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Volume VII, Issue 25 · Early December, 2012


Warren County Report

Front Royal rings in the season

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Christkindlmarkt’s 9th Annual seasonal shopping bonanza
The Wood Carver (Steve’s Carved Signs), and even the town-county Economic Development Authority (whose continuing gift to the community is the ongoing cleanup and pending redevelopment of the former American Viscose-FMC-Avtex property). Christkindlmarkt and its driving force, Steve and Maggie Sill of The Heaven Sent Shoppe also thanks sponsors State Farm, Edward Jones Investments, Americana Signs & Engraving, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Jean’s Jewelers and Crim’s Trailer Service.

Ribbon cut - where’d it go? Tree lights on - and the sky is ... not falling. Mayor Darr, and organizers Maggie and Steve Sill officially open Christkindlmarkt 2012. Does anyone really know what time it is? - Skater cutouts circle the town sundial at Christkindlmarkt the evening of Nov. 30.

and wagon rides; Paws ‘n’ Claus Pictures with Santa, the proceeds of which will benefit the Humane Society of Warren County; special (nearly resurrection) performances by Elvis (our own Richard Parker); Storybook Cottage with a caricature artist, story readings and games; musical interlude by Abby Lopez; Karin & Tyson Herman’s PALS for Christ Ministry; a moustache and beard competition; Amanda Simons opening ceremony “National An-

them”; coffee & cookies provided by the Salvation Army; holiday crafts, food an products provided by Arlene Narron Antiques, Dave & Carol Feiring, Tony T’s Apple Farm & Kitchen, Vino e Formaggio (thanks for the parade pass of my missing scarf, Christian), Gingerbread men and houses and cookies, Front Royal Church of the Brethren, Jo & Tom Dickinson’s Computer Medical Center, Beach Bun tanning & Airbrush Salon, The Gift Basket Boutique,

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By Carol Ballard & Roger Bianchini Warren County Report After a ribbon cutting and Proclamation of positive cultural and economic impact on the town read by Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr on the final evening of November, on Saturday, Dec. 1, the 9th Annual Christkindlmarkt Festival was held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Village Commons next to the Gazebo at the junction of Chester and Main Streets. The annual event, increasingly now a landmark of our local holiday season, reminds us that Christ is still an integral part of the Christmas season, along with the type of small, independent business and craftsmanship that surely provided a manger for the baby Jesus (we are pretty sure the Holy Family did not shop at Walmart). It is a wholesome, family-friendly, free event extend-

ing an opportunity for local crafters and artisans to display and sell their wares. The “Winter Wonderland” included 18-inch snowflakes and ornaments in the trees, giant Nutcrackers, sing-along caroling, a Christmas concert and craft and food vendors set up in the market area. Returning by popular demand was world-famous “Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle-Boy” again encouraging audience participation and playing to lots of laughs and applause. Other events and performances included: easy viewing of Front Royal’s Downtown Holiday Parade on Dec. 1 as Christkindlmarkt provided day-long shopping options along the parade route down East Main and up Chester; a Challenge of the Choirs; the Silent Monks of the Shenandoah’s “silent” interpretation of Beethoven’s musically immortal “Hallelujah Chorus”; horse carriage

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Blue Ridge Singers bring in the holidays this December
choir to have great facial expressions and draw audiences into active listening,” he said. This year’s concert is called “The Promise of Light” and is taken from the title of one of its pieces written by Georgia Stittespecially to be performed by a Chamber Choir. The 90-minute concert will showcase shorter works especially suited to 50 singers or less. They are accompanied by pianist Daniel J. Miller, harpist Emily Mason and Martha Peck who will play the oboe. Listeners will be treated to familiar pieces like: Away in a Manger- which comes with a little twist as well as several world pieces like the Austrian carol, Kling, Glockchen, Kling; a Spanish carol Riu, Riu Chiu; and the old French carol “What Is This Lovely Fragrance?” Music from the 1st Century will be represented by: Stephen Paulus’ Three Nativity Carols with harp soloist Emily Mason; John Rutter’s Christmas Lullaby; and the women’s chorus tone poem Tundra by Ola Gjeilo. “I hope people will come and enjoy the concert,” concluded Dr. Albans. In addition to directing the Blue Ridge Singers, Dr. Alban makes his career as a choral conductor, organist, and music educa-

Dr. Jeffrey M. Albans leads Front Royal’s community chamber choir The Blue Ridge Singers in a lively Christmas presentation of traditional and new seasonal music.

By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Front Royal’s own Blue Ridge Singers will again bring the magic of Christmas through music to audiences on Dec. 14 at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church and Dec. 16 in Winchester at the Opequon Presbyterian Church (see details below). The new community chamber choir is under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Jeffrey M. Albans, who is also the music director at St. John the Baptist

Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal. “I like to see people having a good time and making music together. There’s no better way than in a choir,” he said. The group grew out of a desire of some of the members of St. John’s Church to have a community choir. Two years ago they approached him to take over the fledgling group and it has grown to 30 members. The group is made up of a mixture of trained and untrained singers-some from the Front

Royal community and others from as far away as Berryville, Stephens City and Winchester. “Most read music and some have sung before in church choirs,” Dr. Albans said, and continued, “I just love working with the group. They have improved unbelievably in the last two yearsit’s a pleasure to watch them.” And he wants everyone in the room to feel included in the concert experience. “I like to engage the audience so it’s not just an interaction between the choir and me. I like the

tor. As director of music at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church he oversees a choral program comprised of two adult mixed choirs, a Gregorian chant schola and two children’s choirs in addition to playing the organ. Daniel J. Miller is a collaborative pianist, organist, harpsichordist, church musician, and teacher and is currently an accompanist at Shenandoah University where he serves as pianist for the Conservatory Choir. Admission is free for the concerts, but free-will donations are welcome. Donations are used to hire instrumentalists to accompany the singers as well as purchase sheet music. New singers are welcome to audition for the spring concerts. Auditions are being held now by appointment and they can be contacted through the website – for more information, visit Concert dates and times: Friday, Dec. 14--7:30 p.m. Front Royal Presbyterian Church 115 Luray Ave., Front Royal Sunday, Dec. 16-- 7:00 p.m. Opequon Presbyterian Church 17 Opequon Church Lane, Winchester.

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nosed, smart management attorney who leaves no stone unturned. He will do his best to attempt to execute the orders of his clients including, but not limited to, breaking unions if necessary.” When Batterman was told of Pulver’s words he said, “I would be proud to have that on my epitaph.” Proskaur Rose’s love affair with corporate power is not confined to representing professional sports owners. They boast on their website of having “one of the world’s pre-eminent private equity practices.” They are Bain, if Bain was smart enough to remain in the shadows. The firm’s other prize clients are a Murderer’s Row of Big Oil titans including BP America, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. Incidentally, this culture of representing polluters and union busters with pride and without societal concern seems reflected in the firm’s internal culture. Proskauer Rose is now being sued by their former Chief Financial Officer Elly Rosenthal, who accused the law firm of firing her following sixteen years as CFO after she took leave for breast cancer See ZIRIN, p. 

Meet the lockout lawyers destroying sports
By Dave Zirin Currently the sports world is suffering its fourth lockout in the past fourteen months. On four occasions since August 011, pro sports owners have locked their publicly-subsidized stadium doors, sent stadium workers home and stopped play as usual. This is not coincidence or happenstance. It’s a coordinated management offensive that has reverberations far beyond the playing field. Let’s look at the facts. Last fall it was NFL and NBA players locked out of their jobs. This offseason, we first had the NFL referees, who make a pittance relative to the league’s revenue, watching scab refs stumble for three weeks. Now we have the ongoing lockout of National Hockey League players. NHL owners are coming off a year in which they made a record $3.3 billion in revenue. League owners have responded to this success by locking out the players, demanding massive concessions, canceling eighty-two games and squandering reservoirs of good will among fans (a settlement was reportedly brewing as this column was written). I’m sure this must seem like a wild coincidence: four lockouts in fourteen months, affecting three of the four major professional sports leagues of this country. What are the odds? Actually, they’re very good. This is not merely a case of four sets of labor negotiations that have tragically broken down. This is a conscious, industry-wide strategy. A law firm called Proskauer Rose is now representing management in all four major men’s sports leagues, the first time in history one firm has been hired to play such a unified role. In practice, this has meant that in four sets of negotiations with four very different economic issues at play, we get the same results: lockouts and a stack of union complaints with the National Labor Relations Board. It’s been great for owners and awful for players, fans, stadium workers and tax payers. Proskauer Rose partner Howard Ganz represents the NBA and Major League Baseball, and fellow-partner Bob Batterman has led negotiations for the NFL and the NHL. As Sports Business Daily reported, “Batterman and Ganz provide advice on strategy, as well as on issues that can emerge during talks, such as the legality of using replacement players.” In other words, they are the people who scuttle collective bargaining and give word when to bring on the scabs. It was the now-infamous Batterman who was lead negotiator when NHL owners locked out the players in 005 and canceled the entire season. Ian Pulver, counsel for the NHL Players Association in 005, said of the lawyer, “Bob Batterman is a hard-

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‘Twas the Night Before Fiscal Cliff
‘Twas the night before Fiscal Cliff, and throughout the land, Democrats, Republicans were taking a stand. Their positions unwavering, intractably firm, With donkey-like stubbornness or entrenched pachyderm. But the public were hopeful all snug in their beds, With visions of compromise alive in their heads. “Come on!” said the people in frustrated dismay. “Abandon this meaningless partisan fray.” When Obama and Boehner finally met, Their first thoughts were not of a country in debt. And Obama, the chief, said to Boehner “Oh crap! I’d rather depart for a nice winter’s nap.” “I know,” sighed Boehner “I’ve plenty to do, Was planning to take a vacation or two.” “Never mind,” said the Prez, “we’ll just keep delaying, Who cares what the grumbling public are saying.”

