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Volume VIII, Issue 17 · Mid August, 2013

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Local arts & crafts ‘Gathered’ in Front Royal

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She welcomes new work. Interested artists can call or e-mail her to set up a time to talk, or give her a web address where she can view their work … Call (540) 635-8165, e-mail gatheredshop@gmail.com – contact Gathered owner Cadyn Speziale

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Cadyn Speizale at the door to Gathered on Church St., just off E. Main St., Front Royal. By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Just a very short walk off East Main Street, Front Royal, and around the corner on Church Street, is a gem of a store called “Gathered”. The shelves and walls in the threemonth-old shop are full of colorful, well-displayed and exquisite items, but it may not be evident at first that they hold only art work from local artists and crafts persons. “I wanted to create a niche in Front

al. I just felt it was really important to get a conversation going about buying local. I can tell that so much love was put into everything here and that means a lot to me,” said artist and owner Cadyn Speziale. She explained that opening her own place had been on her mind for a while, but she finally felt that this was the right time to do it. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, she spent

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some time learning the retail business from both sides as a manager of a small boutique as well as marketing her own beaded creations to the fashion industry in her home state. She met her fellow-artist and musician husband Drew at art school and came here with him because he is native to Front Royal. “I always wanted to live in the mountains and near the river and I actually feel like I’m coming home when driving up from Georgia,” she said. The name of the store came as an outgrowth of their mutual interests and close-held ideas. “My husband is an avid gardener and wild foods enthusiast. He’s always gathering food and bringing it into our home, and I like the idea of the warmth and gathering of people, ideas and creativity,” she said. In fact, recent artist gatherings at her studio have resulted in those artists’ work being included in the shop’s inventory, as well as hers and her parents. Cadyn’s meticulously crafted bead and stone jewelry, Deborah Mosch’s intricate wire jewelry and father Steven’s photography form a family core to the collection. In addition: the shelves and walls hold pottery from five local potters; handmade greeting and note cards; delicate hand-dyed scarves; locally-made soaps and oils; block-printed pillows; blank journals with hand-painted outlines of Virginia and surrounding states; and countless more fascinating recentlymade gift and collector pieces. There is free shipping on the textile accessories, jewelry, unframed prints, stationery, and locally-made soaps and oils. For those interested in the Old, vintage items like an ancient typewriter and old-fashioned quilts are scattered among the New. As to how the shop and its contents have been received, she said that it has been overwhelmingly positive. “More than I hoped for. People are excited to be able to support artists, and I’ve had a lot of feedback from visitors who are excited to find souvenirs that don’t typically look like souvenirs,” she noted. She believes it’s important to buy as close as possible to the one who made the art work, and pointed out that this is an area that needs as much attention as possible. “It’s so much easier to go to a Big Box store and buy something from someone far away,” she said seriously. She welcomes new work. Interested artists can call or e-mail her to set up a time to talk, or give her a web address where she can view their work. “I’m really passionate about supporting artists because I’ve been there and am always looking for more artists who have a unique aesthetic. Craftsmanship is a big priority for me. Attention to detail, and how well it’s constructed says a lot about how much you care about what you’re making,” she said thoughtfully. Future plans for public participation at the shop include sign-ups in the fall

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Escaped work release inmate Neale captured By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

The second Warren County Sheriff ’s Office work release inmate in as many weeks walked away for an unscheduled vacation on Aug. 1.

Office and Special Agent Anthony Williams of the Virginia State Police arrested Jamie Scott Neale … Investigator Henry and Special Agent Williams were checking the area based on information that Neale was last seen and believed to be camping in the vicinity.

day. Those facilities were Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, Skyline High School, Warren County Middle School and Brighter Futures Alternative Education Center near the Northwestern Community Services complex.

According to a Warren County “Neale was taken into custody Sheriff ’s Office press release, “Ja- after a foot pursuit through the mie Scott Neale, a trustee, was wooded area and a brief struggle. discovered missing from the Work Neale was also charged with posRelease facility at approximately session of cocaine by Investigator 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, Henry as a result of items located 2013. in his belongings during the ar However, Neale’s “vacation” was rest. Neale is being held without short lived. Two days after his es- bond in the Warren County Jail.” cape, around 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Neale, 32, was incarcerated on Stout! AprilDaryl 24, for burglary, assault and Aug. 3, the 5-foot-9, 220-poundCall Neale was spotted in a wooded vandalism. A report that a highly area behind The Royal Fam- agitated man was roaming the ily Bowling Center located at 430 Criser Road areaDaryl armed with a gun Stout Associate Remount Road in Front Royal. A after a domesticSales violence incident LL press release stat- the morning ofC-540-660-5538 CA second WCSO April 24, led to a 5538 066 0daryl@teddystout.com ed,54 “Investigator Michael Henry lockdown of four public school 824 John Marshall Hwy • Front Royal,an VAhour 22630 of the Warren County Sheriff ’s facilities for almost that

A press release at the time of Neale’s initial arrest described the incidents of that day: “Both Front Royal police and Warren County deputies responded to the area of Royal Lane Apartments, after it was reported that Jamie Scott Neale had assaulted his girlfriend and made threats to kill her. Eyewitnesses reported that Neale ran into the woods behind Food Lion on Remount Road after committing the assault. It was also reported that Neale may have been in possession of a firearm. “Authorities indicated there was never a direct threat to the schools, just the report of a highly agitated and possibly armed individual being sought for questioning on the domestic incident loose in the vicinity.”

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Community

Teeing Off for the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue The VA German Shepherd Rescue (VGSR) will hold its 6th Annual Golf Tournament and Auction, Friday, October 4, at the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course, in Warren County (www.blueridgeshadows.com). Money raised from this event can help defray the costs of spaying/neutering, vaccinations, medical exams, heartworm testing/treatment and other medical necessities. Since its inception in 2001, the VA German Shepherd Rescue (VGSR) has placed 300-350 dogs a year in “forever” homes. Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation

and re-homing of the German Shepherd Dog. VGSR serves all of Virginia and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. At any given time, we have more than 50 dogs in foster care, waiting to be adopted. Our mission is to place “good dogs in good homes.” Many of our volunteers provide much needed assistance to hardto-place elderly and special needs dogs. VGSR is an all-volunteer 501(C)(3) organization. We sometimes have to “rely on the kindness of strangers” from donations, adoption fees and fundraising activities. One hundred percent of all

money raised goes to taking care of our dogs. VGSR does not receive local, state or federal funding. How Can You Help?

We offer various levels of sponsorship (starting at $100), offering signs on the golf course. For businesses this is a great way of giving back to the community, while marketing to a wider (and perhaps new) customer base. Individual sponsors have the opportunity to pay tribute to special friends and family (canines in-

cluded) who have brought love and joy to our lives. Registration for a day of golf is $360 for a foursome/$99 for an individual, which include green fees, cart, great prizes, and dinner. The event has sold out since 2010. Not a golfer, but want to help deserving German Shepherds? You can join the players and VGSR volunteers for dinner

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I offered my opponents a deal: “if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them.” – Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952 A new Warren and Frederick County Report Dear readers, With this issue we begin our eighth year and have decided to combine our newspapers in Warren and Frederick Counties into a much better product we think you’ll really love! We’re very excited about the change for a number of reasons. First, our great coverage of both counties will now be available to all of our readers. There is a lot of crossover interest in the area and we like to have our stories read by the most people we can. Second, it is more efficient. While there isn’t much cost savings since we’re printing more papers, it allows us to focus on a single newspaper for two weeks. Third, it means that Warren County advertisers will now reach 33% more readers and Frederick/Winchester advertisers will see a 140% increase in readership and a paper that is twice as thick. And our prices will remain the same. We have always been by far the lowest cost way to reach a local audience and now we’re even better! In the end, we work for you, the readers. So please let us know what you think! Dan McDermott Publisher http://warrencountyva.com http://frederickcounty.com

Opinion

Wayside distress Dear Patrons and Friends of Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA., I was very distressed when Warner Crocker, former Artistic Director of Wayside Theatre in Middletown, VA, and very, very dear friend, informed me that he was resigning from his duties as Artistic Director for the last 14 years, in late June – and now, the theater is gone. I am afraid that Middletown, VA, has seen the demise of a wonderful and historic theatre that has survived for 52 years. I believe this could have been prevented if they had all worked together. Even the announcement of closing of the theatre was done with no dignity at all to the persons working there, originally, under the auspices of Warner Crocker. This is such an incredible loss to the Community, as well as, the region. I am a Professional Actress/Singer/ Spokeswoman. My first job, when I was in Graduate School at Catholic University in Washington, DC, was as a professional Actress in the Resident Company at Wayside Theatre for the entire summer, under the helm of Owen Phillips. I worked there for two summers. From that time to now, there have been a few Artistic Directors who have taken control of the theatre for several seasons; most of them were my friends. I am still working in the Business. I was very honored to come back to Wayside in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and

