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Project Lead the Way team takes 2nd in state design competition
lem solving, division of labor, and time management, while learning to avoid single point failures. Try 3D modeling, design, and testing on for size. In addition, the team had to give an oral presentation and submitted a 70 page technical paper outlining their methodology, decision making process, and their calculations. Plus, they learned a deep love of pizza in the process. Faculty advisor Tom Breed and Melody Sheppard, the Blue Technology Center Director, noted that the young men were self motivated and the three that are graduating are going on to college in aerospace engineering and computer science. Art Spero, Mike South, and this writer acted as mentors from Project Lead the Way representing industry and engineering. Dr. Bob Kolvoord, Dean of Engineering at James Madison University, stated that this program has definitely given them a leg up in preparing for college and their future careers. Our collective hat is off to the Warren County School System and to these fine young men and we wish them continued success in the future. If you would like to learn more about the Center and the public school system’s programs contact Melody at (540) 635-713.

From left to right, Project Lead the Way engineering team members Dale Meek, Kenneth Richards, Michael Merchant, Eric McAchren, Tom Breed (faculty advisor), Nathan Christman and Kyle Brewster.

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By Ken Thurman Warren County Report Six Project Lead the Way engineering students accepted the Real World Design Challenge, an annual competition for grades 9-1 to address challenges that face our nation’s industries today. Over 40 Virginia High Schools entered but only 0 were able to complete the challenge. This was the first time Warren County’s engineering students

have competed in the challenge and they came away with a second place finish. This year’s challenge involved designing an efficient, low carbon emission and environmentally friendly personal light sport aircraft that could accommodate two people and fly 00 miles in less than two hours. According to Eric McAchren, their project manager, they learned how to practically apply the math,

physics, and computer skills they learned in school and how to push themselves to new levels. They worked on the project after school for five months averaging 4-7 hours a day while completing a full course load. The students and faculty advisor Tom Breed worked many late evenings and countless hours from October through January to get the challenge completed. The final document ended up being 70 pages. The six students who participated and their roles in the project are: • Eric McAchren – 1th

grade – Project Manager • Michael Merchant – 1th grade- 3D Model Integration • Kenneth Richards – 1th grade – Mathematician • Kyle Brewster – 11th grade – Design Integrator • Nathan Christman – 11th grade – Physicist, Wing Design Analysis • Dale Meeks – 11th grade – 3D Modeler, Wing Design According to the team, they gained a deep appreciation of the teamwork, flexibility, adaptability, prob-

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Ressie Jeffries principal leaves job unexpectedly
mick assumed the role of interim principal. He will be assisted by central office staff, including Rudacille due to her familiarity with the school, as necessary. Funk’s departure came the day following a school board meeting that concluded with a Closed Session to discuss two separate “Personnel Issues”.

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The Town of Front Royal would like to announce that payments for Town of Front Royal utility bills can now be made online at www.frontroyalva.com Simply hit the “Pay Utilities” button on the right side of the screen. User will need to activate their online account. Users will need to have their account number, address, and name of the account holder. Information can be obtained from your most recent utility bill. Once their online account has been activated, our customers will be able to: • Pay utility bills online • Check utility account balance • Review account history • Review consumption history Online payment will require a valid credit card. A convenience fee of .35% plus $0.5 transaction fee will be added to each credit card transaction. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Town of Front Royal Department of Finance at (540) 635-7799.
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On March 15 the Ressie website did not yet reflect the March 9 change at the top of the school’s administration. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report Less than two years after replacing Lisa Rudacille as principal of Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, Antoinette Funk left her position midmorning, on Friday, March 9. Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Pamela McInnis said that Funk left for “personal reasons” and was still considered an employee of the school system through the June 30 end of the school year. As a personnel matter, school officials are limited in their legal ability to provide detail on such matters. Funk did not respond to a call offering her an opportunity to elaborate on the reason for her sudden departure. Funk served as assistant principal at Ressie for six years prior to succeeding Rudacille, who left the school to become director of professional development in the WCPS central office. Assistant Principal Mike McCor-

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In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Jack Evans Chevrolet is supporting Front Royal Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the Spring 01 youth baseball season. Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Jack Evans Chevrolet is sponsoring Front Royal Little League as a part of Chevrolet’s nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time. Over the course of the season, Jack Evans Chevrolet will donate equipment to the league which may include: equipment bags, baseballs, softballs, catcher’s gear, batting helmets, ball buckets, umpire’s equipment, coach’s kits, break away bases, bat racks and first aid kits. In addition, each sponsored league will take part in the “Chevy Youth Baseball Double Play Giveaway” which is a fundraiser that can earn each league $10,000! The “Chevy Youth Baseball Double Play Giveaway” features a Grand Prize of the All-New 013 Chevrolet Malibu, along with other great prizes such as HD Televisions, courtesy of the local Chevrolet dealership. Also, thanks to Jack Evans Chevrolet and other participating area Chevrolet dealers, youth baseball participants will have a chance to attend a youth clinic with a local professional baseball team. “We are looking forward to a great season with Front Royal Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations” Glenn Murphy, of Jack Evans Chevrolet, said. “Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth and families in our community.” The 01 program will provide assistance to an impressive 364 leagues in the Northeastern region and Chevrolet dealers will contribute over $600,000 in monetary and equipment donations. (From a release)

Fairground Road party leads to brawl, charges
On March 10, at approximately :45 a.m. the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office responded to a report of a stabbing complaint located at 169 Fairground Road. Sheriff ’s deputies arrived at the residence and encountered a large party. Deputies discovered a victim with multiple stab wounds identified as Larry Embry of Bealeton, VA, 1 years of age. Deputies also discovered a second victim identified as Ronald Campbell Jr. of Edinburg, VA, 1 years of age, who had been struck in the head with a wooden object. Both victims were transported to Winchester Medical Center. Embry was treated and has been released. Campbell was still hospitalized at the time of a March 1 WCSO press release. Deputies identified two suspects, Gary Jenkins III, of Front Royal, VA, 18 years of age, and Fares Ahmed Abdelhalim, 300 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church, VA, 1 years of age. Jenkins was treated and released at Warren Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained during the altercation. Sheriff ’s deputies arrested and charged Mr. Jenkins with aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bond at the Warren County Jail. Abdelhalim was also treated and released from Warren Memorial Hospital for injuries also sustain during the altercation. Sheriff ’s deputies arrested and charged Mr. Abdelhalim with aggravated malicious wounding. Abdelhalim is being held without bond at the Warren County Jail. The investigation into this incident is continuing and further charges may be filed. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to call the Warren County Sheriff ’s Office at 635-418. (From a release)

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following orders. The second stated reason for the killing was that the pear trees were too old and too big and their roots threatened city brick sidewalks. Having lived on Main Street for five years, I disagree. I have lived in Michigan and California where I saw trees actually push up the pavement. In Santa Monica, California, the local government pioneered the use of flexible sidewalk pavers made from recycled automobile tires to protect pedestrians from tree roots. In the case of Front Royal, a few sidewalk bricks settled from rainwater but I didn’t see any pushed up enough so someone might trip. I did see town cherry picker trucks trim the canopy back each spring and heard a few complaints when trees dropped flowers and seeds on the sidewalks. But these things fall under the category of routine maintenance. I wasn’t notified in advance of the impending doom of the trees; but after the fact I went down to the Visitor’s Center to view a map of the town’s plan to replace the trees. Sure enough, they missed the point again. We need SHADE trees and park benches to make downtown a pleasant place to be for shoppers, tourists, workers and residents. Instead, it looks like all we will get is flowering bushes for yuppies … and Global Warming. S. Rittenhouse Front Royal

A pear-shaped tear
Editor, I just wanted to say how sad it is to lose all the beautiful pear trees on Main Street. They provided much needed shade in the summer. In the spring their blooms were so snowy white – it looked like it was snowing when the wind blew. The fall colors always added to our autumn festivals. When we would have a heavy snow, looking down Main Street made you think of the town in “It’s a Wonderful Life” at night. The trees they are replacing them with look like ugly little Charlie Brown trees. I looked at the ones in front of the Daily Grind and they are so small and skinny that generations from now may not even be able to appreciate a good shade tree on Main Street. I know all the reasons behind taking down all the pear trees, but you are changing the look of a very quaintlooking Front Royal to a very sterilelooking Anytown, USA. I looked at the beautiful Pear trees on Saturday, Feb. 5th and said good-

bye to them. I will miss them. Linda Cook Front Royal

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Editor, One of the few simple pleasures in Front Royal was the ability to sit on a park bench under a shade tree on a hot summer’s day. This was equally important on Main Street where the heat island effect takes summer days over 100 degrees. Twice a year we were also treated to picture postcard panoramas – white flowers on the trees in springtime and colored leaves in the fall. All that was taken away from us the week Town bureaucrats condemned the trees to death. Truckloads of men with chainsaws arrived and stood around like a lynch mob as one went up in the bucket of the maintenance truck and lopped off a few feet of the winter bare tree at a time until only a stump remained. A man who didn’t want me to watch said they were only

Correction
In Don Richard’s letter to the editor on page 5 of our Early March edition there was a typo indicating that monthly pay in Civilian Conservation Corps Camps in the 1930s was $430. The actual pay was $30 per month, which went a little further then than it would now.

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March 19 – Relay Team Meeting at 6 p.m. – meeting will be held at the Warren County Community Center. Please come out and join us and hear the latest on the Relay happenings. Wear your purple and show your Relay spirit. March 24 - Womanless Beauty Contest at 7 p.m. – at Skyline High School, admission is $5 and we are still looking for contestants. Please contact Rita Werner at rita630@yahoo.com if you’d like to be a contestant, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Food items will be available for sale and more information about our upcoming Relay. June 9 – The Relay event at 6 p.m. at the Skyline High School track come join us for a night of walking in the fight against cancer. A night to honor those who fight the fight daily and to remember those we’ve lost. For more information please contact Emily Dodson at mrsemdodson@ gmail.com for more information or www.frwcrelay.com. (From a release)

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Supervisors offer 4-hour, 4-week summer camps
Private sector prevails in battle against lower cost, day-long summer program
at a cost of $60 per week (total of $480 for all eight weeks, plus a $10 registration fee) or opting in on a weekly basis at a cost of $80 per week. This year there is a $15 registration fee and a weekly fee of $45 for the 4-hour sessions (which would equal about $100 per week or $800 for the eight week, 10-hour program of-fered last year). Despite those changes, the day-long county program’s major opponent, self-described private-sector daycare momma bear, Sarah Palin fan and Angel’s Korner proprietor Rosemary Comstock, lauded the changes as a victory not just for private-sector daycare operators, but all the county’s youths. ‘Palin speak’ During comments to the board prior to their vote, Comstock mirrored her political hero Palin by blaming the media for any negative perception the public has about her or other daycare operators’ stance on the

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Sure, why not? A 4-person board majority may have been thinking prior to approving changes sought by private day care providers like daycare ‘momma bear’ Rosemary Comstock, of Angel’s Korner. Comstock listens to discussion on pros & cons of making the county youth summer camp program more expensive and less accessible to the average county working family, a notion she and four county supervisors believe helps everyone. By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report On March 6 the Warren County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a compromise parks & recreation department youth summer camp program for the coming year. And while the program survived the death blow that had been anticipated by some in the wake of earlier comments by a board majority reacting to private-sector daycare complaints of unfair publicly-funded competition, what did survive guts the program offered last year into a radically-different shape – a shape one parent says just isn’t feasible for working county parents. That shape is two four-week sessions, split further into four-hour morning (8 a.m.-noon) and afternoon (1 p.m.-5 p.m.) sessions. No child will be allowed to enroll in more than one four-hour, four-week session. Enrollment will be capped at 50 children aged 5-11 for each of the four sessions. So while the board can say it did not kill the 01 program and that what has survived is being offered to more children – potentially 00 if each session was fully enrolled compared to last summer’s board-imposed enrollment cap of 30 children – the option of a more affordable, physically-active, day-long county camp for working parents of younger school-age children has been eliminated. Last year parents had the option of enrolling their children for the full, 10-hour per day, eight-week program

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county program. “I’m not like that … our story is not getting out,” Comstock said of what she called negative press about her stance on the county summer camp program. “Reading the articles and seeing what’s in the news stating so much negative against the daycares – we’re not getting our story out … It’s being told how horrible we are and the things we are causing and we need to stick with our own business and such. Again I apologize; I’m not here for anyone right now other than the children of the community,” Comstock asserted. A four-person board majority – Happy Creek Supervisor Tony Carter was the odd man out – bought into Comstock and her group of four other daycare providers’ stance that a taxpayer funded summer camp was unfair and a potentially-fatal economic blow to private-sector providers. However, Comstock’s own prepared statement against re-implementation of the 011 program presented at a Feb. 7 board work session repeatedly referenced the impact of the ongoing economic recession on businesses like hers. However, she insisted the eight-week “competition” of the county program could be fatal to her business. A county survey of impacts from the 011 program showed that competition costing local private-sector daycares from one to three, and in one case – Angel’s Korner – six clients over the eight-week life of the camp last summer. But rather than the summer layoffs she predicted last spring, Comstock recently told us the result of last summer’s lost business led to a full and part-time member of her staff having to split hours during the span of the county program. Best for the most? During public presentations two women reiterated their requests the county keep the program in last year’s form that would do the most county families the most good. Leanne Lewis, a parks & rec advisory board member, cited the public support for the county youth camp reflected in letters to the editor of local papers and positive feedback from parents who utilized the county program last year. “I just wanted to ask you to take that into consideration before you make your decision,” Lewis said. Christa Peacock, who had three boys, aged 5, 7 and 8 in the 011 program also asked that the program be continued in the same format as last year. “My kids loved this program … I’m kindly asking that you not cancel the summer in the parks program – or not to change the options that were set forth at the last meeting [mirroring last year] because [the new ones] simply are not viable options for my family or any working families in the community. “If you set a four-week program, you’ve got to find daycare for the other four weeks, you’ve got to try to line up another camp – four-week camps are really not feasible,” Peacock said of the new “compromise” proposal. “Other counties have this exact same type of program, you can pick out

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week by week (like the 011 WC program) – that tends to work out very well. So, I’m asking that you revisit this program, keep it like it was last summer …” Change of perspective In explaining his change of perspective from last year when he appeared to be Carter’s major ally in support of reinstituting a county summer youth program that ran from 1997-00, Shenandoah District Supervisor Richard Traczyk echoed comments he made to us in response to an email inquiry on board members’ attitudes toward publicly funded programs designed to provide a service to all taxpayers (Traczyk was the only one of the four supervisors opposed to the camp’s structure who replied

Engle’s Angle: Unwanted – Dead or Alive!
By Kevin S. Engle Warren County Report (This article was not preapproved by my wife. I might be in trouble.) I glanced at my wife. We made eye contact. She could see my pain. She could feel my pain. I mumbled the words “grocery store” and headed for the door. She knew why. We had a problem. Unwanted house guests. And they were in no hurry to leave. The solution? If they weren’t going, I was. The first step in dealing with unwanted house guests, like so many other things, is prevention. Discourage them from coming in the first place. Tell them about the rare and contagious disease you’ve contracted. The one with no cure. “You can still visit,” you say, “but you’ll have to wear contamination suits to protect yourself.” That one works well. Or casually mention the nightmares, and the blood curdling screams at 3AM. “Just ignore it,” you laugh. “You might not even hear me.” Or that you have to go out of town for work. Even if you are unemployed. We’d been successful in holding them off for several years, but in a moment of weakness, coupled with guilt and stupidity, we gave in. Plus, we’d run out of good excuses. Now what? Phase 2. Make them feel as uncomfortable and unwelcome as you can, while trying to be pleasant about it. “This is your room,” you say and then toss their stuff on to the floor. “There shouldn’t be any more bed bugs. But just in case, you might want to use the special soap we bought. The label says it’s 50% effective.” That usually shortens the stay. Or, “We’ve had a little problem with rats, but I think we got the last one this morning. Right under your bed as a matter of fact. Sweet dreams.” “They’ll be gone by morning,” I whispered. I was wrong. And now, when they were supposed to leave, they were in no hurry. I was desperate. This had never happened before. I didn’t know what to do. There was no Phase 3. My survival instincts kicked in. Choosing between fight or flight, I flew. And so off to the grocery store I went. An hour later, when I was done, I headed for home. My gut told me they’d still be there. I had two choices. Pull off somewhere and wait for the “all clear” call from my wife. Or go back, and tough it out. For some unknown reason, probably the stress, I chose to tough it out. I obviously wasn’t thinking clearly. “I can do this!” I said aloud, trying to pump myself up. I felt a surge of adrenaline rushing through my body. And with every left and right turn I made, I could feel my heart beating faster. And then, I saw it. A sight that brought a smile to my face. Their car, and it was coming toward me. They waved. I waved. I smiled. I had survived. What you have just read is purely fiction, and that’s what I’ll say if the persons referred to in this story ever read this story. As for my wife, I’m in trouble, and that’s a fact. kevinengle456@comcast.net

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to our e-mail). “The parks & rec department has gotten itself into a conundrum over the summer pro-gram that it started last year. I have listened with interest to the pros and cons and find myself reverting back to my basic beliefs that government should not compete with free enterprise,” Traczyk said. He stated he believed the core function of government is “to provide safety in the form of fire protection and law enforcement” as well as education and other things as mandated by either the state or federal government. Beyond that he said the county offers funding to what he termed “lei-

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sure activities” including the library, parks, pools, ball fields and a skatepark, as the county’s taxpayers indicated they supported. “The private organizations have employees who pay taxes, have families to support and most reside in Warren County,” Traczyk added. “I am sure parks & rec and our board will come to some resolution - whether it’s short weekly camps or combining efforts with daycare providers using the county facilities. It will be a compromise and as in all compromises, some will be unhappy, others satisfied. That is how it goes in our community,” Traczyk said. As indicated by comments at the Feb. 1 public hearing, at issue for supporters of the broader county summer program is whether a small minority of taxpayers owning, or working for, private-sector daycare are dictating public policy for the majority of county’s taxpayers and parents dealing with the school summer break.

