- Guest Speaker: Debbie Copeland, Author
- FB LIVE @ 6 PM with hostess Eka Kapiotis and videographer Jen Avery
- THIS IS A FREE EVENT – Please join us and other women looking to be inspired!
WomanGatherings are informational and inspirational evenings intended to nurture the womanspirit in each of us.
Debra A. Copeland is a writer, grandmother, Reiki healer and spiritual activist who, after 25 years as a court reporter and owner/operator of a small but demanding business, finally has ample hours to write, a life change which fills her with joy! She and her husband live in a small house being overtaken by a large body of unfinished work; she looks forward to completing each project while also spending quality time with loved ones (especially her grandchildren), and (out of concern for the future of all children) working for human and environmental justice and transformation.
Debbie will be discussing the project she is currently working on, a collection of essays entitled: Getting Back to the Garden: An Assertion of Woodstock as a New Sermon on the Mount & Other Wild Notions. The book looks at American events, issues and personalities from a unique perspective. In May, excerpts of the book were published at Rebelle Society magazine.
- Coming Soon: She is in the process of rebuilding her website and FB page. Debbie hopes to have it all up and running within the next couple of months.
- Available on Amazon: The Edification of Sissy Dare by Debbie Copeland (2012)
Thank you What Matters W2, Beth Medved Waller, for being a FRWRC Gold Business Partner & for sponsoring this event: Beth supplies this great meeting space.
In late March 2016, we opened a new space on Main Street in the Middle of Main building. It is called Team Waller’s Open House: Meet in the Middle” and will serve as a resource to our community. We will offer a wealth of real estate and community information, as well as cutting edge technology to learn more about listings, the buying process, and our local community attractions and resources. This space is for the entire community. We will open our doors to community groups to educate the public about the causes that are close to their hearts and also offer our space as a meeting venue to anyone in need of a local location. Helping our community grow and serve as a resource to our neighbors is “What Matters” to us.
About The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community.
Tips for preventing electrical fires in your home
Electrical fires are all too common. Here are some tips to prevent this type of disaster from occurring in your home.
• Unplug heat-producing appliances. Toasters, blow dryers, irons, kettles and any other heat generating tools should be unplugged when not in use. If they malfunction or are accidentally turned on, they can over¬heat and catch fire.
• Only use extension cords temporarily. Nothing should be left plugged into an extension cord permanently. If necessary, have a professional electrician install more outlets in your home.
• Get your electrical system updated. Modern wiring reduces the possibility that an electrical fire will start. It may also save you money on your insurance policy.
• Check electrical cords before plugging them in. Cords that are frayed, cracked or loose aren’t safe. Get wires repaired before plugging them in.
• Don’t remove the third prong on a power cord. The third prong protects your home from electrical malfunctions. If your home only has two-prong outlets, call an electrician to get them updated.
Above all, be familiar with the signs of electrical problems. This includes burn marks or discolorations around sockets, switches or fixtures; appliances and cords that feel hot to the touch; and breakers that regularly trip.
Tips for saving for retirement
Are you struggling to build up your retirement fund? If so, it may be a good idea to pay attention to your spending habits. In fact, you may be surprised to discover where your money is going. Here are some ways to save for retirement that won’t feel like a sacrifice.
• Rethink small indulgences. Spending three dollars a day on picking up a coffee on your way to work may seem like an affordable treat. However, over a year those coffees cost almost $800; money that could have gone into your retirement fund.
• Establish a budget and stick to it. Knowing how much money you have coming in and out over the course of a month will help you live within your means and allow you to put more aside for retirement. Be sure to make monthly contributions to your retirement fund.
• Put windfalls directly in your retirement fund. Are you expecting a sizeable tax refund from the government? Or perhaps you’re receiving a bonus from work, or maybe an inheritance? Put any unexpected money directly into your retirement fund. Since it wasn’t part of your budget, you won’t even miss it.
• Lower your monthly expenses. This can be as simple as calling your insurance company to renegotiate your rates or removing unnecessary options from your cellphone plan. Instead of adding these savings to your monthly budget, increase the amount you allocate to your retirement fund.
Making small changes may not seem like a big deal, but they can add up over time and make a significant impact when you retire.
Sixth District Perspectives with Congressman Ben Cline – October 20, 2019
After spending the two weeks of the fall District Work Period traveling across our part of Virginia, I returned to Washington, where Congress considers bills to address prescription drug pricing and foreign affairs, among others. Despite the increased partisanship that has been created by the Speaker’s efforts to move their impeachment inquiry behind closed doors and out of the public view, I remain committed to focusing on the issues and priorities of the Sixth District.
Hong Kong Legislation:
As Ronald Reagan once said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” The United States will always stand for democracy, and the citizens of Hong Kong have taken to the streets in support of a fairer society. The desire to live in freedom leads individuals to do heroic acts in the face of certain condemnation, and I applaud the people of Hong Kong for using their voice to spur positive change.
When Congress sought to impeach Presidents Nixon and Clinton, it was done with bipartisan support and in a transparent and fair fashion before the American people. Unfortunately, the Majority is pursuing impeachment behind closed doors and re-writing the rules to remove due process protections. At the expense of fundamental fairness, the Majority is pursuing impeachment at all costs and have let fall by the wayside the issues that matter most to the American people like passing the USMCA trade agreement, repairing the country’s crumbling infrastructure, and fixing our broken immigration system.
Congress should take action immediately to encourage lower prescription drug prices and better enable Americans to afford the medications they need. That is why I am the lead cosponsor of the Terminating the Extension of Rights Misappropriated Act (TERM Act). This bipartisan legislation would allow for the quicker introduction of generic medications to the marketplace by ending the practice of “evergreening” by the pharmaceutical companies. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi’s H.R. 3, which passed in the Education and Labor Committee this week, would use socialist price controls to crush the pharmaceutical industry, deter innovation, and dramatically reduce the ability of patients to access life-saving medicines. Further, this legislation could cost Virginia roughly 7,200 jobs and nearly $1.8 billion in yearly economic output. I am hopeful that we can address the problem of high prescription drug prices in a bipartisan way moving forward.
As Members of Congress, one of the great privileges we have is meeting with constituents both in the District and here in Washington. This week, a number of Sixth District residents visited my office to advocate on behalf of causes that matter most to them. Some constituents discussed increasing funding for muscular dystrophy research, others asked for support for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Liberty University, and one family from Roanoke simply stopped by to tour the Capitol. It is always great to have a bit of the Valley in Washington and to have an opportunity to hear my constituents’ concerns. My door is always open.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Congressman. If my office can ever be of assistance, please contact my Washington office at (202) 225-5431.
Governor Northam hosts roundtable discussion with Amazon HQ2 officials
On October 21, 2019, Governor Ralph Northam hosted a roundtable discussion in St. Paul with officials from Amazon’s second headquarters, located in Arlington. The Governor was joined by his Chief of Staff Clark Mercer, Chief Workforce Development Advisor Megan Healy, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Cassidy Rasnick. Held at the Oxbow Center of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, the conversation included community and business leaders in Southwest Virginia who spoke about workforce development, economic development, and small business issues. Following the discussion, Governor Northam became the first sitting governor to ride on the Spearhead Trails. Photos from the Governor’s visit are available here.
“Workforce development is a key reason why companies are choosing to locate in Virginia, and we’re proud to work with diverse partners to grow our tech talent pipeline across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “One of my proudest days in office was last year when I announced Amazon’s decision to call Virginia their second home, and we believe the company’s location here can benefit every part of the state. Southwest Virginia has strong communities, a skilled workforce, and visionary leadership, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to discuss with local leaders how we can attract more jobs and investment to this important region.”
In November 2018, Governor Northam announced that Amazon would invest at least $2.5 billion and create more than 25,000 high-paying jobs to establish their second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The Commonwealth’s proposal was designed to help grow the tech talent pipeline in all parts of the state, enhance transportation infrastructure, and ensure that the economic benefits of the Amazon project are shared across Virginia.
“Attracting world-class talent that will help Amazon continue to innovate on behalf of its customers was the main driver of our decision to locate our second headquarters in Northern Virginia,” Ardine Williams, Vice President of Workforce Development at Amazon. We are excited by the Commonwealth’s response and look forward to continue building the future together.”
“After our statewide workforce tour in September, the number one issue in Southwest Virginia is bringing jobs to the area to keep communities together,” said Chief Workforce Advisor Megan Healy. “It is great to show international business leaders the strong workforce and innovation happening in all parts of the states.”
“Bringing Amazon’s HQ2 to Virginia was a huge win for the whole Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “The Governor has been focused on diversifying the economy, and making sure all regions participate in our economic growth. This roundtable is a chance to highlight the human and natural assets of Southwest Virginia, and hear from community leaders about ways we can continue to enhance the economic prosperity of all regions.”
Skyline High School Homecoming Parade
The Royal Examiner’s camera was there to capture the Skyline High School Homecoming Parade on October 17, 2019.
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Warren County School Board Meeting October 16, 2019
Here is latest Warren County School Board meeting of October 16, 2019. Here is the link to view their agenda and supporting documents.
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