ALONG THESE LINES Conspiracy Theories Gone Wild By Nick Thomas Yet another government conspiracy has apparently surfaced. Following reports of last year’s python hunt in the Florida Everglades, details are being questioned by Python Truthers. The hunt, supposedly organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades, reportedly drew over a thousand hunters equipped with a range of firearms. The mob descended on the Big Cypress National Preserve, some 50 miles southeast of Naples. But, according to the Python Truthers, there is no actual python hunt in Florida. In fact, the conspiracy goes even deeper, say the Truthers: there have never been any pythons in the swamps of Florida! That’s right, it’s all been an elaborate hoax according to James Kracy, a little known Florida college professor and head Python Truther. “If there really was a python problem in the Everglades,” says Kracy, “the government would attempt to fix it in their usual, bureaucratic, bungling way by creating an even bigger environmental nightmare – they’d probably have secretly bred a species of giant mutant mongoose and released hundreds in the region.” Kracy says the lack of NRA public support for an event that hosts a thousand gun-toting, beer drinking, hunters spraying the glades with a ton of bullets

ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN, shortly after Warner (Artistic Director) and his amazingly talented wife, Thomasin Savaiano, (actress, teacher, and friend) moved to Middletown, VA, from Chicago to help bring new energy into the theatre and Community. I have worked with these two talented people off and on during those 14 amazing years they have been helping the theatre grow. When the Board decided to let Warner and Thomasin resign, I wondered if their friends and Patrons of Wayside Theatre know what I know. I thought I would share this with you. Warner worked without a salary for a good part of 2011 and 2012 when the theatre was running out of money. Thomasin was doing two jobs at times, but only getting paid for one, just so the theatre could stay

is also ominous. “So it just can’t be real,” stresses Kracy. “Besides, wouldn’t the Bravo Network have TV cameras throughout the swamps filming a reality show about the event?” Those dubious about Kracy’s claims refer to the many photos and videos published in the press lately, allegedly showing people catching pythons in the Everglades. But Kracy believes this illusion was created with some sophisticated photo-shopping and a cast of government paid actors probably working in collusion with ratings-hungry news organizations. Kracy thinks he has traced the plot’s origins back to 1979 when Miami movie theaters held numerous “Monty Python” film festivals. Rumors soon began circulating throughout south Florida about a Python invasion. In reality, Kracy believes the government was behind the stories and secretly began hatching an elaborate scheme designed to entice law abiding hunters down to Florida (some 24 years later) to confiscate their firearms when the would-be hunters set foot on the protected Florida wetlands. “The government is determined to take away our guns,” he says. Kracy claims other evidence supporting the python hunt hoax includes: • David Letterman never having broadcast a Top Ten list of the most annoying celebrities hunters could use as bait. • Lance Armstrong confirming that the hunt was real. • Any hunt for crawling reptiles would obviously have begun in Washington, D.C., not Florida. • There is, in fact, no such species as the Burmese

open and the cast and crew could be paid. I know for a fact that Warner has paid money out of his pocket for Scene Shop materials so that the theatre would have a set for the next show in the season. His staff was honored to work with him. I know this from personal experience there. When I was in STEEL MAGNOLIAS and THE NERD two seasons ago, I saw Warner and Thomasin try to keep the theatre going during the most dire circumstances I have ever seen. I am sure the Board owes Warner a lot of money. I just hope that he can at least be paid back in some way for everything he did for the theatre to allow it to survive these last few seasons. First, Wayside Theatre lost two amazing people/artists – and now the theater itself is gone. – Ilona Dulaski, Edgewater, MD

python; only the Myanmar Python. Dr. Kracy, who cites Eddie Murphy in the 1996 film “The Nutty Professor” as his academic mentor, says his theory was largely dismissed by the public. But he and fellow Python Truthers (sometimes also simply known as The Kracies) say it’s important for the truth to come out. Kracy is also suspicious that the python hunters had to pay a $25 registration fee, but were told by officials that they could potentially only win $1,500 for catching the most snakes or $1,000 for the longest. “The math just doesn’t add up,” explains Kracy. “1,000 hunters each paying a $25 fee? That’s a total of $25,000; but the entire prize money offered was only $2,500.” (On the other hand, conspiracy theory conspiracy theorists could argue this financial discrepancy was actually proof that the event really was government sponsored). Kracy says he is applying for a government grant to further study government conspiracies. In the meantime, he advises chronically suspicious citizens who worry about government intrusion to seriously consider the future warnings of conspiracy theorists: “How else can you distinguish fact from fiction in this crazy world, other than letting someone else do your thinking for you?” (Nick Thomas’ features and columns have appeared in more than 270 magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor. He can be reached at his blog: http://getnickt.blogspot.com)


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“I have been working with VDOT for years to have the bridge replaced. Funding has been set aside by state, federal and local agencies … [but] opponents continue to throw up road blocks. How many people need to die on that bridge before I can get full support for its replacement?” – WC Supervisor Richard Traczyk

Two more drown at Morgan’s Ford Bridge Debate over role of 88-year-old, single-lane structure resurfaces

Death trap? The corner where both the most recent victims, and a Stephens City girl in 2010, approached the bridge southbound before dying at night in the Shenandoah River.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Another evening accident involving a single, southbound vehicle at the Morgan’s Ford Low-water Bridge in Warren County proved fatal to two of three occupants of a 1995 Honda Accord the evening of Aug. 3. Two, young men, Coty James Ferguson, 18, and Robert Allen Jeffries, 17, are dead. Authorities listed Ferguson as the driver. Jeffries, along with 49-year-old Tony William Hatfield, who survived the accident were passengers. According to the Virginia State Police, this most recent fatal accident at the bridge was reported at 11:08 p.m. Saturday evening. Initial Warren County rescue and law enforcement units were dispatched at 11:10 p.m. The southbound vehicle went off the bridge to the right, on the upstream side, overturning into the river. According to responders the overturned car was submerged except for part of the undercarriage and tires. It is a bridge that hovers about 18 inches above the Shenandoah River during normal flow. It appears the accident and deaths have reignited a volatile debate over the necessity of replacement of that 88year-old, crumbling, one-lane structure last repaired by VDOT in 2004. Our own modern-day isolationists – at least

of their own northside neighborhoods – launched a full-blown PR campaign of questionable factual content in the wake of the last fatality at the bridge just over 3 years ago (see our Nov. 14, 2012 story on VDOT public info meeting debate). That fatality was 21-year-old Jessica Lynn Barr of Stephen’s City, who died March 30, 2010, after her southbound car was swept off the bridge at night during a storm and flooding. It was later reported that as she responded to a call for help from a friend, Barr had been following GPS that gave no indication of the approaching river or bridge. Barr called 911 by cell phone telling emergency dispatch she believed she had driven into a pond in someone’s yard. She remained on the line with dispatch for some time before the air pocket in her car dissipated as she was swept to her death about 75 feet downstream. Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk responded with distress and criticism of those he believes have slowed down the bridge’s replacement process. “It sickens me to have another tragedy on the Morgan’s Ford Bridge. I have been working with VDOT for years to have the bridge replaced. Funding has been set aside by state, federal and local agencies, design work is just about complete, and several public hearings

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about the bridge have been held with overwhelming support for its replacement (a new one has just been announced). How many people need to die on that bridge before I can get full support for its replacement? “A number of opponents of replacement continue to throw up road blocks slowing progress with the argument that it’s a historical bridge … and that there are numerous environmental issues. To me this is all to stall or derail the replacement of this deadly bridge, which is falling apart and rated one of worst bridges in the Virginia transportation system … In my opinion, the death of those two young men could have been prevented with new bridge construction that would give us even minimum, modern safety standards.” Citizen help According to the Warren County Emergency Services press release on this double fatality, a passerby was the first responder at the scene of the Aug. 3 accident. The WCSO later identified five civilians at the scene, at least two of whom went into the water to help extricate the victims from their car. Those civilians were Justin Bates, Kaitlin Richards, Aaron Richards, Samantha Wright and Christopher Moreland, the latter a former volunteer firefighter

in Tom’s Brook. The passersby who went into the river first extracted Hatfield, the only occupant to survive. According to the press release, when pulled onto the bridge Hatfield was conscious and breathing despite “extreme respiratory distress.” A Warren County Sheriff ’s Office deputy then arrived and went in the water to help extract the other two occupants. Ferguson and Jeffries were listed in “cardiac and respiratory arrest” when pulled unconscious onto the bridge. One civilian and the deputy initiated CPR immediately before units from county fire and rescue arrived and took over emergency care of the victims. First emergency services responders were at the scene at 11:23 p.m., 13 minutes after being dispatched. All three victims were transported to Warren Memorial Hospital were the two fatalities were confirmed. Responding from Warren County Emergency Services were North Warren Company 10, medical; Shenandoah Farms Company 6, boat; Shenandoah Shores Company 5, special operations; and the county “chief 100.” With the potential of additional people in the water, units from several other jurisdictions were called for assistance, including Frederick County Company 12, medical; Frederick Coun-

ty Company 11, dive team; the Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office dive team; and Mount Weather medical. Virginia State Police Public Relations Officer Sgt. F.L. Tyler said a variety of potential contributing factors were under investigation, including but not limited to speed and alcohol. Trooper C.P. Maddox is handling the investigation. As to the potential of excessive speed or alcohol being contributing factors, Traczyk, in whose district the bridge lies, observed, “Even if speed and alcohol contributed to the fatalities, teens do foolish things growing up, as many of us have. But there is no reason they should have died the way they did. I am convinced guard rails and a modern bridge would have saved their lives. There may have been injuries but the car would not have gone into the river and ended their lives. “Again I ask, how many more people must die to stop the nonsense that is slowing down this replacement? I have contacted both state and federal officials trying to expedite the process, which has now stretched on for years. I pray we can get Morgan Ford Bridge replaced sooner than the now-planned date of 2016, so that no other citizens parish.”

