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Warren FREE County Report

Volume IX, Issue 17 · Early September, 2014

What’s in the cards?

A battle for the soul of a community

McDonnell defense strategy – crazy wife

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County dedicates Linden canoe entrance sign Tewell for donating the easement for the location. Stanley noted that he and George Tewell had been talking about the sign concept for a number of years and finally got around to making it a reality. Local artist Michele Sommers painted the water on the concrete finish to give the canoe the appearance of floating. Sommers was identified for the project through Kym Crump of the Blue Ridge Arts Council. “When I was afforded the opportunity to work on this very unique project for our county, I was excited, but a little nervous, about working with a new-to-me substrate (concrete) and medium (concrete stain). I must

Doug Stanley takes a paddle with river sign artist Michele Sommers Roger Bianchini Warren County Report After a one-day rain delay, Warren County officials cut the ribbon on a community entrance sign at Linden on August 14. As noted in a press release to mark the occasion, “The sign is a canoe floating on the river framed by the mountains (trees) behind it. The sign is built out of stone and concrete around a cinderblock base. The concrete surface has been stained to emulate water cascading over the rapids with the canoe ‘gliding’ over the rapids. The sign pays homage to the river, the commerce it generates and the beautiful mountains that envelop our community with the trees as the backdrop.” County Administrator Doug Stanley came up with the concept for the sign and it was designed by local architect Fred Andreae. Stanley said the impetus for a Linden entrance sign came from repeated remarks by visitors over the years that they did not know when they had entered the

County driving west on Route 55 from Fauquier County. Looking at other county entrance signs, the county administrator wanted to come up with a concept using natural stone in the design as it was historically a natural building material in the area. That later blossomed into the idea to incorporate the fact that Front Royal-Warren County has been designated as the “Canoe Capital of Virginia” by former Vice-President Al Gore. “We are hoping people will stop and visit the sign. You can climb into the canoe and get your picture taken”, Stanley added, as several photos he sent us indicated county officials have already done. In fact, in noting the dedication during comments at the Aug. 19 meeting of the county supervisors, board Chairman Dan Murray said of the Happy Creek supervisor in whose district the sign is, “It was good to see Mr. Carter up the creek – but he had a paddle.” More seriously, Murray thanked local businessmen George and Katie

admit I am honored to have been chosen to help promote our picturesque county in such a creative way. I would like to thank Doug Stanley and his associates for their interesting vision, and the folks at our local Sherwin Williams for directing me to the right products and tools, and generally holding my hand during the process.” Stanley also acknowledged John Gibson of Downriver Canoe Company for donating the canoe for the project. The sign was completed at a material cost of approximately $6,700, Stanley noted, adding a final nod, “to Alan Munson, Lee Cockrell and the rest of our Parks and Recre-

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The Fifth Street carwash site of suspected illegal toxic dump By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report At the Aug. 11 Front Royal Town Council meeting Town Manager Steve Burke summarized the events leading to a kill of an estimated 2000

fish in Happy Creek between Fifth Street downstream toward Bing Crosby Stadium and the Fantasyland Park area. Evidence indicates, and the town and law enforcement authorities are seeking further information on, a

black pickup truck spotted dumping several large barrels of unknown materials into drains at the Car Wash at Commerce Avenue and Fifth Street on Friday, Aug. 8. Police are examining security camera footage from a nearby bank to see if that may offer additional clues to the dumping of toxic materials into the car wash drainage system and eventually the town’s storm water drainage system into the creek. Burke said the spill into Happy Creek actually occurred when the car wash owner had his drainage system, apparently clogged by the illegal dump, flushed and reopened leading to the dump through the town storm drainage system into Happy Creek. In response to a question from council, the town manager said the town’s drinking water had not been impacted. He also said no impacts were seen north of the Fifth Street area as the toxic material made its way downstream toward Bing Crosby Stadium and the adjacent park areas


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“You must also understand there is a strong connection between homosexuality and paganism … I assume the [youth development] center will also try to recruit youth to increase the number of homosexuals here.” – 110-17 supporter Elizabeth Poel

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Council moves to repeal anti-gypsy, anti-‘magic’ code Three vote to maintain code despite legal opinion it is unconstitutional

A Catholic priest leads prayer in front of supporters of Code 110-17 outside the WCGC prior to the Aug. 11 council meeting. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The festering dispute between segments of the local Catholic community* and practitioners of Paganism who utilize fortune-telling methods as part of their faith-based counseling came to a head at the August 11 meeting of the Front Royal Town Council. The public hearing on the proposed repeal of Code Section 110-17 marked the first face-to-face public encounter between both sides in the dispute – and it wasn’t pretty. After over an hour of sometimes heated public comment and occasional crowd shouting at both pagan and council speakers supporting repeal of the code, Mayor Tim Darr broke a 3-3 deadlock (Parker, Hrbek, Tewalt for; Sayre, Funk, Tharpe against) with a first-reading vote to repeal the code. A second vote to repeal is required before a code change will take effect. That vote is scheduled for council’s Aug. 25 meeting, a meeting which could also see a firstreading vote on repeal or alteration of a related Code Section 98-42 regarding licensing fees for a variety of so-called “magical arts”. And while public comments about the codes at three earlier meetings had been docile and polite, with only one side or the other present to state its opinion, things were different with both sides represented in a Warren County Government Center Meeting Room packed with 81 people by one head count. It appeared that as many as 50 anti-gypsy, anti-fortune telling proponents were present; significantly outnumbering what appeared to be about a dozen to 15 supporters of repealing the code. Of 18 speakers, 12 spoke in sup-

John Fusto flashes ‘evidence’ that all fortune telling is fraudulent – and he has the online numbers to prove it. to increased criminality and the active recruitment of the community’s youth to a homosexual lifestyle, conservative Christian Councilman Bret Hrbek said he was appalled by much of what he had heard from supporters of 110-17.

port of the continued legal prohibition of “magic arts”; five, including two who identified themselves as a practicing, traditional Roman Catholics (Claudia Post and John Remby), spoke for repeal of the code; and one (Jane Elliot) spoke off topic for three minutes. After listening to both sides, including assertions that to allow fortune telling and other practices sometimes associated with pagan or polytheistic beliefs would lead

Not ‘Footloose’ (or fancy free) Opening by noting he would not base his decision solely on the legal precedents just laid out by Town At-

torney Doug Napier (see related stories), Hrbek said he was glad there had been an interlude to review those precedents “to allow my blood pressure to come down a little bit because quite actually I’m a little outraged by this whole conversation.” Hrbek continued, “If you just look at the code itself, there are at least three points in the law that are pejorative and insulting to our citizens. One is ‘gypsies’ which is a derogatory, racial epithet that has no business in any code. Two, the assumption that

fortune tellers are pretending, that we know best. And three, that we call them so-called magic arts. “You and I, as Christian, may not agree with that practice. But for us to write in the law, to say this is what the state says – remember this is a government saying these are the facts – THAT is disturbing to me and it should be disturbing to every American who believes that we have liberty.” Hrbek then went pop culture and made an analogy to the movie “Footloose” where a community’s youth had fought government to be allowed to dance in public – “I feel like we’re in the movie ‘Footloose’ but reversed, where the kids wanted to dance and the state said they couldn’t. And here we are, the folks in the community are saying, ‘please impose our moral viewpoint on everyone else.’ ” Rising tensions At this point Hrbek’s blood pressure appeared to be on the rise again as he continued, “I thought conservatives …” before being interrupted by shouting from the crowd. “I’m sorry, I get to speak now, you can speak in November 2016,” Hrbek told again unruly segments of the See SUPERSTITION, 

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Endorsements & partisanship Editor, The Warren County Republican Committee recently contacted me asking me to participate in their vetting process in the selection of up to three candidates to endorse in the upcoming Front Royal Town Elections on Tuesday, November 4th. While I commend the members of the committee for their individual interest and concern for the welfare of the Town and desire to make the Town the “best it can possibly be”, I

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take offense to their collective disregard as a committee of the Town’s desire to keep partisan politics out of its elections. As a proponent of House Bill 2051(as it was intended to be presented) in the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly, which among other charter revisions sought to, not only move the Town’s elections from May to November, but also to keep the elections non-partisan, I find the committee’s endorsements as violative to the will of the citizens of Front Royal as the molested bill that was actually submitted in Richmond (by Republican state Delegate Mike Webert), which sought to impose partisan elections on the Town. The Town was able to have HB2051 referred back to committee effectively killing the grotesquely modified charter changes, and took steps under its own authority and right to move the elections and declare them non-partisan. Any endorsement and/or funding

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County Republicans vetting town council candidates By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Highlights of the query from Warren County Republican Committee Chairman Steve Kurtz referenced by independent Vice-Mayor Shae Parker in his letter to editor, includes the following comments and questions: “The Warren County Republican Committee has decided to endorse up to three candidates for the Town Council. In that regard, we are asking you to participate in our vetting process.  There will be two steps to this process: Step 1:  Answer the questions below and return to me in electronic format at the email address above and copy Matt Tederick, Vice Chairman at <>. The deadline for Step 1 is 5:00 PM EDT, August 25, 2014. Step 2:  Attend the Warren County Republican Committee meeting which will be held at 6:30 PM, August 28, 2014.  The meeting will be held at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Avenue, Front Royal … In order to be considered for the WCRC endorsement, you must participate in both steps referenced above. Should you have any questions please contact me or Matt Tederick at 540.671.1517. Step 1:  Candidate Questionnaire   1.      Please include your biography (150 words or less) 2.      What is your campaign slogan/theme? What are the top three issues/topics of your campaign and why? 3.      What town program would you reduce or eliminate and why? 4.      What new program or initiatives would you propose and why? Do you support the Town of Front Royal and Warren County consolidating into one form of government? Well, that last one’s interesting – since it seems county Republicans are fishing for candidates to the Front Royal Town Council committed to the destruction of the town as an independent political entity, as I recall one of committee Vice-Chair Matt Tederick’s pet projects.

Opinion by any political party of the candidates for the Town Council or Mayor essentially negate the idea of a nonpartisan election. The endorsement is not the nomination of a candidate and does not mean that an “R” will appear next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. However it does mean that a political party is participating in the process and intends to have an impact on the outcome of the election by the endorsement alone. As individuals, I encourage all citizens to participate in the election process. If a political committee wishes to host an open debate for the candidates I can support that. However any endorsement of one candidate over another by a political party or committee as a whole inflects partisanship. For that reason, I will not seek nor will I accept any endorsement from any political party as candidate for the Front Royal Town Council. Sincerely, N. Shae Parker Front Royal

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Clarification In our “Early August” edition, page 25 coverage of the July 22 suicide at the Budget Inn motel on Front Royal’s northside, we noted unconfirmed reports that the victim may have been a patient earlier that day at the Warren Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. However, someone close to the situation has informed us that was not the case the day of the suicide. That while the victim had previously been hospitalized for depression-related symptoms, that was not the case the day he took his life.

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A magical town SUPERSTITION, from  crowd of his next re-election cycle. That comment led pro-code Councilman Tom Sayre to chime in menacingly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they WILL,â&#x20AC;? to which Hrbek replied directly to Sayre, â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is perfectly fine.â&#x20AC;? That internal exchange led Councilman Gene Tewalt to intervene over Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parliamentary possession of the floor, as the mayor observed the mounting chaos in silence. Tewalt, himself a former mayor, told Hrbek to continue, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take your time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we lived in a conservative community that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want as many regulations as youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking us to impose, whether they be economic or on your religious freedom,â&#x20AC;? Hrbek continued. Regarding town Code Section 110-17 supporters addressing the exchange of money for tarot card readings or other fortune telling practices, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are several religious groups out there that request you to pay money to belong to their church â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are we now going to go out there and fine them? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonight weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been told who should be a journalist; who was a real faithful person; who was religious; and we have heard that certain groups run scams. Well, how many times could you Google â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Christian scamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and find Protestant televangelists that have raised money off of scams? How many mobsters in New York City over the years have been so-called Christians and killed and then gone to church that next morning?â&#x20AC;? Hrbek asked. Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point seemed clear from a faith-based standpoint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those living, or more appropriately worshipping, in glass houses should not cast stones. Numbers game In fact, we took Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cue on online searches in response to pro-code speaker John Fustoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertions about criminality being inherent in fortune telling practices â&#x20AC;&#x201C; those online stats

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;And you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about breaking any [Constitutional] amendments because it comes from your conscience â&#x20AC;Ś And to maintain these practices, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re for the anti-Christ, for un-Godly behavior and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall in line with the principals of our nation.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 110-17 supporter Anthony Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Andrea

offered as justification of maintaining 110-17 being: â&#x20AC;&#x153;fortune telling scamsâ&#x20AC;?, 571,000 hits; and â&#x20AC;&#x153;fortune telling hoaxâ&#x20AC;?, 81,000 hits.â&#x20AC;? We searched, in turn: â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;pedophile priestsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one million hits; â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;televangelist scandalsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 38,300 hits; â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catholic pedophile priest cover upsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1,670,000 hits; â&#x20AC;˘ And â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christian criminalityâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; drum roll please, for a winning 37,700,000 hits. In fact, Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comment on relative perceptions of faith led to a second round of yelling from pro110-17 segments of the crowd, this time questioning his commitment to Christ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as best I could understand, one female public hearing speaker yelled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not (Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faith) â&#x20AC;Ś why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you stand up for Jesus Christ?â&#x20AC;? After the mayor tried to restore order, Hrbek replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I stand up for the flag behind us â&#x20AC;Ś I stand for the Constitution Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sworn to uphold,â&#x20AC;? leading the same woman to rise and yell, again as best I understood, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law trumps the Constitution!â&#x20AC;? After Mayor Darr again urged civil behavior to allow the meeting to continue, Hrbek concluded pointedly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I appreciate everybody in the room who decided what religion and what faith I have because I disagree with you; although I go to and faithfully have attended for the past 40 years a church on Main Street. But because I believe these folks have the same rights as you and to practice their faith and not be discriminated against under a code â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that does not make me any less a Christian or any less a believer of Jesus Christ as our savior.â&#x20AC;? Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement and concluding remarks drew a spattering of applause, though perhaps ironically, not from the majority of Christians present, but the pagans and their supporters.


