Fun Fact October 20, 2021.

Why don’t you sit a spell and chew the fat?  A two for one today.  To sit a spell originated from the Old English meaning of spell, that is telling of a story, fable or history.  In the 12th century it took on a darker meaning with a spell being a magical procedure. Sailors applied a time element to spell, as in a long run of bad weather.  Eventually in the southern U.S. it came to mean sitting for a while and having a chat.  Enter chew the fat, which means to gossip or tell stories, usually in a group setting. One theory of it’s origin suggests that the phrase comes from the practice of chatting while chewing on the leftover fat after a meal. Another refers to sailors chewing salted beef and pork on deck while they complained about life.  I think that perhaps we could all use a little more sitting a spell and chewing the fat.  You can’t do that on social media, it has to be done face to face, around a kitchen table, a bonfire or on a front porch.   Listen to the podcast here;   https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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News Maker Kitty Zuckerman on the Mon. 10/25 Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday Oct. 25 the red cross blood drive will be held at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This drive is in honor of former Winchester Mayor Charles and his wife Virginia Zuckerman.

Charles gave blood every chance he could in fact giving over 38 gallons which is why the American Red Cross honors him.

We spoke to the Zuckerman’s daughter Kitty in our latest News Maker segment.

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

Kitty talks about her families history of giving and the history of the drives in her dad’s honor as well.

Kitty reminds us to set that appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org using the keyword Zuckerman.

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News Maker Kitty Zuckerman on the Mon. 10/25 Red Cross Blood Drive
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The Valley Business Today: Code Ninjas Front Royal

Our conversation for The Valley Business Today with Code Ninjas owners, Kim Hancock & Chris LaCross provided an update on their business since opening earlier this year. They told us about their new, larger location that offers better visibility and access for their students and gave us all the details for their upcoming Halloween event.

They will host a Halloween party on Saturday, October 30 from 4pm – 8pm in the parking lot of their learning center located at 133 N. Royal Avenue in Front Royal. The event will feature a trunk/bike or treat with the Front Royal Moose Riders Motorcycle Group, drawings & giveaways, demonstrations & tours, plus you can take a selfie in the Code Ninjas Photo Booth! See all the details here

Get more information about Code Ninjas Front Royal on their website: https://www.codeninjas.com/va-front-royal and/or follow them on Facebook.

Fun Fact October 19, 2021.

Tool time Tuesday. As cooler weather moves in, lots of us move inside, to the kitchen to cook and bake.  There are a number of kitchen gadgets that perhaps you’ve never heard of, like the Dipr.  It’s a handle with a hook so you can dunk your cookies in milk without getting your fingers wet.  Or how about the Bear Claw meat shredders.  They look just like giant bear claws with handles.  Use one in each had to make quick work of shredding beef, pork or chicken for the perfect bbq or enchiladas.  Soggy cereal is a thing of the past with the Obal Never Soggy Cereal Bowl.  It’s a bowl divided in half.  Put your cereal in one side and the milk in the other, then spoon your cereal into the milk a bite at a time.  One last one, the Amco Rub-A-Way stainless steel bar.  After you’ve chopped onion or garlic, grab your Rub-A-Way stainless steel bar and rid your fingers on that unpleasant smell.  The molecules in the stainless steel bind with the sulfur molecules transferring them from your hands.  All these products, and many others, are available on Amazon.  Listen to the podcast here;   https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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News Maker Lenny Millholland on National Drug Take Back Day

Both Frederick and Warren Counties Sheriff’s Offices have announced they will participate in National Drug Take Back Day.

National Drug Take Back Day is Sat. Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

This is a national effort to collect outdated or unused prescription or over the counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands.

We spoke to Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland about the Frederick County effort in our latest news maker segment.

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

Sheriff Millholland explains the anonymity of the drop off and where it can be done.

Sheriff Millholland also tells us how successful last years’s effort was.

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Fun Fact October 18, 2021.

