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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
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540-592-3556

Historic Area.

Come back to the family farm at Sky Meadows. Explore the park’s sustainable farming practices, visit the barred plymouth rock hens, learn about our cattle operation in partnership with the Department of Corrections’ Agribusiness Program, and much more!

In addition to the agricultural-themed programs, we also offer Mount Bleak House tours, hearth cooking and blacksmith demonstrations, a children’s play area, and live music.

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E. Wilson Morrison students rally for ‘Heavenly Hats’ for young cancer victims nationwide

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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
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Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
Sky Meadows State Park
540-592-3556

At 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, October 7, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School students staged a “Heavenly Hats Parade” as part of a nationwide fundraising initiative to raise money for young cancer victims around the country. Royal Examiner asked EWM Student Support Coach and Early Act Faculty Advisor Michael Williams about the school’s entry into the Heavenly Hats Foundation effort and that effort’s origins. Williams explained receiving an email from the foundation alerting him to the program and asking if the school would be interested in joining the effort. “And I said ‘of course’ – and our kids have raised about $230, which is a really good effort for them,” Williams said as he and other school staff and administrators awaited the coming of the student body’s Heavenly Hat parade under sunny fall skies and temperatures climbing toward the mid-70s.

Ready, Steady, GO – the EWM door opens to its first Heavenly Hats Parade in support of young cancer victims during their treatments

Even our “ACE” reporter Roger Bianchini sports a “funny” hat.

 

And talk about great things growing from humble beginnings!!! – Pointed in the right direction by Williams, a little online research indicated that Heavenly Hats began with one sympathetic and caring 10-year-old just over two decades ago. A visit to the Heavenly Hats Foundation website noted that in 2001 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then-10-year-old Anthony Leanna had an idea to help young cancer patients. Twenty-one years later, it has evolved into a 501-C3 organization that has distributed new hats to individual youthful cancer patients and the hospitals that treat them around the nation.

“It started with a young man who just had a passion when he saw some children suffering from cancer. And he started saving his money and buying hats, started reaching out to other groups to try and raise money to do the same,” Williams explained to Royal Examiner, as he does in the linked Royal Examiner video. “And from that, he got a website going, and it became a nationwide thing called Heavenly Hats,” Williams added that as his effort grew, the young man didn’t initially ask for money to help buy the hats but to pay for postage to mail them around the country to children and medical centers treating children for cancer.

 

“And that turned into not only people sending for that, but then people raising large sums of money for him to be able to buy more hats. And it’s turned into this really cool organization where he’s been able to supply thousands and thousands of hats,” Williams said, somewhat underestimating the numbers. According to the Heavenly Hats Foundation website, the number of new hats distributed to youthful cancer patients suffering hair loss over has grown to over 4.5-million new hats.

“It’s our hope and prayer that one day a cure for cancer and the many other illnesses that affect our family and friends will be found, and eventually, no one will be in need of a Heavenly Hat™, but until then, we’ll keep sending these special hats (and smiles) to our Hat Heroes. Thank you to all of our donors without you, we would not be able to continue on with our mission,” the Heavenly Hats Foundation website states.

Watch the E. Wilson Morrison’s student body rally for their peers with cancer in this exclusive Royal Examiner video (by Mark Williams) and below stills – and QUITE the enthusiastic and creative, Heavenly Hats Parade it was, with EWM Principal Lisa Rudacille, staff, and even some media joining in the hat-wearing spirit of the event.


 

Heavenly Hats Foundation website photo of Anthony Leanna some years after, as a 10-year-old in 2001, he launched the idea behind creation of the 501-C3 that has distributed over 4-million hats to cancer treatment youths suffering from hair loss. And 21 years later EWM students carry on that tradition, raising $230 for the cause.

 

 

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Town Talk: National Fire Prevention Week – A conversation with Lt.Tony Hitt and FF Lisa Wilbanks Warren County Fire & Rescue

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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
Sky Meadows State Park
540-592-3556

In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks to Lt.Tony Hitt and FireFighter Lisa Wilbanks from Warren County Fire & Rescue.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on the early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance to know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.

Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!


Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. Let us know if you have an idea or issue or want to hear from someone in our community. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com

 

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Cyclist groups seek to delay demolition of old Nice Bridge over Potomac

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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
Sky Meadows State Park
540-592-3556

An aerial view of the new Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge over the Potomac River. (Courtesy of the Maryland Transportation Authority)

 

As Maryland prepares to demolish the historic Nice/Middleton Bridge that connects the southern part of the state with Virginia over the Potomac River, bicycle advocates are seeking to delay those plans until the completion of an impact study.

The bicycle advocacy groups, which include Potomac Heritage Trail Association, Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Association, and Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club, allege in a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, that state agencies, including the Maryland Transportation Authority, violated state and federal environmental review laws by changing the project from its original conception and failing to study the impact of demolishing the bridge. The groups asking for a temporary restraining order to halt the demolition also allege that the authority lacks the power to destroy the bridge under environmental laws.

“Using explosives to demolish parts of the Historic Nice Bridge or the rubble from the bridge to create a ‘reef’ has not been evaluated appropriately for the impact on the natural habitat and human environment, including the taking of endangered species or disruption of their habitats,” the complaint states.

The plaintiffs also allege that the defendants never considered the “cumulative effects” of the construction plan and the potential demolition of the old bridge on human, environmental and historic resources, as well as on publicly or privately owned landmark sites listed or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

The old Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial/Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton Bridge, which opened in December 1940, is adjacent to the new four-lane replacement bridge.

A view of the toll booth in front of the Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge shortly after it was completed. (Courtesy of the Maryland Transportation Authority)

In November 2016, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan promised a pedestrian and bicycle lane would be built alongside the new bridge’s vehicle lanes amid community access concerns and to mitigate the impact of destroying the historic bridge.

However, in 2019, the Maryland Transportation Authority approved a bridge plan that excluded the project’s originally conceived $64 million, 10-foot two-way path.

Last July, U.S. lawmakers asked Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary James Ports. Jr. to delay destroying the historic bridge pending an evaluation.

Ports responded that the authority would proceed with its plan.

The bicycle advocacy groups included in their complaint the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transportation Authority, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration for providing “permissions and funding necessary for the project without having undertaken or requiring appropriate consideration under NEPA and the other Environmental Review Laws.”

Bridge opening imminent as court sets hearing for a restraining order on Oct. 11

According to Michael MacWilliams, an attorney representing the Maryland defendants, plans for the removal of the historic bridge are moving quickly.

MacWilliams said in an email to the Mercury Thursday that “mechanical demolition efforts in connection with the old bridge are scheduled to commence in earnest on Oct. 13.”

The Mercury confirmed that Maryland plans to move traffic to the new bridge the same day.

On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments on the restraining order in the U.S. District Court Northern Division in Baltimore at 1 p.m.

According to the construction webpage, the bridge is expected to open early next year.

The $463 million bridge replacement project includes Virginia’s $13 million contribution.

The replacement bridge will include four 12-foot-wide lanes with 2-foot shoulders, a significant expansion compared to the historic bridge’s two lanes with no shoulders. The new bridge will have all-electronic cashless tolling, a barrier-separated median between west- and eastbound lanes, and 2-foot shoulders allowing for taller ships to pass beneath its 135-foot clearance.

Brickley asks Virginia to consider a partnership with Maryland

David Brickley, president of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail Association and a former Virginia delegate, said Virginia should consider partnering with Maryland to create what would be the most prominent bicycle and pedestrian crossing in the country, clocking in at 1.7 miles.

The former Virginia delegate recently wrote to Gov. Glenn Youngkin and members of his cabinet about considering a partnership but said he felt like “Cinderella rushing towards midnight and trying to save this bridge before it’s too late.”

According to Maryland Matters, Virginia and King George previously considered taking over the old bridge but never pursued it.

Marshall Herman, a spokeswoman with the Virginia Department of Transportation, said the agency did not conduct a study but did engage with King George County and bicycle and trail groups about their interest in retaining and repurposing the bridge.

The groups discussed the cost of regular inspection and maintenance, potential issues with marine navigation due to the alignment of the piers, and permit issues due to federal requirements within the National Environmental Policy Act.

A King George County Administration Office representative directed the Mercury to VDOT for questions.

However, despite the lack of interest in taking over the structure, Brickley said Virginia residents have a strong interest in the bridge’s future.

He pointed to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge as one of the best examples of a bridge with a separate lane for pedestrians and bicyclists. In 1995, Brickley sponsored legislation allowing Virginia to join a regional compact to purchase the bridge and replace it.

