Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine April 2017

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As always, we strive to bring readers the stories that have meaning and to provide them with valuable resources. So, for this month, I would like to share information about one particular organization’s efforts that truly depict the generosity our community demonstrates time and again. The PATH Volunteer Center is planning its first community-wide day of volunteering to benefit communities in Fauquier, Rappahannock, and Culpeper Counties. Saturday, April 29, will be the day to gather as a community to see how much we can accomplish in one day! Since opening in November 2016, the PATH Volunteer Center has been working towards this day as more than 50 nonprofits using volunteers have listed more than 100 ongoing volunteer opportunities. Just a few months in, those numbers continue to grow. The PATH Let’s Volunteer Day is perfect for individuals, groups or families. There are various projects available. So find the project you are interested in, then sign up. On April 29, you will go to that particular project site to participate in this effort. You may

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2017 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Marianne Clyde Robin Earl Debbie Eisele Dr. Robert Iadeluca Andreas Keller Michelle Kelley Aimée O’Grady Rachel Pierce Nicolas Sicina


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register at letsvolunteer.org. For more information you may contact Lynn Lauritzen at 540-680-4148. This month’s publication also offers readers many incredible stories. From bridal information, to summer camps and a variety of other topics, there is something for everyone in this issue. We hope you enjoy and we look forward to seeing many of you out and about on April 29.

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Contents 06

Protect Your Data Encryption viruses can compromise the safety of your files BY KLAUS FUECHSEL


Families 4 Fauquier Upcoming events for families



Oh So Sweet History The story of Rhodes Drug Store vanilla BY DEBBIE EISELE


Community Spirit Thrives The reboot of the Partnership for Warrenton BY DEBBIE EISELE


A Personal Journey Local business owner Kim Ly shares the story of her escape from communism BY KATIE FUSTER



Spring Photo Contest Winner and honorable mentions announced BY KARA THORPE


Summer Camps Q&A Parents share their summer camp experience and advice


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Aging in Place Helping seniors live at home as long as possible BY CAROL SIMPSON


The process from start to faucet BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

Unique storefront opens on Culpeper Street

Fauquier Chamber Q&A Krista Tucker, The Fauquier Bank

Guiding young artists BY AIMÉE O’GRADY



on the front lines of family medicine


Mental Health


Local experts guide you through the daunting process

Striving to increase the availability of mental health services in Fauquier County



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Wedding Photography Local photographers share their favorite images

Wedding Planning 101

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Bad Encryption is




his warning is meant to be scary. Just like most computer owners, I store a lot of things on my private computer, including over 10,000 scans of old slides, photos, and family data. Some content is heirloom documents older than a hundred years old. In addition, I have begun recording hundreds of vinyl records from my collection in order to be able to play them safely via iTunes and Alexa. To make a long story short, there are over 2 terabytes of personal data on one of my drives, which I definitely do not want to lose.


Recent cases of the “encryption virus” (also known as ransom ware) that I have had to deal with for my clients in the company make me very nervous. How would you feel, if one day you saw a popup message that stated all your personal files were encrypted? What does this even mean? In this case, the encryption virus “Cryptolocker 2.0” has managed to encrypt your usable data (not the operating system) with militarygrade technology and demanded payment of half a bitcoin. The hackers that caused the


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damage are asking for a ransom payment to decrypt your files. Should you pay? The half a bitcoin can’t be that much, right? Did you know that in January the bitcoin exchange spiked to $1,100 per bitcoin? Ouch.

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So you might think you have no choice but to pay it. But wait; have you ever seen a bitcoin before? This is unlikely, because bitcoins are mainly digital, existing in an online “wallet.” This is an account set up on a secure third-party website. To pay the ransom, you would have to set up an account, pay with a credit card to convert money to bitcoins, then transfer the bitcoins to an online address in the “Dark Net” (a side of the internet that can not be traced or controlled). By the way, the IRS might contact you to find out what transaction you are making with bitcoins because this currency has been abused by tax evasion experts. Once you have paid in bitcoins, you should get the decryption key in return, but there’s no guarantee. Once you have paid, the money is gone; it’s untraceable and there’s no way to get it back. If you paid too late



(sometimes there’s an expiration date by which the money has to be paid) you may get nothing in return. Another possibility is that the police may have taken down the server with the decryption keys, in which case you would still get nothing. HOW DOES BAD ENCRYPTION HAPPEN?

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not know, or emails from someone you do know but look strange or seem “off” in some way. Lately, the attacks (sometimes called spear phishing) have stemmed from fake emails from “Fedex” luring you into opening the email and clicking on a link (known as the origination link). CLUES TO INFECTION OF YOUR COMPUTER

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(for instance, the hard drive light may be constantly blinking). At this point, the infection is in the computer and has begun encrypting files. This might take minutes or days, depending on the amount of data. A clue that your data is being encrypted would be the names of files being changed to something like “picture.crypto.” The virus will be creating extra files with each encrypted directory on the hard drive. Once the virus can’t locate any more files to encrypt, it pops up a bit screen. At this point, you could pay the ransom, but this is not recommended since this encourages the criminals). Hopefully, you have a good backup of most of your data. The worst case scenario is that your backup files or drive were encrypted as well. Note that putting your data into the cloud does not keep it absolutely safe. Your Google drive was probably busy synching those encrypted files right into the Cloud.

is encrypted. I also recommend checking the “Ransomware Decryptor” from Kaspersky to see if they have found a key or solution to your specific encryption virus. Unfortunately, the virus creators are getting smarter and smarter, so expert tricks like “restoring from the shadow copy” may not work anymore. In bad infection cases, a Windows reinstall and a data transfer of cleaned data would be required to restore your system to normal.



Since encryption viruses are a new “breed,” a widespread release of them would be a real catastrophe, impacting our personal lives, businesses, and the economy. A computer belonging to one of my clients was held hostage against payment of 3 bitcoins for his ton of data! He has decided to wait it out, hoping that a decryption key or algorithm might be discovered sooner rather than later. I sincerely hope he’s lucky. Some encryption viruses (usually the older versions) contain flaws, which enable a computer expert to decrypt the data more easily. Police have taken some servers down and obtained “decryption codes” that might be helpful in the event your data

Don’t let bad encryption happen to you. The best way to prevent this kind of damage is with solid, updated antivirus protection and caution in opening emails and clicking links in emails or elsewhere on the web. Store, and/or regularly backup your data to multiple external physical hard drives that you disconnect after each backup, and employ a backup scheme that keeps multiple versions of files so you are able to restore an older unencrypted version if ever necessary. If you have seen a decryption virus pop-up, or are worried that your computer is infected in this way, take it to a computer repair and virus removal professional. ❖


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Great Things Happening This Month ANNUAL EARTH DAY SERVICE PROJECT Wednesday, April 19, Rady Park Join us from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. for our 3rd Annual Earth Day Service Project at Rady Park. We have a designated area at the sign kiosk that we sponsor. The children will all help plant flowers, water them and will make an Earth Day craft to bring home. A special thank you to Nature’s wellspring for their generous donations of flowers. RSVPs are helpful in planning for craft supplies. ANNUAL EASTER EGG ROUND UP Saturday, April 8, Our Saviour Lutheran Church 3rd Annual Easter Egg Round Up Fundraiser will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church. The event will feature crafts, a photo booth, games, moonbounce, music, balloon twister, and an interactive Easter story parachute. We even have a small petting zoo for all to enjoy. Plus, it wouldn’t be as exciting without the more than 4,000 Easter Eggs to round up! Follow our Fb page for updated information on ticket sales.

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Join our mailing list or become a Charter Member and get involved today! Families 4 Fauquier is your link to family resources in Fauquier County and beyond. F4F is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of children and families that live right here in our own community. For additional information about joining our membership program, receiving our monthly community newsletter or any of the events listed above please visit our website at www.families4fauquier.com or email us at info@families4fauquier.com. We now offer monthly advertising, website sponsorships and community event sponsors. If your organization has an interest in helping to support our community projects, events and programs please contact us today because together we can make a difference in little ways that can add up big!