Ordained Pagan Reverend Kelyla Spicer turns to confront hecklers trying to shout her off podium. Extra-legal law? Prior to Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments, Councilman Sayre, who identified himself as a converted Catholic, first responded to Town Attorney Doug Napierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s detailed review of state and federal case law on the practices defined as â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? in town codes. That legal review indicated such practices being rights of free speech and free expression protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (see related story). Sayre, an attorney by profession, then attempted to justify maintenance of 110-17 as town law, albeit without enforcement, at least for now. Sayre pointed to conservative state legislative initiatives around the country defining â&#x20AC;&#x153;life from the moment of conceptionâ&#x20AC;? that anti-abor-

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tion proponents hope would render federal abortion law mandated by Roe v Wade unenforceable in those states. It is a hope grounded in the apparent belief that state law can supersede federal law in the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a previously disputed point that led to a Civil War in which over 600,000 Americans died to uphold Article VI of the U.S. Constitution. Article VI states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof â&#x20AC;Ś under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any State notwithstanding.â&#x20AC;?

Free speech for all? Addressing council as the last of 18 public hearing speakers, ordained Pagan Reverend Kelyla Spicer found herself being shouted down after giving her Middletown home address. Before she could continue someone in the crowd rose and yelled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this necessary?!?â&#x20AC;? challenging Spicerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to speak. As Mayor Darr again attempted to quiet the crowd to allow her to speak (there are no residency requirements to address council), Spicer turned to respond directly to her hecklers about her residential ties to Front Royal and Warren County, which she stated dated to 1982, as well as about the negative characterizations of her faith she had been listening to for about 50 minutes from some of those

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“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.” – U.S. Bill of Rights

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A magical town

Let my people dance, or at least be free to – Bret Hrbek wonders at what he has heard from proponents of 110-17.

Mayor Darr tries to restore order and remind hecklers that in America, even in Helltown, everyone has a right to be heard. now trying to shout her down. Noting that she was an ordained pagan minister recognized by the state of Virginia who has raised eight children, Spicer disputed allegations by some that allowing pagan practitioners to operate legally in Front Royal would lead to a general social descent into criminality and otherwise “un-Godly” behavior, including recruitment of children into a life of homosexuality. That led Mayor Darr to redirect Spicer’s comments to council, rather than continue a dialogue with openly hostile segments of the crowd. Spicer concluded by quoting George Washington, somewhat haltingly because she seemed flustered at the level of animosity expressed toward her faith and belief system. Spicer quoted America’s first president, “To give opinions unsupported by reason might appear dogmatical.’

– In other words what he was saying was, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut up. You cannot sit there and tell me how to work my beliefs because I can’t tell you how to work yours.” As for complaints that she or others charged for what they contend are religious services, Spicer said, “We have people who run on a sliding scale. We collect money for our people and our community differently than you do. We don’t go out here and stand in front of stores and ask for people to donate money for our churches and communities; we don’t pass out plates, we don’t do things like that. We provide personal services to people in exchange for funds to do volunteer work. Somebody’s got to pay for it … if I come to your home if you call on me about a problem, I charge you a fee. If you can’t pay it I don’t turn you away; I do it

Town Code Section 110-17: A/ 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.’ B/ Every person violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than $500 or confined to jail not less than one, nor more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Town Code Section 98-42: For every license for a person engaged in business as a fortuneteller, clairvoyant, phrenologist, spirit medium, astrologist, hypnotist or palmist, there shall be paid a license tax of $400 a year (such license not being transferable or pro-ratable down).

on a sliding scale. I’ve been paid with coins, with kisses, hugs and food and furs, different things. But somewhere I’ve got to get paid for my gas, my oil, my candles … whatever I need to help my people. That comes out of my pocket, nobody else’s; I don’t beg, we don’t beg people for charity. We don’t do that. We provide services in exchange for funds to help us with our work.” God is the law? What Spicer became emotional responding to included Anthony D’Andrea’s assertion that repeal of Section 110-17 removing the legal prohibition against fortune telling and other “magic arts” would be to legislate “against God”. “This is an issue that really does pertain to God; it’s an issue for God or against God. The practices are not Godly,” D’Andrea said of the so-called “magic arts” at issue, adding, “And you don’t have to worry about breaking any [Constitutional] amendments because it comes from your conscience – and if you vote with your conscience, and also the mention of God as our country was founded, as you know it is mentioned everywhere who He is; and to maintain these practices, they’re for the anti-Christ, for un-Godly behavior and it doesn’t fall in line with the principals of our nation.” The Constitution is trash? D’Andrea continued his assertions about the intent of the founding fathers (who adamantly insisted on a legal separation of church and state in the conduct of American civil society, as exhibited in the First Amendment added to the U.S. Constitution as part of the 10-Amendment Bill of

With emotional support from Rubylee Bryant, Lynette Nicholis gives personal testimony that perhaps people of faith should first clean their own houses of worship before testifying against the alleged sins of others. Rights on Dec. 15, 1791) by invoking the name of Benjamin Franklin. D’Andrea called Franklin “maybe the most un-Godly of the founding fathers” but somehow managed to utilize him to assure council that legislating on the side “of God” was the right thing to do for America. “This is not about breaking any Constitutional Amendment, it’s about who you are and how you want our nation to be governed; and has been governed since its founding,” D’Andrea claimed (again despite extensive historical evidence to the contrary). That historical evidence rests prominently in the aforementioned Bill of Rights, First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That principal of the founding fathers upon which

this nation was created and continues to be governed – theocratic, revisionist history and out-of-context quotes notwithstanding – states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.” And I would suggest that your grievance cannot be that other people are granted the same freedoms as you by that first and most important of 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution in the Bill of Rights that has propelled our civil society forward since 1791. –


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bans and regulations on fortune telling, tarot card reading and spiritual counseling have uniformly been overturned at every level and every jurisdictions in which they have been heard in the past 30 years or so.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Town Attorney Doug Napier on relevant case law

The law, opinions, explanations and silence Fear and Loathing in River City â&#x20AC;&#x201C; already deemed unconstitutional inal behavior tied to such activities can be prosecuted under existing criminal codes; â&#x20AC;˘ and that licensing fees enabled in codes like the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 98-42 cannot be excessive or utilized as a means to limit those practices the town currently describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;?.

Town Attorney Doug Napier did a lot of research in preparation for this one. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report After the volatile public hearing confrontation between supporters and opponents of existing town codes prohibiting the practice of â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? such as fortune telling, Front Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor and town council turned to Town Attorney Doug Napier for a legal opinion on its Code Section 110-17 prohibiting â&#x20AC;&#x153;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 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magic artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? and imposing a misdemeanor criminal penalty on

such practices mandating a fine â&#x20AC;&#x153;of not less than $500â&#x20AC;? and/or jail time of â&#x20AC;&#x153;not less than one month nor more than six months.â&#x20AC;? Essentially what Napier told council was: â&#x20AC;˘ that extensive case law at both the state and federal level has ruled such practices addressed in Code Section 110-17 and 98-42 are protected as free speech and free expression under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill of Rights adopted in 1791; â&#x20AC;˘ that Code 110-17 is not enforceable; â&#x20AC;˘ that any actual fraud or other crim-




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Napier explained that he had not even been aware the code existed, and was not aware of its ever being enforced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This very issue came before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District with almost identical ordinances in Chesterfield County, Virginia,â&#x20AC;? Napier told council, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the Fourth Court of Appeals has followed a very clear line of cases which every court in the United States that has considered this, have also followed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bans and regulations on fortune telling, tarot card reading and spiritual counseling have uniformly been overturned at every level and every jurisdictions in which they have been heard in the past 30 years or so. These cases have come to similar conclusions in both state and federal courts in Virginia, including a December 2013 case involving a Chesterfield County ordinance heard by the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, [and] Maryland, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, California and Louisiana. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These regulations banning fortune telling, tarot card reading and spiritual counseling, or even regulating those matters, have been found

to violate the First Amendment right of free speech and free expression. â&#x20AC;&#x153;License fee and tax requirements which are large in amount have also been struck down as being de-facto bans on free speech and free expression, as not being the least restrictive method of regulating these activities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where the regulations are claimed to protect the public from fraud or false claims, further attempts to regulate these activities under the guise of regulation of professional speech have in some cases been stricken by the courts because there is no objective standard to measure or regulate professional, spiritual or religious advise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The clear trend by the courts, including the United States Supreme

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Court, is to treat these activities like any other free speech activities. And that if a fraud is proved to be perpetrated by anybody involved in an activity such as tarot card reading or fortune telling, to use existing fraud laws on the books to prosecute fraud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laws which attempt to prevent and advance the exercise of free speech or free expression are almost always deemed unconstitutional unless the speech poses some unique or special harm, for example yelling â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;FIREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in a crowded theater.â&#x20AC;? Napier did cite a ruling in the Chesterfield case that the plaintiff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tarot card reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;did not on face fit the definition of a religious practice; but did fall under the First Amendment right to free speech and free

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;And so the law of the land is that this sort of activity is permitted under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. So, the town cannot ban it; and so in my opinion Town Code Section 110-17 is unconstitutional on its face.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Town Attorney Doug Napier

code, who had reacted enthusiastically to their speakers and with some isolated examples of hostility to the opposition, received this legal opinion in stone silence.

town attorney then quoted from the response of ACLJ senior associate attorney Eric Zimmerman, which Napier noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;came to a very similar conclusion to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and to mine,â&#x20AC;? to wit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my opinion tarot card readers or fortune tellers who charge a fee for their services at least, are subject to the same kinds of general regulations that other businesses would be but may have a First Amendment claim to the extent they are subject to increased regulation, greater burdens or an outright ban,â&#x20AC;? Zimmerman wrote, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At a minimum, the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disapproval of or disagreement with the religious, spiritual aspects of fortune telling is not a valid basis for subjecting such businesses to greater restrictions as that would amount to a viewpoint-based restriction of protected speech.â&#x20AC;? Asked by Councilman Tom Sayre if the code could be kept on the books without enforcement, at least at this point, Naper replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I can say is my office would not enforce this (110-17) and if I was requested to prosecute it that I would not. I would feel that it would be a dereliction of my professional duty.â&#x20AC;? Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other practicing attorney, the usually loquacious Daryl Funk, remained unusually silent, saying nothing during councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-vote debate or in presenting any explanation of his thought process leading to his vote to keep a code deemed unconstitutional on multiple legal levels.

Funk replied first, saying he had â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing further to addâ&#x20AC;? on the record. We replied â&#x20AC;&#x153;add to what?â&#x20AC;? since the councilman had remained silent before casting his vote. We expressed surprise at his unwillingness to address the very profound social, legal and governmental issues at play. And trying to push the attorney-councilman toward an on-the-record comment, we suggested that continued silence, particularly from councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two practicing attorneys, on a vote to maintain a law that town legal counsel stated has been deemed unconstitutional gave â&#x20AC;&#x153;the appearance of a rejection of law in favor of political expediency.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Such expediency being pandering to the prejudices of a faith-based voting bloc that has supported both councilmen in the past. And while that led to a spirited offthe-record conversation that Daryl REALLY should have let me quote from, no such luck. Perhaps somewhat belatedly, the councilman has decided to side with the U.S. Constitution and â&#x20AC;&#x153;take the Fifthâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Fifth Amendment right to silence, to not â&#x20AC;&#x153;be compelled to be a witness against himself.â&#x20AC;? Well, at least Funk replied to decline to reply. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other practicing attorney, Tom Sayre, has yet to reply, even to say heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just â&#x20AC;&#x153;taking the Fifthâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; unless you consider this e-mail received the afternoon of Aug. 19 with my Aug. 13 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Subjectâ&#x20AC;? field â&#x20AC;&#x153;Qs on NO vote on 110-17â&#x20AC;? a reply:

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Napier went on to note one unnamed member of council had contacted â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American Center for Law and Justiceâ&#x20AC;?, which Napier described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a conservative counterpart to the American Civil Liberties Unionâ&#x20AC;?. The

On Aug. 13, we e-mailed Funk, Sayre and Tharpe seeking explanations of their votes against repealing Code Section 110-17, particularly considering the town attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal opinion.