Brickley said arguments ensued over eliminating the Wilson bridge’s bicycle and pedestrian lane, much as they have for the new Nice/Middleton Bridge. However, the lane remained in the project.

“Now, if you go up to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, it is a fantastic bridge for motorists and cyclists and hikers combined,” Brickley said. “It’s just what a bridge in the 21st century should be about.”

Maryland’s decision not to include such infrastructure in the new bridge is “unbelievably sad,” he said.

 

by Nathaniel Cline, Virginia Mercury


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Town Talk: Festival of Leaves – Oct 14-15, 2022 – A conversation with Charlie Brown

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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
Sky Meadows State Park
540-592-3556

In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Charlie Brown about the upcoming Festival of Leaves.

Volunteers are needed to help with various duties. Please go to the festival website for more information.

The Festival is being kicked off with a block party on Friday, October 14, starting at 7:00 pm, and after the music stops at 10:00 pm, the Royal Cinemas will be showing the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show.

At 10 am on Saturday, more than 100 vendors will be on Main and Chester Streets. Plenty of food and entertainment for everyone.

The Warren Heritage Society will be making apple butter, blacksmithing, tours of their colonial homes, and more.

Mark your calendar for October 14-15, 2022, for the  50th Festival of Leaves.


Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. Let us know if you have an idea or issue or want to hear from someone in our community. Send your request to news@RoyalExaminer.com

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Town Talk: Thermal Shelter 2022. A conversation with Michelle Smelzer and Philip Vaught.

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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
Sky Meadows State Park
540-592-3556

In this Town Talk, our publisher Mike McCool speaks with Michelle Smeltzer from the Department of Social Services and Philip Vaught, co-founder of the Royal Front Initiative.

Big plans for the Thermal Shelter this year. With help from the Royal Front Initiative, the shelter may have a new home in January of 2023.

The Royal Front Initiative is restoring the building at 326 Laurel Street in Front Royal. This building was built in 1948 and has been used by many community organizations over the years. The last use was the Elks Lodge in 2000. The Town of Front Royal has issued a Temporary Use Permit to operate a Thermal Shelter this winter.

326 Laurel Street

This building has incredible potential to become a venue for events and much-needed meeting space for various organizations and causes.  Find out more information on their website, www.heartofwarren.com.

 


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Windsor discriminatory policing case moves forward and more headlines

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October 8, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
2022-10-08T11:00:00-04:00
2022-10-08T16:00:00-04:00
Where:
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Ln | Delaplane VA 20144
Cost:
$10/car parking fee
Contact:
Sky Meadows State Park
540-592-3556

The state Capitol. (Ned Oliver/ Virginia Mercury)

 

• Democratic leaders formally requested an investigation by the Office of the State Inspector General into why tourism officials used the firm that made Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s political ads to make a tourism video featuring the governor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The Virginia Department of Education refused to release records detailing how Youngkin’s proposed K-12 transgender policy was created.—VPM

• “Wexton, Cao spar over inflation, abortion in latest VA10 debate.”—Washington Post

• A lawsuit claiming the town of Windsor engaged in a “pattern of discriminatory policing” can move forward, a judge ruled.—13News Now

• With more than 7,000 participants signed up, Virginia’s new pay-per-mile system for drivers of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles is already the largest of its kind in the country.—Washington Post

• Visits to Virginia emergency rooms for mental health and substance abuse reasons jumped sharply during the pandemic.—WRIC

• A Giles County lime processing plant isn’t meeting air pollution standards, according to state officials.—Roanoke Times

• Workplace injuries and deaths declined in the state in 2020.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A man arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was briefly a paid door-knocker for the Republican Party of Virginia last year.—Huffington Post

• The Virginia Employment Commission says it’s looking into 4,200 unemployment claims that “may have been compromised.”—Associated Press

• Federal authorities accused a Winchester man of planting a real pipe bomb at a Civil War reenactment event after being kicked out of a reenacting unit.—Northern Virginia Daily

 

by Staff Report, Virginia Mercury


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Car Wash Fundraiser - Breast Cancer Awareness @ White Horse Auto Wash
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Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
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Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Come back to the family farm at Sky Meadows. Explore the park’s sustainable farming practices, visit the barred plymouth rock hens, learn about our cattle operation in partnership with the Department of Corrections’[...]
11:00 am The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
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Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
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Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
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