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Front Royal now belongs to Appalachian Mural Trail Town has become destination for hundreds of visitors and hikers who have it on their “bucket lists” By Carol Ballard Warren/Frederick County Report The newest mural in Front Royal, on the 20-foot wall right next to

the Mountain Trails outdoors specialty store at 122 Main Street, has attracted the attention, not only of local folks who stroll down Main Street, but thousands of others.

“We had 10,000 hits on Facebook since last Friday because of it,” said Mountain Trails owner Garry Green this week. Since the Appalachian Trail (AT) has paths that bring it just south of Front Royal, last year 350 hikers from 32 states and 11 countries came to the town. They could hitch hike, catch the local shuttle service, grab a taxi, or take the Trolley to get to the Visitors Center on Main Street, and then go a few more blocks to Mountain Trails. Green wanted to do more for the downtown area than just having his own business there. So he and Front Royal’s Tourism and Community Development Director Felicia Hart, who both sit on tourism and advisory boards, started talking about how to they could bring more people to Main Street. When he found out about the Appalachian Trails Mural Project, he thought it would be great for the town and Hart liked the idea also. So Hart started planning a mural project for the town. “One has already been approved

by Planning and Zoning and it will be the first of many more,” Hart had said. “It will make people stop on the sidewalk during their busy days and look.” But Green went ahead and spent his own money to commission the mural that now beautifies the space just beside the entrance to Mountain Trails. And with the completed mural, highlighting the outstanding aspects of the AT, Front Royal was recently approved to be included in the Appalachian Mural Trail (AMT).

“It puts us at the furthest north point on the Appalachian Mural Trail,” he added. “I think this is a good thing for Front Royal. It brightens up the downtown.” Jacqui Ris, 19, is the amazing artist who spray- and hand- painted the 9 by 20 ft. mural in two and a

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half days. She is a cinema major and a rising sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University. She had lived with her family in Front Royal for the past ten years before she went away to school. Of living in Front Royal, she said, “It’s been nice,” but added that she would still like to see a lot more of the world. “I got into doing murals kind of by accident. I had been looking at videos of a Los Angeles muralist called Kiptoe and became a huge fan,” she said. “I like to paint on large canvases anyway and liked murals I saw in Strasburg (Virginia), and enjoyed murals everywhere I traveled.” Green said he contacted Ris after he saw a mural she did for the Fussell Florist business in Front Royal. “A year ago, I looked at it and saw what I liked. It had the same idea I had in mind. It was earthy, but dreamlike,” he explained. Ris said she liked that description of her work and her mural reflects that. She painted a waterfall that looks like it flows from a window on the wall, near where a lone rock climber finds his way upward. Other figures, toward the bottom, follow a trail that begins with a Mountain Laurel tree. Green pointed out that at the top of the mural the trail winds toward the right and connects with the wooden structure above the entrance that looks like mountains and valleys. A thin outline of black paint at the very top outlines the Appalachian Trail path. Ris said she started at the top of the wall and worked her way down. The scaffold was disassembled as she descended. “It was really fun and didn’t take as long as I thought it would,” she said. “She’s the ‘bestest,’” said Garry with a smile. “I can’t tell you how happy we are with her. It was like a jungle gym up there on the scaffold, but nothing ruffles her feathers.” “It’s from being on set,” said Ris explained, referring to her work as

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a production assistant and “grip” in her experience with cinema. She hopes to complete a short film in the fall. Garry is enthusiastic about the future of the town. “I refer to Front Royal as the “Outdoor Capitol of Virginia,” Green said. “It’s all here: hiking, birding, canoeing, rock climbing and more. We have Elizabeth Furnace, Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah River. I can’t

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added Ris. Green says this is already on the bucket lists of those whose goal is to visit all the murals along the Appalachian Trail. They find out about his shop and the mural on social media. Each page on the AMT has a place where people can share their selfies and photos of the mural. Front Royal has its own page and many visitors like to have their picture taken with “Beary,” the mascot statue that stands in front of the store. The link to share pictures, and see all the other photos, is www.


“This gives people a chance to have a photo with a bear, without having to pose with a live one,” said Green with a laugh. Front Royal’s Mountain Trails outdoors specialty store has just about anything people can use for hiking, camping, backpacking, canoeing, birding and more. There’s even an elegant, comfortable hammock that can be seen hanging from the ceiling. They offer: clothing which includes outerwear sportswear and base layers; equipment; footwear; climbing equipment; outdoor cooking items; water purification devices; and much more. There’s even a book and map area with a

stuffed bear wearing a backpack for a companion, and a base camp. Mountain Trails Manager Charlie Brown was working in the store the day of the interview with Ris and Green and he was happy to talk about the business itself and its support of hikers. “Mountain Trails spearheaded the idea of adding base camp to its store in the back room which provides much needed respite from the AT,” said Brown. We had 250 register at base camp since last April.” The base camp’s amenities include free lockers; a washer, dryer and detergent; a private bathroom and shower with a deep sink; clean

towels; a hiker’s box; and loaner clothes hikers can use while their clothes are being washed. Base camp is supported by Main Street businesses including Front Royal Brewing Company, Mountain Trails Outfitters, In Vino, and Down Home Comfort Bakery. Mountain Trails will be holding a Gear Swap meet at the gazebo on September 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to buy/swap or sell used equipment to others. The link to the Appalachian Mu-

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INDICTMENTS July 2019 Indictments – July Term


Kenneth Elijah Wingfield Jr. The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Kenneth Elijah Wingfield Jr., 22, of 836 21st St., Newport News, VA 23607, with two counts. COUNTS ONE and TWO: in the County of Warren, Kenneth Elijah Wingfield Jr., did feloniously and unlawfully steal property, having the value of $500 or more, and did conspire, confederate or combine with another to commit a felony within this Commonwealth, to-wit: grand larceny. Date of the offenses was on or about February 25, 2019.

Mitchell Scott Ruckman The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Mitchell Scott Ruckman, 37, of 400 Hites Rd., Stephens City, VA 22655, with two counts. COUNTS ONE and TWO: in the County of Warren, Mitchell Scott Ruckman did feloniously and unlawfully take, steal, and carry away merchandise having a value of more than $500

Brian Maurice Scott The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 11, 2019, in the County of Warren, Brian Maurice Scott, 34, the Rappahannock, Shenandoah Warren County Regional Jail, Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously, without authority, possess a cellular phone during the period of incarceration. Amy Michelle Lang The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about February 28, 2019, in the County of Warren, Amy Michelle Lang, 39, of 1214 Massanutten Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I or II controlled substance, to-wit: Morphine. Devon James Fleming The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 16, 2019, in the County of Warren, Devon James Fleming, 56, of 409 E. Criser Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did feloniously and unlawfully, having been convicted of a felony, knowingly and intentionally possess a weapon hidden from common observa-

belonging to Target. Dates of the offenses were on or about March 17 and 20, 2019. Dylan Michael McCauley The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 21, 2019, in the County of Warren, Dylan Michael McCauley, 19, of 173 Lora Dr., Woodstock, VA 22664, did unlawfully and feloniously take, obtain, or withhold a credit card from the

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under the age of fifteen years and to whom he was not legally married. Kathie Rae Cooke The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about October 18, 2018, in the County of Warren, Kathie Rae Cooke, 45, address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Oxycodone. A Grand Jury Indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Home of the free EDITOR: Our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. have all forgotten the most sacred of their responsibilities. Each member of Congress takes the oath of office which states, “I (their name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) I will support,and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Americans are urged to exercise their privilege to vote. We are encouraged to do that so those seeking elected office have the opportunity to go to Washington and make a difference. All this, yet big business lines the pockets of one after another as these elected

representatives settle in for a career in politics where their biggest concern is looking good to their constituents while scratching one another’s backs by voting for legislation based upon receiving the same favor from one who scratches theirs. Precious few of our elected representatives has our best interest at heart, nor do they represent our goals or principles. We say, God bless America but we fail to accept the fact that we are asking too much when we say that. We have removed God from courthouses, schools and other public buildings without the slightest thought of what we stand to lose by killing 60,000,000 unborn babies and asking God to stay out of our lives and our buildings. A strong belief in God was essential in the lives of our founding fathers and must be to us if we wish to see America remain, no regain, a place where our character and good name are the extremely important attributes we wish to display and see in others.

