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Where has the summer gone? With only weeks to go before children are back at school, we have precious time left to enjoy each day before routines and after-school activities are in place. So, make the most of the last few days of summer. This month, we are excited to share with you that the Best of Broad Run results will be released

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in the Broad Run Lifestyle Magazine October publication. These surveys are a way to highlight all the local businesses and organizations that make our community such an incredible place to live, work, shop, and volunteer. Remember, it truly does take everyone to make a town successful: from individuals to nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations. Each and every one is important. Ballots are open until August 10 and see our Facebook page or website for the link to the survey. Enjoy this month’s issue for the stories and information that I truly hope educates, inspires, and highlights the good within our region. Don’t forget, you can visit www.piedmontlifestyle.com to read articles from all three of our publications any time.

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Exercising in the Heat

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Daniel J. Moore. Daniel is the owner of Daniel J. Moore Design and is also the co-owner, along with Diana Campagna, of The Drawing Room and The Rooms Up There. These businesses are located, as the name suggests, at 8393 West Main Street in Marshall. Photo by Tara Jelenic Photography.

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It’s Not That Simple Dyslexia is much more than most people think BY DEBBIE EISELE

“Dyslexic kids are creative, ‘outside-the-box’ thinkers. They have to be, because they don’t see or solve problems the same way other kids do. In school, unfortunately, they are sometimes written off as lazy, unmotivated, rude, or even stupid. They aren’t. Making Percy dyslexic was my way of honoring the potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions. It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark of being very, very talented.” — R I C K R I O R DA N ( AU T H O R O F P E R C Y JAC K S O N S E R I E S )

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ave you ever witnessed a child or an adult turn left when they were supposed to turn right, or seen someone have difficulty tying shoes, yet are athletic and capable with so many other things? Or watch a teenager attempt to draw a picture of an object or image in front of them, yet leave out many of the small details they were supposed to copy? Many parents have watched their child—who appeared to be happy, inquisitive, smart, and full-of-life—change almost rapidly overnight. They have witnessed tantrums and meltdowns on school nights (even though they are much too old for that type of behavior), or right before a test. Some children refuse to read out loud in the classroom, yet love books as long as someone else reads to them. Others may read beautifully out loud but cannot explain or discuss what they just read. These are all symptoms that something may be going on with your child. There are many things that can cause these

underlying issues, but one of them could be dyslexia. Many people will say dyslexia is a reversal of letters—it’s not that simple. Did you know dyslexia is a neurological condition and every individual with this learning difference has a very unique profile? This makes defining dyslexia much more complicated. Dyslexics are also referred to as “1 in 5” since dyslexia affects 1 out of 5 people, according to Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. The International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) definition (right) is informative, but it doesn’t address everything that impacts the inherent learning differences of dyslexics. “Having dyslexia can have far-reaching consequences on education,” said dyslexia expert Dr. Rachna Varia, a licensed clinical psychologist and director of testing and diagnostics at MindWell Psychology. “While students ‘learn to read’ through third grade, it then changes to ‘reading to learn.’ If a student is not a strong reader, it will impact all areas of study.”

What is Dyslexia? “Dyslexia is a specific learning disability (SLD) that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” – Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Source: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) (www.eida.org).

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“In public school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered stupid or lazy. Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics. This reading instruction goes by many names, Structured Literacy, OrtonGillingham, Simultaneous Multisensory, Explicit Phonics, and others.” — T H E I N T E R N AT I O N A L D Y S L E X I A A S S O C I AT I O N ( S O U R C E E I D A . O R G )

Dr. Varia also noted that dyslexia impacts the decoding of the written word. “Dyslexic students may add or delete sounds when reading individual words, which of course then changes the entire meaning of a passage and [reading] comprehension will suffer. Many dyslexic students (but not all) have vulnerabilities in phonological awareness (the auditory route to reading), and orthographic processing (the visual route to reading),” she explained.

Symptoms of Dyslexia There’s not a one-size-fits-all checklist. Each person’s symptoms will vary. Reading specialists, parents, and teachers need to look for a variety of symptoms. If you are a parent or educator and you think a child is being lazy or not trying hard enough, check this list before suggesting they try harder. Most dyslexics actually work much harder than their peers—and many have average to high intelligence—they just learn differently. • Meltdowns and anxiety over going to school • Test anxiety • Phonological awareness issues • Phonics issues (sounding out words) • Reading comprehension issues • Difficulty learning math facts—learns them but a few days later doesn’t remember them • Spelling difficulties (encoding)—learns to spell correctly and/or knows flash cards, but next day doesn’t spell correctly and spells a word differently each time (many times the way it sounds when they hear the word) • Slow reading speed (out loud and silently) • Difficulty with reading fluency • Fear of reading in class or in front of others • Speech delay or difficulty with speech articulation in younger children

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What should parents do if they suspect their child may be dyslexic? Ask the school, in writing, for a full and complete psychoeducational evaluation to determine if your child needs remediation and intervention for reading, spelling, etc. Send this request, making sure to detail your exact concerns and specify this particular test. The school then has to conduct this evaluation—by law—within 65 business days. For more information, you may visit page 12 of the Parents Guide to Special Education, available through VDOE. Parents may also seek a private psychoeducational evaluation from a clinical psychologist who specializes in dyslexia. These tests are expensive but extremely insightful. The results provide a more in-depth discussion of a child’s strengths and weaknesses, and provide an amazing framework to assist a child (or even an adult—it’s never too late to obtain intervention and remediation for dyslexia). Importantly, a private evaluation will provide you with a diagnosis. School districts are unable to diagnose a learning disability; they identify a child as having a single learning disability and they determine if a child is eligible for special education services. Without proper identification, intervention, and remediation, dyslexic students may experience limited success in school, anxiety, low selfesteem, and depression. For students with a learning disability the dropout rate from school is three times that of peers, according to an Understood. org presentation on Capitol Hill. Community residents, parents, and educators alike may assist dyslexics by providing their valuable input at local school board meetings, SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) meetings, and by speaking with their state legislators.


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How well are the public schools in the region helping students with this invisible disability, as measured by SOL scores? Special note: Dyslexic students are categorized under specific learning disability (SLD), but not all SLD students are dyslexic learners. At this time, the state doesn’t offer a dyslexia category as they do for autism. Source: Virginia Department of Education with search parameters: students (all), genders (all), grades (all), economically disadvantaged (all), limited english proficient (all), migrants (all), homeless (all), disability (yes), disability type (Specific Learning Disability - SLD), state level division (Fauquier County and Prince William County).

SOL pass rates for children with specific learning disabilities (SLDs) in Fauquier County Public Schools. School Year 2015-2016 SOL TEST

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School Year 2014-2015 SOL TEST

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English: reading English: Writing History & Social Science Mathematics Science

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Compare overall student pass rates to that of those with a SLD: Overall pass rate for Fauquier County (all county students) is 80 percent+ for all SOL tests. Overall pass rate for Prince William County (all county students) is 79 percent+ for all SOL tests.

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Until last year, there has been no mandate in Virginia for higher education (such as colleges and universities) to provide detailed instruction about dyslexia to those studying to become teachers. Also, it has not been required for existing teachers to have training on this learning difference and how it may affect students in order to become recertified. Things are about to change. In 2016, Virginia passed House Bill 842 (HB 842) and it was signed into law by the governor. The law, which took effect July 1, requires that aspiring teachers—and veteran teachers seeking recertification — have dyslexia training. In 2017, Senator Richard Black and Delegate Benjamin Cline wrote mirror bills in both the Virginia House (HB 2395) and Senate (SB 1516) to provide more support for dyslexics. Legislators passed both the house and senate bills unanimously, and they were combined and signed into law by the governor in March and became effective July 1. Specifically, the bill “requires one reading specialist employed by each local school board that employs a reading specialist to have training in the identification of and the appropriate interventions, accommodations, and teaching techniques for students with dyslexia or a related disorder and to have an understanding of the definition of dyslexia and a working knowledge of several topics relating to dyslexia.”

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Lorraine Hightower, a regional leader for Decoding Dyslexia Virginia (DDVA) and a long standing member of the Virginia Parent Teacher Association (PTA), has a great deal of experience with this silent disability. DDVA members, including Hightower, assisted in creating the language used in Senator Black’s bill. The new legislation requires “that for every school district that employs reading specialists, there will be a trained and qualified dyslexia advisor, who can guide the district on how to best identify students with dyslexia, effectively meet their unique academic needs, and also serve as a vital resource for parents,” Hightower said. “There are still school districts in Virginia who are hesitant to even use the word ‘dyslexia,’” Hightower said. “This [law] is a huge step forward for dyslexic students and their families.” Fauquier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Jeck said, “We will be in compliance [with HB 2395 and SB 1516], since several of our reading specialists are completing the GMU (George Mason University) dyslexia courses. We should also be in a position to exceed the requirements which is, essentially, to have one reading specialist trained in the identification and interventions for students with dyslexia.”❖ The online version of this article contains even more information and resources for our readers. Visit piedmontlifestyle.com. Debbie is a writer, editor, and a mother of a dyslexic student. She is also a member of DDVA Fauquier - Haymarket Chapter, and is involved with educational advocacy efforts in the state and federal government.