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oh so sweet HISTORY

The secret recipe of Rhodes Drug Store’s vanilla extract creates appeal from one generation to the next



hodes Drug Store was a staple along Main Street for decades. Originally, this community pharmacy was owned by Dusty Rhodes, which opened in the 1930s. The building, and its offerings, may have changed over the decades, but one item still remains—Rhodes Drugstore Vanilla. In the mid 1960s, Russell Herring purchased Rhodes Drug Store and that constituted the passing of an era. But a tradition that began at the drugstore around 1938 was preserved; that of making and selling the vanilla compound so desired by locals for baking delicious sweets. In 1972, Duane Thompson began working at Rhodes as an employee for Herring. He was one of the individuals tasked with making the now-famous vanilla. Although Thompson left in 1974 to open a business in Winchester, he returned in 1976 when he purchased the drugstore from Herring. Thompson grew up in Front Royal and knew at an early age he wanted to be a scientist. “In eighth grade, I picked

my profession. Some adults were asking what type of scientist I wanted to be. I didn’t know until we had Career Day, that’s when I knew I wanted to be a pharmacist,” recalled Thompson. “No one in my family was one. But I went to the Medical College of Virginia. When I graduated in 1971 it had become Virginia Commonwealth University. “In school we learned all about compounding. Independent community pharmacies had an edge back then because of compounding. It takes time weighing ingredients and putting them in the right order,” explained Thompson. “This is how the independent community pharmacies found their niche. Doctors even created their own ‘recipes.’” The drugstore’s vanilla became their important niche. Even today, 12 years after the doors of the drug store have closed, the extract remains available for purchase. The compound is created with a secret recipe belonging to Dusty Rhodes’ mother. Only a handful of select individuals know the actual ingredients and process involved in

Duane Thompson proudly displays Rhodes Drugstore Vanilla at Sherrie’s Stuff in Warrenton, the previous location of Rhode’s Drugstore and also one of the locations where the vanilla is currently sold.

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Left: Rhodes Drugstore Vanilla is displayed next to the cash register at Sherrie’s Stuff. Below: Duane Thompson is retired from Rhodes Drug Store but still spends his time compounding the delicious extract.

making this wonderful delight. Thompson shared how Dusty began marketing the vanilla. “I’m not sure the exact year that he began selling vanilla,” said Thompson. “We sold it just around Christmas time for people to give as gifts to their families and neighbors.” In its infancy, the vanilla was inexpensive. The eight-ounce bottle sold for just 75 cents. “Like everything else over the years, the price has gone up,” said Thompson. Today, the price for eight ounces is $7. The packaging, like the ingredients, has also remained the same, with one exception. The original bottles of vanilla were sold in clear bottles (yes, the same as those used for cough syrup and other liquid medicines). When the pharmaceutical industry changed to tinted bottles, the vanilla bottle reflected the new trend. The label on the vanilla bottle today looks almost identical to the ones from decades ago. “Why mess with a good thing?” Thompson said. Once Thompson purchased Rhodes, Fannie Lightner, a longtime employee who had worked with all three owners, suggested a slight change. “Fannie said to me ‘Why don’t we put it (the vanilla) out all year, and not just for Christmas?’ I


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thought that was a good idea,” Thompson shared with a smile. “Fannie was loved by all the customers. Some would wait for her, even if other clerks were available. She was truly customer oriented,” said Thompson. “She lived off Main Street and would come in when it snowed, even on her day off, because she could get there when others could not.” Fannie was also responsible for suggesting placing the bottles on the counter at the drugstore, which offered convenience and more spontaneous purchases. “I agreed to that because it was Fannie’s recommendation. She was special,” he said. Thompson shared the history of this oh-so-sweet delight. “When it (the sales) was really rolling, from October through December, we went through about 80 gallons,” detailed Thompson. “People liked it and kept buying it. During the Christmas season it really took off. In 2005 when I closed the store, I had customers come in wanting to buy ALL the vanilla. But, I told them I would keep my hand in it,” explained Thompson. And that he does. He still produces



about 30 gallons a year, even though he has retired. Most of that is sold during the holiday season. “I get busy preparing for the holidays around June. That way I don’t have to worry about producing too much at one time. It takes about a week to process the vanilla and yields about a gallon at a time,” said Thompson. “I don’t want to expand or mass market. I’m retired and want to travel. My bucket list is to sleep in all 50 states.” Jokingly, he was asked if he found any vanilla like his during his travels. He

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simply said, “No, but I haven’t been looking.” The process, as well as the recipe, has remained intact and guarded over the generations. Thompson would not divulge any information other than he has not modified it in any way. He said, “Why mess with something that’s right?” The label lists only five ingredients, but the amount of each is unknown, as a special method is utilized when combining ingredients to create the extract. So what is the next chapter for the notable vanilla? It will remain as is, until the day Thompson decides to retire. “Two drugstores have already asked me for the recipe, but I have not shared it yet,” said Thompson. Eventually, when he decides to pass along the recipe and legacy, the community will still be able to purchase the extract so the next generation will continue to enjoy and carry on this amazing tradition. ❖


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n August of 2016, a group of approximately 150 people of all ages and backgrounds crammed into a public meeting at the First Baptist Church in Old Town Warrenton to identify the most important issues for residents and what their ideas were to improve the overall community. The noise level and enthusiasm from the crowd was positively enticing to all who attended. The summer meeting was also the catalyst that led to a group of approximately 20 individuals that gathered at the John Barton Payne Building in January. Residents, some business owners, town employees, and property owners were all included. One common thread existed; all participants held an enthusiastic belief that a thriving Main Street community is essential for the town. This meeting spearheaded the Partnership for Warrenton’s reboot committee and contained people of all ages and backgrounds willing to benefit from others experiences and to pull resources together to assist the town, even in difficult times. Brannon Godfrey and Heather Stinson led the efforts to engage the January group, and to ask them to commit to assist in the reorganization of the Partnership in order to preserve Warrenton’s Main Street accreditation on both a national and state level. Kyle Meyer, from the Virginia Main Street Program, provided attendees with a valuable education on what these accreditations offer a town like Warrenton. The Virginia Main Street program “provides a proven framework to spark a renewal of downtown commerce as well as


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improve the way a district looks,” according to information Meyer presented. “The ‘Main Street Approach’ consists of three tightly-integrated components: identifying community vision (what do people want?), developing and implementing transformation strategies, and measuring impacts (outputs).” All these strategies ultimately assist with a town’s economic vitality. This three hour-long interaction with Kyle was the guiding force for volunteers who committed themselves to three months of intense efforts to assist with the Partnership for Warrenton’s reorganization. Over the last 90 days, all involved invested countless hours of personal time. Meetings, developing strategies, and brainstorming occurred—all in the effort to provide a new organizational structure and action plan for the Partnership for Warrenton, the nonprofit entity that has had some distinct challenges in the recent past. Collectively, the group has produced solid, productive outcomes. A new name was selected to replace Partnership




for Warrenton: Experience Old Town Warrenton. Additionally, a new organizational structure has been created, which also determined a new board of directors. Some of the participants included Lachelle Yoder, Paula Combs, Walter Story, Bailey Dabney, Aimee O’Grady, Amelia Stansell, and Pablo Teodoro, among others. Yoder enthusiastically shared, “I’m excited because the organization is now set up so it includes incredible amounts of engagement with committees and residents. There are a lot of ways for people to serve. Reaching out to volunteers will be the lifeblood of the new board and the organization as a whole. It is important to tap the entire community— there is a place for anyone who wants to be involved.” Board members for Experience Old Town Warrenton, along with committee members, will continue to seek valuable community input in the near future by scheduling another community session similar to the one held in August. This organization believes broad-based community support and involvement is essential in maintaining a thriving Main Street environment. “We care,” said Pablo Teodoro, owner of Great Harvest. “The meeting in August was the true genesis for this new committee formation.” The generosity of individuals who invested their time in the restructuring and renaming of Experience Old Town Warrenton demonstrated just how much community spirit still thrives in Warrenton. ❖



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Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) today (Photo Credit Travis Hawk, Flickr)

Warrenton’s Lan Kim Ly talks about her escape from a communist prison BY KATIE FUSTER


an Kim Ly has been a successful business owner in our area for decades, owning and operating a series of nail salons in the Piedmont region. Few of the clients at Ly’s current business, Angel Tips Nail Spa in the Waterloo Plaza, could guess that 40 years ago, the genial Ly was imprisoned and forced to perform slave labor for the communists who took over South Vietnam. Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese suffered the same fate after the 1975 fall of Saigon. When the Vietnam War ended, the new government in Vietnam operated what they called “reeducation camps.” The Vietnamese term roughly translates in English “to transform and remake sinful, imperfect people.” As Ly explains it, “Two primary groups of people were captured: any man who had an affiliation with the South Vietnamese government, and any business owner.” Ly’s father was a South Vietnamese soldier who had fought against the communists during the war. After the fall of Saigon, men like Ly’s father were told to register with the new government and then report for reeducation.


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As Ly’s father knew, reeducation camps were actually prison camps where people as young as 15 were forced to perform hard manual labor while being indoctrinated by the Communist government. Many prisoners were abused, even tortured, and the deliberately-low food rations the government gave them caused severe malnutrition and high rates of disease in the camps. As the communist soldiers began to set up camp in South Vietnamese homes, they stole valuables and spied on the locals. Many Vietnamese decided to flee the country with their families. “Taking a small boat or walking were the two main ways of escape,” Ly says. Going by boat was costly, so families who had lost everything often opted to escape to Cambodia or Laos on foot. “The likelihood of being caught was high, since you were so exposed while walking,” Ly says. Those who tried to escape Vietnam by boat had to pay a large “boat fee” to be taken to the Phillipines, Singapore, Hong Kong, or Thailand. It was a risky proposition. Anyone caught escaping by boat was imprisoned. Also,

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“the small boats were not made to tread such large waves,” Ly says. Many died in boat accidents. But conditions in Vietnam had deteriorated so much that many were willing to take the risk. “People lived in fear of being imprisoned for any reason. We had no life,” Ly says. “We pined for freedom every day. This is why we tried to escape, and unfortunately a lot of us were caught.”


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Ly was just 15 years old when she was captured trying to escape by boat. She was separated from her father and brothers, then imprisoned in a camp called A-30. The reeducation camps, Ly says, “were just a disguise for overcrowded prisons that supplied slaves to underdeveloped regions in Vietnam for the communist regime.” While her father and brothers were forced to chop wood, pave roads, and build towns, Ly and the 120 women in her



prison camp were sent out into the rice fields. “We would stand barefoot in mud up to our knees. When we lifted our legs, we would have several leeches stuck to our legs, growing fat off our blood.” The young women learned to use rice leaves to remove the slippery leeches, which were too slimy for the women to grip with their fingers. Ly describes living conditions in Camp A-30 as “horrid. Roughly 120 women were forced to share one sleeping hall. There were two rows of approximately 70 beds each, but the beds were made from uneven branches tied together.” Sleeping was painful, and privacy was nonexistent as each young woman’s bed was just inches from her neighbor’s. “Twice a day, we were fed cooked rice made from the grains that were not in a condition to sell. At times, they [the guards] would allow us some salt to flavor our rice, but we never had any vegetables or meat,” Ly says. The shared hardships forged a bond between the women in A-30. “My group of friends was imprisoned between one and three years,” Ly says. “During those traumatic years, we banded together as a family to help and protect one another.” One of the girls in A-30, Minh Nguyet Truong, was imprisoned with her sister, Minh Anh. Truong was given “chef privileges” by the communists. Unbeknownst to them, she would “secretly cook up real food from time to time,” Ly says, using preserved foods that visiting families and others smuggled in. Acts like this kept morale up in the camp, as did the young women’s hope that they would one day escape and make their way to the United States. The girls were never told when they would be allowed to leave. “They told us, ‘Whenever you become a better person, you will be let out,’ but of course that standard was vague and no one knew when they would complete their time,” Ly says. The women of A-30 were gradually released, one by one. After Ly was let out of prison, she once again tried to escape Vietnam. She left on a small boat with 65 other people to cross to Indonesia. But as their boat approached land, it struck a reef and was badly damaged. A military ship intercepted them and tried to force the group to return to Vietnam. But the boat people were tenacious. They bailed


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Above: Statues represent prisoners in the gatehouse of the nowclosed Hòa Lò Prison in North Vietnam. American prisoners of war derisively nicknamed this prison the “Hanoi Hilton.” (Photo credit David McKelvey, Flickr) Right: Friends and fellow A-30 prisoners came from all over the country to visit with Ly (in glasses) in her Warrenton home (pictured with friend and Angel Tips technician Jasmine, top left)

their small vessel out using old military helmets, then tried to reach soil again. This time, a Christian soldier in the predominantly Muslim military noticed a young girl wearing a cross necklace in Ly’s group. Something must have seemed strange about this girl, because the soldier boarded the small boat to check on her. “He waved a hand in front of the girl’s face,” Ly says, “and she did not move. Then he knew that she could not see.” “This girl is blind,” the soldier told his captain. “We must not send her away again.” “And thank God,” Ly says, “the captain finally said okay.” Ly spent four months in Malaysia while her immigration paperwork was completed. Then she was invited to come to the United States. She arrived in California, then made her way to Virginia, where her sister


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That strength and persistence allowed us to fight for our futures and our unborn children’s futures, that they would not have to endure the pain that we did. had settled. The women from A-30 did not have an easy time realizing their dream of coming to America. “Many were here without a supportive family, struggling with language and cultural barriers, and no financial assistance,” Ly says. One of her friends escaped to Hong Kong only to be told she must repatriate there. “I can’t! My fifteen-year-old brother is in the United States, and he needs me!” Ly says her friend pleaded. When the officials relented and she was allowed to fly to California, Ly’s friend found that her brother was



sleeping on an acquaintance’s sofa. “There is no room for you,” he said sadly, and so she began her new life in America sleeping in a closet, hoping for better days. Ly has never been able to locate the people who escaped with her by small boat, but over the years, she has been able to find some of her friends from Camp A-30. In January, she was able to reunite with several of them. “I finally felt whole again, knowing that my prison family made it to America, and also found success and happiness,” Ly says. “We are all now nurses,

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“I identify my child’s interest. I have two children with very unique likes and dislikes and neither match.” “When I learned of the nature camp here in Warrenton, the focus was so appealing to me that I ended up reserving spots for my kids.” “With multiple kids, I look for camps where the scheduling is right. I don’t want one in camp one week and the next in camp the following week…I want them in camp at the same time! My kids also love the VBS camps. All


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year long my daughter talks about camp when we drive by any of the churches where they attend. The VBS camps are always so well-done and have enthusiastic and energetic volunteers.” “As the kids get older and more interested in their own things, we try to give them at least one week-long camp that is specific to their interests. I really appreciate when locations schedule camps at the same time for children of different ages. Then they can all go camp at the same location at the same time.” “As they get older, I will look for more outdoor camps…because it’s SUMMER!” What are you looking for in a camp?

“I’m looking for a camp that will get my children more excited about a topic, provide an education as well as activity and fun.” “If I still had school-age kids, I would look for a camp that would get them



outside and active most of the day, yet still be seen as fun.” “Location, theme, duration (with young kids, all day can be too long), and, of course, price. Mostly in that order. We will spend what we consider big bucks on one camp for each child, and then look for more affordable or free camps a few times a summer.” How do you find camps for your kids? Where do you look: online, through friends, publications, etc?

“I look online and in community publications, use my contacts at mom groups, and, of course, ask my friends.” “Usually a reference from a friend or family member. Or hearing about camps from organizations I’m already involved with. Sometimes in ads and publications as well.” “All of the above! I listen to referrals from friends and scour all the sources. THEN (and here’s the best part) I trip over myself to frantically get them enrolled. There is nothing like the sour disappointment of having found the perfect camp, at the right time, with friends…and it’s full. Which, since it’s almost mid-March…that has probably happened already.” How do you decide on the length of camp for your child, as far as half-day, full-day, or overnight?

“For our family, an overnight option is not feasible, so I look at the nature of the topic before I decide. If it is a nature-inspired camp, I like it to be an all day-long adventure for the kids. That way they can really take advantage of all the camp has to offer, like hiking, swimming, and kayaking or canoeing.” “For me, the emphasis of the camp was much more important than the schedule.” “Based on their age. And honestly (and I KNOW I’m in the minority) I view summertime as a chance for my kids to focus on their relationships with


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“I would prefer a camp where my child would meet new people. One child was naturally social, and the other one needed more exposure to children of similar age.” “Definitely like to see friends there! Although that reduces the chances that I will leave the parking lot in less than an hour, since I will inevitably get chatty with someone. But making new friends is an important skill that can be learned at camp. It only gets harder with time.” What are the most important factors for you: convenience, individual attention, intellectual stimulation, physical activity, time outdoors, or something else?

