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Dear Readers, It is a bittersweet announcement I bring to you this issue. This is my last issue as your editor. My husband, Seth, and I have decided to move back to our home city of Orlando, Florida. We are so thankful for the two years we have had here in Northern Virginia, and I feel blessed for every day that I have been with this magazine. It is my dream job. Exactly what I have always wanted to do. Being able to hear and tell your stories has touched me in a deeper way than you know. I am honored that so many of you took my calls, let me into your homes, shared a cup of coffee, and answered my probing questions. You opened your life up to me, and for that I say thank you.

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2016 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Mille Baldwin Marianne Clyde Dave Colleran Louis Dominguez Robin Earl Debbie Eisele Rebekah Grier Dr. Robert Iadeluca Andreas Keller Michelle Kelley Danica Low Sallie Morgan Deborah Cosby


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While I wish I could take this job with me, I am excited for what lies ahead. Our families both live in the north Orlando area and that’s where we plan to settle. As we look forward to hopefully being able to expand our own little family in the future, we realized how important it is to us that we do that with the care and support of our loved ones nearby. Thank you for sharing this past year with me. I’ve loved reading your kind, encouraging emails and hearing your helpful feedback. I’m open to answering any questions you might have...or even just staying in touch! Please feel free to email me at rebekah.grier@ gmail.com. Until an official decision is made about my replacement, Debbie Eisele will again be filling in as interim editor. You can email her at editor@piedmontpress.com. Seth, Pippa, and I are thankful we had the opportunity to be a part of your community. Thank you for loving us so dearly. ~Rebekah Grier







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n the weeks and months to come, Warrenton’s residents will have their biggest opportunity in 14 years to tell the town’s leadership how they want their community to grow. Town officials want residents to weigh in on Comprehensive Plan 2040, an upcoming revision of a document that will guide the development of Warrenton, its laws and its rules for what kinds of homes and businesses should take root here. Virginia law demands a review of the Comprehensive Plan every five years. Warrenton’s


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plan has not been reviewed since a minor 2009 supplement, and has not received extensive review and feedback from residents since 2002. The Comprehensive Plan contains background analysis, goals and objectives for the preservation of Warrenton’s natural and historic resources, guidelines on how the town should look, how traffic should flow, and locations for residential and commercial growth. In short, it is a vision for Warrenton’s future, designed with input from the town’s residents and analysis of the town’s demographics.



COMPREHENSIVE PLAN update will shape the town’s growth for years to come By Mark Grandstaff

THEN AND NOW Until the Comprehensive Plan is updated, the town is still guided, to an extent, by priorities set by residents 14 years ago. A lot has changed in the intervening years, said Birge Watkins, who was part of the steering committee that shaped the Comprehensive Plan in 2002. “We have a lot more people, and a lot more traffic,” Watkins said. “It’s getting to be a bigger town.” The U.S. Census Bureau tallied Warrenton’s population in 2000 at 6,738. At the time, Watkins said, some town residents

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complained of a shortage of recreation options. They made it clear through several public hearings that an expansion of parks and recreation should be the town’s priority, he said. The 2002 Comprehensive Plan called for a public swimming pool, playgrounds for every neighborhood, and paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Guided by the Comprehensive Plan and at a cost of $23.5 million, former mayor George Fitch led the town to fund the creation and maintenance of the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility which now bears his name. Painted sharrows for bicyclists have appeared in the town in recent years, and the town and county have worked together to slowly expand the Warrenton Branch Greenway trail. Plans are still underway to connect the Olde Gold Cup neighborhood to the WARF. Warrenton’s elected officials followed the Comprehensive Plan’s vision for improved recreation… but they didn’t have to. Unlike the town’s zoning ordinance, the Comprehensive Plan can’t be directly enforced, Watkins said - it’s a series of guidelines. The non-binding nature of the Comprehensive Plan can lead some residents to question the document’s usefulness, said Planning Commissioner Brandie Schaeffer. Enforcement comes from the zoning ordinance, she said - but the rules in the zoning ordinance, as well as the projects in Warrenton’s capital improvement plan, are derived from the goals and values put forth by the Comprehensive Plan. “It’s a guide for the town to guide the decisions we make every day,” Schaeffer said. Mayor Powell Duggan wants Comprehensive Plan 2040 to be easier to read and understand, one that will be pulled out and referenced more often by town residents and prospective developers. “The current goal is to have a more proactive stance on what we would like, and where,” Duggan said. “When someone comes to Warrenton and wants to do something, we can say, ‘This is a great spot for you to do it,’ rather than responding to people who say, ‘I bought this piece of land and now I want to do something with it.’” STRENGTHS AND LIMITS In theory, Schaeffer said, if it’s not in the Comprehensive Plan, it should never happen. But the reverse is not always true. The Town of Warrenton has sought for years to improve traffic flow and safety on Broadview Avenue. The road carries 33,000 vehicles a day, according to estimates from the Virginia


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Department of Transportation. The 2009 supplement to the Comprehensive Plan predicts problems with traffic flow as more families move to Warrenton and surrounding towns and make use of one of the town’s primary roads. “Anecdotal evidence indicates that businesses along the Broadview are losing customers due to acute traffic congestion and the hazards related to turning into or out of driveways,” according to the Comprehensive Plan’s 2009 update. It suggests the installation of a median in the center of the four-lane road, and the exploration of roundabouts to manage the flow of traffic. Seven years later, Broadview Avenue remains unchanged, as town leaders have tried to find both funding and median designs that will satisfy businesses fearful of losing customers who can no longer make easy, left-hand turns into their parking lots. The 2009 supplement also calls for Warrenton to promote “safe, decent and affordable housing” through 2020. By the Comprehensive Plan’s admission, the town is stumbling on the “affordable” part of that goal. In 2006, a study from the Fauquier County Affordable Housing Committee, established by the county’s Board of Supervisors, found that rapidly-escalating home prices since 2000 pushed ownership out of reach of more and more town residents. That year, it was reported that 95 percent of Warrenton’s full-time,

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permanent service-level employees could not afford to buy a median-priced home in the town in which they worked. The plan calls for more “well-built, well-designed, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the $600 to $1,000 per month price range to meet the needs of households with incomes within the moderate to low income ranges.” It’s a group, the plan says, that makes up nearly half of Warrenton’s population. In the intervening decade, almost all of the residential development in Warrenton has been single-family houses. The Town of Warrenton’s website lists the town’s median rent at $1,153 and the median value of owner-occupied homes at $296,000. “It’s a pattern that persists throughout Northern Virginia,” said Anna Maas, an urban planner and Warrenton resident who was elected to the Town Planning Commission in July. Workers who can’t afford Warrenton prices find homes in counties farther away, where prices are lower. Many of the people who live in Warrenton work in Prince William or

Fairfax counties for the same reason. “It’s pretty shocking,” Maas said. “That’s why we need an updated Comprehensive Plan, but it’s truly a set of guidelines. It’s not going to make all those dreams come true.” ENFORCEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY Another reason to update the Comprehensive Plan, she said, would be to clear the way for a similar, comprehensive overhaul of Warrenton’s zoning ordinance. The ordinance, which lays down the rules of what can be built where, has changed over the years due to a patchwork of text amendments made in response to specific development requests that have crossed the desks of town planners. Over time, Maas said, the adjustments have the potential to create outcomes at odds with the vision and goals of the Comprehensive Plan… like residential neighborhoods in a visibly different style from surrounding buildings, or homes that may be financially out of

reach of a significant portion of the town’s work force. Maas believes that form-based zoning, such as the rules now considered by the village of Marshall, might better guide Warrenton’s growth and prevent a developmental hodgepodge common to areas in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Form-based zoning places more value on the visual consistency of buildings in a town than traditional zoning ordinances. Opponents of form-based plans say such an emphasis on appearance can burden businesses and property owners with too many restrictions on what they’re allowed to do. Whatever town officials decide for the zoning ordinance, they will do so after consulting the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. If the plan is followed faithfully, it can serve as a legal foundation for Warrenton’s land use decisions. However, no plan is perfect, and according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Citizen’s Guide to Planning and Zoning in Virginia, “very few localities in Virginia faithfully implement

WHAT’S CHANGED SINCE 2000? Warrenton is still a small town, but it’s getting bigger every day. Economic and technological pressures confront town residents with new challenges. Warrenton is not the same place it was the last time its residents weighed in on the Comprehensive Plan.

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The population of Warrenton has increased from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 6,738 to a reported 9,862 in 2013. Much of the population increase has come from newcomers migrating to the town. Warrenton’s roads, schools and public safety workers must accommodate every new home. Social media has become an inextricable part of our lives. Facebook started in 2004; Twitter started in 2006. Through social media, residents can engage more easily with their elected and appointed officials, and with each other. The Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Center opened its doors in 2007. The WARF is not yet financially self-sustaining, relying on other income from the town to subsidize its operation. It provides professional swimming lanes and a variety of fitness programs at a discount to Warrenton residents, and has recently become the host of the Warrenton Town Limits event in July.

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their Comprehensive Plans.” “It is up to elected and appointed officials to follow the guidelines of the Comprehensive Plan,” Schaeffer said. “The priorities of the town’s residents help shape the Comprehensive Plan. Residents can look at the plan to see how well their representatives in the town government are following those priorities.” “Even though the Comprehensive Plan is not an enforceable document with legally binding teeth, it is a way to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions in office,” Schaeffer said. THE PATH FORWARD Warrenton’s Town Council looks very different than it did in 2009, with several new members, a new mayor in Duggan, and new Town Manager Brannon Godfrey. While the 2009 supplement to the Comprehensive Plan was more of an “internal” update by town staff, the upcoming Comprehensive Plan will be a top-to-bottom review of the document with several chances for residents to answer the question: is Warrenton still aligned with their goals? Schaeffer sees more groups with competing values in Warrenton. Some residents want to see more amenities, like movie theaters and big-box retail stores found in neighboring counties. Others want to preserve the character of the town as it is, and worry about the traffic impact of more homes and more commercial staples of Northern Virginia in town limits. Long-time residents may find their own values have changed since the last update of the Comprehensive Plan, Schaeffer said. “Do you think who you were in 2002 is the same person you are now?” she said. “I couldn’t even have a beer then, I am certainly different now.” As much as the town’s population


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A procession of has changed, Watkins sees some constants in the things they value. Some families, children long-timers and newcomers both want to preserve the town’s natural and pets make resources, its Main Street, and its historical character, he said. Many of their way down them moved to Warrenton not only because it is cheaper than finding a Main Street home in Fairfax, but because it is fundamentally different than Fairfax, he during the Fourth of July Children said. and Pets Parade. “Even though they might live in a cul-de-sac community, many don’t Comprehensive want to see more growth,” Watkins said. Plan 2040 will Growth might be inevitable -- the 2009 supplement projects a 2020 give both old and population close to 12,000 -- but the amount of undeveloped land in town new residents an opportunity to steer limits dwindles while applications for new homes and offices increase. The upcoming review of the Comprehensive Plan is a chance for residents Warrenton’s future development. to say whether the answer should be to more strongly encourage higherdensity housing options, to annex more land from Fauquier County, or to find other solutions, Schaeffer said. The Comprehensive Plan update is still in its early stages. The Town of Warrenton has not yet sent out a request for proposal to analyze the town, set up places for public comment, and the drafting of the actual plan. The work won’t be cheap: a January 19 town memo estimated the average cost of a Comprehensive Plan update to be somewhere between $180,000 and $250,000. Town officials believe the price is worth paying for an update some consider long overdue. They have set up a Virtual Town Hall on the town’s website, at warrentonva.gov/ government/virtual_town_hall. The site asks visitors to say what they want to preserve or introduce in the town, and what they dread may come to pass. A handful of people have already responded, and the site creates “word clouds” showing their answers. After residents have finished the Virtual Town Hall survey, the best way for residents to make their priorities known, Maas said, is to call or email their Town Council representatives and planning commissioners. Duggan believes the town will grow more urban, with more high-density housing, in the years to come. Like Watkins, he sat on the 2002 Comprehensive Plan’s steering committee. The upper estimates of the town’s population growth turned out to be correct, he said wryly. Warrenton needs a vital, growing, changing population to stay alive, Duggan said. In the months to come, he wants their voices to help shape Comprehensive Plan 2040. “Warrenton is going to be different than it was, and I think we’ve got a lot of people to listen to,” he said. ❖




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he Fauquier County Public Library is positively impacting the youth in our region by delivering an amazing new learning tool. All three library branches (Warrenton, Bealeton and Marshall) began offering Launchpads in April 2016. This new initiative began when Maria Del Rosso, Library Director, and another staff member read an article in The Washington Post about a Baltimore County Library that offered Launchpads to their community. According to Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, “Launchpads (similar to a tablet) cover a wide range of topics including creativity, math, science, games and critical thinking. Each device is preloaded with at least 10 apps, all of which are easy to use. Plus, they are ad-free, which parents really like and appreciate.”


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Educational areas that are featured on the Launchpads include language arts, math, science, critical thinking and life skills. “The beauty of Launchpads is that they are very intuitive and easy for kids to use,” shared Del Rosso. “No training is necessary. In fact, the kids are often better at using them than adults.” Del Rosso explained, “We felt the Launchpads might be a good project for the Kortlandt Fund grant application we were invited to apply for. In the past, we utilized grants to assist with laptops for ESL material, improving adult literacy, and initiatives in classic literature. This was a nice extension of this literacy initiative.” The Kortlandt Fund was formed by Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt. They both lived in Fauquier County for over 50

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years and supported the county through service to civic organizations and schools. This fund invites proposals for projects that strengthen the fabric of the counties it serves and represent the diverse interests of the Kortlandt. Once the grant was received, Friends of the Library began the procurement process, which took approximately one year. The funds allowed for the purchase of 42 Launchpads that were distributed equally throughout the three libraries. “Nicholaas and Patricia Kortlandt would like that this program is having a positive impact on the children and overall learning - this would have brought them joy. Our community has benefited from their foresight and support,” Del Rosso elaborated. “Our objective in introducing Launchpads was to help children build digital literacy in a safe and secure environment. These pads level the playing field - patrons who can’t afford a smartphone, tablet, or personal PC can come to their library and borrow a Launchpad,” detailed Pavlock. “They are highly durable, have safeguards in place, and there are even replacement programs available.” The initial release of the Launchpads were for children in pre-K through middle school. “The apps that are installed on the equipment are for children between the ages of three to ten,” stated Del Rosso. “Based on the demand for the devices so far, we definitely would like to add more to our collection. Currently, we have a waitlist for these devices.” In June, there were 17 holds for the Launchpads, denoting their popularity. “Patrons can place a hold to reserve a Launchpad that isn’t currently available, just as they would for any other library materials,” explained Del Rosso. The checkout terms for Launchpads are different than books or other media. This educational tool may only be checked out for 21 days, without renewals available. This allows the device to be used by the most amount of people as possible. Overall, the Launchpad initiative will help students with everyday educational needs because the topics covered include a plethora of subjects integral to


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preparing children for school. Pavlock explained, “They are learning to use the devices; gaining valuable digital literacy that they will need in the classroom and beyond.” Key features of the programs include the ability to read a story on their own, read and listen to the story, and a more interactive approach where the words are highlighted and objects in the illustrations are highlighted for the children to see what the story is pointing out. Jigna Avaiya, a local mom who has utilized the program for her 4-year-old son, Anay, discussed her experience. Avaiya revealed, “I like it because it is ad free. That’s the best thing. All apps are educational, so he’s learning while he is on it.” Avaiya also noted, “Anay has really enjoyed the memory games and I like that it is Internet free - we can use it in the car. I also like how it is broken down by age, and wish they had more of the devices.” “In the future, we hope to apply for an additional grant through the Kortlandt Fund to obtain more Launchpads as well as obtain new products for teens and adults,” said Del Rosso. “Teen topics include SAT and ACT prep, history, biology and STEAM. For adults, there are topics like ESL, business, and writing. But for now we want to build our collection to better meet the demand of



children through age 10.” The Fauquier County Public Library always needs friends to help support new and existing initiatives to better assist the community. If you are interested in helping fund the Library’s programs, you may do so by joining the Friends of the Library. To become a “Friend”, pick up an application at the Library or Book Cellar, or download the form from the library’s website, www.fauquierlibrary. org. If you are interested in donating your time as a volunteer, please call 540-3413447. ❖

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oday, pets are mostly considered as four-legged family members - so of course we’ll take them on that family trip! Vacation destinations are beginning to embrace this trend and are making travel with our pets a more viable option. Hotels, airlines, resorts, and even theme parks are taking note and accommodating our furry friends. Wherever you may be going, ensure to travel smart do your homework and ensure your pet is safe throughout the journey!


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Traveling From State To State When taking your pet on a cross-country road trip, make sure Fido up-to-date on all vaccines. Inquire with your local vet about issuing a health certificate when crossing state borders to ensure vaccinations are properly documented. If the police were to pull you over, they may ask for proof of immunization and ID for your pet to ensure they are not a safety concern or harboring any diseases that may be transmitted to the local population. Know your Breed-Specific-Legislation for any areas you will be traveling through and your destination. Unfortunately, some cities, counties, or states have rules regarding breeds of dogs and types of pets allowed. Restrictions in Colorado, for instance, include: “Under Denver’s Ordinance Sec. 8-55, pit bull breeds (American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier) are banned in the City and County of Denver. Pit bull type dogs are defined as any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing (physical) characteristics, which substantially conform to the standards established by American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club.” Check collars, leashes, and ID tags to ensure they are well fitted, functioning, and



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Car Travel Keeping pets contained or restrained within the car is vital for everyone’s safety. There are a variety of barriers, crates, cages, and restraints available to suit your car travel needs. Especially ensure to keep cats within a carrier as it only requires one door to open at the wrong time for them to escape. Keep your dog’s head inside the car or invest in a pair of Doggles (doggie goggles) if you let Fido sniff the breeze out the window. Particles from the road, debris, and rocks can easily cause injury to your pet, especially in the eyes and nose during the drive. Take plenty of breaks and keep them hydrated. Extended trips can be just as exhausting and boring for our pets as it is for human passengers. Stopping at rest-stations will help keep them comfortable, allow them to stretch, and give the opportunity for a toilet break. Scout out any welcome center or rest station for designated pet-friendly areas as animals may not be allowed throughout the premises. When traveling with your dog by car, be aware of the heat! Ensure to park in the shade, open windows for plenty of air circulation, fill water bowls with ice, and invest in a battery powered fan (I really love my portable, rechargeable, Ryobi fans from Home Depot). Tailgate locks from Leergburg.com further help air circulation and safely help bring air into your car.

