Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine February 2017

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

Charlotte Wagner Maria Massaro Steve Oviatt Fauquier County Public Library Staff Fauquier Health Nathan Gilbert Katie Fuster


Producing a magazine is very much a team effort, and I’d like to introduce a new member of our team—myself. I am joining Debbie Eisele, our senior editor, as editor at the Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines. Since moving here 30 years ago from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I developed a deep love of our community here through my other role as editor of The Piedmont Virginian magazine, which is also published by Piedmont Publishing Group. I live in Warrenton with my husband and 18-year-old daughter, who is a senior at Fauquier High, two dogs, and an elderly, cantankerous cat. When I married my husband he had two small boys, so I had the wonderful experience of helping to raise them also. They are grown now; one is building a career and life in Florida, and the other is a Marine deployed to Okinawa. He and his wife live at Topsail Island, NC, where she is part owner and manager of a restaurant. I’m excited to add three more local magazines to my portfolio, and really look forward to further

exploring and becoming more involved in the Lifestyle’s communities. We have an enthusiastic, dynamic team here, dedicated to maintaining the mission and quality of the Lifestyle magazines that our readers have always expected. And we also have a few new ideas for articles that will be coming in the next few issues that I think you will enjoy. I look forward to getting to know our readers, and welcome any input or suggestions you may have. Please call me at 540-349-2951 or email pam@piedmontpub.com.

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Winter Workouts Indoor fun and fitness options for all ages BY MARIA MASSARO

10 Kitty Kendrick Fauquier Resident with ties to history BY AIMÉE O’GRADY


16 Families 4 Fauquier Local events for families

18 Runaway Brides The second annual 5k fun run BY STEPHANIE MESSICK

22 From Wireless To Wired New technology offers many options in high-quality home audio systems BY ROBERT BRICE

26 Are You Saving Enough? BY NICHOLAS SICINA

28 Business Boom in Old Town North 5th Street Shopping Center in Warrenton is creating a draw BY KATIE FUSTER

34 Fauquier Chamber Q & A

38 42 White Knights of Warrenton Mt. Carmel Lodge launches Virginia’s newest commandery BY KATIE FUSTER

A Dog Remembers A story of unconditional love & remembrance on the trail BY ANDREAS A. KELLER

50 Scrumptious! Delight your love with chocolate—and wine STORY BY STEVE OVIATT

52 Fauquier Health New cancer care physician at Fauquier Health

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Cover photo: By Aimée O’Grady Fauquier Health’s employee, Jannelle Murray, RN, is featured here with an ICN patient.



Paul Linz Building strong foundations with Habitat for Humanity BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

58 Teeth Are Important

60 Q&A Town & County Land Use 101 Concerned about development and your property rights? BY PAULA COMBS

64 Myrah’s Unexpected Stay Fauquier Health’s ICN keeps families together and close to home BY AIMÉE O’GRADY

68 Divorced and Single Embracing a new beginning BY MICHELLE KELLY

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WINTER WORKOUTS Indoor fun and fitness options for all ages

Vint Hill Village Green Community Center offers Pickleball, a great indoor fitness option.



t is never too difficult to think of reasons to cozy up on the couch and wait out the winter months until we are sufficiently enticed by more clement conditions to emerge from our heated homes. But regular activity should be a part of our everyday routine, no matter the weather, not just to bolster our bodies but also to stimulate our brain, improve our mood, increase our energy level, and stave off the aches and pains that arise from sedentary behavior. Three local facilities remind us that a drop in temperature needn’t mean a break from physical activity, with each offering plenty of body-toning and boredom-busting pursuits that prove winter can be a great time to get in shape and enjoy ourselves in the process.





At the Vint Hill Village Green Community Center (VHVGCC), for example, visitors can partake in a variety of sports that include basketball, volleyball, and racquetball. One of the more recent additions to the program of open-gym activities is pickleball (a cross between tennis and ping pong), which has already garnered a group of regular players. “It’s a newer sport that’s really catching on and growing here in Fauquier,” said Community Center Manager Michelle Hermsdorf of this popular game. VHVGCC also offers a fitness room with a full range of training equipment including free weights, Cybex weight machines, Star Trac treadmills, Precor ellipticals, and Life Fitness recumbent bikes. In addition to its regular activities, VHVGCC will continue to offer indoor classes for children and youth. From Itsy Bitsy Baby Yoga to Performance Unicycling, visitors from toddlerhood to young adulthood can enjoy a unique lineup of sports, fitness, and arts and


crafts activities over the winter months. Young and young-at-heart guests can also indulge in a game of ping pong, air hockey, foosball, or billiards in the center’s game room. Winter events at the center will include the Vint Hill Village Green Health Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on February 18. This free event promotes healthy lifestyles with an emphasis on fitness and nutrition for the family. This year’s activities will include presentations on overall wellness, blood pressure screenings, and yoga and Pilates demonstrations. VHVGCC will maintain its regular hours throughout the winter season, providing a variety of physical and recreational activities seven days a week for all who want to get out of the house but come in from the cold. County residents have multiple usage fee options, ranging from daily to annual passes. For more information on the gym schedule, please call 540-422-8890 or visit recreation.fauquiercounty.gov.

AT HIGHLAND SCHOOL, YOU CAN BE INSPIRED LEARN MORE AT OUR WINTER OPEN HOUSE Join us for our next Open House on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00pm. To register, call Donna Tomlinson at 540-878-2740 or sign up online at highlandschool.org/openhouse

At Highland, a Pre-K2 to Grade 12 independent day school in the heart of Warrenton, we know that every child is unique. Our students get the tools and opportunities they need to find themselves and the world around them in an academically challenging yet supportive and engaging environment. If you are looking for new challenges and opportunities, you will find yourself at Highland. Please contact Donna Tomlinson at 540-878-2740 to explore our campus, meet our students and educators, and find out what sets Highland – and Highland students – apart.

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Likewise, the central region offers no shortage of options for those who want to remain active during these chilly months. Now in its ninth year of operation, the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility (WARF) remains a highlight of the county and a hub for leisure activities. “We have a little bit of everything for the community,” affirmed Margaret Rice, Director of Parks and Recreation. She continued, “We are trying very hard to make sure we have something that will interest you, no matter where you are in your age or fitness journey.” The WARF’s biggest draw for younger families is the leisure pool, which features a water slide, beach play area, and vortex. Children can enjoy the pool through a day pass or as an amenity of the facility’s birthday party package. Other aquatics include five low-and high-impact water aerobics classes. Participants can also choose from group, private, and semiprivate swim lessons in the facility’s tenlane competition pool.

To be sure, the fitness activities at the WARF are impressive in scope and accordingly in demand this time of year. “All our fitness classes are really popular, and we have people of all ages in them, from teenagers up to senior citizens,” stated Rice, who largely attributes the success of these classes to the quality of WARF trainers: “All of our water instructors are American Red Cross trained, and all of our land instructors have a nationally recognized certification.” Catherine Zimmer, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, echoed Rice’s appreciation for the WARF team, declaring, “I think we have the area’s topof-the-line instructors, from yoga to Pilates to cycling. And I’ve been in the fitness world for a long time. We’re lucky to have them.” Upcoming events at the WARF include the fourth annual Open House on April 1. “That’s a great event,” remarked Rice. “We open up the pools to the community. We also have swim lesson evaluations to

get parents thinking in terms of preparing their kids for formal lessons and summer vacations.” Zimmer added, “We’ll have food vendors, face painting, and lots of raffles. It’s just a great day to come out and be at the WARF.” Individuals can choose from monthly to yearly memberships with unlimited use of the facility. However, visitors needn’t be members to utilize services, including classes and lessons, as day passes can be purchased for most activities. To learn more about the WARF, please visit warrentonva.gov or call 540-349-2520.

Parisi program encompasses a wide range of sports and incorporates fundamental enhancement techniques in training both individuals and entire teams. OTAC will continue to offer Parisi workshops, open house events, and physical education classes during the wintertime. For children aged two to seven, OTAC’s Fit and Fun program is available on both a weekly and drop-in basis. With a focus on developing agility, flexibility, and gross motor skills, Fit and Fun classes are designed by former gymnastics coach and Certified Youth Fitness Trainer Erin Black. And as a free service to OTAC members, the Kids Club childcare service provides an inviting and stimulating space for little ones to gather and play as their parents make use of the club. “Our club is definitely a family-based atmosphere, so when we look at our schedules, we

make sure to have childcare available when it will be needed. We have youth programs happening at the same time, so everybody can come in together and be taken care of,” said personal trainer and Director of Sales Cole Forsten. For further information about OTAC services and specials, please visit otacfitness.com or call 540-349-2791.


Another Warrenton highpoint is the Old Town Athletic Club (OTAC). Now in its 20th year of existence, this time-honored and family-owned business has expanded its services to include over 160 classes and a gamut of sports, group fitness, and personal training programs for all ages, needs, and tastes. OTAC’s offerings have grown to include individual, small group, and semi-private training; cycling, yoga, and Pilates studios; and extra perks such as saunas and massage therapy. Equally versatile are the club’s youth programs, which include the renowned Parisi Speed School, a trademarked methodology of sports training for ages seven and up. Recently integrated into the OTAC campus, this program is designed for youth who are interested in formal athletic training or who just want to increase their strength and speed. The

As each of these facilities bears out, winter needn’t be a season of sedentary hibernation. Even on the coldest of days, we still have choices when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, stepping up our game, and just having a good time. From hatha to high-intensity boxing, the options are plentiful, and the effects are appreciable. Let it snow. ❖





Maria Massaro is a Warrenton resident and freelance writer who has worked as a community counselor in Fauquier County since 2005. She is a certified Peer Recovery Specialist and the founder of Pharos, a local and online support network for individuals experiencing depression.

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KITTY KENDRICK Fauquier Resident with Ties to History BY AIMÉE O’GRADY



police radio from 1960 sits in the archives at The Old Jail Museum in Warrenton, scheduled to be displayed in the museum collection. Meanwhile, several miles away in southern Fauquier, a green-bound memoir includes a photo of a young woman in her early 30s sitting in the Warrenton Police Department in front of the same radio. The radio is just one part of the life story of Mary Catherine “Kitty” Kendrick Head. Kitty was the middle child of seven children in the Garman family. Her

father worked in maintenance at Canterbury Farm off Springs Road in Warrenton, considered one of the two most beautiful homes in America when it was completed in the late 1930s. Kitty and her siblings were raised on the property. While her father worked at the farm, her mother kept the home and raised the children on the property’s expansive 366 acres. “When the white linens were out on the line, people knew they belonged to Ms. Garman. No one could get white as white as my mother,” recollects Kitty. “I was taught how to swim in the mansion’s pool,” she remembers, “and I was very confident. Too confident. I jumped off the diving board once and went straight to the bottom. When I came to, they had me on the side of the pool.” This near call with drowning caused a lifelong fear of water for Kitty. The Garmans lived at Canterbury until Kitty was about eleven years old. They relocated several times before settling back to the Canterbury area. They relocated so often that Kitty’s brother, Warren, joked that when the chickens were fed, they would just lay down and cross their legs to be tied up for another move. In high school, Kitty worked at Gardeners drug store on Main Street, now the Bike Stop, and part time at the Photos courtesy of Kitty Kendrick

Top: Kitty with memoirs, switchboard plug, and dispatcher badge. Bottom: Visit the Old Jail Museum display to see the dispatch radio Kitty used.





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“Kitty made the very last connection on the Fauquier County manuallyoperated switchboard in Warrenton”

New Warrenton Restaurant in the Designs by Teresa building. While in high school, she and her classmates were assigned letter writing to Fauquier soldiers fighting in World War II. Kitty was given the name “John Kendrick,” to whom she sent a letter. Their fate was sealed with the letter. He looked her up when he returned home and the two married in 1949, when she was just 20 years old. Following the war, John Kendrick worked as a mechanic at Hickman Chevrolet, now the location of the new Wort Hog Brewery. After two years, he began working for the Warrenton

Training Center off Springs Road. During these years, Kitty had a short gig on the Bernie Mahoney WKCW Morning Show. A scout had heard Kitty perform at the National Country Music Contest at the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds in 1958 and invited her to perform on the WKCW show, which she did for several months. A lifetime Fauquier resident, Kitty had 18 months of adventure when her husband was assigned to Saipan and the family relocated to the remote island in 1959. “I was terrified of water from the Canterbury incident as a child, and I had to travel from Baltimore to Saipan, a total of 40 hours of travel. We first flew to the west coast, then to Hawaii, and then Guam. Just 45 minutes from Guam, we lost an engine. I imagined I could feel the sharks biting the whole time,” laughs Kitty. She continues, “I was so traumatized from the incident I refused to get back on a plane. I decided we would simply stay in Guam. After

four days, I got back on a small pontoon plane, after being promised that the plane would float if we hit the water, for the short flight to Saipan,” she recalls. “What I didn’t realize was that I had to wear a life vest on this plane. Which meant if we hit the water, we were going in the water.” John Jr., just nine years old at the time, loved the adventure on the island and dreams to this day of returning. “He was a typical mischievous boy. He never got into any major trouble, but he and his two friends, Tinker and Tanker White, would go off into the prohibited areas called the boonies,” recalls Kitty. The areas were marked as prohibited because of unexploded WWII ordinances. After spending her life near family in Fauquier, the 18 months in Saipan were hard on Kitty. She recalls, “There were no telephones on the island, I had to fly to Guam just to make a phone call. I was extremely happy to return home in 1960, at which time I

became a telephone operator for C&P Telephone Company in Warrenton.” In June 1961, a caller dialed the operator from their home in Warrenton. She requested to be connected to a longdistance number. With that call, Kitty made the very last connection on the Fauquier County manually-operated switchboard in Warrenton. At 2 a.m. that morning, the system was switched over to direct dialing, forever ending the need for switchboard operators. Kitty’s supervisor, Mrs. Coleman, cut the circuit and gave Kitty the plug as a souvenir. Kitty keeps the plug in a Ziploc bag along with a badge given to her by the Warrenton Police Chief, Herschel Jones. With her recognition as the last switchboard operator securely behind her, she made history again as Warrenton’s first town dispatcher. “After the switchboard closed, I was recommended to the Warrenton Police Department for a new position that had been created; dispatcher for fire and rescue control.” She

Bottom Left: Kitty in Saipan. Top Left: An autographed photo from Bernie Mahoney. Top Right: Kitty working as a telephone operator.






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remained in that position for five years until that service moved out to the county’s jurisdiction. She remained with the police department for four more years in additional capacities. She liked both positions, but she reflects, “the calls about babies, children and the elderly were very depressing. I loved my job and always did, and I always did the best that could be done.” She may not have loved that part of the job, but the town loved her. Over the years, Kitty appeared in the Fauquier Times, then the Fauquier Democrat on more than one occasion. On a Saturday night at the end of November in 1961, Kitty helped the police arrest two fugitives who had




escaped a 7-11 robbery in Fairfax County. The paper reported, “The alertness of a radio dispatcher at Fauquier’s Central Fire and Rescue Control and the efficient response of the Warrenton police led to the swift and quiet arrest in Warrenton Saturday night of two men wanted for armed robbery.” Kitty recalls, “I remember listening to the state police radio that night and heard the description of the vehicle, and that it was heading south from Groveton. I checked with police on duty to find out where Groveton was and if the fugitives might pass through Warrenton. That’s exactly what happened,” she recalls. The police apprehended the fugitives by


barricading the intersection of Routes 15/29 and 211 with weapons drawn. The paper indicated that the two were carrying “$233 in currency and $47.75 in silver.” When newsmen complimented Warrenton Police Chief Jones on the arrest, his response was, “If you want to praise anybody, say something nice about Dispatcher Kendrick and the department.” At the end of her tenure with the department, Kitty turned to the local newspapers to inform the community of her resignation and to thank the members of the fire department and rescue responders. She continues, “Everyone in Fauquier County is very fortunate to have volunteer firemen

and rescue responders who are as capable and efficient as those here in the county with whom I have had the pleasure of working since June 4, 1961. Only those of you who have needed their services are really in a position to appreciate their unending efforts and the risks to their own lives when they come to your aid whenever they are called.” Kitty acknowledges that the work opportunities afforded her throughout her life were challenging. With all the accolades presented to her, it is clear she rose to every one. She leaves a legacy with the radio in the Old Jail Museum as the last switchboard operator and the town’s first central fire and rescue dispatcher, as well as a wife, a mother, and a woman unafraid of a little adventure. ❖

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who enjoys transforming stories told by Fauquier residents into articles for Lifestyle readers. She learns more and more about our rich county with every interview she conducts. She and her husband are happy with their decision to raise their four children in Warrenton.



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e wish to thank all those families that helped us provide Christmas gifts and hams or turkeys to many families in the Fauquier Community. We couldn’t have done it without community support. As always, our community continues to be amazingly supportive of what we do to help others. We look forward

to 2017 being our best year yet and to bringing the community even

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On December 13 at the Warrenton Town Council meeting, a resolution was passed that recognized Rachel Pierce for her service to the families in Warrenton and Fauquier County. The council expressed deep gratitude for her dedication and devotion to enhancing the quality of life in our community.

