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Festival of Leaves

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446

Outdoor rain or shine festival in downtown Front Royal, VA featuring historical displays, arts and craft vendors, 10 a.m. parade, live entertainment, children’s corner, living history interpretations, food concessions, and a lot more. Ivy Lodge Museum & Gift Shop will be open to the public as well as guided tours of historic Belle Boyd Cottage and Balthis House. Be sure to visit Heritage Square on the Warren Heritage Society grounds as well for historic demonstrations and craft sales.

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An introductory guide to cannabis consumption

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446

Cannabis is a plant genus that produces three species of plants: Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa and Cannabis ruderalis. Most varieties on the market come from indica and sativa plants. Since ruderalis contains only trace amounts of tetrohydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, it’s rarely grown for commercial use.

Cannabis effects
It’s often said that indica is more of a nighttime variety that promotes full-body relaxation whereas sativa sharpens your mental focus and provides an energy burst. However, your physiological responses have less to do with the species and more to do with the chemical makeup of the particular plant. Depending on growing conditions and methods, different indicas and sativas have varying high and low percentages of THC and cannobidiol (CBD) — another active ingredient that has calming but not mind-altering effects.

Indica and sativa plants are often crossbred to produce hybrid strains with certain characteristics, such as higher levels of THC for users looking for intense highs or elevated levels of CBD without THC for those using cannabis for medical reasons. When choosing strains, pay attention to percentages of THC and CBD and figure out what ratio of active ingredients works best for you.

Cannabis products
Cannabis consumption methods vary. Here are some common ways marijuana is distributed:

• Flowers. Dried cannabis flowers are typically smoked using hand-held pipes, water pipes, hookahs or rolling papers. It’s also possible to vape the flowers with certain types of vaporizers. The effects of the drug are felt immediately.

• Edibles. Though slow to take effect, foods that contain cannabis tend to cause powerful full-body effects. They’re usually made with one cannabis-infused ingredient that’s high in fat, such as butter or olive oil.

• Ingestible oils. These can be ingested like edibles but have the consistency of oil. They can either be eaten or made into digestible capsules.

• Tinctures. The liquid extracts are consumed by placing a few drops underneath the tongue. They’re fast acting and allow for maximum dosage control.

• Topical lotions. Topical products are primarily for medical use. They provide localized relief to tense or sore parts of the body without producing a high.

Before consuming cannabis, research different strains and delivery methods, along with their positive and negative effects, to identify which ones may be right for you.

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What to know when adopting a rabbit

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446

If you’re thinking about adopting a rabbit, you need to be ready to make a commitment. These furry creatures need lots of care and attention and have lifespans ranging up to 12 years. Here’s what a pet bunny needs to thrive.

• To be spayed or neutered: rabbits that are sterilized live longer healthier lives, and are easier to train and bond with. Fixing your bunny may also make it less prone to aggressive and destructive behaviors.

• Lots of exercise: your rabbit should be left in its cage while you sleep and while you’re away from home, but make sure it gets lots of time out of its cage to roam around the house and play with you.

• Something to chew: a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing and chewing is how they keep their chompers in check. Give them lots of things to munch on like hay, crunchy veggies, twigs and chew toys. Don’t forget to bunny-proof your house so they don’t gnaw at your furniture and electrical wires.

Rabbits make great pets but require as much maintenance as cats do. As long as you’re prepared to spend time caring for your long-eared friend, you’ll have a wonderful companion for years to come.

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The origins of 420

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446

Though there are many stories about where the association of cannabis with the number 420 comes from, it in fact all started with a group of teenage boys who used to hang out together after school in San Rafael, California during the 1970s. The group, who called themselves the Waldos, found out about an abandoned cannabis crop nearby and developed a plan to meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to search for it. Soon, the Waldos started meeting up regularly to smoke and drive around looking for the deserted crop. The code for their secret missions was 420.

Although the Waldos never found the cannabis plants, 420 became slang for smoking marijuana among youth in the area, and in particular with fans of the Grateful Dead — a band that embraced cannabis culture and whose members had ties to San Rafael. Soon, the term spread to cannabis users around the world.

Today, 420 is an unofficial holiday devoted to celebrating cannabis culture that occurs annually on April 20 (the date was selected due to its numerical representation, 4/20). Each year, people across the globe stage demonstrations to support the legalization of marijuana and host festivals and events featuring cannabis in its many forms.

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OPNION: Layton has ethics and experience

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446

When we heard that Bryan Layton was running for Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney we felt compelled to speak.

Bryan Layton is honest, ethical and very hard working. He is committed to seeing justice done and doesn’t play games with the criminal justice system. If someone is guilty he will work hard to make sure that they are appropriately punished. However, Bryan will work equally hard to make sure that an innocent person is not convicted unjustly.

Prosecutors wield a great deal of power in Virginia. This is the reality of the system. With a piece of paper they can have a person arrested and held in jail. This is one of many reasons why Bryan Layton is one of the best prosecutors we have seen, in both skill and ethics. He has shown us repeatedly that he wields power justly.

Those of us who have both worked with Bryan Layton and fought against him in court know him as the right kind of lawyer for Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney. He is tough and fair, and has the experience to do the job well.

William A. “Beau” Bassler

David L. Hensley

Nicole M. Spicer

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OPINION: Indifference Is No Answer

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446
For better or maybe for worse, the Mueller Report is now out.

Regardless of an individual citizen’s point of view, there is data within this Report that cannot be ignored.
Years ago when I was practicing law (in Connecticut before moving to Virginia ), my job was to make people (jurors or judges ) believe my client’s point of view. If it was a civil case, I had to make them accept my position “by a preponderance of the evidence.” If a criminal case, my challenge as counsel was to protect my client from a finding of guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”. This was a fact-based system with a “search for truth”.

After I moved to Virginia in 1988, I had given up lawyering and became a mediator and trainer. No longer was I advocating for “the Truth” of a matter; rather I was advocating for “Resolution” of differences. I was a neutral, not an advocate. I even wrote a well-received little book called “Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps for Resolving Conflict.” I also spent several years as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Shenandoah University in Winchester. While there, I taught courses in Conflict Resolution, American Politics and the Presidency. Since then, I fashion myself as an amateur “expert” in Presidential History.

August 18, 2019 was an historical day in both American Political History and in the history of the institution we have come to acknowledge and appreciate – called “the American Presidency.”

I said earlier that now I was interested in finding Resolution as opposed to establishing the Truth, but that does not mean that facts don’t count. We know that a number of Presidents got themselves or their administration in trouble because they discounted the facts of the situation. This has led to several scandals (almost every Presidential administration has had at least one), censure, impeachment or resignation (only once so far).

Which brings me back to the present. .. There are those who fervently support President Trump. They may not like his “style’, but they like what his administration has done or hopes to do. On the other hand, there are those who cannot stand him or what the Presidency has become. I tell people who ask me, from both sides, what will happen. I always give the same answer I gave years ago during the Nixon Watergate years, ‘TRUST THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY’.

FACTS that we have now learned in the Mueller Report have got to count for something. They cannot be ignored . Indifference is not an option. Indifference is a vote for what the FACTS show has happened and may continue. There comes a time when one must take action. Whether it is in support of what has now been disclosed or it is in opposition within our system. The time to make one’s voice heard is NOW!

Charles “Chips” Lickson, JD, Ph.D. Front Royal, Virginia

Former practicing, lawyer, mediator, teacher and Associate Professor of Political Science at Shenandoah University. Lickson is the author of eight previous non-fiction books including Ethics for Government Employees. He is currently finishing a fact-based novel, Refuge for a Scoundrel, due out in fall, 2019. Lickson will teach an upcoming class “Scandals in the Presidency” at Westminster Canterbury, in Winchester, Va.

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OPINION: Candidate Poe doesn’t know the law

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October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
2018-10-13T10:00:00-04:00
2018-10-13T18:00:00-04:00
Where:
Downtown Front Royal
Main Street | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-1446

Thank you for posting your video interview of Jason Poe. It was interesting and as always, I like that the Royal Examiner is on top of things that concern our community.

I do have an issue however about someone running for Sheriff and not understanding the law. You asked Mr. Poe about a lawsuit filed against him, which he said he was not aware of, and you also said something about the fact that it had been almost 2 years since the accident. Mr. Poe stated that he knew nothing about the lawsuit, he was not served.

The statute of limitations on personal injury matters such as this is 2 years from the date of the accident. The accident in this case occurred on December 24, 2016. The lawsuit was filed in a timely fashion. That two years is generally spent gathering information and attempts by the insurance company to settle the case. If they are unable to settle they file suit – which appears to have occurred here. However, they can request service or withhold service. That being said when a lawsuit is filed the attorney will copy the named Defendants and/or their attorney on the filing of the same.

So Mr. Poe should have received this in the mail. The Sheriff’s office would have also received it and I’m sure notified their former employee, Jason Poe, of the same. He, however,  acted as if he did not know what the statue of limitations is, more concerning is that he went on record – in your interview and stated “it was a minor accident”, there was barely an impact, he was going between “24 and 26 mph at the time of impact.” He further stated that he knew the passenger and he felt bad because he knew her.  Mr. Poe stated “they stopped suddenly to watch Santa Claus cross the bridge”. There were two children in the back of the vehicle.

If Mr. Poe observed two children in the back of the vehicle and Santa Claus crossing the bridge, why didn’t he observe the car stop in front of him? Was he following too closely?

If Mr. Poe understood the law, as a candidate for Sheriff, he would understand that the statute of limitations has NOT run out for those two children in the back of the car. The statute of limitations does NOT run out on minors until 2 years after their 18th birthday. The other thing he said was – they stopped suddenly. He didn’t apologize, he didn’t accept responsibility, he didn’t admit any wrong doing – he laid the blame on the driver of the car he hit and only said he felt bad because he knew the passenger. Can he accept responsibility for his actions? Clearly not. As an Officer of the Law, which he was acting in the capacity of at the time of the accident shouldn’t he have paid more attention? Shouldn’t he have been concerned about all the people in the car, not just the one he knew? This is a candidate for Sheriff?

Just one more thing Ms. Shaw – Mr. Poe stated that he left the Sheriff’s office on January 23, 2017. He stated he started at Winchester January 23, 2017. I called the Sheriff’s office – his last day was January 17, 2017. I cannot obtain the information as to whether or not he was given any type of administrative leave as a result of this accident and I don’t know if you can get it via FOIA. But I do know this, despite what he said, the accident was 12/24/16 and he left 1/17/17. I don’t think this was a coincidence and I do not believe he is being very transparent. I wish your video had been live so people could call in and ask these questions.

Thank you for allowing a concerned resident of this County to voice his concerns. And again, thank you Norma Jean Shaw for your reporting on all this mess going on around here. You’re an asset to the County.

Arthur DuBois
Warren County

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