A WHAT MATTERS Warren Invitation from the Warren County High School Theatre Department, AKA the Maroon Masques:
All are invited to the Warren County High School Theater on March 5-7th to enjoy the production of “She Kills Monsters,” a play that tells the story of high schooler Agnes Evans as she deals with the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes stumbles upon Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the “geek and warrior” within us all.
Tickets (Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. & Saturday at 2:00 p.m.):
FRWRC Center Stage: Kimberly Hancock with Code Ninjas
FRWRC Center Stage with Kimberly Hancock (Dare to Dream Grant Recipient) and a new Main Street business called Code Ninjas. Do you have children at home who consider themselves “gamers?” Let’s put these gamers to work and learn how to code interactively! Watch this episode to learn the Who, What, Why, and Where behind Code Ninjas.
Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is featuring a new series called Center Stage. This is a chance for women in our community to share information about business, causes, events that are special to them. Host Jen Avery makes it fun, easy, and “empowering.” Contact the FRWRC for more information. Are you a member of the FRWRC? Consider membership too!
Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
“Empowering Women to Change Their World”
3 frequently asked questions about saving for retirement
You know that it’s important to save for retirement, but are you familiar with the best way to go about it? Here are the answers to three common questions people have about putting aside money for the future.
1. Is a traditional 401(k) your best retirement saving option?
A traditional 401(k) is a great retirement saving tool that allows you to set aside and invest your earnings. The key point to keep in mind is that you won’t pay any taxes on the money until you withdraw it in your retirement years. However, some employers also offer the option of putting money in a Roth 401(k), which allows you to contribute after-tax dollars and withdraw the money tax-free during retirement. If both options are available to you, speak with a tax professional to find out which is most beneficial.
2. Should you put more money aside as you get older?
3. How much money should you set aside at a minimum?
Experts recommend setting aside at least 15 percent of your pre-tax income. That said, you should have an emergency fund with enough money saved to cover living expenses for three to six months.
If you have more questions about saving for retirement, reach out to your financial institution.
5 tips to avoid driving-related pain
Do you suffer from aches and pains after a long drive? If so, do your neck and back a favor by following these five tips.
1. Adjust your seat
Is your seat properly positioned? Here’s how you can tell:
• You can press down on the pedals using your entire foot, heel to toe
• Your elbows are slightly bent when you grip the steering wheel
• There’s one to two inches of space between the back of your knees and the front of your seat
• Your thighs and back are fully supported by the seat and backrest
If you find you need more lumbar support, place a cushion behind the small of your back.
2. Relax your posture
Sit comfortably against the backrest and place your hands on the steering wheel at the nine and three o’clock positions. Avoid leaning your head forward. If you’re forced to lean forward, it means your seat is excessively reclined and needs to be adjusted.
3. Take regular breaks
If you’re going on a long drive, stop every couple of hours to walk around and stretch. This will ease sore muscles and promote blood circulation. You can also move your arms, wrists, and neck when waiting at a red light.
4. Check the airflow
To promote blood circulation when driving, direct heat to your upper body rather than to your legs. Conversely, in summer, direct the air conditioning toward your legs.
5. Empty your pockets
If you have bulky items in your pant pockets, they can hinder movement in your pelvis or impede circulation in your legs. Before you get behind the wheel, remove your wallet, smartphone, and other objects from your pockets.
Adopt these good habits, and you should feel more alert at the wheel and be free of pain when you reach your destination.
3 tips for a memorable first dance
Your first dance as a married couple can be as exciting (and as nerve-racking) as walking down the aisle. Here are a few tips to ensure it’s a moment you’ll look back on fondly for years to come.
1. Choose a well-known song, or ask your DJ to create a mashup of genres, so you can transition from a graceful waltz into an energetic salsa or swing dance routine.
2. Hire a professional to choreograph the dance, and be sure to rehearse it (in the shoes you’ll wear at the wedding) until you feel comfortable with every step.
3. If neither of you is particularly good dancers, opt for a slow romantic song and go all out on light or smoke effects to make your simple moves look more dynamic.
Above all else, don’t worry too much about putting on a show for your guests. It’s your day, after all, so make your first dance a moment you’ll enjoy.
Sons of the American Revolution commemorate Peter Muhlenberg, Pastor and Revolutionary War Hero
On January 24, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) co-sponsored a commemoration for Peter Muhlenberg, Pastor and Revolutionary War Hero. Co-sponsoring were the Narrow Passage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Woodstock Wednesday Men’s Prayer Group.
Muhlenberg was a Lutheran Minister, Continental Army Soldier and a political figure. He was ordained in 1772, came to Virginia to serve a congregation, and led the Committee of Safety and Correspondence for Dunmore County. In 1774, he was elected to the House of Burgess and was a delegate to the 1st Virginia Convention. In late 1775, George Washington asked him to raise and command what would become the 8th Virginia Regiment. According to a biography written by his great-nephew in the mid nineteenth century, on January 21, 1776, in the Lutheran Church, Woodstock, Virginia, he completed his sermon by stating “In the language of the holy writ, there was a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight and that time has now come!” He then removed his clerical robe and revealed a Colonel’s uniform. With that, he walked out the door as drums rolled and recruited 162 men for the Revolutionary War cause. The next day, he led 300 men that formed the nucleus of the 8th Virginia Regiment.
There is very little to verify the actual facts of this event, but he did help to form and then lead the regiment. The regiment was initially sent to help defend South Carolina and Georgia. In 1777, they went north to join Washington and spent the winter at Valley Forge. Muhlenberg then led the unit in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. After this, he was sent to lead the Virginia Militia in defense of the State. At the Battle of Yorktown, he was in command of the 1st Brigade of Lafayette’s Light Division. They held the right flank and manned the parallels built to move the American cannons closer to the British lines. He finished the war strong and at the end, he was promoted to Major General.
After the war, he continued to serve his country as a member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives three times, eventually being elected to the Senate. As stated on his tombstone, “He was Brave in the field, Faithful in the Cabinet, Honorable in all his transactions, a Sincere Friend and an Honest Man.”
The commemoration was emceed by CJWII Vice President Thomas “Chip” Daniel with presentations made by VASSAR President William Schwetke, Narrow Passage DAR Regent Susan Walls and CJWII Chaplain Larry Johnson. A prayer was offered by Dick Cooley of the Woodstock Wednesday Men’s Prayer Group. The CJWII color guard presented the colors with on site wreath presentations made by Virginia SAR President Schwetke, DAR Regent Walls, CJWII compatriots Brett Osborn and Paul Christensen. Additional compatriots participating were Dale Carpenter, David Carpenter, Sean Carrigan, Doug Hall and Art LaFlam.
This was a hybrid event that was broadcast via zoom as a virtual presentation emceed by CJWII President Marc Robinson. There were six SAR State Societies with 19 chapters, three DAR State Societies with 4 chapters and the Society of Founders and Patriots presenting wreaths in honor of Peter Muhlenberg.
The community reads to our children – Samuels Public Library
Phoenix Project has started a new program. The community is invited to prerecord a book reading and submit to the Phoenix Project to be used as a social media post each Friday!
For those who might need a little extra technical help, please feel free to reach out to the Phoenix Project directly, or Jen Avery (540-683-0790 or email@example.com) who has volunteered her assistance in capturing your video and submitting on your behalf.
Samuels Public Library reads Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Penguin is having a grumpy pants kind of day. Join us to learn how he finds a good mood after all!