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Tired of Rising Heating Costs? Mel Medved with Pat and Alan Wimer at last year’s event. Once again, the local United Way will kick off its annual campaign with a Front Royal tradition – the 12th annual Shrimp, Oyster and Barbecue Fest on Saturday, September 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will again be catered by Linden’s Apple House. New this year is a half-price ticket for children, ages 4-11. This year, the local United Way represents 12 Warren County agencies. Proceeds from this kickoff event go directly

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“The rest of us will be the losers, with the biggest losers being the county resident who live in town. Why? Because those residents will be paying the town’s legal fees and they will be paying 40 percent of the county’s fees – does this sound like double taxation?” – Tony Carter on pending annexation fight

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town he represented as vice mayor in 1998 when the 522 North Corridor Voluntary Settlement Agreement was hashed out and signed onto by the town and county. If Carter was willing to do no more than assure the county that the town wasn’t pondering annexation “all the way to the Clarke County line” in 1998; by 2013 and on the other side of the municipal fence, his opinion is that even pondering a town incursion to any distance on county commercial or industrial land is unthinkable, unacceptable or worse. That latter possibility – worse – may have been reflected in Carter’s choice of ties for the meeting, that choice being a rather stylish portrayal of the Three Stooges forwarding a “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” philosophy. In general, Carter agreed with Traczyk that the county has done more than its fair share in compensating the town what he estimated to be a total of $1.38-million in either assumed expenses or additional revenue to the town from the corridor agreement. Included in that compensation, Carter cited: · $600,000 in annual savings from the county assuming “their total responsibility for county-wide services” – parks & rec; fire & rescue; airport; and animal control; · $127,000 in annual EDA and public library funding it assumed from the town this year; · $370,000 in remaining annual PILOT fee revenues; · $250,000 in total annual taxes generated by commercial property on a strip of land on the west side of Route 522 North to the I-66 interchange that the county agreed to boundary adjust into the town limits. However, Carter added that the council he had been a part of had not anticipated the 2009 court ruling that the meals tax component of the agreed-upon PILOT fee revenue to the town would be declared invalid. “The question has been put forth to me (I think I did that), that if I had known then that the town would not receive the meals tax, would I have still supported the agreement?” Carter asked rhetorically, adding that after

some thought the answer was, “without a doubt, yes.” The reasons, Carter stated, were: · the above cited totals of an estimated $640,000 in new revenue to the town and $740,000 in deferred expenses taken over by the county for a net gain of $1.38 million to the town annually; · a belief the town would have lost an annexation fight over the then largely undeveloped corridor in 1998. Why talk now? Three questions come immediately to mind from Carter’s detailed rationale: · In retrospect, why as a town official in 1998 would he have supported an agreement in which the town would eventually lose 80-percent of its expected corridor PILOT fee revenues (the estimated $700,000 value of the lost meals tax revenue in 2008-9)? · If the $600,000 costs assumed by the county in 1998 for services such as fire & rescue, parks & rec, animal control were, indeed, “county-wide services” that Carter himself called “their (the county’s) total responsibility” shouldn’t those costs have been assumed by the county regardless of the corridor agreement to remove a double-taxation burden town citizens had been carrying for years? · Other than the estimated $127,000 in EDA and library funding, again for countywide services, that the county took over in the past year, how has the county compensated the town for the agreed-upon and lost $700,000 in annual meals tax revenue totaling $2.1 million over the past four years? (as Carter did, we will note that revenue was lost on the legal argument that corridor business do NOT pay meals taxes, their customer’s do. It was a decision that appears to have been lost due to the wording of the town’s contracts with its corridor utility customers) · Oh hell, let’s make it four – what is the county’s annual commercial and industrial tax revenue from the 522 Corridor enabled by town central water-sewer hook ups? “If the town presses forward with annexation … it will cost each side

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a minimum of a half million dollars. There will two winners in this whole thing – the two attorneys,” Carter said. And if the notion of a double-taxation burden on town citizens had eluded him earlier in his financial analysis, it suddenly took hold as the former town and current county official concluded his remarks. “The rest of us will be the losers, with the biggest losers being the county resident who live in town. Why? Because those residents will be paying the town’s legal fees and they will be paying 40 percent of the county’s fees – does this sound like double taxation?” Well, yea it does, Tony. – But so do those “county-wide services” the town’s citizens paid double taxes on all those years before the supervisors magnanimously agreed to take full funding responsibility for, in exchange for town water-sewer service to the corridor (wasn’t former town manager and councilman Walter Duncan trying to explain that till his dying day?). So, can’t imagine why you and your board might want to sit down with the town council and a third-party mediator in an attempt to head off more of this Dan Akroyd-Jane Curtain SNL back and forth. Oh, I forgot – it’s a Three Stooges routine. Can I be Curly? Woo, woo, woo – nayt, nayt (don’t bother, I’ve got my hand up to block the eye poke). OWW!!! – Whadaya mean, hittin’ below the belt?!!? RUFF, RUFF, GROWL … (Full writer’s disclosure: Curly is a personal comic hero and media role model as the Stooge who used to wear the “Push” “Press” pass in his 1940s style hat. In fact, I think I still have the one Doug Stanley made for me a few years back when I was sporting that brim. Wonder where that hat is …)

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“...we forget even back with the founding of our country…is that we had the Continental Congress and for 10 years they figured out, our founding fathers, that it didn’t work. And then they came back and did the Constitution because…foreign countries didn’t take us seriously.” – Tom Sayre

Does anybody have any idea what he is talking about? Sayre ‘history lesson’ obscures town request to mediate, not fight over corridor 25 request from the town to the county for a joint sit down with a neutral facilitator, discussion of which had been removed from the board’s work session agenda about 90 seconds into that day’s 9 a.m. supervisor’s meeting. However arriving at 9:45 a.m., Sayre may not have been aware of the deletion, if he was even aware discussion of the town request had been on the supervisor’s agenda in the first place. In subsequent remarks, Sayre never mentioned the work session item or its possible reinstatement onto the board agenda.

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As the meeting began Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter told his colleagues, “I see on the work session we have some discussion on a letter sent over by the town on a mediator of some sort. I suggest we delete that – from the standpoint I don’t think we need to respond at this point, or respond just to say we’ll wait till we get our study in and they wait till they get their study in … At this point I don’t think we have anything to mediate.” Chairman Archie Fox agreed and the board unanimously approved the deletion without further comment.

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then you go up and we have the Civil War and we have all these different things that we forget. Well, we have Front Royal 1836; the Front Royal Charter in I think 1788. We need to really figure out a way that the two bodies can work together without fighting over this issue. And I think it can be done. Anonymous accusations? “I’d be very disappointed to see us,

quote-unquote, end up in court. I know, people share things with me, I get it from your all’s perspective that’s what you all would like to see – us end up in court and things of that nature – but if we do meet in an open session I think it will be very beneficial … Sayre then estimated total expenses of over half a million dollars for each municipality in an annexation fight over the corridor cash cow, calling such a battle, “so unnecessary – So, hope that you all think about that.” Sayre concluded by noting he had FOIA’ed both his own municipality’s expenditures related to annexation (as an elected town official, can’t he just ask for it – and doesn’t council have to pre-approve those expenditures?), as well as the county’s. OK, whatever Well, I’m pretty confident that helped accentuate the town’s desire for pre-litigation discussion and reconsideration of the board’s earlier work-session agenda deletion. However, in the wake of Sayre’s rambling emissary statement, the board of supervisors failed to even revisit that earlier agenda deletion. Don’t know how they could have ignored that town plea to come to the table …

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The Middletown town council appointed two new members on Monday night. Four individuals applied for the two seats vacated by the resignations of Trip Chewning and Donna Gray. Three of the candidates attended the meeting. Gil Barrington, who was on the council and resigned with then mayor Mark Brown and then Councilor John Blaisdel a few years ago, pleaded to be allowed a second chance to help his town. He has applied for every opening since he resigned, including his own seat. Jeff Pennington ran on a business platform. He wants to work to develop a business plan for Middletown that will bring small businesses back to town. There are currently a lot of B-2

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“Make sure the financial obligations are understood; get the easements up front; and make sure you understand the logistical issues. As you know, most of these agreements aren’t worth much 10 years down the road.� – former Front Royal Mayor Stan Brooks to council

Waking from nightmare of inertia? Town Okays FRLP plan County vote on east-side annexation agreement anticipated Aug. 20

The view from above - looking northeast, the FRLP county property north of the Norfolk-Southern RR tracs and Happy Creek Road. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Dave Vazzana must have a feeling his life, at least a significant portion of it involving development of land

owned for 25 year or so by his family – business now identified as Front Royal Limited Partnership (FRLP) – is like that nightmare where you are running down a hallway with great urgency but not getting any closer to the far end.

