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“If you never push yourself to the limits, how do you know what your limits are?” “I’ll always have two families – my biological one and my athletic one.” – Eric Hawes on the importance of both family and athletics to personal development

Wildcats greet 2011 Shiflett Hall of Fame inductees
The Warren County High SchoolLawrence Sweeney Shiflett Athletic Hall of Fame committee recently announced its Class of 011. The Induction Ceremony was held on Friday Oct. 7, at halftime of the Liberty vs. Warren County Varsity football game (oh, those turnovers). on, x Group AA State Runner Up (11 lbs.) and 001 Group AA State Champion (119 lbs.). Eric wrestled at the University of Virginia and earned a B.S. in Psychology in 005. Quote from Eric: “If you never push yourself to the limits, how do you know what your limits are?” At the Oct. 7 reception, Hawes added, “I’ll always have two families – my biological one and my athletic one. ” always get what you always got. ” During the Hall of Fame reception Seemiller acknowledged “a lot of help” from others in the Wildcat athletic and wrestling community – and the years fellow inductee Eric Hawes’ dramatic, last-second state championship match win took from him. Jackson, Diane O’Bannon, Lisa Ramos, Robin Richardson, Melissa Rudacille, Tiffany Sandy, Angie Schuster, Kelly Tharpe, and Julie Yeabower. Coaches: Bob Mason-Head Coach and Michael Whitehouse-Assistant Coach In accepting for the team, Coach Mason referenced the hard work and dedication of not just his championship teams, but all of them – “Some teams are special; some teams win more – you just can’t explain it. He also pointed out ” that the ’85 team lost four of nine starters, including the key pitcher and catcher positions, from the ’84 team that also won a state tile and preceded the ’85 team into the Shiflett Hall of Fame by one year. And that ’86 team – so close and yet so far away.

Rodger Seemiller - Coach

Slapping on a half-nelson (with a little media prompting) on way to reception, inductee Eric Hawes exhibits ongoing dominance over fellow inductee and his former coach Rodger Seemiller.

Eric Hawes - 2001 – Athlete

Eric was a four year letter winner in wrestling with 13 career victories, most pins in a season with 9, most pins in a career with 101, and most career titles with 16. In addition, he was a 3x Northwestern District Champion, 3x Region II Champi-

Rodger earned his B.S. degree in Physical Education in 1979 from University of Maryland. In 1988, he joined the Wildcat staff as a Health/ Physical Education teacher and wrestling assistant. He served as an assistant until 1999, when he became the Head Wrestling coach for WCHS. He served as the head wrestling coach through 006. His career duals record was 18 wins with 34 losses. His teams won the Northwestern District Championships in 000, 001, 003, 004, and 005. They were Region II Runner-up in 000, 001, 00 and won the Region in 003. He has coached 15 All State wrestlers, was named Northern Virginia Daily Wrestling Coach of the Year in 001 and WCHS Coach of the year in 003. Quote from Rodger: “If you always do what you always did, you will

Dale Henry’s sister Cathie Fox and Mike Ford. Ford accepted induction for his late teammate, best friend and now fellow inductee Dale Henry.

Dale Henry - 1978 - Athlete (Posthumous)

Coach Bob Mason shares a moment with his 1985 softball team third baseman Robin Richardson at Oct. 7 reception.

Dale starred for the Wildcats in football, basketball and baseball while participating in the Key Club, Varsity Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lettering numerous times

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“Athletics is an opportunity to make memories that last forever.” – Bob Myers
through his career and serving as team baseball and football captain in 1978, he help led the Wildcats to a Group AA State Runner-up finish in baseball. He played in the 1978 Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball game. In addition in 1978, he was named WCHS MVP in baseball, Northern Virginia Daily’s Most Outstanding Athlete in Baseball and WCHS Golden Helmet Award recipient. He earned All Northwestern District honors in football (Quarterback). He attended and played baseball at Seminole Jr. College (Florida) and Hagerstown Jr. College. In addition, he served four years in the United States Marine Corp. Quote from a poem Dale wrote as a senior: “We’re proud to be Wildcats because there are only a few of us that are true Wildcats. Think about it and I’m sure you will find the dedicated are one of a kind. Accepting ” for Henry, former teammate and fellow Hall of Fame member Mike Ford said, “He was my best friend in life – he would give you the shirt off his back. ” sports: three in basketball, two in football, two in tennis, and two in track & field, serving as a captain of both the basketball and football teams. He participated in WCHS Key Club, Interact Club, Student Government Association, and the National Honor Society. In his senior year, he earned 1st Team All District in football, All Area honors in basketball and football, WCHS Most Outstanding Athlete Award and the Virginia High School League Group AA Male Achievement Award. Jeremy played football at the University of Virginia and earned a degree in Economics in 00. Quote from Jeremy: “In my experience, those who succeed in life are the ones who embrace the hard work and challenges that others avoid. ” At the reception Myers thanked “the coaches who coached me and the teachers that taught me” in referencing the role of high school and

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Robert “Bob” Myers Contributor

As proud mom Mary Jane listens, Jeremy Myers explains the importance of his high school years and the positive role of athletics in that experience.

Jeremy Myers - 1998 - Athlete

Bob earned his B.S. degree in Physical Education from Salem College in 1969 and his Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. He served WCHS as a Health and Physical Education teacher from 1969 to 1989. He also served as head varsity football and track & field coach. He coached numerous All District, All Region, and All State Athletes. In 1990, he was appointed as WCHS Athletic Director and served in that role until 001. In 001, he accepted the position of Athletic Director at Loudoun Valley High School and served until his retirement in 005.

1985 softball assistant coach and current WC secondary school teacher of the year Mike Whitehouse, left, greets inductee Bob Myers. Quote from Bob: “Athletics is an opportunity to make memories that last forever. On Oct. 7, Myers reflected ” on those memories and his move to Warren County and Warren County High School 42 years ago. It was a move that shaped most of his adult life in very special ways, Myers said.

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“Based upon our review, the Commonwealth feels that a Reckless Driving charge is strongly supported by the evidence and we have elected to prosecute that charge in lieu of the charge of Driving While Intoxicated.” – press release of WC Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office

Angle’s DUI charge amended to reckless driving
Trial date of Nov. 8 set for 42-year-old championship wrestler
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report During an Oct. 4 hearing to set a trial date in the DUI case of championship wrestler Kurt Angle, Assistant Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming told the court the original charge was being amended to Reckless Driving. As noted in a press release explaining the decision to prosecute the amended charge, both charges are Class One misdemeanors carrying the same potential sentence and fine of up to 1 months in jail and not more than $,500. A trial date on the amended charge of reckless driving was set for  PM on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Angle is represented by Todd Gilbert, a former assistant prosecutor in the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and current 15th District House delegate to the Virginia General Assembly, who now practices law with the Front Royal firm of Pond, Athey, Athey & Pond. “Based upon our review, the Commonwealth feels that a Reckless Driving charge is strongly supported by the evidence and we have elected to prosecute that charge in lieu of the charge of Driving While Intoxicated,” the press release stated. Prosecution of the original charge was hampered by the lack of an admissible breath test showing the 4year-old Angle was over the legal limit of .08 blood alcohol content (BAC). While Angle blew a .091 in a field breathalyzer test, those tests are not admissible in court due to inaccuracy issues of as much as .05. Angle’s result in a legally-admissible breathalyzer test administered later at Front Royal Police headquarters was .06, which is two-tenths under the legal limit for BAC. Angle, a past U.S. Olympic wrestling champion (1996) and holder of multiple professional wrestling championship belts over a 14-year career in the WWE, WWF and TNA, was arrested after being pulled over driving eastbound near the Linden exit in Warren County on Sept. 4 following an appearance at the Shenandoah County Fair. Virginia State Police Trooper C. R. Scally was alerted to be on the lookout for a white Ford Taurus driving erratically eastbound. Dispatch noted that another motorist had called in a report on the vehicle while following it on I-66 through Warren County. The trooper identified the suspect vehicle and pulled it just east of Exit 13 after following it for about a half mile and ascertaining that it was being driven erratically, according to the warrant. Angle produced a Pennsylvania driver’s license and admitted to drinking three beers. The trooper wrote in his report that Angle performed miserably in a series of field sobriety tests involving eye movement, alphabet, number counting and balance. After taking the series of field tests Angle consented to a PBT (Preliminary Blood Test) that, while not admissible in court, can add to the basis for arrest and further legal and courtadmissible testing. Trooper Scally wrote that after a prescribed 0-minute wait to assure the absence of residual alcohol in the mouth impacting the BAC reading, four breathalyzer tests were administered beginning at 1:10 AM with only the .06 reading being achieved. Despite the lack of a valid and admissible breath test, based on his observations of the other administered field sobriety tests, the trooper booked Angle for DUI at 1:59 AM Sunday morning, Sept. 4. The 4-year-old Angle is one of the most successful amateur and professional wrestlers of his generation. He was a 1996 Olympic gold medalist in heavyweight freestyle and is TNA World Champion in an unprecedented fifth title reign. Wikipedia describes Angle as one of only four people to complete the amateur wrestling “grand slam” of winning the Junior National, the NCAAs, the World Championship, and Olympic title. He was named one of the top 15 college wrestlers of all time by USA Wrestling and has also been named the “greatest shoot wrestler”.

