Archive for: December 3rd, 2017

WATCH: Christmas Parade 2017
December 3, 2017

If you missed the Christmas Parade or want to see it again, sit back and enjoy!

This year the Christmas Parade was Hosted by Beth Waller and Jen Avery. Video by Jared Hill and Mike McCool.

Interesting Things You Need to Know
Real friendships need face-to-face or at least voice-to-voice contact
December 3, 2017

By the time you communicate with your 50 to 100 friends on social Web sites, there seems to be little opportunity to visit or telephone anyone else.

In the United States and across the world, actual friends are being replaced by acquaintances. Electronic contacts are replacing the joy and satisfaction of human contact.

Television, two-career families, suburban sprawl, and personal values mean that fewer people belong to organizations, clubs or churches.

In his book, Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam says we have a growing social-capital deficit. He equates his own experience to bowling, which he once did with teams and organizations. Now people often bowl alone.

In the United Kingdom, the Mental Health Foundation has published The Lonely Society. It says about half of Brits believe they are living in a lonelier society. One in three would like to be closer to family, but social trends are driving them apart.

Today, the average American has only two close friends, and a quarter of Americans say they don’t have any.

Shallow friendships prevail, like those with pals on the Internet. Sociologists say they are very worried about the decline in social connections in the United States. A connection with another person may be only a click away, but cultivating a friendship takes more.

People could have everything that life can offer, but if they don’t have a good friend, their lives would be fundamentally lacking.

Mental health authorities say there is a secret to close friendship: Put down the device and engage the person. Spend some face-to-face time with a friend even if you “should” be doing something else. At least talk in person on the telephone.

Local News
VDOT: Expect gridlock this week as bridge final touches cause daytime lane closures
December 3, 2017

Traffic slowly files by as workers continue construction of the South Fork Bridge., Sept. 12, 2017 /Photos by Norma Jean Shaw

FRONT ROYAL – Drivers using Route 340/522 (Shenandoah Avenue) in Warren County just north of Front Royal can expect significant traffic delays this week (Dec. 4-8) as workers put the finishing touches on the South Fork ShenandoahRiver bridge and Quadrant Roadway Intersection (QRI) project.

 Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) spokesperson Sandy Meyers said in an email that left or right lane closures are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for paving and applying line-markings. The work must be done during the daytime because the late fall overnight temperatures are too cold for these operations.

Ms. Myers said that drivers should consider the alternate route of  John Marshall Highway (Route 55 East) between Front Royal and Interstate 66 at exit 13 in the Linden area.

The  paving and line-painting are among the final stages of construction on the South Fork Shenandoah River bridge and Quadrant Roadway Intersection (QRI) project. The QRI at Route 340/522 and West Strasburg Road (Route 55 West) opened to traffic in November. Details of the new intersection – including traffic patterns and simulation videos – are located at

All work is weather permitting.

Traffic alerts and traveler information are available by calling 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at