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Talk of the Mountain Seafood Restaurant is the talk of the town Owner Bryant Green claims to serve the “Number One half-pound crab cake” in Virginia

Some of the friendly kitchen crew members take time to greet folks with service at Talk of the Mountain Seafood, LLC at 507 North Royal Ave. in Front Royal. They are left to right: Chris Taylor, Eric Kenny, Bryant “Boo” Green, and Laurie Green. In front is Rudy Allen.

By Carol Ballard Warren/Frederick County Report Who doesn’t love crab cakes? Word has spread that some of the best can be found at the Talk of the Mountain Seafood located in the food area of the Liberty Gas Station at 507 North Royal Ave in Front Royal. Owner Bryant Green says, “They are the Number One halfpound crab cake in Virginia!” The

home-made secret recipe takes it to a whole other level.” And folks who have tasted them agree. One satisfied customer described the food as, “the best fresh seafood I’ve eaten anywhere around here...super delicious.” Green has been cooking for the last nearly 30 years, beginning when he was very young by cutting and cooking fries at Five guys in Arlington. Here is an excerpt from Green’s

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na be talking about me, it’s gonna be the Talk of the Mountain. “He held my hand one month before he passed and told me ‘Look at me son, don’t do anything else, stick with the food, ummm um boy, you can cook.’ “Everything about this business has a meaning. That’s why so

much effort is put in the food. We have a family legacy to continue!!!” Green said. His family has lived in the Markham area for over 200 years and are popular, well-known for being very hard-working, intelligent and athletic, he said. And referencing those who may See FOOD, 4

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be critical of the location or unsure how great his food can be, he has this as his business motto, “You won’t know, if you don’t go.” He also explained why he decided to open up his roadside stands with crab cakes as the main attraction. When he and his wife Laurie were dating, they would drive to Maryland to get crab cakes. When he started out, with a table and canopy, he set up near wineries or breweries. The great food attracted other winery owners to invite him to come back and caused a lot of comment on Facebook. This is where Poonam Sijapati,

the previous occupant of the restaurant, who, with her husband, served Nepali/Indian food, found him when she was planning to move their business to Main Street and was looking for a replacement for the restaurant space in the back of the Liberty Gas Station.. She met him and tasted the food and, out of four possible choices, offered the space to him. “She went with her gut instinct and recruited me,” he said, adding, “she was a great recruiter!” She told him she didn’t want to see him on the side of the road, which she said with good will. “She was my angel,” he said.

Sadly, she passed away soon after moving with her husband Janardan with their Royal Spice Restaurant to Front Royal’s Main Street. He and his son are still there living out her and their dream. Talk of the Mountain has thrived in the new location. The food is delicious, and the prices are reasonable. Green describes the most requested item on the menu as a gluten free Jumbo crab cake. Also, he said, it’s fresh every day and never frozen. He said that people are getting to know they are there more and more and business is good, but

Bryant “Boo” Green adds ingredients to the delicious potato salad last week in his Talk of the Mountain Seafood restaurant in Front Royal.

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INDICTMENTS 2019 August Indictments Joseph Adam Trejo The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Joseph Adam Trejo, 29, of 541 S. Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, with two counts. COUNT ONE: in the county of Warren, Joseph Adam Trejo did unlawfully and feloniously commit forcible sodomy by engaging in anal intercourse with a child less than 13 years of age, against the will of the complaining witness by force, threat or intimidation. COUNT TWO: did unlawfully and feloniously commit rape by having sexual intercourse with a child less than 13 years of age. Dates of the offenses were on or about January 1 through May 1, 2019. Corey Arthur Grey The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about June 27, 2019 in the county of Warren, Corey Arthur Grey, 39, of the RSW Regional Jail, did unlawfully and feloniously assault and batter Holly Williams, then knowing or having reason to know that Holly Williams was a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of her public duties as such.

DiVaughn Thomas Holloman The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges DiVaughn Thomas Holloman, 24, of 423 Criser Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, with two counts. COUNT ONE: DiVaughn Thomas Holloman did unlawfully and feloniously distribute more than onehalf ounce, but not more than five pounds of marijuana. COUNT TWO: did unlawfully, feloniously, having been convicted of a felony, knowingly and intentionally possess ammunition for a firearm. Date of the offenses was on or about January 15, 2019. Jonathan Matthew Campbell The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about June 29, 2019 in the county of Warren, Jonathan Matthew Campbell, 33, of 9449 Taney Rd., Manassas, VA 20110 did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I or II controlled substance not obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of a professional practice, or not authorized by the Drug Control Act. Misty Dawn Morris The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Misty Dawn

Morris, 40, of 116 Rambo Ct., Front Royal, VA 22630, with two counts. COUNT ONE: Misty Dawn Morris did unlawfully and feloniously, possess fentanyl, classified as a Schedule II controlled substance and not obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of a professional practice, or not authorized by the Drug Control Act. COUNT TWO: did feloniously and unlawfully, while having custody of a child, willfully or negligently cause or permit the life of such child to be endangered, or to willfully or negligently cause or permit such child to be placed in a situation where its life, health or morals may be endangered. Date of the offenses was on or about December 13, 2018. Ashley Victoria Secor The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Ashley Victoria Secor, 32, of 141 Paw Paw Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630, with two counts. COUNT ONE: Misty Dawn Morris, did unlawfully and feloniously possess Heroin classified as a Schedule I controlled substance and not obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of a professional practice, or not authorized by

the Drug Control Act. COUNT TWO: did feloniously and unlawfully, while having custody of a child, willfully or negligently cause or permit the life of such child to be endangered, or to willfully or negligently cause or permit such child to be placed in a situation where its life, health or morals may be endangered. Date of the offenses was on or about December 13, 2018. David O’Sear Brooton The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about March 3, 2019, in the county of Warren, David O’Sear Brooton, 51, of 107 Beeden Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously rob a person by partial strangulation, or suffocation, or by striking or beating, or other violence to the person, or by assault or otherwise putting a person in fear of serious bodily harm. Thomas James Bowen The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about April 30, 2019, in the county of Warren, Thomas James Bowen, 21, of the RSW Regional Jail, did unlawfully

and feloniously assault and batter Brandon Curry, then knowing or having reason to know that Brandon Curry was an employee of a local regional correctional facility engaged in the performance of his public duties as such. Anthony Wade Lockhart Jr. The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about May 12, 2019, in the county of Warren, Anthony Wade Lockhart Jr., 26, of 1542 Mountain Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully operate a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more by weight volume or 0.08 grams or per 210 liters of breath; or while under the influence of alcohol, a narcotic drug or other self-administered intoxicant or drug, or any combination of such drugs, to a degree which impaired his ability to drive or operate a motor vehicle safely, this being the third or subsequent violation within ten years. 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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When will Americans stand up to the hypocrisy of the Democratic left? EDITOR: After every shooting, which every American should be appalled by, the leftists flood the media with calls to repeal the second amendment. They say we need tougher gun control; we need to ban all guns, and stop the sale of all guns. Their reason is to protect the children. These are the same people who have no problem with abortion or murdering children after they are born. Sadly here in Virginia we have a governor who believes in infanticide. Where is the outrage?

Leftists never however say how they will get guns out of the hands of criminals. Their only concern is taking guns out of the hands of responsible law abiding citizens. If they truly want to do something to stop gun violence maybe they should take a look at Chicago. That Democrat run city has the toughest gun laws in the Country. Let’s use Chicago as a test case and see how that works out. The leftist media very rarely reports the violence in Chicago’s inner city. Why is that? Could it be because the cities that have the most gun violence and gun deaths are all controlled by Democrats? Is there a relationship between intolerance and violence? Now, many places including schools are asking people not to carry firearms

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in their place of business. They are also posting Gun Free Safe Zone signs. Those businesses and schools are putting their patrons and students at risk. The gun free safe zone is telling violence prone, in some cases mentally ill individuals; there is no one here with a gun to stop you. It is functionally hanging a bullseye on these locations. Let’s get to the real reason the Left wants to repeal the second amendment and take our guns. The truth is they want to transform America into a Socialist Country. The easiest way to accomplish this goal is to disarm the citizenry. Look at history. The socialists under Adolf Hitler did exactly this in Germany in the 1930’s. Disarming any potential opposition is one of the first things Socialists and Dictators do. Just think about what you would do if you intended to seize control. If you do you will understand where they are coming from. They know Socialism doesn’t work. The only people who benefit from Socialism are those who are in power. Look at countries who tried Socialism and how their countries went from wealth to poverty in a short time. When they finally run out of other people's money the system collapses and the only ones who prosper are the leaders of what is left of the country. Don’t take my word for it, do your own research and look at the history of Socialism. Well, I tried to give you a short view of what gun bans and Socialism will do. The rest is up to you………...Please for the sake of our children and grandchildren stand up to the Left and say no to gun control and Socialism.

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2020. This year marks my 37th in education and my fifth year as the Superintendent of Schools in Warren County. Many are aware of the health challenges my wife, Debbie, has been going through these last several years. The stage that she is in now is accelerating my retirement plans so that we can enjoy more time together. While certainly not the exact path I would be choosing, it is the right thing to do and I have no doubt will be best for all concerned. Debbie and I came to Warren County in 1983. We started teaching in Rappahannock County but within a few years we were both teaching in Warren County and we stayed for the duration. It has been a privilege to grow here professionally and our community has been wonderful place to raise our two children. We made many dear friends while being a part of a caring and child centered school system that makes a difference in students’ lives every day. Warren County Schools are in a good place systemically and in great hands with the leadership we have at all levels. There is an ongoing effort to ensure we have the best people in place to do the best for our students. I leave knowing that our community supports our students and we will continue on the path of continuous improvement. I thank all of those that have been my mentors and all of those that I have worked with side by side. Our schools are filled with kind and competent individuals and I am so proud to have been a part of Warren County Public Schools. I look forward to seeing all of the great things that will happen in the future. Greg Drescher Superintendent Warren County Public Schools

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through it much like it moves through forests and steams to the Potomac River Watershed downstream. Helpful and friendly museum employees are available to interact with visitors to explain and draw attention to the various exhibits. Alistair Bingham, who works at the museum is one of them and he’s been in his job as a visitor engagement specialist for more than two years. He enjoys helping children find out what is

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MUSEUM, from 9 played. And the exhibits were excellent! Rather than over-stimulating the kids with too many choices, there were a few carefully chosen options that occupied our kids for hours! We look forward to coming back, despite the long distance to our home.” Some other perks of the museum include rental of spaces for weddings, after hours parties, sleepovers and a genial place to hold fundraisers. Further in the future, on Sunday, December 22, there will be a Pajama Day which is held every year. “Historically, guests will get a discount for dressing in their pajamas,” Bingham said. For Christmas last year, actors dressed in costume and sang songs from the movie “Frozen,” and some dressed as the Grinch. The community events offered make the museum a unique place for people to bring the entire family and actively interact in educational and interesting ways for hours at a time if they choose. Sensory nights are reserved for special needs children whose sensitivity to loud noise, too much stimulation and activity make it difficult for them to enjoy regular open hours. And another family-friendly very popular feature is that on every First Friday in Winchester, there’s free ad-

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“We look forward to working with this committee and the reform committee in what we’ve done and adopt additional procedures that will prevent future embezzlement and mismanagement. Whatever form the EDA takes

in the future has to be effective by the county board and city council and our citizens and the media. Right now, the EDA board is the first site of oversight but not the only one. We welcome and encourage involvement whether from the town, county or citizens. Attend meetings, ask probing questions and make sure they are fully answered. Trust but verify. Reforming the EDA shouldn’t be the only goal of this committee. In chaos there is great opportunity. The town and county have the opportunity to bury old disagreements that hinder economic development and work together for a shared future. “We have the opportunity to speak with one voice and to present an irresistible opportunity for businesses looking for what is already here,” Browne concluded. He went on to say that this is a new EDA board that is active and looking to turn the EDA around. “We understand the importance of working with the town and county towards the same goal. That goal is to make our town and county better and stronger and safeguard taxpayers’ monies. We are here to work. The final comment at the end of the day, is, ‘We all want a strong economic development effort and procedures that protect citizens’ resources.’ We ask this joint committee to appoint a member of the EDA Board to the EDA Reform Committee so that we can work with them as well. We have a lot to offer the committee.” Browne then turned the presentation over to EDA Executive Director Doug Parsons, who said, “I would like to share with you some of the progress

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Crooked Run West rezoning took center stage at county meeting

Warren County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Tom Sayre (center) commented on whether the rezoning application for Crooked Run West should be sent back to the Warren County Planning Commission.

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to the planning commission would just be kicking this rusty can down the road. If the truth be known, the applicant, the county administrator, and some members of the board were disappointed in the planning commission’s recommendation to deny the rezoning and this is nothing more than an attempt to get an opportunity to get a different opinion from the commission more aligned with their belief of what should happen in our community. It is well understood that the applicant’s project is only viable with the

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Grand Champion Market Steer Owned by Caleb Barron. Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer. Owned by Jorden Purchased by Gore’s Processing Inc. $2.60 per pound. Campbell. Purchased by Coastal Electric. $2.10 per Awards Sponsored by Beltway Realty. pound. Awards Sponsored by Beltway Realty. Grand Champion Market Hog. Owned Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog by Jacob Jenkins. Purchased by The Owned by Caleb Barron. Purchased Apple House. $4.00 per pound. Awards by Coastal Electric. $3.30 per pound. Photos taken by Nik’s Pik’s– Nikki Lewis Sponsored by Barron Show Pigs. Awards Sponsored by Barron Show Pigs.

Grand Champion Breeding Goat. Owned by Caleb Barron. Awards Sponsored by Lindamoods Farm Supply and Red Barn Boer Goats.

Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Goat Owned by Carson Richardson. Awards Sponsored by Red Barn Boer Goats and Lindamoods Farm Supply.

Grand Champion Breeding Sheep. Owned by Mason LeHew. Awards Sponsored by Patton Window Installation, LLC.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors Virginia Livestock, LLC Warren County Farm Bureau MidAtlantic Farm Credit Southern States– Front Royal Rural King Gore’s Processing Inc. Fox’s Pizza D& M Container Services All Hands Enterprises

Beltway Realty Wilkinshire Farm Red Barn Boer Goats The Atkins Family Barron Show Pigs Tana Hoffman– Sager Real Estate North Fork Livestock Patton Window Installation LLC The Kidwell Family

Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Sheep. Owned by Ryan Atkins. Awards Sponsored by Margaret’s Saving Grace Bully Rescue.

Brad and Jessica Cook– The Cook Team at Keller Williams Realty Margaret’s Saving Grace Bully Rescue Nancy Wright Warren County Parks and Rec Anthony’s Pizza McAlister’s Deli Mom’s Country Kitchen Terry Smith Jason Poe for Sheriff L & V Creations– Lauren Smit and Victoria Cooper Mark Butler for Sheriff

Grand Champion Marke Ryan Atkins. Purchas Coop-Strasburg. $10.00 Sponsored by In Memory Fork Livestock 4-H Club.

Grand Champion Rabbit Owned by Cheyenne Bailey. Awards Sponsored Nancy Wright.

Women of the Moose Merles Merch Melissa Wampler–Simmons Sharon Kindall TT&B Transportation LLC Tyler and Karen Fisher Main Street Market Strite’s Donuts Bobby and Teresa Lamb Jamie Hartsell All Inclusive Window Tinting Henderson Towing– Duane and Lisa Dawn Smedley Speedway

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY • Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. 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 University, Petersburg.

Reserve Grand Rabbit. Owned b Clatterbuck. Purc Rockingham Coop$200.00. Awards Sp Memory of Bobby Ki

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Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Owned by Caleb Barron. Purchased by Chesley Farm. $4.00 per pound. Awards Sponsored by In Memory of Paul Lamb by North Fork Livestock 4-H Club.

Grand Champion Market Goat. Owned by Ryan Atkins. Purchased by Rockingham Coop– Strasburg $700.00. Awards Sponsored by the Atkins Family.

Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat. Owned by Caleb Barron. Grand Champion Breeding Gilt. Owned by Purchased by State Farm Marshall– Caleb Barron. Awards Sponsored by Tana Aaron Morman $800.00. Awards Hoffman-Sager Real Estate. Sponsored In Honor of Leroy Kidwell by the Atkins Family.

Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Gilt Owned by Mason LeHew. Awards Sponsored by Brad and Jessica Cook- The Cook Team at Keller Williams Realty.

Thank You for Supporting the 2019 Warren County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction MARKET HOG BUYERS

The Apple House * • Coastal Electric • Harry and Valerie Heard • Lester and Mowery Pharmacy • Jeff Baggerly Plumb Tech • Smitten Farm * • Gore’s Processing Inc. * • Rose Hill Veterinary Practice * D & M Container Services • Winchester Equipment • Hazzard Mill Farms • CFC Farm and Home– Marshall State Farm– Bill Powers • Keller Insurance • Beltway Realty • **Floor Bid: Barron Show Pigs

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Gore’s Processing Inc. • Coastal Electric • Lester and Mowery Pharmacy • CFC Farm and Home– Marshall Virginia Livestock, LLC * • Harry and Valerie Heard • Daryl and Teddy Stout • Beeren and Barry Investments, LC D&M Container Services • Mary Hutt • **Floor Bid: Virginia Livestock, LLC

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Grand Champion Poultry. Owned Kara Plavchan. Purchased by Rockingham Coop-Strasburg $325.00. Awards Sponsored In Memory of Bobby Kidwell.

Reserve Grand Champion Poultry. Owned by Mason LeHew. Purchased by Edmonds Excavating. $100.00. Awards Sponsored In Memory of Bobby Kidwell.

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Rockingham Coop– Strasburg * • Chesley Farm • Clearbrook Feed • State Farm– Bill Powers • Farm Family * Soils Inc. • Edmonds Excavating • D&M Container Services • Dr. Jonathan Winter • Farm Credit– Ruth Boden **Floor Bid: Jason Sine

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Rockingham Coop– Strasburg * • State Farm– Aaron Morman • Winchester Equipment * D&M Container Services • Holmes Creek Farm • Page Coop Farm Bureau • Farm Family Lindamood Farms * • Farm Credit– Ruth Boden **Floor Bid: Bob’s Handyman Services

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After an inspiring August gathering, Conversation of Hope attendees grab their phones to save a date on their calendars for the next meeting. 4th Conversation of Hope Tuesday Sept. 24 WHAT MATTERS Warren--The WHAT MATTERS community meeting space, “Open House: Meet in the Middle” (213 E. Main Street next to the Daily Grind) will again serve as a meeting place for community members seeking positivism in this time of controversy for our town and county. At 7pm on Tuesday 9/24/19, Police Chief Kayle Magalis, Mayor Matt Tederick and Beth Medved Waller invite all to join them and other community leaders and citizens as we engage in another hour of positive reflections and hope. In the first “Conversation of Hope” held at “Open House” in June, the Chief shared a fitting quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Please join us Tuesday, September 24th at 7pm to share and witness more encouraging conversations. George McIntyre, Craig Laird and FRIBA also announce the next upcoming opportunity to meet to continue the “Save our Town” video series that began in May with a strong attendance. On September 26th and October 24th from 11:30-1pm, The Front Royal Independent Business Alliance will again host a free screening in the series featuring Becky McCray and Deb Brown fromSaveYour.Town. The video series is held at the WHAT MATTERS Community Meeting Space, Open House: Meet in the Middle (213 E. Main St. & adjacent to the Daily Grind Coffee Shop). “Too often, pessimists shoot down your ideas. But you have great ideas, a vision of what your town could be. How do you start making things happen? Learn the practical steps you can take to change attitudes, draw a crowd of supporters, improve the environment and create more connections, no matter what the pessimists say or do,”

said McCray. The video series is designed to show our community new ways to work together towards positive change. There is no charge to attend this screening and a lively discussion is planned to follow. The Apple House will provide brown bag lunches for $5 and complimentary coffee/tea/water is available at Open House. The gathering will begin at 11:30 and video will start promptly at noon. “Together we’ll work through the process to make your town more Idea Friendly. We’ll show you how to Gather Your Crowd, Make Connections and Take Small Steps. It all adds up to creating the kind of town you want to live in,” said Brown. *Please note that these gatherings will be ones of positivity, not negativity. Politics and current events will not be discussed—instead we will remind ourselves why we love our community and provide an opportunity to briefly join together those who care together

