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State News
Governor McAuliffe Announces Cathay Pacific Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service to Washington Dulles International Airport
December 21, 2017

 – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Cathay Pacific Airlines will launch nonstop service between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia. The newly announced air route, which will offer four nonstop, roundtrip flights per week, is estimated to bring nearly $30 million in direct and $52 million total economic impact annually to Virginia. The service, the longest non-stop air route to Hong Kong, will begin September 16, 2018.

“Today we celebrate a new bridge between Asia and Virginia, and we look forward to welcoming all of the international travelers this new air service will bring to the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Virginia has made a significant commitment to growing our relationship with Asia in recent years and we are proud to be a new United States market with nonstop service from Hong Kong. With its convenient schedule, this new Cathay Pacific air service provides direct connections to destinations around the globe and will help us continue to grow the new Virginia economy.”

The new route is the most recent of many bridges established under Governor McAuliffe’s administration. In July, Air India launched a new nonstop flight to IAD from New Delhi increasing air connectivity between Asia and Virginia. In July 2014, Governor McAuliffe welcomed Air China’s inaugural nonstop flight to IAD connecting the Commonwealth to one of the top emerging business and tourism markets.

Governor McAuliffe was instrumental in recruiting Cathay Pacific to Dulles, the result of one of 35 trade and marketing missions. The Governor has led numerous missions to Asia, and across the globe, during his administration, to showcase Virginia’s economic strengths, its agriculture, food and beverage assets, and great quality of life to prospective corporate investors and travelers.

“Cathay Pacific’s decision is another victory from our strategic efforts to establish more direct, nonstop international flight options to and from Dulles,” said Todd Haymore, Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “Hong Kong plays an important role in global commerce as the world’s largest host and investor of foreign direct investment stock, after the United States. Cathay Pacific’s flights between Hong Kong and Dulles provide Virginia an opportunity to recruit new foreign direct investment opportunities for the new Virginia economy and increase tourist visits from Asia overall.”

International travelers are an important component of Virginia’s economic strategy. In 2016, one million international travelers visited Virginia and spent $1.7 billion in the Commonwealth. Of that, 145,000 were from the Asia Pacific region spending $450 million. China, India, South Korea, Australia and Japan are all top ten markets for Virginia visitation. The Asia Pacific region’s share of international spending in Virginia is expected to grow to 30 percent in 2020, up from 27 percent in 2016.

About Virginia Tourism
Tourism is an instant revenue generator in the Commonwealth. For every dollar invested in tourism marketing, Virginia Tourism returns $7 in state tax revenue. In 2015, visitors spent $23 billion, which supported 223,100 jobs and contributed $1.6 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about Virginia Tourism Corporation, please visit

 About Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific Airways offers over 100 flights per week to Hong Kong and beyond, including over 22 destinations in Mainland China, from six cities in the USA and two in Canada: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto. For more information, including current fares and availability, visit For North American reservations, dial toll-free: 1-888-233-ASIA.

About Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road and also manages construction of the Silver Line project, a 23-mile extension of the Washington region’s Metrorail public transit system through Fairfax County and into Loudoun County, Virginia. More than 45 million passengers a year pass through the two airports. The Airports Authority generates more than 387,000 jobs in the National Capital Region.

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Staff to Hold Open Door Meetings
December 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Front Royal. A staff member will be available to meet with citizens to assist with problems they might have with a federal agency and hear their views on current issues before Congress.

Warren County Open Door Meeting
10:00am – 12:00pm
Samuels Public Library
330 E. Criser Road
Front Royal, Virginia

Upcoming Dates:
January 3, 2018
January 17, 2018

Town Events
What is the Catholic Church Anyway – You May Be Surprised
December 15, 2017

For the last two years, there has been a “second lung” of the Catholic Church, quietly ministering in Front Royal. Well, maybe not so quiet if you ever heard, the joyful singing at their services. What is this “second lung” as St. John Paul II called it? Why did he call for the Church to breathe with “both lungs?”

