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2019 Dare to Dream Grant Application

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center (FRWRC) Now Accepting Applications for 2019 DARE TO DREAM GRANTS (Take classes, start a business, purchase a computer, learn a new skill, train for a profession, start a non-profit, anything you can dream…) Grants up to $1,000 are awarded each year to Warren County women to help make their dreams come true. The Dare to Dream grants are available to women living in Warren County, ages 18 years and older, not currently enrolled in high school.

Application deadline is January 18, 2019. Recipients will be announced in March 2019.

Applications are available at Samuel’s Public Library and The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center at 27 Cloud Street, Front Royal. Applications are also available on the website: www.frwrc.org or by calling or emailing the office at 540-636-7007, wrc@frwrc.org.

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Supervisors will revisit Sheetz rezoning on May 25; Carter sides with Town on ‘Sludge War’ process

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2018-12-18T09:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
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Was some May 4th verbal sparring between Tony Carter and Walt Mabe during discussion of Carter’s request for reconsideration of the supervisors’ February 10th denial of the rezoning that would have facilitated the development of a Sheetz gas station/convenience store at the foot of the Apple Mountain subdivision a sign of growing tension among the supervisors? While we will explore that sparring at the below subheader, the first indication of an internal board divide came about 20 minutes earlier during member reports.

Tony Carter raised the issue of the escalating tensions between the Town and County over the process in which a complaint that Town of Front Royal Solid Waste crews were dumping sewage at the Solid Waste Transfer Station in Bentonville had been handled. As previously reported, alerted of the suspicion and informed the County Transfer Station was not licensed to handle such sewage waste, board Chair Cheryl Cullers alerted Interim County Administrator Ed Daley, who in turn alerted Warren County Sheriff Mark Butler. Butler then initiated an investigation into the reported dumping that resulted in a confrontation with a three-person Town Solid Waste truck crew about the sewage, which was mixed in with residential trash according to descriptions of the April 20 incident at the transfer station.

The County Solid Waste Transfer Station – scene of April 20 incident that has launched a ‘Sludge War’ of words on municipal processes. On May 4, one county supervisor broke ranks to side with the Town perspective. Photo WC website

Also as previously reported, Front Royal Mayor Chris Holloway and Councilman Jacob Meza launched an aggressive response at the April 26 council meeting, culminating with an April 28 press release and mayoral letter to Cullers seeking Daley’s firing and the sheriff’s resignation.

Asked if he had anything to present as member reports were reached just past 43 minutes into the May 4 meeting, Carter said, “Just one thing I guess.” In that “one thing”, Carter echoed Holloway and Meza’s contention the sewage dumping matter should never have been passed to county law enforcement for a criminal investigation, but rather handled through board or staff communications aimed at clarification and an inter-departmental resolution.

“If there’s a concern expressed by a citizen, I believe it’s our role to pass that on and have staff look into it. If it is a concern from staff, in my opinion, it should be brought up with his or her direct supervisor and/or his department head,” Carter began. He then recited the publicly referenced and verified process of Board Chair Cullers receiving the information, passing it on to Interim County Administrator Daley, who then turned the matter over to the sheriff for investigation.

“I guess my question is, Ms. Cullers, did you direct Mr. Daley to contact the sheriff or was that his idea?” Carter asked the chair, continuing to ask if County Public Works Director Mike Berry had been contacted. With the initial question having been posed to the chair, Daley hesitated in replying to the second question which Carter asked looking the interim administrator’s way.

“I want you to answer my question right now – was Mike Berry contacted?” Carter pressed Daley.

“Yes, he was,” Daley replied.

“Before or after you contacted the sheriff,” Carter continued.

“Simultaneous,” Daley said.

Citing an ongoing criminal investigation in response to Carter’s initial question to her, Cullers then replied: “I have made my statement and I don’t plan on making a further comment”.

“That’s fine. Is the investigation still ongoing?” Carter asked, leading County Attorney Jason Ham, seated next to Daley at a staff table, to respond that it was.

