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4th Annual Heroes Challenge

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When:
March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

Gold Mountain Martial Arts in Front Royal is hosting the 4th Annual Heroes Challenge on Saturday, March 9th at Fitness Evolution at 485 South Street beginning at 12:00 noon. Competitions will be held in the categories of sit ups, chin ups, pylios, bench press and tug of war.  Metals will be awarded to first, second and third place winners and a trophy will be awarded to the highest scoring team.  A Spirit Award will also be awarded to the team who displays the most spirit. This year, representatives from the Front Royal Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Front Royal Fire Department, Shenandoah Park Service and RSW Regional Jail will battle it out to determine who is the fittest.

The idea behind the competition is to introduce youth to the community’s first responders and to help them see first hand the benefits of physical fitness. Events will also include kids’ activities, including face painting. Vendors are welcome. Following the competition, Gold Mountain will host a dinner for the participants as a way of thanking them for their service to the community. The event is free and open to the public.

Opinion

Justice is a must – EDA scandal not to be forgotten

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March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

Warren County has experienced and been violated through a $21M embezzlement that appears to have extended roots beyond the EDA.  Our community has witnessed several arrests in relation to this crime and saw charges dropped, a sheriff’s loss of life, the resignations of a County Attorney, EDA Chair and other EDA Board members and a County Finance Director, the rotation and changes in our Judicial System, the retirement of a school superintendent, our new Board of Supervisors wisely releasing a long-time County Administrator, with an Assistant County Administrator and a Fire Chief’s announcements of retirement following, the county taking fiscal responsibility of the EDA without providing insight on the loss incurred.

All the while, the Town of Front Royal gathered and reported their loss along with the filing of a lawsuit.  Yes, I agree, Warren County can do better than this!  I commend and thank the new Board of Supervisors who have the courage to stand and make decisions for the betterment of our entire community – that is truly service above self!  Your diligent work in learning and perseverance is not going unnoticed!

The reprimands made to the new Board for their decision in declining a renewal contract for the County Administrator, makes me question what is known, or what one may be involved in?  In my opinion, the comment using military lingo to describe our past administrator was an insult to the men and women of our US Armed Forces.  It takes very strong and courageous people to wear the boots of the “Best of the Best”, as they willingly and tirelessly put their lives on the line – with some having given their all to protect the Freedoms of this Nation.  During this administrator’s tenure, he served on several Boards/Committees in the county, taxes were consistently raised year after year, an increased budget of $6.1M was submitted during this pandemic crisis, an empty and still empty warehouse building on Baugh Drive was purchased for $5M owned by the EDA, with a resolution that the county would pay; one signature being that of this administrator, costing the citizens $26K a month over the past few years and still going, the county has over $90M in bonds and has extended them through 2040, lawsuits were filed against the county, school property has been used as collateral for renovations on buildings and for the construction of the new Fire Department, as well as another building being used as collateral for the purchase of 2 new fire trucks.

Warren County has the potential to rise above and thrive – now and for generations to come.  This scandal needs to be fully exposed, corrected, and accountability being put on the shoulders of those responsible, regardless of their level of power!  Do not forget – Justice is a must and is – what’s right!

Leslie Mathews
Warren County, Virginia

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Thoughts on the Confederate statue removal at the Warren County Courthouse

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March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

To the Editor:

On August 4, Tony Carter, a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, offered a motion that would put the question of whether the Confederate statue on the Courthouse lawn should be relocated to a referendum on November 3.

One opponent of the relocation said, “it’s in the bag.”

It seems obvious that they did not want any public comment on his motion, but word got out, and several people came at the last minute expressing their frustration that they had no time to prepare their remarks on a matter of some sensitivity.

Nonetheless, it seems poor sport to argue that allowing the people to decide the issue is wrong.

Were the public schools in Warren County desegregated in the 1950s by a popular vote? No, they were not. It was the State Supreme Court that protected minority children. In 1965, did the citizens of Alabama, by popular referendum, allow black people to vote?

