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School Board approves salary scale updates, bonuses, higher hourly wage for trip bus drivers

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The Warren County School Board met on Wednesday, November 2, for less than an hour and approved several items. From left to right: Andrea Lo, Antoinette Funk, Kristen Pence, and Melanie Salins. School Board member Ralph Rinaldi was absent.

 

Among several action items, the Warren County School Board on Wednesday, November 2, approved a new hourly wage for bus drivers who take on extra driving for Warren County Public Schools (WCPS).

During its meeting, the School Board voted 4-0 to raise the current hourly rate to $20 from $14 for bus drivers who cover the transport of WCPS students and employees to and from sporting events and other activities. Present to vote were School Board Chair Kristen Pence and board members Antoinette Funk, Andrea Lo, and Melanie Salins. Board Vice Chair Ralph Rinaldi was absent this week.

“We are experiencing a shortage of after-hour trip drivers for activities and field trips,” said WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Administration George “Buck” Smith, who pointed out that the current WCPS $14-per-hour rate isn’t even close to the contractual hourly rate for a bus driver having zero years of experience who starts working at WCPS for $19.64 an hour.


“Our current activity trips and field trips hourly rate… asks our drivers to work extra hours at a significantly reduced rate from the starting salary rate,” Smith said. “This is no longer enticing for after-hours activity driving.”

Smith also noted that surrounding counties have adjusted bus driver trip rates. For instance, Shenandoah County Public Schools pays $20 per hour, and Frederick County Public Schools pays $20.75 per hour.

“This adjustment will significantly help us in recruiting after-hour drivers to serve our students’ needs for their extra-curricular activities,” he told the School Board.

Following a motion by Lo to approve, with a second by Salins, the motion carried.

In other action, the School Board unanimously approved salary scale supplement updates and certain employee bonuses.

WCPS Personnel Director Shane Goodwin (above) presented the salary scale supplements action item, saying several supplements originally approved by the School Board could not be awarded due to the school division’s reduction in funding for operations.

 

However, “the school division has realized savings within the budget from lag pay, staff turnover, and current vacancies to date that will now allow for the supplements to be issued,” Goodwin said.

The following supplements will be awarded to specific WCPS employees: Middle School Assistant Principals receive a $5,000 supplement, Instructional Resource Team members receive an additional $2,500, and the Dean of Students gets an additional $2,500.

The final adjustment to the 2022-2023 scales is the addition of the doctorate supplement to the Grade 30/ Therapist Scale to align the scale with all other scale supplements, said Goodwin.

After the meeting, Pence explained in an email that there has not been any increased funding for this school year’s budget from the Warren County Board of Supervisors (BOS). “The funds discussed at tonight’s meeting were all the result of things like staff turnover and unfilled positions,” she wrote in a Wednesday night email.

“We voted to use the money already in our budget and appropriated by the County to continue funding parts of our approved WCPS FY [fiscal year] 2022-2023 budget that has been held due to the lack of full funding,” Pence wrote, adding that the BOS did not approve $1.2 million of the WCPS requested budget.

Similarly, the School Board unanimously approved a one-time $500 employee bonus for part-time WCPS staff members employed on October 31, according to WCPS Superintendent Christopher Ballenger.

The total $14,532.75 cost to provide the one-time bonuses to 27 part-time employees—including cafeteria aides, car driver aides, an assistant athletic director, an English teacher, a secretary, and two vocational-technical education teachers — will be covered by savings from staff turnover in the Operating Fund Budget and the existing balance in the Cafeteria Fund, according to WCPS.

At the same time, the approved FY2023 State Budget and the approved FY2023 WCPS budget included funding for a $1,000 bonus to be paid to full-time employees, said Ballenger, who added that payment of this bonus — which also is for eligible staff employed on October 31 — is scheduled for November 21.

In other action, the School Board unanimously approved:

1.) Two separate 36-month contracts be awarded to Document Solutions Inc. for the lease of copiers at Skyline High School for $99,720 and at Skyline Middle School for $71,604.

2.) A membership payment of $17,521.49 for WCPS to continue participating in the Laurel Ridge Educational Consortium, a collaborative effort among Laurel Ridge Community College, WCPS, and several surrounding school districts (Fauquier, Frederick, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and the City of Winchester) that offers local access to professional development training for all school system personnel. Pence: First Addendum Superintendent’s Contract = Budget Source will be from lag pay and staff turnover. Contacted attorney to review.

3.) An addendum to the superintendent’s contract regarding annual, sick, and personal leave.

4.) Acceptance with gratitude of donations to the Skyline Middle School library consisting of 50 books from Play Favorites, $500 from Consistent Voice Communications, and $50 from SSMG Concierge.

Community participation

 

Larry “Liberty Man” Johnson (above) of Front Royal, Va., who is a retired teacher, reverend, and farmer, personally invited School Board members and the public to attend a free dedication ceremony being held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, at Riverton Methodist Church to name bridges in Front Royal spanning the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River in honor of Warren County founder Dr. Joseph Warren, Brig. General Daniel Morgan and all United States military veterans.

Johnson said that government officials, scholars, and a national author will be attending the event, which Pastor Allan Morrison of Christ Reigns Presbyterian Church in Winchester, Va will be presided over. The opening prayer will be given by Rev. Marc Roberson of Riverton Methodist Church, followed by the posting of colors by the James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Students from the Dominion Ridge Academy of Front Royal will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

The bridge over the North Fork is named General Daniel Morgan and Veterans’ Memorial Bridge. The bridge over the South Fork is named the Major General Dr. Joseph Warren and Veterans’ Bridge.

“I am so pleased that the Board of Supervisors approved the naming of the bridges to include all veterans, from the Revolution to the present day and into the future,” Johnson said in a related statement.

Upcoming events
A Cyberbullying Forum is being held Thursday night, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Warren County High School auditorium, which Board Chair Pence said: “is much needed.” WCPS staff are holding the event in conjunction with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. WCPS Director of Special Services Michael Hirsch told the Royal Examiner this morning that more forums will be offered to provide support for the community. There will be a presentation followed by breakout sessions with information on parenting controls, monitoring, and other tips being offered by the Sheriff’s Office and WCPS guidance counselors. Just FYI: there’s also a regional semi-final volleyball game going on at the school, as well.

During his report, Ballenger said there is no school on Tuesday or Friday next week for Election Day and Veterans Day, which are held on November 8 and 11, respectively. Classes will be held as normal on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week. Thanksgiving Lunch will be held at all schools on November 17.

The School Board and BOS joint budget committee will meet again in December, and Funk said members will start working on next year’s budget for the school division. She said the committee members could not jointly meet in October or November.

To watch the School Board’s November 2 meeting in its entirety, go to https://wcps.new.swagit.com/videos/187812.

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Cline for Sheriff fundraising Dinner Party packs supporters into Fire & Rescue Company 1 Banquet Hall

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Supporters of long-time Front Royal Police Officer, now Captain Crystal Cline, gathered Saturday evening, February 4th at Front Royal Fire & Rescue Company 1 headquarters for a campaign fundraising Dinner Party with live musical entertainment. It was a large crowd that gathered on the second-floor banquet room from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to offer their emotional and financial support for Cline’s run for Warren County Sheriff in this year’s November election.

Silent auction items (there were also live auctions) greeted Cline campaign Dinner Party arrivals as they checked in – and that empty food line won’t stay empty for long, we promise, staff assured us. Royal Examiner Photos Roger Bianchini

There were live and silent auctions to augment the fundraising. Musical entertainment was provided by headliner “Raised on Analog” in from Winchester and “Old Bailey and the Bondsmen”. The latter opened the musical portion of the event with a familiar face on bass, Kahle Magalis, on his personal rock-and-roll downtime, as were his band-mates, all but one in or retired from public safety professions from around the commonwealth.

‘Old Bailey and the Bondsmen’ opened the live entertainment, followed by headliner ‘Raised on Analog’ in from Winchester (pictured further below). The opening act, from left to right: Bryan Porter guitar (Alexandria), Tracy Martin vocals and David Martin drums (Halifax Co.), Kahle Magalis (Front Royal) bass, and Doug Sexton guitar & keyboards. Below, one lonely dance floor occupant puts his foot down to the set-opening beat laid down in a stirring rendition of The Cranberries classic ‘Zombie’ – well done, Tracy and gang – Delores would have approved. And there were also rave reviews for ‘Raised on Analog’, pictured below with the candidate from her campaign Facebook page.


Cline is challenging first-term incumbent and former Herndon Police Officer Mark Butler in what appears at this relatively early stage some nine months prior to Election Day 2023 to be a two-person, head-to-head race for sheriff. Royal Examiner asked Cline what led to her decision to run for sheriff this year and attempt to move from town to county law enforcement?

“I never saw myself running for Warren County Sheriff, I thought that I would retire at the Front Royal Police Department. However, I have spent 22-plus years in public safety in this community and have seen a lot of changes throughout the years between the town and county governments and also both law enforcement agencies. I have been absolutely dismayed about the current state of these vital relationships and will fight to do my part to improve upon this. I decided I didn’t have to wait for someone else to step up – I know I am more than qualified to be the next Sheriff and I will prove it on day one when I am elected.

“My campaign platform is crystal clear,” she added drawing on a campaign slogan based on her first name, adding, “It is my desire to serve my community utilizing my leadership experience, education, training and unwavering perseverance to make the Warren County Sheriff’s Office an agency that is respected and trusted by our community, but also the rest of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and the rest of the State once again. There is absolutely no other place than Warren County where I would rather serve and make a positive difference!”

The candidate welcomes well-wishers, including Wayne Sealock, also on personal time. Below, ‘Well, you’re going to vote for me, right?’ Cline may have been asking husband George, who assured her with a campaign hug.

Royal Examiner later asked Cline about the Saturday evening fundraising event. “Last night’s fundraiser was nothing short of amazing! The people came out and packed the house to capacity. We had people showing up in line an hour before the event and had to set out a couple more tables. We sold all or most of our 300 tickets (note: $65 covering food, beverages & entertainment), we had 24 silent auctions and 6 live auctions, including a coconut cake that went for $975 and 18 eggs for $140!

“Everyone had a great time and I felt honored and humbled at the outpouring of support. I really want to give a shout-out to my Crystal Cline for Warren County Sheriff Campaign Committee. They worked super hard to make this a huge success and I will be forever grateful that I consider all of them lifelong friends! Our community members are smart and informed about what has happened in the past three years and want it to improve … They have seen me being visible in the community working and volunteering for 22 years and know that I will continue to be about the people.”

The food’s going to be on the food line soon – promise – But hey, we’re only a half hour into a 5-hour event, staff noted to settle hovering media down. And can you find the candidate greeting a supporter as the building crowd begins spilling onto the dance floor?

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Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School students give back to the community and learn about local non-profits

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At the R-MA Middle School, all seventh graders participate in Global Quest, a class that follows a leadership curriculum provided by Lead4Change. Teams of students identify local non-profit organizations that they would like to support, and work together to collect donations. The following is a list of Fall Semester 2022 successes!

House of Hope: Students sold a great deal of candy bars to their fellow students to raise over $150 for House of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homelessness in the Front Royal, VA.

Humane Society of Warren County: Received many physical donations of animal food and toys to help the local animal shelter. Students delivered the donation to the humane society and had the opportunity to briefly interact with the different animals.

Able Forces: Raised over $600 for local veterans and their families. The Global Quest group received a plaque to honor and commemorate the years of donations by R-MA students and their families to Able Forces.


Semper K9 Assistance Dogs: Raised around $500 for this nonprofit which helps veterans obtain needed service dogs.

What Matters: Received 18 different pairs of cleats to donate to children in Uganda.

Christian Freedom International: Students wrote hundreds of letters to Christians all around the world who face a wide variety of persecution.

Winchester SPCA: Raised some funds for an animal shelter in Winchester, VA.

R-MA Garden: Conducted several fundraising events to gain the funds necessary to reconstitute the R-MA Garden in Spring 2023 (this is an ongoing project).

Total Funds Raised: $1,895.01


Randolph-Macon Academy is a co-ed private school for grades 6-12. We offer a superior university-preparatory curriculum with an elite Air Force JROTC program preparing graduates to pursue lives of meaning and success. Every year, 100% of our graduates are accepted to the best universities around the world with the Class of 2022 graduating 59 students who received over $16.6 million in scholarships. Visit is at www.RMA.edu.

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Whether aspiring students attending Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) want to be a nutritionist, millwright, industrial machinery mechanic, auto mechanic, drafter, microbiologist, electrical engineer, HVAC installer, an aerospace or nuclear engineer, a nurse, or a welder, then the Blue Ridge Technical Center (BRTC) has the requisite courses to get them started.

Through BRTC’s career and technical education (CTE) courses, students prepare for productive futures while meeting the Commonwealth’s need for well-trained and industry-certified technical workers. And according to the Virginia Department of Education, CTE programs in the state’s public schools serve more than 670,000 students in one or more CTE courses in grades 6-12.

PLTW Biomedical Science is alike those at BRTC that are focused on biomedical science, for instance.

Kelly Racey is one of the two BRTC instructors who teach the Project Lead The Way biomedical science curriculum, a project-based learning system that explores real-world issues through topics like disease, DNA analysis, prosthetic design, public health, and more. Along the way, students gain experience with state-of-the-art tools and techniques that are used by professionals in hospitals and labs every day, Racey wrote in an email to the Royal Examiner


She provided Warren County School Board members with an overview of the CTE biomed science courses as part of recognizing February as National CTE Month during the board’s Wednesday, February 1 meeting.

The first semester of biomed includes the “Principles of Biomedical Science,” or PBS, which is open to students in ninth through 11th grade. Racey currently teaches the second year, which is human body systems, and Christina White, a patient care tech teacher at BRTC, is teaching the medical interventions section.

During the first semester, Racey said 54 kids enrolled in the PBS class, in which they explored concepts in biology and medicine as they took on the roles of different medical professionals. 

Students are exposed to over 60 medical careers as they complete project-based activities, she said, and over the course of the semester, they are challenged in various scenarios to deal with real-world problems as part of the project-based learning system. 

“On day one, the students walk into class where they’re asked to investigate a crime scene to solve a mystery of a dead woman,” explained Racey. “It’s a staged woman in my class — just letting people know that!” 

In the forensic science unit, students collect evidence, fingerprints, hair, insects, digital phone evidence, and blood DNA. Students also have opportunities to work with the same equipment and tools used by lab professionals, everything from hospital-grade microscopes, micro pipettes, dissection equipment, blood typing equipment, phlebotomy, arms, and DNA electrophoresis, Racey added. 

“I always think in ninth grade doing DNA electrophoresis is pretty special,” said Racey, referring to gel electrophoresis, which is a technique used to separate DNA fragments (or other macromolecules, such as RNA and proteins) based on their size and charge.

Students have even made their own lie detector tests and interrogated people with heart rate monitors and respiratory belts, “which was pretty neat,” she added. 

Once the forensic science unit is completed, students go right into the medicine part and explore why this woman died. “They do histology of brain tissue. They examine hearts. They dissect hearts,” said Racey. “They know a lot about the heart.” 

In the next PBS unit, students diagnose and treat fictional patients by learning to take vital signs manually, everything from heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, even EKGs. And they’re introduced to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.

Students also explore some sensitive topics of medicine, like genetic mutations, and go on to learn about protein synthesis and karyotypes and pedigrees. And they diagnose and predict how these mutations are passed on to families, said Racey (above), who added that “the course is packed with hands-on opportunities.”

“It’s a great program for these kids and these kids are great,” she said. 

Exemplary CTE students

Every February, the CTE community across the nation celebrates CTE Month to raise awareness of the role that CTE has in readying learners for college and career success.    

At BRTC, for example, Warren County students may take courses in automotive, culinary, carpentry, electricity, engineering, nursing, biomedical, and welding. 

Jane Baker (above), CTE director at BRTC, told the School Board that this year’s CTE Month theme is “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!”

“And that’s exactly what career and technical education is all about,” she said. “This month really focuses on what we refer to as the CTSOS, which are Career and Technical Student Organizations.”

In Warren County, such CTSOS include Educators Rising, which at one point was named Teachers for Tomorrow. There is also DECA, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and SkillsUSA, among others. 

“Sometimes we get so caught up in a lot of the other activities and the other coursework and demands that go on in a school that we lose focus of the ability level of students who choose to engage in CTE classwork,” Baker added.

In fact, as part of celebrating National CTE Month, Racey said she and Baker also wanted to celebrate some of the biomed students who had great success in the first semester. 

As part of the Project Lead The Way biomed curriculum, which consists of four classes, the students were required to take a national introductory course test at the end of the semester.  

“They do some simulations on it where they have to simulate all these lab experiments and come up with data and it’s matching and labeling body parts,” Racey said. 

Students’ end scores on the national test are graded from 100 to 600. Racey said that 52 percent of BRTC students in the PBS course scored in the distinguished category, which means that they were in the top 10 percent of the country.

Even more commendable is that eight BRTC students scored 600, meaning they scored in the top one percent in the country. 

“It’s something to be proud of,” Racey said. “But honestly, I’m also proud of these kids because they work hard. Their critical thinking skills and their work ethic is just wonderful.” 

Racey recognized the eight students to celebrate their 600-score accomplishment, “but also for just being good people and great students.” 

From Warren County High School: Catherine Hulse, 10th grade; Renae Badin, 10th grade; Elizabeth Dunnet, ninth grade; Caleb Zurliene, 10th grade; and Luka Lee, ninth grade. 

From Skyline High School: Scout Broadbent, 11th grade; Alexandra Hemingway, 11th grade; and Sadie Comstock, ninth grade. 

At the end of the year, students are required to take an End of Course Test that measures content and lab skills where they can earn Virginia credentials for graduation. 

“I think our kids can stand up to anybody in the country in science,” Racey said. 

School Board kudos

Some of the School Board members commended CTE coursework in their regular meeting reports.

Board member Andrea Lo, for instance, said she visited BRTC last year, and in one of the classes she observed, students “were setting up a class all about analyzing urine samples and there were little cups of urine all over the room,” she said. 

“I didn’t want to ask if it was real urine or like yellow chemicals, and I still don’t wanna know, but it does look like a very interesting class and I know they’re doing a lot of hands-on activities there,” said Lo. “It was great to see the students here who have been achieving so highly there.” 

Warren County School Board Chair Kristen Pence (above), who holds a doctor of veterinary medicine and works as a vet in Warren County, said that a few weeks ago, she had the opportunity to visit with both of the veterinary science classes, which are just a few more of the programs that have been brought in under Baker’s leadership. 

“And I can tell you that both of those teachers have so much excitement and enthusiasm for the courses and the things that they’re teaching,” Pence said. “Those students in those 11th and 12th grade classes are really amazing. They rival what our veterinary techs do in their schooling.”

Pence said that the BRTC students taking those CTE classes actually use the same textbooks that vet students would use when they go to tech school. 

“I got to spend an hour with the students at Warren County High School and the questions that they came up with, what they wanted to know more about, and what they would do in the future, it was a really good experience to have that conversation with them.” 

Pence also said that prior to her stint on the School Board, she was on the planning group for BRTC’s Project Lead The Way when it was first coming to the County.

“So actually hearing about the program from Ms. Racey and then the excitement that the students are having and the stuff that they’re learning in that program is really amazing,” said Pence. “It’s come so far in not that many years because it’s still fairly new to our County.” 

Click here to watch the entire School Board meeting from February 1.

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If you’re a local high student interested in environmental stewardship, community engagement, and gaining hands-on experience in a leadership position, the FR-WC Anti-Litter Council (ALC) is looking for you!

The ALC is a group of volunteers that helps build a positive community ethic around an increased awareness of litter prevention and stewardship towards cleaner landscapes and watersheds. We know that keeping our roadways, parks, and streams trash-free improves the well-being of our community members, wildlife, and natural resources. But litter prevention is a complex challenge that requires a multi-faceted, locally tailored approach in order to be successful, and so the ALC is looking to expand its leadership team by adding a student member to help generate new ideas and approaches for tackling these issues.

The successful student candidate would be responsible for:

  • attending a 1-to-2 hour ALC meeting each month during the academic year;
  • contributing to new and ongoing litter prevention projects; and
  • overseeing their own community litter clean-up event.

Student litter clean-up team at work – Courtesy Photo ALC


This is a unique opportunity to serve in a leadership position in your own community, to make a tangible impact close to home, and to gain valuable experience that can be added to your college resume. The student member will also be eligible for a monetary scholarship from the ALC to be used towards college tuition upon completion of their service.

Interested students should reach out to ALC President, Justin Proctor, by email: c.justin.proctor@gmail.com

To all community members: The ALC meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. in the Warren County Government Center (220 N. Commerce, Front Royal). Please don’t hesitate to swing by!

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SNAP Emergency Allotments Will End in February

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The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will release the final issuance of emergency allotment benefits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households in February, in accordance with the requirements of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. The new law recently passed by Congress ends VDSS’ authorization to continue issuing benefits through the temporary federal program, originally established in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The last issuance of benefits will be automatically loaded onto SNAP customers’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards on Thursday, February 16.

SNAP households began receiving the temporary emergency allotment benefit in March 2020 through the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (2020). Per federal guidelines, states were required to request a monthly waiver to issue these benefits. VDSS submitted this request each month for the duration of the period emergency benefits were available to continue providing additional food benefits to SNAP households. Since March 2020, the Commonwealth has issued more than 2.1 billion dollars in emergency allotments and raised the monthly issuance to the maximum allowable amount for over 900,000 individuals in Virginia. According to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, emergency allotments have already ended in 17 states.