But out in the blogosphere there arose such a clatter, The people revolted, resolving this matter: “There’s only one way to deal with such fools Obama and Boehner must settle by duel.” “No way!” said Obama, “I’m renowned for my peace, “With a medal of proof on my lounge mantle piece.” “I agree” cried Boehner, not eager to battle, And caught the first plane heading out to Seattle. “Come back,” yelled the people, “we demand this by right, You’ve had chances to talk, now you settle this fight.” But the pair, reunited, were far from impressed, As the thought of a duel made them rather depressed. As he pondered alternative White House residents, Obama now saw why we have the vice presidents. Quick thinking, as always, to Biden he beckoned, “Get over here Joe, and I’ll make you my second.” “Now Joe I expect you’ll appear around dawn, To face off with Boehner on the White House’s lawn.”

“Yeah right!” smiled old Joe, “Would love to assist, I ain’t packing no pistol – what if I missed?” And then, in a twinkling, Obama’s next step, Was to call up more buddies, to be his next rep. “Now Pelosi! Now Clinton! Now Durbin and Reid! But all vanished from Washington with notable speed. “Oh dear,” mused Obama, “now what shall I do?” So he phoned up Boehner for a quick rendezvous. “My friend, we are beaten, let’s abandon aggression.” “Agreed,” said the Speaker, “it’s time for concession.” So they sprang into action, both recommending, Adding some taxes and cutting some spending. Then I heard them exclaim, “We’ve reached a consensus! Good-bye Fiscal Cliff, we’ve come to our senses.” (Nick Thomas’ features and columns have appeared in more than 250 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

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Arms, ammo & drug stash found after road rage incident
30 weapons, 30,000 rounds discovered at convicted felon’s residence
Boles for possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. A search warrant for Boles’ residence was applied for and granted. Warren County Sheriff ’s Deputy Robert Mumaw executed the arrest and search warrant at Boles’ residence on November , 01. Upon execution of the search warrant, Deputy Mumaw and Officer Mariano encountered items appearing to be military grade explosive devices. At this time, criminal investigation units from Front Royal Police and Warren County Sheriff ’s Office were called to the scene. After reviewing the scene, a bomb technician with the Virginia State Police was called to evaluate the items. The technician concurred with the findings of detectives and investigators and called an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit with the United States Army. During the morning hours of November 3, 01, the Army EOD unit rendered all the items to be safe and non-hazardous and cleared the scene for final execution of the search warrant. Detectives and Investigators searched the scene for 1-14 hours finding 30 firearms, approximately 5,000-30,000 rounds of ammunition as well as over 100 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, all of which were seized. The Bureau of Alcohol-TobaccoFirearms and Explosives are involved as well and the incident is being reviewed for potential prosecution at the federal level. Agencies involved in this joint investigation include the Front Royal Police Department, Warren County Sheriff ’s Office, VirZIRIN, from p. 5 treatment. (Remember Elly Rosenthal the next time you see the NFL festooning its players in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.) Perhaps it’s time we start viewing sports leagues less like family fun and more along the lines of highly scrutinized institutions such as BP, Chevron, and ExxonMobil. They have more in common than just their lawyers. Like big oil bosses, pro sports owners love corporate welfare, right-wing politicians and are deeply hostile to union workplaces and collective bargaining. Just as what’s good for ExxonMobil’s stock value — price gouging at the pump, lax environmental enforcement, war in the Middle East — is bad for America; what’s good for pro sports owners is bad for fans, stadium workers and especially taxpayers. Given the context, today’s news that the NHL has hired Republican guru of sophistry Frank “let’s call global warming climate change” Luntz to help with their messaging, makes perfect sense. This is a Frank Luntz crowd and its agenda reaches far beyond the world of sports. The number of lockouts, once the third rail of collective bargaining, has doubled since 010. But you need more than cash reserves to make this the new norm. For management to win a lockout they need to ginia State Police, Bureau of AlcoholTobacco-Firearms and Explosives, Warren County Fire and Rescue and the United States Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal units. Boles is currently being held without bond at the Warren County Adult Detention Center and additional charges are pending. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Sgt. Jason Ryman (FRPD) at (540) 636-08 or Lt. Gordon Foster (WCSO) at 635-7100. (From a joint press release of WCSO & FRPD) convince the public — and transform the culture — into thinking that lockouts (starving out your workers) is an acceptable practice. No NHL players are starving, of course, but this is about exploiting sports to enforce a new national labor paradigm. Some might think that a good idea would be to pressure the NBA, NFL and NBA to actually fire the lockout lawyers. They might suggest that we start a campaign to insist that the leagues hire negotiators who put the interests of fans and taxpayers at the center of these negotiations. But even if we could successfully disengage Proskauer Rose from our pro sports leagues, NBA and NHL Commissioners David Stern and Gary Bettman have more in common than just the combined five lockouts they’ve overseen in the past thirteen years. They’re also lawyers who used to be partners at a firm called Proskauer Rose. We are confronting our worst nightmare as sports fans: a vampire squid with a law degree attached to every tentacle. [Reprinted by permission of the author. Dave Zirin is the author of “The John Carlos Story” (Haymarket). Receive his column every week by emailing dave@edgeofsports. com. Contact him at edgeofsports@]

David Anthony Boles, 47, of 71 Wooded Lane, Front Royal was arrested for Hit & Run November 1, 01 in relation to a road-rage incident that occurred in the area of Randolph Avenue and Happy Creek Road. It is alleged that Boles attempted to strike another male with his vehicle only to miss him and strike the vehicle the male was riding in. Front

Royal Police Officers Aaron Mariano and Kevin Orndorff noticed items in Boles’s vehicle at his arrest requiring further investigation. Boles was initially released on a secured bond. Upon further investigation, an additional arrest warrant was issued for

Missing child found after automated-alert
A nine-year-old boy that was earlier reported missing after he walked away from his residence in the Marlow Heights Subdivision in Front Royal on Monday, Dec. 3, was located unharmed later that day. The police department received a report from the boy’s mother at about 8:30 a.m. that her son was missing. Officers from the Front Royal Police Department responded and began a search of the area. A police K-9 dog and Warren County Sheriff ’s Office deputies were called to the scene to assist the police department in searching for the missing child. Police personnel utilized “A Child is Missing,” an automated phone notification system that places emergency message calls to phone numbers within specific designated areas. The 9-year-old boy was located about a half mile from his home within minutes after a resident received the automated emergency message and called the Police Department. The resident reported that he observed the missing child walking on Prospect Street. The child was located and identified as he walked by police officers that were responding to information provided by the resident. The child walked away from his home because he did want to attend school. Chief Norman Shiflett wishes to thank the public for their assistance in locating the missing child. (From a release)

Town announces ‘Home Utility Gift Program’
Light up the Life of friends and family this holiday season. The Town of Front Royal is offering a great way for you to help others pay their utility bill by applying a monetary gift to their utility account. If you are interested please stop by the Front Royal Business Office located at 15 N. Royal Avenue and fill out a special holiday card that will be mailed to the recipient once completed. If you have questions about this program please contact the Town Manager’s Office at (540)6358007 or the Finance Department at (540) 635-7799. (From a release)

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Kiwanis Pancake fundraiser lining them up for 56 years

The Kiwanis pancake assembly line manned by Alan Sealock at the controls under the watchful eye of Edward Greco to left.

Dr. Craig Zunka of Kiwanis, far left checks in hand, presents two for $400 to representatives of Calvary Episcopal Church and Front Royal Presbyterian Church for their respective “Backpack Buddies” weekend school breakfast programs at E. Wilson Morrison and Ressie Jeffries Elementary Schools . A.S. Rhodes will soon be added to the program. From left after Zunka are Larry Elliott, Addie Elliott, Barbara Tringale, Carolyn Blacklock, Walter Blacklock, Marty Hayes, Cathy Pinch and Deidre Sparger.

Jerry Scholder dishes out the sausage – don’t skimp, Jerry!

It was standing room only mid-morning around 10:30 a.m.

