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Small Town Warrenton Has a Large Heart for Music
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The Tenth Annual Best of Warrenton Award Winners are presented here this month. Thank you to everyone who voted. Your diverse choices are a reflection of all we have to offer here in our hometown. Please take the time to discover some new local favorites for yourself and continue to explore our community. Thank you to the readers of The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine for caring enough to vote. You’ll notice that this issue is even thicker than usual. Well, after 10 years of producing The Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine, we aren’t running out of intriguing topics. In fact, we are getting overwhelmed with them. Interim Editor Debbie Eisele has done a fantastic job of
pulling it all together in a cohesive format. I think you are really going to enjoy what we have for you. I love music. Always have. Live performances allow you to experience what a songwriter(s)/musician(s) feel with their music. Fortunately, there has been much more music available to enjoy right here in Warrenton. In one short stretch I saw over a dozen local performances at a restaurant, the park, open mic night, a children’s camp and a local bar. Aimee O’Grady delivers an outstanding overview of what music opportunities are here locally and profiles a handful of talented musicians.
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Fauquier County’s Paddle Sport For All Ages & Levels By Joyce Najjar Several years ago, a local resident named Morris Wheat, introduced a game called Pickleball to Warrenton and subsequently became the Pickleball “Ambassador-at-Large” to Fauquier County. Morris singlehandedly recruited, cajoled and encouraged adults in this area to get out there on the tennis courts and hit a whiffle ball with the paddle. A number of these folks had been fervent tennis or racquetball players, but due to various physical reasons, found
that these games were a bit more demanding now that they were older. Enter Pickleball! Soon Morris had a mixture of dedicated men and women helping him spread the word. Many are still playing in Fauquier county and surrounding communities today. Wheat now spends just the summer in Warrenton, so the organizational work is currently handled by Bob & Joyce Najjar, Ralph Tapp and Keith Gardner all of Warrenton.
The group started locally around 2007 on the tennis courts at Auburn Middle school on Riley Road. Maurice and company had to get on their hands and knees to chalk lines for pickleball each time they gathered to play. Eventually two of the courts got painted with blue lines for pickleball. Now, thanks to the Fauquier Parks and Recreation Department, many devotees of the game also play on two indoor courts at the Vint Hill Community Center in the fall and winter.
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WHAT IS PICKLEBALL? A fun paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels, pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It’s played on a 44-by-20-foot court and is similar to both tennis and badminton, with a few differences. A properly lined pickleball court takes up about half the space of a tennis court. In addition to the polymer ball (sizes vary but the standard is similar to a tennis ball), playing equipment includes solid-surface paddles about the size of those used in racquetball and a 34” to 36” high net, slightly lower from that in tennis. Games are generally up to 11 points (win by two) with scoring only by the service team — all serves are lobbed in. Almost everyone can play the game after just a short time of hitting the ball back and forth across the net. However, it is also a sport where you can keep learning new strokes and increasingly sophisticated strategies for years on end. Why it works for the over-50 crowd? It requires less running and puts less stress on joints. There's mental work in calling, (per the rules), your score, your opponent's score and the rotation. And everyone talks about the atmosphere of camaraderie. Why's it great for families? The game requires just a short amount of
time to teach. Youngsters get a leg up on learning future racket sports. Older family members can have full involvement. The United States of America Pickleball Association (USAPA), currently estimates there are now over 400,000 players actively playing pickleball. HISTORY OF THE GAME Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited with creating the game after they couldn’t find a shuttlecock to play badminton and used a wiffle ball instead. Pickleball has evolved from original hand-made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada. Today the sport is played by people all across the U.S. and even in faraway places like Singapore and Kenya. The game is growing internationally as well with many European and Asian countries adding courts. As the sport
has grown in popularity it continues to be played in back yards, but it has also spawned many competitive tournaments across the country. In this state, Pickleball is included in the Virginia Senior Games. So, are you ready to play? There is a warning however. Once you get hooked on Pickleball you will probably find that it is so much fun that you will “waste” hours each week laughing, improving your game and getting into better physical and mental shape. If you’d like to give Pickleball a try or would like more information about the local game, email Bob at rnajjar@ comcast.net. You can also drop by Auburn Middle School, 7270 Riley Rd, Warrenton, VA on Mon & Wed evenings, from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (weather permitting) into the fall. No experience necessary, but some agility and eye/
hand coordination necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy court sneakers. Bring water. Equipment is available to use and portable facilities are at the site. After the first visit, a one-time fee of $10 for the season will be charged for those wishing to continue to play. MORE INFO: www.usapa.org virginiapickleball.org/what-is-pickleball and warrentonpickleball.blogspot.com
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SMALL TOWN WARRENTON Has a Large Heart for Music By Aimée O’Grady In 2005, Andy Budd, owner of Country Chevrolet, won the prize for a top sales competition: a Brazilian Rosewood Eric Clapton limited edition Martin guitar. This prize awakened his passion for music. Less than a decade later, Budd was recording his third album in Nashville, Tennessee. Today, he can be found at the dealership at the corner of Blackwell and Route 211 during the day, and playing guitar at area venues at night. While not every Warrentonian has such a story, a quick trip through town reveals a number of similar stories and residents that support their local musicians. For a small town, Warrenton has a large heart for the music industry, and area bands enjoy a loyal following. Warrenton guests and residents can listen to regularlyscheduled live music in any number of Warrenton's restaurants and bars, with other restaurants booking the occasional gig. Meanwhile, all summer long, venues throughout the region host live music. From Crockett Park in the east to Verdun Adventure Bound in the west, with the County
Fair, Warrenton Town Limits, and First Friday filling in the middle, the Warrenton community supports its local musicians. Adam Lynch and Jamie Sneed, Fauquier High School graduates and current owners of Hidden Julles Cafe, brought Stammering Blind band members back together after a three-year hiatus in March of 2014. Over the past 18 months, they have gained popularity, having played 67 gigs in the Warrenton region, as well as at venues in DC and Maryland. The band was named for lead member Sneed’s occasional stutter and their original guitarist’s blindness in one eye. Sneed, who is Stammering Blind’s lead vocalist, describes Warrenton residents as having a hunger for music. "People come out to the bars to hear bands, and in response to this, bars are booking bands a year in advance." In October 2012, the Silver Tones Swing Band premiered at the Warrenton Community Center honoring World War II Vets. “We had our first performance only two months after pulling the band
Jamie Sneed sings vocals at Molly’s Irish Pub. Photo Credit Paula Combs
together,” explains band front man Dave Shuma. Following this performance, the band was contacted by Fauquier Parks and Recreation to play for a Valentine’s Day Dance at the Marshall Community Center. Since then the Silver Tones have had the opportunity to play throughout Warrenton, as well as the region with
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performances at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Army Navy Country Club and at the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo for 500 dancers. The band rehearses weekly and just finished recording their first demo album to help promote themselves to new venues. With strong ties to the community, the band is happy to spread the joy of music through their performances. Wendy MartinShuma, band vocalist, is impressed with the diversity of the Warrenton culture, “For such a small town, we really have it all, from the Fauquier Community Band to the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, there is
Maddi Sunshine performs at the inaugural Warrenton Town Limits at the WARF. 14
something for every musician at every level.” Michele Flores, another Fauquier High School graduate and current Loan Officer at George Mason Mortgage, LLC, considered returning to her hometown of Nashville to pursue a singing career. “Rather than risk my love of music if I didn’t succeed, I decided to stay in Warrenton to work and pursue music as a hobby,” she explains. When asked to describe the music scene in Warrenton, Flores is quick to say there is a lot heart in town. While she enjoys the paying gigs, Flores is also very willing to donate her time for local charities. One beneficiary of her vocal skills was Great Meadow Twilight Polo, where she was invited to sing the National Anthem a cappella. Flores has been on stage since the age of 10, when she performed "My Heart Will Go On". She often teams up with Ross D'Urso and regularly performs at Poplar Springs Inn and Spa with occasional gigs at Mojitos & Tapas. Ross D’Urso’s name is most commonly associated with his role as Commissioner of the Revenue for Fauquier County, so residents are sometimes surprised to see him with Flores at Poplar Springs. Music always had a big inﬂuence on D’Urso, who grew up during the 1960’s and began playing the guitar when he was only twelve years old. He finds that the music from the 60’s resonates with today’s younger generations, and he credits the Internet with helping him revive his passion. “I haven’t taken a lesson a day in my life, but thanks to YouTube, I can watch other musicians break songs down and learn to play and improve my abilities.” Five years ago, D’Urso had what he considers a musical renaissance. “I picked up my guitar, got together with a few friends and began showing up at open mic night at McMahons. Eventually, I began getting invited to play at local wineries and from there, venues began booking me by word of mouth.” Bob Grouge, Manager of Poplar Springs, has seen significant benefits from live music, “Our patrons love the addition of live music with dinner and our local talent seems to have a strong following so it’s a nice pairing.” Grouge explains that he enjoys seeing the community interact with the wide
variety of musical genres found in the area. He said they are able to provide something for everyone, “We are able to offer a lot of options for our patrons.” From D’Urso’s perspective, he sees local entrepreneurs taking a calculated risk by bringing local musicians into their restaurants to play live music for patrons. Seeing their positive results, other eateries are following suit. Debra Smyers, a Warrenton local and booking agent, feels that Warrenton is very supportive of new and original music, especially the area’s young artists. Smyers is so passionate about the arts that she has built her career advocating for arts education and helping local musicians pursue their career. Smyers says she “enjoys helping all artists pursue their passion.” Ida Stretch takes the stage at the Warrenton Town Limits festival in July.
