Warren County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is excited to announce the musical entertainment line-up for “At Home with Habitat 2020” on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Music will begin at 11 a.m. with Southern rock band Downtown Garage, followed by country, gospel, and folk tunes from Passage Creek Rising, topped off with rock and R&B with Excel.
“At Home with Habitat 2020” is Warren County Habitat for Humanity’s first Home Expo. The event will feature home improvement and décor vendors and exhibitors, demonstrations of decorating techniques, and activities for children. Admission is free. The Expo will be open September 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Warren County Fairgrounds, at 26 Fairground Road, Front Royal, Virginia.
Come check out the Upcycle Center where you can find tools and items for small home repair projects and home decorating. You’ll also get inspiration on what you can do with what you already have or with just a few repurposed pieces.
WCHFH is currently soliciting donations for the Upcycle Center. If you have items that can be used or re-imagined for home projects, bring them to the Fairgrounds on Friday, September 11 from noon until 7 p.m. Tools, paint, hardware, small furniture, new flooring, lights and lamps are just some of the items that could be donated. Donations of clothes and shoes will not be accepted.
The indoor flea market at the Fairgrounds will be open during the Expo.
Food will be sold by All Women of Christ Caterer and Event Planner and BEE Sweet Treats.
This event is sponsored by CBM Mortgage, Quality Title, Brandon Elizabeth Events, Hazard Mill Farms, and Stephen Marut with Exceed Home Loans.
Samuels Public Library will be on site for National Library Card Month and “Samicon: Readers Assemble! Discover the Heroes Among Us.” Don your superhero cape and stop by their booth to see what’s new at the Library and sign-up for a library card.
For more information about Warren County Habitat for Humanity or At Home With Habitat 2020 contact Jessica Priest-Cahill, WCHFH Executive Director, at (540)551-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded locally in 1993, Warren County Habitat for Humanity seeks to build homes, community, and hope in Front Royal and Warren County. Habitat for Humanity homes are sold with no profit received. The homes are built utilizing volunteer labor, donated resources, and money from the community. Homeowners must meet three qualifications: willingness to partner; ability to pay; and have a need for decent, affordable, and safe housing. In addition to the Habitat Homeownership Program, WCHFH provides home repair programs for low-income homeowners, homeownership and home maintenance education, and advocacy for local affordable home ownership. To learn more visit www.warrencountyhabitat.org.
Front Royal ready for Fall tourists
The Town of Front Royal has hired three employees to staff the downtown Visitors Center.
Thousands of tourists travel to the area every fall for leaf viewing. The increased number of Visitor Center staff will play a key role in bolstering the Town’s continued effort to welcome tourists and assist them with experiencing the many attractions along with enjoying the fall foliage.
The Visitors Center averages over 150 visitors daily and over 200 each day on the weekends. “Welcoming visitors and letting them know about all the area attractions, lodging, outdoor adventures, arts, and cultural programming, fine food and drink grow the economy,” said Mayor Chris Holloway. “Front Royal and Warren County are committed to increasing visitation beyond a day visit.”
Visitor Center staff are responsible for many customer experience activities, including being ambassadors, providing tourists with information that enhances their visit, and encouraging tourists to return to Front Royal.
Tourism is a major economic driver for Front Royal and Warren County and its hospitality businesses. Visit www.DiscoverFrontRoyal.com for the many things to do.
Carla Denise Kirk (1960 – 2021)
Carla Denise Kirk, 61, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 11 AM at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating.
Mrs. Kirk was born on October 3, 1960, in North Carolina to the late Carl and Ann Nichols. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Mike Garner. She was a mortgage broker with BB&T Bank in North Carolina.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Franklin Kirk; two sons, Tim Lee and Chris Lee; stepson, Tony Kirk; stepdaughter, Pam Schumacher; two sisters, Mary Bonta and LuAnn Montgomery Harrell and four grandchildren, Amber Jane Lee, Mason Carl Lee, Bodhi Grayson Lee and Kayla Neece.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.
Edward Coleman Jenkins Jr. (1950 – 2021)
Edward Coleman Jenkins Jr., 70, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 11 am at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating. A visitation for friends and family will be held an hour before the service. Interment will take place after the service at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Jenkins was born on December 10, 1950, in Front Royal to the late Edward Sr. and Margie Fox Wines. He retired from the Food Lion produce department in Front Royal. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of the Front Royal VFW and American Legion.