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on October 12 which raises funds for the local American Cancer Society chapter. Shenandoah Downs is located at Exit 283 off I-81, halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg. Both parking and admission are free and the races are family friendly. More details are at shenandoahdowns.com.

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Fun is brewing in downtown Front Royal, Virginia on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Bring your family and enjoy a day of beautiful scenery, delicious food, great live entertainment, and of course, beer tasting at the River & Brews Festival (formerly Brew & Blues Festival). The festival gates open at noon with activities (including corn hole) and live entertainment all day until 6 p.m. Get all the details at http://brewandblues.com/ The Town of Front Royal is seeking contractors to submit bids for facade improvements of numerous properties in the downtown area. These improvements are part of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Community Development Block Grant and will assist in helping to revitalize the downtown area. Bids will be advertised in September following completion of

The first of a 5-part series of video presentations and discussion concerning faith and science will begin Monday, September 16th, 7:00 PM at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Ave. (off W. 6th St.), Front Royal. The first topic will be “What Can We Know, Or Not Know, About the Reality of God.” As St. Paul put it, the existence of God can be known by “the things that are made.” What does the natural world reveal about the reality of God, or not? Presenter is Stephen Meyer, PhD, Director, Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. Other topics in the series will include: “Darwinism: A Myth for the Post-Christian Mind,” “Theistic Evolution: Did God Need Darwin?,” “The Mystery of the Origin of Life,” and

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BRIEFS, from 19 epidemic continues to devastate families all across the Commonwealth,” said the Senators. “We applaud the Office of National Drug Control Policy for including Warren County in the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA Program. We look forward to seeing these federal resources put to use to prevent future tragedies in Warren County as we continue working to channel additional federal dollars to fight this ongoing crisis.” Opioid overdoses have surpassed car accidents and gun violence as the leading cause of accidental death in Virginia, with more than 1,500 overdose-related deaths in 2017. In Warren County alone, pharmacies distributed an average of 45 opioid pills per person, per year between 2006 and 2012. HIDTA, a program created by Con-

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Front Royal Warren County EDA Discusses Agency Policies, Makes Real Estate Decisions The Front Royal Warren County EDA called a special meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. It passed motions to: 1) Accept a Letter of Intent and Asset Purchase Agreement for

404 Fairgrounds Road at the price of $375,000 with a 30-day study period, contingent on EDA’s Attorney review and approval. 2) Accept the Progressive Insurance payout for damage to 514 E. Main St., authorize Executive Director Doug Parsons to solicit three bids for repairs to the structure, and give the three tenants an official notice that they will have to be responsible for their own lodging expenses after September 30, 2019 3) Appoint Chair Ed Daley to represent the EDA on the EDA Reform Committee. Vice Chair Jeff Browne was voted alternate. 4) Approve a motion for the EDA to utilize the Interim County Attorney during the gap between when Dan Whitten leaves and a new EDA attorney hired, pending approval from the County Board of Supervisors. Committee Reports: Finance Committee: Director “Jorie” Martin shared the work they’ve done to analyze the various insurance policies the EDA has in place for various properties.

On-going negotiations with the Town of Front Royal were discussed regarding the construction of the Front Royal Police Department. The EDA is proud to partner with the town to provide a state-of-the-art facility to serve the needs of our growing community. Assets Management Committee: Director Greg Harold shared news of negotiations with a prospect for the 426 Baugh Drive property. The prospect has submitted a Letter Of Intent. Harold also shared with the board that he had a very productive meeting with the developers of Afton Inn. The developers and the EDA are looking forward to continuing negotiations to move the project forward. Harold indicated the committee has an immediate goal to physically inspect all real property assets and develop a winterization program to ensure that our assets are properly protected for the season change. Other News: Two law firms have submitted bids to become the attorneys for EDA due to the departure of EDA Attorney Dan

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Front Royal man claims $1 million Powerball prize: Just one number away from hitting the jackpot Talk about cold cash! When Richard Morrison discovered that his Powerball ticket was worth $1 million, he tucked the ticket under a bag of ice in his freezer for safekeeping. The Front Royal man matched the first five numbers in the September 4 Powerball drawing. The only number he didn’t match was the Powerball number. His wife bought the ticket at Shenandoah Farms Grocery, located at 3 Blue Mountain Road in Front

