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Wagner Shelter salutes former HSWC president on his 87th birthday

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From left, HSWC board members Amy Thurman, Ellen Aders, Michelle Kisiorek and Wagner Shelter Executive Director Meghan Bowers, wish Malcolm Barr a happy birthday at Va. Beer Museum party organized by wife Carol. Courtesy Photo/HSWC

One of Royal Examiner’s contributing writers, former Associated Press journalist Malcolm Barr Sr., was honored at his 87th birthday party, Tuesday, March 10, by the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) and its Julia Wagner Animal Shelter, among other friends.

Barr is a former president of HSWC and a still active and avid supporter of the Society and the Shelter’s work on behalf of the County’s stray and abandoned animals. Still, Barr said he was “surprised and honored” that his birthday celebration included a two-pronged present delivered by the Wagner Shelter’s Executive Director Meghan Bowers and some of the current HSWC board members.

Those presents were a canvas inscribed with dog paw prints and notice that one of the shelter’s homeless dogs has been named “Malcolm” after the Rockland octogenarian.

“I hope he will soon find a forever home and that maybe they’ll keep his name,” Barr said of Malcolm the dog, who was described as a black, friendly, pit bull terrier. “I know I always am very attentive and respond on command when called by it,” human Malcolm said of wife Carol’s call.

Malcolm the dog, this handsome guy named for the birthday boy at least for the day, is looking for a ‘forever home’ – Courtesy Photo/HSWC

In fact, it was Carol Barr who organized her husband’s birthday party at the Virginia Beer Museum, where he spends an hour or two each Tuesday with a group of friends at a weekly event christened TPT (Two Pint Tuesday). And a toast was also raised Carol Barr’s way at her husband’s party, as she was feted as a 10-year cancer survivor, to the day. Carol received her cancer diagnosis on her husband’s birthday in 2010, not a present he was looking for. But “Cheers” to Carol for beating the odds – and keep up the good work!!!

Carol’s husband’s work on behalf of animals dates back to his teen years in the United Kingdom, he points out, as a member of the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA). Malcolm was also active in the Western Canadian branch of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and counts 27 years of Japanese Chin rescue work covering a five-state region including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Barr, who formed his own Chin rescue group after encountering issues with a Chin parent organization, The Cherry Blossom Chin Club, is now an honorary member of the Japanese Chin Club of America. He put his Japanese Chin organization on the American Chin Club’s rescue map after entering 24 Japanese Chins in Washington’s annual Cherry Blossom parade back in the 1970s, and successfully finding 95 Japanese Chins “forever homes” over a 25-year span.

Malcolm and Carol brought their own Chin, Hamlet, with them to Front Royal in 2002. And while Hamlet died 10 years ago, his successor, Miniature Pug Ophelia, is still in the household carrying Hamlet’s memory forward – yes, there is a Shakespearian theme here.

Mainly through their son, Malcolm Jr., an Iraq war veteran, the Barrs in recent years have taken in several Siberian Husky rescues. Then USAF Staff Sgt. Malcolm Barr Jr. adopted two huskies that he left behind during his overseas assignment. He never got them back and, after their passing, the Barrs continued their newfound love affair with the breed.

“We adopted our current Siberian, Diva, from Pet Harbor near Fredericksburg, a few months ago. She’s another of our dogs who is pretty well-known downtown since, like the others before her, she goes everywhere with me, including the dog-friendly Beer Museum once a week, my BB&T banking branch, Lester’s Pharmacy, Petco and Lowe’s. On Memorial Day in May, she will lead her first parade honoring the ‘Dogs of War’ at the Gazebo ceremony on May 25,” Malcolm has promised her.

This party deserves a story, don’t you think? Your humble reporter approaches his amazingly youthful 87-year-old colleague as Diva the rescue Husky lobbies for a role in that story. Courtesy Photo/Paul Hutchins

“During the warm weather months, we take our dogs to the back, open-air, area of the PaveMint Brew House, which Christian Failmezger runs and owns. Some 10 years ago, Christian and I began a ‘Yappy Hour’ fundraiser each Friday, raising more than $10,000 for the Humane Society’s Wagner Shelter. Last September, Christian’s wife Rachel got involved with a similar project at ViNoVa on East Main Street and ‘Yappy Hour’ continues there every Friday from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m.”

