News Maker Bill Long on the Brakes for Breasts campaign

As we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Every October Bill Long’s Auto Care Clinic holds a campaign to advance Breast Cancer research.

We spoke to the owner of the Auto Care Clinic Bill Long in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Bill explains how the Brakes for Breasts campaign works.

He also explains how successful the main recipient of the funds Dr. Vincent Tuohy has been in his vaccine against breast cancer and other cancers.

Bill also tells us that the campaign will be at both his Front Royal Auto Care Clinic as well as the Kibler’s Auto Care Clinic in Woodstock.

Click here for Bill’s interview.

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The Guardian Score Pilot Program

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On Friday, September 23, 2022, the Front Royal Police Department will begin
a 120-day pilot program that will allow community members to rate their interaction with police
officers. Guardian Score is an anonymous digital survey designed to measure fairness,
professionalism, and communication skills that officers display during routine traffic stops, calls for
service, and any substantial interaction with citizens.
As part of the program, all Front Royal police officers will hand out business cards to each person
they have an interaction with, which includes being a victim, witness or offender of an incident or
traffic stop. The cards have a QR code on the back of the business card that can be scanned with
any smart phone and will send that person to a digital survey. Each card is linked to the officer
handing it out and can only be used one time.
The anonymous survey will ask the person to rate officers on their professionalism, listening skills,
fairness, and their ability to explain next steps. The results of the survey are delayed 5-7 days, at
which point police leaders and officers can check their dashboard to review their customer service
scores.    This provides another layer of anonymity.
Chief Kahle Magalis states, “We are excited to launch the Guardian Score initiative. It will give us
feedback on our customer service. This program provides a truly transparent metric on procedural
justice. It is not a complaint system and is not intended to determine whether or not a citizen “likes”
an officer, or police in general, but how we are doing with our communication and professionalism.”
Virginia Risk Sharing Association (VRSA) has provided the Front Royal Police Department the
necessary funding for the pilot program which will run through January 2023. Depending on how
successful this pilot program is within the community and available funding, we will decide whether
or not to continue.

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Kernstown Battlefield Half Marathon & Relays

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Experience all of the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley while running in the area’s premiere half marathon relays. At 13.1 miles the race is welcoming for casual runners and still provides a challenge for experienced runners.

The starting line is located in historic Kernstown Battlefield with the vast majority of the course following Middle Road and country roads through Frederick County.

You can also grab a group of friends and put together a team of 2 or 4 person relay team to join in on the fun!

Click here for relay information.

1st Place: $750 male and female

2nd Place: $500 male and female
3rd Place: $250 male and female
Masters (40+): $200 male and female
1st Place Frederick County/Winchester: $250 male and female
*Overall winners will not be their division winners

The top two male and female finishers in the following age brackets:
15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65+
*The awards ceremony will begin 2.5 hours after the start of the race.



1St Place $400 male, female & co-ed
2nd Place Plaque male, female & co-ed
3rd Place Plaque male, female & co-ed


1St Place $400 male, female & co-ed
2nd Place Plaque male, female & co-ed
3rd Place Plaque male, female & co-ed




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Tiny Tales with HRLS & MSV

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Handley Regional Library System has restarted its partnership with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, a special thematic early literacy story time series at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s Glen Burnie House (located in the MSV Gardens). This exciting program is intended for children up to age six and their caregivers. Admission to the program is free.

This program will be offered as a library outreach on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September to December. Storytime themes will complement museum exhibits to extend learning to all ages and abilities in collaboration with the MSV.

Registration is not required for this program.

Programs planned are:

October 12, 2022: Harvest Hoedown

November 9, 2022: Rock, Paper, Scissors

December 14, 2022: Holidays Around the World

For more info go to

For more information, contact Cheryl Nakagawa, Public Relations and Outreach Manager, at or visit

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