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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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540-635-3588

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Portion of Route 624 (Happy Creek Road) in Warren County to close for road construction work this summer

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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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Rhonda Sayen
540-635-3588

A portion of Route 624 (Happy Creek Road) in Warren County will be closed to through traffic beginning Saturday, June 19. The road closure extends from the Town of Front Royal Eastern Corporate limits to Route 647 (Dismal Hollow Road). Access to residential and business properties in this area will be maintained during this closure.

The closure is expected to begin during the morning of June 19 with reopening planned for Friday, August 6. During the closure, crews will be performing road construction work including road widening, road alignment improvements, and drainage improvements.

Detour signs will be posted. Northbound traffic from Route 624 will take Leach Run Parkway to Route 55 (John Marshall Highway) to Route 647. Southbound traffic will take Route 647 to Route 55 to Leach Run Parkway to Route 624.

On April 1, 2021, a construction contract valued at $1,736,387.66 was awarded to Kickin’ Asphalt Paving and Excavating LLC of Strasburg, Virginia. The Route 624 contract provides safety improvements located from the Town of Front Royal Eastern Corporate limits to Route 645 (Manassas Run Road). Project completion is estimated for late 2021.

All work is weather permitting.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at my.vdot.virginia.gov. Agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

VDOT awards contract for Happy Creek Road improvements

 

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Brian Anthony Lucas

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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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Rhonda Sayen
540-635-3588

Brian Anthony Lucas, 41, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on June 14, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.

Brian Anthony Lucas

All services will be private.

Brian was born in Front Royal on January 12, 1980, to the late David and Barbara Lucas. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Racheal Lucas.

Surviving Brian is his children, Abigail Lucas, and Payton Lucas; his siblings, Lisa Kibler (Greg Kibler), Jacqueline Lucas, and Justin Lucas (Melissa Lucas); and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brian’s memorial fund, care of Maddox Funeral Home at 105 W Main St. Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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Donald Ray “Stoney” “Hard Rock” “Cowboy” “Porky” Stonebreaker, Sr. (1955 – 2021)

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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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Rhonda Sayen
540-635-3588

Donald Ray Stonebreaker, Sr., 65, of Winchester, Virginia and formerly of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating. Inurnment will be private at a later date.

Mr. Stonebreaker was born July 21, 1955, in Front Royal, son of the late Haven Joseph Stonebreaker and Gladys Mae Menefee Stonebreaker. He worked for many years at the Stockyard in Warren County.

Surviving is a son, Donald Ray Stonebreaker, Jr. of Front Royal; two step-daughters, Maryanna Capps of Strasburg and Fannie Marie Kidwell Barron of Hume; step-son, James Boggess of Stephens City; one sister, Connie Stonebreaker of Winchester; one brother, Roger Stonebreaker of Chester Gap; thirteen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

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Conservation partners launch 4theSoil awareness initiative

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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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Rhonda Sayen
540-635-3588

Harrisonburg, VA – Soil is much more than the dirt below your feet. This critical, finite resource naturally stores carbon and water, provides habitat for billions of organisms and is the foundation of all food production. Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are teaming up with the Virginia Soil Health Coalition to raise awareness for soil health and show more Virginians why they should be “4 the Soil.”

Their campaign called 4theSoil will emphasize four soil health principles that NRCS and state partners have promoted to conservation and farming communities for nearly 10 years. Those are:

  1. Keep soil covered
  2. Minimize soil disturbance
  3. Maximize living roots
  4. Energize with diversity.

4theSoil organizers will use a new website and digital media to heighten general soil health awareness and encourage Virginia farmers and residents to adopt the four principles. Website visitors can pledge their support for soil health and these fundamental practices. This partnership effort will also highlight what Virginians are doing to care for soil and other critical resources with a goal of nurturing a stewardship ethic that will produce an overall win-win-win for Virginia’s agriculture, communities and the environment.

