Author archive: Jennifer Avery

Chamber News
January Business After Hours Hosted by Weichert Realtors
January 16, 2018

Spend a couple of hours catching up with friends, making new business contacts, and enjoying good food and drink at Business After Hours – one of the Chamber’s most popular and successful, on-going networking events!

This monthly networking event hosted by a Chamber member business, offer attendees a relaxed but purposeful networking atmosphere, capped off with some great drawings and giveaways. Business After Hours is held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 23 at 5:30 PM –  Weichert, Realtors – Front Royal

Chamber News
Brown Bag Luncheon – The Power of 15 Minutes
January 16, 2018

UPDATE: Due to the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow the January Brown Bag Luncheon has been postponed until February 21st.

What if you could add 15 minutes to your day? What would you do with that 15 minutes? Believe it or not, you have 168 opportunities every week to make this a reality and finally get to those things you’ve been wishing you had time for! Crystel Lynn and Dr. Sherri Michelle, National Speakers and best-selling authors, will be there to share this life-changing secret!

Held the third Wednesday of every month, this complimentary educational lunch series offers a wide variety of topics presented by Chamber member experts. Bring your lunch and enjoy this informative presentation. Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a networking session, speaker begins at noon and questions & answers at 12:45 until 1 p.m.

Wednesday, January 17 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce201 E. 2nd Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Event link:

What Matters Warren
Heather Davis and Tammy Ruggiero present The Bridge Project
January 13, 2018

Local poet and writer, Heather Davis has launched a project called The Bridge Project into our community with the intention of connecting people across all types of differences.  The call is out for us all to participate by creating art or writing that expresses what is inside our heart.  How do we want to connect?  What does connection mean to us individually?  In a world that feels so divided sometimes, let’s join together and build a bridge!  The final product will be a bridge for display all around town to admire and explore. How fun!

Theme: How we connect to other people across differences of age, gender, race, class, religion, culture, sexuality, nationality, ability, etc.
Requirements: Create artwork and/or write on 5 x 7 watercolor paper.
Submit: Send to Stover Insurance at 214 East Jackson Street, Front Royal, VA 22630 or place into marked boxes at Blue Wing Frog, Happy Creek Coffee, or the Samuels Public Library. DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

Note: Finished artwork will become part of a community art installation and will not be returned. Please send your name & contact info with the artwork.

Workshops: Free art/writing workshops will be held on January 20 and 27 at the Samuels Library from 10 am-12 pm to create the cards. Ages 12 and up.
Event: Finished cards will be affixed to a wooden slat rope bridge for display at a public event celebrating our connections across difference.
Local News
Strong turnout for Thermal Shelter meeting
January 11, 2018

A large number of local residents turned out for a meeting to discuss the need for a temporary thermal shelter in the county. / Photos by Jennifer Avery

FRONT ROYAL – The first Thermal Shelter meeting was held Thursday evening, Jan. 11 at New Hope Bible Church, to discuss the serious need for a temporary thermal shelter in Warren County.

Hollis Tharpe, Town Mayor, was in attendance and was able to help answer a variety of questions. Approximately eight churches were represented in the meeting, in addition to several other individuals and organizations who are heavily involved in working with the local homeless population, such as Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, the board of ROTH of FR (Roof Over Their Heads) and Linda Allen, a long-time local advocate for the underserved population.

Kathy Leonard (l), Vicki Davies, Michelle Smeltzer, Pam Williams and Roni Evans led the discussion at Thursday’s thermal shelter meeting.

One of the main goals of this meeting was to identify and recruit hosting churches and volunteers. Three churches stepped forward quickly once the question was posed to the crowd. Volunteers will be needed to supervise shelter and activities, fix meals, mentor and more. The group hopes that the public will be able to donate items such as linens, cots, chairs and self-sealing baggies.

Vicki Davies from St. Luke Community Clinic explained that nurses are ready to be available each night, as needed.

Kathy Leonard, Homeless Liaison for Front Royal and facilitator of the evening, explained, “More than solving someone’s problem, the single most important thing I have given someone is hope…people need hope.”

The meeting was also hosted by Vicki Davies of St. Luke Clinic, Michelle Smeltzer, with House of Hope, Pam Williams, from The Potter’s House and Roni Evans.

All Star Legacy of Front Royal’s senior team sweeps competition in Ohio! Go Freedom!
January 11, 2018

All Star Legacy of Front Royal’s senior team sweeps competition in Ohio! Go Freedom!

All Star Legacy’s Senior Co-ed squad Freedom wins at the Ameri Cheer 2018 Buckeye Scarlet & Grey Open National All Star cheerleading competition.  Freedom has been working so hard week after week at local Front Royal cheer gym, All Star Legacy.  You might remember hearing about these athletes during the hurricane tragedies in 2017.  All Star Legacy stepped up to the plate and sent 2 trucks filled with supplies to Texas in an attempt to help with emergency relief efforts.  Now, they are in need of some fundraising efforts of their own.

Freedom won National Open championship, WOW Choreography Award, Open Divisional Champions, Open National Grand Champions, the honored recipient international “In” bid to Walt Disney World in Florida, and full paid bid to The Title in Atlanta later in May.  In order to hold their positions, each team member will need to raise at least $800 each.  If you are a company interested in sponsorship or an individual, please contact Coach Rogers at [email protected].

Meet the Freedom squad: Hanna Horsman, Trinity Holben, Olivia Phelan, MacKenzie Smedley, Riley Kraus, Kaly Newhouse, Aurora Rinehart, Zoey Chaffin, Mariah Barber, Kylynn Whitt, Cheyene Broadbent, Michael Sauer, Bridgette Culey and Shawnee Chaffin.  Coaches: Donna Rogers, Trish Hart and Heather Brown.

Personal Note: I can speak from experience, these athletes are amazing.  I have been filming their journey for about 3 months now.  Clips of the team and moments along the way will be launched soon for the community to get to know the members of Freedom.  They have welcomed me into the gym and made me feel like family as I have watched their determination, positive attitudes and dedication!  It is an honor, to share with Front Royal some of their stories on the Royal Examiner. – Jen Avery, Jenspiration, LLC.

For more information contact:

All Star Legacy Front Royal
508-D Kendrick Lane, Front Royal VA
[email protected]

What Matters Warren
Town Tip Thursday – December 21st
December 21, 2017

Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is CALLING ALL DREAMERS! Do you have a dream to transform your life, but could use a financial boost to make it happen?

Watch this video to learn more about Dare to Dream.

Do you want to continue training in a career path, purchase materials to grow your business, or start a new organization, but currently lack the funds? If you are a woman in Warren County apply for a Dare to Dream Grant from the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center. These grants of up to $1,000 provide women with an opportunity to continue moving forward with their goals.

Click here to download the application: Dare-to-Dream-Application-2018

The 2018 Dare to Dream Grant campaign begins Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and runs through Friday, January 12, 2018. Applications are available at Samuels Public Library and at the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center Office (27 Cloud Street, Front Royal, VA).   Please mail your application to FRWRC, PO Box 1748, Front Royal, VA 22630. You can also apply using the Online Application. If you have a dream or know someone in your life who has a dream and needs a financial boost to make it happen, this is your opportunity. Grants run up to $1,000.

Dare To Dream Enrichment Grant Description – Presented by the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center

These annual grants provide women with an opportunity to take a bold step forward in their lives or support the momentum if they are already on their way. Past recipients have used their grants to go to school or start a business. They have purchased computers, attended beauty school, created nonprofits and attended training programs along with many other projects.  Here is the link for Past Funded Projects.

Women residing in Warren County and ages 18 years and older are eligible for funding through this grant.  Applicants may not be enrolled in high school.

Front Royal Women’s Resource Center

Interview with Beth Waller and Rebecca Vaughan

What Matters Warren
Town Tip Thursday – December 14th
December 14, 2017

Doug Stanley, County Administrator for Warren County, gives us an update on both the South Fork Bridge Project and the Morgan Ford Bridge Project.  As we all have notice, the double bridges are so close to completion!  Morgan Ford is moving right along and promises to allow higher clearance for canoeists.  The new construction and height will help prevent the bridge from flooding as often as well.  Watch video to learn more!

The Royal Examiner, your source for LOCAL news and events.

Interview with Beth Waller and Doug Stanley

What Matters Warren
What Matters Warren: Operation Warm is in full swing here in Warren County
December 13, 2017

Operation Warm is in full swing here in Warren County. Your $20 donation will bring brand new jackets to children who need help staying warm this winter.  The Front Royal Rotary Club has brought this program to the area and have collection boxes all around town.  They are working closely with Warren County Social Services to identify those kids who can benefit the most.  A thought to consider,  maybe this year have a few less presents under the tree and donate the extra money to Operation Warm for a few new jackets that can really make a difference.

Collection box locations: Royal Family Bowling Center | Royal Cinemas | Southern States | Rural King | Social Services | Government Center

To learn more about the program and its origin visit:

To stay connected and learn more about our local Rotary efforts visit:

Interview with Beth Waller, DeAnna Cheatham, Rick Novak and Doug Stanley

Faces of Our Valley
Local singer/songwriters shine as one of “The 9”
November 12, 2017