Confederate statues and flags tell the country that the South had school integration and black voting forced on them. They never accepted black advancement.

Lynching used to be discussed as something that happened in “the bad of days.” In 2020, we saw the lynching of George Floyd on our television screens. His killing and that of others have caused people around the country, Virginia, and the world to take a hard look at their racist past and rid themselves of the stain. Will there be such introspection in Warren County?

If others think relocation of the statue is ill-advised, will they come forward to offer other changes as evidence that they hear the cry of black citizens?

Your move, Mr. Carter.

Tom Howarth
Front Royal, Virginia

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Reader asks ‘What Heritage’

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March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

You say it is your heritage, not hate.

But what is your heritage, if not hate? What do you call the rape, torture, kidnapping, murder, and pillaging of a people? Are you proud of stealing generations from their future? What does the history of the dixie heartland stand for if it doesn’t stand for hate rooted in blood-stained injustice? What good comes from staking a claim in a mountain built on the backs of other men, with a treasonous flag wavering overhead?

You say they were veterans and deserve our homage; as if we should so easily forget the very things they fought for, or rather, against. Protecting the institution of slavery, secession and mutiny are suddenly honorable values that we must exalt in statue form? Since when do the losers of a war get to have a stake in the statue arena – is it a participation trophy?

My mind, nor my heart, can fathom the pride you carry for your “heritage.” The ignorance of deeming all veterans heroes, while ignoring their true motivations, seems blasphemous in the eyes of the Constitution. I think it would be far more courageous to show compassion for the people we share the world with today.

To understand that the battles that they have faced, collectively and historically, far outweigh any contributions given to us by the short-lived Confederacy. To see past our privilege, to put ourselves in the shoes of a Black American who just wants to walk to the courthouse without having to be reminded of the effort put into keeping them 3/5 a human. That maybe, as white men and women, we listen with open hearts and sit this one out.

It seems to me, that every significant change for the better in the Town of Front Royal, whether it be the desegregation of schools, the building of new bridges, schools, and sidewalks has to be fought for to come to fruition. Front Royal refuses to come into the 21stcentury on her own, and instead prefers to be drug a few decades, kicking and screaming, until she begrudgingly accepts her new reality.

Is a symbol of our divisive past more important than a more inclusive and compassionate present and future? Royal Examiner File Photo

That is why I’m so disappointed in the board of supervisors’ cowardly decision to leave this ruling to a non-binding referendum. When you have the privilege and responsibility of a position of power, you use it for good. You use it to showcase your leadership skills and to stand up for the minority. If the south left it to a non-binding referendum, we’d still have slavery.

Sometimes the right thing isn’t what the majority demands. The law hasn’t been our best moral compass in history, time, and time again. You want a count of hands, regardless of the lack of representation for Black citizens. I urge you to instead consider the history and reputation of this town and vote with all constituents in mind, not just the white majority.

Caroline Nolazco
Front Royal, Virginia

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Baugh Drive warehouse rental lease approved; EDA looks toward a ‘Strategically’ consistent future

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March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

The EDA Board of Directors met for their regular monthly board meeting, Friday, October 23. Following a one-and-a-half-hour Closed Meeting the Board approved the following motions:

  1. Approved a 3-month lease agreement with Dollar Tree Distribution Inc. for parking lot space at 426 Baugh Dr. at $2,100/month;
  2. Approved a $90,000 settlement agreement with the heirs of Daniel McEathron;
  3. Approved giving board Secretary Greg Harold authority to review and award a contract for mold remediation of the Avtex Building, as Executive Director Doug Parsons is away on personal leave/vacation.

Two additional actions were bookkeeping items introduced in the report of the Finance Chair Jorie Martin. Both motions were unanimously approved: a/ to eliminate the EDA Rent account at Atlantic Union and transfer all monies to the EDA Cash-Operational account. b/ To recode specific payments made by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission as Note Receivable payments, as they were previously recorded and deposited incorrectly to the EDA Rent account at Atlantic Union. These payments will be deposited in the EDA Cash/Operational account.

