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Kickin’ It Up With Karate by Mark Trible

Ron Jenkins knows the stigma of martial arts. The 57-year old owner of Karate Sports Academy in Warrenton is used to it by now. He’s spent 41 years on the mats in a robe and is conditioned to the misnomer.

“I just thought it would be a good opportunity to do something different,” Mrs. Miller said of her choice to enroll her son. “He really likes it….He’s only five but I think he understands more about discipline and respect now.”

When many people think of the martial arts, they remember, “The Karate Kid.” The Grandmaster on Broadview Avenue knows the misconception well.

Miller thinks the studio looks the same as it did in 1998. Familiarity in the community has helped KSA. Jenkins offers classes to organizations to teach self-defense. The ninthdegree black belt believes in giving back to the place where he grew up.

“The worst thing that could’ve happened to martial arts is the movies and television,” Jenkins said. “I’ve heard so many parents say that they aren’t putting their kids in martial arts because they don’t want them going around beating up people.” While the crane kick, actor Ralph Macchio made famous, is a real technique it’s far from the reality of martial arts. Jenkins believes in a set of principles that stand behind the sport. Although there are kicks and punches, he preaches strong character building guidelines. “Yes sir and no sir is where we start,” he said. “Respecting your parents is what we teach from the beginning. “One thing I always tell parents is that we cater to children because we feel that if you can start with a child when they’re young, you can give them a program of discipline.” Of the 200-some people enrolled in KSA’s programs, Jenkins estimates 80-percent are children and teenagers. Becky Miller’s five-year old son Michael takes part in the “Little Ninjas” class. Miller grew familiar with KSA as a cardio kickboxing student 15 years ago. 8

He still lives in Bealeton with his wife, Carolyn. They have two children; 27-year old Nikki and 23-year old Kirk. Both continue to compete in global competitions. “I want people to think this is a family environment where my kids feel safe,” he said. “Not only learning martial arts skills, but everyday skills. “I’m from here and I believe when you’re a native of Fauquier County, you should do your part.” His attitude stretches beyond just martial arts. The week after school lets out, Jenkins holds a weekly summer camp for kids. Campers enjoy a variety of activities aside from just hitting the mats. Last year, Fran Maurelli enrolled her two sons in the camp for most of the summer. Her two boys – 11-year old Shane and nine-year old Pierce – needed a change of direction after a poor experience with another camp.

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While KSA offers a wide-range of workouts and classes, it’s not the only show in town. KardioKick at Chesnut Forks Athletic Center is run by former marine and kickboxer Travis Alexander. Alexander has trained fighters for 30 years. “We focus on the conditioning,” Alexander said. “We’re not a traditional studio. “People come to us for three main reasons. One, they want to learn self-defense. Two, they want to get in shape, which is our primary focus. Three, they want self-confidence.”

Jenkins teaches Jacob Dodson (L), Matthew Miller (M) and Carson Higginbotham (R) during a "Little Ninjas" class karate continued from page 8

“I picked them up after the first day and they looked miserable,” Mrs. Maurelli said. “A lot of the kids were on their iPods all day. “I called Grandmaster Jenkins and he said the kids won’t have time to sit at his camp. They liked it and thought it was high energy. There were a lot of things for them to do and the adult helpers were interactive with them throughout the camps.” Each starts on Monday and is open to anyone under the age of 18. Jenkins takes his campers to the Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility to swim. They also visit parks and enjoy an inflatable moon bounce. “It gives the kid something structured to do and it gives parents peace of mind that they’re going to a structured community,” Jenkins said. It’s Jenkins’ full belief that activity keeps kids on the right paths. As a 16-year old, he learned it firsthand. He earned his first black belt in 1978 and his ninth last October. His life is martial arts, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “This is a way of life,” he said. “It kept me out of trouble and helped me to be a better man.” KSA offers an unlimited trial of classes for new members. With a uniform purchase of $60, enrollees may attend as many sessions as they see fit. Those who wish to continue martial arts education pay a monthly fee between $105-125. Affordability only increases the appeal for students and their parents. Judy Dodson sends her three-year old son to the classes.

The programs are geared towards adults, but Alexander has students as young as 8 and 9 years old between his two locations in Warrenton and Fredericksburg. KardioKick’s eldest enrollee is 68 years old. The programs – which include Muay Thai, mixed martial arts and boxing among other classes – aren’t for the faint of heart. “This is boot camp,” he said. “Out of 10 students, we’ll probably keep three or so who really want to continue to stay in shape and stick with it. “We do three-month memberships because it’s a good trial period for us and for the students.” Alexander explained his success with customers who look for a way to lose weight. “Weight management is big for them,” he said. “One woman lost 21 inches and another lost 75 pounds; I’ve yet to find someone who hasn’t reached their physical fitness goals if they stick with it.” Whether character building for youth or weight loss for adults, local businesses continue to prove martial arts as much more than Macchio’s crane kick. For more information on KSA, visit http://www.ksatkd. net/ or contact them at (540) 347-4973 For more information on KardioKick, visit http://www. kardiokick.net or contact them at (540) 347-7693

The, "Little Ninjas" class listens intently to Grandmaster Jenkins

Jacob, who vivaciously yells, “HI-YA,” embraces the lessons. “It’s been really good,” Mrs. Dodson said. “He’s only three and a half years old and he’s not in preschool yet. “It’s been good to get him in a kind of classroom setting. He’s taken to it very quickly and he’s got a lot of energy so it’s good for him to be loud and doing stuff.” 10

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Fauquier Health Summer is the Perfect Time to Eat Healthy Fauquier Health routinely conducts a community health needs assessment to determine the health needs of the area; obesity—along with all its unhealthy ramifications—is indeed a serious problem. Healthy eating is an important way to combat the problem, and Fauquier Health has developed several initiatives to promote wellness – deliciously. Farmers Market As a way to promote healthy, fresh local foods, the hospital hosts the Warrenton Farmers Market on Hospital Hill every Wednesday morning in the spring, summer and early fall. The Market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering the season’s best produce, locally produced meats and other summertime specialties. Through a grant from the Fauquier Health Foundation, residents who are part of the Fauquier Free Clinic’s Diabetes Management program receive vouchers to shop at the Farmers Market, so they are able to see how eating fresh, local food can impact their health. Tony DeWalt, executive chef at the Bistro, gives a cooking demonstration every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Bistro, using fresh produce chosen from Farmers Market vendors. After watching Tony work his magic, those watching the demos still have time to stop by the market and buy supplies to replicate the dish at home. Chefs Programs The Junior Chef program is one way Fauquier Health is reaching out to children to teach them healthy habits. The program allows those aged 10 to 18 to visit with the Bistro’s executive chef and other culinary experts, learning how to cook fresh, healthy foods. The program is held one Saturday each month. When Fauquier Health announced its Junior Chef program on its Facebook page, there was an outcry from adult wannabe cooks who shouted, “What about us?” Answering that call, Bistro chefs will begin holding monthly cooking lessons for adults too, beginning July 20. Registration for either program may be arranged by calling 540-3163588 or visiting www.fauquierhealth.org.

of the community is an initiative called Let’s Get Movin’. In cooperation with Fauquier Community Child Care, exercise and healthy eating experts work with children to show them the benefits—and fun—of healthy living. This project— run as a pilot last summer—is funded through several community sponsors who care deeply about the health of our young people. This year, the program will expand to include field trips sponsored by the Warrenton Garden Club. Children will visit the hospital on Tony DeWalt, executive chef at Wednesday mornings, when the the Bistro on the Hill restaurant, Warrenton Farmers Market is on the Hospital Hill campus. Students gives a cooking demonstration will learn about fresh, local foods; every Wednesday in the Bistro, during the Farmers Market. talk with the local farmers selling their wares; and experience the excitement of an open-air market. Children will also visit the organic Culinary Healing Garden on the patio of the Bistro on the Hill, which provides fresh produce for patients and Bistro patrons. The Bistro’s executive chef and garden staff will talk about how to plant and grow a garden. Employee Wellness Programs Employees at Fauquier Health are encouraged to adopt healthy habits through an extensive employee wellness program. Employees earn incentives to eat right, exercise, and reduce their stress. Staffers recently completed a Veggie Up program where they logged at least three cups of fruits or veggies a day for eight weeks.

