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Warren FREE County Report

Volume IX, Issue 18 · Mid September, 2014

Front Royal’s ‘magic arts’ and ‘gypsy’ ban lifted McDonnell defense strategy – crazy wife

Battle for the soul - and business of a community, part 2 14, 17, 22


McDonnell, wife guilty on multiple corruption counts

Front Royal Historic District fire


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Discovering Warren County: 7th Annual Virginia Air Show is coming! By Ken Thurman Warren County Report The seventh annual Virginia Air Show and USO Show is coming to Warren County Saturday September 13th at the Front Royal-Warren County Airport. This year’s barnstorming extravaganza features the famed Bealton Flying Circus with comedy acts wing walking and more, heart stopping aerobatic performances by Bill Finagin, a world renowned aerobatic pilot with his bright red Pitts Special and Scott Francis in his composite MXS, the return of “Double Trouble” (P-51D), gliders, R/C jets, a quad copter, gyro copters, and more. It’s no wonder that the Virginia Department Of Aviation (VDOA) representatives have called this show the most diverse group of aircraft flying at any show. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang which got it’s name from the P-51 Mustang aircraft of World War II. The aircraft will arrive Friday September 12th and stay through Sunday September 14th. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mustang owners to get a photograph with their car next to the P-51 aircraft. Please call to arrange a time for your photograph. Our sponsors, the Mid-Atlantic Ford dealers, promise to bring an array of vehicles to display along with Rolls Royce from Moyer Motor cars. The 3rd annual USO Show and Dance will be held the same day as the air show from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm with a return performance by “Jump Alley” and the Hagerstown Lindy Hop dance troop plus a special performance by a new trio. Held hangar side this event continues to grow in popularity and comes complete with vintage aircraft, military vehicles, a hot air balloon glow (weather permitting), food, beer, wine, door prizes and even dance cards for the ladies. Half of all USO


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Letters to the Editor They got off easy Editor, I am one of those local Catholics who seem to have been included in the call for a boycott of your paper. I would like to express for the record that I never gave anyone permission to include me as a ‘signatory’ and supporter of the boycott. Quite the opposite, as a practicing Catholic living in Front Royal I fully support the repeal of the code in question – this is a civil matter. I agree fully with Bret Hrbek’s statements at the Aug. 11th meeting – it is not the job of Government to legislate morality. I was appalled at the actions of the group there who opposed changing the code. In my professional practice I have been to numerous public meetings. In fact, I was in attendance at that one for another matter and witnessed things first hand. Never have I seen such unruly, disrespectful behavior. They hurt their cause more than helped it. Then when they get what they feel is unfair coverage in the paper they demand a boycott, harassing/threatening local business owners. One client of mine who advertises in the paper received 5 letters re the boycott. They wanted to reply to the letter but couldn’t – no return address – and ALL of this done in my name – as a “Catholic of Front Royal�. Regarding the reporting, I fully support the work of Roger Bianchini. I have known Roger professionally for numerous years through his reporting on myself and projects I have worked on. I have NEVER known him to misrepresent an issue. Roger and I may disagree at times – but not on the facts. I suggest these upset Catholics do what I do – if I read something Roger wrote about that I am involved in and his reporting is not necessarily positive, I step back and take another look at myself and/or the issue I am advocating. I have found that even if I feel I am right, I can come across as wrong to the public; I might have done a poor job of getting my message across. In short, if Roger questions things, rest assured the general populace is doing the same thing. He

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is great bell weather. In summary, I feel the Catholics calling for the boycott are way off base. Their actions at Council were horrific. Their further actions calling for a boycott and including me and numerous other Catholics in it were arrogant and offensive. Regarding the reporting they are upset about – based on their actions, and feedback I have received from both Catholic and non-Catholic residents of Front Royal, I think they got off easy – Roger must have had a bad day. Joe Duggan Front Royal

What faith? To The Editor, Having recently reviewed the past two Town Council meetings (Aug. 11

& 25) online, having discussions with friends on various sides of the debate, and having a personal interest in the outcome about recent events in our beloved town, I have some thoughts of my own that I would like to share. First and foremost, when did one particular ideal, religious or otherwise, become the staple of our community? I fail to recall anywhere in the Town of Front Royal charter granting sole possession of faith or ideal. While my family chooses to worship as monotheists within the Christian faith and community, we do so out of a spirit of love, understanding and compassion for all. We try to follow the life of the Jewish carpenter, Yeshua (called Jesus by many), whom I am certain would want little, if anything, to do with certain individuals in our town who choose to use the brand of their faith as a means for attempting to start the next grand inquisition or crusade. Perhaps the

followers of this “brand� should remember the outcome of those endeavors. I wish to applaud Town Attorney Napier for his professional representation of our town, citing the Constitution and appropriate legal cases throughout our land, showing where our current code is unconstitutional. I applaud councilman Hrbek, who was the only lucid member of the Town Council throughout this entire process. Councilman Hrbek’s rebuke of the racist indignations hurled towards those exercising their freedom of speech was appropriate and just. More importantly, I feel that the councilman’s response was quite similar to what the Jewish carpenter would have done. I applaud Mayor Darr, as I feel that he did the best that he could to

kindly, professionally and civilly run the meetings, despite the incoherent blabbering of others trying to suppress the free speech of those granted time throughout the process. I might have been a bit more firm in tossing out the “burn the witch at the stake� crew, but Tim is a good guy and tried to play peacemaker. I also applaud journalist Roger Bianchini. Roger and I agree on very little politically, and probably even less when it comes to religion. Spiritually, however, I have had some wonderful conversations with my friend. It saddened me that people who claim to be Christian would take cheap shots at a man who, himself, was fortunate enough to have a parochial education, yet has refused to attempt to shove those ideals down the throats of others, and becoming a reclusive

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religious Xenophobe. What was most disturbing to me was not the uneducated, un-Christian blabbering and rudeness of my fellow citizens – claiming to be Christians – who have just as much right to free speech and thought, despite their disrespect for protocol and apparent disdain for the civility that made the Jewish carpenter such a hero to me, it was the apparent disregard for the U.S. Constitution and proven law (through the appellate process) that certain members of our own town council seem to share. Apparently, the “law� is irrelevant to our taxpayer-funded attorneys, Councilmen Sayre and Funk. Perhaps they should consider joining their fellow ideologues and Xenophobes in Washington, DC, who seem to have an equal disdain for our Constitution. As a Christian I choose not to have my palm read or have cards with funny looking characters tell me about myself, or my future. I choose to rely on life’s events, learn from my errors (which are many), and lean upon the values within my faith in the life of the Jewish Carpenter that brings me personal comfort and joy.

Equally, so long as those who differ from me choose to exercise their own set of values in a peaceful manner, to include those who state that they share my faith, while practicing rituals that I choose not to, and given that there is no Constitutional or legal validity to the argument of those who differ with the lifestyles or practices of others (in this specific situation), can we all just sit down, have a beer and move on – or I’ll even acquiesce and have Red Wine. Rev. Michael S. Williams, MTh Front Royal

What Catholic community? Dear Editor, Â My fellow Catholics, today I became aware of a letter being sent to business owners claiming to represent the Catholic Community of Front Royal. I read the letter and was shocked by the Unchristian Behavior displayed in it. Have we as Catholics really got-

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ten to the point that when someone prints an opinion piece about certain members of the Catholic Community, we lash out and attack that person? Not only do you attack the person responsible for an opinion piece, but then go after innocent business owners whose only crime was advertising in that same newspaper with the hopes of keeping their doors open. I would hope that we Catholics are better than that. Whatever happened to turning to prayer? Whatever happened to praying for your enemies and treating them with kindness and mercy? Whatever happened to following our Lord’s Example? I am a failed human being and I am

guilty of holding grudges and blasting words of anger at certain members of the community. I am guilty of holding grudges against my former employer and those who pressured my former employer into firing me less then a month before Christmas. I understand the anger and grudge holding and unwillingness to forgive. But I have come out on the other side. Roger Bianchini prints opinion pieces and news articles. We may not like what he prints – But guess what? We have no right to tell him to stop. It is his opinion and sadly a lot of what he says about the behavior of some of the Catholic Community is true. But instead of using this as an op-

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Letters to the Editor portunity to examine our own behavior and try to change to reflect a more positive example, they attack in all our names. And “we” attack and threaten the livelihood of the businesses who advertise in his paper. Is that the kind of Catholic we want to be? Maybe some want to be that kind of Catholic – not me. So what do we do about it? Do we go after him and destroy him and his ability to make a living to support his family? Do we go after the businesses whose only crime is advertising in his paper in an attempt to keep their business open? Or do we do as our Lord Jesus Christ asked us to do? Do we follow His example? I for one am trying to follow His example. I do not always succeed but I keep trying. Have any of those behind this effort called the reporter and asked if you can open a dialogue? Have any of you prayed for him? Have any of you considered following our Lord’s example? I try but I sometimes do not succeed. Are you trying? I am only asking. As a Roman Catholic I will not be participating in this boycott. I call on all Christians and Catholics to follow my example. If you don’t like what the reporter prints, you don’t have to pick it up and read it! – Simple as

that. Don’t pick it up! Just walk away and pray. Timothy P. Ratigan Roman Catholic Front Royal

Who is the bigot? Editor, I received a “boycott you for advertising here” letter in the mail over the weekend, not once but three times. It is impossible for me to respond directly to this group of “Local Catholics of Front Royal” as the letter and envelope are devoid of any identifying information. A response is definitely in order, so I will do so here with the hope that at least one of these local followers of Catholicism will read it: First, it is difficult for me to take your boycott seriously when you choose to use the word Moslem instead of Muslim. The use of the word Moslem has all but ceased under pressure from Islamic people. Given that your group is so very sensitive to the plight of those suffering religious bigotry, I am certain that you are aware that in Arabic the word Mos-



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lem and journalists have ceased using the term due to this offense. Yet you chose to use Moslem, which can only mean that either you are too stupid to proof read your own threats or you

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To advertise in Warren & Frederick County Report, Contact: Angie Buterakos at • 540-683-1847 or Alison at • 540-551-2072 Second, you have chosen to send this letter to a divorce attorney. Last time I checked (and it was quite some time ago) Catholicism remained staunchly opposed to divorce. Therefore, you, “Local Catholics of Front Royalâ€? should never be seeking any services from my firm. Therefore, your threat to boycott my business really is no threat at all. Third, I have taken the time to actually read (I am left wondering about whether or not you did) the recent articles in question and find none of them to contain any religious bigotry. The Warren County Report provided the facts regarding a dispute surrounding a code section which was in fact discriminatory. I can only glean from the comments in the town meetings and your letter that the members of your group were in favor of that discriminatory code section. Unfortunately, the vocal members of the public in favor of the code section were, in fact, Catholic and were described as “a segment of the local Catholic communityâ€?.

