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“He was full of it – full of love for his country, his Lord … his family, his wife Doris, his cats … and his community. Wherever we were in the commonwealth you had a voice. He always stood up for the taxpayers of his community.” – Page’s Charles Campbell on John Smedley

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Daughter Desiree and grandson Chase in foreground, were surrounded by family, friends and co-workers of their father and grandfather. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Family, friends and former coworkers of late Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue John H. Smedley Sr. gathered late in the afternoon of Dec. 14, in Eastham Park to dedicate a bench overlooking a particularly scenic portion of the Shenandoah River. The event, at the closest of four “bump-out” sitting areas that have been installed along the trail that parallels the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, was co-sponsored by Warren County and the West Central District of the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia. It was brief and emotional. After an introduction by Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley, Page County Commissioner of the Revenue Charles L. Campbell recalled years on the road with Smedley during professional junkets around the commonwealth. Campbell recalled his wife asking what he would say at the event. “I told her I didn’t know, but it would be from the heart,” Campbell said. “We traveled, laughed and roomed together,” Campbell began, noting that Smedley invariably maneuvered him into driving so his companion could focus on his preferred travel job of talking. “He was full of it,” Campbell said, elaborating, “full of love for his country, his Lord … his family, his wife Doris, his cats – I think one was Mr. Peepers – and his community. Wherever we were in the commonwealth you had a voice. He always stood up for the taxpayers of his community.” Campbell noted Smedley’s propensity for laughter and for people, then referenced the tragic mass murder, including 0 young children in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that day, adding, “Maybe today’s event in Connecticut would not have happened if [the perpetrator] could have felt a little of John’s love in his heart.”

A moment of silence for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting earlier in the day of bench dedication. The entire dedication event seemed a solemn reminder that life is, indeed, fleeting. A tranquil riverside setting seems an appropriate spot to reflect and value the lives we do have.

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From left on bench, John Smedley’s daughter-in-law Melissa, grandson Wesley, wife Doris, grandson Chase, granddaughter Diane. Standing behind are son John Junior and daughter Desiree. After the bench was unveiled and family members were the first to sit on it and reflect on the scenic Warren County vista in front of them, Smedley’s wife Doris reconsidered an earlier decision not to speak – “I do want to say something, GO REDSKINS!” Her husband was a diehard fan of Washington’s NFL team. “They are doing well this year,” Stanley observed of the 7-6 team battling for a rare playoff spot during the 1-year ownership tenure of Daniel Snyder. “They have an angel on their shoulder this year,” Doris said. John Smedley died unexpectedly on Aug. 4, following complications from an emergency triple bypass procedure at Winchester Medical Center the previous day. A county press release announcing the Dec. 14 dedication of the bench in Smedley’s honor noted that Smedley, “served as Warren County Commissioner of the Revenue for seven terms beginning on January 1, 1988. John was a dedicated family man and active member of the community serving as a member of the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, the Commissioner of the Revenue Association of Virginia, Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers, West Central Commissioner of Revenue Association, Virginia Association of Local Tax Auditors, Izaak Walton League, Warren County Republican Committee, past member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal and past member of Front Royal Warren County Jaycees.”

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Eastern and R-MA boys utilized the field then on property owned by R-MA, Walter said. It’s weird, I currently live only about a block from that old ballfield site and often walk it with our dog. Quite awhile back, I learned while living in Richmond that at one point I was living on the site of an old semipro Richmond baseball team field at which Negro players integrated baseball long before Jackie Robinson joined MLB’s Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 1950s. – The catch was those black Americans had to masquerade as “Cuban” and other South American nationals in order to be allowed to play on teams visiting the former capital of the Confederacy around the turn of the century circa 1900 … Maybe in an alternate universe I am actually in uniform, snagging long flies and hitting doubles into the corner on these fields … maybe … anyway, thanks Walter, for the local history lesson and for brining back some old memories – and fantasies – of my own – and MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Walter points to Eastern College’s main building that stood near the intersection of Sixth Street and North Royal Avenue.

Walter’s mother - then Elsa L. Clapp

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We had a pre-Christmas visit with former Town Manager and Councilman Walter Duncan during his recuperation at Heritage Hall from recent health issues. And as usual when we visit with 9-year-old Walter, we learned something new, at least to us, about Front Royal and Warren County. This time

it was that Front Royal used to be a college town. When we arrived on Dec. 19, Walter was perusing some old photographs of his mother and the Front Royal Eastern College campus she came to from her Vermont home around 1900. The campus lied on property at and around the current location of the 7/11 at the 6th Street and N. Royal Ave. intersection. Walter explained his mom,

then Elsa L. Clapp, came south for her education partially due to better weather for health issues related to tuberculosis. While here she met Walter’s father, Joseph L. Duncan, and remained after marriage. It was a fortuitous meeting for us, since it eventually resulted in the couple’s sons’, Walter and Howard’s, long service and dedication to this town and community. Referencing photos and land plats concerning Eastern Col-

lege from 1900 to 1908, he showed us how the Eastern campus extended west along 6th Street and down N. Royal Ave. on the 500 block, where it included the first floor of the still-standing Schenk’s Building, a still-standing brick building on 6th Street behind the current 7/11, as well as a baseball field across Villa Avenue from the old library/current county community center on lots between 5th and 6th Streets. Both

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stance I had even less time than I usually do and it’s a complex issue that definitely involves domestic violence, possibly involves the football culture, possibly involves drugs and alcohol, and also obviously involves as toxic exposures, viral infections, bacterial and protozoan infections, and irritation and allergic reactions should be taken seriously and more research is needed. Epidemiologists have not determined whether current practices of wastewater monitoring are sufficient to capture the toxicants that are most commonly found in wastewater. Many chemicals are unmonitored. Studies on viral infections are mixed and inconclusive. Links between sludge and gastrointestinal illnesses are also unknown and inconclusive. Correlations have been found for biosolids causing irritation and allergic reactions as endotoxins present in biosolids are at the root of these symptoms. Assessing the public safety of this widespread practice will remain impossible unless a greater number of in-depth studies are conducted. Until the EPA researches land application and its effects more fully, we will be unable to determine whether Class B biosolid land application and public health can coexist. However, it does confirm that potential harmful effects of land application can be mitigated by the adoption of additional biosolids treatment guns. I’m mystified by those who say that pointing out that the easy access to handguns and the existence of a gun culture makes tragedies like See COSTAS, 6 methods such as vermicomposting or vermistabilization as a means of reducing the negative health and environmental effects of biosolids land application in the short-term. Conclusion: Promises by the EPA. and DEQ are not backed by definitive research and current information available. At best, the possibility exists they are right in stating there is no reason for concern; at worst, they are hoping they are right about there being no negative health consequences, but have no definitive proof of these statements to back up their assertions. People have and do get sick from land application of biosolids near their homes, businesses, or outdoor activity areas. Jerry Scholder Front Royal (Managing editor’s note: Mr. Scholder is a both a developer and champion of the use of worms (vermistablization) as a safer and natural cleansing process taking Class B biosolid sludge into cleaner and safely usable Class A biolsolids. The town is exploring incorporating his process into its biosolid processes.)

‘I am not backtracking at all’– Bob Costas in his own words
By Dave Zirin Dec. 6 to set the record straight.) (Managing editor’s note: Less than two weeks after 25-year-old Kansas City Chief Javon Belcher’s Dec. 1 murder-suicide involving his girlfriend, the mother of their infant child, 20year-old Adam Lanza committed a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 children between the age of 6 and 7, as well as six adults and at some earlier point during his rampage, his own mother. Bob Costas’s below-referenced comments at halftime of the NFL Sunday Night game of Dec. 2 seem even more relevant now.) (Author’s preface: When Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher killed the mother of his child Kasandra Perkins and then committed suicide in front of his coach on Saturday, most of Sunday’s NFL coverage avoided direct commentary. Bob Costas did not. The veteran NBC sports broadcaster used 90 seconds at halftime of NBC’s top-rated Sunday Night Football program to talk about “perspective” and, quoting a column by Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, the problems with the “gun culture” in the United States. This ignited the fury of the right wing, some of whom have called for his job. Then after appearances on The Dan Patrick Show and The O’Reilly Factor there are now liberals who believe Costas is backtracking from his earlier remarks. I spoke to Bob Costas the morning of Dave Zirin: Do you have any regrets about your halftime commentary? Bob Costas: Only that in this in-

