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A preliminary autopsy and eyewitness reports from other motorists in the area raised the possibility Shirey may have been experiencing physical problems prior to the accident. A more thorough autopsy has been ordered …

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Chief Richard H. Furr of the Front Royal Police Department announced a single vehicle, fatal car accident on Happy Creek Road on Dec. 1. The victim, initially identified only as a white male pending notification of next of kin, was later identified as 61year-old Jon Shirey. Shirey lived off Howellsville

Road and worked in Northern Virginia but was not scheduled to work the day of the accident, according to authorities. He was reported by investigators to be driving a Hyundai Accent westbound toward town around the 100 block of Happy Creek Road at 8:6 AM when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, which hit an embankment and then overturned. The accident occurred just west

of the “S” turn section of that portion of Happy Creek Road, east of Mary’s Shady Lane and west of Shenandoah Shores Road. Shirey was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders from county fire & rescue. A preliminary autopsy and eyewitness reports from other motorists in the area raised the possibility Shirey may have been experiencing physical problems prior to the accident. A more

thorough autopsy has been ordered to try and pin down Shirey’s physical condition leading up to the accident. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this accident is asked to

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“People are losing their homes or struggling to put food on the table for their families, and they are giving up or abandoning their household pets … The Humane Society of Warren County has been an asset to law enforcement … and we feel we need to come to their rescue now.” – FOP Lodge 33 President Richard Furr

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FOP Lodge 33 donates $1,000 to Animal Shelter
Fraternal Order of Police have voted to make a $1,000 donation to the Warren County Humane Society to help them in their tough financial times. The Humane Society of Warren County has been an asset to law enforcement in our community and we feel we need to come to their rescue now.” During her Dec. 6 plea to the county board of supervisors, Shelter Director Denny noted that one specific incident that had cost the shelter about $8,000 this year was caring for a dog during a legal case that has dragged on long enough to see that seized animal have a litter of puppies the shelter is also caring for pending resolution of that case. The Humane Society of Warren County’s Wagner Animal Shelter’s current annual budget is $144,666. The shelter has taken in over ,100 animals this year. That compares to Loudoun’s $1.4 million annual budget and ,00 animals taken in; a $340,000 budget for Winchester, population 6,03 and ,00 animals taken in; a $8,693 budget for Shenandoah County, population 4,000 and 1,30 animals taken in, according to a county staff report. The humane society is also seeking an annual county funding increase

of $60,000 per year in the next fiscal year. Denny estimated an average of ,500 abandoned and stray animals moving through the shelter in recent years. The adoption rate is only one for every three to five animals that come in. Footnote: Tthe board of supervisors unanimously approved a $5,000 addition to the county’s funding of the shelter’s current budget on Dec. 0. Denny also told the board the private sector fundraising effort had climbed to a total of $10,000 since the Dec. 9 appeal went out.

FRPD Chief and FOP Lodge 33 President Richard Furr, Sgt. Bryan Courtenay and K-9 Boone present Wagner Shelter Director Lavenda Denny, right, with a $1,000 donation nine days before Christmas.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Dec. 16th Front Royal Police Chief Richard Furr, K-9 Sgt. Bryan Courtenay and FRPD canine Boone visited the Humane Society of Warren County’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter as representatives of Lodge 33 of the Fraternal Order of Police. The purpose of the visit was to spread a little Christmas cheer by presenting a check for $1,000 to help bolster emergency funding for the shelter. As reported last issue, new Shelter Director Lavenda Denny told the Warren County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6th that the shelter was facing a budgetary crisis as the end of the calendar year approaches. The supervisors were slated to vote on an emergency supplemental funding request of $50,000 for the shelter on Dec. 0. The county humane society also sent out a letter of appeal to the private sector on Dec. 9. Denny told us that the FOP donation raised the response to that appeal to $3,000, coupled with another $3,000 in unsolicited donations that have come in, in the wake of press

reports of the Wagner Shelter budget crisis fueled by the large number of animals the shelter is taking in annually. Denny observed a combination of factors, including the tight economy, reluctance by some county pet owners to spay and neuter older pets and the large number of wild and unneutered animals roaming the county, as contributing to the situation. That situation has seen the Wagner Shelter and its staff deal with as many stray animals in 010 as Loudoun County’s animal shelter with its human population of around 31,000, compared to Warren’s 37,500. “People are losing their homes or struggling to put food on the table for their families, and they are giving up or abandoning their household pets,” Furr, who is president of the FR-WC FOP Lodge 33, said in announcing the early Christmas gift. “Animals are filling our shelters in record numbers every day across the nation and this is putting financial burdens on the organizations who are trying to provide for the humane care of the animals. “For these reasons the members of the Front Royal/Warren County

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speak about safety. If someone were to go off the road because it seems to be invisible/untrackable in bad weather at night, there apparently is no recourse to argue deficient road design. If someone else causes the accident to you, the question is insurance payment, not also deficient road design. Do others think that less expensive safety measures now rather than waiting years for a four lane highway is appropriate? Sincerely, Linda J. Allen Front Royal

Route 55 East safety
Once upon a naïve moment, I explained the problems to supposedly appropriate persons in government. The non-answer received sailed into my trash can with the searing thought: Would you talk to me that way if I were a land developer? Probably not, I answered myself. That road is relatively narrow; winds left and right, up and down; lacks a shoulder over much of its six miles. There are visibility issues made more acute during precipitation; it’s worse at night. The road would be safer if reflectors were placed in the midline and if the right edge striping were kept bright. It also needs a few large signs to show the direction of the upcoming curve. The speed limit could be dropped to 45 mph. These recommendations

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increase safety given the configuration of the road. I-66 is not an alternative as its lines are not kept bright and 18-wheelers pass throwing off blinding splashes. The road is now a deficient design given our high commuter population and the probability of more houses/driveways with county growth. Yet no relatively inexpensive safety measures are planned even for the near future. Someday it will be a four lane. That helps? I researched the matter including VDOT documents. Apparently a crash analysis is not needed yet. I hate waiting for a trigger number of injuries or deaths to occur while society cries scarce resources, and then has to do the more expensive crisis management instead of prevention. It also seems that an engineer, not an average citizen may need to

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FOR MEN ONLY: a column by Mike Richards
World War I as People Experienced It
By way of introduction, a few preliminaries: Despite the title of this column, I suspect not all readers will be adult males. Rest assured that, no matter how serious or provocative the topic, I will approach it in a family-friendly way. As will soon become apparent, I’m a Gutenberg kind of guy, a lover of print material, so the column will often, but not always, be a review of a book or a magazine article. Related to that, I like libraries a lot, particularly the Samuels Public Library. Any book or magazine article I mention will be available at the Samuels Public Library. Staff at the Library can also help you find all kinds of other resources. – More on that later. I’m historian by trade, mostly concerned with 0th century Europe, particularly Germany and Russia. It never ceases to amaze me that books continue to appear on the Great War, World War I. With the centennial of that event coming up fast, what’s now a stream of books, films, and other productions will soon become a mighty river. Ahead of that flood is a wonderful book by a Swedish historian and war correspondent, Peter Englund. The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War (Alfred A. Knopf, 011) is like no other book on WWI you may have run across. It’s the stories of twenty people, men and women, mostly Europeans but also an American, a Venezuelan, and Australian, and a New Zealander, caught up in the war in one way or another. They all have in common that they wrote about their experiences in diaries, letters, journals, and books. Englund weaves the various stories together chronologically. Rather than simply reproduce a diary entry or a passage from a book, Englund gives the reader a picture of what each participant is doing, thinking, and feeling at the time. What comes through strongly is that often a participant has only a limited idea of what is happening. He or she may describe a particular situation in great detail but not know much about the larger picture. So Elfriede Kuhr, a German schoolgirl aged twelve, watches an infantry regiment go off to war August 4, 1914. She reaches her hand out to one soldier and says “Good luck.” He takes her hand as he passes and says, “Until we meet again, little girl.” Although the narrative weaves the stories together year by year, it is also easy enough to follow a particular story from start to finish, as I did with the American wife of a Polish aristocrat, Laura de Turczynowicz. She spends her war in the part of Poland that Russia controlled before the war. In the course of the war, the Germans conquer the area and her situation becomes increasingly difficult. Eventually, she and her three children are allowed to take a train to Berlin and from there travel to the Netherlands. They arrive there with only the clothes they are wearing, the children’s birth certificates, three photographs, and a prayer book. They later sail across the Atlantic to New York City. Laura publishes an account of her experiences in 1916. She never returns to Poland or sees her husband again. This is a simply an amazing book. As the author notes, it is “a book about what it [WWI] was like.” It will give you a completely different perspective on that war and on war in general.

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“The Postal Service is far too integral to the economic health of the nation to be handcuffed to the past and to an inflexible business model. To best serve taxpayers and postal customers, it’s time to remove the constraints.” - USPS District Manager Northern Virginia John Budzynski

The U.S. Postal crisis – a realistic solution
Postal Service to more effectively manage its healthcare and retirement systems, and better leverage its workforce. For an organization that generates all of its revenue from the sale of its postage, products and services – and is contending with declining use of First Class Mail for bill payment – having the flexibility to quickly adapt and react to the marketplace is vital. Our immediate goal is to reduce our annual costs by $0 billion by 015, which would put the Postal Service in the black and ahead of the long-term cost curve. The alternative is a business model that prohibits or delays cost reduction, perpetuates an inflexible structure, and constrains the Postal Service from being more responsive to the marketplace. Under this scenario, and in the absence of meaningful and immediate business model reform, the Postal Service could soon incur long-term deficits in the range of $10 to 15 billion annually. Within the limits of our current legal framework, we have responded aggressively to a changing marketplace – reducing the size of our workforce by 18,000 career employees and reducing annual operating costs by $1.5 billion dollars in just the past four years. However, to return to profitability we must move at an even faster pace. And to do so requires changes in the law. If provided with the flexibility and speed to act, the Postal Service can avoid being a financial burden to the taxpayer. More importantly, a financially stable Postal Service that can operate more like a business can more readily adapt to America’s changing mailing and shipping needs. For example, we are expanding our network of 70,000 retail partner locations and online offerings so that our customers will be able to purchase stamps and conduct other mailing and shipping transactions outside of the traditional Post Office. Customers will increasingly be able to visit gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies – which are part of regular shopping patterns, open

longer hours and weekends, and more conveniently located – to conduct their postal business.

Town announces Adopt-A-Street criteria
In the wake of the town council’s Dec. 1 vote to compensate for being dropped from the county’s Adopt-A-Street Program, staff has released the following information: The Town of Front Royal has developed the “Adopt-A-Street” Program to allow citizens the opportunity to serve the community through roadside clean-up. The following are the guidelines for the Program approved/adopted by Town Council on December 1, 011. 1. Citizens or groups can adopt a section of a Town arterial or collector street for two years with a minimum of four (4) clean-ups per year. Groups or members less than fifteen (15) years of age must be supervised by adults with a ratio of one (1) adult per seven (7) students. Large groups should be divided into teams of eight (8) or fewer members with each team supervised by at least one (1) adult. . Adopting citizens and groups will be responsible to schedule their own clean-up dates and coordinate dates with the Town. The Town shall provide garbage bags, roadside “Cleanup Crew Working” signs, and safety vests to participants prior to clean-up activities. The individual or group is responsible to place the roadside signs in their activity areas. Vests must be worn by all participants at all times. Vests and roadside signs must be returned to the Town within one (1) week of the clean-up. Bags shall be placed within the right-of-way, but outside vehicle and pedestrian travel areas for collection by the Town 3. Following each clean-up, the adopting group or individual will complete the Activity Report detailing the names of individuals involved, number of bags collected for litter and recyclables, and the hours spent during the clean-up. Forms may be dropped off, e-mailed, mailed or faxed to the Town Manager’s address listed on the form. 4. Two () clean-ups are encouraged to be conducted in April and October to coincide with the state litter control and recycling events. 5. The Town shall place an “Adopted Street” sign that includes the name of the adopting group or individual. No slogans, logos, advertisements, or phrases will be allowed on the sign. Forms are available in the Town Managers Office located in Town Hall at 16 N. Royal Avenue or on the Town’s website at www.frontroyalva. com. You may call the Office at (540)635-8007 or e-mail the office at sburke@frontroyalva.com or tpresley@frontroyalva.com.

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“If it is to endure as a great American institution, provide the nation with a secure, reliable and affordable delivery platform, and serve as an engine of commerce, Congress should provide it with the speed and flexibility it needs to compete in an evolving marketplace.” - John Budzynski
The traditional Post Office will always exist, but a changing world demands rethinking the statusquo and adapting to the needs of our customers. In a digital world, businesses and individuals have choices in the way they communicate. Although the Postal Service facilitates trillions in commerce annually, and supports a $900 billion mailing industry that employs almost 8 million people, it must have the tools and the motivations to effectively compete for customers. In the current debate about its future, some have argued the Postal Service should not operate like a business and be allowed to regress back into an unchanging, taxpayer-subsidized agency, and some have urged that it be privatized and completely separated from the government. The former is undesirable and the latter is unrealistic. The answer resides in the middle – an organization that performs a vital national function, and operates with the discipline and motivations of a business that competes for customers. If it is to endure as a great American institution, provide the nation with a secure, reliable and affordable delivery platform, and serve as an engine of commerce, Congress should provide it with the speed and flexibility it needs to compete in an evolving marketplace. The Postal Service is far too integral to the economic health of the nation to be handcuffed to the past and to an inflexible business model. To best serve taxpayers and postal customers, it’s time to remove the constraints. (John Budzynski has served as the acting District Manager for the Northern Virginia District since October 2011. The Northern Virginia District has over 5,500 employees and more than 150 post offices. This area of responsibility encompasses more than 4,200 square miles. As the acting District Manager, he oversees mail service to more the 1.5 million homes in the region. Prior, Budzynski served as the Postmaster of Baltimore, Maryland. As Baltimore’s 40th Postmaster, he is responsible for more than 1,800 employees working in 34 stations, providing mail service to more than 550,000 residential and business deliveries in Baltimore City and parts of Baltimore County. Budzynski

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began his postal career as a letter carrier in 1982. Management positions held throughout his career include Supervisor Mails & Delivery; Superintendent Postal Operations; Manager, Customer Service; Manager, Customer Service Operations; Manager, Operations Programs Support; and Postmaster Alexandria, Virginia. John is a graduate of the USPS Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.)

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Engle’s Angle: The Sounds of the Season. The Sounds of the Season. The Sounds of the Season.
By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report

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Repeat after me. I love Christmas music. I love Christmas music. I love Christmas music. I do. Especially in December. But that’s not when it starts. With Black Friday shopping now on Thanksgiving Thursday, if not sooner, the “sounds of the season” kick off then as well. As much as I love those holiday songs, by the time December 25th gets here, I’m as tired of them as Santa is after a night of delivering toys. This year, after listening to holiday music for hours on end, here’s what I know: -Grandma’s been run over by a reindeer so many times she’s as flat as one week old road kill. -I rocked around the Christmas tree so much I got motion sickness. -I’m now fluent in Spanish and German thanks to “Feliz Navidad” and “O Tannenbaum”. Have you ever seen a TV commercial so many times, yet you still can’t remember what it’s advertising? That’s me and “The 12 Days of Christmas”. If I had to name all 12 days correctly before getting my presents, I wouldn’t be getting any presents. Ever. And if Santa Claus is comin’ to town, is he ever gonna get here? How long does it take? He’s been doing it enough years that he must know the way by now. At the very least, you’d think the Mrs. would’ve gotten him a nice GPS for the sleigh. And despite all the radio stations playing 1440 minutes of Christmas music a day, there really are only 10 different holiday songs and you hear them

over and over and over and over. Anyone who can sing has recorded his or her own Christmas CD with those 10 songs on it. Even if you can’t sing, it doesn’t matter. For instance, the barking dogs who bark “Jingle Bells”. I have to admit they are pretty good. Plus, if you’re popular, and you’ve been nice, you’re guaranteed to have your own holiday TV show so that you can sing those ten songs. On the other hand, if you’ve been naughty, you’ll only get to make a guest appearance on somebody else’s show. I can’t even get away from them by turning off the radio and TV. I’ve heard them so much now they’re stuck in my head. I caught myself humming “Let it Snow” in the shower the other day. But here’s the weird part. When Christmas is over, so is the music. Just like that. Gone. They get me addicted, and then they cut me off. And I miss it. I can’t go cold turkey just like that. I don’t even like cold turkey. Before I know it, it’s New Year ’s Eve and time for “Auld Lang Syne.” There’s another song I’ll never know the words too. Is that the reindeer who ran over Grandma?

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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
An Animal Rescue Tale
Anonymous ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full – we are lost, but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare; we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call, “Come here, Max and Sparkie – come fetch your new ball!! But now we sit here and think of the days we were treated so fondly – we had cute, baby ways. Once we were little, then we grew and we grew now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.
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We lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds. Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears – our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear. If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the Inn – could you help with the bills and fill our food bin? We count on your kindness each day of the year – can you give more than hope to everyone here? Please make a donation to pay for the heat…and help get us something special to eat. The shelter that cares for us wants us to live and more of us will, if more people will give.

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Earthworks Gallery Pottery Show runs Dec. 3 to Jan. 14
By Carol Ballard Warren County Report Dragons, Earth Spirits and local paintings inhabit the walls of Earthworks Gallery and are displayed as part of the third annual “Touch the Earth Pottery Exhibit”. The Front Royal gallery at 30 E. 8th St. hosted an opening reception on December 3rd and was filled with artist/potters, friends and prospective owners of the fine pottery on display. Many were looking for one-of-a kind gifts for the holidays. “I just love all of these potters,” said Rob Eliason, who is Earthworks’ proprietor. The December-January show features the work of some of the most talented potters of the Shenandoah Valley and most of them are members of the Shenandoah Potters Guild which had it’s beginnings in Strasburg, Virginia. Strasburg had potters as early as 1761 drawn there because of the rich clay. Most of the pottery made in historic times was functional, used for eating, drinking and storage. Rob’s stated purpose in arranging this show three years ago was to promote public awareness of pottery, not only as an important part of the valley’s past, but as a significant part of our future as well. The majority of the pieces are fully functional as dinnerware but along with them are the purely decorative and imaginative. Dishes and teapots are set out next to the earth spirits and dragon wall sculptures. “Some things sell out quickly, but as pieces are sold, artists will bring in more to keep it full,” Rob said. He pointed out a table that held extremely affordable donated pottery. All profit from those sales are to be given to Warren County’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter. “Subtle to sublime, Stone Age to

Earth Spirit by Elizabeth Ashe and Bill Hollingsworth New Age” is the philosophy as well as a description of the art works in the space adjacent to the open gallery. Rob’s seven-year-old business is full of a range of art works and the phrase defines the contents. “I love handling and seeing beautiful things, I’ve been a custodian for beautiful things that went through my hands and I’ve found good homes for them. When the right person comes in, you know it,” he said. And Rob is looking forward to fulfilling a commitment he has made to himself. He said that when he was making pots for the show, he decided to pursue pottery full-time next year. “I’ve always been more of a critic than artist. It’s an epiphany for me,” he said. He’ll keep the store, but will be bringing in more pottery to the museum-like space. “When I see beautiful art or pottery, if I can afford it, I bring it in to show. I like variety and a lot of flavor. I’m inspired by other artists and sometimes I buy a piece of artwork just because it inspires me,” he said. The exhibit will be in place through January 14th. For information, call 540-636-4560 or visit earthworksgallery@embarqmail.com or www. shenandoahpottersguild.com

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Occupy Movement

Occupy Front Royal expands its message and mission
listening to buy LOCAL and ‘STAY OUT OF WALMART’ this holiday season. We chose the mouth of Main Street to protest this time of year, to send a clear message to our townsfolk that we all have a responsibility to support our local, small businesses and stop feeding the corporate greed machine. Walmart’s current net worth is approx $93 billion. They do not need anymore of our hard-earned cash, and are hurting retailers all over town. If we can do anything to change the shopping status quo for Front Royal, it is to remember to care about our small businessmen and women, and take our business to them instead of big box retailers built on cheap overseas labor production. This is part of the overall message of Occupy: Waking up to the truth of corporate greed and doing all we can to stop its continued growth.”

Occupiers outside the White House in D.C. illustrate the breadth of their concerns - Courtesy Photo Leslie Fiddler Occupiers Dana Payne and Justin Bailey at the main intersection of downtown Front Royal on Dec. 14. Bailey points out the upside down American flag is a traditional U.S. distress signal.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The organizer of Occupy Front Royal hopes to improve public perceptions locally and add a community focus to the campaign to bring increased public awareness of the national Occupy Movement here. Justin Bailey has solicited the help of a Rappahannock-based group, Power to the People of the Piedmont, in an effort to raise funds for various non-profit pub-

lic service organizations including C-CAP, the Salvation Army, the House of Hope and Harmony Place, the latter two of which are homeless shelters. Bailey said Harmony Place, which has pressing economic needs, would be the initial recipient once a fundraising mechanism is put into place. Bailey, 5, began his Occupy protests in late November with 19-year-old Dana Payne. The pair received a permit to demonstrate in a small public area at the intersection of Chester Street and

North Royal Avenue across the street from the local Wells Fargo Bank where two Civil War markers stand. Bailey and four others picked up their Occupy protests the second week of December at the intersection of Main Street and Royal Avenue. The move was made with a new permit good through the end of January, Bailey said. After some chanting on Dec. 14 led to complaints from the nearby Sonabank, Bailey and his cohorts took up position on the Warren County Courthouse side of the intersection. One new local Occupy protester on Dec. 14 was Ruth Chiches-

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Occupy

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is currently about $18 billion). Just twenty percent of these 400 or so richest Americans own more than 80 percent of this country’s wealth according to the Economic Policy Institute. If you want to know if you are in the top one percent of the very rich based on income (009 IRS data), you would have had to pay taxes on an adjusted gross income of $343,97 or above. Participants occupying Zuccotti Park repeatedly voiced concerns about the growing concentration of income and wealth in a few hands, money in politics and excessive Wall Street/banking influence, increasingly without accountability. They discussed with visitors the cost of this inequality on tax policies, education, investments, politics, ecology and spiritual values. Zuccotti Park, although dedicated to public use, is not owned by the state or city. Therefore, during the early days of the occupation the private-sector owners of the Park distributed mildly threatening literature asking everyone to leave. However, since there were no “leaders”, under their vow of “peaceable assembly” everyone chose to make origami art (birds) out of the leaflets and fly them around the park – no occupiers left. At one point I passed a small

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“We just want to return our lives to what it once meant to be American: equality in every sense of the word; elected representation that gives a voice to every American…and an honest assessment of how to fairly regulate the economic systems that we all…depend on.” - occupier Donald Bush
one Letter-To-The-Editor, an attorney living near the Park discounted this local criticism of the occupants. He claimed the 4-hour noise from building the new World Trade Center (twin tower area) a few blocks away far exceeded the drums and banter from the Park. He also said the three port-a-potty toilets newly placed in a local alley were also needed for the increasing number of visitors to the twin tower redevelopment – and, therefore, the cost should not be blamed on the Park occupants. RIP Zuccotti Park – I believe from my one visit that this Park may have stimulated the greatest social justice movement since the civil rights era. These first voices have already inspired nonviolent meetings of homeowners, students, farmers, teachers, retirees and small-business owners and children, including from Virginia locations like Staunton and Harrisonburg. Donald Bush, a Staunton resident expressed it best: “We just want to return our lives to what it once meant to be American: equality in every sense of the word; elected representation that gives a voice to every American, regardless how much money we can contribute; and an honest assessment of how to fairly regulate the economic systems that we all – not just the big corporations and financial service industry, but every small business, every family and every individual – depend on.”

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table with two young men – one handed me his cell phone and asked me which senator or member of Congress I wanted to call? No questions asked. They were happy to discuss their “General Assembly,” a consensus based transparent governing system. In order to make decisions - even on purchasing a coffee pot - you can vote 1/ to support, / it doesn’t really matter to me, or 3/ no. If there aren’t any negative votes, the issue passes. This three-way system seemed to work for them and I thought item / particularly useful and creative. Meetings were held in a nearby tent that posted a daily schedule. Zuccotti Park saved space for an extensive library, with on-duty librarians, of about 5,000 books and documents. This resource material was listed on their website and provided an opportunity to research the data the Park voices presented. I did not know that the year before my birth, 198, was the last year the U.S. has experienced a similarly extreme income discrepancy. Nearly 80 years later the Congressional Budget Office reported that the after-tax income of the most affluent fifth of our population exceeded the total income of the other four-fifths.

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However the judge noted the plaintiffs’ contention the town was aware of traditional recreational uses in that section of the Shenandoah River near the dam and therefore was liable under statute for consequences of the dam on those uses.

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ous degrees of negligence and a disregard for public safety due to a failure to demolish what the plaintiffs call a “public nuisance” in a timely manner. While the town posted “Danger

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On Nov. 8th Circuit Court Judge Dennis L. Hupp rejected arguments by the Town of Front Royal that all four counts in an $8-million lawsuit alleging negligence by town officials in the June 010 drowning death of a 9year-old West Virginia boy at the now-demolished Riverton Dam be dismissed. In his two page opinion on arguments heard on Nov. 14, Hupp ruled that the case proceed on three of four counts. The parents

of Ryan Warner, who was visiting the dam area with two cousins and his grandfather on June 9, 010, filed the suit. The parents were not present at the time their son drowned. Jason Warner and Joanna Welch accuse the town of negligence in failing to have the dam removed in a timely manner. Hupp dismissed Count , ruling that despite being statutory owner of the dam, the town did not have a duty to post warning signs detailing the dam’s condition. The case will proceed on the other counts alleging vari-

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Department of Game & Inland Fisheries Regional Fisheries Manager Larry Mohn called the dam ‘a high-hazard’ structure that … had contributed to a number of fatalities …

town to any purpose since 1930. Hupp cited similarities to the case of Volpe v. City of Lexington but cited one difference – Lexington’s operation of a public park along the Maury River near the dam in question in that case. The judge also noted the plaintiffs’ contention the town was aware of traditional recreational uses in that section of the Shenandoah River near the dam and therefore was liable under statute for consequences of the dam on those uses.
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the dam with $13,000 of available state and federal grant money. Town staff and council began hearing local and state opinions on the advisability the dam be removed, in late 009 with additional work session presentations in February 010. The town finally acquiesced to proceed with receipt of the grant money for the dam’s removal on March , 010 after receiving cost estimates of $500,000 to a million dollars on its repair, which would have been mandated at the town’s expense by the state had the town elected to refuse the state and federal grants

to remove it. The town took bids and hired a private contractor to remove the dam. That removal work began on Oct. 5, 010, and was completed four days later. At issue for the town in its motion to dismiss the Warner suit was whether the dam and its impact on the safety of the river around it could be categorized as a normal river hazard function and whether the town has any liability for accidents occurring at the long-unused town-owned dam. At issue for Warner’s parents appears to be whether the town

council’s initial months of flipflopping on a decision to access grant money to remove the dam cost their son his life. Former Town Attorney Tom Robinett, with Virginia Municipal League legal assistance, argued that “Rivers in the Commonwealth of Virginia present an open and obvious danger and create no special duties upon the landowner to safeguard those who enter them.” In issuing his decision to move the case forward on a majority

of counts Hupp noted the town sought precedent on an earlier opinion that “natural, open and obvious dangers” that threaten any person in any body of water applied to the Warner case. However Hupp stated that the whirlpool effect authorities determined sucked the 9-year-old to the base of the dam when he fell off river rocks did not necessarily qualify as such an obvious danger. That whirlpool effect was caused by cracks in the dam, which had not been used by the

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Prior to the two 010 fatalities, the last fatality at the Riverton Dam was in 00 when Thomas Walker died while fishing with his two sons, aged 17 and 9, near the dam. As we wrote at the time, “If Grand was a hero for his service to his country; Walker died a hero credited for saving his sons’ lives by getting them out of the boat and away from the deadly whirlpool before being swamped himself. Unfortunately the most recent victim, 9-year-old Ryan Warner, will never have the opportunity to find his life’s direction and the heroism that might have lived within his own heart.” At issue now is whether the town is legally culpable in the final death at the dam due to delays in the decision to remove it.

