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Contributing Writers: Jennifer Heyns is a resident of Delaplane, where she enjoys country life with her husband, two young sons, two dogs and her mother-in-law. She has been published in many local, regional and national publications and is currently working on her first book. Amy Griffin is the owner of inFauquier.com, the most comprehensive online directory of consumer businesses located in Fauquier County. Maps to all the businesses can be found at inFauquier.com and check out the What’s New page for more business happenings in the entire county. You can reach her at (540)347-4922 or amy@inFauquier.com with your questions or any tidbits you hear about local business. Amy Gable is the Director of The Partnership for Warrenton. The Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the economic and aesthetic development of Old Town Warrenton through a comprehensive process of economic revitalization that seeks to protect, enhance and promote its architectural and historical heritage.


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s parents, we constantly try to instill in our children a sense of community and charity. As the parent of elementary-aged boys, I wonder how much they will take with them when they leave the nest. Will they go out into the world looking to make it a better place? Will they consider the welfare of others as much as their own? Statistics show that young adults are typically consumed with career, income, starting a family and struggling to make ends meet, leaving little time for community service. The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees), founded in 1920 by Henry Giessenbier, has been working continuously to change this tendency with the goal of providing young people between the ages of 18 and 40 with “leadership through community service.” The group advocates giving people “the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service and international connections.” Over the years, the Jaycees have helped several impressive and notable members reach some very lofty achievements. According to the organization’s history time line, Charles Lindbergh was a member. He is most noted for his solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927, but he, along with the aid of the Jaycees, developed the U.S. Air Mail Service. Other prominent members of the U.S. Junior Chamber throughout recent history include Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Larry Bird and Domino’s Pizza entrepreneur Tom Monaghan. While largely devoted to community 6

service, the U.S. Junior Chamber also seeks to change the face and attitude of America in general and has raised millions of dollars and initiated numerous programs to help realize

also support and raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy, gun safety programs, antiyouth smoking programs, clean water programs, the Statue of Liberty and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

A large group of Jaycee members and friends turned out for the 2008 golf tournament held at Kastle Greens Golf Club in Midland. They raised approximately $1,200 at the event. this goal. In 1923, their “Get Out the Vote” program received national endorsement and set forth to educate and register as many eligible Americans as possible to participate in choosing their nation’s leaders. It is a movement that continues to this day. Other notable accomplishments include helping to establish the National Wildlife Federation, endorsing and campaigning to adopt Alaska and Hawaii into statehood, and the national “Do Something” campaign to spark volunteerism in America. The Jaycees

The local Jaycees chapter was established in 1951 and currently has 21 active members. “I joined the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees primarily because of the community service,” says Anne Grove, the chapter’s current president. “That’s what really pulls at my heart-strings.” Grove has been a member since 2006 after moving to the area from Richmond where she was a Jaycees member for two years. While participating in the club’s many Jaycees Continued on Page 8 Warrenton Lifestyle




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assistance with providing their family necessities and gifts during the holidays. They compile a master list of families and make “ornaments” of the requested items for “Angel Trees” that are placed in local shops, churches and other willing organizations. The Jaycees also work with businesses, houses of worship, schools, organizations and individuals who volunteer to adopt a family. According to Grove, the Jaycees served nearly 1000 Fauquier County children in 2008, a record number most likely due to the current economic crisis. “We were really anticipating having less in donations and family adoptions from the community this year,” admits Grove, who adds how gratifying it was to see so many people come forward to help, even if they were struggling themselves. “This year we raised nearly $15,000 and we were crunching numbers up to the last minute to make sure it was enough. Any kids not adopted we take care of ourselves. We use the funds raised to make sure that all of the children on our list have something for Christmas,”

says Grove. One of the challenges the Jaycees faced this year was finding some of the children’s more unusual requests. “Art sets seemed to be the golden ticket item this year and they were really hard to find,” says Grove. Typically the Jaycees try to spend about $100 per child, but due to the increased size of their recipient list and the diminished number of people able to adopt families in 2008, they were only able to spend, on average, $50 per child. “Our hope is that the families that we help know that what we do for them is to complement what they can do on their own for Christmas.” Overall, it was a great success. While the Angel Tree project is by far the club’s largest undertaking in any given year, the Warrenton-Fauquier Jaycees also work at the spring and fall Gold Cup events, host a haunted hayride and barn at Cows-n-Corn at Halloween-time, assist a local 4H group with their booth at the Delaplane Jaycees Continued on Page 10 Warrenton Lifestyle

