When Robert Bachelor decided to get out of his shipping business established in November 1997 and put the Postal Business Center (PBC) building adjacent to his Melting Pot Pizza restaurant on 14th Street on Front Royal’s northside to other uses, a move and change of ownership was set in motion.
The move was made Saturday, January 19, to 524 North Royal Avenue, between The Subway Restaurant at the intersection of North Royal Avenue and Sixth Street and the Shenks building; and the new owner is Diana Settle.
Settle explains the transfer as stemming from her long-time business and personal relationship to Bachelor: “I started working at Melting Pot in 2002, so I go back 17 years with Robert and Westy. He even allowed Boogie and I to get married and have the reception in the restaurant in 2004 on New Year’s Eve. I started working at PBC in 2010.
“Last September, Robert called me in his office and told me that they were ready to get out of the shipping business and asked if I would like to purchase it. But they wanted the building to do other things with, so I would have to relocate the business. I said ‘heck yea’ and purchased the business in November. The transition went very smoothly thanks to all the great people that I had backing me and who helped with the move! I have owned my own business before, one where I worked out of my house, so having things like rent, inventory, etc. are fairly new and a little scary, but I’m getting the hang of it.”
The move went smoothly, with only a four-hour, half-day Saturday shift being missed the day of the move, January 19. The PBC reopened for regular hours at the new location Monday, January 21, with Settle and her mom, Ollie Sessions, another PBC veteran holding down the fort.
“There were a few changes in staff before I started, but me, mom and Susan Rabold were all there long term. Mom is working with me now, but Susan has taken a new position at the Melting Pot.
“I think one of the more positive aspects of the move is being more centrally located in town, also there’s more parking and it’s easier to get in and out of the parking lot. The majority of our ‘regulars’ were forewarned, as were the mailbox renters. There is a sign on the door of the old building letting everyone know we moved and the new location. So I think yes, the customer base has adjusted well; there have been nothing but positive comments so far.”
Settle notes that in addition to the parking lot access off North Royal Avenue, there is parking behind the building off the alley running the length of the block – “The back door is okay to use,” she added.
When Royal Examiner first visited Settle at the new dead-center of town location business was booming. The parking lot was about half full, a Fed Ex truck was making pick ups and deliveries, and we were sandwiched in our entry by a lady carrying in a parcel for shipment and a man checking for an incoming shipment.
“Our services include mailbox rental, faxing, notary, copies, packing and shipping, some office supplies. We ship for FedEx, UPS, and USPS, and we also accept drop offs for all three. Also, we offer color copies and hopefully within a week, we will be offering scanning,” Settle said.
The Postal Business Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its new location in the heart of mid-town Front Royal.
Front Royal Hometown Takeover Update
Thanks to all who came out to the HGTV HOME TOWN TAKEOVER submission brainstorming last night!!
Though we are trying to put together a winning video that represents the MANY reasons we should be chosen, we are strongly encouraging EVERYONE to submit their own videos (sharing individual reasons why FR should WIN)! What are you passionate about in our Hometown? What do you love most about our community–history, nature, attractions, the people… the list is too large for just one video! WHY should HGTV select our community? LET’S ALL TELL THEM!
It’s easy to submit online – contact us if you need help: http://www.hgtvhometowntakeover.com/
If anyone wants to collaborate on a theme video together, feel free to share ideas on our Facebook page at Front Royal Home Town Takeover or on Instagram at #frontroyalhometowntakeover. Please encourage children and youth to submit entry videos! Let’s make HGTV notice how special Front Royal is!
Background about the HGTV CONTEST EFFORT:
All are invited on our mission to TAKEOVER Front Royal with positivity, unity and inspiration to drown our streets and social media with uplifting discussions, photos, stories and videos about our 22630! Our community TAKEOVER could land a literal takeover by HGTV! Watch this video interview to learn more! The Home and Garden Network is accepting nominations for its largest ever renovation project and a group of community residents believe that Front Royal is the perfect town for the project. “When I saw the post on Facebook, I was so excited because my kids and I always watch the show together and wish it could be set in Front Royal. This could be the thing that turns the frown upside down and the tragedy into a success story and a come back story,” said Melanie Salins who was inspired to coordinate a committee to lead collaboration for the project.
The deadline to apply is February 4th, and the TAKEOVER committee is hoping that the entire community will join them in making a case for Front Royal to be selected as HGTV’s winning town. We are seeking beautiful photos of our community, video testimonials, historical pictures, and heartwarming stories to include in our submission and on our Facebook page “FRONT ROYAL HOME TOWN TAKEOVER.”
Our social media campaign will be led by local social media strategist, Mitchell Smith, who hopes this #FRONTROYALHOMETOWNTAKEOVER campaign of sharing inspiration throughout our community will continue long beyond our application process. In addition to Smith and Salins, committee members include Letasha Thompson (FR Town Council), William Huck (C&C’s Frozen Treats), Delores Oates (WC Board of Supervisors), Amber Morris and Beth Waller (WHAT MATTERS). Waller added, “This unifying endeavor is exactly what our community needs and I firmly believe that there’s no other town better to win the honor. Let’s put Front Royal on the map, shine a light on our amazing qualities and prove that when we overcome our hardships and thrive together, ANYTHING is possible.”
You are invited to log onto Facebook or Instagram to share your ideas, photos and videos and to submit entries yourself to nominate Front Royal at http://www.hgtvhometowntakeover.com/.
Warren County School Board is seeking your input regarding the qualities of a new superintendent
WCPS is seeking community input as they search for a new superintendent to lead our school system. All members of the community, parents of children, students, and any other interested citizens are encouraged to log on and fill out the survey that will take less than five minutes to complete. At the conclusion of the survey, there is a section for comments and suggestions.
Don’t miss your opportunity to have a voice in this process.
Enjoy this WHAT MATTERS interview with Dr. J. David Martin, President of Real Synergy, the retired superintendent lead search form committed to ensuring our community successful onboarding of the perfect candidate.
From Warren County Public School website:
The Warren County School Board is in the process of searching for a new superintendent. The members of the Board are seeking your input regarding the qualities the new superintendent should possess. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by rating the following statements Most Important to Least Important. You are asked to complete this survey one time. Paper copies can be obtained from the Warren County School Board office located at 210 N. Commerce Avenue Front Royal, VA.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH INFORMATION
Warren County Public Schools, Front Royal, VA
The Warren County School Board is seeking a superintendent to lead the school division as it continues to pursue its Trek to Excellence, in accordance with its strategic plan. Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Virginia. Central office and building level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. The successful candidate will be required to live in Warren County.
Applications are due by February 16, 2015.
The Warren County School Board, with input from staff and the community, has identified qualities, skills and experiences needed for the next superintendent. A successful candidate must demonstrate ability and success in the following areas, which are listed in no particular order of importance.
- Strong communication and effective team building
- Visibility and involvement in community activities
- Visionary educational leadership
- Fostering community and/or intergovernmental partnerships
- Developing and implementing strategies to recruit, grow, and retain high quality teachers
- Communicating effectively within the school division and also externally throughout the school division, region and state
- Using his or her position to promote and advocate for the educational interests of the students, staff, and community at-large
- Being an instructional leader
- Understanding budgeting and resource management to ensure continuation of quality teaching and learning processes
- Leading by example to inspire others and instill confidence
- Goal setting and monitoring of achievement.
Warren County is located in the northern Shenandoah Valley where it is surrounded by majestic, rugged mountains, is home to the “Andy Guest” Shenandoah River State Park and serves as the northern entrance to the Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. The population of Warren County is approximately 38,700. The school division serves 5,400 students in eight schools, grades K12, two alternative programs, and a career/technical center.
Warren County Public Schools is led by a School Board of five members, all elected by popular vote. The Superintendent serves at the pleasure of the School Board and carries out the policies established by the School Board.
Applicants must complete the School Board’s required application package. You may obtain the application from the Warren County Public School’s website at www.wcps.k12.va.us. A completed application should be mailed to:
Mrs. Catherine R. Bower, Chairperson
Warren County Public Schools
P. O. Box 1916
Front Royal, VA 22630-0040
Real Synergy, L.L.C. is assisting the Warren County School Board in the search process. Inquiries and questions should be directed to:
Dr. J. David Martin
President of Real Synergy
WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE
Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.
Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About WHAT MATTERS:
WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.
Computerized shredder of sensitive documents marketed by area lawyer
Local launch of ‘Shred/Cube’ scheduled for March 2020
Fifteen years ago, a Warren County attorney had a dream.
Sometime in the next couple of months, probably the first week of March, the dream will come true.
At that time, Nancie Williams will offer a prototype of her invention, a white, inch-square cube in a small green box, to professional establishments in the Northern Shenandoah Valley to test for its efficacy in totally destroying data that, until now, has been sent to the computers’ Recycling or Trash bin, deleted, and forgotten about.
Unbeknownst to many computer users, files deleted in this manner remain accessible on the hard drive and can be extracted by even lower-skilled hackers. Nancie’s invention, the Shred/Cube, aims to solve this very common issue.
The Shred/Cube is a small device that plugs into a computer’s USB port and requires no installation or external downloads to be used. Once inserted, the device places an icon on your desktop that opens a very simple and user-friendly control panel. Users can drag and drop any files onto this virtual control panel to either “shred” or “disintegrate” them, the former being used for the home and office while the latter meets the Department of Defense’s (DoD) standard for unclassified file disposal. Nancie’s team has tested her product’s usefulness at permanently destroying computer files by using the best-known file recovery methods available on the market, with zero successful recovery attempts.
Nancie, who resides with husband Arnold and their two young children in Middletown, came to the area from Alexandria in 2005. She first joined the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office before continuing in private law practice, which she continues to do from her office, Northern Valley Law LLC in Front Royal.
The dream began, and, by and by, she devised a computer attachment, on paper, that became a reality more than a decade later when she sought out a technician who would buy into her model and turn it into a piece of equipment. To turn the dream into reality, in stepped Alex Stieb of Stephens City, founder of Lux Foundation Solutions, a designer building and engineering firm. Alex, a family man with four young children, is a self-taught, from age 10, computer nerd and immediately knew what his new attorney friend was talking about.
Said Nancie, “Up until Alex and I met, folks had routinely pooh pooed my concept … he came along, believed in the product, designed it (along with a core group of a dozen others with varied technical backgrounds) and here we are with a fully functional ‘Shred/Cube’, ready to test market, hopefully on March 1 or thereabouts.”
Around that date, Nancie says, 1,000 Shred/Cubes will be placed on the market locally. The likes of doctors, dentists, hospitals, law firms, government entities including colleges and schools that keep highly confidential records of clients, patients, teachers, students and so on are the targets of this initial marketing effort by Shred/Cube LLC.
Fully patented and tested, the cost of the small, white cube in the Nancie-designed green box, will be $149.99. A Warren County Rotary Club member, Nancie Williams (known prior to her marriage to Arnold Williams as Nancy Kie) will first address her Rotary club on her invention, and be open to invitations to other organizations who want to hear about it. The U.S government, perhaps?
If it is successful, what do Nancie and Alex see for their invention?
“We’ll sell to the highest bidder,” Nancie smiled.
Disposition of Solar Panels
The Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority (WCEDA) is advertising for any party interested in purchasing the solar electric system currently stationed on top of the EDA Building at 400 Kendrick Lane, Front Royal.
The system must removed at no cost to the EDA and the roof must be left in good repair. The EDA has a deadline of April 30, 2020 to complete the removal of the system. Details of the solar electric system are available at the WCEDA offices.
Interested parties may inspect the system in person at the WCEDA offices. The successful bidder will hold the WCEDA harmless during the removal process and add the WCEDA as an insured to their insurance policies.
Submit your interest, in writing, no later than Noon Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Front Royal/Warren County EDA
P.O. Box 445
Front Royal, VA 22630
Open Forum from Lord Fairfax Community College and Blue Ridge Community College presidents
According to the Virginia Employment Commission, by 2026, Virginia needs to fill 2.6 million jobs that will require more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor’s degree. A proposal currently in the General Assembly, G3 (Get a Skill, Get a Job, Give Back), charts a strategic path toward filling that gap.