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Is Front Royal once again headed for the national spotlight? expression.â&#x20AC;? However, the town attorney noted that the plaintiff had not claimed to be part of any specific religion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And so the law of the land is that this sort of activity is permitted under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. So, the town cannot ban it; and so in my opinion Town Code Section 110-17 is unconstitutional on its face,â&#x20AC;? Napier concluded, drawing applause from the supporters of repeal. The 40 to 50 supporters of the

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Careful what you wish for on the faith and judgment front Could a town â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magic artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ban be applied to other retail outlets of faith? By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report In the wake of the astonishing and now online viral Aug. 11 public hearing (video available at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Town of Front Royal, Va.â&#x20AC;? official website) on repeal of a long lost and unenforced town Code Section 110-17 prohibiting â&#x20AC;&#x153;gypsiesâ&#x20AC;? among others from â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretending to tell fortunesâ&#x20AC;? and practice other â&#x20AC;?magic artsâ&#x20AC;?, I received a phone call from a reader who said if the code is kept, they intend to organize to have it applied to other retail shops in town that deal in items of faith. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From my perspective what some of them are peddling is magic or even witchcraft,â&#x20AC;? the caller, an East Main Street town resident, said of stores dealing in faith-based items. The caller was raised Christian but is not currently an active member of any church, they said. The idea of applying Front Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existing codes against â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? to, not just fortune telling or tarot card reading, but other manners of faith, points to a danger of preaching faith-based intolerance in a civil society mandated by both law and founding principles (despite some


revisionist history to the contrary) to NOT be ruled by any religious ideology. That danger is that for the nonbeliever, even YOUR belief system can be defined as â&#x20AC;&#x153;magicâ&#x20AC;? and the practice of YOUR faith called â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;?. And that very point was made by a conservative, Christian Front Royal Town Councilman responding to the often vitriolic and factually-questionable public hearing statements of a segment of this communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faithbased population opposing repeal of Town Code Section 110-17. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We believe a God-man was born of a virgin, died and 3 days later rose from the dead â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perfectly fine, that is our faith, that is my faith,â&#x20AC;? Councilman Bret Hrbek pointed out of Christian beliefs viewed from the outside. Having been a practicing Catholic for a good portion of my early life, I can appreciate Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point. After all, we Catholics do, or did (in the case of us lapsed ones) believe that during the sacrament of communion the priest literally, NOT symbolically, but actually transforms sacramental bread and wine into the BODY and BLOOD of Christ, a 2000-year dead

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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 the centuries, most prominently the Orthodox-Roman schism of 1054 when the Bishop of Rome, Pope Leo IX declared authority over four other church leaders (Metropolitans or Patriarchs) considered outside Rome as equals; and the Protestant Reformation of 1517 propelled by Martin Luther and John Calvin that eventually split Western Christianity into myriad sects, all with distinctive perspectives on the practice of faith, from snake handling and speaking in tongues to more reflective and contemplative methods of communing with the Divine. Drawing on nine years of Catholic education and later studies of comparative religions in college, my recollection of the basis of all these Christian faiths was the life and

teachings of Jesus Christ, whom the faithful came to believe was actually a human incarnation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a literal rather than metaphorical â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of God the Father, the Creator of the universe. It is a belief, coupled with a third distinctive split of the Creator into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy Ghostâ&#x20AC;?, that stretches Christianityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self definition as monotheism to the limit for other monotheistic faiths like Judaism and Islam, the latter which views Jesus, like Mohammed, as a great prophet, but not a human incarnation of God. Regardless of that debate over whether Christianity itself might be a form of polytheism, my understanding of Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message on earth is one of tolerance, compassion and love toward others, decentralization

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of religious authority, separation of church and state (give unto Caesar what is Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and unto God what is Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) and non-judgment of others (let he who has not sinned cast the first stone). Yet over two millennium of human handling â&#x20AC;&#x201C; imagine that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including the above mentioned major religious schisms, those teachings somehow have evolved, for some at least, into the direct opposite on almost every count.

like I do), all manner of sin, under the guise of faith and spirituality. In fact, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that exactly what Satan did in promoting rebellion of the angels against God â&#x20AC;&#x201C; justify his rebellion out of personal, angelic ego? Now if rather than literally, you take passages like Satanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebellion against God as metaphors for the human condition as it relates to our place in Creation â&#x20AC;Ś

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In fact, a second comment I got from another reader who had viewed the town video of the public hearing on repeal of Code 110-17, was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How are those people who want to ban other people from doing what they believe any different than the Taliban?â&#x20AC;? The Taliban is a radical, fundamentalist Muslim sect that gained control of the Afghan government in 1996 and aggressively persecuted, imprisoned and murdered non-believers. In addition to their crimes against humanity, they drew the ire of international historians by blowing up vestiges of other faiths in Afghanistan, including millennia-old Hindu religious carvings into Afghan mountains, considered before their destructions as one of the great surviving religious works of art in the world. The Taliban was targeted and removed by the post-9/11 U.S. invasion in retaliation for allegedly harboring al-Qaeda leaders involved in the 9/11 attack on America. They remain an active rebel cell against the current U.S.-backed Afghan government. In response to the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s question, I pointed out that the difference between the two is that those people at the town public hearing are not in control of our system of government

On this philosophical front of relative practices of faith, operating within the Christian context I see the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Devilâ&#x20AC;? at play, though probably not in the same way proponents of Front Royal Code Section 110-17 do. Rather, I would posit: A/ Satan, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;opponentâ&#x20AC;? of God, is called the GREAT deceiver; B/ You have people claiming to worship Jesus Christ as God, who TOTALLY ignore Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s message of compassion and universality, and rather push intolerance, a Puritanical theocratic system of society and government based largely on self-delusion, lies and the negative stereotyping of others, while ignoring multiple documented flaws in the conduct of their own faith; C/ The GREATEST deception is SELF-deception.

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I would suggest true worshipers of Jesus Christ would reflect His example, His words, His life of sacrifice casting the light of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love on all His creation, rather than promote creationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darker side. That dark side is an egocentric impulse toward selfjustification of all manner of personal aggrandizement (God thinks

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â&#x20AC;&#x201C; YET (though I would posit that at the town level they have two in place and two on deck in the coming election). What goes around Perhaps ironically, during an Aug. 18 work session discussion of changes to town Code Section 98-42 allowing the practice of â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? by licensing fee, a suggestion was made by Councilman Sayre to include wording that would preclude fortune tellers from skirting licensing fees by â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretending not to charge a feeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;accept donationsâ&#x20AC;? instead. So, the question becomes exactly where does the voluntary exchange of currency involving spiritual beliefs become taxable by the state? It is another potentially volatile question for religious communities passing the collection plate, selling indulgences or charging fees of any kind; particularly those churches whose authorities are directly engaged in political activism, since U.S. tax law granting religious exemptions strictly prohibits direct political action by tax-exempt churches. So, careful when you suggest opening the Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Box of discrimination, whether based on religious belief or the voluntary transfer of funds related to belief â&#x20AC;&#x201C; how long before such standards might be turned on you?

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“I was raised Catholic… and to be perfectly honest I didn’t notice such a blissful state of being within my church. I noticed all the things I was told were unholy happening all around me, including to my own young self by the age of 7…under the guise of my religion.” – pro-repeal speaker Lynette Nicholis

Why town Code 110-17 should be repealed

He who has not sinned, cast the first stone – Catholic-raised Lynette Nicholis, wearing a relic of her early faith, turns to crowd following emotional personal history and call for equality under the law for her adopted earth-based faith. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We are including companion stories on the Aug. 11 public hearing on repeal of town Code Section 110-17 to illustrate the major points made by speakers for both sides. While supporters of keeping the Code Section 110-17 ban on gypsies and so-called “magic arts” like fortune telling outnumbered their opponents by over 2-1 (12-5), several people rose defend the right of pagans and others to practice their beliefs. In fact, the first pro-repeal speaker, Claudia R. Post, identified herself as “a traditional, practicing Roman Catholic” who noted she had visited a fortune teller in the past. “My many experiences have led to where I am now. I don’t think we should go against anybody, tell them they can’t practice something because you can often go the right way even if you start off wrong, and I don’t think it’s the place of anything in America to restrict that freedom.” Apparently Post’s self identification as a practicing Catholic confused at least one 110-17 supporter, who if my memory serves me from previous encounters was Jessica Dominguez , who applauded Post’s call for

non-discrimination though she had enthusiastically applauded previous calls for keeping the code’s prohibitions. John Remby followed Post to the podium as the second consecutive self-described practicing Catholic urging council NOT to discriminate against any portion of the community. After citing First Amendment protections of personal expression and religious freedom, Remby quoted what he said were even older state law protections of religious freedom. “As a forerunner of the First Amendment we have the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, this very state, which states, ‘Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions on physics or geometry; that therefore describing any citizen as unworthy of the public confidence … unless he professes or renounces this or that religious opinion is depriving him injuriously of these privileges and advantages that are common to his fellow citizens and he has a natural right to.’ “There hasn’t been a single attack on tarot card reading that hasn’t been a straw man or false equivalence; or an attack on a reporter for whatever reason whatsoever. We support re-

ligious freedom in America. I’m a Catholic and I believe that people should be able to follow whatever religion they want. And if Catholics can make money without being licensed then anyone should.” Remby suggested that rather than emotional stereotyping, council consider the law in reaching a decision – “And the law is that we have religious freedom in America, PERIOD.” Rubylee Bryant followed Remby to the podium, first noting that while a resident of Chester Gap outside town limits, she was a supporter of the town both economically as a shopper and emotionally “because this is my community – So, I was kind of appalled when I found out what was going on with this issue because it really does sound discriminatory to me.” Bryant pointed to the opening of governmental meetings by the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag quoting “and liberty and justice for all.” That quote led to a comment from the crowd I heard as “under God.” “It doesn’t matter what you call Him as you pray, just pray to Him or Her or It,” Bryant continued. “But liberty and justice for all is what I’m asking – nothing more, nothing less.”

Bryant noted no one was being forced to frequent tarot readings or similar practices set up in town. She added, “No one in the Catholic Church is being taken by the collar and told you ‘have to put in $50’ – It doesn’t happen there and it doesn’t happen with tarot readers. “I have seen more brotherly love with these people being put down as pagans and gypsies – and it’s said so nasty like they are the most vile creatures on earth. I beg to differ, the same God that created them, created you. So, don’t stand in judgment if you are so Christian. We are all Americans with liberty and justice for all.” After an interlude for some more “vile” descriptions of practices of divination and the practitioners of such by Anthony D’Andrea and Thomas Centrella (see companion “keep it” story), as well as several speakers who took a more measured, quasilegal stance that such practices were controllable by law as economic activities of questionable moral character, the fourth supporter of repeal of the ban came to the podium. Citing a Stephen’s City address, Lynette Nicholis said she hadn’t planned to speak but was there “to support my friends speaking to defend our

right to practice our spirituality.” Nicholis then went into an emotional history of her own faith, beginning, “I was raised Catholic in Ohio and to be perfectly honest I didn’t notice such a blissful state of being within my church. I noticed all the things I was told were unholy happening all around me, including to my own young self by the age of seven – three times. So, all of this was found under the guise of my religion.” At this point she began to visibly tremble, leading to earlier speaker Rubylee Bryant coming to her assistance, standing behind Nicholis and rubbing her shoulders as she continued. “And there was nothing there for me, to help me. I have been insulted tonight. I have chosen an earth-based spirituality because I worship the earth. And I have opened my definition of God – the word God literally means ALL … and you can’t really exclude much from that concept. “All that I’ve heard is just a total judgment against witchcraft – But there are abominations within the Catholic Church and other religions … and we haven’t focused on that or condemned people for being Catholic. We are only wanting to practice

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have seen more brotherly love with these people being put down as pagans and gypsies; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s said so nasty like they are the most vile creatures on earth. I beg to differ, the same God that created them, created youâ&#x20AC;ŚWe are all Americans with liberty and justice for all.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rubylee Bryant our own spirituality; and if there are [legal] violations there they should be addressed, just as they should be when there are violations in the other churches,â&#x20AC;? Nicholis told council. She said pagan practitioners werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allowed to be defined specifically as a church â&#x20AC;&#x153;because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a building â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but we have all of

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were so quick to demonize to see exactly who they really are and what they really offer to the communities in which they live and practice. The remaining pro-repeal speaker was ordained pagan Reverend Kelyla Spicer, whose comments are covered elsewhere in this edition.

