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Volosin brings his 6th District nomination campaign to county Democrats

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From left, event co-host Jorge Amselle, 6th District candidate Peter Volosin, Christine Illich and Rick Tagg – Photo/Roger Bianchini

FRONT ROYAL – On Thursday evening, February 1, Warren County Democrats gathered at the Middle of Main Building in Historic Downtown Front Royal to hear from what we believe to be the longest-announced candidate for Bob Goodlatte’s Sixth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, unlike others in his own party or eight Republicans gathered for a forum at the Warren County Government Center two days later, Democrat Peter Volosin expressed his intention of challenging incumbent Robert Goodlatte prior to the November 2016 state house election and subsequent Goodlatte announcement days later that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

Following his appearance before a room full of about 35 to 40 local Democrats – with a nod from organizers to Beth Waller for the loan of the space – we asked Volosin if his hopes were buoyed in the Sixth by the November 2017 state House election. That election saw a 16-seat House Republican majority fall to one, 51-49, with only a blind name draw on a court-ruled tied election fall the 4th District Republican incumbent’s way preventing a 50-50 power sharing situation.

“That was a great election for Democrats, I won’t lie,” Volosin replied. However, showing a sense of political realism, the Democratic hopeful refused to read too much into the 2017 state result as a measuring stick for 2018, particularly in a District Republicans have held since 1993. “The reason I got into this race is I’m worried about our economic future in this area. And it doesn’t matter what happened in November – 2018 is a whole other year with another set of candidates.

“We’re very excited about the open seat, as a Democrat that makes it more viable. But beyond that it’s the same thing here – my vision is for us to move our area into a 21st century economy – investing in our people, our environment and our infrastructure. We really need to be able to connect into the 21st century; and that also includes improving our agriculture as well: How can we move up the value chain? How can we make small farmers more viable again?

“Another part of our campaign will be about affordable health care. We need to be making sure that we join the rest of the industrialized nations of the world and have affordable, quality health care for all our citizens.

“And the third major message of our campaign is bi-partisanship, to be honest. I think people are kind of tired of having one bunch of people get in and we go far right or far left, and it depends on whoever is in power. Our country works best when we compromise and when we work together,” Volosin reasoned.

“If I get into Congress, the important part is creating solutions to our problems. I think we have a lot of issues that have been sitting on the backburner because we don’t come up with an actual solution for them – immigration is a very present one right now, where we have this big mass of different immigration laws that have been added on, and added on, and it’s this monstrosity. We need to come up with an actual solution so that we can be focused on what will be coming down the pike in the future.

“And so we’re just really focused on sharing our message of what we can do in this district to move ourselves forward and make sure that people can get jobs that allow them to buy a home; to put their kids through college; to put food on the table. There are a lot of people in our district for whom it is not a good time right now. And Wall Street may be doing great* but that doesn’t mean everybody in the Sixth District is doing great.”

Peter Volosin fields questions from county Democrats about his priorities for the Sixth Congressional District.. / Courtesy Photo

The February 1st meet the candidate event was hosted by Jorge Amselle and Peter John. According to Warren County Democratic Committee Chairman Steve Foreman, county Democrats hope to partner with other local Democratic committees to host their own Sixth District Candidates’ Forum in the near future. At least one other Democrat, Sergio Coppola, has expressed an intention to seek the party’s Sixth District nomination. Coppola was slated to appear before the county Democrats for a Q&A at their monthly meeting on Saturday, February 10.

* FOOTNOTE:  Wall Street was “doing great” at the time, a day prior to the 666-point, Nunez memo-day drop, followed by Monday’s 1,175-point downer; but the market roller coaster was headed back up by mid-week; stay tuned …

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Gazebo Rally for your 2nd Amendment Rights

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Warren County Supervisor Dan Murray speaks at the 2nd Amendment Rally at the Gazebo in Front Royal. Photo and video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner.

On a cold, dark and damp Monday night, more than 200 citizens gathered at the Gazebo in downtown Front Royal for a rally on 2nd Amendment rights. Ross McVey, Republican Chairman Steve Kurtz, Vice Chair Amber Morris, Warren County Supervisor Dan Murray, Virginia Delegate Michael Webert, representative from Congressman Ben Cline, Tyler Adams and Commonwealth Attorney elect John Bell all spoke at the rally. Comments were read from Town Councilmen Gary Gillespie and Jake Meza, and Delegate Todd Gilbert all in support of our 2nd Amendment rights. The Royal Examiner was there to capture the event.