Such at times has seemed the threeway negotiating process on Vazzana’s citizen-initiated annexation request to bring 604 acres of Agriculturallyzoned Warren County pasture land between Happy Creek Road and I-66 into the Front Royal Town limits. With much of the land either near developed town land or in close proximity to county land earmarked as Urban Development Areas prime for such proposed mixed, moderate-density residential-commercial development, Vazzana’s proposal was initially called a “win-win for everybody� by Warren County Supervisor Richard Traczyk early in the three-way review process. Eleven months later, with the most recent extension on deadlines from the Commission on Local Government fast approaching this month, the haggling and circular logic characterizing much of the intervening 11 months continues unabated – except that now council has agreed by a 5-1 Aug. 12 vote, Sayre dissenting, that it appears to be in its best interest to boundary adjust the property into town.

Doesn’t seem like that tough a call. Last year in the early stages of discussion, Warren County Attorney Blair Mitchell observed the boundary adjustment could bring Front Royal as much as $20-million in water and sewer tap fees it would not get were the property to be developed in the county with a privately-owned watersewer system; as well as eventually add $500,000 in annual town real estate tax revenue. FRLP has proffered a maximum mixed residential development of 818 units on the 604 acres. Original planning schematics included commercial and open space and park components. But those were removed from discussion when rezoning was removed from consideration as part of the boundary adjustment proposal at the insistence of town officials. The current proposal would simply bring the land into Front Royal under its existing Agricultural zoning, with the developer facing future rezoning and site plan approval processes before both the town planning commission

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“If the issue is just giving this land up for all houses then we’ll be a megalopolis all the way to Washington. Expand Front Royal – just not on my property, dag gone it!” – nearby homeowner Ramona Bowden

Stan Brooks addresses council as nearby property owners listen in front row. Dave Vazzana, finger on cheek, and FRLP rep Bill Barnett are a few rows back. County assurances However, a $12,500 per unit cash proffer to Warren County has been offered by the developer since the future decision-making processes would be removed from county’s hands. That the per-unit proffer to the county continues to be at issue was illustrated at a county supervisors work session on Aug. 6. After bemoaning the pace of the process over nearly a year, North River Supervisor Dan Murray said if he owned the land he would be so frustrated he would just want to sell it to get out from under the strain. “What’s your highest number, because I’d be comfortable with $13,000,” Murray then told Vazzana. “That’s it, Mr. Murray,” Vazzana replied tersely of the $12,500 number in the draft settlement agreement. Murray later said he would go with the majority if they were acceptable to the $12,500 number that FRLP points out is $4,000 to $8,000 more per unit than the county has ever gotten from earlier developments. It is, however, less than an impact model on service impact proffers the Warren County

staff has developed in recent years. With their own vote on the draft agreement pending on Aug. 20, a poll of the supervisors indicated a split on whether to accept the $12,500 offer. Asked how he would vote if it were a 2-2 tie on acceptance of the per unit amount, Murray winked and said, “Thirteen – I’ve got to ask, don’t I?” But was the council vote an indicator of light at the end of the tunnel, or should we say hallway? Public concerns Despite the urging of a trio of public informational meeting speakers that the town continue to move slowly or not at all in consideration of the request, council finally said yes to the pared-back draft agreement with no developmental assurances built into it. Ramona Bowden, who lost a long fight with Dominion Power about the installation of expanded power lines near the Windy Knoll home she has owned since 1956, expressed frustration at the ongoing intrusions into the surrounding rural neighborhood leading to the banks of the Shenandoah

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A Democratic challenger to firstterm Republican 18th District Delegate Michael Webert has emerged. And while state-level Democratic challengers might not normally look to a traditionally rural and conservative Republican county like Warren for support, the 2013 election year could be different. At least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what 22-year-old Colin Harris believes in his first political race. Is his assessment political naĂŻvetĂŠ or

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tions to seek town nomination by petition, and have even campaigned under partisan banners once nominated by non-partisan petition. We asked Colin Harris about his perspective on the issue. First we told him that our head count of Warren County Political Committee members totaled about 120 of the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8,000 or so registered voters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look at the analogous situation in Fauquier, the numbers may be even smaller than here. The Fauquier committee has maybe 30 members on the Democratic side, maybe 50 on the Republican side,â&#x20AC;? Harris began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the fact this is even an issue speaks to a broader problem that there are way too many politicians, certainly in Washington but even in Richmond,

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“So, it really comes down to your attitude toward the people you wish to represent. Do you wish to represent their interests or do you wish to represent party bosses?” – Colin Harris who think their jobs are about them or about enforcing ideological purity – about avoiding compromise and forcing party orthodoxy. “But it’s not. It’s about representing the interest of the people whose wellbeing you’ve been entrusted with,” Harris continued. “Those are my main issues – local control, pragmatism and a willingness to work with people across the aisle to get done what needs to be done, not serving partisan masters.”

A belief in the bipartisan function of government, rather than dysfunction created by drawing hardcore ideological lines in the sands – it is a refreshing perspective from either side of the political aisle. But again we wondered if a 22-year-old Harris, fresh out of college, jumping into the cutthroat arena of state politics, was reflecting a naïve idealism given the modern American political landscape. After pointing out his opponent wasn’t exactly crushing him in the ar-

eas of political experience (year-and-ahalf ) or age (11 years) Harris said, “I’ve been doing this a while and I’ve been involved in politics my entire adult life, as short as that might be. And what I’ve come to realize is that it’s not about

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While Wayside’s 52nd season opened with two comedies, it turns out its final show was a tragedy directed by and starring its board of directors. It was a show that left no one laughing.

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Frederick County WAYSIDE, from 17 those board members apparently â&#x20AC;&#x153;actingâ&#x20AC;? without the advice of legal counsel found out by the next day, such a board vote to disband the foundation was not legal. So, at a meeting the next day board members present told actors, interns and staff that while the foundation might still legally exist, the theater, its scheduled performances, rehearsals and other activities did not. A slight reprieve occurred when Youth Summer Ensemble Acting Camp directors implored the board to allow a recital scheduled for Friday afternoon, Aug. 9, to go on as planned so the children could perform for their parents and others. Well, I guess the board didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay those actors to show up. And Youth Ensemble Camp Director Leslie Putnam told us she and associate youth class director Ashley Promisel were both expecting two checks for that youth camp work, the first due the week the theater was shut down. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not expecting to see that money,â&#x20AC;? an emotional Putnam told us after the youth camp performances of Aug. 9. Explanation? After an unsuccessful week attempting to contact Board Chairman Brill, we got through on Aug. 15, publication day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his phone bit the dust at an inopportune time, Brill apologized for a week of full-mailbox messages. STOP The PRESSES!!!! Good news, sort of, Leslie and other interns and staff! Brill told us that while a decision he called unfortunate, had been made to close immediately due to a $9,000 shortfall on a weekly payroll expanded from $6,000 to $10,000 by the arrival of a portion of the cast and director of the planned next show â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love Youâ&#x20AC;?, ongoing fundraising had allowed him to write checks that day (Aug. 15) that to his knowledge, paid all cast, crew and interns through the week the theater closed, including those summer youth camp director salaries (if not, you let us know!). We asked Brill to respond to the opinion the decision and announcement, particularly to actors and staff, had been done somewhat callously. He replied that the inability to make payroll the week of Aug. 4, had forced the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten days ago, Tuesday (Aug. 6), we thought we would have the money to make payroll that week. But that was partly due to a miscommunication with bookkeeping and the promise of a $10,000 donation we had been told would â&#x20AC;&#x153;come around Julyâ&#x20AC;? not arriving, and being defaulted on. We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in good faith ask those interns who get paid $120 a week â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how they make even though we provide them housing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the others to continue to work, and maybe we can pay you later,â&#x20AC;? Brill said. He said a failure at the box office of

the theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last three shows, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boeing, Boeingâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Church Basement Ladiesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putnam County Spelling Bee,â&#x20AC;? had created a $45,000 shortfall that had proved fatal. He called them all good and entertaining shows that for some reason had failed to draw crowds (we saw 2 of the 3, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boeingâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spelling Beeâ&#x20AC;? and loved both â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Malcolm reviewed the third for us). Brill confirmed a total Wayside debt of a million dollars plus, split $540,000 to BB&T Bank and the remainder, about $460,000, to him personally. We asked in retrospect if he regretted those personal loans, facing the loss of a portion or all in bankruptcy. He said, no, he had grown up around the theater and done what he could to try to help Wayside survive a regional and national economy â&#x20AC;&#x153;that went crazyâ&#x20AC;? right at the time a $790,000 debt for renovations to the theater was taken on in 2007-08. Of the existing debt, BB&Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was taken out totally to support annual operational costs of the theater â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sixty thousand or so a year isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much but over 10 years it adds up,â&#x20AC;? he said