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July Events Tuesday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Fauquier Education Farm Join Families4Fauquier as we volunteer together to help harvest potatoes. This is a fun, easy way for children and families to help at the Fauquier Education Farm and help our neighbors in need. Tuesday, August 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at National Night Out Families4Fauquier will have a booth setup with activities during the National Night Out In front of the True Value CK Home & Hardware in Bealeton. This event is hosted by the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office. There will be a moon bounce, face painting, games, food, ice cream, K-9 demo Tuesday, August 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mathnasium of Warrenton The Mathnasium of Warrenton will hosts F4F Rocks Club. Join us for fun while we paint rocks to spread good cheer within our community. Rocks and materials will be provided. Wear your painting clothing and join in on the fun! Friday, August 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vint Hill The Vint Hill Block Party is fun for the whole family. Come and enjoy the last block party of the season. This free event is dog friendly. Sunday, August 27 starting at 1 p.m. Please join us for our annual Tie Dye Art. This will be a potluck lunch, so please bring a dish to share. The children will tie dye t-shirts. All materials will be provided. Location to be determined. Register by email to Families4Fauquier@gmail.com.

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HEAT About the AUTHOR Jared Nieters is coowner of Haymarket Bicycles and founder of Mapleworks Endurance Coaching. He has won multiple national championships in cycling and now coaches endurance athletes in a multitude of disciplines. He can be reached at info@ mapleworkscoaching. com and found on most social media sites at @ mapleworkscoach.

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indoors or your training will be inconsistent, improvement will be limited, and you’ll be left ill-prepared for events. First and foremost, the adversity needs to be embraced. Positive change is stimulated when your body experiences discomfort. Once your training becomes easy, it likely ceases to be “training.” With that in mind, there is no reason why your training

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EAT A COOL BREAKFAST BY JARED NIETERS

HYDRATE Hydration is crucial even when training in the cold, and its importance in the heat is dramatically greater. Hydrating doesn’t just mean pounding water before and during training. Adequate hydration requires fluid consumption long before you’re thirsty. In fact, it begins days before exercise and requires much more than just water. Make sure you’re taking in a variety of electrolytes–calcium, magnesium, and sodium are crucial for the days when you’re going to be sweating profusely.

GET UP EARLY To beat the heat during summer, exercise in the early morning hours when temperatures are lower.

CHOOSE COOLER ROUTES Temperatures aren’t the same across the Piedmont. Finding areas with plenty of shade is an obvious and easy way to avoid the highest temperatures. Many people don’t realize a variety of natural and manmade characteristics can create microclimates, which vary greatly even though they are geographically near each other. Creeks and rivers are natural air conditioners, where the cool, moving water can lower air temperatures nearby. Areas with lots of blacktop and large buildings comprised of glass and metal focus and retain heat, increasing the air temperature

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Choosing certain foods for breakfast can help you stay cooler than others. The process by which this strategy works varies from food to food. If a meal is hard to digest, your body will create more heat. Other foods facilitate hydration and can help cool your core. Great foods for summer include avocados, cucumbers, bananas, poppy seeds, yogurt, and mint.

REDUCE YOUR WARM-UP It is crucial to prepare your muscles for exercising. However, in extreme temperatures, the risks of not being adequately warmed up for a fast start are outweighed by the potential for elevating core body temperatures too high– beginning the slide toward dehydration.

ICE Our knowledge continues to grow regarding the benefits of treating your body with ice. Icing is an effective treatment to reduce the swelling of injuries, but it also helps cycle blood through your major muscle systems when applied post-exercise, all while cooling you down. Some athletes have even taken to wearing ice vests during warm-up. By keeping their core temperature cool, they are still able to adequately warm the primary muscles that will be used.

