News Maker Lonnie Hill on 13 years of Camping for Hunger

Camping for Hunger has been helping to supply Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) feed those in need for 13 years.

Afternoon Traffic Jam (ATJ) host Lonnie Hill has been a part of the effort through those years and he is our latest News Maker.

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

Lonnie speaks of the trails, tribulations and the rewards of Camping for Hunger.

One thing that all of us agree on is the effort would never happen without the support of this amazing community.

We and C-Cap thank you for that support.

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Thermal Shelter of Front Royal

We met up with Michelle Smeltzer, Community Liaison for Warren County Social Services to learn more about the resources that are available to the community through her agency. She told us about all the connections she helps to make, reminded us about their resource app, and told us about their new job developer.

In the second segment we talked about the Thermal Shelter of Front Royal. She gave us details for who and how many the shelters served last season and talked about her expectations for this winter. The shelter will open on December 11, 2021. Michelle also gave us a quick rundown of items that are always welcomed for donations.

For more information about social service programs, visit their website: https://www.warrencountyva.net/government/county-agencies/socialservices and follow them on Facebook.

For more information about the thermal shelter, follow them on Facebook.

Camping for Hunger Week Kicks off with Front Royal/Warren County CCAP

We were live in the studio today to kick off Camping for Hunger week to benefit Front Royal/Warren County CCAP. Joining me for the conversation was Larry Elliott, President of the organization and Joanne Koszyk, their new Executive Director.

Larry gave us an overview of the services CCAP offers and the impact they have on members of our community. He talked about their goal of expanding food distribution points through partnerships with local churches.

Joanne & I talked about what types of donations are needed at the bus and why some of those things aren’t actually food-based. She explained why monetary donations are also important and told everyone where they can make those donations both in person and online.

For more details about Camping for Hunger, including the food checklist we mentioned on air today, visit our website: https://theriver953.com/campingforhunger/

For more details about Front Royal/Warren County CCAP, visit their website: https://ourccap.org/

Fun Fact November 15, 2021.

He went really fast today!  According to History dot com, it was on November 15, 1965 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, 28-year-old Californian Craig Breedlove sets a new land-speed record, 600.601 miles an hour, in his car, the Spirit of America.  The car cost $250,000 and was powered by a surplus engine from a Navy jet. He actually drove across the desert twice that day, since international world-record rules require a car to make two timed one-mile runs in one hour. Officials log the average speed of the two trips.  During his first trip, Breedlove traveled at a rate of 593.178 mph; during his second, the first time any person had officially gone faster than 600 mph, he traveled at a rate of 608.201 mph. “That 600 is about a thousand times better than 599,” he said afterward. “Boy, it’s a great feeling.”  Listen to the podcast herehttps://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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News Maker Teresa Henry of BRAC’s Deck the Halls Shop

Blue Ridge Arts Council (BRAC) opens their annual Deck the Halls Shop on Thursday to help with your decorating needs.

We spoke with BRAC’s board member Teresa Henry about the shop in our latest news maker.

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

Teresa explains the decorations and how proceeds from the sale help to bring downtown events to Main St..

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Fun Fact November 12, 2021.

On November 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, tens of millions of Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island. The island is named for merchant Samuel Ellis, who owned the land in the 1770s. On January 2, 1892, 15-year-old Annie Moore, from Ireland, became the first person to pass through the newly opened Ellis Island, which President Benjamin Harrison designated as America’s first federal immigration center in 1890. Before that time, the processing of immigrants had been handled by individual states. Immigration to Ellis Island peaked between 1892 and 1924, during which time the 3.3-acre island was enlarged and by the 1930s it reached its current 27.5-acre size. During the busiest year of operation, 1907, over 1 million people were processed at Ellis Island.  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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News Maker Robbie Seal on food pick up for Camping for Hunger

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is assisting Royal Broadcasting with loading the Camping for Hunger bus starting Monday Nov. 15.

We spoke to Deputy Robbie Seal about where you can meet him to deliver your non perishable food donation in our latest news maker.

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

Robbie tells where to find him and how to spot him at various locations around Warren County.

Any donations or volunteering for the Camping for Hunger campaign is greatly appreciated.

The effort helps to feed those in need here in Warren County click here to see how you can help.

Royal Broadcasting and Front Royal Warren County Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) thanks you for your help.

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News Maker Robbie Seal on food pick up for Camping for Hunger
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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

We were back with our fun squad from Frederick County Parks & Recreation – Tony Baker & Sarah Young – to get all the details about winter programs & activities, Story Walk at Bowman Library and Rose Hill Park, plus Walking in a Winter Wonderland that opens at Clear Brook Park on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Tickets will be required in advance again this year for the month-long event and there will be three different time slots available for visitors. Get more information & tickets on their website: fcprd.net

Tony also told us about the Thanksgiving Day 5K. Registration is currently open but the $25 fee will increase on November 23, 2021. Get details here: runatthetop.net

Fun Fact November 11, 2021.

It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the guns fell silent in 1918, ending the war that was expected to end all wars, World War I.  In 1938 Congress recognized the day as Armistice Day.  In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War were over, at the urging of Veteran organizations, Congress amended the commemoration, dropping the word Armistice and adding Veteran so the day would honor all who have and are serving in the United States military.  From 1971 until 1975 Veterans day was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.  The thought was, because it was a Federal holiday, the long weekend would promote family travel and help boost the economy.  Many states didn’t like the change and celebrated in November anyway.   It became pretty apparent, in a few short years, that most U.S. citizens wanted to celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, since it was a matter of historic and patriotic significance. On Sept. 20, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed another law, Public Law 94-97, which returned the annual observance to its original date starting in 1978.  To all the Veterans I say thank you for your service!  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

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News Maker Jeff Albin on Blue Ridge Singers concert series

The Blue Ridge Singers will present a series of holiday choral concerts called Sweeter Still next month.

The first show is Dec. 5 at the First Baptist Church at 4 at 205 Piccadilly St. Winchester.

The second show is Dec. 10 at 7:30 at the Front Royal United Methodist Church.

A final show will take place at the Trinity Episcopal Church on John Mosby Hiway. Upperville on Dec. 12 at 4.

We spoke with the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Singers Jeff Albin in our latest news maker segment.

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

Jeff explains how excited the group is to get back to live shows after the pandemic.

Jeff also tells us about how to become a member of the group.

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