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a very emotional time for all of us. Some are still adjusting to the new reality of it, I guess. Right now, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all just trying to figure out where to go from here and what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be doing after this.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wayside acting intern Daniel Westbrook (Robert in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boeing, Boeingâ&#x20AC;?) of the growing bank debt. The bulk of his loans went toward the renovations costs, Brill added. He also said he did not regret a $10,000 investment by the Wayside Foundation in the Winchester-based â&#x20AC;&#x153;Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valleyâ&#x20AC;? whose board he also has a major role on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way it is these small communities, you wear a lot of hats and you disclose and go on and do what you think is best. While Wayside wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t benefit from that investment now, other theater troupes may. So, hopefully that money will continue to do good for theater in the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is disappointing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are so many fond memories here. But perhaps someone can find a way to redefine and reopen a theater here. There are people, maybe smarter ones than me, working on that already. I hope it happens,â&#x20AC;? Brill concluded. THE END (curtain falls, lights dim â&#x20AC;&#x201C; exit, stage right â&#x20AC;Ś now, what happens to the physical assets: 2 buildings, fixtures,

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“Even the announcement of closing of the theatre was done with no dignity at all to the persons working there, originally, under the auspices of Warner Crocker. This is such an incredible loss to the community, as well as, the region.” – professional, and former Wayside, actress Ilona Dulaski

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Irish Isle owner Brian Coughlan passes the hat during farewell gathering the evening of Aug. 9. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report If as some assert, its Board of Directors treated the closing of Wayside Theatre after 52 years as a private, back-room maneuver performed with all the grace and dignity of a herd of stampeding rogue elephants – others were more inclined toward communication and compassion. In fact, some felt compelled to not only express their distress at Wayside’s closing, but act to help with the immediate impact upon young performers and theater interns devastated personally and professionally by the abrupt decision to end an over half-century-old cultural center. There was a hastily organized fundraiser to help finance trips home for more distantly-based interns working for about $120 a week - $120 they didn’t get the week of the theater’s closing. This effort was propelled forward by former Middletown Mayor

and antiques shop owner Mark Brown. Brown, with the reclusive “BK” and absent “JW”, contributed $300 toward the food and beverage bill for the younger Wayside staffers and interns at that Friday, Aug. 9, fundraiser and farewell party at the Irish Isle Restaurant and Pub several doors down from the theater. In addition to Brown, also present for that farewell show of affection – and financial help – were former Artistic Director Warner Crocker and wife, actress and past Youth Acting Camp Director Thomasin Savaiano; Wayside patron, LEO Award winner and Front Royal businessman Craig Laird; and our writer and former Wayside board member/LEO winner Malcolm Barr Sr., among others. As Brown’s straw hat was passed among Irish Isle patrons that evening, including a large group from Maryland distressed to hear about the theater’s demise, donations totaling $297 came in we were told. Contributions

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Thomasin Savaiano and Leslie Putnam put on a happy face at stripped down Curtain Call Cafe following Youth Ensemble performances of Aug. 9. and further commitments produced another two thousand dollars for the young interns and staffers. Informing them of those donations in Bridgett’s Pub, downstairs at the Isle, Brown implored those young theater people not to leave with a bad taste for Middletown in their mouths. Rather, he asked them to realize that

they were, indeed, appreciated by the great bulk of Middletown citizens and Wayside patrons found across the region. Their loss is all our loss, Brown told the interns, reflecting what we have heard from many over the past week. Included in those reactions were some from acting and theater professionals

tracing their own starts through Wayside Theatre. “Saw the news about Wayside yesterday – seems like such an unceremonious end for a special place like that, and I’m very sad to see it go,” said former (circa 2010) administrative intern Kelly Keys of Austin, Texas. Actress Ilona Dulaski’s letter on her perception of events leading up to this moment is printed elsewhere in this edition. A brief excerpt reads, “I believe this could have been prevented if they had all worked together. Even the announcement of closing of the theatre was done with no dignity at all to the persons working there, originally, under the auspices of Warner Crocker. This is such an incredible loss to the community, as well as, the region.” We also asked a few of those on hand for that Aug. 9 Wayside Theatre farewell party for reactions. Acting Intern Daniel Westbrook, who made a splash as Robert in the theater’s final professional run of “Boeing, Boeing”, verbalized the look in everyone’s eyes following those final Youth Ensemble performances the afternoon of Aug. 9, 2013. “It’s been a very emotional time

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Frederick County REACTION, from 19 for all of us. Some are still adjusting to the new reality of it, I guess. Right now, we’re all just trying to figure out where to go from here and what we’ll be doing after this.” At least the JMU “Theater and Dance” graduate, hailing from nearby Fairfax, won’t have the same problem some of his more distant-located coworkers and interns will have getting home as they all ponder those immediate “where and what now” decisions. Of his experience with “Boeing, Boeing” Westbrook added, “It was a fantastic experience to be a part of. It’s a really wonderful play, with a re-

ally wonderful cast – and obviously fantastically directed by Warner,” Westbrook concluded, acknowledging Crocker, whose final day as “guest director” was the July 14 opening of “Boeing, Boeing.” “I am heartsick that Wayside Theatre is closing after 52 seasons and I hope the great talents there this season will go on to bigger and better things in the future. This is a real blow to the community and it is just a shame a way wasn’t available to keep this from coming to be,” departed Director Crocker told us. Rich Follett is a sometime local Wayside player and Skyline High School drama teacher, who may be in the uncomfortable position of being

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“Saw the news about Wayside yesterday – seems like such an unceremonious end for a special place like that, and I’m very sad to see it go.” – former (circa 2010) Wayside intern and now professional theater administrative staffer Kelly Keys of Austin, Texas both a distraught local acting professional, with a wife, Mary Ruth, who is the current vice president of the Wayside Board. Following the Friday afternoon Youth Ensemble performances, Follett expressed hope that like a Phoenix, somehow a theater might rise from the rubble of Wayside’s ash-

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“The manner in which the Wayside was closed was unprofessional and insensitive. I had been a part of serious meetings years ago [regarding the process]…We knew patrons would need to be notified…and there would need to be a farewell…so the community could understand the reasons.” – former staffer Til Turner As the lights fade, goodbye

p.m., Friday, Aug. 9. Hands trembling with the gravity of the moment, a gravity one parent told us the Youth Ensemble Directors had been stellar shielding from their students over the past two days, Putnam, began from a handwritten note, “For 52 years many professional artists started like the wonderful children you just enjoyed here. We know many of you, like us, the current company, are saddened that Wayside will not go on. “Let’s give these children, who have the honor of being the last perform-

We close with the final words delivered from the Wayside stage following the final performances of a 52-year run. Those performances by the 2013 Youth Ensemble Stage Summer Camp actors aged 8 to 14 were “Tom Sawyer, Pirate”, “Party Gone Wrong”, and “The King’s Creampuffs’. Youth Ensemble Director and second-year Wayside actress Leslie Putnam, who played American stewardess Gloria in “Boeing, Boeing,” gave that final recitation shortly after 2

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“Who is deciding what goes where? During Mr. Brill’s exit speech to employees he said, ‘Why the glum faces?’ An angry rumble swept through the room.” – Mark Brown, former mayor and Middletown businessman and planning commission member

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VHAT DO YOU MEAN WE ARE CLOSING EARLY?!!? ‘Boeing, Boeing’s’ German stewardess-dominatrix Gretchen (Theresa McGuirk), left, may have said to fellow cast members Don Denton, Daniel Westbrook and Karen O’Connell in reaction to the news. Photo by Westervelt

By Sue Golden Frederick County Report While on the record, many people are mourning the loss of the Wayside Theatre, the offthe-record comments are not so generous. People are questioning

where the money went, how decisions were made, what happens next to Middletown, and other issues. Below is a sampling of local comments: “This is one of the worst things that ever happened to Middletown.” – Gil Barrington, former

town council member and current member of the planning commission. “The closing of the Wayside Theatre is a definite negative for the local businesses: Italian Touch, Irish Isles, Why Not Antiques. Sure [the board] tried to keep it open, but once again they took steps without telling anyone what they were planning on doing. The board should have given the public some notice. The public would have stepped forward and saved the theatre. The theatre was a staple of this community for over 50 years. However, in the current economic times, I guess you have to do what you have to do to make ends meet. Other stable businesses also were lost in the economic downturn.” – Middletown resident and Police Chief Phil Breeden “I thought the theatre had enough money to continue running. This is going to hurt Middletown.” – Yancey Aliff, Middletown resident “I am very saddened, on a number of levels. I am sad for the theatre, the actors, the interns, the

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“If Mr. Bernstein was still alive, this would kill him.” – Bill Dodson, Stephens City

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Former Wayside board member Malcolm Barr, far left, wife Carol, Adminstrative Intern Amanda Griffith (Cincinnati, Ohio), Costume Designer Maria Smith (Evansville, Indiana), Mark Brown and Bob Kane lurking over his dinner to far right, gather at Irish Isle the evening of Aug. 9 to say goodbye - NO kids, you don’t have to put in, you take out of hat later.

years.” – George J. Smith, newly appointed member of the Middletown town council “The closing of the theatre is a shame. The theatre brought a lot to Middletown, both artistically and culturally. Now a ‘missing link’ needs to be replaced in town.” – Charles Harbaurgh IV, mayor of Middletown “You do not want me to go there.” – Carolyn Aliff, recently appointed to the Middletown town council “A wonderful icon of the Valley is gone. I remember Mr. Bernstein worrying about this very thing back in the 1990’s.” – Walter Jagiello, Stephens City business owner “If Mr. Bernstein was still alive,

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But something tells me it was all about how much $$$ was to be made. I think patrons can “feel” those vibes. You reap what you sow!” – Janet Heishman, Strasburg business owner “I asked Byron Brill, the president of the Wayside board, about refunds for ticket holders and advertisers. He said we would be

Support the YDC by Competing in the Charity Challenge Are you up for the challenge? We are! The Winchester Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office have each formed a team to compete in the Golden Seal Charity Challenge to support the Youth Development Center. The event is set for Saturday, September 28th and includes the following seven physical challenges: Swimming, Running, Starting a Fire, Shooting, Giving First Aid. Building and Climbing a Log Wall and Sandbag Shuffle Register your team of five today to go head to head against officers in your community. There is limited space. The winning team will have bragging rights for the next year. The YDC provides area youth with the opportunity for recreational and educational programs focused on their total development. The programs provide resources and services to empower youth to improve the quality of their lives. This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) Lcummings@ ci.winchester.va.us

Belle Grove Plantation has named Kristen Laise to be its new Executive Director, replacing Elizabeth McClung who retires July 31, 2013 after serving at Belle Grove for nearly 17 years. Ms. Laise, a Winchester resident, comes to Belle Grove after serving as Executive Vice President at Heritage Preservation, a national non-profit organization that assists museums and libraries with the conservation of collections and historic structures. “I believe exemplary care of its collections, buildings, and grounds should continue to be a hallmark of Belle Grove,” Laise said in applying for the position. “Through my work at Heritage Preservation, I have learned that preservation and outreach need not been mutually exclusive—demonstrating Belle Grove’s outstanding care and interpretation of its historic properties and collections has the potential to attract visitors, donors, funders, community partners,” she added. Ms. Laise holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History from Earlham College and Masters of Arts in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In interviews with the search committee, Ms. Laise emphasized her enthusiasm for sharing the history and culture of Northern Shenandoah Valley with others. “Having decided to permanently settle in Winchester, I look forward to contributing my energy and talents to the community.” John Adamson, board chairman of Belle Grove and who chaired the committee to replace Elizabeth McClung noted that many favorable factors at Belle Grove attracted a large number of qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. Among the factors Adamson cited are Belle Grove’s location in the Shenandoah Valley, its close association with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and its role as a key partner in the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. “Kristen Laise is the best candidate from a pool of very good candidates” Adamson said “and we are very pleased that she has accepted the position with Belle Grove.”


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rent was not paid on the rental house in Middletown. The house was left full of stuff, as are the storage units. No one is returning any phone calls. One of my concerns is what happens to the contents of the theatre? Who is deciding what goes where? During Mr. Brillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exit speech to employees he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why the glum faces?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; An angry rumble swept through the room.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mark Brown, former mayor, and current business owner and planning commission member â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am shocked. I expected the theatre to survive at least another year based on all of the funds that were raised. And why close down the show with five nights to go? I was totally shocked at how abruptly everything was done. I feel very bad for the interns and the actors. I know from experience that contracts are signed a year in advance, so they will have a very difficult time finding work. Middletown will really miss the theatre; it was something to be proud of.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brian Coughlan, owner, Irish Isle, Middletown â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to support the theatre. I special ordered a shirt during the fundraising drive. My credit card was charged. When I called, they said it was ordered. Does anyone have a shirt for me?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Annette Tait, retired widower, Front Royal â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sucks. We are a small community. People leave here for the city for the arts. We use to have two good venues, the Wayside

and Shenandoah University. Oh well.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ric Van Norton, Star Tannery â&#x20AC;&#x153;The manner in which the Wayside was closed was unprofessional and insensitive. I had been a part of serious meetings years ago when I was the set designer and technical director regarding the process that would be necessary if the theatre was to close and none of those were considered by this Wayside board. We knew years ago that patrons would need to be notified, interns and staff would need to be kept on until all props and costumes were collected, and there would need to be a farewell show/party so that the community could share in the final days of the theatre and understand the reasons for and entailments of the closing. There is much more to say, but it is pointless.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Til Turner, Strasburg

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the Mom of a son whose passion is music and the arts, this is so very sad. We Americans need to preserve our arts.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Christine Reu-Donlon, Clifton Park, NY â&#x20AC;&#x153;My husband and I used to make an annual trip to the Wayside Inn and Wayside Theatre to celebrate our anniversary. Wonderful memories â&#x20AC;&#x201C; great relaxed southern cooking and wonderful choice of plays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will be missed by me! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A. T. Centreville â&#x20AC;&#x153;I moved to Middletown 13 years ago from Manhattan. I love off Broadway shows and the Wayside performance quality was every bit as good â&#x20AC;Ś Opening night was a treat with the men and

women patrons decked out â&#x20AC;Ś I watched the decline of the product with sadness and a sense of loss â&#x20AC;Ś Opening night became a night of shorts and flip flops. The theatre should have focused on the quality of the product. This includes the complete experience of the audience. In the end it was just another charity begging for money with shows that were just boring or sometimes offensive. How can we revive it? â&#x20AC;Ś The people with means require a good product; good working attitude of the staff. I am very, very sad.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Anita Holley, former business owner and resident of Middletown, former member of the planning commission

Belle Grove Plantation to Host Third Annual Wine Fest Belle Grove Plantation is pleased to welcome the public to its third annual Belle Grove Wine Fest on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors will be able to sample delicious local wines from North Mountain Vineyard and Winery, Bluestone Vineyard, Cedar Creek Winery, Mountain View Vineyard, Naked Mountain Winery and Vineyards, Cave Ridge Vineyard, Tomahawk Mill Vineyard and Winery, and Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery. Food paring events will be presented by local chefs from Hotel Strasburg, Christinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe, and Nibblins. Musical entertainment includes Danni Leigh who will be performing throughout the day. Among other special attractions will be the Piedmont Driving Club showcasing their horses, carriages, and riding styles from the 18th and 19th century. Local crafters, businesses, and the Belle Grove Museum Shop will offer an array of merchandise and unique gifts for sale. Belle Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1797 historic Man-

or House will be open for tours as part of the festival ticket. The Belle Grove lawns and tables are available for picnicking and the Ladies of Belle Grove will provide ice cream and desserts for purchase. Come relax in the historic landscape surrounded by mountain views and the serenity of Shenandoah Valley. Tasting tickets are available at a special advanced price of $20 online at www.bellegrove.org or by calling 540-869-2028. Tasting tickets will be $25 at the gate. Admission includes a commemorative wine tasting glass, unlimited tastings, access to all vendors, performances and activities, and tours of the historic Manor House and landscape. General admission is $10 for visitors under age 21 or those who do not wish to do wine tastings. For the latest information on the Belle Grove Wine Fest, visit www.bellegrove.org or www.facebook.com/BelleGrove. Please leave your pets and large backpacks and totes at home. No food or beverages may be brought onto the festival grounds.

James Wood High School Graduate to Lead Colonelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Baseball Program

James Wood High School has named Brent Lockhart its new varsity baseball coach. Lockhart, who graduated from James Wood in 2003, succeeds Jared Mounts. Mounts resigned in June after leading the Colonels for 11 seasons. Lockhart is no stranger to the baseball program at James Wood. He played both baseball and football while a student at the school then went on to play baseball for two years at both Potomac State College and West Virginia University. Lockhart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and athletic coaching education at West Virginia University in May of 2008. He served as a volunteer junior varsity baseball coach at James Wood in 2008 and has been the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head junior varsity baseball coach since 2009. Lockhart says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the varsity baseball coach at James Wood. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed working with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student-athletes, their parents and schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration over the past five years. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m able to give back to the school that provided me with the foundation necessary to be successful both on and off the baseball field.â&#x20AC;? James Wood High School principal Joe Salyer says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to have Coach Lockhart step forward to lead our varsity baseball team. He has remained involved with James Wood since receiving his diploma ten years ago and has developed a good rapport with our student-athletes. He knows the game of baseball and understands that students can learn many valuable life lessons by participating in athletics and other extracurricular activities.


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7:30am The Rotary Club of Frederick County is scheduled to meet on at Shenandoah University in the Clement Board Room - Allen Dining Hall. Adriana Myers, of Shenandoah University, will inform the Club about the Nurse-Midwifery Program. Invited guests, club members, and visiting Rotarians are welcome. For more information, contact Kitty Zuckerman at 540-5393743 or kit-tyz@comcast.net

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Tuesday August 27 7:30am The Rotary Club of Frederick County is scheduled to meet on at Shenandoah University in the Clement Board Room - Allen Dining Hall. John Flood will talk to Club members and guests about the Battle of the Rosebud. Invited guests, club members, and visiting Rotarians are wel-come. For more information, contact Kitty Zuckerman at 540-539-3743 or kittyz@comcast.net Thursday September 5 2pm to 4pm Myth, Magic & Medicine in Blandy’s Herb Garden at Foundation of the State Arboretum, Blandy Farm. Learn about spiritual and medicinal uses of herbs. FOSA members $8, nonmembers $10. Reservations required. Call 540-837-1758, ext 224.

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Obituary

Dr. Meryl Christiansen, PhD

Death notices

Sept. 5, 1925 - July 21, 2013 (Managing editor’s note: I remember Meryl Christiansen cutting such a distinguished – and tall – figure around the county for so many years. At 5-9 and always looking up during our conversations, Meryl made me feel like a dwarf. And I always felt like he was a lot smarter than everyone he dealt with around here, including me, but tried not to let is show too much. I asked his family to help us, not only acknowledge his passing, but also honor a man who devoted so much energy to preserving the rare and beautiful physical environment of Warren County from potential intrusions, most notably in my expe-

rience from Gypsy Moths, but in so many other ways as well. This is how they recalled him.)

Dr. Meryl Naeve Christiansen was a plant physiologist dedicated to the betterment of our environment. Dr. Christiansen was born in Goose Lake, Iowa to Carl Christiansen and Louise Schroeder on Sept 25, 1925. Meryl’s first marriage to Maxine Gatlin in 1950, ended in her death in 1982. On June 13, 1983, Meryl married Sherre Duldt in Memphis, TN. Meryl Christiansen received an A.S. Agriculture, 1948, Arkansas Polytechnic Institute, a B.S. Agri-

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culture, 1950, University of Arkansas, a M.S. Plant Physiology, 1955 from University of Arkansas and a PhD, Plant Physiology, 1960, North Carolina State University. He served in WWII during the Rhineland and Pacific Campaigns and was awarded a Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theatre Ribbon and One Bronze Service Star for the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He served his country again in the Korean War from 1950-51. He is listed in many publications including Who’s Who in World Agriculture, Who’s Who in Science and Contemporary Notables. He was considered one of the most outstanding scientists in the world and a creative leader in the development of stress physiology on plants and the initiation of biotechnology programs that significantly impact and improve food production. In 1984, Dr. Christiansen received an award for Superior Service to the US Dept of Agriculture. He retired as Chairman of the Plant Physiology Institute from USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland in 1986. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Christiansen had authored over 100 scientific publications and continued to speak on plant stress until 2008. He built a weekend retreat in Bentonville in the mid-1960s before retiring full-time to Front Royal in 1986. He remarked once, “If Heaven doesn’t look like the Shenandoah Valley, I’m not staying.” Through the urging of Danny Sealock, Christiansen and Sealock co-founded the Friends of the Shenandoah River in 1989, initially establishing a testing laboratory for water samples at Shenandoah University. The Friends became his great love connecting his science experience with his love of nature and the Shenandoah River. He accepted a position as Extension Horticulturist with the Warren County Extension Office, served on the Shenandoah River Scenic Commission, as Director of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Board, Member of the Board of Directors of the State Arboretum of Virginia, Blandy Farm and as the Warren County Gypsy Moth Coordinator. In 1991, he was honored as Warren County Conservationist of the Year. In 1992, Christiansen was honored by the State of Virginia for his leadership in developing the Friends of the Shenandoah River

Earl George Jehle Earl George Jehle, 93, of Winchester, formerly of Hudson, FL, died Sunday, July 28, 2013 at his residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CCAP, 112 Kent Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 Robert William “Bobby” Carter Robert William “Bobby” Carter of Stephenson, Virginia, died Tuesday, August 6, 2013, in Spring Arbor Assisted Living Facility, Winchester, Virginia. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601 or Home  Instead, 174 Garber Lane, Winchester, Virginia  22602 or Valley Bible Church, 578 Double Church Road, Stephens City, Virginia, 22655.

Merle Christiansen

Comprehensive Water Quality Network. More recent awards include Lord Fairfax Soil and Water District Outstanding Director, 2003 and Virginia Association of Conservation Districts – Shenandoah Basin Watershed Outstanding Director, 2003 and Virginia Inaugural Watershed Professional Conservationist Award in 1999. In his lifetime, Meryl and his organizations were the recipients of numerous research grants and awards. Meryl and his wife raised world champion Afghan Hounds, his delight always evident by the latest award photo that he would proudly display for friends. His beloved 14year old afghan hound, Charmer, joined him a few days later in this next journey. Meryl was known for great loyalty to friends and an inspiring sense of humor who was an avid reader and storyteller who wrote fiction and non-fiction. Meryl is survived by his siblings, Dorey Christiansen of Kansas City, MO and Bonnie Battey of Antioch, CA. his wife, Sherre and his sisters-in-law, Memphis Holland and Tootsie Gatlin. He believed in lifting others up through education and asked that memorial contributions be made to: Institutional Assistant/Scholarship Administrator, Arkansas Tech University, Administration Bldg, Room 209, Russellville, AR 72801. God speed, Meryl.

Lance K. Partain Lance K. Partain, age 41, of Winchester, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Millwood Station Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., 250 Costello Drive, Winchester, VA 22602, American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Avenue, Suite B, Winchester, VA 22601, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004. Tommy Arnold Rohrer Tommy Arnold Rohrer, 73, of Middletown, Virginia, died Sunday, August 4, 2013 in his home. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia  22601 or The National Museum of the Marine Corp, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, Virginia, 22172. Maude “Kitty” Isabell Orndorff Madagan Maude “Kitty” Isabell Orndorff Madagan, 66, died Sunday, August 11, 2013 in Winchester Medical Center , Donations can be made to Maude I. Madagan Burial Fund, c/o Jones Funeral Home, 228 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, VA 22601. Raymond Eugene Ashby Raymond Eugene Ashby, 47, of Stephenson, VA died Thursday, August 8, 2013, at his home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ashby Family, 145 Saber Lane, Stephenson, VA, 22656. Joan Marie Fuller DeHaven Joan Marie Fuller DeHaven, 79, of Winchester, VA passed away at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal on Sunday, August 11, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lynn Care Resident Fund, 1000 Shenandoah Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630 or to the charity of your choice.