Air Travel Check with various airlines before booking your pet on a flight. Airlines may set limitations on pet travel in order to ensure safety of pets and passengers. Certain brachycephalic breeds (dogs and cats with short noses) cannot fly in extreme hot or cold temperatures as it is harder for them to regulate body


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International Travel When traveling out of the country, certain paperwork must be completed to ensure your pet will be accepted at your destination. Many European countries follow the pet passport scheme, requiring you to have a Third Country Health Certificate certified by the USDA. This document must be properly recorded with your veterinarian, then be sent to a local USDA APHIS facility for verification and stamping before being returned to you prior to departure. To start the process, your pet will need to have a microchip implanted that meets international specifications, receive vaccines such as rabies and distemper, and undergo tick and tapeworm treatment from your vet.

If you are unsure as to which documents are required, check with the consulate of the country you will be visiting to ensure papers are correctly prepared prior to your trip. Be aware that some places may have a quarantine law during which your pet may be boarded for a set amount of time before being released into your custody. Destinations such as Australia and Hawaii instill mandatory quarantine in order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as rabies. In cases where prolonged quarantine periods exist, it may be more viable to board your pet or hire a pet sitter while you’re away.

Hotels Hotel pet policies may significantly vary among different companies and individual facilities. Ensure to thoroughly inquire about regulations and restrictions before committing to a booking. Hotels may restrict the number of pets allowed per room, limit the size of the pet, and impose breed constraints. In most cases, a pet fee is applied for all those traveling with pets - this may be a one time pet fee, a deposit, or a pet-per-night fee. Pricing significantly varies and should be taken into consideration when booking for accommodations. Some hotel chains such as La Quinta and Red Roof Inn are known in the dog community for their pet-friendly policies. As you can see, traveling with your pet takes some planning and investigation. Ensure you’ve checked with your travel company and destination regarding pet policies before committing to a booking. In cases where pet travel is just not feasible, check out some of our local dog boarding and pet sitting businesses. Our area has lots to offer as an alternative for taking your pet with you on vacation. ❖

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BEST FOOD BEST ALL-AROUND RESTAURANT CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT Always one of the most voted categories, the 2016 prize for Best AllAround Restaurant goes to Claire’s at the Depot! 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. Claire’s 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, Chick-fil-A, LongHorn Steakhouse

BEST ASIAN FOOD FAANG THAI RESTAURANT & BAR Congratulations to Faang Thai Restaurant Bar who has won this award since the category was added in 2008! Their exotic flavors consistently delight. From crispy spring roll appetizers to pad Thai and panang curry, your palate will have an adventure to delight the taste buds. Faang also offers an extensive bar featuring mixed drinks, wine, and beer. They are located at 251 W. Lee Highway, Ste 177. Honorable Mention: China Jade, Mandarin Buffet, Osaka Japanese Steakhouse



This bakery has claimed the title for Best Bakery/Desserts once again! Red Truck Bakery not only offers sweets such as key lime pies, cookies, and chocolate croissants, but sandwiches and occasional soups as well. Red Truck is located at 22 Waterloo Street and can be identified by their notorious red 1954 Ford farm truck right outside their building. And don’t miss visiting their new Marshall location at 8366 W. Main Street, Marshall, Va.

Taking the prize for seven years in a row now, Frost Diner continues to provide satisfaction to its faithful, hungry diners. Located in the heart of Warrenton, Frost Diner is the perfect spot for breakfast 24/7 - ever since it opened in 1955. You can select from the wide variety of breakfast options such as: eggs, hotcakes, corned beef hash, and biscuits and gravy. No matter when you choose to take a seat at one of the counter-top swivel chairs or slip into a booth, you’re guaranteed a home-style meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Honorable Mention: Café Torino, Carousel Frozen Treats, Great Harvest Bread Company

Honorable Mention: IHOP, Northside 29 Restaurant, Chick-fil-A

BEST BARBEQUE SHAWN’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ This new category is excited to announce its first winner, Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ! This casual bbq family-style restaurant opened in Warrenton in March 2016, expanding from its premiere location in Culpeper. Shawn’s creates all their own sauces and smokes all their meat on-site. Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ is located at 51 W. Lee Highway, Suite 189, just around the corner from Marshalls.

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT Honorable Mention: Black Bear Bistro, Cafe Torino, Panera

Honorable Mention: BBQ Country, Red Hot & Blue BBQ, Sibby’s

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BEST CASUAL/FAMILY RESTAURANT CHICK-FIL-A This popular Warrenton spot is a new winner in this category, beating El Agave after its five-year winning streak! A great place to enjoy family and support the community through their many local fundraising partnerships, Chick-fil-A is the best place to get your fix of chicken and waffle fries. It’s our pleasure to celebrate their new win! Honorable Mention: Black Bear Bistro, El Agave, Northside 29 Restaurant

BEST GROCERY STORE HARRIS TEETER Harris Teeter once again claims the title of Best Grocery Store! Featuring farmer’s fresh foods, wine, fish, and even a pharmacy, Harris Teeter offers shoppers an amazing array of choices. And their unique online ordering makes shopping convenient and fast. Located in the NorthRock Shopping Center, Harris Teeter is central for all who live in Warrenton.


BEST COFFEE STARBUCKS (BY OSAKA) Honorable Mention: Deja Brew Cafe, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks (Near IHOP)

Honorable Mention: Cold Stone Creamery, Effee’s Ice Cream, Sweet Frog

Specializing in personalized service, Claire’s at the Depot can assist Warrentonians with all their special events. Claire’s will create fabulous food to suit all your event needs from an array of hors d’oeuvres, salads, delicious platters, and custom options. Honorable Mention: Café Torino, Chick-fil-A, Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ


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Located in the Warrenton Village Shopping Center, El Agave has claimed its eighth Best Mexican/Latin food award. Owned and operated by the Villasenor Family, this local favorite is open for lunch and dinner and serves some knock-out authentic Mexican food. Be sure to ask for the carnitas and you won’t be disappointed. Honorable Mention: Chipotle, El Toro, Tippy’s Taco

Honorable Mention: Food Lion, Giant, Safeway

Warrenton clearly loves this Old Town ice cream spot. Carousel has been awarded Best Ice Cream for its eleventh consecutive year - sweeping the category in a landslide since the awards began. But unlike since it first opened, 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 of course the traditional cone, your taste buds will be thanking you no matter what you select. And don’t forget the Pup Cups!





BEST OUTDOOR SEATING CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT Honorable Mention: Black Bear Bistro, Carousel Frozen Treats, The New Bridge

BEST PIZZA SPITONY’S Always a competitive category with winners usually changing every other year, Spitony’s has pulled it out as the Best Pizza spot over the Brick’s previous win. Since 1975, hand-tossed pizzas and family fun has been served up at Spitony’s. Tasty pizzas, stuffed subs, and fresh salads are worth the drive to enjoy a family meal together. Outdoor seating available. Honorable Mention: Ledo’s Pizza, Manhattan Pizza, The Brick

BEST PLACE FOR A COCKTAIL CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT Honorable Mention: McMahon’s Irish Pub, Molly’s Irish Pub, The New Bridge

BEST TAKE-OUT CHICK-FIL-A Readers have again agreed that Chick-fil-A offers the best take-out. Located next to Walgreens, Chickfil-A is open Monday through Saturday and offers friendly service in a family atmosphere. Try something from their breakfast menu or enjoy their other offerings for lunch or dinner. Honorable Mention: China Jade, Chipotle, Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar

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BEST PLACE FOR GIRLS NIGHT OUT CLAIRE’S AT THE DEPOT In this highly competitive category, the 2016 Best Place for Girls Nights Out is awarded to Claire’s At The Depot for the fourth year in a row. Honorable Mention: Barrel Oak, McMahon’s Irish Pub, The New Bridge



BEST LOCAL WINERY BARREL OAK WINERY The Best Local Winery of 2016 is awarded to Barrel Oak Winery. 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 VENUE FOR AN EVENT RECEPTION AIRLIE Whether your celebration is located in the Pavilion or Main House or outside on the scenic grounds, Airlie Center is the place to be. Readers have awarded Airlie the Best Place for a Reception three years in a row. Situated on over 1,000 acres, this eco-friendly conference center offers intimate spaces for small weddings and events as well as accommodations for larger scale celebrations. Overnight accommodations and ability to host parties, receptions, special celebrations or just a night out are only a few of the reasons Airlie was selected by you as the best place for a reception.

Once again, Elizabeth Lawrence and her rockin’ band have claimed the top spot for Best Local Entertainer/ Band. The fantastic vocals and music from this band are truly favored by our readers. Lawrence’s mix of soulful blues, rugged rock and inspired ballads are incredible for listening, dancing, or even just tapping your feet.

Honorable Mention: Claire’s at the Depot, Fauquier Springs Country Club, Poplar Springs

Honorable Mention: Andre Fox, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Silver Tones Swing Band

Honorable Mention: Carousel Frozen Treats, Longhorn Steakhouse, The New Bridge

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BEST MISCELLANEOUS BEST CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION FAUQUIER SPCA Fauquier loves their furry friends! For eight consecutive years, the Best Charitable Organization has gone to the Fauquier SPCA 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 Food Bank, Habitat For Humanity, Boys & Girls Club



Throughout the year, Palmer Smith can be seen out and about in Warrenton painting beautiful landscape scenes, events, and the architecture within our community. Readers have voted him the Best Local Artist since 2014. His oil paintings are displayed in many business locations throughout Warrenton and are for sale in several stores.

In one of the tightest races we’ve ever seen, the top four contenders are all within 20 votes of each other! But readers agreed, Ciao Bella Photography is the Best Local Photographer for 2016. Ciao Bella Photographers Dan and Mona McLinden provide complete wedding services, events packages, high school senior portraits, family portraits, team and action shots and much more!

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Honorable Mention: Jessica Tapscott Photography, Stephanie Messick Photography, Sunny Reynolds

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BEST SHOPPING BEST ANTIQUE STORE FOX DEN ANTIQUES The 2016 Best Antique Store award again goes to Fox Den Antiques. They have been offering Warrentonians and visitors a unique shopping experience since the 1980s and you’ve voted them the Best Antiques Store every year since 2006. Specialty pieces, collectibles and antiques of all types are available to purchase and admire. Located in The Waterloo Station Shopping Center, Fox Den offers shopping seven days a week and individual shopping experiences by appointment. Honorable Mention: The Empty Nest, Treasure Box, White Elephant

BEST UNIQUE GIFT STORE LATITUDES FAIR TRADE STORE You’ve voted and we got the message loud and clear, Latitudes Fair Trade Store is your favorite Best Unique Gift Store for the past four years! 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 handcrafted bags, baskets, jewelry and clothing, you are sure to find the perfect gift, even if the gift is just for yourself! Latitudes supports farmers and artisans in underprivileged countries through the practice of fair trade and is open seven days a week. Honorable Mention: Banner’s Hallmark, G. Whillikers, The Town Duck


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BEST ELECTRONICS STORE MCCLANAHAN CAMERA McClanahan Camera has been a staple in this community for over 40 years and has been again 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 and digital retouching to instructional classes, they truly are the place to go according to readers. Peruse their wide selection of cameras and accessories. You’ll be sure to find what you need. Honorable Mention: GameStop, RadioShack, Verizon Wireless



BEST FLORIST DESIGNS BY TERESA This is the tenth year that readers have awarded the 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 through Saturday. Honorable Mention: Harris Teeter, Village Flowers, Warrenton Florist

BEST FURNITURE STORE RANKIN’S FURNITURE Rankin’s Furniture again takes home Best Furniture of Warrenton. No matter the room you need to furnish, Rankin’s offers only the best quality furniture. Having over 40 years of experience serving Warrenton and surrounding areas, they are the place to find exactly what you need. Shoppers will find not only home furnishings, but a wide range of decorative accessories. Honorable Mention: ReStore - Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, Shelf Life, White Elephant


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Rankin’s True Value Hardware is a multi-year winner of the Best Home Improvement Store - 2016! 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, hand and power tools, ladders and much more. This family-owned business is located in the Warrenton Village Center and is open seven days a week. Honorable Mention: Gilliam’s Building Supply, ReStore - Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, Shelf Life

Since 1994, Hartman’s has been providing Warrenton finest selection of jewelry ranging from sterling silver to rare colorful gems in various price ranges - and since 2007 they’ve been your favorite jewelry store! Located on Main Street, they offer not only exquisite jewelry, but also repair, engraving and even free jewelry cleaning! Hartman’s is open every day except Sunday. Honorable Mention: Carter and Spence, Latitudes, Warrenton Jewelers

BEST NEW BUSINESS SHAWN’S SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Always one of our most exciting categories, this year’s best new business is Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ! This casual bbq family - style restaurant opened in Warrenton in March 2016, expanding from its premiere location in Culpeper. Shawn’s creates all their own sauces and smokes all their meat on-site. Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ is located at 51 W. Lee Highway, Suite 189, just around the corner from Marshalls. Honorable Mention: Deja Brew Cafe, Fat Tuesday’s, Manhattan Pizza, Marshalls

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BEST PLACE TO BUY SPORTING GOODS OLYMPIA SPORTS In this new category, Warrenton has voted Olympia Sports as its favorite place to buy sporting goods! Featuring a broad assortment of high quality name brand merchandise in sports equipment, apparel, athletic footwear and accessories, Olympia focuses on community and customer service. Honorable mention: Clark Brothers Gun Shop, Rankins True Value, The Bike Stop



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BEST PLACE TO BUY WINE GALLOPING GRAPE You voted Galloping Grape as your favorite place to buy wine. 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, The Town Duck

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHES MARSHALLS In Warrenton for less than a year, Marshalls has hands-down won Best Women’s Clothes, a category typically dominated by Peebles and Christine Fox. Located in the Warrenton Village Center next to Panera, Marshalls offers a little bit of everything - from clothes for men, women, and children, home accessories, shoes, unique toiletries, birthday cards, candles and more - all at an affordable price. Honorable Mention: Christine Fox, Do You… Déjà vu, Peebles

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Warrenton readers have again selected Joe’s Service Center as the winner for the 2016 Best Auto Repair Center. Joe’s offers complete service ranging from oil changes to brakes, electrical, emissions, and collision on all types of vehicles. If your car or truck is in need of assistance, you can find Joe’s Service Center on Sullivan Street. Honorable Mention: Chick’s Services Inc, Warrenton Auto Service, Warrenton Foreign Car


BEST AUTO DEALERSHIP COUNTRY CHEVROLET Clearly, Warrenton residents agree, 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 options for all. Owner Andy Budd has developed a customer service team that excels in personalized services in all their departments. Visit them today!

The Fauquier Bank has been consistently 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: Jim Harris Buick Pontiac GMC, Sheehy Auto Ford, Warrenton Toyota/Scion

Honorable Mention: BB&T, Oak View National Bank, Wells Fargo

BEST BARBER SHOP LEE’S BARBER SHOP 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, Salon Emage, Siggi’s Sports Barber Shop

BEST CHIROPRACTOR FIRM ADVANTAGE HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Doug Smith and his friendly staff offer services 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. They also offer massage therapy! Honorable Mention: Fauquier Chiropractic, Warrenton Chiropractic Center, Virginia Sports Chiropractic


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BEST COMPUTER SERVICE/ SYSTEM REPAIRS DOK KLAUS COMPUTER CARE BEST DOG GROOMER PETCO GROOMING An old favorite in this category, Petco Grooming takes the lead after a three year loss to Hound ‘N Hair. Petco Grooming offers fullservice options such as bathing and grooming as well as nail trimming and health recommendations for dry/oily skin. All stylists are certified and highly qualified to pamper your pooch and make him or her look their best! Honorable Mention: Hound ‘N Hair, Gaila Grooming, Georjean’s Grooming/Aspiration Pets

BEST DRY CLEANERS WARRENTON CENTER DRY CLEANERS For the sixth year in a row, Warrenton has selected Warrenton Center Dry Cleaners as their most trusted place for dry cleaning! Offering more than just pressed shirts, Warrenton Center Dry Cleaners can also expertly launder silks, leather, and fine rugs in addition to their alteration and garment preservation services. Honorable Mention: Acclaim Cleaners, ASAP Cleaners, Country Cleaners

Dok Klaus Computer Care has consistently 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 on Waterloo Street between Carousel and Old Town. Honorable Mention: F1 Computer Solutions, Sitewhirks Inc, Staples

BEST CONTRACTOR/HANDYMAN APPLETON CAMPBELL Like us, you probably see their vans all over town. And according to you, they are your favorite Contractor/Handyman in Warrenton! Congratulate Appleton Campbell for it’s win. 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 the perfect temperature all year round. Honorable Mention: Hubbies R Us, J.D. Eicher Builder, Paul Henry’s Window Installation Inc.

BEST COUNSELOR/THERAPIST ROBERT B IADELUCA In this new category, you voted Dr. Iadeluca as the best counselor/therapist in Warrenton! Dr. Iadeluca opened his practice here in 1990. The New York native opened his practice at age 70 after serving in WWII and working for the New York State Department of Education. Dr. Iadeluca is a regular contributor to Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, often discussing mental health as well as his personal life experiences. Honorable Mention: Marianne Clyde, Melba D. Hendrix, Dan Thompson

BEST DANCE STUDIO BALLET ACADEMY OF WARRENTON/ WARRENTON BALLET CO. Offering classes in toddler movement, hiphop, ballroom for adults, acrobatics, and classical ballet using the Russian method, Ballet Academy of Warrenton has won the claim to the Best Dance Studio once again this year. Director Linda Voepel, a multi-style accomplished dancer, leads the studio to continued success Honorable Mention: Warrenton Gymnastics , Excell Dance Company, Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts

BEST DAY CARE CENTER/ PRESCHOOL ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL SCHOOL According to you, St. James Episcopal School, known for their professional, caring staff, has again been voted the Best Day Care Center/ Preschool in Warrenton! 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, St. John Preschool, Warrenton Baptist Tiny Tots Care Center

BEST DENTAL OFFICE THE OFFICE OF SENTZ, GRIFFIN, AND TUDOR, DDS Dental care options ranging from preventative, prosthetic, and restorative services, Sentz, Griffin, and Tudor, DDS can help you perfect your smile. They’ve claimed the prize of Best Dental office more than a handful of times! The professional staff at this Old Town dental office can assist you with more than routine exams and cleanings. Stop by and see why they’re voted Warrenton’s favorite! Honorable Mention: Dr. Robert Flikeid, DDS & Associates, Woodside & Sentz DDS, Drs. Yung & Jelinek, DDS

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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, cosmetics, smoothies, freshly prepared meals and essential oils in The Natural Marketplace. Stop by their location at the corner of Diagonal and Waterloo Streets to see why they been voted number one four years strong.