G3 addresses the critical workforce shortages many local businesses are currently facing. In fact, our colleges have spent the past year listening to leaders in those businesses to identify what skills they need most. G3 is designed to give more individuals in our area access to career and technical training programs in the following high-demand fields: Healthcare; Information Technology and Computer Science; Manufacturing and Skilled Trades; Early Childhood Education; and Public Safety.
G3 is an enhanced financial aid program that makes higher education more accessible to low- and middle-income individuals. G3 provides financial support for tuition, textbooks and cost of living expenses that will help them enroll and complete career-focused workforce training programs.
G3 would make a big difference for people in our communities, including ALICE families and individuals. The United Way introduced us to ALICE, which means Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, and Employed. In other words, ALICE is the working poor. Two out of five Virginia households are within the ALICE population. You likely know members of ALICE. They are your neighbors, your coworkers, perhaps you or members of your own family. We’d like to share with you the stories of two of our ALICE students.
Jenny is a single parent of three children and a full-time student in our nursing (RN) program. During the week, she is in class three days a week and at her clinical rotation for two days. She drives one hour each way to train with her nurse preceptor at a hospital. This only leaves the weekend to work, where she spends 15-20 hours as a LPN at a care facility.
Because Jenny has a part-time job, she will receive some federal financial aid to cover tuition and books, but likely not a full Pell grant. She also receives a modest scholarship. Yet, there is still a gap between the funds she receives for college and the costs of rent, utilities, gas, and children. G3 is designed to bridge that funding gap and keep Jenny on the path toward a rewarding career with a good salary in a high-demand area.
Mike has been working for a recycling company, and his wife is employed in a manufacturing plant. His job is being phased out and he needs to find another career, so he enrolled in classes with the goal of becoming a manufacturing technician. This grandfather of four does not qualify for federal aid, but G3 could help support him while he learns a new skill to be employed in an industry desperate for employees.
The Valley needs more nurses. We need people in the trades to fix and build things. We need technicians to protect our data. We need more skilled workers to help recruit and support business and industry in our region. Because graduates from G3 programs will be contributing more in state income taxes as they become higher earners, the Commonwealth will enjoy a tangible return on the investment in G3. We encourage each of you and our state legislators to support G3.
Dr. Kimberly P. Blosser – President, Lord Fairfax Community College
Dr. John A. Downey – President, Blue Ridge Community College
Essay contest open to Warren County and Shenandoah County public high school seniors
Now in its third year, the Shenandoah Area Secular Humanist (SASH) Essay Contest is open to public high school seniors from Warren and Shenandoah Counties, giving them the opportunity to compete for a $500 prize to use as they like following graduation.
Aimed at encouraging students to consider the role and impact of religion in society, this year’s essay topic asks the question “How important is the separation of church and state in a democratic society?” Peter Wilson, Scholarship Coordinator stated, “We do not have a specific correct answer in mind; we want to know what students think and why.”
Applicants must compose an essay of 350-1,000 words that addresses the topic/question in whatever way they see fit. There are no GPA or financial needs requirements for a student to be eligible to compete and the essay is the only required document for submission. Essays will be anonymously reviewed by a SASH committee of judges, who will evaluate and score each based-on command of language, quality of approach to topic, and demonstration of critical thinking skills. As in past years, up to four $500 prizes will be awarded.
High school guidance counselors will assist with the contest by setting a due date for their individual school; collecting, copying, and forwarding essays to SASH by COB, April 3, 2020; and coordinating the notification of winners and presentation of awards at each school’s awards ceremony.
For more information, students should contact their high school guidance office.
About Shenandoah Area Secular Humanists:
SASH is a chapter of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). Secular Humanists are distinguished by the pursuit of humanist values outside of a religious framework: Critical Thinking, Ethical Development, Peace and Social Justice, Service and Participation, Empathy, Humility, Environmentalism, Global Awareness, Responsibility, and Altruism.
Anyone interested in learning more about secular humanism and SASH is invited to attend a chapter meeting, typically on the third Saturday of each month at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal. More information about SASH can also be found on the Washington Area Secular Humanists website, www.wash.org under “Chapters” on the navigation menu bar.