WCFR’s campaign to assist residents with smoke alarms

Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) announced that they will begin a campaign to assist residents with smoke alarms Mon. May 23.

WCFR will be conducting a Sound the Alarm Save a Life campaign with the Virginia Red Cross.

Through the end of May Fire and Rescue personnel around the county will visit a minimum of 10 homes a day.

The personnel hope to provide lifesaving education on smoke alarms to 10 people a day.

They hope to inspect a minimum of 10 existing smoke alarms to ensure their proper use.

The department will strive to replace a minimum of 10 outdated or not working alarms where needed.

The staff hopes to install 60 smoke alarms a day every day during the rest of May for a total of at least 420 smoke alarms.

This is to assist the Red Cross reach their goal of 50,000 alarms installed in their Sound the Alarm Save a Life campaign through the end of May.

For a free home evaluation and to receive a free smoke alarm contact the Warren County Fire Department at (540) 636-3830 or click here.

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Warren County needs your input to build an athletic complex

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Warren County Parks and Recreation is asking for public input on a proposed athletic field complex at Rockland Park.

According to Warren County’s website the proposed complex would include two softball fields and two baseball fields.

If approved the complex would include lighting and parking.

Full restroom facilities and a concession stand would be on site as well.

The facility would be funded through a combination of a Land and Water Conservation grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and recreation.

Local funding and in kind services would be provided by Warren County.

Input from the public will be accepted through June 10.

Contact Dan Lenz the Director of Warren County Parks and Recreation at (540) 635-7750.

Written comments can be sent to Lenz at 200 E. 8 St. Front Royal 22630.

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News Maker Christa Shifflett on the Larry M. Funk award

Applications for the very first Larry M. Funk memorial award are being accepted through June 3.

Nominations are open for those who provide outstanding service to children in the community.

The award will be presented at the Warren Coalition’s annual luncheon on July 28.

We spoke to Warren Coalition’s Executive Director Christa Shifflett in our latest news maker.

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

Christa tells us about the service that Larry Funk provided to the children of the community.

She also tells us the requirements for the award and how to nominate someone.

Christa also tells us when and what the recipient receives.

Click here for Christa’s interview.

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The UWNSV offers a new community directory

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The United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (UWNSV) announced the availability of the new 2022 community resource directory.

A news release from UWNSV announced the new directory will feature over 150 local non profits and agencies who provide a number of services and programs.

The directory will feature services available for community residents in Frederick, Clarke, Page, Warren and Shenandoah Counties.

The new directory includes food pantries and soup kitchens among other services this year.

Thanks to Navy Federal Credit Union a free downloadable version of the new directory is available at unitedwaynsv.org/resources.

A printed copy of the directory will be available after June 11 by contacting the UWNSV at (540) 536-1610.

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News Maker Crystal Pruitt on the Serenity Garden Project

The Serenity Garden Project is taking shape for Winchester.

The project is to bring awareness to gun violence.

We spoke with Crystal Pruitt of the Kevin Riley Nonprofit Foundation who is heading up the project in our latest news maker.

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

Crystal tells us about the layout of the Serenity Garden and the thought behind it.

She also tells us about a fundraiser for the garden this Sun. Apr. 15.

Crystal also tells us of the need for volunteers for the garden and future events as well.

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Click here for Crystal’s interview.

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The first volunteer fair is scheduled for Sat. 5/14

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Congregational Community Action Project (C-Cap) and the Wednesday Group are hosting the first Warren County Volunteer Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m..

The fair was announced at the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce website to be held at Samuel’s Public Library.

Nonprofits that will be there include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Warren Coalition and more.

Any nonprofits interested in participating in the fair should contact Samuel’s Public Library in Front Royal.

Contact Michelle Toss at Samuel’s Public Library at (540) 635-3153.

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SVEC awards scholarships to students

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SEVC) announced recipients of their $1,000 scholarships.

In an SEVC Event and Communication Manager Preston Knight news release there were 11 recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the cooperative.

Including Alicia Bare and Claire Shirkey of Mountain View high school, Alex Bogner of Luray, Morgan Dellinger of Turner Ashby, Tyler McDonald of Sherando.

The cooperative has contributed over $150,000 to area youth over the last 31 years through their operation round up.

For more information on the scholarships go to svec.coop.

Meanwhile the Regional Association of  Electric Cooperatives awarded the Worth Hudson $1,000 scholarships to Ava Grace Flory of Turner Ashby, Emma Snider of James Wood and Page County’s Alden Turner.

Those scholarships named in honor of  the regional cooperative’s foundation’s founder Worth Hudson.

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Luray High School temporarily evacuated

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Luray High School was temporarily evacuated Monday afternoon May 2 after smoke was seen coming from the building.

Around 2 p.m. smoke was reported in the school’s common area when the fire department was called.

The school was evacuated for approximately 15 minutes as authorities investigated.

Fire personnel were able to determine the smoke was coming from a malfunctioning furnace.

Fire officials were able to remedy the situation quickly and students, staff and faculty were able to safely re-enter the building at approximately 2:15 p.m..

By 2:40 p.m. school officials posted on the Page County Public School website that the situation had been remedied.

The post goes on to praise the quick response of local emergency services.

Luray High School Principal Nicky Clark went on to praise the response of students and staff.

According to the post the principal said the students and staff handled the situation beautifully.

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House of Hope’s Empty Bowl Supper nets $13,000

An email from House of Hope representative Jen Avery announced a highly successful Empty Bowl Supper event.

The event held last Sat. Apr. 30 in Front Royal was able to bring in $13,000 to benefit the House of Hope.

At one point in the event from noon to three lines were out the door of the Honey and Hops Brews Works where participants picked up bowls for their soups.

The soups were generously donated by 12 different area restaurants.

At least 12 different downtown merchants along with several civic minded individuals, organizations and groups helped in this year’s effort.

Once again this year Passage Creek Rising provided the entertainment downtown as they have for the past 7 years.

This year Passage Creek Rising added special guest Ed McCurdy of House of Hope to the entertainment.

Once again this year Arlene Link of Explore Art and Clay provided the hand crafted bowls for the soups.

The funds raised will help to run the House of Hope programs that assist men who are otherwise homeless and need to rebuild their lives.

For more information on the House of Hope click here.

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News Maker Jen Avery on the Empty Bowl Supper

House of Hope’s annual Empty Bowl Supper is this Sat. Apr. 30 in downtown Front Royal.

House of Hope is a home for men who need a place to stay will attempting to improve their lives.

We spoke to Jen Avery about the house and the Empty Bowl Supper in our latest news maker.

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

Jen tells us about how to support the Empty Bowl Supper by either buying a bowl or by sponsorship of the event.

Jen also tells about last year’s Empty Bowl Supper and how successful it was thanks to your support.

She also tells us how the House of Hope has progressed with your support.

Click here for Jen’s interview.

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