Shop With a Sheriff – WCSOF

The Winchester City Sheriff’s office is excited to announce the annual “Shop with a Sheriff ” program is back this year.

The program will benefit the Evans Home for Children.

At this time, they are seeking monetary donations that will benefit this program directly.

If you would like to participate you can mail checks to:

Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Foundation

P.O. Box 2435, Winchester, VA 22604

Please make checks payable to:

Winchester City Sheriff’s Office Foundation or WCSOF

foundation is established as a non-profit 501(c)(3)

All donations must be received by December 19th, 2022.

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Comfort & Healing Care Packages

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During the month of December, the Luray Women in Business group will be accepting donations for Choices.

Choices is a local non – profit that houses women and children that have been the victims of sexual and domestic

abuse. They will be accepting donations of Comfort & Healing packages to benefit these survivors.

They are in need of bedroom slippers, sports bras or bras without underwire, underwear, cozy socks, yoga pants,

leggings, lounge pants, & gift cards. All sizes are needed larger are preferred.

If you are interested in donating supplies, you can drop them off at the Luray – Page County Chamber of Commerce

& Visitor Center located at 18 Campbell Street, Luray, every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or at Anderson Corporation, 31

Stoney Brook Lane, Luray, Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Holiday Parade returns to Old Town

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Monday marks the return of the Holiday Parade to Old Town Winchester. The parade will feature floats, bands, local organizations and Santa himself!

The parade will start down Piccadilly Street before turning on to Braddock Street and then E Cork Street.

Those roads along with a few others in the immediate area will close at 5:45 pm on Monday.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place immediately after the parade on the walking mall.

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Front Royal hosts public hearings Monday

The Town of Front Royal is holding three public hearings on Monday at 7:00 pm at the Warren County Government Center’s Board Meeting Room at 220 N Commerce Avenue.

The requests being discussed include a Special Use Permit for a daycare at LifePoint Church and two different Special Use Permits for short term rental properties on Main Street and on E. Lee Street.

Information on those requests are available at the Office of Planning and Zoning at Town Hall.

All interested members of the community are invited to attend these hearings to express their views.

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WCFR reminds residents to dispose ashes properly

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Warren County Fire and Rescue personnel recently responded to two significant fires caused by improperly discarded fireplace and wood stove ashes.

One of the major causes of home fires is the improper disposal of fireplace ash.

Warren County Fire Chief James Bonzano reminds citizens to treat all ashes as if they are hot, and wait at least 24 hours before removing the ash.

You should never add live embers to an ash bucket or anything combustible.

Place a lid over the ash bucket to reduce oxygen from reaching live embers and keep ash buckets in a well-ventilated location as live embers can produce carbon monoxide.

Pour water over ashes in the bucket in an outdoor location and allow the bucket to sit for at least three days before disposing of the ashes.

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Middletown celebrates with Tree Lighting Ceremony

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‘Tis the season in Middletown as they got in the Christmas spirit with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony last night.

They welcomed Super Bowl Champion and Washington legend Brian Mitchell as a special guest to help light the tree which is located off Reliance Road as you are entering Middletown.

Middletown will continue their festivities next weekend with their Christmas Parade down Main Street next Saturday at 2:00 pm.

If you’re in Middletown anytime through the holidays, don’t forget to stop by their mailbox to Santa and Mrs. Claus to drop off your letters which they have promised Mayor Harbaugh to respond to.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland returns to Clearbrook Park

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Frederick County Parks and Recreations annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland opened last night and will remain open nightly through January 1.

The dazzling display spans the 0.5 mile path at Clearbrook Park with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, displays, and a display synchronized with music.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for nightly appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tickets are available for purchase online or with a credit card at the gate with a portion of the sales going to the Chain of Checks campaign.

Advance ticket sales are encouraged as walk-up entry is not guaranteed.

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Turkey Bowl Revisited

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Greetings From The Booth!

As this is Thanksgiving week, I hope we all take a moment and reflect on the things for which we are truly thankful. We at Royal Broadcasting recently finished our annual Camping For Hunger week-long food drive. In a challenging economy, this year’s CFH raised over 14-thousand pounds of food and about $17 thousand in monetary donations for Front Royal-Warren County C-CAP, and this would not have happened without the generosity of the community. Helping to unload all of that food from the Camping For Hunger Bus Saturday was a humbling an awesome experience, and made me even more thankful for my Thanksgiving meal.

As I write this post, several of our area high school football teams are still alive in the VHSL playoffs, and play in regional championship games tonight (Friday 11-25). The 2b title will go to either Strasburg or Central in what should be a great game. In a Class 3 regional championship game, the Warren County Wildcats have a tough task as they head to Nokesville to take on the talented Tigers. On paper, Brentsville looks like the prohibitive favorite but the games aren’t played on paper.

Thanksgiving always takes me back to a time when I was younger, faster, and less breakable. Like many weekend warriors across the USA, I always participated in a “Turkey Bowl” football game back in the day. For me, that game was usually played on the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend, and almost always at the Rosemont School lot in Martinsburg (WV). I had the honor of being the captain of  “Woodward’s Skins,” while our opponent was a team led by Todd Lyons, aptly named “Lyon’s Lions.” After all, it’s tradition that the Lions play on Thanksgiving, right?

Like any athletic field, ours had it’s unique qualities. The Rosemont lot ran adjacent to a blacktop playground, so “asphalt rash” was not unusual in one of our Turkey Bowl games. And, although two-hand tag was the preferred style of play, hard hitting was not ruled out. After a full afternoon of football, we left those games muddy, sometimes bloody, but full of memories that have filled the years.

At some point we all got old–I’m not sure exactly when that was–and the Turkey Bowls were just something remembered in group texts and phone calls as we all went our separate ways. But there are times when, as the saying goes, “my mind writes checks my body can’t cash,” and I’m pretty sure I can hit Kevin Funkhouser with a perfect spiral as he runs a fly pattern along the row of pine trees…

If you’re still fortunate to be able to play in your own Turkey Bowl, savor the time…it’s all too fleeting.

Until the next visit from The Booth, Happy Thanksgiving!

RW

 

 

 

News Maker Todd Jones on Warren County coming together

Warren County congratulates C-CAP on the conclusion of a successful Camping For Hunger (CFH) campaign.

We spoke to Warren County’s Director of Technology Todd Jones about it in our latest news maker.

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

Todd tells us how proud the Warren County Government is at the Community’s effort to support the CFH.

He also tells us of the upcoming Christmas activities on the way.

Todd also teases of all the new things to expect in 2023.

Click here for Todd’s news maker.

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