Roger Smelser receives Larry M. Funk Award

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The Warren Coalition awarded the Larry M. Funk Award for Outstanding Service to Children in Warren County to Roger Smelser.

This is a new award honoring the former Vice President and President of the organization who also served as the DARE instructor for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Roger Smelser was honored for his work with Front Royal Little League as a coach, manager, and president for over 30 years.

Nearly a third of nominations for the award named Smelser.

They brought up his commitment to the children in his league and passion for volunteer service.

He was also an instrumental part in bringing Little League Baseball back to the WFTR airwaves.

He received an engraved crystal award and $500 cash.

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HRLS removes fines for children’s materials

The Handley Regional Library System is removing overdue fines from most children’s materials including books, CDs, audio-books, and DVDs regardless of the age of the person checking them out.

The items are still required to be returned.

John Huddy, the director of the Library System believes this will “improve literacy for the youth in our area and remove any barriers that our patrons may have to get access to our materials.”

Evidence has been cited by the American Library Association that eliminating fines increases sign up and library use.

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71st HamFest returns to Berryville

The 71st Annual Berryville Hamfest is back this weekend at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.

Gates open at 6 am with vendors starting at 8 am.

The event regularly draws 1500 people and there will be nearly 150 vendors from the HAM radio world selling all types of tools of the trade from vintage radios to the latest models.

VE Exams will be given starting at noon at the nearby Clarke County High School by the Laurel Amateur Radio Club VE Team.

Don’t forget to stick around for the raffle prizes.

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