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Jubilee coming in April to raise awareness for child abuse and prevention
March 13, 2018


This year we will be hosting the first ever, Every Child Matters – Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Jubilee in Warren County.  There were over 800 children who were subjects of child abuse or neglect investigations in Warren County this past year.  The jubilee is intended to help promote awareness and hopefully spark prevention moving forward.  There will be over 800 blue pinwheels displayed on the Health and Human Services Complex during the event to recognize these children who need our support and help.

In order to make this a fun event for all (with free food, bounce house, petting zoo and more), sponsorship is needed.  If you are a business or an individual and are interested in making a donation, please contact Michelle Smeltzer for more details at 540-892-6108.

Event: Every Child Matters – Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Jubilee

When: April 14, 2018 |

Where: Health and Human Services Complex

Announcement by DeAnna Cheatham, (Social Services Director) and Michelle Smeltzer (Community Liaison).

Video by Jenspiration, LLC

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Skyline Cross County Coach Seemiller grateful for funds provided by annual Race for Education
February 28, 2018

Skyline HS Girls Cross Country Team

Skyline HS Boys Cross Country Team

FRONT ROYAL –Skyline High School runners will take part  in the 11th Annual Edward Jones Race for Education.  Royal Examiner’s Mike McCool spoke to SHS’s Head Cross County Coach Rodger Seemiller about the March 10th event, and about his work as a coach at Skyline as cross-county and assistant distance coach.  Seemiller, a four-year letter-man runner and wrestler who graduated from  Altoona Area High School, in Altoona Pa.  and the University of Maryland, also spoke about what the proceeds of the race will mean to Skyline’s running program.

Register for the race here.

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Warren County High running teams to benefit from local Race for Education
February 28, 2018

Warren County HS Cross Country Team – Coach Mike Tanner and Joseph Owens


FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School runners are eager to participate in the 11th Annual Edward Jones Race for Education.  Royal Examiner’s Mike McCool spoke to WCHS Assistant Cross County Coach Mike Tanner and Head Cross Country Coach Joseph Owens about the upcoming event, and what the funds raise will mean to WCHS programs.

Register for the race here.

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Managing Your Money class offered in Front Royal
February 25, 2018

A six-part series on managing money will begin Tuesday in Front Royal, provided enough participants sign up for the classes. / File photo

FRONT ROYAL – Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a six-lesson “Managing Your Money” series to help participants take control of their personal finances. The series will be offered in Front Royal on Tuesdays beginning February 27th, provided enough participants sign up to take the class series.  All sessions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost for the entire series is $15.00, which can be waived by receiving a scholarship voucher from a participating community services agency.

Topics for the series include: personal finances, understanding credit, developing a spending and savings plan, traditional and non-traditional banking, and insurance and record-keeping.  The sixth lesson on Getting Out of Debt is optional.  Each session will include a list of “Action Steps” to help participants apply what they learn to their own money management situation. The series has a flexible format, with the option of mixing and matching classes in different locations. Sessions are held at multiple times and locations during the year throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  When people have attended sessions one through five, they will receive a certificate of completion.  Extension Agent Karen Poff says of the program, “The format of this series allows participants the opportunity to take the classes at their own pace, to easily make up missed sessions, and to meet the requirements some organizations have for financial education.”
For more information, download the program flyer at, e-mail Karen Poff or call her office at 540-635-4549. Participants should register at least three days in advance, as classes with fewer than five people registered will be cancelled. 
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate, please contact Karen Poff by calling your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension to discuss accommodations at least five business days prior to the event.  Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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Drive to collect items for domestic violence shelters across the Shenandoah Valley
February 14, 2018

FRONT ROYAL – A ​student led Destination Imagination Outreach team ​Full Hearts ​ is running a drive throughout the month of February to collect items needed by Domestic Violence Shelters in surrounding areas of the Shenandoah Valley.

WHAT: Full Hearts will place donation boxes in various stores and businesses across the Shenandoah Valley. The list of items needed include: Women/Children socks & slippers (all sizes), toiletries (full size), feminine hygiene, laundry detergent/softener, twin sheets and blankets, dish detergent, kitchen trash bags, salt and pepper shakers, ziplock bags, toilet paper/paper towels.

All products MUST be new The items will be divided among four domestic violence shelters: Response, Potter’s House, Laurel Center, and Choices.