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Boxwood School

507 Winchester St, Warrenton

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9050 Devlin Rd, Bristow

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6317 Vint Hill Rd, Warrenton

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526 Fletcher Dr, Warrenton

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400 Holiday Ct #105, Warrenton

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Fauquier County Library

11 Winchester St, Warrenton

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Fauquier County Parks & Recreation

320 Hospital Drive, Suite 6, Warrenton

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Fresta Valley Christian School

6428 Wilson Rd, Marshall

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Goddard School

7801 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville

(571) 222-5576


Highland School

597 Broadview Ave, Warrenton

(540) 878-2700


Jack & Jill

200 Green St, Warrenton

(540) 347-2203


Meadowbrook Child Development Center

555 Winchester St, Warrenton

(540) 349-4354


Prince William County Parks & Recreation

14420 Bristow Road, Manassas

(703) 792-6000


Saint James Episcopal School

73 Culpeper St, Warrenton

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Tiny Tots

123 Main St, Warrenton

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4439 Old Tavern Rd, The Plains

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16436 Carpe Diem Dr, Rixeyville

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Bambino Blastball Mini-Camp Age: 3 - 5 yrs. June 26th-30th (Warrenton Community Center)

All Camps held at Vint Hill Village Green Community Center

Tiny Tots Craft Mini Camp 3-5 yrs. July 17th-20th (Marshall Community Center)

All camps held at Crockett Park

Snips ‘n’ Snails Nature Mini-Camp 3 - 5 yrs. July 10th-14th (Rady Park) July 24th-28th (Central Sports Complex) Games-Galore Camp 5 - 10 yrs. July 17th-21st (Rady Park) July 31st-August 4th (Fauquier High School)

Summer Volleyball Mini-Camp 10-14 yrs. June 12th-16th Robot Adventure Summer Camp 6-11 yrs. June 26th-29th Fitness & Agility/ Basketball Skills Camp 7-12 yrs. June 26th-30th

Cooking Around the World Mini Camp 8-15 yrs. July 24th-27th (Marshall Middle School) Nature Discovery Mini Camp 5-10 yrs. July 31st- August 3rd (Northern Fauquier Community Park)

Fishing Discovery Camp 8-12 yrs. June 19th-23rd Super Hero Training Camp 6-8 yrs. July 10th-14th Sailing Mini-Day Camp 10-14 yrs. July 31st-August 4th

For a full listing of 2017 Fauquier County summer camps and to register, please visit us at recreation.fauquiercounty.gov or call 540-422-8560

The Results Are In!

Spring Photo Contest Photo By: Elizabeth Cobb of her granddaughter Aubrey, taken in Casanova


hank you for the overwhelming support from all of our readers for the Spring Cover Photo Contest. This competition really showcased the amazing talent in our community, and it was extremely difficult for us to judge. Many factors were considered when choosing the finalists. The first and most critical component to our decision was the theme. We wanted your April cover photo to radiate Spring! We thought there was no better way to celebrate leaving winter’s doldrums behind. Photo composition was another very important factor, especially for the cover. This is actually one of the biggest deciding factors for our cover photos on a monthly basis. A strong main focal point is key, but also very important is the surrounding area. Adequate “negative” space is important as it allows us room for our masthead (the name of the publication) and various text highlighting the content included in the magazine. Other factors such as color, clarity, exposure, and resolution were important considerations as well. Again we thank you all for your participation. And although this was a special contest for our April issue, don’t forget, we welcome your submissions year round. We love hearing from our readers and seeing the community through your eyes. ❖ — Kara Thorpe, Art Director kara@piedmontpub.com


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1 & 2: By Hurley Shortt, taken in his Warrenton backyard. 3: By Mike Robinson in Warrenton. 4: By Gwen Parsons, taken in Warrenton. 5: By Angela George in Bealeton. 6: By Whitney Archer on the Stone Bridge on Lee Highway. 7: By Angela George, taken at the Fauquier Education Farm. 8: By Sara Maoury, taken at Rady Park. 9: By Tiffany Campbell in Warrenton. 10: By George Shepard, taken on Blantyre Road.

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Aging in Place


With proper planning, many seniors may remain in their own home as long as possible

fter Pauline Brooks fell at home for the second time in two months, she realized she should make a change. The question was, could she remain at home with some modifications, or should she move to some type of senior housing? Discussions with her adult children and an occupational therapist helped Pauline conclude she could stay in her home of 56 years, as long as some changes were made. “Aging in place� refers to living in the residence of your choice, as long as you are able, as you age. In a recent AARP survey, eight out of 10 people over 45 say they want to remain in their homes as long as possible.



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Assessing Current Living Environment According to Julie Grigsby Ross, occupational therapist at Fauquier Health, the risk of falling is only one factor that should be considered. Staying at home offers many opportunities for senior citizens: maintaining quality of life, sleeping better, participating in usual activities, continuing relationships with neighbors and pets, and utilizing nearby resources. But these plusses need to be weighed alongside the possible negatives. Changes in vision, hearing, muscle strength, mental processing, mobility, and health status can make living independently a real challenge. What factors should be considered when assessing your or a loved one’s current living situation?

Mobility Tina Ross of Simple Comforts Home Medical Store in Warrenton reports there is an array of mobility equipment available: raised toilet seats, bath benches, grab bars, bed rails, reclining lift chairs, and stairlifts. These items are designed to keep you safe as you move around your home.

Dangers Hazardous items such as throw rugs and electrical cords need to be removed, as well as anything else

that obstructs pathways. In fact, the accumulation of possessions in itself can be a problem. Barbara Stohlman, owner of Overwhelmed? How Can I Help?, LLC, has seen huge improvements when she helps individuals get rid of extra items and clutter.

Transportation Is public transportation available should driving no longer be possible? Can you still maintain your house and yard? What if you are no longer able to manage your medications? Will you accept assistance in order to stay in your home? Many older people are so fiercely independent that offers of help fall on deaf ears. There are many services available to seniors, including home-delivered meals, companions, maid service, emergency medical alert programs, and more.

Remodeling Considerations For those with the resources to do so, remodeling is also an option. According to Dennis Reitz, vice president of remodeling at Golden Rule Builders in Catlett, questions to ask yourself include: what changes need to be made today to accommodate current needs? What are the anticipated future needs? How do costs for improving your home compare to the

About the AUTHOR Carol Simpson is a graduate of Georgetown University. She was executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington, trainer at Home Instead Senior Care, and development manager at the Alzheimer’s Association of Central/Western Virginia before becoming executive director of Aging Together.

Aging Together is collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Association/ Central and Western Virginia, Healthy Steps, Culpeper County Library, and Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services to host an all-day conference, “Caring for Someone with Memory Loss.” The conference will feature speakers on behavior and communication techniques, music therapy, caring for the caregiver, exercise, and much more. Family and professional caregivers, as well as the general public, are welcome. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. at Germanna Community College/ Daniel Technology Center, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 and the cost is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. Call 434-973-6122 x 103 for more information or to register.

cost of alternatives? Wider doorways, taller toilets and counter tops, curbless showers, no-step entrances, non-slip floors, lever handles on faucets and doors, and increased lighting can all make a huge difference to homeowners who have physical challenges, use a wheelchair or walker, or suffer from arthritis. In Pauline Brooks’ scenario, she reviewed her situation wisely with the help of her family and local professionals, and was able to continue to live in her home for many years. With the proper planning and consideration to future needs, many seniors may be able to fulfill their desire to remain in their own home as long as possible. ❖


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by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors. The WSA employs 42 full time employees and maintains 50 wells, 16 water systems, and three wastewater treatment plants in Fauquier County. A lot happens behind the scenes to ensure the water that flows from a kitchen faucet is safe for county residents. Both BY AIMÉE O’GRADY the county and the town are required to n February 25, 2016 in Bealeton, the water storage tank meet regulations set forth by the Virginia level began to suddenly drop, indicating a water main break. Department of Health, the Virginia Operators found the water from the leak on the northwest Department of Environmental Quality, corner of Routes 28 and 17 running through ditches intended for and the Environmental Protection Agency. storm water. In the dark, the operators set out to locate the valves WSA and the Town of Warrenton ensure that would turn off the water and isolate the leaking pipe, giving that no public water or well in the county the mechanics the opportunity to repair the damage. The operators has dangerous levels of arsenic, or other traipsed through a field in freezing temperatures, with old paper contaminants. It is through the daily maps, literally searching for buried valves by sight. servicing of water and routine testing that Back at the office, employees looked through the original plans the WSA and the town public utilities for the line to help locate the valves. Meanwhile, water poured out department operators deem water safe. of the line break. After some searching, valves were located and the The town utilities department and water turned off. In this case, all 500,000-gallons of water held in the WSA treat for bacteria constantly to the elevated storage tank were lost. The public was notified about kill any bacteria not filtered out through reduced water pressure, and, in some cases, no water. The repair was a natural process. The WSA also adds made by noon the day the break was identified, but the system was phosphate that acts as a coating for lead not operational for a few more hours while the the tank was refilled. abatement on all the lines. The town Water is an essential part of all our lives. Where your drinking water is also treated with an inhibitor, water comes from and how it becomes safe for drinking is beneficial which coats the inside of the pipes as information to all county residents. The Fauquier County Water the water is flushed through the lines, to and Sanitation Authority (WSA) provides fresh water to over help prevent corrosion. A corrosive pipe 6,000 households and commercial buildings outside the Town of can leach lead into the water, which can Warrenton (which is serviced by the Town of Warrenton Public have disastrous consequences, the likes Utilities Department, a separate organization). The WSA is an of which were recently seen in Flint, independent authority with a board of directors that is appointed Michigan.



