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Virtual children activities by Samuels Public Library for the month of July

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These are the events being presented by the Youth Services Department at Samuels Public Library from July 1-15.  Most events can be viewed from the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.  More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.

Summer Reading Club continues.  Favorite animals and amazing stories give you Tails and Tales, a fun-filled summer reading club for all ages!  Come explore the exciting world of wild animals and their habitats through books, programs, games, and more! Register online or in person. Read some great tales, log your books, and pick up your prize when you visit Samuels Library.  Summer Reading Club is sponsored by Friends of Samuels Library (FOSL), Rotary Club of Warren County, and Elks Lodge #2382.


Thursday, July 1

  • 11:00 Garden Story Time.  Join us in our beautiful Children’s Garden for story time!  Let’s Go Fishing!  Our stories this week will remind us of the fun and adventures we can have when we go fishing.  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside.

Tuesday, July 6


  • 3:30 Virtual Science Scouts.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  In a discussion of animal adaptations, we’ll explore why birds have differently shaped beaks.  Watch on Facebook or YouTube.
  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, July 7

  • 1:00 Virtual Story Time.  Awww… Join us for stories about furry, purr-y, cute cats!  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, July 8

  • 11:00 Garden Story Time.  Join us in our beautiful Children’s Garden for story time!  Awww… Join us for stories about furry, purr-y, cute cats!  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside.

Saturday, July 10

  • 11:00 Food Webs & Biomes.  Children ages 6-11 are invited to join us in the Children’s Garden to learn about food webs and biomes through fun discovery activities!  Registration is required.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside.

Tuesday, July 13

  • 3:30 Science Scouts Outdoors.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  This week we will experiment with a leak-proof bag!  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside, or may be viewed on the library’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.  This program is intended for ages 6-11.
  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, July 14

  • 1:00 Virtual Story Time.  Join us for stories that celebrate all we can do in the summertime!  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, July 15

  • 11:00 Garden Story Time.  Join us in our beautiful Children’s Garden for story time!  Join us for stories that celebrate all we can do in the summertime!  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be be moved inside.

Friday, July 16

  • 11:00 and 1:00 Story Ballet:  The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  Come join the dancers of Living By His Grace in our Children’s Garden as they perform the delightful Norwegian Folk Tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff.”  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside.

Saturday, July 17

  • 2:00 Discuss This.  Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art?  Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics.  We will be meeting in the Children’s Garden.  For ages 12-18.  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be be moved inside.

Tuesday, July 20

  • 3:30 Virtual Science Scouts.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  In this week’s club, we’ll learn what pH is, how to measure it in water and in drinks, and what it means.  Watch on Facebook or YouTube, then come to the library to pick up your S.T.E.M. kit.
  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, July 21

  • 1:00 Virtual Story Time.  Let’s discover all the creatures of the vast ocean in our stories this week!  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Thursday, July 22

  • 11:00 Garden Story Time.  Join us in our beautiful Children’s Garden for story time!  Let’s discover all the creatures of the vast ocean in our stories this week!  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be be moved inside.

Saturday, July 24

  • 2:00 Virtual Aspiring Artists.  Are you aged 7 or older?  Do you enjoy art?  If so, please join us for our children’s art class.  This month, the class will focus on children.  We will see works of art from famous artists like Mary Cassatt and Akiane, who have painted children.  We will also learn how to draw faces.  You can watch this program on the Samuels Library Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Tuesday, July 27

  • 3:30 Virtual Science Scouts.  Explore the mysteries of the world through science!  In this week’s club, we’ll explore tree rings-how they are formed, and what we can learn from them.  Watch on Facebook or YouTube, then come to the library to pick up your S.T.E.M. kit.
  • 7:00 Goodnight, Sweetheart!  Virtual Pajama Story Time.  It’s time for bed!  Join Miss Pattie for some sweet bedtime stories.  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, July 28

  • 1:00 Virtual Story Time.  Stories about cookies?  Yum!  Watch on the Samuels Library Facebook Page or YouTube Channel.
  • 4:30 Special Needs Garden Time.  Join Winnie Ehlinger, special needs community advocate and Vice Chairman for SEAC (Special Education Advisory Community,) as she conducts a special needs story time in the Children’s Garden.  She will read Tommy the Tomato, a story she has written.  Afterward, Ms. Michal will lead participants on a garden walk.  Registration is suggested.

