Front Royal names new Assistant Town Manager

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Ms. Kathleen Leidich will lead operations for planning and building inspection as well as the infrastructure divisions of public works.

Water management, construction management, capital projects, solid waste and energy services.

Ms. Leidich earned her Master’s degree in City and Regional planning, and public Administration at Ohio State University.

She graduated from Whittenberg University with B.A. degrees in political science and psychology.

Ms. Leidich will begin working on August 2, 2021.

Welcome to Front Royal.

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New Principal at Orchard View Elementary

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Frederick County Public Schools have named a new Principal for Orchard View Elementary.

Rachel Rinker is a graduate from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies as well as a Master’s degree in elementary education.

She also earned a certificate of Advanced graduate study in educational leadership from Salem International University.

Ms. Rinker started her career at Armel Elementary school in 2011.

From all of us here at The River 95.3 Good luck and Congratulations!

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Gardening Classes at Belle Grove Plantation

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Two separate classes will be offered at Bell Grove plantation both taught by master gardeners.

Joyce Watson of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will be teaching about floral arrangements. Using all of our favorite summer flowers such as dahlias, sunflowers, coneflowers, and zinnias.

All participants should bring floral shears. Class is held at the Beverly B. Shoemaker Welcome Center on July 29, 2021.

Lynn Hoffman of the NSVMGA will be instructing a course on hanging basket planters on August 9, 2021. They cost 15 dollars a piece for supplies.

You can register and pay for both at

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WF&R rescues residents from storm damage

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On Saturday July 17 it was Winchester’s Friendship Fire Company who were flagged down by a local resident who reported an accident.

As they arrived on the scene they found a metal roof of 200-220 East street had been blown off of the building and wrapped around several vehicles trapping 4 residents in their vehicle.

Fire fighters were able to extract without incident or injury.

As a result of extensive interior water damage caused by strong storms , units 200-220 were declared unsafe for habitation by the City’s Building Official.

55 occupants and multiple pets were evacuated from the properties.

As of July 19 the structure has been covered and the permits and repairs are being handled.

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WPD Investigating a robbery

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The Winchester Police Department is investigating a robbery that took place on July 18 near Washington avenue.

The male suspect described between the ages of 20-25, 5″7-5″10 , and clean shaven.

The suspect did display a gun during the robbery.

If you have any information please call the Winchester Police Department at 540-662-4131 or the anonymous P3 tip app.

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Strasburg has declared drought watch conditions

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Jay Mckinley Interim Town Manager of Strasburg has issued a press release.

He has declared a drought watch condition and would like all residents and local businesses to begin voluntary water conservation measures.

All residents including private well users are encouraged to help save water.

Should any of these measures become mandatory citizens will be notified.

Official press release with tips and tricks to conserve both indoors and outdoors is located at

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