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Colonel James Wood II Chapter’s grave marking ceremony of Thomas Buck

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On August 22, 2020, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a grave marking ceremony to honor Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Buck at the Buck Family Cemetery, in Waterlick, Virginia. The SAR honors patriots by marking their graves with a granite stone emblematic of their service in the fight for freedom during the American Revolutionary War.  This can be as a fighter, a tax payer, government service or providing goods and materials to the cause.

Art LaFlam and Marty Keesecker performing sentinel duty at the grave of Thomas Buck.

Thomas Buck was born in 1756 to Charles Buck and Letitia Sorrell, in Frederick County, Virginia.  He was one of three patriot brothers.  His brother John served as a fighter and moved to Ohio.  Charles gave patriotic service, providing materials to the cause.  He married Ann Richardson in 1774, daughter of Colonel William and Isabella Richardson.  On January 11, 1776, Thomas was commissioned a Lieutenant of a company of militia while a resident of Dunmore County (now Shenandoah).  In 1777, he was Adjutant under Colonel Joseph Pugh, Commandant of the Dunmore Militia.  On September 5, 1777, at Woodstock, he was chosen Captain of a company of volunteers dubbed “Buck’s Minute Men” of the 8th Virginia Regiment.  The unit was sent to Fort Pitt where he served for about four months.

In 1778, by then a resident of Frederick County, he raised a company of volunteers and served an additional two months.  When the British were on their march from Carolina to Virginia, he was called upon to raise a company of 70 horsemen to move prisoners from Albermarle Barracks to Winchester.  While enroute they were requested to proceed to Fredericksburg and reported to General Peter Muhlenburg.  These appointments and elections show a high regard for young Thomas Buck, then only in his early twenties.

On May 1793, he was appointed Captain of Virginia Militia by Governor Henry (Lighthorse Harry) Lee and served during the Whiskey Rebellion.  In 1797-98, he built the home “Bel Air” on Happy Creek, in Front Royal, where they raised thirteen children.  After the war, he returned to Frederick County, living in Front Royal where he was one of the original trustees and a leading citizen for a number of years.  He served as a magistrate and held the office of high sheriff.  His first wife died on April 1, 1823.  On September 21, 1823, he married Ruhamah Heath McKim.  Thomas was allowed a pension on October 1, 1833, for his military service during the Revolutionary War.  He died June 4, 1842, and is buried in the Buck Family Cemetery, in Waterlick, Virginia, next to his first wife and his brother, Charles.

The musket squad firing a salute. From left to right, compatriots saluting: Mike Weyler, Dale Corey, Ken Morris and Steve Englebright. Musket squad from left to right: Ken Bonner, Art LaFlam, Marty Keesecker, Brett Osborn, Dave Cook, Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Barry Schwoerer, Mike Dennis and Bill Schwetke.

The Colonel James Wood II Chapter was joined by the Colonel William Grayson, Culpeper Minute Men, Fairfax Resolves, George Mason and General Adam Stephens Chapters of the SAR with representation from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Shenandoah Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.).  Dale Corey presided over the ceremony with chaplain services provided by Jim Simmons.   Ten wreaths were presented to honor the patriot by representatives of the various organizations.   A 14 man color guard presented the colors and a 10 man squad fired a three round musket salute.

Standing left to right: Leona Gill, Fred Gill, Paul Christensen, Brett Osborn, Sam Gill, Marty Keesecker, Jackie Gill, Steve Englebright, Dennis Parmeter, Mike Dennis, Eric Robinson, Clay Robinson, Ken Morris, Bill Schwetke, Dave Cook, Barry Schwoerer, Art LaFlam and Jim Simmons.  Kneeling left to right: Ken Bonner, Chip Daniel, Charles Jameson, Marc Robinson, Mike Weyler, Dale Corey and Sean Carrigan.

Compatriots participating in the ceremony included Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) William “Bill” Schwetke, VASSAR Color Guard Commander Ken Bonner, VASSAR Color Guard Safety Officer Paul Christensen, VASSAR Color Guardsman of the Year Brett Osborn, Colonel James Wood II President Marc Robinson, Colonel William Grayson President Mike Weyler, Culpeper Minute Men President Charles Jameson, George Mason President Ken Morris, General Adam Stephens President Marty Keesecker and Fairfax Resolves 1st Vice President Dave Cook.  Additional compatriots included Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Chip Daniel, Mike Dennis, Steve Englebright, Fred Gill, Art LaFlam, Dennis Parmeter, Will Reynolds, Clay Robinson, Eric Robinson and Barry Schwoerer.  Attending from the DAR were Deborah Corey and Anne Simmons.  From the C.A.R. were Leona, Samuel and Jacqueline Gill.