WHO: Response, INC. – “Response is Shenandoah County’s only agency assisting those affected by sexual and domestic violence, and child abuse. We began as a grassroots organization in 1980, formed by concerned citizens to aid victims of domestic violence and their children.

In 1994 Response was given space at the Shenandoah County Farm, to operate a 14-bed shelter. In 1997 Response received funding to implement a court advocacy program. in 1999 Response added a sexual assault program. In 2000 Response received funding to begin providing prevention and intervention to teens. As we outgrew our space, we began searching for a larger building. In 2001 we purchased a large home in the county and opened a 28-bed shelter and were awarded funding to begin providing services to children. In 2005 Response began the Child Assault Prevention Project in Shenandoah County Schools.” For more information about Response, Inc., please visit​.

The Potter’s House- A place of rest, refuge, and restoration. A traditional housing program for women and children that serves both people leaving bad situations and women and children needing housing.

The Laurel House: Intervention for Domestic and Sexual Violence – “The Laurel Center empowers victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing emergency housing, advocacy, support services, and education. We reach out to our community through education and awareness programs.”

Choices – “Choices is the Council on Domestic Violence for Page County, Inc. Confidential services are provided free of charge to any individual who is, or has been: a) Involved in a situation of physical, verbal, or emotional abuse. b) A victim of sexual abuse or rape. We are a non-profit organization funded solely through State, Federal, and Private grants, donations, community support and the United Way of Page County.”

WHERE: A variety of businesses in the Shenandoah Valley including: Strasburg- Strasburg Community Library Food Lion Recreational Center Winchester- YDC War Memorial Building Shenandoah University Spiritual Life Front Royal- Selah Theatre Project Lester And Mowery’s Pharmacy Community Center Luray- Page County libraries in Shenandoah County and Luray Luray Chamber Of Commerce

WHEN: The drive will last through the month of February. Domestic Violence Statistics:

● Every day in the U.S, more than three women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend.
● Studies show that up to 10 million children witness domestic abuse annually.
● Every 9 seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten.
● Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern. Stats via:


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South Warren Volunteer Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner
February 13, 2018

South Warren VFD in Bentonville will be having it’s Annual Winter Spaghetti Dinner! Menu includes, Spaghetti, Salad, Roll, Dessert, Coffee or Iced Tea. Dinner cost is by donation.

All proceeds support the Fire Department! Music begins at 4 pm with the SBG’s followed by Annie & Mac & George. So bring the family for a nice meal and some entertainment! Dinners are eat in or to go.

When: February 17 (Saturday) 4 pm – 7 pm

Where: South Warren Volunteer Fire Department
3330 Stonewall Jackson Hwy
Bentonville, Virginia 22610

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Lord Fairfax Community College welcomes Disney Institute to Middletown, VA
January 18, 2018

Middletown – For the eighth straight year, Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement, to Middletown on March 29, 2018. Sponsored by Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions, the one-day event will help area professionals explore how to adapt training strategies that ensure employees are confident in their roles by creating a holistic plan that drives employee engagement. This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide.

Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement gives participants the chance to explore how corporate culture insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide can provide relevant illustrations and engaging stories to help organizations deliver the type of long-term results they are capable of delivering.

The Disney Institute at LFCC has been a big draw, with more than 1,300 participants from 13 states participating in prior institutes. Last year saw the biggest crowd ever, with 244 attendees.

Early Bird Registration is $445 and includes all course materials as well as lunch and light snacks. Price goes up to $495 after February 15, 2018. Employers, ask us about BOGO – Buy One Get One Free & Group Ticket Pricing. For more information or to register, call 540-868-7021 or visit

About Disney Institute
As the trusted, authoritative voice on the Disney approach to customer experience, Disney Institute uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide. For nearly three decades, Disney Institute has helped professionals discover ways to positively impact their
organizations and the customer they serve through immersion in leadership, service and employee engagement. Unique to Disney Institute is the opportunity to go behind the scenes in a “living laboratory” to observe firsthand how Disney methodologies are operationalized and how they can be adapted and applied to any work environment.
To learn more, visit or call 321-939-4600.

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Peter Muhlenberg, the ‘Fighting Parson’ to be celebrated by local pastors and citizens Saturday
January 18, 2018

Abel Johnson, as portrayed by Larry W. Johnson.