“The 4TheSoil Awareness launch really meets people where they are,” said Mary Sketch, Virginia Soil Health Coalition coordinator. “It provides a platform and bridge for diverse partners to come together around the importance of healthy soils for our farms, landscapes, and communities.”

Virginia Cooperative Extension Director Dr. Edwin Jones states, “As we work to provide a sustainable food supply and adapt to a changing climate, soil health and management is of critical importance. It is encouraging to have these partners come together, each has unique contributions and together we can make a significant gain in soil health.”

“Soil science can be complicated, but better soil management doesn’t need to be,” adds Virginia NRCS Cropland Agronomist Chris Lawrence. “We’ve learned that keeping things simple is key. That’s the genius of the 4TheSoil message. If you can remember four key principles – just 12 words – you’re well on your way to understanding how to take better care of one of our most precious resources.”

“Soil and water are the basis for all of life – human, animal, and plant,” said Danny Boyer of Four Winds Farm. “We need to sustain soil and water for ourselves and for future generations. Therefore, we all need to be 4 the Soil.”

It’s no coincidence that these partners decided to kick off 4theSoil on National Soil Health Day, Wednesday, June 23. This celebration recognizes soil professionals, farmers and growers who are focused not only on conservation but also on feeding and enhancing our global soil health. Receive more updates by following 4theSoil on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The following agencies and organizations, along with many other statewide partners, have also signed on to support this effort: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), Virginia Tech’s Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Virginia Association for Biological Farming, Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, Virginia No-Till Alliance, and Common Grain Alliance.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Agua Fund have generously provided funding for this campaign. Learn more about 4TheSoil at 4thesoil.org. Contact Eric Bendfeldt at (540) 232-6006/ ebendfel@vt.edu or Mary Sketch at (919) 402-7241/ msketch2@vt.edu with questions about this initiative and how you can participate in this effort.

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Sons of the American Revolution conduct a ceremony to honor Dr. Joseph Warren

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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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540-635-3588

On June 11, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution conducted a ceremony in cooperation with the Warren County Board of Supervisors to honor Dr. Joseph Warren, namesake of Warren County. This was conducted at the Warren County Government Center.

VASSAR Color Guard presenting the colors, from left to right: Thomas “Chip” Daniel, Dave Cook, Mike St. Jacques, Tom Reed, Sean Carrigan and Bill Schwetke. Photos courtesy of Matt Wendling.

Warren was born June 11, 1741, in Roxbury, Massachusetts. As a young man, he studied medicine at Harvard. While practicing medicine, he became involved in politics, becoming a leader in the revolutionary movement. He was a member of the “Sons of Liberty” and associated with John Hancock, Sam Adams and other leaders of the colonial protests. In 1774, he authored the song “Free America”, also called “A Song of Liberty”, a protest song meant to embolden the colonists in their quest for freedom. He was the Chairman of the Committee of Safety in Boston and a member of the first three provincial congresses held in Massachusetts.

Warren assisted in writing the “Suffolk Resolves” in answer to Britain’s “Intolerable Acts” (punitive laws passed by Parliament in 1774 to punish the colonists for their defiance in the Boston Tea Party protest) which were adopted in Massachusetts on September 9, 1774, and endorsed by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. On April 18, 1775, it was Warren who sent Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famous ride to warn the colonists in Lexington and Concord that British troops were marching to Concord to capture and destroy armaments that could be used in actions against the crown. He then fought against the British rear guards in the retreat to Boston.

On June 14, 1775, Warren was commissioned a Major General. However, at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17th, he chose to serve as a private soldier. During that battle, the British failed to reach their objective on the first two attempts. On the third, the colonists were running out of ammunition. Warren stayed with the rear guard to protect the retreat, during which he was killed when the British troops overtook the redoubt atop Breed’s Hill. It was due to his contributions to the birth of the country that 14 States have counties named for him, as well as 30 townships and 5 Navy ships.