Some town politicians believed the dam was repairable despite 70 years of non use and deterioration

The dam was a popular recreational, fishing and kayaking destination

of the dam. His department also disputed the potential future use of a dammed North Fork as a viable water source for the town.” … illusions & nostalgia Three months later council voted 5-1 to keep the dam removal

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Sayre made the motion to approve acceptance of the funding. ‘A drowning machine’ Ryan Warner’s death followed closely the April 7, 010, drowning of 51-year-old Mark D. Grand at the dam. While Warner drowned after being pinned by the force of water at the dam’s base on its upstream side, Grand drowned after his kayak capsized on the downriver side of the dam. Grand had survived four tours of duty in the Iraq War before losing his life to the swirling waters around the Riverton Dam. County Emergency Services Officer Raymond Cross called the dam “a drowning machine” after his department was involved in two drowning recovery operations within three months there.

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The Warren County Democratic Committee Reorganization Caucus was held at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal, VA at 10:30 a.m. on December 10, 011 and was immediately followed by the Warren County Democratic Committee Business Meeting at 11:00 a.m. Nineteen members were elected to the WCDC for the 01-014 term at the Reorganization Caucus. The following slate of officers were proposed at the Business Meeting and elected unanimously by the members to serve during the 01-014 term: Molly Snyder - Chair Kathryn Milton - Vice-Chair Waller (Peter) Wilson - Treasurer Linda Allen - Secretary For more information, visit www.warrencodems.org or call 540-6354860 About the Warren County Democratic Committee: We support responsible government on the local, state and federal levels. We stand for fiscal responsibility, strong national security, adequate transportation infrastructure, good jobs, excellence in education, protection of our environment and natural resources, good healthcare, retirement and economic opportunity for all.

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Read all issues in their entirety FREE on www.WarrenCountyReport.com What remains to be seen is however they fill the vacant tourism director’s position, what level of commitment beyond management salaries is the town council willing to make to assure that Front Royal is an attractive place to visit and spend tourism dollars in.

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Town goes round on tourism department vacancy
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maximum discretion in recommending how council ultimately fill the tourism-related job or jobs. However Parker suggested both the coordinator and marketing positions be advertised as fulltime, grade-level 18 positions. Discussion indicated council has no intention of hiring two fulltime positions in tourism. But Parker explained he felt advertising for full-time employees would attract better-qualified applicants without committing council to actually hiring two full-time positions. As one vote on a second amended motion approached, an exasperated Tom Sayre asked, “What are we voting on?” Sayre also said he felt council should advertise the positions as they planned to hire them. With the conversation going in circles, Sayre suggested another work session. However after several councilmen and Burke pointed to some urgency in replacing Keck, Sayre joined a unanimous vote against tabling the matter for further discussion. As that evening’s discussion of respective duties of managing the tourism department, the Visitor’s Center and its part paid, part volunteer workforce progressed it was apparent the council and staff consensus was that the marketing aspect of the job was either more important than managing personnel and overseeing direct contact with tourists, local business and government representatives, or that an overall realigning of duties was envisioned. Finally Parker’s motion, seconded by Conkey, to advertise both positions as grade-18, fulltime jobs was approved by a 4- vote, Sayre and Tharpe dissenting. What remains to be seen is however they fill the vacant tourism director’s position, what level of commitment beyond management salaries is the town council willing to make to assure that Front Royal is an attractive place to visit and spend tourism dollars in. Sign ordinance changes Council also approved the first reading of changes and elaboration on what types of signs may be displayed by town businesses with and without a permit. The issue exploded over the past year after a rash of letters from the planning and code enforcement department went out threatening fines over “Open” flag signs in East Main Street’s Historic Downtown Business District. In sending a review of the codes to the planning department for modification, council indicated it did not want to be a deterrent to in-town business and those businesses’ ability to attract tourism dollars. And despite some introductory language heavy on the “regulatory” it appears some compromise has been made. Listed among “Exempt” signs not requiring permits are some flag signs other than American and religious flags as previously exempted, are “Traditional Flag Signs up to 15 square feet that can say “Open” or “Open for Business”. However Royal Oak Computers owner Craig Laird, who was at the point of downtown complaints about the existing ordinance and the town’s heavy-handed enforcement tactic, wondered if some of the non-traditional flag restrictions weren’t still too restrictive. He thanked planning staff for their work to ease the standard but asked council to further review the proposed changes to make sure they solved all downtown merchants issues, rather than simply reworded most restrictions.
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Town Manager Steve Burke, left, and Councilman Shae Parker during discussion of advertising another vacant town department head position. The Visitor’s Center Director is the sixth town department head to leave since September 2010.

By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Challenged by a 5-minute rambling, Dec. 9 Warren County Board of Supervisors discussion on whether to vote on a fire marshal position on Dec. 0, the Front Royal Town Council threw down on Dec. 1 to reclaim its collective crown as local masters of circular logic and wasted time and space. Unfortunately by the clock they got only a draw by spending a matching 5 minutes of unrecoverable time discussing and voting on a series of motions and amended motions on how to advertise the now-vacant Director of Tourism position, or whether to vote at all pending – you guessed it – more discussion at a subsequent work session. At issue at the Dec. 1 council meeting was how to advertise to fill the tourism director’s position vacated by Jennifer Keck on Dec. . Keck told this reporter several months ago that she was suggesting a new part-time marketing position focused on website development and other marketing initiatives due to time constraints that portion of her job occasionally presented to her. With Keck now gone council began debating how to fill and advertise the position at a Dec.

5th work session. Despite an apparent work session consensus to advertise the Visitor’s Center management position as full time and the marketing position as part time, Shae Parker and Tom Conkey led a revisiting of how those positions should be filled and advertised prior to a vote. As presented on Dec. 1, the tourism manager’s position – or Visitor’s Center Coordinator – was to be reclassified and advertised as a full-time, grade-18 position and the marketing coordinator advertised at a parttime, grade 14 level. The initial town online ad to replace Keck’s Visitor’s Center Coordinator duties as a full-time position cited a salary between $8,000 and $45,000. Asked to explain what had been done thus far to fill the vacancy, town Humane Resources Director Julie Bush noted that the town was advertising the Visitor’s Center Coordinator at a grade scale of 14 – “It has been quite a response,” she told council. Bush suggested continuing to advertise as already begun and then make a decision on how to fill the position or positions based on the skills of the applicant pool. Town Manager Steve Burke would be conducting initial interviews and it appeared a council majority wanted Burke to have

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Councilman Shae Parker seemed to agree. He said he thought the town had dropped the ball on the flag sign issue – “There are still some problems, it is better but …” Parker said of ongoing restrictions and permit regulations on “Sale” signs, among others. He said he hoped those issues could be resolved prior to the final, second reading vote. PNDs redfined Also on Dec. 1, council approved a second and final reading of an amendment to the zoning codes allowing more residential and commercial development in Planned Neighborhood Development (PND) Districts. According to a staff summary, the primary changes would allow “Neighborhood-oriented commercial uses up to 15,000 square feet of floor area, instead of only 4,000 square feet” and “multiplex is redefined so that up to 30 dwelling units may be permitted per building, instead of only 4.” PNDs and Urban Development Areas have been suggested by both environmentalists and the state as means of focusing development around existing development and utilities, as well as preserving surrounding natural settings. The vote was 5-1, with only Sayre dissenting as he had in the first reading on Nov. 8. Sayre reiterated his concern the changes allowed too much development within town limits. Town PND codes were first adopted in April 005.