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Are Class B Biosolids really safe?
Editor, The answer to this question might surprise you. A recent online article detailing the results of a study done in the Fall of 009 by the UNC Institute for the Environment and OWASA (Orange Water and Sewer Authority) http://www.ie.unc. edu/for_students/courses/capstone/09/owasa_final_report.pdf concluded that there are too little in the way of human health studies and scientific research for the Environmental Protection Agency to guarantee that there is no risks to human health from potentially harmful chemicals and pathogens in land applied biosolids. Key data gaps and outdated information exists regarding “risk assessments”, appropriate limits for chemicals and pathogens, sludge composition, and characterizations of sewage sludge that need to be updated. The National Academy of Science has found that studies linking biosolids with health problems such

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Why Cats Don’t Like Christmas
By Nick Thomas The holiday season should be a joyous time for all members of the household, even the fourlegged ones. Unfortunately, cats only reluctantly seem to embrace the Christmas spirit. So if you have a puss that starts pouting over the holidays, don’t blame him or her entirely ‒ pet owners might bear some of the responsibility. Consider our cat for instance. Each Christmas, he usually finds himself decorated with a brightly colored, cheerful holiday hat and matching multicolored collar studded with numerous festive brass bells, by a family member who has threatened to do the same with me if I identify her. Personally, however, decorating a cat seems rather pointless to me. After all, they can’t see color as distinctly as we do, so they just don’t appreciate the sartorial splendor of such glamorous body ornamentations. Then there’s those infuriating collar bells: they drive both me and the cat nuts. Along these lines, no self-respecting feline can be expected to maintain its dignity, let alone a good disposition, with a constant tingling tormenting it day and night as it searches the neighborhood for some privacy to attend to matters of

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nature. The perpetual, shrill jingling will disrupt other essential daily activities too, such as maintaining personal hygiene and the satisfaction derived from a session of vigorous scratching. And as far as stalking is concerned, mice can hear even the most stealthy cat tinkling from three blocks away, so hunting must be suspended until the new year. It’s enough to unhinge the most congenial feline temperament. No wonder some cats embark on a vindictive Christmas slash and scratch campaign requiring the National Guard to quell. With the appearance of the Christmas tree, I usually hope that our kitty will begin to enjoy the spirit of the season. But in reality, the tree holds few fond memories for the cat – ever since he chewed through the light cord as an adventurous young kitten. Sure, that was the year he broke the neighborhood tree climbing record ‒ reaching the top in under  milliseconds ‒ but at what cost? He forever remains cynical of nature’s greatest seasonal scratching post. Christmas Eve brings more torment in the form of a delicious glass of creamy milk that mysteriously appears out of reach, high on a shelf above the lounge room fireplace. But just as the cat devises a plan to scale the furniture and reach the tasty nectar for a midnight snack, some paunchy, bearded intruder breaks into the house ‒ materializing in the hearth, of all places ‒ and drinks it.

And just when kitty thought someone with whiskers named Santa Claws might be a pal. Needless to say, the cat is unimpressed and by Christmas day its nerves are shot to hell. If you think your sweet little kids can turn nasty when they don’t receive that much sought-after present on their wish list, wait until you experience a crabby kitty Christmas. I should also offer a warning to fellow cat owners. Don’t fall for that old Christmas stunt that our cat pulls every year, just to try and get even. You know, where he rolls over kind of sickly looking, just as we’re all sitting down to dinner, clutching his side and meowing like some desperate feline in agony: “Meow, my spleen, meow, my spleen – I’m dying here, take me to the vet....NOW!” Naturally we fell for it the first year. After spending  hours looking for a vet open on Christmas Day, the doc smirked and said: “Fell for that old trick, huh? Cats don’t have spleens, dummy! That’ll be $150, please. Merry Christmas.” So do be cautious how you treat your cat this holiday season. Cats can be too smart for our own good. 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 alongtheselines@yahoo.com

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By Nick Thomas Consider the actual case of New Yorker William Miller who – modest man that he was – founded the Millerite Church back in the 1800s, and predicted the end of the world would come on April , 184. When the world failed to disintegrate, the disgruntled preacher revised his predictions and foreshadowed earth’s demise on several more occasions over the next year. But, much to Rev. Miller’s continued annoyance, the Earth stubbornly held together each time. Oddly enough, despite his failures, Miller (like Camping) was revered by many in his Millerite gang, which is a bit hard to fathom. I mean, if you’re going to follow someone “to the ends of the Earth,” at least wait until the guy gets the date right before you begin worshiping him, right? As it turned out, some of the Millerites eventually did become disenchanted with their doom and gloom leader. It’s just a pity they didn’t form a splinter group, the Miller Lites, which surely would have been a merrier, relaxed bunch. As for the Mayan apocalyptic predication now just a few days away, those clever, ancient lads from South of the Border are making some folks a little nervous with their December 1 forecast of the Earth’s demise.

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If you’re waiting until December  to start Christmas shopping – just in case the Mayan end of the world December 1 prediction comes true – this is a reality check. Think about it. If the Mayans were that good at predicting the future, why didn’t they foresee the Spanish Conquistador invasion of the 16th century? The truth is that historians are unanimous in their belief that the Mayans never did actually predict the world would end in 01. But somewhere along the way, their ideas became entangled with Western nitwits who have been pushing end of the world prophesies for centuries. The most recent example was U.S. preacher Harold Camping who, twice in 011 and once in 1994, predicted a world-destroying, cataclysmic event. But as far as most experts can tell, the Earth – such as it is – is still in existence. Over the centuries, various nutty characters have predicted a lessthan-eternal fate for the Earth. Many of these world-ending prognostications had their origin in religious doctrine which, for some reason, attracts leaders who delight in making depressing predictions of Armageddon. COSTAS, from 5 this more likely, somehow means you are shifting the blame from Jovan Belcher to the gun. That’s crazy. Belcher is 100 percent responsible and I have said that I was appalled that in the early stages of coverage of this tragedy many played it as if there were two victims and Belcher was one of them. No! – He is the perpetrator and nothing diminishes that. But his having the gun made it more likely that something like this would occur. The fact that I didn’t have enough time to cite all of these factors – from the culture of football to Belcher’s personal responsibility – allows some people to claim that I was saying guns are the only issue. I emphatically do not think that. If I’d had even 45 seconds to a minute more, I could have dotted more I’s and crossed more Ts. DZ: What many are saying is that it “wasn’t the right forum” for this discussion. Do you feel it was the right forum? BC: I’d say close to 100 percent of those who feel that way do so simply because they disagree and didn’t want to hear the particular thing I had to say. If I said something they agreed with then they wouldn’t have any problems. All day, with varying degrees of insight, all four networks There are even people claiming that if something does happen, science may play a role. That’s because scientists have now turned on the world’s most powerful atom-smasher, to study the building blocks of the universe. Known as the LHC, or Large Hadron Collider (as opposed to the Small Hadron Colliders available through mail-order from Lands End), this multi-billion dollar contraption is designed to investigate dark matter, extra dimensions, string theory, subatomic particles, and search for the ever elusive Higgs boson. (If you’re curious what that is, it’s a hypothetical massive scalar elementary particle – just wanted to clear that up for you). Built 600 feet underground on the French-Swiss border, there is some concern that when the LHC is operating at full power, it could malfunction just a tad. Are we talking about fusing out a few villa toasters in the Alps? Blowing out the street lights in downtown Geneva? Melting down the European power grid? Nope. How about spawning a hungry, black hole that could swallow up the entire Earth, maybe on December 1? Fortunately, the physicists reassuringly swear there is nothing to DZ: Erik Wemple of The Washington Post wrote that now you are backtracking from your comments. Are you? BC: No I am not backtracking at all. I stand by what I said. To expand upon your thoughts when you have more time to do so or to clarify if you feel you have been misunderstood is not the same as backtracking. DZ: Why did you choose to speak about guns and gun culture and not about the NFL itself, perhaps about the wisdom of even playing the Chiefs-Panthers game just 4 hours after the murder suicide or to speak about the linkage between concussions and the four suicides among current and former players that have taken place in the last year? BC: As for the NFL and the Chiefs’ decision to go ahead with the game, I was alright with that because I assumed it was based on the stated preference of the coaches and the majority of their players to go ahead. In this case, I think they would be the best judges. As for other aspects of football that may have played a role here, I have spoken often, including at halftime of Sunday night games about the violent nature of the NFL, about the concussion issue, and about other problems the NFL faces. I have no reluctance to do that and will do it again when appropriate. fear. They’ve even calculated that the chances of the Earth being vaporized by the LHC are about the same odds as winning Lotto. But I’m not sure how reassuring that is since, when it comes to planetary meltdowns, I personally find a probability of ZERO to be a little more comforting. But who knows, maybe the Mayans knew their particle physics long before Einstein realized that E = MC Hammer. Perhaps what is most amazing about all these predictions is the degree of accuracy that these End-ofWorlder wackos claim. Harry Camping, for instance, had calculated the exact time (6 pm) that the world would end on May 1 in 011. Along these lines, perhaps in future (assuming we have one), these endof-worlders could channel their powers of prognostication for something much more practical for humanity –like predicting the exact time the Cable repairman will show up. So relax folks. Even the feds have spoken up on the Mayan prophesy, declaring in a formal announcement that the world will not end in 01. And knowing how we all trust our leaders, isn’t that reassuring? (Nick Thomas’ features and columns have appeared in more than 250 In this case, just 6 hours after the shootings, not enough was known about Belcher’s background to assume that this could be attributed to head trauma, drug abuse, etc. so the best I could do there was to say as I did that in the days ahead, questions will be raised about his actions and their possible connections to football. I felt that I indicated given the brief time I had that as the story developed it was entirely possible that there could be a linkage to football and some aspects of the football culture as we have seen with others but at that point it wasn’t possible to make that leap. What Whitlock wrote about the gun culture especially among young athletes seemed credible to me and an issue worth raising. As I said to you earlier, I only wish I hadn’t raised it in isolation. I believe it’s true. I believe it’s important but I do not believe it’s the only important aspect of the story. DZ: You appeared last night on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News. There are people on Fox and in that right wing noise machine who have compared you to Don Imus or Hank Williams, Jr. and said you should lose your job. How do you respond to this? BC: Don Imus called the women on the Rutgers basketball team, “nappy headed ’hos”. Hank Williams, magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor. He can be reached at alongtheselines@yahoo.com)