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Faithful & True retail shop owner Sandra O’Gorman states her case against competing forms of retail magic in downtown Front Royal. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We are including companion stories on the Aug. 11 public hearing on repeal of town Code Section 110-17 to illustrate the major points made by speakers for both sides. Online research Opening speaker John Fusto attempted to link practices of fortune telling to criminal fraud and utilized the Internet to do so. He cited comments from various police websites noting that fraud of any kind is illegal and the province of police protection of citizens. He quoted from the San Angelo, west Texas police website stating, “under frauds and scams, they state ‘fortune telling is a scam, it is always a scam.’ ” Nine-year local resident Fusto did cite numbers of online hits to support his case (see comparative stats in related story). Missing links Third speaker Elizabeth Poel, who noted she also spoke to council in favor of the code on May 27, told council “I urge you to leave well enough alone – Why should you amend this section for a very small minority of people,” she asked. Poel estimated the total number of practicing pagans nationwide at about one million. Observing that people normally traveled 50 to 100 miles to access “doctors, lawyers, restaurants or forms of entertainment”, Poel told council that fortune tellers need not be allowed to practice locally to allow them to practice or be accessed by town or county residents who desired their services – “They need not be right here in town. I urge you again to keep that section and strengthen it,” Poel said of 110-17.

Even though a related section wasn’t under consideration that evening, Poel suggested council adjust the licensing fee for “magic arts” practices cited in related Code Section 98-42 for inflation since 1965 when it is believed to have been imposed. That would raise the fee from the $400 level already cited as prohibitive by some pagan practitioners, to $2,987.81, a figure Poel said she based on an inflation-adjustment site. However, Poel fell short of suggesting the same inflationary adjustment for other local businesses. Poel went on to link “magical arts” like tarot card reading, pagan practitioners, and even enablers like the Brooklyn Store owner who allowed a tarot table in her shop this spring, to the recruitment of children to a homosexual lifestyle. “You must understand that most parents want neither pagan practitioners nor homosexuals to have access to the minds, bodies and souls of their children. You must also understand there is a strong connection between homosexuality and paganism,” Poel claimed. Her stated grounds for that connection are the ties of the owner of the Brooklyn Store where Pagan tarot card reader Maya White Sparks was set up this spring, first drawing the attention and ire of supporters of legal prohibition on such activities, to a non-profit youth workforce development center that includes a program to seek work opportunities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. “Youth, youth – what opportunities? Poel asked of the Center for Workforce Development. “One surmises some financial support; but I assume the center will also try to recruit youth to increase the number of homosexuals here … We do not condone abuse or any harm to any homosexuals … however, homosexuals

Dr. Eleanor Kelly commended past town elected officials for turning a rough place nicknamed Helltown into Front Royal – “I guess it was before I came here” – into “a wonderful place” to settle, as she said she did with her husband and three children in 1993, after spending some time in Manhattan, NYC. “And I am sure that you, as intelligent, caring – MEN,” she said with emphasis after pausing, “will keep this ordinance in place … And please let me assure you that this activity is not one that will keep our community the wonderful community it is. And it is in your hands, your responsibility to keep it. “Why take a chance on this? Look at the original reasons for having this ordinance and ask yourself is this what you want the future generation, or even us, be exposed to when it is not necessary for our community. Please continue on this course for our wonderful community, for the sake of these wonderful young people, the old people, the people of the future,” Kelly said gesturing around the meeting room. They are heathens Gene McGuirk quoted the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the free practice of religion, but asserted that the practice of “magic arts” was not the practice of religion. Citing both the encyclopedia and dictionary about practices falling under the umbrella of “divination” McGuirk quoted Webster’s, “Divination is the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events.” McGuirk continued to cite legal precedents for prohibitions on divination ranging far and near, mostly far, beginning in Roman law circa 500 B.C. (no wonder, they sure didn’t want to see the future of their empire accurately forecast). He claimed more recent legal prohibitions somewhat closer, as in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, and New York state. Further quoting from first Corinthians, McGuirk told council, “idol worship was worship of demons and that the magic arts were practiced by idol worshippers. All believing Christians should oppose this practice of fortune telling. I’m led to believe that all the members of this board are Bible-believing Christians.”

Somehow I got into the historical record here, along with local Libertarian activist, ordained minister and on-again, off-again Republican Committee member Mike McHugh, as McGuirk continued, “Bible-believing Christians not in the [unintelligible] like Protestant Minister Mike McHugh and the Catholic journalist Roger Bianchini should use their influence to rally the town to resist this improper practice.” McGuirk concluded by asking council not to repeal 110-17, but rather 98-42 which allows the various practices of “magical arts” including fortune telling with payment of a licensing fee (see related story). They are criminals

After three people who had signed up to speak consecutively declined to do so, Thomas Centrella rose as the 13th speaker to pose a question of the town’s elected representatives – “I would ask you all to reflect in your own hearts, is this what you want your legacy to be – that you were the ones who opened the door in this community to make Front Royal a haven for witchcraft, fortune telling and other pagan practices?” Like Kelly earlier, Centrella cited past residency in a variety of communities. He claimed one way to tell where the bad areas in any community are is “if there was a psychic shop

on the corner, or fortune telling and so forth. “I guarantee you that no American family, religious or not, will want to raise their children next to a shop that sells fortune telling, tarot cards, witchcraft and so forth. The people who will want to come to those places will be people who are involved in other practices that are shady and so forth; and I guarantee you crime will increase in Front Royal, tourism will go down because people will come and say ‘what is that shop doing here?’ and they won’t want to come back; and businesses won’t want to come to Front Royal.” And they cheat in line After ordained Pagan Reverend Kelyla Spicer completed her 3-minute rebuttal of the negative stereotyping of paganism as the public hearing’s final of 18 speakers, Thomas Centrella yelled at the mayor from his seat about why Spicer had been able to get the final word in as the last public hearing speaker. Mayor Darr explained he simply called the list of speakers as presented to him and Council Clerk Jennifer Berry noted that Spicer alone had requested that final speaker spot, as anyone is entitled to (better bring some cut straws to the next meeting, Jennifer). –

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;For purposes of this Section, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;compensationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shall include donations or other transfer of money or things of value to the fortune teller from a person â&#x20AC;Ś which compensation would not have occurred but for said telling of fortune â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; change to 98-42 suggested by Councilman Sayre

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Council discusses changes to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; licensing fees Could â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;donationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prohibition impact Christian funding methods?

Councilmen Hrbek, left, and Sayre, right, have been at odds on legal, moral and zoning issues at play in town â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; codes. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report At an Aug. 18 work session the Front Royal Town Council re-tackled changes to its other fortune telling code, Section 98-42 regarding licensing fees on a variety of practices under the umbrella of â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;?. While Section 110-17 that came to a first vote of repeal on Aug. 11 prohibits â&#x20AC;&#x153;gypsiesâ&#x20AC;? among others

from â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretending to tell fortunesâ&#x20AC;? or dabble in other â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;?, Section 98-42 permits a long-list of such activities with purchase of a $400 annual business license. Town Attorney Doug Napier reviewed case law on such fees and repeated a portion of what he told council after the volatile Aug. 11 public hearing on repeal of 110-17 (see the bulk of the rest of this edition). Napier reminded council that

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such fees may not be used as a means to prohibit such activities by being set unreasonably high, but they may be imposed at a reasonable level on such practices not being conducted as part of the practice of religion. Napier reviewed Aug. 11 comments regarding state and federal appeals court rulings on an almost identical code in Chesterfield County. The court ruled in that case that the fortune telling practice in question was protected as a First Amendment right of free speech or expression. And while another part of the Chesterfield County ruling stated that the plaintiff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice was not religious in nature, Napier explained that the plaintiff did not claim to be part of any religion, but rather engaged in a practice â&#x20AC;&#x153;spiritualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in nature. Two supporters of repeal of town codes on such practices have noted they are ordained ministers of specific pagan faiths recognized by the state; and that their fortune telling practices are part of spiritual counseling they do as part of their preChristian, polytheistic faiths. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think if they (an applicant) are truly following a religion they would not be subject to such fees,â&#x20AC;? Napier told council during the work session. Gene Tewalt suggested lowering the fee to $300, as Chesterfield County has proposed and just move on. Apparently that solution would follow an earlier suggestion of ViceMayor Shae Parker and put responsibility for claiming a religious exemp-

tion on the applicant seeking town authorization to practice here. As it seemed a consensus had been reached, Tom Sayre suggested sending the code to the planning commission for review. That review would center on the potential of restricting fortune telling or other â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? practices to certain areas through zoning codes. Bret Hrbek asked Napier if the town could regulate religious practices by zoning. Napier replied the town could; though it apparently has no such zoning restriction in place regarding the placement of churches. Gene Tewalt was the first to dispute that what council was considering with 98-42 was a zoning issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see no reason to send it to the planning commission, it is not a zoning issue, it is a business licensing issue,â&#x20AC;? Tewalt said. However, Daryl Funk came to Sayreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the planning commission needs to be involved, so we do not have multiple meetings on it; that way we can deal with all the issues at once,â&#x20AC;? Funk said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think zoning applies to this,â&#x20AC;? Hrbek responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stretch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what does this paragraph (Code Section 98-42) have to do with planning and zoning?â&#x20AC;? Mayor Darr asked. The consensus was to advertise for a public hearing on suggested changes to the code. That public hearing would likely be scheduled in Septem-

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But by the 30-minute mark when I came in, the fiasco already had degenerated into the verbal equivalent of a sordid, thuggish street fight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even a public lynching of sorts â&#x20AC;Ś all claiming in one way or another to represent and honor Jesus Christ.


A disintegration of common reason and rational thought Rev. Esmeralda Barnes Leesburg, VA It was with great horror that I watched the disintegration of common reason and rational thought, polite discourse and basic social grace at the Aug. 11 Front Royal Town Council meeting, during which public comments about the proposed repeal of the outdated and roundly offensive Code 110-17 were heard. This meeting was a horror reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and the Inquisition of 11841230 and beyond. I came in late due to inclement weather, but I prepared a brief written statement. But by the 30-minute mark after I came in the fiasco had already degenerated into the verbal equivalent of a sordid, thuggish street fight â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even a public lynching of sorts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and on so many levels that it left me speechless, flummoxed, unable to articulate, frozen in disbelief as the outrageous, slanderous and hysterical testimonies kept coming, all claiming in one way or another to represent and honor Jesus Christ. That is ironic. He is known historically as the Prince of Peace. However, they spoke the language of war, invoking darkness, equally ironic as it sounded more like their Christian devil than Jesus Christ. The Prince of Peace was not there that night. But darkness sure did seem to be in the house, masquerading as Him, while pointing fingers at people who make great efforts to walk in peace, barefoot on holy ground. That eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting added gasoline to TNT, and has now drawn the fire of not only pagans, but many, many others. In the most embarrassing manner to which so many of them seemed oblivious, this townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian citizens showed their backsides on public television and I do hope they are prepared to show that view to the

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national press, the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community (of which I am a member and grassroots activist, as well), Planned Parenthood, the Department of Justice, the governor of this state, and every other organization that stands for freedom for ALL. The real America is about to pay Front Royal a visit, and I suspect it will be a most unwelcome one for most of those speaking and voting to keep Town Code 110-17. This shall not pass, nor shall this council, save Mr. Hrbek, who made his truly Christ-like and rational view unequivocally known, be granted the luxury of a free pass. Mr. Sayre accused us of â&#x20AC;&#x153;preyingâ&#x20AC;? on the poor, endangering the public and more. I sure do hope he is prepared to defend that slander, be it in the court of public opinion or a court of law. Many moments rendered me speechless but one left my mouth agape, when a so-called Christian citizen chose to single out ONE member of the press, Roger Bianchini, and proceeded to grace us with her verbal vomit, slandering and maligning his character, credibility and integrity as a journalist. The astonishing thing

was that after anemically warning her to keep her comments on topic, repeal of 110-17, the mayor sat idly by as the personal attack on the press continued for another two minutes. Was this an effective wink of approval at the character assassination, the verbal equivalent of a lynching? When I was a working local reporter in Fairfax County, one of the Republican school board members told one of his Republican colleagues, who had attempted a similar tactic with me, what Mark Twain said about picking fights with the press. It was sound advice: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pick fights with people who buy their ink by the barrel and their paper by the ton.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; To that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll add distribution by pixel. As a former journalist who covered governing bodies, I know the power the mayor had to enforce his â&#x20AC;&#x153;stay on public hearing topicâ&#x20AC;? warning and the message sent by a subsequent failure to stop her 3-minute rant against a free press. This was an unforgivable breach of mayoral authority and parliamentary procedure, not to mention, social decorum. I am encouraging every organization I contact to view this entire

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meeting and fiasco, as it is apparently long past the time for Front Royal to understand that it may not conduct its own small-town OK Corral against a free press or ongoing code restrictions against the practice of any faith. While my faith was repeatedly slandered during the public discussion, aspects of its practice WAS the topic of the public hearing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mr. Bianchiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence at the press table and practice of journalism was NOT. I believe the mayor owes Mr. Bianchini a personal and formal public apology. Know that if the reporter files legal action to remediate this disgusting slander against his good name, I have offered my witness. The kindling some citizens of this town seem to be in a frenzy to gather would be put to better use, say to build bridges from ignorance to enlightenment; rather than to light fires enabling the public maligning of a perfectly good journalist committed to balance and reason; or the demonization of a faith they have no real comprehension of. Beyond that, this town owes America and the founding fathers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most of whom, by the way, were

deists and not even Christian of the same belief espoused by modern, socalled Christians â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an even bigger apology. The Front Royal Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consideration of repeal of 110-17 is an exercise in redundancy as explained by the town attorney, as its enforcement has already been ruled unconstitutional by rule of state and federal law. May it be finally repealed, and may 98-42 soon follow, finding themselves in the trash heap of outdated discriminatory ordinances that seek only to remand good, honest Americans effectively to the back of the bus. We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go. We also refuse to be placated in any way, nor are we prone to accept a politically expedient and illegal readoption of the existing town codes as a means of catering to a bigoted and hate-mongering segment of the town population. If any part of 11017 or 98-42 remains, we will hold this council accountable for upholding vestiges of discrimination, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show you how serious this is in 2014. This is far from over. The Aug. 11 Front Royal Town Council meeting sealed that fate.



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â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, there are three number ones? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Number two is probably the most logical â&#x20AC;Ś but I like number one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it cleans up the issue.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mayor Darr goes deep into water-sewer issue

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Discussion of how to resolve a noncompliant water and sewer connection in a Virginia Avenue duplex unit took a turn of perhaps unintentional comic genius at an Aug. 18 Front Royal Town Council work session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I almost said do-do,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Tim Darr said with a smile near the end of a discussion of three options presented to resolve single water and sewer connections to the duplex sold as separate units in 2003. Darrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s punch line was offered at the end of lengthy discussion of which of three proposed options would be forwarded to council for a vote. Of council support for the options, the mayor said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, there are three number ones? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Number two

is probably the most logical â&#x20AC;Ś but I like number one â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it cleans up the issue,â&#x20AC;? as the press table descended into chaos attempting to transcribe the conversation with straight faces. However, for the two owners of the duplex units, particularly Mrs. Rebecca Sinclair at 409 Virginia Avenue, who has twice had her water cut off in the past 18 months when renters at 411 moved out, it is no laughing matter. Sinclair faces a potential $4,500 water tap fee and the owner of 411 Virginia Avenue, a $9,500 sewer tap fee in order to maintain service or make their units code compliant prior to any sale. The water tap goes into 411 and the sewer connection into Sinclairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home at 409 Virginia Avenue. Both times her water service was cut off the town eventually turned Sinclairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

water back on â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but with conditions. A Feb. 26, 2013 letter from the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finance department to Sinclair from town Manager of Finance B.J. Wilson reviews the situation Burke described to council on Aug. 18. Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s letter to Sinclair states in part, â&#x20AC;&#x153;separate Town water meters were required before water and sewerage service could be provided to the 409 Virginia Avenue parcel â&#x20AC;Ś As a courtesy (since 2003), the Town of Front Royal has been billing 409 Virginia Avenue based on readings taken from a private remote water meter attached to the water connection for 411 Virginia Avenue â&#x20AC;Ś Notwithstanding the above billing arrangement, as agent for the Town Manager, I am notifying you that you have one year to bring the property into compliance by connecting to the

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The view from inside the RSW Jail – not very pretty no underclothing, many men went “freeballin’” and those who lack family support continue to do so. Our sheets have been changed once or twice since arriving, jumpsuits went unwashed for three weeks and personal items like religious books, legal and incoming mail, were non-existent. When the status of these basic necessities was inquired about, no answers were forthcoming until one sergeant replied, “We are confident that the construction workers we brought in to sort through y’all’s property will speed up the process some.” What!?

Letter to the Editor August 18, 2014 I am one of the 300-plus individuals housed at the new RSW Regional Jail in Warren County. The past weeks have offered numerous versions of what is both believed to, and supposed to, be taking place behind these walls. Now I provide you with that which is: This rendition does not negate the previously discussed issues, but rather provides readers with my perspective - a unique view from the insideout. FACT: The RSW Regional Jail and its staff were unprepared to open this facility. To understand, at least in part why it was, consider this: the conditions at the old Warren County Jail were so despicable, they disgusted the staff themselves. Suffice it to say, funding a grand opening while attempting to meet the day-to-day needs of a sinking ship is costly. Something, or rather someone – jail occupants – had to go without. Having seen POW’s treated better, the months leading up to the transfer were shameful.  Clearly, either no one cared or was able to deal with the situation. Barely operable, one shower, and one toilet served fifty men on the so-called “new side”. Cell blocks designed to house eight men were overcrowded with up to twice that many, much of them sleeping upon naked concrete floors with but a blanket. Though cleaning supplies were at a premium, many intakes were forced to walk around barefooted, none of them having been screened by medical for ailments like TB, ringworm, MRSA or a host of other bacteria, and easily spread infections. Newsflash! The RSW has yet to screen arrivals for these either. I, like many others, arrived with the first transports on the 24th of June. Having previously experienced the

booking process, it did not take long to realize things were out of whack, the first clue being the misprint on the uniform … The RSW jail project was 10 years in the making. Warren County detainees were given over a month’s notice, been told we would be classified prior to arriving. Yet once we did, we encountered an overwhelmed and irritable staff. Detainees who arrived 24 hours prior were unprocessed, further hindering newer arrivals, the log jam keeping us stuck up front for 10 hours or more. Many officers, clearly rookies who lacked training, buzzed around, eager to assist, but without real guidance, their zealousness agitated the already irritated vets. Let’s fast-forward three weeks. Imagine buying a million-dollar home. Oh the excitement! Shiny new appliances, new furniture – but not a broom or mop in the closet to maintain cleanliness; showers breaking, the roof leaking, and substances oozing from the cracks of many cell floors. Allocated one uniform and issued

FACT: The RSW Regional Jail is understaffed. Many sections of the facility, such as the dorm-style minimum security pods remain closed. The result: Younger and/or less seasoned, more vulnerable individuals are being housed with those who have nothing to lose. Meanwhile, though cell space is available in other blocks, seating is not. There are nine tables, four seats per, with three additional seats at the phone station totaling thirty-nine. Currently, forty-seven men are housed in B-Pod; this forces some to sit on the floor, on stairs or in their cells to consume meals; offenses both prohibited and chargeable as housing unit violations. Those existing in these vastly overcrowded pods do just that - exist. To toss a grown man a basketball, a checker board and a couple of decks of playing cards in pod is like trying to pacify a hungry newborn with a Binky. Where are the religious services, academic and life skills programs, substance abuse counseling and edu-

RSW authorities reply: steps being made; come take a look By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Albeit on short turnaround to our Aug. 21 press run after receipt of inmate letters on Aug. 20, we asked both Interim Jail Superintendent Russ Gilkison and RSW Authority Chairman Doug Stanley for replies to issues raised by inmates. “When lockdowns occur for staffing and to meet operational needs, they are only lasting the minimum time required. Occurrences of this happening have dramatically been reduced in duration and frequency since the opening of the facility,” Stanley replied by e-mail. Both Gilkison and Stanley offered us the opportunity to visit the facility and observe operations first hand. We will take advantage of this offer and hope to have a first-hand report for our next “Early September” edition. Hopefully, the progress noted by inmate Banks will continue and any staffing or service shortages or shortcomings will be successfully addressed to allow that improvement to continue.

cation so amicably outlined by the superintendent on the opening page of the now infamous “Inmate Handbook”? A pamphlet these powers use to support their agendas when conveniently suited, while those it was written for receive no reciprocity. It is my belief that Mr. Mulligan, the former Superintendent recognized the need to institute some order and came aboard with the mindset to do just that. Having had the foresight to sign a “pre-nup” realizing a coup d’état was imminent, he, like the Steve Miller Band “took the money and ran”. With no oversight, the top-down

leadership in turmoil, we have been left with mutiny within the ranks of the RSW Regional that now serves as a confluence for the three counties squabbling over jurisdictional rights. Each lieutenant, each sergeant, they all have minions, loyal to their particular, sometimes despotic, cause. Meanwhile, the rookies are chasing their tails suffering from the same disorder plaguing us - lack of routine consistency, lack of followup, and more unanswered questions than those posed by the Universe. When asked, one lieutenant compared officers to goldfish, stating, “You feed ‘em and ten minutes later,

RSW running or being run down? Editor,

Every week there are remarks in the paper about RSW, but there is never anything about how the inmates are being cared for. Well, I’m going to tell you from the inside of RSW. Last week a man asked to speak someone about an issue he was having. The sergeant came in and spoke to him, but had no clue, so the inmate asked to talk to the lieutenant or captain – days went by. The sergeant came back in and he asked again to talk to the lieutenant or captain and he said no, so the inmate went on a hunger strike. For four days he did not eat anything or drink anything. He told the sergeant he was on a hunger strike till he could talk to someone. The sergeant said, “We don’t care, don’t eat.” On the second night, the nurse tested the inmate’s sugar and it was 51. On day three, the nurse did some tests and asked him what was going on. He told her he would eat when he spoke to the lieutenant or captain. The nurse moved him to Intake where he spoke to a mental health counselor who said he was fine besides not eating. She said she would talk to the captain by email.  The next day, the captain came and spoke to the inmate. It should not take an inmate going on a hunger strike to talk to a lieutenant or captain at a jail. We have not seen the captain in over a month. There are two lieutenants. One of them we have never seen in the back, the other one runs away every time someone tries to talk to him and the sergeants don’t have a clue and we have never seen the acting superintendent. Now, let’s talk about the food

here, or lack of food. How about no beef, no sugar, meat with ice still on it served to us or leftovers from two days ago? How about inmates losing 20-35 pounds in one month here at RSW, or inmates having low sugar for the first time because of the food or the diabetic getting one piece of bread and one piece of cheese for a snack at night? Now let’s move on to the fact that we have no programs here in this jail to help us. As I’m sure you know, half the inmates are here because of drug use, but there are no drug classes, or NA or AA, not even religious services or support programs. The staff tells us the local churches don’t want to come here to hold services with us. I hope this is not true. There is also no GED or law library. There is nothing here to help the inmate who would like to help themselves. The inmates in this jail are not being taken care of. The problem is from the top down. I will say this, the (CO) officers try to help, but it is hard when you get no help from above. This is a Regional Jail being run by staff who have never worked at a Regional Jail. Why does the board stand back and do nothing? We need a superintendent and lieutenants and captains who have worked in a Regional Jail and have the know-how and are willing to help when it’s the right thing to do. Send the captains, lieutenants and sergeants to Winchester Regional (NRADC) and let experienced regional jail staff show RSW’s inexperienced staff how a jail of this size should be run.   Thank you for your help, Joshua R. Neele (JT) 6601 Winchester Rd., Front Royal, VA

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theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re swimming around the bowl, having forgotten they ate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is why I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get nuthinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; done.â&#x20AC;? Where communication is lacking, confusion will always exist. Request forms go unanswered, COâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are clueless and more employees are abandoning the USS RSW than passengers jumping from the Titanic. Additionally, pods often get locked down (cell confinement) for hours at a time because officers are being pulled to serve trays, for transports, or other duties which arise due to the lack of manpower. Wait, how many bodies are housed here? Why are officers working in the kitchen, sweeping hallways and taking out garbage? Limited jail staff should alarm everyone in this community. Lack of properly trained personnel - cause for outrage! After all, it is your sons and daughters and significant others who occupy this building. It is our tax dol-

lars that built it; and your well-being, as well as theirs that these officers vowed to protect. How can that be accomplished with a skeleton crew, which is overworked, overwhelmed and underpaid with regard to their duties? There is no shame in not knowing; BUT knowing you need guidance and not seeking it is irresponsible. Failure to do so for prideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake with lives at stake - criminal. Gone after this article is the excuse of â&#x20AC;&#x153;not knowingâ&#x20AC;?. Those of you on the board of supervisors we now know that you know. Only this question remains â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what action will you take? FACT: The RSW Jail is medically underequipped. Generally, medical and dental screening, physical assessments, mental health status, as well as testing for communicable diseases, infestations and TB are all standard

procedures addressed upon initial arrival. This is part of the classification process which helps determine if intakes require specific attention or have special needs. If intakes are able to intermingle without being properly diagnosed, this places entire pods, staff and the general population at risk. Moreover, having been improperly classified, those in need of medication, medical attention, special di-

