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Battle of Trenton virtual presentation with the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia SAR

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The Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a Virtual Presentation of a Commemoration for the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.  The ceremony took place on December 26, 2020, while onsite at Trenton, New Jersey. Participating were compatriots from 20 State Societies and included National SAR President General Jack Manning.

This event commemorated the battle immediately following George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River in December 1776.  On December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine wrote “these are the times that try men’s souls.” Washington’s army had suffered numerous defeats around New York City and many of his men were scheduled to depart the Army at the end of the year. The British forces under General William Howe had driven the Continental Army south from New York, across New Jersey. In mid-December, Washington led his army across the Delaware River where they camped on the Pennsylvania side. They were short of food, ammunition and supplies with many of the men preparing to depart from the disappointment of the harsh losses they had suffered. General Howe felt he needed to rest his army and after retiring to winter quarters they would start a spring offensive, find and destroy the colonial forces, putting an end to the revolution.

Meanwhile, Washington planned an assault on the British Hessian garrison at Trenton. He would take his army of 2,400 men flanked by a 2,900 man diversionary force under Colonel John Cadwalader and a blocking move by General James Ewing’s 700 men. With his men and cannons, Washington crossed the icy Delaware River and began a 19 mile march towards Trenton in a freezing storm. Neither Cadwalader or Ewing were able to carry out the plans.

At Trenton, Colonel Johann Rall commanded a Hession force of 1,400 men. Although receiving warnings of the colonial movements, he was unprepared for the attack. With Colonel Henry Knox’s cannons firing on the garrison, Washington split his forces with Nathaniel Greene attacking from the north and John Sullivan from the west. Rall was not able to establish a defensive perimeter and after a running battle, the Hessions quickly surrendered, suffering 22 killed (including Col Rall), 92 wounded and 918 captured. The Americans suffered two frozen to death and five wounded.


After the victory, Washington, with prisoners and captured supplies, withdrew across the Delaware. After the battle, he was able to convince  many of his men to remain an additional six weeks. The colonials had won a stunning victory. They defeated a major garrison with few casualties and captured critical supplies in the process. With this and the follow on victory ten days later at the Battle of Princeton, the Revolution had survived.

Participating for the Colonel James Wood II Chapter were dual member and President of the Virginia Society, Bill Schwetke, Chapter President Marc Robinson, compatriots Paul Christensen, Dale Corey, Chip Daniel, Brett Osborn, Clay Robinson and dual member (also representing the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter) Charles Jameson.

Pictured are various screen shots of the virtual ceremony with many compatriots shown from across the country. Photos courtesy of Chip Daniel.

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Mountain Laurel Montessori School holds “Open House’ Sunday, April 25, 2021

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Mountain Laurel Montessori School is holding an ‘Open House’ on Sunday, April 25, 2021, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to meet their teachers and tour the classrooms. They can help you start your application process for the 2021-22 school year, as well as sign up for Summer Camp! Their location is ideal for parents telecommuting from the D.C. area. They are located at 155 Biggs Drive, Front Royal, VA.

The mission of Mountain Laurel Montessori School is to provide ideal learning environments for each stage of a child’s development, adhering to the guiding principles of the Association Montessori Internationale. Above all, they are committed to an education that guides children to become joyful, lifelong scholars, and engaged, compassionate citizens of our diverse world community.

They are committed to fulfilling their mission by
• Facilitating cooperation and involvement of parents, teachers, students, and the greater community
• Fostering a caring school community that emphasizes respect for one another and celebrates diversity
• Providing an environment that supports life-long inquiry and exploration

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Sons of the American Revolution participate in soil blessing to commemorate a battle during the Revolutionary War

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On April 17, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, based in Winchester, participated in a soil blessing sponsored by the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter. Soil was collected to be blessed and sent to the Waxhaws Battlefield in South Carolina to commemorate the battle during the Revolutionary War, which saw a massacre of Virginia Continental troops by a mostly loyalist British force led by Banastre Tarleton.

Virginia SAR President Jeff Thomas holding the urn as it is being blessed by Father Henry Minich. Photos/Ducie Minich

Colonel Abraham Buford led a force of about 380 Virginians composed of the 7th Virginia Regiment, two companies of the 2nd Virginia Regiment, and an artillery detachment. He was originally sent to assist with the defense of Charleston, but could not reach there prior to the British takeover of the city. He was then sent to Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Lord Cornwallis sent Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton in pursuit with the British Legion. After the British caught up with the colonials, Buford was asked to surrender. He initially refused. After aligning his men in a single row, Buford had told his men not to fire until the British were close. This allowed the British to breech the American lines after only one round had been fired. Many of the Virginia force threw down their weapons to surrender. During the initial firing, Tarleton’s horse had been shot and he was pinned under the animal. His men were outraged and proceeded to massacre the men who had laid down their weapons. 113 of the men were killed with sabers, 150 so badly injured they could not be moved, and 53 prisoners were taken by the British. “Tarleton’s quarter” thereafter became an expression to refuse the taking of prisoners. This became a propaganda campaign by the Continental Army to increase recruitment.