Of his current dog population, Malcolm told us, “Diva and I will gracefully grow old together, along with Carol and our newest addition Goose.”

Goose is a mixed breed, part German Shepherd the Barrs took in a few weeks ago after their son, now out of the air force, was involved in a fairly severe traffic accident. Goose accompanied young Malcolm to his parents to recuperate from the accident and stayed behind with his new friends Diva and Ophelia with free run of the Barr’s spacious, fenced-in Rockland backyard, when young Malcolm returned home, still somewhat hobbled, limiting his ability to handle the very active young Goose.

Happy birthday again, Malcolm – and always remember, we’re going to the dogs, and loving it…

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Derrick Leasure of R-MA assumes Front Royal Rotary presidency

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Derrick Leasure – the new president of the Rotary Club of Front Royal. Courtesy Photo/R-MA

Randolph-Macon Academy Assistant Dean of Students Derrick E. Leasure officially took over as president of the Rotary Club of Front Royal at an “actual” ceremony in the town’s community center on Friday, July 10.

Outgoing president Bret Hrbek passed the gavel after his year in office, made more challenging when interrupted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, which sent its regular weekly meetings since March to the internet via “Zoom.”

The real-life meeting that greeted Leasure, attended by a dozen past presidents from John Marlow (1977) to the retiring Hrbek, likely will return to “Zoom” as Leasure begins his tenure. After the gavel was passed, Leasure swore in members of the new board of directors, including Hrbek.

“He has a difficult task before him,” Hrbek had said earlier. Like other local organizations, Rotary has taken a hit in its fundraising activities but nevertheless managed to take in $126,000 last year for local and international projects.

Leasure, who came to R-MA’s middle school in 2008, earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Ohio State University and a Master’s in History from the University of Arizona. He is an active member of the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce, serving on the education committee. Outside his teaching and later administration posts at the Academy, Leasure has been a student mentor and head coach in golf as well as his promotion to assistant dean.

Married to Michelle Cantlebary, the couple has two children. He joined Rotary shortly after arriving in Front Royal 18 years ago.

(Malcolm Barr Sr., our contributing writer, is a member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal)

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LFCC Professor Mark Sunderlin receives statewide recognition

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LFCC Professor Mark Sunderlin

Professor Mark Sunderlin recently received the George B. Vaughan Leadership Award for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty from the Virginia Community College System with support from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

Earlier this year, Professor Sunderlin was named the 2020 LFCC Distinguished Faculty Award winner.

An adjunct faculty member for the past eight years, he spent many years working for the federal government, before serving as the senior technical manager of AOL for seven years. Currently, Professor Sunderlin is principal data engineer for Verizon Media Services.

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United Way welcomes Shane Goodwin as new president for 2020-21

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Shane Goodwin with students at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School

Shane Goodwin has been elected the new President of the United Way of Front Royal-Warren County, and will serve through the 2020-21 fiscal year. Mr. Goodwin is the Principal at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School.

Mr. Goodwin arrived in Front Royal from York, SC, where he served on the Solid Waste Advisory Board (2003-04), the PTO Board (2003-19), and the Boy Scouts of America Board (2002-18). During his time in South Carolina, Mr. Goodwin was also involved with the Regional Aids/Interfaith Network, Family Promise, the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Since arriving in Front Royal, Mr. Goodwin has continued to demonstrate a desire to work in his community, and has been involved in the Thermal Shelter, Shred Day, the Rotary Club, the Elks Club, Church Choir, and Boys Into Gentleman (B.I.G.).