When it comes to Warrenton’s support of music, she believes we have a good number of venue options to listen to live music that cater to all levels of music experience. Drum ‘n Strum, located on Main Street, offers a musical experience unlike any other in town with bands performing on their stage monthly. The small venue and affordable ticket prices provide an intimate setting for guests to experience music with musicians aging in range from as young as sixteen to well into middle age. According to D’Urso, “guests can hear Jiffy Lube-quality music right here in Warrenton.” The Drum ‘n Strum stage can also be seen at local events, such as last month’s Warrenton Town Warrenton Lifestyle
Limits festival, where five musicians, including Maddi Sunshine and Ida Stretch, performed to a crowd of nearly 5,000 people. Drum ‘n Strum also hosts open mic night on Thursdays beginning at 8:00 pm. Owner Tim Dingus’ commitment to giving young talent an opportunity is relentless. At the other end of Main Street, Allegro manages The Cellar Door, a coffee house and performance space that will re-open this fall for all the artists in the community. Coffee house fare will be available with a donation to the Allegro Community School of the Arts (a nonprofit organization). During a walk down Main Street on First Friday, one can meet any number of musicians, including oneman band, Peter McCory. While working in PR at Fauquier Hospital in the early 1990s, McCory combined what he considers to be the two best things in the world: children and music. He performed as a one-man band for four years part-time before taking it on full-time. McCory uses his talent not only to entertain but to educate children on the value of practice to sharpen skills. He hosts regular writing workshops where children ages 8-12 have the opportunity to songwrite, regardless of if they have ever played an instrument. His message is that of the value of hard work. “I realize that today’s children are used to immediate gratification, and this helps to remind them that to be good at something you need to practice, and dedicate time and effort.” In addition to one-on-one instruction offered through businesses such as Drum ‘n Strum, Allegro and individuals such as McCory, Warrenton offers a number of programs for children of all ages and all musical abilities to engage in the musical arts. The American Children of SCORE offers children the opportunity to marry instruments with singing during a 12week program. Based out of Warrenton, the program is available for children in third through sixth grade who have a passion for music. “Children who register with SCORE have the opportunity to learn about musical theatre, to collaborate with professional artists, and to perform,” explains Betsy Porter, General Manager. 16
WHERE TO LISTEN TO REGULARLY SCHEDULED LIVE MUSIC IN WARRENTON ALLEGRO COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS THE CELLAR DOOR 20 Main Street www.allegrocsa.org BLACK BEAR BISTRO 34 Main Street www.blackbearbistro.com CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT 65 S 3rd Street www.clairesrestaurant.com DRUM ‘N STRUM 102 Main Street www.drumnstrum.com MCMAHON’S IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT 380 Broadview Ave www.mcmahonsirishpub.com MOJITOS Y TAPAS Warrenton Village Center, 251 Lee Highway #157 www.mojitosandtapas.com MOLLY’S IRISH PUB 36 Main Street www.mollysirishpub.com OLD BUST HEAD BREWERY 7134 Lineweaver Road www.oldbusthead.com POPLAR SPRINGS INN AND SPA 5025 Casanova Road www.poplarspringsinn.com
Michael Wilber enjoys some laughs during a recent performance at Molly’s Irish Pub. Photo Credit Paula Combs
MUSICALLY INCLINED OR INTERESTED? Warrenton offers a number of music education opportunities for students from toddlers through adults: ALLEGRO www.allegrocsa.org THE AMERICAN CHILDREN OF SCORE www.scoremusic.org CRESCENDO MUSIC, LLC www.crescendomusicllc.com DRUM ‘N STRUM www.drumnstrum.com
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Aimée O’Grady is a Warrenton freelance writer whose family enjoys listening to and learning about music thanks to the events and teachers in the area.
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Dr. Robert B. Iadeluca Life has many “beginnings” starting with birth and moving onto such events as first job, marriage, first child, etc. A major beginning for many students this month is the start of high school. High school is the true start of adulthood. I should emphasize that it is merely the “start” because the brain does not arrive at what one can label maturity until approximately age 25. High school, however, presents the incoming student with unusual opportunities for which he may not have been prepared – opportunities to think critically, to meet new responsibilities and, in the process, get to truly know himself. A high schooler is at the age where he may be thinking, however vaguely, of his desired occupation. Electives give him an opportunity to choose subjects he believes may help him to move toward where he ultimately wants to go. Fortunately his freshman year does not lock him in. His wishes may change and other opportunities will open up but not having at least a 18
general idea at this time is like being Stephen Leacock’s mythical rider who “ﬂung himself on his horse and rode off in all directions.” Middle school is designed to prepare students for high school. High School is primarily designed to prepare students for life outside of the school system – academic, vocational, or going directly into the workforce. In high school students prepare as much as possible for future career plans. In middle school time was spent teaching tools and processes such as note taking, writing processes and doing research. In high school it is assumed that students now have this knowledge and are able to put them to practice. High school teachers are less likely to tolerate mistakes, confusion, excuses (even “good” excuses) and immature behavior. Students who are more mature appreciate their being treated in this fashion. Although divided into four separate years, high school is an entity unto itself. Ordinarily one enters
while experiencing the critical period of adolescence but upon completion of high school is old enough to vote and serve in the military. It is not an exaggeration to say that one enters high school as a child and completes it as a young adult. Physical changes are immediately evident to someone who has not seen the student for a period of time. An appearance of mental and emotional growth becomes obvious after a brief conversation. In the process of studying more advanced science, language and math one gains knowledge of oneself. On the surface that statement seems ridiculous considering that each of us has been with ourselves since birth. Don’t we know ourselves? Unfortunately in many (if not most) cases we do not. It is common to see ourselves solely through the eyes of others without looking inside in a critical fashion. One learns to like oneself, to appreciate oneself. Rather than wanting to be like someone else (trying Warrenton Lifestyle
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to fit a round peg into a square hole), one recognizes one’s individuality. One learns to accept oneself for the human being he is. One learns to respect oneself as a good and decent person. People who respect themselves do not accept disrespect from others. Many students enter high school unsure of themselves. Some tend to exaggerate their problems and minimize their achievements. They pay more attention to their feelings than to their abilities. They listen to their friends rather than looking inside. While this uncertainty about themselves is taking place, simultaneously teachers are having expectations. Serious homework is being assigned, class participation is encouraged, immaturity is not tolerated. The maturity gap between 8th and 9th grade is much greater than, for example, from 6th to 8th. Students in middle school live more in the moment; they wear their hearts on their sleeves. They need more handholding. They are more connected to their childhood and feel that there is time to sort things out before adulthood. Moving to 9th grade makes a big difference in the life of an
adolescent. They gradually become aware of this and without realizing this on a conscious level become a bit more subdued. They have a deep need to be known and loved for who they are and to be taken seriously. For those intending to go to college, maturity is a leading factor in determining whether they can be successful. Aspiring scholars should plan out their high school curriculum to be as appealing as possible to college admission boards. Colleges look at student grades from Freshman level on. College work is much more difficult. High school students should master language composition, math, social sciences and history as soon as possible. They should undertake an intellectually challenging course containing a diverse arena of disciplines involving extracurricular activities while maintaining the highest grade point average possible. Extra curricular activities might include the school newspaper, yearbook, student politics, the music community and various volunteer programs. Even more so than the change from middle school to high school is
the freedom allowed the student in college. College is for adults and handholding has been left far behind. High school is where the student meets the specific goals because he wants to, not because his teacher assigned it. Much change takes place between the ages of 14 and 18. The serious student has learned to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of long term gain. He has learned to persevere – to sweat out a situation in spite of discouraging setbacks. Despite frustration, discomfort and defeat, he continues without complaint. He has become dependable and keeps his word while avoiding alibis. Once having made a decision, he stands by it. Perhaps more important among these signs of maturity is humility – being big enough to say “I was wrong” and, if right, not needing to say “I told you so.” Rather than look elsewhere for his success in high school, the student need only look in the mirror. To the question of his life, he is the answer. To the problems of his life, he is the solution.
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NATURAL AREA Hiking Back To Long Forgotten Era
By John Hagarty There’s a secret hiking jewel less than ten miles from Warrenton. Admittedly, it’s an open secret since The Nature Conservancy has owned the property since 1960. But on any given day the footpath is lightly used. A walk on peaceful Wildcat Mountain will lead you to believe you are in the wilds of West Virginia. If a quiet and beautiful outdoor experience resonates with you, this preserve will deliver. There are patches of ancient oak and hickory on the mountain but the land was mostly cleared for farms as early as the 18th century. Wellpreserved stone walls still crisscross the mountain marking the boundaries of former fields. Many of the mountain homesteads were abandoned after the Civil War but some farming and considerable logging continued into the 20th century. Today, the entire mountain is forested as nature reclaimed the land. The mountain received its name more than two centuries ago when wildcats freely 22
roamed the area. And no, don’t be concerned about jumping one today. They’ve long since left the area. So who do we thank for this unique gift? First, the Arundel family who donated the property to The Nature Conservancy. Nick Arundel, who passed away in 2011, was a legend in the Piedmont region. He was a journalist, philanthropist and conservationist. He donated the 655-acre Wildcat Mountain 55 years ago, making it the oldest TNC preserve in Virginia. The organization then created a three mile trail circumnavigating the mountain (2.9 to be persnickety). It’s open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dusk. And while a three mile walk may sound a bit on the light side of a good workout, don’t be surprised if it takes two hours to cover the distance. There is some decent elevation gain on the front end of the hike that offers a challenge. And a variety of small signs posted on trees provide hikers an opportunity to learn
about the forest they’re walking through. Think outdoor classroom on boots. Perhaps most interesting is an abandoned spring house and farm house built around 1900 by Enock Smith located mid-way on the circuit. Smith’s parents lived in a one room cabin built in 1830 that was located behind the farmhouse. Only the chimney remains today. TNC is a charitable environmental organization whose mission is to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” It was founded in 1951 and operates in all 50 states and 35 countries. It has over one million members and has protected more than 119,000,000 acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Its 2014 assets totaled $6.18 billion. Fauquier County is fortunate to have land owned by the organization which in turn is made available to all citizens to enjoy. Warrenton Lifestyle
MOVE’EM OUT With your boots laced up, the hike itself officially begins a tenth of a mile from the parking lot. The website Hiking Upward (www.hikingupward. com) offers a succinct description of the walk: • From the parking lot walk up the gravel road for 120 yards to the point where the road comes to a T, turn right, following the trail signs and shortly pass a chain gate. Begin the steepest section of the hike as the trail makes several switchbacks for 0.4 miles climbing 400 feet in elevation before reaching a stone wall and intersection of the main loop. • Turn left following the trail signs as it descends the ridge for 0.6 miles then turns right and follows one of the many small fire roads. • The fire road will veer left uphill, then pass around a small rise before reaching a split in the road in 0.3 miles. Stay left downhill and cross a steam. Climb 50 yards to the next intersection where the loop trail turns right. Turn right continuing to follow the loop trail on a dirt road believed to be the one of the oldest roads in Virginia.
• In another 0.1 miles arrive at the spring house, a replica built in the early 1960’s, with the original spring box just uphill. The Smith house further up the rise, was constructed in the 1900 by Enoch Smith, and remained occupied for most of the early 20th Century. • Turn right at the yellow blazed Wildcat Mountain loop trail as it crosses over the earth embankment of a small pond. In 0.2 miles from the pond arrive at a stone wall and the fire road intersection on the right. Remain straight following the trail signs for 0.5 miles where the trail turns right off the fire road. Follow the trail signs now downhill before arriving back at the beginning of the loop in another 0.3 miles.
OFF TO THE TRAILHEAD A good spot to launch your trip to Wildcat Mountain Natural Area is Fauquier High School. • Proceed west on Old Waterloo Road for 3.5 miles. • Old Waterloo Road turns left but continue on the same road that now becomes Wilson Road. Go 2.5 miles and take a right on Carters Run Road. • Drive 3.1 miles and take a right onto graveled England Mountain Road. • Proceed 0.1 of a mile to parking lot on right. • Walk 0.1 mile up hill to trailhead on the right. • Enjoy your walk!
• Turn left downhill at the end of the stone wall, retracing the route 0.4 miles back to the parking area. There are several side trails that lead to adjacent private properties. Hikers should stay on the yellow blazed trails to avoid getting lost. For a full description of the hike with map and photos visit www.hikingupward.com and search Wildcat Mountain.
John Hagarty is a member of Boots ‘n Beer, a drinking club with a hiking problem. The men only club regularly sponsored hikes throughout the Piedmont region. Each hike concludes with rehydration stop at a local pub. Visit bootsnbeer.com to become a member.
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FAUQUIER EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SUPPORTS TEACHERS AND STUDENTS GROWS INTO A FOUNDATION AFTER THREE DECADES OF SERVICES By Danica Low
Since the mid 1980’s education has changed quite a bit. The way it is funded, its content and delivery have evolved. Community support, government campaigns and nonprofit groups have helped expand and enrich public education and its programs. One local philanthropic organization whose mission has always been to support education at the county level, has changed quite a bit too. Fauquier Excellence in Education which originated in 1985 to support a county struggling with teacher retention and efforts to pay teacher competitive salaries. Recently obtaining its 501c3 nonprofit status, Fauquier remains dedicated to raising awareness of educator and education needs in Fauquier, and to its fundraising efforts which support education initiatives. It will remain focused on enhancing education in Fauquier County, and looks to the community to provide insight into what is lacking in our schools. Ideas on ways the group can use locally raised funds to infuse sustenance back into the County are of large interest. Every August for the last three decades, Fauquier Excellence in Education (FEIE) has hosted a new teacher dinner in late summer to provide an advanced thank you and warm welcome for newly hired Fauquier County Public School (FCPS) teachers. 24
In addition, the charitable organization has awarded teacher grants annually since 1985 to hand-selected teacher recipients for enrichment opportunities (training, continuing education, etc.). One of this year’s eight teacher grant recipients is Karla Kolb, the Art teacher at M.M. Pierce Elementary School. Mrs. Kolb was awarded the grant to attend an Educator Forum at Savannah College in Savannah, Georgia, this summer. FEIE awarded a total of $10,000 this year across recipients, which also include FCPS teachers Stacey Babish, Joan Bacot, Vivian Bowles, David Kuzma, Kelly Kwolek, Pamela Smith and Sonya Wilson. In addition to these lofty achievements, FEIE has formed a new Board within the last year and is expanding its reach. Longtime departing FEIE Board members included Wayne Eastman, Doug Larson, and Meg Sheritz. New FEIE Board members include Wes Kennedy, Mia Grabner, Melanie Burch, Leon Williams, Pat Woodward, Tim Sargeant, Dr. Jennifer Woodside, Doug Marshall, Joan Roach, Pat Barr and Dr. Michael Amster – who represent the fresh, passionate, renewed approach that Acting Board Chairman, Wes Kennedy says will permeate this non-profit in the years to come. “It feels like a new organization. We’re stretching
goals and reaching for the stars,” says Mr. Kennedy. “We want to continue the annual teacher grants and new teacher welcome event that we have historically provided, as well as build on that to do more for the students and programs.” This year, FEIE helped support FCPS Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) summer camps by providing funds for FCPS to purchase robotic equipment for students to use for hands-on learning experiences. The Foundation plans to do more for these STEM programs in the coming years. FEIE lists funding for additional field trips throughout the public school system in Fauquier County as a top goal in future years, as well as offering other educational and mentoring experiences outside of the classroom. As an example, FEIE recently shared this on its Facebook page: “In 2014, Alice Pleasants, the Library Media Specialist at Kettle Run, was a (FEIE) grant recipient. Herself and Mrs. Jurand spent a year planning and
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organizing a trip of a lifetime for 20 fortunate students to spend 2-1/2 weeks in Germany this June. They visited Dachau, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Zugspitze. They visited Switzerland and France on their journey abroad. Prepared with presentations about their life in the U.S., our students educated students in Germany. Immersed in the culture, our students gained an appreciation of life in Europe because our teacher's stepped outside the box and were willing to take the risks that change lives.” According to Mr. Kennedy, FEIE has “big dreams of growing donations to support the County schools at large,” and hopes to operate this non-profit as a county-wide PTO of sorts, where parents, students, faculty and the School Board can all work together with enhanced funding to meet collaborative goals. “We want to enrich and expand the educational opportunities provided in our public schools. There is more to be delivered than the Fauquier County can supply with its structural and financial limitations,” says Mr. Kennedy. The new Board meets regularly and has the support of Dr. David Jeck, FCPS Superintendent and Sheryl Wolfe, Chair of the FCPS School Board. They attend the FEIE Board meetings as non-voting Board members. FEIE also works closely with Fauquier County Public Schools
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administrative staff and Fauquier County Department of Human Resources for insight into new teacher hires and communication on teacher needs throughout the year. Sheryl Wolfe says, “The Foundation provides enrichment opportunities for teachers and students that are otherwise not possible within budget constraints.” The organization has confidence in the support recently provided by County residents. In May’s Give Local Piedmont giving challenge to raise money for local nonprofits communitywide for local non-profits, Fauquier Excellence in Education placed 10th among 138 organizations vying for local donations, with a total sum of $8,000 collected through this single fundraising effort. Like most nonprofits, this foundation is solely funded by donations and fundraising. As the father of two young children, ages four and nine, Mr. Kennedy says, “The Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation wants to give every student the best chance forward in life. Our thinking is – how can we do that?” He cites that there are approximately 11,000 children in FCPS schools and the Foundation wants to reach as many as it can. “The Foundation is a dedicated group of individuals making a difference. We think Fauquier is a great place and we want to make it better.” He adds, “Work is work. Life is life. Children are our future.” For more information on the foundation, visit: www.fauquiereie.org.
Each year, the Foundation sponsors the “New Teacher Dinner” to welcome new teachers and recognize outstanding educators who have received Excellence in Education Fellowship Awards, given annually by the Foundation. Acting Chairman, Wes Kennedy says, “This special event is unique to our area, and is an opportunity for business and community leaders to offer support and express appreciation to teachers for the critical role they play in preparing students for responsible citizenship and the world of work.” This year, the 32nd annual dinner will be held on Monday, August 10, at Fauquier Springs Country Club, beginning at 5:30pm with a social hour followed by dinner and recognition of new teachers and award recipients. The Foundation shares that its Board sincerely hopes new teachers can attend this special event to meet and be welcomed to the Fauquier community. The cost to attend is $50, which includes dinner and sponsorship of one new teacher. If you cannot attend but would like to sponsor a teacher, the cost is $25 per teacher. Additionally, contributions of any amount are most appreciated. Door prizes are accepted and appreciated as well; please contact Sheryl Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery, or to participate in any way.
The Fauquier Excellence in Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 that was formed to create, enrich and expand educational opportunities for Fauquier County Public Schools. It is seeking help and support from community members in our county.
Danica Low is a regular contributing columnist for Lifestyle Magazines and a local marketing professional. For fourteen years, she has worked in private and public sector public relations, administrative and non-profit work. Her real enjoyment is encouraging and connecting with others. Crafting a story to bring light to a journey brings her joy. 26
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Fauquier Health Calcium Scoring Test Assesses Heart Attack Risk By Robin Earl Heart attacks, a leading cause of death in the U. S., can strike without warning. In fact, many victims have no prior signs of heart disease. But a simple heart scan, called a coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) test, can save lives by detecting heart disease before symptoms are present, leading to earlier treatment and an increased life expectancy. HOW DOES THE SCAN WORK? The test measures the amount of calcium that has built up in your coronary arteries. Results are recorded as a numeric score. The higher your score, the more calcium you have. A zero score means you have no calcium and are at low risk of having a heart attack in the next several years. The test is quick, painless and provides high-speed CT images of the heart. It does not require any needles or other invasive measures. There are no preparations or medication changes, and you can resume all normal activities immediately afterward. Fauquier Health uses the newest technology to provide the lowest radiation dose possible for your CT scan.
WHO SHOULD GET SCREENED? Because the test does involve a modest amount of radiation exposure, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology do not recommend the test for everyone, just for those at risk. Consult with your physician to determine if you are a candidate, based on a combination of risk factors: • Family history of heart disease • High cholesterol • High blood pressure • Smoking • Lack of physical activity • Males older than age 45 or females older than age 55 • Diabetes • Overweight • Postmenopausal women If you are at risk, the heart scan provides the data your doctor needs to treat you appropriately. Early detection is the key to preventing future problems. Physician’s Order Required The cost for the test is $99, and it must be paid at the time of the exam. Once you have a doctor’s order, call 540-316-5800 to schedule your test.