Join us on February 18 for a field trip to the Veirs Glass Studio in New Baltimore. We have a session at noon and a session at 12:45 p.m.. We will see a two-minute glass blowing demo and learn about the creative nature of this unique talent. Space is limited so reservations are required. We will be delivering Valentine’s Day cards and crafts to The Oaks on February 11 at 12:30 p.m. We will have a small celebration in the banquet room. Everyone is welcome to come help us spread good cheer and join in on the fun. On February 26, Families4Fauquier will be volunteering at Generosity Feeds Warrenton. Community volunteers will help package 10,000 meals in two hours for the Weekend Power Pack Program which sends food home for the weekend for children in need. Don’t forget to add your family-friendly community events to our community calendar directly from our website or at localendar.com/ public/families4fauquier.

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throughout the track. The first obstacle course, called “Slim Down for the Gown,” caught them off guard. Jenny DeMarco, a local personal trainer, drilled the runners through a series of exercises ranging from a tire obstacle course to army crawling to push ups. Jenny kept the girls working hard and, at the same time, entertained. After they had made it through DeMarco’s drills, they ran the next half mile (or walked to catch their breath) and then encountered volunteers handing out ring pops because, after all, we promised them it wasn’t going to be a brutal run. Throughout the course there were various activities and treats ranging from a cake tasting to a photo op to a practice bouquet tossing. There was something to keep everyone entertained and smiling the entire way. Lora Gookin of Gâteau graciously donated her scrumptious tasty treats, and everyone admitted that they wanted to stay at the cake station the remainder of the run. At the end of the 5k, participants ran through a bubble machine, donated by Sammy’s Rentals, to mark the finish line. They leaped and celebrated as they finished. After they caught their breath, the girls were greeted with a glass of champagne and a delicious breakfast, courtesy of Marriott Ranch.




Everyone raved about the experience. But the events didn’t stop there! After the run, the women had an opportunity to meet and greet many top-notch bridal vendors from around the area. The vendor show was different from any other bridal show, as it only featured one vendor per category. So the ladies benefited from a personal, one-on-one experience. Towards the end of the morning, donated raffle gifts were drawn to mark the end of the first annual run. During and following the event, everyone was able to relax and hang out while enjoying the mountain views, fire pit and the ranch. The brides involved in this year’s event are in for a treat! Vendors and even more surprises await the ladies at this second annual run. Challenges, obstacles, and who knows what else lie ahead. This year, with the expansion of a new guest house on the grounds of Marriott Ranch, the runners will even have the


opportunity to stay there for the entire weekend and make it a girls’ weekend away. Brides and bridesmaids will be able to adventure around the Marshall area for an experience that could include lunch at Red Truck Bakery or a visit to one of the many local wineries. On April 1, 2017, participants will again enjoy the beauty of Marriott Ranch, have fun and support an amazing cause. Volunteers, participants and donors are all valued and needed for this year’s event. To register for the event go to runawaybrides5krun. com. Note: all participants must be pre-registered and registration ends on March 31. For more information about volunteering or sponsoring, please contact Stephanie Messick at info@ stephaniemessick.com. ❖

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About the AUTHOR Robert “Bo” Brice arrived in the Warrenton area as a soldier stationed at Vint Hill Farm Station in 1989. After stints in the Army and as a defense contractor, he launched his technology business, OnSight Systems, a local audio/video/security integration company located in Fauquier County. Bo also exercises the right side of his brain by being the coowner and ‘chief cook and bottle washer’ of the SoBo Mobile Mexican Food truck. Bo can be reached at rbrice@onsightav.com

From Wireless to Wired

New technology offers many options in high-quality home audio systems BY ROBERT BRICE


remember a time when “distributed home audio” meant turning up the stereo located in my living room until I could hear it, well, everywhere in the house. And in the yard. And in the neighbor’s yard. In fact, I realize now that that I was “distributing” my audio to all my neighbors and they, like my children, didn’t always share my taste in music. Oh, how the times have changed. There is so much focus these days on the video aspect of our entertainment that it’s easy to forget the simple joy of really good sound. Whether it’s your favorite music, talk radio, or news, great sound just melts into the background. It’s funny, however, that we almost immediately recognize really bad sound. Old crackly speakers, poor




sound quality, buzzing, hissing, or sound distortion makes us cringe. Audio is making a comeback. Whether it’s the resurgence of vinyl records, new 3D sound technologies like Dolby Atmos, or the success of Beats by Dre headphones, it’s hard to deny that we love our sound. Distributed home audio, also known as “whole home” or “multi room” audio now means many different things, and technology is making it easier for everyone to enjoy what they want, when they want, and where they want. I personally love my music in three locations: car, kitchen, and shower. Local sound, defined as audio confined to your personal space or a single room, is pretty easy to accomplish. Bluetooth audio is the


most ubiquitous, as most smart phones and devices now have that capability. Conduct an internet search for Bluetooth speakers and wade into the thousands of results you’ll find. The speakers are generally very easy to set up and enjoy, but be aware that Bluetooth has inherent distance limitations and the audio is “lossy,” meaning that it might not provide the high-fidelity sound you desire. For our purposes here, we’re going to focus more on the complexities of whole-house audio. For extended spaces, there are really only two types of distribution: wired and wireless. But within those two types are a myriad of options that you can mix, match, and tailor to your budget and desires.



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Wired distribution If you are building a new home or doing extensive remodeling, running high quality audio cables will always be the best option and yield the best results. For this option you will need to “home run” wires from each audio area back to a central location, using the proper gauge wire for the distance. Add high-quality volume controls and speakers in the walls, ceiling, or even standing cabinet speakers and you have music for the discerning audiophile. A-Bus is an audio technology that runs sound and power over data cables, usually one or two Cat5 cables. The technology has been around awhile, and has its limitations in power and fidelity, although recent improvements have remedied some of those problems. Both of these wired options allow for the use of a local input to override the wholehouse audio in a particular room. Remember that proper planning is the key here because once the drywall goes up it becomes very expensive to change.

Wireless Distribution Here is where most people will find their high fidelity sweet spot. So many technologies and brands have come out lately that it’s hard to keep track, and even harder to figure out which manufacturers will last and which will fall by the wayside. One of the great things about wireless distribution is that you can add speakers when you want, move them where you want (Wi-Fi signal permitting), and expand your system as much as you want. Most of the wireless systems




have apps that allow you to stream music directly from music apps that you might already use: Spotify, Pandora, Google, Apple, and Amazon, just to name a few. The apps also allow you to arrange separate speakers into groups so you can enjoy seamless music as you walk from the kitchen into the dining room and then to the den. These systems will still allow someone in the house to use an individual speaker for local listening. This allows kids to listen to their own music in their own room. Some new home theater receivers also double as the hub of a music streaming system, but beware that they are generally proprietary technologies, which means you can’t really mix and match speakers from different manufacturers. A few things to think about before you purchase: make sure the wireless speakers support the music apps and operating system that you use, check that the Wi-Fi signal in your home reaches all the areas you want music played, and make sure your Wi-Fi network is robust enough to support streaming music and all the wireless devices on your network. There are Wi-Fi extenders and boosters available, but they add to the bottom line cost. So whether you’re focused on every note of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 in E Minor while cooking dinner, multitasking your homework with Bruno Mars, or just enjoying talk radio as the soundtrack to your day, there is an acoustic option for you. ❖


Systems to consider Sonos Since 2002, Sonos has been producing wireless speakers that are relatively small with great sound. They’re still the best-selling player in the wireless speaker arena. Sonos has three different speaker sizes as well as a soundbar for under the tv and a subwoofer. sonos.com

Bose Coming up fast on the heels of Sonos, the Bose SoundTouch series is a serious contender in the multiroom market. The Sound Touch comes in three sizes like the Sonos, but has some additional features that help it to stand out, like built-in Bluetooth for each speaker and a small remote. They have that definitive Bose look about them, so if you’re already a Bose fan, you’ll love these speakers. bose.com Google Chromecast Audio Google has made a major push into multi-room audio with their Google Home smart speaker with voice assistant that pairs with the Google Chromecast Audio device. It’s meant to connect to already existing stereo equipment and really does a great job of distributing audio. If you’re an Android user and/or already have a Google Chromecast device, you’ll understand how easy it is to “cast” your music to a specific Chromecast Audio puck or group several of the pucks via the Google Home app, something Amazon’s Alexa and Dot combo has yet to perfect. google.com/chromecast/audio

LG Music Flow Consumer electronics giant LG has come out with their version of wireless speakers. The LG Music Flow series has four sizes of speakers as well as home theater sound bars that have the same functionality as Sonos and Bose. The series also adds the unique capability of using the speakers to create a mesh network, allowing you to extend your music past the range of your wifi. lg.com Several A/V manufacturers have jumped into the multi-room audio space. They all do pretty much the same thing and all use your Wi-Fi signal to broadcast audio to their speakers. A few to check out are Denon (Heos, usa.denon.com), Yamaha (MusicCast, yamaha.com/US/MusicCast), and Onkyo/Pioneer (Blackfire/Fireconnect, onkyousa.com).

Play-Fi is also worth a mention, not because they produce speakers but because they developed the technology that a large number of audio companies have adopted to support wireless, lossless audio. Play-Fi states that any Play-Fi certified device will work with the rest, giving you a much wider range of speaker and audio component options. Want to feed your inner aesthetic? Check out the gorgeous looking and sounding speakers from Sonus Faber and Wren: play-fi.com, sonusfaber.com, and wrensound.com.


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he beginning of a New Year is a great time to take personal inventory, renew your focus, and strengthen commitments. Becoming more financially responsible is an admirable goal that will pay great dividends well into the future. While financial responsibility can take many forms, this article will focus on how to save for your future.





Define Goals Together, we will learn about the common factors that translate across savings goals whether you want to buy a home, pay for your child’s education, or fund retirement. These include the element of time, your savings capabilities, and the growth potential of your assets. Before we can examine these


components in greater detail, you must first clearly define a goal. Try to get into the habit of writing your goals down and pull them out periodically during the year to assess your progress. This simple task will significantly increase your likelihood of success. Once you have written your goals down, you may proceed to the rest of the article (you’ll thank me later). Now that you have a clear objective outlined, you should know how much time you have to save for your goal. This is commonly referred to as your time horizon. Let’s look at a hypothetical example to see how time horizon can impact someone saving for retirement. Scenario 1: Kimberly starts saving at age 25. She makes $100,000 per year and can dedicate $10,000, or 10% of her income, to her retirement savings each year. She invests her money and is able to grow it at a rate of 7% per year over the next 40 years. She will have just under $2,000,000 saved when she retires at age 65. Scenario 2: Kimberly waits until age 45 to start saving. She still requires about $2,000,000 to fund her retirement at age 65. She receives the same rate of return in scenario 1 on her savings of 7% compounded annually. However, because she got a late start she would need to save $48,696.84 per year or nearly 50% of her income in order to fund her retirement! The likelihood of this being possible is remote and may cause Kimberly to either delay when she retires or redefine the type of lifestyle she expects in retirement. How soon you start saving may be the single most important factor particularly when it comes to larger goals like retirement.

Key point one, time is the secret ingredient so use it to your advantage by getting a head start on your savings goals.

Create A Budget Next, it is important to quantify how much you are able to save on a recurring basis. By creating a household budget you will see exactly where your money goes each month and what might be available to save. Most household finances are pulled in several directions between trying to service debt, balancing day to day needs or wants, and saving for future goals. This is the point in the planning process where there may need to be some compromise between the wants of today and the needs of tomorrow. It might be fun to drive a fancy car around but if the payments hurt your ability to save for important future goals than the tradeoff may not make good financial sense. When it comes to budgeting there is inevitably some give and take. Remember, every little bit counts and no

matter how small it may seem, it all adds up. Try the “set it and forget it” method by establishing an automatic draft from your checking account into your savings account. This will dramatically increase the odds of consistently saving over time which is easily half the battle. If you participate in a retirement plan through your employer then you are familiar with how this works. Key point two: create a household budget so you know where you stand and how much you are able to save.

Understand Your Options Lastly, you should understand all the options available to you to help your money grow. After you define your goal and come up with a savings plan you should be able determine how, if at all, your money should be invested. Each savings goal and situation may require its own investment solution. It is important to understand the balance between risk and return and how that may impact different savings goals. For instance, if

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Walk By Faith Walk By Faith, operates in the space formerly occupied by Sherrie’s Stuff. Ednida Minor and Barbara Minor opened Walk by Faith in May of last year, but the two have been “peas in a pod” for decades. When asked about their shared last name, Barbara explains, “We’re two best friends who happened to marry cousins.” Barbara and Ednida specialize in selling Christian and inspirational items. One room of the three-room shop is dedicated to Bibles, devotionals, and bestselling books like Jesus is Calling. Walk By Faith also offers inspirational frames and art, beautiful keepsakes for weddings and other special events,




and scripture jewelry and crucifixes. “Lately ‘creative Bibles’ have been very popular, and we’ve been selling a lot of them,” Barbara Minor says. “You’re able to journal and color in them. They’re very soothing and peaceful.” Other top sellers include Christian CDs and


inspirational greeting cards. Churches can stock up on bulletins, communion supplies, and children’s ministry resources in the store or at shopwalkbyfaith.com. In addition, special savings are advertised on the site each month.

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Next door to Walk By Faith is the 5th Street Salon, which opened in November of 2015. Jessica Griffith opened the salon after a stint at the Hair Cuttery. “I wanted to be more creative with my work,” she says. Her salon Facebook page showcases fun cuts and happy colors. Find them at facebook. com/thairapy5. Griffith loves working just off Main Street. “5th Street is little community of its own. You can hear the kids at the preschools, the dogs at the groomer’s—it’s very family oriented and relaxing.” Three of her friends and coworkers followed her to her new salon. The 5th Street Salon is a tidy, welcoming oasis with a comfortable waiting area and three hairdressing stations. “We cater to families,” Griffith says of her salon, which takes all clients, adults and children, men and women. “I wanted the salon to look and feel like a home. Sometimes the kids that come in even ask me, ‘Where’s your bed? Where’s your kitchen?’ ” she laughs.


“I saw a void in one-on-one training; there was more focus on cardio and not enough on weight training.” Tanner hopes to fill that void through Foundations. “I’m on the floor over forty hours a week with my clients, who range from 14 to 74.” Each potential client begins with two free sessions with Tanner, one hour of assessment and a onehour workout with the firm but often funny personal trainer. Visit their Facebook page.

Warrenton Wellness Kitchen and Cooking School The Warrenton Wellness Kitchen and Cooking School is another recent addition to the shopping center. Owner and personal chef Venus Bazan Barratt believes in the power of nutrient-dense foods to heal and nourish the body. The Kitchen, which is open Tuesday through Friday, offers fresh bone broths and stocks daily. Other menu items such as planned dinners can be ordered in advance from warrentonwellnesskitchen.com. In addition, Barratt offers personal chef meal services as well as cooking classes, which are typically limited to ten people. “The

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Charlotte On 5th Charlotte on 5th opened just four months ago, but owner Charlotte Brady has been in the women’s clothing business for decades. From 1979–2005 she owned Charlotte’s Formal Affair. Now that she has come out of retirement, Brady specializes in contemporary fashions from US designers and looks that can’t be found in department stores. In addition to women’s clothing, Charlotte sells “lots of bling and lots of accessories.” “I love Old Town,” Brady says. “There are lots of nice

shops, and the local people are very supportive of local business. Plus we have a lot of new young people moving out here from the city.” Brady focuses on making her shop a feast for people’s



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Hound ‘N Hair Hound ‘N Hair, with its bright blue windows and doors, anchors North 5th Street. A pair of spiffilydressed dogs flank the doors to the salon, which is diagonally across Main Street from Great Harvest Bread. Bob DiNunzio has operated the pet grooming salon since 1976. DiNunzio was a professional dog handler before getting into grooming. For fifteen years he traveled the dog show circuit, walking prize-winning pooches before each contest’s judges. The man his clients call “Uncle Bob” has now come full circle; two of DiNunzio and partner Robert DeSando’s Norfolk terriers have strutted their stuff at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.




Year after year, Hound ‘N Hair has won either the title of “Warrenton’s Best Dog Groomer” or been an honorable mention. The salon is a favorite for “pet parents” whose dogs have notoriously hard-to-groom coats. A constant parade of beautifully-groomed bichons, poodles, and Cocker spaniels trot from the salon during business hours. In addition to grooming, Hound ‘N Hair offers plenty of products for dog fanciers, from dog-themed mugs to rhinestone-studded collars. Visit their website at eliandluigi.com/hound-n-hair. From haircuts to puppy cuts, from Bibles to bling, and from muscles to Brussels sprouts, the shops at North 5th Street have Warrenton covered. ❖






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Ashby was promoted to Brigadier General just two weeks before his death. On June 6, 1862, Ashby’s horse was shot out from under him in a skirmish near Harrisonburg. He stood to charge on foot, raised his sword, and cried, “Forward, my brave men!” Ashby made it just a few steps before he was shot through the heart.

Charged with protecting Christian pilgrims traveling across Europe to Jerusalem, the Knights Templar were known as one of the greatest fighting units during the Crusades. Just like their historic counterparts, today’s Knights Templar don snow-white mantles with a red cross on the left side, over their hearts, when they gather. Sir Knights generally wear ceremonial swords and a red pillbox-style cap, while past Grand Commanders may wear a purple cap. Full dress uniforms are more elaborate, with dress coats, chapeaus, gloves, and the like. Any individual division of Knights Templar is called a Commandery. Warrenton’s Turner Ashby Commandery is the newest in the state of Virginia, established just last year. “We can thank its success to the horrific traffic in Northern Virginia,” Don McAndrews said. “It all began with Royal Arch Masons in Warrenton who were unwilling to drive either 23 miles to Culpeper or 39 miles to Ashburn where the nearest Commanderies were located.” Barry Constant, a Knight Templar and the head of the Ashburn Commandery, was instrumental in the Turner Ashby Commandery’s formation. Constant worked diligently to recruit and organize the effort to launch the new Commandery from Mt. Carmel Lodge. In June of 2016, Virginia’s Grand Commander, Joseph Westfall, came to Warrenton to formally authorize the group’s 12 founding members to operate the new Commandery. The Turner Ashby Commandery strives to emulate their namesake’s leadership and heroic character through service to each other and the community. On the national level, the Knights Templar sponsor an eye care charity that supports research, patient care, and education, and the Royal Arch offshoot of the Masons supports Alzheimer’s research. The local Masons support these charities through fundraisers and other efforts. “In our district, we raised $10,000 last year for Alzheimer’s research. We raised

close to $5,000 from this lodge alone,” Scull says. Last year, the Mt. Carmel Lodge members held blood drives, made fraternal visits, and recognized Sheriff Bob Mosier for his work in the community. They also hosted Masonic Child ID events, where parents created free kits of identifying materials for their children that include critical pieces of information such as physical descriptions and fingerprint cards. These kits, which aid in the identification and recovery of missing children, are available nationally and have been lauded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, . In addition to these activities, the Masons of the Mt. Carmel Lodge supported several local charities. “We do a Christmas party for the kids at the Fauquier shelter the week before Christmas,” Scull says. One of the Masons, Paul Lockhart, begins growing out a snow-white beard on July 4 every year. By the time December rolls around, he is the spitting image of Kris Kringle. Lockhart rides up to the Lodge on his motorcycle and plays Santa for the children, passing out presents that the Masons buy from the children’s wish lists. “One year, there was a boy, almost a teenager, and his desire was a football,” says Junior Warden Chuck Trude. Through their connections, the Mt. Carmel Masons managed to get the boy a football autographed by members of the Washington Redskins. “It was awesome. That kid, he had nothing. But that Christmas, wow, he believed in Santa.” The Lodge also hosts a breakfast for the community on the last Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. “People who aren’t well off can come eat,” Scull says. “And we invite our friends, families, and anyone who’s possibly interested in joining the lodge. They can come and meet the guys and see if it’s for them.” Mt. Carmel Lodge No. 133 is located at 386 Stuyvesant Street in Warrenton. For more about the group, visit mtcarmel133.org.❖

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iking on the trail with George Watton, a Boots ‘n Beer member, taught me three great habits. First, he greeted every hiker with a cheerful greeting. “It’s a beautiful day for hiking!” was his way to strike up a conversation with anyone on the trail and being a master conversationalist, he found instant commonalities. For me, it often meant a quick break to catch my breath. Second, in his backpack he carried an endless supply of small Snickers bars that he generously shared with other hikers who may have needed a sugar boost before tackling the next uphill stretch. My backpacking food stash now has not only the big Snickers bars to turbo charge me on longer hikes, but also small ones for sharing along the way. Third, stashed in George’s pockets were plenty of dog treats.




About every mile he dispensed one of these tasty chews to our two hiking companions, Moxie and Boots. When asked why he was spoiling the dogs, George’s straightforward answer was, “I like it and they love it.” If anyone had a special relationship with dogs, it was George. He fell in love with my young and cuddly Bernese mountain dog, Lady Boots, and even carried her on occasion when she tired on the trail. After George asked his handicapped friend to allow him to take his young boxer, Moxie, on the hiking trails, he had two dogs at his side. He would often race back and forth with them, losing against the powerful Moxie and winning over Boots, who would stop and watch before picking up a stick to lure Moxie back to play. Both dogs loved George. To me, he was a dog whisperer.


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Lady Boots and Moxie on the trail.

What Does A Dog Understand? On the last day of the year two years ago, as part of the Boots ‘n Beer hiking club, four hikers and two dogs were climbing the Buck Hollow trail in the Shenandoah National Park. Buck Hollow is a strenuous hike, and only George could hike uphill while entertaining us with stories and news or offering up some marching songs. It was no different on this hike until after we reached the Skyland Drive, where we rested as George handed out his signature trail food for the hikers and dogs. Afterwards he led Moxie and Boots across Skyland Drive. They ran ahead up the trail towards Mary’s Rock as we followed. A couple of minutes into the climb (towards Mary’s Rock) I heard hiking buddy, John Hagarty, asking, “George, are you okay?” I




turned and noticed George sinking to his knees with his hands clasped to his chest. Commands were flying to get nitroglycerin out of the backpack, arrange for help from the nearest ranger station, and secure Moxie while I started CPR. There was no need to secure Moxie. He sat beside Boots a short distance away on the side of the trail. Both watched intently and quietly. It must have been about 15 or 20 minutes later when Moxie and Boots got up together and slowly moved towards George. They both lay down, one on each side of George’s shoulders, paws outstretched. Then they lowered their heads to the ground between their paws. I looked with incredulity, and disbelief, into their sad brown eyes until I understood what they were telling me. Further CPR would be in vain.


Two years later, a dog remembers his friend George Wotton was our good friend who infused Boots ’n Beer with his uplifting spirit and charm, his songs, friendship, camaraderie, and his motivating encouragement. “Hiking is the best thing I have ever done for myself!” he frequently said. Every year on the last day of the year, Boots ’n Beer pays a grand salute to this wonderful man by hiking his last trail on the anniversary of his last day. This year, with 20 hikers stretched over the Buck Hollow trail, we all waited for each other before crossing Skyland Drive. In George’s memory, his granddaughter handed out small Snickers bars before we headed up to Mary’s Rock. With Lady Boots in the lead, George’s grandchildren and I walked silently uphill when Boots, with her nose to the ground, moved off the trail and then stopped and sniffed. I realized where she was, exactly at the place she and Moxie were sitting and watching me two years ago. Still with her nose to the ground, she moved towards the trail, walked a circle, and then lay down in the middle of it. I felt a strong warmth arise within me as Lady Boots lay in the same spot where George had left us. Her asking eyes looked at me for what seemed like a long time until I asked, “Are you missing George?” and comforted her with, “I am missing him too. We all do.” When I began hiking uphill again she took her

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alentine’s Day is a wonderful time to shake off the winter doldrums and enjoy your time with that special someone. For many, celebrating includes a special treat, like wine and chocolate. After contacting a number of knowledgeable specialists, we have come up with a short list of ideas to help make your Valentine’s Day special.

Dark Chocolate Local winemakers Fletcher Henderson, Seth Chambers and Ashton Lough recommend their local red wines with dark chocolates. Chambers (winemaker at The Winery at LaGrange) recommends selecting a red wine that is sweeter than the chocolate; he and his fellow winemakers recommend dark chocolates be paired with their local cabernets and merlots to bring out the berry flavors in the wines. The managers at local wine shops Cork & Fork, Total Wine, and Wegmans all agree, as do Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf and Beverage Director Michael Foote at Salamander Resort and Spa. If you’re not specifically looking for local wines, there are others to consider; Jackie Stellar at Wegmans recommends the Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and Arensdorf suggests Freemark Abbey Merlot. At Total Wine, Suzanne Grumko raves over the Pallas Old Vines Reserve Garnacha paired with a Chocolate Fondue.





Antoinette Landragan from Cork & Fork in Gainesville put together these selections of dessert wines (top) and sparkling white wines (bottom) as great options for your Valentine’s Day wine pairing menu.

Sweet Chocolates Another popular combination comes from Henderson, winemaker at Quattro Goombas. He recommends pairing sweet with sweet, for example, sweeter chocolates with sweeter wines, like ports. If this combination appeals to you, all three local winemakers have made excellent port-style wines. Antoinette Landragan from Cork & Fork has a list of pairing combinations with ports and other sweet wines, such as Butler and Nephew Ten Year Tawney Port, Chevalier Pastel 2007 Sauternes, Vieux NV Pineau des Charents, and Kiralyudvar 2007 Tokaj. Grumko at Total Wine and Stellar at Wegmans can also help with similar pairing recommendations. At Salamander Resort and Spa, Beverage Director Jacob Musyt likes a white wine, Domaine des Besombes, Singla with chocolates, as well as Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance (which has been hailed by Napoleon, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens). A nice pairing with a local spirit is fruit with Pommeau, a new apple brandy from Mt. Defiance Distillery.

