In a small, rural Virginia town 70 miles west of the nation’s capital the annual Memorial Day ceremony honors, not only those people who have served and sacrificed for their country in times of war, but their K-9 companions in that service.
Featured speaker this year was Skip Rogers, founder and executive director of the Able Forces Foundation that provides assistance, financial and otherwise, to military and veteran families in crisis.
Four local veterans, one of whom died on the World War II battlefields of Europe, and others who passed recently were honored at this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies at Front Royal’s Gazebo.
- Samuel Albert Hallman, 21, who was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge on December 17, 1944; he was buried in Front Royal’s Pioneer Cemetery shortly thereafter.
- U.S. Army veteran Philip Funk, who passed earlier this year, was a longtime Town employee who lived in Middletown. Funk was the father-in-law of Front Royal Town Councilman Eugene Tewalt, and his wife Juanita’s dad.
- Marvin Reifsnider, who died earlier this year in his 104th year; lived in Rockland and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
- U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. (retired) Norman Brander. For many years Brander was a member of the Randolph-Macon Academy staff and president of the local chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA).
The AFA, along with the Town of Front Royal, the Humane Society of Warren County, and the Warren County Rotary Club, are co-sponsors of the event founded seven years ago by former AP reporter, U.S. Senate Public Information Officer, local Humane Society Board President, and veteran of Britain’s Royal Air Force – now retired from all – Malcolm Barr Sr. The event is now co-chaired by Lt. Col Rob McDougall, USMC.
See Rogers’ emotional keynote address on the role of service dogs in preserving the lives of their human companions at war, and the Right Reverend Dr. Vince McLaughlin of Rockland Community Church’s passionate invocation, as well as local citizens, their pets and municipal officials honor service for others in Front Royal, Virginia’s May 27th Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony and canine parade in this Royal Examiner video:
Band of Brothers: Jesus Saves Tour at Skyline Ranch Resort September 14th
The Band of Brothers is a local music ministry dedicated to bringing Jesus to the community through music. As part of their on gong Jesus Saves Tour, they have scheduled an event on September 14th at Skyline Ranch Resort at 751 Mountain Road (Rt 619), Front Royal, VA.
Jeff Jenkins, a member of the band, said, “100% of the proceeds will go to the Warren County School Board Nutrition Department, so no kid goes hungry.” The Band of Brothers will be playing their eclectic mix of music along with others. Scheduled to appear is David Clanagan, Christ Rock, Watching East, Steve Foster and Gracie, Jay Powell and from Tennessee, Freddie Redmon.
Several speakers are also scheduled: Bryam Keyser, Rusty Pleasants, Breon Johnson and Brandon Stevens.
For more information, check out their Facebook page.
You’re invited to the Tree Stewards “All About Trees” class
WHAT MATTERS WARREN — The community is invited to an “All About Trees” class presented by the Tree Stewards (Tuesday evenings beginning 9/3). Watch this video to learn more about the class and about volunteer opportunities with the organization that keeps Front Royal/Warren County looking beautiful! Also learn a trick to easily spot poison ivy!
- Click here to register for the courses.
- Click here to learn more about the positive impact the Tree Stewards are having in our community.
“All About Trees Classes”
Each year the Tree Stewards offer the “All About Trees” course. Course participants learn proper planting, maintenance, and pruning of trees. Our knowledge of trees is constantly changing as we learn more about these fundamental elements of our natural world. These annual training sessions strive to keep up with this evolving knowledge.
Training will include:
- Basic tree anatomy, biology and life functions
- Soils, water and nutrition
- Selecting the right tree for the right spot
- Tree identification
- Tree ID Walk (field trip)
- Landscaping with trees
- Planting and site analysis
- Tree Health and care
- Pruning and identifying hazard trees that should be removed.
- Pruning Demo and Tools (field trip)
- Urban Forestry
- Class Tree planting
The program uses materials from “Trees Virginia,” developed by the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Classes are taught by ISA certified arborists, nurserymen, landscapers, horticulturalists, and Tree Stewards. The course ends with the hands-on planting of a “Class Tree.”
CEUs available for ISA Arborists.