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By Carol Ballard Warren County Report In a cold world, there are few things colder than the icy fingers of poverty. But with the application of some “Heat”, things warm up considerably. With blue lights flashing and sirens wailing, a force of police squad cars raced out of the Front Royal/Warren County Government Center parking lot on Saturday, Dec. 8, carrying excited and thrilled young children as willing guests. They were on their way to “Operation Blue Christmas”, an event held every year at Kmart--a happening that is intended to take some of the sad kind of “Blues” out of their families’ Christmases. The Operation pairs Front Royal Police Officers and law enforcement officers from several other jurisdictions with children who are given a fixed amount of donated money so the kids can shop for gifts for themselves and family members. “In these tough economic times, there are many families that will have very little to celebrate. Whether it involves family issues, broken homes or financial circumstances, some kids will wake up on Christmas morning with little or nothing under the Christmas tree, if there is even a Christmas tree in their home,” read the appeal that went out to prospective donors. And many people responded all year long to help with the event sponsored by the Front Royal Police Foundation. This year 50 kids were chosen, and given $150 each to spend at Kmart, while others were given gift

FRPD Chief Norman Shiflett consults with his child partner to see what gifts she will find next at the “Operation Blue Christmas” event held at Front Royal’s Kmart on Saturday, Dec. 8. cards. “This is a huge feel good for us. We volunteer to do this, and giving is its own reward.” said Deputy Henry of the Warren County Sheriff ’s Department. She said that the child she was paired with was apprehensive at first, but when she was told that she’d see Santa later she got so excited she forgot her shyness. “A lot of these children have seen cops in a bad light. One child had seen her Mom taken away to be locked up. It’s good for her to see that things are not always they way she’s seen them in her life,” continued Deputy Henry. Smiling faces on both children and their partners could be found in every department of the store. To an observer, it was impossible to tell who looked the happiest. Some of the children chattered away at their Santa’s helpers in and out of uniform and looked so pleased to be able to give something to their family. Lists held by the officers had the names of the children’s family members and one officer was seen in the ladies’ department helping to choose the right size bathrobe for “his” child’s grandmother. Officers and participants exhibiting the “True spirit of Christmas” stepped up from the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Randolph-Macon Academy, Mt. Weather, Virginia State Police and several surrounding counties’ sheriff ’s departments. Some came as far away as Richmond, Winchester and Haymarket. Several retired officers and administrators also turned up to help because they’d been involved for so many years. “Every year the same people call me and see if we’re doing it again. They love it,” said Shelley Mauck, FRPD Evidence and Records Specialist, who is coordinator of the event. She said that children are chosen in a several ways: many get to her as a result of referrals from local elementary schools’ guidance counselors who forward the names of parents or guardians; other names come from officers who know about families in need; and some are from citizens who call the station. If there’s funding for them, she adds their name to the list. Shelley called the spirit of giving “contagious”, and it often makes participants feel so good, they want to keep on giving. She said some officers have such a good time; they get permission from parents and go out on their own to buy even more things

FRPD Officer Aaron Mariano and his wife Amy had a great time helping “Operation Blue Christmas.”

Warren County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputies Moomaw and Lamma help find a pump for a football chosen during “Operation Blue Christmas.” for the children. “It’s heartbreaking. Some kids have it so rough, with their families in motels or shelters. One little boy asked for soft blankets and pillows for his grandparents,” she said. And she related seeing one of the mothers in happy tears as the police cars raced out of the parking lot with her excited child inside. Several businesses donated gift cards this year to children and families who weren’t able to attend or to kids whose names weren’t chosen. Some children might have been ineligible because they were either too young or too old, she said. Shelley called the event “A welloiled machine” and had a long list of Thank Yous: Among the many who helped were: Walmart Manager Rob Morris who donated gift cards from the store; the management of Press Start Video Games in the Riverton Shopping Center; all the businesses and citizens who contributed; Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) who wrapped and transported the gifts; the members of the American Legion Hall who hosted the breakfast held there after the shopping trip; Lois Miner and her husband; Joyce Marjoris and Captain Werner, who did all the cooking; and last, but definitely not least, Santa, who was played by Wayne Sealock. “It’s a cohesive group--wrappers, shoppers and cooks,” she said, and added, “Toys for Tots donates all the gifts Santa gives out.” The children’s shopping is funded entirely through the generosity of the community and donations are welcome all year long. Checks can be made out to the Front Royal Police Foundation and dropped off at the police station at any time or mailed to: Front Royal Police Department Foundation, Attn: Shelley Mauck, 4 W. Main St. , Front Royal, VA 60.

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Read all issues in their entirety FREE on www.WarrenCountyReport.com “… like so many citizens of our great country I am concerned about the unpleasant and unproductive conflicts going on in Washington, D.C. The ‘fiscal cliff ” is just the most recent example of this continuing conflict dynamic …” – from Charles Lickson letter to President and Speaker of House

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challenge and how to deal with future potential conflicts before they become entrenched into irrevocable ‘fixed’ positions. The little book I wrote several years ago, IRONING IT OUT: SEVEN SIMPLE STEPS TO RESOLVING CONFLICT, speaks to exactly what we citizens are seeing in Washington, D.C. these days.” We asked Lickson about his offer and those seven simple steps referenced in the title of his book offered to our ranking mainstream political party leaders to avoid falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. He graciously offered us a copy of his book. Chapter Two lists the “seven simple steps” toward conflict resolution. They are: 1. Remove All Masks; . Identify the Real Problem; . Give up a “Must Win” Attitude; 4. Develop Several Possible Solutions; 5. Evaluate Options and Select a Solution; 6. Communicate in a Manner Certain to be Received; 7. Acknowledge and Preserve the Value in the Relationship. A week after his letter was sent Lickson had yet to hear back – not

Charles “Chips” Lickson wonders why basic communications seem to be failing at the national political level. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report With the various pre-canned national media theories and partisaninspired commentaries on the socalled approaching U.S. fiscal cliff poised to be fallen off of at year’s end being bleated ad nauseum, we were interested to learn about an offer of help from a local author and businessman on mediation techniques to those at the point of this partisan political and economic standoff. As pointed out in his identical Dec. 11 letters to President Barack Obama and Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, Warren County resident Charles “Chips” Lickson is author of “Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict” (a former Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science at Shenandoah University who taught a course on the American Presidency, Lickson also wrote “Negotiation Basics: Win-Win Strategies for Everyone” but perhaps not wanting to overburden the President and Republican House majority leader’s time, left that second book out of the discussion for now). In his letters Lickson offers some sound advice that unfortunately may seem inside the D.C. beltway like it is coming from an alien planet: that advice as seen from this angle is simply “stop playing games and deal in the reality of the situation to the greatest

On Dec. 17, online video claimed the president and speaker may be getting closer to compromise. Half a week later that claim seemed premature at best. common good of the people of this nation.” An offer to help But we’ll let Lickson’s letters to President Obama and Speaker Boehner speak for their author: “First of all, let me thank you for your service to our nation. While I am not always in agreement with you, I do acknowledge your motivation for what you see as best for the nation. “Second, like so many citizens of our great country I am concerned about the unpleasant and unproductive conflicts going on in Washington, D.C. The ‘fiscal cliff ” is just the most recent example of this continuing conflict dynamic. Further, as the founder of Cavitronix Corporation, an important new, alternative energy company, I fear these conflicts will impede our growth and the growth of other new businesses – small and large. “Third, as a former practicing attorney, court certified mediator, teacher and author, I’d like to proffer a few suggestions as to how to get through the current conflict