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By Rebekah Grier The water you’re drinking right now was only 24 hours ago pulled from its natural habitat. Every day, the Warrenton Water Filtration Plant located at the north end of town off of Blackwell Road produces almost 1.5 million gallons of safe, drinkable water for the town’s residents and businesses with a future capacity of almost 3 million gallons a day.* The first water treatment plant in Warrenton was built in 1927 – pre World War II. It was located near the crossroads of Academy Hill and Cedar Run and although it could only produce half a million gallons per day, it stayed in operation for 56 years. The old plant was closed in 1983 when the current facility, with a capacity of producing 2 million gallons of water per day, came online. Since opening, the current Filtration plant has had several upgrades, two within the 30
last decade that improved filtration quality, digital monitoring, equipment efficiency, and output quantity. The old facility itself was not demolished until only 3 years ago. While the Filtration Plant utilizes more pumps (energy) and less gravity than the Wastewater Treatment Plant featured in the June issue, it is still considered a gravity filtration system. The highly regulated and monitored process of coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and chlorination purifies the raw water taken from either the Warrenton or Airlie Reservoirs before being distributed through town. Ninety-five percent of the town’s drinking water flows through the Filtration Plant. The Warrenton Reservoir, a storage capacity of 124 million gallons, is the primary town supplier. Even though the Airlie Reservoir has a much larger
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storage capacity, it is only utilized when the Warrenton Reservoir is depleted. When the Filtration Plant closes during the evening hours, two water storage tanks, totaling 2 million gallons of storage, are what supply the evening demand. The standards for town water regulation are very strict, much more so than even the regulation standards for bottled water – which, as the recent recalls of over a dozen bottled water labels prove, can be easily contaminated. The Water Filtration Plant performs ten monthly bacteria tests at community test points throughout town in addition to one random community check per day. No crop farming is allowed within a certain radius of either of the reservoirs due to fertilizers, pesticides or erosion from plowing risking contamination of the water supply. Glenn Coppage, Superintendent of the Water Filtration Plant, said, “I would feel much safer drinking water from the Town of Warrenton than somewhere else.” And unlike our June visit to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Director of Public Works and Utilities, Bo Tucker, was able to find a cup for sampling this finished product. “If it smells okay, looks okay, and tastes okay, it’s okay,” Both Coppage and Tucker affirmed somewhat humorously. Warrenton residents can be rest assured that their water is being well looked-after. Superintendent Coppage has the highest licensure by the state of Virginia as a Class 1 water treatment operator among other specialized degrees and certificates. The son of a master plumber, he started his career in water at a tender age and joined the Filtration Plant as a young man. He has now worked for the Town of Warrenton for just shy of 30 years, devoting the majority of his life to making sure Warrenton drinks only the best. When asked about the overall quality of the water in light of so many health concerns and contamination possibilities, Tucker highlighted the strict EPA standards and, with the help of Coppage, quoted the opening scene of The Waterboy and the humorous first words of Bobby Boucher, “Now that’s what I call high-quality H20.” *Source: Town of Warrenton Water Supply Plan WR&A September 2010 August 2015
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Warrenton businesses offer wonderful options for our community. This year, you have voiced your opinions. With over 4,200 ballots cast here are the winners and those awarded honorable mention(s). Celebrate, shop and be sure to vote again next year for organizations that provide our town with an amazing lifestyle.
Best All-Around Restaurant | Claire’s at the Depot
Clearly one of the most exciting categories for readers, the 2015 prize goes to Claire’s at the Depot for Best All-Around Restaurant. Claire’s was also awarded Best Business Lunch, Best Caterer, Best Outdoor Seating, Best Place For Cocktails, Best Spot For Saturday Night Date and Best Wait Staff. The restaurant features an upscale environment and local cuisine with a southern influence. Claire’s at the Depot is located on 65 South Third Street. HONORABLE MENTION: BLACK BEAR BISTRO, CAFE TORINO, CHICK FIL A, LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
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Best Bakery/Desserts | Red Truck Bakery With their tasty delights, Red Truck Bakery, has captured your votes for the Best Bakery/Desserts. From Key Lime Pies, cookies to chocolate croissants, offer yourself a treat. With sandwiches and soups also on the menu, plan a lunch with a tasty dessert from the multitude of choices.. HONORABLE MENTION: CAFÉ TORINO, CAROUSEL
FROZEN TREATS, GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY
Best Breakfast Place | Frost Diner Taking the prize for several years now, Frost Diner continues to provide satisfaction to the hungry diners. Located in the heart of Warrenton, it is in a prime location to serve breakfast 24 hours a day. Select from the wide variety of breakfast options, such as eggs, hotcakes, corned beef hash or biscuits and gravy. No matter what, you will be granted a home-style meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. HONORABLE MENTION: IHOP, NORTHSIDE 29 RESTAURANT, RED TRUCK BAKERY
Best Business Lunch | Claire’s at the Depot HONORABLE MENTION: BLACK BEAR BISTRO, CAFE TORINO, PANERA
Best Casual/Family Restaurant | El Agave This year, the race for first was tight. Affordable prices, authentic, fresh Mexican food and a comfortable family-friendly environment is what El Agave is all about. That is why voters have once again selected El Agave as the top pick for Best Casual/Family Restaurant in 2015. With a variety of offerings from queso and fresh salsa to enchiladas and burritos to tacos and salad, there is something to appeal to everyone in the family. HONORABLE MENTION: CHICK-FIL-A, NORTHSIDE 29 RESTAURANT, LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE
Best Caterer | Claire’s Catering Specializing in personalized service, Claire’s can assist Warrentonians with all their special events. Claire’s will create fabulous food to suit all your event needs from an array of hros d’oeuvres, salads, delicious platters to custom options. HONORABLE MENTION: CAFÉ TORINO, LEGENDS CATERING, RED HOT & BLUE
Best Coffee | Starbucks Located near Osaka in the Oak Springs Plaza, Starbucks was the clear winner this year for Best Coffee. Open daily, they serve coffee, cappuccino, espresso, tea and cold drinks to please. Breakfast sandwiches, pastries, salads and cold sandwiches are also available. HONORABLE MENTION: DUNKIN’ DONUTS, RED TRUCK BAKERY, STARBUCKS (NEAR IHOP)
Best Grocery Store | Harris Teeter Harris Teeter once again claims the title of Best Grocery Store of 2015. Featuring farmer’s fresh foods, wine, fish and even a pharmacy, Harris Teeter’s offers shoppers an amazing array of choices. They even offer Internet shopping with pick up that is convenient and fast. Located in the NorthRock Shopping Center, Harris Teeter is convenient to all who live in Warrenton. HONORABLE MENTION: FOOD LION, GIANT, SAFEWAY
Best Ice Cream | Carousel Frozen Treats Warrenton clearly loves this ice cream destination. Carousel has been awarded the Best Ice Cream prize again this year. You can now enjoy hot dogs, corn dogs and french fries along with your frozen treats. With countless options such as Hawaiian ice, sundaes, milkshakes and more, your taste buds will be thanking you no matter what you select. HONORABLE MENTION: COLDSTONE CREAMERY, EFFEE’S ICE CREAM, SWEET FROG
Best Mexican/Latin Food | EL AGAVE Located in the Warrenton Village Shopping Center, El Agave has claimed the title again this year for Best Mexican/ Latin Food. Owned and operated by the Villasenor Family, this local favorite is open for lunch and dinner and serves fresh authentic Mexican food. El Agave also was awarded Best Casual/Family Restaurant this year. HONORABLE MENTION: CHIPOTLE, EL TORO, MOJITOS & TAPAS
Best Outdoor Seating | Claire’s at the Depot
HONORABLE MENTION: BLACK BEAR BISTRO, CAROUSEL, THE NEW BRIDGE
Best Pizza | The Brick The Brick has claimed the title again this year for Best Pizza. With options such as the Tricolore and custom creations your palate will delight in any of the pizzas served from their brick oven. This is a place to enjoy with friends and family in a friendly, casual setting. Try anyone of their special pizzas, they are loaded with flavor. HONORABLE MENTION: JOE & VINNIE’S PIZZA, LEDO’S PIZZA, SPITONY’S
Best Place for a Cocktail | Claire’s at The Depot HONORABLE MENTION: MCMAHON’S IRISH PUB, MOJITOS AND TAPAS, THE NEW BRIDGE
Best Salad | Panera Located on West Lee Highway, Panera offers a variety of salads that Warrentonians truly enjoy. You have declared them your top pick for Best Salad in Town. Try their salad or one of their other tasty dishes ranging from soups, sandwiches and more. Don’t forget to add a pastry or cookie for dessert. It’s no wonder their convenience and comfortable seating indoors and outdoors is a favorite. HONORABLE MENTION: CHICK-FIL-A, CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT, RUBY TUESDAY
Best Sandwich | Panera HONORABLE MENTION: CHICK-FIL-A, FIREHOUSE SUBS, GREAT HARVEST BREAD COMPANY
Best Take-Out | Chick-Fil-A This year readers have agreed once more that Chick-Fil-A offers the best take-out. Located next to Walgreens, they are open Monday through Saturday and offer friendly service in a kid friendly atmosphere. Try something from their breakfast menu or enjoy their other offerings for lunch or dinner. They truly are a positive supporter of our community offering fundraisers and other special events for all residents to enjoy. HONORABLE MENTION: CHINA JADE, CHIPOTLE, FAANG THAI RESTAURANT & BAR
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Best Annual Event | Warrenton Christmas Parade/Gumdrop Square Every year residents and visitors to Warrenton flock to Main Street to enjoy the annual Christmas Parade and Gumdrop Square. Obviously, this is a beloved tradition, as you voted The Christmas Parade the Best Annual Event award in 2015. Every year, The Parade and Gumdrop Square creates a festive holiday atmosphere for families to enjoy. From the young to the young at heart, Christmas joy is spread with this incredible celebration. HONORABLE MENTION: FAUQUIER COUNTY FAIR, SPRING GOLD CUP RACES, WARRENTON SPRING FESTIVAL
