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Volume V, Issue 26 · Late December, 2010

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The foreclosure
hustle 22

Wakeman Mill
Rd. fire
Merry Christmas
and a Happy New
Year! 2

The great UDA debate

Smart growth or dumb idea? 8, 11


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Fire damages county home


Engines 8, 2, 10, Tankers 4 and 5

On scene - 07:13AM
Engine 2

Special Call - 07:12AM


Engine 1

Under Control - 08:16AM

Cleared - 10:40AM

(From a release)

Beauty Designs
by Lorie
Courtesy Photos/Gerry Maiatico WCF&R Courtesy Photos/Gerry Maiatico WCF&R Nails by Terri
At 7:05 a.m. on Dec. 16 home were able to exit the Departments that respond- Fire and Rescue Department
Happy Holidays
from
units from Warren County house with only one person ed included Warren County and is not considered suspi- Lorie,Terri,
Department of Fire & Rescue being treated for minor smoke Fire Stations 1, 2, 8, 4, 5 and cious. & Jeannie
Full manicure set or fills for new comers or if you bring a friend!
responded to a report of a ga- inhalation on the scene and 10, plus an engine from Stras- 10-A Cloud St. Front Royal
rage on fire at 1737 Wakeman refusing transport. burg. Warren County Fire First Alarm- 07:05AM 540-636-1280
Mill Rd. First units arrived to The fire was brought under & Rescue would like to take
find heavy fire in the attached control at 8:16 a.m. with units this time and remind you that
garage with extension into the remaining on the scene until smoking materials should DJ Donnie Violin w/case for Sale
first and second floor of the approx 11 a.m. The fire was in- always be discarded in the DJ Donnie Excellent condition
house. Crews launched an ag- vestigated by Warren County proper container. Always re-
DJ Donnie 540-660-3292
gressive attack and were able
to limit fire damage to the two
Fire Department. It was de-
termined the fire was acciden-
member before discarding any
smoking material it should DJ Donnie
story residence. tal and caused by improperly first be soaked in water, and
Weddings are our specialty!
The house received heavy discarded smoking material in then placed in a proper trash
Sweet sixteen, clubs, bars,
fire damage to the exterior the garage. bin. Warren County Fire&
any type of private parties!
facing the garage, the kitchen Damages to the structures Rescue encourages all to have
and dining area. The rest of are estimated to be $200,000. a safe and wonderful Holiday Any style music for any
the house received moder- The house was left uninhabit- season. occasion!
ate to heavy heat and smoke able. Red Cross was called to The fire in under investiga-
damage. All occupants in the the scene to assist the family. tion by the Warren County For bookings call
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‘Yappy Hour’ raises the ‘ruff’ for Wagner Shelter animals


Wagner Animal Shelter. Blue Mountain, for the con- graphs with pets and kids. Sev- thanks to the following for
Last Friday, a large crowd tinuing popularity and success eral adoptions are now in the auction items: Vino E Forma-
gathered at Vino E Formag- of “Happy Hour.” works; people are volunteering ggio (wine); Rachel Hamilton
gio where Barr, HSWC mem- Meanwhile, shelter Executive to help with shelter projects; (computer services); Neville
ber Helga Hohn-Heiberg, and Director Carol Ann Fox and and there are indications that Barr, UK (animal antiques);
restaurant manager Christian board member Kelly Walker several citizens are prepared to and Wayside Theatre (tickets).
Failmezger, hosted a special hosted an open house at the run for positions on the board Also, all those who so gener-
Christmas party, including live shelter Saturday. John and Kate of directors at the HSWC an- ously contributed cash to the
music, a live auction, and other Avery played Mr. and Mrs. San- nual meeting in April. collection boxes.
activities that resulted in about ta Claus and posed for photo- Barr particularly extends his
$1,450 going to the shelter ani-
mals this Christmas.
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It was just six months ago that
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ren County (HSWC) launched “Yappy Hour” proceeds helped
a weekly “Yappy Hour” at a surpass that goal within just
downtown wine bar and res- six months.” FRONT ROYAL STRASBURG WOODSTOCK
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County’s 3rd annual Christmas family assistance program


County Fire & Rescue, Social Services spearhead spirit of the season
families and their 46 children who County Department of Social Ser-
would otherwise not have as happy a vices added.
holiday season.  Fire and Rescue has To all the citizens and co-workers
been more than generous with their that dropped of donations – thank
time in collecting monetary dona- you so much! With your support, we
tions and providing toys as well as were able to take on more families
other gifts to help underprivileged and put smiles on more kids’ faces
families in our community experi- this Christmas Season.
ence the joy and hope of the season”
Jim Oliver, Interim Director, Warren (From a release)

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• Gift baskets in all price ranges
• Melissa and Doug art supplies, puppets and learning mats
• Local works of art (pottery, photography, painting)
Warren County Administrator Doug Stanley and county fireman prepare Christ- • Classic Christmas books, CDs and DVDs for kids and adults
mas presents for distribution.
• Loads of stocking stuffers
The Warren County Department along with generous donations from 23rd with the help of Santa Claus, his • Gift cards in any denomination (for a limited time, receive a
of Fire & Rescue Services, in a joint Warren County citizens, Fire & Res- elves, and very dedicated co-workers
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partment of Social Services, was able ers. “I’m delighted that the Warren in purchases)
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Front Royal artist honored by Department of the Army


el of a German “schloss” (castle), patriotism and we thank you!”
returned on Nov. 30 with a new Some of the men and women Handyman for hire.
rendition of a castle and was ap- who had served in Germany, as
plauded warmly by the Warrior well as those hospitalized there, 25+ years exp. Drywall,
Transition Brigade’s wounded said they had seen or visited the Painting and Carpentry.
warriors and their families. “schloss” that Helga built of gin- Quality work at reason-
Representing the U.S. Army, gerbread and were amazed at the able prices. Will also do
Linda K. Rasnake of the Transi- similarity. odd jobs.
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Dec. 4. She said she was “deeply
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The certificate was inscribed, the welcome she received from
“It is with great appreciation that the wounded veterans.
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tion’s military men and women the school’s president, Maj. Gen.
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Do you enjoy choral singing?


Blue Ridge singers, a Warren County community
choral group, is auditioning for all voice parts during
December and early January.
The group sings a mix of sacred and secular music.
Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 6-7:45pm and are
scheduled to begin for the spring season on January 4th.
Pictured from left to right, Valerie Starr, WMH Chaplain; Gen. Henry M. Hobgood, Membership dues are $40/person per semester;
Chair, WMH Board of Trustees; Archie Fox, Chairman, Warren County Board of
$25 for high school and college students.
Supervisors; WMH President Patrick Nolan; Norm Choiniere, President, WMH
Auxiliary; Mickey Furr’s children, Carol Taylor, Dickie Furr, Barbara Hartsell; and Please contact Pat Spory, 636-9858,
Tim Darr, Major, Town of Front Royal. or e-mail spory2@comcast.net, or contact Megan Budd,
By Carol Weare when anyone asked how she was recipient. For more information,
660-4244 as soon as possible to arrange an audition time.
Special to WC Report doing, her reply was always, ‘I’m please contact Phyllis Himelright Some ability to read music and/or prior experience in
blessed.’ – But it was all of us at 636-0398.  a choral group would be helpful.
On Dec. 1, Warren Memorial who knew her who were blessed,”
Hospital Auxiliary’s held its an- WMH Auxiliary President Norm (Carol Weare is Public Relations
nual Celebration of Lights featur- Choiniere says. Manager for Valley Health)
ing Christmas music by RMA’s Mickey’s daughter Carol Taylor
Handbell Choir.
This year’s tree lighting cer-
was given the honor of throwing
the switch to light the tree this
Springfield
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entrance was made that much
year. So far, this year’s event has
raised over $8,000, which will be
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Oratorio Society begins Spring Season call for a FREE
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Singers of all ages welcome, no auditions required Northern
The Front Royal Oratorio Society will begin For over 40 years, the Front Royal Oratorio VA or • Aluminum
rehearsals for its spring season on Monday, Jan. Society has brought fine choral music to the
10 at 7:30 p.m. at Warren County High School in Northern Shenandoah region. The dedicated Shenandoah
Front Royal. The choir is under the direction of members of the society have, over the years, Valley
George T. Amos, music director and conductor, presented concerts with a wide variety of excel-
• Chain Link
and Judy B. Connelly, accompanist. The featured lent music such as the works of Bach, Vivaldi,
work for the spring concert will be “Requiem in Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert,
D minor, Op. 48”, by Gabriel Fauré. Medieval and Renaissance composers, as well as
The society welcomes singers of all ages and all contemporary and traditional American pieces. Call: 540-635-9981 or
703-606-5327
voice parts. No auditions are required. Concert For more information, call 540-622-6974, or vis-
dates will be announced later in January. it the web site: frontroyaloratoriosociety.org.
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Community
County Report
Member Doc Smith Christmas Baskets completes 94th year
Virginia Press Association
FR Rotary inherited a winning community food distribution program
Readership:
On December 18 the Front Royal organize the purchase and dis-
20,000 and growing Rotary Club distributed 150 food tribution of foods and toys, with
Warren County’s baskets to Warren County fami- funds being allocated by the Com-
leading newspaper lies for the Doc Smith Christmas munity Chest. For many years
Baskets Project. the Kings’ Daughters gave service
122 W 14th Street, Box 20 The Doc Smith Christmas Bas- to this project until in 1970 they
Front Royal, VA 22630 ket program has been a staple in felt that, as elderly women, they
Press releases should be the Front Royal community since could no longer withstand the
emailed to: 1916 when Front Royal Chief of many hours of hard work needed
briefs@warrencountyreport.com Police Edgar S. “Doc” Smith and to see the project completed.
his sister Florence Smith provid- That year the newly formed lo-
Publisher & Editor-in-Chief: ed a fund for needy families in cal chapter of Beta Sigma Phi So-
Daniel P. McDermott the Front Royal-Warren Coun- rority assumed the project as one
(540) 305-3000 ty area.  It became known as the of its service projects.  Preceptor
editor@warrencountyreport.com Doc Smith Fund. Alpha Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma
To assist Smith and his sister, the Phi conducted the project until
Managing Editor and Reporter: “Loving Service Willing Workers” 2003 when the sorority turned
Roger Bianchini
and “What So Ever Circles of the over the project to the Front Roy-
(540) 635-4835
rogerb@warrencountyreport.com
Kings’ Daughters” endeavored to al Rotary Club.
Doc Smith Christmas Baskets prepare for distribu-
tion.
News Editor: Warren County Fairgrounds
Laura Biondi
editor@warrencountyreport.com Indoor Flea Market Bret Hrbek, who has served as
chairman of the committee since
hope, is a good sign of econom-
ic recovery.  My mother, Susan
Antiques & Collectables
Don’t pay “Mall” prices! We have something for everyone! 2003, was grateful that this year’s Hrbek, is a member of the Beta
News Reporter:
need wasn’t as great. “Due to the Sigma Phi Sorority so Doc Smith
Carol Ballard OPEN Saturdays and Sundays Rotary Club’s outreach efforts we has been a big part of my Christ-
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Finally at issue for Warren County and its primary population center Front Royal are two
County-town basic questions: like death and taxes, is growth inevitable; and if so, how do we cooperate
in establishing the best approach to future growth at the least expense to everyone??