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Town, business owners revisit promotional, code issues
Main building odd man out (with late backup by Mayor Darr) belaboring at the hands of riled-up downtown merchants after a year of battling the town over promotional signage and tourism advertising and coordination. This time Burke had meeting-long support from Darr, Town Attorney Doug Napier, Finance Director Kim Gilkey-Breeden and Planning Director Jeremy Camp for only a 5-6 deficit of town-to-biz people. Those present included Herb Malreath of the Daily Grind, Royal Cinemas Rick Novak, Royal Oak Computers Craig Laird, Vino e Formaggio’s Patricia Failmezger, Farmer’s Market and Tony T’s Apple Farm’s Tony Tringale, Linda Allen and two Chamber of Commerce reps, Nikki Foster and Janet Michaels. While there was discussion of repursuing the Main Street Program designation, the fact that only three communities are selected every three years, next designations in 013, put that idea on hold. There appeared to be a consensus among those business people present that spending several thousand dollars on additional promotional or directional signs on or around Main Street was a waste of money. Patricia Failmezger reiterated her October contention spending money on another “vision” or “sign design” study was also a waste of time and money. But movie theater, bowling alley owner and former EDA rep Novak may have been most pointed in comments citing a disconnect between municipal governments and businesses in Warren County and Front Royal. Citing permitting and zoning code issues, as well as the past brouhaha over “Open” and other commercial flag signage on East Main Street, Novak said, “I’m somewhat encouraged that we are having this discussion but there still seems to be

an adversarial attitude – what you can’t do, what the code is … Well, sh*t-can the code. We are the code. You are the code. The code is for our benefit,” Novak told town officials. Noting both the down national economy and that commercial competition from the 5 North Corridor in the county have direct impacts on town business strategies, it was suggested that a county representative be invited to the next meeting to broaden the scope of the discussion.

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And while attendance was down to about six business people at the meeting at Samuels Public Library, from an initial turnout of 5 at an East Main Street location, the themes were largely the same – how to most efficiently and costeffectively promote Front Royal business and tourism. In fact as far as numbers, it was pretty much a stand off compared to Town Manager Steve Burke’s initial Middle of

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most of the federal government is facing a projected loss of 9 percent of its funding due to the failure of the so-called “Super Committee” to come to terms for a less Draconian set of federal budget reductions. Deer management Battling a seasonal cold, Front Royal Police Lt. Clint Keller said the town police department has been working with state authorities to ensure that a deer management plan will meet all state requirements. Keller indicated that the town will use the Suburban Whitetail Management Program and has worked to certify 0 bow hunters to cull the deer herd in troublesome spots. Keller also said the Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will meet in January and he expects the town to receive a permit to proceed with the program. Keller says the town will use the additional time to certify more bow hunters to qualify and hopes to have approval to begin the culling program in late February or March. The police department plans to work with a local meat processor to use the venison from the program to feed local needy families as has been done in other areas. Regulation of Social Media Burke said some people have posted off-color and politically-

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By Dan McDermott Warren County Report Front Royal Town Council tackled issues ranging from the management of deer, wastewater and risqué posts on its Facebook page to the wildly flapping banners on John Marshall Highway at a work session Monday, Dec. 19. Town Manager Steve Burke began a series of presentations by noting that the town has been awarded grant money which will allow for some advertising on the Washington D.C/Northern Virginia Metro Rail and limited advertising on a D.C. area bus. When we say limited we mean one sign on one bus for one week. Still, every little bit helps. And it isn’t on the town’s dime. Burke also said the town is de-

veloping a plan for an April 1st event to coordinate with Earth Day and will bring in a band for an event. The town has received a grant to help pay for it and hopes it will be a tourist draw. Concerned about the likelihood of a loss of some funding for national parks as the partisan political budget impasse continues in Washington, Burke asked the council to pass a resolution to be sent to federal and state elected officials calling for continued funding at present levels for national parks. With an eye toward preserving the huge tourism draw that is Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, council quickly agreed to add the item to its consent agenda for the next regular meeting. The national park system, like

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charged or personally offensive messages on the town’s Facebook page. A proposed new ordinance will stipulate that the town staff has the right to remove any post from any of the town’s official social media sites at the direction of the Town Manager. Specifically, the ordinance would justify for deletion any comments, photos or videos associated with unlawful activity, vulgar language, contain personal attacks on staff, council or the public or which contain political endorsements or commercial solicitations. The town’s Facebook page currently has almost 1,000 ‘Likes’ and its Twitter account has over 150 followers. Front Royal, Va. ©TM (Used with permission.) Councilman Parker asked if the town could have tighter control over the use of the name of the town, pointing specifically to the use of the term Battle of Front Royal in Luray to draw tourists to Page County. “What if someone wanted to put a bogus Town of Front Royal website up?” he asked. Town Attorney Douglas Napier said he would have to do some research. Councilman Tom Sayre said his experience as an attorney showed that if a name were commonly used it would prove difficult to trademark. Wastewater treatment expansion John Revette with Bowie, Md. wastewater consultants GHD began a presentation to council about a planned upgrade to the town’s plant to modernize and increase capacity from 4 to 5.3 million gallons per day. Front Royal has two alternatives from which to choose. The first is a commonly used approach called MLE and Dentrification filter. That method is slightly less expensive to maintain but the second, called BioMag, is newer technology that requires fewer tanks and thus is less expensive to construct but has slightly higher maintenance costs. It is also a much simpler system to operate and takes up less space, potentially allowing for easier expansion in decades to come. Revette noted that the BioMag option would require state approval since it has yet to be used in the Commonwealth. It is a system developed in Massachusetts and currently in use in Berkeley Springs, West Va. and other locations, including Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The biggest drawback of the BioMag approach is that since the Va. Department of Environmental Quality has not yet approved the process in the state and may require a pilot test to be conducted using one of the plant’s four tanks. Town Manager Burke indicated he got hints from the state that there was slightly better than “not a chance” a pilot study would not be mandated. Burke says he and staff felt the BioMag option was the best, despite initial costs due to longterm savings as reported at a previous work session. Council indicated it would support staff ’s recommendation. Paving Burke said the town is focusing curb and gutter improvements on 17th and 18th Streets and Royal Ave. Mayor Tim Darr asked if there were less aggressive options other than traditional curb and gutter so as to minimize problems of excessive runoff. Burke said he would study the matter. Councilman Hollis Tharpe said council had looked into that option in the past but didn’t pursue it due to concerns it would impact the amount of available neighborhood parking. Gazebo parking lot modifications Burke said the parking lot at the gazebo tends to attract crowds into the evening and evidence of their presence is often found the next day in the form of litter and possible damage to the picturesque caboose. Burke is proposing limiting parking after 10 p.m. through the usage of signage that would restrict parking on spaces that would be painted with green stripes and suggested that police officers could cover the “no parking” signs in the event of authorized use. Councilman Parker asked if neighbors could obtain a permit to allow them to use the gazebo parking area as overflow if needed. Burke said he felt neighbors weren’t really using that specific lot. Police Chief Furr indicated that he also didn’t see local residents using the area for parking and that it was mainly used by transient revelers. Ordinance for town banner pole use Town staff are proposing that council codify regulations regarding the use of the town’s two banner pole locations on Royal Ave. and John Marshall Highway. Local groups use banners to promote events such as the Wine & Craft Festival and the Festival of the Leaves. The rules give priority to those two large popular events specifically and generally to events which have been held at least five years. Councilman Shae Parker asked if fast growing trees could be planted at the John Marshall Highway location to thwart the seemingly hurricane-like high winds that often cause the banners there to flap wildly on windy