What exactly is the Catholic Church, anyway? It is a community of 24 self-governing churches, united under the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. Remember how St. Paul would write to the church in this city or that city?

As those churches developed and still others founded by the Apostles and their successors, they shared the same faith and the same sacraments but the ways of expressing that faith and celebrating the sacred liturgy differed. Thus, the Catholic Church is more that just the Western Roman Church (one lung).

The “second lung” is comprised of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Do you have to be Ukrainian to attend? No more than you have to be “Roman” to attend a Roman Catholic Church.

Meeting in the chapel of Human Life International, 4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal, VA, an enthusiastic group of families attend Divine Liturgy (Mass) in English, at SS. Joachim and Anna Ukrainian Catholic Church each Saturday at 4:00 pm.

In addition, there will be a Christmas Day Divine Liturgy at 11:30 a.m. This community is a mission of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Two priests serve the community from the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC. This will be the third Christmas Season for the new faith community, which began in the late summer of 2015.

This Byzantine Liturgy was written by St. John Chrysostom and dates to the 300’s. You will experience the fullness and universality of the Catholic Church. For other Catholics, this Divine Liturgy is the Mass and does fulfill the Sunday obligation. It’s different, it’s ancient, it’s beautiful, it’s fun. Whether you are Catholic or not, check it out. Everyone is welcome!

State News
Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women Announce the 7th Annual STEM Essay Contest
December 15, 2017

Members of the Virginia Council on Women after the 2017 meeting.

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women today announced the 7th Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior women. The Council will award at least five $5,000 scholarships to young women, in their junior and senior years in high school, who will be pursuing a STEM career at an institution of higher education. One scholarship will be awarded in each of five geographic regions across the state. Additional scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the Council.

“Growing the new Virginia economy depends on our ability to prepare young people to succeed in the workforce of the 21st century,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This essay contest is a great way to encourage our female students to pursue careers in the science, math, engineering and technology fields that will set the course for the global economy in the years to come. I want to thank the Virginia Council on Women for hosting this STEM essay contest and encourage Virginia’s young women to put their best ideas forward this year.”

“I am honored to be a part of the this year’s Virginia Council on Women STEM essay contest,” said Governor-Elect Northam. “Encouraging young women to pursue careers in high demand fields like science, technology, engineering and math is critical to making sure Virginia’s economy is strong and 21st century ready. I want to thank the Virginia Council on Women for their dedication to helping young women explore their passions and pursue careers in STEM fields.”

The STEM Essay Contest was launched in 2012 with 170 young women from across the Commonwealth submitting essays focusing on their vision for a future STEM education or career. In its first year, the Council raised $10,000 and made three scholarship awards. Now, in its 7th year, the Council has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships. The Council partners with the Math Science Innovation Center, which, since its establishment in 1966, has served as a regional math and science center, to administer the contest.

Last year, the Council received more than 500 essay submissions and, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, awarded $35,000 in scholarships to high school women.

Amy Eckert, Co-Chair of the Essay Contest commented, “this contest is personal to me. I recognize the importance of financial aid. Scholarships, such as those awarded from the STEM Essay Contest, afforded me the opportunity to attend college.”

“We are excited to be kicking off our scholarship essay contest,” added Carol Rick Gibbons, Co-Chair of the Essay Contest. “It is always inspiring to see how many talented young women in Virginia are passionate about pursuing STEM careers. Working with our generous donors to help our winners achieve their education goals is extremely rewarding.”

To be eligible, one must be a female or identify as a female, reside in Virginia, be a junior or senior in high school and hold at least a 2.5 GPA. Applications and guidelines are available online.

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on February 8, 2018. Essays will be judged by a panel of Council members and individuals who represent STEM fields. Winners will be notified by March 23, 2018. The scholarship awards will be presented at a reception at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia, in April 2018.

About the Virginia Council on Women

The purpose of the Virginia Council on Women is to help women reach their potential and maximize their contributions to society and the Commonwealth as wage earners and citizens. The Council has initiated several projects to meet this goal. Find more information on the Council or on available sponsorship opportunities here.

