concernsâ€? portion of the meeting devoted to non-agenda items, was the recent presence of a tarot card reader in a downtown, East Main Street business, though apparently that presence was aborted by the store owner about three weeks ago after complaints from concerned citizens. The speakers, perhaps some of the same who lodged the initial complaint to the owner of host business at 113 East Main Street, urged council to uphold an old town ordinance against gypsies roaming the streets telling fortunes for money. Failure to do so, we were warned, raises the specter of the rise of “black artsâ€?, Satanism, human and animal sacrifice and a general descent into lawlessness and violence right here in River City. “Voodoo practice is one small step away from tarot cards, which is one small step from Satanism. What is next – should we want Front Royal recognized as an up-and-coming center for the black arts?â€? warned Jane Elliot. “Are you prepared to designate which town alley will be the red light district; which store fronts will be drug dens; bathhouses; hold regular sĂŠances with the dead???â€? asked Elizabeth Poel, who added on a more

hopeful note, “It is widely known that the Shenandoah valley is host to many covens of witches and warlocks. The challenger to the current town law can surely find many such venues to ply her crafts, rather than this town.� “I happen to think our ancestors were smart and what they did with town codes was well thought out,� Manuel Vincennes added in defense of Town Code Section 110-17. Unfortunately for these three worried citizens and six others (Eugene G. McGuirk, Sandra O’Gorman, Dr. Eleanor Kelly, Michael Randolph, Mickey Krebs and Gabrielle Tuttle) who wrote similarly toned letters to council seeking to preserve a town code they believe prohibits not only tarot card reading, but other such “black arts� it may not be quite as clear-cut a legal proposition as they imagine. Can they read?

Town Code Section 110-17 states: “It shall be unlawful for any company of gypsies or other strolling company or person to receive compensation or reward for pretending to tell fortunes or to practice any so-called ‘magic art.’ � The code also imposes a fine “of not less than $500� and one to six months in jail or both for violations. What these citizens, fearful of an outbreak of Black Magic and Satanism in a community once known as Hell Town, are failing to understand is that the statute is essentially a ban on street peddling, with that peddling specified in this section as fortune telling and other “magical� endeavors once associated with a colorful ethnic minority of central Europeans called gypsies. And there is another standing town code, Section 98-42 that imposes a licensing fee of $400 per year on a slew of so called “magical� activities. That code states, “For every license for a

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session discussion and staff consultations before being actively addressed by council (I can’t wait for those work sessions). Whine & ‘Crafts’ Festival But it wasn’t only tarot card readers, gypsies, witches and warlocks that drew the ire of the anti-tarot card contingent addressing council on May 27 – the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored annual Wine & Crafts Festival also felt the cold chill of a divine wind blowing the path to hell that night. The reason – the presence of tarot card readers at past festivals, as well as alleged generally bad behavior in a public display of Satan’s game plan of non-family values in a Hell Town populated by non-sacramental wine drinkers and fortune tellers. “I used to attend the Wine & Mushroom (now Craft) Festivals, but stopped because of the nature of the festivals in recent years. There is much lewd, disgusting behavior at the festivals and I cannot subject my grandchildren to the possible and

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“If I am fortunate enough to win your vote, I promise you that I will be committed to making Front Royal a great place for our children to grow, learn, work and live. It’s my wish that my sons will raise their own families in our community, and I hope you will work with me to leave our children a town of which they can be proud.”

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28-year-old Republican Connolly announces for council

Illinois and Wisconsin native John Connolly describes the path through Christendom College that led him to put his roots down in Front Royal and decide on a run for town council. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A second first-time candidate has declared for the November Front Royal Town Council Election. On May 22, 28-year-old Christendom College and University of Alabama graduate John P. Connolly threw his hat into

the ring. Connolly joins 26-year-old Bébhinn Egger, who appeared before council on Feb. 28 to announce her plans to run. Flanked by Warren County Republican Committee Chairman Steve Kurtz and local conservative activist and committee official Matt Tederick, Connolly made his announcement

just prior to the monthly meeting of the county Republican Committee at the Villa Avenue Community Center. A crowd of about # fellow committee members appreciatively listened on their way into the 7 p.m. meeting. Vice-Mayor Shae Parker and Councilmen Hollis Tharpe and Tom Sayre’s terms are up this year. Parker and Tharpe confirmed they will seek reelection, while Sayre told us just prior to Connolly’s announcement that he would NOT be running for re-election to the seat he has held since 2007. However, Sayre fell short of confirming a 2015 run for the Shenandoah District Supervisor’s seat expected to be vacated by the retirement of incumbent Richard Traczyk. In making his announcement Connolly traced the personal history that brought him here 10 years ago from Wisconsin. That history includes pursuing his undergraduate degree in English Language & Literature from Christendom College; falling in love with the woman he would marry and start a family with, then returning to Front Royal in 2012 after leaving to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama. Connolly is currently employed as a librarian at