2019 All About Trees Class
Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning September 3, 2019, at the Warren County Government Center. Class Fee is $75 per person or $130 per couple. Early Registration Fee is $65.*
*From Tree Stewards website at https://treesfrontroyal.org/
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2nd Annual Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival to be held in October 2019
The second annual Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival is set to take place Saturday, October 19, 2019. This one-day event featuring LIVE music by Folk Soul Revival (Bristol, VA), The Dirty Grass Players (Baltimore, MD), The Plate Scrapers (Hagerstown, MD), The Fly Birds (Winchester, VA), and Justin Garber (Longmont, CO), will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Frederick County school system for student meals. Artists, merchants, and food trucks will be on site for a full day of celebrating everything LOCAL!
The festival is located at the corner of State Route 634 (Cougill Rd) and Route 11 (Valley Pike) on the north side of Middletown, VA. Day parking opens at 10:30 AM. The festival field will open at 11:00 AM, with live music from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. With the purchase of your ticket, you will receive a Peak Leaf tasting glass to sample beers from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. After 3:00 PM, beers are available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased through the Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival website at www.peakleafmusicandbrewersfestival.com.
The Valley Chorale of Front Royal is seeking interested singers to join in their upcoming season
The VALLEY CHORALE OF FRONT ROYAL (formerly the Front Royal Oratorio Society) happily announces our new Artistic Director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh. Interested singers may bring forth the song in their hears and join us for our upcoming season.
- Rehearsals begin Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm, at Front Royal United Methodist Church (1 W. Main Street, Front Royal).
- Ages 15 on up are welcome.
- There is no audition but singers are voice-checked to make sure they are singing within the proper section.
The Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Blood Drive
All are invited to the Rotary Club of the Shenandoah Valley (The Area ONE|ders) blood drive on Wednesday, August 21st, fom 2pm-7pm, at the Front Royal United Methodist Church (1 W. Main St. Front Royal) to be a hero and give the GIFT OF LIFE!
Go to www.redcrossblood.org for more info. While not required, you can speed things up by completing your RapidPass®. The process is simple – just 4 steps and takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Get started with some initial information, read through the pre-donation materials, answer your health history questions and print, download or email your RapidPass® to yourself, and bring it with you.
ONE PINT OF BLOOD CAN SAVE UP TO THREE LIVES! Thanks to all of the loyal regular donors, and welcome to future donors who would like to become regulars on this drive series that runs approximately every 56ish days!
ALL DONORS WHO DONATE BY 8/29 WILL RECEIVE A $5 AMAZON GIFT CARD!
If you can’t make it, there are other upcoming drives to choose from. Drive Details:
- 8/23 Macedonia United Methodist Church (1941 Macedonia Church Road White Post, VA)
- 8/29 Lowes in Riverton Commons, 10:30am – 3:00pm
Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S. Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
WHY give blood? You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason. Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing to do. Some do it for the free cookies and juice, cool sticker and time off from work. But EVERYONE enjoys the great feeling of helping save lives!
WHAT are the general Blood Donor Requirements? Be in good general health and feeling well. Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states). Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors. Have not donated blood in the last 56 days. Be in good general health and feeling well. Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states). Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors. Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.
Download the BLOOD DONOR APP TO SAVE TIME:
SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT (or just arrive at a convenient time for you on drive day):
THANKS for joining us in helping to replenish the blood supply by donating! If you can’t give, please take a moment to invite someone else to donate! Sometimes, all it takes is a heartfelt ASK and a person will become a blood donor for LIFE, and YOU can be a part of saving countless lives by inspiring a new donor!
Get your tickets for the SPCA’s inaugural Chair-ity Brunch
Tickets are on sale now for the SPCA’s inaugural CHAIR-ity brunch, which will be held on Sunday, September 22. The brunch will be held at the Winchester Country Club, beginning at 11:30am.
The event features upcycled CHAIRS, a pet inspired art auction, brunch, and bottomless beverages to benefit the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties. Tickets available at the SPCA (111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601) or at www.winchesterspca.org. Tickets are $40 each, or sit with your friends at a reserved table for 8 at $320.
This event is made possible thanks to fabulous local artists and event sponsors; Frederick Block Brick and Stone, TWG Insurance, City National Bank, and A.I.M.S LLC.
Contact Lavenda Denney by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, 540-662-8616, for more information on tickets or artists.