This is not an example of religious bigotry, but an example of reporting the facts. If there are examples of religious bigotry I challenge you to provide them. Fourth, it is difficult for your position to be taken seriously when you refuse to identify yourself. If you are so certain of your conviction, why hide your identity? Fifth, you have put me in the position of being on the morally right side of an important issue. I not only believe in religious freedom, but have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution, as you may or may not be aware, guarantees religious freedom. Not just to followers of a Christian faith, but all religions. And, yes, even followers of pagan religions are entitled to equal protection. And, the Warren County Report is permitted to report on issues surrounding that faith even if doing so paints you in an unfavorable light. Lastly, your threat of a boycott assumes that I welcome your business. I do not. I am fearful all of those in-

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Modern-day Inquisitors Editor: I was deeply disturbed to read about the behavior of the “Christians� so-called in attendance at the last two council meetings (Aug. 11 and 25). There is a clear and present danger in our community and I can tell you it isn’t from any “gypsy� fortune tellers or pagan priesthood. It’s from a group of local citizens enthralled by the self-righteous delusion that they speak for God. They have presumed to equate themselves with God and, for all practical intents and purposes, declare that disagreement with them is disagreement with Him. They have shown a willingness to come out in force in our commu-

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Letters to the Editor nity and make every effort to bully, heckle, and manipulate our elected officials into enforcing an antiquated and discriminatory law – a law which only came to light because these selfappointed representatives of God on Earth were attempting to use it to marginalize fellow Americans of differing beliefs. How very “Christian� of them (as Jesus face palms in the background). I have a newfound respect and admiration for Councilman Hrbek and I congratulate him for standing on his convictions and for upholding the civil and religious rights of the area’s non-Catholic citizenry. It must have been truly galling to have his Christianity publicly called into question in the course of attempting to enforce the Constitution (which, incidentally, is the only thing that provides the rest of us protection from these zealots – long may it reign). As a result, should he care to run again in the next election, I would think he has earned the votes of any thinking members of the community who genuinely care about preserving religious liberty. Take a careful look at the faces in the photos of the Early September 2014 issue of the Warren County

Report and know that those are the same people who would have cheerfully sanctioned, or even participated in the Inquisition (all speaking for God, of course). If you ever wonder what kind of a person could burn another human being as a witch, it was people not so very different from the ones you see there before you, who stacked up the wood. All it takes is a mob and a match. And before you say, “Well, I have nothing to worry about since I’m not a witch,� just remember that in their world they’ll decide who’s a witch and who’s not – Not you. So ya’ll be sure to vote for Bret Hrbek, now ... Emily Frost Warren County

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Letters to the Editor The actual motion and issue before the Front Royal Town Council last Monday night (Aug. 25) and the subject matter that has been discussed over the past two weeks on the news, social media and at the public hearings are not the same. Ordinance 110-17 banned the economic activity of tarot card readers and others who charge to perform “magic arts.� In other words, can or should we ban a legal business in Front Royal? The town attorney weighed in and

advised us that we could not ban these businesses because of Fourth Circuit Court rulings. Even a representative from the conservative American Center for Law & Justice (founded by Pat Robertson) essentially concurred. What this comes down to is the basic American ideal that free speech is not limited to just the speech that we agree with. Unfortunately for our community this issue has moved past the point

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harder have we made the jobs of the EDA, Chamber of Commerce and FRIBA to attract new businesses? We have seen the worst of people in this debate. The best word I have heard used to describe the public hearing on ordinance 110-17 was â&#x20AC;&#x153;chilling.â&#x20AC;?  Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what it was. I feared for the future of our community. I

hurt for our town. This issue should have been cut and dry. We should have repealed this ordinance without incident. I will not judge the people and the times from 70 years ago. I cannot understand their thinking, nor the context in which this ordinance was written. But I can determine that it

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To advertise in Warren & Frederick County Report, Contact: Angie Buterakos at • 540-683-1847 or Alison at • 540-551-2072 is not consistent with what is acceptable today. Above all else though there is one point that was raised at the public hearing that has not been given a lot of attention, and is to me the most frightening question of all – it is worse than the absurd accusations that our Warren County teachers are recruiting children to be gay or pagans; it is worse than demanding that the State determine what is a worthy religion or who should be determined a journalist: it was the question “why take the action to benefit pagans – a small part of the population?” This question goes to the heart of why we exist as public officials. The

entire purpose of government and the rule of law is to protect the rights of the minority – especially the smallest minority of all: the individual. Rights are derived at the individual level. Natural or God-given rights do not belong to a group. Gay rights, women’s rights, black rights, Christian rights are all man-made. Only individual rights are Natural. The right to freely believe or not believe in a deity and practice that belief (as long as one is not violating the natural right of another through force) is one of the most basic rights we have as human beings. This is why we take the time we do to debate this and other topics like it.

While providing roadways, schools, parks, economic development and utilities are important local government functions, it is our duty to protect the right of the individual to exist that is paramount and the primary reason government exists. When we violate the rights of one person, we take away the right to exist for all people. We – I – didn’t need the First Amendment to the US Constitution to tell us repeal of this ordinance was the right thing to do. We didn’t need the Fourth Circuit; we didn’t need the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Constitution to instruct us. We know that allowing a person to make a living

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Why so angry? Editor, As a new resident of Front Royal I wish to say how pleased I am to have discovered such comprehensive coverage of local social and political issues in the two issues I have seen. I don’t always agree with the edito-

rial comments Mr. Bianchini inserts in his news coverage but he is a diligent reporter and never dull reading. I think the coverage of the public hearing on Code 110-17 was a valuable public service. However, I was troubled by the threatening tone and content of the “sermon” by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Planned Parenthood activist, two-year seminary Inter-faith, tarot-card reading Reverend without a church or congregation from Leesburg that was published on the Opinion page. As her biography and her “ministry” are easily searched online it might have been appropriate for a notice of it to have been published along with her column, lest readers mistake her title, Reverend, for something more

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Letters to the Editor conventional. Based on her physically and sexually-abused childhood in Brazil, her discovering her destiny to become a journalist in the wind while cruising the Amazon and other oddities, one can almost understand her lashing out so bitterly. It reminded me that sometimes those screaming loudest for tolerance are often the least tolerant of those who disagree with them.

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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 Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are so very vital to the existence of our free and pluralistic society, and my fear is that one day those freedoms will be gone. Not all at once, but little by little, one chip at a time â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a minor change here and a minor change there â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such a gradual diminishing of our inherent rights as American citizens, that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice the shrinkage as it is occurring. And the biggest risk of all is that once those freedoms are gone, they will be very difficult â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if not impossible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to

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get back. And thank you for calling out the businesses that advertise in this newspaper. From the look of things, the local residents of Front Royal are rallying behind these businesses in a show of support and solidarity for what is right and just. When you write an anonymous and threatening letter and distribute it to small businesses who are minding their own business and trying to make an honest living, and then follow up those threats with throwing trash at their front doors and screaming hell and damnation to the individuals inside those businesses you are, not only likely to draw the wrath of people who know this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to treat people, but also that of local residents of a friendly town who want to keep our local businesses alive. This is what is happening, and I thank you. Thank you for calling our attention to this newspaper and its long-time managing editor and senior writer Roger Bianchini. From all that I have found and read, Mr. Bianchiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journalism is fair and responsible, and I am proud to live in a town where a paper like this one is well supported. They deserve the extra attention and added readership and national publicity that have occurred since you first issued your threats against this paper and our local businesses. I am personally aware that most, if not all businesses that have been advertisers in this paper are continuing to do so, and some are even increasing the size of their ads, thanks to you. Thank you, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Catholics of

Front Royal.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; You rock. I wish I could express my gratitude in person but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who you are. Are you not proud of what you stand for? Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your beliefs withstand scrutiny in the light of day? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with what you stand for, nor how you have expressed yourself, but I support your right to disagree with me. I support your right to be wrong, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support your bullying tactics that border on vandalism and a mild form of terrorism. I am a Christian, and in keeping with the teachings of Christ, I would like to sit down with you privately and tell you why I think you are wrong and that you owe an apology to the businesses at which you have thrown trash and issued threats. You have not acted in a manner keeping with the faith that you profess, and you owe an apology to the local Catholic congregation for mischaracterizing them in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;sign off â&#x20AC;? of your letter. If I had a chance to sit down with you face to face, I would ask you what type of government you think we should have in this pluralistic society in which we live. Should Christians have a government based on the New Testament? Should Jews have a government based on the Old Testament? Should Muslims have a government based on the Quran? In this type of multi-faith government, what would happen when we have differences? How would we resolve our disputes? Would it devolve into a civil war based on religious beliefs? What would we call ourselves, since we



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Letters to the Editor obviously would no longer be the â&#x20AC;&#x153;United States of Americaâ&#x20AC;?? Thank you for what you did to open up this debate, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Catholics of Front Royal.â&#x20AC;? Thank you for reminding us that our freedoms are precious and fragile and that we must protect them by remaining vigilant against ignorance and narrowed-mindedness. Your turn, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local Catholics of Front Royalâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I want to know who you are and what you have to say for yourselves. And I especially want to know how your actions and accusations are imitating the Christ that you profess to follow. Wanda Robinson Front Royal

Goodbye Editor, In the past I have enjoyed reading your paper, finding it a pleasant way to keep up with certain area news stories and events. However, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve recently been appalled by the blatant left-wing bias of numerous articles, particularly those penned by Senior Writer, Roger Bianchini. Unless this approach changes I will be no longer be reading or recommending your publication. Respectfully, Sam Mason

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Letters to the Editor port of: Holiday Inn &amp; Suites FR Blue Ridge Shadows, Warren Count Government; Parks and Recreation, and Front Royal Golf Club, Town of Front Royal, Bill Powers State Farm, Barry Lee of WINC FM, Wizards of Realty, Shenandoah Communications, Weathervane Graphics, Target, The Blue Winged Frog, Naughty Girls Donuts, Lowe’s, Jean’s Jewelers, Northern Virginia Daily, Roger Vorous, Mayor Tim Darr, Fotos by Franzi, Warren County Fire and Rescue, Sheree Jennings, Marc Bower, Nate Trussell, Bob McMillian, Front Royal Rotary, and the HSWC Volunteers and W4D Planning Committee Members. Due to the generosity and commitment of the 8 competing teams (Edward Jones, Ellen Aders State Farm, Mimslyn Inn, 2 The Dogs, Morris’ Marauders, Weichert’s Closers, River Dawgs, and Diesel the Country Dog) and our title sponsors (Shenandoah Ford and the Petco Foundation); Waggin ‘for Dragons was a profitable fundraiser and will become an annual event that helps us to sustain and achieve our goal of being a no-kill open admission shelter. On behalf of all of those animals who lives will be spared because of your participation in this event, I thank you. Lavenda Denney Executive Director. Lavenda Denney Executive Director Humane Society of Warren County

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Just Fooling – Ourselves – but for how long? Trace Noel Front Royal Toledo? You bet! Recent national hand-wringing in response to the massive algae bloom in Lake Erie directly affecting the safety of the city’s water supply is fading. Valley residents who are not directly connected to Toledo or Lake Erie should take little comfort. Complacent about distant drum beats and dangers, we Valley residents and local elected officials are clever enough to see the looming threat that algal degradation of our Shenandoah Rivers – just like Lake Erie – is a back-to-the-future issue. The smart money whispers ‘there but by the grace of God go I’ (1st Corinthians and John Bradford). Over the past several years the Shenandoah River gained “impaired status” both statewide and nationally. Other than the efforts of a few dedicated individuals and organizations, the plight – and therefore the future – of our rivers (read drinking water) continues to worsen. The Shenandoah Rivers supply drinking water

from Harrisonburg and Winchester to Berryville and ultimately to Metro Washington, D.C. The elected power holders - like the gossamer strands of algae that infest our valley rivers - at the county, state and federal level exhibit vague, oblivious and/or entrenched positional relationships with regard to our Shenandoah Rivers. Like most valley residents, few could name boat launches, rapids or even understand that there are three separate Shenandoah Rivers. Always there to provide substantial revenue and employment from tourism, real estate and recreation, our rivers provoke little or, at best, cavalier support from all those who reap the economic and health benefits they provide; especially clean healthy drinking water. Those who actually experience our rivers, as opposed to viewing them from a bridge, will describe clots of floating algae that look and often smell like human waste gathering in slower pools or dark algal mats covering all the rocks on our rivers’ bottom. Algae now out-competes the ‘river grass’ which provided great nurseries for growing fish and the aquatic creatures that sustain the system. After years of study and compiled data, the Shenandoah River Keeper, Jeff Kelble, recently issued notice of intent to sue both federal and state agencies for not enforcing existing statutes to protect our water supply. Now is not the time to lay blame. There is an abundance of culprits. There is not, nor should there be, a political left or right to this issue. In our divisive political society of today there is a home for both the political left and right for stewardship of our drinking water. The right might decry intrusion from big ‘gov-ment’ while the Bambi lovers will find it difficult to hug the slimy strands of algae; however, the core value and need for all human kind is good drinking wa-

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and, of course, the Shenandoah. I’d really hate to see our valley home become fodder for the 24/7 news cycle when our rivers and our drinking water become the next Toledo. I can

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Front Royal repeals â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magic artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ban by 4-2 vote As the nation watches, council majority chooses civil law over â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Under increasing scrutiny from national media outlets, on August 25 the Front Royal Town Council voted 4-2 to repeal a controversial and ancient town code barring bands of gypsies or others from â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretending to tell fortunesâ&#x20AC;? or practice other â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;?. As he suggested he would, Hollis Tharpe changed his Aug. 11 first-reading vote to keep the code, precluding the necessity of the mayor breaking another 3-3 tie. That switch left councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two attorneys, Tom Sayre and Daryl Funk, alone in opposing repeal of a code Town Attorney Doug Napier told council on Aug. 11, mirrored other codes repeatedly struck down by state and federal courts nationwide as unconstitutional. The second and final vote to repeal came in front of a meeting room packed with about 150 people, 27 of

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11 Public Hearing debate in which 18 people spoke in front of about 80 people, most of whom supported prohibitions on such â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;?, this time supporters of repeal appeared to outnumber supporters of the ban on gypsies and magic arts by about 2-1. The public comment split was 16 in favor of repeal, 11 in favor of keeping the code, compared to a 12-5 split favoring the code on Aug.

Thomas Centrella gets wound up as he defies parliamentary order in the name of God. 11. Many of the Aug. 25 public comments echoed arguments heard pro and con on Aug. 11 and reported in detail in our previous edition. Those arguments can be summarized as: â&#x20AC;˘ on the repeal side â&#x20AC;&#x201C; live and let live, everyone has a constitutional right to believe, speak and act as they see fit as long as those beliefs, words and actions do not violate already standing criminal codes; â&#x20AC;˘ on the keep and enforce side â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such practices as fortune telling and tarot

card reading are the work of the devil, the anti-Christ or both, and so are inherently evil, and criminal in that they are fraudulent and predatory in nature. The often heated debate and second council vote to repeal came in front of, not only local media, but national network affiliates, including ABC out of Washington, D.C. and NBC out of a Shenandoah Valley affiliate in Hagerstown. NBC and Fox News in D.C. had both picked up on the story in the days leading up to the


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“Let me think, Catholics have been predicting my future forever – they’ve been telling me I’m going to hell and they’ve done it ever since they’ve had a chance to.” – pro-repeal speaker Cheryl Langlais

Tom Conkey explained that but for religious freedoms spelled out by Thomas Jefferson in 1786, the Catholics present wouldn’t be free to worship in North American territories where the Church of England had once been the official state religion. second vote after video of the Aug. 11 Public Hearing went viral online, ending up on You Tube. Warren County Report Publisher and online guru Dan McDermott has tracked down media coverage of the Aug. 25 public debate and council vote on Code Section 110-17 from coast to coast, including Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Supporters of the code and its prohibitions against “magic arts” again appeared to be largely from the local Catholic community, including legal staff of Human Life International and several people who identified themselves to national media outlets as members of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal. In

fact, that self-identification resulted in the lead “Tarot readers, mediums and clairvoyants are the ‘real evil’ of Front Royal, according to members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church” on the Fox 5 D.C. News video link to the New York Daily News story online. Peace in the valley - please In opening the public comments just three minutes into the meeting, Mayor Tim Darr began by setting strict parameters for those comments. Darr said he would not accept a repeat of the unruly behavior of elements present on Aug. 11, who attempted to shout down both a pagan minister speaking for repeal and

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The trio of councilman who voted to keep the prohibition on ‘magic arts” on Aug. 11 (Sayre, Tharpe, Funk) listen entranced to citizen debate of Aug. 25. Only Hollis Tharpe, center, changed his vote to repeal on the 2nd and final reading – but hey, he was awake, and apparently listening to the majority present in a room of 150 to 200 citizens. a councilman stating his opposition to what he had heard from supporters of the code. “I will limit each speaker to three minutes. Once you hear the bell, please finish your sentence. If you continue to talk I will ask you to be seated. Please be respectful of the other speakers and of council. If you choose not to respect my authority I will ask you a second time to be seated. If you choose not to then I will ask the police chief to have you removed.” In fact, in anticipation of a large crowd and in the wake of the volatile mood at the Aug. 11 public hearing on the “magic arts” code, Front Royal Police Chief Norman Shiflett was supported by not just one officer, but about seven uniformed and plain clothes officers. “I do not want to do this,” Darr said of physically removing unruly elements of the crowd, but added, “I cannot tolerate the actions that occurred at the last meeting again.” And the mayor only had to threaten removal once, when pro-code speaker Thomas Centrella repeatedly refused Darr’s order to stop after being denied an extra minute to complete his prepared statement after drawing some audible grumbling from the crowd in reaction to some of his more extreme assertions about liberty, innate evil and U.S. law. After

being told he could complete his sentence but not get an additional minute because he had not actually been interrupted by the crowd’s grumbling, Centrella built himself to a fever pitch as law enforcement moved in from two sides to expel him. Lawlessness at the podium “So I say to you, choose this day who you will serve – the lord God our Creator who is the source of all of our rights and is the foundation of our rights” at which point Mayor Darr first attempted to stop his now over three-minute presentation “or a spirit of lawlessness that will always lead to anarchy.” “Thank you, please” the mayor again injected trying to halt the speaker. “Let me finish my sentence,” Centrella replied, attempting to stage his own mini-coup of parliamentary control of the meeting (and why NOT? – He’d already co-opted U.S. legal precedent and American history to his own devices). As the pro-repeal elements of the crowd began to join in, yelling for Centrella to leave the podium, he leaned into the microphone, his voice rising to the heavens, or at least the meeting room ceiling, his left hand gesturing toward council, “Choose this day who you will serve and for

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me and my HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!!!” As the police chief closed in from his left and a uniformed officer from his right, Centrella hastily retreated to his seat in the rear of the room where he was greeted to a smattering of applause and some congratulatory yells as he avoided the indignity of physical removal from, if not the house of the Lord, the house of Front Royal’s council. Centrella built to that rousing conclusion and outburst of divinely-inspired civil anarchy by telling council, “The beginning of wisdom is not fear of the court, nor the fear of the media. The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord.” Here Centrella added an assertion that yet another founding father actually favored religious law over civil law in establishing the legal and political framework of this nation – a contention disputed by the law, U.S. Constitution, factuallybased history and the founding fathers’ own writings. Ironically, before his own little outburst of lawlessness, Centrella told council that to condone “lawlessness” was to condone “tyranny”. “If there’s no objective standard of right and wrong then all our rights are going to go away and this nation is going to become a totalitarian nation. Lawlessness always leads to tyranny, just look at the French Revolution. My God’s law above all “I ask you, please stand up and say ‘Not in this town; not on my watch.’ You are morally obligated as public servants to be obedient to God’s law first,” Centrella again stopped himself as portions of the crowd tittered and grumbled behind him. – “See, I’m getting heckled – it throws me off,” Centrella said, again asking for an additional minute. Darr asked the crowd to quiet down and show respect, but again denied the speaker an additional minute, stating, “We’ll allow you to complete your sentence but not an extra minute.” “How about 45 seconds then?” Centrella continued to negotiate for time, before continuing, “Please do not let yourself be ruled by the court or a fear of the courts.” Centrella began his flirtation with civil disobedience by suggesting America was built on religious law, and that civil law could be ignored if it conflicted with “God’s law” or at least his faith’s version of it. It is a difficult proposition in a multi-cultural, multi-religious nation whose founding fathers were adamant that while their nation may exist in God’s universe, it would not be ruled by any particular branch of advocates. “Liberty must not be confused with lawlessness,” Centrella continued, “Liberty is freedom to do good;

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A magical town lawlessness is free reign to do evil â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and tarot card reading, fortune telling and any other practice that gives recourse to the devil or evil spirits is objectively evil and contrary to Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some have accused us of trying to push our views onto others but the opposite is the case. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re simply respecting what God has revealed and those promoting this lawlessness are trying to push their views on this community and substitute those views for Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law,â&#x20AC;? Centrella told council of the choice before it. Perhaps ironically, Centrella was making his case in a community with the historical nickname â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helltownâ&#x20AC;? gained by a general mood of lawlessness and intoxication on its streets in its earliest days as a commercial river barge stopover. In another stretch at establishing legal precedents contrary to those laid out by the town attorney on Aug. 11, Centrella compared â&#x20AC;&#x153;spiritual counselingâ&#x20AC;? practices like fortune telling to â&#x20AC;&#x153;conversion therapyâ&#x20AC;?, which he noted had been legally banned in California and New Jersey in the past year. Conversion therapy is a technique utilized by fundamentalist Christians in which gay youth have been forcibly removed into an isolated situation, some call it kidnapping though it is usually authorized by a parent or other family member, and then emotionally and occasionally physically abused for days at a time in order to essentially â&#x20AC;&#x153;whip the gay out of them.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if they can ban that type of spiritual counseling, then we can ban the selling of this type of spiritual counseling â&#x20AC;Ś So, I ask you do not be deceived.â&#x20AC;? It was at this point that Centrella reached his â&#x20AC;&#x153;do as I say, not as I doâ&#x20AC;? moment of lawlessness in defiance of civil authority â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of course I guess it was a lawlessness sanctioned by the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;? he claims intellectual and spiritual intimacy with. Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fortune telling? Speaking for repeal, Cheryl Langlais began by addressing one councilman directly â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Sayre, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see you sink more slowly into your seat,â&#x20AC;?

drawing applause and yelling from the crowd. After a slight detour into a previous pro-code speakers comments about the dangers of red light districts growing out of fortune telling businesses, professional therapeutic massage therapist Langlais continued of the councilmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s active support of code 110-17, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Sayre, how dare you do this to my town. I live here, you work for me â&#x20AC;Ś I am discouraged, dismayed at how you have acted publicly on the news, on television â&#x20AC;Ś you stated publicly that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong for someone to predict the future. Let me think, Catholics have been predicting my future forever â&#x20AC;&#x201C; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been telling me Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to hell and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done it ever since theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a chance to.â&#x20AC;? Langlaisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aggressive challenge of council to â&#x20AC;&#x153;show me what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotâ&#x20AC;? on the legislating front for an entire community, rather than any vocal aspect of it, drew applause and cheers from the pro-repeal crowd. Whose law? A former town councilman who did not run for re-election in 2012, Tom Conkey, owner of Killahevlin Bed & Breakfast in town, also singled Sayre out for special attention for his role in support of the old and long unused gypsy-fortune telling-magic arts ban. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now Tom, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been trying to influence people, to put your will on people on things you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t approve of as long as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been around here. And here we are again â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an absolute laughing stock; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the national news here mainly to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Look at these stupid people; look at this community that is fighting over this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Conkey began by quoting from Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Act to Establish Religious Freedom, made law in the commonwealth in 1786, and predating the U.S. Bill of Rights adoption to the U.S. Constitution in 1791, and authored by Thomas Jefferson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well aware that God almighty has created the mind free and that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens or by civil incapacitations only begets habits of hypocrisy and meanness; any de-

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rate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was done purposefully and so that one religion could not bear on other beliefs. This country was founded on that premise,â&#x20AC;? Conkey said in reminding council, including its two attorneys, that they were members of a secular governmental body, not one steeped in any single religious belief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two members on this council who are supposedly attorneys â&#x20AC;&#x201C; attorney as I understand it is an officer of the court. The court has determined that this law is illegal and is unconstitutional. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand how an officer of the court can vote to keep a law in place, which the court has said is illegal.â&#x20AC;? Those attorneys, Sayre and Funk, were the only supporters of an amendment offered by Sayre to Vice-

Mayor Shae Parkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion (seconded by Hrbek) to repeal on final and second reading. Sayre offered the amendment in an attempt to have the code kept, with an exception allowing fortune telling and other socalled â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? to be allowed only as part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a show, entertainment or for amusement.â&#x20AC;? After councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dynamic legal duo failed in that attempt, Funk then joined Sayre in casting the only votes against the motion to repeal the code outright. And so the mysterious workings of law, politics, freedom of thought and religion go in Front Royal, Virginia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; aka River City, aka Helltown.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś if the area wants to attract families interested in raising their families here in a wholesome environment; â&#x20AC;Ś small shops that, for better or worse, are usually associated with red light districts, is not what you want to attract.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; HLI board member Stuart W. Nolan Jr.

