In this class students will learn how to draw facial features and the proportions used for placement of features on a face. They will complete a self portrait using graphite.
Classes are designed for the student who wants to learn drawing techniques beyond their experiences at school, while meeting the Virginia Standards of Art. Recommended ages for these classes are 8-12.
Saturday, November 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Fee is $35 and materials are included. Classes are located at 205 E. Main Street, Front Royal, UPSTAIRS in Suite 4.
About the instructor: Laura Corebello is a licensed art teacher who has taught art in the public schools of New Jersey and Virginia for the past 30 years. She has written curriculums for New Jersey and Virginia private and public schools.
Laura can recognize the unlimited potentials of creative expression through the eyes of children and nurtures this in all her students. Some of Laura’s students have been stimulated to follow careers in art, have earned awards, and have had art shows at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.
Class policies: We understand that scheduling conflicts do happen. You may cancel your class for a full refund up to 48 hours before the class, by phone or in person. No refunds will be issued after this time.
In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the class. Please check our Facebook page for class schedule changes due to weather.
School Board to consider moving start date of school to September 8th
Dr. Chris Ballenger, Warren County Schools Superintendent, issued a press release on August 11, 2020, to notify parents and the community that they will propose to the Warren County School Board, moving the start date of school from August 27, 2020, to September 8, 2020. This proposal will be presented at the School Board meeting on August 19, 2020.
School officials indicated that more time is needed for longer delivery times of supplies and delays in implementing the Learning Management Systems. This change will also provide more time for teachers and staff to learn the new Learning Management Systems which will be the main portal students will use to access the virtual learning materials and courses.
The proposed calendar includes the following dates:
September 8 – First day of school for students
November 10 – End of 1st advisory
November 11 – Holiday
November 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break
December 23-January 1 – Winter Break
January 18 – Holiday
January 29 – End of 2nd advisory/1st semester
February 15 – Holiday
March 29-April 5 Spring Break
April 13 – End of 3rd advisory
April 30 – Professional Day
May 31 – Holiday
June 17 – Last day of school for students
Wait, where am I? A radical change of Town tone and focus 2 weeks later
Following Town Attorney Doug Napier’s reading of the Roberts Rules of Order conditions on public and member conduct in critiquing proposed municipal business and actions, the August 10th Public Comments period and consequent staff and board reports went surprisingly smoothly. Gone was the staff report political posturing of July 27th and mayoral-council infighting over that posturing. In fact, one member, Thompson, would later apologize for her role in the previous meeting’s back and forth.
But even more surprising was council Virginia Beer Museum “family values” critic Jacob Meza’s expression of common ground with Beer Museum proprietor and local attorney David Downes’ remarks to council. Of course, those remarks did not involve events at the Beer Museum, but rather Downes plea that the Town partner with him as a local criminal defense attorney, as well as with Town and County law enforcement and the judicial system in creating a more proactive safety net for opioid drug addiction in this community.
“We are dying in this town – I’m not referring to COVID where we’ve lost seven members of the community; I’m referring to at least 13 drug overdose deaths in Warren County this year alone,” Downes began, pointing to a total of 68 overdose calls reported to the regional joint drug task force, “20 in April alone,” he added, citing 25 defendants and over half a local court docket devoted to “drug-related charges”.
Downes bemoaned that fact that unlike the governmental COVID-19 pandemic reaction of emergency response planning, direction and precautionary guidelines at the state and local levels, no such commitment has been made in this community to an epidemic that has claimed twice the number of lives as the 2019 strain of Coronavirus for which millions of dollars of federal, state-administered aid is being made available.
Noting the current public focus on “marches, protests, petitions, referendums” Downes continued, “So, I must ask, do drug addict’s lives matter?
“I am here asking for your help before another 13 families” he hesitated, choking back emotion momentarily before continuing, “lose a loved one.”
Pointing to the closest drug detox center he said was in Galax, 250 miles away, Downes urged a commitment to bring such professionally administered treatment options to our community. Pretending the issue can’t or won’t ever reach you or your family or friend circles is no longer an option, Downes told council.
And some 20 minutes later, the meeting microphone went to Councilman Meza’s member’s report.
“I’d like to thank Mr. Downes for bringing up the drug epidemic. You know I’ve been on the planning commission and town council now for almost five-and-a-half years, and it’s something that I’ve heard discussion about but have yet to see any major initiatives taken, undertaken (stick with the first one in this context, Jake) in this community between both governing bodies and our law enforcement and community members. And I think there is a real opportunity for such committees to exist – 250 miles away is a long way, in addition to the drug epidemic and finding the resources available for those individuals.
“Behavioral health is another issue that our community faces and it faces the same statistical challenge of being about 200, 250 miles away for major centers of help. These are very important things that cripple citizens of our community,” the Valley Health administrative professional observed. “And I would be happy to have those discussions, with Mr. Downes and our law enforcement leaders on how we can work together and figure out a way to establish resources. Because it is an epidemic and it’s something that’s going to be tearing apart this town slowly but surely if we don’t get a handle on it.”
Okay, I am in “The Twilight Zone” right?