ACCLIMATE Sometimes avoiding the heat isn’t the best choice. If your race or event will occur in the heat of the day, you should experiment with training at that same time so the conditions don’t catch your body off guard. Gradually experiment with putting forth effort at these times, and slowly add time and intensity to workouts. This way you can stay tuned-in to your body’s reaction to the heat. ❖


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Home Automation Remote and voice control of lights, security, and access to your home BY ROBERT BRICE

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n 1998, I unpacked my first ‘voiceactivated home automation’ kit (the HAL 2000). I loaded and programmed the software, connected the Ocelot controller to my massive Gateway desktop via a RS-232 connection, and plugged it into the wall so it could send X-10 commands to the plug-in lamp module which I had correctly addressed. Yes, it was all very technical. I trudged through and set up my microphone, and said in a loud clear voice “HAL, turn on the light.” Absolutely nothing happened. I may have said a “choice” word. Next I said, “HAL, turn on the family room light.” Like an invisible butler at my beck and call, the lamp, only five feet away, switched on. I stood at the cutting edge of technology; I could practically see the dawn of a new era unfolding before me. George Jetson and Rosie the Robot were right around the corner. Something similar happened in 2017 when I unpacked my second voice-activated home automation kit, the Amazon Echo. I plugged it in, turned it on, started the app, and in a few minutes said in a loud, clear voice “Alexa, turn on the light.” Nothing happened, except me stating something I cannot place in print. “Alexa, turn on the hallway light.” The hallway light sprang to life. Yes, the switch was only five feet away. But the myriad of possibilities unfolded in front of me.

“It’s just a fad,” you say? In 2016, the global home automation system market was valued at $39.93 billion*. That number is expected to grow to $79

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billion by 2022*. Amazon has sold more than 10 million devices equipped with Alexa, its voice-controlled automation and information software. Google won’t say how many home devices it has sold, but you can be assured it’s a lot. Home automation is now making some big waves and a lot of companies are jumping in. Much has changed since my first experiments with building a ‘smart home,’ but a lot is still the same.

The ‘smart home’ vs ‘home automation’ Many people use the terms “smart home” and “home automation” interchangeably, but really a smart home will use automation; it reacts to your input or to environmental conditions. Home automation will perform tasks automatically on your behalf.

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Home features Take my house, for example. We’ll call this my “get home” scene. One mile before I get home I cross a geofence (a virtual perimeter around my house that allows the location of my cell phone to trigger an event). If it is after dark, my front porch light turns on and will stay on until I go to bed, or until midnight, whichever comes first. I, like most Americans, have a perfectly nice two-car garage filled to the brim with absolutely essential objects, so I have no room for my car. That’s okay, because I


have low-voltage path lighting to get me to the front door. I enter the code on my door lock (keys are so last year!) and the security panel recognizes that it’s me and disarms the system. The foyer lights turn on automatically for two minutes as I make my way to the kitchen, which is normally my first stop. The security system also notifies the thermostat I’m home and will adjust the temperature according to the season and time of day. In this scenario, I’ve automated lighting and security for convenience and safety. But that’s just the beginning.

Vacation features Let’s say I go on vacation. While I’m gone, I run my “vacation” scene. My lights will turn on for a few minutes randomly at night to make the house seem lived-in. My sprinkler system, already automated, can implement additional functionality to watch the weather. If there is an 90 percent or more chance of rain, the sprinkler will not turn on. These are convenient options, but what happens if an emergency arises? Your smart home could very well save the day. Again, I’m on vacation (I take a lot of vacations) and a water pipe breaks, flooding my basement (this actually happened to me before I installed my new security system). My smart home detects the presence of water and immediately shuts off the water main inside the house, and sends me a text or email regarding the problem. This feature could potentially save me thousands of dollars. While I was away, my housekeeper, the person who waters the plants, and a house painter all needed access to my home. Each individual entered their own code to enter my home, and I was notified via text. I was also notified the housekeeper left the window open and my air conditioner was on. Smart home to the rescue. My system is programmed to shut off the air if a door or window is left open for more than 10 minutes. All I had to do was send a quick text to my housekeeper reminding her to shut all doors and windows.

my basement, the system detects smoke and will initiate an alarm, notify the fire department, turn off the central air (to avoid spreading smoke throughout the house), and flash the outdoor lights to help first responders determine which house is mine. This feature could very well save my life. Now think of my ‘get home’ scenario. What if when I got home, someone nefarious was waiting for me? (I hate nefarious people.) I could program a separate duress code into my door lock that would alert the authorities that there is a problem. No sirens, no lights, nothing to cause a panic, just a simple notification that will send the police quietly to my home.

