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Stephens City STEM Camp Weeks commence in June



According to retired schoolteacher Jacquetta Owen, “STEM instruction is always so stimulating for me to teach. It allows me to tap into the power of curiosity to fuel the wonder and excitement of learning.” Ms. Owen is energized by working with kids (5-12 years old), teaching new skills, and seeing their “ah-ha” moments.

Educator Jacquetta Owen is the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Camp Weeks Coordinator for the Stephens City UMC summer program. Ms. Owen is a 2019 Stellar 7 Over 70 Award winner. The awards, which were created by The Village at Orchard Ridge, a Frederick County retirement community, are designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals aged seventy and over who are making a difference in their communities. Ms. Owen received the honor for Creative Engagement. She participates in teaching music and reading to the children at her church and organizes and manages annual Vacation Bible School summer classes. Ms. Owen also directs the church and Apple Valley Ringers handbell choirs and teaches sewing classes to people of all ages at Hobby Lobby and the Seniors First center in Stephens City. Photo contributed.

Ms. Owen cites several reasons for leading the week-long STEM Camps including Art, June 13-17, Science, June 20-24, and Lego/Robotics June 27-July 1.

“First, the educational part-working with individual students to problem solve and create. Second, share our Stephens City United Methodist Church (SCUMC) family and opportunities with parents having elementary school-age children to gainfully involve them in the church activities. Third, bring in “helpers,” visiting teachers, for their expertise in various fields, again to let families know we are a loving and active church. Fourth, generate additional funds to support the daycare center.” The entire support personnel are volunteers and graciously share their gifts. All camps are in the Stephens City UMC.

Art Camp students will study Jackson Pollack and practice using some of his techniques. Students will learn about one-point perspective, then use instructions to develop a picture using colored pencils. We will also study mosaics and use a wooden tray to make an embedded design. Art instruction will be given so students can learn about proportion, color, and design. Local artist, Heather Williams will be leading us through the programs.

Science Camp students, during the week, will use the scientific methods to discover how water can walk, what happens when the air in a balloon is heated, and how to make ice cream in a bag. We will also experiment with potential and kinetic energy using tongue depressors, learn about air compression, and even how to peel an egg without using your hands!

Students will learn that surprisingly, cooking requires a strong science background as they explore kitchen secrets, make glitter slime, and observe what happens when they use a magnifying glass. The scientific method of observations and results will be recorded by the students for comparison and evaluation. We will watch the reaction of salt in food colors and paints and determine why this may happen. This salt painting science experiment is a fun way to combine art and science.

Barb Agregard, a retired science teacher from Frederick County will lead the class. John Brishcar, a retired science teacher from Front Royal and NASA, and Deborah Phillips will also be guest science teachers. Ms. Phillips has an MS in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She worked in research labs for over 15 years, including at the CDC, Emory University, and Indiana University, and as a Medical Editor before retirement.

Lego/Robotics Camp students will experience how architecture and engineering combine to help create robust structures. Many architectural and engineering terms will be introduced, then students will be asked to use schematics to follow and develop. We start with large blocks to experiment with shape and design, then move to smaller, more complex blocks for further exploration. Students will replicate rotations in space and devise a design that others will attempt to complete. Kits will be available for students to interpret directions, establish a plan and execute the idea.

Students will have opportunities to build with Legos. Structures will be tested for strength and durability. Students will share kits to design and create a functioning solar robot. Occasionally, methods may be altered for improved success. John Brishcar will assist with Lego Camp.

Alicia Minor, a long-time member of SCUMC, will be assisting during all three weekly STEM Camps.

All children require the underlying thinking personalities and understanding to succeed in a STEM-driven economy and world. The STEM approach to education fosters creativity and divergent thinking alongside fundamental disciplines. ”Children need to develop critical thinking skills for school and life success. Students will work individually, in pairs, or in small groups to generate innovative approaches to explore options, then evaluate them for success. With a focus on practice and innovation, students get to learn from inquiry-based assignments,” Owen said.

“During the five-day, three-and one-half-hour classes (8:30 AM to Noon), students explore multi-sensory experiences, strengthening fine motor skills, design, enhancing color and shape awareness, improving resourcefulness and problem-solving abilities while completing various projects. The students learn new vocabulary (one-point perspective, dimensional applications and implode), explore numbers using measuring techniques, and experiment with varied materials,” Owen concluded.

Classes will be limited to 10 students per camp so individual attention will be a priority.

$100.00 per student/$20 reduction for siblings.  Space is limited. Enroll early.