the National Sporting Library & Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. He and his wife have sons aged 4 and 2, are expecting a third child in August, and attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal. As for political and policy agendas, perhaps not surprisingly considering the recent no-tax initiative of the county Republican Committee of which he is an active member, Connolly stressed limited regulations and lower taxes as a municipal rule of thumb. Citing 20 years of “significant growth and development” here Connolly called for more of it, which he stated, “… can be accomplished by limiting regulation and wherever possible, by lowering taxes.” In his original statement Connolly cited “a positive relationship with many of our elected officials at the county and state levels.” Noting the absence of town officials from that list, I asked about his stance on the ongoing revenue-expenditure impasse between the town and county over relative investment and returns

from the 522 North Commercial Corridor? “I think they need to get over it,” Connolly replied of council collectively. Why, with former county supervisor and vocal council critic Matt Tederick at his side for the announcement, did that response not surprise me? He elaborated along the county line of that debate, “The development of the 522 Corridor has been beneficial to both the town and the county,” adding, “The constant infighting is hurting our community’s image locally and at the state and national level; it makes Front Royal appear to be an unattractive place to do business …” Of course, some council incumbents believe it is the county that is giving the town “the business” regarding corridor revenue issues – but we’ll save getting deeper into that discussion until this year’s November town election campaign begins to heat up – hopefully not until around September (we can all dream, can’t we?)

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Friends of the Shenandoah River State Park are very excited to announce that at the meeting on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center at Andy Guest State Park, there will be a presentation by Katherine Rindt on several rewarding local hikes that are doable and familyfriendly. Suitable for families and solo hikers, Mrs. Rindt will discuss seven walks ranging from one to eight miles. Exploring a variety of terrain and spectacular views along the Blue Ridge, these loop hikes are all are appropriate for beginners, including one for people with disabilities. Mrs. Rindt will share pictures, maps, directions to trailheads, and tips for a safe hike. Mrs. Rindt has been a member of PATC since 1991 and became involved in trail maintenance after supporting her husband during his thru-hike of the AT in 1996. She and her husband decided to give back by joining the Cadillac Crew, maintaining and building trails. They subsequently became co-leaders of this crew for 12 years. Currently, Mrs. Rindt is the co-overseer with her husband for sections of the AT in Thompson Wildlife Management Area and Shenandoah National Park and represents PATC on the Warren County/Front Royal Appalachian Trail Community Committee. After retiring in 2003, she became a certified Master Gardener with the Northern Shenandoah Master Gardeners Association. She is currently the volunteer coordinator for Warren County and works as a volunteer in the gardens at the Warren Heritage Society and Happy Creek Arboretum.

On Sunday, May 25th the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office responded to a Breaking and Entering that had occurred at the Beach Bum Tanning business located in the Riverton Commons Shopping Center. When units arrived at the location it was also learned that Nancy’s Nail Salon had been broken into. The two incidents took place during the early morning hours around 2 a.m. and a male individual was seen on surveillance video. The male’s description is 6 feet tall, medium build 180-200 pounds, dressed in light brown pants, dark colored hoodie, dark gloves and a white shirt covering his face. The individual obtained a total of two hundred dollars combined from both locations. Entry into a third business was attempted at the Sweet Frogs Frozen Yogurt store. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Brandon Darr at the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office at 540-635-4128 or 540-635-7100. Individuals can also provide information at www.warrencountysheriff. org crime tip section.

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Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads. Front Royal sisters receive Va. Tech degrees Jennifer Ann Sayre received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Virginia Tech on Friday, May 16, 2014, in the College of Liberal Arts

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Front Royal “Teachers of the Year”, left to right: Jamie Marion-West, Ressie Jeffries Elementary School; Maria Kisner, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary; Christy Meadows, Warren County High School; Jodette Jones, Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary; Alexandra Taylor, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary; Lori Abbott, A. S. Rhodes Elementary; Heidi Trude, Skyline High; and Ashley Haines, Warren County Middle School. Absent: Mark Robinson, Warren County Special Schools.

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To advertise in Warren & Frederick County Report, Contact: Angie Buterakos at â&#x20AC;˘ 540-683-1847 or Alison at â&#x20AC;˘ 540-551-2072 Front Royal residents to be inducted into Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Time Music Hall of Fame For the past thirty nine years, a quiet unassuming organization has been very busy â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;savingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; what they call Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old-time rural music. Located in the very Midwestern state of Iowa, it was founded by Smithsonian Institution recording artists Bob & Sheila Everhart who make their home in the corn state. Over the years they have managed to build a Performance Arts Theater, a Pioneer Music Museum, a Fiddlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall of Fame, an Old Time Music Hall of Fame, and a Ag-Expo Festival of acoustic old-time music to support it all. One of the major responsibilities of the 501(c)3 corporation is to recognize contributors to the music

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Front Royal/Warren â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 17 years of age, at Bing Crosby Stadium. Cost is $75.00. For more information or to register contact the Front Royal Cardinals office, (703) 244-6662. Registration forms are available at the Warren County Parks and Recreation office and the Warren County Community Center. Sign up for both camps for $140.00 per participant. NFL Co-Ed Flag Football The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting registrations for their Co-Ed Flag Football League, for those ages 5 to 13 years of age, as of 8/16/14. This league is sponsored and governed by the National Football League. Registrations will be accepted June 2nd through 27th and will only be accepted at the Warren County Community Center, Monday through Saturday, 8am-10pm and Sunday, 1pm-9pm. Cost is $55.00 per child. For more information contact the Warren County Community Center, Monday through Saturday, 8am-

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1st Annual Tennis Play Day The Shenandoah Valley Tennis Association will be bringing pro-tennis players to teach the residents of Warren County the game of tennis. The SVTA will be giving instruction and engaging the participants in several tennis games. The tennis play day will be held June 7th at the Chimney Fields Complex Tennis Courts. The event will take place from 9:30am to 12pm. Tennis equipment will be provided for those who do not already have some. The goal of SVTA is not to bore participants with coaching and critiquing but to keep them constantly moving and involved so the residents will develop a joy for tennis and continue to want to play the game. For more information contact Tiffany Walker, Recreation & Aquatics Supervisor at (540) 635-1021, Monday through Saturday, 8am -10pm and Sunday, 1pm -9pm or at Coach Waters Wrestling Camp


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Front Royal/Warren BRIEFS, from 29 Skyline Hawks CO-ED Basketball Camp The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with Skyline High School will be sponsoring the Skyline Hawks Co-Ed Basketball Camp for rising 2nd through 12th graders (no 2014 graduates), at Skyline High School, June 16th through 20th. Camp will be held 9:00am - 3:00pm, Monday through Thursday and 9:00am – Noon on Friday. Cost is $100.00 per participant. Campers should bring lunch each day or they may purchase at Skyline for $3.00. For more information contact Jim Kenney via email at Registration forms are available at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Ave. Front Royal, VA 22630 and the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department, 200 E. 8th Street, Front Royal, VA 22630

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Relay For Life 2014 - “Helltown Riders” The “Relay For Life Helltown Riders” team is gathering together a motorcycle ride in conjunction with The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life – Front Royal/Warren County on Saturday, May 31. Meet at Skyline High School at 2pm for registration. The ride will begin at 4pm. If it rains, we will hold the ride on Sunday, June 1st at 9am. The route begins at Skyline High School and continues through the town of Front Royal. Head through town on Rt. 340/522 N. Turn left on Rt. 55 W. (Strasburg Road). Proceed to Strasburg, Toms Brook and Woodstock. Stop at Sheetz for a break. Proceed to New Market and turn on Rt. 211 to Outlanders in Luray for break. Take Rt. 211 down the mountain to Sperryville. Continue

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Crape Myrtles are actually a southern plant and were not originally from the Mid Atlantic. The reason this is significant is that they do not like the extreme cold weather like we had this winter and are taking their sweet time coming out. I have seen Crape Myrtles pushing leaves out that are closer to houses and buildings. The reason for this is that buildings reflect heat from the sunlight off of their windows and can cause as much as a 2 week difference in leafing time with plants further

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The Front Royal/Warren County Tree Steward program began in 1997 with volunteers dedicated to improving the health of trees by providing educational programs, tree planting and care demonstrations, and tree maintenance throughout the community. The group now consists of over 30 active members with several interns working toward becoming certified tree stewards from our annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;All About Trees Classâ&#x20AC;?. Each month Stewart will answer a question from our readers. Please forward it to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stewartâ&#x20AC;? in care of: and we may publish it in a future issue. Please visit our website at:

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Winchester/Frederick BRIEFS, from 33 to students who have been in foster care, to help them succeed in school, in their jobs, and in life.” Amanda Hilbrand was one of four LFCC students to attend the concert, which featured musicians Colton Dixon and Mandisa, two American Idol finalists. Hilbrand graduated from LFCC on May 10 with an associate degree in general studies. She wishes to continue her education in nursing at either Shenandoah University or through military service. According to Hilbrand: “Transitioning from high school to college – and being on my own – was the hardest thing I had to get used to. It was always nice to know that the Great Expectations coach is there to help you. Lord Fairfax set me up for my future, and I recommend the Great Expectations program for any foster care kid.” May is National Foster Care Month. According to Newman, 20 LFCC students are enrolled in the Great Expectations program. The program provides a variety of support services, including academic advising, career counseling, and assistance with the financial aid process. The program also provides a variety of incentive programs to keep students motivated. For example, a student who achieves perfect attendance for two weeks earns a gas card. According to Newman, two of her students earned their associate’s degree at commencement on May 10. 71% successfully completed the semester. “I am very proud of my students,” explains Newman. “Some are living with foster families, others are living independently. Many are working one or two jobs while attending college and are achieving good grades.” The students in LFCC’s Great Expectations program have volunteered with CCAP. They have also participated in cultural opportunities including seeing a play at

Shenandoah University and traveling to Washington, D.C., for a “Blue Man Group” performance at the National Theatre. Run with the Law 2014 Torch Run The Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Virginia will pass through Northern Virginia Region 6 on Tuesday June 3rd, as runners make their way to Richmond for the Summer Games. We would like to invite YOU, the community, to run with the Law and help support Special Olympics!  The Region 6 run will commence at the Old Town Mall beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will pass through several areas including Cork Street, Washington Street, Handley Blvd., and south on Valley Avenue towards Kernstown to the Virginia State Police Barracks.  The torch will be passed on to the Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office and carried to the Frederick County/Shenandoah County line.  If you would like participate and run with the Winchester Police Officers you can register atwww.torchrunva. com or you can join the pack by meeting on Loudoun Street Tuesday morning at 7:30.  We hope to see you there! Beginning June 3rd at seven points across the Commonwealth, officers will carry the Special Olympics Flame of Hope more than 1,900 miles across Virginia.  On June 6, Metro Richmond officers will run the last leg from the Capitol to the University of Richmond Robins Center, where they’ll join more than 1,300 athletes and officially open the Summer Games. In addition to lighting the flame, we’ll also celebrate the fundraising efforts of the more than 2,000 officers involved in the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run, sponsored by SunTrust and Enterprise and supported by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Sheriff ’s Association, the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Virginia

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To advertise in Warren & Frederick County Report, Contact: Alison at • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at • 540-683-1847 Association of Regional Jails and the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Since June 2012, they have raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics, pushing their overall fundraising total to more than $15 million since the Torch Run’s inception in Virginia in 1986. For more information about the Northern Virginia Region 6 Torch Run route, please see the included schedule or visit www.torchrunva. com.  In addition, everyone is invited to cheer on the officers as they make their way through town; media also are invited to join the officers at several water stops along the route.  Water stops will take place at various locations on the route. The Little Helper’s Book Drive The Little Helper’s Book Drive is going on now through June 30th.  This Book Drive was started by Sarah, a local 8 year old, who loves books and wanted to help our community.  She’s collecting new or gently used books for kids from 1 month to 12 years old to be donated to Fremont Nursery and other local organizations.  Drop Boxes are located at all 6 branches of United Bank in Winchester. The addresses for these 6 United Bank branches are:  199 Front Royal Pike in Winchester  139 North Cameron Street in Winchester  1447 North Frederick Pike in Winchester  2051 Northwestern Pike in Winchester  2252 Valley Avenue in Winchester  4095 Valley Pike in Winchester  Check the closets, attic, shed, Grandma’s house, consignment shops, Goodwill... etc. Tell your friends & family!! June 6th Deadline to Register for Camp Happyland The Salvation Army at 300 Fort Collier Road in Winchester is hosting Camp Happyland!  Register