‘I want you to answer my question right now’ Tony Carter, above, told Ed Daley, below left, despite his initial question being directed at Board Chair Cheryl Cullers. Royal Examiner Photos by Roger Bianchini

 

Continuing to read from written notes, Carter then referenced the Town position that the sewage dumping has been an ongoing routine “for years”, stating that the materials in question were coming from County septic-hauled materials treated at the Town Wastewater Treatment Plant where both town and county sewage are treated.

“So I guess my question is why did this all of a sudden become a problem? And the other question is, could this have been resolved with just a phone call to the town manager, a sit down with Mr. Berry and the town staff and ask them? – I understand if there’s an alleged crime against somebody, you don’t necessarily go straight to them. But this is going on for some time,” Carter reasoned, adding, “And it seems like to me it could have been worked out a lot easier than the process we’re going through at this time.”

Carter wrapped up by questioning the entire “sludge” affair’s – well not the entire affair as the county attorney noted the sheriff’s office criminal investigation is ongoing – impact on Town-County relations. Though not mentioned, they are relations that include, despite an open offer to resolve without litigation, an approximate $26 million Town civil suit against the Warren County Economic Development Authority based on that still-unresolved financial scandal; a scathing and very public verbal and written attack on Daley and Sheriff Butler over the questioning of a Town trash truck crew about the sewage they were carrying with residential trash to the County Transfer Station; and the related Town withdrawal from future liaison committee and other joint meetings with county officials pending action on a requested firing of Daley and resignation of Sheriff Butler.

Appearing to read from a prepared statement, Carter continued: “And the last thing I got, the members of this board keep saying they want to have a good relationship with the council and work together to move the community forward. You certainly have a strange way of showing it, but I guess actions speak louder than words. Once this investigation is concluded, I and the public expect a full accounting of this event. That’s all, thank you.”

While none of his colleagues responded directly to Carter’s remarks, during his report Mabe noted a recent meeting with Town Manager Steven Hicks to discuss “general things to bring the Town and County together”, as well as a discussion with Chamber of Commerce officials on future joint County-Town efforts on a number of fronts, including homelessness.

During her report, Delores Oates noted the recent Washington Post article, covered by our contributing reporter Malcolm Barr Sr., praising Sheriff Butler for his work assisting Health Department officials in getting COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors and other citizens in homebound situations, many in remote county locations. – “I just want to say kudos to you, Sheriff Butler. That was a great article and we appreciate your service to help our community.”

Cullers referenced being an observer at the recent Active Shooter/Mass Casualty training exercise at the new Warren Memorial Hospital site involving tight coordination between the sheriff’s office and town police, as well as County Emergency Services and other related medical, transport, and hospital staffs.

No time for turf wars here – Town and County law enforcement worked together seamlessly, as well as with other agencies, without bickering during three-day Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Training exercise the third week of April.

 

Sheetz rezoning – Why are we revisiting this?

As noted in our board meeting overview story, earlier in the meeting one of Carter’s constituents, Apple Mountain resident Pat Payne, asked the board not to alter its February 10 decision not to facilitate the establishment of a Sheetz near the Linden I-66 interchange at the foot of the Apple Mountain Lake neighborhood. The potential of contamination of the mountain’s groundwater feeding the area’s water supply was cited as too big a risk. She also questioned the positive commercial tax revenue impact, noting that if established, much of Sheetz’s business and related tax revenue would simply be taken away from existing gas, food, and convenience operations already in place near the Linden I-66 interchange.

Apple Mtn. retiree resident Pat Payne asked the county supervisors not to reverse their split Feb. 10 vote to deny the rezoning that would put a Sheetz at the foot of the mountain subdivision. She may need reinforcements on May 25.

 

Later, near the open meeting’s end when the authorization to revisit the rezoning was on the table, Shenandoah District Supervisor Mabe questioned Carter on his reasoning for revisiting the Sheetz rezoning so soon (less than three months), inquiring of the property owner’s position on the matter. “What changed? I mean, why are we bringing this back? It’s already been voted on and it was rejected. What changed,” Mabe repeated of his root question.

“Primarily because of the bus stop,” Carter replied, citing projected costs for realignment of a public school bus stop close by that he estimated at, “at least $100,000 – So, that’s the main thing too, which is worth revisiting to hear those issues again, particularly on the bus stop.”

One citizen present at the Feb. 10 joint planning commission-supervisors public hearing on the Sheetz rezoning expressed a theme running through many of the area residents public comments.

 

Pointing out that the request for the rezoning was from Sheetz project developer Dudding Commercial Development LLC, Mabe queried Carter on the position of the property owner seeking to sell the 6.45-acre portion of a 15-acre parcel for the Sheetz project – “Where’s the man? Where’s the guy that owns the property?” Mabe asked.

“I don’t know, he’s probably at home,” Carter replied dryly.

“That’s not what I asked,” Mabe said

“You asked where he was,” Carter retorted.

“I asked where he was in the process,” Mabe said of the context of his question on the positioning of the property owner.

“I don’t know. I did this because of the bus stop,” Carter reiterated his initial reply on why he sought a revisiting less than three months after the board’s initial rejection.

It is worth noting that the rezoning application process indicated that the property owner was allowing the county to use a small portion of his total 15-acre property for that school bus stop. Improvements to the bus stop adjacent to the 6.45-acre Sheetz portion of the property were included as part of the rezoning proposal. Once denied, the property owner withdrew permission to continue to use his property for the school bus stop, leading to its being moved to another location nearby. VDOT has determined it does not own all the necessary right of way for improvements to the new location, leading to additional costs cited by Carter.

Are you talking to me? With a nod to Robert DeNiro’s mirror conversation in the classic movie ‘Taxi Driver’, we acknowledge Tony Carter, above, and Walt Mabe’s difficulty getting on the same page during the May 4 discussion of the reason to revisit the Sheetz rezoning vote so soon. It was established that looming school bus stop improvement costs were the basis for Carter’s request to reconsider. ‘Where the property owner is’ – In favor of reconsideration, one might guess.

Ironically now perhaps, Mabe joined Carter and Archie Fox forming the 3-2 majority to deny the rezoning request on February 10. As reported by Royal Examiner’s Stephen Sill, following a sometimes emotional joint public hearing, followed by first, the county planning commission’s 3-1 recommendation of approval of the rezoning request, the supervisors, on Carter’s motion, voted 3-2 to deny, in support of the vast majority of area residents opposing the Sheetz project on water supply, public safety and proximity to the school bus stop issues.

On May 4, following Archie Fox’s second of Carter’s motion to authorize advertisement of a second public hearing on the matter, the board approved that authorization with only Mabe dissenting. A one-agenda item Special Meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, for that new public hearing and possible re-vote on the Sheetz project rezoning request.

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School Board approves $63.9M operating budget, new Skyline High School principal

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2018-12-18T09:00:00-05:00
2018-12-18T11:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
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540-636-7007

The Warren County School Board on Wednesday, May 5 approved the 2021-2022 budget for Warren County Public Schools (WCPS), as well as the appointment of a new principal for Skyline High School.

During its first action agenda item, the School Board approved the appointment of Danelle Sperling, the principal at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School for the past five years, as the new principal at Skyline High School beginning on July 1. Sperling replaces Michael E. Smith, who had been Skyline High School’s principal since July 2015.

WCPS Superintendent Christopher Ballenger introduces Danelle Sperling as the new Principal of Skyline High School.

 

According to the Skyline High School website, Smith’s name, title, and pictures have been removed. The Royal Examiner today asked WCPS Superintendent Christopher Ballenger to provide more details about when and why Smith left his position. Ballenger responded in an email that such information regards a personnel matter “and our policy and practice is not to discuss personnel matters.” And while it’s unclear when Smith left his position, Ballenger wrote in his email that “the admin leadership team continued to lead the school.”

