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Front Royal’s Memorial Day event with a K-9 twist

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War Dogs trained in Front Royal passed through U.S. bases on their way overseas

As summer approaches our thoughts often turn to Memorial Day, which will be marked in Front Royal – just as in Washington D.C. – on Monday, May 28, at the Gazebo between 12 noon and 1 p.m. (Some communities mark the national holiday on different days.)

Unique to Front Royal’s annual ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in conflicts from the Civil War through two World Wars, Far and Middle Eastern conflicts to the present day is the salute “the dogs of war”.  Such specifically-trained dogs are playing an ever-increasing role in guarding the lives of our soldiers abroad, as well as law enforcement personnel at home.

The inclusion of the K-9’s trained for military and security service is appropriate since the first dogs to be called for active duty in World War II in the Pacific were trained at Warren County’s Remount Center on Front Royal’s south side in 1942.

Local dogs – heroes all to their families – prepare for a past Front Royal Memorial ‘Dog’ Day parade; Humane Society adoption candidates are on display as well

Past events have featured surviving vets from World War II

Event co-chairs are U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major Robert MacDougall and Malcolm Barr Sr., 85, a Royal Air Force veteran in the United Kingdom post-World War II.  Sponsors of the event are the Town of Front Royal; the Air Force Association (AFA); the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC); the Rotary Club of Warren County; and Fussell Florists of Front Royal which each year provides the traditional commemorative wreath.

Event Co-Chair Robert MacDougall

Event founder and Co-Chair Malcolm Barr Sr.

Barr and MacDougall tell us that the weather forecast for Monday is cloudy with no rain.  So, they urge citizens to bring, not only their dogs and some water for them, but also folding chairs for their own comfort during the planned hour-long event.

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Diana Lieber will lead a parade of dogs featuring canines seeking adoption from the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter. Those bringing their pets to the Gazebo are invited to take part in the parade.

A past blessing of the animals featured in the background the late, great Husky Lola and FRPD K-9 Boone

Chips, a locally-trained war dog assigned to the Signal Corps, circa 1943

The keynote speaker this year is Lt. Col. Michael Starling, U.S. Marine Corps (ret), who serves in a leadership role at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA). R-MA cadets commanded by TSgt.Tina Laing, a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Iraq war, will provide a guard of honor at the wreath-laying ceremony, and a brass band ensemble directed by Daniel Holland of Skyline High School will perform in several spots on the early-afternoon program.

Taps will be sounded by former local elementary student Jacob Bols who now resides in Orange County, Va.

The AFA will hand out flags at the ceremony, courtesy retired Chief Master Sgt. Norman Brander.

Dennis Henline, president of Front Royal’s Elks Club 2382, an ordained minister and veteran of both the U.S. Army (1971-73) and the U.S. Marine Corps (1973-80), will provide the invocation and closing prayer. Rev. Michael Williams will offer a blessing to the war dogs and the animals present in the park area.

Who is that somewhat familiar face, center, training for war correspondent’s duties in Hawaii, circa Vietnam – hmm…

Local officials invited to the event include Front Royal Mayor Hollis Tharpe and members of town council; County Board Chairman Tony Carter and members of the board of supervisors.

The agenda for Memorial Day Program at the Gazebo, Front Royal on Monday, May 28 is:

  • 11:55 a.m. – Skyline H.S. Band brass ensemble (Daniel Holland)
  • 12:05 p.m. – Welcome and introduction of guests (MacDougall)
  • 12:10 p.m. – Pledge of Allegiance, opening prayer, remarks (Chaplain Dennis Henline, Elks)
  • 12:18 p.m. – Program announcement: dogs of war (Barr)
  • 12:20 p.m. – Skyline brass ensemble (Holland)
  • 12:25 p.m. – Introduction of guest speaker (MacDougall)
  • 12:27 p.m. – Keynote speaker: L/Col Michael Starling, USMC (ret), R-MA
  • 12:40 p.m. – “Salute to dogs of war”; blessing of the animals (Pastor.Michael Williams)
  • 12:45 p.m. – Parade of dogs (Diane Lieber)
  • 12:50 p.m. – Wreath laying ceremony and R-MA honor guard (Tina Laing)
  • 12:55 p.m. – Closing prayer (Henline)
  • 12:58 p.m. – Taps (Jacob Boll)

*Town Council/BOS members, military veterans and active duty, report to Maj. Rob MacDougall, USMC Reserve, before the ceremony.  VIPs will be seated to the extent possible in the Gazebo prior to 11:55; band will play opening numbers from Gazebo steps facing the park; for the animal parade, leashed dogs will line up to the right of Gazebo (facing park) and be walked in front of Gazebo toward Chester Street, band drummer providing quiet beat for the short walk.