In the wake of around one thousand people showing up for the Shenandoah County Board Public Hearing on a Resolution of Support for a municipal declaration as a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Community, the Warren County Board of Supervisors’ Public Hearing has been moved to a Special Meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Warren County High School’s auditorium. The board’s regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Warren County Government Center.

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As 2nd Amendment ‘Sanctuary’ drive comes to Warren County, State Democrats have an opportunity to show they do listen – but will they?

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Operation Santa Claus

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Santa Claus at the 2019 Christmas Parade. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

Ronald “Hoss” Feldhauser stopped by our studios to update us on “Operation Santa Claus” on a few other holiday events happening at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department.

The Volunteer Stations of Warren County Fire and Rescue will be conducting their annual “Operation Santa” Events by carrying Santa throughout their communities on the firetruck.

While every attempt is made to reach as many people possible in their community; unfortunately some homes will be unable to be reached. Below is information on each respective areas “Operation Santa” event,

During this event, please refrain from calling 911 or the Emergency Communications Centers non-emergency telephone number for information.

A few tips to ensure you see Santa on the fire truck:

– Listen for the sirens and be prepared. (crack a window or door to ensure you hear them coming)
– Have the children dressed and ready to “spring into action” for when Santa gets close.
– For the best possible viewing, take the children to the end of the driveway but stay clear of the roadway.
– Do not attempt to climb aboard the fire truck.
– Do not chase the fire truck.

Town of Front Royal Area
Will begin at 5:30pm on December 24th with 3 fire trucks carrying Santa through most of the Town of Front Royal Streets. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.3830.

Rivermont Area
Operation Santa Claus will be December 24th beginning at dark. We will give Santa a ride throughout our community. Please be watching for him. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.9704.

Bentonville and Browntown Areas
Unknown at this time

Linden Areas (3 dates)
December 22nd beginning at 6:00pm High Knob:
High Knob Rd., Left onto Massanutten Mountain Dr., Right onto Club House Rd., Salt Lick Rd., Right onto Deer Trail Rd., Left onto Alpine Dr., Right onto Shenandoah Valley Dr., Right onto Short Piece Lane, Right onto Skyline View Dr., Left onto Club House Rd. to 55.

December 23rd beginning at 6:00pm Blue Mountain/Skyline Estates:
Santa will be coming by the bus stop on High Top Rd. at 6:00pm. He will be there for about 15 minutes then he will head over to make a left onto Tomahawk Way, Right onto Old Linden, Left onto Tulip Poplar Drive, Right onto Old Linden, Left onto Hickory Nut Rd., Right onto May Apple Way, Left onto Tomahawk Way. We will now head over to Skyline Estates… Right onto Bifrost Way, Left onto Luchase Rd., Left onto Ulysses Way, Right onto Sunset Ln., Right onto Inca Rd., Left onto Shady Ln., Right onto Jericho Rd., Left onto Wilderness Rd., Left onto Khyber Pass Rd., Left onto Oregon Hollow back to the Fire Department.

December 24th beginning at 6:00pm Apple Mountain Lake and Apple Mountain West:
Starting at the Apple Mountain Bus Stop we will head up McIntosh, Left onto Granny Smith, Right onto Northern Spy, Right onto Wealthy Rd., Left onto Granny Smith, Left onto Delicious Rd., Right onto Granny Smith, Left onto Wealthy Rd., Right onto Jonathan Rd., Right onto McIntosh, Left onto Apple Orchard, Left onto Granny Smith, Left onto Rome Beauty, King David, Make a U-Turn at Star Ct., Left onto Grimes Golden, Left onto Black Twig, Left onto Oregon Hollow Rd., to Apple Mountain West: Right onto Appleseed Rd., Left onto Core Dr., Appleseed Rd to Applewood Dr., U-turn., head over to Gap Rd., to finish our night and let Santa finish up his deliveries. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.3473.

Shenandoah Shores Area
Will begin at dark on December 24th and travels the roads in the Shenandoah Shores Community, proceed out Shenandoah Shores Road to Loop Road and then proceed Happy Creek to the area of Larkin Ridge Road. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.7897.

