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“the Endowment I would like to commend … the Class of 1957 for their commitment to the … the youth of the Community. I sincerely hope that other classes will take on the challenge they have laid down and help us obtain our goal.” – Endowment Chairman Doug Stanley

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lic School System, and the youth of the Community. I sincerely hope that other classes will take on the challenge that they have laid down and help us obtain our goal,” Stanley said. Helping our public schools Stanley explains, “The goal of the Warren County Educational Endowment is to be a community support for the enormous energy put forth by our teachers, students, staff, and parents to ensure that Warren County Public Schools graduates have an enhanced ability to lead successful lives. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for the continuing improvement of the learning environment in our schools via funding projects that: are sponsored by the school system, and consistent with its mission/direction; initiate sustained improvement in the fundamental capability of the school system; and enhance the attractiveness of the community through the promotion of educational excellence.” He said the Endowment has awarded 10 grants totaling $33,50 to WCPS this year. “Our goal is to build the endowment to $1 million which would generate approximately $50,000 per year in funding for grant projects in the school System. Since the creation of the Endowment in 1994, through the generosity of donors and sponsors, the Endowment has grown to approximately $700,000. We continue to work to reach our goal.” GO GRADS; GO ENDOWMENT!!!

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Former mayor and county supervisor and local businessman John Marlow is tooting the horn of his Warren County High School Class of 1957. Marlow explained that during this year’s 55th Class Reunion week his classmates accepted the challenge of committing funds to augment the education of the school’s current crop of students through the Warren County Educational Endowment. They did so with the impetus of an initial promise from a class donor who chooses to remain anonymous,

to match classmate donations up to $1,000. With that jump start the class surpassed its goal of $3,000 by raising a total of $5,000 that week. “I don’t think any other class has matched that during a week and we’d like to challenge the other classes to try and beat our total,” Marlow told us as we met for a photo op of the Class of ’57 check presentation to Endowment Chairman Doug Stanley at the Warren County Government Center. “On behalf of the Endowment I would like to commend each and every member of the Class of 1957 for their commitment to the Endowment, the Warren County Pub-

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“People are facing the choice of paying their utilities or feeding their families. Our goal is to see that no person go homeless in this community and have to sleep in the cold.” – Local Salvation Army Director Lt. Pradeep Ramaji

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FR Mayor Tim Darr rings in the season and Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off as Tony Tringale waits for his turn to make the second donation of the season.

The R-MA choir performs. for meals for the needy this holiday season. “People are facing the choice of paying their utilities or feeding their families,” Ramaji said of the economic reality of not only the area, but the nation and world in the current economic climate. “Our goal is to see that no person go homeless in this community and have to sleep in the cold.” The R-MA choir was joined by Salvation Army Musical Director Jason, in providing a musical backdrop to the event. Local Salvation Army Board official Rev. Alfred Woods added remarks and a benediction to both close the kickoff and launch this year’s efforts.

Salvation Army Musical Director Jason performs as Kettle Kick-Off kicks off at the WZRV Camping for Hunger bus at Royal Plaza Shopping Center. Hooray for both programs with a heart! By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Nov. 14, Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr and officials from the Salvation Army, along with the R-MA choir and other local officials officially began the 01 Holiday Season Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off Program. Darr lauded the Christian-based aid program and its ongoing presence and positive impact on our community. The mayor late made the first official donation from the town. He was quickly followed by Salvation Army board member and event moderator Tringale, who made a $5,000 donation from the Jean Dixon Children to Children Foundation, in

Mayor Darr and Salvation Army Regional Resource Development Officer ‘Skip’ Hansen. Hansen noted a $1 million donation to Sandy Relief through the DC-VA regional office earlier the week of local Kettle Kick-Off. honor of the late nationally-known personality and psychic. Tringale was pulling double duty, making the Dixon Foundation donation as an official of that organization as well. Salvation Army officials Dr. Robert “Skip” Hansen and Bob Milton from the National Capital and Virginia Division in D.C. joined local Salvation Army Director Lt. Pradeep Ramaji and his wife Priscilla, in launching the Kettle bell ringing campaign. They noted the organization’s goal was to raise $33,000 in Warren County this year, an increase over last year’s total of $,000 raised. The Kettle campaign is still seeking corporate sponsors and donated turkeys

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union FIFpro to just to win his freedom after three years behind bars? The answer is simple. Sports is more than loved in Gaza (and it is loved.) It’s an expression of humanity for those living under occupation. It’s not just soccer and it’s not just the boys. Everyone plays, with handball, volleyball, and basketball joining soccer as the most popular choices. To have several thousand people gather to watch a girls sporting event is a way of life. It’s a community event designed not only to cheer those on the field, but cheer those in the stands. As one Palestinian man from Gaza said to me, “[Sports] is our time to forget where we are and remember who we are.” Attacking the athletic infrastructure is about attacking the idea that joy, normalcy, or a universally recognizable humanity could ever be a part of life for a Palestinian child. This is critical for Israel, both inter-

Killing hope: Why Israel targets sports in Gaza
By Dave Zirin Let’s start with a fact: On November 16, the Israeli Air Force bombed the 10,000-seat Palestine Stadium “into ruins.” The stadium also headquartered the center for youth sports programs throughout the Gaza Strip. This is the second time Israel has flattened the facility. The first was in 006 and the people of Gaza have spent the last six years rebuilding the fields, stands, and offices to keep the national soccer team as well as club sports alive in the region. I’m sure the reaction to this fact will depend on what side people take in the current conflict. For the Israeli government and their supporters, they promised “collective punishment” following the Hamas rockets fired over the border and they are delivering “collective punishment.” Matan Vilnai, deputy defense minister of Israel has in the past threatened a “holocaust” and Gilad Sharon, son of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, called for Gaza to be the new “Hiroshima.” In this context, a sports facility must seem like little more than target practice. For those attending daily demonstrations against the carnage, this news of a stadium’s destruction must also be seen as an irrelevancy. After all, according to The Wall Street Journal, 90 Palestinians, including 50 civilians, have been killed in Gaza; 5 children are among the more than 700 injured and these numbers are climbing as I write. Israeli ground troops are massing at the border and President Obama can only bring himself to defend Israel without criticism. There is only so much concern for a stadium people can be expected to muster. I think however that we should all take a moment to ask the question, “Why?” Why has the Palestinian sports infrastructure, not to mention Palestinian athletes, always been a target of the Israeli military? Why has the Palestinian domestic soccer league only completed seven seasons since its founding in 1977? Why are players commonly subjected to harassment and violence, not to mention curfews, checkpoints, and all sorts of legal restrictions on their movement? Why were national team players Ayman Alkurd, Shadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshate killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during the 009 military campaign? Why did imprisoned national team player Mahmoud Sarsak require a hunger strike, the international solidarity campaign of Amnesty International, and a formal protest from both FIFA and the 50,000-player soccer

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Why did the chicken cross the road?
Apparently, if you’re six years old, “to get to the other side” is an acceptable and singularly humorous answer to this age-old question which seems to date from a New York magazine article published around 1850. The answer may also depend upon whom you ask. So, if some well-known personalities were asked “Why did the chicken cross the road?” they might respond along these lines: Dick Cheney: It was fleeing from me. I tried to wing it with my AK-47, but took out the KFC sign half a mile down the road instead. George W. Bush: I don’t know about things like that - Laura doesn’t let me cross the road alone. But I hope the poor chicken doesn’t misunderestimate the traffic. Al Gore: I invented the chicken. Ron Paul: That’s none of our concern. Chickens should be free to cross roads without government intervention. Sarah Palin: Fry baby, fry! Arnold Schwarzenegger: I don’t know the answer, but I can tell it’s a girlie chicken by the way it walks. Michael Moore: After being confined, abused, and repressed by capitalistic poultry farmers, the chicken was escaping to freedom, to star in my new movie “Eggo.” Paris Hilton: Just because I’m, like, umm, gorgeous and an heiress, I still have my own views about chickens and roads. Let me check with my