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And as Carter said following the public hearing two weeks earlier, while government shouldn’t DIRECTLY compete with the private sector, it should not subsidize with public money either. Next? The 01 parks & rec program will continue a cooperative arrangement

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As community preps for ‘Trail’ designation one local experiences the hike 2,000 miles later ‘Mac’ McIntyre says he’d do it again – ‘in a heartbeat’

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By Malcolm Barr Sr. Warren County Report You’d like to think that four years at Randolph-Macon Academy and another four at ultra-tough Virginia Military Institute would be quite enough marching for a 3-year-old Warren County man. But no, he told his parents, Karen and George McIntyre, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, “I’m going to hike the (,181 mile) Appalachian Trail!” “Oh no, you’re not!” I imagined Karen McIntyre telling her son. “Actually, both my parents were

against it,” grinned George “Mac” McIntyre III, an erudite young feller whose folks are now very, very proud of their son’s achievement. And, as I read him during a recent chat, so is he. A hike lasting 141 days? Yep. Would he do it again? Yep – in a heartbeat and probably next time with his dog, Hercules. After all the tough schooling, Mac wasn’t sure quite what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. With considerable advance planning and physical training, he decided he needed to think about the future and could best do it in the wil-

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Georgia and southbounders, who start where else but in Maine. Mac likely would join the “northbounders” next time around. An average day’s hike, whichever way you’re headed, is 10-15 miles. At least, it was for Mac McIntyre. The trio (he and the Lavignes, pronounced Le’veens), didn’t always walk together but they would generally end their days at the same shelter, usually an open-fronted shack with a fire pit and “shelves” for sleeping. There are log books at each shack and hikers tend to keep up with what those in front of them have experienced. Those coming up from behind also benefit from the logs. Not that Mac spent every night on the trail. For example, when he’d fulfilled a personal target of walking across Maryland in a day - at 40 miles the shortest cross-state hike of the 14 - he stepped into West Virginia where parents Karen and

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George, alerted by the GPS system, were there to pick him up at Harper’s Ferry. Similarly, they’d met him at another stopping point where he assuaged his craving for barbecue from their Apple House kitchen in Linden. A major challenge was Virginia, the longest walk to get out of a state that seemed to go on forever (100 miles or so) resulting in what he called “the Virginia blues.” A big help in this part of the trek was Mac’s decision to visit his alma mater near Lexington where he met and caroused with many VMI friends and classmates, turning a planned day stay in Buena Vista into two days, the second day to recover from the reunion, it seems. The toughest parts of the fourmonth journey were early on where clouds of mosquitoes attack hikers night and day. Despite “head nets” and lots of repellent, when hikers leave the “mosquito zone” Mac said they all look like they have a bad case of chicken pox. Fighting loneliness was also a factor. Also, a diet of rice and noodles, oatmeal and high calorie chocolate bars became boring, hence the craving for Apple House barbecue. And what did this 6’1”, 180-pound adventurer gain from the experience, apart from losing about 35 pounds? “Confidence in myself ... setting goals and accomplishing them ... getting a bigger appreciation of the small things in life,” Mac said; as well as his two new friends, Justin and Patrice. (On November 9, 2011, Mac McIntyre, of Milldale Road, got his first full time job with CarMax in Sterling, VA, using his degree from VMI to begin stepping up the corporate ladder. It also helped him stay close to a longtime fascination with automobiles).

McIntyre and Trail friends Patrice (left) and Justin Lavigne, new caretakers of “Bear’s Den” hostel, near Bluemont

sion a bit apprehensive when he came upon a bull moose, and was not overly impressed by friendly porcupines who may have wanted to hook up with him on the way. While Mac left alone and, by choice, wanted to be alone with his thoughts, he admits the best, and most lasting, experience he happened on along the way was meeting a 30-ish New Hampshire couple-also “southbounders” - named Justin and Patrice Lavigne. Off and

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Gearing up for April celebration of a new ‘Trail Community’
Club, outdoor skills-building games on the Village Commons, and the launch of several Quests, community-based treasure hunts designed by groups ranging from the Girl Scouts to the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards and Warren Heritage Society. The steering committee is developing a website at http://www.frontroyalatcommunity.blogspot.com/. In the meantime, updates can be obtained by calling the Front Royal/ Warren County Visitor Center at 1(800) 338-576. About the Conservancy The Appalachian Trail Conservancy was founded in 195 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. Traversing 14 states from Maine to Georgia, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world and the most significant conservation corridor east of the Mississippi River. Hosting 550 miles, Virginia is the state with the most trail miles. Approximately 6,800 volunteers donate more than 0,000 hours a year on trail-related work, and  to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the Trail each year. The ATC mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org

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FRONT ROYAL, VA - On April 1, Front Royal/Warren County will become the newest Appala-chian Trail Community designated by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Following a full day of family-oriented celebratory activities, Front Royal Mayor Tim Darr, Chairman Archie Fox of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, National Park Service superinten-dents Pam Underhill and Martha Bogle (Appalachian National Scenic Trail and Shenandoah National Park respectively), and representatives from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will participate in a proclamation-signing at 3:30 p.m. on the Village Commons at Chester and East Main Streets in historic downtown Front Royal. The Appalachian Trail Community

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The work calls for patience and precision. “I must’ve seen at least forty deer today” Wagner said on March 11. “Ten were within range; of those eight were antlerless. I drew four times but there was only one ethical broadside shot.” Three Front Royal archers have joined SWMNV for the local hunt. The bowhunters shoot from a height of at least 1’ with a maximum distance of 0 yards, aiming to pierce both lungs. “The animal expires within 10 seconds” explains Wagner. “The deer usually go about 0 to 60 yards but sometimes more depending on the shot. If it is a small property and there is a chance the deer would expire on (a non-participating) neighbor’s property we would not hunt the property.” He added “At least 60 percent of the meat goes to Hunters for the Hungry.” The DPOP permit ends March 31 and resumes September 1, after fawning season ends. SWMNV bow hunters supply DGIF with detailed information including weight, measurements and age. Hooves are examined for splitting, a sign of hemorrhagic disease. As one doe can produce 7-9 deer over four years, only antlerless deer are taken. The hunt may last up to two years. To apply for SWMNV membership bow hunters must be at least 18 years old; have harvested 5 big game animals with archery tackle; completed necessary bow hunter education courses and have no game violations. New members team hunt with another member over several months to ensure that all rules and regulations are understood. All members pass an annual qualification test wherein  out of 3 broad heads hit a 6” circle at 0 and 30 yards. Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia, Inc. (SWMNV) invites deer management and bow hunter inquiries. Please visit the SWMNV website www.deerdamage.org or phone (703) 785-747.

Ready for the culling hunt – “Whit” Wagner, Sue and John Hoover, members of Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia. – Photo, Leslie Fiddler By Leslie Fiddler Warren County Report On or about March 1, Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia (SWMNV) began bow hunting within Cluster Number One in the Town of Front Royal. Acting as agents of the Front Royal Police Department, and operating under a Deer Population permit issued by the Virginia Department of Gaming and Inland Fisheries, SWMNV members received signed permission from over 16 households to hunt and/or track and retrieve fallen deer between Jamestown Road and Warren County School Board property. There are two other clusters under development in Front Royal. Why is a suburban deer hunt necessary? Front Royal Police Lt. Clint Keller listed ongoing understory loss, landscaping damage, motor vehicle crashes, danger to human health and the health of the deer herd as concerns warranting more effective deer management. On March 1 he wrote “Suburban Whitetail Management of Northern Virginia had been brought up by several sources. While teaching for the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy at the Frederick County Sheriff ’s Office firing range I discussed the issue with a friend and bowhunter, Deputy John Hoover. He told me that he was a member and outlined how the organization worked.” “We are a group of people who love to hunt and understand the need to control deer” says SWMNV cofounder Whit Wagner. SWMNV offers free services to property owners and developers. On March 13 Whitman wrote that “We are primarily concentrating our efforts in the Town of Front Royal because of the serious deer management problem and they do not allow public hunting. We are getting a lot of requests and we will process them probably after March 1. In Warren County outside the Town limits we would rather have the public hunters do the management. SWMNV always encourages public hunting first and we only are used in sensitive areas. With that said there are some HOA’s that do not allow hunting and we do service those areas.” SWMNV’s goal is to decrease the deer density to “normal” with a safe and ethical hunt.

