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Warren County Fire and Rescue firefighter presented with the Higgins and Langley Lifetime Achievement Award

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On Sunday, June 3rd, Warren County Fire and Rescue Firefighter George Lewis traveled to South Bend, Indiana, where he was presented the Higgins and Langley Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Specialist, Program Instructor, Instructor Trainer, Course/Program Developer and Mentor to thousands of swiftwater and flood response students since 1995.

In the late 1990’s, Firefighter Lewis was instrumental in working with your volunteer response system in the creation and development of our County-wide Water Response Program. In 2006, Firefighter Lewis retired from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and became a full-time employee for our Department in 2010.  Firefighter Lewis remains a vital part of the training our career and volunteer response system in the areas of Swiftwater Rescue and Boat Operations.

George Lewis receiving the Higgins and Langley Lifetime Achievement Award

The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue honor outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. They are not heroism awards, but rather recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done, sometimes under extreme conditions, where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, as well as the safety of rescue personnel.  Firefighter Lewis also received the Higgins and Langley Incident Response Award in 1997 for a water rescue on the Potomac River.

Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie, stated “It is a tremendous privilege to see the many years of hard work and dedication Firefighter Lewis provided, not only our community, but the national and international swiftwater and floor rescue response communities honored”.  Flooding is the leading cause of weather related death worldwide. Rescuers who lack proper swiftwater/flood rescue training and equipment are at risk of serious injury and loss of life. Every year, would-be rescuers, both citizens and professionals, die in swiftwater incidents. “Due to the many hours and hard work of Firefighter Lewis has provided in the training of our first responders, countless lives have been saved” stated the Chief.

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2020 Front Royal Fireman’s Parade

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Royal Examiner’s cameras were there… if you missed it or want to see it again, watch it here. RoyalExaminer.com – your source for LOCAL news and events!

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‘Biggest yard sale in history’ promised this weekend at Front Royal’s animal shelter

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Looking for a deal? Try the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter site on Progress Drive off Shenandoah Shores Road this weekend, July 17-18, 10-4 p.m. Management says they’re “bursting at the seams with treasures with, by far, the biggest yard sale collection in our history.”

Fussell Florist proprietor and council candidate Betty Showers at last week’s Yappy Hour Wagner Shelter fundraiser with the author’s dog, Diva. Royal Examiner Photo/Roger Bianchini

On Friday, July 17, you may top off your day at the yard sale with a visit to “Yappy Hour” at 124 Main Street. Bring your (well behaved!) dog, if you wish to the outside affair and help the owners of ViNoVa with their generous weekly contributions to the shelter from “Yappy Hour” sales from 6 to 8 p.m. Special “Yappy Hour” prices on food and beverages are offered, as is a 50/50 raffle run by the HSWC Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, the cash-strapped shelter – fundraisers have been seriously curtailed since the virus pandemic began last March – has received a donation of $2,000 from an anonymous donor which will match all donations up to that amount made before July 31.

Earlier this week, about half that amount ($965) had been donated. The shelter will accept checks marked “match” and mailed to Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC), 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Front Royal woman charged in assault of 2-year-old in her care

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Candice L. McCartney. Photo courtesy of RSW Jail

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Candice L. McCartney, 28, of Front Royal, was charged with § 40.1-103 Cruelty and Injuries to Children and § 18.2-57.2 Assault and Battery Against a Family Member. The victim is a 2-year-old child who was in McCartney’s care when the alleged incident occurred. The alleged assault occurred in the 300 block of Ritenour Street on July 13, 2020. A forensic examination of the child was conducted by Winchester Medical Center for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

McCartney was arrested without incident and transported to the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren (RSW) Regional Jail where she went before the magistrate and was held on a secure bond. A court date for this offense is set for August 13, 2020, at 9:00 am, in Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Further details regarding this matter cannot be released at this time due to the pending nature of the investigation.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with any further information is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective M.R. Ramey at (540) 636-2208 or by email at mramey@frontroyalva.com.

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Cline to hold telephone Town Hall dedicated to issues facing seniors on July 16th

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Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) announced that he will host a Telephone Town Hall dedicated to issues facing seniors and those approaching retirement. Cline will be joined on this call by Sharon Graham, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Administrator, and Sheriff Eric Orange, Roanoke County Sheriff.

The telephone town hall will take place Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Constituents planning to participate should register at cline.house.gov/live or dial (855) 933-0825 during the time of the call.

“Seniors face a number of issues concerning healthcare, scams, and more that younger generations deal with far less frequently,” Cline said. “For this reason, I am excited to host a telephone town hall specifically geared toward older constituents in the Sixth District. This event will give me the opportunity to hear directly from seniors about the issues most important to them and allow me to provide updates and resources they may find particularly useful.”

This event will mark the fifth telephone town hall held by Congressman Cline since March.

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Community Foundation to award COVID relief grants

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The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be awarding new grants to agencies in our area that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants will come from a new Community Relief Fund at the CFNSV. This fund was started with a grant to the CFNSV from the Micron Opportunity Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia.

Grant applications for this fund will be available from July 17, 2020, until July 27, 2020. All applications will be due by the deadline of 5:00 pm on July 27, 2020. Agencies who have already applied to the CFNSV for a 2020 grant from either the Cochran Family Fund or the Paul and Marta Rees Fund for a COVID related project or program do not need to reapply to be considered for a grant from this new fund.

Agencies wishing to view and apply for these grants can do so through the grant portal at our website, www.cfnsv.org. If your agency has not set up access to the CFNSV Grant Portal, please take some time to do so. The website is found here.

Feel free to contact the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (CFNSV) if you have any problems accessing your account.

For more information, contact Larry Weiss, CFNSV Executive Director at director@cfnsv.org.

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Governor Northam COVID-19 update briefing – July 14, 2020; calls for stronger enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines

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Governor Northam joins the Virginia Emergency Support Team to share the latest updates on the COVID-19 response. Here are the highlights:

  • increasing statewide cases
  • increase testing
  • on average, 10,000 tests administered daily statewide
  • the state should increase the enforcement of face coverings and social distancing
  • reminded business owners that they have the right to deny service to someone who is not following the mask mandate or social distancing guidelines
  • plan to impose an earlier cutoff for alcohol sales at restaurants is also being considered
  • state continues to receive shipments of personal protective equipment, and hospitals have reported no shortages
  • school boards and universities will continue to make decisions regarding this school year
  • update on the rent and mortgage relief program
  • DMV locations continue to reopen
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