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skunk later tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health District. “This skunk no longer poses a threat,” stated Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene, “however, this case offers a reminder that any contact with a raccoon, fox, skunk, or bat that could result in exposure to the animal’s saliva should be considered a potential rabies exposure. This applies to humans and do-

mestic animals, and anyone exposed should receive an immediate medical evaluation.” The Health Department further advises: Never approach or touch wild animals, especially any raccoon, fox, skunk or bat, especially if it is behaving oddly or if it is seen in the daylight. These animals are the main carriers of rabies in the eastern United States. Avoid stray cats and dogs. Feral or

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Keep pets confined to your property or walk them on a leash. If one of your domestic animals is bitten or otherwise interacts with a wild animal, notify the local health department and animal control officer at once, and have the animal seen by a veterinarian. If you are bitten, scratched, or licked by any of these animals, seek medical attention immediately. Rabies is fatal to both animals and humans once symptoms begin, but it can be prevented in humans if they receive vaccine and medication soon after exposure. Finally, if in doubt, or if you have a

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Warren County Sheriff ’s Office was made aware of a threat made by a juvenile male on an online gaming system that threatened to do harm to students at Warren County Middle School. The call was received early this morning and the juvenile was quickly detained and interviewed by the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office prior to the start of the school. The investigation determined that the threat was made on Saturday, September 7th and was not reported until the early morning hours today. Because of the nature of the threat, and the fear it instilled in students who received a screen shot, there may be charges pending. Any threat to do harm to our schools is taken very seriously and investigated to the fullest. The Warren County Sheriff ’s Office encourages you to report any threat promptly. “See something, say something.”

FREE Fishing Days in Virginia: September 28-29 Whether its stripers on the coast, trout in the mountains, or anything in between, it is time to experience the fun of fishing in Virginia! Due to inclement weather during the free fishing days in June, DGIF is offering two additional full days of free fishing, September 28-29, in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day. Anyone can fish free in public fresh

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Now that summer heat is finally loosening its grip on the Valley, it is time to plan for flu season. Getting a flu shot every year is the single best way to prevent the flu. “It’s important to get the flu shot every year,” says Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene. “Flu causes between 12,000 and 79,000 deaths each year in the United States. Those at highest risk for complications include people over 50 and under six years of age, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant during the flu season, anyone with chronic medical conditions or suppressed immune systems, residents of long-term care facilities and people of Native American ancestry.” Dr. Greene added, “Flu viruses are constantly changing, so each year’s flu vaccine is designed to keep up with the changing viruses. Because of this, an annual flu shot is essential to protect your health, and the health of those around you.” Everyone aged 6 months and older who does not have a medical reason not to get the flu vaccine should receive the flu shot. This is especially true for members of high-risk groups, or those who care for and live with them. For example, babies under six months of age are too young to get vaccinated, therefore it’s vital to immunize those who come in contact with the very young. Flu season typically runs from the fall through the winter and early spring months. Immunity to the influenza virus develops about two weeks after vaccination and lasts for six months or more. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October to ensure you are protected throughout the season. Certain children under age See BRIEFS, 24


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BRIEFS, from 23 9 require two shots 4 weeks apart to achieve immunity, so these children should get their first shot by the end of September. Vaccinations are Readily Available: Flu shots are available now at most pharmacies and clinics in various retail outlets. Health Department Clinics in the Lord Fairfax Health District (Frederick/Winchester, Clarke, Shenandoah, Page, and Warren) are offering walk-in flu shots most weekdays. Look for the “FLU VACCINES AVAILABLE” sign on a sandwich

board outside the Health Department clinic. If the sign is up, you can get your shot. The Health Department accepts most insurance programs, including Medicaid. Prevention: In addition to getting your flu shot, here are some additional steps to prevent flu and other illnesses: Breastfeed your infant. Babies under six months of age cannot be vaccinated against the flu, and are at higher-than-usual risk for flu-related complications. Breast milk, especially in a mother who has received the flu shot, contains antibodies that offer the

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severe weather events, and droughts that render landscapes more susceptible to wildfires. Trees help fight climate change by sucking up (through Photosynthesis) the heat trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Photosynthesis is a process used by trees and other organisms to convert light energy into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the organisms’ activities. This chemical energy is stored in carbohydrate molecules, such as sugars, which are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water – hence the name photosynthesis, from the Greek phōs, “light”, and synthesis, “putting together”. Oxygen is also released as a waste product.