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“This is all about our inability to communicate with each other.” – Charles “Chips” Lickson

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passe. Failure to communicate “This is all about our inability to communicate with each other. And I think it relates to what happened in Connecticut,” Stamford, Connecticut native Lickson said of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murder that took the lives of 0 children and seven adults. “What showed up there was this individual in a virtual ninja mask, dressed in black. Why? It appears because he could not communicate with people,

even a thanks for opening those in play’s eyes to the error of their ways – from this perspective, partisan political intransience preventing work toward the common good of the entire nation. We asked Lickson several questions, including whether he really expected a reply, as well as whether he had seen any publicly reported evidence the president and Boehner may have actually opened his book. He replied: 1. Certainly, neither side has removed their mask (step 1); . or even identified the real problem (step ) – personally my sense is that the real problem is the power struggle between the parties on a macro level and between the Republican leaders (including Boehner) and

the President on a personal level . or give up a “must win” attitude (step ); 4. I hope they are working on several possible solutions (step 4) and evaluating options (step 5) - although my cynicism says they are evaluating from their “masks”; 5. or communicating in a manner to be received (Step 6) - Communications so far have been strident, positional and for public consumption - not with a view to resolving the problem; 6. once resolved, and I believe it will be when steps 1-6 work out, there is still the need to acknowledge the resolution … 7. … to preserve the relationship (step 7) because that is the only suc-

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Two of Lickson’s books on mediating disputes and in this case it appears related to mental illness.” Well we offered, judging not only from the fiscal cliff impasse, but also some partisan political reactions to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy that includes the idea that more guns in the hands of more people is the solution to gun violence in America, we might be able to say the same thing – the role of mental illness – about those involved in modern American political discourse. We asked Lickson if it might be harder to move toward reasonable resolutions of political impasses with profound economic and social impacts when one side expresses a belief they are speaking for the will of God as some elected officials and their constituents increasingly appear to.

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Salahi’s agenda is a vague but populist one that few would oppose: working to promote the Commonwealth; promoting business and jobs; promoting troops and defense; promoting the agriculture industry; working for lower taxes and less regulation and promoting clean energy production.

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noteworthy that in our conversation with the unlikeliest of candidates for Governor of Virginia, Tareq Salahi – yes, that Tareq Salahi from the White House State Dinner and Real Housewives of DC fame – made his efforts to embrace minority voters almost a central theme of our recent interview. Salahi has two versions of his website, one in English and one in Spanish. He says he is the first Va. gubernatorial candidate to do so. When we spoke, Salahi was packing to head to the Richmond area to meet with a wide variety of businesses, media and groups including black and Latino community leaders. The Tareq Salahi of the past few years was a mountain of stress, his world seemingly falling apart around him. He lost a father, his wife and the family business. The Tareq Salahi of 01 seems calmer, more relaxed and focused like a laser beam on the road ahead. It is a refreshing change. But there are two Tareq Salahis. There is Tareq Salahi the candidate. There is also Tareq Salahi the celebrity who burst onto the national stage by attending a White House State Dinner without an official ticket, who had national television networks literally camped outside his Warren County home running a video feed so the morning shows could switch live in case “anything happened.” He forever added the term “gate crasher” to the first sentence of his biography. That same Tareq Salahi once called me to complain about the term in a story I had written. “I am an ‘alleged’ gatecrasher,” he said, ‘Alleged.’ ” Well times have changed. – So much so that the former Fauquier County winemaker now embraces the term. You can tell by the name of his website: CrashTheVote.com.

As pointed out in this WWBT broadcast, Warren County resident Tareq Salahi is traveling the state in his unconventional made-for-TV campaign for governor, promising to attend every local meeting where Republicans choose their delegates to the state convention. By Dan McDermott Warren County Report In terms of minority inclusion and outreach, the election of 01 was a disaster for the Republican Party. Cemented by that infamous “47-percent video”, the GOP message wasn’t selling and minorities weren’t buying. Republicans even lost the once rock-solid Florida Cuban vote. In his book “Why Romney Lost,” former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum pulls no punches when describing the party’s almost deliberate effort to drive a wedge between their party and minority and lower income voters. “To be a patriot is to love your country as it is,” Frum writes. “Those who seem to despise half of America will never be trusted to govern any of it. Those who cherish only the country’s past will never be entrusted with its future.” Perhaps with this in mind, it was

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“Those who seem to despise half of America will never be trusted to govern any of it. Those who cherish only the country’s past will never be entrusted with its future.” – Republican strategist/author David Frum

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plans to attend every local Republican meeting where delegates are chosen in the months leading up to the convention. Salahi’s agenda is a vague but populist one that few would oppose: working to promote the Commonwealth of Virginia; promoting business and jobs; promoting troops and defense personnel; promoting the agriculture industry; working for lower taxes and less regulation and promoting clean energy production. In the months ahead, Tareq Salahi the candidate is likely to show up in your town. If you miss the road show you’ll be able to tune in to your TV in 014 and watch the recap with Tareq Salahi the celebrity. editor@warrencountyreport.com

It is a central theme to his campaign which while unconventional, is surprisingly robust. As for the Crash the Vote moniker, “I’m just having fun with it,” he said. While political candidates often have TV cameras around them, Salahi is often accompanied at events and on the road by entire production

crew. “In It To Win It” is the working title of a reality documentary being made for a movie or series to be broadcast sometime after the November, 01 election. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Salahi says he plans to gather at least 0,000 signatures to get on the

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Martiez Roswell-Bradshaw, pre-surgery during last year at Ressie Jeffries before moving on to WCMS.

By Malcolm Barr Sr. & Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We recently heard it announced at a town meeting that members of the Warren County Builders Association were helping refit a portion of the family home of local teen heart transplant recipient Martiez Bradshaw-Rowell. Family friends tell us it is hoped 14-year-old Martiez will be able to return home early in the coming year after post surgery rehab in both Philadelphia where his surgery took place and more recently in the D.C. area. Martiez’s story is a remarkable one. Born with a congenital heart defect, last Christmas he began experiencing chest pains and was taken to the UVA Hospital before being transferred to a Philadelphia hospital three weeks later where he became only the second youth in the nation to receive an artificial heart transplant on Jan. 6, 01. A matching donor for a permanent heart was later identified and Martiez received that heart on March 7. The brave youngster, the oldest of seven children, has dealt with myriad complications since. Happy Holidays and get home soon, Martiez! Solar arguments Final written briefs and oral arguments to determine if the re-filed $0-million lawsuit by local business men Greg Horton and Donnie Poe as principals of SolAVerde will proceed to trial have been scheduled. SolAVerde was a company that attempted to partner with and incorporate a solar energy plan into

the Town of Front Royal’s Electric Energy Department in 009-10. Following a Dec. 17 court date, a summary of the plaintiff ’s case is slated to be submitted by Jan. 7, 01; a response from the defense, as we understand it in the re-filed case still both the town and three councilmen serving during the town-SolAVerde negotiations (HollowayLauder-Sayre), must be filed by Jan. 1, with oral arguments on those briefs to be heard in Warren County Circuit Court on Feb. 1. According to plaintiff attorney David Silek, should his side prevail in those arguments the plaintiff ’s next move will be to file a motion to compel the deposition of former Northern Virginia Daily reporter Ben Orcutt. Now living in Richmond, Orcutt through an attorney has refused to be deposed regarding the case and his role in reporting and revealing confidential staff memos regarding inquiries and/or allegations by some defendants of “bribes” being offered to then Town Manager Michael Graham to forward the project. It was later determined those “bribes” were simply projected jobs, educational outreach programs tied to the project and economic investment in the community from the proposed project. Denny retires After over 8 years on the job, Town Energy Services Operations Manager (we think it used to be called Electric Department Maintenance Department) Denny Pennington is retiring. Denny was honored by the mayor and council during the Dec. 10 meeting – GOOD JOB, Denny.