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Celebrating 25 Years in Fauquier County by Leslie Kelley

Lord Fairfax Community College’s Fauquier Campus (LFCC-FC) looks a little different today than it did when it opened its doors to the Warrenton community in 1988. The college began as a humble three classroom, one bath, one faculty room structure which was originally a barn for alfalfa storage. Bob Sowder, a visionary in Fauquier County, donated the 2.5 acres and his storage barn to get things started. After donating another $90,000 for renovations, the barn transformed to a place where many began a new journey in life, that of a college education. Sowder, a farmer and real estate agent, was part of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce when the need for space and a building was requested for an institution of higher learning. Many residences could not afford the traditional four year university and 14

many were traveling over 40 miles to get the closest community college. Not only did Sowder make the college a reality, but he even got IBM to donate furniture. With the barn complete and 17 students strong, the campus opened for business. Many of the teachers had mobile offices, pushing carts around with their lesson plans and assignments. Sowder continues in the spirit of giving, as he has granted a full tuition scholarship for one local student every year since the doors opened. He was instrumental in negotiating for-and the College was given-50 more acres for the site when the remainder of his farm was sold to Fauquier County. In 2009, Sowder received the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. When asked his reason for giving, he explained, “it‘s a way of paying back.

There’s nothing like having people in the community come up and say ‘thank you’ for making their education possible or their lives better.” In 1996, the Virginia General Assembly appropriated $7.2 million to construct and expand the campus in Fauquier and by October 1999, the official dedication of the new campus took place. It comprised of a 60,000 square foot building, with 25 classrooms, administrative offices, a library and common areas. Additional funds were also acquired through generous community donors. The college acknowledged the leading benefactors by naming parts of the campus: Paul and Sheila Wolk had the main hall of the campus named on their behalf, Rose Loeb, the student center, and Sowder the library. lord fairfax continued on page 16 Warrenton Lifestyle

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Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy is president of Lord Fairfax Community College, serving in that post since January 2009. She is responsible for administration at the Middletown and Fauquier campuses as well as the Luray-Page County Center. The community college serves seven counties and the city of Winchester. The counties include: Fauquier, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke, and Page. Dr. Judy Batson, Associate Vice President and Campus Administrator, oversees the administration and instructional operations at the Fauquier Campus. While close to 50% of the student body is working towards an associate degree with plans to transfer to a four year college or university, others are opting for career certifications, or career switcher programs. LFCC has over 40 transfer agreements with four year colleges and universities. William and Mary, Virginia Tech, James Madison, University of Virginia, and Old Dominion are just a few institutions from the grouping. Worthy of mentioning, is the agreement that LFCC has with Old Dominion University, where students can earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate’s degree through video conferencing technology. The fastest enrollment growth has been among 18 to 24 year olds, but individuals of all ages can be seen throughout the halls of the facility. Things have changed since 1988, when popular certifications were Clerical Studies and Word Processing. Now the focus of many community colleges is that of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Healthcare. Dr. Batson says, “It’s imperative to advance in these fields to insure global competitiveness.” The 2013 Outstanding Graduate, Emily Bouchard, graduated with an Associate in Arts and Sciences. This fall, she will attend UVA, working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry. She is a great example of a student aspiring for an advanced degree in the sciences. lord fairfax continued on page 18 16

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Approximately 379 course sections are offered by the LFCC-FC. Courses can be taken at the campus, online, or a hybrid format of both. LFCCFC also assists high school students in getting a head start in college with their dual enrollment program and AP course offerings. Local schools, work in conjunction with LFCC, so that students may get credit for select college courses before graduating from hometown high schools. Mountain Vista Governor’s School is located on the property as well. LFCC-FC offers a number of healthcare and technology courses, as there is quite a demand in these disciplines. The nursing program is very competitive and has a 100% in-class pass rate. Dr. Batson comments, “Many students are surprised at the number of science classes that are required for the coursework.” The college has a good relationship with Fauquier Hospital as nursing students perform rotations there. Technology is always changing, and so are the classes offered in this field. An associate degree can be obtained with concentrations in the following: Cyber Security, Database Administration, Networking, Network Engineering, Software Development, Web Design, and Web Applications. Business classes have always been a mainstay for the college. Many 18

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The Fauquier campus continues a steady path in student growth, as it accounts for 26% of the 2012-2013 headcount in LFCC numbers overall. With approximately 2,500 students attending LFFC-FC in the last year, the campus needs more space and updated amenities. Six modular- temporary buildings are currently being utilized. The master plan entails a new academic building for science and health classes. “With a nationwide directive to increase America’s academic focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health, it just makes sense,” explains Thompson-Stacy. Along those lines, there is a need for up-to-date science equipment. “Simulated patients,” or computerized patient mannequins are very expensive, but essential for instruction in the health professions. Anatomical models are necessary tools for the classroom, and are utilized by many students for required study. Simply put, LFCC-FC has outgrown necessary conference space. There is a need for appropriate accommodations for large student gatherings and events. LFCC is one of 23 colleges in the

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Ever thought about jumping out of an airplane? For the past three years, adrenaline junkies and people with bucket lists have been keeping the DC Skydiving Center at the Warrenton Airpark busy. Open five days a week, the business is the brainchild of Luther Kurtz, who got his start in Michigan. Now he runs eight jumping centers around the country, but Warrenton seems to be the busiest.

“On the weekend, we will have 100 people a day,” Kurtz said.

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Most of the jumpers are first timers or relatively new to the sport, and most jump in tandem with an experienced and certified jumper.

“We drug test our instructors, we check all their ratings to make sure that they’re legitimate. We really focus on not having a skydiving place that has yahoos that are partying and causing trouble,” Kurtz explained. “We don’t want any of that. We really focus on the student to give them a good experience and on them having a personal connection to the instructor. Jumping out of a plane is fun, and it’s exciting, but if you do it and you have someone that showed an interest in you and how your experience is, it makes it 10 times better.”

The equipment that the jumpers wear insures that even a first tandem jump can be done safely. “You wear a harness, and your harness is clipped with connectors that can hold 5,000 pounds each,” Kurtz said. “There are two of those, and two that can hold 2,500 pounds

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each. You’re actually harnessed directly to the parachute, but the instructor is wearing the parachute. In 15 years at eight locations, we’ve never lost anybody, which is an impressive record.” Kurtz said that he’s made over 8,000 tandem jumps and over 9,500 total jumps. Even after that many, he said that the experience still can seem fresh.