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“Socktober” – A sock drive for the Thermal Shelter

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It’s not too late to still participate in “Socktober!” The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal is getting started back up again. For those of you who do not know, the Thermal Shelter provides a safe warm place for our local homeless to sleep, receive a warm meal, and get a few supplies… like SOCKS! We are currently collecting NEW SOCKS for the Thermal Shelter 2020/21 winter.

This video was created for LFK Elementary School. If you have a student at LFK, they are currently hosting “Socktober”. Please send new socks in with your Lil’cats. If not, please feel free to drop your donation off at the Warren County Department of Social Services: 465 W 15th St, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Show your support for the Warren County High School Band with their annual Fruit Sale Fundraiser

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Purchase healthy, grove fresh fruit from Florida Indian River Groves.

Warren County High School Band is beginning our Fruit Sale Fundraiser to help raise needed funds for our organization. Please show your support by purchasing fresh fruit for you, your family and friends to enjoy over the holidays! To place your order online, simply CLICK HERE.

After placing your online order, you will receive a receipt for your purchase via email. You will also be contacted via email regarding delivery and/or pickup options. Please retain a copy of your receipt for your records.

This year, we plan on being able to handle customers who have purchased online with touchless pickup by just having you pop the trunk, and we will place it in there for you.

For those who pre-order but plan to pay at pick up, you may use cash, check, or credit card on site.

For any additional questions, please contact our Fruit Sale Chairperson:

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Humane Society’s Polar Plunge event registration now open

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Join us for our second Annual Polar Plunge! Help our warm, lovely shelter animals by encouraging friends and family to sponsor your plunge! For more information on the event, please reach out to Meghan with the Humane Society — contact info below.

REGISTER: 

  • CLICK HERE to register.

DETAILS: 

  • January 16th, 2021
  • 4H Center Culpeper Lake

SEEKING SPONSORS: 

First Annual Polar Plunge event. Photos courtesy of the Humane Society of Warren County.

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9th annual Tails and Ales fundraising event to be held virtually on Saturday, November 14th

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The Humane Society of Warren County… “Providing compassion and care for the animals of Warren County since 1947.”

Join the Humane Society of Warren County on Saturday, November 14th, for our 9th annual Tails and Ales fundraising event. Tickets are only $10 as we are going virtual in 2020. We will hold an online auction, and your ticket purchase gets you the link to our bidding site and entry into the door and grand prize drawings. Grand prize includes a one-night stay at the beautiful Mimslyn Inn, dinner for two, tickets to Luray Caverns, a $100 VISA gift card and two Tails and Ales souvenir glasses.

You must provide your email address when purchasing tickets. We will send you a link to the bidding site (Bid Beacon) two weeks prior to the event to preview baskets. The auction will begin on November 14th, and end on November 16th. 50/50 tickets will be sold directly from Bid Beacon.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Humane Society of Warren County, located at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, over the phone by calling 540-635-4734 ext 221, or directly from our website.

HSWC would like to thank our sponsors: Front Royal Federal Credit Union, Caroline Craig and Peace of Mind Pet Sitting!

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Veteran benefits application assistance offered this Friday at Able Forces

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Military and Veteran families are welcome to come by the Able Forces Foundation office if you have issues with VA benefits, or need assistance or guidance on issues. Andre Miller of the Department of Veterans Services, and Danielle Cullers, our area’s Homeless Advocate, will be at our office from 9AM to Noon on Friday, October 23, 2020.

Please call for an appointment if possible: 540-631-9600. Our office is located at 115 Chester Street, Suite B, in Front Royal. Strict COVID protocols will be followed.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of October 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 50% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

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

• Friday: 7:05
• Sat & Sun: 4:20 & 6:55
• Mon – Thurs: 7:05
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 min

• Friday: 7:00
• Sat & Sun: 4:15 & 7:00
• Mon – Thurs: 7:00
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 49 min

• Friday: 7:10
• Sat & Sun: 4:00 & 6:45
• Mon – Thurs: 7:10
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Come Play”
  • “Freaky”
  • “Croods 2”
  • “Free Guy”
  • “Let Him Go”
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all-day WCHS Band Annual Fruit Sale @ ONLINE STORE
WCHS Band Annual Fruit Sale @ ONLINE STORE
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