State News
Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner Launch ‘Virginia is for Entrepreneurs’ Initiative
December 11, 2017

ALEXANDRIA – Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner today announced the launch of the Virginia is for Entrepreneurs (VA4E) initiative, an effort to better match entrepreneurs with potential investors across regions, backgrounds and industries. V4E’s first initiative will feature a standardized online application to better link entrepreneurs with more than 50 investment firms and potential funders to help launch or grow their Virginia-based businesses.

Partners in the network includes a number of universities including Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise; angel investment groups such as 757 Angels and Shenandoah Valley Angel Investors; venture funds including Revolution and Village Capital; and statewide organizations including the Center for Innovative Technology.

“The Commonwealth has long been home to innovators and entrepreneurs who make up the backbone of our new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “That’s why it’s so important that we continue to expand our support for promising new ventures. The Virginia is for Entrepreneurs initiative will open new doors for local start-ups by increasing access to the capital they need to thrive and create good-paying jobs.”

“While Virginia boasts a number of innovative communities and ecosystems across the Commonwealth, a consistent problem has been connecting promising entrepreneurs with capital available to support their vision,” said Senator Mark Warner. “As part of a broader effort to strengthen the connective tissue between Virginia’s startup communities, this tool will help founders evaluate their product fit and maturity, and connect them with venture and angel investors across the Commonwealth.”

“Having a single point of entry to a statewide capital network will greatly enhance the likelihood that Virginia startups will be able to secure the funding they need without having to rely on out-of-state resources,” said Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. “And for those in regions that lack an organized venture community, access to these funds will open up a myriad of entrepreneurial opportunities.”

“Whether you’re an agriculture entrepreneur in Abingdon or a cyber-security entrepreneur in Arlington, if you’ve got a great idea and work hard, you should be able to succeed,” said Ross Baird, founder of the venture firm Village Capital and one of the organizers of the V4E initiative. “Today, too often the best ideas don’t even get the opportunity to start because of who they are or where they come from. Virginia is for Entrepreneurs is testing ideas statewide to fix that.”

The pilot initiative announced today that the online application was successfully tested by more than 200 entrepreneurs and investors statewide at the TomTom Festival in Charlottesville and by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

The initiative will help build strategic sectors in Virginia. For example, one of the initial areas of focus for the investment portfolio will be a state-led pilot program to promote the growth of early stage unmanned aerial systems companies, which has been identified as a cornerstone industry for the New Virginia Economy.

For more information, please contact Ross Baird, [email protected]; Paul Hirschbiel, [email protected]; or visit


Town Events
240th Anniversary of Valley Forge “The Crisis”
December 11, 2017

At 10am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Front Royal Quality Inn, the Shenandoah Christian Alliance will present a program entitled “Valley Forge—The Crisis.” The program tells of the horrid suffering 240 years ago of soldiers fighting for American Independence. The speaker is the Rev. Larry Johnson, the great(x4) grandson of a Revolutionary War Soldier from North Carolina. Public is invited. RSVP Dale Carpenter at 540.225.4790.

The program allows attendees to experience a breakfast of what the soldiers had to eat and drink- “rice and liberty tea.” A regular breakfast will be served, too. The story tells of General George Washington’s Army moving into Valley Forge in the cold snowy December of 1777.  The war hung in the balance with hope dying as our Capital fell into the hands of the British and our Continental Congress members fleeing for their lives. It is now left to Washington and his “rag tag” army to save what the soldiers called our “Glorious Cause.” There were many soldiers from this area at Valley Forge.

At Valley Forge nearly 3,000 soldiers died from starvation, disease, and freezing; soldiers without shoes, clothes, or protection from the cold. This story is in their own words taken from diaries, letters, and doctors’ notes. Vivid details are revealed of the suffering, death, and determination of our patriot forefathers who fought in America’s struggle for Freedom. This history uncovers the intervention of George Washington’s “Providence.”