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Essay contest open to Warren County and Shenandoah County public high school seniors

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Now in its third year, the Shenandoah Area Secular Humanist (SASH) Essay Contest is open to public high school seniors from Warren and Shenandoah Counties, giving them the opportunity to compete for a $500 prize to use as they like following graduation.

Aimed at encouraging students to consider the role and impact of religion in society, this year’s essay topic asks the question “How important is the separation of church and state in a democratic society?” Peter Wilson, Scholarship Coordinator stated, “We do not have a specific correct answer in mind; we want to know what students think and why.”

Applicants must compose an essay of 350-1,000 words that addresses the topic/question in whatever way they see fit. There are no GPA or financial needs requirements for a student to be eligible to compete and the essay is the only required document for submission. Essays will be anonymously reviewed by a SASH committee of judges, who will evaluate and score each based-on command of language, quality of approach to topic, and demonstration of critical thinking skills. As in past years, up to four $500 prizes will be awarded.

High school guidance counselors will assist with the contest by setting a due date for their individual school; collecting, copying, and forwarding essays to SASH by COB, April 3, 2020; and coordinating the notification of winners and presentation of awards at each school’s awards ceremony.

For more information, students should contact their high school guidance office.

About Shenandoah Area Secular Humanists:
SASH is a chapter of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). Secular Humanists are distinguished by the pursuit of humanist values outside of a religious framework: Critical Thinking, Ethical Development, Peace and Social Justice, Service and Participation, Empathy, Humility, Environmentalism, Global Awareness, Responsibility, and Altruism.

Anyone interested in learning more about secular humanism and SASH is invited to attend a chapter meeting, typically on the third Saturday of each month at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal. More information about SASH can also be found on the Washington Area Secular Humanists website, www.wash.org under “Chapters” on the navigation menu bar.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of January 24th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, January 24:

•   Fri: 6:00 & 8:40
•   Sat – Sun: 12:40, 3:20, 6:00 & 8:40
•   Mon – Thurs: 6:00 & 8:40
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hours

•   Fri: 6:10 & 8:50
•   Sat – Sun: 1:00, 3:25, 6:10 & 8:50
•   Mon – Thurs: 6:10 & 8:50
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 min

•   Fri: 6:05 & 8:45
•   Sat – Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 6:05 & 8:45
•   Mon – Thurs: 6:05 & 8:45
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hours


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Birds of Prey”
  • “Fantasy Island”
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  • “Onward”
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong”
  • “A Quiet Place Part II”
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WomenGathering with Joanne Mulherin & Chateau O’Brien Wines

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Photos by Jennifer Avery

The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center hosted a combination monthly WomanGathering this week and a new membership drive. The guest of the evening was wine tasting expert Joanne Mulherin with Chateau O’Brien Wines. Her presentation was absolutely excellent combining wine making facts, humor, geography, and history. What a great experience!

Watch the video to see Joanne in action and learn a thing or two about wine. To learn more about Chateau O’Brien click here.

Guest Speaker: Joanne Mulherin
Topic: Wine Tasting with Chateau O’Brien Wines & FRWRC Membership Drive

Learn more about FRWRC supporting local women. Levels of Support – you decide:

  • Individual Membership – $35 – $50 – $100 – $500+
  • Business Partner – $100 – $200 – $500 – $1000+

About FRWRC
The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is 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. www.frwrc.org.

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Royal Oak Children’s Theater meeting and auditions Tuesday, January 21, at 6pm

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WHAT MATTERS Warren – Royal Oak Children’s Theater invites families with children aged 6-12 to their informational meeting and auditions on Tuesday, January 21, at 6pm, at the Royal Oak Community Church next to Rural King in Front Royal. In their “upward” format, they find a role to fit each child who wishes to participate to allow them to grow in theater skills and confidence.

