Belle Boyd, after the Civil War

We take a look at the life of Confederate spy Belle Boyd, after the war.  Did she marry? Did she have any children Where is she buried?

 

Resources:

https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/isabelle-boyd

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Belle-Boyd

https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/dvb/bio.asp?b=Boyd_Belle

Winter Reading at Samuels Public Library

Library Laptop and Hot spot Lending Program

 Youth and Adult Winter Reading programs will start Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.

For youth reading come enjoy some special activities during our Winter Reading kickoff! Register to become a “Winter Reader” and earn a prize each week!

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Balloon designs!
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Face & hand painting

For the first month of Adult Winter Reading, we’re having a writing contest for all adults. The prompt: write up to two pages about a magical wintry day in the Shenandoah Valley! It can be real or fictional; we accept poetry, too. Submission forms and details are available at the Adult Reference Desk. You must have a submission form. Submissions are due by Tuesday, January 31st midnight, and will be judged by our very own Pen & Prose Creative Writing Group! Winners will be announced at the end of Winter Reading. Email us at reference@samuelslibrary.net for any questions.

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Front Royal Town Council seek a special election date

At a special meeting of the Front Royal Town Council held Aug. 29 the council approved a motion for a special election.

To avoid the cost of a standalone special election council moved to direct the Deputy Town Attorney to petition the Warren County Circuit Court for a writ of special election.

The special election will fill the vacancy left by the departure of Joseph McFadden.

The council is asking the special election be held  Nov. 7, 2023 to coincide with the general election on that date to effectively offset the cost.

It was observed at the special session that Joseph McFadden’s verbal resignation on Aug. 8 will stand because of the amount of time between the verbal resignation and request for reinstatement.

McFadden calls Robert’s rules of order as the reason his resignation is not valid.

It was observed at the council’s special meeting that State Statute trumps Robert’s Rules of Order.

A council member at the meeting noted that according to the State Statute the request for reinstatement has to be made the same day as the resignation.

McFadden left the meeting on Aug. 8 right after his verbal resignation.

A link to the entire Town Council meeting is found here.

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Front Royal tax deadline extended

Warren County provides property assessments for both Front Royal and the County following the approval of tax rates.

Front Royal reports that the mailing of Front Royal personal property taxes was delayed.

The delay was caused by the pending approval of the Warren County Board of Supervisors setting personal property tax rates.

Front Royal Town Council passed a resolution to delay assessing penalties and interest for personal property taxes for 19 days.

This allows citizens to pay personal property taxes through June 24 without penalty.

Contact the town of Front Royal Finance Department with any questions or concerns at 540-635-7799.

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Town of Front Royal begins curb and Gutter work 6/1

The town of Front Royal announced curb and gutter installation will begin June 1.

The work will begin on E. 6 St. to Commerce Ave. to Royal Ave..

Signs will be in place and lane shifts will be implemented while work is being done.

Motorist are asked to use caution and watch for the crews in work zones.

The work is expected to last through at least June 24 weather permitting.

All work will be conducted Mon. through Fri. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Department of Public Works at 540-635-7819

Click here for a list of the road work locations and dates.

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News Maker Jim Bogaty on a Memorial Commemorative

A ceremony to honor veterans who gave all is set for Sat. May 28 at Veramar Vineyard.

The event begins at noon at the vineyard on Rt. 7 in Berryville.

We spoke with Jim Bogaty about this all day event in our latest news maker.

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

Jim tells us that there is a full day of activity planned.

He also tells us it will open with a full presentation of colors so Jim suggested coming early.

Jim also tells of all the amenities that will be available on Sat..

Click here for Jim’s interview.

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News Maker Ed Richards on Memorial Day concert

For the first time the American Legion Community Band will host a free Memorial Day concert.

The performance will be held Mon. May 30 at the Front Royal Gazebo on Main St. at 7 p.m..

We spoke to Co-Director of the band Ed Richards about the performance in our latest news maker.

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

Ed tells us about the decision to do a show for the first time.

He also tells us that it’s not just patriotic music that will be performed.

Ed also tells us about future shows that are schedule with the band.

Click here for Ed’s interview.

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News Maker Taryn Logan on a new sports complex

Warren County is proposing a new full sports facility in Rockland.

As with any development of this magnitude the county needs the public’s input.

We spoke with Warren County’s Deputy County Administrator Taryn Logan about the facility in our latest news maker.

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

Taryn tells us about the size and scope of the facility.

She also tells us where the complex will be located and how it will be funded.

Taryn also explains where your input should be submitted before June 10.

Click here Taryn’s interview.

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News Maker Mike Bocock on his Valley League Book

Mike Bocock has been in Valley League Baseball for over 30 years.

He and Bill Meade have written the fourth coming book Close to the Dirt: Mike Bocock’s Life and Journey Through the Dugouts and Diamonds of the Shenandoah Valley.

We spoke to Mike about the book in our latest news maker.

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

Mike has some great stories to tell one of which he relays in the interview.

He also tells us how we can get a copy of the book and some of the locations he will be doing some book signings.

Mike also tells us that some proceeds of the book will go toward baseball programs in the valley.

Click here for Mike’s interview.

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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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