A division of your favorite bank, The Fauquier Bank Wealth Management is a new winner in this category! TFB Wealth Management services include financial, retirement, and college planning as well as investment management, trust administration, estate settlement, brokerage services, and insurance services. Honorable Mention: BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Meridian Financial Partners, LLC, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

BEST FITNESS CENTER OLD TOWN ATHLETIC CLUB Since 2009, readers have selected Old Town Athletic Club as the clear winner for Best Fitness Center. Mike and Kim Forsten opened OTAC in 1996 and services focus on personal well-being. The fitness center offers a clean, friendly environment with top-ofthe-line equipment, a plethora of private and group classes, personal trainers, Parisi Speed School, a Kids Club, pilates and yoga studios, massage therapy, juice and coffee bars, and luxurious locker rooms and saunas.


Consistently voted for because of their legal expertise and community involvement, the Law Office of Marie Washington, PLC is the strong leader of this category six years and counting. Washington’s areas of expertise include: business law and civil litigation; criminal law and traffic violations; estate planning and probate; and family law. She has also been included as one of the 2015 Top Lawyers by Northern Virginia magazine.

Owner Melanee Montalvo and her staff have done it again, claiming the title of Best Hair Salon for their eighth consecutive year. Readers recognize the professionals at Salon Emage for their ability to serve all beauty needs such as: hair, nails, massage, waxing, makeup, and spa services. Located on Lee Street, their setting is not only convenient, but relaxing. Honorable Mention: Hair Cuttery, PR@Partners, Salon Lou


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For several years, readers have selected Carr & Hyde as the Best in insurance. 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: Bella Vita Skincare & Spa, Looking Glass Natural Health, White Flower Yoga & Wellness

Once again, Warrentonians have selected Holiday Inn Express as the Best Hotel for 2016. 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.

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Warrenton residents have again declared Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center the winner in this category - six years going strong! From joint replacements, a spine center, sports medicine, pain management, physical therapy, shoulder care, and a foot and ankle center, Blue Ridge truly offers a myriad of services to assist all their patients. Honorable Mention: Blaser Physical Therapy, Fauquier Health, Innovation Physical Therapy, LLC, Virginia Sports Chiropractic

BEST PHYSICIAN OFFICE PIEDMONT FAMILY PRACTICE This year’s Best Physician Office winner is Piedmont Family Practice! The practice offers a wide range of services. Board certified physicians and nurse practitioners incorporate family practice, internal and emergency medicine as well as pediatrics care into their practice. Warrenton residents are also offered sports medicine, geriatrics, female health, dermatology and Family Docs On Call. Honorable Mention: Piedmont Internal Medicine, Dominion Internal Medicine, Fauquier Family Practice

BEST PLUMBER APPLETON CAMPBELL This year, Warrenton has recognized Appleton Campbell as the Best Plumber once again. Appleton Campbell offers clients the utmost in customer service whether it’s fixing a leaky pipe or installing an entire new plumbing system. Serving our community since 1976, Appleton Campbell will service homeowners and businesses alike. Honorable Mention: Foley Plumbing, MRC Plumbing and Heating, TLC Services

BEST PEDIATRIC OFFICE PIEDMONT PEDIATRICS It’s no wonder Piedmont Pediatrics has claimed the Best Pediatric Office award yet again this year. With board-certified doctors, nurse practitioners, phlebotomist, licensed nurses and a caring staff committed to providing your child with excellent healthcare, your family is in good hands. And this year they celebrate their 20th anniversary! Honorable Mention: Piedmont Family Practice, Warrenton Pediatrics


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BEST SPA SERVICES POPLAR SPRINGS Voted the Best Spa Services for 2016, Poplar Springs Inn & Spa offers massages, facials, couples massages, reflexology and so much more. Pampering is the name of the game whether you are staying overnight or enjoying a few hours in their luxurious surroundings. Clients are able to enjoy the saltwater pool and hot tub, the sauna and poolside bar, all located on 170 beautiful acres. Honorable Mention: Bella Vita Skincare & Spas, PR@Partners, Salon Emage

BEST VETERINARIAN OFFICE PIEDMONT PETS For 11 years straight, Warrentonians have recognized Piedmont Pets as the Best Veterinarian Office. Their offices are conveniently open six days a week and allow flexibility with scheduling appointments. Drs. Lutz, Krause and Kirkpatrick, along with their highly qualified team, stand by their mission “to provide affordable, quality veterinary care to cats and dogs with the utmost compassion.” Honorable Mention: Animal Care Center, New Baltimore Animal Hospital, Village Veterinary Clinic

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near-neighbor of Shenandoah National Park, I have long treasured its beauty and relished the abundant native plants and wildlife as I hiked its trails. The idea of a national park in the east was born in the early 20th century, but it was not until the 1930’s that a park took shape in the southern Appalachians. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia were chosen as the site on the condition that the state purchase the land and present or “gift” it to the federal government. Earlier this year, eager to explore the history of the Shenandoah National Park, the John Marshall library book clubs read Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal by Sue Eisenfeld, a Northern Virginia resident, to learn more about the human stories in the park’s past. At the time work began on the park, 400 to 500 families, many of whom resisted relocation, lived in or near the proposed park site. These landowners, tenants and squatters were required to relocate, leaving behind homes, farms, orchards and over 100 cemeteries. The newly formed Civilian Conservation Corps was tasked with removing the homes, barns and outbuildings left behind. Decades later, however, haunting clues remain of the lives of the people who once lived


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here. As renowned park historian Darwin Lambert reflected, what was left behind reveals “touching eternal realities of nature and humanity.” Sue Eisenfeld’s decades-long love of the park and her passion for hiking, history and nature led her to dig into the past. She and her husband, Neil, hike “off-trail,” a form of exploration recommended to only the most experienced hikers. Traveling through the backwoods of the Blue Ridge, they search for signs of settlement before the park. Frozen winter ridges and hollows and the earliest spring days allow the evidence to stand out, before the beautiful vegetation hides it from view. After more than 15 years of exploring the park, Eisenfeld reflects on the day, while “cradled in the faded-blue folds of the gentle Appalachian ridges” she decided to write her book about the park and its people. “I decided I wanted to write the stories of what I have seen, heard, touched and discovered as a hiker in a de-peopled and re-wilded park - a place that was once unfound and inhabited and is now ‘back to nature’ once again.” HITTING THE TRAILS

This spring, following Eisenfeld’s advice, the Marshall book clubs embarked on an early spring hike to look for signs of the displaced mountain people. The Fox Hollow Trail, starting across the road from the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, provided a perfect pathway to appreciate the beauty of the mountains while seeing traces of generations of the Fox family. Forest has reclaimed the cleared farmland of the 1930’s, but lilies, periwinkle and daffodils, planted long ago, bloom as evidence of a family cemetery, and perhaps a nearby home. Stone walls trail through the forest and lead to a crumbling barn foundation.

A broken washtub lies by the edge of the woods. A narrow dirt trail, overgrown and shaded by trees, was once the road that led down the mountain to the town of Front Royal. And perhaps most poignant, a single sheltered apple tree blooms beneath the towering forest. These remnants whisper of the past. Shenandoah National Park has been called “The Gift,” but it is one that surely required great sacrifice by the givers. Standing on the mountainsides and in the hollows of our park, it is possible to visualize those who lived here just one lifetime ago. MEET THE AUTHOR

Sue Eisenfeld is a five-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Gettysburg Review and other publications. She will be visiting the John Marshall branch library Sunday, September 25, at 2 p.m. to discuss Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. The event is free and open to the public.

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If you are interested in learning more about the history of the Shenandoah National Park, you may enjoy The Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park by Darwin Lambert, the first employee hired by the Park Service at Shenandoah. Another look at the history can be found in Shenandoah Secrets: The Story of the Park’s Hidden Past by Carolyn and Jack Reeder. For a close look at one of our more popular mountains, Old Rag, you might check out In the Shadow of Ragged Mountain: Historical Archaeology of Nicholson, Corbin, and Weakley Hollows by Audrey Horning. A trip to the Byrd Visitor Center, near Big Meadows, offers an extensive exhibit documenting the creation of the park, including the saga of the displaced people. ❖

Deborah Cosby, librarian and Branch Manager of the John Marshall Library, recently marked 30 years at the Fauquier County Public Library. A proud Baltimore native, her years in the book world began as a reference librarian at the University of Maryland. A move to Virginia brought her to the public library and the community that she now enjoys. Deborah’s friends know her as a tree-hugger who loves all creatures great and small.


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How to Select a Financial Advisor By Nicholas Sicina CFP®, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SPIC


efore looking into finding a financial advisor, you might ask yourself, “Do I even need one?” Be careful not to misconstrue fact-based pragmatism as self-service. Study after study has shown that over time the average investor grossly underperforms the broader market. Meaning, basically, that they don’t do as well over time. Why? Because many individual investors will fall victim to their own biases and/or emotions. Panic-driven selling when the market is in turmoil locks in losses, ensuring a decline in your account balance. Then, not invested and concerned about when the right time to get back in might be, you miss the recovery when the market eventually turns positive. This is one example of a plethora of investor mistakes and biases rooted in behavioral finance that impact investor performance over time. Psychology plays a large role in your finances and hiring the right financial advisor can provide objectivity that may save you from yourself when times get rough. Think of it like this, a financial advisor is like a doctor for your finances. Do enough internet based self-diagnosis and you might convince yourself the prognosis of your ailment is far worse than it actually is. You then self-administer all sorts of medications that you don’t really need and may in fact make yourself worse. When it comes to finances, save yourself the trouble and find someone you trust, who’s competent, and has longevity.

Trust is a critical aspect of the investment planning process and is vital to a successful long term advisory relationship. It is the greatest factor in selecting a financial advisor. After all, you are hiring someone for their advice and presumably acting on their guidance. Therefore, having trust that the individual is serving in your best interest and providing you with unbiased fact-based advice is paramount. Trust is also the hardest box to check on your list of criteria for choosing an advisor as it must be built over time. Asking a friend or family member for a referral to their advisor may provide you with some level of comfort. Competency breeds trust. If you’re working with an advisor, you will depend on insightful, accurate, and constructive guidance as you address life’s financial challenges. Once you trust that your financial advisor is working in your best interest, you might want to evaluate their competency. It is one thing to trust in someone’s integrity and honesty, it’s another thing to feel confident that they actually know what they’re talking about. Longevity may help you confirm the individual is trustworthy and competent. How long they have been in business may be an indicator that they presumably know what they are doing and do it well. While experience is important, so is whether or not your advisor is going to continue to stay in business. I have talked to many clients that have had their advisor

switch firms or leave the business and find themselves with someone they don’t know picking up where their old advisor left off. Make sure the advisor you work with has the ability to stay in business, has some roots in the community, and has a long term plan. That plan may be to establish a team or wealth management group with other advisors. Getting to know everyone on the team would be advisable if you choose to work with an advisor that has multiple team members. Feeling confident in your advisor’s ability to address your long term planning needs by demonstrating their ability to be with you throughout the journey can provide you with additional confidence. Not all advisors are created equal and ultimately you will want to take steps to ensure the caliber of the individual you are hiring is of a high quality. When it comes to your family’s financial security don’t cut corners. Interview several advisors and ask a friend who they might recommend. The more information you can gather the better. You can always check out your advisor’s credentials and history online as there are many websites dedicated to reviewing advisors backgrounds. Most advisors will have their own website where they may provide information regarding their investment philosophy and services they provide. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and probe your advisor to get the information you need to feel comfortable in their ability to serve you. ❖

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SLEEP SABOTAGE The role diet and stress play in stealing some Zzzzzs By Kimberly Pham, Pharm D, and Tori Trocki, CNS


rouble falling asleep? Waking at 2 a.m.? Your sleep troubles may have more to do with what you’re eating than how you’re sleeping. The truth is, the foods we eat during the day play a huge role in our body’s ability to fall (and stay) asleep at night. Here’s why… SLEEP BASICS The process of falling asleep is the result of a series of physical and chemical processes. Each process involves the body sending a signal to a different part of the brain to prepare it for sleep. Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (or GABA) and melatonin are just two of the chemicals involved in these processes. GABA is an amino acid that serves as the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. Think of it as a dimmer switch that signals the brain it’s time to take a break. GABA’s main job is to decrease neuron activity and prevent nerve cells from over-firing. By decreasing the number of nerve cells that fire in the brain, GABA reduces feelings of anxiety and prepares the body for a restful sleep. Melatonin is a hormone that directs the circadian rhythms of the body that regulate sleep. As the sun goes down in the evening, the cells in the retina of the eye send a message to a cluster of nerve cells (known as the circadian clock) located in the hypothalamus area of the brain. The circadian clock then tells the pineal gland to produce melatonin. When melatonin is released, it causes drowsiness and lowers the body


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temperature, allowing the body to relax while inducing sleep. THE IMPACT OF DIET Poor diet can sabotage these chemical signals and other natural sleep processes. The typical American diet, characterized by high amounts of refined sugars and processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, and unhealthy fats is generally very difficult for the body to process. If the body is unable to properly break down and absorb proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, it can cause cramping, constipation, bloating, and indigestion. Not only can these symptoms signal a more serious digestive disorder, they also can make falling asleep difficult. Just ask anyone with a raging case of heartburn how it feels to lay down! Diet also can affect the health of the gastrointestinal tract. Those same foods mentioned above can cause inflammation, which can damage the lining of the gut. Poor gut health can prevent the body from absorbing nutrients. As a result, even if someone was taking a daily melatonin supplement to help with sleep, it may not be able to be absorbed by the body. STEP BACK FROM THE REFRIGERATOR! For many sleep sufferers, the problem isn’t falling asleep but rather staying asleep. Believe it or not, this also could be a result of a digestion issue, specifically related to blood sugar regulation. The gall bladder, pancreas, and adrenal glands are all involved in the process of regulating blood sugar levels.

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arrenton insurance company executive and Virginia Military Institute alumnus G. Wayne Eastham was visiting his alma mater in Lexington recently when he came across an interesting tombstone in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery.

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with Gen. David Hunter. On June 11, 1864, Hunter entered Lexington with 18,000 troops, and the VMI cadets retreated to a camp in the Blue Ridge near Balcony Falls. The next day, Hunter’s troops burned VMI, which he considered a legitimate target, since it was both the site of a state arsenal and a military training school. On June 25, the cadets returned to Lexington, but were furloughed two days later. Col. Shipp recovered from his wounds, and with VMI shut down, he was sent to Lynchburg to serve as an aide to Gen, Jubal A. Early, who was in charge of the defense of the city. In October, he was sent to Richmond with a contingent of former VMI cadets, who were quartered at the Alms House and manned defensive trenches around the Confederate capital. By the end of December, Col. Shipp’s cadets resumed academic classes in the Alms House, but on March 11 returned to the trenches as Union forces closed in. On April 2 – as Richmond was being evacuated – the VMI unit was disbanded, and most of the cadets started on their journey home. A week later, Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Courthouse. VMI reopened in October 1865, and

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academic work resumed there just six months after the end of the war. Col. Shipp returned to serve as the Commandant of Cadets, and in August 1869, married long-time friend Anne “Nannie” Alexander Morson (18401884), the daughter of Arthur Alexander and Maria Martin Morson. They had three children: Elizabeth Scott, Lucy Scott and Arthur Morson Shipp. In addition to serving as Commandant of Cadets, in 1876, Col. Shipp was appointed chairman of the Department of Latin. In August 1880, he briefly served as president of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (known today as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), resigning after 13 days “…because of a dispute over the organizational authority of the faculty,” according to the VPI online history. He returned to VMI, and in 1890, he took office as the second Superintendent of VMI at the rank of brigadier general, a role he would fill until retiring in 1907. Gen. Shipp spent the last years of his life as Superintendent Emeritus. Notable among his accomplishments were paying off the debt for the reconstruction of the buildings destroyed or damaged during the Civil

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Lt. Lomax resigned his commission and offered his service to the Confederacy. He was appointed captain, and assigned to the staff of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, and later transferred to the field of operations west of the Mississippi under Gen. Earl Van Dorn. Promoted to the rank of colonel, Lomax returned to the Eastern Theater, where he commanded the 11th Virginia Cavalry. His unit participated in the Gettysburg Campaign, and he was promoted to brigadier general after the battle, serving under Gen. Fitzhugh Lee. Gen. Lomax would participate in several major battles during the war, but lesser known is his involvement with the establishment of Capt. John S. Mosby’s Partisan Rangers. While serving in the Western Theater, then-Lt. Col. Lomax became aware of the scouting system operated by partisans in Tennessee. Returning to Richmond, he worked with partisans in the Shenandoah Valley to set up a scouting system like the one in Tennessee. Known as the Linville Partisan Rangers, they were trained in scouting, tapping into telegraph lines, use of blasting powder, and other tactical skills. Early in 1863, Gen. Lomax contacted Capt. Mosby about enhancing his partisan operations in Fauquier and Loudoun counties. “At that time, I only had a few men, but we soon expanded and trained the men we had,” recalled



Col. Mosby in an interview with writer Caroline Harper in 1913 “We were never a large group, nor were we designed to be a large fighting force. We didn’t drill like regulars and we had no permanent camps,” said Mosby. “In June of that year, my outfit was designated the 43rd Battalion Partisan Rangers.” The rest, as they say, is history. Mosby was reluctant to talk about Gen. Lomax and his involvement with the partisans while the general was still alive. They had been friends during and after the war, and the information was not made public until Harper’s interview was published in the Baltimore Sun in 1920, four years after Mosby’s death. POST-WAR ACTIVITIES The war over, Gen. Lomax’s sister played a minor role in the high drama surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. “Virginia Lomax was imprisoned in Washington during their residency there as a suspected spy, when she went from that city to Baltimore, where they had gone with their mother to carry food to a sick friend,” wrote M. Louise Evans in an article published in The Fauquier Democrat in 1954. “The family was possibly under suspicion, as their father was a major general in the Confederate Army. “Miss Virginia was imprisoned in a cell just below that of Mrs. Mary Surratt, and the night of her execution as an assassin or possible accomplice in the shooting of Pres. Lincoln, Miss Lomax taught Mrs. Surratt’s daughter handwork to try to interest and divert the girl.” The war over, Gen. Lomax returned home and had farms in Caroline and Fauquier counties. These properties included Bellevue, the former Clarkson home, which he bought from Thomas Edward Saunders in May 1866. Bellevue would serve as the Lomax homplace for the next three decades. In 1871, public schools were

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Top: Balcarres, on Culpeper Street Extended, was built by Gen. Lomax in 1875 for his sisters, who operated the Warrenton Seminary there for many years. Bottom: Historic Bellevue was built by Col. William Payne c. 1830 for his daughter, Marion Margaret Payne Clarkson and her husband, Dr. Henry M. Clarkson. Widowed in 1842, Dr. Clarkson married Lucy Blackwell Scott Shipp, the mother of Gen. Scott Shipp. Bellevue was owned by Gen. Lomax and his family from 1866 to 1897. Photo credit: A Pride of Place, Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia.

established in Fauquier County, and from 1875 to 1877, Gen Lomax served as school superintendent. After the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC) opened in 1872, Gen. Lomax expressed his interest in serving as its president, although he had no experience in operating an educational institution. In 1873, he married Elizabeth Winter Payne (1850-1932) of Warrenton, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Albin Payne of Granville, and they had two daughters, Elizabeth Lindsay (1874-1951) and Anne Tayloe (1888-1961). It is recalled that Elizabeth married Washington, D.C. architect Waddy B. Wood (1869-1944), who built Leeton Forest on Lees Ridge Road. Anne lived in Washington, D.C., and was associated with Children’s Hospital for many years. In 1875, Gen. Lomax had a new home built on Culpeper Street Extended for his unmarried sisters, Virginia, Julia, Mary and Victoria Lomax. It was called Balcarres, so named for the Lindsay clan hometown in Scotland. The sisters operated the Warrenton Seminary, a school for girls, at the home for several years. The sisters were described as “…a talented lot of women, gay, loyal, and high-spirited,” by Miss Evans, who also noted that they once cultivated a garden on the place that had more than 100 varieties of roses. After Thomas Nelson Conrad was removed from the position of president of VAMC in 1886, Gen. Lomax was offered the position. “To his credit, after his appointment and before he took office, Lomax began studying other land-grant college programs, even visiting one of the premier schools and holding discussions with government officials involved in agricultural programs,” according to the online history of the VPI&SU. Under Pres. Lomax, VAMC returned to the semester system, added a non-diploma business program, and re-instituted the preparatory department for students not appropriately prepared for college work. He requested and received $20,000 for a new barracks and $4,000 to convert the old Preston and Olin Building into a shop. The barracks was later renamed Lane Hall, in honor of James H. Lane, the first commandant of the corps. Gen. Lomax resigned as president of the VAMC in 1891, and subsequently worked in Washington, D.C., as a clerk in the War Department for six years,


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John Toler is an author and historian who has served Fauquier County for over 50 years, including four decades with the Fauquier-Times Democrat. Toler is the co-author of 250 Years in Fauquier County: A Virginia Story, and author of Warrenton, Virginia: A History of 200 Years.

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The Tedeschi family and a friend enjoy a hike together.

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ere’s the dilemma. You want to take your family for a nice day hike into the mountains and nature, but you’re not sure which hike would be the most fun for everyone and would offer the greatest payoff. You thumb through hiking books to get ideas or check on the internet to find a hike that doesn’t require buying trekking boots for the entire family before heading out to the trailhead. After a couple of hours reading, you still cannot decide which hike will fit your family, promise a little adventure, and inspire the kids to ask “Can we do this again, please?”

Preparing for Great Family Hikes Like with many things in life, preparation is key, particularly with children for whom hiking may not always be the first choice of entertainment. Turning children into happy and enthusiastic hikers can take many different forms, but probably starts with talking about the fun of exploring. Going to the mountains and checking out the trails to see where they lead, probably to elevations where you can see views as far as the eye can see, where you can picnic on big rocks - all the while checking out the wildlife, plants, and rock formations. And like the

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members of the Boots ‘n Beer club who always refresh themselves at a tavern after a hike, perhaps stopping for ice cream on the way home would be a good treat for everyone! Several years ago I met Warrenton’s Tedeschi family on the trail going up Bull Run Mountain and was fascinated by the youngest family member who hiked with quiet pride using a beautiful and large hiking pole that he had made for himself. I thought, this young hiker is motivated! Two years later on a breezy April day, that same hiker with the blue hiking stick joined our Boots ’n Beer hiking club up the steep incline to Mary’s Rock in the Shenandoah National Park. I venture to say that the young owner of the blue hiking stick (the stick seemed to have gotten smaller) was developing a love of hiking and the outdoors that would probably reverberate throughout his life. Having this passion is a true legacy and a gift from nature that never fails to energize, restore, and inspire all who partake of it. Hiking Upward Let me share with you an easy way to prepare for hiking with your family. Over my years of hiking and searching locally for great trails, I have always come back to one source: HikingUpward.com Without a doubt, there are many other great resources available to find the perfect hike, but few are as user-friendly and comprehensively thorough in helping you find and navigate a trail. With a click on the link Sortable Hikes Map, you will have an interactive filter system for over 150 hikes. You can then drill down and specify hike length, elevation gain, degree of difficulty, streams, views, solitude, and camping availability. As you explore this website you will come to appreciate the convenience of all the different links that provide


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important information in helping you prepare for your hike. For each hike you will find a Printable Topo Hike Map with detailed trail route instructions, a nearby Weather Forecast Station, Garmin and GPS eXchange, 3D View of Route and an Elevation Profile. Trailhead Parking is also provided with coordinates. The numerous Hiker Reviews which often bring additional clarifications and suggestions often serve to deepen our understanding of the trail. Recently, I was preparing a five-day backpacking trip for Boots ’n Beer to Mount Rogers High Country in Grayson Highlands State Park. I discussed the planned hike with a park ranger using one of the hike suggestions by Hiking Upward. For some of my questions the ranger had to call me back, and one of his comments was, “Thank you for introducing us to the website hikingupward.com. It is one of the best we have seen.” A Hiker’s Labor of Love After many years of using this great hiking preparation tool, I got to know more about the people behind this extraordinary achievement. This is what I learned from the founder of Hiking Upward, Tony von Vugt: “I launched the site back in 2000 after having hiked in the mid-Atlantic area for years. At the time there didn’t seem to be a place where hikers could



find most of the things they were interested in, like topo maps, weather information, driving directions, etc. without having to go to a pay site, so I put together my catalog of hikes and started Hiking Upward. There is now a small group of us who maintain the site, as well as regional Trail Contributors throughout the mid-Atlantic that submit new hikes. Over the last couple of years we’ve been adding about 20-30 new hikes per year. As when we started it, the site is completely free to use and will remain that way, and entirely supported by volunteers.” Boots ’n Beer, a hiking club that has also recently become a charity organization, has over the years benefited greatly from Hiking Upward. As a token of our appreciation for all this labor of love by a small group of dedicated hikers, we made our very first cash distribution to Hiking Upward through the GoFundMe link on the Hiking Upward home page, and I encourage all our hikers and friends of the great outdoors to make a personal contribution to keep this community hiking site growing, as it currently provides free hiking information to over 10,000 hikers a day. A contribution equal to the price of a pint of beer seems to me like a good start, and please don’t tell me you’ve turned into a teetotaler! Happy Trails to all in finding the perfect hike for you and your family and friends! ❖

Andreas A. Keller is a passionate hiker, avid backpacker and a Charter Member of Boots ’n Beer, a drinking club with a hiking problem. He can be reached via email at aakeller@mac.com.




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From top to bottom: Warrenton Town Limits July Celebration. Fourth of July Parade Main Street, Warrenton. Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s check presentation at Highland School for donations raised during the May 3rd Give Local Piedmont campaign; F4F raised $566.28. F4F helped the children attending Make Music Day make tambourines.


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n just a few short weeks, Fauquier students and teachers will be heading back to school. We wish you all a wonderful start to your school year on August 17th! The 2016 Summer Reading Program is underway. Each Fauquier library branch offers free programs and activities for children, teens, and adults. Prize wheel runs until Saturday, August 6th. Visit fauquierlibrary.org for a complete list of events and activities. F4F is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Summer Reading Program, our third year in a row. F4F will be at the Vint Hill Block Party, 4263 Aikens Drive, Warrenton on August 12th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. with our LEGOS and crafts for the kids. Be sure to stop by and join in on all the fun! Bluemont Concert in Warrenton presents Pan Masters on August 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the Warren Green Hotel in Old Town Warrenton, 10 Hotel Street. This is highly recommended and a very family-friendly event. We hope families will join us there for great music and socialization. $5 for adults/$2 children. Our rescheduled Tye Dye Art in the Park Potluck event is set for Monday, August 15th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Northern Fauquier Community Park. RSVP’s are required for t-shirt sizes on or before August 5th. Visit the WARF on August 19th to watch the movie Jaws playing at the pool. Please arrive at 7:30 p.m. Admission fee is $3. The Bealeton Flying Circus Hot Air Balloon Festival in Bealeton is August 20-21st from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is a wonderful event that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Small entrance fee applies - please check their website at flyingcircusairshow.com. We have set-up TEAM F4F for the Mini’s Mission Kickball Tournament which is September 11th to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. This is a fun day and we invite your family to join our team this year. We are currently looking for team sponsors. You can join our team, make donations or learn more about this event at: kick-it.org/games/2016/09/minis-mission-5thannual-kickball-tournament/families-4-fauquier Please mark your calendars for our Annual Fauquier County Preschool Fair which is set for Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Warrenton Community Center. The fair will showcase local area preschools, private schools and family-friendly organizations. For additional information about our upcoming fair please email us at families4fauquier@gmail.com. Are your children enthralled with the new Pokémon GO? The Fauquier Pokemon Card League meets every Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Foster’s Grille in Warrenton. It’s free to play and you can earn special badges along the way. It’s fun for children of all ages. NEW: We now have a wishlist of items we are currently collecting. Please visit our website to see how you and your family can help. ❖

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Enjoy modern Virginian cuisine centered on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients in an upscale setting. Menus include sophisticated dishes that honor the labor of love and sustainable practices of local farmers. Seasonal cocktails, local wine, and Virginia craft beers complement the menu at The Garden Bistro and allow for a true taste of The Old Dominion State. Open for Sunday brunch from 10:30 to 2:30 and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Authentic Chinese cuisine. All you can eat buffet Saturday 11am to 3pm, Sunday noon to 3pm. Dine in, carry out, or free delivery available ($15 minimum and within 5 mile radius).


