Read full issues FREE on www.WarrenCountyVA.com & www.FrederickCounty.com philanthropic organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee, when Warren County High School re-opened, it was an all-black school, since no white students enrolled. Their parents had opted instead to send their children to the John S. Mosby Academy (named after a Confederate cavalry leader), one of many “segregation academies”, which were private schools opened throughout the state as part of the massive resistance plan. Over the course of the 1960s, white students gradually returned to Warren County High School and Mosby Academy closed eventually, becoming the county’s middle school. One of the interesting things Bennett does with the book is to take the reader back to a time in Front Royal that is gone now. Not all of it was great, but the time when downtown was thriving is mourned by many, especially the remaining downtown businesses and people who enjoyed shopping there. “I count over fifty businesses within walking distance in the commercial area that centers on Main Street. You’ll see that our downtown is basi-
cally a triangle. One leg is Royal Avenue, which is right in front of us. It runs north-south and intersects right here on our left with the Main Street which is the second leg, running eastwest. The third side of the triangle is Chester Street, which is east of here. We can walk the entire area in about twenty minutes,” observed one character in the fourth chapter. Another excerpt from the book reveals the root of the problem which is now generally not mourned. “They crossed Royal Avenue at the crosswalk and walked west on Main Street. Rogieri (a visitor to the town) noticed two barber shops side by side on the other side of the street. They had signs in their windows; one sign read ‘colored,’ and the other read ‘white only.’ “‘I’m definitely in the South,’ Rogieri reminded himself.” One fascinating thing about the book was how it described some of the places that were there, as recently as 20 years ago, like Newberry’s Five and Dime Store and its lunch counter on Main Street, where people gathered for coffee in the morning, or had a quick lunch. Also, it was sobering
to remember how long it used to take to get to Front Royal from New York City. “We took two days (from New York City) mainly because I wanted to make the trip as easy as possible for my wife. If I had been driving by myself, I would have made the trip in a single day. I figure it took us about eleven hours all total,” said the visiting CEO. Bennett was born and raised in Front Royal, but left a few years after college to live in upstate New York which is where his wife is from. He still has ties here, though. His brother and sister-in-law still live here, and he visits occasionally. He came back recently to RMA for his 50th reunion, and keeps in touch mostly through Facebook. “I think this is an important story that needs to be told – it’s more complicated than has been told or people remember,” Bennett said, in conclusion. He added that people who have read it tell him, “It’s a page-turner, I couldn’t stop reading it.” “An author always likes to hear that!!” he said.
Late February, 2016 • Warren & Frederick County Report • Page 25 Bennett will join several local Virginia authors and aspiring writers at a free, half-day conference at Samuels Library for Samuels Authorcon 2016 on March 19. Authors will be there to sell books, and Bennett will have copies of his books there. “I would also like to share information about self-publishing. If I had taken the book to a publishing company, it would have taken two to three years, but it has done well because I published it myself,” he said. He said he has “struck it rich” with
Amazon, and has written books with them before. “This is an exciting time in the writing world. You can write, self-publish and do quite well with it,” he said. Jim Bennett is retired, from teaching, is an artist and writer. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Poughkeepsie, NY. He can be contacted at email@example.com, and his book, “To Catch a Tiger”, published December 5, 2015, is available on Amazon. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Subway opens at LFCC’s Middletown campus
Net profits from the new Subway will support LFCC’s Educational Foundation which owns the franchise Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) opened a new Subway restaurant on January 25 in the Student Union building at the Middletown Campus. The official Subway grand opening will be Thursday, March 3 and will include a ribbon cutting at 4:00 p.m. with the Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Subway’s slogan is “Eat Fresh,” which is precisely what the college is hoping to provide. Drew Allen, Food Service and Catering Manager says, “At LFCC, we feel it is our responsibility to offer healthy and freshly made food options for students and employees, and we can do this at a fair price by operating a Subway on campus.” What makes the franchise unique is that it is owned by the LFCC Educational Foundation. The Foundation also owns and financed the $9 million Student Union, which opened in January 2014 and was built on property donated to the Foundation in 1995 by local farmer Garland Snapp. “Net profits from our campus
Subway will be used to support the LFCC Foundation and ultimately our students,” explains Liv Heggoy, the foundation’s executive director. “Individuals are not only benefiting from healthy food options with their purchases, but they are also supporting the college’s foundation.” Owning a Subway – rather than leasing the space to a food service provider or to a Subway franchise owner – gives LFCC more control over all business decisions. Job creation is another benefit of ownership, and several college students have been hired as employees. “I am not aware of another community college foundation in Virginia that owns a building on campus or a food service franchise,” explains Heggoy. “There is a lot of interest statewide in LFCC’s innovative model.” The college welcomes students, employees, community members and local businesses to patronize the restaurant. In addition, Subway’s catering services are available to campus departments as well as
external groups who rent college facilities for special events or meetings. With over 44,000 stores, Subway is one of the fastest growing franchises in the world. Drew Allen and Steve Corbit, LFCC Purchasing/Administrative Officer, attended a two-week training at Subway University headquarters in Milford, Connecticut. The process is mandatory for anyone owning a Subway franchise. Many business principles were covered including marketing, accounting, technological support, legal services and more. Both received hands-on training at a franchise restaurant nearby where they made sandwiches, rang-up orders and practiced customer service skills. The Subway menu will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Many of the favorite breads, sandwiches, and salads, which Subway is known for, will be served. The hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. – from a release
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