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“As an instructor, you kind of get the experience that the student gets. When they’re excited about jumping for the first time, you kind of feel a little bit like it’s your first time as well, so it makes it exciting to be an instructor, even though you’re doing the same thing over and over.” Kurtz said that he and his sister hold the Guinness world record for most tandem jumps in 24 hours. “We did 105 tandem jumps in 24 hours. We did it with normally aspirated piston engine aircraft and a crew of 15. The previous record holder had two turbine engine twin otters and a crew of 40 people helping. It was wild.”

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Why should any reasonable person seek to throw himself out of a plane flying at 120 miles an hour at 10,000 feet? “We have heard all kind of reasons for jumping out of a plane,” Kurtz stated. ‘I just turned 18, I just turned 80, I lost enough weight to do it, I’ve always wanted to do it, it’s been on my bucket list.’ Everybody seems to have a bucket list, even if you’re 18 years old. ‘I’m leaving for the military.’ In Virginia, we have a lot of people who are going to be deployed, and they’re jumping with their wives or girlfriends. “As for the appeal, I think it’s a combination of three things,” he continued. “One, it’s really beautiful, you get a nice, scenic flight. On a clear day, you can see the Capitol Mall, the Bay and the mountains. Then, when you jump, you get this huge rush when the door opens and the wind starts blasting through the plane, and you’re moving towards the door, you get ready, and you jump. It’s a rush like nothing else. You can do free fall and turn, wave at the camera and goof off. All of that is kind of an adrenaline-pumping rush, and then the parachute opens, and everything’s quiet, and for five minutes, you’re floating peacefully above the landscape.” While it’s against most regulations for anyone under 18 to skydive, there is no upper age limit. It costs $249 to make a jump, and that includes the jump, gear rental, instructor fee … everything to make the jump. The company offers a video of the jump for $89, and they can get photos as well. “I’ve tandem jumped with two women who were 93,” Kurtz said. “one of them had gotten cancer and just wanted to do it. She loved it. Her kids and her grandkids and her greatgrandkids were all there. It was like a party of 50 people. I think her granddaughter went with her and jumped as the same time. It was a very happy scene when we landed.”

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In some instances, it has been possible to take up kids under the age of 18. “We don’t take anybody under 18, however, you can get an exception for that if the kid is terminally ill,” Kurtz said. “We’re working with the cancer camp in northern Michigan, and the kids that are terminal or that seem to be terminal, they’re going to let us take them up.”

Psychologists in the Air After tandem jumping with thousands of first time jumpers, Kurtz said that he has an innate sense of which jumper will be okay and which ones might need some help. “I would say I was pretty nervous on my first jump, so I know what they may be going through,” he said. “But I was more nervous on my 15th jump when I realized what I was doing. I had had some changes in my life, and I wasn’t quite as scared on my first jump, but on my 15th jump, I was like, ‘What am I doing?’ “One thing I’ve noticed is that the guys that talk tough often end up being the most scared, and the people that are quiet and ask a lot of questions, they’re kind of preparing themselves mentally, and when they get to the door, they do everything right, and they’re fine.” Do some get so scared that they cannot jump? “I’ve never had anyone go up who then didn’t jump,” he said. “You’re kind of a psychologist. You kind of have to coach them through it. You can tell. When people get in the plane, and if they’re just kind of talking and goofing off a little bit, you can tell that they’re going to be okay. If people talk, and then they get quiet, or they talk and then you can see that they’re shaking, then you talk with them differently. Of course, we never make them go, but we get great satisfaction by coaching someone through it and then getting them down, and they’re like, ‘Oh, thank you for coaching me through it or I never would have done it.’ It’s a pretty rewarding experience when that happens. They’re thrilled. They’re super happy that you spent all that time talking with them and keeping them entertained in the airplane so they aren’t thinking about how they want to back out.”

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Kurtz said that he comes to Warrenton five or six times during the jump season, which extends from April to November. The company gives out a welcome packet that includes flyers from local restaurants and other businesses. “We try to get people to come and spend money at the restaurants,” he said. “We have a lot of people that come from

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more social media outlets. In fact, I have personally, unofficially named “The Snapchat Face,” referring to the expression that my girlfriends will randomly have towards their phone for no seemingly apparent reason (do not worry, they are taking a picture of themselves). If I did choose to make this particular commitment in my life, I could talk to my friends in new and improved ways. I could post pictures of incredible and embarrassing things; furthermore, I could comment how incredible and embarrassing my friends’ pictures are. I could share what’s on my mind, what I am thinking, what I am doing, what I am not doing, and what I could be doing. I could tweet and tumble and who-knows-what-else. I could stop getting such appalled and curious reactions when I explain for the umpteenth time how unconnected I am. Perhaps, I could become familiar with The Snapchat Face!

However, I feel like I would be giving up a whole lot more if I decided to gain all this. I enjoy the verbal discussions I have with people about what they did over the weekend instead of seeing their posts online. I genuinely like it when I can spend hours getting stuff done instead of squinting at a screen. Actual, physical pictures showcase beauty and creativity so much better than those on the web or smart phones. When I leave the school campus, everything school-related besides homework ceases to exist until the next morning. If I want to catch up with someone, we have no choice but to set up a get-together and have an awesome time. When I hear drama and things that happen on social media sites, I breathe a sigh of relief as if I just dodged a bullet. I do not and cannot see myself giving these things up anytime soon.

way you view hyper-connectedness. The fun that others have with these outlets actually becomes something that you really, truly do not need (or want). Do I desire to communicate with my friend Diego sometimes? Of course. I could just be very oldfashioned and strange, but I think I am onto something. In fact, being disconnected has led me to believe the very possibility that I may be amongst the most connected of all.

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Warrenton Branch Line: from tracks to trails

By John T. Toler

Part 2: The ‘Golden Age’ is followed by decline – and rebirth Part 1 dealt with the early history of the Warrenton Branch Line and the Orange & Alexandria Railroad, of which it was a part. Now the Warrenton Branch Greenway – a pedestrian trail and “linear park” – the old rail bed is an important part of Warrenton’s history. Continuous mergers of railroad lines, starting with the Orange & Alexandria and Manassas Gap railroads in 1867, marked the years following the Civil War. Under the procession of different owners, the Branch line was always undercapitalized, but the situation improved in 1894, when the line was absorbed into the Southern Railway system. Trained as a lawyer, Fauquier County resident Fairfax Harrison (1869-1938) joined the Southern Railway as an executive in 1896. He rose through the ranks, becoming president of the company in 1913. The following year, Mr. Harrison and his wife, Hetty Cary Harrison, built Belvoir, near The Plains. He also had a small train station built along the Southern Railway tracks where they crossed present-day Belvoir Road, so that he could catch the train to his office in Washington, D.C.

The last steam engines to run on the Warrenton Branch were excursion trains, bringing railroading enthusiasts to Warrenton in the late 1970s for a taste of history.

