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Bushel Pub welcomes locals, tourists alike

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The recently-opened Bushel Pub welcomes locals and tourists alike with tasty food, craft beer, and a cozy space to hang out and relax. / Photos Norma Jean Shaw

LINDEN, VA – Boston has the Cheers bar, where “everyone knows your name” and the Front Royal/Warren County area has the Bushel Pub, at Linden’s well-known Apple House, which is quickly becoming a gathering place for locals and those who visit the area as well.

From its humble beginnings as a packing house in 1963, originally owned by Dr. Orville Van Dusen and Ben Lacey, step-father of current proprietor George McIntyre, the Apple House has been a number of different things over the years.

Back in 1977, McIntyre bought out the Van Dusen family and became the sole owner of the Apple House, adding a convenience store, as well as maintaining the packing house. He later added production and bottling of Alpenglow Sparkling Cider.

Over time, the Apple House, which many have viewed as the “gateway to Warren County” for the past 54 years, grew to meet the needs of its increasing customer base. In addition to the gift shop, famous apple butter donuts and other fare available at the Apple House, George and his daughter, Katie Tewell, have added an ice cream stand, a food truck, and the latest addition, a cozy pub.


The Bushel Pub, which was Katie’s idea, held a grand opening on July 22. The pub has been decorated in the style of a clubhouse, with comfortable seating areas for relaxing with a glass of wine and visiting with friends, as well as plenty of tables for groups to meet up for a drink or a meal.

Both George and Katie say that the response from local patrons and tourists alike has been overwhelmingly positive. The atmosphere is different, George said, than a chain restaurant. Apparently, area residents have been checking out the new pub—and returning. “It’s nice,” George said, “to see local folks coming in to enjoy Bushel Pub. We want this to be a place where friends can meet up, where groups can plan to gather.”

George and Katie say that as much as they enjoy seeing tourists frequent the new pub, they are especially happy that local patrons are enjoying the new venue.

He said that a ladies group had met at the pub once already and was planning to meet there on a monthly basis. Plans are also in the works for a sip-and-paint wine glass event, and live entertainment will soon be a part of the goings-on at Bushel Pub.
Katie said the menu offerings include typical pub fare, such as BBQ, burgers, appetizers and such. The restaurant also features unique adult beverage creations, featuring beer and wine.

Bushel Pub Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 A – 8 P
4675 John Marshall Hwy, Linden

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  1. Prudence Mathews

    August 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Everything looks Beautiful! Do you have Adult Beverages for non wine and beer drinkers?
    Just so you know…the spelling for the late Doctor (who straightened my teeth, as well as
    all the cousins and my children as well is Van Deusen.) Orville was the father and Billy,
    the son. Orville was the Dentist who worked on me. He was strict! We had to go by the rules!
    His wife was Adelaide. I look forward to a visit! I love the picture of you two peas in a
    pod !! Good Luck!

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WATCH: American Legion Community Band 2018 Christmas Concert

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The American Legion Community Band presented its annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the R-MA Boggs Chapel in Front Royal.  It was a free concert although a love offering was collected totaling $785 for the local C-CAP charity. There was music to please everyone, including traditional carols, a beautiful chorale and light-hearted selections delighting kids and grown-ups alike. The Royal Examiner’s camera was there to capture the event.  Now take time, watch and welcome Christmas with the celebration of music presented by the American Legion Band.

The American Legion Community Band performs at a variety of concerts and community festivals throughout the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Their repertoire is both versatile and traditional with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band. The band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post #53 of the American Legion.

We spoke with the Conductors Ed Richards, Ron Dye and Kristen Fristoe after the concert.

Also there was a special guest in the audience. All he said was his name was “Nick”.

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Daytime lane closures for lane striping on I66 between Route 28 and I-495 on December 19th

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FAIRFAX, Va. – Rolling double-lane closures will take place on eastbound I-66 between Route 28 (Sully Road) and I-495 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and westbound on I-66 between I-495 and Route 28 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 19. Crews will be refreshing pavement markings as part of the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project.

Drivers are advised to use caution and expect potential delays.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Checkpoint Strikeforce

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The Front Royal Police Department will be participating in Virginia’s 17th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and enforcement will be from December 18th – January 3, 2019. This campaign is geared toward spreading awareness and to combat the rise in drunk driving deaths this holiday season. The 2018 campaign, which Governor Northam helped launch in August, combines high-visibility enforcement with researched based advertising to remind likely offenders to get a safe ride home.

Partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement mobilization, the Front Royal Police Department will be conducting checkpoints and extra officers will be conducting saturation patrols during this holiday season.

“This time of year brings loved ones from all over the Commonwealth together to celebrate the holiday season,” said Chief Kahle Magalis “With the increased traffic, extra law enforcement officers will be working to apprehend impaired drivers and ensure our citizens get home safely to their families.”

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High Knob home destroyed in Sunday fire, cause unknown

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A late-night Sunday fire destroyed the home and vehicles at 81 Trent Trail Court in High Knob, county officials say. / Warren County Fire & Rescue photos.

WARREN COUNTY  – A late-night Sunday evening fire destroyed a Warren County home in the High Know Mountain neighborhood, according to a media release from Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico.

The release states that around 11 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, fire and rescue units were dispatched to 81 Trent Trail Court for a reported residential structure fire. The 911 caller reported that visible flames could be seen on the exterior of the home and that the blaze had spread to two parked vehicles and the siding of the home.

Two vehicles were also destroyed in the fire, according to Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico.

The first unit arriving on the scene around 11:10 p.m. reported two passenger vehicles and a single-story, single family home involved in fire. Additionally, the fire was threatening additional structures and wildland areas surrounding them because the house was situated below the grade of the adjoining access road, as well as being perched along a steep ravine.

Maiatico said firefighters took a defensive approach and attempted to protect exposures until the arrival of additional resources.

During the incident, according to the release, firefighters encountered extreme hazardous conditions, including: below freezing temperatures, prevailing winds, icy roads, limited water supply, and difficult access. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night and morning to ensure full extinguishment of the fire and to ensure there was no threat to adjoining properties.

Though the fire totaled the home, no one was hurt in the incident, officials say.

The cause of the fire was investigated by the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office. Maiatico said that though Investigators have worked meticulously alongside the homeowner’s insurance company to determine the cause of the blaze, no conclusion has been reached.

The home, two vehicles, and an outbuilding were deemed a total loss. There were no reported injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fire Investigator Raymond Cross at 540-636-3830 or email rcross@warrencountyfire.com.

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Elks Lodge, Police provide an early Christmas to some area families

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(L-R)Sergeant R. Seal, Major K. Nicewarner, Chief K. Magalis, Detective Z. King, MPO T. Clingerman, Officer R. Lowery and Officer J. Seal with Santa & Mrs. Claus and Elroy.
Some 50 local children were feted at the Elks’ Lodge on Guard Hill Road recently.
The Dec.8 party provided the children an opportunity to get to know some of Front Royal’s police contingent who handed out presents, purchased with a $2,500 Elks National Foundation Promise grant, along with Santa Claus who did his share of the gifting.
Another highlight for the kids was the pizzas provided by the Melting Pot, Fox’s and Anthony’s.
Local Walmart manager Rob Morris brought along members of Front Royal Fire Softball team. Walmart donated 30 boxes of food for needy families and team members distributed them.
Front Royal Mayor Hollis Tharp and Elroy the Elk also attended.

Two of the children who received bicycles and new safety helmets.

Walmart manager Rob Morris with some of the softball team.

Sergeant Robbie Seal & Elk Lodge Secretary, Jane Wine (on either side of Elroy) co-chaired the event again this year.

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Front Royal World War II veteran’s memory honored 74 years on

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At left, sister Charlotte of Stephens City and nephew William Hallman of Front Royal. At right, nephews Sam and John Hallman of Front Royal, and niece Belinda Hallman. Todd Lewis photo.

On Dec. 17, 1944, a 21-year-old soldier from Front Royal was killed on the World War II battlefield in Europe.

On Dec. 16, 2018, 74 years later, members of his family gathered at his grave site in Front Royal’s historic Pioneer Cemetery to honor his memory.

Todd Lewis, who recently moved to Warren County and is a self-styled wartime historian, brought the group together after researching the soldier’s history. His narrative will be cited and the local soldier will be honored at next year’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Gazebo.

The soldier, who lost his life in the famed Battle of the Bulge – specifically the Malmeday Massacre – was Samuel Albert Hallman, born and educated in Front Royal and, when he enlisted, was working on the building of the former American Viscous site under the aegis of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Hallman, in the final year of the war, arrived in Fort Sill, Oklahoma for boot camp, then immediately was assigned to active duty in France and Belgium.

Pvt. Samuel Albert Hallman (left) with wartime buddy. Archive photo.

Less than a few months later, Hallman, a fresh-faced private with Battery B, 285 Field Artillery Observation Battalion, was dead, his name later etched on the memorial to all local Second World War veterans who died in the conflict. That memorial stands in the Warren County Courthouse grounds in downtown Front Royal.

Among family survivors who live in Warren County, and who were at the Pioneer Cemetery last Sunday, was Charlotte Partlowe of Stephens City, Hallman’s one remaining sister, now in her eighties and seven years younger than her brother, Sam. She said after the war their mother, Odessa, received Samuel’s decoration, the Purple Heart, from the war department. She recalled Sam going straight out to work from grade school to the CCC as a construction worker.

“Those were days (in the 1930s) when times were poor and jobs hard to get,” she recalled. She said her brother had turned 21 when he died. She would have been about 14. Charlotte recalled that during his youth Samuel was an ardent hunter and fisherman.

While there are more Hallmans in and outside the area, those who mourned at his graveside Sunday included three nephews, William, 60; John, 54; and Sam, 46, all of Front Royal. Sister Charlotte attended along with a niece, Belinda Hallman.

Faulkner, who did the research on Hallman, said the Malmeday Massacre, part of the better-known Battle of the Bulge, involved German SS troops firing first on Hallman’s battery, many of which stood, hands raised in surrender. They were mowed down by the German troops. Faulkner said Hallman survived the initial assault, making it to the shelter of a hedgerow, making plans to escape. In a break for it, Samuel was hit and severely wounded. Members of a tank crew walked down the lane where the Front Royal man was lying with his fellow soldiers. The German SS shot each of them to death with their pistols.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower spread news of the killings among American troops, later described as “the biggest massacre in U.S. Army history,” to effectively spur them on to eventual victory in the key Battle of the Bulge.

Samuel Albert Hallman – R.I.P.

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