Archive for: January 16th, 2018

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

Local News
Local artist Sarah Miller is a hit at MAGfest convention
January 16, 2018

Artist Sarah Miller signs a print for a fan at the MAGfestConvention, held recently at the National Harbor, MD. / Photos provided by Sarah Miller.

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – If you haven’t heard of local artist Sarah Miller yet, that may change in the near future. The digital painter recently displayed and sold her artwork at MAGfest, a music and gaming convention held annually at National Harbor, MD.

Ms.Miller’s illustrations were quite popular amongst the thousands of people who flock to the yearly event to celebrate a shared love of visual and game art. She nearly sold out of some of her work, she said, which she markets under her business name, Sarah Miller Creations.

“It was an amazing weekend and I am still just beyond humbled from the support and love my work received,” Sarah said of the Jan. 4-7th, 2018 event. “I got to meet so many wonderful people, talented artists, and even some famous voice actors! It was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Sarah’s colorful portfolio focuses on character design and fantasy illustrations, and explores a variety of imaginative and surreal concepts. Her artwork–as well as her print shop–can be found online: Sarah Miller Creations.

National Media Services was happy to supply Sarah with the prints she needed and can’t wait to see where her creations take her in 2018, according to Mike McCool, company owner.

Seeds of Power, by artist Sarah Miller.

Legislative Update
Goodlatte Statement on DOJ/DHS Report on Immigration and National Security
January 16, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the report issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”:

“The startling information in this report confirms what we already know: our current immigration system is broken, and it fails to protect the American people. America is a nation of immigrants, most of whom came to this country seeking a better life. However, the years of lax enforcement, weak border security, and chain migration have brought in dangerous foreign nationals who have conspired against and in some cases harmed Americans. Of the 549 terror-related convictions since the attacks on September 11, 2001, 73% of those convicted were foreign born.

“I appreciate the Administration’s efforts to reform our immigration laws and improve our national security. To that end, I have worked with my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee to draft the Securing America’s Future Act. This legislation addresses many of the immigration problems identified by the Administration in October 2017, and it fixes the loopholes that allowed dangerous individuals to enter and remain in the United States as they planned to harm U.S. citizens. This bill is a necessary first step to fix our broken immigration system and protect the American people.”

Background: The Securing America’s Future Act bolsters enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, secures the border, and provides a long-term legislative solution for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The DOJ/DHS report was compiled in response to the President’s Executive Order 13780, and the full report is available here.

Town Notices
No yard waste collection on January 17, 2018
January 16, 2018

Yard waste collection was originally scheduled to stop on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Due to the holiday week, there will be no yard waste collection on January 17, 2018.

The Town of Front Royal has extended yard waste collection and will end on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Christmas Tree Collection will still end Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Public Works 540-635-7819

Legislative Update
Warner & Kaine ask DHS to reverse decision ending protected status for Salvadorans
January 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) joined a group of 27 Senate Democrats in a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen urging DHS to reverse its decision to end Temporary Protection Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador.

Earlier this week, DHS announced it would be ending TPS designation for the nearly 200,000 Salvadorans working and living under TPS protections in the United States today. Ending the TPS designation will not only uproot thousands of lives, disrupt communities across the U.S. and remove much-needed workers from important sectors of the U.S. economy, but it will also harm progress made to improve conditions in El Salvador.

“We believe that conditions in El Salvador remain unstable, and that continued TPS designation is warranted for the country,” the senators wrote. “In June 2017, the Trump administration held a conference to promote prosperity, governance, and rule of law in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America—including El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. While progress has been made under the Alliance for Prosperity in reducing gang violence, improving rule of law, and addressing root causes of migration, considerably more work needs to be done as conditions remain dangerous and the economic situation tenuous. The decision to end TPS for 200,000 Salvadorans and needlessly subject these immigrants to deportation stands to threaten, not further, this progress.”

In addition to Sens. Warner and Kaine, the letter was signed by Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The letter is available here. The text of the letter is below.

Local News
Town of Front Royal awarded $700K interview with Jeremy Camp and Felicia Hart
January 16, 2018

Beth Waller interviews Jeremy Camp, Town Director of Planning & Zoning and Felicia Hart, Town Director of Community Development & Tourism.  They discuss the big news about the Community Development Block Grant of $700,000!

Click this link to go to the Envision 2.0 presentation:

Read more here. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the project may contact Jeremy Camp at (540)635-4236 or by email at

Interview with Beth Waller, Jeremy Camp and Felicia Hart
A What Matters Initiative

Legislative Update State News
Latest update from Richmond from Delegate Chris Collins
January 16, 2018

The 2018 General Assembly session is officially underway. This year will be a long session (60 days) where we will tackle important issues such as healthcare, the opioid crisis, and the teacher shortage across Virginia.

On Saturday, January 13 Governor-Elect Ralph Northam was sworn into office. He is a product of the Senate and someone who has worked well with governors and members of both parties. House Republicans are eager to work with Governor Northam on areas where there is bipartisan support.

House Speaker Kirk Cox
The 2018 House session was gaveled in on Wednesday, January 10th at 12 noon. It started with Republican Delegate Kirk Cox being unanimously elected to be the 55th Speaker of the House. Speaker Cox set a clear tone for the 2018 Session, pledging to focus on governing, work across the aisle, and lead with character and integrity.

Committee Assignments

Committee assignments were announced last week. I am honored to serve on the House Courts of Justice, Transportation and Education committees. I have served on Courts of Justice since the start of my first term in 2016 and was assigned to the Transportation committee during the 2017 session. I am a new member on the House Education committee and look forward to finding solutions to our public school teacher shortage.

2018 Legislation
During the 2018 legislative session, I will be carrying over 20 bills on topics ranging from distracted and improper driving to legislation related to the storage and preservation of adoption records. I am also carrying several bills for local municipalities and constituents in Virginia’s 29th District. I encourage you to view the full list of legislation by clicking on the link below.

Track Legislation

In summary, I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office over the coming months. I value the feedback you provide on a continual basis as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at or call my office in Richmond at (804) 698-1029.
Delegate Chris Collins
117 West Boscawen Street  Suite 1
WinchesterVA 22601


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:

Food allergies are on the rise among American children
January 16, 2018

As modern medicine continues to find ways to treat and prevent illnesses from occurring, at least one issue affecting children is on the rise.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies in children have risen by 50 percent over the past couple of decades with peanut or tree nut allergies more than tripling during roughly the same period. Complicating matters further, about 30 percent of children with a food allergy are allergic to more than one type of food.

It’s important to identify food allergies so that steps can be taken to avoid that food and prevent harmful reactions. Food allergies can cause severe reactions like anaphylaxis, a serious, fast acting reaction that causes an itchy rash, swelling of the throat and tongue, breathing problems, vomiting and light-headedness. A dose of epinephrine is usually required to mediate the symptoms.

About 200,000 people seek medical attention for food allergies each year, and roughly 40 percent of children with allergies will experience a serious incident at some point. Events are most common outside the home when it is more difficult to determine the ingredients of prepared food and cross-contamination is more likely.

There are a lot of theories for why allergies are on the rise and one idea gaining traction is the hygiene hypothesis. CNBC explains that this theory speculates that a lack of exposure to allergens, bacteria, and other infectious agents early in a child’s life can cause the immune system to register food proteins as a germ in the body. Although not conclusive, the FDA is currently investigating this theory, along with others, to help explain the sudden rise in allergies among American children.

It is possible for many allergies, such as milk, wheat, and eggs, to resolve themselves during childhood, but it is uncommon for allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, and fish to go away on their own. As of yet, there is no medical cure for food allergies at any age, and the only real way to avoid issues is to avoid the problem foods.