On Wednesday night at the board meeting, Ballenger introduced and recommended Sperling’s appointment, telling the School Board that she “has a wealth of experience in and out of education and has served in various positions in Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, and Virginia.”

Sperling’s experience includes stints as an assistant high school principal, a middle school special education teacher and department chairwoman, music therapist, writer and editor for the U.S. Department of Defense, and group home and program manager, all of which “have provided her with the extensive preparation needed for this position,” Ballenger said during the meeting.

The superintendent added that Sperling is a dedicated community member, who has been a Warren County resident for 14 years, and her two children both attend Warren County Public Schools.

Following a motion by board member James Wells and a second by member Kristen Pence, the board voted unanimously to approve Sperling’s appointment, with Board Chairman Arnold Williams, Jr., and board members Catherine Bower, Wells, and Pence voting aye. Board member Ralph Rinaldi was absent during the May 5 meeting.

“I have been truly, truly blessed for the last five years to work with the most amazing faculty, staff, students, and families” at Keyser Elementary School,” Sperling told the School Board members following their vote. “It is an experience for which I will forever be grateful.”

Sperling said she’s also grateful for the opportunity to help lead Skyline High School and “to continue to serve my community in this new role.”

WCPS now begins the search for Sperling’s replacement at Keyser Elementary.

Budget highlights

The second action agenda item approved unanimously by the board, with Rinaldi absent, was the fiscal year (FY) 2021-2022 Operating Fund Budget in the amount of $63,944,829 and the Cafeteria Fund Budget in the amount of $2,896,000.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors at its April 27 Special Meeting approved the FY 2022 County Budget, which included both the WCPS FY 2022 Operating Fund Budget in the amount of $63,944,829 and the School Cafeteria Fund Budget in the amount of $2,896,000.

The approved Operating Fund budget represents a reduction of $165,589 from the proposed FY 2022 School Operating Fund Budget that was adopted by the School Board at its February 17 meeting.

Reductions to the proposed budget totaling $165,589 were then made at the board’s April 7 meeting and the adjustments were included in the final recommended budget.

“A couple of things happened since then that we’re going to have to absorb within our current budget and we can do that with our staff turnover,” explained Ballenger prior to the board’s vote. In fact, WCPS Personnel Director George “Bucky” Smith told the board that thus far, the division will have to fill 20 resignations and seven retirements.

The items WCPS will absorb, according to Ballenger, include a decision by Warren County supervisors to authorize the establishment of its own tech department. WCPS had been providing the County with one full-time and one part-time tech specialist. Now that the County will have its own three-person tech department, WCPS “will not receive that revenue,” Ballenger said, “so we will have to absorb that other part-time so that we can keep the one full-time employee.”

The other item relates to the Virginia State minimum wage, which is set to increase in January 2022. Ballenger said that WCPS decided to proactively implement the increase now. “We just felt that it was fair to our staff members who are in those positions,” he told board members. “It’s the right thing to do and it’s something that we can manage.”

The cost for WCPS to cover the minimum wage increase is around $27,000, Ballenger said.

In reviewing other budget highlights, Ballenger pointed to a 2-percent salary increase for teachers, plus a step. WCPS also adjusted the majority of its salary scales in the budget, he explained and placed all employees at their appropriate steps according to their years of experience.

However, there were several salary scales that did not get adjusted, such as those for maintenance journeymen, a maintenance bus driver, certain administrative personnel, and a social worker and psychologist, among others, according to Ballenger, who said their positions have been moved to the proper step for their years of experience.

Another benefit of the approved operating budget is that it “helps us in providing stability for our health insurance, so we’ll be able to take the savings from moving carriers to Aetna and put that in our account to help offset any increases we would see in future years,” he said.