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Town & County Roundup Walter Duncan hospitalized; Davita Dialysis under national scrutiny
for their constituents. – WELCOME HOME, Walter! Davita accused of fraud Watching CNN International the evening of Nov. 8 caused us to sit up in our chairs. The network’s investigative piece on Davita Dialysis alleging the company indulged in up to $800 million in overbilling the federal government over an unspecified period. One of the 1,800 Davita clinics across the country is located at 1360 N. Shenandoah Avenue. The network reported two “whistleblowers”, a medical doctor and a nurse, had, well, blown the whistle on Davita regarding the disposal of “hundreds of millions” of doses of the dialectic, “Venofer,” charging them off to Medicaid and Medicare. In the original report a company attorney denied the allegations. Our Nov. 30 call to a corporate spokesperson number provided by the Front Royal Davita office went to a second number answering machine and our call was unreturned by press time, a week later. Crackdown on RV ‘eyesore’? We guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Due to citizen complaints, at a Dec. 3 work session discussion indicted the town is considering harsher measures to address what some citizens consider the unsightliness of recreational vehicles parked in front of or on the street near the homes of owners. RVs are allowed to be parked in side or back yard parking spaces. However, out-of-season downtime parking for extended periods of time appears to be too much for some neighbors. But several councilmen expressed reservations about including harsher penalties or even special restrictions on parking RVs. “But if they have paid for their tags what makes it non-street legal?” Hollis Tharpe asked. “So, we’re telling people keep them out of sight – but we’ll let you know

In 2010 file photo, Walter M. Duncan addresses town council. He has continued to appear before council on issues of importance, most recently the revenue-expenditure split between town and county residents for 522 North commercial development. By Malcolm Barr Sr. & Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We learned on Dec. 3 that former Town Manager and Councilman Walter Duncan was hospitalized in Front Royal’s Warren Memorial Hospital for complications from pneumonia. We visited Duncan that day. He was alert and appreciative of our concern for his condition. The 9year-old continues to be active on the local political scene. Most recently, as illustrated by a detailed letter to the editor on page 14 of our “Late October” edition, he has continued to push the current town council to correct what he feels is a long-ongoing imbalance in town citizen’s financial burden to facilitate Route 5 North Corridor commercial and industrial development versus the economic return to the town and the benefit of its citizens. We spoke to Duncan ’s daughter, who informed us on Dec. 6 that Walter was back home with family members. We wish Walter a full and speedy recovery and hope to soon hear from him calling current local officials to task when he feels they are losing sight of the big picture

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when it’s tax time,” Vice-Mayor Shae Parker commented. However, Councilman Tewalt agreed the RVs should be restricted, saying they “tear down the street and property values” of town neighborhoods. Mayor Darr agreed a prohibition on front yard or street parking was acceptable. He even noted a neighbor who had constructed a privacy fence around his side-yard parked RV to head off neighborhood complaints. Limon Wayside benefit Dec. 9 Popular local entertainer Robbie Limon is doing a benefit concert for Wayside Theatre at the Middletown venue Sunday, Dec. 9. Call the Wayside box office at (540) 869-1766 to see if there are still tickets available. Wayside is in the midst of its annual fund-raising drive. No (truck) Parking? On Nov. 1 Judge Dennis L. Hupp ruled in Warren County Circuit Court that a county No Trespassing ordinance being utilized to enforce a parking prohibition on commercial trucks in the Riverton Commons Walmart parking lot violated Virginia’s Dillon Rule. Following Nov. 9 oral arguments, including those forwarded by the defense team of Todd Gilbert and David Downes, Hupp

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ruled County Code 168-3 and 168-4 “create a new criminal offense that the County of Warren is not authorized to enact.” However, Hupp ruled that County Code 168-6 was “a valid exercise of the authority granted by Virginia Code 18.-119. However, according to Assistant County Attorney Dan Whitten the county is not likely to utilize 168-6 to enforce the Walmart parking ban since it elevates the severity of the offense from a parking citation level Class III misdemeanor to a Class I Misdemeanor equivalent to a DUI. The county legal staff continues to discuss its options with the WCSO, though no discussion with Walmart officials had yet occurred by Dec. 5 in the wake of the court ruling. The county became involved with the parking ban at Walmart’s request. Honduran initiative Dr. Tommy Ball of Front Royal

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Family Practice recently returned from a volunteer stint bringing medical help to the poor in Honduras. He says the long-term health project called HOMBRES is doddering on its financial legs. Seems that while our Valley residencies - Ball’s own and the Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency in Winchester, joined by a health center on Rhode Island and the VCU/MCV Department of Family Medicine - have provided volunteer health professionals to help a small clinic they established on the impoverished island in 001, financial contributions have backslid. Doctors, dentists and other health professionals locally will be asked to bump up their donations to keep the Honduras clinic in business. Also, Ball is looking for more health professionals to join the “brigade” of volunteers who help out at the clinic - typically, about two weeks each year. A Vino Thanksgiving Warren County cops, the army, the feds, and a state police bomb squad, called out unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day, did not miss their turkey dinners, thanks to Rachel and Christian Failmezger, managers of Vino E Formaggio on Main Street. The Failmezgers had already invited the needy and the lonely to free dinners at the restaurant. When the multilaw enforcement task force had finished a gun, ammunition and drug (marijuana) bust resulting in the arrest of David Anthony Boles of Front Royal (see related press release), they received their dinners courtesy of Vino E Formaggio. The restaurant says they served up to 60 people, including the law enforcement folks, free dinners between 1 and 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. As a postscript to this story, we had occasion to visit the local animal shelter to buy tree ornaments ($10 apiece) and heard that Boles was well known to staffers, one of whom remarked on his kindness to animals, particularly cats – it must not have been them he didn’t trust while allegedly arming himself to the teeth. FR Rotary donates to shelter The Rotary Club of Front Royal has approved a $5,000 contribution - spread over five years - to establish a shelter area on the old 19-acre Fishnet property, now under devel-

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report and service requirements necessary to support future development. In fact, after it was observed the general consensus with both town and county planning commissions and elected board was positive, Fox said, “I don’t know if we are all supportive of this.” Fox said he wanted more detail on potential impacts on traffic, school populations, as well as other county service and infrastructure – “That’s where I’m at,” the board chairman said with a Dec. 0 deadline for an initial county and town response to the annexation proposal. However Tony Carter noted that such an undecided stance just 16 days before the state expected an initial thumbs up or down from the involved municipalities might be counterproductive to the entire review process. “Are we being asked if we’ll con-

“I think we all agree it makes sense to put future growth there in town … But it makes sense we get adequate proffers. But I think the developer doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do yet. Due to the economy this could be put off 10, 1, 15 years down the road.” – Supervisor Tony Carter

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At a Dec. 4 meeting, the Warren County Board of Supervisors mirrored town council discussion on a citizen-driven annexation request involving 604 acres of undeveloped agricultural pasture land north of Happy Creek Road near Mary’s Shady Lane and the I-66 overpass. That discussion indicated tentative support for a friendly, three-way boundary adjustment agreement between the town, county and the owner of the property. However county official, led by board Chairman Archie Fox, indicated the need for more concrete assurances from the property owner that adequate measures be put in place to protect both the town and county regarding developer contributions to support infrastructure test this?” Linda Glavis asked of the looming first response deadline. County Attorney Blair Mitchell said yes and added that should the board decide to fight the proposed loss of 604 acres of county land, “there are probably things we could do to block this annexation all together.” Mitchell noted that whether the boundary adjustment was friendly or contested would impact how it was reviewed at the state level, either by a three-judge panel (contested) or one judge (friendly). He also observed that the applicant

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ing an indication that the town and county would not fight his boundary adjustment proposal. “I understand that is costly to put together,” Richard Traczyk said of providing a detailed developmental plan, “and is why he is reluctant to do it without some positive commitment [from the town and county].” “I think we all agree it makes sense to put future growth there in town – I have no problem with that. But it makes sense we get adequate proffers. But I think the developer doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do yet. Due to the economy this could be put off 10, 1, 15 years down the road,” Carter observed. Mitchell observed it was unlikely either the town or county would oppose the request as long as guarantees were put in place to see service and infrastructure impacts would be part of the developer’s proffers when he did seek re-zoning for development. County Administrator Doug Stanley noted that such proffers should address cost impacts to the county or town at the time development was brought forward, rather than what is in place currently. Traczyk suggested reaching a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) to assure those concerns and other issues brought up by the town and county planning commissions be addressed at the appropriate time. Attorney Mitchell noted

MOU’s were not legally binding but could be a step, with further assurances, in the right direction. International conspiracy? The boundary adjustment initiative forwarded by Front Royal Limited Partnership principal David Vazzana would encourage and enable future residential and commercial development along Urban Development Area (UDA) guidelines that were passed into law by the Virginia General Assembly, with support from former 18th District Del. Clay Athey, before being rescinded last year. Those guidelines support development adjacent to existing development and utility infrastructure. The goal is to preserve more remote county agricultural lands from developmental sprawl that threatens the character of Virginia’s undeveloped rural land. However, the UDA initiative has

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“… my biggest concern as we try to make our election non-partisan forcibly, we’re injecting partisan presidential elections into our town elections. And that concerns me very deeply.” – Councilman Daryl Funk on codifying non-partisan, November, even-year town elections

