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May happenings in Stephens City

The Veterans Memorial in Stephens City By Sue Golden Frederick County Report May is a busy month in Stephens City. The 23rd Annual Newtown Heritage Festival will take place from May 21st to 23rd. The festival kicks off on Thursday night at 7 pm with the Sherando High School Spring Concert. On Friday night, the 22nd, Souled Out & Crosswinds will perform on the Newtown Commons. Food vendors will be on the Commons Friday evening and all day Saturday, the 23rd. The festivities on Saturday kick off with the 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run at 9 am. Registration begins at 8 am at the Stephens City baseball diamond next to the town hall. There will be craft vendors at the Commons from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The Trinity Lutheran Church is sponsoring a kids’ fun day in their parking lot from 11 am to 5 pm. There will be a magic show, face painting and other delights. There also is a transportation ex-

hibit at the old school house on Main Street. Free wagon rides will be given between the Commons and the Old School House starting at 10 am. Back at the Commons, the Sherando High School Jazz Band will play from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The parade will take place on Main Street at 2 pm. Bull’s Eye will play from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm. The Happy Feet Cloggers will perform from 5:45 pm until 6:45 pm. The Boxcars will play from 7 pm until 9 pm, followed by fireworks at Commons. A more serious event will take place at 11 am on Saturday at the Stephens City Schoolhouse at 5516 Main Street – the dedication ceremony of the Veterans Memorial. In addition to opening remarks by town manager Mike Kehoe and Ronald L. Bowers, Vice Mayor and Chairman of the Veterans Memorial Committee, Boy Scout Troop 15 will post the colors. The Sherando High School Choral Jazz Ensemble will play the Star Spangled Banner. Councilman Jason C. Nauman will lead the as-



   

Dos Los Gingos is one of the vendors that will be at the Newtown Commons for the festival sembled in the pledge of allegiance. Minister Paul Campbell will give the invocation. Brigadier General Theodore Shuey (Ret.) 116th infantry will give the address. Pastor Bob Gochenour will bless the memorial and Reverend Cam Keyer will give the closing prayer. The event will close with the playing of America the Beautiful and taps. Mike Kehoe says that the engraved brick pavers for the Walk of Honor at the memorial are selling well. Anyone wishing to purchase a paver to honor a current or former member of the armed forces can purchase one at the town hall for $50. The cost includes the paver, engraving and installa-

tion. The town also has sponsorships available. The bronze sponsorship includes any donation up to $500. The silver sponsorship includes donations from $500 to $2,500. A gold sponsorship is any donation more than $2,500. Another major development in Stephens City is the town budget. The town council is getting ready to approve a new town budget. The budget increased from $1,084,000 in the 2014-15 fiscal year to $1,090,000 in the 2015-16 fiscal year. According to town manager Mike Kehoe, there was no tax increase in the new budget, but there was a slight increase in assessments, which accounts for the

increase in town revenue. A perusal of the budget shows most other categories in the budget increasing. For example, the general administration expense increased from $133,350 in 2014-15 to $151,659 in 2015-16. The public works budget increased from $286,900 in 2014-15 to $452,000 in 2015-16. The public safety budget increased from $364,400 in 2014-15 to $424,000 in 2015-16. However, certain expense categories did decrease. The administration utility decreased from $178,000 in 201415 to $135,379 in 2015-16. Water services expenses decreased from $170,400 in 2014-15 to $143,000 in 2015-16. Sewer service expenses also decreased from $558,700 in 2014-15 to $413,000 in 2015-16. The first reading of the budget took place at the May 3rd town council meeting. The next town council meeting will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 2nd at the town hall on Locust Street. If you have any questions on the budget, please contact town hall. Last, but not least, long time town manager Mike Kehoe is retiring on June 30th. Assistant town manager Mike Majher will replace Mr. Kehoe as the new town manager. Happy retirement Mr. Kehoe!

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Community

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Attendees Barbara and Steve Curley and Holly Thurman with Philip Stuckey By Ken Thurman Warren-Frederick County Report Once again the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club played host to the annual Salvation Army dinner and awards ceremony April 24th at 6pm. This entertaining and delicious night out marked the 57th year of the Salvation Army’s “Doing the Most Good” in our community. In 2014, the Front Royal Salvation

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Army Corps served 2,908 families and 8,480 individuals. Considering Warren County has a population of 38,987 those numbers represent nearly 22% of our population. The Army also gave out 3,538 food bags with a total of $53,080 in food. They provided an additional $9,210 in

Board Member Ann Crim with Captains Beth and Jim Forrer utility/rent assistance and $8,002 in clothing vouchers. This was only part of the good that the unit did last year, as 700 children were provided with a better Christmas and 404 Christmas food bags were distributed. And, don’t forget Thanksgiving with meals and food boxes totaling 417. In reviewing the Front Royal Salvation Army Corps annual report I found an array of programs and services provided by the Corps: The Family Store (located on South and Cloud streets provides a wide variety of clothing and other items. The Free Food Table in the Cloud Street chapels waiting area. The Family Services Programs providing food, clothing, utility, and rent/mortgage assistance for those among the needy in our community. The Women’s Ministry Programs including Home League & Our Time to encourage and support women through education, worship, and service projects. The Winter Outerwear Program which assists people with coats, scarves, gloves, hats, and socks for the winter. The Christmas Assistance pro-

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gram providing gifts for children and adults through programs like Angel Tree, Toy Shop, Sheetz Family Christmas and holiday food drives. The Community Care Ministries program providing visits and gifts to area nursing homes. The Club 316 program which provides a safe haven for youth in the area including warm meals and rec-

reation along with character building programs like Moonbeams, Sunbeams, Girl Guards, Explorers and Rangers for at-risk children from 517 years old. Plus, there is Salvation Army Camp Happyland, a no or low cost summer camp experience with an opportunity to explore nature while having fun. The largest source of fundraising for the Salvation Army is the familiar bell-ringing that takes place at the red kettles around Christmas but food and monetary gifts are always welcomed. Lead by Captains Jim and Beth Forrer, the Corps tireless efforts on behalf of our community’s disadvantaged and the spirit they instill in the thousands of individuals and families who they touch daily leaves me wanting to stop at the next red kettle I see or call to see how I can help. For more information on the Front Royal Salvation Army Corps call (540) 6354020, or visit www.virginiasalvationarmy.org/frontroyalva or check out www.facebook.com/salvationarmyfrontroyal.

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COMMENTARY Substitute reporter has a lot to learn about Front Royal (And learned a lot while on the job) By Malcolm Barr, Sr. Warren County Report As a long time contributing writer for the Warren County/Frederick County Report, and representing a colleague and friend who went without much in the way of a vacation since a near-death experience three years ago, I could hardly say “no” when the colleague asked if I’d help fill in for him for a week or two. Roger Bianchini, senior writer and former editor, has a way with him when he wants something so I of course said “yes.” He also needed a break, the first since his heart attack on Dec. 31, 2012. Since I use the shorthand of “international journalist” to describe my past before retirement from the U.S. Editor: Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming beautifully, the trees and bushes are bursting forth in full bloom and tourists are traveling to our beautiful valley. We have so much here to offer in the line of scenery and historical treasures. Although I have only lived here 13 years, (my husband is a native Front Royal man) brought me here to retire. I love this Valley! My husband and I go to the church his family has attended for generations. We volunteer in several capacities and live, work and play here. One of the organizations I belong to is the Front Royal/Warren County Anti-Litter Council. Many people and organizations in our community do litter clean-ups regularly. Some participate in our annual Awards Contest for schools and organizations who make a difference by regularly picking up litter, recycling and educating the public in some manner about litter. Their main purpose is to try to clean up what so many in our community create, and that is, to put it mildly, a disgraceful amount of litter fouling our landscape roads and rivers. My husband and I also volunteer at the Warren County Heritage Society and many tourists come through our doors, sent by the Front Royal Visitor’s Center. Although all of them comment on the beautiful valley and our historical treasures as well as the trails that adjoin the Appalachian Trail, unfortunately, they also comment on

government 19 years ago (I was a reporter and editor in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United Sates before joining the fed/gov in 1971) I really thought this opportunity to put a “press” label in my hat would be a breeze. Until, that is, I attended a couple of Front Royal Town Council meetings, and two “work sessions” at which not much work appears to be done (one lasted 17 minutes) unless you count referrals to various commissions or to “full council” which is, well, themselves! From age 16 to my mid-thirties I covered perhaps hundreds of village, town, county and city council meetings, the last in Honolulu circa 1966, but none prepared me for my recent two weeks on the job in Front all the trash they see cluttering up our countryside. Having travelled a good bit around our beautiful country, my husband and I both have never seen as much trash in other areas as we see in our own beautiful state and particularly in our own valley. Is this the impression we want to leave with people who come here to visit? I certainly don’t! When my children were young, I would take them around to pick up trash and they were taught not to throw trash and to recycle. Please take a good look around and ask yourself what you can do to help and teach your children to do the same. Let’s all see if we can’t make a difference and turn our valley around. The Front Royal/Warren County Anti-Litter Council meets every month, the fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm at the Warren County Government Center. We also have rolled out a new and improved web-site www.warrencountyrecycles.org. Feel free to visit our web-site and attend one of our meetings. We are strictly a volunteer organization and if you would really like to make a difference, come join us. We could use your help, creativity and energy in meeting our goal “To educate, motivate and participate in the prevention of litter and to help the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County become better stewards of our environment”. Patricia Cullers, Secretary Anti-Litter Council

Royal. – My fault, of course. Full of misguided enthusiasm and approximately three lines of guidance from my colleague and friend, I failed to adequately prepare myself which is why I think I missed the main story of two meetings while still publishing interesting pieces that none of the other media had. For example, I was (sort of ) castigated by a former town official about failing to publish and explain about 2,000 words of text responding to the minutest points of a citizen complaint in which I had not back-grounded myself, even though I’d conducted a readable and exclusive account featuring the citizen complainant. On the other hand, I was graciously thanked by a fellow dog lover for being the only reporter in the area to report on an effort close to her (and my) heart. I also maybe should mention the quid pro quo I requested in connection with one of my community endeavors - the Memorial Day salute to “the dogs of war.” A lapse in journalistic ethics, perhaps, but an opportunity not to be missed.  At another “work session” a full complement of council members seemed to me to be on opposite sides of what was probably a years-old issue of how wide our roads should be. That was deemed so important in the minds of council that they agreed to take care of lesser needs by moving it to the end of the agenda, thoughtfully freeing those in the audience of

about six to leave after their concerns or demands were assuaged. I wish I’d followed my instinct and left, too, after learning that the animal shelter wanted the loan of the town trolley to cart scores of locals and hundreds of visitors to a major fund raiser on the river. More on that (quid pro quo!) elsewhere in this newspaper (another exclusive!). Safe to say, after causing me to miss half the Washington Capitals playoff game that evening, the road-widening brouhaha was referred back to the planning commission. Good. I had no idea what they were talking about. In retrospect, I’d have been better suited to an assignment to Warren County Board of Supervisors’ meetings at which, according to what I read in this and other area newspapers, they handled such straightforward and uncomplicated measures as the adoption of the annual budget (real estate taxes up 5 per cent) and a diatribe against VDOT and the board to do with Morgan’s Ford Bridge. My assignment, however, was to “cover the town.” None of my “bosses” has told me yet, but I believe I did pretty good after almost 50 years away from the game. Okay, guys, even at 82, “good job” is all I expect. Only I wish you’d have told me earlier! And – welcome home, Roger! Good trip? (RB note: Not long enough – and thanks, Mal – “GREAT job” too …)