Mr. Goodwin joined the United Way Board in August, 2019, out of a desire to “help our community connect and thrive.” Since joining the Board, he has taken on many community projects, including serving on the Community Impact Grant Interview Committee, which leads the way for local United Ways in providing grant funding for community agencies. This committee approved $35,000 in grant funding for eight community agencies over the coming year, including Blue Ridge Legal Services, House of Hope, The Laurel Center, Phoenix Project, St. Luke Community Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Cars Changing Lives, and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

In looking forward to the upcoming year, Mr. Goodwin has several goals for the United Way of Front Royal-Warren County. These include the following:

  1. Increase Corporate Funding/Partnerships
  2. Increase Board Member Involvement On United Way Committees
  3. Set In Motion Processes To Increase Credit Scores/Net Worth Among Front Royal-Warren County Community Members
  4. Begin Working Toward A Facility To Allow Children Quality Exercise And Mentoring

Since 1950, the United Way has worked to advance the common good in Front Royal-Warren County. The community wins when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy. The United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of the challenges we face. Living United means being part of the change!

To reach the United Way offices in Front Royal-Warren County (134-B Peyton Street, Front Royal, VA, 22630), please email info@frontroyalunitedway.org or call 540-635-3636.

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RSW Regional Jail’s new visitation system

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COVID-19 has been a unique and ever changing situation and we are aware of the difficulties and strain the suspension of our programs and visitation has placed on the inmates, their families, and their friends. Since March of 2020, when we realized this would be a long term event, we have been working with our inmate telephone provider for a viable alternative to onsite visitation. Unfortunately, these plans slowed and then eventually halted as we faced the many challenges of having a number of inmates and staff test positive for the virus.

However, since that time, we have been able to move forward and are pleased to announce the launch of a web-based visitation system that allows for both, onsite and remote, visits. This system allows visitors the ability to visit with their loved ones from the safety and comfort of their home, utilizing a computer, tablet, or any Android smart phone. (IPhones do not currently work with this system, but we are told they are working on a solution to this)

Effective, July 13, 2020, we will resume our visitation program, utilizing the IWeb Visit system for remote visits only. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a decision for onsite visits at a later date.

IWeb Visit was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Decatur, Alabama. They operate in 16 states from California to New Jersey. Currently, they serve 30 facilities across the nation and are adding 2-3 facilities per month. IWeb Visit focuses on increasing family contact with inmates and reducing recidivism as well as streamlining the overall visitation process by working closely with jail staff and administrators.

To accommodate this new system, a few changes have been made to our schedule and operations. Visitors will be required to register and schedule all visitations a minimum of one (1) day in advance by going to the website, www.iwebvisit.com. Visitors are no longer required to be on an approved visitor list for each inmate and there are no restrictions to the number of remote visits you can have each week, as long as there is a time slot available. Time slots will be as follows:

Daily:

  • 8 am – 11:30 am
  • 1 pm – 4:30 pm
  • 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Visits are in fifteen (15) minute increments and up to three (3) in a row may be scheduled at a time to allow for a total visit of forty five (45) minutes. There will be a fee of $4.50 for each fifteen (15) minute visit and it must be paid utilizing the website when the visitor schedules their visit. This fee is paid to IWeb to operate their system and RSW Regional Jail receives no revenue from this service. Visitors must also understand that by utilizing this system, they agree to the terms and rules of IWeb Visit. In addition, all visitation policies set forth by RSW Regional Jail are applicable. Any inappropriate content that is observed will result in the inmate losing their visitation privilege for a period of thirty (30) days. Subsequent offenses will result in a loss of visitation for a period of sixty (60) and then (90) days.

It is imperative that visitors have good internet connection or cell service (anything above two bars) before beginning their visit. Poor quality cell service or internet connection will negatively affect the sound and video during the visit. We understand this is a new process and you may have questions or experience some technical problems when first accessing the site. Please remember, IWeb Visit is an independent company that we have partnered with and RSW Regional Jail is not able to answer technical or operational questions regarding their website. For any questions or concerns regarding those matters, please reach out to their customer support team at support@iwebvisit.com or 775-434-8748. For any questions regarding RSW visitation policies, please contact Captain Michael Miller at Michael.miller@rswregionaljail.com or 540-622-5028.

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LFCC nursing students volunteer – and learn – during coronavirus pandemic

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LFCC nursing students and faculty are playing an important role in helping to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Since the start of June, dozens of students have voluntarily staffed a temporary COVID-19 contact tracing center set up in the Barn on the Fauquier Campus.