‘25-million-dollar man’ killed in 4-wheeler accident
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A man reported by acquaintances to have won a $5-million lottery about 18 years ago was killed in a 4-wheeler accident near or on his Poca Bella neighborhood property on Sept. 30. According to Warren County Sheriff ’s Office investigators 56-year-old Lee Jonathan Dubin was riding a 4-wheeler, accompanied by an unidentified friend on another 4-wheeler when he apparently lost control of his vehicle. Dubin and his vehicle were located about 00 feet down a ravine that was part of a four-wheeler trail with a considerable downgrade. The initial call reporting the accident was received at 6:31 PM. Units from the Warren County Fire and Rescue Department along with Warren County Sheriff ’s Office responded to the call. Dubin was pronounced dead at the scene. The precise cause of death is pending a report from the Northern Virginia Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner. The sheriff ’s office verified that Dubin’s son Michael, 5, paralyzed in an auto accident a number of years ago according to neighbors, was living with his father at the time of the accident. Dubin is also survived by a second son, Gabriel, 1, and an ex-wife, Kelly. One friend described Dubin “as the guy on the 4 wheeler at the end of the river where you come back to land when tubing from Gooney Creek. He’d be on the other side of the river talking your head off – a very personable guy. Everyone at the canoe company knew him and his dogs.” The accident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call Warren County Sheriff ’s Office investigator Ray Fogle at (540) 635-7100.

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about the need for “fairness” then lets talk about “fairness”, shall we? Is it fair that, due to this government’s reckless spending and debt accumulation, my 1 year old daughter and 7 month old son are already indebted to the tune of approximately $48,000 each, which their share of the current national debt? Is it fair that Americans are forced to pay into a Social Security program instead of being able to use that money to finance their retirements on their own (not to mention the fact that Social Security will be bankrupt by the time I retire anyway)? Is it fair that the good people of this country live in constant fear of the threat of terrorist attacks due to this government’s interventionist foreign policy and countless overseas military occupations (a condition the C.I.A. has called “blowback”)? These questions represent the type of debates that we should be having about “fairness”, not this frivolous squabbling over some fictitious number regarding a “fair share” of the tax burden. Jason Hartsell Front Royal (Managing Editor’s note: - my briefest in response to a letter from this reader, I promise - In our recent debate on these pages Mr. Hartsell has established that his perspective is that not only is the existence of the federal government bad and unnecessary, but also that any governmental regulation of big business or interference with the accumulation of vast wealth “plunders the rich” and destroys America, despite any evidence to the contrary.) health, bankruptcy and early death for thousands of Americans. I cannot reconcile America’s Christian values with the nation’s health care reality. Thus I want to share the story of “How Canada Got Its Health Plan.” The major players are the farm folk and politicians of the Canadian prairie in the 1950s. People were losing their farms and land to health care costs. Politician Tommy Douglas, a Baptist preacher and boxer turned politician, believed that health care should be made available to everyone. An advocate of “social gospel politics,” Douglas and his colleagues laid the foundation for the 196 launch of universal health care in Saskatchewan. Douglas then expanded the initiative as a federal member of parliament. Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, also a prairie politician and leader of the Conservative Party, agreed with Douglas. However the Conservatives lost power in the next election to Mike Pearson and the Liberal Party. Pearson’s government initiated a crown commission - a series of consultative meetings held across the country. In 1966 the national health care program began. A sigh of relief was heard from sea to sea. No longer did people have to worry that a loved one’s illness could cause economic crisis; or realize that family assets couldn’t buy adequate health care. How could Canada afford it? Four reasons spring to mind: One, Canada was not building an extensive highway system; two, Canada did not have a military budget proportional to the U.S.; three, Canada was rich with energy and food resources; and four, there was bipartisan collaboration. But whatever the reasons, what sticks with me is this - Canada’s health care program, with costs split 50/50 between provincial and federal governments, demonstrates compassion and empathy in its application of “Do Unto Others” and “Love Thy Neighbor.” Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Yours truly, Leslie Fiddler (a Canadian-American) Front Royal

Thanks from St. Luke’s
Editor, From one humble board member to our caring Warren County community, the staff and the many volunteers of St Luke Community Clinic, I’d like to extend a super thank you for a very successful benefit this past September 4th. Residents, businesses and organizations joined together to give of their time, talents, services, and yes, their money to help those without insurance obtain first class health care. Outstanding donations, from the antique VW Beetle donated by our new director, Dr. Glenn Burdick and his wife, to the “date night” basket with coupons from over 50 area restaurants and put together by fundraising chair and office manager, Cheri Merchant competed for attention with art, sculpture, historic memorabilia, and a myriad of other items all of which had been meticulously organized and catalogued by volunteer coordinator, Cher Kennedy. Chairman of the Executive Board, Dr. Thomas Rhyne, one of the founders himself, recognized the contributions of those first caregivers including Dr. Furadoon Irani and Dr. Jack Landis, who began the clinic in the basement of a small church and nurtured it to become the provider it is today. During the video presentation, one could almost hear the desperation and need in those silent voices of hope and gratitude from clinic patients whose written words scrolled across the screen. The importance of everyone’s ticket was noted as each $50 contribution will translate into $300 of medications and services. The plentiful catered buffet dishes from the Apple House and the volunteer contributions on the dessert table were presented decoratively among the more than thirty flower arrangements donated by five of the area’s garden clubs. The Shenandoah Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines In-

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ternational entertained us with their rich flowing harmony. And of course, auctioneer Tom Eshelman made us reach deep into our pockets with his lively lures! This was a benefit for our wonderful free clinic, but in the end, sharing an early fall evening with friends and neighbors for such a worthy cause benefited all who were there. Diane Kline Middletown, WC

Who’s fair?
Editor, On Monday, September 19th Barack Obama gave a speech demanding that the “rich” pay their “fair share” of the tax burden. This term “fair share” is a really vague phrase that politicians have been throwing around for a while now. Now despite my belief that (A) ALL taxation is theft, and the fact that (B) the top 10% percent of all wage earners already pay 70% of the tax burden, I have to ask: “Can someone please tell me what exactly constitutes a “fair share” and give me the formula they used to come up with such a number”? Fuhrer Obama and his left-wing comrades will claim that the “fair share” for the “rich” is 60%, 70%, 80%, etc. of their gross incomes. Of course these numbers are arbitrary and meaningless. To come up with a “fair share” of the tax burden for anyone - not just the “rich” - would require endless calculations of how much each individual used public goods and services in relation to how much everyone else used those same goods and services. This, obviously, would be impossible. But for Obama to claim that a particular individual “owes” the government more money than his neighbor by virtue of his higher paying job is unreasonable and preposterous. Since Obama is so concerned

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Strasburg newspaper puts itself up for sale
By Dan McDermott Warren County Report The Northern Virginia Daily, a newspaper based in Shenandoah County, announced on its website Oct. 7 that its owners intended to offer it for sale. Employees were called to a special meeting by Editor John Horan prior to the public announcement and informed of the decision, according to the newspaper. Horan said a firm in Gaithersburg, MD would assist in locating a buyer. That firm may be W. B. Grimes and Company, a major broker of newspapers and radio and television stations, although the Daily is not currently listed among its properties for sale. Although parties involved are understandably tight-lipped, one potential regional buyer might be Wheeling, West Va.-based Ogden Newspapers, publisher of The Journal in Martinsburg and 39 other newspapers and several magazines and other publications. A purchase by Winchesterbased Byrd Newspapers would appear unlikely since the conservative Byrds and the liberal Daily ownership don’t exactly get along. The Daily is owned by Pat and Dee Keister, age 79 and 84. Their family entered the business March 6, 191 when E. E. Keister purchased the weekly Strasburg News for $6,000, according to a history published to commemorate the Daily’s 75th anniversary. Most paid dailies across the country have suffered in recent years due to what seems like a never-ending recession, but also because the internet has made so much news available for free. The Daily puts most of its content online for free, a decision also made by many other papers. The problem with that is while a paper’s website may be quite popular, the revenue generated from websites, despite the low cost to provide, pales in comparison to that from print. The major factor is that most visitors to a website will scan the stories and read one or a few and then move on to another site. With a print product in your hand, most readers will scan every page of the paper and be exposed to every ad. No price for the paper has been announced but in addition to their real estate, the company owns a Goss Urbanite web offset printing press which is likely worth about $-5 million as it sits. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the Daily’s average circulation was 13,318 (primarily in Shenandoah County) for the six months ending March 31, 011. The Daily’s announcement

ended on an optimistic note, with General Manager Elizabeth Smoot saying the intent was to save as many jobs as possible while preserving news coverage. “This is a beginning, a new beginning. This is not a fire sale. This is not a bankruptcy. This is not a closing of this organization that has been around almost 80 years. This is just a new day,” she said. (Dan McDermott publishes Warren County Report, Frederick County Report and The Lynchburg Times.)