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The school year in the Lower Shenandoah Valley has begun and I am again compelled to begin this academic year with community prayer. Someone recently told me that prayer is not a substitute for action; it is an action for which there is no substitute. Therefore I am requesting all Intercessors in the Valley to join me in praying for an increase of God’s presence in our schools. Dear Father God in Heaven, We welcome and invite a powerful move of God’s presence in our schools. We shall provide a canopy of prayer over every school and college in the Valley. We dedicate each learning institution to the Lord. We ask that you send your ministering spirits into our classrooms. We ask you to send angels as guardians to the entrances and breathe your refreshing Holy Spirit throughout the hallways and classrooms. We ask for barriers to your presence to be broken down in the name of Jesus. We invite your constant presence and influence back into our school buildings. We speak blessings over the principals and administrators that they may have wisdom, inspiration, peace, patience and strength as they lead their teachers and children. We pray for blessings of abundant health and energy for the teachers and staff throughout these buildings. We ask that all the staff and teachers receive a special blessing of ingenuity, inspiration, wisdom, peace and overflowing satisfaction in their work. May they be restored, refreshed and strengthened daily in body, soul and spirit. May they be appreciated and respected by parents and students and their hearts filled with peace and joy. We ask special blessings over all the children who attend our schools that you may help keep them hungry for learning, that

each child may know he is precious and important. We pray for overflowing health and protection for all our students. We pray for them to respect and give full attention to their teachers. We ask for clarity and focus for their minds and a hunger for learning and excellence both in academics and behavior. We claim a blessed and prosperous future for all the children who attend our schools in Jesus’ name. We ask for blessings on the parents and guardians of these children, that their burdens be lightened. We ask for parents to be anointed with patience, wisdom, peace and joy, that they get inspired to be involved in teaching their children to have respect, compassion, honesty and pride in their choices. We thank you for your favor in our schools, for keeping the buildings, classrooms, hallways and playgrounds safe. We ask for protection from harm for everyone on our school grounds. We praise you and thank you for your mercy and forgiveness. Amen. Among the topics for which prayer intercessors can pray are: 1. Protection for students and staff of each school against all forms of harm 2. Protection against the spirits of suicide and bullying 3. A spirit of compassion and unity among students 4. Strength and wisdom for faculty and staff members 5. Strengthening of marriages and family units in the surrounding community 6. Prevention of divorce, abuse and infidelity 7. Restoration of broken homes 8. Salvation of each family represented in the school and surrounding communities 9. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit in every household and every local church 10. A greater revelation of God for each pastor as well as personal revival 11. Greater love and unity among the Body of Christ in the valley area 12. A productive year and favor with the Lord for families with home schooled children. Amen. Mark Gunderman Stephens City

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Oratorio Society reinvented as Valley Chorale of Front Royal New singers invited to August ‘meet-and-greet’ at Blue Ridge Arts Council in Front Royal


States. Ryan’s choral ensembles have been invited to perform at international and national festivals, master classes, and historic locations including The Washington By Carol Ballard National Cathedral, St. John the Warren/Frederick County Report Divine, New York University Stein Dr. Ryan Keebaugh has been hardt, The Kennedy Center, Carnrecruited as the new director of egie Hall, Bruton Parish Church, the Valley Chorale of Front Royal, and the Edinburgh Cathedral formerly the Front Royal Oratorio (Scotland). Society, to head the new season of “Since 2009, Ryan’s collaboration with American contemporary beautiful music. “After 57 years, we are changing composers has distinguished him our name, expanding our reper- as an advocate for interdisciplintoire away from a heavy classical ary collaboration in the arts, altermusic, European composer focus, native venues, and new commisand headed in a new artistic direc- sions.” tion,” said David Freese, who is the Ryan has also maintained an active career within the marching president of the Chorale’s board. Keebaugh comes to the group arts. He has worked with several with a strong musical background. championship high schools band He brings not only many years of programs in Virginia, Pennsylvateaching at the high school, college nia, Indiana, and Texas as a music and university levels, but is an ac- arranger, brass technician, and tive composer whose works have marching instructor. He was a perbeen performed throughout the forming member of The Cadets and Carolina Crown Drum and United States and in the world When he was a professor of mu- Bugle Corps and has been a consic for six years at Eastern Men- sultant for numerous DCI World nonite University, he composed a Class Drum and Bugle Corps. symphony for their choir’s fall gala For the Valley Chorale, Keebaugh musical premier, entitled “Donas said he will work closely with board nobis pacem” which means “Grant president David Freese, collaborating with him to choose the music us Peace.” His experience even includes to be performed and conduct resinging solos in church and college hearsals and performances. He has been in this area since choirs, he said. A review in the Washington Post 2003, and currently teaches five called his conducting “energetic, choirs, music theory and composiexpressive, concise, insightful, and tion at Clarke County High School. When asked why he wanted to sensitive.” Keebaugh’s biography reads, lead the Valley Chorale, he out“Ryan’s versatile and vibrant mu- lined the sequence of events that sicianship has distinguished him led to his decision. as a leading music educator and “I have done lots of conducting Lesley in Gaudiosi schools and after getting my frequent guest conductor and cliFinancial Advisor master’s degree at Shenandoah nician to choral and instrumental University, I stayed in the area. I ensembles throughout the United 21 Lee Street Front Royal, VA 22630 540-635-6830

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knew about the Oratorio and had will be on the ensemble, with the the Valley Health medical group, my ear to the ground about what focus on the choir and organ. In the and two children: five-year-old was going on here,” he explained. past, they have invited guest solo- Harper and three-year-old Sawyer. In May of this year, Oratorio ists or string quartets to the event, Freese invited new singers to leaders reached out to him because and they will be holding “listening join by saying, “If you have a song they had gotten his name from a events” for soloists. in your heart, then you can join the former accompanist of the group. “We welcome singers ages 15 Valley Chorale of Front Royal for After interviewing and rehearsing and up. There is no formal audition its exciting inaugural year under with them, he accepted the posi- process, but each singer is voice- Dr. Keebaugh’s energetic new leadtested so that the conductor is fa- ership.” tion. “It seemed like a good fit. Our vi- miliar with his or her voice and the Rehearsals begin Monday, Sepsion is on the same page. We are in- ability to match pitch. All you need tember 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Front terested in what we can do for the to bring is a pencil, a positive atti- Royal United Methodist Church. community and what we can give tude, and willingness to work hard Interested singers may contact the back to the community,” he added. group through email at FrontRoyto make great music,” Freese said. The group is eager to attract new “It’s a listening process for sing- or by calling members in their late summer re- ers, but anyone can come and be in (540) 635-4842. cruitment drive for singers and is the listening process. It’s not actu- A ‘meet-and-greet’ will be held making a special push to get young ally an audition,” added Keebaugh. on Monday, August 19 at the Blue people involved and to attract high “We want them to come and work Ridge Arts Council, located at 305 school students for their spring hard and be part of the musical E. Main Street in Front Royal for concert. community.” interested new singers. “This year, the group’s yuletide He also wants to bring excite- More information about Ryan concert, which will be performed ment back to the ensemble and Keebaugh and videos of his perforthe first weekend in December, is give it a quick reboot. mances can be found at www.ryantitled “Home for Christmas,” cen- Keebaugh lives in Stephens City – tered on the theme of Christmas with his wife Kristen, who is with at home, wherever “home” may be – as well as Christmas spent with loved ones, and Christmas as a touchstone for shared faith within family,” said Freese. And Keebaugh added they are ● Paint your own Pottery ● own Pottery still going through the music for ● Sip & Glaze ● Paint Local your Art Gallery ● Glaze ● LocalWorkshops Art Gallery the concert, looking at the “feel● Sip Off &site events ● Clay ● site events ● ings of home,” theme and exploring ● Off Birthday parties ● Clay StoryWorkshops Time ● BirthdayArt parties ● Time ● Holiday Shows ● Story Kids camp what brings that feeling, whether ● Holiday Art Shows ● Kids camp ● Wedding gift making ● Open ceramic studio it’s a place, an object or something ● gift making Open ceramic studio ● Wedding Team building activities ● ● Wheel throwing workshops internal. ● Team building activities ● Wheel throwing workshops In the upcoming yuletide conCreative cert, there will still be holiday stanCreative fun fun for for all all ages ages and and groups!! groups!! dards, and in some of these, they 100 East 8th St. Front Royal, VA 22630 APY* Royal, Minimum deposit 100 East 8th St. Front VA 22630 will invite the audience to join3-month in 540-636-6019 $1000 with carol singing. The highlight 540-636-6019 540-636-6016 • APY* Minimum deposit 3-month APY* $1000 Minimum deposit 9-month $1000 APY* Minimum deposit 9-month APY* $1000 Bank-issued, 1-year Minimum deposit FDIC-insured $1000 APY* Bank-issued, 1-year Minimum deposit FDIC-insured $1000

