This class provides a hands-on experience for painting with watercolors, and meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (5 sessions). During each class we will work to build a solid foundation in technique. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. All skill levels are welcome. Instructor: Michael Budzisz
Time & Dates: 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Tuesday Dec. 4, Thurs. Dec. 6, Tues. Dec. 11, Thurs. Dec 13, and Tues. Dec. 18. In case of inclement weather, class makeup date is Thurs. Dec. 20th if needed. Classes will be held in our studio at 205A E. Main St., Front Royal, Virginia. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule the class. Please check our Facebook page for updates on class cancellations due to weather.
Class policies: We understand that scheduling conflicts do happen. You may cancel your class for a full refund up to 48 hours before the first class, by phone or in person.
4-H Center is a hidden gem
It has been a pleasure this summer to discover a hidden gem just outside Front Royal with the Blue Ridge Mountains hugging the countryside: the Northern Virginia 4-H Center. The genius of 4-H has been to teach farming, gardening, environmental stewardship, home care, sewing, and community leadership as life skills and character building for children and adolescents. It also sponsors and supports camping with meeting facilities like the one located just a few minutes from the city limits of Front Royal. We learned the land was gifted from Virginia Tech as an agricultural education outreach project. Its conference center offers meeting space with stunning views.
The use of this facility has been a gift for those of us who could not travel or use public swimming pools in other jurisdictions this summer. The 4-H pool generously opened its Olympic-sized pool for the public at designated hours. We were particularly fortunate to attend the senior aquatics program taught by Katie Tennant, the new program director who moved recently from Ohio with her family. Well-trained and professional, she kept us on task for the aquatic therapies she instructed with a gentle firm touch. While the pool was a respite from the summer heat, the aquatics class, in a time of sheltering at home, provided a way to strengthen joint and body movement in a safe, healthy manner.
This senior water exercise program enabled us to learn techniques that we can continue to use in the coming months of uncertainty. As we swam, we worked to regain health, balance, movement, and cardio fitness. In sum, the 4-H pool is a gift to the community and one more reason to celebrate the Commonwealth of Virginia and the County of Warren.
Mary E. Neznek
Washington DC (educator and wellness coach)
Locally produced short film “The Killer of Grassy Ridge” winning festivals worldwide
A debut short film produced in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is winning film festivals worldwide. “The Killer of Grassy Ridge” has won Best U.S. Short Film, Best Debut, Best Horror, Best Cinematography, and has been selected for nearly 40 film festivals across the world.
The nine-minute independent film was shot in November and December 2019 near Front Royal and Luray’s Lake Arrowhead in the Shenandoah Valley, with additional scenes filmed at a cabin in Rileyville and the mountains of Carter County, Tennessee.
First-time filmmaker Johnny K. of Alexandria wrote and shot the film purely as a personal challenge, giving himself just two months to create a finished product using only the limited gear and resources he had on-hand.
“Last year I became inspired by filmmakers who were out making movies using very little equipment. They were telling amazing stories while I was sitting on the couch complaining that my gear wasn’t good enough to make my first film. I’d been making excuses for long enough, so I wanted to prove myself wrong. Written, shot, and edited in 62 days, “The Killer of Grassy Ridge” is the result. My hope is that my movie will inspire other amateur filmmakers the same way I was inspired.”
With an entirely Virginia-based cast and crew, the film marks the debut of actors Michael Stumbo of Winchester and Arlington native Heather Stone. The movie showcases the natural beauty of the region and the isolated environment and scenic landscapes largely contribute to the tone of the film.
The film has now been selected for nearly 40 film festivals on six continents and shows no signs of slowing down.
“The Killer of Grassy Ridge” is now streaming on YouTube and will soon be available on Amazon Prime.
CLICK HERE to view the entire press kit with more images and details!
37th Anniversary of National Night Out to be held on October 6th
On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, citizens throughout Front Royal are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “37th Anniversary of National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Front Royal Police Department and the Front Royal Police Foundation.
“We look forward to hosting this great event every year, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, we have had to cancel the “block party” style event that we usually hold on the Town Commons,” said Front Royal Chief of Police Kahle Magalis. “This year we are going to take National Night Out mobile and caravan to different locations throughout the town and meet up with our citizens in smaller groups in areas where we can practice social distancing.”
We will host neighborhood visits throughout the Town with police officers, foundation members, and our other law enforcement partners. The evening will begin at the Front Royal Police Department with opening remarks starting at 5:00pm and the start of the parade at 5:20pm. The route will continue through town and will utilize 5 stopping points along the route and conclude at the Town Gazebo at 8:00pm.
National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. “Events like National Night Out are necessary to help strengthen the partnerships between the community and law enforcement,” said Brendan Murphy, Front Royal Police Foundation Vice Chair. This is the police department’s fourteenth year hosting NNO and without this partnership, law enforcement’s battle against crime would be limited.