Households will permanently return to pre-pandemic allowances beginning March 1, 2023, and receive their regular SNAP benefit amounts on their usual day of issuance (on the 1st, 4th, or 7th day of the month). To further awareness of this change, VDSS has mailed letters directly to SNAP households.

Additionally, to support Virginians during this transition, VDSS has also created a dedicated webpage for more information and resources. Beginning January 28, households may contact the temporary information line at 1-855-635-4370, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. TTY assistance is available by calling 800-552-7917 or 866-246-9300. SNAP participants can contact Warren County DSS or visit CommonHelp for questions or account information.


For assistance with applying for food benefits, visit the VDSS SNAP webpage. To access information regarding resources statewide and in your local community, don’t hesitate to get in touch with 2-1-1 Virginia or visit the VDSS food and other nutritional assistance pages.

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VDOT: Warren County Traffic alert for February 6 – 10, 2023

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The following is a list of highway work that may affect traffic in Warren County during the coming weeks. Scheduled work is subject to change due to inclement weather and material supplies. Motorists are advised to watch for slow-moving tractors during mowing operations. When traveling through a work zone, be alert to periodic changes in traffic patterns and lane closures.

*NEW* or *UPDATE* indicates a new or revised entry since last week’s report.

INTERSTATE 66
*NEW* Mile marker 5 to 9, eastbound and westbound – Right shoulder closures for sign work, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

INTERSTATE 81
*NEW* Mile marker 299 to 300, northbound and southbound – Overnight single lane closures for inspection of bridge over Cedar Creek, Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.


Mile marker 299 to 300, northbound and southbound – Overnight single lane closures for equipment and materials unloading and bridge removal work, 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. through the night of March 16.

PRIMARY ROADS
*UPDATE* Route 55 (Strasburg Road) – Shoulder closures for overnight utility work between Route 664 (Whippoorwill Road) and Front Royal town limits, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through February 17.

SECONDARY ROADS
No lane closures were reported.

Vegetation management may take place district-wide on various routes. Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution when traveling through work zones.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at www.511Virginia.org.

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information about Virginia’s roads. Call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile-friendly website at my.vdot.virginia.gov. Agents are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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9
Thu
8:00 am Chocolate Crawl
Chocolate Crawl
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chocolate Crawl
The Front Royal Chocolate Crawl is back for its 3rd year, and it is BIGGER than ever. With over 20 businesses on our list, you’re guaranteed to find something amazing (to purchase) and meet some[...]
Feb
10
Fri
8:00 am Chocolate Crawl
Chocolate Crawl
Feb 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chocolate Crawl
The Front Royal Chocolate Crawl is back for its 3rd year, and it is BIGGER than ever. With over 20 businesses on our list, you’re guaranteed to find something amazing (to purchase) and meet some[...]
Feb
11
Sat
8:00 am Chocolate Crawl
Chocolate Crawl
Feb 11 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chocolate Crawl
The Front Royal Chocolate Crawl is back for its 3rd year, and it is BIGGER than ever. With over 20 businesses on our list, you’re guaranteed to find something amazing (to purchase) and meet some[...]
Feb
12
Sun
8:00 am Chocolate Crawl
Chocolate Crawl
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chocolate Crawl
The Front Royal Chocolate Crawl is back for its 3rd year, and it is BIGGER than ever. With over 20 businesses on our list, you’re guaranteed to find something amazing (to purchase) and meet some[...]
11:30 am Galentine’s Brunch & Market @ Vibrissa Beer
Galentine’s Brunch & Market @ Vibrissa Beer
Feb 12 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Galentine's Brunch & Market @ Vibrissa Beer
Come Celebrate Friendship & Treat Yourself! Only 30 tickets available and they will go quickly. Tickets include: A Beautiful Brunch at Vibrissa Beer! Two tickets to a Mimosa Bar at Vibrissa! A Silent Auction at[...]
Feb
13
Mon
8:00 am Chocolate Crawl
Chocolate Crawl
Feb 13 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Chocolate Crawl
The Front Royal Chocolate Crawl is back for its 3rd year, and it is BIGGER than ever. With over 20 businesses on our list, you’re guaranteed to find something amazing (to purchase) and meet some[...]
12:00 pm Valentine Tea @ The Vine & Leaf
Valentine Tea @ The Vine & Leaf
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Valentine Tea @ The Vine & Leaf
Please join us for tea and dainties on Monday, February 13th, at either 12 noon or 2pm! The event will be held at the Vine & Leaf (477 South Street, Suite F), with guest speaker[...]