The great ‘UDA’ debate continues at county level


‘Don’t tread on me’ or ‘don’t make me do anything sensible’?
the UDA plan, including his, the from the referenced statement to
Virginia League of Conservation the Warren County Board of Su-
Voters, the Southern Environ- pervisors. “We have always sup-
mental Law Center, the Piedmont ported the effort to provide local
Environmental Council and the governments with the tools to
Shenandoah Valley Network had manage growth, the costs of pro-
issued a joint statement directly viding infrastructure, and the in-
addressing questions generated centives to conserve rural lands,”
in Warren County and explaining Schwartz stated.
their support of UDA’s, as well as Shenandoah Valley Network
the reasoning behind that sup- Interim Executive Director Me-
port. gan Gallagher added in that
“I call myself an environmental, statement, “Warren officials who
fiscal conservative – maybe that object to specific requirements
is the true definition of conser- for designating growth areas and
Del. Clay Athey and Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart
vatism,” Schwartz said. He then density requirements might look
Schwartz, at right, were playing to a tough audience at the Dec. 21 Warren Coun-
quoted Piedmont Environmental to its neighbors for guidance.”
ty Board of Supervisors meeting. Chairman Archie Fox and Vice Chairman Glenn
Council President Chris Miller Shenandoah County was cited as
White appear unimpressed by what they are hearing.
By Roger Bianchini involved in the UDA initiative nale of focusing future growth
Warren County Report headed by state Speaker of the around already developed growth
House William Howell since centers such as towns and cities
The ongoing community debate
over a state-encouraged move to-
2007, said he was aware of the lo-
cal debate. That opposition side of
so that the Virginia Department
of Transportation (VDOT) will
PLAN,PLAN,PLAN!
ward what is believed by propo- that debate has been spearheaded have less future transportation (and plan early!)
nents to be a step toward smarter by former Front Royal Mayor and expenses helping fund new road P.O. Box 789
growth continued at the Dec. Town Councilman Stan Brooks. construction to development Stephens City, VA 22655
21st Warren County Board of Su- Brooks addressed his personal spread across rural areas of the 540-869-2004
pervisors meeting. concerns about the UDA plan at county. Athey asserted the UDA www.prosperitylandscaping.com
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“The alternative of little subdivisions all over the county and having to drill wells, extend
County-town a road system, run power lines and pump more raw sewage into the ground does not
seem to be the answer either.” – Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk

matching transportation funding During a later conservation with ment here than he did. My point
to non-complying municipali-
ties.
Schwartz replied that Warren
Schwartz following the meeting,
he said from a preliminary look
at Front Royal’s existing layout
exactly – so much for any July 1
compliance deadline being met.
Chairman Fox broached the
First Santa encounter
was no exception to how UDA’s and building pattern, that such subject of a planned request for a
should be implemented any- a higher-density “Historic Town
where in Virginia. “For consid- Scale” UDA designation within See DEBATE, pg 32
eration of your particular needs, the town limits utilizing four,
you can exclude and work around
the mountains, rivers and parks
eight and 12-unit plots might be
a viable, if partial alternative to
Let me haul
that you have, just as you always
could in comprehensive plan-
the now proposed UDA’s largely
focused on county land adjacent away your
junk metal
ning.” Schwartz noted that the to existing town development
minimum density of four units around Happy Creek Road.
per acre for single family, six units How long do you think it would
for townhouses and 12 units for
multifamily offered flexibility for
take this town government to
agree to such a plan, we won- for FREE!
accommodating growth, includ- dered aloud? Schwartz replied
ing by what he termed “Historic that I probably knew more about
Town Scale.” the dynamics of local govern-

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Texas. In addition, our current State unemployment rate is
Top Producer, 2009 Greetings from your 18th now over three percent below the national average of 9.8
#1 in Sales District Delegate to the Virginia percent.
#1 in Listings Sold General Assembly. On behalf of Although, we must do more to create new jobs for our
my wife Stacey, and our busy citizens, I believe that the bipartisan “Virginia Way” is the
DON’T LET THIS MARKET twins Madagan and Clayton who best economic strategy going forward to attract busi-
nesses to Virginia which should create new jobs for my
PASS YOU BUY! are anxiously awaiting Santa
constituents. I will therefore only support amendments to
Claus’ arrival on Christmas Eve, the Athey family wishes
all of our constituents throughout Frederick, Warren, and the Biennial Budget which hold true to last year’s agree-
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Fauquier County a Merry Christmas filled with the bless- ment to dig out of this Great Recession through a limited
Thanks to my family, friends, clients, fellow ings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. government philosophy, lower taxes and a balanced bud-
In keeping with my commitment to keep you informed get with tax incentives to attract new small businesses to
volunteers and United Way supporters for a Virginia and to help existing Virginia businesses to create
about what is going on in Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol, this
wonderful 2010! weekly column serves as the first of many subsequent additional jobs for my constituents. Only by working to
columns discussing legislation to be considered during stabilize the lives of my constituents who are still fortu-
the 2011 General Assembly which begins in Richmond on nate enough to be working while also providing my unem-

Daily Sub January 12, 2011. ployed constituents an opportunity to become employed in
On December 17, 2010, Governor McDonnell will start the future, will we emerge from the worst economy in my

Special!! the process by filing his proposed Amendments to the


Biennial Budget. I anticipate that the Governor’s Amend-
ments will reflect a continuation of the commitment to
lifetime.
As always, my family thanks you for the opportunity to
serve during this difficult time for so many of our family,
holding the line on any tax increases while shifting re- neighbors and friends throughout the 18th District. If you
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Parker said the root of the UDA development strategy reflected “common sense” that is “in line with the
municipal growth that has gone on for years. - Your growth belongs next to other growth … I’d rather work
with the county on the growth we know is coming.” – Councilman Shae Parker
Town-county

Council extends UDA, growth discussions


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Areas (UDA) designations the
county must submit to the state
by July 1, 2011 (see related sto-
it must submit to the state as part
of its future Comprehensive Plan
guidelines for residential growth
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guidelines – was revisited just the town doesn’t have to establish in theory, two voices, one inside
six days after a face-to-face full UDAs due to recent low growth council and one outside, were
town-county liaison discussion rates, its vacant land along the loudest in questioning the guide-
of the matter. town-county’s east side border line’s necessity from a town point
On Dec. 7, the Front Royal will help the county meet UDA of view or their applicability to
Town Council and Warren Coun- requirements that new growth be this county’s specific situation.
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“I couldn’t disagree with you more. I don’t think maximum, high-density


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– Councilman Tom Sayre

when last the town was consider- ing town taxes.” rates can produce significant in- “I couldn’t disagree with you “We have plenty now … there
ing a residential rezoning in the However Mayor Tim Darr later come with large residential or more. I don’t think maximum, are hundreds” of such affordable
Happy Creek Road area. said he believed keeping adjacent commercial development. high-density housing belongs in housing units available in Front
Sayre theorized that what “de- UDAs in the county was prefer- Councilman Shae Parker coun- the town limits,” Sayre replied to Royal, Sayre claimed (maybe he
velopers want is to get up against able to allow the town to contin- tered that the root of the UDA Parker. was getting foreclosed homes
the town boundary and the ser- ue to charge double utility hook development strategy reflected a Parker asked Sayre if he thought confused with unoccupied af-
vices available there without pay- up fees and rates. Those fees and basic “common sense” that is “in the town should not encourage fordable housing).
line with the municipal growth affordable housing for younger As he perused a slightly altered
that has gone on for years.” teachers, policemen and other UDA proposal map from the one
“Your growth belongs next to professionals seeking to locate in presented at liaison a week ear-
other growth … I’d rather work the community. – “They can’t all lier, Mayor Darr commented that
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In the midst of some state Re- ignations on schedule wouldn’t apparently the town as part of the complying municipalities, possi- the town-county line north and
publican name dropping, Sayre necessarily lose all VDOT fund- county) wouldn’t lose any state bly more with the state trend to south of Happy Creek Road could
commented he’d been told 26th ing. Sayre added that since real- road money even if the county shrink the 18-percent of VDOT help the town realize needed in-
District State Senator Mark izing matching VDOT funds was failed to comply with the UDA “Formula” funding devoted to ru- frastructure improvements.
Obenshain was probably going an often tenuous proposition un- mandates. ral areas based on lane miles. “We’ve got to get Leach’s Run
to run for Virginia’s Lieutenant til the money was actually real- “I’m not sold on the UDA con- Tom Conkey said inclusion of Parkway built,” Conkey com-
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“On advice of counsel, council feels that the particulars of these matters cannot be discussed without po-
Town tentially violating Mr. Graham’s right to privacy. If you can obtain…a release of these rights, council should
be in a position to be more responsive to your inquiries.” - Mayor Tim Darr

Town seeks Graham okay to open discussion of firing


No easy answers as town, citizens continue to spar over unpopular move
“It’s not about what Graham reasons for firing Graham.
does or says to other people – it’s During the initial 2009 coun-
about his original employment cil move to remove Graham
contract,” Robinett asserted. spearheaded by now Vice Mayor
Among the questions vocal Chris Holloway, Carson Lauder
Graham supporter and retired and Tom Sayre, Graham’s per-
U.S. federal energy department sonnel management style was
employee Tina Hobson and oth- often alluded to as one basis of
ers have asked is whether any those councilmen’s concerns
specific conditions regarding about Graham’s continued em-
potential termination in the con- ployment.
tract may have conflicted with
the town charter and codes sec- Tag, you’re it
tions referenced in Darr’s state-
ment. Hobson and others have Ah, what a tangled web it was
The bad blood between elements of the Front Royal Town Council and former
stated the belief council can dis- and continues to be.
Town Manager Michael Graham, right, had been boiling since some contentious
cuss the charter and code issues Has the town’s response on
November-December 2009 work sessions. These file photos were taken during
because they are contractual and further discussion of questions
2009 work session stare downs.
legal questions, rather than spe- about Graham’s termination
By Roger Bianchini er’s removal from office. to respond to or make a decision cific personnel questions. But placed the former town manager
Warren County Report Darr’s reply essentially threw about the mayor’s statement with employee contracts not in a classic Catch-22 (damned
the ball into Graham’s court. at this time. Pressed as to why, viewed as a part of the public if you do, damned if you don’t)
After two months of silence, In a prepared statement read Graham said only he believed record, but rather as personnel situation?
on Dec. 13 Front Royal Mayor at the Dec. 13 council meeting, there were legal questions about matters themselves, it seems an If Graham does not agree to
Tim Darr replied for the town Darr told the public that, “On the privacy rights of other town impasse has been reached. the release of contract-based
to question from citizens about advice of counsel, the council employees that could eventually At issue remains whether a portions of his personnel file it
the circumstance and reasons feels that the particulars of these crop up in any discussion about public discussion of the contract may appear he is trying to hide
for the Sept. 27th firing of Town [contract] matters cannot be his contract and council ratio- and three councilmen’s justifica- something.
Manager J. Michael Graham. discussed without potentially nales about why he was fired ac- tions for their termination votes However if he does agree, could
Those questions were first violating Mr. Graham’s right to cording to its terms. based on it can be made without the subsequent public discussion
broached on Oct. 12th at the privacy. If you can obtain from However, Town Attorney Tom further exploring their specific of the contract and his termina-
first council meeting in the wake him a release of these rights, the Robinett pooh-poohed that no- tion based on it violate provisions
of Graham’s firing and have been council should be in a position tion. Robinett explained that of the contract in question; the
restated or elaborated on at ev- to be more responsive to your Darr’s statement, made upon privacy rights of other employ-
ery council meeting since. What inquiries.” his recommendation, specifi- ees; or the contract’s 18-month
citizens upset about the Graham We inquired of now private cally cites only questions involv- Bringing the World to You salary-based $178-million sever-

