Scary dog costumes on parade

Come out and have a “howling” good time at this 1.5 mile fun walk and costume contest to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County. Sunday, October 21.
Registration: 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.
Town of Front Royal Gazebo on Main Street; Doggie Bags to first 150 to sign in.
Walk: 2:15 to 3 p.m.
From gazebo down Main Street toward Royal Ave. cross Royal Ave. Left on Luray Ave. cross Criser Rd. to Dog Park at Eastham Park
Costume Award Ceremony, 3 p.m. at HSWC booth, Paw Pride Medallions and Top Dog Trophies to:
Funniest Dog Costume
Cuddliest Dog Costume
Scariest Dog Costume
Best Overall Dog Costume
Water, snacks, a raffle ticket for all registered walkers

A Celebration of Dogs: 3 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Warren County Dog Park.

It is $25 to register (registration form available at the animal shelter or by email at Your entry fee includes your walker registration, doggie bag, entrance into the costume contests, one raffle ticket, water and snacks.
Walkers are encouraged to get additional pledges on behalf of their dog. Pledge forms also available.

Special thanks to our Early Bird Cash Sponsors:
$500 Aire Serve
$250 First Bank
$100 Little Red Dog Pet Services
$100 Radiant Child Yoga
$100 Handyman Connection
$100 ING Financial Partners
$100 Syntax Communications, Inc.

Published in: on October 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The early May edition of Warren County Report

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VIDEO: Freezing for food on a school bus

Joe Woodall from WZRV The River 95.3 FM in Front Royal, VA is camping on a school bus with no heat for one week to get folks to bring non perishable food for the local food banks. You can help by passing this video around and by bringing food to him by Saturday at the Royal Plaza Shopping Center. (And a space heater?)

Published in: on November 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Entire cast of Real Housewives of DC at Hume, VA winery

Warren County, VA couple to star in next season of hit NBC/Bravo series

By Dan McDermott
The Sherando Times

[Welcome to our many visitors from the New York Times and  TV Tattle. You can also read this story free in the print edition of The Sherando Times.]

The Sherando Times has learned that Michaele and Tareq Salahi of Oasis Winery in Hume, VA are slated to star in the upcoming Real Housewives of DC, the latest installment of a reality series that has developed a cult following on the NBC Universal-owned Bravo cable network.

Mrs. Salahi and a camera crew have been spotted in Frederick County.

Participants are tight-lipped about the show. One producer referred to “whatever show may or may not be being taped here.”

Tension was high for a period as Tareq and his mother, Corinne Salahi, had disagreed over whether the crew had the right to be present on the property. The two have been in a long-running dispute over control of the award winning winery that has since fallen into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office was called during a taping visit the previous weekend.

Begun in 2006 as Real Housewives of Orange County, the show follows the frolicking and friction of a set of housewives and their husbands. It is produced by Bethesda, MD based Half Yard Productions.

Half Yard’s web site describes the show as following “Washington’s A-list housewives. They not only rub elbows with the world’s movers and shakers, they’re among the nation’s most influential players, cultural connoisseurs, fashion sophisticates and philanthropic leaders. Comfortable discussing everything from the economy to high couture, they’re the talk of our most powerful town.”

Michaele is a former model and she and her husband founded America’s Polo Cup.

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[This story will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The Sherando Times.]

Published in: on November 10, 2009 at 10:23 pm  Comments (8)  

Virginia state liquor monopoly to continue

Richmond, VA – On Jan. 30, the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services killed legislation introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) to privatize Virginia’s ABC Store operations. Although SB 1542 will not be considered further this year, Sen. Obenshain says he will continue to work towards the goal of divesting these operations.

“Although we have considered many vitally important bills this session, few pieces of legislation struck a chord with voters as much as this one did,” said Sen. Obenshain. “The voters do not understand why the state needs to be in the retail business, and frankly, neither do I.”

Virginia’s ABC Stores are a relic of an earlier era, a holdover from the early days after Prohibition when many, including oil baron John D. Rockefeller, were concerned that the private sale of alcohol would corrupt the moral character of the citizenry and lead to moral decay.

Seventy-five years after the repeal of Prohibition, nothing has changed in Virginia – even though thirty-two states allow the private sale of distilled spirits. In fact, these “private sale” states actually experience slightly lower levels of underage drinking, driving under the influence, and alcoholism.

Sen. Obenshain’s bill would have created “package store licenses,” which would authorize the retail sale of alcohol beverages, to be auctioned off one at a time, with no less than one license in every city and county, but not more than one per 10,000 residents, adjusted every five years. The auction price would form the basis for that licensee’s annual fees, adjusted for inflation, and the state would continue to tax the sale of spirits. No licensee could locate within a one mile radius of an existing license holder, making the first license issued in any locality the most valuable.

“Handled correctly, privatizing the ABC Stores will save money and increase consumer choice,” said Obenshain, noting that privatization tends to offer consumers such benefits as greater convenience, better hours, wider selections, lower prices, and the innovation inherent in competition-driven systems.

Although the bill did not pass this year, Sen. Obenshain intends to work with interested parties to revise and reintroduce the legislation next year. Support for the measure transcends the usual political divides: “Everywhere I go, people ask me about this bill,” said Obenshain. “Democrats and Republicans, young and old, they all want the government out of the business of selling alcohol.”

A Facebook group Sen. Obenshain created for supporters of privatization efforts currently boasts over four hundred members, and in a recent survey available on and mailed to thousands of voters across the district, seventy percent of respondents favored privatization, with nearly 85% supportive if they were assured that the Commonwealth could reap a considerable profit by the conversion. The numbers ran still higher if voters were assured that the Commonwealth could impose restrictions on the location and advertising of distilled spirit retailers. “The people of the twenty-sixth district understand what some in Richmond just don’t get,” commented Obenshain. “They aren’t ready to give up on this bill, and neither am I.”

Senator Obenshain represents the twenty-sixth district in the Virginia Senate. The district includes the city of Harrisonburg and the counties of Warren, Shenandoah, Page.

Published in: on January 31, 2009 at 4:01 am  Comments (1)  

Free complete print edition: Mid January, 2009

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Inside this issue:

  • Front Royal, VA woman loses finger in domestic dispute
  • Browntown Road shooting
  • Additional charges filed in Warren County, VA house ramming incident
  • Two arrested in Papa John’s Pizza robbery
  • Be on the lookout for Daniel Eli of Bethlehem, PA
  • Driveway scams
  • Openings for Citizens Police Academy
  • R-MA teacher honored
  • State River Park attendance down
  • New Linden, VA trash site opens
  • Town of Front Royal, VA approaches liaison: Let’s talk – just not about ‘that’
  • Warren County, VA approves 5-pronged January liaison agenda
  • Capt. Richard H. Furr makes it official – applying for Front Royal, VA police chief’s job
  • Del. Clay Athey’s Report from Richmond, VA
  • Neighbors point fingers (not guns) during shooting debate
  • ‘Pawsitive Pup’ makes dog grooming more convenient
  • NFL playoffs – Still Cheering Purple Pride
  • Activities & events in Front Royal and Warren County, VA
  • Opinion: The Gaza Holocaust
  • Letter: History’s Revenge
  • Front Royal/Warren County, VA Chamber of Commerce news
  • Entire issue is free here.

Also, 2008: The Year in Review

  • 2008 – It wasn’t that great: From bad weather to a lousy economy – good riddance
  • Inventor John Kovak: Childhood machine could be key to clean energy production in Front Royal, VA
  • CPV, Dominion Power make it official – the ‘buy’ is on
  • Paying for our own noose? Front Royal, VA debates the true price of power – 50 years of coal
  • Loss of father, two young children mourned at Candlelight Vigil
  • Town of Front Royal, VA approves corridor, EDA resolutions  – Threat of litigation by Riverton Commons restaurants hovers over passage
  • First Crooked Run Center tax revenue estimates in
  • Town, FDR Services settle water-sewer rate war – Two years of litigation ends with compromise, 15-year service contract
  • Should the Dow be at 3,000? Up a grand, down a grand – Great Depression 2.0?
  • Show me the money – Brooks calls out EDA financing – EDA’s reduced municipal funding request opens a fiscal can of worms
  • Town move on EDA assets likely futile – Virginia state law protects autonomy of economic development authorities
  • Town to EDA – ‘Pretty please with sugar on top’ – Town rephrases effort to gain control of millions in EDA assets
  • Abusive driver fees’ hit the dustbin of legislative history – Refunds included in ‘civil remedial fee’ repeal signed into law by Virginia governor
  • Virginia Governor Tim Kaine cites importance of dialogue in state government
  • Va. Supreme Court rules against NVTA road taxing – Local plaintiff, delegate weigh in on decision, state funding responsibilities
  • Questions remain about Virginia state trooper collision – Public’s right to know at issue as accident investigation continues
  • Humane Society board recalled under contentious circumstances – Accusations fly over membership voting eligibility, animal care priorities
  • Wagner Shelter two weeks later – ‘a remarkable change’; In the wake of contentious board recall, humans & animals move on
  • Monk murder mystery – A personal remembrance of a soul in wonder
  • Entire issue is free here.

Possum Philosophy: Don’t take all of the fun out of Halloween

There is little wonder so many area residents enjoy and go all out for Halloween. After all, many of us natives of the Southern Highlands of Virginia can trace much of our ancestry back to the Irish and Scottish.

The holiday had its origins in the Celtic festival known as Samhain. According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia (, this festival, coming at the end of the harvest season was often regarded as the Celtic New Year. During the festival, the ancient pagans (Irish and Scottish) took what would be today regarded as an inventory of supplies and would slaughter livestock to get winter supplies ready.