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agent to see what I think. Lindsay Lohan: It crossed? Dang, I must have missed it. Charlie Sheen: Winging! David Letterman: And the number one reason the chicken crossed the road – it was fleeing when it saw this week’s CBS ratings. Dr. Phil: The issue is not why the chicken is crossing, by why we’re enabling it to engage in risky activities. Samuel L. Jackson: Clearly, this is one dumb mother clucker. Darth Vader: It was crossing over to the Dark Side. May the sauce be with you. Bill Gates: In this age, we shouldn’t have to worry about real chickens and potential poultry highway carnage. The next version of Windows will feature an app where a virtual chicken can safely cross simulated roads. The United Nations: We will send a team of poultry inspectors to the road site in question and determine if a crossing is viable. Then we will form a committee to determine if the chicken crossing should be internationally sanctioned. This may take  or 3 years at which time we will make an unenforceable recommendation. Woody Allen: I can’t look at chickens. I get the urge to move to Rhode Island. Superman: It was my fellow crime fighter Super Chicken, in disguise as Cluck Kent. Mel Gibson: Bloody chickens! They’re responsible for all the bad eggs in this world. Martha Stewart: It was trying to escape my crockpot. I wanted it for a recipe I was testing for my new book, “Cooking with Conviction.” Pat Robertson: Only the good Lord knows. But this is typical of liberal, feminist poultry that are

clearly being tempted by the devil to stray from their homes and family. Repent, chicken, or God will appear in the form of a speeding ’86 Buick and strike you down. Tiger Woods: It was probably scared of me. I used to hit a lot of birdies and eagles. Kirstie Alley: Because I was chasing it. Why? Three words: Chicken Pot Pie. William Shatner: “ChicKHAAAAAANNN!!!” DeForest Kelley: I don’t know, I’m a doctor, not a chicken plucker. Wait! Look out for that car! Oh no... he’s dead, Jim. Dr. Suess: I do not like chickens on the road I do not like them with a toad I do not like them with green beans I do not like them with collard greens I do not like them in my commode. Steven Wright: I met this grouchy chicken by the side of the road today. I think it was brooding. Donald Trump: You’re fried! Bill O’Reilly: It was walking in my No Spin Zone and I hit it. Stupid chicken! Okay, so the secular, union-loving, veggo, anti-gun totting, pro-choice, global warmer, far left nutjobs have no problem allowing chickens to just wander recklessly across roads. They don’t care what damage it did to my car, ALRIGHT? Oh, so it’s MY fault that the chicken got hit? Get OFF the roads, chickens! And that’s a memo. Nick Thomas’s features and columns have appeared in more than 200 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 alongtheselines@yahoo.com

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nationally and at home. The only way the Israeli government and its allies can continue to act with such brazen disregard for civilian life is if they convince the world that their adversaries collectively are less than human. The subway ads calling Muslims “savages”, the Islamophobic cartoons and videos that are held up as examples of free speech, are all part of a quilt that says some deaths are not to be mourned. At home, attacking sports is about nothing less than killing hope. Israel’s total war, underwritten by the United States, is a war not only on Hamas or military installations but on the idea that life can ever be so carefree in Gaza as to involve play. The objective instead, is to hear these words of a young girl outside Al Shifa Hospital

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on November 18th who said, “To the world and people: Why should we be killed and why shouldn’t we have a normal childhood? What did we do to face all this?” If you play, you can dream. If you dream, you are imagining a better world. As the great Olympian Wilma Rudolph said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” Nothing marks the nihilism of Israel’s project quite like this fact: they don’t want the people of Gaza to dream. In the eyes of Benjamin Netanyahu, they are only worthy of nightmares. [Reprinted by permission of the author. Dave Zirin is the author of the forthcoming “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the SportsWorld Upside Down” (The New Press) Receive his column every week by emailing dave@edgeofsports.com. Contact him at edgeofsports@gmail.com]

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You’re either on the bus or off the bus - most were off the chilly Saturday morning of Nov. 17, as attempts to turn over a cold bus engine were made.

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That total was collected as part of an annual company-wide effort at all its construction sites over a twoweek period. The Zachry total was added to the regional radio station’s 0,000 pounds of food collected the week of Nov. 11 during the WZRV bus’s camp out in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center. The 30,000 pounds of food and drink products were delivered to the Blue Ridge Opportunities headquarters on Water Street on Saturday, Nov. 17 – after a short delay to get the WZRV Camping for Hunger bus jump started. – “It started fine on Thursday,” intrepid radio station personality and driver Joe Woodall told us. “We didn’t initially know about the WZRV program but when we found out that their Camping of Hunger was going to C-Cap as well, we thought what a wonderful merger,” Zachry’s Sam Tijerina told us. “They came to us Thursday and said they had 10,000 pounds to donate to the drive, so that was a great boost to our efforts,” ZRV’s Mario Retrosi and Woodall told us.

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Veteran’s Day

So now as I’m leavin’, I’m weary as Hell. The confusion I’m feelin’, ain’t no tongue can tell. The words fill my head, and fall to the floor. – If God’s on our side, He’ll stop the next war. – Bob Dylan, “With God On Our Side”

Once we honored sacrifice AND the hope for peace
Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day 94 years ago when war ‘ended’
With God On Our Side Oh my name it is nothin’, my age it means less The country I come from, is called the Midwest I’s taught and brought up there, the laws to abide And the land that I live in, has God on its side Oh the history books tell it, they tell it so well The cavalries charged, the Indians fell The cavalries charged, the Indians died Oh the country was young then, with God on its side. The Spanish-American, War had its day And the Civil War too, was soon laid away And the names of the heroes, I’s made to memorize With guns on their hands, and God on their side The First World War, boys, it came and it went The reason for fighting, I never did get But I learned to accept it, accept it with pride

The R-MA Color Guard helps kick of a day of memory, a day of honor of service.

One battle remembered at site of our annual remembrance of all battles and those who served. the presence of veterans and surviving family members of different generations and different wars; as well as statistics cited by VFW speakers of 67,000 homeless vets nationwide and 18 veteran suicides every day, I reflected on the world’s collective failure to take heed of the lessons we thought we had learned way back in 1918. – It is a failure perhaps reflected in that 196 holiday name change, a change forwarded by politicians, not soldiers. Perhaps ironically, it is my understanding this is the first Veteran’s Day without one surviving veteran from World War I still alive. But thinkin’ on all this, I found myself humming and then mouthing the lyrics of an old Bob Dylan song from the mid 1960s. In honor of all our veterans, past, present and future, I think those lyrics appropriate to share:

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World War II vet John F. Dofflemyer and wife Norma - here’s saluting you, John. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Speakers at the 01 local remembrance of Veteran’s Day reminded us that this Nov. 11 holiday began as Armistice Day commemorating the end of what was believed to be the “war to end all wars” – World War I. That belief that war could no longer be the solution to national, religious or secular disputes was due to the historically unprecedented death, destruction and human carnage the “modern” technology of 1914-1917 brought to bear on violent human conflict. For some reason, as one speaker noted, in 196 Congress decided to rename Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day, focusing on the heroic sacrifice of the soldier, but without the added notion of trying to move beyond the need for such personal sacrifice in the future of international and human relations. Ninety-four years after the first Armistice Day in 1918 listening to emotional words from Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr recalling his father’s love of the holiday of remembrance and honor of sacrifice; and observing

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For you don’t count the dead, when God’s on your side When the Second World War came to an end We forgave the Germans, and then we were friends Though they murdered six million, in the ovens they fried The Germans now too, have God on their side I’ve learned to hate the Russians, all through my whole life If another war comes, it’s them we must fight To hate them and fear them, to run and to hide And accept it all bravely, with God on my side But now we got weapons, of chemical dust If fire them we’re forced to, then fire them we must One push of the button, and the shot’s worldwide And you never ask questions, when Wreaths and the R-MA Color Guard. God’s on your side. In a many dark hour, I’ve been thinkin’ about this That Jesus Christ, was betrayed by a kiss But I can’t think for you, you’ll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot, had God on his side So now as I’m leavin’, I’m weary as

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“I’m excited about it happening. I wish it wasn’t taking so long and I wish they’d put better signage up before and after it happens. The reason I come to these meetings is I think it gives Jessica a chance to speak – to keep there from being another Jessica.” – Tammy Barr, mother of bridge drowning victim

Morgan’s Ford Bridge
years ago (198) was just 300 vehicles per day. A traffic count this May indicated a daily traffic flow approaching 1,900 – and that is with a safety ban on commercial truck traffic (we saw about 15 cars cross in a 5 to 10 minute span around 1:30 p.m. during a weekday photo stop there recently). VDOT dammed the river upstream of the bridge in 004 to allow it to make repairs that went to the bridge’s base (see photo). What did VDOT find during that repair? “The present bridge cannot be repaired; the concrete is in too bad shape. It’s beyond repair,” VDOT Assistant Resident Administrator Edwin “Ed” Carter told us at the Nov. 14 informational meeting. “It has the second lowest rating structurally for soundness in the state. That’s not to say it’s going to fall down tomorrow – but it can’t be repaired. And it can’t meet state and federal standards

