Greetings from The Booth!

If you’re working on that umpteenth turkey sandwich, you probably should stop, as the FDC said that Monday was the last day you should be eating leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal. After that, your green bean casserole becomes a science project. Speaking of leftovers, that is the title of this week’s VFB, as we look back at the long holiday weekend. Grab the Duke’s mayo, pepper, and white bread, and here we go…

I wonder if Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were excited about broadcasting the Thanksgiving NFL contest between the winless Lions and a mediocre Bears team? I think they put their best face on the game, but at times Troy sounded like he’d been into the Thanksgiving punch. If so, who could blame him? I know the Turkey Day game from Detroit is an NFL tradition, but maybe it’s time for the league to “flex” some games and have some better matchups on Thanksgiving Day. It was nice seeing Dallas lose, though, and imagining all those Cowboys fans hurling their pumpkin pie against the wall as the game-winning Raiders field goal went through the uprights.

My college football team (WVU) is going “bowling,” but I’m less than thrilled. The Mountaineers struggled to beat a bad Kansas team Saturday night just to get to 6-6. So now it’s on to the iconic Cheez-It Bowl or some “XYZ.com” Bowl. I remember a day when 6-6 wouldn’t get you a sniff. There were a few bowl games like the Bluebonnet and Peach Bowls leading up to New Year’s Day, when you had the Cotton, Rose, Sugar, and Orange Bowls. Now, we start bowl season in early December and don’t end until after New Year’s Day. I know I sound like a curmudgeon, and the extra practices and games are beneficial to the teams involved, but there are too many bowls. Now, get off my field turf!

Wedged in among all the football this past weekend was the made-for-TV 12-hole golf match between rivals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, who supposedly don’t like each other much. If you were expecting trash talk, unruly behavior, and foreign objects, you were disappointed. The two were actually civil, which kind of defeated the purpose of the event. In addition, commentator Phil Mickelson talked too much, blathering on about wind, distance, and sea level. The comedy stylings of Charles Barkley saved the broadcast. As for the match, it was no contest, with Brooksie winning 4&3.

Finally, former Washington National Max Scherzer is now a New York Met, having signed a 3-year, $130 million deal. I could root somewhat for Mad Max last year when he became a Dodger, but say it ain’t so, a Met? A division rival? By the way, if you do the math, based on an estimate of 35 starts per season, Scherzer will earn $1,238,095.24 per game. It’ll be a nice Christmas in the Scherzer household this year.

Well, that’s it for the leftovers, folks. Anyone for a pizza?

Until the next visit from the Booth, happy “Salmonella Tuesday,” and GO HORNETS!


Boyce Fire Hall host a blood drive on this Giving Tuesday

News agencies are reporting that the American Red Cross is seeing a 10 year low in blood supplies.

Blood donations have been down significantly in 2021 leaving the blood supply at critical levels.

First time donors are also at a low level in Virginia down 41 percent.

The Red Cross is reporting that the Boyce Fire Hall is hosting a blood drive today Nov. 30 giving Tuesday from 1 until 6 p.m. with appointments open.

Appointments can be filled at redcrossblood.org using the zip code 22620.

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VDH monitors for COVID-19 variant Omicron in Virginia

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ABC news is reporting that Gov. Northam is not declaring a state of emergency when it comes to the COVID-19 variant Omicron.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring for the variant and found no signs of it in Virginia.

Northam continued that he has no immediate plans to reinstate coronavirus restrictions at this time.

The Governor did say that we shouldn’t panic at this stage but we should pay close attention.

Northam did reiterate the need to get vaccinated or get the booster if you haven’t yet.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here. 

Front Royal Police Department offers a woman’s self defense seminar

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A social media post from the Front Royal Police Department indicates that there are still openings available in their women’s self defense seminar.

The seminar will be held Sat. Dec. 11 9 a.m. to noon at the Police Department 900 Monroe Ave. Front Royal.

A 40 minute presentation will be presented on situation awareness then hands on techniques to ward off attacks.

The seminar will offer a bad guy scenario as well.

Registration is required for the event at frontroyalselfdefense@gmail.com.

The seminar is instructed by Sargent Jason Winner and is in conjunction with Warren County victim/witness program.

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COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Apple Blossom Mall changes it’s hours

In a social media post from Valley Health (VH) it has been announced that the hours will change at the Apple Blossom Mall vaccination clinic.

The clinic will now be open Wednesdays and Saturdays only from noon until 7 p.m. through Dec. 11.

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic has administered nearly 12,000 doses of the vaccine.

Other vaccination locations can be found at valleyhealthlink.com or at vaccine.gov.

VH states in the post that they are extremely proud to serve the community over the last 7 months at that location.

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Stephens City takes sealed bids on a Crown Victoria

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In a Stephen City social media post it was announced that the town will accept bids on a 2010 Crown Victoria Interceptor.

The sealed bids must be received by tomorrow Dec. 1 by 9 a.m..

The bids will be opened and the car awarded at 10 a.m. Dec.1 at the town office.

The vehicle is being sold as is with inspection of the vehicle available at the Stephens City Police Department.

The town reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

The town cannot and will not answer questions about the vehicle or accept bids on any of its social media sites.

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News Maker Tom Eshelman on Christmas in the Valley

Christmas in the Valley is a festive celebration of the holiday at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.

We spoke with Shenandoah County Fairground’s General Manager Tom Eshelmen about the activities in out latest News Maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Tom spoke on how things were bigger and better this year then last.

Tom has information on dates and times of the activities this year as well.

Click here for Tom’s interview.

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C-Cap estimates 7,000 people will be fed thanks to you

Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) executive director Joanne Koszyk estimates that  more than 7,000 people will be fed into the spring of 2022.

You donated 16,000 pounds of food for the immediate needs of those less fortunate in Warren County.

In addition the nearly $12,000 donated will help with future needs for C-Cap.

Volunteering is another way to help C-Cap visit ourccap.org to help.

To make a secure monetary donation click here.

C-Cap of Front Royal Warren County and we here at the River 953 are grateful for your continued support of Camping for Hunger.

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WCFR had a busy Thanksgiving day

A Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) social media post showed that the Department had an exceptionally busy Thanksgiving.

On Thanksgiving day the department responded to 38 incidents with 27 of those in a 12 hour period between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m..

One incident on South Royal Ave. involved a fire at a storage facility at an abandoned motel.

Smoldering trash was extinguished in the storage area but smoke filed the second floor of the building.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Later in the day WCFR responded to a 4 vehicle accident that trapped 3 people and shut down North Shenandoah Ave..

A total of 5 patients were assisted at the scene with 3 of those being transported to the hospital.

Chief Bonzano and the community express their appreciation for crews answering the call on Thanksgiving day.

If you would like to join your fire department in serving your community as a volunteer click here.

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