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Regional Jail ets, PC status or suicide watch are forced to go without. Whether dopesick, diabetic or mentally ill, suffering from gout, cirrhosis of the liver, withdrawals or seizures, everyone is herded to the pod. Now I am no doctor, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played one on TV,â&#x20AC;? even I know you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take folks off their meds. Yet, each day, nurses at the behest of the doctor, do just that, or simply refuse medical attention altogether. How is a man in need of chemo suffering from cancer, not a priority? Why is your dope-sick child not? Why is a man prone to having seizures not housed in an observation cell? When you consider that these are within each pod and contain cameras to do just that, it makes you wonder. Is it ignorance or negligence when a man slices the tendon of his finger on the very tables we eat and sit at, these troubling table edges having been previously pointed out by the officers who inspected them prior to our arrival? When you contemplate the history of the old county jail, the deaths and suicides both attempted and successful, its rate of return and the mindset of those running it; the continued failure to be attentive to the needs of the many will most certainly undermine the selfish agendas of the few. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take my word for it, kick a few tires, turn over a few rocks yourselves. The fact is this: you can dress the RSW up and put a bow in her hair; but staffing her with the same out-of-

touch mentality will land your county, three counties in a snare. The men and women housed in this facility are not just inmates, they are your loved ones: Living, breathing entities, who, despite what they have been convicted of or charged with are entitled to â&#x20AC;&#x153;humane treatmentâ&#x20AC;? and basic â&#x20AC;&#x153;inalienable rightsâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś Has there been progress made at the RSW? Absolutely! We finally received a book and a newspaper, meals are just an hour late and indigent packages that contain hygiene items and writing material cost five bucks â&#x20AC;Ś But with fewer officers employed than on opening day, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect those â&#x20AC;&#x153;transitional glitchesâ&#x20AC;? described above to subside any time soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now you know the rest of the story.â&#x20AC;? Â Ron â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;B-Podâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Banks RWS Regional Jail


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Extension Farm Family Showcase to be held at the Shenandoah County Park The Virginia Cooperative Extension Farm-Family Showcase is a celebration event on VCEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centennial Anniversary as well as the grand opening for the Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Demonstration. VCE-Shenandoah education activities and accomplishments of VCE staff serving this area will also be highlighted. This event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown, VA. This event is open to the public. The showcase will feature displays of educational programs available to Shenandoah County citizens. A multitude of programs will be highlighted including the Master Gardener Program; Well Water Education Program; information about Livestock Quality Assurance training (YMQA, BQA, PQA); On farm - Biosecurity education; a display highlighting the history of 4-H clubs in Shenandoah County; a display on No-till farming, information on Family Financial Management and information on Food Safety. Food will be available to the public for purchase as a fundraising effort provided by local 4-H Clubs. In addition, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District will provide information about the latest innovative conservation activities. This event will also be a kick-off celebration for the Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Demonstration. There will be hay rides to the county farm to view some of the work that has been completed to date. This project is designed to demonstrate long term sustainable farming practices at the Shenandoah

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I guess that means it will be at least another two years before we might get our BIG Ferris wheel â&#x20AC;Ś In fact, I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll launch a citizen survey of my own right now on that front â&#x20AC;&#x201C; please make the town aware of your preferred location for a BIG Ferris wheel in Front Royal.

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Council votes to contract visioning consultant By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

Other things than arguing about whose faith is magic and should town law comply with the U.S. Constitution actually happened at the Aug. 11 Front Royal Town Council meeting. Most prominently was a 5-1 vote, Funk dissenting, to contract the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) to continue Front Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decade-long effort to come up with a plan to move toward an ideal blend of small business opportunity, citizen lifestyle and impetus toward increasing the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s viability as a tourist destination â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I guess that means it will be at least another two years before we might get our BIG Ferris wheel (I could have put that vision in motion two years ago, if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d asked â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you know, like the one in London along the Thames River).

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months, she has been managing the Winchester store during the day and organizing the Stephens City store in the evenings with the help of other staff and volunteers. All of the months of hard work paid off last week when the Stephens City store had its grand opening. A gaggle of people collected outside the store Friday, August 15th, waiting for the ribbon to be cut and the shopping to begin. After a few words and accolades for all of the hard work that went in to opening the store, the ribbon was cut. Inside colorful balloons donated by Bearly Believable in Stephens City added to the festive atmosphere. Once inside, the crowd began some serious shopping. The store was so busy, the staff stayed open until 7:30 pm, even though closing time was at 6:00 pm. The parking lot was full all day long.

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on Jason Millerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation on Blue Mountain. Miller also operates a winery on town property, he noted in comments to the board. Tabling allows the operations already permitted or paying taxes on their operations to continue rentals pending a final decision. Fourteen of the 18 public hearing speakers on the Hartke-High Knob application opposed the permitting. The general consensus of opponents was that such short-term rentals had a detrimental impact on what is essentially a residential neighborhood. While the majority of opponents focused on general dangers from cooking fires, driving the gated, mountain communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s narrow, winding roads, 4-wheeling or interacting with the mountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildlife, three speakers pointed to danger to children from potential out-of-state criminal elements they surmised such outsiders might be. Saying she had observed license plates from 13 different states going

After a lengthy public hearing with 18 speakers addressing the first of three Conditional Use Permit applications for short-term rental operations, this one on High Knob, the Warren County Board of Supervisors decided to proceed with exceptional caution. That caution was tabling any action on all three applications pending a review of applicable county zoning codes on such businesses. Following Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion to deny the application of Keith and Kimberly Hartke for continuation of their short-term rental on High Knob, Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk presented his counter motion to table. Traczyk repeated earlier concerns that the supervisors could appear to be acting in â&#x20AC;&#x153;an arbitrary and capriciousâ&#x20AC;? manner regarding such appli-

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Local news Man and dog attacked by bear On August 21 at 1:08 pm, the Frederick County Communications Center received a 911 call from a person located at Richards Fruit Market located at 6410 Middle Road stating that a man had driven into the business parking lot area seeking medical attention for himself and his dog due to injuries sustained from a bear attack. The injured person was identified as Steven Krichbaum, 59 of Staunton,

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and drive to Richards Fruit Market in an attempt to get medical assistance from their injuries. Krichbaum was transported via rescue squad to the Winchester Medical Center for treatment and Krichbaum’s dog was transported by the Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office Animal Control unit to a local emergency animal hospital. The current condition of both Krichbaum and his dog were unknown at the time this paper went to press. Entertaining Angels Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of Kelsey Orndorff The Bowling Green Country Club (South) is holding a memorial golf tournament on Friday, September 12. There will be a 12pm Shotgun Start. Registration begins at 11am. The tournament is sponsored by the Riverton United Methodist Church.

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Local news September 4 and on Wednesday evenings, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, beginning November 6. SOCCER program will be held at the Skyline Soccer Plex on Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm-dark, beginning September 3, 2014. For more information on any of these open gym programs please contact the Parks and Recreation Deparment at the WC Community Center office, Monday through Saturday, 8am-10pm or Sunday, 1pm9pm at (540) 635-1021.

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Mountain and north of Cedar Creek put it at the epicenter of the last major battle in the Valley—the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864. The Union victory in this battle secured the Valley for the Federals for the remainder of the war. Positive press about the Union Army’s success is also credited with influencing the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln, which took place just three weeks later. “Belle Grove in the Civil War” will be offered for Belle Grove’s regu-

lar admission prices: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and AAA members, $6 for students 6-16 and National Trust for Historic Preservation members, and free to Belle Grove members. Today Belle Grove Plantation is a non-profit historic house museum that is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site. It is also a partner in the Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. Except for Saturday, August 9, the “Belle Grove in the Civil War” tour will immedi-

Learn how to use your Android Phone Enjoy learning the ins and outs of your Android device in this workshop with one-on-one assistance from Sprint representatives. The course is being held on Thursday, August 27, 2014 from 5:30pm -6:30pm at the Warren County Community Center. The course is FREE, but pre-registration is required at: https://shentel. For more information please contact Abram Garrett, Store Manager (540) 622-6000 or via email at Learn how to use your iPhone Enjoy learning the ins and outs of your iPhone in this workshop with one-on-one assistance from Sprint representatives. The course is being held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 5:30pm -6:30pm at the Warren County Community Center. The course is FREE, but pre-registration is required at: https://shentel.wufoo. com/forms/warren-county-community-ctr-handset-training. For more information please contact Abram Garrett, Store Manager (540) 6226000 or via email at abram.garrett@ Belle Grove in the Civil War” Tour Schedule for August In commemoration of the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, Belle Grove will offer tours that specifically discuss Belle Grove Plantation during the Civil War. The 45-minute tour will be offered at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. “Belle Grove in the Civil War” will include the Civil War Shenandoah Valley campaigns from 1862 through 1864 and will highlight areas in the Manor House as well as in the surrounding landscape. As the American Civil War raged up and down the Shenandoah Valley, Belle Grove Plantation south of Middletown was in a particularly strategic location and it was occupied several times. Ultimately, Belle Grove’s position near the foot of the Massanutten

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Engle’s Angle: “Kind Words” By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report She leaned toward me as she approached, smiled and whispered “I liked your article.” Surprised, I looked up and returned the smile. “Thanks.” Every other Sunday morning, on her way to communion, she’d touch my arm or shoulder and say that. Ok, not every other Sunday. Only when my article was good. I looked forward to those little encounters. They brightened my day. Who doesn’t like to hear kind words? One Sunday morning, before heading to my usual seat, she handed me a bulletin and laughed. “I want to meet your wife.” And recently, when Judy joined me in Church, she did. Two months ago, before the service started, she handed me a card and said “Happy Birthday”, again catching me off guard. I took the card and laughed. “How did she know?” I wondered, and then remembered the church keeps a list of everyone’s birthday. An unexpected gesture, and one that made my special day a bit more special. A few weeks ago, I saw her do the same thing to a woman who was sitting across the aisle from me. I didn’t know Betty all that well, but from what I’ve heard the past few days, those were the kind of things she was always doing for others. When I opened my email early this past Sunday morning and quickly scanned the list of unread messages, one

from the Church caught my eye. I didn’t like the title. “Some Sad News”. When I opened it and saw Betty’s name, I didn’t want to believe it was true. But it was. She’d passed away the day before. And then I remembered I hadn’t seen her in Church the previous Sunday. She was always in Church. A few weeks after my birthday, I called the Church office to find out when hers was. “May 23rd,” the secretary said without even having to look it up. I marked the date on my calendar. I’d be sure to wish Betty a happy birthday next year, and maybe surprise her. Sadly, I won’t get to do that. There are people we meet on our life’s journey who we wish we’d gotten to know better. Betty was one of those people. When I began writing my “Engle’s Angle” column more than seven years ago, I put together a list of email addresses for family and friends who didn’t live in the area. Every other Friday, when the paper hit the newsstands, I’d send my article to everyone on that list. I was excited to add readers in new states. “I now have one in Illinois and Colorado!” I’d tell my wife. When I heard the news about Betty, I knew I had one in Heaven too. I hope she’ll keep reading it. And put a good word in for me as well. –

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vice Ranger from the Cedar Creek National Historical Park. Plus, our opening music act is Rick Garland, a vocalist, historian, musicologist and storyteller who will be clad in period clothing. He will interweave education and entertainment as he takes attendees on a melodic journey back to the 1860â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Civil War Songs and Their Storiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and gives the story behind the song, revealing the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; the music of the period was writtenâ&#x20AC;?. For more information on the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum or HKMI log on to www. LFCC Has Its Own Mobile App Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) has launched a mobile application. To get this mobile app (which is free) go to either the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store: lfcc-mobile/id904435023?mt=8 details? central.lfcc The app includes a suite of modules that allows students and staff to access information to many important LFCC portals. Autopark rates to change  September 1 Beginning September 1, 2014, the base monthly parking rate will increase to $50/month at all four downtown garages. In addition, a

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Local news the runner-up. For the Gala, Macintosh, Rome, and York Awards, the procedure begins with a nomination process. Any employee may nominate another employee for an award and each site

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may elect one individual in each category. The nominees then complete application forms which are reviewed by a panel of judges. An award recipient and a runner-up are selected for each category. The recipient of each

award receives a plaque and a monetary gift of $500. Each runner-up receives a framed certificate and a monetary gift of $250.

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Belle Grove Plantation hosts its Fourth Annual Wine Festival on September 13 The event includes nine vineyards offering wine tastings, food, music and house tours

Belle Grove’s Executive Director Kristen Laise holds the complimentary wine glass available at the Wine Festival. Other gifts and souvenirs can be seen behind her. By Carol Ballard Warren & Frederick County Report The peaceful, history-filled Belle Grove Plantation will be hosting its Fourth Annual Wine Festival this September 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on U.S. Route 11, about a mile south of Middletown. The Manor house, gift shop and herb garden will be open for the event. Nine wineries will be on hand for tastings under the tents set up outside, and a tasting glass is included in the price of admission. “It’s a beautiful location, a nice place to visit, with mountain views, gardens and green spaces and visitors can tour the house. Last year in September, we had nice weather and a good turnout, so we were pleased. This year we hope to have 300 to 500 people,” said Belle Grove’s Executive Director Kristen Laise. That day there will also be the annual car show in Middletown, which goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free to the public.

“It’s another reason to come, people can see car the show and the festival. We’ve invited the car owners to drive over and park on Belle Grove’s front circle. (after 3 p.m.) The festival will feature nine vineyards offering tastings and wine by the glass, bottle or case and local chefs will demonstrate their culinary and wine-pairing skills at the three wine pairing demonstrations to be given at the lower level of the house. There are three new vineyards this year, so the public will have a chance to see ones that are not as wellknown. They are: Winding Road Cellar; 612 Vineyard in Berryville and Wicked Oak Farms and Vineyards. The two music groups set to provide entertainment are: the popular Carroll Brothers, who will bring classic rock sounds in the early afternoon, and the Award-winning Elizabeth Lawrence Band that has been described as playing a kind of “Bonnie Raitt/Country style” music. “We’ll also have a cheese maker and a cigar vendor, and we’re look-

Dear Stewart: I just read that in our area (Zone 6), October, November and early December are good times to plant trees because roots become active during winter months in storing nutrient reserves for the next season. I want to plant some trees this fall but I don’t know what kind to plant. – Joan

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Dear Joan, An upcoming program hosted by the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards, “All About Trees,” will give you all the information you need to select proper trees and ensure their healthy growth to maturity. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings September 9 through October 21, 2014 at the Warren County Govern-

Scene from Belle Grove’s Third Annual Wine Festival ing for more vendors-also hoping for ceramic artists and jewelers,” said Laise. The wine event is an extension of the successful beer festivals held every year in May for the last 20 years. Belle Grove was originally a grain plantation, where the crops were wheat, barley and corn and occupants historically brewed their own beer. “The beer festival people have been coming for years and they look forward to it,” she said. Since the wine industry in Virginia has grown, those in charge of the events thought if they could do well with beer, they’d also do well with wine. Belle Grove dates from 1797. It’s the only antebellum plantation in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, and these events are important ways to raise the funds needed for education and preservation programs. It’s also the site of the Civil War’s Battle of

Cedar Creek. It has a dual role of being the site of a National Trust which is operated by Belle Grove, Inc. as a non-profit, but it is also a National Historic Park, which is a new model-a Federal and Non-profit entity. Park Rangers can often be seen on the grounds as a result of its National Historic Park status. Due to the recent economic changes, some state and grant sources, as well as federal funds have tightened up and many museums need to use these kinds of programs and fundraising events as sources of revenue. Laise commented that there’s a relatively small permanent staff, so they all team up to work on these events. A few take the lead, she said, but all do a little bit of everything to make it a success. “Corporate funding allows us to use revenues and income for ticket

ment Center located at 220 N. Commerce Ave. in Front Royal.. Each class will run from 7 to 9 pm. Light refreshments will be provided. In addition, there will be half-day hands-on sessions on Saturdays: Sep 13,27, Oct 4, 18, & 25. These sessions will include hands-on pruning as well as visits to the State Arboretum of Virginia and an active tree nursery. Classes conclude with the planting of a commemorative class tree. Students will learn correct planting, maintenance and pruning of trees. Our knowledge of trees and their physiology is constantly changing as we learn more about these fundamental elements of our natural world. The program is hosted by the Front Royal / Warren County Tree Stewards using materials from the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Classes are taught by professional arborists, nursery-

men, landscapers, horticulturalists, and Tree Stewards.Upon completion of the program each participant will receive a certificate of completion of training. In addition, certified arborists taking the class will earn Continuing Education Units. A $60 fee will cover the cost of the course, a training manual and all handout materials. The fee is reduced to $50 for individuals registering by Aug 9, 2014. Couples taking the course may pay $75 and share a manual and handouts. Individual classes may be taken for $7 (this fee includes class handouts but does not include the manual which may be purchased separately). We hope you will sign up soon so that you can feel confident about planting your trees this fall.

- Stewart

sales, to rent tents, bands and portapotties, but money at the gate goes to support the preservation of the property and buildings,” Laise said. In honor of Belle Grove’s wine fest, Santé at 233 Kernstown Commons Blvd., in Winchester will donate to Belle Grove $1 for every bottle of wine sold during the week of Sept 8-13 and will host wine tastings on September 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. No outside food, beverages or pets are allowed on the grounds during the wine festival. Upcoming public events include: Champagne at sunset, October 4, 6:30 p.m. (advance ticket required); the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Cedar Creek, October 18 - October 20; an Antiques Appraisal & Traditional Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; “Christmas in the Valley” Candlelight and Daytime Holiday Tours will be held on select days, from December 12 to 30, and the 2014 “Hite of Excellence” Dinner Series: Historic Holiday Tea will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 2 p.m. Belle Grove closes for the winter on December 31 and opens again in March. Tasting Tickets are $20 in advance online at, $25 at the gate. General admission, no wine tastings, is $10, and VIP tickets are $65 in advance. VIP ticket holders will receive a gourmet lunch, a private wine tasting, designated parking, and full festival access. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit Belle Grove. Belle Grove Plantation is located at 336 Belle Grove Road in Middletown Call 540-869-2028, email, or visit www.bellegrove. org.

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

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Local news BRIEFS, from 32 men. Classes will begin on September 15th at Wesley United Methodist Church (527 Van Fossen Street, Winchester) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The class will meet twice weekly for the first 4 weeks and then once a week for the second 4 weeks. The Strong Women, Strong Bones program is based on research that shows how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of women and men of all ages. The program was developed by Tuft’s University researcher Miriam Nelson, PhD. “Strength is a critical factor in living healthier, more active lives. Our research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength,” according to Dr. Nelson. The program is designed for midlife women and men, sedentary or active, who are interested in improving their strength, balance and flexibility; however, it is appropriate for all adults. The exercises work all of the major muscle groups using a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights and body weight. Research shows that while strength training improves muscle mass and bone density, it also decreases risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis. The cost for the 8-week program is $25. You must pre-register by September 8th. Participants must supply their own set of beginning dumbbells and leg weights. Contact Rebecca for recommendations. For more information on the program, email or visit for registration information. Preregistration is required and health forms must be completed at least one week prior to the first class. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices,

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services, or other accommodation to participate in this activity, please notify Rebecca Davis, Virginia Cooperative Extension – Frederick County Office, at (540) 665-5699/TDD* during business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120. New Principal Named for Greenwood Mill Elementary School Jennifer Muldowney has been named the new principal at Greenwood Mill Elementary School. Muldowney has spent the past two years working as the assistant principal at Armel Elementary School. She succeeds Kristin Waldrop who was recently named the principal at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Shenandoh County. Waldrop had served as the principal at Greenwood Mill Elementary since the school opened in August 2009. Old Town Winchester Kicks Off Football Season with Beer and Wine Festival This fall Old Town Winchester is excited to announce the return of Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac Downtown Tailgate presented by Virginia National Bank in its second year on the Loudoun Street walking mall. The combination of a beer and wine festival with the upbeat atmosphere of a football season tailgate makes this a one-of-a-kind event. Featuring a selection of over 30 different craft and domestic beers and more than 15 wines, Downtown Tailgate provides many options for beer and wine lovers alike who enjoy a drink while socializing and enjoying a football game. Live music will be set up in the Shenandoah University Feltner parking lot on both days of the event. On Friday, the lineup is the Alex Hilton Band and Bugsy Cline and the Blue

Devils presented by Jordan Springs Market BBQ. The Alex Hilton Band has been entertaining the Shenandoah Valley since 2012 with their mixture of upbeat country rock and emotional ballads. Making their final appearance together, Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils mix rock, blues, and a little bit of punk music that has been entertaining crowds for over a decade. Saturday the main stage will feature Crosswinds and Souled Out presented by Nationwide Insurance – Chad M Lewis. Crosswinds will be up first and feature a mix of “today’s country hits…the classics that count” that will delight crowds of all ages. Souled Out will close out Downtown Tailgate by injecting some soul and funk into the festivities with a seemingly endless set list to pull from. To coincide with the live music, four tailgate viewing areas will be set up in the beds of Chevrolet pick-up trucks, and these large screen television units will be showing college football contests throughout Downtown Tailgate. A full afternoon of college football on Saturday will be highlighted by #15 USC Trojans vs. #11 Stanford Cardinal and #8 Michigan State Spartans vs. #3 Oregon Ducks. As part of the festivities, the head coach of the Shenandoah University (SU) Hornets football team, and player captains, will be introduced. There will also be an appearance by SU’s pep band, The Buzzin’ Dozen. Several contests will be held during Downtown Tailgate with various prizes available to winners. For $10 per pairing, there will be a cornhole tournament held on both days. The cornhole tournament requires purchasing admission into the event in order to participate. At 11 AM on

Saturday, a Madden NFL Football tournament will be held on the third floor of Union Jack Pub & Restaurant for $10 per entry, maximum 16 entrants. Also on Saturday, the person who comes dressed in the best “craziest fan” get-up, as determined by the crowd in attendance, will win the “Put the Fan Back in Fanatic” costume contest. Make sure to bring the kids along on Saturday so that they can enjoy the kid’s zone presented by Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center. Featuring sport related inflatables, hockey shoot, soccer shoot, and obstacle course; kids can be active and have some outdoor fun! Visit the Sprint store in the Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester for a chance to win a VIP experience on Saturday of the event. This includes a VIP area for you and 19 guests to enjoy all that Downtown Tailgate has to offer. 20 advance tasting packages will be provided for the winner’s party. In an effort to support another community organization, Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) will be hosting a fundraiser in front of First Presbyterian Church, featuring a live revival band and praise team on Friday. 10% of proceeds at select downtown establishments will be donated to WATTS. Advance tasting packages are available leading up to Downtown Tailgate for $10. This package gets you admission, a souvenir glass (while supplies last), and 4 tastings. On the day of the event general admission is $5, with $5 packages of 3 tastings available for purchase. A selection of beer and wines will also be available by the glass for $5 dollars a serving. Beer and wines are available while

supplies last. The advance packages are available immediately for purchase online at event/3817667 and in person at Espresso Bar & Café and Old Town General Store on the Loudoun Street walking mall, Jim Stutzman Chevrolet Cadillac at 2700 Valley Avenue, and Jordan Springs Market BBQ at 741 Jordan Springs Road in Stephenson, VA. Make sure to check out the Old Town restaurants and shops, as many of them will be open for business during both days of the event. This event is hosted by Old Town Development Board and the City of Winchester, and event production by Full Circle Marketing. Visit our website, for a full listing of beer and wines that will be on hand, Madden tournament registration form, and other pertinent information. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Visit Old Town Winchester’s channel on YouTube and check out the videos for our various events People interested in volunteering should contact Dario Savarese at (540)722-8700 and For questions about Old Town Winchester and other upcoming events, contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager at (540)5353660 and Commonwealth of Virginia, County of Frederick Following a comprehensive investigation conducted by the Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Frederick County, Virginia has deter-

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Local Diversions news mined that there is no evidence upon which to base any criminal charge(s) against Mr. Easton McDonald, related to the accidental shooting of his daughter in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The investigation revealed that at the time of the shooting, Mr. McDonald believed that his daughter had been in her room asleep for several hours. He was unaware that she had left the house approximately two hours before to meet a friend nearby. This was corroborated by Mr. McDonald’s daughter, who is still hospitalized, recovering from her injuries. Believing that all family members were present and accounted for within the home, Mr. McDonald mistakenly believed that the person or persons attempting to enter his home through the garage represented a dangerous intrusion. His subsequent use of a lawfully possessed firearm was predicated on this mistake of fact, coupled with his desire to protect his home and family. Due to the apparent lack of any criminal intent on the part of Mr. McDonald, it is the position of the Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorney that no criminal charge or charges can be sustained on the available evidence. Should additional facts come to light in the future, this decision will be revisited. From a release

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Local Law Enforcement Agencies Acquire Special-Use Vehicles The Winchester Police Department has recently acquired two specialty vehicles to assist with handling non-conventional incidents. The rapid deployment vehicle replaces a vehicle that has been in service for a number of years. It is used by the SWAT Team in tactical situations to transport team members and their equipment to a scene. In addition, the Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office have each acquired an armored vehicle joining hundreds of other agencies across the nation. The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected “MRAPs” were acquired in May through the military surplus program. The vehicle will be used by the Winchester Police Department as a rescue vehicle to evacuate a citizen, hostage, or officer who is injured or down in what is considered a “hot zone”. The MRAP which is valued at $733,000 came at no cost to the agencies, outside of a delivery fee. Officers to Leave Warnings on Unlocked Cars The Winchester Police Department is urging drivers to be extra vigilant in locking their car doors and will be


Winchester Crime of the Week - August 18, 2014 The Winchester Police Department is investigating several larcenies from motor vehicles throughout the City. Victims have reported numerous items stolen including money, GPS units, tools, and credit/debit cards. As a reminder, always make sure your car doors are locked when the vehicle is left unattended. If you have any information regarding a suspect or suspects in these incidents, 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.