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Identifying herself as ethnically Romany or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Româ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, aka â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;gypsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to some, Melissa Sylvan asked council if by Code 110-17 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Is my very existence against the law?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report As we did in our coverage of the Aug. 11 public hearing on repeal of Town Code Section 110-17, we are including a companion story illustrating a broader segment of the back and forth at the Aug. 25 public comments prior to the second and final vote to illustrate the major points made by speakers for both sides of the issue: Lynette Nicholis (repeal) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe until we make peace with the earth, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to make peace with ourselves. And so, respect for an earth-based religion, in my opinion, is absolutely necessary,â&#x20AC;? Nicholis, who has previously explained she was raised Catholic and

later converted to polytheism, told council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The word fortune telling is obsolete. We read tarot cards. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not fortune tellers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that â&#x20AC;Ś [in tarot] you study symbology and the relationship to events in your life and you learn to think expansively and openly and bring your heart towards whatever place youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going, a place of peace of a place of discord â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that is our choice.â&#x20AC;? Sheryl Johnson (keep) â&#x20AC;&#x153;In December 2013 God made me it clear to me that this county has received watered-down versions of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word that is pleasing to man and not God â&#x20AC;Ś this town is full of divorce, broken homes, poverty and drug trafficking â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Johnson, who identified himself as pastor of Dis-

Cuban exile Manuel Vincennes calls for a show of hands of those who want sinful practices like fortune telling prohibited by town law â&#x20AC;Ś cipleship Community Church, began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, why am I here? First, one thing is clear from a worldly perspective â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you vote to keep the pagans and their corrupt ways out, you can be sure it will be taken to court by them. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also possible youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll lose your political career â&#x20AC;Ś But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what you should fear because those things are temporary and will only last for a moment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, what should you fear? In Genesis 7, God flooded the earth because he saw the wickedness of man was great upon the earth. In Genesis 1820, God said the outcry in Sodom and Gomorrah was great and their sin was grave â&#x20AC;Ś [and] God rained down brimstone and fire and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah â&#x20AC;Ś all these things are an example for us â&#x20AC;Ś I am here today to beg you to stand on the side of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s word and be obedient to Him â&#x20AC;Ś I ask you, do you fear God? â&#x20AC;Ś What

will you choose today â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to please men or to please God? For me, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather step down before I voted against God and face eternal judgment â&#x20AC;Ś may God have mercy on you if you so choose anything other than Christ and obedience to his word.â&#x20AC;? Cadyn Speziale (repeal) Identifying herself as owner of the crafts shop â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gatheredâ&#x20AC;? on East Main Street in Front Royal, Speziale began by observing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I opened my shop last spring as a way to help cultivate the diverse artistic talent in and around Front Royal; to support the local economy; and to give locals and visitors a unique place for gifts. I love our community and I love supporting it. But if I had been met with the same kind of groundless derogation as stated in Code 110-17 upon starting my

business, I probably would have felt instantly defeated and closed my shop doors â&#x20AC;Ś So, my gratitude goes out to everyone fighting to repeal this code. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what you feel is right and to promote tolerance, especially in the face of opposition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a Main Street business owner I would personally welcome any business that brings cultural diversity to our town. Diversity promotes strength and stability within a community; and it can only help promote tourism. From an economic perspective it is in the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest to repeal this code. The more varied businesses we have here, the more vast and diverse the tourists will be.â&#x20AC;? Of code supporter concerns that Code 110-17 would result in a bad reputation for the town, Speziale said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if this ban stays in place in any manner, our town will ABSOLUTELY have a bad reputation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of being closed minded and upholding antiquated ethics. Using racial slurs in town codes and refusing to allow businesses because of specific spiritual leanings or a misunderstanding thereof, will present our town as foolish and biased. It is my opinion that neither spiritual beliefs nor sexual orientation should ever be taken into account when deciding on the allowance of a business operation.â&#x20AC;? Speziale urged council to remove all licensing fees or criminal prohibitions related to practices related to spiritual belief, pointing out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Front Royal already permits people to buy and sell items of a religious nature â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and rightly so. A tarot reading from a business standpoint is no different â&#x20AC;Ś I ask you to approach your decision with fairness and with kindness and tolerance

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â&#x20AC;Ś Vincennes requested show of hands indicates 13 in a room of 150 people, though perhaps 5 to 8 more hands were raised out of camera range â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;and there you have it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; in mind.â&#x20AC;? Stuart W. Nolan Jr. (keep) After giving a Middletown home address and â&#x20AC;&#x153;4 Family Life Wayâ&#x20AC;? in the Human Life International complex* in Front Royal as a business address, Nolan began by asserting there had been misrepresentation or misunderstanding of judicial or constitutional precedent in past discussion of the issue. He said the exchange of money for the practice of fortune telling altered the context of the issue both legally and constitutionally. After presenting his own written legal analysis of for the public record, Nolan concluded, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last thing I will note, if the area wants to attract fami-

lies interested in raising their families here in a wholesome environment;** if they want to attract strong economic growth, hi-tech jobs, doctors, lawyers, professionals, industries that hire lots of blue collar workers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; small shops that, for better or worse, are usually associated with red light districts, is not what you want to attract.â&#x20AC;? Nolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sudden association of fortune telling with red light districts (â&#x20AC;&#x153;red lightâ&#x20AC;? is slang for a prostitution business) drew some incredulity from pro-repeal sections of the crowd, who exclaimed â&#x20AC;&#x153;What?!!?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh PLEASE,â&#x20AC;? which in turn drew a smattering of applause from the pro-code supporters in the back of the WCGC meeting room. After Mayor Darr urged civility,

quieting the crowd, Nolan concluded by telling council, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it is within your obligation to create good policy that will attract the kinds of businesses and the kinds of families we want to settle down and prosper in Front Royal.â&#x20AC;? Attempts to get a listing for Nolanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business failed. However, the HLI website verified that Nolan is a current HLI board member and â&#x20AC;&#x153;founder and managing attorney of LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, a law practice that serves individuals, families, lay apostolates, and Church institutions by providing legal representation informed by fidelity to the Magisterium,â&#x20AC;? as well as â&#x20AC;&#x153;founder and chairman of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life.â&#x20AC;?

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Under the eye of national media, Steven Schwalb turns to crowd during plea to maintain religious freedom in Front Royal. - â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have separation of church and state for a reason â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so the people that come here with their Bibles canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make those of us who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agreeâ&#x20AC;Śfollow what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re preaching.â&#x20AC;? Deirdre Sparger (repeal) In speaking for repeal, Deidre Sparger asked council to use neither licensing fees nor zoning codes â&#x20AC;&#x153;to

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;If this ban stays in placeâ&#x20AC;Śour town will ABSOLUTELY have a bad reputation - one of being closed minded and upholding antiquated ethics. Using racial slurs in town codes and refusing to allow businesses because ofâ&#x20AC;Śspiritual leanings will present our town as foolish and biased. - Cadyn Speziale

Irma Powell introduces her personal savior to the ABC news camera as she begins her remarks urging council to limit, if not outright ban â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;magic artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in town. feet) to schools or daycare facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those opposed to the practice of tarot card reading have not presented any factual evidence demonstrating that this practice would create a threat to children,â&#x20AC;? she stated, pointing out she was the mother of two children who lived in the Main Street vicinity and had no such concerns about such businesses coming to downtown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to remind council that this is both legal and protected

speech. I would ask you not to let a strident minority, no matter how passionate, sway your decision making. And I would ask you to use fact and settled law to craft just ordinances,â&#x20AC;? Sparger concluded. Manuel Vincennes (keep) In one of the more entertaining, if mysterious performances of the evening, Vincennes, an unsuccessful can-

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didate for council in 2012, began by acknowledging the large crowd present and asked for a show of hands to indicate â&#x20AC;&#x153;all of those who do not want their children exposed to the sorcery, deception and immorality that will ensue when you change the town code to the activistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ungodly agenda.â&#x20AC;? Despite turning to see a total of about 18 hands raised toward the back of the room packed with an estimated 150 people, Vincennes told council as a portion of the crowd laughed at the lack of response, â&#x20AC;&#x153;There you have it,â&#x20AC;? though what it was he thought they had was not clear. Nonplussed by the numbers, Vincennes plowed on, his voice slowly rising with passion, â&#x20AC;&#x153;According to contemporary, enlightened, politically-correct wisdom, this treasury of citizenry before you are the poor, ignorant, bigoted and hateful ones, who apparently make up the majority (or at least 18 or so) of the people. Where in heavens did they come from â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the wonderful public schools of modernday America?â&#x20AC;? he asked, his voice dripping with scorn (during his 2012 council run Vincennes listed Seton Home School as his employer). After continuing to compare code supporters of the ban on â&#x20AC;&#x153;magic artsâ&#x20AC;? to refugees, like his family from Castroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cuba, Vincennes told council, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have a choice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; become a part of them (Cuban refugees and code supporters, I guess) or continue to build this Godless Utopia.â&#x20AC;? Leonard Sherp (repeal) After opening with a multi-lingual, multi-religious invocation of peace that appeared to these untrained ears to include Islamic, Hebrew and Hindu references, Sherp referenced Front Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s re-emergence on the D.C. and national news fronts as what he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a laughing stock â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Front Royal doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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Faith and the law seem to make the news for doing the right thing,â&#x20AC;? he observed. Then stealing a page from film director Spike Lee, Sherp asked council, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to do the right thing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; repeal this ridiculous law and let people say Front Royal made the news for the very right reason.â&#x20AC;? Scott Lloyd (modify) Another attorney claiming some expertise in constitutional law, though this time without giving any professional address or affiliation, Scott Lloyd began by saying he would let others debate the advisability of repeal or modification. But then, despite August 11 assertions by the town attorney to the contrary, Lloyd disputed that any court, particularly in Virginia, had actually ruled on the legality of banning fortune telling. However, rather than pursue that line of thought, Lloyd shifted to the idea of regulating through professional licensing fees â&#x20AC;&#x201C; high ones. Stating he knew â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing about tarot card readingâ&#x20AC;? Lloyd reasoned that as town codes stood, he could put up a sign saying he was a tarot card reader and take money to do so (he forgot to mention the $400 licensing fee heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to pay first) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predatory under any standard of law. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; And I would think people on both sides of the debate would want some sort of standards.â&#x20AC;? Lloyd concluded by favoring licensing fees for fortune telling calculated somehow on the cost of the education to become a doctor or lawyer. That seemed to ignore Town Attorney Doug Napierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous observations that case law on such fees ruled that such practices cannot be taxed out of existence by placing unreasonably high fees on them. Attempts to contact Lloyd failed but sources told us they believed he was a D.C.-based attorney with con-

nections to advocacy non-profits and/ or the Knights of Columbus. Steven Schwalb (repeal) Schwalb identified himself as a veteran with a total of six years in the Army and 17-1/2 years in the Navy, including one year in Vietnam â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fought in three other conflicts; I fought in defense of the Constitution â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to tell you about,â&#x20AC;? he said, switching gears. Rather, he continued by addressing the pledge elected officials take at any level in the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You took a pledge to uphold liberty and justice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and tell me how this is liberty and justice? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a Christian, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Jew, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell you there is a lot of bigotry in this community â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not leaving. And I will defend the Constitution whether Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in uniform or not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you uphold this youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll turn me into a tarot reader â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen a deck before. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in this stuff. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a tree hugger. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a pretty conservative person. But what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about is un-American. This is a melting pot. We have icons like the Statue of Liberty to welcome people of different faiths and backgrounds and you fly in the face of that [with support of this code].â&#x20AC;? Schwalb joked that it was hard to get him out of his house and off his mountain, but added more seriously, â&#x20AC;&#x153;But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve embarrassed me; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve embarrassed the town. For the last 36 hours weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been the laughing stock of Washington because you have been on the news refusing to get rid of these stupid laws. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had slavery in this country and we got rid of it. For the first half of the 20th Century any ad you picked up said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;only white Christians need applyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten past that. And now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re down to these stupid little laws.