One Glass
termination want to know is not citizen Graham, who during the ing provision in Section 14 of ance package?
only what the specific justifica- initial November 2009 coun- the Town Charter and Section
tions for the termination were,
but whether the circumstances
cil attempt to oust him publicly
stated “bring it on” regarding any
4-26 of the Town Code. Those
sections involve the above-cited at a Time. ROTARY, from pg 7
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Woodstock: Wednesdays, beginning January 26 all, I was watching Survivor. And bles are turned. One place where
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only thing I want to do when Survi- I get a feeling of satisfaction
vor is on is watch Survivor. That’s knowing that I can fill up my mind
not entirely true. I can stuff my while emptying my body. Kill two
face full of popcorn as well, but birds with one stone so the saying
that doesn’t count. goes.
My wife, like a lot of women, are I wonder if I could fit a TV in
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Wayside’s annual seasonal homage takes a twist


Don’t miss this Crocker-Przybylski take on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’
Christmas show are hard to get if Skyline High School teacher involves himself in the Wayside
you leave it late, so you’d do well Richard Follett, one of the two youth movement. Follett also
to make your reservations early. Mr. Fezziwigs who give us, and is one of several home-grown
And, for those who may dismiss themselves, a good giggle, also members of the Actors’ Equity
“A Christmas Carol” as a pro-
duction they’ve seen many times
already, “you ain’t seen nothin’
yet!”
The ensemble’s musical num-
bers are rousing. They begin with
Christmas carols as the curtain
metaphorically rises. The last
number, Christmas Day, sends
the audience away humming mer-
rily after its dose of the miserly
Scrooge (Eddie Staver III) prior
to his other-worldly experiences
with the ghosts of Christmases
past, present and future.
Since the play is mostly double-
James Fleming as Jacob Marley, is getting a pull cast, we would enjoy seeing how
toward Christmas somewhere in this season’s tra- Wayside veteran James Laster, fall into place before you act.
ditional production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” the tall, suave, sophisticated, “ve- LIBRA (September 23 to October
at Middletown’s Wayside Theater through Dec. 24. ddy British” gentleman compares 22) A legal matter you hoped could
Call (540) 869-1776 for reservations. Photography by in the lead role. Dramatically dif- finally be settled could be a pesky
Westervelt. ferent, we suspect. problem for a while, until all the par-
By Malcolm Barr, Sr. It was opening night Sunday, Insofar as a show critique is ties agree to stop disagreeing with
Warren County Report Nov. 28, so the place was packed. concerned, let’s stop there and each other. Be patient.
This is the production that is re- delve into what makes our local ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A SCORPIO (October 23 to Novem-
Victorian novelist Charles lied upon to make the money to theatre so strong and energet- hectic period begins to wind down. ber 21) Partnerships — personal or • On J
ic. That is the youth it attracts. Take time to draw some deep breaths professional — which began before ip Astle
Dickens may be turning in his carry the Wayside into its 50th
Kids from as young as 5 or 6, to and relax before getting into your next the new year take on new importance. in Lond
grave over this year’s presenta- anniversary year next June. Be-
18, emerge from the Young Per- project. A long-absent family member They also reveal some previously hid- sergean
tion of the holiday standard, “A tween times watch out for vari-
formers’ Workshops (Thomasin makes contact. den risks. So be warned. loped in
Christmas Carol,” at the Wayside ous fund raisers during this his-
Savaiano, Sarah Blackwell) and TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) SAGITTARIUS (November 22 allowed
Theatre but you can’t knock the toric half-century celebration.
the Young Ambassador’s Guild. You’re eager to move forward with a to December 21) Your associates are impossi
verve, the imagination, the sights Tickets for the theatre’s annual new challenge that suddenly dropped firmly on your side, and that persis- He invit
and sounds cooked up by artis- in your lap. But you’d be wise to take tent problem that has caused you to his swor

tic director Warner Crocker and this one step at a time to allow new delay some activities should soon be
musical director Steve Przybylski MeadowbrookFarmatHuntly developments to come through. resolved to your satisfaction.
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times that “A Christmas Carol”
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kids, and our grandchildren.
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Dickens’ original can be relied LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your PISCES (February 19 to March
upon to entertain in the spirit
huge an
new goal looks promising, and your 20) Stay on your new course despite Bridge
of the holidays. Crocker’s and golden touch does much to enhance its so-called well-meaning efforts to dis- 1937. A
Przybylski’s knocks your socks prospects for success. In your private courage you. Rely on your deep sense bridge s
off, so when you visit Wayside life, Cupid does his best to make your of self-awareness to guide you to do • On J
in Middletown in December, be new relationship special. what’s right for you. betrotte
prepared. This is not what Dick- VIRGO (August 23 to Septem- YOU BORN THIS WEEK: You have known a
ens may have envisioned, but ber 22) That impatient side of yours the capacity to meet challenges that 48 miles
methinks he would have been, is looking to goad you into moving others might find overwhelming, and first gam
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“we all must start on the bottom


rung.” He pushed with more vig-
or, staying an unusual two years
in an intern role, learning as he
went, everything, it seems, from
acting to lighting. Most interns
put in a year, then are on their
way.
Matt returned to what he calls
“the hardest working theater in
Virginia” to reprise his role when
an intern.
Some of the young adults don’t
aspire to acting; therefore they
rarely make the newspapers. So
we will give a nod to this year’s
administrative intern, Kelly Keys,
an attractive blond young lady
who patrons meet at the Cur-
tain Call Cafe bar. Kelly, who we
Eddie Staver III, as Scrooge, is now appearing at Way- James Fleming and Thomasin Savaiano as Mr. & Mrs. found in Sulphur Springs, TX,
side Theatre production “A Christmas Carol” through Fezziwig in Wayside’s “A Christmas Carol.” Photog- says she specializes “in making
December 24, 2010. Call (540) 869-1776 for reserva- raphy by Westervelt. the program, running the cafe,
tions. Photography by Westervelt. and distracting other employees
who first trod the boards aged area schools and many the young
Association, denoting artists who this play, and their Wayside train- six and is a veteran of 10 Wayside actors’ workshops. from doing actual work!” She has
are committed to working in the ing shows through – to mention shows, including three Christmas For me, it was a particular plea- a degree in advertising and is an
theater as a profession, not an just one, Forrest Limon (Scrooge productions. sure to see Matt Baldoni (Fred, aspiring writer. With the forego-
avocation. Wayside is, of course, as a boy), son of entertainer Rob- Other members of the youth Scrooge’s nephew) in a major ing, her hard work and dedica-
Virginia’s second oldest profes- bie Limon who, with his family, cast are: Patrick and Thomas supporting role at the opening. I tion are noted in our area’s lead-
sional theater after the Barter lives just a few steps from Way- Bauserman, Abigail Beaudoin, first met Matt on his first day as ing newspaper!
Theatre in Abingdon. side Theatre. Forrest is a person- Emily Crawford, Jennifer and an intern about four years ago,
There is a plethora of kids in able, self-assured young fellow Jessica Dawson, Jessica Davison, pushing a desultory broom in the (Malcolm Barr, Sr., is a former
Natalie Dyke, Joe Mayer, Sarah theatre’s back lot. Trying to cheer member and secretary of the
Millard, Audrey Nakagawa, Ty- him, I told this 23-year-old whose board of directors of the Wayside
ler Plazio, Vivian Swansoni, Leo erstwhile companion was a dog Foundation for the Arts. He is a

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Schopick, Tiffany Waters, and which lived mostly in Berryville retired journalist/government
Amanda Willis. Most attend local with his parents, something like public affairs officer and lives in
the Rockland area of Front Royal,
and is president of the Humane
Society of Warren County).

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“We have neighbors who can’t afford health care, who don’t even have a safe home to wake up in on Christ-
Community mas morning,” Waller says. Donations can be made by logging online at www.frontroyalunitedway.org or
by mailing a check to PO Box 509 Front Royal, VA  22630.

United Way’s Waller issues matching challenge


As fundraising goal approaches campaign chair opens her own pockets
wants to start the new year con- Meeting the goal by the Dec. tion is asking donors to consider “We have neighbors who can’t
fident that the 12 health and hu- 31 official campaign deadline a $1 per week pledge or outright afford health care, who don’t even
man service agencies funded by would be a rare and wonderful donation of $52.  “One dollar per have a safe home to wake up in
the United Way will receive their way to start the new year, says week isn’t a lot to most people, on Christmas morning,” Waller
promised allocations. United Way Executive Director but compounded by the generos- points out of harsh economic re-
“This is my first year as Cam- Lee Smith Osina. “I don’t know ity of hundreds of donors, it can alities. “The United Way gives us
paign Chair and the more I learn, when the last time was that we make all the difference to our all a chance to help those in need
the more I want to do to help were able to start the year with agencies,” Waller said.  “I decided through 12 different agencies
the organization and its mem- a fully funded campaign. Our to start the matching campaign with one donation. All donations
ber agencies.  Now more than allocations to our member agen- because the more I hear of peo- stay in Warren County and can
ever, the agencies are counting cies are made as a leap of faith as ple in our community struggling even be designated to specific
on their United Way income and we budget prior to knowing how this holiday season, the more I agencies if donors desire.  Please
we are so close to making our the campaign will turn out, and feel that it’s the responsibility of help us surpass our goal and
goal – I know we can do it!” says we’re thrilled that the commu- people who are able, to help our prove that we take care of our
Waller. “So as Campaign Chair nity is stepping up to enable us to neighbors in need.  I’m certain own here in Warren County!”
for the Front Royal-Warren meet and perhaps exceed those there are others who agree and Donations can be made by log-
County United Way, I will match allocations!” would like to show their thanks ging online at www.frontroyal-
Volunteer Campaign Chair up to $3,000 until Dec. 31 to help Currently the Front Royal/War- for their blessings by stepping unitedway.org or by mailing a
Beth Waller is pointing us meet our $95,000 goal. Please ren County United Way supports up and helping to support our 12 check to PO Box 509 Front Royal,
the way toward achiev- stretch your generosity through- 12 agencies:  The American Red worthy organizations.  This is a VA  22630. All donations stay in
ing this year’s United Way out 12 Warren County non-prof- Cross, Blue Ridge Legal Services, small way I can say thanks to this Warren County unless designat-
fundraising goal. its with your United Way Dona- Blue Ridge Opportunities, Boy wonderful community for bless- ed elsewhere – you can designate
tions.” Scouts, Community Transitional ing me my entire life and is the to other non-profits if you wish.
As New Year’s Eve approach- When Waller initially sent us Housing Program, Concern Ho- least I can do. I hope others will
es, so does the end of the Front this story, United Way was $6,000 tline, Front Royal Women’s Re- join me by committing to just $52
Royal/Warren County United short of the $95,000 goal. As we source Center, Girl Scouts, Har- – or any amount – to help propel (From a release)
Way Campaign that is currently approached our Christmas week mony Place, Healthy Families of the campaign over our goal.”
only $4,000 away from meeting press run she informed us there Warren County, House of Hope As the campaign rolls forward,
its $95,000 goal. As the clock was already a $2,000 matching and St. Luke Community Clinic. the United Way is grateful for the

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Hidden Springs Senior Living hosts WCMS chorus


his children and grandchildren on his
cell phone,” she said.
Other discussions take place about
words which have changed meaning
over time. The word Spam is an ex-
ample of this. Once only thought of
as a canned meat product, now it has
come to mean electronic junk mail.
A project to get seniors involved
with teaching basic skills is sched-
uled to begin after the winter holiday.
Skyline High School’s Special Educa-
tion teacher, Jessica Jones Mather,
has expressed interest in having her
A member of Hidden “Skyline Special Hawks” meet with
Springs Senior Living in- residents who will help with reading
vited her grandchild to or math, by using flash cards or play-
the caroling. ing educational games. “Even if they
are playing UNO or Scrabble, they
“It’s our intent to do more with will still be learning,” Davison said.
young people and our generation and Another “bridge experience” in-
get them together to learn from one cludes Warren County Girl Scout
Warren County Middle School sixth-grade chorus sings for Hidden Springs Se- another. Seniors can be like living Troop #40314, whose members
niors. history books, to teach about other enjoy visiting the older residents.
times and talk about or read books to They’ve been coming since summer
By Carol Ballard dressed up for the Christmas season. come in,” said Vicki Davison who,
the students that are no longer being when they were Brownies, and have
Warren County Report There were smiles on faces as the with her husband Daryl, owns and
read in schools,” Davison said. graduated to girl scouts. They shared
singing, sixth graders from Warren runs the Senior facility at 973 Buck
Hidden Springs activities direc- their experiences in earning patches
On a cloudy, cold December day, County Middle School filed in and Mountain Rd. in Bentonville.
tor, Peggy Manuel, has implement- and camping trips.  And, “We have
with  blue mountains visible behind began with a beautiful traditional She said that the chorus has been
ed a program called “Bridging the a former girl scout leader from Ger-
the winding back roads leading up to Russian song. Soon the audience was visiting every Christmas since the es-
Generation Gap”. She said that next many who shares memories with
Hidden Springs Senior Living, resi- invited to join in on more familiar tablishment opened in 2008. But it’s
week residents who have been cor- them about when she was a girl scout
dents waited for the carolers who had carols. also an event which is part of a plan
responding with students from Luray in the early 1900s in Berlin,” said Da-
promised to sing for and with them. “Many of our people don’t live near for more interaction between their
Middle School will attend a “Meet vison.
In contrast to the cold outside, the their families and it’s a wonderful residents and the younger popula-
and Greet” and finally come face-to- The generation gap program serves
dining room was warm, bright and treat for them to have young people tion in 2011.
face with each other. to illustrate the assertion on the Hid-
“We thought the residents could den Springs business card which says
learn new thoughts and ideas from that they offer something different
the young people, and the children in senior living.  And along with giv-
Happy Holidays from the staff at Hidden Springs!! could learn from them too, making it ing residents more interaction with
a good learning experience for both younger people, Davison believes
We offer all the comforts of home for your loved ones, and then some! groups. We have retired teachers, that the residents are given a more
and two librarians who have fond home-like place to be. She said, “It’s
Hidden Springs prides itself on We have the snow removal
memories of teaching young people not about where they live, it’s about
equipment to keep Buck
and like to watch them excel,” Davi-
providing life’s comforts and amenities Mountain Rd. always open
son said.
how they live. People here are like
to 340 South for emergency family and it’s not all about down-
so you can relax, knowing you can access. “For example, our residents come sizing. They can think of the entire
from the generation where penman-
afford a warm, comfortable lifestyle ship, punctuation and grammar were
community as home and as family
with the Davisons, giving security
that keeps you safe & secure for the very important, but with younger and peace of mind.”
people, it’s more about content and
winter without all the hassle subject matter, (as when texting or
“It’s quality of life. They enjoy their
years as much as possible,” agreed
of life’s obligations! emailing) and rely more on technol- Manuel.
ogy to check spelling or grammar,”
We’re a completely self-contained she said. Some older people are very
facility! tuned in to technology, though. “One carol@warrencountyreport.com
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“Do not give up, people, take a stand! Contact your House of Representatives person, demand they do their
Economy job and work for you. It’s what we voted them in for. Do not let the banks win and walk away, stand firm
and make them refinance your house.” – Sarah Williams

relief to Main Street America, you do not take a stand and fight monthly $2,625.25 payment on
as well as to the major national for your home, then the big cor- the house they built in 2006-7,
banking establishments. porate banks win. To me, that they were staying current. This
While the ultimate conclusion is not the way it is supposed to was crucial for Sarah William’s
to this family’s story is yet to be work. We, the people, are sup- husband to remain financially
written, they have shown us that posed to run the show, not big, viable and continue his building
citizens do have a fighting chance corporate banks that only care contractor business. However, it
to force banks to adjust their about their bottom line. – We was this effort to remain finan-
mortgages downward without have a bottom line too!” cially solvent and current on their
first committing financial suicide For Sarah Williams that bottom housing payments that eventu-
to qualify – AND they can en- line is not only home ownership, ally created a classic Catch-22
list the help of their congressio- but the right of all U.S. citizens (damned if you do, damned if you
nal representatives to do so. The – not just the nation’s top two don’t) scenario for the family.
entire experience has galvanized percent of wage earners on the “We originally had Country-
one county woman, who urges boards of the banking and sur- wide as our Mortgage Company,
others to reassert the bottom rounding corporate institutions which is also a Fannie May Loan.
line at the root of the American – to life, liberty and the pursuit Of course Countrywide went un-
social, political and economic ex- of happiness (where have I heard der, and Bank of America bought
periment. that before?). our mortgage,” Mrs. Williams ex-
Nice but not extravagant - the Williams home they “Do not give up people, take “And there are fewer bankers plains. “My husband is a Class A
built in 2006-7 just as the building and economic bub- a stand! Contact your House of in the world than there are peo- contractor and has been building
ble burst. Representatives person, demand ple getting their homes unfairly houses to sell, affordable ones,
people, going ‘You’re too high houses.” they do their job and work for ripped out from under them,” since February of 2004. In 2006
risk despite the fact you have paid And therein lies the outline of you. It’s what we voted them in Williams reminds us. “The banks and the first half of ’07, we built
your loans on time with us, you what is written below about one for. Do not let the banks win and have no power that we don’t al- a bigger house and moved into
are now too high risk for us to American and Warren County walk away, stand firm and make low them to have. Show them it in July of 2007 – right around
loan you any more money.’ And family caught in the financial them refinance your house. The that – make some noise; call con- the time the housing boom went
that impacts the ability for us to maze of the Wall Street “bailout” banks have the programs to do it, gressmen and senators, keep your bust. We got by though and con-
stay in business, at least building and all it supposedly offered in at least Bank of America does. If home. Nothing will change until tinued to pay our mortgage of
you take that stand. My husband $2,625.25 a month. My husband
and I proved it! They technically has had damn near perfect credit,
work for us, not the other way above 700, for at least 15 years.
VSP reports initial Snow Storm Statistics for Dec. 16 around.” It is the credit score that got us
As the first winter storm system to make its way across Virginia progressed on Dec. 16, Virginia this far and still in business for
State Troopers were working nonstop to respond to motor vehicle crashes and disabled vehicles. A Fail and we’ll talk? the last three years. In January of
VSP press release indicated that the majority of those crashes involved property damage only, with 2009, we asked BOA to remodify
just a few involving driver and passenger injuries, as well as one late fatality reported. In addition, At the bottom line of the Wil- us under the Obama Home Af-
two state troopers were struck by out-of-control vehicles as they were investigating traffic crashes. liams family’s plight was that the fordable Program. We had proof
Neither trooper was seriously injured. new holder of their mortgage that our income went down sig-
Virginia State Police investigated one fatal crash attributed to the weather. The fatal crash at- told them they had to fall farther nificantly since we did the loan
tributed to the Dec. 16th weather occurred on I-81 Southbound 2/10 of a mile south of Rt. 60 in behind in payments to qualify on this house. But BOA would
Rockbridge County (Division 6 - Salem). A 2003 VW ran of the right side of the roadway and struck for remodification of their home not help us because we were still
a guardrail. The 48-year-old male driver died at the scene as the result of injuries sustained in the loan. The problem is that while paying on time and we were not
crash. struggling financially to meet a 30 days behind.”
From 5 a.m. through 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, Virginia State Police responded to 4,798 calls for
service. Of those, 1,947 have been for traffic crashes, 678 for disabled (stuck) vehicles and 1,872 non-
emergency calls.

Division II–Culpeper (Fredericksburg/Culpeper/Warrenton/Harrisonburg/Winchester/&WC)


Traffic Crashes=290              Disabled Vehicles=69             Total Calls for Service=662

Division VII-Fairfax (Prince William/Loudoun/Arlington/Alexandria/Fairfax)


Traffic Crashes=109              Disabled Vehicles=135            Total Calls for Service=555

Division III-Appomattox (Charlottesville/Waynesboro/Staunton/Lynchburg/South Boston/South Hill)


Traffic Crashes=220              Disabled Vehicles=63             Total Calls for Service=457

Division I–Richmond (Metro Richmond/Northern Neck/Tri-Cities)


Traffic Crashes=492              Disabled Vehicles=129             Total Calls for Service=1055

Division IV-Wytheville (Wytheville/Dublin/Galax/Bristol/Vansant/Wise)


Traffic Crashes=198              Disabled Vehicles=88             Total Calls for Service=622

Division V-Chesapeake (Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Eastern Shore/Williamsburg/Franklin/Emporia)


Traffic Crashes=368              Disabled Vehicles=119           Total Calls for Service=913

Division VI-Salem (Lexington/Clifton Forge/Roanoke/Blacksburg/Bedford/Martinsville /Danville)