Other Food Pairing Options Many like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bubbly. Since most sparkling wines, especially champagnes, are acidic and effervescent, pair them with cheeses, caviar, foie gras, smoked salmon, shellfish, sashimi, or fried foods such as chicken. Henderson likes champagne with eggs and bacon for breakfast or with popcorn for an evening treat. Lough likes an off-dry sparkling wine with sweeter tastes. The traditional view that sparkling wines do not pair well with chocolates is challenged by Stellar at Wegmans, who recommends Rosa Regale sparkling red and Grumko at Total Wine, who says a bitter (80%) chocolate pairs well with a zero dosage champagne (a tart champagne that has had no sweetening wine added) like Franck Bonville Grand Cru Prestige. Annette Johnson, president of the Town Duck, suggests pairing chocolate with Villa Jolanda Piemonte Brachetto or Moscato D’Asti, both sparkling wines. However you celebrate, enjoy exploring some of these tasty suggestions together. ❖ 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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auquier Health Physician Services welcomes hematologist/oncologist Dr. Raj Pal Manchandani. He is board-certified in hematology and medical oncology, with extensive training in management of solid and hematologic malignancies, as well as in benign hematologic disorders. Dr. Manchandani acknowledges that cancer is a difficult disease. “Cancer patients are living longer and better, but a cancer diagnosis is still overwhelming. That’s why I give compassionate care for the whole person, not just for the disease. I am privileged to be able to help people during this very difficult time in their lives.” Fauquier Health Hematology/Oncology is at the heart of Fauquier Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, which also includes its Infusion Center. Dr. Manchandani said, “Patients appreciate being able to come to a familiar environment and get the same standard of care as a bigger hospital. Having cancer care in their own community saves time and offers comfort to patients and to their caregivers.” He describes nurses in the Infusion Center as “eyes and ears for me. I may only see a patient once a month, but they

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“I was really impressed with the support from the community.” place to live. It’s something that everyone wants, for themselves and for literally everyone around them: a secure home to live in.” The job site is also a great place to meet people. The Warrenton blitz gave Linz a great introduction to the town he now calls home. “I was really impressed with the support from the community. Mayor Duggan and Vice Mayor Reynolds read our proclamation. Government employees were all given time to work on the site, city officials spent time lending a hand, Chief Battle volunteered, as did so many community volunteers from other civic organizations. There was just a terrific turnout. We had a paramedic on hand for the duration of the build who volunteered his time in the event someone got hurt.


Thankfully, we only needed two Band-Aids from him.” Linz feels right at home in Warrenton and couldn’t be more proud of stepping into the role of Executive Director for the Fauquier Habitat for Humanity. “I have a terrific staff: construction manager Tony Toth, Resource Development Manager Rebecca Frye, ReStore Manager Georgianna Granillo, and reliable volunteers who I can count on to run the ship. Plus, we have terrific support from the community,” he added. Linz shared an experience from his first interview for the position back in May. “I was

walking down Main Street and it just felt like home. This is a special place and I could sense that right away. After looking for the right opportunity for about four years, I realized I had found the next place I wanted to call home.” He continues, “Warrenton is a tight community. It’s the kind of place where when you say ‘good morning,’ someone will stop and talk with you. I love the engagement of random people in the street.” The future of the Fauquier Habitat for Humanity is clear to Linz. “Other affiliates have their operational overhead covered by the income from their ReStore, and I would like to see that happen here. We are also working on implementing a new program, Critical Home Repair, that will help to revitalize homes in need of repair. We are looking to start with other homes along Haiti Street, where the Blitz Build home went up. I would also like to increase the number of homes built annually in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.” For Linz, foundation is everything. “If we don’t build a strong foundation for a house, repairs will be required down the road,” he explains. He feels that the foundation he has made for himself here in Warrenton over the past seven months will serve him well and he looks forward to making firm foundations for others in the area. ❖

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xercise, a quality diet, and routine vaccines are all fundamental parts of your pet’s health care regimen. The most overlooked element of pet ownership, however, can leave your beloved four-legged friend with some serious issues. February is promoted by the American Veterinary Medical Association and veterinary practices across the country as National Pet Dental Health Month. Here are some suggestions to ensure your pet continues to have good oral care and to prepare you for what to do when dental issues pop up.

(positive reinforcement) with the touching of the mouth and teeth. For older or less tolerant dogs and most cats, desensitization with some high-value rewards may be necessary in order to better inspect teeth. Start off by just touching the muzzle or nose while rewarding your pet. Slowly build on the behavior by increasing the interaction for a few seconds at a time. Try lifting the lip by cupping the muzzle with your hand. Reward heavily when your pet accepts this type of interaction, and simply put the treats away and end the

Handling Your Pet’s Mouth and Teeth To properly care for your pet’s oral hygiene, it is really important for your pet to be comfortable with you handling their mouth and teeth. This will not happen automatically, but will take some time and training. For puppies, begin by feeding super-tasty treats while touching, holding, and manipulating the mouth. Ensure the puppy is only handled for brief periods of time. Reward him while interacting with him, but remove treats at the end of the session. This way the puppy will associate the treats





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About the AUTHOR Charlotte Wagner is a certified animal trainer and behavior consultant. She advocates that prevention, management, redirection, and training of alternate responses is key to training success. Charlotte currently owns and operates Duskland Training and Behavior in Warrenton and can be regularly seen at conformation dog shows, agility events, rally obedience trials, therapy visits, and community gatherings with one or more of her precious pets. dusklanddogs.com

Giving your pet lots of really tasty treats while touching the mouth will help build a positive associations with examination. Make sure to practice daily handling with puppies and kittens, and take your time building trust with older dogs and cats. Once they are confident and accepting, you can introduce the toothbrush and petfriendly paste.

store can provide you with a toothbrush or a finger cap with bristles to brush your pet’s teeth. As with mouth handling desensitization, you want to make sure to do short, positive training exercises to get your pet used to the brush. You can use cream cheese, peanut butter, or liver pate on the brush to entice your pet to accept handling. After a couple of weeks of daily training, switch over to a petfriendly toothpaste to clean teeth. Remember to never use human products since they can be severely toxic to pets.


An annual oral examination by your veterinarian will ensure you are keeping your pet on track. Your vet will look at the mouth, teeth, and gums to ensure dental issues are discovered and correct actions are taken towards treatment and prevention of oral issues.


The use of dental chews can help aid in the removal of tartar and plaque on your dog’s teeth. Materials of commercial chews vary from processed chew treats to abrasive plastic chews to various natural products. The most common go-to chews include bully sticks, rope

toys, Nylabones, cow hooves, Greenies, and CET enzymatic rawhides. When selecting the right chew, be sure: • Items are not too small and therefore a choking hazard for your pet. • Your pet does not become possessive of the chews, which can result in aggression issues. • The durability of the chew matches your dog’s chew strength and style. • Your dog is not intolerant to any of the ingredients of the product. • The material is not too hard; super dense products may fracture teeth (especially in older dogs). • Natural-based products do not contain glue or bleach and are made in the USA.


There is a great deal of debate about types and brands of dog or cat food and their influence on oral hygiene. Raw feeders will swear that a natural meat and vegetable diet with plenty of raw bones will hinder the buildup of tartar and plaque. Conventional veterinary medicine advocates that dry foods contain abrasives

which allow kibble to assist in the removal of buildup and prevention of decay. Canned food is believed to be of lesser benefit to oral health, but better for the function of internal organs. The reality is, nutrition is a very personal decision. Take your pet’s diet into account when discussing the best preventative oral health steps with your veterinarian.

Common Dental Health Problems Periodontal Disease is believed to be the most common dental issue in pets, and it’s totally preventable. The condition is caused by the interaction of bacteria and minerals in your pet’s saliva which causes a toxic buildup of plaque and tartar. In more developed cases, excess bacteria and buildup will reach below the gum line and cause infection in surrounding tissue, bone, and teeth. Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and deterioration of soft tissue around the bone (periodontitis) are often affiliated with periodontal disease. There are varying degrees of severity, each requiring a different course of action for treatment. Minor to moderate cases can be aided through a routine dental cleaning performed by your veterinarian. In questionable situations your vet may want to take an x-ray to see how far the condition has progressed and if teeth require extraction. In severe cases, periodontal disease may influence more

than the mouth and cause changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys of older dogs. A tooth abscess occurs when pus collects and swells along an infected tooth. Dogs with abscessed teeth are often tender and swollen in the face. Abscesses may occur when the tooth root is infected, or result from fractures in the teeth from chewing something too hard. In some cases, periodontal disease may be the culprit. Treatment usually includes a root canal or extraction of the affected tooth. Due to the infectious nature of abscesses, the use of antibiotics and antiinflammatory medication is also usually recommended.