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report As the March 6 deadline for submitting petitions to qualify for the May town election passed, nine people qualified for the ballot for a council run and two for the run for mayor. The battle of the Tims – incumbent Darr and challenger Ratigan – will be a head-to-head mayoral contest. An anticipated third mayoral candidate filing by you know who did not materialize. Despite rehearsing for the role of mayor like a “shadow being” for over a year at Mayor Darr’s side and telling a local elementary school teacher at a March , Dr. Seuss Birthday reading that he was there because he needed publicity due to a pending run for office, that non-candidate and sitting councilman who is not up for re-election this year did not file for the mayoral ballot this year. The 9-person council field scorecard includes incumbents Chris Holloway and Carson Lauder, with challenges from former Councilman and Mayor Eugene Tewalt and former Councilman and Vice-Mayor Bret Hrbek, both defeated in 010; as well as Ron Harvey, Linda Allen, Robbie Tennett, Daryl Funk and Manuel Vincennes … AND – on the advice of legal counsel, Mandy, the retired FRPD traffic enforcement mannequin and current Fussell’s Florists fashion model, poised for a council run as a “corporate person”, will run as a write-in candidate. The strategy, according to a Mandy rep, heads off any potential legal challenge of her candidacy as a plastic corporate person. rogerb@warrencountyreport.com

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The future shape of water use, development and “fluid” boundaries between the town and county was raised on several fronts during a March 6 Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting and work session. The first sign of potential trouble came during public comments at the regular meeting. Two Harmony Hollow residents, Peter Wilson and David Silek, asked the county to proceed carefully with a request that town central water and sewer be extended to a 14-unit subdivision on county land in Harmony Hollow. That request has been made in the early stages of planning for the Glenwood Homes LLC subdivision and its owner Betty West. The land is on former orchard land zoned Agricultural. However, the one-acre lot subdivision would not require a rezoning according to county officials. County staff noted that the existing town water-sewer policy requires that a joint request for town utilities be made by the property owner and the county, including that the property be boundary adjusted into the town, when rezonings are required. The existing town policy states that where rezoning is not an issue, the town may consider the utility request on a case-by-case basis as has been done traditionally – without a boundary adjustment. Wilson and Silek both expressed reservations that any town central utility extension into Harmony Hollow would start an irreversible process of development that would change the nature of the rural community forever. In fact, Silek stated that with development in recent years the Harmony Hollow-driven “Arco, Virginia” area of the county had ranked either first or second in proportional population increase in Virginia over the past decade. Both ‘Hollow’ residents expressed particular alarm at the notion the area would be boundary adjusted into the town limits to facilitate central utility extension. Would such an adjustment bring all county land between Harmony Hollow into the town, they wondered; or would the hollow be gerrymandered in, giving Front Royal a non-contiguous boundary? However, County Administrator Doug Stanley replied that an assumption by town staff that West’s utility extension request required county involvement and a corresponding boundary adjustment request was mistaken. An Oct. 1, 011, letter from Town Manager Steve Burke to County Planning Director Taryn Logan regarding West’s initial inquiry stated, “As this development requires extension of the Town’s utilities outside the Town limits, request for utility service will need to follow the utility extension process developed by the Town Council … The first step for Mrs. West and Warren County would be formal request for utility extension and boundary adjustment for the affected area from the County Administrator to the Town Manager.” Stanley said county staff would revisit the issue with town staff to assure there was a mutual understanding of the parameters of the West application and existing town policy. 522 revenue controversy That discussion segued nicely into a summary of the previous week’s 5

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Corridor Committee meeting. Tony Carter noted he and Linda Glavis were the only county reps present – leaving that dynamic board duo seriously outnumbered and surrounded in the discussion. The town was represented by three councilmen – Tom Conkey, Hollis Tharpe and Shae Parker, the town manager, town attorney, town finance director, and council clerk. Also present was EDA Executive Director Jennifer McDonald. The flanking maneuver involved ongoing town dissatisfaction about how north corridor commercial revenues are being split in the wake of the 009-10 court decision removing a meals-tax based PILOT fee from the town’s corridor revenue. Following development of the two 5 shopping centers and the arrival of numerous restaurants, including a trio of major national chains, the meals tax component of the PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) had provided the great bulk of the town’s compensation for lost commercial tax revenue. That lost revenue was a direct result of the town agreeing to extend central water-sewer into the corridor to facilitate commercial development in the county as part of the community’s post Avtex economic recovery. But after the town lost the legal challenge of the meals tax PILOT fee filed by Cracker Barrel, TGIFriday’s and Applebee’s that revenue stream potential, estimated at $600,000 to $700,000 annually, vanished. One factor cited by Judge Dennis L. Hupp in issuing his ruling was the changing economic landscape in the corridor

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since the 1998-99 town-county Corridor Agreement enabling the PILOT fees was signed. One major change was the county’s 00 imposition of its own 4 percent meals tax. That tax has helped fund annual bond payments for county capital improvement projects, including new public high schools and the Bing Crosby Stadium renovation. Carter’s work session comments and the minutes of the March 1, 5 Corridor Committee meeting indicate the corridor restaurants had backed off new negotiations on a voluntary restructuring of their contracts for town water-sewer service after Cracker Barrel declined to participate – not that that came as a total surprise to town officials. “Councilman Conkey stated that he would not go forward with the fee set up as presented if he owned a restaurant in the Corridor,” the meeting minutes point out. But that restaurant stance brings the town and county back to square one – how to deal with the situation themselves. Both Conkey and Shae Parker have been the major council forces in keeping discussion of a possible corridor boundary adjustment proposed in recent months by former Town Manager and Councilman Walter Duncan alive. At a series of work ses-

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sions Duncan has told council that a boundary adjustment that would bring some corridor businesses and their tax revenues into town could solve the revenue inequity problem. Part of the problem as viewed by Duncan is that town citizens have shouldered a disproportionate financial burden for county corridor development with too little return on their investment. County officials have pointed to a changing economic landscape that has lessened those impacts on town citizens, including county assumption of financing past town services like parks & rec, the airport, all fire and rescue service, and soon the library and EDA opera-tions. But without firm statistics on all aspects of town-county expenditures and revenues, the issue is not likely to be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. To that end, Parker suggested a third-party review, possibly by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission. Carter countered by suggesting the possible involvement of the VML (Virginia Municipal League) or VACO (Virginia Association of Counties), should the task be beyond the means of the NSVRC. Tharpe asked if the county might raise its meals tax and give the revenue from the increase to the town. Both Carter and Parker cited a possible increase to 6 cents in the county meals tax, with the additional  cents going to the town to replace half of the lost PILOT fee revenue. When several corridor committee members wondered at how far toward a solution such an approach would take everyone, Tharpe suggested a boundary adjustment could end that discussion. Conkey said until the revenue split issue was resolved, he as a councilman would not be predisposed to

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Edward Samuel “Sonny “ Pearson, III, 5, of Linden Va., passed away Thursday, March 8, 01, in his father’s home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 17, 01, at :00 p. m. at the Linden United Methodist Church in Linden, VA. Sonny was born August 3, 1959, in Front Royal. Surviving are his parents Sam and Sue Pearson of Linden; two sisters Roxanna Schroll of PA and Tina Frame of Front Royal; three sons Matthew Pearson of Fredericksburg, VA, Jason Copp and Jonathan Copp of Richmond; a daughter Mary Pearson of Fredericksburg; three grandchildren Alex Copp, Walter Copp, and Emily Copp; his former wife Jennifer Pearson; 15 nieces and nephews; and four great- nieces and nephews; and a large number of other relatives. He was loved by all. He was preceded in death by his mother Avis “Dottie” Rowe. Memorial contributions can be made to Linden United Methodist Church, 13466 John Marshall Hwy, Linden Va., 64. Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, in Front Royal, VA.

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The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department proudly announces the extended Spring/Summer hours for the 15th Street School track facilities located at 500 West 15th Street, Front Royal, beginning on Monday, March 1th, 01. The hours for the general public to use the track will be Monday through Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – dusk. The track may close at the discretion of the county parks & rec department due to inclement weather. For more information please contact the Warren County Parks and Recreation De-partment at (540) 635-7750 or the Warren County Community Center at (540) 635-101.

By Dan McDermott Warren County Report A beloved father, grandfather, husband, military officer and inspiration to a generation of young students died March 1 at age 78 following a fire near his home in Amissville, Va. Family members report that retired Air Force Col. Ivan G. Mieth was discovered by his son-in-law following a sweeping brush fire around 5 p.m. An autopsy was performed in Manassas. Col. Mieth was perhaps best known locally as the Commandant and Chief of Staff of Randolph-Macon Academy, a co-educational boarding school with a strong Air Force JROTC program which Mieth headed from 1984 to 005. Prior to moving to Virginia, Col. Mieth served in the Air Force for 9 years including a tour in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. He is survived by his wife Brenda M. Mieth; his children Tawana MiethWilliams, Amissville, VA, Ivan G. Mieth, Jr. Del Rio, TX, Denise Arechiga, San Antonio, TX, Donna Blake, Spring, TX and Deborah Dragroni, Houston, TX; his grandchildren Taryn, Taylor, Alycia, Ivan, III, Laney, Stephen, Josh, David and Michael; one great grandchild Landon. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Trinity Baptist Church, Warrenton, VA. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 0 at 1 p.m. at the Boggs Chapel at Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal, VA by Dr. Vinton Williams. Interment will follow at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ivan G. Mieth Scholarship Fund at Randolph-Macon Academy, 00 Academy Drive, Front Royal, VA 630. Moser Funeral Home contributed information for this story.

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Bill Tanner and the Romance Consultants of The Chain Reaction Fine Jewelers in Front Royal, recently attended a series of educational seminars, workshops and courses at the Independent Jewelers Organization’s Spring Conference held in Orlando, Fla. Bill also had the opportunity to preview the lines of more than 150 top manufacturers and jewelry designers who exhibited their merchandise, some of which is exclusive to IJO Jewelry members and is not available from any other stores in this area. Bill and the Ro-mance Consultants then carefully selected many unique and exciting items for the Spring season that are sure to delight customers. IJO (www.ijo.com) is an international buying group and educational organization of independent retail jewelers with almost 900 members worldwide. Its group buying power enables members to offer customers the finest high quality jewelry and loose diamonds at tremendous savings, while maintaining the reliability and integrity of an independent retail jeweler. The Chain Reaction Fine Jewelers is this area’s exclusive Master IJO Jeweler member located at 441 South Street. Visit them soon to see the latest in jewelry fashions, or for a personal consultation on the diamond of your dreams. (From a release)

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County moves toward full EDA operational funding
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report During discussion at a March 6 work session, the Warren County Board of Supervisors decided county assumption of the Town of Front Royal’s share of operational funding of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority did not need to be returned to towncounty liaison committee for further discussion. A draft Memorandum of Understanding shows the county assuming full EDA ops funding in the 013-14 fiscal year after upping its share in the coming 01-13 fiscal year to 86 percent from its current split of 7 percent. Last year the county funded $79,000 of EDA operations, the town contributed $30,000 based on a fair-funding formula recommended by a past third-party consultant study dating back to the 1990s. The issue of changing economic circumstances led to a fair-funding update from Springsted & Associates last year. However, at a September 011 liaison meeting that update was referred to as hard to understand due the number of variables involved in reaching a conclusion on relative benefits to the town and county from EDA involvement. Minutes of the September 011 liaison meeting noted that the fair-funding update based on all commercial taxes showed a 5 percent collection rate by the town and 75 percent by the county. That is very close to the fair-funding formula split of 8 percent town, 7 percent county. Town and county staff and liaison reps have since discussed developing a three-year, rolling average of commercial tax revenues to adjust their EDA operational funding. While difficulties with that formula have been acknowledged due to the relative involvement or lack thereof of the EDA in different commercial recruitment projects, it appears both municipalities are satisfied it is a workable solution to avoid repeated consultant fees of about $0,000 every few years. The town currently appoints two of the seven-person EDA Board of Directors. The town’s current appointees, Ron Llewellyn and Jim Eastham, will serve out their current terms. After that the county will appoint all seven EDA board members but included a town suggestion in the draft MOU that two of those appointees be town residents. The MOU put forward would remain in place until June 30, 014, “or until amended in writing” by agreement of both the town and county. Tit for tat - tourism In a related funding development, a Feb. 8, 01, letter from County Administrator Doug Stanley to Town Manager Steve Burke on the EDA funding issue asks the town to allow the county to have input into the town’s Tourism budget and operations decisions. As part of the funding discussion, the town has agreed to continue to fund tourism for the entire community. “As the Council has requested the ability to have input into the goals and direction of the EDA, we may wish to have some input into tourism,” Stanley wrote. He further noted joint staffs on logistics for both the town Trolley system and Appalachian Trail Community development.

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By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report At its March 1 meeting the Front Royal Town Council approved to Memorandums of Understanding eliminating its portion of the funding split with the county on operations of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority and Samuels Public Library. The change will occur in both cases over a twoyear period. Both matters were included as part of the Consent Agenda, indicating a council consensus that following work session, and in this case liaison committee, discussion further public debate was unnecessary. But not so fast, sports fans – Tom Sayre requested that the EDA agreement be removed for additional discussion. As reported in a related story, the two funding changes have been part of ongoing discussion about both town double taxation issues and as part of the conversation on how the town and county can most equitably deal with changes in how 5 Corridor revenues are split. Under the agreement, which will go into effect over two years, the current 7-8 percent county-town funding split will change to 86-14 percent next year, with the county assuming full operational funding in the following fiscal year of 013-14. Last year the county funded $79,000 and the town $30,000 of EDA operational funding. Sayre said he objected to a condition of the agreement removing the town’s appointment of two of the EDA’s seven-member Board of Directors. The town’s current appointments, Jim Eastham and Ron Llewellyn, will serve out their current terms. After that the county has agreed to appoint “at least two members” of the EDA board who live in the within the town limits. But that was not good enough – or worth $30,000-plus in annual savings – for our intrepid watchdog councilman. Sayre stated that after six years on
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Town-county

Concerns with building permit process heard by town
Local builders find an ally in former mayor and councilman Stan Brooks
By Roger Bianchini Warren County Report The Front Royal Town Council heard two sides of an ongoing dispute about the county’s building permitting process during a March 5 work session. And local builders and property owners who believe the county has made the process oppressive and discouraging to development here got support from a perhaps unexpected source – former Front Royal Mayor and Councilman Stan Brooks. As an elected official Brooks has been a stickler for strict adherence to zoning and permit regulations to assure the community is protected from destructive building and development practices. However on March 5, Brooks supported points critical of the current process previously made by local builders and reiterated in a recent open letter from an Alexandria-based businesswoman and owner of property in Front Royal to the chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and numerous other county and town officials, as well as local media sources. That letter from Betty Ward, an abbreviated version of which was printed in our last letters to the editor section, addresses issues she has faced trying to rebuild a porch on the property at 15 Chester Street she purchased to relocate her 10-year-old tour business here from Alexandria. In it Ward contends she has been led in circles since September 011 as she has tried to replace a rotted front porch. To support her contention the county and town have allowed a dysfunctional process to develop, she says she was told by unnamed state officials that Warren County has the worst reputation statewide for trying to get any building or renovation work done in a timely and cost-efficient manner due to how it enforces state regulations – “Warren County is the worst County in the State to deal with and you should have considered Shenandoah or Frederick County,” Ward says she was told, adding, “Is that the reputation you want for the County?” County Building Official David Beahm, the man responsible for how the county interprets and enforces local and state regulations, presented a letter from the state deputy director of the division of building and fire regulations stating that no employee of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development that Ward dealt with would be authorized or should make such a statement regarding “reputations” of communities on such issues. After apologizing for inviting the county officials to the work session to be put on the spot regarding the issues raised by Ward, Mayor Tim Darr added, “We hear it locally – Warren County is hard to deal with. We want everyone to remain civil and get input on how to solve this …” Brook’s perspective In describing his own issues with renovations to a county property he purchased in recent years, Brooks added fuel to the fire, or perhaps we should say the “bus” heading the county’s way. Brooks told council he has heard similar opinions about the difficulty small businesses encounter in dealing with the county on building or renovation work. He cited an architect he contacted for his renovation project. Brooks said he asked the architect if they worked in Warren County. “Heck no,” was the reply. When he asked why, Brooks said he was told, “The county building department – I’m sorry,” ending that conversation with the architect. “I know two to three builders who will not do business in Warren County,” Brooks added. “I think the codes are fine. It’s how they are interpreted and the consis-

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tency and how they are applied. In small business it is crucial not to lose time … I see the commercial base slipping and I’m concerned,” Brooks told town and county officials. “It is a difficult economy and now the town has competition in the county on the northside and in Linden. It is difficult for a small business to operate here now.” Brooks told council he thought they could turn things around within the town limits at least by establishing a town building inspection and permitting department. – “Boy, you’d be a pro-business council then.” Town Manager Steve Burke noted that such a new function within the town planning department would have impacts on staff and costs. A failure to communicate Beahm, who was accompanied by County Administrator Doug Stanley, presented a record of his communications and dealings with Ward and the issues which arose as she tried to oversee work from out of town. And the letter from state Housing and

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Community Development official Emory Rodgers to Ward included in Beahm’s presentation to council does include the observation “I did see a copy of your construction documents and must say they do lack some clarity.” Stanley pointed out it appeared Mrs. Ward had not received a copy of the business guide to permitting processes that the county works with the EDA to provide guidance on procedures and regulations early in the process. Responding to a question from new North River Supervisor Dan Murray, an interested spectator, Stanley said he believed the bulk of such issues revolved around the front end of the permitting process when applicants were not aware of expectations and applicable codes. Darr replied that feedback he has gotten indicated that after being told to do “A, B and C” by the county, “then D, E, F come up and create further problems.” Beahm told town officials, “If something is required, we do it; if not, we back off.” Engineered post holes? However Councilman Shae Parker pointed his own experience as a sign maker with county permits. Echoing earlier complaints from town businessman and EDA rep Rick Novak during a meeting of local businessmen and the town manager, Parker questioned the necessity of having an engineer sign off on virtually any proposal, including putting sign posts in the ground. “When I have to have to hire an engineer to draw up how my posts are going to go in the ground you may be going too far,” Parker said. Local builders present remained largely silent observers at the work session, having repeatedly raised similar issues over the past year. We later asked one to comment on what they had heard during the March 5 discussion. A builder’s perspective “Often when you start renovation work on an existing building you find that something that may not have needed a building permit for cosmetic renovations, quickly turns into a structural problem when you start removing flooring or other items. The lady on Chester Street still does not have a front porch after six months; something is wrong with the process,” Martha Buracker of Buracker Construction told us. While commending the county building department and its personnel, Buracker supported the notion Warren County approaches its permitting process differently than other communities. “On the professional side, as a builder we work in counties other than Warren and the processes for permitting are much different in surrounding counties. Again, time is money. If the process takes 4-6 weeks to go through the both the Health Department and the Building Inspections Department, that’s 4-6 weeks that the builder can’t work and get paid … There isn’t a builder out there that isn’t struggling to survive. So if we want the agencies that ‘permit’ our work to facilitate the process, I don’t think that’s asking too much. That doesn’t mean we don’t have good working relationships with the Building Department. We like the staff and appreciate their hard work. We just would like to understand why the same process in surrounding counties is quicker and simpler. The bottom line is we just want to keep our employees working and our families fed just like everyone else.” Throughout discussions on this issue over the past year two specific examples involving local restaurants have continued to resurface, one involving Joe’s Steakhouse, the other South Royal Avenue’s Element attempt to add an outdoor service deck. “Joe’s Steakhouse missed the entire tourist season on their first year because of delays in the renovation project. People who have stuck their neck out to invest in this county and rehabilitate these old buildings deserve an extra dose of customer service. We should be going out of our way to facilitate the process or we will have lots of vacant historic buildings that no one will want to touch because the process to rehabilitate them simply takes to long. Time is money. We don’t want to lose the old buildings of character that make Front Royal unique,” Buracker concluded of the negative potential of a process perceived as too burdensome by the building and business community statewide.