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Couple killed on Drive when motorcycle crashes

A husband and wife from Warrenton were killed in a motorcycle-car accident near milepost seven on Skyline Drive at the Gooney Run Overlook on Sunday, Oct. 9. According to Shenandoah National Park spokesperson Karen BeckHerzog, both Stephen M. Runfalo, 59, and his wife Calexandra D. Runfalo, 54, died as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. The accident occurred when the 001 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Mr. Runfalo went out of control while traveling southbound and struck a northbound Honda Accord. There were no injuries to occupants of the Honda. Warren County Fire & Rescue got the dispatch call at 4:15 PM and arrived at the scene within 1 to 15 minutes. When they arrived both accident victims were in cardiac arrest and were receiving CPR from Park Rangers. County EMT responders took over and were able to get pulses back. Medical evacuation helicopters were dispatched to the accident site and both victims were transported from the scene. Mrs. Runfalo went to Warren Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Mr. Runfalo was flown to Winchester Medical Center and died there. The National Park Service handled the accident investigation. No charges were forthcoming.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

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their uniforms. My husband said that I was destined to get a disease that would allow me to accessorize! In the 1st century, there are new and better treatment options, using state-of-the-art technologies, which lead to fewer cancer recurrences. Earlier diagnosis of the disease, due in part to better and more widely available screening, is important. The percentage of people in the entire population of the U.S. who die of any type of cancer has been decreasing since the early 1990s. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that currently nearly 65 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer in the developed world are expected to live at least five years after the cancer is discovered. There are fears and related issues that come with being a cancer survivor. An NCI survey found that patients reported they had much information and support during their illness. Once treatment stopped, however, they entered a whole new world – one filled with questions, such as: Will the cancer come back? The fear of recurrence can be strong and sometimes overwhelming. Every follow-up visit with a doctor can bring on new anxieties. In fact, the only time my blood pressure registers above normal is when I have a checkup in oncology. The reading is high, I am told; is there a problem? Yes, I answer, the problem is I am sitting in the oncology department and I don’t want any more bad news … wouldn’t YOUR blood pressure go up? Today, there are more than 11 million people who have a cancer story to tell. “Living with cancer” has many side effects, both physical and emotional. But let’s be honest … the operative word here is “living.” I saw variations of this quote in the cancer literature I devoured during my treatments –“Survivorship is a journey, not a destination. ” But a quote that also seems appropriate for survivors, is one attributed to the late Mickey Mantle, who was a baseball star for the New York Yankees in the 1950s and 60s. He said, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. ”

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By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report Monday morning. Tuesday morning. It doesn’t matter. It’s any weekday morning and I’m on my way to work. You (annoyed): “Come on man! Can’t you drive any faster? I’d like to get there today!” Me (stressed): “Yes, I can, but I don’t want to. And you will get there today.” You (more annoyed): “For God’s sake, you don’t have to stop! There’s nobody coming! Go!” Me (more stressed): “Sorry, but you’re supposed to stop first and then turn right on red.” You (quite annoyed): “Why don’t you learn how to drive #@#$%^%#@@!” Me (stressed out): “Why don’t you learn how to drive #@#$%^%#@@!” Don’t you just love it when you’re behind me? Me neither. The first three miles of my morning commute are my least favorite. The road twists and turns as it snakes its way down the mountain. My brother says it’s a hill, but that’s another story. I wait until I’m sure there aren’t any headlights coming my way before pulling out of the driveway. But it never fails. Within 10 seconds, there’s a car behind me, drafting on my bumper. I thought NASCAR was only on weekends? The speed limit is 35 miles per hour. Other than me and the 95 year old who lost his license last year after trying to drive up a tree, no one else seems to pay much attention to that. Come to think of it, even he gave me the finger once. There are six different spots on the road where I can pull over to let someone pass. And I’ve used every one of them. I reach one and do just that. When the coast is clear, I pull out and try again. And 15 seconds later, there’s another car on my bumper. Eventually, I make it to the bottom of the mountain, followed by a long line of unhappy neighbors. The fun continues when I reach the interstate. My Ford SUV goes from 0 to 50 in 5.2 seconds. But not when I’m driving. It takes me 7.9. Minutes. I’m all about good gas mileage. The guy behind me is about to have a coronary because he’s been tailing me for awhile. And that’s why he swerves into the passing lane as soon as we merge on to the highway. Him (steaming): #$#^%#@!” Me (agitated): “Have a nice day.” Him (boiling): $%^%#@@!” Me (more agitated): $#!@!” By the time I finally do get to work, I need a nap and a Valium to calm my nerves. I settle for a beer instead. Not true. Since it’s breakfast time, I go for orange juice and vodka. When I share my day’s driving adventures with my wife, she’s always amazed. “You have more troubles than anyone I know.” Maybe so, but I’ve never driven up a tree. Not yet anyway.

Survivor Sandy Schwalb, right, and daughter Michelle Morton at the Komen Race for the Cure held on June 4, 2011 in Washington D.C. By Sandy Schwalb Special to WC Report My father was a disabled WWII veteran and my brother served during the Vietnam conflict. My husband was in the Army during Vietnam and spent 0-plus years in the Navy. I never joined the military, but I have been in a battle. Mine was fighting breast cancer, which was diagnosed in May 004. And so far … well, I am still here. I received my cancer diagnosis at work, May 7, 004. The radiologist called with my biopsy result. I don’t remember anything past “malignant cells …” But once the crying stopped and the poor, poor pitiful me routine grew stale, my husband Steve helped me begin to see my life not as a victim, but a survivor. More and more we hear of men being diagnosed with breast cancer. However, the American Cancer Society reports that women are still 100 times more likely than men to be diagnosed with the disease. It is a high profile “woman’s disease,” which is quite evident through the marketing of pink ribbons, shirts, tote bags, and baseball caps to name just a few items. In fact, major league baseball (my sport of choice) has breast cancer awareness activities at all ballparks on Mother’s Day. It is quite a treat to see baseball players using pink bats or wearing pink ribbons on

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Kunstler, Marsh featured at courthouse’s 75th
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Warren County celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Warren County Courthouse with a ceremony on the courthouse lawn during the Festival of Leaves on Saturday, Oct. 8. In addition to the unveiling of the Mort Kunstler painting “On to the Shenandoah” commissioned for the event and the associated year-long celebration of Warren County’s 175th anniversary, the featured speaker was John O. Marsh, Jr., former Secretary of the Army and 7th District Congressman. Renowned Civil War artist Kunstler’s latest work, “On to the Shenandoah” was commissioned by Jeff and Sondra LeHew. It depicts Stonewall Jackson in front of the old Warren County Courthouse pushing his troops through the streets of Front Royal to gain control of the strategic bridge over the Shenandoah River to cut off any Union advance to Winchester. It is planned as the first of a two-part series honoring the role Front Royal and Warren County played in Stonewall Jackson’s Valley

Crowd mingles following celebration of the 75th annivesary of the WC Courthouse. Mort Kunstler’s painting ‘On to the Shenandoah’ depicting Gen. Stonewall Jackson leading his troops in front of the old courthouse building during the Battle of Front Royal was unveiled in front of the newer courthouse now on the site. Campaign. The artist and Jeff LeHew unveiled the painting at the conclusion of the ceremony. Kunstler also signed prints of his works at 131 East Main Street from 10 AM to 3 PM surrounding his appearance at the courthouse ceremonies. “On to the Shenandoah” is the second recent Kunstler original painting depicting an incident of the Civil War occurring in Front Royal. The first was “The Autograph Seekers of Bel Air” illustrating an incident of Robert E. Lee’s passing through town and stopping to rest and water his staff ’s horses at the LeHew house overlooking mid-town Front Royal. Secretary Marsh spoke about the role of places and events in giving people a sense of their history. “This building is an important symbol of our values and our sense of justice,” Marsh said of the Warren County Courthouse, and in fact any courthouse. He then quoted two important messages gracing the entrance to a federal courthouse just 70 miles to our east. “On one side it says ‘What is past is prologue.’ On the other it states ‘Learn from the past.’ These are lessons not only for Warren County but for our nation,” Marsh said.

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Marsh pointed to the experience of two divisions, the “First Maryland, Maryland” and the “First Maryland, Virginia” during the Battle of Front Royal. That encounter was the only one in U.S. history in which two divisions from the same state fought each other bringing “friend against friend; brother against brother; and father against son. – It was an illustration of how deep the feelings about the Union were on both sides … It is a sad thing too when you have those decisions to make,” Marsh said. Marsh also described how later those two units, designated the Blue and Gray units of the 9th Division, would fight together under the federal banner during both World War I and World War II. – “So that is part of a heritage that goes back over 100 years.” Perhaps ironically, Marsh pointed out that division is now posted in Afghanistan, in what is now the longest war in U.S. history. Leading up to the 11:30 AM ceremony, the Courthouse was open to the public for tours from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. To accommodate those tours the actual front door of the courthouse facing East Main Street was open to the public, an event we considered of some historical import in its own right. Over the last two years the only usable entrance to the courthouse has been the former side entrance on South Royal Avenue. The entrance changes and closure was part of a move to increased electronic scrutiny of all persons entering the courthouse – an unhappy sign of increased concerns over security, violence and terrorism in the modern world. If you have any questions about Warren County’s Anniversary events or available merchandise, please contact Brandy Rosser at (540) 6364600. (Some info from a release)

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Community & art

“I like Afghans very much. You just can’t help it. They’re that nice. I still stay in communication with many … If we could bring village elders here for two week visits we could affect a sea of change in Afghanistan.” – photographer and USAID worker Jay Buckner

