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Warren kicks off 175th anniversary

Suzanne Wood Silek gave a presentation
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David Silek holds an umbrella for his mother, Suzanne Wood Silek, as she gives a presentation on the history of Warren County at the Founding Day ceremony Wednesday. Dennis Grundman/Daily







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Warren County's 175th Anniversary Founding Day balloon release
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Participants in the Warren County Founding Day ceremony release balloons on the courthouse lawn Wednesday. The event was part of festivities planned to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Warren County. Dennis Grundman/Daily


Rain, cold don't dampen Founding Day bash

By M.K. Luther - mkluther@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Local politicians and community leaders were undeterred by rain in their celebration of the anniversary of the county's founding Wednesday.

The 175th anniversary planning committee hosted the Warren County Founding Day on the Warren County Courthouse lawn, attended by current members of the Board of Supervisors, School Board and Town Council, as well as former county and town leaders.

Warren County was originally settled in 1730, but the General Assembly formally accepted the county's charter on March 9, 1836.

Chairwoman Prudence Mathews said the committee was chosen by the Board of Supervisors to create a year's worth of family-oriented events to celebrate the anniversary.

"We are making history together," Mathews said.

The celebration included Suzanne Silek delivering an overview of the county's history, and performances from the Randolph-Macon Academy band and color guard. The local music duo, the Traveling Missionaries, consisting of Alfreda Dean and Gert Taylor, also performed.

County Administrator Douglas P. Stanley commended the audience and speakers for honoring the county, saying the strength to withstand the rain and dipping temperatures underscored the county's long history of "perseverance."

The 175th anniversary celebration also has a website, which contains historic photographs, information on anniversary merchandise and the celebration's sponsorship program.

"It is our goal to educate the community about our rich history, develop an appreciation for our present and become an active part of our future," Stanley said.

Stanley said several businesses and organizations have supported the celebration efforts and the ceremony was the "first formal step" to starting the year's events. The committee has planned commemorative tree plantings, a historic traveling display to be shown at community events, farm tours, educational activities for children and a Warren County Day to be held in July at Skyline Soccerplex.

"I truly enjoyed Mrs. Silek's presentation about the history, despite the rain.," said attendee Carol Dodson of Front Royal, who said she was initially drawn out by the promise of R-MA's band performance.

For more information on the county's 175th anniversary events, visit www.warrencountyva.net or call 636-4600.




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