The Salvation Army will launch its Holiday Season Kettle Kickoff at 11 a.m., Wednesday morning, November 6, in front of Rural King in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center in Front Royal. The annual fundraiser raises revenue for the organization’s charitable activities that stays in the community.
The Salvation Army is seeking volunteer Bell Ringers to help man the kettles through the holidays. Those interested in volunteering for this worthwhile holiday season endeavor may contact the Salvation Army at (404) 796-0713.
The familiar Red Kettles will be prominent in several retail locations through December 24, with only a Thanksgiving Day break. In addition to Rural King, confirmed Warren County locations include Big Lots in the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center in Front Royal and Walmart in the Riverton Commons Shopping Center in Warren County’s North Commercial Corridor. Several other locations are pending in Front Royal, and the Luray Walmart is also a host site.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 recalled this Veterans Day 2019
Officials from the Giles B. Cook Post 53 of the American Legion again hosted Front Royal’s Veterans Day ceremonies on the grounds and in the street in front of the Warren County Courthouse. The marching bands of Warren County and Skyline High Schools and Randolph Macon Academy were on hand, as well as a color guard of R-MA cadets.
The weather cooperated with sunny and balmy temperatures the day before snow flurries have been predicted for the area.
Post 53 Commander Rick Kinsey hosted the event, introducing veterans present and speakers including Marine vet and Front Royal Vice-Mayor Bill Sealock and keynote speaker John F. Kokernak, U.S. Army retired.
Tribute was paid, not only to those who have served and sacrificed, but those family members left behind to ponder whether their loved ones will ever return home.
“You know it’s a pleasure to be here because I have been at (battle site location), I have seen the poppies, I know about those kinds of things; I’ve been to the wheat field, I’ve been to Iwo Jima. I know these battlefields,” Sealock said of the respect paid to those who have served, adding, “but I sat there today thinking about things for the service I thought about the forgotten ones. The one who are left behind during the deployments and time overseas, those people, the Gold Star mothers, the spouses, the children, the family as a whole, the parents. These people are forgotten in my estimate, and I always think of those who do not return – what effect did it have on these individuals and families? For that, I welcome you to this great celebration,” Sealock concluded.
The vice mayor’s remarks echoed what makes this annual celebration that began as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of “the war to end all wars”, World War One on November 11, 1918, so special. The honor of service and sacrifice of all impacted, both on the battlefields of the world, and those waiting anxiously at home for their return; as well as the enduring desire for a peace achieved through a commitment to international justice for all nations that will make those sacrifices of war someday a less necessary part of our collective history.
Armistice Day, now Veterans Day, is traditionally celebrated at 11 a.m., November 11. That was the moment when the guns along the fronts of World War One fell silent a final time in 1918 as the Armistice to end that war was achieved.
The poppies Sealock referred to on this 101st celebration of service and an end to war come from a poem from World War One “In Flanders Fields”. The poem, often referenced at these services, was written in May 1915 by Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae. Its impetus is believed to have been McCrae’s conduct of the field burial service for Lieutenant Alexis Helmer in the absence of a company chaplain:
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
“We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
See Front Royal and Warren County’s celebration of Veterans Day 2019, including keynote speaker John F. Kokernak’s full remarks and the laying of the wreaths in this exclusive Royal Examiner video:
R-MA Drama Department presents “Loserville”
On Wednesday, November 20th, and Thursday, November 21st, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present its 2019 fall production of Elliot Davis’ and James Bourne’s musical, Loserville. The musical, which will take place in Melton Memorial Gymnasium on the R-MA campus in Front Royal, is open to the public, and it is free. The doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the two-hour play (including intermission) beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-636-5484.
Skyline Interact students bring a fresh look to the Humane Society of Warren County
This weekend, Skyline Middle School Interact Club students painted the fencing around the Humane Society of Warren County as a community service project. The Rotary Club of Warren County Interact ambassadors, Kahle Magalis and Ellen Aders, helped organize this project for the kids. Be sure to watch this video to the end to catch all who participated working hard in addition to a furry guest appearance!
What is Interact?
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people. Made up of members ages 12-18 or secondary-school age, Interact gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects. Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.
Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for November 15-30
The library will be closing early at 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, the library will be closed Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th. The library will resume normal hours of operation Saturday, November 30th.
General Education Development
Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. The GED class will not be meeting Thursday, November 28th as the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
What the Tech!
Having trouble with your electronics? Don’t worry! Come into What the Tech and we can help you! Phones, tablets, ereaders, and anything else you need help with! Just check at the Adult Reference Desk for available times every Tuesday.
The Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 1:00 P.M. November will focus on publishing. Class will not be meeting Thursday, November 28th as the Library will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree
An ongoing workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots and different resources available at the Library with an adult reference staff member. Classes are held 1st & 3rd Tuesdays nights at 6:00 pm. (November 5th & 19th)
English as a Second Language Discussion Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 am. This group will not be meeting Thursday, November 28th as the Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 A.M (November 13th). All ability levels welcome. This Group will not be meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Books & Beyond Discussion Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to the Books & Beyond Book club Wednesday, November 20th at 10:00 A.M. where The Library Book by Susan Orlean will be discussed.
