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Northern Shenandoah Valley
When:
March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

Gun owners, hunters, and shooters: Bring your family and enjoy good food, great prizes and an evening of fun at the Northern Valley Friends of NRA dinner on March 2!

In addition to great prizes, you will have the chance at a live auction of commemorative firearms and unique merchandise.

Proceeds from the event will be used to promote the future of the shooting sports all across Virginia and the nation. Don’t miss this special Friends of NRA event on March 2nd at 5:30 PM at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. To buy tickets or for more information, go to www.friendsofnra.org or call 540-635-9424 or 540-305-9166 today!


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Friends of NRA is a key grassroots event that supports thousands of community services related to firearm education, hunter safety, wildlife conservation, range improvements, youth marksmanship, law enforcement, and other shooting sports interests. Working with Field Representatives, the members and volunteers organize banquets in their communities, complete with auctions, special drawings, and fellowship. Much of the merchandise at the banquets is donated or provided at reduced cost by hundreds of participating vendors.

Half of the money raised by each Friends of NRA banquet will be spent in the state in which it was held. The other half supports qualifying national-level programs like the Eddie Eagle Program, Women On Target, and other educational and safety services. State Fund Committees made up of volunteers review grant applications from local organizations and make recommendations to The NRA Foundation on how the money might best be used in their areas. For more information about Friends of NRA visit www.friendsofnra.org.

Community Events

Virtual children activities by Samuels Public Library for the month of October

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When:
March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

These are the virtual events that are being hosted by the Youth Services Department at Samuels Public Library for October. Most events can be viewed from the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or call (540) 635-3153.


Thursday, October 1

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  We love dinos!  Join Miss Pattie for some great stories about dinosaurs!   Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Saturday, October 3

  • 11:00 Virtual Books and Barks.  Join Finn and his owner Susan for a reverse Books and Barks session.  Enjoy a good book with a very friendly dog!  Children can watch on the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Tuesday, October 6

  • 4:30 Virtual Science Scouts.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of STEM-related topics.  Ready for a change?  Our topic this week is metamorphosis.  We’ll learn about butterflies and make a craft.  Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, October 7

  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, October 8

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  Miss Pattie will feature some favorite fairy tales during this week’s story time.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Saturday, October 10

  • 2:00 Virtual Aspiring Artists.  Are you aged 7 or older?  Do you enjoy art?  If so, please join us for our children’s art class.  In this class, artists will make Marvelous Mosaics.  Choose your pattern and puzzle together your unique, colorful design!  You can watch this program on the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Monday, October 12

  • 4:30 Tech Kids. Welcome to Tech Kids! In this series of programs, we will explore the history and function of many kinds of technology. Kids will learn about how technology impacts our lives as well as society, including our past, present, and future.  This week will be all about robots!  Intended for ages 6 – 11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, October 13

  • 4:30 Virtual Science Scouts.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of STEM-related topics.  This week, we will explore crystals and how they form.  Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Monday, October 19

  • 4:30 Wonders of the Sea.  Head out to the open sea and explore the depths of lore and mysteries surrounding the ocean!  Tour lighthouses, and learn how you can help the oceans thrive.

Wednesday, October 21

  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, October 22

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  Fall Fun will be the theme of our stories this week!  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Saturday, October 24

  • 2:00 Virtual Discuss This.  Join Ms. Michal for a virtual teen discussion group.  Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics.  Sign up in advance to participate on a platform to be determined.  For ages 12-18.

Monday, October 26

  • 4:30 Tech Kids.  Welcome to Tech Kids! In this series of programs, we will explore the history and function of many kinds of technology. Kids will learn about how technology impacts our lives as well as society, including our past, present, and future.  We will learn about cloning during this week’s program.  Intended for ages 6 – 11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, October 27

  • 4:30 Virtual Science Scouts.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  In this weekly program, we will discuss and perform hands-on investigations of STEM-related topics.  This week, we will learn the how and why of elephant toothpaste!  Intended for ages 6-11.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, October 28

  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, October 29

  • 10:00 Virtual Story Time.  When two things are so very different, we call them opposites.  Enjoy some great stories about opposites with Miss Pattie.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Saturday, October 31

  • 2:00 Boo to You!  Virtual Story Time.  Listen to some fun stories as you get ready for your evening celebrations!
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Gift ideas for new retirees

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When:
March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

Are you looking for the perfect retirement gift to offer a co-worker, employee, or loved one? Here are some ideas to inspire you.

• A designer accessory such as a wristwatch, necklace, or purse

• A gift basket filled with chocolates, teas, jams, and cookies

• A backpack, walking stick, or a pair of binoculars for outdoor activities

• A gag gift such as a coffee mug or T-shirt with a funny inscription

• A rocking chair or recliner, so they can put their feet up

• A set of tools or an assortment of craft supplies

• A kitchen gadget like an espresso machine or stand mixer

• A subscription to a magazine or monthly gift box

The key to choosing a great retirement gift is to consider the person’s interests and what hobbies they might take up after retirement.

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Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates: Mike McCool – Front Royal Mayor

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When:
March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

Meet the Candidates is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will sit down with each candidate in our local election and discuss issues that are important to all of us. The Royal Examiner asked Michael Graham, a former Town Manager of Front Royal to host these conversations. As a former Town Manager, Michael has an insight into the issues facing the Town and hopefully be able to bring out from each candidate their vision and plan if they are to be elected in the November 3rd election.

In this conversation, Michael will speak with Mike McCool. McCool is seeking to be the next Front Royal Mayor.