(540) 351-1616 • 65 S Third Street clairesrestaurant.com

Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available.

(540) 349-8077 • 147 Alexandria Pike #101 coldstonecreamery.com

Cold Stone is back at its new location. They offer unique ice cream cones, shakes, smoothies and cakes. Ice Cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Open year round.



(540) 347-2713 • 388 Waterloo Street cafetorinoandbakery.com

Restaurant offering authentic Italian pasta, seafood, appetizers, and desserts. Breakfast served in the morning. Lunch offers sandwiches, pasta, and more. Dinner usually requires reservation and is only available Thursday thru Saturday. Dine-in or takeout. Casual dress.


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(540) 341-7500• 251 W. Lee Hwy. #634 fauquiersprings.com

Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends.


(540) 341-7500 • 6441 Lee Highway www.firehousesubs.com


(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Highway fiveguys.com


(540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Avenue fostersgrille.com

Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available.

(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Avenue countrycookin.com



24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.

(540) 351-6155 • 7168 Lineweaver Road covertcafe.com


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(540) 341-2044 •105 W Lee Highway applebees.com

Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist, wood-fired brick oven pizzas, Italian inspired appetizers and desserts. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below.

Authentic Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar with an emphasis on California wines. Happy hour with $2 drafts and selected appetizers M–F 5-7pm. Sunday 50% off wine by the bottle. Delivery available. Casual dress.

New Orleans-themed bar and restaurant serving fresh seafood, beer, wine and Cajun-style food. Over a dozen large televisions for watching sports and an extensive lineup of musical talent each week make this a great hang out.

Authentic Chinese, Thai, Fusion, and Seafood cuisine. Offer lunch buffet everyday. Feature China Jade specialties and Kid’s menu (includes chicken wings and grilled cheese). Casual dress.

Serving up home-style, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, sweets like gobs and muffins, and side items like potato and macaroni salad.

(540) 428-1005 • 32 Main Street blackbearbistro.com

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(540) 347-0401 • 323 Comfort Inn Drive dennys.com

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(540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street warrentonbread.com

Loaves of bread handcrafted using whole grain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. Sandwiches, muffins and a coffee bar.



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(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Highway dominos.com

A cafe serving a wide selection of fresh and organic foods like stacked sandwiches, fruit smoothies, salads and more. Open for breakfast and lunch.



(540) 351-0011 • 251 W Lee Highway el-agave.com

Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of delicacies for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Menu has specials for lunch and dinner combinations including fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.

(540)-680-2302 • 41 W. Lee Hwy. #57

An authentic asian cafe offering a wide selection of soups, rice, and noodle dishes.


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Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu has lunch specials and traditional entrees like chimichangas, burritos, and quesadillas. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or take-out.

Family owned pizzeria for over 20 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice.

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(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Highway joeandvinniespizza.net




Elegant-casual American dining with international influences. Wine bottles to go, local craft beer, and menu peppered with locally-sourced ingredients. Celebrations and business meetings from small intimate gatherings to restaurant-exclusive events can be accommodated

(540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Ave. • kfc.com (540) 341-8580 • 8504 Fletcher Drive ledopizza.com

Never cutting corners this pizza, sub and pasta shop serves many Italian favorites. Known for their large square pizzas, Ledos also carries fresh salads, calzones, shareable appetizers and sandwich combos. Casual attire.

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Comfort food at its best. Featuring Greek/American specialties this restaurant is family owned and operated. Banquet room available.




Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.

(540) 341-0392 • 505 Fletcher Drive longhornsteakhouse.com (540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Drive

Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.


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(540) 349-7172 • 322 W Lee Hwy papajohns.com

The Manor House Restaurant blends “old world table” cuisine together with an emphasis on fresh food from raw and artisanal local sources. Enjoy the new à la carte selections for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. The ambience that is elegant, yet unpretentious: a fieldstone manor house with stained glass windows, a soaring fireplace, a richly appointed bar, and a terrace overlooking a quiet rural countryside.


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MCMAHON’S IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT (540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Avenue mcmahonsirishpub.com

Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Relaxed environment offering traditional Irish favorites. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week. Irish Music Seisuin and Dinner Special on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi. Private dining room available. Full bar area with happy hour specials and appetizer menu. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress.


(540) 349-8833 • 251 W Lee Highway #157 mojitosandtapas.com

The only true Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the state of Virginia. Authentic Cuban staples, Spanish tapas and a wide variety of mojitos. Family owned, smoke-free. Open for lunch and dinner. Known for their signature Cuban sandwich and seafood Paella. Happy Hour, Ladies Nights and Special Events. Full bar. Casual dress.


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(540) 347-9669/9666 • 5063 Lee Hwy

Authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily on premise. Family owned and operated since 1974 - three generations. Voted Best Pizza in 2012.



(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Avenue pizzahut.com

(540)359-6401 • 488 Fletcher Drive sweetfrogyogurt.com


(540) 349-7171 • 251 W Lee Highway pizzarama.com

Pizza, sub, sandwich, and Italian entrée restaurant. Available for pickup and delivery. Offer both hot and toasted and cold subs. Gourmet pizzas and calzones also available.

A self serve frozen yogurt shop, serving all natural frozen yogurt with a toppings bar that is full of sweet treats to customize your creation.


(540) 341-4206 • 316 W Lee Hwy tacobell.com



Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available.

Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Open for Breakfast at 7am. Casual dress.

(540) 349-2330 • 147 W Shirley Avenue tippystacohouse.com

(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo Street redtruckbakery.com



(540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Avenue redhotandblue.com

(540) 349-2828 • 185 W Lee Highway

Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.


(540) 347-2935 • 15 S Third Street

Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-and-go options available. Soups are the specialty at Renee’s – each day there are two news soups. She-crab soup available every Friday. Catering and business lunches available.


(540) 341-4912 • 74 Blackwell Park Ln rubytuesday.com


(540) 428-5409 * 251 W. Lee Hwy, #189 www.shawnsbbq.com/warrenton

Shawn has worked to perfect the flavors with his homemade sauces and use on on-site smokers.

(540) 428-1818 • 251 W Lee Hwy #679 tropicalsmoothiecafe.com

Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available.

(540) 349-5031 • 484 Blackwell Road vocellipizza.com


(540) 359-6215 • 251 Lee Hwy. #167 redzonewarrenton.com



Redzone is a great place to dine while watching your favorite sports teams on their large screen televisions that surround the dining room and bar. Or, enjoy a meal on their patio. Redzone is known for their burgers, wraps and extensive appetizer list. Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots and Chicken Fried Rice. Check their schedule for periodic live entertainment.

Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree, soy-free and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.





(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street

Sibby’s was voted one of the top BBQ places in Northern Virginia . Catering - Banquet Room. Home of Boss Hawg BBQ

Restaurant conveniently located on Main Street. Offering breakfast, and burgers, wings, entrees and more for lunch and dinner. Check out their soup du jour as well.

(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street mollysirishpub.com

Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Open for lunch and dinner. Laid back, fun environment. Traditional Irish fare and lots of sandwiches available. Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm. Full bar. Live entertainment four nights a week.

(540) 347-3764 • 11 S. 2nd Street sibbysbbq.com

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(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Highway outback.com

The place to go for a bit of Italy and Greece. You’ll find pizza, calzones, souvlaki, gyros, pasta, salads, and hot and cold subs here.

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(540) 349-8118 • 352 Waterloo Street

Asian food available for dine-in, take-out, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.


(540) 347-5528 • 281 Broadview Avenue wendys.com


(540) 347-4355 • 294 W Lee Highway yencheng.com

First Chinese Restaurant in Warrenton. Wide range of appetizers, soups, and meats. Offer chef specialties and daily combos. Also offer a healthy food section and thai food options.

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STONE TOWER By Steve Oviatt


tone Tower Winery began as an attempt to retain some of the rural heritage of Loudoun County when the 300 acre Wind Swept Hill cattle farm went up for sale. Neighbors Mike and Kristi Huber (owners of Belfort Furniture) purchased the property and, after extensive research, decided to start a vineyard and winery. Ten years later, there are 60 acres of vineyards and more being planted every day. Stone Tower produces 10,000 cases of wine annually now, while still growing. Under the leadership of Napatrained Tim Crowe, Stone Tower’s goal is to produce world-class estate wines. Two tasting venues feature the same wines. The whites are highlighted by the amazingly light and soft Wild Boar Sauvignon Blanc, which pairs well with shellfish, salads and goat cheese, and the Wild Boar Chardonnay, which is a great poultry and seafood wine with its fruity taste and creamy finish. Try this


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also with pasta carbonara and brie. The Stone Tower Estate Rosé has proven wildly popular and is versatile enough to pair with dishes as diverse as salmon and lamb. Red wines of note are the Wild Boar Pinot Noir, which stands up to venison and big cheeses, like blues and stiltons. Two other wines will appeal to collectors who want to put them into their cellars for several years. These include the Estate Wind Swept Hill, a right bank inspired Bordeaux style blend, and the Estate Hogback Mountain, which is made up predominantly of the local Cabernet Sauvignon. Groups and events of all sizes can be accommodated in a range of venues on site. Check the website for the wide variety of events hosted at the winery. Families with children, dogs, Frisbees and picnics are welcomed in the Harvest Barn. The neighboring Tower View is reserved for adults. ❖




Steve Oviatt is Past President of the Haymarket Gainesville Business Association who runs his own consulting business in addition to working with a number of local and international wineries. Steve acknowledges his daughter taught him everything he knows about wine. He lives in Catharpin with his wife, Nancy.

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