Buckner’s Afghan photo exhibit at Samuels Library
A basic humanity that transcends the superficial in day-to-day life

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A photo exhibit on display at Samuels Public Library throughout October led us to a conversation with the photographer, Jay Buckner of Warren County. The photos depict the people and daily life of Afghanistan, a nation in which America is now engaged in the longest war in our national history – 10 years and counting. And while we are told, as we often are with the other major war the U.S. has been engaged in over the past decade, Iraq, that we are not at war

with the people of that nation, it is those people who ultimately suffer the most. We were immediately struck by a spirit and essential humanity of the Afghan people reflected in Buckner’s photographs. How did he come to take these photos and what is his goal as an artist in exhibiting them, we asked. “The images were captured in

Kabul and in and around Herat, which is in the northwest corner of Afghanistan between Iran and what was formerly Russia, Turkmenistan. I was in-country from August through November 007 to manage an agriculture fair sponsored by USAID. My function as director was to make sure it happened.” And it did – Buckner told us 0,000 Afghans showed up for the

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of not only great art, but modern society itself in the age of globalization and the worldwide informational web – people are people with the same essential hopes and dreams no matter where they live and what they wear; or we might add, their ethnic, racial and cultural differences. It is a truth we risk not only our own, but the futures of others, should we forget it. I asked Buckner if he had experienced any difficulty in getting subjects to pose, was there a distrust of the photographer as an American in a nation America has occupied for a decade? “Getting an Afghan to pose is easy: take out a camera and every male within a mile will strike a pose. The individuals in the photos are all working people: farmers or merchants. None of the shots were ‘set

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up’ as such, rather they are candid in everyday situations. “The images are of the people yet the entire collection includes several hundred photos of street scenes, shrines, architecture, etc., and can be viewed at www.bucknercreative. com. A companion memoir, ‘Welcome to Afghanistan’ is available in digital form through www.barnesandnoble.com. I welcome all comments, criticism and suggestions.” Buckner did point to one cultural difference that plays into his exhibit, a cultural taboo on photography of the Afghan women – definitely a difference from Western cultures that use the female form and face as a marketing tool for almost any manner of product. “You will note there are few images of women in the exhibit. It’s taboo to take a photo of an Afghan woman. Some of the images are of people who worked alongside me in helping to make the fair happen. Others I would come across in travels through Herat and in the deserts to the east and north. “I like Afghans very much. You just can’t help it. They’re that nice. I still stay in communication with many through Skype and Facebook. If we could bring village elders here for two week visits we could affect a sea of change in Afghanistan. I’m working on bringing a member of the Afghan staff here in the next month or two.” rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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After failing to consider Holloway’s request (for financial support), the committee did vote to contribute $900 to the 18th District state delegate campaign of Bob Zwick. Zwick is challenging Republican Michael Webert for the realigned 18th District seat currently held by Clay Athey.

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ing has left only eastern Warren County in an 18th District now dominated by Fauquier County and including portions of Rappahannock County. Holloway also did not attend the subsequent Oct. 1 Democratic Committee monthly meeting, making it 1-for-3 in committee meeting attendance since he blasted onto the local Democratic scene to win the committee’s North River District nomination over incumbent Glenn White on Aug. 6. Run silent, run deep
Chris Holloway looks right though he is now running “left” in file photo from recent town council meeting. North River incumbent Democrat Glenn White, left, with independent NR candidate Tory Failmezger at Festival of Leaves campaign booth.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Nuevo-Democrat and North River District candidate for the Warren County Board of Supervisors Chris Holloway won’t be getting any financial help from his new political Party. According to Warren County Democratic Committee Chair Kelli Hart, Holloway approached her by e-mail following the Aug. 9 Democratic meeting he attended to ask for financial support for his campaign from the committee. Hart presented the request to the Democrat’s business committee during the Sept. 10 monthly meeting. Holloway did not attend the meeting and no motion was made to even consider the request. As a result the

recent Republican and current Town of Front Royal vice mayor will get no financial support from his newly adopted political Party in his run for county office. Hart said she made Holloway aware of the failure of the committee to move on his request and said he has not replied to ask any questions.

After failing to consider Holloway’s request, the committee did vote to contribute $900 to the 18th District state delegate campaign of Bob Zwick. Zwick is challenging Republican Michael Webert for the realigned 18th District seat currently held by Clifford “Clay” Athey. Athey

declined to seek re-nomination for the delegate’s seat he has held for well over a decade. Redistrict-

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nating process is a signature on a statement stating you are, in fact, allied with that Party. According to long-time local Democrats, Holloway, like his caucus support base, had never previously been sighted at a Democratic Committee meeting or function. “Do you know everyone in Warren County who is a Democrat?” Holloway said in defense of himself and his supporters appearance and votes in the Aug. 6 Democratic caucus. Holloway found himself on the firing line at his first and only appearance at a WC Democratic Committee meeting on Aug. 9. At the point of that hostile fire was now independent candidate Tory Failmezger and his wife Patricia.

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While Holloway pointed out that Failmezger, like himself, is not a county Democratic Committee member, the Failmezgers did host a summer Democratic Committee cookout at their North River home. Failmezger is also Democratic incumbent White’s appointee to the North River seat on the Warren County Planning Commission and White has been prominent at Failmezger campaign booths in recent weeks. In addition to independent candidate Failmezger, Holloway is facing the challenge of Republican Committee nominee Dan Murray. Murray, an Interbake maintenance supervisor who relocated with the company here about five years ago, was drafted by the local Republicans to challenge what was expected to be the re-election campaign of Democratic incumbent White after Holloway’s anticipated filing for the Republican North River nomination didn’t happen in mid-July. But now Murray is challenging “Democrat” Holloway and independent Failmezger. You just can’t make this stuff up – as we’ve said before, only in River City …

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Sheriff’s race

My management style incorporates discipline, motivation, ingenuity and a sense of fairness. I will bring my vision of what our community needs and what the people want and expect of the office; utilizing the valuable personnel already within the Sheriff ’s Office … – Robbie Seal

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ficiently and most importantly, what citizens really want from their peace officers … My decision to run for Sheriff of Warren County this year was tough but at the same time an easy one. While working virtually my whole life in Front Royal, first as an 18-yearold Avtex employee, I spent an equal amount of years living in Luray before moving to Front Royal in 004. I invested myself both into by home and working communities, particularly as a role model in coaching youth sporting programs and mentoring troubled youth. As a result, I was humbled by the fact that I had two counties whose citizens were encouraging me to make the decision to seek the sheriff ’s office in their respective county. Again, my decision came easy – mainly as a result that I want to continue my work in the community where I have always worked and coupled with the fact that there are a number of issues that I believe are detrimental in why law enforcement is not providing the quality of service the community needs. Q - What fundamental differences do you see between how you would manage the Sheriff ’s Office and how it is managed now? A - Having been a son of a former

Marine Corp. drill sergeant, I learned very quickly the art of listening and the means of discipline – two core values that develop leadership qualities. Without either, your focus on the principles in building a team to work together for the common goal will get lost and the vision and mission of such a team with falter. My management style incorporates discipline, motivation, ingenuity and a sense of fairness. I will bring my vision of what our community needs and what the people want and expect of the office; utilizing the valuable personnel already within the Sheriff ’s See SEAL, pg. 32

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I am most proud of the trust our community has in me as their sheriff to provide for public safety. There is no higher constitutional office that is directly involved with the community every day. – Sheriff Danny McEathron

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ity. Warren County has had two sheriffs in 36 years and that, I believe, is a reflection of our dedication to provide the level of public safety that our citizens have come to expect. The sheriff added his mantra for his department – “Dedicated to keeping Front Royal/Warren County a safe place to live, work and play.” Q – What accomplishments as sheriff are you most proud of? A – I am most proud of the trust our community has in me as their sheriff to provide for public safety. There is no higher constitutional office that is directly involved with the community every day. The commitment and dedication of the men and women of the sheriff ’s office who strive to fulfill the mission of the office of the sheriff makes me extremely proud to be their sheriff. Q – How has the emergence of major shopping areas in the county’s northside impacted your patrol or other divisions, if at all? A – The business growth on the north end of the County was very well planned out years in advance. Working with the Board of Supervisors I was able to obtain additional staff to help with the future increase in call volume. We ensured we had enough coverage for the entire county. We have built great relationships with all the business in the town and county so that obviously assists us in doing our job. There hasn’t been an impact on our normal operations that we didn’t expect and plan for. General Qs for both candidates: Q – There are two major physical moves coming up: 1/ into new administrative headquarters; the other with staff and inmates into a new regional jail in several years – what changes and challenges do those moves present to the sheriff? A – Being deeply involved from the beginning in 005 with the planning and implementation of both projects I have a working knowledge of how this has all come to be. The new Warren County Public Safety Building will house the Sheriff ’s Office Administration and Operations, with the exception of the jail; E911 Communications Center and Fire and Rescue Administration. This facility will provide us everything we need to better fulfill our mission. The specialized offices and equipment

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when it comes to technology and forensics will allow the deputies, investigators and communications officers to perform their job in an office or room that is designed specifically for that purpose. I serve as chairman of the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail Building Committee. This project will begin construction in June 01 and will be completed in June 014. The new jail is a necessity because future expansion of the court facility will consume our current facility. The transition will be smooth and well planned out with the assistance of all three jurisdictions and Department of Corrections. With this change I will no longer directly oversee a jail. A superintendent will be hired and the Jail Authority, which I am a part of, will provide oversight for all three counties. Q – Also, there has been some

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public grousing about locating the Public Safety Building next to a high school – do you view the location as the best or best available? And why do you think there was some public uneasiness about the proximity of law enforcement headquarters next to a public high school? A – In response to the location of the WCPSB I am very pleased with the location for several reasons. First, being so close and in fact overseeing the safety of our children and those that educate them is a very good thing. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Secondly, I know people were a little uneasy at first mostly because they may have been under the impression we would have inmates there, which won’t happen. In talking about this for so long, now the input I receive from the public is supportive of the location. Lastly, the location on Sky-

line Vista Drive is geographically the center of Warren County and centrally located to the citizens we serve. Q – What are your major priorities in both the short and longterm for the WCSO? A – My major priority will always be our service to this community. Over the next four years the WCPSB and RSW Regional Jail will be completed. This will conclude 10 years of planning, construction and implementation of those major projects. As far as long term, I plan on being sheriff for a long time so continuing to have over community’s trust and support is what I work for everyday. Q – What do you feel could be improved with the department, if anything, and how do you plan to go about achieving that?

A – We evolve every day depending on what the demands and needs are to carry out our mission. The Warren County Sheriff ’s Office is a very progressive office and we are very proactive, so I wouldn’t change anything on how we provide public safety because we keep up with the trends every day! The partnerships we have in our community and the great working relationships we have with other jurisdictions are paramount to our success. Q – Are there any particular challenges from having an independent town law enforcement department that is totally separate administratively from the sheriff ’s department? If so, how do you work to coordinate countywide law enforcement with FRPD? A – There are no challenges having “independent town law enforcement”. The Front Royal Police Department provides a very good service to the town residents. The Warren County Sheriff ’s office is a full service sheriff ’s office that provides law enforcement, civil, court security, animal control and corrections to Front Royal and Warren County. The two entities are separate by charter and/or constitutional authority. The police department and sheriff ’s office coordinate law enforcement activities regularly, whether it is by special enforcement or task force operations. However, a po-

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lice officer cannot perform routine law enforcement outside his department’s lawful boundaries without the sheriff giving them authority as a deputy. I don’t foresee that happening because the two are managed differently and it wouldn’t be fair to the taxpayers of the town that expect their officers to work for them within the corporate boundaries of the town. Now if your question was consolidation that is a different issue altogether.

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Discussion during an Oct. 4 Warren County Board of Supervisors work session indicated there was a certain amount of coolness among county supervisors over some parameters of a change in town-county revenue-sharing proposed by the Town of Front Royal. That coolness was generated for some by both a lack of supporting detail in funding numbers for tourism marketing and a lack of credit toward fixing 5 corridor funding issues by the assumption of other budgets, particularly the public library. Included in the proposed funding adjustment would be all the town’s library funding, an estimated $95,000; all tourism marketing, estimated at $48,500; and half funding of $4,500 for operation of the town trolley. The county has proposed a two-year, phased-in assumption of the library and tourism marketing, half in the first fiscal year of 013 and full the following year. At the work session outset, Board Chairman Archie Fox posed the largely rhetorical question that the assumption of either all or part of Samuels Public Library, tourism marketing and the town trolley funding was about compensating the town for an estimated $600,000 of lost meals tax corridor fee revenue – “but they don’t want to give us credit for this?” Fox added, somewhat bewildered the new funding responsibilities would not be applied to cover the lost PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) meals-tax fee revenues. “It seems like we give, give, give … what is it; all they have is roads and the police department?” Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk asked of town funding responsibilities remaining in the wake of ongoing county assumption of departmental or public service obligations. “The library is no problem. I think we can move forward on that one – but I have some concerns with the others,” Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter commented. “I don’t support this at all,” Traczyk said of county assumption of tourism marketing funding while the town would continue to control tourism decision making. “We need a breakdown of where the money goes and not just accept these numbers.” “I’m a little more lukewarm on this one – I think we need some input [on how the money is spent] and not just give the town carte blanche,” Carter added. Responding to a question, Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jennifer McDonald said the EDA had once, as recently as the town manager tenure of Rick Anzolut earlier this decade, controlled tourism marketing for the town and county. It was not clear whether the county board thought this might be a good situation to return to. As for the mass-transit trolley expense the possibility of adding additional vehicles and extending routes into the north corridor to both county shopping centers and industrial employers was discussed. It was pointed out the town runs the trolley to the corridor shopping centers on weekends, primarily for R-MA students. Background The town lost a court challenge of its 4-percent meals-tax-based PILOT fee by three national chain

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restaurants, Applebee’s, Cracker Barrel and TGIFriday’s. That legal decision seemed to be largely based on the fact the county implemented its own 4-percent meals tax in 00, four years after the original corridor agreement fees were approved by a state-judge panel. The county began taking on additional funding responsibilities, including parks and recreation, fire & rescue and the local airport as part of the 5 Corridor Agreement that saw the town extend its central water and sewer service into the county’s northside to facilitate industrial and commercial development there. The corridor agreement and consequent business recruitment was developed at least in part to replace lost commercial tax revenue and employment opportunities in the aftermath of the closing of the Avtex rayon manufacturing plant that had been the community’s commercial centerpiece for nearly five decades between 1940 and 1989.

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between one and two thousand dollars in purchase prices of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also reminded council that time was of the essence on concluding and signing off on the related EDA fair funding formula by the end of October so the EDA could meet a Nov. 1 deadline on applying for VDOT revenue sharing on the road project. “If they agree with everything we say it won’t be a problem,” Mayor Tim Darr joked. There was some grousing about wording of one condition in the EDA fair funding formula calling for the town to agree “without unreasonable delay to proceed to public hearing and consideration of the zoning application of Heptad LLC for the Swan Farm property.” That property owned by local developer and former supervisor and current town EDA board appointee Ron Llewellyn has one crucial Leach’s Run Parkway parcel attached to it. Council consensus was that condition S-3 containing the above wording was unnecessary and essentially covered in another MOA bullet – S13 – stating that “The County, Town and EDA agree as much as possible to expedite plans, rezoning applications, conditional use permit applications, subdivision applications (if necessary) and development plans (if necessary) from Heptad LLC, from the EDA, from Valley Health, and from any other developers of land that would benefit by the construction of the LRP (Leach’s Run Parkway) to assist in the accomplishment of the purposes of this memorandum of Understanding.” Springs, tourism, transpo Council also reviewed changes to the McKay Springs Memorandum of Understanding designed to clarify the relative roles of the town and county in ownership of various McKay parcels and the town’s eventual desire to develop the springs as an addition to the town’s central water utility. The changes will be forwarded to the county for joint approval. Council also instructed staff to accumulate the requested info on tourism and transportation per the county’s request prior to its agreeing to take over funding of those depart-

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report A report on the Summer in the Parks Program operated under county auspices by the Parks & Recreation Department staff indicated success, satisfied parents but a financial loss of $8,005 and change. Cost of the eight-week program stressing outdoor activities utilizing county outdoor parks facilities was $3,085 versus $15,080 in revenue. The loss was incurred because the Warren County Board of Supervisors cut off enrollment at 30 after complaints from private day care operators that the publiclyfunded and operated program presented unfair competition to private sector businesses. On May 3rd, Parks & Rec Director Dan Lenz pointed out the goal of the county program was to offer a more active option to families who could not typically afford private sector daycare. After extensive staff research into surrounding community programs, a price had been set with the intent of expanding the availability of a summer program to more of the community’s children, not to undercut and compete with the private sector, Lenz said. “We are a summer camp, not a day care provider. We will be offering more active things – sports, special event theme week, bus trips, etc.” As an accommodation to private daycare operators county park facilities, including gyms and the county swimming pool, were made available at reduced rates over the summer. Angel’s Korner operator Rosemary Comstock led the private sector opposition, noting that seven customer families impacting as many as 10 client children had indicated they were considering opting for the county summer program because they could save as much as $40 per week per child. All indicated they were satisfied with her product and would return to Angel’s Korner when the county summer program ended. Comstock said she faced summer layoffs due to the county competition. The staff report presented on Oct. 4 indicated Angel’s Korner had the most 010 summer clients enrolled in the county’s 011 program with six. Other private sector operators with past clients enrolled with the county program this summer were Royal Christian Academy (4), Dominion Health & Fitness (), and Lil Angels, Medowlands and Apple Dumpling with one each. Among recommendations by parks & rec staff for 01 are that enrollment be allowed up to 50 children, that the age requirement be changed from 5-1 to 513, and that the program’s opening time be switched from 8 AM from 7 AM. The latter change is to accommodate parents whose work day starts earlier than 9 AM. “We would like to accommodate more people in the community as we had 3 people on the waiting list for the 011 program – we stopped taking a waiting list at that point. By accepting more children into the program it will help offset the expenses and start-up costs for the 011 program,” staff wrote. The root issue, whatever numbers are eventually decided upon, is the role of government in providing a service to all its citizens, including those who typically can’t afford comparable private sector services. It is a debate that continues to rage at the national level.