Best Place for Girls Night Out | Claire’s At The Depot In this highly competitive category, the 2015 Best Place for Girls Nights Out is awarded to Claire’s At The Depot. HONORABLE MENTION: BARREL OAK, MOJITOS AND TAPAS, OLD BUST HEAD BREWERY
Best Local Entertainer/Band | Elizabeth Lawrence Band The fantastic vocals and music from this band are truly favored by our readers. Once again, Elizabeth Lawrence and her rockin’ band have claimed the top spot for Best Local Entertainer/Band. Her mix of of soulful blues, rugged rock and inspired ballads are incredible to listen, dance or tap your feet to. HONORABLE MENTION: ANDRE FOX, PIEDMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, SILVER TONES SWING BAND 36
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Best Local Winery | Barrel Oak Winery The Best Local Winery of 2015 is awarded to Barrel Oak. This multi-year winner is owned by Brian and Sharon Roeder and offers an amazing location for wine tasting and enjoying the beautiful scenery our region offers. This is a place to go for a special occasions, with friends or with your entire family - including your dog. They are conveniently located off I-66 in Delaplane. HONORABLE MENTION: MOLON LAVE VINEYARDS, NAKED MOUNTAIN, PEARMUND CELLARS
Best Nightspot | Carousel Frozen Treats This contest was tightest one of the 2015 Best of Warrenton competition! Ultimately there is only one winner and this year you have selected Carousel Frozen Treats. With ample outdoor seating and family atmosphere, young and adult can have an enjoyable evening out for dinner and dessert or just dessert. Visiting with friends and family is fun - you can even make a wish by tossing a penny into their fountain! Tasty treats range from soft serve ice cream to tasty milkshakes and fries! Their in Town location is ideal for many to walk, run or ride bikes to on a beautiful evening. HONORABLE MENTION: CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT, MCMAHON’S IRISH PUB, MOLLY’S IRISH PUB
Best Place for a Reception | Airlie Center Whether your wedding celebration is located in the Pavilion, in the Main House, outside, or in one of the other buildings on the scenic grounds, Airlie Center is the place to be. Readers have awarded Airlie the Best Place for a Reception in 2015. Situated on over 1,000 acres, this eco-friendly conference center offers intimate spaces for small weddings or events to accommodations for large scale weddings or events. Overnight accommodations and ability to host parties, receptions, special celebrations or just a night out are just a few of the reasons Airlie was selected by you as the best place for a reception. HONORABLE MENTION: FAUQUIER SPRINGS
COUNTRY CLUB, INN AT VINT HILL, POPLAR SPRINGS
Best Saturday Night Date Spot | Claire’s at the Depot Readers have chosen Claire’s at the Depot as Best Saturday Night Date Spot. Delicious fare, an atmosphere perfect for a romantic meal,and excellent staff and seating options inside and out all make it the perfect location for a date. HONORABLE MENTION: CAROUSEL FROZEN TREATS, POPLAR SPRINGS INN & SPA, THE NEW BRIDGE
Best Charitable Organization | Fauquier SPCA In this highly competitive category, the Best Charitable Organization has truly gone to the animals. Fauquier SPCA was declared the winner by you in this competitive race. Located on Rogues Road, the Fauquier SPCA is a place filled with caring individuals that want to find good homes for many cats, dogs and other animals. Mary Tarr, the Executive Director, has established a great team and a wonderful support system. Help for the animals is always needed. HONORABLE MENTION: FAUQUIER FREE CLINIC, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Best Local Artist | Palmer Smith Throughout the year Palmer Smith will be seen out and about Warrenton, painting beautiful landscape scenes,events and the architecture within our community. Readers have voted him the Best Local Artist for 2015. His oil paintings are displayed in many business locations throughout Warrenton and are for sale in many local stores. HONORABLE MENTION: BECKY PARRISH, NANCY BRITTLE, PATTY RICE
Best Local Photographer | Ciao Bella Photography Readers have agreed, Ciao Bella Photography is the Best Local Photographer for 2015. Dan and Mona McLinden capture all your precious moments to cherish for a life time. Ciao Bella provides complete wedding services, events packages, HS senior portraits, family portraits, team and action shots and much more! HONORABLE MENTION: EDWARD PAYNE, STEPHANIE MESSICK PHOTOGRAPHY, SUNNY REYNOLDS
Best Antique Store | Fox Den Antiques The 2015 Best Antique Store award goes to Fox Den Antiques. They have been offering Warretonians and visitors a unique shopping experience since the 1980s. Specialty pieces, collectibles and dealersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; antiques of all types are available to purchase and admire. Located in The Waterloo Station Shopping Center, they offer shopping for all 7 days a week and even have individual shopping experiences by appointment. HONORABLE MENTION: THE EMPTY NEST, TREASURE BOX, WHITE ELEPHANT
Best Electronics Store | McClanahan Camera McClanahan Camera has been a staple in this community for over 40 years and has been awarded the 2015 Best Electronic Store in Warrenton. Pooch and Brigid McClanahan founded the business and Cindy, their daughter, continues managing the business. With offerings ranging from cameras, digital retouching, to instructional classes, they truly are the place to go according to readers. Peruse their wide selection of cameras and accessories. You will be sure to find what you need. Convenience is not only in the products offered, but in their location, across from the Exxon on Lee Highway. HONORABLE MENTION: GAMESTOP, RADIO SHACK, VERIZON WIRELESS
Best Florist | Designs by Teresa Readers have awarded the 2015 Best Florist category to Designs by Teresa. Located in Old Town, Teresa offers exquisite flower arrangements and an exclusive line of fountains and garden ware. Home décor items, custom silk flower arrangements, statues, and even gift baskets are available.The store is open Monday thru Saturday. HONORABLE MENTION: HARRIS TEETER, VILLAGE FLOWERS, WARRENTON FLORIST
Best Furniture Store | Rankin’s Furniture Readers have spoken, and Rankin’s Furniture takes home Best Furniture of Warrenton 2015. No matter the room you need to furnish, they offer only the best quality furniture. Having over 40 years of experience serving Warrenton and surrounding areas, they are the place to find what you need. Shoppers will find not only home furnishings, but a wide range of accessories to decorate their entire home. They are located in The Waterloo Station Shopping Center. HONORABLE MENTION: RESTORE - FAUQUIER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, SHELF LIFE, WHITE ELEPHANT
Best Unique Gift Store | Latitudes Fair Trade Store Readers have selected Latitudes as the Best Unique Gift Store in 2015. This popular shopping destination is located on Main Street and is a component of the Fair Trade Federation which helps developing countries around the world. From hand-crafted bags, baskets, jewelry and clothing, you are sure to find the perfect gift, even if the gift is for yourself! Latitudes supports farmers and artisans in underprivileged countries through the practice of fair trade and are open 7 days a week for shoppers. HONORABLE MENTION: BANNER’S HALLMARK, G. WHILLIKERS, TOWN DUCK
Best Home Improvement Store | Rankin’s True Value Hardware Rankin’s True Value Hardware is a multi-year winner of the Best Home Improvement Store. Rankin’s offers exceptional customer service and a wide variety of supplies, ranging from lawn and gardening supplies to painting, electrical and plumbing needs, household appliances, fasteners, hand and power tools, ladders and much more. This family owned business is located in the Warrenton Village Center and is open 7 days a week. HONORABLE MENTION: GILLIAM’S BUILDING SUPPLY, RESTORE - FAUQUIER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, SHELF LIFE
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Best Jewelry Store | Hartman Jewelers Since 1994, Hartman’s has been providing Warrenton finest selection of jewelry ranging from sterling silver to rare colorful gems in various price ranges. Unique items and excellent service has readers selecting them as the 2015 winner in the Best Jewelry Store category for 2015. Located on Main Street, they offer not only exquisite jewelry, but repair, engraving and even free jewelry cleaning! They are open every day except Sunday. HONORABLE MENTION: CARTER AND SPENCE, LATITUDES, WARRENTON JEWELERS
Best New Business | Old Bust Head Brewing Company This new brewery has claimed the heart and “spirit” of readers. As the winner of the 2015 Best New Business, Old Bust Head Brewing Company is located at 7134 Lineweaver Road. They offer exceptional craft beer and a passion for our community and environment. Beer enthusiasts may enjoy a selection ranging from stouts to a variety of ales to compliment whatever their taste buds are craving. Old Busthead even sells barware and gifts, apparel and gift certificates. Private tastings and tours of the facility are also available by special arrangement. HONORABLE MENTION: THE BEANSTALK CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE, DUNKIN DONUTS, THE NEW BRIDGE
Best Pharmacy | CVS Pharmacy (Blackwell Road) Readers have given the prize of the 2015 Best Pharmacy to CVS Pharmacy right off of Blackwell Road. With their friendly, professional staff, you can obtain the assistance you require 24/7. CVS also offers convenient services such as an onsite Minute Clinic that can assist you with medical needs. HONORABLE MENTION:
GIANT, WALGREENS, WALMART
Best Place to Buy Wine | Galloping Grape And the winner is Galloping Grape. Located on Shirley Avenue, across from the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds, Galloping Grape offers a variety of wines to choose from. From white, red, blush, sparkling and more, wine lovers will love all the options. The store also offers wine accessories, such as stoppers, wine glasses, wine racks and more. HONORABLE MENTION: HARRIS TEETER, THE GRAPEVINE, TOWN DUCK
Best Women’s Clothes | Peebles Located at 251 W. Lee Highway in The Warrenton Village shopping center. Shoppers can delight in all the options available for every season and every occasion. Peebles is conveniently open 7 days a week. HONORABLE MENTION: CHRISTINE FOX, DO YOU…DÉJÀ VU, SEARS
