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Rotary Club Blood Drive

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When:
February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

All are invited to the Rotary Club of the Shenandoah Valley (The Area ONE|ders) blood drive on Wednesday, February 19th, from 2pm-7pm, at the Front Royal United Methodist Church (1 W. Main St. Front Royal) to be a hero and give the GIFT OF LIFE! Go to www.redcrossblood.org for more info.

While not required, you can speed things up by completing your RapidPass®. The process is simple, just 4 steps – and takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Get started with some initial information, read through the pre-donation materials, answer your health history questions and print, download or email your RapidPass® to yourself, and bring it with you. ONE PINT OF BLOOD CAN SAVE UP TO THREE LIVES! Thanks to all of the loyal regular donors, and welcome to future donors who would like to become regulars on this drive series that runs approximately every 56ish days!

  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.

WHY give blood?

  • You don’t need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason.
  • Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
  • Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
  • Some believe it is the right thing to do.
  • Some do it for the free cookies and juice, cool sticker and time off from work.
  • But EVERYONE enjoys the great feeling of helping save lives!

WHAT are the general Blood Donor Requirements?

  • Be in good general health and feeling well.
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states).
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.
  • Be in good general health and feeling well.
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent in some states).
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.
  • Have not donated blood in the last 56 days.

Download the BLOOD DONOR APP to save time!

THANKS for joining us in helping to replenish the blood supply by donating!  If you can’t give, please take a moment to invite someone else to donate! Sometimes, all it takes is a heartfelt ASK and a person will become a blood donor for LIFE, and YOU can be a part of saving countless lives by inspiring a new donor!

If you can’t make it, the next local community drives are being held at:

Macedonia United Methodist Church
1941 Macedonia Church Rd. | White Post, VA 22663
February 21st
1:30 PM – 7:00 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
7145 Browntown Rd | Front Royal, VA 22630
March 14th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Health

Swollen legs? Move often in hot weather

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February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2020-02-19T14:00:00-05:00
2020-02-19T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

If you get some puffiness around the ankles or an unpleasant tautness in your calves, you have swollen legs. It’s a condition everyone experiences at one time or another, like during a spell of hot weather, a whole day standing on your feet, or after a long car trip.

Normally, your body maintains the right amount of fluid in tissues by performing a delicate balancing act. You drink fluid and get rid of it when you breathe, sweat, or urinate. But sometimes not enough fluid leaves your tissues, and the result can range from a little puffiness to swelling.

These are the most common causes:

* Immobility. When you walk, run, or move about, leg muscles contract, promoting blood flow. If you stand still, or sit still as you do on a long airline flight, blood can pool in your veins. This makes it difficult for fluid to move from body tissue back into vessels.

* When your work keeps you standing or sitting in one spot during the day, use your legs whenever possible. Shift your weight from one foot to another. Change positions in your chair. Take opportunities to walkabout.

* Heat. Hot weather can cause your blood vessels to expand, making it easier for fluid to leave them and enter tissues. During hot weather, it’s even more important to move about as much as possible while working.

* Salty foods. When you take in more salt than your body needs, the body dilutes it by retaining fluids and making you thirstier.

* Medications. Some commonly used drugs such as steroids, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, hormone replacement medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs can affect how fast fluid leaves your vessels.

* Menstruation and pregnancy. Changing levels of hormones can affect the rate at which fluid enters and leaves the tissues.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say you should see your doctor promptly if your leg swelling is sudden, painful, persistent, in one leg, or accompanied by shortness of breath, weight gain, or redness.

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People will change their lives because of Covid. Maybe.

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February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2020-02-19T14:00:00-05:00
2020-02-19T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

After a couple of months of quarantine, commentators across the world are speculating about what will happen to relationships and the world.

Will the divorce rate go up? The Boston Globe notes that some cities in China had a spike in divorce applications following the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt.

Will more people get married? Maybe the isolation of quarantine was too much. One city-dwelling 20-something wrote in Medium that he lived for 20-second text contacts, and he felt adrift.

Maybe marriage and family, the old solution, will be the new solution.

Radical social transformation? A UK economist writes in the Future that COVID-19 will require radical social change, a new socialist model. It’s not just a few weeks at home.

Subtle social transformation? Sybil Francis, President & CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, wrote in azcentral.com, that COVID started the trend toward telemedicine, telecommuting, and more sympathy toward the vulnerable.

An end to polarization? A Columbia University professor who studies intractable conflict, writes in Politico an idea he admits is idealistic: Perhaps we will all come together to unite against a common enemy. He asserts that 75 percent of inter-state conflicts have ended 10 years after a colossal shock to the system.

Will education be online and personal? Katherine Mangu-Ward, a senior editor at Reason, thinks the resistance to homeschooling will be swept away, at least for K-12.

More fun? Mary Frances Berry, professor of American Social Thought, history, and African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks people will look for carefree entertainment.