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structurally for its existing traffic count.” Carter told us VDOT is planning a bridge designed to last 75 to 100 years. “You don’t know what will happen in 50 years. You don’t want to build anything that will lock you into any situation for that many years. That’s our motive – to build a bridge that will meet Federal Highway Administration requirements and state speci-

“VDOT exaggerates safety issues at the Morgan’s Ford site in order to instill public fear. GATES are now installed at the bridge prevent crossing during high water.” – from replacement opponents’ flyer handed out outside meeting
ization and BOLD in context) Counterpoint: The new bridge is currently budgeted at between $7.1 to $7.3 million, with no projections I am aware of on the current schedule threatening to raise the cost to $8 million or more. Opponent Point 4: “Heavy traffic is scheduled to be routed through a National Rural Historic District on narrow colonial roads that cannot be widened.” Counterpoint: Depending on

fications for the traffic that exists now and forecast traffic. The traffic count was 1,876 on May 1. We want to build a safe structure and move on,” Carter said. Opponent Point 2: “The bridge replacement project reflects “poor public planning and policy.” Counterpoint: See above counterpoint. Opponent Point 3: “A new bridge is said to cost $7.8 MILLION, but probably MUCH MORE!” (Capital-

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your definition of “heavy” that traffic may already exist as cited above. And while road routes may follow colonial times paths, we doubt the current paved ones were built then. Both Warren County and VDOT officials say there is no secret plan to facilitate commercial truck traffic through the area north of the bridge. The county has already passed a resolution to ban all commercial truck traffic, including dump and cement trucks, from the new bridge. VDOT has already banned trucks at a length of 30-feet from the new bridge and is considering the county’s request for a more expansive commercial truck ban. Carter said, yes, the bridge is being built to specifications that can handle heavier truck traffic; but not because there is an immediate secret plan to facilitate such traffic. Rather, design specifications are due to existing state and federal construction standards on publicly-funded infrastructure projects, as well perhaps a little common sense as Carter pointed to in building for an unknown future of 100 years. Opponent Point 4A & 4B: “VDOT ignores Morgan Ford as a community resource, recreation destination, gathering place and Tourist attrac-

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tion” and “Morgan’s Ford is a natural resource, low banks and a low bridge allow ease of access to the river” Counterpoint: Now let me get this straight, the large parcel landowners circling the wagons against this bridge replacement like to gather socially and hang their feet off the edge of the bridge as 1800 or so cars carefully make their way past them? Okay, I have no direct knowledge this is not true. But it sounds a little dangerous, kids. You might want to consider rubbing elbows socially, not on the bridge, but near the south-side parking pullover with people I often see there fishing from the bank. – You could invite them over for a fish cookout after. Exaggerated safety concerns (What would Jessica say?) Opponent Point 5: “VDOT exaggerates safety issues at the Morgan’s Ford site in order to instill public fear. GATES are now installed at the bridge prevent crossing during high water. Counterpoint: After pointing out the initial “High Water” warning gates were repeatedly vandalized, forcing VDOT to spend additional money to replace and solidify their bases, we’ll let someone else address this point. “I’ll stand by and eavesdrop on some of the conversations of people who are against it but I’ll walk away before I say something rude to them,” Tammy Barr, mother of 1-year-old Jessica Barr told us at the Nov. 14

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meeting. Jessica was traveling from the Stephen’s City area to come to the aid of a family friend in the Howellsville area shortly after 9 p.m. March 30, 010 during a night of driving rains and a flooded river. Following GPS into an area she was unfamiliar with, Jessica was swept into the river, eventually drowning about 75 feet downstream of the bridge after maintaining contact with a 911 operator throughout the incident until there was no more air pocket for her to retreat to and her cell phone connection went dead. “I’m excited about it happening,” Jessica’s mom said of the bridge replacement. “I wish it wasn’t taking so long and I wish they’d put better signage up before and after it happens. The reason I come to these meetings is I think it gives Jessica a chance to speak – to keep there from being another Jessica.” Tammy Barr said the day after her daughter drowned in 010, she drove to the site. “I knew where the warning sign was and I missed it. They told us she never even got to the bridge. She went around that curve and her wheels were in the water and she went off in the rocks before the bridge. Her car washed up against the bank right against that tree, that’s Jessica’s tree,” her mom said, pointing to a tree on the far bank in a photo of 004 repair work we showed her. Her mother said when Jessica’s 006 Sebring went into the water it shorted out the car’s electrical system, preventing her from opening either the car doors or windows, trapping her inside (another reason for Detroit to reintroduce mechanically-controlled windows). “You know there were three sets of gates out there that got vandalized before they put in more substantial ones in concrete. I brought a little memorial to her down here and put it up near where she went in,” Jessica’s mom said, “I came back later and it was gone. The person who owns the property there took it, said I was trespassing and wouldn’t even give it back to me. I told him ‘You weren’t down here the night she drowned telling her she was trespassing, were you?’ I don’t even know who he is. I don’t know what’s wrong with some of these people,” an exasperated Tammy Barr said of some area residents hostile to the replacement. She’s not talking about you and that memorial display, is she, Chris??? rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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Traczyk undeterred by critics of bridge replacement
Supervisor says safety, traffic & engineering standards are bottom line
current bridge a safe passage for people. And traffic predictions by VDOT for the next few years predict a continual increase as development in Shenandoah Farms and Happy Creek area, which will increase usage over the years.” While some of his constituents remain at odds with him over the bridge issue, one non-constituent he met at the Nov. 14 VDOT meeting buoyed his spirits. “I finally got to meet some of the family of Jessica Barr. They were most grateful for the replacement efforts and gave me big hug – and that felt good,” Traczyk concluded.
A bridge south of Strasburg that mirrors the planned Morgan’s Ford replacement bridge.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Shenandoah County Supervisor Richard Traczyk finds himself at ground zero of the controversy over replacement of the Morgan’s Ford Bridge. Traczyk has long supported the replacement as a safety issue for county residents and visitors. The 010 death at the bridge of 1-year-old Jessica Barr during flooding has only accentuated this belief. We asked the supervisor for his reaction to the Nov. 14 VDOT Public Information meeting he spent a good deal of time at, fielding questions and sometimes complaints. “I feel the three-hour presentation was eye-opening to many

who attended. Since I spearheaded this project several years ago, I truly thought a replacement bridge would be a no-brainer but that was not to be,” Traczyk observed of the mounting opposition he believes is being generated by a minority of area residents. “Hundreds of petition signatures were turned into me supporting the bridge replacement by citizens who use it on a regular basis like I do. I handed those over to VDOT at the outset of the project. “The bridge, according to reliable engineers, cannot be repaired and due to its current condition is high on VDOT’s replacement priority list. So the question is, do you replace it with a two-lane bridge as presented by VDOT or

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On Nov. 10th personnel from Warren County Emergency Services, Air Care PH1 Air Medical and the 1st Helicopter Squadron from Andrews Air Force Base conducted joint training exercises based out of the Front Royal-Warren County Airport (FRR). The Air Care unit established a base at FRR in April of this year. The air force access the valley as air space classified for low-level training from 100 to 500 feet above tree tops. Things went well according to those involved, including some youthful observers and potential recruits, and Airport Manager Reggie Cassagnol – and everyone was rewarded with pizza at the Air Care hangar after the training mission – YUM, that was a tough photo training session.