Jim Wolfe led the EDA Board through a game plan growing out of the recent two-day Strategic Planning session. Royal Examiner Photos by Roger Bianchini

The remaining portion of the meeting was devoted to Director Jim Wolfe and his review of the results of the Strategic Planning conference held October 9-10. He appreciated all of the conversations and involvement by all of the attendees which led to the development of draft goals for the EDA. He reported that he’ll be assigning specific topics for further research to the other Directors with the goal of having a draft Strategic Plan at the next regular board meeting on December 4.

Planning, direction and consistency will be crucial to the EDA’s future as the new board rebounds from past mistakes and financial scandal.

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The Cracked Acorn: Emma

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March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept, and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. – Genesis: Chapter 2: 21-22

A part of the day’s routine for me is to drive to the nearby SHEETZ for the morning newspaper – it should be after midnight for this, but for once in a blue moon, I am out at 10 pm – so I intended to get coffee, a snack and return a few hours later for the POST. DITTO – I am in the snack aisle and looking over the goodies, a woman is on her knees looking at the bottom shelf; she was after Mrs. Freshley’s Cinnabon Twirls (make life Sweeter!)- I got down and found them for her, so then she told me all the details about this wonderful eatable, I listened and finally wandered away, but not until she complimented my choice of what I was carrying – Quaker Maple/Brown sugar Instant oatmeal.

At the coffee bar, I didn’t want Decaf and needed something stronger. “Emma” came over and told me of her favorite coffee’s strong choice(Sumatra & Choice) – I followed through. She beat me to the checkout. “Emma” has red hair was maybe in her 50s, well-dressed in a casual expensive style. I would guess she was the outdoor type and could hold her own with the best if that should happen. It came my time to pay and I mentioned my “contact” to the clerk and that I intended to remain inside until I knew she had departed the parking lot; Now I wish I had seen what she was driving. I knew that if we ever developed a relationship; I would never have to speak another word.

“A man must know his own limitations!” – Clint Eastwood!

(Emma is the name of my father-in-law’s girlfriend’s sister. I last remember her in Albany, NY; I dropped her off at her apartment then she followed me back to the car and kept talking, eventually, I told her I had to leave or my family might declare me missing!)

READER’S DIGEST – “The police were following a car with an elderly couple inside. At a stoplight the woman fell out, she was o.k. and the police followed and pulled over her husband. “Sir! Did you know that your wife fell out at the stoplight?” He replied, “Oh, thank you, officer, I thought I had gone deaf!”

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Hunting waterfowl: a brief guide to decoys

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March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2019-03-09T12:00:00-05:00
2019-03-09T17:00:00-05:00
Where:
Fitness Evolution
485 South Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Cindy Wenzel
(540) 522-9041

When it comes to hunting waterfowl, setting up the right decoy spread is crucial to your success. Here’s what you need to know about luring in snow geese, Canada geese, and ducks.

Snow geese
Since these birds tend to move in flocks of hundreds, you’ll need to set upward of 1,000 decoys to attract them. If you’re relying solely on full-body decoys, however, about 200 to 400 should suffice to create a realistic setup.

Canada geese

Early in the season, about 20 to 30 decoys dispersed in groups of five to seven is enough. Once these birds begin to migrate, however, their flocks increase in size and you’ll need closer to 120 decoys. Toward the end of the season, reduce the number of decoys and opt for lifelike, full-body options.

Ducks
When you hunt ducks, the appropriate number of decoys depends on the body of water where you’re set up. A more expansive area will require a larger decoy spread to look realistic. For example, a dozen decoys will suffice for a pond, but you’ll need several dozen on a large lake.

Remember to check for changes to your regional hunting regulations before the start of each season.

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