The Warren Sentinel

Front Royal applies for Main Street program

FRONT ROYAL — Front Royal recently submitted an application to become part of the Virginia Main Street Program with a goal of creating a more vibrant and attractive downtown area. The national Main Street program — called Main Street America — began in 1980, and has worked with more than 2,000 communities across the country to address the decline of traditional downtown neighborhoods. Seven other towns in Virginia applied for the program, and three will be selected. If the town is not accepted into the program this year, it can reapply in two years.

Warren County Sheriff’s office accreditation renewed

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Sherriffís Office recently went through the strenuous process of getting the departmentís state accreditation renewed for the third time. Out of about 400 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, only 92 have received accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.

Regional commission seeking a new director

FRONT ROYAL — The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission is looking for a new executive director after Martha Shickle announced last week that she will be leaving the post. Shickle, who has been the executive director since May 2011, will step down on Dec. 11 to become the executive director of the Richmond Regional Planning District in Chesterfield.

Addiction vigil planned in Town Commons

FRONT ROYAL — The gazebo area will be illuminated for those who have been affected by addiction at a candlelight vigil scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 The Just One candlelight vigil was planned by Shannon Roman, who is studying to be a minister, and Jennifer Swain, a nurse at Blue Ridge Hospice. There will be luminaria bags on which participants can write the names of loved ones they have lost to addiction. A minister will be present to conduct a prayer for those currently suffering. Swain, who personally has been affected by addiction, said the reason for the vigil is the large number of recent overdoses and drug arrests in Warren County and surrounding areas. So far this year, there have been 19 deaths in the Northern Shenandoah Valley resulting from heroin use, Winchester Public Defender Tim Coyne said at a recent panel discussion on the topic.

A close call over Dunkirk

FRONT ROYAL — World War II veteran Bernard Nolan flew 33 missions over Germany — before he turned 22. Now 93, the Alexandria resident spoke to a roomful of former servicemen on Wednesday at the eighth-annual Shenandoah Veterans Day Celebration, held at the North Warren fire station. Nolan served as a pilot in the Air Force for 22 years. When Nolan joined the Air Force, he said he was motivated by Pearl Harbor, but did not have a patriotic obsession. He said his desire was to learn how to fly. Nolan remembered his third mission over Germany; where he first witnessed a B24 go down in flames.

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