Larry W. Johnson is well known for his historical programs on the American Revolution from the stand point of the “common soldier.” He is a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and past President of the Col. James Wood II Chapter serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He may be reached at 1.540.635.5521. Cell 1540.454.4129.

Legislative Update
Virginia House Republicans Call on U.S. Senate to Act on CHIP
December 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, an op-ed authored by Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Rob Wittman, Scott Taylor, Tom Garrett, Dave Brat, Morgan Griffith, and Barbara Comstock appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch urging Virginia’s senators to act on reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

December 1, 2017

More than 8 million low-income children in the United States depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for health coverage. That includes 66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women here in Virginia. Under Virginia’s CHIP program, thousands of children have received immunizations, annual checkups, and preventive screenings that detect illnesses like cancer and heart defects before they become fatal.

Unfortunately, as the days on the calendar continue to tick by, these children come closer to losing the coverage they need to keep them healthy. Why? Because the United States Senate has yet to act on legislation to reauthorize CHIP, which lapsed at the end of September. While Virginia luckily has sufficient funding to ensure coverage during this period, Governor McAuliffe has indicated that this holiday season the state will begin to notify families that children will no longer have CHIP health coverage after January 31, 2018.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee worked diligently and in good faith to produce legislation that would fund CHIP in a fiscally responsible way. The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would reauthorize CHIP through fiscal year 2022, was brought to the House floor and passed by a vote of 242-174. We cast our votes in favor of this legislation to make certain that the 40,830 Virginians using this coverage in the congressional districts we represent are not left in the lurch.

It’s hard to fathom why the Senate would stall this legislation or why anyone would choose to play politics with a program that has traditionally received bipartisan support. Thousands of Virginia children are in jeopardy of losing their health care coverage if the U.S. Senate doesn’t act. We’ve done our part in the House. Now, we need Virginia’s senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, to step up to the plate and urge quick action. We also hope McAuliffe will join us in the effort to advocate for the Senate to bring the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act up for a vote.

On behalf of the Virginia families we represent in Congress, we ask that the Senate act now to reauthorize CHIP. Virginians deserve certainty that this program will continue.

The writers represent the following Virginia congressional districts in the U.S. House: Rob Wittman — 1st District; Scott Taylor — 2nd District; Tom Garrett — 5th District; Bob Goodlatte — 6th District; Dave Brat — 7th District; Morgan Griffith — 9th District; Barbara Comstock — 10th District.


Legislative Update
Dunbar announces bid for Congress
November 14, 2017

Cynthia Dunbar, is seeking the Republican nomination in 2018, in the wake of Congressman Goodlatte’s announcement that he would retire at the end of his current term.

FOREST, VA – Cynthia Dunbar, Republican National Committeewoman representing Virginia on the Republican National Committee, on Monday announced her candidacy for the Virginia Sixth    Congressional District House of Representatives and will be seeking the Republican nomination in 2018.

 Dunbar  commented,  “For  over  two  decades  and  specifically  over  the  last twelve months as National Committeewoman, I have witnessed firsthand the disarray and dysfunction inside Congress which is crippling our Republic.  Our national debt, our out of control spending, our tax system, our immigration policy are just a few reasons why Americans elected Republicans. The people entrusted our party with control of the House, the Senate, and the White House to lead the fight to save our nation. That is exactly what we need to be doing.

As constitutional conservatives, we can no longer allow career politicians to focus on the next election as opposed to current problems facing our nation. What we need is true conservative leadership willing to support our President, uphold our party Platform, keep our Promises, and deliver liberty and justice for all.

 The 6th District is solidly conservative and its constituents are both motivated and mobilized for change. We are demanding real results and will not accept excuses. The voters believe in our party and our principles but when the career politicians and bureaucrats turn a deaf ear to the voice of Americans and a blind eye to the lawlessness of the elected elite the American people lose trust in their government.

