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Operation Santa Claus

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Santa Claus at the 2019 Christmas Parade. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

Ronald “Hoss” Feldhauser stopped by our studios to update us on “Operation Santa Claus” and a few other holiday events happening at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department:

The Volunteer Stations of Warren County Fire and Rescue will be conducting their annual “Operation Santa” events by carrying Santa throughout their communities on the fire truck.

While every attempt is made to reach as many people possible in their community, unfortunately some homes will be unable to be reached. Below is information on each respective areas “Operation Santa” event.


During this event, please refrain from calling 911 or the Emergency Communications Centers non-emergency telephone number for information.

A few tips to ensure you see Santa on the fire truck:

  • Listen for the sirens and be prepared. (crack a window or door to ensure you hear them coming)
  • Have the children dressed and ready to “spring into action” for when Santa gets close.
  • For the best possible viewing, take the children to the end of the driveway but stay clear of the roadway.
  • Do not attempt to climb aboard the fire truck.
  • Do not chase the fire truck.

Town of Front Royal Area
Will begin at 5:30pm on December 24th with 3 fire trucks carrying Santa through most of the Town of Front Royal Streets. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.3830.

Rivermont Area
Operation Santa Claus will be December 24th beginning at dark. We will give Santa a ride throughout our community. Please be watching for him. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.9704.

Bentonville and Browntown Areas
Unknown at this time

Linden Areas (3 dates)

  • December 22nd beginning at 6:00pm High Knob:
    High Knob Rd., Left onto Massanutten Mountain Dr., Right onto Club House Rd., Salt Lick Rd., Right onto Deer Trail Rd., Left onto Alpine Dr., Right onto Shenandoah Valley Dr., Right onto Short Piece Lane, Right onto Skyline View Dr., Left onto Club House Rd. to 55.
  • December 23rd beginning at 6:00pm Blue Mountain/Skyline Estates:
    Santa will be coming by the bus stop on High Top Rd. at 6:00pm. He will be there for about 15 minutes then he will head over to make a left onto Tomahawk Way, Right onto Old Linden, Left onto Tulip Poplar Drive, Right onto Old Linden, Left onto Hickory Nut Rd., Right onto May Apple Way, Left onto Tomahawk Way. We will now head over to Skyline Estates… Right onto Bifrost Way, Left onto Luchase Rd., Left onto Ulysses Way, Right onto Sunset Ln., Right onto Inca Rd., Left onto Shady Ln., Right onto Jericho Rd., Left onto Wilderness Rd., Left onto Khyber Pass Rd., Left onto Oregon Hollow back to the Fire Department.
  • December 24th beginning at 6:00pm Apple Mountain Lake and Apple Mountain West:
    Starting at the Apple Mountain Bus Stop we will head up McIntosh, Left onto Granny Smith, Right onto Northern Spy, Right onto Wealthy Rd., Left onto Granny Smith, Left onto Delicious Rd., Right onto Granny Smith, Left onto Wealthy Rd., Right onto Jonathan Rd., Right onto McIntosh, Left onto Apple Orchard, Left onto Granny Smith, Left onto Rome Beauty, King David, Make a U-Turn at Star Ct., Left onto Grimes Golden, Left onto Black Twig, Left onto Oregon Hollow Rd., to Apple Mountain West: Right onto Appleseed Rd., Left onto Core Dr., Appleseed Rd to Applewood Dr., U-turn., head over to Gap Rd., to finish our night and let Santa finish up his deliveries. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.3473.

Shenandoah Shores Area
Will begin at dark on December 24th and travels the roads in the Shenandoah Shores Community, proceed out Shenandoah Shores Road to Loop Road and then proceed Happy Creek to the area of Larkin Ridge Road. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.7897.

Shenandoah Farms Area
Beginning at 6:00pm on December 24th at the intersection of Lions Lane and Howellsvile Road , from here we will proceed to the intersection of Manor Road , continue on Manor Road and turn right on Ridge Wood Lane , right on Valley Farms Road , left on Old Oak Lane. We will keep left and continue on Venus Branch Road , right on Drummer Hill Road , left on Mountain Lake Drive , right on Blue Mountain Road (back gate) , left on Farm View Road , right on Young’s Drive , right on Fellows Drive , left on Howellsville road , finish at Warren County Station 6. For more information, please contact the station at 540.837.1290.

Fortsmouth – Waterlick and Buckton Areas
Fortsmouth Station #8 will start at 6:30pm on December 24th and visit all the subdivisions and main roads in the Waterlick and Buckton areas. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.6983.

Chester Gap Areas
Will begin at 6:00pm on December 24th in the Chester Gap Community and proceed to Lake Front Royal and Point of Woods Subdivisions and then proceed to the area of Harmony Hollow. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.5482.

North Warren-Reliance and Rockland Areas
Will begin at 5pm on December 24th at the Riverton Commons and Crooked Run Shopping Centers and then will proceed to the residential areas. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.6759.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of October 7th

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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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, October 7:

• Friday: 6:50 & 9:20
• Saturday: 2:55, 5:30 & 8:00
• Sunday: 4:10 & 6:45
• Mon-Wed: 7:10
Rated PG  |  1 Hour 46 Minutes

• Friday: 6:45 & 9:30
• Saturday: 2:45, 5:20 & 7:55
• Sunday: 4:05 & 6:40
• Mon-Wed: 7:05
• Thurs: 6:10 & 8:50
Rated R  |  1 Hour 55 Minutes


• Friday: 6:40 & 9:15
• Saturday: 2:45, 5:20 & 8:00
• Sunday: 4:00 & 6:45
• Mon-Wed: 7:00
• Thurs: 6:05 & 8:45
Rated R  |  2 Hours 10 Minutes


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 12): $7
  • Military: $8
  • Student (college): $8
  • Senior: $8
  • Matinees, All Seating: $7

Film Club Showing Friday, October 18:
“The Terror” @ 7:30


Special Double-Feature of “Halloween” and “Halloween Ends” on Thursday 13th starting at 6:00 pm

COMING SOON:

  • “Halloween Ends”
  • “Black Adam”
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
  • “The Fablemans”
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Samuels Public Library announces 44th Holiday Writing Contest

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It’s that time of year again! Samuels Public Library is holding their 44th Holiday Writing Contest from October 3, 2022, through November 5, 2022, for children in grades K-12.  There will be a reception for winners and their families in December.  Entry forms and guidelines are available at the library.

Attention writers and artists! Submit your short story, poem or an illustration by November 5, 2022.

  • Winners receive their work in a professionally published keepsake book
  • First place winners will receive a certificate to the Royal Oak Bookstore
  • A celebratory reception is held for all winners and their families

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Considerations for choosing wildlife ambassadors

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Have you ever wondered how Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (BRWC) decides which patients to keep as educational wildlife ambassadors?

BRWC is home to 25 non-releasable wildlife ambassadors, many former patients whose injuries have prevented them from surviving in the wild. Jennifer Burghoffer, BRWC’s Education Manager, will be speaking about the rigorous process we go through to make sure that the wild animals on our Education Team are the best animals for the job!

Join us on Thursday, October 6th and meet many of our wildlife ambassadors in-person!

  • BRWC Member – 50% Off Discount
    • Use discount code MEM22BRWC at checkout
  • REGISTER HERE

Space is limited and tickets may go fast—please sign up soon to reserve your seat!



This program is part of Blue Ridge Wildlife Center’s Fall Lecture Series.

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Subaru Loves Pets Month at the Winchester Area SPCA

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October kicks off #subarulovespets month at the Winchester Area SPCA to help find loving homes for pets in need. This month, WASPCA will benefit from a $100 donation from CMA’s Subaru of Winchester for every pet adopted. Learn more at subaru.com/pets.

Stop by the adoption center at 111 Featherbed Lane in Winchester, VA, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, and weekends by appointment to find the love of your life!

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Laurel Ridge hosted College Night at Fauquier Campus

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Hundreds of high school students came to Laurel Ridge Community College’s Fauquier Campus Tuesday night for the return of College Night following a two-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic.

Students from high schools in Fauquier County, Rappahannock County and beyond were able to meet with representatives from more than 75 colleges and universities from around Virginia and the nation – including Laurel Ridge, of course – to learn about their programs, admission requirements, financial aid, scholarships and more.

“This is an exciting time in the lives of high schoolers, a time when they are figuring out what their next chapter will look like,” said Dr. Caroline Wood, associate vice president for student services and academic support at Laurel Ridge. “We are excited to be a key resource in their planning, and pride ourselves on being the college of choice for so many who are a part of this event.”

College Night is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and Laurel Ridge has been a part of it for more than a decade.


Colleges and programs represented included Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, Bridgewater College, Coastal Carolina University, Concord University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Hollins University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Johnson & Wales University, Mount St. Mary’s University, Ohio University, Regent University, Roanoke College, Seton University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, University of Kentucky, University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

“It was great to have this event back on campus,” said Laurel Ridge student life and engagement coordinator Chris Lambert. “Our four-year partners are always eager and excited to register for this event. Not only were we able to invite potential future students back to our campus, but we were also able to show off our new STEM and health professions building, Hazel Hall.”

College Night is part of a six to eight-week college transfer tour. It was on the Middletown Campus Wednesday afternoon and in the Apple Blossom Mall Wednesday evening.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of September 30th

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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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, September 30:

• Friday: 7:00 & 9:35
• Saturday: 3:00, 5:40 & 8:20
• Sunday: 4:10 & 7:25
• Mon-Thurs: 7:05
Rated PG-13  |  2 Hours 6 Minutes

• Friday: 7:05 & 9:45
• Saturday: 3:10, 5:40 & 8:10
• Sunday: 4:25 & 7:20
• Mon-Thurs: 7:20
Rated R  |  1 Hour 55 Minutes


• Friday: 6:55 & 9:40
• Saturday: 3:05, 5:45 & 8:25
• Sunday: 4:15 & 7:15
• Mon-Thurs: 7:10
Rated R  |  2 Hours 10 Minutes


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 12): $7
  • Military: $8
  • Student (college): $8
  • Senior: $8
  • Matinees, All Seating: $7

Film Club Showing Tuesday, October 4:
“D.O.A.” @ 7:30

COMING SOON:

  • “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile”
  • “Halloween Ends”
  • “Black Adam”
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
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I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

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No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

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Oct
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6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
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11:00 am Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Historic Area. Come back to the family farm at Sky Meadows. Explore the park’s sustainable farming practices, visit the barred plymouth rock hens, learn about our cattle operation in partnership with the Department of Corrections’[...]
11:00 am The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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10:30 am Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Please join us on October 9th at 10:30am and October 10th-12th at 6:30pm nightly for a special series of services with Johan Bruwer. Johan is from Bloemfontein, South Africa, and will deliver a very inspiring[...]
11:00 am Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Come back to the family farm at Sky Meadows. Explore the park’s sustainable farming practices, visit the barred plymouth rock hens, learn about our cattle operation in partnership with the Department of Corrections’[...]
11:00 am The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Farmer’s Forge @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. The forge is fired up and the blacksmiths are hard at work in the Historic Area. Members of the Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac have set up shop and are ready to show[...]
Oct
10
Mon
11:00 am Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fall Farm Days: Life on the Farm @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Come back to the family farm at Sky Meadows. Explore the park’s sustainable farming practices, visit the barred plymouth rock hens, learn about our cattle operation in partnership with the Department of Corrections’[...]
6:30 pm Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Please join us on October 9th at 10:30am and October 10th-12th at 6:30pm nightly for a special series of services with Johan Bruwer. Johan is from Bloemfontein, South Africa, and will deliver a very inspiring[...]
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11
Tue
6:30 pm Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Please join us on October 9th at 10:30am and October 10th-12th at 6:30pm nightly for a special series of services with Johan Bruwer. Johan is from Bloemfontein, South Africa, and will deliver a very inspiring[...]
Oct
12
Wed
6:30 pm Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bethel Life Revival 2022 @ Bethel Assembly of God
Please join us on October 9th at 10:30am and October 10th-12th at 6:30pm nightly for a special series of services with Johan Bruwer. Johan is from Bloemfontein, South Africa, and will deliver a very inspiring[...]