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“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and let’s see the good in Front Royal VA

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Teresa Henry, of the Downtown Main Street Market, created the Facebook group page “See the good in Front Royal VA” several months ago. It has quickly become a place to visit and post about the POSITIVE things in Front Royal VA. Please be sure to join the page if it is a fit for you!

Often these group pages begin to become overwhelmed with business posts about products and services. In an effort to help keep true to the vibe of “seeing the good in Front Royal VA”, Jen Avery began a personal story sharing incentive. The belief behind the incentive is that the more people think about the positive things that happen in their daily life and share, the more that positive thought process grows and becomes contagious to others!

Back in November, Rachael Mae Cyr shared her story about the wonderful service she received from an associate at our local Walmart named Ms. Helen. Rachael and Jen were unable to track Helen down to make a video at first. Watch the video attached as they attempt to bring the story to life and say THANK YOU! This video was posted in “See the good in Front Royal VA” group page. It received many comments from others in the community who love Ms. Helen and praised her positive attitude and service. Rachael and Jen DID finally connect with Helen and made a plan to present Helen with a little gift of gratitude.

Thank you to Teresa Henry for donating an original print of Skyline Drive as the gift for Ms. Helen.

Jen was able to meet up with Ms Helen on the job and give her the donated gift of gratitude she so much deserves.

Rachael’s original post: Shout out to miss Helen at Walmart grocery pickup! She is always so nice, but today she went the extra mile. I ordered gluten-free ranch (by mistake) she realizes what was in my bag was not gluten-free and went searching the store while the other girls loaded my car. She then came out with her arms full of different ranch dressing. I smiled and apologized and said I didn’t need gluten-free, I ordered it by mistake. We laughed and then as she walked away my 5-year-old son asked if she had any candy and I shouted playfully he’s upset you didn’t bring candy.

WELL, she ran back in for the third time and came back out to his window with a handful of chocolate. Again I apologized that I was just teasing, but she just smiled and said have a great rest of your day! She could have been aggravated with my order, or just given me the wrong thing, but she chose kindness 💜 she will also get a great review on Walmart.com.

😉 Special note: Thank you, Rachael Cyr, for sharing and inspiring! Let’s all take a minute to support Rachael too. Check out her blog: Not Your Average Momma www.facebook.com/noyoavmo. Rachael is also the Marketing Director for nonprofit Shenandoah Film Collaborative.

DO YOU HAVE A POSITIVE INSPIRATIONAL STORY TO SHARE? POST YOUR STORY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $25.00 GIFT CARD LIKE RACHAEL! #seethegoodinfrontroyalva

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“Socktober” – A sock drive for the Thermal Shelter

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It’s not too late to still participate in “Socktober!” The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal is getting started back up again. For those of you who do not know, the Thermal Shelter provides a safe warm place for our local homeless to sleep, receive a warm meal, and get a few supplies… like SOCKS! We are currently collecting NEW SOCKS for the Thermal Shelter 2020/21 winter.

This video was created for LFK Elementary School. If you have a student at LFK, they are currently hosting “Socktober”. Please send new socks in with your Lil’cats. If not, please feel free to drop your donation off at the Warren County Department of Social Services: 465 W 15th St, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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FRWRC Center Stage: Toni Sauder and Bad Ass Pickles

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FRWRC Center Stage with Toni Sauder & Bad Ass Pickles: You are in for a treat! Watch this episode to learn the Who, What, Why, and Where behind Bad Ass Pickles. So many flavors to choose, from Bread & Butter to lots of HEATS of Dill, oh my!

Follow Bad Ass Pickles on Facebook or their website. Easy to place orders! Perfect for football season… just sayin!

Find Bad Ass Pickles in person:

  • 21 Main Street – Saturday Mornings from 8am-12noon
  • Warrenton’s Farmers Market
  • The Plains – Sunday Mornings from 10am – 2pm
  • Archwood Green Barns’ Farmers Market
  • Watch their website for info on what Brewery Bad Ass Pickles might be visiting.

Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is featuring a new series called Center Stage. This is a chance for women in our community to share information about business, causes, events that are special to them. Host Jen Avery makes it fun, easy, and “empowering.” Contact the FRWRC for more information. Are you a member of the FRWRC? Consider membership too!