Setting an example
Talk about “Front Royal Unites”!! – Common cause between David Downes and Jacob Meza to a common good for this community? – Slap me hard (figuratively, not literally), and not with the butt of that gun council appears poised to resolve publicly that you are now going to be told you can openly carry into any Town office, meeting or public property festivals or events (see coming related story on Monday’s work session 2nd Amendment Resolution discussion).
Maybe there actually is the hope of compromises to positive community-wide ends in Front Royal and Warren County. If Jacob Meza and David Downes can substantively cooperate toward a common good – don’t drop the ball, guys – why can’t the rest of us on other issues of import to us all?
Watch this unexpected meeting of the minds on a crucial issue to this community – perhaps even more crucial than bikini-clad girls washing motorcycles behind the Virginia Beer Museum’s 6-foot Biergarten privacy fence and about nine parking spaces therein – in this Royal Examiner video of the business conducted at Monday’s meeting.
In addition to approval of a non-exclusive, 5-year contract on pole use for a fiber optics telecommunications system with LUMOS NETWORKS, Inc.; approval of a dedication agreement with First Bank on 594-feet of dedicated space to accommodate a “slip lane” at West 17th Street related to the Sheetz property access; and approval of a COVID-19 preparedness plan, that business included two other public comments speakers, Kelly Walker and Ina Kolesnik, raising the issue of whether the weekend walking mall idea has outlived its usefulness for the majority of Historic Downtown Front Royal businesses;
also Front Royal Unites’ Samuel Porter’s update on his relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement and a seeming response to Downes’ earlier “focus on marches, protests, petitions, referendums” comment; and a familiar final speaker, Tom Sayre, promising to bring some “levity” I’m still waiting for the punch line to, to “what’s going on in our country and community”, including FOIA inquiries on local Town-County “back-channel” meetings on the Town-EDA dispute over the FRPD headquarters debt service payments.
Setting an example – David Downes and Jacob Meza
Front Royal Town Council Meeting – August 10, 2020
Statue removal: At whose expense?
I have read the petitions for and against the removal and relocation of the memorial on the Warren County courthouse lawn. I attended the August 4, 2020, meeting of the Board of Supervisors and heard arguments from both sides. But what I have not heard is how much will it cost to remove and relocate, and who is going to pay for it?
The memorial has been in place since 1911, one hundred and nine years; it is paid for and requires little maintenance. At a time when we need to find new ways to educate our children because of COVID-19, we do not need to waste time and money on this type of nonsense.
Relocating the memorial will only create another argument and cause more division in our community. LEAVE IT ALONE!
Front Royal, Virginia
You’re invited to the upcoming grave marking commemoration ceremonies by the Colonel James Wood II Chapter
The Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution welcomes all to join us at these upcoming grave marking ceremonies. If you are a descendant of any of these War Patriots, and would like to participate, please contact Dale Corey and leave a message at (540) 636-1263.
- On August 22, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Jacob Kuller, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 9:00 am, Dry Run Church Cemetery, Fort Valley, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Jacob’s service to the colonial cause.
- On August 22, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Thomas Buck, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 11:00 am, Buck Family Cemetery, Waterlick, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Thomas’ service to the colonial cause.
- On September 5, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Daniel Cloud, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 9:00 am, Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Daniel’s service to the colonial cause.
Announcing the winners of the Front Royal Scavenger Hunt, week two
Congratulations to our second round of winners for the Front Royal Scavenger Hunt #2!
$500 Grand Prize package:
- Charles Smith
Winners of local gift card package, up to $100:
- Casey Noland
- Staci Jeremiah
- Erin Sauvager
Be sure to join in on this week’s scavenger hunt and be the next big winner:
Front Royal Scavenger Hunt #3
Scavenger Hunt & Contests Rules and Regulations:
- The weekly Scavenger hunts and other contests will run weekly from Monday, July 27 — Friday, August 23.
- No purchase is necessary to enter.
- No age limits or age restrictions to participate in the scavenger hunt.
- If anyone under the age of 18 is involved in your group’s scavenger hunt, they must always be supervised by their parents or other adults in the group.
- Must be 18 years old to win and claim prize.
- All illegal activity is forbidden.
- Vandalism, trespassing and creating a nuisance are grounds for disqualification and appropriate action by the Town of Front Royal.
- Participants must obey all traffic laws and practice caution when crossing streets, walking on town roads/streets and driving a vehicle.
- The Town of Front Royal is not responsible for incidents, tickets, accidents or injuries that occur during the scavenger hunt or in pursuit of items related to hunt.
- Play Fair-Have fun and try to win but don’t let your competitive instincts drive you to take chances or ruin other people’s chance to win.
- Participants must submit scavenger hunt answers to email@example.com to qualify for prizes.
- Winners will be chosen at random from answers emailed to above email address.
- Prizes will be drawn (at random) each Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the previous week.
- Town of Front Royal Employees or Elected Officials with budget authority or oversite are not eligible to win prizes.
- Board Members or Executive Committee Members of the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance are not eligible to win aforementioned prizes.
- Board Members or Employees of the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce are not eligible to win aforementioned prizes.
- No prizes will be mailed. All prizes must be picked up at the FRWC Chamber of Commerce office, the Royal Examiner office, or The River 95.3 radio station by appointment. Please bring a valid driver’s license or other official document which validates age.
- All prizes have been obtained from local businesses in the Town of Front Royal and can be redeemed for goods and services in the respective business.
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