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.

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

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 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.

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

LFCC announced expansion at the Fauquier Campus

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In an email from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) it was announced that thanks to a land donation expansion at Fauquier Campus is now possible.

The construction at the Fauquier Campus is expected to begin in February and be ready for classes this coming fall.

The 8,000 square foot facility will be built on 60 acres of gifted property in Fauquier County.

The Fauquier Campus addition will offer a number of trades classes including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and HVAC education.

A Building the Future Fund has been established to help with funding equipment needed for the trade skills training.

To find out more about the fundraising contact Tami O’Brien at or call (540) 351-1046 for more information.

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

Front Royal Thermal Shelter opens in a matter of days

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In a Thermal Shelter of Front Royal (TSFR) social media post announcement the shelter is in need of volunteers.

Also the shelter will hold a silent auction online to help offset the cost of running the shelter.

Auction items are being accepted at the Social Services office at 465 15 St. Front Royal suite 100 made to the attention of Michelle Smeltzer.

Items for auction must be dropped off by Sat. Dec. 4.

If you can volunteer at the shelter please visit here.

The Thermal Shelter of Front Royal will open Dec. 11 and close for the season Mar. 30, 2022.

If you can help with the shelter in any way please click here.

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

SU has a new Christmas film streaming

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According to Shenandoah University’s (SU) website another Christmas film featuring the campus and students of the university is now streaming.

Cupid for Christmas is the latest feature film co produced by SU and Los Angeles based Capital Arts entertainment.

The movie is a romantic comedy where Ruby (Melanie Stone) takes a challenge to take over for the retiring Cupid.

The movie features 24 Shenandoah students and three faculty members with 40 SU students and six faculty members assisting with the production.

Just as with the previous Christmas film Santa Girl and the horror movie GetAway many scenes were filmed at SU.

Cupid for Christmas is exclusively streaming on Hulu.

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News Maker Joanne Koszyk on Camping for Hunger numbers

Preliminary numbers are in for the 13 annual Camping for Hunger Campaign.

We say preliminary because what is on the bus continues to grow as drop off locations are still bringing in your donations.

Those donations will add to the 8 tons of food that you donated that is already on the bus.

Along with that over $12,000 have been donated to help Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) help those in need.

We spoke to C-Cap Executive Director Joanne Koszyk about this tremendous community effort in our latest news maker.

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

Joanne is so thankful for the effort you put out to help in Camping for Hunger.

We here at the River are grateful and thankful to all of you for your support of this community effort.

It means so much to thousands.

Click here for Joanne’s interview.

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