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Citizens want Warren to become a Constitutional Sanctuary County Supervisors heard complaints about Governor’s Covid-19 restrictions

County citizens faced supervisors at the Warren County Government Center at their mid-January meeting with a proposed resolution to declare Warren a Constitutional Sanctuary County.

By Carol Ballard Warren/Frederick County Report At the January 19 Warren County Board of Supervisors four-hour meeting, 22 County citizens faced the board and spoke during the

public comments time presenting their proposed resolution to ask that Warren be declared a “Constitutional Sanctuary County.” Their purpose, they stated, was to ask supervisors to “reassert their dedication to uphold the

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vid guidelines. She told them that there was an exemption from mask-wearing in the room because some had said they had a medical condition. But she asked that after each person spoke, they would use sanitary wipes for the lectern that had been provided, “in an attempt to be conscious of everyone’s health as possible.” County resident Melanie Salins was first to face the supervisors and she read from a written statement explaining their mission. “We come before you today to respectfully ask for your help. This last year has hurt citizens of Warren County. We have many businesses struggling to stay afloat. We are scared of what is to come,” she said. “We are here today to present to you a resolution to become a constitutional sanctuary county and formally reassert your dedication to upholding the Constitution and our rights protected by it.”

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resolution was this. “We don’t do the mask thing; I’m not sick and my children definitely don’t wear one. I’m tired of getting harassed over the mask thing. People who are not sick should not be the ones that have to go through all these extra steps to go out in public,” she said. And even though when Cullers laid out the approved guidelines earlier for the meeting and asked those who remained in the room to refrain from clapping and others out in the hallway to keep silent during the proceedings, her requests were also ignored. A large group who stayed in the hallway, due to the one person in, one out guideline, could be heard singing the Star-Spangled Banner and calling out their opinions. Cullers said she appreciated their passion but everyone needed to be able to hear the speakers. She also was following guidelines that prohibits more than 10-persons in a room at one time. At one point Salins asked the supervisors to look out in the hallway at the people who had gathered, saying they were being denied their first amendment rights because they weren’t allowed in the room to be seen. Supervisors agreed that as many people had shown up at the meeting, they deserved to be heard and gave them more time than




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Citizens present a Constitutional Sanctuary County Resolution Many citizens spoke out in favor during the County Board meeting

At the January 19 Warren County Supervisors meeting Manuel Vicente spoke to the board during a presentation of a Constitutional Sanctuary County Resolution, saying said he was from Cuba and warned about a possible coming revolution and that nobody is listening.

By Tom Sayre Warren/Frederick County Report On Tuesday evening, January 19, a large crowd singing a patriotic song appeared at the Warren County Board of Supervisors regular meeting and presented a resolution for the board to consider and approve. This was called a “Constitutional Sanctuary County Resolution of Warren County Board of Supervisors.” One by one speakers came up and read a paragraph or two of the resolution until the entire resolution was read aloud, on camera before the board. The sanctuary resolution quotes Amendment 1 of the Bill of Rights that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

There are numerous “whereas” clauses quoting the Constitution of Virginia and the Bill of Rights pointing out the citizens’ right to liberty, to speak freely, write and publish, freedom of speech or the press, enjoyment of life and liberty, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. The petition points out that the Governor of Virginia “is currently attempting to prohibit the gathering of more than 10 citizens at a single time (even in their own

homes); and is attempting to do so through Executive Order, rather than legislative process.” The petition points further state “the Governor has placed undue strain on local businesses, while … unequally restricting some businesses more than others.” The Governor has restricted the liberty of citizens by imposing lockdowns and curfews. Michael Salins read, “Wishes to express its deep commitment to the freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights; including the rights of all citizens of Warren County to peaceably assemble and to engage in commerce for the financial support of themselves and their families.” The citizens’ petition asks the board to opine that the Governor’s executive orders violate the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia and find pursuant to the Constitution of Virginia Article 1 section 2 which states, “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates are their trustees and ser-

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ren County, Virginia, as a ‘Constitutional Sanctuary County’ and expresses its intent to uphold the Constitution and other clearly established rights of the people of Warren County, Virginia.’” And “No government funds, resources or employees, which includes the Sheriff, may be used to enforce the Governor’s executive orders.” Manual Vicente spoke at the meeting and said he was from Cuba and later stated over the telephone that he asked the board members to “Join the regular people, the humble people and be on our side. They may not be counted as elites in the future.” Vicente added, “Everybody in Cuba who did not agree with Castro, was called the worms. And if you spoke up you were tortured and put in jail. “There is a 1987 documentary called ‘Nobody Listened.’ It is well done and lasts about one hour, look it up. It is about how people suffered at the hands of the regime.” The board has taken the sanctuary resolution under advisement and as requested, may place it on a future agenda for consideration. Other matters Mark Yang, a Chinese American, also spoke during the public comment period on the agenda and asked “the board to consider

passing a resolution to alert residents and medical professionals before traveling to China for organ transplants.” Yang said there have been numerous allegations that the Chinese Communist Party has engaged in the mass murder of people to sell their organs for profit. Also at the meeting, Tiny Yang stated, “I am originally from China

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get a drink from the refrigerator. Mr. Sealock approached her from behind and took both of his hands and pushed her down quickly and with a great deal of force, toppling Plaintiff to the side and exerting his physical dominance over Plaintiff. The force of the push hurt Plaintiff ’s knees, back and wrists. The Town’s human resources director, Julie Bush, was present when this assault occurred. Plaintiff complained about Mr. Sealock’s unwanted attention and touchings, and thought that something would be done to get him to stop his conduct. When Plaintiff complained about the pushing incident the next day, Ms. Bush said that she had not seen it and that in any event she could not really do anything because she reported to the Town Manager, not Council. “August 16, 2019, Plaintiff met with Julie Bush and outlined some of her complaints about Mr. Sealock, including his sexual harassment of her and his retaliatory conduct. Ms. Bush assured Plaintiff that she would hear back from Ms. Bush within two weeks after an investigation of her complaints. “On November 15, 2019, Ms. Bush sent a document to Plaintiff entitled “Investigation Summary Report-Jennifer Berry, Clerk of Council.” That “report” failed to address the many issues raised by Plaintiff in her complaint, was wholly incomplete, was dismissive of Plaintiff ’s complaints (to the extent they were investigated at all) and was indicative of a sham investigation. Moreover, the socalled “report” reflects that the most recent interview conducted by the Town had been conducted on September 6, 2019, but the “report” document was not provided to Plaintiff until two months after that latest interview and two and one-half months after Plaintiff had been told the investigation would be concluded. This delay allowed Defendant Town to implement its retaliatory hostile work environment against Plaintiff.” A request for comment was sent January 21 to Ms. Bush’s town email address.

tiff that it would be best if Mayor Tharpe did not attend the April 15, 2019 Town Council meeting. Mr. Sealock then said that the Mayor would take the information better from Plaintiff because she was a woman. “Plaintiff made the call to Mayor Tharpe as instructed. Mayor Tharpe resigned the following week. “Throughout the time leading up to Mayor Tharpe’s resignation, and the weeks following, there were numerous sexually inappropriate comments directed towards Plaintiff. During that time, Mr. Sealock became Acting Mayor. He inquired of Plaintiff on at least three occasions in the spring of 2019 while in the capacity of Acting Mayor as to whether she knew the going rate of a “blow job” and then whether Plaintiff had found out the going rate for a “blow job.” Plaintiff objected on each occasion to these humiliating and demeaning sexual inquiries. “On May 13, 2019, Acting Mayor Sealock came to Plaintiff ’s office and communicated threats to

her over her job for having registered those complaints. His threat was in the context of discussing an upcoming evaluation of Plaintiff ’s performance. Mr. Sealock told Plaintiff that an evaluation of her performance was pointless because she would no longer have a job if Mayor Tharpe were re-elected following his criminal case. Plaintiff understood this was because of her complaints of harassment and her involvement in advising Mayor Tharpe, as directed by Mr. Sealock, not to appear at the April 15, 2019 Town Council meeting.” In a phone call January 21, 2021 Mr. Tharpe said [his part in the lawsuit] “ended the day that I came in and put myself on administrative leave and turned everything over to Mr. Sealock and at that point it seemed that everything went downhill on their part. I have no idea what transpired but I know there’s some accuracy in it in the part mentioning me and also some accuracy that needs to be pointed in another direction. “She was very professional and it was a shock when it came to find-

ing out that she’d been dismissed. When I was mayor she was part time and I felt that we needed to have her full time instead of part time. And I had it put in the budget and council approved the budget even though they eventually blamed me for moving her into a full-time position. I was always very respectful to her. She was top notch. She helped me immensely on council and as vice mayor and mayor. I respect her judgement and her knowledge...I always considered her part of us. She was always part of us and she was our clerk...As a person she’s very truthful. Mr. Tharpe said he was in the room when Ms. Berry made allegations of inappropriate behavior by Mr. Sealock. “I handled it the best that I thought it was to be handled. I’m one of those ‘let’s get together here, we’ll all work together. Let’s work things out and let’s not blow everything out of proportion,’” he said. The lawsuit states, “Defendant Town required Plaintiff to put a sign on her office door whenever she was not in the office. This was

a new requirement instituted only after Plaintiff ’s formal complaints in August 2019. She had never been required to do this in the past. Plaintiff asked that this same rule be applied to the male staff as well, but the male staff members were not subjected to this requirement.” Mr Tharpe said, “the part about the sign on her door came from myself and Mr. Sealock. She was part time working in the office and part time at home. She had late nights that she wasn’t compensated for so those hours that day compensated for the hours that evening. She would come in on Monday and work really late and then have like a half a day on Thursday. She always worked 40 hours. “I had approached her about putting the sign on the door because if people would come up the elevator they would look to the right to see nobody there when she was working from home. I suggested putting a sign on the door that she’d be back at a certain time or you could call or give See LAWSUIT, 10

Former Mayor Hollis Tharpe The lawsuit claims, “In April 2019, Mayor Tharpe was indicted for solicitation of prostitution. That indictment caused much turmoil in the Town’s offices. Plaintiff was contacted by the Town Attorney, Town Manager, and Mr. Sealock. Mr. Sealock told Plain-


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some sort of direction. Nobody had any kind of direction. But that never got accomplished. I don’t know if Mr. Sealock regurgitated it at some point once he became the interim mayor. “Like I said, she’s pretty accurate. There’s just a little bit that needs to be tweaked so everybody knows how things actually went down on our part. The lawsuit states, “Following her complaints about Mr. Sealock and Mr. Holloway, Plaintiff was told that she had to leave Council chambers for closed sessions. Not only was she required to leave the room, she was required to leave the entire building, while male staff members were allowed to remain.” Mr Tharpe said, “I remember that she was never allowed in closed meetings but when I became mayor I thought she needed to be part of the meetings and I always invited her. She played an important part with council. She was not a secretary by no means. She was your clerk of council. That comes with a very high ranking of authority. That’s not just being a secretary and taking notes and dictating and such as that. She

was part of our lives. She was for the betterment of the town. “I never had any clue if Mr. Sealock was a woman hater or sexist or anything like that. You never know if somebody is like that. “I’m very leery of saying something that would damage either side,” he said. Former Councilman and Current Mayor Chris Holloway The lawsuit states, “Plaintiff spoke with Chris Holloway, another Council member, and complained about Mr. Sealock’s demeaning conduct. Mr. Holloway was aware of other complaints Plaintiff had made to the Town about Mr. Sealock’s harassing conduct. “Mr. Holloway instructed Plaintiff to document what had happened and to email that to him as soon as possible. “Mr. Holloway then advised Plaintiff that the Town Council had intended on approaching Plaintiff about taking over more public information and social media duties as an additional part of her job, and that the Town intended on sending her to classes to learn about opportunities for

the Town in those areas. “Mr. Holloway expressed that he was upset over Mr. Sealock’s apparent take on what Mr. Holloway described as a promotion for the Plaintiff. He then said “I’ve had enough of this bullshit” referring to Mr. Sealock’s conduct. “Plaintiff understood that Mr. Holloway was going to help address her complaints and finally stop Mr. Sealock’s harassing and abusive conduct which had created a hostile work environment for Plaintiff. Her understanding proved incorrect. Plaintiff documented instances of harassment by Mr. Sealock and sent them to Mr. Holloway. “The next day, however, Mr. Holloway asked Plaintiff to take a walk with him and “talk about everything.” Mr. Holloway was aware of Mr. Sealock’s harassing and sexist conduct towards Plaintiff. Plaintiff thus assumed he was going to ask how he could help Plaintiff remedy the situation with Mr. Sealock. “Mr. Holloway ushered Plaintiff out of the back door of Town Hall. This was in plain view of other Town employees. A meeting with an employee outside was an uncommon occurrence, so Plaintiff leaving with Mr. Holloway was

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and bursts of anger directed at Plaintiff after she let Council know in August 2019 about threats to her job when Mr. Holloway took his “walk” with her behind Town

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Then Acting Mayor Matt Tederick The lawsuit says, “Acting Mayor Matt Tederick told Plaintiff that Mr. Holloway was stressed because of the upcoming tap fee ordinance vote and that Mr. Holloway had been nervous about the incident behind Town Hall with Plaintiff, which caused him to react “oddly” towards Plaintiff. “Mr. Tederick then questioned whether Plaintiff ’s perception of what had happened to her behind Town Hall was skewed even though Mr. Tederick had not been present during the exchange between Plaintiff and Mr. Holloway. Plaintiff told Mr. Tederick that her recollection was very clear about the threats Mr. Holloway made to her job and family, and that those threats were because she had stood up for herself and had complained about Mr. Sealock’s harassing and retaliatory conduct. She further let Mr. Tederick know that she had been retaliated against continually since reporting Mr. Sealock and Mr. Holloway.” Council Member Thompson


The lawsuit states, “Plaintiff also contacted Council Member Letasha Thompson on a number of occasions for assistance. Ms. Thompson acted as if she would try to address Plaintiff ’s concerns, including her complaints about the on-going retaliatory hostile work environment Plaintiff described. Ultimately, whatever Ms. Thompson was doing regarding Plaintiff ’s complaints, if anything, came to naught.” A request for comment was sent January 21 to Ms. Thompson’s town email address. At a January 25 meeting, Councilmember Thompson also said the Jennifer Berry situation was taken very seriously. “I can’t speak

at length on that because it is a legal issue and an employee issue,” she said. Termination The lawsuit states, “On December 10, 2019, Plaintiff went on medical leave for planned surgery on her foot of which Council was aware and for which she had been granted leave. Plaintiff ’s leave was FMLA qualifying. During the approved leave period, Plaintiff worked from home on a part-time basis with the knowledge of the Defendant Town, using 80 hours of FMLA leave time through January 7, 2020. “Upon Plaintiff ’s return from leave, the Town Council continued to shun and isolate her. “On January 30, 2020, Plaintiff was contacted by email and text and told that her job was subject to “right sizing,” that her Clerk position was to be abolished and that the Clerk position was to be a part-time position. She further was told that her employment with the Defendant Town would be terminated effective February 4, 2020.” Councilman Gary L. Gillispie At a regular meeting Monday, January 25, 2021 Councilman Gary L. Gillispie said it would be “disingenuous to say this council covered it up. It was turned over to VML the same day that it was brought to our attention. It was no coverup. The charges were taken very seriously.” Jennifer Berry v. Town of Front Royal, Virginia was filed in United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, Harrisonburg Division. Berry is represented by Timothy E. Cupp and Tim Schulte of Shelley Cupp Schulte, P.C. in Harrisonburg and Richmond. – editor@warrencountyreport.com

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They also decided to keep the coyote bounty program that pays $50 for each kill

Here’s a photo of a confrontation between a coyote and a mixed breed rescue dog. Issues with both types of canines were discussed and decided upon at the mid-January’s Warren County Supervisors meeting. Photo courtesy of Nickton – Mariomassone.

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By Carol Ballard Warren/Frederick County Report At the January 19 Warren County supervisors meeting, issues affecting dogs and coyotes were discussed and changes were made for dogs, but the coyote program was kept. After holding a public hearing on the proposed change to the county code that has a bounty program that pays people $50 for each coyote they kill, Supervisors voted to keep it in place, but say they will look into other programs that

could reduce the coyote population. The program was put in place in Warren County in 2000 and the cost of bounty payments has often gone over the allotted budget since 2010, according to information presented to the board, but in 2019, supervisors increased the amount from $2,000 to $3,000 per year, resulting in more coyotes killed. Sgt. Laura Gomez is a deputy in the animal control division of the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office where the request came from. She

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told supervisors said that after researching the subject and looking at data from across the country, the indication was that bounties are not effective in reducing coyote populations. Supervisor Delores Oates asked her how many calls she normally receives about coyotes per year and Gomez responded that she has been called out twice in over 13 years, once to a farm with game cameras where she saw no coyotes. The other time the farmer didn’t know if it had been dogs or coyotes that had done the damage. So far, there haven’t been reports of people being attacked in the county. As far as coyotes posing a significant danger to humans, according to the website www.humanesociety.org, “Coyote attacks on people

are very rare…In many instances, people were bitten while trying to rescue their free-roaming pet from a coyote attack. Less often, people are bitten by cornered coyotes, or even more rarely, rabid coyotes. There have only been two recorded incidences in the United States and Canada of humans being killed by coyotes. One involved a child in Southern California in the 1980s and the other a 19-year-old woman in Nova Scotia in 2009. These events, rare as they are, are serious and warrant serious response. “A coyote who has bitten a person will have to be specifically targeted and removed from the population. Most health departments will mandate testing for rabies, which requires that the offending coyote be killed. Under no circumstances does an attack by an

individual coyote warrant killing at large, in an effort to reduce the population or simply ring up the bill on coyotes as an act of retribution.” But there is the issue of diseases they carry. According to Wikipedia, “Among large North American carnivores, the coyote probably carries the largest number of diseases and parasites, likely due to its wide range and varied diet. Viral diseases known to infect coyotes include rabies, canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, four strains of equine encephalitis, and oral papillomatosis.” When asked about coyotes killing dogs, Gomez said she has mostly had reports of them attacking and/or killing cats. Michael Fies, furbearer project leader with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, was present at the meeting and gave his report on the bounty issue. He said that only ten of the 17 counties in Virginia with bounty programs have a budget for it. “Despite having been around for a 150 plus years, there is currently no evidence anywhere in the United States that bounty programs have temporarily or permanently reduced coyote populations or livestock depredation problems,” Fees said. “Basically, they’re ineffective primarily because you don’t kill enough animals with a bounty program to really impact the pop-

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ulation. If the populations are not reduced by at least 60% in one year they will come back the next year. They recover quickly.” Fies explained that the county’s budgeted $3,000 for the program will cover bounties for 60 coyotes a year, but this is less than the necessary 60% needed to solve the problem. “There’s virtually nothing you can do to control the coyote population at the landscape level,” Fies said. But he informed them that the

U.S. Department of Agriculture has a free program they offer to individual farmers to help remove coyotes. He was asked to estimate how many coyotes are in the county, and he said that a conservative estimate of 2 per square mile would add up to 426 coyotes, so if you kill 60, it’s still only 14% of the population. Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter asked, “If we continue the program, will it help or not matter?”

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“It won’t matter,” Fies replied. At the end of the report, during the public hearing, Cullers asked if there were any more comments from the public and Amos Mitchell, who owns two farms in Warren County offered his observations about coyotes. “Mr. Fies hasn’t been on farms much,” he said. “There are a lot of coyotes, and we know we’re not going to kill them all. We’ve been killing, shooting and tracking them for years. I think the bounties should continue.” He added that he can hear them howling along the river and on the mountain and, “I think we should keep the bounty as an incentive to kill the durn things. If not, they’ll multiply like rabbits and if they get rabies, we all better look out for our pets, dogs, cats, anything else and ourselves,” he said. Also at the meeting, the board decided to pass a county-wide dog ordinance prohibiting any dog from running-at-large, with a unanimous vote 5-0 to amend Warren County Code Section 66-

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“I want to clear my name,” says Front Royal man arrested with handgun, ammo at DC checkpoint By Tom Sayre Warren/Frederick County Report We had a lengthy local interview on the telephone with Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, of Front Royal, who on January 15, drove his Ford F-150 pickup truck to work as an independent contractor security professional in D.C., and came upon a checkpoint on E Street near the Capitol. Numerous news outlets had Beeler from Front Royal but no one on social media had heard of him living in or near the town. With his voice calm and strong, Beeler explained that he is a family man with a wife, Noelle and four children. Beeler said he moved to Front Royal “back in May of 2020.” He had not lived prior in Front Royal. Beeler confirmed that he graduated from Alpha Omega high school in 2009, which is a Christian-based online high school. He says he is a man of faith. We asked Beeler about his prior training and specifically whether he attended the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Beeler explained that he did attend the Academy but “no I did not certify there, I had left just before certification, they were not offering certification yet, but I did

graduate from the basic officer training for the Virginia Department of Corrections.” Beeler was working as an independent contractor (“received a 1099” as he called it) for MVP Protective Services. MVP, established in 2004, states online they are “a local small security business that serves an international security market. We provide security services to the private and government sector.” We asked Beeler to explain what happened on the day of his arrest. Beeler said, “Well I am going to start from the beginning when it comes to this because it is easier to explain it that way from my understanding – what actually happened.” From the Beginning Beeler explained, “I was getting text messages from a friend and the security company that I was working for, several days in advance before the contract started. The contract started on the 7th. So because what happened on the 6th people were scared (the aftermath from the Capitol protest and riot that occurred during the congressional electoral approval process) and didn’t want to come to

work. So I started on the 8th and came in around 10 a.m., the shift starts at 6 p.m., and they called me around 7:30 a.m. to come in. And I was doing a favor for a friend, I agreed to come in, starting on the 8th. I was there for about 6 shifts before all of this happened.” A shift for Beeler with MVP was normally from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. – a 12-hour shift. He began work for MVP on January 8 and it ended on the 15th when he got pulled over. Beeler said he began work in security on the 8th and around the 10th he received the placard for his credentials. There are about 20 to 25 people per shift and everyone has a placard that is getting past checkpoints and this had been working for a couple of days, according to Beeler. “So the capitol police know of the credentials that were given to us but not everybody, not a department wide thing I guess now that I found that out. “So, we were using it (the credentials given by MVP). I took a day off and I came back two days ago now, I believe. So, I came up to the checkpoint after going through a couple of different spots where police officers were and the National Guard and I showed this credential and gave them my driv-

er’s license at the same time. They kept sending me to another one, to another one, and I came up to this one, the check point. They asked me to pull off to the side because the police officer had no idea what it was. I understand, “I say, is there anybody else who might understand or like, know what this is?” “When I pulled up to it, I did not ask to gain access to the road they were on. I said, can you please show me to the National Mall. I am not from D.C. And effective with all of these road closings and all of these (jury-rigged) walls, I am trying to get to the National Mall because that is where my post is. It is on 7th Avenue behind the Smithsonian. “So I kept getting circled around and I asked, can you point me to the National Mall because that is where my job is. There are other people there that work for this company (MVP) I am working for. I don’t care to go through your checkpoint, I just need to know where to go and he told me to pull off to the side because he didn’t recognize it and he was going to ask his supervisor to come over. “I show the Sergeant the same thing and I never got my credentials back, that’s fine, if you want me to go home, I will go home. I




The FBI, the Secret Service, the Capitol Police As previously stated, Beeler said he was doing night work security for MVP and had completed 6 work shifts. Beeler further stated “I have pictures of me there, doing the job right. That is why I am not being charged with anything like that because I was already there for the shift. The FBI, the secret service, the capitol police looked



don’t care about this.” “I was upset about this a couple of days prior because it is not a real credential. It said, 2021 Inauguration, pre-event pass. To work the gate. And the contractors who were putting up fences, … everybody was getting this card to use. It is around your neck lanyard with a card on the end of it. “So that is what I was given. I was given it from whoever is running the event, and gave it to my employer (MVP) that I was working for. Beeler calls his employment job a 1099, and we ask, “You are an independent contractor?” and Beeler says “Exactly,” adding, “So it is MVP protective services. They have refused to answer. My buddy won’t talk to anybody either. He just called me an hour ago. They told him not to talk to anybody at this point.”











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at my phone. I told them why I was there at the capitol. I have been here, there is nothing wrong with that.” We ask, “you have a license for a gun in Virginia?” Answer, “that’s correct, yes.” And you were driving to your job and realized you had your gun with you but did not turn around because you were already halfway to the job? Answer, “yes.” The Superior Court Judge gave Beeler a personal recognizance bond, meaning he allowed Beeler to sign his name and not post any bond. Beeler is not going to get back his gun, credentials or any other material that they took from him. Family man Beeler said, “They obviously don’t think I am a terrorist of any sort, but I have to go back for the court.” The Judge also ordered that Beeler had to stay out of D.C. except to visit his lawyer or to attend

court, thereby losing his job with MVP. He has a trial date in June and wasn’t sure of the exact court. He reminded this reporter that he wasn’t supposed to be giving out those details or speaking to anyone about it. Beeler said he doesn’t want anyone showing up at his house. Beeler reported “I had reporters show up at my house last night.” They were TV reporters with cameras wanting to do an interview at his door, until the police told them to leave and they looped back around. Unfortunately, Beeler has been through a lot. He is married to a young lady named Noelle. “I do have 4 children.” Beeler indicated he was reaching down deep into his faith during this time. “Trust me, while I was sitting there in jail, I was praying the whole time.”

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INDICTMENTS 2020 December Indictments October Term Rachel Elaine Lewis The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Rachel Elaine Lewis, 41, of the 1400 block of N. Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, with two counts. COUNTS ONE and THREE: in the County of Warren, Rachel Elaine Lewis did unlawfully and feloniously sell or distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Cocaine. COUNT TWO: did unlawfully and feloniously conspire to sell or distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Cocaine. Dates of the offenses were on or about February 21 and 27 and March 5, 2020. Seth Guy Barratt The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 8, 2020, in the County of Warren, Seth Guy Barratt, 38, address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I or II controlled substance. Seth Guy Barratt The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about August 2, 2020, in the County of Warren, Seth Guy Barratt, 38, address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I or II controlled substance Roger Lee Walls, III The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about July 14, 2020 in the County of Warren, Roger Lee Walls, III, 35, address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously, being over the age of fourteen years, make and communicate to Karen Dunmire a threat to bomb, burn, destroy, or damage any place of assembly, building, other structure, or any means of transportation. Jason Wayne Critzer The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about August 31, 2020 in the County of Warren, Jason Wayne Critzer, age and address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously steal a motor vehicle belonging to Tiffany Filerman, having a value of one thousand dollars ($1000) or more. Larry Arnold Lipscomb, Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about December 25, 2019 in the County of Warren, Larry Arnold Lipscomb, Jr., age and address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously take, obtain or withhold a credit card or credit card number from the person,

possession, custody or control of another without the cardholder’s consent Christian Stanley The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about July 8, 2020 in the County of Warren, Christian Stanley, 34, of the 1300 block of John Marshall Hwy., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess with the intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute, a controlled substance, to-wit: Heroin, classified in Schedule I of the Drug Control Act. Ajarhi Savimbi Roberts The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Ajarhi Savimbi Roberts, 28, of the 100 block of Pumbridge Dr., Winchester 22602, with two counts. COUNTS ONE and TWO: in the County of Warren Ajarhi Savimbi Roberts did unlawfully and feloniously utter a forged note, bill or coin current by law or usage in this Commonwealth. Dates of the offenses were on or about April 6, and 7, 2018. David Lee Schilling The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about January 6, 2020 in the County

of Warren, David Lee Schilling, 22, of the 100 block of Wells Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously, receive a visible or audible signal from a law-enforcement officer to bring his motor vehicle to a stop, and did drive such motor vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard of such signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the lawenforcement vehicle or endanger a person. Nikki Ann Denton The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about August 30, 2020 in the County of Warren, Nikki Ann Denton, 35, of the 500 block of N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously, knowingly and intentionally possess a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or Schedule II of the Drug Control Act. Clarence Monroe Sheppard The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about August 7, 2020 in the County of Warren, Clarence Monroe Sheppard, 40, of the 400 block of Criser Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously commit assault and battery against Officer B. Pennington knowing or having rea-

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Friday January 29, 2021: Sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with

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The Super Bowl is coming and so are those big game commercials. Remember when those TV ads were actually worth remembering? And you didn’t get a sneak peek a few days before kick off? I still remember the 1980 spot with Mean Joe Greene downing an entire bottle of Coke and saying “Hey kid, catch” as he tossed his jersey to the little boy who gave him that Coke. Doritos has had a lot of funny commercials through the years and Budweiser too. But for me, the past few Super Bowls haven’t had many super commercials. And what about the other 364 days of the year? Most of those aren’t all that great either. I watch a lot of TV in the evening. Probably too much. And if you see a lot of TV, you see a lot of commercials. They’re almost impossible to avoid. Even when a commercial comes on and I flip to another station, that other station is showing one too, often the same dang one. And if that’s not bad enough, the same ads keep playing over and over. If I see former quarterback Joe Namath calling the play for the Medicare Coverage Helpline one

more time, I’m gonna need medical coverage. And I’ll need a new TV remote, after I spike it like a football in the end zone. How about William Shatner and his “You may not know this about me” opening line? I’d like to transport him along with his sleep disorder and his SoClean machine back to the Starship Enterprise. Or FanDuel, the Sports betting company where the guy is tackled by the very large and muscular, and angry, ex-football player James Harrison?Gr I like a good commercial. There just aren’t enough of them. I know it’s not supposed to be funny, but I laugh at the lady who’s fallen and can’t get up. Her cry for help (which is an ad for emergency medical alerts) sounds more like she’s the lead in an opera. Who’d think insurance commercials would be good? Actually, a lot of them are. Some of my current favorites are LiMu Emu and Doug, for Liberty Mutual. And the struggling actor who keeps messing up his lines and says Libberty Bibberty. I chuckle at that one every time. What can I say? It doesn’t take much to amuse me.

I’m also a fan of the cartoon guy dancing around in the Duluth Trading Company ads. Who knew guys’ underwear could be so entertaining? When you plop down on the couch with your chips and dip and party food, ready to watch the big game, let’s hope this year’s Super Bowl commercials are really super, or close to it. I’ll drink a Coke to that. The author is not a fan of guacamole. It’s green and gross. – kevinengle456@comcast.net The Best of Engle’s Angle is available online or pick up a signed copy at a local bookstore.

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We know that in 1669 the “official” discovery of the Shenandoah Valley was credited to John Lederer and John Catlett at the present day site of Linden. (A marker at the intersection of VA 55 and SR 638 in Linden commemorates this event.) We also know that from the mid-18th century to the 1950s, the Linden area was home to 25 apple orchards. What we don’t know for sure is how Linden got its name. (If any reader knows the story please write in) Since Linden was home to so many apple tree orchards it is not too big of a stretch to think that the community was named after the Linden tree. Linden is one of three English names for the tree genus Tilia (also known as lime and basswood). Several of the common names for species within the genus Tilia have “linden” in their names. They include: • American linden, a common name for Tilia americana • Large-leaved linden, a common name for Tilia platyphyllos • Little-leaf linden, a common name for Tilia cordata • Silver linden, a common name for Tilia tomentosa Linden trees are a statuesque, deciduous species renowned for their stunning foliage, heavy flowering, and handsome form. Throughout history, the linden tree has been prized for its wood (its fine grain makes for beautiful furniture) as well as the delicious honey its bountiful nectar produces. The species is most commonly found throughout Europe and North America, although some sub-species have also been cultivated in parts of Asia. Because of their size, lindens are most typically planted as street trees, but also make a popular choice in parks and large public areas. Your Pal in the Trees, – Stewart 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: www.treesfrontroyal.org

Clifford Lynwood Athey Sr. C. Lynwood Athey Sr, 84, of Front Royal, peacefully passed away at his home, on January 20,2021. He was surrounded by his loving children, their spouses, his seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, following a year long struggle with dementia. A private service will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2p.m. with internment to follow at the Fairview United Methodist Church. Rev. Gary Heaton, the former minister at the Front Royal United Methodist Church, of which Mr. Athey was a member, will be officiating. Our father was born in Front Royal, Virginia on September 12, 1936, the son of Connie Marion Athey Sr. and Viola Pearl (Fox) Athey. Early in life, he exhibited unusual athletic prowess, receiving twelve varsity letters at his beloved Warren County High School in basketball, baseball, track, and football. He was heavily recruited to play college football by schools from across the country before accepting a football scholarship from the University of Maryland who, the year prior to his matriculation, won it’s only national championship in football. While at Maryland, our father played for the legendary Jim Tatum on two undefeated Orange Bowl teams, losing each time to the University of Oklahoma for the national championship. In 2007, he was inducted into the Warren County Athletic Hall of Fame. Following college, he returned to Front Royal and met the love of his life, our mother, Phyllis Anne Madagan Athey who, following many attempts, consented to marry him on November 21, 1959. In order to support his growing family, he began teaching , coaching, and driving a school bus at John S. Mosby Academy, making life long friends of many of his students. By 1965, he had secured a federal government job with health insurance and retirement, initially working in the Department of Corrections before finishing his working career in the Department of Agriculture

at the Farmers Home Administration. In this role, our father made crop loans to family farmers and helped construct modest homes with federally subsidized loans for thousands of poor working families throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Whenever a new family moved into the first home they ever owned, our father would buy them bread and a ham which he delivered to their new home accompanied by his wife and children. Following his retirement in 1996, rarely a week went by when our father was not contacted by someone he had helped save their farm or secure their first home. For many years, our father was a leader in the American Cancer Society Fundraising drive. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose where he loved to play cards weekly with his high school friends. He also served as chairman of youth activities at our local Elks Lodge where he spearheaded the local hoop shoot contest and the Elks Boys Summer Camp. He was most proud of casting the deciding vote in establishing the first scholarship awarded by the Elks to a graduating Senior from Warren County High School. Our parent’s marriage was blessed with four children, raised in a Christian home by loving and committed parents. Each Sunday morning our parents would require us to attend services at the Front Royal United Methodist Church which we sometimes complained about to no avail. Our parents worked in tandem during our youth in both correcting and encouraging their children to believe that, with a college education, any goal they sought to reach could be attained. They sacrificed greatly to secure their children an education with our father working two additional part-time jobs and our mother babysitting during most of our school years. Most importantly, they never gave up on their children no matter how many times their children failed to deserve their loving guidance. As their children excelled in school, our parents patiently reminded each of us that it was important that we use our education to help other people in our community. Our father served as unofficial campaign strategist and our mother served as cheerleader and hardest worker as their children ran for various public offices, celebrating along with the family at the end of each endeavor. Following our mother’s death in 2003, our father dedicated most of his time to his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, stating many times that his retirement job was to pick

up and deliver his grandchildren to their various activities. Of course, he always stayed to watch and offered advice to each of them following the activity as he had done so many times with each of us. In the last year of his life, as he faced the horror of dementia, he set the final example for his children of how a Christian faces death. We are most relieved that the Lord has taken him to Heaven. We are also grateful that he was able to remain in his own home being cared for by his family with the assistance of some very special people. Fortunately, up until the end of his life he was still cognizant of who we were and still took great pleasure in recounting all of his life experiences one last time. We will always treasure those last months. Our father is survived by two sons, Clifford L. Clay Athey Jr. and his wife Stacey Lynne Athey, and Mark Edward Athey and his wife Lisa Marie Athey; two daughters, Kimberly Marion Athey, and Lori Athey Cockrell and her husband Ricky Allen Cockrell; two sisters, Lelia Athey Mauck and Brenda Athey Smith; two grandsons, Patrick Blake Cockrell and Clifford Lynwood (Clayton) Athey III; five granddaughters Sarah Athey Jackson, Katelyn Madagan Athey, Anneslee Clay Cockrell, Kara Marion Athey, and Madagan Marie Athey; two great-granddaughters, Saige Leigh Jackson and Lilly Anne Jackson; a nephew who our father considered a son, Ronnie Madagan; numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. In addition to his mother and father, our father was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis Madagan Athey; two brothers Connie Marion Athey Jr. and William Sylvester Athey. Honorary Pallbearers are his nephews, Dwayne Mauck, Dale Mauck, Robbie Smith, Tony Smith, Chris Smith, Ronnie Madagan, Jim Musser, John Musser, David Musser, Chuck Madagan, Teddy Franklin, Roy Skeeter Reed, and John Madagan Jr. Additional Honorary Pallbearers include Felicia Fix, Sandy Franklin, David Toothman, Bill Hammack, and the Warren County High School Class of 1955. We are most appreciative of the individual care given to our father by Felicia Fix and Sandy Franklin. We are also grateful for all the caregivers associated with Blue Ridge Hospice and the assistance of Gina Athey near the end of his life. In recognition of the devotion of our father and mother to educating their children, their grandchildren, and the children of countless oth-

ers, we ask that in lieu of flowers that donations in their honor be sent to the Athey Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards an annual scholarship to Lord Fairfax Community College to a graduating Senior from Warren County High School. Donations may be sent to Athey Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1020 Wine Street, Front Royal, Virginia.

Benjamin Rice Lacy, III Benjamin Rice Lacy, III died peacefully on January 18, 2021 at Hidden Springs Senior Living in Bentonville. He was 98 years old. But as he would have said it, he was technically in his 99th year. Ben was born on March 5, 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia. He spent his childhood in Richmond, where his father was president of Union Theological Seminary, and enjoyed summers at their family cabin at Freezeland Orchard with his parents and siblings Bob, Bill & Betty. These experiences paved the way for his life as a devout Christian and respected orchardist. Ben graduated from Davidson College in 1943, where he was Quarterback of the Wildcats football team. He proudly served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps from 1943-1947, where he was a Rocket Officer during World War II. He received his Masters Degree in Horticulture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1949 and was an assistant football coach for the Hokies. In 1946, Ben married Carolyn West of Kinston, North Carolina. Together they had two children, Emma Lee and Benjamin. They spent much of their time volunteering at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, where Ben taught Sunday School for 68 years. The Benjamin R. Lacy Compassion Center was recently established there in his honor. After the death of his first wife, in 1975, Ben married Jean Boyd McIntyre of Norfolk who he proposed to on their first date. They were married for 35 years and he became stepfather to her three children, graciously hosting years of extended family gatherings and building a family business together. See BRIEFS, 20

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Agricultural Foundation; President of the National Apple Institute and Virginia State Horticultural Society and Chairman of the American Agricultural Marketing Association. In 1979, inspired by his father’s tales of tasting sparkling cider as a Rhodes Scholar in Europe, Ben invented Alpenglow which he produced and distributed nationally with his family for 40 years at Linden Beverage Company. Ben was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Rice Lacy, Jr. and

Ben spent most of his life as an apple grower. For over 50 years, he was President and Manager of the Freezeland Orchard from his youth and a partner in The Apple House in Linden. He was a respected leader in the Virginia apple industry, serving as President of Virginia Fruit Sales, Inc., Vice-President of Shenandoah Apple Cooperative; Director of both the Virginia State Apple Commission and Virginia