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New Warren Memorial Hospital “Tops Out” toward 2021 opening goal Beam with signatures of event attendees put into place over future entrance

Valley Health President Mark Merrill speaks to the large crowd assembled to mark the “Topping Out” ceremony at the site of the new state-of-theart Warren Memorial Hospital on Leach Run Parkway. Seated are Warren Memorial Hospital President and Valley Health Vice President Floyd Heater; Joseph F. Silek Jr., chairman of the Valley Health Board of Trustees; and Robert Meltvedt, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Warren Memorial Hospital.

By Carol Ballard Warren/Frederick County Report On August 8, more than a hundred community leaders and health care professionals, including members of the Valley Health System, gathered at the “Topping Out” ceremony at the building site of Front Royal’s new state-of-theart Warren Memorial Hospital on Leach Run Parkway and were rewarded with breathtaking views of the county.

In building construction, topping out, sometimes referred to as topping off, is a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam or its equivalent is placed atop a structure. Before the speakers’ part of the event, held under a big tent, all attendees were encouraged to write their names on the beam that was later put into place over the future entrance to the hospital, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2021.

Floyd Heater, who is both Warren Memorial Hospital president, and Valley Health southern district vice president, shakes the hand of nine-year-old Dominic Mellish, who lives in the neighborhood where the new hospital is being built. Dominic wrote a letter stating his concern about how its construction will affect the ecology of the area and included some of his ideas about how the hospital can benefit the local environment as well as the patients it serves.

The beam, holding all the signatures, an American flag, and the Valley Health flag, was transported high in the air and securely put into place. After that, the first speaker, Floyd Heater, president of War-

ren Memorial Hospital, welcomed the assembly and talked about his hopes for the facility and was reminded of the deep roots the hospital has in the community by the forest which surrounds it. He remarked that the names of

all the people who signed it will be invisible to the thousands of people in the future who will walk under the beam, yet they are the ones who made the project possible. “The original hospital was chartered in 1945, construction began in 1949 and opened in 1951. So, 70 years later, we are gathered to the topping out ceremony to see them hoist the 30-foot steel beam as the last “member” to be installed. It’s been a wonderful journey over the last 70 years and we’re still looking ahead,” Heater said. “I hope it will be more than a hospital and also a health and wellness destination.” Before he spoke, Heater met with nine-year-old Dominic Mellish, who lives in the neighborhood near the new hospital construction site. Mellish is a fourth grader at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School and had written a letter to Valley Health detailing his concerns about how construction and the eventual structure will affect the local ecology. He asked Valley Health to preserve the trees and included some of his ideas about See HOSPITAL, 10

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how the hospital can help the area. “I shared with the crew my ideas for solar panels because the hospital is big and could hold a lot of panels. The panels could help with taking out carbon dioxide (CO2). I also thought gardens could help and if they planted butterfly bushes it could make it peaceful,” Mellish said. “Solar power can help reduce CO2 emissions, mainly by being a clean and renewable source of energy. Solar power is not dependent on burning fossil fuels or other products; instead, it uses electrons captured from the sun’s energy for energy creation,” according to many scientists. “He wanted to be sure that the property provided a place for animals and their habitat and asked the hospital to find ways to be environmentally friendly. He had played in the woods and wanted it kept like that,” his mother, Jill Mellish, explained. Heater assured Mellish that his team was listening to his concerns. After Heater spoke to the assembly, Valley Health President Mark Merrill addressed the audience. After recognizing the support of Valley Health’s board of trustees, local officials and staff who are helping to make a longheld vision a reality, he talked

Christine and Fred Andreae, whose generous donation will result in the wellness and recreation trail around the campus, sign the beam that was later put into place over the future entrance to the hospital. All attendees at the “Topping Out” ceremony on August 8 at the site of the new Warren Memorial Hospital were encouraged to write their names on the beam. Construction workers also added their names to the topping out beam.

about the five-year road map approved this year by the Valley Health’s Board of Trustees that is designed to make sure that the

health system and all its parts are moving in harmony. “I can think of no better example of how we are striving to reach

Dominic Mellish is seen here with his older sister Teaghan, who helped him with the letter; his mother Jill; and his sister Aspen.

our vision than this new hospital, which will allow us to attract and retain highly skilled specialists so our neighbors can receive the care they need right in their own communities,” he said.

Joseph F. Silek Jr., chairman of the Valley Health Board of Trustees spoke after Merrill and explained how he and his family are local to the area and have made use of the current hospital

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The topping out beam is firmly in place over the future entrance to the new Warren Memorial Hospital.

on this site,” he said. “If only you could have seen it six months ago…” He went on to praise “the exceptional care the hospital has provided over the years and the fact that it is the region’s largest employer. He also spoke of the upcoming capital campaign and the hope that the community will embrace the opportunity to leave an indelible mark on the hospital by contributing. He also recognized Fred and Christine Andreae, members of the local community, who have contributed to the Wellness and Recreation Trail, located just behind the hospital. “The Wellness and Recreational Trail was our idea,” said Fred Andreae after the event. “We had seen a similar trail at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in New Hampshire several years ago. We thought it was great idea

as it served so many different people. In our case the trail gave us an enjoyable escape from the hospital waiting room during our son’s shoulder surgery following a mountain climbing accident. The trail at the new Warren Memorial Hospital will give the hospital staff a place to get away and unwind during breaks, it will provide a good place for patients to rehab following an operation or illness, and it will provide a beautiful walk for our whole community to get outside in nature, to exercise, relieve stress, and see some spectacular views. So we gave money to plan the trail and get things started. We hope others will join us in making the trail a reality.” Robert Meltvedt, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Warren Memorial Hospital, also spoke about his experiences as a general surgeon for 22 years there

and his hopes for the new hospital. “It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited about it. It’s great that Valley Health has invested in this community. The people will be amazed at this special place.” Despite its number of stateof-the-art rooms and brand new equipment, Meltvedt said he believed that hospitals shouldn’t be judged based on those things or square footage alone, but rather on the impact they have on the community. “If you measure hospitals by these new measures,” he said, “I really do think this might be the best hospital Valley Health has.” Later, when asked about how the hospital won’t have an obstetrics/gynecology/labor and delivery department, he responded that he had been one of the holdouts on the issue and everyone else had wanted to include it as well. “But the reality, to make it work and be safe is that it takes a level of resources and volume that is not possible,” he said. Winchester Medical Center has the resources we don’t have, including mental health experts and specialized nurses, an operating room for Csections, and better, safer care,” he explained. The three-story hospital and medical building will take up about 177,000 square feet. The plans include: • walking trails and green spaces to occupy 28 acres of the 150-acre campus. • 36 private patient rooms. • 18 emergency department beds. • six observation beds. • three operating rooms. • one catheterization laboratory. • parking areas. • room for expansion. Visit www.valleyhealthlink. com, and find Warren Memorial Hospital for more information and a virtual tour of the new facility. –

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Supervisors’ vice chairman has questions on conflict of interest Sayre grilled county attorney about Stoneburner Carter’s insurance policies with EDA

Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter turns and faces Warren County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Tom Sayre while Sayre questions the County Attorney Dan Whitten about a possible conflict of interest on the part of Carter.

Warren County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Tom Sayre (center) questions County Attorney Dan Whitten on whether Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter has a conflict of interest since he is with Stoneburner Carter Insurance and the company handles several insurance policies for the troubled Warren County Economic Development Authority.

