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Gobble Till You Wobble Virtual 5k

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November 20, 2020 – November 29, 2020 all-day
2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
2020-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Virginia
Cost:
$10.00 Race Fee
Contact:
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540-636-0263

Take part in the 1st annual Gobble Till You Wobble United Way Virtual 5K Run/Walk. Capture your run or walk using a fitness tracker or app and submit for a chance to win gift cards and other fun prizes.

We understand the importance of staying safe – this virtual race encourages runners and walkers to participate with a purpose also giving YOU the control of your own surroundings while you give back to the United Way. You get to be the decision-maker of where you would like your race to begin and end. Your course can take you through your neighborhood, your favorite park, or even on a treadmill.

Register yourself, your family, and friends to run or walk an individualized 5k (3.1 miles). This socially distant competition allows you to get active while making a difference in our community. Gift cards and other prizes will be raffled after the event.

To increase your chances of winning prizes, sign up family and friends, submit your best run/walk time, submit a photo of you in your holiday run/walk costume, even complete the Gobble Till You Wobble Challenge. Find out more information in your race instruction packet on Wednesday, November 18th.

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Warren County Middle School vs Frederick County Middle School – Girls Basketball, September 27, 2021

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November 20, 2020 – November 29, 2020 all-day
2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
2020-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
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Online Event
Front Royal Virginia
Cost:
$10.00 Race Fee
Contact:
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Joins us on Monday, September 27, 2021, when the Warren County Middle School Girl’s Basketball team takes on Frederick County Middle School. The 7th-grade game starts at 5 pm and the 8th-grade at 6:30 pm.

Catch all the action right here on the Royal Examiner.

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Obituaries

Sylvia Mae Cameron Seal (1924 – 2021)

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November 20, 2020 – November 29, 2020 all-day
2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
2020-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Virginia
Cost:
$10.00 Race Fee
Contact:
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After the rains ceased, and on the first beautiful day of fall, Sylvia Mae Cameron Seal, age 97, of Front Royal, Virginia passed peacefully from this world into heaven on September 24, 2021 at the home of her daughter following a brief illness, surrounded by those who loved her most.
Sylvia was the last of her immediate generation and was a beacon of love and friendship to her family and all those she met. There were no strangers to Sylvia, only unmet friends. While her family is grieved to lose their beloved matriarch, they know that her husband Bill was waiting for her, and heaven rejoiced.

Sylvia Mae Cameron Seal

Sylvia was born on April 23, 1924, in Reager, Virginia (Rappahannock County) to father George Dewey Cameron (d.1973) and mother Ora Pearl Williams Cameron Pomeroy (d.1969). Her childhood was spent in Harmony Hollow, Virginia where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. She later attended Roller Business College and various government schools throughout her career.

In early World War II, she worked at the American Viscose Plant in Front Royal. After marrying her husband Carroll (Bill) Woodrow Seal (d.2008) in 1942, she traveled the world, working with him during his military career.

Her career highlights were working for our military at Andrews AFB (Maryland), Bolling AFB (Washington, DC), Neubiberg AFB (Germany), Clark AFB (Philippines), Walker AFB (New Mexico), and finally with the Federal Government (FPA/GSA) in Berryville, Virginia, from where she retired in 1977.

Following her husband’s retirement from the Air Force, they settled back in their hometown of Front Royal, Virginia in 1961 where she focused on her love of family, church, and community.
Sylvia joined the Order of the Eastern Star in 1957 and remained a very active member until her health declined. She was a member of Front Royal Chapter No. 6, serving as Worthy Matron (1969-1970) and Grand Representative of Louisiana. She joined the Front Royal United Methodist Church following her return to Front Royal and was a long-standing member of the Leslie Fox Keyser Sunday School class and the Marthas women’s group. Sylvia also worked with the Girl Scouts in Germany, Rainbow for Girls in New Mexico, and Job’s Daughters in Winchester.

In addition to her parents and husband, Sylvia was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Dewey Cameron (d.1988) and sister Belva Cameron Bolt Motz (d.2006).

Sylvia is survived by her loving family including daughters Carol Sours (Buddy) of Bentonville and Susan Warriner (Ray) of Middletown, and many special grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Stephanie Breeden (Bobby), Jason Sours (Jessica), Carson “Laney” Sours, and Brooke Butler. She was especially close to granddaughter Rachel Melvin (Jimmie) and their children Jaiden, Jocelyn, and “little Weston”, as she called him.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia. The family will receive friends at 10 am. There will be a brief funeral ceremony conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star at 10:30 a.m., followed by the formal funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Masonic Mausoleum at Panorama Memorial Gardens, Waterlick, Virginia.