Creating the Smart Home Starting a smart home is easy, but can cause bewilderment unless you do your homework and plan. Be prepared to conduct research, and don’t be afraid to experiment. Keep in mind all the systems do roughly the same things, and the basic ones control at least lights, locks, thermostats, and include monitor sensors. Most new smart devices have their own app, and many don’t play well with others, although this is getting better. I advocate a system approach versus a component approach, meaning I purchase items I know will work together instead of buying individual gadget-based components. Garage doors even come with apps now that will notify you when someone opens and closes them. I use the Chamberlain

MyQ garage door controller, which is capable of integrating with other smart home software vendors such as Alarm.com, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home, and can be controlled by voice.

Digital assistants Hubs and devices make a “smart” home, but being able to talk to your system adds a whole new dimension. There are three main players in this field, but watch for more to come. Amazon Alexa devices. (Echo, Dot, Tap, and the new Echo Show) – Amazon doesn’t manufacture smart home devices, but they make the best selling digital personal assistant on the market. Alexa can be configured to work with hundreds of smart home devices and AV components – too many to list, and more coming online every day. Google Home. The Home device is powered by Google Assistant which is another digital personal helper. While it doesn’t yet work with as many devices as Alexa, it has a few tricks of its own that make it a serious contender in the smart home category. Google Assistant has better search capability and ability to distinguish between voices so multiple accounts may work from the same device. Apple Home Kit. It doesn’t matter if it is a Mac computer, an iPhone, an iPad, or iPod. Apple users are devoted to their products. The advent of Siri cemented that relationship so it makes sense for Apple

Emergency features When I head to bed, a single touch on my app or at a wall-mounted touch screen can lock doors, turn off lights, and adjust the thermostat. I’m asleep, but my smart home isn’t. If a fire breaks out in

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and Siri to enter the smart home market with HomeKit. Like Amazon and Google, Apple doesn’t really make smart home devices, but HomeKit allows it to talk to many of the same vendors Google and Amazon can, plus a few “Apple-only” brands. Samsung Smart Things Hub. Smart Things is a hub and software combination that wirelessly connects with a wide range of smart devices and makes them work together. Smart Things doesn’t have a voice interface, but can be configured to work with Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Other types of automation available A complete list of automation device and software would be extremely long, but here are a few new, cool, and unusual items that might be of interest. Samsung Family Hub refrigerators. This awesome new fridge brings hi-tech to your kitchen. It features a 21” connected touchscreen that allows you to create shopping lists, share photos, and stream media from your smartphone or tv. It also has three cameras to see inside your refrigerator, because sometimes there’s just nothing on tv so you can watch your yogurt. Philips Hue. Hue is a fantastic lighting system. It starts with the Hue controller and a single LED bulb with a choice of 16 million colors. Any mood, any task, and any time, there is a setting for you. The Hue has been out for awhile and there is a lot of competition in this category. Philips has the best bulbs and app, and more

automation systems are starting to integrate with them. Skybell HD WiFi Video doorbell. One of the many new Wifi-connected doorbells which enables you to see who’s at your door from anywhere with an internet connection. The motion-activated option allows you to see people BEFORE they ring your doorbell, or if they’re just dropping off a flyer or package. Kohler Numi. The most technologically advanced toilet on the market, the Kohler Numi features multiple user settings, a remote control, an app, motion activated cover and seat, advanced bidet functionality, integrated air dryer, heated seat, foot warmers, music via Bluetooth or aux input jack, and a deodorizer. Toasteroid. Currently in a Kickstarter funding campaign, this app-controlled toaster will allow you to print the weather, a message, or a simple drawing on your slice of morning toast. Why? Just because. SensoWave Stepla. Because this is Fauquier County, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the the perfect app and device— for your cow. Stepla provides GPS and individual sensors to provide real time monitoring of a livestock herd. The app includes an animal’s location and activity levels, helping farmers to reduce costs and gain peace of mind.

My final advice Start small—automate a light, lock, or thermostat. Build your system over time. Don’t forget to always maintain strong Wifi passwords and encryption, and most of all, have fun. ❖

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stress test—putting stress on the body through exercise—is an invaluable tool used to assess a person’s cardiac function. Commonly, the patient walks on a treadmill that gradually picks up speed and increases its incline as technicians monitor the patient’s vital signs and symptoms. The patient exercises until reaching a target heart rate, and then continues until he or she reaches a maximum heart rate. A cardiologist may order the procedure when a patient complains of chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, or has an abnormal calcium score (a non-invasive CT scan of the heart that measures the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries). If a patient has a family history of heart troubles, a physician may require a stress test prior to a surgery. But what if a patient can’t use a treadmill? Balance or gait issues, joint pain or dizziness could preclude the use of this stress test staple. And some patients have trouble walking on an incline.

Enter the ergometer bicycle, Fauquier Health’s newest addition to its cardiopulmonary unit. The high-tech bike gradually increases the tension on the pedals—requiring more effort from the patient—at three-minute intervals. Heart rate and blood pressure are monitored, as well as the patient’s symptoms, if any. Respiratory therapist Angie Tolley explains that a patient’s physician will determine what kind of stress test would be best. “Someone with a walker or a prosthetic might be able to use the bike instead of the treadmill. If a patient cannot get their heart rate up to its maximum on the treadmill, we might switch them to the bike.” Cardiologist Dr. Neel Shah said, “For the large swath of our population that may be elderly, obese or have orthopedic issues, the bicycle stress test is particularly attractive.” An added bonus is that echocardiograms can be performed while the patient is on the bike actively exercising, allowing a real-time look at how the heart muscle

is functioning. An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to create moving images of the heart. When the exercise echocardiogram is compared to a resting echocardiogram, the cardiologist can determine how the heart is working. If there are sections of the heart that are not moving normally, this suggests the presence of significant blockages in the coronary arteries. This will prompt the cardiologist to consider further testing, such as cardiac catheterization. Dr. Shah is enthusiastic about the new technology and the enhanced data it can provide. “When we use the treadmill, the patient has to step off the treadmill and lie down before we can take the echocardiogram. The heart rate slows down during the transition so the measured data is not as accurate. On the bike, we can see more directly the heart muscle’s reaction to the exercise. The treadmill echo is about 68 percent sensitive; the bike is closer to 85 percent.”❖

Above, left: Cardiologist Neel Shah, M.D. FACC, RPVI. Above, right: Dr. Neel Shah, cardiologist, keeps track of his “patient’s” heart rate, while Cardiopulmonary Supervisor, respiratory therapist Angie Tolley monitors his blood pressure and Kathy Grammo, cardio-vascular sonographer, takes a real-time echocardiogram. On the bike is Fauquier Health CEO Chad Melton, who is demonstrating Fauquier Hospital’s new technology.

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considering college, Francis offered to pay for his education in museum training if he were to continue the family business. “I took him up on his offer and went out to the University of Iowa. I had no idea what I would find west of the Mississippi, but I would say that the taxidermy at that university rivals what can be found at the Smithsonian,” says Lewis. Lewis changed majors part way through college and finished with a degree in business. He worked for Goodyear for a few years before moving back to the farm

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Left: Lewis and Stephen Lee pose with a preserved bear in Lee’s Taxidermy.

and taking over the business. Taxidermy is a complex art of preserving an animal skin or pelt in poses that mimic those found in nature. Ancient taxidermy can be traced to Egyptian times, whereas the more modern method is only a couple hundred years old. “There are beautifully preserved animals using arsenic at the University of Iowa, kept under glass to contain the toxicity, that date to the late 19th century.” says Lewis. The Lees’ shop occupies a small building adjacent to the Lee family’s paternal home. A large gallery space inside the front door displays birds, large cats, and deer busts. A small bear cub sits off in one corner; “That one was struck and killed by a car and was brought to me to preserve. The customer said his wife wouldn’t let him keep it, so I ended up with it.” Behind the reception desk on the wall are more mounted animals; one

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stands out among the rest. “The deer in the middle,” says Lewis, “is the second deer my father preserved in 1951.” A small plaque beneath the deer commemorates the piece. “When my father began the business, the animal forms were made from papier-mâché. Not much has changed since then, except the forms are now Styrofoam,” he explains. A door next to the front desk leads to the main work space. Here, animals are mounted in varying stages of completion. The backroom of the shop is the tannery. “We mainly use commercial tanneries in Pennsylvania, but we have one here when we need it,” he says. Lewis explains the process of preserving an animal: “the customer brings their trophy to us and we have the hide tanned, and it is then fitted to a foam form.” The forms are made to replicate any natural position and show muscle tone. Fish and certain parts of birds that lose their color during the preservation process are meticulously repainted, which adds another element of art to the process. The shop has preserved just about every animal: bears, deer, moose, fish, and even crabs. The Lees work with large game as well, and have even mounted a 13 ½ foot-long crocodile that was taken in Africa -- a very different process. “All trophies from overseas undergo a lengthy process to ensure no diseases are transported into the country. Inspections occur in the country where the animal

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is hunted, as well as in the states when the tanned hide arrives,” he continues. Quarantine time for overseas hunts usually takes one year. Although Lewis explains the process modestly, the sheer amount of knowledge he has amassed through studies and practice is overwhelming and touches on nearly every subject from anatomy, chemistry, biology, art, and, of course, business. “I spent ten years as the president of the Virginia Taxidermy Association and helped to develop the rules that all taxidermists follow,” he says. “This helped to eliminate ambiguity from the process and ensure the animal was taken legally from anywhere in the world.” Every pelt that comes through Lee’s Taxidermy is documented for the game warden who makes regular inspections. For instance, when a deer comes to the shop, Lewis asks when and where it was taken and asks to see a hunting license or driver’s license if the animal was taken on the hunter’s own property. From here, Lewis assigns it a control number. All paperwork for each animal must be traced back to the assigned control number. Over the past five decades, Lewis Lee has grown the business his father began and has contributed to the trade by assisting with setting the rules and regulations for taxidermy statewide. He has shared his love of nature with his sons who also hunt, fish, and participate in the business. While the Lees preserve trophies brought back by hunters worldwide, they also preserve what matters most to them. Their family values are strong and evident in both the commitment they have to continuing the legacy of Francis Lee and the connection to their family farm, where most of the family still lives in one of the homes on the roughly 300-acre property. When asked how he feels about working and living so close to his family, Lewis responds, “I feel badly for families who don’t live close to one another.” Lewis considers himself blessed to work in a trade that inspires him and to share it with his family. ❖


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“[Battle Buddies] pairs aging veterans with their younger comrades to help assess their needs, help with transportation, and provide companionship.” BY AIMÉE O’ GRADY

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ighty-seven-year-old Korean and Vietnam veteran Peter lives very simply. His one-bedroom apartment is furnished with only a sofa, rocker, and a recliner that he recently received. There are a handful of books lying on a few tables. There is no television. The recliner faces a large picture window that looks out of the first-floor apartment onto a small lawn. Peter lives on a tight budget: $1,100 monthly, most of which goes toward paying his rent. Peter’s wife has passed away and his family lives on the West Coast. Peter does not complain, but rather simply states the facts. He has had two major operations for cancer on

his jaw, with another one scheduled. Even though he suffers from several maladies, when asked by his doctor how he is, he will answer that he is doing well. Hero’s Bridge was created for people like Peter. David Benhoff, LtCol, USMC Ret. and Molly Brooks, RNBC, CHPN, created the nonprofit organization to improve difficult circumstances for veterans who served their country and fought for freedom worldwide. Battle Buddies is one program Hero’s Bridge offers, which pairs aging veterans with their younger comrades to help assess their needs, help with transportation, and provide companionship. Phil Kasky, Captain, USN Ret. is a Hero’s Bridge Battle Buddy volunteer; “My wife, Mary, was with me at [the VFW Post 9835] meeting and Molly and Dave’s comments resonated with us, especially the importance of Battle Buddies and how together, we might make a difference in an old veteran’s life.” Benhoff connected the Kaskys with Peter. “We feel it is both a duty and a joy to help Peter, and even the smallest of things can make a big difference to an aging veteran such as Peter who no longer has the mobility of a younger man. Mary and I visit Peter weekly, we make occasional grocery runs for him, help with errands and assist with local transportation needs. Our friendship has grown and he has become important in our lives. We have become important in his life as well,” says Kasky. Brooks adds that “Peter's situation

is unfortunately common. Many aging veterans are predisposed to isolation due to their time spent in the military culture. The military promotes stoicism, self-reliance and suppression of emotion, especially during times of war. This mindset often prevents them from reaching out or asking for help later in life.” As our veteran community ages, even those who led well-adjusted lives can experience post-traumatic episodes when a spouse passes away and health fails. Brooks feels that the Battle Buddy program is “so special because they see glimmers of themselves in each other.” While the organization is still in its infancy, veteran members, like Peter, appreciate the effort made by Benhoff and Brooks and offer suggestions on the areas where improvement is needed. Hero’s Bridge is committed to growing the programs offered by their nonprofit organization to serve this great generation of veterans during their twilight years. Benhoff and Brooks are hoping to grow the number of volunteers involved with Hero’s Bridge as the list of participating veterans grows. Benhoff is confident that through collaborations with other organizations in the Piedmont region, the group will gain momentum and improve the quality of life for our community veterans. If you know of a veteran who would like to join Hero’s Bridge, please call 540-993-6386. To register as a volunteer, please visit the Hero’s Bridge website at www.herosbridge1. org.❖

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who enjoys transforming stories told by Fauquier residents into articles for Lifestyle readers. She learns more and more about our rich county with every interview she conducts. She and her husband are happy with their decision to raise their four children in Warrenton.

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n June, I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel J. Moore. Daniel is the owner of Daniel J. Moore Design and is also the co-owner, along with Diana Campagna, of The Drawing Room and The Rooms Up There. These businesses are located, as the name suggests, at 8393 West Main Street in Marshall. Additionally, Campagna and Moore are co-owners of the parent company 8393 WEST MAIN. The businesses operate in one amazing location. Each has a separate entrance, yet are tied together by more than physical proximity. As I walked up to enter the building, I was struck with how beautiful it was. ‘Aged beauty’ was the first thing that came to mind. Renovated in a manner that inherently maintains charm and character, the facade developed through time. Private parking in the back, coupled with the ambience of a front entrance right on Main Street, combined with side and rear entrances, entice visitors to come inside. {

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Daniel started with a tour of of The Drawing Room. ‘Astonishing’ is the word I would use to describe this space. It is located in the back portion of the building, which dates back to the 1970s. The chandeliers, mirrors, and floors provide an elegance that pays homage to the past, yet are modern in an eclectic manner that seamlessly melds

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the eras together. The beautiful wood floor is finished with a Belgian product called WOCO, and features a solid-oil finish. An antique lye removes any of the red in the wood and the results are stunning. Daniel explained, “The floors may be spot treated and that can be done without the complexity of refinishing the entire floor.” Beautiful, yet simple. I must say I enjoy that type of functionality. The space itself is one large, open room and will accommodate up to 75 people without requiring a special permit. The events that take place at the facility include the use of the greenhouse as well as a large catering space. The greenhouse is airy, spacious, and strung with beautiful lights to offer

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constructed in the U.S. The windows feature tiers of decor: a privacy shade layered with a seagrass shade and blackout drapery. Overnight visitors can adjust the natural lighting their room to just the right amount. The beds are the best on the market and will be a delight for all who sleep here. Visitors will almost wish they could stay here forever. Simple, effective room amenities include alarm clocks with dimmable LED lights and USB outlets on top for convenience and ease of use. Wall outlets also provide a surge protector as well as USB outlets. The bathrooms offer modern amenities that incorporate the rooms’ interior design, yet provide an elegance that pays homage to the original structure and design elements of the building. Other amenities include a common-use room, which provides an intimate, comfortable gathering space to converse or enjoy a complimentary hot or cold beverage and snack. All the items, such as the furniture, mirrors, and artwork, are all available to order through Daniel J Moore Design’s showroom, located downstairs and accessible through the front entrance of the building.

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The rooms are named Storehouse One, Storehouse Two, and The Counting Room. Both the Storehouse rooms feature an equestrian photograph and elegant decor. The Counting Room boasts a photograph of Longhorn cattle, since the room was once used as the space from which to count the heads of cattle that would traverse along Main Street. All photos were taken by local photographer, Tara Jelenic, and are available for purchase as well. Additionally, guests may enjoy a breakfast, included with their stay, at the nearby Red Truck Bakery. The only item that is not included in the price, and the only upgrade available for purchase, is fresh flowers. Gathered Stems, a florist located in Marshall, allows patrons to order an arrangement at the time of reservation so when they arrive, a bedside arrangement will be in their room. All available rooms are kingsize suites, well-appointed, and have the maximum occupancy of two adults per room. The Rooms Up There will hold a maximum of 6 guests—18 years of age or older—which really indicates how private the setting is. Rooms may be booked on Booking.com and Expedia.

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{ DANIEL J MOORE DESIGNS } Daniel J Moore Designs provides interior design clients a full range of options to suit all budgets. He also provides a space for shoppers to peruse a wide variety of artwork from regional artists, and home accessories, such as candles, vases, decorative boxes, throws, and pillows. All items are available for purchase. Shoppers will delight in the items that make perfect gifts for any occasion. Even limited edition items are available. The space is beautiful, inviting, and full of inspirational ideas for any home or business. For more information on The Rooms Up There visit www. theroomsupthere.com; for Daniel J Moore Designs visit www.danieljmooredesign. com; and for The Drawing Room visit www. thedrawingroomat8393.com.❖


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Broad Run Lifestyle Magazine AUG 2017  

Community lifestyle publication serving residents in Marshall, The Plains, Broad Run and Vint Hill in Fauquier County, Virginia. This magazi...

Broad Run Lifestyle Magazine AUG 2017  

Community lifestyle publication serving residents in Marshall, The Plains, Broad Run and Vint Hill in Fauquier County, Virginia. This magazi...