Grants from the PATH Foundation, the Claude Moore Foundation and the Culpeper Wellness Foundation have funded the necessary equipment and faculty stipends for the center, said April Achter, population health coordinator for the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District.

The center is staffed by LFCC nursing students three days a week, and by nursing students from George Mason University the other two days. It is scheduled to run through July.

The health department is notified of any positive COVID-19 case, and then contacts the positive patient, according to Amanda Brooks, the Fauquier Campus’s nursing program lead and clinical coordinator. The patient is asked for people they have been in contact with.

Contact tracing center staff then call the patient’s contacts to tell them they have been exposed to someone with the virus, Brooks said.

There are various quarantine and isolation recommendations based on whether the contact has symptoms of coronavirus or not, or whether they live with a confirmed case, according to Achter.

Contact center volunteers ask the people quarantining if they need help with groceries and other needs.

“I’m working in the center to serve my community,” said nursing student Teena Stevic. “We answer questions regarding how COVID-19 is spread, what to do if you have been exposed and how to self-isolate if you have COVID-19. We’ve also had the pleasure of contacting members of the community to give them the good news that their test was negative.”

Brooks said six to 10 students work at the center per day. Students can volunteer up to three days, earning 24 hours of clinical experience.

“As testing for COVID-19 ramped up and states started opening up, it became more important to trace contacts,” Brooks said.

Additionally, nursing faculty from LFCC and GMU provide pharmacology and other instruction on slow days, Brooks said.

Aside from learning this important facet of public health, the nursing students are getting a chance to earn clinical hours at a time when they’ve been unable to earn them in the more traditional way at hospitals.

Many of the hospitals where nursing students earn clinical hours stopped allowing the students to come in starting in March, Brooks said. This was to conserve limited supplies of personal protective equipment and to limit new patients’ exposure to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District needed people who could help trace contacts of those who have been diagnosed to with COVID-19 in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.

“It’s a great opportunity to expose the students to public health,” Achter said. “It’s been a great help to the health district. We’re just like everyone else – starting to transition back to routine services, and this takes a burden off our staff.

“Isolation and quarantine of those who are sick is really an age-old procedure for public health. The time-consuming and labor-intensive process of tracing contacts is the backbone of public health, so these students doing this work absolutely helps us mitigate this illness in our community. We’re grateful to LFCC for allowing us to use the space.”

Steevic said she decided to become a nurse to help close the gap in public health both in the U.S. and abroad.

“Working public health education while in school gave me an opportunity to talk with clients, educate them on the current pandemic, and practice the client communication skills I have been learning during my first year of nursing school,” she said.

Learn more about LFCC’s nursing program by visiting lfcc.edu/nursing.

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Congratulations to Skyline High School Seniors – Class of 2020

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Royal Examiner presents the Skyline High School Class of 2020. Congratulations to these wonderful seniors on their hard work and deserved accomplishments! We wish you the best in your next big endeavors. Photos courtesy of Victor O’Neill Studios, Tolliver Studios, and Nik’s Piks Photography.

Brandon Ahlemann

Mackenzie Amos

Robert Atkins

Jacquelyn Bailey

Jason Balderson

Miranda Baltimore

The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.”
—Ellen DeGeneres

Benjamin Barnett

Samuel Baugher

Jacob Bennett

Taylor Bolt

Taylor Bowers

Emily Boyd

Julie Bravo

“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
—Neil Gaiman

Cheyenne Broadbent

Heather Brogan

Brianna Brookman

Dakota Brown

Aiden Brune

Lonnie Campbell

“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”
—Senator Orrin Hatch

Sarah Carcamo

Charles Carey

Hannah Carlson

Kaleb Carnes

David Carter

Jose Castillo

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
—Arthur Ashe

Breanna Challis-Steshoski

Owen Chenery

Anna Christopher

Zane Clark

Gage Clem

Mark Clem Jr.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
—John Dewey

Derrick Coleman

Sophia Conrow

Kierstyn Cornwell

Rangel Covarrubias

Sydney Crafton

Joshua Craighead

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
—C.S. Lewis

Lacey Cross

Skyler Cross

Michael Davis

Andre’ Deville

Ashleigh Dickman

Alyssa Dodson

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”
—Anatole France

Anthony Domino

Caleb Dotson

Brian Downs

Victoria Dunivan

Catelyn Egnor

Natalia Ferguson

“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”
—Kerry Washington

Eve Fincham

Hudson Fortney

Ashley Foster

Bryona Foster

Alyssa Foxwell

Willow Frenzel

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lindsey Fristoe

Mattison Fritts

Ashly Osorio Funes

Jeremy Funk

Marcus Funk

Christina Geiser

“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.”
—Edward Koch

Carrie Gibson

Nolan Golden

Hayden Gray

Edwin Green Jr.

Chandler Griffith

Ethan Gue

“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”
—Jennifer Aniston

Dominic Guizar

Briana Gutierrez

Ulices J. Gutierrez

Kaliyah Hackley

Alexandra Haffer

Samuel Harris

“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”
—Michael Josephson

Jaylon Harrison

Megan Haun

Nicholas Heberle

Olivia Heflin

Brandon Henry

Jarrett Henry

“The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear.”
—Grace Helbig

Luis Vasquez Hernandez

Joseph Hillaert II

Alexa Hire

Kayla Hudson

Georgina Hyers

Alexis Isom

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
—Dr. Seuss

Luke Jakobsen

Carli Jenkins

Ayanna Johnson

Jasmine Johnson

Teagan Johnson

Abbigail Kapp

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
—Albert Einstein

Jordan Kenney

Adriane Kinsey

Alex Lalumondiere

Justin Laney

Magdalene Lavey

Aaron Lawson

“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
—H Jackson Brown Jr.

Corinna Laycock

Logan Lockhart

Montana Lockhart

Gavin Long

Alyssa Look

Elizabeth Loveland-Gonzalez

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
—Mark Twain

Jacob Lowery

Kaley Mahoney

Benjamin Mandiak

Destinee Manning

Christian Massey

Dylan Mauck

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Matthew McHargue

Lemuel McKenney IV

Megan McLendon

Reid McMillin-Goodwin

Andres Becerra Mendez

James Miller

“You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.”
—Sandra Bullock

Madison Miller

Seth Mills

Jenavieve Moyer

Savannah Mullins

Andrew Neale

Kiara Newman

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
—Dr. Seuss

Kristal Nguyen

Phu Nguyen

Emma Nicola

Lauryn Nielsen

Jayden Norwood

Riley Oates

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”
—Anna Quindlen

Colin Parsons

Cameron Payne

Jasmine Payton

Dionte Peacock

Hunter Peacock

Dakota Pearson

“I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”
—Maya Angelou

McKenzie Pence

Miura Person

Chloe Phillips

Mary Pierce

Ethan Potter

Matthew Presley

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
—Stephen King

Jordan Price

Karlee Priest

Brianna Rack

Mia Ralls

Justin Reid

Kobe Rhodes

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
—Charles Swindoll

Lindsay Ritenour

Joseph Rizzo

Morgan Robinson

Christopher Rodgers

Imani Ross

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
—Thomas Edison

Jake Ross

Rian Ruffner

Damarys Ruiz

Julian Sanchez

Madison Satterfield

Abigail Scriva

Alexis Sears

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
—Will Rogers

Chad Sears Jr.

Hannah Shamblin

David Shenk

Jennifer Shenk

Katlyn Showers

Taja Showers

“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.”
—Dick Costolo

Layth Smadi

Sayf Smadi

Karlie Smelser

Avery Smith

Angeline Sotelo

Miranda Sowers

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
—Milton Berle

Nathaniel Spiewak

Wyatt Spiker

Jenna Stanley

Thomas Stelzl

Jaime Stewart

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
—Shakespeare

Savannah Stiles

Roan Sudermann

Tasha Tharpe

Andrew Thompson

Zachary Unger

Jace Ursey

“Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.”
—Patch Adams

Sierra Viera

Austin White

Sabrina Wilkins

Walker Wilkins

Brooklyn Williams

Carolyn Williams

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
—Albert Einstein

Kandice Williams

Kayla Wood

Ethan Wooddell

“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”
—Arnold Schwarzenegger

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