Santa Claus inquires whether FR Rotary President Daniel Pond III has been naughty or nice this year during recent Rotary gathering and farewell party for outgoing R-MA President Major General Henry Hobgood’. Photo Cindy Rodney

Toray accident We learned that WC Fire & Rescue responded to a call at Toray Plastics. Our information is that a maintenance worker fell off the roof while working at night. He was flown to Fairfax Trauma Center where we believe he is listed in stable condition. We hope to have more on this incident in the next issue. Bow WOW?!!? After hearing conflicting information from potentially impacted dog breeders and small kennel operators and the county zoning administrator on the reasons for proposed changes to Conditional Use Permit criteria on those operations, the county board of supervisors unanimously voted on Dec. 18 to delay action. The supervisors will discuss the issue at a Jan.  work session and revisit the changes for a vote on Jan. 15. While county Zoning Administrator Erick Moore said the county was simply responding to complaints from neighbors about such operations in order to provide more stringent and clearer controls, two women involved in dog businesses had contradictory stories. Those stories included allegations of abusive behavior by neighbors that included profanity launched in ear shot of their children, who they said were raised around their dogs, dead animals left in mailboxes and the dropping off of abandoned dog

at their doorstep after they acquired earlier Conditional Use Permits to operate from the county. “You’re only hearing the complaints; there are things you are not seeing,” one woman told the supervisors of what she claimed were frivolous complaints substantiated as frivolous by state agency investigations into those complaints. In defense of his proposed code changes, Moore not only cited some previous code violations now corrected by one of those kennel public hearing speakers, but also particularly cruel conditions some animals were kept under in basement crate conditions. However, that incident did not involve either woman addressing council, or their operations. And those women later wondered to us why existing laws weren’t acted on to prevent any animal cruelty situations county officials came across, rather than add additional regulations to their operations. Hobgoods bid adieu at Rotary Xmas event The old Scottish song “Auld Lang Syne” (“Should old acquaintance be forgot ...) was singularly appropriate at the Randolph-Macon Academy cafeteria Dec. 14 since a concert, traditional over the past decade or so, would be R-MA President Major General Henry M. “Mack” Hobgood’s last for the Rotary Club of Front Royal. Hobgood, who retires in June, and his wife, Carolyn, cohosted the event.

Almost 100 Rotarians and their guests flocked to the R-MA campus for lunch and the holiday concert featuring the 0-member R-MA Chorus, directed by Michael DeMato. In brief remarks, Hobgood commented on the excellent relationship the private school has retained with the community. He added: “Front Royal has been nothing but hospitable to our R-MA students.” Three former mayors, Eugene Tewalt, James Eastham, and John Marlow were among those in attendance, as was Warren County Schools Superintendent Pam McInnis. Disparate carols and seasonal songs from “The First Noel” to “Santa Baby” (remember Eartha Kitt?) were among the choir’s musical renderings, including such individual pieces beginning with a quartet (students Louisa Stanwich, Macaya Yeo, Margot Cramer, and Regina Song) singing the National Anthem. Song and Ragib Hoq combined in a duet as did Cramer and Hoq, and Macaya Yao and Stanwich. Gina Park was the solo violinist. – (Louisa Stanwich contributed to report) Wayside Inn goes on the market It was reported earlier this month that the historic Wayside Inn in Middletown, bought at auction following the death of longtime owner Leo M. Bernstein, was up for sale. The asking price is $1.5 million. The announcement immediately raised questions of whether the Wayside Theatre, formerly owned and developed by Bernstein, was also being sold. It is not. In published comments, Bernstein’s grand daughter, Ami Aronson, president of the Bernstein Family Foundation, described the Wayside Inn, opened in the late 1700s, as “an incredible gem in America’s history...” Following its sale, she hoped it would continue as a hotel and restaurant. Elks’ annual Xmas party Front Royal Elks Lodge 8 held their annual “Seniors’ Christmas Party” Dec. 8, preparing some 00 hot meals with the help of volunteers. The seniors were joined by children and grandchildren of Elks members. For the elderly unable to attend, meals were delivered meals to homes of “shut-ins,” according to Jane Wine, lodge secretary.

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Craig Gosnell proudly displays the KMG Computers sign outside of his new business at 637 N. Commerce Ave. in Front Royal By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Craig Gosnell has just opened a new business, KMG Computers on North Commerce Ave. in Front Royal, and along with full sales, service, and computer repair, he adds a “green” element with his recycling program for unwanted electronics. “I don’t charge for people to drop off their computers,” he said, looking around his brand new shop stocked with computer-related accessories and other new, used, and recycled equipment. A good example of a needed service like this, he asserted, is the abundance of heavy computer monitors loaded with mercury. “One reason why they are sitting in illegal landfills or on the side of the road is because a recycling center can charge as much as $10 to $0 to take the screen,” he explained. Since opening on Nov. 1 across from Marlow Motors, in the location formerly occupied by Springfield Computers, business has started to pick up in the last week, and folks have begun to drop off significant amounts of recyclable pieces. “Individuals can drop it off here and I’ll erase information on the hard drives-it’s a liability if I don’t. And I’ll destroy the hard drive in front of someone, if they’re concerned about their data,” he said. He accepts any electronics, game systems, flat screen and older model TVs, excepting floor models. “If it’s valuable to me and I can fix it or resell, I will buy it from them,” he said. But the main part of his business is based on sales and service. Craig says he is fully qualified to repair and to build custom PCs from scratch. He upgrades operating systems and replaces motherboards, keyboards and screens and typically gives a 0-day warranty for parts and labor. He is also qualified to perform data transfer from one device to another and to recover data depending on the severity of the damage to a computer’s drive. “I had someone who brought in a hard drive that electricity had zapped and I got all the data back in an hour. They had been told it was not recoverable. I will try to do that because I know all the tricks,” he said. His approach is to talk to people when they come in and help them to understand what needs to be done, not to confuse them with complex

Craig Gosnell inside KMG Computers terminology. And he is convinced that he has an unbeatable price. “If a machine is worth $70, I won’t charge them $170 to fix it, especially if I could put them in a new laptop for $180. I offer quick service, and good quality,” he said proudly. With close to 15 years working on computers - being self-taught in the beginning - and now with a family, Craig is focused on making a success of his new venture. He also gives a lot of credit to his wife Cassie who helped him with financing. KMG stands for Kenna Marie Gosnell, his daughter. After learning by doing for a few years, he went to school at Bokonon Systems in Martinsburg and earned certification in A+, enabling him to work with operating systems. Craig’s next goal is to get certification to recycle bigger lots of throwaways. His friend and backup in this venture is Rob Ruiz of A-1 computers in Martinsburg who already works with larger lots from public schools

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Kathleen Howard’s Dance of Life
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Michelle Tafel and Kathleen Howard in Flight of Fancy. Photo by Matt Constanza Kathleen Howard as she will appear in the Snow pas De Deus in the Nutrcracker. Photo by Theo Kossenas

By Leslie Fiddler Warren County Report Warren County High School 005 graduate Kathleen Howard is writing her own story as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and computer animator. “I’m doing all the things I love to do” said Howard. “I’m pretty blessed, it’s kind of amazing really” she reflected while contemplating her upcoming performances as the Snowqueen and Flower Soloist in Olney Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker. “I even get to wear my favorite tutu.” After the Nutcracker, Howard is appearing with the contemporary ballet company MOVEius Dance in DC’s fourth annual INTERSECTIONS Festival in February. “It’s a hard show to get into” she mused “but their adjudicators saw

our Fringe show and invited us to participate.” Professional choreographers have been setting pieces on the company: Howard will perform as a soloist and with the company. The Fringe show Howard mentioned? Her choreography “Flight of Fancy: A Steampunk Ballet,” set upon MOVEius Dance, was declared a “charming and tangy new work” by reviewer Celia Wren of the Washington Post and chosen an Editors’ Pick Top 10 of the 01 Capital Fringe. In addition to performing and choreographing, Howard teaches ballet at The Washington Ballet. In April she will dance a pas de deux with Florian Rouiller, hosted by MOVEius Dance. Howard’s life involves more than dance. She also provides art

direction, animation and marketing expertise for Dog Hill Studio, a Warren County database design company she founded with her father Earl. How does she do it all? Luckily, her work and teaching schedules give her the freedom to train and dance at the professional level. As well, Howard trained and competed internationally as a ballerina; has a Bachelors of Art His-

tory with a minor in Leadership from the University of Virginia and has been certified in D animation and Interactive Media at Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts. When asked what she would like to share with Warren County

Report readers Howard replied “If I could tell people anything from my story it is that you should never let go of your dreams, but let them change and evolve because you never know what is in store for you. It may be far greater than you ever expected or planned.”

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sity sport at either Warren County High School or Skyline High School • Shall have excelled in athletics • Shall have excelled in academics • Shall have made an impact on the Front Royal-Warren County community • Must have demonstrated the highest in ethical standards By June 1 of each year the Nominations Committee of the Rotary Club of Front Royal shall make a recommendation to the Board of Directors of the candidates to receive the top female and top male awards. The Board of Directors shall then vote to affirm or deny the recommendation. The Club will make the awards at a meeting in the month of June. Club President J. Daniel Pond III stated that, “We are very excited to establish this award program to honor the top male and female student-athletes in the school system. We are also extremely honored to name the awards after John Marlow and Heidi Moore, two individuals who exemplified excellence in athletics and academics and who lived their lives in service to their community.” Former Warren County Athletic Director and current WCPS HR Director Buck Smith stated that, “The life lessons learned through interscholastic athletic participation far exceeds the scoreboard. The development of character and integrity are true measures of a leader; both on and off the playing field. John and Heidi, by their athletic talents, scholastic achievements, and service to their community-embody the true meaning of this award.” Past Club President Doug Stanley, who worked to establish the award added, “We truly believe that Heidi and John represent the best in what we are looking for in recipients of these awards, both on and off the field.”