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While the Town of Warrenton relies on two reservoirs and two wells to meet the residents’ water needs, the WSA relies on a different system. Mary Sherrill, director of engineering with the WSA for the past five years, explains, “There are no cisterns or reservoirs in the county outside of the Town of Warrenton. Residents are dependent on groundwater wells, which are themselves contingent upon aquifers (underground water-bearing rock layers) in fractured bedrock, which is found here in the Piedmont region.” During periods of little rainfall or droughts, the WSA must rely on contingency plans for water conservation. The amount of available groundwater is unknown and 84 percent of the Fauquier population depends on groundwater, running beneath the earth’s surface, for drinking. When rain falls, some infiltrates the soil, some evaporates, some transpires (is absorbed by plant and tree roots) and some seeps into the aquifers and fills wells. Rainwater that seeps into the ground undergoes a natural filtration process as it passes through soil. The deeper the well, the better. Bacteria cannot survive underground, so the further it must travel through soil, the better the chances the bacteria will be killed, leaving behind nothing but mostly clean water. “Mostly clean,” Sherrill explains,

a few repairs, but in the end, “we built a treatment plant to remove the “because there are contaminants that problematic bacteria from the well, as well are naturally occurring that can pose a as secondary containments like iron and threat to humans in certain quantities, the manganese that impact the taste, odor and chemical element arsenic, for example.” color of the water, but we are not required to remove,” says Sherrill. REMEMBER THE EARTHQUAKE? Whenever there is a line break On August 23, 2011, just before 2 with a loss of pressure to the system, p.m., an earthquake struck the area. The organizations are required to take samples epicenter was in Louisa County. Ground movement was felt as far west as Chicago after the final repair and send them to a laboratory to test for bacteria. Two and north into Quebec, Canada. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.8 on the consecutive days of tests indicating no bacteria is present in the water system Richter scale. “On the day of the earthquake, readings must be completed before the Virginia at the WSA indicated higher-than-normal Department of Health will lift a Boil Water Advisory. bacteria levels in the Bealeton water While for some people, the topic of tank,” recalls Chief of Operations Cheryl

“CONSIDER HOW MUCH IT TAKES TO FILL A GLASS WITH COOL, CLEAN, REFRESHING WATER.” St Amant. This signaled a problem, since bacteria typically dies during filtration. Alarms went off and WSA operators immediately set out to address the compromised well. “It was a race against the clock to notify the public, identify where the tank was compromised, and remedy the problem,” says St. Amant. Residents with connections to the Bealeton well were notified to boil their water to kill the bacteria, as WSA personnel attempted to repair the damage caused by the earthquake. In the case of Bealeton, the WSA attempted


water can be rather dry, the science, engineering, and technology behind making water clean and accessible involve a number of variables including weather, bedrock, earthquakes, line breaks, bacteria infiltration. Consider how much it takes to fill a glass with cool, clean, refreshing water. Tours are available at both the county and town wastewater treatment facilities. For more information, visit: Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority (fcwsa.org) and Town of Warrenton Public Utilities (warrentonva.gov) ❖


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id you know more than 14,000 homeowners in Fauquier County rely on wells to provide their water to drink, shower, cook, and clean? If you are on a well and a power outage occurs, well pumps will not work. This makes obtaining fresh water impossible without the use of a generator, right? Well, not anymore, thanks to Judson Walls. Walls, a Warrenton resident, and his wife, Barbara, know what it is like to be without water during a power outage; filling sinks and tubs in preparation, buying bottled water, and flushing toilets with buckets. An experience all too many well users are familiar with.

Creating The Dream He decided to revolutionize the way well users obtain water without the costly expense of a whole house generator, or in conjunction with a generator someone may already have. In 2007, Judson began his journey—creating his invention and starting his company, Constant Water.


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“We realized wells are great when they are working, and then we discovered what it means when they don’t work. It surprised us that nothing was out there to help with well water outages. Our exploration of solutions slowly began,” described Judson. He developed the initial concept for his idea throughout 2007, and in 2008, he and Barbara started the arduous process of developing an actual innovative design. Judson’s journey was not simple. He said, “Figuring out how to go from a concept to a fully manufactured system is a huge undertaking. It has been a phenomenal experience, but we still learn something new every day. Every step has been an education in strategy, funding, and accounting for the business. Learning about system development, patents, trademarks, and marketing was definitely part of the process.” Originally, paper & pencil was the method of choice for Judson to design his holding tank system. “I had to ask ‘how would it work?’ So my initial ‘concept’ tank was a two-gallon pretzel jar and punch ball balloon with hoses. I put it together to



simulate holding both water and air.” The end result of this pretzel jar experiment yielded the initial, basic protocol for the tank configuration.Another important thing to note is the chemical composition of the construction material. People don’t need just any water, they need clean, drinkable water. “I knew we needed to have National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) rating. We knew potable water was critical.” As a retired Air Force officer, he received extensive electrical training and used his talents to design the electrical components of the system, which runs off a battery. “This part of the concept was easy for me. I knew what components I needed to make the unit do what was necessary,” Judson detailed. The next phase included finding components to create a simple, reliable, affordable system for homeowners to use. He laughed as he explained, “We burned up components during the design phase. These parts needed to withstand current flows, amongst other things. We worked with a number of companies to develop the prototypes. Judson described the process was like Edison’s. Along the way, he says, “We found hundreds of ways to NOT make this system.” The key was the development of a “bladder approach” which pressurizes the tank. “We wanted to ensure no external contaminants could enter the water through our system; it had to be a ‘closed’ system,” said Judson. “We had many experiments and I remember one time I went into the yard to pressurize some new material to see how it would work. It wasn’t expanding the way it was supposed to, even after 40 pounds of pressure were added. Then the bladder exploded!” Judson recalled. “We knew this material wasn’t going to work,” he laughed.

Realization of the Dream In 2014, Constant Water officially opened after years of developing, patenting, and manufacturing a system that allows well users to have fresh water (from 40 to 120

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gallons) even during a power outage, without a generator. For those who do have a generator, this system can be used in conjunction with that as well. Their system also makes fresh water available when well pumps fail; something a generator cannot do.

How Does It Work? The system provides access to fresh water during a well or power outage by using air to pressurize the tanks. When electricity is on, fresh water continuously flows through the tanks. When the power goes out, the system activates and provides pressurized water to every sink, show, tub, and toilet. “It’s not an endless supply,” Judson said. It is, however, a comfort to many homeowners to have an emergency backup water supply. Judson had developed a solution that offers stability and safety in emergency situations. “My journey–it is the pursuit of the American dream. It is the opportunity everyone has: to identify a problem, develop a solution, and work very, very hard to make a business and a living. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, and I was even in combat in the first Iraq war,” he said. Did Judson ever feel like giving up? “There are many times you wonder if you’re going to make it. You’re confident, then you’re scared. Things never move as quickly nor as smoothly as you planned or hoped. Everything takes time and money. And there is never enough of either,” he stated. But encouragement from so many people kept Judson going, plumbers and well diggers and drillers especially. Even phone calls from customers and overseas contacts conveyed the value of this solution and have been motivational to him. With this product niche he has developed he just may help individuals all over the world by providing fresh water. “It’s humbling to consider what a wide impact this system can have,” he said. Ultimately, all of his efforts led to the manufacturing of the Constant Water system and it was brought to market in April 2016.

Future Aspirations Judson’s vision is to be known for providing a quality product and being an active member of the community. He wants to help the local economy and also have a positive impact throughout the country. “Wouldn’t it be great to have Warrenton and Fauquier County on the map with this system that will help not only locals but also individuals all over the world? In the future, Barb and I want to be in the position to help others get a great idea off the ground, and give back to our community that has been so supportive,” explained Judson. His drive, convictions, and grit have helped make his dream a reality and demonstrate his dedication to helping others. He said, “My advice to anyone pursuing their passion is if you have something you know is good and important, keep at it as long as you physically and financially can. It’s not a quick race, it’s a marathon. Put one foot in front of the other each and everyday. Do something everyday that’s moving you forward.” If you are interested about this innovative way of having usable, flowing water in your home or business, you call them at 540-347-3440, visit constantwater.com, or visit their offices located at 6649 Garland Dr. #10, Warrenton, VA 20187. ❖

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oretta Flynn has been watching trends in the mortgage lending industry from the inside for twenty-three years. She is currently a sales manager and senior loan officer with McLean Mortgage. Speaking from her new office in downtown Warrenton, Flynn said she expects to be doing quite a bit of business in our area in the spring. “There’s little inventory and it’s very competitive,” Flynn says. RE/MAX National Platinum Club realtor Michele Noel agrees. “The market is better now than it has been for the last several years. New construction is up and inventory is low, which shows healthy growth.” In addition, mortgage rates are still low and the job market is strengthening. What to do when you are ready to move If you’re ready to move, Noel recommends finding a listing agent who is a local expert. Ask potential agents how many local listings they have, plus the average number of days their listings were on the market. “Houses that are priced right, sell,” Noel says, so the more local listings a realtor has and how quickly they sold are indications of someone who knows the local market. An agent can also point you towards