WCPS will also add staff, including two activity drivers — who drive students home following practices, events, or other participation activities — one English language teacher, two gifted and talented teachers, one half-time criminal justice teacher, one history teacher, a special education assistant, a sign language interpreter, and one dual enrollment English teacher, said Ballenger.

The approved budget also includes a $100,000 increase for maintenance, he added, “so we can move from 40-percent scheduled maintenance to 60-percent scheduled maintenance. We want to schedule more of the work instead of always running around and trying to fix what’s broken. Let’s go ahead and get in front of this.”

Ballenger also said that previously approved federal COVID-19 relief funds will enable WCPS to complete HVAC renovations at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary and at Blue Ridge Technical Center, both of which also need new roofs. The school district also wants to buy eight new buses, as well as new textbooks for science, English as a Second Lange, and foreign language, according to the budget.

Overall, the new final budget will enable WCPS “to attack all the things we want to attack and address this year,” Ballenger said.

“It’s really nice to see that we can take care of our community,” Board Chairman Williams commented after Ballenger’s presentation.

Approval followed a motion by board member Pence, a second by Vice Chairwoman Bower, with all members voting aye and Rinaldi absent. A copy of the final approved budget is available at: https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/warren/Board.nsf/files/C2QSWS71E353/$file/FY22%20final%20budget.pdf.

The School Board also unanimously approved 10 other action agenda items, including the purchase of elementary science textbooks totaling $236,747.75; an almost $160,000 contract for new Chromebooks for the 2021-2022 school year; a new preschool curriculum costing $33,349.73; and two contract awards to the Gordian Group, one in the amount of $56,969.36 to perform site work and to erect a newly purchased greenhouse at Skyline High School, the other for $22,427.21 to provide all labor and materials to prepare and paint the west side exterior windows and columns on the historic front entrance to Skyline Middle School.

School Board Vice-Chair Bower asked WCPS Technology Director Tim Grant if the approved purchase of the new laptops will fulfill the school division’s technology needs. Grant replied that the purchase of technology is always going to be a revolving door for WCPS, as it is in other districts.

To view the entire WCPS School Board meeting video, go to: https://wcps.new.swagit.com/videos/120466.

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Governor Northam COVID-19 update briefing – May 6, 2021; some mandates lifting June 15th

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
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Governor Northam joins the Virginia Emergency Support Team to share the latest updates on the COVID-19 response.

Highlights include:

  • Hospitalizations are down
  • Deaths are down
  • 46% of Virginians have had one dose of vaccine, 33% fully vaccinated
  • Younger children will be approved soon
  • Walk-in clinics opening around the state
  • Virginia can meet the President’s goal of 70% of the population vaccinated by July 4th
  • Restrictions will be eased for gatherings next week
  • Gatherings increase to 100 people indoors and 250 outdoors
  • If cases keep decreasing, all capacity and social distancing measures will be lifted on June 15

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Two Winchester, VA residents arrested after investigation by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2018-12-18T09:00:00-05:00
2018-12-18T11:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
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On April 29, the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force concluded a month-long investigation with the arrest of two Winchester, VA residents. Rasheed Riley, 29, and Josie Peacoe, 31, both of Winchester, VA, were arrested by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force following a search warrant executed at their residence.

Josie Peacoe, 31, and  Rasheed Riley, 29, both of Winchester, VA, were arrested by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force following a search warrant executed at their residence.

 

In early April, Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force officers received information that Rasheed Riley and Josie Peacoe were distributing large quantities of cocaine in the Winchester and Frederick County, VA area. Through the course of the investigation, Northwest Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force officers learned that Riley and Peacoe would routinely travel outside the Commonwealth to a cocaine source of supply. The pair would then transport the cocaine back to the Commonwealth for distribution and sale. Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force officers completed multiple controlled purchases of cocaine from Riley and Peacoe during the investigation.

