News Maker Ed Richards on Memorial Day concert

For the first time the American Legion Community Band will host a free Memorial Day concert.

The performance will be held Mon. May 30 at the Front Royal Gazebo on Main St. at 7 p.m..

We spoke to Co-Director of the band Ed Richards about the performance in our latest news maker.

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

Ed tells us about the decision to do a show for the first time.

He also tells us that it’s not just patriotic music that will be performed.

Ed also tells us about future shows that are schedule with the band.

Click here for Ed’s interview.

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Front Royal pool will not open Memorial weekend

Warren County Government reports that due to insufficient staffing as it stands right now the Claude A. Stokes Jr. Community Pool in Front Royal will not be able to open on Memorial Day Weekend.

However the pool will open as scheduled on June 6 for the regular season.

The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will update if any change occurs.

Pools in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren Counties and towns in those counties are looking to shore up their staff with qualified employees.

Some communities like Mount Jackson are offering bonuses to sign on as a lifeguard.

If you are interested contact your towns parks and recreation departments.

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Clarke County and one of Virginia’s oldest residents dies

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Clarke County and Virginia lost one of its oldest citizens.

Berryville resident Mary Viola Brown died of natural causes on Sat. May 21.

Known as Viola she was born on October 4, 1911 in Hume Virginia with she and the family moving to Clarke County in 1918 where she lived out the rest of  her life.

Ms. Brown was extraordinarily healthy and only started to take medication at 101 years of age she was 102 before she started using a walker.

Berryville’s town council officially declared Oct. 4, 2011 as Viola Brown Centennial Celebration Day.

In 2021 then Virginia Governor Northam sent Ms. Brown a letter calling her a Supercentenarian.

Ms. Brown once received a signed letter from then President Barack Obama honoring her for contributions to the nation.

Enders and Shirley Funeral home printed her obituary and are handling the arrangements.

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UWNSV invest in impact grants

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) will invest $540,000 in impact grant funding for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Through the grant program the UWNSV is able to impact 36 educational, financial stability and health programs throughout their service area.

According to an email from the UWNSV this is $35,000 more than was distributed last year and $100,000 over 2020.

Twenty seven agencies based in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties will receive over $379,000 in funding.

Nine agencies in Shenandoah and Page Counties will receive over $160,000 in funding.

In addition the United Way will distribute over $147,000 in donor designated funds to various agencies across the service area.

Donor designated funds are distributed separately from the impact grant program.

The review process involves 50 community volunteers who review funding applications and focus on priority human care needs.

A complete breakdown of Impact Grant recipients is found here.

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