By Timothy Ratigan Warren/Frederick County Report The Warren County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the month at the Warren County Government Center on August 6. Almost immediately, Thomas H. Sayre raised the question about a possible conflict of interest that Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter may have because of his employment with Stoneburner Carter Insurance Company and its insurance policies on properties owned by the county’s troubled Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA). Recently, allegations of embezzlement by Jennifer McDonald, the former executive director of the EDA, have thrown the fate of the agency into question and have caused problems for the town, county, and those involved. Sayre is vice chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and represents the Shenandoah District. Supervisor Carter is listed as an employee of the insurance company and is also the broker on multiple insurance policies for properties currently owned by the EDA. Some of those properties include the former Stokes Market building on Main Street, the apartments on the property, the Afton Inn, a warehouse located at 426 Baugh Dr. and a building located at 1325 Progress Dr. In addition to handling the insurance needs for the EDA, Stoneburner Carter Insurance Company is also responsible for handling several insurance policies for the Warren County Fire and Rescue Departments. Following the report from County Attorney Daniel Whitten, Sayre commented on the possible con-

flict of interest issue. “Mr. Whitten, I found out that apparently there are some insurance policies that the EDA has been covering by one of our board members. It has never been disclosed to me. I’ve still never been officially told, and also, we went into closed session and we were discussing policies regarding the actual employees of the EDA, and then I found out that the same board member has those insurance policies. Is that accurate?” he asked. Whitten explained, “So Stoneburner Carter Insurance is the broker for certain policies called package policies. I believe that those are for the offices on Kendrick Lane and the Baugh Drive building, the Stokes Mart building, the Afton Inn Building, and I believe Carter may have been the broker for the property on Progress Drive. Before the first of July, under the Virginia Code, the EDA doesn’t have to do procurement for the facilities that they own. Starting July first we have changed our procurement policies, so now we follow the county’s procurement policy. “Under that policy under $10,000 we would get three phone bids. From $10,000 to $20,000 would get written quotes and over $20,000 we would actually put it out to bid. And any of these policies over $10,000 would require EDA board approval. The majority of these policies were under $10,000 so they would not require EDA board approval. The executive director and I have talked and basically when any of these policies expire, they will put them out to bid and we will make an effort to try and get as many bidders as possible,” said Whitten. Sayre commented, “Also there are policies on the employees of

the EDA as well.” Whitten replied, “that is part of

the package policies. Those policies have a crime and embezzlement policy of a half million dollars. Now the director’s policy, when the board of directors report to the state to the division of mismanagement, is a professional li-

ability policy and that covers the board of directors.” Sayre continued, “Now what is your rationale for someone who would not need to disclose that?” “Mr. Carter is not on the EDA board and the contract is with

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the EDA board, it is not with the board of supervisors and I believe that Mr. Carter also spoke with the commonwealth attorney and received an opinion from him. I can’t advise him on this. I can only give advisory opinions. The board member has to go to the commonwealth attorney to get an official opinion,” Whitten responded. Sayre fired back, “So let me get

this straight. A board of supervisors member can appoint people to an EDA board and then have an interest in and profit by that and that is not a conflict of interest?” he asked. Whitten replied, “Well he is an employee of Stoneburner Carter Insurance and not an owner. Under the conflict of interest laws, employees are treated differently

than owners. Since the contracts are not with the board of supervisors, it doesn’t fall under the Conflict of Interest Act in my opinion.” As for other insurance policies that have been written by Stoneburner Carter Insurance, the Warren County Fire and Rescue insurance policies are included. At the time of the procurement and vote, Carter revealed in June in



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Embattled County Administrator faces criticism from county residents

Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley was in the hot seat when speakers questioned him during the August 6th Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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several issues from the county over the past couple of years and their desire to find ways to improve that trust. I would urge them to think very carefully when they venture forward with such an issue and leave the contract for the county administrator to a new board,” Kushner continued. The next speaker was county resident Paul Gabbert. He rose and began by asking board Chairman Dan Murray if his health had improved. Gabbert then wasted no time in getting to the heart of his comments. “The two things I have are about the funding of the two additional commonwealth attorneys. I don’t know why we would need two more. I just see that as more of an expense and more money being wasted by the county,” he said. The item Gabbert was referring to was a consent agenda item the supervisors were voting on


Warren County resident Paul Gabbert grills Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley on the procedure of submitting bids for new insurance contracts.

regarding the Commonwealth’s new regulation requiring a certain number of assistant attorneys to be employed by the county for the purpose of reviewing law enforcement body cameras to assist in court proceedings. Gabbert continued, “The other topic is the award of a contract for the new Riverton Fire Department. Is the public going to know who this third party is and is it going to be awarded before we know who it is, so we know it is not affiliated with anyone in the county? And I agree with the previous gentleman on renewing the county administrator’s contract. That should be left for the new board when they get seated because nothing ever seems to happen while this administration is in place,” he said. During the last general public presentation period Paul Gabbert rose again and addressed the board. “I know that you all get tired of


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afraid that this county is going to go bankrupt. The citizens feel like their concerns are not important to anybody. There are no actions taken on the concerns they have. There is just nothing ever said or done on these issues. The people in this county, they are looking for a change in leadership. This is how angry people are,” he said. Gabbert then asked the board if they follow Facebook, or a local Facebook site called “What’s Up Front Royal?” saying that if the supervisors do follow what is going on in Facebook then they can see that county residents are “very, very angry” and that they are angry over the same issues. At this point Gabbert turned his attention to County Administrator Douglas Stanley, asking about the bidding process for new or expired insurance policies, “I’ve got a question for you, whether you will answer it or not. Can you give me the two names of the other insurance companies that were solicited for insurance?” Stanley then attempted to clarify the question regarding the type of insurance Gabbert was referring to, but Gabbert interrupted him on several occasions, shouted over him, demanding him to “Just answer the question or it’s a very simple question.” Several times Stanley patiently repeated his question as to the type of insurance Gabbert was referring to and each time Stanley was interrupted by Gabbert shouting over him. At one point he told Gabbert, “I’m trying to answer it Mr. Gabbert.” And Gabbert replied loudly, “No you’re not!”

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The exasperated county administrator finally turned to Chairman Dan Murray and queried, “Mr. Chairman?” To which Murray addressed Gabbert with a blunt one-word statement, “Please!” Stanley proceeded to answer the question asked by Gabbert. “When you put things out to bid according the code of Virginia as far as the process…..” Gabbert attempted to interrupt Stanley again, only this time Murray instructed Gabbert to allow Stanley the appropriate time to answer the questions put to him. “The bids were put in the news-

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EDA board meeting early to go out and buy the land that the new hospital is being built on. That is insider information. That’s ridiculous, that is how a lot of the land is being bought up because people know what is coming. Another big tract of land that was bought up out there is by Mr. Curt Tran of IT Federal,” he accused (in reference to land along Happy Creek Road that is currently zoned residential). That completed Paul Gabbert’s comments to the board of supervisors. Next up was county resident James Harper. Harper made a statement regarding questions he had asked the chairman and received a promise of an answer. He reported that those answers were not forthcoming. He warned that the supervisors and the school board should refrain from not allowing the contracts of high-profile county employees to expire and instead extending the expiration dates for voting in raises. He made it clear that he was against the Crooked Run 2 housing development as well. He stressed that Crooked Run 2 was the only hope for commercial development for Warren County in the future. He recommended that the county develop the residential-zoned areas first before looking elsewhere. Harper stated that the EDA is a “mess” and recommended a twoyear shut down of the EDA until it was all sorted out. He said that after listening to the last meeting,

the EDA still didn’t know where all the lines of credit were and it was very frustrating to hear the director of the EDA repeat that the bank is looking into it and will get back with the EDA. He commented that there did not seem to be any sense of urgency regarding the status and numbers of lines of credit and would be interested to see if the law enforcement would be called in to look into the many lines of credit. He then asked for a list of properties owned by the EDA and the county and if they could publish them in the paper along with any associated debt. Harper asked Vice Chairman Tom Sayre if he would consider dropping the civil lawsuit he has with the former EDA Director Jennifer McDonald, but failed to mention whether or not he asked Jennifer McDonald to extend the same courtesy to Sayre. Harper questioned Murray about whether the Warren County Regional Airport was still being subsidized with county tax dollars. Murray informed him that the airport was not receiving any tax dollars currently due to the fact that the airport was running with a $45-46,000 profit. Harper said he would verify the information he had received and that was the end of Harper’s comments. –

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The EDA: To dissolve or not to dissolve, that is the question Hamlet didn’t have a more difficult time with his question than the two local officials who debated the case

Front Royal’s interim mayor, Matthew Tederick, outlined his plan for a possible dissolution of the Warren County Economic Development Authority during the July Front Royal/Warren County liaison meeting.