When to Call the Vet In many cases, changes of behavior can be indicative of dental health problems. Consult with your veterinarian if you notice your pet acting abnormally. Common signs of dental issues include: bad breath; excessive drooling; loss of appetite; difficulty chewing; pawing at the mouth or face; swelling of the mouth, jaw, or face; redness and bleeding of the gums; and broken, discolored, or missing teeth. Providing your dog with dental chews, regular brushing, and professional cleanings will ensure your pet leads a happy, healthy life. Be sure to keep up with your pet’s annual exams and discuss with your vet the best course of action for any treatments to meet the needs of your individual pet. ❖



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A. The town and county are responsible for their respective land use decisions, such as comprehensive plan amendments, rezonings, conditional or special use permits, etc. within their jurisdictional boundaries. Warrenton specifically manages public utilities such as the wastewater treatment plant and the water filtration plant, public works (including some public roads), storm sewer maintenance, trash and recycling collection, park maintenance, the town police department, and the volunteer fire company. The county manages public schools, public libraries, court services, sheriff’s office, fire and rescue, and the landfill. The Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority provides public water and sewer services to large population centers such as Bealeton, Remington, Marshall, and New Baltimore, and it’s an independent entity, not a department of the county. Q. Who regulates what I can do on my residential property? A. There are several entities that may impact what you can do on your property. First, if you are in an HOA they may have a set of rules and restrictions which are legally enforceable regarding such things as home maintenance and clearing clutter and junk from the exterior of your home. Second, the town has zoning and town codes which dictate what type of use is allowed on your property, the setback requirements, the height limitations, the number of residences allowed, the building standards, the noise and lighting standards, etc. Third, there are erosion and sediment (often called E&S) controls which regulate the management of stormwater onsite, which are required by the state but enforced by the locality. And finally, there are state permits required for things like private wells and septic systems. ❖

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Myrah’s Unexpected Stay Fauquier Health’s ICN keeps families together and close to home BY AIMÉE O’GRADY


fter an uneventful pregnancy with our fourth child, Myrah, we arrived at Fauquier Hospital on our scheduled cesarean section date. Under the care of Dr. Wesley Hodgson, we welcomed a beautiful, healthy and strong daughter into our family. At 36 hours, the nurse assigned to Myrah made her rounds to check vitals. Myrah presented with a rectal temperature of over 101°. A discussion with the on-call pediatrician resulted in Myrah’s admission to the Intermediate




Care Nursery for observation, bloodwork, and 48 hours of IV antibiotics. Myrah was assigned to bay seven. As I sat in bay seven, I watched my newborn sleep on the radiant warmer in the small bassinet, lifted slightly to aid her digestion. Her nurse that first night, Brittani Dodson, took the time to answer all of my many questions, often asked more than once. At roughly 2 a.m., I returned to my room among the 11 general labor and delivery rooms. In the welcome bag given to every ICN parent


is a “cuddler,” made by volunteers for all the families who pass through the ICN. “The cuddler is for mothers to sleep with; then we place it in the bassinet with the baby. The baby can then smell Mom, even when Mom can’t be there,” explains Ellen Bejger, Director, Family Birthing Center. That first night, I held my cuddler and tried to sleep. Throughout the remainder of the night, nurses woke me every three hours to feed Myrah. I shuffled my way down the hall to ring the bell at the security

“It was clear that every effort was made to make an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible.” lit primarily with natural light. Ceiling tiles were cut with nursery images of stars and clouds. One ceiling light was covered with an underwater image. Nurses spoke quietly to one another, stopping by often to see if I needed anything. All my needs were met in the ICN, along with those of Myrah. The food service personnel located me in the ICN to take my food order when they found my room empty. It was clear that every effort was made to make an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible. After a mere 48 hours, we packed up our belongings and ushered our new family of six out of the hospital. We took comfort in knowing that if Myrah presented with any additional symptoms within 59 days, she would automatically be readmitted to the care of the ICN nurses.

The Birth of the ICN


The Intermediate Care Nursery

door, scrub in, and settle in at bay number seven for a feeding. On my first visit after daybreak, I walked into the ICN and, despite Hurricane Matthew passing along the coast, the nursery was flooded with natural light. Myrah’s bay had a window and I lifted the curtain to watch the trees bend in the wind and the hospital visitors and employees make their way in and out of the building. I settled into the large chair with my water and a book for what thankfully turned out to be a very brief stay in the ICN. The atmosphere was calm and quiet. I was surrounded by bright white walls,

The hospital began the process of adding an ICN about six years ago, in response to the community need. “We were transporting newborns to higher-level facilities that were stable but just needed closer attention. We saw an opportunity to better serve the community. Mothers were dealing with the physical and emotional tolls of giving birth. The stresses of travel, traffic and sometimes work were added when a newborn was transferred to a larger hospital with a NICU,” says Bejger. With the footprint for the nursery already existing in the birthing center, the logistics of the space were quickly planned. “We had a nursery in the birthing center, but it was underutilized because of the existing rooming-in model which keeps the newborn in the same room with mom. The hospital, in partnership with Lifepoint Health, immediately blessed the upgrade to the birthing center. “We had tremendous support from senior leadership,

local politicians and, of course, the community,” recalls Bejger. “With a little reconstruction, we transformed it into the ICN,” says Bejger. To move the project forward, the hospital had to apply to the state for a Certificate of Public Need, a timeconsuming process. Once approved, the hospital initiated construction and began hiring personnel. “It was critical that we hire nurses and doctors that came with ICN experience. We didn’t feel that the volume in our new ICN would be adequate for learning purposes so we looked for nurses with experience from larger facilities,” says Bejger.

What is the ICN?

The atmosphere of the Neonatal Intermediate Care Nursery at Fauquier Health is not usually the experience parents expect as they await the birth of their child. The security door, the “scrubbing in” of everyone who enters, and sterile environment that accompany the birth of a premature baby are hardly ever envisioned by hopeful parents-to-be. The goal of everyone, parents and medical staff included, is an uncomplicated delivery with a healthy infant. In the event there are complications, Fauquier residents can be assured that our local hospital can care for them and their babies. As Fauquier Health approaches the one-year anniversary of its Neonatal Intermediate Care Nursery, or ICN, parents in our region remain grateful that the nursery exists to care for our smallest residents. As of November 2016, 85 children have passed through the ICN, under the direction of Neonatologist Dr. Elsie Mainali. The ICN is here to care for babies who are born at 32 weeks gestation or later, or those requiring special attention. The ICN is hardly noticeable for parents and visitors entering the



Top: Jannelle Murray, RN, with an ICN patient. Bottom: Myrah O’Grady during her stay in the ICN.


O’Shaughnessy Family Birthing Center at Fauquier Hospital. Its unassuming door on the right is quickly passed when a mother rushes through in labor or for a cesarean section, or when friends and family come to meet a newborn. However, once you know it’s there, it is hard to miss. As you pass through those doors into the ICN, the many advantages of the nursery become clear. Everything that could be needed to care for the infants is there: a computer station that allows doctors to review radiology scans and other medical documents on a large monitor, respiratory therapy equipment, and even a contraption that looks like a drive-through bank chute and delivers lab samples directly to the hospital laboratory. “In the ICN, everyone comes to the baby, babies never leave the nursery except to go home,” explains Ellen Bejger. Beyond the doctors’ station are five more bays for newborns, and two private rooms near the door are reserved for twins to keep family members together. Each one contains all the




equipment a newborn could require at any time. Large chairs fold out into small beds to allow parents to sleep beside their baby. Parents are permitted 24/7 access, and everyone who enters the ICN scrubs in each time they enter and, if they are ill, they wear a mask. While I stayed with my newborn in the ICN, I had the chance to get to know some of the nurses. Their comforting presence in the intimidating environment put me at ease. Their willingness to treat me like a neighbor, rather than a patient, improved my comfort level tremendously. We talked about horses, riding, and living in an equine community. I even recall laughing several times while I sat next to Myrah, who was connected to equipment monitoring her vitals. One nurse I spoke with at length was Jannelle Murray, RN. Murray began her career in neonatal care in 1988 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Arlington. “I wanted to work in labor and delivery, but they didn’t have any openings. So I worked in the nursery while I was waiting for an available position, and when a job over there opened up, I just couldn’t leave,” she says of her affection for the neonatal patients. A Fauquier resident, Murray commuted to Arlington until 2012. “When I heard that the hospital was planning to add an ICN, I jumped at the opportunity to work closer to home,” she explains. The differences between INOVA and Fauquier hospitals are drastic. She explains, “The kids at INOVA are younger and sicker, and there is more traffic in and out of the [Level 4] ICN. Here the babies are a little older and stronger. Parents can participate more in their care. We encourage parent participation as much as possible.” Interaction and bonding with parents, siblings and other family members is