WOODSTOCK, VA. – The Rev. Larry Wilson Johnson will lead prayers of thanksgiving and remembrance at the Peter Muhlenberg statues at the courthouse in Woodstock  at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Johnson, a descendant of several great grandfathers who fought in the Revolutionary War, will be joined by local pastors and citizens. The public is invited to attend.

This is the 242th anniversary of the day when  300 Shenandoah Valley men assembled at the intersection of the court house to go to war on January 21, 1776. Their leader was the Rev. Col. Peter Muhlenberg a young Lutheran/Anglican pastor who was asked by Patrick Henry and General George Washington to form a regiment and join in the fight for American Freedom.

Peter would become known as the “fighting parson.” The story of the sermon he gave that day is recorded in history books worldwide. Muhlenberg and his regiment were at Valley Forge the following year, 1777-78 during a most awful and deadly winter where nearly 3,000 soldiers died of starvation and disease. He was with Washington when British General Cornwallis surrendered at York Town, Virginia in October1781. This ended the war and secured American Independence.

This is the fourth year Johnson and others have assembled to mark this historic day. The Rev. Larry W. Johnson is a past president of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. For information call Johnson at 540.454.4129. Johnson is known for his presentations on Revolutionary War History, which can be found on his website.

Historical Background

The Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, 242 years ago,  on Jan. 21, 1776, incited 300 men of his congregations in the Shenandoah Valley to join the American Revolution. He was a minister serving at least seven churches in the Valley at Woodstock, Strasburg, Shenandoah County and what would become Page County.

The Rev. Muhlenberg first received a commission as a Colonel in George Washington’s Army and served until the end of the War when British forces at Yorktown under Lord General Cornwallis surrendered. Earlier he was with Washington at Valley Forge. He is especially remembered for the sermon he delivered on 21 January, 1776, in his Woodstock Church, where he preached from Ecclesiastes the Third Chapter, which starts with “To everything there is a season….” After reading the eighth verse, “a time for war, and a time for peace,” he declared, “and this is the time for war.” With this he whipped off his clerical robe to reveal his Revolutionary War uniform.

General Washington, his good friend, had asked him personally to take this commission so Muhlenberg joined him in what would become the most epic war ever fought for freedom. The Rev. Muhlenberg rose to the rank of Major General and is a role model for ministers and all Patriotic Americans today.

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Sign-up underway for Type 2 Diabetes prevention class to be held in Front Royal
January 17, 2018

FRONT ROYAL – Do you need to lose weight to improve your health?  Has your doctor said that you are pre-diabetic and need to make some changes? Would you like to learn how to cook healthy meals? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you need to sign up for the two Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Programs beginning on January 25 in Front Royal. The group will meet from noon-1 p.m. at the Warren County Government Center, 220 North Commerce St.  For the first four months, the group will meet weekly, and then transition to bi-weekly, then  monthly meetings for a total of 12 months.

Class members will learn how to make diet  changes  and increase physical activity, as well as learn tips  best practices from others who have been  successful. Participants will receive a cookbook, weekly recipes and food samples, physical activity and food diaries, as well as other incentive items to help stay motivated and on the right track. The program is free for uninsured individuals or those receiving Medicaid benefits. Others may enroll for $90, and some scholarships are available.

Preregistration is required; the deadline to register is January 19. Class size is limited, so sign up soon. For questions and to register contact Rebecca Davis at or call 540-665-5699.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodation to participate in this activity, please notify Rebecca Davis, Virginia Cooperative Extension – Frederick County Office, at 540-665-5699/TDD* during business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is 800-828-1120.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and state and local governments.

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Thermal Shelter planning meeting slated for Thursday evening
January 10, 2018

FRONT ROYAL –  A meeting to discuss the creation of a thermal shelter for the homeless of Front Royal and Warren County will be held Thursday, Jan. 11 at  6:30 PM at the New Hope Bible Church at 80 N. Lake Ave, Front Royal.

Kathy Leonard, homeless liaison for the effort, said, “We are gathering the forces to make this thing happen! If you would like to be part of the solution, join us!”

In a Facebook posting advertising the meeting, Leonard wrote, “Please feel free to forward this to anyone and everyone that you think may be willing to help. Your attendance to this meeting does not commit your participation. But, you will have opportunities to commit your participation.”

Please bring your calendars, schedules, notebooks and decision makers. This will be both an informational meeting and a working meeting. It’s COLD

For more information about the meeting, or ways in which you may help the homeless or volunteer,  contact Kathy Leonard  at