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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superfoods: worth the cost?
What do chia seeds, kale, goji berries, coconut oil and quinoa have in common? They’ve all been branded “superfoods” because they’re rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants thought to be especially beneficial to your health. Over the last decade, superfoods have been widely acclaimed for their supposedly miraculous benefits. According to nutrition experts, however, these trendy health foods aren’t worth the cost.
First, it’s important to understand that there’s no scientific definition of a superfood. It’s purely a marketing term that was coined in the natural foods industry to sell certain foods and products.
Most dietitians and nutrition scientists dispute the concept of superfoods. While they’re certainly good for you, in most cases their benefits have been overstated. Goji berries may be rich in antioxidants, but so are blueberries and most other berries. Similarly, kale isn’t better for you than spinach or other leafy greens, and coconut oil isn’t healthier than regular olive oil.
What’s more, marketers often rely on the exoticism of superfoods — acai berries from the Amazon, goji berries from the Himalayas, etc. — to suggest that they have more health benefits than common staples. This is untrue and causes people to spend lots of money on foods that are expensive. Plus, the spike in popularity in some of these foods can negatively affect the environments where they’re grown. For instance, Bolivian farming communities that have grown quinoa for centuries are often unable to afford to buy the grain for themselves.
The truth is, adding a superfood to your diet won’t positively affect your health unless you’re already eating a balanced diet. Focus instead on eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains.
Is debt consolidation wise?
According to ConsumerCredit.com, people thinking about consolidating debts often have one question: Is debt consolidation wise or not?
The answer is maybe. As one might expect, the wisdom of debt consolidation depends on several factors:
– The interest rate on the new loan.
– The consumer’s goal in taking out the new loan.
– The consumer’s resolve not to take on any more debt.
With a debt consolidation, you move your debt to a new loan serviced by one lender instead of many.
In theory, with a new loan at a lower interest rate, the money saved on interest each month may enable you to pay off your debts faster. Or, if the new loan has a longer term, you may be able to lower your monthly payment. Either way, debt consolidation might be useful in some situations.
But debt consolidation isn’t always effective.
Debt consolidation is useful for people who are disciplined enough to make the payments without taking on new debt. That’s the key. If you consolidate, but don’t change spending habits, you’ll be in deeper debt in a few years.
With debt consolidation, good credit can make a big difference.
Trying to consolidate debt with bad credit is usually not wise. With a bad credit rating, it is unlikely that you can get a loan with low enough interest to make a difference in paying down debt. While having only one monthly payment may be a temporary source of comfort, consolidating debt to a high-interest loan hurts finances rather than improving them.
Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for April 1-15
General Education Development
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success.
English as a Second Language Discussion Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 am
What the Tech!
Having trouble with your electronics? Don’t worry! Come into What the Tech and we can help you! Phones, tablets, e-readers, and anything else you need help with! Just check at the adult reference Desk from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm every Tuesday.
Trivia Night with SPL
Join us Tuesday Nights at 7:00 P.M. for Trivia Night at the Vine and Leaf, Front Royal’s very own wine and tea bar located at 477 South St. Try your hand at answering different trivia questions in a nice cozy atmosphere with friends! Don’t miss out!
WIC Breastfeeding Moms Group
This is a support group for breastfeeding mothers that meets every first Thursday at 1:00 P.M. Each week moms will have the opportunity to create a new scrapbook page while socializing and getting support from other breastfeeding moms. Mom’s are welcome to bring their babies and other small children with them. This month’s meeting will be April 4th.
Samuel Public Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate computer users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 2:00 PM.
Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree
Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Classes are held 1st & 3rd Thursday nights at 6:00 pm. (April 4th & 18th)
Photographing Spring Wildflowers
Samuels Public library invites you to come out and join us on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 PM for FOSL sponsored hands-on photography workshop.
Interested in learning about your family’s history? Samuels Public Library invites you to come out Tuesday, April 9th at 6:00 P.M. to learn about the library’s genealogy resources. Check out what online databases the library has to offer, what print resources we have in our very own Virginia history room, and how to start a search for those new to genealogy! Already done extensive research? Feel free to stop by and share your stories! This class meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 A.M (March 10th & 24th). All ability levels welcome.