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Emma White Lacy and son, Benjamin Rice Lacy IV of Richmond. He is survived by daughter Emma Lacy Nashner (Dick) of Haverton, Pennsylvania, daughter-in-law Sandra Schute Lacy of Richmond, stepson, George Lee McIntyre, Jr. (Karen), of Front Royal, and two stepdaughters, Elizabeth McIntyre Quarles (Doug) of Fredericksburg and Debra McIntyre Hunter of Front Royal. His grandchildren, step-grandchildren and greatgrandchildren loved him dearly; they include: Benjamin Rice Lacy V (Carlie) of Columbia, South Carolina, Carolyn Lacy Brackett (Alex) of Richmond, Christine Wiley (Chris) and Carolyn Goede (Nicholas) of Havertown, Pennsylvania; Kathryn McIntyre Tewell (Tim), Courtney McIntyre Maier (David) and George Lee McIntyre III of Front Royal; Lacy Quarles Briney (John) and Douglas Earle Quarles IV (Shelby) of Richmond; Laura Hunter Drago (Matthew)

of Valencia, California; and greatgrandchildren Maggie, Mason, Addison, Peyton, Webb, Eason, Billy, Hunter, Abigail, Ben and Jones. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Benjamin R. Lacy Compassion Center at Front Royal Presbyterian Church, 115 Luray Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

Front Royal F.O.I.A. Freedom (in name only) of information? Is Information Free in Front Royal?

During a presentation on FOIA by Town Attorney Doug Napier, which is available on the Town Website if you wish to watch the entire presentation, I was given a lot to think about. During the presentation I wrote down questions. Some were answered at the time I asked them (at the completion of the presentation) and others were to be answered with information either provided to me or that I would have to dig up (which I was willing to do). It was emailed to me in a spreadsheet the following day thanks to a competent staff able to generate a report for me. I’ll present some of the facts and figures here and the subsequent answers I learned by reviewing the spreadsheet I was given. In the presentation I was told that in Calendar Year 2021 (Jan 1- Jan 19, 2021) there had already been 91 FOIA requests submitted to the Town of Front Royal. I was

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told that if that rate continued, we would face 1700-1800 FOIA requests in this year alone. Considering the issues we’ve already faced (Old: EDA Law Suit, Afton Inn and Happy Creek project. NEW: Article 47 Lawsuit, Sexual Harassments and Firing of former employee Lawsuit), I thought the number believable. According to the document: There were 7. I followed that statement up with a question regarding how many did we get in 2020 so that I could look at the trends and see if it was high, or normal for a month to month statistical comparison. I like process and I like tracking trends. According to the document: There were 87. It would be a 2,011% jump in number of FOIAs if we were to hit the 1700-1800 predicted (I used

1750, splitting 1700 and 1800, as my number and 87 as the originating number to determine that percentage). That’s quite a jump. Trying to wrap my mind around how there could be such a discrepancy in these numbers, I thought back on hearing in the presentation about FOIA requests that had 15,000 or even 80,000 pages in the request. But again those numbers don’t match up. I heard that many of the requests take a lot of time to review because “Some laws are not easy to decipher.” Well, I’ll just leave that there. Shouldn’t we have a staff member that is an expert on this to field the massive volume of FOIA requests? That was my thought at the time. I was told that we billed the staff hours used to fulfill the requests. Later, I asked to clarify if staff was paid hourly as a contractor or

yearly salary as an employee and if these FOIA requests were only being completed during overtime hours? They are salaried employees and the searches are completed during normal business hours. And in fact, the searches are often farmed out to department heads to complete. Specifically, I asked that if it is in the scope of work of a staff member and not done outside of normal business hours, how can we then bill the requestor? And my follow on question is that if the FOIA is for my emails, couldn’t I simply pull them at no cost to the citizen? Based on section 6 of the VA FOIA Advisory Commission’s Guide that I took the time to read before the meeting…Section 2.2.3704.1.: “6….A public body may make

reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary, or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the general business of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. All charges for the supplying of requested records shall be estimated in advance at the request of the citizen as set forth in subsection F of 2.2-3704 of the Code of Virginia.” That doesn’t seem to talk about charging for salaried employees to do what is part of their job duties, such as pulling emails when there is a FOIA request. We have search features in Microsoft Outlook that makes searching super fast and easy. And indexing on a server is also pretty fast. I should know, I once advised a DOD agency looking for way to archive all their historical records being pulled from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq onto closed secret computers so that they could be searched by historians and journalists. And I got very familiar with how quickly indexing of documents and emails happens and can be accessed real time. I learned that some of the FOIA requests are “fishing expeditions” or submitted “to harass.” I also learned that it is charged this way so as to “be fair to everyone.” However, upon review of the data provided to me, I saw that there were a few repeat requestors (out of the total 94 in the spreadsheet) but that not everyone got a bill. I found my dad’s name on the list. I followed up with him. He was not billed. If everyone is billed and treated fairly, why wasn’t he? I learned that we have never been fined for not completing a FOIA request. I am now awaiting the answers to several questions about the obvious discrepancies I saw between what I was told in the work session and what was delivered in the form

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Front Royal Mayor Chris Holloway on naming street after President Trump At the Tuesday, January 19th Town Council work session, Councilman Scott Lloyd, during the open discussion period, suggested renaming an unidentified street in Front Royal as Donald Trump Avenue. Front Royal Mayor, Chris Holloway stated, The renaming of a street for President Donald Trump was not on the Town Council’s work session agenda. It was brought up by Councilman Lloyd during the open discussion period. Councilman Lloyd is open to share his views; however, the majority of Council, especially me, do not support naming a street after President Trump. Nor do we consider bringing it up in the future. Town Code allows two Council members to add any item for a work session discussion topic. In this case, Councilmen McFadden and Lloyd have added this agenda item for the February 1st work session. While it may be on the upcoming work session, I, as well as my colleagues, will not support or vote for the renaming of a street for President Trump. All the leaders in our community are working day and night to move our community forward and overcome our challenging past. Front Royal is a wonderful place and will continue to be a place for people to live, work, visit, and play. As the newly elected Mayor, I am 100% committed to showing the world how wonderful our people, our businesses and are community See BRIEFS, 22

