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Ideal Ace gets the best of both John’s Dream and R N Nate in Open Handicap Pace at Shenandoah Downs

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Tyler Shehan wins his fourth of the day September 28 aboard Beautiful Brew. Photos courtesy of Shenandoah Downs.

Woodstock, VA – Pacers Ideal Ace, John’s Dream and R N Nate continued a three way battle in the premier racing class at Shenandoah Downs as weekend number three of harness racing wrapped up in Woodstock, Virginia.

Track record holder John’s Dream (1:52 1/5) captured the initial $7,000 Open class on September 14 then a week later, Roger Hammer’s R N Nate was best of the trio in a $7,000 Open Handicap. The three clashed again Saturday along with a trio of others and after Lloyd’s All In led early, Ideal Ace took over before the three-quarters mark and reached the winners circle for the first time this meet. The Stephen White owned, trained and driven United Ace gelding crossed 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Chuck Perry’s John’s Dream and another length over R N Nate. Ideal Ace finished in 1:53.0, fastest mile of the meet thus far. He won his third race of the year and 13th overall.

Both John’s Dream and R N Nate have finished second or better at the current meet and at the Shenandoah County Fair campaign which was held in late August. The former has three wins and a pair of seconds. The latter has a pair of wins, seconds and a third.

Lodi Bank Robber and Swinging Jenny captured respective co-headlining $7,000 races Saturday in the Open Handicap Trot and Open Mares Pace.

Stacey McLenaghan’s Lodi Bank Robber surged past front stepper Headsaregonna Turn in the stretch and crossed a length the best in 1:58.0. Overlooked at 12-1, the 6- year-old New Age Hanover gelding was the first of three winners on the card for McLenaghan who also scored later with Surge Seelster and Gifted George. Corey Braden drove all three to victory. Lodi Bank Robber collected his 16th lifetime triumph while his bankroll increased to $110,000. James Stiltner’s Headsaregonna Turn was a length back in second while September 21 Open class winner Al-Mar Reba Babe took third.

In the mares pace, Amanda Stephens’s Swinging Jenny took over the lead from Place At The Beach at the third fraction, powered to the front and prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths over Shadows Mystery in 1:55.0. The 6-year-old Jenna’s Beach Boy mare broke through after back-to-back runner-up finishes at Woodstock and the Red Mile. Like McLenaghan, trainer Marna Shehan collected three wins on the afternoon. She also scored with Held In Balance and Fort El Said. Husband Tyler Shehan piloted those three to victory in consecutive races, and a fourth in the finale with Rex Watson’s Beautiful Brew.

Ideal Ace captured the $7,000 Open Handicap on Saturday.

In addition to pari-mutuel races, Saturday’s card featured a double seater jog cart exhibition race with four participants from this past summer’s Harness Horse Youth Foundation day camp at the Fairgrounds. Morgan Marston prevailed in the one lap event sitting next to trainer/driver Betsy Brown and behind Hot Rod Pete. Other young drivers included Weston Copp, Maggie Copp and Claire DeRosier.

The first annual Wiener Dog Derby was also contested Saturday and the festivities attracted a field of 39 dachshunds and a grandstand filled with spectators. Five elimination heats were held between harness races and a championship followed which was won by Tank.

Dachshunds compete in the first Wiener Dog Derby September 28.

In action Friday, driver Bill Carter piloted a trio of standardbreds to victory. He connected early with Sassy Lynnly and in mid-card with Chips Starr and Key Word. The first pair are owned by Virginia Ehrhart and trained by Neal Ehrhart while the latter is owned by Wilma Foley and conditioned by Lawrence Cooper.

The fourth race weekend will kick off Friday October 4th at 3:30 PM followed by Saturday’s Shenandoah “Autumnfest” card and a special non-betting program Sunday which will feature eight divisions of Virginia Breeder’s races in two and three-year-old events. The Autumnfest celebration begins at 11:30 AM and races begin at 2 PM. Sunday’s Breeder’s card begins at 12 Noon.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for February

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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 A.M-12:30 P.M (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.

Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree

Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Classes are held 1st & 3rd Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm. (February 5th and February 19th).

Crochet Group

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 A.M (February 12th & February 26th). All ability levels welcome.

The Miracle Morning Book Discussion Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to The Miracle Morning Book Discussion Group where we will be focusing on help with life transformation. The group will read and discuss a new chapter each week on Mondays at 6:30 P.M.  This group will not be meeting on Monday, February 17th due to the observance of Presidents Day.

What the Tech!

Having trouble with your electronics? Don’t worry! Come into What the Tech and we can help you! Phones, tablets, e-readersProctoring, and anything else you need help with! Just check at the Adult Reference Desk for available times every Tuesday.

Exploring Computers

The Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 1:00 P.M.

Growing Orchids

Master Gardener James Jones will tell you everything you need to know to grow beautiful orchids. The workshop will be on Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00 P.M.

Vibes in the Libes: Kurt Schlesinger

Join us for a free lunchtime performance by Kurt Schlesinger. Bring your lunch, tell a friend and enjoy! Friday, February 14th at 12:30 P.M.

For the Love of Birds: Observing, Identifying, and Photographing Winter Birds

Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop where you will be introduced to the different types of birds that spend the winter in the Shenandoah Valley. The workshop will be on Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 A.M.

For the Love of Birds: Natural Bird Feeder Craft

Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop where you can make a natural bird feeder to attract feathered friends to your backyard. The workshop will be on Saturday, February 15th at 2:00 P.M.

Cuba and the United States: A Troubled History

Join us for a special program on the relationship between Cuba and the United States from both a historical and policy standpoint with our speaker Charles Lickson. The event will be on Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 P.M.

Library Closings

The Library will be closed Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents Day. The library will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, February 18th.

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Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of February

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library for the month of February 2020. 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.


Saturday, February 1

  • 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 January 1.
  • 2:00 World of Lego.  Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos.  Registration begins January 1.

Tuesday, February 4

  • 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.  Love will be the theme this month.  Meet with your baby up to two years of age.  Siblings welcome.
  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a winter story, we will discuss what hibernation is, and what animals hibernate.  For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 4.

Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

What’s white, fluffy and cold, and fun to play in?  Snow!  We’ll have some great stories, songs, and a craft about this chilly weather form.  Siblings welcome.


Saturday, February 8

  • 11:00 Saturday Morning Movie:  The Lion King.  Join us as we watch The Lion King (2019 release) and enjoy some popcorn.  For ages 5 and up.  Registration begins January 8.

Tuesday, February 11

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a special winter story, we will enjoy activities in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 11.

Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the theme of our stories, songs, and craft will be, “Be Mine.” Siblings welcome.


Thursday, February 13

  • 4:00 Llama Love!  18. Join us for llama stories, games, snacks, and a craft!  For ages 6-12.  Registration begins January 13.

Saturday, February 15

  • 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 January 15.

Tuesday, February 18

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a special winter story, we will investigate the amazing photography of Snowflake Bentley.  For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 18.

Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

Come in for some great stories, songs, and a craft about our feathered friends, Birds!  Siblings welcome.


Saturday, February 22

  • 11:00 Art Stars.  Art Stars is a special needs art discovery program.  This program is for ages 8 and up.  Registration begins January 22.  Participants should have a caregiver or attendant present in the program.
  • 2:00 Magic Show.  Local magician Kevin Owens will entertain the whole family with his amazing magic show, which always includes audience participation and lots of laughter!

Tuesday, February 25

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a special winter story, we will explore the fascinating subject of winter weather.  For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 25.

Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27

  • 10:15 Toddler Story Time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story Time.

Adventure is all around us!  Join us as Carol Cable, illustrator of Ellie’s Day of Adventure, shows us what having an adventure can look like.  Siblings welcome.


Saturday, February 29

  • 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up:  Soups.  Nothing is more comforting than warm soup on a chilly day!  Learn how to make some yummy soup, and do some taste-testing to choose your favorite.  For ages 8 and up.  Registration begins January 29.
  • 11:00 Trauma & Resiliency Training for Early Childhood Providers.
    Statistics show us that one in four children will experience trauma by the age of four. This trauma could be abuse, hunger, homelessness, witnessing violence, medical trauma, or grief.
    We know that a child’s greatest learning occurs during the early childhood years. These traumas cause behaviors that we see every day in the classroom. As early childhood providers, we need to recognize the signs of trauma, and teach children how to cope with the feelings they experience.

    • This training will discuss:
      Why trauma matters?
      How trauma affects the brain?
      How trauma affects behavior?
      Individual resilience
      Ways to help children cope
    • This training is free and open to early childhood providers, with priority given to those accepting state subsidy and serving the infant / toddler population. A two-hour training certificate will be given.
    • New requirement this year: We must have at least 10 people registered or the class will be cancelled.
      Register:  https://vachildcare.com/
      Questions:  donnaw@thechildcarenetwork.org
  • 2:00 Speed Dating with Books.  Do appearances, of people or books, influence you?  How much time does it take for you to decide that you are/are not interested?  What criteria determines interest?  Come spend time in a “speed dating” atmosphere, getting to know books you may not otherwise look at twice.  For ages 14 – 18.  Registration begins January 29.
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Sacred Heart Academy celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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Sacred Heart Academy is joining Catholic schools across the nation next week in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

The celebration kicks off with an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, January 26, at the school, located at 110 Keating Drive, Winchester. Academy students will be giving tours, and teachers will be on hand to answer questions. New families who register will be entered into a drawing to receive a $250 credit for tuition for the 2020-2021 school year.

Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Sacred Heart Academy is open to children from PreK3 through eighth grade. Non-Catholic children are welcome to attend.

There will be various events throughout the week, including dress-down days, a faculty and staff appreciation luncheon, a special breakfast for parents and grandparents, and visits from missionaries.

Academy students will take on alumni, parents, faculty and staff in the annual Saints and Sinners basketball game Saturday, February 1.

Sacred Heart Academy is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, whose accreditation process has been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education Committee on Accreditation as authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education.

Learn more at sacredheartva.org, or by calling 540-662-7177.

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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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Jan
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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[...]
2:00 pm World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos.  Registration begins January 1.
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 4 @ 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[...]
4:30 pm Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 4 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Novel Ideas @ Samuels Public Library
Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! Tuesday, February 4 – Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! After[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 5 @ 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
Feb 6 @ 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[...]