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as you once were, but it’s a gift to let those who love you help out when needed and not be worried about you on the road. Visit the AARP website, www.aarp.org/families/driver_ safety, for helpful senior driver information including safety tips and how to encourage someone else to limit or stop driving. You can even order a handbook to help you assess your driving skills. In addition, the following resources are available for Fauquier County residents who do not drive: Virginia Regional Transit (VRT) provides Circuit Rider, Warrenton’s Public Transit Shuttle. It runs Monday through Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM and Saturdays 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM. The cost is only 50 cents per ride. VRT’s regional office number is 540‑338‑1610 or Toll Free 1‑877‑777‑2708. 18

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What is the solution to this common problem? For those with the money and the time, moving to the South or taking an extended vacation in a sunny climate is the answer. But for the majority of us, artificial bright light can put the fun and excitement back into winter. White fluorescent based units which ordinarily furnish approximately 10,000 lux have been proven safe and effective. These can exist in the form of ceiling fixtures, desk lamps or floor lamps. One can purchase light boxes that will light up any room and create diffuse light for reading, eating, or watching TV. Also for purchase are “sunrise alarm clocks” which gently awaken the sleeper to a simulated sunrise, thereby helping to start the day in a better mood. Prevention is the key word. When buying household bulbs at the store, check not only the wattage but the lux. Install bright lights where employees need to stay alert. By far, however, the best light therapy source is the sun. Daily outdoor walks, even if it is cloudy, not only build muscles but make for a happier day.

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By Tony Tedeschi hile there is a general tightening of belts across our area, some businesses are staying busy and some communities are faring much better than others. During this, the fourth major recession of my business career, I offer the business lessons I have learned from previous economic downturns. Most of these lessons translate to our personal lives as well.


Here are ten suggestions to help your organization and family thrive in 2009 and beyond: 1. Use experts and plan early – Although it is tempting, now is not the time to go-it-alone. Call upon your vendors and financial experts for their recommendations. They can help you get the most out of your budget if you involve them early. Seeking advice now should result in a bigger return on your investments or your business. We are in a cycle, albeit a bad one, but plan for the upturn now. 2. Modify and adapt – Focus on the key attributes that are important to your organization, brand or customers, and modify all the rest to build long-term value (versus short-term profit). The same goes for your family—it’s time to put fundamental needs first. 3. Learn from history – This is the fourth recession during my working career. Some of the best and most profitable times for my companies have been in the months leading out of a recession. Why? Because 26

we never stopped advertising or marketing. I learned this from my dad thirty years ago and it has worked during and after every downturn since. The other major lesson I’ve learned is to pay cash for as much as possible. You are less likely to overspend if you put the credit cards away and use real dollars.

array of new products or services. What is it that you are known for and why do clients usually choose you over someone else? Discussing what you are an expert at is far easier than supporting claims on a new product or service and it is probably the most profitable part of your business. When a need arises, shoppers should look to those local firms that have demonstrated their expertise with a particular product or field.

4. Eliminate waste – In your business, there are probably dozens of areas where waste is readily apparent. Vendors are willing to help your company save money by reviewing the products and services you purchase and offering more suitable solutions to your current needs. At home, monitor and evaluate your monthly spending habits including impulse buying and wasteful trips.

7. Be consistent – If you started a promotion that needs time, don’t quit. Modify future efforts or scale back somewhat but keep consistent and on schedule. Homeowners should set a schedule for nights out and stick to your grocery lists and the family budget.

5. Stay visible – Businesses’ competitors are cutting back so even small marketing efforts can have a greater impact in the current business climate. The advertising pie is a bit smaller so your slice will be significantly larger today for the same dollars as yesterday. Budgets may be streamlined but sustained spending in advertising and marketing all but ensures that your business will be part of the eventual economic recovery. And as the markets recover, your firm will be first on the minds of consumers because you are actively seeking their hard earned dollars in a positive way.

8. Brainstorm new ideas – Brainstorming is relatively cheap and sometimes fun. You get a chance to think outside the box, take ideas and test/debate/ challenge them. Think of yourself as Dr. House with a team of smart “doctors” helping you diagnose a new campaign. It can be quite a confidence-boosting experience. Your family can benefit from brainstorming by coming up with new ways to entertain each other right here in Warrenton. Been bowling lately? Hiked Whitney Forest? Spent an afternoon at the Old Town Jail and Museum? Tried a new restaurant? Browsed

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Historic Old Town Warrenton Happenings Happy Valentine’s Day! As you shop for this holiday, have you ever once wondered who started this tradition of Saint Valentine’s Day that sent you scurrying to find the perfect expression of your love for that special person? It seems the day of hearts is somewhat shrouded in mystery. There are various myths and beliefs that Valentine was a Saint. However, it cannot be accurately attributed to one man. Three of the many myths are all good candidates for the celebration’s beginnings. One myth says Valentine was believed to have been martyred for performing secret marriages for young lovers during a time when young soldiers were to stay single. Another legend is that Valentine was killed for helping Christians escape the harsh Roman prisons. Yet another Valentine was in prison, fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and before his death, wrote a letter to the girl and signed it “From your Valentine.” According to some, February 14 was the day of Valentine’s death in 270 A D. Others maintain that ancient Rome used the day as the beginning of spring. Others, who possibly misinterpreted a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, claim it as the first association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love in the 1382 Great Britain and France began celebrating Valentine’s Day in the seventeenth century, and it was a fairly common practice by the eighteenth century to exchange small tokens of affection with friends and lovers. By 1847 the practice of celebrating the day had spread to America. Esther Howland was successful in establishing a business of producing Valentine cards in her Worcester, MA home. Thus began the commercialization of holidays in the United States. Today, the U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year world wide. It is second only to Christmas, and 85% are purchased by women. Now that you know the history, it is up to you to do the rest. There are special gifts waiting at our Main Street stores and businesses in Old Town to delight the most ardent recipient of your affections. We have the finest restaurants in the metro area for that special dinner. Don’t forget, nothing says it like flowers and we have fine florists with special arrangements to please any lucky person. Warrenton offers everything for your special person. Enjoy the day. Contact us by calling 540-349-8606 or e-mail at amy@partnershipforwarrenton.org. The Partnership for Warrenton is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the economic and aesthetic development of Old Town Warrenton through a comprehensive process of economic revitalization that seeks to protect, enhance and promote its architectural and historical heritage. February 2009

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By Dave Couk hile recently discussing the current state of the financial markets and U.S. economy with a close friend, I was strongly urged to draw on my twenty-three years of experience in writing an article detailing what I believe to be the most important tenets that my clients (and other investors) should know about investing. Having written dozens of articles over the years, I’ve usually tried to highlight specific timely topics. Given the current challenges before us, this may possibly be the best time ever to share my insight from working with hundreds of clients, observing hundreds of other advisors work with their clients, studying, researching, writing, and having hands on experience in the day to day practice of investing money. It was recommended that I distill my thoughts down to only what I know to be the essence of investing success; in other words, principles and practices that anyone can use as an outstanding foundation for the rest of their lives. I believe that the single greatest secret to investing is “understanding that there is no secret”. That’s the bad news — there is no silver bullet, no magic formula, or infallible quantitative program that always works. But there are principles and practices that have worked extremely well over the long term.

winning efforts of Dr. Harry Markowitz indisputably prove the efficacy of portfolio diversification across various asset classes, while the Brinson studies in 1991 concluded that asset allocation policy actually accounts for 93.6% of a portfolio’s return. Later studies by William Sharpe and Ibbotson & Kaplan proved that percentage to be closer to 100%. In short, the fundamental premise of asset allocation is the notion that since different asset classes (& styles) offer returns that are not perfectly correlated, having exposure to a variety of them increases the likelihood of something


doing well enough at any given time to offset those that are not. A good analogy is the observation in nature that different crops have different harvest times. Some crops reach their peak in late spring, while others mature in the fall. It should also be noted that geographic location plays a role in harvest times, and so


Asset Allocation: It is appropriate to start with asset allocation since no other practice has more influence on future returns. Asset allocation is the dominant factor in determining portfolio returns; greater in fact, than all other factors combined! The 1990 Nobel Prize 30

too is geographic location a factor with investments. A simplified asset allocation model would include U.S. stocks, nonU.S. stocks, bonds, real estate, and cash. Further diversification can be obtained through size: large, medium, & small stocks, as well as by style: growth, value, & blend. Foreign currencies, commodities, & collectibles are often considered as well, but some may deem them as unnecessary. As you spend time assessing your investments and/or trying to learn more about investing in general, be sure to spend the majority of your time on asset allocation. Diversification: The first cousin of asset allocation, diversification is defined in the dictionary as simply the process or act of diversifying. A good visual analogy of how diversification works is to picture how easy it is to break a pencil in half with ones bare hands, but how difficult (if not impossible) it is to break 50 pencils in a bundle. While spreading money across various asset classes may be classified as asset allocation, it is also a form of diversification. More often however, diversification in investing is meant to describe owning many stocks (or other securities) as opposed to just one or two. In short, diversification is the process of avoiding overexposure to any one security (i.e., stock, bond, etc.). Part of successful long term investing is simply avoiding catastrophes that can ruin an otherwise well thought out plan. Diversification facilitates that avoidance. Pay heed to its importance. Rebalancing: It is tough to grow a productive vegetable garden without some periodic weeding. In the absence Invest Successfully Continued on Page 32 Warrenton Lifestyle


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of such activity, weeds can overtake even the best gardens. And so it is with a well allocated portfolio. Some assets outperform for extended periods (i.e. large growth stocks in the late 90’s), while others underperform for extended periods (international stocks in the early 90’s). Therefore, annual reassessment and rebalancing of asset allocations is critical. When asset classes outperform for extended periods of time, they become larger percentages of the overall model than originally intended. When over-weighted asset classes then fall out of favor (as all eventually do), the result is typically an above average decline. While it may be disappointing to underperform during an up cycle, it is far more damaging to underperform in a down cycle. Rebalancing can help minimize that damage.


Faith: It’s tough (if not impossible) to be a successful investor without confidence in the future. Believing that things will continue to improve, that advances in science and technology will continue, and that societies around the globe will enjoy higher standards of living is critical to long-term investing. Life expectancies in this country have increased nearly thirty years since 1900. Since 1992, the entirety of U.S.-China trade has increased from $33 billion to $400 billion, and U.S. GDP has more than doubled. Today’s total output from the U.S., Japan, & Germany alone is the equivalent of the world’s total output in 1992. We now have more technology in our cell phone than the NASA mainframe computer that guided the Apollo 13 space ship in 1970. If you don’t believe in the future…why get out of bed?

Patience: In this fast food, “I want it now” culture, this is a real challenge. 24/7 news coverage creates feelings of a constant need for change, and delayed gratification seems to be a thing of the past. When my kids & I planted a baby willow tree in the back yard several years 32

ago, we didn’t dig it up every couple of months to see how the root system was coming along. A certain amount of both faith and patience is required; faith that the tree knows how to get the nutrients and water from the soil, and patience to let that process play out. A well allocated and diversified portfolio needs to be given a chance to work as well, and this doesn’t happen in a matter of months. Discipline: Few successes in life come without the presence of discipline. It’s impossible to improve one’s fitness, write a book, lose weight, etc., without some discipline. Successful investing also requires discipline, and sticking to even a great plan in times of uncertainty can be a huge challenge. The discipline of carrying out the aforementioned practices is the very discipline that you should aspire to. Conclusion: Although faced with tremendous challenges, our nation will move forward and the process will push through to the other side just as it always has done. As with all chaos, there is also opportunity. Since bad news makes good copy, financial journalists will continue to focus on the negatives even after things have actually stopped getting worse. This will undoubtedly cause most investors to miss the bottoming of the financial markets, as good news seldom comes until well after the financial markets have resumed their inevitable upward bias. The business cycle has not been repealed, and neither has capitalism.

The human spirit will endeavor to lean towards entrepreneurialism, and to that end, advances in most sectors of the world’s economy will continue to be made. We are seeing unprecedented coordinated interest rate cuts around the globe, and the net positive effects of those cuts will eventually become visible. While the future is unknowable, and following the above mentioned principles and practices won’t guarantee outsized returns, following them will most certainly increase the odds of a more favorable outcome. As Euripides once said, “There is in the worst of fortune, the best chance for a happy change”. Dave Couk President/ MCG Wealth Management dcouk@summitbrokerage.com Mr. Couk is available to speak to groups and organizations, and can be reached at 540-219-9189. *References – National Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Federal Reserve; Bret Swanson, How TechnoCreativity Will Save Us, Gary P. Brinson, L. Randolph Hood, & Gilbert L. Beebower, Determinants of Portfolio Performance, The Financial Analysts Journal, July/August 1986; Roger G. Ibbotson & Paul D. Kaplan, Does Asset Allocation Policy Explain 40%, 90%, or 100% of Performance, The Financial Analysts Journal, January/ February 2000

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