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“You all are sort of the poster child for how to accomplish this. You did this (009 Luray Ave. bond and 004/009 bond packaging) in 008 when the world was collapsing [financially] … and now you’re going to save another $.5 million – it’s phenomenal.” – bond counsel Dan Siegel

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Sometimes “the end of the world” reaps benefits for those positioned to take advantage. – And no, we’re not talking about America’s corporate super rich accumulating the necessary wealth to build their own bubble cities policed by their own mercenary armies to survive predicted worldwide turmoil over the next century due to the radical climate change they are allowing to evolve unchecked. No such conspiracy theories on these pages (at least not this week). Rather, we are talking about a bond refinancing plan now forecast to save the county as much as $.89 million over the next 15 years. On Oct. 4 the Warren County Board of Supervisors got an update on market conditions and interest rates impacting the plan developed by the county’s bond consultant, Davenport & Co. of Richmond. “The last couple of months have been very favorable,” Davenport Senior Vice President of Public Finance Ted Cole told county officials. Favorable indeed – during Cole and bond counsel Dan Siegel’s Aug.  presentation to the board on the proposed refinancing of 004 and 009 capital improvement lease revenue bonds the forecast savings were $85,000. Those bonds were for the construction of Skyline and renovation of Warren County High School, along with Bing Crosby Stadium among other capital improvements (004) and renovation of old (1940) Warren County High School into the now state of the art Warren County Middle School on Luray Avenue. “You all are sort of the poster child for how to accomplish this,” bond counsel Siegel said on Oct. 4. “You did this (009 Luray Ave. bond and 004/009 bond packaging) in 008 when the world was collapsing [financially] … and now you’re going to save another $.5

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United Way volunteers and Executive Director Lee Smith Osina, center front, await guests at the 2nd Annual Shrimp, Oyster and BBQ Fest, which kicked off the 2012 Fundraising Campaign. Campaign Chair Beth Medved-Waller is seated front left with Osina and Jackie Bourque. Standing are Greg Coons, Weatherly Boehmer, Pat Taylor, Bret Hrbek and Bill Crawford.
The Warren County United Way extends its heartfelt thank you to all our Warren County citizens – you have done it again!! This year’s Campaign Kickoff event, the 10th Annual Shrimp, Oyster and BBQ Fest, held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Hall, was by any accounting a great success. The event was sold out and most importantly, almost $15,000 was netted in this event to help our 13 agencies operate in 01. “FUN!” smiled Executive Director Lee Smith Osina when asked to sum up the annual event. “It was just fun from start to finish. All our friends and neighbors came out, took one look at the fabulous spread put on by Apple House, and went to town!” The menu, which is a major focus of this event, featured steamed shrimp, oysters of all varieties and true Southern barbeque. Business was brisk, and more than 00 pounds of colossal shrimp were happily enjoyed by our guests. Last year’s campaign ended up raising $111,071, the largest amount raised in FR by United Way since 007. This year’s goal is $11,000 – our theme is: “$11,000 FOR 01!” – and this event begins the actual fundraising process to assure their funding. “I am so excited that we did even better than last year...that is you folks out there telling us we are on the right track!” Campaign Chairman Beth Medved Waller of Weichert Realtors said. “Our table sponsors were terrific and helped us sell out this most-

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Tammy Jo Rivera The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about September 16, 010, in the County of Warren, Tammy Jo Rivera, 41, of 173 John Marshall Hwy, Front Royal, VA 630, did unlawfully and feloniously forge with the intent to defraud a check drawn on the account of Maybell Smoot, at the Virginia Savings Bank, dated September 16, 010, payable to the order of Luis Rivera, for the payment of $550.00 signed as follows: Maybell Smoot. COUNT TWO: On or about September 17, 010, in the County of Warren, Tammy Jo Rivera did unlawfully and feloniously forge with the intent to defraud a check drawn on the account of Maybell Smoot, at the Virginia Savings Bank, dated September 17, 010, payable to the order of Ricky Smith, for the payment of $3,000.00, signed as follows: Maybell Smoot. COUNT THREE: On or about November 1, 010, in the County of Warren, Tammy Jo Rivera did unlawfully and feloniously forge with the intent to defraud a check drawn on the account of Maybell Smoot, at the Virginia Savings Bank, dated November 1, 010, payable to the order of Luis Rivera, for the payment of $1,500.00, signed as follows: Maybell Smoot. COUNT FOUR: On or about November 0, 010, in the County of Warren, Tammy Jo Rivera did unlawfully and feloniously forge with the intent to defraud a check drawn on the account of Maybell Smoot, at the Virginia Savings Bank, dated November 0, 010, payable to the order of Luis Rivera, for the payment of $800.00, and signed as follows: Maybell Smoot. Dakota Storm Smelser The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about March 14, 011, in the County of Warren, Dakota Storm Smelser, of unknown age and address, did unlawfully and feloniously with the intent to defraud, obtain by false pretense or token, property having a value of $00.00 or more, belonging to Lori Cockrell COUNT TWO: On or about March 14, 011, in the County of Warren, Dakota Storm Smelser did unlawfully and feloniously buy, receive, or aid in concealing stolen property, having a value of $00.00 or more, and belonging to Lori Cockrell, knowing that the property had been stolen. Melodie Lynn Bunning The Warren County, VA Circuit

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to-wit: Cocaine. Daisy Lucille Ogilvie The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about May 4, 011 in the County of Warren, Daisy Lucille Ogilvie, 1, of 5 Shenandoah Commons Way apt. #0, Front Royal VA 630, did unlawfully and feloniously, wrongfully and fraudulently use, dispose of, conceal, or embezzle property, having a value of $00.00 or more, belonging to Food Lion. COUNT TWO: On or between June 4, 011 and July 30, 011, in the County of Warren, Daisy Lucille Ogilvie did unlawfully and feloniously, wrongfully and fraudulently use, dispose of, conceal, or embezzle property, having a value of $00.00 or more, belonging to Check Into Cash. Joshua Issac Fowler The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about May 13, 011, in the County of Warren, Joshua Issac Fowler, 8, of 301 Halls Rd., Richardsville, VA 736, did unlawfully and feloniously steal property, having a value of $00.00 or more, belonging to CVS Pharmacy. COUNT TWO: On or about May 13, 011, in the County of Warren, Joshua Issac Fowler did unlawfully and feloniously possess with the intent to manufacture, sell, give, or distribute, a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or Schedule II of the Drug Control Act. COUNT THREE: On or about September 1, 011, in the County of Warren, Joshua Issac Fowler, being a person charged with a felony offense, to wit: Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance Listed in Schedule I or Schedule II of the Drug Control Act, did willfully and feloniously fail to appear before a court as required by law and the conditions of bond. Philip Van Richey The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about April 8, 011, in the County of Warren, Philip Van Richey, 43, of 94 Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA 630, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Oxycodone. COUNT TWO: On or about June 1, 011, in the County of Warren, Philip Van Richey did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Oxycodone. Charvez Ray Robinson The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about August 15, 011, in the County of Warren, Charvez Ray Robinson, 3, of 5 Shenandoah Commons Way apt. # 10, Front Royal, VA 630, did unlawfully and feloniously rob Dawn Fincham of U.S. Currency. COUNT TWO: On or about August 15, 011, in the County of Warren, Charvez Ray Robinson did unlawfully and feloniously, by force or intimidation and without legal justification or excuse, seize, take, transport, or detain the person of Dawn Fincham, with the intent to deprive the said Dawn Fincham of her per-

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Wayside Theatre exceeds $90,000 emergency campaign goal
Middletown – Wayside Theatre Artistic Director Warner Crocker announced the first week of October that the Emergency Campaign to raise $90,000 by Oct. 10 to save Wayside Theatre has resulted in donations of $98,884.00 to date. According to Crocker, “This weekend’s activities put the campaign over the top in a thrilling fashion. Our volunteer guild, PROPS, raised little over $,000 at the Annual Classy Trash Sale which featured more donations of items to sell than at any time in the history of that event. The Gallery Psychic Reading by Michael Brooker brought in almost $4,000 worth of ticket sales and was a thrilling success. To say we’re humbled by the response to the weekend and the campaign would be an understatement.” “We actually know that we have more donations scheduled to come in before the campaign officially concludes on October 10 and anticipate the final total being over $100,000. Those funds have been used to pay the bills we owed previously. Equally, if not more important than the amount of funds that were donated, is knowing that so many in our community believe strongly that Wayside Theatre is an important cultural, social, and economic resource to our region,” Crocker added. The Wayside Theatre Emergency Campaign to raise $90,000 in 45 days began on Aug. 5 with a scheduled close of Oct. 10. Wayside Theatre, like many not-forprofit arts institutions has been struggling to keep its doors open since 008 and had reached a point where its accumulated debt had created a cash flow crisis. The theatre had managed to stay open only through the generosity of many vendors and business partners who had allowed it to make late payments or partial payments through this difficult time, but as the crisis entered its third year; Wayside Theatre needed to repay the good intentions of those business partners. According to Crocker, “While we’ve averted this crisis and will

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continue to go forward with our efforts for the remainder of Wayside Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season, we’re not out of the woods yet. In fact, the work ahead of us will be even more crucial. The question remains as to whether or not we can convert this outpouring of support from our community into a sustained base of funding for the programs we offer. Concurrent with raising these funds, we’ve cut our staff by four positions and that will have an impact on our efforts going forward. We still have long term debt, secured by the property the theatre owns and those needs have to be addressed as well. The Wayside Theatre Board of Directors is studying quite a few options on how to change or adapt the theatre’s business model, which depends on ticket sales and donations, going forward, and we plan to have an announcement in November about what those changes may bring.” If you have any questions, please contact any of us at Wayside Theatre at 540 869-1776 or via info@waysidetheatre.org. (Wayside Theatre is the oldest professional theatre in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Additional information can be obtained on the theatre’s website at www.waysidetheatre.org. Wayside Theatre is located in Middletown, Va. on Route 11, Main Street, just north of the intersection of I-66 and I81.) (From a release)

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OPINION:
By Malcolm Barr, Sr. Warren County Report There is no question now about the popularity of Wayside Theatre and its major contribution to the arts of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, as illustrated by the outpouring from the people and companies and foundations that have provided more than $100,000 to keep the Wayside out of bankruptcy. But a chance encounter in a Stephens City dentist’s parking lot with Dr. Byron Brill, vice president of the Wayside Foundation for the Arts, brought this most recent drama at the Wayside into focus. Brill’s approach was a tad more serious than that of the loquacious artistic director, Warner Crocker, who joyfully announced in a media release that a weekend (Oct.

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1-) of activity “put the campaign over the top in thrilling fashion,” referring to the recent emergency campaign for $90,000 to meet current bills. In fact, the board of directors headed by John Westervelt, and Crocker and his staff, are to be congratulated on bringing in an estimated $100,000 in 35 days, 10 days ahead of the target date. This does not include corporations whose donations are distributed over several years. But Brill, one of the theater’s most ardent and munificent supporters in terms of effort and money, was not exactly dancing with joy in that parking lot. I didn’t have a note pad with me, and I hope I get the following gist of his statement correct: He cautioned this was only part of the story. “Yes, it pays our immediate bills but we, that is the board of directors, have a great deal more to do in the coming year to get control of our long term debt,” he said, emphasizing that this board, and subsequent boards, must be much more participatory and supportive in the running of the theater now and in future years. If my past experience as a board member is anything to go by, I believe that Brill means board members must do much, much more than simply attend monthly meetings. To me, that’s what the words “participatory” and “supportive” mean. Some are, of course. Some are not. This newspaper, along with most other media in the area, supported wholeheartedly the challenge facing Wayside. They provided almost unprecedented space, air time, and ideas. One of them, this paper’s suggestion that if every individual who has in the past supported the theater, including parents of the hundreds of kids who have enlisted in the Young Actors’ Workshops, gave a minimum of $50 each, the target would easily be reached. The media in general probably had a great deal

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to do with the success of the fund’s drive. My personal quest for contributions in the wake of the Report’s challenge netted much more than $50, but it also raised the question by substantial donors about “what happens next year.” So far, there has been no official word on how the board proposes to deal with that, although promises have been made. Promises, however, will not make a $1 million long term debt disappear without considerable effort by each individual member of the board, plus firm leadership toward an attainable target following an imaginative though feasible business plan. Such is worthy of this veritable jewel of the Valley. Wayside Theatre is 50 years old this year, and it deserves to be in the vanguard of promoting the arts in Frederick, Shenandoah, Clark, Warren and Rappahannock counties. It can remain so, but not without strong leadership, and not without more support from its brothers and sisters in the arts, and not without financial support from the various city, county and town governments in the area; as well as from the state government itself (Ms. Vogel, take note!). It is significant that Wayside appears to be the only major arts center in the Commonwealth that receives no funding from any local government body. Not even Middletown, most vociferous in protest and concern when the theater moved itself to Front Royal during a period of renovation (which added to the onerous short and long term debt). Even as recently as last month, Mayor Mark Brown lamented the possible demise of the theater and its deleterious effect on businesses in the town. But not a nickel is included in the town budget to support the pride of its main street. Ah yes! The recession ... Crocker has publicly blamed the recent (current?) recession on a

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slump in seat sales, and in annual memberships. Maybe so – “But ‘butts’ in seats,” agreed Brill in the parking lot, “can go a long way toward helping keep the theater in the black.” Westervelt agreed with me way back that his board should do more by way of increasing attendance. “If every board member met a goal of bringing in 0 people to each of a season’s five shows, do the multiplication and see just how many more dollars that would produce,” I challenged. I recall he said he would issue that challenge. One of my contacts blamed Crocker on the financial shortfalls at Wayside, questioned his management techniques. But hey! Just a minute. Crocker was hired as the artistic director 10 years ago. And, according to the theater’s website, at least $300K of the shortfall predated Crocker by several years. Few have questioned his artistic talent. He put on two hats because of necessity, and the various boards allowed--encouraged--it. He had no management experience and did not ask for a job he undertook to the best of his ability. In my opinion, he made a better job of what he’s really trained for, but has no apologies to make for doing a job he was not. With the immediate cash crisis behind them, recruitment of a manager with a proven track record should be a first order of business for the Westervelt-led board. Otherwise, the staff has learned to operate with fewer people, and has done so admirably. All board members should immediately be challenged to actively help fill seats. Middletown should lead the way in providing even token public financial support of the theater. That support -- may we suggest a dollar per head per taxpayer would not skew the town budget? -- could pave the way to other jurisdictions being asked. Even token support, when added together, can make a huge difference to a non-profit’s bottom line. The recent outpouring from nascent supporters of the Wayside shows us just that. (Malcolm Barr, Sr. is a regular contributor to the WC Report. He served on the Wayside board for two three-year terms (2003-2009) and received a LEO Award this year for his contributions to Wayside and to furtherance of the arts in the Valley)

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it is not applicable to the true needs of the department then its worthiness must be questioned. I always have said, ‘What is everybody else doing and do they have the resources we can tap into, if needed?’ If you do the research on budgetary considerations, you will be more prudent in how you utilize and spend taxpayer’s money. Several ideas I have to offset taxpayer expense within the WCSO budget involve enacting ordinances concerning road safety and zoning issues that the Virginia State Code has statute on, establishing a non-profit foundation for the Sheriff ’s office (much like the PD has done) where citizens and businesses can make contributions. I, most likely and which is probably already the case, will have a designated individual to oversee the workings of the budget in where the department stands in the day-to-day operations … Q - How will coming from another local law enforcement department in the county help or hinder you if elected? A - First, if you consider the past, the transition of members from the Front Royal Police Dept. who became a Sheriff went pretty well. If elected, I would be the third Front Royal police officer to have been elected Sheriff. Charles ‘Chuck” Sturdivant and Lynn Armentrout were the others that made that transition. There is no question that such a transition would only help. I would be bringing a wealth of knowledge of the workings of FRPD and its members, my familiarity of Town government and its officials into the sheriff ’s office, which would enable me and my staff to create a better partnership with the Chief and his administration as well as the Town. As for the personnel of the WCSO, many of them have known me for a long time and those that haven’t I am confident have heard some positive things about me and know that I respect their hard work and service – I expect a warm welcome, if elected … General Qs for both candidates: Q – There are two major physical moves coming up: 1/ into new administrative headquarters; the other with staff and inmates into a new regional jail in several years – what changes and challenges do those moves present to the sheriff? Also, there has been some public grousing about locating the Public Safety Building next to a high school – do you view the location as the best or best available; and why do you think there was some public uneasiness about the proximity of law enforcement headquarters next to a public high school? A - I believe I am among the majority of citizens who had a negative concern or opinion on the location of where the new county Public Safety Building was being located. I realized this more so over the last few months visiting and/or speaking with the citizens on my campaign trail. The idea of having the public safety building across from Skyline High School just doesn’t sit well with a lot of folks. Some of the comments mentioned to me from citizens ranged from not liking the prospects of arrested individuals being transported in the area to disruption in the school classroom with sirens going by. I know if I had been Sheriff at the time and wanted to push for such a capital improvement to equip the department; if realizing the needs of such a project, I would endorse an extensive and thorough space study entailing geographical alternatives, existing infrastructure availability, the current economic conditions, construction costs, impact considerations, etc. And, without having researched the venture during its initial considerations, I know such a study was completed. However, from my perspective, though the public safety building is being built on already owned county land, given the price tag on the new building, I still wonder whether enough was done to limit taxpayer spending. As Sheriff, I might have

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eventually leave the community or retire, these citizens feel a great loss. As mentioned earlier, there is a tremendous resource of talent inside the walls of the WCSO. If elected Sheriff, I will bring leadership that is acceptable because the people of Warren County believe I have the vision to carry the Sheriff ’s Office into the next four years with what they need, want and expect. Q - Do you see any fat or gaps in the current WCSO budget; and do you have any ideas on improving how the department is funded or organized? A - With everything going on in my campaign, I haven’t really sat down and thoroughly studied every line item within the WCSO budget. But as I mentioned before, I am a stickler on taxpayer money and I do have several concerns that actually reflect citizen comments. I would most certainly take a hard look at the necessity of the need for the number of SUV’s in the patrol fleet and question the justification on this expense. With added equipment comes added maintenance, which requires additional expenditures out of the operating budget. I am also leery of having anything that spends more time sitting than being utilized and if