The Three Documents Every Senior Citizen Needs To Know
Samuels Public library invites you to join us on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 PM for a special program focusing on legal topics affecting senior citizens in Virginia. Attorney George Shanks of Miller, Earle & Shanks, PLLC and a member of the Virginia State Bar, will discuss wills, power of attorneys, and health care power of attorneys, as well as guardianships and conservatorships. Coffee and refreshments will be available.
Congressman Ben Cline’s office to host Service Academy Day in Roanoke
ROANOKE, Virginia – The office of Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) will host Service Academy Day on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke.
Students and their parents will be provided information on the application, nomination, selection, and appointment processes. Representatives will be present to provide information and answer questions about the various service academies:
• The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York;
• The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland;
• The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York; and
• The United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
An academy appointment has an estimated value of over $400,000 and admission is competitive. Each academy selects nominees based on moral character, scholastic achievement, physical fitness, leadership, and college admission test scores. The earlier a student begins preparation, the more competitive that student will be in the process.
More information on Service Academy Day and the nomination process may be found by visiting https://cline.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations or calling Congressman Cline’s office at (434) 845-8306.
Defense suppression motion denied – toddlers mom’s trial looming
On Monday, March 25, Judge Clifford L. Athey Jr. denied a defense motion to suppress the confession of Tabitha Rose Zimmerman to neglectful complicity in the death of her 22-month-old son Malachi, and the non-fatal abuse of Malachi’s twin brother Micah on November 8, 2017.
Zimmerman was at work on the night shift at Rubbermaid when informed by then-fiancé Chad Ritchie by phone the night of Malachi’s death that there was a physical problem with her children. Zimmerman has been charged on two counts of cruelty and injuries to children revolving around what prosecutors contend was a willful neglect of signs of a pattern of abuse of her children by her former fiancé Chad Ritchie.
Athey ruled that despite the lengthy time Zimmerman was held in custody without charges before her confession that it had been given voluntarily. Defense counsel John Bell had argued that his client’s lengthy detention, over 13 hours in the immediate wake of her son’s death at the hands of Ritchie while she was at work, led to a confession obtained under emotional duress.
The judge also ruled that Zimmerman’s lengthy detention without charges was not illegal. Athey noted law enforcement’s explanation that while holding Zimmerman for questioning, they were also examining the crime scene and obtaining information on the circumstances leading to Malachi’s death and Micah’s hospitalization.
On Friday, March 22, Athey sentenced Ritchie to serve 20 years of a 55-year sentence in the death and abuse of the twin brothers. Ritchie entered an Alford guilty plea on the second day of his December 2018 trial. In an Alford plea a defendant admits the prosecution has the evidence to convict, while not admitting guilt. See Related Story:
At what is projected to be a three-day trial beginning April 8, Bell will argue, as Ritchie’s counsel did at his trial and sentencing hearing, that older bruising on the children was a result of falling and an active lifestyle, rather than an indication of a long-term pattern of abuse. Ritchie defense attorney Jason Ransom described his client’s actions of November 8, 2017, as one terrible lapse of anger management leading to an uncharacteristic outburst of physical violence against children he loved and hoped to eventually adopt.
Ritchie’s defense contention was that Malachi’s death was caused by incorrectly administered CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) by a panicking large man on a small child, rather than the earlier striking of Malachi in the head and stomach that Ritchie admitted to while watching the twins on November 8, 2017.
Malachi’s cause of death was determined to be cardiac arrest brought on by internal bleeding from a ruptured intestine that flooded the child’s stomach cavity. See Related Story:
EDA Board of Directors meeting of March 22
During the regular EDA meeting of March 22, Interim Executive Director John Anzivino briefed his board of directors on ongoing business recruitment; the recruitment process for appointment of a permanent executive director; and changes to the budget process he has implemented, as well as the coming fiscal year budget proposal.
His board lauded his efforts and the budget proposal he presented.
Also on Friday’s agenda were updates from the county administrator and town manager on respective projects.
See those reports in this Royal Examiner video: