Road Closure in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal would like residents to be aware that Pine Knoll Construction will have a lane closure in place on N. Royal Avenue between Commerce Avenue and W. 14th Street to remove/replace curb and sidewalk.

Northbound traffic will have to merge left on Royal Avenue on April 22-26 from 9am to 3pm, weather permitting.

Signs and arrow boards will be in place to direct traffic.

Motorists are asked to use caution while driving in this area and be aware of crews working.

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Triad hosts Spring conference

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Triad is hosting it’s Spring Conference on Tuesday, May 7th.

Triad is a joint effort between the Page County law enforcement community (fire/police/sheriff) to aid senior citizens and their
organizations in reducing crimes against them.

This conference is a time for seniors to share their concerns and questions.

The First Responders will have presentations and publications.

The conference will be held at Rileyville Baptist Church on US 340 from 9 am to 1:30 pm.

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House Money

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Greetings from the Booth!

After a year’s absence from the postseason, The Washington Capitals are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting today (4-21) as they take on the New York Rangers in a best-of-seven opening-round series.  By virtue of winning their last 3 games, the Caps snagged the final NHL Eastern Wild Card spot, while the Rangers are the league’s President’s Cup Champion and the number-one seed overall. On paper, this seems like a one-sided matchup. But, hockey isn’t played on paper (it’s played on ice, thus, the skates), and in this week’s VFB, I’ll make my case as to why the Capitals have a chance to advance past the first round and upset the mighty Rangers.

The Capitals are Playoff-Ready.  The Caps have been in “playoff” mode for a while now, while the Rangers have cruised to their lofty top-seed. Since “selling off” at the trade deadline and going into rebuild mode, the Capitals caught fire. Their young players meshed with remaining veterans like Tom Wilson, TJ Oshie, and Alex Ovechkin, and despite a near-fatal losing skid near the end of the season, found a way to stay in the Wild-Card race and get into the playoffs. Every game down the stretch has been a de facto playoff game for the Caps, while New York now must turn that switch back on starting today. The Capitals, under new coach Spencer Carbery, are playing tight, physical, playoff-style hockey, and that could serve them well against New York.

Goaltending. You can ride a hot goaltender a long way in the playoffs. Case in point, the Caps’ 2018 Stanley Cup postseason, in which Braden Holtby posted a 16-7 record, a .922 save percentage, and recorded 2 consecutive shutouts in the Eastern Conference Finals. Not to mention his stop of an open-net shot against Vegas in the Finals, now known as “The Save.” This year, the Caps will rely on Charlie Lindgren, who didn’t even begin the season as the starter. Lindgren has been nothing short of sensational down the stretch. In the Capitals’ 2 season-ending must-wins against Boston and Philadelphia, Lindgren stood tall, allowing just one goal in the Caps 2-0 and 2-1 wins.

The Great Eight. The Capitals have Alex Ovechkin, arguably the best hockey player of all-time (we can have that discussion another time), and this gives the Caps a chance against anyone.  Barring any unforseen circumstances, in a little over a season, Ovechkin will become the NHL’s all-time goal scorer. After a slow start this season, “The Great Eight” has played more like his old self down the stretch. When he’s not scoring, the Capitals’ Captain has been doing the little things, like blocking shots, and the younger players are feeding off his “leadership by example.” He may not be the Ovechkin of old, but as that saying goes, “great players are not great all the time, but great when they have to be.” This may be one of the last chances Ovechkin has at a Stanley Cup, and that makes him dangerous.

I rest my case, your honor. On paper the Capitals have no chance against the Rangers, but these are the NHL Playoffs, where a hot goaltender, a superstar on your side, and a break here and there could make for an interesting series. The Caps are playing with house money. Time to “Rock The Red!”

Until the next visit from The Booth…ALL CAPS!

RW