Best Accounting Firm | Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C. Repeatedly recognized by readers for several years, Scheulen, Patchett & Edwards, P.C. has been voted the Best Accounting Firm for 2015. With decades of experience in providing advice to businesses and individuals, they take the stress out of tax returns and financial statements. What began in 1983 as a small office, the firm has developed into a firm that offers some of the best accounting, taxation, estate planning and consulting services. Their office is located on Alexandria Pike next to the DMV. HONORABLE MENTION: H&R BLOCK, PBMARES, LLP., UPDEGROVE, COMBS, MCDANIEL & WILSON, P.L.C
Best Auto Dealership | Country Chevrolet Clearly, Warrenton residence agree, that Country Chevrolet is the favored auto dealer in our community. They offer a wide selection for any car/ truck enthusiast - ranging from Silverados to Corvettes to ecofriendly and technology vehicle options. Country Chevrolet offers reliable, sturdy and technology options for all. Owner Andy Budd has developed a customer service team that excels in personalized services in all their departments. HONORABLE MENTION: JIM HARRIS BUICK PONTIAC GMC, SHEEHY FORD, WARRENTON TOYOTA/SCION
Best Auto Repair Center | Joe’s Service Center Warrenton readers have selected Joe’s Service Center as the winner for the 2015 Best Auto Repair Center. Joe’s offers complete service ranging from oil changes to brakes, electrical, emissions, and collision. Additionally, Joe’s Service Center offers services on all types of vehicles. If your car or truck is need of assistance, you can find Joe’s Service Center on Sullivan Street. HONORABLE MENTION: CHICK’S SERVICES INC, COUNTRY CHEVROLET, WARRENTON AUTO SERVICE
Best Bank | The Fauquier Bank For a decade, The Fauquier Bank has been voted number one in this category. You recognize their services that include banking and financial, investment services, deposits and insurance management and online banking as the best. With several locations throughout Warrenton, Fauquier and Prince William, they provide convenience and excellence. President Randy Ferrell leads this winning team. The main branch is located off Main Street at 10 Courthouse Square. HONORABLE MENTION: BB&T, OAK VIEW NATIONAL BANK, WELLS FARGO
Best Barber Shop | Lee’s Barber Shop (Main Street) In this close race, Lee’s Barber Shop pulled ahead to claim the Best Barber Shop in Warrenton. For men’s grooming, this business remains the spot to keep hair looking good for men and boys in the area. HONORABLE MENTION: HAIR CUTTERY, LEE CHRISTNERS (5TH STREET), PR@PARTNERS, SIGGI’S SPORTS BARBER SHOP
Best Chiropractor Firm | Advantage Health Advantage Health offers chiropractors to diagnose and treat common spinal misalignments that can occur from lifestyle or injuries causing pain, discomfort and degenerative conditions. Located on Oak Springs Drive, Advantage Health may be able to treat back pain, sciatica, neck pain, sports injuries and more. HONORABLE MENTION: FAUQUIER CHIROPRACTIC, WARRENTON CHIROPRACTIC CENTER, VIRGINIA SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC
Best Computer Service/ System Repairs | Dok Klaus Computer Care In 2015, Dok Klaus Computer Care has claimed the prize as the Best Computer Service/System Repairs in Warrenton. Their business model focuses on solutions for virus removal, data recovery and features both home and business networks. Their office is located behind the Red Truck Bakery on Ashby Street. HONORABLE MENTION: COMVERGENCE, F1 COMPUTER SOLUTIONS, SITEWHIRKS INC
Best Contractor/Handyman | Appleton Campbell According to you, the favorite Contractor/Handyman is Appleton Campbell. This multi-year winner can assist you with all your HVAC/Plumbing/Electrical needs. Don’t fret, Appleton Campbell has been in business since 1976, so you know you know you can rely on them to make your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. HONORABLE MENTION: HUBBIES R US, J.D. EICHER BUILDER, TLC SERVICES
Best Dance Studio | Ballet Academy of Warrenton The community loves dancing for all ages, as demonstrated by the votes received. Offering classes in toddler movement, hiphop, ballroom for adults, acrobatics and classical ballet, Ballet Academy of Warrenton has won the claim to the Best Dance Studio once again this year. Director Linda Voepel leads the dance programs which are available for toddlers through adults. HONORABLE MENTION: EXCELL DANCE COMPANY, FOR A DANCER, WARRENTON GYMNASTICS
Best Day Care Center/Preschool | St. James Episcopal School According to readers’ input, St. James Episcopal School, known for their professional, caring staff, has won again this year. From preschool to fifth grade, students are enriched with programs that focus on reading, math, science, history, art/music, religious education, foreign language and after-school programs. Located on Culpeper Street, they offer not only convenience, but a solid educational foundation. HONORABLE MENTION: JACK AND JILL SCHOOL, WARRENTON BAPTIST TINY TOTS, WARRENTON UNITED METHODIST PRESCHOOL
Best Dental Ofﬁce | The Office of Sentz, Griffin, and Tudor, DDS Dental care options ranging from preventative, prosthetic to restorative services, Sentz, Griffin, and Tudor, DDS can help you perfect your smile. They are awarded the prize of Best Dental office for 2015. The professional staff at this Old Town dental office will assist you with more than routine exams and cleanings. Stop by and see why they are voted Warrenton’s favorite. HONORABLE MENTION: DR. ROBERT FLIKEID, DDS & ASSOCIATES, WOODSIDE & SENTZ DDS, DRS. YUNG & JELINEK, DDS
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Best Financial Advisor/Investment Firm | Wells Fargo In this incredibly tight race, Wells Fargo was ultimately selected by readers as the Best Financial Advisor/Investment Firm for 2015. Located on Broadview Avenue, their location offers convenience as well as a professional team to assist you with personal or business services. Experience and their dedication to help individuals and business meet their financial needs by developing investment plans around long-term goals. The financial advisors will even assist you in selecting individual investments as well as develop a retirement plan that suits your requirements. HONORABLE MENTION: BB&T SCOTT & STRINGFELLOW, EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS - TOM TUCKER, FAUQUIER BANK WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Best Fitness Center | Old Town Athletic Club Readers have selected OTAC as the winner in the Best Fitness Center category again this year. Mike & Kim Foresten opened Old Town Athletic Club in 1996 and services focus on personal well-being. The fitness center offers top of the line equipment, variety of group exercises, personal trainers, and Parisi Speed School for young athletes.. We also can’t fail to mention their Parisi Speed School for performance enhancement for young athletes! Located off Walker Drive, it is easily accessible by foot, bike or car. HONORABLE MENTION: FAUQUIER HEALTH WELLNESS CENTER, GOLD’S GYM, WARRENTON AQUATIC AND RECREATION FACILITY (WARF)
Best Hair Salon | Salon Emage Owner Melanee Montalvo and her staff have done it again, claiming the title of Best Hair Salon. This year, readers have again recognized Salon Emage for their ability to serve all your beauty needs such as hair, nails, massage and spa services. Located on Lee Street, their setting is not only convenient, but relaxing. HONORABLE MENTION: HAIR CUTTERY, PR@PARTNERS, THE SECRET GARDEN SALON
Best Holistic Services | The Natural Marketplace Owned by Shelly Ross, The Natural Marketplace is the resource for well-being and health. Voted again as the Best Holistic Services in Warrenton, Warrentonians can find products ranging from organic foods, smoothies, freshly prepared meals to essential oils in The Natural Marketplace. Stop by their location at the corner of Diagonal and Waterloo Streets to see why they are voted number one this year. HONORABLE MENTION: BELLA VITA SKINCARE & SPA, LOOKING GLASS NATURAL HEALTH, WHITE FLOWER YOGA & WELLNESS
Best Hotel/Lodging | Holiday Inn Express Once again, Warrentonians have selected Holiday Inn Express as the Best Hotel for 2015. This locally owned and operated hotel is managed by Milan Patnaik and offers guests excellent customer service. With 85 well appointed and beautiful rooms, high speed Internet, an outdoor pool, and laundry service, overnight stays are always completed in comfort! The hotel is located on Holiday Court, off of Walker Drive. HONORABLE MENTION: AIRLIE, HAMPTON INN, POPLAR SPRINGS
Best Insurance Agent/Firm | Carr & Hyde Insurance For several years, readers have selected Carr & Hyde Insurance as the Best of. This year is no exception. Located on Culpeper Street in Old Town, they provide customers with personal, commercial, life and health insurance. Since 1966, their professional experienced staff has been assisting the community with various insurance coverage. HONORABLE MENTION:
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Best Law Firm | Law Office of Marie Washington, PLC 2015 is very similar to 2014, this race was close. However, readers ultimately selected a winner. The of Best Law Firm for 2015 winner goes to the Law Office of Marie Washington, PLC. Her legal expertise and community involvement are just some of the reasons clients seek her services. HONORABLE MENTION: GULICK, CARSON & THORPE; HOWARD, MORRISON, ROSS & WHELAN, PLLC; WALKER JONES, PC
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Many house soiling complaints are related to spraying or urine marking. This is not commonly a cause for elimination issues outside of the litter box and is most often associated with sexual behavior. Tomcats are generally the main culprits and will target vertical surfaces to spread their scent. Further reasons for spraying include learned aversion, territorial disputes, and anxiety.
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When faced with inconsistent litter box use, the first step is to consult your veterinarian. There are multiple illnesses prevalent in cats that can lead to inappropriate elimination behaviors. Ruling out any underlying health causes will help with constructing a successful behavior modification plan. Some of the more common conditions include: urinary tract infections, feline lower urinary tract disease, crystals in the urine, bladder stones, inflammation of the bowels, kidney disease, diabetes, and thyroid issues. In some cases serious blockages in the digestive tract may cause discomfort and abnormal toileting habits.
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Leaving town on Culpeper Street Extended, you quickly come upon Station A of the Warrenton Training Center, a U.S. Government facility. Passing by on the Springs Road, you may notice that behind the high chain link fence bearing the signs, “U.S. Property, No Trespassing” are some fine stone walls and several buildings that appear distinctively non-military. Before the U.S. Government acquired it almost 64 years ago, the property was the Warrenton Country School, a girls’ school started in 1915 by New Orleans native Mlle.