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Smedley’s widow files $5-million malpractice suit Delays, post-operative care cited in late revenue commissioner’s death By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report

Doris Smedley, widow of former Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue John H. Smedley, began expressing doubts to us about her husband’s initial diagnosis and postoperative care not long after his Aug. 25, 2012, death. In fact, in March when I first encountered Doris in an aisle of the Front Royal Martin’s following my own Dec. 31, 2012 heart attack, we discussed my more positive Valley Health experience and outcome. About four-and-a-half months later, on Friday, Aug. 2, Doris Smedley’s doubts about her husband’s care culminated with a $5-million malpractice lawsuit against Winchester Medical Center of the Valley Health system. Smedley was 64 when chest pain and general discomfort led him to drive himself to Winchester Medical Center on Aug. 20. According to the lawsuit, he was admitted to the WMC emergency room at 10:54 a.m. that day complaining of chest pain

and shortness of breath. The initial diagnosis was unstable angina, the lawsuit states. The following day heart surgery was recommended and that surgery occurred two days later. The lawsuit contends that Smedley’s death less than 12 hours after his heart surgery was caused by the failure of a specific registered nurse and other unidentified doctors, nurses and hospital staff, to perform certain tasks properly after

her husband’s surgery. Those tasks included assessment of Smedley’s condition; initiating medical or nursing actions in response to what the suit calls Smedley’s “declining” condition; timely and appropriate responses to Smedley’s vital signs and symptoms; and appropriate interpretation of test results or other information. Staff also failed to notify the attending doctor of “significant clinical signs and symptoms” shown

post-op by her husband, according to Mrs. Smedley’s complaint.

Valley Health’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation.

Graduates of Warren County High School Class of 1963 We are having our 50th year HS reunion on Sept. 21st, 2013 If you have attended school with the class of 1963 at any time or wish to attend, write to Sue Reed at 1303 Madison Ave. Front Royal, VA 22630 or call 540-635-4038 for particulars. Spouses of deceased classmates are welcome.

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To advertise in print or online, contact: Alison Duvall at alisond@warrencountyreport.com â&#x20AC;˘ 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at angie@warrencountyreport.com - 540-683-9197 2013 July Indictments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August Term Darren Edward Lawrenson, Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about February 12, 2013, in the County of Warren, Darren Edward Lawrenson, Jr., 28, of 329 Forest Glen Court, Middletown, VA 22645, did unlawfully and feloniously sell a plasma television, a washer and a dryer, all with the value of $200.00 or more, with the intent to defraud, while in possession of such property by virtue of a written lease of the property. Larry Wayne Austin, Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about April 18, 2013, in the County of

Warren, Larry Wayne Austin, Jr., 43, of 148 Homestead Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Walmart, with a value of $200.00 or more. Kelli Joann Thomas The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about March 27, 2013, in the County of Warren, Kelli Joann Thomas, 30, of 1027 Saumsville Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664, did unlawfully take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Walmart, with a value of $200.00 or more. Jason Clark Johnson The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on

or about June 2, 2013, in the County of Warren, Jason Clark Johnson, 50, of 366 W. 11th St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously assault and batter Debbie Ann Chavez, a family or household member, after having been previously convicted of assault and battery against a family or household member within twenty years of this third or subsequent offense, and that each such assault and battery occurred on different dates. Daniel Scott Moats The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about March 11, 2013, in the County of Warren, Daniel Scott Moats 19, of 17 Hickory Tree Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I controlled substance, to-wit: Heroin.

Warren County Indictments Darius Terrance Turner The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about March 11, 2013, in the County of Warren, Darius Terrance Turner, 20, of 323 Pine St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I controlled substance, to-wit: Heroin.

The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about April 16, 2013, in the County of Warren, Richard Allen Ralls, 32, of 100 Windy Hill Ct., Bentonville, VA 22610, unlawfully and feloniously break and enter and conceal himself in the daytime, the dwelling of Jack Smelser, with the intention to commit larceny.

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Warren County Indictments INDICTMENTS, from 29 Taira Lynn Woodson The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Taira Lynn Woodson, 29, of 608 Skyline Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630, in the County of Warren, with two counts of wrongful and fraudulent use, disposal of, concealment of or embezzlement of property belonging to 7-11, having a value of: COUNT ONE: less than $200.00, COUNT TWO: more than $200. Dates of the offenses were from January 16 and 17, 2013. Albert Wayne Gatewood The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 19, 2013, in the County of Warren, Albert Wayne Gatewood, 56, of 518 Viscose Ave. #1, Front Royal, VA 22630, having been previously convicted of Driving While a Habitual Offender, did unlawfully and feloniously drive on a public highway a motor vehicle or self-propelled machinery. James David Wysocki The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 19, 2013, in the County of Warren, James David Wysocki, 33, of 495 Arrowhead Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously fail to appear as required on a felony charge before the Warren County Circuit Court. Sheigh Vincent Minor The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges, in the County of Warren, Sheigh Vincent Minor, 24, of 130 Elsia Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630, with two counts of unlawful and felonious distribution of a Schedule I controlled substance, to-wit: Heroin. Dates of the offenses were on or about February 16 and March 1, 2013.

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The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about March 29, 2013, in the County of Warren, Daniel Ivan Jones, 31, of 421 E. Criser Rd., Apt. 204, Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously rob Krista Beahm of U.S. Currency. COUNT TWO: On or about March 29, 2013, in the County of Warren, Daniel Ivan Jones did unlawfully and feloniously communicate to another, by the means of a handwritten note a threat to bomb, burn or destroy a building, to wit: the Front Royal Federal Credit Union.

The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about August 1, 2013, in the County of Warren, Jamie Scott Neale, 32, of 124 W. Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, while a prisoner in a state, local or community correctional facility or in the custody of an employee thereof, did unlawfully and feloniously escape from a correctional facility or person in charge of said prisoner.

Robert Anthony Woodell The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about May 10, 2013, in the County of Warren, Robert Anthony Woodell, 41, of 109 S. Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously assault and batter Samantha Newman, a family or household member, having been previously convicted of assault and battery within twenty years of this third or subsequent offense, and that each such assault and battery occurred on different dates. Jeffrey Steven Long The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about April 25, 2013, in the County of Warren, Jeffrey Steven Long, 43, of 1331 Whitacre Rd., Booneville, NC, 27103, did unlawfully and feloniously drive or operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, this being a third offense committed within five years of two prior offenses.

Joe Staton Chapman The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about April 26, 2013, in the County of Warren, Joe Staton Chapman, 34, of 44 Andrews Trailer Court, Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Walmart, with a value of $200.00 or more. David Allen Bowden The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about April 27, 2013, in the County of Warren, David Allen Bowden, 22, address unknown, did unlawfully and feloniously commit animate object sexual penetration by penetrating the labia majora of C.S., with any object, other than for bona fide medical purpose, and the act was accomplished against the will of said C.S., by force, threat or intimidation.

of 7109 Steele Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously take or obtain a credit card from the control or possession of another without the cardholder’s consent, with the intention to use said credit card. COUNT TWO: in the County of Warren, Joshua Terrill Diamond did unlawfully and feloniously, with the intent to defraud, obtain money, goods or services with the value of more than $200.00 within a six-month period through the use of a credit card by representing without the cardhold-

er’s consent that he is the holder of the credit card. COUNT THREE: in the County of Warren, Joshua Terrill Diamond did unlawfully and feloniously forge a sales draft or use a credit card number of a card of which he was not the cardholder or person authorized by the cardholder, with the intent to defraud the issuer or person or organization providing goods or services, or any other person. Dates of the offenses were on or about November 1, 2012 through January 22, 2013.

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On Tuesday, August 27, at 9 a.m. the Southerlands, located at 600 Mt. View Street, Front Royal, will host the Shenandoah Senior Networking Group from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Warren County Sheriff ’s Office Sgt. Sam Carr will discuss “Project Livesaver” and how it works to help victims of Alzheimer’s Disease and other related disorders. This meeting is open to anyone in business wanting to network with other businesses and organizations interested in the well-being of senior citizens. FREE refreshments and coffee will be offered.

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To advertise in print or online, contact: Alison Duvall at alisond@warrencountyreport.com • 540-551-2072 or Angie Buterakos at angie@warrencountyreport.com - 540-683-9197 Dear Stewart, Is there someway I can learn more about trees? I think they are one of our most valuable assets and I’d like to learn more about them.

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Well, some of my friends think I’m “nuts” but I hang out with a group in town called the Tree Stewards. Not only do they help take care of the town’s trees, but they have many opportunities for learning also. The best chance for anybody, young or old, to learn from them is in a class they call “All About Trees”. This

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class teaches about the proper care of trees, from choosing the right tree to all the things you need to do for it, such as pruning and fertilizing. Hosted by the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards, the course starts on Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Warren County Government Center on Commerce Ave. and continues on Tuesday evenings and five Saturday mornings through October 22nd. The course is taught by Tree Stewards and ISA Certified Arborists. Upon completion of the course, graduates are invited, but not obligated, to become Tree Steward Interns and, after completing 25 hours of volunteer service, are welcomed as fully Certified Tree Stewards.

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.

There is a $60 charge for individuals and $75 for couples who share a manual and handouts. You may also take individual classes at $7 each and includes handouts for that class. No one wishing to become a Tree Steward will be turned away for inability to pay. To seek assistance, email frwctreestewards@comcast. net To download a class registration form or to find some good general information about trees, please visit our website at www.treesfrontroyal. org or you may call Marsha at 635-2903 for more class information. See you in class!

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