The Town of Front Royal loses a Pillar of the Community

The Town of Front Royal reports the loss of a Pillar of the Community and former mayor.

John K. Marlow passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024.

His passing is less than a month after John and his wife Joyce Marlow were honored as Stars of the Community.

The couple was honored by the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

The couple were honored for their commitment and involvement in their community.

Marlow served as mayor of Front Royal from 1982-1990.

Mayor Marlow was instrumental in spear heading the downtown redevelopment of Main Street.

That included the renovation of the former train station into what has become the visitor’s center.

He was also instrumental in the installation of the Gazebo among other projects and innovations.

For those achievements Mayor Marlow and the town of Front Royal received the Virginia Municipal League’s Achievement Award for outstanding community development.

Marlow continued his involvement with the community and those that serve well after his tenure as mayor.

Current Mayor Lori A. Cockrell remarked that Marlow once told her that when he voted on anything as Mayor, he would always first ask what is best for Front Royal.

He told Cockrell after any vote he would always want to wake in the morning look in the mirror and know he did the right thing.

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WCFR crew deliver a healthy baby boy

Warren County Fire and Rescue Logo. Used by permission by Warren County Deputy Director of Emergency Services Brian Foley

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report being dispatched to a residence in the county in response to a female in labor.

North Warren’s Medic 10 was the first on the scene and found a 26-year-old female in active labor.

After assessing the situation and noting the urgency, Medic 10 requested additional support.

Front Royal’s Medic 1 arrived to assist with the inevitable imminent birth.

A healthy baby boy was delivered shortly after 4 a.m. January 29.

Both mother and baby were then transported to Winchester Medical Center with no complications.

Congratulations to mother and family and to Battalion Chief Raymond Cross Paramedics Matt Hunt and Camden Whitacre, Firefighters Michael Good, and Matthew Geurkink, and Lieutenant Aaron Miller on a successful delivery.

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Kaine introduces bill supporting student success and career readiness

Senators Tim Kaine and Todd Young have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at boosting student success and career readiness.

The Assisting Community Colleges in Educating Skilled Students to Careers Act will help students have access to support services like career navigators and counselors while helping create career pathways for the changing skill demands of the economy.

The ACCESS to Careers Act authorizes the Secretary of Education to provide:

  • grants to states to develop strategies supporting students and partnerships with local employers
  • grants to community colleges to increase the number of students working towards high-skill, in-demand industries by supporting paid internships and establishing processes to award students credits for skills gained outside the classroom

To view the full text of the bill, click here.

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News Maker Adam Packham on the return of Military Banners

Heroes on the River Founder Adam Packham continues to honor our veterans with the Military Banner Program.

We spoke to Adam about the return of the program in our latest news maker.

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Adam tells us where the program is back and that there have been some changes for 2024.

He tells us how to get involved with the program and honor those who have fought for our freedom.

Adam also tells us how to help in the effort to honor those who have served through the all important sponsorship of the program.

Click here for Adams latest news maker.

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