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Local Pastors and Citizens to Remember Peter Muhlenberg, the Fighting Parson
January 16, 2018

The Rev. Larry Wilson Johnson will lead prayers of thanksgiving and remembrance at the Peter Muhlenberg statues at the courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia, at 11am on this Saturday, January 20. Johnson, a descendant of several great grandfathers who fought in the Revolutionary War, will be joined by local pastors and citizens. The public is invited.

This is the 242th anniversary when 300 Shenandoah Valley men assembled at the intersection of the court house to go to war on January 21, 1776. Their leader was the Rev. Col. Peter Muhlenberg a young Lutheran/Anglican pastor who was asked by Patrick Henry and General George Washington to form a regiment and join in the fight for American Freedom. Peter would become known as the “fighting parson.” The story of the sermon he gave that day is recorded in history books worldwide. Muhlenberg and his regiment were at Valley Forge the following year, 1777-78 during a most awful and deadly winter where nearly 3,000 soldiers died of starvation and disease. He was with Washington when British General Cornwallis surrendered at York Town, Virginia in October1781. This ended the war and secured American Independence.

This is the fourth year Johnson and others have assembled to mark this historic day. The Rev. Larry W. Johnson is a past president of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. For information call Johnson at 540.454.4129. Johnson is known for his presentations on Revolutionary War History.

Historical Background

The Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, 242 years ago on January 21, 1776, incited 300 men of his congregations in the Shenandoah Valley to join the American Revolution. He was a minister serving at least seven churches in the Valley at Woodstock, Strasburg, Shenandoah County and what would be Page County. The Rev. Muhlenberg first received a commission as a Colonel in George Washington’s Army and served until the end of the War when British forces at Yorktown under Lord General Cornwallis surrendered. Earlier he was with Washington at Valley Forge. He is especially remembered for the sermon he delivered on 21 January, 1776, in his Woodstock Church, where he preached from Ecclesiastes the Third Chapter, which starts with “To everything there is a season….” After reading the eighth verse, “a time for war, and a time for peace,” he declared, “and this is the time for war.” With this he whipped off his clerical robe to reveal his Revolutionary War uniform. General Washington, his good friend, had asked him personally to take this commission so Muhlenberg joined him in what would become the most epic war ever fought for freedom. The Rev. Muhlenberg rose to the rank of Major General and is a role model for ministers and all Patriotic Americans today.

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Thermal Shelter planning meeting slated for Thursday evening
January 10, 2018

FRONT ROYAL –  A meeting to discuss the creation of a thermal shelter for the homeless of Front Royal and Warren County will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 at  6:30 PM at the New Hope Bible Church at 80 N. Lake Ave, Front Royal.

Kathy Leonard, homeless liaison for the effort, said, “We are gathering the forces to make this thing happen! If you would like to be part of the solution, join us!”

In a Facebook posting advertising the meeting, Leonard wrote, “Please feel free to forward this to anyone and everyone that you think may be willing to help. Your attendance to this meeting does not commit your participation. But, you will have opportunities to commit your participation.”

Please bring your calendars, schedules, notebooks and decision makers. This will be both an informational meeting and a working meeting. It’s COLD

For more information about the meeting, or ways in which you may help the homeless or volunteer,  contact Kathy Leonard  at [email protected]

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming February 1-15, 2017
January 3, 2018

General Education Development
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success.

English as a Second Language
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the English as a Second Language course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The ESL course is completely free. Learning English will not only enhance your quality of life but open many doors and present new opportunities

Hello Computer
Samuels Public Library invites you to attend our beginning computer class for total computer novices. It is a four week course that covers turning on a computer, using a mouse, setting up email and using the internet. Classes are held on Tuesdays from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Exploring Computers
Samuel Public Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 1:00pm-2:00pm

Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree
Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Classes are held Wednesday nights at 6:00pm.

Microsoft Office Workshop
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and attend our Microsoft Office Workshop that is designed to help patrons become better acquainted with Microsoft office applications. This class meets every 1st Saturday of the month from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Class will be Saturday, February 3rd.

The History of Front Royal: World War I
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 pm as local historian Patrick Farris presents a program on life and the impact of World War I in Warren County including a rare glimpse into the lives of African Americans who participated in the war.

Genealogy workshop
Interested in learning about your family’s history? Samuels Public Library invites you to come out Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00pm to learn about the library’s genealogy resources. Check out what online databases the library has to offer, what print resources we have in our very own Virginia history room, and how to start a search for those new to genealogy! Already done extensive research? Feel free to stop by and share your stories! This class meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Advanced PowerPoint
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for an advanced class on Microsoft PowerPoint on Saturdays, February 10th & 17th from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The purpose of this class is to introduce how to use common transition and animation effects in a PowerPoint presentation.

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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Jan 9th
January 2, 2018

Across the country on January 9, citizens take the lead on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated. On National Law Enforcement Day, we have an opportunity to thank them for their service and offer a token of respect.


There are several ways to show your support. Send a note of thanks to your local, county or state police agency. Wear blue, turn your social media channels blue or shine a blue porch light to show your support. Find more ideas at Concerns of Police Survivors and share your support using #NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay to share on social media.


National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was founded in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Concerns of Police Survivors, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chief of Police, the Officer Down Memorial Page, Law Enforcement United, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, International Conference of Police Chaplains, National Troopers Coalition only name a few of the long list of organizations supporting inaugural day of National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day. Since then, nationwide many more organizations have joined forces to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) to spread encouragement and respect


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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center invites public to Jan. 13 Open House
December 29, 2017

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Clarke Co. will host an Open House Jan. 13. Photos/Dara Bailey Design

The two-year-old, state of the art, Blue Ridge Wildlife Center at Boyce in Clarke County will be open to the general public for the first time on Saturday, January 13 from noon to 3 p.m. Members of the public are invited to the Open House to learn about what goes on day-to-day behind the scenes of this amazing new hospital, only the second of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A full time veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Riley, treats some 1,000 animals each year. While most are returned to the wild, those whose injuries are more severe are provided permanent shelter at the center. The facility has a $400,000 annual budget and occupies 17 acres of grass and trees immune to the traffic noise of nearby Route 50.

Waiting to welcome visitors to the Open House will be Wildlife Ambassadors such as Jefferson, the American bald eagle; Beeker, a striped skunk; an eastern screech owl named Dopey; Arctic Fox Snow; and a variety of other foxes, squirrels, turtles, possums; and even a black snake called Slim.

Above, Jefferson, the American Bald Eagle; below Rocket, the flying squirrel (he thinks he’s an eagle) – the pair will be among animals ‘meeting and greeting’ the public at Open House.


Jefferson is one of several raptors housed at the facility that were injured by collisions with vehicular traffic and left unable to fly after their treatment. All, or most, of the animals are used in an extensive educational program conducted in the Bradley Learning Center, as well as off site at schools and clubs in Clarke, Warren and other neighboring counties.

Hillary Davidson, the newly appointed executive director, who boasts an injured owl as a family pet, advises to call ahead (540) 837-9000 if the weather looks dicey, and for directions; or online visit Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

The wildlife center/hospital is about a half-hour drive from Front Royal.

Education is a big part of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center – here, Heather Sparks shows young visitors an Eastern Screech Owl.


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Little Caesars Love Kitchen to serve public lunch at Winchester Rescue Mission on Friday
December 27, 2017

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen will make a stop in Winchester on Friday, Dec. 29 at the Winchester Rescue Mission. / Courtesy photo.

WINCHESTER, VA – The Little Caesars Love Kitchen will roll into the Winchester Rescue Mission on Friday, December 29, to serve a free pizza lunch to community members.

The big-rig doubles as a mobile kitchen and travels across the United States, feeding the hungry and homeless, as well as disaster survivors.

Little Caesars local franchise owners donate the resources necessary to make each Love Kitchen serving a success. An estimated 50,000 franchisees, their employees and corporate colleagues have volunteered over the years to support the program in their local communities.

Brandan Thomas, Executive Director of the Winchester Rescue Mission, said, “It’s a real treat to have Little Caesars come out and support us. It shows the guys the community is behind them.”

The pizza chain reached out to the nonprofit organization that serves homeless men after they “saw the work we were doing and wanted to partner with what we were already accomplishing, “ Thomas said in a Wednesday interview.

The Mission doesn’t typically serve lunch, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to help spread the message of love to those in need. Free pizza will be served at noon at 435 N. Cameron Street. Everyone is welcome to eat.

The Winchester Rescue Mission serves between 2,500 and 3,000 meals each month.  Dinner is served at 5:00 p.m. daily and is open to any man, woman, or child who is in need of a meal.

“Our nightly dinners continue to grow,” Thomas said.  “We pride ourselves on being a safe and welcoming environment for everyone in our community.  We have very generous volunteers who’ve been able to keep up with the high demand this winter.”

As word of the Love Kitchen is spreading throughout the area, members of the community have stepped forward to offer additional help.  Some have donated sodas to be served with the pizza.

Others have brought new coats to the facility to give to the residents.  Items needed include: warm socks, gloves, hats, coats,  and gift cards to purchase items.  A list of the Mission’s most needed items can be found here: Current Mission needs.   Donated items can be dropped off at 435 N. Cameron Street between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

More information about the Winchester Rescue Mission,  which has been serving the community since 1974, is available at

A chief goal of Thomas’ is to educate the public about the issue of homelessness.  Often, he says, the public tends to view a homeless person as lazy, drug-addicted or worse.  It is more likely that the person has experienced one or more circumstances that combine to contribute to homelessness.

Many Americans these days are only a paycheck or two away from dire circumstances, and the loss of a job, or having an illness without sick-days to provide for missed work hours can be enough to create homelessness.