Front Royal Rotary establishes Student-Athlete Awards

The late Heidi Moore

A younger John Marlow - pretty scary, John

Rotary Club of Front Royal has announced that it is establishing an annual student-athlete award to recognize the top male and female student-athletes that attends either War-ren County High School or Skyline High School. The awards are named to honor of two individuals who exemplify the phrase student-athlete. The top female athlete award is named for Heidi

Moore and the top male athlete award for John Marlow. Heidi Moore, Warren County High School Class of 1999, held school records in six individual track and field events. Heidi also claimed the Northwestern District triple jump record, was a 1-time all-Northwestern District selection, seven-time all-Region II pick, and a five-time all-state honoree.

Every year American Municipal Power (AMP) offers scholarships to its members. The Town of Front Royal is a member; therefore, those employees who work in the Energy Resource Department, Finance Department, Town Manager’s Office or who are members of the Town Council have the opportunity, for their children graduating from high school in 01, to apply for a $,000 Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship. All other employees’ and citizens’ children who will be graduating from high school in 01 and live in a household that receives electricity from the Town of Front Royal can apply for the $,000 Lyle B. Wright Scholarship. Students cannot apply for both and must be attending an institute of higher learning after graduation and have a cumulative grade-point average of .0 or better on a 4.0 scale. If you are interested in more information, please contact Tina Presley at tpres-ley@frontroyalva.com or 65-8007. Warren County High School and Skyline High School Guidance Counselor Offices have the information on these two scholarships as well. Deadline for applications to the Town Manager’s Office is January 15, 01. (From a release)

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She was named the school’s Most Outstanding Girls Track & Field Performer three straight years (1997-1999) and twice served as captain of the track team. Heidi was also named the AFLAC Most Outstanding Athlete in 1999 and the Elks Stu-dent of the Year in 1999, and was the school’s prom queen that year. Heidi attended James Madison University, where she earned both undergraduate and master’s (Communication Sciences and Disorders) degrees. Heidi died in October 009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. John Marlow, Warren County High School Class of 1957, was a member of the un-defeated 1956 football team. At one point he held the WCHS Basketball career total points record and was a basketball

team captain. He was a Track and Field District champion in the discus. John went on to earn three letters in football and track & field at the University of Virginia. After college he moved back to his hometown to head Marlow Motors. John was elected to the Warren County Board of Supervisors in 1968 and served as Chairman of the Board 1974 to 1978. He also served as Mayor of the Town of Front Royal from 198-90. Recipients shall have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in athletics in individual or team sports and have made a lasting contribution to their school and the Front Royal-Warren County community and meet the following criteria: • Shall have earned a letter in a var-

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A recent press release from one of our favorite regional arts venues, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in nearby Orkney Springs in Shenandoah County, announced a 50th Anniversary Fundraising drive, the Future Fifty Fund, for that Golden Anniversary year of 01. The goal is to raise $100,000 in the coming year to help offset a two-year trend of decreasing revenues. “There are many reasons for the special drive,” Festival President Dennis Lynch explained in the Dec. 10 press release. “One reason is to celebrate the anniversary. Another reason is to get the Festival through a financial rough patch and to ensure the future of the Valley’s favorite summer music place. A final reason is to give the Festival a good start on its next half-century.” We decided to give our old friend Lynch a call to get any details that might be lurking between the lines of the PR. We first met Dennis when he was the Front Royal-Warren County beat reporter for The Northern Virginia Daily back in the early 1990s before he moved on to his current position as one driving force in maintaining the musical and cultural legacy that the Shenandoah Valley Musical Festival has established over half a century. With coverage of another event

pushing our scheduled meeting at Samuels Public Library back to near its 5 p.m. closing time, we retreated (apparently even library Director Nicki Lynch’s husband can’t get an after-hours key) to a quiet table just up Criser Road at Joe’s Steakhouse to get the lowdown. Lynch began by elaborating on information in the press release: a combination of factors, including the overall impacts of a down economy, rising gas prices, and particular to the festival in 011 and 01, some bad weather during inopportune dates of key festival shows – have pushed revenue down over the past two years. “The past several years have been difficult for everyone in the not-for-profit arts and culture business, because of the bad economy. The Festival is no exception. Unseasonable weather at the end of July for the past few years has also hurt the Festival’s business,” Lynch told us. “That combination of factors has resulted in lower than expected ticket sales and lower than expected fundraising. So, while there are concerns about the long-term future were these trends to continue, I want to nip any rumors about the short term – there WILL BE a 01 season. And our goal is to assure there will be many, many more beyond that. The Festival is about great music and fun times
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and the organization’s goal is to see that continues.” And while the fundraising goal of $100,000 in the coming year may seem daunting, Lynch pointed to part of the headline of the announcement of the Future Fifty Fund – “With a Little Help from Our Friends” (perhaps appropriately taken from a song title from a band poised to emerge worldwide in the Festival’s inaugural year of 196). “We want people to think about the Shenandoah Music Festival and what it means to the entertainment and cultural life of the valley. Concert goers, students who have benefited from music education programs, vendors, so many others – tens of thousands of people have been touched in one way or another by the Festival. The goal of the Future Fifty Fund is to reach those people and to raise $50 or more from each – one dollar for each year of the Festival’s existence. If ,000 of those people whose lives have been touched by the Festival

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concert series; or become a music festival; or a performing arts series? There are so many models in the music industry. Should we expand, not leave Orkney Springs, but offer shows elsewhere; do more than we do now in Orkney Springs? – What do you think? We want to know. “It’s the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival but it’s not limited to Shenandoah County. We have a lot of people in Front Royal and Warren County that go to the concerts. And we want to engage all our friends and make new ones. The Festival is one of the great regional events in our area. It is a great overnight or weekend destination. You see people from all over at the Festival and they travel through all the surrounding counties and might stop at various wineries or restaurants on the way or the way home. “We’ve been around a long time and we want to be around a long time,” Lynch concluded. It was 50 years ago today The opening sentences of Festival’s fundraising announcement took us through a personal time warp: “It was 196 - JFK was in the White House, a gallon of gas was 0 cents and few people outside of Liverpool had ever heard of the Beatles,” the press release noted of the festival’s inaugural year. Well, I wasn’t in the valley yet – but I actually do remember gas station wars dropping prices to 19 to 1 cents not far from our Northern Virginia home; and I do remember the positive reaction in our liberal-Democratic-Catholic household to the election of John F. Kennedy three years earlier, as well as the emotional crisis of his assassination in 196; and on a brighter note, I was at The Beatles first-ever live concert in America in February 1964 at The Washington Coliseum, a distinctly old-school downtown hockey rink – with somewhat less ambience than Orkney Springs. So while I didn’t realize it at the time, I was forming an intellectual and emotional connection to life and the arts as a group of Northern Shenandoah Valley residents were forming a vision of creating a lasting musical heritage some distance to the west of my childhood home. How did it happen? “A group of local residents in the Northern Valley, from Winchester to Harrisonburg took advantage of the presence of professional musicians on retreat in Orkney Springs and convinced them to do public symphonic concerts. From that start, the Festival has grown into one of the Mid Atlantic region’s premier

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outdoor summer concert presenters of many types of music,” the Future Fifty Fund press release states. Talk about seizing the moment! Fifty years later the festival is asking supporters to help assure, and even perhaps reinvent, the future of this great annual series of concert events – and they are more than just shows at the great Orkney Springs venue, the Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center. And as stated perhaps appropriately in its press release considering the musical reference, that future can be assured “With a Little Help from Its Friends” … Hey, Dennis – why not give McCartney and Ringo and second-generation Beatle musician sons Sean Lennon, Dhani Harrison and Zack Starkey a call, you know, just to see how their 01 schedules are looking, you never can tell …

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Read all issues in their entirety FREE on www.WarrenCountyReport.com “Pretty much every sheriff and city police chief has the same responsibility for school security. You know how seriously I take our children’s safety and I know I am not alone in that feeling among those of us in that position.” – WC Sheriff Daniel McEathron

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among staff at each school. “I think this incident brought the security issue right in everybody’s face again. We do all kinds of drill as a matter of course: lockdowns, intruder, along with tornado and other kinds of drills,” McInnis points out. Over the past three years all of the county’s five elementary schools have installed locked front doors with a buzz-in, audio-visual system. The remaining school doors are locked from the inside at all times. The system’s three secondary schools funnel visitors into a central office area before admittance to the remainder of the school is authorized. And then we all hold our breath across the nation and wonder how and where the next incident of firearm-fueled mass-murder and insanity will strike, and who the innocent victims will be this time … because apparently the average of 17 isolated gun-related murders per day across the nation aren’t sensational enough to attract the media or our attention. (Writer’s note: let me say I am a staunch supporter of the right of Americans to own guns but wonder at the necessity of allowing citizens or citizens’ groups to arm themselves like paramilitary forces without restriction. I also am a staunch supporter of federal and state-funded programs to help identify children with signs of emotional or psychological problems early, as well as to provide counseling help to those children, as well as adults ID’ed with similar issues in other social and work settings. That help for both children and adults would include a prohibition on gun ownership and access.)