All local candidates have been invited to participate in this ‘Meet the Candidate’ series. Please be sure to vote.

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EDA in Focus

Update: County responds to Town announcement of FRPD financing

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March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

This story has been updated. Here is the complete release. Page 2 of the release was missed and left out of the original post.

Warren County released the following press release on Friday, September 25, 2020:

The press conference held on September 23, 2020, announcing that the Town of Front Royal has secured permanent financing for the Front Royal Police Department building is great news for the citizens of our community! It closes a chapter on one aspect of the lawsuit the Town of Front Royal filed against the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and ends months of dispute between the EDA, the Town, and the County. It should be viewed as a path forward to a working relationship between the Town of Front Royal, Warren County, and the EDA.

As Warren County citizens, we were brokenhearted by the EDA scandal. The breach by those who were entrusted with our tax dollars and economic development is one that will take years to restore. Efforts taken by the Warren County Board of Supervisors to restore faith and oversight of the new EDA Board of Directors are well documented. Both the Board of Supervisors and the EDA Board of Directors have worked diligently to clean up the mess and recover the stolen assets for taxpayers.

The portrayal by some Town leadership that the County was unwilling to work with the Town to resolve the EDA issues could not be farther from the truth. The County has had every incentive to work with the Town to resolve the Police Station debt owed by the Town and has repeatedly approached the Town to work together on economic development issues critical to the success of our community.

Town and County residents expect us to resolve our differences and focus on big issues affecting our community. Rampant drug overdoses and deaths in our community, families on the margins suffering from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers struggling to educate our children remotely, first responders working double overtimes…these are the type of issues we should be working together to resolve.

Our government needs to DO BETTER. We need to stop blaming one another and start focusing on what will better the lives of our citizens. The residents of our community deserve leaders who spend their tax dollars wisely. That includes streamlining our efforts to reduce duplication of the same services and waste of resources. THE CITIZENS of the Town/County are footing the bill for these lawsuits that are equivalent to suing ourselves. And in the case of Town residents, they are paying for lawyers and court costs on both sides.

The citizens of this community want their leaders to find ways to work together. They deserve it. We encourage the Town leadership to work with the County and the EDA to secure a better community!

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Time for furnace inspections

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When:
March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

A little frost on the pumpkin will call for some heat in the house. So before the chill hits, inspect your furnace, especially if it burns fossil fuel.

All appliances that burn propane, natural gas, wood, or heating oil, are potential sources of carbon monoxide (CO) leaks. CO, a colorless, odorless gas, is produced by incomplete combustion of fuel.

A qualified technician can check your heating system for these problems: A cracked heat exchanger, inadequate fresh air, blocked chimneys or flues or blocked appliance vents.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a form of slow suffocation. The gas attaches itself to hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in the blood. The blood carries less oxygen and the body suffocates. CO poisoning symptoms begin with sluggishness and headache. Later there is dizziness and loss of consciousness.

Although CO poisoning has been getting a lot of publicity lately, the fact is that CO poisoning leading to death is unusual. In fact, in the U.S. (with a population of more than 250 million), there are only 800 to 1,000 people who die from it each year, according to the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

Nonetheless, if you use any appliance that burns fossil fuel, a CO detector is a good idea. Be sure to buy an Underwriter Laboratories approved detector that has some following features:

* An audible alarm.

* Power-on light.

* A manual reset button to silence the alarm briefly.

* Test button to verify that it works.

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Virginia early voting nears 200,000 in first week

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March 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2019-03-02T17:30:00-05:00
2019-03-02T21:30:00-05:00
Where:
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
134 Golf Club Circle | Front Royal
VA 22630
Contact:
Dolly Mason
(540) 635-9424

Virginia voting is off to an active start, with tens of thousands of people hitting the polls during the 45-day early voting period.

Over 164,000 citizens have voted in person, while more than 926,000 absentee ballots have been issued as of Sept. 25, said Andrea Gaines, director of community relations and compliance support at the Virginia Department of Elections. Over half a million people returned absentee ballots in the 2016 presidential election, according to the department.

Breaking the traditional custom of voting on Election Day, the governor and other top officials hit the polls when they opened Sept. 18. The General Assembly earlier this year removed restrictions to voting absentee and allowed early, in-person voting until Oct. 31. The move allowed individuals to cast their ballots 45 days early.

“While the pandemic has made this an unprecedented election year, Virginia voters have several safe and easy ways to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a press release. “Voting is an essential part of our democracy, and I encourage every Virginia voter to know their options and make a plan for safely casting their ballot.”

About 20 people were lined up, six-feet apart, to vote Friday morning at the Henrico County registrar’s office. Carrington Blencowe was one of the voters. She said that voting early is more convenient for her family.

“This makes it a lot easier than trying to vote the day of because it gives people more time, and we’re a working country,” Blencowe said.

Voters do not have to fill out an application to vote in person early. They just head to their general registrar’s office or satellite voting location, show ID, and cast a ballot.

Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said previous early voting and absentee ballots were much more inconvenient.

“It involved signing a statement saying you had one of a range of acceptable excuses, they included military service, being away at college, travel plans, working from out of the county, or disabilities,” Farnsworth said. “When you think about how much easier it is to vote via mail-in, my guess is that it will remain popular after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.”

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 23. The Virginia Department of Elections recommends that applicants return their ballot as soon as possible due to the high number of ballots issued. In 2018 and 2019, 90% and 85% of requested absentee ballots were returned, respectively.

By Joseph Whitney Smith
Capital News Service

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