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Walt Moyer provides Front Royal with unique claim for famed and historic Rolls-Royce cars
and by no means should this high-end operation be mistaken for a junk yard. In short, for anyone in the Valley with a desire to tool around in a Rolls, there’s an “affordable” one for you at Moyer Motor Cars, Inc. The interesting thing about this is that several have been previously owned by the likes of Winston Churchill, Sen. John Warner, boxer Mike Tyson, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cook. and a British post-war Page 1 couple, socialites Lord and Lady Docker. Said one visitor from Derby, England, where Rolls-Royce cars were manufactured starting in 1907: “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first noticed the lines of Rolls in, of all places, Front Royal. I was told, and have no reason to disbelieve, that Moyer Motorcars is the biggest RR service agency on the eastern side of the USA, specializing in everything from routine service to complete restoration.” Rolls-Royce aero engine division continues to flourish in Derby, England, but BMW now builds modern-day Rolls-Royces and VW builds the current Rolls-Bentley.

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By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report For a kid who was taking apart automobile engines at the age of 6, it’s not difficult to imagine what this Warren County High School graduate (class of ‘81) was going to become when he “grew up.” But Walt Moyer, 49, wanted to be something more than “just an auto mechanic” and that he did. He didn’t know precisely what until, as a 1-year-old, he met his first Rolls-Royce motor car. Subsequently, he took a training course offered by Rolls-Royce in New Jersey and that’s how Front Royal came to be the Rolls-Royce Capital of the East Coast and Walt the go-to guy for anyone wanting to own arguably the best known automobile in the world “the Rolls”- at an affordable cost.

Relatively speaking, many locals don’t even know - or, if they do, haven’t thought too much about - Moyer Motorcars, Inc., virtually hidden from public view beneath the North Fork bridge over the Shenandoah river. Turn right on West Duck Street, then immediate right again, and you’re in what a visitor recently mistook as a Rolls-Royce junk yard and said as much in a national magazine article. A decade ago, shortly after Walt Moyer moved his fledgling RR enterprise from a backyard shop to a Fourth Street barn, you couldn’t miss his new business. He’d hoisted an airplane and a Rolls-Royce car on to the roof of his new quarters, and for a couple of years that was the first thing you saw when you drove into town from the north. Then the Town made him take the

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plane and the car off the roof. Today, the airplane is the first thing you see on entering Front Royal’s airport. Moyer donated it to the airport authority. We didn’t ask about the car. Moyer, born in D.C. and living in Northern Virginia for part of his childhood, moved to Warren County with his parents at a young age. His flirtation with the exclusive British cars really began after he’d labored awhile in a California gold mine then re-

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TRIANGLE, Va. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is teaming up with NFL teams for their annual Touchdown for Tots campaign. NFL clubs, players and fans from coast to coast will work together to collect toys for Toys for Tots to deliver to less fortunate children in their community this holiday season. With 16 million children living in poverty in the United States, the need for Toys for Tots is greater than ever. NFL fans can get involved by going online at www.toysfortots.org/ touchdown now through December 4th to sponsor a toy for a child in their community. “Giving back is important to the NFL family as we work to improve our communities,” said Anna Isaacson, NFL Director of Community Affairs. “We are pleased that many NFL teams will work with Toys for Tots to brighten the holiday season for local children.” “In 010, Toys for Tots distributed toys to more than 7. million children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season,” said General Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), president and chief executive officer of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “With the generous support of these NFL teams and their fans, the Marine Toys for Tots Program will be able to provide these children hope, recognition and a positive memory they will cherish for a lifetime.” From coast to coast, you can find NFL players giving back to their local communities by shopping for less fortunate children at their local Toys”R”Us stores. · November 9th in Cincinnati, Leon Hall, Brandon Ghee and Cedric Benson* December 6th in Atlanta, Stephen Nicholas, William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, Dominique Frank, and Ray Edwards* December 6th in Detroit, Brandon Pettigrew, Maurice Morris, Tony Schefler and Eric Wright* December 13th in Charlotte, NC Jerome Felton, Charles Godfrey, and Sione Fua Toys for Tots Media Contact Misti Dragano,10-63531mdragano@1stdegree.com (About The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program: The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not for profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 65th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday season. In 2010, Marines distributed toys to more than 7.2-million children who might not have otherwise experienced the magic of the Christmas holiday season. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation relies on individual donations from the American public as well as support from corporate sponsors. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.)

It’s here, it’s here, my season, my season Bright lights, smiling faces, light up my world Others think I’ve lost it and know not my reason This month of the year mankind amazes itself Caring, giving, worrying about others This month of the year we are all brothers So be of good cheer and enjoy it all As you may not be here next year So be happy, laugh and have a ball Trees and garland and bright lights are pleasing So enjoy them to the fullest Oh yes, oh yes, it’s here, it’s here My season of the year - S.M. Cooke
the top five or close enough in every statistical category worth categorizing statistically for a quarterback. Also, as does Brees, Brady and the aforementioned guy who took over for Favre, he has Super Bowl bling. Check it. Now this next part of the story has nothing to do with statistics, so consider it to be anecdotal. But it’s safe to say that New York Giants fans like to see a strong running game and crush-your-head defense. I know this because that’s what everyone was saying at the sports bar I was stranded in during that fluke snowstorm last September (or was it October?). From the onset you could see that Manning was throwing absolute darts. A lot of the interceptions — again, anecdotally, but Giants head coach Tom Coughlin agrees — resulted from blown routes or drops from the intended receivers. But imagine, if you will, Broncos fan, a quarterback who is great in the first quarter AND the fourth quarter. It makes it very interesting for the people watching the game, I can tell you that. Take your Tebows and that guy who replaced what’s his name with the Wranglers all you like — in the fourth quarter with the game on the line, Eli Manning has proven himself to be a great quarterback. One might even say “elite.” And I kid Aaron Rodgers. He’s not only “elite,” he’s the league’s MVP. That fact, however, doesn’t make Eli Manning any less “elite” or most valuable at all. Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City.