The amount of carbon dioxide sucked up, and oxygen produced, by one tree depends on several factors, including the species of tree, its age, its health, and the tree’s surroundings. A tree produces a different amount of oxygen in summer compared to winter. A general calculation finds that one acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles. That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year. We can all be Super Heroes and help save the planet. Plant a Tree! 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: frwctreestewards@comcast.net and we may publish it in a future issue. Please visit our website at:

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infant protection against the flu. For more information, go to https://www. cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeedingspecial-circumstances/maternal-orinfant-illnesses/influenza.html. Stay home when you are sick. Keep your distance to protect others from getting sick, too. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands, as well as gatherings of family and friends. If you’re well, try to avoid contact with those who are sick. Keep young infants and those in high-risk groups away from sick persons. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue, throw it away immediately, and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze snugly into the crook of your elbow to prevent germs from spreading into the air. The commonly seen practice of holding a fist in front of a cough does no good, and actually leaves germs on the person’s hand that spread by touching. Clean your hands. Washing your

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John Lesko Front Royal Toastmaster elected to international board John Lesko, of Front Royal, Virginia, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International, the world’s leading organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development. Lesko was elected to the 2019–2021 two-year term at the organization’s 88th annual International Convention, held Aug. 21–24 in Denver, Colo. As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Lesko is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission. Lesko is the president and head coach of JohnLesko.biz. As a self-employed leadership coach and entrepreneur, he works with c-suite corporate officers, senior executives in the federal civil service, new admirals and generals in the armed services, and rising stars in several global non-profit organizations.

Samuels Library youth events Sept. 15-30 These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library from September 15 - 30. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153. Tuesday, September 17 – 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will explore magnet manipulation and making things move with them. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 17. 6:00 Homeschool Fair. Are you interested in homeschooling and want See BRIEFS, 26


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BRIEFS, from 25 more information? Come learn about the state homeschool laws, local homeschool groups, and curriculum options. Join us in White Meeting Room B at Samuels Library to learn more.

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Siblings welcome. Saturday, September 21 – 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group A.) Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking,

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Fatal Crash in Warren County Virginia State Police Trooper K. Orr is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash in Warren County. The crash occurred September 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. on Interstate 66 at the 14.2-mile marker. A 2017 Chevy Silverado was traveling east on I66 when the driver lost control, ran off the roadway right, struck a guard rail, went down an embankment, and struck a tree. The driver of the Chevy, Steven D. Johnson, 45, of Spotsylvania, Va., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Johnson was not wearing a seat-belt. The crash remains under investigation. Fatal Crash in Frederick County

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Virginia State Police Trooper D. Ayers is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash in Frederick County. The crash occurred September 4, 2019 at 4:25 a.m. on Interstate 81 at the 324 Mile Marker. A 2001 Buick Century was traveling north on I81 in the right lane when the driver attempted to change lanes and collided with a 2002 Van Hool charter bus that was traveling north in the left lane. The impact caused the Buick to strike a guard rail on the south bound side of I81 and the charter bus the strike a guard rail on the right shoulder. The driver of the Buick, Ronald W. Dick, 41, of Martinsburg, WV., died at the scene as a result of his injuries. Dick was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the charter bus, a 39 year old male, of Brooklyn, NY., was not injured in the crash. 10 adult passengers and 1 juvenile passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash and were treated on scene. The crash remains under investigation. Virginia State Police was assisted by the VSP’s Division 2 Accident Reconstruction Team, the Berkley County Sheriff ’s Office, and, Frederick County Fire and EMS, and VDOT. Maryland Man Facing Multiple Charges after I66 Pursuit

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A Mechanicsville, Md. man is behind bars for DUI and multiple other charges in three counties after he fled from law enforcement Friday (August 30, 2019). Virginia State Police have charged Jeremy M. Carr, 32, in Warren, Fauquier, and Prince William counties with three counts reckless See BRIEFS, 28


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BRIEFS, from 27 driving, three felony counts of eluding police, three counts driving on a suspended license, three counts of unauthorized use of an automobile, three counts of DUI, and three counts wearing a mask to conceal identity. Also in Warren County, state police charged Carr with one felony count of hit-and-run, one count of failing to obey a traffic light, and one count of passing on a double-solid center line. In Prince William County, Carr was also charged with one count of passing on a double-solid center line. State police initiated the traffic stop at approximately 7:57 a.m. as a 2010 Ford F-250 was traveling west on Interstate 66 at the 37 mile marker in Prince William County. The violation was for speeding - as the F-250 was driving 93 mph in a posted 70 mph zone. The Ford continued west on I-66 and entered Fauquier County, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The Ford F-250 finally pulled over and stopped on Route 340 in Warren County. The driver, Carr, was taken into custody without further incident. During the course of the pursuit in Warren County, the Ford did strike another vehicle. No one in that vehicle was injured. No state police troopers were injured in the course of the pursuit.

Carr was being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

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Friday, September 13 A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 67. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. 6pm 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 the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester. Saturday, September 14 A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Saturday Night: A chance of thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%. 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmer’s Market at 119 N Loudoun St. Winchester. 9:30am - 4pm Nature Nurtures at Blandy at 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce. Join us for our second annual Nature Nurtures event Fall 2019. We’ll have vendors, demonstrations, workshops, nature crafts and more! Come spend time at the State Arboretum of Virginia, at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm, in Boyce, Virginia. 540-837-1758. 10am - 3pm Touch a Truck at Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Rd.

