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Christmas in July on Main Street

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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Saturday, July 25th, visit Downtown Market on Main Street in Front Royal! With over 60 artisans and local businesses under one roof, there’s something for everyone! You’ll find home decor and antiques, sweets, meats, and specialty foods, and beautiful art handcrafted by local artists.

And be sure to join us for Christmas in July, kicking off this Saturday, as the Main Street Walking Mall opens up for Front Royal Downtown Rebound. Shop the sales during the day and meet some of the vendors then stay for a FREE showing of ELF that evening, with a quote along at 8:50pm. Downtown Market, enjoy an experience, 206 East Main Street Front Royal.

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Randolph-Macon Academy’s English 7 Students Dive Deep into Myths

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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Unraveling Myths: From Ancient Tales to Modern Interpretations.

Last week, the main hall of the Middle School building at Randolph-Macon Academy transformed into an arena of tales, legends, and myths, thanks to Mr. Malinconico’s English 7 class. With enthusiasm, creativity, and a profound sense of inquisitiveness, the young students set out on a journey to unravel the mysteries of myths from across the globe.

 

At the heart of this “Mythology Showcase!” were essential questions carefully crafted to guide students into a deeper understanding of myths. Questions such as “What are myths?” and “How can myths assist people in making sense of the world?” sparked the flame of curiosity. The age-old practice of telling and preserving myths was delved into, along with exploring the essential lessons and morals these stories might impart to their listeners.

The physical manifestation of this study was a series of tri-fold display boards, each carefully created by the students. The center panel offered a definition of myths, their purpose, and a retelling of an assigned myth. The left invited onlookers into a realm of imagination with students’ original myths. Meanwhile, the right panel provided an analytical touch, contrasting the assigned myth with its Greek or Roman counterpart.

Beyond academic insights, this showcase was a stepping stone for students to hone their public speaking and leadership skills. The act of crafting an original myth, juxtaposed against the backdrop of time-tested legends, allowed these young minds to exercise their creativity. Such endeavors speak volumes about R-MA’s ethos. Both educators and learners here don’t merely focus on traditional learning. They seize every day as an opportunity to mold excellence nurturing academic and life skills.

In the heart of this mythology tapestry lies a bigger narrative. It underscores that myths, ancient or new, not only entertain but also foster understanding, build bridges, and inspire excellence in multiple dimensions of life. It reminds us all to keep stories alive and, in doing so, keep the vibrant spark of humanity glowing.

Learn more about Randolph-Macon Academy https://rma.edu/

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Town Council Meets to Address Issues That Range from Poultry to Vacation and Sale of Public Rights-of-Way

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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On Monday, September 25, 2023,  at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Government Center, the Front Royal Town Council met to vote upon issues that included the number of chickens that residents are permitted to keep within town limits as well as a vacation of rights-of-way and sale of that access, parallel in part to Grand Avenue.

Front Royal Town Council meets on Monday, September 25, 2023

Front Royal student Mia Miller leads the gathering in pledge of allegiance

After Front Royal student Mia Miller led the gathering in the pledge of allegiance, Mayor Lori Cockrell presented an award to departing public servant Darryl Merchant for his service and acknowledged B.J. Wilson for his excellent work as the Town’s finance director. Then, the council members moved on to address an ordinance to amend the town code related to urban agriculture, specifically the keeping of chickens within town limits. Among other adjustments, it would change the limit on ownership of chickens from six to ten, based on the square footage of the coop and run space.

Council recognizes Darryl Merchant for excellent service as he departs from the role he has played

Mayor Lori Cockrell presents Merchant with an award

Speaking on behalf of her operation, Barbara Martin briefly addressed the council, saying, “I have been inspected and cleared for the six I now have.” But she lamented that under the present rule, she cannot free range her “girls” as she would like but must keep them “constantly confined.” After Martin spoke, Amber Morris moved that the ordinance amendments be denied. There was no second, and the motion died. Then Duane Rogers moved that the ordinance be accepted, and the motion was seconded by Melissa Dedomenico-Payne.

Barbara Martin, owner of six chickens, speaks in favor of the amendment to the town code that would allow up to ten

Morris explained her position. “This was an initiative of a former council; my former councilmember Scott Lloyd dedicated a lot of time and energy to this initiative, and I promised him that I would continue to bring it back forward. As a rural agricultural town, I think that it’s extremely important to protect the liberties and freedoms of families who wish to use urban agriculture to supply their family with a food source.” Because of the ongoing demand for eggs and because of the available space for this enterprise, Morris thinks it would be advantageous to allow urban agriculturalists the opportunity to keep more chickens; however, because of the regulations attached to the proposed amendment, she feels that the problem would not be solved and people who have already gone through the process of getting approved for their operations would find themselves suddenly in violation of new rules. She proposed that the issue be sent back to a work session.

Bruce Rappaport described himself as being on the other side of the pendulum from Morris. He thinks six chickens are “quite enough.” He went on to say, “We’re becoming more urban than rural.” Joshua Ingram echoed Morris in recommending a return to the work session for this agenda item. He cited the current limitations on free-range potential and consideration of all the nuisances inherent to having chickens confined in one spot. Apparently, there are already limitations in the code, and at least some of the regulations under the proposed amendments would supply additional limitations. While the number of chickens would increase, those owning chickens would be unable to run them as they wish.

Under a substitute motion, the urban agriculture issue was postponed for discussion at a work session on November 6, 2023. Only Rappaport and Rogers voted against it. A motion to vacate and sell a public right-of-way passed unanimously, surrendering a portion of North Street as well as a portion of an alley between Orchard Street and Grand Avenue, after which the council heard public comments; councilmembers were then given the opportunity to make general comments followed by a report from Mayor Cockrell, whereupon council passed the consent agenda without discussion and proceeded to go into closed session to discuss EDA litigation.

Council recognizes B.J. Wilson for excellent work as finance director

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Beyond Business: Front Royal’s Invitation to Explore Warren County’s Inner Workings

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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I would like to alert Warren County/Front Royal business owners and government managers to an opportunity for those wishing to become more knowledgeable about and involved in our community. My comments are unsolicited.

Each year, the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Leadership Program. This eight-month program provides participants with up close and personal sessions with local government, business, education, and nonprofit leaders, providing an outstanding opportunity to become much more familiar with the workings and available resources in the County and Town. The once-monthly sessions, preceded by a leadership assessment and coaching day, offer those attending a structured and efficient immersion into essentially “all things” Warren County. Each individual session focuses on a theme, such as Law Enforcement/Emergency Services, Education, Local Government, Business, or Social Services.  The sessions feature leaders who provide comprehensive overviews of their functions and allow participants to ask questions particular to their interests.

Although not free and not necessarily for all, I personally believe the return on investment for my participation as a private citizen was high. I can certainly see where other citizens, business owners, and government managers would realize similar returns from attending themselves or having employees attend.  Participants also have an opportunity for networking and building relationships that will last into the future.  Those interested can learn more about the program and obtain an application by visiting the Chamber’s website at https://www.frontroyalchamber.com/programs-events-1

David McDermott
Bentonville, VA

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Warren County Builder’s Association Hosts Candidate Forum – Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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An Insightful Gathering for the Upcoming Elections.

On Wednesday, September 27, 2023, Warren County will be abuzz with political fervor as the Warren County Builders Association (WCBA) takes center stage at the Government Center on Commerce Ave. Scheduled for 6:00 p.m., the forum promises to be an informative evening dedicated to presenting the visions and policies of candidates for the forthcoming local and state elections.

As election season heats up, the need to create platforms where the public can gain insight into the thinking of their potential representatives becomes ever-crucial. A candidate forum, like the one being organized by the WCBA, provides an essential space for candidates to articulate their positions on a gamut of issues, ranging from infrastructural development to educational reforms.

For the upcoming elections, several local and state office positions are being contested, attracting a myriad of candidates. The Front Royal Town Council has Glenn Wood, Skip Rogers, Melissa DeDomenico-Payne, and Connie Marshner vying for positions. The Warren County Board of Supervisors will see Rich Jamison, John Stanmeyer, Cheryl Cullers, and Nicole Wanzer making their cases to the public. Additionally, the Warren County School Board has Kristen Pence, Leslie Mathews, Amber Mabie, and Melanie Salins on its candidate list. Other significant roles up for election include the Clerk of the Court with Angie Moore, the Warren County Treasurer with Janice Shank and Allison Ross, VA Delegate District 31 with Steve Foreman, Delores Oates, and Grace Morrison, and the Warren County Sheriff’s position, for which Crystal Cline is running.

With such a diverse pool of candidates, the community eagerly anticipates an evening full of engaging discourse, insightful discussions, and a clearer vision of the future that each candidate brings to the table. To ensure that those unable to attend won’t miss out, the Royal Examiner’s camera crew will be present to capture every moment of this pivotal forum.

The WCBA, as a non-profit trade association network, has always been at the forefront of community-building initiatives. Their commitment is seen in their efforts to bring together builders, professionals, suppliers, and trade employees with a shared dream of sculpting a better community. Through such events, they further their objectives of promoting responsible growth, updating members about crucial industry developments, and influencing policy and regulation at the local and state levels.

In the whirlwind of election season, having informed choices is imperative. Thanks to endeavors like the candidate forum by WCBA, residents of Warren County will have a better understanding of the individuals who wish to represent them and shape their community’s future.

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WCHS vs Brentsville HS – Girls Volleyball – September 26, 2023

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
2020-07-25T10:00:00-04:00
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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Joins us on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, when the Warren County High School Girl’s Volleyball team takes on Brentsville High School. The JV game starts at 6 p.m. and the Varsity game at 7:15 p.m.