Thursday, July 29

  • 11:00 Garden Story Time.  Join us in our beautiful Children’s Garden for story time!  Stories about cookies?  Yum!  Registration is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be be moved inside.

Saturday, July 31

  • 2:00 Aromatherapy for Teens.  Teens, join Ms. Michal in the Children’s Garden to explore the benefits of aromatherapy.  A tour of the garden will highlight plants that are useful for their scent.  Using essential oils and plants found in our garden, everyone will make lotion to take home, in their favorite scent of the day.  Registration is required.  In the event of inclement weather, this event will be be moved inside.
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Open House at Bel Air in Front Royal

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On Sunday, May 29th, the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area (VPHA), based in Middleburg, Loudoun County, conducted an open house of the Bel Air property in Front Royal at the invitation of the LeHew family, the current owners of the property. Travis Shaw, VPHA Director of Education, introduced Bel Air owner Jeff LeHew, who welcomed the attending guests to his home. The featured speaker of the event was Dr. Elizabeth Baer, editor of the diary of Lucy Buck. Lucy and her family lived at Bel Air during the War Between the States, 1861-1865, and hosted General Robert E. Lee when he brought the Army of Northern Virginia through Warren County in late July 1863, following the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg, Pa.

Built in 1795 by Captain Thomas Buck, Bel Air was the ancestral home of Lucy’s parents, William and Elizabeth Buck. William was a merchant and a leading citizen of Front Royal. His great grandfather was one of the first settlers in that part of the Shenandoah Valley.

BelAir 1860

Bel Air is located a quarter mile east of town on a prominent elevation. The front of the house faces southward toward the town and the beautiful panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thomas Buck was a captain in the Virginia militia in the American War of Independence, 1775-1781. It is believed that he named Bel Air for Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland, located north of Baltimore. This Maryland community also was the home of the noted theatrical Booth family (which included the famed Shakespearean actor Edwin Booth and his actor/ brother, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865), the home of Nancy Richardson, Capt. Buck’s wife.


Bel Air is considered one of the oldest brick houses in Front Royal and is one of the finest examples of the Classical Revival style. During the Open House, visitors toured the home’s beautiful first and second floors and looked through the windows at Lucy and her family’s views during their residence there. The highlights of Bel Air include the penciled signatures and comments on the walls and ceilings preserved in a room on the second floor. The first of these graffiti dates to August 30th, 1796, shortly after the house was completed. Another is the signatures of the entire Buck family, including daughter Lucy, dating from the early 1800s to the beginning of the 20th Century.

Bel Air has had just three owners since its construction in 1795. Capt. Buck and his descendants owned the property until the early 20th Century. Sydney Byrne Downing acquired the property and made a number of alterations to the house in 1905. In the early 1970s, Larry LeHew purchased Bel Air; it is currently owned by Larry’s son, Jeff, who recently completed the rehabilitation of the exterior stucco and porches. He and his family continue to preserve this beautiful home and property.

Lucy Rebecca Buck was born on September 25th, 1842, in Warren County, Virginia, the third of thirteen children of William and Elizabeth Buck. She learned the social graces at two local schools. On Christmas Day, 1861, eight months after the War Between the States began in April, Lucy was given a diary which she kept for the duration of the War, during which time troops were quartered in her home, and battles were literally waged in her front yard.

Lucy recorded first-hand accounts of the numerous troop visits and occupations of Bel Air. Her daily life was centered around the domestic routines of a large household and included reading, sewing, visiting, and tutoring her younger brothers. Numerous friends and relatives were received regularly at Bel Air during the War. Her diary, Shadows On My Heart, was edited and published in 1997 by Dr. Elizabeth Baer.

This extraordinary chronicle mirrors the experiences of many women torn between loyalty to the Confederate cause and dissatisfaction with the unrealistic ideology of white Southern womanhood. Two of Lucy’s brothers, Alvin and Irving, enlisted early in the Confederate army. When Lucy was given the diary that Christmas morning, she wrote:

I cannot but feel a little sad this morning for my thoughts continually revert to those dear absent brothers who were wont to share our Christmas cheer and gladden the hours of this festive season for us. When I think of the unexpected changes that have occurred in the last year, I feel as if I could not count upon ever having them with us again as of yore with any degree of certainty.

In powerful, unsentimental language, Lucy Buck’s diary reveals her anger and ambivalence about the challenges thrust upon her by the upheaval of herself, her family, and the world as she knew it. This document provides an extraordinary glimpse into the “shadows on my heart” of both Lucy Buck and the American South. Lucy’s diary gives a detailed look at civilian life in and around Front Royal during the War years. Her diary entries describe daily life at her home with an extended family that included parents, a grandmother, aunts, cousins, younger siblings, visitors, and enslaved servants.

As the war moved closer to Front Royal, Lucy and her family were exposed to menacing raids by Northern troops. Her diary writings indicate that she was challenged to maintain the everyday pattern of family life during that difficult period. In January 1862, Lucy detailed in her diary the occupation of Front Royal by the Union army under the command of Brigadier-General Nathan Kimball, a physician in Indiana before and after the War; he was the first to use Bel Air as a headquarters in the Spring of 1862. His troops were quartered in the meadows surrounding the house.

Union Major-General James Shields also stayed at Bel Air prior to the defeat of Union troops in the Battle of Front Royal on May 23rd, 1862. Other visitors to Bel Air included Confederate General James Longstreet and General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. General Jackson’s victory at Front Royal was one of the strings of Confederate successes in General Jackson’s famed Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.

The most significant change in the family’s routine occurred in the middle of 1863; Lucy confided to her diary:

Ma told me that the servants (household slaves) had all left in the night and carried our three horses with them. Laura and I went to milk the cows while Ma, Grandma, and Nellie cleaned the house, got the breakfast, and dressed the children.

Lucy and her sisters suddenly had to deal with household chores for the first time, but servants from neighboring households came to help them through the ordeal. On July 22nd, 1863, a day after winning a victory over Federal troops attempting to destroy Lee’s army at Manassas Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just east of Front Royal, when the Army of Northern Virginia marched through Warren County on its retreat from the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., Lucy’s father, William, met General Robert E. Lee and his staff at the pontoon bridges over the Shenandoah River. He invited them to Bel Air for some refreshment, and General Lee accepted the invitation. Lucy wrote in her diary that day how the officers arrived to…stretch their cramped limbs and drink fresh buttermilk. I shall never forget the grand old chief as he stood on the porch surrounded by his officers, a tall, commanding figure clad in dusty travel-stained gray but with a courtly dignified bearing.

Lucy and her sister Laura played and sang Southern songs at General Lee’s request while he stood by the piano. After the enjoyable respite, the Southern troops continued their line of march south through Rappahannock County and eventually into Orange County, where the army spent the Winter of 1863-1864.

In spite of the hotly contested actions going on literally in their front yard and the loss of their slaves, Lucy and her family emerged from the War virtually unscathed. From her diary, we learn the titles of all the popular novels Lucy read during the period and all the parlor games the young people played for an evening’s entertainment. Sometimes the “guests” in the family parlor wore Union blue instead of Confederate gray – and on those occasions, Lucy stayed in her room and sulked.

