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Answers to your gardening questions and problems! E-mail questions and pictures to greenhelpline.warrenco@gmail.com

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How much should you tip?

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Tips or gratuities help service workers earn a living wage. Here are some suggestions for how much you should tip workers in various sectors if you’re satisfied with their service.

• Server: add 15 to 20 percent to your bill before taxes

• Food delivery driver: add 10 to 15 percent to your bill before taxes

• Grocery delivery person: give them $2 to $3

• Taxi driver: add 15 to 20 percent to your fare, and give them a few dollars if they assist you with your luggage

• Beautician: add between 15 and 20 percent to your bill

• Bartender: give them at least $1 to $2 per drink or add 15 to 20 percent to your bill for a large order

Keep in mind that you can adjust the amount you tip based on your level of satisfaction with the service. For less common occurrences, such as a spa treatment or guided tour, ask how much people generally tip when you make your reservation.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of October 2nd

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August 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Warren County Extension Office
220 North Commerce Avenue
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Front Royal VA 22630
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Contact:
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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 2:

• Friday: 7:10
• Sat & Sun: 4:15 & 7:20
• Mon – Thurs: 7:10
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 47 min

• Friday: 6:45
• Sat & Sun: 4:00 & 7:10
• Mon – Thurs: 6:45
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hour 30 min

• Friday: 7:00
• Sat & Sun: 4:10 & 7:15
• Mon – Thurs: 7:00
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 53 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:

  • “Honest Thief”
  • “2 Hearts”
  • “Come Play”
  • “007: No Time to Die”
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October celebrity birthdays!

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August 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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2020-08-17T13:00:00-04:00
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Warren County Extension Office
220 North Commerce Avenue
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Brad Paisley, 48, country singer, Glen Dale, WV, 1972. Paisley performing live in Jacksonville, Florida, August 19, 2007 (minds-eye / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)


Do you share an October birthday with a celebrity?

1 – Julie Andrews, 85, singer, actress (The Sound of Music), born Julia Wells, Walton-on-Thames, England, 1935.

2 – Paul Teutul, Jr., 46, motorcycle designer, television personality (American Chopper), 1974.

3 – Chubby Checker, 79, musician, singer, born Ernest Evans, Philadelphia, PA, 1941.

4 – Vicky Krieps, 37, actress (Phantom Thread), Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 1983.

5 – Karen Allen, 69, actress (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Carrollton, IL, 1951.

6 – Rebecca Lobo, 47, sportscaster, former basketball player, Southwick, MA, 1973.

7 – Joy Behar, 77, television personality (The View), Brooklyn, NY, 1943.

8 – Bruno Mars, 35, singer, born Peter Gene Hernandez, Honolulu, HI, 1985.

9 – Jackson Browne, 70, singer, songwriter, Heidelberg, Germany, 1950.

10 – Bob Burnquist, 44, skateboarder, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1976.

11 – Jane Krakowski, 52, actress (Ally McBeal), Parsippany, NJ, 1968.

12 – Hugh Jackman, 52, actor (X-Men), Sydney, Australia, 1968.

13 – Jimin, 25, singer (BTS), born Park Ji-min, Geumjeong District, Busan, South Korea, 1995.

14 – Usher, 42, singer, actor (Moesha), born Usher Raymond IV, Chattanooga, TN, 1978.

15 – Paige Davis, 51, television personality (Trading Spaces), Philadelphia, PA, 1969.

16 – Tim Robbins, 62, actor (The Shawshank Redemption), West Covina, CA, 1958.

17 – George Wendt, 72, actor (Cheers), Chicago, IL, 1948.

18 – Ne-Yo, 41, singer, actor (Stomp the Yard), born Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., Camden, AR, 1979.

19 – Peter Max, 83, artist, designer, Berlin, Germany, 1937.

20 – Snoop Dogg, 49, rapper, producer, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., Long Beach, CA, 1971.

21 – Kim Kardashian, 40, television personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Los Angeles, CA, 1980.

22 – Derek Jacobi, 82, actor (Cadfael), London, England, 1938.

23 – Ang Lee, 66, director (Life of Pi), Taiwan, 1954.

24 – Drake, 34, singer, born Aubrey Drake Graham, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1986.

25 – Robert Montgomery (Bobby) Knight, 80, former college basketball coach, Orrville, OH, 1940.

26 – Tom Cavanagh, 52, actor (The Flash), Ottawa, ON, Canada, 1968.

27 – Zadie Smith, 45, author (White Teeth), born Sadie Smith, Brent, London, England, 1975.

28 – Brad Paisley, 48, country singer, Glen Dale, WV, 1972.

29 – Tracee Ellis Ross, 48, actress (Black-ish), born Tracee Joy Silberstein, Los Angeles, CA, 1972.

30 – Ashley Graham, 33, model, Lincoln, NE, 1987.

31 – Letitia Wright, 27, actress (Black Panther), Georgetown, Guyana, 1993.

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Components of an anti-inflammatory diet

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220 North Commerce Avenue
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If you have arthritis, you likely suffer from chronic inflammation. While genetics and stress both play a role in the disorder, your diet can also affect your symptoms. In fact, eating certain foods may help reduce inflammation throughout your body. The key components of an anti-inflammatory diet are:

  • Antioxidants (fruits, vegetables)
  • Plant proteins (nuts, seeds, beans)
  • Good fats (olive oil, oily fish)
  • Fiber (whole grains)

Additionally, you should limit your consumption of animal protein and salt, and avoid processed food, refined sugar, and saturated fat altogether as these have been shown to worsen inflammation.

In general, if you follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, you should see improvements. For more personalized tips to help manage chronic inflammation, speak with your doctor, pharmacist, or nutritionist.

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Major health insurance carrier may quit Valley Health; health care costs may rise for many in 2021

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Valley Health issued a warning this month that, once again, insurer Anthem is proving difficult to deal with in contract negotiations that could lead to a discontinuance of relationships with the insurance giant that covers up to 70 percent of its Valley Health patients.

In a letter to policy holders, Valley Health’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Nantz, said, “We want you to prepare for the possibility that Valley Health will no longer be ‘in-network’ with Anthem beginning January 1, 2021.”

According to local physicians, Anthem is the biggest insurer in the area and, one said, is “trying to drive down reimbursements and not for the first time.”

Warren Memorial Hospital and the rest of the Valley Health network have been warned of the potential loss of insurance coverage by the Anthem network as negotiations flounder around system costs. Royal Examiner Photo by Roger Bianchini

Of the situation Nantz added, “Unfortunately, Anthem has been unwilling to work with Valley Health caregivers… Valley Health will continue working in good faith to reach a solution before the end of the year. If Anthem is unwilling to work with our team and considers Valley Health “out of network”, your health care costs will likely increase.”

He said further that Valley Health, after several months of negotiations, has offered Anthem a solution to the situation (that) would “protect (patients) access to care while also making sure our team can continue confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and other health challenges.”

Many who receive anthem coverage in the Valley are retired federal employees. Valley Health, on its website, urges them to consider transferring to another carrier during the government’s open season November 9 – December 7. For these, and other details visit ValleyHealthLink.com/Anthem.

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North Warren Fire Department negotiates on a $500,000 fire truck, seeks funding to finalize a deal by December

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August 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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North Warren Volunteer Fire & Rescue (NWVFR) Company 10 isn’t the only local organization experiencing a funding shortage, but COVID-19 could not have hit the northside fire department at a worse time.

At the beginning of this year, North Warren’s creaky but still functional fire engine was beginning to suck up thousands of dollars in maintenance costs – $10,000 in repairs in just the last few months. In January, out went the call for donations to put a down payment of $100,000 on a new half-million-dollar emergency vehicle and all went well until March. As the virus took off, there was $46,000 in the truck fund.

However, since March through the end of July, just four donations had arrived in North Warren’s coffers ($325); and according to an SOS letter from Company 10 President Ray Warriner and Fire Chief Reggie Fritts, things are looking pretty desperate.

While this is neither of them, N. Warren Company 10 is seeking funding for a new firetruck to replace its aging unit that has become a money pit on expensive repair maintenance. Royal Examiner file photo.

Acknowledging that “we are all in a period of unprecedented hard times” but citing the increasing cost of truck repairs, Warriner wrote: “We have been holding off seeking donations but feel we must ask those who can, to consider donating now… (to) purchase or lease a dependable emergency vehicle that can respond to your calls for help.”

He and Fritts said their truck committee had hoped to have a contract by the end of June but extended the target to the fall while developing specifications on a truck that will meet the needs of the community. Without giving any dollar amounts, the letter to community residents said a combination of generous donations from citizens, business and industry, are closing the funding gap, but more dollars are needed from the communities served – Warren, Frederick (Lake Frederick), Clarke (White Post area), and Shenandoah Counties so that “we (can) order the new truck soon.”

In a telephone conversation, Warriner said Frederick County had only recently been added to the fire department’s responsibility but was generous in its financial contribution to NWVFR. He indicated about $60,000 was in hand toward a $100,000 target and that a 15-year lease arrangement was being sought. He said talks on a contract would continue this Saturday, October 3rd, and that hopefully there would be sufficient money available to complete a contract by the end of the year.

Fingers crossed!

Tax deductible donations may be made online at northwarrenvfr.com/donate or call (540) 635-6759.

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