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Public safety

Much ado about nothing or sensible caution? Package near UPS mail drop off at WCGC leads to bomb scare

County Administrator Doug Stanley confers with law enforcement at the scene. Uh, there’s an unattended package near the UPS drop off spot …

That’s a wrap – bomb tech vehicle clears the scene of any dangerous and/or misplaced skin lotion packages

“In God We Trust” – But let’s call the state police just to be sure … By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A portion of the Warren County Government Center was evacuated and another locked down with administrative employees inside after an unattended package was reported to law enforcement officials as suspicious the afternoon of Thursday, May 7. County Sheriff ’s Office deputies at the scene verified the time of the call

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reporting a “suspicious” package to law enforcement as 2:11 p.m. Despite an Amazon return mail label and the notation “face cream” and physical proximity to a UPS drop-off container, in this age of “good versus evil” political vilification, social paranoia, violence and fear of violence, a path of “better safe than sorry” over a potential terrorist threat was chosen. Whether a foreign name on the package, oriental we were told, had

any bearing on the decision to consider the package as a potential bomb or dangerous substance container is anybody’s guess. – Heck, if it had been a Middle Eastern name on the package the whole Town of Front Royal probably would have been evacuated. Be that as it may, 4-hours-and-19 minutes after that initial call was received, a 6:30 p.m. update to the original WCSO press release on the incident noted, “A Virginia State Police bomb technician responded to the Warren County Government Center to X-ray the unattended package. The package was found to be safe. The package contained skin lotion. The package was taken to the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office.” (And if it’s not claimed, those deputies positioned on the north side of the scene may need that lotion after four hours under an early-summer sun pumping temperatures into the mid-80s that

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The county Finance Department and interior entrance to the Public School Administrative offices are close by to the left of that entrance. Perhaps coincidentally, Fed Ex and UPS drop-off containers are positioned just outside that center entrance. afternoon) As the law enforcement response, including Virginia State Police K9 and bomb tech units, progressed over four-plus hours, police radio communications indicated authorities were attempting to locate an individual with an oriental name, seeming to verify information we had received on the package from sources inside the WCGC. Units on the scene described the location of the package as inside the

foyer area of the middle of three front entrances to the government center. Other sources inside the building indicated they believed the package was originally positioned up against the outside door and may have been moved by cleaning or maintenance staff inside the foyer. That central entrance leads directly into the County Planning and Zoning Department. The county Finance Department and interior entrance to the Public School Administrative

offices are close by to the left of that entrance. Perhaps coincidentally, the UPS drop-off container is positioned just outside that center entrance. Hmm, wonder if it was full at the time or the box wouldn’t fit inside? Officials at the scene told us the Planning and Zoning Department and School Administrative Offices were evacuated out of the rear of the building, as well as County Administrative rooms and offices closest to the middle entrance on the building’s

Public safety north side to the County Administrator’s Office. Other offices north of the County Administrator’s, remained staffed for various periods during the incident. After a Virginia State Police bombsniffing dog named Zeva, a four-yearold female Lab – “Good girl, Zeva” – cleared employee vehicles parked on the south side of the WCGC parking lot, county public school and some county administrative employees were allowed to leave through

Early morning I-HOP robbery investigation continues Arrest Made in Connection with IHOP Robbery

Sheriff’s Office personnel discuss access to the IHOP with a vendor the afternoon of the crime at the Crooked Run Center IHOP Crooked Run Center restaurant manager assaulted with baseball bat By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Details were initially sketchy 10 hours into the investigation of an early morning robbery at the IHOP in the Crooked Run Plaza Shopping Center in Warren County’s near north side. A press release issued

at 2:04 p.m. the afternoon of Monday, May 11, stated, “On May 11, 2015, at approximately 4:35 a.m., the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office responded to a robbery at the IHOP located at 135 Crooked Run Plaza, Front Royal. “A masked suspect entered the store and assaulted the assistant manager. The suspect is described as a tall, slim male that was dressed in dark clothing. The amount of money taken has not been deter-

IHOP robbery and assault suspect Brandon Scott Jackson On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Warren County Sheriff ’s Office investigators arrested Brandon Scott Jackson in connection with mined at this time. Patrol units from the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office and the Front Royal Police Department secured the scene. However, further details of a rumored vicious assault on the IHOP assistant manager were released just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. – “Investigators say the assistant manager was assaulted with a base-

the IHOP Restaurant robbery that occurred in the early-morning hours of May 11. Jackson, age 28, was taken into custody without incident. His last known address was listed at 1409 Belmont Avenue, Front Royal. Jackson has been charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and malicious wounding. He is being held without bond at the RSW Regional Jail. If you have information regarding this investigation please contact Investigator Brandon Darr or Sergeant Phillip Henry at (540) 635-7100. From a release issued at 10:42 a.m., May 14

ball bat and the amount of money taken is estimated to be $5,000 to $6,000” the sheriff ’s office update stated. The case is being investigated by the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office. Anyone with additional information is requested to contact Lieutenant Gordon Foster at (540) 635-7100.

the northside main entrance, retrieve their cars and leave the scene. A Warren County Sheriff ’s Office Press Release issued at 4:05 p.m. as the incident was unfolding noted, “a Virginia State Police K-9 trooper with an explosives dog responded and checked the area with negative results.” Warren County Sheriff ’s Office deputies and VSP officers remained on the scene awaiting the arrival of a state police bomb tech, who eventually X-rayed the package leading to the skin lotion diagnosis. Lieutenant Charles Bockey was handling the WCSO investigation. Anyone with additional information on the incident was asked to contact him at (540) 635-4128. As of May 11, the sheriff ’s office had been unable to contact anyone associated with the package. Dan McDermott contributed to this story

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A network for recovering vets sends one skyward at FRR Warrior Bonfire Project, Skyline Soaring and FR Airport team up By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Saturday, May 9, a pilot involved with the Warrior Bonfire Project aimed at helping American war veterans overcome physical and psychological problems as they reintegrate into the home front brought two vets to Warren County’s Front Royal Airport (FRR) for some down time – WELL, actually it was UP time. That’s because U.S. Navy vet Nick Oekerman and another vet were going up for their first glider piloting experiences with the help of the Skyline Soaring Club operating out of FRR. After Warrior Bonfire Project founder Dan Fordice helped Oekerman off for his glider flight, we asked him about his organization and involvement with vets through Wounded Warrior efforts. Fordice, who also owns and pilots a vintage World War II P-51 fighter plane, referenced the Warrior Bonfire Project website – www.warriorbonfireproject.com – and gave us his card for follow-up questions. He explained his planned P-51 flight bringing Oekerman to FRR for his glider flight had been aborted by dense fog in Manassas that morning – DARN, I wouldn’t mind a spin in a P-51 … Anyway, Fordice noted that Oekerman had been taking flying lessons and had actually gotten to take the controls of another WW II classic, a B-17 bomber the previous Thursday “for practice”. He said Oekerman now worked with other wounded vets at Walter Reed Hospital. – “Nick was a medic and after he got treated at Walter

Reed he decided he’d like to stay and help other vets who were going through what he went through.” Fordice also told us Oekerman is involved in a film project originally titled “Where Heaven and Hell Collide” but recently changed to “Honor and Privilege”. Fordice said that the project involves actual vets playing roles in a Hollywood-style production about war and its aftermath. Info on the movie was still available online under the original title, he said. With Oekerman’s glider still appearing and disappearing in the skies above Warren County, we bid Fordice and members of the Skyline Soaring Club farewell and retreated homeward.

of the Warrior Bonfire Project began to form in the mind of our founder, Dan Fordice, as he often looked for ways to serve and help his fellow veterans who suffered from injuries both physical and mental. Dan served for a total of 13 years between the U.S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard and it is truly his passion to find resources and connections to relieve any possible obstacle. “Dan found himself in a conversation with SFC (RET. USA) Charles Gregory Williams, who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury when a Rock-

et Propelled Grenade struck and exploded a 50 Cal ammunition box two feet from his head and was later medically retired in November 2011 for wounds received while in combat … Greg commented that he could spend a full day with a PhD certified counselor and not come close to the therapeutic value of sitting around a bonfire with five or six guys who were there. Dan quickly responded, ‘We will provide the bonfire!’” The Warrior Bonfire Project focuses “on three main areas, veterans, veteran spouses, and networks for

our alumni to be provided continued support. We take our soldiers and spouses on trips that encourage healing by providing low stress environments and activities that build a brotherhood among our small groups.” And hence, we found Fordice and Nick Oekerman under the tutelage of the Skyline Soaring Club over the friendly skies of Front Royal Airport and Airport Manager Reggie Cassagnol – Good work, to all involved! – rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

Warrior Bonfire Project We looked up Fordice’s website and found this about its mission and founding: “The Warrior Bonfire Project is committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart recipients on their life long journey of recovery and healing, with focus on creating activity based, stress free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing. “We place warriors, wounded in combat with others of a similar experience, in a stress free, safe and secure setting which promotes wellness and health. We are committed to providing an atmosphere in a simple and straightforward manner by allowing our excursions the freedom to be shaped and changed by the participants to be exactly what they need it to be. “In the later part of 2012, the vision

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Responding to a question from Supervisor Archie Fox at the May 5 work session, County Administrator Doug Stanley noted that it was the board of supervisors itself that adopted a policy of leniency on back real estate taxes owed by developers and builders on yet-to-be developed land.

Treasurer explains back tax collection efforts, results Staff explains board decision to let developers slide on unsold lots

County Treasurer Wanda Bryant assures the board of supervisors her staff is doing its job on back-tax collection. County Administrator Doug Stanley, seated, reminded the board it was the one that chose a path of non-collection from real estate developers on undeveloped lots. Records indicate prominent land owners owe huge amounts of both the county and town back tax debt. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Perhaps stung by what she called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the recent media frenzyâ&#x20AC;? over uncollected Delinquent Taxes, Warren County Treasurer Wanda Bryant addressed her officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work and results on the collection of those back-tax debts at a May 5 work session of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to show you weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sitting on our hands in my office â&#x20AC;&#x201C; my staff works very hard,â&#x20AC;? Bryant told the supervisors in beginning her presentation. That presentation indicated a 98 percent to 99 percent collection rate on both Delinquent Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes, though that rate dipped to 93.55 percent and 97 percent on 2014 Personal Proper-

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countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land developers and builders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are there local builders playing that game?â&#x20AC;? Fox asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always,â&#x20AC;? Stanley replied. The county administrator elaborated that the previous board attitude was not to aggressively pursue Delinquent Real Estate Taxes on undeveloped land owned by such builders and developers because â&#x20AC;&#x153;the feeling was it might never be collected.â&#x20AC;? Methods the county could use to more aggressively seek back taxes from those developers include withholding building permits until the back taxes were made good, Stanley observed. Stanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work session explanation seemed contradictory to Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statement during the May 5 board meeting that the board of supervisors â&#x20AC;&#x153;had no input other than the budgetâ&#x20AC;? on decisions on Delinquent Real Estate Tax collection. Carter raised the subject during board comments, saying of the County Treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office headed by Bryant, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the ones that make those decisions [on collections].â&#x20AC;? County Administrator Stanley pointed out that Warren County had the second highest tax collection rate in the area. Despite that success rate, at a March 24 supervisors meeting Supervisor Fox, who is Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, cited delinquent real estate taxes totaling over $3.9 million, with penalty and interest charges raising the total real estate debt owed to the county to $5.7 million. However, Bry-

ant later explained those numbers included outstanding Sanitary District fees, which are categorized and used differently than county real estate tax revenue. So minus the delinquent Sanitary District money, the amount of Delinquent Real Estate Taxes owed the county is $2,312,208.26, with a penalty and interest total of $1,187,878, giving the county a total Delinquent Real Estate Tax Bill of $3.5 million ($3,500,086.30 to be precise). That leaves the county dealing with an additional $2.3 million in

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are there local builders playing that game?â&#x20AC;? Fox asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always,â&#x20AC;? Stanley replied. lection against some of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent citizens and land developers, Bryant addressed any â&#x20AC;&#x153;perception of favoritismâ&#x20AC;? in seeking back tax payments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play favoritism, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could help your brother a little, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you?â&#x20AC;? Supervisor Fox quipped, drawing laughter.

More seriously, during this reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial exploration of the Delinquent Tax issue following Supervisor Fox and Councilman Hrbekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments of March 23 and 24, we asked Bryant about some of the prominent names on the list of 18 individual and company names notified of pending forced real estate sales published on

April 1 by the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contracted collector (the Pond, Pond, Williams law firm) of back taxes over two to three years delinquent. Since we have yet to contact those people about the subject of back taxes we will not publish their names. However, among amounts owed by those on and off the list

Delinquent taxes among the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prominent land developers, property owners and builders were totals of $65,882 (personal debt); $43,935 (business debt); and $32,538 (personal debt). On the town side some of those same names owed amounts from $10,256 to $15,800, along with other comparable amounts in both personal and company names. The town does not use the Pond law firm to pursue back taxes. Bryant noted that not everyone was pleased with more aggressive collection efforts, particularly Personal Property Taxes often owed on vehicles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to be tough with people â&#x20AC;Ś and this effort with Dannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help is going to bring in a lot,â&#x20AC;? Bryant said of the sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in seizing cars with large or ongoing personal property debts. Background Supervisor Fox raised the issue of delinquent taxes during discussion of the county budget and a proposed 3-cent Real Estate Tax increase. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we had this amount of money in the bank it would take care of one year of tax increases. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not fair to place the burden on those citizens who do pay their taxes,â&#x20AC;? Fox told his colleagues on March 25, echoing similar senti-

ments expressed by Councilman Bret Hrbek on the town side the previous day. Hrbek estimated the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delinquent Real Estate Taxes at $240,000 to $250,000. Town Finance Director Kim Gilkey-Breeden later said the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Delinquent Real Estate Tax total is $217,327, but noted that Penalty and Interest are not calculated until payments are made. The townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Real Estate Tax Rate was 13 cents and the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 61 cents per $100 of assessed value, as both municipalities considered potential hikes in the wake of the recent countywide real estate reassessment. The town eventually approved a quarter-cent increase, keeping the rate at 13 cents ($80,000 revenue per penny of Real Estate Tax) following reassessments, producing only $20,000 of additional annual revenue to the town. The county approved 1.5-cents of an initially proposed 3cent, post reassessment Real Estate hike, allowing it to keep half of the real estate reassessment revenue increase. So, the county Real Estate Tax Rate is now 59.5 cents. The county realizes $404,386 of revenue per each penny of Real Estate Tax. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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Back to the Future of voting – moving toward paper ballots Following touch-screen decertification, county OKs paper ballot scanners By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The Warren County Board of Supervisors got a briefing on its options in the wake of the electronic, touchscreen voting machines it purchased 10 years ago being decertified by the state electoral board. County Registrar Carol Tobin explained that decertification was not the result of any known issue encountered during elections here, but the discovery that the WINVote machines could be hacked by remote equipment, altering vote talleys by what the Virginia Department of Elections termed “malicious third parties”. The WINVote machines were decertified by the Virginia Department of Elections on April 14, 2015. Tobin later explained to us that the state electoral board had banned future purchases of touch-screen, electronic machines in 2007. – “They allowed us to repair the ones we had but we couldn’t buy any new ones since that time,” Tobin explained. The option a board consensus reached was to move back to paper ballot machines (digital optical scanners) that electronically read hand-written votes (inked-in blocks by candidate names) and then store

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those original paper ballots marked by voters. That system allows a physical record of the actual votes cast, something the variety of electronic voting machines moved to across the country over the past decade did NOT do. The board of supervisors rejected replacing the county’s old hand-lever, mechanical voting machines with digital optical scanners at the time it joined the lemming-like national move toward totally electronic, touch-screen machines in 2005. Questions about the potential of election fraud and outside electronic manipulation of results accompanied the promotion of touch-screen, online-connected machines from the outset. “There is no wifi connection, these machines can’t be hacked?” County Administrator Doug Stanley asked. “That’s correct,” Kimberlee Shoup Erney of voting machine company Electronic Services Online (ESO) replied. The machines recommended by Tobin and the Warren County Electoral Board are made by Electronic Services Online. It is a perhaps ironic company name considering the nature of the machines they will provide. Be that as it may, the county already uses ESO’s digital optical scanners to count absentee ballots. A summary of the county electoral board recommendation states, “These scanners have proven to be easy to use and provide accurate results. This company was the first to offer a digital scanner with the capa-

bility to capture the image of write-in votes and provide the results on the print-out report at the close of polls on Election Day. This feature has proven to be a great time saver for our Officers of Elections on Election night when tallying results. We have used the services of this company since 2005 and have found them to be supportive in providing excellent

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Voting integrity tional Republican enthusiasm for funding hack-able voting machines versus state Republican reluctance to fund machines that can’t be manipulated from the outside). Background

Voting machine company rep Kimberlee Shoup Erney holds up a sample optical scan ballots – while she said voters should do their best to fill in the boxes by the candidate of their choice, she told us the machine will read sloppily-filled ballots – OR let you know the ballot is unreadable as it is turned in so it may be fixed. Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter asked if the paper ballots allowed votes to be traced to the per-

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Supervisor Archie Fox may be (or not) wondering why his political party (Republican) led effort to nix governor-proposed state funding help to localities for the mandated change in voting machines. $63,840 for 16 OVI-VC (15-inch ADA compliant screens), also with carrying cases, firmware, warranty and USB; as well as $4,950 in shipping and handling; and $3,600 for installation, training and equipment testing. However, it appeared that in the wake of a suggestion by North River Supervisor Dan Murray that the company waive shipping and handling costs in return for a quick authorization of the purchase that, that $4,950 shipping cost would be waived. ESO rep Kimberlee Shoup Erney replied “yes” to Murray’s question on waived shipping costs, leading Murray to quip, “A simple question and a simple answer.”

County Board Chairman Richard Traczyk asked if the state would help localities with the purchase in the wake of the state decertification. County Administrator Stanley replied that while Governor Terry McAuliffe (Democrat) had put a 100-percent state compensation to localities for the machines into the state budget proposal, the General Assembly (Republican majority) had removed that compensation entirely from the state budget. Tobin later told us that when the county purchased its hack-able, electronic touch-screen machines in 2005, federal grants paid for all but $5,734 of a total cost of $220,348.50 (perhaps raising the question of na-

The April 14, 2015 Virginia Department of Elections summary of the recommendation to decertify the WINVote machines explains, “During a recent election, one precinct in Virginia reported unusual activity with some of the devices used to capture votes. The devices were displaying errors that interfered with the ability to collect votes. As a result of the findings included in this report, VITA (Virginia Information Technologies Agency) recommends discontinuing use of the Advanced Voting System WINVote devices. The security review determined that the combination of weak security controls used by the devices would not be able to prevent a malicious third party from modifying the votes recorded by the WINVote devices. The primary contributor to these findings is a combination of weak security controls used by the devices: namely, the use of encryption protocols that are not secure, weak passwords, and insufficient system hardening … This heightened level of risk has led VITA security staff to conclude that a malicious third party could be able to alter votes on these devices. These machines should not remain in service.” – rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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David Wines field name proposal forwarded for approval Bing Crosby name remains on stadium – for now – vote slated on field

What’s in a name? – Bing Crosby Stadium, red roof, dominates the county’s youth sports complex of Eighth Street. “The Bing” may soon sport the field name David L. Wines. Also pictured, from top left, are Champs 53 and Bob Mason Fields and the Claude Stokes Community Pool. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Discussion of naming the field at Bing Crosby Stadium after the late David Wines revealed that the county has considered a re-naming of the stadium itself if a corporate entity is willing to pay for the privilege of seeing its name prominently displayed at all county sporting events played there. When it was explained the Da-

vid Wines re-naming proposal was for the field only, not the stadium, north River Supervisor Dan Murray, a retired Interbake Foods employee, asked about the potential of corporate sponsorship. Assistant County Attorney Dan Whitten replied that staff has already considered the potential of corporate sponsorship changing the name of the stadium itself. Be that as it may, what the supervisors had on the table at a May 5

work session was the naming of the Bing Crosby Stadium field for David L. Wines, the late husband of current EDA Board Chair Patty Wines and long-time youth sports coach and sponsor; and Front Royal Cardinals founding member, who died several months ago. The proposal was brought forward to the county Parks & Recreation Department by Front Royal Cardinals Baseball, Inc. President Donna Settle. In a summary of the reasons

for her proposal, Settle explained Wines’ connections to both youth sports and the Cardinals, a MLB Developmental League team comprised largely of college players from outside the community. In bringing the proposal to the county supervisors, Parks & Rec Director Dan Lenz summarized county rules on field naming. He noted current recreational fields and youth ballparks named for the 1953 Front Royal Little League team that fin-

ished third in the Little League World Series (Champs 53 Field); retired WCHS softball coach Bob Mason who led the Lady ‘Cats to two successive state championships in 1983-84, as well as multiple district titles and general excellence; Burrell Brooks Park off Criser Road; Eastham Park by the river on land donated by the Eastham family; and William E. Carson Trail along the county’s riverside Front Royal Golf Club; as well as the Claude Stokes Community Pool.


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Settle’s letter to the county describes the reasons she believes the Wines field naming is appropriate. “Mr. Wines has contributed significantly to the community or area in which the Bing Crosby Stadium Field is located. Mr. Wines was very active in sports and was one of the founding directors of the Front Royal Cardinals … He was a member of the Advisory Board of Warren County Parks and Recreation, as well as the Front Royal Golf Club Advisory Committee … he had a significant impact on County Parks facilities for more than 50 years dating back to the early 1960s when he was a coach of both Front Royal Little League and Front Royal Midget football teams … As a coach of those teams, Mr. Wines had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of boys and girls throughout the years …”

Warren County As the work session discussion opened, Board Chairman Richard Traczyk wondered at limiting the field name to one man – “I know of 15 people deserving too,” Traczyk commented. He then suggested a possible option, placement of a plaque in Bing Crosby Stadium commemorating, not just Wines, but other similarlydeserving people who have similar histories in youth sports as their names might be brought forward. However, Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter countered that he didn’t think anyone was “more deserving” of the honor than Wines, while he agreed there were multiple locals you could make a case for such a prominent renaming. Currently both the Warren County and Skyline High School baseball teams play at “The Bing” in the

spring; and the Cardinals and Legion level teams utilize the field throughout the summer. A board consensus seemed to be to forward Wines name alone for the field designation despite any other similarly back-grounded locals involved in community youth sports, whose names have yet to be brought forward for such an honor. And heck, if Wines’ connection to both local youth athletics and the Cardinals can bring a truce to the often simmering hostility between those groups, God bless him and his name on a field now used by both. A vote on the designation will come at an upcoming board of supervisors meeting, perhaps as soon as Tuesday, May 19, at the 7 p.m. meeting. – rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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cal partisan parties had little inclination to support. Parker has admitted he relied perhaps too heavily on ballot name recognition in the 2014 town election after six years on council, the last two as vice mayor and first two as an appointed member. As we reported at the time, in a forest of hundreds of campaign signs appearing on Election Day 2014, we counted only three â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parker for Councilâ&#x20AC;? signs, though we were assured there were at least five out. Parker actually held a slim 5-vote lead for the third and final council

Just six months off a tight, 50-vote loss in his re-election bid to the Front Royal Town Council, Shae Parker has announced a run for the North River seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is my desire to once again have an opportunity to serve my community. Initially I was content to step aside from politics while other elected officials shape this communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. However, not a day would pass in which I was not approached by citizens who would encourage my re-involvement in local government or just share their dissatisfaction with the current town/county relations, assessments or tax rates,â&#x20AC;? Parker said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I firmly believe my experience on the Town Council will be a strong benefit in my performance on the Board. My experience as a small business owner, parent, homeowner, taxpayer, and end user of both Town and County services will be as much, if not more of a benefit,â&#x20AC;? Parker added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a 30-plus-year resident of Warren County and a local history enthusiast, I am firmly aware of how far Warren County has come and that there is a cost associated with progress. However, I firmly believe in fiscal responsibility. I have fought in the past to cut unnecessary spending and I plan to do the same again if elected. I am a frugal man and expect to get the most value out of every dollar I spend and expect the same of my government.â&#x20AC;? Parker has received the Warren County Democratic Committee nomination for the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North River District seat. Parker will face incumbent Republican Dan Murray,

a retired grounds manager at Interbake Foods and a New Jersey native who relocated here with his company, in Murrayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first run for re-election. Murray served as county board chairman in 2014. He was first elected in 2010 amidst the chaos created within the Democratic Committee when former Republican-affiliated Councilman Chris Holloway pulled a Party switch and Democratic Committee Caucus coup to get the committee nomination from then incumbent, the late Glenn White. Murray then found fertile political ground running against a candidate both lo-

spot heading into the final townwide precinct report last November. But Republican-endorsed, first-time candidate John Connolly beat Parker by 67 votes (357-290) in the Happy Creek District to take the final winning spot 1,231 to 1,181 votes, a 50vote margin. The second and first place totals of BĂŠbhinn Egger and Hollis Tharpe, respectively, was 1,275 (Egger) and 1,673 (Tharpe). His press release bio notes Parker â&#x20AC;&#x153;was born in Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Warren County in

1979 at the age of 7. In 2004 he left a 15-year career in radio and purchased a local small business, Hanna Sign Company, LLC. A husband and father first, he is also an artist, musician, and on occasion can still be heard on local radio. Shae was Vice Mayor of the Town of Front Royal from 2012-14 and served on the Townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s council from 2008-2014. He volunteers his time and services with numerous organizations in the community, but has a special place in his heart for 4-H. Shae currently serves as the Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at the Northern Virginia 4H Education and Conference Center in Harmony Hollow and volunteers his time as an adult volunteer. He is a vocalist and the bass player in the local rock band The Church Street Project. Shae and his family are members of Calvary Episcopal Church, and live at 5 East 17th Street in the Town of Front Royal.â&#x20AC;? Parker added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look forward to speaking with the citizens and hearing their concerns, wants and needs. While my focus during the campaign will be in the North River District, I still expect to hear from citizens and business owners throughout the county.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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“The voters of the Shenandoah District will have a clear choice between my opponent and me.” – Ralph Rinaldi on independent run for Board of Supervisors

Rinaldi sites public support in decision on independent run Round 2 in Shenandoah District’s Sayre-Rinaldi supervisors’ matchup

Ralph Rinaldi, right, with Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley after a 2014 board of supervisors meeting. Rinaldi hopes to be working more closely with Stanley after the November elections. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Well, it could be a lot more entertaining a battle than the recent Welterweight Championship so-called “fight” between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao – Ralph Rinaldi is taking another shot at derailing former Front Royal Town Councilman Tom Sayre’s move into Warren County politics. After 12 days of consideration following a 25-vote “majority decision” loss in the April 23 Warren County Republican Committee Nominat-

ing Canvass, Rinaldi has decided to give it another go. In a May 4 press release, Rinaldi acknowledged the close loss in his first effort at electoral politics, stating, “It’s no secret I nearly won the Republican nomination. I was really pleased with the overwhelming level of support and encouragement I received during and after the campaign. My phone has been ringing off the hook for the past week. People have been calling me to apologize for not voting, people telling me they promised to volunteer for my campaign and most importantly, people encouraging me to run

again.” At this point Rinaldi re-enters a field of two – himself and Tom Sayre. Sayre edged Rinaldi 223-198 for the Republican nomination for Shenandoah District supervisor in the April 23 party canvass. Three-term incumbent Richard Traczyk has announced his retirement at the end of his current term, which expires at the end of the year. Rinaldi said his focus is now getting the signatures necessary to get on the ballot for an independent run. He said he hopes to involve all aspects of the voting public in that effort, as well as his run toward Election Day 2015. “The voters of the Shenandoah District will have a clear choice between my opponent and me,” Rinaldi said in his release. “I firmly believe we must improve the town and county relations so we can create more living wage jobs in our community. We must continue the progress we have worked so hard for in our public school system. We need leaders who can make sensible and rational decisions so that all citizens of Warren County can be assured of our future.  We need elected leaders who remember every dollar government spends is a dollar out of a family’s budget. We need to remember our first responders and the sacrifices they make daily to keep us safe. These and many more issues will be talked about the coming months and I look forward to comparing my vision for Warren County against my opponent’s vision and his record.”

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Background The biography section of his press release notes Rinaldi graduated high school in 1965, volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam, seeing combat action aboard the USS Furse in 1968, resulting in a commendation from his captain “for his actions in a combat zone.” Of his service record and postmilitary life, the release adds, “He achieved the rank of Petty Officer Third Class and was awarded the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. In 1969, he was honorably discharged and he returned to Virginia to attend college. Ralph was married and had two sons by the time he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1974. He earned his degree in education and returned to Northern Virginia to work for Fairfax County Public Schools.” The release notes he later shifted professional gears, moving to a 25year career in the concrete construction business where he worked in sales, customer relations, business contract negotiations, budget preparation, quality control, collections and credit, eventually “supervising multiplant operations with more than 50 employees. – After his decades-long hiatus from teaching, Ralph returned in 2005 to work for the Fauquier County Public Schools.”

Rinaldi cited a management style “through humor, mutual respect and honesty … allowing all of the pieces to fall into place naturally, making everyone satisfied with their work” that he hopes to continue into oversight of the county government. Rinaldi has lived in Warren County for 18 years. He served on the board of the Shenandoah Farms Property Owners Association and is currently the Shenandoah District’s planning commissioner, appointed by Traczyk last year. He lives with his wife, Edna, has two adult sons and six grandchildren. His press release adds that he “enjoys fostering Springer Spaniels and the outdoors” – or as he told us after losing the April 23 Republican Canvass, “I’m going camping.” (Full disclosure: This writer’s parents and Rinaldi’s parents were close friends. Growing up in Alexandria, Virginia, Ralph’s younger brother Paul was this writer’s best friend through much of Catholic grammar school until we went to different high schools at about the age of 16. I lost touch with the Rinaldi family upon leaving Alexandria for college in 1967.)

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“It seems impractical to walk (change) the school districts just so they can keep the same mascot name.” – Town Councilman Bébhinn Egger on traffic implications of public school redistricting proposal

Town concerns over middle school names, redistricting By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

During a May 11 work session the Front Royal Town Council authorized staff to communicate concerns to the Warren County School Board over a proposed school district change that could impact town traffic to and from the new middle school scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year.

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rezoning as presented without assurances on traffic “because I didn’t trust the traffic study.” Noting potential profound changes to anticipated traffic patterns to the new middle school, Councilman Bébhinn Egger seemed to nail the issue most succinctly when she said, “It seems impractical to walk (change) the school districts just so they can keep the same mascot name (from middle school to high school).” Council authorized the town manager to communicate its concerns over the traffic implications of such a redistricting to the School Board.

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newlyweds. With a date in hand, you can start selecting and lining up the vendors who will help you execute your vision. The Valley offers brides and grooms numerous venues. They can exchange vows in front of the stone chimney that once warmed a longgone countryside home at the picturesque vineyards of Valerie Hill in Stephens City or against a breathtaking mountain backdrop while under the outdoor wedding arbor of Bowling Green Country Club in Front Royal. At the same time you are assessing your venue, you’ll want to select who will officiate your wedding, and you’ll want to make sure that person— be it a priest, minister, rabbi, or friend—will be available on the day you have selected to marry. Brenda Berry, the wedding officiant behind Sacred Celebrations, says that brides and grooms should consider their officiant carefully. She says that couples should seek someone who wants to create a ceremony that is consistent with the


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is about more than what dishes will be served. “Being invited to provide the food for a couple’s special day means so much as a caterer. They trust us with their celebratory meal—a meal that will be shared with friends and family alike. The partnership between the couple and the caterer is one that will define the reception in a positive way. It’s an important relationship, and it should be a fun one.” Kerri Lane Mariano of Kerri Lane Photography concurs, saying, “Being asked to create the visual record of a couple’s wedding is such a privilege. This is a moment they want to cherish forever, and great photography does that for them. I love being able to be a part of such a special day and to offer suggestions for great photographs that help them tell their story to all those who will see the images for years to come.” Other service providers agree that being invited to participate in a couple’s wedding offers them the honor and privilege of participating in something very special.

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First Street citizens urge council action on speeding So far it’s been pets run down; neighbors fear a child could be next

As neighbors, including dad Douglas at right, listen, Alex Ichiuji tells council he wants to be safe in his First Street neighborhood. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A contingent of a dozen residents of First Street, for the most part on a heavily-sloped section between Virginia Avenue and Massie Street,

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Vehicular and pedestrian traffic around 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, on First Street between Massie and Virginia Avenue. It appears town police have already started to monitor traffic speeds on that section of road – good work, guys. he called “a beloved family dog” recently hit by what he called “a speeding motorist” in front of his home. Baer also noted the absence of sidewalks on that narrow section of First Street, as well as a number of neighborhood children and R-MA students walking into town from campus down that section of the road. Three members of the Ichiuji family also addressed council, including Alex who appeared to be about four years old. His message, along with dad Douglas and mom Melissa, reiterated Baer‘s fears that the next accident along their section of First Street could involve the death of a child rather than a pet. When Melissa Ichiuji concluded her comments by urging council action even though “I know it is an inconvenience,” Mayor Tim Darr responded by telling her and the other First Street residents present that “it is NEVER an inconvenience for council to deal with the issues of citizens” particularly where public safety is concerned. The mayor suggested bringing the issue to a council work session and invited those citizens present to attend and further contribute to the discussion of a new speed limit and traffic safety enforcement in their neighborhood. The petition submitted to council and signed by 14 residents of that one or two-block stretch of First Street suggests reducing the speed limit “to 20 mph or slower” with aggressive enforcement by the Front Royal Police to see those utilizing First Street between North Royal and Virginia Avenues and Massie Street as a shortcut to the Soccerplex-Skatepark recreational area or Route 340 South get the message. In other public comments at the

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Morgan Miller needs a wheelchair accessible vehicle By Carol Ballard Warren County Report

If you’ve ever been without transportation, you know what a helpless feeling it can cause. Morgan Miller is an independentthinking twenty-five year old, but is confined to a wheel chair because of cerebral palsy and she would like to have a lot more mobility in her life. “She has already overcome some very difficult obstacles in her short lifetime, but the one that holds her back at this time is transportation,” said her mother Lisa Bessette. Lisa said that she has wanted a van for Morgan her entire life, and would have been satisfied with a used one, but those were also out of their financial reach. They often make use of the Front Royal Trolley, but it doesn’t run in the evenings when they’d like or need to go out. Morgan is an involved person, and volunteers at the Warren County Government Center where she greets and directs people, and at Samuels

Library where she cleans CDs and DVDs, helps discard books and collects paper. She is very social, and could easily be paid to be a greeter or stock shelves in a store or other establishment. Lisa said Morgan is at the intellectual level of a second grader, but has the maturity of her own age of 25. She plays baseball on the Challenger team and is in the Skyline Chimers musical group. But she would really like to be able to earn her own money, and although they have looked, they haven’t found a job in Front Royal or Warren County for her. “There are jobs that she is qualified for, but they are in Winchester or more than an hour away,” Lisa said. Lisa was excited to hear about the contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) in honor of May being National Mobility Awareness Month. The organization is giving away four wheelchair accessible vehicles: one to a caregiver, one to a 60+ senior, one that is battery powered

for in-town driving only, and one in the general category. The van they are hoping for is just the right height for her, and has lifts and a tie down to keep her in place. Lisa can no longer lift her in and out of car anymore because her back can’t support Morgan’s weight. Lisa, as Morgan’s caregiver, has entered her in the contest. She had to write a description of Morgan and her abilities and why she should be entered. She was chosen as one of the Local He-roes to take part in the promotion. She needs people to vote for her to win it, though, and Lisa is asking everyone to go to the website and cast a

vote every day until the end of May. She’ll be 25 on May 25, so it would be fitting if she won a new world of motion in the shape of a van for her birthday. Votes can be cast on Facebook, Twitter and via email, and also on the National Mobility Awareness Month website for the entire month of May. To vote there, login to www.mobilityawarenessmonth, go to >Find a Local Hero>enter Lisa Bessette Front Royal Virginia >then SEARCH > Morgan’s picture will come up and a story about her, then click on her picture> scroll down to the box that says LOGIN TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL HERO> and go

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down below the login boxes to register > when you have registered, you can vote for her, and if you answer a question correctly, she will get two votes for that day. The family went to the National Challengers Jamboree weekend in Norfolk, where seven different states’ special needs kids gathered to play baseball and play against each other on teams. There was also a dance and other fun events, but Morgan couldn’t take her power chair there in their car, so she had to be in a stroller that leans back to get around. The manual wheelchair doesn’t work for her. “It ‘crunches her’ and makes her curl up, so it’s not good for her internal organs, said Lisa. Having accessible transportation would open a whole new world of opportunities for Morgan. She’d like to be able to just jump in the van and go places with the family, like going to grocery store with her mom. “The power chair is Morgan’s legs and when she can’t take it, it’s taking away the independence that we take for granted, and it would make her whole life change drastically in a good way,” concluded Lisa. To vote for Morgan, login to www. mobilityawarenessmonth, and use Lisa Bessette’s name in the “FIND A LOCAL HERO” box.

Town police investigating late-night Main St. altercation Early the morning of Thursday, May 14, the Front Royal Police were called to East Main Street for a fight in progress. Once officers arrived on scene, a white male was observed bleeding from several cuts to his body. The victim was identified as Willie Jenkins, Jr., 34, who was later transported to Warren Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Evidence indicated the injuries were sustained prior to the altercation on Main Street. Chief Norman Shiflett advises that it is still an ongoing investigation and that the criminal investigations division is continuing to interview witnesses. There have been no arrests made in this case. If anyone has any further information, please contact Detective Z.M. King at (540) 636-2208 or zking@frontroyalva.com. – From a release


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Bring the whole family to Old Town Winchester for a day full of fun and education for the UVA Children’s Hospital KidzFest! The event, scheduled for Saturday, May 16th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., features over 50 exhibits highlighting education, art, music and sports. The event will be held on the Old Town Winchester walking mall and at the newly renovated Taylor Pavilion. KidzFest will coincide with the grand start of the Old Town Farmers Market season opening at 9 a.m. in the Taylor Pavilion. KidzFest will feature free performances on the Taylor Pavilion Stage throughout the day, along with interactive entertainment for children of all ages. Free activities and engaging exhibits including gymnastics, karate, and live art along with other activities will line the Old Town walking mall. Monkey Joe’s slide, kids bounce, sports inflatables, and games will add to the fun! There also will be friendly competitions of soccer ball kicking,

free-throw shooting, football toss, field goal kicking, and more. Schools and summer camps are invited to participate as vendors to showcase their curriculum. Kids will be able to get their hands on various arts and crafts activities and educational music exhibits. Kids will also learn about pet care and have a chance to adopt pets! The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will provide coupons at their exhibit for their new location on Cork Street and co-sponsoring some of the performance at the Taylor Pavilion. This is a great family-friendly event for downtown businesses to showcase their family offerings and for parents to discover fun summer activities! We are in search of volunteers for KidzFest. Please contact Cindy at (540) 722-8700 or admin@fullcirclem.com. For questions about Old Town Winchester and other upcoming events, contact Jennifer Bell,

Downtown Manager, at (540) 5353660 or Jennifer.Bell@winchesterva. gov. For more information, visit www.OldTownWinchesterVA.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Visit Old Town Winchester’s channel on YouTube to watch the videos profiling our events. This event is hosted by the Old Town Winchester Development Board and the City of Winchester and is organized by Full Circle Marketing. Sponsors and community partners include: UVA Children’s Hospital Specialty Clinic of Winchester (Title Sponsor), Mover Dudes (Presenting Sponsor), Smiles Dr. Garrett Orthodontics, Woodmen Of The World, KEE Construction Services Inc., Signet Screen Printing & Embroidery, Piccadilly Printing & Marketing, Grand Rental Station, Shenandoah University, The Winchester Star, I Heart Media (Kiss 98.3, Q102, The Fox 99.3), Centennial Radio (92.5 WINC FM, New Country B105, 1400 WINC AM), and Ridgerunner Container Service. For a complete list of all activities and participants visit: http://www.oldtownwinchesterva. com/kidz-fest/ Participating groups include: • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Football Toss • Camp Sandy Cove –Camp Activities • Chalk Art – Live by Mallory Frogale • Chess Club – live play • Competitive Edge Gymnastics • Destructive Force Dance Team • Dharma Studio – Kids Yoga