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Vice-Mayor Parker and Mayor Darr, at left, and Councilman Funk, at right, were not seeing eye to eye on proposed Town Charter changes pertaining to elections. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Facing a Dec. 5 deadline for submission of changes to the Town Charter to the Virginia General Assembly for consideration, an uneasy consensus approved those recommended changes by a 5-1 vote on Nov. 6. The vote was delayed from one anticipated on Nov. 13 following a contentious 40 minute debate after the offering of last-minute amendments either designed to speed up the transition process from May to November elections or revisit a preference for odd versus even years for town elections being moved from standalones in May, to November when ballots would be shared with either county elections (odd) or state and federal (even). While not the only councilman with questions about the final form the recommendations took, the lone dissenting vote came from first-term councilman Daryl Funk. Prefacing his opposition, Funk noted his preferences had been well-documented previously. Most notable among those preferences were that if elections were to be moved to November – and that was a BIG if for him – they be moved to even-years for all six councilmen and the mayor every four years during presidential election cycles; and that council reject inclusion of a Charter amendment that would assure town elections remain non-partisan. Council quickly rejected the allin every four-year elections, citing the potential danger of losing an entire council and mayor with all their combined institutional knowledge of town processes. “I thought about asking staff to tell me how many hours it’s spent over this November versus May issue over the past couple years. But I thought that would kind of stockpile on the problem. And it does concern me how much time we have wasted on this issue with a very simple fix in front of us when we could have set it by statute, rather than making it a part of fixing our [Charter],” Funk began in stating his case one last time prior to a vote. However as others supporting inclusion of the November and nonpartisan Charter changes, most prominently Vice-Mayor Shae Parker and Councilmen Gene Tewalt and Bret Hrbek, pointed out during work session discussion, an overwhelming majority of respondents to a town poll favored the change to November. They also noted that limiting the partisan issue to a simple ordinance change would allow each new council majority to change the statute back and forth creating a political ping-pong ball. Funk also noted that non-partisan elections weren’t currently a subject of any town ordinance or code but simply continued in a non-partisan manner without being codified or forced into law. But in countering Funk’s suggestion the partisan issue simply be left as it is, it has been observed that while the councilman himself has said he would oppose partisan nominations as long as a mayor who would be disqualified by them was in office (Pentagon security officer and Mayor Tim Darr faces federal Hatch Act restrictions on federal employees running in partisan elections) that would not eliminate anyone else from forwarding partisan nominations. In fact, such a move was suggested on Funk’s behalf this spring by Warren County Republican Committee Secretary Mary Kay Clark. Mayor Darr has also pointed to the elimination of not only him, but all local federal employees from future runs for town office should partisanship be allowed into the town electoral process. Asked about that partisan issue during a subsequent phone conversation, Funk questioned whether partisan nominations for town elections were even possible since no town political committees exist. Well, the town is part of the county and there certainly are county political committees, at least one of which has expressed an interest in nominating town candidates, we countered. Moving on, Funk revisited concerns that councilmen elected in even, presidential election years would see a much higher voter turnout – 60 to 70 percent locally – than those in off-presidential years (35 percent) – “that’s a whole lot closer to what we were getting in May (15 to 0 percent in all but one election since 000), Funk observed on Nov. 6. (That one voter turnout exception was the volatile 004 “Walmart on the river” election that saw a 35 percent turnout oust all four incumbent candidates, three councilmen and a mayor who favored allowing the retail giant to build on the bank of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River off Strasburg Road.) While Funk noted the proposed move would extend his term six months, he referenced comments by the only public hearing speaker on the Charter proposal, W. 5th Street resident Robert Crouch in forwarding another concern. “Before we did have elections that were focused on town issues and I think Mr. Crouch says it better than most – [and that] is my biggest concern – as we try to make our election non-partisan forcibly, we’re injecting partisan presidential elections into our town elections. And that concerns me very deeply,” Funk said. His final shot was questioning whether inclusion of the non-partisan issue could sink the rest of the proposed changes. Funk said it was possible the General Assembly (divided along increasingly partisan lines in proposing social agenda legislation in the past year) would approve any of the proposed changes if the nomination by non-partisan petition only were included. “I’m very concerned it will not pass the General Assembly, and then we’ll be right back where we are now and many of those important reforms that we’ve put in there and that Mr. Parker has put in there, aren’t going to be implemented in time,” Funk said of the “housekeeping” aspects of the proposed changes. However, Vice-Mayor Parker has told us while fond of “housekeeping” changes bringing the Town Charter into the 1st Century, his primary concern as stated at the Nov. 13 meeting, is to head off any single political party or voting block from dictating the political life of this or any other community. And he noted, moving town elections to November when general elections occur will save the town about $8,000 of taxpayer money per election. Parker has also countered Funk’s argument that the Assembly might reject all the proposed Charter changes over the inclusion of the non-partisan issue. Parker says his research shows that other towns have similar safeguards written into their Charters, so whatever the personal preference of a majority of state representatives as to partisan elections, they would be hard pressed to legally reject such a change. “I’ve heard that but I haven’t seen it myself,” Funk told us of other town Charters including a non-partisan section. But in the end and with little additional discussion (maybe the rest of council was still reeling from the lengthy Nov. 13 debate) Funk stood alone with his arguments to leave well enough alone on dates and partisanship in town elections.

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“I feel bad for these three deputies. It’s a shame that they would have to ruin their career and resign over this … It’s hard for me, personally, to be upset with them for hunting in the town limits.” – Town Councilman Tom Sayre on deputy resignations

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Sayre: ‘It’s hard for me to be upset with them for hunting in the town limits’
– God forbid – “reporters” for the “deer” or “bear” that may be raining on anyone’s particular parade of “lifeas-we-envisioned-it in our little corner of small-town, rural American paradise” when we relocated here from the city or suburbs.) A wildlife problem Over the past two years Sayre has several times sponsored complaints from constituents brought to council concerning the presence of wildlife interloping on residential neighborhoods. As has been repeatedly explained by both town and state game officials in response to such complaints, in the case of bears their presence is explained by a keen sense of smell generated by food sources usually left outside that will attract them over distances of miles. Those sources in residential neighborhoods are generally unsecured trash with food wastes, pet food kept outdoors and even bird feeders. But rather than simply inform constituents of available methods of eliminating the problem by the securing of trash in bear-proof containers provided by the town Refuse Department; or forward Game & Inland Fisheries instructions on eliminating other food sources known to

Those darn deer, shoot ‘em up?!!? - Photo Jackie Hodgkiss As Ray Charles once sang, ‘What’d I say?’ By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We were somewhat taken aback to see Front Royal Town Councilman Tom Sayre tell TV 3 of Winchester in an interview initially broadcast on Nov. 13, that he essentially has no issue with people, including law enforcement officials, hunting and firing guns illegally within the limits of the town he was elected to serve. Our understanding of such service includes legislating town codes and overseeing law enforcement, among other services, for the general public safety and good. However, in a broadcast entitled “Front Royal Reacts to Hunting Charge Against Deputies”, Sayre said of three WCSO deputies who resigned on Nov. 5 due to an investigation into illegal hunting activities (see our last issue), “I feel bad for these three deputies. It’s a shame that they would have to ruin their career and resign over this … It’s hard for me, personally, to be upset with them for hunting in the town limits.” Sayre, a criminal and domestic law attorney in private practice, prefaced the above remarks by noting, “Where I live in the town limits of Front Royal we have so many deer. I have friends that have been complaining to me about the number of deer in Front Royal.” So, is the councilman okay with illegal hunting in town only if done so by law officers trained in the use of firearms – if not so well in obeying the laws they were hired to enforce – or should we take his remarks as a carte blanche for all of us to take guns and the law into our own hands as we see fit to eliminate what we may consider a nuisance we didn’t anticipate when we moved into this rural community? (Uh oh!!! – That could really open up a can of worms if one were to substitute any number of potentially annoying figures, say “cats” or “barking dogs” or “neighbors” or “overgrown yards” or “politicians” or

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attract bears, the councilman seems to favor sponsoring continued public complaining and ongoing oblivion to these well-publicized preventive measures. As for trap-and-relocate programs suggested at one point, state game officials have explained that due to large bear population statewide there is no trap and release program, only a trap and destroy option. Short-term memory loss? Regarding the county’s large deer population increasing intrusions into town neighborhoods, last year a deer-culling program was initiated with council approval. However, rather than set up a hunting free-forall that could jeopardize the safety of all town residents, their children and pets, the approved program, which as we recall Sayre voted to implement, 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 Front Royal Town Council during a Sept. 19, 011 presentation, the program does not enable public hunting or the use of firearms within town limits. Rather, it initiates a strictly supervised bow hunting program manned by archery club members, locally the Massanutten Archery Club, authorized to participate. And that program must first gain the permission of site-specific and surrounding property owners to be implemented in any neighborhood, even more remote and rural ones. Revisionist History? On Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:53 p.m. we e-mailed a query asking Sayre to elaborate on the attitude reflected in his televised remarks. His reply, emailed about 33 hours later at 4:4 a.m. Dec. 5, forwarded us a link to a transcript of the TV 3 video interview with a note he had elaborated in a comment posted to that link. In that posted comment Sayre says, “The TV3 reporter only quoted me on a very small part of my interview with her. As I explained to Hattie Cheek in the November 13 interview, there are serious consequences to illegal hunting in the town limits of Front Royal. The three deputies paid a just price for their wrong actions. “I also explained to Hattie that I proposed an urban deer archery program within the town limits of Front Royal. The archery hunter must be a member of the organization Suburban Whitetail of Northern Virginia which is the town’s designated agent with Game & Inland Fisheries. They are required to go through strict safety training and marksmanship. “While helping stem the deer population in our town these measures help insure the safety of our citizens. Although the urban deer archery program was initially met with strong resistance, it has now been embraced.” Timing is everything Sayre’s was one of two comments posted in response to the video interview and transcript. The first posted by Emma Thompson (does the great British actress keep up with Front Royal politics?!!?), asks, “Really? Isn’t that man an elected official for the Town of Front Royal???” At 8:50 a.m. on Dec. 5 when we