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the repairs and upgrades you may consider making. They can also steer you away from projects that won’t improve your home’s resale value. “If your kitchen and bathrooms are updated, you’re good,” Noel says. “Don’t put money into expensive outdoor patio work or custom basement projects like movie theaters.” They won’t necessarily increase the value of your home.” Prepare also for the purchase of your new home. “It’s very important to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan before shopping around,” Noel says. Flynn agrees. “Pre-approval prepares people financially for what they can afford, it prepares them psychologically for the process, and it educates them on the timeframe of their home purchase.” Flynn recommends partnering with an experienced mortgage loan officer from the get-go because “mortgage lending is like a kaleidoscope. A change to any part of the multilevel loan process changes the whole picture,” she says. Too many people try to navigate the labyrinth of credit scores on their own. And, as CBS first reported, 40 million Americans have at least one mistake on their credit report. “That’s why you need a loan partner to



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help you navigate the process.” Flynn says. After you’ve been preapproved and are ready to start the house hunt, Noel says that “the first thing on your mind has to be affordability.” Flynn agrees. “We have guidelines on gross income as to what someone can qualify for. But I’ll tell you right now, everyone can qualify for way more than they would ever spend.” Flynn encourages potential home buyers to take a hard look at their net income and how easy or difficult it is for them to make their current rent or mortgage payment. Up-front costs There are three primary upfront costs that come with buying a home in our area. “When you write a sales contract in the state of Virginia, it has to have some kind of financial consideration with it to be legal,” Flynn says. “There has to be money on the table to make that contract valid. So I let folks know that number one, they need to be prepared to write a check when they go to contract for their earnest money.” Earnest Money Earnest money (money paid to confirm a contract) shows the seller that you have skin in the game. “Earnest money establishes legitimacy,” Noel says. “There’s no established value required, but you have to be fair, reasonable, honest, and legitimate. Home sellers shouldn’t go into it saying, ‘How much earnest money can we get?’ ” Noel gives the example that if you’re buying a $200,000 home, you might write a check for $1,000 in earnest money, but for a $600,000 home, you should expect to write a check for $5,000 or more. “The earnest money is what’s at risk if the borrower defaults,” Flynn explains. “If you’re on a $500,000 contract and you only put down $500, you might be able to walk away from that and not miss it. But if you’ve got $25,000 on the table, you’re going to make sure that you’re not in default and that you follow the guidelines for contractual obligations.”

Home Inspection Home inspections cost an average of $300, not including optional radon, asbestos, lead, and mold testing or even sewer scopes, which are recommended for older homes whose pipes might be blocked by tree roots. Appraisal “Number three, when buyers go for a loan application, they need to pay for the appraisal, and that can be on credit card or in cash,” Flynn says. Your lender will pick the appraiser that evaluates your home. The typical appraisal costs $300 to $400. Noel notes that your real estate agent should review the report to make sure that it is accurate, takes into account any intangibles that might add value to the home. Loan Process Be prepared for the loan approval process to take some time. “Our culture goes, ‘Faster, faster, now, now, now!’” Flynn says. “But mortgage took a big step backwards when we had the fall in real estate. Our industry put the brakes on, and elongated the process so that we can scrutinize every detail of a person’s application.” The mortgage lending industry will be making another change this summer. In July, a new dynamic to credit scoring called trending data will be unveiled. “It’s a new Fannie Mae release,” Flynn says, “and what the trended data is going to do is benefit the person who has a high balance on their credit card.” For example, an individual who travels often for business, adding business expenses to a credit card that is paid off every month, might get dinged in the credit score department because they show a very high balance on the day that their balance is reported. “But trended data is going to look at the actual payment history that folks make on their accounts,” Flynn says. “It’s a fuller picture and a better way to analyze risk because they’re not just taking a snapshot of someone’s data on a particular date and time. We hope that that’s going to equalize the risk analysis a little more fully.” ❖

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Black Bear Butcher Shop & Mercantile on Culpeper Street offers fresh, local products

ld Town Warrenton has a new shopping experience for residents and visitors alike. Building owner Walter Story and business owner Todd Eisenhauer have partnered to launch a unique business that will offer fresh beef, pork, veal, lamb, poultry, and other fresh seasonal meats such as rabbit, cornish hen, goose, turkey, and more. Other products include a variety of cheeses, beer, wine, and convenience items such as gum, candy, toilet paper, and other necessities. Fauquier County and Virginia products are a mainstay for shoppers to this location.



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In addition to serving residents, the butcher shop also supplies Black Bear Bistro with meat and cheese products, made in-house at the butcher shop. “As we progress forward, daily specials will be offered,” explained Todd. Specialty items will include homemade sausages, pepperoni, and capicola ham, amongst others. Local farms provide the store’s inventory, and Todd will “be working with them to ensure products will be organic, free range and hormone free.” This venture is about offering unique selections to the community and will include prepared foods to go. A daily menu will be available for a call-ahead program. Some of these will include precooked food, such as smoked wings and ribs, while others will be selections that are prepared but not cooked. Additionally, the shop offers a printed recipe card each day, which customers may either take home or utilize as a shopping list to purchase ingredients there at the store. The cards are available not only for ease of shopping, but to also educate patrons on various food preparation and options, exposing them to new food offerings they may not have previously considered. Walter expressed that his reasons for


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this venture, at this particular time, are simply to “help Old Town by creating more retail options. By doing this, it will help bring more vitality to the town.” The belief Walter holds is that “more retail activity around the Main Street area is the ‘secret’ to the success of the downtown district—to have Old Town full of energy and appeal to many.” Since Walter moved to Warrenton and became a property owner, many things have changed. He has helped transform space for local entrepreneurs to begin businesses. For instance, in 2002, he developed his Main Street building, which began his first phase. He constructed a space within the building to accommodate a restaurant (now the Black Bear Bistro). The second phase occurred in 2013, when The Brick Oven with a wood fired pizza offering moved into the space. He now feels he is on the third phase of contributing to more vitality in the region by this venture with Todd. “Walter and Val Story have been a God-send to Liz [Todd’s wife] and me. I’ve known Walter since 2001, during the building process of the original Main Street Bistro,” Todd shared. Todd left after that initial launch, and the building went through a few restaurants. But fate




Butcher Shop & Mercantile › Todd & Walter welcome visitors to stop in and say “hi.” › The store will open for business sometime in April. › Located in the heart of Old Town at 19 Culpeper Street. › Follow them on Facebook at Black Bear Mercantile. › Their website and email are coming soon!

brought Walter and Todd back together again to open Black Bear Bistro. After many changes and growth over the past eight years, Todd noted that “Walter and Val have always been there.” Walter has been a mentor to Todd in many ways and when Todd expressed that he really wanted to open the butcher shop, “Walter was behind it since the first time it was mentioned.” In addition to selling meats and deli products, patrons can shop for fresh produce, beer, wine and other unique items that will not be found “at the big guys [chain stores].” Amazingly, the store incorporates an old-time charm, offering something similar to the penny candy of a bygone era. Although the modern version will be sold for slightly more than the candy of the past, it will be very affordable. Visitors will have to step inside to see for themselves. Todd described it well. “The time is right,” he said, for this type of venture. The Black Bear Butcher Shop & Mercantile provides local offerings and a charming old-time appeal to many in the community. Both Todd and Walter are committed not only to offering quality products and services, but contributing to economic growth and uniqueness in town. ❖

America Sings

Warrenton Chorale with Handbells Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. &

Saturday, April 29, 3:00 p.m. at the Warrenton United Methodist Church

Please meet the owners of JR Snider, Ltd., Joey and Kristi Snider with their dogs Franklin Copperfield and Daisy Duke. Our company is based on 6 core values: Trust, Respect, Understanding, Credibility, Kindness, and Humor. Our core focus is people that are looking for a company that displays these core values. Why would you use anyone else for your water treatment and conditioning, plumbing service, and sewer, septic and video inspection needs?

A Program of songs and tributes featuring: Tickets available April 1 $15 adults & $5 children K-12 at: Great Harvest Bread, g.whillikers Toys & Books,

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type represented in each group, the opportunity for giving and receiving referrals is significant. I also serve on the chamber membership committee.

What are the top three business tips and tricks you can offer other professionals? Be present in your job. When you get to work, focus. As a business professional it is important to answer your phone. Incoming calls and messages should be returned by the close of each business day or alternative arrangements should be communicated. You must be visible in the community and there are many ways to accomplish this such as through the chamber, volunteering for nonprofits and shopping locally.