During his presidency, Mr. Harrison pushed for the expansion of rail service into new areas, the acquisition of more powerful engines, and better service. Along with acquiring a number of struggling railroad companies in Virginia, Southern made significant improvements in its rolling stock, passenger and freight facilities and infrastructure. By 1916, Southern operated trains on 8,000 miles of track in 13 states. An unabashed Anglophile, Mr. Harrison mandated that the company 32

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In 1909, the original frame Warrenton Station was replaced by a brick structure, as part of the improvements made by Southern Railways.

adopt English terms, using the words “station,” rather than “depot,” and “railway” instead of “railroad.” Locally, the first significant change was the replacement of the worn-out 1853 railway station during 1908-09. It was an improvement to the part of Warrenton known as “Fishtown,” so called because of the shad and herring regularly brought in on the Warrenton Branch. Other businesses in “Fishtown” were the Fletcher Brothers General Merchandise store and warehouse and a mill. New rail services were added in the early 1900s, including excursion trains to Washington, D.C., Richmond, Cape May, N.J. and New Orleans. The Southern Railway also sponsored a number of special event trains, which came to towns and cities along the route promoting new products and services. In 1907, the Southern Railway put together a “Good Roads Train” tour that promoted highway improvements. The rationale was that if it were easier for passengers to get to railroad stations, it would boost ridership. Warrenton was the home of many of the men who worked on the Branch line. Most of the engineers came from the Maxheimer, Coughlin, Bruce and Lunsford families, while the flagmen were often named Richards, Carey, Wilkins and Edwards. The Grubbs and Cheatwood families supplied firemen, July 2013

and men named Brittle, Sullivan and Dickerson were often the ticket agents. The Branch line saw a significant increase in passengers during the annual Warrenton Horse and Pony Show, and other seasonal users included the students and family members bound for Bethel Military Academy, Stuyvesant School, the Warrenton Country School and the Fauquier Female Institute.

The Site of Much History

The Warrenton Branch figured in a number of significant events during the early 1900s, including the return of Col. John S. Mosby’s remains from Washington, D.C., to Warrenton for burial in May 1916. In June 1916, the Warrenton train station was the site of the send-off of the 116th Infantry, Virginia National Guard (formerly the Warrenton Rifles) on their way to fight Mexican bandit Pancho Villa along the border in Texas. The men returned in February 1917, but the following September, were called up again to fight in World War I, and departed Warrenton for training at Camp McClellan, Alabama, before being shipped to France. After the war, the railroads were focused on profitability, and by 1923, five trains were running each way between Warrenton and the main line at Calverton. Southern Railway officials met with representatives of the

Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, including Martin J. O’Connell, C.E. Tiffany and Clarence Carter, to discuss improving scheduling. A large fire in “Fishtown” in 1926 damaged the Warrenton Station and other buildings in the railyard area (See Warrenton Lifestyle, December 2010). The Great Depression of the 1930s saw the railroads struggling again, but the Southern Railway under Fairfax Harrison managed to survive by cutting costs. For the Warrenton Branch, that meant the elimination of Sunday passenger service on the Branch line in 1938. This directly affected those using the train to get to church in Warrenton, especially members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church who lived in Casanova. This situation served as a prelude to the discontinuation of all passenger service on the line, which took place on June 14, 1941. With the U.S. entering World War II and the gas rationing that followed, the Town of Warrenton and the Warrenton Retail Merchants Association, represented by its president, Ted Portnoy, asked that passenger service be restored. The request was denied, as Southern Railways claimed the company was using all of its coaches to transport troops, and had none to spare. During the war, there were two serious accidents on the rail line. On Aug. 2, 1944, a train with 26 tank cars of gasoline for the U.S. Army derailed in the center of Calverton. Eleven tank cars wrecked and caught fire, and the Calverton Station, Vincent Jacobs’ store and two outbuildings used by Spicer’s Garage were lost. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Until the tracks on the main line could be cleared and repaired, trains were re-routed over the switching track leading to the Warrenton Branch line. On Oct. 21, 1944, a train headed west on the Branch line collided with a fuel truck loaded with 4,000 gallons of gasoline at the crossing on Madison Street. The truck exploded on impact, and the driver, Howard Burke, of branch line continued on page 34 33

As part of a promotion to encourage highway improvements, Southern Railways conducted a ‘Good Roads,’ tour, traveling over 4,000 miles demonstrating road-building equipment. Ironically, improved roads brought the railroads serious competition. Railroad History, Bulletin 155.

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Rockville, Md. was killed. Burning gasoline flowed down the hill from the crossing, threatening the Rosenwald School. Engineer R. S. Grubbs, of Warrenton suffered a back injury when he jumped from the locomotive, and fireman John King, of Nokesville suffered facial burns from the flaming gasoline. Tommy Dowell, son of Warrenton Railway Express agent H. T. Dowell, witnessed the accident. “Apparently, the truck’s brakes failed, and it slammed into the locomotive as the train slowly passed,” he recalled. “But just before it hit, one of the men in the truck jumped out. There was a loud crash, and then a huge fireball as the fuel truck exploded.”

providing the service, Southern respectfully declined. Freight continued to be shipped on a regular, limited basis. The Warrenton Farmers Co-op used the Branch line to bring bulk feed to their facility near the train station. This use continued when the Co-op later moved to a new location on Washington Street. Another user was the Virginia Department of Transportation, which used the line to bring in loads of salt and chemicals to spread on the roads in winter. Starting in 1965, historic steam train excursions sponsored by the National Railway Historical Society periodically came down the Branch line to Warrenton – always an interesting experience for riders and spectators alike.

After the war, new technologies began to appear on America’s railroads. After more than a century using steam-powered locomotives, many railroads began converting to diesel power. The Southern Railway was the first major railroad to convert to all-diesels.

Freight service from Warrenton got a boost during the Vietnam War, when military equipment repaired and refurbished at Vint Hill Farms Station was transported across the country by rail, with shipping handled in Warrenton by the local Railway Express agency.

Able to operate as well in reverse as forward, diesels eliminated the need for turntables like the one in Warrenton, and the wye at Calverton. Also, water supply tanks and coal towers were no longer necessary.

In 1971, a front wall of the derelict Warrenton station fell into the street and crushed a workman’s van, leaving the fate of the 1909 building in doubt. However, Southern sold the property to Mr. and Mrs. Ali Dorbian, who rebuilt the station and opened The Depot Restaurant there in 1976. The restaurant/catering service there is now owned by Claire Lamborne, and is known as Claire’s at The Depot.

In 1948, the unused passenger shed at the Warrenton station was removed, and in 1951, the building refurbished as a freight depot.

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In 1951, another Fauquier County resident, Henry A. DeButts of Upperville, became the president of Southern Railway. It was thought that having a local man as head of the railroad might help get passenger service restored to Warrenton. A meeting was held in 1954 with members of the Greater Warrenton Association and representatives of Southern Railways to discuss a resumption of passenger service. Citing a predicted loss of $75,000 a year for 34

A unique event occurred in October 1980 when the Smithsonian Institution used the section of the Branch line between Casanova and Calverton to conduct tests on one of their artifacts, the c. 1831 John Bull locomotive, which hadn’t been run since 1885 (See Warrenton Lifestyle, March 2011). The Warrenton Branch saw very little use during the rest of the 1980s. When work was underway on Warrenton’s Warrenton Lifestyle

Eastern Bypass in 1986, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) was required to build an expensive railroad bridge over the new highway. The massive bridge was only used for one round trip to Warrenton before all service to Warrenton ended in 1988. The only customer still using what remains of the Warrenton Branch today is Vulcan Materials on Meetze Road. Enough bulk gravel and stone is shipped from the quarry to justify continued maintenance on the section leading from there to Calverton.