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(Mademoiselle) Lea Marie Bouligny (1865-1954), a prominent educator who worked hard and invested much to create something very special. Mlle. Bouligny had already compiled an impressive resume before coming to Warrenton in the early 1900s. She was educated at Miss Meta Huger’s School in New Orleans, where she studied under professors that taught at Tulane University. Her major area of study was French. Mlle. Bouligny taught French at the Buffalo Seminary in Buffalo, N.Y., from 1890 to 1895, and was the principal of the Chevy Chase, Md. French and English School from 18951905. She became familiar with Warrenton in the early 1900s, when her sister, Jeanne B. Crosby (1862-1934) and her husband, Oscar Terry Crosby, MRS. EDNA R. FITCH, the founder of the assistant principal, 1926-1949 Potomac Electric
and Power Co. in Washington, D.C., moved to their home at View Tree, on the high ground west of town. From 1905 to 1914, Mlle. Bouligny traveled extensively, and began plans to create a new girls’ school in Warrenton. French would be the spoken language at the school most of the time, including during class. Athletics and equestrian training were also to be part of the curriculum. In 1907, Mlle. Bouligny bought a 13.14-acre tract off the Springs Road from William H. Gaines, who had acquired the property in a land swap with Mrs. Mary Astley Cooper in 1904. At the time, a country club, complete with a clubhouse and tennis courts, was in operation there. Mlle. Bouligny leased the facilities to the country club, and built a cottage for herself west of the main building. “Your Old Timer played against Lee Evans and Mary Nelson (now Mrs. Lowell Decker),” wrote M. Louise Evans, recalling an event that took place at the country club in 1909. The account was re-published in the Feb. 10, 1949 edition of The Warrenton Lifestyle
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Warrenton native and Architectural Historian Cheryl Hanback Shepherd has compiled the most complete record of the buildings at the WCS. This information is found in the survey she completed for the Department of Historic Resources while working on the Springs Valley Rural Historic District Project. One of the reasons for this excellent account is that Mrs. Shepherd’s greatgrandfather, William F. Hanback, and her grandfather, W. J. Hanback, were the master craftsmen who built most of the structures at the WCS. “The eleven buildings display characteristics of the Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Craftsman and French Eclectic styles,” she notes. “The principal school buildings feature English basements, defined in grapevine joined stone, pebble-dash stuccoed walls, overhanging roofs and massive exterior chimneys.” Mrs. Shepherd describes the main building as “…a one-and-one-half story, four bay wide building of stone and pebble-dash stucco, applied over hollow tile, under a hip roof varied by dominate hipped wall dormers with paired windows.” While some construction documents related to the main building have been lost, Mrs. Shepherd has company records showing that between 1926 and 1928, the Hanbacks built the additions to the main building; the gymnasium with classrooms and attached dormitories; the art building, stable, laundry, the pergola, garage; and two frame staff residences. In May 1926, Mlle. Bouligny sold the 2.44-acre tract she had purchased
from W. M. Martin to T. Lindsey Fitch (1872-1950), a gas and electrical engineer, and his wife, Edna Marie Rhodes Fitch (1893-1968), who had served with the Red Cross in France during World War I. A niece of Mlle. Bouligny, Mrs. Fitch was the assistant principal and a teacher at the Warrenton Country School from 1926 to 1949. William F. and W. J. Hanback also built the 1-½ story, Tudor Revival-style house on the site for Mr. and Mrs. Fitch. Between 1930 and 1935, the grounds of the school were designed and implemented by Bradford Williams of Boston, the long-term administrator of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Planned enrollment at the WCS was originally 40 boarding students, plus a number of day students from nearby communities. While the original plan allowed for girls as young as third grade, in later years the student body consisted of the senior and junior classes, and the “lower school” made up of sophomores and freshmen. In order to create a spirit of competition, the students were divided into two teams designated by the school colors. In the case of the WCS, the Green and Purple teams competed for academic standings, sports and individual awards. The school uniform was a calf-length lavender skirt and jacket, topped by an ankle-length purple cape. The school yearbook, prepared by the senior class, was called Le Capuchon. EQUESTRIENNES ALL From the earliest days of the school, Mlle. Bouligny encouraged her students to become skilled in horseback riding. While some boarding students already arrived with equestrian skills, others got their first introduction to horse sports at the WCS. As one might expect, some of the day students from Aerial photo of the Warrenton Country School taken in the 1930s shows the major buildings then in use. In the foreground is Mrs. Fitch’s house; behind, from left, the main building; gardens; gymnasium complex with classrooms and dormitories; art building, infirmary and teachers’ cottage at the rear; and the senior cottage at the front. Courtesy of Mrs. Gina Timberlake.
“horse country” had their own horses and were active equestriennes, and helped the others learn to ride, and love the sport. The equestrian culture at the WCS took on many forms, including horse shows, where they often competed against each other, or the boys from Stuyvesant School. Other times the WCS students competed in classes at the Warrenton and Upperville horse shows. For advanced riders, participation in local hunt meets was also permitted, and as a result, occasionally the school hosted hunt breakfasts for the Warrenton Hunt. This usually took place at Thanksgiving, following the early morning hunt meet and church service. “This Old Timer recalls several hunt breakfasts at the Warrenton Country School when the late Miss Bouligny conducted her successful girls’ school there,” wrote M. Louise Evans in the Nov. 23, 1961 edition of the Democrat. “Parents who came for the holiday attended the meet and the breakfast that followed.” For those who preferred a family dinner with their loved one, ‘…turkey and all the trimmings were on the menu, and what a spread there was.” In April 1941, the students of the WCS held a horse show to benefit the British War Relief effort, which drew 72 entries in 13 classes, ten of which were open to outside exhibitors. An entry fee of $1.50 was charged for each horse in each class, and the admission charge of $.25 per person were donated to the British War Relief fund. Manly W. Carter, MFH, and Crompton Smith did the judging. In May 1944, another horse show was held benefiting the American Red Cross, which netted $125. CULTURE, SPORTS AND SOCIAL LIFE Drama and theatrics were also part of the WCS culture, with a number of
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play productions scheduled each school year. Open to the public, the plays were often held to benefit a specific charity, and over the years included “Old Lady 31,” “Antic Spring,” and the traditional senior class production of “Enchanted April” at the end of the school term. The May Day Festival was a very special event at the WCS, featuring a May Queen and her court, a pageant performed by the students, and a Maypole dance. As recorded in the May 11, 1930 edition of the Democrat, “Local girls who took part as soldiers of the Queen’s Guard were Misses Barbara Bartenstein, Betsy Charrington, Aileen Harris, Isabella Hilleary, Mary Selden Kennedy, Gertrude Robertson, Blanche O’Connell, Jane Wilbur and Josephine Winmill. The Maypole dance followed with eight couples, Miss Margaret Middleton as accompanist.” Activities were scheduled almost monthly, and included trips to University of Virginia football games in Charlottesville; art galleries, museums and plays in Washington, D.C.; and concerts and dances hosted by nearby boys’ schools, including Woodberry Forest near Orange, and Massanutten Military Academy at Woodstock.
WCS students were regular invitees to Stuyvesant School’s Homecoming dances, held in November at the Warren Green Hotel, as well as their Christmas Play and Valentine’s Day Dance. Each April for many years, a large group of WCS girls attended the Virginia Gold Cup Races. WCS students competed with other girls’ schools, facing off in basketball and soccer games with teams from Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Md., Foxcroft School at Middleburg, St. Margaret’s School at Tappahannock, and Oldfields School, Glencoe, Md. Each December, the WCS hoopsters played the girls’ varsity basketball team at Warrenton High School. The Warrenton Country School attracted students from many states, as well as a few foreign countries. Adding to the international ﬂavor, in 1930 the school had eleven teachers in residence, including four from France and one from Switzerland. In Part 2, to be published in September, a local graduate shares her experiences at the Warrenton Country School. The final years of the school are recalled, along with the unique acquisition of both the WCS and View Tree by the U.S. Government.
Author John Toler is a writer and historian and has served Fauquier County for over 50 years, including 4 decades with the Fauquier-Times Democrat. He has written and lectured about many legendary characters in Fauquier County’s history. Toler is the co-author of 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, and author of Warrenton, Virginia: A History of 200 Years. August 2015
Green Maple Market Offers Wide Selection Of Organic and Healthy Food Options By Christine Craddock
While Haymarket may not be currently found on a list of healthiest places in the DC area, it may not be far from the future. The availability of restaurants and markets offering healthier options for food, including organic, non-gmo, and chemical free produce and meats seems to be growing rapidly. Adding to the list is Katherine Fuerst Holster who officially opened Green Maple Market for business on May 15th in Vint Hill. “We believe that what is good for the earth is good for our bodies too” is the mantra Holster uses to run her market. With the goal of making “farm fresh, healthy, wholesome, local foods easily accessible to our community and surrounding area,” Holster accomplishes this by purchasing from local farmers who raise animals in a way that is all natural, free-range
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Make the dough. In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, salt and olive oil. Let stand until bubbles begin to form (about 5 minutes). Gradually add in flour, mixing with one hand, until dough has formed (start with 3 ½ cups of flour, add more if dough is too wet). Knead dough on floured surface until no longer sticky, adding more flour if needed (about 5 to 10 minutes). Place the dough ball into a fresh bowl and coat with oil, about 1 tablespoon. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise (about 35 – 45 minutes) while prepping other ingredients. When the dough is finished rising, punch down and divide into four portions (bag and freeze the other 3 if not using immediately). Preheat oven to 375°. Toss eggplant lightly with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Arrange evenly on a baking sheet and salt lightly. Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until eggplant is nicely browned. While the eggplant is roasting, heat 2
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THE FAMOUS MULCH VOLCANO Is This Method Beneficial Or For Looks?
I’m sure that everyone has seen a mulch volcano. Drive through any parking lot in town and you’re sure to spot them! A neatly planned and prepared row of trees with their base completely covered by an excessive amount of mulch. The mulch is mounded so high that it takes on the appearance of a volcano. Is there a beneficial reason or is it just for looks? Mulch volcano is strictly for looks and is most definitely not beneficial but actually harmful to our trees. This type of mulching is created when a homeowner or landscaper with great intentions uses improper mulch practices. We all have done it. Too much of a good thing is not always the best. Homeowners love mulch and its aesthetic value to our property. It makes our yards look neatly outlined and cleanly separates planting beds
from grass. Let’s face it, a property outlined with mulch looks manicured and cared for. Don’t get me wrong, mulching with the correct amount is a good thing and has many benefits. The “amount” is a major factor and truly determines if your mulch application is going to help or harm your plants.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT A correct depth of mulch should be about 2-3” in initial applications. Each year you can re-apply a thin layer in order to maintain the 2-3” depth. Basically, you are trying to replenish the mulch to its original depth while creating a new fresh look.
BENEFITS OF MULCH Among many other benefits, decomposing mulch adds organic matter to soil, it reduces evaporation and stabilizes moisture content. Mulch also prevents soil compaction, provides weed control and erosion. Aside from the direct health benefits that a mulch ring can provide, it also prevents lawn mowers from damaging the trunk of the tree.