Frederick County Crime of the Week - August 11, 2014 The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary and grand larceny in the 100 block of Grapevine Court between July 1 and July 8, 2014. The victim reported that unknown suspect(s) entered his residence and removed the following items: a propane grill, a Craftsman air compressor, miscellaneous Snapon tools, an Emerson TV-VCR combo, an Echo leaf blower and weed eater, a Spot Dot carpet cleaner and some fishing rods and reels. 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. Incident #14003884 Investigator C. T. Streit

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Local news leaving warnings on vehicles left unsecured in an effort to cut down on larcenies from motor vehicles. The police department is investigating 66 reports of larcenies from motor vehicles since July 1. Nearly all of the cars that were reportedly broken into were left unlocked. Officers will be checking car doors and will be leaving warnings on the vehicles that are left unlocked. The warning will read: “The Winchester Police Department was busy last night patrolling your neighborhood. We found your car door unlocked. Had we been bad guys your possessions could be gone! Please lock your doors. The vast majority of our crime is due to people leaving doors unlocked. Help us help you! Secure your vehicle and send the bad guys away.” Thieves have been targeting cars in neighborhoods throughout the city and are looking for money, electronics, cell phones, navigation systems, wallets, and purses. We cannot urge the public enough to stop these thieves in their tracks by protecting your valuables and doing your part to prevent becoming a victim of this crime. Volunteers Needed for Massive Smithsonian Digitization Project New Website Allows Anyone with Internet Connection to Help Today the Smithsonian launches its Transcription Center website to the public. The website is designed to leverage the power of crowds to help the Smithsonian unlock the content inside thousands of digitized images of documents, such as handwritten Civil War journals, personal letters from famous artists, 100-year-old botany specimen labels and examples of early American currency.

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The Smithsonian has already produced digital images for millions of objects, specimens and documents in its collection. Many of the digitized documents are handwritten or have text that computers cannot easily decipher. Transcription by humans is the only way to make the text of these items searchable, which will open them up for endless opportunities for research and discovery. “We are thrilled to invite the public to be our partners in the creation of knowledge to help open our resources for professional and casual researchers to make new discoveries,” said Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. “For years, the vast resources of the Smithsonian were powered by the pen; they can now be powered by the pixel.” The Smithsonian’s collection is so vast that transcribing its content using its own staff could take decades. By harnessing the power of online volunteers that goal can become a reality. During the past year of beta testing with nearly 1,000 volunteers, the Transcription Center completed more than 13,000 pages of transcription. In one instance—transcribing the personal correspondence of members of the Monuments Men held in the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art collection—49 volunteers finished the 200-page project in just one week. By some estimates, the volunteers are completing in a couple of days what it would take the Smithsonian months to complete without their help. Once a document is done, the work is reviewed by another volunteer before it is certified for accuracy by a Smithsonian expert. Projects selected for transcription during the beta-test phase were chosen due to high demand from scientists, researchers and enthusiasts for certain items that presented accessibility challenges. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History has one of the world’s largest bumble bee collections—nearly 45,000 specimens. Information about each bee, such as where it was collected and when it was collected, is extremely valuable to scientists studying the rapid decline of bee populations during the past few decades. The only way to obtain this information before digitization and transcription would be for a scientist to come to the museum and read each tiny, handwritten label (often as small as 3 millimeters by 7 millimeters) and record the information. Now, with the information digitized and transcribed, scientists anywhere in the world can understand more about the population history of the bumble bee and its recent population decline. The bumble bee transcription project is currently one of the highlighted projects on the site. Curators at the Archives Center at the Smithsonian’s National Museum

of American History chose to contribute the diary of Earl Shaffer, the first man to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking enthusiasts, naturalists and other researchers frequently consult this now fragile document. Once the diary was digitized and uploaded to the Transcription Center, members of the online Reddit community devoted to the trail promoted the project. As a result, all 121 pages were transcribed in two weeks. The diary is now available for download, allowing the public to read, study and search for key words or landmarks and reducing the need for researchers to handle the delicate artifact. Volunteers can register online today to help the Smithsonian transcribe a variety of projects relating to art, history, culture and science, including: For art lovers: Handwritten personal letters of artists from the Archives of American Art Read and transcribe personal letters from artists such as Mary Cassatt, Grandma Moses and Claes Oldenburg. Transcriptions of these letters will be part of the Archives forthcoming book The Art of Handwriting. In an age of emails, texts and tweets, when handwritten letters have ceased to be a primary mode of person-to-person communication, this book will explore what can be learned from the handwriting of artists. For armchair archeologists: Field reports from Langdon Warner Langdon Warner was an American archeologist and art historian who specialized in East Asian art. He was also one of the Monuments Men who worked to protect monuments and cultural treasures in Japan during World War II. A professor at Harvard and Curator of Oriental Art at Harvard’s Fogg Museum, he is reputed to be one of the models for Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones. For bird lovers: Observation notebooks of James Eike James Eike was a Virginia bird watcher who kept impeccably detailed field observations of birds and the weather nearly every day from 1960 to 1983 near his home in Northern Virginia. In addition to being an important resource for ecologists, it also includes tidbits of cultural events from that time, including the 1969 moon landing. From the newsroom of the Smithsonian FCPS Recognizes its 2015 Teacher of the Year Millbrook High School special education teacher Marlies Mulckhuyse was named Frederick County Public Schools’ 2015 Teacher of the Year during the school division’s annual convocation program.

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On Sunday, August 17, 2014, in Winchester VA, Patrick “Jack” Cook, loving and caring husband of Edith (Edie) Cook for nearly 66 years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of “44” Club – Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) Attn: Joe Walsh, 9700 Bellevue Dr., Bethesda, MD 20184, or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA, 22601. Harry Windsor “Dutch” Ebert, Jr., of Winchester, Virginia died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the age of 97. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601. Dorothy R. Lloyd, 72, of Fort Valley, Virginia died Friday, August 15, 2014 at Winchester Medical Center. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601. Earl Edward “Joe” Strosnider, 82, of Winchester, Virginia, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014, in Winchester Medical Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601. Lila Judy (Rigney) Dowdy, 72, of Stephens City, VA, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601. Lula Mildred (Jenkins) Smith, 94, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Monday, August 11, 2014 in the Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center in Winchester. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601. Marguerite M. O’Donnell, 85, of Stephens City, died Monday, August 18, 2014 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Robert Francis Zarger, Sr., 76, of Winchester, VA, died Saturday, August 16, 2014, at Blue Ridge Hospice. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Adult Care Center of Northern Shenandoah Valley, 411 North Cameron St. Winchester, VA 22601, or Blue Ridge Hospice 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601, or the Wounded Warrior Project. Janet Smith “Mikie” Jones, 64, of Winchester, VA died Monday, August 11, 2014 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir, 116 South Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601. Carl William “Billy” Kitts, 63, of Pensacola, FL, formerly of Winchester, VA, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at his home. n Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carl W. Kitts Burial Fund, c/o Jones Funeral Home, 228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd., Winchester, VA 22601 or to Emerald Coast Hospice, 4212 Highway 90, Pace, FL 32571.

Friday, August 22 Forecast 79° | 64° 7pm - 10pm Front Porch Style Pickin’ Party. Warren County Senior Center, 1217 Commonwealth Ave. All levels of talent are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Saturday, August 23 Forecast 70° | 61° 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 11am - 2pm Animal Adoption Event. Petco, 370 Gateway Dr. #5 Winchester. Plenty of animals looking for their “furever” home. 4pm - 9pm Yard Party & Auction. Emanual United Methodist Church, Rt. 11 N, 2731 Martinsburg Pike, Stephenson. Proceeds to benefit community outreach and church ministries. Food, ice cream, auction and kids’ events. Sunday, August 24 12pm – 5pm 67th Annual Atkins & Dodson Family Reunion. Fantasyland Shelter #5, Front Royal. Family and Friends welcome! Those attending should bring a picnic lunch to share. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm. For further information call Ruth Ann Henry, (540) 635-2854. Please come and join us!!! Monday, August 25 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. Tuesday, August 26 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. Thursday, August 28 4pm - 5pm Anti-Litter Council Mtg. Warren County Government Center. 7pm - 11pm Swing Dancing Series. The George Washington Hotel, East Piccadilly Street, Winchester. Join us in the Grand Ballroom for the Summer Swing Series featuring Yesterday Swing Orchestra. The Yesterday Swing Orchestra is the

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Shenandoah Valley’s best source for authentic Big Band entertainment. The classic sounds of Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others are brought to life by this full eighteen piece musical ensemble. Vocalists Vicki Petrosky and Jennie Wright add additional excitement to the performance with stunning and soulful renditions of standards made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn and other great vocal talents. TICKETS: $20.00 per person, $35.00 per couple. Doors open 6:30pm; music starts at 7:00pm. Advanced-purchase tickets available or cash at the door. Saturday, August 30 8am - 12pm Rubbermaid Sale. Belk Parking lot, Apple Blossom Mall, Winchester. This month’s sale benefits Faith in Action. 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 additional funds to meet local needs. The products available are returned goods, discontinued products and slightly damaged items. For additional information contact the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley at (540) 536-1610 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 10am – 3pm Patsy Cline Music

Festival. Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent Street, Winchester. This full day festival will begin at 10am with a Block Party at the Patsy Cline Historic House, featuring free admission, live entertainment, food from Greenwood Deli, craft vendors, and more. Admission is $5. Concert in the Park: 6-10pm (Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E. Cork Street, Winchester). Proceeds from the events will benefit the operation of the Patsy Cline Historic House. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Make a Wish Foundation. Admission: $25

per person. There are discounts for active military and children under 12. Tickets at the gate $30 Tickets will be sold through Brown Paper Tickets. 12:30pm - 4pm Dog Days of Summer. Brightbox Theater, North Loudoun Street, Winchester. A Howlin’ good time for you and your canine companion. Live music by The Wood Shedders & Jake and the “Barktones”. Tickets available at See CALENDAR, 38


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Thursday, September 4 9am - 10am Tourism Committee. Chamber Office. Friday, September 5 1:30pm - 2:30pm Education Committee. Chamber Office. 4pm - 9pm Concern Hotline Fish Fry. Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Winchester Harley-Davidson, Independence Drive, Winchester. Full hand battered Fried Fish Dinner. $15 advance or $20 at gate. Advance tickets at Concern Hotline, Total Image, John B. Hayes, Tobacconist, Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harley Davidson, Harvest Moon and 2 Fat Butchers. All proceeds to benefit Concern Hotline. Call (540) 536-1630 for more info. Live music and karaoke competition.

Tuesday, September 9 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30am Fall Breakfast. Shenandoah Valley Country Club. The Front Royal Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource center invites you to this popular annual event that brings women from

throughout the county together for a celebration and fundraising. Novelist Barbara Frank, author of the Princess Series about a slave girl and her descendants, will be the featured guest speaker.  Breakfast activities will include: a light plated breakfast, silent auction, floral centerpiece raffle, networking table and book signing by the author. Cost of the breakfast includes a donation to our grant and scholarship programs.  If paid before Tuesday, September 2,

cost is $25, or you can pay $30 at the door. To prepay, mail a check, payable to FRWRC, to P.O. Box 1748, Front Royal, VA 22630-2618.  RSVP by Friday, September 5th to (540) 636-7007 or The breakfast is a wonderful time to introduce potential members to our organization so make plans to attend and bring a friend.  The public is cordially invited.

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

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Savings! Buy 1 Oil Change at $6995

Back-to-School Service Savings!



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 9/30/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

t Purchse from $50 - $99.99 t Purchse from $100 - $149.99 t Purchse from $150 or more

Get $10 OFF! Get $20 OFF! Get $30 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 9/30/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

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Plus any applicable tax, shop supplies and environmental fees. One coupon per visit. Coupon must be presented prior to service write-up. Offer ends 9/30/14. 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 9/30/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.




$25 off factory scheduled service interval FREE 23 point vehicle inspection! FREE vehicle wash and vac!





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 9/30/14. 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 9/30/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

Clean Off that Salt - Get that Showroom Look Back!



Keep Your Vehicle Properly Maintained!

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


Early-Spring Pot-Hole Special!



Truck & SUV




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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 9/30/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

&KU\VOHU& 4dr., HEMI, 5.7L V-8 81K Miles Stock #15C210A



2dr. coupe, 5.7L V-8 31K Miles Stock #14CH304A

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$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 9/30/14. Not valid in conjunction with any other coupons or in-store specials. Good only at MARLOW MOTOR COMPANY.

&KHYUROHW,PSDOD 4 dr., auto, 3.5L V-6 36K Miles Stock #14JO327B



4 dr., atuo, 1.6L I-4 72K Miles Stock #14JC348A




Early September 2014 Warren and Frederick County Report  

Local news for Front Royal, Linden, Bentonville, Browntown, Middletown, Stephens City, Winchester, Warren County and Frederick County, Virgi...

Early September 2014 Warren and Frederick County Report  

Local news for Front Royal, Linden, Bentonville, Browntown, Middletown, Stephens City, Winchester, Warren County and Frederick County, Virgi...