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Warren County Parks and Recreation GROW Scholarship receive donation from local realtor

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The Warren County Parks and Recreation GROW Scholarship received a donation from local Realtor Jen Avery, and her buyer Melinda Clark, yesterday. The contribution was part of a commission donation program that Avery offers to clients who elect to participate. Melinda designated the GROW Scholarship to be recipient from her recent closed sale.

The GROW Scholarship is a new program put in place to help provide funding for children in our community who might need assistance paying fees associated with activities offered through Warren County Parks & Recreation. For more information, contact Nikki Lewis at 540.635.1021 or email nlewis@warrencountyva.net.

*Funds for the GROW account will be used solely for children whose families cannot afford for them to participate in our youth sports and activities.

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Skyline Interact students bring a fresh look to the Humane Society of Warren County

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Skyline Middle School Interact Club students painted the fencing around the Humane Society of Warren County as a community service project. Photos by Jennifer Avery.

This weekend, Skyline Middle School Interact Club students painted the fencing around the Humane Society of Warren County as a community service project. The Rotary Club of Warren County Interact ambassadors, Kahle Magalis and Ellen Aders, helped organize this project for the kids. Be sure to watch this video to the end to catch all who participated working hard in addition to a furry guest appearance!

What is Interact?
Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young people. Made up of members ages 12-18 or secondary-school age, Interact gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects. Along the way, Interactors develop their leadership skills and initiative while meeting new friends.

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Phoenix Project Flapjack Fundraiser serves over 45 plates!

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Phoenix Project hosted a flapjack fundraiser at Applebee’s in Front Royal this weekend. They served over 45 plates of pancakes! The board and staff are so thankful for all of the community support.

Melanie Stull, Administrative Assistant and Tammy Sharpe, Executive Director of the Phoenix Project.

President of the board, Tana Hoffman served pancakes.

Crystal Cline prepped the plates on the line.

Susan Hrbek and family were out to support as well as Rotarian Debbie Grove. Realtor Janice Rogouski enjoyed a delicious breakfast with her husband and friend Ashley Westfall of Westfall Cleaning Services. It was great to see other local business owners and staff attend including Tracy Bowers of TLC Settlements LLC and Gina Matthews of CBM Mortgage

Thank you to all!

For more information about the Phoenix Project or to donate, please visit: https://phoenix-project.org/

Phoenix Project Business Office:
222 South Royal Avenue,
Front Royal, VA 22630
Office 540-635-2302
HOTLINE: 540-635-2300
The hotline is answered 24/7

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An Evening with the Author, Peter Houlahan: Fundraiser for Samuels Public Library

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Tickets are still available! This event is a fundraiser for Samuels Public Library and a unique opportunity to meet the author of one of the hottest books of 2019, Norco 80. Please consider supporting the library by attending this interesting and educational evening! Cocktails at 6pm, Presentation & Questions at 6:30, Appetizers & Signing at 8pm. Books will be available for purchase for $25.00. To purchase tickets, visit: www.samuelslibrary.net or in-person at Samuels Public Library, 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA.

Money raised through sponsorships and ticket sales at this event will go toward improving the services, programs, and collections that the Library is able to offer the citizens of Front Royal/Warren County and surrounding areas.

  • NORCO ’80: THE TRUE STORY OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR BANK ROBBERY IN AMERICAN HISTORY, by Peter Houlahan
  • November 9 at Samuels Public Library from 6pm – 9pm
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Pours for Polio brings in over $2K of community support!

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Pours for Polio 2019. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Avery.

The Rotary Club of Warren County extends a huge “thank you” to everyone who participated in Pours for Polio 2019. The Front Royal Brewing Company was an awesome location for fellowship, dining, cocktails, and karaoke while supporting a global cause #EndPolioNow!   Watch this video for a few highlights from the evening:

Over 100 area Rotarians and their guests attended the event bringing in over $2,100.00 to help eradicate polio worldwide. Added bonus, since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year! Thank you to the Front Royal Brewing Company for donating $325 back to the cause from drink purchases.



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Pours for Polio – Join a global fight this Wednesday and make a difference

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There is a global fight happening right now and we are so close to winning. Would you like an opportunity to join in this fight? A virus you have heard of but have not feared in recent times, still lingers in three countries on our planet. POLIO. Thousands have joined forces to END POLIO NOW including worldwide Rotary Clubs, John Cena, polio survivors, world leaders, Bill & Melinda Gates, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall, to name a few.

Pours for Polio is an event that our local Rotary Club of Warren County will be hosting at the Front Royal Brewing Company this Wednesday, November 6th, from 6pm – 9pm. There will be an opportunity to make a $10.00 donation and earn an END POLIO NOW bracelet. For every pint of beer or mixed cocktail, $1.00 will be donated to the cause. DJ Skye High will be kicking off karaoke for everyone to enjoy! There will be a special area-wide competition between Rotary Clubs (Rotarians Got Talent). All are welcome!

Below is a timeline found on www.EndPolio.org that helps explain the progress of the END POLIO NOW mission.

  • 1894 – The first major documented polio outbreak in the United States occurs in Vermont; 18 deaths and 132 cases of permanent paralysis are reported.
  • 1905 – Swedish physician Ivar Wickman suggests that polio is a contagious disease that can spread from person to person, and also recognizes that polio could be present in people who show no symptoms.
  • 1908 – 2 physicians in Vienna, Karl Landsteiner and Erwin Popper, discover that polio is caused by a virus.
  • 1916 – A major polio outbreak in New York City kills more than 2,000 people. Across the United States, polio takes the lives of about 6,000 people, and paralyzes thousands more.
  • 1929 – Philip Drinker and Harvard University’s Louis Agassiz Shaw Jr. invent an artificial respirator for patients suffering from paralytic polio — the iron lung.
  • 1955 – A vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk is declared “safe and effective.”
  • 1960 – The U.S. government licenses the oral polio vaccine developed by Dr. Albert Sabin.
  • 1979 – Rotary International begins its fight against polio with a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines.
  • 1985 – Rotary International launches PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial fundraising target of US$120 million.
  • 1988 – Rotary International and the World Health Organization launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. There are an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries.
  • 1994 – The International Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication announces that polio has been eliminated from the Americas.
  • 1995 – Health workers and volunteers immunize 165 million children in China and India in 1 week. Rotary launches the PolioPlus Partners program, enabling Rotary members in polio-free countries to provide support to fellow members in polio-affected countries for polio eradication activities.
  • 2000 – A record 550 million children – almost 10% of the world’s population – receive the oral polio vaccine. The Western Pacific region, spanning from Australia to China, is declared polio-free.
  • 2003 – The Rotary Foundation raises $119 million in a 12-month campaign. Rotary’s total contribution to polio eradication exceeds $500 million. Six countries remain polio-endemic – Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan.
  • 2004 – In Africa, synchronized National Immunization Days in 23 countries target 80 million children, the largest coordinated polio immunization effort on the continent.
  • 2006 – The number of polio-endemic countries drops to 4 – Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, Pakistan.
  • 2009 – Rotary’s overall contribution to the eradication effort nears $800 million. In January, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $355 million and issues Rotary a challenge grant of $200 million. This announcement will result in a combined $555 million in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
  • 2011 – Rotary welcomes celebrities and other major public figures into a new public awareness campaign and ambassador program called “This Close” to ending polio. Program ambassadors include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, violinist Itzhak Perlman, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall. Rotary’s funding for polio eradication exceeds $1 billion.
  • 2012 – India surpasses 1 year without a recorded case of polio and is removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. Polio remains endemic in just 3 countries. Rotary surpasses its $200 Million Challenge fundraising goal more than 5  months earlier Than expected.
  • 2014 – India goes 3 full years without a new case caused by the wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization certifies the South-East Asia region polio-free. Polio cases are down over 99% since 1988.