Lucy Buck, a fervent supporter of the Confederacy, was grieved by the final defeat of the Southern armies in 1865. Lucy was 76 years of age when she passed on August 20th, 1918; she is buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal.

View of BelAir today. Below is a south view overlooking Happy Creek from the front porch.

At the Bel Air Open House on May 29th, the visitors were welcomed by Ian McDougall, Public Programs Co-ordinator for the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area (VPHA); and by Travis Shaw, VPHA Director of Education. Travis introduced the featured speaker for the Open House: the editor of Lucy’s diary, Dr. Elizabeth Baer. During the Open House, Dr. Baer read a number of excerpts from Lucy’s diary; her readings provided an excellent backdrop for the visit to the property.

Dr. Baer is Research Professor in English at Gustavus Adolphus College; Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota. It was founded in 1862 by Swedish Americans led by Eric Norelius; the school is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Gustavus College gets its name from Gustavus Adolphus, the King of Sweden, from 1611 to 1632.

Dr. Baer currently works in the Senior Historian’s Office at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. From 2016-2017, she served as the Ida E. King Visiting Distinguished Scholar in Holocaust Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey. She is the author of The Blessed Abyss: Inmate № 6582 in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp for Women (Wayne State University Press, 2000); Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust (2003); The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction (2012); and The Genocidal Gaze: From German Southwest Africa to the Third Reich (2017).

Would you like to tour BelAir? The Warren Heritage Society is hosting another tour on September 24, 2022. Click here for more information and tickets. 

Enjoy this photo gallery of BelAir.

2nd Floor Hallway

2nd Floor Sitting Room 3

Blanche Buck – 08-30-1796 & AndrewRice – 08-30-1897

Buck Family Bible dating to the 1700s

Buck Family 1700s-1901

Buck Family Grafitti 04-16-1861

Buck Family Grafitti 1800s

Climbing Stairs To Second Floor

Dining Room

Dining Room Painting of Gen. Lee At BelAir

First Floor entry into the kitchen

First Floor Room with Stained Glass windows

First Floor Gathering Room Beyond Kitchen

First Floor Parlor

First Floor Parlor Furnishings

Front 2nd Floor Window View Looking South

Front 2nd Floor Window View Blue Ridge

Gen. James Shields

Gen. Thomas Jackson

Gen. James Longstreet

Gen. Nathan Kimball

Gen. Robert E. Lee

Gen. Lee & Staff BelAir – 07-22-1863

Looking Down Stairway From 2nd Floor

Lucy & Nellie Buck

Lucy Buck’s Diary

Painting of BelAir Front View with Happy Creek

Painting of Gen. Jackson & Staff on Chester St. in Front Royal, May 1862.

Painting of Gen. Jackson and Staff in Front Royal, May 1862.

Painting Magnolias & Southern Belles 1862

Photograph BelAir 1860s

Photograph BelAir 1862

Second Floor Room Top of Stairs

Second Floor Window View Looking North

Signatures in attic

Stained Glass Details in Gathering Room

Stairway To 2nd Floor

Stair Way To Second Floor

Stairway Window

Travis Shaw Introducing Jeff LeHew

Travis ShawV PHA Welcome Guests To BelAir

Up To Third Floor

Wartime Artifacts Found At BelAir

Wartime Artifacts Found At BelAir

 

 

 

 

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National Dog Day to be celebrated Friday, August 26th

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On August 26, 2022, approved adopters can adopt a dog for just $26 at the Winchester SPCA Adoption Center, located at 111 Featherbed Lane in Winchester, between 10am and 5pm.

Whether mixed or purebred, embrace the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe, and abuse-free life. They all give us companionship, keep us safe, and aid those in need. They keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.

While many of our days aim to find loving homes for dogs, this day expands that consideration to look beyond the breed. Look into the heart of the animal. The purpose of the National Dog Day Foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs each year! Lear more at www.winchesterspca.org.

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Patriot grave marking ceremony with Sons of the American Revolution

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On August 14, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a patriot grave marking ceremony held in Stafford, Virginia, to honor John Wallace.

Colonel James Wood II Chapter compatriots and dual members, from left to right: Marc Robinson, Sean Carrigan, Charles Jameson, Dave Cook, Bruce Meyer (Virginia SAR President) Bill Schwetke, Ken Bonner and Dale Corey. (Photo courtesy of Anita Bonner)

Wallace was a patriot from Stafford County. He enlisted with his twin brother, Thomas. They participated at the Valley Forge encampment as well as other battles and campaigns for the duration of the Revolutionary War.

The ceremony was co-sponsored by the Colonel Fielding Lewis (CFL) SAR Chapter and the Falls of the Rappahanock DAR Chapter. Jim Wachter, President of CFL and Seth Roderick (CFL) emceed the commemoration with support from the Virginia State Color Guard.


The color guard was led by Brett Osborn (Colonel James Wood II Chapter CJWII) and honor guard led by Ken Bonner (Sgt Maj John Champe) composed of members from Colonel Fielding Lewis, Colonel James Wood II, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, George Mason and Williamsburg Chapters. Bruce Meyer, President of the Virginia Society presented greetings along with Susan Wachter (Regent, Washington Lewis DAR Chapter), Susan Harvin (Regent, Falls of the Rappahannock DAR Chapter), Delegate Tara Durant (Virgina House of Delegates) and Darrell English (Stafford County Board of Supervisors).

Bagpiper Stephen Boulton and Dale Corey at Present Arms. (Photo courtesy of Beth Stenstrom)

Thirteen wreaths were presented, followed by a three round musket salute. The color guard/musket squad was composed of the following compatriots: From Colonel James Wood II – Sean Carrigan, Dale Corey, Erick Moore, Patrick Moore, Brett Osborn (Northern Region Color Guard Commander), Clay Robinson, Marc Robinson, Mike St Jacques and Richard Tyler; Colonel Fielding Lewis – John Hamilton; Culpeper Minutemen – Charles Jameson and Bill Schwetke; Fairfax Resolves – Dave Cook; George Mason – Ken Morris; Jamestown – Chris Melhuish (Virginia State Color Guard Commander); Sgt Maj John Champe – Ken Bonner and Barry Schwoerer; and Williamsburg – John Lynch.

Virginia State Combined Color Guard, from left to right: Marc Robinson, Barry Schwoerer, Dave Cook, Sean Carrigan, Bill Schwetke, Dale Corey, Charles Jameson, Bruce Meyer (Virginia State President), Clay Robinson, Erick Moore, Mike St Jacques, John Hamilton, Richard Tyler, Ken Morris, John Lynch, Ken Bonner, Patrick Moore, Chris Melhuish (Virginia State Color Guard Commander) and Brett Osborn. (Photo courtesy of Anita Bonner)

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 18th

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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 Thursday, August 18:

• Thurs-Fri: 6:10 & 9:10
• Saturday: 3:15, 6:10 & 9:10
• Sunday: 4:15 & 7:10
• Mon-Thurs: 7:10
Rated R  |  2 Hours 6 Minutes

• Thurs-Fri: 6:15 & 9:15
• Saturday: 3:25, 6:15 & 9:15
• Sunday: 4:25 & 7:20
• Mon-Thurs: 7:20
Rated PG  |  1 Hour 45 Minutes


• Thurs-Fri: 6:00 & 9:00
• Saturday: 3:05, 6:00 & 9:00
• Sunday: 4:05 & 7:00
• Mon-Thurs: 7:00
Rated PG-13  |  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, August 23:
“Last Man On Earth” @7:30

COMING SOON:

  • “Beast”
  • “Barbarian”
  • “Don’t Worry Darling”
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SAR commemorates reading of Declaration of Independence, Loudoun County Courthouse

On August 13, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a ceremony to Commemorate the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Loudoun County Courthouse on August 12, 1776.