APPLYING TOO MUCH MULCH IS BAD NEWS A mulch volcano retains moisture against the bark of a tree. The moisture penetrates the bark and disrupts the flow of nutrients. This disruption compromises the food supply to the leaves and in turn creates root dieback. After that it’s just a downward spiral of decline for the tree. When a tree is stressed, it’s an open invitation
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GWCC Member Spotlight Allegro Community School of the Arts Lachelle Yoder, Administrator 20 Main Street | Warrenton, Virginia 540-349-5088 Lachelle@AllegroCSA.org www.AllegroCSA.org
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Life Experiences are Never Wasted By Michelle Kelley
We have all had challenging and difficult life experiences; some more than others – or so we think. Of course, we are all very familiar with our own struggles whether they are difficult relationships, self-doubt, anxiety, depression or fill in the blank. Have you ever taken time to look at, think about and examine your life experiences from a different perspective? My guess is that you are too close to them to really see them clearly… and more importantly, to learn and grow from your experience. Your life experiences are likely to be not what you think they are.
LEARNING THROUGHOUT A LIFETIME There are different kinds of learning we do in a lifetime. There is ‘surface learning’ such as knowing when to hold boundaries in a toxic relationship or when to stop drinking. Also, there is a ‘deeper learning’ such as figuring out why you continue to repeat patterns in your life. These may be patterns of behavior (addiction, toxic relationships) or patterns of thought (negative or angry thinking). Emotions get lodged in us just as patterns of behaviors do and they too become habits.
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EXPERIENCES TEACH US Our life experiences do not exist to annoy us and hurt us – though we all will go through the stage of believing the opposite. It’s normal. A significant life experience (one that triggers a strong emotional response) always has something to teach us about ourselves. Being quiet and contemplative can allow you to look deeper for meaning and understanding – to look at the situation from a different perspective. This is an essential part of your being, your learning and your growing. As a culture I believe we lack in putting the emphasis on going deeper into our thoughts, our mind and our life experiences. Instead, many people create more busyness and distractions, especially after experiencing deep hurt or pain. I certainly understand this behavior but know it will only lead to more pain, confusion and disillusionment. It’s time to learn how to turn on the light inside your mind and really pay attention. Be curious about yourself and the way you think or your patterns or behaviors. Curiosity, without judgment, and a desire to change and grow will lead you to a more peaceful place – within yourself. Besides, isn’t everything else is out of your control?
THE HELPING PROFESSIONS: A PROCESS OF SELF-EXPLORATION Many people I encounter want to know how counseling works and this is a great question. Mostly counseling provides a person with a non-judgmental, emotionally safe place to explore: · Their life experiences · Their hurts, disappointments and frustrating relationships · Their habits of behavior (addictions) and habits of thought (anxiety and depression) · Their joy (we can learn a lot from positive life experiences too.) Counseling is a process of selfexploration which can bring to light insights, change and ultimately more happiness. We all want this! It always saddens me that so many people still view professional counseling in such a negative way. Of course, I know this reaction to be fear-based and a lack of understanding. We all have counselors in our life whether paid or not: friend, clergy or family member. Our growing community of Warrenton is filled with wonderful, kind and skilled counselors, life coaches, therapists (massage, physical), financial advisors (yes, this is a helping profession), doctors and
business coaches. They all want to help you in some way. The helping profession is all around you. Take advantage of an opportunity you have to learn and grow and change. It’s a worthwhile endeavor. What do you have to lose – maybe some fear and self-doubt? If you are having trouble letting go of a past hurt or trauma, or experiencing difficulty embracing change and a new future, please reach out for some guidance and support. My profession is a growing one and that trend will only continue as more and more people embrace the realization that this life is an opportunity to use any and all experiences in a positive way and pull something good out of it. Wishing you well on your journey. You are on one whether you realize it or not. RECOMMENDED READINGS: · Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr · Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul by Cynthia Ruchti
Michelle Kelley is a licensed counselor, confidence coach and relationship expert. Her counseling practice is located in downtown Warrenton, VA. Through in-person and phone counseling, she works closely with her clients to identify limiting beliefs, develop mindfulness and create a plan for positive change. “I teach girls and women how to live with integrity, authenticity and self-awareness.“ Please visit www.GirlsStandStrong.com or call 703.505.2413 for more information.
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NATIVE VS. NON-NATIVE Why knowing what plant species you are purchasing matters By Debbie Eisele, Virginia Certified Horticulturist Have you ever read the plant labels while perusing the selection at a garden center and thought about how to pronounce some of the names? Crazy botanical names stump even the best of us. However, they play an important role in identifying which plant(s) you are selecting. Serious and hobby gardeners love to beautify their outdoor space. Learning how to identify key differences on a plant label is critical - it could literally change our local landscape. Did you know that some species of plants are native and some are not? There are important delineations that homeowners and business should be aware of that can assist in creating a pleasing environment, and assist with native habitat and health of the local ecosystem. Virginia has been coping with invasive plant issues in a variety of places: forests, wetlands and even backyards. By knowing what species you have planted, you can assist the combat of invasive plants. Both the US Department of Agriculture and The Commonwealth have lists of
invasive species that is available to the public and are as follows; http:// www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/ invsppdflist.shtml http://www. invasivespeciesinfo.gov/ According to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website (www.dcr. virginia.gov), “Invasive plants are species intentionally or accidentally introduced by human activity into a region in which they did not evolve and cause harm to natural resources, economic activity or humans.” Plants identified on the DCR list have several things in common. First, alien plants will grow very quickly. Second, they are able to spread not only in the area they are growing, but can be dispersed by seeds. Third, these plants will out-compete native plants and cause the native habitat to suffer. Lastly, the plants on this list are very difficult to control in terms of time and money. Eradicating these plants is a difficult task and since they pose such a risk to the native habitat, they must be removed. DCR offers a printable pdf file for the public at www.dcr.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Provides The Following Details On Invasiveness Ranks: (www.dcr. virginia.gov)
HIGH Species poses a significant threat to native species, natural communities or the economy.
INVASIVENESS RANKS (I-ranks) reflect the level of threat to forests and other natural communities and native species. I-ranks used on the list are high, medium and low.
MEDIUM Species poses a moderate threat to native species, natural communities or the economy. LOW Species poses a low threat to native species, natural communities or the economy.
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prevention of future nonnative plant invasions,” VNLA stated in a recent article (The 8 Essential Elements of Conservation Landscaping). Back to the plant name, it is important to know that some plants have the same first name in their botanical “name”, it is best to identify with the second name listed. The second name will be the tell tale sign if a plant is native or alien. Common names for plants are used with both native and non-native plants, so it is important to recognize the difference. An example of this is Pachysandra. The japanese cultivar is Pachysandra terminalis and the native plant species is Pachysandra procumbens. If you only considered the first portion of the botanical name when deciding what to purchase, you may be selecting an alien instead a native plant. So what is an alien plant? Quite simply, they are grown in an area that is not their native habitat. Invasive species are alien. The VNLA said, “Wind, water flow, birds and other wildlife, movement of soil, and other factors can spread invasive plants to natural areas, causing significant ecological harm. Invasive plants can alter fire frequencies, soil chemistry and erosion rates.” Native plants are ones that have been known to grow in the region for a significantly long period (hundreds of years or more). They provide a benefit to the nature by providing a home and source of food for wildlife to exist, such as insects which are food to most songbirds. Have you ever purchased something you loved and it has gone crazy in your landscape beds and you have had to keep removing it? Invasive plants can do that and sometimes so can a native one. Some native plants can become aggressive, but they are not invasive and that is an important difference. Invasive plants can spread not only throughout your landscape, but to other areas and be a detriment to local habitat. Typically, native plants will spread in conditions they prefer. For example, if a plant prefers a certain soil type, the moisture levels, and also the amount of sunlight a location offers; they will not stray beyond the parameters that are healthy for them. In some instances, an aggressive native plant is ideal for mass planting. Some states, such as California, 76
are launching campaigns and are partnering with plant growers. Businesses are voluntarily eliminating the sales of invasive plants over a period of time. The California campaign is known as PlantRight and even has the support of big box stores that have agreed to stop selling the plants on the list. Virginia is an amazingly biodiverse state. Because we are located on the edge of the southern and northern climates our region offers an environment that is suitable for significant number of plant and wildlife species. Loss of habitat and food sources are factoring in the decline of not only the number of bird species, but insects our region supports. This
is important because birds feed on the insects, which feed on the native plants. If there is not enough plants for the insects to eat, the numbers will decline. This means that the food options for our aviary friends decline. There is a big correlation. If you are concerned about the local landscape and its effect on the ecosystem, you can learn to identify plants that may negatively impact our native vegetation. If all businesses and homeowners conduct research prior to planting, the battle over invasive plants will become easier. Our region is full of beauty we all enjoy, let’s help its future by providing sustainable vegetation for future generations to enjoy.
PLANTS COMMONLY SOLD THAT ARE ON THE INVASIVE LIST Note: This list is not comprehensive, please view the invasive plant listing available on www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/invsppdflist.shtml COMMON NAME
Bradford or Callery Pear Trees
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For the plants above, there are too many alternative options to list. Know your site location such as soil type and if it is a dry or wet location, how much sun exposure it receives and how large you wish a plant to grow. Then research and find the one that appeals to you. For more information on natives or non-invasive alien plants, consult with the Extension Office or professional in the landscape industry. Other local & online sources are as follows: Virginia Cooperative Extension Office (24 Pelham Street, Warrenton) www.weedcenter.org (Center for Invasive Plant Management) www.mdinvasivesp.org (Maryland Invasive Species Council) www.maipc.org (Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council) Warrenton Lifestyle
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 BLUEMONT OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES STARTING AT 7:30 PM Old Town Warrenton, Lawn of Warren Green Building Audiences enjoy world-class jazz,
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 - FIRST FRIDAY IN OLD TOWN WARRENTON FROM 6 TO 9 PM Main Street in Old Town Warrenton Free to attend. Live music, dance and art demonstrations, food, wine tastings, artisans, nonprofit groups and more. Come see what’s new each month and celebrate small town charm with a new theme for each event. For more information or to find out about participation, visit www.PartnershipforWarrenton.org/Events.
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A Talent Competition Recognizing The Amazing Musicians In Our County Dates: September 18 & 25 - Auditions at McMahon’s Irish Pub - Musicians advancing to the Semi-Final round will be given a coach to work with them to help them for the next level of the competition. October Semi-Final & Final Dates TBD. Will be held at Fauquier High School
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