Warren County Board of Supervisors chairman, Daniel Murray, offers several compromises to Interim Mayor Matthew Tederick’s push to dissolve the Warren County Economic Development Authority.

By Timothy Ratigan Warren/Frederick County Report

sit back and not have these discussions. “Additionally, I believe that the EDA, along with the community as a whole, are looking for unambiguous direction from the county and the town as far as how to move forward in this climate that we are in – with the civil litigation going on and the special grand jury, the federal investigation, and who knows what else. From my perspective I would like to see future discussions revolving around how the town and county can join forces and work together for the betterment of our community, and at the same time minimize or litigate any legal fees. “I think it would be advanta-

At the July 2019 Front Royal Town Council/Warren County liaison meeting, members of the county and council met to discuss various projects and the future of those projects. The main event, so to speak, was what to do with the Front Royal/Warren County Economic Development Authority. Since it was Warren County’s turn to host the town/county liaison meeting, the honor fell to the supervisors’ chairman, North River Supervisor Dan Murray, to introduce the hot button item of whether or not to dissolve the embattled EDA. But it was Interim Mayor Matthew Tederick who had the opportunity to lay out the town’s agenda

regarding the possible future/fate of the EDA. Tederick first acknowledged that he realized that his position as interim mayor was not the strongest, but he felt that he had to say something. “I had made several comments, lengthier than I had hoped. Among the comments was a discussion about the possible dissolution of the EDA and what that would involve. From my perspective we need to have an open and honest discussion regarding how to best move our community forward as it related to this scandal we have endured. I took the position as the interim mayor, and I am the lamest of lame ducks, but I couldn’t just

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geous for our community as a whole for the town and county to work together to clean this mess up so to speak and fix our own problem,” he explained. Tederick then asked, “Should the town and county consider a joint lawsuit against third parties? I think there are some third parties out there that have some legal culpability in this scandal we find ourselves in. If the town and county join forces what conflicts of interest are out there?” he asked. At this point Murray interjected some questions and possible solutions. “What legal ramifications are there by trying to do this, if you

have funds, if you have property? I think before we go too far into this, we need council and the board to sit together and discuss it. Not one person from the board and one person – you as mayor – and one person from the EDA. That’s wrong, there’s too many accusations about things being done behind closed doors and to me, an effort for just three people to do, it stinks. Because it looks like a cover up. I’ll say that right up front. “We need to do this sensibly. I don’t know when or where, but it was the town that decided not to put funds into the EDA, and they also, at the same time, walked away from the library and we picked up the cost. “Who didn’t see that coming back to bite the town? So, saying the town and county have to work together, we have to have some meetings to work some things out,” he concluded. Tederick fired back, “We have a direction to go in, Dan (Murray). We can go into an adversarial direction or we can try to work together which is my goal and I think it should be our goal. The situation is the situation, the mistakes in the past are the mistakes in the past. The town and the county had a funding formula where we funded the EDA, but I am here to tell you from the town’s perspective we are moving forward.” Murray immediately replied, “So are we.” Tederick carried on, “I can tell you, with the civil suit we are pursuing, I believe we are on some very solid legal grounds. But again, what I am after, I am not after, for tonight, any resolution, or any clear direction. The purpose See EDA, 18

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of this is to figure out what the next steps are should we continue to have these kinds of discussions about the future of the EDA. Here it is from my perspective: the bottom line is the EDA is insolvent. The county is funding the EDA: they are funding the legal battle, they are funding the investigation. From our perspective the Royal Phoenix property, which is one of the most valuable assets in the town limits, is fully leveraged, and we can’t do anything on that property without Curt Tran and the bank giving us permission. “So, the situation is the situation. And as far as where the EDA stands, and the future of it, I think the public has lost confidence in the current structure. Now I am not suggesting that a complete dissolution is the solution. Maybe we form a completely different entity under a different structure.” Tederick continued, “When I first came in, I went to Joe, (referring to Front Royal Town Manager Joseph E. Waltz) and I wanted go back to the source documents. Whether it is a federal issue you go back to the Constitution, whether it is a religious issue you go back to the Bible, and what I did is I had Joe pull the original formation of the EDA. “I don’t know if you have read this, but I will read two particular

points,” he began. “In the event that the IDA (when the EDA was originally formed, it was referred to as the Industrial Development Authority), dissolves, as provided by the code section, the town and county should receive an equal division of all IDA property, 50/50. In the event that the town and county and IDA have determined, have received, or are in possession of property in excess of what is needed to carry on the IDA function, then in accordance with the provisions of the code, said excess profits and property shall be distributed to the town and county in equal shares.” Tederick continued. “I’ve been advised that in the event of the EDA having any assets, we can get 50 percent of those assets if it is dissolved, and in the event that it can be proven that the EDA has generated any profits, which I believe it has generated profits above its operations, I believe the town could argue that we want our 50 percent cut of that,” he affirmed. “Now what does that bring us? That brings us to the situation that the town, from my perspective, can sit back and we can let the county proceed on the path that the county is going and the county can sue and the county can try to claim whatever assets that the county can get and they are going to spend all of these le-

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(Editor’s note: the council was later advised on this meeting at their July 22nd Town Council meeting.) “And I know you haven’t broached this subject with the Board of Supervisors,” he continued. Murray interjected at this point and said, “That is why I said we need to have both groups together and put everything out there. I wasn’t being adversarial with you; I was putting out the history. If I was being adversarial you would know it.” Tederick continued, “I think this is an opportunity for us and what I would like to see done, this EDA issue and I don’t mean to be disrespectful but much of this liaison and EDA agenda has been reports and they can be e-mailed and read and thank you very much. I would like to see over the next five to six months that at these liaison meetings, they focus and roll their sleeves up, dig their heels in and really figure out how not to yell at each other and figure out to resolve problems and figure out how to move together as a community. In 1996 through 2000 that was how it done and there was a lot of gnashing of teeth at these liaison meetings, but we accomplished a

lot working together really well.” Tederick wanted to hold the liaison meetings every ten days, however Murray was not agreeable to that and objected but did offer a compromise to Tederick’s proposal. “People have lives, I think we can do this on a monthly basis, but I can’t say every ten days. That is why I said we need to discuss what we are going to do. What I would like for you to do is to put together a proposal from the town’s side of what your perspective of what this is. And maybe you can bring it and present to us in a work session for our board to hear from you and then we can put a proposal together and come to you as a team,” responded Murray. At this point, the Tederick and Murray discussed the different means of getting both the town and county on the same page and how the two groups were going to work together and what types of meetings there would be and how many people from each side would attend the meetings. They jointly decided to hold a town/county meeting at the Warren County Community Center on Villa Avenue in Front Royal on August 13th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. –

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tours that include roads in Frederick County and Winchester: Westbound drivers will take Route 644 east, Route 522 north, Route 50/17 (Millwood Pike/Jubal Early Drive) west and then Pleasant Valley Road south to Route 644. Eastbound drivers will take Route 644 west, Pleasant Valley Road north, Route 50/17 (Jubal Early Drive/Millwood Pike) east and then Route 522 south to Route 644. The through-truck restriction on South Pleasant Valley Road in the City of Winchester will be temporarily lifted while the detour remains in place. All work is weather permitting.