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The idea of turning the old railroad right-of-way into a rails-to-trails conversion project came about in the late 1980s, not long after Larry Miller was appointed director of the Fauquier County Parks and Recreation Department. “The railroad announced July 1989 that they were going to abandon the line, and through County Attorney Jim Downey, we filed a plea with the Interstate Commerce Commission to try to preserve the property intact,” said Mr. Miller. It soon became apparent that establishing a chain of ownership of the right-of-way would be difficult. The Branch line dated back to the early 1850s, and “A lot was settled with a handshake, so there were many issues as to who owned the property,” recalled Mr. Miller. “But that gave us an opportunity to begin negotiations with Norfolk Southern for what they did have.” Even so, the county didn’t have money for the necessary legal research or acquisition of the property. “That’s when the Citizens for the Warrenton Branch, a local group, stepped in. They raised money to do the first in-depth legal research on the ownership of the property,” said Mr. Miller. The original members of the Citizens for the Warrenton Branch were Manuel Ayala, Per Bang-Jensen, William Barr, Scott Freiberg, Jimmy Messick, Larry Miller, Meade Palmer, Barry Starke, Robert Teates, Dr. L. John Turner and Leon Williams. The group was later renamed the Fauquier Trails Coalition Inc. (FTCI). branch line continued on page 36 On a picture postcard of the Casanova Station sent in 1906, Capt. Colvin is shown speaking with Mr. Robins, while Miss Nan Colvin watches from the train. Courtesy of Mrs. Richard Gookin.

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Extensive repairs and renovation took place at the Warrenton Station and railyard in the early 1950s.

On May 18, 1991, the FTCI kicked off its rails-to-trails project with a walk down the old railroad right-of-way. Later, they scored an early success by working with the VDOT Resident Engineer Bob Moore to save the $1million railroad bridge over the Eastern Bypass. Scrap dealers wanted to buy the unused bridge for its large beams, but Mr. Moore told them that as long as progress was being made to convert the right-of-way to a trail, the bridge was not for sale. The project was on hold until the FCTI raised the necessary funds to proceed. “Once we got all of the legal issues ironed out, we were ready to move ahead… and it was about that time that the ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) Grant Program came out,” according to Mr. Miller. Fauquier County and the Town of Warrenton applied for the grant as a joint project in1993, and the following year were awarded $443,000 for construction of what was to be the Warrenton Branch Greenway. It was decided that the Town of Warrenton owned the part of the Greenway that was within the town limits, and Fauquier County owned the part in the county. Because the Greenway would be used by all county residents (as well as others), it was determined that the county would be responsible for the maintenance of the property. The first step was getting a design for the project, and then getting bids for the work. Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern of Roanoke was selected to do the design work, and the bid placed by Alter B. Stanley & Sons Inc. of Culpeper won the construction contract. There was one major issue: the old railroad bridge over South Fifth Street, which was inadequate for pedestrian use, and in poor condition. “To do it the right way, the bridge would have to be pulled back and the span lengthened,” explained Mr. Miller. “It was more than the grant could handle.” Other options included removing the bridge, taking the trail down to grade and then back up. But this too would be costly, and would create a hazard where the trail crossed South Fifth Street. “The Town of Warrenton recognized the value of the bridge, and stepped in and funded the cost, 36

While undergoing repairs in 1971, a wall of the Warrenton Station collapsed. The building was saved and became a restaurant in 1976.

which I recall was $100,000,” said Mr. Miller. With that obstacle removed, the project could be completed all in one phase. The centerpiece of the railyard is a beautifully restored 1969 Norfolk & Western caboose that was donated by Norfolk Southern and moved to the trailhead in 1996. The Piedmont Railroaders Club was closely involved in the full restoration of the caboose. From that effort, a small group of local volunteers, headed by Ron Scullin of Warrenton, carried on the further development and management of the landmark caboose. Over the years, volunteers have installed a railroad track and an operating track switch, restored and installed a working 1930s track signal, built a shanty for storing track tools and many other railroad artifacts, and restored and installed vintage track signs along the trail. The caboose has also become a popular Geocoaching site, attracting many new visitors to our community. Visit www.facebook. com/warrentoncaboose. The caboose is open to visitors on the first Saturday of the month from May through October from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. “Track Talk,” a hands-on educational program for children, will be held July 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Another unique artifact worth examination is the foundation of the 1850s turntable just east of the railyard, which was uncovered during the building of the Greenway “At some point in the future, we would love to either create a scale model of the turntable, or reconstruct a cross branch line continued on page 38 Warrenton Lifestyle

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Ron Scullin stands at the pivot point of the old, 60-ft. wide turntable, explaining how steam locomotives reversed direction at the Warrenton railyard.

section to show the public how it worked,” said Mr. Miller. The enhancements at the trailhead have helped attract more users, and in 2012, the infrared device at the beginning of the Greenway recorded over 128,000 trip counts. Also last year, the Warrenton Branch Greenway was recognized as a National Recreation Trail, due to its physical assets and historic value.

Network of Greenways While it is the most used trail in Fauquier County, the Warrenton Branch Greenway is not the only one, and future planning includes creating a network of greenways in each of the county’s service districts. In addition to providing linear-park recreation, these greenways also offer transportation alternatives, ecological corridors for plant and animal migration, and buffers between developed areas. “The list of values a greenway brings to a community goes on and on,” Mr. Miller explained. “We want to bring all of those values to every service district.” The concept of a network of greenways looped around Warrenton is part of that vision. Currently, developers building around Warrenton are required to provide greenways as part of their proffers, ensuring that trail access will be available in the future. Connecting with the Warrenton Aquatic Recreation Facility (WARF) west of town is part of that plan. Also, planners are looking at extending the Warrenton Branch Greenway beyond the East Bypass down the old railroad bed, as well as connecting with the Warrenton

Volunteer Ron Scullin describes the uses of some of the railroading artifacts on display in the shanty at the Greenway trailhead.

Campus of Lord Fairfax Community College. “At some point in the future, we would like to do that, but there are still issues,” Mr. Miller added. In the meantime, residents and visitors can enjoy activities taking place on the Warrenton Greenway, including walka-thons, foot races, bicycle rides, skateboarding, Earth Day events, environmental classes and bird watching. Leashed pets are welcome, and animal waste disposal bags and receptacles are on site. One of the most popular events on the Greenway is the Great Pumpkin Ride, scheduled for October 26 this year. In 2012, over 900 cyclists participated. Starting at the trailhead, riders can travel routes from three to 62 miles into Fauquier County. Visit the FTCI Web site, www. fauquiertrails.com, to register or find out more.

