News Maker Ed Richards on Memorial Day concert

For the first time the American Legion Community Band will host a free Memorial Day concert.

The performance will be held Mon. May 30 at the Front Royal Gazebo on Main St. at 7 p.m..

We spoke to Co-Director of the band Ed Richards about the performance in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Ed tells us about the decision to do a show for the first time.

He also tells us that it’s not just patriotic music that will be performed.

Ed also tells us about future shows that are schedule with the band.

Click here for Ed’s interview.

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Front Royal pool will not open Memorial weekend

Warren County Government reports that due to insufficient staffing as it stands right now the Claude A. Stokes Jr. Community Pool in Front Royal will not be able to open on Memorial Day Weekend.

However the pool will open as scheduled on June 6 for the regular season.

The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will update if any change occurs.

Pools in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren Counties and towns in those counties are looking to shore up their staff with qualified employees.

Some communities like Mount Jackson are offering bonuses to sign on as a lifeguard.

If you are interested contact your towns parks and recreation departments.

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USGS records an earthquake in Virginia

The United States Geological Survey (USGS)  recorded a 2.3 magnitude earthquake Mon. May 23 at 8:15 a.m..

The quake struck in Fluvanna County with the nearest populated area of Columbia a little over a mile and a half away from the epicenter.

Columbia is approximately 25 miles from Charlottesville.

The depth of the quake was recorded at approximately 6 and a half miles.

Since at least 1774 people in central Virginia have felt small earthquakes and suffered damage from infrequent larger ones.

One of the largest most recent earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.8 occurred in 2011.

There was no damage reported in the quake Mon. May 23.

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Clarke County and one of Virginia’s oldest residents dies

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Clarke County and Virginia lost one of its oldest citizens.

Berryville resident Mary Viola Brown died of natural causes on Sat. May 21.

Known as Viola she was born on October 4, 1911 in Hume Virginia with she and the family moving to Clarke County in 1918 where she lived out the rest of  her life.

Ms. Brown was extraordinarily healthy and only started to take medication at 101 years of age she was 102 before she started using a walker.

Berryville’s town council officially declared Oct. 4, 2011 as Viola Brown Centennial Celebration Day.

In 2021 then Virginia Governor Northam sent Ms. Brown a letter calling her a Supercentenarian.

Ms. Brown once received a signed letter from then President Barack Obama honoring her for contributions to the nation.

Enders and Shirley Funeral home printed her obituary and are handling the arrangements.

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UWNSV invest in impact grants

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) will invest $540,000 in impact grant funding for the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Through the grant program the UWNSV is able to impact 36 educational, financial stability and health programs throughout their service area.

According to an email from the UWNSV this is $35,000 more than was distributed last year and $100,000 over 2020.

Twenty seven agencies based in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties will receive over $379,000 in funding.

Nine agencies in Shenandoah and Page Counties will receive over $160,000 in funding.

In addition the United Way will distribute over $147,000 in donor designated funds to various agencies across the service area.

Donor designated funds are distributed separately from the impact grant program.

The review process involves 50 community volunteers who review funding applications and focus on priority human care needs.

A complete breakdown of Impact Grant recipients is found here.

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News Maker Taryn Logan on a new sports complex

Warren County is proposing a new full sports facility in Rockland.

As with any development of this magnitude the county needs the public’s input.

We spoke with Warren County’s Deputy County Administrator Taryn Logan about the facility in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Taryn tells us about the size and scope of the facility.

She also tells us where the complex will be located and how it will be funded.

Taryn also explains where your input should be submitted before June 10.

Click here Taryn’s interview.

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FCSO make an arrest after a high speed chase

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Deputies have arrested 24 year old Tryston Scott Riggleman after a high speed chase.

Deputies began pursuit after Riggleman was observed traveling on a motorcycle over 100 miles per hour on 522 south near the Virginia Farm Market Thursday.

Pursuit was terminated when it was determined that it was not safe after Riggleman turned on to Indian Hollow Road.

Riggleman was spotted again by deputies and a Virginia State Trooper on North Hayfield Road and Indian Hollow Road.

Riggleman attempted escape through a field where he lost control and dropped the motorcycle.

The North Frederick Pike resident was apprehended and is facing a number of charges.

Those charges include Felony Eluding, two counts of reckless driving, no motorcycle license and improper registration.

No injuries were reported in the incident according to the press release from Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland.

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J.M. Smucker Co. Recalls Jif Products

The J.M. Smucker Company is recalling a number of Jif Peanut Butter products over possible salmonella contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have investigated an outbreak of Salmonella poisoning of 14 people in 12 states.

Five of the 14 had eaten different varieties of Jif peanut butter products before becoming ill.

Several dozen products have been recalled.

It is important to check the lot number of the product before consuming any Jif product.

Check the lot number of any Jif product which is found alongside the expiration date.

Dispose of any products with lot number 1274425 through 2140425 the most important number is the 425 at the end.

The FDA says if any of those Jif products have been used to wash and sanitize surfaces and utensils that have touched it thoroughly.

Because of the shelf life of peanut butter it is important to check all Jif products.

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News Maker Mike Bocock on his Valley League Book

Mike Bocock has been in Valley League Baseball for over 30 years.

He and Bill Meade have written the fourth coming book Close to the Dirt: Mike Bocock’s Life and Journey Through the Dugouts and Diamonds of the Shenandoah Valley.

We spoke to Mike about the book in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Mike has some great stories to tell one of which he relays in the interview.

He also tells us how we can get a copy of the book and some of the locations he will be doing some book signings.

Mike also tells us that some proceeds of the book will go toward baseball programs in the valley.

Click here for Mike’s interview.

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Furever Friday: Meet Reese

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Welcome back to Furever Friday! Each week, we spotlight an adoptable Pet from the Humane Society of Warren County.

This week we’re featuring 3 year Reese. The Humane Society of Warren County believes Reese to be a Shepherd mix. Reese is a gentle lady who loves to play outside. She would probably do best in an adult only active household. Reese is one of the shelter’s top 10 longest residents. Remember all top 10 resident have had their adoption fees waived. 

If you are interested in giving Reese a new home, please visit humanesocietywarrencounty.com  to fill out an adoption application. Once the application has been processed, a staff member will contact you with the next steps. 

You can also check out the Humane Society of Warren County’s adoptable pets on petfinder.com.

Furever Friday is proudly sponsored by Shear Elegance Pet Boutique. Shear Elegance Pet Boutique has been giving pets the love, care and respect they deserve since 2011. Visit them today off John Marshall Highway and on Facebook.

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