KRISTA TUCKER Vice President, The Fauquier Bank 10 Courthouse Square, Warrenton 540-347-2700 | tfb.bank When and why did you decide to join this firm? I joined The Fauquier Bank in 1986. After working in Richmond and Vienna for large banks, I decided to look into moving to a community bank in Fauquier County. The change has been well worth the effort.

How does your business serve the local community? Consider our mission statement: “The Fauquier Bank seeks excellence through an engaged and empowered team, building valued relationships with our customers and community.” We pride ourselves on being one of a few locally-owned community banks in the area.

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One of the best was when I received my 30 year longevity award last year at our employee recognition event. Also, little moments such as when you solve a problem for a customer who thought they would never get straightened out are wonderful. The smile and simple “thank you” is very rewarding.

Tell us about your experience with the Fauquier Chamber. How has it supported you in your local business? I have been a part of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce for many years. Currently, I am a member of the Tuesday Leadshare group. Over the past 18 years, many new business professionals have joined our group and it is a great referral source. Because there can be only one business



Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town? I grew up in Winchester, where my family resided for many years. My husband, Thomas Tucker, and I married in 2002 and blended a family of three children, all of whom are grown and on their own now. I love living in Warrenton and we enjoy the hometown atmosphere.

What is your favorite season in this area and why? My favorite season of the year is the fall. My birthday is in October as was my mother’s, Louise Williams. I have fond memories of shared birthday celebrations over the years.

What is your favorite local high school sports team? My favorite is the Fauquier High School Tennis Team coached by Mr. Jan Ashby. Both my sons, Keith and Ryan Baisden, played singles and doubles tennis their freshman through senior years.

Are you involved with any nonprofits? I served on the board of the Fauquier Free Clinic for three two-year terms. It was a truly gratifying experience. I also served as a board member of the Fauquier Chapter of the American Cancer Society for over 20 years. We were closely involved with many fundraising efforts such as Relay for Life and the Silhouettes of Spring Fashion Show. All models in the fashion show are cancer survivors and the program is an annual event.

What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession? I once had an opportunity to open a business of my own and I followed that path. The name of my boutique was the The Strawberry Patch, featuring quality women’s clothing and accessories for casual, business, and some formal occasions. I went to buying shows and spent time prior to each season selecting outfits which I thought would best suit my clientele. I still get asked, from time to time, “When are you going to reopen The Strawberry Patch?” ❖

What are some hobbies you enjoy? I like reading, as it is very relaxing. I enjoy planting flowers and creating arrangements. I also love spending time with our family and two grandchildren, Ethan and Myles. Music is a great love of mine and Tom is very involved with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.

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fter school on a Tuesday in February, the music room at Cedar Lee Middle School was filled with musicians, orchestra instruments, school bags, eighth graders, and members of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra (PSO). Each musician had their place on the risers behind a music stand in their section of the orchestra for rehearsal. The second violinists played mezzo-piano (half soft) to allow the first violinists to take the melody mezzo-forte (half-loud). The melody then shifted away from the first violinists to the violas for a musical bar. Meanwhile, the low-string instruments, such as the cello and bass, acted as the metronome for the group to keep the orchestra on beat. Together, students and mentors played “An English Folksong,” arranged by Terry McQuilkin, to rehearse for the music


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Above (from left to right): Bonnie Laingen, Philip Lambert, and Lynne Bai. The trio each took to the stage during the Young People’s Concert.

conducting the rehearsal and showcasing the PSO musicians, the students’ progress that has resulted from a single 90-minute session is audible. From their technique, to the talent of handing off the melody to different sections, to their overall confidence, students in the orchestra are taught to observe every detail on the music sheet, tune themselves into the other musicians in the room, obey the commands of the conductor, and play in harmony with the other musicians of varying talent and experience. Should the second violinists outnumber the violas, for example, Quader instructs the violinists to play mezzo-piano to not overpower the smaller section. The opportunity to rehearse with accomplished musicians

is not lost on the students. Playing with the PSO mentors has been an honor for eighth grader and first violinist Jordan Hicks. “It is pretty cool to play with people who played at the President’s Ball.” Jordan picked up the instrument in sixth grade at the suggestion of his grandfather. “My twin brother, Wyatt, plays percussion and my grandfather, who was in a band, suggested that I play the violin so we could play together,” says Jordan, who manages to juggle schoolwork with orchestra, basketball and football. Of the hectic schedule, he says, “It’s great. I practice in orchestra and then I can go outside and play. It’s a good balance of sports and music.” The mentor program has helped him listen more carefully. “I have to hear when the other musicians

begin so I know when to come in.” Jordan hopes to pursue sports in the future, but plans to keep with the violin. Quader explains to the young musicians how the melody moves throughout the sections in the orchestra, and how each one honors the section currently leading the melody by playing more softly to enable them to have the stage. The levels of experience and enthusiasm in the students vary, but together they give quality performances that make an impact. Eighth grader Paige Shorey joined the orchestra after attending a performance as a fifth grader. “The music was so beautiful, it sent chills down my spine,” she recalls. The mentor program has helped her to see areas where she could use improvement and how she could sound with practice. “Their vibrato was stunning, I can’t wait to learn how to do that,” Shorey says. As far as her future goals are concerned, Shorey intends to continue with the violin in high school. Some students have borrowed instruments from the school, others have purchased them from auction sites such as eBay, and still others have rented them from music stores. Just as varied are the reasons each student has joined the orchestra and found themselves part of a unique group with the opportunity to compete and become a finalist in the Young Artists Competition. This past February, the competition brought together Bonnie Laingen on the flute, Lynne Bai on the piano, and Philip Lambert on the piano. The trio each took to the stage during the Young People’s Concert performed

at Highlands Center for the Arts, greeted the master violinist and conductor, and took to their instrument. At only 16 years old, Bai, who has been playing since she was only six years old, has already performed at both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Seventeenyear-old Laingen has sat first chair flute for the past two years and has been playing since she was 10. Lambert, also 16, has won a number of competitions and has been selected to play in the All County and Senior Regional Orchestras. The winner of the competition is awarded a grant of $1,500. Since 2001, the PSO has awarded over $40,000 to young musicians. The mentoring program, whose tagline is “helping to build better musicians one note at a time,” is a means of equipping students with the skills required to finely tune their instruments and ears to nuances in each musical number and to carry the melody while other sections control the beat, and vice-versa. The group works cohesively not only to entertain an audience but also to honor the unique talent of each individual musician, a skill that every person, both young and old, experienced and new, can apply throughout life when interacting with others. The PSO is filled with talented and generous musicians who are willing to give their time to help mentor their successors in the hopes that the students will continue their interest in the musical arts. For information on the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, visit piedmontsymphony.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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hen faced with a chronic condition, such as low-back pain or migraines, the most common solutions may include medication or even surgery. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is another option. OMT is a type of handson care practiced by doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s), or osteopaths. As part of their medical training, osteopaths learn about the musculoskeletal system—the body’s network of muscles, nerves and bones. With this knowledge, they use their hands to diagnose and treat injuries and illness. OMT uses non-invasive techniques, such as gentle pressure and stretching to move joints and muscles in a way that encourage healing and promote mobility. Although OMT is most often used to treat muscle pain, it may also help treat other health conditions, including sinus problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, asthma, and menstrual pain. Osteopathic physician Dr. Seokhan Kyle Song is with Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton. His approach to medicine insists that he see each patient—newborn, child, adult or senior citizen—as a unique person, not just a set of symptoms. It’s a whole body


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Above: Dr. Kyle approach; treatment, he Song visited Mary says, “is based upon an Walter Elementary understanding of the School recently to basic principles of body coach first graders unity, self-regulation, and on the importance of handwashing. the interrelationship of structure and function.” Dr. Song is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine as well as the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. This dual certification means that he has all necessary diagnostic and therapeutic knowledge, and can also perform therapeutic osteopathic manipulations to help bring a patient’s body back to health. Dr. Song joined the National Guard as a medic and has completed several deployments. “Although my combat training was better suited for a specialty like emergency medicine, I am used to being on the front lines in an infantry unit, and primary care to me is the front lines of medicine. Thus, my interest in family medicine. I also enjoy learning about my patients and talking to them/getting to know them, which is a huge part of family practice.” Fauquier Health Family Practice at Bealeton may be reached by calling 540-439-8100.❖

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RAISING THE BAR ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Fauquier Free Clinic increases the availability of mental health services by tele-linking patients with providers BY AIMÉE O’GRADY


t began with a nine-question form. Used by mental health practitioners, the Patient Health Questionnaire, or PHQ-9, asks the patient concrete questions about their sleep habits, interest in activities, appetite, and concentration, among other things. In the mental health field, the PHQ-9 is a multipurpose instrument for screening patients who may be suffering from depression. The form has been given to every patient who comes through the Fauquier Free Clinic for the past year. The findings have added fuel to the fire for advocates of mental health services. “We always knew there was a problem, but with the shortage of resources, there was little we were able to