Virginia State Color Guard with flags at Present Arms. (Photos courtesy of Dale Corey)

In July of that year, the colonies were in a what amounted to a civil war against the British, who outnumbered them three to one and had the world’s top military. The Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to formally declare the reasons for a state of rebellion existing within the colonies. It was in June 1776 that Richard Henry Lee submitted “The Resolution for Independence”, which was passed by the Congress on July 2, 1776. This resolution resolved that the Thirteen Colonies in America were “free and independent States” and the document known as the “Declaration of Independence” was adopted on July 4th. It was sent immediately to the printing shop of John Dunlap, who printed an estimated 200 copies. These were distributed throughout the colonies.

The first unofficial reading of the document was held in Philadelphia on July 4th to a small group of people. On July 8th, the bells of the city of Philadelphia called the citizens to an official reading to be conducted on the steps of the Pennsylvania State House by Colonel John Nixon. Declaring independence made it possible to take the Revolution onto the international stage as a war for independence. The simplicity and eloquence of the Declaration of Independence immediately gained the attention of the world and has inspired democratic movements ever since. Getting the word out was a priority. Congress decreed the document should be given the widest dissemination. It was sent throughout the American colonies, printed by newspapers and read in communities throughout the colonies. On August 12, 1776, as reflected by the court order book, a bell at the Leesburg Courthouse was rung, and by the order of Virginia Governor Patrick Henry, the declaration was read at the Courthouse by County Sheriff, Philip Noland.


Ken Bonner at podium with sentinels Clay Robinson and Richard Tyler.

To commemorate this event, the Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter of the Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution conducted a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds, near the site where the initial reading was conducted. They were supported by the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII), Fairfax Resolves (FR), George Mason (GM) and Sgt Lawrence Everhart (Maryland) SAR Chapters; Ketoctin, Lanes Mill, Mary Hemings Bell and Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill DAR Chapters and the Rev John Marks Society of the Children of the American Revolution.

Dignitaries included The Honorable Kelly Burk, Mayor of Leesburg and Peter Davenport, Vice President General, Atlantic Middle States District, SAR. Ken Bonner, President of the Sgt Maj John Champe Chapter was the emcee with Barry Schwoerer leading the presentation of wreaths and the reading of the Declaration.

Colonel James Wood II Chapter, standing left to right: Kelly Ford, Richard Tyler, Marc Robinson, Sean Carrigan, Dave Cook, Clay Robinson, Jim Cordes, Ken Bonner. Kneeling left to right: Dale Corey, Barry Schwoerer.

The Virginia State Color Guard presented the National Flag, led by Barry Schwoere, with colors carried by Mark Sink (SMJC) and Kelly Ford (CJWII). The SAR 250th Anniversary and Chapter flags were presented by an Honor Guard led by Darrin Schmidt (FR) with Dave Cook (250th, FR), Anita Bonner (DAR), Steve Riddle (SMJC), Jim Cordes (FR), Ken Morris (GM), Sean Carrigan (CJWII), and Jacob Schwoerer (CWG C.A.R. Society). Sentinels Clay Robinson (CJWII) and Richard Tyler (CJWII) were placed with additional support provided by color guard members Peter Davenport (GM), Dale Corey (CJWII) and Marc Robinson (CJWII).

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Annual Wits for Wellness 5K Run/Walk happening Sept. 17

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Laurel Ridge Community College’s annual 5K run/walk, Wits for Wellness, which raises money for student scholarships, returns to the Middletown Campus Saturday, Sept. 17. The multi-surface course weaves around the campus, starting and ending at the Student Union Building.

Those who register early – by Sept. 1 – pay a $20 entry fee and receive a race T-shirt. After that, it is $25 to register. Members of Shenandoah Valley Runners receive a $1 discount. Awards will be given to the top three male and woman finishers in each age group, which run from 10 and younger all the way up to 70 and over.