Children should come prepared with a short presentation (15 to 60 seconds) of a memorized piece (nursery rhyme, Bible verse, poem, jokes, monologue, song, original story, etc.) OR a reading (picture book, portion of a book, poem, famous speech, original speech, etc.). Rehearsals will be after school on Tuesdays. They’ll be presenting “The Mystery of the Missing Medallion” on March 21 & 22.

Lead Directors, Beth and Rodney Bascom, are passionate about children and the lessons being a part of theater teaches them. Child actors they work with have this to say about them: “Thank you for giving me ideas of how to play my part better, I had a really, really, really, fun time, I may forget what you taught me, but I will never forget the way you made me feel, Thank you so much for always giving us a laugh.”

Spread the word about this inspiring opportunity for children and contact royaloakchildrenstheater@gmail.com with questions.

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Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of January 16th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, January 16:

•   Thurs – Fri: 6:00 & 8:50
•   Sat – Mon: 12:30, 3:15, 6:00 & 8:50
•   Tues – Wed: 6:00 & 8:50
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hours

•   Thurs – Fri: 6:10 & 8:45
•   Sat – Mon: 12:45, 3:20, 6:10 & 8:45
•   Tues – Wed: 6:10 & 8:45
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 min

•   Thurs – Fri: 6:05 & 8:55
•   Sat – Mon: 12:40, 3:25, 6:05 & 8:55
•   Tues – Wed: 6:05 & 8:55
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hours


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Birds of Prey”
  • “Fantasy Island”
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  • “Onward”
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong”
  • “A Quiet Place Part II”
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Virginia Beer Museum celebrates Robert Burns birthday January 25th

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Here in the highlands of Warren County on January 25th from 6pm until… the beer Museum will be celebrating the Robert Burns birthday commemoration. There will be kilted bonnie lasses and brave laddies in addition to bagpipes singing and of course haggis. No you don’t want to know…. but try it anyway and enjoy!

In addition to their normal fine selections in brews, there will be some tasting of that fine elixir to which Scotland lends its name. You’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for this evening of fun and frolic. See you there!

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Jan
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9:00 am Veterans Services Meeting at Abl... @ Able Forces
Veterans Services Meeting at Abl... @ Able Forces
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Veterans Services Meeting at Able Forces @ Able Forces
Able Forces Foundation will once again be hosting a visit by Andre Miller, Resource Specialist, Virginia Veteran and Family Support, Department of Veteran Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Danielle Cullers, Homeless Veteran Advocate-Volunteers of America[...]
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11:00 am Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Samuels Public Library
Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Samuels Public Library
A Story Ballet. Join us in a celebration of classic literature through dance! The whole family will enjoy this ballet performance, presented by the Northern Virginia Academy of Ballet.
1:00 pm Moving Mindfully: Finding and ke... @ Ruby Yoga
Moving Mindfully: Finding and ke... @ Ruby Yoga
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Moving Mindfully: Finding and keeping your footing @ Ruby Yoga
Join Ruby Yoga and Deborah Romero of Optimal Posture LLC for a series of workshops on moving more mindfully through life using the principles of yoga and the Alexander Technique. Slated for Saturday, Jan. 25,[...]
2:00 pm Aspiring Artists @ Samuels Public Library
Aspiring Artists @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Aspiring Artists @ Samuels Public Library
Are you aged 7 or older? Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children’s art class. Using the classic scissor cutting art of Scherenschnitte, we will make silhouettes in a nature[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 29 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 30 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
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7:00 pm Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Love Revival - FREE Monthly Community Dinner @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Free Community Dinner for everyone! Come enjoy a hot meal on the last Friday of every month at Love Revival Ministry Center.
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10:00 am Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Come to our extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog.  For beginning readers and up.  Choose a time slot at registration, which begins[...]
11:00 am HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
The Humane Society of Warren County will hold their 1st annual Polar Plunge event on February 1st at the Culpeper Lake, located at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Harmony Hollow. “Plungers” are asked to[...]