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County building official replies to critics
length. “As with State requirements, an appeals board is to be setup by the government to address any issues with local interpretation. This is available to anyone that considers my interpretation incorrect and has been affected by that interpretation. This board is known as the Warren County Local Board of Building Code Appeals which is made up of five members of which two are local builders. Within the last four months there was an appeal made to the board on an interpretation that I had made, the decision of the board was unanimous with my interpretation.” We then asked specifically about Councilman Parker’s issue with engineering sign offs on sign post holes. “In the case of Mr. Parker’s issue it is one that was resolved previously by only requiring what the Code of Virginia requires and not any additional [requirements]. This is found in the Related Laws Package of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and is taken directly out of the Code of Virginia (COV). We have additionally taken a proactive approach in having an engineering firm provide plans in the way of signs that we can use to base approvals on. We have requested two different sized signs so that the applicant may chose the type that best applies to them.” As for the specific issues brought forward in Ms. Ward’s letter on her experiences at 15 Chester Street and supporting comments from Stan Brooks on a negative perception statewide about Warren County’s permitting process, Beahm said, “With regards to the Ms. Ward issue, unfortunately this work started without obtaining a permit and a permit was not started for almost a month after the Stop Work Order was issued. “On Mr. Brooks’ comments, it would be unrealistic to think that there isn’t anyone out of all the professionals that do business here that could feel justified in stating this opinion. “But I can also say without a doubt that I have received multiple positive comments from professionals that say they agree with the details that are needed because they provide them without being asked. We also work on almost a daily basis with local architect Fred Andrea and local engineer Dan Hotek as well as others locally and in surrounding areas.”

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school learning in a full-day environment,” asserts Beth Medved Waller, who volunteers with EBS. “Both my children are excelling in school thanks to the educational foundations provided at EBS, and they also have a spiritual foundation that they will never forget. My eight year old still recites the prayer he learned from Pastor Gary in ‘Chapel Time’ when he was three,” Waller adds. EBS has redefined itself in the last ten years, according to Haley, and their journey has taken them from “babysitting” to a true preschool experience for both full and part-time attendees. Classrooms have changed, a curriculum developed, and a balanced schedule established. Staff training and methods of teaching set to industry standards have been in place for many years. Parent conferences and skill checklists ensure communication about each child’s development. Teacher plans, activities, and observations are distributed to parents daily. “The staff is committed to consistent improvement and to building a solid program. Every aspect of the facility is a Preschool, not just a child care,” added Haley. The Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce was on site at the facility located at 1 West Main Street on Friday, March 16, for a ribbon cutting, announcing the program’s new name, “Elizabeth B. Sherman Child Development Center. The ribbon cutting was the kick off to FRUMC’s “EBS Week” that runs through Friday, March 3. Friday’s finale includes a Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction with a performance by the children at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendars for EBS WEEK: March 16, 10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting introducing new name March 18, 8:30 a.m. Church Service, Blessing of Teachers, Open House in all Classrooms March 19-23: Open house/ tours given daily–check out all we offer March 23: Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction at FRUMC, 1 W. Main Street. Service begins at 4 p.m. and will close from 7-8 for the 4th Annual Evening of Song presented by EBS students. Meal service will resume at 8 p.m. For more information about Elizabeth B. Sherman Child Development Center, please contact Jeanne Haley, Executive Director at 6-503/ebscdc@gmail.com or Beth Waller, Committee Chair at 671-6145/bethwaller@mris. com. Guests are welcome to sign in at the front office for a guided tour any day. (From a release)

The Front Royal United Methodist Church has been providing a warm, safe, and nurturing environment for the children of the Front Royal area since 196. FRUMC is celebrating the 50th anniversary with a new name for a long-loved program, and has chosen one that more reflects what EBS truly is: a child development center. The words “child care” have been dropped from the vocabulary of the facility because the family at EBS provides much more than babysitting. They don’t just look after the children; development takes place all day long and the 50th anniversary is the perfect time to make such an as-sertion. “I think our mission best describes what we do at EBS,” says Executive Director Jeanne Haley, “With loving staff, our facility seeks to provide an atmosphere where children can explore, learn

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By Sherese A. Gore Capital News Service RICHMOND, March 11 – House Speaker William Howell on Sunday hailed the General Assembly’s justconcluded regular session as a success, citing the passage of legislation to create jobs, improve public education and reform public employees’ pension plan. Like other Republicans, Howell focused on the positives – and not on debates over social issues or the assembly’s failure to approve a state budget for the 01-14 biennium. Before adjourning late Saturday, March 10, lawmakers agreed to reconvene March 1 for a special session on the budget. Saturday’s final day saw a bicameral display of cooperation absent earlier. In the after-math of a legislative session marked by partisan bickering, legislators came together to celebrate the graduation of the teenage pages (13- and 14-year-old students who helped lawmakers during the session), poke fun at the clerks and even have an impromptu game of football on the Capitol lawn. Hostilities were temporarily pushed aside as lawmakers gave final approval to legislation to ensure the solvency of the Virginia Retirement System by requiring more contributions from employees and offering fewer benefits for future retirees. (The truce held at least in the Senate, which approved the VRS bills on a bipartisan 34-6 vote. In the House, Democrats felt that the VRS proposals needed more study and voted against the bills.) With little debate, the House and Senate also passed a resolution asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to call the assembly back into session in a week and a half to address the state budget. Howell, a delegate from Stafford who presides over the House, noted that the General Assembly approved about 1,600 pieces of legislation during its 60-day regular session. “Foremost among these accomplishments is the passage of sweeping reforms to the Vir-ginia Retirement System, which will secure the future of our state retirement plans for current employees and future generations of workers,” Howell said. “Our work on economic development, public education and government reform will meaningfully improve the services we provide for citizens of the commonwealth and the administration of government.” However Democrats tended to see things differently, calling the Republican-dominated session a general failure. They accused Republicans of pushing an agenda of social issues such as restrictions on abortion and voting rights, then trying to push the significance of such legislation under the political rug. “When people write the story about this session, it’s going to be about legislative overreach especially in the area of social and divisive issues,” said the House Democratic leader, Delegate David Toscano of Charlottesville. Toscano has been a vocal opponent of Republican-backed measures to require voters to show identification before casting an official ballot on Election Day. He and other Democrats also have blasted McDonnell for signing a GOP measure requiring women to undergo a state-ordered ultrasound before having an abortion. Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate, and that put Democrats on the defensive. “As a Democrat, we certainly took our lumps – certainly from day one to day 60,” said Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax. He was candid about the role Democrats played during the session. “Obviously, we’ve killed a couple of budgets ... and we felt like to do that was going to improve our bargaining position,” Petersen said. In a letter to the governor last week, the Senate Democratic Caucus warned that it would continue to oppose a budget that would divert funds from “public education, safety and the elderly.” After sine die – Saturday’s adjournment – Senate Republicans put on a positive spin, highlighting bills passed by the assembly. “The Senate of Virginia successfully approved legislation that will spur economic growth, streamline state government and improve the quality of our schools,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment of Williamsburg. He said the Senate also followed a more transparent process in considering bills, ensuring that legislation received a fair hearing in public view. Sen. Ryan McDougle of Mechanicsville, chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus, said the assembly passed legislation on job creation, economic development, education, public safety, government reform, health care and veterans’ affairs. “While the continued budget impasse creates a challenge that must be resolved, the work product of this session has been impressive,” he said. Even so, McDougle acknowledged that “the largest item that we deal with is the budget. You can’t have a successful session until you have a completed budget.” Legislators seemed optimistic that the 01-014 budget will be completed in short order. “This year’s legislative session has

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A. Benson, 27, of 690 Loop Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously possess a Schedule II controlled substance, to-wit: Hydromorphone. Belinda Kay Green The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about April 7, 2011, in the County of Warren, Belinda Kay Green, of unknown age and address, did unlawfully and feloniously distribute a Schedule I controlled substance, towit: 5-methoxy-N, N-diisopropyltryptamine (ecstasy). James Benjamin Sheets The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about December 28, 2011, in the County of Warren, James Benjamin Sheets, 32, of 199 Vista Fork Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and deliberately smell or inhale a drug or noxious chemical with the intent to become intoxicated, inebriated, excited, stupefied or to dull the brain or nervous system. COUNT TWO: On or about December 29, 2011, in the County of Warren, James Benjamin Sheets did unlawfully and feloniously commit an assault or an assault and battery against Deputy M. A. Robinson, knowing or having reason to know that such person was a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of his public duties. COUNT THREE: On or about December 29, 2011, in the County of Warren, James Benjamin Sheets did unlawfully and deliberately smell or inhale a drug or noxious chemical with the intent to become intoxicated, inebriated, excited, stupefied, or to dull the brain or nervous system. Jessica Danielle Spencer The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about August 9, 2011, in the County of Warren, Jessica Danielle Spencer, of unknown age and address, did unlawfully and feloniously obtain a Virginia certificate of title, or other document issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, without having satisfied all legal and procedural requirements for the issuance thereof, or when not legally entitled thereto. COUNT TWO: On or about August 9, 2011, in the County of Warren, Jessica Danielle Spencer did unlawfully and feloniously obtain a Virginia certificate of title, or other document issued by the

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Department of Motor Vehicles, without having satisfied all legal and procedural requirements for the issuance thereof, or when not legally entitled thereto. David Allen Bowden The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that on or about January 26, 2012, in the County of Warren, David Allen Bowden, 20, of unknown address, did unlawfully and feloniously take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels belonging to the Town of Front Royal, having a value of less than $200.00, having twice or more before been convicted of an offense deemed to be larceny. Anthony Delane Stewart The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about December 12, 2011, in the County of Warren, Anthony Delane Stewart, 24, of 340 Cherrydale Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously break and enter the dwelling house belonging to Shannon Campbell, with the intent to commit larceny therein. COUNT TWO: On or about December 12, 2011, in the County of Warren, Anthony Delane Stewart did unlawfully take, steal, and carry away the goods and chattels of Levi Campbell, with a value of less than $200.00.