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“They said I was going to press my luck – I did and I was stupid for that. But I’m serious about going to college … I’m 6; I’m not willing to mess around anymore. I’m too old to keep messing up.” – Justin Bailey seeks court leniency on probation violations

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ing substance abuse counseling and maintaining a regular schedule of contact with a probation officer, prosecution evidence indicated Bailey chose to “push his luck” and “stretch the boundaries” of the legal system’s tolerance at non-compliance with those terms. Bailey admitted to those earlier lapses, blaming himself but claiming to have now seen the error of his ways. Those errors included paying only $10.89 of a $3,431.8 restitution bill; getting arrested twice for drunk in public; testing positive for marijuana; getting convicted on a 008 prescription fraud charge; failing to maintain or complete his substance abuse counseling classes; and not bothering to phone or visit his probation officer as required and requested. Defense attorney Neal Knudson presented two witnesses, Bailey and Sherry Hall of Street Wise Ministries. Both testified that the defendant was trying to turn a positive corner in his life with the help of the non-denominational ministry for troubled or down on their luck youth. However, on Nov. 13, 01, Bailey found out it was too late, that after six years of “playing a shell game” with the system, as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton termed it, his luck had finally run out. Prior to ruling on the revocation request, Judge Dennis L. Hupp asked the defendant if he wanted to say anything. “They said I was going to press my luck – I did and I was stupid for that. But I’m serious about going to college,” Bailey, who has been jailed for one month and one day following the revocation filing, began. Street Wise Ministries’ Hall had testified that Bailey had “a passion for cooking” and had been in contact with Liberty University about their culinary school program. “Why should I believe that?” Hupp, who noted he has presided over Bailey’s legal cases since 006, pressed the defendant. “I’m 6; I’m not willing to mess around anymore. I’m too old to keep messing up,” Bailey replied. During direct testimony Bailey pointed to other jail inmates his age, who he said treated jail like a vacation. “They love it here (jail) – I don’t want to be like that,” Bailey testified. “I believe in second and third chances,” Hupp responded to the defendant’s assertion he had finally seen the light and changed at a fundamental, personal level. However, the judge then recounted earlier probation violations that have returned Bailey to jail for various periods before he was again released on those second and third chances. The judge also noted Bailey’s failure on his restitution responsibility, pointing to the feeble $10.89 payment on a $3,431-plus vandalism restitution responsibility. “I understand you want to be a cook, want to be a chef. But how far do we go in giving a second chance after you have just blown us off like this?” Hupp asked. The judge then answered that question by revoking Bailey’s probation and ruling he serve two years and eight months on his original destruction of property sentences. The court added that upon his release he would serve two years of supervised probation and be responsible for court costs and the outstanding restitution. We asked Street Wise Ministries’ Hall if she would maintain contact with Bailey during his incarceration and try to help him pick up where he testified he was trying to get himself to personally and professionally when his past indiscretions caught up with him. She assured us she would. During her testimony Hall told the court that the ministry was establishing a three-occupant

A flag-draped Justin Bailey during December 2011 Occupy demonstration in front of, of all places, the Warren County Courthouse.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A young man who made himself the face of what passed for Front Royal’s rather feeble branch of the Occupy Movement in 011, will find himself occupying a jail cell for two years and eight months following a probation revocation hearing in Warren County Circuit Court on Nov. 13. After hearing evidence on a series of probation violations over the past two years, it appears that rather than focusing on national issues surrounding corruption and potential criminality in U.S. financial institutions, 6-year-old Justin Michael Bailey should have spent more time focusing on his own legal responsibilities stemming from 006 convictions on felony destruction of property charges. Bailey’s current legal problems began with an early lashing out at authority in the form of spraypaint vandalism targeting a number of public town-owned municipal and county-owned school properties, as well as run ins with a business owner near the intersection of East Main and Chester Streets. Released on probation after those 006 vandalism incidents with restitution responsibilities of over $3,400, as well as other probation requirements, includ-

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“I understand you want to be a cook, want to be a chef. But how far do we go in giving a second chance after you have just blown us off like this?” Judge Dennis L. Hupp after noting defendant had paid only $10.86 of a $3,431.8 restitution bill over six years in front of his court
halfway house that would have been available to Bailey had the court decided to give him another second chance that day. She also was attempting to see Bailey make positive moves in his sudden career interest in cooking, including a potential application to Liberty University. Now his friends, Hall and Bailey himself must wait and see if the alienated and slow-to-mature young man’s Nov. 13, 01 verbal commitment to meaningful change will survive -/3 years

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Three deputies out after illegal hunting reports
Deputies’ abuse of power – or just dumb arrogance?
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The national media may have CIA Director David Patreus and U.S. ranking Afghan war General John Allen’s sex and e-mail scandals, but right here in River City we may have our own story involving the arrogance of power, albeit on an epochally smaller scale and stage. Okay, there’s no sex involved and no supreme commanders whose professional heads, or at least eyes have rolled. But as of their Nov. 5 resignations, there are three former Warren County Sheriff ’s Office deputies now out of nice law enforcement jobs, apparently in the case of at least two, due to a disregard for some of the laws they were hired to help enforce. Two of three deputies who resigned, Brad Pugh and David Robinson, were charged on Nov. 10 with misdemeanor charges of unlawful hunting. Pugh was also charged with hunting without a license and leaving wanton (carcass) waste behind. The latter charge is described on the warrant as “kill and knowingly allow a game animal to be wasted without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the animal and retain it.” Eric Ramey was the third WCSO deputy to resign Nov. 5, after an investigation by Game & Inland Fisheries Officer Kevin G. Bilwin was completed. But Ramey was not charged on Nov. 10 with Pugh and Robinson. We asked Sheriff Daniel McEathron if Ramey might be given the opportunity to apply for reinstatement since he was not charged. “I’m not going to comment on that. It was a personnel matter that was handled internally,” the sheriff replied. Despite the town location of the suspected violations, FRPD Chief Norman Shiflett turned the investigation over to Game & Inland Fisheries to avoid any potential appearance of conflict of interest due to the close working relationship of the county’s two law enforcement agencies and its two chiefs. “The sheriff and I wanted an outside agency to conduct the investigation so there could not appear to be any favoritism or partiality shown,” Chief Shiflett told us. Sheriff McEathron agreed, saying, “We discussed it early on and decided letting a third party handle it would be the best way to proceed.” Shiflett was a major in the WCSO prior to being selected by town council to replace retiring FRPD Chief Richard Furr on Aug. 4. Shiflett became town police chief on Aug. 31. While no reference to the location of the incidents is in the warrants, information received by this paper indicated it was off Route 55 East, on the hill behind the WZRV radio station in the Town of Front Royal. The situation appears to have developed after a Front Royal Police officer who lives in that area, identified as Lt. Clint Keller, reported the deputies may have been hunting near his home. Keller was one driving force in presenting a deer-culling program implemented within the town limits last year. That program is run under strict supervision of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries with operational oversight by the Suburban Whitetail Management Program of Northern Virginia. As people involved with the program since its inception in the commonwealth in 1997 told the town council during a Sept. 19, 011, presentation “the program does not enable public hunting within town limits,” but rather initiates a strictly supervised program manned by archery club members (locally the Massanutten Archery Club) authorized to participate. After the illegal hunting warrants were issued against Pugh and Robinson on Nov. 10, both former deputies pre-paid their fines, Pugh on Nov. 13 and Robinson on Nov. 16. Pugh paid a total of $33, $185 in fines and $147 in court processing fees on the three charges. Robinson paid $184, $100 in fines and $84 in processing fees on his lone charge. The pre-payments averted the necessity of court appearances on the charges. rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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stated, and as an example described the impact of deer on migratory birds and small mammal populations. Specifically, deer eat birds’ nesting vegetation, so there are fewer birds. Deer also successfully compete for acorns with small mammals. With fewer small mammals hawks start eating small birds. Deer also affect invasive plant species by clearing out natives and turning over leaf litter. McShea described deer as “disturbance agents” responsible for a loss of diversity and fostering the invasion of exotic plants and animals. McShea pronounced contemporary Virginia as “deer heaven” with its forest edges, corn fields and landscaping. “Dogs and fences are the best controls” he said, while adding that “a property owners’ deer control is only as good as their neighbors’. Good management happens at the community level... We have to take ownership of the deer.” “I think that densities need to be brought down with a goal of increasing diversity.” McShea sited the state’s hunting programs, including urban hunts, as positive steps. However, they are limited by a reliance on volunteers; hunters’ home freezer capacities and, in the case of Hunters for the Hungry, processing costs at $60 per deer. After the talk this writer asked McShea what he felt “the answer” was. He replied that the most dense deer populations are on private land and that brokered partnerships between hunters and private land owners could help curb the problem. He also suggested an increase in managed urban hunts.

Forest architects at rest. Photo by Leslie Fiddler. By Leslie Fiddler Warren County Report Conservation scientist Bill McShea spoke about “Deer as Critical Architects of the Forest” at the Beautification of Front Royal Committee’s recent annual scholarship luncheon. McShea’s credentials include wildlife ecologist, computational biologist and member of the international committee charged with oversight of the world’s deer populations. His good natured, casual demeanor and disarming presentation created an immediate rapport with the audience. McShea began with an overview of deer populations. He said that there are 50 species of deer in the world, with a third of those endangered. In the 1800‘s Virginia’s deer were rare too because local game was a popular restaurant dish. Then in the 190‘s and 30‘s wildlife agencies pioneered species restoration. Deer were shipped from Arkansas to Shenandoah National Park in the 1930‘s and 40‘s and the white tail deer population rebounded. Today, even though its habitat has declined, the North American white tailed deer is more abundant than 00 years ago - 35 million deer today compared to 15 - 0 million deer then. “Deer are the forests’ chief architects and engineers” McShea

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By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Front Royal Diner, only open since July 6, is already enjoying a huge success under the ownership of Reuben Lemus. Located at 865 John Marshall Hwy and at the end of the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, the restaurant doesn’t fit the stereotype of a diner. Here, the first thing one sees is soft wall colors, classical Italian statuary and pretty Tiffany-style lamps. Their 15-person welcoming staff also gives it an upscale feeling. But the high quality of food, cooking and service has really made it a success so far. “We never say no to customers. If

someone wants dinner at 6 a.m. or breakfast at 9 at night, we’ll make it, and we have a variety of food that is homemade,” said Owner/cook Lemus, who brought his wife Laura and 5-month-old Elvira here to enjoy the mountain life. Reuben is originally from Guatemala and has been in the States since 1989. He began his cooking career at the age of 14 in a GreekAmerican restaurant. From there he went to working in an Italian “fine-dining” establishment and then, most recently, to a seafood steakhouse in Newburg, New York, which, he said, is about 1 ½ hrs from New York City. He and his family are enjoying the slower pace of Warren County.

“We like Front Royal, the weather is better, and it’s calm and quiet. There’s a big difference, it’s much faster in New York,” he said with a smile. He also has a good opinion of the local people. “They are nice and friendly, have a lot of respect and humility. They help each other and stay together. Everybody helps,” he observed. The restaurant also is involved in the community spirit and gives donations to help local charities when they see a need. A friend who recommended the

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these are: the Monte Cristo; Reuben; Gyro Beef or chicken. The dinner menu has seafood–including four different kinds of fish; several chicken dishes; roasted beef and pork; and burgers, including California, Swiss mushroom and Veggie. There are 13 different kinds of salads and a delicious-looking avocado salad. The restaurant will be open on all of the holidays except Christmas Day, and there will be special dinners. For Thanksgiving dinner, they offer fresh turkey with bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, as well as baked ham. This is available on Christmas Eve, too. And, Reuben asserted, “The poultry is always fresh.” “Business has been good and I’m very happy with it, the customers love the food and 90 per cent of them say they love the prices for the amount of food they get and compliment us on the service,” he said. Other services the restaurant provides are takeout and a banquet

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The Chicken Quesadilla, served with sour cream, guacamole, fresh salsa and lettuce, is just one of the many mouth-watering dishes on the menu at the Front Royal Diner.

omelet and a Tortuga omelet that is made with eggplant, zucchini, broccoli and mushrooms-and there are a lot more. But the prices for the standard breakfast are the surprise. For example, a two-egg any style, home fries, toast and jelly breakfast is under $4. A child’s breakfast is under $.50.

“Every day we have a special, homemade soup. It’s also different every day. We make 14 different soups a week,” said Reuben and added that favorites for lunch are the Classic sandwiches. Samples of

“The Front Royal Police Department Foundation is hosting “Operation Blue Christmas” on Saturday, December 8. Officers and Police Department personnel take Front Royal/Warren County children shopping whose families are experiencing a difficult time due to illness, death or loss of employment. The children’s shopping is funded solely through the generosity of the commu-nity. Donations are needed to help take 50 children shopping at Kmart. Checks can be made out to the Front Royal Police Foundation and dropped off at the Police Station at any time or mailed to Front Royal Police Department Foundation, 4 W. Main St. Front Royal, VA 630 Attn: Shelley Mauck. If you would like to help wrap these gifts, wrappers are needed on Saturday, December 8 at 8:30AM at the Government Center in the Council Room. Wrappers are asked to bring scissors, all other supplies are provided. Wrapping is usually over by 10:00-10:30AM. Please e-mail Janice Hart at jhart@frontroyalva.com if you can assist with wrapping.”

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Is a town challenge of railroad ‘barons’ looming?
Vice mayor suggests 2 mph speed limit on trains to elicit a callback
council that nearby railroad crossing were no longer in use, so he believes the warning blasts to be unnecessary along that stretch. In fact, he observed the train engineers seemed less aggressive in their “hear that train a coming, coming round the bend” whistleblowing during the day when one would assume there would be more potential traffic, than they were in the middle of the night. “I don’t know what it is – maybe we’re awake, so you will be too,” Armentrout theorized. Town staff pointed out that there are several railroad crossing signals posted in the area between the Bing Crosby Stadium and Little League ball park complexes and the Norfolk Southern tracks running parallel to Happy Creek Road. Federal law requires certain length train whistle blasts However, negotiations that could avoid a veritable regulatory bloodletting between the town fathers and our regional railroad barons could be in the works. A week later Town Manager Steve Burke said contact had been established with a Norfolk-Southern attorney on the town’s call list. While no substantial movement on the variety of issues the town would like to discuss with Norfolk-Southern was reported, Burke did tell the Nov. 15 towncounty liaison committee meeting that one of crossing signs in question from Armentrout’s query was slated for removal by Norfolk-Southern. DARN, I was looking forward to photographing those traffic stops (and retired FRPD traffic enforcement mannequin Mandy was thinking about coming out of retirement in the wake of Oyre’s departure). rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Could a “war” between the Town of Front Royal and Norfolk Southern Railroad be looming? Okay, we know the once mighty railroad barons of the 1800s lost the war (unfortunately) with the oil industry for national transportation dominance, leading to the preponderance of highway construction to accommodate the glut of oil-guzzling, low-mileage, carbon emissions spitting automobiles across America. But don’t let that loss to what has arguably become the world’s greatest criminal empire lead to an underestimation of the railroads when it comes to conflicts at lower levels of criminality, uh, I mean government regulation and eminent domain requests. The railroads still transport a good deal of commercial product and tend to get a bye from the feds when push comes to shove on local or regional disputes over right of way and the conduct of their business of some national economic import. However, informed at a Nov. 5 work session that Norfolk Southern continued to ignore calls from the town on other matters, including potential right-of-way exchanges and traffic speeds through residential areas, ViceMayor Shae Parker suggested a plan to get the railroad’s attention. “Maybe we can post a two mileper-hour speed limit on their

trains through town,” Parker suggested, “that might get their attention.” The necessity of discussion with Norfolk Southern was back before council due to an inquiry from former Warren County Sheriff Lynn Armentrout. Armentrout said there is what he believes to be unnecessary and lengthy 3 a.m. whistleblowing (not the kind that will bring in an Obama drone strike or threats of federal prison time) by trains traveling the tracks behind his neighborhood near the intersection of Sixth Street and Happy Creek Road. Armentrout told

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Warren County is your local lost and found pet service? Stray pets found in Warren County are brought to the animal shelter by both animal control officers and good citizens. Shelter staff and volunteers provide care for lost pets while they wait to be reclaimed by their owners. The Virginia Code dictates that we hold lost pets for a certain amount of time before they are assessed for adoption. Animals that come in without identification are held for 6 full days. Animals that come in with any type of collar, tag or microchip are held for 11 full days while we frantically try to locate their owners. If your pet is lost, every minute counts. Search your neighborhood right away. Ask everyone you see if they have seen your pet and give them your contact information. If you do not find your pet while searching the area, call the Humane Society of Warren County, other local shelters and the sheriff ’s office to file a lost pet report right away.

Visit all shelters in your area to see for yourself if your pet is there. Take a picture of your pet with you; pictures are a vital resource in reuniting lost pets with their owners. Now that you have done the most critical steps, it is time to launch a highly visible marketing campaign to reach the people in your community. Create a flyer with your pet’s photo, description, and your contact information. These flyers can be posted at vet offices, pet stores, grocery stores, mail box clusters, stop signs, intersections, and given to the local mail carrier and package delivery drivers. Don’t forget to post one at the Humane Society of Warren County. Make at least 100 of these flyers to effectively spread the word. Some other ideas include placing a yard sign with the missing pets picture and information on your front lawn, listing your missing pet in the “LOST” section of your area newspaper and checking the “FOUND” section, leaving an open crate with a blanket in an accessible spot, placing pieces of the owners clothing around the yard or porch areas in hopes of attracting the animal, and leaving irresistible food and water in the vicinity of where the pet was lost. If you don’t find your pet right away, don’t give up. Update your lost

pet report every 30 days. The Humane Society of Warren County is grateful when we are able to reunite pets and their owners. Recently, we were able to reunite a dog that had been missing for two months. This reunion was made possible because the owner had called our office to file a lost dog report. When the dog finally made his way to our shelter, we were able to match the dog with his rightful owner due to the lost dog report. When the owner was escorted back through the kennels the dog celebrated by jumping straight up and down. The owner was convinced he would never be reunited with his beloved pooch and had already given away the dogs crate and supplies because the sight of them made him sad. It was a wonderful reunion indeed. If you or someone you know is missing a pet please call the Humane Society of Warren County at 540-635-4734 extension  to fill out a lost pet report. Pictures of your pet will help us identify lost pets even more quickly. HSWC is open from 10AM-4PM six days a week including Saturday and Sunday. We are only closed to the public on Wednesdays. Lavenda Denney Executive Director & Donna Nicholson Lost & Found Committee Chair

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“… to allow [town elections] to be partisan would merely open the door for a powerful political party to come in and take control of not only the town, but the county and the state – and the next thing we know, we’re no better off than Germany in the1930s.” – Vice-Mayor Shae Parker

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May 014 would have their terms extended by six months to facilitate that schedule. First, Councilman Daryl Funk suggested such a motion to withdraw the amendment by the motion’s maker was procedurally not allowable, that only Councilman Tom Sayre could move to withdraw the amendment as the lone negative vote – before realizing no vote had yet been taken. “I apologize, Mr. Parker, you’re correct. My mouth started moving before my brain got in gear,” Funk joked. With Funk stepping aside, Sayre quickly jumped in to fill the void on Parker’s move toward a vote, even one with a more cumbersome transitional process. “I want to clarify, I want the election in November, but I am concerned about the process, how this is going,” Sayre said. That was it! – 38 minutes into the discussion Parker went off. “Well, I mean we’re pushing now

The vice mayor and mayor, to right, found themselves at odds with some on dynamics of Charter changes. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Near the end of a laborious 38minute discussion of amendments proposed to the Front Royal Town Charter, including moving town elections from May to November and codifying the traditional nonpartisan petition method of nominating candidates for elected town office, Vice-Mayor Shae Parker had, had enough! Perhaps smelling a particular partisan rat at the bottom of a circular discussion over when and how the switch to November should occur, as well as a revisiting of a previously agreed upon consensus to move to even-year November elections, Park-

Hollis Tharpe, center, may be wondering how he got in the middle of the partisan election debate. er lashed out the potential of failing to submit proposed charter changes by a Dec. 5 deadline for consideration by this year’s Virginia General Assembly. His emotional treatise on politics, power and people followed the vice mayor’s attempt to re-engage a vote that night by offering to withdraw his original amendment on the process, reducing the number of interim May elections to one in 014, followed by November 016 elections, with the condition councilmen elected in

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“It was George Washington in his farewell address who said, ‘Beware the power of political parties, especially in elections and in government.’ ” – Vice-Mayor Parker quotes our first president

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for odd years, and I wish I had a sample ballot in front of me of the 0-plus things you would find on an odd-year ballot, and the town would be lost on page four. Now, that would be ideal for some people who want to ensure that people are either uninformed or disenfranchised about a town election. Germany & GW “There’s also been talk, and I’m surprised it hasn’t come up yet, but some people would like to see the fact that the town elections be nonpartisan be left blank. Therefore in the future if the general assembly or whoever came forward to enforce partisan elections on the town we would have to comply. And I just see that as a train wreck for the Town of Front Royal. We don’t need more politics involved in government; we need less politics involved in government. And to move our elections to odd years of November and to allow

them to be partisan would merely open the door for a powerful political party to come in and take control of not only the town, but the county and the state – and the next thing we know, we’re no better off than Germany in the1930s,” Parker said of the dangers of one-party control of any state of political affairs. At this point the one councilman documented to have inquired about making the May 01 town election partisan, Sayre, who was separated from Parker only by the mayor who would have been barred from running for re-election had the Mary Kay Clark-Sayre initiative succeeded earlier this year, appeared visibly amused. Un-amused, Parker continued, recrossing the Atlantic. “It was George Washington in his farewell address who said, ‘Beware the power of political parties, especially in elections and in government.’ And I’m sorry but I would rather pass what we have worked on thus far,

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than delay this anymore and try and convolute it and add more politics to it.” (Preach on, brother vice mayor!!!) However it was finally Tewalt, who had seconded Parker’s original amendment, who blocked Parker’s attempt to get a vote that night, if for differing reasons than Sayre or Funk, the latter who while opposing the non-partisan charter change has said he would not support partisan town elections as long as Mayor Darr was seeking re-election – not that he could stop anyone else from trying it. Tewalt explained he would not withdraw his second because he wanted a vote on the more streamlined process proposed by Parker. “I believe that 016 is too long. If we’re going to change it, let’s change it in November or the next election in 014 and get on with the process of what we’ve been elected to do here in Front Royal. We’ve already had 800 and some people say they wanted it moved to November. Why do we keep belaboring this issue? That’s more federal government bureaucracy. I don’t like that. I want to see it moved along, get it done with and move on with the process,” Tewalt said.

Interested citizens, from left Tim Ratigan, Linda Allen and Len Sherp, react in varying ways to some turns of council debate on charter changes. Nov. 26 showdown After the Nov. 15 town-county liaison meeting, Councilman Hrbek told us the only thing that would prevent him from supporting the charter changes as advertised for a vote at the Nov. 6 meeting, would be if the non-partisan, nomination by petition only condition was eliminated. Also leaving the liaison meeting Mayor Darr explained that what had been re-advertised for a vote on Nov. 6, was the move to even-year November elections as Parker had sought to amend on Nov. 13. That would see one more May election in 014, with November elections beginning in 016 and the terms of those elected in May 01 extended for six months; as well as the nomination by non-partisan petition only, codifying non-partisan town elections. We asked the mayor, who would be

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disqualified from running for town office in a partisan election due to Hatch Act restrictions barring federal employees from seeking office in partisan elections, what he made of the evening’s discussion and failure to move forward on the proposed charter changes. “There were some concerns about several scenarios which were all discussed at length over several work sessions. A consensus was reached to move forward with November elections in even years. We thought we were there then it all fell through – and it is disheartening to hear sudden changes on those things proposed at the last minute,” Mayor Darr began. He said understood Parker’s original amendment as the result of an effort by the vice mayor and Councilman Tewalt to make the transition process cleaner and faster than originally proposed, eliminating the second of two more May elections (016) by extending the terms of those elected in 01 by six months. Something personal? “I don’t have a problem with that. But I think some personal and political agendas were behind some of the changes, from even to odd years, things like that,” Darr continued. With a Dec. 5 deadline for submission of charter changes to the general assembly looming, could the impasse over odd-even years be a way to block other changes like codifying non-partisan elections being instituted before the next town election in 014, thus disqualifying him from another run for office as a federal employee in security at the Pentagon? “There are lots of good, qualified town citizens who are federal employees and that would disqualify them, not just me. But I do take it personally after the last election

“What we do doesn’t involve partisan politics; it is common sense, providing utilities as cheaply as possible, maintaining infrastructures, roads, utilities. Look at the gridlock in Washington, the filibusters in the Senate – do you want to bring that to the Town of Front Royal?” – Mayor Darr

cycle,” Darr said of the Clark-Sayre exploration of county Republican Committee nominations for the 01 town election. “If that’s the case – to prevent me or any federal employee from running – it’s a sad day and I feel sorry for them. It’s not supposed to be what’s best for individual councilmen, but for the good of the citizens as a whole. “What we do doesn’t involve partisan politics; it is common sense, providing utilities as cheaply as possible, maintaining infrastructures, roads, utilities. Look at the gridlock in Washington, the filibusters in the Senate – do you want to bring that to the Town of Front Royal?” the mayor wondered. Apparently some people do, including some with an eye on his office.