 I am humbled by the number of citizens who have requested that I represent their voice in Washington, and I therefore willingly enter this race.  I promise this will be a Campaign for the People!  And I pledge that I will not rest until we obtain Liberty and Justice for All.”

Town Notices
Rotary Club of Front Royal welcomes guest speaker
August 24, 2017

On Friday, August 25th, The Rotary Club of Front Royal will welcome Vicki Davies as its speaker. Vickie is the Executive Director of Saint Luke Community Clinic. The Rotary Club of Front Royal meets at noon on Fridays. This week’s meeting will be held at the Warren County Community Center located at 538 Villa Avenue. The cost of lunch is $12 and the public is invited to attend.

At the meeting the Club will also be awarding its annual Bob Miller award. Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Miller served the Front Royal community as a dentist for 67 years. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal for 75 years. His dedication to his patients, clubs, and community were always in the forefront of what he did. It is with the memory of Bob and his Service and Dedication to the community that the Rotary Club of Front Royal established the “Robert E. “Bob” Miller Community Service Award”. It is the objective of the Rotary Club of Front Royal to recognize individuals within the Front Royal-Warren County Community for contributions that improve the quality of life of its citizens. The award is named after Robert E. “Bob” Miller in recognition of his 75 years of membership in the Rotary Club of Front Royal, and his Service to the Front Royal-Warren County Community. Recipients of the award shall have demonstrated a commitment of service and dedication to the community through their vocation, public service, philanthropy or civic service to the community to make a lasting impression on the community.

Doug Stanley PH+1, Chairman
Public Information Committee
Rotary Club of Front Royal

Bio – Vicki Davies

Vicki Davies has a BS in nursing and is the Executive Director of Saint Luke Community Clinic as of July 2016. Prior to her employment at St. Luke she was employed by Valley Health since moving to this area in 1992. During her employment at VH she worked as a staff nurse in various departments, a charge nurse, a nurse educator.

Vicki moved to the Shenandoah Valley area from Nashville, Tennessee, and lived in Memphis for 33 years prior to that. She is a mother of a grown daughter who teaches Braille in Frederick, MD and at WVU who has 5 children. Vicki lives with 4 dogs and a cat in Stephens City. Her oldest dog just turned 20 on August 21st.

Community Service Ties:

  • A member of the Warren County Rotary Club.
  • A member of the Stephens City Lions Club, serves as lifetime secretary and officers training for the district.
  • Board member of Winchester Rescue Mission and rescue mission nurse.
  • On fundraising committee at House of Hope.
  • Takes blood pressures once a week at Samuels Public Library.
  • For the past 6 years has gone on a mission trip to Wise County VA with Remote Area Medical to serve over 2000 people in the Appalachian area of VA.
  • Volunteers with Habit for Humanity.
  • Faith Community Nurse.

Include quilting, sewing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Town Notices
Back to school on Tuesday, August 15
August 9, 2017

Chief Bruce E. Hite wishes to remind the motoring public that children will be returning back to school on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, and to exercise caution and adhere to the rules of the road governing the school buses and pedestrians that will be more prevalent in using the roadways.  The police department’s crossing guards will be directing traffic at designated crosswalks on N. Royal Avenue and E. Criser Road for the safe crossing of children going and returning from school and officers will be monitoring the new crosswalk area of Leaches Run Parkway leading to the new Warren County Middle School.

The Front Royal Police Department encourages everyone to practice the Town of Front Royal’s S.T.O.P.S (Smart Towns Observe Pedestrian Safety) campaign message below, when utilizing the public roadways in hopes that we all work together in keeping our streets safe.


  • Wear light colors and reflective clothing at night
  • Cross at crosswalks, whenever possible. Mid-block crossing in NOT recommended
  • Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT and over the shoulder for turning traffic before crossing


  • STOP for pedestrians who have entered crosswalks (marked and unmarked) while awaiting signal changes and at non-signal areas.  Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT before crossing.
  • DO NOT BLOCK CROSSWALKS when awaiting a signal change