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Randell Wayne Freeman The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about November 17, 2011, in the County of Warren, Randell Wayne Freeman, 34, of 446 Hill St., Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously rob James Cox of a wallet and cell phone, by violence to the person. COUNT TWO: On or about November 17, 2011, in the County of Warren, Randell Wayne Freeman did unlawfully and feloniously conspire with another to rob James Cox, of personal property by violence to the person. COUNT THREE: On or about November 17, 2011, in the County of Warren, Randell Wayne Freeman did unlawfully, while being a member of a “mob,” assault and batter James Cox. COUNT FOUR: On or about February 21, 2012, in the County of Warren, Randell Wayne Freeman did unlawfully and feloniously, by threats of bodily harm or force, knowingly attempt to intimidate or impede a witness lawfully engaged in the discharge of her duty relating to a violation of a violent felony offense. Dequante Christopher Freeman The Warren County, VA Circuit Court Grand Jury charges that: COUNT ONE: On or about November 17, 2011, in the County of Warren, Dequante Christopher Freeman, 18, of 356 Blue Ridge Ave. 4, Front Royal, VA 22630, did unlawfully and feloniously rob James Cox

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Dems sight Republican disconnect on small-government philosophy
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Activists say new laws authored by Koch-connected ALEC
Was Repub agenda ghostwritten by corporate legislative action council?
By Mechelle Hankerson Capital News Service RICHMOND, March 15 – On issues ranging from tax credits for private school tuition to a homeowner’s right to kill an intruder, several bills before the 01 General Assembly resembled model laws proposed by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a politi-cally conservative think tank funded by major corporations. Liberal watchdog groups say that’s no coincidence: They say ALEC has curried favor with lawmakers in Virginia and other states to pass legislation that benefits corporate in-terests. “ALEC is essentially a corporate bill factory,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA, an advocacy group for low-income Virginians, women’s rights, environmental protection and other issues. “ALEC writes model legislation that is designed to increase corporate bottom lines, and then they turn around and hand it off to state legislators to take it home and introduce it.” ALEC officials dispute that. They describe the group as a “nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who share a common belief in limited gov-ernment, free markets, federalism and individual liberty.” ALEC officials say they do what their liberal critics do: try to influence public policy. On its website, the organization says it has generated “hundreds of model bills on a wide range of issues, model legislation that will frame the debate today and far into the future.” On at least one point, ALEC and its detractors agree: The group has been effective in persuading states to adopt its recommendations. “Each year, close to 1,000 bills, based at least in part on ALEC Model Legislation, are introduced in states. Of these, an average of 0 percent become law,” ALEC’s website says. ProgressVA published a report in January saying at least 115 past and present Virginia legislators have membership in or other connections with ALEC. ALEC has ghostwritten more than 50 bills for consideration by the General Assembly in recent sessions, the report said. Corporate funding Although ALEC operates nationwide, it has a particularly strong hold on Virginia’s legislators because of the state’s loose rules governing gifts to politicians, Scholl said. In Virginia, lawmakers can receive unlimited personal gifts as long as they publicly report what they get. The ProgressVA report said that from 001 through 010: • ALEC spent $7,000 on travel and registration so Virginia legislators could attend its conferences and retreats; • The state spent $31,000 to send legislators to ALEC conferences; • Lawmakers spent $9,000 from their campaign accounts for ALEC dues, reg-istration and related expenses. In 011, ALEC spent nearly $6,700 on convention travel for eight legislators. They included House Speaker William Howell, who over the years has received more than $3,000 in gifts from ALEC, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. Such connections between ALEC and legislators have generated controversy in Richmond and other cities. In February, groups affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement have called for protests against ALEC and corporations that support the group. In some cities, activists targeted Bank of America, Walmart, McDonald’s and BP. In Richmond, they focused on Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris. Altria is one of ALEC’s largest financial contributors, the protesters said. “ALEC and the tobacco industry have long had a mutually beneficial relationship,” the ProgressVA report said. In 010, Virginia passed a law to lower the taxes on chewing tobacco. The bill was based on ALEC’s model legislation, according to ProgressVA. Corporate agenda “ALEC legislation really blows the gamut on issues,” Scholl said. “What they all have in common is that ALEC prioritizes corporate profits over constituents. For example, one of the areas where ALEC legislation has really been pushed in Virginia is in privatizing education.” In February, the General Assembly passed a law establishing a tax credit for individuals or organizations that donate money to provide scholarships to send low-income and disabled students to private schools. ALEC has advocated such programs, the ProgressVA report noted. Delegate James Massie, R-Henrico, sponsored the bill. He is an ALEC member and has attended ALEC conferences, the report said. ALEC paid about $1,600 to cover his conference travel and lodging in 010-11, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which compiles political contributions data. ALEC also has been urging states to adopt “Castle Doctrine” laws, which allow people to use deadly force against threatening intruders. The National Rifle Association, which provides funding for ALEC, helped draft the group’s model legislation, ProgressVA said. This legislative session, both the House and Senate passed versions of a “Castle Doctrine” proposal – House Bill 48. The two chambers could not agree on the final language, and so the issue was carried over until next year. Delegate Richard “Dickie” Bell, RStaunton, carried HB 48. Bell’s legislative staff said that he is not a member of ALEC and that his bill was not written with ALEC’s help. But it is the same bill carried in 011 by Delegate William Cleaveland, R-Roanoke, who retired last fall. Cleaveland’s bill was based on ALEC’s model legislation, the ProgressVA report said. The report also cited a bill that Bell carried in 010 to establish “virtual school” programs. The measure opened the door for private and nonprofit organizations to offer online classes for Virginia students in kindergarten through high school. Since that law took effect, for-profit companies offering online education have “made a killing on school districts for students enrolling in virtual schools programs,” Scholl said. Both of Bell’s bills are ALEC issues, but neither is an exact copy of ALEC model legislation.

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described “domestic engineer,” was one of the 33 ar-rested. “It’s my body, my choice,” Guskind said. “I want Gov. McDonnell to stay out of my vagina … There’s better things to do like fix our economy and leave women’s choice to them.” During the Feb. 0 demonstration, participants silently lined the walkways on the Capitol grounds and linked arms. This time protesters were anything but silent. They used microphones and megaphones to blast slogans and other messages to the entire group. Protesters also started a short march down Broad Street before turning back toward the Capitol grounds on Franklin Street. Twenty-five-year-old Graham Evans, one of protest group’s 10 founders, said the organization was going for a different effect than the last demonstration. The Feb. 0 silent protest in front of the General Assembly Building was meant to give legislators “a walk of shame” on the way to the Capitol. “Right now, people are pissed,” Evans said. “And we’re chanting and we’re shouting.” The anti-abortion bills have been supported largely by Republican legislators. “They’re trying to impose masculine patriarchal ideas about how the world should be,” Evans said. Vivek Jain, a 33-year-old physician, said lawmakers also are interfering with the doctor-patient relationship. “No medical professionals or groups are asking for these bills. There’s no evidence that the ultrasound is necessary,” Jain said. He is planning to run as an independent candidate against Republican U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor for the 7th Congressional District seat this fall. Another demonstrator, 56-yearold Shelley Napier, said people must realize that their reproductive rights are under attack. “Young people are not paying attention ... to these attacks on their right to choose,” Napier said. “It makes me scared to death.” The protest ended around 3 p.m. as specified by the permit obtained by Speak Loudly with Silence. Afterward, a few members of the group gathered on the sidewalk to donate money toward legal expenses for those arrested. On Saturday night, Delegate Delores McQuinn, a Democrat who represents part of Rich-mond, issued a statement supporting the protesters and criticizing police. “Today’s arrests at the Capitol are just the latest example of government overreach that we’ve seen in recent weeks. The men and women who marched on Capitol Square have a right to peacefully protest without the threat that they will be arrested for exercising that right,” McQuinn said. She said there has been an “overabundance of police presence” at demonstrations by women’s rights advocates. “I have never seen a similar police presence when guns rights advocates assemble on Capitol Square on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday,” McQuinn said. “We must ask the question: What are they so afraid of?”

