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Meet & Greet with WC Sheriff candidate Mark Butler

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On May 10th, Blaine Keller of Keller’s Insurance held a ‘Meet & Greet’ at the Front Royal Diner for Mark Butler, candidate for Warren County Sheriff.

These events will give you an opportunity to talk to candidates and become a better informed voter. Most candidates for various offices will hold these type of events between now and election day. The Royal Examiner will give each candidate the opportunity to have us come and share their comments with our readers.

The Royal Examiner’s camera was there:

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33rd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival: Photo Gallery

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The band was called “Back to Zero”

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WCGLLS Team of the Week: Orioles

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Warren County Girls Little League Softball is proud to present the team of the week, sponsored by Kelly Martin of ERA Brown & Rutherford Realty. Coached by Rusty Mayberry, Billy Logan, Rylee Jenkins and Callista Mayberry, the Orioles don’t lack any personality.

These girls aren’t afraid to act goofy and have fun. Don’t be fooled though, they have some near unhittable pitching and heavy bats to back it up. Come down to Chimney Field Park at 410 W 12th St, Front Royal, to watch what it’s like to have fun while playing the game.

Check out our website at https://www.wcgirlssoftball.com.

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Reflections on Hubble Art Show at Lake Frederick

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Seven Lake Frederick community artists will display their work in a special art show entitled Reflections on Hubble beginning Tuesday, June 4, at the Shenandoah Lodge. The show is open to both Lake Frederick community residents and to the general public.

Reflections on Hubble will feature dozens of original multi-media paintings by the seven artists. In awe-inspiring colors, the art captures the explosive energy of and within galaxies. Viewers are taken to and beyond our own Milky Way galaxy to visit scenes of unimaginable distances, cold and dark, and to the dazzling light of stars still being created.

“We attempt to capture the energy and the constant motion of towers of cosmic dust and collisions of stars and entire galaxies,” said Josie Tilton, the group’s instructor. For many years she has been fascinated by Hubble Telescope images. She painted her first “space” images in 2004 before moving in 2010 to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Her students contributing to the exhibit are: Francine Markbein, Elizabeth Seekford, Nancy Budny, Curt Budny, Eve Cameron, and Margaret Kennedy. All are Lake Frederick residents.

Josie Tilton is an award-winning, self-taught artist. She is a German-born immigrant who escaped from Soviet-led East Germany at the age of 11. An accomplished artist in multiple media, Josie began painting in 1978 while living in Germany with her husband during an Air Force assignment.

Since living in Virginia, Josie’s art has been featured at both solo exhibits and major events throughout the area. This year she’s had solo showings at both Winchester Canterbury and Orchard Ridge retirement communities. Her art has been displayed locally also at Millwood’s Art at the Mill events and in Winchester, Berryville, and Front Royal.


The Reflections on Hubble event opens June 4 and continues through June 23 at Lake Frederick’s Shenandoah Lodge, 180 Bald Eagle Dr, Lake Frederick, VA 22630.

A Meet the Artists reception takes place June 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lodge, conveniently co-located at the popular Regions 117 restaurant. A local author will read his poem Reflections on Hubble at the reception.

  • June 4, 2019 – open to public
  • June 12, 2019 – Meet the Artist Reception 4-6 p.m.
  • June 23, 2019 – Final Day
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Sons of Liberty – Back for More

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The Sons of Liberty will be back at the Virginia Beer Museum on Saturday, May 18th from 6pm to 9pm.

As the Wine & Craft Festival winds down, head over to the Virginia Beer Museum at 16 Chester Street to enjoy the music! It’s a friendly place.

A friendly place says Bruce Beavers and friends.

Here’s something about the band:

The Sons of Liberty was formed in late 2014 and has been performing the best of Rock & Blues ever since. With a commitment to “Proper Rock & Roll”, The Sons endeavor at every show to produce that driving Rock & Roll sound our fans love. The Sons began playing covers from ACDC; Stevie Ray Vaughn; The Rolling Stones; The Black Crowes; CCR; Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers; ZZ Top, etc.

Shawn Smith and Randy Hughey – initially performing together in the UK circa early 2000’s – realized they simply needed to reconnect with each other to work on original material. Their debut album, “Ride Off Again”, is the cornerstone of the band’s original music written by Randy and Shawn, which aims to continue the legacy of the great bands that influenced them: driving drums and bass, rocking guitars and soulful singing.

With a solid line-up featuring Rob Wolfe on bass and vocals and Charlie Fultz on Drums, the Sons continue to write new music and play at venues large and small throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. From large festivals to pubs to private parties, the Sons love to share their passion of rock & roll with their fans!

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Samuels Public Library will once again hold a Summer Reading Club for area children and teens

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The Summer Reading Club is designed to keep youth reading while they are on summer break from school, thereby maintaining or enhancing reading skills that may otherwise atrophy during the summer months. Children from birth on up are encouraged to participate. Readers will receive free books or toys as a reward for books read each week. For those who are pre-readers, prizes will be awarded as they listen to books being read to them. “This year’s theme is ‘It’s Showtime at Your Library’ and we are excited about exploring this theme with our young patrons,” remarked Michal Ashby, Youth Services Supervisor. “We have almost 80 programs planned for children and teens this summer. Children always love the animal programs at the library, and this year we will welcome Larsen’s Amazing World of Reptiles. We are also pleased to offer ballet programs for children of all ages through the Northern Virginia Academy of Ballet. And we are really excited about our upcoming magic show, which will feature levitation and sawing a person in half, among other illusions. The teenagers will especially enjoy an improv workshop, an escape room, and gaming programs,” Ashby noted.

The library will be having a special kick-off day on Friday, June 7. “We hope to have everyone visit the library on the first day of Summer Reading Club,” added Ashby. “There will be special prizes for the first two hundred children who sign up for Summer Reading Club that day.  WCDS will be providing balloons, and their mascot Leonidas the owl will be on hand to greet children. There will also be face painting in the morning, before local entertainer Kevin Owens presents a balloon animal program at 1:00 P.M. At 2:00 P.M., Larsen’s Amazing World of Reptiles will be here so our patrons can learn about reptiles from around the world, with the opportunity to hold or touch them. It’s going to be a great day, and we hope that many children will begin their summer vacation with a visit to the library.”

The library is located at 330 East Criser Road in Front Royal. Questions about Samuels Library and its programs can be answered by visiting www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.

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Front Royal’s traditional Memorial Day event May 27, with nod to dogs of war

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Acknowledgment of the dogs of war and a parade of dogs present with their owners is an annual part of Front Royal’s Memorial Day event. Royal Examiner File Photos/Roger Bianchini

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.

Wreath laying at previous event – World War II vet Phillip Funk on right is one of four deceased veterans – along with Marvin Reifsnider, Samuel Hallman and Norman Brander – to be honored at this year’s ceremony.

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.

Featured Memorial Day speaker Skip Rogers and base security team friend, when Rogers was a 19-year-old dog handler on a Nike Hercules missile site in 1969 – Courtesy Photo Skip Rogers

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.

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