Although the battle gave the British temporary control over South Carolina, the massacre inspired colonists to join the militia. Many of these men became the Overmountain Men who went into action against British Loyalists, at the Battle of Musgrove Mill in August, and the decisive defeat of British Major Patrick Ferguson’s command on October 7, 1780, at Kings Mountain.

Every year, the Virginia Society sponsors an urn full of Virginia dirt to be taken and spread at the site of a mass grave containing 84 men and horses of the Virginia troops who lost their lives during the battle.

Culpeper Minuteman President Charles Jameson emceed the commemoration and assisted Compatriot Bill Schwetke in filling an urn with Virginia dirt. An invocation and benediction was provided by Chaplain Len Cowherd. The soil was blessed by Father Henry Minich and presented to Virginia State SAR President Jeff Thomas, who will present the urn at the Waxhaws Monument in South Carolina.

The urn surrounded by the color guard, from left to right: Ken Bonner, Dave Cook, Dale Corey, Charles Jameson, Jeff Thomas, Mike Weyler, Paula Schwoerer, Jacob Schwoerer and Barry Schwoerer. 

A multi chapter color guard consisting of Virginia State Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner and Dave Cook (Fairfax Resolves Chapter), Bill Schwetke and Mike Dennis (Culpeper Minutemen Chapter), Dale Corey, Sean Carrigan, Barry Schwoerer and Jacob Schwoerer (Colonel James Wood II Chapter), Ken Morris (George Mason Chapter), Mike Weyler (Colonel William Grayson Chapter and Governor, Virginia Order of Founders and Patriots) and Paula Schwoerer (Elizabeth McIntosh Hamill Chapter DAR) had presented the colors.

A musket salute was fired with the singing of a patriotic song to honor the fallen patriots.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of April 23rd

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 30% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, April 23:

• Friday: 6:10 & 8:45
• Sat & Sun: 12:40, 3:15, 6:10 & 8:45
• Mon – Thurs: 7:10
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 54 min

• Friday: 6:05 & 8:40
• Sat & Sun: 12:50, 3:25, 6:05 & 8:40
• Mon – Thurs: 7:05
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 50 min


• Friday: 6:00 & 8:35
• Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:20, 6:00 & 8:35
• Mon – Thurs: 7:00
Rated PG-13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 53 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 12): $7
  • Military: $8
  • Student (college): $8
  • Senior: $8
  • Matinees, All Seating: $7

COMING SOON:

  • “Wrath of Man”
  • “Spiral”
  • “Finding You”
  • “A Quiet Place: Part II”
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The Golden Throne: Fundraiser for Warren County Habitat for Humanity

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You might see a golden toilet making its way around Front Royal through the end of April. This is a fundraiser for Warren County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH). If you are lucky enough to find the Golden Throne in your yard, you can pay $10 to have it removed or $20 to have it removed and taken to a friend. To ensure that the toilet won’t return to your yard, you can purchase “Plumbing Insurance” for just $30. You may pre-purchase Plumbing Insurance if you’d like to support WCHFH, but would rather not have the honor of showing off the Golden Throne at your home or business.

You can “follow” the Golden Throne as it travels around our community. Follow WCHFH on Facebook.

For questions, removal, or to request toilet placement or insurance, contact Amanda Slate, WCHFH Board President, at Amanda.slate@greenfieldandbehr.com or (540) 974-1827. For more information about Warren County Habitat for Humanity programs, contact Jessica Priest-Cahill, WCHFH Executive Director, at (540) 551-3232 or jessica@warrencountyhabitat.org.

Founded locally in 1993, Warren County Habitat for Humanity seeks to build homes, community, and hope in Front Royal and Warren County. Habitat for Humanity homes are sold with no profit received. The homes are built utilizing volunteer labor, donated resources, and money from the community. Homeowners must meet three qualifications: willingness to partner; ability to pay; and have a need for decent, affordable, and safe housing. In addition to the Habitat Homeownership Program, WCHFH provides home repair programs for low-income homeowners, homeownership and home maintenance education, and advocacy for affordable home ownership. To learn more visit warrencountyhabitat.org.


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Local educator along with US Women’s National Ice Hockey team member announced to speak at the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast

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Retired teacher and decorated coach, Tommy Dixon, will join pro football legends Joe Theismann and Santana Moss as sports guests at the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast on Saturday morning, May 1, 2021, from 8 – 10 am, at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Born in Winchester, VA, Tommy is the second youngest of seven children to Rachel and Clark Dixon. Dixon attended first through seventh grades at Douglas School. After integration, Tommy attended Handley High School from eighth through twelfth grades. While at Handley, Tommy was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and track and field. He was voted 2nd team All-State in football and basketball. Coach Dixon credits three great coaches to his success-James Omps, Ron Rice and Don Welch. After high school, Dixon studied health and physical education at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV and Berea College in Berea, KY.

After college, Dixon returned to Winchester seeking a job. Mr. Clarence Hunter helped Tommy land a substitute teacher job which later turned into a full-time position with Winchester Public Schools. Tommy taught and coached in the city school system for over 39 years.

During Tommy’s tenure, he coached football, track and field, and basketball. Tommy coached football at Daniel Morgan Middle School for nine years where his team only lost two games and had one tie; the rest were wins. Dixon was an assistant track and field coach when Handley won several state championships. Tommy coached basketball for 36 years and compiled a record of 403-228. Tommy coached his teams to nine regular season championships, 10 regional appearances, 3 regional championships, and 6 state tournament berths. Coach Dixon was also recognized several times as Coach of the Year at the District and Regional level. Tommy also was selected to coach in the state all-star game in 2000.


In 2001, Coach Dixon was inducted into Handley’s Hunter Maddex Hall of Fame and the Potomac State College Hall of Fame in 2010. On Saturday evening, December 17, 2016, during a boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball game inside Handley’s Maddex-Omps Gymnasium, the school announced that the basketball court would forever be known as the Coach Tommy Dixon Basketball Court.

Tommy is married to Sharon Wilson Dixon and they have been together for 42 years. They have a daughter Kara, who is a proud Handley and University of Maryland graduate.


The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® is also delighted to announce that Haley Skarupa, US Women’s National Ice Hockey team member and Olympic gold medal winner will join Joe Theisemann, Santana Moss and Coach Tommy Dixon to speak to local sports fans on Saturday morning, May 1, 2021 from 8:00-10:00 am at the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Haley Skarupa was a member of the 2018 United States Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team who took home a gold medal from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. She is a three-time World Champion and a Four Nations Cup Gold Medalist for Team USA as well. Haley graduated from Boston College in 2016, majoring in psychology. While at Boston College, she was a four-year starter and named an All-American Collegiate Athlete.  Skarupa is currently the second highest points leader in Boston College hockey history, men or women, with 115 goals and 244 total points in her four years.

Out of college, she was drafted 5th overall into the National Women’s Hockey League and was a unanimous All-Star Selection her rookie season for the Connecticut Whale. Haley is originally from Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Wootton High School in 2012. She joined the Washington Capitals organization as their Hockey Ambassador for the 2019-2020 season to help promote the growth of the game in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Currently, she is a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) where she participates in weekend-long hockey events across the USA and Canada year-round.  Haley works full-time in business development for Klaviyo, an ecommerce, email marketing and SMS marketing company.

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Sons of the American Revolution participate in multi-event commemoration ceremony

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On April 17, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a multi-event commemoration ceremony. The Culpeper Minutemen Chapter sponsored a Patriots Day event, coupled with a grave marking, for Brigadier General Edward Stevens at the Masonic Cemetery in Culpeper. We gathered, in part, to honor Patriots Day.

Members of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, standing left to right: Bill Schwetke, Mike Weyler, Mike Dennis, Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Barry Schwoerer, Jacob Schowerer and Ken Bonner. Seated: Charles Jameson. Photo/Ken Bonner

After the French and Indian War, Great Britain enacted a series of measures to raise revenue from the American colonies. This included the Sugar Act, Stamp Act and Townshend Acts, which created a great deal of tension in the Colonies. Resistance was exceptionally strong in Boston, resulting in the 1770 Boston Massacre and the 1773 Boston Tea Party. On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry had warned, “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!” Less than a month later, that clash of arms occurred on April 19th at Lexington, Concord and the Battle at Menotomy.

On April 18, 1775, Dr Joseph Warren (namesake of Warren County) learned the British were marching that night on Concord to search for arms. Warren dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes to alert residents of the news. At dawn on April 19th, several hundred British troops arrived in Lexington and met 77 militiamen on the town green. A shot was fired, resulting in several British volleys. Eight militiamen were killed with nine wounded. The British continued into Concord and not finding the arms they anticipated began burning the town. Hundreds of militiamen met a contingent of British soldiers at Concord’s North Bridge. The British fired in what became known as the “shot heard ’round the world”.