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Faith and the law Just get rid of them and be as American as the rest of us are. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have separation of church and state for a reason â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so the people that come here with their Bibles,â&#x20AC;? Schwalb gestured to the back of the meeting room where the pro-code contingent was concentrated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make those of us who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s written in that Bible follow what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re preaching.â&#x20AC;? He then referenced past area code propositions where people trying to start new businesses were, or their potential customer base were labeled potential criminals or pedophiles. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they tried to put something for hikers to spend the night in (that was the county), they said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They might break the law.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; If they break the law, hold them accountable. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass laws thinking that someone might turn into a homosexual because someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading a tarot card,â&#x20AC;? Schwalb said his voice rising. That drew yells of support and some standing applause and cheering from a significant portion of the predominantly pro-repeal crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You on council are an embarrassment â&#x20AC;&#x201C; just for entertaining,â&#x20AC;? Schwalb concluded, returning to his seat to more applause. Sandra Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gorman (keep) Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gorman opened by noting the spray-paint vandalisms of both her Faithful and True Catholic interest store and The Brooklyn Marketplace, where a tarot reader set up one day

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this spring, launched this code debate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hypocritical message is announced that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All You Need is Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jesus Loves Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. While I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t argue with those sentiments, let me point out that though Jesus does love everybody, He certainly does not love everything everybody does (Amen to that, Sandy). He does not love fortune telling or witchcraft or defacing other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property.â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gorman said the ill-delivered graffiti messages of universal or unconditional love â&#x20AC;&#x153;wreaks of pure religious indifferentism â&#x20AC;Ś I suggest those who label themselves Christians and think they can support witchcraft under cover of the Constitution, freedom of religion and freedom of speech, are seriously deluding themselves. I challenge them to Google â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bible and witchcraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (uh oh, here we go again with the online references ...) it will provide a much-needed reality check (whose reality though?) â&#x20AC;Ś So, what appears on the surface to be benevolent tolerance is, in fact, the kiss of eternal death to those who are trapped in these sins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Christians, Christians willing to take the heat, desire that everyone be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. I personally pray for the conversion and salvation of your souls every day,â&#x20AC;? Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Gorman said directly to council, adding menacingly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once deviant behavior gains control in a society it is never tolerant. It slips on jackboots and stomps all over those who dare to object to its evil behavior.

Evil does not coexist with good, never has and never will; just take a look around â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Arlene Ballou (repeal) The owner of the other store hit by vandals the previous day and whose shop had hosted a tarot reader one day this spring, began by identifying herself as the executive director of the non-profit Center for Workforce Development of which she noted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have heard a great deal about at recent meetings â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that is why I am here, to set the record straight (at the Aug. 11 code 110-17 public hearing Elizabeth Poel questioned a program to find jobs for gay, bisexual and transgender youth as an indication it probably was involved in the muchtheorized conspiracy to recruit the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth into a life of homosexuality) because there have been a number of falsehoods stated about my organization and what we do, as well as disparaging comments about the community we serve.â&#x20AC;? She noted the goal of creating job opportunities in â&#x20AC;&#x153;under-served communities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we work with the homeless â&#x20AC;Ś veterans â&#x20AC;Ś formerly incarcerated â&#x20AC;Ś young mothers and young fathers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and yes, we work with the LGBT community. We work with people because they are in need and they are under-served,â&#x20AC;? Ballou stated. She cited service to 1,100 families, 70 people placed and a half million dollars raised to serve those at-risk communities and families from Washington, D.C.



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“While it is not a bad message, the delivery was a bit wrong – vandalism is vandalism. Whatever the intent was I’m afraid this will just fuel the fire of an escalating situation.” – Brooklyn Store owner Arlene Ballou

Store graffiti vandalisms begin day of vote on ‘magic arts’ the fire of an escalating situation.” Faithful and True owner O’Gorman said, “I’ll be speaking tonight at the council meeting – you’ll have to get it there.” Uh oh, we’ve already been blamed for shoplifting in her store I can just imagine how this is going to play out. – And while that part went as expected; after hearing 27 speakers, 16-11 in favor of repeal of the code in front of a packed house that appeared to favor repeal about 2-1, the Front Royal Town Council voted 4-2 (Sayre and Funk dissenting) to repeal the long-dormant code that may date back as far as the 1920s. – Photos: Bugsy Cline

Jane Elliot points to Faithful and True window shouting, “Your photos did this,” to one news photographer at scene. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Earlier in the day a second vote to repeal Town of Front Royal Code 110-17 banning gypsies or others from “pretending to tell fortunes” or “practice other magic arts” was scheduled, two incidents of graffiti vandalism were discovered at downtown retail outlets either directly or indirectly involved in the “magic arts” dispute. Targeted with spray-painted messages that included “All You Need is Love”, “We Love You” and “Jesus Loves Everyone” were Faithful and True: Catholic Books & Gifts and The Brooklyn Marketplace. The stores are located about a half block

from each other on East Main Street in Front Royal’s historic downtown business district. The Brooklyn Store was the retail shop in which a self-described Pagan Priestess, Maya White Sparks, had a tarot card reading table set up for one day this spring. Window signs advertising Spark’s tarot reading inside attracted the attention of a small group of citizens who complained to store owner Arlene Ballou about the presence of a tarot reader in her shop. Ballou told us she then asked Sparks not to return so as to avoid a protracted fight with what in the past had shown itself to be a very visible and vocal advocacy element of the local community. Sandra O’Gorman, owner of Faith-

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Happy Creek Coffee & Tea CafĂŠ to hold Grand Opening Sept. 20 Celebrate with fun and great food and drinks for the whole family The popular Front Royal cafĂŠ called Happy Creek Coffee and Tea has been open almost one year now and has a faithful and steady following. Located at 18 High Street, just a block away from the gazebo on Main, it offers a pleasant oasis from daily life. Walking into the cafĂŠ one day last week, I was greeted warmly by members of the staff, as well as two local guys who were eager to tell about their attraction to the place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come in here at least twice a day, I might as well give them my bank account number because a lot of my money goes to them anyway,â&#x20AC;? said William Ricks-but not sounding unhappy about it. Chris German, who was standing next to Ricks, also comes in every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is friendly, and it feels home-like. They roast their own beans and do all the brewing here, so everything is local,â&#x20AC;? he said and added that he especially loves the cold-brewed coffee-a coffee type only made at two other coffee shops in the world, according to the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager, Mallory Russo. She welcomed me to the cafĂŠ and led the way into the large table-filled space where several customers were seated, talking and doing work on laptops. The big coffee roaster from Portugal that gives them the capability of roasting large quantities of beans twice a week, sits at the end of the room near bags of coffee beans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We opened September 21 in 2013, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing really wellâ&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a crazy journey, seeing things expand, and everything exploding,â&#x20AC;? Mallory said. She is looking forward to the cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official grand opening, to be held on Saturday, September 20, marking the cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday. The event will start at 10 a.m. and is expected to last all day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will include coffee roasting and brewing demonstrations, and there will be a scavenger hunt for children. The Desert Rose Winery from Hume will have tastings and artist Rebecca Hurt will be there to exhibit her paintings and do painting demonstrations,â&#x20AC;? she said. And Brenda, excellent cook and wife of the cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner and Malloryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Carson Boita, will be donating some freshly baked, made-fromscratch, all gluten-free baked goods. These will include some of the same kinds found in the cafĂŠ on a daily basis like mini-muffins, cake, biscotti

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General Manager Mallory Russo, of Happy Creek Coffee and Tea Cafe stands by the barn door in the cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main roomproof of the cafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s link to Front Royalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. up to nitrogen gas, and the coffee is pushed through the stout tap. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it comes out it resembles a Guinness beer. It has descending bubbles and a microfoam head, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only coffee!â&#x20AC;? said Mallory. She described the taste as â&#x20AC;&#x153;flip-floppedâ&#x20AC;? because a creamy taste comes after the initial bold one. She confided that she has asked Carson to make a special keg of Ethiopian for her upcoming birthday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taste of the Townâ&#x20AC;? is being put on by the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA), to showcase the types of food and drink from independent eateries, and is scheduled to be held on Main Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. During the week in the cafĂŠ, for breakfast, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oatmeal bar, and the oatmeal is accompanied by a variety of toppings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily including Saturday, then from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Their non-oatmeal menu has expanded to include salads, and when Brenda is satisfied with the focaccia recipe sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be offering Paninis. People who require Vegan dishes, or have diet-sensitive restrictions, can request them. And, in addition to the four dif-

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Comfortable in the main room of the cafĂŠ, contented customers spend time working on their laptops. the reasons she likes the area after moving here from Durango, Colorado, when Carson opened the cafĂŠ and invited her to manage it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I definitely enjoy being near Skyline Drive, where I can hike and take my dog for walks, and I like to see everyone come together like on Open Mic Night. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tight-knit community,â&#x20AC;? she said. Upcoming events also include an art show on September 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. with artist Rebecca Hurtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. She will again be present to demonstrate some of her artistic methods. Happy Creek Coffee and Tea CafĂŠ is located at 18 High Street in Front Royal. Call 540-660-2133, visit www., or email info@ Hours are: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., from Monday through Saturday and on Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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From left, Bob McDonnell in Feb. 2010 shortly after taking office as Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 71st Governor, a file photo from the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office showing former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams, Sr. with former Va. First Lady Maureen McDonnell at a May 5, 2011 Executive Mansion reception for a Richmond NASCAR race. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Thursday, Sept. 4, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted on 11 and 9 of 14 counts, respectively of corruption in federal court in Richmond. The accusations of accepting approximately $177,000 in gifts and money from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams, Sr. in return for lending the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence to promote the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nicotine-based dietary supplement pills derailed the political career of a man once thought to be a frontrunner for the Republican Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 vice presidential nomination. The McDonnellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were indicted

on 14 counts of conspiracy, bribery and other related charges in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. A seven-man, five-woman jury returned the verdicts in 17 hours on its third day of deliberation. Over 67 witnesses appeared over five weeks of testimony revolving around the executive coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-year relationship with Williams and Star Scientific. Former Washington NFL football team cheerleader Maureen was also convicted on a charge brought only against her of obstructing a grand jury investigation. That conviction revolved around her efforts to make $20,000 in designer dresses and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes appear to be a loan. The couple was acquitted of making false statements on loan applications

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related to their financial situation. Current Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who succeeded McDonnell as governor of Virginia eight months ago, issued a press release stating, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am deeply saddened by the events of the trial that ended in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s verdict, and the impact it has had on our Commonwealthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation for honesty and clean government. Dorothy and I will continue to pray for the McDonnell family and for everyone who was affected by this trial.â&#x20AC;? The McDonnell defense strategy revolved around portraying his marriage as a failing one in which the couple hardly communicated and

Maureen McDonnell developed and cultivated a sexual infatuation with Williams. The notion that Maureen McDonnell was a wild card operating outside the knowledge or approval of her husband may have been derailed in some part by the August 2011 gift of a Rolex watch she talked Williams into buying for her husband to commemorate his inauguration as Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 71st governor. Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; testimony was crucial to the prosecution and the defense made much of attacking his credibility. Williams told authorities he had tried to talk Mrs. McDonnell out of the Rolex


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gift as too ostentatious, but that she had insisted on Williams providing the watch inscribed â&#x20AC;&#x153;71st Governor of Virginiaâ&#x20AC;?. The whole debacle and defense strategy was an astonishing development and fall from grace for Bob McDonnell, who attended Pat Robertsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Regent University and wrote a graduate thesis titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Republican Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vision for the Familyâ&#x20AC;?. McDonnell left the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office in January 2014. He and Maureen have been married 38 years and have five children. One daughter, Caitlin McDonnell Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion wedding party catering bill paid for to the tune of $15,000 by Williams helped set the whole corruption investigation in motion. Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; footing the bill for that party was brought to light by the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion chef, after he was accused of removing items from the mansion kitchen for his own professional use. He claimed he had a verbal agreement to do so for additional work he performed for Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first family. And from there the cards began to fall over the once shining political star of Robert McDonnell. The Richmond Times Dispatch reported that the governor and his wife, as well as family members in court wept quietly as the verdicts were announced. The McDonnells have not interacted much, if at all, during the trial. According to multiple media sources Bob McDonnell has reportedly been staying with a friend who is a priest through much of the trial. Several news outlets reported that the verdict will be appealed. The McDonnellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remain free pending sentencing now scheduled for Jan. 6, 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Less restrictive rules for soccerplex-skate park By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Sept. 20 the community will celebrate the positive side of the history of the American Viscose plant and the pending release of 160 acres for commercial re-development. But the county got a slight head start on Sept. 2 with the passing of a Resolution to enter into an agreement on new, less restrictive covenants on the already-in-use Soccerplex and Skatepark property of some 33 acres. At the Sept. 2 Warren County Board of Supervisor meeting, County Attorney Blair Mitchell explained the changes. Mitchell also pointed to two new partners that agreement would be executed with â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the state Clean Water Council â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a step toward more proactive use of the property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that the old partners were unruly, but â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? Mitchell told the supervisors of what he described as an unwillingness to apply reasoned common sense to what he portrayed as too restrictive covenants signed off on in 1999. Those earlier partners included the Lord Fairfax Conservation Council and former site partner Honeywell, whom Mitchell noted, were less likely to be willing to stretch the highly-restrictive covenants drawn up 16 years ago, just a decade after the synthetic fibers manufacturing facility was closed down by state Attorney General Mary Sue Terry and the state Water Control Board following decades of unfettered environmental pollution eventually discovered to have been of a potentially fatal nature. Mitchell noted that the approximate 33-acre Soccerplex-Skatepark land had actually been an off-site buffer area between neighborhoods in the Cherrydale area and the old plant

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site. Mitchell called the land â&#x20AC;&#x153;as clean as any in town.â&#x20AC;? The property actually was previously called Ed Stump Park and contained benches and picnic areas during the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifetime under three owners between 1940 and 1989. Uses permissible under the new agreement include those described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;routine activities of children and teens,â&#x20AC;? which is a good thing since the land was already released for two of those uses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; soccer and skateboarding. The new covenants describe permitted uses as recreational or public park usage, in addition to soccer and skateboarding, playgrounds, walking and hiking trails, or parking lots. Restrictions remaining in place include: â&#x20AC;˘ No extraction of groundwater for any purpose other than EPA or DEQ

monitoring tests and no well drilling; â&#x20AC;˘ No billboard displays; â&#x20AC;˘ No trash accumulation; â&#x20AC;˘ No residential dwellings; â&#x20AC;˘ No hunting or trapping of animals; â&#x20AC;˘ No temporary or permanent building EXCEPT for: bathrooms, concession stands, soccer fields and skatepark structures, bleachers, picnic shelters, park equipment storage and fences. Other requirements are that nothing be done to undermine the removal and remediation work already done there. So, all and all it just appears that what local officials believe were overcautious aspects of the 1999 covenants have simply been removed, because the bulk of listed uses already appear to be underway on the property.

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By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not much of a fighter, but around the house, I get into my share of scuffles. My opponents? Hangers and hoses. Ding, ding, ding!!! Round 1 Sure, hangers look innocent enough, in the closet, doing what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fooled. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to be bothered. And when they are, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let you know about it. I grab one thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently unemployed and it immediately latches on to its neighbor, like a little kid grabbing his dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg, not wanting to let go. Before I know it, five are tangled up and falling to the floor. When too many are loitering upstairs, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll grab a bunch and take them down to the laundry room to get them out of the way. But when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to do laundry, there are so many of them thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no space left to hang up the clean clothes. And whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on in the closet when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not around? We have about 200 more hangers than we need. Where did they come from? Yeah, we get some when I pick up stuff from the dry cleaner and whenever my wife buys new clothes, but not that many. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no other way to say it. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making babies! Not only are they uncooperative, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re promiscuous. Ding, ding, ding!!! Round 2 When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to go outside, my battles donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end. My next foe, the garden hoses. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to wash my car, once a year, or to rinse out the wheelbarrow, hoses also perform an important function, getting water where you need it.

But they can be stubborn as well. If your hoses are like mine, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always getting kinks in them, temporarily shutting off that supply of water. I tug and yank to get rid of the kinks, but then the hose gets stuck under a tire or on the corner of the house. Never fails. But the real trouble comes when the job is done and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to put Mr. Hose away. First we have to drain Mr. Hose of all its water. Talk about temporary water weight gain. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re like camels, trying to retain as much as they can. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the easy part. Rolling them up isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I fight and wrestle with my version of a 50 foot long snake, twisting and turning, getting more kinks as I go. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do this anymore as many times as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve rolled up that stupid hose, but I do. Every dang time. At least Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting a workout. And my wife has noticed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those biceps are getting bigger.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeah,â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say proudly as I flex my muscles. When I was a kid, I remember my mother fighting with hangers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family tradition Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to break. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure if my dad tangled with hoses, but probably so. He swore a lot when he was working in the garage. I never realized it until now, but I was born into a family of fighters. You got a problem with that? The author fights with himself a lot too, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another story. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Council unveils alternative to corridor annexation fight Multi-party agreement to reinstitute meals, lodging-tax PILOT fees

Play nice – the mayor and vice mayor fight over new council Ipads (not really). By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report During a Sept. 2 work session the Front Royal Town Council set out a game plan for reinstituting PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) fees lost in the wake of a 2010 decision in a lawsuit filed by three 522 North Corridor national chain restaurants, Applebee’s, Cracker Barrel and TGIFriday’s. Those fees ruled no-longer collectible by the court were based on meals tax revenues and were attached to the town’s water-sewer utility bills to the corridor businesses. The

town voluntarily abandoned collection of lodging-based fees in the wake of the meals tax decision since, reasoning the same legal argument would hold up in court. That game plan would see meals and lodging tax-based PILOT fees reinstituted by mutual agreement with corridor water-sewer customers and the county – ideally. Whether that ideal will be realized remains to be seen. Working in that direction, the town has drafted a letter to the Executive Director of the EDA, Jennifer McDonald, outlining its plan. That plan is:

Obituary: Janice “Jay” Elizabeth Gushee

Janice “Jay” Elizabeth Gushee, 81, of Front Royal, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal. A mass of Christian burial was held at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal conducted by The Rev. Jerome Fasano. Burial followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Gushee was born August 7, 1933, in Altoona, PA, daughter of the late Martin and Emma Brown Shields. She was a librarian and a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband David E. Gushee; a son David P. Gushee of Atlanta, GA; three daughters Alice Prior of Richmond, Janette Gushee Laughlin of Front Royal, and Kathryn L. Gushee of Richmond; a brother William T. Shields of Mechanicsville, PA; and six grandchildren Holly Love, David G. Gushee, Marie Gushee, Nicholas Nelson, Adam Nelson, and Alex Gushee.She was predeceased by two sisters Beverly Morrison and Marilyn Loucks. Pallbearers were Nick Nelson, Adam Nelson, David Prior, Alex Gushee, David P. Gushee, and David G. Gushee. Arrangements were by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St.,Winchester, VA 22601.

1. Summarize the justification and need for reinstituting the fees; 2. Define how the town will utilize the revenue from those fees to provide incentives for town commercial development; 3. Explore providing some compensatory utility relief to customers agreeing to the plan; 4. Meet with the EDA to explain the town’s position that the plan re-establishes the original intent of the 1999 Corridor Agreement; 5. Meet with impacted restaurants; 6. Conduct Public Information Meeting and other initiatives to fully explain the initiative and its rationale to the public. Council agreed to suggest adding discussion of the PILOT fee initiative to the town-county liaison meeting agenda of Sept. 18. Commercial development in the county’s north corridor was propelled forward by the town’s agreement to extend its central water-sewer service into the county for access by the businesses looking to locate there. Technicalities vs. intent In late 2009, Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp ruled the meals tax-based fees did not fit the 1999 Corridor Agreement compensating the town for potential lost tax revenue from business choosing to locate in the county due to the availability of town central utilities. The restaurant argument upheld in court was that the meals-tax fee was NOT a tax on the business itself, but rather a pass-through tax on customers. That ruling was largely a result of

technical wording in the utility/PILOT fee contracts between the town and the corridor businesses prepared by the town’s legal department. Hupp also noted a changing tax landscape in the corridor a decade after the Corridor Agreement was approved by a threejudge state panel, in that the county implemented its own meals tax in 2002, creating a double-taxation burden that did not exist in 1999. At the time of that late 2009 court decision, the meals tax revenue accounted for about 80 percent of the town’s estimated $600,000 to $700,000 in annual PILOT fee revenue. Compensating the town for that lost revenue has been a sticking point for the town and county in the four years since the court decision. Slowly the county board of supervisors has moved to pick up several town portions of funding for mutually-beneficial operations, the EDA ($26,855) and Samuel’s Public Library ($95,000). However, with the total of those funding assumptions for institutions servicing the town and county totaling about $122,000, the town feels the existing solution is in adequate. County officials have taken the stance that the lost revenue is more a towncustomer issue, than a town-county corridor agreement one. County officials also point to other post-Corridor Agreement moves like a northside boundary adjustment putting some commercial entities like the northside McDonald’s within town limits that have further compensated the town financially. On the council side, there has thus far been a majority belief, if occasionally a tenuous one, that county assumption of funding of departments or institu-

tions that serve citizens on both sides of the town-county line should have been done regardless of any corridor agreement. The reason for that belief is that town residents also pay county taxes, so town funding of things like the library, EDA, airport, fire and rescue or parks and recreation creates a double-taxation burden on town citizens. Assumption of full funding by the county of parks and rec, the airport and fire and rescue was part of the 1999 corridor agreement. The approved reimplementation schedule includes a Sept. 22 meeting with the EDA; a Sept. 29 meeting with impacted corridor restaurants; an Oct. 16 Public Information Meeting; Oct. 27 approval of a Resolution to implement the plan; and reimplementation on Jan. 1, 2015. The implementation date was initially suggested as Dec. 1, but pushed back due to the limited council holiday meeting schedule. Will failure mean war? One can only surmise that a failure to implement the plan is likely to lead to a town revisiting of the annexation of the corridor solution. The reason is the town perception it continues to be inadequately compensated for the estimated $520,000 in annual revenue loss it believes the 1999 Corridor Agreement intended it to realize. That perception was the impetus for some council members to raise the specter of annexation of the Route 522/340 commercial corridor as a final solution; a notion that led county officials to propose consolidation of the town and county governments as an alternative solution.

Discarded cigarette cited as cause of Chester St. fire

At 1:09 p.m. on August 27, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a fire incident at 56 Chester Street in Front Royal. The building, which houses a Dentist Office and several apartment units, sustained a fire incident in the roof system. The incident, investigated by the Fire Marshal’s Office was deter-

mined to have started by an improperly discarded cigarette from a second floor apartment, which caused the fire to spread along the wood-shake shingles. This was a difficult fire incident due to the construction style of the building. The fire was brought under control within 48 minutes of the first units’ arrival in the scene. Units

remained on the scene for three hours performing overhaul and assisting in the investigation. There were no reported injuries and the occupants of the second floor apartments are receiving Red Cross assistance. No damage estimates were immediately available. – From a release issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office

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Local news It’s United Way Shrimp-OysterBBQ Fest time again This year, the United Way of Front Royal will sponsor the 13th Annual Shrimp, Oyster and Barbecue Fest to kick of its annual fundraising effort. This year that fundraising effort will go in support of 11 Warren County agencies, as well as a brand new initiative, the Phoenix Project. Proceeds from this kickoff event go directly to the support of these agencies that provide critical health and human services to our community. The food fest will take place at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be catered by the Apple House. Tickets are $50 adults, $25 children 4-11. Event sponsors and silent auction donations are still needed. Call the United Way Non-Profit Center at (540) 635-3636 for details about how you and your organization can contribute to the campaign, become a sponsor or volunteer. The 11 local agencies funded by United Way are: Blue Ridge Housing

Network, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Blue Ridge Opportunities, Community Housing Assistance Program, Concern Hotline, Inc., Front Royal Women’s Resource Center, Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, Healthy Families of the Northern Shenandoah, House of Hope, Mental Health America – Warren County and St. Luke Community Clinic. And as stated, the Phoenix Project, a new initiative to provide domestic violence and sexual violence services to Warren County residents, is being added to the list of recipients. This year’s fundraising goal is $150,000, $15,000 more than raised last year. The 2013 Shrimp, Oyster,

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Local news and injuries caused by impaired driving, speeding and failure to use occupant restraints is a state-sponsored, national program. As a participating agency, Virginia State Police increases visibility and traffic enforcement efforts as part of the safe driving campaign. Chester Gap VFD Open House Come meet your community responders at the Chester Gap Volunteer Fire Department annual open house, something for everyone. Food, exhibits, blood pressure checks, child ID and the winners of our 2014 gun raffle will be drawn. Saturday September 27 from 10: am until 2:00pm Public hearing Town Council will hold the following public hearing on Monday, September 8, 2014 @ 7:00pm in the Warren County Government Center: An Ordinance to renew Sections 180-185-1 through 180-185.21 of the Front Royal Town Code pertaining to the operation of a Public Passenger Bus Service and amend Town Code Section 180-185.9 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Annual Payment and Operationâ&#x20AC;?. If approved the Franchise for Passenger Bus Service in the Town of Front Royal will be extended for a period of five years beginning October 1, 2014 and ending September 30, 2019. A copy of the above proposed ordinance is available in its entirety by contacting the Clerk of Council, Jennifer Berry at (540)635-8007 or via e-mail All interested citizens are invited to attend this hearing to express their views. Front Royal sings! The Front Royal Oratorio Society begins its 2014-15 choral season with rehearsals starting on Monday September 9, 2014 for our December Christmas Concert. Come join us at the Happy Creek United Methodist Church, 1652 Happy Creek Road, Front Royal. No auditions are required â&#x20AC;&#x201C; everyone is welcome, regardless of musical background. Just bring a notebook, pencil and your love of music! We welcome young people, new singers, entire families and can arrange for pick-up/dropoff. We rehearse each Monday 7:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30 pm. When: Monday, September 9 and each Monday thereafter, 7:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30 pm Where: Happy Creek United Methodist Church, 1652 Happy Creek Road, Front Royal Contact: David Freese, 540-6354842; or or or facebook!

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Taste of the Town Sept. 19 Great food from local eateries, live band music for dancing in the street, Poor Boys Cruisers Car Show, vendor tables from local businesses, face-painting, magic and a giant moon-bounce castle!! All of this will be happening Friday evening, September 19th, from 7-10pm in Downtown Front Royal! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taste of the Town 2014â&#x20AC;?, sponsored by the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance, will showcase some of our best local eateries in the county. Join Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Steakhouse, the Apple House, Naughty Girls Donuts and many more as we eat and have fun in the center of Downtown. Dance under the lights to the music of Vinyl Tracks as we officially light up Main Street at dusk. Entry to the food tasting is only $10, and additional food tickets will also be available. Proceeds will benefit CCAP, our local food pantry. So, make plans to come downtown for a family-friendly party on Friday, September 19, from 7-10pm.

For more information, contact Craig Laird at 540-635-7064 or email Virginia Cooperative Extension recruiting Master Financial Education Volunteers Virginia Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers who are interested in helping families learn skills to manage their finances more effectively. Master Financial Education Volunteers will receive 30 hours of in-depth training, after which they agree to provide a minimum of 50 hours of service to the program. Our Fall 2014 Master Financial Education Volunteer trainings will begin the week of September 15th and last for nine weeks. Volunteers will have the option of attending on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. in Woodstock, Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. in Luray, Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. in Front Royal, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;mix and matchâ&#x20AC;? the locations to complete all sessions. Master Financial Education Volunteers (MFEVs) receive

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County Republicans endorse Connolly, Tharpe for council E-mail glitch may have sabotaged Tennett’s chance to nail third one By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

Matt Tederick introduces the three council candidates seeking a Republican Committee endorsement in the coming ‘non-partisan’ town election. From left, Robbie Tennett, Hollis Tharpe and John Connolly.

Following the appearance of three candidates seeking partisan endorsements at the August 28 monthly meeting of the Warren County Republican Committee, two of those three candidates received endorsements. Despite supporting his votes on such things as a 2-cent tax hike to the real estate tax rate and support of the old Town Hall-Afton Inn swap not favored by many in the committee, incumbent Hollis Tharpe garnered one of those endorsements. First-time, 28-year-old candidate John Connolly got the other endorsement. Left out in the cold was Robbie Tennett. The endorsement of only two candidates leaves open the possibility of a third candidate getting a nod from the committee before the November elec-

tion. There are seven candidates running for three council seats. Apparently only Tharpe, Connolly and Tennett replied to the committee’s survey of candidates reported in our last edition. And Tennett may have run afoul of some of the 34 committee members initially present for the committee forum and Q&A by failing to submit written responses to the questions included in that survey. Tennett explained that the e-mail he received had the questions cut off, so he was not aware of that first part of the required two-part response. In fact, when one question was submitted from the membership on opinions on town-county consolidation, committee officers nixed a public, verbal response. The stated reason was “not to waste time” since answers to that question had already been received in writing, at least from two of the three candidates present.

The endorsements came after a lengthy debate over whether to hold off on making any endorsements until the committee had a chance to hear from all the candidates publicly. The only opportunity for that is the scheduled candidate forum sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 4. But with only one committee meeting scheduled after that forum date, and late in the month leaving only about two weeks for the committee to rally the troops for Election Day it was decided to go ahead with the endorsements at the August 28 meeting as initially planned. Opening statements Connolly noted he had moved here 10 years ago to raise a family, noting the recent arrival of his third child, observing, “We are surrounded by God’s natural creation … but like all things, it needs to

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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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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.

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Politics be nourished. Tharpe pointed to his record on council, stating he wanted to continue to serve the community through tough economic times, fight any tendency to spend, spend, spend; and continue to work toward improved town-county relations. Tennett noted he was born here and consequently knew people from all aspects of the community in order to get input from a wider cross section of citizens. He called Front Royal a beautiful town in which to be born, raised and hopefully â&#x20AC;&#x201C; serve. Q&A highlights Answers are given in order of the rotating response format: Favor the Afton Inn-Town Hall swap? Tennett: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a Catch 22 for the town. They wanted to get rid of [the eyesore] that the Afton Inn was but the owner wanted $2 million for it. At first I was against it but I understand [councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] hands were tied.â&#x20AC;? Tharpe: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I voted to do it,â&#x20AC;? he said, explaining that it was essentially the only means at councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disposal to accomplish something the entire East Main Street downtown business district wanted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; removal or redevelopment of what has become over the past 20 years an eyesore at the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main commercial intersection. Connolly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would not have voted to trade something for nothing,â&#x20AC;? he stated flatly. Connolly said council had betrayed the public trust by getting rid of the old town hall building, calling it, if not the


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Afton Inn, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a vital part of our history.â&#x20AC;? Support the 2014 tax increase? Tharpe: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, the 2-cent increase was needed. We worked hard to prevent a 4cent increase.â&#x20AC;? He pointed to council and staff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to access both a $12-million grant and an interest-free loan to help accomplish capital improvement projects that saved the town $20 million â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five cents on the tax rate we saved.â&#x20AC;? Connolly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would not have voted for the tax increase. I am unconvinced it was necessary. I think they scheduled too many projects in 2014. Sometimes when you raise taxes it is due to a lack of prudent planning.â&#x20AC;? Tennett: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe in raising taxes. I talked to people on council and I would have voted against it.â&#x20AC;? Can the town cut spending, and where??

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Politics Diversions managing the department. Connolly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know â&#x20AC;&#x201C; every situation in every municipality is different. I am willing to look at cuts.â&#x20AC;? He said he had been knocking on a lot of doors and had heard complaints that â&#x20AC;&#x153;laws arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being enforcedâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś if law enforcement is done correctly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not numbers [itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dependent on].â&#x20AC;? Tennett: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they need more officers.â&#x20AC;? Tennett pointed to the deaths of two friends from drug abuse in putting a personal face on the valley drug epidemic. Do you support annexation of the 522 Corridor? Connolly: â&#x20AC;&#x153;No I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I think the issue is tired. There is a 522 Corridor in place and I think it is working. You should build for tomorrow, not focus on yesterday.â&#x20AC;? Tennett: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see it annexed.â&#x20AC;? Tharpe: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pretty big question. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not in favor of it right now.â&#x20AC;? Tharpe went on to acknowledge both the county and town have or are in the midst of conducting independent studies of the relative impacts and benefit-costs of investment versus return from the corridor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We made need to sit down with

the board of supervisors and make adjustments [to the agreement].â&#x20AC;? Summaries Tennett called for efforts to beautify the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entranceways as a means of attracting more tourists and tourist dollars. Tharpe said he believed council was working effectively and responsibly and â&#x20AC;&#x153;should stay the course â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this is not the time to clean house.â&#x20AC;? He pointed to the pending release of the Royal Phoenix Business Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 160 acres for commercial re-development, the successful rehabilitation of the adjacent Old Virginia Industrial Park; the old silk mill into Jackson Furniture as evidence the town was doing all it could to increase its commercial tax base to allow continuation of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historically low residential tax rate. Connolly said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Front Royal is facing many big decisions, many financial.â&#x20AC;? He pointed to the continued national and regional economic downturn and the financial strains on many families. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;we may not be able to change our economy overnight â&#x20AC;Ś but we need to keep our taxes low and utilities at reasonable rates.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

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Frederick County Crime of the Week - August 25, 2014 The Frederick County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office is investigating a burglary and grand larceny that occurred in the 1200 block of Collinsville Road on July 27, 2014. The victim reported that upon returning to his residence on that date he noticed a plastic jug containing change had been moved and was empty. Upon checking further, he discovered that several firearms had been removed from his residence, including a bolt action Marlin rifle, three lever action Marlin rifles, and one Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol. 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 #14004200 Investigator Holmes D. Smoke

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Calendar Friday, September 5 Forecast 84° | 68° 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 information. Live music and karaoke competition. Saturday, September 6 Forecast 82° | 61° 8am - 2pm Dog Days of Summer Charity Dog Wash. Clearbrook Feed & Supply Co, Martinsburg Pike, Clear Brook. Clearbrook Feed is sponsoring the wash. Volunteers from the Hout/ Livestock 4H club will be washing dogs and conducting other fundraising activities to raise money for the Stiles Family Medical Fund. There will be food, vendors, raffles and adoption opportunities. 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 11am - 6pm 35th Annual Harvest Festival. Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, Edinburg. BMW Car show, tours & seminar, music by The Good, The Bad & The Blues, grape-stomping contest, arts& crafts. $10 admission includes wine tasting and souvenir glass. Call (540) 984-8699.

Sunday, September 7 Forecast 77° | 50° 11am - 6pm Benefit to help Baylee Walk. Eagles Club 700 Baker Lane, Winchester. Baylee Scott is a local little girl who was born with Charge Syndrome and at 20 months old she will always struggle to be able to walk. Baylee was also born without tibias in her legs. We are hosting a fundraiser to help her one day walk. Friends of Baylee are hosting this event and invite the community to come out and show your support so that one day Baylee can walk. Benefit will be held at the outside pavilion. The event will feature live music, food, silent auction, raffles, carnival games, Chinese auction, Dunkin tank and corn hole tournament. The event is open to the public. There is no admission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but donations are requested to support Baylee. Interviews with Bayleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family are available upon request. For information call Robin (540) 336-1199, or look up Facebook/teambaylee. 12pm - 1pm Open House. Elks Lodge, Guard Hill Road, Front Royal. Blue Ridge Young Marines will be hosting an Open House. Please feel free to stop by and learn more about the Blue Ridge Young Marines. Our Regular drill meeting starts and 1:00pm, you are welcome to stay and check the young marines in action. Monday, September 8 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. 7pm - 10pm Full Moon Tour. Kernstown Battlefield, Winchester. Meet at the visitor center. Light Refreshments served. Donations accepted.

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Star gazing, weather permitted. More information call (202) 302-9129 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. 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 canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listen live check out the podcasts at 7pm - 8pm BAR Meeting. Town Administration Building, Front Royal. Wednesday, September 10 3:30pm - 5pm Chamber Board Meeting. Chamber Office. Friday, September 12 7:45pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:00pm 150th Anniversary Civil War Movie. Family Drive-In Theatre, Valley Pike, Stephens City. 10% of concessions will be donated to CCNB Foundation. Come out and meet Patrick Gorman, who played Major General John Bell Hood in the movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gods & Generalsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gettysburgâ&#x20AC;?. Special weekend movie passes available. $20 for adults & $10 for children. Re-enactors can camp out at the theatre. Contact us about selling civil war artifacts at the event. Online reservations will start Friday, September 5th at Box office opens at 5pm. Saturday, September 13 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2pm Community Safety Fair. Jim Barnett Park. The Winchester Police Department and Winchester Medical Center are teaming up for the 9th Annual Community Safety Fair. The Community Safety Fair is a free event with more than 50 exhibitors, hands-on activities,

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1994 Chevrolet Van, 3/4 ton high top conversion. 350 V8. Runs Great $1000 Call 540-459-1748 For sale by owner: 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup. Z71, Ext. cab,shortbed,4x4, auto, 5.3lt, good inspection, pwr w/l/d/m, ac/am,fm, runs great, vgc, tow pkg, 145k, highway miles, good interior Reduced to $8,000. 540-551-2072

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Mercury outboards; 20 hp $800.00, 10 hp $500.00, Prentice vise â&#x20AC;&#x153;old 108â&#x20AC;? 6â&#x20AC;? jaws $1000.00, Helen Jean Smith 1987 framed Edinburg print $400.00, John J Pershing 1927 signed photo to General Passaga $1600.00, Antique Oak Ice box, 3 door org wheels $1200.00; Aluminum Light Poles 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122; tall x 4â&#x20AC;? od, square anchor, call 540660-2913

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Long Time Collections for sale: Carnival Glass, Pottery; E. Texas, Roseville, Depression glass (green and pink), Jewelry from the 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and forward. Call 540635-1612

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MISCELLANEOUS 6 or 8 inch tea light candle glass stemware, great for wedding table decorations. 50 quantity. $.10 each. 4-15â&#x20AC;? tall Yankee Candle Cyclinder glassware, $10 each. Nice table decorations for home or wedding. Boyds Bears Resin Statues, variety $5 each. Barbie Dolls, regular $3 each, variety snow white, cinderella & prince and etc, no boxes. Barbie Dolls, Xmas collectible ones, $8.0 each, variety, no boxes. Call 540-539-4872 Lawns mowed - low prices. Call Gary 540-683-1045. Condo for Sale in Stephens City. Move in ready, with appliances. $575 per month. Call 540-533-

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Death notices

Robert W. “Bob” Keckley, 86, of Winchester, VA passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Winchester Medical Center. Memorial contributions can be made to Calvary Church of the Brethren, 578 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, VA, 22602 Gerald Linwood “Tom” Vaughan, III, age 69, of Stephenson, Virginia, died Friday, August 29, 2014, at Winchester Medical Center after battling a long illness. Contributions to honor Mr. Vaughan’s memory may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Sharon Marie (Adams) Askew, 64, of Winchester, Virginia passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Suite #405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601 or to the Winchester SPCA, 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601. Wesley Lee Helsley, Sr., 60, of Frederick County, VA died Thursday, August 21, 2014 as a result of an automobile accident. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tena Helsley, c/o Wesley Helsley, P.O. Box 481, Stephens City, VA 22655 to help with final expenses. Ethel Jean Bennett Vernon, 86, of Winchester, Virginia, died Friday, August 22, 2014, in Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Richard Wilson Smith, Sr., 84, of Winchester, Virginia, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, in the VA Medical Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia. A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, with Pastors Ken Smith and Paul Markee officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Hayfield, Virginia. Military Honors accorded by VFW Group 2123. Mary Walker Blakemore Johnston, 93, of Winchester, died Monday, September 1, 2014, at Winchester Medical Center. Memorial Contributions may be made to Emory and Henry Buchanan-Blakemore House, P.O. Box 950, Emory, VA 24327. David Vaughn Borror, 85, of Stephenson, died Sunday, August 31, 2014 at his home Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5485 Mulberry Street, Stephens City, VA 22655. Mildred Keiter Martz, 100, of Winchester, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2732 Martinsburg Pike, Stephenson, VA 22656 or to Woodlawn Cemetery

learning, and fun for everyone. 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 10am - 6pm 4th Annual Germanfest. Hottel-Keller Homestead, Mt. Olive at 11523 Back Road, Toms Brook. Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum’s 4th Annual German Fest to Commemorate Battle of Toms Brook Sesquicentennial. The Massanutten Antique Tractor & Gasoline Engine Club will be with us again, allowing us to use both sides of our historic property. For more information on the Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum or HKMI log on to 10am - 3pm 4th Annual Middletown Car & Truck Show. Main St. Middletown. Rain date is September 14th. Entry fee $10. Top 20 & Mayor’s Award. Participants’ judging, door prizes, auction, 50/50, and food vendors. Oldies Music by Freddie Cheshire & Retro Sounds. Contact Mayor Charles Harbaugh at (540) 877-4594 or Freddie at (540) 3350446. 11am - 6pm Belle Grove Wine Festival. Belle Grove Plantation, Belle Grove Road, Middletown. Join us for the Belle Grove Wine Festival. Sample a fine variety of regional Shenandoah Valley wines and watch local chefs as they demonstrate their culinary and wine pairing skills. House tours, food, music, craft vendors and much, much more are available during the event. For more information, please call (540) 869-2028, or visit 7:45pm – 9:00pm 150th Anniversary Civil War Movie. See description from Friday, September 12th. Sunday, September 14 1pm - 3:30pm Sunday Jazz at the Taylor Pavilion. Old Town Winchester. FREE compliments of United Bank and The Cajun Experience. 7:45pm – 9:00pm 150th Anniversary Civil War Movie. See description from Friday, September 12th. Monday, September 15 5pm - 7:30pm Considerations for Starting a Small Business. Handley Regional Library, West Piccadilly Street, Winchester. You have a great idea or you want to change your life-

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style, or it’s time to be your own boss. This seminar will help you organize your thoughts, think realistically about your goals, and consider questions you hadn’t thought to ask. 7pm - 8pm Council Work Session. Town Administration Building, 102 E. Main St., Front Royal. Tuesday, September 16 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 5:30pm - 7pm FCMS Groundbreaking Ceremony. 4611 N Frederick Pike, Winchester. Members of the Frederick County School Board and Board of Supervisors will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Frederick County Middle School. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016. 7pm - 8pm BZA Meeting. Front Royal Administration Building, 102 E Main Street, Front Royal. Today is the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting to be held in the upstairs Conference Room of the Front Royal Administration Building. Agenda are available in the Planning/ Zoning Office located at 102 E Main Street (540) 635-4236. 7pm - 9pm Active Shooter Presentation. Shenandoah University, Stimpson Auditorium, Halpin Harrison Hall, Winchester. Prepare yourself for an active shooter event. Free to the public. Reserve your seat today; contact Amy Stotlemyer at

(540) 545-4722 oramy.stotlemyer@ Speaker is Captain Doug Watson. Wednesday, September 17 All day United Way Campaign Kick-off and Day of Caring. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Kernstown Commons Boulevard, Winchester. The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley cordially invites you to join our pacesetter leaders, Wii Corporate Challenge participants, Day of Caring volunteers, friends, and colleagues at the United Way Campaign

Kick-off & Day of Caring. The event will be hosted by Ronald Kaplan, 2014 United Way Campaign Chairperson and the Day of Caring. Event begins at 8am. Please RSVP with your attendance to (540) 536-1610. 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. Thursday, September 18 5pm - 8pm Third Thursday Art Walk. Downtown Front Royal. See CALENDAR, 38


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Friday, September 19 9am - 12:30pm Food Preservation Workshop. Wesley United Methodist Church, 527 Van Fossen St, Winchester. “Don’t Fear the Pressure Canner! or how to can low-acid veg-

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& Recreation at (540) 662-4946. 1pm - 2pm Mt Hebron and the Civil War Tour. Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center, South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. This walking tour of Mt. Hebron Cemetery includes Stonewall Cemetery, a resting place for the bodies of 2,575 Confederate soldiers who died in area fields and hospitals. Learn about the formation of the cemetery, stories regarding some of the soldiers, and the memorial service that

Saturday, September 20 7:00am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11am Pancake Breakfast. North Warren Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company #10. 89 Rockland Road, Front Royal. Join us for pancakes, biscuits, sausages, bacon, sausage and chip beef gravy, scrambled eggs, baked apples, juice, and hot tea. Adults: $8.00, 4-12 year-olds: $4.00, under 3 FREE! 9am - 1pm Farmers Market. Downtown Front Royal, East Main Street, Front Royal. The Front Royal Farmers Market will run through October 25. 10am - 11am Sightseeing Express Trolley Tour. Winchester-Frederick County Visitor Center, South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester. $10. Hop aboard the trolley for a onehour sightseeing excursion of Winchester! Leave the driving to a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pro,â&#x20AC;? settle back, and see the sites! Your professional tour guide will entertain you while providing educational and enlightening information about dozens of area attractions and historical points-of-interest. Space is limited, please register early. Registration deadline is September 12. To reserve your spot, contact Winchester Parks


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