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‘tweaked’ some of the dynamic needs in relation to the Sheriff ’s Office. Regardless, the Sheriff ’s Office and Emergency Services management will be moving into the new building and we need to move forward but hopefully learn how to plan better in the future. As far as the regional jail is concerned, I welcome and am excited with the prospect. First, it will relieve the Sheriff of the tremendous responsibility concerning inmate incarceration and some of the programs associated with it. With the problems the current Sheriff has had with inmate suicides and trustees absconding over the past few years, my efforts as Sheriff in establishing structure and discipline will diminish with the new facility absorbing jail responsibilities. This will give me a better opportunity to focus on the outreach programs I wish to establish for the community. One such program I hope to establish would partner directly with the regional jail. The program I have in mind would be patterned much like the ‘scared straight’ program most of us have heard about. This would involve rehabilitated inmates currently incarcerated to speak to our troubled youth about the issues of drugs, drinking and driving, bullying, etc. I believe with such a program, we would be helping a number of our kids and even our schools in combating the behavior issues that exist and hopefully keep our youth from getting into trouble. Of course, with such a change comes the reduction of personnel also, and while I am confident that many of the current jail personnel will relocate into the new facility, there will be some that may be looking for a job elsewhere. For those, I will make it a priority to assist them by contacting other correctional institutions or entities they are pursuing. Q – What are your major priorities in both the short and long-term for the WCSO? A. If elected, one of my first priorities will be to assess the inner-workings of the office and the responsibilities of its personnel. I plan to task all personnel with listing the three major concerns they have within their workplace in order to address these issues and prove to them the type of leader I am in looking out for them. Through my motivation and innovative skills, having a satisfied workforce paves the way in carrying on the functions of the office more efficiently. The programs that currently exist and have been benefiting the public will continue and those that have not but have merit will be restructured to provide the service it was meant to … I also plan to address citizens concerns on enforcement issues such as speeding, dumping and any other crime or neighborhood issues. This can be done by attending subdivision HOA or Neighborhood Watch meetings with the public. In addition, my command staff will meet with leaders of FRPD, Emergency Services and the Town and County to address any concerns or ideas in creating a better working relationship. My long term outlook involves being consistent with monitoring and servicing the citizens with the existing programs and implementing new ideas and dialogue with the citizens. Some of the programs I have in mind at this time are: · Creating a volunteer group of citizens that want to partner with the sheriff ’s office in order to help our community. I plan on naming this program “V.I.T.A.L.” (Volunteers Involved Together Assisting Law Enforcement); · From VITAL, we can create volunteers to establish a program for the elderly which we will name “S.A.V.E.” (Senior Aid Volunteer Effort). The goal of this program is to lessen the incidents of our older citizens from becoming victims of contracting fraud and to have someone they can rely on to help with certain needs; · Establish a joint effort with the Town and FRPD in sharing SRO (School Resource Officer) responsibilities to lessen the burden of the sheriff ’s office to monitor the program for all the schools, while creating a positive relationship between students and town officers; · Establish a Central Dispatch Center managed by a Director and overseen by a Board; · Conduct annual meetings with the public to ascertain their input on the WCSO effectiveness or lack of (a sheriff needs to know what the people think); · Partner with youth organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys/Girls Club and introduce them into our community to provide role models for our youth who lack positive family values in their life. My VITAL program could entice these organizations to become established; · Partner with the Superintendent of the future Regional Jail on a program targeting troubled youth in inmates mentoring them on the issues of crime and behavior · Introduce potential legislation that will both target safety concerns in the community while also creating potential revenue. The Virginia State Code already has established statutes in which municipalities can enact their own ordinances to enforce areas of concern. I have several in mind that I wish to introduce.

If elected, I would be the third Front Royal police officer to have been elected Sheriff. Charles ‘Chuck” Sturdivant and Lynn Armentrout were the others that made that transition. There is no question that such a transition would only help. – Robbie Seal
Q. Are there any particular challenges from having an independent town law enforcement department that is totally separate administratively from the sheriff ’s department? If so, how do you/would you work to coordinate countywide law enforcement with FRPD. A. The biggest challenge is sustaining that partnership on a consistent basis and sharing information that is so important to both agencies efforts in protecting and servicing the needs of all the citizens in the Town and County. Having another law enforcement agency only enhances the benefits afforded to the citizens of the Town in the services they expect from their law enforcement officers. While responsible for the law enforcement services in our respective jurisdictions, both department’s command staff or at least the Sheriff and the Chief or Police should have periodic meetings in order to insure that we are working together and that we are utilizing the existing MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to assist each other when requested upon. I would like to see the prospects of combining some of the resources from both departments – like my SRO idea – in the future to where the public can be reassured that their law enforcement agencies are in union together for the community as a whole! Q – What are the biggest challenges for a sheriff in a semi-rural county, with a number of somewhat remote and hard to access communities, like Warren? A. Believe it or not but some folks would be surprised at some of the topography that I have had to patrol in Town over the years that could compare to the county! But seriously, any challenges that exist I am already familiar with. I really became familiar with the county and its mountainous subdivisions when I worked as a real estate agent for almost 10 years while still a police officer with the Town. The sheriff ’s office is equipped with the type of patrol vehicles that can traverse the mountainous landscape in the county subdivisions but even though, severe inclement whether could make access difficult. Another big concern would be whether there exist ‘dead spots’ when it comes to radio and cell phone communications. Identifying hazards and difficult conditions is part of the training law enforcement goes through and learning to utilize other resources to access these areas when called upon is what will be done to assist our citizens in need. Q – “Class War” has been an issue in the Republican nominating process for the 01 presidential campaign. Slowly but surely in the national media there has been increasing attention on the Wall Street protests in NYC against the major banking establishments, lending institutions and investment firms for their roles in the ongoing economic downturn and foreclosure crisis. That open-ended protest appears to be gaining some momentum across the country, mostly in major cities at this point. Were those protests to make their way into this community, what do you see as law enforcement’s role in policing a citizen redress of grievances against banks and other institutions at the center of the foreclosure and national economic crisis …? A – I have followed this recent issue in the news and for the most part I hope it stays in the major cities. However, since anything is possible and should a similar public protest (though I believe it would be on a much lesser scale) erupt in our community, it would be the role of law enforcement to work with the protesting citizens to make sure that such demonstrations are conducted peacefully without violence. It doesn’t hurt to have trained negotiators at the scene to spell out the requirements and expectations of everyone and the ramifications if things get out of hand. Law enforcement understands all people have the fundamental right to protest and that our only involvement is to insure that the safety of persons and property are protected and the keeping of peace paramount because this is also a fundamental right of citizens and an expectation of law enforcement to uphold.

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For more information: (540) 635-5827 http:// www.warrencountyfair.com/15.html. Monday, October 17, 2011 10am - 7:30pm Library Book Sale. Samuels Public Library, Front Royal. Today is the last day of the GIANT Semi-Annual Book Sale. Come in and pick your own price for everything!! 7pm - 8pm Work Session. Town Hall, 16 N. Royal Avenue, Front Royal. Tonight is the Town Council’s Informal Work Session. It is held in the 2nd floor Town Hall Conference Room. For a copy of the agenda please contact the Clerk of Council at (540) 635-8007 or check the Town of Front Royal Website at www.frontroyalva. com. Public is invited. Tuesday October 18, 2011 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www. theriver953online.com. 2pm - 4pm Chamber Event. Front RoyalWarren County Chamber of Commerce, Front Royal. 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Dear Stewart, What’s this talk about a bike gang coming to Front Royal? Pedaled Hi Pedaled, You must have heard about the STIHL Tour Des Trees, a group of bicyclists who are riding to raise funds for tree research. In its 0th running, this year’s Tour will start on October nd in Virginia Beach. Seven days and 485 miles later, the riders will end their challenge at the National Mall. This event benefits the TREE Fund, which is devoted to tree research and educational endow-

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ments. Grants have led to a better understanding of the benefits of trees, the development of hardier plants and methods of protecting trees while using fewer pesticides. Increasing the public’s awareness of the importance of trees is a high priority for the Tour. To further this effort, several trees will be planted along the route. Each participant is tasked with raising at least $3500 for the cause. The riders will be coming from points as far as Florida, Ontario, California and British Colombia. A local cyclist who has participated for many years is Tom Armstrong of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company. On Day 5, October 6th, the cadre of tree champions will arrive in Front Royal, completing the grueling leg from Charlottesville via the Skyline Drive. At 9am on October 7th, the group arrives at the Virginia State Arboretum at Blandy Farm. After a public tree planting ceremony, the cyclists will continue on to Reston and, finally, Washington, D.C. As the riders’ housing and meal expenses are being covered by corporate sponsorship, 100% of all donations to the STIHL Tour des Trees will benefit the TREE Fund. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to local Team MAC-ISA, visit stihltourdestrees.org. Stewart The Front Royal/Warren County Tree Steward program began in 1997 with volunteers dedicated to improving the health of trees by providing educational programs, tree planting and care demonstrations, and tree maintenance throughout the community. The group now consists of over 30 active members with several interns working toward becoming certified tree stewards from our annual “All About Trees Class”. Each month Stewart will answer a question from our readers. Please forward it to “Stewart” in care of frwctreestewards@comcast.net and we may publish it in a future issue. Please visit our website at www.treesfrontroyal.org.

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