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A Taste of Warrenton The Warrenton Lifestyle dining guide provides information on Warrenton area restaurants and nightspots. The brief comments are not intended as reviews but merely as characterizations. We made every effort to get accurate information but recommend that you call ahead to verify hours and reservation needs. Listings include Best of Warrenton award winners as well as advertisers and non-advertisers. Please contact us if you believe any information provided is inaccurate. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar

(540) 341-2044 • 105 W Lee Hwy Sun-Thu: 11am-12am, F-Sat: 11pm1am Full-service friendly, affordable restaurant chain. Offers salad bar, lunch combos, and Carside-To-Go service. Comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar. Casual dress. www.applebees.com

Black Bear Bistro

(540) 428-1005 • 32/34 Main St. Sun - Thu: 11 am - 9 pm; Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm Restaurant offering local beers and wines, soups and salads, appetizers, and entrees. A wide variety of American food with a twist. Try the muffaletta sandwich! Also features Sweeney’s Cellar, located one floor below. www. blackbearbistro.com

Broadview Lanes

(540) 878-5383 272 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 8:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 8:30am - 2am; Sun 11am - 10pm The grill at the local bowling alley provides a great grill at great prices for any meal including breakfast. Sandwiches, subs, burgers and hotdogs along with side dishes from onion rings to chicken tenders. Children’s menu. Beer and wine available.

Burger King

(540) 347-3199 34 Broadview Ave. Locally owned and operated Burger King. Home of the Whopper. Have campaign to promote a more healthy lifestyle of eating to kids. Kid’s play area available. Casual dress. www.bk.com

Café Torino

(540) 347-2713 388 Waterloo St M 7am-4pm; Tue-W 7am-5pm; ThuFri 7am-9pm; Sat 9am - 9pm Restaurant offering authentic Italian pasta, seafood, appetizers, and desserts. Breakfast served in the morning. Lunch offers sandwiches, pasta, and more. Dinner usually requires reservation and is only available Thursday thru Saturday. Dine-in or takeout. Casual dress. http://cafetorinoandbakery.com

Carousel Frozen Treats

(540) 351-0004 346 Waterloo St. Hours vary. Open early spring to late fall. Soft-serve, milkshakes, and more www.carouselfrozentreats.com


(540) 347-9791 • 256 W Lee Hwy All Chicken products are prepared by hand, as are all the salads and fruit cups. Where else can you get chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner? http://www.chick-fil-a.com/warrenton

The Brick at Black Bear Bistro

(540) 216-3940 34 Main Street Offering wood-fired brick oven pizzas and more.

China Jade

(540) 349-1382 • 275 W. Lee Hwy M - Thu 11:30am - 10pm; Fri 11:30am - 11pm; Sat Noon - 11pm; Sun Noon - 10pm Authentic Chinese, Thai, Fusion, and Seafood cuisine. Offer lunch buffet everyday. Feature China Jade specialties and Kid’s menu (includes chicken wings and grilled cheese). Casual dress.

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(540) 351-0580 589 Frost Ave. M - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun 12-10pm Authentic Chinese cuisine. All you can eat buffet Saturday 11am to 3pm, Sunday noon to 3pm. Dine in, carry out, or free delivery available ($15 minimum and within 5 mile radius). www.chinarestaurantva.com

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Claire’s at the Depot

(540) 351-1616 • 65 S. Third St Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tue-Thu 5pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm - 10pm; Brunch: Sun 10:30am - 2pm Casual yet elegant restaurant offering locally inspired seasonal American cuisine. The service is as first rate as the food. Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on Sundays. Broad wine list and craft beers available. www.clairesrestaurant.com

Cold Stone Creamery

(540) 349-0300 183 W. Lee Hwy. Sun - Thu Noon - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat Noon - 10pm Offers unique, custom ice cream creations, smoothies, cakes and shakes. Ice cream is prepared on frozen granite stone. Fun, family environment. Cakes and ice cream by the pint or gallon can be purchased to bring home. www.coldstonecreamery.com

Country Cookin’

(540) 349-9120 • 623 Frost Ave Sun - Thu - 7am - 9pm; Fri - Sat - 7am - 10pm Hearty portions, made-to-order entrees, variety of sides and desserts. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All-you-can-eat salad, vegetable, bread, soup, and dessert bar available for $5.59. www.countrycookin.com


(540) 347-0401 7323 Comfort Inn Dr. • 24 hrs Serving breakfast 24 hours a day. Burgers, sandwiches and soup also available. Free Wi-Fi. www.dennys.com/en

Domino’s Pizza

(540) 347-0001 • 81 W Lee Hwy. Sun-Thu 11am-12am Fri-Sat 11am1am Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Now offering pasta bread bowls and hot sandwiches. www.dominos.com



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The Best in Dining & Entertainment El Agave

(540) 351-0011 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of delicacies for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Menu has specials for lunch and dinner combinations including fajitas, enchiladas, and burritos. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dine-in or takeout. www.el-agave.com

El Toro

(540) 341-0126 86 Broadview Ave Mon-Sun 11am -10pm Authentic Mexican restaurant offering a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner. Menu has lunch specials and traditional entrees like chimichangas, burritos, and quesadillas. Children’s menu available. Full bar. Casual dress. Dinein or take-out.

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Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar

(540) 341-8800 251 W. Lee Hwy, #177 Sun - Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm Authentic Thai cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner. Full bar with an emphasis on California wines. Happy hour with $2 drafts and selected appetizers M–F 5-7pm. Sunday 50% off wine by the bottle. Delivery available. Casual dress.

Fauquier Springs Country Club Grille Room

(540) 347-4205 9236 Tournament Dr. Tues - Wed 11am - 8pm; Thu - Fri 11am - 9pm; Sat 7am - 9pm; Sun 7am - 8pm Fauquier Springs Country Club’s Grille Room is an exclusive restaurant for its members and their guests. The Grille Room is open Tuesday thru Sunday and offers a variety of dishes to suit everyone’s taste. Lunch & dinner weekdays with breakfast available on weekends. www.fauquiersprings.com

(540) 878-2066 • 6441 Lee Hwy M - Sun 11am - 10pm Burgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Uses fresh, never frozen, ground beef. www.fiveguys.com

Foster’s Grille

(540) 349-5776 • 20 Broadview Ave Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm Burgers, French fries, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches, milkshakes, wings, and salads. Daily specials. Patio seating available. www.fostersgrille.com


(540) 428-1999 •73 Main Street M - Fri 8am - 3pm; Sat 8am - 2pm Small, one-man operation offering gourmet coffee, breakfast, and a variety of deli sandwiches, salads, subs, and pitas for take out. Daily specials. Recommended to call orders in

Frost Diner

(540) 347-3047 • 55 Broadview Ave 24-hour old fashioned diner serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Casual dress.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

(540) 878-5200 • 108 Main Street Loaves of bread handcrafted using whole grain wheat grown on family farms and ground daily in the bakery. www.warrentonbread.com

Honeybaked Ham Company

(540) 428-0044 • 251 W Lee Hwy Deli offering sandwiches, soups, and more. Customers will enjoy a variety of sandwiches and soups.

IHOP Restaurant

(540) 428-1820 • 6445 Lee Hwy M–Sun 6am - 10pm Specializes in breakfast. Sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken also avail. For lunch and dinner. www.ihop.com

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A Taste of Warrenton Iron Bridge Wine Co.