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• On Jan. 5, 1643, in the at least in my Without a doubt — first record of amind — the dumbest argument that legal divorce in the American colonies, Anne Clarke of the to the players can be had in regards Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a divorce is of the National Football League from her absent and adulterous “elite.” whether or not somebody is husband,Which is, of course, a code word Denis Clarke, by the Quarter Court ofhating on Eli Manning, quarfor Boston. terback of the New York Giants, • On Jan. 7, 1785, Frenchman Jeanbrother of Peyton, son of Archibald. Pierre Blanchard and American John For I have never once been asked Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to if I thought, in gas balloon, makCalais, France, fora instance, that Brian Urlacher was an elite linebacker or ing Darelle Revis wasofan elite cornerthe first crossing the English Channel by you After to ask that quesback. If air. need almost crashing,tion,two men were forced to throw the well then the logic apparently nearly everything out of youballoon to says “no,” right? If the have to ask, lighten the ship. then there must be doubt. That 4, 1847, Samuel flawed, • On Jan.logic is not only Colt res-it’s flat out stupid. cues the future of his faltering gun Yeah, winning contract case that company by you can amake a to prohe is sub-par in that with stupider vide the U.S. government even 1,000 cookie commercial with Peyton. of his .44 caliber revolvers. Though And yes, we probably have a good never cheap, by the early 1850s, Colt idea were inexpensive enough to revolversthat he couldn’t host “Saturday Night Live” like his headed be a favorite with Americansbrother did (which was, westward during by the way, absolutely the California Gold hilarious ... the skit about the kids Rush. trying to catch his passes was an • On Jan classic). Crazy Horse and instant 8, 1877, his warriors — Who are you comparing So what? outnumbered, low on Eli Manning forced to use outammunition and to? His brother? Drew Brees? Tom fight their final losdated weapons —Brady? That guy who ing took over for the U.S. CavalryGreen battle against Brett Favre in in Bay? Montana. On May 6, Crazy Horse led As I write this, Indians to the approximately 1,100 Eli Manning is in Red Cloud reservation near Nebraska’s Fort Robinson and surrendered. • On Jan. 6, 1925, in Madison Square

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Meet one area Marine about to spend Christmas in Afghanistan
strained relations between the United States and Afghanistan’s neighbor Pakistan. Frederick County Report: What prompted you to enlist in the Marine Corps? Cpl. Matthew Miller: Well my mom’s side of the family had a collective 97 years of service in the Navy and they really wanted me to go that route and complete the 100 years but from all the challenges I had heard about the Marine Corps I was drawn in that direction. FCR: I know you are a mechanic. What exactly do you do there? MM: Right now we work on generators to supply power. We assist all the other squadrons with aircraft to keep them flying. We also work on air conditioning units in the shelters the other marines work out of . They have to keep certain equipment within certain temperature ranges. FCR: When did you join and when did you get overseas? MM: I took the summer after high school to have some fun before I went to boot camp. I was in the delayed entry program. From boot camp I went to school down in Pensacola, FL for about 7 months then I was in Cherry Point, NC for about two months and finally to my station which is Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, NC. Late last year I went to Pakistan for three months on a humanitarian mission and now I am in Afghanistan. FCR: How do you celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas when you are on a base in Afghanistan?

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By Dan McDermott & Roger Bianchini Warren County Report After a public hearing on Dec. 0 the Warren County Board of Supervisors voted 3- to add a fire marshal position to the county fire & rescue/emergency services department. Glenn White, who seemed to be the driving force in revisiting addition of the position recommended by a consultant study commissioned by the county about a year ago, provided the swing vote. White voted with Tony Carter and Richard Traczyk to approve the fire marshal position. In January 010 White voted with Chairman Archie Fox and Linda Glavis in a 3- vote not to add the position. On Dec. 6, White explained he wanted to revisit adding the position before he left office at the turn of the year due to additional input from a North River constituent with lung problems. One of the enforcement duties of a fire marshal in maintaining fire safety standards is seeing that open burning regulations regarding wind blowing open burns toward residential and other occupied areas are observed. Fire Chief Richard Mabie again indicated the department will appoint from within and that costs of adding the position will be minimal. Mabie said he had tried to reach out to opposition and addressed inquiries and objections. Lt. Gerry Maiatico, who may be in line for the position, told the board the fire department has found that local resistance, much of it from the local building community, is based on fear of a clampdown on open burning. Maiatico said he met with local builders to try and ease their minds on the impact on them of a county fire marshal. He said he assured builders the state fire prevention code does not impact residential buildings and is state law, regardless of the existence of a fire marshal locally. Mabie presented a four-point plan on implementation of the position: 1. would serve at no cost increase to the existing budget year; . uniforms and equipment would be provided from the existing budget; 3. a vehicle planned for retirement would be re-appropriated for the new fire marshal; 4. in the 01-013 budget the cost would be $33,873 plus benefits of $1,000-$13,000. Fire officials also said they believe the position can be cost effective by reducing fire response costs through education and enforcement as a preventative, proactive aspect of the department. Maiatico said estimates are that $17,000 could be saved annually by reducing preventable fires using an estimate of $50 per responder to fires.

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Ask Stewart
Dear Stewart, It seems like you are busier than any of us humans lately. How are you getting ready for Christmas and winter? Signed, Mike in Front Royal Dear Mike, Thank you for asking. You know, my really, really busy time is fall, going into winter, when I am eating like a piggy and burying nuts for later. And--I might as well admit it--I binge at your bird feeders with those excellent servings of seeds and corn. By Christmastime, my tummy can barely fit into my fur coat. Tree squirrels like me and my family do not hibernate but, like the trees we live in, we slow down to conserve energy. We share our big oak leaf-lined nests with our families and snuggle with them to keep

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warm. Our big furry tails make an effective blanket. This winter my cousin, Skippy, is sharing our nest. We all look out for Skippy because he is visually impaired, almost blind. So, you know what--since giving is in the spirit of Christmas, my gift is to teach him how to identify a few trees without seeing them! Trees can be identified in different ways, some of them available to the blind. You can feel the leaves, needles, twigs, buds, and bark. They will vary from species to species. Some trees have special odors, especially if you scratch them. If I tell him what trees we’re near when the wind blows, his super sensitive hearing will even pick up the difference in sounds the wind makes when it blows through different types of trees. And--get this--he will hear some kinds of birds in one kind of tree and not in others. I will start small, so he doesn’t get overwhelmed. We will leave the broadleaved trees until spring when they leaf out and focus on three trees that are prominently decorated now for Christmas or stand out in the dormant landscape--firs, spruces, and pines. If the needles are flat and grow singly, the tree is a fir. If the needles are rounded and grow singly, it is a spruce. And if the needles grow in groups directly from the twig, the tree is a pine. Pine species can be told apart by counting the number of needles. It will take practice but once he gets it, he’ll be ahead of most humans who cannot tell the difference between these three trees. It will give him confidence to go on and discover many more of the wondrous variations in nature. So Mike, perhaps you too could give the gift of knowledge for Christmas? Happy Christmas and Happy All-TheHolidays you celebrate! Stewart

Ask 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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