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Outdoor Holiday Celebration

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When:
December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke is hosting an Outdoor Holiday Celebration on Sunday, December 1st 12-3PM at the SPCA Thrift Shop located at 1944 Abrams Creek in Winchester, VA.

You’re invited to the Artificial Christmas Tree Farm to enjoy holiday festivities such as hot chocolate, festive cookies, adorable adoptable pets, and you’ll be able to get everything you need for your holiday décor, all while supporting the homeless animals in your community.

EDA in Focus

Town ponders its CARES Act reimbursement dilemma at end of brief Monday work session

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December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

After discussion of a change to Town policy on the vacating of streets and alleyways to accommodate past adjustments and high costs associated with assessments by real estate assessors for the government-owned property; and a review of evolving Fiscal Year 2021 revenue streams from taxes and utility/enterprise and general funds, the Front Royal Town Council focused on a lingering sore point.

That point is the County’s reluctance to take the town governmental apparatus at its word on assuming financial liability for any distribution of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved funding found to not meet federal and state standards for that distribution. As previously reported, as the recipient of that federal, state-distributed money received in two $3.5 million dollar phases, about $1.2 million of which was allotted to the Town for in-Town distribution, the County is liable to reimburse the state and federal sources of that money for any portions found to not have met the federally implemented standards for qualifying business, non-profits or individual recipients.

“I don’t know what their issue is – we justified it under the CARES Act; we laid it out very specifically where in the CARES Act it’s been spent,” Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick told council citing two specific areas the County is apparently concerned about qualifying. “So, we’ll just continue to play the game and see what happens.”

“I’m concerned about getting the $970,000,” Vice-Mayor Bill Sealock told his colleagues of the money the Town has fronted out of its own General Fund budget toward what it believes to be qualifying businesses in town. That thus-far Town-absorbed expenditure is what the Town is hoping for in first-round CARES distribution reimbursement from the County.

“I’m concerned about getting the $970,000,” Vice-Mayor Bill Sealock told his colleagues of the money the Town has fronted out of its own General Fund budget toward what it believes to be qualifying businesses in town.

“I can certainly appreciate that they want some checks and balances … but if we’re completely liable which we’ve signed agreements on, saying that if any of the CARES Act is spent inappropriately the Town will fund or refund,” Councilman Jacob Meza said when Tederick interrupted him.

“Let me correct you on that, Mr. Meza, we never, we haven’t signed that,” Tederick interjected, leading several councilmen including Meza to add, “But we’ve offered to do it.” Meza added, “I’d like to reoffer that and move on.”

“I can certainly appreciate that they want some checks and balances … but if we’re completely liable which we’ve signed agreements on, saying that if any of the CARES Act is spent inappropriately the Town will fund or refund,” Councilman Jacob Meza said when Tederick interrupted him.

“We’ve offered that, and they want us to take the liability, and they want to approve the spending plan, and they want us to spend the money out of our reserves, and they want us to submit the reports, and they’ll tell us whether they’re going to reimburse us. So, it’s just very convoluted. I’ve done everything I can do to get this through,” Tederick told council.

Absent from the discussion was the likely lack of County trust of Town financial “promises” in the wake of a year-and-a-half impasse on the Town accepting financial liability to pay for its $9-million dollar police station financed through what is now a solely-County supported Town-County Economic Development Authority.

However, further discussion indicated that several involved county officials had indicated a first reimbursement check from the County was anticipated early this week that had not yet been received as of Monday night.

“Well, it is Monday,” Councilwoman Lori Cockrell observed, acknowledging that Tuesday was also “early in the week”.

See Council’s full discussion on its CARES Act reimbursement concerns, as well as the street and alley vacating adjustments and FY-21 revenue numbers in this Royal Examiner video of council’s 20-minute open session work session.

Council then adjourned to closed session to discuss its permanent town manager search, the now dueling civil litigations with the EDA, and the disposition of undisclosed public property. And the following day the Town announced a full town council press conference to address the EDA litigation to be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Warren County Government Center.

That announcement stated that the press conference “will cover major developments regarding the Town of Front Royal\EDA lawsuit. Statements will be given by each Council member”.

Stay tuned for that exciting development as it unfolds Wednesday …

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Local ‘Save Our Children’ efforts focus on substantial issues rather than conspiracy theories

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December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

On Friday, September 18, “Save Our Children Front Royal” held the first of a series of planned events to bring attention to a perceived gap in the state or U.S. Justice systems that many feel “under-punishes” convicted pedophiles. The late afternoon march assembled at the Warren County Government Center around 5:30 p.m. proceeded down Commerce Avenue and Water Street to the Front Royal Village Commons/Gazebo area and circled back on Chester and Second Streets to the government center.

Neely and Charles Bettis man the ‘Save Our Children’ paraphernalia stand; and below, conduct a little business awaiting the return of marchers to the WCGC starting point. Royal Examiner Photos by Roger Bianchini

Organizer Brittany Lewis says the march and coming events are designed “to bring awareness to child abuse and sex trafficking” issues. She stressed that “Save Our Children Front Royal” is not associated with recent efforts of the factually-discredited Q-Anon political conspiracy theory group to latch onto the ‘#saveourchildren’ logo to its own ends, or for that matter to the 1970s origin of the slogan in Florida tied to an anti-gay agenda celebrity Anita Bryant served as the spokesperson for.

“No, when I was starting this up someone asked about that and I had to tell them I wasn’t with those groups. I put ‘Front Royal’ on at end … to try and distance us from that,” Lewis told Royal Examiner.

Rather, “Save Our Children Front Royal” is born of experience closer to home. That experience was her becoming aware of a young child’s abuse locally and deciding that abuse was too close to home. And while the alleged perpetrator has been arrested and is awaiting trial, it is the end result of such prosecutions on pedophile charges that Lewis says is one of the primary reasons she began “Save Our Children Front Royal”.

The ‘Save Our Children Front Royal’ march proceeds through the Village Commons amongst other dueling events and prepares to turn up Chester St. to return to the WCGC starting point.

“The average jail sentence is 3-1/2 years,” she said of pedophile convictions.

And for Lewis, and others rallying to her cause, that is not enough time behind bars for the sexual victimization of her or any of our society’s children.

Upcoming events include a “Paint Night” fundraiser for the Laurel Center for victims of sexual abuse that will be held in the Washington Suite of the Blue Ridge Shadows Holiday Inn on October 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and another march on October 24, slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the WCGC parking lot.

For further information see the “Save Our Children Front Royal” Facebook page or contact Brittany Lewis by email at brilewis91@aol.com or by phone at (540) 692-9893.

Marchers, including several sporting ‘#save our children’ logos, make their way through a crowded Commons area. News reports in recent months, including the NY Times, have commented on the Q’Anon conspiracy theory group’s attempts to ‘hijack’ the ‘#saveourchildren’ slogan to their own ends. ‘Save Our Children FR’ organizer Brittany Lewis has distanced her local efforts from such conspiracy theories, focusing on more substantial issues like pedophile sentencing ranges.

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Town Notices

Front Royal Water & Sewer Department has scheduled NIGHT WORK for water service repair on Warren Avenue

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December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

The Town of Front Royal Water & Sewer Department has scheduled NIGHT WORK for water service repair beginning Thursday, September 24 at 10 pm through Friday, September 25 at 6 am (Weather Permitting).

Warren Avenue will be closed from E. 2nd Street to E. 3rd St and signs will be in place.  Please be aware of crews working and use caution while traveling in this area.

We apologize for any inconvenience, however, that is why it is being scheduled at night. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Works Monday-Friday 7 am-3:30 pm at 540-635-7819 or Non-Emergency Police Department at 540-635-2111 after hours.

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VOA reports worldwide from Front Royal on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ginsburg

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December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

A visitor to Front Royal last weekend (September 18-19) could provide a footnote to the history of our town.

A guest of ours, Steve Herman, now living in Alexandria and working out of the White House, is the Voice of America’s (VOA) bureau chief in Washington. After connecting through the AP Retirees online bulletin, Herman brought his wife, Rosyla, specifically to attend the weekly “Yappy Hour” on Main Street Friday evening, September 18.

Rosyla loves dogs!

It was to be a relaxing weekend for the Hermans. Or so the busy journalist had planned. I’d advised him of our weekly Wagner Animal Shelter fundraiser a few weeks ago and it caught the eye of his wife who agreed to, or perhaps proposed, the overnight trip.

It began as a relaxing ‘Yappy Hour’ gathering for Malcolm and Carol Barr and guests Steve and Rosyla Herman, along with the Barr’s Husky Diva. Royal Examiner Photos by Roger Bianchini

We made it a meet and greet with local reporters Roger Bianchini (Royal Examiner) and Josh Gully (late of the NV Daily). Herman, 60, and me, 87, worked at different times for The Associated Press, me in the U.S., Herman in cities throughout Asia.

Events changed quickly for our guest when news of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death came up on his phone while we were socializing at ViNoVa’s outdoor “Yappy Hour” seating.

Saturday over lunch Herman told us that after returning to their Remount Road B&B Friday night, “BBC World TV rang him” asking if he could appear live, “preferably from the White House, to discuss how the associate justice’s death would affected the (U.S.) election.”

That eventually changed for Steve after news of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke over his phone during Yappy Hour. (MSNBC broadcast pictured on writer’s TV later that evening)

With no time to return to Washington, Herman said he went on the air via Skype on a slow-speed Internet connection from his Front Royal B&B bedroom to carry his VOA bureau chief report to BBC World’s international audience. Routinely, his VOA broadcasts are translated into 47 languages for 350 million people through a network of more than 2,500 local broadcast affiliates. He said he did his reporting sitting on the floor using a mid-19th century fireplace as a backdrop for his appearance on BBC’s worldwide broadcast.

Is that another first for Front Royal, a town of many firsts recorded since the Civil War? Maybe so. Local historians take note.

We invited Steve and Rosyla back to Warren County for “another relaxing weekend” where Rosyla fell in love – with our dog, the rescue Siberian husky, Diva (hamming it up in accompanying photos).

Diva may be alerting Steve, phone in hand, that it will soon be time to get back to work. With her own British connections, Diva may have been anticipating Steve’s call from BBC World for comment on Ginsburg’s death.

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Understanding acupressure

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December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

Acupressure is a massage therapy technique that involves using the fingers, palms, and elbows to apply pressure to specific areas of the body. With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, this alternative healing practice adheres to the same principles as acupuncture but forgoes the use of needles.

The approach
Acupressure is based on the theory that invisible channels called meridians carry energy throughout the body. It’s believed that applying pressure to specific points along these pathways can promote relaxation, relieve illness, and restore systemic balance.

Though acupressure shouldn’t replace proper medical attention, it can be used to complement it. It’s most commonly performed in conjunction with massage therapy, physiotherapy, and orthotherapy.

The benefits
While there’s limited research on the medical benefits of acupressure, patients with various health concerns have reported improvements after having several treatments. Most notably, acupressure can be used to help:

• Relieve stress and tension
• Soothe muscle and joint pain
• Facilitate digestion
• Boost the immune system
• Increase energy levels
• Improve sleep

If you want to try this treatment at home, consider purchasing an acupressure mat. Lined with hundreds of plastic points, these mats can be used to stimulate pressure points on your back. However, a session with a professional therapist will offer far more effective and longer-lasting results.

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Talking to your teen about personal hygiene

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December 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2019-12-01T12:00:00-05:00
2019-12-01T15:00:00-05:00
Where:
SPCA Thrift Shop
1944 Abrams Creek | Winchester VA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke
540-662-8616

As children go through puberty, it’s normal for them to start to smell differently. Though it may involve an uncomfortable conversation, helping your teen establish personal hygiene habits is important for their health and confidence. If you’ve noticed a funky smell coming from their clothes, shoes, or bedroom, here are a few tips to help you broach the subject.

Create a safe space
There’s a time and place to bring up the matter of personal hygiene with your teen. In front of their siblings, for example, isn’t ideal. The key to having a productive discussion is to do your best to make your teen feel at ease.

Rather than having a face-to-face conversation, consider casually mentioning the topic while the two of you are cooking, washing dishes, or sitting alone together in the car. This will help your teen feel less put on the spot and more inclined to open up.

While you should be honest with your child about their body odor, make sure your tone isn’t accusatory or judgmental. Let your teen know these changes are a normal part of growing up, and they can always come to you with questions.

Give them the right tools
Outline the various ways your teen can minimize their body odor such as showering and wearing clean clothes on a daily basis. Rather than nag or plead with them, explain that taking care of their personal hygiene is a responsibility.

Additionally, you and your teen should put together a list of the products they’ll need. This includes antiperspirant, shower gel, mouthwash, shampoo, face cleanser, and shoe deodorizer. Keep in mind that your teen may be reluctant to shop for these products with their parents, so remember to give them some space at the pharmacy.

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