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Rotary Club of Warren County: Christa Shifflett presents a powerful new approach

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Christa Shifflett, from the Warren Coalition, presented a program on Wednesday, in which she laid out the need for mentoring of students under a program that the Coalition has developed. Quite often, she pointed out, there is a residual effect when young people witness violence, abuse, or any number of other traumatic events, and this has a long term bearing on their development and life. Under this development, which she referred to as ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences), the trauma follows the child throughout his or her life. According to one study on rats, this effect is found in the genes. This means that the boy or girl could even have a reaction as a result of something a parent might have suffered, as well as abuse they may have suffered or witnessed.

One of the primary needs is for mentors for these children, who are about 11 years old. The mentors would meet with the child at lunch for about an hour, one day a week. These children may have been abused or have witnessed abuse. This has had a major effect on their development as they grew up, and has short circuited many of the developmental processes that would have occurred. She compared these children to groundhogs, who, when they pop up out of their holes, look around in all directions to sense danger and make sure they are safe. These children often do the same–they are constantly looking around, often standing with their back to the wall, not willing or able to sit still in their seats, constantly moving. This is because they don’t feel safe. But often this isn’t recognized and the kids are yelled at or sent to the principal. They don’t sit still because they are constantly looking out because they sense danger or they don’t feel safe, and they are punished.


Shifflett noted that studies of the brain at age 3 for children from a nourishing environment, and kids without that type of environment, have shown quite different development. But this is not only the case with children in school situations–she works in the jail two times a week, and can see the effects on these adults who have experienced the traumas as a child, with exactly the same situation and the same results.

These effects are real. Whether they are the result of heredity, or of childhood abuse or childhood trauma, it affects life choices, actions, and health. Shifflett pointed out that as adults, many have a life expectancy 20 years less than the average. This is why it is so important to reach out to these children (as well as the adults), to let them know that someone cares, by mentoring them and letting them know that they can have a better future. As she admitted, this was an hour and a half program in 20 minutes and this write-up only scratches the surface of her presentation.


For the complete program and to learn more about Rotary Club of Warren County, please go to www.warrrencountyrotary.org.

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Teacher Appreciation with the Rotary Club of Warren County – School year 2020/2021

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Teachers who navigated this unique challenging year all deserve awards! The Rotary Club of Warren County decided to express a small token of appreciation by providing a yummy breakfast for the teachers and staff of our Warren County Public School system. Warm apple cider donuts from the Apple House, apples, granola bars, hot coffee and water were on the menu for the teachers to enjoy!

As a club, members enjoyed coming together to serve the community once again. Rotarian Krista Beahm delivered breakfast every morning during this project! She noted, “The teacher and staff appreciation was a success! This was a much deserved treat for the wonderful WCPS employees for all they have done this past school year.”

A note to the teachers:

Rotary believes education is a right. Our members across the globe unite to educate and uplift students through scholarships and service. The Rotary Club of Warren County wants to thank our teachers and staff for their dedication to our youth during this difficult year! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!  


Please watch this video to not only see the project in action, but to hear a few fun shout outs from teachers to the students, including a message from a Warren County Middle School Principal – Amy Gubler, Rotary Teacher of the Year – Luke Heater, and School Dean – Carolyn Sheppard.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Rotary Club of Warren County
  • Jean’s Jewelers
  • Melanie Hamel – Weichert Realtors
  • Jen Avery – Crum Realty, Inc.

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Royal Shenandoah Greenway walking tour experience

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Several years ago, I had a fun experience with former mayor and friend, Jim Eastham. We set out together to tour an upcoming real estate listing. As we drove through town, Jim was telling me all about the Royal Shenandoah Greenway, pointing here and there, explaining where the full loop of trail was going to go one day.

Fast forward to July 2019, I set out to create this walking virtual tour for the Royal Shenandoah Greenway after its completion. I stopped in to see Felicia Hart that day and gathered a few props, like my cool LOVE Shenandoah t-shirt from the visitor’s center and Discover Front Royal sunglasses! I set out in only flip flops to walk the approx. 5 mile loop.

Here we are now, May 2021, and I am finally releasing this video! You will notice how much has changed since I first filmed. As we walk the Main Street stretch, several businesses have moved in and out! You will also notice the changes in Happy Creek.

Real Estate Marketing Tool


There are a few goals I am hoping to accomplish with the posting of this 20+ minute walking tour of the Shenandoah Greenway. My original reason was to provide people with a sample of one of the highlights of our area. As a realtor, I can use this video as a marketing tool to help potential buyers fall in love with the Shenandoah Valley!

Tourism #DiscoverFrontRoyal

As a community partner, I am hoping tourism might like to use this video. Missing my old friend Felicia Hart, but I am hoping some new #DiscoverFrontRoyal team members find this video helpful when showing off all we have to offer. The Royal Shenandoah Greenway provides a safe space to enjoy nature, walk your dog, or take a jog!

Stay At Home Adventure

Two years ago, I could not have imagined a worldwide pandemic that created a situation where so many are homebound. I am hoping this video might be a fun way for folks to feel like they are getting out & about but from the safety and comfort of their home. Hoping the retirement communities can share and liven up a boring day by virtually traveling!

Virtual Exercise: 20 Minute Walk A-Long

Virtual exercise video! Is it a gloomy rainy day and you can’t get out to walk? Well, play this video on your treadmill. Watch the trail and all that surrounds it as you walk virtually. The music was selected with this purpose in mind! Better yet, play this summer time video in the winter when you are missing the warm sunshine!

Scenes to expect on the Greenway:

  • Begin at Eastham Park
  • Soccer Fields
  • Dog Park
  • The Shenandoah River
  • Skyline High School
  • Cross over 340
  • Ressie Jeffries Elementary School
  • Samuels Public Library
  • Burrel Brooks Park
  • Happy Creek
  • Rural King
  • Cross over South Street
  • Florence Smith Playground
  • Happy Creek Arboretum – butterfly action
  • PaveMint
  • Main Street shops and businesses
  • Gazebo
  • United Methodist Church
  • St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
  • Luray Ave – Bowman Park
  • Skyline Middle School

Hope you enjoy this virtual tour of the Royal Shenandoah Greenway:

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Meet May’s business sponsored pet of the month, Scarlett

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Scarlett is a 5-year-old, we are thinking Shar Pei mix, who is ready for some love! Scarlett would really thrive as the only dog in the family, but would be okay with cats and children! Watch this video to see how she is friendly and not overly energetic. Age 5 sometimes brings a little extra calm to a pooch.


The Humane Society has adjusted their appointment requirements. Feel free to stop out during the week to visit with the animals. Appointments are just required on the weekends. Please take 5 minutes to fill out an online application. Someone from the shelter will call you and schedule your meet and greet time shortly after you submit your application: humanesocietywarrencounty.com

Are you a business and would like to sponsor a pet of the month? OR would you be interested in learning more about a Business Partner Membership? Let’s talk! (540) 635-4734

Adoption fees sponsored by:


  • Maria Martinez / Bill Powers
    Powers Insurance Agency, Inc.
    135 North Royal Avenue | Front Royal, VA 22630-2613
    (540) 635-2825
    billpowersagency.com

Adoption & video sponsored by:

  • Jennifer Avery, REALTOR ®
    “Your Happy Home Expert!”
    CRUM REALTY, INC.
    318 S Loudoun Street, Winchester VA
    jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com
    Call today to schedule a chat about your real estate options: 540-683-0790
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River clean up with the Rotary Club of Warren County

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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Warren County set out Saturday to clean up the Shenandoah! They collected trash along the shoreline, including multiple tires. Let’s all try to keep the waters clean! This river has taken care of us for decades… let’s return the favor and keep her trash free.

The Shenandoah River helps us grow crops because of the rich soils, allowed for trade up and down the waters in the old days, and helps wildlife flourish. Thank you Shenandoah River… “Daughter of the Stars!”

Clean up crew: Ellen Aders, Kahle Magalis, Shane Goodwin, Michael and Sherry Williams

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Benefit for Mason Ryder: Local Front Royal boy in need of liver transplant

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Let’s help Mason, a local 8-year-old boy who lives here in Front Royal!

Please watch this video to meet Mason and his family. Learn a little about his journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita and get excited about the upcoming fundraiser. Mason has been recommended for liver transplant pre screening, and we all need to support the best we can:


To learn more, visit: Mason Ryder’s Journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita


Event: June 19, 2021
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Location: 1481 Hazard Mill Rd, Bentonville VA 22610
More Info: Facebook Event Page

  • Raffle Items, Live Music, Lego Auction (made by Mason)
  • Hot Dogs or Hamburgers | 2 Sides – BYOB – tickets $10.00
  • Raffle Tickets – $1.00 each | Drawings will be announced starting at 7pm
  • Cornhole Tournament – $10.00 entry fee
  • Call Pam Coyle for details: 540-233-2597

If you can not attend and still want to donate, click this link: Mason’s GoFundMe

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Empty Bowl Supper 2021 “TO GO” was a great success

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Empty Bowl Supper 2021 “TO GO” event crossed the finish line bringing in an approximate net of 13K to the House of Hope! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year amazing. Main Street/Downtown merchants made this year extra special by displaying bowls ahead of time. Thank you to the following downtown participants:

  • C & C Frozen Treats
  • Turnmeyer Galleries
  • White Picket Fence
  • Manor Line Market
  • House of Fabrics
  • Royal Oaks Computers
  • I Want Candy
  • DL Campus Coffee
  • Inklings
  • Mountain Trails
  • Down Home Comfort Bakery
  • Royal Blends Nutrition
  • Vinova
  • Gourmet Delights
  • Main Street Travel
  • Downtown Market

Scott and Pam Turnmeyer shared, “We enjoyed setting up outside and being part of the Empty Bowl Supper event. It was great to see so many of our friends and customers and reach new ones.” House of Fabrics commented, “We only have about 5 bowls left. New people came in and now know where we are!”

The music at the gazebo was fantastic. First band was Passage Creek Rising. Passage Creek Rising has played for several years for the supper and is truly loved. This year a second band played for the second half of the day,

JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience. There was dancing in the streets!


A huge thank you to Explore Art & Clay, Arline Link who organized the completion of approximately 250 bowls this year. The people from the community who volunteered to paint, ROCKED IT! Please note, we do have some leftovers. They will be for sale for $25.00 at Explore Art & Clay. The bowls are an excellent gift idea – unique custom bowls that help to support a solution to homelessness in our community!

Thank you to all of the soup donors; The soups were delicious! People have explained how nice it was to enjoy the soups at home with enough for a husband and wife to dine on for two meals! There were a few cancellations due to a Covid-19 outbreak, so the soup list shrunk a little. However, there was plenty of soup still for all to enjoy! Thank you to the following soup donors:

  • Blue Wing Frog – Vegan Butternut Squash
  • Soul Mountain Restaurant – Tomato Basil
  • The Mill Restaurant – Cream of Broccoli, Beef Vegetable, Chili, Loaded Potato, and White Bean Chicken The Apple House – Loaded Baked Potato
  • Mountain Home – Chestnut Apple Soup
  • Manor Line Market – Smoked Pulled Beef Chili
  • Paladin Bar & Grill – Brunswick Stew
  • The Blue Door Kitchen & Inn – Ribolitta (sausage, beans, vegetables)
  • Downtown Catering – Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato | Cream of Cauliflower
  • Daily Grind – White Bean Chili
  • Royal Spice – Chicken Storg (chicken, beans, noodles)
  • El Maguey – Aztec (rice, Chicken, vegetables)
  • Try Thai – Coconut and Tofu

A monumental thank you to our sponsors. We want to take a moment to say thank you to our sponsors from 2020. It was so unfortunate that the event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but your sponsorship dollars helped us keep the doors open at the House of Hope through such a difficult time. Your support is sincerely appreciated.

This year’s 2021 sponsorship lineup:

Super Sponsor:

  • Explore Art & Clay – Arline Link

Gold Sponsors:

  • MayAnne and Joe Biggs
  • Sigrid Hepp-Dax
  • Rotary Club of Warren County

Silver Sponsors:

  • No Doubt Accounting
  • Ticket Sponsor Ellen Aders – State Farm
  • Rotary Club of Front Royal

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Jo Ellen McNeal
  • Dave and Carol Hardy
  • Jennifer Avery, Realtor
  • Blue Ink Original
  • Marlow Motors Co.
  • Front Royal Women’s Resource Center

IN KIND Sponsors:

  • Scott Turnmeyer Photography
  • Downtown Market
  • Ladies of Bethel United Methodist Church
  • Kira Tomlin and her amazing cookie kids

Thank you again to our wonderful community of Warren County. We thank you for your support through the Empty Bowl Supper and pledge to keep updates coming on the growth of the House of Hope program. Be sure to follow us on Facebook as we look to celebrate our success with all! Occasionally needs are posted. You just might have that extra microwave we might need for a graduate! Let’s stay connected:

facebook.com/HOPEinFrontRoyal

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