Two local teens have achieved certification as Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B). Ashley Foster completed the traditional course of study offered through Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue, while Seth Mills obtained his training through Blue Ridge Technical Center’s cooperative program with Lord Fairfax Community College and Warren County Fire and Rescue. Both teens are seniors at Skyline High School and volunteer at area fire and rescue stations.
Ms. Foster has grown up around the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, recalling that there are photographs of her there with her parents while still in a stroller. Mr. Mills joined South Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue in March 2018.
The timing of their achievements during high school is excellent because they now have the skills to find employment after graduation, whether they pursue their post-secondary education or start their emergency response careers. The 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections estimate that by the year 2026, fire and rescue jobs may grow by 219,936 nationally, and another 509,500 nurses and other selected medical technicians will be needed in the labor force over that same period.*
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Brenda Diehl noted, “Virtually every career Firefighter/EMT in Warren County began as a volunteer. It is also quite common for nursing students and other medical personnel to launch their careers as volunteer emergency responders with fire and rescue departments.” Given the amount of intelligence, time, and commitment it takes to achieve this certification, Ms. Foster and Mr. Mills have demonstrated they are well on their way to success.
Teens who are interested in gaining important practical experience and education through volunteering with Warren County Fire and Rescue may start the application process by visiting warrencountyfire.com/join-us, or calling Recruitment and Retention at (540) 636-3830.
* Source: US Department of Labor, https://www.bls.gov/emp/tables/occupational-projections-and-characteristics.htm
Riverton Church Symphonic Winds Christmas Concert
The Riverton Church Symphonic Winds presented their annual Christmas Concert on December 8, 2019. The Royal Examiner’s camera was their to capture the event. The Riverton Church will be hold two special Christmas Eve services. At 4 pm will be their family service and at 7 pm a candlelight service.
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Valley Chorale of Front Royal annual Christmas Concert
The Valley Chorale of Front Royal (formerly the Front Royal Oratorio Society) held it’s annual Hometown Christmas Concert Sunday afternoon, December 8th, at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. The Chorale has been bringing choral music to the northern Shenandoah Valley since 1965. As the area’s longest-established community chorus, their aim is to put great choral music at the heart of civic and community life and, in so doing, entertain, illuminate and uplift our families, friends and neighbors. The men, women and youth in their current roster of singers come from Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Rappahannock counties.
This year the Chorale has a new Artistic Director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh, at the helm. Noted for his “energetic, expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive” conducting (The Washington Post), Ryan’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has distinguished him as a leading music educator and conductor.
At the end of the concert, two young ‘future members’ joined the chorale for the encore number. They welcomed Amanda Baldwin, age 10, and Stephanie Fultz, age 8, to join them on stage.
For more information on the Valley Choral of Front Royal, visit their website at: valleychoraleoffrontroyal.org.
The Royal Examiner was their and shares the concert with you:
WATCH: Christmas Parade 2019
Boy Scout Troop 52 continues tradition of selling Christmas Trees at Royal Plaza Center
Boy Scout Troop 52 has been selling Christmas trees for 51 years; it is the main fundraiser for the troop. An estimated 15,000 trees have been sold over the years; many Scouts have learned the basics of salesmanship, marketing, and commercial forestry through the Troop’s Christmas tree sales program.
Christmas tree sales were first introduced to the troop by the efforts of Ken Fortune, Assistant Scoutmaster and Ken Bovard, Scoutmaster in December of 1968. The troop purchased trees from a farm in Bentonville that first year, and shortly after that, they branched out and purchased some of their trees from the Rudacille farm.
During the first 20 years, the troop bought the Christmas trees from various tree farms in Virginia and as far away as Pennsylvania. In 1979 Dr. Craig Zunka, a long time member and Eagle Scout from the troop, agreed that the Troop could plant trees on his farm in Browntown.
Depending on the variety of the tree, it takes from 6 to as much as 12 years from the time a scout plants a Christmas tree that it is ready for sale.
The Scouts learned how to plant the seedlings, how to properly trim the different variety of trees and the need to keep the weeds from growing around the bases.
The first tree sales were held on the “Weaver lot” across from the old Front Royal Volunteer fire station that was beside what was then Town Hall. Peyton Street now runs through where the Troop had its first tree sales lot.
It was just after the 1969 tree sales that Bill Ollinger, manager of the Safeway store in the Royal Plaza shopping center, invited the troop to set-up the 1970 tree sales next to his grocery store, and they have been selling trees somewhere on the property of the Royal Plaza shopping center ever since. The Troop has enjoyed and appreciated the support from the merchants in the shopping center that have been received for all these years!
All of the profits from the tree sales go into the Troops operating account to pay for advancement awards and activities of the troop. They also pay for the Scouts cost towards summer camp.
Royal Examiner stopped by the lot and spoke to Ronald “Hoss” Feldhauser:
Downtown Front Royal Christmastime Pop-Up Store
They’re temporary and they seem to appear out of nowhere: Christmas pop-up shops are an iconic fixture of the holiday season. These shops that appear in empty storefronts are part of the national culture, with handcrafted items, gifts and decorations to make your house look like Christmas. One such store has popped up on Main Street in Front Royal, and is open everyday until Christmas.
The pop-up store is a collaboration of Strokes of Creativity Art Boutique & Studio and Main Street Travel. This 2-month Holiday Market Pop-Up offers small business and artisans a brick and mortar to sell their items. The Holiday Market is in the Kibler Building at 206 E. Main Street, Front Royal, VA.
Royal Examiner stopped by the store and spoke to a few of the proprietors: