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2019 NFL Kick Off Party

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
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Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
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(540) 635-7814

Golf – “Captains Choice Format” 12pm Shotgun
“Tail Gate” Food and Drinks – 5pm to 8pm
Golf + Food & Drinks $45
Tail Gate Food & Drinks Only $15

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4 backyard shade solutions

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
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Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
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(540) 635-7814

If your property doesn’t provide you with enough shade, here are four stylish structures that can give you a break from the sun.

1. An awning
This type of device can be rolled out over a patio or deck when you need shade and is easily retracted when not in use. However, it needs to be secured to an exterior wall first. Although typically controlled by a hand crank, some newer models open and close with the press of a button.

2. A freestanding gazebo

This sturdy structure consists of a metal frame with four pillars and a canvas roof. Some models include curtains that can be closed for privacy or to block the sun.

3. An arbor
This classic garden feature is often used to create an entryway. However, since its arches are typically lined with vines and other climbing plants, it can also offer respite from the sun.

4. A folding canopy
This temporary structure can be unfolded and set up within minutes. It’s a practical solution for backyard parties and picnics when you need to accommodate a number of guests.

All of these structures can provide you with ample shade and a comfortable place to lounge in your backyard. This summer, minimize the risk of getting sunburned by installing one or more of these devices.

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Know your yogurt

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
Contact:
Sly Fox Golf Club
(540) 635-7814

Yogurt is a popular food, but did you know it also has many health benefits? It’s rich in nutrients and proteins, helps maintain digestive health and can even enhance your immune system. To celebrate National Dairy Month, which occurs every June, here’s what you should know about common types of yogurt.

Traditional yogurt
If you crave a smooth, creamy treat, then traditional yogurt is for you. It’s by far the most well-known and widely available type of yogurt. It can be made with whole or skim milk and is a healthy snack that people of all ages can enjoy.

Greek yogurt

This popular type of yogurt has twice as much protein as traditional yogurt. It also has a much firmer texture, which is obtained by straining the yogurt before packaging it. Generally speaking, Greek yo¬gurt has less sugar and fewer carbohydrates than traditional yogurt. It’s both a tasty snack and a versatile cooking ingredient.

Icelandic yogurt
Also known as skyr, Icelandic yogurt is high in protein and thicker than Greek yogurt, although it’s smoother in texture. It’s very low in fat and contains a lot of calcium, making it a healthy snack as well as a smart addition to your morning smoothies.

Kefir
If you’re particularly interested in the probiotic benefits of yogurt, then kefir is for you. This naturally carbonated and fermented yogurt drink is high in protein, calcium, minerals, and vitamin D. Thanks to its long fermentation process, it provides a range of beneficial bacteria, which can help improve your gut health.

Yogurt is tasty food, and there are many ways to enjoy it.

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4 tips for moving in the rain

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
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Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
Contact:
Sly Fox Golf Club
(540) 635-7814

Does it look like it’s going to rain on moving day? Here are four tips to ensure the move goes well, despite the bad weather.

1. Dress appropriately
Sturdy rain boots and a waterproof jacket will help keep you dry during your move. A pair of work gloves can help you maintain a firm grip on slick furniture. Make sure you keep a few towels and a change of clothes on hand for later.

2. Protect your belongings

Cover your furniture in heavy blankets or plastic wrap, particularly wooden, upholstered, and metal pieces. Use garbage bags to protect your pillows, clothes, and artwork. If possible, pack books and documents in waterproof bins. Otherwise, seal delicate items in plastic bags before putting them in cardboard boxes.

3. Cover the floor
Lay down tarps, old towels or cardboard boxes to avoid tracking mud inside the home and to prevent anyone from slipping on a wet floor. Line the bottom of the truck as well to ensure it’s waterproof.

4. Create an assembly line
Assign specific people to ferry items to and from the house while others gather your belongings by the door or pack them in the truck. This will help keep the inside of your home and the truck clean and dry. Only move items as they’re needed to minimize their time in the rain. If possible, hang a tarp over the space between the door and the truck.

Once the truck is unloaded, quickly unpack all wet and damp boxes to avoid water damage. Additionally, make sure the wires for your electronics are completely dry before plugging them in.

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How to get rid of your golf slice

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
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Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
Contact:
Sly Fox Golf Club
(540) 635-7814

Among amateur and intermediate golfers, slicing the ball is a common problem. Typically, it’s caused by an outside-to-inside swing path that leaves the clubface open at the moment of impact. This sends the ball careening off to the right if the golfer is right-handed. Here are some tips to help you eliminate your slice and send the ball straight down the fairway.