According to History dot com, it was on October 18, 1867 that the U.S. formally took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million.  That works out to less than two cents an acre. The Alaska purchase comprised 586,412 square miles, about twice the size of Texas, and was championed by William Seward, the secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson.  Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory to the U.S. because it was remote and difficult to defend and they didn’t want to risk losing it in battle to Great Britain. Negotiations between Seward and the Russian minister to the U.S. began in March 1867. However, the American public believed the land to be barren and worthless and dubbed the purchase “Seward’s Folly” and “Andrew Johnson’s Polar Bear Garden,” among other not so nice names. Johnson wasn’t a popular president, so that may have created some animosity toward the project. Nevertheless, Congress eventually ratified the Alaska deal. Public opinion of the purchase turned more favorable when gold was discovered in a tributary of Alaska’s Klondike River in 1896, sparking a gold rush. Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959, and is now recognized for its vast natural resources.  Listen to the podcast here;   https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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Strolling Strasburg: Artisan Avenue/Amy's Lush & Local

We strolled Strasburg for our regular monthly conversation with Interim (soon to be permanent I HOPE!) Director of Community Development, Olivia Hilton to chat with a few small businesses and get the details for the upcoming Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Festival happening on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

At our first stop, Artisan Avenue LLC, we chatted with owner Becky about all the creative and unique items she has in her shop. She told us about her various vendors and all the things she makes herself. She also told us about her updated hours that will take effect this weekend. For more information, or to access the virtual tour we mentioned during the conversation, follow Artisan Avenue LLC on Facebook.

At our next stop, Amy’s Lush & Local, we chatted with Amy about the flower shop and the impact growing and giving the blooms has had on her life. She told us about her new subscription service that gets you a fresh flower arrangement each week or each month. Get more details about those on her Facebook page.

Finally, Olivia & I headed back to our usual spot at Nancy’s Coffee Bar to talk about the details for the Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Festival happening on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Now in it’s 5th year, Olivia encouraged people to get their tickets now since there are limited numbers available and they typically sell out a week before the event. Get more information about the festival and all the things happening in Strasburg on their Facebook page.

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An example of a weekly subscription bouquet from Amy’s Lush & Local

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Artwork from Artisan Avenue LLC

News Maker Lavenda Denney on Winchester SPCA adoption event

This Saturday Oct. 23 the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties’ SPCA will hold one of it’s biggest adoption events of the year.

Teaming with Subaru of Winchester the SPCA will have 30 pets ready for adoption at 3019 Valley Ave. from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m..

The fees for adoption have been taken care of by Subaru as they do every year.

We spoke with the Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties’ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Executive Director Lavenda Denney about the event in our latest News Maker segment.

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

Lavenda explains that the annual event is one of their biggest of the year.

Lavenda also explains how the fee free adoptions are made possible.

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Fun Fact October 15, 2021.

Hey Boo Boo, I see a picnic basket!  The other day on my way home I saw a small Black Bear cross the road in front of me.  He looked to be a yearling, probably just out on his own.  This time of year you’ll no doubt have more black bear sightings as they are moving looking for stuff to eat and build up their reserves for the long, cold winter.  According to the Wildlife Center of Virginia,   Black Bears are found throughout the state, and may even be seen in some suburban and urban locations. The bear population is estimated 17,000 bears in the state.  If you’d prefer not to see them make sure you keep your trash in a shed or bear proof container.  They also enjoy the food you put out for birds and if you have pets, store their food inside too.  A bear will stop by and clean your grill for you, if you don’t burn it a while after use to get rid of the excess grease. They also like compost piles and gardens.  Don’t throw meat scraps outside, that’s an official invitation in the bears mind.  And finally, bears do like beehives, partly for the honey, but mostly for the bee larve inside the hive.  Protect your  hives with an electric fence, if possible.  If a bear finds food at your house, you’ll be a regular stop on their rounds.  For more information visit Wildlife Center dot org.    Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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