critical for newborns in the ICN, who can stay until their original projected due date, an average of up to four weeks. Murray continued, “Here, nurses are able to spend more time with each baby to establish a routine for the parents to go home with. Every little bit helps a recovering mom.” The ICN responds and staffs according to the level of activity in the labor and delivery rooms. “If there are a lot of moms admitted to labor and delivery, we know there is a chance we could get a few babies in the ICN and will call in extra nurses to help,” says Murray. Sometimes there are only two or three bays occupied in the ICN, and other times there or five or six babies admitted; it’s a variable that cannot be predicted. The ICN can admit infants up until the age of 59 days, even if they have had a normal birth and been discharged to go home, if problems arise. This means that very small infants do not have to be placed in a general inpatient room in the main hospital. Additionally, if a premature infant has been transported out to a larger hospital’s NICU, they can be admitted to Fauquier’s ICN once they are 32 weeks and stable enough to leave the larger hospital but perhaps not strong enough to go home yet. This lifts the burden of travel for the parents, and enables the baby to be closer to family and friends. “Newborns can stay in our ICN until they are deemed stable enough to go home,” says Bejger. While the personnel of the O’Shaughnessy Family Birthing Center know that while every mother hopes for an easy birth ending with a strong, healthy baby, that outcome cannot be predicted or guaranteed. With the addition of the ICN, the birthing center has taken every measure possible to keep newborns as early as 32 weeks in the community and as close to a mother’s arms as possible. ❖

Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who enjoys transforming stories told by Fauquier residents into articles for Lifestyle readers. She learns more and more about our rich county with every interview she conducts. She and her husband are happy with their decision to raise their four children in Warrenton.


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Divorced & Single Embracing a new beginning

About the AUTHOR Michelle Kelley is a licensed counselor and the owner of Warrenton Women’s Counseling Center (formally Girls Stand Strong). For more information go to GirlsStandStrong.com or call 540-316-6362


... Some women lack healthy boundaries


in relationships and often struggle with where to draw the line in their marriage. They will accept a thousand excuses, wanting to believe “this time it will be different.” Whether it is you or your spouse that has chosen to end your marriage, divorce is often shocking, painful and lifechanging. However, this does not have to be an ending for you, but the beginning of your new story.

welve years ago I was divorced. I want to share what I have learned from my own experience and what countless women have shared with me. My hope is that we can start to talk about divorce (or separation) and being single without shame or guilt, but rather with strength, clarity, and courage.

Here’s what I know:

... In general, women feel very responsible for keeping relationships and families together. ... Some women can tolerate a lot of dysfunction, emotional pain, and abuse in a relationship. ... Some women make a lot of excuses for bad behavior. Some examples of bad behavior include excessive drinking, abuse (physical, verbal, and emotional), or pornography involvement. Women struggle with feelings of shame and guilt, especially when it comes to their marriage ending.




The Challenge

It’s time to get real about relationships, about marriage, and about divorce or separation. They’re complicated! Unfortunately marriage does not come with a handbook (though perhaps it should). Instead the focus is on the wedding, the honeymoon, or the “happily ever after.” Why do we pretend marriage problems don’t exist? Why do we talk about marriage issues or our marriages ending in a hush-hush sort of way? Is


it because there is a stigma attached to being divorced or being single? Is it because women are supposed to be able to fix dysfunctional people and broken marriages? Is it because we care too much about what others will think (as was my problem)? Furthermore, why aren’t we talking to our children about how challenging all relationships can be? Why aren’t we giving our children the tools they need to stand strong in all of their relationships, including marriage? These tools include knowing what constitutes “inappropriate behavior” and where to draw the line when it occurs, knowing how to speak up and communicate clearly, and knowing how to ask for help and change without guilt. Bottom line is that many marriages end. I have heard countless women express to me that their marriage “failed.” It pains me to hear this. I will always ask a woman if she learned something about herself, her spouse, or her relationships. If she says “yes,” then I ask how her marriage ending could be viewed as a failure. Failure implies guilt and shame. Women are especially susceptible to these emotions — which are toxic to our health. You may need to redefine the meaning of failure for yourself. Marriages end for a

million different reasons, contrary to what you might hear stated in a courtroom (irreconcilable differences, abandonment, infidelity).

The First Stages

If your marriage has ended or is ending, I want you to know that the pain, anger and confusion you may be feeling is normal. The five stages of grief as identified by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) also apply to a divorce, which is a type of death; an ending, a loss. These stages can be experienced in any order and at any time in your life. Viewing divorce as a process (not just a decision) will help you to get on and stay on your healing path. For many, the ending of a relationship occurs long before a divorce is final or even before a separation takes place. This can create the illusion that you did not grieve the ending or maybe you never loved. It would be nice if people we encounter did not jump to conclusions.

After the Divorce or Separation Life goes on. You will still get up in the morning and brush your teeth. The sun still rises in the east. The dog will need to go out. The cat needs to come in. The kids need to eat. Beyond that, how will you handle the ending of your marriage (i.e. the beginning of your new life)? A. You can curl up into a ball and stop living. B. You can blame the other person and be consumed with anger. C. You can blame yourself and live with endless amounts of guilt and shame. D. You can accept the change, get personal and professional support, and decide how you want to grow from the experience. The answer is D, although answers A, B and C are okay on a temporary basis. Why is it so important to learn and grow from divorce? First, we want to be a positive role model for our children and others, showing that we can successfully deal with relationships ending. Second, we do not want to keep making the same mistakes in future relationships.

your own. I want you to accept reality, embrace change, seek support, and welcome personal growth. More women, like myself, are choosing to be single and fighting the stigma attached to it. It is possible to live a full and rewarding life as a single person. I have never felt as if I was half a person looking for my other half. I have been divorced and currently I am enjoying being single, being a business owner and a mother. I don’t know what my future holds and I don’t need to know. I am happy with my life! It’s interesting how the pressure to be in a relationship starts as early as elementary school and maybe never ends. It’s fine to be in a relationship and it’s fine not be in a relationship. I don’t like how judgmental many can be when it comes to divorce, being single, or remarriage. My wish is that people would stop making assumptions that everyone who is single wants to be in a relationship.

It is possible to live a full and rewarding life as a single person. This is where the healing part comes in. You will need to take time to honor and understand your feelings, to reflect on your part in the marriage and in its ending, and to prepare for change and a new future. In other words, it’s up to you to learn and grow from your divorce. What I learned is that I am more capable than I thought. I learned to use my voice. I learned to set boundaries. I learned how to ask for change. I already knew how to compromise (maybe to a fault).

Judgment Free Zone

Why do so many women jump into a new relationship soon after divorcing? Possibilities include: ... It’s too painful to be alone. ... They don’t know how to be on their own. ... They can’t make it financially (I get this). ... They are love-dependent (in other words, they cannot exist outside of a romantic relationship). If you fall into one of the above categories, it is because you are human and your particular life experiences have made it difficult for you to be on

Advice For Divorced Women Focus on your own mental health. Take care of yourself; it is not selfish, it is necessary. Be present with your children. Listen to their feelings; they are hurting too. Learn to have age-appropriate conversations with your kids about divorce, endings, and embracing change. Find your voice! Know it’s OKAY to be single! Share your story and accept support.

Try something new in your life. Be brave. I believe that marriage is the outer form of a relationship. I prefer to focus on the inner form — the person or persons involved. My work focuses on helping women heal and grow from all life experiences, especially divorce. Long after a divorce has been finalized, healing, growth and change will still occur in a person and in a relationship. If you find yourself single, take a breath and know that you will survive. You may even THRIVE. ❖





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1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl and set aside for later. 3. With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Next, mix in the vanilla and then slowly add in the flour mixture, making sure ingredients are combined well. 4. To roll the dough, use waxed paper: one sheet underneath the dough and one on top. This will help prevent the dough from sticking to the roller and counter. Make sure the dough is rolled to approximately ¼ inch thickness. 5. Place the dough in the refrigerator to chill for approximately 30 minutes. 6. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 7. Using the heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and arrange them on the baking sheet approximately two inches apart and

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place on the middle rack in the oven. 8. Bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes, or until firm. 9. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about two minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. 10. When the cookies are completely cool, melt the semisweet (or dark) chocolate chips. 11. Dip a quarter section of the cookie into the melted chocolate, then place the sprinkles on the melted chocolate. Place the cookie on wax paper until the chocolate is completely cooled and has set. Repeat with remaining cookies. 12. Once cookies are completely cooled, arrange in the gift container you selected. If layering, place a sheet of waxed paper between layers to prevent cookies from sticking to one another.

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