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low around 61. Thursday, September 19 Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. 5:30pm Women’s Resource Center Event at 213 E Main St. Front Royal. WomenGathering - Guest Speaker: Debbie Copeland, author, talking about her new book on Woodstock. Facebook live @ 6:00pm. FREE Event. Friday, September 20 9am - 4pm Annual Book Sale at 1 West Main St. Front Royal. The Annual Front Royal United Methodist Women Book Sale will be held today from 9:00am - 4:00pm in the fellowship hall. Books for everyone: religion, biographies, history, fiction, food and children’s books. All proceeds benefit United Methodist Women Mission for women and children. Saturday, September 21 8am Country Breakfast at Limeton United Methodist Church, 9 Limeton Main St, Bentonville. Free Will Offering/Donations Accepted. Funds designated to Mission/Outreach. 9am - 9pm Battle of Third Winchester Commemoration at Third Winchester Battlefield, 541 Redbud Rd. Winchester. Programs will range from a series of stationary programs at different battlefield sites, visitor center grand opening, monument dedication, living history, kids camps, and artillery demonstrations. 9am - 1pm Annual Book Sale at 1 West Main St. Front Royal. (See Sept. 20.) 9am - 1pm Old Town Farmer’s Market at 119 N Loudoun St. Winchester. 9am Front Royal Public Auction at

Walter Duncan Public Works Yard, 800 Crosby Rd. Front Royal. The Town will hold their annual auction today. A list of items can be found on the Town’s website. 10am - 10pm Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival at Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Rd. Clear Brook. The 2019 Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds and continues to grow with attendance over 7,500 people! The festival has always been family (and pet) friendly! WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR: BUBBLEBALL by Wonderfly Games… and a human HAMSTER BALL. Come out (Sunday only, noon-5pm ) and try the hilarious new activity that is fun for all ages! Craftsmen and Vendors:Local and Regional Artisans and Vendors throughout the grounds and two (2) buildings. CANINE OBSTACLE COURSE: Since we are pet friendly, this new fun-towatch and fun-to-participateactivity is our new fun element for our four-legged friends (Saturday only). KIDZONE AREA with INFLATABLES: An area just for the kids with Knocker Ball, Giant Slide, Obstacle and Bounce House, face painting and other fun activities. Meet Little Joe our minature horse. ANTIQUE CAR SHOW AND BINGO. TAP & CORK TASTING (HARD CIDERS & CRAFT BEERS) Must be 21 and over with ID required. Tasting fee extra. Live entertainment nearby makes this a can’t miss attraction! APPLE PIE EATING CONTEST HOSTED BY WHITE HOUSE/NATIONAL FRUIT: What would an apple harvest festival be without the popular apple pie eating contest? Center stage, Sunday at 3pm! APPLE PIE BAKING CONTEST/FREE APPLE: Watch while the judges sample the variety of See CALENDAR, 30


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CALENDAR, from 29 homemade pies in the apple theme booth. The Apple Theme Arena is where you can get a free apple and apple cider. Meet representatives of the Virginia Old Time Apple Growers Association and the Alson Smith VA Tech Research Lab, ask questions and see the over 60 varieties of apples on display. APPLE BUTTER MAKING: Made fresh on-site. Almost guaranteed your purchase will still be warm! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Continuous entertainment featuring Nashville star Blake Esse (currently touring with Clint Black), Robbie Limon, Bud’s Collective and Jimmy Lee…all family friendly. FOOD CONCESSIONS: Plenty of EVERYTHING APPLE along with Apple Pie, Apple Dumplings, BBQ, Crab Cakes, Turkey Legs, Donuts, Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, Lemonade and all your festival favorites! ADMISSION IS DISCOUNTED WITH $1.00 OFF COUPONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY: We flood the area schools, day care centers and all HANDY MART stores with $1.00 off admission coupons! Admission includes all activities except Tap & Cork and is $8 or less! Under age 6 are FREE! It’s for a good cause! All proceeds for the event go to local non-profits. Over $1 Million Dollars has been given over the life of this event…so thank you! 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 the corner of Cameron and Boscawen Street, Winchester. 10am - 5pm (Sept. 22) French and Indian War Weekend at Abram’s Delight Museum, 1340 S Pleasant Valley Rd. Winchester.

18th Century Colonial Encampments. Drilling and Musket Presentations. Two Battle/ Skirmishes. Historical Interpretation of Colonial Forces in the French and Indian War 1pm - 3pm Star Fort Kids Camp at Star Fort, Fortress Dr. Winchester. This “minicamp” is perfect for veteran campers or for youngsters trying it for the first time. Campers will “enlist” in a unit alongside living historians and learn about camp life, soldiers’ drills, and life in a Civil War fort, witness a musket demonstration by living historians, and take part in manning the fort’s defens-

es. Open to children ages 6 to 14 on a firstcome, first-served basis. The camp is FREE but pre-registration is required. To register, click the link below or call 540-740-4545. For more information, call 540-740-4545 or email info@svbf.net 1pm Book Signing at Royal Oak Book Shop, 207 South Royal Ave. Front Royal. Co-Author Richard Schaus will be signing copies of his new release book, “Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken”: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg: July 4 to July 14, 1863.

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.

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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

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