Front Royal fires off a bird cannon

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Division started firing off their bird canon in Front Royal last night Tues. May 31.

This is done to scare and prevent the roosting of vultures on cell towers and nearby homes.

The bird canon is extremely loud and sounds like a gun being fired.

Authorities are asking that you not be alarmed and do not call the communications center of the Front Royal Police Department (FRPD).

The FRPD announced that the communications center could become overloaded causing an important serious call for service to be missed.

The bird cannon is currently placed in the Royal Avenue Academy Drive area.

The cannon will be fired intermittently for approximately 30 minutes around dusk each night for the next two weeks.

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USDA detects bird flu in Kentucky and Virginia

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in a news release confirms cases of bird flu.

The bird flu strain has been detected in both Kentucky and Virginia.

One has been detected in a flock of commercial broiler chickens in Fulton County Kentucky.

The other detected in a backyard of mixed species in Fauquier County Virginia.

Health officials will depopulated to the birds to prevent the spread of the bird flu.

The birds will not enter the food system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed there is no immediate public health concerns at this time.

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USDA projections of food insecurity in Warren County

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) at feedingamerica.org is projecting that close to 4,000 people will be food insecure in Warren County VA..

Often families have to decide between food and house hold or medical necessities.

Camping for Hunger is striving to combat that by assisting C-Cap with their food distribution efforts November 15-20.

As C-Cap Board President Larry Elliott tells us this is the biggest effort to collect food and monetary donations and helps them through the winter into the spring.

Click here for Larry’s thoughts on Camping for Hunger.

Click here to find out more about the Camping for Hunger Campaign and how you can help your friends and neighbors right here in Warren County.

Click here to find out more about hunger in America and USDA.

This a major effort that would not be possible without your support and we and C-Cap are grateful and look forward to seeing you at the bus at 1106 Elm St. Front Royal Nov. 15-20.

You can make a secure donation on line right here as well.

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