For more information or to register for SCUMC STEM classes, call 540-866-2132.

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Laurel Ridge hosted College Night at Fauquier Campus



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



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


  • “Lyle, Lyle Crocodile”
  • “Halloween Ends”
  • “Black Adam”
  • “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
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SAR commemoration ceremony honoring Fairfax County First Independent Militia Company



On September 24, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a commemoration ceremony to honor the Fairfax County First Independent Militia Company. The ceremony was conducted by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter at the Fairfax County Courthouse. Forrest Crain emceed the event with chaplain duties performed by Larry McKinley. A Virginia State Color Guard composed of guardsmen from four chapters presented the colors to open the ceremony with a presentation on the Fairfax Militia Company by Chapter President David Huxsoll and a Proclamation from Mayor David Meyer of Fairfax City was read by compatriot David Cook.

Colonel James Wood II Chapter members. Front row, left to right: Thomas “Chip” Daniel, Ernie Coggins, Dave Cook, Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey and Paul Christensen. Back row, left to right: Jeff Thomas, Bill Schwetke, Ken Bonner, Barry Schwoerer and Jim Cordes. (Photos courtesy of Dale Corey)

In 1774, Lord Dunmore had disbanded the House of Burgesses in Virginia as a result of Virginia’s support of Massachusetts resistance against King George III during the build up to the Revolutionary War. In July 1775, the Assembly of Virginia met and the first law they passed was “An Ordinance for Raising and Embodying a Sufficient Force for the Defense and Protection of the Colony.” This provided for the formation of Continental regiments, minute battalions and the county militia. All free male persons, hired servants and apprentices between the ages of 16 and 50 were required to serve duty in the militia. Government officials, clergymen and professors were exempt from militia duty. A militiaman was given six months to supply himself with a good rifle or musket, tomahawk, bayonet, pouch or cartridge box, three charges of powder and ball. He was further tasked to have one pound of powder and four pounds of musket balls at his home.

In Fairfax County, action had already been taken to form a county militia. On September 21, 1774, the first Independent Militia Company in Virginia was formed in Fairfax County, led by Colonel George Mason, consisting of no more than 100 men. The company was to be called the Independent Company of Volunteers who elected their own officers. They were to meet as directed by their officers for the purpose of learning and practicing military exercise and discipline. The Fairfax Company was commanded by George Washington who inspected the troops in Alexandria in January, February, April and May of 1775. In June of 1775 he was commissioned the Commanding General of the Continental Army by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The blue and buff uniform that Washington is pictured in, was worn by him to the Second Continental Congress in May 1775 and throughout the Revolution. This was adopted as the uniform for general officers in the Continental Army and was the uniform of the Fairfax County Independent Company. In addition, they were required to have a good fire-lock and bayonet, sling cartridge box and tomahawk. They were asked to maintain six pounds of gunpowder, twenty pounds of lead and fifty gun flints. There stated goal was to be masters of the military exercise and always hold themselves in readiness.

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Thomas “Chip” Daniel

This unit was called out several times during the war to guard Alexandria, Mount Vernon and Colchester. They further erected fortifications in Alexandria. August 25, 1777, British General Howe landed troops at Head of Elk, Maryland and marched to Philadelphia. On August 22, the Continental Congress anticipating his move, requested one third of the Virginia militia be called to duty. The units came from Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. They were ordered to march to Frederick, Maryland and await orders from George Washington. Washington, in a letter to Colonel William Rumney, dated September 14, 1777, stated: “I have been favored with your letter of the 10th and am happy to find the militia of Fairfax County have turned out with such readiness at this interesting period. Their conduct is truly laudable and has a claim to my thanks … “. Rumney was ordered to take the militia to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they served for a period of three months. They were again called to duty in February 1781 at the request of Baron von Steuben who called for an additional force of militia. The Governor ordered a fourth of the militia from Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Fauquier Counties to march without delay to Williamsburg. They were kept in the field until September 1781.

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Wreaths were presented to commemorate the founding of the Fairfax Independent Company. Ernie Coggins of George Washington Chapter and 1st Vice President of the Virginia Society presented for the State Society. Dave Huxsoll, Fairfax Resolves; Thomas “Chip” Daniel, Col James Wood II; Tom Hamill, Culpeper Minutemen; Ken Bonner, Sgt Maj John Champe and Ken Morris, George Mason presented chapter wreaths. Daughters of the American Revolution wreaths were presented by Nancy Hill, Director District V, Virginia DAR; Kimberly Scott, Director District VIII, Virginia DAR, Janice Dixon, Fairfax County and Anita Bonner Lane’s Mill Chapter. Jeff Thomas presented for the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. The Virginia State Color Guard was commanded by Darrin Schmidt from Fairfax Resolves. Members of the guard included Dave Cook, Jim Cordes, Forrest Crain and Larry McKinley from Fairfax Resolves, Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Dale Corey and Thomas “Chip” Daniel from Colonel James Wood II, Ken Bonner and Barry Schwoerer from Sgt Maj John Champe, with Tom Hamill and Bill Schwetke from Culpeper Minutemen.

