The Warren Sentinel
Trouble bruin in town, county: Hindered berry growth may be contributing to bear sightings
FRONT ROYAL — A bag full of baseball equipment recently went missing from the back of 16-year old Dylan Siskís truck. Then, a bag of pig feed disappeared from the family's house. Figuring a bear had stolen the pig feed, Dylan's father searched the area around the house. To their surprise, the baseball tote was found with everything except the protein bars it contained. Bears are a part of life in a town nestled in the mountains, but more than usual have been on the prowl. The increased sightings are most likely due to hindered berry growth from the cold and wet spring, according to District Wildlife Biologist Fred Frenzel. So, bears resort to resort to eating items such as thrown-away food, pig feed and protein bars.
The Warren Sentinel / 07-25-2016
THIS WEEKND: Relish the festival
FRONT ROYAL — Life member of the Front Royal Fire Department Hoss Feldhauser has helped plan 48 Firemanís Carnivals, and he has not become tired of the famous relish. More than 400 gallons of the mustard-based relish was prepared for this yearís 89th annual Firemanís Carnival, which runs July 13-23 — excluding Sunday, July 17 — at the carnival grounds across from Bing Crosby Stadium. The relish ingredients were created in the 1950s by firemen Skeeter Henry, Hugh Williams and former Sheriff Gary Keiser. The unwritten recipe, which calls for 1,500 pounds of cabbage and onions, has been passed down to each generation of firemen since. The relish sold out early at the last carnival, so the firemen prepared 460 gallons this year. The relish is special, Feldhauser said, and there have been requests to have it sent as far away as Texas.
The Warren Sentinel / 07-14-2016
Lake Frederick fatality spurs call for changes
LAKE FREDERICK — After a four-vehicle crash Wednesday killed a popular Winchester Costco employee and Front Royal resident, some people have begun an online petition urging transportation officials to make the flashing-yellow and flashing-red signalized intersection where the wreck occurred in to a fully signalized intersection. The death of Ronald ìShagî Travis has sent shockwaves of grief throughout the Winchester and Front Royal communities. But it also has left some residents asking why the traffic light at the intersection of Lake Frederick Drive and Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 522) does not cycle through green, yellow and red.
The Warren Sentinel / 07-08-2016
Panel looks to further local artist’s legacy
FRONT ROYAL — Even though she is gone, artist Patricia Windrowís presence radiates throughout Front Royal. During 22 years as a town resident, Klein left her mark in the form of murals and renovated buildings. Her birthday, Sept. 12, was declared Patricia Windrow Day by the Town Council in 2013. Now, the Patricia Windrow Arts Committee, a group of friends and admirers, is attempting to further the name and work of Windrow. One focus of the committee is to preserve her outdoor and indoor work. Locations of her murals include Main Street Mill, the Visitors Center and local schools. The muralsí fates now rest in the hands of building owners, who the committee will reach out to in hopes of preservation.
The Warren Sentinel / 07-08-2016
4-H Center prepares for annual fireworks display
FRONT ROYAL — The night sky will light up with fireworks Saturday during the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Centerís 31st Annual Fireworks Display. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and admission is free. The 4-H Center launched the show because nobody else in the area at the time provided a free firework show, said 4-H Director of Development Tom Benjamin. The show will be similar to previous yearsí displays, and fireworks will be shot from the top of the mountain behind the 4-H Center. The American Legion Community Band will begin the countdown to the fireworks, with a performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Warren Sentinel / 06-30-2016