Please watch for more information about times and locations on our numerous social media outlets.
Lastly, stop by the Front Royal Police Department and pick up blue lightbulbs and thin blue line flags, while supplies last, to help show your support during the parade!
Parade Route Stops
|5:00 – 5:20||Front Royal Police Department|
|5:30 – 5:50||Warren County Skate Park|
|6:00 – 6:20||Ressie Jeffries Elementary School|
|6:30 – 6:50||Warren County High School|
|7:15 – 7:35||Marlow Heights Baptist Church|
|7:45 – 8:15||Town Gazebo|
FRPD, R on Virginia Ave, L on 1st, R on Union, R on W. Main, SKATE PARK, R on Kerfoot to W. Criser to E. Criser, L into RESSIE JEFFRIES, R on Beeden, L on Hill, R on South St., L on Westminster to WCHS, L on Westminster, R on Walker, L on John Marshall, L on Leach Run, L on Oden, L on Ewell, R on Imboden, R on Happy Ridge, L on Goodview, L on Meadow Court, R on Lewis, L on Happy Creek, L on Manassas Ave to MARLOW HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, L on Happy Creek to Laura Virginia Hale into TOWN GAZEBO.
Town announces bank deal on FRPD headquarters debt service payments
In a Wednesday evening press conference the Front Royal Town Council and the Town’s mayor weighed in from varying perspectives in announcing a Town financing agreement with United Bank to assume the debt service on the principal and an undisclosed, but favorable, interest rate on payments for construction of the new Front Royal Police headquarters.
Statements indicated that the lower interest rate acquired, as opposed to the EDA’s 3% rate with United Bank on the FRPD debt service, would save the Town at least a million dollars. Town officials declined to discuss details such as the interest rate or amount of the loan at this point in the loan process.
While a summary of the loan agreement announcement read into the record by Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick and elaborated on by the town’s elected officials, was a welcome update on what has become an increasingly contentious finger-pointing exercise in municipal government dysfunction, the tone of that update maintained and perhaps up the ante on the accusatory finger-pointing.
In fact, following the full council comments Mayor Eugene Tewalt observed that he did not agree with a lot of what was said by council in lauding their bank financing deal. Since his November 2019 Special Election elevation to mayor, Tewalt has repeatedly butted heads with his former council colleagues over trying to negotiate, rather than litigate with the EDA.
When this reporter and other media present asked for details of the loan agreement and support for the accusatory nature of the announcement alleging belligerent intransience by both the county government and the re-tooled in the wake of financial scandal Economic Development Authority Board of Directors, there were few direct, substantive answers forthcoming. In fact, the interim town manager cautioned council on answers regarding support of its stated legal stance, noting the Town remained in civil litigation with the EDA.
The media was added to the negative stereotyping in past reporting on the Town’s year-and-a-half or so refusal to assume liability for undisputed principal and partial interest payments on the EDA-enabled financing for its new police headquarters. Councilman Holloway disputed what he termed “tabloid media” reports that have “beaten up” the Town in reporting the evolution of the Town-EDA financial impasse and what has evolved into dueling civil litigations. Wednesday’s announcement does not appear to impact the Town’s $20-million civil suit against the EDA.
Several county official present, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Walt Mabe, Vice-Chair Cheryl Cullers, and North River Supervisor Delores Oates, indicated possible future comments after having time to absorb what they heard Wednesday evening. However, EDA Board Chairman Jeff Browne did give Royal Examiner an on-the-record comment.
“Well, the main thing that I want to leave you with tonight is that we’re excited that the Town is finally paying the principal that they’ve owed on the police station. And that’s really what tonight’s about. We can get into some other details some other time,” Browne told us after the press conference, adding, “It’s a positive and I’m hopeful that we can start to work together. I hope that it’s a start of something good because we ought to be working together.”
United Bank is the same bank the EDA financed construction of the police headquarters through. The EDA, recently with County help, has been making monthly interest-only payments of about $21,000 on its FRPD debt service. However, the EDA announced last week that it and the County would stop covering those payments as of October. The EDA United Bank loan was slated to go to interest and principal payments of about $50,000 monthly on November 1. Thus far the EDA or County has paid about $500,000 on interest on the FRPD construction project, which appeared to cause some confusion on the EDA’s claim against the Town in its recently filed civil suit to hold the Town liable for FRPD construction costs.
But as for working together in the wake of Wednesday’s press conference, several council comments critical of the past and existing EDA board justified the Town’s move toward creation of a second, unilateral EDA, pointing away, rather than toward cooperation with the existing, half-century-old joint Town-County EDA.
In fact, Councilman Gary Gillespie took direct aim at the current EDA staff and board of directors for delays in renovation of the dilapidated Afton Inn across Crescent Street from Town Hall.