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Town Talk: A conversation with Butch Hammond Lorne & LaDona Fetty, The Church at Skyline – Family Fall Festival October 8, 2022



In this Town Talk, we’ll talk with Butch Hammond, Lorne, and LaDonna Fetty from The Church at Skyline about their upcoming Family Fall Festival on October 8, 2022.

The festival will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at The Church at Skyline, 7655 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal, Virginia. This is a free event, and the community is invited. There will be plenty of things for the kids to do, so mark your calendar.  Food, games, prizes, hay rides, and more, and all free.

If you need additional information, call (540) 635-9003 or email

Town Talk is a series on the Royal Examiner where we will introduce you to local entrepreneurs, businesses, non-profit leaders, and political figures who influence Warren County. Topics will be varied but hopefully interesting. If you have an idea, or topic, or want to hear from someone in our community, let us know. Send your request to


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Dixie Melody Boys perform concert at First Baptist Church on September 29th



On Thursday, September 29, 2022, the Dixie Melody Boys will perform a concert starting at 7:30 pm. The First Baptist Church is located at 32 N. Royal Avenue in Front Royal, Virginia.

This concert is free, but a free-will offering will be received. Join Rich Bruce from WVRS the Point 90.1/104.9 as guest emcee. This concert will be recorded by Bob Wilson from The Money Pit Recording Studio in Front Royal.

Click here for more information.

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SAR gives presentation on Constitution to senior living facilities



On September 20, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, conducted two ceremonies to honor the adoption of the Constitution. These were held at Commonwealth Senior Living Facility in Front Royal and Hidden Springs Senior Living Facility in Bentonville. The ceremonies were opened with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Thomas “Chip” Daniel and Dale Corey at Commonwealth Senior Living Facility. (Photos courtesy of Thomas “Chip” Daniel)

A brief history of the events was given leading up to the Constitutional Convention, beginning with the Declaration of Independence leading to the Articles of Confederation. This was an agreement the 13 original States developed at the Second Continental Congress in 1777, after much debate to frame the government of the newly ordained United States of America. After significant time, it went into effect March 1, 1781. The document created a loose confederation of states with a weak central government. Within it’s guidelines, each state only had one vote, regardless of size. Congress did not have the power to tax nor regulate foreign and interstate commerce. There was no executive or judicial branches. Amendments to the Articles required a unanimous vote and laws required a 9/13 majority to pass in Congress. States could levy tariffs on other states goods. The President of the Congress was considered the President of the United States.

By 1787, it had become apparent that the articles had formed a weak ineffective federal government. A Constitutional Convention was convened May 25, 1787, with 70 representatives from the 13 States elected to attend. Of these, 55 showed from 12 States as Rhode Island did not send delegates. The initial intent was to revise the Articles of Confederation, but it soon became apparent that a new government was needed. This resulted in an intense debate that would last 100 days before the document would be accepted by the Congress. The resulting government was a federal organization characterized by a system of checks and balances with a bicameral legislature with two houses to make laws, an executive branch to enforce laws and a judicial branch to ensure the laws were within the guidelines of the Constitution.

Dale Corey giving the presentation at Hidden Spring Senior Living Facility.

Congress adopted the document on September 17, 1787, but would not become binding until it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut quickly ratified it. However, several states opposed the document as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states and did not provide constitutional protection of basic rights. In February 1788, it was agreed that if the other states would ratify, then amendments providing these rights would be immediately proposed. Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina ratified and on June 21, 1788, New Hampshire then followed becoming the ninth state to ratify.

It was agreed the government would begin under the Constitution on March 4, 1789. Virginia and New York ratified by the end of July 1788. On September 25, 1789, the first Congress adopted 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. 10 became known as the Bill of Rights and were ratified in 1791. In November 1789, North Carolina became the 12 state and Rhode Island finally voted to accept the document on May 29, 1790.

The ceremonies were opened with the posting of an American Flag and a presentation on who are the SAR and the coming 250th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War. This was followed by an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. It was closed with the singing of God Bless America and an invocation.

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