“Really? Isn’t that man an elected official for the Town of Front Royal???” – comment on video link posted by Emma Thompson

viewed the link forwarded to us by Sayre, Thompson’s comment was listed as being posted “1 days ago”, which would have been Nov. 14, the day after Sayre’s interview initially

appeared. Sayre’s comment was listed as appearing “1 hours ago” indicating it had been posted at some point between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 4, a lit-

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By Malcolm Barr, Sr. Warren County Report Set in the Shenandoah Valley, the locally written, reprise presentation at Wayside Theatre couldn’t be more appropriate or magical for the holidays Many saw and thrilled to the world premiere of “Glory Bea! A Shenandoah Christmas Story” last year. They are calling this edition a world premiere also, and it’s worth the grandiosity even though it is only slightly changed (for the better) from the earlier show. It’s smoother, sometimes funnier, and it is grandly acted from the 10-year-old in the title role to the two veteran professionals in the cast, Thomasin Savaiano (Annie Thorne) and Steve Przybylski (Mike) who literally makes an ass of himself in an otherwise poignant story. Each of the players is double cast so we will describe those on stage at the opening night Nov. 5 and mention the others as we go along. For example, we saw Hannah Marteeny, 10, sing and act her little heart out in her Wayside debut a week ago Sunday; you may see last

year’s Gloriana Beatrice Thorne, Audrey Nakagawa, 1, in her third Christmas show at Wayside. Either way, both kids are both endearing and entertaining. Hats off to a trio of country music virtuosos – Przybylski, also music director and composer; Jody Lee, who doubles as Gabe and the Rev. Hite; and Jason Labrador (Zeke). The musicians carry the show along briskly, complementing the story teller, bass fiddler Lee. Richard Follett was there on opening night to see his new and improved masterpiece which he collaborated on with former Wayside favorite Larry Dahlke, now relocated to Chicago. Przbylski, who last year alternated with the popular local vocalist and musician Robbie Limon, scored the music and this year shares the part of a guitar-playing donkey with Darrell Johnston. Limon was in the audience this time and liked the changes made in the current show. Incidentally, Limon performs in a benefit show at the Wayside December 9. Tickets may still be available. “Glory Bea” is about a family living somewhere north of Harrisonburg finding it hard to make

ends meet in the depression of the 1930s. We all know what a recession is today; try a depression. Dad ( Benjamin Reed as John Thorne) has to leave home to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) creating what is now known as Skyline Drive. He leaves his wife, Annie, at home and pregnant, with daughter Glory Bea, to tend the farm. It’s a tough life as a hurricane blows through (the 1930s version of Sandy?) and winter arrives. Thorne has promised to return by Christmas. We saw Reed do a credible job with the dad role; you may see Bob Payne in the cameo. Leslie Putnam plays school teacher Sarah Perkins convincingly, whipping her rowdy class into relatively good order in time for the nativity play. Theresa McGuirk will be a familiar face to many as she takes her turn as teacher Sarah. She first appeared at Wayside nine years ago in “A Christmas Carol.” Kimberly Braun joins Wayside this holiday season to alternate with Savaiano as Annie. The kids who are pivotal to this cast vary in age, the youngest,

Thomas Bauserman, 8. The others include Patrick Bauserman, 13; John Carter in the 3rd grade at Middletown Elementary; Cherith Pilong, 8th grader who likes to sing and (tap) dance; Tyler Plazio, 11, of Warren County; Jessica Shostek, also a Middletown Elementary third grader; Jackson Sirbaugh, 11, class president at Daniel Morgan Middle School; Brady Spaid, also

from Daniel Morgan; Amanda Willis, a performer for the Young Artists of America in Washington, D.C.; and Natalie Youngblood, a straight A 5th grader. Most of the above are members or graduates of Wayside’s Young Performers’ Workshop or the Young Ambassadors’ Guild. Wes Calkin and J. Clinedinst collaborated on a splendidly scenic backdrop; costumes were in the capable hands of Caleb Blackwell. Warner Crocker directed. “Glory Bea!” Runs through December 4; Weekend matinees at :30 p.m.; Sunday performances at 6:30; Wednesday-Saturday evening performances at 7:30; Christmas Eve matinee at 1:30 p.m. Several performances have already sold out. Call (540) 869-1776 for tickets and further information. (Malcolm Barr, Sr. is a retired journalist, federal government public relations director; and a past executive member (secretary) of Wayside’s board of directors.)

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“I asked the town to please exterminate the cats. The town didn’t do anything – they said I was free to take whatever action I wanted to. And I did, and some of my neighbors did, and the cats disappeared.” – Forrest Ann Duncan W. 5th St. property neighbor Robert Crouch

Neighbor asks for more action on overgrown Duncan yard
Those darn cats – but they do weed out other pests like mice, rats & …
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The owner of a residential property across the street from a vacant and overgrown residential property on the 100 block of West 5th Street has asked the town to take more aggressive action to clear it. Town crews were seen clearing some overgrowth on the property earlier this year. Robert Crouch told council he understood the property he is seeking action against belonged to Forrest Ann Duncan or possibly another member of the Duncan family acting in her interest. Forrest Ann Duncan is the widow of Howard, the late brother of former Town Manager and Councilman Walter Duncan. Howard was a driving force behind the forming of the IDA (Industrial Development Authority), a forerunner of the modern Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA). Forrest Ann Duncan brings a distinctive perspective, some might say eccentric, to bear on some of her areas of interest. She once described the yard surrounding the now-vacant house on West 5th Street as a preserve of native Virginia flora, some of it apparently planted by her late husband. However, at least one neighbor has a less favorable view of the property. “I’m here to ask council to investigate 15 West 5th Street as a public nuisance … The property is a public health hazard. The yard has been allowed to grow up in weeds and various under-brush,” Crouch told council on Nov. 6. Crouch said he believed he wasn’t the first area resident to complain about the property, adding, “It is systematically destroying the property values of the neighborhood just by its existence. I filed a number of complaints with the zoning administrator. I think some action was taken but I don’t think adequate action was taken.” Crouch said he was told he would have to appear before council to seek “proper legal action” against the issues he sees remaining with the property. He called the lot “a fire hazard in the summertime” and “a health hazard” attracting a number of “pests.” “This has been going on a long time and these people have basically thumbed their nose to the town and to the citizens of the town and I really think it’s time for it to come to an end,” Crouch said. However Crouch indicated a perhaps extra-legal move that ended, if not the overgrown flora, at least one of the pests he believes inhabited the lot. “When I first acquired the property at 16 West 5th Street there were over a dozen feral cats living on the property (perhaps they were attempting to control the other pest populations Crouch cited on the property). I asked the town to please exterminate the cats. The town didn’t do anything – they said I was free to take whatever action I wanted to (a call to WCSO animal control or the Humane Society might have been good choices). And I did, and some of my neighbors did, and the cats disappeared.” As for the town’s official position on feral cats, Town Manager Steve Burke later told us, “The town, working with Warren County and the Humane Society, is currently investigating how to address the feral cat problem. We are currently seeking advice from the Attorney General as to the legality of humane trapping of feral cats. Until such time as an opinion is issued, the town can advise residents to attempt to remove any food sources for feral animals from their property to reduce the likelihood of attracting animals to their property. We hope to receive the Attorney General’s opinion soon so that we can develop a program to address this issue. The Town continues to request that our citizens contact the Town with any issues.” Initial work session discussions indicate the program being explored locally would mirror trap-neuterrelease programs being utilized to reduce feral cat populations in localities to our east, including Loudoun County. Following Crouch’s comments, Mayor Tim Darr asked the town manager to look into the issues raised by Crouch, noting, “I have spoken with you before about this. This has been a nuisance problem for a long time and I do think we owe those neighbors some answers.” The mayor suggested the town planning and zoning department look into the situation and bring a report to council at a future work session. “We do need to bring some closure to that, I agree 100 percent it is an issue,” the mayor concluded, asking for a council consensus – which he got – to proceed as suggested. However, one councilman, Eugene Tewalt, suggested staff action prior to council being informed by staff of any zoning, legal or other parameters that may be impacting town action on the property. “Bob spoke with me about this as well,” Councilman Tom Sayre added. “That you have been numerous times to the town, to the town manager and different people. So, I am glad you came here this evening to speak on the camera and hopefully something will get done.” Most recently Mrs. Duncan has lived in an apartment in downtown Front Royal near the town center.

