Four local veterans, one of whom died on the World War II battlefields of Europe, will be honored at this year’s Memorial Day ceremonies at Front Royal’s Gazebo on Monday, May 27, noon until 1 p.m.
As in past years, the Front Royal ceremony honoring the dead of all wars will include a salute to “the dogs of war” which will be blessed by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Vince McLaughlin of Rockland Community Church. Local dog owners are invited to attend with their dogs to participate in a brief parade across the downtown park area. McLaughlin will give the invocation and closing prayers.
Among this year’s honorees are retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Norman Brander. For many years Brander was a member of the Randolph-Macon Academy staff and president of the local chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA). The AFA, along with the Town of Front Royal, the Humane Society of Warren County, and the Warren County Rotary Club, is a co-sponsor of the event.
Also to be honored is U.S. Army veteran Philip Funk, a longtime Town employee who lived in Middletown, the father-in-law of Town Council member Eugene Tewalt, and his wife Juanita’s dad. Funk attended several of the Front Royal ceremonies. Also honored will be Marvin Reifsnider, who died earlier this year in his 104th year. Reifsnider lived in Rockland and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Samuel Albert Hallman, 21, was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge on Dec. 17, 1944. He was buried in Front Royal’s Pioneer Cemetery shortly thereafter. His younger sister, Charlotte Partlowe of Stephens City, and other relatives continue to visit his grave each year. For the first time, Hallman’s memory will be honored and his service recognized at the 2019 ceremony shortly before the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Europe. It was during the famed Battle of the Bulge that Hallman died.
Bagpiper Bill Wright will signify the start of the service, followed by a brass ensemble from the Skyline High School band, directed by Daniel Holland. Co-chairs Robert McDougall, U.S. Marine Corps, and Malcolm Barr Sr., of Britain’s Royal Air Force, will introduce the program and guests.
Featured speaker is Skip Rogers, founder and executive director of the Able Forces Foundation that provides assistance, financial and otherwise, to military and veteran families in crisis. The Front Royal headquarters is on Chester Street. At a Pentagon ceremony last September Rogers received the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope award, recognizing his work among disabled veterans. Rogers was a military police dog handler between 1968 and 1974.
Retired USAF Master Sgt. Diana Lieber will lead the parade of dogs and Michael Williams, whose late father was a dog handler during the Vietnam war, will provide a brief history of the war dogs in an address from the podium.
Retired USAF T/Sgt.Tina Laing of R-MA supervises a group of R-MA cadets who will provide a guard of honor when the traditional wreath, provided by Fussell Florist, is laid by the heads of county and town governments, joined by Lt.Col. McDougall (USMC Reserve).
Following the ceremony, a picnic area will be opened behind the nearby Virginia Beer Museum where light refreshments will be available and free sodas for kids provided.
Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for September 1-15
The Library will be closed Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. The Library will resume normal hours of operation Tuesday, September 3rd.
General Education Development
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success.
English as a Second Language Discussion Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 AM.
Front Royal Sewing Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to the Front Royal Sewing Group that meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:30 AM (September 9th, & 10th) and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:00 PM (September 23rd & 24th). People with all levels of sewing skills from beginner to advanced. Bring your own sewing machine. There is a limited number of extra sewing machines available for people who give advance notice.
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM (September 11th & 25th). All ability levels welcome.
SamiCon 2019: One Card to Rule Them All
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our annual geek convention SamiCon, Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM! SamiCon is a free event for all comic & tech fans, geeks, gamers, and cosplayers. Checkout local products in our vendors fair, visit the Digital Bookmobile by Overdrive, as well as participate in our makerspace, crafts, prize drawings and more. This year’s theme is Tolkien’s Middle Earth! Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy many activities such as conducting your own quest, solve Gollum’s riddles in the escape room and participating in Bilbo Baggins’s 111th birthday party!
DJ Skyhigh’s End of Summer Blast to benefit local horse rescue
Come join us for our first ever, all-day Music and Wine Festival! We will be at the Warren County Fairgrounds for a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network (SVERN) mini-unicorns will be there in the Kid’s Zone, along with games and fun activities for the young ones! For the adults, we will be having over 60 International Wines for tasting and purchase by the glass and bottle. The Front Royal Brewing Company and Winchester Brew Works will be helping us on the craft beer side of the show. Hand picked food trucks will be on site to take care of your hunger needs! We will also have our favorite vendors set up catering to your buying impulses.
On stage will be a day of music, hosted by the one and only DJ Skyhigh, celebrating his 20th Anniversary! He has brought some friends like the Luke Johnson Band, The Revolution, The Bridge, The Burning Dirty Band and maybe some special guests as well!