He is survived by his brother, Freddie Jenkins (Cindy Tobin) of Strasburg, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Clara Ellen Campbell Fritts (1932 – 2021)
Clara Ellen Campbell Fritts, 89, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Heritage Hall in Front Royal.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Bentonville Baptist Church Cemetery with Sammy Campbell officiating.
Mrs. Fritts was born August 29, 1932, in Riverton, Virginia, daughter of the late Clarence Albert and Ruth Helen Ralls Campbell. She retired after many dedicated years from Sears as an Assistant Manager.
She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Richard Fritts in 2013.
Surviving is three daughters, Gloria Knott of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Shirley Foster of Linden and Robin Henry of Front Royal; step-son, Dale Fritts of Berryville; 10 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son, Elmer Lee Campbell, Jr.; step-son, Michael Fritts; two brothers, Raymond E. Campbell and Jake Campbell; and one sister, Pauline “Polly” Mitchell.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of October 22nd
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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, October 22:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Child (under 12): $7
- Military: $8
- Student (college): $8
- Senior: $8
- Matinees, All Seating: $7
- “Clifford the Big Red Dog”
- “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”
Governor Northam announces $2 billion public-private broadband investment
RICHMOND—Governor Northam announced that Virginia has received a record number of local and private sector applications to match state broadband investments, putting the Commonwealth on track to become one of the first states to achieve universal broadband access by 2024. Virginia anticipates more than $2 billion in total broadband funding, thanks to local and private-sector matching funds that go beyond the $874 million in state appropriations since the Governor took office in 2018.
“Broadband is as critical today as electricity was in the last century,” said Governor Northam. “Making sure more Virginians can get access to it has been a priority since I took office, and the pandemic pushed us all to move even faster. Virginia is now on track to achieve universal broadband by 2024, which means more connections, more investments, easier online learning, and expanded telehealth options, especially in rural Virginia.”
The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative is the Commonwealth’s broadband program. It was started in 2017 to fund public-private partnerships to extend broadband service to areas unserved by an internet service provider. When the most recent application round closed last month, the program received 57 applications from 84 localities, requesting $943 million to connect more than 250,000 Virginia homes and businesses. These applications leverage $1.15 billion in private and local matching funds. The Department of Housing and Community Development is reviewing applications and expects to award the funds by the end of the year.
Virginia has taken dramatic steps on broadband since Governor Northam took office in 2018, as Virginia’s first rural Governor in a generation. He set out a clear goal: achieve universal access to broadband within 10 years. The goal was bold, as Virginia’s broadband program was investing just $4 million a year and 660,000 Virginians did not have access to high-speed internet.
Since then, Governor Northam and the General Assembly have awarded $124 million in grants to connect more than 140,000 homes, businesses, and community organizations. The Virginia Telecommunication Initiative has awarded 39 projects in 41 different counties, supported by over $94 million in matching private and local funds. Along with private investment and federal broadband grants, the Commonwealth has reduced the digital divide by 65 percent. Plans accelerated further in August, when Governor Northam and the General Assembly allocated $700 million in American Rescue Plan funding to broadband, moving the original goal for achieving universal access to 2024.
“Ensuring that rural Virginians have access to broadband is the number one way we can make sure they have equal access to the economic, educational, and health opportunities that broadband provides,” said Broadband Advisory Council Vice-Chair Delegate Roslyn Tyler. “No Virginian should be left behind. Thanks to Governor Northam’s commitment to getting universal broadband done, we’re seeing record levels of public and private sector matching funds, and we’ll have this critical infrastructure available to all Virginians more quickly than we imagined.”
“Broadband a vital resource for communities across the Commonwealth,” said Broadband Advisory Council Chair Senator Jennifer Boysko. “Broadband access allows our citizens to connect to their workplaces, schools, and doctors and broadens their opportunities and choices about where to live and work. The Northam administration’s investment in broadband, paired with these matching funds, will get universal broadband access to Virginians in record time.”
The overwhelming response to this year’s Virginia Telecommunication Initiative grant round demonstrates that Virginia has built an innovative and successful model for bridging the digital divide.