Adjust your setup
Many golfers line up with the ball too far forward in their stance. This leaves the clubface open at the moment of impact and prevents the golfer from properly releasing the club. To help get rid of your slice, experiment with moving the ball a bit further back in your stance.

Fix your grip

A good golf swing starts with a good grip. It’s common for players who slice the ball to have their top hand too far underneath the club, which results in an open clubface. As a rule, you want to be able to see three knuckles on your left hand.

Tuck in your elbow
If your grip and setup are fine, then the issue is likely with your swing. One of the most common swing mistakes among players who slice is flaring out their right elbow during the backswing. This pulls the club away from the body, resulting in an outside-to-inside swing. To ensure your club follows a straight path, keep your right elbow as close to your body as possible during your backswing.

If following this advice doesn’t deliver your ball onto the fairway, consider taking one or more lessons from a golf instructor. You’ll likely benefit from more personalized pointers.

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Traveling with your pet

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
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Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
Contact:
Sly Fox Golf Club
(540) 635-7814

With careful planning, traveling with your pet can be easy and fun. Here’s how to prepare for a trip with your cat or dog.

Plan carefully
Many hotels, vacation rentals, and campgrounds welcome pets as long as certain rules are followed. If you’re traveling by air, be sure to contact the airline directly to familiarize yourself with their rules and regulations regarding animal transportation.

Make sure your cat or dog always wears a tag with your contact information on it. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep photos of your pet handy. These will be invaluable if your animal gets lost.

Visit the vet
Make an appointment with a veterinarian. You’ll want your pet to have a clean bill of health and be up to date on their vaccinations before setting out. If you’re traveling internationally, check the other country’s rules for bringing pets over the border. Some require proof of vaccination and/or that the animal is microchipped.

Get your pet ready
If your four-legged companion isn’t used to traveling with you already, bring them on short trips beforehand to prepare for the big one. Make sure your pet has a crate that’s large enough to stand up and turn around in and that they’re comfortable spending time inside of it.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to take your dog for a long walk or play games with your cat before setting out. Being tired may make them less anxious.

Once your trip has begun, keep your cat or dog calm and comfortable. Provide reassurance by petting it and speaking to it in soothing tones. Make sure your pet has enough to drink and eat and let them out for potty breaks as often as you can.

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Town, County appear on track toward outsourced Tourism function

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September 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-09-07T12:00:00-04:00
2019-09-07T20:00:00-04:00
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Sly Fox Golf Club
65 Jacksons Chase Dr | Middletown
VA 22645
Contact:
Sly Fox Golf Club
(540) 635-7814

The newly formed County-Town Tourism Committee comprised of two representatives from each municipality’s elected body met for the first time, Thursday afternoon, June 4. While the site was the conference room on the second floor of the Front Royal Town Hall, the majority of participants, including several members of the Joint Town-County Tourism Advisory Committee comprised of interested local business people, were logged in remotely in the virtual broadcast meeting.

In a technological first for Town WebEx broadcasts, there was a visual component to both the base site and the remotely connected participants, making it easier to keep track of who was speaking and where from.

A shot of the Town Hall conference room with committee members Cullers and Gillespie present, and a PowerPoint slide in the upper right corner. Save the interim town manager, all other participants were logged in remotely. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini

Representing the County were South River’s Cheryl Cullers and North River’s Delores Oates. On the Town side were Gary Gillespie and Letasha Thompson, the latter for whom Mayor Gene Tewalt had to battle town council to get appointed. As Royal Examiner reported in the story “Mayor, Meza spar over committee appointment powers – Mayor by legal TKO” a number of Thompson’s colleagues appeared to believe her more proactive role in contacting Town Tourism and Visitor Center personnel in the wake of the firing of the Town Tourism Department’s driving force, Community Development Director Felicia Hart and the initiative to outsource Town Tourism marketing, disqualified her from appointment to the committee.

Thompson countered those arguments by saying she remained open to all suggested options for moving forward on Tourism, rather than simply being a champion of in-house Tourism and the Visitors Center’s current personnel and operational model because she had bothered to inquire how those operations and personnel previously and currently function.

Gayle and Nellie have been back at work in the Visitors Center, though on reduced hours as the Town moves toward Phase 2 of pandemic reopenings. Their and other current staff and volunteers’ long-term prospects remain up in the air.

