Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine April 2012

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April 2012

In this issue… Warrenton’s Clock Tower Surviving Through the Years

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Got the Time Tick-Tick-Ticking in My Head There is a lot of activity in Warrenton this April and our publication is an indicator of all that action. Local organizations are working harder than ever to bring you the best Warrenton has to offer along with recent extremely pleasant weather. Take a long, leisurely look inside and you will see what I mean. We are in the final days of the Lenten season and possibly the end of my antisocial media experiment. My wife, Holly, suggested giving up Facebook for Lent in early March. I thought this was a brilliant idea and was immediately on board. What a great way to minimize some of the mindless activities I like to engage in! Plus, wouldn’t it be better if I spent that time reading a book or writing notes or calling people on the phone or going to visit them in person or just getting out from behind this computer? What I have found is a little more privacy, a little slower pace of life with a bit less frivolous information to clog my noggin. I talk to friends in individual conversations, more than I had in quite some time. I read things that are newsworthy online or in the newspaper. And, less than half a dozen people have said anything about us not being on Facebook - out of about 400 ‘friends.’ Did WE miss anything? I doubt it. Facebook will be there should we decide to return and it will probably look just like we left it. We finally are bringing you an article that was conceived after seeing more phenomenal photographs from Alan Levin. He first showed me some of his photography work about a year and a half ago, as we were getting ready to dedicate the Claude Moore Fun For All Playground, something he was quite instrumental in getting launched. I won’t reveal here what those photos were because they will appear in an upcoming issue but they were truly amazing and unique to Warrenton. I vowed to help him share them with the public. Recently, he offered the pictures that are inside this publication of the Warrenton Courthouse clocks and their intricate, timeless mechanisms. One look and you could see there was a story within. In fact, there are a few parallel stories that needed to be told with the images. Of course, we immediately shared these with John Toler and he took it from there. The rest of the magazine is chock full of local people and ideas. Learn how locals are helping other families cope with dementia, read about a favorite rite of Spring (golf), delve into recent history with a brief recount of the life of Stan Mettinger, philosophize with Dr. Robby, savor the local flavor in our food profile, get introduced to the little church doing big things and much more. Enjoy April.

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Robust Support for Dementia Families Connections program offers free services to over 100 local families. by Lawrence Stillwell, Connections Resource Specialist We used to call it senility, and in an era of shorter life spans it was much less widespread. Now we call it dementia, and as America’s population both expands and ages, the number of families afflicted is growing steadily. Here in Virginia we’ve seen the number of dementia cases increase by nearly a third since 2001, from 100,000 to over 130,000. Alzheimer’s, a type of dementia that includes 70% of all dementia cases, is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One in eight Americans over 65 has Alzheimer’s; for those over 85, the number is one in two. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 10 million Americans are now caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. This caregiving is usually unpaid, and it’s always a challenge – emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Locally, one piece of good news is that caregiving families living in Fauquier (or in Rappahannock, Culpeper, Madison, or Orange counties) can turn to a unique and innovative home visitation program called Connections for support. Connections has already touched the lives of about 100 local families coping with dementia and is looking for another 150 families to serve – for free. Thanks to a grant from the federal Administration on Aging, the year-old Connections program, a collaboration between Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central and Western Virginia chapter and the University of Virginia, will continue to enroll families through October. A doctor’s diagnosis is not required for families to participate, simply a common-sense recognition that their family member has agerelated memory loss serious enough to interfere with the activities of daily living. Trained Connections resource specialists make weekly visits to homes where someone


is caring for a family member with dementia. They work with the family caregiver to develop engaging activities for the person with dementia. The goal is to counter the tendency, common in people with dementia, to become passive, to neglect previous interests and relationships as memory and other cognitive functions become impaired. Without outside support, family caregivers, untrained and often overwhelmed, are usually frustrated in their attempts to keep their loved one alert, active, and interested in life. The Connections visitors start by learning about the person’s previous interests and current abilities and then try out individualized activities, hoping to motivate the person with dementia by offering the support they need to engage in simpler versions of former hobbies and interests. These activities have included woodworking, model-making, indoor herb gardening, piano playing, physical exercise, arts and crafts, card games, jigsaw puzzles, watching Civil War documentaries, reading old journals aloud, and putting together scrapbooks or photo albums. Ellen Phipps, creator of the Connections approach and co-author of the manual the program uses, is Vice President for Programs and Services at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Central and Western Virginia chapter. A certified recreational therapist with over 25 years’ experience working with dementia, she says, “Meaningful, satisfying activity is therapeutic and life-affirming; we all want and need to be active, productive, and engaged. Connections is designed to encourage engagement, and that’s going to be good for both the people with dementia and their caregivers.” In addition to engaging the person with dementia, a second goal of the Connections program is to link families with community resources, such as the Fauquier senior center, Dementia continued on page 10 Warrenton Lifestyle

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adult day care, caregiver support groups, caregiver training workshops, personal care agencies, and the various support services provided by agencies like the Fauquier Department of Social Services, RappahannockRapidan Community Services, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Jane Dalton, project manager for Connections, notes that the program has had success with people in all stages of dementia, which progresses and worsens as time goes on. “The latter stages are more challenging, of course,” she says, and sometimes family caregivers will at first feel there is no point in working to engage their loved one. At the same time, a family member whose parent or spouse is in the early stages of dementia may not see any need for assistance. “We work with wherever the family member is in the disease’s progression,” Dalton explains. “Once the visits begin, we find caregivers’ fears and skepticism fall away and both the person with dementia and the caregiver look forward to the weekly visits.” One Connections client, a former bridge player now in the middle stages of dementia, hadn’t played cards in many years and, at first, couldn’t remember the names of the suits. Soon after her first Connections visit, though, she was organizing the cards by suit, putting them in numerical order, and even playing a simplified trick-taking game with her son and the Connections

visitor. She knew the names of the suits – and she knew when her Queen beat someone else’s Jack! For men who used to work with power tools that are no longer appropriate for their current capabilities, Connections specialists bring simple-to-assemble birdhouses and small wooden models. Women who once loved gardening can grow herbs indoors in little pots on windowsills, with signs posted to remind them to rotate the plants toward the sun each day. The benefit, Dalton notes, is much more than just having another model or houseplant. “Using their hands productively, sanding and gluing and painting, producing a finished product, gives them a sense of accomplishment again. And growing herbs, which the family can use in cooking, gives clients a sense of contributing to the family’s welfare as they did in the past.” Two other Fauquier residents began playing the piano again, thanks to

Connections – one in the early to middle stage playing quite fluently with both hands and one in the middle to late stage playing with just two or three fingers of one hand, but playing with great delight nonetheless. Neither had played in years. For someone to rediscover the joy of making music is a beautiful experience, for both the player and the Connections specialist. The response from caregivers helped by Connections has been very positive and appreciative, as attested by written feedback at the end of the visitation period. “Everything (the Connections specialist) did was so helpful. We really looked forward to seeing her. She gave me a lot of info that was useful. I have a better understanding of the disease now, thanks to her,” one wrote. Another said: “The resource specialist has been remarkably sensitive and directly available to all my questions and offered real resources to me. I’m thankful . . .” “The program was very helpful; it taught us how to engage my mom in activities she could do, giving her something to do other than just sit and watch television,” another caregiver wrote. So far, 33 families in Fauquier County have participated in Connections. Dalton urges families facing dementia to call RRCS soon (825-3100, ext. 3476) to enroll before the October deadline gets too close. For more information, visit rrcsb.org or www. Facebook.com/ConnectionsCaregiving.

Resources for Family Caregiving Aging Together and HomeInstead are co-sponsoring a caregiver training workshop on Saturday April 21 from 9:00 to 1:30 at the Fauquier Community Center on Shirley Avenue (by WalMart). For information, contact Aging Together at 540-829-6405 or email info@ agingtogether.org. Connections, Fauquier Health, and the Alzheimer’s Association are cosponsoring a dementia information night at Fauquier Hospital on April 24, from 7:00 to 9:00, featuring Dr. Kristin Williams, a neurologist at the hospital. Dr. Williams will speak and answer questions about memory loss and dementia. Jane Dalton of Connections will describe the support offered to caregivers by the no-cost home visitation program. For more information, call 540-825-3100, ext. 3476. Caregiver support groups meet monthly at several locations. The Warrenton Senior Center/Community Center (347-2797) group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday. The Villa at Suffield Meadows (316-3800) group meets at 4:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday. 10

The Oak Springs Nursing Home (347-4770) group meets at 3:30 on the fourth Wednesday. Heartland Hospice (349-3970) and Spiritual Care Ministries (349-5814) also sponsor support group meetings in Warrenton. Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services employs trained and experienced “senior advocates” who field seniors’ concerns and respond by linking them with the services and information they need. Call 540-825-3100. Fauquier County Department of Social Services also has a staff of adult service case managers trained to visit, assist, and advise on all senior issues, including dementia. Call 540- 422-8440. Aging Together, a local partnership, maintains a website (www. agingtogether.org) with listings for local support groups and other aging-related information. A state-sponsored website, SeniorNavigator. org, offers extensive information, including lists of resources, for helping families cope with dementia, among other topics. Warrenton Lifestyle

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By Lisa Beth Miller Ah, the game of golf. Who would doubt that a day outdoors in the sunshine, playing a round with friends is good for the mind and body? But did you realize that this popular pastime is also great for business? Successful professionals have used the game of golf to both relax and improve business relationships for many years. This particular sport is conducive to this type of networking and socializing for many different reasons. For starters, age, gender, and ability level are a bit less important in this sport than in a sport like basketball or softball. “The handicap system allows golfers from all skill levels to compete, both in tournaments and in just random competitions. Four years ago, I was a 26 handicap, and today my handicap is 8, but I still play and compete against others whose handicaps are as high as 36 and everything in between. Golf is a game that allows anyone who wants to play to do so, no matter how good or bad he or she is,” said Charles Robinson, an avid golfer and State Farm Insurance Independent Contractor Agent. “Golf is the perfect sport for everyone. It is good exercise, the time spent outside is great and you truly get to know the people you play with. The handicap system levels the playing field so the game is fair (up to a certain point, of course) regardless of skill level. I participate in a number of charity events. I remember at The Hospice of the Rapidan fundraiser where a foursome of men who rarely played golf actually won the tournament,” commented John Frazer, a Promotional Products Distributor who enjoys golf. Another reason why golf can be beneficial for business professionals is that the sport allows for a bit of down time for quality conversations. Golf continued on page 14 12

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Although business associates love the camaraderie of golf and the potential to forge critical work-related partnerships, in reality, most avoid “talking shop” while actually playing. “When I play golf, I make every effort not to start a business conversation. I just like to play, and even when playing with clients or business associates, I try to let them concentrate on golf. If one of my playing partners brings up business, I am more than happy to answer questions, but I usually tell them that I will be happy to discuss business at the 19th hole, after golf over a glass of lemonade or an adult beverage. While the golf course is a great place to do business, I think that most businesspeople like to discuss subjects that allow them to better know the people they are playing with so that they have a feel for future business associates,” commented Robinson.

“When I play golf with business associates, the conversation is rarely about business. It is primarily social and personal. It provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know the person on a much more intimate level. This in turn generally improves the working relationship down the road,” added Frazer. A third reason why golf can improve upon already existing professional relationships is that the sport naturally shows the true colors of participants! While golf is a game of intellect, knowledge, and strategy, it also can highlight other important qualities. “In golf, as in business, honesty and integrity are important. Success in either golf of business will be short-lived if your partners and those with whom you do business or play with find out that you are less than honest. I heard someone say once that a person who would cheat at golf could never be trusted in business, and generally I find that to be true,” said Robinson. “I love golf because with rare exception, golfers accept each other for who they are. Most golfers aren’t concerned about how good their playing partners are, but rather with the kinship of being out in the fresh air with others who love the game as much as they do. Golf is a game that teaches honor, patience 14

and integrity.In no other sport can you find a player who calls a foul on himself, even if no one else saw the infraction,” he added. So…what is the truth? ARE important business deals actually made on the golf course? “In recent years I have made a number of business deals through relationships that started on the golf course. Just recently I ran into someone in the grocery store who asked me to write insurance for his business. Over the years, I’ve received calls for assistance with insurance from people that I had only met briefly on the golf course, but when they needed something or had a question, they came to me. I also steer my personal business to friends and associates that I’ve met playing golf,” said Robinson, who plays several times a week when weather permits.

“Since my business is promotional products, many decisions are made around the golf course. We can provide many items for tournaments, from shirts and hats to the prizes and giveaways. The best example I can recall of solidifying a relationship on the golf course came when one of my larger clients was short a player and called asking me to please fill in the next day…. in North Carolina! I drove down that night, played, and came back home. He was extremely appreciative, and I enjoyed a wonderful day on a great golf course!” said Frazer, who has played golf since childhood. Spring is a great time to consider learning how to golf! You have always known it was great for your mental and physical health, but now you can be confident that it will also add to your business savvy. Tee time! Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for the Ask Miss A website. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school’s award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. Lisa has written several published articles in local publications including Northern Virginia Magazine, Fauquier Times Community Northern Virginia Wedding Planner, and Warrenton Lifestyle magazine. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

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How Does Essure Work? An Essure-certified physician positions a soft, flexible insert into each fallopian tube. The insert, which looks like a tiny spring, is made of the same non-silicone material used to make heart stents. No incision is necessary. Over the next three months, the woman’s body works with the Essure inserts to form a natural barrier against pregnancy. After those three months, the doctor will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are completely blocked. Dr. Hodgson said that all of his Essure patients have been very happy with the procedure. “Many of my patients request permanent birth control right after they have a baby. This is a great alternative to tubal ligation because there is virtually no down time. You don’t want to be unable to get out of bed for three or four days when you have a new baby to care for. It’s great, too, for women who are not good candidates for surgery. While I was in the Navy, we found Essure to be the best permanent birth control method for women. “Although new to this area, Essure has been available in the United States for 11 years. It’s quick and safe, and there are no long-term side effects. I believe it’s the most effective technique we have.” The cost of Essure is covered by most health insurance providers.

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Remembering Warrenton’s ‘Stan’ Mettinger Former Public Works Director ‘Really Loved This Town.’ Pontiac dealership before taking a job with the Virginia The Town of Warrenton’s shop and equipment storage Division of Forestry in July 1959, where in addition to fighting lot off Falmouth Street is officially known as the Stanley N. wildfires, he was often the person inside the “Smokey the Mettinger Sr. Public Works Facility, named in honor of the Bear” costume. late Stan Mettinger (1930-1999), who served as the town’s Superintendent of Public Works from 1968-1989. Working for Warrenton A plaque honoring Mr. Mettinger was placed on the wall On July 1, 1968, Stan was hired by the Town of Warrenton by the main entrance, acknowledging his years of dedicated as Superintendent of Public Works. At the time, his office service to the town, but more importantly, Mr. Mettinger and storage facility was on South Third Street. Stan did not is an example of the dedication that town public works give up his commitment to firefighting, staying active with employees strive to meet to this day. the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company until he injured his For the past 16 years, Edward “Bo” back when he fell off a fire truck Tucker, P.E., has been Warrenton’s in the late 1960s. Director of Public Works/Utilities, and although he never met Stan Second son Kevin was born in Mettinger, there are a few people on August 1970, and the following his staff that worked with Stan, “… February the Mettingers moved and occasionally I’m reminded when from the three-room apartment in one of them will say, ‘That’s the way the Fishback house to a new brick Stan would do it,’” he notes with a home on Elm Street on a lot they chuckle. had bought years before. Born in New Jersey in 1930, Stan A big change for the Public joined the U.S. Army at age 17, Works Department came in the and was a guard at Vint Hill Farms mid-1970, when C&P Telephone Station outside of Warrenton in moved their operations from the late 1940s. While at a dance at the location off Falmouth Street Rockwood Hall (now McClanahan to New Baltimore. The Town Camera and Sound), he met Following his retirement as Warrenton’ acquired the property, and moved Madeline Thorpe, who at the time Superintendent of Public Works, the facility off Public Works to the old C&P site. was working at Grayson’s and Lerner Falmouth street was named in his honor and this Kevin Mettinger, now a teacher Bros. in Warrenton. plaque placed at the main entrance of the building. and Director of Theatre for Smitten by the beautiful young girl, Fauquier County Public Schools, he soon began a courtship, and the recalls that during his early couple was married in March 1950. childhood, his father was always up between 5 a.m. – 5:30 His hitch in the Army completed in 1952, they remained in a.m. He would go to pick up Fanny Lunsford, the Nanny that Warrenton, living in an apartment in the Fishback house on looked after Kevin during the day while his parents worked. Alexandria Pike. Madeline took a job with C&P Telephone, Stan would then go to the town shop, where he would spend first in Warrenton and later in Fairfax. Their first son, Stanley the rest of the day. J., better known as “Mett,” was born in 1957. Now the But Stan was always on call for emergencies and perceived District Fire Chief for the City of Brookeville, Florida, “Mett” emergencies, and he took his responsibilities very seriously. joined the Warrenton Fire Company as a junior firefighter at “Everybody knew my dad. He was highly visible, not the age 13, and over the years rose to be the Fire Chief. Stan worked as a mechanic at the local Chevrolet and Mettinger continued on page 20 18

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kind of superintendent that sat in his office and dispatched everyone else out to do things,” said Kevin. “As the town grew, there were more projects going on, and he made the valiant effort to get out there and check on those work sites. And there were countless times when he would be called out in the middle of the night because there was a traffic light out or a water main break, and he and Bob Farkas (also on the town public works staff) would both be out there.” No job or detail was considered insignificant. One example was Stan’s care of the Town Cemetery. He would personally see that it was locked up night, and the flag lowered and put away. He also assumed responsibility for uncovering the buried markers, so that when a new grave was dug, it would be in the right place. “Often I would go with him to the cemetery, or to the reservoir to check the water level,” said Kevin. “Probably the most bonding time I had with my Dad was when he was doing these little things…. he really loved this town.” Then, as now clearing town streets during and after snowstorms presented significant challenges. “In the middle of the night, Dad would get a phone call, telling him it was snowing,” said Kevin. “He would call the men in, but some of them lived out of town and it took them some time to get in. We lived within spitting distance of the town shop, so Dad would get up, go over there, start up one of the trucks and go out and hit all of the intersections and traffic lights – and Hospital Hill – before any of the others reported for work. “Sometimes he would let me ride with him, and he would let me push the button that dumped the sand or salt from the back of the truck onto the roadway.” Kevin added. “He would say ‘Wait – wait – now, push it!’ Hospital Hill was the best… I would push the button all the way up the hill.” Not everyone appreciated the effort. “One time, someone wrote a letter to the local newspaper complaining that they 20

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He continued with the town for about two years, serving as a building site inspector. From there, Stan took a part-time job in the Maintenance Department of Fauquier Hospital, but he continued to have heart problems, with a “heart scare” in 1995 resulting in stents, and a second bypass in March 1996, according to son Kevin. “After that, he had to take it easier at his hospital job,” said Kevin. “They gave him a job inventorying supplies on a computer – a totally new thing for him, but he learned how to do it.” On a Monday morning in late August 1999, Stan was feeling poorly, and called in sick. By the following Saturday Aug. 28, 1999 – he died. “Dad said he would never retire, and the only time he missed work was that last week before he died,” said Kevin. Warrenton Lifestyle




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This is the fifteenth in a series of articles about local churches and houses of worship. The purpose is to introduce you to the distinct features of each congregation, their philosophy and atmosphere. We believe that churches, temples, synagogues, etc are some of our best community centers. As you read about them each month we hope you will find one that interests you and your family. This month, we take a look at Warrenton Church of Christ.

A prominent white steeple draws the eye to a brick church on the north end of town, silently giving guests and passersby a glimpse of our friendly community. The Warrenton Church of Christ is an active supporter of and a very gracious contributor to a number of significant organizations in our town. The overwhelming outreach coming from this congregation and their unwavering determination to improve Warrenton as a community is noteworthy and truly a gift. A compassionate house of worship, the Warrenton Church of Christ teaches its members the importance of caring and giving. “That’s what we are trying to instill in the hearts and lives of our members,” says senior minister Bob Kolodner. “In this church, wherever we can, we offer a personal touch in the private lives of our members and as a church community.” Their message is clear and uncompromised, wanting to honor the reconciliation between God and man. While words are meaningful, however, they sometimes lack immediate impact, so the church chooses to spread its message through action. Acts of kindness and sincerity sometimes speak volumes. Reaching into the community personally, church members make a lasting impression that will hopefully encourage a positive change or reciprocated action. The Warrenton Church of Christ begins introducing their message at the earliest of ages. They have a thriving and remarkable preschool program that prepares children academically and socially for elementary school. The Warrenton Christian Preschool provides an environment that stimulates individual growth emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually. “We are a place where children can learn where scripture and science meet,” says Preschool Director Rebecca Lotane. “We teach scripture base first and all of our academics follow behind, but that does not mean that our academics are weak. God wants us to be educated people.” Students ranging in age from three to five years old are taught by knowledgeable and energetic staff in a Church of Christ continued on page 28


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small classroom setting. This provides an intimate educational atmosphere that allows students to excel and receive personal attention when necessary. Children participate in activities like arts and crafts, bible story time, painting, playground playtime and show and tell. Handwriting, math skills, science, art, physical education, music and dance are all strong programs within the school. “I really believe that God wants us to have the scriptures in our heart but it makes him happy when we prepare our students to have success as well in the academic world,” Lotane said. “When we educate our minds we can go forth and do good things.” The Warrenton Church of Christ is certainly “doing good things”. Their generosity and thoughtfulness is felt near and far. They work with Insight International, a ministry for the blind, and Camp WaMaVa, a spiritual camp for youth near Linden. They stock a food pantry, provide professional counseling, and conduct personal bible studies. Globally, the church has offered ongoing help to organizations in the African countries of Togo and Rwanda, as well as in the Philippines. Members have also helped with short term projects helping refugee camps in Thailand, displaced families from Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, and neighborhood renewal projects in Pensacola, Florida, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kentucky. “We are a small church that thinks

big,” said Cathy Ryon, member. “We are involved in so many programs.” Locally, the church works closely with the Fauquier Family Shelter (FFS), helping them with various aspects of their operations. Weekly, the congregation donates and delivers fresh food items like milk, eggs, fruit and bread to supplement the nonperishable items already on the shelves. Members sign up to volunteer once a week to watch the children of the shelter as their parents or guardians attend a life skills course. As their relationship with the shelter began to grow church members saw other needs within the building. They held a linen drive to supply the shelter with clean, usable linens for the residents and collected enough to fill a car trunk and the entire bed of a truck. Members wanted to become even more involved and realized that the public rooms within the shelter needed warmth and life to make them truly welcoming to the residents. “We are going to do the whole place!” member Carolyn Martin exclaimed. “Here is my philosophy: do something so big that if God isn’t in it, it will fail. Then you know when it’s a success, it was God doing it, not you.” The church is working to refurbish the FFS with paint, window treatments, furniture, pillows, flooring and art to make it more home-like. They will be working on the family room, playroom and kitchen.

“We needed to do something so big that only with God will this come together,” Martin explained. “It’s coming together with the support of the community, not just members in this church.” In addition to its work with the Shelter, the church has immersed itself in other outreach, like sewing duffle bags for foster children, distributing food baskets for families during the holidays, supplying an angel tree (gifts for needy children) at Christmas, and making blankets to give to the homeless in DC. The church doors are always open and serving many groups in the community: Cub scouts, AA and AlAnon support circles, the Lyme support group, a home school co-op, barbershop quartets, and even Tae Kwon Do students. “This building belongs to God- he can Church of Christ continued on page 30


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use it however he wants to,” Kolodner mentioned as he recited the many groups with various purposes using the church. The youth program at the Warrenton Church of Christ has a heart for missions. The students work hard raising money throughout the year to fund their trips stateside as well as internationally. A dinner banquet in March and a yard sale in May will help finance a trip to Honduras this summer. Minister Bob Kolodner also meets with students at Lord Fairfax Community College each week, bringing an informal “PB&J” lunch on Wednesdays to share with whoever stops by. “However we can be Jesus’ hands, feet, and shoulders to cry on for this community, that’s who we want to be,” Pastor Kolodner said. “We see that as part of our ministry to our world.” The Warrenton Church of Christ is located on Route 29 across from the Comfort Inn at 6398 Lee Highway Access Road. Their Sunday services begin at 9:00am with Bible classes for all ages. Fellowship with coffee follows at 9:45am and the weekly worship service at 10:15am. Children’s Church for children up to 3rd grade and a fully staffed nursery are also available each week. For more information on the Warrenton Church of Christ, please visit their website at www.mywcoc.org or call (540) 347-7448.

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Below: The 1853 courthouse had both a bell and clock, as shown in this 1862 photograph. It was burned in 1889, and replaced by the present structure. Brick building in right foreground is the old Waters Tavern, now long-gone. Fauquier Historical Society.

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For over 120 years, generations of Warrentonians have marked the passage of time by the chiming of the courthouse clock, which has counted the hours from the bell tower of the present county court building since it was rebuilt in 1890. Fauquier County’s early courthouses – the first built in 1760 in the present-day Warrenton Cemetery and the second in 1764 on Culpeper Street – were small, vernacular structures that lacked steeples, to say nothing of bells or clocks. It wasn’t until a Greek Revival-style courthouse was built on presentday Courthouse Square in 1790-95 that the county had a judicial facility it could really be proud of. Built of brick and measuring 30 feet wide “in the clear” and 52 feet deep, the new courthouse had a courtroom on the first level and jury rooms upstairs. It also had a tall, wellproportioned steeple topped with a weathervane. It lacked a bell until 1805, when two leading county citizens, John Blackwell and Joseph Horner, found a bell that originally hung in a monastery in Santo Domingo that had been destroyed by rioters years before.

Warrenton agreed to split the $400 it cost to add the clock.

According to Annie G. Day in Sketches and Illustrations of Warrenton and Fauquier County, Va. (1908), the bell had a high silver content, resulting in “…a clearness of sound that made it famous hereabouts.” However, the courthouse and its bell were destroyed in a “Wanton act of incendiary on May 23, 1853,” wrote Lee Moffett in The Diary of Courthouse Square. “Nothing was left standing of the $18,000 building but a portion of the walls.”

The 1854 Courthouse witnessed much history, including the Civil War, periods of Union occupations, Reconstruction, and great social and political changes. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed on the night of Nov. 15, 1889 during a “jollification” rally celebrating the defeat of gubernatorial candidate Gen. William Mahone.

Work began immediately on a new courthouse, which was almost complete by late 1854. The building was patterned after the Parthenon in Athens, but had some contemporary features, including a clock in the steeple. The Town of 34

This arrangement created a precedent that lasted for many years: Fauquier County owned the courthouse and the clock, but the Town of Warrenton considered the clock an integral part of Main Street, and usually paid a share of its costs.

At the close of the event, Mahone was burned in effigy, along with fireworks and a bonfire. Sparks from the fires ignited bird nests in the tops of the pillars and in the eaves of the courthouse, and soon the entire structure was in flames. Warrenton Clock continued on page 36 Warrenton Lifestyle

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Until the rebuilding – with a new steeple, bell and clock – was completed in July 1890, court was held in the Warrenton Town Hall. The mechanical clock installed in the 1890 courthouse employed a series of pulleys and weights suspended on ropes that ran from the mechanism down through the building. A hand crank in the room below the mechanism was used to bring the weights up to the top, effectively “winding” the clock. One set of ropes powered the time shown on the four clock faces, the other for the striking of the bell in the tower above. The clock faces were not originally illuminated, but as early as 1911 the Warrenton Town Council had recommended that lights be installed in the tower. When this was done some years later, the town paid for the electricity, and the county supplied the bulbs that were used. An electrical storm on Aug. 10, 1918

temporarily put the courthouse clock out of commission, as did a blizzard in early March 1932. Wear-and-tear on the moving parts also took their toll. In October 1935, The Fauquier Democrat reported on an incident involving the clock: “The old fashioned clock is moved by weights that go down through the building. Some time ago, the cable supporting the weight on the striking side gave way, and the weight fell into the office of the Trial Justice while Mr. Glascock was hearing a case, causing a near panic. The prisoner thought someone was shooting at him, and tried to make a bolt.” Efforts were made to address the continuing problems, and in July 1939, the clock was taken out of service for repair. “It is missed by many, even though it is seldom exactly right,” according to Mrs. Moffett. “By Aug. 2, the Clock is back, and people can go to bed by its striking. On Aug. 5, the town council approved payment of $640.36

(likely half of the cost) for its overhaul and the refinishing of worn parts.” But that was not the end of the problems; an exterior piece of the clock fell off during the summer of 1961, hitting a pedestrian below. By early 1962, the Warrenton Town Council sought a better, if not permanent solution to the situation. “The (county) supervisors postponed action on the same problem that they postponed 23 yeas ago – repair of the county clock,” according to a report in the Mar. 15, 1962 edition of the Democrat. “Although it hangs in the steeple of the county courthouse, the clock is called “the town clock,” since it sets the time for townspeople. Even the banks open and close their doors by the clock.” The town council’s Clock Committee, headed by Councilman Wallace Brown, presented the supervisors with a bid of $1,390 to replace the mechanical drive Warrenton Clock continued on page 38



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parts of the clock with an electric motor submitted by a clock service company in Ohio. But Supervisor Hunter deButts disagreed. “I’d like to see the old mechanism stay in there,” he said. “Anybody can have an electric clock.” Mr. Brown was asked to take the repair question back to the town council, which agreed to meet half the cost of any repair work done. A firm from New York bid on the job – which still used the old weigh-and-pulley mechanism – and by Apr. 12, 1962, the work had been completed at a cost of $895. For the next 12 years, the old clock continued to mark time the old way. In her book, Mrs. Moffett described the routine:

In this 1818 drawing, the third county courthouse – and the first built on Courthouse Square – had a steeple and bell, but no clock. The 1808 county jail can be seen at right rear. Fauquier Historical Society.

“Twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday, Robert Franey climbs three sets of stairs above the courtroom that become narrower, darker and colder toward the top. Near the top is the heart of the clock, with the words stamped on the frame, ‘E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass.’ “Above that, a ladder leads to a trap door, and in the rounded garret is the bell that tolls the hours. The words, ‘McShane Bell Foundry, Baltimore Md. 1889 are on it. Cold weather doesn’t agree with it, but the Town of Warrenton coddles the aged, handwound clock. One frosty morning recently, three trips were made up the steps before the clock continued to run. The weights-and-pulleys era ended during the summer of 1974, when Fauquier County decided to replace the drive mechanism of the clock. The Rodgers Clock Service of Harrisburg, Pa. won the bid to do the work at a cost of $2,600. Bert Rodgers, the owner of the company, personally handled the project.

Ronnie Sheetz, manager of the Fauquier County Department of General Services Buildings and Grounds Division, has been responsible for the proper operation of the courthouse clock for 22 years. It has been a labor of love.

Included in the bid were two small electric motors to power the timekeeping and striking apparatuses, the electrical wiring, and refurbishing of some small parts. At the same time, the four large glass clock faces were replaced. Remarkably, the original clockworks – including the sturdy frame, intricate sets of gears, cams and levers – were not changed. Supervisor deButts would have been pleased.

Keeper of the Clock Ronnie Sheetz, of Auburn, joined the Fauquier County Department of General Services Buildings and Grounds Division in 1990. One of the first responsibilities assigned to him by then-General Services Manager Billy Jenkins was oversight of the operation and maintenance of the courthouse clock, a job previously handled by the late Buddy Payne. Mr. Sheetz recalls that when the clock tower was rebuilt in the early 1990s, Mr. Jenkins handmade the eight large sets of louvers on the bell tower at his home, using cedar. Working with a tall crane, Gus Forbush of Forbush Crane Service installed the new louver panels. Other work done by Mr. Forbush included replacing the floor of the upper level and installing an iron I-beam to support the tower weathervane, which was taken down and repaired at that time. The work was not just for cosmetic purposes, but also to strengthen the structure. Mr. Sheetz recalls that before the new floor, louvers and I-beam were replaced, “You could feel the whole tower move when the wind blew.” Mr. Sheetz was promoted to manager of the Buildings and Grounds Division in 2006, but was reluctant to pass responsibility for the clock to anyone else; he considers maintaining the clock “an honor.” With the exception of B&G Crew Chief John Utz of Sumerduck, who Mr. Sheetz is training to assume the duty, “… no one else is allowed to touch that clock.” A visit to the courthouse town clock tower is a trip back in time. In addition to the antique clockworks still in service, the old parts – including weights, pulleys, Warrenton Clock continued on page 40


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oil cans, and worn clock faces – are neatly stored nearby. Structural elements of the original system, including the shafts where the weights traveled and the old hand crank used to lift them, are still there. “I don’t throw anything away… I just try to keep it all together,” said Mr. Sheetz with a chuckle. “I’m a packrat.” One of the more unusual obsolete parts is the old clapper, which was used back when the bell was rung by hand. Today, a heavy iron hammer controlled by the striking mechanism pounds the outside rim of the bell, tolling the hours. “You can stand right next to that bell when the striker goes off, and it doesn’t sound any louder than it does when you are standing on Main Street,” said Mr. Sheetz. “You would think it would hurt your ears.” While the 1890 gears and cams and the 1974 electric motors continue to work well together, there can be problems keeping time when power failures occur – and of course, when the time changes in the spring and fall, which requires re-setting the clock. “Moving the time forward is easy,” Mr. Sheetz explains, pointing to a large pin controlling the forward movement of the four sets of hands. “But to turn the clock back, you must shut off the power, wait for an hour, and then start it back up. You never turn the hands backwards. If you try to turn the clock back one minute, you’ve broken it. That’s why I never let anyone else do it.” When resetting the time, Mr. Sheetz communicates directly with the county emergency dispatch center, so that the clock is always on “county time.”

Starting in 1912, people who have worked on the clock have carved or written their initials and dates of their visits on the walls and supports of the clock tower. Chalk marks on an upright note record when the clock was first electrified (“Oct. 1974”), and the dates of several subsequent visits. Bert Rodgers’ son, Robert Rodgers comes to Warrenton once a year to adjust the clock and perform preventive maintenance. He estimates that he services between 80-90 vintage clocks like the one in Warrenton every year, and notes that converting from weights, pulleys and pendulums to electric motors improves accuracy and reliability. “They made very sturdy clocks in those days,” he added. “My next visit to Warrenton will be in November 2012.” Rarely does anything break, when it does, help is just a phone call away. In the late 1990s, the clock malfunctioned, losing the correct time every 24 hours. Try as he might, Mr. Sheetz could not diagnose the problem, so the Rodgers Clock Company was called. Robert Rodgers found that a single tooth had broken off of a small brass gear. “It would have been extremely difficult to find a replacement part, so the gear was taken to the machine shop and rebuilt,” he recalled. “There was still plenty of metal on the part.” Responsible for the management of a huge number of county properties, Ronnie Sheetz’s days can be challenging and hectic. But maintaining the courthouse clock – a unique piece of Fauquier County history, as well as Warrenton’s official timekeeper – is one job he has always enjoyed. Each visit to the clock tower is an interesting experience. “I just love going up there,” he said.

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Parents do you do have a child with ADHD and need support from others parents in our community? There may be a new group starting in our area. Please contact Carlie Morris at cmpuccini@yahoo.com if you would be interested in participating and learning more about this group. Please join F4F at Ihop on Thursday, April 5th from 4-9pm for our Spirit Night fundraiser for our March For Babies Team. There will be special appearances from the Easter Bunny! Did you know that day passes at the Warf are only $2 on Tuesdays between Noon-2pm? This offer is good until the end of the school year. Not valid when schools are not in session and other restrictions may apply.

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What Is A Minority? Dr. Robert B. Iadeluca Labels. They are all around us. On cans. On doors. On people. Especially people, because all of us deal with people, and how are we to know how to deal with someone unless his label is displayed? We feel a need to know how someone has been classified. Interacting with someone without first reading his descriptive label requires a need to think critically for oneself, a trait difficult for some people to achieve. Therefore – the easy way. As the election approaches and the political arena heats up, one of the labels in today’s common usage is “minority.” This label is deceptive. It creates more questions than answers. It has not been succinctly defined. Let us, therefore, attempt to narrow down a definition. The minority is usually less than half. Are minority groups always less than half of a particular population? A minor item is often one considered to have lesser value. Is this the interpretation to be applied to a specific group? What about academic minors, minor scales and minor leagues. Do they have less value?


African-Americans make up 12% of the national population. Is it because of these numbers that we see this group as a minority? Or do emotional attitudes affect the definition? Some blacks state that those who are light skinned look down on the dark skinned. Others say “black is beautiful!” The Hispanic population of 50 million comprises 16% of the population. However, it is the fastest growing group in America. Is it still considered to be a minority? Full-blooded Native Americans, now few in number and often poverty-stricken, feel sorry for those who do not have the unadulterated blood line. The mixed-bloods, in most cases, control the governmental bureaucracy and the small economy. The full-bloods live on the land but can put it to little use. Which is the minority? There are more women – 155 million -- in the United States than men. Yet, the awarding of highway construction contracts, according to a federal regulation, classifies women as a minority group. If they are to be regarded as a minority, but not on the basis of numbers, what is the determining factor? The number of jobs they hold? Their salary level? Minority continued on page 52

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What of the men who total only 151 million? Aside from the smaller population, the jobs available to unemployed men over forty are less than women of the same age. Are men a disadvantaged minority? Those representing the elderly complain to Congressional committees about Social Security taxation, Medicare cuts and decreased pension benefits, hospital care and security within their homes. The population of seniors is increasing faster than the younger group. This year the number of people over age 50 will

be 100 million out of 313 million adults. Are they a minority? One of every nine Americans is over 65. For those of us over 85, there are only 49 men (a minority?) to every 100 women. Due to a handicap caused by illness, 52

some people are mentally incapable of controlling their own lives. While not enough is being done to raise their horizons, at least lip service is given by most people in describing them as a minority in need of assistance. Then there are those who have their mental capabilities but, because of economic or cultural or physical obstacles, have not received enough survival education. Society is divided about whether or not these people are a minority group, but they are in the public eye, and action in varying degrees is being taken. Might the upper end of the intellectual scale be considered a mirror image of the lower end deprivation? Parents of extremely high IQ students are decrying the lack of opportunity to learn at a rapid pace. This minority also seems to be ignored. Those at either the top or the bottom of the ladder, then, appear to be minorities. The masses in the middle apparently join in the general benefit, and those at either end are squeezed out. “No, no!,” cries Middle America. “Those at the top buy everything they want. Those at the bottom have everything handed to them. We forgotten ones in the middle are the ones who are disadvantaged.” So the silent majority labels itself the oppressed minority. While its numbers have been the largest, up to recent times its quiet has earned it the adjective of “silent,” giving thought to the philosophy that the minority group means not the smallest in number, but the most vociferous. Are certain religious sects considered minorities? Consider Wicca, known by some as witchcraft, looked down upon or feared or laughed at by millions of mainstream religions. According to a book published by the U.S. Army for their chaplains, this practice is comprised of 71% female and 29% male.

According to the Rhode Island State Department of Taxation, Wicca is a legitimate religion because a coven fulfills most of the state Supreme Court’s criteria for a religion. It is nonprofit. It is not set up for the purpose of avoiding taxes. It has a litany or system of prayer, and it follows specific doctrines and practices. Are witches the new minority about to be persecuted for religious beliefs? It gets increasingly complicated, this definition of minorities, as one examines relationships between colors and within a color, and between those of the same religions and those of differing religions. In the United States there are seven million Muslims, the majority of them of South Asian heritage. Although they are a minority numerically, they are in the majority educationally, 67% having a Bachelors or higher degree compared to the national average of 33%. Sixtysix percent earn over $100,000 annually compared to the national median of 26%. As we look at the action on the daily stage of life, we ask again, “Who are the minorities?” Black policemen? Military personnel of lower ranks and different color? Middle income people, prohibited from moving to low cost housing? Patients in mental institutions? Convicts? Ex-inmates? There are thousands of prison inmates over the age of 55. Are they a minority within a minority? Children at labor? Foster children? Migrants? Alaskan Eskimos? Disabled Americans? Is this just a play on words? Is it relevant as to what the word, “minority,” really means? Who are we to understand when the term is used? And used it is – day in and year out! If the word is relevant, then what is the definition? Will some clearheaded expert in this field give us the simple emotionless definition? When this is done, can we then assume that this definition holds for everyone – at all times – in all places – under all circumstances? If not and the definition Minority continued on page 54 Warrenton Lifestyle


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is flexible, who is entitled to do the bending? The person protesting that he is ill-treated as a minority? The person accused of discrimination? The person caught in between? Those below the poverty line receive transportation discounts, food stamps, Medicaid and free college tuition. Affluent businessmen are more subject to ulcers, coronary attacks, hypertension, burglaries and kidnapping threats. Who are the advantaged? Who are the disadvantaged? To escape being part of a minority, it appears, one must be the “right” color, the “right” religion, the “right” sex, “built” right physically and mentally, with the “right” economic

background, hailing from the “right” home stamping grounds and currently residing in the “right” location. The improbable likelihood of any of us having all these combinations simultaneously places the label of “minority” on all of us. Approaching from the other direction, each one of us has something “wrong” with us. Either our skin color is wrong – or our skin color is right, but we are foreigners – or we are only first or second generations and possibly descending from the wrong nation – or our ancestors landed centuries ago from the right nation but arrived on the wrong ship – or we come from the proper forebears but are the wrong sex – or we are the right sex, but have low intelligence – or we are brilliant but have little money – or we are wealthy but physically repugnant - or are exceedingly attractive but the wrong religion – or, perhaps worse than all the foregoing, we have a combination of these and just don’t care. To a person who believes himself in


the majority no one is more reprehensible than a minority member who won’t admit his lower niche in society. How, then, in the goodness of our hearts, do we “help the minorities?” Could it be that when we say, “we must do something for the minorities” we should mean that we ought to do something for ourselves? And that this improvement might be in the form of seeing others as we see ourselves?” “To thine own self be true,” wrote Shakespeare,” and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Is this in fact true?” Or, do many of us perhaps have the ability to recognize ourselves as possible minority members yet simultaneously be false to others?

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The Warrenton Lifestyle dining guide provides information on Warrenton area restaurants and nightspots. The brief comments are not intended as reviews but merely as characterizations. We made every effort to get accurate information but recommend that you call ahead to verify hours and reservation needs. Listings include Best of Warrenton award winners as well as advertisers and non-advertisers. Please contact us if you believe any information provided is inaccurate. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (540) 341-2044 • 105 W Lee Hwy M-Thu: 11am-11pm, F-Sat: 11pm-12am Sun: 11am-10pm Full-service friendly, affordable restaurant chain. Offers salad bar, lunch combos, and Carside-To-Go service. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Casual dress. www.applebees.com

Black Bear Bistro (540) 428-1005 • 32/34 Main St. Sun - Thu: 11 am - 9 pm; Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below. www.blackbearbistro.com

Broadview Lanes (540) 878-5383 272 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 8:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 8:30am - 2am; Sun 11am - 10pm The grill at the local bowling alley provides a great grill at great prices for any meal including breakfast. Sandwiches, subs, burgers and hotdogs along with side dishes from onion rings to chicken tenders. Children’s menu. Beer and wine available.

Burger King (540) 347-3199 34 Broadview Ave. Locally owned and operated Burger King. Home of the Whopper. Have campaign to promote a more healthy lifestyle of eating to kids. Kid’s play area available. Casual dress. www.bk.com

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(540) 347-2713 388 Waterloo St M 7am-4pm; Tue-W 7am-5pm; Thu-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 9am - 9pm Restaurant offering authentic Italian pasta, seafood, appetizers, and desserts. Breakfast served in the morning. Lunch offers sandwiches, pasta, and more. Dinner usually requires reservation and is only available Thursday thru Saturday. Dine-in or takeout. Casual dress. http://cafetorinoandbakery.com

(540) 351-1616 • 65 S. Third St Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Thu 5pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm - 10pm; Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 2pm Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available. www.clairesrestaurant.com

(540) 351-0011 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of delicacies for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Menu has specials for lunch and dinner combinations including fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out. www.el-agave.com

Carousel Frozen Treats (540) 351-0004 346 Waterloo St. Hours vary. Open early spring to late fall. Soft-serve, milkshakes, and more www.carouselfrozentreats.com

Chick-fil-a (540) 347-9791 • 256 W Lee Hwy All Chicken products are prepared by hand, as are all the salads and fruit cups. Where else can you get chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner? http://www.chick-fil-a.com/ warrenton

China Jade (540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Hwy M - Thu 11:30am - 10pm; Fri 11:30am - 11pm; Sat Noon 11pm; Sun Noon - 10pm Authentic Chinese, Thai, Fusion, and Seafood cuisine. Offer lunch buffet everyday. Feature China Jade specialties and Kid’s menu (includes chicken wings and grilled cheese). Casual dress.

China Restaurant (540) 351-0580 589 Frost Ave. M - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun 12-10pm Authentic Chinese cuisine. All you can eat buffet Saturday 11am to 3pm, Sunday noon to 3pm. Dine in, carry out, or free delivery available ($15 minimum and within 5 mile radius). www.chinarestaurantva.com

Cold Stone Creamery (540) 349-0300 183 W. Lee Hwy. Sun - Thu Noon - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat Noon - 10pm Offers unique, custom ice cream creations, smoothies, cakes and shakes. Ice cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Cakes and ice cream by the pint or gallon can be purchased to bring home. www.coldstonecreamery.com

Country Cookin’ (540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Ave Sun - Thu - 7am - 9pm; Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm Hearty portions, made-to-order entrees, variety of sides and desserts. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All-you-can-eat salad, vegetable, bread, soup, and dessert bar available for $5.59. www.countrycookin.com

Denny’s (540) 347-0401 7323 Comfort Inn Dr. • 24 hrs Serving breakfast 24 hours a day. Burgers, sandwiches and soup also available. Free Wi-Fi. www.dennys.com/en

Domino’s Pizza (540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Hwy. Sun-Thu 11am-12am Fri-Sat 11am-1am Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches. www.dominos.com

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(540) 341-0126 86 Broadview Ave Mon-Sun 11am -10pm Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu has lunch specials and traditional entrees like chimichangas, burritos, and quesadillas. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.

Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar (540) 341-8800 251 W. Lee Hwy, #177 Sun - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm Authentic Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar with an emphasis on California wines. Happy hour with $2 drafts and selected appetizers M–F 5-7pm. Sunday 50% off wine by the bottle. Delivery available. Casual dress.

Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room (540) 347-4205 9236 Tournament Dr. Tues - Wed 11am - 8pm; Thu - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat 7am - 9pm; Sun 7am - 8pm Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends. www.fauquiersprings.com

Five Guy’s Restaurant

Jerry’s Subs and Pizza


Outback Steakhouse

(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Hwy M - Sun 11am - 10pm Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef. www.fiveguys.com

(540) 349-4900 • 177 W. Lee Hwy Sat-Thu 10:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:20am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm Specialty cheese steaks, overstuffed subs, and pizza. Catering available. Offering combos, salads and ice cream. Lunch special’s menu good all day. Delivery service available. www.jerrysusa.com

(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Ave. 24 HR Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available. www.mcdonalds.com

(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Hwy M - Fri 4pm - 10pm; Sat 2pm - 11pm; Sun 2pm - 9pm Australian steakhouse. Also offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Carry out available. www.outback.com

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Foster’s Grille (540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Ave Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available. www.fostersgrille.com

Fred’s (540) 428-1999 •73 Main Street M - Fri 8am - 3pm; Sat 8am - 2pm Small, one-man operation offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a variety of deli sandwiches, salads, subs, and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in.

Frost Diner (540) 347-3047 • 55 Broadview Ave 24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.

Great Harvest Bread Co. (540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street Loaves of bread handcrafted using wholegrain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. www.warrentonbread.com

Honeybaked Ham Company (540) 428-0044 • 251 W Lee Hwy Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.

IHOP Restaurant (540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Hwy M–Sun 6am - 10pm Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. for lunch and dinner. www.ihop.com

Iron Bridge Wine Co. (540) 349-9339 • 29 Main Street Lunch: M - Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner: M-Sat 5pm-9pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Cozy wine restaurant featuring a wide variety of world and local Virginia wines. Open for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. Offers seasonal, healthy, small plate entrees and nightly specials to accompany wine selection. Seating available in the main dining area, historic stone cellar, balcony level or outdoor patio (weather permitting) Catering and private parties available. Casual dress. www.ironbridgewines.com

Iron City Hot Dog Shop 251 W. Lee Hwy Hot dog joint with Pittsburgh Steeler décor offering customers a friendly and competitive atmosphere.


Jimmies Market Cafe/ Kidwell Caterers/Madison Tea Room (540) 347-1942 • 22 Main Street Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm Fri Open til 8pm for supper Restaurant offering sandwiches, subs, and other daily specials. Also sell wine. Catering available. The Madison Tea Room is also available for time away from a hectic day. Casual dress.

Joe & Vinnie’s (540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Hwy M-Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun Noon-10pm Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice. www.joeandvinniespizza.net

KFC/Long John Silver (540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sun 10am - 12am KFC specializes in Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken and homestyle sides. Long John Silver’s is a quick service seafood restaurant. Located in the same building to provide diners with a wider variety of choices. www.kfc.com

LongHorn Steakhouse 505 Fletcher Dr • (540) 341-0392 Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm; Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm LongHorn Steakhouse prides itself on its exotic Western style entrees and appetizers (like their LongHorn Shrimp & Lobster Dip). The restaurant is proud to serve hand-cut, handseasoned steaks, thick burgers, fresh salads, and an appealing cast of seafood. Casual dress. www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Mandarin Buffet & Sushi (540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Dr Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.

Main St. Grill & Mexican Food (540) 351-0550 • 79 Main Street • M 11am - 9pm; Tue - Thu 11am 9:30pm; •Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am-9pm Attached to Rhodes Drug Store. Offers appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, larger entrees as well as traditional Mexican favorites. Specials change daily. Full bar. Casual dress.

(540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Ave. M-Fri 11am - 2am; Fri-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2am Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Relaxed environment offering traditional Irish favorites. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week. Irish Music Seisuin and Dinner Special on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi. Private dining room available. Full bar area with happy hour specials and appetizer menu. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday Evenings. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress. www.mcmahonsirishpub.com

Mojitos & Tapas (540) 349-8833 251 W. Lee Hwy #157 M-Thu: 11am-9pm, F-Sat: 11am10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm The only true Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the state of Virginia. Authentic Cuban staples, Spanish tapas and a wide variety of mojitos. Family owned, smoke-free. Open for lunch and dinner. Known for their signature Cuban sandwich and seafood Paella. Happy Hour, Ladies Nights and Special Events. Full bar. Casual dress. www.mojitosandtapas.com

Molly’s Irish Pub (540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street M-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2pm Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Open for lunch and dinner. Laid back, fun environment. Traditional Irish fare and lots of sandwiches available. Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm. Full bar. Live entertainment four nights a week. www.mollysirishpub.com

The Natural Marketplace (540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street M–F 9am to 5 pm; Sat 9am-4pm Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.

Osaka Japanese Steakhouse (540) 349-5050 • 139 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 11:30am - 10pm; Sun 11:30am - 9pm Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.

(540) 341-4362 • 251 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 6:30am - 9pm; Sun 7:30am - 8pm Offers breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bagels. Lunch/dinner items include soups, salads, and sandwiches. Great bread selection. Gourmet coffee and tea also available. Dine in or carry out. Free Wi-Fi. Catering available. ww.panerabread.com

Papa John’s Pizza (540) 349-7172 • 322 W. Lee Hwy Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Wings, breadsticks, and dessert also available. Daily specials and features. www.papajohns.com

Pizza Hut (540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Ave Pizza delivery, dine-in or pick up. Online ordering available. Choose from pizza, tuscani pasta, wings, rolls, p’zone pizzas, and more. www.pizzahut.com

Pizzarama (540) 349-7171 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Pizza, sub, sandwich, and Italian entrée restaurant. Available for pickup and delivery. Offer both hot and toasted and cold subs. Gourmet pizzas and calzones also available. www.pizzarama.com

Red Truck Bakery (540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo St Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available. www.redtruckbakery.com

Red, Hot & Blue (540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Ave Sun-Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Southern Grill and Barbeque restaurant. Offers dine-in, take out, and catering. Large menu with options for ribs, sandwiches, salads, platters, and southern entrées. Casual dress. www.redhotandblue.com

Renee’s Gourmet To Go (540) 347-2935 • 15 S. Third St. M - Fri 10am - 3pm Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-andgo options available. Soups are the specialty at Renee’s – each day there are two news soups. She-crab soup available every Friday. Catering and business lunches available.

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Ruby Tuesday (540) 341-4912 74 Blackwell Park Lane American chain restaurant serving your favorite hamburgers, pastas, steaks, ribs and more. Also have salad bar and RubyTueGo available. Casual dress. www.rubytuesday.com

Subway (540) 349-0950 • 41 W. Lee Highway #53, 102 Broadview Ave, 45 Main St. Suite A Restaurant offering subs and pizza. Home of the $5 footlong. Food is prepared after you order, and everything is prepared fresh daily. Available for dine-in or takeout. www.subway.com

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Tropical Smoothie Café (540) 428-1818 251 W. Lee Hwy #679 Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available. Casual dress. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Twisted Sister Seafood (540) 347-3663 6806 James Madison Hwy Offering classic seafood dishes like fried oysters, crab cake sandwiches, salads, shrimp, scallops and fish with plenty of homemade recipes.

Vocelli Pizza

(540) 341-4206 316 W. Lee Hwy Open late for fourthmeal cravings. Now offering frutista freeze drinks and fiesta taco salads. Also offer fresco menu (low fat). www.tacobell.com

(540) 349-5031 484 Blackwell Rd Sun. - Thu. 11am - 10pm; Fri. - Sat. 11 am - 11pm. Classic Italian Pizza. Also offer antipasti, panini, stromboli, and salads. Check for lunch and combo specials. www.vocellipizza.com

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Waterloo Café

(540) 349-2330 147 W. Shirley Ave Sun. - Thu., Sat. 11 am 9pm; Fri. 11am - 10pm Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Casual dress. www.tippystacohouse.com

Top’s China Restaurant (540) 349-2828 185 W. Lee Hwy Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.

(540) 349-8118 352 Waterloo St Asian food available for dinein, take-out, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.

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Wendy’s (540) 347-5528 281 Broadview Ave Fast food chain offering hamburgers, salads, and chicken nuggets. Also offer baked potatoes and chili as sides. Frosty’s available as desert. Casual dress. www.wendys.com

Yen Cheng (540) 347-4355 • 294 W. Lee Hwy M - Sat 11am - 10pm; Sun 12 noon - 10pm First Chinese Restaurant in Warrenton. Wide range of appetizers, soups, and meats. Offer chef specialties and daily combos. Also offer a healthy food section and thai food options. www.yencheng.com

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By this time of year, our heads spin with tax talk. Between TurboTax and our friendly local CPAs, we figure out ways to satisfy the Internal Revenue Service, or file extensions to delay the inevitable. We have survived weeks of public hearings and arm-twisting that go with the annual county budget process, especially the determination of funding for local schools and the real estate tax rate to support it. Over more than three decades in community journalism, I’ve watched the process dozens of times. And, frequently I’ve had to coach young, fresh-out-of-school newspaper reporters through budget season. Invariably, they looked at columns of numbers and froze. From one liberal arts major to another, I’d repeat: “It’s really no different than your household income and spending. This just has bigger numbers.” Seriously. As Fauquier continues to struggle with change and the demands for more — more firefighter/medics, sheriff’s deputies and school programs — it helps to consider the sources of revenue. Increasingly, folks from all political stripes talk about the need for more businesses to help shoulder the tax burden in Fauquier. Commissioner of Revenue Ross D’Urso sent me a great spreadsheet that indicates “business” provides 22.4 percent of Fauquier County’s local revenue of $139.3 million. The business contribution of $31.2 million includes everything from real estate and personal property taxes to licenses, sales tax and levies on cell phones. One could argue that customers pay some of those, but businesses collect them. Individuals, however, pay $80 million more in real estate taxes and almost $26 million more in personal property (vehicle) taxes to Fauquier County than do businesses. Warrenton’s revenue picture looks completely different. The town has all but eliminated real estate taxes. How? Thanks to meals and lodging taxes, along with some of those other levies that companies pay or collect, Warrenton gets about half of its $9.5 million general fund revenue from businesses. Essentially, banks, stores, restaurants and other companies subsidize trash collection, police protection and recreation for town residents. That may be an oversimplification. But, it also gets to the core of the greatest challenge facing county government: How to balance homeowners’ demands for services with their appetites for real estate tax increases. And, Warrenton’s business tax base continues to grow. Kim and Mike Forsten, owners of the Old Town Athletic Club, in April will begin construction of a new, 18,000-square-foot building, just across Academy Hill Road. The $3 million structure will house OTAC’s Parisi Speed School, which has boomed since the club moved to 361 Walker Drive in September 2008. The Forstens opened the original OTAC on Keith Street in 1996 and moved after outgrowing it. The speed school — focused on sports conditioning and technique for young athletes — will occupy about 8,000 square feet of the new building, with doctors’ offices in the balance. The criminal defense attorney firm Price Benowitz LLP announced the opening of a new office at 32 Waterloo Street, Suite 301, in Warrenton. The new branch will focus on defense in criminal, reckless driving and DUI cases. T.C. Soldan will be the principal attorney in the Warrenton office. “Lou” Emerson edits FauquierNow.com. You may send business news to him at LKE@FauquierNow.com or call him at 540.270.1845. Warrenton Lifestyle

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