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do about it,” says Rob Marino, MSW, who has been executive director of Fauquier Free Clinic for the past 17 years. “Once we started collecting the forms and reviewing the answers, we knew the problem needed to be addressed.” Thus began the pursuit of a solution to a problem that had grown for too long. The process began with a sixmonth planning grant from the PATH Foundation to the Fauquier Free Clinic and the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. They worked with a 22-member planning team, including representatives from Fauquier Health, the Community Services Board, 13 primary care physicians, and other health professionals to develop a

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plan to increase access to behavioral health care through integrated and coordinated services using telehealth technology. This group agreed that timely access to mental health care is a communitywide problem, and the best place to start would be forming a collaborative care model linking mental and medical health care at the Fauquier Free Clinic. Thanks to a $370,000 grant from the PATH Foundation, the group could do just that. “The patients who come to us are the most vulnerable in the community. If we cannot help them, they are unlikely to get help anywhere else. We have many people in our area who are right on the edge of being successful if they could get the help they need,” Marino says. “Most of the primary care physicians in the county also volunteer at the clinic and would have a chance to experience the program.” “Although the simplest answer was to hire 17 more mental health professionals to meet with the people in the community who needed the help,” surmised Marino, “it wasn’t that easy.” After several brainstorming sessions, the group arrived at the solution—telepsychiatry. Telehealth, a program already used at Fauquier Health in various departments, was already well-known and proven to be effective. But to consider using the same technology to address mental health, members of the group needed more information.



Marino recalls meeting several companies that provide this mental health technology, but wasn't ready to approve them until he experienced it himself. Marino says, “So, I came into the clinic, logged on to the system (which uses a secure video connection) in one of our telehealth rooms using our computer and our internet. I wanted to experience it exactly as a patient would. And within a matter of minutes, I had forgotten that I was having a conversation through a computer screen, it faded away and I was just having a conversation.” In the clinic, every patient also has the option to meet with a counselor face-to-face. To date, only one person has made that choice after trying the telemedicine option. The clinic now makes tele-psychiatry and telemental health counseling available to every patient who comes through the doors and presents with issues. With this added service, the Fauquier Free Clinic is now helping members of the community improve their overall health. “It is widely known that by addressing mental health, physical health can be improved,” says Sallie Morgan, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County. “And in some cases, the treatment of physical ailments can be accomplished by addressing the symptoms of the mental health issue.”

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ngaged couples often stress over planning a wedding. There are so many decisions to be made: budget, location, style, guest lists, and more. It is no wonder some may find it a daunting task, even though they are happily engaged and cannot wait for the “big day.” We reached out to a local expert who has provided some helpful insight for engaged couples.

Once a couple is engaged, what is a good way to begin the planning process?

Wedding planning can be stressful, so I always advise my couples to take however long they want to simply enjoy being engaged before they start to discuss planning. Tell friends and family, show off the ring(s), and take some time to celebrate the engagement before embarking on this new and exciting chapter of your lives. If, for whatever reason, you have to dive into the planning process immediately, the first two steps would be to estimate your guest list and develop a budget. What are some resources couples may use in planning their wedding?

There are so many online resources available to couples, such as The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Borrowed and Blue, to name a few. These sites offer free planning templates, timelines, and vendor ratings and reviews. They are a great source of information for couples who may not want a planner at all, or who opt to hire a “day-of” planner closer


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Couples with smaller budgets can still have a beautiful wedding, but they may need to think outside the box. The trick is setting a realistic budget and guest count. The average cost per wedding guest is around $100. If you reduce your numbers by just 10 people, you’ve already saved $1,000. Sometimes cutting the guest list is not an option, and this is when you have to get creative. Consider a backyard barbecue, Sunday brunch, or an over-the-top (but budget-friendly) champagne and dessert reception. Many small-budget couples feel as if they have to do everything themselves to save money. These tasks tend to build up and can add a lot of stress towards the end of the planning process. Ask friends and family for help so you are not left with a giant DIY to-do list. Lastly, many planners offer consultation by the hour; this



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event; they can add drama, a pop of color, and transform a room. Of course, they can also break the bank if you are not careful. Many couples come to me with their Pinterest vision boards. Pinterest is a great resource for couples; it really helps narrow down your style ideas with photos. Unfortunately, there is no filter on cost, so many of my clients come to me with $15,000 in pinned flower photos when they are operating on a $3,000 floral budget. Couples may still have beautiful blooms on the tables if their floral budget is on the lower side; there are always creative ways to create your vision. Consider these tips when dreaming up your flower inspirations: stick with local, seasonal blooms; shop local fields and farmers’ markets; re-purpose your bridal party bouquets as centerpieces; alternate candle centerpieces with flower centerpieces, and use potted herbs and plants. I do recommend working with a professional florist; most can

work within a budget and also help decorate your tables. Are gifts to guests, bridesmaids, and groomsmen absolutely necessary?

I am a big believer in showing your appreciation, especially in the service industry. Your bridal party is committing to serve as an attendant in your wedding and there is a large price tag that goes along with that: new attire, travel expenses, a possible hotel stay, and pre- and post-wedding events like bachelor parties and showers. There are many creative ways to “gift” your bridal party. If your budget allows, consider purchasing their attire or paying for their overnight accommodations. If your budget is tight, a lovely thank you note and keepsake to personalize this special time is always an appreciated gesture. When it comes to wedding

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This initiative created a new position, mental health coordinator, to help run the program. Shannon Raybuck, LPC, joined the clinic in October to fill this role. The magic, according to Marino, is the interaction and collaboration of the mental health coordinator with the doctors, patients, and counselors. “In a traditional setting, a patient will see their primary care physician who may recommend mental health therapy. Assuming the patient even follows up with a mental health professional, the primary care physician rarely receives feedback about the session, and if they do, it is from the patient themselves,” Marino explains. “We all know the stigma of mental health problems. If a patient is asked how they are feeling or if they are unhappy, they are likely to tell you they are just fine. It is not an easy question to answer,” says morgan. Often, patients prefer to keep their records confidential with the mental health care professional, and it legally requires written permission from the patient for their records to be shared, even with their primary care physician. The pilot program facilitates a more comprehensive system. With the patient’s permission, doctors receive feedback on every mental health session that occurs with their patients. This feedback comes from other practitioners in the field, and from the patient directly. “In the clinic, the coordinator assesses the patient, receives a report from the counselor which is read, and a doctor signs off on the chart before putting it back on the shelf,” adds Marino. With this system, doctors are not relying solely on patient feedback. Raybuck could not be a more perfect fit for the position. Her experience, enthusiasm, and drive to help has moved her to attend court with patients, help them be admitted to substance abuse facilities, and connect individuals with countless county services, all in addition to her daily interaction with people at the clinic.

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“The program has created breathing room among the doctors,” Marino explains. “Before, physicians were hesitant to even ask about mental health because they knew the resources to address the problems were scarce. Today, we have a successful model that is addressing these needs and helping people to feel better.” Marino shares the story of one patient who after several sessions confided in him that she didn’t know she could feel so good. “She just didn’t know it was even possible,” he says. Perhaps most troublesome, is the statistic that most patients will wait ten years from the onset of symptoms before seeking treatment. “Mental health patients suffer for an entire decade before getting help,” Marino ponders, “that is simply not acceptable.” The success of the collaborative care model and telemental health program is looking to move the group to phase II. “In this next phase, we are looking at ways to make the model program available through primary care practices within the broader community. We are considering a number of different scenarios, including a Wellness Center where local doctors could refer patients for evaluations and to be linked with local mental health providers or tele mental health providers,” says Morgan. Once patients are set up for care, they would even be able to link with tele-psychiatry or tele-mental health counseling from their homes. The sky is the limit when it comes to the potential of this program. “We are working towards breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. Asking patients on a simple form when they come to the clinic—for anything, even just a fall or a cold—is the first step. It’s a matter of conversation,” concludes Morgan. The message from this group of experts is simple. They were not okay with the shortage of resources for mental health issues and are now committed to adding resources until needs are met. “We have an amazing community of doctors and members-at-large helping with this effort,” remarks Marino. Every patient who remarks on their new-found wellbeing reinforces that what the group is doing is not only needed, but effective. The Fauquier Free Clinic accepts volunteers with a wide-range of experience, both medical and nonmedical. Visit the PATH volunteer portal at letsvolunteer.org. Visit fauquierfreeclinic.org for more information about the Fauquier Free Clinic. ❖ 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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