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Council split on key developmental issues
Council moves for FRLP annexation, against South Fork park & ride
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Besides exhibiting an astonishing inability to bring a consensus to the table for even a vote on proposed town charter amendments discussed in work session for over two months, council did vote on several other pressing matters on Nov. 13, including informing the county of its stance on a citizen-driven annexation request; asking VDOT to eliminate a planned park and ride on the town’s northside as part of the South Fork Bridge replacement; and a limit on the number of yard sales at a given address. Council voted: · 5-1 (Sayre dissenting) to report a favorable stance to the county on the Front Royal Limited Partnership (FRLP) annexation request on 604 acres of undeveloped county land on the town’s eastern boundary bordered by Happy Creek Road to the south, I-66 to the north, and Shenandoah Shores Road to the east; · 4- (Funk, Sayre dissenting) to ask VDOT to remove the park and ride inside the town limits from its South Fork Bridge design; · 4- (Funk, Tharpe dissenting) to place a yard sale limit of six per year at any given address, including multiunit apartment buildings. Discussion prior to these votes explained the rationale of both pro and con votes. Despite a favorable report from the town planning commission on the FRLP annexation request, which cited increased town control of the developmental future of land earmarked for future development in both town and county planning scenarios, Tom Sayre continued his opposition. Perhaps not coincidentally, the property in question as well as a major east-west connecter road proffered as part the developmental plan of FRLP borders Sayre and his family’s home property. At a Nov. 5 work session council reached a consensus to have Town Attorney Doug Napier draft a letter to the county in response to an Oct.  county request for guidance on the town’s position. Following an Oct. 17 meeting, the town planning commission recommended support of the annexation under certain guidelines reviewed in our last issue, essentially that the land be brought in as an A-1 District and that the town and county work in conjunction on future development proposals for the property. With a Dec. 0 deadline for an initial response to the citizen-driven initiative to the state Commission on Local Government looming, on Nov. 5 council reached a consensus to authorize Napier to respond in writing to the county that the town was leaning toward seeking a “friendly, threeparty boundary adjustment request” to be filed with the state by the town, county and FRLP. One week later that response was presented in the form of a Town Resolution in support of a “mutually agreeable agreement” for the three involved parties – FRLP, the Town of Front Royal and Warren County – to present to the Commission on Local Government by the Dec. 0 deadline. Bret Hrbek expressed the council consensus in prefacing his vote of support. “Hopefully we can avoid the long, costly process (of a contested annexation) and bring that property into the town – and hopefully the county won’t be battling us on this,” Hrbek said, adding that the resolution detailed the positives cited by the planning commission and conditions under which the annexation was a plus for the town in achieving its vision of major future development. However Sayre seemed alarmed that a resolution of support, rather than just a letter informing the county the council consensus was supportive of the annexation, was to be voted on. “I thought at the work session we were going to have a letter sent over to the county and what this resolution looks like it is doing, it appears to me that we are voting up or down on what we actually want to do on annexation of some nature,” Sayre said of the resolution. “It’s what we want to do,” Parker pointed out of the 5-1 consensus reached a week earlier. Sayre replied by arguing that bringing the land into town would result in higher density development and that the town would lose its right to charge double water-sewer fees and rates to county development, ignoring the additional real estate and commercial tax revenue that would balance the loss of those one-time fees and double utility rates. He also worried about increased traffic that could be generated over the 87-year-old Morgan’s Ford Lowwater Bridge, slated to be replaced with a new structure designed to accommodate the existing and projected levels of traffic over the next 75 to 100 years (see related story). “One of the reasons why is this highdensity development that is going to go out in the area that I live, which it’s gonna grow and there’s gonna be some more houses out there, and that’s a good thing. It’s kind of like ice cream – some ice cream is good for you but too much ice cream is not good for you – it can give your heart some issues and we gain a little too much weight … I would have liked to keep a more open-mind approach as far as some of the pros and cons of the project,” Sayre concluded. Despite his treatise on development, ice cream, health and open minds, Sayre stood alone in resisting three-way positive movement on the FRLP/David Vazzana annexation proposal in the form of a Resolution of support. While awaiting a response from the town on its stance, county officials initially reacted positively to the Vazzana annexation request – Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk called it “a win-win” for everybody. However, the county supervisors and staff noted the town’s stance would be crucial in how the county responded to the state Commission on Local Governments. Park & Ride Sayre found himself allied with Daryl Funk in opposing another resolution, this one in support of a request that VDOT eliminate a proposed park & ride on the northeast corner of North Shenandoah Avenue at the South Fork Bridge in town. Funk and Sayre worried this late opposition to a design component that has been a part of the plan for a new South Fork Bridge since it was first presented in the spring of 010 could jeopardize the timeline and funding of the bridge replacement. Funk said he had initially supported the resolution to move the park and ride away from one town entranceway and remained concerned about safety issues tied to additional traffic in nearby neighborhoods. However he added, “replacement of the South Fork Bridge is the priority for all the citizens of Front Royal …” So Funk said due to the chance the project could be jeopardized he had changed his stance and would not support the late challenge of this part of the project design. However the council majority appeared to believe the specter of a delayed project due to a late design change raised by VDOT officials at an earlier work session was a bluff. Hrbek said he found it hard to believe simply removing a hard-top parking lot from the design and leaving the parcel undeveloped, with the exception of a storm-water retention pond council seemed resigned must go at the site, was nonsense. “I’m not an engineer, I don’t pretend to be an engineer,” Hrbek began. “But I find it hard to believe that not putting in pavement will cost more money than putting in pavement. And that redesigning it leaving it a flat surface will delay this project so much that we would lose any money opportunities that are available for the bridge is just a threat and an effort to get us to back down. I’m willing to call that bluff and tell VDOT we want to have a town that looks the way we want to have it look like.” Parker called the notion such a minor design change could delay or

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jeopardize the project “absurd, and bureaucracy at its finest, and trying to bully their way into getting what they want.” The vice mayor added that the park and ride component had escaped scrutiny initially due to the new and somewhat radical design of the bridge itself with its looping entrance or exit ramps. Parker suggested that if additional park and ride space (about 60 spaces) was as sorely needed as VDOT contends, it should focus on expansion of existing park and ride facilities outside the town limits. Sayre said he agreed with everything said by everybody on the matter, but sided with Funk on concerns over delays and lost revenue for the project. Council approved the resolution asking for the design change eliminating the park and ride 4-, Funk and Sayre dissenting.

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Yard sales In another 4- vote, Funk and Hollis Tharpe dissenting, council approved the final reading of an ordinance change limiting the number of yard sales at any given address, including apartment buildings, to six per calendar year. Funk said he campaigned on less government and believed this ordinance change was not only more government, but also “burdensome and discriminatory” against the town’s renters living in multi-unit buildings. As written, if a person or persons in one apartment had six yard sales in quick succession, it would prevent anyone else in that building from having even one that year. Tharpe agreed but it wasn’t enough to counter the majority consensus agreeing with a citizen complaint that too numerous yard sales at any single address presented a public annoyance to nearby residents. Delinquent accounts Council also unanimously approved a resolution brought forward by Town Finance Director Kim Gilkey-Breeden at the Nov. 5 work session to put a policy in voiding long-delinquent utility accounts from the town books. Gilkey-Breeden had assured council such purging from the books would not occur before the town’s very aggressive attempts to collect were exhausted. At the Nov. 5 work session, she noted the town was still carrying bad debts over 30 years old. It was such long-term debt she suggested the town be allowed to remove from its books. One amendment suggested by Sayre to list the names of delinquent account holders being purged was withdrawn when staff indicated such public singling out by name was not legal. First, Town Manager Steve Burke told Sayre privacy statutes at higher levels of government prohibited citizens with delinquent accounts from being publicly named. Town Attorney Napier agreed.