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International relations

“Especially valuable was the opportunity to talk in-depth with faculty and students at the university, and to hear their ideas and the results of their mass communication research into the election. There was a true exchange – culturally, professionally and personally.” – Jerry Aumente

Middle East journalists observe U.S. election
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ed us with an excellent opportunity to observe attitudes toward the presidential election in a key swing state, Virginia, and outside the Washington bubble,” Aumente said. “Especially valuable was the opportunity to talk in-depth with faculty and students at the university, and to hear their ideas and the results of their mass communication research into the election. There was a true exchange – culturally, professionally and personally – between the students and the Jordanian journalists and I know that both sides benefited from it. Shenandoah University should be proud of its students and faculty who made us feel so welcome, and the time so well-spent. We are very grateful to Dr. Karen Kennedy Schultz for making this all happen.” Ms. Alia Toukan, Editor, Reporter and News Anchor for Jordan Television and Radio Corporation added, “What was interesting in the discussions with students of journalism at Shenandoah University was that every student had a story to tell, that determined which candidate they

On the set of TV3 ABC affiliate in Winchester, left to right, Ms Ayat Al-Alawneeh, economics editor, Al Arab Al Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan; Jerome Aumente, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, of Bentonville, VA; and Dr. Karen Kennedy Schultz, Director of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship, Shenandoah University, who organized Winchester visit of Jordanian Journalists. Jordanian journalists who are preparing for coverage of their own elections in the Middle East recently observed the Presidential election in the United States as guests of the State Department in a program developed and conducted by Jerome Aumente, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. Seven journalists from newspapers, television, news agencies and online news sites met with American news media counterparts in Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago and Winchester, Virginia before, during and after the election. The program was organized by Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C. On Election Day, they observed voting at several polling sites and conducted exit interviews with voters and poll watchers in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts. They attended an election night watch at the main Democratic gala in Boston and monitored the returns as they showed President Barack Obama being re-elected and Elizabeth Warren winning a closely watched US Senate race. The journalists filed photos, videos and stories via the Internet as they traveled and also planned followup reports when they returned to Jordan. The timing of their visit was particularly important as Jordan prepares for key parliamentary elections in January and watches the Arab Spring transform neighboring coun-

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“… Students expressed their mistrust in the electoral system, talked about fraud, corruption and there were even those who were not going to participate in the elections simply because they didn’t believe their voice made a difference. So I guess the U.S. is not that much different than other countries.” – Jordanian journalist Alia Toukan
were voting for. [Some] Students expressed their mistrust in the electoral system, talked about fraud, corruption and there were even those who were not going to participate in the elections simply because they didn’t believe their voice made a difference. So I guess the United States is not that much different than other countries.” Heba Kahler, who acted as interpreter on the visit, observed, “I sat with a couple of Jordanian journalists and a few students from different majors during lunch and the most interesting part was the candid discussion they had about a wide range of subjects from their majors to their voting and favorite candidate. The Jordanian journalists enjoyed visiting the mass communication class and discussing elections, Middle East issues and domestic affairs that influenced their vote. It was a great cultural opportunity to have an informal conversation with students and to learn about their concerns and ambitions.” Ms. Ayat Al-Alawneeh, Economics Editor, Al Arab Al Yawm Daily Newspaper, Amman, Jordan called the visit to Shenandoah University a landmark in her perspective from several angles. “One of the students stated she had access to a loan to finish her studies and will finish her graduate studies in order to find a job. Her statement was a turning point in the way I think of Arab youth in general and the Jordanians specifically who used to see traveling to America and finding a job as a dream hard to achieve. I now also see how unemployment hit the US economy especially among college degree holders.” On to the political hub In Washington, they met with Middle East specialists at the State Department, with editors and on-air personalities at the PBS “News Hour” and later at WETA public television. In Boston, they met with editors at The Boston Globe, at the online news service, Global Post, and with editors of the Associated Press New England Bureau. They met with the directors and staff of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and at the Kennedy School of Government’s Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and attended journalism discussion s at both. They also met at the Tufts University Fletcher School with graduate students focused on global issues and intercultural exchange. When the journalists found themselves unable to leave Chicago because of mega-storm Sandy, additional meetings were arranged for them at Northwestern University’s Medill School, with county election officials and with campaign officials. “The entire program was a challenge as we encountered ‘Franken-

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storm’ Sandy at the beginning of our stay in Washington which shut down the capitol, and then found ourselves in the middle of a Nor’easter at the end of our stay in Boston,” Aumente said. “Luckily, it became an added bonus, as our visitors observed the American news media covering both a presidential election and one of the most powerful storms of all time to hit the Eastern seaboard.” Another visiting journalist said, “What I liked most about the seminar-workshop was the variety of places we visited where we learned how printed, televised and digitalized journalism operate. In addition to that, I liked being exposed to the academic side and meet students and faculty members to learn more about the American culture.” (We thank Jerry Aumente for his report on this important opportunity for foreign and domestic journalists to interact not only with each other, but U.S. students and political operatives as well.)


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Why VDOT’s Morgan’s Ford Bridge plan stinks
jeopardized unless you take “our way or the highway,” wherein at least one local councilman, Bret Hrbek, has decided to call VDOT’s bluff in connection with the parkand-ride. He and others (and me, for that matter) prefer a small park setting at the end of the new bridge, a span according to VDOT we may not get unless the Town removes its objections to a square of Tarmac. It’s pretty much the same deck of cards they are dealing from in connection with their proposed new bridge that will spoil the tranquility of one of two of the prettiest areas of the Shenandoah River, increasing traffic flow through inadequate roads between Happy Creek and Route 5. VDOT is consistent in its plea that the low-

water (Morgan Ford) bridge is beyond further repair and most of us who live in the area would agree. I also suggest that REPLACING the old span with a similar new one, maybe a few feet wider and slightly higher, so that tourists can still enjoy their destination, fishermen may still fish, children may still swim and play during the summer months, and all of us can just put our 1st Century lives on idle for a minute or so while waiting our turn in order that oncoming cars (yes, cars, not trucks) may cross to the opposite side. VDOT will give you a dozen reasons for spreading the bridge over two lanes and lengthening it by several hundred feet, one of them, to accommodate increased traffic flow, building it 10 to 15 feet

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By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report (Managing editor’s note: We had hoped to have Malcolm Barr, our contributing writer and a resident of Rockland, provide a counterpoint to this writer’s piece on the pros and cons of a new Morgan Ford Bridge in our last edition. But alas, family holiday timing was bad. While Barr attended both VDOT informational meetings on the future of the river crossing north of town at Morgan’s Ford, he says brought no preconceived opinion with him. But subsequently his opinion solidified (we think he has been brainwashed by devious

mind-controlling neighbors) to that of opponents of the VDOT plan and says in the wake of my story in the Late November edition, he purposely “wrote from the heart because anyone can skew statistics any way they want to prove an argument” (well, that was also my point last issue, Mal). So here is Mr. Barr’s counterpoint to my point, explaining his position, a position he points out disagrees entirely from his wife Carol’s – “Our family is riven, he laughs.) ” I read the other day of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s tourism promotion awards to various Northern Shenandoah jurisdic-

tions. Nothing there for Front Royal or Warren County, however. And why would there be when both are bent on allowing the state’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) to destroy two of the area’s “beauty spots” (as we Brits refer to them) i.e. the proposal to place a “park and ride” lot at the very entrance to the Town that citizens saved from Walmart, and one of the county’s most beauteous areas now occupied by the old, admittedly decrepit, “low water bridge” that has served the local population gracefully and adequately for 85 years. VDOT would have you believe that federal and state funds are

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higher, citing the flooding that interrupts our travels maybe 0 days out of 365. VDOT tells us they will build us a bridge that will last another 75 years or whatever. And they will ban trucks. Hah! Listen to that, Sheriff McEathron. Increase your budget to pay for round-theclock traffic duties at the bridge to enforce VDOT’s new law. By the way, getting back to the Town’s entrance bridges, one of which will shortly be renovated or replaced – can anyone see, from their autos, the beautiful river vistas both east and west given the “safety walls” that VDOT engineers erected? There is a better way to do it. I drove across the 14th Street bridge in Washington a week or so ago where they built adequate safety barricades without spoiling the view up or down the Potomac. Back to the “low water” bridge, VDOT will tell you (and so will certain members of the Board of Supervisors) that a larger version of the present span is needed to accommodate increased traffic flow. First, many of us who live around here don’t want to encourage increased traffic flow through our inadequate country lanes and byways. Sticking with a (semi)low water bridge, single lane, a bit higher, will DISCOURAGE traffic and be about $5 million, give or take a million or so, cheaper. – All taxpayer dollars, remember! As for present-day traffic volume, has anybody waited more than a minute or so to get across? Has anyone really cared about the slight delay? Have we seen traffic backups at the bridge entrances beyond two or three cars? Fire trucks? True, the local volunteer department cannot quickly get to the other side of the bridge (though its ambulances can) but there are responders on the other side. Faster and increased volume of traffic and trucks on the Happy Creek side will most certainly endanger young children. Their parents, ignored, have been telling us so for months. Much has been made of the dangers of the low water bridge during high water and we grieved recently over the drowning death of a young woman who, by happenstance, shared my last name. In its wisdom (oh! that

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someone in authority would have thought of it before) the board of supervisors erected two stout gates and a warning system before the bridge approaches. And that solved the problem of the deadly mix of flood waters and a 1st Century GPS system of navigation. So, throw that one over the side, VDOT. Back to my first observation of the governor leaving Warren County out in the cold insofar as additional funds for tourism were concerned and the inconsistencies of our county government. On Nov. 30, I heard our county executive extolling the virtues of the Shenandoah River and the plans that were in hand for riverfront property development on the former Fishnet property which is to become Rockland Park. As that beautiful area is developed, less than two or three miles away on the same waterway, a VDOT-designed bridge will destroy the ambience and tranquility of another part of the river. The irony of the thing!

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committee to help new start ups overcome the biggest hurdle most face in today’s economy: Financing. The second, I am going to call our Christmas Wish List because we can all have an input into what we would like to see in our Front Royal-Warren County community. Maybe you would like to see a bakery, a brew pub, an Italian restaurant, or an outdoors shop. Whatever our desires she would like us all to call, email, or write the WCEDA with our wish list. So, if you want to make your voice heard or just want to learn more contact the WCEDA: Phone: (540) 635-18 Email: Mail: WCEDA 400-D Kendrick Lane P.O. Box 445 Front Royal, VA, 630-910 Web:

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By Carol Ballard Warren County Report payout so far, with $. million going for construction. He also stated that the interest on the SunTrust portion of the loan has been paid. The authority’s owner representative, James Marstin, reported on aspects of the roof construction and said cells will have roof slabs in next week. “We hope to have roughly onequarter of it under roof by Christmas – if the weather cooperates – so work can continue there during the winter,” he said. The project is on schedule for the projected April 7, 014 completion date and Marstin praised Shockey for staying on track. He noted that the arrival of the precast 70-sq. ft. -cell jail units has been accelerated. According to a status report from Moseley Architects, Octo-

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Lawsuit appeal filed, in-house roofing oversight approved
The Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Authority board met on Nov. 9 to hear progress reports on the construction of the $8 million jail which will serve to incarcerate inmates from the three counties. At the end of the meeting, Brandon Hefty of Hefty and Wiley Law offices, lawyers for the Authority, asked that the board go into a closed session regarding the lawsuit brought by Mark A. Prince of Shenandoah County against the Authority. Prince’s contention was that bond obligations for construction of the jail could not be authorized without a voter referendum of the three counties involved. On September 8, 01, 6th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp ruled in favor of RSW as the defense, and dismissed the lawsuit. After the closed session on Thursday, Hefty said the plaintiffs filed an appeal to go to a three-judge panel of the Virginia Supreme Court. He said a decision on whether the Supreme Court judicial panel will hear the appeal is expected in February 013. In other business, Warren County’s North River District Supervisor Dan Murray praised jail construction contractor Howard Shockey & Sons for keeping the site clean and debris-free and putting gravel down so grounds aren’t muddy. “I drive by there every day, they’re doing an excellent job,” he said. The board heard a financial update from Shenandoah County Budget Manager Garland Miller Jr. He said there’s been a $.4 million ber’s progress included: completion of a majority of the building’s footings; placement of some precast wall panels and of cells in the female medium and maximum security areas; widening of shoulder and turning lanes at Rte. 5N; and completion of underground utility work. A report and photo presentation of this progress was given by Project Manager Carrie Henaghan of Moseley Architects. Marstin, who is also a certified building inspector, proposed that he be responsible and on-site to inspect the roof construction as it occurs. He explained that it is usual to hire former roofers to come and watch progress on that aspect of construction. However, he noted that often results in “paying people to sit around and do nothing” because there may not be roof construction going on when they get there at 8 a.m., but they still have to be paid for a full day. “Even though there are a lot of advantages to hiring them, it’s expensive,” he said, adding, “The testing budget doesn’t have enough money left to have the other roofers there full time.” The board approved his request. Warren County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley who is also the Authority’s chairman said he liked the idea because there had been a construction problem in the new public safety building. Construction of a section had already been built before it was inspected, and had to be torn out and replaced. “It’s good just to make sure simple things are taken care of,” he

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said. The board approved the Nutrient Offset Agreement, required by the Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality before they would issue the Virginia pollutant discharge elimination system permit which is necessary before the sanitary sewer system can be installed. The system will collect and convey wastewater to a new RSW municipal water treatment plant. Warren County’s Grants Coordinator Brandy Rosser presented samples of logo designs for the new website to be created by Emedia Associates of Bristow and Shenandoah Valley Productions. There was a lively discussion on the merits of the 16 designs she presented. The board agreed to include elements of each county in the logo but didn’t come to a final decision on how exactly it would look. They authorized Emedia to move forward with the rest of the web site while the board continues to mull the over the logo design because it will provide an online face for the project. “This logo will be on everything, badges, etc.,” observed Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron. The next RSW Authority meetings are scheduled for Jan. 4 and Feb. 8. Present at the November Authority meeting were: Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy; Roger Welch of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors; Shenandoah County Administrator Doug Walker; Conrad Helsley of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors; Shenandoah County Budget Manager Garland Miller Jr.; Warren County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley; Dan Murray of Warren County Board of Supervisors; Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron; Shenandoah County Sheriff Tim Carter; Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie Smith; Brendan Hefty of Hefty and Wiley Law offices; Owner‘s representative James Marstin of JRM Consultants; Correctional Consultant Chris Webb

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It’s that time of year again! The Department of Fire and Rescue Services will once again be sponsoring families this Christmas Season. This is our 5th year being able to take on this task thanks to the generous donations we receive from local businesses, citizens, and employees. The Department will be placing donation boxes in the Public Safety Building, Government Center, and in local businesses throughout the Town and County. We are in need of non-perishable food items, clothing, toys, monetary and/or gift card donations; all donations will be used strictly for our Christmas Families. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please call Fire Administration at 636-3830. As in the previous years, we are having our boot drive on Saturday, December 8th. We will be setting up at the Riverton Commons Shopping Center and the K-Mart Shopping Center. Our volunteers will be standing by the road with their boots ready to take your donations, so come on by and let’s make this the best year to date! It is very encouraging to know that we have a great working relationship within our community and can depend on you in a time of need to help those less fortunate than us. We thank you in advance and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas! (From a release)

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nowhere to go except to an emergency shelter filled with staff and volunteers waiting to care for them. With loving care, HSWC seeks to give a second chance to as many unwanted pets as possible each year. In this joyous holiday season, you too can make a positive impact. Together, we have the power to ensure that all homeless pets find the warmth and comfort of a home for the holidays. Through your gift, you become part of a conviction that each one of us will make a meaningful difference in the life of a homeless pet. Because of you, a life may be saved. Your support of the Humane Society of Warren County is vital and appreciated. You can mail your holiday gift to HSWC 145 Progress Drive Front Royal, VA 630 or donate online at On behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is a family. – Love, Hannah During the holiday season, people will bring pets into their home for holiday gifts. The Humane Society of Warren County encourages potential pet parents to consider a shelter pet. We are hopeful that families will consider adopting a cat or dog from the animal shelter before turning to a pet store. We have highly adoptable animals waiting patiently for a new home for the holidays. Our animals have had a medical assessment, have received basic vaccinations and many are already spayed or neutered. Prior to being placed for adoption they are screened for behavior and we can help match the right pet with the right family. Hannah (pictured) is one of the

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All eyes on Va. for next year’s gubernatorial showdown
Staunch conservative AG Ken Cuccinelli to face former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe
By Jonathan Lucci Warren County Report Publisher’s note: In the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections, Virginia’s results more closely matched the nation’s than any other state. With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enjoying record approval ratings and expected to coast to reelection in the country’s only other 2013 gubernatorial contest, the nation will look to Virginia as a harbinger of whether President Obama’s re-election was a result of a better campaign or a sign of the nation becoming more accepting of the Democratic agenda. This year, our gubernatorial election will be national news for a bigger reason than the fact that it is easy for the national media to cover since it is right next door to D.C. It seems as if the frenzy of the 01 election has yet to die down, and the political environment is already fully charged here in Virginia for next year’s gubernatorial battle, shaping up to be the marquee political event in the entire country in an otherwise dull off year. While both sides in Washington are grappling and positioning over the looming budget crisis, and concerned citizens here in Virginia rightly worry about the fiscal cliff and its consequences, events are already moving at a fast pace for our statewide elections next fall. Considering how closely Virginia mirrored the national popular vote and our now likely place as a perennial battleground state, next years gubernatorial election was bound to be exciting and closely watched. But that was before it became clear just who the two nominees were likely to be. Now that we know their identities, it is clear that the 013 matchup will be bitter, bruising, and viewed as a microcosm for the nation moving into the 014 midterms. On the Republican side, Lieutenant Governor Bolling decided against waging a fight for the nomination after the Republican Party decided to switch from a primary election to a party convention. It is widely believed that a party convention tilts dramatically toward the most conservative elements in the party, who are largely supporters of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Seeing no plausible path to the nomination, Bolling dropped out of the race this week and made it clear he was disappointed in the change and make it even clearer that he doubts Cuccinelli’s electability in November. For the moment, the Republican party is rallying around the controversial Attorney General and he appears to be the presumptive nominee. On the Democratic side, it has been no secret that former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe was planning on making another run at the nomination that was denied to him in 009. The real question for the Democrats was, What Would Marker Warner Do? Senator Warner, already a former popular governor, could likely have gained both the nomination and the general election win had he decided to run. However, after apparently giving it serious consideration and prompting some speculation, Warner decided against it and seems ready to run for reelection to the Senate in 014. Either the Senate or the Governor’s Mansion could serve as a fitting platform for a possible 016 Presidential run for Warner. With the matchup between McAuliffe and Cuccinelli, the bases of both parties get what they want and political junkies get what they love, a knock-down drag-out brawl between two seasoned talents. However, Virginia’s growth in political importance has come about largely because of neither political base but the presence of a large moderate swath of voters open to both parties and scared by extremes. While the race will certainly be entertaining, it is hard to believe either candidate will endear themselves to the swing voters in Northern Virginia and Richmond suburbs that will decide the election. McAuliffe’s identification with the national Democratic Party over so many years won’t necessarily play in his favor in a state only recently purple. Certainly, Mr. Cuccinelli’s outspokenly conservative positions on social issues will cause him deep and possibly fatal problems in Fairfax and Loudon Counties. With a year to go, and both men capable of raising massive amounts of money, one thing is certain: the respite Northern Virginia voters thought they were going to get from negative attack ads won’t last that much longer. Enjoy it while you can.