Pallbearers will be Buddy Sours, Ray Warriner, Jimmie Melvin, Jaiden Taylor, Chauncey Hawkins, John Thompson, and Sean Thompson.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Kirsten Ralls who moved in with Sylvia in her later years which allowed her to stay in the home she loved a bit longer and to her next-door neighbors Pam, John, and Sean Thompson who always looked out for her. She loved all of you so much.

In closing, we would like to share her favorite phrase, “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.” She was a pillar of strength to all who needed her, and her spirit never weakened- only her body. The void she leaves in our lives is immeasurable, but the love she leaves in our hearts will endure forever. God bless you, momma, now go rest high on that mountain.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation in Sylvia’s memory to the charity of your choice.

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UPDATE: Remembrance of County’s Slave Population joins Confederate Soldier Memorial for coming week

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November 20, 2020 – November 29, 2020 all-day
2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
2020-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Online Event
Front Royal Virginia
Cost:
$10.00 Race Fee
Contact:
United Way
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(Editor/Writer’s Note: We promised an update with photos of the week-long memorial to the slave families of Warren County after it was placed shortly after noon on Saturday, September 25, and this is that update, including three new photos below, one of which is also the new feature image for the story. Royal Examiner commends Coming to the Table members for initiating a potentially less divisive path forward with continued acknowledgment of the sacrifice of, not only the men who fought for their state in the Civil War but of the slave families freed from bondage at the end of that war. For slavery was and will always be a war, if not an officially declared one, on human dignity and freedom.)

The recently controversial, circa mid-2020, Confederate Soldier statue on the Warren County Courthouse grounds in the center of the Town of Front Royal is about to get some company. That company according to a press release issued by Coming to the Table on Thursday, September 23, will be marker flags to represent what is cited as over 1100 people – men, women, and children, who were enslaved in Warren County at the outset of the Civil War.

Contacted about the display, which is slated to be placed at noon this Saturday, September 25, and remain through Saturday, October 9, Coming to the Table press contact Julie Chickery estimated as many as 350 markers could be placed representing the number of slave families in Warren County during the American Civil War. A graphic of the planned marker flags was not available with the press release; however, we will update this story with one upon their placement Saturday.

The Confederate Soldier Memorial dating to 1911 survived a 2020 referendum vote on relocation to a private site. At issue for supporters of relocation was whether a memorial at a public site dedicated to law and order, commemorating a rebellion surrounding the issue of continued slavery in the nation was appropriate in the 21st century as racism continues to be a hot-button political issue nationally. Royal Examiner File Photos by Roger Bianchini

Could this be a first step toward a less divisive path concerning the continued memorializing on the Warren County Courthouse lawn of the county’s sons who fought, many who died, for the Confederacy? Perhaps, Chickery agreed of the potential of movement toward a more permanent marker acknowledging the human sacrifice of the county’s slave population. For even if not many of the families of the approximately 600 soldiers names on the Confederate Soldier statue were slaveholders as some have asserted, there were families in this county who did hold slaves, as the number of 1,149 slaves freed here after the Civil War was recorded to have been on February 27, 1866, Chickery noted.

The names of county sons who went to war for the Confederacy. Some supporters of the statue’s continued presence at the courthouse have asserted that the bulk of those men’s families were not of the economic class to own slaves, and their personal reasons for going to war are unknown. – For some, perhaps many, it was just because they were drafted, some memorial supporters pointed out.

Below is the full Coming to the Table Press Release:

WARREN COUNTY COURTHOUSE DISPLAY TO HONOR ENSLAVED MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN

The local chapter of Coming to the Table is hosting a display on the Warren County Courthouse lawn to honor the more than 1,100 men, women, and children enslaved in the county at the onset of the Civil War.

Last year the county was involved in a contentious debate around an item on the ballot to relocate the Confederate monument on the courthouse lawn to a more appropriate private location. One of the erroneous arguments repeated at board meetings and in letters to the editor of local news publications was the implication that slavery was not pervasive in Warren County. Historical records prove these claims to be untrue.

Gene Kilby talking to Elaine Shea, Coming to the Table member, at Saturday’s placement of temporary memorial to the slave families of Warren County.