(540) 349-9339 • 29 Main Street Lunch: M - Sat 11am-2pm; Dinner: M-Sat 5pm-9pm; Sun 12pm-5pm Cozy wine restaurant featuring a wide variety of world and local Virginia wines. Open for lunch, brunch, dinner, happy hour, and late night. Offers seasonal, healthy, small plate entrees and nightly specials to accompany wine selection. Seating available in the main dining area, historic stone cellar, balcony level or outdoor patio (weather permitting) Catering and private parties available. Casual dress. www.ironbridgewines.com

Jerry’s Subs and Pizza

(540) 349-4900 • 177 W. Lee Hwy Sat-Thu 10:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 10:20am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm Specialty cheese steaks, overstuffed subs, and pizza. Catering available. Offering combos, salads and ice cream. Lunch special’s menu good all day. Delivery service available. www.jerrysusa.com

Jimmies Market Cafe/Kidwell Caterers/Madison Tea Room

(540) 347-1942 • 22 Main Street Sun - Sat 9am - 5pm Fri Open til 8pm for supper Restaurant offering sandwiches, subs, and other daily specials. Also sell wine. Catering available. The Madison Tea Room is also available for time away from a hectic day. Casual dress.

Joe & Vinnie’s

(540) 347-0022 • 385 Shirley Hwy M-Thu 11am - 10pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 11pm; Sun Noon-10pm Family owned pizzeria, open for 21 years. Offers pizza, subs, pastas, and seafood. Daily lunch specials. Pizza available by the slice. www.joeandvinniespizza.net

KFC/Long John Silver

(540) 347-3900 • 200 Broadview Ave. M - Thu 10am - 11pm; Fri - Sun 10am - 12am KFC specializes in Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken and homestyle sides. Long John Silver’s is a quick service seafood restaurant. Located in the same building to provide diners with a wider variety of choices. www.kfc.com

LongHorn Steakhouse

505 Fletcher Dr • (540) 341-0392 Sun – Thurs 11am to 10pm; Fri – Sat 11am to 11pm LongHorn Steakhouse prides itself on its exotic Western style entrees and appetizers (like their LongHorn Shrimp & Lobster Dip). The restaurant is proud to serve hand-cut, handseasoned steaks, thick burgers, fresh salads, and an appealing cast of seafood. Casual dress. www.longhornsteakhouse.com

Mandarin Buffet & Sushi

(540) 341-1962 • 514 Fletcher Dr Authentic Chinese restaurant offering a large buffet selection of sushi, soups, and meats.

Main St. Grill & Mexican Food

(540) 351-0550 • 79 Main Street • M 11am - 9pm; Tue - Thu 11am - 9:30pm; •Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm; Sun 11am9pm Attached to Rhodes Drug Store. Offers appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, larger entrees as well as traditional Mexican favorites. Specials change daily. Full bar. Casual dress.


(540) 347-7888 351 Broadview Ave. 24 HR Fast food chain known for Big Mac and McNuggets. Dollar menu. Now serving McCafé beverages. Kids play area available. www.mcdonalds.com

McMahon’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

(540) 347-7200 • 380 Broadview Ave. M-Fri 11am - 2am; Fri-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2am Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Relaxed environment offering traditional Irish favorites. Open for Lunch and Dinner 7 Days a week. Irish Music Seisuin and Dinner Special on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi. Private dining room available. Full bar area with happy hour specials and appetizer menu. Valet Parking Friday and Saturday Evenings. Outdoor Patio. Live entertainment. Casual dress. www.mcmahonsirishpub.com

Mojitos & Tapas

(540) 349-8833 251 W. Lee Hwy #157 M-Thu: 11am-9pm, F-Sat: 11am-10pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm The only true Cuban/Spanish restaurant in the state of Virginia. Authentic Cuban staples, Spanish tapas and a wide variety of mojitos. Family owned, smoke-free. Open for lunch and dinner. Known for their signature Cuban sandwich and seafood Paella. Happy Hour, Ladies Nights and Special Events. Full bar. Casual dress. www.mojitosandtapas.com

Molly’s Irish Pub

(540) 349-5300 • 36 Main Street M-Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am-2pm Family owned, traditional Irish pub. Open for lunch and dinner. Laid back, fun environment. Traditional Irish fare and lots of sandwiches available. Sunday brunch from 11am – 2pm. Full bar. Live entertainment four nights a week. www.mollysirishpub.com

The Natural Marketplace

(540)349-4111 • 5 Diagonal Street M–F 9am to 5 pm; Sat 9am-4pm Organic Deli offering traditional sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Choices also include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free selections. All organic fruit and fresh vegetable juices. Take-out and catering available.

Northside 29

(540)347-3704 • 5037 Lee Hwy Tues-Sun 7am to 9pm Comfort food at its best. Featuring Greek/American specialities this restaurant is family owned and operated. Banquet room available.

Panera Bread

(540) 341-4362 • 251 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 6:30am - 9pm; Sun 7:30am - 8pm Offers breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bagels. Lunch/dinner items include soups, salads, and sandwiches. Great bread selection. Gourmet coffee and tea also available. Dine in or carry out. Free Wi-Fi. Catering available. ww.panerabread.com

Papa John’s Pizza

(540) 349-7172 • 322 W. Lee Hwy Pizza delivery or pick up. Online ordering available. Wings, breadsticks, and dessert also available. Daily specials and features. www.papajohns.com

Pizza Hut

(540) 347-5444 • 95 Broadview Ave Pizza delivery, dine-in or pick up. Online ordering available. Choose from pizza, tuscani pasta, wings, rolls, p’zone pizzas, and more. www.pizzahut.com


(540) 349-7171 • 251 W. Lee Hwy Pizza, sub, sandwich, and Italian entrée restaurant. Available for pickup and delivery. Offer both hot and toasted and cold subs. Gourmet pizzas and calzones also available. www.pizzarama.com

Red Truck Bakery

(540) 347-2224 • 22 Waterloo St Bakery located in Old Town Warrenton next to the Old Jail Museum. Serving fresh pies, quiches, breads, cakes, and coffees daily. Online ordering available. www.redtruckbakery.com

Red, Hot & Blue

(540) 349-5050 • 139 W. Lee Hwy M-Sat 11:30am - 10pm; Sun 11:30am - 9pm Japanese steakhouse serving Hibachi style chicken, steak, shrimp, fish and sushi. Sushi available for take out. Fun, family environment.

(540) 349-7100 • 360 Broadview Ave Sun-Thu 11am - 9pm; Fri-Sat 11am - 10pm Southern Grill and Barbeque restaurant. Offers dine-in, take out, and catering. Large menu with options for ribs, sandwiches, salads, platters, and southern entrées. Casual dress. www.redhotandblue.com

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(540) 349-0457 • 6419 Lee Hwy M - Fri 4pm - 10pm; Sat 2pm - 11pm; Sun 2pm - 9pm Australian steakhouse. Also offers a variety of chicken, ribs, seafood, and pasta dishes. Carry out available. www.outback.com

(540) 347-2935 • 15 S. Third St. M - Fri 10am - 3pm Gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and sweets. Open for lunch only. Limited patio seating or grab-andgo options available. Soups are the specialty at Renee’s – each day there are two news soups. She-crab soup available every Friday. Catering and business lunches available.