Color guard preparing to present the colors. Photo/Ducie Minich

As the British set out to return to Boston, almost 2,000 militiamen began attacking the retreating column. The fighting continued as the British reached Lexington and met reinforcements, and the battle continued into the town of Menotomy, which became the bloodiest half-mile of the British retreat. With this battle, the Revolutionary War began. The colonists had proved they could stand up to one of the most powerful armies in the world at that time. This day became known as Patriots Day to honor the beginning of American independence.

Immediately after this ceremony, General Edward Stevens was honored with a grave marking ceremony. General Stevens had joined the Culpeper Minutemen in 1775 and commanded a battalion at the Battle of Great Bridge. He would serve as Colonel of the 10th Virginia Regiment, gaining honor for himself at the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. Less than two years later, he resigned. In 1779, he became Brigadier General in the Virginia Militia, taking 700 men to join General Horatio Gates’ Army in the south. They fought at Camden, South Carolina, and at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, where he was wounded in the leg. He later led a brigade at the Siege of Yorktown.

Participants at the commemoration. Photo/Ducie Minich

Emceeing the ceremony was Culpeper Minutemen (CMM) Chapter President and Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) dual member Charles Jameson.

Participating in the event from CJWII were Dale Corey, Sean Carrigan, Barry Schwoerer, Jacob Schwoerer and Sean Schwoerer. Dual members included Bill Schwekte (CMM), Mike Dennis (CMM), Ken Bonner (Fairfax Resolves) and Mike Weyler (Colonel William Grayson and Order of Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA)).

A musket salute was fired by Ken Bonner, Sean Carrigan, Dave Cook and Barry Schwoerer.

Presenting wreaths were Virginia SAR President Jeff Thomas, Charles Jameson (CMM), Mike Weyler (Governor, OFPA), Dale Corey (CJWII), Barry Schwoerer (Colonel William Grayson), Dave Cook (Fairfax Resolves), Ken Morris (George Mason), Paula Schwoerer (Elizabeth McIntosh Hamill, DAR) and Jacob Schwoerer (Colonel William Grayson Society, Children of the American Revolution).

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all-day Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 20 – Apr 23 all-day
Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department Mad Science Kit contains experiments that focus on fun, interactivity, and entertainment. Participants ages 6-12 will be able to perform four (4) experiments, including Dyed Carnations, Lava Lamps,[...]
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10:00 am Earth Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
Earth Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
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Earth Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
On this Earth Day, celebrate safely by doing your part to restore our earth and joining the Great Global Cleanup. Stop by one of our tables at the Explorer Outpost, Picnic Area, or Lost Mountain[...]
12:00 pm Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” @ Downtown Market
Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” @ Downtown Market
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Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” @ Downtown Market
Come out to enjoy our favorite fundraiser to benefit the House of Hope, the Empty Bowl Supper “TO GO”! DATE: Saturday, April 24 from 12noon-3pm Ticket Link: eventbrite.com/empty-bowl-supper LOCATION: Main Street & Downtown Market Check in near the[...]
12:00 pm SHS Band Golf Tournament @ Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
SHS Band Golf Tournament @ Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SHS Band Golf Tournament @ Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
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12:30 pm Color Run Fundraiser @ Warren County Department of Social Services
Color Run Fundraiser @ Warren County Department of Social Services
Apr 24 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Color Run Fundraiser @ Warren County Department of Social Services
Save Our Children Front Royal is hosting a Color Run/Walk to raise money for The Child Safe Center, located in Winchester, Virginia. The Child Safe Center is a local non-profit who supports sexually abused victims[...]
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4:00 pm Paint with a Superhero @ Downtown Market
Paint with a Superhero @ Downtown Market
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Paint with a Superhero @ Downtown Market
$30 per painter or 4 painters for $100. Bring the whole family and save! Join us for a special Paint with a Superhero event! Be sure to dress up as your favorite hero or villain[...]
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10:00 am Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Players will enjoy several hands of Mah Jongg against skilled opponents. This club meets on Tuesdays from April 6, 2021 through April 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Warren County Community[...]
6:30 pm Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
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Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
This class is for all fitness levels and anyone who is looking to have fun dancing to a variety of music styles from hip hop to swing to salsa, all while EXERCISING! This class will[...]
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8:00 am 2021 Apple Blossom Wine & Hard C... @ Sky Meadows State Park
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12:00 pm The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
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