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Amazon to charge Virginians sales tax in 2013
By Christine Stoddard and Daniel Lombardo Capital News Service RICHMOND, March 4 – Bid farewell to tax-free buys from the world’s most popular online store. Amazon.com, the Seattle-based etailer of books and other products, next year will begin collecting and paying Virginia state sales tax under an agreement announced by Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell made the announcement as the General Assembly gave final approval to Senate Bill 597, which expands on an existing state law requiring online businesses with facilities in Virginia to pay the state’s 5 percent sales tax. “This bill helps to ensure that online retailers with a physical presence in Virginia are treated the same as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers who are already required to collect and remit existing sales taxes on goods sold in the commonwealth,” the governor said. McDonnell said his office, legislators, Amazon and traditional retailers had reached an agreement on the legislation. Amazon has pledged to collect sales tax on goods bought by Virginians beginning Sept. 1, 013. (The effective date could move to Jan. 1, 014, if Congress adopts federal legislation governing sales tax collections by online businesses.) Sen. Frank Wagner, the sponsor of SB 597, said Virginia can expect to gain at least $3 million in tax revenues from Amazon in 013 alone. “As Black Friday and Cyber Monday have shown in recent years, the Internet retail sec-tor is a fully developed and thriving member of the community of retail merchants,” Wagner said. “I’m glad to have sponsored this legislation that provides a level playing field for both brick-andmortar retailers as well as those on the Internet.” Rob Shinn of the Virginia Alliance for Main Street Fairness, which represents hundreds of retailers, called the agreement “a significant step toward tax fairness for the retail community by ensuring the same rules apply to all retailers doing business in Virginia.” Traditional stores maintained that Amazon should have been paying sales taxes all along. A press release from Virginia Retail Merchants Association stated, “State law requires that online retailers with a physical presence in the commonwealth collect sales tax on purchases from individuals with a Virginia address, but Amazon has been using a loophole to avoid those taxes.” Amazon runs a warehouse in Sterling and a data center at an undisclosed site in Virginia. But the company got around the state law by creating a separate subsidiary to handle distribution – and the Virginia Department of Taxation ruled in 007 that Amazon was not required to collect and remit sale taxes. When e-tailers don’t collect sales tax, state law requires Virginia purchasers to include the tax in their state income tax return. But most people don’t, officials say. The Virginia retail industry has been lobbying the state government to require Amazon to collect sales tax. The issue came to a head after Amazon announced plans to open distribution centers in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties in late 01. The centers, which would employ a total of 1,350 people, represent a combined investment of $135 million. The eastern Chesterfield center will measure 1 million square feet and be located at Meadowville Technology Park. The Dinwiddie center will

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Friday, March 16, 2012 All day Forecast for 22630 75° | 55° 2pm - 5pm Vino E Formaggio Wine Tasting. 124 E. Main Street. Always Free, Always Fun! www.vinoeformaggio.com (540) 635-2812. Saturday, March 17, 2012 All day Forecast for 22630 81° | 57° All day St. Patrick’s Day 8am - 9am Girl Scout Yard Sale. Browntown Community Center. Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale, as well as Girl Scout Cookie & Bake Sale. Multiple Girl Scout troops will be participating. Troop 40039 proceeds will go to the troop’s trip to Savannah, GA to see the birthplace of the founder of Girl Scouts in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: (540) 635-5827 http://www. warrencountyfair.com/15.html. 9am - 1pm CPR Class. Warren County Community Center, Front Royal. Today is a CPR Class for adults, children and infants for those 12 years old and older. $30.00/ participant. More Information: Parks/Recreation at (540)635-1021. 2pm - 4pm High Tea/Auction. Calvary Episcopal Fellowship Hall, Front Royal. Today is a St. Patrick’s Day High Tea and Silent Auction at Calvary Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall. All proceeds benefit “Christkindlmarkt Front Royal 2012”. Reservations may be made with Maggie Sill at (540)622-2060. 6pm - 8pm Fundraiser/Variety Show. Warren County Middle School, Front Royal. Tonight’s Show is to benefit Martiez Bradshaw-Rowell. Please call Carol Vorous or Kathy Cool at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School for more information on performing at (540)636-6824. Both children and adults are welcome to perform. Sunday, March 18, 2012 All day Forecast for 22630 72° | 55° 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: (540) 635-5827 http://www. warrencountyfair.com/15.html. 7:30pm - 8:30pm Public Concert. Randolph-Macon Academy, Front Royal. World-renowned organist Felix Hell will perform tonight at Boggs Chapel on the RMA Campus. The suggested donation for attendance is $10.00. More information: www.rma.edu/FelixHell. Monday, March 19, 2012 7pm - 8pm Council Work Session. Town Hall, 16 N Royal Avenue, Front Royal. Council will have a Work Session tonight in the Town Hall Conference Room. The public is invited. Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www. theriver953online.com. Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7pm - 8pm Planning Commission Meeting. County of Warren Government Center Thursday, March 22, 2012 4pm - 5pm Anti-Litter Council Mtg. Warren County Government Center 7pm - 8pm Civil War Exhibit. The 1862 Valley Campaign - Jackson’s Valley. A Special Exhibit for the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (1862-2012). Light refreshments served. Friday, March 23, 2012 8am - 2pm Community Yard Sale. Browntown Community Center, Browntown. Today is the Annual Community Yard Sale at the Browntown Community Center. In addition there will be a large Bake Sale to benefit the James Brogan Recovery Fund. 7pm - 10pm Front Porch Style Pickin’ Party. Warren County Senior Center, 1217. All levels of talent are welcome. Acoustic instruments only. Saturday, March 24, 2012 8am - 2pm Community Yard Sale. Browntown Community Center, Browntown. Today is the Annual Community Yard Sale at the Browntown Community Center. In addition there will be a large Bake Sale to benefit the James Brogan Recovery Fund. 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: (540) 635-5827 http://www. warrencountyfair.com/15.html. 7pm - 8pm Womanless Beauty Contest. Skyline High School, Front Royal. Tonight is the Front Royal/ Warren County Relay for Life “Womanless Beauty Contest”. There will be plenty of food to purchase along with items that the Relay teams will have for sale. If you are interested in participating please contact Rita Werner at rita22630@yahoo.com. Sunday, March 25, 2012 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: (540) 635-5827 http://www. warrencountyfair.com/15.html. Monday, March 26, 2012 7pm - 8pm Council Meeting. County of Warren Government Center Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:30pm - 1pm Tourism Tuesdays. 95.3 - the River radio station. Hear the latest tourism related news and events every Tuesday at 12:30! If you can’t listen live check out the podcasts at http://www. theriver953online.com. Sat Mar 31, 2012 8am - 4pm Warren County Fair Flea Market. Warren County Fairgrounds. For more information: (540) 635-5827 http://www. warrencountyfair.com/15.html. 2pm - 5pm Bowling Tournament. Royal Family Bowling Center, Front Royal. Join Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop for a Bowling Tournament Fundraiser this evening. There will be door prizes, a silent auction and a 50/50raffle along with great food and lots of fun. 1st place prize is $400 CASH! For more information about becoming a Lane Sponsor, donating an item for the auction or door prize or signing up a team - contact Jeania Aylor at Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop on E. Main Street or (540)635-2268. 2pm - 3pm Easter Egg Hunt. RES Youth Center, Front Royal. Today is the Warren County Parks and Recreation Easter Egg

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Dear Stewart, Why all of a sudden are those giant ant hills growing up around some trees in town? Concerned Citizen Dear Concerned Citizen, I’ve seen them, too. But they are not anthills. They are piles of mulch put there by well meaning people. Unfortunately, they are very damaging to the trees and need to come down. If you walk through the woods where I live, you do not see stuff piled around the trunks of trees. Instead, you see spread throughout the ground decaying leaves, twigs, and other organic matter. This is what protects the tree roots from temper-

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ature extremes and provides natural nourishment for the trees. If you dig down a bit, the soil is nice and dark and full of nutrients. Now, let’s take a look at the yard at your house. More than likely, the contractor that built your house scraped away all the original good soil and used not so good backfill to smooth out your yard before the grass was planted. Each year you rake all the leaves that fall and take them away to the dump. This leaves nothing for the trees as far as protection from temperatures and drought as well as natural nutrients. Proper mulching does help this situation. A layer of organic mulch, like wood chips, spread to a depth of two to three inches is the correct way to do this. Piled high against the trunk, the mulch causes decay of the bark at the base of the tree and could very well cause the death of the tree within a couple growing seasons. You want to spread the mulch bed at least out to where the branches reach, called the dripline. No mulch should actually touch the trunk of the tree. Once properly done, the mulch helps the soil retain moisture during drought season, protects the trunk from lawnmower damage, and over time, breaks down into nice dark soil that creates nutrients for the tree to use as it grows. The next time you see these “anthills” or “volcanos” please pass this on to the people that own that tree. You could be saving them the expense of replacing that tree over the next couple years. -Stewart

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The Humane Society of Warren County will be having the 1st Annual Kitten Shower on Saturday, March 31, at 11AM-2PM. Come to the Shelter for a day of fun and help us prepare for the coming kitten season. We will be collecting much needed donations to help us care for mama cats and kittens. There will be one day only adoption specials and a chance to learn about our foster program and low cost spay/neuter options. See our Facebook page for more info and our Kitten Wish List.

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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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