“We are thrilled to continue this annual tradition, bringing our college and community together to promote mental and physical wellness,” said Biology Professor/Science Academic Lead Liz Dingess, who is the new race director. “We’re moving away from the wave start, so all participants can run or walk at their own pace with one start time.”

This year’s race sponsors are Anthem Healthkeepers Plus, United Bank, Costco and Shenandoah Valley Runners. Shenandoah Valley Runners are keeping the time for the event.

To register or learn more, visit laurelridge.edu/5K.

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Aders Insurance Agency, Inc (State Farm)

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Beaver Tree Services

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Explore Art & Clay

Family Preservation Services

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Garcia & Gavino Family Bakery

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Key Move Properties, LLC

KW Solutions

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Merchants on Main Street

Mountain Trails

National Media Services

No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Philip Vaught Real Estate Management

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Rotary Club of Warren County

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Cinemas

Royal Examiner

Royal Family Bowling Center

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Ruby Yoga

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

St. Luke Community Clinic

Studio Verde

The Institute for Association & Nonprofit Research

The Studio-A Place for Learning

The Valley Today - The River 95.3

The Vine and Leaf

Valley Chorale

Vetbuilder.com

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Democratic Committee

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC

WCPS Work-Based Learning

What Matters & Beth Medved Waller, Inc Real Estate

White Picket Fence

Woodward House on Manor Grade

King Cartoons

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Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Honeybee Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area The bees are buzzing at Sky Meadows State Park! Meet the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah as they perform a honey extraction. Learn about beekeeping, honeybees and the art of apiculture. Support beekeeping and[...]
Aug
21
Sun
12:00 pm Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet the Beekeepers @ Sky Meadows State Park
Carriage Barn in the Historic Area. What’s that buzzing? Meet with local apiarists of the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah (BONS) and discover the art of Apiculture (a.k.a. Beekeeping). This monthly program series examines all aspects[...]
Aug
23
Tue
3:00 pm Valley Chorale Audition Day @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Valley Chorale Audition Day @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Aug 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Valley Chorale Audition Day @ Calvary Episcopal Church
If you have choral-singing experience, you’re invited to join The Valley Chorale! Rehearsals this fall culminate in our always-popular Christmas concerts in December. This year, we have a truly fantastic Christmas program planned. Auditions are[...]
Aug
24
Wed
6:30 pm Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Front Royal Wednesday Night Bingo @ Front Royal Volunteer Fire Deptartment
Bingo to support the American Cancer Society mission, organized by Relay For Life of Front Royal. Every Wednesday evening Early Bird Bingo at 6:30 p.m. Regular Bingo from 7-9:30 p.m. Food and refreshments available More[...]
Aug
25
Thu
7:00 pm Appalachian Chamber Music Festival @ Middleburg Community Center
Appalachian Chamber Music Festival @ Middleburg Community Center
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Appalachian Chamber Music Festival @ Middleburg Community Center
Join the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival on Thursday, August 25, at 7:00 pm, for a concert at Middleburg Community Center as part of their 2022 Festival! ACMF brings this concert of festival highlights to the[...]
Aug
26
Fri
6:00 pm Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fire Pit Fridays @ Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
…and be sure to attend our Fourth of July event!
Aug
27
Sat
10:00 am Habitat Detectives: A Late-Summe... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Habitat Detectives: A Late-Summe... @ Sky Meadows State Park
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Habitat Detectives: A Late-Summer Children's Walk @ Sky Meadows State Park
Sensory Explorers’ Trail. Join Virginia Master Naturalist and teacher, Barbara Ermler, on a walk of exploration. Use your five senses to uncover clues to how various organisms – plants, animals, and more – work together[...]
7:30 pm Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Astronomy for Everyone @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area: Discover our International Dark-Sky Park! Our evenings begin with a half-hour children’s “Junior Astronomer” program, followed by a discussion about the importance of dark skies and light conservation. Then join NASA Jet Propulsion[...]