now to hold your spot! The Salvation Army would like the opportunity to send your child to camp this summer.  They are currently accepting camp registration for the Camp Date of July 28th through August 1st.  This is for boys and girls ages 7 to 12 years old. Parents please come and apply in person through their Social Service Department.  They want your child to have a great time at camp this summer!!!  Transportation will be provided. Fun with Horses - Adaptive Recreational Day Camp Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship (BRCTH) is offering summer day camps the weeks of June 23 through 27 and July 7 through 11 at our facilities at 420 Russell Rd in Berryville. The camps are from 9:00 to 12:30 and are for children ages 7 to 12 with mild disabling conditions. Activities will include daily small group instruction in therapeutic riding, basic horse care skills and knowledge and also an art component. Staff includes certified instructors, trained volunteers and an art teacher with experience teaching children with disabilities. Enrollment is contingent upon instructor assessment and evaluation. The fee for the camp is $400. Scholarships and other forms of financial assistance may be available. For more information or to register a child, contact Margie Youngs, Executive Director, at (540) 533-2777 or at Winchester Imaging offers affordable CT scan; early detection of lung cancer can save lives Winchester Imaging is offering a new affordable option to screen for lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 224,210 new cases of lung cancer are expected in 2014, accounting for about 13 percent of all cancer diagnoses. Lung cancer causes more deaths among men and women in the U.S. than breast, colorectal and

prostate cancers combined, with approximately 450 people dying from lung cancer every day. Often without signs or symptoms, lung cancer can develop unnoticed, and early detection typically results in less extensive treatment and better outcomes. “Screening offers the ability to detect the cancer early, before symptoms may have appeared,” said Dr. James Sluss, M.D. at Winchester Radiologists, P.C., “The National Lung Screening Trial done in 2011 showed a 20 percent benefit in high-risk current and former heavy smokers who received lung CT screenings over a three-year period compared with having annual chest radiography.” In a later study of 500 patients, CT lung screenings yielded a positive result in 25 percent of patients examined. Three were ultimately diagnosed with early stage lung cancer and 121 patients required ongoing follow-up for pulmonary nodules. A CT lung scan can cost upwards of $1,500 but Winchester Imaging is providing low dose lung CT screenings for $195. “The reduced price is an incentive for at-risk individuals to get checked because at this time, this test — for screening purposes — is not covered by Medicare or commercial insurance companies,” added Matthew DesRosiers, administrator for Winchester Radiologists. “As far as we know, we are the first location offering this service in Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah counties in Virginia.” DesRosiers said those interested in getting the scan need to have a primary care physician or pulmonologist, who will receive the results, and suggested they should talk to their doctor about whether a lung CT is right for them. According to the National Lung Screening Trial there are two groups at risk for lung cancer who could benefit from the scan. The first group includes current or former smokers (who quit within the past 15 years) over the age of 55 with a minimum of a 30-pack-year smoking history. A pack year is defined as one pack a day smoked per year. The second group


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Winchester/Frederick Diversions includes current or former smokers (who quit for any length of time) older than 50 with a minimum of a 20 pack-year smoking history. Although quitting smoking has saved countless lives, decreasing the rate of smoking from approximately 40 percent in 1965 to around 20 percent today, many former heavy smokers remain at high risk and now represent the largest group of patients diagnosed with lung cancer. “Given the large number of smokers and former heavy smokers in the aging baby boomer population, lung cancer mortality may be poised to rise,” said DesRosiers. “I can’t stress enough how important this test is for our older citizens who meet the atrisk criteria.” DesRosiers also said the scan is low-dose radiation, similar to a mammogram, which does not present a high risk from radiation exposure.

The test takes approximately five minutes, and is painless. A radiologist will promptly read the scan and send the results to the patient and their physician within 24 hours. As a partner of Valley Health, Winchester Imaging (in the Trex building on 522 at Hwy 37) offers a variety of imaging services including MRIs, CTs, and ultrasounds with X-ray services soon to be added. Winchester Radiologists is the managing partner, providing board certified radiologists to read and diagnose the images. Together, their mission is to optimize patient care by providing state-ofthe-art, accurate, timely radiological services to doctors and patients in the tri-county region. For more information about the low-dose CT lung scan being offered by Winchester Imaging, please contact (800) 545-0100 or visit

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Winchester Crime of the Week - May 26, 2014 The Winchester Police Department is investigating a breaking and entering that occurred on May 10, 2014 between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Sometime during that time frame, an unknown suspect broke into Northside Mart, located in the 800 block of North Loudoun St., and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. If you have any information regarding a suspect or suspects involved in this crime, please contact the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-665-TIPS. Information leading to the arrest of a suspect may result in a reward of up to $1,000.

Frederick County Crime of the Week - May 19, 2014 This week’s Crime of the Week is a burglary and grand larceny in the 6000 block of Valley Pike. The victim reported that on January 13, 2014, when he entered the residence he noticed that the interior had been ransacked and that all of the cabinet doors were open. One of the entry doors had also been forced open. Two firearms were reported missing, a Colt Python revolver and a Browning .380 semiautomatic pistol. No other items were taken from the residence. If you have any information regarding a suspect or suspect vehicle in this incident, please contact the Crime Solvers Hotline at (540) 665 TIPS (8477). Information leading to the arrest of a suspect may result in a reward of up to $1,000. In addition to the Crime Solvers reward, a $2,500.00 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this incident. Incident #14000221 Investigator Holmes D. Smoke

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Employ various techniques to cut down on the time it takes to prepare and cook a meal. Warm weather provides a great opportunity to slow down and savor time spent having fun in the great outdoors. But time spent away from home often leads to meals made on the fly or last-minute jaunts to a nearby fast-food restaurant. Though last-minute meals or trips to the local burger joint might be convenient, they are not always healthy. Fortunately, there are other ways to eat well even when you’re pressed for time. * Choose fast-cooking foods. Stock the pantry with items that will cook quickly. Fresh produce can be steamed or grilled in only a few minutes and served alone as a vegetarian meal or mixed with other foods for a quick entree. Seafood tends to cook quite fast, and many seafood dishes make for a low-fat source of healthy protein and essential fatty acids. Seafood also is lighter on the stomach, which fits well with the smaller meals people tend to enjoy during warm weather. Even foods that take a long time to cook can be prepared quickly. Thick cuts of meat or poultry can be fileted or sliced to allow them to cook faster. * Cook with high heat. Instead of slow-roasting or plugging in the slow cooker for hours on end, instant meal gratification often means cranking up the heat. That is why grilling is such a popular cooking method this time of

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year. Grilling will sear meats and vegetables over high heat, sometimes as much as 400 to 500 F, cooking foods rapidly as a result. Select meats that do well over high heat, such as those that are tender, because they will not require long cooking periods to break down the fibers in the meat. If grilling is not an option, then stir-frying is another way to cook fast over high heat. Invest in a wok or another deep frying pan for such meals. * Have prepared items on standby. Keep the refrigerator stocked with already-washed vegetables and lettuce. Par-boiled potatoes or pasta can be mixed in with a number of different ingredients to create a filling meal. When free time allows, develop a plan so meals take less time to prepare. If frozen items must be defrosted, make sure to put them in the refrigerator the day before they will be cooked to begin the thawing period. Otherwise, use a microwave to safely defrost foods rather than leaving them out on the counter where bacteria can grow. * Don’t fret a no-fuss night. Not every meal has to be a three-course delight. A fast dinner could equate to a sandwich or salad. Breakfast foods for dinner are also quite popular and can cook up quickly. Surprise everyone with French toast or pancakes made savory with bits of bacon and spinach in the batter. When all else fails, a bowl of cereal can be adequate and fast. * When dining out, go healthy. Sometimes takeout or a meal out with friends or family is the perfect ending to a great day. Restaurant food tends to pack more fat and calories into larger-than-normal portion sizes, so choose steamed or broiled foods whenever possible. Divide larger portions among other diners. Clear soups are better for you than cream-based soups. Try to fill up on vegetables rather than bread served before the meal.

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Death notices

Mr. George Manney Gaither, age 83, of Winchester, VA, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Winchester Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Gaither may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675. Stephen Emil Zatkalik, 90, of Frederick County, VA, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, in Winchester, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Canterbury Fellowship Fund, 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive, Winchester, VA 22603. Patricia Joanne Kronenberger passed away after a brief illness at Winchester Medical Center on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Memorial Contributions in Pat’s name may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016. Larry Eugene Cooper, Sr., 66, of Winchester, died Monday, May 26, 2014 at his home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St, Winchester, VA 22601. Barbara Jean “Jeanie” Eller, 65 of Gore, VA died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Winchester Medical Center. Rose O. Stine, 75, of Winchester, died Friday, May 23, 2014 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA. Clarence Linwood Steere, 82, of Winchester,VA died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in Winchester Medical Center. Arrangements are by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service, Winchester. M. June McDermott Lutes, 83, of Winchester, died Monday, May 26, 2014 in Winchester Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513, call them at 1800-4JIMMYV or visit their website at

Friday, May 30 Forecast 73° | 59° Saturday, May 31 Forecast 75° | 52° Registration for Summer Reading Club. Handley Regional Library is presenting the “Paws for Reading” summer reading program from iREAD. The library staff has expanded it to “paws, claws, hoofs, fins, and wings” as offered through the Library of Virginia. The summer reading program runs from May 31st till August 23rd and encourages youth to continue reading during summer break.

Children earn a free book for every 6 hours spent reading. See for more information. 8am - 12pm United Way Rubbermaid Sale. Belk Parking lot, Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester. This month’s sale benefits the Free Medical Clinic of NSV. The monthly sale is made possible by a special partnership between United Way NSV, Rubbermaid Commercial Products and The Salvation Army. Product sales help the United Way and its partner agencies generate addition funds to meet local needs. The products avail-

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Diversions Calendar able are returned goods, discontinued products and slightly damaged items. For additional information contact the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley at (540) 536-1610 or 9am - 11am Hikes for the Hungry. Appalachian Trail - Parking off Rt. 55, right side of road, near Tuckers Lane, Linden. Moderate challenge, 45 minute climb and turn back. Please bring a food item to donate. 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 4pm - 7pm Fundraiser Event. South Warren Fire Department, Bentonville. Limeton United Methodist Church presents Gospel/Bluegrass Fundraiser Event today. There will be pulled BBQ, coleslaw, baked beans, desserts, and drinks. There will also be a Cake Walk and Music (Shenandoah Boys, Voices of Inspiration, Rising Star Singers and SBG) Cost: $10.00 Donation to benefit American Cancer Society. 4pm - 7pm James Wood Chapter of Health Occupation Students of America Barbecue Dinner. Frederick County Fairgrounds, Ruritan Bldg. Winchester. Join the James Wood Chapter of Health Occupations Students of America for a delicious Barbecue Dinner complete with all the trimmings, homemade desserts, and door prizes. Please contact Cindy Forse at (540) 667-5226 or Jeanette Kluckowski at (540) 869-0060 to buy your tickets before the event. Ticket sales available at James Wood and Sherando High Schools. Your support will help provide funds for the students to attend their National Conference. Ticket prices are Adults $ 8 ~ Children over 2 years old to 12 years old $ 5. They look forward to serving you!

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Sunday, June 1 Forecast 77° | 57° Monday, June 2 5pm - 6pm UFAC Meeting. Front Royal Administration Building, 102 E Main Street, Front Royal. Tuesday, June 3 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. 2pm - 3pm Ambassador’s Club. Chamber Office. Wednesday, June 4 8:30am - 9:30am Small Business Committee. Chamber Office. 12:30pm - 1pm Warren County Business On The River 95.3. Thursday, June 5 9am - 10am Tourism Committee. Chamber Office. Friday, June 6 11am - 11:30am First Friday Dance See CALENDAR, 38

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Calendar CALENDAR, from 37 for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Handley Library, Winchester. 1:30pm - 2:30pm Education Committee. Chamber Office. 7:30pm - 8:30pm Community Band Concert. Randolph-Macon Academy, Academy Drive, Front Royal. The American Legion Community Band will have their Spring Benefit Concert in the Boggs Chapel of R-MA. 5:45pm - 11pm Crimesolvers Annual Raffle Party. Round Hill Fire House, 769 Round Hill Rd, Winchester. Tickets $30 each. To purchase contact Jim Pearce at (540) 667-5781. Doors open at 5:45, dinner at 6:15, raffle starts at 7pm. TICKET INCLUDES: Dinner, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and chances to win prizes throughout evening. Only 280 tickets sold - 280th ticket wins $1,250 (ticket must be present to win). Must be 21 years old to attend. SAFE RIDE PROGRAM PROVIDED. Saturday, June 7 7am - 12pm Benefit Yard Sale. 120 N Commerce Ave, Front Royal. The Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation will have a Benefit Yard Sale today at the Wellness Center Parking Lot located on Commerce Avenue. 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 10am - 2pm Chester Gap Volunteer Fire & Rescue 2nd Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show. 4-H Center in Front Royal. Fun, Food, Music. Awards for Best of Show in each class. For more information or to register contact Tabby Swain at (540) 671-2749 or Stephanie Crawford at (540) 247-9944. 12pm - 3pm Splash Bash. Outdoor pool, Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Open the outdoor pool with a splash.