On April 29, members of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force obtained a search warrant for Riley and Peacoe’s residence located at 2971-116 Valley Avenue in Winchester, VA. During a search of the residence, 266 grams of cocaine with a street value of $12,350.00, 2.5 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $250.00, $1,570.00 in currency, and 1 firearm was seized. Rasheed Riley and Josie Peacoe were both arrested. Rasheed Riley was charged with possession of a schedule I/II controlled substance, a probation violation, and an active felony warrant for forging and uttering. Josie Peacoe was arrested for distribution of a schedule I/II controlled substance. Additional charges are forthcoming for Riley and Peacoe.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force was assisted by the Winchester Police Department, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and the District 11 Office of Probation & Parole.

The Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the Clarke, Frederick, Page, and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Departments, Front Royal, Luray, Strasburg, and Winchester Police Departments, and the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Culpeper Field Office.

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Fresh summer meals inspired by Asian cuisine

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2018-12-18T09:00:00-05:00
2018-12-18T11:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
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Are you looking for delicious, healthy recipes to try this season? If so, there are a variety of Asian dishes that are light, low-calorie, and ideally suited for the hot weather. Here are a few simple ways to let Asian cuisine inspire your summer meals.

Use a wok
Only a small amount of oil is needed when you cook in a wok, which helps lower the fat content of your meals. In addition, the short cook time allows ingredients to retain more of their nutritional value. Plus, you’ll spend less time standing over a hot stove.

Favor fresh veggies
Fresh vegetables are a core component of many Asian dishes. You can serve them raw as an appetizer, steamed as a side, or grilled on the barbecue. Rich in vitamins and fiber, they’re also easy to digest and will increase your satiety.

Try your hand at sushi
Sushi is the perfect summer meal and easier to make than you might think. Assembling the rolls with a bamboo mat will simplify the process, and you can pick up the ingredients you need at your local Asian food market or in your grocery store’s international aisle.

Make rice your go-to side
This grain is high in fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. It takes one to two hours to digest, which will leave you feeling full for some time. Plus, it’s a great source of energy. Easy to prepare in large quantities, rice is equally delicious served hot or cold.

Visit the farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and restaurants in your area to enjoy tasty, nutritious meals all summer long.

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The American Rescue Plan: What’s in it for small businesses

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December 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
2018-12-18T09:00:00-05:00
2018-12-18T11:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
27 Cloud Street | Front Royal
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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was signed by President Biden on March 11, and small business owners should be aware: You may stand to benefit from its provisions.

According to CNN, the Act authorizes another $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, the popular program that offered forgivable loans to small businesses and other organizations that may have been hurt or had to temporarily close their doors due to the pandemic. But be advised that as in previous iterations, the loans will only be forgiven if at least 60 percent of the money is used to support payroll expenses, with the remainder going to mortgage interest, rent, utilities, protective equipment, or certain other business expenses.

Restaurants have been singled out for particular support in the Act, with $25 billion allocated specifically to provide grants of up to $10 million per entity, or up to $5 million per physical location if the restaurant is a chain, according to Small Business Trends. Restaurants owned by women, veterans, and socially/economically disadvantaged individuals will be given priority.

Other grants may also be available for struggling performing arts producers, operators, and promoters. The Save Our Stages Act, signed by former President Donald Trump in Dec. 2020, will offer $15 billion grants, starting in April. According to National Public Radio, the grants will be available not just to music venues, but small movie theaters, museums, live theater venues, and even unconventional venues like zoos and aquariums.

For more information on Small Business Administration grants, guidelines and other resources, visit sba.gov.

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May 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Virginia Psychic Fair @ Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge
Psychic Fair for both those who are serious and for those who are just curious. Event can be a life changing experience or just a fun time! Many of the best psychics, mediums, healers, and[...]
1:00 pm Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
What’s that buzzing? Meet with local apiarists of the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah (BONS) and discover the art of Apiculture (a.k.a. Beekeeping). This monthly program series examines all aspects of beekeeping from hive construction to[...]