Traffic Crashes=270              Disabled Vehicles=75             Total Calls for Service=534
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“So they told you to destroy ing downturn. – “Oh they are DAMN – so much for trickle “It got their attention and they we would owe about $1,000 be-
your credit rating and your fami- calling us,” Wolf commented of down economics, I thought. agreed to get us started,” Sarah fore we could finalize the remod-
ly’s ability to continue to do busi- his constituent pleas for help in Williams said. “We officially en- ification. So we chose for those
ness by falling behind on your the face of often self-defeating “Possible mishandling” tered the program in Septem- three months to go ahead and
mortgage payments so you could corporate standards of what con- ber of 2009. That was when our pay the full amount in hopes of
qualify for a mortgage remodifi- stitutes a failing homeowner. Perhaps alarm bells should have three-month “Probationary” pe- saving ourselves a little bit by not
cation,” I asked, somewhat dumb- been wailing 24x7 last summer riod started. We had the option of owing anything by the end of this
founded. The foreclosure shell game when Bank of America, a player paying the full mortgage amount 3-month probationary period.”
Yes, the couple told me. in our story here, followed three or the remodified amount of Then the hammer began to fall
But rather than roll over and Perhaps ironically, Sarah’s hus- major U.S. mortgage lenders, JP $2,201. At the end of 3 months, if on Sarah Williams and her hus-
play dead, the Williams fought band has propped up his con- Morgan, Chase and GMAC in we paid the remodified amount, band over an unrecorded quar-
back. They went to their 10th tracting business during the temporarily suspending all home
District U.S. Congressional Del- housing downturn by taking con- foreclosures after those initial
egate Frank Wolf and asked for tract work to clean up foreclosed three mortgage lenders admit-
help. They got it from Wolf ’s homes. He gave us a perspec- ted “possible mishandling” of
staff and were able after much tive on his understanding of why thousands of home foreclosure
stress to get their original mort- banks may make it so hard for documents nationwide. Myriad
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In October Sarah Williams told people try to survive. In addition to the overriding
me, “We finally got the info that How’s that, we asked? issue of initially being told they
BOA recorded the new loan at As we understand his reply: must destroy their credit rating
the courthouse, and we made our 1. the bank or finance compa- to qualify for help in readjust-
first payment on the remodified ny that holds the mortgage has ing their mortgage as part of the
loan. So for right now, we have a whatever has thus far been paid American Economic Recovery
fighting chance of being able to on the home; Act, the Williams family may
stay here in this house and not 2. if foreclosed, government in- have also experienced such “pos-
lose it to foreclosure – all because surance pays the banks a number sible mishandling” of their own I
we pushed back against them!” he cited as 80 percent of the value mortgage documents.
of the mortgage (we did not veri- In mid-2009 the family decided
The
Constituent services fy that number, but he assured us to pay their mortgage late but By Samantha Mazzotta appoin
it was a substantial percentage of within the 30-day grace period in istratio
Late this summer we asked the home value); an attempt to qualify for remodi- Preventing Icy in the evening before any snowmelt
freezes down.
want
licens
10th District Rep. Frank Wolf 3. then the bank eventually re- fication without losing their abil- Slips and Falls Ice melt is a chemical compound VA
about his office’s involvement in sells the property for a trifecta of ity to remain financially solvent
Q: This is my first winter living (actually, there are different ice-melt their
the Williams family’s mortgage sorts on a foreclosure payoff. and stay in business. in the Midwest, and so far products with different compounds) least o
it’s been a doozy. My question is that slightly heats ice and snow, just will be
plight. enough for it to melt away. Sodium To re
not so much how to deal with the
“I have a good staff and they
Warren County Report
snow, but the ice that forms on my chloride (salt) is one type of ice melt; cine,
worked very, very hard on the walkways and driveways the day however, there are other effective ice- numbe
melt products that have less impact curren
Williams’ family’s situation. after shoveling. It’s super-thin and
on the environment. cine.
Foreclosure is the fear of all ho- very slick. — Miami to Michigan
Transplant The
meowners. My staff reached out system
to the lenders about the specific
situation of these people – they Alison Duvall
A: That thin, slick ice tends to
form after a sunny winter day
in which some of the snow piled
Sand, salt and
ice-melting
compounds,
ing li
This c
if tracked into Admin
got through the clutter,” Wolf told around the edges of the walk melts a tor Ge
us. Sales Representative bit, water runs back onto the concrete,
and then refreezes after sundown. It’s
the house,
can scratch or when
had b
Wolf credited staffer Lucy Nor- a common annoyance and hazard in damage many
types of floors. During the winter, year.
ment for her work for many in- the snowy regions in winter, and you Here
dividual constituents. From her Cell: (540) 551-2072 have to check for icy patches daily on
walkways, the driveway and in many
place a sturdy track mat inside the
entryway. all:
The
ongoing efforts Norment has alisond@warrencountyreport.com municipalities, the sidewalk in front follow
established what Wolf termed “a of your house. And that’s an important consider- consis
Homeowners deal with slippery
good relationship” with the lend- ation in using sand-salt mixture and The

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walkways in a couple of ways. In ice melt: use just the amount you alway
ing institutions. areas that get significant snowfall, need to keep the walkways clear of couldn
“Our job is to help out people,” many people will shovel the walk but ice and with improved traction. Fol- Afte
Wolf said. “My office got the leave a couple inches of snow, pro- low the application instructions for ity, th
viding traction for a few days until the the ice melt you’re using so that you Integr
lender to look at the specific of snow packs down. In areas that don’t don’t overapply it. autom
the situation and it helped out. get as much snowfall, completely date ..
shoveling the walkway clear works Send your questions or home tips
We try to work on a case by case
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ter – yes, that’s 25 cents – from nothing was fixed; rather things
a mortgage payment made over were continuing to spiral down-
the phone. ward.
“December comes, we make a
25 cents here, 25 cents there payment and are still being told
we are 30 days past due. My hus-
“In October we called in our band asks why this hasn’t been
payment. Come November I fixed. They stated it would take
called in our next mortgage pay- 60 days to fix our credit score
ment and the computer is tell- from the missing 25 cents and
ing me we owe an entire month’s that they were ‘so sorry’. My
mortgage and we were 30 days husband explains that wasn’t ac-
past due. My husband called BOA ceptable, that his business relies
to find out what is going on and it on his credit score because the
turns out they shortened our Oc- local banks we deal with to get
tober payment by 25 cents and construction loans pull his credit
put a mark on our credit report report every time they give us
that we were 30 days past due. a new loan to build a house. He
He asked why they thought we told them it was very important
would make a payment of $2,625 this get fixed quickly or the end
and leave off 25 cents. Why didn’t result would be our local bank
they call us – take it out of Es- would no longer give us loans
crow, something??? They apolo- which meant he would not be
gized profusely said they would able to do business and continue
send us a letter stating it was their to pay the mortgage.
mistake and have it fixed within “They told us ‘Oh we are sorry,
30 days.” we will get this fixed and send
However, come December you a letter stating that this is our
“For Sale” signs like this foreclosure file photo shot from 2009 in Front Royal
weren’t the only thing collapsing in the national economy around that time.
“I believe that banking institutions are more dan- mistake, and you are current.’ We his credit report. He goes in and “But at that point our company
gerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the got a letter from the underwrit- they say they do not feel they can could no longer build houses and
American people ever allow private banks to control ers and BOA called us on Dec. continue to give loans to us based we are over a barrel in trying to
the issue of their currency…the banks and corpora- 28th and again in January as the on his 545 credit score – that he keep up with our mortgage on
last part of the remodification is now considered a high risk. It this house. So not only did the
tions that will grow up around the banks will deprive process. We still had not heard didn’t matter that everything was ripple effect from BOA to this
the people of all property until their children wake-up a final word or received paper- paid and current; didn’t matter small bank impact our house,
homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” work to sign indicating that this that he has never defaulted on but our business too. How many
- Thomas Jefferson, 1802 remodification was a done deal. anything with the local bank – others who had great credit now
However, our bill stated we could they just can’t do it. And then the have been tanked because of what
pay $2,201 now even though the vice president of the local bank these big banks are forcing us to
remodification had not been fi- suggested we get a lawyer and go do? How many Americans who
WCMS media center student nalized. So in January (2010), we after BOA. rely on good credit have gone
paid $2,201.
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being 30 days past due because
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original amount. We got a let-
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in 60 days.’ Meanwhile, they still
hadn’t fixed the initial October
problem from the unrecorded 25
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under because of the actions, If the American people ever al-


UDA, from pg 13 already approved residential lots they are in areas designated for
accidental or otherwise, of big low private banks to control the
in outlying areas, as well as an future growth by Comprehen-
corporate banks?” Sara Williams issue of their currency, first by doah Shores Road and John unprecedented level of state in- sive Plans, he said.
wonders. inflation, then by deflation, the Marshall Highway. “We’ve got to volvement in local planning. Yes, Drummond agreed, a de-
As we go to press Sarah’s hus- banks and corporations that will get an east-west connector road However, as both he and veloper could sue over non ap-
band is floating his resume in grow up around the banks will built.” County Planning Director Taryn proval of a rezoning proposal in
Information Technology (IT), in deprive the people of all prop- Acting Town Manager Steve Logan did on Dec. 7, Drum- a UDA area. But the town plan-
which he has a degree. His con- erty until their children wake-up Burke observed there seemed to mond disputed the contention ning director observed that such
tracting business was able to take homeless on the continent their be a council consensus that in- that UDA designations weak- legal threats already exist due
out a final home building loan fathers conquered.” clusion of Swan Farm’s 100 acres ened the municipal bargaining to Comp Plan guidelines and
with two family co-signers, but in town was acceptable for UDA
–Thomas Jefferson, 1802. position in rezoning requests in would be no more assured of
that is the end of the line on that designation and that adding the UDA designated areas. success than they are now. De-
process upon which the bulk of FRLP (515 acres) and Duncan Questioned following the Dec. velopers still have to meet ser-
his construction business was (at least 85 acres) properties in 13 meeting, Drummond reiter- vice impacts on everything from

December 20, 2010


KFWS • MindGym
based. They are still hanging on the county would accommodate ated that the UDA designation schools and utilities to traffic
to their home but the final chap- the county request for town help mirrors Comprehensive Plan and road impacts.
ter on that story depends on how to meet its UDA requirements. guidelines and does not preclude As the Dec. 13 work session
their future incomes pan out in Rejected from the equation were successful proffer negotiations discussion closed it was agreed
the lingering Recession. 69 acres of Millennium Lotus by municipalities. With careful to draft a letter to Delegate
“I think too big to fail is a joke property in town. crafting of expectations for UDA Athey asking for consideration
and I think if these banks had been
areas and normal impact models of an extension for the county to
allowed to fail that they could Recipe for disaster? from growth, municipalities are meet the UDA requirement.
have declared the bankruptcy to
EDGE: no less protected in UDAs than rogerb@warrencountyreport.com
force them to restructure, size During the Dec. 13 council
Wedg- themselves down,
1. Which Alfred reduce
Hitchcock filmtheir
fea- 1. True or false: Cal Ripken is the meeting preceding the work ses-
incomes to a more manageable
tured this song: “Whatever Will Be, Baltimore Orioles’ all-time home run sion, former mayor and more been secured into long-term deals,
e “This place and
Will Be actually
(Que help the people
Sera, Sera)”? leader? recent town councilman Stan she still gamely attended her home-
whose money they continue to 2. Name the pitcher who led the Brooks questioned aspects of town’s annual “winter meetings”
2. Who came strolling through the — the late-night bar scene that grew
Jersey line their pockets with every day. National League in losses four con- the UDA mandate and asked
door wearing Johnny’s ring? Bonus out of the local Thanksgiving holi-
We got the loan worked out and secutive seasons (1977-1980). why the state was dictating local
for the song title.
I’ve got roommates living here day’s family and friend reunions.
t name 3. Name the may
four members of the 3. When was the last time Clemson’s planning parameters to such an
It didn’t take long for the boister-
Duken- now, but that not be enough intrusive extent. Brooks asserted
group who sang the 1965 hit “Califor- football team won at least a share of ous guy in the pinstriped suit across
to make it. It’s still a wicked strug- that municipalities would lose
nia because
gle Dreamin’.”of the damage to my the Atlantic Coast Conference title? the bar to notice she was a free agent.
televi- bargaining position for prof- Already surrounded by a number of
4. Who sang
husband’s “You’re
credit and Still
the adomino
Young 4. How many times in NBA history
family fers in rezoning requests inside beautiful girls anyone else would
Man,”itand
effect when? ”
created. has the league had four 60-win teams
UDA designated areas. He also Baseball Metaphor love to be seen with, he neglected
5. What is Babyface’s real name? in the same season? criticized a one size fits all solu-
island 5. Who was the last person before It had been a long, sun-drenched them and repeatedly invited Mag-
What hasAmerica
Beware his first No. 1 single? tion for all the commonwealth’s day at the sidewalk sale and Maggie gie to join him. When she stalled, he
6. Which song mentions dancing Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin in municipalities to address future decided to take a well-earned break had one of his entourage talk him up
ict? inWePhiladelphia,
conclude Baltimore,
this story D.C.,
with the
the 2009-10 to win the NHL’s Hart Tro- growth. at the end of it all. Faced with plenty to her. Later, he made the pitch him-
he nine Motor City and LA?
observation of a Founding Father phy (regular-season MVP) two con- Brooks pointed out that unlike of options, she went for a soda at self — his penthouse was stocked
led? on7.the Whoimplications
had No. 1 hits of withthe bank-
“Daugh- secutive years? many municipalities Warren the local diner. Maggie garnered a with unused champagne from the
state is ing industry on
ter” and “Given to Fly”?American soci- 6. Since the Chase format began in County has many already ap- few double takes ... she was clearly October previous and he wouldn’t
ety. These words Answersseem an espe- NASCAR’s Cup division, how many proved and undeveloped build- major-league material. Plenty of take no for an answer.
Adlai cially appropriate
1. “The Man Who Knew conclusion
Too Much”at a times has a non-Chase driver won at ing lots throughout outlying prospectors would have liked to Then, minutes before last call, she
unning time $140 billion in end-of-year Charlotte Motor Speedway? areas of the county like Shenan- throw a pitch or two her way, but looked out the window and realized
(1956), sung by Doris Day. there are limits in society ... age lim- how close she was to the old diner.
“bonuses”
2. Judy had to his
wallringstreet
in “It’sCEO
My 7. Men’s tennis star Roger Federer doah Farms. He worried that
and board members have been while perhaps well intentioned, its, in particular. A phone call later, she was hap-
Party,” Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit off the won 14 of his first 15 tournament So when some guy about 40 years pily reunited with a familiar face —
are) announced while millions of finals when facing U.S. players. Who such a sweeping state directive
“I’ll Cry If I Want To” album.
Americans continue to struggle her senior stepped up to the plate, someone she wished she had spent
3. The Mamas and The Papas: Den- was his only loss to? failing to take into consideration more time with in the first place.
to keep their heads above water slinking inside the diner behind her,
Answers such pre-existing and outly- Yes, this column is little more
ny Doherty,and
financially Johntheir
Phillips, Michelle
families un-
the kid behind the lunch counter
1. True. He had 431 home runs. ing approved development lots who looked as if he weighed about than a metaphor for the Yankees’
Phillips and Cass Elliot.
der the roof of an increasingly could force unwanted levels of
” 4. Tower of PowerDream:
in 1972. Forty Eddie Murray is second, with 343. 90 pounds soaking wet with a rock failure to win over Cliff Lee, which
elusive American growth to municipalities such as in his pocket noticed Maggie’s “help reminded me of their Greg Maddux
years after they started, the soul group 2. Phil Niekro of the Atlanta Braves
Warren. Brooks called the state me” look. Suddenly transformed heartbreak of so many years ago. I
“Istill tours. that banking institu-
believe (16-20 in 1977, 19-18 in ‘78, 21-20 in mandate’s application to Warren into a slugger, the counter person was the counter person transcribed
5. Kenneth
tions are moreBriandangerous
Edmonds hadtoaour hit ‘79 and 15-18 in ‘80). County “a recipe for disaster”. knocked the big fan of the minors above, and I have plenty of other
with “Lovethan
liberties Saw It” in 1989. Edmonds
standing armies. 3. It was 1991. Brooks also suggested an ex- out of the park. stories about Maggie, Maddux and
apparently has a section of highway 4. Once — 1997-98 (Chicago and tension to the July 1 deadline His reward was a few cups of cof- that Red Bank, N.J., diner, but I
.
free thinkEr
named after him in Indianapolis.
6. “Dancingskateboards
in the Streets,” first
Utah each won 62 games; Seattle and
the Los Angeles Lakers each won
to meet UDA requirements the
state offered only to munici-
fee with her, but in the end, Maggie it
seems, had broken his dreams when
wouldn’t tell you half of them.
As for Cliff Lee’s story? On the
recorded by Martha and the Vandellas 61). palities with populations over she immediately fell for another guy whole, for even half the money,
in 1964. 5. Buffalo’s Dominik Hasek in 100,000. Warren’s population is ... but he didn’t get all Rocky Rac- he’d rather be in Philadelphia. It’s
214 east jackson street coon about it ... he simply moved that simple.
7. Pearl Jam, in 1993 and 1998 1996-97 and 1997-98. around 40,000.
6. Once — Jamie McMurray in Town Planning Director Bruce on, figuring Maggie was out of his Mark Vasto is a veteran sports-
respectively.
540
© 2010636 4974
King Features Synd., Inc. 2010. Drummond said he agreed with
league.
Maggie would grow past that rela-
writer and publisher of The Kansas
City Luminary.
7. Andre Agassi, in 2002 in Miami. Brooks’ observations about the
tionship, too. Years later, though
freethinkerskateboards.com © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. county’s unique position with many of her old friends had since © 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Eagles stress community outreach this holiday season


A will to help its community and greet new members to a family atmosphere
cent fundraiser dance without ask- way Plaza Shopping Center, Peebles
ing for a fee. Department Store in the Royal Plaza
And, “One of our members, who Shopping Center, and at Rent-a-Cen-
wants to remain anonymous, has do- ter in the Gateway Plaza Shopping
nated $100 toward the cost of bikes Center; The Budweiser Company,
for kids in the two families we’ve ad- who donated a 19” flat screen T.V. to
opted. He’s the kind of good-hearted be raffled off as part of the fundrais-
person who doesn’t want to be pat- er; and Roadhouse Pizza and Grill
ted on the back, but I patted him on which offered reduced rates on pizza
the back anyway,” Wiseley said. for every unwrapped, new child’s toy
Other volunteers and donors donated there.
thanked by Wiseley and the board For further information on what
members included: Glen Brumfield is offered by the Eagles and how to
and Mike Wayland who are sched- become a member or get involved
uled to play the Santas and will in activities, contact Paula Wayland
personally deliver gifts and dona- 540-631-0961 or Trish Wright 540-
tions to the adopted families; Sherry 636-8060.
Braithewaite, who stood watch at the
toy boxes set up for donations at the
spots around town every Saturday at carol@warrencountyreport.com
Sensational Family Hair in the Gate-

FOE, Aerie 4256 are: back row, left to right, Trustee Ed Novotny, President Don
Wiseley, Trustee Nathan Carbary. Front row, left to right, Treasurer Ellen Novot-
ny, Secretary Trish Wright, Trustee Orval Tanner, and Chaplain Susan Jones. Not
pictured are Vice President Roger Heston and Trustees Stacy Vance and Eddie
Wayland.
By Carol Ballard club contacted the Warren County people from all walks of life and we
Warren County Report Department of Social Services for do have a variety of people who are
names of families needing help. The members. What I like is, if anyone
Leaders of Front Royal Eagles Ae- Eagles took two submitted fami- comes in, and doesn’t know anyone,
rie # 4256 want the community to lies “under their wings” for holiday people are friendly, and say ‘Hi,’ and
know that they are there for them, sponsorship. They’ve also conducted make them feel welcome.”
especially now at Christmas and a toy drive, collected toys at different Trustee Orval Tanner said, “The
with winter coming on in full force. locations for the month of Decem- more members we can get in, the
Lodge president Don Wiseley said, ber, and just finished raising $450 better we can help the community
“We want people to know we’re not for charity at a dinner and dance last out.” Chaplain Susan Jones and
just a bar. When people think of the weekend. Trustee Nathan Carbary chimed in
Eagles, they think of the bar, but Last Wednesday, a bitterly cold and said, “We always have our door
we’re not only that.” Dec. 15, Eagles trustees and mem- open to good people and are willing
“It’s hard when we don’t have a lot bers of the executive branch gath- to help people.”
of money and want to help people
who don’t have money,” said Trish
ered at the Lodge at 218 Fourth St.
in Front Royal to discuss their cam-
The members are also working
on making the lodge more family Postal Business Center
Wright, treasurer and head bartend-
er. She added that some people have
paign to attract new members and
how they want to affect the commu-
friendly.
“We’re working on our children’s
122 W. 14th St. • Front Royal, VA
a negative reaction when the name
Eagles is brought up. “A lot of people
nity in a positive way.
At the back of the warm room, sev-
room. When members come, their
children will have toys and games
Located next door to
don’t know about us and what they
think they know is sometimes not
en of the trustees and officers were
seated around a table in front of their
to play with. We’re a non-profit so-
cial club where the whole family is
Melting Pot Pizza
good. We’re not bad people, we’re Christmas tree and a wall decorated involved,” said Wiseley. Their annu-
just everyday blue-collar people,” with gold stars and colored lights. al picnic, Halloween parties, Easter Packing • Shipping • Moving boxes •
she said. President Don Wiseley began the events and Luaus are all family-ori-
And Paula Wayland, who has been interview with a statement. He said, ented. Mailbox rentals • Notary • FAX • Laminating
active in the Christmas toy drive and
also as a spokesperson for the group,
“The Eagles motto is People Help-
ing People.” And that can be verified
The list of community and per-
sonal charitable actions taken by the
• Copies
said, “One thing we want is for the on the national website at www.foe. Eagles is long, but these are fore-

540-635-7997
community to know we’re here for com. They say it’s a value that the most: paying electric bills for people
them. We had a few years where Fraternal Order of Eagles has held who need help; donating food to the
some of the (governing) boards lost for more than a century. Front Royal/Warren County Wom-
touch with everything. The guys on
the new board are trying to get that
All members in attendance were in
agreement that that is exactly what
en’s Shelter; and collecting canned
food all year long for those in need.
540-635-2186 (fax)
back, so we’re getting back into com- they are about. The Eagles were eager to acknowl-
munity service and we want to be Plus, the local officers want ev- edge those who have volunteered We’re Here To Serve
here to help in any way we can. We’re eryone to know that they accept all their time and services for free. They
moving things back to when the club kinds of people. Wright said, “Our praised the band, “Open Waters”
You With Many Business
was started in 1991.” credo states that we welcome all and their lead guitarist/ DJ, all of Services!
As part of that effort, this year the nationalities, races, religions and whom generously played at the re-
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SONIA SOTOMAYOR: The True American Dream