Kids under 12 are free, and general admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, which includes 5 wine tasting tickets! Additional wine tasting tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are available at EVENTBRITE.
This event is to benefit our local horse rescue, Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network (SVERN). SVERN is a 501(c)(3), dedicated to providing care and rehabilitation for unwanted, abandoned, neglected, abused and malnourished horses, while educating the public in equine rescue and all aspects of horse ownership and care.
Over the past decade, SVERN has taken in and adopted out dozens of horses to forever homes. Click here to learn more about SVERN.
Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of September
These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of September. Thank you for sharing this information. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.
Tuesday, September 3
- 11:00 Time for Baby. What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. “Happy Birthday” will be the theme this month. Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! This month, our discoveries and activities will be based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 3.
Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
You’ll hear about them in stories, songs, and movies, but we also need them in real life… Heroes! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.
Saturday, September 7
- 10:00 Books and Barks. 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 August 7.
- 2:00 Discuss This. Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins August 7.
Wednesday, September 11
- 10:30 Children’s Sing-Along. Local musician John Kovac will lead and accompany the singing of children’s songs. Come ready to sing along with your friends and discover the instruments that Mr. Kovac uses.
Tuesday, September 17
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will explore magnet manipulation and making things move with them. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 17.
- 6:00 Homeschool Fair. Are you interested in homeschooling and want more information? Come learn about the state homeschool laws, local homeschool groups, and curriculum options. Join us in White Meeting Room B at Samuels Library to learn more.
Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
Rrraauurrr! We’ll have a roaring good time with our dinosaur friends! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.
Saturday, September 21
- 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group A). Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!
Tuesday, September 24
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will have a craft and game focused on the book. We will also have the chocolate cake from the book. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 24.
Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
Music is all around us! We’ll read some great stories, sing some songs, and have a craft all about music. Siblings welcome.
Saturday, September 28
- 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Fall Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves! Oh, my! Children will make and taste recipes that include an array of yummy fall spices. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins August 28.
- 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group B). Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 22nd
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, August 22:
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:
- “IT: Chapter Two”
- “Gemini Man”
- “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
- “Zombieland 2”
Band of Brothers: Jesus Saves Tour at Skyline Ranch Resort September 14th
The Band of Brothers is a local music ministry dedicated to bringing Jesus to the community through music. As part of their on gong Jesus Saves Tour, they have scheduled an event on September 14th at Skyline Ranch Resort at 751 Mountain Road (Rt 619), Front Royal, VA.
Jeff Jenkins, a member of the band, said, “100% of the proceeds will go to the Warren County School Board Nutrition Department, so no kid goes hungry.” The Band of Brothers will be playing their eclectic mix of music along with others. Scheduled to appear is David Clanagan, Christ Rock, Watching East, Steve Foster and Gracie, Jay Powell and from Tennessee, Freddie Redmon.
Several speakers are also scheduled: Bryam Keyser, Rusty Pleasants, Breon Johnson and Brandon Stevens.
For more information, check out their Facebook page.
You’re invited to the Tree Stewards “All About Trees” class
WHAT MATTERS WARREN — The community is invited to an “All About Trees” class presented by the Tree Stewards (Tuesday evenings beginning 9/3). Watch this video to learn more about the class and about volunteer opportunities with the organization that keeps Front Royal/Warren County looking beautiful! Also learn a trick to easily spot poison ivy!
- Click here to register for the courses.
- Click here to learn more about the positive impact the Tree Stewards are having in our community.
“All About Trees Classes”
Each year the Tree Stewards offer the “All About Trees” course. Course participants learn proper planting, maintenance, and pruning of trees. Our knowledge of trees is constantly changing as we learn more about these fundamental elements of our natural world. These annual training sessions strive to keep up with this evolving knowledge.
Training will include:
- Basic tree anatomy, biology and life functions
- Soils, water and nutrition
- Selecting the right tree for the right spot
- Tree identification
- Tree ID Walk (field trip)
- Landscaping with trees
- Planting and site analysis
- Tree Health and care
- Pruning and identifying hazard trees that should be removed.
- Pruning Demo and Tools (field trip)
- Urban Forestry
- Class Tree planting
The program uses materials from “Trees Virginia,” developed by the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Classes are taught by ISA certified arborists, nurserymen, landscapers, horticulturalists, and Tree Stewards. The course ends with the hands-on planting of a “Class Tree.”
CEUs available for ISA Arborists.
2019 All About Trees Class
Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning September 3, 2019, at the Warren County Government Center. Class Fee is $75 per person or $130 per couple. Early Registration Fee is $65.*
*From Tree Stewards website at https://treesfrontroyal.org/
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