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are in these trying times. I’m proud to call Front Royal my home. Response from Town Councilman Joe McFadden So, a fellow Councilmen is interested in exploring the option of naming a road after our 45th President. Oh boy! POLITICAL SUICIDE!!! One local newspaper is not thrilled (to say the least). And now our Mayor has published a Press Release denouncing it as well. A press release that was sent to me at 4:55 PM and posted to Facebook a mere hour later without any responses to the discussion generated by the Councilmen being thrown under the Presser (pronounced “Bus”). When Councilmen Lloyd asked me if I would help him bring this to the Agenda, I said yes. And why would I do that? Well, staying clear of any and all political agendas, I said yes because this was a topic that he wanted to bring to the work session. And you need two councilmen to agree to it. If I want to bring a topic onto the Agenda, I hope that he will second those in the future. During the Work Session, this past Monday, you can see the thoughtful discussion that Council was having regarding the topic. It was a third item raised by Councilmen Lloyd during our open discussion session of the meeting. Considering the Pros and Cons of a topic is what thoughtful representatives of the people are supposed to do, no? Councilmen Lloyds’ point regarding the fact that 67% of Warren County did actually vote for the 45th President of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA was valid. And those voters do feel upset and disenfranchised. On the Cons side, we have to consider costs. Where does it lead? How will the public feel about it? I had a discussion with Councilmen Lloyd on the topic the other day when he asked if I would be willing to second it, just so it could make it on the Agenda in a WORK SESSION. He wasn’t asking me to bring it to a vote or even if I would

vote for it. Just to help him bring something to a work session to discuss. I expressed to Councilmen Lloyd that I did not believe that this would ever get through to a vote. I told him that he could consider trying to raise private funds to cut public costs. I reminded him that we’d need to learn about president (SIC) regarding renaming of roads. I suggested that he try to find a single home owner street that would be in favor or a business in a similar situation as the one Councilmen Meza raised during the work sessio--CBM Mortgage got their lane renamed “Hometown” so they could use it in marketing materials. Now let’s go to the Press Release issued tonight: It felt to me like cancel culture on full display, in the form of a Press Release from our own Mayor? Wow. Are we not able to discuss issues or even bring them to the table for discussion without them being cancelled beforehand? I get it. If you don’t think it is a good idea, don’t vote for it. If you think it is an issue, express that in the work session. It’s good government. And in a County where 67% of the population voted for #45, I’m not sure you need to go on the offensive against bad press on this one. We already have enough other things deserving of actual Press Releases at this time, don’t we?

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Youth virtual events Feb 15-28 These are the virtual events that are being hosted by the Youth Services Department at Samuels Public Library during the month of February. Most events can be viewed from the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or call (540) 635-3153. Tales from the Far North Winter Reading Club continues. Starry skies flickered with northern lights, igloos, crunchy snow, polar bears . . . let your imagination take you to a far-away land where

families gather together to hear the old tales of wisdom and magic. As you read your favorite stories this winter, you will receive a prize each week. Winter Reading Club continues until March 5. Tuesday, February 16 – 4:30 Virtual Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of STEM-related topics. Using a cipher, we’ll do some decoding during today’s club, to find the answer to a riddle. This program is intended for ages 6-11. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Wednesday, February 17 – 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time. It’s time for bed! Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Thursday, February 18 – 10:00 Virtual Story Time. Lions, Tigers, and Bears! On, my! What an exciting story time we will have this week! Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Friday, February 19 – 4:30 Aurora Borealis. Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? Learn how this amazing phenomenon occurs in the night sky. Learn how to make your own aurora borealis during this fascinating program. Intended for ages 6-11. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Saturday, February 20 – 2:00 Minecraft Mashup. Calling all Minecrafters! Are you familiar with Discord? If so, join our very own Discord server, where Miss Sarah will be hosting survival Minecraft hangout time! You must have a version of Minecraft that is capable of joining servers and a Discord account (free to make!) in order to join. If interested, please sign up online. Please contact Michal Ashby or Sarah May at Samuels Public Library at (540) 6353153 or smay@samuelslibrary.net if you have any questions. Please be sure to provide your Minecraft username and email address when signing up. For ages 9-18. Monday, February 22 – 4:30 The Science of Snowflakes.

Humane Society of Warren County 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA • 540-635-4734 Please be sure to check out our page for our next event The Polar Plunge! Whether you want to participate, sponsor or just watch it is sure to be a chilling good time. The Humane Society of Warren County is running by appointment only with approved applications. If you are interested in adopting, the first step is submitting an application which can be found on our shelter website. Once approved, you would be invited out to come and visit. Cletus is a 3 yr old brindle Cane Corso Mix. He was surrendered for being naughty with his teenage human sisters boyfriends by pinching them on the butt, never broke skin nor was it aggressive, more behavioral. We will be needing a very specific home that can work on further training, Cletus also needs someone who will be sure to keep him & their guests happily separated and safe until there is a comfort zone established. Cletus is a BIG BOY! According to the previous owner he has lived with other dogs and cats, but has been unsuccessful in doggie meet and greets while in our care. He’s neutered, microchipped, 4DX tested and is up to date on vaccines.

River is a 1 yr old Brindle Pit Mix. Hello everyone, River here to make my introduction, Finally! I have been here with the kind people of HSWC since early November due to needing surgery BUT the staff took great care of me and I have now recovered and doing absolutely amazing! The day after my leg amputation surgery I was up and at it like nothing had ever happened! I am a super energetic gal looking for that super awesome human(s) to open their home and hearts for me. I was surrendered to the shelter for not getting along with my housemates after almost a year of living with them so I will need to be the only pet in the home. I’m spayed, up to date on vaccines, microchipped and 4DX tested

Precious is a 1 yr old dilute brindle Pit mix. I am a sweet but shy girl that came from a neighboring shelter where I was in a foster home with both cats and dogs. Although I do well with both, I’m very timid and do take some time to warm up. The staff at the previous shelter believe I may have been abused in my previous home, which would explain why I have a hard time trusting people. Best with children at least 12 and older, who understand I need time to get used to them, I also seem to do better with women. I am microchipped, 4DX tested (all negative), spayed, and up to date on vaccinations. I may require a few scheduled visits before I realize that you want to love me so... Do you think you have the perfect calm home for me?

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Snowflakes are beautiful and intricate. How are they formed? Discover the answer to that question, and explore the photography of Snowflake Bentley during this fascinating program. This program is intended for ages 6-11. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Tuesday, February 23 – 4:30 Virtual Science Scouts. Explore the mysteries of the world through science! In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of STEM-related topics. We’ll learn more about potential and kinetic energy as we make a balloon car. This program is intended for ages 6-11. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Wednesday, February 24 – 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart! Virtual Pajama Story Time. It’s time for bed! Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Thursday, February 25 – 10:00 Virtual Story Time. Happy Birthday, Mr. President will be the theme of our stories as we celebrate great men in our country’s history. Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Saturday, February 27 – 10:00 Virtual Books and Barks. Join Finn and his owner Susan for a reverse Books and Barks session. Enjoy a good book with a very friendly dog! Children can watch on the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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