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A perspective on Stanley’s service, removal

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February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2020-02-19T14:00:00-05:00
2020-02-19T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

Dear Sir:

I have spent considerable time in Warren County over the past several years and have been present on several occasions in which Doug Stanley was a prominent figure.  He was often the center of attention and you could sense the respect and pride others had in him.  That was also evident at his final Board of Supervisors’ meeting, where many of his staff were there supporting him.

Doug Stanley on the job in Warren County – Royal Examiner File Photo

I met Stanley several years ago and was impressed with his knowledge of government, knowledge of quality processes, empathy for the citizens under his care, his vision for the future of Warren County, his ability to lead his staff and communicate with its citizens.  I wondered why he wasn’t higher in government service for the commonwealth or at the federal level.  I thought Warren County was fortunate to have him.

Stanley served Warren County for about 25 years.  That is a full career for many professions; he gave the best years of his professional life to Warren County.  I was not there, but was told by others he was denigrated at a meeting reminiscent of The Jerry Springer Show with people yelling from the audience and no control from the Board of Supervisors.  In contrast, the meeting where he was terminated was closed and the BOS did not allow any speakers at the associated three minute open session.

Perhaps Stanley was caught up as a scapegoat in the Economic Development Authority scandal and debacle.  However, I understand he was totally exonerated and was instrumental in unraveling the mess.  He deserved a medal, not a pink slip.

This was a shabby way to treat this leader and citizen of Warren County and a man that gave much of his life and heart to Warren County.  I hope and expect he will rebound somewhere to a much more prominent position where the citizens will benefit from his vision and expertise.  I don’t think the members of the BOS knew what a special person they had.  This will go down in Warren County history as a sad and embarrassing event.

Robert Turner
Chesapeake, Virginia

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Food

Prosciutto, fig and goat cheese crostini

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February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2020-02-19T14:00:00-05:00
2020-02-19T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

If you want a simple yet sophisticated starter to serve at your next dinner party, look no further than this classic Italian appetizer. Your guests are sure to love the pairing of salty prosciutto with the sweetness of figs.

Start to finish: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

• 4 slices Ezekiel or multigrain bread
• 3-1/2 ounces soft goat cheese
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 4 fresh figs, sliced
• 8 thin slices of prosciutto
• 1 cup arugula
• Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Use a toaster or barbecue to grill the bread.
2. Spread a quarter of the goat cheese on each slice of bread, and top each with half a tablespoon of honey. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Atop each crostino, lay a quarter of the fig slices and 2 slices of prosciutto.
4. Garnish each crostino with a few arugula leaves. Salt and pepper to taste.

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United Way approves grants totaling $35,000

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February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2020-02-19T14:00:00-05:00
2020-02-19T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

On Wednesday, June 16th, 2020, the United Way of Front Royal-Warren County Board of Directors approved grants totaling $35,000 to eight community agencies located in Warren County, VA. These agencies include:

  • Blue Ridge Legal Services
  • House of Hope
  • The Laurel Center
  • Phoenix Project
  • St. Luke Community Clinic
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Cars Changing Lives
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry

The amount awarded equals a 16% increase over the amount given in 2019-20. The grants represent the culmination of a months-long process comprised of the following steps:

  1. Agencies are invited to apply
  2. Applications are received
  3. United Way Interview Committee meets to review applications
  4. Interviews are scheduled
  5. Interviews are conducted
  6. Interview Committee meets to decide on recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors
  7. United Way Board of Directors votes on Interview Committee recommendations
  8. Agencies are notified
  9. Grants are paid in quarterly installments, over the course of the fiscal year
  10. Agencies provide quarterly reports to the United Way Board of Directors

Since 1950, the United Way has worked to advance the common good in Front Royal-Warren County. The community wins when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy. The United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of the challenges we face. Living United means being part of the change!

To reach the United Way offices in Front Royal-Warren County (134-B Peyton Street, Front Royal, VA, 22630), please email info@frontroyalunitedway.org or call 540-635-3636.

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Opinion

2 EDA’S in our region?

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February 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2020-02-19T14:00:00-05:00
2020-02-19T19:00:00-05:00
Where:
Front Royal United Methodist Church
1 W Main St. | Front Royal VA 22630
Cost:
Free
Contact:
American Red Cross
1-800­-733-2767

This County vs. Town and Town vs. County is getting out of control.

Will all of this EDA and interest payment on the new Police Dept. be settled after the election?

Is making a new EDA for the same location within the state a little unethical? Why raise the taxpayer’s taxes just to have control of “who gets Boardwalk”?

Why can’t Town and County work together for the betterment of both boundaries? What about their constituents? Don’t elective officials listen to the people anymore? We the people are supposed to be heard and not be “silent” just because the power of position has gone to the elected official’s head!

With all the happenings going on in our country today? Can’t this small community of people be a light to others in getting along for the betterment of all and not just some?

It is sad that America has come to this unrecognizable place to live in. I know that my father, a veteran of WWII, would turn over in his grave.

Still proud to be called an American!

Tenia Smith
Front Royal, VA

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