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(540) 341-4912 74 Blackwell Park Lane American chain restaurant serving your favorite hamburgers, pastas, steaks, ribs and more. Also have salad bar and RubyTueGo available. Casual dress. www.rubytuesday.com (540) 349-0950 41 W. Lee Highway #53 102 Broadview Ave Restaurant offering subs and pizza. Home of the $5 footlong. Food is prepared after you order, and everything is prepared fresh daily. Available for dine-in or takeout. www.subway.com

Sweet Frog (540)359-6401 488 Fletcher Dr Sun-Th 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri&Sat 11:30am-10:30pm A self serve frozen yogurt shop, serving all natural frozen yogurt with a toppings bar that is full of sweet treats to customize your creation. www.sweetfrogyogurt.com

(540) 341-4206 316 W. Lee Hwy Open late for fourthmeal cravings. Now offering frutista freeze drinks and fiesta taco salads. Also offer fresco menu (low fat). www.tacobell.com (540) 349-2330 147 W. Shirley Ave Sun. - Thu., Sat. 11 am - 9pm; Fri. 11am - 10pm Mexican restaurant offering different quality specials everyday. Menu offers tacos, burritos, quesadillas, desserts and more. Dine-in or take-out. Casual dress. www.tippystacohouse.com

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(540) 349-2828 185 W. Lee Hwy Asian restaurant serving authentic Chinese food. Daily specials and combos available. Dine-in or take-out.

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(540) 428-1818 251 W. Lee Hwy #679 Café offering bistro sandwiches, wraps, gourmet salads, soups, and smoothies. Meals served with either chips or fruit. Also offer pick-two combination. Catering and kid’s menu available. Casual dress. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com


(540) 347-9669/9666 5063 Lee Hwy M-Sun 11am Authentic hand-tossed New York style pizza. Dough made fresh daily on premise. Family owned and operated since 1974 three generations. Voted Best Pizza in 2012.

Vocelli Pizza

(540) 349-5031 484 Blackwell Rd Sun. - Thu. 11am - 10pm; Fri. - Sat. 11 am - 11pm. Classic Italian Pizza. Also offer antipasti, panini, stromboli, and salads. Check for lunch and combo specials. www.vocellipizza.com

Waterloo Café

(540) 349-8118 352 Waterloo St Asian food available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Wide range of dishes available to order. Dishes served with a side of white rice. Casual dress.


(540) 347-5528 281 Broadview Ave Fast food chain offering hamburgers, salads, and chicken nuggets. Also offer baked potatoes and chili as sides. Frosty’s available as desert. Casual dress. www.wendys.com

Yen Cheng

(540) 347-4355 • 294 W. Lee Hwy M - Sat 11am - 10pm; Sun 12 noon - 10pm First Chinese Restaurant in Warrenton. Wide range of appetizers, soups, and meats. Offer chef specialties and daily combos. Also offer a healthy food section and thai food options. www.yencheng.com


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Fauquier Parks and Recreation have tons of family friendly events you don’t want to miss! Check out their programs at: www.fauquiercounty.gov Please note that the March For Babies Walk which was originally scheduled in April has been moved to September 21, 2013. We invite families in our community to get involved and join TEAM Families 4 Fauquier for the 2013 March of Dimes March For Babies Walk. It is a beautiful walk and lots of fun for the whole family! Here is how to join us: www.marchforbabies.org/team/ families4fauquier

We have updated our website link for 2013 Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools! VBS and summer camps are posted on our community website as well as on our Facebook Page. Check out the camps posted at: www. families4fauquier.com/SummerCamps.html Michaels Summer Crafting Adventures Designed for children age 5 and up. 8171 Stonewall Shops Square, Gainesville June 17 - August 2 Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10am-Noon $2 for 2 hours Must register at: www.michaels.com

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There are tons of summer events and activities hosted at all Fauquier Branch Libraries. All of the Summer Programs will be featured at each branch location (Bealeton, Marshall and Warrenton). Check out their website for all the dates and times at: www.fauquiercounty.gov These are a few of the Warrenton Library Summer Reading Programs Family Movie Warrenton Library at 1:30pm-3:30pm July 6th 10am-11am Under The Sea July 11th 2pm-3pm K-9 Dogs July 15th 11:30am (Eva Walker Park) Roaring Rockets July 17th 1:30-3:30 Family Movie July 24 Wacky Wednesday Scavenger Hunt We offer families in our community discounted tickets to Busch Gardens, Water County USA, Sea World and Sesame Place! Contact us today for details! Press Start Free Summer Events 506 Fletcher Drive, Warrenton Wednesday Movie Nights Free Popcorn! June 19th - August 21st Friday Pokemon Night Bring your cards and games June 21st - August 23rd

Regal Summer Movie Express will play family friendly movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am for nine weeks over the summer. Admission is a low price of $1. You can find a list of all the movies on our website. As a way to support new families in our community and to provide a caring gesture of kindness we are collecting and providing NEW Beanie Babies and disposable cameras to the families of babies born in the newly developing NICU at the Fauquier Hospital. The Beanie Babies donated will be used in NICU and given to the families as part of the care packages parents will receive for support during their difficult journey. If you would like to donate to this cause or would be interested in being an additional drop off location please contact us at info@families4fauquier.com. Lion of Judah Educational Center 819 James Madison Hwy, Suite 203 (540) 439-8459 Fauquier Chamber of Commerce 205-1 Keith Street (540) 347-4414 Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-6:00pm Monday- Friday 9am-4:00pm

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Families 4 Fauquier is your link to family resources in Fauquier County and beyond. F4F is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of children and families that live right here in our own community. For additional information about joining our membership program, receiving our monthly community newsletter or any of the events listed above please visit our website at www.families4fauquier.com or email us at info@families4fauquier.com. We now offer monthly advertising, website sponsorships and community event sponsors. If your organization has an interest in helping to support our community projects, events and programs please contact us today because together we can make a difference in little ways that can add up big! 50

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Our Lawyers Mean Business and ■ REAL ESTATE PERSONAL INJURY Been Recognized ■ Have ■ Accordingly WRONGFUL DEATH WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES ■ | Selected DUI &forTRAFFIC inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 1993-2011 ■ TRIALS by The American Trial Lawyers Association ■ | Voted CRIMINAL LAW | as Top 100 Trial Lawyers ■

| Included in 95th Edition Bar Register of | Preeminent Lawyers 2011 (Anniversary Edition)

When It’s Serious

| Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum


| Recognized as Top Lawyers as published | in Corporate Counsel

| Voted as one of The Washington D.C. Area’s Best Lawyers | by The Washington Post Magazine

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We get to know you so well, it’s only

fair that you get to

know us, too. At Fauquier Health, our Planetree approach to care means we get to know the person behind every set of symptoms. So it seems only right that we let you get to know the person behind every lab coat, stethoscope and clipboard. 253 Veterans Drive, Suite 210 • Warrenton, VA 20186 • 540-316-5930 Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Care.


Dr. Wesley Hodgson, OB/GYN • Completed residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital • Served in the US Navy for eight years • Avid kayaker and outdoor enthusiast

Dr. Lorraine Chun, OB/GYN • Formerly a public health official in Los Angeles • Completed Residency at UC Irvine • Enjoys whitewater rafting, cooking and international travel