• East Coast Gymnastics • Eggs and Ears 4-H Club – Educational • Enchanting Illusions presented by Smiles - Dr. Garrett Orthodontics • FASST - Frisby’s, Agility, Speed & Strength Training • FCMS Destination Imagination & Performance • First Night Winchester – kids activities • French & Indian War - Phil Hunter/ History • Families Reaching Out Group – FROG Kid’s Activities & Chalk Art • Gary the Frisbee Guy - demonstrations • Girls on the Run - kid’s activities • Handley Regional Library – educational fun • Home Depot – kids crafts • Incredible Flying Objects – Juggler’s • Independent School of Winchester – presented by SV Discovery Museum • Kids First Swim School – swim instruction • Kids at Kimberly’s - kids activities • Liberty Man- History & Education • Laurel Center - kid’s activities • Lord Fairfax EMS Council –Fire Truck/Ambulance • Mended Little Hearts of the Shenandoah Valley • Monkey Joe’s Play Slide & Bounce • Mover Dudes – Kids Activities • Museum of the Shenandoah Valley - Gardening • My Son’s Kettle Corn, LLC - Food • NAACP Youth Council - kid’s activities • Old Courthouse Civil War Museum - History

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Plans for ‘Waggin’ for Dragons’ boat race well underway Popular Animal Shelter Shenandoah River fundraiser back again By Malcolm Barr, Sr. Warren County Report The Humane Society of Warren County’s biggest fund-raiser of last year doubles its size this summer and hopes to gross a whopping $42,000 for the animal shelter. It’s the popular “Waggin’ for Dragons” boat race on the Shenandoah River, which attracted eight fully sponsored, 20-person dragon boats and about 300 riverside spectators last year. On August 8 at 9 a.m., animal shelter executive director Lavenda Denney says there will be double the number of boats racing, and several hundred spectators watching. Shenandoah Ford and the Petco Foundation co-sponsored last year and will do the same in 2015. The same for Warren County (Front Royal Country Club) and the Town of Front Royal (the Town trolley) which were, and still are, among the 2014 supporting sponsors. The almost-completed plans came to light at the town council’s “work session” where Denney and HSWC treasurer Tammy Darr turned up to request use of the trolley between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to ferry event participants, the 320 rowers, and spectators, from Lowe’s parking lot to the country club. At the HSWC annual meeting last month, a fast-growing reduction of the animal shelter’s perennial financial gap was revealed. “We’re hoping that with the funds we raise from this year’s dragon boat races (largest event of the HSWC repertoire) we

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sent out a thank you to those who donated to the effort to raise funds for additional “kitty kennels.” The aim was $5,000, half of which would be matched provided individual donations exceeded $2,500. Frazier said: “We far exceeded our goal and raised a total of $6,846!” So in addition to the kennels, the cats also got a “kitty atrium.” Go, Lea, go!

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one of the first to volunteer” helping the sick and elderly at Lynn Care Center. She is prominent at activities such as Stop Hunger Now, Day of Caring, the Salvation Army and C-CAP. She will graduate with a “civic seal” on her diploma. Wilson is off to Virginia Tech later this year and will study micro biology. In the long run, she seeks to travel to under developed countries in Africa to lend a hand in helping people to a better and more healthful life both abroad and in the United States, specifically the Appalachian region. The Abigails, O’Mara and Wilson, were two of eight among about 20 applicants who qualified for sitdown interviews with a board of Rotarians led by Dr. Robert Meltvedt, town surgeon. Meltvedt, Rotary scholarship committee chair for the past 15 years, agreed with his board that “it seems to get more difficult to choose from these brilliant young people each year.” While this year the award was split between two WCHS students; last year the awards went to students from Randolph-Macon Academy and Skyline High School.

Two seniors from Warren County High School will each receive $2,500 scholarship awards at a Rotary Club of Front Royal luncheon meeting on Friday, May 22.  One is Abigail O’Mara, daughter of Alice and Timothy O’Mara, drum major for the WCHS awardwinning band. The other is Abigail Wilson, daughter of Jenn McNea, known at school for her community volunteer work and as an officer in the Interact Club, Rotary’s organization for teenagers. O’Mara is a familiar face to many local theater-goers since she has worked for the past 18 months “out front” for downtown’s Royal Theaters. She is accepted at James Madison University and will study for an undergraduate degree in nursing with a minor in music. Also, working during her teen years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), she is known to many seniors whose needs she tends to at home and in rest homes in the area as a volunteer worker. Abigail Wilson is also said by her contemporaries and teachers “as

The Humane Society of Warren County joins nationwide campaign to be part of a no kill nation on June 11, 2015 as they work towards becoming a no kill facility. One June 11th the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter will be offering $11 adoption fees and featuring adoptable pets at the Roy Rogers of Front Royal from 12-6 p.m. Roy Rogers is offering the first 100 kids a chance to adopt a ‘stuffed’ pet and the animal shelter will also get 25 percent of all proceeds from

food sales during the adoption celebration. In addition, the animal shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive will be open for extended hours on Wednesday, June 11th from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Stop by the animal shelter or Roy Rogers on June 11th and help the Humane  Society empty the kennels through adoption, find  your new best friend, and save a life on this important day.

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school students. The meals, which children share with their families, offer two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and two drinks per elementary or middle school child. In the summer, portions increase to three per child because they include Fridays. This summer, the Backpack Program expects to serve over 10,000 meals to 170 local children. Since the Community Band’s founding in 1986, the band has collected funds at its annual Christmas Concert each year for C-CAP and the Salvation Army. Two years ago, realizing that taking a collection at other concerts is a great way to give back, the band began selecting other charities to receive donations. In addition to C-CAP and the Salvation Army, some of the charities to receive these gifts have included the American Legion Emergency Fund and victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornados. The Community Band will present three concerts this summer. In addition to the concert on June 5, the band will play a Gazebo Gathering

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Concert on Friday, June 19, at 7:00 pm at the Gazebo on Main Street in Front Royal, and will conclude its summer season with its annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks at the Northern Virginia 4-H Education Center on Friday, July 3 at 7:30 pm. The Community Band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post 53, American Legion. The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the Band Room at RandolphMacon Academy. New members are welcome. More information is available at www.alcband.org. Front Royal Elks give food for the needy This month, Front Royal Elks Lodge 2382 spent $2,000 in grant money from the Elks National Foundation to deliver food to 20 families in the community. Front Royal’s police department identified deserving families and helped in deliveries. “There were lots of tears and hugs for the Elks and police officers when they knocked on the doors with their large totes containing food,” a lodge spokesperson said, adding that Front Royal’s Elks Lodge had also been active this year in assisting veterans at the VA hospital in Martinsburg, WV. “Glenbrook in Bloom” in Middleburg, May 17 If your tastes run to beautiful gardens, join Blue Ridge Hospice at Glenbrook, a private estate in Middleburg, on Sunday, May 17. To reg-

News ister, call (540) 313-9266. Cost is $50 per person and the sponsors advise participants to wear walking shoes. Front Royal pays heavily for excessive winter snows   As summer approaches, the Town of Front Royal continues to count the cost of one of the worst winters on record. Final figures revealed at a May 4 work session of council were “quite a bit over the top,” commented Mayor Tim Darr, referring to the $86,752 more spent than the modest $75,000 anticipated before the 2015 winter storms hit. A recommendation by town staff for the excess amount to go forward as a budget amendment will be addressed by council at its next meeting. By far the most was spent on salt for treatment of roads - almost $150,000. Clearing parking lots came to almost $11,000; snow removal supplies just over $1,000; and a small amount ($217) to pay hotel costs for staff members staying in town. The total is just about twice as much as budgeted. Flint Hill Public House Backyard Tasting and Music Festival Join us June 13, 2015, from 11am until 7pm for a fun-filled day of wineries, vineyards, craft beers, and musical entertainment! Tickets are $35 in advance, $10 for children under 21 and designated drivers. For more information, visit www.flinthillfestival.

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News BRIEFS, from 29 Melton Memorial Gymnasium. She will celebrate with the class, their families, and their friends the success of Randolph-Macon Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 59 seniors, two postgraduates, and five Falcon Scholars, who have already topped $6.5 million in college scholarships and boast a 99% college acceptance rate. Dr. Fitzsimmons has proudly served as Shenandoah Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16th president since 2008. As Shenandoah Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first female president, she leads 3,700 students, 250 full-time faculty and 475 staff.  Fitzsimmons serves on the boards of Shentel (Shenandoah Telecommunications, Inc.), NAICU, Blue Ridge District BB&T Bank, and Powhatan School.  Dr Fitzsimmons obtained her undergraduate degree from Princeton and her graduate degree from Stanford. Leading up to the graduation ceremony on May 30th are a series of other events, some of which are open to the public. On Thursday afternoon the celebration begins with the Athletic Banquet (by invitation only), followed by Class Night at 7:00 pm in Boggs Chapel, in which the most prestigious honors of the year are awarded. The Class President and Salutatorian will give their addresses during Class Night, which is open to the public. On Friday, May 29th, select seniors will share their memories of R-MA at the Senior Luncheon (by invitation only). This will be followed by the Final Parade at 1:30 pm on Riddick Field, in which the time-honored hat toss will occur. The Final Parade is open to the public. R-MA Takes Four Awards at Apple Blossom Parades The Randolph-Macon Academy Band and Parade Unit marched in both the Firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parade and the Grand Feature Parade at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester. In the Firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parade on Friday, May 1st, R-MA took 1st Place in the category of Military School Band and 3rd Place Overall (Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award). In the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, May 2nd, RandolphMacon again took 1st Place for Military School Band, and earned 2nd Place Overall (Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Award).   Pool Opening The Claude A. Stokes Jr. Community Swimming Pool will be open for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 23rd and will be open weekends only till June 12th. The following are the operating hours for the 2015 season: Monday through Friday from noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30pm; Saturday & Sunday from noon 6:00pm.