Vibes in the Libes: Donna Evans
Samuels Public Library invites you to join us Friday, November 22nd at 12:30 P.M. for a lunchtime musical performance by Donna Evans! Bring your lunch, bring a friend and enjoy!
Phoenix Project Flapjack Fundraiser serves over 45 plates!
Phoenix Project hosted a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s in Front Royal this weekend. They served over 45 plates of pancakes! The board and staff are so thankful for all of the community support.
Susan Hrbek and family were out to support as well as Rotarian Debbie Grove. Realtor Janice Rogouski enjoyed a delicious breakfast with her husband and friend Ashley Westfall of Westfall Cleaning Services. It was great to see other local business owners and staff attend including Tracy Bowers of TLC Settlements LLC and Gina Matthews of CBM Mortgage
Thank you to all!
For more information about the Phoenix Project or to donate, please visit: https://phoenix-project.org/
Phoenix Project Business Office:
222 South Royal Avenue,
Front Royal, VA 22630
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Meet Peter Houlahan: Norco ’80 Author; special fundraising event at Samuels Public Library, Saturday at 6pm
Peter Houlahan, author of the book Norco ’80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History.
Tickets are still available! This event is a fundraiser for Samuels Public Library and a unique opportunity to meet the author of one of the hottest books of 2019, Norco 80. Please consider supporting the library by attending this interesting and educational evening! Cocktails at 6pm, Presentation & Questions at 6:30, Appetizers & Signing at 8pm. Books will be available for purchase for $25.00. To purchase tickets, visit www.samuelslibrary.net, or purchase in-person at Samuels Public Library, 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA.
Money raised through sponsorships and ticket sales at this event will go toward improving the services, programs, and collections that the Library is able to offer the citizens of Front Royal/Warren County and surrounding areas.
“Simply put, Norco ’80 is one of the best true crime accounts ever written. Harrowing, incisive, and important. But also? A goddamned thrill ride. This is a book you’ll read and then talk about for weeks.” – Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland
Turning off Etiwanda onto Holmes, a two-lane road lined with ramshackle houses, double-wides, and animal pens, it suddenly occurred to Deputy Rolf Parkes that he might be seconds away from a battle in which he would be outgunned, outmanned, and utterly alone. Rolf abruptly slowed and pulled his cruiser onto the dirt beside the metal fencing of a horse corral to give him time to consider his options. Before he could make any decisions, the yellow truck appeared, traveling at an ominously slow speed. To Parkes, it did not look like a vehicle fleeing police as much as it did one daring anyone to get close to it. And now it was 150 feet away, headed directly toward him.
At once, three men with rifles simultaneously turned their weapons on Rolf. Bullets ricocheted off the pavement in front of him with a singing sound as they fragmented. Others cracked like bullwhips overhead as they shattered the sound barrier on their way to God knows where. There was the tearing sound of rounds striking his vehicle, ripping through multiple layers of metal, plastic, and glass with a guttural, three-dimensional quality. Fragments lacerated the interior and seats while heavier rounds from George Smith’s .308 passed through one side of the vehicle and out the other. Rolf had been around plenty of guns, but this was like nothing he had ever heard before.
Closing in on him, the truck methodically crossed the dotted line, veering into his lane like a trapper walking up to a snared animal to blow its brains out. The fucking thing seemed to amble, in no hurry at all. These sons of bitches are not trying to get away from me, he thought, they are trying to kill me. He was out of options. In the move of a desperate man willing to put anything between himself and death, Rolf Parkes did the only thing he could think of: he rolled up his side window.
Praise for NORCO ’80:
“NORCO 80 somehow makes meticulous research and devotion to the truth fuse with suspense and excitement until the reader is right there, a witness to this guns-blazing account of a crime that changed American law enforcement’s readiness for violence in the extreme.” –Joseph Wambaugh, Best-selling author of The Onion Field.
“There is no doubt that Norco ’80 is poised to become a true crime classic. It’s a marvel of pacing and information—at times racing ahead like a speeding bullet and others slowing down to provide a perfect panorama of a hair’s breadth moment. Houlahan has left nothing unexamined in his obsessively detailed account of this heist from the emotional, to the logistical, to the spiritual. Trust me, you’re going to want to read every word.” —Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley.
“Norco ’80 reads like a pre-apocalyptic nightmare, and it’s all true. Houlahan’s writing is intimate and stark, and the pacing relentless, as it tells the story of a group of young men who robbed a bank to prepare for the end of the world and succeeded in bringing fire and brimstone to one unfortunate small town and the police sworn to protect it. The reader will feel like a witness to these events as they unfold. Be warned—you will not get anything done until this book is done with you.” —James Renner, author of True Crime Addict.
“As the astonishing mayhem chronicled in this book unfolds, you’ll find yourself wondering, How much worse can this situation get? Answer: a lot. Turning the pages, I kept flashing back to the desperate, duck-for-cover urgency of Black Hawk Down. Meticulously reported and artfully written, NORCO ‘80 is an utterly absorbing, unforgettable, and haunting study of how a series of bad decisions can snowball into something truly disastrous.”––Dave Howard, author of Chasing Phil.
Peter Houlahan is a freelance writer contributing to a wide range of publications. In his career as an emergency medical technician, he has written a number of articles related to his profession. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. A native Southern Californian, Houlahan now lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut.