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‘Great American Tailgate’ on Moms’ Day culminates COVID weekend events

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Melanie Salins and Amber Poe Morris welcome attendees to a Mothers’ Day celebration and ‘tailgate’ party that spilled out of cars and into Front Royal’s Historic Downtown Village Commons area. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini

A weekend of events expressing a life must go on attitude – even under Coronavirus 2019 pandemic emergency management guidelines and gubernatorial orders – culminated with Sunday’s (May 10th) “Virginia Rising” sponsored “Great American Tailgate” celebrating Mother’s Day and encouraging patronizing downtown Front Royal businesses.

Co-organizers Melanie Salins and Amber Poe Morris noted the two-pronged emphasis of the event stressing adherence to suggested social distancing standards.

“Please help us avoid issues with the tailgate by adhering (to) these guidelines,” event fliers posted around the Town Gazebo/Village Commons area asked patrons.

There was also a “Sanitizing Station” available for hand cleaning and a table set up distributing face masks for donations.

Above, organizers Salins and Morris man the sanitizing station; below the event’s call for adherence to recommended social distancing standards, which seemed at least semi-successful.

While there was a food truck open for business near the Town’s closed Visitors Center, Salins pointed out that attendees were being encouraged to visit downtown restaurants that were open for carryout business up and down East Main Street.

Organizers provided a generator to power two musical acts that provided entertainment from the Gazebo stage during the late morning to mid-afternoon celebration of moms in particular, and community and small business survival in general.

Front Royal’s own Meisha Herron opened the musical offerings with a solo vocal and guitar performance that began with Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” and its timely opening verses:

“Mother, mother
“There’s too many of you crying.
“Brother, brother, brother
“There’s far too many of you dying.
“You know we’ve got to find a way
“To bring some lovin’ here today, eh eh.
“Father, father
“We don’t need to escalate
“You see, war is not the answer
“For only love can conquer hate
“You know we’ve got to find a way
“To bring some lovin’ here today, oh oh oh.”

Above, Meisha Herron, center, began the musical entertainment with Marvin Gaye’s, “Mother, Mother” opening refrain to his classic ‘What’s Going On’ call for peace and reconciliation among families and society as a whole. Below, Culpeper’s Atlantic Aesthetic played two sets of diversified material from improvisational, jazz-tinged pieces to old favorites like Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’.

Following Herron to the Gazebo stage was Atlantic Aesthetic, a stellar three-piece from Culpeper, Salins told Royal Examiner. They showed a diversified repertoire through two sets.

It wasn’t just the kids who were excited to get out of pandemic home lockdown – adults mingled, sometimes remembering that 5 to 6-foot social distancing standard. Some violations appeared to be families who have been non-separated at home anyway.

Overall it was a fairly well-attended, well-intended effort to move toward some semblance of normalcy in this 2020 pandemic health and emergency management environment. Hopefully, no harm, as in rising County COVID-19 statistics, will come from it.

Above, kids were an important part of ‘The Great American Tailgate’ effort to interact within the ‘new normal’ of pandemic emergency management requirements. Below, C&C Frozen Treats William Huck and wife Nina dance to the music of Atlantic Aesthetic one day after their pared-back ‘Family Fun Day’ car parade around town.

Other events centered in downtown Front Royal this weekend were C&C Frozen Treats William Huck’s pared-back Family Fun Day Car Parade through town; and an “Open Warren County and Virginia” rally sponsored by Sam Haun of the Warren County Militia. Both events were Saturday, May 9. The “Open” rally drew a modest crowd of about eight to 10 while Royal Examiner was there, though Haun noted the earlier departure of about 10 other participants.

Gary Kushner with a sign, surrounded by ‘Open WC & VA’ demonstration participants on Saturday afternoon at the Gazebo/Commons area.

Coincidentally, former Front Royal councilman, vice mayor, and unsuccessful 2019 county supervisor’s candidate Shae Parker contacted us Sunday afternoon, May 10, to note what appears to have been a spike in local COVID-19 statistics, including the county’s first death, in the past week.

Numbers Parker presented Royal Examiner indicated jumps in Warren County COVID-19 statistics from Sunday to Sunday, May 3rd to May 10th of:

1 – cases from 61 to 85 (about +40%);

2 – hospitalizations from 3 to 9 (+200%);

3 – and that first death (technically +100%).

So while the county’s numbers remain low compared to more urban and metro areas, as predicted the county appears to be about two weeks behind the statistical curves for Virginia as a whole.

What does it all mean?

Perhaps, that while we can negotiate standards of emergency management for institutional consistencies and small business re-opening guidelines, it is probably best to proceed with caution and some continued social distancing standards in the coming weeks. For we continue to traverse an unfamiliar public health landscape that has shown an ability to rapidly accelerate statistically without the type of community-wide testing that has been shown most successful in suppressing the virus’s spread.

The lack of availability of testing kits to allow such definitive testing to identify everyone who is contaminated within given communities continues.

So, stay safe; stay smart, and support our local businesses as they operate on limited scales or are allowed to re-open conditionally in the coming weeks.

This group of kids and adults by the town caboose was social distancing from the primary crowd.

Masks were available …

… tho not many appeared to be taking advantage of them – including your photographer, guilty as charged.

Running, sitting, being carried, or getting ready to fly – the kids were taking advantage of their time outside together.

C&C Fun Day Parade Highlights

William Huck provided the Royal Examiner with these parade facts: 3 hours about 10 motorcycles, 20 cars, and 2 floats, including the Edward Jones ‘bull’, Jig & Jive, and a few other businesses.
Some got all the way through some had some hiccups on the road. It was such a beautiful day. A big thank you to all that participated in this cruise through town. Here are just a few photos courtesy of C&C Frozen Treats.

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American Cancer Society asks for support for #GivingTuesday and beyond

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In the midst of a devastating pandemic, Americans are facing  unprecedented challenges. This is especially true for the 1.8 million Americans diagnosed with cancer during 2020.  In addition to being especially vulnerable to coronavirus, more than one of every four cancer patients and survivors had delays in care due to COVID-19, which has upended lives and uniquely challenged cancer patients, survivors and their families.  Patients have had to go through treatment alone and the need to quarantine has created isolation.  To fill this void, the American Cancer Society added face-to-face video chats to its free, 24-hour cancer hotline that provides cancer support and resources at 1-800-227-2345.

COVID-19 has placed the American Cancer Society (ACS) in crisis for the first time in the Society’s 107-year history, creating a $200 million shortfall in fundraising, reducing cancer research funding by 50% this year, and challenging the Society’s ability to provide cancer patients and their caregivers support during an unprecedented time.

Nancy Marx, an American Cancer Society volunteer, has been the primary caregiver to her best friend Pat Burger, who was treated for breast cancer during COVID-19.  “No one could go in with my friend to support her during her treatment.  Her sister, her husband and I had to quarantine so we could safely take care of her.  Other family couldn’t come visit.  When she finished radiation treatment and rang the bell at the cancer center, no family or friends were with her.  All her conferences with doctors and the cancer team were virtual.  I was so upset for her.”

Caregivers, not only cancer patients, need support during the stress of a cancer journey.  Nancy, a long-time Relay For Life participant, called the American Cancer Society’s 800 number cancer hotline for support.  “The 800 number is there for everything you want to know about cancer.  I didn’t understand certain medical terms and new medicines.  The Society’s trained cancer specialists are there to talk and help.  I felt much better after my call,” said Nancy.

On #GivingTuesday and throughout the month of December, the Society is asking for the public’s support.  ACS is the largest non-profit funder of cancer research outside the federal government and provides vital services addressing health disparities and round-the-clock patient support despite the times.  Due to the pandemic’s crippling impact, cancer patients, caregivers and survivors are turning to the American Cancer Society for information and resources to navigate COVID-19.

To donate to the American Cancer Society on #GivingTuesday or throughout the month of December, go to: cancer.org or go to Warren County/Front Royal Relay For Life at www.relayforlife.org/warrenva and donate locally to the American Cancer Society.

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Edward Jones financial advisor Bret Hrbek receives Spirit of Caring Award

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Bret Hrbek of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Front Royal recently received the firm’s exclusive Spirit of Caring Award designed to recognize those financial advisors who exemplify the values, culture and spirit of giving back.

Hrbek is a leader in the firm and an example of what a dedicated Edward Jones financial advisor can achieve. He has demonstrated unyielding dedication to giving back to his clients, community, other financial advisors, branch teams and their regional network.

Hrbek said he is honored to receive the award.

“Edward Jones is a partnership. That structure is not just financial, it’s a philosophy,” Hrbek said. “We work together, help each other and all share in the rewards of working with long-term individual investors. That brings out the best in everyone.”

Hrbek was one of only 295 of the firm’s more than 19,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

Bret Hrbek’s office is located at 986 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal, Virginia.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the investments offered to the location of branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm’s 19,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients with a total of $1.2 trillion in client assets under care. Visit edwardjones.com or the recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Shopping Small promotion announces first winners

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Shopping Small does have its rewards in Front Royal.

Sue Laurence of Key Move Properties announced the winners of the first drawing this week. Weekly winners will receive gift bags of local business donated goods including gift cards. The value of gift bags may vary.

The BIG prize goes to Bridget Barker – A gift certificate/vouchers from the following merchants –  C&C Frozen Treats, Try Thai, White Picket Fence, Ole Timers Antiques, and Key Move Properties.

Other winners:

Joe Nelson – A gift certificate from Royal Bowling Center

Jen Avery – A gift certificate from Royal Bowling Center

Nancy Nelson – A gift certificate from Jennerations Hair Studio

Tina Paulisch – A gift certificate from The Studio

Karen Moxie  – A gift certificate from Sensational Hair Cutters

Shopping Small has its rewards

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VAEA recognizes Andrea Stuart as a 2020 VAEA Distinguished Fellow

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Andrea Stuart, high school art educator for Warren County Public Schools in Front Royal, Virginia, has been inducted into the VAEA Distinguished Fellows, an honored group of members who have performed extraordinary service. A virtual ceremony took place during the VAEA Professional Development Conference on November 14, 2020.

Ms. Stuart has taught at Warren County High School in the Visual Arts Department since 1994 and is currently teaching photography and graphic arts. Through Advanced Placement art courses and an independent study program, she mentors students who express an interest in pursuing careers in photography or graphic design. As Art Department Chair, she has steered the art department to participate in VAEA Youth Art Month programs and local, regional, and state exhibitions. She was recognized as the VAEA Blue Ridge Region Art Teacher of the Year in 2003 and VAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year in 2013. Ms. Stuart’s role as an adjunct professor at Lord Fairfax Community College helped lead to dual enrollment programs which enabled high school art students to earn college credit.

Ms. Stuart has spent her lengthy career enhancing the quality of Virginia art education and supporting her colleagues at the regional and state levels. A member of the VAEA Blue Ridge Region Board since 1996, Ms. Stuart has facilitated many professional development activities for the membership, participated as local chair/co-chair for state conferences, and has been a frequent presenter. She is also an avid learner, participating often in workshops, conferences, and educational travel to enhance her own knowledge and effectiveness. She is a prolific artist, exhibits regularly, and owns her own photography business. According to her nominator, Ms. Stuart is “a consummate professional, creative artist, and compassionate teacher” and the VAEA is proud to recognize her accomplishments and contributions.

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Community-driven report reflects recommendations of the Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group

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Governor Ralph Northam has released the Administration’s report on the impact of legalizing adult-use marijuana in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The report is the final product of the Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group, and it results from a diverse, stakeholder-driven process that involved community leaders, healthcare professionals, policy experts, and government officials. This month-long effort was a key part of marijuana decriminalization legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year and follows Governor Northam’s recent announcement that he intends to advance marijuana legalization in Virginia.

“We will advance new laws to make sure that our Commonwealth legalizes marijuana the right way,” said Governor Northam. “Virginia has studied the experience of other states and this report lays out a path forward that leads with social equity, public health, and public safety.”

The comprehensive report includes nearly 400 pages of meeting minutes and outlines various aspects of marijuana legalization in the Commonwealth, including taxation, banking, criminal justice, licensing and regulation, and consumer safety. It also provides additional details on the five key principles that Governor Northam wants to see in any final legalization bill:

  • Social equity, racial equity, and economic equity. Marijuana prohibition historically has been based on discrimination, and criminalization laws have disproportionately harmed minority communities. Legislation should focus on undoing these harms by including initiatives such as social equity license programs, access to capital, community reinvestment, and sealing or expunging records of past marijuana-related convictions.
  • Public health. Legislation should include substance abuse prevention efforts in schools and communities. 
  • Protections for young people. As a pediatrician, Governor Northam will require any legislation that includes protections for Virginia’s youth, including age limits, mandatory ID checks, and education campaigns. 
  • Upholding the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act. Legislation should be aligned with the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act prohibiting indoor tobacco use, which Governor Northam championed as a state Senator. 
  • Data collection. Legislation should ensure Virginia collects appropriate and ongoing information on safety, health, and equity.

The Virginia Marijuana Work Group consulted with dozens of subject-matter experts in compiling its recommendations, including organizations focused on ensuring social and racial equity, such as the Minority Cannabis Business Association, NoLef Turns, and Decriminalize Virginia. Health experts, including public health policy consultants and practicing physicians, were extensively involved, and the team worked closely with government officials from states that have already legalized marijuana, such as Washington, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

The Work Group was led by the Secretaries of Agriculture and Forestry, Finance, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security. The group held a total of 15 public meetings between July and October 2020.

The full report (482 pages) is available here. Additional information about the Virginia Marijuana Work Group and its membership can be found here.

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Shopping Small has its rewards

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Shopping Small does have its rewards in Front Royal.

Beginning on November 28, 2020, and continuing through December 20, 2020, shop ANY small business in Warren County and turn in your receipts for inclusion in a weekly gift bag drawing!

Here are the rules:

Receipts must be submitted for purchases totaling $100.00 or more and purchases must be made on the same day.

Any purchase from any Warren County small business (does not include chain stores, gas stations, or grocery stores) made on the same day will count toward your entry.

You may enter the drawings as many times as you wish.

Drawings for gift bags will be held every Monday morning and the winner will be chosen from only that week’s entries.

Receipts should be presented at Key Move Properties, 403 E Main St, for verification for drawing entry.

Weekly winners will receive gift bags of local business donated goods including gift cards. The value of gift bags may vary.

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