And along with all present, Thompson did not voice objection to Oates early observation that of five operational models presented in mid-May by Tourism Advisory Committee Vice-Chair Kerry Barnhart, she had dismissed the first, the In-House model, because the Town had begun dismantling it as not optimally functional.

However, during the ensuing discussion in which Barnhart was queried as to her thoughts on the best path forward for Tourism promotion for Warren County and Front Royal, the possibility of a contracted marketing company utilizing some existing local tourism staff was noted.

That could be an important variable as an evolving consensus seemed to be to move away from the In-House model short-term to what is Option 3A in Barnhart’s list, “Fully Contracted Out”, with an eventual move to 3B, “Fully Contracted Out with Committee Leadership”.

One downside Barnhart noted of the “In-House” model was that as a governmental department, Tourism sometimes gets forgotten amidst the municipal bureaucracy.

The phased-in plan appeared favored as Gillespie reasoned because 3A appeared achievable more quickly than 3B. The outsourced “with Committee Leadership” would involve a third party, potentially an EDA, Chamber of Commerce, something like the existing Joint Tourism Advisory Committee of involved and impacted locals, or another contracted private entity to take on oversight and management responsibilities.

PowerPoint representations of favored Options 3A and 3B. The initial discussion indicates a possible move to 3A, later transitioned to 3B.

As noted in our story “County could bypass Town in ‘CARES’ funding – but doesn’t intend to …” both Barnhart and County rep Oates, the latter who took on a moderating role at the meeting, commented on the danger of ongoing conflicting ideas or non-communication between multiple involved entities with a common and overlapping tourism agenda.

Barnhart has pointed to the Tourism leadership role the now-fired Felicia Hart served to the Tourism Advisory Committee, even calling Hart the Town’s “Tourism Director” though her official title was “Community Development Director”. And she has pointed to the huge gap Hart’s unannounced departure initially left in the advisory committee’s function.

“Interestingly, the other entities I talked to, surprisingly all of them had that same struggle. There’s a city and there’s a county in almost every situation. And they need to work together on it. And all of them talked about things that they did, and one of them is joint visioning, joint planning, and joint performance … and I think that is what is really needed here,” Barnhart told the new Town-County Joint Tourism Committee at its inaugural meeting.

Kerry Barnhart explained that her inquiries indicated that multiple-municipality tourism promotion often encounters the type of communication and goal-setting dysfunction this community has experienced – and that must be overcome for successful tourism marketing, she said.

As Barnhart concluded that observation, Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick, who was present at the Town Hall site with committee members Gillespie and Cullers, joined the conversation.

“Kerry, just to give you some information regarding your question or statement as it relates to the funding and the trust as it relates to the Town of Front Royal spending the money appropriately; in my conversations with the finance director – because he’s going to be hereafter I’m gone with his institutional knowledge – as we interpret 3A (“Fully Contracted Out”) and how I believe some council members interpret 3A, the Town is only going to serve as a fiduciary agent. Meaning the actual recommendation on spending the money is going to come from the Joint Tourism Committee … and basically the Town is writing checks based upon the direction of the joint tourism committee,” Tederick explained, adding, “Now, happy to make that different but that’s how we interpreted to alleviate any concerns about, you know, just trust issues or whatever the case is, that’s how we interpreted 3A.”

“Yea, it’s almost there, but really 3A takes some leadership management responsibility (by) the Town, so it’s not just, ‘Here are the dollars.’ Three-B gets into more of a board that is very heavily in making those leadership and management decisions. They’re managing that function … not only for dollar purposes but for management,” Barnhart elaborated on the models she developed.

An outsourcing path forward – with strict guidelines, appears in the making.

In the 3A model, the advisory committee has a reduced function, performing “staff work” and being responsible to “the town manager or whoever that entity is that the contractor is accountable to, but they are not managing them. So, the town manager has both the fiduciary and management leadership responsibility for that contractor. So, they are making the final call to spend the money,” Barnhart concluded of her 3A “Fully Contracted Out” model.

Some form of outsourcing was the model Tederick was recommending at the time of Hart’s firing and the reduction of the in-house Town Tourism function in late January, early February.

Hear, and see, this varied and broad discussion of a path forward out of the combined upheaval of the sudden decapitation of the Town’s Tourism function, followed closely by the onset of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic restrictions on travel, business, and governmental operations, in this virtual recording:

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