Library that are by or about wom- icates a portion of this chronicle experiences as a prosecutor, a cir- tion epitomizes what this coun-
en. This book is a recent donation to the life of Celina Sotomayor cuit court judge, time served on try stands for in that all things
and is available for checkout.) and her unbelievable journey the appellate bench as well as co- are possible regardless of where
This country was founded on from a poverty-stricken village in pious hours of pro bono activities you come from, what you look
the premise that all men are Puerto Rico to the South Bronx, paved the way for her eventual like or the obstacles you might
created equal with the rights of culminating with the unbeliev- quintessential journey which this confront. Therefore, given her
life, liberty and the pursuit of able experience of observing her nation highlighted as a gigantic sense of community and an out-
happiness. Sadly, we also know daughter being inducted as the step forward in our history.    standing resume, it is hoped that
that that has not always been true first Hispanic on the U.S. Su- This is a very uplifting, infor- Justice Sotomayor will forever
for all Americans. Although we preme Court. Ms. Felix clearly mative book that allows read- render decisions that are of the
love this wonderful country, there outlines the importance of the ex- ers to be exposed to challenges people, by the people and for the
are some portions of our history ample Celina established for her that are perhaps not of their people.
that many of us wish had never daughter that paved the way for experience yet affords a feeling
materialized in terms of the be- Sonia to become driven to strive of triumphant celebration for
trayal of these rights.  However, for excellence. This was apparent Sonia Sotomayor. This depic- Reviewer, Sheila Lamonz
there are also instances when a when Sonia, labeled as an ‘affir-
story surfaces that magnificently mative action’ baby and confront-
renews our spirit and rekindles ed with instances whereby she
the pride and glory of the prom- was marked as being second-rate, All lines of insurance:
By Antonia Felix ises of our forefathers. Such is the achieved excellence at Princeton
  story of Sonia Sotomayor who, and Yale universities. Thus, she
“Algun dia, usted va a ir a la amidst hardships and cultural fulfilled her deliberate attempt  Auto  Health
luna” (Someday, you’re going to bias, reached the pinnacle of to utilize the gifts with which she
 Business
go to the moon).
– Juan Sotomayor to his daugh-
what is labeled as the American
Dream.
had been endowed. She was not
only singled out academically,
Insure with us  Life  Home
ter just before his death at age 42 It is said that behind every man but her zealous challenges to im- with confidence!
 (Front Royal Women’s Resource there is a good woman. In this prove conditions for minorities
Center and Royal Oak Bookshop
donate books to Samuels Public
case, behind this woman is a de-
voted mother. Antonia Felix ded-
and the down-trodden were also
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(A Christmas gift to the community beauty and camaraderie.
from Warren County Report staff
writer Leslie Fiddler) Clean up
A Virginia Guard and Reserve Holiday ‘Thanks’
Goal Return along the street with the
wheelbarrow, gathering the spent Nomination of civilian employers supportive of military employees
Create a Christmas celebration. lanterns. Separate the bags, sand and
The luminaries carry whatever mean- candles. Compost the bags, reuse the ARLINGTON, Va. – During this season of summer.
ing you attach. Possibilities include sand, trash the candles. Store the bbq
lighting Mary and Joseph’s path to lighters. giving, Guard and Reserve members and their Nearly one-half of the U.S. military is now
the inn; committing a random act of families across Virginia have the opportunity to comprised of the Guard and Reserves, and sup-
beauty; and creating a visual prayer Cautions give the gift of thanks to civilian employers who portive employers are essential to every Guard
that Christ’s love be born in every go above and beyond in support of their military and Reserve service member who stands ready
heart. They can also be a welcome for Unsafe drivers. Flammable tree
Santa’s Christmas Eve visit. needles. service by nominating them for the 2011 Sec- to serve their country in times of war or national
retary of Defense Employer Support Freedom emergency. 
Method Treasure Award. Last year’s recipients, a cross-section of large,
The Freedom Award is the highest recogni- small and public sector employers, met privately
In advance, invite friends, family A new Holiday tradition.
and neighbors. Be ready to teach a tion the U.S. Government gives to employers for with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of
Christmas carol. To stage the lumi- their outstanding support of employees serv- Defense Robert Gates who thanked them for the
naries put the sand, the lunch sac s ing in the Guard and Reserve. The award hon- exceptional support of their Guard and Reserve
and trowels in a wheelbarrow. Walk
slowly up the street filling paper sacs 1998 Toyota Camry ors those employers who not only safeguard employees.
with about one-inch of sand. Set a tea the positions of their military employees while The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996
light atop the sand. Place the lumi-
nary on the curb and light the candle.
Repeat at regular intervals along the
SOLD!!! they are deployed, but establish exceptional and
generous initiatives that accommodate and care
under the auspices of Employer Support of the
Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of
for these employees and their families. To date, Defense Agency. In the past 15 years, 145 em-
block’s length on both sides of the
road. Enjoy the beauty then... From this 106 Virginia employers have been nominated.
Fifteen employers will be selected from across
ployers from across the nation have received
this prestigious award. Established in 1972,
Ingredients for one block
adults and children
150 small lunch sacs. White if you
paper! the United States and territories for the award
to be presented at a ceremony on September
ESGR strives to develop and promote employer
support for Guard and Reserve service by advo-
can find them. Kraft paper are fine 22, 2011 in Washington, D.C.Service members cating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstand-
too. For Sale by owner. and their families are eligible and encouraged to ing support, increasing awareness of applicable
3 fifty lb sand bags Good condition, runs great, new continue to nominate employers who have pro- laws, and resolving conflict between employers
two trowels inspection, new brakes, great gas
a wheelbarrow vided exceptional support to the Guard or Re- and service members.
150 tea lights mileage, interior clean and GC, serve employee beyond the federal law require- For questions regarding the Freedom Award
2 (minimum) barbeque lighters A/C,AM/FM/CASS, T/C/PWR-W- ments. Nominations may be submitted at www. or the nomination process, please visit www.
L, Auto, 4-cyl, 117,500K, full size FreedomAward.mil through January 17, 2011. FreedomAward.mil or contact Maj. Melissa
Carol spare, Kelly blue book valued @ The names of all nominated employers will be Phillips, ESGR Public Affairs, at 703-696-1171,
Stroll along the street and sing, in- $5,700... available now for $4,500! announced in the spring, and the 15 Freedom ext. 519 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.
viting folks burrowed in their cozy Call 540-551-2072 Award recipients will be announced in early
homes so that they too can enjoy the
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DEBATE, from pg 10 Athey replied that while he Planning Director Bruce Drum- tions, Athey pointed out that the county and having to drill wells,
would forward any extension re- mond made at the Dec. 7th full UDA concept was nothing new extend a road system, run power
deadline extension for the county
quest to the General Assembly, joint town-county liaison meet- and had been implemented in- lines and pump more raw sewage
to Athey and questioned the im-
that to his knowledge 80-percent ing – that the two planning com- dependently by some counties, into the ground does not seem
pact of already approved building
of the impacted municipalities missions and department had including Frederick and Fau- to be the answer either.” Traczyk
lots that exist in outlying areas
statewide had already complied been meeting to discuss the im- quier for years. Fauquier, Athey also criticized Brooks’ remarks
of the county like Shenandoah
by establishing UDAs and that plication of the UDA plan since said, has actually been following as admittedly uninformed and
Farms.
he believed of the remaining 20 2009. such a self-generated plan for 30 alarmist.
percent, Warren County was the Citizen environmental activ- years, directing growth toward Questioned later about his re-

Let me haul only municipality pondering an


extension request – “So I don’t
ist, Jim Guy who was present to
comment favorably on a 10-year
its town centers such as Bealton
and Warrenton.
marks, Brooks pointed out he
said only the UDA plan “could be

away your
know how that will be received in extension of the South River Ag- Of Stan Brooks’ often repeated a recipe for disaster”. – “I don’t
Richmond.” ricultural and Forestal District, “recipe for disaster” comment write the headlines,” Brooks said
Athey also said of 10,000 to told the supervisors he sup- about UDA’s potential impacts of how his comments were played
junk metal 12,000 already approved build-
able lots throughout the county,
ported the UDA concept if it was
done carefully and in conjunction
on Warren County, Athey said, “I
think what has happened here for
elsewhere in the media. “I think
I qualified it as much as I could.

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many dated back to the 1960’s with other efforts to preserve the years is the recipe for disaster.” My intent is only to get people to
before zoning requirements were county’s outlying agricultural and Shenandoah District Supervi- take a hard look at this before fi-
established. The delegate pointed farm lands. sor and former County Planning nal decisions are made.”
to ongoing access and utility is- Former Town Planner Fred An- Commissioner Richard Traczyk While like his colleague Tony
sues and observed that if those dreae also rose to speak in sup- also spoke favorably of the UDA Carter, Traczyk was generally
lots haven’t been built out since port of the UDA concept incor- concept. “Based upon our his- supportive of the UDA concept,
their approval 40 to 50 years ago, porated as part of the County’s tory, I see nothing wrong in us- he also worried over undue state
what made anyone believe there Comprehensive Plan. ing common sense to designate influence in local planning deci-
was going to be a sudden rush a workable area for development, sions.
to develop them now simply be- Slow to catch on? should it rear its ugly head again But in the end supporters of the
cause UDAs had been established the near future. The alternative of concept say the state’s pushing
closer to Front Royal? Responding to earlier ques- little subdivisions all over the of municipalities toward UDA
Two citizens, Richard Hoover
and former supervisor Ben Wed-

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They cited a lack of public input, a

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sures Holiday Market on Saturday, December 4,
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their fine craft work. The PTO was busy that day
The Warren County Middle School Student Government Association (SGA),
as they also ran the concession stand for the 172
the student body, and the faculty teamed up to donate 65 “Hotwheels” cars
wrestlers and their fans at the Wildcat invitation
to the Local Toys for Tots campaign. The SGA sold the cars to students who
tournament. Jacob Schneider brought home the
were then able to donate to the project on the spot. Jessie Walther, SGA
gold for the Wildcats in the 140lb weight divi-
President and Maddie Patrick manned the booth during lunch on Dec. 15.
sion.
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failure of those like Warren, who to future growth at the least ex- anything has changed.
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Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

THANK YOU for more information. The “I Do” Bridal oysters, with a friend and buy gallons for $60 per person. Entry Price includes school offering a rigorous classical edu-
Showcase is sponsored by Bowling $75 and save money by dividing them funny money, plentiful hors d’oeuvres, cation focusing on both character and
We would like to thanks those who at- Green Country Club. up yourself. Turner and Edwards Hams DJ & Dancing, great prizes, party favors, intellect. We have an unbroken tradition
tended the Holiday Business After are wonderful additions to the holidays and a champagne toast at midnight. of 100% 4-year college acceptance and
Hours. Many toys were donated to the TOURISM SPECIAL OFFERS and afterward the leftovers make won- Make your reservations early by con- our 23 2010 graduates received over
Warren County Department of Social derful salads, spreads and seasonings tacting Sandy Wood at 540-636-2641 $1.2 million in merit scholarship offers.
Services foster care children. New Look The Front Royal – Warren County Tour- for soup. They make great gifts for a ext. 11 or sandy@svgcgolf.com. Come see what a Wakefield Country
Kitchen and Bath also announced that ism Department is looking for your spe- family of friends. SPECIAL ---- GREAT Day School education could mean for
she would match up to $500 that was cial offers, discounts and packages! We NEWS, right now Alpenglow is produc- Beach Bum Tanning & Airbrush Salon in your child. WCDS is located at 1059
donated in monies. We are proud to want to promote you! The Tourism De- ing cherry and cranberry sparkling cider FRONT ROYAL is offering a limited time Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, VA
say with New Look’s Kitchen and Bath’s partment can help you get your specials along with our original, pear and mulled. lowest price special for the Holidays. 1 22627 ~ (540) 635-8555 ext. 227 ~
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GRAM don’t send us your information! cial items. Look at the Linden Christmas Commons Plaza (in Front of Walmart). Through its Building Healthy Commu-
· The Front Royal Tourism Department Cards as you enter our shop, they’re Call 540-635-6466 for more info! nities Grant Program, The Home De-
Sponsorship has its privileges! Your and Virginia Tourism Corporation are beautiful. We wish you our best and ap- pot® Foundation has awarded $2500
Chamber has sponsorship packages de- looking for quality packages on the fol- preciate your continued support. Take Still have a few people left on your shop- to Mountain Laurel Montessori School.
signed with our members’ needs in mind. lowing topics - – 150th of Civil War and a minute for breakfast, lunch or dinner ping list? Stop in at Main Street Book The school has also received a $500
Sponsorship opportunities are available Emancipation, Shenandoah National and relax by the fire. Try a hot beverage Company to finish it off. Pick up an grant from the Meade Palmer Fund
for all members, small or large. Contact Park 75th, Hands-on Family Fun, His- to warm your tummy and rest your feet AUTOGRAPHED copy of Tom Clancy’s at the Northern Piedmont Community
the Chamber at 635-3185 or info@fron- toric Garden Week and October Virginia a bit. Merry Christmas !!! To place any newest novel, Dead or Alive at 10%off Foundation. The grants will be used
troyalchamber.com for more information. Wine Month. Post on your virginia.org orders, call us at 636-6329 or find us the cover price. Fill some stockings with for the school’s hoop house and com-
The deadline to sign up for sponsorship account or let us post for you! Either on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ classic holiday books and DVD’s. Have munity kitchen projects at its Flint Hill
is January 31st . Sponsorships are of- way send us your specials, deals and TheAppleHouse one of those “they have everything” campus. Mountain Laurel Montessori
fered on a first-come, first-serve basis. packages we want to help you promote people on your list? Well, pick up a cus- School, now in its 22nd year, continues
your business! The Hampton Inn in Front Royal has tomized gift basket that has a little bit of to provide excellent Montessori educa-
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR CHAM- · The tourism department is working on partnered with Shenandoah Valley Golf everything in it! Main Street Book Com- tion for children from infancy through
BER DAY AT THE CAPITOL a free promotion in conjunction with the Club to make this New Year’s Eve the pany is located at 120A E. Main Street adolescence. Its unique Farm School for
Blue Ridge Parkway Association’s news- best ever! Party into 2011 at SVGC-Las or find us on facebook: http://www.face- students in 7th-9th grades is located in
Before the holidays get upon us, mark letter that is tailored specifically to AAA Vegas style, then dream the night away book.com/MainStreetBookCompany Flint Hill, VA. For more information, visit
your calendar for “Chamber Day at the Travel Counselors. It is a great free op- at the Hampton and we will even make www.mountainlaurelmontessori.org and
Capitol” on Wednesday, January 26th. portunity to promote Front Royal to AAA you breakfast the next morning! Enjoy Around Your Kitchen is open every day read the Farm School’s blog at http://
This is your opportunity to travel to Rich- Travel Counselors; who are better able a hot On the House® breakfast to start this week! We can assist you in choos- mountainlaurelmontessorifarmschool.
mond and hear from the Governor, Lt. to promote our area to their members. I the new year off right. Give us a call for ing the right item for anyone left on your blogspot.com.
Governor, Attorney General and others will be submitting a photo and 120 words reservations: SVGC 540-636-2641 x11, list! Aprons, CIA Cookbooks, Cookware,
about issues facing businesses and the for this promotion. Let me know if you Hampton Inn 540-635-1882 HAPPY Mercer, Mundial & Rada Cutlery, Ariston THE JEANE DIXON CHILDREN TO
Commonwealth of Virginia. You will also offer any specials to AAA members or NEW YEAR!! We are also pleased Oil & Vinegar, Vanns Spices, Candalisa CHILDREN FOUNDATION put the SAL-
have the opportunity to meet with our have any special spring deals that I can to announce that we have recently re- Candles, Whimsical Kitchen Tree Orna- VATION ARMY at a little over 50% of its
state representatives and discuss is- work into my 120 words. Deadline is 7 ceived our ABC License. Coming soon: ments, local Baked Goods, Gadgets for 2010 goal. There are only 11 days left to
sues/concerns and make suggestions. January 2011. A “Suite Shop” in our lobby where food, stuffing the stocking, Tea Forte’ teas and achieve 100% of this year’s objective of
Please contact Niki at nfoster@frontroy- · Celebrate all things Shenandoah Pro- beverages-including beer and wine, and much, much more! Tuesday is the last $100,000. This year the Salvation Army
alchamber.com or 635-3185 if you are motion April 2011 – there will be several sundry products can be purchased 24 day for voting on your favorite Ginger- had 500...yes FIVE HUNDRED...children
interested in attending “Chamber Day co-op advertising opportunities available hours daily! We believe this will be a bread House so be sure to get your last who benefited from thru Army’s ANGEL
at the Capitol” and watch for additional more info to come! great convenience for our guests-it is vote in! We would like to wish the entire TREE PROGRAM. Last year, the Front
details soon! · There is still time to be a part of the the perfect place to grab something if community a very Merry Christmas and Royal Corps helped OVER 4,000 people
2011 Front Royal – Warren County Visi- you are on the run or satisfy a late night thank everyone for their support and in our community..and some folks from
I DO BRIDAL SHOWCASE tors Guide. craving. Scheduled to open early 2011. shopping local! Around Your Kitchen, neighboring counties as well! THAT’S
· The Tourism Department will forward Contact us at 540-635-1882 for reserva- 126 E Main Street, 540.635.5971 OVER 10% OF OUR POPULATION!
If weddings are a part of your business, out information as we get offers in! tions. Come stay with us! The Hampton www.aroundyourkitchen.com Friend us (And remember that over 85 cents of ev-
then your business needs to be a part Don’t delay send in your specials and in- Inn in Front Royal wishes all Chamber on FACEBOOK! ery dollar goes to “causes”...and NOT for
of the 2011 “I Do” Bridal Showcase. At formation today! Call 635-5788 for more members HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Now that expenses!!!!! That is why THE SALVA-
the Bridal Showcase, you will be in di- information. Santa has visited you, come stay with Amerisist Assisted Living invites veter- TION ARMY continues to be ranked as
rect contact with many brides searching us. We are offering a Christmas Day ans or spouses of a veterans that are in one of the top five charities. Every dollar
for all sorts of services. You can display MEMBER NEWS Special-$89.00 for standard rooms (king need of assisted living to join them on you or your business contributes DOES
your products/services for them to see, bed or two queen beds). Check in 12/25 Thursday, January 20th , 2 p.m. at 106 MAKE A DIFFERENCE.) Please con-
taste and/or experience. Your display The Apple House suggests everyone and stay the night-we will pamper you Westminster Drive to learn what benefits sider a special contribution to The Sal-
space will allow you to set an atmo- continue to make their shopping lists, with our Cloud Nine bedding and make are available, who qualified and how to vation Army in the next 11 days to help
sphere for on-the-spot consultations and check them twice and find out who is you a hot breakfast the next morning. apply. You may be entitled to a signifi- achieve the 2010 objective. Checks can
planning. The “I Do” Bridal Showcase organized and nice. You will save a lot The perfect way to finish the holiday cant monthly income from the Veterans be delivered or sent to 357 Cloud St.,
is where you and your business need to of stress if you take a few minutes each weekend! Call us at 540-635-1882 for Administration. For more information Front Royal, VA 22630 (540.635-4020)
be. The “I Do” Bridal Showcase will be day to call and place orders for Holi- reservations. and to rsvp call 540-631-0505. OR just drop your check into a red kettle
held on Sunday, February 27th at Bowl- day needs and gifts. Make your life a when you are shopping.
ing Green Country Club from 11am until little simpler; if you need ideas for en- Shenandoah Valley Golf Club will hold On January 23rd from 1-3 p.m., Wake-
3pm. Anyone registering before Janu- tertaining during the holidays, picking their 2nd Annual Las Vegas Casino field Country Day School invites all UPCOMING EVENTS
ary 14th receives a 10% discount. Con- up something you’ve ordered or having Night New Years Eve Party on Friday, families to come for a tour and enjoy December 24 - Chamber Closed at
tact Pam at priffle@frontroyalchamber. it delivered make life MUCH easier. A December 31st at Shenandoah Valley some refreshments. WCDS is a private Noon
com or call the Chamber at 635-3185 good idea is to combine orders, such as Golf Club Ballroom from 8 p.m. – 1 p.m. college preparatory PS-12th grade day December 27 – 31 - Chamber Closed
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Dear Stewart, families and snuggle with them birds in one kind of tree and not in could give the gift of knowledge for
to keep warm. Our big furry tails others. Christmas?
How are you preparing for Christ- make an effective blanket. I will start small, so he doesn’t Happy Christmas and Happy
mas and winter? It seems like you This winter my cousin, Skippy, get overwhelmed. We will leave All-The-Holidays you celebrate.
are busier than any of us humans. is sharing our nest. We all look the broadleaved trees until spring
out for Skippy because he is visu- when they leaf out and focus on Stewart
Jackie in Front Royal ally impaired, almost blind. So, three trees that are prominently •••
you know what--since giving is in decorated now for Christmas or The Front Royal/Warren County Tree
Dear Jackie, the spirit of Christmas, my gift is stand out in the dormant land- Steward program began in 1997 with
to teach him how to identify a few scape--firs, spruces, and pines. volunteers dedicated to improving
Thank you for asking. You know, trees without seeing them! If the needles are flat and grow
my really, really busy time is fall, Trees can be identified in dif- singly, the tree is a fir. If the nee- the health of trees by providing edu-
going into winter, when I am eat- ferent ways, some of them avail- dles are rounded and grow singly, cational programs, tree planting and
ing like a piggy and burying nuts able to the blind. You can feel the it is a spruce. And if the needles care demonstrations, and tree mainte-
for later. And--I might as well ad- leaves, needles, twigs, buds, and grow in groups directly from the nance throughout the community. The

Ask
mit it--I binge at your bird feeders bark. They will vary from species twig, the tree is a pine. Pine spe- group now consists of over 30 active
with those excellent servings of to species. Some trees have spe- cies can be told apart by counting members with several interns work-
seeds and corn. By Christmastime, cial odors, especially if you scratch the number of needles. It will take ing toward becoming certified tree
my tummy can barely fit into my them. If I tell him what trees we’re practice but once he gets it, he’ll be stewards from our annual “All About

Stewart
fur coat. near when the wind blows, his su- ahead of most humans who cannot Trees Class”. Each month Stewart will
Tree squirrels like me and my per sensitive hearing will even pick tell the difference between these
family do not hibernate but, like up the difference in sounds the three trees. It will give him confi- answer a question from our readers.
the trees we live in, we slow down wind makes when it blows through dence to go on and discover many Please forward it to “Stewart” in care
to conserve energy. We share our different types of trees. And--get more of the wondrous variations in of treesfrontroyal@comcast.net and
big oak leaf-lined nests with our this--he will hear some kinds of nature. So Jackie, perhaps you too we may publish it in a future issue..

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Forecast for 22630 (39° | 26°) Fairgrounds. For more infor-
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is Christmas. Sun Dec 26, 2010 Town business office will be station. Hear the latest tour-
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