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Join staff from project partners including RSW Regional Jail, Riverside Regional Jail, and The McShin Foundation as well as scholarship recipients from the re-entry program as we celebrate our success and look forward to the second year of the Virginia Recovery and Re-Entry Project. The Virginia Recovery and Re-Entry Project aims to serve individuals with Substance Use Disorders from incarceration through the re-entry process with an authentic, peer-to-peer approach to recovery. The project exists as a result of a matching grant awarded to The McShin Foundation from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Building Communities of Recovery initiative. With these funds, and McShin’s financial match, two new recovery jail programs began in Riverside Regional Jail and Rappahannock Shenandoah Warrenton (RSW) Regional Jail. Following participation in these programs, the grant offers residential recovery program scholarships to twenty individuals to receive recovery support services through The McShin Foundation in Richmond. The hope of

VRR is to combat substance use disorders, deliver access to authentic recovery support services, and ultimately reduce recidivism for individuals actively seeking recovery. The McShin Foundation was founded in 2004 and is Virginia’s leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders.

All About Trees class The Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards will be conducting their annual All About Trees class beginning on September 3rd. Students can learn more about the class and sign up here: https://treesfron-

Carl Wayne Robinson Arrest made in connection with July arson On Saturday, July 14, 2019, Warren County Fire and Rescue and Warren County Sheriff ’s Office along with Middletown Fire and Rescue units were dispatched to 600 Catlett’s Ford Road for a reported residential structure fire. Units arrived on the scene at approximately 1:35pm to find a small single family home with fire and smoke evident from within the residence. Units quickly extinguished the fire and verified the homes sole occupant had escaped the blaze. The occupant was treated and released on the scene for smoke inhalation, there were no other










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Late August, 2019 • Warren/Frederick County Report • Page 23 injuries. The cause of the fire was investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Investigators determined the fire was caused by an act of arson. Fire Investigators were joined by the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office Criminal Investigations Division to identify any suspect(s) in the case. As a result of the joint criminal investigation; the owner/occupant of the home was arrested and charged in connection to the incident. Mr. Carl Wayne Robinson a 46 year old male, the home’s sole occupant, was arrested on August 10, 2019 and charged with §18.2-77 - Burning or destroying dwelling house. Mr. Robinson is currently being held without bond at RSW Regional Jail. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico at 540636-3830 or Sheriff ’s Office Lieutenant Phillip Henry II at 540-635-4128.

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Mattress fundraiser Skyline High School Marching Band is having a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skyline High School (151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, Virginia). There will be over 30 models to try out at the school, including Pillow Top, Firm, Gel Memory Foam, Latex, Hybrids and Intellibed. Quality items with no middle man not only means great prices for you but also means great financial support of Skyline’s Marching Band Program. In addition to mattresses for sale, there

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Warren County Attorney Dan Whitten resigns after less than 3 years in job On August 13, 2019, Warren County Attorney Dan Whitten sent formal notice to the Chairman of the Warren County

Board of Supervisors that he is resigning to accept a job as the County Attorney for Prince George County, Virginia. His last day of employment for Warren County will be September 13, 2019. Mr. Whitten will start in Prince George County on September 16, 2019. Mr. Whitten stated, “[s]ince starting my employment with Warren County on February 16, 2010, I have thoroughly enjoyed working for Warren County. I would like to thank the Board of Supervisors for offering me the opportunity to serve as the Warren County Attorney for the past three years. I will treasure the friendships that I have made with numerous Warren County employees and officials over the last nine years.” Board of Supervisors Chairman Daniel J. Murray, Jr., stated, “I am sorry to lose Dan as his knowledge and experience will be hard to replace. I appreciate how he has handled many contentious situations with grace, pa-

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BRIEFS, from 23 tience and respect. I consider him to be a friend and he will be sorely missed. He has been an asset to the County and the agencies he supports.” The Warren County Attorney’s Office is located in the Warren County Government Center, 220 N. Commerce Avenue, Suite 100, Front Royal. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone number is (540) 636-6674.

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If a treehouse is designed poorly it can cause significant damage to a tree. I have 6 things for you to consider when building your treehouse: (I talked about the first 3 things last issue). PART II - 3 more considerations for building a treehouse: 1. Slings, ropes and cable: Anything tied around the trunk or branches will damage a large area of bark as the tree moves, and if tied around the whole branch will gradually strangle the branch. You may have seen fence wire that was wrapped around the tree many years ago and has since been grown over completely. Trees can sometimes grow over obstacles, but it is much better to completely

avoid the risk of killing them. A lot of people use ropes to fix treehouses so that they “don’t hurt the tree”, but the damage the ropes actually do is much greater in the long run. 2. Growth over time: As the years pass, the tree adds new growth layers (or rings) outside the previous ones, gradually getting wider and wider. The inner growth layers do not grow once the season has passed, which is why growth rings in felled trees can indicate how well the tree grew in any year throughout its life. Treehouses are usually bolted to the tree, so the bolt is fixed to the heartwood. Since growth is added to the outer layers, the tree will expand around the supports. In itself this does not cause a great deal of damage initially, but it will disfigure the tree quite badly. After many years, the tree can be damaged if a large beam or panel is blocking its growth. If the tree passes through the floor and/or roof and walls, growth of the tree over time will mean it expands inside the hole cut for it. As these holes usually surround the tree completely, strangu-

lation of the branch or trunk can occur. This must be avoided by keeping a 2” gap between the tree and edge of the wall, roof or floor. If movement of the tree is likely, even more space should be left so that a swaying branch or trunk will not be rubbed away as it hits the edge of the hole. 3. Changed weight distribution: Trees are anchored in place with their root system. Adding a large treehouse to a tree can affect its weight distribution, especially if the treehouse leans out to one side of the tree. The tree will gradually react to this, but it will take a few years to build up extra strength in the root system, during which time the tree can be more vulnerable to storm damage. Splitting the treehouse over two or more trees will keep the applied weight acting straight down through the trunk. Good Luck with your treehouse Tommy! Your Pal in the Trees,

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

Late August, 2019 • Warren/Frederick County Report • Page 25 lives of individuals with special needs. BRCTH invites caring and enthusiastic individuals to become lesson volunteers for our 10-week fall session which begins September 3rd. Lessons are held on Monday through Thursday afternoons and on Saturdays. We currently have openings for new students, so share this as well. Lesson volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. Equine experience is required for horse leaders, but not for side walkers. Volunteers should be able to commit to most if not all of the 10-week session. Volunteer Orientation is on Wednesday, August 21st at 6 pm at the Almeda Farm 749 Salem Church Rd, Boyce, VA 22620. (If

you have a conflict that evening, contact us and we will try to arrange a day and time that works for you.) Trainees then attend one of several hands-on training sessions being offered during the following week. Contact Margie Youngs, Executive Director, at 540-533-2777 or at brcthinc@ for more information and to register for the Orientation.

found behaving aggressively (a very unusual manner for this type of animal) near Indian Camp Trail in Black Bear Subdivision, near Maurertown in Shenandoah County. The groundhog later tested positive for rabies, Rabid Ground Hog according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. On Aug. 11, 2019, a groundhog was “This groundhog no longer poses a threat,” stated Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene, “however, it should serve as a reminder that any contact with a medium-to-large wild mammal that could result in exposure to the animal’s saliva should be considered a potential rabies Happy Creek Cleanup Project exposure. We most commonly see rabies in Ivy Lodge Museum & Gift Shop Laura Virginia Hale Archives raccoons, foxes, skunks, feral cats, and bats, The Town of Front Royal Public Works Monday-Friday 10 AM–4 PM Monday-Friday 10 AM–4 PM but it is occasionally seen in other mammals review this proof and contact your marketing specialist16:or our office with your approval or any changes. March 30–November such as ground hogs, dogs, and livestock.” Saturday 11 AM–4 PM History & Genealogy Records & Services Dr. Greene continued, “The key in this case was the abnormal aggressive behavior of an animal that would normally run from a human; such behavior is typical of an animal Historic Homes Tours in the late stages of rabies.” Monday-Friday 10 AM–4 PM Anyone who thinks they may have been March 30-November 16: Saturday 11 AM–4 PM exposed to this or any rabid animal should review this proof and contact your marketing or our with your Tourspecialist Schedule: 10:30 AM, office 12 NOON, 1:30 PM &approval 3:00 PM or any changes. receive an immediate medical evaluation. Department has obtained a permit from the Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) and the Army Corps of Engineers to perform maintenance and cleanup in Happy Creek between E. 6th Street and E 8th Street. This work will begin August 20 through September 9, 2019 from 7am-3pm (WEATHER PERMITTING). This work

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Engle’s Angle: “Peanuts and Cracker Jack” By Kevin S. Engle “You can see the game better on TV.” My wife is right and I know it. But there’s something about being there. The energy, the excitement, the cotton candy. For my birthday, in June, I wanted to go to a Washington Nationals baseball game. Judy wasn’t enthused, but like the good wife she is, she’d tag along. She’s not big on going to professional sporting events. The effort it takes to get there, the expense, and the long lines in the ladies room. And at 5’2”, she often has a hard time seeing over people. I picked the game I wanted to go to, and then we postponed. Twice. Thunderstorms were predicted. Of course it didn’t rain either day. We made it on our third try. It was a hot one. The temperature at game time was 90 degrees. And still going up. “Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out with the crowd.” When I go to a baseball game, I go to watch the baseball game. I couldn’t do that. I could barely see the field. My view of the pitcher’s mound and home plate was often obstructed. And we had good seats. I take that back. We paid a lot of money for our seats, but they weren’t good. They were on the aisle. Fans were constantly walking up and down to buy food, go to the bathroom, get out of the sun, whatever. And then there were the people who’d just stop directly in front of you, as they looked around for something or someone. “Please don’t stand there,” a woman behind us told them several times. It was all very distracting, and

way beyond annoying. “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.” I would’ve liked some kettle corn, but never got to that. By the time I finished my chicken fingers and fries, I was stuffed, and out of money. Thirty-four bucks for two chicken finger meals and a large lemonade. Yikes! “I don’t care if I never get back.” That’s not quite true. When the game was over, I was ready to go home. And more than two hours later, we finally got there. Between driving part way and using public transportation, that’s how long it takes. “Let me root, root, root for the home team. If they don’t win it’s a shame.” They did win. 11-4. “For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game.” I was out. More than two hundred bucks. And for what? To not see the game. Strike one. Sweat like a pig. Strike two. And no kettle corn. Strike three. A few days later, they played at noon. We watched, on our back porch. We ate pizza. We could see. There were no lines at the bathroom. The A/C worked fine. And when it was over, we were already home. Next season, when I want to go again, maybe I’ll listen to my wife. I doubt it.

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BRIEFS, from 25 in Culpeper County in February 2019. The Department will hold a public meeting on August 28, from 7:00 – 8 PM, at the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors meeting room located at 302 North Main Street, Culpeper. In response to the recent detection of CWD in Culpeper County, DGIF has created a Disease Management Area (DMA2) that includes Culpeper, Madison, and Orange counties and variety of regulatory changes have been enacted within DMA2 to minimize the spread of the disease. Deer

feeding is now prohibited year round in DMA2 and whole carcasses (and certain carcass parts) cannot be exported from DMA2. Hunters that are successful in DMA2 on November 16, 2019, are required to submit their deer for CWD testing but hunters that harvest deer in DMA2 at any other time of the season are encouraged to submit their deer for voluntary CWD testing. In addition, Earn A Buck is now in effect on private lands in Culpeper County. These regulatory changes, in addition to other aspects of CWD management strategies enacted in DMA2, will be discussed at the public meeting on August 28. Addi-

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Warren County 4-H Skyline Riders Open Horse Show Series June 30th, August 18th (rain date Aug. 25th) • Must compete in both shows to qualify for series awards which will be presented at the Achievement Banquet • Warren County Fairgrounds • Show Starts at 9am $8 per class or $40 all day • $10 entry for the series (one time fee) • Junior, Senior and Adult • Divisions are as follows: HUNTER, GAITED, WESTERN, GYMKHANA • Trail class is open to all divisions (11-2) • End of the Day Awards will be presented Per Division Per Age Category • A good Sportsmanship Award will be presented at the end of the show • Negative Coggins, Equine Waiver and Health History Required! • Hot Dogs, Drinks and Snacks will be available • For more info, contact Debbi Garrett - 540-422-1625 • No dogs please Disclaimer: Hold Harmless: The Warren County Fair Association, Warren County 4-H program and the Extension Office, Skyline Riders Horse and Pet 4-H, or any volunteers associated with the show, will not be responsible for any accidents to riders, their horses or spectators. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact VCE-Warren County at (540-) 635-4549 during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120.

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BRIEFS, from 27 advanced. Bring your own sewing machine. There is a limited number of extra sewing machines available for people who give advance notice. Crochet Group: Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 A.M (August 14th & 28th). All ability levels welcome. How is “Data Science” Changing Ecology & Conservation Biology? Join Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute research scientist Justin Calabrese Thursday, August 15th @6:00 P.M for a special program exploring how so-called “data science” is changing ecology and conservation biology. Dr. Calabrese is a research ecologist

who has done extensive research around the world on animal movement. SPL - Books & Beyond: Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our Books and Beyond Book Club on Wednesday, August 21st at 10 A.M. where The Alice Network by Kate Quinn will be discussed. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month. Blood Drive: The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be parked in the library’s parking lot from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Saturday, August 24th. Consider giving the gift of life! One Movie To Rule Them All: Join us at the Library for a fun showing of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on Saturday, August 31st at 1:00 PM in preparation of SamiCon in September! This is a PG-13 movie, children are welcome accompanied

by a responsible adult. Plant-Based Cooking Workshop: Join Heidi Anderson and Samuels Library Staff Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 P.M. for a fun cooking workshop designed to make even the pickiest eaters love healthy, plantbased cooking. In this workshop learn how to make vegan style pizza! Although this is an adult program, mature children accompanied by a responsible adult caregiver are always welcome. A Massive Resistance: Panel Discussion on the Resistance to School Desegregation in Warren County - Join us Thursday, August 29th at 6:00 P.M. for a panel discussion on the massive resistance to the desegregation of Warren County Schools. Members on the panel include: the Reverand James Kilby and his sister, author Betty Kilby Fisher, who were part of the first class to desegregate Warren County High School; Dr. Utzinger, History Department Chairman at Hampton Sydney College; and members of the group Coming to the Table. Fatal Crash on Interstate 81

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Virginia State Police Trooper T.V. Clark is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver. The crash occurred Aug. 8, 2019 at 3:25 p.m. on Interstate 81 at the 299 mile marker in Shenandoah County. At 3:19 p.m., Virginia State Police was alerted to a 2007 Toyota Yaris traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66 near the 3 mile marker. As Trooper Clark was responding, the Toyota made its way onto Interstate 81 heading south in the northbound lanes. At the 299 mile marker at the Shenandoah/ Frederick County line, the Toyota struck headon a 1996 Honda Accord. The Honda Accord was traveling north in the northbound lanes of I-81. The driver of the Toyota, Patricia Murray, 66, of Front Royal, Va., was transported to Winchester Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased. The driver of the Honda, Chris A. Nessel-

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rodt, 22, of Broadway, Va., was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Honda’s 19-year-old female passenger and two 17-year-old male passengers were transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A fourth passenger, a 20-year-old male passenger, was not injured in the crash. All of the passengers and the driver were wearing seat belts. The crash remains under investigation. I-81 Pursuit On August 14, 2019, at approximately 1 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper M.T. Brill attempted a traffic stop on a 2018 Toyota Corolla that was traveling north on Interstate 81 at the 275-mile marker in Shenandoah County. The traffic violation was for speeding - 91 mph in a 70 mph zone. The Toyota refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.

The Toyota, reaching speeds of up to 115 mph, continued north on I-81 into Warren County. On I-66, the suspect vehicle attempted to take Exit 13 when the driver lost control and struck the guardrail. The Toyota’s driver, Spencer J. Reimann, 31, of Vienna, Va., was taken into custody without further incident. Reimann was not injured in the crash. Reimann was arrested for DUI and charged with the one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, one felony count of eluding police, possession of marijuana and possession of controlled substances. He is being held at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Regional Jail. Three passengers in the Toyota were also arrested, Kitkwan Karlo, 20, of Fairfax, Va., and Kyle Lujan, 20 of Vienna, Va., were charged with drunk in public and underage possession of alcohol. Frederick Maggi, 21, of Fairfax, Va., was charged with drunk in public. –

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Friday, August 16 A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Light and variable wind. 7pm Gazebo Gathering at Chester and Main St. Front Royal. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Arts Council. Saturday, August 17 A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmer’s Market at 119 N Loudoun St. Winchester. 10am History and Civil War Walking Tour at The Kurtz Building, 2 North Cameron St. Winchester. Experience 275 years of history on this guided walking tour! Learn about the citizens that lived here and the pivotal events that made Winchester the place it is today. These tours are given by experienced and knowledgeable guides that enjoy sharing their love of local history. Make your reservation by calling 540-5421326. Cost: $10, payable to the guide. Meet at 2 N. Cameron Street (the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia) 11am - 7pm Winchester Greek Festival at Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst St. Winchester. 1pm - 2pm Handley Library Behindthe-Scenes Tour at 100 W Piccadilly St. Winchester. Staff members and volunteers will give tours of Handley Library on the first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month. Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Walk

on the famous glass floors and see the well under the stage. Meet in the Rotunda for the tour. The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful. To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11. 1pm Who’s Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery? Walking Tour at 305 E. Boscawan St. Winchester. Mt. Hebron has been Winchester’s burying ground since inception of the town in the 1700s. On this walking tour, you will be introduced to men and women who contributed to the development of Winchester, as well as our great nation. Meet your guide outside the gatehouse on East Lane. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Note that no restroom facilities will be available. Fee: $5, payable to the guide. 2pm - 6pm Community Outreach & Concert at Main and Chester St. Front Royal. Enjoy live concert, food, face painting, balloon art and corn hole toss. Sponsored by Dynamic Life Ministries. 6:30pm Stephens City Moose Benefit Cash Party at 414 Double Church Rd, Stephens City. Event benefits the nonprofit Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. Tickets are $20. Come out for a fun night and a chance to win $1,500! Each 10th ticket drawn out will win $20. Only 250 tickets will be sold. Ticket must be presented to win. (If ticket purchaser cannot be present, they may designate someone to present their ticket.) Proceeds will provide scholarships for students with special needs and funds to help care for the therapy horses and ponies. For tickets or more info call 540-869-4692 or 540-533-2777. 6:30pm North Fork Shen. River Restoration BINGO, 301 North Fork Rd., Front Royal. Doors open 4:30pm. 7pm Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band at Toms Brook Fire Dept. Yard Party, Toms Brook. (After the parade.)

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Sunday, August 18 A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. 10am - 3pm Middletown’s 9th Annual Car, Truck, & Tractor Show at 7793 main St. Middletown. Registration from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. | Awards Presentation at 3:00pm. To Benefit the Middletown 4th of July Celebration. Awards to Top 20 1900-1980 and Top 5 1980-Present. Entry Fee $10.00. Dash plaques to the first 100 registered vehicles. For more information, call Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV (540) 8774594. Rain Date is Sunday August 25, 2019. Pre-Registration not required. 11am - 4pm Richard’s Peach Festival at Richard’s Fruit Market, 6410 Middle Rd. Middletown. Family Fun Day on the Farm! FREE Admission! Join us on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 11am – 4pm for our Peach Festival! We’ll have live music, farm food (our own burgers, farm to crust pizza,

hotdogs, peach milkshakes & more), a tasting table, wine & craft beer, and of course, LOTS of apples! This is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and spend the day in the country with us! Have fun in our petting zoo, take a ride on the hay wagon, let the kids cruise around in the barrel train, or just run around til they’re exhausted. We’ll have badminton & corn hole too. The event is rain or shine, but no worries – there’s plenty of undercover space if a sprinkle happens along. 12 noon - 7pm Winchester Greek Festival at Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst St. Winchester. Monday, August 19 A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Monday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 30%. 7:30pm Younglife event at Main and Chester Street Front Royal. Ice Cream Challenge planned for the Gazebo this evening.

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Tuesday, August 20 A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Wednesday, August 21 A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Wednesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Thursday, August 22 A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Friday, August 23 10am - 4pm Strasburg Community Library Book Sale at 195 West King Street, Strasburg. All books are $2.00 or less. 7pm Gazebo Gathering at Chester and Main St. Front Royal. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Arts Council. Saturday, August 24 8am - 5pm Safe Driving Class For Seniors at Front Royal Police Dept. 900 Monroe Ave. Front Royal. AARP Smart Driver Safety Course is hosted by the Front Royal/ Warren County S.A.L.T./TRIAD and sponsored by McGreevy Insurance Agency for senior over 50 years of age. Class limited and is FREE. 540-692-0075. 9am - 6pm WOFM Summer Harvest See CALENDAR, 30

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CALENDAR, from 29 Festival and Vendor Fair at 4305 Middle Rd. Winchester. West Oaks Farm Market will be surrounded with mountains of delicious produce and vegetables, all grown and harvested at our family farm here in Winchester, Virginia! Sweet Corn, Cantaloupes, Watermelons, Tomatoes, Peaches, Peppers, Onions, Apples, Squash, Zucchini, Green Beans, and SO MUCH MORE! KIDS ACTIVITIES! Bounce house, Hayrides, Apple Cannon, Corn Maze, Combine Slides, Face Painting, and more! Meal TBD in Courtyard, plus multiple food vendors and lots of delicious hot/cold options from our grill inside! LIVE MUSIC! Trainwreck will be playing from the picnic shelter 1pm-5pm! 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmer’s Market at 119 N Loudoun St. Winchester. 10am Civil War History Trolley Tour at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester. This non-stop 22 mile trip will take you on a tour of the battlegrounds of six major battles fought in and around the City of Winchester. Ride through the city and into the countryside where over 140,000 Confederate and Union soldiers met on the area’s battlefields during the four year period of 1861-1865. The remains of many of those brave soldiers are resting in the Mt. Hebron Stonewall Confederate Cemetery and the Winchester National Cemetery. Meet your guide and the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, located at 1400 S. Pleasant

Valley Road. Fee: $10. Register by August 20 by calling Winchester Parks and Recreation (540) 662-4946. 10am - 4pm Strasburg Community Library Book Sale at 195 West King Street, Strasburg. All books are $2.00 or less. 10:30am - 11:30am Guided Civil War Walking Tour of Stephens City at Newtown History Center, 5408 Main St. Stephens City. Civil War walking tours of historic Stephens City are conducted at 10:30 a.m. on the 4th Saturday of the month, beginning in June and ending in October.

This tour focuses on the impact of the Civil War on the town. Reservations are required. Please call the Newtown History Center at 540-869-1700. Tours begin at the Newtown History Center, located at 5408 Main Street. 11am - 6pm Belle Grove Wine Fest at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd. Middletown. Live music, food vendors, artisan vendors, local wine, cider, spirits, food, and fun! 2pm - 4pm Winchester’s Musical Heritage Event at 100 W Piccadilly St. Winchester. Join us in celebrating Winchester’s

275th Anniversary by recognizing and remembering one of Winchester’s own- the country music legend, Patsy Cline. Tracey Wygal will pay tribute to this local iconic voice on August 24th at 2pm in the beautiful Handley Robinson Auditorium. www. 6:30pm North Fork Shen. River Restoration BINGO, 301 North Fork Rd., Front Royal. Doors open 4:30pm. Monday, August 26 5pm Advertising Reservation Dead-

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610 Battle Park Dr. Winchester. The Kernstown Battlefield Association, together with the family of Mr. Rob Pettus of Richmond, Virginia, will dedicate a new Civil War sign. This new sign commemorates the sacrifices the Pettus and Eubank cousins made during the Battle of First Kernstown. John Overton Pettus and his cousin Philip G. Eu-

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Sunday, September 1 2pm - 4pm FREE Concert by Five of a Kind Bluegrass Band at Cooter’s, 4768 US 211, Luray. Five of a Kind has been entertaining crowds with traditional Bluegrass since 1980. Cooters: 540-843-2515.

Wednesday, September 4 6:30pm - 7:30pm Handley Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour at 100 W Piccadilly St. Winchester. Staff members and volunteers will give tours of Handley Library on the first Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) and third Saturday (1 p.m.) of each month. Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Walk on the famous glass floors and see the well under the stage. Meet in the Rotunda for the tour. The tours are free, but making reservations is helpful. To make reservations or for more information, call 540 662-9041, ext. 11.

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Late August 2019 Warren/Frederick County Report  

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

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