 

Co-sponsored by Northern Shenandoah Valley Unites, the display will consist of small utility marker flags that will represent the enslaved. Julie Chickery, Warren County resident and member of both Coming to the Table and Northern Shenandoah Valley Unites said, “This display is an important part of ongoing efforts to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States history of slavery.”

DATE: Saturday, September 25 – Saturday, October 9, 2021

A very informative pamphlet is available for pickup at the County Slave Family Memorial. It describes typical lives of the enslaved here, as well as the actual numbers and demographic context of slaveholding, said to have been established in 1836, in Warren County.

LOCATION: Warren County Courthouse, 1 E Main Street, Front Royal, VA 2263

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Obituaries

Anthony John Sheehan

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Anthony John Sheehan died peacefully at the Commonwealth Senior Living facility on September 23rd after a long illness.

Anthony John Sheehan

Born in New York City, Anthony attended St. Francis Xavier High School, a Jesuit military academy in NYC, graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and pursued doctoral studies in history at the University of Chicago.

He served in the US Army, completed Airborne training at Fort Benning Infantry Training Center, and worked in the aerial photo imagery analysis HQ at Fort Holabird, Maryland. He researched and edited World War II – The Western Front for the Time/Life history series.

Anthony was an avid reader, an authority on European history, and fluent in the Russian language and history. He was a home tutor for high school students in Alexandria, VA, and taught at Christendom College before retiring in Front Royal.

He is survived by two brothers, Christopher and John, and a sister, Monica, his niece Louise, a great-niece, and nephew.

A requiem mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal on Monday, September 27 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cross Catholic Outreach or the Front Royal Pregnancy Center.

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Town Talk: A Conversation with Steve Foreman, a write-in candidate for Supervisor in Warren County, Fork District

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November 20, 2020 – November 29, 2020 all-day
2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
2020-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
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Front Royal Virginia
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In this Meet the Candidates session, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Steve Foreman, a write-in candidate for or Supervisor in Warren County, Fork District

Foreman, who has a background in communication tech and a B.A. in Business Administration from National-Louis University, feels he is well-suited to help the board with ongoing plans to expand broadband in the area. A former project manager for Sprint who supervised multi-state engineering projects, Foreman says that getting broadband expansion right will depend on asking the right questions as providers and county officials move forward.

Foreman feels that a well-trained job force is a part of what it takes to draw business to the area.  “I want Warren County to be the place where our kids can grow up and decide to raise their own kids right here if they want to. Too often, they feel they need to move away or lose time to a long commute to make a living wage, but if we get this right, we’ll have the jobs, education, and infrastructure to make it possible for them to build their futures right here.”

Area residents who want to learn more about Foreman’s plans or volunteer to help the campaign can visit www.foremanforfork.com/connect


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. All local candidates are invited to participate in this ‘Meet the Candidate’ series.

A reminder that early voting starts September 17, 2021, at the Registrar Office located at 465 W. 15th Street, Suite 800, Front Royal. The hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Early voting is also available on Saturday, October 23 and 30, 9 am to 5 pm. The last day of early voting is October 30, 2021.

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5 ways to help your partner deal with depression

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2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
2020-11-30T00:00:00-05:00
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Online Event
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Cost:
$10.00 Race Fee
Contact:
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If your significant other is experiencing moodiness, irritability, a change in appetite, altered sleep patterns, and a loss of interest in things they once enjoyed, they might have depression. Living with someone who has this mood disorder can be challenging, and it’s normal to feel helpless and overwhelmed. Here are some ways you can offer your support.

1. Learn more about it. There are many reputable resources online you can reference to educate yourself about depression. Demonstrating compassion and understanding is one of the most powerful ways you can support your partner.

2. Encourage treatment. Depression seldom improves without treatment. You can help your partner by encouraging them to seek support from a qualified professional.

3. Focus on small steps. Urge your partner to create micro goals and acknowledge each achievement. Positive reinforcement can help your partner to make progress.

4. Spend time together. People with depression may avoid social interactions. You can help them stay connected by planning activities such as watching a movie, playing a board game, or going for a hike in the woods.

5. Help them make healthy choices. Encourage your partner to exercise regularly and eat nutritious food. If you do these things together, you’ll both reap the benefits. Consider going for a daily walk, bike ride, or swim and preparing healthy meals.

If you want to be able to support your partner, it’s important that you also take care of yourself. Be sure to make time for the things you enjoy doing and reach out to friends, family members, or a support group. Finally, don’t hesitate to seek professional help if your own mental health starts to deteriorate.

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