Go to the below-linked Royal Examiner video to see exactly what was said, alleged, asked, and answered, or not, at the approximate 45-minute Wednesday evening Front Royal Town Council press conference:
Introducing the 2020 Highland County Barn Quilt Trail Brochure
The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce a completely revised and expanded version of its popular Highland County Barn Quilt Trail Brochure. Highland County’s Barn Quilt Trail was the first in Virginia, beginning in 2011 with just 13 barn quilts in the brochure. The updated brochure has over 50 barn quilts for travelers to explore.
Barn quilts are colorful painted wooden squares and diamonds that hang on barns, outbuildings and homes. These unique works of art are the merger of traditional roles on the farm, blending the customs of quilting bees together with outdoor barn work into a beautiful combination.
Highland County’s barn quilts have interesting names like “Colaw Apple,” “Tree of Paradise,” “Love in a Mist,” “Five Reds,” and “Spirit Soars.” There is often a story behind the name that corresponds with the design. The barn quilt may represent the love of plants, animals or other natural wonders, showcase a business, or memorialize a special friend or moment. The public is invited to learn about the history and inspiration of Highland County’s barn quilts in the brochure. Whether viewing the county’s LOVEwork letters in Monterey, striking designs at a former mill in McDowell or an old maple syrup-producing barn with multiple barn quilts on it in Blue Grass, everyone can enjoy the beauty of the towns, hills, hollows, fields and forests of Highland County while experiencing the barn quilt trail. Can you spot them all?
The Highland County Barn Quilt Trail Brochure will be available at local businesses and The Highland County Chamber of Commerce’s office at The Highland Center in Monterey. A corresponding website with digital versions of the brochure is available HERE. For children of all ages, there are even barn quilt design templates online to be printed out and colored in. For inspiration, use the colors of a current barn quilt on the trail or create your own! Have fun, and happy trails!
The Highland County Barn Quilt Trail Brochure is brought to you in part through the 2020 Wanderlove Grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) membership nonprofit organization with a mission to lift up local businesses and entrepreneurs, promote Highland County, and champion economic prosperity and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.highlandcounty.org.
Healthcare providers across the country raising awareness this month of Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries, that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs, become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. PAD affects between eight and 12 million people in the U.S., contributes to difficult to heal wounds and is associated with amputation. Though the symptoms may be serious, an astonishing 40 percent of people with PAD do not experience any symptoms.
Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center treats chronic wounds with underlying conditions of the disease as well as performs non-invasive tests for PAD and counsels patients on how to manage the illness which can, if left untreated, lead to lower limb amputation and death.
In addition to chronic wounds on the toes, feet or legs, our team at the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center wants to highlight the following risk factors and symptoms of PAD:
- Those who smoke or have a history of smoking have up to four times greater risk.
- One in every three diabetics over the age of 50 is likely to have the disease.
- People with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or a personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke are at greater risk.
- As you get older the risk increases since the disease develops gradually.
- While some people dismiss it as a sign of aging, nearly everyone with PAD is unable to walk as fast or as far as they could before.
- A typical sign is experiencing fatigue or a heaviness in the limbs or cramping in the thigh or calf after walking or climbing stairs and then feeling better after resting.
- Leg or foot pain may cause trouble sleeping for those with PAD.
- The skin of the feet may change color and become pale or turn blue.
- Toenails that do not grow as well as before and decreased hair growth on the toes and legs may be another symptom.
Advanced PAD results in delayed wound healing and greater risk for limb loss. Timely detection and treatment of any wound can reduce risk of amputation and improve quality of life. The Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center offers advanced wound care treatment, technology and research. That means patients heal faster than those who receive only generalized wound care. Chronic, non-healing wounds need advanced wound care.
Dr. Lynn Samuel, the Medical Director at the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center described the collaborative efforts at the Wound Healing Center, “Our experienced team of physicians and nurses at the Wound Healing Center treat wounds caused by PAD. Our staff works closely with Interventional Radiologists who collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease.”
According to Dr. Alexander Kieger, Interventional Radiologist at Fauquier Health, “We provide services and heal patients on a weekly basis. Advancements in technology enable us to fix vascular disease to improve blood flow using minimally-invasive procedures, where patients are able to go home the same day with little to no recovery time.”
This September, join healthcare providers across the country to raise awareness of PAD, chronic wounds and amputation. #WhiteSockCampaign
About Fauquier Health
Fauquier Health is a community health system dedicated to high-quality, patient-centered care in a unique environment that considers the multiple facets of healing and respects the individuality of each and every patient. Located at 500 Hospital Drive in Warrenton, Virginia, Fauquier Health serves the residents of Fauquier and several surrounding counties. It comprises Fauquier Hospital, a fully-accredited, 97-bed hospital; Fauquier Health Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 113-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility; the Villa at Suffield Meadows, an assisted living facility; the Wound Health Center and a medically supervised Wellness Center offering health and wellness programs. Fauquier Health also operates nine physician’s offices, including primary care and specialties. More information on Fauquier Health is available online at FauquierHealth.org or by calling 540.316.5000.