The musket squad firing a salute, from left to right: Dave Cook, Sean Carrigan, Mike St. Jacques and Bill Schwetke.

The ceremony was emceed by the Rt Reverend Larry Johnson with colors being presented by the Virginia Society SAR Color Guard, led by Color Guard Commander Bill Schwetke. Presentations were made by Cheryl Cullers, Chair, Warren County Board of Supervisors, Rt Reverend Larry Johnson and Dale Corey of the CJWII Chapter. Rev Johnson was assisted by the Heritage Girls in his presentation of “The Forgotten Founding Father”. After a presentation of wreaths, the County flag was lowered to half mast by Sheriff Mark Butler as directed by General George Washington (portrayed by Dale Carpenter).

The ceremony ended with a musket salute fired to honor Joseph Warren by the Virginia Society Musket Squad. Members of the color guard included Dale Carpenter (CJWII), Sean Carrigan (CJWII), Dave Cook (Fairfax Resolves Chapter), Dale Corey (CJWII), Thomas “Chip” Daniel (CJWII), Fred Gill (CJWII) Rt Rev Larry Johnson (CJWII), Tom Reed (CJWII) Bill Schwetke (Culpeper Minutemen), Rev Jim Simmons (CJWII) and Mike St. Jacques (CJWII).

From left to right: Cheryl Cullers, Rev Jim Simmons and Rt Rev Larry Johnson. 

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After barricading himself, suspect found dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot

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October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal VA 22630
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Rhonda Sayen
540-635-3588

Units from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to Gate Stone Lane on June 13, 2021, for the report of a domestic assault and possible barricaded subject with a firearm.

At approximately 7:23 am, a 9-1-1 hang-up was received in the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center. Dispatchers called the number back and were advised by a male that it was an accidental dial and that everything was fine. The dispatcher could hear a woman in the background crying and yelling for help, as well as children screaming, and immediately sent units to investigate. The female was able to exit the residence with her children, and call back in to 9-1-1. The caller advised that her husband had physically assaulted her the night before and again this morning, to include choking her, and was now in possession of a handgun threatening to kill himself.

Arriving units located the female and her children, ages 10, 8 and 2 in front of the residence and removed them from the area with a perimeter set up to contain the armed suspect. Additional FCSO units responded to the scene and a command post was established where attempts to contact the male inside the home began.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT, CNT and Drone Teams were activated and began responding to the scene as attempts to communicate continued. The Virginia State Police and Middletown Police Department provided mutual aid and the Winchester Police Department’s SWAT team responded to reinforce FCSO SWAT. Both Frederick County and Winchester Fire and Rescue had personnel standing by to assist as well.

With the perimeter in place and all specialty units set up, the decision was made to attempt to deploy a “throw phone” to communicate with the male, as there was no landline phone in the home and loud speaker announcements had not generated any response. A key to the front door was provided for the deployment of the throw phone. SWAT members could see the foot of a person at the top of the landing to the second floor. Verbal call outs had no response and, out of an abundance of caution, SWAT pulled back and a drone was deployed inside the residence to attempt to assess the situation. The drone showed the lower half of the male laying prone in a doorway but was unable to confirm his condition. A “throw-bot” video device was then deployed which also gave a limited view but confirmed no movement from the suspect. At approximately 10:50 am, SWAT members ascended the stairs and located 46-year-old Stephen Griffitt deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A medic unit confirmed Griffitt was deceased and the residence was secured for investigators to begin processing the scene at approximately 11:30am at which point the perimeter was released and command terminated.

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We are bringing back two of our most popular classes for the month of June, Messy Makers and Art Adventures! Messy Makers returns for the month of June on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm. With the warm weather[...]
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Come join the sing-along and karaoke fun at Bushel Pub (inside the Apple House) on June 19, 2021, from 6pm-9pm.
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Front Royal Cardinals Baseball Game @ Bing Crosby Stadium
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Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
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