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News BRIEFS, from 33 The sky is no limit for your future engineers as they journey to space. In this program they will be using 21st Century Learning skills to learn S.T.E.M based concepts as they blaze a trail to develop architectural and design skills, problem-solve as well as team build. The importance of simple machines will be reinforced as all key science, technology, engineering, and math elements will come into play. Class will be held Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to Noon. The class costs $125.00 per student, and there must be 8 participants for class to be held. Each child will receive 3 projects to build and take home. The registration deadline is June 22, 2015. For more information or to register contact the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department at (540) 635-1021, Monday through Saturday, 8am -10pm and Sunday, 1pm -9pm. Front Royal Football Camp The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will be offering the Front Royal Football Camp for rising 3rd through 8th graders, at Warren County and Skyline High Schools, June 8-11, 2015, 5:30pm -7:45pm. Cost is $60.00 per participant, which includes a t-shirt. For more information contact Coach Gilbert at (540) 631-0336 ext. 31151 or via email at hgilbert@ wcps.k12.va.us or Coach Crist (540) 635-4144 ext. 44152 or via email at scrist@wcps.k12.va.us. Registration forms are available at the Warren County Community Center. GIANT Bi-Annual Used Book Sale Join us at Samuels Public Library on May 15th & 16th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. for our annual Bi-annual Used Book Sale. Then, on May 18th, you can Pick-Your-Own-Price from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Annual Cops and Robbers Dash The Front Royal Police Foundation is holding its second Cops & Robbers Dash to benefit the Front Royal Police Department on June 13, 2015. This rain-or-shine event begins at 9 a.m. at the entrance to Eastham Park. Participants dash the trail while trying to evade local officers! All runners receive refreshments and take-aways. The first 100 registrants receive t-shirts. Advance registration at Runsignup.com is $17.50/person. Register early and help support those who protect our community every day. For further information, visit us on Facebook (Police Foundation) or call (540) 841-2218.

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Melchior Savarese Named to Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College Melchior Savarese, a student at Hampden-Sydney College, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of this academic year. Melchior is the son of Dario & Cynthia Savarese (Winchester, VA). To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0. A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked nationally in the top 100 of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the education of young men. TAP ETC Annual Dance Recital: “Circus” TAP ETC Dance Studio announces their 3rd annual recital themed “Circus”, which will be held on May 30th at 3:00 at Skyline High School in Front Royal! This year’s show features students from age 3 to adults performing selected dances of tap, ballet, Pointe, jazz, hip hop, Irish, and flamenco. Tickets are $5. Children aged 4 and under are free. It will be a lovely afternoon of entertainment for all ages, so please come out to support our community performing arts and enjoy a great show! If you have any questions about the show or classes, please contact Kristin at (540) 454-8078. Coach Neffendorf Returns to Lead the Front Royal Cardinals Front Royal Cardinals Baseball is excited to announce Head Coach Brad Neffendorf will be returning for a second year to lead the Front Royal Cardinals in the Valley Baseball League. Last year, Neffendorf coached the Cardinals to a 26-17 regular season record, which earned them a third place finish and a trip to the playoffs for the first time in four years. He was also selected to manage the North squad of the Valley League All-Star Game, where seven Front Royal Cardinals were selected to participate. In 2015, Coach Neffendorf completed his tenth year of coaching and his fifth year as the Campbellsville University Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach. This year, the Tigers were the MidSouth Conference regular season champions, and were the only MSC team that remained on the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll all season. In Neffendorf ’s first four years with the Tigers Baseball program, he helped lead them to their seventh consecutive Mid-South Conference

title in 2012, their tenth straight NAIA playoff appearance, an NCCAA Regional Championship and a NCCAA World Series berth, finishing third. Nine of Neffendorf ’s pitchers have received all-league honors, including MSC Pitcher of the Year in 2011, and 2nd team NCCAA AllAmerican and regional pitcher of the year in 2013. Additionally, in 2011, he was the Pitching Coach for the Winchester Royals, who secured the Northern Division League title. Joining Coach Neffendorf are Assistant Coaches, Adam Lairamore, of Lindsey Wilson College, Logan Dalton, of Volunteer State Junior College, and returning Coach Keaton Neeb. Lairamore helped lead Lindsey Wilson to a 2015 Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship, securing them a spot in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round later this month. Dalton played college baseball for both Volunteer State and Tennessee Wesleyan, and is in his second year coaching for Volunteer State. Coach Neeb returns for his fifth year as an Assistant Coach for the Cardinals. Neeb is a local baseball standout, playing for Skyline High School, the Winchester Royals and the Front Royal Cardinals. During his baseball playing career, Neeb received 1st Team AllConference honors in 2011 and 2012, and received 1st Team All-District, All-Region and All-State honors his senior year of high school. When asked about the Cardinal’s 2015 season, Coach Neffendorf said, “I am extremely excited and honored that I have been given another opportunity to manage Front Royal. The Front Royal management provides one of the better atmospheres for collegiate summer baseball and the Valley League is one of the more competitive opportunities for these players to develop. We have a solid group of young men and coaches arriving within the next month, and we are all very excited an anxious to get things going.” With this level of talent at the helm and an exciting player roster,

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News BRIEFS, from 34 tunity to share their stories about the many good things happening in our schools. This initiative also provides students and their families with a chance to thank those teachers and staff members who have made a difference during the school year.â&#x20AC;? Anyone is welcome to participate in the Season of Celebration and Success by sharing a success story or thanking a teacher or other staff member. Submissions can be made online by visiting the Frederick County Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homepage (www.frederick.k12.va.us) and clicking on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Season of Celebration and Successâ&#x20AC;? link. Submission forms are also available in the office at each Frederick County Public School. Throughout the Season of Celebration and Success, some of the success stories and thank you messages that are submitted will be shared via the school divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, Facebook page (www.facebook.com/frederickcountypublicschools) and e-newsletter FCPS Focus. Sovine says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the past several years, many of the success stories and thank you messages that have been submitted have been quite moving. There are many good things happening in our schools and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to share those successes as we approach the end of the school year.â&#x20AC;? There are no limits to what someone may choose to share as part of the Season of Celebration and Success. The success stories could range from a kindergarten student learning to read to a high school student earning national recognition. Sovine adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Success stories are written each day in our schools and the Season of Celebration and Success provides a forum for them to be shared and celebrated. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a

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education and the positive impact Frederick County Public Schools have on students and the community. This year marks the fourth consecutive year Frederick County Public Schools has held the Season of Celebration and Success. Farmers Market volunteers Volunteers are needed for Old Town Winchesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new farmers market at the Taylor Pavilion on the Loudoun Street Mall (May 16th-October 31, 9 am-11 pm). Market organizers are in need of volunteers for short two-hour shifts between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm. Tasks would involve hanging signs, tents, tables, giving out information, assisting farmers, etc.  Contact Old Town Winchester at (540) 535-3660 for more information about volunteering. Middletown Notice

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1985 Chrysler New Yorker, garage kept. Only 27,000k. Excellent condition. $4500 Call 540-622-4448

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2013 Toyota Corolla for sale, 4-cyl, dohc 16 valve, 4sp-auto, AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth, Magnet grey/bl int., 16â&#x20AC;? spoke alloy wheels, $15,000/Neg. 540-636-0490 or 540-6310539 leave message

Temporary Housing, Front Royal, Mountain Lodge, furnished, 2BR,2BA, Avail.Dec.10, $2,400/mo. Includes all utilities/maid. Call 703-860-2711 MISCELLANEOUS

1994 Chevrolet Van, 3/4 ton high top conversion. 350 V8. Runs Great $1000 Call 540459-1748 1981 C30 1 ton Dually 350ci 4sp 75220 org miles, mechanics bed & top, runs needs some work--540-660-2913 EMPLOYMENT Sales representatives needed for Winchester/Frederick County area. Contact Holly@AreaGuides.com Current Job Openings. Contact the VEC for additional information at 540-722-3420 or 540-535-2875 or Winchester@vec.virginia. gov. Please enter â&#x20AC;&#x153;Employer Servicesâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line and job number and title when you inquire about the position: Job Number / Title 570252 Project Manager 570333 Equipment Mechanic TemporarySeasonal 569885 2nd Shift Research Analyst Team leader 569980 Records Examiner 568939 TermiteTechnician 569376 Occupational Therapist 569379 Regional Team Driver _WIN 569496 Seasonal Sales Merchandising Associate 568199 Janitor Cleaner 568352 Packaging Operator 568366 Maintenance Technician 568344 Service & Installer 568351 Executive Director 568028 General Cleaner 567253 Production Entry level Packaing Assoc. Job Fair Kelly Services: Tuesday, 05/19/15, from 10am-2pm At the VA Employment Commission, Winchester office, 100 Premier Place, 540 535-2875. Now hiring for Production Workers for a globally known company in Winchester. Requirements: Available to work 8 hour shift on set schedule Available to work any shift, willing to work weekends and overtime when mandatory. Able to lift up to 25 pounds. Stand, bend at the knees & waist on a continuous basis. 6 months of previous manufacturing experience preferred. Reliable transportation. Able to follow directions and work independently. Shifts: 2nd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 PM and 3rd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11PM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30 AM Go to www.vawc.virginia.gov to apply online. Job Number # 533507 Sales representatives needed for Winchester/Frederick County area. Contact Holly@AreaGuides.com Looking for Nail Tech Instructor/ Nail Tech willing to teach. For more info.. visit Star Beauty School Tuesday-Friday 10 am to 6 pm at 2263 Valor Dr. Winchester, VA.

X-lg. clean Chicago Bulls Jacket w/hood. 1988 $50 540-327-4397 York piano for sale. Weaver piano company. #70766. Made between 1915 and 1930. Must go by March 31st. Needs some work. $200 or best offer. call 540-671-8707. can send pictures. You must pick up. Masonic ring with two .4 caret diamonds, ruby with mason emblem. 14k gold. Appraises at over $7,000. Asking $4000.00. Call 540-662-9023 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 540-6602913 Honeywell R22 tank with about 25 to 27 lbs of freon left. Only used to charge one heat pump. Will sell remaining for $325, price is negotiable. Call 540-671-8707. Located in Front Royal. Cookie Jars, Aunt Jamima and others, assorted prices. Old wicker baby stroller, $100. Big ceramic owl, $50.00. Canning jars $4 each. Old Schwinn girls bicycle, $50 and need tires. 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 540-635-1612

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Death notices

James H. Alger, born March 9, 1935, in Winchester, to the late Charles and Georgianna Fletcher Alger.       In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA  22601. Gary Lynn Buharp, 70, of Winchester, Virginia, died suddenly, Monday, May 4, 2015, at Winchester Medical Center.    Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.      Houston Edward McNeal, 82, died in the care of Hospice in Winchester on May 5, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA  22601. Nancy Jackson Hartman, 83, of Frederick County, Virginia, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Winchester Medical Center.    Memorial contributions may be made to North Mountain Fire and Rescue, 186 Rosenberger Lane, Winchester, Virginia  22602 or Unity Village, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, Missouri, 640650001. Mary Ann Dinger, 91, of Winchester, VA, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at Orchard Woods Health Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of  your choice. Loretta Amelia Dovell Bailey, 71, of Stephens City, Virginia, died Monday, May 4, 2015, at her home.      Loretta was an avid horse lover and supporter of the annual pony swim at Chincoteague.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 246, Chincoteague Island, Virginia, 23336. Ruth P. Barley, of Winchester, died Monday, May 11, 2015 at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.  Polly A. Allanson, 58, of Berryville, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Friday, May 15 Forecast 79° | 64° Saturday, May 16 Forecast 85° | 66° 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmers Market Opening Day. Taylor Pavilion, 119 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. The City of Winchester is bringing a new farmers market to Old Town! The market will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 16 through October 31. There will be 13 regular vendors on a weekly basis and three vendors who will attend on a rotating basis. The vendors will offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and many other items. All items were grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester. Contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager, or Sarah Acuff Chapman with any questions. (540)

