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Last Week on The Valley Today: Traffic Safety, Wills & Estate Planning, Plus Mead!

4 January 2020 Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Community News


Did you miss any of the great conversations last week on The Valley Today? We’ve got a recap and links to this week’s shows below. But, if you’d prefer to have them delivered to your phone every day when they’re released, you can subscribe for free! If you use an iPhone click here. If you use an Android click here. OR, you can head over to The Valley Today page and see all the shows: https://theriver953.com/podcasts/the-valley-today/

On Monday, we were in the studio for our regular monthly conversation with Lt. Warren Gosnell from Frederick County Sheriff’s Office to talk about traffic safety, holiday drinking and NOT driving, traffic laws, driving with Christmas lights INSIDE your vehicle, seat belt laws, and even addressed a listener question. During the show, we mentioned the Facebook group that Lt. Gosnell manages (it’s not affiliated with FCSO) “Fred Co Roads/Traffic” get the link and listen to the podcast by clicking here.

On Tuesday, we were in the studio for a conversation with LaTasha Do’zia, Executive Director at the Youth Development Center in Winchester. We talked about how & why the organization was founded, the variety of educational and recreational programs they offer to both children and adults in Winchester and the surrounding area, their campus, and discussed it’s upkeep and their current capital campaign: For Our Tomorrow. Contributions can be made and earmarked for a variety of items to helping with the roof replacement (just $8.33/sq. ft.) to smaller items. You can get more details and listen to the podcast by clicking here.

On Thursday, we had a conversation with local attorney, Suzan Herskowitz. The show was pre-recorded a few days earlier in her conference room and included some personal stories and examples that were edited out in order to fit the on-air time slot. However, you can hear the entire, mostly unedited, conversation on the podcast by clicking here. We talked about:

  • medical directives: what they are, why they’re important and several reasons you should have one;
  • durable power of attorney: responsibilities of those you choose and things to consider when making that choice;
  • wills: why you need one, things to consider when drafting it, and the process from discussion to completion;
  • estate planning: estate taxes for 2020 and the current amount of the gift tax.

On Friday, we had a conversation with Ian Rushing, one of the founders of Honey & Hops Brew Works, a new meadery opening in Front Royal this coming spring. Ian told us about the meadery’s inception, their search for their current location and why they chose Front Royal. We talked about the mead-making process and Ian’s home hive. Ian also explained some of the lessons learned as they’ve navigated their building renovations and focused on getting the business up and running. Listen to the podcast by clicking here.


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