Shenandoah Farms Area
Beginning at 6:00pm on December 24th at the intersection of Lions Lane and Howellsvile Road , from here we will proceed to the intersection of Manor Road , continue on Manor Road and turn right on Ridge Wood Lane , right on Valley Farms Road , left on Old Oak Lane. We will keep left and continue on Venus Branch Road , right on Drummer Hill Road , left on Mountain Lake Drive , right on Blue Mountain Road (back gate) , left on Farm View Road , right on Young’s Drive , right on Fellows Drive , left on Howellsville road , finish at Warren County Station 6. For more information, please contact the station at 540.837.1290.

Fortsmouth – Waterlick and Buckton Areas
Fortsmouth Station #8 will start at 6:30pm on December 24th and visit all the subdivisions and main roads in the Waterlick and Buckton areas. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.6983.

Chester Gap Areas
Will begin at 6:00pm on December 24th in the Chester Gap Community and proceed to Lake Front Royal and Point of Woods Subdivisions and then proceed to the area of Harmony Hollow. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.5482.

North Warren-Reliance and Rockland Areas
Will begin at 5pm on December 24th at the Riverton Commons and Crooked Run Shopping Centers and then will proceed to the residential areas. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.6759.

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Riverton Church Symphonic Winds Christmas Concert

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The Riverton Church Symphonic Winds presented their annual Christmas Concert on December 8, 2019. The Royal Examiner’s camera was their to capture the event. The Riverton Church will hold two special Christmas Eve services: at 4pm a family service, and at 7pm a candlelight service.

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Do you want to travel to someplace warm?

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During the winter months, we complain about the cold, but what can we do about it? Ginny Leser at Main Street Travel has some suggestions:

For more information about Main Street Travel, visit mainstreet-travel.com.

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Valley Chorale of Front Royal annual Christmas Concert

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Valley Chorale of Front Royal performs their annual Christmas Concert at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. Photo and video by Mike McCool, Royal Examiner.

The Valley Chorale of Front Royal (formerly the Front Royal Oratorio Society) held it’s annual Hometown Christmas Concert Sunday afternoon, December 8th, at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. The Chorale has been bringing choral music to the northern Shenandoah Valley since 1965. As the area’s longest-established community chorus, their aim is to put great choral music at the heart of civic and community life and, in so doing, entertain, illuminate and uplift our families, friends and neighbors. The men, women and youth in their current roster of singers come from Frederick, Clarke, Warren, and Rappahannock counties.

This year the Chorale has a new Artistic Director, Dr. Ryan Keebaugh, at the helm. Noted for his “energetic, expressive, concise, insightful, and sensitive” conducting (The Washington Post), Ryan’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has distinguished him as a leading music educator and conductor.

At the end of the concert, two young ‘future members’ joined the chorale for the encore number. They welcomed Amanda Baldwin, age 10, and Stephanie Fultz, age 8, to join them on stage.

For more information on the Valley Choral of Front Royal, visit their website at: valleychoraleoffrontroyal.org.

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WATCH: Christmas Parade 2019

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Niki Foster Cales, Executive Director of the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Mike McCool, publisher of the Royal Examiner at the 2019 Christmas Parade in Front Royal. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

If you missed the Christmas Parade or want to see it again, sit back and enjoy!

This year the Christmas Parade was hosted by Mike McCool, Publisher of the Royal Examiner. Thanks to Mark Williams from National Media Services, Inc., for providing the video.

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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
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Dec 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
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Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
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6:00 pm Holiday Open House @ Ruby Yoga
Holiday Open House @ Ruby Yoga
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Holiday Open House @ Ruby Yoga
Ruby Yoga will host a Holiday Open House Friday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m. with free gentle yoga starting at 6:20, followed by refreshments and door prize drawings.
7:30 pm Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
The Blue Ridge Singers presents its 2019 Christmas concert titled “Canticum Novum:  Sing a New Song” featuring some of the finest Christmas choral music across the centuries at one of the most popular events in[...]
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11:00 am Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
December 14 is the 220th anniversary of George Washington’s death. Today we will learn more about this great leader of our country and celebrate his legacy. Refreshments will be served. For ages 7 to 18.[...]
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R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
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R-MA Hosts Community Christmas Concert @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
The local community is invited to join the Randolph-Macon Academy family for an afternoon of holiday spirit with the R-MA Band and Chorus! The annual R-MA Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 15th,[...]
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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
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Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
7:30 pm Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert | Presented by the American Legion Community Band Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus in Front Royal, VA
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 18 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]