Roger Smelser receives Larry M. Funk Award

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The Warren Coalition awarded the Larry M. Funk Award for Outstanding Service to Children in Warren County to Roger Smelser.

This is a new award honoring the former Vice President and President of the organization who also served as the DARE instructor for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Roger Smelser was honored for his work with Front Royal Little League as a coach, manager, and president for over 30 years.

Nearly a third of nominations for the award named Smelser.

They brought up his commitment to the children in his league and passion for volunteer service.

He was also an instrumental part in bringing Little League Baseball back to the WFTR airwaves.

He received an engraved crystal award and $500 cash.

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Warren Coalition’s “Pay It Forward” challenge

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Warren Coalition’s “We See You, Warren County” campaign announced their August theme of “Pay It Forward.”

After encouraging residents to reach out to each other with different greetings, now they are challenging the community to take action and engage in acts of kindness throughout the month.

With personal finances in mind, the Warren Coalition wanted to remind people of some free to low cost ways to participate such as mowing your neighbor’s grass, volunteer at a local nonprofit, pick up trash along the road, or hand out ice pops at a local event like the fair or the upcoming National Night Out to remind others “It’s cool to connect.”

If you participate this month, send an email to celeste@warrencoalition.org or post on their WeCUWC Facebook group.

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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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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.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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News Maker Christa Shifflett on the Larry M. Funk award
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Edward Jones 5 K extends its deadline to register

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According to an announcement from Bret Hrbek the Edward Jones 5 K race for education deadline for registration has been extended.

Due to the inclement weather on Sat. Mar. 12 the race will be held virtually with a new registration deadline of Mar. 31.

You can register for the 5 K here.

You should submit your time with a picture to brethrbek@gmail.com by Apr. 1.

Times will be posted on the active.com site here.

The 5 K benefits the Warren Coalition’s scholarship program.

The race will also benefit the Warren and Skyline High School’s cross country teams.

Those who have already registered a packet with your T-Shirt and more should reach you soon.

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Warren Coalition healthy video contest

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The Warren Coalition is holding a healthy video contest for local middle school students.

Participants will create a video of 30 seconds or less on one of 4 healthy habits.

Topics include quality sleep, healthy eating, regular exercise, and drinking water.

Videos can be uploaded between March 9th and 30th to warrencoalition.org.

Only Warren County residents are eligible for this competition which has a prize of a $125 Amazon Gift Card for each category.

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The Warren Coalition’s “Love Our Community” Event

The Warren Coalition concluded a successful membership drive for “We See You, Warren County”

program. Their “Love our Community” event despite the cold brought people in from all over the

county. Children made valentines and wrote love notes to the community, took pictures and enjoyed

some cold weather treats. The membership drive between February 7th through the 15th resulted in 40

new memberships for the program. The “We See you ,Warren County” is a program designed specifically to

to help build a sense of connection within Warren County. Developing a sense of belonging within the

community helps improve mental health and prevent drug and alcohol misuse. There is no cost to the

program, signing up is simply a commitment to do your best to participate. Individuals, businesses, and

organizations are welcome to join. For more information you can go to warrencoalition.org.

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News Maker Ryan Cubbage on a Warren Coalition Event

The Warren Coalition will hold a We Love Our Community Event on Tue. Feb. 15.

The event begins at 4:45 at the Raymond E. Santmyers Youth Center in Front Royal.

We spoke with Ryan Cubbage about the event in our latest news maker segment.

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

Ryan gives us details of what is going to be a fun family event to celebrate the community.

This is all a part of the We See You Warren County Campaign for the Warren Coalition.

Ryan tells about the Polar Pitch and how you can help get people wet at the event.

Click here for Ryan’s interview.

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News Maker Ryan Cubbage on a Warren Coalition Event

The Warren Coalition will hold a We Love Our Community Event on Tue. Feb. 15.

The event begins at 4:45 at the Raymond E. Santmyers Youth Center in Front Royal.

We spoke with Ryan Cubbage about the event in our latest news maker segment.

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

Ryan gives us details of what is going to be a fun family event to celebrate the community.

This is all a part of the We See You Warren County Campaign for the Warren Coalition.

Ryan tells about the Polar Pitch and how you can help get people wet at the event.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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Warren Coalition celebrates Warren County

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An email from the Community Outreach Coordinator for Prevention Collaborative Warren Coalition Celeste Brooks announced a new event for Feb. 15.

As a celebration of the We See You Warren County campaign the Warren Coalition presents We Love Warren County at the Raymond E. Santmyers Youth Center.

The event is free with cocoa, photo booth, music, crafts and a pin a love note to Warren County on the large LOVE sign on site.

The highlight of the event is the Polar Pitch Burst Chair where volunteers wait to be doused with cold water.

The WeCUWC registrations made between now and Feb. 15 the more will be doused.

The Love Our Community event will be held 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on the 15 of Feb..

There are volunteers standing by to be doused but it takes WeCUWC registrations to get them wet and cold.

To find out more or register go to weseeyou.warrencoalition.org.

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