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Vendors, door prizes, refreshments, and a DJ. 4pm - 9pm 2nd Annual Chicken BBQ. Hites Chapel UMC, 150 Chapel Rd, Middletown. Price - $10.00. Menu: 1/2 chicken, green beans, coleslaw, roll, drink and dessert. 6pm - 10pm Dancing Downtown. Main Street Front Royal. Dancing Downtown is scheduled tonight near the Gazebo located at Chester/ Main Streets in Downtown Front Royal. Alcohol will be served with proper ID. All proceeds benefit Downtown Front Royal, Inc. Monday, June 9. 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, June 10 9am - 5pm Serv-Safe Manager’s Class. Valley Health Systems Support Bldg., Winchester Medical Center, 220Campus Blvd. Held in conference rooms 6 & 7. Participants must pre-register for the class by June 3, 2014. You can call the Frederick County Extension Office at (540) 665-5699 for a registration form that you will need to complete and return with the $150 registration fee. This fee includes your textbook, exam, and certification. You can also get a registration form from our website . If you wish to pay by credit card, access the online registration system for this class using the link listed on the brochure. For additional information, call Rebecca Davis at (540) 665-5699. 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. 7pm - 7pm BAR Meeting. Town

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Newlin at (413) 475-0970. 10am - 8pm Block Party. Main Street & Chester Street, Front Royal. The Discipleship Community Church is hosting a Block Party today in the gazebo area located at Main/Chester Streets today. There will be gospel singing, Christian preachers, food, face painting, gifts and dancing. Sunday, June 15 Fathers’ Day

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Humane Society of Warren County


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

HSWC is hosting our Spring Pet Wellness Clinic on Sunday, June 8th from 10am-2pm • We will be offering 1 and 3 year Rabies vaccines, distemper vaccinations, de-worming and micro chipping • Vaccines $12 each • Home Again Microchips $25 • Flea treatment, de-worming, nail trim and ear cleaning $10 each • $10 off Spay/Neuter registrations thanks to our Spay/Neuter Sponsor SONABANK!

Ace - 1 1/2 year old male pit bull. Ace was surrendered because his owner was moving. He lived with two other dogs and was good with them.

Taurus - 6 year old male pit bull. This very handsome boy was found as a stray. He is very wellbehaved and great on a leash.

Ace’s ad sponsored by:

Taurus’ ad sponsored by:

Hot Tub Heaven Vacation Cabins

Hillbilly’s Junkyard

Dog Friendly!


Hillbilly has what you NEED! 4381 Stonewall Jackson Hwy Bentonville, VA • 636-2671

Tazer - 9 year old neutered male boxer mix. Tazer is house and crate trained and good with other dogs and children.

Caspar - 1 year old male lab/border collie mix. Caspar knows sit and lay down, likes to play fetch, and sticks right by your side when walking on the leash.

Tazer’s ad sponsored by:

Caspar’s ad sponsored by:

Martins Foods 409 South St. Front Royal

Property Management

Serving the area for 16 years!


Wanda Snead

Sam Snead Realty • 540-635-9753

With your help we have been able to place thousands of animals in good homes. Contact Alison @ 540-551-2072 if you would like to become a pet sponsor too!


Early-Spring Pot-Hole Special!


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



$69.95 $AVINGS!

1994 vehicles and newer up to 5-quarts, Synthetic and some models slightly higher. Excludes Diesels Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up.Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.


10% OFF


12% OFF


15% OFF

Discount on labor only - not to exceed $150.00

The service helps restore cooling efficiency by cleaning out bacteria, mold and spores and freshens interior air.

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.






23-POINT INSPECTION PLUS 10% OFF ANY REPAIRS Noted During Inspection Come in to see what this winter has done to your vehicle! Coupon must be presented prior to write-up. Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.



Keep Your Vehicle Properly Maintained!

t Hand wax t Hand wash t Clean interior t Clean engine compartment t Clean trunk


Truck & SUV




Some models may be slightly higher. Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

&KHYUROHW&DPDUR 2 dr. Coupe, 3.6L V-6, Manual 38K Miles Stock #A383A


$25 OFF



Clean Off that Salt - Get that Showroom Look Back!




Restrictions may apply, ask for details Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.


$5 OFF




Get $10 OFF 4-Wheel Alignment

Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.



4dr. Touring Sedan, 2.4L I-4, Auto 87K Miles Stock #U363B


Front or Rear BRAKE SERVICE or REPAIR Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

$25 OFF any


Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 6/15/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.



Touring Van, 3.6L V-6, Auto. 33K Miles Stock #U411A

'RGJH5DP67 Quad Cab, 4.7L V-8, Auto. 68K Miles Stock #U361B



Early June 2014 Warren and Frederick County Report  
Early June 2014 Warren and Frederick County Report  

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