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Friday, December 7, 2012 All day Forecast 55° | 45° 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. TIME FOR BABY: What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of “Time for Baby” Join in as your senses are used to explore the world around us. Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome 1:30pm - 2:30pm Education Committee. Chamber Office. Saturday, December 8, 2012 All day Forecast 68° | 45° 8am - 9am Operation Blue Christmas. KMart, Front Royal. The Front Royal Police Department is hosting “Operation Blue Christmas” today. 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 community. Donations are needed. Check can be made out to the Front Royal Police Department Foundation, 24 W. Main Street, F.R., 22630 Attn: Shelley Mauck. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. KOOKY CHEFS COOK THE HOLIDAY - Join in the travel to Germany. Learn about interesting folk tales and customs and how they relate to time honored recipes. Try the most delicious of all German Christmas cookies. The Lebkuchen! Ages 8 and up. Please register. 6pm - 7pm Annual Mosby Dinner. Blue Ridge Shadows Country Club, Front Royal. The John S. Mosby Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans announces their Annual Mosby Commemoration Dinner to be held tonight. Happy Hour at 6:00p (Cash Bar); Dinner served at 7:00p (Italian Buffet). Special Guest Speaker: Erick Buckland, nationally known Mosby historian and author. RSVP Dwayne Mauck at (540) 636-6487 no later than December 1. $25.00/person. Sunday, December 9, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm Christmas Concert. Front Royal Presbyterian Church, Front Royal. The Front Royal Oratorio Society presents “REJOICE AND BE MERRY” tonight. A FREE Christmas Concert featuring traditional carols, hymns and the Halleluiah Chorus. Monday, December 10, 2012 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. There is only one Council Meeting in December. That meeting is tonight. Tuesday, December 11, 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. 7:30pm - 8:30pm Christmas Concert. Randolph Macon Academy Boggs Chapel, Front Royal. The American Legion Bank of Front Royal will present a Christmas Concert tonight. The concert is FREE and everyone is welcome. Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is TODDLER STORY TIME - What is black and white and yells MOO! all over? Cows, of course!

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Join in for simple silly songs, stories, and a craft all about these wonderful creatures. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is PRESCHOOL STORY TIME - What is black and white and yells MOO! all over? Cows of course! Join in for simple silly songs, stories, and a craft all about these wonderful creatures. 3:30pm - 5pm Chamber Board Meeting. Chamber Office. Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is TODDLER STORY TIME -What is black and white and yells MOO! all over? Cows, of course! Join in for simple silly songs, stories, and a craft all about these wonderful creatures. 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is PRESCHOOL STORY TIME - What is black and white and yells MOO! all over? Cows of course! Join in for simple silly songs, stories, and a craft all about these wonderful creatures. 4:30pm - 5:30pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is BIG KIDS STORY TIME - Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Everything Day a few days early with a sweet story and an edible food craft during our “Who Has a Sweet Tooth”? Story Time. For Kindergarten and up Saturday, December 15, 2012 10:10am - 11:10am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. BOOKS AND BARKS - Come to this extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog. For beginning readers and up. Please register. 2:30pm - 3:30pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. PEN AND INK! - Do you enjoy being creative? Do you often write, draw, or make crafts in your spare time? Come and join “Pen and Ink!” an exciting new club for young adults. Club emphasis will be entirely flexible, offering help to those who wish to learn more, and providing a forum for anyone who wants to share ideas. If you’ve got an imagination, this might just be the club for you! Ages 12

Engle’s Angle: Home Repairs - Not If I Can Help It
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My wife noticed it first. That’s typical. She always spots these things before I do. It’s like she has a special sense. The dryer vent hose had come apart up near the ceiling. Instead of dryer lint blowing outside like it was supposed to, it had been blowing around our furnace room. After some moaning and groaning on my part, we reattached it. That’s also typical. I’m not a fan of home repairs. Nor am I good at them. The other day, she saw it again. I wish she’d quit doing that. Yeah, it’s important to spot problems and fix them, but 99% of the time, I don’t know how. And that’s why 99% of the time, I’d rather pay someone who does. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like paying for home repairs either, but the charge, whatever it is, is almost always less than my frustration level when we try to do it ourselves. Plus, it takes me ten times as long. And that’s on a good day. That’s where my wife and I disagree. She’d rather we give it a go first. And so we did. On Saturday afternoon, she made a trip to Lowe’s to get parts. She came home carrying a box of stuff. “Do we need all that?” I asked, wondering what that had cost. But I do the same thing. If you’re not quite sure what you need, and I never am, buy ten different things. Surely one of them will work. You can always take the other nine back. Sunday afternoon, after I’d had time to mentally prepare myself for what lay ahead, we tackled the job. Of course, when I say we, I mean she. Because of the tight working quarters, only one of us could do it. And since her likelihood of success was much better than mine, she worked and I watched. If I had pom poms, I would’ve been a cheerleader. “Go Judy, go Judy! You rock! You can do it!” She wasn’t motivated by my support. “Will you zip it so I can concentrate?” “Yes dear.” “It’s soooo close,” she said on more than one occasion. But despite my support, and her effort, success was not to be. An hour and fifteen minutes later, she threw in the towel. It was time to call the professionals. Monday afternoon, that’s who showed up. And even he had a hard time, a fact that made my wife feel a bit better. Only after removing a section of furnace duct work was he able to get the job done. And when he was done, I did what I do best. I reached into my wallet and handed him a credit card. Now if I can only convince my wife to quit finding these things. I’m 100% certain that ain’t happening.

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and up. Please register. Monday, December 17, 2012 7pm - 8pm Town Council Work Session. Town Hall, Front Royal. Tonight the Town Council will have a Work Session in the Town Hall Conference Room located on the 3rd floor. Tuesday, December 18, 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. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is TODDLER STORY TIME - It’s that wonderful time of year again! Join in for festive songs, stories and a craft all about the favorite time
of year: Christmas! 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is PRESCHOOL STORY TIME - It’s that wonderful time of year again! Join in for festive songs, stories and a craft all about the favorite time of the year! Christmas! 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center. Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is TODDLER STORY TIME - It’s that wonderful time of year again! Join in for festive songs, stories and a craft all about the favorite time of year: Christmas! 11am - 12pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is PRESCHOOL STORY TIME - Its that wonderful time of year again! Join in for festive songs, stories and a craft all about the favorite time of the year! Christmas! 4:30pm - 5:30pm Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is BIG KIDS STORY TIME - Come and join in for a cozy story, activity and craft all about Christmas. For kindergarten and up. 5pm - 8pm Third Thursday ArtWalk. Downtown Front Royal.

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Dear Stewart, I decided to buy a live Christmas tree this year. How am I supposed to care for it? T. Reese Dear Mr. Reese, Congratulations on deciding to go live this year. This tree will be there to enjoy year after year and you might see me or one of my friends living in it some day. Yes, there is special care involved in live trees, but it is not all that difficult. The most important thing is to gradually introduce it to the warmer conditions of the house. Start three or four

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days before and put it in the cool garage or an enclosed porch. Remember this tree is dormant and immediate heat will start it growing again. Before it gets inside the house you’ll also want to check it for bugs and other critters. Some people like to spray on an antidessicant like Wiltpruf to help the needles contain the moisture before they bring the tree in the house. When it’s ready to come inside, place it inside a large galvanized tub to help stabilize it and help collect any fallen needles or debris. Try to locate the tree in a cool part of the room and definitely away from heat sources. Keep the root ball watered as often as necessary but try not to get it too soggy by over watering. Try not to leave the tree inside any more than 4 to 7 days and never add nutrients or fertilizers while inside the house. For reintroducing the tree to the outdoors, just reverse the procedure of bringing it inside so that it can slowly adapt to the colder temperatures outside. Once ready, the tree can be planted just like any other tree. Of course, you had planned ahead and already dug and prepared the hole so this part should be easy. I hope you enjoy your live Christmas tree for many years!

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