Communites nationwide mourned the senseless and violent loss of children’s lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Stunned like people across America at the mass murder that took 7 lives, including that of 0 children aged 6 and 7 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, we asked two local officials in public positions related to schools and school security, Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Pamela McInnis, for reactions. “The incident is such a senseless tragedy. There is nothing more important in life than our children and my thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and the first responders. Pretty much every sheriff and city police chief has the same responsibility for school security. You know how seriously I take our children’s safety and I know I am not alone in that feeling among those of us in that position,” Sheriff McEathron told us. “My reaction is pretty much what everybody else’s was – disbelief,” McInnis said on Dec. 18. “As a school superintendent it accentuated that it can happen anywhere. What we’ve learned is that nobody’s isolated from things like this. From what I understand that was a pretty affluent and stable community. I don’t know how you predict, how anyone can predict what kind of community this can happen in – apparently it can happen anywhere. Sandy Hook Elementary: Strasburg, VA Almost on cue, the day after we spoke to McInnis a -year-old man was arrested at a Strasburg, Virginia elementary school also named Sandy Hook with a  x 4 piece of wood inscribed with the words “high-powered rifle”. While the wood was not and did not contain a high-powered rifle, the social and psychological implications of such an act less than a week after the Connecticut mass murder at a school of the same name is chilling. The man was identified by Shenandoah County Sheriff ’s Office as Christopher Johnson. Johnson was arrested at the scene by a school resource officer and charged with disturbing the peace. The sheriff ’s office said further info on the incident would be handled through the Shenandoah County Public School Division. On Dec. 0, Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Rowland told us to his knowledge Johnson was still in jail without bond. He said the school’s principal initially confronted Johnson and took him into her office. “She tried to calm him down, as I understand it, he was pretty excited about making his point. The school resource officer was contacted and

Christopher G. Johnson remains jailed in Shenandoah County - Mug Shot SCSO [Johnson] was arrested without incident. If his point was school security, he did not help his cause by acting in such a manner so soon after the Connecticut tragedy, with so many people in mourning,” Rowland told us. “We already had put plans in place to conduct school safety forums after the first of the year. We don’t need someone telling us to do it – we know!” Profiling & security “The more you listen to the news everybody’s an authority on something they think is relevant and accurate,” McInnis told us a day before the Strasburg, Virginia school incident. “Now there is the theory the assailant (in Connecticut) had some form of autism or Asperser’s Syndrome. And it’s unfortunate but what happens is that people will then tend to look at people with those kinds of disabilities or conditions and it gets generalized to all people with the condition that they have that kind of tendency, which is neither fair nor accurate.” McInnis said that in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, security has been addressed at Warren County’s public schools internally

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report We got the following press release from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s office at 1:48 p.m. on Dec. 14, just over four hours after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that took 6 lives, 0 young children and six adults. RICHMOND—Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement following news of a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. “It is with a heavy heart and the deepest of sympathies that I learned earlier today of the horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted by the events transpiring today, and to the teachers, emergency responders, and all others touched by this tragedy. Unfortunately, Virginia has our own painful memories of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in 007. Those memories will never fade, and we continue to grieve for all those lost on that April day. We are all too aware of the impact that events like this can have on a community. If there is anything Virginia can do to assist Governor Malloy and the citizens of Connecticut, we stand ready to do so.” Follow up We felt it appropriate that day to ask the governor’s staff if the above sentiment and offer of assistance was political business as usual or an offer of something more substantial. We sent the following question to three members of the governor’s staff: Sirs, re: Governor’s quote – “If there is anything Virginia can do to assist Governor Malloy and the citizens of Connecticut, we stand ready to do so.” Is that just the obligatory lip service or does the offer of “assistance” include sponsorship of state and national discussion of more stringent gun control laws, background checks, & re-focusing on victims of gun violence, rather than the potential of upsetting the NRA lobby and people of the “pry it from my cold dead hands” perspective? Related Q – could you elaborate on anything of substance the Governor or VA General Assembly has done since 007 Va-Tech shootings to make Virginians safer from gun violence? It seems to me, Virginia has gone in the opposite direction as a matter of conservative political expediency – ie: the lifting of Wilder-era limits on # of guns that can be purchased in a limited time frame last session. Thank you for your and the governor’s attention, Roger Bianchini Managing Editor Warren County Report newspaper PS as Va-Tech shooting survivor & Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence member Colin Goddard said on TV [Dec. 14] (paraphrased), “If not today, when do we discuss this issue? – There is never a day when it is appropriate for opponents of the discussion ...” First steps While we have yet to receive a direct reply to our query, on Dec. 17 the governor did issue a press release announcing steps to study school safety in Virginia. In part it read: “Governor Bob McDonnell announced on Dec. 17 a state plan to review school safety in Virginia at all levels and to identify statewide and locality, school division, college and university resource needs to ensure that we are doing everything humanly possible to keep our children, young people and educators safe while they are in the classroom. “The governor has asked Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker to review recently submitted school safety audits with school superintendents and to identify any changes in procedures or additional resources needed in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. “The governor also announced the establishment of a task force comprised of leading educators, public safety experts, local leaders and legislators to review school safety, including established policies and procedures, crisis and emergency management plans, threat assessment protocols, as well as to share best practices and identify resource challenges. This task force will also provide legislative and budget proposals to the governor to address any critical gaps or needs associated with safety and security in our schools and on our campuses. “Additionally, the governor announced the creation of a position within the Department of Criminal Justice Services dedicated to issues associated with school and campus safety. This School and Campus Safety Coordinator position originated as a recommendation from the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board and will be funded using existing resources.” We sincerely hope these efforts lead to meaningful dialogue across social and political spectrums to move this nation away from its place as one of, if not the most, murderously violent developed societies on the planet.

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They dropped us off here and they kissed us goodbye… “Maybe someone else will give you a try.” So now here we are, all confused and alone in a shelter with others who long for a home. The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat, with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat.

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We count on your kindness each day of the year – can you give more than hope to everyone here? Please make a donation to pay for the heat… and help get us something special to eat. The shelter that cares for us wants us to live, and more of us will, if more people will give. – Author Unknown Lavenda Denney

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A Christmas Shelter Dog’s Poem ’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full—we are lost, but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call, “Come here, Max and Sparky — come fetch your new ball!” But now we sit here and think of the days we were treated so fondly — we had cute, baby ways. Once we were little, then we grew and we grew. Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new. So out the back door we were thrown like the trash. They reacted so quickly — why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children,” “don’t come when they call,” We “bark when they leave us,” “climb over the wall.” We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed, now we suffer the consequence of the errors they made. If only they’d trained us, if only we knew, we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too. We were left in the backyard, or worse, let to roam. Now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer… we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here. We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds. Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears – our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear. If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the inn – could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

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pounds of food for individuals and families in need. They also will give out over 150 coats on a first come first serve basis. For those in need of clothes and other staples, including furniture, they have their thrift store and also a voucher program for those needing a little extra help. Year round the Corps provides youth camps for ages 14-18, summer camp (Camp Happy Land) for ages 7-18, and a Character Building Program for ages 7-1 to promote responsibility, helping others, social skills, and life skills. They also have a community center where our youth can relax, play games, and socialize. Plus, working with Target stores they sponsor a “Back to School” program to help students in need of supplies for school. Add a “Summer Lunch Program” to provide children with a hot meal in June and July and you see a continually expanding view of who the Salvation Army Corps. Our local division also works

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Indictments
Stephen Christopher Oakes The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges Stephen Christopher Oakes, 6, of 8 W. Prospect St., Front Royal, VA 60, with two counts of unlawful and felonious distribution of a schedule II substance, to-wit: PCP (Phencyclidine). This being a second or subsequent offense, said prior conviction occurring prior to the date alleged in this indictment. Dates of the offenses range from Aug. 9 to Sept. 5, 01 Samantha Marie Jenkins The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about September 1, 01, in the County of Warren, Samantha Marie Jenkins, 7, of 1419 Markham St., Front Royal, VA 60, did unlawfully take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Kim Darr, with a value of $00 or more. Trent Allen Dodson The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on