Take a few minutes to watch this educational video to learn about Polio and our efforts over time to study and track the virus:

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WomanGathering with Melanie Forde

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Guest Speaker: Melanie Forde
Topic: Reinventing Hillwilla: A Novel
FB LIVE: 6 PM with hostess Eka Kapiotis

Melanie Forde is a veteran ghost-writer, addressing diverse foreign policy topics. Under her own name, she has published numerous features about the natural world, as well as her Appalachian trilogy (culminating in Reinventing Hillwilla) and her Irish family saga, Decanted Truths. She lives in Hillsboro, West Virginia.

Reinventing Hillwilla: A Novel
Life on a llama farm, set in remote “Seneca County,” West Virginia, transitions from contented to chaotic in this final novel in the Hillwilla trilogy – all under the watchful eye of canine guardian Ralph. Five years after we first met northern urban transplant Beatrice Desmond, she is finally adapting to her mountain hollow among the wary “born-heres” and is more open to the blessings in her life. She has developed a rewarding mother-daughter relationship with troubled local teenager Clara Buckhalter and is inching toward marriage with dashing, but complicated entrepreneur Tanner Fordyce. Meanwhile, Clara sets off on a productive new path, one that would have been unthinkable had Beatrice never come into her life. All of that progress is suddenly jeopardized by Clara’s scheming mother Charyce. Ultimately, the upheaval touched off by Charyce’s schemes serves as the catalyst for new beginnings for the Seneca County misfits (even Ralph).

Check out her book on Amazon, or keep up with Melanie on social media:


THIS IS A FREE EVENT – Please join us and other women looking to be inspired! WomanGatherings are informational and inspirational evenings intended to nurture the womanspirit in each of us.


About The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community. https://frwrc.org/

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5:30 pm Tails and Ales Cash Party @ Front Royal Moose Lodge
Tails and Ales Cash Party @ Front Royal Moose Lodge
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Tails and Ales Cash Party @ Front Royal Moose Lodge
The 8th annual cash party fundraiser for the Humane Society of Warren County will be held at the Front Royal Moose Lodge on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Doors open at 5:30pm, and dinner will be[...]
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5:00 pm FAFSA Party @ LFCC Middletown Campus
FAFSA Party @ LFCC Middletown Campus
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FAFSA Party @ LFCC Middletown Campus
Join other college-bound students and their parents at LFCC for a FAFSA Party on the Middletown Campus on the following dates: Monday, Nov. 4 Thursday, Nov. 14 Monday, Nov. 18. Time: 5-7 p.m. Learn about[...]
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1:30 pm Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in... @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in... @ Art in the Valley
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Botanical Drawing II: Drawing in Color @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in colored pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. This four week course will focus on continuing to build drawing skills as applied to botanicals: students[...]
4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, November 5: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will do some taffy pulling and have a[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 20 @ 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, November 6 and Thursday, November 7: It’s playtime! Come in for stories, songs, and a craft about our favorite toys, games, and imaginings! Siblings welcome.[...]
1:30 pm Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Nov 20 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with instructor, Elena Maza, will deal with the basic three-primary color palette, different pigments and how they interact, how to mix all colors from three primary colors, how to apply washes,[...]
7:00 pm Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drama Performance: "Loserville" @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
On Wednesday, November 20th, and Thursday, November 21st, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present its 2019 fall production of Elliot Davis’ and James Bourne’s musical, Loserville. The musical, which will take place in Melton[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Nov 21 @ 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, November 6 and Thursday, November 7: It’s playtime! Come in for stories, songs, and a craft about our favorite toys, games, and imaginings! Siblings welcome.[...]
7:00 pm Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Drama Performance: “Loserville” @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drama Performance: "Loserville" @ Melton Memorial Gymnasium | R-MA
On Wednesday, November 20th, and Thursday, November 21st, Randolph-Macon Academy’s Performing Arts Department will present its 2019 fall production of Elliot Davis’ and James Bourne’s musical, Loserville. The musical, which will take place in Melton[...]
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9:00 am Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
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Veteran Services Visit @ Able Forces Professional Services
Able Forces will once again be hosting a visit by Andre Miller, Resource Specialist, Virginia Veteran and Family Support, Department of Veteran Services, Commonwealth of Virginia this Friday 22 November from 9AM to Noon. As[...]