Archive for: January 11th, 2018

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.

Town Events
Community celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
January 11, 2018

The community is invited to join in a community celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Area congregations will gather at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, 115 Luray Avenue in Front Royal, to worship together in a multicultural service on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

The Reverend Edward Dawkins and the Reverend Brevetta Jordan will preach the messages.

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Statement on House Passage of 702 Reauthorization Legislation with Reforms
January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, today delivered the following remarks on the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a critical national security tool. The legislation, which passed the House by a vote of 256-164, represents a good first step at reforming Section 702.

Chairman Goodlatte: As you all know, the Judiciary Committee worked diligently, for a year, on legislation that does two things: (1) protect Americans’ civil liberties by requiring a court order to access Section 702 data during domestic criminal investigations; and (2) reauthorize the 702 program, which is our nation’s most indispensable national security tool.

We achieved that, by passing the USA Liberty Act in the House Judiciary Committee last year by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote, which is no easy task.  However, we were able to responsibly balance civil liberties with national security.

The bill we will vote on today was drafted in the spirit of the USA Liberty Act. It is not perfect, and the process getting here was not ideal, but the bill requires, for the first time, a warrant to access 702-collected communications of U.S. persons in criminal investigations.

Moreover, in routine criminal cases, when the FBI accesses U.S. person communications that were incidentally collected, without first obtaining a warrant, the FBI will not be permitted to use those communications in a criminal prosecution.  This will prevent a national security tool from advancing run-of-the-mill criminal prosecutions.

These are meaningful reforms.

The bill that was presented to us before Christmas, with its “optional warrant” construct, was not real reform. The bill we are debating today, however, contains meaningful reforms.  I would have preferred to include additional reforms, but I cannot stress to my colleagues enough that our choice cannot be between a perfect reform bill and expiration of this program. The 702 program is far too important for that. With this bill, we can have meaningful reform and reauthorization.

In its current form, this bill will pass the Senate.

I also want to caution everyone that we cannot go too far in seeking to alter this program. There is an amendment that will be offered, sponsored by Mr. Amash and Ms. Lofgren, which would prevent the FBI from ever querying its 702 database using a US person term.

Imagine the FBI getting a tip from a flight instructor whose student acts suspiciously by expressing great interest in learning how to take off and fly a plane but has no interest in learning how to land the plane.   This could be innocent behavior, but don’t we want law enforcement to at least be able to perform a search to see if they already have in their possession any communications between the student and a foreign actor involved in organizing terrorist plots?  The Judiciary Committee-passed bill would have allowed the search, and allowed law enforcement to view the metadata without a warrant, while requiring a warrant to view the content of the communications.

The Amash/Lofgren amendment, which was rejected in the Judiciary Committee, goes too far and would prevent such a search from even being done.  It would thus kill this critical program by preventing the FBI from even looking at its own databases without a warrant, rendering it ineffective in preventing terrorist attacks and stifling its ability to gather necessary intelligence.  It must not be adopted.

I will vote to support this bill. I will oppose the Amash/Lofgren amendment. I urge my colleagues to join me. Vote for reform and reauthorization.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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

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

State News
Governor-Elect Ralph Northam requests Virginia exemption from Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan
January 11, 2018

RICHMOND — In a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Governor-elect Ralph Northam on Thursday requested that Virginia be excluded from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s plans to expand offshore drilling off of all U.S. waters. The request follows Secretary Zinke’s announcement that Florida will be exempted from the plan.

“I grew up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and can tell you firsthand that the Chesapeake Bay and the Commonwealth’s ocean and coastal resources are every bit as ecologically and economically valuable as those of Florida, a state that was recently exempted from the leasing plan,” Governor-elect Northam writes. “I am encouraged by the decision to exempt Florida from the plan, and respectfully ask that the same exemption be made for the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The governor-elect also calls on the agency to allow Virginians to participate in a series of hearings that will include the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore before the public comment period ending on March 9. Currently, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has proposed a single public meeting to take place in Richmond, nearly 100 miles from the coastal communities that will feel the impacts of the plan most.

Governor-elect Northam released a statement condemning the Trump administration’s plan earlier this month. In it, he noted the threats offshore drilling pose to Virginia’s major economic drivers including tourism, fishing, aquaculture, and our military installations.

What Matters Warren
Town Tip – Warren Coalition upcoming pancake fundraiser and Mental Health Conference
January 11, 2018

The Warren Coalition has two great events coming up.

There will the a Character Pancake Day that is a fundraiser to help support all of the great work the Coalition does with over 3,000 of our children per year.  The other is a Mental Health Conference in February with the theme of recognizing trauma in children, with a special emphasis on fostering resilience and coping skills.  Below are links and details.  Please share this information, participate if you feel a fit for either of these events!

Pancake Day
, January 20 | 10am-1pm
For more details and ticket information visit:
To purchase tickets in advance, please call the Warren Coalition office at 540-636-6385.
Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

Mental Health Conference
, February 2 | 9am-3:45pm

To register, visit our EventBrite page.

Interview with Christa Shifflett and Beth Waller
A What Matters Initiative
Video by Jenspiration LLC
What Matters Warren
Town Tip – What is a Vision Board?
January 11, 2018

A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.

Join us at Open House: Meet in the Middle (213 E. Main Street) this Sunday from 1p-4p with Dr. Neema Tillery Moore as she provides a course on creating a vision board!

Vision boards help inspire, motivate and are a great way to help us make 2018 the best year yet! She will provide instruction, supplies and refreshments but encourages participants to bring magazines or photos or goals/dreams/wish-lists, etc. to add to the board.

FREE FOR THE FIRST 10 PARTICIPANTS. COST $15 to cover supplies/food–BETH WILL SPONSOR THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO SIGN UP, hurry and accept this invitation–she’ll explain how she’s used a vision board successfully for three years!

Cinnamon and blood sugar
January 11, 2018

Researchers are studying the spice cinnamon to see if it helps control blood sugar, as folk treatments suggest.

A review of 11 trials of cinnamon supplements in people with type 2 diabetes found that people using the supplements — while taking prescribed diabetes medications — showed some small improvement in blood sugar levels.

However, researchers stress the findings are not conclusive since other factors, such as exercise, cinnamon quality, and adherence to medications were often not accounted for.

The researchers concluded that the spice deserved more research but stressed that there is no evidence that cinnamon alone can control type 2 diabetes.

The review was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.