Michael Anthony Magruder, Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about June 8, 01, in the County of Warren, Michael Anthony Magruder, Jr., 8, of 8 Barnett Dr, Front Royal, VA 60, did knowingly, intentionally and feloniously possess a Schedule II controlled substance, to wit: Phencyclidine (PCP). Lamar Antoine McNeill The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about July 7, 01, in the County of Warren, Lamar Antoine McNeill, 7, of 1754 Langley Ct., Woodbridge, VA 19, having received a visible or audible signal from any law-enforcement officer to bring their motor vehicle to a stop, did unlawfully and feloniously drive such motor vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard of such signal so as to interfere with or endanger the operation of the law-enforcement vehicle or endanger a person. COUNT TWO: on or about July 7, 01, in the County of Warren, Lamar Antoine McNeill, as the driver of a motor vehicle involved in an accident in which a person was injured or killed, did unlawfully and feloniously fail to stop at the scene of the accident and render assistance or provide the information required by law. COUNT THREE: on or about July 7, 01, in the County of Warren, Lamar Antoine McNeill, did unlawfully drive a motor vehicle on a highway at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit. Albert James McAvaddy, Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about October 5, 01, in the County of Warren, Albert James McAvaddy, Jr., 4, of 716 Warren Ave., #5, Front Royal, VA 60, having been determined to be or adjudged a Habitual Offender, and having previously been convicted of Driving While a Habitual Offender, did unlawfully and feloniously drive on a public highway a motor vehicle or self-propelled machinery.

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or about September 1, 01, in the County of Warren, Trent Allen Dodson, 19, of 0 Cloud St., Front Royal, VA 60, did unlawfully take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Kim Darr, with a value of $00 or more. Tanya Andrea McCallum The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about October 0, 01, in the County of Warren, Tanya Andrea McCallum, 5, of 58 W. 9th St., Front Royal, VA 60, did unlawfully and feloniously aid in the escape from a local jail of a person lawfully detained as a prisoner, held in custody, or placed or committed therein on a felony charge. Larry Douglas Shuck The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about April 19, 01, in the County of Warren, Larry Douglas Shuck, 44, of 471 Massanutten St., Strasburg, VA 657, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule II controlled substance, to wit: Cocaine. COUNT TWO: on or about April 19, 01, in the County of Warren, Larry Douglas Shuck did unlawfully and feloniously possess controlled paraphernalia for the illegal administration of controlled substances. Brittain Thomas Goodson The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about September , 01, in the County of Warren, Brittain Thomas Goodson, 18, of 78 Northern Spy Dr., Linden, VA 64, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule I or II controlled substance, to wit: Ecstasy. Heather Dawn Miller The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about October 5 in the County of Warren, Heather Dawn Miller, , of Rt. 1, Box 19-1, Highview, WVA 6808, did unlawfully and feloniously, with the intention of converting goods or merchandise to her own use without having paid the full purchase price thereof, willfully conceal the goods or merchandise of Walmart, having previously been convicted of larceny two or more times. Joseph Murphy Blake COUNTS ONE and THREE: The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges in the County of Warren, Joseph Murphy Blake, 0, of 96 Cobbler Mtn. Rd, Delaplane, VA 0144, with two counts to conspire, confederate or combine with another unlawfully and feloniously, to commit grand larceny with the intent to sell, a felony. Dates of the offenses range from Nov.  to 6, 011. COUNT TWO: The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about Nov. , 011 in the County of Warren, Joseph Murphy Blake did unlawfully and feloniously, commit larceny of property, having the value of $00.00 or more, and belonging to Michael Sirna, Jr., with the intent to sell such property. COUNT FOUR: The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: on or about Nov. 6, 011 in the County of Warren, Joseph Murphy Blake did unlawfully and feloniously, commit larceny of property, having the value of $00.00

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or more, and belonging to Steven Evans, with the intent to sell such property. Carlos Eduardo Garcia Jr. The Warren County Va. Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: on or about June 14, 01, in the County of Warren, Carlos Eduardo Garcia Jr., 8, of 61 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 60, did unlawfully and feloniously falsely utter a credit card with the intent to defraud another. COUNT TWO: on or about June 14, 01 in the County of Warren, Carlos Eduardo Garcia Jr., with the intent to defraud, did unlawfully and feloniously use a credit card or credit card number obtained or retained in violation of section 18.-19 of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of obtaining money, goods or services valued at $00.00 or more. COUNT THREE: on or about June 14, 01 in the County of Warren, Carlos Eduardo Garcia Jr. did unlaw-

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Every Christmas, my wife and I exchange gifts with our brothers and their families. I have one and she has three. Some years, we just can’t figure out what to get them. And when we do, we still have to pack it up and ship it out, not a cheap thing these days. This year, I just wasn’t in the mood to come up with that perfect gift. Or any gift for that matter. My wife and I talked and decided now was the time. The subject had come up before, but we’d never done anything about it. It was time to take a stand. I typed the email and hit “send”. “Are you guys ok with not exchanging Christmas gifts anymore?” I asked softly. “We’re looking for ways to simplify the Holidays and eliminate some of the stress.” And that’s the truth. I don’t like shopping to begin with. And when I have no clue what to buy, it’s even worse. But I wasn’t being totally honest. I wasn’t really asking if it was ok. I was telling them that’s what we were going to do, like it or not. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy getting gifts and I enjoy giving gifts. But sometimes, it ain’t fun anymore. And that’s where we were. The responses came back quickly and were what we’d hoped for. Except one. “Told you so,” my wife said. She saw this coming. Nothing is simple with this guy. Some people just cannot give you a yes or no. They have to go on. And on. My two sentence email resulted in a full page reply which went something like this: “Sure, if that’s what you want to do, but don’t ask us to stop giving you a gift. That’s being a real Scrooge. After all, this is a special time of year when we should stop and think of others who are important in our lives.” Yeah, yeah, whatever. He concluded with “it’s still not too late to get us a bottle of wine from that place we really like.” Is that so? So the truth comes out. Having initiated this whole thing, I did what any intelligent person would do. I let my wife get back to him. After all, it was her brother. The more I thought about what he said, the worse I felt. I didn’t want to be a Scrooge. And I do think it’s important to think about those who mean the most to us, and not just at this time of year. The next day, I took his suggestion and got that bottle of wine. And you can be sure I’ll say a toast to him when we pop the cork. A toast. “Drink wine. Don’t whine.” Happy Holidays!

Actor Erik Estrada, best known for his 1980s TV role as a motorcycle police officer in the series CHIPS returned to the area on Dec. 10 to promote Internet safety for children. Estrada spoke at the Front Royal Moose Lodge in promoting the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, an Internet anti-child predator initiative started by the sheriff of Bedford County, Virginia. The program began as Blue Ridge Thunder during the tenure of Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown and morphed into The Safe Surfin’ Foundation. Its mission is to educate both children and parents about the trappings of online child predators. Estrada presented a check to the local Moose lodge, which is also affiliated with the program, and urged more active participation to protect the commonwealth and nation’s children from one of the myriad dangers of the modern world. Representing the Moose Lodge during the check presentation were Raymond Jenkins and Bobby Jo Whited.

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Dear Stewart, What does the Christmas tree mean to you? Carol Dear Carol, That’s an interesting question I don’t think anybody has ever asked me. Of course the Christmas tree means different things to different people. To some, it symbolizes the gathering of family and friends for this special time of year. To others, it brings back fond memories of those no longer with them anymore or off in other countries fighting wars. The tree always creates an inviting area in the house for this gathering place and a chance for families to celebrate together during this season. I watch people putting sparkly or-

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naments on their trees and putting colorful boxes under the trees each Christmas. Some people even take their colorful boxes to other people’s houses that may not have enough boxes, or may not even have a tree to put boxes under. I wish more people did that each year. Of course, I get to smell the wonderful scent of Christmas trees all year as I scurry around the yard. Maybe this is the one chance during the year that people get to experience the sweet smells of pines, firs, and spruces because they’re too busy during the other times of the year. Doesn’t it make you want to be outdoors more often to experience it even more? My favorite Christmas tree is the one that people planted many years ago in their yard after they celebrated Christmas. You see, they put up a live tree instead of one of the already cut trees. Now this tree is my shelter during the cold winter months and a source of food when all the other food is buried under the snow. I get to perch on the limbs this year and watch the people decorate another live Christmas tree again. So, what does the Christmas tree mean to me? I think it means taking care of others you love or are less fortunate than you and especially being reminded of the wonderful things that Nature has provided to people to experience and to protect as they live their lives all year ‘round. I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of Nature’s gifts!

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