Catch all the LIVE action here on the Royal Examiner starting at 5:45 p.m.

 

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Independent Voice Rising: Grace Morrison’s Candidacy for VA District 31

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July 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Downtown Market
206 E. Main Street | Front Royal VA 22630
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Grassroots efforts and the pursuit of genuine representation in politics.

In this Meet the Candidate session in the Royal Examiner studio, Mike McCool sat down with Grace Morrison, the independent candidate for VA District 31. Grace’s previous engagement with the Chamber Forum and her articulate perspective on governance and community captured attention. As the elections inch closer, the stage is set for a thoughtful dialogue about genuine representation.

Grace has consistently focused on understanding the concerns of everyday citizens, emphasizing the gap in representation that many feel. According to her, there’s a growing sentiment that while political parties and corporate entities find voice and leverage, ordinary people are left yearning for representation that resonates with their aspirations and protects their constitutional rights. The candid discussion brings out Grace’s commitment to being an embodiment of a representative who isn’t swayed by larger interests but stays true to the constituents.

Grace identifies as an “independent conservative.” This signals her balanced approach: she isn’t strictly tied to party lines, nor is she a radical outlier. Rather, her emphasis is on informed decision-making rooted in the best interests of the district.

A point of keen interest was her take on the Virginia Constitution. For her, it’s not just a document but a testament to the visions of the forefathers, especially regarding public education. The importance of ensuring every child’s right to quality education was emphasized, with Morrison highlighting the significance of such foundational principles even today.

The conversation naturally ventured into areas of truth, its eternal nature, and the distinction between facts and eternal truths. With references to historic documents and the profound impact they’ve had, Grace highlighted the importance of eternal truths in guiding decision-making.

Morrison also touched upon the critical topic of public school education and parental involvement. The essence of education is a collective responsibility, serving not just students but families, which resonated throughout her conversation. The need for the community to act as a cohesive unit, especially in challenging times, was evident.

Grace was candid about her vision once in Virginia: a deep dive into educational practices and a careful examination of bills before they’re passed. She expressed concerns about uninformed decisions that might have long-term ramifications for children and families.

The upcoming fundraiser event is another platform for Grace to amplify her message. With special guest Tom Homan, former acting ICE director under President Trump, the issues of border security, drugs, trafficking, and more are set to be central to discussions.

Grace Morrison’s approach as a candidate is rooted in authenticity, informed decision-making, and genuine representation. Her passion for true governance, understanding of foundational documents, and emphasis on collective community action positions her as a refreshing voice in today’s political landscape.

For more information on Grace and her upcoming event, click here to visit her website.

 

 

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Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Avery-Hess Realty, Marilyn King

Beaver Tree Services

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Mountain Creative Consulting

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Card My Yard

CBM Mortgage, Michelle Napier

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Jamboree LLC

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Explore Art & Clay

Family Preservation Services

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Independent Business Alliance

Front Royal/Warren County C-CAP

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Treatment Center

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

Fussell Florist

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Garcia & Gavino Family Bakery

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

Habitat for Humanity

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jean’s Jewelers

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Key Move Properties, LLC

KW Solutions

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Merchants on Main Street

Mountain Trails

Mountain View Music

National Media Services

Natural Results Chiropractic Clinic

No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Philip Vaught Real Estate Management

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Rotary Club of Warren County

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Cinemas

Royal Examiner

Royal Family Bowling Center

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Ruby Yoga

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

Shenandoah Shores Management Group

St. Luke Community Clinic

Strites Doughnuts

Studio Verde

The Arc of Warren County

The Institute for Association & Nonprofit Research

The Studio-A Place for Learning

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The Vine and Leaf

Valley Chorale

Vetbuilder.com

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Democratic Committee

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warren County DSS Job Development

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10:30 am College Day @ Corron Community Development Center
College Day @ Corron Community Development Center
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Join us for College Day at the Middletown Campus, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Corron Community Development Center. Meet with reps from more than 40 public and private universities, including Bluefield[...]
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Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
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Fall Wild Edible Plants: Earth C... @ Sky Meadows State Park
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6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
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11:00 am The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. The forge is fired up and the blacksmiths are hard at work showing off their skills. Members of The Blacksmiths’ Guild of the Potomac have set up shop in the forge, located behind[...]
1:00 pm Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
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Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
New Bluegrass and traditional music jam the first Saturday of each month starting Feb. 4th, from 1pm till 4pm. All levels of playing invited to attend.
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11:00 am The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. The forge is fired up and the blacksmiths are hard at work showing off their skills. Members of The Blacksmiths’ Guild of the Potomac have set up shop in the forge, located behind[...]
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6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
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11:00 am The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
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The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. The forge is fired up and the blacksmiths are hard at work showing off their skills. Members of The Blacksmiths’ Guild of the Potomac have set up shop in the forge, located behind[...]
6:00 pm Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
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Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
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