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2012 October Term Indictments
Brittany Mae Bailey The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about July 3, 2012, in the County of Warren, Brittany Mae Bailey, 28, of 136 W. 17th St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly, make a false application for public assistance or falsely swore on a welfare application required by the Commissioner of Social Services to obtain public assistance benefits. Michael Allen Gilardi The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about October 7, 2012, in the County of Warren, Michael Allen Gilardi, 38, of 112 Scott St. Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously assault and batter his step-son, David Schilling, a family or household member, having been previously convicted of assault and battery against a family or household member within the past twenty years of this third or subsequent offense, and that each such assault and battery occurred on different dates. COUNT TWO: on or about October 7, 2012, in the County of Warren, Michael Allen Gilardi did unlawfully and feloniously assault and batter his wife Tina Gilardi, a family or household member, having been previously convicted of assault and battery against a family or household member within the past twenty years of this third or subsequent offense, and that each such assault and battery occurred on different dates. Bonnie Lee Judy The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about June 12, 2012 in the County of Warren, Bonnie Lee Judy, 54, of 297 Figgins Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously, willfully conceal the goods or merchandise of Walmart, having previously been convicted of larceny or an offense deemed as larceny two or more times. Dorothy Jenkins Dean The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about May 10, 2012 through July 17, 2012, in the County of Warren, Dorothy Jenkins Dean, 65, of, 110 Shady Lane, Strasburg, VA 22657, did unlawfully take, steal and carry away the goods and chattels of Lisa Schwartz, with a value of $200 or more. Eli Angelino Basel The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about July 28, 2012, in the County of Warren, Eli Angelino Basel, 19, of 652A W. 11th St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule II controlled substance, to wit: Cocaine. Donna Renee Henry The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about June 2, 2012, in the County of Warren, Donna Renee Henry, 47, (address information not available) having received a visible or audible signal from any law-enforcement officer to bring her motor vehicle to a stop, did unlawfully and feloniously drive such motor vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard of such signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the law-enforcement vehicle or endanger a person. Richard Allen Dawson The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about July 2, 2012, in the County of Warren, Richard Allen Dawson, 22, of 915N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule II controlled substance, to wit: Amphetamine. Johnothan Ray Newman The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about July 9, 2012, in the County of Warren, Johnothan Ray Newman 24, of 37 Round Hill Park, Toms Brook, VA 22660, with the intent to defraud, did obtain by false pretenses or token, United States Currency, having a value of less than $200, belonging to Zuckerman’s Metals. COUNT TWO: on or about July 9, 2012, in the County of Warren, Johnothan Ray Newman did unlawfully and feloniously buy, receive or aid in concealing stolen property, having a value of $200 or more, and belonging to another, knowing that the property had been stolen.

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Desirae Jean Munda The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about August 21, 2012, in the County of Warren, Desirae Jean Munda, 23, of 343 Cherrydale Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously take, steal and carry away the goods and chattels of Keeley Peacemaker, with a value of $200 or more. COUNT TWO: On or about August 21, 2012, in the County of Warren, Desirae Jean Munda did unlawfully assault and batter Keeley Peacemaker. COUNT THREE: On or about August 21, 2012, in the County of Warren, Desirae Jean Munda did unlawfully enter the property of Keeley Peacemaker for the purpose of damaging it or the contents thereof, or for the purpose of interfering with the right of the owner, user, or occupant thereof to use such property free from interference. COUNT FOUR: On or about August 22, 2012 through September 5, 2012 in the County of Warren, Desirae Jean Munda did unlawfully violate a provision of a protective order issued. Amy Elizabeth Dodson The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about July 4, 2012 in the County of Warren, Amy Elizabeth Dodson, 24, of 603 W. 12th St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously willfully conceal or take possession of with the intent to steal, goods or merchandise having a value of less than two hundred dollars ($200), belonging to Walmart and having previously been convicted on two or more other occasions within the Commonwealth or other jurisdiction, of larceny, an offense deemed larceny, or a substantially similar offense. Tiffany Marie Carter The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about September 15, 2012 in the County of Warren, Tiffany Marie Carter, 28, of 511 Proctor Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously, with the intention of converting goods and merchandise to her own use without having paid the full purchase price thereof, willfully conceal the goods or merchandise of Walmart, having previously been convicted of larceny or an offense deemed as larceny two or more times. Jimmy Cofield The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about September 6, 2012 in the County of Warren, Jimmy Cofield, 51, of 129 Valley Vista Dr. #202, Woodstock, VA 22664, having been determined to be or adjudged a Habitual Offender, and having previously been convicted of Driving While a Habitual Offender, did unlawfully and feloniously drive on a public highway a motor vehicle or self-propelled machinery.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012 All day Forecast 54° | 34° 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www.theriver953online.com. Wednesday, November 21, 2012 All day Forecast 54° | 34° Thursday, November 22, 2012 THANKSGIVING All Town Business Offices will be CLOSED today in observance of Thanksgiving. All trash/ recycling pickup for this day will be Wednesday, November 21. There will be no yard waste pickup on Wednesday, November 21. Friday, November 23, 2012 All Town Business Offices will be CLOSED today in observance of Thanksgiving. All trash/ recycling pickup for this day will be Tuesday, November 20. 7pm - 10pm Front Porch Style Pickin’ Party. Warren County Senior Center, 1217 Commonwealth Ave. All levels of talent are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Monday, November 26, 2012 10am - 9pm Christmas Tree Sales November 26th - December 19th. First Assembly of God, 1111 Shenandoah Ave. Front Royal, VA For more info call 540-635-7497, 540-635-8329 or 540-305-6375. 5pm - 6pm UFAC Meeting. Town Hall, Front Royal. The Urban Forestry Advisory Commission (UFAC) meets tonight at 5:00p in the Town Hall Conference Room. The public is invited. 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www.theriver953online.com. Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. This meeting was originally scheduled for November 21, 2012 and was rescheduled to tonight. Friday, November 30, 2012 Santa arrives November 30th and will end on Dec. 22nd. Santa arrives by police escort around Royal Plaza and will be at Jennerations Hair Salon located next to Martins. You can have your photos taken with Santa for a small fee which will be donated to local Front Royal charities. Bring your pet down for photos with Santa and all proceeds from those photos will be donated to Warren County Animal Shelter. Santa will have a mailbox available for wish list and letters during shop hours. “I’ll Never 1. Who first released Hours will You,” follows: Find Anotherbe as and when?
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Friday night’s dinner. Pizza. Lunch Saturday. Pizza. Sunday lunch. Same thing. Monday, at work, I ate the last piece. One of my coworkers gave me a hard time when she saw what I had. She’d seen me do this before. “When did you get that?” she asked, already knowing what I would say. “Friday.” “And you’re still eating it? My kids won’t eat pizza the next day.” Why do people have such a hang up with leftovers? This time of year, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, is a big time for leftovers. Some people don’t like them. One and done. Eat it that day and no more. My parents were never big on them. If you ask one of our friends, she’d tell you leftovers is a four letter word. That’s just crazy. Anybody who can count, and spell, will tell you it’s a nine letter word. My wife loves turkey. She could eat it for weeks. I’m ok with turkey. I’ve had my fill a few days after Thanksgiving. As for the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie, that’s another story. I could eat those well into December. At Christmas, we have ham. I love ham. My wife, not so much. A meal or two is enough for her. For New Year’s, you’ll find a pork roast, hot dogs and sauerkraut in our crock pot. I enjoy it that day and the next, but after that, just the thought of leftover sauerkraut scares me. So what’s the deal? If you liked it the first time, what’s wrong with it the next time? Take this short quiz to see where you fall on the leftover likeability scale: 1. I A. don’t do leftovers. B. could eat them everyday. C. don’t really care as long as they haven’t turned green. 2. The last Thanksgiving turkey I’ll eat is A. on Thanksgiving. B. at Christmas eve. C. never. I’m a vegan. 3. If I’m at a restaurant and don’t finish my meal A. I’ll get a doggie bag, take it home and eat it the next day. B. I’ll get a doggie bag, take it home and give it to the dog. C. I don’t have a dog. 4. If the only food in the house is leftovers, I’ll A. go hungry. B. go to the store. C. go hunting. 5. If you ask me, leftovers A. is a four letter word. B. is a nine letter word. C. don’t ask me. If you answered all five questions, treat yourself to a piece of pumpkin pie. Happy holidays! And happy leftovers!

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two homers in a game twice in the same World Series? 2. How many times have the Minnesota Twins gone to the World Series? 3. Which Division I college football team holds the record for most yards rushing per carry for a season? 4. Who was the last NBA player before Minnesota’s Kevin Love in 2010-11 to average more than 20 points and 15 rebounds per game for a season? 5. Name the goaltender who stopped Wayne Gretzky’s 51-game streak of scoring at least one point in the 198384 NHL season. 6. How many World Cups in men’s soccer have been won by the host alisond@warrencountyreport.com country? 7. Who took part in the only heavyweight boxing title fight held in Maine? Answers 1. Willie Mays Aikens of the Kansas City Royals in 1980. 2. Three — they lost in 1965 and won in 1987 and 1991. 3. Army averaged 7.6 yards per carry in 1945. 4. Philadelphia’s Moses Malone, in the 1982-83 season. 5. Markus Mattsson of the Los Angeles Kings. 6. Six out of 19, with the last being France in 1998. 7. Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Lisangie@warrencountyreport.com ton in 1965.

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Dear Stewart, What are those funny looking green bags around the base of some of the trees in town? Kelly in Bentonville Dear Kelly, Those bags are commonly called Treegators and are a special kind of watering system for newly planted trees. When a tree gets planted, it is under extra stress and needs a little extra TLC, especially in the watering department. This is the most important time in

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