Published in: on October 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

3 charged in Northern Virginia moonshine bust

Three Virginia men stand accused of making moonshine in a Stafford home’s kitchen.

Published in: on October 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm  Comments (14)  

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Continues Virginia Expansion

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) will open its 18th Virginia restaurant in South Manassas, located at 9665 Liberia Ave., located across from the Signal Hill Shopping Center, on Monday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. Red Robin serves high-quality gourmet burgers, appetizers, entrees, salads and beverages in a kid- and family-friendly atmosphere. As part of its grand opening celebrations, the South Manassas Red Robin(R) restaurant will host a Burgers With A Heart(R) fundraiser to benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Through Burgers With a Heart(R), Red Robin will donate 50 cents from every gourmet burger sold to NCMEC during grand-opening week from Nov. 3 to 9. NCMEC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them. The money raised will help bring prevention education to children nationwide.

“On behalf of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, I would like to thank Red Robin for their generous support of our mission,” said Robbie Callaway, NCMEC co-founder and past Chairman of the Board. “It is important that we empower families to make safer decisions for their children, and communication and education are vital tools in that effort. With Red Robin’s support, we are able to reach many more families across the country with our messages of child safety.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding the Red Robin family of restaurants in Virginia, while also supporting such a wonderful family-oriented cause,” said Eric Houseman, Red Robin president and chief operating officer. “We invite everyone to come to Red Robin and enjoy one of our more than two dozen high-quality gourmet burgers to support the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as we open our newest restaurant in South Manassas.”

Red Robin focuses its philanthropic support on local and national causes that promote the health, welfare and education of children, families and citizens in the communities it serves. Because Red Robin is all about kids and families, its ongoing partnership with NCMEC has continued to grow through the company’s new restaurant openings and additional programs such as “The Next Gourmet Burger Kids’ Recipe Contest” since 2006.

The 5,859-square-foot South Manassas Red Robin(R) restaurant will seat 154 guests. Red Robin has 17 additional restaurants in Virginia, including an additional location in Manassas, two locations in Chesapeake and Richmond and one each in Ashburn, Chantilly, Charlottesville, Christiansburg, Dulles, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Glen Allen, Newport News, Roanoke, Virginia Beach and Woodbridge.

For more information about Red Robin and to find additional restaurant locations, please visit

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (, a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., serves up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a kid- and family-friendly environment. Red Robin, which was recently named one of Parents magazine’s Ten Best Family Restaurants, is famous for serving more than two dozen insanely delicious, high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology(R) Beverages. There are more than 400 Red Robin(R) restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including corporate-owned locations and those operating under franchise agreements.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) (NCMEC)

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping protect children from abduction and sexual exploitation. NCMEC’s congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 570,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 138,400 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 121,500 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit

Published in: on October 21, 2008 at 1:35 am  Comments (1)  

Mandatory water conservation in Front Royal

Mandatory Water Conservation
of the Town’s Municipal Water System

The Town of Front Royal Department of Environmental Services has observed that the 14-day rolling average stream flow rate of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River has dropped below 340 cubic feet per second (cfs), or approximately 220 million gallons per day. The average river flow for 2007 as measured by the United States Geological Survey was 1,774 cfs, indicating that the river is flowing at 19% of last year’s average flow. The Town’s permit for water withdrawal from the river issued by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality stipulates certain river flow rates require various conservation measures. As a result of this reduced river flow and in compliance with the issued withdrawal permit, all users of the Town of Front Royal’s municipal water system are advised to observe mandatory water conservation efforts.

During periods of mandatory water conservation, all users of Front Royal municipal water system shall be prohibited from the following:

1.The watering of shrubbery, trees, lawns, grass, plants, or any other vegetation from Town water supplies (except indoor plantings, greenhouse and commercial nursery stocks, and new plantings less than one year old) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
2.The outdoor washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats, airplanes, or other types of mobile equipment, except in a commercial vehicle wash facility.
3.The washing of private streets, driveways, parking lots, service station grounds, or other paved outdoor surfaces.
4.The operation of any ornamental fountains, unless the water is recycled. Municipal ornamental fountains shall be cleaned and closed within two (2) days of the mandatory water conservation restriction declaration.
5.The filling of swimming and/or wading pools, except that filled pools may be topped off to maintain the appropriate levels for use.

Violation of any of these mandatory water conservation activities can be punished by a fine up to $1000 per offense committed. In addition, each day that a violation occurs can be punished as a separate offense. Water users are urged to comply with these efforts.

Water users are requested to continue to reduce water usage through various other water conservation measures.

Thank you for your assistance in conserving our water resources during this low river flow time period. Please monitor your local media sources for future reports of water conservation efforts in the Town of Front Royal.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Department of Environmental Services at (540) 635-7819.

Published in: on October 20, 2008 at 6:04 pm  Comments (3)  
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