Cops and Bobbers Trout Derby under way

The Cops and Bobbers Trout Derby got under way this morning along Happy Creek near Bing Crosby Stadium in Front Royal.

The program enables children 15 and younger to cast lines with law-enforcement officers. Fishing started at 7:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, The National Wild Turkey Foundation and Lakeside Bait and Tackle.

The Marshall Brothers and Happy Creek Manor

You are familiar with John Marshall, but what about his brother James?

Did you know that Warren County was the home to the Nation’s fourth Chief Justice?

 

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Milling and paving to begin in Front Royal

The Town of Front Royal has announced that milling and paving operations will begin on Monday, November 13th between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm.

The work will continue through December 1, 2023.

The crew will be working on the following streets: Braxton Road from Leach Street to Polk Avenue, Manassas Avenue from Happy Creek Road to E. 6th Street and E. 6th Street from Commerce Avenue to Happy Creek Road.

There will be partial street closures and flagging operations in place.

If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at 540-635-7819.

Front Royal community helps restore ecosystem

The Town of Front Royal’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, local community groups, and volunteers came together to plant a 200 meter section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer in November.

Volunteers planted 450 young seedlings of seven different varieties of native shrub species that were approved by the Department of Environmental Quality.

The section of Happy Creek between South and Short Street was selected as a high priority area due to the abundance of invasive and undesirable vegetation that had begun to take over.

ESAC member and local conservation biologist Justin Proctor spoke on the value of these native plants reminding us that they “are adapted to handle our local climate and soils… build back our beneficial insects and pollinators, provide food for wildlife… stabilize riverbanks and help clean out pollutants.”

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Front Royal continues Happy Creek restoration

The Town of Front Royal is hosting a Happy Creek Restoration Community Planting Day from 10 am to 2 pm.

Volunteers will meet along the Greenway between South St and Short St to help revegetate a section of Happy Creek’s riparian buffer.

A healthy riparian buffer is crucial to help filter pollutants, reduce solar radiation, and prevent erosion.

Make sure to dress for the weather and be ready to get your hands dirty while helping your community and local ecosystem.

The Town first began working on this riparian corridor in July of this year with leadership and oversight from the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Volunteers removed invasive and aggressive tree and ground cover throughout the summer to make way for the native plants that will be planted today.

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WCYCA’s 8th Annual Rubber Duck Race

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It’s Race Day for the 8th Annual Rubber Duck Race to support the Warren County Youth Cheerleading Association.

The race will begin at noon with festivities starting at 11:30 am.

The rubber ducks will enter Happy Creek near the 8th Street bridge and travel through Gertrude Miller Park before crossing the finish line.

Ducks are available for “adoption” from any WCYCA cheerleader, coach or board member.

The prize for the winning duck is $300 and gift certificates will go to other top finishers.

Last place will receive a $50 gas card.

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Road work in Warren County has begun

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Road closures and detours are already in progress on Happy Creek Road.

Happy Creek Road is closed from the Front Royal town limits to Dismal Hollow Road.

Dismal Hollow Road remains open from the east side of Happy Creek, Low Water Bridge, Howellsville Road approach.

New work is scheduled to begin July 5 through the 7 at the railroad crossing near Dismal Hollow Road.

During that time the railroad crossing will be impassable.

Details on all VDOT projects can be found at virginiadot.org/projects.

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FRWC Tree Stewards sever ties with the town

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The Front Royal Warren County Tree Stewards have voted to forego its partnership with the town of Front Royal.

For 24 years the Stewards have volunteered time and effort in maintaining and cultivating the tree canopy of Front Royal.

Since the retirement of the town’s horticulturalist the tie between the Tree Stewards, Beatification Committee and the town have fallen off.

Also the removal of the trees on Front St. at Happy Creek helped in the decision to server ties.

The Tree Stewards do hope for a restoration of relations with the town in the future.

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