“These people are no different than you or I, “ Thomas said in the interview.  “They are often the victim of multiple circumstances.”

While no solid figures were available for the current homeless population in Winchester-Frederick County, a count last year put the number somewhere north of 200.

In addition to his role of nearly two years at the Mission, Thomas serves as Pastor of the Canvas Church, which meets at the Virginia Ave. Elementary School.  In fact, he relocated to the city of Winchester to begin the church.

Little Caesars has two trucks in operation, which are in service 365 days a year. The restaurants on wheels have served more than three million people, according to the corporate website.

The Love Kitchen has been recognized for its charitable efforts, receiving The President’s Volunteer Action Award Citation from former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The Reagan administration also awarded the Love Kitchen a Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives.

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Selah Theatre Project presents GLORY BEA!-A SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS
November 29, 2017

Selah Theatre Project presents GLORY BEA!-A SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS, written by Rich Follett and Larry Dahlke. Directed by Rich Follett.

Event Details: A Shenandoah Valley Christmas Tradition Returns About The Play It is 1933 in the Shenandoah Valley and the Depression has hit valley residents hard. Families need work and the CCC is providing jobs by creating the Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Pineville Christmas Eve pageant will not be complete without its Christmas Cedar Tree. But, the blizzard of ’33 is wreaking havoc on the family members trying to get home for Christmas through the blinding snowstorm. Christmas Eve- anything is possible on Christmas Eve. Hard times, an argument over a tree, a baby born at Christmas, a little girl lost in the snow, redbirds and angels…and a miraculous homecoming.

About Selah’s Production Selah Theatre Project is proud to bring back a beloved Shenandoah Valley holiday tradition. GLORY BEA!-A SHENANDOAH CHRISTMAS STORY, a Wayside Theatre classic, is a heart-warming Christmas musical written by Larry Dahlke and much-loved local author, actor, musician, director, drama instructor and High School Drama teacher Rich Follett.

La Tasha Do’zia-Earley, Selah Theatre Project’s founding artistic director, enthused, “We are so excited to bring back a Valley holiday tradition. Even better is having Rich Follett here to direct his Christmas classic!”

WHEN: Fridays: December 8th and December 15th at 7PM
Saturdays: December 9th and December 16th at 7 PM
Sundays: December 10th and December 17th at 3 PM

TICKETS: General Admission: $12 online/$15 at the door
Students/Seniors: $8 online/$10 at the door

WHERE: 30 East 8th Street, Front Royal, VA 22630

MORE INFO: Phone: 540-686-5185

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Garden Club of Warren County Annual Holiday Decorating Raffle
November 27, 2017

The winner of this raffle will have Garden club members come to their home with baskets full of fresh cut holiday greenery and berries.

These experienced arrangers will decorate your fireplace mantle, provide a wreath for your door and make a beautiful arrangement for your dining room table.

Tickets will be sold for homes in the Front Royal and surrounding areas to include Rappahannock, Warrenton and Winchester.

This would make a great gift for a friend or yourself ! !

Have a large portion of your holiday decorating completed in just a couple of hours for the reasonable cost of just $20 a ticket.

Only 100 tickets will be sold, making your odds of winning very good.

Contact any member of the Garden Club of Warren County or call  Kathy Napier at 540/635-7831 to purchase tickets by  November 29, 2017

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FREE CONCERT: Oratorio Society Christmas Concert December 10th
November 25, 2017

The FRONT ROYAL ORATORIO SOCIETY presents their annual free, Christmas concert on Sunday, December 10, 4:00 PM at Front Royal Presbyterian Church (115 Luray Ave, Front Royal). Bring your family and celebrate the joy of Christmas with glorious choral music!

Entitled “Making Spirits Bright”, the program features beautiful and timeless carols and anthems with the Winchester String Quartet accompanying.

The whole family is welcome, including the kids and tots.  The concert is free with a freewill offering.

For further information call 540-635-4842 or visit us at WWW.FROS.ONLINE.

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The perfect Christmas tree for your home or business
November 21, 2017

Boy Scout Troop 52 out of Front Royal VA is gearing up for their annual Christmas tree fundraising sales located at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center just across from Rural King.

Christmas trees will be on sale starting November 24th up through December 21st. Hours are: Monday thru Friday 4 pm-8 pm Saturday 8 am to 8 pm Sunday Noon to 8 pm.

The Scouts are ready to help you pick out the perfect Christmas tree for your home or business. Christmas tree funds and donations help the scouts pay for summer camp and other trips throughout the coming year.

Christmas trees range from $35 to $50 dollars and the troop will continue selling them until December 21st unless they sell out before then.

WHERE: Royal Plaza Shopping Center, Front Royal, VA 22630

WHEN: November 24th up through December 21st.
Monday thru Friday 4 pm-8 pm
Saturday 8 am to 8 pm
Sunday Noon to 8 pm