535-3660 or OTW@winchesterva. gov 9am – 2pm FR Kiwanis Club Annual 5K Run. Warren County Health & Human Services Complex (the former 15th Street School). Registration starts at 8am - cost is $13 if postmarked by 1 May or $15 on race day. Checks payable to “Front Royal Kiwanis Club”, and should be mailed to Front Royal Kiwanis 5K, 197 Foxfire Court, Front Royal, VA. 22630-5628. Course is a measured 5k (3.1 mile) Awards are for the top three men & women overall, the top Masters (40 & over) man & woman, and the top three in the following age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 20-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60 & over. For more info please contact Terry Leckie at ltleckie@ comcast.net or (540) 660-2378 10:30am - 11:30am Alice in Wonderland Tea. Jim Barnett Park, Festival Field, Winchester. Ages 512. Join Alice and her friends for a

Diversions Calendar light afternoon tea (tea sandwiches, desserts and tea or lemonade) with crafts and games. Cost: $25 R child (with one adult attending) $28 NR child, $15 for each additional child or adult. Register by May 6. Please inform upon registering about any allergies. Child must be accompanied by an adult. (540) 662-4946. 11am - 3pm Rabies Clinic at the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter. Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, Fort Collier Road, Winchester. Vaccinations are $13. The clinic benefits dogs and cats four months of age or older. Rabies shots are $13.00 cash only. Previous vaccination certificate required for a 3 year vaccination. If you do not have your previous rabies certificate, vaccination will be good for one year. Please bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. The shelter is located at 161 Fort Collier Road next to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. Call the shelter for more information at (540) 667-9192. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Bingo. North Fork Resort Associates, 301 North Fork Road, Front Royal. Doors open at 4:30. Early birds at 6:30. Food available for purchase. Door prizes, progressive games, queen of hearts, progressive pull tab. Also, brand new Electronic pull tab games. Find us on Facebook. (540) 636-7152. Must be 12 to play. No smoking. Sunday May 17 Forecast 84° | 67°

schooled Students. Lord Fairfax Community College, Thompson Conference Center, Skirmisher Lane, Middletown. Meet members of the LFCC faculty, tour the campus, and learn more about what the College has to offer. For more information contactoutreach@lfcc.edu or phone (540) 868-7185. Tuesday May 19 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www.theriver953online. See CALENDAR, 38

Now Hiring Ad Sales Reps in Winchester and Frederick County

Email: Holly@AreaGuides.com Or Call: 540-877-4287

We Mow Lawns

Monday, May 18 5:30pm - 7pm LFCC Hosting an Informational Session for Home-

EXCELLENT SCENIC RIDES

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Airplane Rides Year-round!

20 Minute Scenic Flights - $65 Per Person GIFT CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE, Intro Flight Training $99,

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Spay Today Need to get your cat or dog spayed or neutered? Contact Spay Today, our area’s non-profit, reduced-price spay and neuter program. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates.

Chose from MANY vets over a WIDE area! NEW vets added! Contact Spay Today: www.baacs.org or call 304-728-8330


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Calendar CALENDAR, from 37 com. 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. Wednesday, May 20 2pm - 7pm John Kerr Elementary School Pint Size Hero Blood Drive. John Kerr Elementary School, Cafeteria, Winchester. JKES is having their American Red Cross Pint Size Hero blood. (JKES students who recruit an adult to give blood will receive a small thank you gift.) For

Every Friday night doors open at 5pm Bingo starts @ 7pm Progressive games: Jackpot = $1,000 Queen of Hearts = $1,316 Treasure Chest = $3,000 1st Progressive = $1,200 2nd Progressive = $900 3rd Progressive = $2,300

Front Royal VFD Inc.

221 N. Commerce Ave. Front Royal, Va 22630

more information, please call1-800RED CROSS or 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: johnkerr to schedule an appointment. Each donation will help up to three people!! 5:30pm - 7pm LFCC Hosting an Informational Session for Homeschooled Students. Lord Fairfax Community College, Thompson Conference Center, Skirmisher Lane, Middletown. Meet members of the LFCC faculty, tour the campus, and learn more about what the College has to offer. For more information contactoutreach@lfcc.edu or phone (540) 868-7185. 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. 7pm - 8pm JHHS Community/ Parent Forum. John Handley High School Cafeteria, Winchester. A Community/Parent forum will be held to gather community and parent input on the strengths and challenges of JHHS and characteristics desired in the new Principal. Input will help craft the Leadership Profile for use in selecting the new Principal of John Handley High School. In addition, we have developed a survey in order to gain feedback from our entire school community on perceptions of the desired characteristics of our new Principal. The survey feedback will be collected until May 22. Thursday, May 21 5pm - 8pm Third Thursday Art Walk. Downtown Front Royal. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Bingo. North Fork Resort Associates, 301 North Fork Road, Front Royal. Doors open at 4:30. Early birds at 6:30. Food available for purchase. Door prizes, progressive games, queen of hearts, progressive pull tab. Also, brand new Electronic pull tab games. Find us on

Facebook. (540) 636-7152. Must be 12 to play. No smoking.

be closed today in observance of Memorial Day.

Friday, May 22 7pm - 10pm Front Porch Style Pickin’ Party. Warren County Senior Center, 1217 Commonwealth Ave. All levels of talent are welcome. Acoustic instruments only.

Tuesday, May 26 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays.

Saturday, May 23 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmers Market. Taylor Pavilion, 119 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. The market will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through October 31. All items were grown or produced within a 60mile radius of Winchester. Contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager, or Sarah Acuff Chapman with any questions. (540) 535-3660 or OTW@ winchesterva.gov. 11am - 1pm Historical Cemetery Tours. 401 National Avenue, Winchester. Come join us as we take you on a journey through the past at two historical cemeteries tucked away in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The tours begin at Winchester National Cemetery and continue at Stonewall Cemetery. You have the option of touring one or both cemeteries. $8.00 per person for one tour, $15.00 for both tours. For reservations, contact (540) 827-9948. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Bingo. North Fork Resort Associates, 301 North Fork Road, Front Royal. Doors open at 4:30. Early birds at 6:30. Food available for purchase. Door prizes, progressive games, queen of hearts, progressive pull tab. Also, brand new Electronic pull tab games. Find us on Facebook. (540) 636-7152. Must be 12 to play. No smoking.

95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www.theriver953online.

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To advertise contact Alison at alisond@warrencountyreport.com • 540-551-2072, Angie Buterakos at fcrwcr@gmail.com • 540-671-8707 or Holly Dawn Hewlett at holly@AreaGuides.com • 540-877-4287 Thu May 28, 2015 6:30pm - 9:30pm Bingo. North Fork Resort Associates, 301 North Fork Road, Front Royal. Doors open at 4:30. Early birds at 6:30. Food available for purchase. Door prizes, progressive games, queen of hearts,

com. Wednesday, May 27 12pm - 4pm e-Cycling Electronics Recycling at the landfill. 281 Landfill Rd. Winchester.

progressive pull tab. Also, brand new Electronic pull tab games. Find us on Facebook. (540) 636-7152. Must be 12 to play. No smoking. Thursday, May 28 4pm - 5pm Anti-Litter Council

Pets Page Mtg. Warren County Government Center.

questions. (540) 535-3660 or OTW@ winchesterva.gov. 6:30pm - 9:30pm Bingo. North Fork Resort Associates, 301 North Fork Road, Front Royal. Doors open at 4:30. Early birds at 6:30. Food available for purchase. Door prizes, progressive games, queen of hearts, progressive pull tab. Also, brand new Electronic pull tab games. Find us on Facebook. (540) 636-7152. Must be 12 to play. No smoking.

Saturday, May 30 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmers Market. Taylor Pavilion, 119 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. The market will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through October 31. All items were grown or produced within a 60mile radius of Winchester. Contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager, or Sarah Acuff Chapman with any

Bear Husky Mix & Irish Setter

Senior - Male - Large Pet ID: 62189 House Trained Ad sponsored by:

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SPCA of Winchester, Frederick & Clarke Co. 115 Featherbed Lane Winchester, VA 540-662-8616 To sponsor a pet contact Angie at fcrwcr@gmail.com or 540-683-1847

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Humane Society of Warren County

540-635-4734

Monday thru Sunday 10 am to 4 pm - Closed Wednesday • 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA • 540-635-4734 • humanesocietywc@gmail.com Toy Drive to Benefit HSWC. Saturday, May 16th 11-2. Bring your new and used toys and help the homeless animals of Warren County. What we will take: Legos, Board Games, Video Game Consoles, Video Games, Trading Cards, Comic Books, Children’s Books, Movies VHS or DVD, Hot Wheels, Action Figures or Collectibles, (Star Wars, Star Trek, GI Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, Vintage Toys, TV and Movie Characters, Barbie, HeMan, Decade Toys, Educational Toys, Anything Unopened). What we can’t take: Large outside toys, Stuffed Animals, Baby Toys, Clothing Copper - 1 year old male chow mix. Copper is house trained and knows sit and down. He is a very sweet boy, but needs a home without other dogs. He can also be very protective of his family.

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Blackie - 10 year old neutered male JRT/Mn Pin mix. He is house trained, spunky and gets along with most dogs and some cats. A true terrier-type, he has plenty of energy and loves to cuddle. He loves long walks ,rides well in cars, and is good on the leash. Blackie is currently in foster care, so please call before coming to visit.

Roxie - 7 year old spayed female boxer/ hound mix. If you think her head is big, you should see her heart! Roxie’s talents include sit, lay down, and roll over! She sometimes doesn’t even need to be asked when there are treats involved. Roxie is house trained and likes children, but will need a home without cats.

Frankie - 6-8 year old neutered male Australian cattle dog mix. Frankie has one blue eye and one half-blue eye and is a beautiful blue color. He only needs three things to make him happy, food, food and food! He loves hot dogs and has a gentle, laid back personality.

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Roxie’s ad sponsored by:

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