Front Royal Women’s Resource Center
“Empowering Women to Change Their World”
www.FRWRC.org

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President of Reaching Out Now shares her story, Part 3 of 4, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Samantha Barber committed to sharing her story in four tributes. Here is tribute three; I am so honored to be helping her share her story:

“Am I enough? I AM ENOUGH!” Can you relate to these statements? In life, we sometimes compare ourselves to those around us who appear to have it all together…

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Rotary Club of Warren County Shred Day

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This weekend, the Rotary Club of Warren County hosted Community Shred Day. Thank you to all of our community members who took advantage of this service and donated! A few successful stats:

  1. Over 100 cars
  2. $729.35 donated to the Front Royal Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department from people dropping off their shred
  3. 4,840 lbs. of paper shredded

Thank you to all of our Rotarians who came out to support the event:

  • Kahle Magalis
  • Ellen Aders
  • Gayle Hartman
  • Melanie Hamel
  • Melanie Barber
  • Michelle Smeltzer
  • Michael Williams
  • Dave Hardy
  • Carol Hardy
  • MariJo Cochran
  • Krista Beahm and husband
  • Debbie Grove
  • Hank Ecton

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President of Reaching Out Now shares her story, Part 2 of 4, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Last week, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Samantha Barber committed to sharing her story in four tributes. Here is tribute two:

“For the past 7 plus years, I’ve intentionally suppressed this reality that was my life, only sharing with friends and in environments where I felt safe and comfortable. I can’t be silent anymore. I have an amazing support system- my family and the very few who are in my inner circle. I am so very grateful for that but I’m most grateful for my husband. He’s never left my side, he remained close when I was broken, he remained close when I needed space to heal.

He remained close when I trusted no one, He remained close and showed me and our children what true unselfish love looked like. He created a safe space for me to say My Life’s My Life.”

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President of Reaching Out Now shares her story, Part 1 of 4, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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As a contribution for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I would like to help Samantha Barber share her story:

I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, and President of Reaching Out Now, I wear many hats with healed scars. Today I have chosen to share a deeply personal story in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

As my husband and children have given me their blessing to share, we hope that my story will help others find the courage to change their circumstances and live freely.

“I often wondered if someday I would have the courage to step out into the unfamiliar and raise my voice for HOPE. To not cowardly keep silent, to not allow shame to grip my soul. To speak out loudly – to be a voice for the voiceless. I wonder no more, so I share with you the mess that has become my message. Yes, I’m living proof; proof that you can rise from the dark place of Domestic Violence.  

In honor of those who have been deeply wounded by Domestic Violence today, and during this month, I share a piece of my story over the next four Mondays, I speak out to bring awareness to the silent killer – known as Domestic Violence.”

A piece of me, I share with you: reachingoutnow.org/mirror-mirror

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all-day WCHS Band Annual Fruit Sale @ ONLINE STORE
WCHS Band Annual Fruit Sale @ ONLINE STORE
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WCHS Band Annual Fruit Sale @ ONLINE STORE
Please show your support by purchasing fresh fruit for you, your family and friends to enjoy over the holidays! To place your order online, simply click here. Navel, Grapefruit, Juice Oranges — Whole Box $40, Half[...]
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6:00 pm Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
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Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
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11:00 am Fall Farm Days: History of Sky M... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Fall Farm Days: History of Sky M... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fall Farm Days: History of Sky Meadows @ Sky Meadows State Park
During Fall Farm Days History Weekend, step back in time and see history come to life. Stroll through the Historic Area buildings, interact with our living historians and take a tour of Mount Bleak House[...]
5:00 pm Free Community Food Distribution @ Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall Parking Lot
Free Community Food Distribution @ Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall Parking Lot
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Free Community Food Distribution @ Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall Parking Lot
Dinner Together and the Warren County Liason will host a free food distribution for the Front Royal/Warren County community on Saturday, October 24th, from 5-6 PM, at 1st Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall Parking Lot (14[...]
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11:00 am Fall Farm Days: History of Sky M... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Fall Farm Days: History of Sky M... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Oct 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fall Farm Days: History of Sky Meadows @ Sky Meadows State Park
During Fall Farm Days History Weekend, step back in time and see history come to life. Stroll through the Historic Area buildings, interact with our living historians and take a tour of Mount Bleak House[...]
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Ask a Master Gardener @ Warren County Extension Office
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6:00 pm Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
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Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
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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 Halloween on Main Street @ White Picket Fence
Halloween on Main Street @ White Picket Fence
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Halloween on Main Street @ White Picket Fence
10-11 am: Dog Costume Parade and judging 1-2 pm: Wedding on the Gazebo 4 pm: Children’s Costume Parade with judging and prizes 5 pm: Trick or Treat on Main Street. Merchants and County Businesses will[...]